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Barack Obama Retains US Presidency

imamac Re:Kill the Electoral College please... (1576 comments)

The electoral college is necessary to balance power between large and small states. Civics education in this country is going down the pooper.

about 2 years ago
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Federal Judge Says No Right To Secret Ballot, OKs Barcoded Ballots

imamac Re:This is going to the supreme court (584 comments)

This. The last thing we need are people feeling pressured by an outside organization (looking at you Unions *and* employers). Some may already feel pressured one way or another but there is not way for an outside source to confirm a third party vote. This is terrible and had better be overturned.

about 2 years ago
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Radio Royalty Legislation Described As 'RIAA Bailout'

imamac Re:Verify that something is original (272 comments)

Chord progressions have been held to be non-copyrightable. Melodies on the other hand are a different story.

more than 2 years ago
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Thin Mini-ITX Platform Enables DIY iMacs

imamac Re:No OpenFirmware, no Mac. (206 comments)

The article is about a similar form factor to an iMac, not running OS X.

more than 2 years ago
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Thin Mini-ITX Platform Enables DIY iMacs

imamac Re:You can't do that! (206 comments)

It didn't look like they were talking about installing OS X on it. But, it does use the Intel DH61AG motherboard, which is easily used for a hackintosh.

more than 2 years ago
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How Apple v. Samsung Was Explained To the Jury

imamac Re:Oracle vs Google (330 comments)

Apple has shown prototypes that predate Samsung's. But, regardless, I agree with you--Apple needs to get smacked down a bit on this one.

more than 2 years ago
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OS X Mountain Lion Review

imamac Re:Are you kidding me? (424 comments)

That's when you click the "Reader" button in Safari.

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Satellite Measurements Show Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Melt

imamac Re:Interesting Caveat (411 comments)

The ice age is coming

I'm pretty sure the latest Ice Age is already in theaters.

more than 2 years ago
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Prototype Clickjacking Rootkit Developed For Android

imamac Re:And worse (51 comments)

Okay, I'll buy that. A lot of this debate does come down to personal choice. I have much more confidence in Apple's walled garden (which is a massive garden, btw) as opposed to the chaos that seems to plague Android.

more than 2 years ago
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Prototype Clickjacking Rootkit Developed For Android

imamac Re:And worse (51 comments)

I wasn't talking about source code.

more than 2 years ago
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Prototype Clickjacking Rootkit Developed For Android

imamac Re:And worse (51 comments)

[quote]It's not security model difference between iOS and Android[/quote] Seems to me that's exactly what it is. Part of it is design philosophy, too, of course.

more than 2 years ago
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Prototype Clickjacking Rootkit Developed For Android

imamac Re:And worse (51 comments)

There has to be a balance between free/open and secure. When it comes to phones, Apple almost nailed it right on. I think they could relax just a tad, but overall they got it right. I don't see Google getting it right any time soon.

more than 2 years ago
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Google's Quickoffice Purchase Takes Aim At Windows 8

imamac Re:Horrible (63 comments)

The iTunes app store for iOS. And I did mean "bit".

more than 2 years ago
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Google's Quickoffice Purchase Takes Aim At Windows 8

imamac Horrible (63 comments)

Quickoffice has some of the worst reviews for an office app on iOS. 1-2 stars. I would think Google could afford something a but better.

more than 2 years ago
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FDA Panel Backs First Rapid, Take Home HIV Test

imamac Clinical Lab (94 comments)

In the clinical lab arena we have already had pregnancy-style HIV tests for years. This is nothing new. Good to see it come to the home, though. This will be much cheaper for people.

more than 2 years ago
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20 Years of GSM and SMS

imamac Re:20 years later... (157 comments)

Correct about iMessage. However, the goal was to allow iPhone users to decrease their text message plan and AT&T once again screwed it's customers and made it unlimited only.

more than 2 years ago
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Universities Hold Transcripts Hostage Over Loans

imamac Re:does it surprise you? (541 comments)

Government needs to get out of the business of supplying endless money to students. This is the exact reason why college tuition has skyrocketed in recent years. Universities don't have to care about keeping expenses low, they just need to feed all the students through the government loan line effectively. If loans had to be secured only through private means or at LEAST the gov loans were very low, universities would have to lower prices to keep getting new students.

more than 2 years ago

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Securing Americans' Value and Efficiency by Open Source

imamac imamac writes  |  more than 2 years ago

imamac (1083405) writes ""In 2009, President Obama called for “a process through which every government worker can submit their ideas for how their agency can save money and perform better.” Over the past three years, the President’s SAVE (Securing Americans’ Value and Efficiency) Award fulfilled this commitment by enabling Federal employees from across the government to submit their ideas for efficiencies and savings as part of the annual Budget process."

