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Comment: Re:One word against this idea: gloves ... in winte (Score 1) 750

by boaworm (#43787259) Attached to: House Bill Would Mandate Smart Gun Tech By U.S. Manufacturers

Cops in Minnesota in the dead of a winter snowstorm are just gonna LOVE this tech.

Yea.. i thought the same. Where I grew up, hunters use gloves when waiting for the game, it's simply too cold not to.

But maybe if you fill in a form of some sort, you can get an exemption from the requirement. That would solve the problem...

Comment: Re:A Better Idea (Score 1) 750

by boaworm (#43787213) Attached to: House Bill Would Mandate Smart Gun Tech By U.S. Manufacturers

How about we actually fucking teach kids about guns, how they work, and what they're used for? That would do a hell of a lot more to curtail gun-related deaths, and without the (un)intended side effect of rendering personal protection weapons useless by legislative fiat.

I hit my brother with a baseball bat when I was 10. I was fully aware how a baseball bat worked at the time. I was simply very angry.

Looking back, I'm very happy it was a baseball bat and not a handgun.

Comment: No tilt.. so lets move it over the ocean? (Score 4, Interesting) 152

by boaworm (#43787163) Attached to: Transporting a 15-Meter-Wide, 600-Ton Magnet Cross Country

>> The trip will be tense, because the ring’s massive electromagnet cannot tilt or twist more than a few degrees, or the wiring inside will be irreparably damaged. It will float from New York Harbor in June, down the East Coast, around Florida, up the Gulf Coast and up the Mississippi River by July.

That seems rather risky. Most ships would at one point or another tilt more than a few degrees to either side due to .. waves. No mention on if this is a gyro-stabilized barge perhaps...

Comment: Re:Redbull (Score 2) 271

by boaworm (#41651927) Attached to: Felix Baumgartner's Supersonic Skydive Attempt

the operator at the control center has a little bit of unfocused goofiness.

I don't give much for the "control center"... If you look at the youtube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrIxH6DToXQ) (7 hours 53 minutes long), at 4:52:12, they will state the following:

Altitude: 127861 ft/ 38972 meters
Temperature outside: 19.1F / -6.1C

Wtf?...

Businesses

+ - Google Business Photos->

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An anonymous reader writes "Marianne is our Google qualified photographer for the Google Business Photos Program. She can create a virtual tour of you business and upload it to Google."
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Iphone

+ - Of the 17 people line up to buy the first retail iPhone 5, 15 were marketers.-> 1

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ozmanjusri writes "Apple has said that the iPhone 5 had smashed records with more than 2 million people pre-ordered the smartphone in its first 24 hours.

In stark contrast to their announcement, most of the 17 people lined up outside Sydney’s Apple store were there to advertise their brands, with T-shirts, sandwich boards, logos and caps, rather than genuine Apple fans.

According to the Australian Financial Review, one publicist even declined an interview with journalists unless their business name was mentioned.

AFR also described the only two genuine Apple enthusiasts as "two women setting up at the end of line, Xia R Liu and Li Qing.
Signalling “five” with their hands to explain their purpose, they were intent on sleeping the night to buy the iPhone 5 “for my daughter”""

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Security

+ - The Man who Hacked the Bank of France->

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David Off writes "In 2008 a Skype user looking for cheap rate gateway numbers found himself connected to the Bank of France where he was asked for a password. He typed 1 2 3 4 5 6 and found himself connected to their computer system. The intrusion was rapidly detected but led to the system being frozen for 48 hours as a security measure. Two years of extensive international police inquiries eventually traced the 37 year old unemployed Breton despite the fact he'd used his real address when he registered with Skype. The man was found not guilty in court today of maliciously breaking into the bank."
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Operating Systems

+ - The Impending Demise of Microsoft and the Rise of Linux->

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Forty-3 writes "Win8 is gonna fail hard. Why? Because it's designed for the tablet and smartphone world. Android and iOS are already entrenched there; anything else that isn't amazingly better will fail. Win8 cannot be amazingly better. Therefore, it will fail.

It will have a side effect, however. Desktop users will be alienated. Microsoft has already done this 2 times in the past, ME and Vista. They can't afford to do it again. Most of their profits come from their desktop OS market and their office market. Without their mainstay in the OS market, they will be unable to continue as a software company. All of their other products are copies of existing software, and have all suffered staggering losses.

There is another problem with Microsoft. They have poor leadership. Even if Gates was evil, he was still a programmer. He programmed at least 1 piece of commercially successful software (Altair Basic). Balmer, on the other hand, is an MBA. He has not programmed one piece of software in his life. He instituted stack ranking, described by Kurt Eichenwald:

Every current and former Microsoft employee I interviewed, every one, cited stack ranking as the most destructive process inside of Microsoft ... If you were on a team of 10 people, you walked in the first day knowing that, no matter how good everyone was, two people were going to get a great review, seven were going to get mediocre reviews, and one was going to get a terrible review source

This caused projects at Microsoft to stagnate as they became entwined into an increasingly large bureaucracy that prevented actual work from happening. Projects like Windows Reader (Originally an eBook), Vista, and Zune, where Microsoft had several years on their competition ended up being released years later, stripped of features and far from their original purpose. There is no reason that win9 will be any different from win8.

I believe that in the next 5 years, users will be increasingly motivated to change OSs as Microsoft takes yet another plunge in their profits. There are currently 2 other viable options to windows: OS X and Linux (I refer to the FOSS BSDs in this statement as well, though they are not strictly linux). Although OS X has a large fanboy userbase, I do not see it gaining more than 5-10% over the next 5 years, as its overpriced hardware is not comparable to the many cheaper PC manufacturers' products. However, Linux has the power to take the computer world by the storm in the next 5 years, as its many variations form themselves against a unique subset of the computing world.

Linux has a large commercial userbase already, as many companies have searched for a more economically viable solution to windows in the post-recession world. According to two surveys by W3Tech and Security Space released in August 2011 and 2009, respectively, Linux now runs 63.9% or greater of all servers. According to a 2012 survey of companies with $500 million or more in revenues, almost 80% of them foresee an increase in linux usage in their company in the next 12 months, and 71.8% are planning to add more linux computers in order to support "Big Data."

The big obstacle we now face is widespread desktop adoption of linux. However, this may have already begun. Current articles place linux usage from 8-10% and growing (source source). With the failure of win8 eminent, we may finally see Linus's World Domination Plan put into effect."

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