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What Will Apple Do With Swedish Eye-Tracking Technology?

dijjnn apple + tablet + eye tracking = !(kindle) (170 comments)

They're going to build an ebook reader app for their rumored tablet to kill the kindle & dominate the market. as Ramanujan once said for a famous one line proof, "Behold."

more than 4 years ago
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How To DDoS a Federal Wiretap

dijjnn New best ... (112 comments)

New best way to get your funding cut: publish a paper that outlines a way to use DDOS to hinder a federal investigation. Old best: come out of the closet & join the communist party.

more than 4 years ago
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In Test, Windows 7 Vulnerable To 8 Out of 10 Viruses

dijjnn Was it ever in doubt? (843 comments)

So, for (1) Windows 7 is very similar to Vista, with a lot of code reuse, and (2) the people who develop viruses target *almost exclusively* windows, so how would the need to run an antivirus on a new version of windows ever be something you would doubt?

more than 4 years ago
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Metadata In Arizona Public Records Can't Be Withheld

dijjnn The Likeliest Policy Change ... (103 comments)

From the desk of the Chief of Police:

Effective immediately all precinct officers should destroy all electronic devices with central processing units. All document production will be performed using manual typewriters.

more than 4 years ago
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The Internet Turns 40, For a Second Time

dijjnn Rick Rolled (152 comments)

I really, Really, *really* wish that the first message sent across the internet had been for the purpose of rick-rolling someone. I know that it would've taken a completely weird time-inversion to make that possible, but admit to yourself for just one second: it would've been effing hilarious.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Voice Now Works WIth Existing Mobile Numbers

dijjnn Missing Features (164 comments)

From TFA:

More specifically, if you sign up for Google Voice with your existing number, you'll get:

        * Online, searchable voicemail
        * Free automated voicemail transcription
        * Custom voicemail greetings for different callers
        * Email and SMS notifications
        * Low-priced international calling

If you decide to also get a new Google number, you'll get all of the above PLUS:

        * One number that reaches you on all your phones
        * SMS via email
        * Call screening
        * Listen In
        * Call recording
        * Conference calling
        * Call blocking

So, you don't get all the features if you port in an existing number. How ... lame. Completely killed my interest in this most recent development.

more than 4 years ago
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Doubts Raised About Legal Soundness of GPL2

dijjnn Re:Conspiracy? (521 comments)

I definitely understand what you're saying, and I suppose it's all a perspective thing. I actually had dinner with him & a bunch of computer science students at the University of Chicago, and found that once you got him past the software stuff he became a pretty interesting conversationalist. It was a pretty good time, all things considered.

While I agree with most of his points regarding Free Software, I find that when it comes to this topic he's much less flexible in his conversation, though his actual contributions are undeniable.

about 5 years ago
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Doubts Raised About Legal Soundness of GPL2

dijjnn Conspiracy? (521 comments)

So, I actually count myself among the few that like Richard Stallman. I've met him, and he's a nice guy. But does anyone recall the furor over GPLv3 when it first came out, & some of the new provisions? This caused a lot of projects to stick with v2.

I'm wondering if this isn't just FUD to try to get people to switch to v3. Which is icky, but it did occur to me.

about 5 years ago
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Gigantic Air Gun To Blast Cargo Into Orbit

dijjnn Is that a gigantic air gun ... (384 comments)

Is that a gigantic air gun with a 1km barrel in your classified launch facility, or are you just happy to see me?

about 5 years ago
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Honda's Answer To the Segway

dijjnn Re:Creepy -- and SAD (247 comments)

Hey, I'm fat you insensitive clod!

about 5 years ago
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Honda's Answer To the Segway

dijjnn Creepy (247 comments)

Cool design, but I think it would be creepy to see people zipping down sidewalks on one of these things ... like they're floating along on an invisible toilet seat.

Creepy, I say!

about 5 years ago
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U of C Student Information Compromised

dijjnn Re:Alumni reaction (143 comments)

As an alumni of the UofC, i have no idea what 'IS' and 'DCS' stand for. If one of those would now be called 'NSIT' or 'USITE' or something of that nature, then ok, i understand that.

I worked at the only NSIT independant computer lab on campus (http://maclab.cs.uchicago.edu/ and i'm very familiar with NSIT. While i never thought much of NSIT as an organization (company, actually), i have to say that in general they're pretty good about security; i would definitely like to know what component of their organization was responsible for this.

more than 9 years ago

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