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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Savage-Rabbit Re:Simple answer (807 comments)

Perhaps, but wouldn't standardizing breast sizes make life a lot less interesting? ;-)

Why standardize? Apparently you can have different size cups.

5 hours ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Savage-Rabbit Re:Simple answer (807 comments)

US:
Eight ounces to the cup.
Two cups to the pint.
Two pints to the quart.
Four quarts to the gallon.

Eight pints to the gallon.

Heh? I thought it was one breast to each cup?

13 hours ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Savage-Rabbit Re:Simple answer (807 comments)

Is this because he hasn't a clue about science or because he is catering to a particular political base?

Both.

Mostly though because so many conservatives have a "we have always done it that way" attitude. Many of them don't have a clue that imperial measures are very different from US customary ones (we have 20 fluid ounces to a pint, and the US has 16). Many also don't know their pecks from their bushels, or their furlongs from their rod, poll, or perch, but think the system must be good "because its traditional".

Colloquially known as the: Nothing-should-ever-change brigade

yesterday
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

Savage-Rabbit Re:It's true (267 comments)

It's a fringe brand in that Ferrari is a fringe brand. I don't think most people wouldn't want one but I don't know a soul who has one. Very few have seen them. They aren't exactly a larger brand. IF they can mass produce a model in a reasonable price range comparable to a modern model of car it will take off. Right now it is in the fringe but I don't think it will stay there. That's exactly what the guy in the article said. He didn't say Tesla was a bad idea or that it won't take off, he said it's not there yet but this next model could very well take it there.

It will be exciting to see where we go from here.

Ford was a 'fringe' brand too. Then the Ford Model-T hit the market and the Ford brand took off. Every car company, hell every company period, that manufactures something you can put a brand logo on starts off as a 'fringe' brand. Ferrari is more of a niche brand, for most of their history they have been a small volume manufacturer that caters to the super rich elite, they remained a niche brand when they created watered down versions of their super sports cars to appeal to the less illustrious segment of society that is merely extremely well off and they remained a niche brand when they tried to create cars like the Fiat 'Dino' to sell to the wealthier segment of the unwashed masses. Tesla, on the other hand has the technology and the potential to repeat some of what Ford achieved in it's first years. That is to say if the people running Tesla Motors can overcome their current fascination with the $40.000+ luxury car market and use that technology to produce a 21st century Model T that beats the crap out of the competition on price and in the miles per kolowatt department. I'm not holding my breath though. Theree are some very decent and affordable electric cars that are already being shipped by European and Asian manufacturers while Tesla claims they won't have one in the sub $40.000 range before 2017 at the earliest.

2 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Savage-Rabbit Re:Issue with FSF statement... (208 comments)

The difference between Savage Rabbits post and the FSFs statement is that the above post isn't a blanket one.

What is the FSF complaining about anyway? That Apple is hesitating to adopt their GPLv3 licensed version? Then Apple is a member of a large crowd that apparently includes Linus Torvalds who also has reservations about using GPLv3. Meanwhile Apple's version of BASH is freely downloadable and user modifiable which AFAIK is what the FSF wants. While it is certainly true that Apple should have quickly pushed a patch for this problem the FSF made a blanket statement that just isn't true.

4 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Savage-Rabbit Re:Issue with FSF statement... (208 comments)

Ahem. Apple is legally compelled to issue source code for whatever version of bash they use. It's called the GPL. For the rest of their core operating system (but not the proprietary GUI), yes, Apple voluntarily has released source code. It's mostly derived from BSD licensed stuff, and nothing compelled them to do so.

It is entirely possible to run bash on Windows, too. I'll let you figure out how. And the provider of that bash is compelled to make their source code available too.

Wooosh! The OP made the rather sweeping claim that:

Everyone using Bash has the freedom to download, inspect, and modify the code -- unlike with Microsoft, Apple, or other proprietary software.

