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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

Gr8Apes Re:Where are these photos? (306 comments)

For the same reasons you don't use dropbox, onedrive, etc, you don't use iCloud. Basically, if you don't want the world to see it, don't use cloud services. This is pretty simple and easy to understand. For all intents and purposes, anything "cloud" equals world access.

yesterday
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Yahoo Stops New Development On YUI

Gr8Apes Re:Continuous improvements to IE for Windows 7 (77 comments)

The sooner that pile of garbage, AKA YUI, dies, the better. Pulling the plug will only make it go away faster, and faster is definitely better in this case. This will be the first time I cheer something related to YUI.

2 days ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

Gr8Apes Re:Mission Critical ... Red Hat... LOL.. (232 comments)

Run some oddball Ubuntu I use as a desktop for my server environment? WTF for? Am I going to log in and use a desktop or something? I'd rather the server run a solid server configuration.

about a week ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Gr8Apes Re:English to English translation (441 comments)

and they both leave the room thinking they understood what was said, when in fact, neither did.

That's quite a common occurrence in meetings where you don't have someone with real requirements gathering skill. When other people are running the show, I like to end meetings with "just for laughs, why don't we right down what we just agreed on?" Invariably, hilarity ensues.

I suppose we can go write this way to do so.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

Gr8Apes Re:This is ridiculous. (146 comments)

Even if one accepts a failure of security, the only "tightening of security" that would have made any difference today versus on 9/11 are the locked, reinforced cockpit doors.

This, and only this, was required. Israel had them for decades, so there's not even a reasonable smidgin of doubt that this wasn't a well-known way to stop a hijacking.

about two weeks ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Gr8Apes Re:So, such rules are bad for keeping people worki (327 comments)

Nor do you recognize that you can save the wealth you earn so that you have better choices in the future including not working at all.

That doesn't mean that the in between part couldn't be a whole lot better if the general work environment wasn't what it is. Right now - if you want to work 30 hours a week, you won't get 75% of FT pay. You might get 50%, if you're lucky and no benefits and most likely less, unless you can grab an hourly based contract job with some upper and lower bounds on hours.

about two weeks ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Gr8Apes Re:So, such rules are bad for keeping people worki (327 comments)

There's not much beyond a 1-2K cost associated with an ER room visit, compared to 100s of thousands for chronic disease care. What I'm suggesting is something between "we'll pay for everything" and "we'll pay for nothing" that can be budgeted for and improves everyone's general life without taxing them into oblivion. Feel free to suggest an alternative that doesn't result in 50+% tax rates. Or pick another percentage, it doesn't matter, certain chronic diseases have unlimited costs associated with them as they progress, and the quality of life rapidly goes down. For instance, aging (the ultimate chronic disease) can go into million $ plus treatments near the end, to prolong the "life" for another few minutes, hours, or days. Where do you stop treatment? Not stepping on the slippery slope at all, by stating we'll only treat known fixable issues caps potential costs, as those are relatively well known, and provides at least a base health care for all. It's doable and most importantly, more affordable than the current solution. It should have been what was implemented instead of Obamacare. IMHO.

about two weeks ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Gr8Apes Re:So, such rules are bad for keeping people worki (327 comments)

My primary goal is to continue to bring in a living wage, as without it, there's not much of a life. That's only possible by accepting a job and working under its requirements today. Don't be obstinately dense.

about three weeks ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Gr8Apes Re:So, such rules are bad for keeping people worki (327 comments)

And here's where the single provider payer model doesn't have to cover everything. It should just do basic / accident (ER) healthcare and palliative care. That will be a huge step up in coverage for most. Additional coverage would be private for chronic illnesses and the like, much like they are today. That limits the public exposure, reduces healthcare costs for everyone, and has little impact on those wishing private coverage. Adding additional rules preventing discrimination from signing up would be a bonus - ie, you just sign up for a class of coverage, and once signed up, you cannot be dropped.

about three weeks ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Gr8Apes Re:So, such rules are bad for keeping people worki (327 comments)

No, I mean people. What's the point of pushing this phony argument? We already know lots of people choose to work more for a variety of reasons.

Like keeping your job through the next layoff, where you'll be asked to work more hours?

about three weeks ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Gr8Apes Re:So, such rules are bad for keeping people worki (327 comments)

And because of that, we have to keep working?

Nobody forces you to work. But of course, if you want stuff other than just not working, then you need to come up with a way to get that or have someone get it for you.

But you're happy with that not changing in over a century, because of your neuroses?

My neuroses don't matter. What do you care if I don't buy into your assertion? Slack all you want, it's nothing to me.

