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Google Preparing iPad Rival?

StreetStealth Re:Hopefully true - Closed vs. Open platforms (397 comments)

I don't think either will "win." They are two worlds with two different goals.

Apple's model will always compromise developer flexibility when user experience is at stake. Google's model will always compromise user experience when developer flexibility is at stake.

People will choose based on what is important to them.

more than 4 years ago
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School Spying Scandal Gets Even More Bizarre

StreetStealth Cardinal Richlieu 2010 (699 comments)

“If you give me a 640x480 JPEG of the most honest of men, I will find something in it which will hang him”

more than 4 years ago
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Mining EXIF Data From Camera Phones

StreetStealth Re:Warrent (175 comments)

I just checked my most recent Yfrog upload (of something completely innocuous) which I shot and tweeted directly from my iPhone and it looks like every last bit of metadata has been stripped. It doesn't even say what it was shot with.

Don't know how Twitpic and others work, but so far so good.

more than 4 years ago
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Craig Mundie Wants "Internet Driver's Licenses"

StreetStealth Schneier already covered this recently (427 comments)

Bruce Schneier had a pretty good takedown of this kind of argument just the other day.

Accept that you'll never truly know where a packet came from. Work on the problems you can solve: software that's secure in the face of whatever packet it receives, identification systems that are secure enough in the face of the risks. We can do far better at these things than we're doing, and they'll do more to improve security than trying to fix insoluble problems.

more than 4 years ago
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Offline Book "Lending" Costs US Publishers Nearly $1 Trillion

StreetStealth Re:Facts bout public libraries (494 comments)

I would say "wooosh," but these are good points regardless of TFA's status as satire.

more than 3 years ago
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Displayport V1.2 To Take Giant Leap Over HDMI

StreetStealth Re:Stupid question but... (345 comments)

It's a display. And it's a port.

more than 4 years ago
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Displayport V1.2 To Take Giant Leap Over HDMI

StreetStealth Re:Monster? (345 comments)

Not to drag this dry videophile discussion out too long, but I presume you're not using cheap factory-raised unicorn horn, notorious for its poor standing wave sync-sweetening and shallow inter-bitstream raster resonance?

Only unicorns raised in the Swiss Alps have the protein content in their horns that allows a digital signal to hit such crisp, sparkling 1s and deep, thick 0s.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Attackers Identified as Chinese Government

StreetStealth Re:World War III - The Cyber War (651 comments)

Could this happen?

I mean, not just vanilla NAT but the development of an alternative flavor of IP to be deployed on state-owned routers with standard IP gateways on the outside ends.

Imagine some exotic fork of IPv6 with a few strange omissions and other surprising features, geared toward efficient DPI, content filtering, and social network analysis, designed by some of China's most brilliant network architects, theorists, and engineers.

more than 4 years ago
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Nintendo Wii To Get Netflix Streaming

StreetStealth Re:The disc is DRM (213 comments)

we should get a sane version on Wii as well

Yes, putting discs in drives is madness!

more than 4 years ago
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Organ Damage In Rats From Monsanto GMO Corn

StreetStealth Re:distinction (766 comments)

Nah, someone would have to actually try bringing GMO seeds aboard a plane and shouting in Arabic while attempting to throw them out the bulkhead hatch.

Then the TSA would not only ban bringing seeds on planes, but also issue guidelines stating that passengers may not look out the window while flying over farmland, may not read books about farming during the middle two hours of a trip, and may not think about corn at any time while the plane is in the air.

more than 4 years ago
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US Coast Guard Intends To Kill LORAN-C

StreetStealth Re:hmm (316 comments)

As long as you have a decently accurate clock, you can get a lot closer than that without any externally-dependent navigational system.

more than 4 years ago
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$199 Freescale Tablet Design Runs Chromium OS

StreetStealth Re:IDEA! (93 comments)

Ouch, man. Ouch.

But warranted.

more than 4 years ago
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$199 Freescale Tablet Design Runs Chromium OS

StreetStealth Re:Why not take the next step (93 comments)

If you're a web site developer, it's probably best to host both, and have your pages detect what the browser supports.

And right there is why the HTML5 video tag will never defeat Flash video in its current form. With Flash, you need only one encoding.

more than 4 years ago
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A Peek Into Netflix Queues

StreetStealth Re:cultural information (113 comments)

That's actually really interesting to consider -- You could think of Netflix popularity as a band pass of the full spectrum of movie popularity. Imagine a few graphs for other channels that signify different levels of investment: theatrical viewing and DVD purchase above rental, cable viewing below it, and torrenting at the bottom. Now imagine these distributions overlaid on top of each other. I wonder what that graph would look like...

more than 4 years ago
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Futuristic Sex Robots Now Just "Sex Robots"

StreetStealth Re:O RLY? (602 comments)

I knew this girl who had a USB one that synced with this interactive video player for Windows.

