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Comment: iPhone look (Score 1) 2254

by Genevish (#35015226) Attached to: Slashdot Launches Re-Design
On an iPhone the subject line of the first article is cut off. Also, the text is way too small. I can zoom the page of course, but then I'm scrolling right to left all the time. Also, sorry if this has already been posted as there doesn't seem to be an easy way to see all comments so I can search for posts with "iPhone" in them.

Comment: How to invest in this technology (Score 0) 815

by Genevish (#34986676) Attached to: Italian Scientists Demonstrate Cold Fusion?
DEAR SIR, CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL HAVING CONSULTED WITH MY COLLEAGUES AND BASED ON THE INFORMATION GATHERED FROM THE NIGERIAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO REQUEST FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE TO TRANSFER THE SUM OF $47,500,000.00 (FORTY SEVEN MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) INTO YOUR ACCOUNTS. THE ABOVE SUM RESULTED FROM AN OVER-INVOICED CONTRACT, EXECUTED COMMISSIONED AND PAID FOR ABOUT FIVE YEARS (5) AGO BY A FOREIGN CONTRACTOR. THIS ACTION WAS HOWEVER INTENTIONAL AND SINCE THEN THE FUND HAS BEEN IN A SUSPENSE ACCOUNT AT THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA APEX BANK. WE ARE NOW READY TO TRANSFER THE FUND OVERSEAS AND THAT IS WHERE YOU COME IN. IT IS IMPORTANT TO INFORM YOU THAT AS CIVIL SERVANTS, WE ARE FORBIDDEN TO OPERATE A FOREIGN ACCOUNT; THAT IS WHY WE REQUIRE YOUR ASSISTANCE. THE TOTAL SUM WILL BE SHARED AS FOLLOWS: 70% FOR US, 25% FOR YOU AND 5% FOR LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL EXPENSES INCIDENT TO THE TRANSFER. THE TRANSFER IS RISK FREE ON BOTH SIDES. I AM AN ACCOUNTANT WITH THE NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION (NNPC). IF YOU FIND THIS PROPOSAL ACCEPTABLE, WE SHALL REQUIRE THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS: (A) YOUR BANKER'S NAME, TELEPHONE, ACCOUNT AND FAX NUMBERS. (B) YOUR PRIVATE TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS -- FOR CONFIDENTIALITY AND EASY COMMUNICATION. (C) YOUR LETTER-HEADED PAPER STAMPED AND SIGNED. ALTERNATIVELY WE WILL FURNISH YOU WITH THE TEXT OF WHAT TO TYPE INTO YOUR LETTER-HEADED PAPER, ALONG WITH A BREAKDOWN EXPLAINING, COMPREHENSIVELY WHAT WE REQUIRE OF YOU. THE BUSINESS WILL TAKE US THIRTY (30) WORKING DAYS TO ACCOMPLISH. PLEASE REPLY URGENTLY. BEST REGARDS

Comment: Re:Bullshit and Snakeoil (Score 1) 815

by Genevish (#34986596) Attached to: Italian Scientists Demonstrate Cold Fusion?

Those guys fell from the fraud tree and hit every single branch on the way down:

  • Created their own, "serious sounding" journal for publication
  • Do not disclose the actual device they claim to have been running
  • Do not allow independent observation of the experiment
  • Experiment is an open system (making it SO easy to fake)
  • Making totally implausible claims that would be too much even if it DID work.

Not only have they yet to prove they did any kind of fusion, they also would not produce energy with the process they claim to do even if they were doing it (trans-iron fusion is not exothermic).

And the really stupid thing is that there will be tons of "sceptics" that have no fucking clue about science that will eat up their claims just because they are "anti-established science". Wankers.

You missed one branch: "...they plan to start shipping commercial devices within three months..." So, not only can they not explain how it works, but they're ready to cash in on it.

