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WA State Bill Would Allow Bosses To Seek Facebook Passwords

DesertBlade Re:Solved! (316 comments)

Wrong. They will demand your personal email password (since it is tied to G+) and your slashdot password and your ftp server password and your webhosting password. It is a slippery slope.

about a year and a half ago
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Nike+ FuelBand: Possibly a Big Security Hole For Your Life

DesertBlade This is FUD (162 comments)

I actually own a Fuelband, unlike to poster and the original story. It is basically a pedometer, sensing motion, nothing else. No or any other thing to guide them to my house. It sends information to the cloud, but has a lot less info than facebook. You can actually sign up for an account its free and see how little is actually stored. I be more worried about the data on my phone or in my wallet, both which will lead someone to my house, than on this thing.

about 2 years ago
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Nexus Q Stretches "Made in USA" Label

DesertBlade Re:No, it isn't misleading (241 comments)

This is a stab at Apple, all there products Say "Designed by Apple in Califronia"

Pretty sure apple has that phrase copyrighted so there will be some litagation if used.

And for the record Google is downplaying the Made in the USA tag, probably to avoid these types of arguments.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Watch TV In 2012?

DesertBlade ATV with XBMC (479 comments)

Have 2 ATV with XBMC running on them with Bluehosts plugins. Can stream Hulu and many network shows straight from the internet most at HD. There are ways to use sickbeard and usenet to get shows automatically but I hardly ever need to. When the networks change protocols to break my setup, I go back to using sickbeard, till the great devs get the codec working with the new protocol. Been using this for 18+ months and have no plans on going back,

more than 2 years ago
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Time Warner Cable Patents Method For Disabling Fast-Forward Function On DVRs

DesertBlade Correct me if I am wrong (298 comments)

Doesn't Time Warner control the software on their DVRs? Can't they just disable that feature? It seems impossible to disable FF feature on all the different types of DVRs out there (like MythTV) through some magical embedded code. It must be some feature of the codec.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Patents Polluting Facebook, Google Profiles

DesertBlade What is it good for (142 comments)

Skimmed through the patent and all I can figure out is that our master profile stays the same, but you will have a bunch of fake ones. This does not give you a whole lot of privacy to the user since you are still tied to the master, but makes it harder for facebook/google to created targeted ads and make it harder for someone to find the real you. Unless you are actively using all these clones then Big Brother is going to know who you are. Next there will be a patent to filter out these clones.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Desktop Linux Hasn't Taken Off

DesertBlade Re:Four reasons (1264 comments)

1) Microsoft Office - If you are going to go with Poor UI below the Ribbon change would be the same. LibreOffice, like it better than MS Office, I even installed on many people machines and the majority like it better. Only tools use Powerpoint.
2) Games - I agree, but I play all my games on PS3
3) Poor UI - Unity is OK, its growing on me. Use Windows 8 then come back about Poor UI (WTF happened to the start menu)
4) Package - Ubuntu has this beat, the add/remove programs is awesome, its like the app store on mac. You give a poor example of the old RPM days, which was a pain, but have not had issues for ever. The majority of people will never venture past the default repos.
5) Standard Config - the .folder system is great, super easy to migrate. But I beat you think windows registry is a good idea.

about 2 years ago
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Does Outsourcing Programming Really Save Money?

DesertBlade Re:Outsourced Programming Flaws (653 comments)

Why didn't college teach me Lying 101 and 102?

Those are MBA levels courses

more than 2 years ago
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US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers

DesertBlade Re:Plead the 27th (1167 comments)

While you are correct in theory, the ability to defend ourselves from our country is important. I may not have a tank, but I could probably stage an ambush with the equipment I have and hopefully recover a vehicle. Or I could break into the motor pool and steal one. Or someone driving the tank could defect.

It is about having something as a starting point.

more than 2 years ago
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Analysis of Google's Motorola Acquisition

DesertBlade Smart Move on Google/Android (311 comments)

This could be big. If Google, Samsung, HTC and Sony team up for team Android, their portfolio will be rock solid. Apple, Microsoft, Nokia, etc, will be having a hard time leveraging patent war against them.

