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Comment: Cashing in (Score 1) 890

by snowblind (#38770396) Attached to: Police Investigate Offensive Wi-Fi Network Name

“I was shocked, hurt. I felt harassed."

Translation: Momma needs a new pair of Gucci shoes and I've lawyered up ready to sue this bastard.

There's enough legal shows on TV now that everyone has down the language to ensure they can sue someone.

Bad taste yes. Pathetic yes. Free speech yes. ...unless of course it was the city's wifi ap that was hacked. And by hacked I mean they left the manufacturer default password enabled.

Security

TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old 1135

Posted by samzenpus
from the security-theater dept.
3-year-old Mandy Simon started crying when her teddy bear had to go through the X-ray machine at airport security in Chattanooga, Tenn. She was so upset that she refused to go calmly through the metal detector, setting it off twice. Agents then informed her parents that she "must be hand-searched." The subsequent TSA employee pat down of the screaming child was captured by her father, who happens to be a reporter, on his cell phone. The video have left some questioning why better procedures for children aren't in place. I, for one, feel much safer knowing the TSA is protecting us from impressionable minds warped by too much Dora the Explorer.
Graphics

The First Photograph of a Human 138

Posted by samzenpus
from the fist-cheese dept.
wiredog writes "The Atlantic has a brief piece on what is likely to be the first photograph (a daguerreotype) showing a human. From the article: 'In September, Krulwich posted a set of daguerreotypes taken by Charles Fontayne and William Porter in Cincinnati 162 years ago, on September 24, 1848. Krulwich was celebrating the work of the George Eastman House in association with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Using visible-light microscopy, the George Eastman House scanned several plates depicting the Cincinnati Waterfront so that scholars could zoom in and study the never-before-seen details.'"
Social Networks

Meg Whitman Campaign Shows How Not To Use Twitter 147

Posted by samzenpus
from the type-slower dept.
tsamsoniw writes "California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's campaign team attempted to share with her Twitter followers an endorsement from a police association. Unfortunately, the campaign press secretary entered an incorrect or incomplete Bit.ly URL in the Tweet, which took clickers to a YouTube video featuring a bespectacled, long-haired Japanese man in a tutu and leggings rocking out on a bass guitar. And for whatever reason, the Tweet, which went out on the 18th, has remained active through today."

Comment: FREE OBDII Equipment (Score 1) 270

by snowblind (#32231108) Attached to: Any Open Source Solutions For DIY Auto Diagnostics?

Unless something has changed in the last year that I've been living abroad, you can go to some of the big auto parts stores. Murray's and Autozone I've personally done this at. Go in there and slap down a $75 deposit on your credit card and they will loan you an OBDII sensor for free. Return the sensor and you'll get your deposit back.

Simple as that. I've done it on a couple occasions. Like I said it may have changed or you may not have either of those that I know for sure do it in your neighborhood, but for those that do it works out great.

Comment: Re:Cost and Competition (Score 1) 259

by snowblind (#29410065) Attached to: Is City-Wide Wi-Fi a Dead Idea?

It's essentially dead. It died in Chicago (even though there's still rumblings to restart it)for a couple reasons. The first was that the investment required by the ISP to provide it did not yield enough of a profit. Second, as usual once the aldermen and the mayor and their cronies start putting all kinds of external demands on it nobody wants to touch it. Then add that you're in Ameritech/AT&T's backyard who can pay enough to make any politician take notice and you want to give away their territory for free?

There's miles and miles and miles of unused fiber all over the city and county all "owned" by different organizations and suborganization and each holding on to it. The problem is the only way to get them to work together would be with some form of regional authority to manage the infrastructure but as soon as they would try to do that the Bell's would jump in and pay off some politicians to convince them that it's in the City/County/State's best interest to just keep paying them to use their services.

I'm sure this is the case in most metropolitan areas. Giving stuff away is un-American you damn socialists!

Good luck.

