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Comment Re:How does this differ from installing FB client? (Score 1) 203

Ok, thanks for the clarification. Sounds like an FTC issue then... as we are paying our carriers to provide service and support. Thats the expectation anyway. Is the real-world fix then to root the phone, delete stagefright libraries, while we wait for this long suspected vulnerability to get fixed by our carrier? This is a long recognized issue, shame on the Android Ecosystem for not having a solution now that day 1 is upon us. What do we lose if we root/delete the stagefright libraries? All multimedia ? Multimedia in Text?

Comment How does this differ from installing FB client? (Score 1) 203

Who hasn't given up any expectation privacy when installing apps that want to pull your contact list, accounts, bloody everything? Then on the logistics front: the play store provides updates to hangout. Why would vendor (ex: Samsung, Verizon, Motorola) need to provide a patch? Is this core functionality the issue? Would seem the next time Play store wants to update Hangouts, in goes the patch. Is this just -another- slow press day when we are all supposed to be afraid, and pay attention to the media?

Comment Does the real-ness really matter? (Score 1) 73

The original work may have special value since it was made by the original artist.. but.. sometimes these marvelous works are not suitable for handling/experiencing by interested parties. a book from the middle ages is probably going to be untouchable by Joe Public, but an exact duplicate on modern paper might be read by more people. I am FAR from approving of destruction of original works... That has been done by so many groups over time. so... Lets start duplicating objects of art so the destruction of the original does not mean much to the miscreants. Less motive to destroy original if there are many copies!!

Comment Re:Different context switches (Score 1) 276

Hey, not for nothing, but does anyone remember Usenet and Dejanews, where you could search up on any technical string and you would find -help- with things, but now, its all about -buying- things.... It was a big part of the value of a search engine to me anyway. Search is all about money which is fine when I want o buy something. i just want a switch to select Buy/Learn/History/people etc...We need a way to filter the search results.

Comment Re:But, the alternative was.. (Score 1) 24

Thanks all for the education... I always dug the mosasaurs at the museums. There seemed to always be bigger ones around the corner! having critter that big give birth in the skinny waters I guess could have been an option... but ... good to know how they lived. Frightening beast that they were. Any chance we could get enough DNA to remanufacture one?

Comment When the last bit of ice does melt... (Score 1) 173

After decades of personal research on effects of minitature icebergs on environmental conditions, I've determined that the temperature rises rapidly after the last bit of ice melts. Lime or lemon does not make much difference, but the ratio of gin to tonic may be positively correleted with the rate of metling.. But, seriously, once the ice is gone... that balancing repository of chill is gone. S0unds like a wilder temp ride once they are gone.

Comment Perfect time to consider paradigm shift (Score 1) 167

This is a great time to consider swapping out Windows-centric systems and making the break for the cloud and open source toolsets. There, I said it. The only thing lacking in this niche is inertia, but.. soon the schools will figure out that the students are intelligent and can be involved in the configuration/maintenance. Ok. well..maybe not K-12, but quite possibly grades 9-12. Whats local doesn't matter - this changes so much. Put data in a school cloud, and the schools will become just another place that hooks into the cloud resources. The pendulum swings again!

Comment Re:I wish I had a device that... (Score 2) 389

That intimate connection to the skin could be an inductive pick up point for blood monitoring . Watching for spikes in blood chemistry would be great for monitoring cancer remission (calcium levels etc), blood sugar, (insert new IOT thing here). The ANT+ interface spec could hook to a Phone in a flash though. Medical records? Pill handling?

Comment I wish I had a device that... (Score 1) 389

If I only had a device that tells time, tracks steps. collects information, checks pulse, supports bidirectional communication in text, Email, video and voice formats, has a fat battery ( and requisite chargers with unique connections - Gah! ), does GPS, Traffic, predicts weather, has a huge developer base and global acceptance. Wait, I do.... Cell phone... many of you have them now. Will the FanBoy effect be enough to make 20,000,000 sales? The only different thing (it seems) is a continual proximity to the skin (might be niche?) for blood chemistry monitoring (There I said it.. prior art, though it seems obvious to me). I have a cell phone, and can get another in a variety of sizes...I am past the watch phase. Think most of us are, unless it does something that much better.. Do i want High def on a 1"x5/8" screen? Nope. Will wait till I get home for my garden variety 52" TV. It is interesting how MP3 Tech was scooped up and make into a proprietary format, but am skeptical that the same will happen for a format most of us keep in the drawer these days. Maybe medical monitoring will be the niche?

Comment Re:Its time for Science to produce Information (Score 1) 517

I do watch Nova, and am generally satisfied, but not.. really energized. With respect their political views affecting the science they -do- put out, I am waiting for an objective review of weather/climate change. Even the PBS ombudsman calls them out: I winced at this one: "I watched NOVA last night, “Becoming Human”, and I was shocked and dismayed that PBS would air a show that is funded by David Koch and clearly supports his perspective: climate change is good for humans. " So much for Koch Funded science-broadcasts being balanced. New Word : Greenwashing: - Betraying the publics' trust should be a crime. Lets see a piece from the Bros K about how to run industry, and look good. and from Scientists about things they find magical.

Comment Great consolidation GWeihir! (Score 1) 765

There are many reasons Systemd is a departure from what makes Linux great. (see above) Those that were part of that explosion are disenfranchised because the system feels more cathedral than bazaar . What's good for a laptop is not necessarily good for a server. We can fix init, but don't have to change the ethos so dramatically. How Redhat will put systemd into its products is another matter. Systemd's scope of controls seem to spread like Kudzu. A RHEL release is supposed to be feature-static. Is this a good place to fork into a server OS branch and a laptop OS branch?? The latter festooned with Systemd, at least till it stabilizes for the former?

System going down in 5 minutes.