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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

BronsCon Re:FOSS names (153 comments)

When it was named that, it was ,in fact, *not* an MP3 encoder. In fact, that it now ships with an encoder at its core does not change the fact that the LAME project (the part built around that encoder), in and of itself, is not an MP3 encoder. It's called nuance, those little details that matter oh so much.

Did the eventually-included encoder violate patents? Yeah, probably. Does it now? No, they've expired. Is LAME the encoder? No, it just includes it.

1 hour ago
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

BronsCon Re:FOSS names (153 comments)

and it infringes on tons of the MP3 patents held by Fraunhofer

I think you mean "infringed", as those patents have long expired.

2 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

BronsCon Re:Various methods exist... (145 comments)

I prefer to think of it as getting right to the heart of the problem.

2 hours ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

BronsCon Re:confused (281 comments)

No, that's the music.

2 hours ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

BronsCon Re:Expert. (281 comments)

It just has to be unbroken until the product lifespan has expired.

So, 70-some-odd years, by which point the format will be dead anyway? I mean, if the product lifespan of a copyrighted work is shorter than that, there is no need for copyright to be that long, is there?

2 hours ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

BronsCon Re:complete sensationalist bullshit (278 comments)

I think we have different viewpoint of the same end result, and I certainly value yours. As I said, I'm not a doctor or a dietician, and there are a lot of things that I simply do not know, so any time someone can shed some light on that area, or maybe approach the subject from a different angle that also makes sense to me, that's just more useful data. I'll admit I simply don't have the mental capacity, after a day of working with... well, what I work with all day, to sit down and figure out every little detail of what I've eaten for the day; so I won't deny that your assessment is probably correct.

That being said, my wife *does* do that for her diet, and with very minimal success. I just can't seem to get her on board with the whole balance thing. She ends up limiting her caloric intake, nutrition be damned, and the end result is her body entering "starvation mode" due to deficiencies in her diet, due to imbalance, impeding her weight loss efforts. She actually sees a nutritionist, who has given the same assessment; her minimal success at weight loss is more a factor of dietary imbalance than caloric intake.

Of course, you can't take in as many calories as I do (she doesn't, by far), balance or not, and expect to lose weight, either; which is why I'm not surprised I haven't lost much of that extra 50.

4 hours ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

BronsCon Re:Expert. (281 comments)

Right, at best it's half that.

4 hours ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

BronsCon Re:Does HFCS count? (278 comments)

So, then, how does that explain why I can eat the same sugary snack a few hours later, or the next day, without the same result, but if I go a few days or longer without any sugary snacks, I get the same result again? I'm not saying you're wrong (because you actually addressed my theory, rather than outright telling me I'm wrong), just asking you to help me fit that piece into the puzzle, because there is clearly still something missing if you're right.

5 hours ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

BronsCon Re:complete sensationalist bullshit (278 comments)

The fact that this is an abnormal response shows that the normal thing is to absorb every calorie.

Uhm... no. That is the result of one specific group of bacteria having mutated in one specific way. Absent that mutation, the bacteria either process the lactose properly, or let it pass by; absent that specific group of bacteria, the lactose simply passes through the upper intestine, where it is processed in a different manner (e.g. as waste rather than nutrients) by the flora in the lower intestine. Failure to process one source of calories altogether being an abnormal condition does not make, or even imply that, absorbing all calories is the normal condition.

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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

BronsCon Re:complete sensationalist bullshit (278 comments)

No argument here. In fact, I'll further your remark by adding that what your body needs in a modern society and what it's likely to get haven't been the same thing since the advent of modern society, unless you can afford to shop at a farmers market, get proper cuts of meat from a proper butcher, and find the time to prepare every meal from scratch. The moment you substitute out a whole ingredient in favor of something prepackaged, either because it's what you can afford or it's what you have time for, most likely all hope is lost. If you like eating out, you're more or less screwed in that respect, as well.

