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Apple Patents Alternative To NFC

numbsafari Re:Ammo for the lawyers (171 comments)

This patent was applied for in 2009. I'm assuming Apple's engineers were working on the tech for some time prior to the patent being filed. The article you linked to is from 2011. So, in this case, it's not prior art.

more than 2 years ago

Netflix Deflects Rage Over Price Increase

numbsafari Re:It still has no live news or live sports (722 comments)

Cable TV is still worth it if your household includes someone who is a fan of audiovisually presented national news (e.g. MSNBC, Fox News, HLN)

It's called NPR (npr.org) and you can stream it for free... if you feel guilty you can even make an annual donation that is a FRACTION of what Comcast charges.

or those live sports that are not on the farmer five but still blacked out online (e.g. ESPN, Versus).

It's called a sports bar. Most neighborhoods have them. They usually have AC, big TVs, a few good looking waitresses, and hot wings. No dishes, no cooking, and you might actually make some new friends.

Sure, you actually have to put some pants on in order to watch the big game. But, seriously, do you really watch a lot of sports in your underwear?

Oh, and getting live sports through sports bar is still cheaper than getting them at home via Comcast.

Got kids? Remember: Hooters is a family restaurant... (j/k)

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Outage Shows Limits of Failover 'Zones'

numbsafari They're called "FAILOVER" zones for a reason... (125 comments)

You're supposed to FAILOVER between them, not load balance between them.

You can't hold amazon accountable for your own stupidity.

Beyond that, you have to ask yourself the question: how many outages would you have had with your own facility in the past year compared to this outage? Did you apply the same approach to your use of EC2 as you would to your own facility?

more than 3 years ago

Google Apps Gets Two-Factor Security

numbsafari Re:Cloud apps more secure? (118 comments)

I know where the employees who work for me live. I know what car they drive. I know where they like to go to lunch. I have their social security number and a copy of their driver's license.

I also know a guy named Tony. Tony likes to break things. And ever since some pencil-neck computer nerd posted pictures of Tony's girlfriend on-line, Tony really likes to break computer nerds.

With Google, these things are much less transparent.

more than 4 years ago

OLPC's XO-3 Prototype Tablet Coming In 2010

numbsafari "God Willing" Project Management (148 comments)

Any time you hear a project manager say "God Willing" about a deliverable or date you know they are flat out lying.

more than 4 years ago

Scroogle Has Been Blocked

numbsafari Kinda like Flash on the iPad (281 comments)

This is exactly why Apple doesn't want third-party UI systems on the iPad. They make their own business decision to improve their UI (something Google has needed for some time and something Google needs in order to survive against the likes of Bing) and now they are getting bad press because some lazy programmer can't figure out how to scrape their search results.

Intermediation is not a right. Businesses should have the right to engage with their customers without third-parties trying to intervene.

more than 4 years ago

Steve Jobs Publishes Some "Thoughts On Flash"

numbsafari Re:Tacky... point... flash is proprietary (944 comments)

Actually, when he uses "proprietary" he means what he says: controlled by a private entity.

Jobs makes the point that Apple has plenty of proprietary technologies as well. However, HTML5, CSS and JavaScript are not proprietary. Even Adobe themselves are a part of the HTML5 spec process. You can join in that process today by either getting involved in the standards process or by writing code (as Apple has done) to support those standards. In fact, not only has Apple been a part of supporting those standards, they've also made their code open source and it is now being used by a wide range of their competitors in their competitors devices.

Go back and watch the iAd demo. Those ads were all created in HTML5, JavaScript, CSS and h.264 video. Compare those ads to most apps in the app store and then ask yourself why so many of those app developers didn't go the HTML5-route in writing their code considering that their Apps would then be cross-platform enabled (since Android uses WebKit as well).

The only reason to build a device-specific App is to take advantage of device-specific features. If you're building something akin to what is being delivered in the iAd demos, why are you bothering?

more than 3 years ago

Steve Jobs Publishes Some "Thoughts On Flash"

numbsafari Actually, you're the dick. (944 comments)

The iPhone supported sending pictures taken on the phone using the built-in email client from the very beginning. The best part: this feature was basically free (you'd already paid for the data service regardless).

By contrast, MMS messages require an additional charge (either an additional data plan or a per-message fee).

The only reason Apple ever decided to support MMS was because US-based customers wanted this feature to send pics to non-email capable phone users.

The iPhone also has no serial port sticking off of it. That's how it goes with old, outdated technology.

more than 3 years ago

Uniforms For the Help Desk?

numbsafari Professionalism (837 comments)

Does the company have an existing dress code? Do the IT guys follow that dress code well?

Let's be honest: IT guys have a reputation for being a bit sloppy. If that's the case here, perhaps the right approach would be for the team to do a better job of looking professional.

