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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

mk1004 Just Different Problems (865 comments)

So these key fobs that are used on push-button ignitions have their own issues. RF interference is one. A guy I work with had his car towed because he couldn't start his car, had a module replaced on car, only to find out that it was RF interference that was the culprit.

about 5 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

mk1004 Re:bonus (664 comments)

[citation needed]

Seriously, some of these stolen iPhones are done as a crime of opportunity. The police probably recognize that and don't think it's worth the trouble. They'll end up spending tons of money prosecuting some kid over something worth a few hundred bucks. I don't know what the ratio of career criminals/opportunist scumbags is, but to assume that following up on a typical phone theft will lead to some crime syndicate is silly.

about 5 months ago
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iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

mk1004 Re:Maybe not? (386 comments)

That's a good point. Someone, for instance, might have some inside knowledge of a company that's being discussed in a thread. How about this: You can post AC once per 24 hours? Or three ACs max in a week?

On Ars, you can ignore posts from any particular individual. Suppose /. allowed you to block individual accounts, including AC? Block them, and the posts don't exist for you.

Ars does have its issues, but it's a lot easier to find well thought-out posts on an issue there than on /..

about 6 months ago
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iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

mk1004 Re:Maybe not? (386 comments)

Sock puppet are people too, my friend.

I quit /. for awhile and came back when the war on beta was in full swing. My issue before was mainly the ACs. Just witnessing a drive-by was painful. Unfortunately, I've yet to find any site that has the breadth and depth of slashdot's coverage on technical issues. You can find insightful posts if you can get through the surrounding dreck. The closest replacement I've found so far is Ars Technica.

I'll probably be downmodded/trolled into oblivion for saying this, but maybe it's time for AC comments to go away. Just getting rid of the "clean my PC" crap would make it worth the loss of the good parts of the AC system.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Fixes Major SSL Bug In OS X, iOS

mk1004 Re:Snow Leopard (96 comments)

You're right; it's a 2007 model purchased in 2008. The point is, it can't run anything beyond 10.7 (without limited workarounds), and 10.6 is not getting any updates. My point was that Snow Leopard isn't getting any updates, and older hardware is limited as to what you can upgrade to.

It seems to be a shame that hardware that can last for 6+ years has to be abandoned because the OS is no longer supported.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Fixes Major SSL Bug In OS X, iOS

mk1004 Re:Snow Leopard (96 comments)

No, I've got a 2008 Mac Mini that was updated to Snow Leopard, and I haven't seen any updates for awhile. Newegg also wouldn't let me order using the Mini because of the older version of Safari that runs on SL.

If I upgrade to 2G of RAM, it looks like I can upgrade to Lion, but not Mountain Lion. I was going to upgrade the RAM anyway because it seems to run a bit sluggish, but the Mini maxes out at 2G, which is the lower limit of Lion. So it may be a wash, performance-wise.

about 6 months ago
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Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

mk1004 Re:But is it a class M planet? (239 comments)

Is there air?

Another time I wish /. allowed editing posts.

about 6 months ago
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Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

mk1004 Re:But is it a class M planet? (239 comments)

It's an alien planet! Is there air! You don't know!

about 6 months ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

mk1004 Re:You get what you pay for.. (581 comments)

OK, over half are millionaires. They are millionaires before they get to DC. My point is that they use the office to make even more money, both while they are there, and after they retire from office. Not sure how a big pay increase fixes that.

Further, they all take campaign donations, regardless of their wealth. That influences them before the even win an election. It will be more difficult for for poor/middle class people to raise money for a campaign. Do you propose that we pay everyone who runs for office too?

about 6 months ago
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Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

mk1004 Re:Great for learning programming, too! (101 comments)

I must have missed the part in the article that said they were to be used for programming. The idea is that students use them for studying for all classes. With Chromebooks, it needs to be pretty much all web-based, but that should be doable. If they are teaching programming, they can get a few Raspberry Pi modules (kidding) or a few regular desktops with whatever OS you want to teach in.

about 6 months ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

mk1004 Re:You get what you pay for.. (581 comments)

More than half of the politicians in DC are millionaires, so how might that play into the "incompetents" factor? Once they are there, they all learn pretty quickly how to get money from lobbyists, as will as line up post-political employment by doing 'favors' for corporations that end up getting the a spot on some board of directors for one or more firms.

