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President Obama Will Kibbitz With YouTube Stars

GTRacer Re:"Youtube Star" isn't a thing (105 comments)

If you're Jerry, George, Elaine or Kramer, it's $150 to the winner.

5 days ago
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What are you most interested in seeing out of CES?

GTRacer Re:Don't Care (162 comments)

MCP: "Hello Mr. Dillinger. Thank you for coming back early."

DILLINGER: "No problem, Master C. If you've seen one consumer electronics show, you've seen them all."

about two weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

GTRacer Re:I probably would upgrade if I could, but... (437 comments)

I believe other apps (like Tasker) are broken now too because of this issue.

Ooooh, that might be a dealbreaker for me. I've been running Llama since almost Day One specifically to switch WiFi off when I leave my house and to flip it back on when I return. I also use it for brightness and volume controls and for running Tasker's Taskkill plugin.

While I have yet to see any reason to upgrade from KitKat (rooted, CM11M12) now I'll be extra wary of upgrading to L.

about two weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

GTRacer Re:Competition (437 comments)

I went Android with my first smartphone in 2012 (McClane: "Welcome to the party pal!") and I never looked back. But as my family joined me on my plan, including my parents for a total of 6 phones, two wound up being Nokia 521s. One was my son's. He's a self-taught tablet jailbreaker and he only grabbed WP cos it was on sale and his hand-me-down starter Android phone was a pig of a thing. He liked WP well enough but, like others have mentioned, bemoaned the poor app support and went back to Android once he saved up enough for a proper device.

The other Lumia WP went to my Dad, later to the smartphone party than I was. As an intro phone, for a non-geek, it was perfect. It did everything he needed it to (GPS, news, basic camera) and the Tiles interface was easy enough for him to understand and customize to his liking. Ultimately though, he and my mom grabbed a pair of LG Optimus L90s for $100 each out the door and both are very pleased.

Apple and Windows never appealed to me personally because of their locked-down nature and my need to customize my UI to within an inch of its life. But I respect what both competitors have done with their OSes.

about two weeks ago
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Archive.org Adds Close To 2,400 DOS Games

GTRacer Re:MS-DOS vs. Super NES (198 comments)

I think I just had a flashback...

about three weeks ago
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch and Historic Landing Aborted

GTRacer Re:They'll just try tomorrow... or in a few days.. (70 comments)

[...] surrounded by the Musk's hype-and-media Reality Distortion Field.

I'm pretty sure Mr. Jobs both patented AND trademarked his innovative yet elegant Reality Distortion Field. Please select a non-infringing term when discussing Mr. Musk's abilities. Thank you.

about three weeks ago
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In Daring Plan, Tomorrow SpaceX To Land a Rocket On Floating Platform

GTRacer Re:Re usability (151 comments)

Though if they continue to move towards human cargo that will change the equation significantly.

Honest question: You have a ticket to the ISS. You can choose a rocket that just came out of the VAB* or one that recently launched and returned whole and was turned around for this flight. Which do you trust more?

* Yes, I know SpaceX isn't using the VAB now but you get the idea...

about three weeks ago
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In Daring Plan, Tomorrow SpaceX To Land a Rocket On Floating Platform

GTRacer Re:Re usability (151 comments)

I thought the only rocket-related thing reused from the shuttles was the fuel tank, and that only after reconditioning it post-ocean swim.

SpaceX wants to soft-land the whole first stage in a way that won't require a lot of reconditioning. If it works, it would be a different sort of thing than the shuttles.

about three weeks ago
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The Missing Piece of the Smart Home Revolution: The Operating System

GTRacer Re:Not so sure about this... (252 comments)

A full day and nobody's commented? OK, then..

* Your schedule could be established with power and water cycles - known empty home would be more interesting to thieves
* From above, if your insurance company determines you keep odd hours they may find that to be higher-risk and adjust your rate
* Law enforcement may be interested if your power and water usage continuously exceeds the requirements for the number of occupants - are you running a grow room? Warrant time!

