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Comment: Re:Do SSN's wrap around? (Score 3, Informative) 494

by BSDevil (#29128557) Attached to: SSN Overlap With Micronesia Causes Trouble For Woman
Surprisingly, they have no check digits. There's a summary about how the numbers work on Wikipedia The gist of it is that the first three numbers are "Area Numbers" which correspond to the Zip code of the mailing address you supplied when you applied for your SIN, the second three are "Group Numbers" which are issued in a weirdly non-sequential way and are for administrative grouping, and the last four are "Serial Numbers", which are issued in order within a group. If you're curious, you can look up on socialsecurity.gov the highest Area Number which have been allocated (772), and the highest Group Number for each area,

Comment: Etherpad (Score 5, Interesting) 302

by BSDevil (#28761245) Attached to: Collaborative Software For Pair Programming?
Try http://etherpad.com/ -

EtherPad is the only web-based word processor that allows people to work together in really real-time. When multiple people edit the same document simultaneously, any changes are instantly reflected on everyone's screen. The result is a new and productive way to collaborate on text documents, useful for meeting notes, drafting sessions, education, team programming, and more.

Comment: Re:Nonsense. (Score 1) 445

by BSDevil (#28684707) Attached to: Wells Fargo Bank Sues Itself
WF does have conflicting interests - those of the senior mortgage-holder and the junior mortgage-holder are different, and as such, they need a settlement to secure hose interests. While they're the same company (at the top level), what matters more is the roles they're occupying in this suit. So what the parent said is right - they (WF senior mortgage) need to treat all other creditors below them as equals in order to avoid allegations of preferential treatment, and the other they (WF junior mortgage) need to do their fiduciary duty to their shareholders and try to defend their interests in the building.

Comment: Eh (Score 5, Informative) 445

by BSDevil (#28679755) Attached to: Wells Fargo Bank Sues Itself
It's actually more common than you'd think. The meat of the story is really this line:

As holder of the first, Wells Fargo is suing all other lien holders, including the holder of the second, which is itself.

Wells Fargo (holder of the senior mortgage) is trying to clear out all the subsidiary mortgage interests so that it can sell the property. In the process of doing so, it has to sue itself for record-keeping purposes - if I'm going to buy some property, I want a clear case record showing that all existing claims have been discharged. What will likely happen, however, is that junior Wells Fargo will settle with senior Wells Fargo, after doing some filings to show that it's done it's due dilligence in trying to protect it's fiduciary interest in the property.

Comment: Re:Boil it Down (Score 1) 207

by BSDevil (#28434317) Attached to: An Experiment In BlackBerry Development

  • Networking, particularly testing network reachability, seems overly complicated based on his description

For that specific point, this is one of those features that doesn't make any sense to most developers, but is great if you're a very good BES admin. The idea, from that point of view, is that you have very fine control over how applications (and this includes internal RIM ones) connect to the network so that you can control costs that may arise from downloading large files. For example, you may set it so that you can only download software updates on WiFi or Serial Bypass, but that you can download high-priority ones over the network if WiFi isn't available.

Having said that, you would think that there'd be a wrapper API where you could just ask it the BES to make the decisions for you, if your app signifies (by using the particular call) that it's OK with pretty much any type of connection.

Comment: Re:Thank you (Score 1) 207

by BSDevil (#28434239) Attached to: An Experiment In BlackBerry Development

Making them work as a mobile email device tied to Exchange requires a shiat-ton of ugly third party software.

Or you need better support/training. Or you're just biased against the BES system. Yeah, it's got its quirks (like most pieces of software that size), but once you figure it out it's not especially difficult, and takes about a minute to create a new user and provision the device.

Also may have been that the guy that taught me how to do it used to do BES SV&V at RIM until he decided he didn't like living in Kitchener-Waterloo any more.

Software

+ - The Open Source Battle Won

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Economist (http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13740181) calls the rise of open source as a battle now won: "The argument has been won. It is now generally accepted that the future will involve a blend of both proprietary and open-source software. Traditional software companies have opened up some of their products, and many open-source companies have adopted a hybrid model in which they give away a basic version of their product and make money by selling proprietary add-ons. The rise of software based on open, internet-based standards means worries about lock-in have become much less of a problem.""

