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Iran Forced To Cancel Its Space Program

Superdarion Bad article (141 comments)

The blog from the summary cites no sources. Hell, they don't even hint at where they get their information. The other link to a story is a rehash of the blog post. The others are unrelated to the main story.

And in case you're wondering, the blog post doesn't say why they quit or what does "quitting" mean. One can assume from the text (though it doesn't actually say it) that the main space agency was disbanded by the government, but that's all. Why? Who knows!

This is some high-quality journalism here.

about a week ago

Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

Superdarion Maybe I'm way off... (415 comments)

but isn't this a very stupid thing to do? I mean, one of the reasons MS can get away with windows is by hiding the actual cost to the consumer, since it's mostly bundled with the brand desktop or laptop you buy. At the end, most regular users really see windows as being free. Then in comes MS and starts waving invoices in front of their faces? People are going to start wondering if there's an actually-free alternative...

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Superdarion Re:Abject brand mismanagement (352 comments)

Drivers? The only drivers you'll ever need are graphics drivers, and that's only if you're a gamer; otherwise the default video drivers work just fine.

This is of course anecdotal, but on my computer every time I install win7 I need to go looking for video, sound and modem drivers to even make it behave like a modern computer (and I still can't believe Windows asks me if I want to search the internet for those modem drivers). Then I have to install a bunch of other minor drivers to get all the functions back. And this with a dell laptop that came with win7.

about 4 months ago

Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

Superdarion Re:Legal pemission? THEY GIVE IT! (368 comments)

Not everywhere, though. I worked at technical service for a US cellphone carrier and I was instructed during training to refuse being recorded. If a customber told me that he was recording the call, I was to insist they turn it off, or I would have to end the call. Curiously, it was one of the very few reasons I was actually allowed to hang up the phone.

about 5 months ago

Linux 3.11 Features Fall Into Place With Merge Window

Superdarion Re:About time with dynamic PM (70 comments)

I believe it was Sony who submitted the 150 patches to the video driver for ATI cards a few weeks ago and I, like you, was very happy that they included DPM. Without it, my laptop would overheat playing solitaire and it was quite loud all the time. Since I could never get the Low Profile to work properly, I always had to switch to the propietary ATI drivers, which are quite retarded. Hell, it wants me to restart X every time I change my (dual) screen configuration!

I'm surprised the patches were accepted into this version of the kernel, though. I thought I'd have to wait until the next one.

about a year and a half ago

Data Storage That Could Outlast the Human Race

Superdarion Re:five-dimensional ? (231 comments)

It's 3 spatial dimensions + Size and Orientation of the molecules, all of which they can measure. They could have avoided ambiguity by using "Degrees of Freedom" instead of "dimensions" but 5D is quite catchy.

about a year and a half ago

NASA Wants To Bring Back Hunks of Mars In Future Unmanned Mission

Superdarion 5.- Profit! (82 comments)

I wonder if there'd be a profitable market for chunks of Mars. Perhaps it could help fund further exploration.

about a year and a half ago

UK Gov To Investigate 'Aggressive' In-app Purchases

Superdarion Let's blame everyone else (152 comments)

These parents blaming the games for this is like people blaming mcdonnalds for their kids' obesity... Whatever happened to parents actually parenting?

about 2 years ago

Ubuntu 13.04 Will Allow Instant Purchasing, Right From the Dash

Superdarion Re:Why is this a problem? (273 comments)

I read through the whole thing and I can tell you that he said nothing at all. No reason for the decision, no address of the privacy concerns, no nothing. He wrote a huge page of politician dribble.

more than 2 years ago

Rasterman On The Impending Release of Enlightenment 17

Superdarion Re:LOL (117 comments)


What? I wish Microsoft was as forthcoming with their faults as these guys. At least you know they're trying to fix the crashes.

more than 2 years ago

A (Mostly) 3-D Printed Race Car Hits 140 Km/h

Superdarion Re:Take that MPAA! (94 comments)

Not if the VIAA (Vehicle Industry association of america) has a say in it!

about 2 years ago

Carriers Blame the iPhone For Data Caps and Increased Upgrade Fees

Superdarion Re:Victims of their own greed (272 comments)

I guess the same thing would happen to gyms if suddenly all those who buy medium-term subscriptions started actually using the gym. It would be packed and unusable in peak hours. Of course, gym owners wouldn't have the nerve to blame their customers for using their subscriptions...

more than 2 years ago

Banking On Your Personal Online Data

Superdarion We are being paid already. (106 comments)

But we are being paid for it. With google's services, for instance. Our product is our information and I think Google pays us handsomely for it with their search engine alone.

more than 2 years ago

New Evidence Indicates Amelia Earhart Survived For a Time on Pacific Atoll

Superdarion Re:Who? (365 comments)

Well, I had never heard of Charles Lindbergh before. I'm in no way a cross section of everything except myself, but as for google results, Amelia Earhart has 52,000,000 while Charles Lindbergh has 700,000.

Using quotes (which should reduce the results for both), google yields 5.8 million for Amelia Earhart, 2.6 million for Charles Lindbergh.

Let me add a couple of names who get lower results than Amelia Earhart (using quotes): Chuck Yeager and the freaking Wright Brothers.

more than 2 years ago

Windows Vista Enters Extended Support

Superdarion Re:Does this mean even more pown'd windows boxes? (330 comments)

Many of the new features are invisible to the user and therein lies their usefulness, since the user doesn't need to do anything (or even be aware of them) for them to work.

more than 2 years ago

How To Crash the US Justice System: Demand a Trial

Superdarion Re:jury trials cost more money (897 comments)

Doing whatever feels good in the moment with no thought to secondary and tertiary effects sounds great but it doesn't result in a life that most people would want to be stuck with.

Go tell that to Charlie Sheen

more than 2 years ago

Google Working On Password Generator For Chrome

Superdarion I don't understand (175 comments)

I just don't get it. How will this help? It's not that people can't generate random paswords (see, here's one: !wef112SFAWffx9). It's just that they can't be bothered to even try to remember such things. People choose "1234" because they don't want to make the effort to remember long, complicated passwords. So what does this tool by google accomplish?

Now, the article is not clear about it, but I think there's gonna be a chrome-embedded tool to manage all passwords. While this is cool, kde and gnome already do it by default in ubuntu (and I assume in other distros that use them). I don't know about windows, but there should be one or two around. If there aren't (or if you really like chrome and wish to grant it control over your passwords), I just don't see how having a explorer-specific tool to manage passwords is a particularly good idea. A OS-wide password manager is much better, like the aforementioned kde and gnome implementations, because it works with whatever you're using, not just your choice of internet navigation software.

Here's an idea: make a piece of software that doesn't even try to create great random passwords that are very difficult to crack with a computer. Instead, make it create simple passwords that are just a string of dictionary words, easy to remember by a person, hard to guess by another person and, since it's a string of words (and not just the one), hard to crack with a computer.

more than 2 years ago

Smart Camera Tells Tobacco From Marijuana

Superdarion Re:Well, shit (167 comments)

You can just switch to paper bags. They're good for the environment too!

more than 2 years ago



Mexico to gather police agent's DNA

Superdarion Superdarion writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Superdarion (1286310) writes "Mexican police officers will now be required to provide a sample of their DNA and have their voice recorded for the National Information Center, as well as their fingerprints, photos and other usual information, acording to the article at El Universal. Although the article doesn't specify reasons, I can only assume that it's done to help identify those rogue agents who kidnap and extort people over the phone."
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