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Competitors Complain To EC That Free Android Is a 'Trojan Horse'

mrquagmire Re:what is stopping them from doing the same thing (315 comments)

Whoa, slow down there. Nobody wants competition here. They want to manipulate the government into giving them an advantage through preferential legislation. You know, capitalism.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Practices Impede Developers' Productivity?

mrquagmire Offshoring (457 comments)

Offshoring any part of the development process.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Coding Standards Make a Difference?

mrquagmire Code review? (430 comments)

What is this "code review" you speak of?

about a year and a half ago
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Raspberry Pi Team Launches Pi Store

mrquagmire Re:Wait, what?? (91 comments)

So? What's the problem? If you don't find what they're offering worth what they're asking for it, then don't buy it.

It's not like it's an Apple device that forces you to only use their app store.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Need a Phone At Your Desk?

mrquagmire Re:Cell phones suck (445 comments)

You've clearly never tried to have a conversation using an actual half-duplex device.

about a year and a half ago
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NYC Police Gathering Cellphone Logs

mrquagmire Re:And have they EVER used this to bust a criminal (122 comments)

Exactly. They couldn't care less about actually tracking down your cell phone and busting the person who stole it. All they want is the data.

about a year and a half ago
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Nate Silver's Numbers Indicate Probable Obama Win, World Agrees

mrquagmire What about vote tampering? (881 comments)

Does this model account for any direct or indirect vote tampering?

about a year and a half ago
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Stolen Cellphone Databases Switched On In US

mrquagmire Re:Why block them? (165 comments)

Do you really think cops give two sh*ts about a stolen cell phone? Or stolen anything for that matter? Have you ever had anything stolen? Unless the thief literally falls into their laps, I guarantee they're not going to do anything about it.

about a year and a half ago
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Shut Up and Play Nice: How the Western World Is Limiting Free Speech

mrquagmire Re:Another Double Standard (1160 comments)

And what about all the hate that so many religions teach to their followers toward others outside of their particular brand? That offends me. Or is that type of hate ok because it comes disguised as an Official Religion®?

about 2 years ago
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The Story of Nokia MeeGo

mrquagmire Re:subcontracting (125 comments)

Fully understood. But you'd think at some point that the myth of cost-savings-by-outsourcing would come to light.

Or maybe I'm giving them too much credit.

about 2 years ago
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The Story of Nokia MeeGo

mrquagmire subcontracting (125 comments)

"...it was difficult to keep hold of the quality of the subcontractors' work..."
"...bad code written in India..."
"...communication problems..."

I'm shocked. How upper management types keep justifying this model with "lower costs" is completely beyond me.

about 2 years ago
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Apple CEO Tim Cook Apologizes For Maps App, Recommends Alternatives

mrquagmire Re:Steve Jobs wouldn't apologize (451 comments)

"Our maps aren't inaccurate. Your towns are inaccurate."

about 2 years ago
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Why You Don't Want a $99 Xbox 360

mrquagmire Option 3 (530 comments)

I chose option 3: don't buy an Xbox and do something useful with your time.

more than 2 years ago
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Conservatives' Trust In Science Has Fallen Dramatically Since Mid-1970s

mrquagmire Re:Trust?? (1128 comments)

I understand and appreciate your point but I still believe that there is nothing to trust in "pure" science because it's simply the application of logic and deduction. Unless you don't believe in logic itself, I don't understand how you couldn't believe in science as well.

more than 2 years ago
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Conservatives' Trust In Science Has Fallen Dramatically Since Mid-1970s

mrquagmire Trust?? (1128 comments)

There is no "trust" in science - there is nothing to "believe." Science is just the application of logic and reason to help explain the world around us. So what this article is really saying is that "Conservatives view of the world has dramatically departed reality since 1970." Which sounds pretty plausible to me.

"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.” -Neil DeGrasse Tyson

more than 2 years ago

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H&R Block software glitch to delay 600,000 U.S. tax refunds

mrquagmire mrquagmire writes  |  about a year ago

mrquagmire (2326560) writes "Tax refunds for about 600,000 taxpayers claiming an education credit will be delayed, the Internal Revenue Service said on Wednesday, citing a software glitch at some tax-preparation companies, including industry leader H&R Block Inc. Refunds may be delayed four to six weeks from mid-February, likely not showing up until late March, the IRS said."
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Facebook, Zuckerberg sued over IPO

mrquagmire mrquagmire writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mrquagmire (2326560) writes "Facebook shareholders have sued the social network, CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and a number of banks, alleging that crucial information was concealed ahead of Facebook's IPO.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan this morning, charges the defendants with failing to disclose in the critical days leading up to Friday's initial public offering "a severe and pronounced reduction" in forecasts for Facebook's revenue growth, as users more and more access Facebook through mobile devices, according to Reuters, which cited a law firm for the plaintiffs."

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Iran military shoots down US drone

mrquagmire mrquagmire writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mrquagmire (2326560) writes "TEHRAN — Iran's military said on Sunday it had shot down a US reconnaissance drone aircraft in eastern Iran, a military source told state television.

"Iran's military has downed an intruding RQ-170 American drone in eastern Iran," Iran's Arabic-language Al Alam state television network quoted the unnamed source as saying.

"The spy drone, which has been downed with little damage, was seized by the Iranian armed forces."

Iran's response to the downed US drone's violation of its airspace will not be limited to the country's borders, a military source told state television.

