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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

93 Escort Wagon Re:"little influence" (704 comments)

It took a study to figure that out?

And likely a government-funded one, to boot!

yesterday
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

93 Escort Wagon Re:I Pay (319 comments)

While I agree with you in principle, it is a little more complicated than that.

What Netflix is paying for is a peering tie-in inside of Comcast's data centers.

2 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

93 Escort Wagon Re:For the first time ever... (380 comments)

One year I filed an extension... then completely forgot about it! Fortunately they owed me money (I had sent a check for my estimated taxes due when I filed for the extension, and it turns out I'd overpaid), so when I finally filed it a few years late I wasn't in trouble. But the only reason I ever remembered was I got a letter from the IRS saying "we never received this tax return, and if you don't file before XX-XX-XXXX any money we might owe you will be forfeit".

2 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

93 Escort Wagon Re:In Switzerland (380 comments)

Here in Switzerland, canton Vaud, Tax Day was March 15. It is quite easy : you download a Java app from the government Web site.

I don't want a Java app anywhere near my financial information.

2 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

93 Escort Wagon Re:base it around my OS (380 comments)

I've used TaxAct for quite a few years - it works well, and it's under ten bucks for most people. Heck, for a federal return it doesn't have to cost anything at all.

The IRS itself has gradually been making it easier to file directly with them, for free. Up until now my wife and I have fallen above the income cutoff they've artificially chosen; but it appears they've been gradually increasing their capacity over the past few years - I suspect, either next year or the year after, we all will be able to go to irs.gov and take care of it there. My taxes aren't that difficult, so having to use a paid service (or paper) just because I want to do them myself seems quite silly.

2 days ago
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The Best Parking Apps You've Never Heard Of and Why You Haven't

93 Escort Wagon Don't think his recommended apps work (163 comments)

When I rode the train in to work this morning, the app failed miserably when I tried to find the best place to park it in the rail yard. Also, the conductor's goons stopped me from getting to the locomotive.

2 days ago
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Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

93 Escort Wagon Re:I can't use cloudflare, connection is insecure (151 comments)

Hmm... I have a fully updated 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) box that's been my media server for a number of years - it doesn't get used for anything else, even web browsing (it's an old MacBook Pro with a non-functional screen). Just now I connected to it using screen sharing, opened up Safari and went to the CloudFlare Challenge website. It loaded just fine, with no warnings whatsoever.

I put Firefox on it and went to the same URL - Firefox tells me the certificate has been revoked.

3 days ago
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Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

93 Escort Wagon Re:I can't use cloudflare, connection is insecure (151 comments)

On iOS I get no such warning...

And actually, the default OS X settings don't check revocation lists either. To enable that you need to open up "Keychain Access", go to "Preferences -> Certificates", and set both OCSP and CRL to "Best Attempt".

3 days ago
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Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

93 Escort Wagon Oh, man, what a mess (151 comments)

I do have to wonder if the task was made easier given the purpose of the server. After all, I'd think it wouldn't get traffic at all except for those people responding to the challenge. But, still, this proved it's possible.

So not only do those of us responsible for web servers need to generate new server certs for all of our servers... pretty much every current web server cert in existence also needs to be revoked. Are the CAs even willing/able to do something on that scale in a short amount of time?

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

93 Escort Wagon Re:lol. ignorant nerd rage. (723 comments)

Given no one will want to compensate them... how will they live?

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

93 Escort Wagon Re:WHAT? (723 comments)

i know a guy who can test and replace most parts on a motherboard.

How does he do these tests without electricity?

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

93 Escort Wagon Re:Medical doctor (723 comments)

Wow, that was quite a logical leap you made there! You must be really impressed with that uncited study you're referring to!

There was a study, only about a decade ago, that claimed vaccines cause autism! So make sure not to get your kids vaccinated - vaccines obviously do more harm than good!

4 days ago
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NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed

93 Escort Wagon Re:NSA put the bug there, of course they exploited (149 comments)

The author of this bug and the reviewer of the commit have both been very forthcoming about the mistake. There's little reason to suspect malicious intent in this particular instance.

That doesn't mean the NSA didn't know about it or exploit it, though.

5 days ago
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Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

93 Escort Wagon Re:this Chromepost smells Chromefunny (101 comments)

For some Chromereason, I feel like TFA is taking benefits of ***USING ANY LAPTOP*** and recasting them as Chromebenefits of using one company's product

Well, just off the top of my head - if these teachers don't push their students into using Chromebooks, Google will need to find some other method of collecting data and building shadow profiles on those people.

So, right there, you've got a significant benefit to specifically promoting Chromebooks.

5 days ago
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'weev' Conviction Vacated

93 Escort Wagon Re:What happens now? (147 comments)

No - see the last paragraph in the post you're responding to.

5 days ago
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93 Harvard Faculty Members Call On the University To Divest From Fossil Fuels

93 Escort Wagon Re:Were the typos intentional (214 comments)

No, they weren't intentional; but, given the submitter was a Harvard graduate, any spelling errors were understandable.

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

93 Escort Wagon Re:Mulgrew is an airhead (639 comments)

People have an inherent bias to trust successful people.

Okay, but we're talking about Kate Mulgrew.

about a week ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

93 Escort Wagon Re:Sad, and not black and white either (351 comments)

I was thinking more along the lines of "how else will they share pics of whomever they're having for dinner?"

about a week ago

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Remote Root Exploit in Kindle Touch

93 Escort Wagon 93 Escort Wagon writes  |  about a year and a half 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  |  more than 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  |  more than 5 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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