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Ask Slashdot: Why Isn't There More Public Outrage About NSA Revelations?

BearRanger There's no Constitutional right to privacy (610 comments)

...At least not an explicit one. I'd argue that this emboldens the government into thinking they can get away with it. The lack of outrage at their actions reinforces this belief. Americans have been sufficiently distracted by the many other calamities generated by their government. Fixing campaign finance and explicitly defining privacy rights would go a long way towards bringing America back from the extreme place it finds itself.

about 9 months ago

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Grounded In US and EU

BearRanger Japan? (301 comments)

Japan grounded all of its Dreamliners a day earlier than America or the EU, and yet they aren't mentioned in the headline? There are 24 Dreamliners in service in Japan, more than in any other country. You'd think they'd get some credit for having their air safety experts raise the alarm while the US was still "confident in the safety of the aircraft.

about a year and a half ago

Best Trek Captain?

BearRanger Re:Couple of points (618 comments)

Deep Space 9 addressed this. After Sisko and crew had their little adventure in the past, they had a visit from Starfleet Temporal Investigations. When they found out Sisko met Kirk they summed up Kirk's entire career with these words: "James T. Kirk? The man was a menace!"

about 2 years ago

Credible Reports of a 7.85 Inch iPad Mini Emerge

BearRanger "Eyes Free" (193 comments)

What if the smaller iPad wasn't intended for end users but for another OEM?

With the announcement of "Eyes Free" and a Siri button for automobiles how great a leap is it to put an iPad in your car too? Instead of those pricey in dash nav screens that all of the auto manufacturers make, what if a few of them designed an in dash dock instead? It could come with a detachable iPad capable of replacing the nav, the entertainment system, and provide a platform for new apps. And you'd be able to take it with you when you parked. Or not--Apple could always make a non-detachable model too, but I don't see that as being quite as useful.

Either way, we'll know if there's a 7 inch model coming or not soon enough.

about 2 years ago

Apple's Siri As Revolutionary As the Mac?

BearRanger Re:What about the people that created it? (692 comments)

The Siri that exists for the iPhone is not the Siri that existed two years ago. I know, I had the app on my phone. The reason Apple gets the credit is because Apple's deep pockets made the current version possible. Apple saw the potential in the app and bought the company. They then integrated Siri into their existing built in phone apps. The new Siri is much better than the original app. Without Apple's cash that improvement might not have been possible.

more than 2 years ago

United Airlines Passengers Stranded By Computer Outage

BearRanger Re:US Airways last week, now United? (74 comments)

I don't think you're looking at this in quite the correct way. Disrupting air travel in the US on a massive scale would be a serious economic blow. You don't have to actually kill people to do a lot of damage.

more than 3 years ago

United Airlines Passengers Stranded By Computer Outage

BearRanger US Airways last week, now United? (74 comments)

At what point do you stop thinking of this as a glitch and start thinking of it as an attack?

more than 3 years ago

US Funding Stealth Internets to Circumvent Repressive Regimes

BearRanger Shades of the Mujahideen (289 comments)

There's no way this can come back to bite America in the ass. No way at all. Just like arming and training the Mujahideen in Afghanistan all those years ago led to those weapons and techniques being used against Americans in recent years, these "stealth internets" can possibly be used against American interests in the future. You can't assume that the people you give these to will be idiots. They'll find a way to use these to set up secure communications channels to use for their own purposes, not just for the purposes America might wish them to be used.

more than 3 years ago

Have We Reached Maximum Sustainable Population Size?

BearRanger Re:We are stupid (1070 comments)

That's not what "consensus" implies at all. But thank you for illustrating my point.

more than 3 years ago

Have We Reached Maximum Sustainable Population Size?

BearRanger We are stupid (1070 comments)

Individually we aren't. But collectively we've shown, time and again, just how stupid we are. And we'll never be able to reach a consensus on a new economic model because of it.

I can't speak for people in other nations (I'm an American) even though I suspect I know how they would react. But I have a pretty good idea of how Americans will behave. Many of them will scream "socialist" and want nothing to do with it. Many others will complain about having to pay for it, even though they themselves are already beyond broke and use more resources than they actually contribute back. Some will never want to relinquish the (illusion of) control they believe they have over the world. We can't reach a consensus amongst ourselves, let alone with people who have different political philosophies. In other words, good luck getting us to agree with the Chinese or the Russians.

If there's going to be an intelligent solution found it will have to be found by the people with the rapidly growing populations. The future really is up to the Chinese, Indians and Africans. Don't blow it guys.

Of course it's just as likely some pointless war will greatly reduce the population pressure before the century is out...

more than 3 years ago

Apple Plans New Spaceship-like Campus

BearRanger Human alchemy (279 comments)

That's no building. I see through your nefarious plan, Jobs. You're building a giant transmutation circle. You'll fill it with 13,000 souls, perform horrifying experiments on them, and then sacrifice them all in order to create a Philosopher's Stone for yourself. You've pushed the boundaries of medical science and human alchemy is all that's left to you now...