about 6 months ago
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Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

mk1004 Re:San Francisco: crazy again (371 comments)

Considering how well our local governments, LEO, and Congress have been at doing that, I suppose any suggestions by you or me couldn't make things worse.

about 6 months ago
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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

mk1004 Re:The Slide-to-Unlock Claim, for reference (408 comments)

Actually, the jury foreman stated in a post trial interview that he told the rest of the jury that because the code from one example of prior art couldn't be dropped into the iPhone and run, it wasn't valid as prior art. This was against juror instructions, and the rest of the jury went along because he claimed to know what he was talking about. http://www.bbc.com/news/techno... http://www.groklaw.net/article...

about 6 months ago
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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

mk1004 Re:Seems pretty different, not a gesture (408 comments)

Well, Apple has a patent on their magnetic power connector. We were using magnetic power connectors for counter top fryers decades ago. Apparently, Apple was the first laptop manufacturer that remembered those appliances, and boom, "on a computer" makes it patentable. I just don't agree if you say it wasn't obvious, at least to anyone who remembered those fryers.

about 6 months ago
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European Court of Justice Strikes Down Data Retention Law

mk1004 Re:Good for them. (77 comments)

My first, cynical thought was that they did it because the businesses told them that doing so would reduce their profit margins.

about 6 months ago
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Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

mk1004 Re:San Francisco: crazy again (371 comments)

Or maybe gentrification runs out the poor, hard working population along with the poor, criminal riff-raff.

about 6 months ago
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Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

mk1004 Re:Smart Cars = HiTech ??? (371 comments)

That's pretty much what I was thinking. A Corolla gets 30/40 mpg, is just shy of $17K starting, and carries at least 4 people. I just don't see anyone buying a Smart car unless they are trying to be trendy.

about 6 months ago
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FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

mk1004 Re:Isn't this how Free Trade works!!! (325 comments)

That's why we have so many illegal immigrants. "If I don't hire them (for peanuts), my competitors will and I'll go out of business!" Democrats see illegal immigrants as future voters, Republicans see them as cheap labor. Same with H-1B visa workers. Eliminate or reduce the H-1B visas and eliminate illegal immigration and wages will go up. Your comment only applies when our Congressmen game the system, and not even then precisely. Employers pay the prevailing rate, which often would be higher than minimum wage if there was no gaming. The comment about CEO pay is a non-sequitur for this topic.

about 7 months ago
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FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

mk1004 Re:Ya know ... (325 comments)

Except that Citizens United works like this: A rich guy and a poor guy both go talk to a politician about an issue. The rich guy stuffs money into the politician's pocket, the poor guy can't. Guess which way the politician votes? When all men were created equal, apparently that doesn't include influence in the laws that are passed.

Neither unions or corporations should be allowed to steer money to politicians. If corporations, unions, and individuals are limited as to the monetary influence that can make, that levels the playing field.

about 7 months ago

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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

mk1004 mk1004 writes  |  about 6 months ago

mk1004 (2488060) writes "This is yet another story about H-1B workers displacing American workers. In the article from Computerworld, we hear about a loophole that allows companies to replace existing workers with H-1B workers."
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Tech Talent Sortage and Guestworkers

mk1004 mk1004 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mk1004 (2488060) writes "The Atlantic has an article, based upon an Economic Policy Institute report http://www.epi.org/publication/bp359-guestworkers-high-skill-labor-market-analysis/, saying that America's tech-talent shortage is a myth. As noted in the article, the current immigration bill running through the Senate would greatly increase the number of H1-B visas, solving a non-existing problem. The EPI report states that "U.S. employers have access to the world’s largest body of STEM students.""
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Google Asks Federal Judge to Challenge National Security Letters

mk1004 mk1004 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mk1004 (2488060) writes "From the Washington Post comes an article that says Google is petitioning the court, two weeks after the U.S. District Judge in San Francisco ruled that NSLs are unconstitutional because they “violate the First Amendment and separation of powers principles.” It reported that Google filed a petition to “set aside the legal process,” citing a provision that allows judges to modify or deny NSLs that are “unreasonable, oppressive, or otherwise unlawful.” EFF attorney Matt Zimmerman was quoted as saying “the people who are in the best position to challenge the practice are people like Google. So far no one has really stood up for their users.”"
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Lawmakers Listen to Opponent of H-1B Visas

mk1004 mk1004 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mk1004 (2488060) writes "Patrick Thibodeau at ComputerWorld writes that lawmakers are listening, behind closed doors, to business owners who are opposed to bringing in IT workers using H-1B visas. Reducing H-1B IT workers could make careers in IT desirable again, argues one CEO."
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Did Garland Police Violate 4th Amendment Rights In Search?

