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StatCounter Blasts Microsoft's Claim About IE Still Being the Number 1 Browser

Corson Still? (160 comments)

So, the pissing contest is still going on? Who would have thought.

more than 2 years ago
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U.S. Students Struggle With Reasoning Skills

Corson Yep, no surprise (488 comments)

But that's not an issue; they all will become managers and investors as all the "low level" jobs will be done overseas. Isn't this what globalization is about?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?

Corson The Linux desktop is broken (818 comments)

Both Gnome and KDE are becoming obsolete. They are heavy, slow, overcrowded, non-functional. I am not talking about Gtk+ or Qt, just their corersponding desktop paradigms. There is a reason why iOS, Android, and now Ubuntu do not use Gnome or KDE.

more than 2 years ago
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Earth Approaching Tipping Point Say Scientists

Corson Not the Earth (759 comments)

It's mankind. The Earth couldn't care less.

more than 2 years ago
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Grad Student Wins Alan Alda's Flame Challenge

Corson Re:Usefulness? (161 comments)

Hahaha! Yes, he was carbon-dated... it's a new kind of ice-cream! ;)

more than 2 years ago
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Grad Student Wins Alan Alda's Flame Challenge

Corson Re:Usefulness? (161 comments)

The Cro-Magnon man was dated at ~35,000 BC. Okay, maybe calling "mankind" the puny apes before that age is too much. :)

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox 13 Released, Debuts Brand New Tab Page and Homepage

Corson Yeah, well... (320 comments)

It also comes with a f* "Mozilla Maintenance Service" which installs without requesting user permisson and which I promptly uninstalled. If this new service is a requirement for FF to run and update then it's good-bye FF for me.

more than 2 years ago
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Grad Student Wins Alan Alda's Flame Challenge

Corson Usefulness? (161 comments)

Mankind has learned and used fire for over 100,000 yrs without needing to explain in words to a 10-12 year old something that is best grasped through the senses.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Kids Should Be Building Rockets Instead of Taking Tests

Corson Correct (381 comments)

Provided those kids know where their dicks are, which most of the rest of the world thinks that it requires studying and taking tests rather than growing up with a sense of self entitlement.

more than 2 years ago
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Taking Issue With Claims That American Science Education is 'Dismal'

Corson No inconsistency here (564 comments)

There is no inconsistency in what you wrote. Students are failing basic science tests yet US science is in the pole position. Others have already provided the most likely explanation. There is an obsession with getting a management position but someone has to be creative in a science/research project.

more than 2 years ago
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Antivirus Firms Out of Their League With Stuxnet, Flame

Corson Right... (233 comments)

Flamer has been out in the wild since cca. 2007, with a MS signed certificate, and the first IT security organization that decides to bring it to public attention is a Russian company, and the first removal tool is from a Romanian company. Right, because all of these antivirus companies are so dumb they cannot detect a 20 MB spyware pack on Windows machines for four years.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Certificate Was Used To Sign Flame Malware

Corson Really? (194 comments)

Flamer is out in the wild since cca. 2007, with a MS signed certificate, and the only IT security organization that decides to bring it to public attention is a Russian company, and the first removal tool is from a Romanian company. Isn't this a bit strange? Isn't it more likely that this NA-designed spyware targetting the Middle East was released with the tacit agreement of Western security companies and it only became known because the Russians, for some reason, decided they would not play the game? Microsoft being unaware for thw last few years that hundreds of computers are infected with a 20 MB spyware pack bearing a security certifice of their own? Come on...

more than 2 years ago
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Rights Holders See Little Point Creating Legal Content Sources

Corson It's okay (417 comments)

They'll just continue to have right between the eyes. In a market economy they refuse to adapt to what the market wants. I see dinos awaiting for the meteorite to fall.

more than 2 years ago
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War and Nookd — eBook Regex Gone Haywire

Corson dead tree (185 comments)

Yes, and you can Search & Replace "dead tree" with "paper" to make sure that readers view text as originally intended.

more than 2 years ago
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IT Desktop Support To Be Wiped Out Thanks To Cloud Computing

Corson Re:Survey? (349 comments)

Bring your own toy, why not, but it ain't gonna replace the two 22 in monitors sitting on every desktop in every organization claiming to have switched from paper to electronic documents.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Equipping a Company With Secure Android Phones?

