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Open Source Usability — Joomla! Vs. WordPress

Dekortage Re:Try TYPO3 (240 comments)

I've had to administrate sites in Typo3, Joomla, Drupal, and other CMSs. I've written some Typo3 extensions because there was nothing out that did exactly what I needed. Nonetheless, I cannot stand Typo3 and its irritating TypoScript psuedo-language. I'll take Joomla any day over that.

more than 5 years ago
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Book Publishers Making the Same Mistakes as Record Labels?

Dekortage Umm... it worked nicely for Apple (227 comments)

It may be a mistake from our perspective, but Apple shareholders don't mind too much that the iPod and iTMS are incredibly successful.

Many other companies have tried to break into the same markets (hello Microsoft?) with not much success. And they had even better DRM than Apple's! (from a lock-in perspective)

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Unveils "Elevate America"

Dekortage Re:Your tax dollars at work (325 comments)

My favorite line from the MS site is: "If you would like to receive information when the Elevate America resources become available in your state, please follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/elevateamerica."

Oooh boy, I'm standing by for my Microsoft Tweet!

more than 5 years ago
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SSLStrip Now In the Wild

Dekortage Re:Alternatives (208 comments)

No, If any part of a page is not encrypted then an attacker can effectively strip all encryption from the entire page.

You're right, and thanks for the links. Though, this seems to be more a problem with scripting vulnerabilities and MITM attcks than with HTTPS specifically.

I also thnk that browsers just should not allow a form on a not-fully-HTTPS page to submit to a HTTPS URL.

more than 5 years ago
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SSLStrip Now In the Wild

Dekortage Re:Huge pet peeve (208 comments)

Designers then started breaking this. To avoid an extra https serve, particularly on a front page or popular page. For the sake of "Design", including putting a sign in form on the front page.

Errr... you really think the DESIGNERS cared about extra HTTPS hits??? They were probably told to put the login on the home page. Then, the sysadmins balked at the idea of an increased SSL load, but still said the login could be done securely if the form action was HTTPS.

The real problem is browsers. They should have been designed so that only HTTPS forms could submit to HTTPS actions. No HTTP form should be accepted.

more than 5 years ago
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SSLStrip Now In the Wild

Dekortage Re:Alternatives (208 comments)

Really, you should already be wary when a site asks you for login information over HTTP rather than HTTPS.

Maybe. The login form might be located on an HTTP page, but as long as the form submits to an HTTPS page, your login credentials are still SSL-encrypted. Conversely, if you have an HTTPS login form, but the form action goes to an HTTP site, your credentials are NOT encrypted.

more than 5 years ago
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A Real Bill Gates Rant

Dekortage it's actually a fantasy game! (293 comments)

FTA: "In fact it is more like a puzzle that you get to solve. It told me to go to Windows Update and do a bunch of incantations."

Finally, someone at Microsoft admits that you have to use magic to make Windows work right... I would comment more, but I am on my way to my daily Ballmer goat and bull sacrifice.

more than 5 years ago
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Ma.gnolia User Data Is Gone For Good

Dekortage Re:What is this "UNIX" you speak of... (450 comments)

Apple is 1% hardware and 99% Marketing. Not too much they do can't be done on a Dell or HP. They just make it appear to do it better/slicker/faster, that's all.

I'd peg it at 10% hardware, if not more. The internal hardware layout of Apple's desktop towers borders on beautiful. Beats Dell and HP hands down.

And, while its hardware failures tend to be more spectacular, I've generally found Apple hardware to be more reliable than any of the Wintel vendors. (...speaking as someone who has been supporting computers since before MS-DOS or the Mac...)

more than 5 years ago
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Judge Dismisses Google Street View Case

Dekortage Re:roadkill (258 comments)

Fair enough.

So, just to take this to a logical conclusion... would it be OK if a stranger walked into your house or office; copied your music CDs, movie DVDs, and files off your computer; photographed your desk and bedroom; and then left your house... as long as the original materials remained behind? They would not be depriving you of the "good" you receive from those items.

more than 5 years ago
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Judge Dismisses Google Street View Case

Dekortage Re:roadkill (258 comments)

Off the top of my head: beaches are the only thing, in the USA, I can think of that are always public and you can always cross private land to reach.

Upstate New York's Adirondack State Park is over six million acres of forest, mountains, lakes, and streams -- the largest state park in the continental U.S., almost as large as the entire state of Massachussetts. Half of the land in it, is actually privately-owned. Years ago, I hiked and camped there a lot, and frequently hiked along a state trail, only to find myself tramping across someone's backyard. And that is perfectly acceptable there. Very little land in the Adirondacks are truly off-limits to hikers, and it is very clearly marked. If you buy property there, you just know that hikers may be on your land. It's part of the deal. Your house is still private, but your land is fairly open access.

more than 5 years ago
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Judge Dismisses Google Street View Case

Dekortage Re:roadkill (258 comments)

Does anyone think, "if I can see it it is mine?" Of course not.

