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Next-Gen Thunderbolt: Twice as Fast, But a Different Connector

Anubis IV Re:New connector great thanks (159 comments)

Just to offer a factual counterpoint to this rather common narrative, the old 30-pin connector was around from the third-gen iPod in 2003 to the iPhone 4S, which was on sale until last year. Various websites offer third-party 30-pin cables for under $2 shipped, and the old ones continued to work right up until the connector was retired last year, when the iPhones 4S ceased being on sale.

The Lightning connector, which replaced it, can be purchased from Amazon and Monoprice for (as you'd expect) a fraction of what Apple charges, and the only Lightning cables that have stopped working are unlicensed ones. The reason that matters is because there have been cases of a few people in China being electrocuted to death by faulty, knock-off chargers and cables. Apple implemented the firmware restrictions on knock-off cables shortly thereafter.

Given that that's the sole connector change in their handheld devices during that time and that all of the cables--aside from some potentially dangerous knock-off ones--have remained functional the entire time, I think it should be obvious that they're not being unreasonable in how often they change out the connector.

2 days ago
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Apple Fixes Major SSL Bug In OS X, iOS

Anubis IV Re:Not a open source issue. (96 comments)

How do you figure? This bug is specific to MITM attacks from an attacker on one's on network, has nothing to do with the heartbeat functionality that Heartbleed relied on, and the nature of the attack is that the attacker can execute arbitrary code, change the properties of the connection, or get data traveling over the network, rather than merely being able to access random 64K bits from memory. This is something wholly separate from Heartbleed, and likely ties back in with the ongoing security audit they've been rumored to be doing after finding themselves on the NSA's PRISM list.

Not all network security bugs happening in the same temporal proximity as Heartbleed are Heartbleed. It's not uncommon for Microsoft, Apple, and the various Linux distros/their dependencies to push out updates of this sort. It's just getting more attention right now because of Heartbleed. But suggesting that this "bug probably is Heartbleed" indicates that you really don't have a good grasp of what Heartbleed is even about, since it bears very little resemblance.

2 days ago
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The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

Anubis IV Re:Standard Engineering ethics case study (182 comments)

As I recall, it wasn't so much that he stayed quiet, as it was that he had no place at the table from which to voice his concerns.

The issue was raised with NASA in a conference call the night before the launch by his manager and other higher-ups at Morton Thiokol, but after NASA pushed back by saying that they wanted to proceed anyway, the higher-ups at Morton Thiokol took a few minutes to reconsider their position off the phone. They eventually tried to force him to sign a document saying that he agreed that the launch should proceed, and when he refused to sign it, his manager signed it in his stead and the higher-ups gave their recommendation that launch could proceed. He wasn't even in the room when the final part of the conference call occurred, since the higher-ups weren't including him in the discussion any longer.

Or, at least that's roughly how I recall him describing it over dinner the night I got to meet him. I'll admit, I could be misremembering, however.

3 days ago
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Reinventing the Axe

Anubis IV Re:not an axe (214 comments)

Oh, for a mod point!

3 days ago
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Snowden to Critics: Questioning Putin Has Opened Conversation About Surveillance

Anubis IV Re:Dumbass (168 comments)

The issue at hand is the surveillance of a nation's own, innocent citizens without cause or even suspicion. Wartime surveillance by "Bletchely Park [sic]", particularly as it was aimed at the encrypted messages used by an enemy state's military and government, are about as far from that issue as one can get. Someone working to subvert those efforts should, as you said, be given hell over it or hung for treason, and with good reason!

Even so, the implicit analogy you've drawn is about as far off-base as one can possibly get. It's one thing to object to secret work that has an immediate and virtuous benefit, simply because it may one day be used for a hypothetical abuses. It's something entirely different to discover that the abuses are actively taking place in the real-world. You're welcome to recuse yourself in the former case, since you do have a valid moral concern, but until the imaginary scenario manifests itself, no one's rights are being violated, so you have no moral right to expose the work. In the latter case, however, you have not only a moral right, but a moral obligation to expose the work, since citizen's rights are being violated, which flies in the face of your mandate to safeguard those rights.

3 days ago
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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

Anubis IV Re:Bullshit (397 comments)

Why don't you tell us how that $13,000,000 cost per brewing facility will be paid off by that $30/ton "profit" and thus be a negligible cost.

It won't be. That's the point.

Brewers are either giving this stuff away for free or making as little as $30/ton so that they don't have to deal with it. They simply won't spend the $13M, since they have no reason to do so, and will instead landfill all of this stuff for cheap. Thus, this whole "beer price crisis" is a fictional event that will never occur.

