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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

Java Pimp Re:Um, right. (278 comments)

My daughter has not learned to read and re-read the chapters in her text. Even if they haven't been specifically assigned as a reading assignment they cover the material in class and she is assigned the problems at the end of the chapter. When she gets stuck and asks me for help the first thing I ask is if she tried to look it up in her chapter. Which is typically followed by a no. If I can find the answer to her question in the chapter, I'll have her read it first. Or at least the section that contains the answer. If she's still stuck then I'll try and explain the material a little better. Of course, how I learned things 25 years ago is completely different from what she is being taught so that really just confuses her even more.

about a month ago
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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

Java Pimp Re:Um, right. (278 comments)

I still can't believe they are teaching that Pluto is not a planet! WTF? And don't even get me started about brontosaurus...

about a month ago
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Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

Java Pimp Re:Please.... (321 comments)

I have an app on Google Play specifically targeted at children 0 to 4 years. One time purchase, no ads and no in-app purchases.

I don't blame Google, I blame the developers taking advantage of the situation. Personally I don't like in-app purchases as I feel it exploits the consumer. Draw you in with a "free" game that you can't really do anything with unless you spend money? WTF?

As the GP said, the password thing is a trade off between security and usability. That said, Google could make the password timeout a configurable option.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

Java Pimp Windows 2000 Pro (287 comments)

No one is targeting that anymore!

about a month and a half ago
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Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

Java Pimp Re:Surviving off the GPL (480 comments)

OT but I agree it's near impossible to make money from niche open source projects but I'd argue it would still make a good resume item. Anything you've done that you are proud of shows passion, dedication, commitment and says a lot about you as a candidate regardless of how relevant it is to the position.

about 2 months ago
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Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

Java Pimp Re:GPLv4 (480 comments)

Actually, the GPL focuses on neither the developer nor the user but only on the software itself. You are free to use the software so long as the software remains free.

My point was that free software has never had any kind of restriction on the "use" of the software. The licenses grant permission for modification/distribution and the terms that apply. The license provides what didn't exist before, forbid and prohibit takes things away.

Currently it's perfectly fine for me to use GCC to build weapon systems or use LAMP to put up a pro-software patents website if I so choose. It's also fine to incorporate GPL code into a new P2P software geared toward distribution of anti- propaganda so long as the sources are available. (Or any number of uses that may be controversial or objectionable in certain groups)

When you start adding arbitrary prohibitions left to the discretion of the individual developers you lose all freedom in a nightmare of restrictions.
e.g. I can use this library in my code as long as I don't eat meat. But now, my code can also only be used by vegetarians. But then to use this other library I have to also hate gays.

I've seen software with restrictions on military applications or use in government organizations. But I don't think they could be considered free.

about 2 months ago
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Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

Java Pimp Re:GPLv4 (480 comments)

Words like "forbid" and "prohibit" seem to go against the idea of "free software".

about 2 months ago
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Vikings' Secret Code Cracked

Java Pimp Re:Interesting (89 comments)

Well played! No mod points today, sorry...

about 2 months ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

Java Pimp Re:Removed app + hidden services from ROM long ago (293 comments)

Out of curiosity. Have you actually gotten a popup about an app trying to use the camera like that or was it a "for instance"? If so, what was it? This is a serious question. I'm working on a project looking at rogue behavior like that.

about 3 months ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

Java Pimp Well there you go (293 comments)

Facebook says it is only so it can facilitate two-factor authentication

No need to question it further. A completely benign reason with no ulterior motive. Just allow it and be happy. Facebook wouldn't do anything against your wishes...

about 3 months ago
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NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs

Java Pimp Re:Where are they? (324 comments)

No doubt. The class certainly didn't make me an expert by any means. It was definitely interesting learning about surveillance techniques and methods to detect them. The class had a hands-on portion where they had mock hotel rooms and we had to set up the equipment to try to detect and locate the various bugs through out the room. I only found about half of them of which the burst transmitter was not one. I learned two things, one you really have to know what you are doing, and two, you have to be lucky enough to be watching when it happens.

about 3 months ago
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NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs

Java Pimp Re:Where are they? (324 comments)

I had attended a training session several years ago at REI, a company that produces counter surveillance equipment. Aside from strongly pushing their products, the classes were extremely informative and demonstrated techniques to detect just these sorts of things.

about 3 months ago
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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

Java Pimp Re: It's about time! (1431 comments)

I think I'd be ok w/ Nachos and even the soda. Now if someone hits me in the face with a cold chili dog all bets are off.

about 3 months ago
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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

Java Pimp Re: It's about time! (1431 comments)

Because throwing popcorn is obviously an offense deserving of death.

Holy fuck there are a lot of heartless people on here today...

about 3 months ago
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Bill Gates Plays Secret Santa To Reddit User

Java Pimp I didn't think that actually worked! (118 comments)

So I should have been reposting those "Bill Gates will give you $10,000" messages on Facebook!?! Damn!

about 4 months ago
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'Darkness Ray' Beams Invisibility From a Distance

Java Pimp I'm attacking the darkness! (86 comments)

Roll the dice to see if I'm getting drunk...

about 4 months ago
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Create Your Own Bullet Time Camera Rig With Raspberry Pi

Java Pimp Re:sort of (88 comments)

They would have had to set the rig on bar stools instead of chairs and I don't think their budget would cover that.

about 4 months ago

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A simple HTML tag will crash 64-bit Windows 7

Java Pimp Java Pimp writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Java Pimp (98454) writes "An unpatched critical flaw in 64-bit Windows 7 can lead to a 'blue screen of death' system crash. The flaw is triggered by viewing a malicious HTML page containing an IFRAME element with a sufficiently large height attribute while using the Safari web browser. The flaw seems to be exploitable only with Safari at the moment. However, such a flaw could lead to the ability to execute arbitrary code in the kernel."
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