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Curiosity Spies Unidentified, Metallic Object On Mars

jbezorg Re:If its is alien origin (396 comments)

Really? How?

.... and Budism.

*breaks into song*

But.

I've never been one of them...

about 2 years ago
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Mysterious Sprite Photographed By ISS Astronaut

jbezorg Re:Runaway electrons colliding into oxygen (86 comments)

I was thinking along the lines of an aurora event. Solar radiation and nitrogen in the thermosphere. I wonder if the sprite and lightning strike are along/close to a magnetic field line in Earths magnetosphere.

more than 2 years ago
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Copyrights To Reach Deep Space

jbezorg Re:Klingons (247 comments)

See...

61,286.634 earth years pass for the Defendant at rest for every 24 hours a Copyright Lawyer travels at 0.999999999999999 c.

Currently the US life expectancy is around 78.2 years. It will probably be much less after the Klingons invade so, worse case scenario, lets assume that's 0. But, there is still the additional 70 years after the creator's death!

This means that an interstellar copyright's duration is 4,290,064.38 earth years minimum. More if the copyright holder is among the survivors of the initial alien invasion.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Implications of Finding the Higgs Boson?

jbezorg Re:Probably (683 comments)

I'm predicting a run on bigger rocks

Worked for the Centauri against the Narn.

more than 2 years ago
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The PHP Singularity

jbezorg Re:Really? (622 comments)

It only silently fails if you tell it to silently fail.

more than 2 years ago
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Adobe Stops Flash Player Support For Android

jbezorg Re:how about Adobe AIR? (332 comments)

My bad. It was a year ago. Still. Don't think Adobe is going to just lay down and die. They're going to evolve the product. What you may have needed Flash before to accomplish will be taken over by HTML 5 but people always want more.

more than 2 years ago
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Adobe Stops Flash Player Support For Android

jbezorg Re:how about Adobe AIR? (332 comments)

Adobe: "Oh yes.. Jobs was right. Flash is going away. We've really got to eat crow now. Boy are we embarrassed. Believe me...... Oh! Hey! we've just released Adobe AIR 2.7 for iOS and it's 4 times faster. You should go check it out. *grin*"

more than 2 years ago
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Disney Research Can Turn Nearly Any Surface Into a Touch Screen

jbezorg Re:Rule 34 ... (96 comments)

Oh no. Seeing the application of rule 34 being applied so soon on the internet is like finding a alternative method for arriving at the same value for a universal constant.

more than 2 years ago
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Disney Research Can Turn Nearly Any Surface Into a Touch Screen

jbezorg Rule 34 ... (96 comments)

... right out of the gate

more than 2 years ago
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North Korea Jamming GPS Signals In South Korea

jbezorg Re:Legality? (290 comments)

This whole middle eastern conflict has been handled all wrong by both administrations.

Yes. They fell victim to one of the classic blunders.

more than 2 years ago
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Multi-Target Photo-Radar System To Make Speeding Riskier

jbezorg Re:Oh Lord. (506 comments)

Malice? No. Cynical amusement? Maybe. Like I posted, I saw myself 20 years ago so my post was directed at me as well. After all, I didn't call you "Crash Gordon" did I?

First: You invent an image of to justify your position and also associate that image with me to devalue my response. The truth couldn't be further from reality. The indirect ad hominem does nothing to support your position.

Second: How we reacted is very different. You see a vehicle as a means to get from point A to B. That's probably the only value you see in it so you are not going to invest more time in a endeavor than is required. Other people actually enjoy driving and are willing to invest more time than the minimum requirement. I fall in the latter of the two. This difference between us shows because there is one very important thing you left off your list. Arguably the most important because it can have an affect on everything else on the list. That is: Don't overestimate your ability as a driver. A point you seemed to have completely missed with your boast.