If that equipment is going to be purchased, it will be purchased for the beer industry by the livestock industry, since they are the ones who stand to lose from this stuff going to landfills, but the article makes it pretty clear that most of them don't rely on this stuff. It's simply a nice addition, but hardly needed, for the vast majority of them. Some hobbyist ranchers will lose their hobby, but none of the serious ones are in any danger of going broke.

5 days ago
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The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

Anubis IV Re:Standard Engineering ethics case study (182 comments)

Precisely. I taught on this exact case study for three semesters while attached as a Teaching Assistant to my university's Engineering Ethics course, which had the guy who literally wrote the book on the subject teaching there.

One interesting tidbit left out in the summary is the fact that this wasn't necessarily so much an oversight on the architect or engineer's part, so much as it was an oversight in the regulations of the time. Back then, quartering winds were not required to be taken into account in the same way that they are now, since it was more or less assumed that winds hitting square the face would always be the greater danger. Unfortunately, the unique architecture of this particular building ensured that it was actually the quartering winds that proved a greater risk.

Anyway, I never got a chance to meet with LeMessurier, as I did with some of the other notable people in those cases that you cited (e.g. the late Roger Boisjoly, who was the Morton Thiokol engineer that strongly warned of the O-ring failure and tried to postpone Challenger's launch), but from everything I've heard, LeMessurier was a bit of a show off and smart aleck. Even so, he's managed to turn something that could have ended his career into something that's now a case study on how to do stuff right (and he DID handle it right), so kudos to him for sucking up his pride and doing what was best.

Even so, it does serve as a reminder that laws don't always go far enough in the interest of protecting the general public, and we have a responsibility to step up when they fall short.

5 days ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Anubis IV Re:Leverage the dealer network? (359 comments)

Seriously; telling me to not buy a Tesla because I'll miss out on the dealership is like telling me not to...drawing a blank...no analogies are bad enough. Anybody?

If only there were a car analogy for this situation...

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Anubis IV Re:But what is a militia? (1617 comments)

"Conscription" and "the draft" are synonymous terms. Registering for the Selective Service is not actually conscription. It's registering for the possibility of conscription.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Anubis IV Re:But what is a militia? (1617 comments)

Conscription is an independent topic that has no relevance here, since it can occur whether you're in the militia or not. We already have a regular military into which we can be (and have been) drafted in times of need, and for which every able-bodied male is required to register, so we're just as many steps away from a military police state now as we were before (thankfully, there's more than one step, since you'd have to get rid of stuff like the Posse Comitatus Act first). Whether we're in the militia or not makes no difference.

But, hey, can't resist getting in a "sheeple" dig, I guess?

about a week ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Anubis IV Re:I will be a millionaire. (466 comments)

I don't live in the same areas as "those arrogant egomaniacs [who] achieve stratospheric success", nor do I really have a professional network at all, yet I seem to be doing just fine for myself, despite only being out of grad school (which I dropped out of, incidentally) for about two-and-a-half years. Those things you think matter? I'm living proof that they don't always.

My job doesn't pay extraordinarily well, but it's work I enjoy doing at a company of great people, and the pay is "good enough" (I was offered 50% more at two other companies, a number which was in-line with industry averages for my skill set and experience, but turned them both down for this company, which I liked more). I'm already investing, have a home on which I was able to put 20% down, am tossing extra toward my house payments each month, and have still been able to make somewhat bigger purchases for myself every few months.

I simply live within my means and make sure that the amount out is less than the amount in. I choose carefully what things actually matter to me and then put my money towards those things, while buying budget-friendly items in the categories that I don't care about.

about a week ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

Anubis IV Re:Not a market back then (267 comments)

While timing did play a part, I'd suggest it's not so much timing as it is execution that made the biggest difference, in this case.

Android and iOS tablets operate in broadly the same ways as each other and are wildly successful. Windows 8 tablets, which work in much the same way as the Windows tablets that preceded them (i.e. trying to bring the feel of a desktop OS to a tablet form factor), are failing to gain any significant presence in the market, despite having the right timing and loads of marketing. To me, that's a strong indication that the thing holding back tablets prior to iOS and Android arriving was not that people weren't ready for them, but that the tablet concept simply wasn't executed properly.

Same deal with smartphones. Smartphones were around since the '90s, but they only represented an incredibly small portion of the cell phone market. Fast forward a few years, and we get Android and iOS, which, when they first came out, had most of the same features as the smartphones that preceded them, yet they implemented and executed those in a drastically different way that made them much more compelling to users. Blackberry and Palm had the right timing, since they were there from the beginning. What they lacked was proper execution to bring it to the general population.

