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Comment: Re:Google already has the technology to fix this (Score 2) 132

by ncc74656 (#47432321) Attached to: How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

google broke into internet search with the page rank algorithm whose essential purpose is to combat "search engine optimization."

Yeah. They destroy legitimate businesses with their wonderful algorithms...

SEO isn't a legitimate business. If your website is getting pushed into the search-result basement, odds are you're doing it wrong.

Comment: Re:And good luck asking for APAP-free medicine! (Score 4, Informative) 162

by ncc74656 (#47431201) Attached to: Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

I think most doctors believe its beneficial but I also think they somehow see acetaminophen opiate formulations as some kind of bulwark against abuse. Either because they believe it is so much more effective paired with acetaminophen and you'll be inclined to take less overall or that people "know" acetaminophen is bad in quantity and it will serve as a deterrent to excessive dosage, especially people with a history of drug abuse.

Also, the DEA watches doctors who prescribe opiates very carefully. If some government goon believes a doctor's handing them out like candy, the doctor's most likely going to be called in for some very uncomfortable questions. See chapter two of Three Felonies a Day for some examples.

The way scripts for opiates are handled is also quite different. My wife's oncologist was able to submit the vast majority of prescriptions to her preferred pharmacy electronically; they would be ready for pick-up a short time after. The one time she was prescribed straight oxycodone (or whatever opiate), it was printed on security paper to thwart attempts at altering or copying. It was signed, and some sort of DEA ID number issued to the doc was printed in the header. I had to deliver the prescription to a pharmacy. Her usual pharmacy didn't have it in stock, so I had to find another that did. Once it was filled, I had to sign for it in a logbook (similar to when you buy products containing pseudoephedrine).

Comment: Re:Problem with proprietary 'free' offerings (Score 1) 174

Android 4.x devices like the Nexus 7 don't have a dedicated menu button. And in this copy of Google Maps, there's no "tricolon" button where the overflow menu is supposed to be.

The first thing that came up on my phone for this? "Popular tip: View maps offline." I got to it from within Maps by opening the menu off to the left side and hitting "Tips and Tricks" down at the bottom.

(This was on a Moto X running Android 4.4. YMMV.)

Comment: Re: Queue the deniers (Score 1) 387

by ncc74656 (#47229219) Attached to: Geothermal Heat Contributing To West Antarctic Ice Sheet Melting

Stop saying that it would cause massive economic harm, because that is bullshit. In fact, it would (as always) mean jobs.

If I go around breaking my neighbors' windows, that creates jobs for glassmakers and window installers. Never mind that my neighbors would rather have spent their money on something other than fixing broken windows.

Comment: Re:Run a completely new OS? (Score 0) 257

by ncc74656 (#47216171) Attached to: HP Unveils 'The Machine,' a New Computer Architecture
They also own Palm OS, don't they? That ran on hardware not much different in basic architecture than what's being proposed here, though on a much smaller scale. I think I still have a Palm III kicking around at home somewhere; it had 2 MB of SRAM to hold software and user data. Instead of needing to load programs from some other form of storage, it would execute them from wherever in memory they were stored.

Comment: Re:hard-wired can be a computer (Score 0) 56

by ncc74656 (#47131435) Attached to: ISEE-3 Satellite Is Back Under Control

Right. It has no integrated circuits. There's no way it doesn't have a computer. It couldn't receive signals and fire its thrusters otherwise.

A collection of discreet electronic components hardly qualifies as a computer.

Um...what was this, then? It wasn't even the first transistorized computer, let alone the first electronic computer (which would've used vacuum tubes to implement logic). It's a rather large "collection of discrete electronic components," with not so much as a 7400 to be found within its cabinets.

Even the smaller collection of components within ISEE-3 is able to act on radio input to control thrusters, instruments, and such, and to route instrument outputs to the transmitter to send them back to Earth. It might not have a general-purpose CPU controlling it, but neither did (for instance) many of the video games that were on the market around the same time it was under development.

Comment: Re:1Gb with conditions... (Score 2) 129

SMTP in/out will be blocked so no email servers without ugly hacks and middleware.

Have your SMTP server respond on a non-standard port (such as 588) as well as the standard ports, and you can connect to it from within Cox's network. Auto-configuration in some mail clients makes this a little bit of a pain, but you only have to set it up once.

If you're talking about running a server on their network, they want you to fork over the extra $$$ for business-grade service. I did that for a while, but residential service and a VPS are faster and cheaper.

Comment: Re:Even that would not be soooo bad ... (Score 1) 253

by ncc74656 (#47083343) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?


Most forum software search functionality sucks burro balls. This isn't just an issue for support forums for a product, but web forums in general. In most cases, though, you can use Google (or whoever) to search the forum and get the results you need.

Comment: Re:The actual technical fault. (Score 1) 865

by ncc74656 (#46928801) Attached to: Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

Repeated press of start/stop (e.g. in a panic) should display emergency information, and possibly also shut off ignition, but not any other systems.

Given that the power-steering pump and brake booster both need the engine running in order to function, how would you propose to do that?

(In fairness, the brake booster frequently has its own vacuum reserve that will allow it to function once or twice with the engine off. The power-steering pump, OTOH, definitely isn't working without the engine running.)

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb