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Apple Bringing Second Lawsuit To Samsung, Won't Wait For Appeal

rabenja Duh... (239 comments)

In the end however, all this litigation is most likely going to be shouldered on the pocketbook of the consumer'"

How in the world would this ever *not* be the case?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Explain To a Coworker That He Writes Bad Code?

rabenja Buy him a present (683 comments)

...the book Code Complete

about 2 years ago
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UK Government Mandates the Teaching of Evolution As Scientific Fact

rabenja Which version? (783 comments)

I am a Christian and I have no trouble with evolution per se. What I never understood about creationism is that there are two distinct creation stories in the first two chapters of Genesis. No one who takes them literally can explain this to me or which one should be used as literal. The first story begins in chapter 1:

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. ... 29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

Chapter 2 begins:

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

...but then this:

4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. 5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth[a] and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground,

I am sure creation apologists would explain away the two accounts as not inconsistent, but if the writer meant to convey an account of actual events, wouldn't (s)he have been more careful not to confuse the reader with two separate accounts? I guess my point is that as a lifelong Christian, I am embarrassed by the creationists who cannot let God play as he likes. I am also baffled by the faith-based evolutionists who cannot explain how the very first living cell came into being (the faith part being this very problem).

about 2 years ago
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Navy Seals Disciplined For Revealing Secrets As Consultants On Video Game

rabenja Different times (204 comments)

My roommate on my last ship (late 80's) was the CO of the embarked Seal team. I cannot imagine him or anyone of his people prostituting their team's reputation. It must be a different Navy today.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Video Monitors For Areas That Are Off the Grid?

rabenja Re:Deer cams (340 comments)

christy-ind.com: wow, what a *really* *terrible* site...

more than 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Is Ready

rabenja Vista on Steroids (558 comments)

I think that it will be some degree worse or better than Vista for Microsoft and users. As a CIO, and from what I have read so far concerning Metro, it will be a *very* long time (until forced to, such as when it is no longer possible to get OEM W7 installed) until we will be upgrading to Metro. To me it sort of resembles Mozilla thumbing it's nose at corporate users. The most curious part about upgrading to a new version of Windows for us is that pretty much the only problems that we face in the process are with older Microsoft products that fail on the new OS.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Ultra-Efficient 4,000 mph Vacuum-Tube Trains Aren't Being Built

rabenja Earthquake prone (625 comments)

...like Japan, for instance...

more than 2 years ago
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Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects DUI Challenges Based On Buggy Software

rabenja The case served its purpose (391 comments)

Regardless of the outcome, defense lawyers used the case effectively to pressure the prosecutor by creating uncertainty.

more than 2 years ago
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MemSQL Makers Say They've Created the Fastest Database On the Planet

rabenja So what? (377 comments)

Looking at the resources consumed on our production database (SQL Server) over the last few minutes... Highest I/O usage: 1 MBps, average is near zero. Nearly all requests are happening in cached memory, and any I/O is to an SSD.

more than 2 years ago
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TSA's mm-Wave Body Scanner Breaks Diabetic Teen's $10K Insulin Pump

rabenja Risk mitigation (811 comments)

  • Ostensibly, TSA exists to mitigate risk of a terrorist attack.
  • Demonstrably, the risk is near zero.
  • TSA has more than one method to mitigate the risk (pat down, scanners)

Clearly the TSA personnel in this case are ill trained and pedantic, if not stupid.

more than 2 years ago
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$60 Light Bulb Debuts On Earth Day

rabenja News? (743 comments)

Why is this news? LED bulbs have been available at Home Depot for months. I have purchased more than a few and the least expensive was $17. Costco sells a pack of three for around $20 or so.

more than 2 years ago
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Meet the Hackers Who Get Rich Selling Spies Zero-Day Exploits

rabenja you are only required to follow lawful orders (158 comments)

This is true, but "report[ing] it to the appropriate military authority" will nearly always land the reporting person in deep doo doo. I know that from experience. A junior person's word against the CO and the system that is designed to protect the CO.

more than 2 years ago
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This American Life Retracts Episode On Apple Factories In China

rabenja Theater (326 comments)

"My mistake, the mistake I truly regret, is that I had it on your show as journalism, and it's not journalism. It's theater."

