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Northwest Passage Exploration Ship Found

CaptainOfSpray I thought we already knew... (80 comments)

..that they died of a combination of lead poisoning (very early tinned food, forensic examination of the grave found a few years ago), and Imperial stupidity (refused to talk to the Inuit, who knew how to survive in that landscape).

about two weeks ago
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The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

CaptainOfSpray Re:Looking at the past... (145 comments)

Not off-topic .. TFA is claming to know where "the next IT revolution" is coming from, and I'm saying he is looking in exactly the wrong direction.

about a month ago
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The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

CaptainOfSpray Looking at the past... (145 comments)

...like a dinosaur in the last days before the meteor. The future is over there in the Makerspaces, where 3D printing, embedded stuff, robotics, CNC machines, homebrew PCBs at dirt-cheap prices are happening. It's all growing like weeds, crosses the boundaries between all disciplines includg art, and is an essential precursor to the next Industrial Revolution, in which you and your giant installations will be completely bypassed.

You, sir, are a buggy-whip manufacturer (as well as a dinosaur).

about a month ago
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Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Released

CaptainOfSpray Re:Here's a novel idea (47 comments)

Banana Pi has one serious problem. The GPIO etc connectors have a non-standard pitch (not 0.1 mm). No industry-standard connector/shield/daughter-board fits onto it. AVOID.

about 2 months ago
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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

CaptainOfSpray Re:Classic Spook Stuff... (132 comments)

Oh sorry, should I be encrypting my NSA Food, to make sure they read it?

about 2 months ago
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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

CaptainOfSpray Re:Classic Spook Stuff... (132 comments)

F**k 'em both, and the equivalents in Canada, Oz, and NZ, and the lazy, corrupt and incompetent oversight committees. Oh and by the way, did you notice the Germans have been at it too, though not on the same scale.

I am now Officially In a Bad Mood, at which point I am quite likely to send a sizable donation to the people who make Tails, and I encourage y'all to do the same.

about 2 months ago
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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

CaptainOfSpray Classic Spook Stuff... (132 comments)

Tails is clearly a big problem for the NSA. They can't crack it, so they spread disinformation and FUD instead, to put people off using it.

These people "Exodus Inteligence", who are they, where do they come from, what is their agenda, and how much are the Five-Eyes paying to discredit Tails.

Obligatory NSA food: Kalashnikov, Handbook of Urban Guerilla, bomb factory, Edward Snowden was right, GCHQ is staffed by lackeys and lickspittles.

about 2 months ago
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Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks

CaptainOfSpray Re:Just make it simple (131 comments)

I agree. I was a contractor at BT. The internal Usenet was the absolute world's best way to find how to keep your home broadband working when the router BT supplied was trying to sabotage your connection, bandwidth, wifi etc etc. Or when Openreach cocked up supplying your broadband connection in the first place.

about 3 months ago
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Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks

CaptainOfSpray Waste of time (131 comments)

...(1) the only contributors are employees with time on their hands, who tend to be the drones. Those employees who actually know someting useful to you are too busy to waste time with crap like this
(2) the only employees who will tell you anything at all are ones you have actually met face to face - otherwise you are not a real person, and they don't trust you, no matter what you say.

Been there, done this with a multinational corp.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

CaptainOfSpray /. must allow moderating of TFA (214 comments)

"to safely store all of your photos in iCloud" Rated +5, Funny. I don't mean any specific criticism of iCloud, but ...for God's sake...the idea that anything at all is "safe" in the cloud...is hilariously wrong.

about 3 months ago
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EFF To Unveil Open Wireless Router For Open Wireless Movement

CaptainOfSpray Something like this already exists... (184 comments)

In UK. If you have your broadband from BT, you can use wifi from any router that is advertising FON service. You need to logon with your BT account credentials, but it's otherwise free to use. If you are out and about, and you need wifi, just drive into a residential area. There will one or more FON routers on almost any street.

about 3 months ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

CaptainOfSpray News Release (346 comments)

"Karpichko Information Services are proud to announce that we have won a high-profile contract worth a six-figure sum from a US client. The client, a low-profile multinational data-gathering business, wishes to discredit certain information sources and shift the blame for their own loss of control of the situation. Our operative, ex-KGB Major Boris Karpichko, enjoys a well-earned international reputation in the disinformation field, and has recently graduated summa cum laude from the IBM Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt School."

about 3 months ago
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Torrentz.eu Domain Name Suspended

CaptainOfSpray Since when... (226 comments)

...does City of London police have any jurisdiction outside City of London? Registrar should not have caved in.