Google could lock out the other partners, but they are all making some great hardware and you know Apple/M$ are scared with all the recent lawsuits. The more Android devices they more revenue is being generated for Google.

more than 3 years ago
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Europe Plans To Ban Petrol Cars From Cities By 2050

DesertBlade Re:To expensive (695 comments)

Is the 1.6 the average? In Europe most cars are under 1.6l, and many are diesel averaging over 50MPG.How many trucks, SUVs, and other large vehicles do you see on the road here?

more than 3 years ago
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Cable Channels Panic Over iPad Streaming App

DesertBlade Re:They get paid ~75 cents per home. (346 comments)

I would probably pay 2-5 each channel, if allowed to stream what ever show whenever I wanted, with no commercials. I think I watch only 4-5 stations on a regular basis so I figure it will run about $20-30 a month. Maybe even offer a discounted commercials included option.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Huge Digital Media Libraries

DesertBlade Re:XBMC ? (361 comments)

The issues with rewind/fast forward is due to the container of the video. Many codecs only support going forward and not reverse. XBMC now handles this a little nicer having a 30 second back instead of 4x rewind.

more than 3 years ago
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How has your opinion on the safety of nuclear power changed after the events in Japan?

DesertBlade Re:About the same - still no excuse not to push so (1148 comments)

What is this nuclear waste reactors you speak of?

From http://www.nei.org/keyissues/nuclearwastedisposal/
"Currently, used nuclear fuel is stored at the nation's nuclear power plants in steel-lined, concrete pools or basins filled with water or in massive, airtight steel or concrete-and-steel canisters."

"The federal government plans to develop advanced recycling technologies to take full advantage of the unused energy in the used fuel and reduce the amount and toxicity of byproducts requiring disposal."

Sounds like it is still a dream...

more than 3 years ago
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How has your opinion on the safety of nuclear power changed after the events in Japan?

DesertBlade Re:No Change -- Still Bad (1148 comments)

Mod up, the waste takes 100,000 years to become inert. We need to build something to contain that. There is a movie coming out about this: http://www.grist.org/article/2011-02-09-how-to-bury-nuclear-waste-for-the-next-100000-years

than Coal but still not a perfect idea. I think wind/wave/solar is viable but will cost more, and will upset the long standing industries and lobbyist.

more than 3 years ago
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Boxee Box Matures; Another Look At the Platform

DesertBlade Re:DVR (56 comments)

XBMC frontend and Myth (plus many others) DVR backend can be ran on the same box. It is just not an off the shelf solution. I think most vendors will stay away from offering this $800+ dollar option when most cable/sat/Tivo offer it for less than $20 a month. I am in the same boat, thinking about dumping cable and building out a Myth DVR backend up stairs (about $600) to stream content to XBMC (ATV) front ends. But I think I am going to drop that since most the shows I care about I can stream off the net, with XBMC or Plex.

more than 3 years ago
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Boxee Box Matures; Another Look At the Platform

DesertBlade Re:ATV2 w/XMBC (56 comments)

The roku interface felt clunky compared to the ATV, streaming quality was probably about the same, but I feel the ATV queues it up faster. I have Netflix on PS3, Wii (standard def), Xbox 360, and ATV. ATV interface is the best, PS3 and 360 are about the same, but I tend to use the PS3 more (hooked up to the same TV).

more than 3 years ago
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Boxee Box Matures; Another Look At the Platform

DesertBlade ATV2 w/XMBC (56 comments)

I fee this is a good combo. Been running it for over a week, with plugins can stream network channels, HULU (Plus and regular) and the ATV netflix is better than the roku one. For $99 I think it is a steal. I regretted purchasing the Roku about 15 minutes after hooking it up, not the same with ATV2 w/XBMC.

The Boxee streaming 1080p is a little deal, but most TVs when you are viewing over 8-9 feet it doesn't matter. I looked at the boxee, but the lack of content swayed me away.

more than 3 years ago

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GOP brings in expert to look at Healthcare.gov

DesertBlade DesertBlade writes  |  about a year ago

DesertBlade (741219) writes "The GOP have reached out for expertise on the problems on healthcare.gov. Their person of choice, is the equally unique McAfee, from the antivirus make, Belize murder, laying low in Portland fame. While I agree the site was overpriced for what we received, but is McAfee is the right expert to handle brief Republicans on the issues?"
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The Bible is to Liberal

DesertBlade DesertBlade writes  |  more than 4 years ago

DesertBlade (741219) writes "Looks like some people find the Bible to Liberal. They would like to rewrite, pardon translate it, to reflect the truer and more correct conservatism message that it really stands for. By definition Jesus was a liberal changing the orthodox beliefs for many. If the conservatives changes the bible to make it more conservative, doesn't that make them liberal?"
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Wikipeida goes Mobile

DesertBlade DesertBlade writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DesertBlade (741219) writes "Wikipedia finally has a dedicated mobile site up. It is trimmed down but still highly functional. Goto mobile.wikipedia.com and check it out.

