250 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
I guess I'm an apologist
I have a T-Mobile app that shows me a graphical representation of how much bandwidth I've used, and where my cap is. It came with my phone. If I said I didn't know I had reached my cap, I would be revealed as a fool.
Maybe it's just that not all phones come with this app?
I saw a similar exploit performed in a documentary entitled "Ocean's Eleven."
Re: Do any of you realize...
I'll bet it's something horrific like Jane Eyre. They deserve locking up.
Ugh! Locking up's too good for them. They should be cut up into itty bitty pieces, and BURIED ALIVE.
Evidence of Aliens
The second picture clearly shows the outline of a sea turtle.
This can only mean that the comet is a spacecraft returning to determine the disposition of their ancient Earth colony.
Because, what are the ODDS, MAN, the ODDS that the outline of a sea turtle would just show up BY CHANCE???
I Miss IE5/Mac
Okay, maybe not really.
But it DID have an select+optgroup implementation that I really loved (i.e.: as a system of cascading menus).
There must be an accessibility consideration that prevented any other browsers from implementing selects in this way. But I miss it anyhow.
?? History of where ??
I went to US public school. I can tell you that in my particular case, the history curriculum was ONLY US history, from 1492 to 1787. Over and over. K-12.
I learned about the French Revolution and the Civil War on my own time.
I can't tell you if my experience was common or not. But I would guess it's not unique.
I was watching a documentary called "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," and this very ritual was depicted.
Seems like old news to me.
If there were millions of people who wanted to see your junk, and you wanted to show them your junk without seeming to appear sleazy (and boost your popularity), you might cook up a scheme that looked remarkably similar to this.
You'd wring your hands at the same time you rang the cash register.
I can just see him down on one knee:
"Darling, will you marry me in a ceremony auctioned off to the highest bidder for publicity?"
"Oh, dearest! Selling my wedding to the press has been my dream since I was a child! You've made me the happiest woman in the world!"
It won't be long now
Once these things go wrong, I expect The Doctor will have to save us from them.
Many large companies have education benefits.
The catch is, you often have to walk up to your boss and ask to be sent to class, or a workshop, or whatever. Sometimes you even have to write half a page justifying how the company would benefit from you having an improved skill.
This is called "initiative."
What I would guess is that there's a vast tonnage of people at IBM who are lacking in this thing. This is probably a remediation effort to make up for a presumption that having that word on a resume meant the employee had the attribute.
Those who have been keeping up-to-date feel screwed by shouldering the extra work, but I'd wager they've been being screwed by their skillless coworkers for some time now. It's now simply more obvious.
I was watching a documentary called "Spy Kids 2," and I think the tech to do such tapping already exists.
Re: What do you expect
Yeah, I'm calling BS on this one, too.
Big corporations WANT to hire, but just can't find the right person? Singular? For a task that obviously requires a team?
After some reasonable amount of time to bring a case to court (I don't know--a couple months maybe), shouldn't the details of all such requests simply be made public?
Maybe they already are...? There's a good chance I'm only revealing my ignorance.
I'm getting tired of the word Boffins. The Register is the worst offender of using the word and it keeps showing up in Google News.
Actually, I love the word. It always takes me a minute to process, during which time, I speculate on the relationship of the noun with the verb, "to boff."
Re: So now it's really working, finally...
Time to point out that the folks that claimed that this technology was working reliably about 15 years ago were lying.
You just reminded me that "verified by Chinese scientists" frequently means that the science is wrong.
This is why one twin is always the good twin, and the other one is always the evil twin.
Wake me when they actually do something
This is one of those "I'll belive it when I see it" things. Attacks happen constantly, every single day, many by what some consider to be state-sponsored hackers.
Like the privateers of old, the states that sponsor them just cross their fingers behind their backs and say, "oh, golly, those are just criminals acting against our wishes."
JLaw?? Oh... Never mind
I was interested when I thought I could find some Jude Law selfies.
I find that Apple PRODUCTS seem quite nice.
However, since Apple seems to always be suing one person or another, I don't dare actually OWN one of their products. Too risky.
Fine solution for dumb phone
I had a dumb phone with a tiny screen some years ago. Opera Mini really provided an excellent experience compared to the bundled browser. The bundled browser frequently had memory rendering pages with the limited resources available. Opera Mini was much better.
