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Comment: As effective as the Iraqi bomb detector? (Score 1) 158

by fsagx (#47656683) Attached to: Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

The ADE 651 is a fake bomb detector[1] produced by ATSC (UK), which claimed that the device could effectively and accurately, from long range, detect the presence and location of various types of explosives, drugs, ivory, and other substances. The device has been sold to 20 countries in the Middle East and Far East, including Iraq and Afghanistan, for as much as $60,000 per unit. The Iraqi government is said to have spent £52 million ($85 million) on the devices.


Comment: Re:M$ has repeated it's sins (Score 1) 742

by fsagx (#46317095) Attached to: "Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

Nothing sets a mind into cement like being forced into something painful repeatedly.

It's called a "Conditioned Response" and becomes automatic. Hence the term "knee-jerk reaction".

People tend to teach their kids to avoid something that they had to learn the hard way in an attempt to spare them the suffering they had to endure themselves.

I'm still smarting from the double-whammy of Code Red and Nimda.

+ - The PC's Death Might Also Mean the Web's Demise->

Submitted by fsagx
fsagx (1936954) writes "Keith Rabois thinks so, and he’s not alone. PayPal mafioso Rabois has a good tech track record. After his early involvement in PayPal, he helped bootstrap LinkedIn.

the web is just the long tail of apps that you haven't installed yet.

twitter will be for content. The web is going away because laptops and browsers are.

nobody is going to be using the web soon.

The gist of the argument is this: as app-happy mobile devices become the primary way we compute, the good old browser becomes irrelevant. The hyperlinked, free-flowing, egalitarian, and ubiquitous world wide web will fade away. We will still have the internet, but it won’t be the same wherever you use it. And some will have more power over it than others."
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Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982