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Water Plume Detected At Dwarf Planet Ceres

Andy Prough Re:Water=life (66 comments)

Now we know where the Cylons are hiding.

about 3 months ago
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British Spies To Be Allowed To Break Speed Limit

Andy Prough Re:Sirens? (278 comments)

"Your honor, the deceased motorist was clearly a terrorist."
Judge - "Well, alright then. Dismissed! Anyone for a spot of tea?"

about 3 months ago
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Stormy Alien Atmospheres May Spark Seeds of Life

Andy Prough Gautama Buddha said... (44 comments)

"There is no God or Brahma, Who is the Creator of this world, Empty Phenomena roll on all, Subject to causality". The universe, and life, are cyclic - there is no point of origin. This universe will decay and be destroyed, and its energy and matter will give rise to another. This life will fail, and its energy will give rise to another. Samsara - the endless cycle of rebirth.

about 3 months ago
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White House Reportedly Dismissing Key Healthcare.gov Contractor

Andy Prough Should've asked Bezos and Amazon. (284 comments)

Healthcare via personal drone to your front door. At least they know how to create an online market.

about 3 months ago
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Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

Andy Prough This data helps Repo guys steal the car back (599 comments)

One reason car companies collect this data is to steal the car back from you (repossess it) in the event of non-payment. The GPS tracking is often turned over to the Repo operators when they need to go steal your car back.

about 3 months ago
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Chromebooks' Success in 2013 is a Gut Punch to Microsoft

Andy Prough Re:This is Linux ! (3 comments)

I don't know about a Core i3 Windows notebook. But I do have a Chromebook and a Core i5 (Haswell) Windows notebook with 4 GB ram and an SSD drive, and there is no real comparison. The Windows notebook absolutely runs laps around the Chromebook. I love the little Chromebook - it's so lightweight and requires zero maintenance. But this Windows notebook is only 4 pounds and has an 11 hour battery life (mostly due to Haswell chip), and it's definitely the one I grab most of the time now.

about 4 months ago
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Yahoo! Sports Redesign Sparks Controversy, Disdain From Users

Andy Prough I use Yahoo sports pages a lot (172 comments)

This is one of the worst design decisions I've seen in a long time. The whole key to a sports page is you've got to quickly digest a wide range of information. The old page design worked perfectly at giving you over 100 scores for up to 4 different sports at the same time, all the headlines, and the highlights of the blogs. This kind of busy, goofy blinding crap is what have killed AOL's and MSN's portals (in my opinion). Either one of them could have grabbed tens of millions of users from Google News, but they just aren't capable of delivering content without trying to overwhelm the user's eyeballs.

about 8 months ago
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Why Internet Television Isn't Quite Ready To Save Us From Cable TV

Andy Prough Netflix saved me... (304 comments)

...years ago. I tossed cable when Netflix was still sending DVDs in the mail (they probably still offer that - I'm not sure). There's no way in hell I'm paying a dime for the crap that's on the cable lineup.

"I've got 1,300 channels of shit on the TV to choose from..." (Pink Floyd, Nobody Home, from The Wall, 1979 -- revised to add double 00's)

about 8 months ago
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Inside the Decision To Shut Down Silent Mail

Andy Prough Re:American hi-tech has a significant ethics probl (182 comments)

@Nerdfest -

You make it sound like they have a choice (other than leaving the country or shutting down).

I don't know. I have a suspicion that some companies are quite happy to lend a helping hand to the surveillance dragnet. Certainly the Guardian articles pointed to at least one company that was apparently quite willing to cooperate. I'm sure there's either increased revenues or increased chance of securing large government contracts as an incentive for them to comply. Probably the opportunity for big contracts is the bigger piece of the pie.

about 8 months ago
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Inside the Decision To Shut Down Silent Mail

Andy Prough Re:American hi-tech has a significant ethics probl (182 comments)

@hairy -

The American public tweets their favorite sexual positions and post pics of themselves stoned on FB

Some people do that stuff. And some people run large corporations and associations that guard their data and communications quite closely. America is not a homogenous group of pot-heads and sex-crazed teenagers.

