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Is the App Store Broken?

onix Re:Too many apps, too much appcrap (258 comments)

Oh man, couldn't have said it better. nwf's opinion is of course self-serving. In all seriousness, Apple doesn't help to reduce web clutter. I'm forced to use iPhone's safari, but also use Weblock in combination.

about a month ago
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Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

onix Re:Surprise! (137 comments)

Depends on how those bugs were discovered. If reported by the outside community, chances are hackers might have exploited them before they were patched. Also, the hacker community culture is important. Avoidance is prudent. If a red honda civic is a target for crime, then drive a blue toyota corolla.

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

onix 10 years later (550 comments)

10 years ago I would have gotten 20/10. 10 years later, and presbyopia has set in. At least now, I can pull up my near-sighted glasses to read up close. In another 10, I will need bifocals. It's too late for me to get lasik, as it is for most people 40+.

about a month ago
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Feds Now Oppose Aereo, Rejecting Cloud Apocalypse Argument

onix Fundamentals (140 comments)

The reality is that cable would turn off all OTA if it could. It's not an issue of whether the content is public.

about 6 months ago
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Open Source Add-on Rewrites the User Interface of IE11

onix Anyone who doesn't use Firefox as their main brows (86 comments)

IE only necessary and useful for MS updates. Chrome useful for google applications, such as google drive. Firefox remains OS, OEM, and platform agnostic. So anyone trying to hack "IE" to be a better browser, and IE 11 at that, is drinking the Redmond's kool-aid.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?

onix Router with AntiVirus (408 comments)

Why not go with a router that does packet inspection for everyone in the household. For computers that do not leave the household, this seems ideal. OpenWRT and DD-WRT provide some options. While Packet Protector issued and EOF in 2012 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PacketProtector), others exist.

about 8 months ago
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US Nuclear Weapons Lab Discovers How To Suppress the Casimir Force

onix Re:brilliant! (112 comments)

Yes, but can you explain friction?

about a year ago
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US Nuclear Weapons Lab Discovers How To Suppress the Casimir Force

onix Re:Obvious/Common sense wins again (112 comments)

Also, this is about testing theories. They mean nothing without experimental backup. Add to that the ability to make uniform 0.1 micron ridges that are 0.2 microns deep. Let's see if you even know how to begin to do that first before you speak. Clearly the nuance of science is lost on you. If you have a PhD, I wish to take it back.

about a year ago
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US Nuclear Weapons Lab Discovers How To Suppress the Casimir Force

onix Re:brilliant! (112 comments)

Maybe you should read the article first.

about a year ago
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US Nuclear Weapons Lab Discovers How To Suppress the Casimir Force

onix Re:Obvious/Common sense wins again (112 comments)

Did you read the link? Quoting: "Various physicists speculate that by choosing the right combination of geometries, it may be possible to make the force repulsive. That would be handy in preventing problems such as stiction. But nobody has been able to say for sure how this might be done." Explain that O Wise One. Maybe it's not possible, but those ignorant think everything is simple but what they do... let me guess, you are a wannabe hacker.

about a year ago
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Aging Is a Disease; Treat It Like One

onix Re:Yeah, that's just what the world needs (625 comments)

If the suddenly lifespan tripled, and people died at the same rate as born, then the population would triple before it would stabilize. If lifespan tripling was also accompanied by our current population growth, then it would much more than triple. And if lifespan tripling also meant reproductive years tripled, then woah, we really have a huge population crisis on hand.

1 year,13 days
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Why PBS Won't Do Android

onix Reviews on iPhone (331 comments)

The reviews on the iPhone app (PBS by PBS Entertainment) are telling. They get barely more than 1-star. Most complaints are due to incompatibility. PBS is not in the app business, although it does need to reconsider its strategy. They could outsource the development, but I suspect they want careful control over the content and how it is delivered. Give them time.

1 year,26 days
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Monogamy May Have Evolved To Prevent Infanticide

onix Re:Oh Please (256 comments)

What a myopic view. You have a lot to learn about evolution, and even more so about dogma and religion. "Science" an esteemed science journal would unlikely stoop to sensationalize. Where do you get your bias -- FOX?

about a year ago
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Google Raises Campaign Funds For Climate Change Denier

onix Re:In today's news... (365 comments)

I think al0ha's point is that people are responsible for the behavior of corporations. The buck doesn't stop with corporations. In this case it seems senior execs at google (maybe not the founders themselves) have a very conservative bias. Similarly, if we elect George Bush, or for that matter Obama, then WE have to take some ownership of that person's decisions.

about a year ago
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41 Months In Prison For Man Who Leaked AT&T iPad Email Addresses

onix Re:Good (459 comments)

Let's live in ignorance. Why don't we, it's such bliss. Point out constructive suggestions, try to be proactive, try to go through the right channels -- only to get shot down. "Shut up", "You're disrupting", "You are a nuisance", "Go away", they say... Go the only way you know how to get recognized (sadly, a last recourse), and get incarcerated. Justice in a dogmatic world.

about a year and a half ago
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Anti-GMO Activist Recants

onix Genetic Diversity (758 comments)

The problem with genetic engineering crop is no different than the problem of the cheetah. You take away from a species it ability to environmentally adjust (minimize its genetic diversity) to climate change, disease and pathogens, and other forces of nature, you potentially destroy the species. Fundamentally we are playing at a level we don't understand. Whether we are endangering our health or our planets, it is just too early to tell, and as a result we need to be wary and cautious.

about a year and a half ago
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Study Claims Human Intelligence Peaked Two To Six Millennia Ago

onix Genetic diversity (637 comments)

His argument reeks nostalgic, i.e. a return to the Greek philosophical ways. And I would guess he started off with a vague hypothesis and found facts to support his claim. Some arguments say agriculture and plentiful food allowed brains to get larger... go figure. Whatever the conclusion, I do think that mutations have allowed for a greater genetic diversity of brain types, and that is a good thing.

about 2 years ago
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Australia's Biggest Telco Sold Routers With Hardcoded Passwords

onix Comcast routers (154 comments)

Some Comcast Xfinity routers have WiFi SSID and WPA encryption key hardcoded. It can be changed via software interface only to be reset when Comcast sends a firmware upgrade.

about 2 years ago
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Amid Fiscal Uncertainty, Venture Capital Is Way Down In Silicon Valley

onix Re:Bullshit (421 comments)

And guess what, no VC is going to give you money. They are more eager in fly-by-night operations that can sell hype over product -- I mean which is easier and less risky? I feel your pain, as I'm also a startup with large capital costs. Your best strategy is to find someone higher up on the vertical chain that is your customer investor.

about 2 years ago
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Amid Fiscal Uncertainty, Venture Capital Is Way Down In Silicon Valley

onix Re:Bad businesses (421 comments)

The only thing you have wrong is the definition of success. We as a society (or I should say those of good humanitarian nature) value things that deliver overall wealth to a populous. VC's value a 10X ROI in 2 years. It's important to keep that distinction clear.

about 2 years ago

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Crash landing trajectory of Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 into SFO

onix onix writes  |  about a year ago

onix (990980) writes "This compares trajectories of a typical 777 landing at SFO with the Asiana flight. Off-course trajectory caused last minute changes causing the plane to dive deep and lose speed."
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