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Super Bowl Ads: Worth the Price Or Waste of Time?

54mc Re:1984 (347 comments)

Good news! DHS has announced they'll have a spot this year!

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Tracking Solutions For Linux Laptop?

54mc Re:Theft prevention: label it "Linux Laptop" (253 comments)

This is actually not a terrible idea. Kinda along the lines of how people joke that the best anti-theft an American car can have is a clutch.

about a year and a half ago
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Researchers Crack iOS Mobile Hotspot Passwords In Less Than a Minute

54mc Re:Argh! (49 comments)

For reference, that means there's 18,420,000 combinations.

about a year and a half ago
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With an Eye Toward Disaster, NYC Debuts Solar Charging Stations

54mc poor babies (115 comments)

and often walked across whole neighborhoods to reach zones with power

Whole neighborhoods!? I'm amazed they survived the brutal fifteen minute journey and lived to tell the tale.

about a year and a half ago
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Shapeshifting: Proposal For a New Periodic Table of the Elements

54mc Site already blown to bits (87 comments)

Error establishing a database connection that looks suspiciously like a broken WordPress on the source material. Google link shows a translation of a translation of a translation...

about a year and a half ago
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Revealed: How the UK Spied On Its G20 Allies At London Summits

54mc Re:Seems fishy (262 comments)

"#211,944? I'm not familiar with it."

"Of course you aren't, senator. "You" haven't written it yet."

Fixed for unfortunate truth

about a year and a half ago
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Proposed Rule Would Drastically Restrict Chimp Research

54mc Already not in use (134 comments)

From TFA:

In fact, most of the roughly 1,000 chimps held at biomedical laboratories are not being used.

I'd be curious why this is - already too much regulation? The article goes on to say that they hope to pass them on to shelters. I'd certainly hope that's the case if they're not being utilized

about a year and a half ago
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Federal Judge Says Interns Should Be Paid

54mc Re:Genius judge (540 comments)

The only point I can see is that even if they have to be paid, you still have perfectly legitimate reason to pay them less than you would someone else doing the same work.

The real problem is the racket they've got going. You can't get a job without experience and the only experience you can get is going to be unpaid or underpaid labor doing the exact same job

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Shows Off New iOS 7, Mac OS X At WWDC

54mc "Summary" (607 comments)

This is about the longest TFS I've ever seen. It's only about half the length of the full article!

about a year and a half ago
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Supermarkets: High-Tech Hotbeds

54mc Re:Self Checkout - Bah Humbug (126 comments)

You put it back? That's nice of you. I've abandoned my cart in these lines before.
Protip the the Walmart in Houston - Dunvale. When there are literally more than a hundred people in line to check out, you should open the fourth checkout stand.

about a year and a half ago
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Supermarkets: High-Tech Hotbeds

54mc Re:Been going on for years (126 comments)

This is such a simple energy saver that it's kind of amazing they didn't come up with using one of the two parts (motion activation and LEDs) it much, much earlier.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do When Another Dev Steals Your Work and Adds Their Name?

54mc Re:Wayback machine? (480 comments)

If the original client won't cooperate, perhaps you could send a DMCA takedown notice asserting your ownership of the copyright for the original digital content.

Unfortunately, this is almost certainly not an option. From TFS:

Now this is grey territory as it the client who owns the source, not the contracting developer.

about a year and a half ago
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IBM Buys Dallas Based Softlayer For $2 Billion

54mc Re:"Dark" past? (78 comments)

Having worked with several former TP and EV1 people, I'm confused as well. Aside from running like, well, a lot of early tech companies did, I've never heard of any "dark history."

about a year and a half ago
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A Serious Proposal To Fix Windows 8

54mc Re:Bad OS or bad GUI? (578 comments)

If it is simply a shitty GUI on an improved kernel and stack then I will deal with it.

Agreed!

For powerusers, whom I would assume make up a large portion of /.'s audience, a GUI is something that can be replaced or skinned over but a crappy backend is forever

about a year and a half ago
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In Wake of Poor Reviews, Amazon Yanks SimCity Download

54mc Re:Read the reviews yourself (511 comments)

AFAIK, Amazon referrals will track you until you get another one. The Amazon link in the posted article did feature a referrer link.

about 2 years ago
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Games Workshop Bullies Author Over Use of the Words 'Space Marine'

54mc Re:Starcraft (211 comments)

It's common rumor, though I'm unable to find a source right now, that Starcraft was originally designed to be an RTS version of Space Hulk. You've got the Marines/Marines, Zerg/Tyaranids, Protoss/Tau. Someone who's not at work might be more enterprising than I and actually be able to find a source on this.

about 2 years ago
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Amazon.com Suffers Outage: Nearly $5M Down the Drain?

54mc Re:Call the Waaaahmbulance? (173 comments)

You can't lose what you do not yet have.

Unless you're the RIAA/MPAA

about 2 years ago

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Japan to launch Solar-Sail Spacecraft to Venus

54mc 54mc writes  |  more than 4 years ago

54mc writes "The financial times reports that Japan is preparing to launch what they hope to be the first successful solar sail craft to Venus. Dubbed Ikaros for interplanetary kite-craft accelerated by radiation of the sun, it hopes to be a forerunner for another solar sail powered vehicle to Jupiter later this decade.

