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Gold Artifact To Orbit Earth In Hope of Alien Retrieval

AndGodSed Re:Rosetta Stone (282 comments)

Thanks for this. It was a good read. The power went dead so I spent the time my battery had left on the Laptop to read it.

more than 2 years ago
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Shuttleworth: Trust Us, We're Trying to Make Shopping Better

AndGodSed Re:Remote search in home lens hurts privacy. (255 comments)

In theory, amazon could gather information about every file you search, every program you launch through the lens, and such

AGAIN. From TFA:

Why are you telling Amazon what I am searching for?

We are not telling Amazon what you are searching for. Your anonymity is preserved because we handle the query on your behalf. Don’t trust us? Erm, we have root. You do trust us with your data already. You trust us not to screw up on your machine with every update. You trust Debian, and you trust a large swathe of the open source community. And most importantly, you trust us to address it when, being human, we err.

And:

There is even a bug report, marked as confirmed, questioning this very thing.

That is marked as confirmed because it affects multiple users, and relates to a more broad list of concerns than what you infer. The way you word it points to a bug about Amazon seeing your keystrokes, while the bug report is more of a list of concerns such as opt-in vs opt-out, making the amazon lens separate from home etc.

more than 2 years ago
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Shuttleworth: Trust Us, We're Trying to Make Shopping Better

AndGodSed Re:Private information leakage. (255 comments)

From the TFA:

Why are you telling Amazon what I am searching for?

We are not telling Amazon what you are searching for. Your anonymity is preserved because we handle the query on your behalf. Don’t trust us? Erm, we have root. You do trust us with your data already. You trust us not to screw up on your machine with every update. You trust Debian, and you trust a large swathe of the open source community. And most importantly, you trust us to address it when, being human, we err.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft's Antivirus Briefly Flags Google.com As Malicious

AndGodSed Did not see the behavior on a Win8 VM (123 comments)

Incidentally I was doing a google search from a Win8 VM and did not see this behavior. I _did_ get a notification to update my spyware/malware definitions for Windows Defender as well, so maybe my definitions did not yet include this snafu.

Of course I have updated post Vday, so cannot confirm this behavior now, even with an older snapshot.

more than 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Features With Linux Antecedents

AndGodSed Re:"Linux Command Line Tirckery" HA! (642 comments)

Yeah, that also works hah.

I just never needed to do this before, so I kinda did the natural thing.

It _is_ the top option in the context menu, which is the default action for double-click.

more than 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Features With Linux Antecedents

AndGodSed Re:"Linux Command Line Tirckery" HA! (642 comments)

Right, example of a basic task that absolutely needs the command line in Linux?

more than 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Features With Linux Antecedents

AndGodSed Re:"Linux Command Line Tirckery" HA! (642 comments)

Hey.

Ubuntu user here and right click on ISO and select "Open with archive mounter" and you're done.

The writer of the article missed the boat completely there.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Halts Galaxy Tablet Promotion In Germany

AndGodSed Re:That backfired. (325 comments)

The only way someone this late in the game is going to buy an Android tablet is one of three ways:

1) Integrated as part of an ereader (B&N, soon Amazon, etc)

2) Potential customer has never used an iPad before

3) Potential customer bought online without test driving one in a store first

*AHEM*

I bought a first gen 7" Tab, and will get one of the newer ones later this year/early next year.

To answer your three points one by one:

1) It isn't an integrated e-reader (obviously) but the Amazon Kindle app works fantastically on it.

2) I used iPad 1's extensively before making my buying devision - I was even given one to use for two days and reviewed it for my blog. I dislike it.

3) Further to my point above, I used the iPad 1, and since it came out the iPad 2 as well.

Now to my buying decisions specific to me getting the 7"er GTab P1000

1) Petter dot pitch, or pixel density of screen resolution. (easier on the eyes to read)
2) At least similar internal hardware specs.
3) No walled garden crap.
4) It has a better form factor than any larger tablets - iPad cannot be compared here because I dislike any of the 10" tablets - for my use they won't work.
5) It makes and receives phonecalls and sms'es. It is also my phone - one device to perform two functions.
6) I can easily build apps for it myself. (and I have - not in market, personal use for notifying when one of my works webservers decide to go bork)
7) 3G/HSUPA, WiFi and GSM on my 16gig model for less than an iPad 3G would cost, and I can add a flash card if I so choose - no need so far.

I have not rooted my device, no need. Two things the iPad does better than the gTab is MUCH better battery life (I usually get a day to a day and a half out of my Tab) and the viewing angle on the iPad screen is better. I gladly live with those two for all the other advantages it has.

The Tab is a superior device.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Patents Cutting 3.5mm Jack in Half

AndGodSed Re:I'm confused (369 comments)

FWIW I always thought the jack is the male part and the port is the female part.

