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Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

jabberw0k Stallman was right (100 comments)

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.

3 days ago

Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

jabberw0k Those complaints aren't about telephone features (290 comments)

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.

about a week ago

A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

jabberw0k Solar Freakin' Walls! (501 comments)

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]]

about a month ago

Supreme Court Upholds Most EPA Rules On Greenhouse Gases

jabberw0k Redefine what "is" is (109 comments)

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!

about a month ago

EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

jabberw0k Plants breathe CO2 (625 comments)

Yet, somehow, against all reason and sensibility, CO2 is now a "pollutant". How long until the climate alarmist message collapses under its own stupidity?

about a month and a half ago

US Government OKs Sale of Sharper Satellite Images

jabberw0k Re:People can use sharper images (82 comments)

But can the return of Shaper Images stem the tide of mall abandonment?

about a month and a half ago

Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

jabberw0k Motorcycles? (311 comments)

Maybe for four-wheeled vehicles, but I dread encountering such a surface on my motorcycle when there's rain about.

about 2 months ago

XMPP Operators Begin Requiring Encryption, Google Still Not Allowing TLS

jabberw0k 365? (121 comments)

Who covers leap years? (24/7 is sufficient.)

about 2 months ago

Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches

jabberw0k "Smart" aren't (399 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago

Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

jabberw0k Re:Big Iron (139 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago

The Limits of Big Data For Social Engineering

jabberw0k Prelude to Foundation (95 comments)

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...?

about 3 months ago

New Facebook Phone App Lets You Stalk Your Friends

jabberw0k Pointless (61 comments)

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?

about 3 months ago

OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

jabberw0k "Ancient." "Cruft." (304 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago

Fifty Years Ago IBM 'Bet the Company' On the 360 Series Mainframe

jabberw0k The Night of the Living Mainframe (169 comments)

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).

about 4 months ago

GNOME 3.12 Released

jabberw0k File, Edit, View.... gone! (134 comments)

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!

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Posts Source Code For MS-DOS and Word For Windows

jabberw0k Curiosities (224 comments)

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

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

jabberw0k Re:Complexity (306 comments)

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.

about 4 months ago

Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

jabberw0k Clueless people (712 comments)

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?

about 5 months ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

jabberw0k Boxcars / Gigabyte (983 comments)

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.

about 5 months ago


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jabberw0k jabberw0k writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Can we please get moderation points for -1, Gratuitous obscenity...?


jabberw0k jabberw0k writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Dear Grandma,

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?

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