She got Conficker.

more than 4 years ago
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You Won't Recognize the Internet in 2020

StreetStealth Re:Welcome to the beginning of the end (421 comments)

I think this could have happened earlier in the Internet revolution, but today it may very well be too late for such a crackdown. It's as if we went from the Model T to 1970s levels of car ownership in a decade. Legislation was able to kill a few freedoms here and there (particularly the DMCA in the US and sister legislation elsewhere) but overall, expansion of state powers couldn't keep up with the pace of technological progress. The inertia of the installed base is too great to make a sweeping change now.

Actually, going back to the car analogy, perhaps this is kind of what happened in India, and look at the wild west that is their motorways. Try regulating that explosion! The good thing is that you can't hit pedestrians with the Internet. You can do a lot of damage if someone's unprotected, but unlike navigating a crowded Delhi highway, anyone can take a few steps to greatly reduce their risks.

more than 4 years ago
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You Won't Recognize the Internet in 2020

StreetStealth Re:Right (421 comments)

Yes, but at least three more people are using IPv6. We've come a long way!

more than 4 years ago
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Freescale Unveils Design For $199 Tablet

StreetStealth Re:Some Questions (173 comments)

1024 by 600? Why not 1024 by 768?

WSVGA. The width of XGA (minimum native for most web sites) in a smaller package.

more than 4 years ago
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You Won't Recognize the Internet in 2020

StreetStealth Re:Their goal is audacious? (421 comments)

If the future Internet is developed in an apolitical, academic context like the current one was, we'll be fine. If corporate interests and security-obsessed regimes are able to lobby for certain "features," though, distorting the process, then we're in for some major problems.

more than 4 years ago
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Sir Patrick Stewart

StreetStealth Re:Diplomacy (324 comments)

They should look to the US, where we haven't even the slightest trace of multigenerational political dynasties.

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

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The Apple Store's new iPod Touch-based checkout

StreetStealth StreetStealth writes  |  more than 4 years ago

StreetStealth (980200) writes "Everyone has seen ruggedized WinCE devices used for various retail applications, but Apple (until now a user of the aforementioned tools) is rolling out a custom iPod Touch enclosure with built-in barcode scanner and credit card reader to be paired with a custom retail app for use by Apple Store staff. While this is a long way from ever being sold to other retailers, it's interesting to see Apple's take on point-of-sale devices."
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Illinois bans social network use by sex offenders

StreetStealth StreetStealth writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RobotsDinner writes "Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law a bill that bans all registered sex offenders from using social networks.

"Obviously, the Internet has been more and more a mechanism for predators to reach out," said Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), a sponsor of the measure and a governor candidate. "The idea was, if the predator is supposed to be a registered sex offender, they should keep their Internet distance as well as their physical distance.

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Wipeout HD loading ads scrapped after uproar

StreetStealth StreetStealth writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RobotsDinner writes "After yesterday's story about intrusive, loading-screen ads being retroactively added to the PSN racing title Wipeout HD, the popular uproar has indeed succeeded in getting Sony to pull them. You can put your pitchforks down; your voice has been heard!

Sony tells Eurogamer:

"The ad has been removed from WipEout HD and we are investigating the situation to ensure that any in-game advertising does not affect gameplay," said a spokesperson for the platform holder.

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Apple and the scalability of secrecy

StreetStealth StreetStealth writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RobotsDinner writes "Anil Dash has a thoughtful exploration of Apple's notorious devotion to secrecy, and argues that not only is there a limit to its feasibility, but that recent events show Apple has reached that limit already.

If the ethical argument is unpersuasive, then focus on the long-term viability of your marketing and branding efforts, and realize that a technology company that is determined to prevent information from being spread is an organization at war with itself. Civil wars are expensive, have no winners, and incur lots of casualties.

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The decline of the iPod

StreetStealth StreetStealth writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RobotsDinner (980200) writes "iLounge comments on how Apple's continued development of the iPhone platform is leaving the traditional, single-feature iPod, tech icon of the 2000s, to gradually fade into history.

Over time, Apple's touch-sensitive devices are going to continue to grow in importance. Today, the iPod touch is now as much a computer as any iPhone, and each iteration continues to improve in functionality. At the same time, the iPod nano seems to be getting more iPhone-like with every update, now sporting Cover Flow, an accelerometer, and, if reports are correct, a camera in its upcoming 2009 update. As soon as Apple can figure out how to get a usable build of iPhone OS running on a device of roughly the same size, you can bet that it, too, will be opened up to apps, enhanced games, and more.

