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Next Apple iPhone To Have a 4 Inch Display?

ceejayoz Re:iPhone 5? (330 comments)

Right, because Apple wants to look like they can't count from 4 to 5.

more than 2 years ago

Siri Envy? Iris Brings Some Voice-Assistant Features to Android

ceejayoz Re:Just like Siri... (402 comments)

The original iPod also had none of that scale and ecosystem you're talking about.

more than 2 years ago

Why Mars Is Not the Best Place To Look For Life

ceejayoz Re:Europa (298 comments)

Seems to me it's much, much easier than all that.

You need a base station and a penetrator. The penetrator is hooked to the base station via a tether that can play out. It has a nuclear power source that allows it to heat its exterior above the melting point of ice. The penetrator melts a hole, gravity pulls it down, and the tether gets nicely secured above it as the ice refreezes. Keep melting and playing tether out until you hit water, then do whatever - deploy a sub, sit around and look, etc.

more than 2 years ago

Unwise — Search History of Murder Methods

ceejayoz Re:Another Article (532 comments)

And you know it's pain-free and euphoric... how?

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Censorship Expands

ceejayoz Re:Amazon: Remember to remove the Bible too! (764 comments)

If you tally it up, God is directly responsible for somewhere between 2 and 25 million deaths in the Bible. Satan is responsible for somewhere between 10 and 60.

more than 2 years ago

Cheaters Exposed Analyzing Statistical Anomalies

ceejayoz Re:This doesn't prove anything (437 comments)

It'd be possible to do in a sensible manner. If half the class falls in the "statistical abnormality" category, and they have the same or similar abnormality, there are some pretty good conclusions you can draw. The same for someone who consistently shows the same abnormality across multiple tests.

The response might not be to fail someone immediately, either. It might be to watch them more closely on future tests, or to swap out the suspected compromised test at the last minute without anyone but the professor knowing it'll happen.

more than 3 years ago

SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon Make It To Orbit

ceejayoz Re:supply lines to ISS already secure (200 comments)

The Shuttle has a higher payload to LEO than Ariane and Soyuz - IIRC, it's the only current launch system that can take some satellites up. The Falcon 9 Heavy has a higher payload than all three.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Impasse With Magazines Over Subscriber Data

ceejayoz Re:Apple gets a cut of subscriptions? (243 comments)

That'd be an interesting approach. I've never tried a PDF with security settings that prevent redistribution on iOS, wonder how it works.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Impasse With Magazines Over Subscriber Data

ceejayoz Re:Apple gets a cut of subscriptions? (243 comments)

A credit card transaction isn't a flat rate, though - it's a fee plus a percentage of the transaction, in most cases. And, again, Apple's using the money they make to, among other things, provide and enhance the platform (hardware, software, and infrastructure) these magazines are taking advantage of. If magazines don't like the cut, they're by no means forced to put their content on the iPad/iPhone.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Impasse With Magazines Over Subscriber Data

ceejayoz Re:Apple gets a cut of subscriptions? (243 comments)

AT&T's handling the user side of delivery, for which I pay them. Apple's handling the server side of delivery, for which they pay their own bandwidth and server bills.

I suspect Apple will be handling the data. Magazines'll provide the content to be pushed out to Apple, but Apple'll do the delivery to devices.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Impasse With Magazines Over Subscriber Data

ceejayoz Re:Apple gets a cut of subscriptions? (243 comments)

Yes, they get a cut of subscription revenue. Apple is handling the platform, billing, and content delivery, so they get paid for doing what would be printing, billing, and postage in a paper subscription. It's using Apple's merchant account and bandwidth, so that seems fair.

The apps will probably be free or include a "free" month's subscription to offset the purchase price.

more than 3 years ago

US Launches Largest Spy Satellite Ever

ceejayoz Re:why must "spy" satellites alway be "secret" (213 comments)

The fact that it has been launched isn't the secret. Its capabilities and purpose are. Those tend not to be precisely determinable at a distance.

more than 3 years ago

The Beatles On iTunes

ceejayoz Re:iPad multi-tasking, surely you're joking... (551 comments)

How so?

