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Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

DaTrueDave Re:How do I send my old computers to Cuba? (122 comments)

Good question. I have 4 computers sitting up in the attic that just need peripherals. They were good enough to game on, so they'll still be just fine for email/web surfing despite their age.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

DaTrueDave Re:if it doesnt work (464 comments)

BCGs were popularized by the massive, rugged glasses issued for free in the military, but, by definition, they're any glasses that will ensure that nobody will want to procreate with you. BCGs come in many styles, but they're all incredibly ugly.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Options For a Standalone Offline Printing Station?

DaTrueDave Re:Solution: USB Router (190 comments)

What?

I've never had a Chromebook, but it has to send stuff to the cloud in order to print on a local network?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Options For a Standalone Offline Printing Station?

DaTrueDave Re:Overheard at the googleplex (190 comments)

I believe this is where someone is supposed to say, "Whoosh!"

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Options For a Standalone Offline Printing Station?

DaTrueDave Solution: USB Router (190 comments)

Get a USB pocket router (the size of a pack of Wrigley's gum), which will let him turn his 3G connection into a hotspot whenever he plugs it in.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ...

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?

DaTrueDave Re:Anita Sarkeesian: not deserving. (299 comments)

Cool pics. Wouldn't want to leave anyone out, but I'd like to see the real women of video gaming get beanies.

Anita Sarkeesian, not so much.

about a month ago
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2014 Geek Gift Guide

DaTrueDave Re:The best gift? (113 comments)

I don't even know who this guy is, but this article is horrible. It's unnecessarily long, it's factually misleading due to his ignorance (iPhone is the only phone with batteries not user-replaceable? Really?), and terribly edited (they still haven't corrected his typo about fingernail polish DRYING, even after someone pointed it out and the author responded with sarcasm).

I'm not sure I'd blame the author. It seems the people who edit Slashdot are incompetent and/or are not getting enough quality submissions from the community. Perhaps Slashdot is dying?

about a month and a half ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

DaTrueDave Re:goes to show (463 comments)

Pray tell, what jurisdiction does CDC or NIH have to be "all over" anything? None whatsoever.

They don't have to use brute force. All they have to do is give the hospital advice and make public statements when the hospital refuses to follow the advice. Between public opinion and lawsuit liability, enough leverage will be produced to successfully "encourage" the hospital to follow expert advice.

The CDC could definitely flex more muscles if it wanted. It doesn't want to. It thrives on a populace that is afraid and thinks the CDC will save them. The CDC wants to balance public opinion so that CDC looks very necessary because of the threat, but that the threat is not so great that the people start to panic or think that even the CDC can't help.

about 3 months ago
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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

DaTrueDave Re: Really? (265 comments)

For example Android userland doesn't give you much access to anything but the app store. They aren't managed as general use computing devices.

What does that even mean? Any Android user can download and install an application from anywhere, not just from an app store.

about 3 months ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

DaTrueDave Re:symbols, caps, numbers (549 comments)

Not only that, but remember multiple different passwords like that, because some websites/databases don't allow the carat symbol.

I have over 20 different passwords for different sites at work. Some of them don't allow a password under 12 characters, some don't allow a password over 8 characters. Some don't allow a number or symbol in the first space. Some only allow 6 different symbols to be used. Some don't allow capital letters. Some require capital letters.

It's insane. It's not possible for my coworkers to remember them all, so they get written down, which certainly doesn't increase security. Many times people keep their passwords in their phones. Some write them down on paper and keep them in their wallet. Some folks leave them on notes in their cubicle.

Then, to top it off, some require the password to change every 30 days. Some every 60 days. Some every 90 days.

These insane attempts to force password security have actually destroyed it.

about 3 months ago
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The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

DaTrueDave Re:Sometimes the change is good (191 comments)

I didn't get my first cell phone until 2000. 1994 was definitely the pagers and pay phones era.

about 4 months ago
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3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting

DaTrueDave Re:ah (176 comments)

How about if he said:

Once to get it, and once to get rid of it.

or

Once to get it, and once to make room for more.

about 5 months ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

DaTrueDave Re:I hate carbs ... (588 comments)

Stick to fuel injectors?

about 5 months ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

DaTrueDave Re:The American Dream (570 comments)

Roommate or house/flatmate?

There's a significant difference in quality of life.

In the United States, those three terms are synonymous.

Well, actually, we don't use "flatmate", but "roommate" and "housemate" mean the same thing.

about 6 months ago
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Is Google CEO's "Tiny Bubble Car" Yahoo CEO's "Little Bubble Car"?

DaTrueDave Re:CEO in a Bubble (190 comments)

I don't understand why anyone would want one of those little SMART cars with their horrible gas mileage. They only get around 35 mpg. A 300 horsepower Ford Mustang gets around 30 mpg. That's ridiculous when you think about it.

If you want a truly "green" car that gets good mileage, wait until the Elio starts rolling off the line (next year?). 84 mpg in a $7000 American made two seater.

about 8 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

DaTrueDave Re:more downgrades (688 comments)

There are plenty of websites that display no content of substance without javascript. If you've only come across one website that requires javascript, your websurfing habits are extremely limited.

