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Steve Jobs Taking Medical Leave of Absence

Kevinv Re:Wishing him well (471 comments)

Wozniack has made objective reports that he is a "terrible" person. Really? Terrible?

I've seen reports (and no report made on the character of another person is truly objective) he's a taskmaster, a jerk who wants things his way. I wouldn't call them terrible people. I don't see him getting accused of racism or sexual harrasment.

Being in tech support I interact with people like that all the time. No reason to wish them ill health.

more than 3 years ago

Steve Jobs Taking Medical Leave of Absence

Kevinv Re:Wishing him well (471 comments)

What objective accounts?

more than 3 years ago

'YouCut' Targets National Science Foundation Budget

Kevinv Re:Investing in the Future won't get you votes tod (760 comments)

if public sector research developed something, how can you prove that private companies WOULD have done it for less? Unless they both happen to develop simultaneously, without knowledge of the other (so no cross contamination of work) you can't prove it. You also can't prove that if the private sector developed something that the public sector would have for far less (or more).

about 4 years ago

Rogue Employees Sell World Cup Fans' Passport Data

Kevinv Why would FIFA have this data? (128 comments)

Why would FIFA even have passport data at all? At what point to they collect passport data from attendees? What happens if you refuse to show them your passport?

more than 4 years ago

Good, Portable "Virtual" Linux Distro?

Kevinv Puppy Linux (261 comments)

I like Puppy Linux for a very small portable Linux.


I've used it several times as a recovery disc and booted from USB as well. Should work well in any virtual environment too.

more than 4 years ago

A Warming Planet Can Mean More Snow

Kevinv Re:Science or Religion? (1136 comments)

Yes. Either:

a) Provide, with evidence, a measurable alternative other than man-made greenhouse gases to the increased energy in the atmosphere (remember no solar increases have been measured in 50 years but temperatures have continued going up.)

b) The measured global temperature declines for enough years for it to be an obvious trend. One year ain't cutting it, and cherry picking your start dates to show a decline is also not going to work.

there are probably others, but either of these cases would falisfy the current theory. You'll have to do actual work to prove it, not sit around on the internet spouting the same tired crap as everyone else, but that's science how science works.

more than 4 years ago

Mobile Operators Fight App Store Fragmentation

Kevinv Re:Do they have a choice? (178 comments)

the only way they might actually come up with a decent answer is in putting their egos away and actually working together. Instead I bet every company tries to twist the process into their own advantage over the other participants, just like they do when they sit on standards bodies.

more than 4 years ago

Mobile Operators Fight App Store Fragmentation

Kevinv fighting the wrong fragmentation (178 comments)

They're fighting the wrong fragmentation. The fragmentation is in the number of handset form factors, chipsets and OSes. Apple, Google, and now even Microsoft are fighting this fragmentation. Apple with total control over all form factors and OSes they use. Google with a standard OS, but less standardized form factors. And with Win Phone microsoft said they'll be vetting manufacturers more than in the past and won't allow UI skinning.

Write once, run everywhere doesn't work when the basic functionality of each device varies so much.

more than 4 years ago

Pen Still Mightier Than the Laptop For Notetaking?

Kevinv Re:Notes? (569 comments)

writing focuses me on the subject and forces me to listen, think about it, then write. just "listening, and thinking" means thinking about girls, at least for me. I remember something I wrote far more than something i just listened to.

If students are writing everything the teacher says, like a stenographer, then they're doing it wrong.

If the teachers slides are sufficient notes, then they're doing it wrong.

more than 4 years ago

Apple's Trend Away From Tinkering

Kevinv I learned on an Apple //e too (965 comments)

Holy crap this is idiotic.

I learned on an Apple //e. The only language available was Applesoft. It was great I did some neat things with it. But when I wanted to expand and do another language, 6502 Assembler in my case, it was too expensive to get a compiler/editor so I got a pirated one.

For the Mac and iPhone OS Apple now gives away the entire IDE, compilers, simulators, everything FOR FREE.

Sure if I want to load an app I wrote on to my iPod Touch the "official" way I have to pay Apple $99 for the developer membership (there is no need for Apple approval of any app you write to load on your own device.) Or if I can't afford the $99 -- I jailbreak my iPod. Considering the few qualms I had about pirating an Assembler, if i were in a tinkering mood jailbreaking would be a no brainer. Heck, it isn't even stealing like my pirating was.

