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Wi-Fi Shown To Interfere With Aircraft Systems

mattwrock New Expensive WI-FI coming soon? (300 comments)

Boeing is probably working on a "new" WI-FI system. It isn't different than the current system, but the airlines can charge a premium price for it.

more than 3 years ago

How Cyborg Tech Could Link the Minds of the World

mattwrock Watching anime Again? (219 comments)

I guess the author has been watching "Ghost In The Shell - Standalone Complex" on Saturday nights on Adult Swim...

more than 3 years ago

Supreme Court Rules On Corporate Privacy

mattwrock Don't Worry AT&T (408 comments)

I am sure if you make some "donations", a bill will quickly be passed to change this ruling. I think bill's name will be the "Freedom Defense".

more than 3 years ago

Google Pulls 21 Malware Apps From Android Market

mattwrock Thank Goodness (242 comments)

Angry Birds wasn't on the list. It only steals my free time. I understand the sex position, hilton sex sound, and screaming sexy Japanese girls, but scientific calculator? WTF?

more than 3 years ago

Apple in Talks to Improve Sound Quality of Music Downloads

mattwrock About Time (450 comments)

Apple can finally throw their weight around and get better quality music. Apple can get auto tuners banned, have singers write their own lyrics and bands will no longer be "created" by studio execs.... oh you mean sound quality... who cares then...

more than 3 years ago

Libya Warns Against Use of Facebook

mattwrock The Will Of The People (146 comments)

It goes to show that enough people want something, they will get it. This works for good and evil purposes. The people who question middle east democracy will lose either a lot of money or influence. It makes me wonder if people in the US would have the will to ask for their freedoms back. The Patriot act, and the TSA are a few of the major examples of how we are moving away from the rule of law (as of the Constitution) and the will of the people. There are many reasons for fragmentation, but I don't believe you could enough people on the same page to scare the government. It's easy to complain here and other web sites about the situation, it is quite another to stand up for what you believe in when a gun is pointed at your head.

more than 3 years ago

Teenager Tries To Hire Hitman Via Facebook

mattwrock A Classic Story (464 comments)

Boy meetsgGirl, boy rapes girl, and tries to have her killed... Wait, I don't think I saw that on the Sopranos... What a douchebag!

more than 3 years ago

The Seven Types of Hackers

mattwrock Wait A Second (178 comments)

I always considered myself a hacker in its original sense. Someone who modded an existing piece of hardware or software to suit their needs, or to work around an existing issue. My latest and most simplest "hack" is getting Froyo on my phone, since my carrier wouldn't send the update. Where am I on the list? Certainly not Hackivist. I guess I am now a "modder" or "homebrewer". I am afraid that the previous terms will be added to the hacker list, with the word criminal added in front.

more than 3 years ago

Cheap Games a Risk To the Industry, Says Nintendo President

mattwrock Price is always key (310 comments)

The reason I, as a man in his mid 40s, is still playing DS games is because of the price. GBA handhelds were inexpensive, and for 10-15$, taking a flyer on a game was an easy decision. DSI on the other hand is nearly 200$, and titles are moving into the 40$ range. While I like titles like Professor Layton, I don't feel very compelled to buy, let alone play casual titles for that price. With the advent of games like Angry Birds, I can get my casual game fix for less. If Nintendo wants me to play their titles again, don't sell me a Raving Rabbids mini game at full price. Set your prices to 10-20$, with the upper end being a Zelda type game. I know you want more money Nintendo, but I don't have it for you. Since you now have to compete against free games, lower your price. In the long run you will make more money. If not, I am sure somebody like HTC will buy you out to put "retro" Mario games on the smartphones.

more than 3 years ago

Ballmer Turns To Geeks For Salvation

mattwrock Sounds Like Egypt (370 comments)

Getting some heat from your "constituents"? reshuffle some underlings and call it change. Ballmer isn't going anywhere anytime soon...

more than 3 years ago

Designers Create Meat Eating Furniture

mattwrock This Is Great (120 comments)

I was wondering when we would build blood thirsty robots(tm)! All we need is a hacker to release a virus to crave humans. Even if you don't think this is fiction, the sad thing is that is would be a better movie than the summer blockbusters scheduled this summer. Of course machines using humans as fuel was in movie... what was the name of that movie?

more than 3 years ago

Do Tools Ever 'Die?'

mattwrock Tools (615 comments)

I wanted to say Bill Gates, but since he "curing" polio, I will go with Larry Ellison

more than 3 years ago

Carmack Says NGP Is a 'Generation Beyond' Smartphones

mattwrock Way to Differentiate (190 comments)

