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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

CaptainDork Read and weep ... (798 comments)

... the radical, rabid, right wing Christian evangelists would eat this shit up in America.

6 hours ago
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How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

CaptainDork Re:...the best photographers were older people... (76 comments)

Actually, it is sorta point and click. These are young people. Remember that age?

Old farts like us play by the rules.

Young people who don't know the difference between bullshit and wild honey can do things that you and I WISH we had thought of.

Hell. kids shoot first, and point later.

I think it's great.

6 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

CaptainDork Re:Make them pay a professional (205 comments)

Bulldust.

How in the Sam Hill does your post make any sense?

Did you read that the OP only gets to visit them once a year? You still think they will wise up quickly? Then you disrespect them?

I disrespect you, for them, by proxy. I proxyspect you.

--

OK, so you're out. I have to do everything.

To the OP:

Modify their user account to make them a standard user (not admin) and set certain restrictions. Because their are several versions of Windows, I respectfully refer you to Google.

That was easy.

6 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

CaptainDork Re:Get them a console (205 comments)

I didn't mod it, but did you read the part about they are on dial-up and not allowed to do email by browser?

6 hours ago
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How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

CaptainDork Re:the photography equivalent of tweeting (76 comments)

Bulldust.

It's like hearing you say, "Aren't we getting tired of all the inane posts on Facebook? I never post comments on the Internet unless it's to report a crime on the city police web site."

You deal with "noise" on the Internet all the time.

Your comment about a "real" camera makes it inherently obvious to the most casual observer that you are not a "real" photographer.

7 hours ago
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How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

CaptainDork Re:All that matters on the phone too (76 comments)

I disagree, somewhat.

I teach young people how to use digital point and shoot cameras. I tell them, "See this toggle dial? Go up, down, left and right until you like what you see." (we're in Program mode)

Some of them consistently produce art.

If you ask them, "What F-stop and ISO settings did you use?" they will give you a blank look and direct you to the exif information inside the file to see all that historical settings data.

7 hours ago
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How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

CaptainDork Re:...the best photographers were older people... (76 comments)

Bulldust. You are being elitist, at best.

When I was a young lad and Moby Dick was a minnow, I studied special relativity. The math requires extracting a square root.

I was really frustrated because doing square roots with paper and pencil is a game whose quest is coming up with the same answer three times in a row.

When calculators with the square root function finally arrived, my learning accelerated because my goddamn objective was not to find square roots ... it was to visualize, through the math, what special relativity "looked like."

In that sense, the technical stuff you covet is a waste of a good photographer's time.

I learned photography on a .3Mp (not a typo ... POINT 3Mp) camera and even today, 13 years later, those old photographs tickle the eyeballs. It didn't have any knobs, so screw the technical bullshit like ISO and F-stop.

It's all about the photograph.

8 hours ago
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How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

CaptainDork Re:...the best photographers were older people... (76 comments)

With so many capable instruments in the hands of so many young minds, art is bound to happen.

To keep our eye on the ball, we must appreciate that, in this case, the ball is not the little round thing. It's not the photographer and it's not the camera ... it's the photograph.

8 hours ago
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New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

CaptainDork Re:Misdirection (196 comments)

We're not talking forefathers and family values here.

We're talking about Snowden.

2 days ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

CaptainDork I don't like this ... (417 comments)

... it's "he said, she said."

Let's post it again when we have obtained the consumer's recording of the phone calls.

2 days ago
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New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

CaptainDork Re:Misdirection (196 comments)

Actually, there's a deeper issue.

If Snowden can show that he applied due diligence by going through the channels to discuss his concerns and was ignored or he felt threatened, he can still try to use whistle-blowing as a defense.

Otherwise, he may have had legitimate concerns, but bypassed normal procedures and just ran off with the stash and caused them to be made public, which is a federal offense, whistle-blower or not.

Snowden certainly should have covered his ass by retaining email messages to/from superiors, and wouldn't it be excoting if he has those in his hip pocket to trump the government somewhere along the way?

If the NSA says they can't find the emails and Snowden produces them, it's game over for the NSA.

2 days ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

CaptainDork Re:When the cat's absent, the mice rejoice (286 comments)

That's fine with me, but I'll go for the derivative of the 4th Amendment.

It's not cool to throw wide nets.

3 days ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

CaptainDork Re:Problem? (286 comments)

For you analogy to apply:

Suppose he had a pair of binoculars looking for a fleeing prisoner and he stopped EVERYONE within sight and grabbed their wallets, phones, took fingerprints and asked them, "Say ... do you belong in a prison?"

3 days ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

CaptainDork Re:When the cat's absent, the mice rejoice (286 comments)

I'm bucking for the Constitution of the United States, Bubba, and, indeed, "he seems to have exceeded his statutory jurisdiction in pursuit of actual crimes."

3 days ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

CaptainDork Re:Problem? (286 comments)

You are zeroing in on child porn.

The court is addressing the activity of a military investigator stepping out of bounds.

3 days ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

CaptainDork Re:Boom in the EU = Boom in Redmond (245 comments)

Or ...

You could use TCPView and Microsoft Network Monitor to see if you are delusional or stuff.

5 days ago
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HP Buys Cloud Provider, Gets Marten Mickos To Head Its Cloud Division

CaptainDork Re:This is horrible (35 comments)

Google has an article, About 11,400,000 results (0.36 seconds), on "capitalism."

5 days ago

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