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Parents' Privacy Concerns Kill 'Personalized Learning' Initiative

Bender Unit 22 Good to see it go. (74 comments)

We don't need more tracking for a goverment to abuse.

9 hours ago

Scammers Lower Comcast Bills, Get Jail Time

Bender Unit 22 Small time crooks (95 comments)

As we know, only small time crooks get jail time.
Their error was that they didn't operate out of Wall Street.


Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

Bender Unit 22 Re:Who ? (193 comments)


about two weeks ago

Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

Bender Unit 22 Re:Funny host (193 comments)

I figured that it was what people wanted, it being 100% predictable. There are no surprises, it's the same stuff over and over again like those stupid top 10 lists.

about two weeks ago

European Court of Justice Strikes Down Data Retention Law

Bender Unit 22 Re:Europe, here I come! (77 comments)

I have only travelled in nothern France and the last 15 years has changed a lot and it seems to be possible now to use English(have never been to Paris).
Unless they think I am German, then nothing is possible and there are no rooms available, they can't understand a word of what I am saying etc.

about two weeks ago

Oxford Internet Institute Creates Internet "Tube" Map

Bender Unit 22 Censorship and surveillance missing (56 comments)

Many european countries practice both censorship and surveillance.

about three weeks ago

Security for the 'Internet of Things' (Video)

Bender Unit 22 We don't put it directly on the internet (106 comments)

That is so 1990's.
We install a VPN router to connect to the home network through that? So the only thing we need to secure are the VPN?
Everything else is insanity and who wants to spend all their free time checking up on all their appliances to see if they are secure with the latest patches? Most of them probably won't be and the hardware will outlive the software updates.
Will there be security updates for your heatpump in 10 or even 5 years? I doubt it. But it is damn to be able to turn on the heat or cold from the office.

about a month ago

AT&T, Audi Announce In-Car 4G LTE Plans, Starting At $99 For 6 Months

Bender Unit 22 Re:No thanks (74 comments)

Ah, I see I misread the price. That will teach me not to post when I am tired. :D

about a month and a half ago

AT&T, Audi Announce In-Car 4G LTE Plans, Starting At $99 For 6 Months

Bender Unit 22 No thanks (74 comments)

I am not up to date on US broadband prices but wouldn't it be much cheaper to get a MiFi access point instead? But I guess if I had the money for a new Audi, I wouldn't care about 99$ a month for a overpriced broadband service. If it is all paid up for the price of the car hides the cost of the broadband.

about a month and a half ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

Bender Unit 22 Re:Why? (769 comments)

He haven't had his coffee yet.

about a month and a half ago

The Facebook Ads Teens Aren't Supposed To See

Bender Unit 22 Some Facebook ads are just disgusting (111 comments)

I usually run adblock+ on my browsers so I don't see that many ads, and because of that, I not clicked on any ads.
But at one time I did log in to Facebook using a computer that did not have adblock+ installed and the ads were the type I really did not expect even Facebook to allow. It was really just porn ads disguised as someone sending me a personal message or whatever.
When they have no problems going that low, I feel even better about using adblock+.
For other reasons, I have not logged in to Facebook for 1/2 a year now and I have disabled my account so I don't know if this crap is still going on.

about 1 month ago

GCHQ Intercepted Webcam Images of Millions of Yahoo Users

Bender Unit 22 Re:Wow (137 comments)

It had it coming.

about 2 months ago

GCHQ Intercepted Webcam Images of Millions of Yahoo Users

Bender Unit 22 Wow (137 comments)

That is so fucked up.

about 2 months ago

Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

Bender Unit 22 Re:much ado about nothing (506 comments)

Smells like socialism.

about 2 months ago

ISP Fights Causing Netflix Packet Drops

Bender Unit 22 Re:Netflix should know better (289 comments)

It shouldn't come as a surprise for them.
Or perhaps they should hire someone who has been in the business for some time. I feel like it is almost common knowledge. :)

about 2 months ago

Sony's Favorite Gadget Is Kinect

Bender Unit 22 Re:It's the ads (222 comments)

I noticed that but I don't pay for the live part so I figured it was only non-subscribers that got those.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

Bender Unit 22 Well (669 comments)

I just got a new iMac with maxed out configuration and 4GB video memory. So I can run everything at 2560x1440 with all graphics at full/ultra. A great computer although I think that the Fusion drive could benefit from PCIE SSD larger than 120GB when the SATA is 3TB.

- Civ 5, which is good fun but I rarely has the time.
- I liked the original Bioshock so I am playing Bioshock Infinite. It is ok.
- The new Tomb Raider but I kinda hate it since it seems to spend more time with story telling than actual gameplay.

