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Apple Maps Flaw Sends Drivers Across Airport Runway

networkBoy Re:calendar check. (311 comments)

Even then though, did the BBC check before 0:00:01 cupertino time?
May still have been Tuesday...

about 7 months ago
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China Lifts Bans On Social Media, Foreign ISPs In Free Trade Zone

networkBoy Re:Good job, Beijing (55 comments)

It's a start. And I am happy for it.

about 7 months ago
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Forget Flash: Resistive RAM Crams 1TB Onto Tiny Chip

networkBoy Re:I'm confused (287 comments)

That old card likely used SLC, NOR, and large gates, each of which contributes to data retention (and higher cost per bit).

about 8 months ago
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Forget Flash: Resistive RAM Crams 1TB Onto Tiny Chip

networkBoy Re:I'm confused (287 comments)

NOR will always cost more than NAND, about 4 times more.
NAND is 4 times denser, thus you fit four times as much memory per square mm of die space.

about 8 months ago
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Forget Flash: Resistive RAM Crams 1TB Onto Tiny Chip

networkBoy Re:I'm confused (287 comments)

unpowered the flash cells will leak electrons off their floating gates (powered too if the device doesn't do some sort of maintenance cycle). with as few as 100 electrons making the difference on a cell...

about 8 months ago
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CNET: Feds Put Heat On Web Firms For Master Encryption Keys

networkBoy Re:Most likely to hide PRISM (148 comments)

sign your own key. Use PSK with whomever you are communicating with.
-nbr

about 9 months ago
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Bill Gates Is Beginning To Dream the Thorium Dream

networkBoy Re:Finally! (327 comments)

oblig: as long as the cores don't have a BSOD...
That would be bad.

But in all honesty, I do like that his efforts are being spent on something like this, where the benefit to humanity is great.

about 9 months ago
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Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

networkBoy Re:Definitely... (719 comments)

I'll go with load them on a plane to fly them back to US soil for trial, plane accidentally goes down in the ocean.
-nb

about 9 months ago
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Apple Sued For Man's Porn Addiction

networkBoy Re:False Flag (509 comments)

Only if my insanity matches their insanity, else they will attempt to bury me. (Or burn me at the stake).

about 9 months ago
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The Glorious Return of the Twinkie

networkBoy Re:Union negotiators screwed up (528 comments)

Yes, but the union also had in the contract that breads had to be shipped separately than cakes, thus you had to send two trucks to a store to stock it.

It's not all the union's fault, and it's not all management's fault. They were both culpable.

about 10 months ago
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The Glorious Return of the Twinkie

networkBoy Re:In other news... (528 comments)

I'm an ADHD Aspie (yeah, interesting life) and I think that's not too far off actually...
Curious about your opinion behind that statement.

about 10 months ago
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The $200,000 Software Developer

networkBoy Re:Wanna earn $200K+? Two words... (473 comments)

Lol, no, I don't think so. I took a job that pays $20K/yr less because there weren't assholes in the office. Having actually worked somewhere that was devastatingly dehumanizing* I realized the value of happiness.
-nbr

You know it's time to quit when you're in the dentist office, getting a root canal, not numbed because it's infected so badly the *caine's don't work, and that is preferable to being in the office. Moment of clarity.

about 10 months ago
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Motorola Developing Pill and Tattoo Authentication Methods

networkBoy Re:Clip this! (194 comments)

nah, we're using it to prove to your lady that we are you, despite what we look like.

about a year ago
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Motorola Developing Pill and Tattoo Authentication Methods

networkBoy Re:Automatic authentication by contact sounds bad (194 comments)

My bank has it.
Something I have, something I know.

If I am on a trusted computer I can store the something I have portion and only need to provide the something I know.
If I am at an untrusted computer (or just got a new computer I want to trust) I get a PIN texted to my phone (trusted) that I can enter along with my normal passphrase. the PIN is from a OTP, so is useless after one use or 5 min, whichever comes first.

If I lose my phone I can notify the bank (same as lost card) and both the phone number and stored token are invalidated.

To validate a new phone I take it to the bank.

about a year ago

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MyCleverNickName does not like Google's antics

networkBoy networkBoy writes  |  about 2 years ago

networkBoy (774728) writes "Wil Wheaton attacked Google after he discovered that anyone wanting to click on the "like" button on the video-sharing site is shepherded into Google+ – the company's latest attempt at trying to out-Facebook Facebook."
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Paypal is at it again

networkBoy networkBoy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

networkBoy (774728) writes "Once again Paypal is causing grief for people trusting it as their payment processor. Regretsy had not only their donations for a childrens toy drive frozen, but their entire account put on hold. An analysis of the issue is also available here: http://thegreengeeks.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/why-paypal-is-wrong-regarding-regretsy-according-to-their-own-policies/"
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C++ goes to 11

networkBoy networkBoy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

networkBoy (774728) writes "ISO has ratified the latest C++ standard, C++11. It brings C++ into managed language territory (the story compares it to Java and .NET). Among the improvements is better support for concurrency and multithreading. Automatic garbage collection was set to be part of the standard but was cut."
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Getting paid (politely) when the customer balks

