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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

SleepyHappyDoc Re:This is just a repeat (282 comments)

Ah, but there is the devious beauty of it. We are incapable of understanding these new interfaces because we aren't super-powerful AI, thus we perceive them as a trainwreck. But tape two Surface RT's together, screen to screen, and see what kind of awesomeness they do...oh, wait, you can't see anything when they're taped that way.

about a week ago
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Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops To Deceive Judges About Surveillance Tech

SleepyHappyDoc Signal (251 comments)

I seem to remember an old jailbreak app for iPhones, called Signal I think, that triangulated positions of the cell towers you were connected to and plotted them on a map. I wonder if something like this could be used in an app, to warn people when a stingray was capturing their signal. If your app "remembers" the positions of towers, and it suddenly sees a new one, or it sees one that is not stationary, seems to me that'd be a good sign that something wasn't right. Is this possible, or am I misremembering?

Even better would be if the app connected with others to create a crowd-sourced database of where and when they are used.

about a month ago
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Comcast: Destroying What Makes a Competitive Internet Possible

SleepyHappyDoc I don't understand (227 comments)

This whole thing doesn't make sense to me. If Comcast is intentionally degrading (or failing to upgrade, causing degradation) NetFlix stream, why doesn't NetFlix just let them? Put a message over the buffering stating that the buffering is caused by Comcast and asking the customer to contact them in order to fix it. Maybe put a short pre-roll PSA video, explaining the situation to all Comcast NetFlix users. I'm (luckily) not a Comcast subscriber, but if I was, and I couldn't do whatever I wanted with the net connection I bought from them, I'd be screaming bloody murder, and I'd sure want to know who was to blame.

about 3 months ago
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RoboBeast: A Toughened 3D Printer

SleepyHappyDoc King Zarkon (21 comments)

is gonna be pissed!

about 5 months ago
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Music Industry Is Keeping Streaming Services Unprofitable

SleepyHappyDoc What's wrong with iTunes Match? (118 comments)

I've been very happy with the service so far. I can access my music from a variety of devices, whenever I want, and I only pay a little more than $2 a month. I even had a hard drive failure last summer, and I was able to redownload every single track without any loss. Obviously, the service will never be any good to people who hate Apple, but for non-fanboys who like the right tool for the job, it's fine. If this is the model the industry is moving towards, is that so bad?

about 5 months ago
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Utopia, Silk Road's Latest Replacement, Only Lasted Nine Days

SleepyHappyDoc Cartels (83 comments)

I don't understand why the big cartels aren't in on this. Direct sales via post would solve a lot of their problems...seizures probably wouldn't be more than they have now (with mules smuggling condoms of drugs in their guts and such), some middle men would be eliminated (increasing their share of the street value), and they could make an App Store-style cut off of the sales they aren't doing directly. They could even host it in some country they have control of, like Colombia or Mexico, reducing the chance of it all being interrupted or seized. They should be all over this.

about 6 months ago
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What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux?

SleepyHappyDoc On a TV show (322 comments)

I saw Ubuntu running on the desktop monitor of a judge on TV* last night. Usually they use some custom graphics to fake an interface, was surprising to see Unity.

* It wasn't actually ON TV, it was from Amazon Instant Video.

about 6 months ago
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Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One?

SleepyHappyDoc "can send a constant stream of video and audio" (192 comments)

I've heard this claimed before, in other articles about Google Glass. When did Google develop batteries that last forever?

about 6 months ago
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Google To Block Local Chrome Extensions On Windows Starting In January

SleepyHappyDoc Re:I stopped using Chrome (260 comments)

Switching to Firefox takes less than 5 minutes.

Yes, every time it starts up.

about 9 months ago
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New Standard For Website Authentication Proposed: SQRL (Secure QR Login)

SleepyHappyDoc Re:Smartphone required to browse? (234 comments)

People still do that? I don't think I've cleared my cookies in five years...

about 9 months ago
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Dell Dumps Keyboardless Windows RT Tablets

SleepyHappyDoc Re:I'm waiting for $199 (186 comments)

I'm more familiar with Windows as an environment...having similar Windows underpinnings, but with standard free software tools, would be easier for me to maintain and keep running. Besides, pure Linux tablets are expensive niche devices...how much was that tablet with KDE Plasma Active (the one with last years hardware specs), like $500?

about a year ago
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Dell Dumps Keyboardless Windows RT Tablets

SleepyHappyDoc I'm waiting for $199 (186 comments)

When a 10 inch Windows RT tablet can be had for $199, I'll be all over it. With a jailbreak, there's a great deal of open-source software that has been recompiled for ARM, and will work just fine in desktop mode. I already have a Bluetooth keyboard.

about a year ago
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Google Admits Bitcoin Thieves Exploited Android Crypto PRNG Flaw

SleepyHappyDoc Any relation to Seeder (183 comments)

Someone released an app on XDA, called Seeder, that purports to create entropy to seed the random number generator. Does this have anything to do with that app, or the bug that prompted the developer to write it? I remember when people were discussing the original app (which some people say only has a placebo effect), and they were saying it had security implications...does it make this problem worse or better?

about a year ago
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Transgendered Folks Encountering Document/Database ID Hassles

SleepyHappyDoc Not limited to the transgendered (814 comments)

I had my bank account disabled once. When I called up the bank to find out why my card didn't work, they told me that an unknown woman had called and attempted to access my account. I'm a male, so that action caused them to red-flag my account and disable it until they could determine what was going on. I was understandably concerned, and asked them for more information. Turns out, the "woman" who accessed my account was me, and the underpaid foreign telephone agent had misidentified me as female. Now, I am in no way female (the neckbeard is a dead giveaway), so having my account disabled simply because some idiot thought I sounded like a girl was pretty bad.

about a year ago
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Why Chinese Hacking Is Only Part of the U.S. Security Problem

SleepyHappyDoc I think there is a point here (101 comments)

The pharmaceutical industries have a lot of rules and procedures that need to be followed, to minimize risk to patients, and these rules are largely effective (sure, not completely, but killer drugs are pretty rare). The idea of 'release it now and fix it later' would never be tolerated in the pharmaceutical industry. Why can't the software industry aspire to similar safety standards? The idea that it is impossible to write perfectly secure code, where does that come from? Is that really true?

about a year ago
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Court: 4th Amendment Applies At Border, Password Protected Files Not Suspicious

SleepyHappyDoc Re:It's still smart to look clean... (194 comments)

That's actually not a bad idea. Two SD cards in RAID-0...you get better performance, and they're basically useless unless they're together, so you can ship them separately for the extra layer of security. Of course, you'd still want your data encrypted, but it wouldn't hurt.

about a year ago
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Can Fotobar Make Polaroid Relevant Again?

SleepyHappyDoc Re:Crap Idea (149 comments)

That's actually a wicked idea, crowdsourcing Photoshop skills (that many people don't have) in exchange for micropayments. Someone who knows even a little about Photoshop could make a few bucks, and all of us get better quality pictures.

about a year and a half ago

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SleepyHappyDoc SleepyHappyDoc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SleepyHappyDoc writes "The European Space Agency has announced that a mysterious radio wave may indicate the existence of a hidden ocean underneath the surface of Titan. The Cassini-Huygens spaceprobe, which entered Titan's atmosphere over two years ago, collected evidence and information which has led to this potential discovery. This technology may lead to entirely new ways of finding out information about other planets."
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SleepyHappyDoc SleepyHappyDoc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SleepyHappyDoc (813919) writes "CBC News is reporting that Microsoft will not issue its scheduled monthly software security fixes in March after a report said its security suite ranked last of 17 tested. Microsoft's notice comes after AV Comparatives, an Austrian project found that the Redmond, Wash.-based company's Windows Live OneCare security suite "did not reach the minimum requirements for participation" in its tests (PDF)."

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