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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

scdeimos Because of 3rd party developers (399 comments)

Not that I'm rating Microsoft's developers highly, but have you seen how much code out there does version checking with stupid things like osVersion.startsWith("Windows 9") ... checking for the presence of Windows 95 or Windows 98. https://searchcode.com/?q=if(v...

about 4 months ago

Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

scdeimos Re:Sigh (149 comments)

Picard? Is that you?

about 6 months ago

It's World Password Day: Change Your Passwords

scdeimos Re:WorldPasswordDay1! (116 comments)

I think you meant: W0rldP4assw0rdD4y!

about 9 months ago

Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

scdeimos Re:Car driver ethics: What do I hit? (800 comments)

Not necessarily. A larger car can have bigger crumple zones. If its crumple zones are twice the size of the small car, then the acceleration that you'll experience in the collision is a lot less and so there's a greater chance everyone will survive (assuming that the relative impact speeds will be the same).

Don't let facts get in the way of a good story. :) While survivability is about equal for SUV vs SUV and car vs car impacts, studies have shown that in SUV vs car impacts the passengers of the car are 7.6 times more likely to die.

Armed with this information an autonomous vehicle trying to protect everybody should: (a) choose the impact with the least inertia for all concerned (i.e.: go for the car travelling in almost the same direction as the autonomous vehicle as opposed a car travelling in an opposite direction) and (b) for a choice of head-on impacts, prioritize impacting the car with a mass closest to its own. An autonomous vehicle biased towards protecting its own driver should target the smaller vehicle... but this will inevitably lead to "I've got the biggest autonomous vehicle" wars with people trying to protect themselves from other vehicles as we've seen happen with SUVs.

REF: http://www.consumerreports.org.../p

about 9 months ago

Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

scdeimos Re:Stop (349 comments)

"Stop using your ISP's DNS" is not always the right answer.

If I use Google's public DNS servers it breaks content distribution networks like Akamai. For example, if I use Google Public DNS then *.phobos.apple.com addresses for iOS and OSX updates resolve to IPs inside NTT (Tokyo, Japan) and downloads are exceedingly slow (high latency, dropped packets, etc.). If I use my ISP's DNS server it just so happens they host a set of Akamai nodes and the *.phobos.apple.com addresses will resolve to IPs only 2 or 3 hops away, so downloads will saturate my SDSL connection.

Comcast should just acknowledge that they've fucked up and fix their servers.

about a year ago

'CandySwipe' Crushed: When Game Development Turns Nasty

scdeimos Re:So everybody here was confused? (251 comments)

Just a casual browsing of the iTunes App Store makes me wonder what the real story is. If you click on Show All Versions for each of the free/paid iPhone/iPad versions of CandySwipe they were first published in May 2012 (not even close to 2010), abandoned, then there were updates to all of them around 27/28 Jan 2014, and now there is all this debate. Was there a PC/Android version published earlier?

about a year ago

China's Jade Rabbit Fights To Come Back From the Dead

scdeimos Bad analogy (76 comments)

Should Jade Rabbit make a full recovery, it would cap another success for space exploration, which has seen NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, currently exploring the red planet, far outlast its expected lifespan."

Opportunity far outlived its projected 90 day operational lifetime. Jade Rabbit was supposed to go 3 months and has already gone belly-up just a month into it.

about a year ago

Linus Torvalds Gives 'Thumbs Up' To Nvidia For Nouveau Contributions

scdeimos Linus gets results (169 comments)

Not that I really want to continue with AMD under linux, but Linus should give them the middle finger too.

about a year ago

Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch

scdeimos Re:Who cares anymore? (219 comments)

Or if you're me, the worst phone you could ever imagine (battery life, robustness, size, speech quality, too many button presses until i can do what i want to achieve).

I see you've never owned a Motorola RAZR then.

about a year ago

Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own

scdeimos Really? (375 comments)

The scaly texture conceals small holes in the material where water is sucked in.

I think the /. editors have been sucked in.

1 year,15 days

Intel Releases 5,000 Pages of Open-Source Haswell Documentation

scdeimos Re:Code. (111 comments)

Put a hardware driver author in front of a documentation pack and a compiler, and tell him to write a driver, and he'll tell you to fuck off.

My how things have changed. I remember being handed register documentation for StarPort 16-, 32- and 64-port serial cards and being asked to write FOSSIL drivers for them. And I had to supply my own compiler and logic analyser.

about a year ago

Google Bots Doing SQL Injection Attacks

scdeimos Re:Read RFC 2616: Safe and Idempotent Methods .. (156 comments)

Assuming you're actually serious, what happens when your page is requested with: ?id=0;%20drop%20table%20catalog;

Suddenly your query gets transformed to: select * from catalog where id=0; drop table catalog;

about a year ago

Stolen Adobe Passwords Were Encrypted, Not Hashed

scdeimos Re:Encryption *IS* better than hashing (230 comments)

If you only use hashing then, yes, you are open to Rainbow Table attacks because common passwords can be immediately exposed.

