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Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

Chewbacon Re:*Yawn* I'll Wait for the Mint Edition (172 comments)

There are alternative WMs available. Unity works pretty well on my wife's net book. However on my laptop, I prefer kde with all it's bells and whistles. Be thankful you have a choice.

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Chewbacon Re:Militia, then vs now (1574 comments)

I believe our founding fathers left it that way in the event out own government became tyrannical. The British was our government at the time and continued to proverbially heat the water to the point of tyranny. They accepted the possibility of it happening again.

3 days ago
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Saturn May Have Given Birth To a Baby Moon

Chewbacon Re:Awwww (71 comments)

:shakes head: then people flush them down the toilet...

5 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

Chewbacon Re:Why do people listen to her? (586 comments)

Craig Ferguson had a great bit about this, but used Tom Cruise as an example. "He's an ACTor. Not a DOCtor. They sound similar but are not the same thing!" McCarthy is a bimbo. I'm not sure how you make the connection to doctor from there unless you watch too much Grey's Anatomy.

5 days ago
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Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

Chewbacon Maybe he's FOS? (312 comments)

Perhaps it's simply lip service? He's talked about putting limits on data collection, but to me it sounds more like "Ok, I poured a little water on the fire but you guys have one more chance to not let the cat out of the bag."

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

Chewbacon Re:Android = Linux (being torn up) (187 comments)

The biggest issue with android is all the malware that was thought to be innocent software. Most of your core software for Linux is made be reputable organizations. That said, the software that make up the services people use Linux for is large and complex and requires much more work than say a phone app. Sadly, the openness of Linux can give it a bad name when ignorant fucks like yourself can't tell the difference between them.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Chewbacon Re:Democracy requires opinion. (564 comments)

No one believes that. A quote from the Drew Carey Show explains exactly how many people think: "What good is democracy if you don't get what you want?" Therefore, in the view of those people, all differing opinion should be humiliated into silence.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Chewbacon Use your heads (564 comments)

This is abso-fucking-lutely ri-goddamn-diculous. So many of these organizations bitching about Mozilla are relying on Javascript! I can't wrap my head around such stupidity. It's bad to use a web browser Mozilla created far before they hired a guy who donated his own money to Prop 8, but you can use a programming language he created just because you can't do business without it? Kick rocks. They guy is entitled to his opinion just like the rest of those assholes.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

Chewbacon Windows thinking (187 comments)

Firewalling is a windows necessity with nasty shit piggy backing in on exploits in legitimate shit, not so much in Linux, however. If you're using client applications (web browser, email client, etc) then they will only open up sockets when needed and not open ports to receive traffic. And I agree with what I read above: if you know what services you're starting, you don't need a firewall.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Chewbacon Re:More reason to keep using Firefox! (1482 comments)

Wouldn't call this a Chic-Fil-A. They're anti-gay lobbying is done with corporate funds. This is just one guy donating his own money. It's his opinion and he is allowed to have one. I can stand by him for having an opinion even though I don't agree with him.

about three weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

Chewbacon Why are companies servicing stolen phones??? (218 comments)

I worked at a retailer a while back whom had a number of Sprint phones. A guy I worked with stole a demo model unbeknownst to us. Sprint didn't worry about it. They just sent us a new phone. The guy attempted to activate the phone and got busted because sprint had the serial of the phone. Then went to jail.

My wife's phone was stolen and I hoped to see it returned or hear something from Verizon, but all they did was motion for cash for a new phone. So putting a stop to this is possible. However, the wireless companies apparently choose to look the other way when Joe Thug tries to activate a phone he stole and then could be said to be dealing with stolen property.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

Chewbacon Antivirus (423 comments)

My employer is planning on falling back to antivirus for defense. I work at a hospital with thousands of workstations almost all of which are XP. While I don't do any real browsing at work other than following weather in the event it's severe or big news stories, many people do and lack the "common sense" antivirus suite in their head.

about three weeks ago
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Florida Judge Rules IP Address Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate

Chewbacon Shocker (158 comments)

And I thought Florida was just a state where you could get away with murder.

about a month ago
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New Information May Narrow Down Malaysian Jet's Path

Chewbacon Re:CNN's Black Hole theory... (227 comments)

You mean government officials don't know everything? C'mon, if Schiavo said a tiny black hole would suck in our entire universe, then obviously science will bend to her words!

about a month ago
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

Chewbacon Re:Watch out (436 comments)

"What country is that?" "I dunno, but let's free the shit outta it!" :KABOOM!:

Look at our ever-climbing debt ceiling. Our government hasn't learned shit.

about a month ago
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

Chewbacon Seems like a rogue pilot (436 comments)

I'm inclined to lean toward this being a rogue pilot. Since 9/11 I feel like hijacking a plane is a really bad idea with a low chance of success. Perhaps I have some culture bias; in the United States, I'm sure there would be some opposition to a plane being taken over. Personally, I would assume the worst would happen and I'd be in the opposition. Bias set aside, if the passengers had no indication there was deviation to the flightplan, then there would be no opposition. The most likely way of not arousing suspicion would be if all events transpired exclusively in the cockpit.

about a month ago
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Walmart Unveils Turbine-Powered WAVE Concept Truck

Chewbacon Looks familiar (242 comments)

Yeah, I saw this at EPCOT like 15 years ago, except it was made by Volvo. I'm not sure what the advantage is of the driver being in the middle.

about a month and a half ago
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Healthcare Organizations Under Siege From Cyberattacks, Study Says

Chewbacon Re:Why is C# .Net used for medical devices? (61 comments)

Rapid application development perhaps. Hospitals are trying to get these systems up and running for the sake of cash deposits and reimbursement from Uncle Sam and every company who can write software, good or bad, wants a piece of it. And yeah, it may run on windows. One of the fluoroscopes in my lab runs Win2K.

about 2 months ago
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Graphene Conducts Electricity Ten Times Better Than Expected

Chewbacon Re:I think we can all agree.. (161 comments)

And you are associated with those ugly smelly nerds from the 1970s. But you have lower self-confidence and have to post from behind AC shroud. Fuck beta.

about 2 months ago

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

Chewbacon Chewbacon writes  |  about a year 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  |  1 year,10 days

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  |  about a year and a half 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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