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New Compilation of Banned Chinese Search-Terms Reveals Curiosities

freeze128 Another suggestion: (43 comments)

They should also ban: "Please enable javascript"

about two weeks ago
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Lenovo Recalls LS-15 Power Cords

freeze128 Re:Why? (71 comments)

I think it's the same reason why car manufacturers have safety recalls over seat belt latches and ignition switches. They are both very simple technology that has been done right over the years, but their stockholders insist that the companies "innovate" to maximize profits. This constant innovation means redesigning the wheel over and over again until it doesn't work right. GM could statistically determine which design of their seat belt latches had the fewest failures, and then just continue to use that design in all of their vehicles. This would make consumers and regulators very happy, but then anyone who had a seat belt damaged could just get one from the junkyard from a 20 year old model instead of buying a new one from the GM parts depot.

This is why we have power cords with the mickey mouse ears design on laptop power supplies instead of the industry standard that is in use on ALL desktops.

about two weeks ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

freeze128 Re:Best of both worlds (567 comments)

Is this what you call "skewomorphism"?

about two weeks ago
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Swedish Police Raid the Pirate Bay Again

freeze128 Re:I give it 24 hours (184 comments)

Zack: "I was watching the discovery channel and found out that if you kill a starfish, it just comes back to life."

Sheldon: "Was the starfish wearing boxer shorts? because you may have been watching Nickelodeon."

about two weeks ago
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Monochromatic Light As a Species-selective Insecticide

freeze128 Re:WRONG! (44 comments)

I can imagine that distributors of fresh fruit will start using that type of blue light instead of insecticides. This will be more natural for the food, and also save money. Of course, then the people who work with the fruit will start to have trouble sleeping....

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

freeze128 Is this a mistake? (268 comments)

It sounds like a shop that might not be installing windows the right way (sysprep), and instead is using a single product key to activate multiple systems. Either way, if Microsoft didn't like it, then they shouldn't have allowed the activation.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Employees Receive Email Threat From Hackers: 'Your Family Will Be In Danger'

freeze128 Re:What's the threat for? (184 comments)

I would be thrilled if any Seth Rogan movie even *HAD* a plot....

about two weeks ago
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Every Weapon, Armored Truck, and Plane the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

freeze128 Re:Phew (191 comments)

Why would you? Those 1st graders are already crying....

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

freeze128 Re:Cult (488 comments)

...and I don't think more "managers" will fix the problem.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Have Finally Sampled the Most Abundant Material On Earth

freeze128 Re:And... (128 comments)

It's ice cream!

about three weeks ago
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BT Blocking Private Torrent Sites?

freeze128 Re:thepiratebay.se (80 comments)

He's Nyder. What else do you expect from Davros' right-hand man?

about three weeks ago
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How the Pentagon's Robots Would Automate War

freeze128 Re:Time to invent a robot-killer (117 comments)

There is already a robot-killer... A human. Just flip the power switch and it's useless. Better yet, it can be captured and become part of your own fighting force. Finally, the board game Othello meets real life.

about a month ago
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Book Review: Bulletproof SSL and TLS

freeze128 Re:So is that a yes or a no? (92 comments)

SSL can be insecure if used improperly, but if properly set up, it can be secure.

Thank you

Chewie, take the professor in the back and plug him into the hyperdrive!

about a month ago
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

freeze128 Re:So is it two or ten times tougher? (203 comments)

Not only that, but a couple days ago, CNET reported that although Gorilla glass is tougher, manufacturers now know this and are ordering phones with THINNER glass to reduce weight. The thinner glass breaks more easily, so the improvement in toughness is negated.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

freeze128 Re:Obstacles (140 comments)

Yes, you probably could.

And using GPS, it would detect that it is not able to continue it's programmed patrol route, and it would signal for human backup to investigate.

If you really want to defeat these, use the "cry wolf" method: Immobilize the bot, wait for backup to arrive and right it, wait until backup leaves, and then do it all again. After a dozen or so times, the security service will deem that these bots are useless, and just stop using them.

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

freeze128 Re:Halloween (140 comments)

Weebles?

about 1 month ago
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People Trained To Experience an Overlap In Senses Also Receive IQ Boost

freeze128 simulate it? (68 comments)

Is there some way to simulate synesthesia? Drop acid? I kinda want to try it now.

about a month ago
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Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

freeze128 Re:just kill them (129 comments)

It's hard enough fixing people's computers. You can't be expected to fix their marriage as well.

about a month ago
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Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

freeze128 Re:Superstar we are not. (215 comments)

I agree with that. RockStars are musicians or artists. The best ones are freekin wacked right out of their skulls. Axl Rose is a good example. Sure, he is a great songwriter, but his offstage antics are an abomination, and you're lucky if you can even GET him to go onstage and complete a set.

Programmers are asked to be consistently reliable. If they EVER, and I mean EVER, pulled any of the shit that rockstars do, they would be fired in seconds.

about a month ago

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