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Scientists Who Failed to Warn of Quake Found Guilty of Manslaughter

Moby Cock Re:Accountability (459 comments)

As a professional engineer, accountability starts the moment you have a license number in your state.

Any opinion you give on any project makes you liable.

The difference is obvious. An engineered system is just that -- a system that is fully understood and can have predictable outcomes from known initial conditions. So...it is reasonable to expect engineers to be liable for their work. Predicting earthquakes is not anywhere near as simple. To find criminal accountability from such failures is preposterous.

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Who Failed to Warn of Quake Found Guilty of Manslaughter

Moby Cock Re:Misleading summary (459 comments)

Yeah, but I wonder what will come of the Italian Catholic priests peddling their false assurances? Will they be jailed? This is an enormous blight on scientific independence and a even larger blight on the reputation of Italy. To my mind, Italy is a backwater joke -- enjoy your irrelevance.

about 2 years ago
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Google Kills Apps Support For Internet Explorer 8

Moby Cock Re:Lucky bastards (296 comments)

At work, I still have to use IE6. It's just dreadful. Practically no websites render correctly and it is painstakingly slow.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft's Surface Caught Windows OEMs By Surprise

Moby Cock Oh good (565 comments)

Good news...maybe this will herald in the age of cheap Chromium laptops and desktops.

more than 2 years ago
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How the US Lost Out On iPhone Work

Moby Cock Yeah...but (1303 comments)

It is true that it is not Apple's job to cure America's ills. But, if you could use some of that famed 'war chest' of cash to at least try, it would make you less of a bunch of dicks.

more than 2 years ago
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MS To Build Antivirus Into Win8: Boon Or Monopoly?

Moby Cock Re:Anti-Trust (748 comments)

Yeah, a model I quite like. It's a walled garden with a gate that has a 'Here be Dragons' sign.

more than 2 years ago
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Hackers Briefly Controlled US Government Satellites

Moby Cock Re:Not this time: (261 comments)

Proof-of-concept? I think not. This was an actual intrusion. The two satellites are both controlled by the same base station -- there is no real 'concept' to prove.

more than 2 years ago
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United States Loses S&P AAA Credit Rating

Moby Cock Re:Two things... (1239 comments)

Ratings are important to many pension funds and the like. Lots of them are precluded, by charter, from obtaining or holding bonds that are not AAA rated. So, the downgrade of US T-Bills could 'lock out' some potential markets.

Not that I think it will make much difference, however...

about 3 years ago
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What Happens After the Super-Hero Movie Bubble?

Moby Cock Re:Space Opera (339 comments)

Maybe we'll finally get the long promised Ender's Game. Here's hoping...

more than 3 years ago
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What Happens After the Super-Hero Movie Bubble?

Moby Cock Re:More Comic Books Than You Think (339 comments)

I'm still hoping we get a two or three movie version of Y: The Last Man. Although, it seems unlikely at this point.

more than 3 years ago
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What Happens After the Super-Hero Movie Bubble?

Moby Cock Re:This will never end (339 comments)

A friend and I were discussing the cyclic nature of comics the other day and how it relates to movies today. I was a big comics fan in the 80s and 90s 9less so today). Comics then were generally pretty formulaic until Watchmen and the Dark Knight Returns cast aside the status quo. The publisher's seemed to think that 'gritty' was what people wanted and the anti-hero was on the rise. Wolverine became huge as well as grim takes on Green Arrow and Daredevil among others. The grom stories were everywhere. The other big thing in comics then was the grand crossover event, starting with Secret Wars.

Now, in movies, the success of the Dark Knight has forced reboots that are grittier and brooding -- like the new Spiderman and Man of Steel. The movie crossover is coming as The Avengers.

I'm a little concerned about the moves in the film. Batman is compelling as a dark, moody prick. Spiderman is not. Some characters are just not suitable. The crossovers can be great, like Secret Wars, or awful, like any of the DC Crises (except Identity Crisis, that was ok).

I fear that the rush for grittiness will wind up with some really bad movies and this will sour the studios on more super hero movies. They seem to think that if a movie does bad its because the genre is stale when often the movie was a huge misstep. If gritty Spiderman and Man of Steel don't work and the Avengers is a mess (which is a very likely scenario) then comic book movies are is for a rough ride.

more than 3 years ago
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MS-DOS Is 30 Years Old Today

Moby Cock United Way (433 comments)

IBM then approached Microsoft, which already had a few of years of experience under its belt with M-DOS, BASIC, and other important tools

I think that IBM was 'approached' by MS. Gates' mother had contacts through her role as a high ranking official in the United Way. That got Bill a foot in the door and he made good on the opportunity. Major successes are often a convergence of skill, ambition and blind luck, and the MS fortune is, I think, one of those cases.

more than 3 years ago
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Crowdsourcing Ancient Egyptian Scrolls

Moby Cock Re:I started one (94 comments)

Hey! Ever hear of a SPOILER ALERT?

more than 3 years ago
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Trade of Google+1 "Likes" as a Business

Moby Cock In Chrome (83 comments)

I have a G+ account but can't (as of today) get it to load in Chrome. Weird.

more than 3 years ago
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Google: Sun Offered To License Java For $100M

Moby Cock Re:How much Sun wanted is irrelevant (173 comments)

I am a bit in the dark as to the intricacies of Java and Dalvik, so forgive me if this is a daft question...

