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Apple, Google Agree To Settle Lawsuit Alleging Hiring Conspiracy

kerrbear Re:Misleading headline (108 comments)

Really burns me up when companies cry "Free Market! Free Market!" then conspire to make the market less free. Hey Apple, how about if all the manufacturing companies conspire to keep their prices the same so you can't make any deals. Oh, but that would make you angry wouldn't it.

about 5 months ago

Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?

kerrbear Re:Skynet (514 comments)

Yet another predictor.

Bring on the Terminators.

Maybe Terminators, or maybe this

about 8 months ago

Even After NSA Leaks, Government Still Trusted Over Private Firms

kerrbear NSA can't even catch the knuckleheads! (234 comments)

But such supreme knuckle-heads are surely likely to make so many mistakes — like advertising on Facebook or searching there or in chatrooms for co-conspirators — that sophisticated and costly communications data banks are scarcely needed to track them down

The Boston Marathon duo were supreme knuckle-heads and the NSA still did not discover them. So even the knuckleheads aren't found with their surveillance.

about 9 months ago

GM's CEO Rejects Repaying Feds for Bailout Losses

kerrbear Re:real socialism (356 comments)

but I will also complain about the military buying weapon systems that it arguably doesn't need and will almost certainly find an excuse to use.


about 9 months ago

Health Exchange Sites Crushed By Demand; Shutdown Blanks Other Gov't Sites

kerrbear Re:It was a glitch (565 comments)

It was a glitch because it affects the peons. Besides if Apple had all the problems this system did they would of been crucified in the newspapers and everywhere else.

Agreed. Remember the Apple maps problems.

Also, I don't get why they just didn't phase this in slowly. Why not just have everyone with a name that begins with 'A' get on today, 'B' tomorrow, etc. Or use the last 2 digits of your SSN for it. I bet even if it wasn't strictly enforced and they just asked nicely it probably would have worked out better than it did.

about a year ago

NSA Foils Much Internet Encryption

kerrbear Re:SSH? (607 comments)

Regardless, what it is, it can't be a solution to all crypto, because these governments apparently asked the newspapers not to publish on the grounds that people might switch to stronger systems that worked.

Or that's what they want us to think...

1 year,15 days

Bacteria Behaviour Can Shed Light On How Financial Markets Work

kerrbear Re:OK get this (91 comments)

Not the wisdom of crowds but the wisdom of curd.


about a year ago

Yahoo Puts AltaVista To Death

kerrbear Re:AltaVista (176 comments)

In my thinking, although your point may carry too, Google nuked Alta-Vista because it had a page free from clutter. Back then everyone was trying to be a portal and Alta-vista and Yahoo, etc. looked like crap and I recall the load time being so long because of all the crap they flung at you. This was back in phone modem days. Then along comes Google with a single line on a white page. I thought, "wow, they are not trying to exploit me." and whether they were or not, it worked. Once they established the reputation, then they were able to use their resources to improve the search continually.

about a year ago

Apple-1 Sells For $671,400, Breaks Previous Auction Record

kerrbear Re:Metaphores. (79 comments)

well, W is transposed to the same numerical value as 6 in Hebrew. So when you type in your www guess what your doing..

Actually, V is 6 and there is no W in hebrew so 6 is used. Also the numbers are added together when they are places together similar to roman numerals so www would be 18 (6+6+6) and not 666.

This WWW=666 was a popular thing on the internet back in the mid 90s.

The number of the beast is only 666 in later christian scripture. According to 3rd century christian texts unearthed by Archeologists the number of the beast is actually 616 and methinks that constitutes prior art.

This is interesting, but here is an argument against, saying that there was another contemporary text found that had 666.

Much of the recent stir about 616 has arisen due to renewed studies of a group of very old manuscripts originally discovered in 1895 by archaeologists at the site of an ancient garbage dump in Oxyrhynchus in Egypt. Many of the Oxyrhynchus manuscripts consist of New Testament papyri, and are very old when compared to other manuscripts. One of them named P115 (also called P. Oxy. 4499), dates from around 300 AD and contains some or all of 12 chapters from the Book of Revelation, including Revelation 13:18. It records 616 as the number of the beast using Greek letters (see figure 1). Because of this manuscript’s age, some have jumped to the conclusion that this must be the original reading. However, this conclusion cannot be made. Other evidence must be considered. For example, three manuscripts from the Chester Beatty Papyri include portions of the New Testament. One of these named P47, dates from the 3rd century and contains chapters 9-17 of Revelation. In its reading of Revelation 13:18, it states that the number of the beast is 666, using Greek letters (see figure 2). So, two equally old papyri have both readings – 666 and 616.

I would argue that it is likely 666 because that falls in line with John's style of writing in the document. John uses explicit and implicit numbers to signify meaning in the text. 7 is the number of perfection- so 7 and lists of seven items are related. 3 implies a unified trinity; good or bad. 10 in both number and lists of ten items refer to human culture. 12 and lists of twelve refer to God's people. Six is one less than 7, implying an attempt at perfection but missing it. It would likely not make sense for John to use 616. A lot of people make hay about the numbers in Revelation, but it's more likely that it was a literary or poetic device John was using to convey symbolic meanings.

Oh, and just in case somebody wants to OT me: my family bought an Apple ][ when they first came out. We still have it. I wonder if it's worth anything :)

about a year ago

Google Fiber: Why Traditional ISPs Are Officially On Notice

kerrbear Re:Oy. (408 comments)

Didn't have mod points today so I'll just symbolically give you a +1 funny compliment. This made me laugh out loud.

about a year and a half ago

NASCAR Tries To Squelch Video of Spectators Injured By Crash

kerrbear Re:"out of respect for those injured"? (359 comments)

Agreed. IDK if someone has said this already, but my first thought was simply they forced it down out of embarrassment. I'm sure they were aware it was not theirs to begin with. They are suppressing all video to avoid blame and worse: i.e. loss of fans due to disgust or fear.

about a year and a half ago

Scientist Seeks 'Adventurous Human Woman' For Neanderthal Baby

kerrbear Re:No he's not (697 comments)

Yes, you have a good solution. Having more than one would probably solve that issue. Of course there are still the ethical concerns with the failures involved in cloning humans (do Neanderthals qualify as human?) and those only multiply if you make a whole bunch of them.

about a year and a half ago

Scientist Seeks 'Adventurous Human Woman' For Neanderthal Baby

kerrbear Re:No he's not (697 comments)

Even if somebody did do this to study a real Neanderthal, I can see a potential problem. We know that cloning results in many failures and deformities before success (Dolly was after many tries I believe). So how could we know if it was a "normal" Neanderthal? It might be born deformed or mentally handicapped simply because of the cloning process. Then our perception of what they were like would be skewed by the process.

about a year and a half ago

Star Wars Fans Plan Full-Size Millennium Falcon Replica

kerrbear Re:Not sure but... (129 comments)

They're building that thing? They're braver than I thought.

about 2 years ago

Fiber Optic Spanner (Wrench) Developed

kerrbear At Last! (65 comments)

Now I can finally put the screws back in on my laptop!

about 2 years ago

Paintball Pellets As a Tool To Deflect Asteroids

kerrbear Re:Why worry (153 comments)

Now imagine an Earth where only managers and bankers and politicians will survive. The living will envy the dead.

Fixed that for you.

about 2 years ago

Experts Warn About Security Flaws In Airline Boarding Passes

kerrbear Re:Profiling (199 comments)

The SSSS Eh? Isn't that carrying alliteration a little far?

about 2 years ago


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