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Comment: Re:Placing all your eggs in one basket (Score 2) 49

by Charliemopps (#47802679) Attached to: New Nigerian ID Card Includes Prepay MasterCard Wallet

The government confiscating all your cash in a time of financial turmoil however... that's pretty much guaranteed to happen.

If they had wanted to be truly innovative... the card would not be a Mastercard, but a Bitcoin hardware wallet,
where the user would have to program it with their Public/Private key pair, and each citizen would be given at least
three... one pair of e-cards primary/backup, and a paper document that could be used to prove ID in order to replace
documents in case the other two were lost, so they could carry the first, lockup the second someplace safe, and put the third in a safety deposit vault.

It's Africa, the later 2 likely do not exist for the majority of citizens. I went there a few years back and it changed my entire world view. The people are poorer than you could possibly imagine compared to the US. You could be literally dieing in the street and nothing could be done for you. Fall out of a tree and no-one you know is around? you're screwed. (I actually witnessed a man die in this very way) But despite that incredible poverty, everyone has a feature phone with built in calculator, messaging, calander, etc... which, unlike the US, they actually use to run their lives. They barter with cellphone minutes, transferring money via their phones. Completely homeless people rent slots in cinder block buildings to run shops off their phones selling whatever they could find to locals and tourists alike. I felt great despair and overwhelming hope for humanity all at the same time.

Comment: Re:Not the correct application for this (Score 1) 61

by Charliemopps (#47802645) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

which leak memory like a sieve and treat memory like everything has unlimited quantities of it.

You have no idea what a memory leak is. None. In fact, I don't think I've ever heard a layman use the term correctly. A memory leak would lead to the application using a hell of a lot more memory than Firefox ever could in just a few seconds, if not immediately, and lead to the application faulting. And, for a point of fact, modern computers start with 8gig of memory, and then there's the page file/swap space. Effectively memory is unlimited, at least in comparison to the paltry 1 gig of memory Firefox is using. Firefox is a browser meant for browsing... and if that's what you're doing with it, that 1gig of memory is nothing. What background apps are using up the other 7gig? If you're running it in the background to do something, you're using the wrong application. Pandora has its own lightweight app for example.

A well designed web browser supporting ALL of the HTML, Javascript and other web standards could use a small fraction of what Firefox uses if it is written properly and in a better language like Ruby.

Example? Why aren't we all using it? Firefoxes massive advertising budget?

There is no reason, NO REASON that Firefox should eat up 1 GB of RAM.

Of course there is. You seem to have this idea that memory is the be all end all of resources. This was true in the 70s and 80s. Memory was $$$ then and you gave up everything to save memory. But now memory is insanely cheap... so you can use more memory if it decreases load times, lowers CPU load... or in the case of firefox, if it reduces badnwidth usage. Now-a-days bandwidth is the $$$. Many people in the world are on capped internet connections or they get charged by the gig downloaded. So Firefox has made caching its #1 priority, You are saving money on you monthly internet bill at the expense of storing that data in memory.

Comment: Re:Reall problem: German radiation phobia (Score 4, Interesting) 127

by Charliemopps (#47801917) Attached to: Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

hmm...

Assuming all of the radioactivity is due to Cs-137, that 600 Bq/kg limit translates to 0.0000003 micrograms of Cs-137 in any given kg of wild pork.

Okay, I can buy the argument that that "safe" limit errs on the side of caution a bit much....

The real problem from a meltdown isn't really the radiation. While that's scary and all... the real problem is what else is released and what the shorter half life elements decay into. Most of what the control rods are made out of are horrific heavy metals, and during the Chernobyl incident the Russians panicked and dumped large amounts of liquid lead and cement laced with lead into the basement of the reactor. The lead boiled off and then rained back down all over the region. If I lived in the area, I'd be more concerned about that lead than I would be about the radiation.

Comment: Re:Placing all your eggs in one basket (Score 2) 49

by Charliemopps (#47801389) Attached to: New Nigerian ID Card Includes Prepay MasterCard Wallet

Placing all your ID travel documents and cash in one basket is a really good idea.. Not.

Given that all of the above would be in the same wallet anyway, I don't really think you have a valid concern.

The government confiscating all your cash in a time of financial turmoil however... that's pretty much guaranteed to happen.

Comment: hum (Score 1) 224

by Charliemopps (#47801213) Attached to: Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

Ok, first of all, if I some how got hold of these pictures, I'd delete them. Integrity is good for us all. I've no animosity towards the famous.

That being said, these people sold their privacy for cold hard cash. Not small amounts either, enough to buy the town I live in. Maybe I'm a jerk, but I just don't feel all that bad for them. They sell sex every day, all day. I have a feeling most are more upset that some of the pictures are unflattering than they are that they're nude in them.

