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Ebert: I'll Tell You Why Movie Revenue Is Dropping

Jeffrey Baker Re:Alamo Drafthouses are the model of the future (865 comments)

It's not just the beer, it's the reserved seating. That's my favorite feature of the Sundance Kabuki in San Francisco (which also has beer, wine, a full bar, snacks, etc). I think there's one in Houston now, too.

more than 2 years ago
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Jaguar Recalls 18,000 Cars Over Major Software Fault

Jeffrey Baker Re:My car has a fail-safe device... (356 comments)

I used to own a compact Ford 4x4 pickup with a manual transmission and unfortunately the towing capacity was very low. Automatics are just a lot more heavy duty than the manuals they put into mass market trucks. As I recall the gross combined weight rating for the manual trans was some half a ton below that of the automatic.

more than 2 years ago
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Mazda Stops Production of the Last Rotary Engine Powered Car

Jeffrey Baker Re:Check the MPG (359 comments)

The FD is not in Super Stock, it's in A Stock. However, you are half right in that the FD is the oldest car in A Stock. This is more of a reflection of the fact that people like to auto-x them than anything else.

more than 2 years ago
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Video Shows Why Recharging Kills Batteries

Jeffrey Baker Re:Annealing, anyone? (111 comments)

Sure, they'll just need to develop the rest of the battery so it can survive temperatures above 300C for extended periods.

more than 3 years ago
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Hard-Coded Bias In Google Search Results?

Jeffrey Baker Re:More of what's going on here. (257 comments)

Google OneBox launched in 2006. I have no idea when the Yahoo! thing you reference launched.

If the idiot who wrote TFA wants to really have his mind blown, he should search for "Refinance" and look at the very first thing at the top of the page (above the featured adverts, even).

more than 3 years ago
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Google Sues US Gov't For Only Considering Microsoft

Jeffrey Baker Re:Eheh (407 comments)

No actually, you obviously did not read the complaint. It appears that the DOI required a solution in the form of Microsoft's own hosted Exchange solution, which is only offered by Microsoft itself.

more than 3 years ago
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Texas Opens Inquiry Into Google Search Rankings

Jeffrey Baker Re:When you can't compete, sue... (178 comments)

But as the state's budget shortfall widens-to as much as $18 billion, or about 20% of the next two-year budget, according to the state legislature's latest analysis released earlier this month-critics are complaining that Mr. Perry's policies have left the state with little room to reduce spending.

From the WSJ's article on Texas's massive budget deficity, which is substantially larger than California's.

more than 3 years ago
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Browser-Based Jailbreak For iPhone 4 Released

Jeffrey Baker Re:Security issue? (154 comments)

In which case the current story is non-news (as usual around here).

about 4 years ago
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Browser-Based Jailbreak For iPhone 4 Released

Jeffrey Baker Re:Security issue? (154 comments)

Yes, but there has never been a time where Mobile Safari was free of remotely exploitable flaws. If you look at the history of the iPhone OS release notes, you will always find gaping holes that were closed in Safari, and many of them were uncovered by third parties. For example see the release notes of iOS 4.0 which contain nuggets like "Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution" due to CVE-2009-2195 in WebKit.

about 4 years ago
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Wi-Fi WPA2 Vulnerability Found

Jeffrey Baker Yawn (213 comments)

In other news, people on your wired ethernet segment can also see your "private" traffic. If you care so much, use SSL. Next scaremongering non-story in 3, 2, 1.

about 4 years ago
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Catching Satnav Errors On Google Street View

Jeffrey Baker Re:Swing and a miss... (312 comments)

I'm not sure how you came to that conclusion. Here's another route which I think contradicts your theory.