Some people are criminal defense attorneys and healthcare law attorneys and civil rights attorneys that are busy suing the government to defend the rights of citizens. You think they want their private emails reviewed by big brother?

about 8 months ago
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Inside the Decision To Shut Down Silent Mail

Andy Prough Re:American hi-tech has a significant ethics probl (182 comments)

@Nerdfest -

Why spread FUD?

Is it FUD if it is "certain" and "beyond doubt" that private companies are taking money from government agencies to help them scoop up your private communications?

about 8 months ago
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Inside the Decision To Shut Down Silent Mail

Andy Prough American hi-tech has a significant ethics problem (182 comments)

Too bad that all the other service providers don't look at it the same way as Zimmerman. They apparently see the NSA money as a profit center. Their customer's data is simply something to be monetized in any way possible. All those crap "privacy policy" documents they've mailed to us over the years aren't worth the paper they are printed on. Don't be surprised to see Google, Facebook, Amazon et al, plus all the cloud providers, start showing lowered revenue in the next few financial quarters. As always, consumers will vote with their wallets.

about 8 months ago
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Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

Andy Prough Can't trust proprietary drivers or programs now (627 comments)

All proprietary software is now a potential carrier of hidden surveillance backdoors - especially if its being developed by Americans. Debian without non-free sources is the way to go.

about 8 months ago
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Former Director of the ISS Division At NASA Talks About Science Behind 'Elysium'

Andy Prough Re:Stuck?? (366 comments)

@Omega Hacker - "Now, if we were talking about something that cost $10 trillion or so, then I might consider it functionally out of reach, as that probably surpasses the net worth of the top several thousand."

When you consider that the elite banker class controls the printing of money, nothing would be out of reach for them if they wanted it. For instance, they propped up the bankrupt US economy for the past 5 years - a project that has cost much more than $10 trillion in "quantitative easing" money (of which amount, STRANGELY, untold billions of those dollars have found their way back into elite banker accounts, while the working class has actually gotten poorer).

about 9 months ago
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First Laptop With Full-Sized Solar Panels Will Run On Ubuntu

Andy Prough Re:The specs... (155 comments)

@afxgrin - "I don't like their website design, I find it annoying to navigate. :P"

I agree - navigation of the page is horrendous, like a too-busy MySpace page.

However, if they can make these for less than $300, it would make a great outdoor hobby toy. Like back in my youth, when we would spend hours fascinated by our first hand-cranked international weather radio.

about 9 months ago
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Zimbabweans Hit By Cyber Attacks During Election

Andy Prough Re:wait (63 comments)

@AC 05:12AM -- "zimbabweans have computers?!"

Yes, but most access the internet via internet cafes or mobile devices. The number of Zimbabwean internet users has tripled from 1.5 million to 4.5 million (around 37% of the population) in just the past two years. This number should jump substantially over the next year, as 3G/4G service has grown rapidly - reaching 91% of the population in the past year. A 2010 United Nations survey found the Zimbabwe literacy rate was the highest of all African countries.

about 9 months ago
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MS Office For Android: Pretty, But Woefully Incomplete

Andy Prough Re:They brought back Clippy (174 comments)

@AC 12:27AM -- "Clippy, is that you?"

1995 called - they want their stale jokes back.

about 9 months ago
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MS Office For Android: Pretty, But Woefully Incomplete

Andy Prough Re:Typical Microsoft approach (174 comments)

@ackthpt -- "Microsoft never had to claw their way to the top, they just bundled, bought up and drove other competition to ruin by immoral business practices."

MS has long had some of the most effective sales teams of any software company in the world. To claim otherwise, or to say that ALL their success was based on "luck" or "immoral business practices" is a serious stretch of the imagination.

about 9 months ago

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Mars Astronauts will drink a lot of pee

Andy Prough Andy Prough writes  |  about a year ago

Andy Prough (2730467) writes "Thanks to ambitions of humans going to Mars one day, technology that turns wastewater into drinking water is improving. Conserving water all the way to Mars and back will be vital, and so NASA is working overtime to make pee-drinking far more efficient. NASA's “first generation forward osmosis secondary treatment system” is being tested at Johnson Space Center in Houston, and pee-drinking technology is currently in use onboard the Space Station and at NASA’s Sustainability Base in Silicon Valley. The systems recover more than 95% of water from wastewater, which includes other water sources such as laundry water.

