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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

Paradise Pete Re:Prison population (407 comments)

I guess it's time to toss out conventional wisdom.

At least that's what conventional wisdom would tell you. But now I'm not so sure.

5 days ago

Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

Paradise Pete Re:Not so much, maybe. (984 comments)

She sure packs a lot into that tutu. She should be the one smuggling iPhones.

about two weeks ago

Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

Paradise Pete Re:I'm pleasantly surprised. (277 comments)

Speakign for myself, I would much rather carry around an iPhone 5s, but my eyes are getting worse with age, and now I can't use it without reading glasses. I can't speak for these whippersnappers, but I now welcome the larger screen, and I'm happy that there's a mode that makes what's displayed larger rather than more dense. It sucks getting old, but I suppose that's the goal.

about a month ago

A Beginner's Guide To Programming With Swift

Paradise Pete Re:Embracing the bird (72 comments)

What are you, 60?

Don't rag on people for getting old. That kinda is the goal, isn't it?

about a month ago

Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

Paradise Pete Re:Coincidence? (236 comments)

if Apple really cared one little bit about their customers

Apple does some odd things, but I can't imagine anyone could watch the Charlie Rose interview of Tim Cook and come away with the impression that he and Apple don't care about their customers. To hold that position you'd have to believe he was a pathological liar and just plain evil.

about a month ago

Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

Paradise Pete Re:See Apple's privacy site for details (236 comments)

That's a good point. It was in effect being too specific under those "guidelines." So perhaps they were told to remove it, or maybe even some agency issued a throwaway request simply to make it untrue, and thus remove it that way.

I for one am happy that Apple's new strategy to fight this is to continue to minimize the amount of personal information they receive.

about a month ago

Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

Paradise Pete Re:Not completely gone (236 comments)

I don't think he said that. It wouldn't make any sense, given how email works. With their own Messges platform the encryption is already done on the device before Apple transports the message. With email that is obviously not the case.
Incoming email is normally unencrypted, so there's no way Apple could then encrypt it in a way they couldn't read. And they can't as a matter of course encrypt outgoing email because the receiver wouldn't necessarily be able to decrypt it. So email remains, as it always has been, not a good place at all to hide secrets.

about a month ago

London's Crime Hot Spots Predicted Using Mobile Phone Data

Paradise Pete Re:Price of safety (64 comments)

Especially considering that said "information sharing" leads to a mere 8% increase in accuracy.

Speaking of accuracy, it went from 62% to 70%. While indeed that is eight percentage points, it's a nearly 13% improvement.

about a month ago

Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Paradise Pete Re:The protruding lens was a mistake (425 comments)

It really runs contrary to Apple's design sensibility, but I guess we're seeing the first evidence of what happens to Apple without Jobs.

The iPod Touch, created under Jobs' reign, has a protruding lens. Can we stop with the "what would Jobs do" BS? He s dead, it's a different world, and it's a different marketplace.

about a month ago

Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Paradise Pete Re:The protruding lens was a mistake (425 comments)

Make the phone the thickness of the camera module, adding another 300 mAH to the internal battery and pushing run time another 3 hours,

That adds weight, too. The battery, according lasts well over a day, so not typically an issue, but the weight would always be there.
I have no problem with the protruding lens (It's not their first, the iPod Touch has one), but I think it's shitty that they edit it out of the side-on views.

about a month ago

Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Paradise Pete Re:Obviously. (291 comments)

Toxic butter?

about a month and a half ago

Apparent Meteorite Hits Managua, Nicaragua, Leaving Crater But No Injuries

Paradise Pete Re:MOD POINT BUCKET (107 comments)

It doesn't even make any sense. You don't "get" someone's mod points when they mod you up.

about a month and a half ago

3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Paradise Pete Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

I'd like to see an airline offer planes without reclining seats. Actually now that I type that out no I wouldn't, because then they'd realize they could squeeze 'em in even tighter.

about a month and a half ago

Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Paradise Pete Re:Simply ignore studies ... (588 comments)

The point I made is that exercise can make a 12 thousand calorie diet of pizza healthy.

