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Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

tipo159 Re:Flat UI Design (164 comments)

Clearly you are not the only one. The flat UI seems to be the hot idea among UI designers and I am sure that they are all impressing themselves with their work. But, to me, as a user, it is just a gratuitous change that does not contribute to the UI's usability. And, to my kernel s/w engineer eyes, it, for the most part, doesn't look as good as what it is replacing.

I wonder how long I will be able to get by with OS X Mavericks.

3 days ago
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Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

tipo159 Legitimate engineering uses (98 comments)

Apple is often prone to adding capabilities without thinking through the security implications. But this researcher should do some more research into what constitutes legitimate engineering uses.

From TFA:

“Some of this data shouldn’t be on the phone. HFSMeta creates a disk image of everything that’s on the phone, not the content but the metadata,” Zdziarski said. “There’s not even an engineering use for that.”

I can imagine plenty of legitimate uses of just metadata. For example, the old iOS backup mechanism basically took a snapshot of everything and something like HFSMeta could be used to identify the files that have changed so only those files are backed up.

about a week ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

tipo159 Re:Free market economy (528 comments)

>we had enough regulation already, look where it got us.

To the most economically, technologically and military powerful nation the planet?

America only started falling off once Reagan and Clinton started busting unions, signing free trade treaties, giving amnesties to illegal aliens and deregulating wall street.

Actually, no. America started falling off in the late 60s.

about a week ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

tipo159 Re:What the senator is really saying... (528 comments)

Unless you are Native American, you are a foreign worker too.

My most recent immigrant ancestor came to North America in 1869.

How many generations of ancestors have to born in an area before their descendants can claim to be native to that area?

There is a good chance that the people living in a particular area in North America when the Europeans arrived are not descendants of the very first people ever to inhabitant that area. Were they foreign as well?

about a week ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

tipo159 Re: Black box data streaming (503 comments)

It really looks like it was the separatists who did it, using Russian weapons.

Or captured Ukrainian weapons ...

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

tipo159 Re:Black box data streaming (503 comments)

However, how often are black boxes not recovered?

After the AF447 crash, there was a push for real-time flight data. However, the people who argued "the flight data recorder was recovered 90+% of the time, so it is unnecessary" ultimately won the argument. I had a link to a story about this from back then, but I can't find it.

Meanwhile, I found this link to a NY Times article that was written before the post-AF447 real-time flight data discussion was settled. It seems that we keep having the same discussion over and over again.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

tipo159 Re:Black box data streaming (503 comments)

If you are referring to MH370, no, it didn't. There were roughly hourly handshakes initiated by the ground station and a final handshake initiated by the aircraft (likely when it ran out of fuel).

Here is a report on flight MH370 done by the Australian Transportation Safety Board that describes how the search area was established - ATSB Search Area report. The analysis of the satellite communications starts on page 17.

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

tipo159 Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (443 comments)

Did you read article? The police had given up on the chase before the guy crashed the Tesla that the final time.

According to the source, "the pursuit was terminated because there wasn’t enough time or police resources in the area to catch up with the vehicle." It didn't help that the pursuing officers were involved with a minor collision of their own.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

tipo159 Re:Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

I hope that you aren't referring to MH370. What happened on the flight is unknown and some kind of terrorist action is only one possibility. If it was an act of terrorism, without confirmation that it was terrorism, it failed to accomplish a primary goal of terrorism, which is to create terror.

Why is killing a couple hundred people on a plane an attractive option when there are easier ways to kill more people in a way that gets more publicity?

about three weeks ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

tipo159 Re:I love getting into strangers' cars (273 comments)

What's with this obsession with licensing?

The skills that one has to demonstrate to get a commercial drivers license is higher than to get a regular car drivers license. Same goes for a motorcycle license. Why shouldn't one need to demonstrate a higher level of skills in order to be allowed to get paid to drive other people around.

I don't trust Uber to verify that their drivers have the skills needs to drive me around safely. Uber's background check that somehow missed one of their drivers was a sex offender.

about a month ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

tipo159 Re:Good? (273 comments)

Where are mod points when I need them?

about a month ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

tipo159 Re:Families come first (370 comments)

It takes a couple of years experience to become good and productive.

