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Comment: PIN?? is it useful (Score 1) 213

by Nikademus (#45801661) Attached to: Encrypted PIN Data Taken In Target Breach

OK, that's fine, but how is PIN code useful? Can't you just order on the web with your credit card without any PIN code? Can't you just pay for speedways in at least France and Italy without PIN?
To be honest I am wondering why there is even a PIN code on those cards given there are so many ways to use them without entering the PIN code.

Comment: Are you looking for a work at google?? (Score 2) 195

by Nikademus (#45319537) Attached to: You're Only As Hirable As Your Google+ Circles

Are you looking for a work at google?? If you don't, why do you post on this topic at all? All companies have different ways of evaluating people. If you don't want to work for google, you shouldn't probably even care about how they do search for their people. This amazes me, why would people even care about how google hires if they don't want to be hired by google at all???

Comment: Re:Missing option: (Score 1) 443

by Nikademus (#45197645) Attached to: I wish my car could...

Actually, what is the difference between passing on the right and being on the right lane (where you should be) while driving faster (but at legal speeds) than the slow idiot who stays on the left lane (where he shouldn't be)?
There shouldn't be any reason to pass on the right if idiots wouldn't stay on the wrong lane. So please first give fines to people staying on left lanes, and nobody would ever pass on the right.

Comment: Re:Three reasons why this won't work (Score 1) 732

by Nikademus (#44738775) Attached to: EU Proposes To Fit Cars With Speed Limiters

By the way, if this gets implemented, I will install a backlit 80km/h sign in my rear window, so I can flash it at tailgaters, making their speed control system hit the brakes. All in good fun.

No problem for me, my camera will still read the 300km/h sign I have put in front of it.

Comment: Re:High end phones have always been $650 (Score 4, Interesting) 329

by Nikademus (#43694333) Attached to: The Days of Cheap, Subsidized Phones May Be Numbered

I would say, only an idiot would spend $300+ on a china unknown brand without any kind of warranty and not even any test. Most devices like the one you describe won't ever get any OS upgrade anytime soon (or even CM), and generally have pretty low end components, like a very low response touchscreen, weak battery, etc...
$300+ for a chinese unknown device when you can get a Google Nexus 4 for $299, who's the idiot there...


Parrot Drives Robotic Buggy 182

Posted by Soulskill
from the polly-wanna-cylon dept.
grrlscientist writes "Proving that robots aren't just for people any longer, an African grey parrot, Pepper, has learned to drive a robot that was specially designed for him. Pepper, whose wings are clipped to preventing him from flying around his humans' house and destroying their things, now manipulates the joystick on his riding robot to guide it to where ever he wishes to go. This robotic 'bird buggy' was the brainchild of his human companion, Andrew Gray, a 29-year-old electrical and computer engineering graduate student at the University of Florida."

+ - There Are 26 Nuclear Power Plants in Hurricane Sandy's Path ->

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pigrabbitbear writes "Hurricane Sandy is about to ruin a bunch of people’s Mondays. In New York City alone, the storm has already shut down public transportation, forced tens of thousands to relocate to higher ground and compelled even more office jockeys to work from home. (Okay, that last part might not be so bad, especially for the folks that don’t actually have to work at all.) But if it knocks out power to any of the 26 nuclear power plants that lie directly in its path, the frankenstorm of the century will ruin Tuesday, too. Heck, a nuclear meltdown would probably screw up the entire week."
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Comment: Re:missing option (Score 1) 572

by Nikademus (#41739465) Attached to: What tech would you un-invent?

They're not using a "facewall" they're using OAuth, and I've never seen a single site not offer you the option to use another OAuth provider(google and twitter are the usual two alternatives). They do this because it means that someone who actually knows what they're doing can manage keeping your account detail secure instead of them.

That means facebook can manage keeping my account details secure? Hmm, probably I should be able to login to facebook using my google account...

Comment: Re:! stable (Score 1) 318

by Nikademus (#41702849) Attached to: Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal Out Now; Raring Ringtail In the Works

As sad as I am to say that, each Ubuntu release looks more and more broken, in fact it even reminds me of Windows.

Really? Your computer suddenly shuts down for no apparent reason whilst you are playing a game, only to find it reboots and completes some random update? You can't work because of the constant stream of Java/Flash/Antivirus that keep blinking at you to update them? All the utilities you regularly use keep flashing up nag screens at you or are crippled requiring you to upgrade to the "pro" version?

YMMV, for me Ubuntu gets more and more stable with each release. I have zero problems with PP (only a few apps like Simplescan and a couple of others). The only reason I won't upgrade for the forseeable future is the advertising spam in the Dashboard.


I would suggest you to try Debian for a few months and than switch back to Ubuntu, you will understand what I mean.
Of course ubuntu is not as bad as windows, but each release brings it closer unfortunately. But I have to admit I haven't really used windows for more than 10 years now.

What hath Bob wrought?