Of all my locally stored data, I encrypt ...
That's probably the best example of what "physical access to the device" could mean.
The Most Expensive One-Byte Mistake
Wow, this place has come a long way from a simple news for nerds site. Now, the authors are placing disclaimers specifically addressed to us :)
NH Man Arrested For Videotaping Police.. Again
had there not been a helicopter overhead filming police beating the shit out of Rodney King?
Could've sworn the guy filming was on foot, at a distance...
The Matrix Re-Reloaded
The idea of an ultra-sophisticated system able to enslave the human race that can only be defeated by virtual-reality karate fighting was what did it for me.
And with that one sentence you've forever ruined The Matrix for me.
Mail Service Costs Netflix 20x More Than Streaming
Also, DVDs via mail take longer to get to your house.
Open Source More Expensive Says MS Report
This is merely one writer's take on the book, 'The Comingled Code'. I would recommend instead to read the book before we get all uppity. It's true they received funding from Microsoft, but I would like to know who else funded them. From the book's homepage, it seems quite a few people are happy with their work, including this guy from Google:
“Unlike much of the writing on open source versus proprietary software, this book offers factual evidence, careful analysis, and evenhanded discussion, while avoiding unsupported opinions, hyperbole, and exaggeration. Everyone who is concerned with open source will want to read this book.”
—Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google
The writer at the Economist seems to have a bone to pick with Open Source, regardless:
"Yet the finding that open-source advocates will like least is that free programs are not always cheaper. To be sure, the upfront cost of proprietary software is higher (although open-source programs are not always free). But companies that use such programs spend more on such things as learning to use them and making them work with other software."
Anyone experienced an implementation of new software, Open Source or not, where there was no cost associated with the learning curve and the integration?
Trek Tech That Most Needs To Be Invented Before I Die:
I had the same argument with Hot Pockets and the Internet as the keys to success. Unfortunately, the replicator breaks down, and the holodeck sometimes tries to kill you.
'Tron: Legacy' Director Explains the Tron World
Have to disagree. Have you seen how Disney releases DVDs? Pinocchio is out in the 70th anniversary edition. Try to find another edition that's current and you'll be disappointed. They do this all the time. Tron will probably be available for purchase again after Tron Legacy comes out.
Wikileaks Founder Arrested In London
Hey cool - Comcast has blocked wikileaks.org in my area. At least, their DNS name doesn't resolve to an IP address. I've never cared much to go there, but it IS interesting. Nice to know I don't get the whole Internets around here.
Wikileaks DDoS Attacker Arrested, Equipment Seized
Spaces work on some nicer systems, too. That, and a willingness to broadcast your ineptitude at FPS games.
Bruce Schneier vs. the TSA
The passengers and crew will now prevent a hijacking just as a Marine would.
The marine could carry weaponry onto the plane, the civilians can't. We'll get a nice police state once we all start asking for it. Military police roaming around our civilian lives sure is better than the gropings, right?
Alternative To the 200-Line Linux Kernel Patch
Man, after reading some of that thread, those folks in kernel development make Slashdot users seem downright well-mannered.
US May Disable All Car Phones, Says Trans. Secretary
Love the radius thing. If ever some example tech becomes available, we should test the blocking range and follow close enough to LaHood to block all his calls whenever he's on the road. That would be hilarious!
Target Practice hears some shuffling
Huh. Who stapled this GPS transmitter to my backside?
Senate Panel Approves Website Shut-Down Bill
Love this part under Non-Domestic Domains, Required Actions...
(i) a service provider ... or other operator of a domain name system server shall take reasonable steps that will prevent a domain name from resolving to that domain name’s Internet protocol address;
So, we'll just refuse to resolve any domains that are outside the jurisdiction of the US, but that are deemed to offend the standards listed here? This, to me, sounds a bit like that whole filtering of information thing that Secretary Clinton said was a Bad Thing in China.
Paper Airplane Touches Edge of Space, Glides Back
Well, now it just depends on what you drop from that height. Think international Lawn Darts.
What security policy will the TSA adopt next?
Maybe I've just not been lucky, but I've never once been on a flight where I'd want to see any of the passengers naked. I think planes full of naked people would result in *more* attempts to crash the planes, not less.
I drink too much...
Because I'm a nerd. I'm composed of organs, enough muscle to roll the dice, and fat. Since I could still roll the dice, I assumed it was the fat :)
Gold Nanoparticles Turn Trees Into Streetlights
The article (more of a quick summary) doesn't really say specifically what wavelength of UV is needed for the stuff to glow, but if the wavelength needed is what makes it to the Earth's surface from the Sun, that could explain their excitement.
Also, it seems some of the interest comes from the luminescent leaves absorbing their own light back in for photosynthesis. I wish that article were more in depth, since it seems we're getting half the story.
I drink too much...
I used to drink way too much Dr. Pepper. Now I've cut that and drink a moderate amount of coffee. With that one change, I lost about 7 kg of fat.
Cisco Social Software Lets You "Stalk" Customers
This sounds like something companies already have happen, but pay some poor part-timer minimum wage to do. The part-timer has a slower parsing rate, but it's about the same.
In other words: what you put out on social websites is pretty much like what you put on any other website: open to bot scrutiny. I would expect nothing less from a completely free service. If you want privacy, pay someone money to provide you and yours with a contracted service for such.
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