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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

Kenshin Re:Go to hell (218 comments)

This goes a bit further than remote wiping.

It's already somewhat available with iOS devices, and is completely under the user's control. Basically, without your AppleID and password, the phone cannot be wiped and reactivated by a thief, essentially making it a fancy paperweight. (So it's not really a "kill switch", just a really strong theft deterrent.) The owner can wipe it themselves remotely, for security, but it would still *also* require their AppleID and password inputted directly into the device to reactivate it.

It's been working since September, and no one's found a way to bypass it. (Yet.)

about two weeks ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

Kenshin Church (667 comments)

If they wanna be fair, then Cosmos should be given equal time in their church.

about a month ago
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CES: Laser Headlights Edge Closer To Real-World Highways

Kenshin Awesome (295 comments)

Awesome. So now all those assholes in luxury cars can have even brighter headlights to blind me in my mirrors.

about 3 months ago
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What's your favorite medium for Sci-Fi?

Kenshin TV (322 comments)

Gotta say TV. Nothing beats memories of tuning in week to week to see the latest instalment...

about 7 months ago
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I use a screen protector ...

Kenshin Why? (194 comments)

People keep grimy, grungy screen protectors on their phone the entire time they have them.

They have this beautiful, pristine sheet of glass they're "protecting"... and they never actually see it or get to touch it.

It kinda bothers me.

about 9 months ago
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Review: Star Trek: Into Darkness

Kenshin Re:not a fan (514 comments)

Matt Smith is far better than David Tennent to me, and I grew up watching the Fourth Doctor.

about 10 months ago
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Futurama Cancelled (Again)

Kenshin Re:Time to petition? But this time... (390 comments)

Bob's Burgers is great, but it's a bit different than what people expect in a "cartoon". It's a situation comedy based heavily on dialogue, much of it improvised. In fact, the show would probably work equally as well audio-only.

about a year ago
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Is Bitcoin Mining a Real-World Environmental Problem?

Kenshin Re:Conversion (595 comments)

hydroelectric power plant in my city is 100MW - that single power plant could power two bitcoin mining networks

How many houses and businesses could that power?

I bet Google's servers use more power than this...

Google is actually useful to hundreds of millions of people.

1 year,2 days
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Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

Kenshin iOSification? (965 comments)

The "iOSification" of OS X is overblown hyperbole at the moment. Yes, Apple's simplified some of the core apps like iPhoto. Yes, Apple's made the Calendar app fugly. They added the "Launchpad", which you never have to actually see unless you invoke it, and they added the Gatekeeper security feature, which you can switch off with a few clicks of the mouse.

They also recently got rid of the guy who was responsible for some of that stuff, so we may see a roll back on the nasty skeumorphic nonsense.

The core OS, and its UX in general, are still excellent, and every single app distributed outside of the App Store still have as much freedom as they used to.

about a year ago
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Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads

Kenshin Re:I used to block ads (978 comments)

Your site is collateral damage. They're not blocking your site specifically, it's just that ad-blocking is turned on by default.

So, if anything, blame all the sites out there with awful, intrusive ads that drove people to ad-blocking.

about a year ago
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Oracle Rushes Emergency Java Update To Patch McRAT Vulnerabilities

Kenshin Re:Last Java 6 public update (165 comments)

Brilliant. That's like buying new software that requires Windows XP.

about a year ago
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Napster: the Day the Music Was Set Free

Kenshin Re:Screw you, Metallica! (243 comments)

Well, they did say "Holy shit! This is the way of the future, let's investigate this distribution option...", but they ended it with "... and try to hold it back as long as we can."

about a year ago
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Sony Announces the PS4

Kenshin Re:Why go with an x86 processor? (587 comments)

Ya, x86 isn't the best architecture, from my limited understanding of these things (I'm not a programmer), but it's pretty much become the "standard". The writing was on the wall when Apple switched to it. (Then there's ARM, which is entrenched in the mobile space.)

So, by going with x86, Sony's guaranteed to have legions of developers who are intimately familiar with the architecture, and have libraries optimized for it. Far more than their semi-obscure CELL platform. Microsoft's going x86 with Xbox, too, leaving Nintendo the only one on the old PowerPC boat.

about a year ago
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Sony Announces the PS4

Kenshin Re:Sony on Slashdot (587 comments)

Ah, OK. Simple misunderstanding. :)

about a year ago
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Sony Announces the PS4

Kenshin Re:Sony on Slashdot (587 comments)

Echo chamber for people like me? Nope. It's an echo chamber for people piling on to say "This thing that a subsidiary caused happened 10 years ago! NEVER FORGIVE!!!"

about a year ago
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Sony Announces the PS4

Kenshin Re:"Uses an X86 Processor" (587 comments)

A dedicated gaming console doesn't have the desktop OS overhead to deal with. You can squeeze more out of less in this case. Especially with devs working to a fixed target.

about a year ago
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Sony Announces the PS4

Kenshin Re:Sony on Slashdot (587 comments)

Slashdot isn't a singular entity. The minority with a burning hatred for Sony may be vocal, but they don't represent us all.

But the same talking points dominating every discussion get tiresome.

about a year ago
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Sony Announces the PS4

Kenshin Sony on Slashdot (587 comments)

Cue the usual litany of complaints: Rootkits, OtherOS, proprietary this and that.

Hint: If you're in that boat, PS4 probably isn't for you. You don't have to buy it. You don't have to buy the new Xbox either, which will be equally restrictive.

about a year ago
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Pepsi To Release New Breakfast Mountain Dew

Kenshin Re:Pop for breakfast? This is why you're fat. (362 comments)

You may be confusing the line between "fruit juice" and "fruit drink" (there's a distinct and legal difference), but in any case, natural flavours and vitamins are certainly better for you than artificial flavours and artificial colourants if you're gonna drink something like that.

The key is moderation, of course.

about a year ago

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Canadian Astronaut Collaborates on Song From ISS

Kenshin Kenshin writes  |  about a year ago

Kenshin writes "Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield is currently on the International Space Station, and he's been very interactive with us stuck down here on Earth. He tweets daily, posting photos and replying to tweets, he "dropped" the puck in the hockey season's opening game, and he even had an interview with William Shatner. His latest thing was to perform a song with the alternative rock group Barenaked Ladies.

I don't recall there being an astronaut this engaged with the public in a very long time, if ever. Could publicity like this renew the public's interest in the space program, and move their perception of astronauts beyond the straight-laced space-age archetype into a more modern role model?"

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