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Spotify Announces Single User Hacked, No Personal Data Stolen

AlphaBit Maybe someone hacked their own account? (50 comments)

Could be that the hacker was just trying to clean up their own, embarrassing listening history.

about 3 months ago

Did Apple Make a Mistake By Releasing Two New iPhones?

AlphaBit Re:Apple makes money either way... (348 comments)

Moving to a 64 bit word size has other effects than simply increasing the amount of memory that can be addressed. When doing mathematical computations, if a number doesn't fit in your word you have to fake it. 64 bit words allow for much bigger numbers that can now be handled natively by the CPU. This might make a big difference in crypto performance, like on your SSL connections.

about a year ago

New System Propels Satellites Without Propellants

AlphaBit Sounds like a light-saber training program (85 comments)

Propellant-less floating robot on a spaceship? There must already be footage of the thing floating around with a laser pointer attach and the astronauts swinging tools while making light-saber noises. At least that's what I would do.

1 year,11 days

3 Reasons Why Microsoft Needs 3 Surface Tablets

AlphaBit Is this post trolling Microsoft? (266 comments)

I think someone is trying to get Microsoft to go out of business by tricking them into doubling down on the Surface RT.

1 year,18 days

Copyright Drama Reaches 3D Printing World

AlphaBit Bad comparison (258 comments)

-> (e.g. the output of a GPLed program is not GPLed, so why should executing a program on a 3D printer be any different?)

The output of a GPL program (a compiler for example) might not be governed by the license on the program, but might be governed by the license on the source file (the design). I can't take Open Source code, compile it with a GPL compiler and sell it for profit without including the source and attribution because "the output of a GPLed program is not GPLed".

I can't use the IBM logo for my own personal use because I 2D printed it myself. Manufacturing does not wash away any need to respect I.P. rights.

about a year ago

DARPA Develops Non-GPS Navigation Chip

AlphaBit Don't they already have this? (84 comments)

Missiles have had inertial navigation systems for some time now. Where's the advance that brings this technology to regular consumers?

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Protecting Home Computers From Guests?

AlphaBit Re:Boot to the guest account (572 comments)

And the Guest account means I can let my friends game on the machine. Try running BF3 in a VM.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Protecting Home Computers From Guests?

AlphaBit Re:Boot to the guest account (572 comments)

I agree that a VM is the best solution IF you can keep a user in the VM. The VM software that I've used in the past puts the host machine a click away. A Guest account isn't perfect, but it's pretty easy and gives you some lower level protection. It also means that I don't have to do anything strange or special when I let other people use the machine. They use it in the same mode that I use it. The browsers themselves will still be pretty vulnerable to bad plugins but I run a virus scanner which helps.

A Guest account in Guest Mode would have been nice, but they took that feature away in the release.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Protecting Home Computers From Guests?

AlphaBit Boot to the guest account (572 comments)

The media PC in my living room boots directly into the Guest account. Under the guest account I can USE almost all the programs I have installed seamlessly. There are some minor issues with software updates, XBOX controllers, and a complete inability to configure network settings, but that's about it. If I need to do anything that requires more rights I can deal with the UAC prompts that show up or simply log out and back in as an admin.

I know it's not flawless but I still feel pretty comfortable letting my tech savvy (e.g. dangerous) friends stay over unattended. It wouldn't hold up to anyone seriously determined to break the security but they have access to the physical machine and can't really be stopped anyway.

about a year ago

SkyDrive 3.0: Microsoft Gave Up Fighting Apple's 30% Cut

AlphaBit Re:iOS Office? No! (121 comments)

Speak for your own penis pix, please.

about a year ago

Has the Command Line Outstayed Its Welcome?

AlphaBit More applications should have a CLI (1134 comments)

Let's put this to a slashdot vote. I vote that MORE end-user applications should have a CLI. If you don't understand it, don't use it. Nothing essential should require it.

more than 2 years ago

Video Captchas are Hard for Computers to Understand but Easy for Humans (Video)

AlphaBit Isn't the moving letters captcha easier to beat? (128 comments)

1 Take multiple frames 2 Solve the captcha in each one indiviually 3 The most common answer is probably right.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Tips On 2D To Stereo 3D Conversion?

AlphaBit Red/Cyan glasses (125 comments)

You will want to avoid the old paper red/cyan glasses and go with the slightly more expensive plastic ones that are designed for LCD monitors and TVs. Otherwise be prepared for a LOT of ghosting. Also, nvidia makes platic red/cyan glasses that are designed to fit over regular glasses. You may also need to calibrate your monitor to make sure that red is really red and cyan is really cyan.

I was personally very surprised at how well red/cyan works. Of course the colors get a little muddle, but not as much as I had expected.

I bought these, btw

more than 2 years ago

US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers

AlphaBit Has anyone looked for conflict of interest issues? (1167 comments)

What kinds of companies do Kay Hagan and the other sponsors invest in? I know there are supposed to be laws preventing congress members from knowing the composition of their portfolios, but I don't know enough about it to understand why those laws don't seem to have any effect.

more than 2 years ago

Failures Mark First National Test of Emergency Alert System

AlphaBit What about those that adandoned broadcast media? (451 comments)

I haven't had a cable subscription for years and now get all my television from Hulu or Netflix. I also listen to Pandora Radio at home, work, and in the car. I guess I just don't get to know about the emergency evacuation plans that will save my life. Hopefully, streaming media over IP is just a fad and they won't have to rethink the relevance of a broadcast based Emergency Alert System.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Standard Software Development Environments?

AlphaBit Lol (362 comments)

Welcome to the schizophrenic world of technology.

more than 2 years ago

Sprint Details Shift To LTE

AlphaBit Read the article (183 comments)

The image clearly shows the WiMax phones will continue to be sold through 2012. WiMax support will probably exist for 2 years after that (2014)

more than 2 years ago

Mozilla's Nightingale: Why Firefox Still Matters

AlphaBit Opera is often first, stolen from, then ignored. (260 comments)

I've watched for years as other browsers have stolen idea after idea from Opera. Tabs, Start Pages, Gestures (via Mozilla plugin), Advanced cookie control, Saved Sessions, etc.

about 3 years ago

The 'Three Ton' Hard Drive Destroyer

AlphaBit Why does it matter how much force is used? (206 comments)

If it makes it through the disk? I would much prefer a device that made several holes with whatever force was necessary versus one that makes one hole with as much force as possible.

more than 3 years ago

Netflix Compares ISP Streaming Performance

AlphaBit Re:Wow Verizon is around 2k? (209 comments)

This is definitely not the FiOS that I have. I can stream Netflix and Hulu and be running 2 games and using voip without any noticeable slowdown. I could probably add a couple more HD streams and still have some headroom. And in practice, I get almost that same bandwidth upstream (35Mb/s)

more than 3 years ago



Arab American Students Repremanded for 9/11 shirts

AlphaBit AlphaBit writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AlphaBit (1244464) writes "11 students from the class of 2011 at Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn, MI have been reprimanded for wearings shirts bearing a large image of the number 11. Each numeral had windows painted into them, alluding to the twin towers. The text below the graphic read, "YOU CAN'T BRING US DOWN." Sounds like a case of good-old American pride to me. It's a good thing they're being punished."
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