Don't be surprised to see Wall Street investing in pee soon. Not only is pee being churned into a tasty beverage to parch an interplanetary thirst, but yesterday one company announced that they are developing a pee-powered fuel cell for our soldiers to charge their smartphones on the battlefield."

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Inventing the Chromebook - First Version was Based on Firefox

Andy Prough Andy Prough writes  |  about a year ago

Andy Prough (2730467) writes "Former Google engineer Jeff Nelson has written a fascinating blog post about how he created "Google OS", the forerunner to Chrome OS. Last August, he finally received a patent for it, but his work began in 2006, and the first versions of the OS were built on Firefox and a "bare-bones Linux distribution" that could execute any Linux program. In fact, when he first started writing the OS, Chrome itself did not exist, and the whole purpose for his work was to create a system that loaded fully — and only — into system RAM. This purpose grew out of his frustration with wait times as he wrote webapps for Google, and found himself waiting 30-45 seconds just to restart a web browser. By moving the entire OS to RAM, he was able to cut the Firefox restart time from 45 seconds to 1 second, and found similar speed increases for other mundane tasks. He built himself a "Chromebook" and used it as his primary development box for over a year. The fact that his boss and Google management originally had no interest in his project makes this story all the better. This blog post is a very interesting read, as it discusses the beginnings of the range of Google webapps that were ultimately created to "replace any and all functionality normally found on a desktop"."
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Brazilians can Now Buy an "iPhone" Loaded with Android

Andy Prough Andy Prough writes  |  about a year ago

Andy Prough (2730467) writes "If you happen to be in Brazil and have 599 reals jingling in your pocket ($304 US dollars or £196), you can buy an iPhone — that runs Android. Gradiente Electronica, which registered the "iPhone" name in Brazil in 2000, has won the right to sell its iPhone Neo One, an Android phone running version 2.3, Gingerbread (http://www.gradiente.com.br/prod/23/smartphone-linha-g-gradiente-iphone-modelo-neo-one-gc-500-sf-dual-chip-android-23-3g-wi-fi-camera-5mp-cartao-2gb-grafite.aspx). Gradiente won the ruling from the Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), despite Apple's argument that Gradiente should lose the right to "iPhone" because it had not used the name between 2008-2012. Apple retains the right to appeal the case, and Gradiente now has the right to sue Apple for exclusivity in Brazil. If Gradiente wins, the only iPhones sold in Brazil would have a picture of a cute green robot on the box cover."
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Fox News: US Solar Energy Investment Less than Germany because US has Less Sun

Andy Prough Andy Prough writes  |  about a year ago

Andy Prough (2730467) writes "Apparently those wise folks at Fox have figured out America's reluctance to invest as much money in solar energy as Germany — the Germans simply have more sun! Well, as Will Oremus from Slate points out, according to the US Dept. of Energy's Solar Resource map comparison of the US and Germany, nothing could be farther from the truth — Germany receives as much sunlight as the least lit US state — Alaska."
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Every Apple-Made App On Your iPhone Can Be Replaced By A Better App

Andy Prough Andy Prough writes  |  about a year ago

Andy Prough writes "Business Insider's Steve Kovach writes that he has now replaced all of Apple's built-in iPhone apps with those made by 3rd-party developers: Gmail for Mail, Google Maps for Apple Maps, Fantastical for Calendar, Chrome for Safari, Camera+ for Camera, Clear for Reminders, Evernote for Note, Adappt for Contacts, and others. Kovach states, "And now, all of the Apple-made apps are now in a folder labeled with an Emoji of a smiling pile of poop." While Kovach believes this is a good thing for iPhone users to have access to superior software, the San Francisco Chronicle posits that "it's becoming conventional wisdom that Apple isn't particularly good at making software for the iPhone"."
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Why is Googles Samsung Chromebook Amazon's Bestelling Laptop this Christmas?

