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Comment: Re:Thank you for reminding us. (Score 5, Insightful) 108

by zoffdino (#49115271) Attached to: Mummified Monk Found Inside 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue
He dedicated his body to his conviction, he personally suffered for what he believes is the path to a better life, he left this world in a peaceful and voluntary mean. He didn't bomb another religion, or shoot the infidels, or behead the non-believers. To each his own religion. Religions only become bad when they creeps up on others.

Comment: Didn't they learn the lesson of the PC? (Score 4, Insightful) 78

by zoffdino (#48940231) Attached to: Reverse Engineering the Nike+ FuelBand's Communications Protocol
This whole IoT concept is treating security as a joke. In the first of wave computing, the mini-computers (particularly Windows) treated security as an after-thought. That created the virus-laden era of the 1990s and early 2000s. The second wave, the "new" smart phone, learned the lessons, and use sandboxes, walled garden, permissions, encryption, tokenization, etc. pervasively. It's not fool-proof but at least the door is locked. Now we are approaching the third wave, the Internet of Things, and manufacturers think these devices are so personal that no security is needed. What do they say about people who don't learn any history?

Comment: Re:Number of interviews... (Score 1) 454

by zoffdino (#48457649) Attached to: Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

I would distribute the pile into 10 stacks: page 1 - 100, 101 - 200, etc. Then grab each stack and divide it into 10-page stacks. Sort each mini-stack, then repeat. Recursive design, divide and conquer, blah blah blah...

My hand is a very slow CPU, and the table's surface, which is like memory, is severely limited. I have to make do with what I've got. Bonus: if there are other people to help me, they can each take a big stack and work independently of me. Parallel processing!

Comment: Do I smell a lawsuit? (Score 1) 742

by zoffdino (#48084093) Attached to: Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job
This is lawyer gold! Any employment lawyer should call Conal right now and ask for a meeting. If things are as he said, I can see breach of privacy and unlawful dismissal to start. Of course this is only half the story, there's no way to know for sure until Conal release his letter of dismissal and ask Comcast for the call records.

Comment: Welcome to Walmart of Things... (Score 5, Funny) 175

by zoffdino (#48013737) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone
You can now own a fridge for only $40 / months (on a 2-year plan with select providers)
Your stove has no more credit left. Do you want to purchase a $2.99 "Heat Pack" to continue cooking?
Get a free car! Want to drive? $19.99 in-app purchase for 100 miles. Want to unlock door? $0.99 for a 10-pack. Or $9.99 for a mega-pack with AC.

Comment: Smart pass (Score 1) 471

by zoffdino (#47872899) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?
If it contains electronic copies of my various cards, I would buy one in the bat of an eye. Replace my monthly transit pass, office entry card, credit card (already happen with the Apple Watch), various loyalty cards, etc. Also: add a bar code scanner to it so I can check out the price of anything at Walmart / Home Depot, etc

Comment: Jail time await the litigator (Score 1) 78

by zoffdino (#47861401) Attached to: Chinese Man Sues State-Owned Cell Phone Company For Blocking Google
He is suing from Shenzen, mainland China. It would have been different if he sues from Hong Kong, which has a more independent judicial system. My guess is that he will be counter-sued by the state for obstructing the government, disturbing the peace and spreading anti-government messages. The lawsuit has no change of success, meanwhile, the litigator has a pretty big chance of having some phony charges pressed against him, and may end up in jail.

Comment: Get our act together (Score 1) 95

by zoffdino (#47116403) Attached to: Robots Will Pave the Way To Mars
The appropriate way to get our act together is for the President to set a goal, give money and step the fuck away from NASA. We went to the moon with slide rules. In the era where a smartphone has more computing power than an entire Lunar Module, times 10, we are paying the Russians to send us to Low Earth Orbit. I'm not a proponent of human mission to Mars. The trip means little other than felling-good-about-my-country and flag planting. Send a robot there and we don't have to worry about a return trip, always harder than departure.

Comment: Sometimes, no computer is needed (Score 1) 201

by zoffdino (#46969809) Attached to: $7 USB Stick Aims To Bring Thousands of Poor People Online

These people don't need computer, they need food. The project founders seem to assume a lot: that there's electricity in the slums, that they can pay for it, that the computers won't be taken apart for the little scrape metal they hold, that the slums won't turn into a new dump for e-waste, that people are literate enough to use a computer or do anything useful with one (reading local news, for e.g.), etc.

$7 is almost 4 days of work for those poor people. I would rather see charities spend it on food than computers and training.

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- Jean Giraudoux