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Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 285

I doubt you would see that from them again.

Oh, I can guarantee I'll never see it from them again.

Had I known they were killing off the iPod classic I'd have replaced mine ... because it has no OS to be upgraded until it's broken.

My original iPad? I traded it in for $40 store credit while it still had some value.

But they won't be getting another iPad sale from me ever. And they won't ever sell me a phone. Or an Apple TV. Or a desktop.

I like the iPod, but for the rest? Apple is not getting my money.

If it wasn't for the fact that I still need some Windows software, my next desktop would be Linux. As it is, it might be worth it to buy a copy of Win 7 and run it in Virtual Box.

Comment: Re:Is someone looking for a job? (Score 1) 69

by LWATCDR (#48906717) Attached to: SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

Boeing and Lockheed have been in the launch business for decades and have a proven track record.
SpaceX does not have a heavy launch system yet and a very short track record.
The Military wanted one supplier for all launches to get bulk pricing and SpaceX can not offer that yet.
As to the support they get... Yep if you have jobs in the district your Congress people will fight for you because it means votes party does not really matter.
Frankly that is their job. To help the people that voted for them.

Comment: Re:Microsoft would be onto a winner if... (Score 1) 128

by gstoddart (#48906601) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

their seeming insistence that you have some kind of an Windows web account (outlook.com or whatever) in order to run the OS

I sincerely hope that isn't true, and that they're not going to take the step to force you to sign up for some of their crap.

I should think they'd break some antitrust laws by requiring shit like that.

And I bet they won't allow you to return it if you say "piss off, no I don't want one".

Looks like I better buy my next Windows machine soon, because Windows 10 sounds more and more like a shitpile I won't want.

Comment: Re:What's the problem? (Score 1) 117

by LWATCDR (#48906565) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

Actually a plane like the Telemaster would be better than a jet. Paint it grey so it blends in and if possible use an electric motor.
It would fly too low and too slow to be shot down. I do not think that they would use SAMs to attack a model aircraft at 100ft over a city since you would probably kill more people from the sam blast than the plane.
At this point I will stop since I do not want to give anyone ideas but I would not use such an aircraft to attack the WH.

Comment: Re:Quadcopter (Score 1) 117

by LWATCDR (#48905759) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

I am not afraid of it. Mustard gas was developed during WWI. Nerve gas during WWII.
Sarin has been made by terrorists and used http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

I am not afraid of a chemical weapon drone attack because the payload is so low. But why say something that has happened can never happen? Frankly I wonder just how long it will be before some other wack job pulls of a chemical weapons attack. I doubt that it will be any worse than some of the regular bombs in death toll and again I am not going to live in terror waiting for it but to say it is too hard to happen is just wrong.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 285

Also I suspect you picked on the first iPad because it was the worst.

No, I picked on it because I owned one.

My trust level for Apple has dropped significantly since then ... I'm not spending that kind of money on something which they'll abandon soon thereafter.

In fact, it has reaffirmed my belief you should never be the one to buy a first gen of any product, unless you're willing to lose the money on that.

Comment: Re:What's the problem? (Score 1) 117

by LWATCDR (#48905363) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds


Can carry several pounds of payload. Of course it would probably be pretty noticeable
As too shooting it down? That may cause more damage than the plane would.

I really wish people would stop using drones for most of these. They are simply RC Aircraft that have been around since the 1940s. Nothing really new or scary.

Comment: Wow .... (Score 3, Funny) 86

That's pretty cool.

Imagine, a seasoning which turned your tough steak back from being shoe leather. :-P

Un-boiling an egg, the mind boggles.

I wonder what wacky applications chefs will come up with for this one. I can see some of the molecular gastronomy folks doing some odd things.

Comment: Terminology, please! (Score 2) 269

There is strong encryption, and there is unbreakable encryption. They are not necessarily the same thing.

Strong encryption is theoretically breakable, but it is not computationally feasible to do so. What is computationally feasible changes with time. Look at how key-length standards for RSA have changed, for example.

One-time pad encryption, on the other hand, is not breakable. It doesn't matter how much computer power you throw at it: if you don't have the key, you can't read the message.


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