Comment: Re:Amazing comments on Japan, as usual (Score 1) 250

by snowblind (#29113915) Attached to: iPhone 3GS Is Number One In Japan

I'm not suprised it's number one now either.

I don't think it caught on until they started the iPhone for Everyone campaign. (0 Yen for the 8GB) Oh and you need to have established credit in Japan. I had to pay mine up front and then they refund a little every month.

Living in Japan and walking around with my iPhone I find that many Japanese I run into want to check out my iPhone. They'll play with it for a while and tell me they want one. Usually they're waiting to get out of the current contract.

A couple other things that slowed the adoption:

1) Softbank is not known as the best provider. People complain about their customer service quite often. The coverage isn't exactly the best either. It is more the new kid on the block here.

2) The way the phone charges work, your cell phone plan only counts towards calling people on the same network. With Softbank not having the largest market share this keeps a lot of Japanese loyal to their provider because that's what their friends have. If you call AU or a land line, you incur charges over and above your plan. At least you don't pay usually for incoming calls. But if you want to call your friends who don't have an iPhone, you're going to pay so keep it brief.

3) Before they introduced the packet rate discount your bill could be well over $100. That's close to the base rate I had with my iPhone in the states but the Japanese are used to paying a lot less.

4) Emoji! Definitely it lacking originally was a big drawback. See the above charges for using your actual phone and you'll see why they spend a lot of time texting and Emoji are a big part of that.

Now on the plus side:

1) The majority of Japanese do not have home computers. This country is a deadzone for Wi-fi and most of their Internet browsing and other activities is done on their phones. My wife has one of the fancy phones here with TV and all and the web browser sucks compared with an iPhone and Safari. Many of them are looking forward to being able to surf the web with something decent.

2)Games. Many hours on the train everyone is glued to their phones or PSP's playing away. If you combine the gaming of the PSP with Internet and phone the marriage is made for the commutes.

3)As mentioned above, the GS came out just as the marketing push really started taking hold.

Hehe... I like the comment about not caring about the voice control. The Japanese cover their mouths when they speak in public so as not to disturb others around them. I really don't see them embracing voice commands...

btw... just in case anyone thinks about bringing a foreign iPhone over, Softbank in June started cracking down on "foreign" iPhones on their network. Even though you buy the packet discount and all the iPhone packages, Softbank will charge you per packet. I unlocked my old AT&T iPhone 3G for my wife to use because she wasn't happy with the "gadget filled" phone she originally got from Softbank. Well it worked fine for the first couple months, then out of the blue we got a bill for $1600 and another for $400. This has happened to a number of other people as well. They eventually refunded much of it with the promise that we wouldn't do it again.

Comment: Religion... the ultimate mind wipe (Score 1) 295

by snowblind (#28684055) Attached to: Hackers' Next Target — Your Brain?

How else can you be trained so thoroughly to ignore evidence right before eyes? It's the thing science fiction writers have dreamt about and the Catholic church has perfected in their indoctrination rituals. So complete is the brainwashing that people are willing to hand over their very last penny to an elected official wearing custom made Italian shoes, a pointy hat and living in a great white palace.

`Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous,' he told the meeting. `If a man really wanted to make a million dollars, the best way to do it would be start his own religion.'
                                                                                                                                    - L. Ron Hubbard

"But I have always thought there might be a lot of cash in starting a new religion...".
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Comment: Cisco.... (Score 1, Redundant) 93

by snowblind (#28205507) Attached to: Cisco Introduces Rackmount Servers

...jumped the shark when the changed to the "cute" logo. Now this is just them introducing a smart mouthed kid to make us chuckle until they end up in re-run hell.

What do you do when you're at the top of your market share and can't innovate to come up with something else and you've bought up every home market vendor?

Crash in on a new commodity market with an overpriced product; while maybe considered a caddilac, sell it at Mercedes prices.

All the while Juniper's chomping at your heals in your traditional space with a rock solid product and chipping away.

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