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Weekend Open Thread
Yet Another Major Blizzard Edition
by Karl Bode 09:16PM Sunday Feb 10 2013
Batten down the hatches and commiserate in the space provided below.

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Earth dodges giant asteroid next week

Looks like Earth dodges a giant bullet next week when an office bldg size asteroid misses Earth and that will pass by closer than many comm satellites circling the Earth.

»www.washingtonpost.com/national/···ory.html

A close encounter of the rocky kind is set for Feb. 15, when an office-building-size asteroid will speed past Earth faster than a bullet and closer than some communications satellites.

It will be the nearest recorded brush with a space rock so large, NASA scientists said Thursday. At its closest, asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass about 17,000 miles above Earth.

Like a drunk driver weaving across lanes, asteroid 2012 DA14 crosses paths with Earth twice a year, at varying distances. Despite these opportunities for disaster, scientists tracking the asteroid are confident 2012 DA14 won’t collide with us for at least the next century, which is as far as they’ve been able to project its path. Next week’s approach is the closest during that time.

If it impacted Earth – which it won't, scientists were quick to add Thursday – it would release the energy equivalent of 2.4 million tons of TNT and wipe out 750 square miles. That's what happened in Siberia in 1908, when forest land around the Tunguska River was flattened by a slightly smaller asteroid that exploded about five miles above ground.

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Re: Earth dodges giant asteroid next week

Too bad it doesn't land. Since stupid can't be fixed, then at least it'll kill off a few.

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Do we know when this will pass? I would like to take some pictures of it.

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Re: Earth dodges giant asteroid next week

said by antennaguy :

Do we know when this will pass? I would like to take some pictures of it.

Its closest approach will occur at 2:24 p.m. Eastern time on the 15th. On the night side of the planet — mainly Asia and Australia — observers with small telescopes might see a pinpoint streaking at the rapid clip of two moon-widths per minute.

More info here on watching asteroid flyby:
»earthsky.org/space/watch-februar···eal-time
Not sure watching with your own telescope will be doable from North America. But this web site will show video.

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Re: Earth dodges giant asteroid next week

Suppose to be around magnitude 7 which would be visible with good binoculars. Pictures with backyard scopes would be easy if it weren't for the abnormal motion across the sky. Entry level scopes have sidereal tracking only (compensates for the rotation of the Earth). To track this reliably, you would need tracking in both the azimuth and elevation planes controlled by a computer. There are amateurs that have them though and I am sure there will be LOTS of pictures of this thing.

It would be track-able by hand if it were more visible. People take pictures of the Space Station all the time but it is clearly visible with the naked eye. You could get lucky though by finding the asteroid in a GOOD viewfinder (and well aimed), centering it, and just snapping away as you track it in the viewfinder. That's how an IT manager in the UK got this shot of space shuttle Discovery approaching the ISS:




AntennaGuy didn't say where he is but hopefully he can give it a try; if it were passing NY at night, I know I would!

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They're not telling us.

As we speak, Bruce Willis is up there drilling into it to place a nuke in it.

It's a government conspiracy....
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Moron hacker bragging about Bush family email hack

This idiot just made a big mistake - bragging about hacking 2 ex-presidents. He admits the Feds probably know who he is. But it isn't just DOJ and cyber security Feds now after him. The Secret Service wants his butt. He just got some really serious people after him now.
»www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2415270,00.asp
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Re: Moron hacker bragging about Bush family email hack

When they catch him they'll want to make an example out of him.

He may get much more time then murderers get.

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Re: Moron hacker bragging about Bush family email hack

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
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said by FFH:

This idiot just made a big mistake - bragging about hacking 2 ex-presidents. He admits the Feds probably know who he is. But it isn't just DOJ and cyber security Feds now after him. The Secret Service wants his butt. He just got some really serious people after him now.
»www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2415270,00.asp

This guy is obviously an attention whore. So i guess we can say: "Mission accomplished"

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Why is Google Chairman Schmidt selling off his shares?

Does Schmidt know something we don't about long term Google prospects?

»abcnews.go.com/Technology/t/stor···ssid%3Dh

With Google's stock hovering at record highs, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt plans to sell more than 40 percent of his stock in the Internet search leader this year.

