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287 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
Until recently I didn't realize how far Sourceforge had fallen since it was last sold.
Seems like they are as trustworthy as that guy who keeps emailing me from Nigeria.
The right thing to to is to perform an honest assessment, and identify what should have been done better. You apologize for what you should have done better (and since no one and no entity is perfect there is always room for a little humility). You talk about what ACTIONS you are talking to change for the better.
This is just going to be a huge PR nightmare for them, and the only way it makes any sense is if they are afraid that anything they say will be used against them unfairly in a lawsuit.
Then you do the right thing, after the lawyers have sufficiently mangled it. Even then maybe that's a bad idea since it will encourage a business culture that encourages more lawsuits and more bad PR.
That's an easy one. Its completely impossible to operate equipment well outside its design specs while keeping it well within its design specs.
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"Modern velvet worms are all pretty similar in terms of their general body organisation and not that exciting in terms of their lifestyle," said Dr Javier Ortega-Hernández to which the worms replied "Bitch please. You might have a pretty face, but you will have to put a bag over that personality!"
You lack of emotional business intelligence and failure to embrace dynamic paradigm shift with synergistic skill set agility clearly shows that you are still thinking outside the box while your competitors are clearly focusing on the corners of the cube.
You will definitely not going to to be nominated for this years award for outstanding achievement in the field of excellence.
A recording so ineptly mastered that the FBI supposedly spent years trying to figure out if the muffled lyrics were obscene or not.
And yet somehow I still enjoy listening to it. I'm going to have to have my hearing checked.
You always have to decide upon the correct balance between cost, effectiveness, and convenience when dealing with security.
As a consumer I have a need to know whether a $200 lock is any better more secure than a $5 lock, and have a rough idea of the tools, skills, and time required to defeat each so I can make good decisions.
And you simply cannot trust the creators of security products and services to seek out and make you aware of the limitations of their products.
I go to a manufacturer's site and it has a video of someone spending an hour clumsily smashing a lock with a sledge hammer. I go to you tube and I see that a random 11 year old girl with two simple tools needs about 5 minutes to learn how to defeat the lock in 11 seconds.
All coffee should be ground, tied up in flour cloth and let to cold brew triple strong in a stainless steel bowl while refrigerated for 7-9 hours. Properly stored in air-tight mason jars, cold brew coffee will taste fresh for up to 2-4 weeks.. The end result is less bitter drawing attention to the more subtle flavors. This also eliminates the need for sweeteners. You can brew coffee once and drink instantly for a month. There is no energy wasted generating heating, no disposable filters, pods, or cups. Flour cloth last for years, but only costs $1 so washing and reusing is entirely optional.
Its can be served black or with unsweetened almond or coconut milk and ice.
To me its like saying people rarely kill each other so what harm could making murder legal do.
They are just biding their time until the public gets lazy and unvigilant. Then they will start treating your internet the same way as they treat cable TV. They have to, they have a legal obligation to make the most value for their shareholders.
Its not what they are have done, are doing that worries me, its what they could legally get away with in the future.
You have very expensive top of the line flagship 8 core model that kills in all the benchmarks. And have a more reasonably priced 6 core option that you can honestly say works just as good in actual usage.
The internet isn't free, you pay for the websites one way or another, and the sad truth is people prefer to pay in ads and having their data pimped out.
It would be nice if enough people were willing to participate in a subscription or freemium model to make it viable but they are not.
Their plan will work for awhile, but eventually something will happen that will require more than a consultant hired for a quick fix, and if there isn't money to pay for that something ... the site will die.
A bent pin/damaged data cable can cause a grounding issues that will affect the device while charging. Creates issues with touch recognition that only happen while charging and disappear while in normal use.
Its WiFi Only for ...
1) Everyone with an iPod Touch.
2) Everyone with an iPad that's WiFi only.
3) Everyone with an iPhone with talk/text only plan (yes they exist now).
4) Everyone on a pay as you go plan who hit their cellular data limit.
5) Everyone where there is wifi but no/poor cell phone reception.
Even if it make business sense (which it doesn't), I don't think Apple would approve an cellular data only app ... wouldn't meet their standards.
SSL validation works and 100% solves this problem, they just got careless and skipped it.
They give each of their most trusted employee's a completely different but plausible enough story along with forged supporting documents and strict orders to keep their mouth shut.
Free file sync will compare folders, and well do whatever you tell it to do.
Plug in your external, run your task, and any changes to your google drive, dropbox, or whatever other folders you setup will be made to the same folders on your external.
I use an adapter that plugs into my ethernet and allows me to use google voice/google chat as my land line connection, so do three of my friends, and several more use google voice as a unified phone number.
So far I have received one mangled voice mail which started with one friend leaving me a message and ended with a 2nd talking to a receptionist to schedule a medial appointment. The middle part was them talking over each other so neither could hear the other speak.
Philosophical Question ... Is this even Spam?
These "spammer" has to to pay per post to use the promote option, or Facebook will make sure that out of those 100,000 posts only a small fraction will make it into the news feeds.
You have to opt in by liking a page, and you can opt out by unliking it.
To be successful they have to create pages with content people will like and share.
