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Comment Not really a flaw... (Score 5, Informative) 69

So this doesn't work for apps downloaded from the iOS app store. For the vulnerability to work, you first have to download and install an Enterprise certificate, then you have to download and install an infected app from a specific third party website signed with that Enterprise certificate. This isn't really a vulnerability, this is the specific application path for installing custom enterprise apps at your private business. Don't go around installing unknown junk and you'll be fine.

Comment Re:More like inability to prioritize or be efficie (Score 1) 203

I heard the story in Economics class. Expect our Prof added on... "Now let me show you show the private contracting business works. A congressman sees that this Scrap yard watchman project is $900k over budget (or whatever the figure in the story was) and recommends that the private sector be brought in to manage it. His largest donor bids only $700k for the project and both congressman and business get to play the saving-the-taxpayers-money card to the press. But have they actually saved anything at all?"

Comment Re:Absolutely not shocked (Score 1) 283

Out of curiosity - did you learn the "Touch Math" method? I was in a pilot class in the very early 80's, where that pedagogy was all the rage and I'm 99% sure it's the reason I ended up math disabled. I couldn't make the leap from touch dots to real world math concepts, and to this day math takes me forever - even simple multiplication - as I have to "air touch" all those dots. It's seriously crazy.

Comment Re:Stream 11 (Score 1) 508

Dell Lattitude 600 series or 800 series laptops are worth a look for around 100-120. These were the workhorse laptops in the Core2Duo days at most businesses. Very easy to find a 2gig model with 80gig hard drive running Vista 64bit (eeew) that can be upgraded to Win10 for free. Spend another $30 bucks on ram to bring it up to 4 gigs and its a snappy little laptop. These are what I pickup and use at the churches I volunteer at providing free IT support.

Comment Re:Sorry, but Apple still deserves most of the cre (Score 1) 354

Actually, dragging to the trash made a lot of sense in the context of it's day.

You're on a single floppy drive machine - with no hard disk. You boot off the system disk and Eject it with CMD-E. The system caches the list of files on that disk and spits out the floppy, greys the icon a bit (but it is still clickable and even browsable without the disk in the drive - you just can't execute anything). Then you put in maybe your application disk for MS Word and fire that up, and after it's loaded you again eject with CMD-E. Again, the disk is cached and remains on the desktop.

Now you write up your homework in word and want to save the file. You insert a third disk. Your documents disk. You save the file, but you're done with that disk, so you use the Command "Put Away" CMD-Y to eject the disk and not have it cached to the desktop.

You then want to print your homework out for class, but this requires a read of the system disk, so the system prompts you to pop it back in.

All these disks appeared on your desktop and you could work between them because you had them cached virtually - all one a single floppy system. You only got rid of them when you were actually done with them. Whether or not they were physically in the machine had no bearing on whether or not you were still working with them. I mean, You wouldn't re-eject an already ejected disk would you just to clear the virtual disk off your desktop would you? To clean things up you'd just drag it to the trash - because you were trashing the ghost, not the actual disk. Or alternatively use CMD-Y to put away the ghost which had the same effect.

If you understood what was going on, it made sense in that context.

Comment Re:When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 3, Interesting) 456

I dunno. Depression studies show that vigourous excercise several times a week is just as effective a treatment as the leading drugs at maintaining happiness and preventing suicide. Does that make Depression a real condition and disease, or just a result of our modern world allowing us to sit on our butts? If living a more simple lifestyle with more manual labor effectively cures your disease, is it even a real thing? We discussed this endlessly in biology. It's an interesting philisophical question.

Comment Re:In defense of GMO's (Score 2) 663

You're only correct to a point - ingesting GMO's, by and large, is safe by scientific consensus.

On the other hand, GMO's are horrible for the environment. The main "modification" given to plants is to make them more tolerant of highly toxic weed killers. This has sparked an arms race between your corn crop and weeds, to the point that superweeds are basically the farming equivalent of super bacteria. This is horrible for local flora and fauna who are out competed by the super weeds that grow faster and hardier than ever. And look at what it's doing to things like our bee populations. These neonectoid products are generally thought of as the reason we're seeing for the ongoing pollinator loss.

