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Comment: Another vulnerability (Score 1) 1

by Rog-Mahal (#35043156) Attached to: Apple Hints NFC Chips Might Come To iPhones, iPads
Wouldn't this expose another vulnerability for a platform that is becoming increasingly popular to exploit? There have been a lot of articles recently about the many security holes in smartphones, and I'm not sure I'd want to give someone the ability to break into my wallet along with my phone.

+ - Twitter subpoenaed for all @wikileaks followers->

Submitted by Rog-Mahal
Rog-Mahal writes: In the continuing drama of cablegate, the US Department of Justice has subpoenaed Twitter for "information about the accounts of activists with ties to Wikileaks, including an Icelandic politician, a legendary Dutch hacker, and a U.S. computer programmer" along with specific requests for account information about Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and others. Twitter has three days to comply with the order. A copy of the subpoena is available. (PDF) "Buchanan's order isn't a traditional subpoena. Rather, it's what's known as a 2703(d) order, which allows police to obtain certain records from a Web site or Internet provider if they are "relevant and material to an ongoing criminal investigation." Wikileaks is already attempting to drum up support to fight the order.
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Comment: Re:What's a component? (Score 1) 715

by Rog-Mahal (#33572926) Attached to: The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...
I hate Apple. That being said, I received a Macbook as a surprise going to college present after my old Sager died. I've had it for 4 years now, and its going pretty strong. The HDD died and I decided to put an SSD in, and a battery died after 4 years of use, other than that, everything has worked like a champ. Plus, every time I take it in those "Geniuses" replace my keyboard (free because of a recall a few years ago). Now it's a frankenmac single booting Arch Linux, and I have to say, I'm pretty attached to it.

Comment: I see the appeal (Score 1) 307

by Rog-Mahal (#31009568) Attached to: ARM Exec Says 90% of PC Market Could Be Netbooks
90% seems a bit optimistic, but with the dropping prices and improving performance of SSD technology and more energy efficient batteries/hardware, I could see the netbook become a small, rugged moderately disposable form of computing. I will definitely get one once my current computer dies because I love the Linux-friendly hardware and low cost.

Comment: The MSG of CO2 reduction (Score 1) 418

by Rog-Mahal (#28439107) Attached to: DoE Considers Artificial Trees To Remove CO2
The idea made a lot sense when it came to the part about these synthetic trees being more cost effective than retrofitting an old coal fire plant. It's ambitious, and sounds promising. However I do wonder what can be done with the liquid CO2 produced. Also, these aren't nearly as pretty as real trees.

Comment: Re:Why is "art" always sex and violence? (Score 1) 289

by Rog-Mahal (#28389545) Attached to: Censored Video Game Content Stifles Artistry
Point taken. I guess it's hard to visualize how a videogame could provide insight into those areas without engaging in mindless glorification. (Man, that sounded prudish) Perhaps that's precisely what the article is talking about, the medium needs room to breathe and evolve into something more meaningful.

Comment: Why is "art" always sex and violence? (Score 4, Insightful) 289

by Rog-Mahal (#28389019) Attached to: Censored Video Game Content Stifles Artistry
On some level I guess it's kind of sad that violence and sex seem to be the only two themes that will allow games to mature as an art form. That being said, why shouldn't videogames be protected as freedom of speech just like other forms of media? Ultimately it should be up to the consumer (or the consumer's parents) what they choose to purchase and use.

Comment: As a student of the Great Books Program... (Score 1) 451

by Rog-Mahal (#27837397) Attached to: Classic Books of Science?
I recommend quite a few. Ptolemy's Almagest is the first really unified mathematical theory of the motions of the heavens. Kepler's Epitome of Copernican Astronomy cleans up Copernicus' theory and gives us the first really usable heliocentric theory. If you're interested in biology I suggest Harvey's Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals. Apollonius' Conics is a beautiful work of ancient geometry and works under the same rules as Euclid's Elements. Descartes' Geometry opens with the solution of problems that Apollonius could not solve. Vitruvius' Ten Books on Architecture give a great summary of classical architechture and applications of ancient mathematics. Most of these works are difficult. The Euclidean system has been left behind for the Cartesian one, so it seems very strange. Euclid takes some getting used to, but it's undeniably beautiful, and gives you the context for modern mathematics and science. But don't forget, it all starts with Euclid and Aristotle :)

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