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Richard Feynman's FBI Files Released

b0bby Re:Then there's what they did to Heisenberg (181 comments)

Well, in 1952 there was a Conservative government in the UK (the first purely Conservative government since before the war); presumably they could have dropped his prosecution but didn't.

As a side note, Gordon Brown issued an apology in 2009, but David Cameron has ruled out a pardon.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox 13 Released, Debuts Brand New Tab Page and Homepage

b0bby Re:NOOOO (320 comments)

Just installed it, and I can't see any difference from 12. I have it set pretty minimal, just tabs at the top, no menu bar or skins. I haven't seen a reason to switch yet, either to IE or Chrome...

more than 2 years ago
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Venezuela Bans the Commercial Sale of Firearms and Ammunition

b0bby Re:So.... (828 comments)

The problem is making the transition from a gun owing society to a non-gun owning society. If there are already a ton of guns out there in private hands (as I guess is the case in Venezuela) and you then just take the guns away from those people who follow the law & hand them in, you're going to be left with a lot of guns in the hands of people who don't follow the law. Would there be less homicides if all the guns disappeared magically? Almost certainly. Will there be less homicides if a substantial portion of the population (criminals) keeps their guns and feel that most law abiding citizens are now incapable of defending themselves? I'm not sure.

more than 2 years ago
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War and Nookd — eBook Regex Gone Haywire

b0bby Re:Amusing, but... (185 comments)

This is the problem exactly. I can deal with odd formatting from a PG book (though as you say, most are fine); what pisses me off is recent, full price ebooks where there has obviously not been the slightest attempt at editing or typesetting. One I got recently had a consistent problem where quoted text changed font & size after the first paragraph, which is pretty jarring. A full price book on my Nook should be a better experience than PG or scanned & OCR'd pdb were on my old Palm Pilot but sometimes these types of glitches just take you out of the experience & actually seem worse.

The Oatmeal's book "5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth" I luckily got out of the library (through Overdrive) - the images are so small as to be unreadable, both on the PC & ipad. If you look at the Play store, there are lots of good reviews, but they're all from Goodreads & such for the paper version. I'm sure it's funny, if you can read it; if I'd paid money for this pile of bits I'd be pissed. Does the publisher not own an ipad or a Kindle Fire? Did they not load it on one single device & say to themselves, "hmm, this really sucks, let's fix it"?

more than 2 years ago
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Red Hat Will Pay Microsoft To Get Past UEFI Restrictions

b0bby Re:"Literally" (809 comments)

They meant to say "literally pwning it."

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Equipping a Company With Secure Android Phones?

b0bby Re:Blackberry? (229 comments)

But if you're running BES (or the free Professional if you're small), everything is encrypted end to end with your own key. That's why they are so secure; 3rd parties don't have access to your data. In India & Saudi Arabia the government has put taps on the telco provided BES, but they still can't tap your private BES communications if your server is outside.

more than 2 years ago
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Options For Good (Not Expensive) Office Backbone For a Small Startup

b0bby What about SBS? (204 comments)

If you want Exchange, it's worth looking at SBS - it's pretty much all you'd need, and it works fine with mobile. Not sure about how OSX would play on the domain though.

more than 2 years ago
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SpaceX's Falcon 9 Successfully Reaches Orbit

b0bby Re:RSA rocks (282 comments)

> Thanks to a South African entrepreneur

No, thanks to an AMERICAN. He immigrated here, accepted citizenship and is now an American.

That really is a big difference between the US & a lot of other countries - you can truly become an American, no matter where you're from. It's not just words, people really do accept immigrants (despite the anti immigrant rhetoric which is so much in the news) in a way that I haven't seen in say, France or the UK. Third generation immigrants still don't seem to be a part of French society; third generation Americans almost always are completely assimilated. When my wife became a citizen, it was pretty moving to see the other people at the ceremony from all over the world being welcomed. It wasn't just typical bureaucratic form filling, it really was an open armed welcome, complete with video welcome from the president.

more than 2 years ago
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The Leap: Gesture Control Like Kinect, But Cheaper and Higher Resolution

b0bby Re:What's wrong with keyboards? (192 comments)