The ultimate goal is the money they get exposing user to ads.
Sounds pretty much like business as usual.
There needs to be an easier dispute resolution system and even a penalty for misuse.
A simple arbitration system where the person challenging the notice pays $100, and the issuer pays $100-1000 (depending on if they are an individual or a corporation) would fix a lot of this. With $50 of that going to arbitration fees an the rest being awarded based on the merits of the case.
Pretty much any simple dispute resolution system where both parties have at least some money at stake would keep both sides reasonable.
Which method of measurement matches the abbreviations used in every other area of science?
Which method of measurement unnecessarily complicates every single bit of math?
Its not like a project from a course or a programming book where you are given 100% complete and 100% accurate specifications to work with. Usually the boss/client has no idea what they want until they see it. So you create a series of quick and dirty prototypes until you come up with something that client is happy with.
Ideally what happens next is you cleanup/rewrite/refactor the code adding "invisible" features like security, legibility, ease of maintenance, etc to bring it up to full production standards. And then you spend some time testing and debugging until you are confident you have created something you that makes you take pride in your work.
Then the client's bosses boss who knows as much about programming as you know about marketing decides to make a few "minor" changes the day before everything goes live.
If you were working on something like an air traffic control program your company would refuse to compromise quality, and present the client with a revised budget and time table, and there would be a contract that would back them up.
Since this is just a stupid online quiz, and contract or no contract if the client isn't happy your not going to get that last big check. So you and your team work all day, then ingest a lot of sugar and caffeine and work all night until finally you go something that quick and dirty, and completely untested but it works well enough to make the client happy, at least until the check clears.
Wake me when someone figures out a way to print the working parts of a gun in plastic and manage to produce something more dangerous than pelting someone with the bullet sing a sling shot, or an advanced rubber band gun.
Ingenuity simply can't escape the laws of physics. If a cheap printer can melt it ... your not gong to be able to make a gun out of it.
Gastrointestinal distress is also a sign of anxiety and there is a clear advantage in employing toilet biometrics in that a suspect will already be in an enclosed isolated environment and therefore easily detained.
Rules for cloud storage.
1) If its sensitive, encrypt it yourself. (7-zip works for me)
2) If its important, back it up yourself. (OSX's Time machine for all cloud folders)
3) Only use services that store your data both locally and online.
4) If you use it to collaborate with others, have an alternative in place and tested for sharing files. (FTP server)
I like the concept. But part of what they are selling is confidence in their own ability to keep their systems safe and secure ... good luck with restoring that confidence.
I ran into problems with AT&T's caps almost two years ago. The terms and conditions actually gave them the right to implement additional terms and conditions which they would only tell me about after I violate them.
How is that in any way legal or fair?
Many speculated AT&T implemented the cap to hurt Netflix and other alternatives to their U-Verse cable TV offerings.
Luckily I had one other broadband option and could simply do business with another company, not everyone is lucky enough to have options.
AT&T shouldn't be allowed to advertise unlimited service while having a hidden cap.
Every customer should have gotten a notice in the mail about the new limit on their unlimited service.
I personally don't do this, but I know people who use no password, and instead only allow connections from manually entered MAC addresses.
If she lets person A access her network, they can't give access to B, she can revoke access to anyone at any time without having to reset password in 10 different devices, her visitors don't have to reset passwords.
I know of many cases where someone's wifi password became too well known by their neighbors, and had to be changed. I know of zero cases where someone has had issues with neighbors spoofing their MAC addresses.
Its not how I secure my system ... but its not completely ridiculous either.
Since when does hurling concrete blocks through windows NOT constitute forced entry??!
When the windows was accidentally broken by an 8th grader ... and a staff member accidentally inserted a Linux ... and no crime was actually committed.
Investors intentionally buy overvalued stocks hoping to ride the bubble then sell before it bursts. Basically your betting on the market behaving irrationally.
Apparently there has been a shift and people are actually expecting the stock prices to have some reflection on the actual value of a company.
Apparently the market has become less interested in hype and more interested in antiquated notions like numbers and math.
I wonder if social / economic conditions are forcing these kids to work and if instead of protecting them, they are instead being are merely denying access to better and safer jobs, and they are now forced to work at a coal mine.
Are these local manager factories the bad guys, hiring underage labor to save a buck, or are they just trying to some hungry kid a break in life?
My first language was basic on an Atari 800 XL, then Turbo Pascal in High School, at the university level Fortran, then Modula-2.
After the first introduction to programming class, people finished their assignment in whatever language they wanted. Everyone learned C and at least some C++, Java was less popular. If you actually wanted to be taught a language it was a 1 credit hour pass/fail class, but people only took that when they needed more credits to reach full time status.
Obviously the class on x86 required assembly language and a lot of the Knowledge Based Systems/A.I. classes used languages like Scheme and LISP.
I don't think the languages you learn has much importance, unless your the type to learn just enough to get by then stop.
I personally wasn't that great a C++ programmer, until I read a couple good book on design patterns.
Everyone on my Facebook is either an actual offline friend, family or someone I went to a school with.
I don't play any of the games, block app requests.
