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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

AvitarX Re:Dial up can still access gmail (333 comments)

We had one of them where I work (in the late 90s, maybe into early 2000s). One of our locations didn't have access to DSL, and cable didn't exist yet. Eventually, when the internet was more important, they got ISDN there, and then a T-1 when they got cheap (when factoring in all of the phone lines included). I actually think the location closed just before cable was available.

2 days ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

AvitarX Re:"forced labor" (182 comments)

I agree, I wasn't critisizing, I was stating my honest memory of the primary.

Obama whooped people up, but Hilary was more liberal (note I voted Obama, we have a decent recent history with moderate dems).

2 days ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

AvitarX Re:"forced labor" (182 comments)

That's in 1860 though, after importation was banned if I am not mistaken.

In the Caribbean life expectancy was far lower.

2 days ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

AvitarX Re:"forced labor" (182 comments)

I thought Obama was running more middle of the line than Hillary, wasn't she for single payer since the 90s?

My memory is hazy, but Obama seemed to run moderate with a liberal fervor (sort of like how second Bush ran super conservative, but with a moderate fervor). What policies was Obama running on that were more progressive than Hillary (or really even McCain?).

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

AvitarX Re:Dial up can still access gmail (333 comments)

Do chromebooks have modems? Does Chrome OS even support dial-up?

2 days ago
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Amazon Instant Video Now Available On Android

AvitarX Re: Due to Fire Phone Flop? (77 comments)

I thought their ad was pretty compelling, surprised it flopped.

Now that on think of it, I probably saw the ad on Hulu, so maybe nobody saw it but me.

But they maid the announcement it was coming in mid june, so I think they just rushed the planned release while still testing many devices.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

AvitarX Re: Theft is not piracy (448 comments)

And this is why /. Needs a like button.

about two weeks ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

AvitarX Re: Doesn't this pretty much kill 4chan? (134 comments)

Thanks, this should help anyone that thinks 4chan is absolute scum see that when presented with actual vileness, they error on the side of decency (they still surpass what I want to see, but I'm a prude, and at least they protect those without full personhood).

about two weeks ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

AvitarX Re: Doesn't this pretty much kill 4chan? (134 comments)

I was not, and did not mean to imply it was their policy.

I was trying to say that the legal risk was not there, not speak to what the policies were.

The law is (from wikipedia, I'm too lazy to read the actual statutes right now):

The PROTECT Act also amended 18 U.S.C. 2252A, which was part of the original CPPA. The amendment added paragraph (a)(3), which criminalizes knowingly advertising or distributing "an obscene visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct; or a visual depiction of an actual minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct". The law draws a distinction between obscene depiction of any minor, and mere depiction of an actual minor.

As long as it's not sexually explicit it's legal, though also:

In 1994, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit ruled that the federal statute contains no requirement that genitals be visible or discernible. The court ruled that non-nude visual depictions can qualify as lascivious exhibitions and that this construction does not render the statute unconstitutionally overbroad.[19]

So genitals are a help in determining, but are not a requirement, and if it's not sexually explicit, it's not pornography, and therefore not child pornagraphy. I have not looked at the pictures in question, because, I have better things to do.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

AvitarX Re:Like DRM? (448 comments)

I had one go off on a pothole, a bad one, but not one bad enough to pop a tire.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

AvitarX Re:Like DRM? (448 comments)

Also, it's wasted space, which I assume is at a premium on a tank.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

AvitarX Re: Stagnant electric car sales (157 comments)

I agree, I just wanted to point out it wasn't only Tesla taking it seriously. I think Tesla is smart in marketing to the only segment where you can build a truly compelling car as you put it. The issue with a Leaf vs a hybrid is that if you drive enough for the fuel savings to be relevant, the Leaf's range is going to be very limiting.

I'd still contemplate the Leaf in it's cheaper years (it's price fluctuates a good deal) for a primary car, allowing myself to have a big guzzler too, for long trips, and hauling stuff.

Even so though, second insurance would probably make it more expensive payments aside.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

AvitarX Re:Theft is not piracy (448 comments)

I assumed it was like how pirates would steal ships, and then use them.

about two weeks ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

AvitarX Re: nude selfies copyrighted? (134 comments)

No, international treaty requires copyright not need to be registered (from the 70s I think)

about two weeks ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

AvitarX Re: Doesn't this pretty much kill 4chan? (134 comments)

Underage nudes without erect dicks, sex, or masturbation, in the photo are almost certainly legal.

To be illegal, the photo must be sexualized, and the definition in law tends to not include nude shots on their own.

about two weeks ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

AvitarX Re: Doesn't this pretty much kill 4chan? (134 comments)

Do people really file notices on those? I doubt it, because I see them in buzzfeed all of the time.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

AvitarX Re: Stagnant electric car sales (157 comments)

The leaf is a reasonable attempt I the no, pricey for what it is, but seems an honest attempt.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

AvitarX Re:Misleading wording. This is not autoplay. (131 comments)

Am I the only person that likes this? So many videos should be soundless, but have stupid commentary or music.

Half the videos I watch are the auto-play only ones now.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

AvitarX Re:Stupid design, appalling (131 comments)

How low for how much?

I'm just curious because the Europeans always yammer about how much better it is there.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

AvitarX Re: Stupid design, appalling (131 comments)

You can turn off background sync to stop the dozens of apps kicking in (though I believe it's an honor system thing).

about two weeks ago

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My first, and probably Last entry.

AvitarX AvitarX writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I am writing since I have once again spent too much money on textbooks that I do not need, for purely recreational (self improvement) purposes. I would like to join bitme.org, and figure I have a better chance of finding a friend here that can invite than IRL.

I would like to be clear I am not begging, simply letting people know I am interested. If you number among my dozen or so /. friends, and feel that I am "worthy" and vouch-able, please send along the invite, it will be appreciated.

I am not the greatest of torrenters, but always get ratio to 1.5, and if seeders are rare much higher.

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