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After Successful Launch, India's Mars Orbiter Is On Its Way

riffzifnab Re:Allow me to be the first to say ... (166 comments)

+1, go kick some ass on the red planet India. The more people involved in space exploration the better. (:

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Robot Swarm Control On Microsoft's Surface

riffzifnab Re:Is it just me? (106 comments)

Would be if there were actually robots. It's just a simulation and the graphics reminded me of Syndicate Wars.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple's "iPad" Out In the Open

riffzifnab Re:The iPad is a Platform (1713 comments)

Right idea, wrong product. You're thinking about a ChromeOS laptop. It's the internet in your lap, it will just work and it will be fast. It also wont cost $500 per device.

more than 4 years ago
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Linux Kernel 2.6.32 Released

riffzifnab Re:Is this a hoax, or what? (195 comments)

and I'm now about 93.8523% convinced you're making up statistics.

more than 4 years ago
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Burglar Logs Into Facebook On Victim's Computer

riffzifnab Re:Further evidence... (337 comments)

No, the smart criminals just become elected officials or run companies (sad part is I'm only half joking).

more than 5 years ago
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IPv6 Adoption Will Grow With Smart Grid Adoption, Hopes Cisco

riffzifnab Obligatory Joke (169 comments)

So a priest, a rabbi and an atheist walk into a bar. IPv6

more than 5 years ago
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Google Books As "Train Wreck" For Scholars

riffzifnab Re:Who needs metadata any more (160 comments)

I wouldn't say the whole article is a troll (the "omg Google book monopoly" stuff sure). It did bring to light some errors and even got them fixed, that's worth something.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Books As "Train Wreck" For Scholars

riffzifnab Re:Why Isn't Google Books A Library? (160 comments)

With all the class act talent that Google hires right out of college, why can't Google create its own Public Library on the Internet? Chrome could be the entry way to any book that is in the Public Domain, or by the Authors written permission. Turning the page of a book could be as simple as the [Back], or [Next] button. The "Card Catalog" would be a No-Brainer. No Library goes through these many hops. There's even translation to other languages, Brail, and Audio; from my viewpoint, this SHOULD be the challenge, not what word category is or isn't. If it's a case of "buy the book", then to buy 10 copies of "Gone with the Wind", and ONLY allow up to 10 readers to ONLY read "Gone with the Wind". Google could even have a "Google Online Library Card"; this is were the company hums "Ka-Ching".

I think that's the idea, perhaps you should go check it out: http://books.google.com

more than 5 years ago
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Google Books As "Train Wreck" For Scholars

riffzifnab Re:Does Google destroy the books after scanning? (160 comments)

The impression I get from these stories is that once Google scans them, no one else can. Is that somehow the case?

Yes, once Google scans them they gather up all the copies and burn them. Just kidding, any one is free to scan them and put them online too. Microsoft used to scan books, and the Internet Archive has it's own scanning project that is still ongoing (but they might be restricting themselves to out of copyright works, I don't know).

more than 5 years ago
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Google Books As "Train Wreck" For Scholars

riffzifnab Cue the "OMG Google book monopoly" slashbots (160 comments)

Please give it a rest, anyone can scan all the books they want and post them online. The only problem is that the law hasn't established an efficent way to get the right to post books online. If Google had tried to do this with the laws current they would have had to figure out who owned the right to every book. Imagine how much the internet would suck if search engines had to do the same thing.

Also to get back to the topic at hand, it looks like they are trying to fix this as best they can and libraries have errors in them, it happens. zomg.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Natal Is a Big Deal

riffzifnab Re:iPhone-like fluidity, FFS (303 comments)

This must be a new American unit of measure for viscosity. Water has .98 iphones at 80 degrees (on the hogshead).

more than 5 years ago
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One Fifth of World's Population Can't See Milky Way At Night

riffzifnab I can see about 20 (612 comments)

I just recently got a new DSLR camera so now I'm playing around with all it's fancy features. I figured I would see if I could get a picture of the Milky Way from my deck in Cambridge MA. After processing the heck out of it I got about 20-30 stars... it was really kinda sad.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Engineers Say IPv6 Is Easy, Not Expensive

riffzifnab Re:An elegant solution (233 comments)

The best part is that it's never out of date!

more than 4 years ago

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Google Hacked, Changes Policy on Chinese Filtering

riffzifnab riffzifnab writes  |  more than 4 years ago

riffzifnab (449869) writes "Google announced today that it had been hacked, originating from with in China. The attackers stole unspecified intellectual property and attempted but failed to compromise Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. This attack and increased censorship by the Chinese government has made Google reconciler its policy of filtering results in China."
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Google Announces Navigation for Android

riffzifnab riffzifnab writes  |  about 5 years ago

riffzifnab (449869) writes "Google announced the new version of Google Maps for Mobile with built in turn-by-turn voice direction and automatic rerouting. Unlike most other navigation system Maps relies upon the built in data connection rather then pre-cashed map data. This means that the information will be more up to date but could also fail if connectivity is lost."
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