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Will Facebook Become the Net's SSO?

s.bots Re:Facebook Soaks Up More Free Publicity! (314 comments)

Its value as an SSO is, I would think, unrelated to the number of personal connections on there. Metcalfe's Law does imply, however, that the social value (and likely monetary value) of Facebook is enormous.

An SSO really shouldn't be concerned with how many people are actively using it. It should be concerned with being a valid means of authentication for as many sites as possible such that it is a truly viable SSO.

more than 3 years ago

Hawking: No 'Theory of Everything'

s.bots Re:Tsk tsk! (465 comments)

Thanks, you made my day. I'll see you in hell :)

more than 3 years ago

Red-Light Camera Ticket Revenue and Short Yellows

s.bots Re:if you're in the intersection and it's red (976 comments)

Canadian traffic laws are by province, though for the most part they're fairly identical as well. No right hand turns on a red light in Quebec.

more than 4 years ago

Home Phone System That Syncs To Computer?

s.bots Re:no. it does not. (405 comments)

Not really for personal use, unless you live in an area where owning a cellphone is prohibitively expensive and a landline isn't. I think the number of geeks that would fit this niche would be very small. Other than this case, I really think the landline is slowly going the way of the dodo as far as home users are concerned.

However, being able to push something like this out to business and corporate clients may well be a viable opportunity.

more than 4 years ago

Nokia Sues Apple For Patent Infringement In iPhone

s.bots Re:N900 (367 comments)

It sounds like these patents are more at the hardware level - GSM, UMTS (typo in summary), and WiFi are all hardware level patents. I don't think this really has anything to do with software or the GPL, but with Apple trying to use Nokia-patented hardware technologies royalty-free.

more than 3 years ago

Favorite seasonal transition?

s.bots Re:Unexpected results (451 comments)

There was no "Summer -> Winter" option. There isn't really a spring or fall here, only 4 months hot and dry, 8 months cold and dry.

about 5 years ago

The Myths of Security

s.bots Re:Most people simply don't think about security (216 comments)

"Think about how stupid the average person is. Now, realise that half of them are dumber than that." - George Carlin

I think your sig is a more valid contribution to the discussion than your comment... You can toss as many security obstacles on a computer as you can, but if your end user is a knuckle-dragger who loves his FREE PR0N! and VI@GR4, then your attempt at security is wasted.

about 5 years ago

"Smart" Parking Meters Considered Dumb

s.bots Re:Decent system (863 comments)

Yes, ParkPlus. It is a pretty good system, but I don't know if it's achieving it's purpose - it was designed to increase the number of available parking spots since people weren't limited by the number of meters, but now some people just park like meatheads on the street.

All in all though, I give it a thumbs up.

about 5 years ago

Fertility Clinic Bows To Pressure, Nixes Eye- and Hair-Color Screening

s.bots Re:An Ethical Quandry without an easy answer (847 comments)

My thoughts exactly. I frankly don't care how other people make their babies, but if/when I procreate it will be via good ol' sex. You already have the option of choosing your partner, thereby having knowledge (to a degree) of what your offspring will be like. If you don't want that kind of kid - find a new partner!

more than 5 years ago

Apple To Face Challenge At WWDC

s.bots Re:"Catching up" is the key phrase (264 comments)

True enough. If I were doing anything more intense (typing-wise) than cranking out the occasional text I would revert to my keyboard loving ways, but for the time being I'm enjoying the extra screen real estate. Different strokes for different folks, I suppose.

more than 5 years ago

Apple To Face Challenge At WWDC

s.bots Re:"Catching up" is the key phrase (264 comments)

The Blackberry Storm's haptic feedback was the major feature that sold me on it. I was a staunch non-supporter of touch screens simply because I got no feedback about what I was doing. For this reason I think apple has now lost pace (hardware-wise, at least).

more than 5 years ago

Cheap Scanners Can "Fingerprint" Paper

s.bots Re:I wonder (88 comments)

Or you could be an idiot, as I was as a kid, and wonder if the car lighter actually gets hot. Then have concentric rings for a fingerprint for the next month :P

Less commitment than MIB, but also less alien slaying.

more than 5 years ago

Steps Toward a Universal Flu Vaccine

s.bots Re:Only stupidity is universal. (177 comments)

A little skepticism is good, but remember:

Books/Movies != Real life

more than 5 years ago

Dell Selling Dual-Boot Laptops

s.bots Will it blend? (289 comments)

More importantly... Will it blend?

more than 5 years ago

What Web Surfers Can Find Out About You

s.bots Re:ID information available to the public (234 comments)

If you are afraid of forgetting your passwords and to remember passwords like "d8u*mF@3KowcCR", use an encrypted password keeper.

Shit, now I have to change all my passwords AGAIN, just like after someone else posted my old one, 09:F9:11:02:9D:74:E3:5B:D8:41:56:C5:63:56:88:C0

more than 5 years ago

Vista To XP Upgrade Triples In Price, Now $150

s.bots Re:One of the first posts (907 comments)

A merry red and green /. Christmas theme?

more than 5 years ago

Cheaper by the dozen (Score:1, Troll)

s.bots Overhaul (3 comments)

As a young guy (22), I am at a fork in the road. I would love to go into teaching - I've done tutoring and been told I would make a great teacher - but at the same time, I feel that a teacher's salary does not adequately compensate for the amount of work that they do. I'm currently finishing an engineering degree where, in the province I live in, will get me double what most teachers make on my first year out, and that's sad.

It is truly unfortunate that there are many others out there who are intelligent and excel at conveying knowledge, but get drawn in by the dollars. As per your experiences, I've only had three or so teachers that were willing to teach me (or allow me to go at my own speed), the rest wanted me to slow down and get back in with the herd. School was, for the most part, extremely frustrating because I was constantly being held back.

more than 5 years ago

Mad Scientist Brings Back Dead With "Deanimation"

s.bots Re:Early Cryogenics & Ethical Problems (501 comments)

In TFA it mentions that

It's called Ikaria, after the island with regenerative sulfur springs mentioned by Herodotus.

more than 5 years ago



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