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Sex Offender Gets New Hearing After Hearing Officer Rants Against Arial Font

CB-in-Tokyo Cool Story Bro Time (312 comments)

Back in the 90s, I had a job teaching MS Office to people. One class I was hired for was to teach a bunch of local judges how to use Word.

While discussing how to change fonts, one of the judges says, "Huh! Anal font, what the hell is an ANAL font!"

Maybe it is the same judge!

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?

CB-in-Tokyo Asterisk (497 comments)

This is a bit involved, but will work if you have the time and know how to set it up.

You can likely port your landline number to a VOIP service and then setup asterisk. Use IVR to play a message when you are called. Have a code that your friends and family know that will allow them to break out of the IVR and ring an extention.. Funnel everything else to voicemail or whatever you want.. You will only get a ring when it is someone who knows the code.

about 10 months ago

Research Shows E-Cigs Might Be As Good For Quitting As Nicotine Patches

CB-in-Tokyo Re:second hand e-smoke (314 comments)

I smoked for years, and could never quit.

Three years ago, I tried an ecig on a lark, and actually quit smoking without intending to, which to me seems like a miracle!

I went through a month or two of coughing up stuff from my lungs, but I never felt the need to smoke cigarettes.

I still have a nicotine addiction, but have been slowly weaning myself down to weaker and weaker e-juice. On day I will quit, but I feel a hell of a lot better than I did when I was smoking!

For me, the patch isn't even close !

1 year,6 days

Sony Launches Internet Service Offering Twice the Speed of Google Fiber

CB-in-Tokyo Re:Sony will figure out a way (268 comments)

The main contributing factor to fiber being inexpensive is that most lines are run above ground here in Tokyo.

NTT has a monopoly on Fiber. I haven't researched this, but I would be shocked if Sony wasn't riding on NTT fiber.

I don't have a motivation to change though. I have a 200/200 capable fiber line (realistically I get 60 to 70 up and down), and bandwidth is never a limiting factor for me.

about a year and a half ago

French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

CB-in-Tokyo Re:Budget over Justice? (626 comments)

And like a coward with nothing to offer but empty words he flees.

I prefer my trolls to have bigger balls.

And to put together an argument or point of discussion.

Please indulge me, or I'll have to go back to debating with my 4 old, who seems to be only slightly less well read than yourself.

about a year and a half ago

French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

CB-in-Tokyo Re:Budget over Justice? (626 comments)

Churchill would be proud my man! You have the wit of a demigod, and an intelligence well suited to your wit!

about a year and a half ago

French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

CB-in-Tokyo Re:Budget over Justice? (626 comments)

Option 4.The government pays for the test and justice is served. A million bucks is not a huge amount when we are talking about government budgets.

You are right though, there is a an amount and a level of certainty where it doesn't make sense to do the test, but a million bucks to keep a serial rapist (or perhaps two) off the streets, would likely pay for itself.

about a year and a half ago

French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

CB-in-Tokyo Re:Budget over Justice? (626 comments)

I don't even know where to start with either either drunk or a troll or both. Since this is Slashdot, I have to assume the latter.

Many arguments to be made, please choose a coherent one and try again.

about a year and a half ago

French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

CB-in-Tokyo Budget over Justice? (626 comments)

The justice system shouldn't be haggling over price.

They have suspects they are sure that did it. They have a method of determining which one, but they are dicking around because of cost?


about a year and a half ago

Of the Love of Oldtimers - Dusting Off a Sun Fire V1280 Server

CB-in-Tokyo Re:I must be getting old (281 comments)

Do the CPU's have Virtualization Extensions...oh wait of course they don't; they are ancient!

about a year and a half ago

Ubuntu Smartphone Shipping In October

CB-in-Tokyo IF they really want to succeed (102 comments)

They need to address the needs of the corporate market. If you can make solid phones and have them integrate well into a corporate environment, offering the features corporations needs you are not just another provider, you are solving problems.

Features I think they should have;

Built in remote management features and "Mobile Device Management Software." This is always a top priority and usually a costly solution.
Make it simple to push approved patches, software, and updates. Make it simple to remote wipe and remote install phones.
Anti Virus.
An easy way to flag Personal vs Corporate calls.
An easy way to separate Corporate vs Personal App purchases.
Centralized accounting of corporate calls and app purchases.
A method for joining Active Directory domains.
IPsec and OpenVPN capable.
Easy file sharing for corporate file shares.