But hashing is not salted hashing. Best practice uses salted hashing with a unique salt for each user, thus making Rainbow Table attacks useless - you have to generate a whole new set of Rainbow Tables for each known salt which is a whole lot more work for an attacker.

about a year ago

Airgap-Jumping Malware May Use Ultrasonic Networking To Communicate

scdeimos Re:So? (265 comments)

^^ This. You beat me to it.

about a year ago

Book Review: Stay Awhile and Listen

scdeimos So wrong. (66 comments)

Warcraft: Orcs and Humans put real-time strategy on the map, and Diablo set the standard for action RPGs.

Bullshit. Warcraft launched in 1994, following Dune and Dune II (1992). The Dunes in turn were influenced by TechnoSoft's Herzog (1988) and Herzog Zwei (1989) on the Sega Genesis/Megadrive consoles. I'm sure there are plenty of other examples.

about a year ago

The Case Against Gmail

scdeimos Re:What? (435 comments)

Don't tell all my iOS devices that then because they must have missed the memo. They're still using ActiveSync successfully to this very day ... and on *free* Gmail accounts.

about a year ago



Hybrid Hazard Just Hype

scdeimos scdeimos writes  |  more than 4 years ago

scdeimos (632778) writes "Hybrid vehicles pose no greater danger to pedestrians than equivalent petrol-powered cars, according to research by RACQ.

RACQ's study was prompted by local and international media reports suggesting near silent hybrid vehicles presented a greater hazard to pedestrians than other cars.

Steve Spalding said the study tested the ability of pedestrians to detect hybrid and petrol vehicles in real-world conditions, using hearing alone. "The results showed that while hybrid vehicles could be nearly silent, modern conventional engines are quiet enough that pedestrians have just as much difficulty detecting them in situations where there is traffic noise. All pedestrians need to be aware of the potential risks modern vehicles of all types pose and take appropriate action to ensure their safety.""

Link to Original Source

Fireball To End Jules Verne's Life

scdeimos scdeimos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

scdeimos (632778) writes "Europe's biggest, most sophisticated spaceship is about to bring its six-month mission to an end by plunging into the Pacific in a ball of flames. The "Jules Verne", also known by the generic name Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), cost about 1.3bn euros to develop.

Its final moments will be witnessed in the Pacific by two chase planes, a Gulfstream-V and a DC8, which will carry observation teams equipped with a range of spectroscopic imagers and conventional video and stills cameras to study how the spacecraft comes apart during re-entry. The information gathered will be used to enhance computer models of space agencies to plan the safe re-entries of future spacecraft."

scdeimos scdeimos writes  |  about 8 years ago

scdeimos (632778) writes "Securina tells us in advisory SA23589:
Ubuntu has issued an update for firefox. This fixes some vulnerabilities, which can be exploited by malicious people to gain knowledge of certain information, conduct cross-site scripting attacks, and potentially compromise a user's system.

scdeimos scdeimos writes  |  more than 7 years ago

scdeimos (632778) writes "WoW servers are currently displaying the following Welcome message:
Breaking News
All realms will be offline for scheduled maintenance.
* Date: January 2nd 2007
* Time: 5:00am — 11:00am PST

For more information, please check our realm status page.
Thank you,
Blizzard Entertainment.
So much for Blizzard implementing Live Maintenance in WoW to bring an end to Patch Tuesdays! The WoW Realm Status forums page has nothing further to add at this time."

scdeimos scdeimos writes  |  more than 8 years ago

scdeimos (632778) writes "The prototype of a new solar patrol telescope in New Mexico recorded a tsunami-like shock wave rolling across the visible face of the Sun following a major flare event on Wednesday, Dec. 6. The shock wave, known as a Moreton wave, also destroyed or compressed two filaments of cool gas at opposite sides of the solar hemisphere.

"These large scale 'blast' waves occur infrequently, however, are very powerful. They quickly propagate in a matter of minutes covering the whole Sun, sweeping away filamentary material," said Dr. K. S. Balasubramaniam. "It is unusual to see such powerful waves encompassing the whole sun from ground based observatories. Its significance comes from the fact that these waves are occurring near solar minimum, when intense activity is yet to pick up."

SpaceWeather.com has a nice 480x360 GIF animation showing the wave spreading across the surface of the sun."


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