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Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

howardd21 Re:Great news! (343 comments)

>2007 - Al Gore for promoting environmental awareness? That's kind of the wrong category.

That depends on your perspective: within the next century or two climate change will likely be the single largest driver of warfare the world has ever seen. With flooding, drought, and famine striking simultaneously around the world things are going to get really ugly.

Still, I don't know that his sensationalist exploits in "raising awareness" should compare to people that actually get things done.

Then give it to Gore in 100 years or so. If we need to give it to Gore now, then let's also give it to the people who warned us about killer bees, overpopulation. and invaders from Mars.

about 8 months ago
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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

howardd21 Re:It doesn't matter (470 comments)

You must be as stupid as you sound, since the touchpad settings easily fix the complaint you make.

about 9 months ago
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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

howardd21 Re:It doesn't matter (470 comments)

Thanks for your awesome reply; the myopic people on here are really becoming a bore.

about 9 months ago
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GM's CEO Rejects Repaying Feds for Bailout Losses

howardd21 Re:Risk pool payment, not payback. (356 comments)

No, that makes no sense. There are inherent risks in investing and the investors assume those risks. Stop creating yet another bureaucracy to manage the private companies that are too big to fail (and who is "too big to fail" anyway?). Just let them fail and lose their investment, then behaviors will change. Your approach continues to reward poor decision making.

about 9 months ago
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Driver Arrested In Ohio For Secret Car Compartment Full of Nothing

howardd21 Re:Let us not stop here (670 comments)

And Pockets, don't forget to outlaw pockets! Poor Scottevest is now out of business, not only does he produce clothing with lots of pockets, he supports concealed carry. God bless Scott Jordan.

about 10 months ago
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Code.org: More Money For CS Instructors Who Teach More Girls

howardd21 Re:Teaching programmer? (381 comments)

Thanks you for calling that BS what it was. I also learned all on my own with some books and self-purchased tools. And yes, the bias against white males is universal. I for one do not think we need to do some special programs to get more female programmers, hispanic managers, black quarterbacks, or white male hairdressers. I do think we need the best people in every area, need to level the opportunity field but not the results field (which always goes to the lowest point), and treat everybody with respect and fairness.

about 10 months ago
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Bradley Manning Says He's Sorry

howardd21 Re:You break the law you go to jail (496 comments)

We have a lot of messy laws. I am trying to figure out how abortion is legal but if a person causes the death of a fetus in a car accident, etc. they can be charged with man slaughter.

about a year ago
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Bradley Manning Says He's Sorry

howardd21 Re:You break the law you go to jail (496 comments)

But to be representative of the analogy, you have to add that you as the third party signed an agreement and swore under oath that certain information would be given to you that you would keep secret and not divulge to others, including information you do not agree with like the fact that the other party is cheating on his wife. You can go ahead and break that oath and agreement, and you may or may not be wrong, but you are certainly in play for legal action for breaking such an agreement.

about a year ago
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Photocopying Michelle Obama's Diary, Just In Case

howardd21 Re:Analogy needs one fix (218 comments)

Or even a bit more. Barak photocopies the diary as described and sets it out for all to see, and it has a lock and key, but not a very good one. And nobody except for Barak and a select few have a key. There is little accountability into when the key will be used, it could be a curious person who likes to feel power; or if they want to make it official, they go and see a FISA judge who is quick to agree, since he is part of the overall system fighting the enemy. A few months later Barak notes that a terrorist has popped up on the radar, and in the interest of national security he reads Michelle's diary from cover to cover. There is nothing in there about the terrorist, but he does note that she has a very close relationship with the gardner.

about a year ago
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What Features Does iOS 7 Need?

howardd21 Mouse support (262 comments)

May sound silly, but if it supported a bluetooth mouse (I do not jailbreak but know I could and get this) I could use it much more effectively in two ways - easier to select text for copy/paste type operations, and when connected via RDP or VNC to another box I could have the full experience of that box. I would still use my iPad 90% of the time for browsing, email, etc. But if it had this and I added a BT keyboard it would get a lot more use.

about a year ago
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US Mining Data Directly From 9 Silicon Valley Companies

howardd21 Re:I'm Okay With It (404 comments)

Hopefully these disclosures will remind everyone that the reason we have a national security apparatus is to protect our liberty.

Best comment here...by far.

about a year ago
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African Soil Mapped For the Very First Time

howardd21 I love virgin forests (56 comments)

I love virgin forests, it gives me wood

about a year ago
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Microsoft's Most Profitable Mobile Operating System: Android

howardd21 Re:What are you saying? (309 comments)

It sounds like the list is pretty succinct and even I can understand it. FAT32 (which MS developed) ActiveSync, etc, Once again, if they could code around it, they would, right? I mean, why not?

about a year ago
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Microsoft's Most Profitable Mobile Operating System: Android

howardd21 Re:The Solution (309 comments)

If Google could "single handily invalidate all of their obvious, worthless and prior art ridden patents one by one" and just charged $5 for the Android license every Mfg would save $3 per device. So why not just do it? It's money on the table for the whole ecosystem. Maybe they can't do it as easily as you think.

about a year ago
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Microsoft's Most Profitable Mobile Operating System: Android

howardd21 What are you saying? (309 comments)

Maybe my idiot factor is high today, but what are yous saying? if the "entire Android community could then try to code around this kind of larceny and extortion." then they should get going, because the fees from the patents are already in place. What are they waiting for?

about a year ago
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Why US Mileage Ratings Are So Inaccurate

howardd21 Re:Drive conservatively! (374 comments)

Unless you have a badge and a siren please do not think you are enforcing the rules of the road. Please, for the sake of your own safety, and ours, just stop it.

about a year ago

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Supercomputers Face Growing Resilience Problems

howardd21 howardd21 writes  |  about 2 years ago

howardd21 writes "CIO reports that as the number of supercomputer nodes grows, so will the problem of failures. Clusters made up pf many nodes, each with their own components and Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) statistics can mean a lot of downtime and recovery.

