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Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

MikeBabcock Re:MSFT ON BSD! (166 comments)

The reply is to a Linus quote, and he would never have said GNU/Linux, he would just mean Linux, which Android is in spades.

10 hours ago
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FSF-Endorsed Libreboot X200 Laptop Comes With Intel's AMT Removed

MikeBabcock Re:Since when is AMT controversial? (169 comments)

May I direct you to the other closed-source firmware story of the day about DLink routers having remote DNS admin capabilities without password? You can't trust remote admin features on hardware when you can't see or have someone you trust see the software its running.

yesterday
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

MikeBabcock Re:This is a BS concern. (461 comments)

Waze also tends to give me much better directions than any other app, and much better ETAs as well.

So long as user reporting and map chat is there, there will always be a way to report officer locations; no matter what they do with the official feature.

4 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

MikeBabcock Re:FUD (461 comments)

What's much more entertaining to me is that more often than not, the police reporting function isn't that valuable because the officer will have caught someone and moved on to a new spot by the time I see the notice.

4 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

MikeBabcock Re:Simple solution (461 comments)

We don't; have you ever even tried to get involved in your community's police decisions? Its hard. The police convince citizens that certain things are important; we use them as the experts to determine their own worth and then pay them for that expertise and for the work in question. Police services are very rarely doing what citizens have asked them to do but instead what they've determined is the best way to keep their jobs.

4 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

MikeBabcock Re:Simple solution (461 comments)

stop being a troll on the internet.

4 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

MikeBabcock Re:BULLSHIT (579 comments)

You obviously don't write software for a living. It takes effort to redirect people to an unmaintained code base and have them both write and investigate possible side-effects of their patch and then deploy it in a format that's usable by all the manufacturers with devices out there. Its an actual cost to an actual company doing actual business that just isn't worthwhile.

Being an open OS, there's nothing stopping Motorola, Samsung or LG from patching their own versions of 4.3 either, just as they modified it with their UI and other extensions. Feel free to whine to them instead; unless you bought a Nexus device, they sold you the phone, Google didn't.

4 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

MikeBabcock Re:Nice troll (579 comments)

Yes, it is, you can download the source code, root your phone, compile and install your own fix any time you want. Paranoid Android, Cyanogen and a dozen other options exist. Human laziness and the fact that manufacturers are trying to lock you out of doing such things notwithstanding, Android is pretty open.

4 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

MikeBabcock Re:Nice troll (579 comments)

My point was that only the Galaxy Nexus *could* get updated by Google, because they have the ability to do so. I think you believe too strongly in conspiracy theories to realize this is about not wasting energy on something that's nearly pointless to try and fix.

Their tablets have more RAM than the Galaxy Nexus; though you can easily install Cyanogen or Paranoid Android on it instead.

4 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

MikeBabcock Nice troll (579 comments)

Like everyone else reporting on this story, it completely misses the point -- there's no *point* in Google writing a patch, none of the hardware companies involved would ever bother to deploy it. They have *no* control over that bit of code in your phone unless you're running a Nexus device.

4 days ago
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Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

MikeBabcock Re:Think of the children! (408 comments)

Except that you've given every one of these people a free pass if you hack their computers because the court can no longer prove the data was there to begin with and not just planted.

5 days ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

MikeBabcock Re:Exaggeration, much? (592 comments)

Going to the mall is a PITA if you don't live near one. Not everyone does.

Dell will send a tech *anywhere* in North America at least.

about two weeks ago
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Google Releases More Windows Bugs

MikeBabcock Re:90 days may be a little short (263 comments)

The only reason its 106 days is because Microsoft doesn't send out patches when available but makes them 'convenient' on patch Tuesdays. If they felt like it, they could release that patch today.

about two weeks ago
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OpenBSD Releases a Portable Version of OpenNTPD

MikeBabcock Re:OpenNTPD: 4 Out Of 5 Stars (79 comments)

I use NTPD's ntpdate on boot to sync my clock and then leave it running while the system is up to manage drift.

On the LANs I administer, I usually configure at least one box as an NTP server for the network so I don't have everyone and their dog sending unnecessary UDP packets out to the Interwebs.

about three weeks ago
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OpenBSD Releases a Portable Version of OpenNTPD

MikeBabcock Re:There are other alternatives already (79 comments)

I assumed it was a troll myself, and giggled 'haha, systemd with an ntp client, lolz" and then boom, mind blown, there really is one? jeez.

about three weeks ago
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HTTP/2 - the IETF Is Phoning It In

MikeBabcock Re:Shrug (161 comments)

XHTML sucks because websites are not well-defined as content; they're a mix of content and software and layout (unfortunately) and therefore a single XML file doesn't well describe what it needs to contain. If HTML were replaced by a whole new content system, it could be well-defined and described by XML but HTML isn't it.

about three weeks ago
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Fluxbox 1.3.6 Released

MikeBabcock Re:works well enough (63 comments)

You do realize that (sadly) VNC over a port forward is both more stable and faster than most SSH X11 forwards.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

MikeBabcock Reintroduced? (391 comments)

My daughter bought a Walkman brand digital music player five years ago. They didn't reintroduce it last year.

about three weeks ago

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Console vs. PC Gaming

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Reading the recent piece by Alex St. John about PC gaming vs. consoles I just had way more to say than I could fit in replies to the subject so I blogged about it instead.

Yeah, I understand some people like gaming with headphones, a mouse and keyboard in their basement, but I prefer the couch, a big set of home theatre speakers, a wide screen HD TV and a controller in my hand with a headset on and a bluetooth keyboard next to me when necessary. I've been building PCs since I was 15 and I wouldn't have imagined it then, but console gaming is now at the point where its really not worth the bother to me to constantly keep up with my PCs capacity to play the newest titles.

