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The Physics of Space Battles

Fnord666 Re:Umm no (441 comments)

You'll only get fireballs inside the atmosphere. In space, you'll get jets.

And bodies. As atmosphere is vented it will take the crew in that compartment with it.

2 days ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

Fnord666 Re:Fighters (441 comments)

who cares if you lose ten fighters at a milliion credits each if they take down a capital ship worth a hundred billion.

The pilots of the fighters? No pilots? Then it's just a missile.

2 days ago
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Researchers Develop Purely Optical Cloaking

Fnord666 Re:Cloaking (59 comments)

What I find truly amazing is that there are still enough people around here to actually /. a site.

3 days ago
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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

Fnord666 Re:So offer a cost effective replacement (185 comments)

With credit and debit card fraud being a hot topic these days you might try looking for an investigative reporter in your local marketing area. They might do a "on your side" type of piece on your case, especially with all of the documentation you have.

4 days ago
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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

Fnord666 Re:So offer a cost effective replacement (185 comments)

Which, interestingly enough, a one-time-use, generated-on-the-fly, disposable credit card number would ALSO protect you against...

Which kinda suck for use as a recurring payment method.

4 days ago
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jQuery.com Compromised To Serve Malware

Fnord666 The key piece of info that you need to know (103 comments)

The key piece of info that you need to know is this:

The only good news in all of this is that there is no indication that the jQuery library was affected.

about a week ago
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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

Fnord666 Re:All this because Clang went Clunk? (203 comments)

Kickstarter isn't a random third party. As the great-grandparent said, they're essentially assuming the role of the stock exchange - as the middleman and facilitator of the process. Thus they have an interest in seeing that the process is transparent and to some degree regulated.

I disagree. I see Kickstarter as just a middleman that facilitates the introduction between idea people seeking funding and a pooled collection of small angel investors. Like all middlemen, they take a percentage for making the the introduction if it works out, but after that they are not involved.

The issue that I have with this model is that most people throwing money at projects don't understand the amount of risk they are assuming and probably don't have the necessary background to even evaluate that risk. They just see a chance to get in early on some new game/gadget/service without realizing that their prize may never appear.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Alternate Software For Use On Smartboards?

Fnord666 Re:What advice can I offer? (96 comments)

It's called 'Ask Slashdot' for a reason. What better group of people to ask than a group of geeks with diverse backgrounds? It's attitudes like yours that keep people from asking for help when they need it.

Wouldn't it be great then if Timothy would post it into the "Ask Slashdot" section?

about two weeks ago
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

Fnord666 Re:No biggie (185 comments)

I served papers on someone by email when I couldn't do it in person. This isn't particularly surprising.

And? Was it challenged in court and the judge found that such a process was legally binding? If not then I guess you got away with it.

about two weeks ago
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

Fnord666 Re:What? (185 comments)

wrong, proof of posting is not proof of service: someone has to sign for it.

The GP was talking about procedures in the UK. What country are you talking about? The rules are going to vary.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

Fnord666 Re:Nope they are clever (335 comments)

And, if you want to look at the causes for Visa and MasterCard's decision... the biggest single factor was almost certainly the deployment of Google Wallet, which moved NFC payment in the US from a "someday" possibility to "people are using it now". At the end of the day, Apple Pay will owe most of it's success to Google.

The biggest single factor was the shift to chip and PIN in Europe. That drove a large volume of card fraud to the US where card swipe and track 2 authentication was still the norm.

about two weeks ago
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

Fnord666 Re:Spot on (156 comments)

I buy damn near everything over the internet. I get exactly what I want from a competitive marketplace. Why can't I buy a car to my exact specifications direct from the manufacturer? If Amazon can deliver almost anything to my front door, why can't GM, Ford and Toyota deliver a car to my door?

In your scenario your going to hate it when you need warranty work and the dealers tell you that you need to take it to an authorized warranty repair center for directly purchased cars. BTW that service center is three states over.

about two weeks ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Fnord666 Re: Great one more fail (600 comments)

The only problem i have with this tech is that there are already states having laws that say that when this kind of tech is widely available that it will be the ONLY kind of gun that it will be legal to buy ... thereby eroding the 2nd amendment further.

Next they will require a 3g connection and a "kill switch" that will allow the "authorities" to disable a firearm as needed. I guess that would actually be a "no kill switch".

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

Fnord666 optimistic vision of a future (99 comments)

unique for its optimistic vision of a future where men and women of all races and ethnicities, not to mention non-humans,

Obviously created by a man whose "optimistic vision of a future" includes women wearing mini skirts and gogo boots.

about two weeks ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Fnord666 Re:10 and 2 is for older cars (326 comments)

I remember learning to drive on my grandfather's farm in his old Willy's truck. You had to double clutch because there was no syncro-gear and if you hit a deep dip or ditch the wheel would spin beneath your hands. It was vital for the survival of your thumbs to ensure that they were NEVER curled around the steering wheel or risk having them broken or torn off completely.

