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Put Your Code in the SWAMP: DHS Sponsors Online Open Source Code Testing

DaMattster Okay (61 comments)

Why would anyone voluntarily help the US Government spy on its people. Fuck Uncle Sam! I won't do anything to help big brother.

yesterday
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US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

DaMattster Good luck (157 comments)

The fact that it is decentralized means that it can neither be regulated nor banned. I'd rather our politicians did something useful for once but a useful politician is kind of an oxymoron.

2 days ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

DaMattster Sure enough (234 comments)

I didn't believe it but ookla resulted in a symmetric 50mbps up and down. Now I have to read the article to see why they did this.

about a week ago
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Endorphins Make Tanning Addictive

DaMattster Dr. Fischer (51 comments)

Dr. David Fisher, commented, "It sounds like a cruel joke to be addicted the most ubiquitous carcinogen in the world.' This doesn't seem like a really intelligent thing to say. Smoking is probably just as addictive due to nicotine and clearly, it's a carcinogen as well. I guess that would be a cruel joke too?

about a month ago
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Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

DaMattster Sounds (345 comments)

They could always digitize the sound of the Harley. That would be cool.

about a month ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

DaMattster No way (474 comments)

I would opt out immediately. This is an immensely devious way to get other people to pay for a large WiFi buildout. I guess that there is no low that the telecom industry will stoop to in the name of a buck.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?

DaMattster Re:You lose this war... (185 comments)

Social media will quickly be your company's undoing as no one will want to live in place where they are forced to pay for a crippled internet as a condition of living in one of your properties. There will quickly be expensive lawsuits essentially forcing your company to decouple your internet service from the rent and making it optional. I would simply waggle my middle finger at your company and find a different place to live.

about 2 months ago
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The Light Might Make You Heavy

DaMattster Questionable at best (138 comments)

The causes of obesity are a multitude of factors. This article makes an overly simplistic suggestion that sleeping in a darker room will magically help one shed weight. As someone that has lost over a hundred pounds, I'll tell you this: it is making good food choices, counting calories, and getting physical activity. Certainly adequate rest is helpful but there is no credible study to suggest that someone that is doing these things yet doesn't get enough sleep is obese.

about a month ago
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Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers

DaMattster Hypocritical (297 comments)

I find it funny how the US government accused Huawei and ZTE of building in backdoor access while engaging in the exact same practice. I don't doubt that they do, they just haven't been caught red-handed. Pun full intended. I'm guessing that even if Obama were to issue an executive order halting the process, it would be largely for show. The actions will continue under renewed secrecy.

about 2 months ago
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The Big Biz of Spying On Little Kids

DaMattster Wow! (111 comments)

We really need a third party - I'm sick of both of the Republicans and Democrats. They both suck!!

about 2 months ago
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Shunting the FCC To the Slow Lane

DaMattster Brilliant! (194 comments)

This is absolutely brilliant! It would be even cooler if this could be done surreptitiously to FCC public servers.

about 3 months ago
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Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

DaMattster Re:Assumptions (482 comments)

Actually, T-Mobile's service is pretty good ... a site better than Sprint's and the data speeds are faster than Verizon and AT&T. Sure, there are coverage gaps but I think T-Mobile is really beginning to shore those up with the purchase of some 700mhz spectrum from Verizon and the announced efforts to upgrade areas on 2G to LTE, T-Mobile may rapidly become a force to be reckoned with. Wall Street and consumer-America seem to think so as they have had a whopping number net customer additions. You also miss the point that a contract in the wireless telecommunications industry heavily favors the carrier and, if you are under contract, you cannot just dump the service because it starts to go downhill. Well, okay, you can by paying a hefty early termination fee. Having contract free wireless forces carriers to actually provide a highly reliable, good quality service. If they do not, the customer simply drops the carrier for one that is.

about 3 months ago
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To Save the Internet We Need To Own the Means of Distribution

DaMattster No (338 comments)

If the government owned the internet infrastructure, it would look a lot like the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York City; which is to say neglected and falling apart. As much as I hate a lack of neutrality, it might be good to keep government hands out of this as well. I do think that since Big Telecom got its way about no neutrality then they should lose the regulations giving them the veritable monopolies. Make less (or zero) barriers to entry for smaller ISPs to come back on the seen. This way, people can just vote with their wallet. If Comcast wants to lock Netflix out, then say, MomAndPop Connect can go ahead and tell Netflix come on over to us - we won't charge you for content - hell, give us one of your media servers and we'll give you direct access.

about 3 months ago
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Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

DaMattster Re:Please don't (360 comments)

OpenSSL needs a revamp. If the project won't do it, fork it!

about 3 months ago
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Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

DaMattster Re:Get it FIPS certified (360 comments)

The key reason OpenSSL is so popular in US is because the project is on top of FIPS certifications. LibreSSL might cure cancer, but very few system integrators will use it unless it has certified module.

I would rather it NOT be FIPS certified. I trust my government as much as I trust an 800 lb gorilla.

about 3 months ago
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Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

DaMattster Re:PolarSSL already won this race (360 comments)

PolarSSL is basically non-free. It is copyleft but not truly free. The developers at OpenBSD will basically make LibreSSL the new standard and you'll want to adopt it because they have a helluva track record at writing quality, low-bug code.

about 3 months ago
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Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

DaMattster Re:Does OpenBSD Actually Work Now? (360 comments)

I've not had a problem getting OpenBSD to work. Even if your mileage varies, you have dmesg and other troubleshooting tools at your disposal. Part of the fun of UNIX-like operating systems is getting them to work when they don't. You learn a lot about troubleshooting and gain a solid understanding of computers.

about 3 months ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

DaMattster Infrastructure (467 comments)

The infrastructure guys always get fucked over, always! Without infrastructure, what will your whiz bang application run on? Software Engineers, developers, you guys have it made whereas the lowly systems and network admins only get recognition when something takes a shit.

about 3 months ago
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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

DaMattster Re:Using the FAA's flawed logic... (218 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.

about 4 months ago
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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

DaMattster Re:Fuck the FAA (218 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.

about 4 months 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  |  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 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  |  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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