Anyway, read more about my thoughts on my blog entry if you like.

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Hypocricy and religion

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Due to recent events (pastors being outed / accused of things they ought not to do), I've been confronted by persons discussing the hypocrisy of Christianity.

I'll be brief -- such people are often completely ignorant of both Christianity and ethical/moral issues in general. It is frequently impossible or impractical for any person, regardless of their beliefs, to be 100% perfect in their own minds (and if they were, I believe there's a psychological condition they'd be diagnosed with).

The fact that a person believes they should not break the law and yet speeds to get to work faster or another believes pollution is evil and yet still heats their home with dirty power for example is enough to refer to such persons as hypocrites. But is there anything wrong with the goals they have, despite failing to achieve them?

The bible states that those who follow Christianity will be known for love, kindness, self-control and gentleness among other qualities and that against these things there is no law.

I'd like to say I do not defend anyone's wrongdoings, but there are a few misconceptions that need outing:

1) What the bible says about Christianity is what I believe, not what some evangelist on TV said. This makes me a fundamentalist by definition. Would you prefer I follow said evangelists' views instead of formulating my own?

2) Having the goal of achieving something and failing does not make the goal system irrelevant or in any way wrong -- we're all imperfect human beings striving toward whatever we set our minds to, sometimes we're just stuck or we screw up. (PS, that's Christianity too -- that people are fallen and fallible, not in any way perfect, with the goal of becoming better). ... and more, but I'm done ranting for now. Please, if you think Christianity is stupid, do your research and don't just play follow the leader from what someone else has told you. If you're against Christianity because Christians are jerks, well, they're probably not really Christians (falls under 'do your research'). Try not to be as overbearing with them as they are with you.

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Ignorant people

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I just added someone to my foes list simply for being an ignorant jerk. They posted this comment in another user's journal about boxing in fast cars just to piss them off.

I happen to get paid to do support, often driving to a dozen locations in a day and those people lose me money. I've called the cops on them for holding up traffic and thoroughly enjoyed watching them get pulled over and having the rules of safe driving explained to them (speed isn't as important as safe flow).

I sure hope somebody gets this guy pulled over a few times as a result of his ignorance. That kind of "I'm so smart" attitude will get you hurt. And you'll have it coming; my family has an expression ... "you can be dead right".

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Dealing with losing a son ...

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Its almost been a year since my wife and I went into the hospital to give birth to our wonderful baby boy who died just three days later.

I had every intention of setting up a small section of my website with some pictures of him and commentary but haven't brought myself to do that yet.

I have however posted a summary of the events on my Wikipedia page.

Please note; donations are still suggested to Mount Sinai Hospital although if you wish to add it to those in his (Colin Isaac Babcock's) memory, you can't make a donation online (yet).

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Friends of friends, etc.

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 10 years ago

This is a short sequel to my previous journal entry. I quite enjoyed this message by Khasim (1285) recently but chuckled a little at the icons he has for me:

  • Friend
  • Friend of a Friend
  • Foe of a Friend

It seems at least one of my 'friends' doesn't like this user, one does and I do. The irony is that the one person who doesn't is someone I only added to my list so as to see their sometimes intelligent views on things, although I usually disagree with their vantage point.

The message is #10486464 if you care.

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Adding 'Friends'

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Since I noticed the ability for Slashdot to change ratings on messages based on my friends list, I've started adding more and more of the "enlightened" people I notice to my friends list.

I've given a +2 bonus modifier to my friends so I can see what those people whose opinions I've previously valued have to say (and also notice if they never again have anything useful to say).

What I'm finding interesting now that I've reached a couple dozen people on my friends list is how many people I click the neutral circle on and discover that they are a friend of at least one of my friends. It seems that birds of a feather really do ... oh never mind.

At any rate, it was interesting to me.

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Helping out

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  about 11 years ago

I've been asked if there's any way to help with the condition my wife has (see previous journal entries for background).

The short answer is of course yes, please donate to a group doing advanced (and open) genetics research. This will benefit us all. My wife has been part of a test group for some research in Philidelphia who have done much advanced work in the use of modified viruses to affect genetic mutations and the like.

Consider donating to the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation (United States) or the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation (Canada). Donations have been made already to each in the memory of my late son, Colin Isaac Babcock. If you wish to add to those, feel free to mention his name when you give.

Mount Sinai has been phenomenal in their care; our doctors have been very hands-on, very involved and concerned and have even called us at home on multiple occasions since the passing of my son to keep in touch and make sure we're okay. The nursing staff is incredible and delivering upwards of 40 to 50 babies a day, mostly high-risk would make any person dizzy -- these people work hard to keep things calm but personal and give great, fast and consistent care.

I'll probably post more about this when I have the energy on my personal website ...

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One shouldn't have to bury one's son

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 11 years ago

My wife went into labour on Thursday and delivered a beautiful baby boy at 10:30 AM. We had a couple great days with him but he died of ammonia poisoning from his genetic condition (OTC deficiency) today at 2:10 PM. We're glad we had two good days and he didn't suffer much and lived a life full of love, albeit short.

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Bad news sucks

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 11 years ago

My wife and I just found out that our second baby, due in December is a carrier of OTC (which my wife has) and is a boy, which means that he will die within days of birth.

There are no treatments for infants, especially of the genetic form and it is very rare.

http://www.emedicine.com/ped/topic2744.htm for more info.

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