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Comment Re:FTA - ``tethered to hydraulic power'' (Score 1) 289

Depends on the field. How much combat is hand-to-hand anymore? This could have ruled in the 12th century. But unless it is a full body armor suit, it won't help as you are heading into a town. And even then, you don't need the extra strength, just the protection.

Where I see this could be used is recovery missions, where say you have a collapsed building. Bring this in and get to the victims fast. (Of course, you have to worry about doing more harm just tossing rubble around).

I see this more as inspired from the loaders used in Aliens than I do Iron Man.

Now...somebody wake Hicks up.

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Frustrated Reporter Quits After Slow News Day 178

Norwegian radio journalist Pia Beathe Pedersen quit on the air complaining that her bosses were making her read news on a day when "nothing important has happened." Pedersen claimed that broadcaster NRK put too much pressure on the staff and that she "wanted to be able to eat properly again and be able to breathe," during her nearly two-minute on-air resignation.

Comment How about the entry fee? (Score 3, Insightful) 234

I guess you still have to pay $99/yr for appstore developer ability, or $299/yr for corporate development.

But what about people that just want to do the coding for themselves or fun? I don't want to distribute my app. Why can't I register one device that I can load my code onto for free without paying either of these?

I have a Mac, iPhone and XCode. Why can't I compile my code and move it onto my device without paying (or jailbreaking).

Seems that would be a nice way to get some more developers in.

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Two Unpatched Flaws Show Up In Apple iOS 171

Trailrunner7 writes "The technique that the Jailbreakme.com Web site is using to bypass the iPhone's security mechanisms and enable users to run unapproved apps on their phones involves exploiting two separate vulnerabilities. One of the vulnerabilities is a memory-corruption flaw that affects the way that Apple's mobile devices, including the iPad and iPod Touch, display PDFs. The second weakness is a problem in the Apple iOS kernel that gives an attacker higher privileges once his code is on a targeted device, enabling him to break out of the iOS sandbox. The combination of the two vulnerabilities — both of which are unpatched at the moment — gives an attacker the ability to run remote code on the device and evade the security protections on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The technique became public earlier this week when the Jailbreakme.com site began hosting a set of specially crafted PDF files designed to help users jailbreak their Apple devices and load apps other than the ones approved by Apple and offered in its official App Store."

Comment So much stupid (Score 1) 699

Guess they better remove the kayak across the pacific in some directions before someone does it. And can I sue Google if the directions they give me result in me getting in a car accident? After all I wouldn't have been on that road if Google didn't tell me too.

Also, while I'm at it, I cut myself with a knife at a restaurant that came up on a Google search, so I'll hit them with that suit as well. At the same time I hit them for sending me to a seafood place with my shellfish allergies.

But it's not just google. Yahoo gave me movie times to a showing any my kid learned a bad word from Iron Man 2. Pain and suffering baby!

BRB...Youtube just gave me some cool results on parkour...this should be easy.

Comment Re:Contradictory (Score 1) 389

Way I read it is that you need a traditional channel to get one of the photons to the other location. Once you've done that, change made at the first location are realized at the second station without the traditional channel.

ie. You want to hear me a mile down the road, so you ride down the road with a walkie-talkie. Once you get there, we are able to communicate without a new radio being sent to you every time.

Comment So very guilty and not sure why (Score 1) 268

I have so much junk around and in the attic. My old gateway from 1992 is up there. The PC we got back in 86 is up there. Part of it is sentimental value. Part of it is "hey...I may get bored and fire that up" someday. It has of course yet to happen, but you never know when a VLB video card will be needed. Or I may need to get data off that old MFM drive.

Part of it is the initial cost of the stuff makes it hard to get rid of. Part of it is knowing that it's not good for the landfill. But my wife says most of it is my nature, given you can also find toys from when I worked at Burger King in the 80's up there as well. Sigh.

Comment Re:older developers... (Score 1) 742

And I learned in Pascal and Modula-2. The main thing (as the parent mentioned) is not to learn Java, Modula-2, C or whatever, but to learn the underlying concepts. Linked lists, sorts, function calls, reusability and so on. They can be moved from one language to another. Depends on if they teach you how to program and here's the syntax for that in Java, or if they teach go to my web page, click on my applet and see how my sort sorted.

Crap shoot on any course - my networking course had nothing to do with anything practical. It was taught by a PhD physicist and covered how fast electrons moved etc... More suitable for a EE.

Comment Got a letter from the ??AA's (Score 1) 394

They were letting me know that they had released a several sci-fi movies that I have not paid to see in the theaters. Since my past history shows that I like sci-fi and have bought sci-fi DVD's from Amazon and seen other sci-fi movies, that I should have seen Avatar by now, since everyone has talked about it. They were nice enough to send me a SASE so I could send them back the cost of admission to a theater, or they would sue me for thousands.

The RIAA noticed me in my car singing along to a song on the radio and were shocked that I did not go out and buy the CD. They pointed to my youth and how most of my disposable income was spent on cassette's and CD's. The letter quite explicitly explained that bands I have supported and bough their stuff in the 80's have released 3 compilation "best of" albums in the past 15 years and that I have not bought any of them, or any of the 3 re-releases of the original albums which have been digitally remastered for me at their cost. They kindly let me know that I need to do my share in helping them fund their struggling artists. Did I know that in 2008 alone, there were more failed artists than successful, even though they followed the same formula. Without my rebuying some of my older cassettes on CD, they would not be able to have their expensive premieres and afford to sue random people.

Yah know...just got done reading Overclocked by Cory Doctorow and these don't sound that far fetched after some of the stuff in that book.

Signing off now - they just re-released Better off Dead with an extra 20 seconds of interviews and a slightly contrast adjusted cover - like Pokemon - gotta get them all!

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