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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

93 Escort Wagon Re:Lying Headlines (286 comments)

This reminds me of a scene from an old Andy Griffith Show episode that, for no good reason, has been relegated to long-term storage in my brain.

Andy and Barney are checking into a hotel somewhere for a cop convention. The receptionist says "Thank you Mr. Taylor. Thank you, Mr. Fife... oh, excuse me, DOCTOR Fife!"

Andy incredulously looks at the sign-in book and notes that Barney has appended an "M.D." to his name - after which Barney sheepishly explains it stands for "Mayberry Deputy".

(okay, in all likelihood I'm the only person here who thinks that's funny...)

12 hours ago

Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

93 Escort Wagon They took more than email (185 comments)

The subjects of the warrants were the investigations editor of WikiLeaks, the British citizen Sarah Harrison; the spokesperson for the organisation, Kristinn Hrafnsson; and Joseph Farrell, one of its senior editors

It's obvious they also stole some vowels from the poor spokesperson.


Made-In-Nigeria Smart Cards To Extend Financial Services To the Poor

93 Escort Wagon It's about time! (40 comments)

Hopefully this will make it a lot easier for those Nigerian princes and military widows to transfer those millions of dollars to me. I keep giving them my bank account info, but I'm still waiting.

3 days ago

Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

93 Escort Wagon Re:Missing (389 comments)

I totally agree - the writers (or producers) way overcompensated when it came to Janeway. It wasn't enough she was a female captain - she had to be MacGyver on steroids.

Funny thing is... I think Kate Mulgrew did a pretty good job, given the role she was handed.

3 days ago

Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

93 Escort Wagon Re:X-Files vs. Bab-5 - ouch! (389 comments)

But X-Files was why I had a TV in the first place.

Bah. The X-Files was for people who couldn't handle Twin Peaks.

3 days ago

Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

93 Escort Wagon But is that what people are actually doing? (168 comments)

I thought they were wiping the Chromebook's internal drive, then reinstalling with their preferred Linux variant.

3 days ago

Doomsday Clock Could Move

93 Escort Wagon A word to the wise (144 comments)

If you tune into the stream, and the background music turns out to be Barry McGuire's Eve of Destruction... head straight to your fallout shelters forthwith.

5 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

93 Escort Wagon Re:Obviously. (299 comments)

Why would you need to learn any of the others if you already know javascript?

So you're not continuously wasting time reinventing the wheel.

5 days ago

Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

93 Escort Wagon Unanswered question (209 comments)

Analytics and visualization blogger Kevin Anderson studied data compiled by Edward Morbius, who says that just 9% of Google+'s 2.2 billion users actively post public content.

And of that "just 9%"... how much was activity on other Google properties where you have to jump through hoops NOT to have it cross-posted to Google+?

I know they mentioned YouTube comments, but this was also an issue with YouTube videos. If you posted one on your channel, you had to take steps for it not to be crossposted to your Google+ page. And, of course, most people who post on YouTube were semi-forced to create a Google+ page simply to remove some artificial constraints Google added with the goal of attempting to force Google+ adoption.

5 days ago

Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

93 Escort Wagon Re:Not "like Slashdot" (224 comments)

Slashdot doesn't have a "False" moderation... and it could use one.

Not to mention that we don't get to mod stories... and we should.

5 days ago

Japanese Nobel Laureate Blasts His Country's Treatment of Inventors

93 Escort Wagon Wait - I think I've heard about this (190 comments)

The dude didn't happen to work for Serano Genomics, perchance?

about a week ago

Silicon Valley Security Experts Give 'Blackhat' a Thumbs-Up; Do You?

93 Escort Wagon Re:Completely believable! (98 comments)

And Thor and the Asian woman race around the world fighting the bad guys. Literally fighting. Thor kicks physical ass.

Well, yeah. What did you expect? I can't speak for you, but that certainly describes my job pretty well - and I'm just a web developer.

I remember my first day at work. They showed me my office, then they said "here is your hot Asian girlfriend". I explained I was married, but it seemed to be a requirement.

about two weeks ago

Best current live-action TV show based on comics?