I should like to point out that I, a registered voter and taxpayer, have never been asked whether I want my taxes spent on something so monumentally stupid as a Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit. And I suspect that its creation was an idea planted, bought, and paid for by You-Know-Who.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

CaptainOfSpray Related problem with software recommenders (253 comments)

I've done work for a local charity to select, install and implement a local open-source solution. The problems came when the national HQ with a national IT department started arguing with our choice of an open-source solution, recommending a proprietary solution on the basis that "you'll be able to get support". It wasn't just that they wanted $1200 per year per seat (as opposed to nothing per year per seat), but also that they were based in Flagstaff, AZ and had no (zero) offices anywhere in my country or anywhere in Europe. Just how exactly were they going to supply this support? Meanwhile we had two local volunteers on board, both competent in the relevant language, both of whom would be available at an hour's notice at no charge. So whenever you find yourself facing a recommender who is pushing proprietary on the basis that "you'll get support", call him out on it, demand to talk to a previous customer to find out what support experience they have had, and challenge him to match local availability and fees for people with relevant skills.

about 4 months ago
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With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

CaptainOfSpray I don't know about you lot... (379 comments)

but I don't want a separate device just to do Office...I want whatever device I use to be able to run "everything I use" so I can combine stuff, rework, sort, juggle, scrape and reformat all that stuff into one coherent work output. If, like the Surface, the other apps from other suppliers are either not present or unusable with a touch screen, it's dead in the water. And it's dead in the water if I have to buy again software I've already paid for on another platform. And don't say Cloud. Cloud is dead because using it makes me legally non-compliant.

about 4 months ago
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American Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over Data Stored In Other Countries

CaptainOfSpray Already in place.... (226 comments)

EU law already makes it illegal to pass "personal data" to any location which lacks the protections available in Europe. The so-called Safe Harbor provisions apply for te US situation, but everyone who understands the EU law knows that the Safe Harbor arrangements are just smoke and mirrors - they afford precisely no protection at all - they exist to enable EU companies to export data to the US while claiming they have complied wth the law.

about 5 months ago
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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

CaptainOfSpray Learning Golf While Young (405 comments)

My Dad used to take me to play pitch-and-putt (nine short holes, played with a 9-iron and a putter). One day when I was 9, we were both having an awful round, and I said "Dad, this is a bloody frustrating game". He replied "Yup, that's why I gave it up in 1932". I got the point, and have never been back since.

about 5 months ago
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Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

CaptainOfSpray Mnsanto - hate unjustified? (136 comments)

The hate for Monsanto also comes from the irresponsibility. They planted Roundup-resistant plants all over while saying "the resistance will never spread to other plants" without actually bothering to check whether that was the case, as if they had never heard of plasmids. Roundup-resistant weeds with the Monsanto gene in them were found IN THE NEXT FIELD BELONGING TO A DIFFERENT LANDOWNER four months after the first crops were planted. Since then, Monsanto have lied repeatedly about the spread of resistance, and what the likely consequences might be - and denied having any responsibility for the consequences.

about 5 months ago
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Canada Introduces Privacy Reforms That Encourage Warrantless Disclosure of Info

CaptainOfSpray Who paid for this? (99 comments)

That is, which American organization paid off the legislators? NSA? CIA? Some large company that thinks they own Canada?

about 5 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

CaptainOfSpray Re:Already gone to Linux Mint Cinnamon... (245 comments)

You've done something wrong. I started using Cinnamon without the nVidia driver, and it was OK, as good without a proper driver as XP was WITH a proper driver. Then I installed the nVidia driver, and it lit up and flew. I am getting through my work noticeably faster on exactly the same hardware. Of course this is the case for a person with an NVidia GPU. Everyone else's mileage will vary.

about 5 months ago

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New Anti-Boat Weapon With Anti-Terror Potential

CaptainOfSpray CaptainOfSpray writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CaptainOfSpray (1229754) writes "BBC reports a new non-lethal weapon designed to stop speed-boats without killing the occupants. In the story, it is billed as anti-terror, but clearly has uses against drug-runners (US Coast Guard allegedly interested) and against pirates in speed-boats (to prevent ships being boarded by preventing the pirates from catching the ship)."

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