The proper comparison here is with other dumb phone options.
Re: Hmmm not so sure
I feel like you're thinking of something that I'm not understanding completely.
For all the use-cases I can come up with, either the application is trustworthy (in which case masking is unnecessary), or the application is not (in which case masking is insufficient).
If an application is going to display a credit card number in its GUI unless the database is supplying masking (because that query is "fixed"), wouldn't that mean we've got an application which shouldn't be used against that database at all?
What am I missing?
We left Sprint in favor of T-Mobile a couple years ago when their business practice of selling off their towers in our area started negatively impacting our connectivity.
I wasn't looking forward to having them do the same thing to our T-Mobile service.
Example of a Breach
Let's say you lived in the US, and you missed a Dr. Who episode you wanted to see. If you didn't Tivo it, you're kind of screwed.
BBC streams recent episodes, but only to folks who live in the UK.
If you could find a proxy, you could watch that Dr. Who episode on the BBC web site via the proxy, against the rules.
Whether the rules seem silly or not isn't really the point. If they said you couldn't watch it unless you put on a red dress and stood on one foot, that's their right, and you can either put on that dress, or not watch the program.
but not Vista?
I'm puzzled. Isn't Vista a supported operating system?
I mean, I know that it's not well-loved. But why go out of the way to specifically exclude it from the update?
I've been vomiting from terror all morning.
If only there were some book that I could read that would give me hope and make me feel safe again.
Java lowered the bar to programming in "enterprise" environments, so despite a lot of work on making Java idiot proof a bad programmer can still bugger things up.
There are good java programmers, of course. But my first reaction when I hear "java programmer" is to mentally replace the word "java" with the word "sloppy."
They draw in pretty good salaries, though. Maybe I'm just jealous.
Re: Captain Future's enemy had one of those.
The fact that this "thrust" is measurable on the null test article too, makes me think this is much more likely a case of a measurement problem than an actual effect.
Alas, this is what I fear as well. Especially given the order of magnitude discrepancy.
I'm probably too old already to think of this as an apt replacement for a formal handshake.
It feels to me too much like a macho display specifically designed to drive out secret thoughts of more intimate contact between the two people involved.
Like maybe actual fisting. Or at least a fervent oral argument.
Re: Unemployed and going on holiday overseas?
I believe the state of being where you do not work, and yet have money for international holidays is called "the idle rich."
Neil Armstrong getting his boots dirty on the lunar surface
I read this first as "Neil Armstrong getting his dirty booty on the lunar surface."
I know this adds nothing to the discussion.
Re: Leave China PERIOD
...but if Linux is free, why do they still want Microsoft?
I only took freshman economics and freshman sociology to satisfy the core requirements in Mathematics/Engineering, and then I took them both waaaay too long ago, but my understanding is that it all boils down to peer pressure and opportunity cost.
Think of it like speeding. If everyone around you is speeding, you don't want to be the ONLY guy doing the speed limit even if you're otherwise law-abiding. Plus, if everybody's doing it, what's the likelihood you're going to be the one pulled over?
You can ask yourself: What HAPPENED along this stretch of road to make everyone speed so much (if you like: Why do the Chinese, specifically, seem so much MORE willing to commit this crime in contrast to folks in other countries)? And there might be reasons regarding terrain, time of day, and so on (perhaps: IP is a new concept in Chinese culture, and moreover, doesn't really fit in well with a socialist ideal at all).
Leaving China, also, may not even be effective in slowing down the piracy problem. Remaining may be the only possibility to remediate the situation.
I say "may." I don't know. I also get frustrated when Chinese jackasses sell children's toys covered in lead, and BS like that. But I'll bet the situation has complexities I haven't thought of, so offering a solution without knowlege may be jumping the gun here. I say "may" again.
Re: Flat look
what's with this lack of contrast?
This was a complaint in our household with a recent Android update, when the status bar icons went from color to monochrome. It used to be we could tell what was going on WITHOUT putting our reading glasses on because the differently-colored icons made up for the problem of visual acuity.
As long as I can continue to replace the default icon set in KDE with one of my own choosing (with colors), it shouldn't be as big a deal with the desktop as it is with the phone.
Fads come. Fads go. It's not a big deal as long as I can customize.
