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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Swampash lesson (444 comments)

Never stay up rushing commits on New Year's Eve.

5 days ago
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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

Swampash Only one sort of TV matters (130 comments)

Sports.

It's the only sort of TV entertainment where the value of the product drops like a stone relative to the time since broadcast.

Game of Thrones? Awesome, can't wait, will download and watch it when I get some spare time.

Superbowl? I'm putting my life on hold so I can watch the broadcast in real time.

Live sports is the only sort of TV entertainment that is PIRACY-RESISTANT. That's where the money is, so that's where the content licensing battles will be fought.

about a week ago
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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

Swampash the magic words (408 comments)

"handheld electronic device"

(hint: the most magical word is the first one)

about a week ago
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Judge (Tech) Advice By Results

Swampash Advice (162 comments)

for someone about to attend his or her first Burning Man: kill yourself

about a week ago
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Judge Overrules Samsung Objection To Jury Instructional Video

Swampash Re:Bad law... (232 comments)

The last time I tried iTunes, it destroyed my entire meticulously named and tagged library of music without even prompting me.

You are too stupid to own a computer.

about two weeks ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

Swampash Or dumb (558 comments)

bitches like Jenny McCarthy, who decided "omg my kid sneezed, he has autisms!!1"

about two weeks ago
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Researchers: Rats Didn't Spread Black Death, Humans Did

Swampash Re:Old News (135 comments)

Scientists discovered this at least 6 years ago when I watched a documentary about it, and most likely quite a bit before that.

Exactly what I thought. In fact wasn't one of the hypotheses of the last investigation that the Black Death of the 1400s wasn't even plague, but rather a haemorrhagic fever like Ebola?

about two weeks ago
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Iran Builds Mock-up of Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier

Swampash Re:Maybe they will sink the mockup... (298 comments)

If a shooting war involving aircraft carriers ever starts in the Persian Gulf, the only question will be "how long did it take for all the carriers to go straight to the bottom?"

about three weeks ago
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Why Did New Zealand's Moas Go Extinct?

Swampash "ongoing debate" (180 comments)

The study adds to an ongoing debate about whether past peoples lived and hunted animals in a sustainable manner or were largely to blame for the extermination of numerous species

Yes, in exactly the same way that the existence of fossils adds to an ongoing debate about whether the Earth was created 6000 years ago.

WHAT THE FUCK

about a month ago
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Measles Outbreak In NYC

Swampash Cut them off (747 comments)

If you don't vaccinate your child, fine. But if you reject society like that then expect society to reject you.

No vaccination? Forbidden from attending school. Forbidden from visiting a doctor. Forbidden from visiting any public facilities like libraries, train stations, or airports. Forbidden from riding a bus or train or taxi.

about a month ago
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Replicant Hackers Find and Close Samsung Galaxy Back-door

Swampash Two words (81 comments)

Android

about a month ago
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Neil Young's "Righteous" Pono Music Startup Raises $1 Million With Kickstarter

Swampash Re:It IS FLAC (413 comments)

I've already got a bunch of devices that play lossless audio: my iPod, iPhone, and iPad.

about a month ago
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Neil Young's "Righteous" Pono Music Startup Raises $1 Million With Kickstarter

Swampash Does it come with... (413 comments)

a Monster cable?

about a month ago
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Neil Young's "Righteous" Pono Music Startup Raises $1 Million With Kickstarter

Swampash Re:Coastline Paradox & Audiophilia (413 comments)

I think you are confusing "sampling rate" with "bit rate".

about a month ago
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India Plans Mission To Probe Sun By 2020

Swampash awesome (146 comments)

A Third-World country of religious crazies who have nuclear weapons announcing that they're pushing ahead with advanced missile - oops, did I say that? I mean "payload delivery system" development.

What's not to like?

about a month and a half ago
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Study Shows Agent Orange Still Taints Aging C-123s

Swampash Re:Herbicides!? (166 comments)

"But we were using the chemical weapons against the jungle, not against the people who were IN the jungle. So that means we're still the good guys. U-S-A! U-S-A!"

about 2 months ago
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Google Tells Glass Users Not To Be 'Creepy Or Rude'

Swampash Re:But... (341 comments)

Nobody was ever hurt from having a camera pointed at them.

Did someone seriously just say this?

about 2 months ago
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Google Tells Glass Users Not To Be 'Creepy Or Rude'

Swampash Re:But... (341 comments)

Who's talking violence? I'm just saying that after a few thousand dollars of Google Glass have been removed from your head and stomped underfoot because you don't understand social cues, you'll learn to modify your behaviour.

about 2 months ago
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Google Tells Glass Users Not To Be 'Creepy Or Rude'

Swampash Re:But... (341 comments)

It's a self-correcting problem. After the Glasses have been knocked off your face and stomped underfoot a few times, you'll modify your behaviour.

about 2 months ago

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Terminated AdSense customer sues Google - and wins

Swampash Swampash writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Swampash (1131503) writes "Huffington Post contributor Alan Greenspan has posted an account of his successful small-claims battle against the faceless nameless phone-number-less monolith that is Google customer support over an AdSense account termination. "In the end, printed on a baby blue sheet of paper by the clerk's aging dot matrix printer, the judgment was actually entered for $761.00 total, due to the $40.00 court costs. I couldn't help but to smile in front of the judge. 'But it's not fair!' Google's paralegal protested. 'What if everyone whose account was canceled sued Google?'" What if indeed."
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Inventor Colin Murdoch dies of cancer

Swampash Swampash writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Swampash (1131503) writes "New Zealand veterinarian and inventor Colin Murdoch died of cancer yesterday. Murdoch was responsible for (among other things) the disposible hypodermic syringe, the tranquilizer dart gun, the child-proof bottle cap, and the silent burglar alarm. His Wikipedia entry also mentions that "despite the relative ubiquity of his inventions, Murdoch did not become rich because of them. He deliberately chose not to sue companies that violated his patents, satisfied instead that they were being put to good use." You may not have heard of the man, but chances are your life has involved one of his inventions."
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Redstate.com accuses Lessig of communism, bigotry

Swampash Swampash writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Swampash (1131503) writes "This one comes in from Bizarro World. Republican blog Redstate.com has published an article decrying Lawrence Lessig as a "digital communist" who "believes there should be no such thing as intellectual property rights" and who spends his time "denigrating the Christian religion". The article concludes by rhetorically asking if, since Lessig is an Obama supporter, Obama really is the sort of person Christians can support."
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Fun with Boeing airliner networking

Swampash Swampash writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Slurm (1131503) writes "Wired is reporting some ah... interesting networking issues with the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Interesting in the sense that passengers may theoretically be able to gain network access to the plane's control and navigation systems. 'Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet may have a serious security vulnerability in its onboard computer networks that could allow passengers to access the plane's control systems, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The computer network in the Dreamliner's passenger compartment, designed to give passengers in-flight internet access, is connected to the plane's control, navigation and communication systems, an FAA report reveals.'"

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