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Satoshi Nakamoto Found? Not So Fast

UnanimousCoward Re:If I were him (182 comments)

Actually, I was thinking the opposite:

If I were NOT him, how could I parlay this into something worth my while? Grant an exclusive interview for $100k stating beforehand that I am NOT him so there are no misconceptions? Pose in Playgirl? What? He might as well try to turn lemons into lemonade...

about a month and a half ago
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NSA and GCHQ Target "Leaky" Phone Apps To Scoop User Data

UnanimousCoward easy to circumvent (144 comments)

I often type in and drive to strip clubs and card rooms just to throw the NSA off since those searches are in complete contradiction of my choir boy profile.

about 3 months ago
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Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

UnanimousCoward Re:The unseen enemy (510 comments)

"We" voted for her because the alternative was...well...less savory. You can be sure that her support of NSA will be an issue the next time she comes up for re-election, and hopefully, a real Democrat challenger will emerge. But know this--if she withstands the challenge, "we" will be hard-pressed to vote for her Republican challenger...

Does that answer your rocks-glass-houses question?

about 3 months ago
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Brazil Announces Secure Email To Counter US Spying

UnanimousCoward Re:Good Luck With That (165 comments)

But you haven't addressed the GP's hardware statement...

about 6 months ago
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Indian Government To Ban Use of US Email Services For Official Communications

UnanimousCoward Re:Not seeing a problem with that. (219 comments)

Except when it's a matter of national security...they they are not public property...so they are private...so that's that.

about 8 months ago
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Google Raises Campaign Funds For Climate Change Denier

UnanimousCoward Re:Imagine that (365 comments)

Oh, I think it's important to continuously draw attention to hypocritical actions/statements of corporations, whether it is A or B.

about 9 months ago
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Gladwell's Culture & Air Crashes Analysis Badly Flawed

UnanimousCoward Korean Aviation Culture (213 comments)

I have to admit that when I first heard about the crash, Gladwell's work came to my mind concerning Korean aviation culture. This train of thought was repeated over and over again on Twitter. This article talks about the past and present Korean aviation culture with respect to safety, and I think the writer is objective and reputable.

about 9 months ago
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GIS Community Blocks Esri's Geospatial 'Open Standard' REST API

UnanimousCoward Re:is it even RESTful? (53 comments)

Yes, agreed. As per my other comments on comments, how about "best practices" instead of "standard?"

about 10 months ago
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GIS Community Blocks Esri's Geospatial 'Open Standard' REST API

UnanimousCoward Re:is it even RESTful? (53 comments)

Yes, I realized the difference after taking a longer-than-quick look :-)

However, I still think there should be some notion of /object/{id} for GET. As per some of the other comments, I agree that what I'm talking about isn't a standard. I think it's more of a best practices implementation thing.

about 10 months ago
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GIS Community Blocks Esri's Geospatial 'Open Standard' REST API

UnanimousCoward Re:is it even RESTful? (53 comments)

So I agree with just about everything you are saying here. I shouldn't have used the term "standard"--how about "best practices?" If ESRI or some other organization wants to put out a "RESTful API," then I think that it should adhere to some "best practices" which, IMHO includes the paradigm that I put forth (and is well-implemented in various web platforms).

Again, I agree with your stipulation that it is an IDEA or a CONCEPT (I've read the seminal thesis). But with respect to implementation, I think that there's another level that can be achieved.

about 10 months ago
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GIS Community Blocks Esri's Geospatial 'Open Standard' REST API

UnanimousCoward is it even RESTful? (53 comments)

In taking a quick look a the standard, it doesn't even look RESTful. For example:

http://<mapservice-url>/layers

Returns deep copies of all layers and tables as opposed to a list of IDs. Then:

http://<featureservice-url>/<layerId>

Returns a deep copy of a particular layer/table.

How about http://<something>/layers returning a list of layers/tables and http://<something>/layers/{id} returning the particular table/layer? The whole /object and /object/{id} paradigm is missing. And that's just about GET. Regardless 800-lbs gorilla arguments against this "standard," I'd be more inclined to reject it due to its lack of adherence to standards.

about 10 months ago
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Bitcoin To Be Regulated Under US Money Laundering Laws

UnanimousCoward Re:They don't get it (439 comments)

So the fact that the "U.S. is applying money-laundering rules to "virtual currencies" legitimizes BTC, right? I see that as a good thing...

1 year,27 days
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Bitcoin Blockchain Forked By Backward-Compatibility Issue

UnanimousCoward Re:Old news. (351 comments)

TMI :-)

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Feel About Recording Your Entire Life?