But if the team is already meeting the same expectations as the other employees, this just sounds like a giant waste of time. Money, energy and resources wasted on this would probably be better spent on something worthwhile that would actually have an impact on the team's ability to provide quality service.

more than 4 years ago

Google Voice Fixes Security Flaw, Almost

numbsafari Re:Typo (55 comments)

Oh no you diint!

more than 5 years ago

Lots of Pure Water Ice At Mars North Pole

numbsafari Re:We had pure water once... (176 comments)

What's even crazy is the FISH.

Get this: the fish breathe the water, they poop AND pee in the water, they drink the water and they eat other things that also live in the water.

I mean, they basically live their entire lives in the water they crap in.

Yeast are like that, too.

Anyhow, I'm gonna go grab me a tall, frosty mug of yeast shit infested water.... I mean beer...

about 6 years ago

Is the Gaming PC Dead?

numbsafari Re:Dupe, (417 comments)

Ahhh... the birth of a meme...

more than 6 years ago

Audio CAPTCHAs Cracked; ReCAPTCHA Remains Strong

numbsafari Re:hell (157 comments)

You're probably a bot.

more than 6 years ago

Saving 28,000 Lives a Year

numbsafari WTF? This article is a year old. (263 comments)

Umm... I don't know if the editor noticed, but this article was published over a year ago.

How is this news?

more than 6 years ago

Apple Believes Someone Is Behind Psystar

numbsafari Re:Let the conspiracy theories fly (606 comments)

Ok, honestly... how hard would it really be to put together a SIMPLE consumer OS?

Basically you need a browser, a media player and library and a file browser.

From there you *might* throw in a simple drawing program, text editor, calculator and a few other widgets.

The key is to simplify everything. Throw out all the extra bells and whistles, hire some good UI designers.

I personally don't think this is rocket science and most of these components are out there already just waiting to be put together. You could probably pull this off with a team of 100-200 programmers.

As for the hardware... these guys are already hardware manufacturers and know how to put together a machine. So, factor that part out.

The problem with Linux, to be honest, is that people want it to support whatever crappy computer they already own. Dell, HP or whoever could easily produce standardized systems that they have optimizied drivers for and that are fully tested. No need to support 800 different wifi cards, video drivers, disk controllers and other nonsense.

Let's be clear: Dell and HP could put this in motion of they had vision and balls. This wouldn't even have to be that significant of an investment on their part to get started. Look at how quickly Apple took BSD and whipped up OS X.

I own a mac and use OS X every day as my main computer. Let me tell you, it's buggy, single threaded and sometimes just annoying to use. Apple does a lot of things that are either just backwards or braindead. Everything else is just eyecandy.

more than 6 years ago

Apple Believes Someone Is Behind Psystar

numbsafari Re:Let the conspiracy theories fly (606 comments)

Dell and HP DO have access to such an advantage... It's called Linux. They could make an investment in improving the Linux desktop and utilize Linux as their custom operating system.

Why don't they do this? Because they completely lack vision and they are sellers of commodity, crap electronics and not high-value systems integrators.

I personally think the MPAA and RIAA are behind this. They are the only ones who are really actively trying to find ways to identify Apple as a monopoly. If they can maintain that Apple has a monopoly here then the next step would be to sue them for having a monopoly on sales of digital content to OS X.

Remember... it first had to be proven that MS had a monopoly on the PC operating system before it could be proven they were using that monopoly power to compete unfairly in the browser business.

If Psystar shows that Apple has a monopoly on OS X and Apple computers, the MPAA and RIAA could then sue Apple over claims they are abusing that monopoly power to control digital content sales.

Why hide behind Psystar? Because if it doesn't work they would have a lot of egg on their face and much weaker negotiating position with Apple. This way they can pursue the claims secretly while they separately try and negotiate better deals with Apple as well as develop competitive products and channels. And, at a later date could probably bring the claims back under slightly different circumstances through a different shell.

It's also possible that MS is behind this. Forcing Apple to have to support general hardware would put them on a level playing field with MS. It could force Apple to publish their APIs and other system hooks. In addition it would create room for a serious low-cost competition for Apple and thus damage their hefty margins.

MS wouldn't do this in order to promote OS X adoption, but rather to hinder and hobble Apple and create new competitive threats for Apple that they are ill equipped to handle at present.

more than 6 years ago

The Inside Story On the San Francisco Network Hijacking

numbsafari He's still not justified... (471 comments)

You can try and defend him and glorify him all you want... but as a professional system administrator he should have known that his singular access and pathological behavior was more dangerous than helpful.

What if, instead of being fired he was the victim of an accident or crime? What if he had a health problem? What if a serious, life threatening issue came up (say, you know, an earthquake) that caused the system to be unstable and, at the same time, prevented him from getting there to fix things?

He's still a criminal. But, he's not alone in his behaviour. Whoever his managers are sound to be guilty of criminal negligence. This never should have been possible in a city government the size of San Francisco. Especially when it comes to critical infrastructure. If I were a citizen of San Fran I'd be asking why heads aren't rolling at the highest levels. Why was this allowed to happen? In San Francisco, where you think they'd have no problem finding competent replacements.

Absolutely mind boggling.

more than 6 years ago


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