The plan disclosed Friday calls for Schmidt to sell up to 3.2 million shares. If he were to sell all that stock at Google's current price, Schmidt would realize a $2.5 billion windfall.

He has gradually been winnowing his holdings in Google in recent years, without giving a specific reason. Google Inc. declined to comment Friday.

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Re: Why is Google Chairman Schmidt selling off his shares?

He wants to spend it? He's almost 60, there is no long term for him...

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NASA Imagery of the Nor'easter headed north

I see a lot of snowmen in the near future.
»www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegal···445.html



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Re: NASA Imagery of the Nor'easter headed north

said by state:

I see a lot of snowmen in the near future.
»www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegal···445.html

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The snow cover in New England going to be pretty deep:
»www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50140626n
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Re: NASA Imagery of the Nor'easter headed north

It's basically a tropical storm that you can see really really well.

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Re: NASA Imagery of the Nor'easter headed north

I can't even see the house across the street it's coming down so hard.
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Apple Shenanigans

Today I read something about Apple that grinds my gears. An app on my iPhone was updated today. I tapped on update and while it was downloading I expanded the "new features" link in the iTunes store app. The author mentioned this release was bug fixes and then had a disclaimer about compatibility with the iPhone 5 with a link to "learn more". I was curious and clicked on the link which took me to the developer's blog.

They blog said the app works fine on the iPhone 5 but it does not currently leverage the larger screen. Further they said if they modified the app to support the iPhone 5 screen, Apple requires them to terminate support for older iPhones. They didn't explain what that meant but I can only assume that they meant iPhones that cannot be updated to iOS6. I think that means the 3Gs and earlier models.

This left me with a really raw and negative feeling toward Apple. Although my particular iPhone is not yet "obsolete" in Apple's eyes, why would Apple care if an app maker is willing to support old and new phones? It reminded me of Microsoft's stance and how they often require the latest OS to use their latest software releases. That's certainly every author's choice but if an author is willing to make the necessary investments to support older clients, why force them to stop?

Imagine Microsoft forcing everyone who developed applications for XP to stop distributing them. If you already have the app, fine but if you don't, tough. You can no longer get the app and as a condition of developing new apps, you must stop distributing the older app.

I fully appreciate the need for the Apples, Microsofts and Googles of the world to stop supporting and updating obsolete systems but they shouldn't be able to prevent third parties from continuing support as long as there's a market for their services. If those devices are truly obsolete, the problem will take care of itself.

Can you imagine if an auto-repair garage was forced to stop fixing cars earlier than, say, 2005 as a condition for obtaining parts and information to repair new cars?

WTF makes the tech industry think it's so damn special?
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Re: Apple Shenanigans

said by rradina:

They blog said the app works fine on the iPhone 5 but it does not currently leverage the larger screen. Further they said if they modified the app to support the iPhone 5 screen, Apple requires them to terminate support for older iPhones. They didn't explain what that meant but I can only assume that they meant iPhones that cannot be updated to iOS6. I think that means the 3Gs and earlier models.

Here's another example of Apple's policies screwing users;

A developer wrote a C64 emulator for iOS, but the only way to get it approved was to make sure that it was a closed system, incapable of accessing or loading external files. All of the games had to be licensed, and then built into the app itself. Apparently it was fairly popular. Then at least one of the game companies pulled the license for its game(s), which required that it be removed from the app. When users updated the app to the latest version, they discovered that some of their games had disappeared.

Nice, huh?

said by rradina:

I fully appreciate the need for the Apples, Microsofts and Googles of the world to stop supporting and updating obsolete systems but they shouldn't be able to prevent third parties from continuing support as long as there's a market for their services. If those devices are truly obsolete, the problem will take care of itself.

It's not as extreme as Apple's position, but Microsoft has done some similar things to try to kill support for older versions of Windows.

For example, newer versions of Visual Studio won't allow you to compile a program for anything less than XP. It's not even a matter of the code not running, it specifically creates binaries that will check the Windows version and refuse to run if it's anything less than XP.

