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Apple Orders Memory Game Developers To Stop Using 'Memory' In Names

dracocat Re:And this is why I'll never live in a walled gar (409 comments)

Don't think so. From the article, they estimate 50 games will be affected. This looks like this is effecting memory clones, not any app with the word memory in it.

more than 2 years ago

Google Doubts Apple Will Approve Its New Maps Application

dracocat Re:complain (347 comments)

Yes. Complain once the app is rejected.

Then we can have a good dialog about how Apple did not do the right thing. About how it is unfair, and anti-competetive. I can't wait to have that discussion after it gets rejected.

Only problem is, it hasn't been rejected. How can we have this discussion when so far the only story is that someone at Google doesn't THINK it will be accepted?

more than 2 years ago

UK Government Owns 16.9 Million Unused IPv4 Addresses

dracocat Re:Who cares (399 comments)

Custom hosts files will probably go far for this. Instead of keeping a txt file or something of your ipv6 ips. Throw them all in your hosts file.

more than 2 years ago

Predicting Color Blindness, ADD, or Learning Disorders From Game Data

dracocat Ender's Game (65 comments)

Am I the only one whose first thought was of Ender's Game? In reality, I think the idea has been around for a while, and seems quite practical AND useful. To me the only surprising thing is that it hasn't been implemented yet. It seems like we should have had the technology to do something like this for a long time.

Detecting some of the problems early on can significantly help the child.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Yanks Privacy App From the App Store

dracocat Re:rotten (136 comments)

This is probably nothing more than the app had to have broken out of its sandbox. There should not have been a way for the app to monitor what other apps were doing without doing something disallowed by Apple.

Not saying I don't want this app, or that some arrangement/exclusion shouldn't be reached by the two companies (perhaps with a code review to make sure everything they are doing outside of the sandbox is benign), but I don't think this is a big conspiracy.

Just simply Apple continuing in its tunnel vision of not allowing apps full freedom on its phone.

Would definitely install this app if it was brought back. Perhaps release code so we can install it ourselves?

more than 2 years ago

Webhosting For A Large Art Project?

dracocat EC2 + S3 (137 comments)

You can just use Amazon S3 Storage. .10 per GB would mean $50 per month for 500 GB.

If you use EC2 for a simple virtual server you can mount the S3 volume onto your virtual server.

If you are like me and prefer rackspace virtual servers, then you can still mount the S3 volume with something like jungle disk.

You can then use something like Jungledisk to mount it as a volume on both machines, server and source machine.

Rackspace has basic virtual servers for like $10 a month.

So $10 for basic virtual server. $50 for 50 GB of disk storage on S3, plus $5 a month for jungle disk.
$65. Is that within your budget for a short term project?

Jungle disk is not required to make it work, but its only $5, and can make it simpler to mount the volume. If you use a virtual server on amazon EC2 you can actually just mount the 500GB volume.

more than 3 years ago

How Cell Phone Money Laundering Works

dracocat Money Laundering (39 comments)

I don't think money laundering means what you think it does. They do use the Cell Phones to transfer money, but has nothing to do with the laundering of the money. According to the 7 minute audio, they STILL need to use the services of money launderers.

more than 3 years ago

Concerns Over Google Modifying SSL Behavior

dracocat The site should get this data (130 comments)

If I am paying per click for certain search terms, then this data SHOULD be passed along. The other alternative is to just get a bill from google and trust that it is accurate?

As an advertiser I need this information. First to make sure I get the clicks google is charging for me, and more importantly to determine which words don't have a conversion rate worth paying for.

more than 3 years ago

Online Shopping May Actually Increase Pollution

dracocat Kind of short on details (410 comments)

The article talked a lot about transportation costs. Were they just comparing transportation costs? What about the environmental impact of keeping the A/C running and lights going all day in the store?