Andy Prough Andy Prough writes  |  about a year ago

Andy Prough writes "From apparently nowhere, Googles Chromebook is suddenly topping Amazon UK’s bestsellers list for laptops. The Chromebook is also atop the bestseller list for laptops on Amazon's US site. The question is why and why didn’t we notice? If you check out all the online reviews you will find a bunch of pleasantly surprised review folk – the consensus is definitely “more than you’d expect for the price”. In particular reviewers are impressed with the simplicity, the boot-up speed, long battery life and quietness (no fan needed) the lightweight design, the great keyboard and the availability of endless games and information via the cloud and the huge google apps store. In essence it ‘does what it says on the tin’ in a no-nonsense way. Suddenly, the idea of a device which is an extension of the smartphone seems like a rather good idea. Queue the Google Chrome advertising campaign and availability on Amazon. But best be quick if you want this under your tree – the bestselling PC device this Christmas is selling like it never went out of fashion."
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Wal-Mart puts iPhone 5 on sale for $127; are iPhone sales dragging?

Andy Prough Andy Prough writes  |  about a year ago

Andy Prough writes "Wal-Mart has put various Apple products on sale, including the iPhone 5, marked down to $127. The retailer normally sells the smartphone for about $190, and the sale price is $72 less than the $199 price set by Apple and its carrier partners when buying with a contract. That's an incredible deal for consumers, but the sales' timing raises flags about how well the Apple smartphone is selling. The sale started Friday. Typically, top-of-the-line smartphones start getting discounted if a new version of the device is close to rolling out. But in this case, the iPhone 5 is being marked down more than 35% less than three months after its release — and in the middle of holiday shopping season. Wal-Mart's Apple-product sale comes shortly after a UBS analyst announced he was lowering his iPhone sales estimates for 2013, saying he expects Apple to sell 5 million fewer phones than his previous estimate for each of the next three quarters."
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US energy independence causing Middle East disengagement?

Andy Prough Andy Prough writes  |  about a year ago

Andy Prough writes "With the U.S. moving rapidly towards energy independence, governments in the Gulf region of the Middle East worry the uptick in U.S. production could fuel broader regional disengagement as their American ally faces a war-weary and economically-challenged electorate back home. Added to that are questions about whether the U.S. should continue to subsidize the security of China's oil supplies, which are increasingly passing through the Strait of Hormuz. That's raising worries in the Gulf that the U.S. may disengage from the region."
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openSUSE ARM final less than a week away; RC2 available now

Andy Prough Andy Prough writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Andy Prough writes "Jos Poortvliet of the openSUSE team has announced that openSUSE ARM RC2 is available for download and needs testing. The final version is due out on November 6th, and support has been expanded to include the following SoCs: Calxeda Highbank, CuBox, IMX 53, and Samsung Origen. Although Raspberry Pi is not yet supported, the openSUSE team plans to roll out support in the future. User Etam has posted a picture of it working without trouble in chroot on an N900, although Firefox is working "terribly slow" but not crashing."
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Judge to Newspaper - Reveal Name of Commenter

Andy Prough Andy Prough writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Andy Prough writes "A Kansas judge has ordered a Topeka newspaper to release the name of a commenter on one of its stories about the trial of Anceo D. Stovall for the murder of Natalie Gibson. Using the name "BePrepared", the commenter posted the following in response to a story about the ongoing trial on July 21 at 1:45pm: "Trust me that’s all they got in their little world, as you know, I have been there. Remember the pukes names they will do it for ever.” The problem? The court is convinced that "BePrepared" was a juror, and was not supposed to be accessing news about the trial before it ended on July 24th. The court wants BePrepared's name, address and IP address. The jury was ultimately unable to find Stovall guilty of 10 of the 11 charges against him — including murder. Both defense and prosecution lawyers appear to want a new trial, and if it turns out that BePrepared was a juror, they are more likely to get their wish."
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