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Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

pr0nbot Re:Surprise! (137 comments)

I think your post constitutes a 100% increase in the number of times I've heard Opera mentioned this year.

about a month ago

Fossils of Cambrian Predator Preserved With Brain Impressions

pr0nbot Ia! Ia! (45 comments)

I think I read about these guys in an H. P. Lovecraft novel.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

pr0nbot Offshore (265 comments)

Offshore your maintenance jobs to someone in the correct timezone!

about a month ago

Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

pr0nbot big up your garden? (149 comments)

All my telco worker friends grumble about being forced to praise their customers' horticultural skills on their site visits.

about a month ago

Even In the Wild Mice Run In Wheels

pr0nbot Re:They may be stuck (122 comments)

The paper states that animals would enter the wheel, leave it, and then re-enter it. That could be accidental but doesn't suggest escape.

about 3 months ago

Can Google Influence Elections?

pr0nbot Re:Big deal (138 comments)

So wait, Skynet eventually became Weyland-Yutani? I missed Aliens vs Terminator.

about 3 months ago

Erik Meijer: The Curse of the Excluded Middle

pr0nbot TL (237 comments)

I'm too lazy to evaluate the arguments.

about 4 months ago

Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module

pr0nbot Remix (128 comments)

I'm going to wait for Theo de Raadt's Libre remix.

about 4 months ago

Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

pr0nbot Consumers pay (328 comments)

Obviously Netflix will just pass the cost on to its subscribers (where else would they get the money from?). It's very unlikely they'd implement this as a surcharge for their Comcast subscribers only (I wish they would, but I expect their contract with Comcast prohibits it), they'll just absorb it into the single subscription price. So in fact non-Comcast customers will effectively be indirectly paying Comcast to subsidise other users' access.

From an engineer's point of view it's all baffling (Netflix and their customers are both paying for a certain amount of bandwidth, so where's the need for anything more?), but when you view it through the lens of capitalist incentives it all makes perfect sense.

about 4 months ago

Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

pr0nbot Flawed methodology (469 comments)

I think to really accentuate the difference between the two violins we need to commit them to vinyl. How else can we really appreciate the true richness and colour of the sound?

about 4 months ago

Nest Halts Sales of Smart Fire Alarm After Discovering Dangerous Flaw

pr0nbot Does everything need to be smart? (128 comments)

I think a fire alarm is an instance where I'd like something to have as simple and foolproof a mechanism as possible. I suppose a smart alarm could perhaps call the emergency services or something... but I'd still probably combine it with a bog standard fire alarm.

about 4 months ago

Russian Officials Dump iPads For Samsung Tablets Over Spy Fears

pr0nbot "Paranoid" (198 comments)

In the post-Snowden world, I think we can replace most instances of the word "paranoid" with "reasonable".

about 5 months ago

Taxis By Algorithm: Streamlining City Transport With Graph Theory

pr0nbot Maximising the wrong thing? (72 comments)

As far as cabbies are concerned, the optimum algorithm will be whatever maximises their revenue. Any algorithm that doesn't will probably be vulnerable to cheating, i.e. a rogue cabbie that can make more money exploiting some aspect of the algorithm will do so.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

pr0nbot Re:Elegence? (373 comments)

My rule of thumb is, "if the first implementation of this didn't work, and I had to change it, then it needs comments" on the principle that if the "obvious" solution turns out not to work, then the problem is not as obvious as I'd thought.

about 5 months ago

Facebook's Face Identification Project Is Accurate 97.25% of the Time

pr0nbot Re:Say goodbye (149 comments)

Burqas are also handy for hiding one's stash of apo'strophe's.

about 5 months ago

Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

pr0nbot Beards (480 comments)

How do you feel about the current popularity of beards, and what can I do to make sure my own beard style is not incorporated into a proprietary system?

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Local Sync Options For Android Mobile To PC?

pr0nbot Re:BitTorrent Sync (146 comments)

I think you meant that both sync devices need to be on at the same time IF you want the sync to be immediate. Otherwise, BTSync will happily sync at the point where the missing device come online.

about 6 months ago

The "Triple Package" Explains Why Some Cultural Groups Are More Successful

pr0nbot Success = happiness? (397 comments)

Would you rather be successful and miserable, or a happy failure?

I'm told that Hawaii, for example, has an odd vibe where a lot of people lead frugal lives with clapped out cars and McJobs, but they're there because it's a wonderful place to live. Do they deserve contempt for their lack of ambition? Praise for their ability to value the things that really matter? Respect despite having chosen a path we might not choose for ourselves?

about 7 months ago



pr0nbot pr0nbot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pr0nbot (313417) writes "The Register reports: 'Nokia will this weekend begin giving its Smart2Go satellite navigation software away free of charge, first for select Series 60 (S60) and Windows Mobile 5.0 devices, but later for other mobile platforms, including S40 and Linux, too.'"


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