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Placebo Effect Caught In the Act In Spinal Nerves

alexburke Re:Acupuncture to be reanalysed (167 comments)

100.0% in agreement. Well said.

(Bonus marks for the awesome sig!)

more than 5 years ago

Toyotas Suddenly Accelerate; Owners Up In Arms

alexburke Re:Reproducible testcase (1146 comments)

  1. you've managed to reproduce a problem with your model in general, which case the manufacturer will fix it to avoid liability

You haven't watched Fight Club, have you?

more than 5 years ago

Who Wants To Be a Billionaire Coder?

alexburke Re:Wow (318 comments)

You'd really be able to peel yourself away from the tropical island with 10 servants on the clock 24 hours a day to serve you 200 year old wine, your private library larger than Google's (except all in hardcover first editions), baths of gold coins, a private jet with built in casino, and your 200 square foot bed covered with silk sheets and priceless animal furs and dotted with down-fluff pillows to just browse slashdot?

OK I probably would too. I'd do it with the processing power of my private botnet which I paid Microsoft to build into every NT-based OS since NT4.

Nah that isn't right either. TBH I think I would buy a nice, small house in some suburb with FIOS. It'd be mostly bare except for ludicrously expensive art I liked which I'd hang inconspicuously in my bedroom. And I'd have a couple of machines which I'd keep updated. Maybe I'd buy some of those $50,000 cisco clunkers to play around with occasionally. I'd browse slashdot, read wikipedia, and learn everything there is to learn.

And for some reason when I imagine myself rich I see myself doing daily tasks (mail, slashdot, irc) on the very latest MacBook. I just might.

I absolutely, wholeheartedly second this. (The infomation-sponge and CCNA in me both approve, too.)

more than 5 years ago

Bootstrapping a New Technology?

alexburke Re:Sell your patent (360 comments)

The job I quit was as a software architect for Microsoft, so, no, a job isn't what I'm looking for. I had a pretty good one. I'm afraid that I'm addicted to tech startups. I think I've got a pretty important new thing here and I'm concerned about immediate survival mode until I can get this thing to ignition. And I haven't been looking for a buyer as much as development partners and seed funding.

Get a job -- any job -- that pays your bills and gives you enough free time to continue working on your project. Convenience store, fast food, call center, whatever. It's inglorious but it'll do until you can rake in the Big Bucks.

more than 5 years ago

Is Typing Ruining Your Ability To Spell?

alexburke Re:I don't know, but... (494 comments)

I stole it. (They only look at the last name when they ask for ID, anyway.)

Plus, it boggles the mind that your nation still relies on horrendously-antiquated checks. We graduated from that over ten years ago now, and it's been almost a year since I saw anyone's checkbook in public.

more than 5 years ago

Can We Abandon Confidentiality For Google Apps?

alexburke Re:No (480 comments)

Agreed. Also online aps are more-expensive longterm. For example I purchased Microsoft Office 97, and I'm still using it 12 years later, which is an annual cost of just ~$12. Online aps have significantly higher fees than that.


Do you really think it's wise or responsible to be using a piece of closed-source software (and one not known for its security, to say the least) so many years after the vendor has stopped supporting or releasing patches for it, and for which known exploits are in the wild?


In what way does, for example, Google Apps Standard Edition ($0/year), cost more -- either up-front or in the long term?


Do you not think using current tools at the time to produce a file, then ensuring the file is stored in an industry-standard open file format (such as ODF, RTF, plain text, HTML, TeX, or PDF -- or even better, more than one), is an acceptable archive, without needing to also archive a copy of (or later run) a dated (and bug-ridden and proprietary, in this case) application along with it -- which may not even run on machines "15 or 20 years" later, as you mention?

more than 5 years ago

Outlook Inertia the Main Factor Holding Business From Google Apps

alexburke There's an App for That (394 comments)

Right here.

Quoting the Google:

Now businesses can run Microsoft Outlook on Google Apps instead of Microsoft Exchange, so they can achieve the cost savings, security and reliability of Google Apps while employees use the interface they prefer for email, contacts and calendar.

Oh, and it works with all editions of Google Apps, both free and paid, and it costs $0 extra.