"The Iranian military's response to the American spy drone's violation of our airspace will not be limited to Iran's borders any more," Iran's Arabic language Al Alam television quoted the military source as saying, without giving details."

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84-year-old claims TSA strip-search

mrquagmire mrquagmire writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mrquagmire (2326560) writes "NEW YORK — An 84-year-old Long Island grandmother says she was injured and humiliated during a strip search at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

However, TSA said no strip search of Zimmerman was conducted.

Lenore Zimmerman of Long Beach, L.I., said she was on her way to a flight to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when she was whisked into a private room by security who removed her clothes.

Zimmerman, who is 4'11", told the New York Daily News she is hunched over, walks with a walker, weighs 110 pounds and is going to be 85 years old in July. "Do I look like a terrorist?" she asked."
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Missteps Led to Drone Killing U.S. Troops

mrquagmire mrquagmire writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mrquagmire (2326560) writes "On the evening of April 5, a pilot settled into a leather captain's chair at Creech Air Force Base in southern Nevada and took the controls of a Predator drone flying over one of the most violent areas of southwestern Afghanistan. Three figures, fuzzy blobs on the pilot's small black-and-white screen, lay in a poppy field a couple of hundred yards from the road.

"Hey now, wait. Standby on these," the pilot cautioned. "They could be animals in the field." Seconds later, tiny white flashes appeared by the figures — the heat signature of gunfire. "There they are," he said, now sure he was looking at the enemy.

Thirty-one seconds after the pilot reported muzzle flashes, the Marines at Alcatraz ordered that the Predator be prepared to strike if the shooters could be confirmed as hostile. At 8:49 a.m., 29 minutes after the ambush began, they authorized the pilot to fire. In minutes, two Americans would be dead."

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Cordon Multi-Target Photo-Radar System Leaves No C

mrquagmire mrquagmire writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mrquagmire (2326560) writes "Go easy on the gas, Speed Racer, because Cordon is on its way. Developed by Simicon, this new speed sensor promises to take highway surveillance to new heights of precision. Unlike most photo radar systems, which track only one violator at a time, Simicon's device can simultaneously identify and follow up to 32 vehicles across four lanes. Whenever a car enters its range, the Cordon will automatically generate two images: one from wide-angle view and one closeup shot of the vehicle's license plate. It's also capable of instantly measuring a car's speed and mapping its position, and can easily be synced with other databases via WiFi, 3G or WiMAX. Plus, this device is compact and durable enough to be mounted upon a tripod or atop a road sign, making it even harder for drivers to spot. Fortunately, though, you still have time to change your dragster ways, as distributor Peak Gain Systems won't be bringing the Cordon to North America until the first quarter of 2012. Watch the video."
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US Government Requests for Google User Data Jumps

mrquagmire mrquagmire writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mrquagmire (2326560) writes "The U.S. government wants your information. It's flooding Google with requests for personal information about users for criminal investigations, according to a so-called transparency report the Internet search giant released Tuesday. The number of such requests jumped 29% in six months, Google reported.

U.S. government agencies sent Google 5,950 criminal investigation requests during the first half of 2011 compared with 4,601 requests during the last six months of 2010. Google complied in part or completely with 93% of those requests which can include court orders and subpoenas."

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French ISPs Ordered to Block Access to Police Misc

mrquagmire mrquagmire writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mrquagmire (2326560) writes "The Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris [official website, in French] on Friday ordered [judgment in PDF, in French] French Internet service providers to block access to Copwatch Nord Paris I-D-F, a website designed to allow civilians to post videos of alleged police misconduct. The decision was applauded by the police union, Alliance Police Nationale (APN) [union website, in French], which argued that the website incited violence against police. Jean-Claude Delage, secretary general of the APN, said that "[t]he judges have analyzed the situation perfectly—this site being a threat to the integrity of the police — and made the right decision.""
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Former TSA Agent Admits to Aiding Drug Dealer

mrquagmire mrquagmire writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mrquagmire (2326560) writes "A former federal security officer has admitted helping a man accused of running a drug ring evade security and smuggle money through the Buffalo Niagara Airport.
Minnetta Walker was arrested in March. She admitted Friday in federal court helping the man get around airport security scanners, The Buffalo News reported.
As a behavioral detection officer, Walker was trained to observe and analyze human behavior and had unrestricted access to the airport and its security stations. Sometimes, she'd direct travelers she appeared to know, including Frank, away from security lines where body image scanners or pat-downs might detect large sums of cash, and escort them to their gates so they wouldn't be pulled aside for random inspections, authorities said. She'd also alert travelers to the presence of undercover law enforcement officers, authorities said."

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Women arrested for groping TSA agent at PHX

mrquagmire mrquagmire writes  |  about 3 years ago

mrquagmire (2326560) writes "Phoenix police say 61-year-old Yukari Mihamae is accused of grabbing the left breast of the unidentified TSA agent Thursday afternoon at an airport checkpoint. TSA staff say Mihamae refused to be go through passenger screening and became argumentative before she squeezed and twisted the agent's breast with both hands."
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TSA employee stole $50k worth of electronics

mrquagmire mrquagmire writes  |  about 3 years ago

mrquagmire (2326560) writes "A Continental Airlines employee Monday caught Nelson Santiago-Serrano, 30, stealing an iPad from a suitcase in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office. Over the past six months, Santiago-Serrano told authorities he stole $50,000 worth of computers, GPS devices and other electronics from luggage he screened, took pictures of them to post for sale online and sold the items often by the time his shift ended."
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