Of course, that really only applies if you're counting calories. If you remove that restriction, you find that you can balance the crap that everyday life throws at you with non-crap, and the end result is that your body gets what it needs and you poop a bit more.

yesterday
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

BronsCon Re:Does HFCS count? (278 comments)

I wasn't talking about type 2 diabetes. Also, pretty much everything you eat converts to glucose. A balanced diet so your body stops processing every bit of food you give it (looking for those missing nutrients) will go a lot farther than what most people consider a "low-carb" diet. That said, a high-carb diet is not balanced, so we're somewhat in agreement there. You aren't really disagreeing with me, nor are you proving me wrong; for dietary-porposes, "carb" and "sugar" are interchangeable terms.

yesterday
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

BronsCon Re:NFC has never caught on, never will (316 comments)

Well, I haven't, and even I know NFC is widely used in other countries. Japan and Australia come to mind.

yesterday
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

BronsCon Re:complete sensationalist bullshit (278 comments)

Your body stores what it thinks it will need. If you have a deficiency of one or more nutrients, it thinks it needs more than it actually does. I eat. A lot. I'm not fat. A bit overweight, but not getting bigger; I was at 132 for 12 years, then I changed my diet and started gaining due to dietary imbalance (I was dating a vegetarian and she convinced me to try it). After gaining 50lb during a year of that, I changed back and the weight gain stopped. I'll eat anywhere from 500-20,000 calories in a given day and the only time I have weight issues is when I throw my diet out of balance. Hell, I've even been slowly losing some of that excess weight now that I've started walking more... eating the same "way too much" I've been eating for the past 20 years.

yesterday
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

BronsCon Re:NFC isn't used for just payment (316 comments)

Not defending Samsung here (I'm an HTC guy), but you can transfer files over S-beam without having to tap the phones together, it just requires a bit more interaction with the device itself, just like AirDrop (also a Mac and iPad user, so yes, I use AirDrop). The difference, here, is that S-beam gives you an easier way to initiate the transfer if you *do* happen to be in the same room.

If you know of a way to enable AirDrop transfers without requiring both parties to actively open AirDrop, please do tell, as I would find it most useful.

yesterday
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

BronsCon Re:NFC isn't used for just payment (316 comments)

Right, and I can connect my bluetooth headphones to my iDevice without NFC, as well, but being able to tap them against the back of my phone, realize I want them to connect to that device, and have it "just work" is really nice. And that's why I use an Android phone and have an NFC tag stuck on the bottom of my MBP and the inside of my iPad case. I prefer not having the already too bulky item I take in and out of my pocket all day in a case and I've found that stickers don't tend to last long in that environment, so sticking an NFC tag to an iPhone isn't a viable solution; even if I did put my phone in a case, it's not a solution at all for the iPhone 6, as it would interfere with the phone's own NFC.

yesterday
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

BronsCon Re:Thank you apple! (316 comments)

You're missing the point of using NFC for those things the other radios do better. It's not that you actually use NFC for it, but that you use NFC to bootstrap the process of using those other radios (e.g. exchange configurations and credentials), then use those other radios just like iOS does.

One example: Parrot Zik Headphones. They use NFC to identify devices and automatically switch to the correct configuration and connect to the correct Bluetooth device. NFC isn't used for the actual audio transmission, in part because it's too slow, in part because the range is too short, but mostly because the people who designed it aren't idiots and already knew about the other two factors.

Incidentally, Samsung's NFC file transfer uses wi-fi or bluetooth for the actual file transfer. If both devices are on the same wi-fi network and can discover each other, that connection is used; if neither is connected to wi-fi, an ad-hoc wi-fi connection is used; if the devices are on different networks, only one is on wi-fi, or they're on the same network but can't discover each other, bluetooth is used as a fallback. What makes you think anyone in their right mind would develop a file transfer system that requires 2 people to hold their devices in contact and nearly completely still for the duration of a file transfer effectively capped at 300kbps after accounting for protocol overhead and radio interference?

yesterday
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

BronsCon Re:Too Late for Aus (316 comments)

From where I'm sitting, it sounds like you've seen more widespread implementation of NFC payment systems in Aus than we have here in the US. It's only just now got a chance of becoming widespread here because Apple has started doing the one think nobody else has done yet: marketing it.

yesterday
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

BronsCon Re:goodbye apple (316 comments)

Or it was a typo, considering that he was talking about NFC, a 1-char difference.

yesterday
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

BronsCon Re:You don't need to make "deals" (316 comments)

All of which are in the US. Which was the point thegarbz was trying to make. His use of the word "nowhere", as a diametric opposite to the annoying all-caps "EVERYWHERE" he was countering, made it sound like he was trying to imply something else; he completely destroyed his own (factually correct) argument by being over-dramatic.

