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NASA's 'Inspirational' Mars Flyby

SomePgmr Re:Why? (108 comments)

You're right, that's a much better example.

I have to imagine there'd be some valuable information to be had in such an attempt though. You've got to get people to mars and back, after all.

about a year ago
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NASA's 'Inspirational' Mars Flyby

SomePgmr Re:Why? (108 comments)

I imagine it'd be like an Apollo 10 mission, a kind of dress rehersal for a future landing.

about a year ago
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Apple's iWatch Could Come With IOS, Earn $6 Billion a Year

SomePgmr Re:"totally new like the ipod" (327 comments)

Secondly it had storage space, lots and lots and lots of storage space.

I have it on very good authority that the iPod had less space than a Nomad.

To be fair, "less space than a Nomad" doesn't preclude use of "lots and lots and lots" wrt an ipod. One is relative to one other device, the other is just vague.

And I think we can agree that the Nomad wasn't, on the whole, quite as appealing as the first gen ipod.

about a year ago
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The Pirate Bay Claims It Is Now Hosting From North Korea

SomePgmr Re:Nope. (309 comments)

Yeah, I'm guessing this release is roughly a month early.

about a year ago
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White House Urges Reversal of Ban On Cell-Phone Unlocking

SomePgmr Re:The Real News (256 comments)

The only reason this policy is getting attention is that nobody important (read: major corporations) stands to lose much by changing the policy.

You mean if a lot of people unlock their phones and move to another carrier, their current providers won't lose much?

Their position is that your phone should remain locked (and you remain subject to DMCA reprisal) at the carriers discretion, until your contract has expired and you've fullfilled any and all "service agreement[s] and other obligations".

Many of them will do that by request after your contract is up anyway. As far as they're concerned you've paid off the subsidy and generated the profit you were expected to.

This was the easy response.

about a year ago
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White House Urges Reversal of Ban On Cell-Phone Unlocking

SomePgmr Re:Link to the response (256 comments)

It's the one link we would've expected to be in the summary, but isn't there. It doesn't make sense to bitch at someone for, you know, actually providing it.

about a year ago
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White House Urges Reversal of Ban On Cell-Phone Unlocking

SomePgmr Re:Political stunt (256 comments)

How better to protect the fundamental overreach of the DMCA(ie. just by combining virtually anything copyrighted with even a totally crap DRM system, anybody can code rules into their product, with those rules being given force of federal law, or at least serving as a presumptively very strong basis for lawsuits) than by having a tame process for throwing the opposition a bone on a few relatively minor; but culturally, educationally, or otherwise symbolically significant issues?

If you're really going to be paranoid, why not just assume that they want to prevent you from removing the trackify software from your phone so you don't have the man up your ass every time your phone sends a packet?

I'm not usually the hyper-paranoid type, but from a political perspective, I think he's right on this. The best way to protect something ugly like the DMCA is to knock the sharpest edges off it.

Meanwhile, and either way, the DMCA is preserved with relatively minor caveats.

about a year ago
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White House Urges Reversal of Ban On Cell-Phone Unlocking

SomePgmr Re:Political stunt (256 comments)

Exactly. Case in point:

The Obama Administration would support a range of approaches to addressing this issue, including narrow legislative fixes in the telecommunications space that make it clear: neither criminal law nor technological locks should prevent consumers from switching carriers when they are no longer bound by a service agreement or other obligation.

Not exactly a condemnation of aggregious overreach with the DMCA. It's a soft response that anyone can safely cheer for.

about a year ago
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State Rep. Says Biking Is Not Earth Friendly Because Breathing Produces CO2

SomePgmr Re:Cars produce more (976 comments)

This looks entirely possible. The paragraph in question (I had to hunt for this supposed email, links were both down) appears to have been more of an aside, where the bulk of the message was, "normally I oppose transportation taxes, but people in cars are paying for car lanes on roads with the gas taxes they pay, but people on bikes aren't paying for their bike lanes on those same roads."

Whether or not the email actually exists, if it was written by this person, if that paragraph is actually a meaningful part of the debate they're having, etc. seems a little sketchy.

Except here, where everyone saw an "R" in the summary and abandoned all usual skepticism. Just sayin', folks.

about a year ago
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Cisco Looking To Make Things Right With West Virginia

SomePgmr Re:Worth more than any car? (182 comments)

Cisco claims they were instructed to provide a quote for routing devices with features like, "redundant power supplies", and just provided a list of the devices that qualified. The state denies these requirments.

Put simply, they put together a sheet with 1,164 of the same exact device. One for every location, and wrote off the gross oversizing to future-proofing. That meant a big municipal facility would get one of these $20k machines, which was probably unnecessary, but the one room shack they call a "library" in rural virginia also got one... in case they ever did a high speed haul out there .