Go figure...

more than 3 years ago
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China Praises UK Internet Censorship Plan

AndGodSed Re:Hyperbole (355 comments)

My point is, without recourse to censorship you will be without protection from slander or threat or organisation of violence against you.

And 4chan has been known to mess things up for individuals before.

I believe my point stands.

more than 3 years ago
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China Praises UK Internet Censorship Plan

AndGodSed Re:Hyperbole (355 comments)

Yep that is kind of where I was trying to get at. Some censorship is good. To claim that "some censorship" means "no freedom of speech" is a slippery slope fallacy.

more than 3 years ago
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China Praises UK Internet Censorship Plan

AndGodSed Re:Hyperbole (355 comments)

Consider this hypothetical scenario, and let's be clear that I do not know you in any way - this is just for an example:

Say I call your wife a whore, and spread a rumor that she is sleeping around. Say I use facebook to spread this rumour. Then I go further and incite violence against her via twitter.

Where in this hypothetical scenario should the state step in and stop me?

You can probably step in and stop me via a lawsuit (slander?) but then anonymous or 4chan gets involved. Should the state step in there?

more than 3 years ago
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PayPal Hands Over 1,000 IP Addresses To the FBI

AndGodSed Re:oooh 1,000 infected computers (214 comments)

I would do this two ways.

One - send out mass mails (one per complainant) to the company about $issue, and CC $newsmedia and $govtrepresentative in each message.

Two - take out adwords on google for keywords related to the product/service/company and let the ads direct to a site with your message.

One accomplishes the "one meatsack one complainant" limitation imposed by physical sit-ins AND makes the message public.

Two gets the message out, and gives the recipient of the message free choice if he wants to click the ad.

Both get the message into the open and leave the acting upon the message to the public. Exactly like a sit in would.

The adwords angle has to be done carefully to stear clear of slander laws.

more than 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs Health Worries Escalate

AndGodSed Re:who cares (520 comments)

*takes aim*

more than 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs Health Worries Escalate

AndGodSed Re:Private Lives (520 comments)

... Mark?

more than 3 years ago
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UK Cosmetic Retailer Lush Targeted By Hackers

AndGodSed Re:Oh come on... (109 comments)

A "top not" IT team will have a proper budget.

Most of the things you mentioned cost money, and sadly most IT teams are the bastard children of management decisions as far as budget goes.

It usually takes something like this before management decides to finally empower the IT team with some form of financial support for their IT needs.

more than 3 years ago
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ClamAV For Windows Open Beta Begins

AndGodSed Re:Will it run on ReactOS? (127 comments)

Well, first you have to get ReactOS to run...

more than 3 years ago
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North Korean Domain Names Return To the Internet

AndGodSed Block List (135 comments)

Right, another block of domains/ip's to add to my blocking list.

more than 3 years ago

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Skype Crash caused by bug in Windows version

AndGodSed AndGodSed writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AndGodSed (968378) writes "The recent two day outage suffered by the Skype network was caused by a bug in the Windows version of the popular messaging software. Version 5.0.0.152, used by about 50% of Skype users, crashed when there was a delay in receiving information from relay servers. Because of these crashes rerouting took place across the Skype network, causing other nodes to overload and in turn go offline. Skype is offering compensation to registered and pre-paid users in the form of vouchers and a week of free service for those affected."
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China to cut Rare Earth exports in 2011 by 10%

AndGodSed AndGodSed writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AndGodSed (968378) writes "What many has predicted, (and what China has promised not to do,) will happen. China announced that they will cut the export of Rare Earth Minerals by 10% next year. China has an effective worldwide monopoly, with 97% of all mineral deposits worldwide in China itself. China is not above using their monopoly to further their diplomatic aims, cutting exports to Japan in September after a territorial disagreement. Also telling is that the USA has not started production of Rare Earth Minerals, and only now seems to have the will to act. For added fun there is a rare grammatical error in the BBC article. This being Slashdot there should be much fun to be had correcting the error in the comments."
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Microsoft Warns of Critical IE Bug

AndGodSed AndGodSed writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AndGodSed (968378) writes "Microsoft is warning of a new critical browser vulnerability related to how the browser handles CSS that is affecting "all versions of Internet Explorer." The code is in the wild, but there is currently no evidence of it being used. Yet. There is a workaround, but there are no guarantees that it will work for you. It tickles me that this vulnerability affects all versions of IE, especially since it relates to how the browsers handle CSS. Does this point to old code in newer versions of IE?"
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Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat Alpha One is available.

AndGodSed AndGodSed writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AndGodSed writes "Today Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat Alpha One was made available for download. The ISO can be downloaded here

Maverick Meerkat ISO

This is an early development release and is the first of three Alpha, one Beta and a Release Candidate to follow before the final release."