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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

BronsCon Re:Nope they are clever (316 comments)

The difference with Apple Pay is that they can't use a stolen phone

Nope. They sure can't! We mostly agreed that this was a non-issue (aside from the fact that Apple claimed their fingerprint reader read *below* the surface, which this hack clearly shows to be false) because who would go through that much hassle to access your phone data? In reality, a large number of people would, but not your typical phone thief. Of course, your typical phone thief *will* go through that trouble to access your entire wallet.

yesterday

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Should John Seek Overtime Pay or Insist on Maintaining His Current Arrangement?

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  about 10 months ago

BronsCon (927697) writes "A friend of mine recently came to me for advice regarding how to handle a situation with his employer. I advised him to contact an attorney, because any advice I could provide would likely be poor. But, his situation has made me curious; so I'd like to describe it here and pose the same question to the Slashdot community.

My friend, we'll call him John, has been working for a California-based company for several years in a position covered by IWC Article 4 (PDF warning, sorry) under the assumption that he was exempt from sections 3-12 (which includes the section relating to overtime pay); he recently decided to read over the law, as well as the exemption that could possibly apply to him, the Professional Exemption and the Employee in the Computer Software Field exemption, and discovered that given the current terms of his employment, he is in fact not exempt from any provision of Article 4. He also believes that his employer sincerely mistook his position as exempt and does not wish to punish them for what he believes to be an honest mistake.

For the duration of his employ, John has more or less been allowed to come and go as he pleases and has received frequent commendation for the level of work he puts out, so it would appear that his loose schedule has been beneficial for all involved, up to now. What prompted him to review the IWC documents was a sudden insistence from his boss that he was not working reasonable hours because "every other salaried position requires 50-60hr workweeks".

Here's the rub; he does not want to pursue the unpaid overtime, because this would bankrupt the company and put him out of a job, and he is worried that suing his employer may well make him unemployable. He simply either wants things to continue on as they have been, foregoing overtime pay in exchange for a high degree of freedom in his working schedule (which typically equates to coming in between 8:00 and 8:20 rather than at 8:00 sharp, taking 20-30min breaks rather than 10min, taking an occasional long lunch, and typically staying 30-90min later than most of his coworkers to make up for all of it, as well as working weekends to get things done that didn't get done during the week), or adjusting the working relationship into full compliance with IWC Article 4.

John's development work is largely done solo, he is always present for meetings, which are not held regularly, and his work is frequently completed ahead of schedule and under budget. There are no team members twiddling their thumbs while John is out getting coffee or walking off a heavy lunch before returning to the office.

I'm curious to see how Slashdot's advice will align with John's lawyer's advice, as well as what John will actually do in his situation. So, Slashdot, what would you do?"
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55.000+ Twitter usernames and passwords leaked

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BronsCon writes "Today anonymous hackers leaked more than 55.000 hacked twitter accounts username and password through Pastebin. It was very shocking to see such a massive number of Twitter accounts are hacked. Also celebrity accounts are hacked. Links to all 5 pastebin pages of credentials are included in the article, so you can search for yours."
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Steve Jobs Dead at 55

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BronsCon writes "Jobs, 55, has been instrumental in turning Apple into the dominant producer of portable music players, a leader in the smart phone business and, with the iPad, the inventor of a new category of modern tablet computers. Today, Apple announced that he has passed away, shortly after resigning as CEO of the company and the day following the announcment of the iPhone 4s"
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One Free Website For Every City

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

BronsCon writes "San Francisco Bay Area based web design/development firm Gutensite is giving away one Free Pro website to one person or organization in every city, world-wide. By creating a regular Free Lite site with the promo code "MYCITY" you will be eligible to win the prize, a free upgrade to the Webmaster package for one year, a $420 value.