I was taught the same thing in the Army while learning to drive off road vehicles at high speed. Thumbs outside the wheel always when off road.

about two weeks ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Fnord666 Re:enh (166 comments)

Jamming the drone may give you some temporary relief, but even that won't actually cause the drone to crash, as modern drones have a "go home" failsafe if they lose signal.

That depends on how much power you are willing to use to "jam" it and how directional you choose to make it.

about two weeks ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Fnord666 Re:What are the bounds of property? (166 comments)

Out in the western United States you may well not own below your surface soil, you may well not own your mineral rights, you may well not own your water rights and you may well not even own the rain that falls upon your land. Check your deed and your state laws.

This. I got roped into a sales presentation one time in Las Vegas where they were trying to sell land in some no-name town that supposedly had an aquifer under it and the land was going to be very valuable very soon. The minute I mentioned mineral rights the sales team whisked me out of there so fast it took my hat 5 minutes to catch up. Clearly the deal was not actually going to include the rights to the water, if any, and they didn't want me anywhere near any of the other victims^H^H^H^H^H^H customers.

about two weeks ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Fnord666 Re:What are the bounds of property? (166 comments)

and guns are legal in most of the USA so i can shoot someone's drone out of the sky if it's spying on my property

The gun you are looking for is called a HERF gun. A HERF gun is a form of directed energy weapon. Think of it as an aimed EMP. The drone just drops out of the sky completely dead.

about two weeks ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

Fnord666 Re:Bummer (215 comments)

That seems like a bummer. I guess to many people feel they are getting ripped off to much to be willing to take a chance.

Too out of three isn't bad.

about three weeks ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

Fnord666 Most important line in the tech report (210 comments)

The most important line in the tech report by Mr. Weeks is the following:

No scammer group has ever called me, and I have never used this except to test it and in demonstrations.

So has anyone actually used this module successfully in the real world?

about three weeks ago

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Google acquires Israeli security startup SlickLogin

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 7 months ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "SlickLogin, an Israeli startup and developer of smart identification technology through user smartphones has been acquired by Google for several million (the official transaction amount remains undisclosed). SlickLogin was founded under a year ago by Or Zelig, Eran Galili and Ori Kabeli. The company first unveiled its technology at TechCrunch Disrupt held last September. the company has yet to launch their product nor have they any customers to date."
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Incredible 3D GIFs Created with a Simple Visual Effect

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 7 months ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "Animated gifs seem to be everywhere these days, but some gif creators are taking the visual experience of viewing quick clips of silent motion to another level. By carefully adding a couple of solid-colored (typically white), vertical lines to the moving images, an incredible three-dimensional effect is created. As characters and objects move into the foreground, they seemingly extend beyond the barrier of the image."
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Nation's most notorious "troll" sues federal government

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 9 months ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "MPHJ Technology Investments quickly became one of the best-known "patent trolls" of all time by sending out thousands of letters to small businesses—16,465 of them, we now know—saying that if the business did not pay a licensing fee of $1,000 or more per worker, it would be sued for patent infringement. MPHJ claimed to have patents that cover any networked "scan-to-email" function.

As the debate over so-called "patent trolls" has flared up in Congress, MPHJ became the go-to example for politicians and attorneys general trying to show that patent abuse has spun out of control. "We're talking about bottom feeders," said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) in one Senate hearing focused on patent demand letters.

We now know that MPHJ has also become the first patent troll targeted by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC's interest in MPHJ was revealed in an audacious "preemptive strike" lawsuit that MPHJ actually filed against the FTC on Monday. The suit, which names the four sitting FTC commissioners personally, says that the agency has overstepped its bounds and trampled on MPHJ's constitutional rights."

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Court Strikes Down FCC Open Internet Order

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 9 months ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order. In its decision, the court said that the FCC lacked the authority to implement and enforce its rules under the legal framework the agency put forth.

The FCC’s 2010 order was intended to prevent broadband Internet access providers from blocking or interfering with traffic on the Web. Instead of reversing a Bush-era FCC decision that weakened the FCC’s authority over broadband, and establishing solid legal footing for its rules, former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski pushed for rules under the complicated legal framework the court rejected today."

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Hackers Steal Card Data from Neiman Marcus

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 9 months ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "Another day another data breach. Apparently high end retailer Neiman Marcus has also suffered a breach of credit card data. Krebs on Security has the news:.
"Responding to inquiries about a possible data breach involving customer credit and debit card information, upscale retailer Neiman Marcus acknowledged today that it is working with the U.S. Secret Service to investigate a hacker break-in that has exposed an unknown number of customer cards.""

