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Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals

Begemot Another proof (122 comments)

I can tell the same by looking at some of my neighbors

yesterday
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Begemot Re:There's an app for it (396 comments)

I know - my point is that everybody slows down before cameras and speeds up again afterwards. If the cameras would share the data and measure average speed between the first and the last camera, and check if that speed was OK, then it would be valuable.

2 days ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Begemot There's an app for it (396 comments)

I drive a lot in Israel and use an app that warns me about cameras and spots frequented by traffic cops. Never got a ticket so far.

They could take pictures of all cars, not necessarily speeding, and measure their average speed. Could get those 50 million back.

3 days ago
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Samsung Paid Microsoft $1 Billion Last Year In Android Royalties

Begemot Re:Nevertheless, Microsoft is doomed (93 comments)

Really?

All large companies have the same IP strategy and they behave exactly the same simply because they can. MS is no exception. Grow up already.
Android makers are far from being as slow as you imply. If these patents would be worthless, they wouldn't pay anything in the first place.
Phones and tablets do not replace desktops and laptops. Chances are you wrote your post on a laptop.
MS has a much wider product line than you imply. Using Skype perhaps?
Bloated manpower? Mind to prove this statement?

about three weeks ago
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How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation

Begemot Re:How the Patent System Destroys Innovation (97 comments)

Patents are a monopoly on ideas

That's also a propaganda term. The patent system is flawed but not as much as you imply. You can only patent an idea that's not obvious and novel, which means you need to invest a significant amount of talent, time and money in order to develop this idea. Many people expect some protection of their investment in developing their ideas.

The question is in what would incentivize inventors more, the patent system or the lack of it. I don't see a clear answer to this question.

about 2 months ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Begemot Re:On topic, the argument makes no sense (454 comments)

Even if they are not precisely targeted they can hit something by mistake. Also, Iron Dome is set up to intercept only rockets that have chance to hit a real target in Israel. For instance if Hamas launches a rocket towards some Palestinian target (by mistake or deliberately), the Iron Dome won't stop it.

about 3 months ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Begemot From my personal and up-close experience (454 comments)

... it works for about 100%

and my point is: without clear evidence, both this and Postol's statements are equally Ill-founded.

Ted, shall we compromise on (100+5)/2?

about 3 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Begemot my watch serves me only as jewelry (381 comments)

so if the smartwatch can be as pretty as my omega, I'd use it
all the rest I got on my smartphone

about 3 months ago
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Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

Begemot Re:Agreed. (242 comments)

If the SQL servers is down, the last thing the boss wants is to fire me. Trust my 20 years of experience on both sides of the table.

about 4 months ago
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Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

Begemot Re:Agreed. (242 comments)

critical information?

How many of us really get critical information?

No text or email crap I'm getting is critical. My wife and the kids can call my mobile.

about 4 months ago
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Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

Begemot Old habits die hard (134 comments)

The enemies will exploit it, so they can't afford being not competitive. Surely they will exploit everything they can and let the bullshit art masters cover up. That's how they're trained to think and old habits die hard.

about 6 months ago
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Delta Replacing Flight Manuals with Surface Tablets

Begemot The reason is very simple (244 comments)

The Windows store is almost empty - less distractions for the users (pilots!).

They might also get a special custom tailored version of Windows that doesn't allow installing apps.

OTOH, it's quite dangerous as well, pilots may fall asleep of boredom ;)

1 year,23 days
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Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

Begemot Re:5C stand for cheap (773 comments)

Does the C stand for cheap?

Colorful China Crap

about a year ago

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Interoperability standards for Web Apps

Begemot Begemot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Begemot (38841) writes "With the rapidly increasing number of hosted web applications, there have been a number efforts to recreate some of the interoperability conveniences of offline operating systems — single sign-on, passing of files between web apps, passing user preferences like language, and organizing files (folders, tags) across different apps.

Previous efforts which address specific aspects have included OpenSocial (for social data) OpenID (for single sign-on) and OpenSAM (for file system access). This week G.ho.st launched a stack of APIs irreverently called GOSPL (standing for G.ho.st web OS PLatform) and an open directory of web apps. For the user GOSPL aims to allow discovery of web apps and allowing all web apps access the user's files while respecting the user's preferences. For the web developer GOSPL provides a WebDAV complaint user file system and direct access to the G.ho.st user base."
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Microsoft changed the "I'm a PC" campaign

Begemot Begemot writes  |  about 6 years ago

Begemot writes "Did anyone notice that Microsoft changed their campaign again? This is how it was (note the "Imagine NO WALLS" at the bottom on the left) and this is how it is now. They didn't rewrite the entire campaign — but this tiny little change must mean something. Also it still looks like MS not just used the tag line "No walls" but actually represent that they have some of the benefits that they don't (including mobility, independence and openness etc.).

Could it be because of the recent G.ho.st vs. Microsoft dispute over the tag line "No walls"? Kara Swisher of "All Things D" was the first to break the news, and then it was picked up by Tom's Hardware, Network World and many others. Funny they changed the campaign just after saying that the G.ho.st claims have no merit.

Some say that the trademark was not registered. OTOH, G.ho.st claims to have the rights for the disputed tag line by the virtue of use. And here's my question — if this would happen to you and your company — would you refuse to be bullied and protect your tag line and go against Microsoft even if your feeble attempt would look like a cheap publicity whoring?"
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Microsoft to ditch yet another ad campaign?

Begemot Begemot writes  |  about 6 years ago

Begemot writes "G.ho.st, a startup that offers a hosted operating system, has accused Microsoft of violating a company trademark with its prominent use of the phrase "no walls" in its recently unveiled US$300 million Windows marketing and advertising campaign.

Kara Swisher of "All Things D" was the first to break the news, and then it was picked up by Tom's Hardware, Network World and others.

Some say that the trademark was not registered, but it looks like that G.ho.st has the rights for the disputed tag line by the virtue of use. So should they bring back Seinfeld?"
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Israel + Palestine = (Web) 2.0

Begemot Begemot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Begemot writes "New York Times has a cute article about the first and very ambitious Israeli-Palestinian start-up: G.ho.st. They develop a free, Web-based virtual computer that lets users access their desktop and files from any computer and browser and recently presented it at the All Things D conference. G.ho.st also started moving in the direction of opening its source code to the community and already have their first open source project, called Pixie: http://code.google.com/p/pixie-os/."

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