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Apple snubs App Store Q&A session at WWDC

StreetStealth StreetStealth writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RobotsDinner (980200) writes "Marco Arment (Tumblr, InstaPaper) writes about the cut-short App Store session at WWDC:

The session itself blew through its lightweight examples quickly, ending 45 minutes early. The majority of the audience was clearly there for the Q&A. As people lined up at the microphones around the room, the presenter abruptly showed a simple slide with only "WWDC" in plain lettering, thanked us for coming, and bolted off the stage. ... The audience was stunned.

This went far beyond reluctant tolerance. It's hard to interpret it as anything else except blatant hostility. We could probably have a more open discussion with Kim Jong-il about North Korea's nuclear policy.

It's all quite in character with the App Store approval process, though, really. (Via Daring Fireball)"
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TN buys $9.5M monitoring system despite layoffs

StreetStealth StreetStealth writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RobotsDinner writes "Facing a $43.7 million dollar budget shortfall, staff cuts, and increasing tuition, Tennessee's public university system has made a $9.5 million investment in an RIAA-recommended monitoring system. Says governor Phil Bredesen: "The illegal downloading of music has a profoundly negative effect on the music industry. As home to so many record companies, music publishers, writers and artists, I am proud that Tennessee is taking action to prevent it."

Perhaps laid-off state employees might do well to look for a new career in country music?"

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UK Planning Internet Black Boxes

StreetStealth StreetStealth writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RobotsDinner (980200) writes "In what sounds like a dystopian sci-fi plot, the Home Office has made public plans to outfit the country's internet with upstream data recorders to log pretty much everything that passes through.

Under Government plans to monitor internet traffic, raw data would be collected and stored by the black boxes before being transferred to a giant central database.

The vision was outlined at a meeting between officials from the Home Office and Internet Service Providers earlier this week.

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How HP could turn a novelty into a revolution

StreetStealth StreetStealth writes  |  about 6 years ago

RobotsDinner (980200) writes "HP's TouchSmart desktop is cool, but a blogger suggests it could be the beginning of a revolution if HP were to finally make the move of ditching Windows and building a Linux distro around the TouchSmart UI.

Hello, HP.

The UI of your latest TouchSmart computer says something about you. You may not have recognized your own weaving-in of meaning, but it comes across quite clearly if one reads just right: You want out. You want to escape the world of Windows to which Microsoft has sequestered you for the better part of two decades.

Ah, but you can. No longer does Bill Gates stand guard outside your cell. Ballmer is busy in the lavatory. It's time to ditch Windows and build a Linux distro around the TouchSmart UI.

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iPhone tethering app appears, disappears

StreetStealth StreetStealth writes  |  more than 6 years ago

StreetStealth (980200) writes "Macrumors reports on the unannounced appearance and sudden disappearance in Apple's iTunes App Store of a supposedly Apple-sanctioned tethering app from Nullriver, creators of the pre-SDK Installer app. iPhone users have asked for this feature since the original iPhone last year, but Apple's response has thus far been one of apathy.

It's inclusion in the App Store is a curiosity, as Apple must have manually approved its inclusion. It's unclear if the Application would go against AT&T user agreements. AT&T typically charges Smart Phone users $30/month extra to use tethering applications.

Only minutes later does the amendment appear:

Update: The application appears to have gone missing from the App Store. If you try to purchase it now, iTunes says "The item you tried to buy is no longer available".

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Journals

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Wikipedia's flawed contribution model and how to fix it

StreetStealth StreetStealth writes  |  more than 6 years ago Every time the question of Wikipedia deletionism comes up at Slashdot, I find myself expecting someone to say this, yet no one ever quite hits it on the head.

To be sure, the two camps always have at it in the comments, making a case for either a wide-ranging Wikipedia that covers the culinary preferences of every last character in every last webcomic everywhere, or a stringent Wikipedia whose content is restricted to only matters covered by decades of rigorous scholarship by A-list personalities who make international headlines twice a week (some people even advocate a moderate position!).

I'm not writing to participate in that argument just now. I'm here to point out a fatal flaw in the Wikipedia system of contribution, that if fixed, could greatly decrease the ill will many former contributors feel toward the site.

Put in any other context, WP's contribution system is absurd. Imagine a city in which the building code has no permit process: You are free to design and erect a building as you wish, the only caveat being that once it's complete, the city inspectors will pay a visit and determine whether or not your new building should be demolished.

Obviously this is an extreme example. But despite the difference in scale, the model holds: If Wikipedia wishes to retain its stringent notability requirements for articles while not alienating the overlap between its hardcore and read-only userbases, it must cease inviting casual users to write articles. There should be an approval process, perhaps consisting of gathering some references and then submitting them to a wikicrat to greenlight an article.

This way, instead of the alienating process of inviting work only to destroy it, new contributors are given only the minor rebuff of having an idea turned down.

Wikipedians may balk at this, saying it would require too much effort to manage the constant influx of approval requests. But how is this any different from the constant influx of articles destined for AFD?

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