If anything the tools and capabilties of tinkering with todays devices is WAY cooler than when I was kid. Peek/Poke. Screw that, now you can write Objective-C. And if it turns out really, really cool you can sell it to a world wide audience for only $99.

more than 4 years ago

BBC's Plan To Kick Open Source Out of UK TV

Kevinv Re:Strange question (302 comments)

> an "encryption system" needs to store its key (or a method of obtaining the key) in the source or else the client can't view the content at all.

This is untrue for an "encryption system". It is generally true for a DRM system.

GPG, PGP, many open source projects implementing encryption systems such as AES, DES, etc... have no qualms about their source being public. Because the keys do NOT need to be included in the source.

DRM system such as DVD encryption however requires the player to be able to decode the disc for playback, but they don't want the user to be able to playback on non-certified devices. This means the player has to have a key to decode the files. Keys don't need to be stored in the source, but the source would reveal how the key was used. It would reveal implementation problems that could make breaking the DRM easier.

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Kindle Proprietary Format Broken

Kevinv Re:Users of alternative e-book readers rejoice. (203 comments)

Well there are costs to storage and shipping, they're just a hell of a lot lower than the cost of storing and shipping atoms. it's not like those bits magically appear in the kindle from nowhere.

more than 4 years ago

Are You Using SPF Records?

Kevinv Yes (263 comments)

I use it on all my domains, and check it on all inbound mail. I especially make sure i define no servers are valid for several domains I have that are web pages only, or use for throwaway e-mail addresses (i receive e-mail at that domain, never send from that domain.)

I do support a domain hosted on google apps and setting it up for that ends up with a less firm ~all option that allows bogus senders to slip through.

I can see SPF fails in my logs so it looks like many other domains are using it as well.

about 5 years ago

Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?

Kevinv Re:Keepass (1007 comments)

I use KeePass on Mac and Windows. Note that the Windows version has a 1.x and 2.x branch. 2.x database is different than 1.x. KeePassX only works with the 1.x database format only.

I use dropbox to keep the password in sync between mac and windows. I also use dropbox with linux as well.

more than 5 years ago

The Medical Benefits of Carbon Monoxide

Kevinv all medical treatments have this paradox (177 comments)

"is revealing a paradox: the gas often called a silent killer could also be a medical treatment."

Not much of a paradox. Every medical treatment suffers the exact same paradox. Morphine - great pain killer. Too much and it silently kills you. Anesthesias are the same. Cancer chemo treatments come very close to killing you, a small overdose may do it. Too much tylenol? Liver disease. Too much advil? Kidney problems.

more than 5 years ago

USB-IF Slaps Palm In iTunes Spat

Kevinv How is this Apple's fault? (600 comments)

I love how the comments immediately blame Apple for all of this. How is this any of Apple's fault?

PALM complained about APPLE to the USB-IF. Apple re-tweaked iTunes, their own software, to verify the devices claiming to be ipods were really ipods. They didn't claim copyright infringement, they didn't issue DMCA notices, they didn't make patent infringement claims, they just changed their software to make sure devices they support were actually devices they were modifying. Palm makes it's computer connections lie, and it's Apple's fault. Awesome.

Apple is not the most open company around, but if openess is what you want then don't buy Apple, it's not like you're forced to.

I'm not really sure why people whine about the iPod not being open. It doesn't lock you in to the iTunes store, or DRM stuff, even on video. I buy most of my music from EMusic then Amazon MP3 store then finally iTunes. It'll accept music from peer-to-peer networks as well.

90% of my videos are ripped from DVD and have no DRM. Works fine on my iPod and Apple TV.

more than 5 years ago

Hiding a Rootkit In System Management Mode

Kevinv Re:How specific of a target? (119 comments)

Not really.

a) Mac's have something like 1-4% market share (including the PowerPC models which may not even have this mode), all you have to do is find a processor with greater than 1-4% market share in the windows and target that.

b) These are rootkits running outside of the OS, so you wouldn't target a particular OS, you target a chip (or perhaps a chipset?). You'd want the most popular ones running. Could be a chip in Mac and Windows would be most popular. Article doesn't mention how much the OS is needed to install the exploit. If it's significant you may have to stick with targeting just Windows machines just because there are so many more of those machines around.

more than 6 years ago


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