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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

uqbar It's a still a nice PC. (337 comments)

For years I hated MS. But of late they are doing really nice work and getting mocked despite doing real innovation. It feels weird to like MS as an underdog, but that's what it's come to. And I will be be getting a Surface 3 - it's the one that finally kills it in terms of compact size and decent computing power. I just gotta save up cuz it's not a cheap machine.

about 6 months ago

Chimpanzee "Personhood" Lawsuits Fail In New York Courts

uqbar or deportation? (370 comments)

Maybe we can just deport the chimps back to where they came from....?

about a year ago

Chicago Transit System Fooled By Federal ID Cards

uqbar Ventra doesn't hash their passwords (196 comments)

A Ventra card is basically a Debit card. So one would expect simple best security practices.

Imagine my surprise when I hit the forgot Name and Password button and after entering in my Debit card number and email, I was sent the original password I used (not a reset). As with Adobe, this is asking for a massive breach.

$454 Mil apparently can't buy programmers/designer familiar with password hashing, salt and slow algorithms. Or a basic security audit.

about a year ago

Windows Phone 8 Users Hit Some Snags

uqbar Re:This is actually a Slashdot sting (391 comments)

I generally don't bother to post about my experiences with MS products. The zealots of other platforms don't want to hear anything that doesn't jive with their world view and will brand you a shill for making simple factual statements. The whole idea of arguing about this stuff is silly, especially since most of the people arguing don't have extensive experience in all the major platforms from which to form a real opinion.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Drops 'Metro' Name For Windows 8 UI

uqbar Re:Next up... (356 comments)

Or the Apple Computer...

Which courts said was ok as long as you don't get into music. Ooops...

more than 2 years ago

Tenenbaum's Final Brief — $675K Award Too High

uqbar If only the labels paid for their infringements (525 comments)

What gets me is that many of these record companies will release tracks they don't own on compilations - a major infringement. They are clearly commercially profiting, they clearly know better, but because they have teams of lawyers they release this stuff in violation of copyright laws. Friends of mine have had their recordings essentially bootlegged by major labels in this fashion - and never seen a cent.

When you get into sample clearance it gets even uglier. The little guy gets sued if he sampled, and ripped off if he's being sampled. And his only recourse are legal fees he can hardly pay on a musicians income.

more than 4 years ago

Where to Find Axles, Gears For Kinetic Sculpture?

uqbar Make your own (267 comments)

Eric Freitas is an artist/clock maker that makes all his gears, screws, etc. by hand. He has step by step photos showing his techniques on his site if you want examples on how it's done.

more than 6 years ago


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