Comment: Re:Where are these photos? (Score 2) 224

by Charliemopps (#47801135) Attached to: Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

You don't need to take photos using an iDevice to have them end up in iCloud. All you need to do is use a Mac.

If you use a Mac to download pictures off your camera - including cell phones that aren't iPhones and therefore behave like standard cameras and don't require Apple-specific software - by default, your pictures will end up in iCloud. It's part of the "Photo Stream" thing to allow users to stream pictures to the Apple TV that clearly every Mac owner has.

Not only that... but anyone you share the photos with could have had an iPhone as well. By default smartphones backup your photos both with Google and Apple, so if anyone you shared the pics with gets hacked, you, by default are hacked as well.

Comment: Re:Continuous improvements to IE for Windows 7 (Score 1) 77

by Charliemopps (#47797347) Attached to: Yahoo Stops New Development On YUI

People who can't give up IE might end up having to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 with Classic Shell.

Which is exactly why Microsoft does that, and why you should never build software that's dependent on closed source products. At best you're at the whim of the owner, and they may abandon you. At worst, they will see their position as leverage to force you into ever more expensive software contracts. Which is exactly what Microsoft does.

Comment: Re:Does this office need Congressional approval? (Score 4, Interesting) 117

by Charliemopps (#47793065) Attached to: Google's Megan Smith Would Be First US CTO Worthy of the Title

Because while she is quite qualified for the position I can bet that some in Congress will not only have an issue with her gender but also her sexual orientation.

Note that I do not believe this should be an issue at all, but reality is often different from what we would hope.

Trust me, congress doesn't give a crap about who or what she is. What they care about is if they can use her to hurt their political opponents.

Comment: Re: Ineffective advertising (Score 1) 143

by Charliemopps (#47793055) Attached to: Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

Oh really CM 690 III (it's a popular case -- they made three versions of it):

http://www.coolermaster.com/ca...

Antec 280:

http://www.antec.com/product.p...

Same deal with a high end Lian Li PC-A79:

http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_p...

I know they sell cases where the PSU's are at the bottom. It's a gimmick to sell cases to people that think that's a better design. It's not. The one and only benifit is the weight of the case is now at the bottom and it's less likely to tip. But heat wise, the PSU is the biggest offender in your case. It's also one of the most heat tolerant components. A good, basic, design has large fans in the PSU pulling air IN from the case and exiting the PSU out. All other fans are blowing IN to the case so all airflow enters the case first, travels through and then exits the PSU.

If you have the PSU mounted at the bottom of the case, he will radiate from the PSU up into the rest of the case. Also, as the hot air exits the PSU it will rise past your input fans causing them to recirculate that warm air again!

Comment: For those that don't smoke... (Score 2) 207

by Charliemopps (#47793021) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

For those that don't smoke...

It relieves pain not because it reduces the pain... but because it allows you to more easily focus on something else. If you're watching a movie for example, it's very easy to get lost in the movie and forget entirely about your bad back, or whatever. It's been used in mediation and religious ceremonies for thousands of years for that very reason.

Along those same lines, if you were abusing Oxy, it would likely help you forget you lost your buzz and make it less likely you'd go for your next hit. I'm not sure on that though, I don't do real drugs.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 3, Informative) 107

by Charliemopps (#47791479) Attached to: Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

I don't necessarily like knowing cops have this information but so long as there's rules over the collection (see above) I'm okay with this.

But you have no idea if they are following those rules at all. Police have a long history of flagrantly violating such rules:
http://sacramento.cbslocal.com...
http://www.thenewsherald.com/a...
http://articles.courant.com/20...

And using their position to rape and murder:
http://abcnews.go.com/Primetim...
http://time.com/3159146/oklaho...
http://articles.courant.com/20...

Access to 1 weeks worth of data would allow the public as a whole to see how they are being monitored. The few criminal investigations that may be impacted pale in comparison to the overwhelming public right to know what the police are up to.

Comment: Re:Ineffective advertising (Score 2, Insightful) 143

by Charliemopps (#47790215) Attached to: Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

The only way this could have been more blatant of an advertisement is if they had put in a preorder link. Even if it wasn't, their "controlled gap" is just a corner that juts out so you can't push it up against the wall properly. It's just not very impressive in terms of, well, anything.

Besides, I'm pretty sure the slashdot crowd builds their own rigs anyway.

So lets tare it apparent instead:
1. It's hideously ugly
2. That vent design will make removing dust and pethair from the vents nearly impossible.
3. It's a non-standard form fact, a lot of hardware will not fit in it at all.
4. The PSU is at the bottom, heat rises, and directly above it they have the SLI video cards. This is a terrible design.
5. It's small and cramped... which I'd expect from a portable design for lan parties... but it's too awkward to carry.

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