Maybe she can move her head, or just her whole hand; there could be any number of ways to use this when you can't move a mouse. ALS is horrible, anything which can make life easier for her is a good thing.

about 2 years ago
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Book Review: Elementary Information Security

b0bby Re:Expensive (56 comments)

Oh, if I were doing this stuff on a regular basis or was taking a class on it, I would buy it in a heartbeat. But I'm just an interested amateur, so I won't be buying it.
It's an interesting question, though, whether or not they would make more money at a lower price by expanding their market beyond those who have to have it to those who'd just like to.

more than 2 years ago
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Book Review: Elementary Information Security

b0bby Expensive (56 comments)

At $125 it is priced like a textbook too. It looks interesting but I won't be dropping that.

more than 2 years ago
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U.S. Imposes Tariffs On Chinese Solar Cells

b0bby Re:This is good news (345 comments)

we've outsourced to Japan and China, they're getting rich selling us shitty cars, while our local auto industry (which used to make quality cars most of which still run after 20, 30, 40 or even 50+ years! Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Leyland, Rover...) has died a death

Were you driving the same British cars the rest of us were? I have a 1970 Norton Commando; the quality of manufacturing on that bike is abysmal, down to the visibly off-center bore on one of the cylinders. That's not to mention the fact that the design was grossly outdated by 1970, but the management was too complacent to spend on a decent drivetrain which wouldn't pour oil out of every seam. There's a reason Honda ate their lunch, and it's not because they were selling crap...

And even today, I know someone with an $80k Range Rover; that POS died (as in, won't run, need a tow truck) on the highway twice in the first 2 years, and another time just poured its coolant all over his driveway for no reason. He still likes it (just like I like my Norton), but it's far from being a quality car. I'd have traded it in on a Land Cruiser after the first breakdown (if I had been silly enough to buy it in the first place, and still wanted an SUV).

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Wrist Watch For the Tech Minded

b0bby Re:If you want a watch that just works and keeps o (466 comments)

There are lots of other cool G-Shock models, check them out. Mine has been going strong for over 10 years; I had to replace the band a couple of years ago, but otherwise it runs like new. I'm sure mine was under $100.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Wrist Watch For the Tech Minded

b0bby Re:Wrist watch is for style, not gadget (466 comments)

Yes, the Casio G-Force is the way to go - tough, looks good/geeky, lots of options.

Though if you really want to geek out on watches without spending more than a car costs there are replica communities like http://www.rwg.cc/ where all the various "quality" knock-offs are discussed...

more than 2 years ago
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Avira Premium Anti-Virus Bug Disables Windows Machines

b0bby Re:AVG had a problem like this years ago (151 comments)

MSE came out in fall 2009, so not quite 3 years ago; IIRC the AVG issue was probably earlier that year and made me start looking around for the best replacement & MSE came out to generally good reviews. I find that MSE with an occasional Malwarebytes scan will keep most people's home machines pretty clear, even people with teenagers...

more than 2 years ago
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Avira Premium Anti-Virus Bug Disables Windows Machines

b0bby AVG had a problem like this years ago (151 comments)

When AVG caused a boot failure several years ago I switched started switching everyone who asked to Microsoft Security Essentials; still seems to be the best free one. At work I'm happy with NOD32; I suppose that they could have a similar problem, but they've been really good so far.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Secure My Life-In-A-Briefcase?

b0bby Re:I call BS (241 comments)

My wife reads lots on hers; I'll offer to put something on my nook for her every so often, but she's happy reading on her ipad. She was reading on it outside just yesterday with no complaints; it's not ideal, maybe, but it works ok.

more than 2 years ago
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How Would Driver-less Cars Change Motoring?

b0bby Miles Driven Will Go Up (648 comments)

I think if these take off (and I hope they will) we'll see a substantial increase in miles driven. Not just from people sending their cars back home to get someone else (it will be a while before they allow unoccupied driverless cars, I imagine), but from trips which were previously too tedious. If I can come home from work on Friday evening, get in my self driving car with the family, and wake up in Orlando or Cape Cod, I'm much more likely to take such trips over a weekend. I bet it would double the miles I put on in a year; if everyone was doing that type of thing, it'd put a big strain on gasoline supplies. Hopefully their introduction will tie in to increases in efficiency.

