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Comment Re:Forget the Skype client.. (Score 1) 224

Or messages will get queued instead of delivered.

This happens when the contact is offline. Apparently, _sometimes_ Skype is true P2P and cannot send messages to offline contacts. Of course, the messages are queued _locally_ so if you are offline when the contact goes online, they won't get your message!

Comment Re:More than likely (Score 1) 110

They already know there is nothing on it but selfies but they want to get people used to the idea of 'Feds' extracting data from people's iPhones, or else just give would-be terr'ists the idea that their data is secure, when Apple has in fact implemented a backdoor years ago

Over at the Security section of Stack Exchange, the idea of anything of value being on the device is almost taboo, and deemed a political issue, not a security issue:
http://security.stackexchange....

Comment Re:In the US (Score 1) 347

I had an Isis (International Secret Intelligence Service) T-shirt that I bought before Isis (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) existed. There are photos of me in this T-shirt all over social media. My reputation can never be restored to its former state.

Good thing that you didn't wear the Female Body Inspector T-shirt in those photos.

Comment Re:amazon (Score 1) 147

That's nonsense. It's just Flash. Linux has no more trouble with it than any other platform. That includes all of the usual complaints about performance and crashing.

Nope, here is the service:
http://www.amazon.com/Instant-Video/

And here is the message I got when I tried to access it in the latest Chrome on Kubuntu:

If you're using the Chrome browser with Linux, you must disable PPAPI to continue using Amazon Instant Video. You can also use a different Web browser, like Firefox. hundreds of other compatible devices.

Comment Re:Revoking Credentials is a Bitch (Score 1) 113

In the end, whether it's a new card or a new PIN, it's all just numbers you're changing around. The only difference is the number of numbers. So maybe if PINs were 16 digits long instead of 4...

Then it is a password, not a PIN. PINs are not passwords, they are Personal Identification Numbers. One would think that they should then be unique, but of course at 9999 combinations (and personally set) they aren't.

I am aware that in practice PINs are used as passwords, but they were not designed for that.

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 2) 129

Does this mean that some hybrid of IE/Netscrape will be created? That could be either very interesting or very scary.

Netscape 7 (or was it 8) could already use the Trident rendering engine on Windows, the same engine that powers Internet Explorer. It was a runtime user option, and could be switched on the fly.

Comment Re:Holy crap this is old. (Score 1) 361

There is another good reason to buy AMD: competition. Just think of what would happen to the computer industry if hardware were dominated by a single vendor (much as software is today). If you think that Microsoft is Teh Evil with it's stranglehold on software, a stranglehold on hardware would be much worse.

Always buy from the underdog.

Comment Re:Uh (Score 1) 90

These are comics with computer science / math / physics jokes..

Furhtermore, and TFS should have stated this, there already was an XKCD incident when a latitude and longitude plus a date and time were posted in a comic. A party "spontaniously" broke out at that day and location, with Randall there. So, this is obviously an invitation to another party.

Comment Re:Dumb question time (Score 1) 104

It would be safe to assume that the moons help to stabilize Mars' rotation around it's own axis. Phobos has an associated tidal bulge on Mars itself, I don't know about Deimos. Without these moons, Mars' geographic pole axis would wander around the celestial sphere. That means that the geographic poles would be in the same place on Mars, but the "north star" would change every so often. Be aware that this happens on Earth, too, in a 24000 year cycle.

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