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F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

SeaFox Re:rotfl They want to outlaw themselves!?!? (334 comments)

I see... you think "smart" means bringing a knife to a gun fight. Good for you.

Bring a knife to a gun fight... ...stab them while they're laughing.

9 hours ago
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"Going Up" At 45 Mph: Hitachi To Deliver World's Fastest Elevator

SeaFox Re:Hmm. (101 comments)

The elevator would have to accelerate at the rate of gravity (9.8 m/s/s, iirc) and have a cruising speed as fast as terminal velocity for you.

10 hours ago
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New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

SeaFox Having to know the URL, what security! (155 comments)

...sites that previously only could be found by users who knew the exact URL for the site.

Isn't that kinda how the Internet works. If your don't know the exact URL for a site and no one has posted a link to it on another site your do know, you're not going to reach it. It's only thanks to searching the indexing systems people can find stuff any other way.

4 days ago
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Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

SeaFox Better idea: Improve cell phone camera lenses. (126 comments)

The reason cell phone camera err on the side of too much in focus is because they originally were all fixed-focus lenses. If you didn't have a high depth of field, you'd have to make sure your subject was an exact distance from the camera to get them in focus. Even once we had focusing lenses the auto-focus software wasn't the greatest at determining what the real subject of the photo was supposed to be.

You know what would give a great shallow depth of field? A better lens in the camera. A lens with an aperture that could open up to lower f-stops would give a REAL depth of field effect, plus it would make the camera just plain better at taking pictures -- better low-light performance, less noise in high ISO speeds captures.

4 days ago
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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

SeaFox Re:I'd buy that for a dollar! (336 comments)

I heard that they gave Omni Consumer Products^W^W^W Google to clean up the town. They're doing something with drones.

That's not Google. It's rival drug factions.

5 days ago
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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

SeaFox Re:Shareholders know less than nothing (150 comments)

The "company" is nothing more than a Tax ID number. Yahoo's directors MUST (not "should") do whatever maximizes profit for shareholders. This isn't an opinion, nor what's socially correct, but those are the rules when you issue shares to the public on U.S. stock markets.

This line of thinking is responsible for many of the problems with the stock market, and the economy, and this country to a larger extent.

The reason companies sell shares is they want to do their business (make doohickeys, sell services, etc) but they need money to grow the business. Investors are investing in the company on the idea their money will be used to improve the business and in return they will get dividends and the business will becomes more valuable -- which will in turn lead to a share of the company becoming more valuable. The purpose of the company is not "convince the stock market we're worth as much as possible". Anyone who believes this is still living in the Bubble delusion that the stock market is nothing more than a lottery and the reason you get into it is you want your horse to get as high on the price board as possible before it dies.

And a wish to increase profit does not mean the people running the company are absolved of all social responsibility in the decisions they make. "Hurr-durr, we can run sweatshops in undeveloped countries, rape babies, dump toxic waste all over, run our industrial plants in ways where the employees will get cancer, and it doesn't matter because we aren't doing it really -- the Company is, and the Company MUST maximize shareholder profit -- even if that means doing things like using high priced lawyers to screw consumers hurt by our products and bribing government officials to get unjust laws passed that favor us. Who caress if it's not "correct", it's BUSINESS!"

Do you really believe that's how the world is supposed to work?

5 days ago
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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

SeaFox Sounds like a plan. (217 comments)

Meanwhile, the biggest issue that faces most nuclear plants under emergency conditions — overheating and potential meltdown, as happened at Fukushima, Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island — would be virtually impossible at sea.

Yeah, it will just melt down through the containment vessel and dump the fuel slag into the ocean instead. No problem!

about a week ago
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Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

SeaFox Re:*Yawn* I'll Wait for the Mint Edition (177 comments)

Does Mint now follow Ubuntu releases at all? Or just stick to Debian? B'cos under the hood, it's Debian...

Bad info is bad.
Mint has two editions. The normal release is based on Ubuntu, but there is a second more rolling-release edition based on Debian Unstable called LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition). It is available in both Mate and Cinnamon interfaces.

about a week ago
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All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

SeaFox Re:In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (54 comments)

Freedombox has a wikipedia page, and seems to want to place Facebooking/email/all your communications on an independent private server that only let you communicate with other people who have freedomboxes.

That Wikipedia article is stub-length and equally non-informative. The email service is likely more universal than just other FreedomBoxes, but might need to set up decryption services on recipient clients.

about a week ago
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All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

SeaFox Re:Open? (54 comments)

So they want an open and decentralized social network. But the VM images are only in the Oracle owned Virtual Box format? And right now it is only built for new and hard to source appliances, not older desktop easily found in rubbish bins? And I still haven't found what it does that owncloud does not... You would think the web page or wikipedia would have a short "This is what the we do" page somewhere...