Corson BB (229 comments)

There is a... um, little known company, don't know if you ever heard of it, called Research in Motion, that has been making security on their smartphones their main priority SINCE 1999.

more than 2 years ago
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IT Desktop Support To Be Wiped Out Thanks To Cloud Computing

Corson cloud == server (349 comments)

The "cloud" is just another type of server. The client/server paradigm has always existed in computing. MS Outlook and Lotus Notes are just sophisticated clients. What you are saying is that very thin clients, like the Web browser, will replace current desktop applications. I doubt the Web browser can provide the complex GUI that some of the specialized applications require, particularly if more than text data entry and retrieval is involved.

more than 2 years ago
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Researcher Develops Chemical Circuit Using Ion Transistors

Corson Wrong path? (27 comments)

It's funny that scientists try to create ion transistors and DNA-based computers. Nature has found other ways to process information, though. Trying to "replicate" electronic circuitry using biologic systems has all the drawbacks of both approaches and little if any of the benefits. Biologic systems are based on chemical diffusion in water solutions, therefore they are slower than electronic systems. However, they are massively parallel, self-organizing, self-repairing, swarm-like, use built-in negative and positive selection, and have a propensity for learning at all structural levels. More importantly, they mix "hardware" and "software" in a way that still escapes human understanding. But then again, why not...

more than 2 years ago
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Mono Abandons Open Source Silverlight

Corson Business oriented (336 comments)

How many of the posters here have developed software solutions that actually sell, that help make money? Being for open standards is great but if you want to put food on the table and gas in the car then you need to get paid. In a business environment it makes sense to choose the dominant platform and the development tools that are optimized for it. These happen to be MS Windows and Visual Studio. For a rich GUI application you can choose WPF for desktops and Silverlight for mobile. There is still Adobe Flash out there but its size and the Apple effect on smartphones/tablets have all but made it irrelevant on mobile. De Icaza and the gang opened up the iOS and Android platforms to .NET devs, which decreased the MS dominance to some extent. If you are an exclusive Java/C/C++ fan then you can just ignore the 8% .NET developers but that number is not so far from the 9.8% C++ developers. And BTW, I have developed and published Web apps (HTML5/CSS/JavaScript) for mobile and then I decided to stop wasting my own time.

more than 2 years ago
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Mono Abandons Open Source Silverlight

Corson Re:Refrain (336 comments)

Oh, and Objective-C at 8.3% but, unless and until the business world switches to Mac OS X/iOS, I think it's fair to label it as "entertainment".

more than 2 years ago

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The $100 personal gym?

Corson Corson writes  |  about 7 years ago

Corson writes "CBC reports that the 21st century diabetes epidemic affects almost 7.5% of the world population, almost 250 million people. Diabetes, or complications from the disease, now kills 3.8 million people a year or about the same number as HIV/AIDS. Nine out of 10 Canadians with diabetes have Type 2 and the percentage is probably similar in other developed countries. There is no cure for this condition; diet and exercise are recommended to keep Type 2 diabets and its complications in check. While there is hope that new drug therapies will become available in the near future (see also /. article Bone Hormone Linked to Obesity and Diabetes), one of the experts cited indicates that "There is no doubt that this is linked to the epidemics of overweight and obesity, and there is no doubt that this increase in overweight and obesity is linked to the profound way in which the life of those children and adolescents has changed over the past 10 to 20 years." But exercising is more easy said than done — for reasons that have to do mainly with mood, fatigue, time, and money. I wonder if the time has come to consider building an affordable, "$100 Personal Gym" that everyone could have in their bedroom to exercise on a regular basis with minimal time and financial constraints. Also, given that "...as long as developing countries continue to embrace the bad health habits associated with affluence, the diabetes epidemic will continue to grow.", they might benefit more from such a device than from the $100 Laptop."
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Programs cannot be uninstalled in Vista

Corson Corson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Corson writes "I am surprised nobody seems to have reported this on /. yet. Possibly after one of the latest updates in Windows Vista, two strange things happened: first, the Uninstall option is no longer available in the Control Panel when you right-click on older programs (most likely, those installed prior to the update in question, because uninstall works fine for recently installed programs; the Uninstall button is also missing on the toolbar at the top); second, some programs are no longer shown on the applications list in Control panel (e.g., Yahoo Messenger). A Google search returns quite a few hits on this issue (e.g., here, here, here, and here) but everybody seems to be waiting patiently for a sign from Microsoft. But M$ seem to have no clue or they would have fixed it already. I am just curious how many of you are experiencing this nuisance."

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