You're welcome.

more than 5 years ago

Fifteen Classic PC Design Mistakes

alexburke Re:Worst Mistake That Still Needs Fixing (806 comments)

This sums up the problems - http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB570Z/A

DVI was great when it first came out; HDMI has obsoleted it in home theater and Mini DisplayPort is beginning to do the same in IT.

DVI is just too big a connector for some applications; look at the port side of any Unibody MacBook Pro and you'll see that the use of a DVI connector would have resulted in the loss of a USB port, since the ports are stuffed edge-to-edge on the board.

Mini DisplayPort is part of the VESA DisplayPort 1.2 open standard.

Did you complain when DVI ports were brand-new and required a DVI-VGA adapter for most endusers to be able to use? This is exactly the same concept.

If you don't like Apple's price on the adapter, buy it from elsewhere (like monoprice.com).

more than 5 years ago

Making a Child Locating System

alexburke Re:Holy Crap! Calm down (1092 comments)

Holy crap- you are, what we in the biz call, an over-reacting parent. Calm down and take it easy before you destroy your daughter's life.

I have mod points and am forfeiting the right to moderate this story by posting this. I second this sentiment (although I, myself, would try to not be quite so harsh in the delivery). Here are two links I think you should read, and a book I think you should buy (I bought a copy myself and gave several extra copies to friends with kids):




I also recommend watching the video in the Amazon link.


more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Bans VoIP, Rival Stores At Mobile Market

alexburke Re:Funny (151 comments)

(1) RIM sold more devices in the last quarter; marketshare has nothing to do with that. You are quoting nonsense. In addition, iPhone sales dropped off a cliff last year when people realized a new iPhone model was on its way, and the same is happening now.

(2) What the hell are you talking about with Linux surpassing MS and Apple? RIM devices don't run Linux. The closest thing which exists to handheld UNIX is the iPhone, which is based on BSD UNIX and the Darwin kernel, just like the desktop version of Mac OS X.

more than 5 years ago

Colbert Wins Space Station Name Contest

alexburke Re:My write in (471 comments)

Can you losers quit this "Candlejack" bullsh

more than 5 years ago

Consumer Reports Gets Its Game On

alexburke Re:Wee Fit (301 comments)

Ascorbic acid, otherwise known as vitamin C, also works great to prevent apple slices from browning. It's probably a dilute solution of ascorbic acid sprayed onto them before packaging; there's an ancillary benefit of being even better for you as a result.

more than 6 years ago



Apple Patches Kaminsky DNS Vulnerability

alexburke alexburke writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Alexander Burke writes "Apple has just released Security Update 2008-005, which patches BIND against the Kaminsky DNS poisoning issue. "This update addresses the issue by implementing source port randomization to improve resilience against cache poisoning attacks. For Mac OS X v10.4.11 systems, BIND is updated to version 9.3.5-P1. For Mac OS X v10.5.4 systems, BIND is updated to version 9.4.2-P1."

It also closes the script-based local privilege escalation vulnerabilities, the most common examples of which were ARDAgent and SecurityAgent, and addresses other less-publicized security issues as well."

alexburke alexburke writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alexander Burke writes "Many news organizations are reporting the death of Jack Valenti at age 85 due to complications from a stroke. One of his most famous quotes, and indeed part of his legacy, is "the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone". He also is credited with the creation of the letter-based film rating system (PG, R, etc)."

alexburke alexburke writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alexander Burke writes "Apple has released what is widely believed to be the last update to Mac OS X before the release of Leopard (10.5) this spring; this update brings Tiger to version 10.4.9.

The 10.4.9 Update is recommended for PowerPC and Intel-based Mac computers currently running Mac OS X Tiger version 10.4.8 and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes or compatibility updates for the following applications and technologies:
  • RAW camera support
  • Handling of large or malformed images that could cause crashes
  • Image capture performance
  • Mouse scrolling and keyboard shortcuts
  • Font handling
  • Playback quality, and bookmarks in DVD Player
  • USB video conferencing cameras for use with iChat
  • Bluetooth devices
  • Browsing AFP servers
  • Apple USB Modem
  • Windows-created digital certificates
  • Open and Print dialogs in applications that use Rosetta on Intel-based Macs
  • Time zone and daylight saving for 2006 and 2007
  • Security updates
Detailed information is available here."


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