Sony has lost their minds... again. Why do they think power is the key to gaming? If you make your device look like a smartphone, have similar functions to a smartphone, and even use 3G, then most consumers are going to compare you to a smartphone. Your $500 gaming device will be going up against Angry Birds, a cute and free app that works on my phone. Most phones also play Farmville and Mafia Wars too. Say what you will about these games, but they are wildly popular, free, and easy to use on my phone. So your device only plays games? Meh. Nintendo will win because they are differentiating themselves by using 3D (with no glasses). If it plays all of the DS games nicely, it is looked upon as an upgrade to the current handheld. 3D makes it a gaming console in the minds of the consumers because no smartphones are even planned to have this functionality. Smartphones for simple games, Nintendo for 3D games.

more than 3 years ago

Court Rules Dungeons and Dragons Threatens Prison Security

mattwrock Who Knew (353 comments)

I was gangsta way back in 81'. Suck on it bitches, the druid's in da house!

more than 3 years ago

The Rise and Rise of the Cognitive Elite

mattwrock Old Man Rant (671 comments)

I have been in the IT field for 20 years. It's not about how hard you work in school or at work. It is getting the job done on time, making your boss look good, and social networking. If you are a nice guy who can explain technical issues in a non-technical way, you will have many more opportunities for advancement. On the college side, the problem isn't the students, but the parents. I walked to school everyday rain, snow, or shine until I got my driver's license. It wasn't a big deal though, all of my friends did it too. Somehow though, they bought into this nonsense that nameless faceless people would steal their children. Maybe they have extremely low self esteem and live vicariously through their kids. Parents today do not let their kids out of their sight for more than 15 minutes. I see too many "helicopter" parents hovering over their children and their friends. Part of critical thinking is learning from mistakes. Parents have to let their children be independent and make some mistakes so they can figure out how the world works.

more than 3 years ago

Kentucky Announces Creationism Theme Park

mattwrock I live close to the Museum (648 comments)

The creation museum is not far from Cincinnati, in Northern Kentucky. The seriously messed up thing is that they use DINOSAURS to promote the creation Museum. I am guessing they will use scientists to promote the theme park.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Sues Steve Jobs Figurine Maker Over Likeness

mattwrock There's A Statue for for That (172 comments)

In the People's Republic of China, rights of personality are established by statute.

I thought it should be STATUE instead!

more than 3 years ago

Oxford Scientists Say Dogs Are Smarter Than Cats

mattwrock Sheep Are Smarter Than Humans! (716 comments)

So all this posturing about "sheeple" means that we are getting smarter! I guess it also proves evolution too...

more than 3 years ago

Autonomous Audi TT Conquers Pike's Peak

mattwrock We Need Robot Cars In Ohio (187 comments)

I am sure everyplace would have their share of stupid drivers, but I think we have a higher share of them here. The standard operating procedure for merging here to never let anyone in front of you... ever. Just speed up move and brake hard. Since you don't want to let your adversaries, er... fellow drivers know your intentions, never signal your turn. Given that our fastest drivers drive in the lanes designated for slower drivers because some drivers drive just under the speed limit in our fastest lane to "set an example" for the faster drivers, Ohio is a real mess. The other fun thing is our cops (local and state) will bust you if your even 5 miles over the speed limit. Beside the obvious life saving measures, our traffic flow, and even our wallets improve. On a side note, has anyone done research on the impact of NOT losing 35,000 people every year. I don't want to sound morose, but wow that would have major implications on our resources. I would rather keep people alive and try to fix our resource problems though.

more than 3 years ago



Windows 96 T urns 15, Has Mircosfot Peaked?

mattwrock mattwrock writes  |  about 4 years ago

mattwrock writes "Windows 95 turns 15, but this is the first time I have seen in the "mainstream" press questioning the future of Microsoft. The chief threat to Microsoft and Apple is the "Generic Web Experience", which Apple does has an entrant. If the mainstream press is talking about Microsoft that people on Slashdot has been saying for some time, is Microsoft worried?"
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Talking To Your Family About Public Domain

mattwrock mattwrock writes  |  about 4 years ago

mattwrock writes "My daughter wants to work for Disney, and I told her that I didn't like them because of their abuse of the public domain. I then tried unsuccessfully to show my family that not giving back to the public domain is bad for everybody. Their response was that Disney created the images, even if they didn't create the story, and that they should be allowed to keep them out of the public domain for as long as they want. Has anyone been able to talk to their families about issues like public domain abuse or net neutrality?"


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