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Comment Re:Body Language (Score 1) 348

Interesting to me is when I am in traffic and I think "That guy wants to cut me off" or "This guy wants to get the jump on me when the light turns green". Sometimes I can point to a behavior and say 'there's the tip-off', but often as not I just get a feel that they're driving aggressively. The automotive body language is (perhaps) emitted and read unconsciously.

Some info about that would have been interesting.

Ya, me too. The usual tip off for me is that they are driving a Nissan Maxima or Ultima. I don't know what it is about these two cars that turn normal law-abiding people into road-rage inducing jerks.

Comment Re:Cool, how durable is it? (Score 1) 216

A bit off-topic, but I have found that using a very mild dish-soap and water to clean my glasses and drying with a soft cloth or paper-towels helps to preserve the anti-glare coating. I used to use Windex to clean them but found that it just ate up the ant-glare coating. The worst thing you can do is to use your shirt-tail to wipe your lenses clean, might as well take a piece of steel-wool to them.

Comment Re:Sounded like a Verizon corporate press release (Score 1) 591

Remember, this is about the wired telephone service wing of Verizon.

It's not just the consumer old-school copper phone line workers that were striking, but those from the FIOS and Business (phone, data) areas as well. Both of these are VERY profitable for Verizon, but the spin the company put on was "oh noes, we are losing money because people are moving to wireless". The workers involved are key in these two areas and Verizon knows it. The two unions involved are well aware of the drop in land-line plan old copper and have negotiated in the past to move workers from that part of the company to the FIOS/corporate areas as they have seen tremendous growth in recent years. Don't believe the corporate hype.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 397

No chance to celebrate, no chance to riot. Which didn't stop a Bruins fan from being killed, incidentally, but apparently no one's bothering to cover that. Apparently sports fans being killed in Boston is no longer news, it's just the status quo.

Link please, I had not heard of anyone being killed in Boston. There were some vague rumors of a Bruins fan being killed in Vancouver, but that seems to be unfounded as well. The Boston police did respond in force after the win, which seemed to keep things relatively calm in the city. Calling them jack-booted thugs is a bit over the top. Boston police do not put up with any hooliganism since the Victoria Snelgrove incident in 2004 and will preemptively quell anything of the sort. It seems that the police in Vancouver were ill-prepared, hence the situation getting out of hand so quickly.

Comment Re:Sweet story bro (Score 1) 117

Same with ASP.NET, parametrized SQL queries are built into the ADO.NET model. Of course, some dumbass developer could be concatenating a SQL command using the raw input data without scrubbing it and running the command against the DB. Old school Active Server Pages have no such feature and any data-scrubbing had to be done in a separate function.

Comment Re:Sweet story bro (Score 1) 117

After a cursory glance at the search results of infected pages, I saw the following file types:
Microsoft Active Server Pages (.asp)
Microsoft ASP.NET (.aspx)
Java Server Pages (.jsp)
Cold Fusion (.cfm)

Seems mostly aimed towards .asp and .aspx pages, but I would venture to guess that any web app that doesn't scrub the form input data would be vulnerable.

Comment Re:Que the "Can you hear me now" jokes (Score 1) 300

The quote from Bloomberg in the headline actually did say Wireless (emphasis mine):

"US regulators said Verizon Communications Inc.'s networks may have dropped a 'truly alarming' number of wireless emergency calls during a snow storm last month, and asked the carrier to investigate."

That said, if you have a land-line with Verizon FIOS, you would also be S.O.L. if the power went out for any length of time as the fiber gear has a battery backup that is only good for about five hours. In fact, I used this to my advantage during one of this winter's storms where we lost power and sought out shelter at my fathers' house. I would call my land-line from my cell and if the call went directly to voice mail, I knew the power was still out. Once I heard the phone ring, I knew the power was back up and running.

Android

Submission + - Android development - the elephant in the room (android.com) 1

FyRE666 writes: An efficient IDE with good debugging tools is essential for a happy coder. Why is it then, that after 2 and a half years the Android SDK is still so bad when compared to environments for other devices? It's not like Google are lacking in-house talent, but despite acknowledging the terrible emulator performance, (including lack of OpenGL support) and clunky GUI building tools, nothing seems to be happening to address the issues. The emulator's performance is blamed on it accurately emulating a device, unlike the iPhone/iPad simulators. However, I believe most developers would like to build against a usable emulator, even if it's not 100% accurate. Let's face it, devs on other platforms devs have had no problems with this model. An emulator/debugging tool that struggles to reach 1/2 the speed of an old G1, while running on an i7 950 with 12GB RAM, is really not cutting it. The fact the emulator only uses 1 core of the CPU doesn't help, obviously.

If Microsoft had produced something like this for people to develop for WP7, there would be universal derision, so why are Google getting a free ride with this?

It would be interesting to hear the views of other Android developers, and how they fare with the current SDK.

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