One of the best ways to save tax dollars (it would seem to me) is to rid ourselves of MS, Oracle, etc as much as possible on the federal level and let that effect trickle down to the state and local levels. While, there are a few suggestions about FOSS (This and this for example), the most "popular" one only has 5 votes. Slashdot, how can we push for this?"

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My total historical cellular voice usage for my cu

imamac imamac writes  |  more than 2 years ago

imamac (1083405) writes "Less than 5 hours
5-24 hours
1-7 days
1-4 weeks
Greater than 1 month
I don't do voice calls"
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Apple Lossless Goes Open Source

imamac imamac writes  |  more than 2 years ago

imamac (1083405) writes "The Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) has now been released as open source. "The Apple Lossless Audio Codec project contains the sources for the ALAC encoder and decoder. Also included is an example command line utility, called alacconvert, to read and write audio data to/from Core Audio Format (CAF) and WAVE files. A description of a 'magic cookie' for use with files based on the ISO base media file format (e.g. MP4 and M4A) is included as well." It has been released under the Apache License."
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Apple Intervenes in Lodsys Suit

imamac imamac writes  |  more than 3 years ago

imamac (1083405) writes "Apple has filed a motion to intervene in the frivolous Lodsys suit against a number of iOS developers. In the filing, Apple states that the sued developers "are individuals or small entities with far fewer resources than Apple and [...] lack the technical information, ability, and incentive to adequately protect Apple's rights under its license agreement.""
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Netflix CEO Hesitant to Fight Cable

imamac imamac writes  |  more than 3 years ago

imamac (1083405) writes "Those who were hopeful that Netflix would bring the fight to the cable companies may be disappointed in the latest comments from thier CEO. "Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is pleased with his company's massive growth, but he fears that getting too large will start "an Armageddon" with cable networks." That is one fight he doens't think his company could survive."
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iOS 4.3 Bests Android 3.0 in HTML 5 Tests

imamac imamac writes  |  more than 3 years ago

imamac (1083405) writes "Sencha.com conducted a series of HTML 5 tests between the iPad, iPad 2, Motorola Xoom and Galaxy Tab. The winner was the iPad 2 running iOS 4.3

The iPad 2's Mobile Safari browser is the best implementation of WebKit on a mobile device. In our testing we tried to throw everything we could at the browser and it had no issues keeping up with the most advanced HTML5 and CSS3 sites. For any developer building for the mobile web, the iPad 2 provides an outstanding platform from which you can use modern browser features.

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Apple exploring multi-channel dynamic sound

imamac imamac writes  |  more than 3 years ago

imamac (1083405) writes "From the article:

By placing multiple speakers on an orientation-neutral device like the iPad, Apple could allow for dynamic stereo sound no matter how the hardware is held by the user. A new Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week shows a portable device, like an iPhone or iPad, with more than just one speaker included in the device. The application, uncovered by AppleInsider, describes using an orientation sensor to adjust sound on the device, much like the screen rotates when an iPad is rotated. The current iPhone and iPad have only one speaker on the bottom of the device. Apple's proposed invention shows a device with as many as four discrete speakers, allowing for sound that could go even beyond two-channel stereo.