I'd rather work less, at least when I work for someone else. When I work for me, work time takes on an entirely different meaning. Having FT work with health care benefits be 25-30 hours per week would be awesome (insert something here about how universal basic healthcare could enable this environment without costing employers) A 25 hour week (at reduced pay) would allow me to do a whole host of other activities should I so choose, without having to give up a living wage. I might even be more productive during those 25 hours than the normal 40 expected today.

about three weeks ago
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UCSD To Test Safety of Spinal Stem Cell Injection

Gr8Apes Re: Worst that could happen? (43 comments)

Cancer is genes gone bad, more or less. Good stem cells can develop into cancer, but that's no more likely than their neighbors. I'd be a volunteer if I were in that position, because to me death or improvement would both be desirable in comparison to the GP posed situation. Others will most likely have different opinions.

about three weeks ago
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Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

Gr8Apes Re:It's more than the tie (166 comments)

ties are essentially convenient nooses for someone to grab.

about three weeks ago
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DEA Paid Amtrak Employee To Pilfer Passenger Lists

Gr8Apes Re:From endangered to extinct (127 comments)

Check your local copy of the Constitution - see anything in there about the government tracking your whereabouts? No? Interesting.

about three weeks ago
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Apple $450 Million e-Book Settlement Wins Court Approval

Gr8Apes Re:Very disappointing. (93 comments)

The fact that you see nothing wrong with Apples requirements says loads - so its ok to set prices across your ecosystem and everyone else ecosystems (which is what Apple was doing) but setting prices on just your own ecosystem is completely wrong...?

The fact that a publisher setting their own price on your market with the only requirement of that market being that it is equal to or lower than any other market you sell in seems perfectly fine. Apple is not setting a price, the publisher is free to set any price they want anywhere they want to sell. Amazon, however, is setting the price, regardless of what price you want to sell your product for.

about a month ago

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Virtual boss keeps workers on a leash.

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  about 6 months ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Hitachi has created a "perfect virtual boss"

"Hitachi, the big electronics company based in Japan, is manufacturing and selling to corporations a device intended to increase efficiency in the workplace. It has a rather bland and generic-sounding name: the Hitachi Business Microscope (paywalled).

But what it is capable of doing ... well, just imagine being followed around the office or the factory all day by the snoopiest boss in the world. Even into the restroom."

We may pine for the privacy of Orwell's 1984...."

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The First Cyber Super Weapon?

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "The realm of science fiction keeps shrinking. Those annoying viruses and malware that can interrupt your perusal of /. will now have to take a back seat to real cyber threats

From the article: Cyber security experts say they have identified the world's first known cyber super weapon designed specifically to destroy a real-world target: a factory, a refinery, or just maybe a nuclear power plant."

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Help the Galactic Census

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "CNN has a story about scientists needing your help in a galactic census. From the story: They are asking volunteers on the Internet to help classify the galaxies as either elliptical or spiral and note, where possible, in which direction they rotate. Astronomers say computer programs have been unable to reliably classify the star systems. With 10,000 to 20,000 people working to classify the galaxies, the process could take as little as a month. With /. alone, they might be able to do it in a week. Give them a helping hand by signing up at Galaxy Zoo."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "AMD is upping the performance numbers for Barcelona by stating that "Barcelona will have a 50% advantage over Clovertown in floating point applications and 20% in integer performance 'over the competition's highest-performing quad-core processor at the same frequency'". AMD also claims that the new 3.0 GHz Opterons beat comparable Intel Xeon 5100 series processors in three server-specific benchmarks (SPECint_rate_2006, SPECint_rate2006, SPECompM2001) by up to 24%."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Listeners and Indies may rejoice according to a just breaking story. According to the AP story:

Four major broadcast companies would pay the government $12.5 million and provide 8,400 half-hour segments of free airtime for independent record labels and local artists, The Associated Press has learned.
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "CNN is reporting that Walmart "fired a systems technician for intercepting text messages of non-Wal-Mart employees and recording telephone conversations with a New York Times reporter without authorization". The story further goes on to state that the recordings were in violation of their policy since they did not have authorization from their legal dept. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't wiretapping illegal without court authorization as shown by the HP scandal?"
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "AMD has showcased their new 65nm Barcelona quad-core CPU. It is labeled a quad-core Opteron, but according to Infoworld's Tom Yeager, is really a redefinition of x86. Each core has a new vector math processing unit (SSE128), separate integer and floating point schedulers, and new nested paging tables (to vastly improve hardware virtualization). According to AMD, the new vector math units alone should improve floating point operation by 80%. Some analysts are skeptical, waiting for benchmarks. Will AMD dethrone Intel again? Only time will tell."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "From an Associated Press article in the Boston Herald:
President Bush, again defying Congress, says he has the power to edit the Homeland Security Department's reports about whether it obeys privacy rules while handling background checks, ID cards and watchlists.
As this directly contradicts the law as passed by Congress, has Bush created the line-item veto by fiat?"
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "TomsHardware reviews Intel's new Kentsfield quad core processor From the article:
Compared with the already not-too-shabby Intel Core 2 Duo/Extreme, the Core 2 Quadro can give performance a mighty tweak — but only for specific applications. In the best-case scenario, performance can even be doubled.
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Clear Channel wants ownership rules relaxed even further to allow it to own up to 12 stations in major markets. Clear Channel states that it has already hit the maximum number of stations (8) in most major markets. They further argue that this artificial limit impedes its potential for growth, and with the emergance of satellite radio that the terrestrial radio market has changed and should allow loosening of the restrictions.

Since Clear Channel owns a significant share of XM already and has stations on XM, this argument seems rather weak. Does anyone else feel like Clear Channel is attempting gain more leverage to drive you to subscription radio?"

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