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Total victory for open source software in a patent

AndGodSed AndGodSed writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AndGodSed (968378) writes "A really great article on a jury victory 3rd of May by Red Hat and Novell: The jury verdict last Friday in favor of Red Hat and Novell in a case based on bad software patents owned by "non-practicing entities" is an important victory for the open source community...we know that attacks on open source based on FUD will not stand up when subjected to the light of truth."
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Malware Hidden Inside Screensaver on Gnome-Look

AndGodSed AndGodSed writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AndGodSed writes "OMG! UBUNTU! Reports the following:
Malware has been found hidden inside an innocuous 'waterfall' screensaver .deb file made available on popular artwork sharing site Gnome-Look.org. The .deb file installs a script with elevated privileges designed to perform a DDoS attack as well as keep itself updated via downloads. The dodgy screensaver in question has since been removed from gnome-look and this incident was a very basic, if potentially successful, attempt."

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Microsoft investigating Windows 7 Black Screen Pro

AndGodSed AndGodSed writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AndGodSed writes "Microsoft is investigating an issue dubbed the "Black Screen of death." From The BBC Story::
Microsoft has confirmed that it is investigating a problem described as the "black screen of death", which affects its latest operating system. The error means that users of Windows 7 see a totally black screen after logging on to the system.
Right now some people are resorting to re-installing to get a working system. Apparently the issue has been around "for years" and affects Windows 2000, NT, XP, Vista and 7."

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Going Closed Source for a Week

AndGodSed AndGodSed writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AndGodSed (968378) writes "I am a linux geek and recently got hold of Windows 7 Ultimate. I decided to go completely closed source. That was seven days ago. Today on day seven I am honest in saying that switching back to linux will hold no particular advantages or disadvantages. Ubuntu or Win7 are both equally viable options for me. In fact, I didn't think I would last this long and now I am seriously contemplating waiting for Karmic to see if I will switch at all."
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gnome-look.org redirects to parking page.

AndGodSed AndGodSed writes  |  about 6 years ago

AndGodSed writes "When browsing to www.gnome-look.org you get redirected to searchresultsdirect.com. A quick check under the hood of the parking page reveals images hosted by sedoparking.com Is this a poisoned DNS server? The Ubuntu forums also have a thread on the issue."
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Arthus C Clark Dies at 90

AndGodSed AndGodSed writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AndGodSed writes "Writer Arthur C Clark died at 01:30am in Sri Lanka this morning. From the

BBC Article: British science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke has died in Sri Lanka at the age of 90. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse paid tribute, hailing the writer as a "great visionary". An aide said Clarke died at 0130 local time in what had been his homeland since 1956 after a cardio-respiratory attack. One of the greats. Go find the monolith..."

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The Future Of the Internet According to Intel

AndGodSed AndGodSed writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AndGodSed writes "The BBC has a story on Intel's take on the future of Mobile Computing.

From the article:

Mobile devices will deliver a more personal internet within five years, using chips with the power of today's desktop PCs...an internet that is proactive, predictive and context-aware."

Explaining that devices would be location-aware, and would access the internet over Wimax wireless connections, he said: "Instead of going to the internet, the internet comes to us.
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On raising your children and jumping to conclusions.

AndGodSed AndGodSed writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Posted a comment on the story about the new "Internet Luring Law" thing that is happening in Canada at the moment.

The gist of my comment was "I guess the law was formulated with good intentions, but the responsibility for the child ultimately lies with the parent"

Holy heck was I overwhelmed with negative responses!

Seems that people tend to read a comment to where they can find a place to disrespectfully disagree and then hammer the poster with whatever they can get.

News to you all. It makes you look dumb.

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Staring a limited lifespan in the face... skewed stats FTW.

AndGodSed AndGodSed writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I commented on the H1N1 poll about when I found out that I was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome.

Reading online documentation about the disorder and talking to various doctors I got the news that Marfan sufferers on average have a life expectancy of about 42 years. Heck I had hoped for at least double that! I was about 29/30 at the time and the prospect of having already lived more than two-thirds of my expected lifespan was worrying to say the least.

My GP was kind enough to have a look and explained to me that the statistics was generally skewed because people who died young with my condition generally had other issues like Cancer, Smokers, Diabetics or generally unhealthy people.

I was, on the other hand, perfectly healthy considering my condition, so 84 and upwards is by no means out of the question...

What this episode DID do for me was that I had a real taste of what it feels like to deal with limited time. Sure, 12 years sounds like a lot at first, but there is some mental trigger that causes one to suddenly become very agitated. 12 years!??! What!? I have so much I want to do!!! Heck paying off my car will take up a third of that!

Yep, panic a nasty thing...

Well, it is a few years later now. In February I am turning 32, and I realised that after I was assured of a normal (ish) life expectancy I have again become complacent.

I decided that this December I will take the opportunity of our company closing down for the holidays to spend some quality time with me. A happy me is probably one of the better gifts I can give my wife and kids, sort out my plans for the immediate future, connect to what I really find important - maybe paint a little!

Heck this sounds like a good plan...

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