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Millions of Spiders Seen In Mass Dispersal Event In Nova Scotia

Sez Zero Spiders flee before it (79 comments)

If I've learned nothing else from Harry Potter... obviously a Basilisk has invaded Cape Breton. Beware, Mudbloods!

4 days ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

Sez Zero Re:Journalists are fair game (195 comments)

When a journalist writes a bulls--t story about you ought to know whos paying their bills and who their friends are.

What I want to know is when did anyone with a blog/website suddenly become "a journalist"? Is the bar really that low?

I can setup a domain and pound out some page-view inducing BS; am I a journalist then?

4 days ago
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Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

Sez Zero Re:WTF? (265 comments)

It hasn't been breached... they just got a hold of their email mailing list! This is the crappiest bad summary of all crappy bad summaries.

Yes, and their ability to manage a mailing list is in no way related to their ability to manage more sensitive information, in their system that isn't even live yet.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

Sez Zero Re:Competition (265 comments)

It isn't alleged-- TFA states CurrenC sent out a notice saying email addresses were compromised.

about three weeks ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

Sez Zero Re:I'll just go down the street (631 comments)

Pissed might be too strong a word but I have a Walgreens right down the street from the CVS and Rite-Aid. Only one supports Apple Pay so guess which one I'm going to use if I want to use Apple Pay? (or Google's alternatives)

That's right, I will vote with my wallet.. er, crap, my phone!

about a month ago
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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

Sez Zero Re:Ads Ads Ads Ads Ads Ads And More Ads Ads Ads Ad (126 comments)

If I could delete 3 things from all existence they would be:

How about Flash? Isn't that how we ended up with "analytics provider Adobe"?

about a month ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

Sez Zero 26 App Launches (147 comments)

That constitutes a "daily driver" machine? (BTW, I appreciate the car analogy.) But I only launch one or two apps each day; most of the time I'm resuming already running apps. Do they have to reboot each day as part of this tool?

about a month ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Sez Zero Re:Of course! (571 comments)

What the article fails to mention is that the new reactor has to be 800 feet tall or buried 400 feet in the ground. Or 400 feet tall and 200 feet buried. It's pretty complicated figuring out the math here.

A related article from the comments below says that the final size will be small enough to fit on the back of a truck (roughly cargo container sized), or 10 times smaller than ITER being built in France.

I found it interesting that 55 pounds of deuterium is needed as fuel, but only a few grams of tritium ('bred' from lithium) is needed, since part of the nuclear reaction makes tritium to feed back into the reaction.

I was then reminded of many Star Trek episodes where power couldn't be generated because of damage to the "dilithium crystals". Maybe those should have been called "trilithium crystals" instead?

Other article, cited below

about a month ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

Sez Zero Re:scroll-wheel test (274 comments)

It is my own fault for not seeing this was a Bennett Has-too-much-time-on-his-hand-elton story.

about 2 months ago
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California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

Sez Zero Here's the bill: public notice key (115 comments)

Link to the text of the bill, since TFA is limited.

Probably the sticking point was:

A public agency that uses an unmanned aircraft system, or contracts for the use of an unmanned aircraft system, pursuant to this title shall first provide reasonable notice to the public. Reasonable notice shall, at a minimum, consist of a one-time announcement regarding the agency’s intent to deploy unmanned aircraft system technology and a description of the technology’s capabilities.

There's also some reasonable limitations on data captured by drones (can't be kept long) and a requirement to log who requests drone missions. If only there was some federal body that could come up with some reasonable standard for all states...

about 2 months ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

Sez Zero Re:iOS NFC Only Being Used for Apple Pay (336 comments)

It is no surprise really. Doesn't anyone remember when there were no third-party native iOS apps?

The initial implementation of something that can take my money is handled by a single vendor on their hardware while they sort out everything? Sounds like a good plan to me.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Sez Zero Re:So what exactly is the market here. (730 comments)

Those of us with 6-digit IDs remember.

What I want to know is this: when did we 6-digit ID folks become the Lawn Guardians? Will no one think of the 4-digit'ers?!

about 2 months ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Sez Zero Re:Umm... WHY??? (368 comments)

I mean seriously, why would you want Mojang?

Maybe they don't want to buy it, they just want to leak a salacious story on the day some other company had big news?

about 2 months ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

Sez Zero Re:Phones + 1 laptop. (260 comments)

...now my basement looks like something out of The Matrix.

You're farming humans for power?

Isn't that why we have kids?

about 3 months ago
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Chinese Company '3D-Prints' 10 Buildings In One Day

Sez Zero Re:Not sure (118 comments)

I assume you missed the part about building 10 single-room buildings in a day for $5,000 each.

Well, the price is right, but people have been building modularly for a long time. Single room buildings don't really seem that challenging, especially since it is just a concrete box.

The Hilton Palacio Hotel in San Antonio was built in just 202 days, and that was 500 rooms, fully furnished, decorated and kitted (down to the bottle openers and coffee makers). And this was back in 1968.

about 5 months ago
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Perl Is Undead

Sez Zero Re:What is "Dead" (283 comments)

I can't remember the last time a [major] web site or web framework was done in Perl.

Oh, I dunno, how about booking.com (about)? 'World's leading online accommodation provider' where 650K rooms a night are booked (they're owned by Priceline group, if that's a more popular brand where you live)?

A YAPC talk by one of their employees says 99% of their code is Perl. Check out their dev blog.

about 5 months ago
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Perl Is Undead

Sez Zero Re:Modern Weak Languages (283 comments)

What's the difference between a hipster and a Perl hipster?