Apple requires approval, and background processes are allowed but they can only do certain things that I've permitted.

My server room requires approval, and people are allowed but they can only do certain things that I've permitted.

more than 3 years ago

The Beatles On iTunes

ceejayoz Re:iPad multi-tasking, surely you're joking... (551 comments)

There's nothing wrong with daemons/services - Apple runs plenty of them on your phone for you already, they just don't let anyone else do it.

There's nothing fundamentally wrong with people in my server room, but that doesn't mean I'm going to let people I don't know in.

more than 3 years ago

Cook's Magazine Claims Web Is Public Domain

ceejayoz Re:Illustrates the problem with mob justice (565 comments)

The magazine doesn't look big enough to have a separate owner and editor. I'd suspect it's one employee.

more than 3 years ago

HP CEO Goes On the Lam As Oracle Hunts Him Down

ceejayoz Re:How about... (137 comments)

I'm pretty sure you have to be served a subpoena directly.

more than 3 years ago

Google Bans Sale of Android Spying App

ceejayoz Re:iPhone version? (415 comments)

No, that Google - as they did here - should probably reject ethically suspect apps that are pretty easily deemed malware.

more than 3 years ago

Google Bans Sale of Android Spying App

ceejayoz Re:iPhone version? (415 comments)

Let me know when syslog defaults to shipping those logs off to a third-party.

more than 3 years ago

Google Bans Sale of Android Spying App

ceejayoz Re:iPhone version? (415 comments)

And if I trust someone, and that trust winds up violated? It happens.

more than 3 years ago


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Dell is unbelivable

ceejayoz ceejayoz writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Little sister goes off to college in a couple weeks, so I was asked to config her a laptop.

Now, before I switched to my Mac mini, I'd had two Dells, and I was quite happy with them. Cheap, did the job, etc.

Now, sure, the site says you can get a laptop for $800. Okay.

You then go through three pages of options, with all sorts of spammy "hey want AOL?" "hey want a colored anal plug?" etc. type prompts. Three huge, long pages of configuations.

Not only that, but the $800 price is for irresponsibly poor config options. 128mb RAM for Windows XP? No thanks, mofos.

By the time I'd config-ed it for her, it was $1600 - and no tax or shipping yet. Yeah. Nope, she'll use Dad's spare instead.

Buying an Apple laptop?

Hard drive
Extra display
Extra keyboard/mouse

Done! And for approximately the price they quote you on the store pages, not twice as much.


Anyone else playing with Ruby on Rails?

ceejayoz ceejayoz writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Anyone else playing with Ruby on Rails?

I just installed it and have a little web app up in five minutes. Stunning.

I'm thinking this is soon to be "bye bye, PHP"...


I bought a Mac Mini

ceejayoz ceejayoz writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Yup. I broke down and ordered a Mac Mini.

My wireless keyboard/mouse and iWork have already been sent, my Mini'll be a week or so.



Terri Schiavo

ceejayoz ceejayoz writes  |  more than 9 years ago

So, all those people saying Michael Schiavo's trying to off his wife for the money?

A man fighting to have a feeding tube removed from his brain-damaged wife on Friday rejected a California businessman's offer to pay him $1 million to give up his right to decide her medical treatment.

Other such offers, including one for $10 million, had already been made and rejected by Michael Schiavo, said his attorney, George Felos.

So, he's already rejected at least $11 million. I'd say that's proof he's standing up for what he knows she wanted, and not in it for the cash.

A lot of people owe this guy an apology. Bets on whether he gets one?


Religion of Peace

ceejayoz ceejayoz writes  |  more than 9 years ago

So, folks... what do you think Brent Metzler would think of this?

When Judge Hamoud al-Hitar announced that he and four other Islamic scholars would challenge Yemen's Al Qaeda prisoners to a theological contest, Western antiterrorism experts warned that this high-stakes gamble would end in disaster.

