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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

Black.Shuck Re:The solution is obvious (485 comments)

how is apple able to upgrade their phones for like 5 years and Scamsung, LG and HTC cannot?

Apple is comparatively disciplined, releasing about one new phone a year, and hardware and software are under their full control.

Together, the others release dozens, and different companies share different responsibilities. Nice for consumer choice, but not so nice for support, since nobody wants to maintain a software stack nor wrestle with the politics involved in updating so many different devices.

yesterday
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The Paradoxes That Threaten To Tear Modern Cosmology Apart

Black.Shuck Re:I don't get it (229 comments)

Can anyone explain why empty space has energy?

Nope, but we have a name for it anyway: Dark Energy.

5 days ago
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NASA Video Shows What It's Like To Reenter the Earth's Atmosphere

Black.Shuck Re:Makes me want to play some KSP (75 comments)

Is it any more impressive than what Boeing or Airbus does? Or GM or BMW or ... ???

Not to diminish the work of those you mention, but yes. Yes it is.

about a month ago
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Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

Black.Shuck Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin? (144 comments)

...let's see:

Strictly speaking, Ripple isn't the name of the digital currency

So it's not actually a real competitor to Bitcoin. How about a look at the Wikipedia page:

It is not recommended for a user to grant trust to other parties unless the user fully understands the ramifications.

It is not recommended for a user to allow rippling unless they fully understand the ramifications.

At best, it's not competing with BC in the first place, and at worst it sounds too complex for consumers to get their heads around.

So I guess the answer to the original question is a resounding "no", but Betterage could have told you that.

about a month ago
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Asteroid Impacts May Have Formed Life's Building Blocks

Black.Shuck It's all "asteroids this" and "comets that"... (46 comments)

...isn't Earth what happens when a gazillion "asteroids and comets" bump into each other?

Think about that the next time you read "Comets brought water to Earth" or "Asteroids created the conditions for Life."

No shit they did.

about a month and a half ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

Black.Shuck Re:Woohoo, let's explore (140 comments)

Can the space fanbois provide some sort of explanation of what's being "explored" exactly?

The capabilities of the rocket.

about 2 months ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Black.Shuck Science in one word... (795 comments)

"Falsifiable."

If there's no way to prove your idea wrong, it's not science.

I think this is by far the most pervasive misunderstanding of science that the general public hold.

about 4 months ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

Black.Shuck Wrong. (215 comments)

Retro Game Crunch: http://retrogamecrunch.com/abo...

Sure, not as big-budget, but quite ambitious for a small team. And they delivered.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Black.Shuck Perhaps the iWatch market is the iPod market? (730 comments)

In a few iterations the Apple Watch will be untethered from the phone, have decent storage, and a slimmer form-factor than the monstrosity that was unveiled today.

In a world of tablets, smartphones and smartwatches, dedicated music-players are starting to look rather "quaint".

about 5 months ago
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MIT Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

Black.Shuck The next generation of MIT? (110 comments)

There's another MIT headline further down the front-page: "MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures"

I'm guessing timothy copy-pasted that headline then deleted everything except the first few characters, but forgot to zap the apostrophe. All to save himself the arduous task of typing "MIT".

Well, I'm just speculating, of course.

about 6 months ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Black.Shuck Confused. (752 comments)

This is a tragic story, but why is this on Slashdot? This is indeed stuff that matters, but news for nerds? Not so much.

Hopefully the integrity of the site won't be compromised by the sudden outbreak of humanity.

about 6 months ago
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Apple To Be Investigated By the EU Over Tax Affairs

Black.Shuck How do opinions like this still exist... (155 comments)

In the face of the last 17 years of Apple's progress?

Does software write itself? Services? Store-fronts and their employees? How about hedging against future competition or cannibalisation? Against mistakes like MobileMe or exploding batteries? Against patent-wars with similarly well-endowed companies? Will the time come when they don't sell any more kit because everyone is too satisfied to bother upgrading anymore? Was the last WWDC Keynote an absolute firecracker because of the excitement over the new APIs, or a squib because they didn't announce an iWatch or a TV?

You hardware guys are weird.

about 7 months ago
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Toyota Investigating Hovercars

Black.Shuck Solution: Get rid of steering-mounted air-bags... (186 comments)

...and replace them with bayonets poking out of the steering-column and pointed at the drivers face.

The roads would be full of careful drivers, well prepared for the upcoming wave of hover-vehicles.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

Black.Shuck Re:In a related trend: (253 comments)

... all your Google sites determinedly dumping you onto the wrong language and will simply find months of customer discussions of "it's still not fixed". It's even funnier when it turns out that there is a work around but it's in a different thread started some time after the first but with completely unassociated keywords and an explanation which, while correct is clearly incomprehensible to most of their customers.

Erm... Link please?

about 8 months ago
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Spacecraft Returns Seven Particles From Birth of the Solar System

Black.Shuck Re:Religious Relics (48 comments)

... devotees can pay an arm and a leg to be in the same room as the sacred dust motes.

Only if they're suspended in a Sun-beam!

about 10 months ago
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Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

Black.Shuck Re:Innovation? (264 comments)

Innovation != Invention

innovate |nvet|
verb [ no obj. ]
make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products: the company's failure to diversify and innovate competitively.
  [ with obj. ] introduce (something new, especially a product). we continue to innovate new products.

So yes, Apple innovates. They innovate on the execution of ideas, rather than invent new ones.

about a year ago
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Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp

Black.Shuck Re:Dennis Ritchie instead! (184 comments)

Steve Jobs would still be a amateur Geek in his garage if it were not for all the Giants of the industry that came before.

The whole computer industry would still be geeks in their garages if it weren't for Jobs.

That's not to say he's more important than Richie, but nerds like us need to recognise value outside of that which is purely technical.

Concerning stamps, you could put Balmer on for all I care.

about a year ago

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