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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

q4Fry Re:Web Searches For These Suck (125 comments)

Google desperately needs a "yes, just like I typed it" button.

Use double quotes around words or phrases you want "as typed."

2 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

q4Fry Re:So close, so far (555 comments)

Agreed.

5 days ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

q4Fry Re:Municipal WiFi (106 comments)

I love free WiFi but I'm cynical, and I think some muni's are doing bad things; I wouldn't be surprised if some are doing automated MITM attacks.

I'm wondering (Can /. tell me?) whether some bad actor can just set up a hotspot with the same SSID as the NYC pylons and MITM any unencrypted traffic for anyone who walks by who has their devices set up to connect to that SSID.

about a week ago
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Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

q4Fry Re:Moat? Electric fence? (212 comments)

Amusingly, the FBI building actually does have a moat on the sides away from Pennsylvania Avenue. I had forgotten about it until reading your comment.

about a week ago
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Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

q4Fry Re:Moat? Electric fence? (212 comments)

Is this what Poe's Law looks like?

about a week ago
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The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"

q4Fry Re:What? (106 comments)

Having worked in the CRM world, I agree. And their own article does, too, but only for one sentence:

While it sounds uniquely sinister coming from an oil company, this software is likely not too far removed from, say, the sort that the Obama team used to identify probable voters or Rite Aid deploys to pigeonhole shoppers.

Then, it's back to the oil bashing. Which is fine is one sense: If you don't like oil, you're free to bash it. But this is a stupid thing to bash them about.

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

q4Fry Re:Where are the vote results? (441 comments)

I believe the bill in question is S. 2685, as found at Congress.gov or GovTrack.us.

It was a little trickier than usual because there are now several bills called "USA FREEDOM" in various permutations (H.R. 3361 as well as the S. 1599 that you found). The backronyms vary a bit.

about a week ago
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Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

q4Fry Re:Uh... no (135 comments)

I agree wholeheartedly with (at least) your first point as a refutation of GP, but I'm curious about your take on the low-density rural America areas. (These places that Uncle Sam paid "broadband" to build out to, who took the money without doing the development.) What about those? Possibilities include:

Do you think some enterprising company will run cable to the sticks because they think it's going to be worthwhile?
If not, should taxpayers subsidise development of those areas somehow?
If not, should we just let them stay disconnected?
If not, ... something else?

My expectation is that companies choosing to develop rural areas is probably going to be sporadic at best. Subsidies, if offered anywhere, are going to be demanded everywhere and then abused. But I think access to the internet is a Public Good and it leads to overall nationwide benefits.

I swear I'm not trolling. I don't have the answer. What do you think?

about a week ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

q4Fry Re:What? (250 comments)

"These days!?" My coworker was just talking about the amount of gun violence in old Looney Toons, particularly some episode that ends in a double-suicide. Same for Tom & Jerry.

I assert that people who decry the violence of media for children "these days" are white-washing old media. It goes back at least as far as fairy tales, and I expect further.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

q4Fry Re:Yeah right (308 comments)

This reminds me of the villains from Terry Pratchett novel "Going Postal." The "clacks**" barons can parade around claiming a new system upgrade without actually expecting to deploy it. AT&T just managed to find a convenient excuse to drop the upgrade. Even if the reclassification hadn't been mooted, I had no expectations for reasonable service at reasonable rates.

** Terry Pratchett invented (or stole?) a plausible idea for a medieval telecoms network.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

q4Fry Re:Heritable? (297 comments)

Mod -1 Inflamebait.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Discover a Virus That Changes the Brain To "Make Humans More Stupid"

q4Fry Re:At last: an explanation! (275 comments)

2 ^ 16, but I still don't understand where the 16 came from.

about two weeks ago
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FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

q4Fry Re:Meet somewhere in the middle (179 comments)

But could you advertise something as having "unlimited peanuts" and then have peanuts plus something else (really slow peanuts) in it? You are never going to really be able to eat an infinite amount of peanuts so the upper bound is meaningless.

If you try the Denny's "All You Can Eat Pancakes for $4," you experience just this behaviour: It is actually "2 pancakes plus 1 pancake every 30 minutes until your friends make you leave because they're bored."

about three weeks ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

q4Fry Re:I really don't understand smart watches... (415 comments)

I was under the impression that the "sport" version didn't require a phone for use. My assumption, then, was that it would sync to your phone when you got back from your run. After re-reading some parts of the Apple website, I have neither confirmed nor denied my initial thought (I think I got that impression from the hilarious Chinese-dubbed WWDC video). Was I wrong? Do you have a citation?

about three weeks ago
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Remote Vision Through a Virtual Reality Headset (Video)

q4Fry Re:Latency (44 comments)

That's still better than what I get from my ISP.

This needs to be linked here: Living with Lag (IRL)

about a month ago
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Drupal Warns Users of Mass, Automated Attacks On Critical Flaw

q4Fry WhiteHouse.gov (76 comments)

Is the White House breach a result of this bug? Inquiring minds want to know!

about a month ago
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Hacking Team Manuals: Sobering Reminder That Privacy is Elusive

q4Fry Re:Marketing material (37 comments)

I can't remember the film, but I remember being excited when I saw a HollywoodOS that used KDE.

about a month ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

q4Fry Re:$3500 fine? (286 comments)

I really want to understand your last sentence, but I can't (no sarcasm). Can you restate and/or elaborate?

about a month ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

q4Fry Re:XKCD is correct (549 comments)

A cute (open source?) strength tester I have been playing with recently is made by a guy at Dropbox. It has some flaws**, but it's cute and it analyzes weaknesses.

** Mostly dictionary size, but in order to run in the browser without sending the password to a server for analysis, the dictionaries need to be small enough to load in a reasonable time.

about a month ago

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Liquid Chip Cooling could Heat Homes

q4Fry q4Fry writes  |  more than 6 years ago

q4Fry writes "The Economist notes that IBM's Zurich Research Lab has developed chips permeated by a network of 50-micron channels. These channels allow direct liquid cooling when water is pumped through them. It gets better, though. The heat can be used for other purposes, and the lab has already built a heat exchanger with the eventual goal of heating nearby homes. Also mentioned is a similar cooling improvement for solar cells."

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