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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

93 Escort Wagon I actually agree with this decision; but (394 comments)

"We cannot keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. It does not serve America's interests, or the Cuban people, to try to push Cuba toward collapse. We know from hard-learned experience that it is better to encourage and support reform than to impose policies that will render a country a failed state," said the White House in a written statement.

So would the same people that support this move also say we should have continued with "constructive engagement" vis a vis South Africa during apartheid rather than imposing the punitive sanctions that were demanded by many left-of-center folks?

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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

93 Escort Wagon Re:Move to a gated community (593 comments)

... Other less dysfunctional cities either have better mass transit or a lot fewer people wanting to go a non-trivial distance. Hell, all you have to do is look north to San Francisco and Oakland, where BART siphons off enough demand from the freeways to keep them flowing much more cleanly than in LA, the only real exceptions being the choke points where trains are at maximum capacity at rush hour (the Bay Bridge and Transbay Tube) or where the BART line ends where there's still a lot of commuter traffic on the parallel freeway (I-80 in Richmond)...

Another vexing problem LA commuters have to deal with, while those in San Francisco or Oakland do not, is the presence of Bus Pirates.

2 days ago
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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

93 Escort Wagon Re:Or just make the A-pillar narrower. (190 comments)

Here's a better idea - make the A-pillar (as viewed from the drivers position) no wider than the distance between the center of your eyes. This prevents the pillar from blocking your vision, and no electronics are needed.

I don't have stereo vision, you insensitive clod!

2 days ago
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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

93 Escort Wagon Re:Not transparent... (190 comments)

Is is "transparent" or is it a "reverse cloaking system"?

Neither - they've just invented transparent aluminum!

2 days ago
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Tracking the Mole Inside Silk Road 2.0

93 Escort Wagon Old fashioned detective work (81 comments)

This is how I want our 3-letter agencies to be doing their jobs, rather than actively working to sacrifice everyone's privacy and safety just because it might make it slightly easier to nail a small number of criminals.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

93 Escort Wagon Re: America, land of the free... (717 comments)

The fundamental problem is - sysadmins have more or less unfettered access to a companies' systems, and there's no good way for non-technical people to tell if a sysadmin is misusing his position. If you're the one running a company's mail server, you can conceivably intercept all sorts of sensitive information. It's the same if you're the one responsible for keeping company desktops operational.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Employees Receive Email Threat From Hackers: 'Your Family Will Be In Danger'

93 Escort Wagon Re:How good are the cops? (184 comments)

It may take a while - that's a lot of basement-dwellers to sift through...

about two weeks ago
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Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

93 Escort Wagon Re:Effort dilution (254 comments)

Node.js is a shitty hamburger restaurant?

Yes - but their fries are pretty tasty.

about two weeks ago
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Starbucks Testing Mobile Order and Pay In Portland On iOS

93 Escort Wagon Re:Portland (40 comments)

I want a to eat a Maine lobster. Oh, not that Portland?

You can certainly get Maine Lobster in Portland, Oregon. However everyone nearby will stare at you while simultaneously registering their passive-aggressive disapproval to their Twitter feeds. #LobstersArePeopleToo

about two weeks ago
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Gangnam Style Surpasses YouTube's 32-bit View Counter

93 Escort Wagon Re:Rick-Roll (164 comments)

What kind of sick person would see a link described as a "fancy pivot chat" and still click on it?

about two weeks ago
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Probe Into NSA Activity Reveals Germany Spying On Germans

93 Escort Wagon Re:Alas Klar Herr Kommieczar? (83 comments)

Or, in German, Unter Gleben Glowben Globen.

Isn't that from "Pretty Fly for a White Guy" by the Offspring?

about two weeks ago
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WHO Timeline for Ebola Containment Proves Hard To Meet

93 Escort Wagon Re:safely Ebola the victims? (78 comments)

safely Ebola 70 percent of the victims

The original article was written by Smurfs.

about three weeks ago
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Single Pixel Camera Takes Images Through Breast Tissue

93 Escort Wagon Re:Not Human Breasts...Doh (81 comments)

Its chicken breast tissue.... thats just blatant click bait. However you want to look at it.

Or it might be chick bait.

Thank you! I'll be here all week!

about three weeks ago
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Single Pixel Camera Takes Images Through Breast Tissue

93 Escort Wagon Re:Mmm... (81 comments)

Not necessarily. He mentioned his head... he just didn't clarify which one he was referring to.

about three weeks ago
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Security Experts Believe the Internet of Things Will Be Used To Kill Someone

93 Escort Wagon Re:Already been done (165 comments)

Those murders weren't done with refrigerators.

about three weeks ago
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Security Experts Believe the Internet of Things Will Be Used To Kill Someone

93 Escort Wagon Re:Already been done (165 comments)

Indeed. Every single bit of technology ever devised has been used to kill people. It's what we do.

No kidding. Remember the Refrigerator Murders of '03? Those were particularly gruesome...

about three weeks ago
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Apple and Amazon Launch Black Friday Price War

93 Escort Wagon All the Kindles are on sale... (43 comments)

For sufficiently loose definitions of "all".

The Kindle Voyage does not appear to be included in this sale, which is a shame.

about three weeks ago

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Google patches Android against OpenSSL MITM vulnerability

93 Escort Wagon 93 Escort Wagon writes  |  about 6 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."
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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..."
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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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