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Comment BASIC (Score 1) 512

BASIC on an HP-3000 mainframe in 1980. We had a DECWriter terminal (basically a dot-matrix printer with a keyboard attached) that connected from our junior high school to a local university's mainframe via modem. You took a regular phone, lifted the handset, dialed the number, the modem on the other end would pick up, and you'd put the handset into this cradle that was attached to the DECWriter. Then you'd get a login prompt. Awesome. }:-)

Comment Sure it's not a backdoor... (Score 1) 114

"The supposed "backdoor" the Guardian is describing is actually a feature working as intended, and it would require significant collaboration with Facebook to be able to snoop on and intercept someone's encrypted messages, something the company is extremely unlikely to do."

A backdoor that requires Facebook's help to snoop is still a backdoor, is it not?

Comment Math... (Score 1) 126

His model suggests that the ones that collided to make these gravitational waves were stars that formed 12 billion years ago, became black holes 5 million years later, and then merged 10.3 billion years after that.

Did he do his experiment 3.3 billion years in the future?

Of course, it could just be a typo...

Comment It's not faster at all... quite the opposite (Score 1) 58

I was running Android studio 1.5 on an i3 with 4GB of RAM. Emulator load time was about 3 minutes, gradle builds were 1-3 minutes, time between gradle build finish and app launch was about a minute.

After upgrading to 2.0, emulator load time is now 11 minutes, gradle builds are nearly five minutes and it takes nearly 3 minutes between gradle build finish and app launch.

Comment Apple should comply and then close the hole... (Score 0) 401

Apple should create the version of iOS that the government is asking for that is specific to the phone in question. That keeps them out of trouble.

At the same time, and prior to turning over the signed image to the FBI, they should also create a version of iOS that doesn't accept updates if the phone is locked.

They should then very quietly push the secure version of iOS out to all iPhones. From that moment forward, they will be unable to comply with any further court orders.

Problem solved.

Submission + - UK Company Riversimple Launches Hydrogen Car (

TechnoidNash writes: Riversimple has been developing a hydrogen car with the support of a £2 million grant from the Welsh government. The result of their efforts? The Riversimple Rasa. A hydrogen car with a claimed fuel economy of 0.9L/100 km (250 mpg). The Rasa can reach up to 96 km/h (60 mph) and has a range of 483 km (300 miles) on a 1.5 kg tank of hydrogen. Read more:

Comment Why would ad revenue suffer? (Score 1) 398

The only reason that websites know that the ads aren't reaching the intended target is because they're using javascript to test to see if the ad makes it into the page. The solution is to stop checking. As long as you're making a good faith effort to display the ads, it's not your job to be sure that they made it to the target. If I'm the publisher of a print magazine and I put ads in the magazine, I bill the vendors for the ad space. I have no way of knowing whether the reader actually reads the ad and it's not my job to know. The same principle applies to websites. Bill the vendors for the ads you attempted to insert and you're not losing money.

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