Which covers a bit more than just BASH, he made the mistake of claiming that OS X is entirely closed source which it demonstrably is not. You can patch a bug in the VPN daemon in OS X yourself, now try doing that with the corresponding Windows component. You can do the same with a bug in the version of BASH used by OS X, fix the bug, patch the code, compile it and install it on your OS X box. Now care to try and patch a bug like this in the native Windows shell? I'll let you figure out why you can't do that unless you work for Microsoft.

4 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Savage-Rabbit Re: Issue with FSF statement... (208 comments)

It's true, Apple releases the full source code to the UNIX underlying MacOS X, including all the user land command line utilities and the OS kernel. You can rebuild them all.

So what is this article about?? Things are working exactly like FSF intended. Apple users can download the source to bash, patch it, and install it on their own machines. If people wait for the vendor to patch, what's the difference between it and closed source?

I actually patched the source code of that OS X VPN daemon with a patch I got from the bug tracking system of a Linux distribution. The whole process took an hour and by far the most of that was spent figuring out how to compile the damn thing.

4 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Savage-Rabbit Re:Issue with FSF statement... (208 comments)

Everyone using Bash has the freedom to download, inspect, and modify the code -- unlike with Microsoft, Apple, or other proprietary software.

This comes across as scaremongering, as its a blanket statement professing the openness of bash compared specifically to Microsoft and Apple, while both those companies have huge collections of open source projects where I can do just what they are trumpeting with Bash and the GPL.

Its a perfect example of why blanket statements should be studied very carefully before being used, as it can just distort your perceived stance when people call you on the flaws of your statement.

Apple open sources large portions of their OS X operating system including, it seems, the version of BASH they include with it. Using that website I was able to download the source code for their VPN daemon (same one used on Linux), patch it, compile it and install it in on my mother's MacBook to allow her to connect to a Microsoft VPN server that was sending malformed greeting strings. With Aqua you are unfortunately out of luck since it is closed source. With Windows you are not just out of luck ayoure _shit_ out of luck since the whole thing is closed source, unless you are a major foreign government. They get the rare privilege of doing their own code reviews.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

Savage-Rabbit Re:Obj-C (314 comments)

Are you serious? Objective C is crap. It may have been hot stuff 25 years ago, but it's older than Java, and that shows. Swift is the future for Mac OSX/iOS development. Don't waste your time learning what was state of the art in 1988 (ie Objective C).

Objective C no worse than C, C++, Java, C# .... in fact I prefer Objective C to C++ in many ways and I definitely prefer all of these languages to Java.

5 days ago
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Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

Savage-Rabbit Re:Just don't update it that way. (203 comments)

Samsung phones don't get the same news coverage that Apple phones do. A new iPhone and any surrounding issues make it onto mainstream news sites and chat shows.

All large, thin phones bend. A plastic one is more likely to bend back than an aluminium one. But it depends also on the internals and how flexible or brittle they are.

Do you get overtime when Apple fucks up this badly and you have to come on Slashdot to protect them?

Get a hold of yourself. By pointing out that ultra thin mobile phones bend easily he didn't commit blasphemy, he made a simple and rather obvious engineering observation. The guy who works in the cubicle next to mine managed to destroy his Samsung Galaxy by putting it in the back pocket of his jeans and sitting down to enjoy a cup of caffé latte. There was an audible *SNAP*, the phone bent and the LCD display was ruined. The only difference here is that there was no TV news crew on the scene 30 minutes later followed by an army of fanboys venting their outrage on Slashdot over how badly Samsung had fucked up and hypothesizing that anybody pointing out that smartphones sometimes bend must be a shill on Samsung's payroll. And just for your enjoyment.... here is the link that started this flamewar, complete with a wide selection of photographs of bent smartphones: http://www.cultofmac.com/29740....

about a week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

Savage-Rabbit Re:Yes they do (475 comments)

The Raptor has three internal weapons bays: a large bay on the bottom of the fuselage, and two smaller bays on the sides of the fuselage, aft of the engine intakes.[140] It can carry six medium range missiles in the center bay and one short–range missile in each side bay;[141] Four of the medium range missiles can be replaced with two bomb racks that can each carry one medium-size or four smaller bombs.