Come on, people. Of course I'm not serious. Or am I...?

more than 3 years ago

Tunnel Boring Machine Completes Hole Under Niagara Falls

BearRanger Maybe not there... (193 comments)

But other tunnel boring projects do anticipate this sort of thing. I'll point to the city of Seattle and Washington state, which plan to replace an elevated freeway with a deep bore tunnel. Not through solid rock, but through glacial till material that is the equivalent of mixed dirt and gravel. Apparently the tunnel engineers don't think it will be a big problem to drill through it. (It will be hard on the drills themselves, but they can do it.) I think they're more concerned about the tunnel collapsing afterwards. Which was likely the concern at Niagara Falls too had they gone through something other than solid rock..

more than 3 years ago

NVIDIA Gets Away With Bait-and-Switch

BearRanger Hammer the vendors (336 comments)

My Macbook Pro had one of the offending NVIDIA chips. When it failed out of warranty Apple simply replaced it. They didn't send me to NVIDIA for a solution. I assume they hammered NVIDIA to get their money back for the replacement part. The OEM computer manufacturers are always going to have more leverage with their suppliers than you or I will. Responsible vendors should shield the end user from this sort of pettiness and finger pointing. After all, you didn't buy your laptop from NVIDIA...

more than 3 years ago

50% of Apple's Revenue Comes From the iPhone

BearRanger Re:This is why Apple is a dangerous company.. (292 comments)

I, too, have been conditioned to believe 7 impossible things before breakfast.

This is the problem with the stock market. Its fear driven. I *could* be afraid that Windows Phone or Android might make a big dent in iPhone market share. Or I can invest with confidence and wait for actual signs that this is actually taking place. Never mind the fact that 50% of Apple's profits come from products other than the iPhone...

more than 3 years ago

A5: All Apple, Part Mystery

BearRanger What's next? A tearful showdown... (124 comments)

Between A5 and its creator, Steve Jobs, who had to audacity to impress his own memory engrams on the new chip. Due to his ongoing "personal issues" the chip became unstable and slaughtered its opponents Motorola, Samsung, and RIMM. Jobs will remind A5 of how great they both are before playing dead and waiting for HP to join the fray...

Jobs also made a point of sending his regards to Captain Dunsel. AKA Steve Ballmer.

more than 3 years ago

NASA Announces Final Homes of Shuttle Fleet

BearRanger Re:Seattle wanted one...But still gets a win (195 comments)

You have a unique negative outlook on this. OK, maybe not so unique.

See here:

The trainer/simulator is one of a kind. People will be allowed to walk through it. The real Shuttles will be on view, but not allowed to be touched. I'll grant that people want to see the real thing, which is why the Museum of Flight wanted one. They didn't get one, but that's no reason to be negative or unhappy about what they DID get.

more than 3 years ago

NASA Announces Final Homes of Shuttle Fleet

BearRanger Seattle wanted one...But still gets a win (195 comments)

For the Museum of Flight's new space wing, which is pretty much finished, with an available space for a Shuttle. But instead the museum will be getting a full fuselage Shuttle trainer. In a way this is actually better. The Shuttle can't be touched. However visitors will be able to go inside the trainer. Just as every astronaut who has ever flown the Shuttle has done.

more than 3 years ago

Which Comic Character Is the Greatest Engineer?

BearRanger Guardians of Oa (316 comments)

There are other aliens on his list, so this is fair game. First they created an army of super robots to enforce justice in the form of the Manhunters. Then they created the ultimate weapons and power sources in the Green Lantern rings and power batteries. And never underestimate the social engineering skill it takes in building an organization made up of hundreds of races, genders and species in the Green Lantern Corps.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Continues Android Legal Assault

BearRanger Re:IF they hold the patents (344 comments)

Because those who can, do. Those who can't, litigate.

more than 3 years ago

Netflix To Start Creating Original Content

BearRanger Re:House of Cards (169 comments)

"You might very well think that. I couldn't possibly comment."

Well, actually I can, and I agree: "Americanizing" House of Cards will ruin it completely. It would be like making an American version of Doctor Who. Some things are just too sacrilegious to even consider.

more than 3 years ago



2011 Pwnie Award Winners Announced

BearRanger BearRanger writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BearRanger (945122) writes "2011 has been an epic year for exploits. The Pwnie Awards is an annual awards ceremony celebrating the achievements and failures of security researchers and the security community. The "winners" were announced at a ceremony in Las Vegas on Aug 3rd."
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Judge orders SAP to pay Oracle $1.3 Billion

BearRanger BearRanger writes  |  more than 3 years ago

BearRanger (945122) writes "The verdict is in on Oracle's lawsuit against SAP. A federal judge in Northern California has ordered SAP to pay $1.3 Billion in damages. The verdict came after less than a day of deliberations, and if upheld will be devastating to SAP, whose after-tax profits last year totaled $2 billion. This situation stems from SAP's purchase of TomorrowNow, a company that improperly used copyrighted Oracle software--which SAP allegedly knew about at the time of the purchase."
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EU Clears Oracle Purchase of Sun

BearRanger BearRanger writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BearRanger (945122) writes "At long last the European Union has approved Oracle's purchase of Sun Microsystems. Oracle will not need to divest itself of MySQL. It seems the commission took all this time to realize that PostgreSQL is a viable competitor after all. Given the delay and lost customers, is Sun still worth the price Oracle is paying?"
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Hubble photographs new "scar" on Jupiter

BearRanger BearRanger writes  |  about 5 years ago

BearRanger (945122) writes "Calibration of new systems in the Hubble Space Telescope (installed in May by Shuttle Atlantis astronauts) were interrupted to take pictures of the new "scar" near the south pole of Jupiter. The scar is believed to have been caused by the impact of an asteroid or small comet with the gas giant. Hubble's return to service will be delayed by this interruption, but NASA says that rare events such as this warrant the delay. This is only the second recorded impact of an object with Jupiter."
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