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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

BitwiseX Re:Editor Troll (286 comments)

I personally went back to an old unforked xmms. Still compiles!

Well doesn't that just whip the open source llama's ass!

about a month ago
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Blackberry BBM App and Suspicious Google Play Ratings

BitwiseX 5 stars! (67 comments)

Thank you so much blackberry team. I was waiting this app. Its really great user friendly and smooth.

(I'll wait patiently for my check now)

about a year ago
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Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

BitwiseX Re:the meaning of the word bully (734 comments)

bully verb : to frighten, hurt, or threaten (a smaller or weaker person) : to act like a bully toward (someone) : to cause (someone) to do something by making threats or insults or by using force

I applaud you for being able shrug off the verbal abuse, but I'm also curious how you felt during those moments. Honestly, did the verbal abuse (whether or not combined with physical) just not bother you at all? OR did you shrug it off after the fact as time passed and you got older? Be honest with yourself. If as a kid you were indeed able to just let the verbal abuse go without even feeling a knot in your stomach, then were indeed a strong kid, and I commend you!

I was rarely physically bullied in school, it was all verbal. Man, there was sometimes I was trying for a black eye, just so there would be EVIDENCE. That's what's truly horrible about the verbal abuse. It can go unnoticed for YEARS. I didn't have a smartphone were I could show an abusive text back then to "authorities". I'm not going to debate you on whether physical violence is "worse". It just doesn't fucking matter. No child should have to suffer mentally or physically at the hands of another child. The word "teasing" trivializes what we are talking about here, and your case aside, it can be very damaging.

Freedom of Speech. Why do people want to read that as "Freedom to be a dick"? Freedom of speech doesn't give you the right to harass. Would you call one of your coworkers fat and ugly everyday and not expect to be reprimanded in some form?

At any rate, Freedom of Speech is only allowed in First Amendment Areas, which are probably all closed because of the shut down ;-)

about a year ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

BitwiseX Re:OH GOD IT BURNS (1191 comments)

rounded edges,

Uh oh. I think someone has prior art...

about a year ago
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Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

BitwiseX Re:God of the Gaps (1293 comments)

Um, no. God only shrinks if you're explanation for every problem is "God did it". If that's why you believe in a deity, then you miss the point of faith.

To make the point differently, just because I know exactly how a chair was built, it doesn't mean that I stop believing that a carpenter built it.

I will accept your poor analogy on one condition. That this is the chair you are referring to in your analogy.

about a year ago
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Majority of Enterprise Customers Finally 'Migrating Away From Windows XP'

BitwiseX Re:Yeah, that's what XP holdouts were waiting for (246 comments)

Windows 8.1. *eyeroll* They're going to 7 you morons, and they're going to stay there for another 15 years. Doesn't matter what you do to the Start Menu.

Yeah, I read that, and thought BS as well. They're looking the wrong direction I think. Looking backwards at the curmudgeon that was Vista, that was (at least in my enterprise environment) completely skipped over. It was really a matter of earning back some trust.
I understand that 8.1 is to 8 what SP2 was to XP (in theory) but I just can't see any advantage to using 8 in an enterprise environment.

Not to mention, enterprise adoption is a SLOW process in a lot of cases. It's the same reason certain cars sell better on the used market than others. PROVEN reliability.

(oh shit, did I just make a car anology... I really need to get off this site)

about a year ago
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FBI Cyber Division Adds Syrian Electronic Army To Wanted List

BitwiseX Re:Feel free to tell Mr. Neal the error of his way (74 comments)

I think the particular usage of CNO here is mostly descriptive rather than a legal category, as the term itself is broad. Therefore I don't think you can infer a legal classification into crime, terrorism, act of war, etc. from that usage.

According to a reply to my tweet, that's exactly the statement he used to infer terrorism.
Miles Mawyer @milesmawyer 33m
@IBTimes @ryanWneal I'm irritated and disappointed by your use of the "T" word. It's not a generic term for "Bad Guys". FBI didn't use it..
Ryan W. Neal @ryanWneal 29m
@milesmawyer Good point, but that's what they mean with "CNO efforts against US Web sites and networks."
Miles Mawyer @milesmawyer 3m
@ryanWneal That just means you're equated hacking with terrorism. That's still a broad and inappropriate generalization.

about a year ago
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Backyard Brains Shows You How to Remote Control a Cockroach (Video)

BitwiseX InterWiewer? (62 comments)

Come on guys. I usually don't bitch about misspellings, but in a video? That's just silly.

about a year and a half ago
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FiOS User Finds Limit of 'Unlimited' Data Plan: 77 TB/Month

BitwiseX Re:Sounds reasonable to me. (573 comments)

Yep. Running servers is against Verizon's residential ToS. Regardless of how much BW the guy is using, he's breaking the rules.

