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Verizon Defends Doubling of Early Termination Fee

John Nowak Re:Their service, their terms (319 comments)

They should need no license to use the "public" airwaves. The airwaves should be privately owned and traded just like land. The immorality of the state owning the airwaves does not justify the state threatening to destroy a private business if they do not act in the public good as it is perceived by some bureaucrats.

more than 4 years ago

Verizon Defends Doubling of Early Termination Fee

John Nowak Re:Their service, their terms (319 comments)

The federal government gives money to (and takes money from) practically everyone. If that's your standard for judging if someone should be subject to force by the state, we'd all be slaves. The fact that the government gives out money to everyone makes it necessary to take that money whenever it is offered to you lest you lose out to a competitor that took it. If you don't want to be in this sort of moral quandary, have the state stop redistributing your wealth to everyone else.

more than 4 years ago

Verizon Defends Doubling of Early Termination Fee

John Nowak Their service, their terms (319 comments)

If you don't like their terms, don't sign their contract. They're not your slaves and have no moral obligation to offer your favorite price structure. Use another service. I do.

The FCC is completely out of line here.

more than 4 years ago

iPhone 3Gs Encryption Cracked In Two Minutes

John Nowak Re:interesting (179 comments)

Or just pick it up and throw it out the window.

more than 5 years ago

Apple Now Selling Better Than One Laptop In Six

John Nowak Re:College kids (767 comments)

An iMac isn't overpriced, it plays games fine, and it actually retains its value quite well so you can sell it to someone under Applecare and get a new system rather cheaply.

about 7 years ago



John Nowak John Nowak writes  |  more than 7 years ago

John Nowak writes "The code below (written in the Io programming language) will make OS X applications running for the current user, plus Terminal and Activity Monitor, inaccessible and will require a logout:

System system("open -a Terminal")
System system("open -a 'Activity Monitor'")
System system("killall TextEdit")
File clone popen("ps auxww") readLines foreach(v, v containsSeq("-psn") ifTrue(System system("open -a TextEdit -psn" ..(v clipBeforeEndOfSeq("-psn")))))

When OS X applications are launched they are normally assigned a unique psn. The little script above tries to launch TextEdit over and over with every psn currently in use. The result is that all programs currently assigned a psn remain running but are inaccessible to the user; They disappear from the Dock and command-tab, become unaffected by mouse clicks, et cetera. Attempting to launch a program with a psn currently in use should not have any effect on the program currently running which is assigned that number, but unfortunately it does."


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