* Posts by Tom Maddox

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Police kill mobile phone service to squelch protest

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I'm on Team BART

As a San Francisco resident, I'm not 100% on BART's side (the phrase "chilling effect" comes to mind), but mostly I support this course of action for two reasons:

1) The protestors are supporting a guy who assaulted a police officer with a knife. Suppose it had not been a cop but some random person who happened to catch the drunk's eye and gotten knifed for his trouble . . . would that person have been wrong to defend himself, even to the point of using lethal force? If you use a lethal weapon to attack someone, you are, in my opinion, implicitly placing your own life on the line--the victim always has the right to self-defense.

2) Most people who use cell phones on public transit are douchebags (no, I know that YOU'RE not, you're a world-renowned heart surgeon who can't possibly be interrupted for a few minutes; I'm talking about those OTHER people), so blocking their cell phone service for 5-10 minutes (about the length of time it takes to get through the affected area) is a mercy to the other passengers. If BART could figure out how to shut down the ability for people to play music on their cell phones' speakers, that would be even better.

For the most part, I call it a win-win.

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Jeff Bezos patents retro jets, and airbags, for telephones

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Even better

Have the phone deploy some sort of harpoon into the flesh of its owner and then reel itself back in. That'll be the last time the phone gets dropped, I'll bet!

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Star Wars fans offered Blu-ray deals and previews

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True

But only the first four are canonical.

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Google+ succumbs to Facebook game envy

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Sure

But you have to do it with every single goddamn game out there. And then there's the Twitter crap, "Joe Blow likes scatology," etc. The real answer, from my experience is to install the FB Purity plugin.

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Amazon paints the Kindle cloudy

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The hell you say ...

A Web browser can be used for viewing text content offline? Who knew?

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LinkedIn pulls Facebook-style stunt

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Hah

Amusingly, the Yahoo! version of this article is in the Top Headlines section on LinkedIn.

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Nokia's software exits the US market

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QFT

"The reality is . . . it doesn’t matter what we do."

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SuperVisor: One hypervisor to virtualize them all

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Well, obviously . . .

. . . it's an ultravisor. They should get UltraMan to do their commercials; I hear he needs the work.

More seriously, I got a promotional email from these guys, and I thought it was spam. Apparently, the formal product name is "HotLink SuperVISOR." I assume you yell the last part of the name and maybe pump your fist for good measure.

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Windows Phone dev GM splits with Microsoft

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ORLY?

My browser title bar says "News for the WORLD." Don't worry, you'll get over it.

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EMF notches up another health-scare

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Pfft

EMF? That's so 10 years ago! Chemtrails are where it's now, baby, chemtrails.

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Firefox maker moves towards a browser-free world

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Certainly

I think it would be a fabulous use of Mozilla's resources maintaining compatibility with a dead platform. Maybe they can also crank out an Amiga version or a BeOS (PPC, of course) version.

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New tumor trial rules mobiles 'not guilty'

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Phantom pager

I do have "phantom pager" syndrome, but I attribute that to the fact that my cell is usually carried at the same position on my waist and set primarily to vibrate.

As to the Web sites, without opening them I predict that they are mostly anecdata and scaremongering tabloid journalism.

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W3C moves to snuff Apple web patents

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That . . .

. . . and the deafening clicks of their down-votes.

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Google's Facebook: It rocks, but who cares?

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Well, that's a relief

Since Matt Asay is wrong about virtually everything, I think we can predict a roaring success for G+. I actually know quite a lot of mainstream individuals who are at least giving G+ a try. If Google can figure out a way to migrate pics and whatnot from Facebook, it's a slam dunk.

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ARM daddy simulates human brain with million-chip super

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I know, right?

They didn't make a complete neural network from scratch, they just built a system to simulate a small part of one, so this effort is obviously a complete failure. After all, if you can't succeed completely in a gargantuan task in one go, you might as well not even start it.

</sarcasm> for the <sarcasm>-impaired.

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Deep inside AMD's master plan to topple Intel

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. . . and other misconceptions

Are you sure there's not an "i" instead of an "o" in your last name?

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Boffins build nanowire lasers from nappy-rash cream

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Heck with that

Laser-bearing piranha!

