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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

sunderland56 Re:Being a computer scientist (166 comments)

Except that he isn't a computer scientist....

>> a computer scientist and senior VP

You can't be both. You hand in your geek card when you become upper management.

yesterday
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Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000

sunderland56 Authentic or fake? (81 comments)

Are you sure this is an original Apple computer? It doesn't have any rounded corners.

2 days ago
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Cisco Fixes Three-Year-Old Telnet Flaw In Security Appliances

sunderland56 Re:Security + Telnet (60 comments)

SSH is for securely connecting to SSH servers. It's not useful, and certainly not "secure", for low level debugging of TCP connections.

Were you listening to your iPod? Because you missed the loud whooshing sound.

2 days ago
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Sale of IBM's Chip-Making Business To GlobalFoundries To Get US Security Review

sunderland56 Re:Domestic sourcing required? (94 comments)

But the foundries will still be in the USA; only the ownership is changing. They aren't making Essex Junction a part of Abu Dhabi.

The main complaint seems to be this: "GlobalFoundries, a U.S.-based firm owned by investors in Abu Dhabi". But: IBM itself is a US-based firm owned by investors in many different countries, including Abu Dhabi, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and many others. Does that make IBM less trustworthy?

2 days ago
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Cisco Fixes Three-Year-Old Telnet Flaw In Security Appliances

sunderland56 Re:Security + Telnet (60 comments)

I use telnet plenty great for connecting to a tcp port and debugging.

SSH be plenty greater for connecting to TCP ports and not security problem.

2 days ago
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

sunderland56 Re:Recognition (150 comments)

They didn't buy the company. They bought some of its divisions and IP.

They bought the phone division...... you mean there were other divisions of Nokia?

4 days ago
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

sunderland56 Re:Recognition (150 comments)

It's not exactly the name recognition, it's the name's reputation.

Nokia: well recognized, well liked brand with positive reception everywhere.

Microsoft: well recognized, universally hated brand, regular finalist in "most hated company" competitions.

Marketing 101 says: they chose the wrong name.

4 days ago
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Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

sunderland56 Why a government site? (120 comments)

Why should the government be the main source for recall information? Shouldn't that come from the manufacturer/importer?

Pass a law saying car companies must have recall information easily accessible on the web. The extra cost for the companies (which have large splashy advertising sites already, backed by a decent server infrastructure) will be next to nothing. However, this will save the government money; they can just put up a static page with pointers to the individual manufacturer's sites.

4 days ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

sunderland56 Re:TOS violations (239 comments)

Wait, you're saying that creating an account on Facebook with a fake identity is a crime???

Excuse me a sec, I'll be right back, need to, uh, delete a few things......

4 days ago
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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

sunderland56 WTF? (133 comments)

Agile and waterfall are *management* methods. Code quality is a function of *developers*.

If you want quality code, stop pissing off your developers, and choose the least intrusive management method, so people can do their work.

about a week ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

sunderland56 Wait, what? (338 comments)

Do you mean to imply that chip manufacturers have started to lie on their spec sheets? Really? That's a new one; in the past they've been 100% accurate.

about two weeks ago
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End of an Era: After a 30 Year Run, IBM Drops Support For Lotus 1-2-3

sunderland56 Re:Notes next? (156 comments)

please please please kill Notes.

Lotus 1-2-3: universally loved, ground breaking program: killed off.

Lotus Notes: universally hated me-too program: still survives.

about three weeks ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

sunderland56 Re: Here's the solution (577 comments)

You should be able to install 1000 programs, uninstall them all, and your system should be identical to what it was before. Anything else is a failure.

The very existence of the registry is wrong. Operating systems like Unix, Linux, MacOS, Solaris, etc. don't have a registry, and don't have any significant "OS Decay".

about three weeks ago
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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

sunderland56 Re:Transformative Platforms! (182 comments)

List of transformative, disruptive, game-changing, paradigm-shifting technologies that have changed education forever:

9) Eight-Track Tape Recorders

I hesitate to ask what sort of an education you got that involved eight track tapes..... did it also involve the back seat of a 1970 Camaro?

about a month ago
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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

sunderland56 Re:why? (182 comments)

Why does the classroom of the future need to be VR?

So that your teacher can be a smokin' hot babe? In every single class?

about a month ago
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L.A. TV Stations Free Up Some Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

sunderland56 Sharing channel == worse picture quality (80 comments)

So two stations that were previously using 6 MHz bandwidth each, will now share one channel, presumably using 3 MHz each.... and so each will have a 50% drop in picture quality. How is this a good thing for the consumer?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

sunderland56 Re:None? (471 comments)

I don't want yet another device to carry around.

Isn't the whole idea of a watch-like product the fact that you don't need to carry it? It's attached to your wrist, no need to carry it, or put it in a pocket.

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

sunderland56 Malicious (230 comments)

Even if Comcast doesn't have any malicious intent

Of course they have malicious intent; they are inserting ads where previously there were none. Isn't that malicious enough for you?

about a month and a half ago
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Extracting Audio From Visual Information

sunderland56 Re:Requires a very high speed camera (142 comments)

reconstruct from standard 30 fps video

Dear sir: what you are asking is impossible.

Sincerely yours,

Harry Nyquist

about 3 months ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

sunderland56 Re:I'd much rather have the option ... (205 comments)

Buy a limousine. Loads of room for the kids in the back, and this cool screen that can totally isolate the driver from the passengers.

Just make sure the minibar is empty before heading off to school.

about 3 months ago

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