I realize this may be off-topic, but have you heard about people downloading pirated movies and music off the Internet? Seems like an example of "if I can see it, it is mine," or at least "if I can find it, it can be mine."

more than 5 years ago
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Judge Dismisses Google Street View Case

Dekortage Re:That would just be silly and expensive. (258 comments)

Google isn't selling said photos.

What's the difference between selling the photos, versus selling advertising on the backs of free photos? It is still about making money.

more than 5 years ago
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Handset Vendors Plug Micro-USB Charge Ports

Dekortage Re:China and South Korea already did this, no? (363 comments)

the fact that American consumers (who have the freedom to do so) have been buying these specialized connectors and cables for years proves that consumers want them. That's common sense as well as basic economic theory -- which some Slashdotters seem to understand better than others.

I honestly can't tell if you are being sarcastic or serious.

Suppose that, when you bought a cell phone, you were given a choice between (1) using a power adaptor plug that you already owned and fit other devices you owned, and (2) buying a new power adapter that only worked with this one single new device. Everybody would choose #1. The only reason that Americans have always chosen #2 with cell phones, is because there has never been a choice #1.

more than 5 years ago
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Repairing / Establishing Online Reputation?

Dekortage Re:Short answer (564 comments)

(1) Is to help boost stocks by convincing investors the company is growing, even though it's not actually hiring anybody. (2) To claim they searched for U.S. candidates, could not find any, therefore they need to import cheap labor from China or India. Whichever one it is, it was obvious I wasn't getting the job even though I'm only 30 minutes away from the factory.

I once worked for a company that advertised a job that wasn't actually open. Basically, the person in that position was foriegn (Italian) and had just applied for full residency in the U.S. Her employer wanted to keep her on, of course. But apparently they had to prove to the INS that she was most fit for the job, so they had to advertise the job. Not sure what corporate machinations were involved, but they did keep her (and she got residency).

At another place, they had received such a huge number of applications for a specific job, that they decided not to accept any more.

more than 5 years ago
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Second Android-Based Phone Announced

Dekortage Sounds like Apple (204 comments)

FTA: "We are paying particular attention to style and design; I'm practically obsessed with it," said Patrick Chomet, global director of terminals for Vodafone Group.

Channeling Steve Jobs?

Also: "If the device hits an anticipated price point of between 99 and 199 euros, Ms Milenesi said it would be pitched at the broader phone market. "With that range of prices, it's not aimed at the same audience as, say, the iPhone, it's looking more at a broader appeal for people."

Hmm, how much cheaper than the iPhone is that really? Will people want to save a few euros and miss out on all the cool Apple vibe that iPhone owners magically acquire?

more than 5 years ago
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Twisted Radio Beams Could Untangle the Airwaves

Dekortage obligatory (183 comments)

In Soviet Russia, radio beams twist YOU!

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Claims That Jail-Breaking Is Illegal

Dekortage Re:Playing devil's advocate here... (610 comments)

Do you actually own an iphone? If so, why did you buy it if the manufacturer has terms you dont like?

more than 5 years ago

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Amazon to Sell E-Books for iPhones

Dekortage Dekortage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dekortage (697532) writes "Amazon's e-books aren't just for the Kindle anymore: they will be supporting Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch as well. Available today, Amazon now offers Kindle for iPhone (note: App Store link) for free. Among other features, existing Kindle customers can access previously purchased e-books on all of their devices at no additional cost, and synchronize bookmarks back to Amazon's servers so they can pick up where they left off, regardless of device. However, it only supports books, not magazines or newspapers. An early review from CNET suggest one advantage of the iPhone over Kindle: comic e-books in color."
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Secret Government Legal Memos Released to Public

Dekortage Dekortage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dekortage (697532) writes "After the September 11 terrorism attack in 2001, U.S. government lawyers provided broad interpretations of the law authorizing President Bush to use military within the U.S., conduct raids and wiretaps without obtaining search warrants, suppress freedom of speech and the press, abolish foreign treaties unilaterally, ignore the Geneva Conventions, and more — all in the name of fighting terrorism. "Too often over the past decade, the fight against terrorism has been viewed as a zero-sum battle with our civil liberties. Not only is that thought misguided, I fear that in actuality it does more harm than good," said Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. before releasing the previously-secret documents on Monday."
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Google's Charity Chief Steps Down

