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Comment: Re:Phones (Score 0, Troll) 144

by petehead (#27330645) Attached to: All Five Smartphones Survive Pwn2Own Contest

A quick Google Pulled up the Phones as: Phones (and associated test platform) * Blackberry(TBA)
* Android(Dev G1)
* iPhone(locked 2.0)
* Nokia/Symbian(N95-1)
* Windows Mobile (HTC Touch)

I have the HTC Touch. It has a built in security feature: It will crash whatever you are running to try to exploit it. If anyone here figures out how to exploit it, please tell Microsoft. Not so that they will patch it, but so they can use it as an example to developers for how to code.

Comment: Re:Let her know what you think! (Score 3, Interesting) 873

by petehead (#26815681) Attached to: Senator Diane Feinstein Trying to Kill Net Neutrality

...let her know that you will definitely not vote for her again...

She'll be 79 years old when her current term ends. I don't know that she cares about future votes. And by the way, how many 75 year olds do you know that you would feel comfortable dealing with all of these issues?

Comment: Re:So.. (Score 5, Insightful) 282

by petehead (#26646685) Attached to: Cox Communications and "Congestion Management"

I'm no more interested in the quality of another customer's service with this product than any other -- when I go out to eat, I'm not going to let them overcook my steak to be sure they get your souffle just right. Why should this be different?

They didn't sell you a steak and me a souffle. They sold us both a buffet. All of the other customers get their food as normal, but I'm a big fat guy. Instead of taking my plate, sitting down, and eating, I stay up at the buffet and eat there without even putting the food on my plate. I'm in the way of others trying to get food and eating most of it myself. Now the management is going to make me get in line to eat rather than stay at the buffet.

If you want your steak, you've got to get a dedicated line.

P.S. Hometown Buffet is gross.

Comment: Re:Waiting.. (Score 1) 449

by petehead (#26625303) Attached to: Apple Awarded Patent For iPhone Interface

Just as an example: I'll bet Apple patented the magnetic cord of the MacBook

US patent application number 11/876,733 filed October 22 2007.

And lets look at what happened with that. My girlfriend left her charger at home on a trip so we were going to get a new one. Come to find out that they cost $80. $80.00! For a charger! And of course, there are no other options. Keep in mind that this $80 charger has ratings of 1.5/5 (60W) and 2/5 (80W) on Apple's own webstore.


+ - New Energy Efficiency Rules for TVs Sold in CA

Submitted by petehead
petehead (1041740) writes "The LA Times reports on regulations expected to pass in 2009 that will not allow energy inefficient TVs to be sold in the state. "State regulators are getting ready to curb the growing power gluttony of TV sets by drafting the nation's first rules requiring retailers to sell only the most energy-efficient models, starting in 2011... The regulations would be phased in over two years, with a first tier taking effect on Jan. 1, 2011, and a more stringent, second tier on Jan. 1, 2013. Purchasers of Tier 1-compliant TVs would shave an average of $18.48 off their residential electric bill in the first year of ownership, the Energy Commission estimates. Tier 2 sets would save an additional $11.76 a year...The Consumer Electronics Assn. presented three scenarios to the commission, showing 10%, 20% and 30% drops in product availability and each of their potential financial effects.""

Comment: Re:N-dimensions -1 (Score 1) 156

by petehead (#26094359) Attached to: Apple's 3D Desktop Patent Filing Examined
Your point is only valid if your whatever you are looking at completely obscures everything else. A maximized window, for example. This almost never happens in the real world. Do you store cans in your pantry only 1 deep with that 1 plane of cans completely occupying your entire field of vision? I store my cans several deep and I can see bits of ones in the back that I may want to access.

There's a reason we don't use a 3D writing system.
Many cultures use(d) pictures to convey things. 2D pictures with representations of 3D life. Just like a computer monitor is 2D but can present representations of 3D.
The Courts

Groklaw Summarizes the Lori Drew Verdict 457

Posted by kdawson
from the unpredictable-and-retroactve dept.
Bootsy Collins writes "Last Wednesday, the Lori Drew 'cyberbullying' case ended in three misdemeanor convictions under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a 1986 US Federal law intended to address illegally accessing computer systems. The interpretation of the act by the Court to cover violations of website terms of service, a circumstance obviously not considered in the law's formulation and passage, may have profound effects on the intersection of the Internet and US law. Referring to an amicus curiae brief filed by online rights organizations and law professors, PJ at Groklaw breaks down the implications of the decision to support her assertion that 'unless this case is overturned, it is time to get off the Internet completely, because it will have become too risky to use a computer.'"

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.