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Comment: Re:Fine, but what about Pascal? (Score 1) 387 387

I thought that was the whole point of Windows 3.0 Real Mode - to be able to run Win 2.x programs. Granted, switching between Real and Standard/386 Enhanced modes required exiting Windows and going back in... Now, when Windows 3.1 came out, your friend was screwed---although supposedly some Real Mode programs could run under 3.x Standard & 386 Enhanced Modes (e.g. Word 1.x, Excel 2.x).

Comment: Some PS/2 Model Ms don't work with USB... (Score 2) 147 147

You should be aware that some PS/2 Model M keyboards will not work with a USB-PS/2 adapter. Some keyboards draw too much power (amps?) for some USB-PS/2 adapters, even though both PS/2 and USB are 5v. So, you may replace your Model M with an (older) one and it suddenly won't work with your adapter or will drop at random times. There's no way to tell which adapter-keyboard combination will fail until you try it...

That's why I went with a Unicomp USB clicky keyboard, as they bought the factory & patents from Lexmark... (IBM -> Lexmark -> Unicomp)

Comment: We need governmental regulation of IoT security (Score 1) 131 131

While I'm not a fan of government regulations, they do play an important role in society. For example, car safety is as a result of government regulation. Unfortunately, many non-IoT devices don't get firmware updates. To make matters worse, the devices that manufacturers want to make IoT are often household durable goods (e.g. appliances, thermostats, etc.), that don't get replaced every year.

Personally, I feel that IoT durable good devices devices should get security fixes for 20 years--via regulation. Unwilling to do that? Then don't go IoT...

Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach New Monthly Record 372 372

mrflash818 writes: For the first time since we began tracking carbon dioxide in the global atmosphere, the monthly global average concentration of carbon dioxide gas surpassed 400 parts per million in March 2015, according to NOAA's latest results. “It was only a matter of time that we would average 400 parts per million globally,” said Pieter Tans, lead scientist of NOAA’s Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network. “We first reported 400 ppm when all of our Arctic sites reached that value in the spring of 2012. In 2013 the record at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory first crossed the 400 ppm threshold. Reaching 400 parts per million as a global average is a significant milestone."

Comment: Re:Commercial air travel is actually pretty green. (Score 1) 280 280

Except there's one major problem with commercial air travel... With airline consolidation comes a reduced number of direct routes. This is where I think the authors' analysis falls flat. I believe they only considered direct routes in their comparisons. This is how one would travel in a car between cities. But with planes, hubs, and airlines' asinine pricing policies (e.g. I've seen Chicago to NYC direct round trip costing $100 more than Chicago-(Atlanta)-NYC), I think much of the BTU savings is actually negated if they were to take actual travel plans vs. "perceived" ones.

Cities like Cleveland, which used to be a hub for Continental, went from numerous direct flights to most places in the country (and even internationally) to an abysmal few. If you didn't want to fly through a city or wanted to take a direct flight, you used to have MORE choices (e.g. use a different airline) as recently as 5 years ago. So, airline consolidation has made this worse--where if you don't live in a hub city (Chicago, Denver, Atlanta, NYC, etc.), then you are much more likely to not get a direct flight--using more fuel & "BTUs" in the process...

Comment: Re:How about this.. (Score 1) 62 62

Huh? How does a EULA apply here???

First, most people have never heard of "Spokeo", so how would Spokeo have an EULA that applies to the public at-large? What, they claim that an EULA applies to anyone they collected data on?--NO WAY. Second, if an EULA can trump a right provided by Federal law (in this case the Fair Credit Reporting Act, "FCRA"), then the "big 3" credit-reporting Agencies (Equifax, Experian, TransUnion) would have used EULAs long ago to stamp out FCRA violation lawsuits & their need to hold accurate data. Finally, if you read the articles, the potential exists where people could sue data aggregators under the Fair Credit Reporting Act for "perceived harm". (After all, the $1000 award in a FCRA lawsuit is statutory). As of right now, data aggregators have little incentive in ensuring their data is correct--beyond making sure that inaccuracies are below a certain level of tolerance to their paying customers. But the harm inaccurate data could cause to you as an individual can be huge...

+ - Supreme Court to consider data aggregation suit against Spokeo

BUL2294 writes: Consumerist and Associated Press are reporting that the Supreme Court has taken up the case of Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins — a case where Spokeo, as a data aggregator, faces legal liability and Fair Credit Reporting Act violations for providing information on Thomas Robins, an individual who has not suffered "a specific harm" directly attributable to the inaccurate data Spokeo collected on him.

From SCOTUSblog: "Robins, who filed a class-action lawsuit, claimed that Spokeo had provided flawed information about him, including that he had more education than he actually did, that he is married although he remains single, and that he was financially better off than he actually was. He said he was unemployed and looking for work, and contended that the inaccurate information would make it more difficult for him to get a job and to get credit and insurance." So, while not suffering a specific harm, the potential for harm based on inaccurate data exists. Companies such as Facebook and Google are closely watching this case, given the potential of billions of dollars of liability for selling inaccurate information on their customers and other people.

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 409 409

If he'd happened to have had the dog with him, and decided to have the dog give the car a once-over, fine.

Actually, NO. Read the ruling at http://www.supremecourt.gov/op...

I'll spare you... Read page 11... Basically SCOTUS is saying that you can't suddenly decide to do your traffic duties "expeditiously" to gain bonus time to do "other things", like a drug dog sniff. If your purpose is to write a ticket, that's it. Rodriguez declined a search, he was detained & searched anyway, and it was outside the scope of writing a traffic ticket (and the usual stuff that goes along with that--drivers license check, proof of insurance, checking for warrants, etc.) Case closed, 6-3.

+ - Comcast's incompetence, lack of broadband competition force homeowner to sell 1 1

BUL2294 writes: Consumerist has an article about a homeowner in Kitsap County, Washington who is unable to get broadband service. Due to inaccurate broadband availability websites, Comcast's corporate incompetence, CenturyLink's refusal to add new customers in his area, and Washington state's restrictions on municipal broadband, the owner may be left with no option but to sell his house 2 months after he bought it, since he works from home as a software developer.

To add insult to injury, BroadbandMaps.gov says he has 10 broadband options in his zip code, some of which are not applicable to his address, have exorbitant costs (e.g. wireless), or are for municipal providers that are prevented from doing business with him by state law. Yet, Comcast insists in filings that “the broadband marketplace is more competitive than ever,” which appear to be very carefully chosen words...

VMS must die!