Dekortage Dekortage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dekortage (697532) writes "Dr. Larry Brilliant is stepping down as executive director of Google.org. He also suggested on his blog that Google may cut back on funding charity projects that aren't closely aligned with Google's own internal projects, although they remain committed to spending 1% of Google's value on philanthrophy. Google.org will now be run by Megan Smith, who will juggle that job while staying vice president of new business development."
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Maybe America Isn't So Behind in Broadband

Dekortage Dekortage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dekortage (697532) writes "The U.S. is not so behind in broadband, at least according to the Connectivity Scorecard. Commissioned by Nokia and Siemens and designed by British economics professor Leonard Waverman, the study ranked the U.S. first of in being "usefully connected," saying: "PC penetration of businesses is excellent, and the country is first overall in terms of secure server deployment... a large proportion of companies buy and sell online, business spending on IT is high, and enterprise telephony also enjoys good penetration." Maybe it isn't size of your bandwidth that matters, but how you use it."
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French and British Submarines Collide

Dekortage Dekortage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dekortage (697532) writes "Earlier this month, the HMS Vangaurd and the Le Triomphant submarines collided in the Atlantic while each was on practice maneuvers. The subs sustained serious damage. The French had initially reported that their sub had struck a container of some kind. Both subs were carrying nuclear warheads, and not surprisingly, groups that support nuclear disarmament have called the event "a nuclear nightmare of the highest order.""
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Microsoft to Sell PCs in Retail Outlets

Dekortage Dekortage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dekortage (697532) writes "Microsoft plans to open a line of retail stores to sell PCs, mobile phones, Xbox consoles, and other Microsoft-related products. They've hired David Porter, formerly a Wal-Mart executive and most recently at DreamWorks Animation, to lead the initiative. "There are tremendous opportunities ahead for Microsoft to create a world-class shopping experience for our customers," Porter said in a press release. "I am excited about helping consumers make more informed decisions about their PC and software purchases.""
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Spanish Soap Operas Top YouTube Piracy List

Dekortage Dekortage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dekortage writes "It's no secret that people upload pirated video to YouTube. However, the number one pirated network might surprise you: it's Spanish-language Univision. For example, YouTube has nearly 30,000 pirated clips of the current hot novela Cuidado con el Angel. Fox and ABC are second and third on the list, although their numbers are half of Univision's. In contrast with networks like NBC, the analysts at noted that they had "never seen a copyright takedown on any of Univision's shows on YouTube.""
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Iran Has Put a Satellite into Orbit

Dekortage Dekortage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dekortage (697532) writes ""Dear Iranian nation, your children have placed the first indigenous satellite into orbit," announced Iran's President Ahmadinejad yesterday. The satellite, named Omid ("hope"), was launched to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. Video shown on Iranian television shows a Safir-2 rocket rising into the sky, as a follow-up to a test firing last August."
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Experimental Shopping Site Kisses Itself Goodbye

Dekortage Dekortage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dekortage (697532) writes "The ultra-hip and experimental shopping site Honeyshed will shortly be a footnote in online shopping history, thanks to the poor economic climate. The site, which aimed to "reinvent the online-shopping experience for the 18- to 35-year-old-set" featured "products on channels dubbed 'Fun Shit' and 'Kicks to Lids'". Said its founder, famed ad exec David Droga, "Given the economic climate, the promise of certainty is more responsible than the allure of massive potential." How many more experimental ideas will fail to survive the world's economic woes?"
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OS X on PC Hardware -- Without Hacks

Dekortage Dekortage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dekortage writes "Macintouch has posted a fairly positive review of the $199 EFI-X USB Boot Module, a motherboard add-on which adds a full EFI boot environment to compatible PC systems. Among other things, this means that you can install Mac OS X 10.5 from an Apple installer disk without any "Hackintosh" software mods. Macintouch's review also explores the legal issues surrounding this (including a lengthy discussion of EULAs and the Pystar case), and concludes that EFI-X is not at risk because it is an "implementation of the public specification for the Extensible Firmware Interface... completely independent of Apple, Inc." EFI-X also supports Windows Vista x64, Linux, OpenSolaris, and HP-UX."
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To Whom Do You Donate This Season?

Dekortage Dekortage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dekortage writes "During the holiday season, many people are vying for our money — especially nonprofit organizations. What charities do you support? Are they tech-related ones, like the Electronic Frontier Foundation or your favorite open source projects? Are they medical relief organizations, such as the Red Cross/Red Crescent or Doctors Without Borders? Or perhaps something more niche, like EngenderHealth or the Smile Train? Do you prefer to give money, time, goods, or some combination? Whatever it is, let's hear what Slashdotters are doing to contribute to the world."
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Electronic Evidence Exonerates Murder Suspect

