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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

soft_guy Re:The solution is obvious (577 comments)

Apple tries to control as much as they can on their platforms. Other platforms like Android and Windows take an approach of sharing responsibility for the overall quality between several different companies who can each point at each other and say "not it!" when a problem arrises.

3 days ago

Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

soft_guy Re:Wouldn't time be better spent... (481 comments)

If they are so concerned about not being shot that they are willing to violate people's rights, why become police in the first place?

about 2 months ago

Eben Upton Explains the Raspberry Pi Model A+'s Redesign

soft_guy I love it. (107 comments)

I'm doing an embedded project using the B+. The main reason why I like the B+ is that I'm using all the new GPIO pins from that model. The A+ has the same GPIO pins which is awesome on a lower price device.

about 3 months ago

Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

soft_guy Two thoughts (287 comments)

Why do we have to assume we can't make any changes to the nature of traffic lights to make them more easily machine readable? Since it requires a car with a lot of cameras to maintain the road information accurate enough for the self driving car, why would lots of cars with fewer cameras do an equally good job? For things like potholes, we can't self driving cars report information about how smooth a particular path along the road is so that pot holes are mapped?

about 3 months ago

Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

soft_guy Re:So, it has come to this. (742 comments)

I wonder if you understand just how quickly a workplace can go down the tubes if the boss starts firing people who don't deserve it.

about 4 months ago

Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

soft_guy Ads for stuff I've bought already (249 comments)

Mostly it shows me ads for things I've purchased recently. I recently bought a car. Now I see ads for that car everywhere online all the time.

about 4 months ago

Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

soft_guy Re:Sleeper cars (261 comments)

Another good way to get ticketed is to drive a car with identifiers that you are from a different part of the country. After moving to Washington State, my ex-wife got pulled over and ticketed twice for bullshit because she had dealer logos on her car from where she bought it in Houston, Texas. Both times she was asked when she was returning to Houston and how long it had been since she had been to Houston. The car itself had Washington plates.

about 4 months ago

Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

soft_guy Re:Risk aversion (203 comments)

What is so wrong with a project failing? I really don't get it. This is a site to donate money for people to do a cool project. If none of the projects are allowed to fail, it would only be really conservative projects. If you aren't willing to take that risk, don't fund a kickstarter. It is not a shopping site.

about 4 months ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

soft_guy Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (1262 comments)

You must ask yourself honestly : Why is it, when faced with stories like this, is your first instinct to claim that the woman lied or made it up?

Cui bono?

about 5 months ago

Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

soft_guy Re:Too specific (200 comments)

No, there isn't a law against filming or photographing someone in a public place with or without their knowledge.

about 5 months ago

The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

soft_guy The advertising is okay (250 comments)

The questions raised in the advertising are pretty good ones. If the city bungles the fibre network and loses a lot of money, you'll be forced to pay for it in taxes. If Comcast fucks up and their costs go out of control, you at least have a choice to opt out. As much as I don't like Comcast and AT&T, I have no faith in government to be an ISP.

about 6 months ago

Wearable Robot Adds Two Fingers To Your Hand

soft_guy Very exciting tech (77 comments)

I have a child who has cerebral palsy and as a result has quite limited use of her right arm. Adding fingers to her left arm could maybe really benefit her.

about 6 months ago

Maybe Steve Ballmer Doesn't Deserve the Hate

soft_guy Ballmer's performance (240 comments)

I think that Ballmer is a decent operations guy, but obviously not a tech visionary, nor does he have good taste and an iron fist the way Steve Jobs did. I think that Microsoft was in a very strong position when he took over and that it just isn't that hard to keep Microsoft on its current glide path given a halfway decent operations guy in charge. John Sculley, who is widely viewed to have run Apple into the ground, could almost certainly done just as good of a job running Microsoft as Steve Ballmer. I realize this is speculation, but I think its true.

about a year and a half ago

Inside the TRS-80 Model 100

soft_guy The eMate had a built in rechargeable battery (228 comments)

The eMate does not take AA batteries if I remember correctly. I could dig though my closet to find my emate to double check, but I really don't feel like it.

more than 6 years ago



soft_guy soft_guy writes  |  more than 8 years ago

soft_guy (534437) writes "TechWeb reports that Apple has responded to charges by Islamists that its 5th Avenue store in Manhattan is blasphemous. The controversy surrounds the store's resemblence to the Ka'ba, one of the holiest shrines in Islam.

Will Apple or its stores remain safe, or will they become the next target of terror?"


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