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Once Vehicles Are Connected To the Internet of Things, Who Guards Your Privacy?

sconeu Re:PHONES YOU IDIOTS (128 comments)

Just because my phone is traveling in a vehicle, does not mean that I am driving or even IN said vehicle.

2 days ago
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Scientists Twist Radio Beams To Send Data At 32 Gigabits Per Second

sconeu Re:Redundant (120 comments)

Because sharks are too unreliable, and you always need a bigger boat than you think you will.

2 days ago
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A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

sconeu Re:Kudos! (67 comments)

And given the fact that Medicare is aggressively pushing to make augmented communications devices rentals (and something that you can't take to the hospital with you), if it's really $80, then GO FOR IT.

Hopefully the hardest part is teaching the victim Morse.

4 days ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

sconeu Re:HAL 9000 (119 comments)

To everyone else: If something along these lines was NOT your first thought, please turn in your geek card.

about a week ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

sconeu Re:Start Button ? (210 comments)

Oh, I LIKE that one!!! I may have to try that.

about a week ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

sconeu Re:All doublespeak (223 comments)

I recently visited the Reagan library to take in the baseball exhibit. Since I was there, I took the tour first. It ended with a multimedia presentation that included the quote:

"Whatever else history may say about me when I'm gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts."

While I may not be a fan of the man, I believe he really did try to do that.

Nowadays? Let's face it, neither Bush nor Obama could say that with a straight face

about a week ago
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Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

sconeu Re:Copyright violation? (230 comments)

Please. Copyright is to be used *BY* the $BIG_CORPORATIONS against $LITTLE_PEOPLE and $SMALL_BUSINESS, not the other way around.

That's why $BIG_CORPORATIONS bought the current laws!!!

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

sconeu Re: cram lots of people in a confined space (818 comments)

When I worked for Litton all those years ago, the rules were:

* Domestic -- you fly coach.
* International -- you get Business class.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

sconeu C++03 had one that was corrected in C++11. (729 comments)

Namely, the >> symbol. Because templates use angle brackets for template parameters, if you had a nested template such as T<int, T1<double> >, you HAD to put the space between the two closing angle brackets. Otherwise the lexer would interpret the two angle brackets as the shift operator.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

sconeu Re:Infoworld... pass (729 comments)

In C, the first time I saw the size of elements of a struct specified (i.e. int something : 3) it threw me

Considering that you misunderstand/misunderstood the syntax, I'm not surprised.

It's not saying it's a 3 byte int, it's saying it's a 3-bit field.

about two weeks ago
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The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

sconeu Turn in your geek card, Rob. (120 comments)

It is, in fact, John Warnock who founded Adobe.

about three weeks ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

sconeu Re:Not so sure it's harmless (251 comments)

How could you get goatse.cx as the background on a V7/PDP-11?

I guess you *COULD* use ASCII art...

about three weeks ago
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NASA's Space Launch System Searches For a Mission

sconeu Re:Ooh I Got One! (53 comments)

Nobody said anything about bringing them back

about a month ago
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Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

sconeu Re:I have an idea (159 comments)

Actually, that per-seat license does make it your damn VAULT.

about a month ago
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Modular Hive Homes Win Mars Base Design Competition

sconeu Re:Depleted Uranium? (61 comments)

How much fuel does it take to put a kg of DU on Mars?

The same amount that it takes to put a KG of any other payload on Mars.

about 1 month ago

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Ask Slashdot: Best pay-as-you-go plan for text and voice only?

sconeu sconeu writes  |  about a year and a half ago

sconeu (64226) writes "My wife uses an assistive communciation device. She wants to use it for SMS texting... We currently have Verizon, so we don't have a SIM. The computer will take a SIM. I'm looking for a pay-as-you-go plan where I can take the SIM from a cheap phone and put it in her computer. Any suggestions?"
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John Anderson calls for Instant Runoff

sconeu sconeu writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sconeu (64226) writes "In an op-ed piece in the Christian Science Monitor, former presidential candidate John Anderson calls for Instant Runoff Voting.

Who is Anderson? Most Slashdotters are too young to remember, but he was the maverick Republican candidate who went independent in 1980. He was considered a spoiler, in much the same manner as Perot in '92 and Nader in 2000 and '04."
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sconeu sconeu writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sconeu (64226) writes "Astronaut Wally Schirra, one of the Original Seven Mercury Astronauts, pilot of Sigma 7, commander of Gemini 6 and Apollo 7 died from a heart attack in La Jolla, CA at age 84.

Schirra was also a commentator for CBS on spaceflight coverage.

The only two of the Original Seven left are now John Glenn and Scott Carpenter."
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sconeu sconeu writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sconeu writes "As we all know, John C. Dvorak is almost always wrong. Therefore we need to realize when he gets it right, such as this rant on mobile phones.

His call for the death of the mobile phone industry may be a little overblown, but I'm willing to chalk it up to hyperbole in this case <grin>, because I happen to agree</grin>."

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LUA and iTunes

sconeu sconeu writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Even Apple, with the knowledge that comes from OS X, where people don't run as root/admin by default, has managed to screw up permissions in iTunes.

I bought my daughter an iPod Shuffle for her birthday. She's set up (under Win XP) as an ordinary non-admin user. She tried to change the CD rip format from AAC to MP3, and she got a permission error. I had to log in as admin, and change the default rip mode for her. She was then able to rip to MP3.

Even those who (should) know better screw up.

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