UnanimousCoward numerous examples, but... (379 comments)

...I think this one is the best (as opposed to the ones that are a photo for every day of one's life): http://vimeo.com/40448182

about a year ago
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CNN Replicates John Broder's Drive In the Tesla Model S

UnanimousCoward Re:Problem with egos really (525 comments)

I think it's safe to say that if Tesla tech support told him to do something, he should take their advice since they have a vested interest in success. So they wouldn't be likely to advise him to do some ditch driving :-)

about a year ago
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Six Months Without Adobe Flash, and I Feel Fine

UnanimousCoward Re:Kids (393 comments)

I am. Or at least I was :-)

about a year ago
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Six Months Without Adobe Flash, and I Feel Fine

UnanimousCoward life worth living (393 comments)

I think, but I can't say from experience, that life sans computers is worth living too...

about a year ago
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Six Months Without Adobe Flash, and I Feel Fine

UnanimousCoward Re:Kids (393 comments)

Okay, I'll bite. This reply is really modded up as informative? Really? As opposed to funny? Because, as a parent, I can see funny. But reasonable? Really?

about a year ago
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Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

UnanimousCoward Re:Would that not be protected information? (1435 comments)

Why is this comment modded up?!? It is public information, so, yeah, it can be published by a "Public source..." If you want to debate the fact that it's public information, that's one thing, but you're not.

about a year ago

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Blockchain: It's like having a casino in your wallet

UnanimousCoward UnanimousCoward writes  |  about a year ago

UnanimousCoward (9841) writes "Blockchain is a bitcoin wallet that allows extremely easy transfer of bitcoins via iOS and Android apps. In addition, you can bet bitcoins DIRECTLY on the Blockchain website on the "Send Money" tab (you need to have an account to see it) via SatoshiDice!!! As a buddy of mine said, 'It's like having a casino in your wallet.' It's really the wild, wild west in bitcoin land..."
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Ararvind, Seva, and Steve Jobs

UnanimousCoward UnanimousCoward writes  |  about 2 years ago

UnanimousCoward (9841) writes "A colleague of mine will be participating in a month-long design charrette out of Pondicherry for Aravind. The connection is through Seva. Interestingly, Seva got its start in part by a $5k donation from Steve Jobs...when he was working out of his garage. Love him or hate him (disclaimer: fanboi here), his vision extends beyond i-whatever."
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Sloan Prize-winner "Another Earth" released

UnanimousCoward UnanimousCoward writes  |  more than 2 years ago

UnanimousCoward (9841) writes ""Another Earth" was released to the general public this weekend. While it has been bashed as being scientifically inconsistent, I find the story so compelling and provocative that I can dismiss these inconsistencies (if push comes to shove, I can probably find a way to explain said inconsistencies). The acting and humanity exhibited in this film is just too strong--isn't that what sci-fi is really about?"
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How to Optimize a 5000-to-1 VCU Bet?

UnanimousCoward UnanimousCoward writes  |  about 3 years ago

UnanimousCoward (9841) writes "I know this is /., and that the phrase "March Madness" and the reference to the publication USA Today give my submission a snowball's chance in hell to get posted, but here goes :-) Somebody put a $10 bet on VCU at 5,000-to-1 to win the NCAA basketball tournament and is now 2 wins away from a $50k payday. How should that person best hedge the bet now?
  • VCU is favored against Butler in the next game. Should that person make a spread (-2.5) or moneyline (140/-120) bet, and how much?
  • If VCU beats Butler, then what hedge should be made in the Finals? I'm assuming it depends on the odds (of course) and the previous hedge (???).
"

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Exhausted Chinese tech factory workers

UnanimousCoward UnanimousCoward writes  |  more than 3 years ago

UnanimousCoward (9841) writes "I know this submission will come off as Microsoft-bashing, but I doubt Microsoft is the only high-tech company with these kinds of connections. The Daily Mail has an article describing Chinese factory worker conditions at a shop that makes products for Microsoft along with a damning photo."
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Flickr: pr0n or free speech?

UnanimousCoward UnanimousCoward writes  |  more than 4 years ago

UnanimousCoward (9841) writes "Yahoo! publicizes the safety features of Flickr, but as this article points out, adult content is accessible to all. The article quotes a Yahoo spokesman who outlines the safety of Flickr, but the telling disclaimer comes at the end:

It’s worth pointing out that our terms of service make it clear that users will find a broad range of content on Yahoo!, and the responsibility for what children may see rests with their guardian. Term Number 3 states: Please remember that the Services are designed to appeal to a broad audience. Accordingly, as the legal guardian, it is your responsibility to determine whether any of the Services and/or Content are appropriate for your child.

This issue is of particular interest to me because I recently had my Flickr coverflow iPhone app, iFOTOFLO, initially rejected because of 'inappropriate content," but when I replied to the rejection...

My application uses the Flickr API, and since your feedback/rejection, I have set the Flickr search parameters to reflect the safest search possible (safe_search=1). Please re-review my application. Note that if this filter is not sufficient for Apple, then I would argue that all Flickr-related search apps should be removed from the App Store. I would also like to point out that my previous Flickr-related app, iFOTOMO, was rejected with more-graphic examples, but that I was encouraged to resubmit when the 3.0 Parental Controls were implemented. I subsequently re-submitted that application under 3.0, and it was accepted.