Then there's the SysInternals web site. They had a range of useful little utility programs on their site, most of which worked under Windows 98. In fact, a few of them were designed specifically for Win98, such as the driver that allowed it to read NTFS drives. When Microsoft took over/bought out the site and programmers, All support for Win98 was dropped. Not only that, MS has denied permission for any of the old programs to be hosted or distributed by any other sites.

Yes, you can still find them, but if it was up to Microsoft, you wouldn't be able to.
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Re: Apple Shenanigans

well I can understand no more support for win98. Nobody uses that any more, so why would anybody want to compile for it.

That said, MS should have left the Win98 compiler in there and just state that it is an "As is" item and will not be supported.
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Re: Apple Shenanigans

Frankly, I don't care whether or not Microsoft leaves the compiler in there or not. As long as there are older versions of Visual Studio available that create Win98 applications or other vendor products (such as Borland's Delphi and so forth), it's not a big problem.

Let me express what I think Apple is doing in Microsoft terms:

Consider a vendor that has 1,000 Win98 customers using their software package. The customers are paying maintenance and in exchange, the vendor continues to support the product, including allowing customers to pay for minor enhancements. Suddenly the vendor is approached by Microsoft and told to cease because the vendor has also released a Windows 8 application. Microsoft tells them that their license to create applications for Windows 8 prohibits them from distributing, maintaining and supporting software that targets any version of Windows earlier than Windows Vista.
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Its apple, I would expect nothing less from them Even MS and google aren't that bad.

Its not the tech industry as a whole, just apple.

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They get away with this because the laws keep placing more and more power in their hands. The expansion of copyright laws are an example. The DMCA was NEVER intended to prevent owners of devices from being able to modify them or customize them, and yet, it is used to do so because of the "circumnavigation of a protection scheme" clause. Apple wants to force everyone to buy new iPhones, and one way to "encourage" that is to make the older devices less useful and unsupported. This idea of consumers having zero rights and only purchasing limited "licenses" which the owners can change at will has lead to great harm for citizens and consumers alike.

Until Corporation interests stop being considered as way more important then citizen's interests by Congress, this will never change, and will continue to get worse.
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Re: Apple Shenanigans

I don't disagree with most of what you say but the circumnavigation of a protection scheme isn't a bad idea. It's just been interpreted way too broadly. There are contexts where we need to make it a crime to break protection schemes. For instance, it shouldn't be legal for someone to hack a cell phone's protection scheme for the purpose of masquerading as other phones in order to get free service. I know theft of service is already covered by other laws and that there are also laws against unauthorized access of a computing device. However, without making it a crime to break the cell phone protection system, doesn't it then mean that someone can break it and distribute that information to others and there's no crime until someone uses it to steal service?

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Re: Apple Shenanigans

The law isn't used to protect consumers in any way. It's only used to prevent people from using their own devices in the way they'd want to. Hacking into someone's cellphone and taking any data there, is already a crime under several laws. The DMCA clause just makes it illegal for the consumer to unlock their own device.
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Re: Apple Shenanigans

I agree that there are existing laws that cover hacking a cell phone to steal data. If you read my post again, I tried to give a nod to existing laws that already cover various computer crimes. I'm referring to someone who breaks a protection scheme and then publishes that information so others can gain free access to services.

While my example cited cell service, it's the same as folks who hack their DBS receiver with the intent of getting free service. Theft of service is already covered but the act of breaking the protection scheme needs to be a crime. If those who break it are allowed to publish their work or distribute "hacking kits", system confidence could be compromised and content providers may be reluctant to authorize their content for DBS.

How do we apply law that shields legitimate and necessary protection schemes but isn't abused to to limit or crush competition?

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Obama will introduce cybersecurity executive order

Obama will reportedly introduce cybersecurity executive order in wake of recent attacks
»www.theverge.com/2013/2/8/396963···he-union

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SNOW


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Re: SNOW

Wish we had some of that here....its just been really cold.

Stupid drought. No moisture to make anything. It rained yesterday, and thats why you guys got the snow. Pulled some more moisture from the gulf I heard as it passed us by here in Missouri.
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That's not snow. This is snow!
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in NYC

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You should borrow squirrel83's camera, yours sucks

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Boston:

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Lol

Thats how attachement looks like here it shows full resolution in a browser will upload somewhere else just for you lol

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Happy birthday to my mother today.