Today's techniques for dealing with system failure may not scale very well require checkpointing, in which a running program is temporarily halted and its state is saved to disk. Should the program then crash, the system is able to restart the job from the last checkpoint. On a 100,000-node supercomputer, for example, only about 35 percent of the activity will be involved in conducting work. The rest will be taken up by checkpointing and — should a system fail — recovery operations."

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French President proposes Jail for Terrorist website visitors

howardd21 howardd21 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

howardd21 writes "French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is only a month away from an election, argued that it was time to treat those who browse extremist websites the same way as those who consume child pornography. "Anyone who regularly consults Internet sites which promote terror or hatred or violence will be sentenced to prison," he told a campaign rally in Strasbourg, in eastern France. "Don't tell me it's not possible. What is possible for pedophiles should be possible for trainee terrorists and their supporters, too."
Is this a good move for security, or just another step towards a totalitarian society that prohibits free expression?"

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Iran captured US Drobe by Hacking GPS?

howardd21 howardd21 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

howardd21 writes "Reports now surface that Iran captured the US drone in early December by hacking the GPS and effectively causing it to an autopilot mode, ultimately landing it where they wanted it to. This may have been an identified problem as far back as 2003 that has never been fixed."
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Obama wants to have a traceable Internet ID

howardd21 howardd21 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

howardd21 (1001567) writes "The Obama administration said today that it's moving ahead with a plan for broad adoption of Internet IDs despite concerns about identity centralization, and hopes to fund pilot projects next year.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, seemed to veer a bit off-message--and instead of touting anonymity, she stressed the importance of aiding law enforcement.
Protecting civil liberties is important, Mikulski said. "But the first civil liberty is to be able to have a job, lead a life, and be able to buy what you want in the way we now buy it, which is through credit cards."
"We're going to support the FBI," said Mikulski, who heads the Senate subcommittee that oversees the FBI's funding. "We're going to support the growth of the FBI.""

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Web browser flaw secretly bares History

howardd21 howardd21 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

howardd21 (1001567) writes "Some websites, and companies like Interclick that provide targeted ad and intelligence to others are using a hole in browsers that provides access to a user's browsing history. It gives them an ability to target ads or adjust prices based on numerous places a visitor was previously viewing. The technique, known as "history sniffing", essentially a side-by-side comparison of Web pages you've already visited with Web pages that a particular site wants to see if you've visited, is possible with current versions of the Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers as well as older versions of Chrome and Safari. Interclick was using it on sites such as Morningstar financial and NewsMax, but did not tell their clients they were doing so."
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Office Space like Theft Mechanism?

howardd21 howardd21 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

howardd21 writes "A former Goldman Sachs programmer named Sergey Aleynikov has been accused of stealing secret trading codes from the investment bank is being held in federal custody , pending the posting of $750,000 bail. He is accused of "theft of trade secrets" related to computer codes used for automated stock and commodities trading at an unspecified financial institution. Authorities contend that Aleynikov improperly copied a financial institution's proprietary computer code and then uploaded it to a computer server in Germany.

It is not clear if he copied "codes", or "code".

Is this a theft based on the issue of international espionage, or just a case of a guy stealing fractions of pennies from each transaction as made famous in Office Space?"

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Microsoft Supports Undocumented Immigrants Plan

howardd21 howardd21 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

howardd21 writes "A PC World article reports Microsoft has sent a letter to two US Senators that are sponsoring a bill to provide opportunity for undocumented immigrants to stay in the US as long as they meet certain qualifications, and attend college or serve in the military. A Microsoft representative who sent the letter "...estimates that 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school in the U.S. each year. The bill would allow some of them to move on to college and eventually get jobs in the country...". While recently eliminating 1,400 positions, Microsoft continues to support immigrant and foreign worker privileges such as H1B Visas."
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Register.com experiencing DNS issues

howardd21 howardd21 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

howardd21 writes "Register.com, the giant domain registrar has been experiencing DNS issues since last night. Various blogs and twitter traffic have been reporting issues where domains were unreachable. Register.com help desk employees have denied any problems, in spite of the reported issues from various sources. What may be as interesting as the problems Register is appearing to have, is the observation that Twitter is being used as an originating news source where others have missed this. I can also report that our clients pointed at Registrar.com are now having issues, and Registrar employees re now confirming issues."
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Google marks the Internet Unsafe

howardd21 howardd21 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

howardd21 writes "According to numerous sources, including the New York Times, Google marked every site listed search results as unsafe for almost an hour on Saturday. Users were greeted with a warning attached to each result, and clicking any of the links showed a page that warned users again the site was considered unsafe to visit. This included all results, even those owned by Google. After some brief finger pointing at StopBadWare.org, which generates lists of sites considered unsafe, Google accepted blame. Company representatives said the problem was caused by human error when an employee placed an errant forward slash in a site on the list, causing all to be marked unsafe."
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Mozilla Labs Wants to Monitor Firefox Use

howardd21 howardd21 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Howardd21 writes "PC World reports that Mozilla Labs wants 1% of its Firefox users to voluntarily provide information about how they use the browser, and their web browsing habits. This would be done through an add-on named "Test Pilot" that collects the information and associates it with some demographic information that the user has provided. Unlike other data collection utilities that software developers may include to provide usage information, the add-on will follow the same open source concept that Firefox adheres to, allowing the market to better understand what is being collected. Mozilla Labs stresses privacy when discussing how they will collect, store and use the data, including publishing it for other researchers to to analyze."
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