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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

Tumbleweed Re:Sci Fi Really Ages Quickly (186 comments)

Just keep that famous saying in mind, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a cheesy special effect." This even happens with nature - ever seen an aurora or a video of one? It looks like really shitty CGI, but it's real. *shrug*

about two weeks ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

Tumbleweed I went from Cyanogenmod 11 to Lollipop last night (178 comments)

I had forgotten how featureless the stock launcher is. Gads. I feel crippled. I also really liked CyanogenMod's Privacy Guard feature.

I will not miss the bugs of CyanogenMod, though, that's for sure.

I'll be searching for a replacement launcher ASAP. Any recommendations? I used to use ADW back in my Gingerbread/Froyo days...I'll have to see if it's been updated for Lollipop/ART.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

Tumbleweed Re:Obama screwed us intentionally or intentionally (307 comments)

You used the phrase 'despite knowing' but I think you meant to say 'because'. Obama has a very bad habit of appointing foxes to guard the henhouses. I voted for him twice myself. It's not like his opponents would've been better, though. *sigh*

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

Tumbleweed Re:Yay! (242 comments)

I bet there will be a lot more nudity than I remember in the books.

Yeah, my books didn't have any pictures _at all_! :(

about two weeks ago
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Multi-Process Comes To Firefox Nightly, 64-bit Firefox For Windows 'Soon'

Tumbleweed Firefox 36? (181 comments)

Catching up to Chrome 1.0 ... eventually! :)

about two weeks ago
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Multi-Process Comes To Firefox Nightly, 64-bit Firefox For Windows 'Soon'

Tumbleweed Re:only thing I care about (181 comments)

I'm hoping for a return to the Netscape Navigator v3 interface, myself.

about two weeks ago
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Human Clinical Trials To Begin On Drug That Reverses Diabetes In Animal Models

Tumbleweed Re:Animal models (140 comments)

What is the difference between an animal model and an animal used in scientific experimentation?

Animal models are SUPER-thin and pout a lot.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's Echo: a $200, Multi-Function, Audio-Centric Device

Tumbleweed Re:You heard it hear (129 comments)

Your every spoken word reverberates back at the Amazon.com mother roach.

Just like your every spoken word on your cellphone and computer microphone goes to Microsoft, Apple, and/or the NSA.

about three weeks ago
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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Gets a Name

Tumbleweed Re:Movie ordering (267 comments)

Where does this sit in the order of movies? Was this movie planned with the original 6?

I'm pretty sure "Episode VII' tells you everything you need to know. :)

about three weeks ago
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A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

Tumbleweed Re:The Real Problem (136 comments)

here in Boston, where I live

Good thing these can be used outside of Boston, eh? How do you like DEM apples?

about three weeks ago
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A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

Tumbleweed Re:what's the point? (136 comments)

If it was designed for hilly cities, "Copenhagen wheel" is kind of a hilariously off-the-mark branding.

Yeah, what he said. Also, I really wish I could eat Buffalo wings outside of Buffalo.

about three weeks ago
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Google Announces Project Ara Developer Conference, Shows Off First Prototype

Tumbleweed Re:good (66 comments)

finally I can run a headless phone.

It doesn't even have to be a phone. :)

about a month ago
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Google Announces Project Ara Developer Conference, Shows Off First Prototype

Tumbleweed Re: Use the technology on a chromebook (66 comments)

The desktop computer I've been upgrading bit by bit begs to disagree with you. As do my interchangeable lens cameras.

about a month ago
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OpenSUSE Factory To Merge With Tumbleweed

Tumbleweed hmmm (24 comments)

I dunno about this. I think I'll move along to the next article now.

about a month ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

Tumbleweed Re:You're doing it wrong. (342 comments)

65,000 people don't belong in any dessert. That's clearly unsanitary.

Tell that to Vegas. They like it dirty.

about a month ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Tumbleweed Re: The amazing part (201 comments)

It's amazing I was wrong. Dammit! :)

about a month ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Tumbleweed Re:The amazing part (201 comments)

I think it's amazing you don't know that Google doesn't own Motorola anymore.

about a month ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Tumbleweed Re: Here's the solution (577 comments)

Servers don't have anywhere near as much software installed/removed as a desktop machine, so this is hardly an apples-to-apples comparison.

about 2 months ago
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Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Tumbleweed Re:Hai! (111 comments)

iie. :)

about 2 months ago
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Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Tumbleweed Re:Hai! (111 comments)

Hai does not exactly mean yes in Japanese. It _can_ mean yes, but it more often is just an acknowledgment that someone is listening to you. You may hear a phrase like, "Hai, ." This doesn't mean, it's difficult but yes, this is actually their polite way of saying 'no', because saying no outright is considered rude. When they mean 'yes', they will often just make a sound like 'uhn'.

Be careful of literal translations. :)

about 2 months ago

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Smokescreen: a javascript-based Flash player

Tumbleweed Tumbleweed writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Tumbleweed (3706) writes "How to make Steve Jobs your mortal enemy: Smokescreen, a 175kB, 8,000-line javascript-based Flash player. To be open-sourced "in the near future". From Simon's blog: "It runs entirely in the browser, reads in SWF binaries, unzips them (in native JS), extracts images and embedded audio and turns them in to base64 encoded data:uris, then stitches the vector graphics back together as animated SVG." Badass! (Via Simon Willison's blog)"
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Obama Trying to Keep Warrantless Wiretapping

Tumbleweed Tumbleweed writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tumbleweed writes "Apparently the Presidential election was less of "Change" and more of "Out with the old, in with the same old," as President Obama has "invoked 'state secrets' to prevent a court from reviewing the legality of the National Security Agency's warantless wiretapping program, moving late Friday to have a lawsuit that challenged the program dismissed."

Well, crap. So who do we elect next time to actually change things? This is NOT the 'change' I voted for!"

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Tumbleweed Tumbleweed writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Tumbleweed writes " LOLCODE is a new scripting language being designed to more closely match current trends in language grammar and syntax; LOLCODE will likely appeal to a new generation of web coders.

LOLCODE features keywords like these: can-has, gimmeh, hai, i-has-a, im-in-yr, im-outta-yr, kthxbye and
visible. My favourite example:

HAI
CAN HAS STDIO?
I HAS A VAR
GIMMEH VAR
IZ VAR BIGGER THAN 10 O RLY?
        YA RLY
                BTW this is true
                VISIBLE "BIG NUMBER!"
        NO WAI
                BTW this is false
                VISIBLE "LITTLE NUMBER!"
        KTHX
KTHXBYE"
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Tumbleweed Tumbleweed writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Tumbleweed (3706) writes "Joanna Rutkowska, of Blue Pill fame , writes in her blog that Vista RC1 (Build 5600, x64 edition) is still vulnerable to the pagefile attack she demonstrated at the SyScan conference nearly 2 months ago.

"As I described during my talk, it's just enough to... disable kernel mode memory paging. Surly, it would cause a little waste of memory, but according to some Microsoft engineers I spoke to, it would be only around 80MB. This seems very little these days, doesn't it?", she writes.

Well, no, 80MB is not 'very little' by my standards, but nevertheless, I don't see how this can be considered a 'Release Candidate' by anyone other than Microsoft, with such a high-profile vulnerability left in place."

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