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Comment Re:Over the hill? (Score 5, Interesting) 114

Decimal jubilees are meaningless. time(2) has passed the top of the hill almost six years ago!

$ TZ=GMT ruby -e '((0..29).map{|bit| 1<<bit} + (0..30).to_a.reverse.map{|bit| (1<<31) - (1<<bit)}).each{|t| puts "%031b %s" % [t, Time.at(t)]}'
0000000000000000000000000000001 Thu Jan 01 00:00:01 +0000 1970
0000000000000000000000000000010 Thu Jan 01 00:00:02 +0000 1970
0000000000000000000000000000100 Thu Jan 01 00:00:04 +0000 1970
0000000000000000000000000001000 Thu Jan 01 00:00:08 +0000 1970
0000000000000000000000000010000 Thu Jan 01 00:00:16 +0000 1970
0000000000000000000000000100000 Thu Jan 01 00:00:32 +0000 1970
0000000000000000000000001000000 Thu Jan 01 00:01:04 +0000 1970
0000000000000000000000010000000 Thu Jan 01 00:02:08 +0000 1970
0000000000000000000000100000000 Thu Jan 01 00:04:16 +0000 1970
0000000000000000000001000000000 Thu Jan 01 00:08:32 +0000 1970
0000000000000000000010000000000 Thu Jan 01 00:17:04 +0000 1970
0000000000000000000100000000000 Thu Jan 01 00:34:08 +0000 1970
0000000000000000001000000000000 Thu Jan 01 01:08:16 +0000 1970
0000000000000000010000000000000 Thu Jan 01 02:16:32 +0000 1970
0000000000000000100000000000000 Thu Jan 01 04:33:04 +0000 1970
0000000000000001000000000000000 Thu Jan 01 09:06:08 +0000 1970
0000000000000010000000000000000 Thu Jan 01 18:12:16 +0000 1970
0000000000000100000000000000000 Fri Jan 02 12:24:32 +0000 1970
0000000000001000000000000000000 Sun Jan 04 00:49:04 +0000 1970
0000000000010000000000000000000 Wed Jan 07 01:38:08 +0000 1970
0000000000100000000000000000000 Tue Jan 13 03:16:16 +0000 1970
0000000001000000000000000000000 Sun Jan 25 06:32:32 +0000 1970
0000000010000000000000000000000 Wed Feb 18 13:05:04 +0000 1970
0000000100000000000000000000000 Wed Apr 08 02:10:08 +0000 1970
0000001000000000000000000000000 Tue Jul 14 04:20:16 +0000 1970
0000010000000000000000000000000 Sun Jan 24 08:40:32 +0000 1971
0000100000000000000000000000000 Wed Feb 16 17:21:04 +0000 1972
0001000000000000000000000000000 Wed Apr 03 10:42:08 +0000 1974
0010000000000000000000000000000 Tue Jul 04 21:24:16 +0000 1978
0100000000000000000000000000000 Mon Jan 05 18:48:32 +0000 1987
1000000000000000000000000000000 Sat Jan 10 13:37:04 +0000 2004
1100000000000000000000000000000 Thu Jan 14 08:25:36 +0000 2021
1110000000000000000000000000000 Wed Jul 18 05:49:52 +0000 2029
1111000000000000000000000000000 Tue Oct 18 16:32:00 +0000 2033
1111100000000000000000000000000 Tue Dec 04 09:53:04 +0000 2035
1111110000000000000000000000000 Fri Dec 26 18:33:36 +0000 2036
1111111000000000000000000000000 Wed Jul 08 22:53:52 +0000 2037
1111111100000000000000000000000 Wed Oct 14 01:04:00 +0000 2037
1111111110000000000000000000000 Tue Dec 01 14:09:04 +0000 2037
1111111111000000000000000000000 Fri Dec 25 20:41:36 +0000 2037
1111111111100000000000000000000 Wed Jan 06 23:57:52 +0000 2038
1111111111110000000000000000000 Wed Jan 13 01:36:00 +0000 2038
1111111111111000000000000000000 Sat Jan 16 02:25:04 +0000 2038
1111111111111100000000000000000 Sun Jan 17 14:49:36 +0000 2038
1111111111111110000000000000000 Mon Jan 18 09:01:52 +0000 2038
1111111111111111000000000000000 Mon Jan 18 18:08:00 +0000 2038
1111111111111111100000000000000 Mon Jan 18 22:41:04 +0000 2038
1111111111111111110000000000000 Tue Jan 19 00:57:36 +0000 2038
1111111111111111111000000000000 Tue Jan 19 02:05:52 +0000 2038
1111111111111111111100000000000 Tue Jan 19 02:40:00 +0000 2038
1111111111111111111110000000000 Tue Jan 19 02:57:04 +0000 2038
1111111111111111111111000000000 Tue Jan 19 03:05:36 +0000 2038
1111111111111111111111100000000 Tue Jan 19 03:09:52 +0000 2038
1111111111111111111111110000000 Tue Jan 19 03:12:00 +0000 2038
1111111111111111111111111000000 Tue Jan 19 03:13:04 +0000 2038
1111111111111111111111111100000 Tue Jan 19 03:13:36 +0000 2038
1111111111111111111111111110000 Tue Jan 19 03:13:52 +0000 2038
1111111111111111111111111111000 Tue Jan 19 03:14:00 +0000 2038
1111111111111111111111111111100 Tue Jan 19 03:14:04 +0000 2038
1111111111111111111111111111110 Tue Jan 19 03:14:06 +0000 2038
1111111111111111111111111111111 Tue Jan 19 03:14:07 +0000 2038