And, no, I'm not going to make you a list of examples, it would be a much shorter list if you gave examples of websites that don't require javascript.

about 9 months ago
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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

DaTrueDave Re:TSA-like Money for Fear (271 comments)

This scenario was played out in a novel called "Lights Out" by David Crawford. It's fiction, but I can see it going down in a manner very similar to that story.

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Lights-O...

about 9 months ago

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Homeland Security Remains Worst Fed Agency to Work For.

DaTrueDave DaTrueDave writes  |  about a year ago

DaTrueDave (992134) writes "The agency rankings from the now annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey were released Wednesday and the most powerful and controversial department is still the department with the lowest morale.

Given the fact that so many DHS leadership positions are filled with temporary or "acting" leaders, it's not surprising that their ranking on "Effective Leadership" dropped over three points.
Out of 300 subcomponents (individual agencies) ranked, DHS has three agencies in the bottom ten, including the agency responsible for enforcing US immigration laws inside the border and the second largest investigative law enforcement agency, ICE.

The Washington Post blogs that American Federation of Government Employees president J. David Cox blames the problems on staffing and equipment shortages, reliance on contractors, and the dangers involved with much of the work Homeland Security performs.

Contrast this with an agency like NASA, which actually increased its ratings despite having to work around a tight budget due to Congressional sequestration, and furloughed employees.

What impact does this have on the US? Surely it can't be good to have such an important and powerful agency filled with employees with such low morale. It's understandable that federal employees morale decreased in a year where they were such a target, but why does DHS seem to have so many more problems than other federal agencies?"

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Homeland Security Remains Worst Fed Agency to Work For.

DaTrueDave DaTrueDave writes  |  about a year ago

DaTrueDave (992134) writes "The agency rankings from the now annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey were released yesterday and one of our most powerful departments is still the department with the lowest morale.

Given the fact that so many DHS leadership positions are filled with temporary or "acting" leaders, it's not surprising that their ranking on "Effective Leadership" dropped over three points.
Out of 300 subcomponents (individual agencies) ranked, DHS has three agencies in the bottom ten, including the agency responsible for enforcing US immigration laws inside the border, ICE.

Contrast this with an agency like NASA, which actually increased its ratings despite having to work around a tight budget due to Congressional sequestration, and furloughed employees.

What impact does this have on the US? Surely it can't be good to have such an important and powerful agency filled with employees with such low morale."

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Google expands robot shop, now owns DARPA droids.

DaTrueDave DaTrueDave writes  |  about a year ago

DaTrueDave (992134) writes "The NY Times is reporting that Google has acquired Boston Dynamics, the creators of several successful robots designed on behalf of the US Defense Department. We've already seen some of the incredible Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency droids that have come out of that shop, and one can only imagine what designs might be classified and unknown to the public.

There's the humanoid robot, Atlas.
The RC car with a secret, the SandFlea.
There's the robot that runs faster than any man, Cheetah.
The packmule that can't be tipped over, Big Dog.
And the frightening combination of tech, the robot that runs fast on ANY terrain, WildCat.

It will be interesting to see what Google does with their droids. Their robot shop is being headed by the guy that made Android the most popular smartphone OS, Andy Rubin. He tweeted a link to the New York Times story yesterday, along with the comment, "The future is looking awesome!" Rubin was a robotics engineer for Apple, and the lens company, Carl Zeiss, before starting with Google.

Regardless of your feelings about droids, I think we're going to see huge advances in robotics now that Google is jumping in with both feet."
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Valve's Greenlight rejects erotic game before crowd gets to choose.

DaTrueDave DaTrueDave writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DaTrueDave (992134) writes "Greenlight is a project on Valve's Steam service that allows customers to choose which new indie video games are published. This form of crowd-sourcing sounds great, until the developers of Seduce Me, an erotic storyboard style game with minigames and erotic cutscenes, found out that their game has been rejected without allowing the crowd to decide. Valve's only reason? It seems the game violates the vague part of Greenlight's TOS that says submissions "may not contain offensive material". In a press release, Miriam Bellard, co-founder No Reply Games pointed out that "Many people still view games as 'for children' in spite of the fact that the average gamer is 30 years old."

In an industry that is filled with violent, combative and downright gory games, does rejecting a game with an erotic theme run counter to the idea of letting users choose the content they want to see published?"

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Valve's Greenlight rejects erotic game before crowd chooses.

DaTrueDave DaTrueDave writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DaTrueDave (992134) writes "Greenlight is a project on Valve's Steam service that allows customers to choose which new indie video games are published. This form of crowd-sourcing sounds great, until the developers of Seduce Me, an erotic storyboard style game with minigames and erotic cutscenes, found out that their game has been rejected without allowing the crowd to decide. Valve's only reason? The game violates Greenlight's TOS. In a press release, Miriam Bellard, co-founder No Reply Games pointed out that "Many people still view games as 'for children' in spite of the fact that the average gamer is 30 years old."

In an industry that is filled with violent, combative and downright gory games, does rejecting a game with an erotic theme run counter to the idea of letting users choose the content they want to see published?"

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