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Senators Ask Feds To Probe Facebook Log-in Requests

Bloopie Evidently they do exist (396 comments)

A quick Google search turned up this article. It gives the names of two people who were asked for passwords, one by a prospective employer (he refused and withdrew his application) and one by an employer he was returning to (he gave his info because he felt he had to). For the second of those, it names the employer: the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Evidently they stopped asking for passwords after complaints by the ACLU.

about 2 years ago

New Hampshire Passes 'Open Source Bill'

Bloopie Re:To what degree? (260 comments)

I know this is Slashdot and people will rush to post moronic questions just to get first post that would be easily answered if they would bother to read the links, and that will get modded up instantly by other morons . . . but the text of HB418 is actually quite specific. For example:

I. For all software acquisitions, each state agency, in consultation with the department of information technology, shall:


(d) Avoid the acquisition of products that do not comply with open standards for interoperability or data storage; and

(e) Avoid the acquisition of products that are known to make unauthorized transfers of information to, or permit unauthorized control of or modification of a state agency’s computer.

There's a lot of other stuff too, including stuff about open data formats.

more than 2 years ago

New Standard For Issuance of SSL/TLS Certificates

Bloopie Re:Or (62 comments)

And (it is hoped) Web browser and operating system vendors will see that these CAs don't meet the new proposed criteria, and will stop including their root certificates in the browsers/OSes. It says that right in the summary.

more than 3 years ago

Net Neutrality and Carrier Incentives To Invest

Bloopie Re:Glad to hear it, but a big "duh!!!" (170 comments)

Also, I don't believe anti-net neutrality is a partisan issue, R and D are both for it.

If both parties are against net neutrality, how do you explain the Senate vote last week where the Democrats voted against repealing it and the Republicans voted for repealing it? And Obama threatened to veto a repeal? Link

more than 3 years ago

ICANN Begins "Land Rush" For .XXX Web Domains

Bloopie ICANN (94 comments)

ICANN has cheezcake?

more than 3 years ago

An Operating System For Cities

Bloopie Re:Will it need a reboot like politicians? (216 comments)

What? You didn't actually go and look that up, did you?

Have you ever tried doing a Google search for "Whoosh"? You might find it instructive.

more than 3 years ago

Senators Slam Firm For Online Background Check

Bloopie Re:Stop posting deeply sensitive material online (196 comments)

Those pics from the party? Text them to your friends, don't post them online.

No matter. Your friends, who have no conception of any need for privacy and would look at you blankly if you even brought up the matter, took their own photos at the party. And you were in them. And they will post them for all the world to see, without it ever crossing their mind that that could possibly be a bad thing.

more than 3 years ago

Orange Goo Invades Alaskan Village

Bloopie Jeep Rice (153 comments)

Weird. I did some checking and apparently his real name is Jeep Rice. Really!

Keep Rice was a typo, and that typo is now being propagated all over the Inter-Tubes by trusting bloggers and news aggregators who don't check their facts. (And speaking of Inter-Tubes, he works at the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute.)

more than 3 years ago

Apple IOS 4.3.4 Jailbroken Hours After Update

Bloopie Re:It's a drive-by download exploit (121 comments)

And yet his comment will likely be modded up to +5, informative, by other mods who haven't read the article either and don't realize it has nothing to do with what he said.

more than 3 years ago

US Gov't To Close 137 Data Centers In 2011, More By 2015

Bloopie Re:Eggs (49 comments)

So, we don't want the government spending exorbitant amounts of money, but when they start to make changes we criticize them?

You must be new here.

If the U.S. Government suddenly announced it was eliminating 10,000 unnecessary bureaucratic jobs, Slashdotters would complain about how much of our tax money it was going to cost to do that.

more than 3 years ago

No Contactless Payment System In Next iPhone

Bloopie But isn't this a good thing? (239 comments)

All I see is people complaining about this. But isn't this a good thing? Didn't anyone read the first few words in the summary, "Citing fears over a lack of an industry standard"?

One of the biggest things people complain about with Microsoft (and other companies as well, including even Apple sometimes) is that they invent their own "standards" (or implement standards in ways that aren't in fact standard) and ruin the possibility of interoperability with products from other companies. That generates no end of woe. Isn't it the geek's dream to have IT companies adhere to industry standards?

And here a company is actually paying attention to industry standards! But this is Apple. Slashdotters are going to complain. If they did the exact opposite and invented their own thing, Slashdotters would complain as well.

more than 3 years ago

Richard Stallman: Cell Phones Are 'Stalin's Dream'

Bloopie Re:Have to agree..Facebook too! (792 comments)

he made anyone that came there take the batteries *out* of their cell phones, because they can record and transmit conversations even when you think they are off.

Wait a second. You mention this, and yet you're posting on Slashdot with a registered account???

Don't you know that right now Hussein Obama is personally readin' through yer post, cross-referencin' it with yer restaurant, and will soon pull you in for some gummint re-eddecashun??????

What's that, Mabel? No, I didn't take my Risperdal this morning. That's all part of a gummint plot too!!!1!

more than 3 years ago

Google Censors "Piracy Terms" From Instant Search

Bloopie Re:Applies only to incomplete words (246 comments)

The summary is misleading. This only refers to incomplete words.

Hence the wording in the summary: "certain keywords . . . will no longer produce results with the Autocomplete or Instant Search features. The standard search feature, however, continues to display results as normal." [Emphasis mine]

Jeez, doesn't anyone even read the summaries anymore before complaining?

more than 3 years ago

Third of Content On Popular BT Portals Are Fake

Bloopie Re:Same ratio as /. (255 comments)

I believe the Pirate Bay site has "flags" for trusted content and respected uploaders. Does it not?

Slashdot has those too. You think 'kdawson' is the name of an editor? No, it's actually a flag that means "Untrusted content; may contain inaccuracies, misleading characterizations, and sensationalism."

I'm still trying to figure out what the flag for "Trusted content" is. I'll let you know if I ever find it.

about 4 years ago

Steve Jobs Taking Medical Leave of Absence

Bloopie Re:It's amazing (471 comments)

He had a rare type of pancreatic cancer called "Islet cell neuroendocrine tumor" which is far less deadly than most pancreatic cancer.

Sorry to throw a damper on your smug little rant, but it's not unusual at all that he would survive that.

about 4 years ago

More Than 10% of Mozilla Bug Finders Refuse Cash

Bloopie Re:But 90% accept the cash... (115 comments)

So volunteers working for free is now called socialism?

more than 4 years ago

Web Coupons Tell Stores More Than You Realize

Bloopie Re:So don't use coupons (125 comments)

They always pay cash, and wear different clothing each time.

Wait a second. You mean . . . they wear different clothing on different days? Man, that is totally hardcore!

more than 4 years ago

Young Men Who Smoke Have Lower IQs

Bloopie Re:Duh (561 comments)

You are forgetting that some of us smoke because ::gasp:: we enjoy it.

Yeah, but you can't even get to the end of a sentence without gasping. I think I'll stay away from smoking, thank you.

more than 4 years ago

Mississippi Makes Caller ID Spoofing Illegal

Bloopie Re:Simple solution (258 comments)

Guess what, that dell order you made involved people who do not work for dell directly.

Yes, believe me, I'm familiar with that. That's why talking to Dell can sometimes be an unpleasant experience.

more than 4 years ago


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