Mom turns 57 today. Her sister (my aunt) turns 62 today. My mother and her sister were both born on the same day 5 years apart (1951 and 1956).

I baked her a birthday cake. I could not get out to buy a birthday card or a gift thanks to Mother Nature (aka blizzard). The buses were not running and the area malls were closed.

I turn 30 in October and I'm dreading it. Grandma turns 81 in March.
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They were just browsing (during that storm)

Ok yesterday, during THE storm, I was out and about, but, I freely admit, 'I'm an idiot, I like snow'.

The thing is, I was also on foot and in no danger of finding my car stranded in a random situation.

But I was laughing with a buddy that manages an EB Games store in the local mall, and he was commenting on the weirdness of people that could actually be in and out in moments who were merely browsing, on a day when only a moron would go to the level of effort required to drive to the mall just to wander aimlessly with no specific intent.

Me, I had intent, I was expecting to pick something up for my mother while I was out and about. And I did indeed get her the muffin tray she wanted at Canadian Tire.

But considering the weather, the conditions, the level of risk to life just driving on the road yesterday, it was incredible to see some people out for no good reason.

I learned that the mall eventually called it quits at 5 and decided there was no point in having it open for a couple of retail locations that had as yet not been able to make the choice (likely from high management), to go home.

I went to the local hobby store, and was impressed their day's shipment had actually arrived. I picked up my kit at 3 but told my friend that worked there, wise was her going home early. 'Don't wait for it to get dark to find out your car was a problem to extricate from where you parked it earlier in the day'.

Today it was pleasant 'looking' out, but the level of snow removal was less than inspiring from public surfaces. Only private surfaces were getting any attention it seemed.
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Re: They were just browsing (during that storm)

having worked at a supermarket when I lived in CT(never feared getting stuck as I had an S-10 4x4 that could go into 4low if things got ugly). We once had a storm where the lot was seemingly gaining an inch an hour. People still showed up for such essentials as frozen pizza and ice cream..... With their whole families.

They risked the whole family so they could have frozen pizza... too damn lazy to prep a meal when there was no where to go anyway.
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Humorous customer - tech suppt interactions

Humorous customer - tech support interactions
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Tech support: What kind of computer do you have?

Customer: A white one.

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Tech support: Click on the 'my computer' icon on to the left of the screen.

Customer: Your left or my left?

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Customer: Hi, good afternoon, this is Martha, I can't print. Every time I try, it says, 'Can't find printer.' I've even lifted the printer and placed it in front of the monitor, but the computer still says he can't find it.

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Tech support: What's on your monitor now, ma'am?

Customer: A teddy bear my boyfriend bought for me at the 7-11.

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Customer: My keyboard is not working anymore.

Tech support: Are you sure it's plugged into the computer?

Customer: No. I can't get behind the computer.

Tech support: Pick up your keyboard and walk 10 paces back.

Customer: OK!

Tech support: Did the keyboard come with you?

Customer: Yes.

Tech support: That means the keyboard is not plugged in.

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Customer: I can't get on the Internet.

Tech support: Are you sure you used the right password?

Customer: Yes, I'm sure. I saw my colleague do it.

Tech support: Can you tell me what the password was?

Customer: Five dots.

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Tech support: What anti-virus program do you use?

Customer: Netscape.

Tech support: That's not an anti-virus program.

Customer: Oh, sorry... Internet Explorer...

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Customer: I have a huge problem. A friend has placed a screen saver on my computer, but every time I move the mouse, it disappears.

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Tech support: How may I help you?

Customer: I'm writing my first email.

Tech support: OK, and what seems to be the problem?

Customer: Well, I have the letter 'a' in the address, but how do I get the little circle around it?

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A woman customer called the Canon help desk with a problem with her printer.

Tech support: Are you running it under windows?

Customer: 'No, my desk is next to the door, but that is a good point. The man sitting in the cubicle next to me is under a window, and his printer is working fine.'

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Tech support: 'Okay Bob, let's press the control and escape keys at the same time. That brings up a task list in the middle of the screen.. Now type the letter 'P' to bring up the Program Manager.'

Customer: I don't have a P.

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Customer: I'M NOT GOING TO DO THAT!
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