And of course security.

about a year and a half ago

Where Does IT Fall Within Your Organization?

CB-in-Tokyo In Soviet Russia (243 comments)

Finance reports to IT!

more than 4 years ago

Don't Talk To Aliens, Warns Stephen Hawking

CB-in-Tokyo Re:I've been saying this all along....! (1015 comments)

I am sure a few natives sat around the fire on occasion and podered the same thing.

"Imagine if there were people across the water."

"Nah couldn't happen."

"Yeah but what if there were, I wonder what they'd be like..."

Given the infinite possibilities that are out there in the vastness of space and time, it could just as easily be explorers, conquerors, pilgrams, something we can't possibly comprehend, or even creatures like us. Anything is possible.

more than 4 years ago

Physicists Discover How To Teleport Energy

CB-in-Tokyo Re:Consistent Histories? (365 comments)

Why not? The motion at the the far end occurs exactly at the same time as the motion at the near end. Combined with a key determining how far it moves have different meanings and you have meaningful information being transferred.

Care to elaborate?

more than 4 years ago

Physicists Discover How To Teleport Energy

CB-in-Tokyo Re:Consistent Histories? (365 comments)

What if you had a non compressible pole that was light years long. You push the pole at one end and it moves at the other. That is information passing at speeds faster than light..

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu 9.04 For the Windows Power User

CB-in-Tokyo Re:My experience shows a short path (727 comments)

Wow, you experience mirrors my own to large degree. Right down to the slackware on floppy. I remember the 24 hour kernel compiles, that would take 36 for me because my GF at the time would trip a breaker with her hair drier, with frightening consitency.

These days I work in IT and have a few servers at home running Debian, but never really seriously thought about running Linux on my desktop. I ran Windows 2000 until there were no more patches, then grudgingly switched to XP.

Christmas 2008 found me back in Canada visiting my family. A very strong Yen combined with a few Walmart Specials meant that I could grab a laptop, for what felt to me like 300 Bucks. It
even came with Vista Home version at that price. It was an AMD64 machine with 3GB of Ram and an ATI GPU. I had bought my wife a Magazine for the flight (she's a computer geek too) that had an Ubuntu install disk with it and figured let's go full 64bit and see how Ubuntu shapes up.

I was incredibly impressed with the install and have been using the computer as my primary workstation ever since. It is meeting my needs 100%. Sure there have been issues, but there are always issues even with Windows.

Anyhow, you may have no incentive to switch now, but at some point you will have to switch to something. As another old fart in here I'd recommend giving Linux a try. Especially if it's free as in beer.

more than 5 years ago

Database of All UK Children Launched

CB-in-Tokyo Missing Data... (296 comments)

Name 1 virus that can hack a Windows PC, from there hack a Citrix console, from there Hack a Redhat web server, from there hack an AIX application server, and from there hack a DB2 or Oracle database on a mainframe...

Sorry, but, err, can you include version numbers please...For my ...research project.

Thanks ;)

more than 5 years ago

The NYT Compares Broadband Upgrade Costs in US, Japan

CB-in-Tokyo Re:High density = no digging (257 comments)

Nice! The phone companies have promised 10 Gig to the home by 2010, but I don't know if they will make it.

Are you already on Fiber, or are you on ADSL or cable?

more than 5 years ago



Japan Immigration directed to forcibly take prints

CB-in-Tokyo CB-in-Tokyo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CB-in-Tokyo (692617) writes "In reaction to the protests caused by Japan's new fingerprinting system, the Ministry of Justice has issued a directive (English Translation) that all foreigners that do not agree to give their fingerprints be incarcerated and "pursuaded" to give their prints, immediately to be followed by deportation. Immigration officials state that during the period of incarceration, "We will sufficiently persuade the refuser to cooperate, and endeavor not to do this by force."

The new fingerprinting and photographing system is under a lot of fire by the foreign community in Japan as it targets not only tourists, but also permanent residents. The system is being presented outwardly as a way to counter terrorism, but is being touted internally by celebrity spokespeople as a way to cut down on foreign crime in Japan. It is illegal under Japanese law to fingerprint citizens, unless they have been accused of a crime, however foreign residents have no such protection, and now under the new directive foreigners who refuse will no longer not just be refused entry, but also coerced into providing personal biometric data."

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