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Comment: Re:Why do people listen to her? (Score 1) 586

by arglebargle_xiv (#46784427) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

Is it because of her advanced medical degree? Her first hand knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry?

That was my immediate reaction as well. I saw some snippet of her on TV once and she seemed to be the canonical blond airhead. What next, people clustering to Professor Pamela Anderson to hear about global warming being a scam?

Comment: Re:The sad part here... (Score 1) 267

by arglebargle_xiv (#46784345) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

EPOC could do lots more than surf the web; it had apps for all the obvious personal-assistant functions (calendar, notes, to-do, contacts) and had a decent ecosystem of third-party apps.

There may have been a small number of third-party apps, but nothing like what made the iPad and later Android successful. What's worse, there never would be too many more either. I've programmed for EPOC, alongside a large number of other embedded OSes, and it is by far the most alien, difficult-to-work-with OS I've ever used. I've found it easier to move code to MVS (IBM 1960's mainframe OS) than EPOC. Unless they'd completely rewritten the OS in something useful (Linux was mentioned), the market would have been severely restricted no matter how cool the hardware was.

Comment: Re:If only.. (Score 1) 176

by arglebargle_xiv (#46636149) Attached to: The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

There was some way to have a remote... Say attached to the wall, which would allow you to 'touch' it to have the lights turn on and off, or even possibly dim. One can dream..

Exactly. The headline should have read "LG and Samsung follow Philips in adding pointless expensive gimmicks to lightbulbs in order to part consumers from their money".

Comment: Re:patented keyboard technology? (Score 3, Informative) 205

by arglebargle_xiv (#46618827) Attached to: Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban

What advancement? The typo keyboard is virtually a 1 for 1 copy of the Q10 keyboard. They didn't even bother changing the colour of the frets.

Just a illustrate how blatant a knock-off it is, here's the Typo keyboard from the linked news story, and here's what Typo copied to create it.

Comment: Re:"hacking charisma" (Score 1) 242

by arglebargle_xiv (#46608131) Attached to: Hacking Charisma

Somebody needs to teach how to resist "charisma".

Otherwise known as "critical thinking".

I'm assuming from your comment that you've probably never dealt with any sociopaths/psychopaths (technically, people with ASPD, antisocial personality disorder) or similar disorders like NPD before, because if you had you'd realise that critical thinking isn't going to help you. Firstly, in order to apply critical thinking you need to know that you're being manipulated, which you'll generally only realise that once it's too late. Secondly, until you've actually experienced what an ASPD person is capable of, you'll have no idea of the near-superhuman capabilities of these people to deceive and manipulate. The literature is full of stories of trained psychologists interviewing psychopaths who they know have killed a dozen children and eaten their livers, and coming away thinking what a charming person they've just dealt with. One somewhat nasty (but highly educational) trick that gets played on psych students is sending them into prisons to assess psychopaths. They invariably report them to be charming, friendly, and the sort of person they'd want to have around for dinner. In some cases even after they've read the reports of them keeping the various body parts in bags in the basement.

If you're targeted by someone with NPD/ASPD, you won't realise it until it's too late.

Comment: Re:Tip from a programmer (Score 1) 78

by arglebargle_xiv (#46607973) Attached to: FTC Settles With Sites Over SSL Lies

The frequency of a true MITM - one defined above where someone has the ability to control an intermediate node at low level and take central position - is so low as to be difficult to measure.

This is about as dumb of an argument against SSL as I can imagine. True MITMs are reasonably rare in large part because of SSL.

[Citation needed].

(For those who can't see the problem with this claim, consider the following: I wear a unicorn-repellent shirt. I know it works because while wearing it I've never been attacked by a unicorn).

Comment: Re:GPS? Are you kidding? (Score 3, Insightful) 373

by arglebargle_xiv (#46582609) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

The GPS code I've seen was horrible and I worked for one of the major GPS players for several years. Originally written in FORTRAN and later automatically converted to C. Utter crap basically. The mathematics behind GPS is really interesting and quite involved. The implementations are crap.

Saved me from writing the same thing. The GPS code I've seen, written by engineers and not programmers, was an incredibly hacked-together, barely-functional set of kludges to implement a lot of very elegant mathematics.

For another example of a well written large project, try gcc.

Another example that's at least as elegant as gcc is OpenSSL.

Comment: Re:Snowden's an expert? (Score 2) 116

by arglebargle_xiv (#46451653) Attached to: SXSW: Edward Snowden Swipes At NSA

Wait a second, what on earth is he speaking at SXSW for? Is he now considered an expert on national security?

I don't know about national security, but he's shown himself time and again to be a very astute observer. It's the same with Bruce Schneier, he doesn't have a PhD in cryptography but people still listen to him because he's damn good at picking out the relevant bits and communicating them effectively to the masses.

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