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Android Apps Now Unofficially Able To Run On Any Major Desktop OS

doccus Now, if it were iOS apps.. (101 comments)

Now, if it were iOS apps..THEN it would be news. There's a million different options already for running android apps on a desktop.. OK not a million, but plenty. But still not a single one for iOS apps..

1 hour ago

Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

doccus This is news? (216 comments)

I can't begin to say how many times Google's doubleclick ads have set off the "This website may damage your computer", even though I I'm relatively protected, as I use a Mac, and the warnings come from, of all places, Google Chrome!. It then warns me that if I choose to continue, "bad things" might happen.. However, it doesn't actually allow me to continue. So why the warning at all about what could happen? Go figure...


Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

doccus Any lawyers in the house? (501 comments)

I seem to remember from my studies years ago that it's all in the language a statement is couched in.. As per the title of the post, "Apple will not unlock" iDevices in future, or "Apple can not unlock" iDevices.. I am sure that "will not" would leave one open to contempt, but "can not" is safe harbour.. Anyone know?

2 days ago

Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

doccus Re:English usage (97 comments)

Naw, pretty simple, eh?"...8000 Diapers, before they.." They is directly after diapers, so "they" refers tothe the last noun in the sentence..

4 days ago

Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

doccus Re:Hahahaha (405 comments)

Aren't most of these announcers former NFL players? Just a few too many tackles, then?

about two weeks ago

CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

doccus Re:In other words....Don't look like a drug traffi (462 comments)

... Interestingly they only go after stuff that is paid off.

That makes a good case for being mortgaged to the hilt ;-)

about two weeks ago

CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

doccus Just like Mexico? (462 comments)

So if they're all , essentially, crooked, will bribery work, like in Mexico? OTOH, probably not ;-) They might think there's more where that came from! Well, here we have it, don't we? Crooked government, dismantling of all constitutional rioghts, except for those in the authorities favor, and now, crooked cops.. using the legal system to portray the impression of legitimacy... Once a society gets all three of these, nothing less than all out civil war will return liberty. Honestly, how'd y'all let it get so bad? I'm not saying we don't have a problem in Canada, but so far , corruption isn't nearly at the levels it is across the border...

about two weeks ago

5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

doccus Re:OK (203 comments)

What a wonderful site! Didn't know about it...Thank you!

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

doccus Re:Another reason to DIY Re:Do it yourself? (130 comments)

For /. readers who have the complete Tom Baker Dr. Who episodes complete with PBS pledge breaks showing a much-younger you manning the phone bank, good luck finding a company that will copy those for you. They *might* copy the pledge breaks but not the Dr. Who.

Well, it looks like a lot of Tom Baker Dr Who fans have gone the cheapo route.. I have heard ;-) that the copies on torrents aren't rips from DVD but all the PBS ones with bad edits , including about 240p quality. Just like it was when first aired! This time I'd recommend better to save up yer pennies and get the DVDs.. For the episodes that were shot on film (and quite a few were) it really does look a whole lot better..

about two weeks ago

New Computer Model Predicts Impact of Yellowstone Volcano Eruption

doccus Re:Do they know more than they let on? (121 comments)

Good question. If us regular plebes obsess over it , is one thing, but when officials obsess, then is it time to worry?.Like Mt St Helens, It may be preceded by a noticeable quake, perhaps on the west coast. Check for missing pets. Like now. mine has never strayed afar for more than 2 hours, but now it's been 24 and missing. Others in the park I live in are having odd pet behavior too, and we live in SW Canada (same as the Pacific NW USA) Perhaps more of y'all keep your eyes out?

about three weeks ago

Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

doccus 2 mm? (302 comments)

Hope the ocean stayed still long enough to mesure a pencil lead 's width. Boy what a shocking increase!

about three weeks ago

Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

doccus Re:Obvious Reason (579 comments)

Well, that was what occured to me. Hoiw , exactly, do they plan to get stats on users if they're anonymous?

about three weeks ago

Underground Experiment Confirms Fusion Powers the Sun

doccus Re:Thought that was obvious... ? (141 comments)

What surprised me is that they can differentiate between types of neutrinos! Astounding...

about three weeks ago

Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

doccus Re:Porn (316 comments)

Well, 'the cloud' considers "ISP speed throttling" to be an urban myth.. and connections never go down. Ever. Also, ISPs are 100% reliable and don't have connection issues either. Hardware issues? Naw, that's also an urban myth.. And after all your data is "yours".. even though it's on a hard drive that contains other people's stuff too. The authorities wouldn't touch your stuff if they had to confiscate the HD because of some other fella's confiscated data. I'm sure they'd carefully back it up first and inform you immediately. And Pigs have wings.

about three weeks ago

Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

doccus Re:Porn (316 comments)

So if you erase something on "the cloud" because it's embarrasing or whatever, you've also deleted all their backups of that material?

Hmmm.. think I'll go buy an 8 TB HDD...

about three weeks ago

U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

doccus Re:I like... (643 comments)

Of course, somebody will think this a bad idea...

Like me? Does anyone REALLY think that with corruption at the highest level since the implementation iof domestic police ever, that THEY aren't going to edit, or at least show only part of an encounter themselves?

"Your Honor, there was a camera malfunction during the portion the officer allegedly shot the supposedly unarmed boy 26 times"

"Your Honor, the memory chip in the officers camera was accidentally damaged by a richochet when the officer purportedly ripped the witnesses smartphone and shot it to bits"

Yeah, right..

about three weeks ago

Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

doccus It's a non-issue.. it's cows that gotta go! (273 comments)

All the methane escaping from every single vent in the oceans, comes nowhere near the highly concentrated methane escaping from cows and pigs. A sealed cattle barn is a severe explosion hazard, for instance.. and the methane from cow poop and flatulence, here where I live, is sometimes so strong I can hardly breath. Coonsidering the poop, gas, Kuru, and poor quality protein that red meat (a.k.a. beef) contains, I'd be happy is all the steers except those needed to keep the cows happy, and half of all the cows, weren't returned by the aliens that keep abducting them. I don't thinbk cars are as bad offenders as cows. Remember that methane is 20 times as powerful a greenhouse gas as CO2.

about three weeks ago

Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

doccus Great firewall of America.. (300 comments) we come. Just because it's distasteful (although likely faked anyways) whether it's posted shouldn't be decided by a "central comittee", such as in China. There's no difference between a "central comittee" and a "central board" such as Google has. What else will be pulled or held back? And will they tell us every time they restrict acess? If they don't we won't even know what's being blocked. How is this different than the Chinese "great firewall", except in amount of results being blocked? And if they do it here, what's to say they won't do it more and more? It's only a few executives at the top making all the decisions.. I think this is the thin end of a very wide wedge...

about three weeks ago

"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

doccus Re:My wife will miss Grant. (364 comments)

Yeah, heck I remember when Discovery was actually science oriented..before the lowest common denominator "reality" rubbish. Just like the learning channel actually had learning oriented shows.. Aah.. but ratings quickly replaced content as the focus of the networks.. "sniff" ;-(

about a month ago

Processors and the Limits of Physics

doccus Re:Lucy foretold this... (168 comments)

But at the rate this is happening, the majority of a chip will have to be kept inactive at any given time, creating what Markov terms 'dark silicon.

When it's believed that computers only use 10% of their silicon, imagine if we could use 100% of our processors' capacity at the same time!

*mind blown*

*processor also blown*

But hey.. We also only use 10% of our carbon...

about a month ago


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