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The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

2muchcoffeeman Re:Maybe it's just me ... (131 comments)

That's not what it says in the post: "The 'Rickmote,' which is built on top of the $35 Raspberry Pi single board computer, finds a local Chromecast device, boots it off the network, and then takes over the screen with multimedia of one's choosing. ... But it gets worse for the victims: If the hacker leaves the range of the device, there's no way to regain control of the Chromecast."

So ... yeah, it's never gonna give you up.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?

2muchcoffeeman Strictly answering the topic here (285 comments)

Because I want to be the cool uncle ... Leisure Suit Larry.

about 9 months ago
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What are the Unwritten Rules of Deleting Code?

2muchcoffeeman Well, duh! (3 comments)

If they were written down they wouldn't be the "unwritten rules of deleting code," would they?

about a year and a half ago
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Shuttleworth: Trust Us, We're Trying to Make Shopping Better

2muchcoffeeman Wait. I can ask for whatever I want in 12.04? (255 comments)

Fine, let's try that.

2muchcoffeeman@thisbox:~$ sudo sandwich -ham -swiss -dijon -mayo -lettuce -tomato -bacon

I wonder how long it will take ...

about 2 years ago
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How Much Of Your Day Is Dedicated Video Games?

2muchcoffeeman Re:Bad Timing (308 comments)

What really shocks me about the results thus far (and I'll spot you non-scientific, self-selected sample, &c.) is how overwhelmingly far ahead the I don't play video games option is. I certainly didn't expect any of the options having that much of a lead. When I voted, I anticipated seeing either 1 hour or 2-3 hours having a plurality of the votes with myself and the other non-gamers totaling somewhere in the low three-digit range.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox: In With the New, Out With the Compatibility

2muchcoffeeman Re:My solution Works most of the time (366 comments)

Maybe Add-on writers should push it up a few versions and hope it works? I dunno.

Sir (or miss, or ma'am, or droid ... what are you?), you have no business implying that add-on authors should test in the Aurora channel (or even Nightly) to make sure that their add-on continues to work. Clearly, the old Mozilla method in which base versions were allowed to stagnate for months and even years — allowing add-on developers to relax and not worry about things like version updates — must be catered to!

more than 2 years ago
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Chinese Writers Sue Apple Over IP Violations

2muchcoffeeman Re:wait a minute... (143 comments)

A publisher holds some form of copyright on the work. That's not true in this case, despite what the troll plaintiffs claim.

more than 2 years ago
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Chinese Writers Sue Apple Over IP Violations

2muchcoffeeman Re:Haha! That's hilarious (143 comments)

Apparently people and groups in China suing Apple for cash (which has close to $100B on hand) is now a thing — witness the lawsuit filed by flat-ass broke Proview over the iPad name it gave up the rights to years ago (via a Taiwan subsidiary so it could try to hide the money Apple paid it from its creditors).

This sounds like a nuisance lawsuit filed against a big company specifically to try to extort a cash settlement out of convenience, rather than suing the actual copyright infringer (which is probably not as well-financed and may not even be known to the "authors' group"). I think they're in for a surprise when they get to court.

more than 2 years ago
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Chinese Writers Sue Apple Over IP Violations

2muchcoffeeman Re:wait a minute... (143 comments)

As Apple isn't mailing out physical books, but instead is creating a copy on every sale, they are a content "creator" (as in distributor/copier), and thus are exactly who the copyright laws were written to cover.

Apple is serving as a retailer here, not a publisher like Random House or Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. Apple is not the content creator nor is it the publisher of said content. In this instance, it's a retail outlet only.

more than 2 years ago
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Paper On Super Flu Strain May Be Banned From Publication

2muchcoffeeman Re:Peh. (754 comments)

Imagine just getting on a plane while carrying this superflu in say London? How far would you have it spread before you were no longer able to continue?

I believe that novel was already written by a Mr. S. King of Maine.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Clusters On the Cheap?

2muchcoffeeman Re:Beowulf cluster? (264 comments)

Of course this is the topic of the first reply. Of course it is.
 
Because if it were any other answer it would mean that /. had changed so completely that it had morphed into something unrecognizable as its former self.
 
Thank you for upholding my faith in humanity. Or, at least, in my fellow /.ers.
 
