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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

Bovius Re:Sid Meier is a time traveler (378 comments)

One of my favorite quotes from Alpha Centauri. Glad there are other people out there who like to use it.

about a week ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

Bovius Re:Lost!? (375 comments)

I know this got modded up as funny, and it is, but it's also 100% serious. Anytime I change physical locations: keys, wallet, phone? Get into the habit before you get older.

about two weeks ago
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25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

Bovius Re:Darmok (151 comments)

I cannot tell you how pleased I am that this is the first post here. Thank you, kind sir or ma'am, whoever you are.

about a month ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

Bovius Missing option (219 comments)

Seriously, no "never" option? I suppose the oil reserve one could count as that, but...seriously. The wonder of exploration is gone. I expect our civilization to implode before we actually do a manned Mars mission.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Capture the Flag Training

Bovius Best comments ever (102 comments)

The comments to this post are hilarious.

about 2 months ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

Bovius Not MY language! (547 comments)

I suppose this is where I'm supposed to be indignant because the language I use got listed. But, I suppose it's fair. Ruby has always been one of the trendier languages, regardless of its utility.

Really struggling to avoid defending it, though.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Worth Being Grandfathered On Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan?

Bovius Re:Ting (209 comments)

It's true. Ting is rad, but if you don't get good Sprint coverage in your area, you may be better off with one of the other options listed here.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Worth Being Grandfathered On Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan?

Bovius Ting (209 comments)

Not unlimited, but I pay ~$33/month for service on two phones. Can't imagine using enough minutes/texts/data to actually make it up to unlimited plan prices.

about 2 months ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

Bovius Black hole? (277 comments)

This sort of lapse has happened in every company I've worked in, big and small, when the person formerly responsible for this kind of thing leaves the company and someone else has to pick up their responsibilities. Sloppy, unorganized? You betcha. Also what I've come to expect.

about 5 months ago
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What percentage of your online communications are encrypted?

Bovius Really? MD5? (186 comments)

That was cracked a long time ago.

about 8 months ago
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Do Hypersonic Missiles Make Defense Systems Obsolete?

Bovius Re:Not Obsolete At All (365 comments)

I don't understand why we're still making kneepads. Kneepads are completely ineffective at protecting knees from hypersonic missiles, but spending on kneepads continues to rise. Kneepads are obsolete and we should be focusing our efforts on knee-mounted lasers to defend against this new hypersonic threat.

about 10 months ago
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Startup Out of MIT Promises Digital Afterlife — Just Hand Over Your Data

Bovius Yikes (241 comments)

Holy balls that is creepy. At best, this would really weird people out who knew the dearly departed. At worst, it would provide a hook for traumatized loved ones to avoid dealing with the grief and get increasingly bottled up in a fantasy world.

It is difficult for me to imagine ways in which this would be a good thing.

about a year ago
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Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial

Bovius Re:Wall Street Journal (441 comments)

It's safe to assume that slashdotters didn't actually read the article, doubly so if it's behind the paywall. We're spouting opinions we already had.

about a year ago
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A Thermodynamics Theory of the Origins of Life

Bovius Really? (185 comments)

"England says his ideas pose no threat to Darwinian evolution."

Really? This had to be stated?

* Why would this have anything to do with Darwin's theory of evolution? Evolutionary theory is pointedly silent on the origins of life, nor does it depend on a thermodynamic explanation of speciation.
* Why would the article, or England for that matter, feel the need to explicitly state this?

[opinion] I feel like the scientific community has so rabid about avoiding anything resembling creationism that they have to reassure themselves when new ideas come up, even if the ideas are no threat to their core beliefs. [/opinion]

It's disappointing and makes it hard to take anything this guy says seriously, regardless of how reasonable or far fetched his formula is.

about a year ago
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Valve Offers Free Subscription To Debian Developers: Paying It Forward

Bovius Re:A wise move.... (205 comments)

Agreed. I'm sure internally, Valve deals with the same circus of foibles that every other tech company sees. But externally, looking at their overarching business strategy, it's really satisfying to see them playing the long game, and knowing that in all probability the PC gaming market will continue to benefit from their efforts.

about a year ago
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Former Google Lawyer Michelle Lee To Run US Patent Office

Bovius Really. (91 comments)

"...but said the opinions of her former employer would not guide her work."

I wonder if she rolled her eyes and winked after saying this.

This is one of those situations where I think the chosen person could actually do an enormous amount of good if they had the will to, but I have little to no hope that that will be the actual outcome.

1 year,2 days
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Facebook Patents Inferring Income of Users

Bovius Re:Browse anonymously (129 comments)

*slow clap*

Absolutely magnificent. Thank you, this made my day.

1 year,10 days
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Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?

Bovius Respect (361 comments)

>I don't have to hold my tongue when someone is wrong

I respectfully disagree. You should definitely speak up if something is wrong, and it's good that you're in an environment that allows you to. That being said, I suspect that the number one "communication problem" software developers tend to have is coming across as having an overactive ego, that your word is the divine truth handed down to the unwashed tech-illiterate masses, and that their opinions don't actually matter in the face of the cold, hard facts you bring to the table. I don't think this is the dev's actual attitude (most of the time), but it's so, so easy to come across that way. Coming up with ways to share an idea while making sure your audience understands yet doesn't feel talked down to is a skill I know a lot of devs could stand to learn. If your coworkers feel respected by you, that goes a long way toward improving communications.

The other problem I see frequently is a general lack of visibility into what progress is actually being made on the seething morass of shifting dev priorities. Even something as simple as a daily/weekly project status update e-mail to the right people can do wonders here.

(This question gets deep into greater issues of how much power tech people have and their perceived role in businesses and society, which is far too big a discussion to be had here. Short version: IT experts are witches).

Full disclosure: I am a career software developer, and like to believe I do pretty good at the communicating with business thing.

about a year ago
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Is Europa Too Prickly To Land On?

Bovius Maybe... (140 comments)

I think the top of Spain is pretty flat. You could probably land there if you can get nestled under that French overhang.

Other than that, though, yeah, that's way too prickly. The next closest viable landing spot is over on that Brazilian ledge, and even then you'd need to make sure you get a firm perch so you don't slip off and fall to the Antarctic floor below.

about a year ago
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CryptoSeal Shuts Down Consumer VPN Service To Avoid Fighting NSA

Bovius Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (361 comments)

Not that many customers are going to be scared off.
Most people don't care about the NSA reading their data.
Businesses care about competitors reading their data, not the NSA.

This, sadly. I wish the general public could be bothered with this, and I also wish we could point to one particular distraction as the culprit, like Jersey Shore or the fact that we haven't been able to run a planned government budget since 1997, but the NSA issue is a particularly bad symptom of a larger problem.

Actually, that budget thing sounds pretty bad.

about a year ago

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