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Comment: Re:PPC macs were awful (Score 2) 235

by rwise2112 (#47473899) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Right, so this is the infamous mac os 7 era right? Powermacs? Where motorola code was emulated to work on PPC? Apple being led by non-jobs? When Macs didnt just needed a restart every 24 hours (like windows did) but would outright ruin there system install every other week?

That was the most shitty Apple period ever.

Yeah, I supported macs for an ISP back in the day. Saw many sad mac icons.

Comment: Re:cyanogenmod? (Score 1) 249

by rwise2112 (#47216393) Attached to: New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

No. Rooting will allow you to remove unwanted apps that are locked on by the manufacture or carrier, as well as give you access to the entire file system. Using an alternate rom (ie cyanogenmod) will allow you to use different android versions, with different (or no add on) UI. These are things like touchwiz or HTC Sense. The permisions system for apps remains the same. Also, cyanogenmod and other ROMS may not support all your hardware or be stable (but then again some carrier builds are not that great either).

There are programs that when rooted will allow you to block access of apps to certain subsystems, giving finer grained control, but it is not automatic, you have to go in and do it yourself, and that is regardless of the ROM/android version.

Once you are rooted, on any ROM, you can install XPrivacy or PDroid to completely control application access to your data.

Comment: Re:GiB (Score 1) 107

by rwise2112 (#47178469) Attached to: Crucial Launches MX100 SSD At Well Under 50 Cents Per GiB

If you count to ten on your fingers are you working in unary or decimal?

Both the 1620 and the 1301 worked in decimal, store was available in 10's, 100's or 1000's of words.

Anyway, if insist on claiming that those decimal machines were "really" binary.

What about ternary machines? Where each "bit" position could have one of three values. E.G. Setun.

Good point!

I'd argue that fingers are actually binary as well: two states, either counted (1) or not (0).

I never heard of the ternary computer before, that's interesting!

Comment: Re:Hey, what? $5? (Score 1) 135

by rwise2112 (#47174381) Attached to: Free Wi-Fi Coming To Atlanta's Airport

I can't remember the last time I was in an airport that didn't have free WiFi. But then I don't travel in the USA much.

This is my experience as well. I've travelled a lot internationally, and have had free WiFi everywhere. The last time I went through the US, I went through Dulles airport, and I think there was free WiFi there.

Comment: Re:Common sense in email (Score 1) 373

by rwise2112 (#47047109) Attached to: The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

Just common sense. You don't write anything in an email that could be used as evidence against the company in a court case. Everything you write can and will be used against the company in a court case, no matter how much it has to be taken out of context. Much easier to just avoid some words. If you know that writing "the car has a defect" can cost the company millions, while writing "the car has a condition" has the same meaning, and your fellow engineers know it has the same meaning, why would you want to write "the car has a defect"?

You know what would make more sense? How about resolving the "defect" or "condition" before shipping the product. If it's fixed, no one's getting sued.

Comment: Re:Fat Chance (Score 1) 272

You forgot this sentence which followed:

Copernicus finally agreed to give De revolutionibus to his close friend, Tiedemann Giese, bishop of Chemno (Kulm), to be delivered to Rheticus for printing by the German printer Johannes Petreius at Nuremberg (Nürnberg)

True, but he was practically on his death bed by the time he did that. I only learned about this about a week ago from watching a Neil deGrassse Tyson presentation which is available on Netflix.

Comment: Re:Fat Chance (Score 1) 272

Regarding your sig:

Copernicus wasn't the first to discover Heliocentrism. He was the first with the balls to publicly advocate for it.

. That's not really true at all. From wikipedia:

Some time before 1514 Copernicus made available to friends his "Commentariolus" ("Little Commentary"), a forty-page manuscript describing his ideas about the heliocentric hypothesis.[e] It contained seven basic assumptions (detailed below).[60] Thereafter he continued gathering data for a more detailed work. About 1532 Copernicus had basically completed his work on the manuscript of De revolutionibus orbium coelestium; but despite urging by his closest friends, he resisted openly publishing his views, not wishing—as he confessed—to risk the scorn "to which he would expose himself on account of the novelty and incomprehensibility of his theses.

Comment: Re:Here's the news story I want to see.... (Score 1) 293

In light of MH 370, all aircraft are required to stream their black box and GPS data into the cloud. It's amazing how in this day and technological age that this can actually happen.

It exists, and is not terribly expensive. The company I work for uses SkyTrac to track our small fleet of planes and helicopters. It would be more expensive for the larger airlines, since they could have hundreds of aircraft to track.

Comment: Re:Which is why corporations are born criminals (Score 1) 247

by rwise2112 (#46428009) Attached to: BP Finds Way To Bypass US Crude Export Ban

They're only breaking the spirit of the law, not the letter.

True. They are 'getting around' the law against exporting crude, by not exporting crude. It seems the law needs to be amended to define better what is considered exportable if they want to stop this.

Perhaps they should get rid of the ban altogether? Seriously, with the trade deficit spiraling out of control, it makes no sense at all to ban exports. Rather than question BP for 'getting around' the law, we should question why we have such bad law in the first place.

Agreed. That's why I said 'if they want to stop this'.

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