The only completely legal way to park your car on the local side of that block is to turn left onto it from Fell.

more than 4 years ago
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Catching Satnav Errors On Google Street View

Jeffrey Baker Re:Swing and a miss... (312 comments)

Google has long advised people to make illegal turns in San Francisco, including at the infamous illegal right hand turn from Market onto the freeway at Octavia. Although that's been fixed, there are still problems surrounding the complicated four-divided-lane Octavia boulevard. For instance this route is perfectly illegal as can be seen in this street view.

more than 4 years ago
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Indian Government Threatens RIM, Skype With Ban

Jeffrey Baker Re:So what happens if google says ok!? (281 comments)

Bingo. End-to-end encryption is why Apple still hasn't put a dent in RIM's enterprise market share. India already pulled this crap once before, and RIM did indeed tell them to pound sand.

more than 4 years ago
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Say No To a Government Internet "Kill Switch"

Jeffrey Baker Re:Wrong: The 1934 act does not authorize it. (433 comments)

Radio communications are in the preceding section c, so you're wrong there. And your interpretation of "wire communications" would be irrelevant at law. Check West for details.

more than 4 years ago
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Say No To a Government Internet "Kill Switch"

Jeffrey Baker Re:Not News (433 comments)

Wrong. The Telecommunications Act of 1934 gives the executive branch sweeping powers to shut off any and all telecommunications for indefinite lengths of time.

(d) Upon proclamation by the President that there exists a state or threat of war involving the United States, the President, if he deems it necessary in the interest of the national security and defense, may, during a period ending not later than six months after the termination of such state or threat of war and not later than such earlier date as the Congress by concurrent resolution may designate, (1) suspend or amend the rules and regulations applicable to any or all facilities or stations for wire communication within the jurisdiction of the United States as prescribed by the Commission, (2) cause the closing of any facility or station for wire communication and the removal therefrom of its apparatus and equipment, or (3) authorize the use or control of any such facility or station and its apparatus and equipment by any department of the Government under such regulations as he may prescribe, upon just compensation to the owners.

The current proposal would severely curtail and circumscribe the executive powers in this area.

more than 4 years ago
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Volume Shadow Copy For Linux?

Jeffrey Baker Re:You're confused (300 comments)

And ... why would you do this? Take a snapshot, back it up somewhere, and then delete it.

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe (Temporarily?) Kills 64-Bit Flash For Linux

Jeffrey Baker Re:nspluginwrapper (272 comments)

Indeed, nspluginwrapper is the only good way to run flash on any word size. Why would you want to run Flash in-process, regardless of 32/64 compatibility? nspluginwrapper makes the sun shine and the birds sing and the grass grow. It's awesome.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Benchmarked and Reviewed

Jeffrey Baker Re:Intel Video Finally Working Well (164 comments)

Actually there were some last-minute commits that screwed up those of us with Intel "Ironlake" graphics. Users of the ThinkPad X201 unfortunately need to pass kernel parameters to the live cd and must patch their kernels to make the installed system work.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Benchmarked and Reviewed

Jeffrey Baker Re:Upgrading in place from the previous LTS? (164 comments)

That is a recipe for tragedy. The operating system itself upgrades perfectly well, but the GConf schemas are subtly incompatible and the GNOME people couldn't care less about solving this problem. If you're going from Hardy to Lucid I highly recommend a nuke-and-pave install and copy your homedir from a backup, without any of the dotfiles.

I had a great deal of mysterious behavior on my laptop that was upgraded to every Ubuntu release since Hardy, and all of that stuff disappeared when I reinstalled and got rid of all my dotfiles.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Benchmarked and Reviewed

Jeffrey Baker A solid review (164 comments)

I never read Tom's any more, but maybe I'll start. I appreciate that they tracked down the cause of a performance regression between Hardy and Lucid. The only other site that routinely benchmarks Linux distributions is Phoronix, and those guys are prone to just throwing weird results out there with no explanation. The number of inexplicable, unrepeatable benchmark results posted over at Phoronix is huge and ever-growing. This benchmark from Tom's is much more useful.

more than 4 years ago

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