You're right that there wasn't a market back then, but there wasn't a market because there wasn't a product done right yet. Ideas are cheap. Execution is what matters.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Anubis IV Re:But what is a militia? (1617 comments)

Thanks for the link. To summarize for everyone else, it essentially declares that all able-bodied male US citizens (or men who have declared their intent to become citizens) are automatically members of the militia if they are between 17 and 45 years old, and women are as well if they are US citizens that are members in the National Guard. For vets from the Regular military (i.e. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines), the age limit is extended from 45 to 64.

So, while it doesn't protect the right to bear arms for everyone, it does protect that right for at least a good chunk of the population, which goes a long way towards protecting the purpose of the right.

about a week ago
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Anubis IV Re:Less apple more ISO standard interface please (194 comments)

If you just bought a new car and paid $2000 for an upgraded stereo, why aren't you using the Bluetooth connectivity that it doubtless comes with, rather than clumsy dongles that are apparently proprietary?

about a week ago
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Anubis IV Re:If Apple infotainment is great why dont we see (194 comments)

There is no service or fee associated with this feature. It's not something you subscribe to, any more than you subscribe to Windows or your Sony alarm clock. This product is simply an app that sits on top of Blackberry's QNX operating system that drives a lot of the high-end car stereos, allowing the stereo to interface more easily with iOS products. Nothing more. You're not even locked into using it, since you can exit out to the car manufacturer's QNX interface.

Moreover, suggesting we'd see it in airplanes first makes little sense, given that retrofitting entire fleets costs a HELL of a lot more than adding a new feature to a line of cars that gets updated every single year. Besides which, some fleets actually are testing services where they offer in-flight movies free to iPad users, though that's in no way relevant to this discussion, other than that both involve Apple products.

about a week ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Anubis IV Re:And they've already stopped (631 comments)

There are all sorts of reasons why someone might not know far in advance, and if they don't want to micromanage their W-4 they'll end up with a refund at the end of the year.

Using myself as a case study, I'm at the point in my life where a lot of things are changing from year-to-year, and it's not always obvious at the start how things will go. For example, I bought a house this last year, but I didn't know precisely what my budget was going to be for the house at the start of the year, since it depended on a few other things. The year before that, I had a relative die and I donated a sizable chunk of the inheritance to charity, which ended up being a rather nice deduction. I switched to an HSA last year. I began investing a few years ago. I expect I'll be married and have kids within a few more years.

Maybe once things stabilize a bit you shouldn't have an excuse, but I'd rather not go through tax documents multiple times a year to calculate my deduction and adjust my withholding. I have better things to spend my time on. I'd rather just set something reasonable and have an expectation that I'll get back a modest refund whenever I do my taxes at the end of the tax year.

about two weeks ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Anubis IV Re:And they've already stopped (631 comments)

Since when did "not wanting the government to surprise you with unsubstantiated charges for alleged benefits accidentally paid out over 50 years ago" suddenly become an extremist view? Last I checked, that's the sort of thing most people would consider common sense. And even if they are entitled to the money (which I think they should be required to provide evidence of, given how easy it would be to extort money from people if there isn't that requirement), they still should have notified people well in advance so that they could plan for it, rather than springing it on everyone after they had already budgeted around receiving their expected tax refund.

about two weeks ago
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The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

Anubis IV Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (146 comments)

No. Times for astronomical events are very often given in UTC, to avoid exactly the confusion which is occurring here. In any case, the time zone should always be specified to avoid ambiguity.

You're arguing against a straw man, I'm afraid, since we're largely on the same page, from what I can tell.

For instance, you're arguing that timezones should be specified, to which I completely agree. You've suggested as well that UTC should be used in cases such as these, and, once again, I strongly agree. Re-read my previous comment, and you should see that I provided no defense for the practice of omitting time zones.

Rather, what I did say was that I believed there were sufficient context clues available to determine what time zone was being used, despite it having not been explicitly stated. By no means am I defending the omission; I'm merely pointing out that despite the omission, a Slashdot reader should have still been capable of determining the time zone. I'm uncertain why anyone would disagree with that assessment, given that the context clues are plainly obvious.

about two weeks ago
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Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

Anubis IV Re:herpa derp (157 comments)

If you're going to re-post someone else's extensive work, A) don't falsely suggest it's "a short list" when it's clearly an exhaustive list, and B) link to your source material so that the original author can get some recognition for their efforts, rather than implicitly claiming it as your own by not providing attribution.

Second, I never suggested he had failed to accomplish anything, though I can see why you might infer that from my post. To clarify, I was attacking the previous poster's notion that Obama was a "dreamer" of sufficient merit to be mentioned in the same breath with the Wright brothers and Woz. To me, that seems like a poor characterization, particularly given his recent track record (none of which is in your copypasta, since your post is outdated by a couple of years), most of which has demonstrated that he's simply more of the same as his predecessor.

about two weeks ago

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