You seem to be equating low body fat with good health. A high sugar diet, even when combined with vigorous exercise, can lead to diabetes and heart disease.

about 1 month ago

Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

Paradise Pete Re:Where are these photos? (336 comments)

Photo Stream is on a one month loop. After that they're gone. They're not recoverable, even if Apple is not actually deleting them for some reason.

The rumor is a brute force password attack through a path that didn't limit attempts. However, it seems unlikely that all these celebs would have guessable passwords and that the attacker would know their Apple ID.

The details that are slowly emerging don't add up so well to an iCould (in particular) breach, but rather it's the emergence of a large collection gathered slowly over time through a multitude of sources and devices and techniques.

about 2 months ago

Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

Paradise Pete Re:Reputation (212 comments)

I have a pretty good opinion of the Oracle eBS suite, mainly because it puts money in my pocket

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it." - Upton Sinclair

about 2 months ago

A Movie of Triton Made From Voyager 2's Fly-by 25 Years Ago

Paradise Pete Re:How much, and other questions (34 comments)

You make it sound like the only purpose of the project was to take these photos.

My cynical expectation is that you will now reply belittling the rest of the project as well, simply because to do so supports your silly notion and therefore you're not "wrong."

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Paradise Pete Re: What to know (548 comments)

I knew one very talented programmer in the 90's who was taking every short-term consulting job he could find. There was a shortage of talent and he had built a great reputation for reliability, so he often took on several jobs at once and was good enough to get them done properly and on time. He commanded crazy-high rates and sunk everything he made into the markets.

Then one day in late 1999 he said "You know what? I have enough." He cashed out everything and retired at 39. He readily admits there was no foresight in it, he just got lucky and cashed out at the top.

about 2 months ago


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OS X 10.4 Early Impressions

Paradise Pete Paradise Pete writes  |  more than 9 years ago I've had 10.4 installed for only about a day now, so no doubt many of the gripes will be easily solved as I discover more.


  • Improved searching is great.
  • Why is there so little control over the sounds?
  • The interface seems to be "de-proved." But maybe I just need to get used to it. It sure seems harder to see at a glance the state of the folders. I did go get Cage Fighter, which helps a bit.
  • Why did they remove the "Quote Level" from the contextual menu? I can use the keyboard, sure, but chances are I've just selected some text and my hand is on the mouse, not the keyboard. And I'd rather have it right there than have to go to the menu bar.

System Preferences

  • What? No more toolbar? I can't drag the frequently used ones to the top anymore? Am I missing something, or did they make it less usable? And here's an aside: I notice that System Preferences is one of the few apps that doesn't have Preferences.


  • Impressively fast. Seriously fast.
  • I just noticed in typing this that it supports multiple undo. I don't know if that's new or not.
  • It's able to deal with some sites it couldn't before. I don't who was at fault, but either way they work now.
  • Overall, simply a first rate browser.


  • So far, pretty much a toy to me. Seems like a big layer of stuff just to bring back desk accessories, but then I'm pretty sure I just don't get it yet, and the light will come on.
  • Does World Clock actually work? When I flip it over to set the city I can't flip it back. There's no "Done" button or anything, so it just sits there, taunting me with its back turned. It looks like maybe it's missing some resources.
  • Many of them seem pointless, as if someone said "Well we've got iTunes, and we've got widgets, so I guess we'd better make an iTunes widget." How is that any more convenient than going to the actual app?
  • The translator, which I was very pleased to see and thought I would use in place of going to babelfish or google, is pretty clunky. It's slow, with no indication that it's doing anything, and the interface sucks. How do i actually invoke a translation? Do I tab, click on the squiggles, what? If it weren't so pokey I could use the feedback to figure it out, but for right now I don't really know what makes it "go." It's also very easy to make it appear to be wrong.
  • I really like the weather widget. It looks great and does what I want.


