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Comment Re:Live by the sword, die by the sword. (Score 1) 312

Look at the history of things they're well known for:

The iPod: the canonical MP3 player. Not the first, afterall we know it had no wireless and less space than the Nomad (lame!) but by far the most popular and became synonymous with MP player. Due in large part because all the ones before had horrendous interfaces and other awful misfeatures.

The iPod had large "misfeatures" for most at the time it was released: It was firewire and Mac-only.

This is where Apple (or likely: Jobs) show how they were really clever - it generated a huge buzz in the media, suddenly everyone wanted one, and they had to buy a Mac to get it. When the Windows version came out, they managed to do it when the interest in the iPod was still very high, and it was just like printing money.

Comment Re: As Kravindish would say: (Score 1) 136

I used a tool that did this back in 2004 writing a thesis on WiFi security.

Back then there was a nifty software tool called "Omerta". You can whitelist a bunch of access points and it will forge disassociate packets for all the other AP's in range, rendering them useless.

Clients connected to the whitelisted AP have no issues whatsoever.

Comment Re: Coronation my ass - Hillary!'s public executio (Score 1) 239

Evidently you do not know how classified information works.

Yes, information that was previously unclassified can be classified later.

However, information that is generated by classified sources are classified from the moment they are created and they are classified whether they are marked as such or not. Anything generated by a classified system is automatically classified. All classified systems and info need to be brought into accountability.

Even better is when you put classified info on an unclassified system. The whole thing now becomes classified. Her email server at the FBI probably has a TOP SECRET sticker on it by now.

She was pretty high up as far as authority went, and there's a high probability she was presented with raw data that was so time sensitive, it was unmarked.

Even giving her the benefit of the doubt, it does not matter. She should have known better.

Those of us who have handled classified info in the past can easily see the problem with her situation here.

Comment Re:Should hit my monthly cap in 1/3 of a second (Score 1) 55

That's because the 5G service isn't for you.

It's for the carriers. Along with the added bandwidth comes added capacity - especially if it cannot be exploited by the customers due to data caps.

Your requests just get on/off the network faster leaving space for another user to do the same.

Comment Re: Simpleish (Score 1) 251

I never saw a DisplayWriter.

I could have sworn there was a commercial attachment/accessory for the Selectric that turned it into a normal printer. This was around the time where the daisy-wheel typewriters hit the consumer scene (Olivetti and Smith Corona had ball typewriters for a while too) and a considerable amount of them also had Centronics interfaces available as attachments.

Nothing beats the Selectric. Much faster than a daisywheel, and they had that lovely mechanical staccato sound that was music to the ears. The sheer number of them that are still out there (and working) is incredible.

Comment Re:Google had a chance . . . (Score 1) 191

I only pointed out a counter example to an earlier post. I'm not on a mission to convert Android users or get into a pissing match - the choice of OS in this case is just a matter of personal taste.

It's like arguing over speakers. Specs are good and all that, but the best choice ultimately is what sounds good to the buyer.

Comment Re:I liked the cartoon that read: (Score 1) 662

Since I posted those two examples, another article came up with this very topic. I feel it was rather inflammatory and brings up left-right politics, but it does bring up some points:

How Ahmed’s clock became a false, convenient tale of racism

and another:

Suspicious Pop-Tart guns versus scientific suitcase clocks

In here is the white kid who was expelled for biting aPop-Tart into an "L" shape and expelled for bringing a gun to school. Another was pointing a finger and saying "bang". Yet another I recall was kicked out for saying "bless you" to a student that sneezed.

After all these examples, I think rather than point out the treatment white vs. minority kids get, I think the system as a whole needs a good enema.

Comment Re:I liked the cartoon that read: (Score 1) 662

May I ask what years you did this?

I had no trouble myself, but I went to school in the 80's. The environment in the schools now is totally different than what I remember.

I already gave one example of a non-muslim running into trouble with a science project. And here's another: MIT Sophomore Arrested at Logan For Wearing LED Device

Comment Re:I liked the cartoon that read: (Score 1) 662

To anyone that opened it, it would look like a box of electronic junk and wires. Yes, there's a huge red display, but LED alarm clocks do not turn on their display when they are not plugged into AC power. The 9V battery is just to run the clock and alarm circuit. There were no ominous huge red numbers counting down when they opened the box.

It was nothing like this alarm clock.

Comment Re:I liked the cartoon that read: (Score 1) 662

While I have some doubts as to how wise it was to bring the device to school, I do not find it in any way odd that a kid of that age would be tearing apart electronic stuff and messing with it in the way that he did. He's also not an adult, so holding him to strict interpretations of the word "invent" is a little unfair too. He's a tinkerer, a critical first step in figuring out how stuff works.

The Islamophobia angle is what irritates me. Anyone who brought something like that into a school unannounced would raise a concern, no matter what their ethnicity/religion may be.

This student was up on felony charges for a science fair volcano project:

16-year-old expelled, charged with felonies over volcano science experiment (auto play video warning)

There was a fair amount of media furor over that too.

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.