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Comment suggestions for the course (Score 2, Funny) 113

1. College is the only means of success in modern society. trade schools and vocational professions are unsuccessful.
2. college debt is normal, and shouldnt be questioned. you will become successful after college.
3. college atheletes are students and not paid performers, despite lucrative contract deals with advertisers and meaningless classes.
4. college deans command high salaries because they work hard and get results.

Comment thank you gemalto (Score 1) 43

the sim card protected my PKI keys, which i use to access networks and confirm financial transactions, by storing them in dedicated hardware with no direct access. Now that youve decided to put these keys in software...and in a quite insecure OS i might add...i certainly see free wireless and cellular service in my future.

Comment this can only go one of two ways. (Score 3, Insightful) 142

1. Apple pays the taxes and admits no wrongdoing, quietly sweeping this incident under the rug and hoping to never have to endure it again by greasing more than just irish hands
2. Ireland admits it illegally undertaxed apple and skirted EU tax laws, thus opening up cause for additional investigation of facebook, google, and other megacorps that conveniently headquartered in Ireland because of, er, the weather.

Comment its never been your content. (Score 1) 142

arguing for your live video rights on facebook is like listening to the cattle argue for ownership over their milk. Its not going to happen.

in the future, consider recording the event, uploading it to something like owncloud or your own personal storage, and editing it accordingly. Once its ready, take the time to upload it (if you so desire) to youtube and select an appropriate license (hint: not youtube.) to share with friends. if and when approached for the footage you may then negotiate the terms of your content.

Facebook has already proven numerous times: blindly clicking the app can have rather dire consequences, and your content does not belong exclusively to you.

Comment as an american im shocked. (Score 5, Funny) 180

How will you ever formulate your trust synergies? without your CEO you cant reactively anticipate the growth strategy of your win-win situations and kaizan the goal strategy matrix. Christ forbid you go for longer than a few weeks without a CEO's absolutely critical newsletters and quarterly associate pow-wows to help strengthen and inspire. Why it gives me chills to think how much actual work your corporation accomplishes on a daily basis without a CEO. You might have "happy customers" and "completed projects" but do you have productivity metrics to suggest your lean six-sigma axis is tilting toward revenue pivots?

Comment the real reason theyre arguing it. (Score 5, Insightful) 309

consumers who repair their own phones could cause lithium batteries to catch fire.

yep, and changing the oil on my motorcycle could cause scalding hot oil to burn me, but well documented processes from the vendor generally limit this risk. Repairing the power regulator for my refrigerator could have caused a shock, however repair manuals clearly instructed me to unplug and de-energize the appliance.

the reason these bills are being fought incessantly is because modern consumer capitalism is predicated on brand consumption, not product consumption, and includes concessions to allow for the hedonic treadmill to spin freely. Sure, Apple may be forced to support older architectures that do not support the latest whizbang features but the real argument is that they would have to support the idea that the user owns the device instead of rents it until the next model comes out. being able to repair a cellphone or tablet, or even a macbook for that matter erodes the concept of the brand as an experience and slowly drags apple back to the earthly realm of hardware manufacturer and not a lifestyle. Owning a product, and not a brand in the 21st century is a slow death for any company.

Comment Re:Pinouts (Score 1) 611

RS232 is still pretty common with the electronics hackers.

A lot of modern embedded computers such as modems/routers have a TTL level serial port somewhere on the board. It's nice to have an extra way into the machine if its network is down, for example.

or you can make one in software.

Or software-as-hardware when programming FPGAs. Many FPGA boards have one traditional RS232 port, but it's only provided with voltage converters, so you need to program the actual signaling logic. But if you only need TTL level signals, you can skip the traditional voltages and use plain FPGA pins.

Comment Re:Gravity wave != Gravitational wave (Score 4, Informative) 82

Let me wikipedia that for you:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... -- waves on the surface of water whose dynamics is dominated by gravity. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... for smaller ripples dominated by surface tension.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... -- what the fucking article is about

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