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AT&T Stops Using 'Super Cookies' To Track Cellphone Data

DaMattster Re:Correction (60 comments)

AT&T *claims* to have stopped using internal tracking codes.

Whether or not you believe one of the top 3 most evil corporations on the planet is up to you.

I wouldn't believe anything any of the large telecom companies say with the possible exception of T-Mobile. And even with T-Mobile, I'm likely to have a healthy dose of skepticism.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

DaMattster A suggestion (404 comments)

You might be able to make the argument that Comcast is in breach of their service agreement with you. Firstly, and as painful as it will probably be, try to resolve the issue with their technical support. If you get sent into an endless loop without any kind of resolution, you might get out of your contract by simply making the argument that Comcast is failing to provide services as advertised.

about a week ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

DaMattster And .... ? (306 comments)

So, let them pause the gigabit rollout. Then Google can come in and beat them to the punch. Arrogance and greed has a way of being thwarted by karma.

about a week ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

DaMattster Thoughts (438 comments)

Simply because something is endemic and pervasive in a society, does not make it a right. Cheating is dishonest, pure and simple - there is no good way to rationalize it. Cheating in an exam means that you either did not take the time or care enough to understand the material. If I were an employer, I would be wary of hiring someone so unscrupulous.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

DaMattster Re:Did he really? (704 comments)

From what I gather, Obama supports full on regulation. A hybrid or half-assed system would cause me to agree with you 100%.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

DaMattster Normally (704 comments)

I'm not for more regulation but Big Telecom is out to screw us all. I thought market forces might correct the action but because it is an oligarchy with no real competition, Obama has my support 110% on this one. It should be regulated and net neutrality should be enforced! If Obama can break the telecom thumb screws on the American people, he's achieved a lot. Especially when big telecom calls 50Mbps up and down fast. I've got hot news, Japan and the UK have 1GB fbre to the home for less than what TWC, Comcast, Charter, et al.

about two weeks ago
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Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland

DaMattster Truth in reporting (271 comments)

The media conveniently leaves certain things out of its reports. The use of these tracking devices are disclosed in the terms and conditions that people sign without reading. Honestly, this a good use of technology to give people who have fallen on hard times, access to a car. Should we pass a law simply because people will sign a document without reading it?

about two weeks ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

DaMattster PETA (164 comments)

It's spectacles like this which have the potential to harm or kill an animal for the sake of entertainment that makes me side with PETA on occasion. Otherwise PETA is too radical for me. There is no science in this.

about two weeks ago
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Shift Work Dulls Brain Performance

DaMattster Disagree (131 comments)

I do shift work here and there and I certainly don't notice my mind dulling. I work actively to keep sharp and continue to learn. Those who stop wanting to use the noodle God gave them, might very well lose cognitive ability.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

DaMattster Dead Set Against It (613 comments)

I think daylight savings time should be abolished. It's an anachronism from the days when America was mostly an agrarian society. Now we justify it so that kids have more light for when they wait for the school bus. We justify it in the name of safety. I loved not having to deal with daylight savings time when living in Arizona.

about three weeks ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

DaMattster Courage (764 comments)

i have to give Tim Cook a lot of credit for the courage it took for him to publicly admit to being gay in a culture still not completely willing to accept gays. Especially since he is at the helm of a very high profile company and it provides an interesting counterpoint to Chick-Fil-A's CEO's anti-gay sentiments.

about three weeks ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

DaMattster Religion (451 comments)

Religion is the opiate of the masses - Karl Marx

about three weeks ago
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OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

DaMattster Puzzling (162 comments)

As an avid OpenBSD user and fan, this puzzle me because it would seem like a giant step backwards. Yes, loadable kernel modules do weaken the security some but it makes adding hardware drivers difficult. I really like OpenBSD as the OS does so many things very well but the team members are far from fallible. The community isn't as supportive and tends to be very exclusive, responding with RTFM sometimes a little too often. I can understand RTFM, but I cannot understand being told to read when I've read it already and I'm still unclear.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

DaMattster Re:t-mobile $50 (170 comments)

The 50.00 plan throttles after 3GB. MetroPCS has one for 60.00 per month inclusive of taxes and fees and is truly unlimited.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

DaMattster Re:Pay the $15 extra a month... (170 comments)

That would probably the best way to do it. Another option, depending upon where you live, would be to go with MetroPCS or T-Mobile and buy a phablet for your grandmother. If you went with MetroPCS and the 499.00 Galaxy Mega, your grandmother would have truly unlimited data for 60.00 per month.

about three weeks ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

DaMattster Funny (339 comments)

I read about this on CNN and just about had an asthma attack from laughing. You know this was a distinctly American joke because it was misspelled - it should've been spelled as 'Al Qaida Free Terrorist WiFi Network.' That's what made me even laugh harder. People are living life with their assholes puckered. I'm sorry to have to put it that way but it's true that Americans are living in a constant state of fear. If it isn't terrorism, it's Ebola, if it isn't Ebola, it's the weather. Good gravy people, the sooner you get that life constantly changes and is impermanent, the better you'll be able to deal with it.

