Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS
I love my Android tablet, it does 90 percent of what I used to need a laptop to do. The only minor niggle is no Flash support. I get why Google doesn't want to support it but so many sites still use it.
That and Chromecast is great for streaming Netflix content on TV.
Girl's Facebook Post Costs Her Dad $80,000
OK... then.... her daughter violated the terms of their settlement.
If the daughter's not 18, how can she be bound by the settlement? It doesn't seem reasonable that the father would be responsible for any thoughtless comment by a family member, regardless of the medium.
Seems this ruling seems overly broad.
Book Review: Survival of the Nicest
and the amazingly effective Tit-for-Tat strategy...
In politics we have one party that spews whatever unscientific nonsense bubbles up to the surface of their collective consciousness on a particular day. The other party tries to the be adults in the room and, if we've learned one thing over the last 30 years, that doesn't work.
It's counter-intuitive but the way to deal with irrational people is to match crazy with crazy, with forgiveness. So, if they want to stop the crazy and work on something sane, you're also willing to do that. But also willing to match crazy statement with crazy statement.
Target's Internal Security Team Warned Management
I picked up maintenance of an application that had been built by one of the military business units. For the longest time I couldn't figure out how it was passing user credentials and session state, until I found it all contained in a 2,000 character URL string. That string included the administrator username and password, in plain text.
Instead of being grateful that I raised a red flag on the application security, they tried to insinuate that I was blaming the previous developer. They also insinuated I was being unethical.
That's what happens when you try to do the right thing.
Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion
This story reminds me why I don't use GoDaddy and, if you haven't already done so, activate two-factor authentication on your Gmail account.
It's not bulletproof (what is?) but it's an extra layer of security that keeps a hacker from getting control of your email account.
Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA
'The agency, from top to bottom, leadership to rank and file, feels that it is had no support from the White House even though it's been carrying out publicly approved intelligence missions,' says Joel Brenner, NSA inspector general from 2002 to 2006.
Which "public" was that? Spying on foreign leaders, collecting unlimited data on US citizens, tracking cell phones...I think I'm seeing the problem. They know they're doing wrong and still feel justified. Now they want the president to make them feel better.
It's like the phone companies wanting retroactive immunity for cooperating with spying. They want Congress to pass new laws making everything they've done legal.
Nevermind all the spying didn't stop the Boston Marathon bombers or the Sandy Hook shooter or any of the more common threats.
Maybe they deserve to feel bad.
Driver Arrested In Ohio For Secret Car Compartment Full of Nothing
I thought those GOP freedom fighters were the ones who don't like government interference? They want the government out of their lives...except for abortion, religion in public schools, and secret compartments in your car.
Good thing we have a party that wants to keep the government out of our lives or things would really be messed up.
Driver Arrested In Ohio For Secret Car Compartment Full of Nothing
The driver has only been arrested and charged, not convicted.
Too bad the driver still has to pay a lawyer and fight the charge. His arrest record has now been sent out to a 100 background check databases and that he'll have to go through, one at a time, to get it cleared off if he wins. He probably had to post a bond to get out of jail.
Whew, lucky him they haven't proven intent.
Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?
Get a Google Voice number and just disconnect the landline for a while. You can program how incoming calls are handled, screen calls, block numbers, and set up individual voicemail boxes for people you know.
I had nearly an identical situation with a bill collector looking for the person who used to have that number and refused to take us off the list unless we identified ourselves. I switched over to Google Voice and they all went b-bye.
China Creates Air Defence Zone Over Japan-Controlled Islands, Issues War Threat
Except it's halfway around the world for us and in their backyard. If the world needs policeman, then the world should put up the money to pay for them.
Sen. Chuck Schumer Seeks To Extend Ban On 'Undetectable' 3D-Printed Guns
From those who kill it in the name of defending it.
Oh get off your high horse. Society has a right to regulate things that are inherently dangerous like chemicals, drugs, vehicles, and firearms. This is no different.
What seems to be at issue here is the convenience. I can make a suppressor out of a few hand tools and basic parts but it's still illegal. With some basic machine tools I can make homemade firearms, cannons and lots of illegal things. Machine shop, 3D printer no difference.
Court Rules Probable-Cause Warrant Required For GPS Trackers
the primary reason for a search cannot be to generate evidence for law enforcement purposes.
So, we don't have any evidence now so we'll attach this GPS tracker to their car and then we'll have evidence that justifies tracking their car!
Law enforcement logic.
Team Austria Wins the 2013 Solar Decathlon With Their Net-Zero LISI House
It's great they have these contests and architects stroke each other with awards, but they never seem turn up in any actual neighborhoods.
Sometimes it's because concept houses can't get FHA or mortgage approval. The government could help drive innovation in housing by backing the mortgages of energy efficient and solar powered homes.
Maybe one of these days we'll see an award for a design that's innovative and practical and the FHA will agree to finance borrowers.
Cadillac Unveils Pricier Alternative To Tesla Model S
...then we can pout and claim that Americans don't want electric cars.
Americans don't want your crappy electric cars, they want a Tesla.
When GM does something like this it just advertises that they're a dinosaur stuck in the tar pits of history.
Microsoft Reportedly Seeks To Put Windows Phone On Android Devices
Windows Mobile is the Zune of wireless technology. Who would want to junk up perfectly good storage space on a mobile device with windows?
Quit trying to make Windows Mobile happen, it's not happening.
Senators Push To Preserve NSA Phone Surveillance
The bill would reduce the time the logs could be kept, require public reports on how often it is used, and require FISA court review of the numbers searched.
Riiiight. The organization that lied to Congress, lied to the FISA Kangaroo Court, and then lied to the public when they got caught is going to suddenly be cowed by tweaking the law.
They should call this the Whitewash Amendment.
Linus Torvalds Admits He's Been Asked To Insert Backdoor Into Linux
*If* such a mechanism was coded in, the nature of open source would mean it would be found by others
If it were built right it could be very hard to detect, even looking right at it.
How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business
And whenever quality competes with convenience, convenience wins every time.
That's true in photography as well and, perhaps to a lesser extent, video. There is a certain quality that is "good enough" for human perception.
I can listen to MP3s from nearly ten years ago and they sound just fine to me. I can still use the same loops I was using in 2004 and they still work in songs today in the same mixing software.
The very reason amateurs can catch up to a big studio technologically is that there isn't as much obsolescence in audio. And why variations of the iPhone occupy the top three slots of the most popular cameras on Flickr.
It will be interesting to see if the video industry can push 4K. 2K and HD look just great projected on the big screen and 4K seems like the first upgrade for the sake of upgrading.
World-First: Woman Becomes Pregnant After Ovarian Tissue Graft
In the U.S. if we can deny using federal funds for abortion, we should also have the right to demand they not be used for fertility treatments.
Technologies Like Google's Self-Driving Car: Destroying Jobs?
The internet put people out of jobs in the newspaper and magazine industry, it also opened up a world of new ways for people to make money.
Self-driving cars will have a lot less impact than the internet. A handful of cab drivers, whoopee do.
It's going to be awesome seeing self-driving cars assign red light camera companies to the scrap heap of history...parasitic bastards.
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