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Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad

CannonballHead Re:Fiduciary can get it done (465 comments)

They *sent* the password? Which means they actually store it in a way that they have access to the password itself (and not just a hash or whatever of it)?

about 7 months ago
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IBM Begins Layoffs, Questions Arise About Pact With New York

CannonballHead Re:Why bother? (182 comments)

Telecommute options. :)

about 8 months ago
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Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

CannonballHead Re:It's only Apple. (241 comments)

I think the summary was actually saying that Apple did NOT clearly spell out its support schedules like many other software companies DO. Rough quote - "this would not be noteworthy if Apple, like other software vendors, DID...."

So it's saying other software vendors DO do that, but Apple does not. Which is what you're saying. Can't we all just get along... ;)

For all of Microsoft's failures, bad business practices (particularly in the past), etc., they seem to be doing some things right these days. I'm not too big of a fan of the new start screen (easily fixed) ... although my wife, while finding parts of it annoying, also finds it somewhat intuitive ... but Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 seem to be pretty solid OSes.

about 8 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

CannonballHead Re:Meh. (2219 comments)

I see critiques about the current system all the time. There are things broken, things that could be made better, etc.

about 8 months ago
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95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP

CannonballHead Re:Go to 8 (346 comments)

Actually, how would Metro be a bad thing? This is pretty much exactly what Metro is meant for - one application, completely full screen, used with a touch screen ...

about 9 months ago
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95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP

CannonballHead Re:yes, but... (346 comments)

I'm actually more concerned with the those ATM teller machines outside of my bank.

about 9 months ago
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Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

CannonballHead Nerds like guns? (934 comments)

Some nerds like guns. Some nerds REALLY like guns. In fact, some nerds are defined by the fact that they play a ton of games that revolve around, pretty much, guns... So, guns themselves aren't "anti-nerd."

about 9 months ago
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Interview: Ask Alan Adler About Flying Toys and the Perfect Cup of Coffee

CannonballHead Re:Cafestol? (76 comments)

Also, I totally forgot that this was a Q&A and you were asking Adler. Ha. :)

about 10 months ago
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Interview: Ask Alan Adler About Flying Toys and the Perfect Cup of Coffee

CannonballHead Re:Cafestol? (76 comments)

I'm not quite as up on the oils part, but there does exist a reusable steel mesh filter for the Aeropress as well, from Kaffeologie. I just got one and it seems to work pretty well.

about 10 months ago
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U.S. Measles Cases Triple In 2013

CannonballHead Re:Duh (462 comments)

Other than the simple examples (polio, smallpox, etc.) ... could you elaborate? Say, for example, the Hep. B vaccine given to infants (as in, at birth)?

Are you arguing for vaccination in general or arguing, specifically, for every single vaccination that is recommended?

It's simply not as clear as you want to believe, with reference specific vaccines. And no, I don't actually subscribe to the debunked/fraudulent vaccine-gut-autism link by Wakefield. But I have actually looked for specific data regarding specific vaccines and found them to be incredibly lacking. Or non-existent.

In the case of the Hep B vaccine, it is given to infants, and yet, according to the CDC, the way infants get Hep B:
How does a baby get Hepatitis B?
A baby can get Hepatitis B from an infected mother during childbirth.

But the infant is given the vaccine regardless of whether the mother has it. Huh. Yes, there are risks related to Hep B, but what are those risks to the infant if the mother is actually tested? Suddenly, we are narrowing it down to the risk of getting Hep B and the risks of the illness itself ... narrowing those risks down to the amount of women who are tested for Hep B and are given a false negative...

tl;dr: don't assume that people who refuse individual vaccines (1) think all vaccines are bad and (2) only research quack sites.

about 10 months ago
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Get Ready For a Streaming Music Die-Off

CannonballHead Re:Magnatune (370 comments)

I agree, it's limited and niche... but I like the model. :)

about 10 months ago
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Get Ready For a Streaming Music Die-Off

CannonballHead Magnatune (370 comments)

I don't know if Magnatune is financially viable, but I appreciate their business model. They used to actually sell albums, now they just do a monthly service thing but you can download/listen to as much as you want, as I recall? And they don't try to own your files once you download them, etc. And, from what I recall, artists get 50%, Magnatune gets 50%.

It seems fair, and there are a lot of decent artists, especially if you are into world or folk music. Lots of good classical stuff, too (smaller ensembles, not really big orchestra types).

about 10 months ago
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Winamp Shutting Down On December 20

CannonballHead Re:Where are they now? (400 comments)

I had no idea Reaper was made by the original WinAmp people. I love Reaper and own a paid license for it.

about a year ago
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Monthly net electricity use in my household:

CannonballHead We use a lot, but... (327 comments)

We don't have gas and we have our own (rather deep) well and pumps.