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AllThingsD co-founders launch new tech site, Re/code.

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 9 months ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "The founders of popular technology website AllThingsD have launched a new digital news and review website after parting ways with Dow Jones back in September.

The site, Re/code, was announced on Thursday by co-founders Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. The site and conference, which will be called Code, are to be managed by Revere Digital LLC, which received investments from the NBCUniversal News Group as well as Windsor Media, founded by former Yahoo chairman and CEO Terry Semel. The first conference under the new company will be held in late May outside Los Angeles."

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Secret New UAS Shows Stealth, Efficiency Advances

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 10 months ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "A large, classified unmanned aircraft developed by Northrop Grumman is now flying—and it demonstrates a major advance in combining stealth and aerodynamic efficiency. Defense and intelligence officials say the secret unmanned aerial system (UAS), designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, is scheduled to enter production for the U.S. Air Force and could be operational by 2015.

Funded through the Air Force’s classified budget, the program to build this new UAS, dubbed the RQ-180, was awarded to Northrop Grumman after a competition that included Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The aircraft will conduct the penetrating ISR mission that has been left unaddressed, and under wide debate, since retirement of the Lockheed SR-71 in 1998."

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Twitter Implements Forward Secrecy for Connections

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 10 months ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "Twitter has enabled Perfect Forward Secrecy across its mobile site, website and API feeds in order to protect against future cracking of the service’s encryption. The PFS method ensures that, if the encryption key Twitter uses is cracked in the future, all of the past data transported through the network does not become an open book right away.

“If an adversary is currently recording all Twitter users’ encrypted traffic, and they later crack or steal Twitter’s private keys, they should not be able to use those keys to decrypt the recorded traffic,” says Twitter’s Jacob Hoffman-Andrews. “As the Electronic Frontier Foundation points out, this type of protection is increasingly important on today’s Internet.”"

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Apple, betrayed by its own law firm

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about a year ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "When a company called FlatWorld Interactives LLC filed suit against Apple just over a year ago, it looked like a typical "patent troll" lawsuit against a tech company, brought by someone who no longer had much of a business beyond lawsuits.
Court documents unsealed this week reveal who's behind FlatWorld, and it's anything but typical. FlatWorld is partly owned by the named inventor on the patents, a Philadelphia design professor named Slavko Milekic. But 35 percent of the company has been quietly controlled by an attorney at one of Apple's own go-to law firms, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. E-mail logs show that the attorney, John McAleese, worked together with his wife and began planning a wide-ranging patent attack against Apple's touch-screen products in January 2007—just days after the iPhone was revealed to the world."

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FBI Pursuing Real-Time Gmail Spying Powers as "Top Priority" for 2013

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "Despite the pervasiveness of law enforcement surveillance of digital communication, the FBI still has a difficult time monitoring Gmail, Google Voice, and Dropbox in real time. But that may change soon, because the bureau says it has made gaining more powers to wiretap all forms of Internet conversation and cloud storage a “top priority” this year."
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Researchers Demonstrate 3D Spy Trojan for Mobile Phones

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "Researchers at the University of Indiana at Bloomington and the Crane Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) created a program to use a phone's camera to take surreptitious pictures of its surroundings, weed out poor photos, and send the remaining stills back to be used to construct a 3D model of the environment. Called PlaceRaider, the project shows that virtual thieves and spies could identify and steal information from a remote location, the researchers said in a paper posted online on Sept. 26."
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Research Shows Half of All Androids Contain Known Vulnerabilities

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "According to an article on threatpost, the Kaspersky Lab Security News Service, "About half of all Android phones contain at least one vulnerability that could be used to take control of the device, according to new research. Duo Security, which launched a free vulnerability scanning app for Android this summer, said their preliminary data from users shows a huge number of the devices are vulnerable to at least one of the known Android flaws.""
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Novel text analysis uses PageRank to identify influential Victorian authors

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "A literature professor has developed software using Google's PageRank algorithm that has identified Jane Austen and Walter Scott as the most influential authors of the 1800s.

Matthew Jockers of the University of Nebraska analysed 3,592 digitized novels published in the UK, Ireland and the US between 1780 and 1900 using a combination of Google's algorithm, machine learning and a series of techniques used in computational text analysis including stylometry, corpus linguistics and network analysis."

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US-CERT discloses security flaw in Intel chips

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has disclosed a flaw in Intel chips that could allow hackers to gain control of Windows and other operating systems, security experts say.