The first sites have a higher chance of winning (see rules for details). But even if you don't win the Grand Prize, everyone will still get to keep their free site, or get 25% off the first full 3 months if they eventually decide to upgrade to a Pro site."

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BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

BronsCon writes "Who/What is your favorite...


US President
Game Console
CPU
OS
Joke
Slashdot Editor


If you don't get the gag, please don't vote. Thank you."

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Talk about it

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Recently, I was flamed for making a "joke" of HIV (see below).

Said by an AC: I recommend a guerrilla trademark war: we simply need to decide what STD now gets the street name of "scrabble".

Said by me: HIV. It's about as active as scrabble and gets just about as much attention from the general populace. A ton of people have it but nobody really talks about it anymore.

Said by another AC: Why don't you grow a FUCKING brain cell. You are a fucking moron for taking something as serious as HIV and turning into the latest joke on slashdot. There are people who are FUCKING DYING because of HIV and I'm sure that none of them find you funny. I'm also sure you would stop laughing if you had an HIV test come back positive.

Said by me: Should I fax it to you, or is a simple scan and email enough?
I was actually going for insightful, rather than funny. A ton of people have HIV but nobody really talks about it. Just like Scrabble.
P.S. -- Who's the moron now?

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In all fairness, he's right, I don't have HIV. Dumb luck on his part.

Lord knows I've had some close calls; an ex fiancé who contracted it from a guy she cheated on me with and a girl I dated for a while who called me a few months after we broke up, insisting that I get tested. Dumb luck on my part.

Assigning the nickname 'Scrabble' to HIV might be the best thing to happen to it. If it gets people talking about it, if it raises awareness, beyond using it as an insult, it's a good thing.

If it raises awareness among corporations that, when they take something dear to us, we will take something dear to them in exchange ("Let's hang out with Kevin, he has Scrabble!" becomes "Don't sleep with Kevin, he has Scrabble!"), it is a good thing. But only if it's true.

I have a "FUCKING brain cell". In fact, I have many of them. Enough to realize that anything that gets people talking about an important issue is a good thing. Enough to realize that only a complete moron would flame someone for pointing out a problem such as people not talking about such an issue.

I stand proudly by the positions I take. I feel that, if something is not worth saying, it's not worth taking the time to say; if it is worth saying, it's worth taking credit for having said it.

Let it be known that I truly feel compassion for anyone who has Scrabble; the board game, or the illness.

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Our problem.

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I recently posted this in a discussion here on /. and decided it beneficial to all that I make it more accessible by placing it here, in my journal, as well.

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Here's the (general US population's) problem, as I see it.

Copyright was created to ensure that artists (I do consider coding to be an art-form) had an opportunity to earn income from their work before it could be freely copied or any derivatives could be made of it.

This led to fewer creative works being created in a given time frame than before, as most works are derivative of existing works. The best stories are those which expand on what we already know, right?

The government and pseudo-fascist corporations have begun to realize three things. First, that we, view copyright, in its current state, as a problem. Second, that they make a ton of money by exploiting the current state of the copyright system. Third, that by allowing us access to any creative means, they are allowing us the resources to overcome the current copyright system.

Thus, the ever-increasing system of restricting creativity, until it is illegal to express any thought contrary to their view of being paid for every peak and valley of every sound and light wave that we receive, which could have possibly originated from one of their exploited works.

Look through my post history. I don't typically post this kind of conspiracy-theorist drivel. I feel strongly enough about this issue in particular, however, that I will not sit idly and watch what little remaining freedom we have in this once great country be stolen from us, just as our once great wealth has been.

Now is the time to act. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Not next month. Not when Bush is replaced by the next pseudo-democratic-republican leader and you realize they're lying, too.

Now.

Before we lose the ability to create.

The terrorists don't have to fight anymore. We're doing it to ourselves.

We vote our freedom away by electing officials who have a proven track record of deception. We spend our freedom away by buying from companies who restrict how we can use our (or their, depending who you ask) products. We give our freedom away by continuing to do business with corporations who ship jobs and, with those jobs, our economic strength, to other countries, while many on our own soil can not find employment.

We routinely sell our freedom to the highest bidder and can do nothing but cry in disappointment when they never pay out.

Right now. This is the only time we have. Act.

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