All the people that have city-provided water and gas, their electric bill doesn't really give a good picture "energy usage." :) (granted, I'm sure it's much more efficient to provide pressurized water city-wide vs. house-by-house)

about a year ago
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BP Hired Company To Troll Users Who Left Critical Comments

CannonballHead I see what you did there (263 comments)

Summary: BP accused of hiring
Headline: BP hired

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Developer Responsibility When Apps Might Risk Lives?

CannonballHead Re:Users (100 comments)

You buy car. The car says it has brakes. The car only has brakes that work, though, when you are going less than 20mph.

Bummer for you, I guess. You should have known better. You should take responsibility for your own choice to buy that car! Why didn't you get under there and check the brakes thoroughly first? What, you want to sue? Everything they said was completely true, the car has brakes...

Admittedly, this is a silly and exaggerated example, but I personally have no doubt that a lot of advertising does this.

The problem isn't necessarily that people are stupid now. The problem is that things are more complex. It's not like most of my purchases are ... well, animals or food.

And even food is hard, now, since we do such complex things to it and with it... heh.

about a year ago
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Facebook and Cisco Offer Check-In Service For Free Wifi

CannonballHead Second FB account? (67 comments)

Couldn't one just register a second Facebook account and use that for the check-ins? I don't really care if Facebook knows where "Bob Smith" has gone.

1 year,17 days
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Excess Coffee May Be Linked To Early Death

CannonballHead Re:I'm worried! (220 comments)

Congratulations; leading causes of death no longer cause death for you, I guess. Watch out for the runners-up. ;)

about a year ago
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Why You Shouldn't Trust Internet Comments

CannonballHead Re:Perception vs actual rating (180 comments)

My favorite thing to do is read all the lengthy reviews. Someone who goes in depth into the product can give valuable feedback. Also, when someone says they've had it for a few months or something (rather than "I just got it 5 minutes ago and it's SO FUN and hasn't broken! Exceptional quality!") and are reviewing it after using it regularly ... that sort of thing. In other words, reviewing actual usage rather than reviewing how well it was shipped or packaged or how it "feels" when they first opened it and used it once.

about a year ago

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Online retailer Kogan.com taxes IE 7 users

CannonballHead CannonballHead writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CannonballHead (842625) writes "Australian online retailer Kogan.com has begun adding a tax to orders placed using Internet Explorer 7. Apparently, IE 7 users represent about 3% of the Kogan.com's customer base, but his IT team had to make many changes only to make things display properly on IE 7. ""I was constantly on the line to my web team. The amount of work and effort involved in making our website look normal on IE7 equalled the combined time of designing for Chrome, Safari and Firefox," Mr. Kogan said.""
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Hulu pulls content off Boxee

CannonballHead CannonballHead writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CannonballHead (842625) writes "Hulu is requesting that Boxee stop making Hulu's videos available, according to a statement posted to Boxee's blog. Hulu stated that the problem is with their own content providers. "Our content providers requested that we turn off access to our content via the Boxee product," Hulu wrote. "We are respecting their wishes."

Avner Ronen, CEO of Boxee, has stated that he is disappointed and that he hopes "that they will realize the opportunity is greater than the threat.""

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Apple's 358 Page iPhone Patent

CannonballHead CannonballHead writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CannonballHead (842625) writes "Apple is filing a patent, apparently because they are scared of Palm's upcoming smartphone, Pre. "The announcement of Palm's new smartphone (dubbed Pre) has clearly sent shivers down Apple's spine [...] Armed with the 358 page iPhone patent awarded last week, Timothy Cook who runs Apple in Jobs' absence has now threatened Palm with legal action.""
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Potential XP to Windows 7 Upgrade Deal

CannonballHead CannonballHead writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CannonballHead (842625) writes "

Details are sketchy as of this point, but strategically, it is designed to mitigate the number of users who are putting off buying a new computer, because they would rather go directly to Windows 7 from XP, rather than deal with Vista.

The brief article also mentions that although it is only a rumor, "TechArp does claim to have seen a copy of a letter Microsoft sent out to its OEM partners.""
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Linux user's guide to HP-UX/AIX/Solaris

CannonballHead CannonballHead writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CannonballHead (842625) writes "I use RedHat and SuSE Linux at work, as well as HP-UX, AIX, and Solaris. I'm fine with Linux, which I've used fairly extensively, but AIX/HP-UX/Solaris can still be a challenge. Is there any resource out there that compares the four systems and is geared towards a Linux user? A simple example would be where filesystem information is kept; it would be nice to be able to look up /etc/fstab in a resource and find the HP-UX, AIX, and Solaris equivalents."
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CannonballHead CannonballHead writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CannonballHead (842625) writes "
Researchers have spent eight years constructing the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at the Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island in New York state. Its goal is to smash the nuclei of atoms together and study their wreckage to determine the fundamental properties of matter.
Apparently, there are fears about the smashing of two gold atoms together, fears about it creating strange particles that will engulf the entire earth, or creating a black hole that will suck the entire earth into itself in a few minutes. I knew money was powerful, but I didn't know gold was that influential."

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