I was productive at my first job out of college after a month. My group has hired a lot of new grads in the last year or so and they have all gotten up to speed pretty quickly.

Google and Microsoft has fucked up hiring for everyone with their idiotic interview questions

See, the fact is companies have no clue how to get the best.

Both of these are very true.

about a month ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

tipo159 Re:It's an artform (240 comments)

What he said!

I shoot B&W film, but scan in the negs and make prints on a printer. There is density that you can get with B&W film and playing with processing time that is hard to reproduce with a DSLR.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

tipo159 Re:MacBook Air 13 Inch (702 comments)

I had a 12" Powerbook G4 that I sold a couple of years ago. It was just too slow to running the applications that I needed to run.

I still have a Powerbook 540c (from 1995) that I play SimTower on. I also use it as a serial console for my collection of Sun lunchbox systems and Axil 320 SPARCstation 20 clone. They still all still run (despite PROM battery failures), but I don't use them frequently.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

tipo159 MacBook (2007 model) (702 comments)

My primary work laptop is a 2007 MacBook. When the time came that the company would buy me a replacement, Apple products were no longer on the list of corporate approved laptops, so I have just continued to use the MacBook. It has been pretty much trouble-free. Had to replace the battery and the power adapter and that's it.

about 3 months ago
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Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

tipo159 Re:Apart from shades of grey... (512 comments)

'Shades of Grey' was on its own plane of awful. Nothing else comes close. When I try to think of other bad episodes, 'Shades of Grey' just crowds all of the others out.

about 4 months ago
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More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

tipo159 Re:26% is a made-up number (367 comments)

Uh, I should proofread better before posting. That should be "It is not based on actual accident statistics."

about 4 months ago
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More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

tipo159 26% is a made-up number (367 comments)

Citing the National Safety Council's own material:

How did the NSC estimate attributable risk percent for cell phones? The NSC attributable risk percent estimate of cell phones is based on two factors: 1) the prevalence of drivers talking on cell phones and 2) the relative risk of this activity compared to not using cell phones while driving.

It is not based actually accident statistics. It is a guess.

about 4 months ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

tipo159 Re:Um. WRONG. (323 comments)

Top Gear can be torrented or sometimes watched on Streetfire if they don't fuck it up.

If you want to watch the latest Top Gear (or Fifth Gear), go here - http://www.finalgear.com/

about 4 months ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

tipo159 Re:Remove the middleman (323 comments)

I disagree. The major studios have production facilities, access to capital for getting films made and know the business end of distribution, which are all things that a major film needs that the people "doing all the hard work" might not be able to provide. And it isn't like the studio always makes money. Look at what R.I.P.D. did last year. Studios have failed or have had to reorganize effectively because of the poor box office performance of a small number of films.

Note that studios don't do actual distribution of digital films to theaters now. It is done by a small number of companies like AccessIT and Technicolor. I believe that streaming distribution will continue to follow a similar model.

about 4 months ago

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Job seekers asked for Facebook and other passwords in job interviews

tipo159 tipo159 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tipo159 writes "In this story, some employers are asking prospective employees for their Facebook and other passwords during the job interview. And the job market is tight enough that people are willingly providing passwords."
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Petition for a 300-foot tall statue of Paul Allen

tipo159 tipo159 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tipo159 (1151047) writes "The Seattle Times is running a story on a local coffee shop that is collecting signatures on a petition to have a 300-foot tall statue of Paul Allen built in a local park (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008123202_statue19m.html). Mr. Allen owns a significant amount of real estate in the area (South Lake Union) and has been behind a lot of development there. This has had its positives (safer to walk around at night) and negatives (more expensive, ugly new buildings). Similarly, signers of the petition range from people who want to thank Mr. Allen for he has done for the area to people who want to mock the huge influence that he has had. If the statue can't go in the park, an alternate proposal would have the statue standing astride a major freeway exit akin to the Colossus of Rhodes. That's what I want to see!"

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