Dekortage Dekortage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dekortage writes "Although claiming to be miles away at the time, Jason Jones and his brother were nonetheless arrested for murder earlier this year. Now, thanks to travel data linked to Jason's subway pass, the brothers have been released on bond. Notably, Jason had initially offered his MetroCard to police as a way to check his alibi, but they did not; it did not happen until much later, when his lawyers got the records (PDF) from the transit authority. The judge has now expressed doubt in the accuracy of the lead witness, quoting Heraclitus: "The river now flowing by is not the same river that passed by yesterday." Sometimes all this 'big brother' stuff can actually help you out."
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Obama is an iPhone, McCain is a Blackberry

Dekortage Dekortage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dekortage writes "If the U.S. presidential candidates were smartphones, Obama would be an iPhone and McCain would be a Blackberry. At least, that's the finding of a branding analysis that asked respondents to think of the candidates in terms of popular brands. Obama apparently also relates to James Bond, Google, Target and Sam Adams, while his Republican opponent relates to Jack Bauer, AOL, Wal-Mart and Budweiser. And they are both related to Starbucks. One thing that wasn't asked: if the candidates were Linux distros, which ones would they be?"
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The U.S. Election: Check Your Facts

Dekortage Dekortage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dekortage writes "Typically, a big election involves each side spreading mis-truths and lies about the other side. This year has been no different. FactCheck.org has done a great job listing The Whoppers of 2008 — and its sequel — to highlight some of the more egregious examples of dishonesty slung by the two biggest U.S. presidential campaigns. If you're still undecided, this may be your last day for objective research before voting tomorrow. What other sites do you refer to for "objective" coverage?"
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Last Call for Your Videos on Saving the World

Dekortage Dekortage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dekortage (697532) writes "This coming Saturday is the deadline to join Scarlett Johansson, Bono, Desmond Tutu, Elle McPherson, Will.I.Am, and many others in the In My Name campaign. Your goal is to tell world leaders what you think they should do to end global poverty and support the eight Millennium Development Goals; you could be included in a final video shown before the U.N. Not familiar with the MDGs? Check out the campaign's informational videos on the topic, as described by major international nonprofits such as CARE and EngenderHealth."
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YouTube Passes Yahoo as #2 Search Engine

Dekortage Dekortage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dekortage writes "According to the latest ComScore rankings, YouTube's search traffic for August surpassed Yahoo's. The latter dropped roughly 5% in traffic from July. Among other things, this means that Google now owns both of the top two search engines. AdAge further speculates on Google's experimental "promoted videos" cost-per-click advertising on YouTube, suggesting the obvious: more money."
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YouTube, Will.I.Am Team Up to Support U.N.

Dekortage Dekortage writes  |  about 6 years ago

Dekortage (697532) writes "Seven years ago, the United Nations adopted eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for combating poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and more, all by 2015. Today, YouTube and Will.I.Am are teaming up to launch the "In My Name" campaign, asking everyone to submit videos with MDG-related requests of their governments. Even if you are not going to post a video, it is still worth your time to check out the eight MDG introductory videos by major international nonprofits such as CARE, EngenderHealth, March of Dimes, Save the Children, and others, as a quick primer on some of the world's most dire problems."
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Chinese Citizens Can't Actually Use Protest Zones

Dekortage Dekortage writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Dekortage writes "Upon hearing that the Chinese government would allow limited protests in three parks, a pair of Chinese women applied for the permits to protest — four times. Each time they were denied, as were all 77 protest applications. On the fourth visit, the two elderly women were informed that they would have to serve a year of jail time for 'disturbing the public order'. An International Olympic Committee spokesperson noted the obvious: 'what had been announced publicly [by the Chinese government] doesn't appear in reality to be happening.'"
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Come to Our University, Get a Free iPhone!

Dekortage Dekortage writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Dekortage writes "In their efforts to attract students and push for ubiquitous computing, some colleges are handing out a free iPhone or iPod Touch to incoming students. For example, Abilene Christian University in Texas chose iPhones after surveying students and finding that they did not like hauling around laptops, but that most always carried a cellular phone. The University of Maryland is also experimenting with iPhones for students; one vice-president was unsure if it would benefit education, but said 'We're trying to get answers from students.' Not everyone is convinced: a Cornell law professor has banned the use of laptops and other electronic devices in his classes."
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FBI to investigate your use of the First Amendment

Dekortage Dekortage writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Dekortage writes "The FBI is set to gain additional powers of investigation under new, yet-to-be-released Justice Department plans. The new attorney general guidelines 'would allow the F.B.I. to open an investigation of an American, conduct surveillance, pry into private records and take other investigative steps... based in part on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or on protected First Amendment activities.' Several senators have formally complained that citizens could be investigated 'without any basis for suspicion,' which the Justice Department denies. An ACLU lawyer says the plan further opens the door to the use of profile data-mining in the so-called fight against terrorism."
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