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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

rwyoder Re:Good luck (426 comments)

I remember using ie4 on a sun Solaris box a long time ago. I was thrilled, because it was light years ahead of mosaic and Netscape.

Now? I don't care how good it is. I will never use it again. Microsoft's long established contempt for its users, laws, and even international standards bodies have guaranteed that I will never put anything even resembling trust in them ever again.

Yes, I remember downloading it and running it briefly just for giggles.
There is a sort of complicated story behind it:

about 1 month ago

Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

rwyoder Re:What? (200 comments)

There used to be a chart with a nice breakdown of how much the average cable subscriber's bill goes to each of the content providers. ESPN was by far the biggest chunk, Disney/ABC took a good portion, etc. I'd love to see a recent breakdown if anyone has one.


about 2 months ago

Why the World Needs OpenStreetMap

rwyoder I tried OpenStreetMaps on a Garmin Edge 705 (162 comments)

(This is a cycling computer.)

Good: It showed all the street detail, *plus* it showed the offroad trails not shown by the Garmin maps.

Bad: The navigation functionality no longer worked.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do You Run a Copy-Cat Installation At Home?

rwyoder Re:Self employed so no separation (308 comments)

For me personally, since we're a small company and cashflow is tight I personally follow a "10% IPA rule". No more than 10% of my time can be spent on non-Income-Producing-Activity.

I wonder how many other Slashdotters thought "IPA" meant something else until they read on. ;-)

about 9 months ago

Swedish Man Fined $650,000 For Sharing 1 Movie, Charged Extra For Low Quality

rwyoder A lot of movies need better quality... (366 comments)

...but nothing short of a script rewrite could help them.

about 9 months ago

Google Nabs Bing Maps Architect

rwyoder Re:Musical Chairs (94 comments)

I am waiting for the headline that Ballmer has decided to move to Google !!!!

Why do you hate Google? :-(

about 9 months ago

Theo De Raadt Says FreeBSD Is Just Catching Up On Security

rwyoder And one more thing... (280 comments)

Stay off his lawn!

about 9 months ago

How Heroin Addicts Helped Scientists Link Pesticides and Parkinson's

rwyoder Re:Book (109 comments)

You mean like how they currently add acetaminophen to most opiates (check out your next codeine prescription) so that if you take too much you'll suffer liver damage?


"The drug acetaminophen, which is the active ingredient in the popular Tylenol, among others, is widely considered safe when taken correctly. Yet, the pain reliever can lead to liver damage that is often severe or even fatal when taken in doses greater than recommended. The problem is, however, that the margin between a safe dose and a potentially harmful dose is slim. Taken over several days, as little as 25 percent above the maximum daily dose - or just two additional extra strength pills a day - has been reported to cause liver damage, according to the [Food and Drug Administration]. "


about 10 months ago

Study Suggests Link Between Dread Pirate Roberts and Satoshi Nakamoto

rwyoder Re:The interesting question (172 comments)

We still do not surely know who is Satoshi Nakamoto.

Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? He is supposed to be Turkish. Some say his father was German. Nobody believed he was real. Nobody ever saw him or knew anybody that ever worked directly for him, but to hear DPR tell it, anybody could have been Nakamoto. You never knew. That was his power. The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. And like that, poof. He's gone.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Protect Your Privacy These Days? Or Do You?

rwyoder Re:A few things... (319 comments)

faraday cage cell phone case

Just take the battery out. Physically remove it. Or if you want to be 110% sure don't carry a phone at all, it's not like it's law that you have to carry one.

Try removing the battery from an iPhone.

about 10 months ago

Why Letting Your Insurance Company Monitor How You Drive Can Be a Good Thing

rwyoder Re:Taking the insurance out of insurance (567 comments)

The health insurance industry did this about twenty years ago (ish. I don't remember exactly). Instead of binning people by risk and associated cost, they starting looking at people on an individual level and simply denying those who might not be profitable. It sounds good when you're angry at irresponsible drivers, and it certainly makes money for the insurance companies, but it doesn't work when you're dependent on cars on driving to make your infrastructure work and when insurance is an integral part of that (required in many states).

This article discusses this very point on health insurance:

about 10 months ago

Microsoft Kills Stack Ranking

rwyoder Re:Stack ranking is operating by the old saying (204 comments)

"I don't have to outrun the bear; I only have to outrun you."

You don't even need to outrun your peer if you just deliberately trip him.
From what I've read of M$'s stack-ranking, this is how it works in practice.

about 10 months ago

Tech Titans Oracle, Red Hat and Google To Help Fix

rwyoder Re:Oracle! YES!! (404 comments)

I've had the misfortune of needing to use an Oracle system with a web interface to deal with a large client for construction management & billing. If that experience is any indication of how Oracle will fix the problem, the Feds would be better off keeping the very crappy existing system. (seriously)

You were lucky you only had to work with their product.
I had the misfortune of being at Sun Microsystems when the mindless Oracle borg took over.
I bailed out within two years.

about a year ago

Citizen Eavesdrops On Former NSA Director Michael Hayden's Phone Call

rwyoder Re:Isn't it a bit rude.... (390 comments)

Dammit; No mod points today.
Hey! Someone please mod the parent up!!!

about a year ago

Your Next Network Operating System Is Linux

rwyoder Re:Apollo Computer - Domain Operating System (192 comments)

Sadly, Apollo Computer had this concept 20+ years ago. The Apollo Domain Operating System was built from the ground up as a network operating system. Everything from the kernel up was designed with networking in mind. It was a brilliant yet ultimately dead operating system. The biggest downfall was being expensive and proprietary. Sun Microsystems won through a cheaper alternative and doomed us forever with NFS.

I had the misery of working with Apollos at one employer.
There were two major issues in my opinion:

1. Security: There wasn't any. If you logged into just *one* host, you could change ANYTHING on ANY OTHER HOST.
        Imagine NFS-exporting "/" read/write to the world.

2. There was an environment variable that could be set to mimic either SYSV Unix, of BSD Unix.
        The reality was it didn't emulate either, making attempts to compile/run open-source sw an exercise in futility.

about a year ago

Dick Cheney Had Implanted Defibrillator Altered To Prevent Terrorist Attack

rwyoder Re:It's a weird experience (242 comments)

My sis has an implanted defibrillator. It's a weird experience to be sitting in a doctors office when a technician comes in with a machine to test the installation.

"I just need to turn up your blood pressure and heart rate for a minute" says the tech, as casually as ordering a cup of coffee.

A couple of button presses later, the look of shock on my sister's face as she realized that she was not, in a very literal sense, in control of her own heart is something I'll never forget.

She needs her implanted defibrillator but, holy shit, the power she must cede to Miss Random Device Technician by having it in her body is scary as all hell.

You are describing a *pacemaker*, not a defibrillator.

A defibrillator does nothing unless it detects the heart has gone into V-fib, then it applies a shock which momentarily stops the heart, enabling the heart to reset its self back to normal rhythm.

about a year ago


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