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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

CurryCamel Re:Selling Free Software (178 comments)

And I missed the point where OP said someone had already made the open-source stuff available for free - in the windows app store.
Just because its open source doesn't automatically mean you can "apt-get install" it on Windows.

2 days ago
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Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

CurryCamel Cheeky bastards (150 comments)

From TFA: the message that pops up to the victims ends with:

Copyright 2014 SynoLocker(TM) All Rights Reserved.

I have a real hard time respecting that copyright...

about two weeks ago
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

CurryCamel Re:Loved me som PRS-505 (172 comments)

Teach me right not to c&p...

about two weeks ago
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

CurryCamel Re:Loved me som PRS-505 (172 comments)

very large screen (close to 8 1/2 x 11 as possible) for reading legal documents, documentation, and basically the size that every PDF is aimed at

8.27 Ã-- 11.7 would be even better!

about two weeks ago
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Tesla's Already Shopping For More Office Space

CurryCamel 20mph? (100 comments)

That is definetly not the environment attract the proper staff to build sports cars in.

about two weeks ago
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Extracting Audio From Visual Information

CurryCamel Link to youtube? (142 comments)

We totally /.'d Youtube now - at the time of writing this, the video has been watched 2k times. After several hours of being on the /. front page.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

CurryCamel Re:Report missing/wrong documentation as a bug (430 comments)

Mine does. It's hosted on github, so label the issue as "bug" if the documentation is wrong, or "enhancement" if it is missing.
I promise nobody is going to flame you, and the fact that you show interest probably will make the documentation appear, even if you don't contribute it yourself.

about two weeks ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

CurryCamel Re:Why 80% (278 comments)

American companies and companies in 5 eyes countries build most of the worlds telephone and internet systems.

At least Ericsson, Huawei, NSN and Alcatel-Lucent beg to differ...

So long as the NSA pays for the fiber, why would anyone object?

Let's route all our traffic once around the globe, just to get increase the lag?

No, does not compute.

about a month ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

CurryCamel Re:Why 80% (278 comments)

He says that 80% of the fiber in the world runs through the US, 80% of the calls in the world are recorded.

That has to be complete and utter bullshit. Why would a domestic call be routed through a country on the other side of the world, just because there happens to be fiber optic cables there? And all domestic calls outside of the USA account for just 20% of the total? I doubt it.

about a month ago
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Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

CurryCamel Re:Do flashing turn signals annoy you too? (235 comments)

Are you mad when car turn signals blink? Even brake lights turn on and off in an attempted to get people's attention.

This is the crux of my point. Blinking lights mean something exceptional is happening, like someone stopping, turning or overtaking. A cyclist going their way is not exceptional, and having the tail (or front!) light blink is "crying wolf".
Interesting link, thanks. Seems I am not alone in my opininon:

A flashing beacon on a bicycle yielded a greater detection but not
recognition distance when compared with reflectors (588m versus
444m and 59m versus 71m respectively).

about a month ago
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Maldives Denies Russian Claims That Secret Service Kidnapped a Politician's Son

CurryCamel Re:Consipricy nuts, go! (100 comments)

How is it the fault of the US Government when news agencies are going at each other neck-and-neck, to have the latest, sensationalist story (to drive up ad revenue)?

By having such laws that allow these unscrupulous news agenices to do what they do?
See: everything can always be blamed on the government.

But I'd sure like to know how someone arrived from "arrested in the Maledives" to "arrested by US Secret Service". One heck of an interpolation.

about a month ago
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On 4th of July:

CurryCamel Re:Hello Americans (340 comments)

This. How should we know where it is hosted? Or care? This is the internet - I am demonstrably "not in the USA" right now, and it doesn't matter in the least where the other end is.

Or did you mean your comment to be sarcastic?

about a month and a half ago
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Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

CurryCamel Re:Flash? (235 comments)

In all these years, nobody has rear-ended me in the dark. Even if the back lights of my car doesn't blink.
The battery argument I understand, but to that I say "Luxury!". We used to have dynamos on our bikes, and we could not even dream about rear lights.

about a month and a half ago
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Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

CurryCamel Flash? (235 comments)

Why should a rear light flash in the first place? I don't think it adds at all to a rear lights functionality, and does cause - at least for me - a rise in adrenaline: flashing usually means something is out of order, or exceptional (e.g. emergency vehicles or someone hitting the breaks).

about a month and a half ago
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The Revolutionary American Weapons of War That Never Happened

CurryCamel Re:Revolutionary American weapons... (133 comments)

Parent is modded +5 insightful ??
I was thinking +5 funny, or even a -1 off topic. Insightful is just wrong

about 2 months ago
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Red Hat Assistant General Counsel Analyses Supreme Court's Patent Ruling

CurryCamel Re:This is NOT a land breaking ruling (43 comments)

IMHO, all patents patent an abstract idea to some extent. There is always an element of "we can do X to achieve Y" in any invention, and that is in my definition an "abstract idea". If there is no abstract idea behind a patent, then the invention most likely is "obvious", and not patentable.

Even if they started demand a working prototype/demo at the patent office would concrete implementations of "abstract ideas" be patented.

The problem is that the entire system is a quagmire, and it doesn't get any better by people yelling that "software patents are evil" - that's just missing the point.

This entire debate is a red herring.

about 2 months ago
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WikiLeaks Publishes Secret International Trade Agreement

CurryCamel The EU is a country? (222 comments)

Fifty countries around the globe have already signed [...] including [...] the European Union.

Who cares about a secret trade agreement? Of course there are secret agreements... But that the EU finally shows its true colours - this is the news!

about 2 months ago

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Score:5, Troll

CurryCamel CurryCamel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Just meta-modded a entry scored 0, Troll.

It commented on sensitive issues (religion), but was clearly not a troll. But it wasn't especially interesting, insightful or funny. Just underrated (at 0 points). Definetly worth 1 or perhaps even 2 points. So I meta-modded up, for 'underrated'.

This made me think - has anyone seen a "Score:5, Troll"?

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Context in /.'s meta-moderation

CurryCamel CurryCamel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

So Slashdot wanted me to meta-moderate. But all the entries are completely void of context. This means funny or insightful replies are easily lost as incomprehensible mumbo-jumbo.

Perhaps this is what is sought after? If not - please, slashdot, add a possibility to see the parent of a comment in meta-moderation.

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