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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

supremebob Re:Here we go... (364 comments)

"Allowing farmers to work their land up to the fence"

That's code for "Allow Jihadists posing as farmers to dig a smuggling tunnel under the fence", right?

8 hours ago
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Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

supremebob Re:Makes sense (152 comments)

I wouldn't totally agree with this. Dell occasionally has some huge markdown sales where you can get a PC for less than it would cost you to buy the parts and OS from Newegg.

3 days ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

supremebob Re:Dilbert words: Can anything be as demoralizing? (381 comments)

Actually, they sound like lyrics to that new Weird Al song "Mission Statement".

Amazing piece of music... it's like Weird Al went through my old IBM mail archive and wrote a song from the management newsletters.

5 days ago
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Oracle Buying Micros Systems For $5.3 Billion

supremebob Re:But ... why? (71 comments)

Perhaps they want to kill off SAP's Sybase division once and for all.

I believe that Micros was one of the last big support contracts that Sybase still had. Now that Oracle owns them, you can be pretty guarantee that new version of Micros ReS will have an Oracle backend.

But, hey, Sybase is a Dead Division Walking already. When was the last time you heard about them getting a NEW Fortune 500 contract?

about a month ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

supremebob Re:Only 22% (377 comments)

I'll bet that my wife is going to be one of those people. She has a 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid, which only gives her an average mileage of 29 MPG.

They don't even MAKE new Ford Escape Hybrids anymore, and for good reason. The new 2014 Escape with the 1.6L "Ecoboost" 4 cylinder gets better highway mileage than her old car did, and it's $7,000 cheaper with a similar option package. We're not a fan of the styling (It looks more like a Crossover than a real SUV now), but I'm sure that we can get something else with the same gas mileage for the similar price.

about a month ago
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Expedia To Accept Bitcoin

supremebob Re:bitcoin has to much fluctuation for them to hol (87 comments)

Expedia is using something like Bitpay for their Bitcoin processing, right? If that's the case, they get their payment in cash right away and do not need to worry about any price fluctuations.

about a month ago
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NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin

supremebob Re:$150,000? (220 comments)

Yeah... if this dumbass had half a brain, he would have mined a script based coin like Litecoin or Dogecoin instead. You could mine those profitably with a GPU up until recently.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

supremebob Re:Android phones are also more secure. (711 comments)

The main problem that I see with Android security is that it takes forever to get security patches. It can take over six months for an Android point release to get validated by the carriers and pushed out to all of the phones, and many Android phones that are more than 18 months old aren't getting ANY Android updates anymore.

Combine that with clueless end users (like my poor Mom) who seemingly click on every e-mail and SMS link they receive without thinking twice, and you have a disaster waiting to happen. She switched to an iPhone after her old Android 2.3 phone got hacked and filled with malware.

about a month and a half ago
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HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

supremebob Re:Bringing in the Indians!! (288 comments)

I thought that they still relocating entire offices to third world countries, and staffing them with people making $3 an hour to do your tech support calls. You can't get H1B's for that cheap!

What... you still want tech support that can actually understand English and isn't just navigating through a troubleshooting flow chart to "fix" your problem? You better pony up for the Gold level Enterprise support package for $$$$$$ a month.

about 2 months ago
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London Police To Wear Video Cameras In Pilot Project

supremebob Re:Can't turn them off? (152 comments)

Or beating the daylights out of a dark skinned person with their police baton.

about 2 months ago
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Breaking Bad's Scientific Consultant On Making Meth and More

supremebob Re:The Tweeking Dead (118 comments)

There was even an episode in The Walking Dead where Walt's signature blue meth made an appearance in Merle's drug stash.

about 3 months ago
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Figuring Out the iPad's Place

supremebob Re:Wrong direction? (333 comments)

I think that he means that the iPad is underpowered compared to any Mac product made in the last 5 years.

Either that, or he's complaining that the iPad software is too overly simplified. The software selection on the iPad is OK, but what you can actually DO with the software still pales to what you can do with a real computer. I sure as hell wouldn't want to write a manual or edit a film on one.

about 3 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

supremebob Re:Militia, then vs now (1633 comments)

When did Slashdot become conservative? After seeing all of those posts supporting Mozilla for firing their CEO a few days ago for supporting anti-gay causes, I figured that most Slashdotters were left of center.

about 3 months ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

supremebob Time for some new housing ideas! (359 comments)

Instead of building a giant floating barge as a sales tool, perhaps Google should have think about building a giant floating apartment buildings out in the Pacific for their employees.

The cost per square foot would probably be lower for their employees than a San Francisco apartment, and they wouldn't have to put up with San Francisco's ridiculous tax laws and building regulations. Besides, the commute to Mountain View by boat would beat taking a bus on the 101!

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

supremebob Re:u wot m8 (575 comments)

Which is great, until the update breaks XOrg and then you spend the next hour in single user mode editing configuration files in vi to get it working right again.

True Ubuntu story... thanks to those wonderful nVidia "Optimus" drivers.

about 3 months ago
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Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

supremebob Re:How do you know the company is dying? (204 comments)

Yeah, but he'll probably be able to keep his job as long as he wasn't dumb enough to publically say anything bad about gays.

about 3 months ago
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Square Market Now Accepts Bitcoin

supremebob They're getting into Bitcoin NOW?!? (94 comments)

Seriously, now is time for businesses to get OUT of Bitcoin and not be trying to get more of it.

In case you haven't noticed, the value of Bitcoin has dropped by more than half over the past three months. Between the MtGox scandal, the Bitcoin bans in Russia and China, and the draconian new IRS regulations, I'm amazed that it's still trading in the $500 range. It sure as hell don't see it coming back to $1,000 soon, that's for sure.

about 4 months ago
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Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

supremebob Re:Here's what I don't get (367 comments)

So, you're trying to tell me that the dozens of ATM manufacturers out there ALL decided to make the same bad decision and use XP Pro instead of Embedded, which has longer term support AND has a cheaper per seat license? I doubt it. I'm sure that some did, but I'd like to think that most of these guys would be smarter than that.

about 4 months ago
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Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

supremebob Re:Here's what I don't get (367 comments)

It's not. These systems are probably using XP Embedded, which is a hardened version or Windows XP with longer term support. Hell... I'd bet that almost all of them have explorer completely disabled and boot right into the ATM application. They probably wouldn't be Internet facing, either.

Last I heard, XP Embedded is supported until the end of 2016. It's not time panic... yet.

about 4 months ago
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Is One Laptop Per Child Winding Down?

supremebob Re:Winding down? (111 comments)

I don't really think that they got that close. The OLPC was supposed to be $100, and it never got down to less than $200 after several years after the initial promise.

That said, it help to launch the $300 netbook trend, soon followed by $100 7" Android tablets and cheap Windows based laptops. All of those caught on far better than OLPC did, and probably helped to get technology into low income households far better than the original project.

about 4 months ago

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supremebob supremebob writes  |  about 12 years ago

Welcome to my journal. Since I don't have anything interesting to put in here, I'm planning on leaving it blank.

If I ever get a job that would be of interest to Slashdotters (like a Linux kernel developer or an Open-Source widget designer), I might reconsider.

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