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+ - UT Dallas student and amateur astronomer catches a rare astronomical wonder->

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abhi2012 writes "Hall may be the only person in the world to capture a video of an apparent object hitting the planet Jupiter. The impact created a bright fireball on the planet that lasted only a few seconds, but catching the event resulted in several hours of fame for the unassuming Hall. He has uploaded the video on his flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/19299984@N08/7976507568/ and his website contains more information regarding the same: http://georgeastro.weebly.com/jupiter.html."
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Comment: Re:Remote search in home lens hurts privacy. (Score 1) 255

by AndGodSed (#41440687) Attached to: Shuttleworth: Trust Us, We're Trying to Make Shopping Better

In theory, amazon could gather information about every file you search, every program you launch through the lens, and such

AGAIN. From TFA:

Why are you telling Amazon what I am searching for?

We are not telling Amazon what you are searching for. Your anonymity is preserved because we handle the query on your behalf. Don’t trust us? Erm, we have root. You do trust us with your data already. You trust us not to screw up on your machine with every update. You trust Debian, and you trust a large swathe of the open source community. And most importantly, you trust us to address it when, being human, we err.

And:

There is even a bug report, marked as confirmed, questioning this very thing.

That is marked as confirmed because it affects multiple users, and relates to a more broad list of concerns than what you infer. The way you word it points to a bug about Amazon seeing your keystrokes, while the bug report is more of a list of concerns such as opt-in vs opt-out, making the amazon lens separate from home etc.

Comment: Re:Private information leakage. (Score 2) 255

by AndGodSed (#41440593) Attached to: Shuttleworth: Trust Us, We're Trying to Make Shopping Better

From the TFA:

Why are you telling Amazon what I am searching for?

We are not telling Amazon what you are searching for. Your anonymity is preserved because we handle the query on your behalf. Don’t trust us? Erm, we have root. You do trust us with your data already. You trust us not to screw up on your machine with every update. You trust Debian, and you trust a large swathe of the open source community. And most importantly, you trust us to address it when, being human, we err.

Comment: Did not see the behavior on a Win8 VM (Score 3, Informative) 123

by AndGodSed (#39042389) Attached to: Microsoft's Antivirus Briefly Flags Google.com As Malicious

Incidentally I was doing a google search from a Win8 VM and did not see this behavior. I _did_ get a notification to update my spyware/malware definitions for Windows Defender as well, so maybe my definitions did not yet include this snafu.

Of course I have updated post Vday, so cannot confirm this behavior now, even with an older snapshot.

Comment: Re:That backfired. (Score 2) 325

by AndGodSed (#37307596) Attached to: Samsung Halts Galaxy Tablet Promotion In Germany

The only way someone this late in the game is going to buy an Android tablet is one of three ways:

1) Integrated as part of an ereader (B&N, soon Amazon, etc)

2) Potential customer has never used an iPad before

3) Potential customer bought online without test driving one in a store first

*AHEM*

I bought a first gen 7" Tab, and will get one of the newer ones later this year/early next year.

To answer your three points one by one:

1) It isn't an integrated e-reader (obviously) but the Amazon Kindle app works fantastically on it.

2) I used iPad 1's extensively before making my buying devision - I was even given one to use for two days and reviewed it for my blog. I dislike it.

3) Further to my point above, I used the iPad 1, and since it came out the iPad 2 as well.

Now to my buying decisions specific to me getting the 7"er GTab P1000

1) Petter dot pitch, or pixel density of screen resolution. (easier on the eyes to read)
2) At least similar internal hardware specs.
3) No walled garden crap.
4) It has a better form factor than any larger tablets - iPad cannot be compared here because I dislike any of the 10" tablets - for my use they won't work.
5) It makes and receives phonecalls and sms'es. It is also my phone - one device to perform two functions.
6) I can easily build apps for it myself. (and I have - not in market, personal use for notifying when one of my works webservers decide to go bork)
7) 3G/HSUPA, WiFi and GSM on my 16gig model for less than an iPad 3G would cost, and I can add a flash card if I so choose - no need so far.

I have not rooted my device, no need. Two things the iPad does better than the gTab is MUCH better battery life (I usually get a day to a day and a half out of my Tab) and the viewing angle on the iPad screen is better. I gladly live with those two for all the other advantages it has.

The Tab is a superior device.

Comment: Re:Hyperbole (Score 1) 355

by AndGodSed (#37104600) Attached to: China Praises UK Internet Censorship Plan

Consider this hypothetical scenario, and let's be clear that I do not know you in any way - this is just for an example:

Say I call your wife a whore, and spread a rumor that she is sleeping around. Say I use facebook to spread this rumour. Then I go further and incite violence against her via twitter.

Where in this hypothetical scenario should the state step in and stop me?

You can probably step in and stop me via a lawsuit (slander?) but then anonymous or 4chan gets involved. Should the state step in there?

Comment: Re:oooh 1,000 infected computers (Score 1) 214

by AndGodSed (#36941096) Attached to: PayPal Hands Over 1,000 IP Addresses To the FBI

I would do this two ways.

One - send out mass mails (one per complainant) to the company about $issue, and CC $newsmedia and $govtrepresentative in each message.

Two - take out adwords on google for keywords related to the product/service/company and let the ads direct to a site with your message.

One accomplishes the "one meatsack one complainant" limitation imposed by physical sit-ins AND makes the message public.

Two gets the message out, and gives the recipient of the message free choice if he wants to click the ad.

Both get the message into the open and leave the acting upon the message to the public. Exactly like a sit in would.

The adwords angle has to be done carefully to stear clear of slander laws.

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