  • Why do all the apps now say .app? It gives it such a "Windows-y" feel. Is that to protect me from accidentally running a program or something? If that can be turned off I'd sure like to know how.
  • Can I get some control over the interface sounds? It seems like such an obvious desire that I wouldn't be surprised if there's already a third-party utility to do so.

X 11

  • I generally use this for only one thing, running gnuBackgammon. For whatever reason, it (gnubg) takes much longer to start up now.
  • I now have to click twice on the dock icon to get it to come to the front.


  • I guess it's great. I find myself making "interface" blunders, though. I'll get used to it, but it somehow seems unfinished. Maybe it's just me, because I can't be more specific. I think part of it is that my expectations were so high.

That's all that comes to mind right now. I really haven't yet done all that much with it. More to come. Comments are encouraged, especially where I'm wrong about things.


Golf Today

Paradise Pete Paradise Pete writes  |  more than 10 years ago The rain broke early this morning, and Nito the caddy calls me on his way to the course. Convinces me que se vale la pena, it's worth going out there.

So I get there and the course is in good shape, and very few golfers. Nito and I go off alone.

Hole #1: For some reason I'm a little bit nervous today. I also feel like I'm going to play well, so I take the nerves as a good sign. I yank my first drive a bit, but hit it well, so I'm long but in the right rough, about 80 yards out. I hit a 90% sand wedge. It's right at the flag, but because of the rough there's not much spin on it, and it hits and rolls about 15 feet past. It's a slippery and fast putt, but I'm able to get it near the hole and make the two footer for par.

The swing with the wedge felt really good; loose, smooth and easy, and the shot went straight at the flag. It felt like I could do it all day long. So as we approach the the number two tee, with my driver in hand I say to Nito "If this club cooperates, today is the day." And he grabs the putter and says "No, If this club cooperates, today is the day!"

#2, the long par four: I hit a solid drive right down the middle. I'm about 140 out. The flag looks like it might be slightly towards the front, so we vacillate between a 9 and an 8. We settle on the 8. I hit a good shot towards the middle of the green, but then we realize the flag is not just a little, but rather all the way up front, so I'm on the green, but a full club long. I'm able to lag the 30 footer up to about two and a half feet, and make that for par.

#3, par five dogleg right: I hit a good drive down the middle, but what wind there is is against, so I still have a ways to go to get to the turn. I hit a four iron solidly, but with an unintentional draw. It happens sometimes with my long irons, so I'd aimed far enough left to guard against it that the ball curled around the turn nicely. The flag is on the far right, so I have a little tree trouble, but an 80% sand wedge goes right over it, and right over the flag, hitting and sticking seven feet past. I roll it in for birdie.

#4, par four, water on the left. I don't quite get all of the drive, but it's in the fairway and on the right hand side, which is good because the flag is tucked in the extreme left corner, guarded by those trees. So the right side is the place to be to get an angle. I hit a pitching wedge right at the flag, but it's a little long and hits and sticks in the fringe, about 12 feet past the hole. The putt has a big bend in it, and it's fast, so I just try to cozy it up. With its last turn the ball dies at the hole and drops in the side door, for an unexpected but pleasing birdie.

#5, par three over the water. The way it's set up today Nito says it's playing about 120. He hands me a pitching wedge and asks how far I hit it. "125," I say, and he says "Si, OK, plays 125." Hmmm. So I hit right over the flag, and it goes 125, but sure enough the flag is indeed 120 away, so I'm on the back of the green, well long. The hole is on the crest of the hill, and I don't hit the putt hard enough and leave it well short. Now I power the next one past the hole. Then I miss the comebacker! Man oh man. Four-putt Double bogey, and those two birdies go up in smoke. Shoot.

#6, par four dogleg right. I crack my drive to the turn. The flag today is placed perilously close to the water on the right, and you know how the green just feeds everything that way anyway, so I employ some o' that course management stuff and hit a cautious lob wedge pin-high, but ten feet left. The putt is VERY fast, and a has fair bit of break. Too aggressive and it could go off the green and into the water! So I gently baby it up to a foot away, and tap in for par.

