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iOS Trojan Targets Hong Kong Protestors

Dr. Evil Not much need to jailbreak IOS (60 comments)

I'm considering jailbreaking my iPhone to be able to run git. Otherwise... I just haven't had the need.

Android's a different story. You need to root your phone so that you can firewall your flashlight app.

9 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Multimedia-Based Wiki For Learning and Business Procedures?

Dr. Evil Videos... (97 comments)

"Here are 20 videos detailing stupid procedures you need to go through to request access to customers' systems/networks/databases to even think about doing your job"

Access request procedures change very fast and are tedious to contribute updates to.

Videos have a high friction to update. Out of date docmentation is worse than no documentation at all.

Wikis have a low friction to update. Even the new hire can fix things as they execute the procedures.

I don't know why people would use videos, but then I also think that videos are terrible learning tools. But then, maybe it's just me, there are some strong visual learners out there.

2 days ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

Dr. Evil Re:Curved Phones (421 comments)

It's a contradiction I guess. A really good design looks obvious.

...and a company which purports to support creativity, and feels so strongly about rounded rectangles that they introduce them as a graphic primitive on early systems (per Isaacson?), sues another company for daring to use rounded rectangles.

I hope they get sued for infringing on Samsung's design. Samsung went out of their way to find a way to make something equally effective, distinct non-obvious but obvious looking. Now Apple seems to think their screen size and aspects of design are obvious.

about a week ago
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

Dr. Evil Re:irony (200 comments)

Yes, that's why they had local events in other cities.

But I think it's kind of dumb to think that in a city with tens or hundreds of thousands of cars idling daily in traffic for the past 70 years, that 500 busses making a single trip is going to have a more negative impact than if leaders don't hear some kind of voice for change.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Dr. Evil Re:The over-65's swung it for No (474 comments)

"Also, the over-65's have the shortest time stake in this. plus have had the trappings of gold plated pensions that the generation behind them cannot look forward to. It's a disgusting state of affairs and as a Scot I am embarrassed for my country."

Young people can always jump ship and leave the country if a 'yes' doesn't work out. Elderly people can't. In that way you could say that they have the most stake in this. Selfish? yes, but their ability to help themselves was in their youth. They did that and now, after playing by the rules of the U.K. for their lifetime, it's risking uncertainty to change the rules.

about two weeks ago
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'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

Dr. Evil Re:Dogs as compass (127 comments)

Spoken like a C programmer.

about two weeks ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Dr. Evil Re:It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

I do stand corrected, "gibberish" is spelled with a "j".

Now tell me what evidence there is that global warming is a hoax?

about two weeks ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Dr. Evil I'm not sure why this stuff gets modded up. (635 comments)

Citing the errors of celebrities, powerful politicians, authors, lobbyists, or influential policy advocates as evidence of the failings of science is... also jibberish.

Ignoring science is being ignorant. Pretty much by definition.

As for Gore being wrong, I'm not so sure about that:

Former Vice President Al Gore references computer modeling to suggest that the north polar ice cap may lose virtually all of its ice within the next seven years. “Some of the models suggest that there is a 75 percent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during some of the summer months, could be completely ice-free within the next five to seven years,” says Gore.

I'm sure you can find one instance where he spoke off the cuff and oversimplified, but whatever.

Do you deny the opening of the arctic passage?

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/27/us-shipping-coal-arctic-idUSBRE98Q0K720130927

Are you supporting this conspiracy theory of a "global warming hoax?" If you know something, speak up, it could be one of the greatest upsets in the history of science.

about two weeks ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Dr. Evil Re:It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

Ignoring science in favour of conspiracy theories is ignorant.

Citing the errors of celebrities as evidence of the failings of science is... jibberish.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Dr. Evil Flaw (418 comments)

The greatest flaw is that the person at the call center would understand what Tor is.

about two weeks ago
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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

Dr. Evil Re:optimistic vision of a future (99 comments)

Compare the role of women in I Love Lucy to that of Star Trek.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desilu_Productions

about two weeks ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

Dr. Evil Re:Who the fuck (222 comments)

Truth can be strange.

http://aaplinvestors.net/stats/iphone/pricing/

From that source, the iPhone 5s was $649 in Sep 2013. Expired auctions on ebay show the 16G 5s selling regularly on ebay for $500.

People are still *paying* 80% of the value. Not sure why.

I admit, I shouldn't have said "iPhone 5" though, it's older and going for $400.

about three weeks ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

Dr. Evil Re:Who the fuck (222 comments)

The same people who are selling their iPhone 5 on eBay for 80% of its original price.

about three weeks ago
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In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

Dr. Evil Only as long as the warranty (183 comments)

"From the company’s point of view, the first implantation was a success. The patient survived for 74 days within the framework of a trial where the benchmark for success was 30 days."

Something must be lost in translation here.

about three weeks ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Dr. Evil LotusScript (387 comments)

Not holding my breath for My LotusScript skills to come back into style.

about three weeks ago
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Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

Dr. Evil Re: Or so they say... (142 comments)

The examples from the wiki describe situations where the initial source was legal, but protected. E.g., placing a sting in the path of a suspect on the word of a protected informant, then omiting the reason for their 'luck' in finding the suspect. Or e.g., withholding NSA wiretaps from DEA until the citizen or geography of the source is determined to be foreign (unethical, but not illegal).

In this case, they would be seizing servers (illegally), then searching them for a weakness to cover their asses, then lying to the judge about it(illegal), and hoping the logs agree with their probes (possibly revealing their lies), or altering them to match (illegal).

I might be naive, but I think the discovery of the IP source through the weakness in the captcha is totally plausible. I also think that Joe law enforcement officer doesn't want to end his career in disgrace over something like this.

about three weeks ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

Dr. Evil Re:At home too (185 comments)

The assumptions make sense now... just a mistaken identity. Totally okay, thanks for saying so.

about three weeks ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

Dr. Evil Re:At home too (185 comments)

"you have not performed a single successful install of Ubuntu on Thinkpad"

... another grave and ridiculous false assumption.

about three weeks ago

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Kickstarting a Free Textbook

Dr. Evil Dr. Evil writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dr. Evil (3501) writes "Back in the day, I had a prof who wrote a text on Optics and sold photocopy editions for $5. We got cheap books and he got feedback to improve them. A friend of a friend is now doing the same for his philosophy students, except he's using Kickstarter to fund the book and offer digital editions free. Is this common? Are other professors doing this? He writes:

If you took a course in philosophy or critical thinking at college or university, you paid an average of $70 for your textbook. I think that's too much, especially for students who have to choose between food and the rent, two or three times a year, like a lot of my students. Yet the cost of these books never goes down, because students are a captive market.

So, I've been writing my own textbook, so that my students don't have to buy one. I'd like to expand and improve it and then make it available to the whole world, for free.

This Kickstarter campaign will allow me to bring in more contributors, get more research resources, and hire designers and artists and translators, so that we can put together a very high quality teaching tool, and make it available to every student in the world.

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