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Orange Goo Invades Alaskan Village

aero6dof In other news, (153 comments)

Japanese travel agents offer new scoop-it-yourself Alaskan sushi tours...

about 3 years ago

Recording the Police

aero6dof Re:There is no expectation of privacy (515 comments)

They have no reason to believe they should be unrecordable when they are out on the road or on the sidewalk.

Of course the police have a reason to believe that they are unrecordable in public. There are states with just such laws on the books. They may be unconstitutional, but they would need to be tested first...

more than 3 years ago

Why Unlocked Phones Don't Work In the US

aero6dof Re:The problem is not locked vs unlocked (442 comments)

One supports the other. If the phone is locked, customers care less that they're stuck in contract. If they're in a contract, it matters less that the phone is locked. They both contribute to lower competition in US mobile markets.

more than 3 years ago

Unspoofable Device Identity Using Flash Memory

aero6dof And over time... (145 comments)

So what happens as you continue to use the flash and new error regions show up?

more than 3 years ago

Deported Russian (Spy?) Worked At Microsoft

aero6dof Re:The reason this is an issue (162 comments)

It might be nice to verify that you were given the same code as the actual... of course with all the hotfixes and SP releases, who can tell?

more than 4 years ago

Bill Gates Doesn't Work At Microsoft Anymore

aero6dof Re:Don't forget about Apple. (497 comments)

If you dislike Apple's restraints, all you have to do is switch platforms. There is nothing holding you here except the end-utility of the platform. If anything, Apple has made it easier the switch out because they support open standards.

The difference with Microsoft is that they used their market share to make sure there was little to no viable alternatives to switch to for quite a while. Vendors that offered alternatives were pressured to stop. That was the core problem with Microsoft.

A lot of people are confused about this distinction. I think that Apple should be free to restrict their offerings any way they wish within their own platform, it just takes away from their own utility and competitiveness. However, I take issue if they try to restrain my available choices of competing platform which is what Microsoft did.

more than 4 years ago

The Real Science Gap

aero6dof State of the Art Management (618 comments)

I think that the problem is that the philosophy of business schools shifted from producing better products and services to profit optimization. For a while this worked as business did have some margin to coast on the level of developed of technology, but it increasingly is a direction that is stalling out as the proportion of rehashed crap product/services is rising vs new fundamental productivity gains.

more than 4 years ago

Violent Video Games Only Affect Some People

aero6dof Re:It's not violence (236 comments)

Please explain to me why the USA, being such a puritan country, ranks a lot worse [] in teenage pregnancy that European countries, that have a very liberal vision regarding sex education of teens I take that to mean that God has a wicked good sense of humor.

more than 4 years ago

Hardware Companies Team Up To Fight Mobile Linux Fragmentation

aero6dof Re:It's the apps, stupid (47 comments)

Given the membership and their statements, it actually sounds like they might be working on integrating/standardizing the access to underlying hardware. Most of those manufacturers make ARM chips with various added peripherals. It would certainly save time if I could grab a Linux distro that was everything below the UI level without having to spend time integrating the low level chip libraries to access the custom hardware functions in the chip.

more than 4 years ago

How To Get a Game-Obsessed Teenager Into Coding?

aero6dof Modern Turtle (704 comments)

When I was in grade school, there was Turtle, then I went to basic playing with drawing graphic lines and printing to screen. It all gave you a nice direct feel for what could be done. A nice place to start now might be Processing

more than 4 years ago

Open Data Needs Open Source Tools

aero6dof Re:Use Open Standards (62 comments)

For other scientific data sets which are primarily tabular numeric data, I've always liked NetCDF and or occasionally HDF

more than 4 years ago

Windows Patch Leaves Many XP Users With Blue Screens

aero6dof Re:ha ha suckers!!! (658 comments)

I can't boot up, and I have one of those HP computers that has everything built into the screen, so I can't even take the hard drive out.

That's a start of a great joke... how many PhDs does it take to remove a hard drive? Actually try booting with some form a live CD or usb stick. Most let you access the drive. Try Linux - many like the Ubuntu flavor.

more than 4 years ago

America's Army Games Cost $33 Million Over 10 Years

aero6dof Re:Competitive in the gaming industry?!?! (192 comments)

Oh I agree with you on the transparency issue. I was just (unclearly) commenting on the handwringing over possible competition with private industry.

more than 4 years ago

America's Army Games Cost $33 Million Over 10 Years

aero6dof Re:Competitive in the gaming industry?!?! (192 comments)

It's OK, sometimes the peas and carrots mix a little, but it's still perfectly edible... I see this expenditure as a cost-effective, creative alternative vs. PR coming from a buy of ad-time on tv. It gets the army a little PR and introduces some realism vs most other FPSs. The only people to complain might be other game companies in the niche of providing semi-realistic miltary FPS, but all indications is that there's no real effect there, see Call of Duty and Modern Warfare sales...

more than 4 years ago

John Hodgman On the Coming Geek Culture

aero6dof Jocks win wars? (401 comments)

Rober Oppenheimer might disagree that jocks are the best way to win wars.

more than 4 years ago

Clean Smells Promote Ethical Behavior

aero6dof References needed (250 comments)

I've got to the get the name of Windex's astroturf agency - brilliant marketing!

more than 4 years ago

Legal Code In a Version Control System?

aero6dof Unworkable (334 comments)

It would never work, the legislators would be too afraid of the "blame" function.

more than 4 years ago

"Hidden" PayPal Fees Inciting Community Unrest

aero6dof Re:Never mind that, it's the 100% fee that gets me (309 comments)

Of course, like most companies, they aren't looking to the future at all. They aren't trying to change things to sustain their business.

This is what makes me laugh when you hear about eBay's CEO thinking of a run for CA governor and the blurbs introducing the candidate as CEO fortune whatever company eBay... Of course, that prolly guarantees she'll be our next governor.

about 5 years ago

Electronic Armageddon, and No Electricity Either

aero6dof FUD? (158 comments)

I can see that individual smart grid components may be more vulnerable to EMP, but overall shouldn't a smart grid be more resistant to having nodes removed from it? Our current grid doesn't deal with imbalances very well - often causing outages in areas which could technically get power, but where it can't be delivered because of archaic grid deisgn. Remember the Northeast blackout in 2003? I'm thinking that an EMP may physically damage our current grid technology less, but the effect across the system would be more widespread and long lasting because of lack of flexibility in the current grid.

more than 5 years ago


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