I am hoping for a new Fallout game soon but I don't think it will be released for OS X and I am not going to buy and install Windows for just one game, although it is my all time favorite game.

about 2 months ago

Target's Internal Security Team Warned Management

Bender Unit 22 I quit my job (236 comments)

We had complex installations of Linux servers that were so old that patching them often required a lot of work to be able to compile the fixes.
After a steady flow of layoffs and cut downs, I was no longer able to keep up with even just the maintenance tasks and the list of critical things that needed fixes grew longer. And forget about trying to find time to do proactive things like planning new systems or capacity planning, since I now had to do everything myself.
So I had informed my bosses of the problems, even had it in writing although I hate that CMA crap. But I ended up quitting because even though a hacked web server would not be my fault, I just could not sleep well at night.

Of course then there also was the problem with the rest of the company growing tired of the lack of progress and quality of the IT department. They quickly forgot that the staff had been reduced to half and still expected the same service they got earlier on even though the official word was that everyone would be understanding that we didn't have time to do as much as we used to.

They offered me a raise if I stayed but it was really not about the money but about my health.

about 2 months ago

Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

Bender Unit 22 And still (462 comments)

transexual Nazi Eskimos are frowned upon.

about 2 months ago



Microsoft SkyDrive 'Confuses Naked With Nude', Ar

Bender Unit 22 Bender Unit 22 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bender Unit 22 (216955) writes "Microsoft has an image police — but an arrest they have made may be mistaken. A blogger using its SkyDrive cloud storage service says it froze his account when it confused a famous work of art with pornography.
This has happened for some time as this (German) article (German) shows.
A small gallery with examples (some NSFW)"

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Reviewers has no interest in usability

Bender Unit 22 Bender Unit 22 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Bender Unit 22 (216955) writes "I am looking for a new TV so I have been spending some hours reading reviews and opinions on the internet on various models I am interested in buying. But there is one trend that is really annoying they all seem to be only interested in one thing, how good the picture looks and if it's a plasma how does it compare to the almighty Kuro that they all seem to adore. A few goes as far as describing the build quality of the remote but they all seem to spend page after page on the quality of the picture and nothing more. How come that no one seems interested in reviewing the stuff that bothers almost normal people? The ones that would like the picture to look fine but really wants to know if the daily use is smooth or a pain. Things like, can I choose seperate display format on each channel(4:3 16:9 etc) for those who does not send the right format signal or do I still have to manually change the display format for those channels that sends the signal in anamorphic format but the cable company does not add the 16:9 switch signal. Is it worth buying a magazine or are they no better? Or can I rearrange the digital channels to my preferred order. The latest 8000 series from Samsung can't according to many and I think that is really big flaw for a 4000$(local currency converted to $) TV that should be mentioned. For us European users at least the EU sites could spend a line or two to check if the Tele texthas a proper functional buffer(my last Sony had none). For the slightly more geeky they could check if and how does it work with 1:1 pixel mapping. I haven't been following the developments in TVs for a few years and I have spent one evening researching(googleing)3 TVs and have collected useful information than I can find reading a review online."

German Employment Offices upgrades to Linux

Bender Unit 22 Bender Unit 22 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bender Unit 22 writes "The German Federal Employment Office switching all of its 13,000 public internet information workstations from Windows NT to Linux. According to an announcement by Klaus Vitt, CIO for the BA, the switch to open source software will, "allow the BA to react with flexibility to new technological developments. In the future, a broad range of software will be available to the BA that it can use to access various internet media, and to ensure optimal internet communication for its clients.""
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And the monkey boy danced

Bender Unit 22 Bender Unit 22 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Regarding this: Ballmer Suggests Linux Distros Will Soon Have to Pay Up


And so the monkey boy danced, the dance he knew so well.
The dance he knew would please his master, and the onlookers would cheer.
But in the back of the room where the lights were dim, stood some unhappy souls.
They found no joy in seeing the monkey boy dance and their faces were filled with sadness.
The monkey boy saw their shadows, and knew what he had to do.
He danced harder and faster than ever before, and the crowd cheered for more.

Out by the curtain his master was standing with a smile on his face.
He found great joy in seeing the monkey boy dance, gathering ever more onlookers and angering
the sad souls in the dark.



Bender Unit 22 Bender Unit 22 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I finally found something else in my ear! AND!!! what's more important, I decided to change that logo thingy to the right of this journal entry


Ode to a Small Lump of Green Putty

Bender Unit 22 Bender Unit 22 writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Ode to a Small Lump of Green Putty I Found in my Armpit One Midsummer Morning

Oh frettled gruntbuggly thy micturations are to me
As plurdled gabbleblotchits on a lurgid bee.

Groop I implore thee, my foonting turlingdromes.

And hooptiously drangle me with crinkly bindlewurdles
Or I will rend thee in the gobberwarts with myblurglecruncheon, see if I don't!

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