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Book Review: Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress

Chewbacon Hate is a nice word here (29 comments)

I feel like I'm always tricking WP into doing what I need it to do. It tries to imitate functionality of real CMSs, but does so about as well as my 2-year-old can do brain surgery. It's gotten to the point I refuse to work with it. I'd rather take the loss of business. Sure it's what the "cool kids use," (cool kids that smoke) but it's not worth taking years off my life.

yesterday
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

Chewbacon Re:Man, am I old ... (159 comments)

I first had an 80 meg hard drive and had no idea what that meant. Then after a couple years of school, I filled it up with documents and basic programs. Upgraded to a 400meg hard disk with windows 3.11 and thought I'd never run out of space. Then I learned what doom, wolfenstein, and a bunch of other games was and I ran out of space. Then a ginormous 4gb disk came out and I bought one. Dude, I'll NEVER run out of space! Then MP3s went on the rise and oops... out of space. The Zip disk gave me some wiggle room, and I still have one for nostalgia. 19.2 gig quantum Bigfoot. Pirated divx movies and napster/kazaa/limewire clogged that one up. 500gb drive filled with mountains of digital pictures and home videos. Finally 1tb seems livable... for now. But then it comes to backing it up and hosting my digital media on my media server: 4tb and its holding its own... for now. :)

These upgrades are getting less and less frequent... we've come a long way, baby!

yesterday
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

Chewbacon Funny I just cut yesterday (392 comments)

The wife and I were paying $100 a month to watch just several channels. Hulu has about half of what we like to watch for less than a tenth of the price. On top of that, they DRM every damn thing. I setup my own homebrew DVR with MythTV (mostly because the cable company's dvr suuuuucked) and couldn't watch many channels. I wasn't breaking the law with my DVR, I just wanted to watch TV my own way and not theirs. So Hulu was the best middle-of-the-road solution out there. It's hard to beat the price, the commercials are quick and it is on demand programming.

about a month and a half ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Chewbacon Re:Semantics (571 comments)

That means you're allowed one sexual advance. If she rejects you, then no more. Otherwise it becomes sexual harassment.

about 2 months ago
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Ubuntu Turns 10

Chewbacon Less tinkering, more using (110 comments)

I have less and less time to tinker with linux to make it work. Started using KDE, but kept running into issues where it refused to let me login - just get a blank desktop. Went to Xubuntu, but half the time I suspended my laptop it would refuse to wake completely unless I restarted lightdm, which restarted my session. What a productivity killer. I recently went back to Ubuntu and Unity and haven't had such problems. I gotta give Ubuntu credit, they make it a nice and easy experience, which Joe Schmoe who just wants to check his email likes.

about 2 months ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Chewbacon Re: Just tell me (463 comments)

Hahahahahahahahahaha. Funniest shit I've read all day.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

Chewbacon Not hard wirk (279 comments)

Get a small fish tape from your local hardware store and run Cat6. I did it over the period of a few nights climbing around in my attic. It was way too hot in Florida to do it in the day. Other options include running it up the wall and out the cap by your roof edges. You could just drill through the wall to the outside like the cable companies do. I wish more houses came wired with the stuff but even the newest ones don't.

about 2 months ago
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Study Weighs In On the Reliability of Eyewitness Testimony

Chewbacon Re:The whole juror system needs to be abandoned (102 comments)

And what's your problem with accuracy exactly? Is it finding too many innocent people guilty or vice versa? And what methods do you propose take over? The telescreen? Mass surveillance of every moment of our lives? Not at the cost of right to privacy. Take some comfort in knowing our justice system is intended to let guilty men go free over incarcerating innocent men.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

Chewbacon Go teach (479 comments)

I thought that's what PhDs are mostly for.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Chewbacon Hold on a sec (610 comments)

It's on my phone but I'd have to download it to icloud. All they did was add it to your ethereal icloud music library. It's not taking up any space in your iDevice unless you download it.

about 3 months ago
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Net Neutrality Comments Surge Past 1.7M, an All-Time Record For the FCC

Chewbacon Re:Breast super bowl ever (81 comments)

Here here! Now let's turn on some primetime TV. VIOLENCE, BLOOD, AND GORE! Don't stare at those boobies, Timmy, your mom says they're evil because she feels inept with her tits you sucked the perkiness out of. Awe, still I love ya son, the site of those eggs on a fork reminds me watch my cholesterol.

about 3 months ago
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Net Neutrality Comments Surge Past 1.7M, an All-Time Record For the FCC

Chewbacon Re:Good (81 comments)

The number of corporate dollars will surpass the number of comments. I think the exchange rate of comments to dollars is pretty lopsided. Guess which way it it skews.

about 3 months ago
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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Chewbacon Sum up nutrition (291 comments)

There is not one food that's bad for you, it's bad quantities of food. Hell, you can survive small exposures to highly toxic substances as much as you can have a serving of potato chips from time to time and remain healthy. My BMI is about 33 because I love the quantities.