#7, par three over the water. Pin all the way in the back, and some wind against, so we go with the 6 iron. Too much club, and I also get another unintended draw. So I'm over the back and right. Tough chip up over the slope, and I leave it short. The next chip one-hops off the flag stick and lands next to the hole for a tap-in bogey.

#8, par five dog leg left. I hit a good drive, but in the left rough, so I've got those two big pine trees to deal with. I avoid those, but catch the branch of one of the small trees instead, and the ball ricochets over the huge water hazard on the left, and lands on the far left bank, just in-bounds. They've dug out the hazard so that now it's a 15 foot deep lake. So I walk all the way around it and through the mud to get to my ball, which happens to have a great big blob of of that mud stuck right on it. I'm 140 out, but because of a small tree the only line towards the green is over the next water hazard and the trees guarding the left side of the green, and with that mud ball I don't think I can make the shot. So I hit it out to at a right angle to the green, across the fairway to the hill on the other side. I'm 70 yards out lying three, but I stick a lob wedge one foot from the hole for a tap-in par. Whew!

#9 the par four over water. I hit a mediocre 3 iron off the tee, and am left with a long approach to the green. The flag is again tucked in the left corner, and from my position it's too dangerous to go at it. Anything less than perfect and it's in the water. So I take a five iron and aim for the middle of the green. Apparently today was "hook the long irons day," as I get yet another unintentional draw. So I'm just over the back of the green, and way on the opposite side from the hole. I don't get up and down, so I make bogey for a two-over 38 on the front.

#10, the par five with the creek. I hit a long drive, up on the hill on the left. That hill usually feeds the ball back to the fairway, but with the wet conditions the ball stays up on the slope. Earlier in the year, when there was a strong helping wind on this hole I could sometimes hit driver, 9 iron. With the rainy season the conditions have reversed, and now there tends to be a wind against here. So instead of 9 iron, I'm hitting 3 wood! I strike it well, and the ball flies over the tree on the right and fades back to the slope above the greenside bunker. I chip up to about 8 feet, but roll the birdie try by. Par.

#11. Par four. I hit a good drive to 100, then a decent wedge to about 15 feet. Somehow I manage to three putt! Bogey.

#12. Long par four. OB and sand left, water right. I hit a good drive to the valley, then a five iron. It of course draws to the right, so I'm pin high but off the green. The hole is again on the crest of the hill, and I can't chip close, and then the par putt lips the cup and stops one inch directly behind the hole. Bogey.

#13. Par four with the tiered green. Water left, wide open on the right. I hit my drive way right to the other fairway. We're not sure of the distance, but decide on an eight iron. The flag is on the upper shelf, way left. Tough pins today. With a slightly uphill lie I hit a towering shot right at the flag, and it's hanging in the air for forever, and we're sweating out the distance, until it finally plops down on the crest of the ridge that runs through the green. It sits there for a moment, thinking it over, before it finally gives up and rolls back down to the lower tier. Bummer. Very tough putt from down there, and I'm not up to the challenge. Another three-putt bogey.

#14. Par four. I crack my drive down the middle, then hit a 9 iron to about 10 feet. I smooth it in for birdie.

#15. Long par three. I hit five iron pin high, but it's a long iron, so naturally I'm off the green to the right. I get up and down for par.

#16. Short par four. Wind against, so it plays a little longer than usual. I hit a good drive, then a pitching wedge at the flag. It hits and sticks 8 feet past. My birdie try just slides by. Par.

#17. Short par three. I hit 90% pitching wedge, but pull it a little, so I'm on the green pin high but 20 feet right. Hole is once again on the crest of the hill. I three putt. Bogey.

#18. Long par five. OB left, water right. Dogleg right. I hit a good but not great drive just past the tree. I crack a three wood to within 40 yards of the green. The flag is all the way in the back, so I hit a full lob wedge, but it's not quite enough to get all the way there, and I'm about 12 feet short. My birdie try just breaks off at the end for a tap-in par.

So, a 38-39 77. And as usual, Nito was right. It was the putter.

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