A hipster liked it before it was cool and doesn't now. A Perl hipster liked it when it was cool, and still does.

about 5 months ago
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Perl Is Undead

Sez Zero Re:Yes, Perl is indeed dead and rotting (283 comments)

Perl 5.20 was just released and "represents approximately 12 months of development since Perl 5.18.0 and contains approximately 470,000 lines of changes across 2,900 files from 124 authors."

That doesn't seem to bad to me, but I'm not sure how that number of core release authors compares to other languages like Python or Ruby.

about 5 months ago

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Amazon Goes to War Against Oracle

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  about two weeks ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "Amazon Aurora is a MySQL-compatible, relational database engine that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. AWS page

Once again Amazon Web Services is taking on Oracle, the kingpin of relational databases, with Aurora, a relational database it said is as capable as “proprietary database engines at 1/10 the cost,” according to AWS SVP Andy Jassy."

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Perl 6 Ready for Production in 2015

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  about two weeks ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "The last pieces are finally falling into place. After years of design and implementation, 2015 will be the year that Perl 6 officially launches for production use.

In this talk at FOSDEM 2015, Larry Wall reflects on the history of the effort, how the team got some things right, and how it learned from its mistakes when it got them wrong. But mostly how a bunch of stubbornly fun-loving people outlasted the naysayers to accomplish the extraordinary task of implementing a language that was so ambitious, even its designers said it was impossible. Prepare to be delightfully surprised."

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Microsoft Pulls iPhone YouTube videos

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  about a year ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "Microsoft’s Windows Phone team posted today a rather cringe-worthy Windows Phone video on YouTube that mocks Apple and its recent iPhone announcement. Titled “A fly on the wall in Cupertino?”, it depicts what some might believe to be Apple CEO Tim Cook and Senior Vice President of Design Jony Ive in separate meetings to go over the various color options and other features for the iPhone 5c and 5s.

The nearly two minute clip doesn’t follow the same style Windows Phone typically does when making fun of iOS and Android phones. All you see are two “employees” poke fun at the decisions that Cook and Ive make about the next generation iPhone. What makes things awkward is that although you can only see the back of the actors’ head, it appears that Microsoft has got the wrong image of who Cook is — or is it supposed to be Steve Jobs?"

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Boxee to join Samsung

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  about a year ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "We’re pleased to announce that the Boxee team will be joining Samsung.

We started on this journey six years ago, and have been at the forefront of the changing TV and video landscape. We believe that over the next few years the video market will change even more than it has in the past few decades.

Joining Samsung means we will be able to work on products that marry the best hardware and software in the TV space, products that will be used by tens of millions of people and will help to shape the future of TV.

We are excited about the next chapter for our team."

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Curiosity uses Brush; almost Hammer Time!

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  about 2 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "Nasa's Mars rover Curiosity has used its brush tool for the first time to sweep dust off the surface of a rock. Brushing away the dust gives the robot's survey instruments a clearer view of the texture and chemistry of the underlying rock.

Curiosity is building towards using its hammer-drill, the last major tool yet to be deployed on the mission."

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Disney Buys Lucasfilm Ltd; new Star Wars in 2015

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  about 2 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "Not only did the news break today that the Walt Disney Company has acquired Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion, but the studio press release also announces that a Star Wars: Episode VII feature film is targeted for a 2015 release! Yes, 2015 will give us The Avengers 2, Justice League of America and now a new Star Wars movie!"
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Software Engineer is 2012 Best Job, according to CareerCast

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "CareerCast gathered mounds of data and sorted through all of the factors to break each element into five key categories: Physical Demands, Work Environment, Income, Stress and Hiring Outlook. Jobs receive a score in each individual category, and when these are added together, the career with the best overall score is ranked 1st, while the one with the worst overall score is ranked 200th.

Which one came out on top? A job this crowd might be familiar with..."

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Study Shows Alcohol Buzz Prompts Intuitive Insights

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "A moderate alcoholic high loosens a person’s focus of attention, making it easier to find connections among remotely related ideas, Andrew Jarosz of the University of Illinois at Chicago and his colleagues propose online January 28 in Consciousness and Cognition.

On average, participants at peak intoxication solved about nine problems correctly, versus approximately six winners for the sober crowd. It took an average of 11.5 seconds for intoxicated men to generate a correct solution, compared with 15.2 seconds for sober men."

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7-inch Google Tablet Coming From ASUS

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "Google and ASUS have been collaborating on a co-branded 7-inch Android tablet, with a launch as early as May, according to sources, challenging low-cost rivals and the iPad with a $199-249 price tag. The fruits of the partnership, whispered to the runes readers at DigiTimes by industry sources, will take on the NOOK Tablet and the Kindle Fire, with ASUS selected for its willingness to flex to Google’s requirements."
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Debit Card Outrage Takes Down BofA Site

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "

Bank of America Corp plans to charge customers who use their debit cards to make purchases a $5 monthly fee beginning early next year, joining other banks scrambling for new sources of revenue. Senator Richard Durbin, architect of debit card interchange fee reform, bashed the proposed monthly fee. "Bank of America is trying to find new ways to pad their profits by sticking it to its customers," he said in a statement. It's overt, unfair, and I hope their customers have the final say."

This morning, it looks like Bank of America's website is down."
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Russian space freighter lost

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "An unmanned freighter launched to the International Space Station (ISS) has been lost.

The Russian space agency has confirmed the Progress M-12M cargo ship was not placed in the correct orbit by its rocket and fell back to Earth.

The vessel was carrying 2.5 tonnes of supplies for the ISS astronauts.

With the retirement of the US space shuttle, there is now a critical reliance on the robotic freighters to keep the station supplied."

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Journals

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Workless

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Fifteen moderator points. Well, I'm not getting any work done today, I've got read Slashdot all day.

It's a moral imperative!

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