BINGO!
Another misleading Slashdot title. This is fairly run of the mill for residential ISP service. I bet it was a short conversation! They called him to try to find out if he was doing anything against their ToS, because of his bandwidth usage, and he flat out admitted it.
If he had answered "Netflix" (and that was believable), would the conversation have gone differently? Hard to say, because that conversation didn't even happen.

about a year and a half ago
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Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings

BitwiseX What about Dwarf criminals? (1388 comments)

Sensory data can be used by built-in software to disable firing if the gun is pointed at a child

What do I do if I'm being assaulted by a dwarf?

about 2 years ago
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12 Dead, 50 Injured at The Dark Knight Rises Showing In Colorado

BitwiseX Re:Willing to bet.. (1706 comments)

A crowded, dark movie theater, during an action scene is pretty much the second worst place you could possibly attempt a defensive shooting. You would be fairly unable to accurately identify your target, to clear the space in front of and behind him, to take aim or to prevent yourself from getting shot or harmed by others, police included, during or after the event.

That's a great point. One that I would hope any defensive shooters would take into consideration. (I know that might be difficult in the heat of the moment.) Maybe they did take it into consideration. If I was in that environment, and I was still breathing when it was all over, and I found out there were folks who CHOSE not to shoot because of the poor shooting conditions, I would thank them.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce Someone To Star Trek?

BitwiseX Re:Drinking games ... (634 comments)

Don't foist too much of the geeky stuff on them, have fun with it ... drinking games!

Every time McCoy says "dammit", everybody drink. Every time Spock says "fascinating", drink. Every time Kirk gets his shirt off, drink. Every time an un-named red-shirt gets killed, drink. Every time Uhura says "scanning all frequencies", drink.

Of course, if you're watching next gen, any time Wesley saves the day, they mention tachyons or other particles with magic properties, or Deanna Troi wears the cheerleader outfit, or Warf drinks prune juice ... drink.

But, in the end, maybe just let sleeping dogs lie ... your friends may never really appreciate your beloved Trek, and in the end may decide it's not something they like. It isn't everybody's cup of tea.

My Ex and I did the drinking game thing with TNG (although she was already a Trekkie)
It was:

Every time Riker hit on a woman, drink
Every time Data split up a contraction, drink
Every time Picard ordered Earl Grey, drink
In the later seasons we added, every time Ensign Ro rolls her eyes

good times.

more than 2 years ago
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IT Calls of Shame

BitwiseX my turn for a funny story. (256 comments)

Years ago I worked at small ISP, doing some web design, as well as phone support. Needless to say the phone support took up a majority of my time, and there were some fun conversations. Here's my favorite of all time:

An older lady called me one day extremely apologetic. She kept lamenting to me how sorry she was and how bad she felt, and keep asking me if all of my other customers were calling and complaining. It was her fault! She was adamant about that. Finally as she calmed down a bit, and I asked her why she was so upset. "I think I broke the Internet". I looked at my boss, who had wandered to my desk, (he could hear her frantic apologies through my headset), and I gave him a Spock-like eyebrow raise, covered my mic, and told him "She broke the internet." He chuckled, said "Have fun!" and went back to his desk.

So I explained to her that the Internet wasn't broke, and how it was highly unlikely that she could have broken the internet, so don't worry. She was fairly calm at this point, so I asked her "Ma'am, so what made you so concerned that you called me? What happened?" Her response was: "Well, I had an icon on my screen that said 'The Internet', and I think I accidentally deleted it. I thought I deleted the whole Internet!"

Poor lady. Remember when the IE icon actually said "The Internet"? You couldn't delete it either (not without some IT knowledge she didn't possess). So I walked her through auto-arranging her desktop icons and POOF there it was. She must have moved it off screen.

It's a tough job, but I do miss feeling like a hero.

more than 2 years ago

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Newzbin officially down

BitwiseX BitwiseX writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BitwiseX (300405) writes "Usenet indexer Newzbin is offically down. "Apparently Newzbin has been put into administration yesterday because it couldn't pay its debts. Word is that they owe they MPA £230,000 just in interim costs, and that's without a full costs ruling or a decision on damages." The Newzbin Wikipedia entry has the same story. The reasons are still "gossip" but according to the placeholder on the site it was a result of the legal action against them."
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