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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

tverbeek GNU Congressman? (163 comments)

One of the new legislators-who've-written-code is Will HURD.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

tverbeek Re:XP as well? (178 comments)

No, it just means that MS isn't issuing a patch for XP. At least not exactly. They have released a patch today "for WEPOS and POSReady 2009", which is the branding given to the point-of-sale variant of Windows XP, which Microsoft still offers support for. There's a registry hack that makes Windows XP identifiy itself as Windows POS [insert joke here] when contacting the MS Update servers, and machines running that variant will get the patch.

Or so I'm told. ;)

about two weeks ago
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Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

tverbeek not going to change (204 comments)

"it does make you wonder how long organizations can afford to continue promoting incompetent bosses in today's very dynamic and competitive business world."

Indefinitely? As long as all organizations are doing it, there's no competitive disadvantage to it. And as long as the job market remains one in which the overall supply of workers exceeds the demand (no change of that in sight), employees will continue to put up with unhappiness, incompetent bosses, etc (at least up to the point where the incompetent boss fires them for threatening their own employment ... no, I'm not bitter, why do you ask?)

about two weeks ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

tverbeek pointless (164 comments)

And some people wonder why I don't have cable-TV service.

about three weeks ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

tverbeek Re:ah, I understand (430 comments)

By their logic, Boris Yeltsin (Putin's predecessor as President), as well as Viktor Zubkov and Sergei Stepashin (his immediate predecessors as Prime Minister) are now tainted as self-loathing closeted homo/bisexuals ... because Putin obviously is.

about three weeks ago
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If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

tverbeek Re:Local Backups (150 comments)

Having all of your data off-site in the cloud without local back-ups is as foolish as having all of your data local with no off-site back-ups.

about a month and a half ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

tverbeek Re:Read below to see what Bennett has to say. (622 comments)

"Most of the other rebuttals being offered, are logically incoherent, and, as such, are not likely to change the minds of the victim-blamers," is perhaps the funniest bit of empathy-challenged nonsense I've read in a while. Because the people who are irrationally blaming the victims are clearly going to be persuaded only by the most mathematically sound argument?

about a month and a half ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

tverbeek PETA are not p.e.t.a. (367 comments)

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are an embarrassment to most people who are for the ethical treatment of animals. They are the intellectual equivalent of anti-vaxxers, homeopaths, and people without celiac disease who won't eat gluten.

about a month and a half ago
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Brown Dog: a Search Engine For the Other 99 Percent (of Data)

tverbeek Dark Data (23 comments)

Has this class of data been termed "Dark Data" yet?

about a month and a half ago
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First Teleportation of Multiple Quantum Properties of a Single Photon

tverbeek one step closer (107 comments)

One step closer to those Heisenberg compensators that Miles and Reg were always trying to fix.

about 1 month ago
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The Single Vigilante Behind Facebook's 'Real Name' Crackdown

tverbeek Re:Facebook empowers bullies (305 comments)

The fact that I didn't challenge the premise doesn't mean I accept it. Whatever reason they had for these policies, they didn't anticipate that it would empower bullying, which would cause them PR problems when that became evident.

about 2 months ago
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The Single Vigilante Behind Facebook's 'Real Name' Crackdown

tverbeek Facebook empowers bullies (305 comments)

What's troubling is the fact that no one at Facebook contemplated the possibility that this policy would be used as a form of bullying. Their aribtrarily-enforced rules about nudity are routinely used the same way by homophobes, who go around reporting innocuous photos (and even illustrations) of partial male nudity or even just gay couples kissing or showing affection, causing headaches, suspensions, and even bans of gay people from the site. And they do so with complete impunity because they can do so anonymously, and there is no penalty for false reports. The users who are reported are given no right to challenge their accusers (or even know who they are), and effectively no right to appeal. Facebook's own policies and procedures facilitate and empower this kind of harassment and abuse. And they're just now noticing?

about 2 months ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

tverbeek correlation != causation (261 comments)

Do they get tickets because they drive these vehicles, or do they drive these vehicles because they're the sort who get tickets?

about 2 months ago
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Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

tverbeek Re:There is no more Photoshop. (197 comments)

Half correct. Adobe's Creative Cloud software is subscription software, but it is not web-based. The "cloud" bit in the name is just buzzword bingo; the apps are installed and run locally as Windows/OS X executable binaries, just as they always have, with check-ins to confirm that you've paid your protection money this month.

Of course the subscription aspect is reason enough for many people to walk way from Adobe (as I have). I know many illustrators have turned to the Manga Studio for comics production, or the GIMP if they can accept its limitations (e.g. lacking CMYK support). Some people can likewise get by with Free software such as Inkscape or Scribus to replace Illustrator and InDesign, respectively. Serif (which currently has graphics apps for Windows) is undertaking development of a full-featured commercial Creative Suite replacement for OS X, and their Illustrator-substitute Affinity Designer (first piece of the puzzle) is nearly ready for release.

about 2 months ago
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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

tverbeek Re:independent support (129 comments)

So I guess your eyes glossed over before you got the part where I talked about how someone is still maintaining current releases of Firefox to run on the original iMac (from the 20th century)?

about 2 months ago
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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

tverbeek independent support (129 comments)

Why would there be any question that Chromium could still be compiled for 32-bit CPUs? It it's open-source, it can be. The only question is whether anyone cares enough to do it.

