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Comment: Re:I'm not even a fan, but (Score 1) 1174

by EDinNY (#43094073) Attached to: Orson Scott Card's Superman Story Shelved After Homophobia Controversy

If Card, and those like him had the same outlook on boycotting art from authors whose politics clash with their's, they would not be watching many movies or much TV, and the viewership would drop by about 50% along party lines.

Be careful not to wake that sleeping bear!

Comment: Can't just "image" a new server... (Score 1) 168

by EDinNY (#41830299) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do When Finding a Security Breach On Shared Hosting?

I had a similar problem with a site that rented servers. They imaged a new server with Centos for me. My investigation found that it had the same SSL private key pair...and other key pairs that other imaged machines on their system have! I fixed it myself, but I suspect that there are hundreds if not thousands that do not know this.

Comment: Tracking nothing new... (Score 1) 352

by EDinNY (#37514508) Attached to: Facebook Cookies Track Users Even After Logging Out

I remember at least 7 years ago when I went to the SETI website and Amazon.com greeted me by name in a little box on the site and asked if I wanted to donate to SETI.

Have you ever gone to a web site to look at some product like insurance then notice that everywhere you go on the web you see insurance ads for that company popping up? Until you figure out which cookie to delete or go to the advertising management's website and opt out you are going to keep seeing that ad!

Comment: The surprise is how good other cars run! (Score 1) 301

by EDinNY (#33254088) Attached to: New Jaguar XJ Suffers Blue Screen of Death

Today all new cars have several onboard computer systems controlling various functions from brakes to fuel to suspension. The real surprise is not that this car has a problem, but that other cars don't! I have to say that this is a real pat-on-the-back for the programmers writing this code as we don't see this in any other discipline I am aware of

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Living In Tokyo's Capsule Hotels 269

Posted by samzenpus
from the living-in-the-hive dept.
afabbro writes "Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510 once offered a night’s refuge to salarymen who had missed the last train home. Now with Japan enduring its worst recession since World War II, it is becoming an affordable option for people with nowhere else to go. The Hotel 510’s capsules are only 6 1/2 feet long by 5 feet wide. Guests must keep possessions, like shirts and shaving cream, in lockers outside of the capsules. Atsushi Nakanishi, jobless since Christmas says, 'It’s just a place to crawl into and sleep. You get used to it.'”
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Antarctic's First Plane, Found In Ice 110

Posted by timothy
from the ice-tractor-cometh dept.
Arvisp writes "In 1912 Australian explorer Douglas Mawson planned to fly over the southern pole. His lost plane has now been found. The plane – the first off the Vickers production line in Britain – was built in 1911, only eight years after the Wright brothers executed the first powered flight. For the past three years, a team of Australian explorers has been engaged in a fruitless search for the aircraft, last seen in 1975. Then on Friday, a carpenter with the team, Mark Farrell, struck gold: wandering along the icy shore near the team's camp, he noticed large fragments of metal sitting among the rocks, just a few inches beneath the water."

Comment: Re:We're looking to AUSTRALIA for advice on broadb (Score 1) 387

by EDinNY (#30021242) Attached to: Obama Looks Down Under For Broadband Plan

> When a company is so successful that it can "get it" and "do it" for less...
  > when a company offers something over an infrastructure that is so expensive
  > and offering a product/service on a huge, national scale is the bar that has
  > been set... That company will be so incredibly entrenched that it will never
  > be rooted out by a startup. Ever.

Ever is too broad a statement. In the 1800's Fulton obtained a monopoly from NY State to run steamboats from NYC to Albany up the Hudson River. Vanderbilt not only had the monopoly overturned in court, but set up a competing company which brought down cost of passage which Fulton started at $10 (VERY expensive in those days) to ZERO. Vanderbilt found that he could make enough money on food and accommodations to pay for the passage.

The anti-monopoly company won by providing a better service for less.

"Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit!" -- Looney Tunes, "What's Opera Doc?" (1957, Chuck Jones)

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