So there!

Comment Re:The Worlds Lost Decade (Score 1) 603

Or will you try to argue that these are not huge enterprise apps?

Uh, I will. Those are not huge enterprise apps. Those are fairly simple websites operating off fairly trivial schemas. You could use PHP to do most of those websites. I don't think you really understand what enterprise means. Enterprise apps run whole businesses.

Comment Re:we care (Score 1) 230

It's not the worst option, although the developer license comes with its own set of rules (like you aren't supposed to compile and distribute open source, I believe).

Band together with a bunch of friends and share the provisioning profile. 2 friends, $50 a piece, 4 friends, $25 a piece..., 100 friends, $1 a piece! Then enjoy Apple-approved iPhone freedom.

That, in addition to the fact that it's incredibly easy and safe to jailbreak an iPhone, makes me think this whole argument against the app store 'monopoly' is pointless. Things could be infinitely worse.

Even having a jailbroken phone AND developer license, the App Store is a handy way to find quality software quickly. It's actually the best of all worlds.

Comment Re:Go to your room and no video games! (Score 1) 341

I had it over the summer. Even having started Tamiflu within 24 hours of the first symptoms, it was a solid week of awfulness, followed by another week and a half of suckiness. I lost 8 pounds in the first four days. Extremely unpleasant. By far, the sickest I've been since scarlet fever.

You know, I've had the flu a few times in the last decade, and it sucks, but I don't ever recall being prescribed anything other than to go home, keep hydrated, and try not to infect anyone. Does having H1N1 grant you access to the strategic national Tamiflu stockpile?

Comment Re:A Good Thing (Score 1) 292

It is ok if people post thoughtful messages, but this is not always the case. A lot of people can't help giving their senseless opinion and having 50 messages like that can only hurt the people left behind.

Who are you? Paris Hilton or Britney Spears? Personally, I do *trust* my friends. In fact, if my family wants to have some things posted on my wall, they'll have to go through one of my friends to do it.