about 3 months ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

Chewbacon Re:I used it for about a year (370 comments)

I'm using Ubuntu server with ZFS and haven't had such issues after updating it other than it changing /dev/disk/by-id. I had to seek a little help with it to fix and it turned out being 2 commands and my ZFS array was up and running again. I love it flexibility as far as drives go like you described: you can make things work in the fashion of duct tape and extension cords. Performance and reliability is great for a home server when you compare the price of a high-end true RAID card. Haven't had a real issue with ZFS yet (knock knock).

about 3 months ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

Chewbacon Half-assed work (222 comments)

Instead of finding a solution for the problem (drone crashes and public safety) they just remove the problem. Cut off your leg to fix your broken toe.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

Chewbacon Ummmm (311 comments)

I thought Find My iPhone didn't lock accounts after too many failed logins? This was discussed in many twitter conversations yesterday and how the script used no longer works since apple updated the system. I call that a failure in Apple's security. Who the hell forgets to put in that kind of fail safe anymore?

about 3 months ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Chewbacon Re:It's easier than that (588 comments)

So eating a recommended calorie intake based on my BMI and weightless goal (and I was never hungry) is bad? I was eating far too many calories to begin with. Combine with exercise is bad, too? So I guess I should've picked up some ephedrine pills.

about 4 months ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Chewbacon It's easier than that (588 comments)

Just restrict calories. I lost the most weight doing that. I was eating 2200 calories a day and I was never hungry except when I woke up in the morning. After mastering the calories, I went to restricting sodium and increasing protein while decreasing carbs. Just one step at a time. It eventually became habit. Exercising is a must to maintain (or increase) lean tissue. The net result should be fat loss.

about 4 months ago

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Xbox One Used Game Policy Leaks: Publishers Get a Cut of Sale

Chewbacon Chewbacon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Chewbacon (797801) writes "The policy explains how used game retailers can survive Xbox One destroying the used game market as we know it: they have to agree to their terms and conditions to do so. In summary, the used game retailer can still buy the game from the consumer, they report the consumer relinquishing their license to play the game to a Microsoft database, and sell it at a market price, but the publisher will get a cut of the price. This will undoubtedly only hurt the trade in value for consumers and will not allow the private sale of games between two consumers. The article goes on to explain Xbox One will phone home every 24 hours to verify a player hasn't sold the game according to the mentioned database. Suspicions among gamers are correct, and it should be no surprise: this plan for used games has nothing to do with countering piracy, but only serves corporate greed."
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Vudu Resets User Passwords After Burglary

Chewbacon Chewbacon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Chewbacon (797801) writes "If you can't hack it, smash and grab it. Video streaming service Vudu has emailed customers informing them of the theft of hard drives containing customer information. CNET reports the information on the stolen drives included: names, e-mail addresses, postal addresses, phone numbers, account activity, dates of birth, and the last four digits of some credit card numbers. Vudu's Chief Technology Officer Prasanna Ganesan said while no complete credit card numbers were stored on the hard drives and expressed confidence in password encryption, he felt the need to be proactive with the password reset and encouraged users to be proactive as well should the encrypted passwords become compromised. Vudu fails to mention, perhaps in a downplaying move, the last 4 digits of a credit card and much of the other information stolen is often enough to access an account through virtually any company's phone support."
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"Authentication chip" found in Apple's Lightning Cable

Chewbacon Chewbacon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Chewbacon (797801) writes "Looking for a third-party charger for your iPhone 5? AppleInsider says hold off on buying one. A tear-down of the Lightning cable, the new connector introduced with the iPhone 5, reveals an "authentication chip" which may render third-party cables useless. Many people buy these third-party cables to avoid the Apple premium, but Apple has decided to literally block the competition from charging their latest iDevice. How is this not an antitrust issue?"
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Can ISPs really police file sharing for the RIAA?

Chewbacon Chewbacon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Chewbacon (797801) writes "I've read a number of stories about the RIAA going after ISPs for file sharing such as Limewire or torrent services. My provider was featured in a local newspaper for not threatening to turn over file sharers, but disabling their service and forcing customers to call their security department to have it restored and even as far as adding hefty fines to their bill. The first scenario happened to someone I worked with and he said, "Oh, we have Wi-Fi, it wasn't us." The ISP even told him what file was being downloaded. They lectured him on Wi-Fi security and how he's responsible for protecting his network from unauthorized access and illegal activity. I discussed this with someone I know working for the ISP and he backed up what his company told my colleague. When I explained Wi-Fi encryption standards are compromised all the time and how MAC addresses can be spoofed to circumvent filters, he said the company still has ground to punish their customers for file sharing even if the perpetrator is someone who compromises a customer's protected network. Are there any other ISPs doing this? Has anyone heard of this backfiring for providers or impacting the lives of innocent people?"

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