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GPS Spoofing Attack Hacks Drones

CXI Re:FUD (214 comments)

Is this where I come in and point out something about straws and men? I've been away for a while so it's taking a while to come back to me...

more than 2 years ago

The U.N.'s Push for Power Over the Internet

CXI It's all about control (326 comments)

It's pretty obvious that the point behind this is for member countries to make "free" services have an actual cost to the provider, thus driving traffic from Google, Facebook, etc. to local version of the same services in each country.

more than 2 years ago

Most Detailed View of Dark Matter Mapped By Hubble

CXI Re:Reminds me (93 comments)

I have similar questions that make we wonder about how these types of calculations are made. Like you indicate, are the theories considering all the energy of all wavelengths inside and emanating from a galaxy or a cluster when calculating its mass? We only "see" a tiny fraction of that energy. Are they calling the rest of it dark energy (which to me makes it sound unnecessarily mysterious) instead of just regular energy we can't observe? It should be possible to estimate this energy and how its mass compares to the estimate of matter for the same object. I also wonder when dealing with such huge scales if time issues are included in the calculations. If you are mapping matter in 3D across millions or billions of years the matter itself is moving, making the map less and less accurate and more distorted the father out is it from us.

more than 3 years ago

NASA Parodies Reach New Level of Awkwardness

CXI Re:intentional (28 comments)

I know who produced them and "campy" is his middle name. Well, ok I'll admit that that particular name is just an alias but I can't tell you his *real* name or he'd try to sell you copies of the promos on DVD.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Patents OS Shutdown

CXI Re:More Information and Clarification (404 comments)

The patent snippet you provide describes exactly the way that Windows 7 shutdown operates. You get a GUI listing all the programs currently still busy that are blocking shutdown with the option to force the shutdown anyway. Usually if you just wait things will finish their process and the shutdown proceeds. It's actually very poorly done as the pop-up of this window implies that something isn't working correctly. "These programs are preventing shutdown" makes them sound like they are hung. The wording and design could certainly have been improved to point out that things were *still in the process of closing* and not stuck.

about 4 years ago

Catching Satnav Errors On Google Street View

CXI I've reported errors myself, took forever (312 comments)

I noticed a number of errors on my Garmin which I confirmed were also in Google and reported them via the NAVTEQ Map reporter ( I thought at first that it was great that I could help, but after a few months of no action on my entries I sort of gave up on the site. Finally a year and a few month later I got replies from them for all of my submissions all at once. I don't know if they lack the field staff to verify entries or what but it was a bit odd given that I didn't submit them all at the same time. I even provided GIS maps and satellite photos but it still took over a year for corrections. It's a perfect crowd sourcing opportunity even for the commercial vendors.

more than 4 years ago

Best Phone For a Wi-Fi-Only Location?

CXI Re:Part of the decision... (289 comments)

You might also have issues with connecting to the wireless network. Some schools have web portals which require you to connect with a browser and provide credentials to get connectivity. That's not going to work to well for incoming calls. Other schools require certificate based authentication which might not work with certain devices.

more than 4 years ago

Photos of Chinese Sweatshop Used By Microsoft

CXI Nice headline, what about Apple, etc? (539 comments)

I know we always want to bash Microsoft here at Slashdot, but did the submitter fail to notice Foxconn (Apple's supplier), Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, Acer, Logitech and Asus all use this same manufacturing house? How about:

"Photos of Chinese Sweatshop Used By US Tech Companies"

I guess that just doesn't have the same bite? At least it's more accurate.

more than 4 years ago

Department of Education Purchasing 27 Shotguns

CXI Re:What's with the snarky comment? (25 comments)

I think the attitude of the summary extends from the failure to imagine what possible use the department of education could possibly have for firearms. Can anyone clarify?

