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Bill Gates Promotes Vaccine Projects, Swipes At Google

SilentStaid Re:Idea (481 comments)

Spoken like a true Canadian, with the apology for the burn at the end.

about a year ago

Texas School District Drops Embattled RFID Student IDs; Opts For Cameras

SilentStaid Re:Well, duh! (244 comments)

Hell, in an ideal world...make the contractors more cautious when promising stuff because what they'd say could be held against them later on.

All I can say is that I have dealt with sales people who are very, very good about carefully wording what they will and won't do. If you think that won't just get more in-house lawyers writing memos about "better" double-speak, well I think you'd be the one rudely surprised.

about a year ago

If I search online for my full name...

SilentStaid Re:"Full" Name (213 comments)

If you kill him to do it, then explain that at your trial, I guarantee you'll succeed.

That counts as SEO manipulation and violates Google's TOS. They'll be forced to put you down, but more news stories will come up about the novelty of it. Google will implode.

Potential for the most interesting Wiki article, ever.

about a year ago

Microsoft Petitions US Attorney General For Permission To Disclose Data Requests

SilentStaid Re:Damage control (95 comments)

I'm currently working for a fairly large 2500+ employee multi-national that regularly handles confidential information belonging to other businesses. I can safely tell you that we have scaled back all of our efforts to move things to the cloud and have actually reversed the trend by bringing more and more things in house over the past year. This orignally started with several data privacy laws enacted in the EU that made farming things out prohibitively expensive but perhaps the most interesting part of this is that since the various leaks this year, we've been getting more scrutiny from foreign companies about what we could have any hope of keeping from the government if asked.

about a year ago

Spacewalk Aborted When Water Fills Astronaut's Helmet

SilentStaid Re:Close call (125 comments)

In space, no one can hear the woosh.

about a year ago

Richard Stallman Speaks About Back Doors After NSA Documents Leak

SilentStaid Re:Abandoning the cloud ? (332 comments)

Until someone picks up the old, powered down and presumably discarded box with tons of sensitive data on it, and puts it in the recycle bin where it is trash picked by someone looking for spare parts...

Fire. Kill it with fire.

about a year ago

US Senators: NSA Lies In Fact Sheets

SilentStaid Re:smirk (295 comments)

Is it slashdotted? Or is it someone didn't want it too easily accessible?

I intended this comment to get Funny upvotes... then I read it back and wanted to put Insightful. That's a sad commentary on our system.

about a year ago

Kim Dotcom Wins Case Against NZ Police To Get Seized Material Back

SilentStaid Re:Goodness me, apparently NZ justice is real (111 comments)

If by consequences you mean that no one is being taken to task for this massive invasion of privacy even though it doesn't take a legal eye to see that the mad grab of Kim's assets was retarded. They basically were able to take his stuff for months and their penalty was to... give copies of it back? Awesome.

You do realize, that they already sent copies of the hard drives across the ocean to the States. And no matter what that NZ judge says... Kim is already guilty according to our most important citizens - business. This is data they had no right (literally) to take. He's a dick - but they're worse.

about a year ago

Ubuntu Closes Longstanding Bug #1

SilentStaid Re:Microsoft has a majority market share (267 comments)

That's a great point. There were always other options, just we never considered them competitors so they weren't counted. Frankly, I would still define a computer as something that sits on or under my desk because that's what I grew up with so I would never consider my Galaxy's Android OS among my most used OSes.

What I would really like to see is a OS usage on a per hour basis. I bet we would see Windows (due to being used for business and on most home pcs) pull even farther ahead, simply because there's no way I'm on my phone or my iPad as much as my work laptop.

about a year ago

Ubuntu Closes Longstanding Bug #1

SilentStaid Re:New Bug Report (267 comments)

You forgot their other Bug Reporting Tool:

It can accurately report when people are watching programs for free - which is apparently an unintended side effect of home entertainment.

about a year ago

Ubuntu Closes Longstanding Bug #1

SilentStaid Re:Microsoft has a majority market share (267 comments)

...and the ratio of the likely phones/tablets at (what I'm assuming) is a white-collar job would be similar to global market share... so add in:

400 Androids (seems high... might be less in the US, I was lazy)
130 iPhones running iOS
a handful of feature phones and a smattering of MS Phones

And you'll find your ratios balanace out *much* more than they used to.

Source:Hint: It didn't always look like this.

about a year ago

Opportunity Breaks NASA's 40-Year Roving Record

SilentStaid Re:Soviet Strong (92 comments)

The hell? what about...


1st man on the moon...

about a year ago

Water Isolated for Over a Billion Years Found Under Ontario

SilentStaid Re:It is time (207 comments)

You are dead to me, ArcadeMan. Dead to me.

Which is the LHC equivalent of saying: you're the other muon in a Bs meson. Or something.

about a year ago

How Netflix Eats the Internet

SilentStaid Re:Don't worry about the networks... (303 comments)

You underestimate the power of Netflix and the demand that customers have for it. Networks will adapt, or die. Sure, they might adapt in a way we don't like (I.E. putting out their own slightly worse version where they can still sell advert space like Hulu) but video streaming, on demand, is here to stay.

"You can't stop the signal." ~ Mr. Universe.

about a year ago

Richard Branson Plans Orbital Spaceships For Virgin Galactic

SilentStaid Re:Fix the Earth First (177 comments)

Are you suggesting that Virgin Galactic invade Somalia?

I don't know how you can make a Galactic Empire invading a hive of scum and villainy without getting a +5 Awesome. For shame Slashdot, for shame.

about a year ago

Richard Branson Plans Orbital Spaceships For Virgin Galactic

SilentStaid Re:$200K ... Uh Oh. (177 comments)

Thank god, because if that pig sitting next to me keeps managing his auto insurance it's going to send this rocket straight into the sun.

about a year ago



Man uses GPS on Droid to get out of Speeding Ticke

SilentStaid SilentStaid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SilentStaid writes "The police accused Sahas Katta of going more than 40 mph in a 25 mph limit, according to the story, which was authored by Katta himself. Katta was a little taken aback. He said he felt sure he wasn't going quite that fast. Fortunately, his Motorola Droid cell phone enjoyed Google MyTracks, according to his account.

This charming software records your GPS tracks and even lets you watch live stats--which might not be such a good idea when you're driving.

Still, even though Katta had been meek with the traffic policeman in question, when he looked at his MyTracks afterward, he said he discovered something that was more akin to his own inner senses. The maximum speed recorded had only been 26 mph, according to the story."

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