mk1004 mk1004 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mk1004 (2488060) writes "The Dallas Morning News reports on a search for a convected felon at his brother's house. Surveillance cameras caught images of officers searching a parked car on the property, a duffel bag on the ground, and peering inside of the house. At one point, an officer turned one of the surveillance cameras, reportedly breaking the mount. There was an arrest warrant for the property owner's brother. Where's the line for unreasonable searches? There are videos of the officers in action at the link."
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CAPTCHA Using Ad-Based Verification

mk1004 mk1004 writes  |  about a year ago

mk1004 (2488060) writes "Yahoo news has an article explaining how the text-based CAPTCHA is giving way to ad-based challenge/response. It's claimed that users are faster at responding to familiar logos, shortening the amount of time they spend proving that they are human."
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Google Donates 15,000 Raspberry Pi to UK School Kids

mk1004 mk1004 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mk1004 (2488060) writes "Slashdot hasn't been keeping up with the required one Raspberry Pi article per week, so here's this one: PC Magazine reports that Google is donating 15K Raspberry Pi to UK School Kids. Given this was the stated goal of the Raspberry Pi organization, it appears to be good news."
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It's Official: Apple is a Religion

mk1004 mk1004 writes  |  about 2 years ago

mk1004 (2488060) writes "From CNET's Chris Matyszczyk we learn that Anthropologist Dr. Kirsten Bell has determined that Apple meets all of the requirements to be a religion. No, that doesn't mean that you can take what you've paid for Apple products as a charitable deduction. Are we wired to try to find spiritual fulfillment anywhere we can?"
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Apple, Google, Samsung, FRAND: What the ITC has to say

mk1004 mk1004 writes  |  about 2 years ago

mk1004 (2488060) writes "Groklaw has an interesting entry showing ITC Judge E. James Gildea's ruling against Apple regarding Samsung's claims for several of its patents. The article notes that the judge ruled that Samsung's price was not a violation of FRAND, that injunctions were permissible at the ITC, and that there was no patent exhaustion.

Interestingly, the judge noted that Apple didn't even try to negotiate a price using the procedures available to it as a member of ETSI, and instead was trying to use the courts as a negotiating tool."

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Google Announces Pricing for KC area Internet Service

mk1004 mk1004 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mk1004 (2488060) writes "Google revealed pricing for its Gigabit internet service: $70/month. An optional TV service can be added for $50/month. Interestingly, they will also provide a 5Mbps service with no monthly fees and a $300 installation fee. There was no indication of how Google might get revenue from these households opting for the slower service."
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Who's Betting on America's Future?

mk1004 mk1004 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mk1004 (2488060) writes "The Progressive Policy Institute, a self-proclaimed centrist group, has published a list of "Investment Heroes;" companies investing in infrastructure like equipment and software. How would you rank the companies in their list and why?"
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Senator Grassley Pushes for Tougher H-1B Enforcement

mk1004 mk1004 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mk1004 (2488060) writes "Computerworld says that the industry lobbying group TechNet is calling on Congress to eliminate the per-country cap on H-1B workers. Last year a bill was passed in the house, 389-to-15, to remove the cap. Grassley put a hold on the bill in the Senate, indicating that he would be willing to lift the cap if companies faced an annual audit. The US currently allows 140K H-1B workers, but allows only 7% of those to come from any one country."
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Senator Tells Apple and Google to "Curb your spy planes"

mk1004 mk1004 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mk1004 (2488060) writes "US Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has written both companies regarding their use of "military-grade spy planes." The Senator claims concerns ranging from voyeurism to terrorism. Suggested protections: Warn when areas are going to be imaged, give property"
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Two Powerful Spy Space 'Scopes 'Gifted' to NASA

mk1004 mk1004 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mk1004 (2488060) writes "Discovery.com tells us about two spy satellites that have been given to NASA by the National Reconnaissance Office. The NRO won't tell what the intended use of the satellites was. It's pointed out the the satellites are more powerful than the Hubble. The biggest issue is that the satellites will need to be completely refitted and launched at NASA's expense."
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