(Obvious and therefore obligatory follow-up questions: But does it run Linux? And how many Libraries Of Congress will it have in storage capacity? And can you imagine a Beowulf cluster of these clusters? Oh, wait ... )

about 3 years ago
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Fed Audit's Initial Report Reveals Trillions in Secret Loans

2muchcoffeeman Re:Ron Paul 2012 (499 comments)

The gold standard is overrated. The longer a country stayed on the gold standard during the Great Depression, the longer it took that country to get out of the Great Depression.
 
As this article notes,

... 13 other countries besides the U.K. had decided to abandon their currencies' gold parity in 1931. Bernanke and James' data for the average growth rate of industrial production for these countries (plotted in the top panel above) was positive in every year from 1932 on. Countries that stayed on gold, by contrast, experienced an average output decline of 15% in 1932. The U.S. abandoned gold in 1933, after which its dramatic recovery immediately began. The same happened after Italy dropped the gold standard in 1934, and for Belgium when it went off in 1935. On the other hand, the three countries that stuck with gold through 1936 (France, Netherlands, and Poland) saw a 6% drop in industrial production in 1935, while the rest of the world was experiencing solid growth.

A gold standard only works when everybody believes in the overall fiscal and monetary responsibility of the major world governments and the relative price of gold is fairly stable.

Enough with the gold standard nonsense already.

more than 3 years ago
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Queen Elizabeth Sets a Code-Breaking Challenge

2muchcoffeeman Re:Recruiting? (132 comments)

Yeah, you and everyone else that works there.

more than 3 years ago
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Favorite Sony Gaffe?

2muchcoffeeman DAMN YOU, SLASHDOT POLLSTER! (329 comments)

Too many excellent choices! Where's the multiple-choice version, you insensitive clod?!

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Finds Family of Habitable Planets

2muchcoffeeman Okay, hold on a minute. (184 comments)

Can we call them "potentially habitable planets" instead of going all the way to "habitable" that quickly? I think I'd like to make sure of certain things before being so definite -- for instance: water, temperature, oxygen levels, lack of poisonous gases making the oxygen-level issue moot, edible flora and/or fauna, radiation levels ... hmmm, could be here awhile ...

more than 3 years ago
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BYTE Is Coming Back

2muchcoffeeman Re:"Profesional"? (185 comments)

You may already be aware that the correct spelling is "professional" ... instead of what they put up there. And they seem to have lost their apostrophe.
 
Much like Caius, I'm not optimistic.

more than 3 years ago
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The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

2muchcoffeeman Re:Laptop battery (715 comments)

Another vote for both "laptop battery" and "Why wasn't this an option, you insensitive clod?!?"

about 4 years ago
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Freetype Lands In... Microsoft Office?

2muchcoffeeman Re:Must burn. (212 comments)

Apple's never been the best of friends with Microsoft in the first place. No big deal.

about 4 years ago
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Freetype Lands In... Microsoft Office?

2muchcoffeeman Re:Must burn. (212 comments)

If they were switching the Windows version to Freetype that would actually be a story.

Good point. I was presuming there already was a Mac version of TrueType. If there isn't one already, you are absolutely right.

Oh, there's definitely a Mac version of TrueType. Apple developed it 20 years ago to compete with Adobe Type 1 and licensed TrueType to Microsoft for Windows 3.1. It forced John Warnock to open Type 1 and eventually killed Adobe Type Manager. Remember when ATM was something other than a place to get cash or something dirty?

about 4 years ago

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America's Real Criminal Element: Lead

2muchcoffeeman 2muchcoffeeman writes  |  about a year and a half ago

2muchcoffeeman (573484) writes "The cause of the great increase in violent crime that started in the 1960s and peaked in the 1990s may have been isolated: lead (chemical symbol Pb). This leads directly to the reason for the sharp decline in violent crime since then: lead abatement programs and especially the ban of tetraethyl lead as an anti-knock agent in gasoline starting in 1996.