It's absoutely nuts. And the worst part is that someone signed off on this, even after Cisco had the balls to propose it.

about a year ago
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Billionaires Secretly Fund Vast Climate Denial Network

SomePgmr Re:Big deal... (848 comments)

I'm ok with that idea. The flip side is you can't do much about it when someone posts something like this (assuming it's all true).

about a year ago
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EFF Proposes a Working Code Requirement For Software Patents

SomePgmr Re:first (130 comments)

Snow Crash, right? Good thing he got it before the movie. :)

about a year ago
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Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

SomePgmr Re:It's called the key (1176 comments)

Uh, guys... we can probably stop trying to troubleshoot with all the obvious stuff like turning the car off, shifting to neutral, parking brake, etc.

From the article:

A Renault technician had been on the phone with police throughout the chase trying to help but couldn't come up with a solution.

about a year ago
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Elon Musk Lays Out His Evidence That NYT Tesla Test Drive Was Staged

SomePgmr Re:Pathetic. (841 comments)

TFA states that ever since the Top Gear thing, they've put data loggers in all the cars they send to the media

Production vehicies will probably have similar data loggers, but with less data captured

Yep, you got it. From Elon Musk (on Twitter):

"Tesla data logging is only turned on with explicit written permission from customers, but after Top Gear BS, we always keep it on for media."

about a year ago
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Elon Musk Lays Out His Evidence That NYT Tesla Test Drive Was Staged

SomePgmr Re:Pathetic. (841 comments)

Yeah it was probably a global political conspiracy funded by big oil. Not some dumbass from the NYT that wanted a sensational story instead of another, "yeah it works as advertised."

about a year ago
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Surface Pro: 'Virtually Unrepairable'

SomePgmr Re:disposable tech (418 comments)

It comes and goes. Lately I've seen a lot more of it. Modding hardware, improving it, fixing things, build your own, etc. The hobby electronics/diy/maker thing is popular right now. As far as trends go, I'd say it's a pretty good one, and I hope it sticks around.

about a year ago
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Monsanto Takes Home $23m From Small Farmers According To Report

SomePgmr I don't know much about this stuff... (419 comments)

Is their engineered seed so much better that it's worth the 300% price hikes?

about a year ago
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Reasons You're Not Getting Interviews; Plus Some Crazy Real Resume Mistakes

SomePgmr Re:LMFTFY (246 comments)

The best part was the tag, "nodice". I got a laugh out of that... can we make it a recurring thing if we keep getting these?

about a year ago
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Reasons You're Not Getting Interviews; Plus Some Crazy Real Resume Mistakes

SomePgmr Re:HWGA (246 comments)

Right now there's a slashdot editor yelling across the office, "See? I tried to tell you this was a bad idea."

about a year ago

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Tesla Hits Back Against New York Times' John Broder

SomePgmr SomePgmr writes  |  about a year ago

SomePgmr writes "After the notorious, scripted failure of a Tesla on the popular show Top Gear, Tesla Motors has made a practice of enabling all on-board logging for any vehicle given to the media for review. It appears this practice has paid off, as Tesla responds to New York Times' John Broder's review of a Tesla Model S. The summary of log data is pretty damning."
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Microsoft Fails To Notice The Death Of The PC, Posts Record Revenue

SomePgmr SomePgmr writes  |  about a year ago

SomePgmr writes "Reports of Microsft's death may have been premature.

The top performer was the Windows Division, reporting under its new name for the first time. Previously it was called "Windows and Windows Live Division." The new name reflects the termination of the "Windows Live" branding; it's also the division that houses Microsoft's Surface tablets. Revenue for the division was $5.881 billion, up 24 percent on a year ago; operating income was up 14 percent at $3.296 billion.

Server and Tools division was up nine percent year on year, with revenue of $5.186 billion. Operating income was also up nine percent, at $2.121 billion. Microsoft showcased System Center revenue, up 18 percent, and SQL Server revenue, up 16 percent, as particular highlights. The division's revenue is still split 80:20 between products and services, with services a solid billion dollar a quarter operation."

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Bitcoin: Making Online Gambling Legal in the U.S.?

SomePgmr SomePgmr writes  |  about a year ago

SomePgmr writes "Michael Hajduk had sunk one year and about $20,000 into developing his online poker site, Infiniti Poker, when the U.S. online gambling market imploded. On April 15, 2011, a day now known in the industry as Black Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice shut down the three biggest poker sites accessible to players in the U.S., indicting 11 people on charges of bank fraud, money laundering, and illegal gambling.

