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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

DaveyJJ OSX not affected? (239 comments)

I've now read that: "No versions of OS X or OS X Server are affected by the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug, because the last version of OpenSSL shipped by Apple in an OS was 0.9.8y, which is a branch not affected by this bug. So unless you've installed OpenSSL via MacPorts or Homebrew, your public-facing OS X servers/services should be immune to this bug." What say the wise ones here?

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

DaveyJJ Yeah, it "opens new opportunities" alright ... (535 comments)

For us to sell YOU as a product. "They trust me — dumb fucks." Youthful indiscretion on Zuckerberg's part? My hairy old ass it was.

about three weeks ago
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Big Bang's Smoking Gun Found

DaveyJJ That means Neil Turok's elegant cyclic model is... (269 comments)

Incorrect. Or, rather, been shown to be false by the evidence. And it was such a damn elegant model, too. Bravo to the team of researchers who've been working a decade on this satellite and these observations. I believe Neil and another scientist had a small bet about this, so he's also out of pocket a few dollars. Now we just have to hypothesise new ideas that will eliminate the many kludgy math bits out of Big Bang model. This news, and 120 more BlackBerry jobs lost today, means a sad day here in Waterloo (at the Perimeter Institute).

about a month ago
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Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'

DaveyJJ Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (458 comments)

Only literalist Christians who have no understanding of language at all and can't think for themselves (err, that would be all of the previously mentioned folks) misinterpret what the Bible actually says to claim the 6,000 year thing. The majority of people who call themselves Christian (followers of that hip and mythological dude, Jesus, whose own father concerns himself more with football apparently, than starving kids in Africa) do not think the Earth is only 6,000 years old.

The Hebrew word for "begat" (yalad) does not mean "son of". It's correct translation means "to bring forth" but in no way implies a father-child relationship. Compare Genesis 11:12, a verse that literalists take to mean that Arphaxad was the father of Salah, with Hebrews 7:9-10 in which begat clearly does not mean this since Levi isn't alive until 150 years after his "father". Begat indicates the first person was the originator of a (long) line of folks ending with the second person.

about 3 months ago
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Canadian Government Trucking Generations of Scientific Data To the Dump

DaveyJJ Stephen Harper is why ... (209 comments)

We can't have nice things. (Or facts, for that matter.)

about 3 months ago
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Using Nanotechnology To Build Thinner, Stronger Condoms

DaveyJJ Now, Bill go talk to the Pope and US teens (253 comments)

Bill Gates should use some of that clout of his to actually so some good re: condoms.

First, get on the phone and blast that mysogynistic virgin running the Catholic Church and make him promote condom use, especially in Africa. Then get US teens some proper, frank, honest and mandatory sex ed classes with all the gory details so that you combat the US having the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the industrialized world, according the the Center for Disease Control, who notes that 30% of women below age 20 get pregnant in the US. If those happen, then he can claim to be doing some good re: sex and condoms.

about 3 months ago
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CBS 60 Minutes: NSA Speaks Out On Snowden, Spying

DaveyJJ CBS interviewer is an intelligence guy himself (504 comments)

Regardless of CBS' political leanings, you'd have thought that the idea of CBS using John Miller, an ex-employee of the director of National Intelligence, and someone touted to be in the running for a top NYPD intelligence job, to be the interviewer would have stunk to high heaven. There was no criticism, no pushback and no attempt to suggest that the NSA has been doing anything wrong. Holy crickey ... did the NSA simply script this and hand it to CBS?

about 4 months ago
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Snowden Document Shows Canada Set Up Spy Posts For NSA

DaveyJJ Will work for toques and beer, eh. (177 comments)

Throw in a box of Timbits or some bacon, and we're nothing but your bitches, you macho Yanks, you.

about 4 months ago
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Satanists Propose Monument At Oklahoma State Capitol Next To Ten Commandments

DaveyJJ Re:Offensive (1251 comments)

Except god (Leviticus 19:28) DOES take offence if you do tattoo them on your forehead. So don't. ;-) And don't get some stupid tattoo talking about men sleeping with men if you can't bother reading just a few more passages into Leviticus.

about 4 months ago
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Satanists Propose Monument At Oklahoma State Capitol Next To Ten Commandments

DaveyJJ Re:"With its overtly Christian message" (1251 comments)

Which of the two sets of "not quite the same" 10 commandments are you referring to? The first set, which Moses supposedly smashed in a hissy fit (Exodus 20), or the second set, which actually are different than the first (Exodus 34)? And are you reading the Protestant, Catholic or Jewish version of them—again, different? Just to get my bearings, here. ;-)

about 4 months ago
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CubeSat Launch Visible Around U.S. East Coast Tonight

DaveyJJ Saw it with my kids from southern Ontario (34 comments)

We're up in Waterloo, Ontario. Watched the launch go on NASA live and knew I had about two minutes. Got the kids out the back patio and facing SE up into the clear night sky. Our backyard faces due south and the moon was just out of sight behind the corner of the neighbours house to my left (looking south). About T+120 seconds saw the orange exhaust glow for about 20 seconds before it faded out. A bit "ripply" due to the amount of atmosphere and angle. Not especially bright, about 50% of the magnitude of Venus this evening (earlier). Only got about 15 degree above the horizon, just about 5 degrees above the house to the SE of us. Cool. Saw a launch from Vandenburg (?) more than a decade ago from Arizona and it was much more spectacular. But any excuse to teach the kids and show them a rocket launch shouldn't be missed.

