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Comment: Re:I would like to remind everyone (Score 1) 303

by kipin (#36192772) Attached to: Verizon Customers: Say So Long To Unlimited Data
I recently left Verizon and switched to Virgin Mobile and picked up two LG Optimus V Android phones. They are a GREAT deal. They have a 600mhz processor and have not encountered any issues running and apps.

I'm now paying $50/month for my girlfriend and myself to have two droid phones with 300 minutes, "unlimited" data and text messages where as I was previously paying $50/month for 1 phone on Verizon with 400 minutes, unlimited text messages and no data. (That was after a 25% corporate discount!) On top of that she was paying $100 a month with T-Mobile for unlimited everything. I'm saving over $100 (between us two) and getting more useful features that I use.

If any of you are off contract (another benefit to VM -- they don't have contracts) I would strongly suggest looking at Virgin Mobile and their Android phones, I believe they have two to choose from, one from LG (which I have) and one from Samsung.

Comment: Re:Red Chinese arrogance (Score 1) 131

by kipin (#35561520) Attached to: Google Accuses China of Interfering With Gmail
The Western Roman Empire and the Chinese Empire coexisted for centuries.

The world moves a lot faster nowadays. It may have been able to handle two mega empires simultaneously solely because of geographical limits. Natural resources were also not nearly as in demand as they are today.

Just my $.02

Comment: Speaking from a Recent BuckyBalls Customer (Score 4, Interesting) 475

by kipin (#33674592) Attached to: Countering a DMCA Takedown In the Magnet Wars
I recently purchased 4 sets of BuckyBalls when they were recently on woot. I'm pretty pissed that I did now and want to show my support to Zen Magnets and buy a set of theirs. They seem to have much better quality from everything I have read and seen, and can attest to BuckyBalls "flakes" now coming off in my hand after using the magnets for about 2 weeks.

From what I have heard, this company BuckyBalls made about $500,000 in sales from the woot sale (woot actually bought more from BuckyBalls on the day of the sale because demand was so strong), and $250,000 in sales on the day Google changed its logo to honor the Buckyball. Seems they may have grown too big for their britches and feel a sense of entitlement now.

TSA Worker Jailed In Body Scan Rage Incident 352

Posted by samzenpus
from the checking-out-your-package dept.
A TSA worker in Miami was arrested for aggravated battery after he attacked a co-worker for making fun of the size of his genitals. Rolando Negrin walked through one of the new body scanners during a recent training session and a supervisor started making fun of his manhood. From the article: "According to the police report, Negrin confronted one of his co-workers in an employee parking lot, where he hit him with a police baton on the arm and back."

Comment: Re:Uploading a swf with a jpg extension? (Score 1) 355

by kipin (#30082064) Attached to: Flash Vulnerability Found, Adobe Says No Fix Forthcoming

According to the article, the SWF can still be executed under these circumstances, but that seems implausible to me. I would think that the browser would simply invoke the jpeg handler, fail to parse the image data, and throw an error.

I don't know if gif/jpeg rules are the same. But you can upload a GIF as a JPEG, and it will still render as a GIF, even though the file is itself JPEG. In fact, even some free image hosting sites exploit this "vulnerability". If you upload a GIF to tinypic, it will rename the file and place the .jpg extension after it.

Firefox and IE seem to have no problem deciphering this so I doubt it is something that the browsers specifically disallow.

Comment: Re:Another shocker (Score 4, Interesting) 305

by kipin (#29750431) Attached to: Road To Riches Doesn't Run Through the App Store

That's bullshit. It's luck. (And increasingly these days, the luck of having been born into the correct socioeconomic stratum.) The best we can do is to pursue opportunities to the utmost when they do appear and make the most of the luck we get in life.

Your statement reminded me of one of my favorite quotes.

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. -- Thomas Jefferson

Programming is an unnatural act.