The Firefox devs walked away from PPC processors some time ago, but there's enough interest in that platform that an independent fork of its code has been maintained.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

tverbeek generic® (405 comments)

Do they wipe the screens of their ipads with kleenexes and q-tips, which they keep with the band-aids and aspirin next to a refrigerator full of cokes, in the room where they make xeroxes, next to the escalator?

about 3 months ago
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John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

tverbeek !Shooter ? (266 comments)

One of the biggest limitations of the Shooter genre is right there in the name.

about 3 months ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

tverbeek Re:Scientific Consensus (770 comments)

No, mathematics and logic are about provability. Real-world phenomena can't be proven; they can only be shown to have worked a certain way every time we've observed them so far. (I've dropped this rock 100,000 times, and every time it has fallen ... but I can't prove that it will next time.) If you want absolute proof you need to stick to theoretical phenomena. Or chuck it all and just believe something with absolute faith because it's written in an old book, like the other people who are afraid of their "truths" being subject to challenge.

about 3 months ago

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Russians find "new bacteria" in Lake Vostok

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  about a year and a half ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "Russian scientists believe they have found a wholly new type of bacteria in the mysterious subglacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. "After putting aside all possible elements of contamination, DNA was found that did not coincide with any of the well-known types in the global database," he said. "We are calling this life form unclassified and unidentified.""
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Canadian charges against US manga reader dropped

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "The US-based Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Canada-based Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund have announced that the Canadian government has withdrawn all criminal charges in R. v. Matheson, a case which involved a US citizen who was arrested and faced criminal charges in Canada relating to manga found on his computer when he entered the country. Customs agents declared the illustrations of fictional characters to be "child pornography". The defendant, a 27-year-old comic book reader, amateur artist, and computer programmer, has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing. Despite financial assistance from the CBLDF and CLLDF, he has an outstanding debt of $45K for his defense."
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HP reverses course on PCs

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "Not to be outdone by Netflix's bumpercar strategic planning, HP's current CEO has announced that they will not be divesting themselves of their Personal System Group, which makes some of the world's bestselling laptops and desktops. No word on what this means (if anything) for the fate of WebOS and its mobile devices."
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Spock gives up the con

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "Leonard Nimoy announced at the Creation Con in Chicago, celebrating the 45th anniversary of Star Trek, that this would be his last appearance at a Trek convention. He spoke for an hour, which at least suggests that he's making this move by choice and not out of necessity. He's 80 years old. "Live long and prosper," he told the crowd."
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Comics Code dead

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "After more than half a century of stifling the comic book industry, the Comics Code Authority is effectively dead. Created in response to Fredric Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent, one of the early think-of-the-children censorship campaigns, and Congressional hearings, the Code laid out a checklist of requirements and restrictions for comics to be distributed to newsstand vendors, effectively ensuring that in North America, only simplistic stories for children would be told using the medium of sequential art. It gradually lost many of its teeth, and an increasing number of publishers gave up on newsstand distribution and ignored the Code, but at the turn of the century the US's largest comics publishers still participated. Marvel quit it in 2001, in favor of self-applied ratings styled after the MPAA's and ESRB's. Last year Bongo (publishers of the Simpsons comics) quietly dropped out. Now DC and Archie, the last publishers willingly subjecting their books to approval, have announced that they're discontinuing their use of the CCA, with DC following Marvel's example, and Archie (which recently introduced an openly gay supporting character, something flatly forbidden by the original Code) carrying on under their own standards. The Code's cousins: the MPAA and ESRB ratings, the RIAA parental advisory, and the mishmash of warnings on TV shows still live on, but at least North American comics publishers are no longer subject to external censorship."
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Bill O'Reilly: science cannot explain the tides

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "David Silverman of the American Atheists was a guest on The O'Reilly Factor to talk about the billboards the AAG has put up recently, including one declaring the Christian Nativity story a myth. O'Reilly, playing to his home-field advantage, figured he could show up his guest by citing a daily miracle that proved the legitimacy of religion, a mystery beyond the ability of science to grasp: "The tide comes in and it goes out, Mr. Silverman," he lectured. "It always comes in, and always goes out. You can't explain that.""
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Big Blue Sun?

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tverbeek writes "IBM is in talks with Sun Microsystems for a buyout. IBM would get Sun's hardware business and some substantial software (especially web and virtualization) expertise. Sun would get the financial support and the stability of being part of Big Blue. The merger would create a company with an increasingly attractive alternative to Wintel systems, with strong support for open-source technology."
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Majel Barrett Roddenberry Has Died

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tverbeek writes "Majel Barrett Roddenberry, wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, and the only person to appear — in one form or another — in every Trek TV series plus the movies, has died of complications from leukemia. She was 76. In addition to her ongoing involvement in Trek and its fandom, she produced her late husband's series Earth: Final Conflict and Andromeda, and made an appearance as a key character in an episode of "rival" series Babylon 5."
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Anti-Science political campaign launched

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "MiCAUSE (Michigan Citizens Against Unrestricted Science & Experimention) — a political organization opposed to embryonic stem cell research on "moral" grounds — has launched a sneaky media campaign that pretends that the issue is the state's economy and taxes. Referring (without detail) to measures in states where stem cell research has not only been legalized, but also received investment funds, the TV ads claim that approval of Proposal 2 on the Michigan ballot this November wouuld not help the state's recessionary economy by stimulating the creation of jobs (on one of the few industries with growth potential in the Midwest), but would instead hurt the taxpaper by (somehow) forcing them to subsidize it."
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tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "Good news and bad news on the RFID privacy front. The good news is that U.S. citizens may not need to carry an RFID-embedded passport just to cross the border with Canada. The bad news is that the driver's license you carry with you nearly everywhere would be embedded with an RFID chip instead. That's the scenario that's going to be tested in the state of Washington as a pilot program starting in January 2008, according to an article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer . Washington is anticipating loads of border-crossing traffic for the 2010 Olympics in adjacent Vancouver BC, shortly after the federal passport requirement goes into effect in June 2009. The "enhanced" licenses would require applicants to submit to an in-person interview and show proof of citizenship to get one."

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