93 Escort Wagon Re:ARROW FTW (148 comments)

Very cool, Also cool that Barry Allen's dad is the actor who played Barry Allen in the 1990s series. Awesome.

Plus now they've worked in Amanda Pays as almost an alternate universe version of the character she played in the 1990s show.

about two weeks ago

Authors Alarmed As Oxford Junior Dictionary Drops Nature Words

93 Escort Wagon Re:Mmm... (174 comments)

I've got both acorns and blackberries growing in my yard. Not sure what I'm supposed to call them now...

More seriously - there has to be more to it than that, but possibly finding out would involve clicking the link and reading, and that would itself require a higher level of interest in this story than I actually possess.

about two weeks ago

Lawrence Krauss On Scientists As Celebrities: Good For Science?

93 Escort Wagon Say what? (227 comments)

... scientists such as Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, and Neil deGrasse Tyson ...

One of these names is not like the others,
One of these names just doesn't belong.
Can you tell me which name is not like the others,
Before I finish this song?

(okay, maybe it should be "two of these names...")

about two weeks ago

Wireless Keylogger Masquerades as USB Phone Charger

93 Escort Wagon Re:Come on, MS Keyboards are secure. (150 comments)

It would not compromise the security for some trivial thing like ease-of-use for dimwitted user.

No one who's used a Microsoft product would believe "ease of use" was given any significant amount of consideration by the design team.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

93 Escort Wagon Re:Nostalgic for Windows 7? (639 comments)

I'm not a huge fan of Windows; but, If I need it for something, Windows 7 is the version I install - in a virtual machine. It does seem pretty solid, and 8's UI gets in the way far too much (says this Mac user).

about two weeks ago



Google patches Android against OpenSSL MITM vulnerability

93 Escort Wagon 93 Escort Wagon writes  |  about 7 months ago

93 Escort Wagon (326346) writes "Google is releasing Android 4.4.4 for certain Nexus phones and tablets. While some users hoping for a new Android release at I/O may be disappointed by the timing of this new KitKat release, it is important update since it is primarily addressing CVE-2014-0224, a significant OpenSSL man in the middle vulnerability discovered recently."

Remote Root Exploit in Kindle Touch

93 Escort Wagon 93 Escort Wagon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

93 Escort Wagon (326346) writes "This week's SANS Consensus Security Vulnerability email reports there's a remote root exploit on the Kindle Touch, thanks to its NPAPI support, served with a side of full root privileges.

NPAPI support was newly introduced on the Touch with software update 5.1.0. I don't own a Kindle Touch, but if it's anything like my Kindle 3 — I can't imagine too many people are using its web browser. But still..."

iGoogle going away in 2013

93 Escort Wagon 93 Escort Wagon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

93 Escort Wagon (326346) writes "Users of iGoogle are now receiving notices that iGoogle is being shut down on November 1, 2013. The mobile version will be retired on July 31, 2012.

I remember when Google seemed to be all about offering tools people might find useful, regardless of their money-making potential; but it appears they're now proceeding pell-mell down the track of killing projects they can't monetize."

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When Stallman speaks, you'd better have Pepsi on h

93 Escort Wagon 93 Escort Wagon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

93 Escort Wagon (326346) writes "Some Slashdotters adore Richard Stallman, while others revile him — but we all can agree he's an interesting character. If you're thinking about bringing RMS in for a talk, though, there's a lot to be considered — literally. And you'd better not use the term "open source" or use a penguin in the promotional materials!"
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Netflix does about-face, decides to keep profiles

93 Escort Wagon 93 Escort Wagon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

93 Escort Wagon (326346) writes "Fresh from my Inbox:

We Are Keeping Netflix Profiles

You spoke, and we listened. We are keeping Profiles. Thank you for all the calls and emails telling us how important Profiles are.

We are sorry for any inconvenience we may have caused. We hope the next time you hear from us we will delight, and not disappoint, you.

-Your friends at Netflix"


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