networkBoy networkBoy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

networkBoy writes "So I've got my first non paying customer. I did some consulting work for a local startup semiconductor company, partially by referral, partly by favor. For the favor part of it I had already dropped my normal rate by $5/hour and the total billable hours came to just over 13 hours plus parts, all of this on a verbal agreement. While I know the main lesson from this is going to be "get a signed quote you idiot" I was wondering how others on the /. Community have handled situations similar to this in their independent contracts? In a nutshell the work was bringing up 6 machines (with mixed hardware configurations), with Win XP, Office, and a half dozen custom applications, having to track down appropriate video card and chipset drivers. My initial verbal quote, to which they agreed, was 2 to 3 hours per machine plus parts (one video card, one hard disk, and a half dozen CMOS batteries). Once I dropped off the machines my contact at the company decided that it should have taken only one hour per machine (never mind the non-billable hours that the machines were busy but I was idle, waiting on progress bars).

The best plan I have right now is to submit a past-due notice to the company, and ultimately follow that up with a 1099 to the IRS showing forgiven debt, figuring if they won't pay me then I can at least sick the Treasury Dept. on them. Anyone have a better plan or a good way to word the past-due notice to get attention while not outright burning any bridges with them? I've already determined that trying to take them to court would really only end up being a break even for me given the time it would consume for the filing and such."
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Largest diamond in galaxy predicts our future

networkBoy networkBoy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

networkBoy writes "Astronomers discovered the largest diamond of all times in space. The weight of the precious stone reportedly makes up ten billion trillion trillion carats.
The space diamond is virtually an enormous chunk of crystallized carbon, 4,000 kilometers in diameter. The stone is located at a distance of 50 light years from Earth, in the Constellation Centaurus. Scientists believe that the diamond is the heart of an extinct star that used to shine like the Sun.
Sounds like NASA may have a new source of funding!"
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networkBoy networkBoy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

networkBoy writes "Intel is divesting its NOR flash memory devision. ST will be divesting it's NOR and NAND. The companies are spinning off to a private equity firm and will be forming a new company.

The Swiss and American chipmaking giants said the new company will be comprised of assets which generated about $3.6 billion in combined annual revenue last year. Under terms of the agreement, STMicroelectronics will sell its flash memory assets, including its NAND joint venture stake, to the new company while Intel will sell its NOR assets and resources. NOR flash is a technology flash devices use to store and run code, usually in small capacities. In exchange, Intel will receive a 45.1 percent stake in the new company and $432 million in cash. STMicroelectronics will own 48.6 percent of the new firm and receive $468 million in cash at closing. Francisco Partners LP, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based private equity firm, has agreed to invest $150 million in cash for convertible preferred stock representing a 6.3 percent stake.
details: http://www.pehub.com/article/articledetail.php?art iclepostid=4924"
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networkBoy networkBoy writes  |  about 7 years ago

networkBoy writes "Parents are (should be) responsible of what their kids do online

A US federal judge ruled that a 1998 law called Child Online Protection Act is "unconstitutional", leaving parents with the responsibility to protect their children from online pornography.

The judge said that the law violates the freedom of speech, inflicting more damage to government's efforts to restrict access to pornography for children.
http://www.playfuls.com/news_06693_Is_Your_Child_S earching_for_Online_Porn_.html"
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networkBoy networkBoy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

networkBoy writes "Some mates and I are thinking of starting a business making computer accessories.
Nothing quite so off the wall as the nuclear launch console for your PC, more along the lines of smart fan controllers (to produce as little noise as required to achieve a setpoint temperature) with USB or SMBus interfacing for setup, possibly upwards of small embedded systems that can control drives and host them as NFS/SMB shares ala low-end server appliance.
We want to be tinkerer friendly (JTAG accessible, Linux based) and hope to make money solely on the hardware and low level firmware side. What kinds of subsystem accessories does the /. crowd want to enhance the reliability and coolness factor of their PCs? What is the magic price point for your favorite accessory? What about an automotive pc in a form factor that would fit in an industry standard radio bay?"
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networkBoy networkBoy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

networkBoy (774728) writes "The register is carrying a blurb about the dirty tricks of microsoft archive going off-line, and being pulled from archive.org. It appears that several individuals have the pieces to the puzzle and are looking for hosting sources. Maybe the /. community can help here? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/02/21/microsoft_ archive_not_lost/

The 3,000 document archive from the Comes antitrust trial, which disappeared from the web abruptly when Microsoft settled the case last week, is beginning to trickle back into view. A week ago the site was placed under password protection, Microsoft withdrew its own account of events, and so-called internet "archive" archive.org apparently also pulled its mirror.
"
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networkBoy networkBoy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

networkBoy (774728) writes "The register is carrying an article of a UCLA student being tazerd after failing to comply with officer directions to vacate the library. What is unique is that courtesy of video camera cellphones and YouTube this event was caught and the excessive force of the police was plain as day for all to see. Is this the new way of police (and government) oversight? Publish everything on-line? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/11/16/ucla_taser _incident/"

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A journal entry is the price of an achievment

networkBoy networkBoy writes  |  about 5 years ago

I shall attempt to log achievements I figure out here.
Since I suck at stuff like that please post comments if you know what they are.

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