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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

DaMattster Let them argue all they want (362 comments)

The answer is simply, "NO! You cannot have a backdoor into my electronics." And if they manufacturers give in, I'm sure someone will create an open source encryption algorithm without a backdoor and you can install it on a rooted phone.

3 hours ago
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Microsoft Co-opts Ice Bucket Challenge Idea To Promote Coding In Latin America

DaMattster Screw M$ (96 comments)

Screw Microsoft! There are plenty of underemployed and under skilled people right here in the good old US of A that would really like to take advantage of such a program. Heck, I would be all over it just to get out of Systems Admin and Engineering. The IT career field seems to be so hostile towards Americans. Managers seem to prefer H1B visas and labor importation. Co-workers have strong egos and are constantly trying to climb the ladder by making others look inferior. I, for one, am sick of it. This is precisely why I just gladly put 12 years of experience in IT in the trash can and became a truck driver. No PHB, no egotistical coworkers, just a nice job where I get to see the country. Sure, I only make 26K right now but it's only for 6-8 months. Once I get more experience under my belt, I'm looking at 60s to 70s. No on call work, I have a dedicated run and I'm home on weekends. I have truck that has the creature comforts of an RV. Hopefully, I'll never have to look back at the BSOD and General Failure again!

3 days ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

DaMattster Fine! (363 comments)

Let them move jobs overseas. In retaliation, we the people should demand that the government ditch all Microsoft products and go open source!

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

DaMattster SmartCards (191 comments)

Issue the students smart cards or integrate them with their student ID. The costs have smartcards have come down so much now that my local laundromat uses them in place of coins. If a student loses their ID, an administrator simply deactivates the card.

about a week ago
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

DaMattster Curious (132 comments)

I would really like to see the true cost of bandwidth, that is what it costs to run day to day. I'm guessing that the telcos are exaggerating more than a little bit. I really don't believe for a New York minute that video content is putting much strain on resources. Heck, I'd really like to see the honest, undoctored resource use statistics. I think the argument against net neutrality is all about wanting an additional revenue stream: nothing more, nothing less.

about two weeks ago
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New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

DaMattster Interesting (138 comments)

The study is interesting however, it is notable that no one studied had a diagnosis of depression. It so happens that I am autistic and have Autistic Spectrum Disorder and suffer from Major Depressive Disorder. Being autistic, I have certain stimuli that I am very sensitive to and others not so much. I noticed almost an immediate difference when I started to take Prozac. I've always been sensitive to medicines and I noticed some initial feelings along the lines of things seemed clearer somehow.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

DaMattster No issues here (504 comments)

I've been using iOS 8 now since Thursday of last week with no issues whatsoever on an iPhone 5s 32GB model. Of course, I don't have a lot of apps installed - I only keep ones that I absolutely need so maybe I'm not a good case in point. I really like the improved accuracy of Siri and the predictive text input features. I don't care for the recent contacts when using the app switcher so I turned it off. Overall, it's been a pretty good experience ... much better than the transition from iOS 6 to 7.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

DaMattster Assuming .... (504 comments)

I'm operating under the assumption that this is not some marketing gimmick and Apple is really concerned about the privacy of its user base. If this is the case, I'm happy to keep using Apple. I was going to hold off on updating to iOS 8 but, methinks I will upgrade after all. The old adage, "You have nothing to worry about if you haven't done anything wrong" is just plain wrong. With the misconduct of police and prosecutors, I want to be secure in my effects.

about two weeks ago
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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

DaMattster Too bad (198 comments)

It's a shame that the idea is not feasible. There is an awesome amount of energy that could be tapped from the ocean.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

DaMattster It's hard (392 comments)

I have a degree in Criminal Justice and started a career in technology but it was hard start back in 2003. I do okay for myself now but I would probably command more money had I had a STEM degree.

about two weeks ago
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Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

DaMattster Apple Fanboy (183 comments)

Yes, I am an Apple fanboy and use their stuff. But, I find that Apple is just as guilty as Microsoft in "embrace, extend, and close" They essentially did this with Darwin. Sure their are parts of Darwin that are open source but a lot of the add on stuff is closed up. I would think it would be advantageous for Apple to open Swift up.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

DaMattster What a joke! (243 comments)

So people can request certain fast lanes and AT&T can simply deny them under some litany of legalese? I think not!! Net neutrality was a founding principle of the internet and it should be here to stay. Fuck AT&T and it's joke alternative!

about two weeks ago
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Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

DaMattster Surprising (92 comments)

I'm surprised that the Pixma has that kind of power that it can run Doom. It's a pretty funny hack actually.

about two weeks ago
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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

DaMattster Great idea! (231 comments)

I'd like to see this system implemented in The States. It basically circumvents the school yard bully from stealing lunch money from would-be victims.

about two weeks ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

DaMattster Prime Example (288 comments)

The Uber drivers refusing to pickup passengers is a big example of market forces in action. It doesn't take an act of government to necessarily effect change. Uber needs its drivers so that it can turn a profit. Uber's drivers ultimately determine the financial success of Uber. Uber can threaten and cajole all it wants but when the day is said and done, no pickups mean angry customers and no revenue.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

DaMattster pfense (238 comments)

I really like pfsense. It is FreeBSD based and very easy to setup. See http://www.pfsense.org/

about three weeks ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

DaMattster Antiquated Policy (540 comments)

Honestly, it's time to give up this embargo. It's antiquated, outmoded, and even a little bit hypocritical. We don't have an embargo with China and China is a communist nation. What could it hurt to drop the embargo?

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

DaMattster ROFL (405 comments)

Wow, that sucks but it's very funny! It would have been funny had the tables been turned as well. If it had been Apple paying the NFL and the NFL commentators calling the devices a Surface, it would be just as funny if not more so.

about three weeks ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

DaMattster Normally (275 comments)

I'm not a great fan of passing additional laws but this one is just good consumer protection. On the other side of the coin, businesses should be able to have comments that are just ridiculous removed as there are some people you just cannot please, no matter what.

about three weeks ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

DaMattster This is why (533 comments)

We need more competition in thr ISP market again,

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  |  about 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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