Nervous as he faced five captured, yet defiant, Al Qaeda members in a Sanaa prison, Judge Hitar was inclined to agree. But banishing his doubts, the youthful cleric threw down the gauntlet, in the hope of bringing peace to his troubled homeland.

"If you can convince us that your ideas are justified by the Koran, then we will join you in your struggle," Hitar told the militants. "But if we succeed in convincing you of our ideas, then you must agree to renounce violence."

The prisoners eagerly agreed.

Now, two years later, not only have those prisoners been released, but a relative peace reigns in Yemen. And the same Western experts who doubted this experiment are courting Hitar, eager to hear how his "theological dialogues" with captured Islamic militants have helped pacify this wild and mountainous country, previously seen by the US as a failed state, like Iraq and Afghanistan. ...

Seated amid stacks of Korans and religious texts, Hitar explains that his system is simple. He invites militants to use the Koran to justify attacks on innocent civilians and when they cannot, he shows them numerous passages commanding Muslims not to attack civilians, to respect other religions, and fight only in self-defense.

For example, he quotes: "Whoever kills a soul, unless for a soul, or for corruption done in the land - it is as if he had slain all mankind entirely. And, whoever saves one, it is as if he had saved mankind entirely." He uses the passage to bolster his argument against bombing Western targets in Yemen - attacks he says defy the Koran. And, he says, the Koran says under no circumstances should women and children be killed.

If, after weeks of debate, the prisoners renounce violence they are released and offered vocational training courses and help to find jobs. ...

Some freed militants were so transformed that they led the army to hidden weapons caches and offered the Yemeni security services advice on tackling Islamic militancy. A spectacular success came in 2002 when Abu Ali al Harithi, Al Qaeda's top commander in Yemen, was assassinated by a US air-strike following a tip-off from one of Hitar's reformed militants.


Bushies Voter Intimidation / Vandalism / etc.

ceejayoz ceejayoz writes  |  more than 9 years ago

bmetzler and others (on Slashdot and elsewhere) like to link to examples of vandalism / violence towards Bush supporters and headquarters, and claim that it doesn't happen on both sides (or, better yet, that it's condoned and supported by the Democrats).

Well, here's a nice list of counter examples.

Vandals hit a Fair Oaks Democratic Party campaign office late Tuesday or early Wednesday, spraying racist and political graffiti on the exterior.

Campaign workers came to work Wednesday morning to discover their Sunrise Boulevard office defaced with spraypainted swastikas, the word "Bush," and a variety of other slogans. There was also a small caliber bullet hole in the office door window.



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Funny Quote re: Slashdot

ceejayoz ceejayoz writes  |  more than 9 years ago

How awesome is this?

I think Slashdot's logo should be the founders fellating a penguin. Their paranoia of all things not actively praising Linux and open-source related topics becomes a bit deeper and a bit more twisted every day. Their slogan, "news for nerds," used to be accurate, but over the past couple of years it's degenerated into "news for authoritarian line-toeing zombies." Which is ironic, considering that's what they accuse anyone who has ever seen a Microsoft product of being. - here


Anyone got one gmail invite?

ceejayoz ceejayoz writes  |  about 10 years ago

Could someone send a gmail invite to for me? My gf needs one and I haven't got any right now...

p.s. on my way to Australia in a week! Just spent the last week in a remote part of Minnesota visiting her parents, I shall update my blog regarding it soon.


PHP and File Permissions

ceejayoz ceejayoz writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Hey Linux pros...

I have a PHP script that goes into my POP account directory and pulls e-mails out of it, parses them, and adds them to a mySQL db.


My mail server (courier) creates those files with permissions of 0600 - meaning PHP can't read them without me manually CHMOD'ing them to 0644 (defeats the point of this script getting them in the first place).


I need one of the following...

a) a shell script to CHOMD all files in that directory to 0644, which I'd put as a cron job every minute or so
b) some way of making courier save with 0644 permissions as default, instead of 0600
c) some way of getting PHP to run as the user (ceejay) instead of its default (nobody)

Anyone got ideas?

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