about 5 months ago
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Neil Gaiman On Why Libraries Are the Gates to the Future

DaveyJJ Re:The internet didn't kill the library. (149 comments)

Except ... income (including disposable) for the average American hasn't increased since the late 1960s. You have less real-world buying power now than your parents had five decades ago. While productivity has increased, your wages haven't. If the median household income had kept pace with the economy since 1970, it would now be nearly $92,000, not $50,000. (The 1% have seen their real-world income increase 240% in the same time, though.) Since 1990 the real value of minimum wage is up 21% ... but cost of living in that same time is up 67%. So while your basic premise may seem sound, the data about disposable income being the cause seems to falsify that theory.

about 6 months ago
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BlackBerry Founders May Try To Take Over the Company

DaveyJJ I thought Fairfax was short $1B? (118 comments)

I was under the impression, and had read reports in the last few days, that said Fairfax's offer wasn't going to happen at $9 because they were unable to get that much cash together for the deal? I think some are suggesting they are about $1B short and that $7/share was more realistic for them. That was why other players are now starting to seriously think about offers now, including Google and MS again? Or am I simply mistaken, and am having yet another one of my "old" moments?

about 6 months ago
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US Nuclear Commander Suspended Over Gambling

DaveyJJ Bud Selig says no Hall of Fame for you! (149 comments)

If it's only been actually cheating while serving your team, like Bonds, McQuire, Rodriguez or the other cheats, then you could be in. But gambling? No HoF for you.

about 7 months ago
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International Effort Could Put First Canadian On the Moon

DaveyJJ And a Tim Horton's by 2035! (152 comments)

Awesome news. If we can hit the 2030 mark for a Canuck, then we'll certainly have a Timmies on the moon by 2035 or so.

about 8 months ago
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Ballmer To Retire

DaveyJJ There is never a perfect time ... (633 comments)

"There is never a perfect time for this type of transition ..." Yes there is. Too bad it was five years ago.

about 8 months ago
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Birthday Song's Copyright Leads To a Lawsuit For the Ages

DaveyJJ Re:We need more than that (442 comments)

...publishing executives don't seem to realize is that everything DRM'ed will be lost in time, like tears in the rain.

I see what you did there ... lost "like tears in the rain". The Philip K Dick Foundation's lawyers would like a word, please.

about 10 months ago
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How Unity3D Became a Game-Development Beast

DaveyJJ Re:And Unity Still Sucks (115 comments)

Do let me know when the full UDK *editor* can run in OSX.

about 10 months ago
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Particle Physicists Confirm Arrow of Time Using B Meson Measurements

DaveyJJ Four years? (259 comments)

Well that took enough time, didn't it.

about a year ago

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Apple's new uber patent ... location services

DaveyJJ DaveyJJ writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DaveyJJ (1198633) writes "Once again, it seems Apple is about to take IP to a whole new level. Apple has been awarded a patent that pretty much wraps up what we know as "location services" as their own. In overview, the patent says that the system involved will display information that is specific to the location the device is in. Broad and powerful. Lots more on the news site and the USPTO site. I guess now we wait and see who Apple is going to use this against?"
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Podcaster rejected by an anti-competitive Apple?

DaveyJJ DaveyJJ writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DaveyJJ writes "Jogn Gruber, of http://www.daringfireball.com/ has brought to the world's attention yet another rejection of an application by Apple, but with perhaps a chilling twist for potential developers of productivity or utility apps. He points out that the iPhone 'Podcaster' app has been rejected because it duplicates iTunes functionality. He goes on to write ...

"Flabbergasting. This is the worst reason for an app to be rejected yet. As the author points out, by this logic, Apple could have rejected PCalc (for duplicating the built-in Calculator app), or any of the various note-taking apps. Check out the demo — Podcaster is clearly a serious app that provides functionality far beyond the iPhone's built-in podcast support. This stinks to high hell. Jon Rentzsch nails it in this tweet: the NDA is a mere annoyance, but a "you can't compete against Apple" policy is so wrong it breaks the platform. It is indefensible."

While it's possible that some case might be made for Apple yanking the "I Am Rich" app on the grounds of "consumer protection," and the "Pull My Finger" app on the questionable grounds of "good taste" ... I think this rejection sends a chilling signal to people developing productivity or business apps that perform and look great, but Apple simply doesn't like. That line in the sand needs much better public definition, Apple."
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Rogers announces iPhone for Canada

DaveyJJ DaveyJJ writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DaveyJJ writes "Rogers announces deal with Apple to bring iPhone to Canada Tuesday, April 29, 2008 — 08:42 AM EDT Ted Rogers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rogers Communications Inc. today issued the following statement: We're thrilled to announce that we have a deal with Apple to bring the iPhone to Canada later this year. We can't tell you any more about it right now, but stay tuned. Source: Rogers Communications Inc. MacDailyNews Take: We can't tell you any more about it right now... because it'll be the next-gen iPhone Steve Jobs introduces at WWDC. (Also, we're trying to figure out just how much more we can extract from our already-vastly-overcharged customers via our Big Ass Canadian monopoly that no other sane capitalistic country would even come close to allowing.)"
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