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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

SumDog Re:Wonder if their time hasn't already passed... (167 comments)

...Now if only I could convince Verizon/HTC that I don't need the facebook app on my phone.

A few months back I was talking to a friend, "Do normal people wipe their phones an install CyanogenMod before booting them up for the first time?"

Her: "No, normal people don't do that."

about a week ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

SumDog Re:Ridiculous (474 comments)

ah...so now we get into that very interesting ground. What is it like to live in a world where your own thoughts, no-not thoughts- desires are illegal. There was a time (and still is in many parts of this world) where it was/is illegal to be homosexual.

People in that world are living with illegal thoughts, even if they never act on them. This applied to Paedophile too, but we've learned to be okay with the former because it's between two adults that (in theory) have some ability to make their own choices where children often do not.

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

SumDog Re:clockspeed really? (338 comments)

Very true. We have 1Ghz processors today than can outperform yesterdays 1.8Ghz processors.

about three weeks ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

SumDog Re:Website foolery! (338 comments)

This isn't Reddit. If you want good posts, go to where anyone can post shit.

about three weeks ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

SumDog Cell (338 comments)

I really hate that Sony dropped their cell processors going from the PS3 to the PS4 in favour of an x86 based system. We didn't see a lot of devices using cell and because of that, a lot of cell super-computer clusters were even made using actual PS3s. Even the prior MIPS processers of the earlier PlayStations are used in computer architecture texts books to this day (albeit overly-simplified versions of MIPS's pipling systems).

I really want to see more architecture options, not less. Intel bought Alpha, killed it, screwed up with their own VLIW attempt with the Itaniums (which use EPIC) and I haven't heard anything about Transmeta in years. Today everything is ARM or x86_64 (with MIPS still seen in some embedded systems, mostly home routers). IBM still produces new POWER systems, but they're limited to a specific server niches.

about three weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

SumDog Captive Orcas (152 comments)

I wish more people were bothered by the fact that they are doing experiments at all on captive Orcas and Dolphins.

Most captive Orcas aren't in facilities because they've been injured (unlike zoos and aquariums which work on rehabilitation and reintroduction). Orcas are often ripped away from their pods. Many of them get violent and kill trainers (and rightfully so). You can't put something that travels the ocean in a fish tank. Orcas only live to be about 25 in captivity where in the while, they live to be 50 ~ 60.

The documentary Black Fish talks a lot about the problems with captive Orcas. You should never go to Seaworld or other sea parks. Don't give them any money. They are shit shops that destroy these beautiful animals.

about three weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

SumDog Re:Whales? (152 comments)

They're porpoises and they are also very closely related. Orcas are closer to dolphins than they are other most other whale species.

about three weeks ago
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Details of iOS and Android Device Encryption

SumDog Re:So what you're telling me (146 comments)

Possibly, or it may be that Google and Apple are trying to mitigate the blow-back. I remember reading a lot of the Yahoo stuff that got declassified showed that they tried hard to oppose the directive they were given; not that it mattered because we found out later that the NSA tapped their fibre backbones anyway.

I have a feeling that Google/Apple want to go down this route because it will mean that they technologically can't comply with certain NSA letters. Of course, government agencies may already have the means to bypass this. We'll find out eventually.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

SumDog Re:Beyond the law? (354 comments)

Exactly. The ticking time bomb is pretty much a logical fallacy.

about a month ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

SumDog Re:Rich like the Twinkie Filling (354 comments)

Even if they just forgot. But in these cases, the contempt of court charges, which might only be a few months at most, are still better than the potential alternatives of the original charges.

about a month ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

SumDog Re:Think of the children (354 comments)

Yea it's by it's very definition of irony.

"What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law.

Really? I'm pretty sure the past year of leaks have showed the FBI, the NSA, the CIA and even local law enforcement are constantly operating above the law! If anything, encryptable cellphones allow people to keep their 4th amendment rights!

about a month ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

SumDog Re:"could be worse than Heartbleed" (318 comments)

I don't think you understand. Even if Apache is using CGI to call out to your safe perl CGI script, it opens up a Bash shell (the default shell) which opens that perl script (unless you're using mod_perl..I think FastCGI might be exempt as well, but I'm not entirely sure).

You could possibly change Apache's default shell to something else like ksh or dash.

about a month ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

SumDog Re:Dangerous (399 comments)

fish

about a month ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

SumDog Re:How 'Bout (410 comments)

I agree. I honestly recomended it to people over 1984. Don't get me wrong. I like 1984 and there's a lot of good stuff in it. But I like the writing style of Animal Farm better and he makes some pretty amazing statements in it. It's a good introduction or Orwell's work.

about a month ago
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DuckDuckGo Now Blocked In China

SumDog Re:my favorite search engine (82 comments)

Plus the NSA is probably logging all your search results with them anyway (regardless of if they know or not).

I still like DuckDuckGo because I like having an alternative. I like not being in the filter bubble. I have to type in the name of my city for local results, unlike google, but I don't mind that DuckDuckGo doesn't customize my results based on some algorthims about my browsers+ip+os+wi-fi access point+my history.

And if I can't find what I'm looking for, I can always add !g and duckduckgo redirect to Google...or !yt for YouTube, or !w for Wikipedia or !rt for Rottom Tomatoes or just ! for the first result (I'm feeling lucky). The bang(!) commands are really the best part about them.

about a month ago
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DuckDuckGo Now Blocked In China

SumDog Re:Question remains (82 comments)

I knew a Chineese student in graduate school. He told me in China he can pretty much get access to anything. Most people know how to get around the firewall with proxies and VPNs. There are too many people for the government to really do anything about it...unless you talk about it. If you start commenting on fourms or discussiong international verion of news eventus or start voicing any opinions about China or the Chineese Government, you can expect things to not go well for you.

about a month ago
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Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

SumDog Incompetence (167 comments)

Well, now we know why you're losing your tenure. Stop being such a baby about it. If your research was solid, the scientist should be able to stand behind and defend it. If it was flakey, well hopefully this will keep him from getting other jobs where he can be an incompetent professor.

about a month ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

SumDog Re:Lemmings (206 comments)

Beats Audio Headphones

I am an Android user, but I will say the iPhone isn't beats. It's actually a decent piece of hardware and software. I don't particularaly like iOS and will stick to my Android, but it's also not horrible and a lot of people develop for it. I'm also glad we have both options, plus Windows Mobile too. More options are better for the market and people who write apps for only one OS are idiots.

It's still half of beats though. There are a lot of people who buy eyeProducts because of the marketing. I liked OSX 10.6, but everything since than has been shit. Final Cut X is god awful. There are pros and cons to everything.

about a month ago
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My resting heart rate:

SumDog Re:Do the math (169 comments)

You realize that people who work out and are healthy/fit have a higer heart rate at rest right?

about a month ago

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AT&T wants to offer "Sponsored Data" programs.

SumDog SumDog writes  |  about 10 months ago

SumDog (466607) writes "AT&T is preparing to offer "sponsored data" programs. Companies can front to bill so their content is delieverd without impacting a consumer's mobile data caps. While this seems good for the consumer, it creates two tieres of service. If Google pays AT&T for streaming fees, it would encourage people to use YouTube over other services like Vimeo. It's a good thing the United States has network neutrality leglisglation to prevent this sort of thing. Oh wait, it doesn't."
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SumDog SumDog writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SumDog writes "The international space station's newest power source, a set of solar wings, made its debut yesterday. The solar array is part of a new 17.5-ton space station segment that was connected to the orbiting outpost during a spacewalk Monday."
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