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EU Resists US Lobbying As Privacy War Looms

BLAG-blast Re:The only problem is... (131 comments)

It's about the right to tell a web site, to which you have previously provided information, that it must remove that information.

Well, some people think it's the right to censor the web. I.e tell Google to forget everything you know about me, including the links to the news sites detailing how I stole money from people, etc... The right to be forgot isn't about deleting data from facebook, it's about erasing mistakes and shady backgrounds. I am pro-privacy, but anti-right-to-forgotten.

On the other hand, if it is about deleting data *you* uploaded to a site/service, how about just using sites/services which up front offer a "delete all me data" option?

about 2 years ago

Antivirus Pioneer John McAfee Arrested In Belize

BLAG-blast Re:The Three Ps (367 comments)

Pirates! The 4Ps: Priests, Policemen, Politicians and Pirates.

more than 2 years ago

How Ford Will Upgrade Owners' Display Screens

BLAG-blast Re:Carburetor??? (215 comments)

I agree- I *believe* engine control/management/safety are on a different bus from playthings. Or at least I hope they are.

You *believe* incorrectly.

Got to love the way there is nothing keeping the cellphone chip from talking to the rest of the car and no way of turning it off.... Mailing USB sticks with a ford sticker on them is just creating another attack vector.

more than 2 years ago

TSA Groper Files Suit Against Blogger

BLAG-blast Re:USA (699 comments)

Pretty regular behavior.

The sad part is that you think this is "pretty regular behavior". Something about frogs being slowly boiled and not realizing it.

about 3 years ago

How Do You Get Your Geek Nostalgia Fix?

BLAG-blast Re:Pentium Pro? (422 comments)

I still have my original 1983 BBC model 'B' version of Elite, complete with original case, manual, novelette and 5 1/4inch disc. It was the one piece for my "computing childhood" I saved. ;-)

more than 3 years ago

How Do You Get Your Geek Nostalgia Fix?

BLAG-blast Pentium Pro? (422 comments)

"I keep a Pentium Pro CPU on my desk underneath my monitor because it reminds me of simpler times."

You kids and your new shit. Nothing simple about a 32-bit CISC chip. When I was a kid we had 8-bit CPUs and liked it! I didn't wait for a "Computer Shopper" with a demo CD, I had to write my games/apps! If I was lucky I could type in some buggy code from a magazine and try to get it to run.

Every now and then I still play Elite. And dock without docking computers.

more than 3 years ago

Including webcams, phones, etc, I own X cameras:

BLAG-blast Re:device or camera? (248 comments)

I dunno - my 4yo has a $30 camera, 640x480 video and 3MP still. It's not state of the art by any stretch, but right now the quality of the picture is far more limited by user skill than technical quality. (And I don't mind her running around with it, because.. well... it's 30 bucks.

I'm trying to figure out why the poll has two "I owe the universe three cameras" options. (Doesn't anyone actually use algebra properly anymore?)

Yes, but your's is 4 years old, a new kids should come with much better cameras. And come on, it would be totally worth it to spend an extra $70 4 years ago and get a 12MP model. Soon kids will be coming with a giga-pixel as standard, then where will your 3MP version be? How are you going to feel explaining to him that his resolution is so bad because you would only folk out $30...

more than 3 years ago

ARM-Based Arduino Competitor At SparkFun

BLAG-blast Re:But does it run RISC OS? (106 comments)

Ah, somebody who remembers ARM's beginning.

From the SparcFun page:

In the past, ARM processors were notoriously unfriendly in non-professional environments due to proprietary tool chains and unfamiliar instruction sets. Because of this, they were conspicuously absent from classrooms and hobbyists’ workbenches.

ARM start off in the classroom in form of the Archimedes A3xx, the instruction set is simple and easy to learn, I've always found it very easy to get specs for an ARM chip (at least the ARM part, often combined with another chip on the same silicon, can't speak for the none ARM parts). I learnt the ARM instruction set in 1989 as teenager and pretty much every thing I learnt is still relevant. The

Anyway, long live Acorn Risc Machine!!!! Long live Acorn Risc Machine!!!! Long live Acorn Risc Machine!!!!

more than 3 years ago

Computer Opens Unmanned Store For Holiday

BLAG-blast Did they make a profit? (333 comments)

Given that they didn't have to pay any human staff, and 50% of customers paid, did they make or lose money? Also, if the automated teller hadn't of shutdown due to alcohol being purchased, would the number of paying customer have been much higher?