This is the reason why posting privileges exist. I do not use Facebook to communicate with my family members, nor do I want people who I've previously blocked from my account, to gain posting/visibility privileges on my account once I've passed away. Hopefully, Facebook will find a way to gauge and follow my wishes, or at the very least transfer over my existing permission settings, within the constraints of existing estate laws of course (actually, this is an area where a new enterprising Estate lawyer who's not afraid to use/understand technology could get his clients from, in addition to the normal Estate stuff, such a lawyer could figure out ways to keep the wishes of his deceased clients on how their Facebook page (and other online profiles/sites/email accounts/digital porn collection) should be administered after they've passed away).

This is actually a smart move Facebook is making. Targeted ads for funeral services, insurance, flowers, last minute airplane tickets, car/limo service, etc., should be a nice source of revenue for Facebook. Also sometimes, going to a last minute funeral far away is not always feasible or cost effective, for everyone involved. At least with tools like this one becoming more ubiquitous, someone could die suddenly at 2PM, his death could appear on Twitter at 2:05 PM, and the entire funeral ceremony and reception afterward could be completed entirely online through Facebook by the time it's 7 PM the same day.

Comment Re:More NasaTV Feeds and launch data (Score 1) 260

The windows media streams are about 1-2 minutes behind the live events. RM stream is about 10-15 seconds behind live events. If you're getting problems with the higher bandwidth streams, then it may be because of bandwidth issues, either at your end or because there are so many people subscribed to the feed. This has happened before (LCROSS) and I've had old versions of VLC appear to lock up if the stream drops packets (I don't know which version of VLC you are using)

Comment Re:That's totally wrong. (Score 1) 219

First off, most leaders of the left wing imagine a future where scarcity is the norm, largely because they see the consumption of natural resources by the West as unethical in a larger world view. In their eyes, Americans already have "too much" and therefor should have to make due with less. This faux-conservatism, coupled with the right wing's stupid devotion to "free trade", is the underlying cause of this current economic crisis.

America's economy isn't screwed up due to "free trade" nor due to leftarded concerns over consumption. It is a recession. If you haven't noticed in the history of our country we have been in and out of dozens of these. The economy goes up sometimes and down others, it always has, it always will. Yes, manufacturing will die off more and more. This isn't a problem, we are just becoming more and more of a service based economy.

Globalization doesn't mean that one nation will win and the other will lose, assuming that it does means you are making the same economic mistake that people have made since the days of Adam Smith, namely believing trade to be a zero sum game. If I buy a $30 table from China, it doesn't mean the Chinese economy gains $30 while the US economy loses $30, it means I gain a table I value more than my $30 dollars while the Chinese table maker gains $30 which they value more than their table. Both of us have gained something more valuable to us. The $30 wasn't lost value. Money is just a token of value, it isn't the inherent source of it. Money is just an easy way to exchange value for goods and services. It also isn't like the Chinese table maker will eat the $30, they will likely use it to buy stuff (labor, supplies, investments, etc.) and at some point there will be something the US makes that will be exchanged, and even if there isn't something every country is best at, comparative advantage will eventually work it's way in over time.

Comment Re:I've got built-in phishing protection. (Score 1) 98

In a fatal collision...

Ah, but what about the collisions that never happened? That's the point. A rider without the protection of a cage will driver gingerly and NOT GET into a fatal collision. Whereas, a driver who knows that their airbag will deploy will drive less carefully than a car without airbags.

But, says Steven Peterson, professor of economics at Virginia Commonwealth University, "An airbag allows me to drive more aggressively but not face any more risk." In fact, drivers of airbag-equipped cars get into and cause more accidents, negating the safety benefits for drivers and increasing the risk to others.

And here's a stat you won't find... Bikers with NO helmet, NO leather will drive VERY carefully. NOT relying on airbag or even traffic laws to protect them.

The person surfing the web should be babysitting their OWN stuff because anti-phishing measures make better phishers, and idiot proofing makes better idiots.

And when I get an email from Bank0fAmerica telling me my account needs X, click here to login... I delete it without reading it. Zero or not. Keep telling them that they are safe and they eventually won't be.

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