more than 2 years ago
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Israel Passes Photoshop Law To Combat Anorexia

b0bby Re:Hmmm (488 comments)

That makes a lot more sense, and probably is what she was meaning. Thanks.

more than 2 years ago
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Stone-Throwing Chimp Back In the News With Better Plan

b0bby Re:Bullwinkle never knew (235 comments)

I think that's more of a burying instinct; they don't actually remember where they bury them, but if there are enough buried all around they have a decent chance of finding one when the start looking.

more than 2 years ago

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Self Assembling Foam Robot

b0bby b0bby writes  |  more than 3 years ago

b0bby (201198) writes "Discovery News reports:
"Combine off-the-shelf insulation foam and modular robot components and you get a self-assembling robot that could be fit to a variety of tasks.

The Modular Robotics Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, in a project led by Shai Revzen, has created a robot that can be assembled from foam that hardens and pieces that allow the robot to move. The “foambot” looks ungainly, and it is. But once you have a shape — and a task — in mind, the foam sprayer can lay down a body plan that fits.""

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Easy-Bake loses its bulb with 100-watt phase-out

b0bby b0bby writes  |  more than 3 years ago

b0bby writes "AP reports on a side effect of the phasing out of 100 watt incandescent bulbs — a redesign of the Easy-Bake oven.
"The compact fluorescents that are becoming the new standard for household use are so energy efficient that they're useless in baking a brownie _ or any of the other miniature treats the Easy-Bake has been cooking up for nearly 50 years.""

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Google Lobbies Nevada To Allow Self-Driving Cars

b0bby b0bby writes  |  more than 3 years ago

b0bby (201198) writes "The NY Times reports that "Google, a pioneer of self-driving cars, is quietly lobbying for legislation that would make Nevada the first state where they could be legally operated on public roads. ...The two bills, which have received little attention outside Nevada’s Capitol, are being introduced less than a year after the giant search engine company acknowledged that it was developing cars that could be safely driven without human intervention. ""
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Amazon to launch library lending for Kindle books

b0bby b0bby writes  |  more than 3 years ago

b0bby (201198) writes "According to USA Today :
"Amazon today said that later this year it will launch library lending for Kindle books, from over 11,000 libraries in the U.S. ...Amazon said it is working digital book distributor OverDrive on the service."
For those who have been waiting for Amazon to support epub in order to get access to library e-books, this could be good news."

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Amazon Introduces $139 WiFi Only Kindle

b0bby b0bby writes  |  more than 4 years ago

b0bby (201198) writes "Bloomberg reports "Amazon.com introduced two new versions of the device, including a $139 model that works with Wi-Fi. A second version, with 3G mobile technology as well as Wi-Fi to download books, costs $189. ...The latest Kindles are thinner and lighter than previous versions and feature faster page turns and sharper resolution. They’re also designed for easier reading in sunlight and have batteries that will last for a month on a single charge — two weeks longer than the previous model.""
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E-Book Price War - Nook & kindle Prices Slashe

b0bby b0bby writes  |  more than 3 years ago

b0bby (201198) writes "ZDNet reports "On Monday, Barnes & Noble cut the price of the 3G Nook to $199. It also launched a $149 Wi-Fi version. Just hours later, Amazon responded by cutting the price of the Kindle to $189. At $259, the price of the Kindle and Nook just 24 hours ago, an e-reader purchase competed with an Apple iPad, which started at $499 for a Wi-Fi version. Below $200, a dedicated e-reader purchase makes a lot more sense.""
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Impossible Project Selling Reverse Engineered Film

b0bby b0bby writes  |  more than 4 years ago

b0bby (201198) writes "According to Fast Company "The Impossible Project, which has no connection to Polaroid, decided to "re-invent" the technology through backwards engineering and then produce and sell their own version of the film, which would be compatible with old-school Polaroid cameras. It looked like vaporware for awhile, but, as reports the AP, this week they announced they've done it.""
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