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Mozilla pushes out final Firefox 5 test build

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Running 5 beta

I find the FF 5 beta to be faster and more stable than 4.0, although it still has some problems rendering pages that used to show up fine in 3.6 and which still show up fine in IE 9. AdBlock+ works better than in Chrome, though, and NoScript does what it should.

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LulzSec hacks EVE Online as rampage goes on

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Megaphone

Gorillas

"Get your filthy packets off me, you damn dirty apes!"

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IO Turbine claims to turbo-charge storage I/O

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Sigh

Looks cool, but why do software vendors have to be so secretive about their pricing? I realize that they're probably charging so much that the sticker shock is literally terrifying, but really, can't we at least have a ballpark figure?

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Fort Worth joins crusade against sagging pants

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Crack kills

I don't really think of the low-slung trousers look as a hipster thing, more of a gangsta(-wannabe) thing. Either way, I support this ban. Unfortunately, it would be unenforceable in my current city of residence, not because I think that the gangsta community is any great threat but because the bus drivers couldn't be arsed (pun intended).

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Nokia: When pigeons fly home to roast

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It. Was. Irony.

No actual body required.

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Dell intros world's thinnest 15in laptop PC

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Bleah

No way to get it without Office 2K10, with a Windows edition other than Home Premium, or without Dell's crapware (McAfee, I'm looking at you). Nice design; shame about the software.

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HP exec: WebOS tablet will trounce iPad

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@Robert

http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=angry+birds

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Extragalactic black hole particle fountain awesomeness

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*Sob*

You couldn't just look it up, could you? Noooooo, you had to go and correct some poor sot . . . incorrectly. Chris Miller is correct in his spelling; you are not. The irony police will be around with bats and a chainsaw; if you must leave, please do so by way of the lumbermill.

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Apple, Amazon trademark spat turns surreal

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I'm on tenterhooks . . .

. . . waiting to find out what thing belonging to a shop you have!

See, over *here*, an apostrophe followed by an "s" indicates possession (or a contraction, but I'm going to assume, perhaps foolishly, you weren't trying to say "we have shop is").

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You would be right . . .

. . . except for the many ways in which you're wrong.

"a drugstore is no more a store for generic drugs than the App Store is a store for generic apps"

The point is that a drugstore is a generic *term* for a store where you buy drugs (or at least that's how it started). At this point, if someone tried to trademark the word "drugstore," they would hopefully be laughed out of court.

"the App Store with capitals is Apple's copyrighted Application store"

If you RTFA, you'll see that Apple is explicitly fighting the words "app store" used in conjunction, i.e., they are denying that those two common nouns placed together form a common phrase but rather a proper one which they can trademark.

"Give your lack of English understanding a rest, please, trolls ..."

Back at ya there, skippy.

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Why are Microsoft and Intel slapping and pulling hair?

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Legacy?

Unlike, for example, Unix?

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Bing to offer Facebook-slurping 'friend search'

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Search by committee

Because none of us is as dumb as all of us!

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Facebook absolved for exposing user info to advertisers

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In before the Facebook hate

If they had won the suit, it would have been akin to me suing for bodily injury someone who was driving recklessly yet did me no actual harm. Irresponsible? Yes. Harmful? No.

Bring the downvotes! BRING THEM, I SAY!

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Facebook 'smear' shock: Journos aghast!

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Facts?

Their new, two-year-old service that no one uses? That new service?

Since Andrew's story is a little short on facts, here's an alternate perspective:

http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/facebooks-failed-google-smear-stupidity-squared-979

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Google lobbying to make driverless cars legal in Nevada

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Strangely . . .