There is something I'm curious about. Why did you feel the need to announce to the world the type of car you drive? What purpose did it serve to make your point?

about 2 years ago
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Multi-Target Photo-Radar System To Make Speeding Riskier

jbezorg Re:Oh Lord. (506 comments)

I'll bet you $1000 I can drive faster AND safer in my 2010 impreza than you can in your 89 civic, so why should the statistic for the speed limit for the civic apply to me?

Wow... It's like I'm looking at myself in a mirror. Only 20 years ago when I had more testicles than brains and my friends nicknamed me "Crash Gordon".

So, have you experienced that moment yet? You know, the slam on the breaks, sphincter tightens so much you'll swear you've ripped the leather off the seat, stomach leaps up to give your tonsils a goodbye hug, type moment. Induced by the "bet you $1000 I can drive faster AND safer" attitude combined with a wall of red break lights. Reminding you about statistics in the sense that you are about to become one.

If you have, did you laugh it off? Blame the "idiot" driver ahead of you? Or perhaps both?

more than 2 years ago
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I do my best coding after...

jbezorg Re:You must be new here... (222 comments)

I prefer the infinite loop generated by just toggling the last bit with xor.

more than 3 years ago
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I do my best coding after...

jbezorg Re:not a coder (222 comments)

Coffee?

What the hell are you doing on Slashdot?!

HERETIC!!!

Get 'em!.... ... one of these quick

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Patents Cutting 3.5mm Jack in Half

jbezorg Re:Drop it (369 comments)

I'm sure they will. Though that's no reason not to add another patent to their portfolio.

It's a half impression of the jack in the side of the device rather than enclosed port*. Hence the need for a cover ( or case ) to enclose the impression and complete the other half of the port. That impression will not be aesthetically pleasing even with the proposed solutions. It will be interesting to see what wins. Aesthetics or functionality. I have my own bets on that.

* before you say RTFA, I did.

"Current jacks will fit the new port design, but since the port is cut in half and exposed to one side of the device shell, a traditional connector would simply drop out: Apple proposes a magnetic interface that would keep a thin audio connector in place. The second issue is that an exposed jack would not look especially appealing, which is why Apple believes that new “custom” jacks should be covered with a “cosmetic cap” on one side."

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Patents Cutting 3.5mm Jack in Half

jbezorg Re:More Apple-specific connectors? (369 comments)

RTFA again.

"Current jacks will fit the new port design, but since the port is cut in half and exposed to one side of the device shell, a traditional connector would simply drop out:"

It's a half impression of the jack in the side of the device rather than enclosed port. Hence the need for a cover ( or case ) to enclose the impression and provide the other half of the port or a magnet to allow the jack to rest in the impression and cling to the device.

more than 3 years ago
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Anonymous To Release Sun, News of the World Emails

jbezorg Re:Compromising the investigation (363 comments)

Well, actually there's two issues then. The first is criminals turning evidence in gained while committing a crime and is it usable. The second is the channel through which law enforcement gets access to the evidence. My example applies to the first.

For the second: If someone posts a video on Facebook of a friend in the act of committing a crime, or publishes their manifesto stating their plans for murder, are you (general) saying that evidence can't be used because it was in the public domain first? That's false.

Criminals turning evidence in gained while committing a crime is usable evidence
Evidence gained through a public release is usable evidence.

Let me clarify something though. I would have preferred that any evidence be gained through legal means. I just don't necessarily agree with the sentiment that the evidence, if there is any, is now tainted so much that it is unusable.

more than 3 years ago

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Consumer Reports can't recommend iPhone 4

jbezorg jbezorg writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jbezorg (1263978) writes "

It's official. Consumer Reports' engineers have just completed testing the iPhone 4, and have confirmed that there is a problem with its reception. When your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone's lower left side—an easy thing, especially for lefties—the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you're in an area with a weak signal. Due to this problem, we can't recommend the iPhone 4.