Hajduk, though, was barely fazed. Calgary-based Infiniti Poker, like several other new online gambling sites, plans to accept Bitcoin when it launches later this month. The online currency may allow American gamblers to avoid running afoul of complex U.S. laws that prevent businesses from knowingly accepting money transfers for Internet gambling purposes. “Because we’re using Bitcoin, we’re not using U.S. banks—it’s all peer-to-peer,” Hajduk says. “I don’t believe we’ll be doing anything wrong.”"

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Android Dashboard Update Shows Jelly Bean On 10% Of Active Hardware

SomePgmr SomePgmr writes  |  about a year ago

SomePgmr writes "According to Google's Android API distribution dashboard, the holiday season has bumped Jelly Bean's share of the Android device market up to 10%. Ice Cream Sandwich also saw an increase in deployment, to 29.1%. Sadly, aging Gingerbread devices still represent 47.6%, though the number is sliding."
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Google and Dish Network allegedly in talks for new wireless service

SomePgmr SomePgmr writes  |  about a year and a half ago

SomePgmr writes "Google and Dish Network are reportedly in talks to partner up for a new wireless service to contend against market competitors like Verizon Wireless and AT&T, according to the Wall Street Journal. The wireless service would extend to both cellular and Internet connections.

This news hot on the heels of the recent developments in Google’s own expansion of its fiber-optic Internet services, beginning in Kansas City, KS. Google hopes to eventually expand the lightning fast connection to the rest of the country, but it has limited wireless options in a market saturated by the big four telecom companies."

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Why WikiLeaks Is Worth Defending, Despite All Its Flaws

SomePgmr SomePgmr writes  |  about a year and a half ago

SomePgmr writes "By now, anyone with even a passing interest in the WikiLeaks phenomenon is familiar with most of the elements of its fall from grace: the rift between founder Julian Assange and early supporters over his autocratic and/or erratic behavior, the Swedish rape allegations that led to his seeking sanctuary in Ecuador, a recent childish hoax the organization perpetrated, and so on. Critics paint a picture of an organization that exists only in name, with a leadership vacuum and an increasingly fractured group of adherents. Despite its many flaws, however, there is still something worthwhile in what WikiLeaks has done, and theoretically continues to do. The bottom line is that we need something like a âoestateless news organization,â and so far it is the best candidate we have."
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Bill Would Force Patent Trolls To Pay Defendants' Legal Bills

SomePgmr SomePgmr writes  |  about a year and a half ago

SomePgmr writes "A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives attempts to deter frivolous patent litigation by forcing unsuccessful patent plaintiffs to cover defendants' legal costs. Introduced by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and co-sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes (SHIELD) Act is limited to patents related to computer hardware and software."
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Snow Crash Movie to be Written and Directed by Joe Cornish

SomePgmr SomePgmr writes  |  about 2 years ago

SomePgmr writes "Fans of the cyberpunk novel Snow Crash have reason to rejoice today, as itâ(TM)s been announced that the film adaptation of Neal Stephensonâ(TM)s classic has been revived once again, this time with an exciting writer and director at the helm in the form of Joe Cornish.

Cornish is known for his recent sci-fi alien invasion flick Attack the Block, which was filmed and released in the UK by the same studio that put out Shaun of the Dead. Cornishâ(TM)s first film came to the US in a limited release in 2011 and did well enough that Paramount took notice and pursued Cornish for the Snow Crash project."

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Pre To Postmortem: The Inside Story of the Death of Palm and webOS

SomePgmr SomePgmr writes  |  about 2 years ago

SomePgmr writes "Thirty-one. That's the number of months it took Palm, Inc. to go from the darling of International CES 2009 to a mere shadow of itself, a nearly anonymous division inside the HP machine without a hardware program and without the confidence of its owners. Thirty-one months is just barely longer than a typical American mobile phone contract. Understanding exactly how Palm could drive itself into irrelevance in such a short period of time will forever be a subject of Valley lore."
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America's Secret Space Plane To Land After A Year in Orbit

SomePgmr SomePgmr writes  |  about 2 years ago

SomePgmr writes "The U.S Air Force's highly secret unmanned space plane will land in June — ending a year-long mission in orbit. The experimental Boeing X37-B has been circling Earth at 17,000 miles per hour and was due to land in California in December. It is now expected to land in mid to late June. And still, no one knows what the space drone has been doing up there all this time."
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NASA Gets Two Military Spy Telescopes for Astronomy

SomePgmr SomePgmr writes  |  about 2 years ago

SomePgmr writes "The U.S. government’s secret space program has decided to give NASA two telescopes as big as, and even more powerful than, the Hubble Space Telescope. Designed for surveillance, the telescopes from the National Reconnaissance Office were no longer needed for spy missions and can now be used to study the heavens."
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