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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

jabberw0k Fargo? (259 comments)

Let's just be glad it's not "chipping squirrels" à la Fargo.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

jabberw0k It's the twenty-first century (165 comments)

You and Joe Biden ought to check your calendars; it's been the 21st century for well over a decade now.

Also, real libraries have old and out-of-print books, rare books, maps, art collections, local publications and artifacts, and plenty of things that are highly unlikely ever to be digitized, or which history -- and historians! -- demand be kept for the public good. In this information age, we need librarians more than ever. Get rid of libraries and you scrap civilization itself.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

jabberw0k Bus stops on public roads, are for public use (262 comments)

Isn't it true that a bus stop may be used by any conveyance, public or private? If you are loading or unloading passengers, you may use one, you just can't wait there. So what is the problem?

about three weeks ago
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2D To 3D Object Manipulation Software Lends Depth to Photographs

jabberw0k Ugh (76 comments)

It's "a software" again. I'd like to give the author an information, perhaps while we eat a spaghetti, that in English we have "mass nouns" and thus you cannot have one hardware or one clothing or one software.

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Tim O'Reilly About a Life Steeped In Technology

jabberw0k Do Internet Years Really Exist (39 comments)

We hear so much about "Internet Years" and how the pace of innovation has increased so dramatically. Yet from the first TRS-80 to the end of the CP/M era was barely five years, and in that time a vast numbers of magazines and books were written and printed. Today, meanwhile, major software components like Moose, Perl's object-oriented makeover, have been around for over six years and still no O'Reilly book is yet on the horizon. In your estimation, is the major problem to new publications really the speed of innovation, or the increaing dilution of the market from it becoming vastly broader?

about three weeks ago
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Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

jabberw0k Stallman was right (101 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.

about a month ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

jabberw0k Those complaints aren't about telephone features (291 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 month ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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
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XMPP Operators Begin Requiring Encryption, Google Still Not Allowing TLS

jabberw0k 365? (121 comments)

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

about 3 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 4 months ago

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Moderation suggestion

jabberw0k jabberw0k writes  |  more than 4 years ago

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

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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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