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Comment Re:Open.... (Score 1) 287

I don't think that word means what you think it means...

They mean Open as in the 1980s-1990s version of "Open" like Common Open Software Environment or the Open Software Foundation. None of these have anything to do with Free Software(as in you get the source), but with open specifications. In that sense, Microsoft does have an "Open" platform, most of their protocol specs are available even if they are bastardized versions of standard protocols, same with most of their APIs, they tend to be fairly well documented.

Comment Re:To secure your car... (Score 1) 215

Uhh have you ever heard of this thing called ignition coils on plug? Basically the ignition coil is on top of the spark plug itself, with low voltage wires going to the coil.

I'm not sure there has been a car made with a mechanical distributor made in the past 25+ years?

I will now remove myself from your lawn.

Comment Re:Took my son around to play it (Score 1) 130

Ingress hasn't allowed new portal submissions in well over a year. btw. Initially Ingress was seeded with a lot of historical markers from HMDB.org. There are certainly a lot of silly portals, one that comes to mind is one of the big red concrete balls in front of a Target, with the portal being named "Big Red Ball of Peace" or something.

Comment Re:pen and paper (Score 1) 286

Well if there is a fire, chances are I'm going to care a whole lot more about other things that I've lost other than my notes.

If it's important enough, I'll transcribe it to an electronic format that is more useful for other people to use. Often I'm taking notes in a very terse format, not writing an entire document. Though often most of the notes I'm taking are ephemeral in nature. I might need those notes for a week a most, not for the next 30 years.

To each their own.

Comment Re:pen and paper (Score 5, Insightful) 286

A filing cabinet? A simple small spiral bound notepad fits in my pocket. There is also the aspect of when you are in meetings that people realize you are actually taking notes and not just looking at your phone and possibly not paying a damn bit of attention to the meeting.

I can take notes on a notepad without looking at the paper, it's a bit harder to do that on a phone. Afterwards it's not too terribly difficult to transcribe my notes to electronic format if I need to.

*Shrug* Maybe I'm just old.

Comment Re:LD_PRELOAD? (Score 2) 113

LD_PRELOAD doesn't intercept system calls, it intercepts library calls. Some of which do wrap system calls, but LD_PRELOAD helps you ZERO if you have a statically linked executable.

I'd imagine a lot of malware for Linux based operating systems very well might be statically linked, to avoid libc version dependencies.

Comment Frontier has no plans for real broadband either (Score 5, Interesting) 91

In most of Frontier's service areas "broadband" counts as shitty adsl where you are lucky if you get 3mb/s down. They don't need caps, because you can't download anything anyways.

Seriously, if you've got the choice between Frontier and 4G connection, go with whatever 4G provider there is. Praise FSM if you've got Comcast in a Frontier service area. Seriously, Frontier is that bad, you will be BEGGING for Comcast. They're that bad.

Frontier pretty much has taken over the unprofitable areas of Verizon's wireline business. They have no desire for infrastructure upgrades, or really anything other than getting you to keep paying.

Comment Re:The Fort McMurray fire was a sign (Score 3, Insightful) 327

The Fort McMurray fire was a result of 100+ years of fire suppression with a massive fuel load. It was a sign alright, poor forestry management was the primary culprit here. Well that and people living WAY to close to the urban-wildland interface.

The good news is, once you have a huge fire like that, you're likely not to have one again for another 50-100 years since you know, all of the fuel is burnt.

Global warming is a real issue, obviously, but in this case, wrong environmental issue to be going after.

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