When people spam their feed too much I just set it not to show me their posts.
I am fully aware that once I post something its out there forever and act accordingly.
I can't really see how its ever going to generate enough revenue to justify its current share prices, but the sites pretty useful.
You can copy a GPL program and sell it, but if you are obeying the GPL
a) your product will be no better than the freely downloaded one because all your modifications have to be shared.
b) your customers will know that they purchased something they could have downloaded for free
Or you can copy a GPL program, violate the GPL by selling it under a non GPL license.
a) Your customers won't know they purchased something they could have downloaded for free.
b) You don't have to share your modifications.
c) There is almost zero chance the actual developer has the money to sue you.
Everyone understands the GPL ... its just that some people want to make money scamming both their customers and the original developer.
Political parties can sell congressional districts that are likely to vote against them to the Chinese to meet loan payments. As an added bonus we will be able to buy goods build with 3rd world labor without all that pesky international shipping.
Reading the account of one jury member ... they seemed to make the right decision based on current patent law.
Don't blame the jury, or the judicial system, they don't make the laws they just interpret them.
If you you think the patent system is broken, only Congress can fix it. Good luck they are too busy slinging mud and trying to undermine each other so spend any actual time trying to enact laws for the good of the nation.
The ultimate blame is with the voter. They act in whatever way gets the most votes. If we had intelligent well informed voters who paid attention to the details of politics we'd have politicians engaging in intelligent debate with each other and the electorate.
Don't blame the judge, the jury or the supreme court. Congress passed this law, and only congress can fix it.
When you stop to consider how much the music and recording industries contribute to campaigns, and how little your typical file sharer contributes ... I wouldn't hold my breath.
Why do companies get to lock you into a contract then unilaterally change the terms?
Someone needs to rule that these contracts are not really contracts at all and therefore unenforceable.
I don't have a smart phone, I have a cheap dumb phone and an iPod touch. I have room in my pocket and it saves me a ton of cash and keeps me from being too angry about the one sided nature of mobile contracts.
Lets say there is a company that's making a tidy profit quarter after quarter, they have a good produce people like using, it provides good jobs for its employee's sends lots of taxes to federal and local governments alike.
Then some wall street speculators decide to buy the company for an amount that is 10 times what its profits could justify, not really caring about the numbers ... just hoping to ride a bubble and get out before it pops.
Lets say that company does an incredible job and doubles or even triples its profits.
That company is now officially failing. Its profits are still only a fraction of what the gamblers on wall street would be happy with.
Its stock prices will continue to fall, at some point maybe even falling below the actual value of the company. Then some venture capitalist swoops in and tears the company apart for a quick profit. The assets go in one direction while somehow, magically all the debt goes in another.
Meanwhile this perfectly healthy company which was more the adequately providing goods & services, jobs and tax revenue the entire time ceases to exist.
Its creditors are in bankruptcy court argues over pennies on the dollar.
Its employee's are mostly on unemployment.
Its stock holders are now gambling their money elsewhere.
Its top executives rode their golden parachutes to safety.
We don't understand how human's think and reason, so we can't create the algorithms necessary to simulate human thought.
We haven't figured out an artificial way to think and reason.
Until we crack one of those two problems ... we can increase the power of computers a billion fold and we'd still just have a fancy calculator that can only do exactly what we tell it.
The government isn't freaking out and over reacting.
The media terrorized the public for ratings.
The public freaked out and wanted drastic action.
The politicians pander to the public's panic by creating security theater.
If we want a better government we need better informed voters.
Is any of that illegal? Also all the similar cases I've read about involved patents not copyright.
It doesn't bypass security, it just randomly shuts down virtual machines you already have complete control over. The worst that could happen is that a programming error allows the user of the tool to shut down too many servers.
Well I suppose the very worse thing would be a security flaw which would allow a 3rd party to hijack the tool while its in use.
I have a western digital live hub that replaced my HTPC. It does a lot more and costs half as much, I'm not surprised they are pulling it. If I had one for free I'd still have zero reason to use it.
I've read rumors that someone is creating an ISP that collects and stores as little information as possible, encrypts email so even they can't read it, will only give out information when it's legally unavoidable and is willing to use its lawyers to combat frivolous information requests.
What I haven't read about is them actually opening for business, let alne offering services in my area.
Yeah Google sucks at privacy, but where's a better alternative?
Thunderbird does everything I need it to do.
1) automatically setups gmail, hotmail, yahoo, aol accounts via a simple wizzard.
2) works correctly with both pop and IMAP
3) optional unification of inboxes and other folders
4) addons to reorder account listings
5) addons to find and delete duplicate messages
6) addon to sync with google contacts
I can't think of any new and exciting features I would want added, if they keep what hey have working smoothly I'm a happy camper.
Side projectors might be useful in a movie theater. Other than that I don't see this as home technology.
Good luck with that, if American's are 6% but account for 34% of the biomass then the rest of the world has an average weight of an obese large breed house cat.
6% account for 34% means 94% account for 66%. (34/6)/(66/94) ~= 8. The average adult in the USA weight about 200 lbs. An chubby main coon (large house cat) weighs 25 pounds.