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Amazon Launches Subscription-Based Billing And Payments Service

Osiris Ani Re:On the heels of the recent eBay data breach... (76 comments)

It exists. It's called a credit card

Ah, yes, a credit card, which I'll give to yet another vendor, which will then be responsible for securing my account data. That's certainly one idea, but I prefer to make my financial data readily available to as few vendors as possible. I much prefer to allow a trusted third party to take responsibility for assuring that my account data is protected— fewer potential points of risk, not more.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

Osiris Ani Re:Books aren't special (211 comments)

affect: to act on; produce an effect or change
effect: to produce as an effect; bring about; accomplish; make happen

If you had bothered to read the definitions you referenced before posting the links, you would have realized that as defined, the first is a verb; the second, a noun.

If you'd bothered to read the links the AC posted (or, y'know, cracked open a dictionary sometime), you'd know that you're actually wrong. To be more specific:

effect
verb (used with object)
to produce as an effect; bring about; accomplish; make happen

It would appear that reading really is fundamental.

about 4 months ago
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German Authorities Lack Evidence To Prosecute Anyone For NSA Spying

Osiris Ani Re:That's too bad (107 comments)

It's all faux outrage for political expediency.

Absolutely. German politicos don't really care about this, because the existence of this particular type of spying is something they've always understood. For decades, all diplomats everywhere, if wise, have made the presumption that their unsecured lines are under surveillance by any number of different nations. The only reason they're pretending to care is because their naïve constituents apparently didn't know. They can't simply let the rabble go unanswered.

about 4 months ago
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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

Osiris Ani Re:So when will the taxi drivers start protesting? (583 comments)

An example: The train you're on is running 30 minutes late, and you need a cab to get you to the day's last ferry, or you will have to wait until morning. That's when you'll really appreciate what a skilled cabdriver can do for you.

I fully understand what you mean by "skilled cabdriver." I have to walk/drive on the same roads as the aforementioned "skilled cabdrivers," and thus I direct you back to my previous post.

about 4 months ago
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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

Osiris Ani Re:So when will the taxi drivers start protesting? (583 comments)

I have a perfect record getting people to the stations, sometimes needing to cut off a departing bus, or running up to a train to keep the doors from closing. An autonomous cab cannot do that (yet?).

God, I hope not. What the world really needs is less of that, not more.

about 4 months ago
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eBay Compromised

Osiris Ani Re:But nothing on their homepage? (193 comments)

I just went to ebay and logged in, and was surprised to see nothing regarding this on their main page.

“eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) said beginning later today it will be asking eBay users to change their passwords...”

about 4 months ago
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Surface Pro 3 Has 12" Screen, Intel Inside

Osiris Ani Re:Drat! Still only 8GB RAM max. (316 comments)

A tablet may not be the best place to run virtual machines or servers, and nothing else really requires more than 8GB of RAM.

Running Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom on less than 16GB can be painful.

about 4 months ago
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Londoners Tracked By Advertising Firm's Trash Cans

Osiris Ani Re: Cell phones must stop broadcasting MAC address (189 comments)

[...]it should not automatically connect to an insecure network that it has never seen before.

Well, if that's what you meant, then you're in luck. As you originally wrote, "There needs to be an update to iOS and Android that gives users the option to disable this feature." That's not necessary, because there are (and have always been) a grand total of two toggles in the Wi-Fi settings on iOS: "On/Off" and " Ask to Join Networks ."

about a year ago
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As AOL Prepares To Downsize Patch, CEO Fires Employee During Meeting

Osiris Ani Re:What a dick (248 comments)

I would just shrug and go, "Huh. That was an expensive mistake... managers just don't understand workplace economics these days." Then walk out.

Firing an employee is the worst thing for a company. It removes the employee's expertise, disrupts current operations, then requires retraining of other employees to cope.

All of this presumes that the employee's position won't simply be eliminated. Considering that this happened during a conference call during which potentially hundreds of layoffs were announced, it's quite probable that the standard economic model doesn't necessarily apply.

about a year ago
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Should the Next 'Doctor Who' Be a Woman?

Osiris Ani Re:and how do you resolve the paradox (772 comments)

Seriously, bearing in mind that there are non-fictional species on Earth that can effectively change their reproductive systems within their own lifetimes

You may want to look into what some animals on Earth are capable of.

And then he went on to give me examples of things about which I'd already written, as quoted. Of course, that I wrote about it seemed to imply that I already knew this.

about a year ago
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Should the Next 'Doctor Who' Be a Woman?

Osiris Ani Re:and how do you resolve the paradox (772 comments)

With sex being a changeable characteristic, labels like "mother" and "father" get confusing....

...to your limited human understanding. Seriously, bearing in mind that there are non-fictional species on Earth that can effectively change their reproductive systems within their own lifetimes, that's hardly the most imaginative, alien concept ever to pass through the canon of the Doctor.

about a year ago
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3D Printers Shown To Emit Potentially Harmful Nanosized Particles

Osiris Ani Re:So... How worrying is this, really? (180 comments)

historically in much of the world cooking was done apart from living spaces - either outside or in an alcove or courtyard. So many of today's houses and apartments really are not that well thought out, if you stop to think about it.

Oh, yes, especially considering how often we cook by burning wood or charcoal inside our homes today. It's a wonder that no one has pointed out the danger of our anachronistic cooking methods before.

about a year ago
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If a Network Is Broken, Break It More

Osiris Ani Seem familiar. (124 comments)

This is the same basic logic that's employed by Skynet and most other fictional rampant AI.

about a year ago
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AMD/ATI Drops Windows XP Support

Osiris Ani Re:Probably wanted to drop pre-WDDM (251 comments)

It's sensless to compare software and cars age-wise.

Cars get degraded as the years pass. Software is identical, it's not worn of or anything like that.

Although it's true that the car analogy was highly flawed, it's also unwise to imply that Windows installations do not degrade over time. There was a time, in the not-too-distant-past, when Microsoft would recommend periodic re-installation of Windows.

about a year ago
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Windows 8 Killing PC Sales

Osiris Ani Re:My theory (1010 comments)

I don't know what kind of applications you run to need 8gb of ram; video editing, big games?

Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and image files at either ~21MP or 5300 DPI (depending on whether I used a full-frame DSLR or scanned 35mm negatives). At a mere 16GB RAM in my primary workstation, I'm due for an upgrade.

about a year and a half ago

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