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Print News Fading, Still Source of Much News

sfjoe Re:It's the problem (140 comments)

I don't need nearly the level of coverage on the latest missing, pretty, white girl. If more news outlets go under maybe the rest will not have the resources to cover touching, but unimportant issues.

more than 5 years ago

Mediterranean Undersea Cables Cut, Again

sfjoe Re: Dropping Anchor (329 comments)

Do you seriously doubt that Iran has serious economic difficulties, and is proping itself up with oil money? Here's a recent cite; Google finds dozens.

You probably weren't being intentionally funny but in today's economy, if you're propping yourself up with oil money, you're not having economic difficulties.

more than 5 years ago

Denver Couple Unveils Homemade Service Robot

sfjoe Uh-oh (140 comments)

"...runs Linux with some instructions in Java..."

Uh-oh, they used the J-word. Wait until the Slashdot Religious Order gets their hands on them.

more than 5 years ago

Logitech Makes 1 Billionth Mouse

sfjoe Re:Any othetr industry?? neve happened? (456 comments)

I don't know. Hasn't Ford produced a billion cars yet? I bet for sure there have been a billion Twinkies made.

more than 5 years ago

Woman Admits Sending $400K To Nigerian Scammer

sfjoe Re:Canada Bill Jones would be proud (857 comments)

The strange thing here is not that a fool and her money are soon parted but rather that the fool ever managed to get together with her money in the first place.

more than 5 years ago

Former IBM Exec Ordered To Stop Working For Apple

sfjoe Re:Lame response (270 comments)

He signed the non-compete. *HE* gave away his freedom. Not the State.

Doesn't matter what he signed. You can't contractually agree to an illegal activity.
Well, you can but you can't be held to it in a court of law.

more than 5 years ago

German Doctor Cures an HIV Patient With a Bone Marrow Transplant

sfjoe Re:Like to see this replicated (639 comments)

I've had a bone marrow transplant. It's not so much a transplant as a regeneration of bone marrow from the donor stem cells. In my case it was an autologous transplant, meaning I used my own stem cells. It sounds like the transplant being discussed is an allogeneic or donor transplant. An allogeneic transplant is no small procedure and I have to wonder if maybe the cure isn't as bad as the disease? After all, with treatment, isn't AIDS largely manageable these days? The fatality rate of an allogenic transplant approaches 1 in 5.

more than 5 years ago

PHP Gets Namespace Separators, With a Twist

sfjoe Easy to fix this (523 comments)

Since PHP is open source, someone will make a fork with a different separator and the dumber of the two choices will wither away.

more than 5 years ago



Surprise! IE 8.0 Won't Be Standards-Compliant

sfjoe sfjoe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sfjoe (470510) writes "Joel Spolsky explains how and why the upcoming IE 8.0 won't be standards-compliant. He gives one of the best ever explanations about the mess that is the world of web standards. More accurately, he predicts the upcoming flame war on Slashdot by saying, " will be really, really entertaining to watch, because 99% of the participants in the flame wars are not going to understand what they're talking about.""

Google Partners With GOP

sfjoe sfjoe writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sfjoe (470510) writes "The Republican National Convention announced today that it has selected Google as the "the Republican National Convention's Official Innovation Provider" The press release goes on to say, "As Official Innovation Provider, Google Inc. will enhance the GOP's online presence with new applications, search tools, and interactive video. In addition, Google will help generate buzz and excitement in advance of the convention through its proven online marketing techniques". Oddly, Google has not issued a press release of its own on the subject."
Link to Original Source

Re-branding Intelligent Design

sfjoe sfjoe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sfjoe (470510) writes "Far from giving up, the radical right is as determined as ever to force creationism into the classrooms. In this article at Ars Technica, the "rebranding" of creationism as a new tactic to move religion into the science classrooms of high schools and universities. A new book, "Explore Evolution", "...purports to use an "inquiry-based approach" to introduce students to evolutionary biology". In fact it brings up "...the same flawed arguments that have been used against evolution for years, primarily those from Discovery fellows Michael Behe and Jonathan Wells"."

Are Spammers Giving Up?

sfjoe sfjoe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sfjoe (470510) writes "Are spammers giving up the game? Google seems to think so. In an article at Wired, Google, "..says that spam attempts, as a percentage of e-mail that's transmitted through its Gmail system, have waned over the last year". They think their own filters are so good that spammers aren't even trying anymore. Personally, I haven't seen a reduction in spam traffic. Maybe Google's filters are just better than mine (likely)."

Reiser Trial Begins

sfjoe sfjoe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sfjoe (470510) writes "In Oakland today, the trial of Hans Reiser begins. Reiser is accused of murdering his wife Nina, although no body has been found. Prosecutors expect circumstantial evidence to be compelling enough to lead to convictions while the defense claims Nina Reiser is alive and well in Russia."

sfjoe sfjoe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sfjoe (470510) writes "Intuit says as many as 100,000 users of TurboTax may have had their IRS filings delayed due to server overload. A story in the San Francisco Chronicle says, "Intuit blamed the problem on an unexpected increase in e-filing, which overloaded its computer system". Intuit has gotten the IRS to give e-filers a break. On the TurboTax site, they say, "Intuit customers using TurboTax software to electronically file their U.S. federal income taxes won't be penalized as long as they e-file their returns by midnight April 19th"."

sfjoe sfjoe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sfjoe (470510) writes "According to a story at, researchers at Algorithmic Research (ARX) have shown it may be possible for "someone with access to the ATM network to attack the special computers that transmit bank account numbers and PIN codes, called hardware security modules". Using these methods, an attacker could trick the security modules into exposing a PIN. It has long been considered impossible to access PINs as they are traveling through the ATM network without the encryption key used by the card-issuing bank. If PINs can be compromised, the almost 8 billion transactions per year they handle may be in danger. Not to mention all the transaction at retail stores."


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