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Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'

beelsebob Re:No big red button? (134 comments)

The problem is, by making systems where software is the last line of defence against damage, you typically can make much more efficient systems. Note car engines that use variable valve timing can damage themselves (e.g. by opening the valve during combustion, and allowing exhaust/plasma to back flow into the injectors), but they're much much more efficient than engines with a cam rod.

2 hours ago
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Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

beelsebob Re:So it is official. (168 comments)

Never type that again. Seriously - vocalizing your pauses when speaking is bad enough, but there's no excuse when writing.

Actually, it's not "bad enough", it's an important part of speech. A pause, with a confused look on your face, and an "uhhh" noise conveys information, in fact, often, more than a whole sentence. I don't see any reason why conveying that sort of information concisely in one word should not be part of written english too.

11 hours ago
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

beelsebob Re: 65536 (221 comments)

You make this comment in jest, but seriously, I genuinely have had a conversation on a phone that started pretty much with "Hi there, I'm Barry and I'm calling from inside your Windows. I'm trapped in here and I need your password to get out."

11 hours ago
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

beelsebob Re:Old news. (207 comments)

Because I will slam the brakes to stop. NO matter what. No matter how fast I am.

That's the point - if you're going so fast that you need to slam the brakes on, then you were already driving dangerously. Stop that, now.

11 hours ago
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

beelsebob Re:Old news. (207 comments)

They did if they were expecting a standard yellow light, then it changed red in 2.5 seconds instead of the federal minimum of 3 seconds and slammed on the brakes to avoid running the red light.

If your decision to brake or not was based on "I'm 2.5 seconds away from the junction, and that yellow has to show for 3", then you're driving dangerously.

11 hours ago
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

beelsebob Re:Old news. (207 comments)

To continue on my above comment (which I shouldn't have clicked submit on so quickly)... What could change to give you more leeway is that you could stop the opposing flow going green the very moment that one flow of traffic goes red. In the UK, the sequence for current, and opposing traffic in pairs goes (green, red), (yellow, red), (red, red), (red, yellow), (red, green) - that extra gap where neither direction has even a yellow, and then where the traffic that's about to start is shown yellow, allows people to relax and stop barging through so much.

12 hours ago
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

beelsebob Re:Old news. (207 comments)

Speaking as someone coming from the UK, the idea that the federal guidelines for yellows are too short is laughable. You guys get roughly twice as long on yellow as we do in the UK. I'd actually argue that the guidelines are too long . The very long yellow light times encourage people to think "it's okay, I can make it through". Meanwhile, yellow merely being a warning "red is coming, you'd better stop" makes things much safer.

12 hours ago
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

beelsebob Re:Old news. (207 comments)

I don't care what point you are trying to make, but when you start to victim blame, you lose credence.

What are you talking about? No one forced you to slam your brakes on at the last second. There's no victim here, there's no person forcing you into it. In order to be victimised you need to have someone making you a victim, and that person doesn't exist.

All OP is doing is blaming the person at fault - that is, the person who's taken longer than 4 seconds to make the decision to gently brake for a red light, when given plenty of warning by a yellow.

12 hours ago
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

beelsebob Re:Old news. (207 comments)

Given that you have 4-5 (depending on speed) seconds of yellow, there's absolutely no excuse to slam on the brakes. As OP said - the dangerous driving is entirely independent of the lights.

12 hours ago
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

beelsebob Re:Study financed by (207 comments)

before you insert race on this, know that red light cameras are basicly a tax that hits the city's poorest residents the hardest.

Huh? Are you asserting that there's some causal link between being poor and running red lights?

12 hours ago
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

beelsebob Re: 65536 (221 comments)

You would complain to Microsoft because the scammers introduce themselves as "calling from Windows" or "calling from Microsoft".

yesterday
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

beelsebob Re:So perhaps /. will finally fix its shit (391 comments)

You really don't understand how TLS works if you think it doesn't protect you from someone injecting data into a stream, or from redirecting one to an unexpected endpoint.

3 days ago
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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

beelsebob Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (199 comments)

Agreed! Who could be against the FCC regulating the internet? Nutters and Koch brothers types, that's who! I look forward to the FCC getting it's mitts deeply into the regulation of the interntet. I mean, how else can I be sure of getting cheap, fast pings for my games if not by getting the feds involved? My freedom to ping REQUIRES laws, bureaucrats, agents, and harsh penalties to ANYONE who fucks with my pings!

