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OSI President Questions WebM Patent License Compatibility with Open Source

WedgeTalon Mozilla (37 comments)

Pretty sure this is why Mozilla originally decided to instead back Ogg Theora video.

about a year ago

Snapchats Don't Disappear

WedgeTalon Wut. (85 comments)

Forensics software? Just open up the folder. I mean, you have to rooted, but that's not really weird. Look, here's someone talking about getting pics and vids before even viewing them in Snapchat. Back in March. If you have to output something to the user, they're going to have to be able to get at it one way or another.

about a year ago

WD Explains Its Windows-Only Software-Based SSHD Tech

WedgeTalon Re:Meh (286 comments)

I've seen few SSD's last more than two years even under relatively low workloads.

Many of the faster drives are lucky to last six months.

Most SSDs these days have a 3 year warranty. High end ones like the Samsung 840 Pro, OCZ Vector, and Corsair Neutron GTX have a 5 year warranty.

These companies aren't going to put warranties like that on these drives unless most of them really will last that long.

And to address that article you linked, if you read it, he is talking about SSDs from 2009 and 2010. IIRC SSDs back then typically had 1 year warranties.

about a year ago

WD Explains Its Windows-Only Software-Based SSHD Tech

WedgeTalon Meh (286 comments)

With how much straight SSD prices have dropped over the past few years, I don't even really see much need for a hybrid drive. In 2011 I bought a 60gb ssd for $95 ($1.58/gb). Today, I can buy a better performing 500gb ssd for $350 ($0.7/gb).

about a year ago

Intel Announces Brian Krzanich As Its Sixth-Ever CEO

WedgeTalon Impressive (43 comments)

I don't know if I'm more impressed that they've only had 6 CEOs, or that they selected a guy who has risen from engineer through their ranks for 30 years.

about a year ago

LivingSocial Hacked: 50 Million Users Exposed

WedgeTalon Re:Hashed and salted is obsolete (80 comments)

It is fortunate because using a salt increases the complexity of cracking all passwords. A salt's purpose isn't to increase an individual user's password strength, but to increase the strength of the whole database. A salt makes it so that even if user1 and user2 have "12345" as their password, they each have an individual salt applied, so when a security breach happens, the hacker has to now crack each password individually - even though user1 and user2 had the same password, the work required to crack user1's password is worthless to crack user2's password. Combine that with a strong hash - like bcrypt - and the amount of work to break every password is extremely costly.

The very minimum a site should use these days is SHA-256. However, the really is no excuse not to use bcrypt. If a site is using MD5, it might as well be plaintext.

about a year ago

Blink! Google Is Forking WebKit

WedgeTalon Re:Don't Blink. (252 comments)

Doctor who?

about a year and a half ago

Firefox 20 Arrives With Per-Window Private Browsing, New Download Manager

WedgeTalon Download Manager (181 comments)

I don't understand why Mozilla never just worked with the author of Download Statusbar to integrate it. That extension has been one of the most popular addons since it was released in 2004. In fact, the addons site show it is currently the 7th most-used plugin with 1,930,345 current users.

about a year and a half ago

Feds At DefCon Alarmed After RFIDs Scanned

WedgeTalon Re:What do you bet... (509 comments)

Actually, I believe explosives are typically more effective.

more than 5 years ago

FDA Considers Banning Acetaminophen-Based Pain Killers

WedgeTalon Re:not really a ban (631 comments)

I don't know about the pharmacy you use, but all of our labels are clearly marked. For example if a patient receives some Norco 5, their label will read: Hydrocodone/APAP 5-325. The first number (5) is the hydrocodone and the second number (325) is the tylenol.

And if there is any question, please just ask! Your pharmacist should be glad to help you.

Heck, if you aren't a pharmacy-hopper, you can even skip reading the sheet, just take the opportunity when picking up your medicine to tlak to your pharmacist about interactions, things to avoid, signs of overdose, or whatever you desire. Most any pharmacist should be glad to help you (that's what they went to school for afterall. They didn't pay those thousands of dollars just to learn to count by 5's!).

more than 5 years ago

FDA Considers Banning Acetaminophen-Based Pain Killers

WedgeTalon Re:not really a ban (631 comments)

Tylenol with codeine (percocet?)

That would be Tylenol #3

Percocet is Tyenol + Oxycodone.

Darvon is still around, but it is NOT aspirin+codeine. It is propoxyphene (which is of questionable use for anything besides becoming addicted).

The only drug I can think of offhand that has aspirin and codeine is "Fiorinal with Codeine" which combines the bartituate Butalbital with caffeine, aspirin and codeine.

Tylenol has its place in medicine. The major benefit of it in my book is that it doesn't act as a blood-thinner, so not only is it a great choice for pain relief for pre/post-surgery patients, but it is safe for those who are on blood pressure medicine as well. It's also a good choice for pain relief where open wounds are involved (aspirin would prolong bleedin, just like with surgery). It's also safe for children whereas aspirin is not.

In fact, aspirin is not recommended for fever relief for those under 19 due to the potential for Reye's Syndrome. Aspirin is also very hard on the stomach, though that can be eased with an enteric coating.

Moral of the story: drugs are not something to be taken lightly. Follow the directions, read the warnings, and only take prescribed meds as your doctor tells you to. Do all that, and you likely will be ok. :)

(And while I'm on my soapbox, if your doctor changes your directions and doesn't gve you a new script, ask him for one! Trust me, it will save a lot of PITA down the road when you try to get your refill 15 days early.)

Wedge, CPhT

more than 5 years ago

Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

WedgeTalon Re:Change I believe in... (3709 comments)

Well, on the bright side, at least we aren't stealing the money from our childrens' piggy banks (eg, borrow it from places like China) like the Republicans do, right?

Sigh, why we can't just cut spending AND taxes, I don't know.

more than 5 years ago

Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

WedgeTalon Re:United States Socialist Republic (3709 comments)

Many people thought we were getting the lesser of two evils when Bush was elected over Gore.

Not trying to say McCain would be better.

Just saying that when you choose between two evils, you still end up with evil.

more than 5 years ago

Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

WedgeTalon Re:W00t! Welfare for all! (3709 comments)

Exactly! This is what I've been trying to tell people the whole election - Republicans AREN'T Republican anymore. They have as a group become very Authoritarian/Centrist.

I would have voted Republican this year if there had been one running. The last candidate to run on a real Republican platform was Bush. The trouble with that was it was all a lie. He ran on a platform mostly opposite of what he did. Twice. I still can't believe people believed him the second time around.

more than 5 years ago



Paramount Working on New Dune Movie

WedgeTalon WedgeTalon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

WedgeTalon (823522) writes "Variety reports that Kevin Misher, having spent a year working with the Herbert estate to get movie rights, will be producing a Dune movie through Paramount. He's tapped Peter Berg to direct. Richard Rubenstein, who produced Sci-Fi's "Dune" and sequel "Children of Dune," is also producing alongside Sarah Aubrey of Film 44 (Berg's production banner). The producers claim, as always, that they are seeking a faithful script. Let's all hope they actually find one."


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