I thought 2010 was supposed to be the year we made contact with Jupiter, but I can settle for 2020."

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MassEffect 2 finds a way to profit from used games

54mc 54mc writes  |  more than 4 years ago

54mc writes "Mass Effect 2 has found a way to profit from those gamers who might be considering buying the game used. New copies of the game will include a code for free access to some DLC. When a player buys the game used, the old code will not work, and they will have to pay for a new one.

Finally, someone's found a way to take some wind out of the sails of Gamestop. It'll be interesting to see how the pricing on used copies of Mass Effect 2 compare with the prices of other used games, and to see if other games will follow suit."

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Microsoft COFEE Leaked

54mc 54mc writes  |  more than 5 years ago

54mc writes "Crunchgear reports that Microsoft's long-searched for forensics tool, COFEE has been leaked. The tool started on a small private tracker, but has since worked it's way to The Pirate Bay. Not all those who have got ahold of it are enthused, and reviews have ranged from "disappointing" to "useless." From the article:you have absolutely no use for the program. It’s not something like Photoshop or Final Cut Pro, an expensive application that you download for the hell of it on the off-chance you need to put Dave Meltzer’s face on Brett Hart’s body as part of a message board thread. No, COFEE is 100 percent useless to you. "
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CARS.gov EULA Allows the Government to Own Your PC

54mc 54mc writes  |  more than 5 years ago

54mc writes "Glen Beck today revealed what a close inspection of the End User License Agreement for the CARS system contains. From the EULA, "This application provides access to the DoT CARS system. When logged on to the CARS system, your computer is considered a Federal computer system and is the property of the U.S. Government." The EULA goes on to include other specific aspects of what exactly belongs to the computer.Will this be yet another issue for the already troubled system?

This is of course, yet another example of EULAs that no one reads going way too far."
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Palm Pre iTunes Capable - Again!

54mc 54mc writes  |  more than 5 years ago

54mc writes "The Associated Press reports today that the newest update for the Palm Pre will again allow it to connect to Apple's iTunes. Apple had recently removed such capability, and they seem to be set on not allowing it to continue. Has a Palm/Apple cat and mouse game begun?"
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Duke Nukem Developer 3D Realms Closes Shop

54mc 54mc writes  |  more than 5 years ago

54mc writes "Shack News reports that developer 3D Realms has closed up shop. 3D Realms has been developing the now infamous Duke Nukem Forever for the past 13 years. Development of the Duke Nukem trilogy of handheld games will continue, with the first title, Critical Mass hitting shelves in September."
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Group Wants Wi-Fi Banned, Citing Allergy

54mc 54mc writes  |  more than 6 years ago

54mc writes "A small group in Santa Fe, New Mexico is claiming that the city is discriminating against them by having wireless networks in public buildings. How are these buildings discriminatory? Simple. These people are allergic to Wi-Fi. And they're suing the city.
Linked article includes interview with tin-foil-hat wearing leader of the group."
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Supreme Court to Reconsider Broadcast Indecency

54mc 54mc writes  |  more than 6 years ago

54mc writes "The Boston Globe Reports that the FCC has asked the Supreme Court to consider it's newest decency rules. The specific rule in question regards "fleeting expletives," most recently and famously a problem when Bono proclaimed that winning a Golden Globe Award was "F*cking brilliant!""
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Houston tests Unmanned Drone Aircraft

54mc 54mc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

54mc writes "The Houston Police Department was seen testing an unmanned aircraft in a secretive meeting on Wednesday. The media were not allowed into the event due to the testing nature of the project, however they were told that the aircraft would be used for "mobility" and "tactical" issues, and possibly even for writing traffic tickets. The full story is here, complete with pictures and video."
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OiNK Servers Raided; Admin Arrested

54mc 54mc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

54mc writes "Oink.cd, A popular, yet exclusive bittorrent tracker has gone down. TorrentFreak reports that the servers were raided and seized by agents working under IFPI. The new homepage indicates that the IFPI will be conducting an investigation into the identities and activities of the users of the site. TorrentFreak also points out that IFPI has threated such before, but nothing has ever come of it."
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iPhone Unlocked via Software

54mc 54mc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

54mc writes "In the latest in a series of iPhone unlocking stories, CNN reports that a group of anonymous hackers have successfully unlocked the iPhone via software. From the story: " 'It's completely software hacked,' Schulte said. 'There's no case opening required. It's not required to do any kind of disassembly.' It took Schulte about two minutes to unlock the iPhone." Could this be the beginning of the end of AT&T's monopoly on the so-called JesusPhone?"
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Man visits 171 Manhattan-Area Starbucks

54mc 54mc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

54mc writes ""Some people go to Starbucks every day. Comedian/Filmmaker Mark Malkoff did the unthinkable. He made a short film in which he visited and made purchases at 171 Starbucks stores in Manhattan in one day." Marlkoff spent 20 hours and nearly 370 dollars on the trip, which is documented on his website at 171Starbucks.com"
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54mc 54mc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

54mc writes "The IFPI, an international recording industry organization, has released a list of Ten "Inconvenient Truths" of file sharing. Though the group has a vested interest, it's still an interesting read as it tears apart some of the most common arguments in favor of file sharing. Ars Technica follows up with a more thorough explanation of some of the points."

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