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FDA Wants To Release Millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Florida

freeze128 Re:So.... (65 comments)

There is a risk that the genetically modified mosquitoes will be eaten by deformed frogs, which will mate with other frogs and produce frogs that sing and ride bicycles.

13 minutes ago
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Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

freeze128 Not always a good thing. (145 comments)

Not always. Even cyanogenmod has abandoned many devices that could still be viable phones today. CM seems to focus mainly on the most popular phones for the latest releases, and in some cases, the devs for a particular make/model of device have just gone MIA, and development stagnates.

5 hours ago
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Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

freeze128 Oh yeah, sign me up! (145 comments)

How many people have said "I really want an android phone, but instead of integrated google search, I want it to search BING."?

5 hours ago
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User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

freeze128 Re:Crusty Hardware (189 comments)

The EISA spec is a lot like the color implementation of NTSC video. It was something that was added on top of ISA so that it would work just fine with OLDER ISA-only cards. The EISA setup programs of the time were especially clunky. This was just before the widespread use of flashable BIOS ROMS on the motherboard, so there was a system partition on the hard drive that contained the program (think of a rudimentary EFI EPS partition) and the settings. One of the major features was that hardware settings for add-in cards could be configured via this setup partition rather than via jumpers or dipswitches.

When was the last time you set a jumper or dipswitch on your motherboard or add-in card?

about a week ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

freeze128 Re:Yes? No? Maybe So? (489 comments)

...Until you try to do something like manage your files, or administrate your own OS. Then the pain starts. It gets even more painful if you have to do this for a living, and the UI is fighting you all the way.

about two weeks ago
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Engineer Combines Xbox One, PS4 Into Epic 'PlayBox' Laptop

freeze128 Engineer? (78 comments)

Is this engineer Ben Heckendorn? This certainly sounds like something he would do.

about two weeks ago
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Google Releases More Windows Bugs

freeze128 Re:Hope the trend continues. (263 comments)

Google's system for making exploits public is *AUTOMATED*. This is like a passenger in an elevator trying to convince the elevator to go back down while it's already in the middle of its trip to the top floor. You can throw a tantrum, but it's just not going to make any difference.

Microsoft was informed of the issue, and developed a patch, but it was due to Microsoft's own internal policies that the patch could not be included in the monthly update. There was probably some internal cut-off date or some other bureaucratic bullshit that prevented it. Google doesn't care about Microsoft's internal BS. Why should it?

Microsoft could have released the patch as an out-of-band update. Google wasn't insisting that it be released on the monthly schedule.

about two weeks ago
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Talk to the World Through Ubi -- and Use Gestures, Too (Video)

freeze128 Re:No Majel Barrett voice? (38 comments)

Well, she's been dead for at least 4 years before the Ubi project even started, so, uh, yeah.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

freeze128 Outdated thinking (388 comments)

I remember in high school history class, we were assigned a project to draw a map of the middle east (this was '84-'85 or so), and label all the major cities. I had an Apple II at home and spent days drawing the map in a rudimentary drawing program, and entering the text to label the cities. I printed it out, and the instructor would not accept it, because he thought computers were way more connected than they really were at the time, and had thought that I had simply downloaded the map from some other source. I was made to re-draw the map by hand for a grade.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

freeze128 The key to long life... (273 comments)

It turns out the key to long life is to eat cigarettes and slather whiskey all over your skin. Take that, health nuts.

about two weeks ago
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Do We Need Regular IT Security Fire Drills?

freeze128 Re:That's a different skill-set (124 comments)

Wouldn't every company just do what they love to do best in situations like these? Just outsource it to someone else?

about two weeks ago
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Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

freeze128 Re:So they are doing what? (509 comments)

It's wrong to summarily and indiscriminately kill people. The death penalty that you speak of is only administered after a trial, and the suspect is found guilty.

about three weeks ago
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Heinlein's 'All You Zombies' Now a Sci-Fi Movie Head Trip

freeze128 Re:Odd choices of Heinlein stories to make into mo (254 comments)

For a Heinlein time travel story, I prefer "The Door into Summer". It's not nearly as complicated as "Zombies", but it fits together well.

about three weeks ago
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HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

freeze128 Re:Conform or be expelled (320 comments)

No problem. Since you have a TARDIS, you can just use it to go back in time to when the bylaws were made and put in an exclusion clause.

What? You can't go back in time? Well, then you don't have a TARDIS, you just have a POLICE BOX.

about three weeks ago
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Report: DHS Failing On Cybersecurity

freeze128 Quiet! They might be listening.... (68 comments)

The *LAST* thing we need is DHS thinking that they know security better than computer professionals. This article is just an invitation to get DHS to install "protection" software onto our PCs, or otherwise screw up the internet.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

freeze128 Re:Pono Player? (391 comments)

The Pono is a weird physical design. If you put it in your front pants pocket, and then trip and fall down, you will have a triangle bruise on your leg. Sure, its shape might be good for putting at the top of your drafting table and keeping it from rolling down, but otherwise, it's just too weird. The new Sony Walkman is shaped just like a cellphone. Everyone can deal with that.

about three weeks ago
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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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half ago

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