There are three reasons why this makes sense. First, the statistics correlate almost perfectly. Second, it holds true worldwide with no exceptions. Every country studied has shown this same strong correlation between leaded gasoline and violent crime rates. Third, the chemistry and neuroscience of lead gives us good reason to believe the connection. Decades of research has shown that lead poisoning causes significant and probably irreversible damage to the brain. Not only does lead degrade cognitive abilities and lower intelligence, it also degrades a person’s ability to make decisions by damaging areas of the brain responsible for emotional regulation, impulse control, attention, verbal reasoning, and mental flexibility.

Another thing that stands out: if you overlay a map showing areas with higher incidence of violent crime with one showing lead contamination, there's a strikingly high correlation."

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Professor Xavier is dead

2muchcoffeeman 2muchcoffeeman writes  |  about 2 years ago

2muchcoffeeman (573484) writes "A half-century after forming the original X-men (well, except for that new series Marvel just came out with), Charles Xavier was murdered at the hands (or, well ... mind) of the Phoenix Force-possessed Scott Summers in the newly-released AvX #11, part of this year's Marvel Avengers vs. X-Men multi-title mega-event.

At least, Professor X is dead until Marvel revives him for story purposes ... I figure it will happen in about 2017 or so."

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What if the Gulf oil spill can't be stopped?

2muchcoffeeman 2muchcoffeeman writes  |  more than 4 years ago

2muchcoffeeman (573484) writes "Sharon Astyk of Scienceblogs.com brings up an ongoing discussion of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill at The Oil Drum, a site for industry professionals. A comment in that discussion brings up a frightening scenario: that the Gulf oil spill is past the point of no return or very close to that point, there's no such thing as a "cap dome" that can be put in place to shut it off, the relief wells can't be brought online soon enough and the structure of the originally-drilled well is degrading and will eventually collapse ... meaning that entire underground oil reserve BP and its subcontractors were trying to extract will leak out into the Gulf of Mexico via the damaged equipment and underwater well site."
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Malware can download kiddy porn to your computer

2muchcoffeeman 2muchcoffeeman writes  |  more than 4 years ago

2muchcoffeeman (573484) writes "The Associated Press tells the story of Michael Fiola, a former Massachusetts government employee who was arrested in 2007 after child porn was found on his state-issued laptop computer. He was eventually clear of all charges after some digging by the defense found that the laptop was infected with malware that was "programmed to visit as many as 40 child porn sites per minute---an inhuman feat. While Fiola and his wife were out to dinner one night, someone logged on to the computer and porn flowed in for an hour and a half. Prosecutors performed another test and confirmed the defense findings. The charge was dropped---11 months after it was filed." The article also discusses the technical aspects of how it could happen and about similar cases in the United Kingdom in 2003."
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Xandros buys out Linspire

2muchcoffeeman 2muchcoffeeman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

2muchcoffeeman (573484) writes "Former Linspire president and CEO Kevin Carmony — whose relationship with his former employer has turned acrimonious, to say the least — reported on his blog that Xandros and Linspire signed an agreement in principle to buy Linspire June 19. He includes a scan of the memo to Linspire shareholders announcing the deal, which says the deal includes substantially all of Linspire's assets related to developing, marketing and selling a Linux distro "and other Linux-based products and applications" and requires the former Linspire company to change its name. According to the memo, the stockholders voted to change the company's name to Digital Cornerstone, Inc.

Despite the wording of the Linspire memo to stockholders, this deal apparently came as a surprise to Carmony and other stockholders.

Some Slashdotters may remember both that Xandros and Linspire each signed patent protection deals with Microsoft in 2007 and that Carmony was named one of the 100 most influential people in IT by eWeek in 2006."
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Adobe joins Linux, develops AIR for Linux

2muchcoffeeman 2muchcoffeeman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

2muchcoffeeman (573484) writes "Adobe announced Monday that it is joining the Linux Foundation and alpha-released a Linux version of its new Adobe Internet Runtime environment, which allows Internet-enable applications to run on Windows and Mac OS desktops, for Linux. According to Adobe, the alpha version lacks some key features that will be available in the final product and only runs with Sun Java, not GNU Java.

Adobe also released an alpha of Flex Builder for Linux Monday."

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2muchcoffeeman 2muchcoffeeman writes  |  more than 8 years ago ... that on my user page under the "Freaks" tab, I have this listed: "Everyone loves you, or they are too afraid to admit otherwise."

I prefer to believe the latter.

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