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Comment: Re:is there a simple android edit/add client? (Score 1) 25

by SuperBanana (#49723589) Attached to: Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Responds In Nepal

So there's eight or ten clients for android that support some sort of editing, which is precisely why I asked. Which of them actually has a usable interface for simply and quickly adding POI's?

I'm not going to go through the trouble of installing almost a dozen clients just to answer this question.

Comment: is there a simple android edit/add client? (Score 3, Insightful) 25

by SuperBanana (#49722677) Attached to: Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Responds In Nepal

On a slightly related note: I wanted to add minor resources like bike repair stations and water fountains in my city, and figured there MUST be an android app that would make this about as simple as "hold your phone over it for a bit to get an averaged position, now click this and then "water fountain".

Nothing that I could see was remotely this simple? Even the web editor is a nightmare of trying to figure out exactly how to do things...and the wiki didn't help much, either, with poor documentation on the various properties one can assign to an object.

Comment: it's about taking control of the story/keywords (Score 2) 54

by SuperBanana (#49694947) Attached to: United Airlines Invites Hackers To Find Security Vulnerabilities

> Translation: We can't afford (read: won't pay) for real security personnel,

Eh, not really. I guarantee you they have a lot of "real" security personnel.

This is about taking over control of the story; it's a sort of "pay no attention to the thing we don't want you to hear about" (ie the fact that their onboard infotainment/networking and satellite uplink systems are ludicrously insecure) and "pay attention to this other thing."

Now when you search for "united hacking", you'll get a billion stories about the bug bounty, and few about the original problem - that a passenger was able to walk all over stuff he shouldn't have been able to. It's already starting to work, a few hours in:


It also helps them look, to shareholders/the market/the public, like they're "responding" and making an effort to "improve security."

Comment: After my Transformer Infinity, never again (Score 1) 48

After the incredible piece of shit that my TF700T was, never will I buy an Asus tablet again.

Nice screen (it was one of the first android tablets to have a really high-res screen), the graphics processor and CPU are fast...but they completely screwed the pooch on the flash architecture, making the thing crippled; any sort of disk IO causes it to slow to a crawl. There are all sorts of hacks to make just web browsing bearable, by using a ram disk to completely avoid the flash. People also put in the fastest SD cards they can find.

Didn't the Nexus 7, which they OEM'd, have similar issues?

Comment: Ford pulled a similar stunt with Explorer pillars (Score 2) 247

by SuperBanana (#49565983) Attached to: The Engineer's Lament -- Prioritizing Car Safety Issues

Ford Explorer roof pillars were initially spec'd with a fairly high-grade steel. Citing costs, management refused to use the high-grade steel and instead used a weaker steel.

Result? Lots of roof-cave-ins on a vehicle that was prone to roll over.


Comment: Malcom Gladwell is a corporate shill (Score 3, Interesting) 247

by SuperBanana (#49565585) Attached to: The Engineer's Lament -- Prioritizing Car Safety Issues



Malcom Gladwell is the product of conservative institutes and think tanks; he has worked for racists, the tobacco industry, oil companies, big pharma, and more. His books popularize the kind of thinking that said industries have used to defend their practices.

Comment: Cloudfare blocks Tor (Score 2) 160

by SuperBanana (#49550513) Attached to: Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

Cloudfare blocks Tor exit nodes heavily; you have to fill out a captcha almost every other page refresh. It makes it almost impossible to navigate a website.

That seems incompatible with your distaste for "kowtowing to the enemies of freedom" and trying to allow customers access to your books even if a government doesn't want them to have access.

Comment: Re:root = same process (Score 4, Insightful) 130

Gatekeeper also isn't "all MacOS X security". There's separate malware detection, and in order to do much of anything the user has to enter their computer account password.

It's a minor part of OS X security, mostly designed to keep casual users from installing stuff outside the apple store.

Comment: maximum, not "street value" (Score 1) 206

35 years was the combined maximum possible sentence. There is no such thing as "street value" of sentences.

During sentencing (if he was found guilty and accountable) is when the judge or jury decides on what punishment is dealt, CAPPED by the maximum. In white collar crimes, it is rarely if ever give the maximum sentence.

He was caught doing a similar stunt prior to the JSTOR incident, warned that what he was doing was illegal.

He trespassed onto MIT campus (he was not a member of the MIT community), trespassed into a building, trespassed into a network closet, installed unauthorized equipment on the network, subverted their access systems, subverted blocking/tracking attempts by MIT network operations, downloaded documents at a rate so great it made JSTOR servers inaccessible, subverted JSTOR's attempts to block him to the extent that JSTOR had to block large sections of the MIT campus, and then installed a second laptop when he wasn't getting documents as fast as he wanted.

JSTOR's fee pays for archiving, indexing, and data transmission. Bandwidth, power, servers, and administrators do not grow on trees. They are not "paywalling free research."

He killed himself because he had a history of mental health issues, proven by among other things publicly discussing the appeal of suicide.

Comment: Ray, you're above embargos (Score 1) 25

by SuperBanana (#49497757) Attached to: Recon Instruments' Sports-Oriented Smart Glasses Now Shipping

Nothing like releasing your review the day after units start shipping, ie when it's too late to find out the unit's faults.

Goddammit I hate embargos...the only reason they exist is to hide flaws and problems from people who could get a refund. Ray, stop being the industry's bitch. You have a ton of readers, tell gadget makers to pound sand if they tell you that you can't release a review before it ships.

Comment: if he was mentally ill, why didn't it end there? (Score 1) 297

Why didn't the FBI say "this person is mentally ill", and simply get him mental health services? Oh, right. That doesn't get you commendations for "stopping a terrorist attack."

A Muslim cleric isn't a mental health counselor or psychologist. They're a religious leader.

Comment: Re:One way to drum up business... (Score 1) 56

by SuperBanana (#49412581) Attached to: US NAVY Sonar/Lidar Editing Software Released To the World

The link provided actually requires even more personal info.

Here's a way that doesn't require any.


Comment: here it is without the asshole-y email collecting (Score 4, Informative) 56

by SuperBanana (#49412575) Attached to: US NAVY Sonar/Lidar Editing Software Released To the World
Not really sure why someone felt entitled to hide all this behind a mailing list subscription for a consulting company's email spam list, so here it is via free magnet download. I only included the "required" dataset in addition to the source and required libraries.


That should paste into most torrent clients, watch for CR/LFs though.

Factorials were someone's attempt to make math LOOK exciting.