about three weeks ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

DaMattster Here's to hoping (320 comments)

That it never happens! And I admit, the reasons are entirely selfish. I drive a truck for a living so I'd rather not lose that livelihood. I can, however, see a place for adding automation in the safety area like automatic braking if following distance is too close and even maybe a limited autopilot feature that would still require a human being to be sitting in the driver's seat. I guess I need to face the reality that just about anything can become automated and I'm sure my employer has one keen eye cocked towards the progress in automation. I left IT for the love of the open road. Part of me understands why some companies might really want the automation because truckers are a notoriously difficult lot to deal with - basically macho juvenile adults. I'm sure drivers are the bane of the transportation company's existence. Many drivers have an undeserved sense of entitlement, make demands, and are often rude towards the office staff. Little do those guys know they are basically going to "demand" themselves out of a job because don't think for a New York minute that the big boys like Werner and Swift aren't making keen investments in automation.

about three weeks ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

DaMattster It's Amazing (1007 comments)

How people hold on to old fashioned, outmoded, and completely disproved ideas. I thought the last of the major Creationism crap happened in the 1920s. Apparently, the bible thumpers don't quit easily. The definition of stupidity is repeating the same thing over and over despite being wrong.

about three weeks ago
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Here's Why Apple Rejected Your iOS App

DaMattster My 0.02 (145 comments)

This is precisely why Cydia and jailbreaking exist: so that you can put the software you want on your phone or tablet instead of being subject to Apple's dictatorship. I have the iPhone and iPad quite simply because it is the best quality hardware/software combination out there. I understand that part of the reason it's so stable is because it's such a closed ecosystem. I wish Apple would have an advanced user mode that would let you use Cydia but a use at your own risk with no technical support clause other than hardware warranty.

about three weeks ago

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Ask Slashdot: Would you be willing to sign a petition against SecureBoot UEFI?

DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  about a year and a half ago

DaMattster (977781) writes "Please visit the White House website and sign the following petition: http://wh.gov/wHLq. When it comes to computing, many slashdotters value openness and SecureBoot UEFI is the very antithesis of open. Instead, SecureBoot UEFI makes it extremely difficult to use Linux, BSD, Minix, or whatever other open source operating systems there are out there. Please help me send a message to Microsoft that this mandate of SecureBoot UEFI in order to run Windows 8 is not only anti-competitive but anti-innovation as well"
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Worldwide: April Sizzles as La Niña Fizzles

DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DaMattster (977781) writes "The waning influence of La Niña helped April 2012 to become the fifth warmest April worldwide in 133 years of recordkeeping, and the warmest April on record in the Northern Hemisphere, according to scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center."
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IBM to laid-off: Want a job in India?

DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DaMattster writes "IBM employees being laid off in North America now have an alternative to joining the growing ranks of the unemployed — work for the company abroad. Big Blue is offering its outgoing workers in the United States and Canada a chance to take an IBM job in India, Nigeria, Russia or other countries. Through a program dubbed Project Match, IBM will help interested workers whose jobs are on the chopping block to "identify potential opportunities in growth markets and facilitate consideration by hiring managers in those markets," according to an internal company document obtained by CNN."
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Samba 4 has reached Alpha Stage

DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DaMattster (977781) writes "Samba4 alpha1 is the culmination of 4.5 years of development under our belt since Tridge first proposed a new Virtual File System (VFS) layer for Samba3 (a project which eventually lead to our Active Directory efforts), and 1.5 years since we first released a Technology Preview. We wish to allow users, managers and developers to see how we have progressed, and to invite feedback and support."
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DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DaMattster (977781) writes "PHOENIX, Arizona (AP) — Behind the county hospital's tall cinderblock walls, a 27-year-old tuberculosis patient who spent years living in Russia sits in a jail cell equipped with a ventilation system that keeps germs from escaping. Robert Daniels has been locked up indefinitely, perhaps for the rest of his life, since last July. But he has not been charged with a crime. Instead, he suffers from an extensively drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis, or XDR-TB. It is considered virtually untreatable."
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DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DaMattster (977781) writes "Here is a very tasteless, disturbing, and sad story: especially for someone whose family has survived the Nazi concentration camps. The gingerbread nazis One Christmas display near Cleveland, Ohio has some residents seeing Red! From the Angel Gabriel to the nativity scene, most symbols of the season have a story behind them. But artist Keith McGuckin likes to take the traditional and make it non traditional. "And add a little bit of an edge to it," says McGuckin. And Thursday's unveiling took the holiday in a very different direction. "They're Nazis," exclaimed one young woman. "It's called 'The Secret Lives of Gingerbread Men'," he said."

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