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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

DaMattster Re:Using the FAA's flawed logic... (214 comments)

In fact, if your radio controlled aircraft is operating on HAM bands then you can probably, successfully argue emergency and disaster assistance. I know because I am a General-class HAM radio operator.

3 days ago
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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

DaMattster Re:Fuck the FAA (214 comments)

Well said! Fuck the FAA and fuck most of the federal government too. Many of those pea-brained morons couldn't make it in the real world anyhow.

3 days ago
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Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

DaMattster Well (313 comments)

She is sharp and well-connected but I hope that this does not undermine Dropbox. I know I never trusted Dropbox from the very beginning and this is giving me even more reason not to trust them. Does this mean that government has an in road to easier spying? Only time will tell ....

5 days ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

DaMattster Laws (322 comments)

Are nothing more than impediments to a police officer. They think they are above the law, and unfortunately, most times they are. :-(

about a week ago
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Study: Video Gamer Aggression Result of Game Experience, Not Violent Content

DaMattster Rubbish! (179 comments)

This study just reeks of poor design. After all, doesn't the violent content create the experience which then leads to gamer aggression? Sounds to me like a poorly conducted study to try and take the heat off of the gaming industry. It's almost as bad as guns don't kill people, people kill people. Come up with a logical argument. That much said, I'm fully for ownership of firearms and no regulation of video games.

about a week ago
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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

DaMattster Re:bullshit (303 comments)

I call BS. We are talking FOSS here so there can be absolutely no security issue because it was produced by a large community of do-gooders who vetted all commits for us and this means that every bug gets caught within seconds of being committed.

It is a fact (not theory or guess) that only commercial, closed software has security flaws.

Well, it is a security flaw/hole until it's been plugged.

about a week ago
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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

DaMattster Re:Been using PolarSSL for a few years now (303 comments)

PolarSSL would be nice to use if more of the other software packages supported its libraries. I'd be curious how easy it is to use to create and manage a CA with.

about a week ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

DaMattster Microsoft (226 comments)

Will Microsoft even be relevant in the future? They seem to have stagnated on innovation and are late coming to the latest and greatest technology party. Google and Facebook have relegated Microsoft to a lesser innovator.

about a week ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

DaMattster Thoughts (645 comments)

Yes, Microsoft should be legally required to provide specifications to third party vendors wishing to keep supporting Windows XP. In retrospect, I don't know why Microsoft did not see this as a potential vertical market and additional revenue stream. They could make additional money off of an obsolete operating system that has more than covered the research and development costs associated with it by charging potential vendors for access to certain amounts of XP code and specs. Meanwhile, they can continue to push the importance of upgrades and it's not like modern software will really run on XP anyways. Shortsightedness abounds!

about two weeks ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

DaMattster Re:There are 1000's (223 comments)

There may be a way for small, rural WISP operators to do this on part-time basis. How much daily attention does a small town WISP's infrastructure really need? It might make a nice supplementary income and you could offer it relatively inexpensively in return for a lesser service guarantee.

about two weeks ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

DaMattster Re:Can't blame the incumbent or the governments (223 comments)

There were thousands of independent ISPs once, they extincted themselves because they lacked the vision to work together and instead died one by one. I had a ringside seat.

They went extinct because the cost of building the infrastructure to provide the broadband internet access that consumers now demanded. It fell on king telecom to build that out. Even with the number of ISPs that you pull out of the air, I doubt they could collectively come up with the 100s of millions necessary to make this happen. Government helped the big boys make it happen and also created regulatory nightmares to ensure that the telecom industry is an oligarchy.

about two weeks ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

DaMattster There may be a way (223 comments)

To become a small town ISP by providing longer range WiFi and deploying it in the 5GHZ or 24GHZ spectrums. Ubiquity makes very reliable equipment to make this happen and if the area is terrain-friendly, it certainly is possible. To build out a high speed, broadband wired infrastructure is nearly impossible with the government and regulatory issues alone. Ever notice how the large telecom corporations wine about free markets when bills are introduced that don't favor them but when the legal winds are in their favor, it is "fuck free markets, we want to own it!"

about two weeks ago
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Will Living On Mars Drive Us Crazy?

DaMattster Earth (150 comments)

Living on earth is enough to drive me crazy, let alone Mars.

about two weeks ago
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If Ridesharing Is Banned, What About Ride-Trading?

DaMattster Free market (353 comments)

So much for free market economics and competition. I hate it when government goes to lengths like these as competition is good all around.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook, Google Battle To Bring Internet To Remote Locations

DaMattster Re:Stupid (49 comments)

Agreed, these ideas are very stupid! Steel towers within line of sight of each other are much more practical.

about two weeks ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

DaMattster GM should've died (357 comments)

Yes, I said it. GM should have been left to die in bankruptcy. Bringing GM back from the dead at tax payer's expense absolutely changed nothing in the quality. I always said there is a reason why Ford never went bankrupt.

about two weeks ago
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UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"

DaMattster Excellent, but .... (188 comments)

How will the UN enforce this? This is nothing more than a symbolic gesture as I don't think sanctions are likely to hurt Japan all that much.

about two weeks ago
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Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

DaMattster Drop box .... Meh! (243 comments)

Drop Box is nothing more than a gussied up repackaging of a SFTP or FTPS and a nice fancy ol' GUI. Drop Box does not do anything radically different or innovative. If you don't like the way drop box works, it's trivial to roll your own solution or have someone do it for you. You set up a server for SFTP or FTPS and download a nice, friendly little program called FileZilla. Viola! Your own secure solution without being totally at the whim of a corporation. You can even get a virtual server for basically peanuts per month to facilitate this through providers like VPSCheap.net.

about two weeks ago
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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

DaMattster Re: the current GOP (449 comments)

The entire political system is broken! We need smaller government across the board - not just where it is politically inconvenient. I say start by getting rid of most of the bloated executive branch. Do we really need so many law enforcement agencies? Let's also get rid of the spying agencies. Then let's start by axing the judicial branch. No more Supreme Court appointments - justices must be elected every 6 years with a two term limit.

about two weeks ago
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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

DaMattster Re: Spoken like an American; come to Europe instea (449 comments)

I think it's worse that we preach innocent until proven guilty while behaving just the opposite. As an American citizen, we are ripe for another revolution or civil war. The reset button desperately needs to be pressed as we are basically at society's blue screen of death.

about two 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 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  |  about 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 6 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  |  about 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 6 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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