So just because you can eat GMO food doesn't mean it's good for us.

Comment Re:Already propagating (Score 5, Informative) 663

It isn't as simple as eating fewer calories than you expend.

If I'm hungry and eat a handful of almonds - say 100 calories - the fiber and fat content makes me feel satiated for several hours and signals to my body that I'm full. Craves go down and blood sugar remains in a normal range.

Compare that with a handful of skittles. Also say 100 calories. I get a sugar rush, my blood sugar spikes, the skittles breakdown into energy that isn't used and is immediately stored as fat, and my body gets no signal that it's hunger has been satisfied - leaving to more cravings.

Not all calories are equal to one another. On the surface just eating less than you expend works out, but in practice it's a lot harder to do without changes to the actual diet that's supplying the calories.

Comment Re:Third Dimension (Score 4, Insightful) 1197

Quoted from a recent Planet Money episode on this very question: "It's a question that goes back to the Middle Ages, to a Latin phrase that translates to "he owns the soil owns up to the heavens." In England, this phrase was the law of the land for centuries, and it worked well when disputes involved simple things like overhanging tree branches and lopsided buildings.

But once hot air balloons and airplanes came into the picture, things got a lot more complicated. In 1926, Congress created what we now call the FAA, and declared that the air above 500 feet is the public domain. But what about the air below that?

Thomas Causby was a chicken farmer in North Carolina who lived near a tiny airport. During World War II, the Army took over the airport, and suddenly big military planes were flying over Causby's chicken coops all the time. The planes scared Causby's chickens. They flew into the walls of the coop and died.

Causby sued the government, and the case went all the way to the Supreme Court. In the end, the court sided with Causby, ruling that landowners own the sky above their homes up to at least 83 feet."

Comment Re:Trolling Douchebags (Score 1) 211

My town does this after hours too and I had no idea. After I big storm I dialed the local police non emergency number to tell them of a cracked and dangling branch hanging over a children's play area at a park where I walk my dog. Not urgent but it should probably be near the top of park and rec's things-to-fix when they show up on Monday. But being after hours (7pm on a weekend) it rolled over to county 911 and I felt pretty stupid as it clearly was a waste of the dispatchers time.

Comment Re:Music discovery (Score 1) 244

Same here. Just last night I was looking for the chords to "Wonderful tonight" and couldn't get the solo figured out from the tab. I went to Youtube to watch some covers and look for a tutorial. I ended up finding someone covering it, and then went on to see what other songs they covered since they did a good job, and stumbled across some music I'd never heard before. Far and away, this is how I discover music.

Comment Re: Trickle Down? (Score 2) 227

Well, that depends on what you call "able bodied". Let me give you an example. I know a guy who's 36. In the prime of his life. He's got Bi-Polar disorder. It's a real thing, and he has real symptoms. If he goes unmedicated, about twice a year he'll go all "Charlie Sheen" on us and get a little crazy, sometimes even suicidal.

So he needs meds. When he's on meds he's a completely normal dude who goes years without a bi-polar episode. He found himself out of work and applied for SSDI. After all, when he's off his meds he truly is disabled and can't live a normal life. Being on meds though, makes him a completely normal guy who is able bodied and more than able to hold down a job.

So SSDI approved him as disabled, so he could get his meds for free from the government - which he needs. So now he's on meds and completely normal. But if he gets a job, he loses his disability qualification and loses his meds. So instead, he gets a SSDI check every month, gets a govenrment provided phone, got free furniture from a non-profit, gets public housing, gets SNAP, and gets state cash assistance. He basically lives the life of a college kid playing xbox and drinking beer all day in his apartment on the taxpayers dime. He's in a catch 22, if he works he may or may not find a job that covers his expensive medication. If he doesn't have meds he's a crazy threat to himself. But if he stays "disabled" he gets free meds and free everything. It's not a life of luxury, but it's a lot like living the college life in perpetuity. And he's going to get this free ride the rest of his life. He retired from the workforce at age 32! Perfectly able bodied when on his meds, but the system isn't setup for this situation, so us taxpayers get to support him. It's pretty messed up.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison