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The Seven Types of Hackers

D Ninja Hackers? (178 comments)

Angelina Jolie is suspiciously absent...

more than 3 years ago
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How To Crash the Internet

D Ninja Re:People have been thinking about this for ages (166 comments)

However there's almost always a way to "fix" routers on different networks since they're mostly independently managed, so you're looking at downtime of a few days to a week max. Nothing that's going to destroy the fabric of society.

I think you underestimate society's use of the internet and networks. It is far more than being able to browse Slashdot and play Farmville. The internet is responsible for financial transactions, shipping management (particularly food sources, oil, etc), power management, etc. If the internet went down, would it be the end of the world? I don't particularly think so. Would there be a whole heap (and I mean A LOT) of problems from the result? You better believe it.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Brings Design-By-Contract To Java

D Ninja Trademarked (134 comments)

Actually, Google is bringing Programming by Contract to Java. Design by Contract is trademarked by Eiffel Software (and Bertrand Meyer).

more than 3 years ago
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Confession: There's an iPhone App For That

D Ninja Re:If you're Catholic (192 comments)

I'm not a Catholic, but, to be fair, spending money on yourself is not necessarily incompatible with religion. Yes, it does say in the Bible that it will be "easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven," but it's not because the person is rich. (For those who don't know, Jesus makes this statement after a rich man asked him what he needed to do to enter heaven. Jesus told him to go and sell his possessions and then follow Him. The rich man went away pretty discouraged.) The real incompatibility is when possessions become first over your love for Christ. That is where a lot of people get the common phrase incorrect. Money is not the root of all evil. It never says that anywhere in the Bible. No...instead...it says THE LOVE of money is the root of all evil.

If that person with the iPhone driving the $80,000 SUV is using that SUV to take a lot of food to homeless shelters, or perhaps the driver helps cart animals back and forth to the elderly to cheer them up, or perhaps a million other reasons - then there is absolutely nothing wrong. Heck, even if that person is driving that SUV because they liked all the cupholders it had and it was comfortable for them - then good for them! As long as they don't love it more than they love God, that is a good first step. (And, I know people who love far more worthless things which would fall into the same category.)

Of course, it's easy to judge those who have more (because someone will always have more than you). But, you see, by judging them (something we shouldn't be doing) and jumping to conclusions, you're stepping very close to that "do not covet" law that is pretty excellent as well. Really, a big portion of the "rules" of the Bible are, "Mind your own business unless you're doing good for someone else." Funny enough, people are VERY bad at minding their own business.

more than 3 years ago
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Do Tools Ever 'Die?'

D Ninja Do Tools Ever Die? (615 comments)

No...they just simply...fade away.

more than 3 years ago
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Two-Thirds of US Internet Users Lack Fast Broadband

D Ninja Re:Did they ask how many want it (402 comments)

People on tech sites tend to vastly over estimate the need for, let alone the desire of, many for high speed internet.

One of the most insightful statements I have read here on Slashdot. We often forget that we are so focused on technical needs that we miss what "real people" really need or want.

Hell, you can enjoy life just fine without touching the net for weeks.

Well...now...that's just blasphemy. :-p

Seriously, though. Excellent post. Technology is fun, but it's not everybody's (most people's) cup of tea.

more than 3 years ago
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Genghis Khan, History's Greenest Conqueror

D Ninja Kahn? (279 comments)

Genghis Kahn? Huh...I tried to look him up, but couldn't find anything out about him. Lots of information about another guy called Genghis Khan, though. But...that's probably just a coincidence.

more than 3 years ago
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Mail Service Costs Netflix 20x More Than Streaming

D Ninja Re:I would like to see local caching (473 comments)

It does not support subtitles.

Actually, many of the Netflix streaming movies are now offering options of CC. Not every movie, but I'm seeing it pop up more frequently lately.

more than 3 years ago
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Angry Birds and Parabolic Instinct In Humans

D Ninja Re:The crazyness (234 comments)

Maybe people like crazy?

I did like crazy at one point in my life. Now I don't interact with my ex-wife anymore.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Closing 18M CD/Month Plant

D Ninja Re:Availability has decreased drastically (318 comments)

The not pulling out physical media in ages is great until your hard drive dies and you have no backups for your media.

Well, of course, the obvious solution is backup your media. Mozy is a great start - it has already saved me twice (drive died, and then accidentally deleted a folder I hadn't planned on).

People who put their data on a computer's hard drive should always be willing to spend the hundred or so dollars a year to protect that data in case of a failure.

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon Finally Unveils Apple iPhone

D Ninja Re:The good and bad... (480 comments)

Not trying to troll...but where did they say that? I mean, they support tethering and hotspots on the Droid platform, but it's most definitely not free. (Well, if you root the phone it is...but...) Typically, when you connect with your web browser through the tether/hotspot, Verizon pops up a message asking for $$$ to your plan before you can connect. Did I miss something in TFA?

more than 3 years ago
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Disempowering the Singular Sysadmin?

D Ninja Re:Yes (433 comments)

If you don't trust your sysadmin, they shouldn't be your sysadmin.

Maybe you do trust him. But, workers become disgruntled (without ever seeming to be...until it's too late - look at work places that were shot up with no real indication from the employee), and people have bad days (and lose it), or sometimes someone just messes up (mistakes happen).

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Server and Tools Head Muglia To Step Down

D Ninja Last Comment... (79 comments)

"And don't let the chair hit you in the butt on the way out!" - Ballmer

more than 3 years ago
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In-Car Technology Becoming More Important Than Horsepower

D Ninja Re:Assisted driving tech saves lives (344 comments)

Antilock brakes help stop shorter and quicker.

False.

ABS only makes stops shorter and quicker on dry surfaces. However, on loose traction surfaces (gravel, snow, wet leaves, etc), ABS actually *increases* the braking distance fairly considerably. In this case, you are giving up braking distance for more control. (See here: http://www.monash.edu.au/muarc/reports/Other/RACV%20ABS%20braking%20system%20effectiveness.pdf)

Personally, however, I would rather have a low braking distance. I hate ABS. Almost caused me to die one time when I slid out on a patch of ice and, when I went to hit my brakes, they ABS kicked in and I didn't stop where I should have. Instead, I rolled right into the middle of an intersection with a couple cars coming at me fast.

more than 3 years ago
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The Continued Censorship of Huckleberry Finn

D Ninja Re:I have a much more ambitious vision (1073 comments)

As Attila Dimedici stated, I don't think it's Christianity you originally believed in (or, if you did, you had no understanding of your faith). Christianity acknowledges that we are all imperfect - nobody is safe from sin. It is only through the saving grace of the Lord that one is "made pure." However, nowhere...NOWHERE...does the Bible say, "Okay...you're saved. Now, sit around on your ass acknowledging how great you are until it's time to die." That is a twisted misinterpretation by people who want to do what they want to do. And, unfortunately, it makes an entire faith look bad.

In actuality, books like James make the call (54 times in 108 verses, as a matter of fact) to live a life that represents the faith you believe in. There is no need to live in guilt, due to the saving grace of God, but there is ALWAYS room for improvement in a person's life. (Some of the topics include: giving into temptations, responding to trials, putting faith into action, taming the tongue, etc.)

In any case, you have already made your decision, and probably don't care what I have to say. Maybe this will be useful to someone else who thinks they know what Christianity is about.

more than 3 years ago
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The Continued Censorship of Huckleberry Finn

D Ninja Re:I have a much more ambitious vision (1073 comments)

Yes, it only needs an old man in the sky to make the delusion perfect.

It saddens me to see that you were modded Insightful. The GP's question is very far off and would never work for a wide variety of reasons. However, your flamebait response against religion shows your lack of knowledge of what religions embrace. The fact of the matter is, any major religion, and anybody practicing such religion, realizes that humans, as a whole, are a pretty messed up bunch. Nobody is immune from the tragedy that is human nature, and I have seen this acknowledged by many people who practice their faith. More often than not, it is those who don't understand the concepts of a sinful or selfish nature that think an idea expressed in the GP's post will work.

And, as an aside, removing religion would not end the wars, genocides, judgement, etc that pervades our cultures. Religion provides a focal point more often than not because of the topics it attempts to address. However, if you removed religion from this world, I can guarantee you that something else would quickly take its place. The problem isn't religion...it's people.

more than 3 years ago
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The Continued Censorship of Huckleberry Finn

D Ninja Re:I have a much more ambitious vision (1073 comments)

Perhaps we would be better served by making the very *concept* of genocide or war simply inconceivable. I think we would be a lot better off with "But we've never done this, we've always been better than that!" than with "We'll, here we go yet again."

If you truly think this way, then you are extremely naive to the nature of people. You could *attempt* to eradicate every bad thing that ever existed, but that would not remove the selfish nature the pervades an individual's mind. Humans will still kill, steal, pillage, destroy and hurt others because that is one aspect of our nature. Some call it "original sin" or "self-preservation" or whatever else, but the fact of the matter is that it's there. You have to remember, all that history had to start somewhere. There was a time in which nobody "knew" about genocide...yet it still happened. By removing all references to history (including aspects of an excellent novel like Huckleberry Finn), we only do a disservice to the history that has been lived by previous generations and miss out on the rich (if imperfect) history that permeates our cultures.

more than 3 years ago
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Zynga and Blizzard Sued Over Game Patent

D Ninja Re:Sue the Patent Office (179 comments)

Sorry. The iLike device is patented by Apple. My guess is you will soon be hearing from them.

more than 3 years ago
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When Smart People Make Bad Employees

D Ninja Re:Heretics? (491 comments)

Yes, then when you get comfortable, you become a heretic there, because that's what heretics do.

Thank you. This is a point I did not make, but really wish I had. A heretic will wash, rinse, and repeat over and over and never actually change anything.

more than 3 years ago
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When Smart People Make Bad Employees

D Ninja Re:Heretics? (491 comments)

I bitch and complain at the decisions of management, and you're right, I don't improve anything...but its not for a lack of effort. I tried to fix the system. I offered ideas, constructively and logically, on why Item X is flawed, and how following Strategy Y we could fix Item X to no detriment to Company_Standing Z.

I would argue that you haven't tried to fix the system. You just bitched and complained. "Offering ideas" really means nothing most of the time - EVEN if you are offering them to the person who has the absolute go-ahead to get things done (which, even a president or CEO doesn't have that kind of power).

The fact of the matter is, if you REALLY wanted to change something, you would have to do the work yourself. You may have to do it in your own time at times. Anything else is...well...just complaining.

more than 3 years ago

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France Considers ‘Google Tax’ to Pay C

D Ninja D Ninja writes  |  more than 4 years ago

D Ninja (825055) writes "We have discussed compensation for creators of digital works many times here on Slashdot. France is now looking "[tax] Internet advertising revenues from online giants such as Google, using the funds to support creative industries that have been hit by the digital revolution." This tax would apply to companies who have offices outside the country, also affecting Bing and Yahoo."
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PBS Just Gave You...Everything

D Ninja D Ninja writes  |  more than 4 years ago

D Ninja (825055) writes "In a recent blog post, Verne Gay points out that PBS has launched its own video portal featuring thousands of hours of television shows. This includes full seasons of Antiques Road Show, Frontline, and many others. From his post:

Unlike the commercial networks which, in most cases, simply put up certain episodes or certain programs, PBS will be putting up complete seasons of almost all programs. Ultimately, thousands of hours of PBS video will be included — extensive archives & back-catalog, content from PBS broadcast TV spanning all its genres, as well as from local PBS stations, feature-length films and documentaries, live events and performances, exclusive web-only content, and more.

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Would You Pay For YouTube?

D Ninja D Ninja writes  |  more than 5 years ago

D Ninja (825055) writes "A story at CRN brings up the question: would you pay for YouTube?

YouTube Thursday told users that it is testing a new program that lets its partners decide if they want to charge users for their videos or make them available for free. On the YouTube blog, the Google-owned subsidiary presented the news as a positive, saying that users who buy videos "receive a permanent, offline copy of the file in return." To buy videos, users have to pay a "small fee" through Google Checkout.

Do you think this a viable option for bringing networks (CBS, NBC, etc.) to YouTube? Is it worth paying, especially when there are applications out there that already grab the FLV files?"
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NSC Calls for Mobile Phone Ban While Driving

D Ninja D Ninja writes  |  more than 5 years ago

D Ninja (825055) writes "The National Safety Council (NSC) is now looking for an all-out ban of cell phones while driving. Interestingly enough, this also includes hands-free systems. From the article:

The National Safety Council, which campaigned to get U.S. states to enforce seatbelt laws, is taking on mobile phones, saying on Sunday it was starting a campaign to ban all use of mobile phones while driving. Even so-called hands-free devices should be banned, because studies show they do not make it any safer to talk on the telephone while driving, the group said.

While I do understand improving the safety of cell phone use while driving, the complete removal of cell phones while driving seems a bit short-sighted, especially as their use continues to grow."

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Obama to Appear in Spiderman Comic

D Ninja D Ninja writes  |  more than 5 years ago

D Ninja (825055) writes "According to Canwest News Service, Barack Obama will be appearing in a Spiderman comic. From the article:

Obama is set to appear in Marvel Comics' Spider-Man series, in a special insert titled, "Spidey Meets the President!" where he will team up with the "Wall Crawler" to defeat Spidey nemesis the Chameleon who has designs on stopping Inauguration Day.

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Talk to the Dead with Virsona

D Ninja D Ninja writes  |  more than 5 years ago

D Ninja (825055) writes "A company called Virsona recently released a beta version of their product that allows friends and relatives to talk to you after you have died. By submitting information to a journal and "collecting a personal footprint" from social networking sites, Virsona attempts to figure out the your responses (based on your footprint) to someone who is "communicating with you" via the service's instant message interface. The service is free (upgraded, paid services are available), but is still pretty hit or miss regarding the responses."
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Google Gets Lively

D Ninja D Ninja writes  |  more than 5 years ago

D Ninja (825055) writes "Niniane Wang, a Google Engineer, just announced Lively, a 3D virtual world, somewhat akin to SecondLife. In her blog post, Niniane details some of the Lively experience which includes, "playing YouTube videos in virtual TVs and showing photos in virtual picture frames inside our rooms." Additionally, the gadgets found in the Lively rooms can be run on the user's desktop."
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Gmail Labs Released

D Ninja D Ninja writes  |  more than 5 years ago

D Ninja (825055) writes "Yesterday, Google released Gmail Labs which allows Gmail developers to decide what to include in the next feature releases of Gmail based on user feedback. As ZDnet has pointed out, essentially users are guinea pigs for these new features. Participants will vote on their favorite new features and the ones that are voted the highest will stick around and the ones that are least popular will disappear. From the Gmail blog:

The result of this loosely-directed chaos is 13 Labs features, with more on the way. Some of them we've found really useful, like Quick Links, which lets you save searches and any other views in Gmail. Kai and Julie wrote Superstars, which gives you different types of stars. Dave wrote Old Snakey, which lets you play an old school style computer game when you press "&". I'm just going to go out and say it: Old Snakey is probably a bad idea. But Dave wanted to do it, so Dave did it and anyone who uses Gmail can use it. And now you can help decide whether it's a good idea.
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Gates Gives Final Publicly Scheduled Speech

D Ninja D Ninja writes  |  more than 5 years ago

D Ninja (825055) writes "Bill Gates gave his final, publicly scheduled speech as a Microsoft employee at the TechEd Developers Conference on June 3rd. He attributes the success of Microsoft to its "relationship with developers." Per his usual speeches, Gates touched on the future of Microsoft and various technologies and products that the company will be working on, including IE8 scheduled for beta release this August. Included in the presentation was an MIT "Ballmer-bot" which was developed using Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio.

Developers, developers, developers, developers," the robot repeated over and over in an homage to Ballmer's famous rant. The robot also raised his arm, showing how he [had] the ability to "throw eggs," according to the MIT student controlling his movements.
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Lockheed Martin Awarded GPSIII

D Ninja D Ninja writes  |  more than 5 years ago

D Ninja (825055) writes "Yesterday, Lockheed Martin was awarded the $1.4 billion Air Force contract to build the next-generation global positioning satellite system. This occurred after a series of delays as the Air Force decided between Lockheed and the competing bidding contractor, Boeing Co.

GPS III, will give new navigation warfare (NAVWAR) capabilities to shut off GPS service to a limited geographical location while providing GPS to US and allied forces. GPS III will offer significant improvements in navigation capabilities by improving interoperability and jam resistance. The procurement of the GPS III system is planned for multiple blocks, with the GPS IIIA portion currently underway. GPS IIIA includes all of the GPS IIF capability plus up to a ten-fold increase in signal power, a new civil signal compatible with the European Union's Galileo system, and a new spacecraft bus that will allow a growth path to future blocks.
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