Now I can settle bets from anywhere!"
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Microsoft retires Seinfeld Ad Campaign

DesertBlade DesertBlade writes  |  about 6 years ago

DesertBlade (741219) writes "After two weeks of WTF interruptions to my normal commercials, Microsoft pulled the plug on the Seinfeld campaign. It cost the giant $300 million and I personally think the agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky truly did not help them.

My question is what took them so long?"
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Windows Server 2008 website up (sort of)

DesertBlade DesertBlade writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DesertBlade (741219) writes "Looks like the new Windows Server 2008 website is up. But, it seems to link over to the new Apple Air. Check it out at www.WindowsServer2008.com. You think Microsoft would have had that domain."
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Input from behind

DesertBlade DesertBlade writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DesertBlade (741219) writes "With all the talk of Apple's multitouch, what is the next step? Microsoft and Mitsubishi Research have a prototype of Lucid a multitouch that interacts from the back of the screen. While still early and a little bulky, it does have potential. Could this interface be the next 'big' thing for handhelds?"
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The little Wii that could

DesertBlade DesertBlade writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DesertBlade (741219) writes "According to a study conducted by VG Chartz the Wii is the fastest selling console ever. Since it's rlease it has been out selling Xbox360 2 to 1. It is now the next gen console champ with worldwide sales of 10.6 million, compared to 10.5 million xbox 360s. Sony has a pitiful 4.3 million sold. While the Xbox and PS3 try to be a media center being able to play DVDs and Bluerays the Wii focuses on being a gaming platform for the masses."
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The Truth is Out There Returns

DesertBlade DesertBlade writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DesertBlade (741219) writes "Looks like Mulder and Scully will be re-uniting on screen in X-Files! Since Mulder left the show was never the same. Mulder, I mean Duchovny, is expecting to recieve the script as early as next week."
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France Bans BlackBerries

DesertBlade DesertBlade writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DesertBlade (741219) writes "France Government officials are no longer allowed to use BlackBerries fearing that the US can snoop government secrets. Are these risks real or just unfounded. What will they ban next, cell phones, computers or talking. Maybe they like most of slashdot they are waiting for the new iPhone and just needed an excuse to find a way to pay for them."
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DesertBlade DesertBlade writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DesertBlade (741219) writes "You think everything you read about Microsoft is real, but it's not. Meet a group of rebellious Microsoft bloggers who are looking for the truth, and won't let anything get in their way. Welcome to the Microtix."
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DesertBlade DesertBlade writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DesertBlade (741219) writes "I reported earlier that the next windows OS is due in 2 years. It looks like Microsoft Office is on the same timeline. Microsoft is skipping over Office 13 because of the stigma with the number 13 and moving on to Office 14. There looks to be a lot of changes for 'enterprise use' but it is still in the early plnning phase. They are planning on spend around $930 million A YEAR for development. With spending like that it should be something."
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DesertBlade DesertBlade writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DesertBlade (741219) writes "Looks like the Wii is out to a great start. Standard & Poor's equity analyst Clyde Montevirgen said "Nintendo Wii won the launch phase." Microsoft sold only 607,000 Xbox 360s, Sony sold 687,000 PS3s (debatable whether shipped = sold) and Nintendo sold 1.1 million since launch. Will Nintendo Wii catch the 360 10 million units, or will it surpass PS2 100 million unit record. Only time will tell."
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DesertBlade DesertBlade writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DesertBlade (741219) writes "Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft considered an Apple/Ipod partnership before it released it's own MP3 player the Zune. Microsoft was displeased with thier current MP3 players partnerships on the market, notably Creative and Dell. The article then goes into talking about anti-trust lawsuits. It also mentions Allchin who was heading Longhorn as saying "I would buy a Mac today if I was not working at Microsoft."

If this Apple/Microsoft partnership was formed how would this have changed the Microsoft and Apple dynamics?"

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