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Messenger App Brings Free VoIP to US Facebook Users — At a Price

Ollabelle Re:That's how they'll jump to mobile phone spammin (58 comments)

I suppose you can. But if you're actually using this app, tossing the phone no. will disconnect you from using it with all your friends. It becomes a balance of convenience and hassle, and I expect Facebook will rely on that.

about a year ago

Messenger App Brings Free VoIP to US Facebook Users — At a Price

Ollabelle That's how they'll jump to mobile phone spamming. (58 comments)

The warnings in Facebook's reports to the SEC always mention advertising revenue on mobile phones as one of their challenges. And this is how they will build their database of mobile phone numbers.

At some point, they'll "streamline" the privacy settings so the numbers will be shareable, visible, etc. so the advertising revenue can start coming in.

about a year and a half ago

New 25-GPU Monster Devours Strong Passwords In Minutes

Ollabelle Re:Do the math. (330 comments)

Really? I wonder how Homer remembered the Iliad...

about 2 years ago

Petraeus Case Illustrates FBI Authority To Read Email

Ollabelle Re:30,000 pages might be about right (228 comments)

I'm thinking that the these emails are long strings of replies back and forth, with each email repeating the stuff already sent previously. What with all the blank spaces, headers, wrapping of text, I can see how that the page count gets inflated by quite a bit.

about 2 years ago

Parent Questions Mandatory High School Chemistry

Ollabelle Re:Idiot spews stupidity on Internet! News at 11! (866 comments)

not particularly, but when I submitted this, I did sort of hope for a colorful reaction. I was not disappointed (other than I learning I need to polish up submitted summaries - Lamer did a better job).

about 2 years ago

Iran Running Out of Physical Currency, Satellite Broadcasts Dropped in Europe

Ollabelle Someone should be able to do their printing (480 comments)

Can't print currency? They should go ask their friends, the North Koreans. I hear they're pretty good at it.

about 2 years ago

Can Data Mining Win a Presidential Campaign?

Ollabelle Oh the irony (124 comments)

So Romney is outsourcing Republican party functions too?

about 2 years ago

Insurer Measures Driver Safety With Smartphone App To Calculate Premiums

Ollabelle Re:break the law. (345 comments)

Most people are good drivers, at least 99% of the time. It's that 1% of the time that we all lapse and scare the hell out of everyone else...

more than 2 years ago

The Strange Nature of the Nigerian App Market

Ollabelle Re:419 Scam? (110 comments)

Oh, I don't know, maybe this is how they launder the money from those 419 scams....

more than 2 years ago

John the Ripper Cracks Slow Hashes On GPU

Ollabelle I've got a question about this (61 comments)

I've been curious how a hash looks with respect to various lengths of a password. Is a hashed 3-character password 3 characters long, i.e. does the hashed password itself indicate how long the password is? Is it filled to a particular length?

I'd be grateful for some insight about it looks / works.

more than 2 years ago

Trained Rats Map Minefields With GPS

Ollabelle Re:Cheap countermeasure (103 comments)

That won't work because there's lots of wild animals that would smell the food as well. You lose a mine, and your entire minefield, in short order.

more than 2 years ago

US CIO/CTO: Idea of Hiring COBOL Coders Laughable

Ollabelle Re:great (265 comments)

Come on, man, this is Slashdot. Since when do the comments ever have anything to do with the article?

more than 2 years ago

SAP VP Arrested In False Barcode Scheme

Ollabelle Re:The article is really hokey (535 comments)

That's the part that has me curious. Presumably, there would be persistent inventory reconciliation errors reflecting more sales of low-priced Lego kits than they had in stock.

But multiple errors across multiple periods? That too should have made a few people suspicious.

more than 2 years ago

Astronomers See the Glow of a Boiling Planet

Ollabelle Re:Sauna world (56 comments)

I think you mean to send Sam Magee

more than 2 years ago

Bring Back the 40-Hour Work Week

Ollabelle Don't agree with the math (969 comments)

Whatever the arguments of this post, the statement that 4 people working 50 hours equals 5 people working 40 hours doesn't work.

Costs of health insurance and other items that are incurred for each employee don't extend to working more hours. Such costs run at least 25 percent and can be as much as 40 percent. And as just one more example, consider the costs of finding and hiring that next employee.

Before you start extrapolating how to spread work across more employees, consider the added costs of hiring that next person. This is why companies are reluctant to incur those costs until they are sure those costs will be recovered over the long term.

more than 2 years ago

Danish Research Center To Explore Mysteries of Earth's Interior

Ollabelle Re:Danish (56 comments)

You have a point, but not ALL of our stuff sucks. Same thing with beer; if you look at the small producers, we have some pretty good stuff.

more than 2 years ago

Details of Initial "Disc to Digital" Program Emerge

Ollabelle Not in the TFA (201 comments)

Didn't see it in TFA, but I half suspect them of keeping the physical disks as they "upgrade" you to be able to see the streaming movie.

more than 2 years ago

Publishers Warned On Ebook Prices

Ollabelle Re-make the publisher then (352 comments)

So let's start up eBook only publisher, containing only the staff needed to assist the Ebook author. No typesetting, warehouses, printers, or distribution chains to the mortar shops. Then we can price the book to cover our costs and profits for both us and the author.

