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Comment: Re:That's retarded (Score 2, Insightful) 339

by spiffyman (#28222605) Attached to: Protecting the Apollo Landing Sites From Later Landings

That's what happens when you are actually DOING something instead of sitting on your ass behind a desk counting the number of holes in your ceiling (like this professor).

You don't think that's being a bit unfair? This guy's an archaeologist who knows the value of historical sites. They give us a ton of insight into where we've been and thus where we're going. I take the same pragmatic view of the landing site as you - the first footprint has been destroyed already, etc. etc. - but let's not turn this into an ad hominem fight.

Comment: Re:My Kingdom for a Datagrid Element! (Score 2, Informative) 541

by spiffyman (#28059503) Attached to: HTML 5 As a Viable Alternative To Flash?

Thing is, a lot of slashdotters have the "luxury" of ignoring this fact. I cut my web app teeth working for a public university, so this stuff has been seriously ingrained into our policies. We still have a ton of legacy stuff to bring into the 21st century, but I don't know of a shop on campus that thinks tables are an okay way to do layout. And when you do use them, you use them with properly scoped <th>s, etc.

I wish more people did work for the government or maybe accessibility-related NGOs. It was a good way to go - learn how to do it the "hard" way, and the "easy" way looks awful.

Comment: Re:I remember this guy (Score 2, Interesting) 204

by spiffyman (#28032485) Attached to: Calif. Petitions Supreme Court On Violent Video Game Bill

Speaking of axes to grind, until you can produce evidence, the answer to all your questions may as well be "no." Seriously, how is this modded Informative or Insightful? There's not a single link to evidence for these claims. In a quick Google search, I found nothing about Yee being picked up for being a john - though lots to suggest he has fought against prostitution for years - and the only thing about shoplifting was this article referencing a 1992 incident that appears to have been a big, dumb mistake.

Mods, honestly, why did you mod this up? Do you know something I don't?

Space

+ - NASA Names Treadmill After Colbert

Submitted by spiffyman
spiffyman (949476) writes "NASA announced that it won't be naming a room on the ISS after Stephen Colbert, after all. This comes after Colbert mounted a write-in campaign easily beating NASA's suggested names, Serenity, Legacy, Earthrise and Venture. "Instead, Node 3 will henceforth be called Tranquility, the eighth most popular response submitted by respondents in the poll." Final totals aren't readily available, but "Serenity" of the vote."
Music

+ - Billy Corgan wants broadcast radio to pay artists

Submitted by jcgam69
jcgam69 (994690) writes "Internet radio has to pay performance rights but broadcast stations get a free pass. Billy Corgan, founder of the rock band Smashing Pumpkins, told Congress on Tuesday that must change. "This issue is one of fundamental fairness," Corgan told lawmakers. "If the performance of a song has value to a particular terrestrial radio station in its airing, I believe it is only right to compensate those performers who have created this work."

Comment: Re:Fear of the unknown (Score 1, Offtopic) 313

by spiffyman (#26243777) Attached to: Apple OS X 10.5.6 Update Breaks Some MacBook Pros

I gotta say this - I'm tired of you and people like you putting logout links in your signature. It's not funny. It's not a moron test. It's rude, and you're an ass hole for thinking it's a good idea.

For the record, this isn't personal revenge: I've never been caught by something like this. But you're a dick, and you need to be reprimanded by the community - modded down on every post until you shape up.

Comment: Re:Not just for the new ones... (Score 2, Informative) 288

by spiffyman (#26002995) Attached to: Grey Lines Mar MacBook Air Displays

Sorry to hear about your problems. Given your comments below, it looks like your MBP is completely effed. I would look into getting a new mobo (I don't think you can replace the GPU on those boxes) and finding a good guide (look around here). Otherwise, sell it to an enthusiast when it dies.

I had something similar happen with an iBook G4 many moons ago, and it taught me a very important lesson: buy the damn warranty, especially with a laptop. I've done it with every laptop I've bought since then, Apple or not, and it's absolutely worth it.

If it seems like it costs too much, there are two things to do:

  1. Consider whether you need the laptop you're buying - would that last $200 be better spent on the warranty?
  2. Remember that much of the time you're able to purchase the warranty up to a year after the purchase of the machine. This means you can distribute the cost of the warranty. Often it makes sense to go ahead and make the purchase and then buy the warranty 6 months later.

The one thing that's really not an option is to just bank on your laptop living through your use of it. You'll stress it, abuse it, maybe drop it one day - and you need some kind of support when that happens.

Comment: Re:Safe... until (Score 2, Insightful) 449

by spiffyman (#25981501) Attached to: Apple Says Macs Are Safe, No Antivirus Needed

I actually contracted nVIR on a Centris 610 once, well over a decade ago. I also wanted to point out that the fact that nVIR was viable against System 4.1 machines should have been a big freaking sign that something was amiss when it was cited as an example of the Mac's vulnerability. If the virus is contemporaneous with System 4.1, it's over 20 years old.

nVIR is in the wild like smallpox is in the wild.

People need to understand that no one in the know is saying that OS X is vulnerability-free or that it will stay virus-free. But every time that's brought up we're practically told to start handcoding fixes for non-existent threats. It's absurd.

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