His actions did manipulate the market, so I'd say that conviction is valid. Intent is a mitigating factor; it has nothing to do with whether you actually committed the crime.
For some crimes, intent is actually what determines whether a crime has been committed or not--even if harm has resulted. For example, if you said something, KNEW that what you said would cause harm, it DID cause harm, but you THOUGHT it was the truth, you actually haven't committed libel, since libel is one of those things that require intent.
Whether market manipulation requires intent would be a matter of law.
There's a rampant winnowing out of girls in intermediate school from courses and groups known as "boy's interests".
I've heard that, too. But the thing that doesn't make sense to me is that most of my elementary school teachers were women. So to make this explanation true, the people discouraging young women must primarily be...other women!
It sounds like an abuse spiral. But it doesn't really help us with the current situation. Removing women from the teaching profession as being serial abusers based solely on their sex doesn't seem reasonable.
The best thing I would say is it doesn't MATTER how the populations of men vs. women skew. The only thing that's important is that THIS man or THIS woman is treated fairly--as an individual, with individual strengths and weaknesses. Anything else is a distraction.
Re: re. recording calls
In the UK there is no prohibition on recording calls, as long as *one* of the parties on the call knows (designed to cover phone-tapping).
It's my understanding that it's the same in the US. To me, the message to the customer that the call may be recorded indicates that the agent is the one who is not aware that the particular conversation is being recording.
Also, it may be a public-relations thing rather than a legal thing.
Re: if i did buy it, can i get an instant refund when i dont like.....
Bad prose invites skepticism about a writer's clarity of thought.
Perhaps it's not fair, but it's a fact.
Nope, I'm done.
"Episode II" was the last one I watched. I'm done.
Okay: Unless, perhaps, pot legalization comes to my state.
I once made the comment that Chrome was a "Child's Browser." I don't know where it came from. It was an off-the-cuff, meaningless remark.
But it made a junior programmer here SO MAD I started using the term over and over again. You know, for sport.
I wish he was still around... I'd forward this article to him.
I think "sale" is a transitive verb only in the American South.
Otherwise, yeah, you've got it spot on.
The Clara character has potential. She's just not nearly enough like Oswin in "Asylum of the Daleks" in her current incarnation, and the way she is NOT like Oswin is irritating.
And come on. Catherine Tate is hysterical. I love, love, LOVE Catherine Tate. Any excuse to see her act in anything is a treat (even to the point that a strong woman like Donna Noble would never whine about career and marriage--I don't care that it doesn't make a lick of sense).
Don't forget that the iPhone is ALSO dangerous if you cobble together a charger out of drinking straws and chewing gum and then plug the Frankenstein-inspired gizmo into a Chinese wall socket.
No, I listened to that commercial a thousand times. Whatever she's singing, it's not "see you." It's closer to:
"I wanna say up he braaaave!"
Nothing to do with Terrorism
First off, the 9/11 thing happened with planes coming out of Boston, not outside the US.
Also, they stopped asking me to turn on my laptop years ago. I'm guessing because the x-ray is sufficient to inspect the contents of my laptop without turning it on.
This HAS to be about garden-variety espionage.
If this were a television program, I'd want to require that the presenter of the sample would promise to perform a dare if the sample did NOT turn out to be bigfoot or yeti or whatever was being claimed.
If the dares were suitably entertaining/humiliating, it might even be worth it.
Re: The Rule Is....
The word "only" is problematic.
The word you're looking for is "primarily."
OMG! Brian Cox is such a FOX!
And that means...what exactly?
Whether it's selling lead-covered toys to Western children or treating its own people like animals, doesn't China always end up with a free pass to do whatever it likes without any real consequences?
And businesses doing business with China end up with the same free pass, provided that the infractions originated in China and not elsewhere.
Fine. But what sanctions did they impose against the patent office for granting the patent in the first place? It seems that they've bailed some water out of the kitchen, but haven't done anything about the leak.
Re: Carrot and Stick
Well, false advertising is already illegal, but I think that's handled by a different government agency. The FCC may only need to provide their information to the FTC, and let the FTC do the prosecution.
Beyond that, if the FCC simply keeps their test results up-to-date and well-published, then the pressure of transparency would allow consumers to use that data and act on it--perhaps fleeing companies that provide poor service in favor of those that provide better service.
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