All true but the F-22 still wasted as a bomb truck. A couple of dozen of them would be of much more use stationed in Poland an Romania on a 'good will mission' along with a simlar number of Typhoons and Rafales to remind the Russians of what's going to buttfuck their air force if they make a play for Kiev. If you want to flatten ISIS in Syria take a look at what the French did in Mali. The frogs used liberal numbers of drones and Breguet Atlantic maratime patrol aircraft loaded to capacity with laser guided bombs to loiter over the battle field and zap anything that moved. Then they mopped up the immobilized islamists with ground forces. The US counterpart would be B-52s on 12 hour loiter missions with bomb bays full of JDAMs supported by drones. The Armée de l'Aire used Mirage 2Ks and F.1s in Mali, not exactly the latest and best in combat aircraft, so if fast movers are needed F-18s, F-15s and F-16s are plenty good enough to hammer ISIS. The real problem in Syria is that you can only do so much with air forces, you need ground troops. The only ground forces in the region that can be turned into something we in the West would recognize as a proper army in a short amount of time are the Kurds and you can't build their forces up without pissing off practically everybody from Iran through Iraq to Turkey (I'm pretty sure nobody gives a shit what Assad thinks except Putin) becasue they are all scared shitless of an independent Kurdistan.

about a week ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

Savage-Rabbit Re:In fairness ... (277 comments)

Some of those phones are enormous.

I've seen people using a phone which looks around the size of my Nexus 7.

And using it as a phone almost looks like a sight-gag.

Kind of like when I got my first-gen iPad and a friend held it up to his head and started saying "can you hear me now?".

Some of these phones don't look like they'd be either easy to carry around, or actually use as a phone. Because it's like holding a paperback novel up to your head.

When I first bought my iPhone, what I wanted to do with it was things like browsing, rudimentary word processing, games, reading e-books whenever I was in no mood to drag a laptop with me. Today we may piss and moan about how small the iPhone 4/5 displays are but keep in mind that back when the iPhone first came out it had a huge display compared to most of the competition. The iPhone still turned out to be too small for doing a lot of what I wanted it to do. So I bought an iPad only to find that while a tablet does the aforementioned things pretty well it is still no laptop replacement and even if an iPad was capable of making phone calls a 10 inch tablet is simply to big. I wasn't a phablet fan when those things first hit the market and it took me a long time to warm up to the idea simply because of what you point out, the things are too big for a phone and to small for a tablet. But the more I think about it the more I like the idea, it seems to be a fair compromise. Phablets are big enough to do most of what I originally expected to be able to do with the iPhone but small enough to easily carry in my pocket when I leave the laptop at home. Yes phablets are big for a phone but I can work around that, use a combination bluetooth headset/headphones, carry the phone in my breast pocket rather than in my trouser pocket etc... It's not an unsolvable problem and best of all there is one fewer expensive device to drag around and that needs to be replaced every four or five years so I'm buying an iPhone 6 Plus. If I still want an iPad for reading e-books etc. I'll buy a cheap used one when my current model gives up it's ghost. All my real work will be done on a laptop (MacBook if you didn't guess already) and that isn't likely to change any time soon.

about a week ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

Savage-Rabbit Re:Judge not lest ye be judged.... (206 comments)

I would say that most of the people I know use iPhones. I have never heard any one of those iPhone users judging an Android phone user as an inferior person, less successful, or not as hip. I have, however, consistently hear all the usual judgements from Android users against iPhones users: lemmings, idiots with too much money, Steve Jobs worshippers, etc.

That is true for the most part and going out on a limb here, the most obnoxiously judgemental computer users I meet are usualy Linux geeks. I have met very, very few OS X or Windows users who go out of their way to heap scorn on Linux users the way some Linux do about Windows and Mac users.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

Savage-Rabbit Re:Apple is like a posh handbag (206 comments)

iPhone is a product, android is an industry.

Which is why boasting that Android is outselling iPhones is a bit like pointing out that the entire rest of the car industry is outselling BMW and therefore BMW must suck.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Savage-Rabbit Re:I have it on a 4S and it works great for me. (504 comments)

I love it on my iPhone 4S. I can't use ApplePay so I may upgrade to a six, but honestly, my nearly three year old 4S works great and has great battery life. I haven't noticed really anything negative. In fact, it prompted google to upgrade their bad Google Voice app, so that in and of itself is a plus. FaceTime audio is also pretty great.

