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Comment: Re:Flash (Score 1) 619

by aaronbeekay (#27234593) Attached to: iPhone 3.0 Software Announced
I believe someone asked about Flash today-- Apple, of course, said "nothing to announce", but also reminded devs that MobileSafari handles MP4/H.264 just fine, and that's an option for Internet video. With higher quality and such.

Not the same as embeddable Flash, 'course, but I don't think it's fair to say that Flash is "absolutely necessary" for Internet video.

Comment: Re:If it was easy-- (Score 2, Insightful) 496

by aaronbeekay (#27105865) Attached to: UAC Whitelist Hole In Windows 7
I thought the same thing you did, until I thought a little bit more about why those door locks work the way they do.

No car company can really stop people from locking their keys in their cars without fancy solutions like RFID fingers or Bluetooth or some-such. I don't think the people at Isuzu who designed your car door thought that they could. Instead, they were trying to solve the problem of unintentionally closing the locked door. It seems like something that doesn't happen often, but what if you had locked the door, then went for something you had tossed on the roof, etc., then bumped the door shut? Maybe the wind blew? Holding the door handle isn't supposed to make you think about your keys, it's only supposed to confirm that it's a human performing the action. Wind doesn't hold door handles open.

Of course, this doesn't really relate to your UAC analogy. Sorry.

Comment: Re:Built into Leopard (Score 1) 1117

by aaronbeekay (#26154725) Attached to: What Restrictions Should Student Laptops Have?
CIPA applies to school Internet connections, not school computers (if I remember correctly). This means porn filters on school gateways, etc., but not necessarily school /computers/.

Besides, as I mentioned above, schools failing to comply with CIPA will lose their prorated Internet access and equipment, but not necessarily face actual penalties.

Comment: Re:none (Score 2, Interesting) 1117

by aaronbeekay (#26154615) Attached to: What Restrictions Should Student Laptops Have?
While that's a pleasant sentiment, it's entirely untrue that school computers cannot have content-filtering software or restrictions on them. In fact, federal law strips school districts that do NOT perform this filtering of their reduced-price Internet access, effectively making it a financial impossibility to give public-school students free access to the Internet.

I don't believe that particular law applies to computers-- just school Internet connections-- but the Constitution is not the law. Law of the land, yes. Law that is followed, not always.


How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else. -- R. Buckminster Fuller