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Humans Not Solely To Blame For Passenger Pigeon Extinction

wirefarm Re:Regardless of any 'sensitivities'... (53 comments)

Oh, man. Did I do that?
Of course I did

"Auk"? "A-U-K"? Nope, I've been sitting at a terminal too long for that to *ever* look right

about a month and a half ago

Humans Not Solely To Blame For Passenger Pigeon Extinction

wirefarm Re:Regardless of any 'sensitivities'... (53 comments)

Apparently they were fairly awful creatures—flocks of a few million birds blackening the skies, decimating crops and crapping on everything.
Couldn't we direct our sympathies to a more like-able creature? Wooly mammoths or great awks, perhaps?

Maybe we eradicated them and it's actually a *good* thing. It's not quite the same as how we (as a species) are still hunting the poor ortolan

Call me insensitive, but I really hate pigeons.

about a month and a half ago

Facebook Data Miner Will Shock You

wirefarm Re:link (164 comments)

It's also not available to facebook accounts that are under "administrative hold", the term they use for accounts and those under subpoenas and national security letters.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

wirefarm Bicycle Mechanic (737 comments)

If the apocalypse were to come in my lifetime or a couple centuries after, there would be plenty of bicycles that would be tremendously useful if there was someone to keep them running.

about 4 months ago

Goodbye, Google Voice

wirefarm Re:Don't worry about that (166 comments)

I'm with you guys. I lived overseas when I signed up for Grand Central, which became Google Voice, so I could get a US number for my mom to call me on, that I would route to a skype number (it's harder to keep the same skype dial-in number if you're as forgetful as me at keeping a balance on it).

Now I have Google Voice going to an app on an old iPhone with no cell service, and use WiFi for 99% of my calls, occasionally sending the traffic to any number of 'burner' phones if I won't be near WiFi.

The funny thing is I had never noticed the MMS issue.

When I'm at the computer, I use the Hangouts plugin for chrome to make and receive calls and it works well, where before I had to be logged into the right Gmail account and have the page open for it to ring. If you use Chrome, I highly recommend it.

about 4 months ago

Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

wirefarm Re:Middle Initial (227 comments)

Jerry: David Berkowitz, Ted Bundy, Richard Speck...
Alice: What about them?
Jerry: Serial killers. Serial killers only have two names. You ever notice that? But lone gunmen assassins, they always have three names. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, Mark David Chapman...
Alice: John Hinckley. He shot Reagan. He only has two names.
Jerry: Yeah, but he only just shot Reagan. Reagan didn't die. If Reagan had died, I'm pretty sure we probably would all know what John Hinckley's middle name was.

about 6 months ago

Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like

wirefarm Re:Until you experience the speed ... (338 comments)

I had gigabit in Japan in 2007 or do, as did my girlfriend across town.
I could mount a disk at her place using AFP and a little port forwarding and play movies from her disk as well as if they were on my desktop.

Seriously sweet, especially considering that in around 1999 or 2000, the best you could get was 56K ISDN and evening rates where you didn't pay by the minute.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Getting an Uncooperative Website To Delete One's Account?

wirefarm Re:call them (171 comments)

One funny side effect of feeding Facebook red herrings is that for a while, I was getting ads targeted at dating for Latvian seniors

about 7 months ago

Do Is Done

wirefarm Pity (51 comments)

It was a very simple, very clear service that I could actually use with non-technical clients for project management.

Good thing is, you could probably duplicate the functionality in Ruby on Rails in a weekend

about 9 months ago

Localized (Visual) Programming Language For Kids?

wirefarm x86 Assembly Language (185 comments)

I would recommend teaching her x86 Assembly Language.
The instructions are simple little things like MOV, PUSH, POP, CALL, and INT. She can and should comment heavily and that can be in any language.
The mnemonics come from English, but are abstracted enough that they shouldn't turn her off for language's sake.
The concepts are basic as well. What she learns now will always be relevant. Consider this:
[...] a design architecture for an electronic digital computer with subdivisions of a processing unit consisting of an arithmetic logic unit and processor registers, a control unit containing an instruction register and program counter, a memory to store both data and instructions, external mass storage, and input and output mechanisms.
Von Neumann wrote that in 1945 and it all still applies today.

about a year ago

UEFI Secure Boot Pre-Bootloader Rewritten To Boot All Linux Versions

wirefarm Re:Microsoft controls compoter booting (185 comments)

Galileo Galileo
Galileo figaro-Magnifico!

Sorry to post that, but you put it in my head. Now it's stuck there

about a year and a half ago

Anonymous Warhead Targets US Sentencing Commission

wirefarm Re:Real fucking radicals (252 comments)

You apparently don't get it at all, AC.

The "warhead" is the encrypted file that the defaced page served to distribute.

They took down the server not to cause a disruption as much as to advertise and draw awareness to their cause.

about a year and a half ago

Lenovo Could Take Over RIM

wirefarm Blackberry & Thinkpad? (114 comments)

Does China have some sort of late-1990s nostalgia thing going on that I haven't heard of?

about a year and a half ago

Why We Should Buy Music In FLAC

wirefarm Re:If you want CD-quality audio, buy CDs (550 comments)

"No. Bad boy/girl!"

Actually, yes.

Over the years, I've bought hundreds of CDs that I've listened to once or twice and then sold to recover a few bucks. (Much of this before I was ripping CD music to my computer.) I now often purge my music collection both of CD media, as well as digital copies.

Now if I buy a song as a digital download, I no longer have that option.

more than 3 years ago

Walmart Stores Get CCTV-Enabled, Breathalyzin' Wine Vending Machines

wirefarm Re:Vendin' Contraption (135 comments)

Wel, if yer buyin' fancy store-bought likker, mebbe

more than 3 years ago

No Business Case For IPv6, Survey Finds

wirefarm There's no obvious pr0n benefit (340 comments)

All of the important advances in Internet technology have been driven in some part by better access to pornography:

"Sir, with the new multi-widgeted-gigaplexing in the new Roto-Router2k, you'll have greater compliance with IETF standards and fewer packet-collision-related neck and back injuries."

"Ummm... I dunno."

"Oh, you'll also be able to anonymously download pr0n 1000x faster and get immediate access to young hotties in your neighborhood who are looking to Hook Up Tonight."

"I'll take it, whatever the cost."
Later that night...
"Honey, I upgraded the Interweb thing so you can watch your cat videos and Ice Dancing on YouTube in Holographic HD..."

more than 5 years ago

No Business Case For IPv6, Survey Finds

wirefarm Wait, what? (340 comments)

I'm really looking forward to going back to having every PC with a globally routable IP address

You really think having every *Windows* machine out there having a globally-routable IP address would be a Good Thing?

While of course it's possible to run a clean Windows box if you have half a brain, millions of people don't. The idea of having them all directly on the Internet scares me.

more than 5 years ago



Streetview seen as culturally insensitive in Japan

wirefarm wirefarm writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jim O'Connell writes "Global Voices has a translation of an excellent open letter to Google by Osamu Higuchi, explaining that Street view is too invasive for Japanese traditional values when used in residential areas. Having lived here for ten years, most recently in an older residential area, I can attest to its accuracy — Living in such close proximity to your neighbors, it becomes necessary to "not look" at everything that you might be able see from a place such as the street, where you may have a legal right to be. The cultural boundaries are simply different than those of the US."
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