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Comment Below Negligible if... (Score 1) 487


Individual effective dose is below Negligible Individual Dose (NID) if an individual is subjected to fewer that screenings in a year...

Uhh, why in the name of FSM is the data most pertinent to the public redacted? That's the kind of data that isn't "sensitive" unless it makes the program look bad. Basically, in my humble opinion, that's an admission of guild by the DHS that these backscatter devices are probably exceeding the NID within a short period of time.

Comment Re:ClearCase solved these problems years ago (Score 2, Interesting) 90

Never underestimate the stupidity of some people. I've seen some VOBS get royally hosed and take a day or two to go through the version-trees of individual elements to untangle their merge history. This was all due to two things: 1) OzPeter's Point 2) Lazy CM that didn't want to provide simple scripts and lock down a standard method for view/config-spec management.

Comment Re:A man after my own heart (Score 2, Insightful) 878

We started having peer reviews of the code, and my colleagues and I are the designers of the system, so we would hypothetically need to sign off on it. We went for two hours to get 10 lines into it, no one could explain how it was working but that we should just "trust the compiler".

Unless you're writing assembly code for non-pipeline microprocessors, you're already implicitly 'trusting the compiler' because most modern compilers will re-order instructions to help prevent pipeline stalls, or improve efficiency.

Comment My speculation (Score 3, Insightful) 327

I, for one, do not understand why Apple computers only understand numbers ending in .99, or just how Apple is making it better for the consumer this way.

Two thoughts come to mind:

1) Possibly, it's just for uniformity sake. When all the prices end in the same digits it might appear to Jobs that it looks cleaner in the store app?

2) It could also be to prevent snowballing pricing wars (thus keeping the costs of e-books somewhat buoyant which doesn't help the consumer at all). For example, publisher A lists a book for $1.99; publisher B lists a similar competing book for $1.97; publisher A strikes back pricing their book at $1.89, etc. This behavior is discouraged, if the publisher has to drop the books price by $1.00 when the price is only $1.99.

Comment My anecdotal experience (Score 4, Interesting) 123

The camp organizers say it is 'a good social opportunity for some kids who didn't fit into other programs.'

Back in High School we had a really cool teacher that let us setup a LAN with 5 computers in his classroom; We mostly played Quake and Warcraft II. It even expanded to the point that we had one guy running a D&D campaign, others would bring their MTG cards, and one guy was messing around with building robots. Point being, a good bulk of the guys that showed up were guys that weren't getting any meaningful peer interaction otherwise, because the other clubs and activities weren't up their alley . Gaming would happen, yes, but since there were only 5 computers a lot of socialization happened as well.

Comment Re:Sold Stolen Property to Highest Bidder (Score 1) 404

Here's the rub, the phone was disguised as an iPhone 3gs, and by the 'finders' admission looked exactly like one. That means for all intents and purposes the phone wasn't a 'pre-release device', and was Grey Powell's property as far as the 'finder' was concerned, and no good faith effort was launched (i.e., didn't leave it with the bar, didn't leave his name/number with the bar, etc). It wasn't until the 'finder' woke up the next morning and decided to tinker with it did he uncover the truth of the 4g.

Comment Re:Sold Stolen Property to Highest Bidder (Score 1) 404

I agree with everything you're saying, however...

OH, so Apple gave (or sold) him the phone, it's Gray's property?

Here's where we aren't meeting eye-to-eye; I would 100% agree with the argument that the guy made a good faith effort to return it to the 'owner' IF there was a "Property of Apple Inc" sticker on it. However, At the moment the phone was found, it was disguised as an iPhone 3gs (no hint that it was anything more), and to any logical person the property of Gray Powell. By the 'finders' own admission (excerpt from the original gizmodo article, emphasis mine):

The person who ended up with the iPhone asked around, but nobody claimed it. He thought about that young guy sitting next to him, so he and his friend stayed there for some time, waiting. Powell never came back. During that time, he played with it. It seemed like a normal iPhone. "I thought it was just an iPhone 3GS," he told me in a telephone interview. "It just looked like one. I tried the camera, but it crashed three times." The iPhone didn't seem to have any special features

So while we know now that the phone wasn't a iPhone 3gs, HE didn't, and thus the phone at that point in time was a normal phone with Grey Powell as the owner, and a good effort wasn't made to return it to the known owner; (i.e., he didn't leave it with the bar nor did he leave his name/number for Grey to contact him, nor did he drop it off with an officer of the law).

(Again from Gizmodo's article)

Thinking about returning the phone the next day, he left. When he woke up after the hazy night, the phone was dead. Bricked remotely, through MobileMe, the service Apple provides to track and wipe out lost iPhones. It was only then that he realized that there was something strange that iPhone. The exterior didn't feel right and there was a camera on the front. After tinkering with it, he managed to open the fake 3GS.

So up to this point, the 'finder' still thinks that it's a normal iPhone 3gs with some guy (Grey Powell) as the owner, but there is something 'weird' about the phone. Who cares?! It's not his phone! He shouldn't be trying to open it (yeah, i know we're all curious here, but still, not yours no touchy - don't void my warranty if you plan on returning it to me). The only thing on the 'finders' mind should be returning it to the guy that left it at the bar the previous night because Grey Powell for all intents and purposes is the owner of the phone.

-- Speculation Time --

My speculation is that the guy that 'found' it never intended to return it to the owner because he now has a new iPhone 3gs that he can remove the sim-card from and sell; but as he went to remove the sim card it turned into something much, much more.

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