I'm not necessarily paranoid enough to expect these outcomes, but I *am* jaded enough to expect humanity to fail us in such a manner.

about three weeks ago
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India Blocks Code Sharing Websites On Anti-Terror Advisory

GTRacer Is RoseIndia Safe? (78 comments)

Not sure why I haven't seen them lately but I used to get scads of results from them doing searches for code snippets.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

GTRacer Re:LOL ... w00t? (292 comments)

Heehee - I wasn't intending to hold you to editorial standards. It was merely the combination of the "hyphen-gate" discussion plus your extra apostrophe that got me.

about three weeks ago
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The New (Computer) Chess World Champion

GTRacer Re:Big Data for chess (107 comments)

And of course /today/ is the day I don't have points... +1, sadly true

about three weeks ago
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Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

GTRacer Re:LOL ... w00t? (292 comments)

[...] Every character has it's place [...]

All too easy...

about a month ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

GTRacer Re: Home of the brave? (589 comments)

Whoops - I missed this and here I am at work, alive again. I'll see what I can do tomorrow.

about a month ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

GTRacer Re:Home of the brave? (589 comments)

(because I'm swimming in karma and I have a bad case of "don't give a toss" today)

Because Twilight wasn't that bad of a love story + vampire action, if you weren't married to the classic monster manual vampires.

Team Ed by the way.

about a month ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

GTRacer Re:Home of the brave? (589 comments)

Is this not why you all like to carry guns about anyway?

See, here's the thing. Please reread my post. I never said I wouldn't go. I just questioned Anonymous's bravado. This is easily my most-replied comment in 8 years of /., and I find it interesting how many people assumed I would capitulate to the terrorists. All I said was I would exercise caution and think hard about the risks before acting.

And as has been said before, the hackers likely have no physical attack vectors. But their puppetmasters might, and that's where the real risk comes from. That, and there are enough unbalanced people who might take up arms and inadvertently or deliberately aid the enemy.

As for the guns, I'm more scared of open-carry zealots* than terrorists. By a wide margin. I know a couple. More than once I've had to hear how open-carry or workplace CCW would have prevented x or y standoff. Sorry, you can't sell that to me. And I don't feel like getting deep in that debate right now. Maybe later.

* I don't oppose gun rights. I just wish there weren't so many people itching to carry everywhere they go. Honestly, /. loves to talk about the need for computer licensing cos users are too dumb on average. Do you think the average American really has what it takes to have a weapon at hand at all times? We get mad at each other over the stupidest things - guns, or merely the threat of a gun, would needlessly escalate things...

about a month ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

GTRacer Re:Home of the brave? (589 comments)

Everything they said they were going to release, they've released (iirc). Their access has been as deep as bragged about. No, I don't expect the "keyboard jockeys" of the GOP have physical force projection. But whoever put them up to this (and apparently it *IS* NoKo) just might. Kim Jong Un and his lineage strike me as the sort that bluster all day long, but that will eventually make good on the crazy. I have no idea what his trigger is. If Dennis Rodman *isn't* a trigger then maybe he isn't all that volatile.

Snark aside, I don't think anyone thinks the GOP acted alone. If a nation-state is involved, that nation-state likely has resources it may be willing to deploy in terror attacks. Remember, they don't need to strike 5,200 locations, or as said above, 10%. Half a percent of theatres experiencing a real terror attack on Christmas day wouldn't require a lot of manpower, and would be paralyzing, fear-wise. Which is the point of terror, y'know?

about a month ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

GTRacer Re:Home of the brave? (589 comments)

Sorry this is so late - I posted on my way out the door from work and I can't seem to get Slashdot Mobile right.

Anyway, I think some comments above this one addressed it, but just to clarify my personal position: Yes, driving across the street is likely more dangerous than these threats. The actuarial risk for driving x miles in y conditions are fairly well calculated, and pretty much everybody accepts the risk to go about our lives.

But why would I drive across the street to a location with an unmeasuable risk? And given the news this morning that they're now officially linking the Sony hack to NoKo, I'm feelimg more justified in caution.

I never actually said I wouldn't go to see the movie in theatre - I was reacting a bit histrionically to Anonymous's assertion that caution = cowardice or that prudence = terrorist victory.

Earlier replies from people used to living with full-on terrorism have been enlightening, if not a bit inspiring. Still stinks all the way round.

about a month ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

GTRacer Re:Home of the brave? (589 comments)

Tomorrow morning, you pick up the paper. A bold headline declares a threat against your local mall. The group behind it isn't well-known but has delivered on recent smaller threats.

