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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Beat The Odds Re:Expert. (259 comments)

I don't know for sure, but since this albums took 5 years to produce...maybe 4 years was CS education.

4 hours ago

Report: 99 Percent of New Mobile Threats Target Android

Beat The Odds They are not much different (269 comments)

Get real. Android is a little over 50% and Apple (iOS) is a little under 50%.

about 5 months ago

Are You Sure This Is the Source Code?

Beat The Odds Re:Bogus argument (311 comments)

"Exact binaries" is not the point of having the source code.

Uh, you must not have worked in a shop that does continuous integration automated builds? Do you really think QA should be handed binaries that you compile and have them trust them?

The problem is that GCC will always give you a different binary every time you compile from the same source. This makes it impossible that the binary you received comes from the source you claim to have used. You can get around this by never receiving binaries from anywhere but the automated build machine but it would still be useful to be able to test that a build that you received was built from the code you expect.

There were several reasons why Apple moved away from the GCC tool chain to LLVM and Clang but one of the abilities of the LLVM stack is that you can actually get identical binaries from the same source compiled on different machines at different times.

You confused my post and gotten it EXACTLY BACKWARDS. But thanks for playing....

The point that I was making is that source code does not always build "exact binaries". Now if someone is giving you both a binary and the source code and claiming that the source produced the binary, there is really no way to prove that one way or another. But at least you know that you can build a binary from the source code and know what is in THAT binary.

about a year ago

Are You Sure This Is the Source Code?

Beat The Odds Bogus argument (311 comments)

"Exact binaries" is not the point of having the source code.

about a year ago

Male Scientists More Prone To Misconduct

Beat The Odds Mad? (300 comments)

Am I the only one that read the title as "Mad Scientists More Prone To Misconduct" and said to myself "Duh?"

about a year and a half ago

Dell Gives Android the Boot, Boots Up More Windows 8

Beat The Odds Re:good luck with that (408 comments)

I once trained an Australian Shepherd to fetch beer from the refrigerator. But I wouldn't recommend it as a business model.

Here's one for your business model:

about 2 years ago

Why The Hobbit's 48fps Is a Good Thing

Beat The Odds Re:Why? (599 comments)

I guess that depends on how you define it. On interlaced broadcast (like all old TV), you get a half-frame every 50 seconds, where half-frame means either the even or the odd lines, alternating.

No wonder it looks so crappy!

about 2 years ago

If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?

Beat The Odds Re:Capitalism (660 comments)

Do you mean "Corporatism"?

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Security Essentials Loses AV-Test Certificate

Beat The Odds Re:Defective product. (185 comments)

I would agree that 3/4 of AV success is avoiding "dodgy" sites. However, I have never had any problems with malware on any porn site. The sites I have had problems with malware on were like pics of celebrities on Google Images, and you get a redirect to a malware driveby site, or, you lick on an ad that promises things free that should not be ... that kind of thing. I Used to AVG 2012, but when it went to 2013 it refused to activate, so I switched to Avast, and have not looked back. Higher rated and better protection.

Well for crying out loud, stop licking on those ads. That'll get you every time.

about 2 years ago

The Coming Wave of In-Dash Auto System Obsolescence

Beat The Odds Re:No fancy gizmos please... (445 comments)

The same way we did before GPS, by actually knowing where we were going. I'm nearly 40 years old and never once used GPS to go anywhere and I've never been lost. I've looked at a map a time or two before I went somewhere, but never GPS. I've driven all over the country too and in some very large cities and some very backwoods locations. Never understood why people really needed GPS, seems like a fancy waste of tech to me.

And I'll bet that you get there with a horse and buggy. Good job.

about 2 years ago

Woz Worries Microsoft Is Now More Innovative Than Apple

Beat The Odds Re:Really? Woz? (333 comments)

Do you want to know just how innovative Windows 8 is? (at the risk of getting a little off topic)

Had a difficult time getting the upgrade to run. Got the informative error message "Windows 8 installation has failed". That helped tremendously. Then, finally got it installed and thought that running "Windows Update" might me a good idea (I was wrong on that one). I installed a few updates and needed to reboot (no surprise there). During this reboot it said somethings like "upgrade failed, restoring old OS". Back to Windows 7. Whoopee!

about 2 years ago

Woz Worries Microsoft Is Now More Innovative Than Apple

Beat The Odds Really? Woz? (333 comments)

Have you seen Windows 8?

about 2 years ago

On Daylight Savings Time:

Beat The Odds Just how stupid is it? (475 comments)

The best one that I've heard regarding how stupid DST is:

It's like cutting off the bottom of a blanket and sewing it to the top because the blanket is too short.

about 2 years ago

Nvidia Doubles Linux Driver Performance, Slips Steam Release Date

Beat The Odds 32 bit OS? (363 comments)

Why was this test done on a 32 bit OS with 8 GB of RAM?

This means that it was running that crappy PAE kernel.

Far better to test on a 64 bit OS instead.

about 2 years ago

Android Will Surpass Windows By 2016, Say Gartner Stats

Beat The Odds Getting real (149 comments)

1) No, Android is not for the destkop... that's called Linux

2) No, Gartner is just comparing the number of apples with the number of oranges.

Move along...

about 2 years ago

Would You Put a Tracking Device On Your Child?

Beat The Odds Age appropriate.... (610 comments)

No, he's 29 and he'd be pissed.

about 2 years ago

Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal Out Now; Raring Ringtail In the Works

Beat The Odds Re:lamest name ever (318 comments)

I'm holding out until Wascally Wabbit is released.

I'm holding out until Wascally Wabbit is weweased.

about 2 years ago

Verizon Draws Fire For Monitoring App Usage, Browsing Habits

Beat The Odds Re:Now people have tags (136 comments)

Verizon's the first, but watch Google and others to follow now that it's mainstreamed. We're all going to get put into consumer categories based on our online activities:

sports fan, shoe fetish, gear head, porn enthusiast

These will match up to categories of products which we will then see repeatedly everywhere we go until we get so paranoid we buy them just to feel normal.

It's like minority report, but as a for-profit business instead of a pre-crime intervention.

Maybe you should actually watch Minority Report.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

Beat The Odds RedHat-Mandrake-Ubuntu (867 comments)


I got a kick out of my young daughter who used to call Mandrake "Blue Hat"....

about 2 years ago


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