Ditto, iPhone 4S, iPad 3 no issues so far and only the usual gripe: This is iOS 8 and they still haven't put a collapsable menu in the little 'add bookmark' wizard in Safari.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Savage-Rabbit Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (504 comments)

In UK he would be in jail until he gives the passcode to the police

Yeah, but I think he figured the punishment for denying the cops access was preferable to what he would have had to suffer if the cops had gotten at the content of that hard drive and they couldn't lock him up indefinitely for refusing to decrypt his hard drive. At least not in a modern European democracy.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Savage-Rabbit Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (504 comments)

Standard data forensics procedure is to write-protect any storage device which contains evidence, copy it bit-for-bit, and do all the decrypting and data analysis from the copy. The 10-try limit may protect your data from a random thief who lifts your phone, but the only way it's going to protect you from the government or any other technically-capable hacker is if Apple baked the limit into the flash memory-reading hardware.

And there's always this.

You can put a complex password on your iPhone:

1) Settings->Passcode, enter your 4 digit passcode.
2) Flip the "Simple Passcode" switch.
3) Set your new arbitrary length complex password.
4) Enable the "Erase Data" setting which wipes the device after 10 incorrect password inputs.
5) Enjoy entering your complex password every time you want to access the phone.

The encryption on these iDevices and the Macs is non trivial to crack. Combine this encryption with a properly strong password and that wipe feature and even the Police would be shit out of luck. I know of a case where a guy resolutely refused to provide police with the password and crypto-key for his MacBook. The cops shipped the laptop to Cupertino who sent it back after a few weeks having failed to crack the drive encryption. The cracking would take longer than the expected lifespan of the universe. Your only hope of getting into a properly password protected and encrypted device be it an iDevice, an Android device or a Windows phone is if there happens to be some software vulnerability that enables you to bypass the login screen.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

Savage-Rabbit Re:iOS NFC Only Being Used for Apple Pay (335 comments)

The same basic information came out on Ars Technica the other day. But the slant on that was not that Apple was locking out 3rd party credit card processors, but rather that the NFC hardware was not being used for anything else because Apple was not ready to say the whole stack was perfect yet, from a security standpoint. This is all new code and new hardware, for Apple, and they would rather not have stories about massive credit card theft come out next week. So, this is an example of slant driving angry diatribes in the comments; if it'd been presented in a more neutral tone people would have judged Apple's actions in a more balance way.

I agree with you completely except for the notion that it is physically possible for Apple to be discussed in a balanced way by a bunch of Android using Linux geeks on Slashdot.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

Savage-Rabbit Re:Thank you apple! (335 comments)

But they're still selling more phones than ever before. Their share of the market has dropped, but the market has got bigger

...and it is amazing how hard it is for some people to understand the difference between losing market share in a saturated market and your market share growing slower than a still expanding market. In percentages your market share may be declining even though your sales are still growing. Apple's iPhone line has been uninspiring since the iPhone 5 came out so sales growth was also less than what it might have been. I for one skipped the iPhone 5 because I felt it didn't represent a sufficient upgrade over my iPhone 4S but the iPhone 6/6+ is a whole different story. I'm not going to write Apple stock off as an investment option because the pontifications of a few angry Android users on slashdot or some tech analyst's totally unrealistic predictions of Apple achieving world domination on the smartphone market haven't come true.

about two weeks ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

Savage-Rabbit Re:Torvalds is neutral (385 comments)

This may be the best endorsement for systemd yet.

Don't knock it, the "I have no opinion" principle has gotten millions of men through their marriages with a minimum of trouble. Mind you some things you have to have an opinion on, like for example "Does my ass look big in these jeans", your little brain is saying "Yesssss, acres an acres of ass and it's all mine... I love it!", your rational brain prompted by your survival instinct modifies that to "No, dear!"

about two weeks ago

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