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Comment: Re:Anyone else not surprised? (Score 1) 612

by Zarim (#38316486) Attached to: Iranian TV Shows Downed US Drone
I'm kind of surprised that the drone didn't have a set of emergency flight instructions to revert to in case of signal loss. Have it turn around and make a landing attempt on a predetermined patch of flat land near a US base. Best case scenario you salvage a drone, worst case scenario you salvage drone wreckage. Either result keeps it out of enemy hands.

Comment: Re:Pretty bad when EA seems more appealing (Score 5, Interesting) 325

by Zarim (#38194084) Attached to: More On Why It Stinks To Work At Zynga
This reminds me of something one of the teacher's assistants at my college had said. He'd done a paid internship at Zynga and the president at one point had said to the developers (it's been a few years so I'm paraphrasing) "You are not smart. Your ideas are not innovative. You're not here to make the next greatest thing, you're here to rip off what already works and tweak it so we can maximize profits."

Comment: Re:As a US citizen (Score 1) 212

by Zarim (#35363686) Attached to: Terror Arrest Used As Fodder To Fund Real ID Act
Apparently you can decline to get a SSN, but I couldn't find out if you can actually disassociate yourself from it if you already have one. Also while you can legally open a bank account without a SSN, it seems to make the whole process a lot more complicated. My guess is that it's like that for most things; legally allowed, but five times the hassle.
Communications

Adobe To Open Real-Time Messaging Protocol 108

Posted by timothy
from the after-jabber dept.
synodinos writes "Adobe has announced plans to publish the Real-Time Messaging Protocol specification, which is designed for high-performance transmission of audio, video, and data between Adobe Flash Platform technologies. This move that has followed the opening of the AMF spec has been received with varying degrees of enthusiasm from the RIA community."

Comment: Re:can we request the torture vids? (Score 1) 400

by Zarim (#26562563) Attached to: Obama Edicts Boost FOIA and .gov Websites
The Nuremberg trials predate the experiment I linked. While it's obvious that it's never alright to torture someone, there's nothing wrong with reviewing the level of responsibility of people following orders vs those who issue them given new insight, rather than blindly following a legal precedent half a century old.

Comment: Re:Oh Noes! (Score 1) 583

by Zarim (#26135069) Attached to: Microsoft Knew About Xbox 360 Damaging Discs
This is not necessarily the case. I move my 360 around about once every six months and my 2nd one just went bad on me this weekend. The reason? Both had begun to scratch discs after playing for about 30-60 minutes. I lost two discs in a week the first time, and lost another just a few days ago with the 360 they sent me with the warranty program. My three year warranty has since expired and now I'm faced with getting it repaired or buying a new one and hoping that one too doesn't decide to start scratching discs a year from now.

Comment: Re:A cautionary tale - been there, done that. (Score 1) 564

by Zarim (#25785847) Attached to: Fun Things To Do With a Math Or Science Degree?
It's a relief to see that someone else has had a similar experience to my own. I was always pressured into college and to pursue a technical degree. While math and science classes have never been much of a challenge, I've never outwardly enjoyed them and it wasn't until I'd already been in college for a year that I discovered an aptitude and love of art. Now, after four years and nearly failing out, I've managed to avoid the situation by taking a paid internship and am now facing the choice of just finishing school for the sake of being done or going deeper into debt to do something I enjoy.
Books

Non-Profit Org Claims Rights In Library Catalog Data 152

Posted by timothy
from the paging-dr-gracenote dept.
lamona writes "The main source of the bibliographic records that are carried in library databases is a non-profit organization called OCLC. Over the weekend OCLC 'leaked' its new policy that claims contractual rights in the subsequent uses of the data, uses such as downloading book information into Zotero or other bibliographic software. The policy explicitly forbids any use that would compete with OCLC. This would essentially rule out the creation of free and open databases of library content, such as the Open Library and LibraryThing. The library blogosphere is up in arms . But can our right to say: "Twain, Mark. The adventures of Tom Sawyer" be saved?"
Image

The Walking House 304 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the baba-yaga-eat-your-heart-out dept.
What is 10' tall, has six hydraulic legs, and is powered by the wind and solar panels? The prototype pod house built by art collective N55 in Copenhagen, Denmark. With the help of MIT, N55 built the pod over a two-year period at a cost of £30,000. Designers say it provides a solution to the problem of rising water levels as the house can simply walk away from floods. One of the designers says, "This house is not just for travellers but also for anyone interested in a more general way of nomadic living." It won't be long now until the Japanese make Howl's Moving Castle.

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