MS Asks Google To Delay Fuzzer Tool
Be careful what you wish for. We are more likely to end up with well-meaning legislation that does the opposite, where it punishes those that publish security holes as helping criminals.
Alternative To the 200-Line Linux Kernel Patch
Some might see this as a smack in the face to Linus, but I say this is what open source is all about. Someone has a good idea, and someone else takes the idea and improves it. Bravo.
W3C Says Don't Use HTML5 Yet
Do these guys live on some other planet? These are technologies that people need NOW. Browsers are already implementing them. By saying that it won't be ready for 5 years is ridiculous. By the time that the standard is published, it won't be the standard that people use. W3C needs to get off their ass and see what is happening on the web TODAY, and set the standard for TOMORROW.
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Introducing the Invulnerable Evercookie
Why would you release such an abomination? Do we REALLY need more tools to track us? The ONLY good thing that can come of this is that browser developers see this, and finally realize that people don't want to be tracked, and do something serious to stop it.
Has Any Creative Work Failed Because of Piracy?
The only way that I could see a movie/album/song fail today BECAUSE of piracy is that it was terrible to begin with, and had REALLY good marketing before it was released. Such a movie might be able to make decent money on opening day despite being terrible, but if enough people see it before then, and it is no good then the word-of-mouth might kill it earlier than it would have been otherwise. I guess then what is still causing the movie to fail is not piracy even in this case, but that it is terrible.
I've seen a few bootleg copies of movies before, and the only ones that I didn't see in theaters were ones that were either terrible, or ones that I had had no intention of see in theaters even before watching it.
FAA Says No More Minesweeper Or Solitaire In Cockpit
I will frequently do little things like play games while waiting for a software install or something to help me stay focused on the task, and keep my brain from losing focus and just floating internally. I would much rather a pilot play Minesweeper or whatever, than just sort of space out on that 10 hour flight where he is just sitting there.
Spamming a Judge Is Contempt of Court
This sounds more like a care of civil disobedience and protest. As long as he didn't encourage people to threaten the judge, I don't see anything wrong here. If your filters can't handle this, sounds like a personal problem. How many times have you heard something like, "Let your voice be heard. Contact your local Representative, Senator, etc.?"
Pharma Marketing Faces a Character-Count Conundrum
EASY solution. Make it illegal to market prescription medication to consumers. Patients should not be going to their doctors asking for drugs. Doctors should be making diagnoses, and prescribing the appropriate drug for the patient's condition. It's dishonest and dangerous.
Throttle Shared Users With OS X — Is It Possible?
Get a Mac Mini with OS X Server on it, and call it a day, then you can do more management.
Considering Cheaper Pico-Projectors As Standard Equipment On Cell Phones
I would absolutely use a small projector on my phone. It would be great for sharing info, and would help with augmented reality apps. It also allows you to get outside of the limitations of a tiny screen. You could even use it as a replacement for a screen, and make the phone the shape of a pen that folds out with a screen that the interface gets projected onto.
This is the next step, I think.
Israeli Border Police Shoot US Student's Laptop
Sure. Have 2 conductive plates separated by an insulator. Each one should be connected to the circuit in the manner of a switch. Make sure that you have redundant circuitry in case a bullet hits a vital part of the circuitry. If the plate is compromised, then it will likely cause a connection, and subsequent triggering. Alternately, you could use a thin container of mercury which when compromised, would spill out and complete the circuit.
I am not a bomb maker, just a geek that likes to think about problems and hypothetical engineering like this, and express it through his First Amendment right of free speech. Please leave me alone, as I have NO intention of making/using a bomb (baring the odd firecracker or bottle rocket). I am not a threat, and I do not need to be dragged from my house in my underwear, and interrogated for hours on end. There is nothing to see here.
China Lauds iPhone App That Spreads Gov't Views
Hasn't Apple blocked apps for political reasons? Shouldn't this app be blocked then?
Honestly, I'm surprised that it wasn't required to be included on the device.
iPhone As a PC Game Controller
I'm remembering all of those TVs that are broken from flung Wiimotes. Imagine the pain when someone flings there iphone into their monitor.
Yahoo Revives Pay-Per-Email, With Charitable Twist
So, if we all decide to boycot a particular gas company for a month, the price of gas will go down! BRILLIANT!
Oi. Why would people pay for something that they use for free. If Yahoo is worried about spam protection, then they should just use Google's spam filter, like they use MS's search engine. Problem solved.
Buying a Domain From a Cybersquatter
Give her the option. Tell her what you are thinking, since she isn't paying for them. She may just abandon them, or she may pay you. If you are footing the bill, I don't see it as wrong at all. She may just not remember that there IS a cost to it.
New Law Will Require Camera Phones To "Click"
So... This law somehow prohibits either snipping a wire or replacing it with a small resistor?
All this does is prevent me from taking pictures of my god-son in concerts and the like.
Crackpot Scandal In Mathematics
It sounds like this jack-ass is using the system that Philip M Parker developed to create "custom books" where a computer network scours publicly available sources of information and then pieces together a "book" based on the information that it picks up. To someone scanning the books, you may not notice, but it you try to understand anything in it you can't help but realize that either the person that wrote it was a complete idiot, or it was computer generated.
Any Suggestions For a Meaningful Geeky Wedding Band?
Depending on what kind of geeky you want, there are replicas of the Rings of Power (Lord of the Rings), and the Aes Sedai rings (Wheel of Time).
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