Add to that Owncloud is an available plug-in for FreeNAS, which will run on older desktops (although the plug-in is only available for the 64-bit release of FreeNAS) and besides setting up an additional BSD jails with these other services, seems this can be handled that way.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

SeaFox Re:8.1 update 1? (575 comments)

Because that would make too much sense.

about two weeks ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

SeaFox Re:Thanks, but no. (184 comments)

You assume you're going to get a choice. In Japan, a cell phone that has a loud, audible shutter-sound when a picture is taken that the owner cannot disable is not high on anyone's feature list, either.

about two weeks ago
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Wi-Fi Problems Dog Apple-Samsung Trial

SeaFox Re:Why is everything else allowed on the network? (80 comments)

If every other device mess with wifi frequencies (or close enough to them), it will cause issue. It's the same thing that happen in dense apartment buildings where everyone get his own wireless access point (everyone get crappy wifi).

Yes... that's what I meant by "unless a bunch of people are trying to operate ad-hoc networks to do tethering with cellular data service" -- interference from other networks operating in the courtroom.

I wasn't aware this trial was so popular, I haven't heard that anyone is live-blogging it, so I wonder who all these people are who feel they need to have an internet connection running during the trial. I assume the counsel brings their presentation materials with them already on their laptop hard drives at the start of a session.

about two weeks ago
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Wi-Fi Problems Dog Apple-Samsung Trial

SeaFox Why is everything else allowed on the network? (80 comments)

Maybe I just don't understand what is really happening here, but shouldn't the wi-fi network for official court usage be secured so only those terminals are able to connect. The cell phones and stuff shouldn't be causing an issue, unless a bunch of people are trying to operate ad-hoc networks to do tethering with cellular data service.

about two weeks ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

SeaFox Re:Did they name the director? (236 comments)

He doesn't believe in rank and file employees having power to enact this level of change at their workplace.

about two weeks ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

SeaFox Re:At least someone appreciates work-life balance (477 comments)

Yeah, I'll just apply to the company that doesn't treat employees like this.

Oh wait, they all do... because their shareholder/owners are always trying to squeeze as much productivity as possible from people, to maximize profits and maintain Endless Growth.

about two weeks ago
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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

SeaFox Re:Viable Replacement? (242 comments)

Yeah, great, but some routers' built-in support is locked to dyndns.org. I can recall a belkin G from half a decade ago, still in use by a friend. Maybe that's been fixed, but he'll need to shell out cash to fix something that should never have been hardcoded. At least dd-wrt doesn't have this problem.

It doesn't have to be the actual router that makes the updates, since the dynamic DNS record simply points to your public IP, not to a specific machine on your side. My router doesn't support Dynamic DNS services at all. It's the FreeNAS server that's running on it that calls in to no-ip.com to update my record. The router just forwards the incoming requests to the correct machine on the network by port number.

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

SeaFox Re:Microsoft still provide support for Windows XP (650 comments)

If she is willing to pay a nominal fee, why not spend that money to upgrade the OS?

Because the computer is too old to run anything newer. So it would be a whole new machine we'd have to buy.

about two weeks ago
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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

SeaFox Re:Alternatives (242 comments)

With No-IP's free service, host names expire every 30 days.

They only expire if you're too lazy to visit their website for three minutes to do a captcha when they send you the email saying your domain is about to expire. I've been doing it for months and have had uninterrupted service.

about two weeks ago
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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

SeaFox Re:Alternatives (242 comments)

Anyway isn't this supposed to be a stopgap before IPV6 means we can all have permanent static IPS?!

You think your ISP is going to give you static IPs for free just because they have an IPv6 pool to dive into? Chances are it will still be DHCP and rotate occasionally. And the fee an ISP charges for static IP is more per year than paying for a dynamic DNS service.

about two weeks ago

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SeaFox SeaFox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SeaFox writes "Macworld reports that a U.S. judge has denied the request of E360Insight to have Spamhaus's domain pulled by ICANN. Judge Charles P. Kocoras wrote that such an action would "not correspond to the gravity of the offending conduct." ICANN has previously said that even if served such an order they would not have the authority or ability to carry out such a request and it would be the up to the actual registrar to carry out the action. Spamhaus's registrar, Tucows is based in Canada, making the situation even more complicated. Tucows could not be reached for comment at the time of ICANN's statement on October 12th."
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SeaFox SeaFox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SeaFox writes "Mac-rumor site ThinkSecret reports that at least part of Apple's WebObjects, the web application infstructure that powers the iTunes Music Store and Apple's own online store will be Open-Sourced in a new version to be released next year. A public announcement is expected at the release of Leopard. This follows up the license fee for WebObjects falling from $50,000 to Free when Tiger was released.

From the article:
Apple will not be withdrawing support for WebObjects, sources stressed, despite the software's omission from the list of Application Server Technologies under Mac OS X 10.5 Server and the Intel-based Xserve. Portions of WebObjects code are covered by patents Apple acquired from NeXT, and Apple will keep that code in-house.

Also mentioned are changes to a J2EE-style environment and preformance improvements of four to six fold via a new threading module. Apple aquired WebObjects as part of the 1997 buyout of Steve Jobs's company NeXT."

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