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US Wants Apple, Google, and Microsoft To Get a Grip On Mobile Privacy

kitezh Re:Android already does this...Not quite... (103 comments)

The BlackBerry Playbook does exactly this. When you install the app, you see what permissions it is requesting and have the option to disable some. You can also go back into the settings to review and change what permissions each app has. I also dislike the "take it or leave it" approach Android has with app permissions, and I consider it a strike against any Android device for my next phone.

about a year and a half ago

A Wrinkle For Biometric Systems: Irises Change Over Time

kitezh Re:uh.... (59 comments)

Or with contact lenses. I found this out myself after wearing contacts for a couple of years. After wearing them longer each day than I should have, my eyes began growing extra blood vessels to bring oxygen to the cornea where it was covered by the lens. It most definitely changed the pattern in my irises.

more than 2 years ago

Do you like your cell phone?

kitezh Re:Who needs smartphones (396 comments)

I'm also in Atlantic Canada. Have you looked into the Pay as You Go/Prepaid plan with Rogers or Bell Aliant? They offer daily or weekly data packages you activate when you need it. These range from $1-2/day to $5/week with Rogers. Caller ID is included with prepaid.

I'm currently on Pay as You Go with my basic phone, but when I finally decide to replace it, I'd buy the phone outright and stick with the prepaid plans. I don't know about your usage -- $100 prepaid is good for a year, but even if it only lasts you three months, it's still cheaper than getting locked into a 3 year contract at $50-70/month.

more than 2 years ago

I am preparing for Hurricane Irene ...

kitezh Re:Water and preparations (147 comments)

The Public Safety branch of the Canadian government has a website with some tips for preparing for situations like this. They have some recommendations of items to keep in a 72-hour emergency kit. Visit for more info. I have most of the items scattered about my home; I just need to run off some extra water into a jug and get it all together in one spot.

about 3 years ago

A Klingon Christmas Carol

kitezh Re:You might want to double check your work... (170 comments)

"Daq taH joq ghobe' Daq taH" means "It survives the site, it waves/flutters, no, it survives the site".

Sounds like the motto for a Slashdot badge of honour if a website survives a slashdotting.

more than 3 years ago

The best day of the week, generally:

kitezh Re:Sunday, of course (510 comments)

If you read in Romans, Paul strongly advocates against this kind of thinking. The Law (10 Commandments) are provided to point out what is right and wrong. The new covenant with Christians is that God's laws will be written in our hearts and minds, not on stone (Hebrews 8:10). The laws themselves haven't changed.

Keep reading through Acts and other books of the New Testament and you will see the early church still keeping the Saturday Sabbath. It wasn't until hundreds of years after Christ that the church decided to make Sunday the "official" day of rest (Sabbath in Christianity, Wikipedia).

What can be confusing is separating the 10 Commandments, the unchangeable law of God, with the rest of the ceremonial laws described by Moses. It is the ceremonial law (sacrifices, rituals for cleaning, etc.) that were no longer necessary, because they contained symbols that pointed forward to the Messiah. Once He arrived, they were no longer necessary. Note, however, that Jesus never said to get rid of the 10 Commandments while He was on earth. In fact, He kept them all Himself.

Think of it this way: if these no longer applied, then stealing and killing are OK, and so is lying and dishonouring your parents. Idolatry and having gods other than God would also be acceptable. This is exactly the opposite of what God wanted.

more than 3 years ago

Shuttle Atlantis Lands Safely After Final Official Mission

kitezh Not really 120 Million Miles (125 comments)

It was falling most of the time. It's like me pushing a car over the edge of the Grand Canyon and claiming that the extra kilometer is wear on the vehicle. Considering the peak for low earth orbit is around 350 km, so actual travel done by the shuttle would be about 700 km per trip. At roughly one launch per year, that's still less than 20,000 km. I drive more than that in a year.

more than 4 years ago

EU Demands Canada Gut Its Copyright and Patent Laws

kitezh Re:Policy laundering (324 comments)

If I, as a Canadian school in Canada decide to present a DVD to my class, or make a photocopy of a book, for educative purposes, the US or other countries cannot arrest me.

Other than the fact that you are breaking Canadian copyright laws. So no, the US can't arrest you, but the RCMP might.

more than 4 years ago

Secret Service Runs At "Six Sixes" Availability

kitezh Re:Two Satans (248 comments)

Can you convert that into a more familiar unit, like Library of Congresses?

You know the Library of Congresses is a pretty reliable machine. Does anybody know what its downtime is?

The downtime for the Library of Congress is 4:30 pm - 8:30 am, Monday - Friday, and all day Sunday. That translates into an uptime of about 28.6%. If you take the Secret Service 68% as uptime, then it would be 2.4 Library of Congresses.

more than 4 years ago

Considering Cheaper Pico-Projectors As Standard Equipment On Cell Phones

kitezh Re:How big and bright can these things project? (146 comments)

Just think of what it could do for the 30 second elevator pitch, if you could project your short corporate/marketing slideshow on the elevator doors. Marketing people would love this, as it would drive their sales pitch home for both visual and non-visual learners.

more than 4 years ago

OpenOffice 3.2 Released

kitezh Re:Just Faster??? I wish I was just Richer!!! (260 comments)

Calc 3.1 adds multiple rows the same as Excel. Select multiple rows, then either Insert | Rows or right-click the row labels & select Insert Rows. For a shortcut, if you're on Windows, use Shortcut Key + i.

more than 4 years ago

Study Says OOXML Unsuitable For Norwegian Government

kitezh Re:Fredonia (145 comments)

I think you spelled Fedora wrong.

more than 4 years ago

Toyota Pedal Issue Highlights Move To Electronics

kitezh Re:Camry Hybrid & drive by wire (913 comments)

Don't forget that the US gallon is smaller than the imperial gallon, too.

more than 4 years ago

Making It Hard For Extraterrestrials To Hear Us

kitezh Re:This has its perks (374 comments)

There are other galaxies closer than Andromeda. The Small Magellanic Cloud is a dwarf galaxy, located only 200,000 light years away. The Large Magellanic Cloud is 160,000 ly, and there are two others even closer (also dwarf galaxies), with the closest only 25,000 ly ( from Earth.

more than 4 years ago

The DIY $10 Prepaid Cellphone Remote Car Starter

kitezh Re: Idling is bad for the engine (454 comments)

A coolant flush will do wonders for how quickly your heater heats up. I had mine done after about 4 years according to the scheduled maintenance and I was getting heat in roughly half the time it took before the flush.

more than 4 years ago

National Satiety Alert System should be set at ...

kitezh Re:International (272 comments)

Not in Canada. We're commonwealth, but we celebrate in early-mid October.

more than 4 years ago

Tokyo Students Design a New Robotic Muscle Suit

kitezh Re:Color me Unimpressed (55 comments)

When I first saw the photos, I though he was carrying around a bunch of pillows.

more than 4 years ago

Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?

kitezh Re:Keepass (1007 comments)

I second Keepass.You can have it suggest passwords based on length or acceptable characters. You can also organize your passwords by categories (like folders). Just don't forget your master password. If you don't like using a master password, you can use a digital key instead stored at a separate location (like a thumb drive). Plus, it comes not only for Windows, but there are ports for Linux/Max OSX, iPhone, Blackberry, Palm, etc.

more than 4 years ago


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