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Comment Re:you don't need flash... PDF.js (Score 1) 362

html5 can replace flash, check this link on how firefox can replace flash

still not perfect, but getting better. it will replace flash, just like PDF.js can replace PDF plugins in browsers

For those who don't know, PDF.js is the "built in PDF viewer" in recent Firefox builds. It's not an Adobe-provided thing. It's a new Firefox feature to convert PDF to HTML5 using Javascript using a mozilla foundation "community driven" javascript project.

I gleefully support the goals of the project.

And yet I regret to report that from my work-related test cases, PDF.js is badly broken with long technical documents with diagrams. :-(

For those who don't know, you can disable it!
1. Type about:config in the address bar and press Enter.
2. Press the big button to bypass the warning.
3. In the Filter bar, paste pdfjs.disabled
4. In the search results, double-click pdfjs.disabled to set its value to true
5. Restart Firefox for the changes to take effect.

Comment MAJOR UPDATE TO STORY.... his work was spying on h (Score 1) 923

You really need to ask this question? Or you just playing stewpit?

The article has an update posted now a day later:

It says out the guy had been fired/laidoff ("released") from his job. His WORK was spying on his searches AT WORK from his WORK computer.

They reviewed his searches and freaked out and reported him to the county cops to investigate.

" Suffolk County Criminal Intelligence Detectives received a tip from a Bay Shore based computer company regarding suspicious computer searches conducted by a recently released employee. The former employee’s computer searches took place on this employee’s workplace computer. On that computer, the employee searched the terms “pressure cooker bombs” and “backpacks.”

I'm not saying it wasn't unfortunate for the guy, but let's be clear that for THIS issue this was NOT it turns out a "the feds spy on me" story.

This is a "your EMPLOYER spies on you" story.

The Internet

Ron Paul Asks UN For Help Geting Control of Domain From Fans 611

First time accepted submitter thoughtfulbloke writes "Ron Paul has gone to the United Nations' World Intellectual Property Organization to seize control of the domain from the fans that built it up, rather than purchase it. From the article: 'The proprietors of say they reached out to the retired politicain and offered him as a free gift, but if he "insisted" on owning then they would sell it to him. There was a catch, though. It would be part of a "liberty package" with the site's 170,000 person mailing list for... wait for it... $250,000. They think the price is totally worth it: '"

Submission + - Adobe and Apple didn't unit test for "forward date" bugs. Do YOU? (

llamafirst writes: As the year flipped to 2013, we learned that Adobe and Apple don't test for "forward date" bugs. Adobe prevented any copy of FrameMaker 10 from launching and Apple broke Do Not Disturb for the first week of 2013. Surely some more critical and safety systems also have lurking issues. Got tips for catching time/date bugs "from the mysterious future"? (also, oblig link to Falsehoods programmers believe about time)

Comment Re:I Respectfully Disagree with You (Score 1) 584

Well said.

And btw... About this line

> The website will be a therapist -- telling you only what you want to hear

this was a surprising comment to me. If that was your experience with a therapist, please don't assume that all therapists would have such a useless strategy!

Good well-trained and empathetic therapists do challenge assumptions and help move you towards useful and new perspectives not merely ego stroking. Everyone if possible should shop around for therapists and find someone that is a good fit, and that includes getting the right amount of insightfulness and independence of thought, with rapport but also without fear of speaking truthfully in your presence.


Artificial Synapse Created For Synthetic Brain 129

Zothecula writes "It's probably still going to be a while before autonomous, self-aware androids are wandering amongst us. That scenario has come a little closer to reality, however, with researchers from the University of Southern California having created a functioning synapse circuit using carbon nanotubes. An artificial version of the connections that allow electrical impulses to pass between neurons in our brains, the circuit could someday be one component of a synthetic brain."

Scientists Create a "Worth Saving" Index For Endangered Animals Screenshot-sm 259

If you're one of the last hairy-nosed-wombats left in Australia things got a little worse for you today. Thanks to a new mathematical tool created by researchers from James Cook University and the University of Adelaide, the wombat has been classified as not worth saving. Co-author of the safe index Professor Corey Bradshaw says he doesn't think people should give up on saving extremely endangered animals but adds, "...if you take a strictly empirical view, things that are well below in numbering in the hundreds - white-footed rock rats, certain types of hare wallabies, a lot of the smaller mammals that have been really nailed by the feral predators like cats, and foxes - in some cases it is probably not worthwhile putting a lot of effort because there's just no chance."

Comment Dunning-Kruger Effect (Score 3, Informative) 757

The popular belief these days is that everyone is allowed to a have 'democratic' opinion on any subject regardless if they have any clue as to what they are talking about

These links may also be enlightening:


Apple Creating Cloud-Based Mac? 204

hostedftp writes "In speculation news making the rounds — Apple's recent activities in the Cloud has been leading to conclusions of the what the innovative giant plans to unleash in 2011. The most recent news of Apple applying and securing a patent for a network-boosted OS has made speculators believe Apple is going to launch a Cloud-based operating system for the Mac."

Comment Is Bender Bending Rodriguez... God? (Score 1) 277

Most tales about YHWH aren't painting a picture of a nice guy. It's not that unreasonable to even half-seriously suggest that YHWH was an alien; too many of his actions and orders are pretty inhuman by anyone's measure, but fit a heartless robot just fine.

Yeah, because when you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.


The Military

A Peek At South Korea's Autonomous Robot Gun Turrets 298

cylonlover writes "If there's one place you don't want to be caught wandering around right now, it's the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea. Especially since South Korean military hardware manufacturer DoDAMM used the recent Korea Robot World 2010 expo to display its new Super aEgis 2, an automated gun turret that can detect and lock onto human targets from kilometers away, day or night and in any weather conditions, and deliver some heavy firepower."

Comment extensible type system also means type loaders (Score 1) 330

I am not sure what the "extensible type system" means

It means that you can add methods or properties to a class without subclassing it. This feature is one of the very few things that I actually like about Objective C.

It also means that Gosu supports custom type loaders that dynamically inject types into the language so you can use them as native objects in Gosu.

For example, custom type loaders add Gosu types for objects from XML schemas (XSDs) and from remote WS-I compliant web services (SOAP). Later versions of the Gosu community release will include more APIs and documentation about creating your own custom type loaders.

Modules of code containing type loaders can create entire namespaces of new types. This means that a type loader can import external objects and let Gosu code manipulate them as native objects. There are two custom type loaders that included in Gosu: (1) Gosu XML typeloader. This type loader supports the native Gosu APIs for XML. For more information, see "Gosu and XML". (2) Gosu SOAP typeloader. This type loader supports the native Gosu APIs for SOAP.

The first Gosu community release does not yet include these add-on typeloaders that support these APIs due to in-progress changes in bundling add-on typeloaders. The Gosu documentation describes the XML and web services APIs right now so you can become familiar with these upcoming APIs.

For more information

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