The flaw was disclosed the vulnerability in a security advisory released this week. Hackers could exploit the flaw to execute malicious code with kernel privileges, said a report in the Bitdefender blog.

"Some 64-bit operating systems and virtualization software running on Intel CPU hardware are vulnerable to a local privilege escalation attack," the US-CERT advisory says. "The vulnerability may be exploited for local privilege escalation or a guest-to-host virtual machine escape.""

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New Twist On Ancient Math Problem Could Improve Medicine, Microelectronics

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "A hidden facet of a math problem that goes back to Sanskrit scrolls has just been exposed by nanotechnology researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Connecticut.

Called the "filling problem," it seeks the best way to cover the inside of an object with a particular shape, such as filling a triangle with discs of varying sizes. Unlike the traditional packing problem, the discs can overlap. It also differs from the "covering problem" because the discs can't extend beyond the triangle's boundaries."

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A new approach to motion capture

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "Traditional motion capture techniques use cameras to meticulously record the movements of actors inside studios, enabling those movements to be translated into digital models. But by turning the cameras around — mounting almost two dozen, outward-facing cameras on the actors themselves — scientists at Disney Research, Pittsburgh (DRP), and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have shown that motion capture can occur almost anywhere — in natural environments, over large areas and outdoors."
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VAT to be implemented in the US?

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes ""Have you heard about the value-added tax (VAT), a horrible new tariff Americans will soon have to shoulder? The alarm is sounding on the conservative Web site Townhall.com, in the editorials of The Wall Street Journal, and on the opinion pages of The Washington Post (as well as in the pages of NEWSWEEK): consumers can expect to soon see the feared VAT sneaked into price tags nationwide.""
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Toktumi releases Line2 VoIP app

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes ""For a little $1 iPhone app, Line2 sure has the potential to shake up an entire industry. It can save you money. It can make calls where AT&T’s signal is weak, like indoors. It can turn an iPod Touch into a full-blown cellphone. And it can ruin the sleep of cellphone executives everywhere.

Line2 gives your iPhone a second phone number — a second phone line, complete with its own contacts list, voice mail, and so on.""

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Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "According to an article in tgdaily, Best Buy Burbank has given the boot to the ten people waiting for the Sony PlayStation 3 launch. According to our sources in the line, Best Buy kicked the group off property on Friday afternoon November 10th. ...The group was in high spirits Wednesday night when we interviewed them for our "PS3 fans quit jobs and postpone engagement to wait in line " article. At that time they seemed to have the full support of Best Buy and several employees walked by to chat with the group. ...It's unknown if the call to move the campers was a Best Buy corporate decision or if instructions came down from the Empire Center, the mall where Best Buy Burbank is located, property management. Calls to the Best Buy corporate offices and Best Buy Burbank went unanswered."
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Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Fnord666 writes "On Monday, interface developer Synaptics, together with Pilotfish, an industrial design company, announced a keyless prototype of a mobile phone that is all screen — all touch pad screen, to be exact. ..."Device manufacturers want to have larger and larger LCDs, so suddenly you need to have a touch input system on top of the LCD — and that's what we're suggesting here," said Mandi Mena, senior corporate marketing manager for Synaptics. ...This creates new possibilities such as assigning functions to two-finger taps, closing tasks by swiping an "X" over them, performing drag and drop applications, and answering the phone by simply pressing it next to your face. ...The two companies worked together to develop the phone, which uses Synaptics' ClearPad touch screen technology and interaction design with Pilotfish's user interface and industrial design. ..."We see the enabled ClearPad technology as something that can be applicable to remote controls or any sort of handheld device that is experiencing the same content overload that mobile phones are experiencing today," Mena said."

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D&D Cofounder Dave Arneson has died

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 5 years ago "APOLIS -- Dave Arneson, one of the co-creators of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy game and a pioneer of role-playing entertainment, died after a two-year battle with cancer, his family said Thursday. He was 61. Arneson and Gary Gygax developed Dungeons & Dragons in 1974 using medieval characters and mythical creatures. The game known for its oddly shaped dice became a hit, particularly among teenage boys. It eventually was turned into video games, books and movies. Gygax died in March 2008." - The Huffington Post

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Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 6 years ago This article on macworld is just a waste of server space. I especially like the second editor,

who's as gung-ho about the iPhone 3G as ever.

Apparently he has not one, but two 1st gen iPhones, yet he can't even get signal most of the time! He doesn't use text messaging, so why does he even have the thing? He could just as easily use an ipod touch and wifi to do everything else. Instead he is planning on getting an iphone 3G, which uses a faster network that he will get "the day before never". If this is the technical insight I can expect from macworld, I'm glad I don't subscribe.

In true Slashdot fashion, I'll just end with a question:

Why would anyone listen to this person?

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