. . . not everyone has the same usage patterns as you. I have not owned a car in close to five years, and big part of what facilitates that is car sharing and, to a lesser extent, car rental. Don't know what car sharing is? Check out www.zipcar.com or www.citycarshare.com. Renting is not cheaper than owning if you drive every single day, but I take public transport 90% of the time, so the $75/month or so that I spend on driving is less than the price of gas alone probably would be. Let's break it down:

Cost of car: $20,000 + taxes and fees (yes, yes, you can plenty of cars for cheaper; you can also pay more; this is a nice, round figure, so STFU if you don't like it)

Cost of insurance: $1200/year

Cost of gas: $100/month

License fees: $120/year

Maintenance (oil changes, etc.): $40/quarter (probably more, but I'm being generous)

Cost of accident: deductible ($500) plus inconvenience and cost of car rental

Parking: $200/month + tickets

The cost of a new car will pay for a *lot* of car sharing/rental fees, and with car sharing, I know exactly how much I have to pay in advance. Admittedly, that model doesn't work for everyone, but it's great for urbanites who don't want to deal with the hassle and expense of owning a car. There are a lot of us, and our numbers are growing, thanks to car sharing firms. An automated car sharing arrangement would be fantastic, because it would reduce or eliminate one of the biggest issues with car sharing right now, which is that you're compelled to pick the car up, drive it somewhere, most likely leave it parked for several hours, and then drive it back, paying for the idle time in the middle. Automated car sharing could reduce the need for and thus the expense of that idle time, in turn reducing the need for individual car ownership.

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Use of Weapons declared best sci-fi film never made

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Not so fast

Americans also made Star Trek.

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Sure

They could cut out the tedious unedited twaddle, and it would fit into the length of music video.

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TMS flash array blows Big Blue away

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No?

How about the part where it's 95% cheaper, substantially smaller, and has a vastly reduced power draw?

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Cisco taps ex-Sun chip guru for servers

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Matt Bryant . . .

. . . paging Matt Bryant to the red Sun thread.

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Computers taught to sing using autotuning talent show

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Rei Toei

Good to see that we're still on target for the world fulfilling all of William Gibson's predictions.

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Sony mulls hacker bounty offer

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Not sure if serious

Assuming one parses your question as written, the question becomes "why would they offer a bounty?" which I think is what the article was written to explain. Something about being massively hacked, if my short-term memory does not deceive me.

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iOS lauded as top moneymaker

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Joke

"And web users are the least profitable on all levels."

I find that hard to believe, as it would imply that Web users assume they can just get premium content and applications without paying for them.

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Assange: Facebook a ‘spying machine’

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Black Helicopters

Oy

The tinfoil hat brigade is out in force today.

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HP to show off next gen EVA on the Vegas Strip

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Hmm . . .

And here I was thinking it might be some kind of giant robot piloted by a whiny kid.

Right, I'm going, I'm going . . .

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Oracle tests find NFC lags in execution

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FAIL

Let's see ...

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=nfc&l=1

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Canonical delivers second Natty Ubuntu beta

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Oh hai

Is this the comment thread where we assert our personal superiority based on operating system preference? I still run BeOS, bitches! Suck it!

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Wireless devices to break one-billion barrier in 2011

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Hot stock tip

Invest in tinfoil-manufacturing companies.

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So, what's the best sci-fi film never made?

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Alien

Ringworld

Ringworld, by Larry Niven

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Facebook's data center play sidelines Google, Apple

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"OMG, I hate Facebook!"

... seems to be the knee-jerk response. The point here is that Facebook has done an awful lot of work figuring out how to make its datacenters tremendously energy-efficient and has made the fruits of that work public, as opposed to Google, which has not. Presumably, there is now an option for other datacenter customers to ask their providers why a Facebook-style environment cannot be created. The market will not change overnight, but it probably will change, allowing more cost- and energy-efficient datacenters to be created, resulting in non-trivial cost and energy savings for everyone.

Yeah, that's kind of a big deal.

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Microsoft's first Window 8 tablet app spotted

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Supercilious Fanoi Arrogance?

I think I saw those guys at the Warfield. I thought it was going to be pretty rocking, but it turned out to be a bunch of guys in turtlenecks and horn rim glasses talking about their jobs.

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Nokia launches new corporate font

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Well, I'm convinced!

There's some decisive action! I wasn't considering buying a Nokia handset, but this new font really has caught my eye!

There's a special pomposity about font designers, probably a result of someone being forced to care much about something so small and irrelevant (insert dick joke here).

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Firefox 4 debuts: The last kitchen sink release

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@The BigYin

And I do what when I'm not at home?

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Converting between backup formats is possible after all

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How long . . .

. . . will it be before these guys are bought by CA/EMC/Tivoli and quietly vanish?

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