Comment: Re:Just stop it (Score 1) 536

by Genevish (#31838062) Attached to: WePad Tablet Will Use Linux To Rival the iPad
  1. Although Apple has done a good job of marketing the iPad, I'm not sure why so many people don't realize YOU CAN USE A PHYSICAL KEYBOARD WITH IT. I was using my wireless keyboard with it last night and it works great.
  2. You seem to think that the Zune, Edsel and MS Bob were also well designed products, but they weren't (well, OK, the Edsel was fine, but poorly marketed).

Everyone asks, "But what can it do?" I ask, "What can't it do?" Yes, it can't play Flash, but I only miss that for Hulu, and they are reportedly working on an HTML5 solution. And there are a few other things it can't do, but for most everything I do at home, it works great. And for the few things it can't do, I have two other computers at home. Don't buy an iPad if you don't want. Time will tell if it will fade away, but you can place me firmly in the "no it won't" camp...

Comment: Re:5 dollar patch (Score 1) 466

by Genevish (#31486670) Attached to: <em>BioShock 2's</em> First DLC Already On Disc
"I'll cut out my kidney with a disposable drinking straw if anyone can reasonably argue this as ethical" Dramatic much? Go take a class on economics. Learn about supply and demand. If they can make more money by charging extra for the added content, they will. Otherwise they'll do something different. This is neither ethical not unethical. It's basic business. Oh, and the "something different" they'll do next time? Wait to release the already-finished content until after the initial release, so people like you will think the extra cost is somehow justified.

Comment: Re:not sure the eWorld diagnosis is quite right (Score 1) 469

by Genevish (#31143918) Attached to: The Worst Apple Products of All Time
Couple the higher price and the fact that they offered nothing that AOL didn't have and it was enough to kill it. The only selling point was the built in Apple help area. As a beta tester for eWorld it was kind of eerie how it went from a thriving, fun community to a ghost town the day it went live (and we all had to start paying).

Comment: Re:Touch screens and the like (Score 2, Informative) 255

by Genevish (#30204174) Attached to: Apple vs. Microsoft Multi-Touch Mouse Comparison
"Problem with this, like with many other touch screen like devices, is that you don't get physical feedback when you're clicking or scrolling or doing anything."

With the Apple mouse, there is a physical click. The entire top surface moves down for a click. The capacitive surface is just used to determine if it was a right or left click.

Networking

Comcast's Congestion Catch-22 177

Posted by Soulskill
from the solution-looking-for-a-problem dept.
An anonymous reader sends us to Telephony Online for a story about Comcast's second attempt at traffic management (free registration may be required). After the heavy criticism they received from customers and the FCC about their first system, they've adopted a more even-handed "protocol agnostic" approach. Nevertheless, they're once again under scrutiny from the FCC, this time for the way their system interacts with VOIP traffic. By ignoring specific protocols, the occasional bandwidth limits on high-usage customers interferes with those customers' VOIP, yet Comcast's own Digital Voice is unaffected. Quoting: "The shocking thing is just how big a Pandora's box the FCC has appeared to open — and it just keeps getting bigger. When the FCC first started addressing bandwidth usage and DPI issues, it quickly found itself up to its knees in network management minutia. Not long after that, it followed another logical path of the DPI question and asked service providers and Web companies about their use of DPI for behavioral targeting. Now it seemingly has opened up huge questions about what it means to be a voice carrier in the age of IP. It's not hard to imagine the next step: What about video? Telco IPTV services are delivered in roughly the same way as carrier VoIP services — via packets running on the same physical network but a prioritized logical signaling stream. Is that fair to over-the-top video service providers?"
Communications

Obama Staffers Followed Palin's Email Lead On Inauguration Day 407

Posted by timothy
from the why-mess-with-success dept.
theodp writes "Using Yahoo's free e-mail service to conduct government business was good enough for Sarah Palin. And now the Washington Times reports that Obama staffers turned to Gmail on Inauguration Day to conduct their business. Those wishing to contact members of the incoming Obama administration were instructed to contact staffers at wh.LASTNAME@gmail.com until official White House e-mail addresses became available."

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