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What You Get When You Buy a $40 iPhone In a Bar

TimeTraveler1884 Re:Never fails to astound... (211 comments)

So much time spent working out how to design, construct, and replicate just close enough to make the sale...

I doubt there was little if any NRE (Non-Reoccurring Engineering) costs involved in the construction of these iPhonies. The price alone strongly suggests the most likely explanation is that the Chinese manufactures making the genuine iPhone, are running their production lines on the side, without Apple's consent.

Apple has handed them the specifications and all the manufacturer has to do is build a few thousand more than what Apple orders. The bootleg manufacturers don't even have to pay for things like molds or automation setup costs. They then fill in any missing pieces (such as software or mute slider switches) with the cheapest thing they can get.

You probably would be surprised at how often this happens with consumer goods built in China.

more than 4 years ago

Time Warner Cable Modems Expose Users

TimeTraveler1884 Re:Still better than PLANET... (185 comments)

How stupid could they possible have been? It's easy (with the correct equipment) to extract white text on a white background. They should have used style="display: none"

more than 4 years ago

Time Warner Cable Modems Expose Users

TimeTraveler1884 Re:The only prudent thing to do with these things. (185 comments)

Initially I was a little confused about the cable modem not being in bridge mode and having an admin interface at all. After RTFA, this vulnerability is only for SMC router/modem combo devices from TW. There was no mention of the Motorola cable modem I have from TW. The Motorola cable modems are acting as a bridge already because my router gets the lease to the public IP.

So apparently no worries regarding this vulnerability for me, but this certainly sucks for 65K other people.

more than 4 years ago

HD Video From The Edge of Space, On the Cheap

TimeTraveler1884 Re:Kind of cool, but it made me dizzy (205 comments)

Adding a long streamer to the payload to act like a tail on a kite should have done the trick.

more than 4 years ago

IBM Images a Single Molecule

TimeTraveler1884 Re:5 linked rings (169 comments)

Ah ha ha ha! It's like the original joke never happened!
(Much like the 2003 Hulk movie)

about 5 years ago

Avatar, Has Sci-fi Found Its Heaven's Gate?

TimeTraveler1884 Re:Based off the director's own words... (443 comments)

This looks like Dances with Wolves in Space

I want this movie to succeed only so that it may have a Broadway adaptation and then later become a traveling figure skating exhibit. I mean, who wouldn't want to see "River Dances with Wolves in Space on Ice?"

about 5 years ago

Verizon Sued After Tech Punches Customer In Face

TimeTraveler1884 Re:More to the Story? (493 comments)

[the customer] asked to see some ID before allowing access to the apartment

I think you are on to something. It seems more likely the alleged assailant has very strong feelings about the right to privacy and is making a statement about how a national ID card would be against the founding principles of this country; and that such a system does nothing ensure the safety of the public at all as the bureaucrats in Washington would have you believe, but in reality only serves to further the government's agenda towards a police state that will only result in violence towards its own citizens.

Surely, I can't be the only one to have gathered that from the summary?

about 5 years ago

NASA's New Telescope Finds Exoplanet Atmosphere

TimeTraveler1884 Re:lame (124 comments)

I have to apologize. After reading the "smelloscope" tag under the summary, I could not help but hear the voice of Professor Farnsworth in my head while reading your post. For some reason, I can't read your post any other way now. I'm sure your post is well thought-out, and indeed informative, but I just can't take it seriously with that voice!

more than 5 years ago

Google CEO Schmidt Leaves Apple Board

TimeTraveler1884 Re:Sorry Eric (128 comments)

"Don't be Evil"

I wish people would stop propagating such silly misinformation. It read more like "Don't Panic" and it was never a motto, just a note poorly scribbled on a towel that was used as a replacement air filter for the first Google Server.

more than 5 years ago

Electronic Armageddon, and No Electricity Either

TimeTraveler1884 Electronic Armageddon? (158 comments)

I remember reading this prophecy in Patch Tuesday School when I was a child:

Longhorn 6:8 -

"I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Bill, and Balmer was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by acquisition, lock-in and proprietary-standards, and by the wild clippies of the earth."

It always freaked me out that this might come to pass.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Confirms October 22 Release Date For Windows 7

TimeTraveler1884 Re:So? (182 comments)

If you work in IT, it's difficult not to care about Windows when it's 90% of the market.

True, but I am getting better at it every day.

more than 5 years ago

Java Gets New Garbage Collector, But Only If You Buy Support

TimeTraveler1884 Re:No malloc( )s (587 comments)

Holy crap! That joke cut his head off!

more than 5 years ago

RIAA Victim Jammie Thomas Gets a New Lawyer

TimeTraveler1884 Re:Young lawyer != good lawyer (241 comments)

I wonder why he's "wasting" his time fighting bullies like RIAA in court instead of doing something really useful by trying to solve humanity's biggest problems.

He's seems pretty smart. Perhaps he has identified the RIAA as the biggest threat to humanity?

more than 5 years ago

Google Unveils Search Options and Google Squared

TimeTraveler1884 Re:Too specific (171 comments)

Good news! You can easily switch this feature off: In Firefox press Ctrl+Shift+Del, select "Cookies" and click "Clear Private Data Now"

more than 5 years ago

External Airbag Designed to Protect Pedestrians

TimeTraveler1884 Re:Is this really a good idea? (253 comments)

Upon hovering my mouse over that URL, I was left thinking: "Wow, only 4 dead after a car crash festival? The Dutch don't know how to properly honor a queen."

more than 5 years ago

Time Warner Cable Won't Compete, Seeks Legislation

TimeTraveler1884 Re:Surprised? (621 comments)

Why not? If I am a citizen of Wilson and I want my taxes subsidizing high-speed internet infrastructure, my vote for city council members and their policies should have more weight than the dollars of some foreign corporation that is lobbying the state government.

more than 5 years ago

CFLs Causing Utility Woes

TimeTraveler1884 Re:That pretty bad (859 comments)

I've never understood this myself; yet I understand a lot about electronics. How a VA is not a Watt I am unsure; for now I just take it as face value that they are different units. If the GP or someone else would kindly explain better than Wikipedia does, I would appreciate it.

It's probably just some semantic detail I am overlooking. For example, for the longest time I did not understand why wall outlets are polarized. I mean, since alternating current flows in both directions, how can AC be polarized unless it has a DC offset? After a long time, I came to understand on my own it's not about positive/negative charges, but just an indicator of which conductor is hot and which leads to ground to complete the circuit.

more than 5 years ago

Google Apps Deciphered

TimeTraveler1884 Re:I gotta be honest... (91 comments)

You have to admit, there is something satisfying in reading a Slashdot summary, going "What the fuck was that?", then to read the comments and find you are not alone in your reaction.

more than 5 years ago

Social Security Administration Launches E-Health Info Exchange

TimeTraveler1884 Value of Data (114 comments)

It can be argued that personal medical information is potentially more important than you life savings. Just a few weeks ago some company in the UK was selling confidential data on worker's to building firms that illegally vetted new hires.

There are probably many unscrupulous companies out there that would vet new hires based on health factors such as mental health history, insurance risks (for companies with private insurance), or simply the fact that the STD you have may indicate you are more likely to sexually harass coworkers.

Someone having your online banking account information can only steal the money you have at that time. Someone having your medial information can steal your ability to make money.

more than 5 years ago


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