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EFF Petition for real net neutrality

jbezorg jbezorg writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jbezorg (1263978) writes "Electronic Frontier Foundation is soliciting for signatures. Here's their pitch.

Buried in the FCCs rules is a deeply problematic loophole. Open Internet principles, the FCC writes, "do not...apply to activities such as the unlawful distribution of copyrighted works."

For years, the entertainment industry has used that innocent-sounding phrase "unlawful distribution of copyrighted works" to pressure Internet service providers around the world to act as copyright cops to surveil the Internet for supposed copyright violations, and then censor or punish the accused users.

From the beginning, a central goal of the Net Neutrality movement has been to prevent corporations from interfering with the Internet in this way so why does the FCCs version of Net Neutrality specifically allow them to do so?

Go to the Real Net Neutrality petition to tell the FCC that if it wants to police the Internet, it first needs to demonstrate that it can protect Internet users and innovators by standing up to powerful industry lobbyists. Sign your name to demand that the copyright enforcement loophole be removed.

Here's the EFF petition.

And here is the FCC documentation FCC 09-93: In the Matter of Preserving the Open Internet Broadband Industry Practices ( ref and footnotes excluded )

Page 51 ~ 139. Third, we propose that broadband Internet access service providers would not violate the principles in taking reasonable steps to address unlawful conduct on the Internet. Specifically, we propose that broadband Internet access service providers may reasonably prevent the transfer of content that is unlawful. For example, as the possession of child pornography is unlawful, consistent with applicable law, it appears reasonable for a broadband Internet access service provider to refuse to transmit child pornography. Moreover, it is important to emphasize that open Internet principles apply only to lawful transfers of content. They do not, for example, apply to activities such as the unlawful distribution of copyrighted works, which has adverse consequences on the economy and the overall broadband ecosystem. In order for network openness obligations and appropriate enforcement of copyright laws to co-exist, it appears reasonable for a broadband Internet access service provider to refuse to transmit copyrighted material if the transfer of that material would violate applicable laws. Such a rule would be consistent with the Comcast Network Management Practices Order, in which the Commission stated that providers, consistent with federal policy, may block . . . transmissions that violate copyright law.

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Psystar begins deposing Apple executives

jbezorg jbezorg writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jbezorg (1263978) writes "Psystar lawyers have begun deposing Apple executives in the copyright infringement lawsuit brought by Apple last year, the Mac clone maker announced.

Surprisingly, it seems that Psystar executives are actually enjoying themselves. In a Thursday post on its Web site called "A taste of their own medicine," Psystar seems to gloat over the fact it is now deposing several Apple executives. "For the past week and for the following ten days we will be doing depositions of some of Apple's highest level people. After numerous depositions of Psystar employees and associates the shoe is finally on the other foot, oh the joy!""

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Stewart Brand proclaims 4 environmental 'heresies'

jbezorg jbezorg writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jbezorg (1263978) writes "

The man who helped usher in the environmental movement in the 1960s and '70s has been rethinking his positions on cities, nuclear power, genetic modification and geo-engineering. This talk at the US State Department is a foretaste of his major new book, sure to provoke widespread debate.

Stewart Brand's Bio on TED"
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OSX.RSPlug.E Trojan Horse - Yet Another Variant of

jbezorg jbezorg writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jbezorg writes "With all the recent discussion about whether having AV on a Mac in necessary or not, the world provides a gentle reminder.

INTEGO SECURITY MEMO — December 2, 2008

Exploit: OSX.RSPlug.E Trojan Horse

Discovered: December 2, 2008

Risk: Medium

Description: A new variant of the RSPlug Trojan horse has been found on several pornographic web sites. (See Intego's Internet Security Memo of October 31, 20071 for more on this Trojan horse.) This new variant is similar to the RSPlug.D Trojan horse2, in that its installer is a downloader, which contacts a remote server to download the files it installs. This means that, in the future, the downloader may be able to install other payloads than the one it currently installs.

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