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Why IP Laws Are Blocking Innovation

Wingit Re:Welcome to the real world, hippies (348 comments)

Sorry for the missed punctuation and the tone of my comment. It was not intended. You sounded like a hipster. I don't judge in my kitchen. I am a chef. Their are standards. I don't tolerate anything "less than great" unless the person wants to learn more.

more than 3 years ago

Why IP Laws Are Blocking Innovation

Wingit Re:Welcome to the real world, hippies (348 comments)

Yes, and when you longer have a job. I will create one just for you. There is nothing more rewarding than creating good paying jobs.

more than 3 years ago

Loophole Means Unlimited Data For AT&T iPhone

Wingit Grandfathered In (121 comments)

Yes, My plan with AT&T has be "grandfathered" in. I barely use their bare bones "less than 3G" where I live, I have wifi most everywhere I go so I don't impact their network much unless I am out of town. Still, if you became an AT&T customer at the right time and don't change your contract, you have unlimited 3G, 4G and previous access in an unlimited contract. AT&T has not earned my loyalty, but I will ride it out and see if they catch up or just remain a follower. They just sent me info on a GPS navigational app that costs ten dollars per month. ooh. Really?

more than 3 years ago

Encrypt Your Smartphone — Or Else

Wingit Re:How much? (304 comments)

In the wrong hands, very little except time. It is called social engineering. I am not concerned with law enforcement looking at my phone. Still, in the wrong hands, it is much like losing my wallet. There is no smartphone equivalent to canceling my credit or debit card.

more than 3 years ago

Encrypt Your Smartphone — Or Else

Wingit You Have a computer in your pocket (304 comments)

The computer in your pocket deserves the same respect as any other. A simple password to access it will block the the same person that you invite into your house and use your bathroom with permission while you expect them to to not look in your medicine cabinet. Even worse, you can loose that phone. If you do not safeguard the location of your phone, consider having a second phone on occasion and use call forwarding, Do not save anything you do not wish to share on your person. Security in layers must be applied to smartphone usage behavior and if you don't know a little about that, consider asking a technical person that does. If a person has access to your smartphone and you have unprotected access to your email, it will take seconds for them to browse your email accounts that are not even associated with your phone. I am not paranoid, but you must consider that loss of your phone may grant access to any email or accounts that that you access regularly with your phone.

This is not news, but the limits related to abusing this ability have not been fully tested in the courts and I don't want to be the test case.

more than 3 years ago

Interactive, Emotion-Detecting Robot Developed

Wingit Disney Mr. Potato Head comes to mind... (58 comments)

Disney has a lead on this and their work looks good to me. They have Mr. Potato-head that recognizes people and their interactions then reacts accordingly. It is leading edge stuff but it has been going on for quite some time.

more than 3 years ago

Once-Darling Ethanol Losing Friends In High Places

Wingit Re:Quoting Homer (586 comments)

I live in Wisconsin where 10% ethanol blends and and non-ethanol gasoline are both available. I try to make informed decisions and use some of each depending on the application and, frankly, the cost. I think the jury is out for using corn-based ethanol in fuel for engines. The energy used to produce it is far to high and I doubt it is locally blended to reduce the transportation costs, but I remain a bit open-minded. Technology and time can create new solutions, but if the unknowing force it upon us before it makes sense, it seems to be good dollars thrown at a dream. We can grow corn in the US. We know that. It should not need subsidies. It is food. People can eat it without high fructose corn sugar being the reason. The cellular waste is rarely waste, but perhaps not utilized as well as possible. It makes wonderful worm food and worms create great soil once they have eaten enough of it. The process of making ethanol seems like it is missing the point all too often.

more than 3 years ago

Does Typing Speed Really Matter For Programmers?

Wingit WPM or concise code... (545 comments)

Programming is a craft. WPM or characters per minute mean very little. Is this even worth discussing?

more than 3 years ago

Study Finds DDoS Attacks Threaten Human Rights

Wingit DDoS is Now Irrelevant (118 comments)

With the FCC passing a law (no wait, they can't) but they wrote it and congress may reprint it, DDoS is no longer important. The government will do it for us.

more than 3 years ago

8-Year-Olds Publish Scientific Bee Study

Wingit Pure Research is Not Dead (174 comments)

Brilliant work and pure science for the sake of science. It is not earth shattering news, but is exactly what science is meant to bring to the human experience. The life of the children involved is forever changed. Now some of them will go on to discover more things that are right under our nose and write about it intelligently. Few will care but, in the end, we all benefit.

more than 3 years ago

Aussie Government Gives PDF the Thumbs Down

Wingit Re:A subset of PDF files? (179 comments)

Yes! I don't always want the slow rendering of a pdf. I want content. One format of convenience for the publisher should work for those of us that want the content. I avoid pdf files on a regular basis because a simple html file will work for many things. The overhead and long pause for a less-than-usable pdf is silly much of the time.

more than 3 years ago

Google Maps Adds Drone Imagery

Wingit Re:Can't Wait (141 comments)

I sometimes go get the mail in boxer shorts. Crap. I better stop doing that. My neighbors don't mind or even notice, but it's really not for the world to see.

more than 3 years ago

Consumerist Says AT&T Site Won't Sell iPhone In NYC, Citing Network

Wingit Devices should not be linked to carriers (420 comments)

When our choices are less important than their marketing plan, one has to wonder who thought of that idea. I love my iPhone and am happy with AT&T where I live and travel. That could change. I might move. I wonder what they were thinking.

more than 4 years ago

ARM — Heretic In the Church of Intel, Moore's Law

Wingit Re:Nonsense. (390 comments)

Lighter structure yes, when it applies of course. I do light surfing and then I also run algorithms that take some time. I sometimes want iPodish connectivity and sometimes a real laptop. It is all a matter of using the right knife to make dinner, lunch, breakfast or just the right snack. I love the variety of devices and their relative functionality. I hope that my favorite content providers and the device providers know I use more than one device to access all of my favorite content.

more than 5 years ago

Methane-Eating Bacteria Could Combat Global Warming

Wingit Re:Solution #2 (218 comments)

Great point - MightyYar

Oh, and they don't let us eat beef here either. *grin*

more than 6 years ago


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