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Comment: Re:Brilliant! (Score 1) 351

You're not trying.
I'm not even a fan of microsoft, but I read slashdot, and I've seen stuff I respect:
* Pushing an innovative and amazing peripheral into the consumer space with XBOX One kinect (Privacy issues and untrustability make this undesirable, but the techology is awesome, and the price is awesomer).
* Rewriting their windows infrastructure so that it boots in 5 seconds, runs well on a tablet and is still compatible with, you know, Windows.
* They beat apple and android to the flat design race. I don't like the look, but it came first, which is the opposite of point C.
* Putting an infrastructure in place to merge the PC, tablet, and phone when the time is right. Maybe this ain't that time, but it's not because of a technological limitation.
* Showing that even a huge company with a long company cultural history can revise and improve SW design processes to move from monolithic releases to rapid releases.

Now I could also release a list of things I don't like, as I could with any company, but there is some major innovation going on at Microsoft now that they have competition.


X-Class Solar Flare Coming Friday 145

Posted by samzenpus
from the wear-your-shades dept.
First time accepted submitter kit_triforce writes Satellites have just detected a powerful X1.6-class solar flare. The source was active sunspot AR2158, which is directly facing Earth. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme ultraviolet flash. Ionizing radiation from the flare could cause HF radio blackouts and other communications disturbances, especially on the day-lit side of Earth. In the next few hours, when coronagraph data from SOHO and STEREO become available, we will see if a coronal mass ejection (CME) emerges from the blast site. If so, the cloud would likely be aimed directly at Earth and could reach our planet in 2 to 3 days.

Comment: Is it the same? (Score 1) 150

by dingleberrie (#47499817) Attached to: New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

Isn't all criteria, by definition, more narrowly tailored than no criteria?

In your house, you can throw out things and hide others in a secret place, on your hard drive you can throw out things and encrypt others.
Does this Gmail account allow you to throw-out and hide things? Is it really analogous?

Comment: Re:The explanation is simple (Score 0) 245

So why did WTC 7, that third building that was not hit by a plane, collapse as though the top floor had nothing under it?
I posted that question a few months ago, but got no suggestions. I'd be open to any theory that has a rational explanation.

I see videos on youtube if I search for wtc7.

Comment: It's controllable. This just makes it observable. (Score 0) 95

by dingleberrie (#46808455) Attached to: The Limits of Big Data For Social Engineering

And who shapes our perception of history, politics, and economics, power and prejudice?

I'm still waiting for the media to publicly question the cause of WTC tower 7 collapse as hard as they've questioned any heart-tugging story about someone that went missing.

Comment: Maybe it's the nature of this app (Score 1) 163

by dingleberrie (#46749215) Attached to: The Best Parking Apps You've Never Heard Of and Why You Haven't

Guys, why all the vitriol for this article? Slashvertisement? It doesn't matter. He went out of his way to point out two different apps and an experiment that he did, where he shared the results.

The topic, for the TL;DR people is essentially why are good apps unseen while poorer ones are popular. He cited ParkMe and BestParking as his basis of research.

It's a questions that would apply to nerds want to popularize an app, but don't understand the phenomena that encourage apps to spread regardless of feature set.

Personally, I use BestParking for my trips to New York City, but agree that it is rarely discussed, so I guess it is rarely known. Maybe it is the nature of parking. Many people who park want to park and move on. They don't think about it after the act, so don't want to think about it much earlier either. It is not a long, drawn out thing (like finding a place to live) where you often plan. Additionally, you can't easily use the app while driving, which is what you are doing when you most think of needing to use the App. So maybe this one is the nature of the activity itself. People don't think about it, so it never gets enough buzz to become a topic of conversation so the knowledge of it doesn't spread.

Comment: Creationisticism (Score 5, Insightful) 194

This aspect of the story is great as an example of science.
It seems stubborn to hold onto a single interpretation of evidence during pursuit a theory, including the origin of the universe.
Science is the willingness to relegate that evidence to be less significant than what some people want it to be.
When you won't relegate the evidence, then you are practicing faith (in the evidence) instead of science.

Comment: Re:If you want to hoard bits... (Score 1) 983

by dingleberrie (#46463457) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

At home I have four 4TB seagate USB 3.0 backup plus drives for 16 TB of backup. I have too much backup storage so that I can allow for not fully using the drives.
I run Cobian backup (as an incremental directory duplicator) and just pick different directories (and disks) to back up. BTW, I bought a USB 3.0 card to give me those ports, so that's not an excuse either.

This does not solve the problem of bitrot, (looking at building a ZFS for that), but it is a simple way to have a scalable backup system for most usages.

I don't get why you can't plug in an external drive.

Comment: hierarchy of rights (Score 1) 370

by dingleberrie (#45670491) Attached to: Chimpanzee "Personhood" Lawsuits Fail In New York Courts

I'm trying to keep up, but I think this is the hierarchy of rights that I have seen in the US.
It's hard to settle on the exact order. Each item could up or down one level.

1 People in my country.
2 Corporations
3 People in other countries
4 People in other countries who look like they have nothing
5 Cute animals
6 Monkeys that aren't so cute
7 non-cute things that can't harm me
8 scary things

Comment: Why can't they copy this from iOS? (Score 5, Insightful) 187

by dingleberrie (#45618929) Attached to: FTC Drops the Hammer On Maker of Location-Sharing Flashlight App

I have an iPhone 5 and a Nexus 7.
When I download an app on the Nexus, I always feel an uneasiness as I look at all the access it wants to my contacts and other invasively unnecessary permissions. So each time I must make a decision to accept or reject using the app. I've rejected some that just seem overreaching, but I've become less strict over time... like I'm accepting to lose a battle. I assure myself, that my phone has all my real contacts, not my Nexus 7 and then begrudgingly accept the conditions. This is one reason I will not use an android phone and why I rarely download apps on android.
iOS, for those that don't know, will let me decline permissions to track my location or share my contacts on a per-app basis. Even if I enabled it before, I can go into the control center and disable it. I don't benefit from that aspect of the iOS app, but I'm fine with that. For all the control that Android is supposed to give the user, iOS shines here and I wish that is one thing that Android would copy.

Slowly and surely the unix crept up on the Nintendo user ...