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The Case of Apple's Mystery Screw

ivan256 Re:Pentalobe... (845 comments)

So, it can't be that they're targeting their own service people with this change to solve the problem of stripped screw heads. It MUST be that they're trying to screw over DIY consumers?

That makes no sense. A DIY consumer stayed home and replaced their battery. They didn't bring their phone to the Apple store and end up with new screws. This policy self selects against DIYers.

Seems more likely to me that they are trying to avoid paying a royalty for the new angular torx that is designed for tiny screws, so they used this instead. There isn't a regular torx this small.

more than 2 years ago

Sarah Palin 'Target WikiLeaks Like Taliban'

ivan256 Re:This Is NOT News For Nerds (1425 comments)

Nobody intelligent believes in full transparency.

Go back and read that again, to let it sink in once you get past the "OMG this guy is just trolling" knee-jerk.

If there can't be secrecy in negotiations, the people we try to persuade to change or deal will instead pack up their toys and go home.

Quite frequently, the entire key to a diplomatic deal is exactly that it doesn't appear as it seems. Hell, that's made clear in these leaked documents. They make it perfectly clear, for example, that the situation with Libya would be much worse if things weren't done in secret. Since they explicitly made concessions in exchange for asking that we say something nice about them in public.... They couldn't have even asked for that if we had total transparency. So what would we have had to give them instead?

Maybe Assange is a tactical genius, and selectively revealed only the documents that he knew wouldn't cause war. Or maybe he's lucky. The stuff he released could easily have sparked World War 3, between the middle-east and korean/chinese revelations. We may never know which (or we might still end up at war in Korea).

So be careful before you lump everybody who stands up and calls for his head together with Sarah Palin. She's not always fundamentally wrong. She's just not sophisticated enough to understand the details, and she sensationalizes stuff 'cause she's a politician. She doesn't understand the consequences or side-effects of "using cyber tools to permanently disable WikiLeaks", but the overall sentiment is sound. Namely, we need to shut Assange up, and we need to shut his sources up, and we need to get control of the information that passes through our embassies. We just need to do it intelligently instead of invoking terms that we don't understand that amount to cries to nuke stuff from orbit.

I hate to say it, but Hillary seems to be handling this very well (and seems to agree with Palin on the basics).

more than 3 years ago

Selling Incandescent Light Bulbs As Heating Devices

ivan256 Re:So? (557 comments)

If he uses electric heat for his house anyway, and needs to light the room anyway, the first law of thermodynamics disagrees with you.

more than 3 years ago

Obama Highlights IPv6 Issue

ivan256 Re:Deadline (442 comments)

People don't like FOX because FOX is populated by lying sacks of shit.

You're fooling yourself.

People love Fox.

more than 3 years ago

HDCP Master Key Revealed

ivan256 Re:Hooray for freedom (747 comments)

He's talking about Austin, not about sane parts of Texas.

about 4 years ago

HDCP Master Key Revealed

ivan256 Re:Hooray for freedom (747 comments)

The chances of you being caught with an illegal lock pick are, for all practical purposes, zero, unless you're using the lockpick to break some other law.

All bets are off if you decide to keep them in your car on a public road though.

So, yes it may be illegal, but no, you won't go to jail.

about 4 years ago

Typically, I get N pieces of snail mail per day;

ivan256 Re:Wow! (228 comments)

I also was counting junk mail.

And I don't think 11 to 20 covers "36 gallon trash bag full per week", but it was the highest option, so I picked it.

more than 4 years ago

Leaked Intel Roadmap Shows 600GB SSD

ivan256 Re:Any update in terms of long run use? (228 comments)

But they won't, because people don't want what's best, they want what's cheapest that still carries the "right" name.

MLC is sufficiently cheap that it works out better to buy multiple drives and install them with redundancy than it does to buy the more expensive and more reliable drive. It's not about what name is right, it's about achieving your goal for the least outlay possible. The X-25E exists merely to fill a niche. You need some specific constraint in order to justify spending more to buy a more reliable drive than achieving reliability through redundancy with cheaper drives.

more than 4 years ago

Leaked Intel Roadmap Shows 600GB SSD

ivan256 Re:Any update in terms of long run use? (228 comments)

Your servers that require frequent writes should be using a storage array anyway.

Professional administrators should care about two things: redundancy, and warranty. Since you seem to be trying to come across as somebody who actually manages a lot of hardware, you should already be aware that your spinning discs fail at a per-year rate relative to their age and operating temperature. Even if you've only got a piddly few hundred drives, you should be able to get a good sense of which models (yes, models. Not brands) fail, and how frequently they fail at a certain age. You should also know that your hard drives will be obsolete and probably replaced due to obsolescence after 5 years.

Pick a model with a sufficient warranty, set up your storage array for redundancy, and let the manufacturer worry about whether the advertised failure rate is correct or not.

