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Comment No...just, no. (Score 4, Interesting) 154

No one actually has to "hack" anything -- just get the thought out there. No matter who wins, stories like this will be cited by the losing side as "proof" the election was "rigged" or "hacked", and that the winner didn't win legitimately. I can think of few things more damaging to the democratic institution.

See also:

A Powerful Russian Weapon: The Spread of False Stories

Iphone

A Design Defect Is Plaguing Many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Units (iphonehacks.com) 222

Evan Selleck, writing for iPhoneHacks (edited and condensed): For many iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners out there in the wild, a design defect is apparently causing some huge issues. Gadget repair firm iFixit has reported about a flaw dubbed "Touch Disease", which it claims is cropping up. With it, owners of the phones are experiencing, to start, a gray bar that appears at the very top of their display. And, for many others, the display itself becomes unresponsive to touch, or less responsive overall. In the blog post, iFixit says the problem stems from issues with the touchscreen controller chip, which is soldered onto the logic board. Interestingly enough, iFixit posits that the same internal design decisions that led to "Endgate" might be causing the issue leading to Touch Disease, too: "In both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the Touch IC chips connect to the logic board via an array of itty-bitty solder balls -- "like a plate resting on marbles," Jessa explains. Over time, as the phone flexes or twists slightly during normal use, those solder balls crack and start to lose contact with the board. "At first, there may be no defect at all. Later you might notice that the screen is sometimes unresponsive, but it is quick to come back with a hard reset," Jessa explains. "As the crack deepens into a full separation of the chip-board bond, the periods of no touch function become more frequent."

Comment Re:How dare they hack NY Times reporters! (Score -1, Troll) 61

So...it's NSA's fault when foreign intelligence services conduct espionage against US political parties, media organizations, etc., and actively try to influence the outcomes of US elections, and manipulate the opinions of US citizens? You realize that no matter who wins in November, possibly millions of Americans will believe the election was stolen or rigged, and possibly by foreign influence?

I know, I know -- in this crowd, the US is the enemy, here, and we don't actually need to have any kind of foreign intelligence capability; NSA's sole purpose for being is to figure out ways to illegally spy on Americans so it can solidify the power base of shadowy elites. Or something. Whenever I need to be reminded of just how out of touch many people are with history, reality, or both, I read Slashdot comments.

Comment Re:Fix: Counter Suit (Score 1) 99

People change. You may know your spouse better than anybody, but the people you will become in 15 or 20 years is unknown to anybody. I have been fortunate. My wife and I have grown and changed in interesting but manageable ways. For better or worse, and all that. It can take work, but that's OK. Not all of my friends and family have been so lucky.

Sometimes one spouse outgrows childish habits and wants an adult partner for life. Sometimes people develop gambling addictions. Sometimes people start listening to short-wave radio and think the black helicopters are out to get them. Sometimes people go nuts and threaten to harm the kids. I really don't think we should consider somebody a failure for knowing when to call it quits. If somebody changes careers just before their industry tanks, we applaud their insight and good timing.

Comment Re:Fix: Counter Suit (Score 1) 99

As a survivor of sexual abuse, I can see where the GP is coming from. Look at it this way. You're in a loving relationship with somebody you trust with everything: your money, your body, your truck, your kids, your deepest secrets and fears. (OK, I'm a Texan, so truck might be first on that list.) Then you find out he's been lying and cheating for the last four years. Now it's suddenly as if you've been getting raped for four years and didn't even know it. It's not like you would have consented knowing that he could have picked up god-knows-what VD from his little fuck buddy. Not only that, but the perpetrator has 100% access to your money, your house, and can even take your kids if he has a good lawyer. In some states you can't even insist that he leave the premises.

And the whole "blame the victim" thing is every bit as common with cheating/divorce as it is with rape. How many forums have you read where people just say, "maybe if you would have put out more often" or "maybe if you stayed thin" or "you should have known he was a cheater before you married him." In some states, the spouse getting cheated on has no recompense, either. So implicitly the state is blaming the victim, too.

Sure, it's not the most elegant comparison, but it's not totally beyond the pale.

Comment Re:Fix: Counter Suit (Score 1) 99

I've often wondered why this is the case. More states had laws against sodomy than adultery. Yet, to my mind adultery is far more heinous, since there's definitely one party not consenting who will be pretty hurt by the activity. In Texas, you could have a mistress, but you couldn't buttfuck your wife. (at least not legally) For all the talk about "Defense of Marriage" you would think adultery would be one of those things the Congress could agree on. Especially since some people have affairs across state lines (interstate.. ummm.. commerce?). But I guess since most of them are adulterers, they don't want to seem *that* hypocritical.
ISS

Astronauts To Install A Parking Space For SpaceX and Boeing At The ISS (popularmechanics.com) 77

Since Boeing and SpaceX will begin sending NASA astronauts into orbit next year, the International Space Station is going to need a place for them to park. Astronauts Jeff Williams and Kate Rubins will journey outside the ISS on Friday to install a new docking adapter for these two private companies. Popular Mechanics reports: "Installing these adapters is a necessary step in NASA's Commercial Crew Program, which seeks to spur development of commercial crew spacecraft. The spacewalk is scheduled to begin at 8:05 a.m. on Friday, and live coverage will start at 6:30. This will be Williams' fourth spacewalk, and Rubins' first." In the meantime, you can watch this video describing exactly what the spacewalk will entail.

Comment Re:In Germany, lights work that way (Score 1) 203

Just checked the driver's handbook. It doesn't really say one way or another. It just says that if the light is red you must stop before you enter the crosswalk or intersection, and that if it's yellow you must stop if you can do so safely (which is not how most people understand it). It doesn't even have the rule about not entering an intersection on green if you can't get through. And I'm positive that's what I was taught decades ago. So some things must have changed.

Comment Good. (Score 1) 308

It's high time for some civility in our public discourse. If an owner of a private company decides to show the Commander-in-Chief some respect while he's using those services, that is to be applauded. God forbid that Trump should become president, but if he does, I will still show some respect for the office, even if I disdain the person in it. Unfortunately, the censor-able tweets in a Trump Q&A are more likely to come from the other side of the conversation.

Comment Re:Again, Iran shows it knows its stuff (Score 1) 71

My understanding is that was more to do with a long-standing ban on Pokemon in general, since they view it as Zionist for some bizarre reason. But I think that was a fatwa, not necessarily having the same standing as an actual legal ban. My understanding of religion and politics in the Middle East is not 100%, though, so look it up before you travel.

Comment Re:Paperless Tickets (Score 1) 239

When United had it's little hiccup a couple of years ago, I was on my way to Tulsa. I needed to bump my flight time up. Right as I got approved to be on the new flight, their computer system went down. The lady at the counter said, "I guess we'll have to do this the old-fashioned way." She hand-wrote my boarding pass. I still have it stapled to my wall. The lady at the gate looked at it, chuckled, and let me pass. I got on the flight, and the pilot said, "Well, they've told us we can't leave because the corporate computers are having some kind of a problem. But screw those guys, I got clearance from the tower so we're leaving anyway!" To which the whole plane erupted in applause. Here's to people that still know how to do things the old-fashioned way.

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