Very very short on details.

more than 4 years ago

FBI Prioritizes Copyright Over Missing Persons

dracocat Re:Wrong (372 comments)

True. Wish I could edit it.

more than 4 years ago

FBI Prioritizes Copyright Over Missing Persons

dracocat Wrong (372 comments)

The FBI is NOT prioritizing copyright over missing persons.

The FBI has a backlog of missing person DNA to run in the DNA labs.
The FBI is increasing the amount of manpower assigned to copyright.

I don't know how much the FBI should spend at all on copyright, but it is a bit of a stretch to take the current facts and say that copyright is prioritized over missing persons.

more than 4 years ago

Amateur Radio In the Backcountry?

dracocat X-Band Repeat (376 comments)

If you move forward with this, one option is to setup your car as a repeater. You can park your car at the trailhead and turn on the repeater in your car. Then the idea is to hopefully hit your car from your handheld, then your car can hit a repeater. In addition to the additional radio in the car that supports Cross-Band repeating, you will need to add a battery or two to your car, and a fresh one in the trunk.

Like others have all pointed out, the handheld frequencies are all generally line of site. This could mean that in a real emergency, you may need to climb to the top of the nearest peak to actually have line of site to anyone. Then once on the top of the peak you may find that your cell phone works as well!

Amateur radios work great in the backcountry in communicating with your own party in a different campsite or at a base camp while you continue on up to a summit.

The SPOTs as you have already researched works pretty well. I especially like the non-911 "Help" button, which just sends a predefined message to someone. I think this is a great feature, as you may need someone you know to start hiking up to you to help you out, but may not need a full Search and Rescue.

more than 4 years ago

The Tuesday Birthday Problem

dracocat Re:Probability (981 comments)

This is kind of like saying "I flip a coin. What is the chance it lands heads facing up?"

And you say "50%."

And I say, "Incorrect. There is a very small chance it will land balanced perfectly on it's side, so both the chance of heads and the chance of tails is under 50%."

I would agree with your comment if you could flip a coin a 100 times and have it land that way at least 3 of those 100 times.

more than 4 years ago

Android Sales Surpass iPhone Sales

dracocat Re:Does the droid and iPhone do this?! (668 comments)

As others stated RDP and VNC. Personally I love the logmein app. Works through all the little firewall issues in most locations.

more than 4 years ago

Robust Timing Over the Internet

dracocat Re:GPS (178 comments)

I thought the Data Signal, repeated every 15 minutes roughly contained date/time and clock corrections? You might be drifting for 15 minutes at a time I guess...

more than 4 years ago

Robust Timing Over the Internet

dracocat GPS (178 comments)

How about GPS receiver + exact known location?

I would think just eliminating an unknown latency and replacing it with a known one (radio waves generally travel at a consistent rate) would get you a pretty accurate time. If you add one more known variable which is the exact location of the device, then you should be able to get an even more accurate time.

more than 4 years ago

Google Reported Ready To Leave China April 10

dracocat The source is a salesperson (176 comments)

Why on earth would a salesperson at google be in the know on this one?

My guess is a memo or something went out saying they would have a meeting on April 10th to discuss things, and the rumor mill starting going full speed inside the department about what it was about.

I just find it hard to believe that Google's sales department would be let in on too much information.

more than 4 years ago



Orbitz Showing Mac Users More Expensive Hotels

dracocat dracocat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dracocat (554744) writes "Orbitz has discovered that Mac users pay up to 30% more for their hotels than those using Windows. In response it has begun to experiment with showing more expensive hotels to Mac users. The WSJ Article claims that this sort of targeting will only become more prevalent in the future.

The WSJ has confirmed through searches that the results for Mac users are many times more expensive than those shown to Windows users. Orbitz has replied that users always have the option to re-order by price if they don't like the initial order of hotels provided.

I generally am on board with using data to show more relevant results, but not sure how I feel about the supposed relevant results being more expensive. Is this inevitable or do we need some sort of screen bias protection?"

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