The author can then negotiate two separate publication deals, one for the ebook version and one for the paper version.

Most likely, a third person will be required, who will be paid to shill the book and get the book tour going.

more than 2 years ago



Parent questions mandatory high school chemistry

Ollabelle Ollabelle writes  |  about 2 years ago

Ollabelle (980205) writes "David Bernstein, a nonprofit executive who lives in Gaithersburg, Md., has two sons, ages 7 and 15. He has previously written about how schools fail students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Now he turns his attention to mandated curriculum in public schools, and argues that his sons shouldn't be forced to take any science class."
Link to Original Source

Poll - Will Ferrell on Wired Magazine cover was...

Ollabelle Ollabelle writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Ollabelle (980205) writes "Will Ferrell's appearance on the cover of Wired Magazine was:
1) brilliant
2) stupid
3) who's Will Ferrell?

See the Rants Section in the October magazine (18.10, page 23) as the inspiration of this poll"

The world's oldest jokes

Ollabelle Ollabelle writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Ollabelle (980205) writes "Dave TV has compiled a list of the "ten oldest jokes" Bad jokes live forever. The List:

1. Something which has never occurred since time immemorial: a young woman did not fart in her husband's lap (1900 BC — 1600 BC Sumerian Proverb Collection 1.12-1.13)

2. How do you entertain a bored pharaoh? You sail a boatload of young women dressed only in fishing nets down the Nile and urge the pharaoh to go catch a fish (An abridged version first found in 1600 BC on the Westcar Papryus)

3. Three ox drivers from Adab were thirsty: one owned the ox, the other owned the cow and the other owned the wagon's load. The owner of the ox refused to get water because he feared his ox would be eaten by a lion; the owner of the cow refused because he thought his cow might wander off into the desert; the owner of the wagon refused because he feared his load would be stolen. So they all went. In their absence the ox made love to the cow which gave birth to a calf which ate the wagon's load. Problem: Who owns the calf?! (1200 BC)

4. A woman who was blind in one eye has been married to a man for 20 years. When he found another woman he said to her, "I shall divorce you because you are said to be blind in one eye." And she answered him: "Have you just discovered that after 20 years of marriage!?" (Egyptian circa 1100 BC)

5. Odysseus tells the Cyclops that his real name is nobody. When Odysseus instructs his men to attack the Cyclops, the Cyclops shouts: "Help, nobody is attacking me!" No one comes to help. (Homer. The Odyssey 800 BC)

6. Question: What animal walks on four feet in the morning, two at noon and three at evening? Answer: Man. He goes on all fours as a baby, on two feet as a man and uses a cane in old age (Appears in Oedipus Tyrannus and first performed in 429 BC)

7. Man is even more eager to copulate than a donkey — his purse is what restrains him (Egyptian, Ptolemaic Period 304 BC — 30 BC)

8. Augustus was touring his Empire and noticed a man in the crowd who bore a striking resemblance to himself. Intrigued he asked: "Was your mother at one time in service at the Palace?" "No your Highness," he replied, "but my father was." (Credited to the Emporer Augustus 63 BC — 29 AD)

9. Wishing to teach his donkey not to eat, a pedant did not offer him any food. When the donkey died of hunger, he said "I've had a great loss. Just when he had learned not to eat, he died." (Dated to the Philogelos 4th /5th Century AD)

10. Asked by the court barber how he wanted his hair cut, the king replied: "In silence." (Collected in the Philogelos or "Laughter-Lover" the oldest extant jest book and compiled in the 4th/5th Century AD)"

Ollabelle Ollabelle writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ollabelle (980205) writes "The Washington Post is reporting that an Indiana University doctoral candidate, Chris Soghoian, has discovered that Firefox Add-ons frequently check for update availability via unsecured calls back to their mother site, which can be hijacked at Wi-Fi Hot Spots. A hijacker can then insert malicious code under the guise of a false Add-on update. What's interesting is that (1) this works regardless of whether the user is operating under administrator or limited user status, and (2) Google's Toolbar update checks via unsecured connections and thus is vulnerable, and worse, has specifically disabled Firefox's habit of notifying the user of an available update and confirming a desire to install. Thus the malicious package can be loaded without any user knowledge of it happening. The article is at: ews-col-blogs"

Ollabelle Ollabelle writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ollabelle (980205) writes "It's always been a bit of a mystery why plants absorb red and blue light while reflecting green when the sun emits the most visible light in the green part of the spectrum. Now a theory has come up with one possible answer: that the first chlorophyll-utilizing microbes evolved to exploit the red-and-blue reflected light of older green-absorbing microbes, eventually out-competing them through greater efficiency and the rise of oxygen. le_earth.html [note to editor: I'm baffled how to tag this story to science, and nothing else. All the "topics" seem to be anything except 'off topic'. Thanks for any insight you can give.]"


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