Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All
These so-called "smart telephones" aren't telephones at all; they are computers. Computers that you cannot control. And if you aren't, who is?
Some folks thought Richard Stallman was crazy for saying no-one should run software or use hardware that is based on clandestine (proprietary, hidden) knowledge. This latest revelation is just one reason he was right all along.
Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be
Telephones are devices that let you speak to someone (tele-, far; and phone-, sound).
The real mystery is why anyone who has the slightest clue about technology, would buy or wish to use a computer that runs software you cannot control or replace. Even the TRS-80 let you shut off the built-in Microsoft BASIC ROM, and the Apple ][ let you run something other than Integer BASIC. These allegedly "smart" so-called "telephones" seem quite brain-dead.
A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls
Hey, those could be Solar Freakin' Walls and they could be made out of scratch-proof glass, topped with windmills and LEDs that you can see in the daytime and generate eleventysix times the electricity of [[transmission garbled]]
Supreme Court Upholds Most EPA Rules On Greenhouse Gases
CO2 is what animals exhale and plants breathe. If CO2 is a pollutant, then so is rainwater. And soon no law has meaning, once they are all subject to such fun-house-mirror distortion. War is peace, freedom is slavery, comrade!
"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa
Thank god these new super bananas are designed by heaven above to be perfectly suited for human consumption!
EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability
Yet, somehow, against all reason and sensibility, CO2 is now a "pollutant". How long until the climate alarmist message collapses under its own stupidity?
US Government OKs Sale of Sharper Satellite Images
But can the return of Shaper Images stem the tide of mall abandonment?
Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production
Maybe for four-wheeled vehicles, but I dread encountering such a surface on my motorcycle when there's rain about.
XMPP Operators Begin Requiring Encryption, Google Still Not Allowing TLS
Who covers leap years? (24/7 is sufficient.)
Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches
I already can't grok why anyone wants a "smart" phone that freezes and crashes all the time, acts like the NSA in your pocket, has no usable keys or keyboard, a screen that's like reading the internet through a straw, and generally has nothing but irritating "features." I certainly do not want a digital watch with no buttons.
Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones
Except those were rack upon rack of glowing hot vacuum tubes all connected by point-to-point wiring with cabinets of core and drum memory alongside. Very much individual components, with the vacuum tubes having to be replaced at least one a day. These were then replaced with racks of transistor logic, and then IC logic, all on little replaceable cards. All designed for easy maintenance and in the hope that customers would upgrade their systems.
The Limits of Big Data For Social Engineering
Big Data wants to be Multivac, Google wants to be R. Daneel Olivaw, and now Hari Seldon has sufficient data to begin his work. Yet, as in Foundation and Earth, is a benevolent dictatorship by remote overlords truly the answer, or is there still something missing that could doom us all...?
New Facebook Phone App Lets You Stalk Your Friends
Why bother spending time with "friends" In Real Life when they are only going to spend the whole time ignoring you, poking their thumbs at some greasy little cracked piece of glass? When did the world become this shallow?
OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL
I read that as discarding stuff for Windows 98, 2000, and other ancient platforms that have fallen almost entirely from use, and certainly outside the pool of what's tested: A good thing.
Fifty Years Ago IBM 'Bet the Company' On the 360 Series Mainframe
Sure, all those so-called "telephones" running on 99-cent "apps" are plentiful, like cockroaches, but if you're running one the million- or billion-dollar companies that let those awkward thumbpaint-smudge-laden gadgets actually do anything, you're talking mainframes one way or another (call them a "cloud" if you must).
GNOME 3.12 Released
Wonderful, the unusable interface of 'evince' (Print is hidden under a sun icon or a gear, or something -- with no known way to open the menu from the keyboard) now comes to gedit. Now editing a file becomes impossible too! Please, folks, follow CUA , the Common User Access protocols, with named menus we can access with Alt+keystroke or F10. Arrrrrgh! Stupid! Make it stop! Give us back our File, Edit, View menus and all the rest!
Microsoft Posts Source Code For MS-DOS and Word For Windows
The routine for directory listing is called CATALOG (shades of Apple DOS, and Heath's HDOS); for deleting, the routine is ERASE (shades of CP/M).
Early, abandoned steps toward UNIX: MS-DOS 2.2 supported the SWITCHAR variable in config.sys; if set to anything but "/", the directory separator would be slash -- just like Xenix and UNIX; if set to "-" you would type "DIR -W C:/foo/bar" for a wide listing of what generally would be called C:\FOO\BAR
Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?
Furthermore, if you're trying to solve a complex problem with complex tools, you probably need to go back and think about how to reduce or compartmentalize that complexity. That's the UNIX philosophy: building blocks. There's no reason you can't use Perl (possibly with Moose or Mojolicious if you need them) for a modern project. No reason you can't use PHP or C++ or whatever you know, with the addition of a few new libraries. Leverage what you know, don't replace it.
Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down
What happens to all the people who live and work in mining towns? Murder the coal mines and what have you done to all the families and small businesses that, directly and indirectly, depend on them? This is a headline straight out of Atlas Shrugged... has the whole world gone bonkers?
How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?
If IBM punch cards were used, 1 GB equals approximately 47 cubic yards (assuming 80 bytes per 187x86x0.18mm per card) and about 70,000 lbs (at 2.42 g per card), so one standard railroad boxcar (limited by both cubic capacity and weight) could hold about 3 GB. 20 TB would need over 6000 boxcars of punch cards; at 60 feet per boxcar, that's a freight train about 70 miles long.
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Thank you for the "Daily Journal" book. It looks very interesting, but I all the pages are blank. Maybe it was printed with invisible ink?