When you say Google "create[d] a compatible API", is this similar to what WINE did for the WIN32 API? A re-implementation, through new code, that emulates* the functionality of the precursor?

* I know -- WINE is not an emulator, I use the word in a more metaphoric sense.

MC

more than 3 years ago
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Google+ Already At 10 Million Users

Moby Cock Re:Will Invite (1223 comments)

Invite please. Galenlas(at)gmail

more than 3 years ago
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Space Shuttle Atlantis Launches On Final Flight

Moby Cock Re:White Room (275 comments)

Heh. It would be hilarious if athletes blamed God.

But, no, I don't give a shit when athletes give credit to God...but...they are not scientists and engineers. I hold them to a higher standard. ;)

more than 3 years ago
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Space Shuttle Atlantis Launches On Final Flight

Moby Cock Re:White Room (275 comments)

Nothing, because he doesn't exist.

more than 3 years ago
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Space Shuttle Atlantis Launches On Final Flight

Moby Cock White Room (275 comments)

It irked me immensely that the white room crew held up a 'God Bless America' sign. Is there not corner of civilization where we can escape the idiotic God-bothering horseshit of "mainstream America".

Seriously -- its a space craft! And as Gagarin said "I don't see any God up here."* Can we please just give that sentimental nonsense a miss and focus on the science and engineering?

*Yeah, I know, he never said it, but it fits well.

more than 3 years ago
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RIM Collapse Beginning?

Moby Cock Re:Sensationalize much? (305 comments)

Agreed. The BB has always been and continues to be very well suited for enterprise use. The foreseeable future has a place for BB and RIM.

more than 3 years ago

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Sony Posts A $2B Loss

Moby Cock Moby Cock writes  |  about 2 years ago

Moby Cock (771358) writes "Sony has posted a massive net loss of $2.03 billion (£1.28 billion) during its third financial quarter, October to December. The figure is based on its total revenue of $23.37 billion (£14.7 billion), which is down 17.4% on the same period last year. This leaves Sony facing its fourth consecutive year of making a loss. The figures are even more troublesome when you realise that they contain sales from the normally lucrative Christmas period."
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Moby Cock Moby Cock writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Moby Cock (771358) writes "The father of the Playstation, Ken Kutaragi, is stepping down from the Sony gaming group, CNN reports. He will continue his ties to Sony in a consulting role. Kutaragi's latest product, the PS3, has met with a cool reception, could this be the first signs of a major shakeup at Sony's gaming group?"
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Moby Cock Moby Cock writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Moby Cock (771358) writes "The Hubble Space Telescope is flying partly blind across the heavens, the result of a short circuit on Saturday in its most popular instrument, the Advanced Camera for Surveys. NASA engineers reported Monday that most of the camera's capabilities, including the ability to take the sort of deep cosmic postcards that have inspired the public and to track the mysterious dark energy splitting the universe to the ends of time, had probably been lost for good."
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Moby Cock Moby Cock writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Moby Cock (771358) writes "The Canadian Prime Minister's Office email server has been cracked such that the media alert auto mailer was used to send low mortgage rate spam. This is roughly eqivalent to the White House issueing a press alert for cheap viagra."
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Moby Cock Moby Cock writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Moby Cock (771358) writes "A new lawsuit filed against Intel Corp. on behalf of Transmeta threatens to prevent the chipmaker from shipping microprocessors to PC manufacturers. According to InfoWorld, Transmeta is charging Intel with violating 10 of its patents covering processor design and power efficiency techniques. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, seeks damages, royalty payments, and an injunction barring Intel from selling infringing products such as the Pentium III, Pentium 4, Pentium M, Core and Core 2 processors. Nine of the 10 Transmeta patents invoked in the lawsuit cover basic processor functions like scheduling and addressing instructions on the chip, according to InfoWorld. The tenth patent reportedly relates to Transmeta's LongRun technology, which is used to adjust the voltage of the processor, depending on its workload."
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Moby Cock Moby Cock writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Moby Cock (771358) writes "Although the speculation about the iPhone dates backs many years, and has been discussed here before, it seems as though the rumours persist. Think Secret is reporting that the iPhone is due in early 2007 and that Apple has signed a deal with Cingular to be the sole carrier for the iPhone for the first six months. There is also speculation about foreign market carriers. The iPhone is said to feature a 2.2-inch display and 3 megapixel camera. The recent release of iTunes 7 also sparked a flurry of speculation when the code was found to contain references to synchronising mobile phones."
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Moby Cock Moby Cock writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Moby Cock (771358) writes "The likelihood of Apple releasing a mobile phone/iPod device has been discussed by many, for many months. However, this week further information has surfaced. Industry speculators have postulated that the iPhone could be released withing the next 4-6 months. With the release of iTunes 7, we get further clues. The resources files have been examined and they state:
Some of the games in your iTunes library were not copied to the mobile phone [name] because you are not authorized to play them on this computer" and "iTunes cannot sync photos to the mobile phone [name] because your iPhoto Library needs updating. Open iPhoto to update your iPhoto Library
"
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Moby Cock Moby Cock writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Moby Cock (771358) writes "The iPhone has had its fair share of speculation, however, AppleInsider is reporting that market analysts believe that the iPhone is real and could be ready for release soon. There is an Apple event scheduled for 12 September where it is expected that Jobs will announce the ITMS will begin carrying movies. Could the iPhone be 'Just One More Thing'?"

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