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Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

bondsbw Re:JavaScript (230 comments)

Better yet, disable HTTP. This is a MITM injection attack and SSL was invented to help prevent this.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla 1024-Bit Cert Deprecation Leaves 107,000 Sites Untrusted

bondsbw Re:FTFA (67 comments)

People can complain as much as they want

Yep, that about sums up the Internet.

about two weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

bondsbw Re:Property rights (215 comments)

I cannot legally build my house right over your house, even if it never touches the ground that you bought.

I don't see the point here. Even if we assume I don't own air rights above my house, that doesn't mean that you do.

about two weeks ago
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China Gives Microsoft 20 Days To Respond To Competition Probe

bondsbw Re: And well they should. (79 comments)

Office 365 is a subscription plan with yearly costs. But I feel it is a better plan since any future release is included, and generally costs less in the long run vs. purchasing each version as it cones out.

about two weeks ago
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China Gives Microsoft 20 Days To Respond To Competition Probe

bondsbw Re:And well they should. (79 comments)

(I wish there were an edit button.)

I just wanted to explain the reason budgeting in advance is preferred, at risk of stating the obvious. Companies tend to have a lot of moving parts, and if part P needs to be ready by date D, it may be due to dependencies. Those dependencies are in many forms including additional development that needs part P, time for QA, deadlines promised to the customer, and so on.

So if suddenly part P is going to take 5 days more to fix a bug that was unforeseen in a third party component, that could have a major effect on getting everything to market. What if QA has a tight schedule and, 5 days later, already has something else scheduled for testing? It might be a month or two before they get around to getting your component tested. Same applies to other forms of dependency.

about three weeks ago
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China Gives Microsoft 20 Days To Respond To Competition Probe

bondsbw Re:And well they should. (79 comments)

There is nothing stopping a company from fixing bugs itself

If the company doesn't hire programmers, or if their programmers are not competent at the particular language/APIs/tools at hand, then this path would require hiring new developers and potentially purchasing development software. So in this case, cost may be stopping the company.

or outsourcing to a company to do so.

Assuming this even exists. Only a few of the open source projects I've used have any type of paid support, which brings the company back to paying for their own developers.

Granted, the company probably saved a lot of money by using open source in the first place. But in the end, many companies will choose to foot a larger bill if they can budget for it in advance. "We will need $100,000 for Office licenses" often sounds better than "We didn't budget for it, but it turns out we need $30,000 for various unforeseen development expenses."

about three weeks ago
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Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

bondsbw Re:Employers don't want employees who LOOK lazy. (133 comments)

There's also the question of whose dime this caffeine nap is on: the employee, or the employer.

Each has an opinion and it's probably not the same opinion.

about three weeks ago
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Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

bondsbw Comcast (133 comments)

TWC: "Surely only Comcast can save us! Please allow the merger!"
Government: "Well golly gee, what a great idea!"

about three weeks ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

bondsbw Re:One-button user interface (251 comments)

One analog button means you generally are limited to binary states mapped to time in the form of pulse width. Controlling pulse width tends to be difficult, so we wind up with a language where individual pulses have limited expressiveness and, thus, multiple pulses are required in order to express a concept. Morse Code is an example, where multiple pulses are used to express the concept of alphabet symbols.

But also we can take advantage of context switching. If we switch from a context of typing to a context of motion, then the language can reuse pulse patterns to drive the movement (e.g. there can be quick patterns to express direction, go, and stop).

about three weeks ago
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Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

bondsbw Re:Why? (120 comments)

Selling a million game consoles will produce less benefit to fewer users than taking the equivalent hardware and putting it into a server farm.

A console in the average game console owner's home sits unpowered for the vast majority of the day. That hardware in a server farm will be used 100% of the day, meaning more hardware will be available for more people.

A server farm can be far more energy efficient than a million consoles.

Obviously there are tradeoffs, but to dismiss the concept outright is not helpful.

about three weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

bondsbw Re: Infrastructure? (727 comments)

Yes, please continue to illustrate your powerful use of ad hominem. When you can't beat them, call them names!

about a month ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

bondsbw Re: Infrastructure? (727 comments)

I accept your claim that you have no experience with Linux

Actually I have quite a bit of experience with Linux. Here's a tiny bit of proof... just search for ID 6746.

But unlike you, I seem to have experience with other operating systems as well.

along with your acknowledment that you are too stupid to figure out that more people will buy a $300.00 laptop than will buy a $1000.00 laptop, regardless of OS.

You mean, like these?

about a month ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

bondsbw Re: Infrastructure? (727 comments)

How do you define "superior"? This argument is about the general masses, not just you. The question is, which system will the user would take home? I say it will be the Windows computer almost all of the time, and history completely has my side.

You do realize that OEMs have created pre-configured Linux desktop computers, right? And how well did that go?

If Apple can't dethrone Windows on the desktop, or even come close despite having an arguably better experience in every way (and much better than Linux)... you certainly are not going to do it either.

about a month ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

bondsbw Re: Infrastructure? (727 comments)

And you are an idiot if you think people will not pay for good/familiar software. They have been doing it for decades.

But please, continue to tell me about how THIS is the year of Linux on the desktop.

about a month ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

bondsbw Re:Infrastructure? (727 comments)

How do you think that's even a fair comparison? I could easily wipe the hard drive and put a Windows install that is finely tuned and put it in the box as well, and there's a good chance my install will have a better user experience than yours.

about a month ago
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Feds: Red Light Camera Firm Paid For Chicago Official's Car, Condo

bondsbw Re:our presidents origin story (115 comments)

It's also about fame and power. Being noticed, having people rely on you, and being able to directly affect the lives of so many... these are like a drug.

And even if it starts out unselfishly, I've seen a few politicians get a taste of the drug and change ways. It sucks when I voted for them and feel the need to apologize for my support.

about a month ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

bondsbw Re:Defeats the purpose (232 comments)

A solution to this problem is to organize decisions and action items into a centralized repository that can be viewed and tracked by everyone.

Email is best used for quick communication, not for project tracking.

about a month ago

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Identical Twins May Not Have Identical Genetics

bondsbw bondsbw writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bondsbw (888959) writes "'In a scientific double-take, new research is challenging the long-held belief that identical twins have identical genetics,' according to researchers Jan P. Dumanski and Carl Bruder at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Department of Genetics. 'Using cutting-edge technology, the researchers found genetic differences in every set of twins, according to the study published online in the American Journal of Human Genetics.' Studies of identical twins have helped scientists distinguish hereditary and environmental factors when researching human development and behavior. This discovery, using 'some of the most advanced genetic analysis equipment in the world,' may impact future studies of obesity, Parkinson's disease, asthma, and other health issues. 'Scientists have always known there were differences between identical twins. Some of the differences were so slight that only a mother could spot them, while others were profound, such as one twin developing a fatal disease while the other remained healthy. "So far it has been blamed on environmental factors," Bruder said.'"
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