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Data Exposed In Stratfor Compromise Analyzed

pdxer Re:Inhibit Histrionics (141 comments)

Only terrorists want to inhibit histrionics!

more than 2 years ago
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New York Times Hacked?

pdxer And... (103 comments)

...nothing of value was lost.

more than 2 years ago
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DigiTimes Lends Credence To Apple-Branded TVs For 2012

pdxer Steve said the TV market is hard (232 comments)

At his last All Things Digital (fast forward to 1:31:30 or so), Steve Jobs said that the TV market was hard because the hardware was subsidized, which prevented doing anything interesting. The set-top box from your cable company is "good enough", it's free (at least, you think it is), and enough people won't spend money for a wow-cool interface to allow someone like Apple to make money. He referred to Apple TV as a hobbyist product.

So it sounds like the strategy now is to make the whole TV and not just a set-top box. I'm curious what that is going to bring. Sure, it'll be a nice set and maybe the interface will be better than the typical clunky "navigate a menu without a mouse" things. But so much of what's controlled on the TV is controlled outside of it - i.e., through my Dish/Cable/etc. carrier's box.

Will iTV replace those boxes? Is this a sort of androidy model where Apple provides everything those carriers do and then says to the carriers, why keep building your own set-top boxes when iTV can do that for you?

If it's just a nice TV with a better interface for adjusting the brightness, I can't imagine anyone getting excited, so there must be something more...speculations, please.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Buys Israeli Flash Manufacturer

pdxer Re:Further soiling Apple's name (114 comments)

Currently I believe the ethnic cleansing is at its most obvious in the capital city of Jerusalem with a little in the West Bank, but historically speaking the entire country was founded on systematic ethnic cleansing and some members of the Knesset would quite like to see it make a more widespread return.

"Some members"...who?

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Buys Israeli Flash Manufacturer

pdxer Re:Further soiling Apple's name (114 comments)

Investing in a regime that has WMDs, with a long history of ethnic cleansing, and brutal racism, doesn't seem like a good move to enhance one's reputation.

Doesn't it get boring jerking that same knee all the time?

Good thing they didn't buy a company based in the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France, or India...all of which fit your criteria of having WMDs and a past that includes racism.

Clearly, they shouldn't buy companies owned by humans.

more than 2 years ago
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Android Update Alliance Already Struggling

pdxer Phone Vendors Don't Think Platform (364 comments)

It seems to me that phone vendors have not changed their mindset from the pre-smartphone era. Back then, no one cared about OS or version. You got an integrated product and it never changed. Today, it feels like phone makers still think "we put it together and ship it - this idea of later changing or upgrading the software is kind of weird to us."

To them, a phone is complete and unchangeable one it leaves the factory. Alas for their mindset, consumers see phones as customizable, upgradeable devices. If they were $50 each, sure, just replace it, but at $500+ (even if it's stretched over two years), people are making a more significant investment and don't want to be left behind.

more than 2 years ago
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US Sentinel Drone Fooled Into Landing With GPS Spoofing

pdxer Re:The truth slowly comes out (647 comments)

Maybe a better, simpler solution is to build good relations with those who oppose you?

You neatly summarize Polish foreign policy in the 1930s.

more than 2 years ago
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Nokia Exec: Young People Fed Up With iPhone and Android

pdxer They're just upset... (532 comments)

...that Microsoft Kin was cancelled.

more than 2 years ago
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Wikipedia Debates Strike Over SOPA

pdxer Re:Fully agree ... (175 comments)

How about a Personal Appeal against SOPA?

Yes, I am joking.

more than 2 years ago
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Iran Wants To Clone Downed US Drone

pdxer Re:Now these guys have some balls (663 comments)

Maybe I'm just slow... but any chance you could point out the line in the constitution which defines exactly what the wording requirements are for a 'Declaration of War'?

Exactly. The idea that "the last time the US declared war was WWII" is a canard.

more than 2 years ago
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NTSB Recommends Cell Phone Ban For Drivers

pdxer Re:Needed to be done. (938 comments)

The reason I talk on the phone is that it take me 50 minutes to drive 15 miles on the freeway. Fix the roads, and I won't need to talk on the phone. The problem, as is often the case, is government incompetence.

(And no, public transit is not the answer. I live in a city with excellent public transit, light rail, etc., and the fastest public transit trip is 1.5 hours.)

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Releases JIT PHP Compiler

pdxer Re:Is it open sourced? (244 comments)

Memory pigs like wordpress eat like 64MB of memory before you even get to plugins

I think you may be exaggerating a bit, given that some people run WP blogs on VPSes with only 64MB of total system memory.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Vs. Closed-Source For a Start-Up

pdxer Re:worked for Sun, Netscape, and HP (325 comments)

They were all pretty much massive juggernauts

What is the difference between being "pretty much a massive juggernaut" and being a massive juggernaut?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Vs. Closed-Source For a Start-Up

pdxer Re:No need to help your competitors (325 comments)

Their competitors have had a distinct habit of taking their Free Software

What is the difference between a habit and a distinct habit?

more than 2 years ago
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PC Makers Run Short of Popular Drives

pdxer Ridiculous Comparison (353 comments)

'Akin to the hysteria when banks defaulted in the 1930[s], PC orders across the industry are being placed for which HD supply does not exist,

This is not even remotely "akin".

more than 2 years ago
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Iranian TV Shows Downed US Drone

pdxer Yeaaaaaah, right - it's a fake video (612 comments)

Given their earlier shenanigans with photoshopped rocket launching pictures and oil drums welded together to look like antiaircraft missiles, which is more likely in your mind:

  • The Iranians figured out a way to take control of a satellite-controlled drone and pilot it to a safe landing (which even if you're the U.S. requires trained technicians), or
  • They spotted some wreckage, looked up the model on Wikipedia, and built a quick balsa wood model in a shop to film a quick video.

more than 2 years ago
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EFF Asks To Make Jailbreaking Legal For All Devices

pdxer Re:Are there any geeks in Congress? (278 comments)

This is a bit of a side question, but it begs to be asked: I've often wondered if there is a rep or senator that actually knows what the difference between "computer" and "CPU" without help from his staff.

No. In fact, there's no one who is even halfway bright.

I've actually considered running for office for these types of laws to be passed (REAL net-neutrality, get rid of software patents, etc).

Unless you can convince large corporate donors, trial lawyers, unions, etc. that this is in their best interest, you haven't a prayer of getting elected, much less enacting any legislation.

If you want to change the way things work, you need to become very rich first. After which, you'll have a vested interest in making sure things don't change. This is true in all democracies.

more than 2 years ago
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Google To Seek Dismissal of Suit Against Google Books

pdxer Re:Problems with copyright law... (240 comments)

Google isn't "ignoring the law". The law is somewhat unclear about this situation, but Google has a good argument that it is fair use. And to the degree that there is anything to be settled, I'm saying it should "opt-out" rather than "opt-in".

And you'd be wrong. Why should I, as an author, have to lift a finger just to make Google's life easier? I'm not making any money on what Google's doing. If they want to use something I've written, let them come and ask me for permission.

more than 2 years ago
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Google To Seek Dismissal of Suit Against Google Books

pdxer Re:Defense? (240 comments)

Indeed, I've periodically read whole chapters or parts of chapters of books on Google Books. Sometimes it's saved me from having to buy the book.

Authors, take heart - Google will probably just give up on this project in a little while, like most of their projects.

more than 2 years ago

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