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10 Years In, Mars Rover Opportunity Suffers From Flash Memory Degradation

Beat The Odds Re:I'm sorry (105 comments)

Too bad you must pay the shipping...

Both ways....

about a month ago
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Samsung To Discontinue Galaxy Alpha For Cheaper Galaxy A5

Beat The Odds Re:Galaxy Alpha - We Hardly Knew Ye (47 comments)

The Alpha only recently became available in the US, and it certainly had my eye, being not phablet sized but still a "flagship" class phone and very well built. I'd have been happy to pay the price, but I passed, for one simple reason:

TouchWiz.

No thanks Samsung. Not having it. Your TouchWiz crapped up A5 can sod off as well.

You don't have to get your undies in a bunch.

There are plenty of launchers that you can use instead of TouchWiz. I Use Nova Launcher Pro on my S4.

about a month ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

Beat The Odds Life form? (391 comments)

In what way is a "robot" a "life form"?

about a month ago
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Satellite Captures Glowing Plants From Space

Beat The Odds Re:NASA link (40 comments)

Here is a higher resolution version of the map: http://www.nasa.gov/jpl/oco2/p...

I live in an orange area of the US, and it's not the "corn belt" either, but the Appalachians.

We all know that the orange area is in Florida and not the Appalachians.

about a month ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Beat The Odds Re:Sets a precedent (589 comments)

Now every terrorist organization around the world will see how easy it is to control North American media.

Someone needs to.

about a month ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

Beat The Odds Re:device boot up won't stop terrorists (184 comments)

i have a postage sized mp3 player from china with a tf/sd card slot it boots up shows a menued screen and plays mp3s. a fake phone that has a plastic explosive bomb could easily use a 'fake' power on screen with menu and the menus would be browsable and possibly functional and also be a bomb.

so no this doesn't make airplanes safer.

It's just a little suspicious that your phone looks like this: http://midlifecrisishawaii.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/motorola-first_cell_phone.jpg

about a month and a half ago
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A Brilliant Mind: SUSE's Kernel Guru Speaks

Beat The Odds Re:What does he think (61 comments)

What does he think about systemd?

And emac vs vi...

about 2 months ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Beat The Odds Re:Expert. (358 comments)

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

about 4 months ago
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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 9 months ago
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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 and a half ago
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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 and a half ago
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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 2 years ago
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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: https://www.willowgarage.com/blog/2010/07/06/beer-me-robot

more than 2 years ago
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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!

more than 2 years ago
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If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?

Beat The Odds Re:Capitalism (660 comments)

Do you mean "Corporatism"?

more than 2 years ago
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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.

more than 2 years ago
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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.

more than 2 years ago
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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!

more than 2 years ago
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Woz Worries Microsoft Is Now More Innovative Than Apple

Beat The Odds Really? Woz? (333 comments)

Have you seen Windows 8?

more than 2 years ago

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