As it happens, you have an appointment at that very mall that afternoon. Do you go?

Of course you do, Internet Tough Guy! Because why would a red-blooded American listen to rational cautions and plausible evidence? Can't show fear or "they" win, right?

/sigh

I hate the thought of censorship and paying blackmail as much as the next Slashdotter. But in this case I can't blame anyone for erring on the side of caution. Do *I* think GOP has the ability to pull off such attacks? Probably not. Not at scale. But could they hit one theatre? I'm not willing to take that bet. They've shown they're deep in Sony's business and even if it *isn't* GOP, there's enough crazy in this country to get copycats and sympathizers going if given a push.

about a month ago
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"Lax" Crossdomain Policy Puts Yahoo Mail At Risk

GTRacer Re:Silly me (50 comments)

And only one of these is a ginger comedian.

about a month and a half ago

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Hilton Plans Phone-based Check-in and Room Access

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about 6 months ago

GTRacer (234395) writes "Forbes reports that Hilton Worldwide, international hotel operator, is rolling out smartphone-based guest tools allowing self-service check-in, access to a virtual floorplan to select a room, and (in 2015) actual door access once checked in. The author states the drive for this technology is the growing influence of the swelling ranks of Millennials, who "[...] have a very strong inclination toward automated and self-service customer service." The security risks seem obvious though "Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts [is] working on using the same, or a similar, system soon–and Four Seasons is nothing if not secure and discreet.""
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Translucent Oyster Shells May Pave The Way To Better Armor

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about 10 months ago

GTRacer (234395) writes "The Slate Report has an interesting summary and lay analysis of a recent research paper (paywalled) in Nature Materials . This materials research focused on the properties of the "clear enough to read through" windowpane oyster shell. Ling Li and Christine Ortiz analyzed the way the shell's structure contained penetration damage by "twinning", a split of the damaged ceramic structures into smaller regions which helps limit the effects of impacts. Engineered ceramic armor or structural systems with high translucence and damage mitigation could come next: "A clear, lightweight, damage-resistant material has obvious applications for military and police personnel, including eye and face protection. However, there are many potential applications such as windows and windshields which could benefit everyone," much as Kevlar has."
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Google Science Fair Finalist Invents Peltier-Powered Flashlight

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about a year and a half ago

GTRacer (234395) writes "Ann Makosinski, a Canadian student competing in Google's Science Fair submitted a flashlight which uses temperature differentials to power its LEDs. Her long-time interest is alternative energy because, "[she's] really interested in harvesting surplus energy, energy that surrounds but we never really use." Using Peltier tiles and custom circuitry, her design currently runs for 20 minutes or so and costs $26. A win at the September finals in Mountain View and/or outside investment could fund further development."
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Fox, Univision May Go Subscription to Stop Aereo

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about 2 years ago

GTRacer (234395) writes "In response to Aereo's recent win allowing per-user over-the-air antenna feeds to remote devices, Fox COO Chase Carey said, "We need to be able to be fairly compensated for our content. This is not an ideal path we look to pursue [...]", that path being a switch to a subscription model. Spanish-language stalwart Univison may join Fox, per CEO Haim Saban. Aereo replied, in part, "When broadcasters asked Congress for a free license to digitally broadcast on the public's airwaves, they did so with the promise that they would broadcast in the public interest and convenience, and that they would remain free-to-air. Having a television antenna is every American's right." A switch to a pay-TV subscription model would stymie Aereo but could hurt affiliate stations."

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Finally! I have reached the summit!

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  more than 12 years ago My second-ever 5 posting also netted me the Karma Kap! I shall wear it with pride! I wonder if it comes in murasaki...

GTRacer
- Will whore for karma

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I suck, but hey, what's new?

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  more than 12 years ago I scored my first-ever 0-threshold FP. I came less than 60 seconds from getting the -1 critical hit. Best part is, I still have my karma!

2 points away from the cap - yeah, I can spare some!

GTRacer
- Mod THIS!

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Karma == The Answer

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about 13 years ago Today I hit 42 karma! And I just recently pulled my first-ever 5.

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