Alternatively, you could continue with your holier-than-thou attitude, and be behind the technology curve by a decade.

more than 4 years ago

US Students Struggle With Understanding of the 'Equal' Sign

ivan256 Re:Wrong (1268 comments)

So your point is.... That you couldn't get lint to let you write bad code?

int main() {
                printf("Hello world!");
                return 0;

$ lint helloworld.c
Finished checking --- no warnings

Just because something functions as intended, doesn't mean it's written properly.

more than 4 years ago

New PS3 Firmware Causing HDD Upgrade Problems?

ivan256 Re:You're surprised? (82 comments)

The problem is that it is hard to imagine a company that hates its customers more than Sony.


Microsoft? (depending on whether you consider their customers to be end-users, or Dell/HP/Developers)

And some of your examples are just silly. Protecting you from bricking your PSP by preventing you from running out of power mid-flash? Yeah.. That's really anti-customer. How DARE they prevent you from breaking your console.

Really, why don't you quit making a fool of yourself on the internet and go play your Xbox 360 that prevented you from doing all this stuff you're complaining about Sony having "taking away" in the first place.

more than 4 years ago

SCOTUS Nominee Kagan On Free Speech Issues

ivan256 Re:Web can scar you. (664 comments)

Obscene material isn't sold to kids in RL, so it shouldn't be available to them online so easily as it is today.

So don't let them have unfettered access to your internet connection.

The federal government shouldn't have to babysit children.

more than 4 years ago

SCOTUS Nominee Kagan On Free Speech Issues

ivan256 Re:Such a shame (664 comments)

Four out of nine justices just ruled that they don't believe the bill of rights applies to state laws in their ruling on gun control in Chicago.

If the 14th amendment doesn't mean what the people who wrote it intended it to mean, then let's just throw the constitution out the window. States in the south can re-institute segregation, the 1st amendment can be over-ridden on a state by state basis, states can start controlling abortions along with handguns...

more than 4 years ago

SCOTUS Nominee Kagan On Free Speech Issues

ivan256 Re:And you're surprised... why? (664 comments)

This is total bullshit.

The ACLU may pursue only truly libertarian issues, but their left-wing bias is apparent in their case selection. There are plenty of worthy civil liberties cases which need an organization like the ACLU to stand up fight that they ignore because it would help right-wing agendas. Examples: Property rights, Gun rights, various Tax issues...

more than 4 years ago

SCOTUS Nominee Kagan On Free Speech Issues

ivan256 Re:Yay, Obama (664 comments)

No. In the context of the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade is the analogue.

more than 4 years ago

Senators Demand NASA Continue Spending On Ares

ivan256 Re:So much for "fiscal responsibility"... (152 comments)

Sorry, but it can't be summed up in six words.

It's easy to say that the republicans are in the pockets of some big company.

The Republicans and the Democrats are in the same people's pockets. If some big aerospace factories close, thousands of people lose jobs, and the local representative doesn't get re-elected. The difference between the Republican and the Democrat is that the Republican thinks it's the big company's responsibility to give those people a job, and the Democrat thinks it's the government's responsibility to make sure those workers don't need to worry about whether they have a job or not.

Bottom line, it's always about the voters. Except that most of our citizens of voting age are so cynical about the process, and think it's all about the "money/power/big companies/cronyism" that they stay home and dilute the real power base.

Get off your ass and go vote.

Better yet. Understand what the people you're voting for actually stand for before you go vote. Otherwise you'll be surprised when the guy you voted for to change things starts supporting revoking Miranda rights, and sends more troops to the wars you don't support, and keeps an infamous prison open, and supports off-shore drilling, and signs a massive health care welfare bill into law just like the last guy did, and generally acts like a re-incarnation of George W. Bush, even though the writing was on the wall before the election, and everybody who pointed it out was routinely censored by the internet community.

more than 4 years ago

Evolution, Big Bang Polls Omitted From NSF Report

ivan256 Re:So? (495 comments)

Your post is mostly spot on, however you blew it when you brought child mortality into the picture.

You see, Americans with "Cadillac Health Plans" have more coverage for fertility services than any other country in the world. Thus far more of our women who would be outside of normal child bearing age are able to get pregnant, and those pregnancies have higher complications.

The fact that we had *better* care than the rest of the world in that regard generated a lovely statistic to use to show how bad our health care is.

The new system will solve the problem though. Expensive and exotic fertility treatments will only be covered by highly taxed plans soon, and business that provided those plans will pick cheaper plans to avoid the tax. (This was, in fact, Obama's stated goal for the tax.) The expensive fertility treatments will go away. Women in their 40s will be less likely to get pregnant, and the child mortality rate will drop. We'll declare success!

more than 4 years ago

How Smart Are You?

ivan256 Re:Real Graph (584 comments)

I was going to reply to you saying that perhaps the average Slashdot reader was smarter than your average person.

Then I thought about what I was about to say.

And now I just think the people who voted "Chewbacca" could be "Really really fucking stupid" and then it all averages out.

Don't forget, nobody actually needs to be average. Almost everybody can be either significantly above or significantly below average. We've simply convinced ourselves that there is a Gaussian distribution and come up with ways to test people built on confirmation bias. Then we use a unit of measurement (IQ) that has the normal distribution built into the definition.

Fit a curve to a histogram of populations with annual salaries between $10k and $150k at $5k intervals. That's a much more realistic distribution.

more than 4 years ago


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