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Kinect for the Mac

imamac imamac writes  |  more than 3 years ago

imamac (1083405) writes "Someone has adapted the existing open-source library to the Mac, allowing Microsoft's Kinect add-on for the XBox to work on Mac OS X. He admittedly calls it a "work in progress," but he seems happy it's working at all. I'd love to see some games leverage the Kinect on Macs and Windows PCs. The source code is also available."
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FCC to Spur Internet Access on TVs w/ New Standard

imamac imamac writes  |  more than 4 years ago

imamac (1083405) writes "The FCC has posted a request for comment on "how the Commission can encourage innovation in the market for video devices". Some of the more interesting questions posed:
-What technological and market-based limitations keep retail video devices from accessing all forms of video content that consumers want to watch?
-Can the home broadband service model be adapted to allow video networks to connect and interact with home video network devices such as televisions, DVRs, and Home Theater PCs via a multimedia home networking standard?
-What obstacles stand in the way of video convergence?
I'm sure the Slashdot populous can adequately answer them."

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Android Developer Problems Abound

imamac imamac writes  |  more than 4 years ago

imamac (1083405) writes "In light of iPhone development problems and so many suggesting Android as a better development platform, it's interesting to look at the problems on the other side of the coin, as well. Apparently, a fully open phone OS can have more problems than Apple's locked-down iPhone OS.

A slew of problems have made managing Android apps a "nightmare," they say, including three versions of the OS (Android 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0), custom firmware on many phones, and hardware differences between different models. For users, it means apps in the store could be buggy, might not work well depending on their handsets, and could deliver a frustrating experience. Unaware of the increasing back-end complexity, they would then be more likely to leave bad reviews for those apps — a potentially lethal blow for small businesses, say developers.

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Intel's "Light Peak Technology" Provides 10-100Gb/

imamac imamac writes  |  about 5 years ago

imamac writes "From the article: "Light Peak is the code-name for a new high-speed optical cable technology designed to connect your electronic devices to each other. Light Peak delivers high bandwidth starting at 10Gb/s with the potential ability to scale to 100Gb/s over the next decade. At 10Gb/s, you could transfer a full-length Blu-Ray movie in less than 30 seconds. Optical technology also allows for smaller connectors and longer, thinner, and more flexible cables than currently possible. Light Peak also has the ability to run multiple protocols simultaneously over a single cable, enabling the technology to connect devices such as peripherals, workstations, displays, disk drives, docking stations, and more.""
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Inside Mac OS X Snow Leopard Exchange Support

imamac imamac writes  |  more than 5 years ago

imamac (1083405) writes "Apple Insider has an interesting perspective on the MS Exchange support built into Mac OS X 10.6 and how it essentially frees Apple from all things Microsoft.

Windows Enthusiasts like to spin Apple's support for Exchange on the iPhone and in Snow Leopard as endorsement of Microsoft in the server space. From another angle, Apple is reducing its dependance upon Microsoft's client software, weakening Microsoft's ability to hold back and dumb down its Mac offerings at Apple's expense. More importantly, Apple is providing its users with additional options that benefit both Mac users and the open source community.

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Microsoft Introduces Full-body Motion Controller

imamac imamac writes  |  more than 5 years ago

imamac (1083405) writes "

Microsoft this afternoon unveiled a technology meant for the Xbox 360 but which is also a technology first. Nicknamed Project Natal, the system uses a camera to detect a player's entire body movement. It can not only recognize limbs and posture but is intelligent enough to distinguish between active players and those in the background. It also has a microphone and recognizes voice commands, effectively creating a true hands-free game console.

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What website do you visit more than Slashdot?

imamac imamac writes  |  more than 5 years ago

imamac (1083405) writes "1. xkcd.com — It makes me smile.
2. digg.com — So much more info than Slashdot.
3. thetechreport.com — I prefer unbiased reviews...
4. newegg.com — I love spending my allowance.
5. microsoft.com — All those security updates keep me busy.
6. apple.com — I'm a fanboi, what can I say.
7. linux.org — At least I know everything posted there matters.
8. There are websites besides Slashdot?"
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Apple Hires Former OLPC Security Director

imamac imamac writes  |  more than 5 years ago

imamac (1083405) writes "It seems Apple is seeking to beef up security by hiring Ivan Krstic, the one-time director of security architecture at One Laptop per Child (OLPC).

Krstic, a well-respected innovator who designed the Bitfrost security specification for the OLPC initiative, joined Cupertino this week and will work on core OS security. His hiring comes at a crucial time for a company that ties security to its marketing campaigns despite public knowledge that it's rather trivial to launch exploits against the Mac.

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