Given that all a lack of the FCC being involved has got you is a Comcast/Time Warner monopoly, prices 2-3 times as high as the other side of the atlantic, service an order of magnitude slower than the other side of the atlantic, and double charging both the sender and receiver for data... YES, FUCKING AMEN, WHO THE FUCK COULD BE AGAINST GETTING THE FCC INVOLVED!

4 days ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

beelsebob Re:11 Trillion Gallons? (324 comments)

The real question is, what does an average average californian rainfall look like. Sure, SJ got a lot last thursday and is continuing to get a bunch, but how does that small area average out with the rest of CA?

4 days ago
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Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

beelsebob Re:So it is official. (168 comments)

Uhhh, you realise that Ariane 5 has launched many many many missions successfully, and has a better reliability record than the US's launch vehicles, right?

SpaceX is in fact the untested upstart in this situation.

about a week ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

beelsebob Re:Just in time. (219 comments)

You mean you got hit by the 7200.11 bug and didn't do any research into it to discover that it's a firmware issue with a simple fix?

about a week ago
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Sony Reportedly Is Using Cyber-Attacks To Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

beelsebob Re:Some experts even are wrong. (190 comments)

Even if the second amendment were to cover this, the second amendment doesn't allow you to actually shoot someone (or to DDoS them).

about two weeks ago
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Feds Plan For 35 Agencies To Collect, Share, Use Health Records of Americans

beelsebob Re:As a Federal Inmate (209 comments)

Why on earth would they not get to find out? While you're an inmate, they are directly responsible for your care. They need to know what is and has been wrong with you so that they can get that right.

about two weeks ago
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Seeking Coders, Tech Titans Turn To K-12 Schools

beelsebob Re:Motives (105 comments)

Wow... I guess we shouldn't educate our children then, that way our skills will be forever valuable, because no one else will ever be able to do them.

This is such an insightful comment, I just can't believe I didn't think of this huge breakthrough in cultural politics before.

about two weeks ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

beelsebob Re:All for poisioning the well (285 comments)

The justification is that it's not the site's revenue, it's the advertisement company's revenue. What you're doing is stopping them from harvesting your private data. The dick move is the company trying to grab my data, not me trying to stop them.

about two weeks ago

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Apple Switches (Mostly) to OpenStreetMap

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 2 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "In the recent release of iPhoto for iOS it appears that Apple have started using OpenStreetMap's data. Unfortunately, there are still some problems. Apple are currently not applying the necessary attribution to OSM; they are using an old (from April 2010) dump of the data; and they are not using the data in the USA. Fingers crossed apple works through these issues quickly!

Apple are now one of a growing list (including geocaching, and foursquare) to Switch2OSM."

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OpenCL 1.0 Ratified and Released to the Public

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  about 6 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "The Khronos group announced the ratification and public release of the OpenCL 1.0 specification described as the first open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform, parallel programming of modern processors found in personal computers, servers and handheld/embedded devices."
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Apple drops iPhone Developer NDA

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 6 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "Today Apple dropped the iPhone developer NDA.

We put the NDA in place because the iPhone OS includes many Apple inventions and innovations that we would like to protect, so that others don't steal our work. It has happened before. While we have filed for hundreds of patents on iPhone technology, the NDA added yet another level of protection. We put it in place as one more way to help protect the iPhone from being ripped off by others.

However, the NDA has created too much of a burden on developers, authors and others interested in helping further the iPhone's success, so we are dropping it for released software. Developers will receive a new agreement without an NDA covering released software within a week or so. Please note that unreleased software and features will remain under NDA until they are released."
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Squirrelfish takes a bite out of performance

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 6 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "We all recently heard that Google Chrome had introduced a new Javascript engine called V8, that made all the other engines out there look like toys. Today the WebKit team announced that their Squirrelfish engine has been optimized a lot more, to produce Squirrelfish Extreme. The improvements are enough that WebKit now runs Javascript faster than Chrome. The competition between browser makers seems to be paying off for us consumers with some major improvements in performance now."
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beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 7 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "Very well known is the iBook G3 logic board failure issue, however, less well known is that iBook G4s have been failing with the same symptoms almost as regularly. The G4 variant of the laptop is not covered by Apple's logic board repair program, thus if it dies, it's dead. Or so we thought, until recently. An enterprising guy has posted a fix for the problem that works simply by sticking a tiny bit of plastic under a chip."

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