Comment: How Paranoid Are You? (Score 1) 471

by BSDevil (#27975137) Attached to: Hosting a Highly Inflammatory Document?

The answer to that impacts how you go about doing this (I'm going to skip the bits about how you should also be going to the FBI, DOJ, and your lawyer).

If the answer is "seriously", what about going to the nearest major city (i.e. not the one you live in, but a few hours' drive away), buying a used laptop off Craigslist, sticking in a Ubuntu LiveCD with some variant of Tor, and connecting to an open wifi point to email the doc to WikiLeaks and Cryptome? Use a brand-new gmail address, never use it again, and then throw the laptop out/leave it somewhere to get stolen.

Comment: Meh (Score 1) 842

by BSDevil (#27374595) Attached to: UN Attacks Free Speech

The OIC has been gunning for this for a while - the idea is to globalize the laws that many Arab states have against blasphemy.

As for the Resolution itself, I don't really care what the text says. It's advisory only (like all non-UNSC Resolutions), and I don't think that this will really cause any countries that don't have these laws on their books already to star them up.

Committees of the General Assembly (like the Human Rights Council) pass a lot of Resolutions, many of which are heavily managed by regional blocs. They've passed like ten of them telling Israel to give back Gaza, and the system keeps working despite that being ignored...

The Internet

+ - MySpace Sued Over Sexual Assaults

Submitted by
Virak
Virak writes "MySpace has been sued by four families after their underage daughters were sexually assaulted by adults they met on the site. One of the lawyers from a firm representing some of the families claims that MySpace waited too long to implement measures to protect underage users from predators, and should be held responsible for the safety of users of the site. MySpace, however, says that they do attempt to protect users of their site, but online safety is a shared responsibility, requiring users to apply common sense and offline safety to their online activities."
Encryption

+ - Want an iPhone? Beware the iHandcuffs

Submitted by Nrbelex
Nrbelex (917694) writes "Giving David Pogue a break, the Times' Randall Stross makes a fresh and surprisingly accurate review of one of the biggest "features" in the upcoming iPhone and the iPod in general, 'fairplay'. Stross writes, 'If "crippleware" seems an unduly harsh description, it balances the euphemistic names that the industry uses for copy protection. Apple officially calls its own standard "FairPlay," but fair it is not.... You are always going to have to buy Apple stuff. Forever and ever.' Can mainstream media coverage help the battle over DRM or will this warning, like those of the pas, continue to go unnoticed?"
Handhelds

+ - Inside the iPhone: 3G, ARM, OS X, 3rd Partyware

Submitted by DECS
DECS (891519) writes "After heading off the top ten myths of the iPhone, Daniel Eran of RoughlyDrafted has written a series of articles looking "Inside the iPhone," exploring why Apple didn't target faster 3G networks in EDGE, EVDO, HSUPA, 3G, and WiFi, a substantiated look at how the iPhone is indeed running OS X (contrary to reports that it isn't), what it means to users and developers, and how ARM is involved, in Mac OS X, ARM, and iPod OS X, and why the supposedly "closed system" Apple describes for the iPhone won't preclude third party development in Third Party Software."
The Internet

+ - PirateBay raising funds to buy their own country!

Submitted by Adeptus_Luminati
Adeptus_Luminati (634274) writes "Check out the new logo on The Pirate Bay's (TPB) front page and you will notice it resembles that of the contravertial Sealand once featured (July 2000) in the front page of Wired magazine. Click on TPB's new logo and you will redirected to their buysealand.com website where they have setup a public forum allowing anonymous posts, but specifically stating their very brief Plan A & Plan B intentions and asking for Paypal donations. Apparently, the owners of Sealand are looking to sell the man-made island for an unspecified sum — which some external sources value at an incredible 750Million Euros! Seeing as the entire Wikipedia is struggling to raise even $1Million in donations, I doubt the TPB will succeed in raising enough funds... but hey, maybe if enough slashdotters contribute, perhaps they can at least proceed with a much needed paint job."
Power

+ - Wireless Power is finally here

Submitted by
oxide7
oxide7 writes "Wireless battery technology was unveiled at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show by Powercast LLC, promising to set consumers free from power cables and heavy power adapters. The company claims its Powercaster and Powerharvester modules can recharge batteries in consumer devices smaller than a cellphone using RF broadcasts from up to a meter away."

I've got a bad feeling about this.

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