...Apple approved my app the next day. Based on the article above (and the Most Recent/Most Viewed searches that you can see on the app), perhaps Apple shouldn't have been so quick to approve it, even under the 12+ rating..."
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faith in the App Store approval process restored

UnanimousCoward UnanimousCoward writes  |  more than 4 years ago

UnanimousCoward (9841) writes "My iPhone Flickr Coverflow app, iFOTOFLO was rejected because of possible inappropriate content even though I rated my app as 12+. Dismayed, I wrote to Apple:

My application uses the Flickr API, and since your feedback/rejection, I have set the Flickr search parameters to reflect the safest search possible (safe_search=1). Please re-review my application. Note that if this filter is not sufficient for Apple, then I would argue that all Flickr-related search apps should be removed from the App Store. I would also like to point out that my previous Flickr-related app, iFOTOMO, was rejected with more-graphic examples, but that I was encouraged to resubmit when the 3.0 Parental Controls were implemented. I subsequently re-submitted that application under 3.0, and it was accepted.

Apple approved my app the next day.

My app had been rejected earlier because the reviewers thought I was using the undocumented iPhone Coverflow API, but when I proved to Apple that I was not using this API, my app passed that hurdle."

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Make-My-Life-Easier Applications of Twitter?

UnanimousCoward UnanimousCoward writes  |  more than 4 years ago

UnanimousCoward writes "I'm always looking for things to make my life easier, and I finally found an application of Twitter that does just that. I'm obsessed with the Kogi and COOLHAUS trucks in Los Angeles even though I live in San Francisco, obsessed to the point that when I travel down to LA, I make sure that I time my trip to arrive at a truck location. I follow tweets (text msgs to my cell phone) from from Kog and COOLHAUS to get the up-to-the-minute status of the trucks. (Actually, now that I think about it, has this application of Twitter REALLY made my life easier???) :-) I've always disdained Twitter until now, but I'm sold on its usefulness because of the food truck craze. Anyone else have make-my-life-easier applications of Twitter for me?"
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Siggraph 2009 COLLADA Contest winners announced

UnanimousCoward UnanimousCoward writes  |  more than 4 years ago

UnanimousCoward writes "The Siggraph 2009 COLLADA Contest winners have been announced with NaviCAD taking the grand prize.

Disclaimer: I'm one of the developers of NaviCAD :-)

NaviCAD is the only iPhone app that lets users view and navigate around models from the Google 3D Warehouse. With the recent announcement of COLLADA support in the latest Spore patch, we are also collecting Spore COLLADA models from Creators so that they can be viewed in 3D in our app (send zip files of dae+texture files to feedback@navicad.com). Currently, we have to modify them slightly to make them accessible by our app. We will be issuing an update to fully-support Spore-generated COLLADA models.

Developing a complex-model, graphics-intensive app for the iPhone is both fun and challenging due to device and OS limitations. We are in the process of writing an article (hopefully, Ars Technica will accept it!) documenting our journey. Subsequent updates will include serialization of the COLLADA files (for faster model generation on the second access) and possibly a client-server architecture where the serialization happens on the server."

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NaviCAD, a Collada iPhone app released

UnanimousCoward UnanimousCoward writes  |  more than 4 years ago

UnanimousCoward writes "Disclaimer: I am one of the developers of this app :-)

The Khronos Group has posted a news item about our app NaviCAD, the only way to view and navigate Collada models (especially models from the Google 3D Warehouse) on the iPhone/iPod Touch.

Developing this 3D app on the iPhone platform was fun/challenging because of the device features/limitations. It is currently a client-only app (meaning the model processing is done on the client). However, because it takes...a while...to generate the OpenGL ES model from complex-model XML-plus-texture files, we are moving to a client/server model where the XML-plus-texture files will be processed on a server and a serialized version of the model will be sent down to the client. Initial tests show an order of magnitude increase in speed for generating the OpenGL ES model from the serialized Collada model.

After releasing the update, we would like to write a web article documenting our development journey (hopefully, Ars Technica will publish it!) as it provides a nice compare-and-contrast to cloud computing paradigms and getting down to the nitty-gritty of pushing the envelop of device programming that brought us back to the good ol' days :-)"
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iPhone/iPod App Store Becoming More Restrictive

UnanimousCoward UnanimousCoward writes  |  more than 4 years ago

UnanimousCoward writes "In light of the Kama Sutra-related submission, I think that Apple is becoming even more restrictive with their censoring policies as the platform serves more and more people. I recently submitted an update to my app i F O T O M O that made some performance changes (but no content-related changes), but it was rejected on the basis of possibly serving up objectional content from Flickr!. The app that's available now can serve up that very same objectional content as we speak. Of course, maybe they didn't catch it the first time, but I think they are just getting more restrictive..."
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./ API revisited

UnanimousCoward UnanimousCoward writes  |  more than 4 years ago I sent an email to Taco suggesting an option for viewing posts by userid. His response:

I don't understand why anyone would want that beyond a novelty.

That got me thinking about the idea of a /. API that was thrown around here, mostly to boos and catcalls.
Well, if there were a /. API, I'd be able to waste my own time implementing something stupid...

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