...as opposed to what we see in the media every day...(?)

more than 2 years ago
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For Sale: Internet Spying Business Developed For Gaddafi

rabenja Patents (36 comments)

...ensues long patent lawsuits from Google and Facebook...

more than 2 years ago
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Robot Firefighter To Throw Extinguisher Grenades

rabenja Re:Riiight... (78 comments)

...how many robots would be required? Where is there going to be a fire? Why not just have grenades planted in all likely places with heat-induced detonation?

more than 2 years ago
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Robot Firefighter To Throw Extinguisher Grenades

rabenja Riiight... (78 comments)

Having been in the Navy for 14 years and forgetting the ship-board obstacles such as steep ladders, water-tight doors with their high step-over and the like, imagine the Navy red tape involved in:

  • Training and Personal Qualification System (PQS) sign-off
  • Repair and maintenance contract
  • Salt water (most fires involve some attempted dousing involving sea water)
  • Salt water laden sea air

I really cannot see this would be any help at all in a fire situation. Fires do not wait for robots. They are fast and furious. The fire drill is one of the most intense things that happens on a ship. There is no way that robot twiddle dum would get there on time with the robot operator having to maneuver it from cargo hold #3 to the engine room.... the ship could have been toast by that time.

more than 2 years ago
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Chief Replicant Dev On Building a Truly Free Android

rabenja *Binary* blobs? (113 comments)

B^2LOB ?

more than 2 years ago

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Google Earth using my computer?

rabenja rabenja writes  |  about 2 years ago

rabenja (919226) writes ""I was using Google Earth to document a recent vacation to Costa Rica by creating a tour file.
I saved the *.kmz file but did not know the file had been placed so I searched the C: drive
for *.kmz files. What came up in the search was 2,620 files in the
    C:\Users\[ME]\AppData\Local\Temp\ge4908\kmz directory all with timestamps around
the time that I was working in Google Earth. Clicking on any of the
files in that directory showed that none of them had anything to do with what I was
working on. They were random locations around the earth, each with mulitple pushpin locations
that I did not make.

Why would Google Earth create these files if they had nothing to do with my session??
The only thing that I can think of is that Google is using users' computers as
data caches for other users.""
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Google sells out of Nexus 4 again

rabenja rabenja writes  |  about 2 years ago

rabenja (919226) writes "I had decided to replace my phone (Galaxy S Vibrant) with the Nexus 4. The first batch sold out in no time and I received an email that I just saw at 1:20 pm PST that the Nexus 4 would be available again for sale at 12:00 pm PST. I clicked the link provided and saw that it was already sold out again..."
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Apple store refuses to sell product to US citizen

rabenja rabenja writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rabenja (919226) writes "

A 19-year-old woman in Alpharetta, Ga., claims that her local Apple store refused to sell her anything after she was heard speaking Farsi with her uncle while she was trying to buy an iPhone and iPad.

...how a citizen who speaks Arabic (Al Qaeda), or Spanish (Cuba) or Korean (North Korea) etc."
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GPS Toddler Tracker

rabenja rabenja writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rabenja (919226) writes "

Barnkollen is an extra aid for thouse repsonsible for groups of children, outdoor childcare, preeschool trips or groups with extra curiouse or teasing kids. “After all the known incidents with children that have come away from their grops, shouldnt we do something?” We all who are behind Barnkollen have small children and thought about this, and combined with our teqnichal skills, Barnkollen was created, as extra aid for leaders, parents and of course – our kids!

"

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Android application mysteriously appears

rabenja rabenja writes  |  more than 2 years ago

One of the women at work reported that an application appeared on her android phone, one that she did not download and that she was unable to remove. She forwarded me a link that states

Google says that there was a bug that caused the Russian version of the mail app to erroneously appear in the "My Apps" section of Google Play for a large number of Android users. However, Google says that it disabled the app some time ago, so it was never actually installed on any devices. Google is currently working on a fix for the "My Apps" issue.

"Right now, it looks like that the process for removing the app may require some Android hacking skills"

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Al Quaeda Hacks Phone System(?)

rabenja rabenja writes  |  about 5 years ago

Log of a chat session from a few minutes ago from a friend in Texas:

K: my client got their phone systems hacked by al-qaeda
that's my exciting news of the day
haha
  Sent at 3:16 PM on Monday

  me: for real?

  K: yeah

  me: what system they use?

K: happened late last night
beats me
i just heard facilities talkin
[the telephone company] suspended their account
so they are without long distance right now
until they redo the phone setup

  me: they use VOIP?

K: no
from what their Facilities director told me, al-qaeda probably happened upon their main number by accident
noticed they used all default settings
then took advantage of the automated switchboard and call forwarding features to make calls to eritrea, somalia, luxembourg, and other places
[the telephone company] noticed the activity and the number they were dialing in with
guess it was on some flagged list
and suspended the account immediately
pretty crazy huh
straight out of a movie =P

  me: some sophistication there, points to a concerted effort at hacking

K: yeah, i wish i could have stayed around to see what happened but i had a meeting
it certainly piqued my interest
  Sent at 3:24 PM on Monday

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