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Put Your Code in the SWAMP: DHS Sponsors Online Open Source Code Testing

93 Escort Wagon Re:WTF? (47 comments)

I'm not sure why you're conflating your understandable disgust over the current state of copyright litigation in the US with issues related to code integrity. There's not exactly a lot of common ground there.

Now if you had mentioned DHS' cozy relationship with the NSA - an organization that most of us expect is actively subverting both code and the standards we rely on - that would make more sense.

2 hours ago
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

93 Escort Wagon Bose is suing Apple? (161 comments)

Quick, Slashdotters - tell me who to hate!

2 days ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

93 Escort Wagon Re:As soon as greenpeace touches it (283 comments)

I've been a vegetarian for 15 years and can run a marathon. How about you?

Well, for starters, obviously vegetarianism causes insanity.

2 days ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

93 Escort Wagon Re:Hipsterism at its finest (worst?) (283 comments)

Nice rant about hipsters, but do you have any actual arguments against what Greenpeace is saying?

Given he felt he had to invoke the same angry and vague rant five slightly different ways - and even numbered them for some bizarre reason - it's obvious he does not.

2 days ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

93 Escort Wagon Re: Clever editors. (283 comments)

So you have no idea if it's true, and you haven't bothered to check - or you just made it up and figured you'd throw it out there anonymously because hey, this is Slashdot and there are always at least a few guys of most any political bent willing to run with absurd stories.

Don't be lazy - if you have evidence, at least post a link so people can discuss it.

2 days ago
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

93 Escort Wagon Re: Data will be anonymous? (125 comments)

If you believe most Google ads are for beneficial totally above-board products, you must've been running AdBlock for the past several years.

3 days ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

93 Escort Wagon Mine is different than my wife's (137 comments)

I'm up near 100% - assuming I can include my ripped movies and TV shows, which are "streamed" from my media server (an old Powerbook) to my television. If not, I'm still in the 60-80% bracket. My daughter's taste in movies and TV shows is similar to mine, and so she has pretty much the same viewing habits.

I'm not at 100% because we still watch (via Tivo) a few old TV shows - e.g. Hogan's Heroes and Seinfeld - that aren't always available via the streaming options I've got.

My wife, though, still watches a fair bit of network television - mainly those gosh-awful police procedurals and medical dramas. Some of those are watched on her iPad via the particular network's app, but most are Tivo'ed and watched that way.

3 days ago
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

93 Escort Wagon Re:Data will be anonymous? (125 comments)

While I believe your statement to be true, I think given Google's history and business model it's unwise to assume the risks to the health data that'll be collected come only from government entities. And actually, the thought that the government might get at my health history through this doesn't particularly bother me since they likely already have acquired it legitimately for various reasons.

But Google could easily spin the "limited to medical and health purposes" to include health- and medical-related companies that pay them to serve you targeted ads, based on the data they "anonymously" have linked to you. It's how their overall ad system already functions. And if Google didn't see the potential for them to profit by this, they wouldn't be doing it in the first place.

3 days ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

93 Escort Wagon Am I the only one who mis-read the headline? (132 comments)

The immediately previous story was about new SSL server rules. I read that, and then reloaded and saw this new story. My first reaction was "why on earth does the 'SSL Project' need anywhere near $400 million dollars?!"

3 days ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

93 Escort Wagon Re:At fucking last (194 comments)

Always really preview before clicking submit.

Can we finally use the the <video> tag with H.264 files and just forget about the rest?

No, since Firefox is currently limiting the use of this plugin to WebRTC - which basically means it's not available for anything actual users want to do, such as watch html5 video.

about a week ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

93 Escort Wagon Re:Is anyone left to care? (194 comments)

You have control. As the article says:
> Users will have options to activate or deactivate it

It sounds like the person to whom you're replying deactivated Firefox quite some time ago.

about a week ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

93 Escort Wagon Re:Trusting a binary from Cisco (194 comments)

Even though the codec source code is available, it is compiled by Cisco and provided to Mozilla. Something in me doesn't 100% trust that Cisco won't use this as an opportunity to put hidden spyware on everyone's computers.

I don't believe "everyone" is using Firefox these days - quite the opposite. So most of us aren't going to lose any sleep over this possibility.

about a week ago
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Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

93 Escort Wagon Dear Verizon (76 comments)

I have a hand sign I'd like to show you. But don't worry - you don't need to know ASL to understand the meaning of this sign.

about a week ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

93 Escort Wagon Re:The hubbub is misplaced (350 comments)

Admittedly this is a tangent, but - I find it funny that the USPS is at the same time both trying to stop Saturday mail delivery and contracting with Amazon to deliver packages on Sunday.

about a week ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

93 Escort Wagon Re:I doubt most people care (350 comments)

Maybe Netflix should change that "very long wait" to a Google map with a pointer at my home and the caption "your disc is currently here".

about a week ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

93 Escort Wagon I doubt most people care (350 comments)

Most of the Netflix subscribers I know (including myself) are paying that monthly fee mainly for the privilege of having that red mailer sit on the shelf next to the TV and gather dust.

In any case, I doubt the typical Netflix subscriber will think this change impacts them in any significant way.

about a week ago
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Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

93 Escort Wagon Re:Huge Caveat! (98 comments)

That only happens if you enter your passcode then see the "Trust this Computer" prompt on a computer that has iTunes installed and you click "Trust" at the prompt. That creates a set of sync keys that the iOS device will then accept to access the various services.

The article made that very clear. But it's not clear to me where these keys are stored - is it on the disk, unprotected, or is it in your encrypted keychain? If the former, it seems to me that - unless you encrypt your computer's hard disk - this means anyone with unfettered access to your computer could get at these keys and thereby get at everything on your iOS device. If the latter, it would be much more difficult to do, even if they otherwise got access to your account.

The guy said he uses this to monitor his kids (which, depending on their age, might be a bit jerky in my opinion). However since he seems like an overzealous parent, I'm wondering if he has his kids' passwords etc., which would be necessary if these keys are in the keychain.

about a week ago
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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

93 Escort Wagon Re:Where were you when the Eagle landed? (211 comments)

I was eight. We were glued to the TV at home. Heck, we were glued to the TV at elementary school too! Everyone was in awe of this - anything seemed possible.

And then I remember Apollo 13 - biting my nails, hoping and praying those brave souls were going to make it home.

Back to the present, and wondering if we'll ever get out there again.

about a week ago

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Google patches Android against OpenSSL MITM vulnerability

93 Escort Wagon 93 Escort Wagon writes  |  about a month 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."
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Remote Root Exploit in Kindle Touch

93 Escort Wagon 93 Escort Wagon writes  |  about 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..."
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iGoogle going away in 2013

93 Escort Wagon 93 Escort Wagon writes  |  about 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  |  about 2 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  |  about 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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