  • 1) Fire human employees.
  • 2) User computers.
  • 3) Relie on human honesty
  • 4) Profit!

more than 3 years ago

Iran Unveils Flying Saucer Using Old B-Movie Stock Photo

BLAG-blast Re:Stupid slashdot editors (174 comments)

I notice other subtle attempts to discredit Iranian domestically produced equipment in the US/western press. When ever an "allied" power makes a press release or claim to have produced it's own version of something (a submarine, rocket, satellite, etc.), the press refers to it as "domestically produced". When Iran makes a press release or claim to have made the same thing, the press calls it "home made", which seems to imply it was name in somebodies garage at home (and it's comparable to things like the home made Chinese oil drum submarine).

more than 3 years ago

Researchers Create Computer That Fits On a Pen Tip

BLAG-blast Re:Huh (110 comments)

store a week's worth of data at 1GB per second.

Indeed, impressive.

more than 3 years ago

Bing Is Cheating, Copying Google Search Results

BLAG-blast Re:Cheating? (693 comments)

Ah, so when the Bing toolbar is installed, it indexes every page and link the user visits, to the point that if a couple of users are on a page with a random character string and link on a link it will update the Bing search engine/indexes. If so it would seem that Bing's index would be polluted with spam links, other people are spending a lot more time trying to get links into Bing than Google is. And as for your example with ford, this doesn't seem valid, since Bing already has index entries for ford (and other normal/popular terms), this is about what bing does when it doesn't have any results.

This certainly doesn't look like FUD from google's part, it does seem kind of clever of MS, but also seems rather questionable from a moral point of view, I doubt it's illegal like some people where claiming.


more than 3 years ago

Bing Is Cheating, Copying Google Search Results

BLAG-blast Re:Cheating? (693 comments)

Eh, what? Can you explain "purposefully seeded information" and "could have done the same with other web pages"? I don't get your point, or understand what you are trying to claim (other than Google did something bad, but I am not sure what).

Note, my response is a simplified answer to the "how could they have done that" question posed earlier. I am not claiming that this is what happened, just offering a possible answer to somebody's question.

more than 3 years ago

Bing Is Cheating, Copying Google Search Results

BLAG-blast Re:Cheating? (693 comments)

where does the string come from?

Somebody typed the word into a Bing query entry box and hit submit. I.e.: A person searches for a term, and if Bing doesn't have any results for that term, then it goes to, performs a search for the same term and returns those results. Does that help?

more than 3 years ago

Bing Is Cheating, Copying Google Search Results

BLAG-blast Re:Cheating? (693 comments)

The big question I have is: how?

if (bing.getResult() == "") then { return google.getResult(); }

more than 3 years ago

Man Arrested For Exploiting Error In Slot Machines

BLAG-blast Re:Idiotic Summary (611 comments)

Nope, not the case, because that WOULD be illegal. Every single roll of the random number generator must legally be "random" (or as pseudo-random as random number generators are capable of getting), which basically means every spin has to have the exact same 1 in whatever chance of hitting the jackpot.

The numbers would have been randomly generated, but they would have been generated far enough in advance that the house knows when it's going to happen. So you are betting on the out come on an event that has happened, rather than one that will happen. And you as you point out, the house could re-seed or adjust the current payout ratio to suit the situation (re-adjusting it later to conform to the required payout law, or not).

more than 3 years ago

US Banks That Offer Transaction History?

BLAG-blast Re:DCU/Patelco (359 comments)

+1 for Credit Unions

I am very happy with Patelco CU (also a tech/comms credit union). Full transaction history and they doesn't try to rob me at every opportunity! It's almost like open source banks!.... almost. Maybe we could start a credit union for open source developers?

I've been with them 14+years.

more than 3 years ago

Former Military Personnel Claim Aliens Are Monitoring Our Nukes

BLAG-blast Re:Correlation (498 comments)

Moving targets are harder to hit/locate. Also they serve the best meals aboard submarines.

more than 3 years ago

The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

BLAG-blast Re:Keyboard.... (715 comments)


about 4 years ago


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