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Comment: Re:Trust no one (Score 1) 325

by archeopterix (#26967557) Attached to: Combining BitTorrent With Darknets For P2P Privacy

I can't quite shake the notion that a "web of trust" is inherently fragile.

That as they scale upward and are increasingly interwoven there will be a breach, a tear - that will unravel very quickly.

I think otherwise. Web of trust has a great self-healing potential. A breach? Yup, this can happen, but the web of trust can deal with that. A friend that abuses your trust, loses the trust.

Think cannabis distribution - the whole war on drugs machine is against it. There are raids, agents posing as dealers and whatnot. And yet, it's basically easy to get dope, as long as you have some friends

Handhelds

We're Just Not That Into You, iPhone Apps 205

Posted by timothy
from the 99-percent-of-everything dept.
maximus1 writes "A new report compiled by iPhone analytics firm Pinch Media finds the majority of people stop using apps the day after they download them, and only 1 percent develop a long-term relationship with any given app. Instead, most tend to lose interest after a few minutes, according to this article. Paid apps fare slightly better. 30% of the people downloading a paid app return the next day compared to 20% who download a free app. No surprises that the survey found that apps that focused on games and entertainment seem to outlast other categories when it comes to long-term love."

Comment: Bring it on (Score 1) 449

by archeopterix (#26619991) Attached to: Apple Awarded Patent For iPhone Interface

Of course, perhaps a patent armageddon is just about due right now.

Bring it on. My big dream is a huge fucking armageddon where everyone sues everyone else over bogus IP, because that would effectively bring the end to the current IP mess. The alternative is much worse - a chilling effect that isn't seen by the general public.

Comment: It _should_ be (Score 2, Interesting) 933

by archeopterix (#26257581) Attached to: The Slippery Legal Slope of Cartoon Porn

The (Just) reason that child pornography is illegal is to stop the harming of children through its production.

Yeah, partly because of that. Cartoon CP shows the other reason. It is illegal because it is immoral. Morality isn't rational and it is easy for the lawmakers to cater to emotions of voters.

Think of the (nonexistant) children!

Graphics

Silverlight On the Way To Linux 475

Posted by timothy
from the howl-at-the-moonlight dept.
Afforess writes "For the past two years Microsoft and Novell have been working on the 'Moonlight' project. It is a runtime library for websites that run Silverlight. It should allow PCs running Linux to view sites that use Siverlight. Betanews reports 'In the next stage of what has turned out to be a more successful project than even its creators envisioned, the public beta of Moonlight — a runtime library for Linux supporting sites that expect Silverlight — is expected within days.' Moonlight 2.0 is already in the works."
Programming

(Useful) Stupid Regex Tricks? 516

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the hope-you-like-reading-lots-of-random-characters dept.
careysb writes to mention that in the same vein as '*nix tricks' and 'VIM tricks', it would be nice to see one on regular expressions and the programs that use them. What amazingly cool tricks have people discovered with respect to regular expressions in everyday life as a developer or power user?"
Image

LHC Forces Bookmaker To Lower Odds On the Existence of God 457 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the god-particle dept.
A UK bookmaker has lowered the odds on proving that god exists to just 4-1 to coincide with the switching on of the Large Hadron Collider. The chance that physicists might discover the elusive sub-atomic object called the "God particle" has forced the odds lower. Initially the odds that proof would be found of God's existence were 20-1, and they lengthened to 33-1 when the multi-billion pound atom smasher was shut down temporarily because of a magnetic failure. A spokesman for Paddy Power said, "The atheists' planned advertising campaign seems to have renewed the debate in pubs and around office water-coolers as to whether there is a God and we've seen some of that being transferred into bets. However we advise anyone still not sure of God's existence to maybe hedge their bets for now, just in case." He added that confirmation of God's existence would have to be verified by scientists and given by an independent authority before any payouts were made. Everyone getting a payout is encouraged to tithe at least ten percent.
Portables (Apple)

Users Rage Over Missing FireWire On New MacBooks 820

Posted by kdawson
from the liar-liar-pants-not-wired dept.
CWmike writes "Apple customers, unhappy that the company dropped FireWire from its new MacBook (not the Pro), are venting their frustrations on the company's support forum in hundreds of messages. Within minutes of Apple CEO Steve Jobs wrapping up a launch event in Cupertino, Calif., users started several threads to vent over the omission. 'Apple really screwed up with no FireWire port,' said Russ Tolman, who inaugurated a thread that by Thursday has collected more than 300 messages and been viewed over 8,000 times. 'No MacBook with [FireWire] — no new MacBook for me,' added Simon Meyer in a message posted yesterday. Several mentioned that FireWire's disappearance means that the new MacBooks could not be connected to other Macs using Target Disk Mode, and one noted that iMovie will have no way to connect to new MacBooks. Others pointed out that the previous-generation MacBook, which Apple is still selling at a reduced price of $999, includes a FireWire port. Apple introduced FireWire into its product lines in 1999 and championed the standard."
Games

Dead Space Wants To Scare You 195

Posted by Soulskill
from the BOO dept.
Kotaku recently ran a story questioning whether the survival-horror genre still exists, and how Dead Space may or may not fit into it. With reviews for the game starting to come in, Ars Technica reports that the game is, indeed, both scary and good. Gamespy wrote up a Dead Space survival guide, and Gamasutra has a lengthy interview with the game's senior producer. In the production of the game, the developers studied things like car wrecks and war scenes to increase the level of realism. They also want the game's sounds to terrify players, including appropriately timed silence. The launch trailer is also available, though it does contain spoilers.
Transportation

Ford To Introduce Restrictive Car Keys For Parents 1224

Posted by kdawson
from the no-you-cannot-borrow-my-keys dept.
thesandbender writes "Ford is set to release a management system that will restrict certain aspects of a car's performance based on which key is in the ignition. The speed is limited to 80, you can't turn off traction control, and you can't turn the stereo up to eleven. It's targeted at parents of teenagers and seems like a generally good idea, especially if you get a break on your insurance." The keys will be introduced with the 2010 Focus coupe and will quickly spread to Ford's entire lineup.
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Man Uses Remote Logon To Help Find Laptop Thief 251 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the cyber-bloodhound dept.
After his computer was stolen, Jose Caceres used a remote access program to log on every day and watch it being used. The laptop was stolen on Sept. 4, when he left it on top of his car while carrying other things into his home. "It was kind of frustrating because he was mostly using it to watch porn," Caceres said. "I couldn't get any information about him." Last week the thief messed up and registered on a web site with his name and address. Jose alerted the police, who arrested a suspect a few hours later. The moral of the story: never go to a porn site where you have to register.
Image

Russian Town Puts Giant Smiley On Google Maps 280 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the working-together dept.
Toramir writes "Citizens of the Russian town Chelyabinsk calculated when the satellite, QuickBird, which takes images for Google Earth and Google Maps, would cross above their city and used people to make a giant smiley face. A rock concert on the main square attracted many people and everyone got a yellow cape. It looks like someone at Google was quicker than usual to put up the new data. Maybe Google likes the idea of an entire town working hard to get its 15 minutes of fame. The article has a screenshot of Google Maps and images taken directly at the event."

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