I believe I could imagine them possibly using them to shoot people. Perhaps because it's a federal agency with a law enforcement arm. This is the biggest non-story ever.

more than 4 years ago

One Way To Save Digital Archives From File Corruption

CXI Re:Film and digital (257 comments)

You need to understand the trade offs between preservation and fidelity. I can put my film in a vault and without any additional work but to maintain the physical space, I can view my documents in a hundred years with nothing more than a candle and a magnifying glass. Can you say the same for digital? How much support equipment must you include? Do you have the proper power source? How many instructions on how to even operate it (in 50 years if someone found a perfectly preserved and operational mainframe with card input system and data on reel to reel tape, could they even use it?)? Candle and magnifying glass my friend. It's kind of like Blade Runner. You can have your high fidelity but at the cost of short lifespan. Anyway, my comment was just anecdotal until you choose to attack it as somehow not valid.

more than 4 years ago

Devices To Take Textbooks Beyond Text

CXI Re:Change one word and download? (115 comments)

My first thought was along a similar line. Who is going to pay $123 for an ebook!? Especially if you can't sell it back for beer money when you realize you're failing the class.

more than 4 years ago

VMware's Dual OS Smartphone Virtualization Plan Firms Up

CXI Re:Why? (179 comments)

It's not just the security aspect. When a company provides a cell phone it has tax consequences and there are specific reporting requirements where all personal calls must be identified and repaid to the company. Given the free and unlimited minutes, as well as the volume of calls someone would make, this is a major PITA to deal with. My employer requires that all calls on the work phone be work calls, period. Unfortunately, even though the IRS knows this is bad and wants to fix it, they have to ask Congress to do it, and hope that Congress does what they ask. Here's a good link with the related legislation:

more than 4 years ago

One Way To Save Digital Archives From File Corruption

CXI Film and digital (257 comments)

Ten years ago my old company used to advocate that for individuals who wanted to convert paper to digital, they first put them on microfilm and then scan them. That way when their digital media got damaged or lost they could always recreate it. Film last for a long long time when stored correctly. Unfortunately that still seems the be the best advice, at least if you are starting from an analog original.

more than 4 years ago

Google Tries Not To Be a Black Hole of Brilliance

CXI Cool, now I have a chance! (322 comments)

Awesome! I'm completely mediocre and therefore perfect for Google to hire. I mean, you can't let the rest of the world have all the average people can you? It wouldn't be balanced. Google needs me!

more than 4 years ago

Yet Another Premature Declaration of Email's Death

CXI Re:Attachments can go to hell (266 comments)

Do you have some solution to the "attachment problem"?

Is it necessary for me to have a solution to a problem in order to note that it's a problem? Not in my book. If no one can question something unless they can fully replace it, then we'll make zero progress, ever. Brainstorming is exactly what needs to be done, to get all ideas good and bad out on the table and find what will truly work. I really hate the "if you can't fix it, don't complain" attitude. It serves no purpose.

I agree that email is not a *good* storage medium, but how is it not valid?

It's not valid from a business standpoint for any reasonably organized office structure. That's plain to see in multiple areas such as: searching; backups; organized storage structure; multi-user access; reduction of redundant storage; effective sharing; version control; audit trails; etc. These are all mostly solvable using local solutions, the big issue is that there is no good universal system that handles this transparently. There are dropbox related services that are getting there but they aren't transparent enough to replace the current ease of just attaching a file and hitting send. I'll agree that unless a system is universally supported, it isn't going to be effectively used.

more than 4 years ago

Yet Another Premature Declaration of Email's Death

CXI Attachments can go to hell (266 comments)

(where do the attachments go?)

Attachments can go to hell, that's were they can go. We need to setup our communication methods correctly such that the message does not become the storage medium! I spend way too much time, effort and money trying to deal with people keeping files in their email and email archives as if it were a valid storage location. It just wasn't designed for that. So, I'm all for anything that makes it impossible to keep attachments directly with the message!

more than 4 years ago

In Trial, Kindles Disappointing University Users

CXI Re:Solving the Interaction Problem (247 comments)

Since the time e-paper was invented, I've always thought that someone should create an e-paper book, say with 20 pages or so it in. That would give you the tactile page flip, it could allow for scrawled notes, highlights and drawings with a special stylus, heck, you could even insert entire pages of notes and hyperlinks to other documents. Just don't dog ear it!

more than 4 years ago

IPhone 3.1 Update Disables Tethering

CXI Re:Buy a Pre (684 comments)

True as well, but even Blackberry seems to get more love than Windows Mobile.

about 5 years ago


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