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NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

Drgnkght Re:I kind of welcome the attention (173 comments)

For anyone who might be wondering why the buckles are missing, there is an old trick that uses a belt buckle to break certain types of handcuffs.

about 5 months ago

Google Fiber In Austin Hits a Snag: Incumbent AT&T

Drgnkght Re: ISPs: stupid, monopolisitic (291 comments)

I disagree. Google seems to be most interested in disrupting the stagnant pricing and services provided by incumbents. Setting up where the incumbents are not, while irritating, won't force them to fight to keep their existing customer base.

about 9 months ago

Dell Ad Says Windows 8.1 Apps Will Run On Xbox One

Drgnkght Re:Please read the PCWORLD disclaimer (148 comments)

Why do we enshrine lies?

Because the laws that should protect against such things are written by politicians. Is everything understood now?

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

Drgnkght Re:dates worked + eligibility for rehire (892 comments)

It means you will never be hired by your former employer again, no matter how qualified or perfect you are for a job they need to fill. It has nothing to do with other employers. It is strictly internal to the original company.

about a year ago

Surveillance Story Turns Into a Warning About Employer Monitoring

Drgnkght Re:Private browsing (382 comments)

This is why many businesses will not let you use their phones to make/receive personal calls.

about a year ago

Snowden Claims That NSA Collaborated With Israel To Write Stuxnet Virus

Drgnkght Re:I wonder... (491 comments)

I recall seeing a gzip archive that that was specifically crafted to extract itself. Basically so a virus scanner would recursively extract the same file. It was intended to function similarly to a fork bomb if I recall correctly. (That was a long time ago though, and such an attack would no longer be functional. Virus scanners have wised up to such tactics.)

And as the GGP stated there are the wonderful zip bombs such as But 100 GB? Ha! Try 4.5 petabytes of useless garbage.

about a year ago

World of Warcraft Loses 1.3 Million Players in First Quarter of 2013

Drgnkght Re:WOW = an utter waste of time. (523 comments)

Yeah, I remember when I got my Nintendo as well... Cut my finger on the edge of the box when I opened it. Bled like crazy. Didn't care at the time, but the funny thing is I don't remember the games or the year. I remember the cut though, damn that hurt.

about a year ago

British Woman's Twitter Comments Spark Expensive Libel Claims

Drgnkght Re:The Truth is Never Libelous (303 comments)

I'm surprised the USA hasn't adopted UK style libel laws. Just think how much money the lawyers would make!! And almost all politicians are former lawyers, you'd think they'd look out for their buddies.

Why would they make it easier for their political opponents to sue them? It'd make election time a lot quieter that's for certain.

about a year and a half ago

Why PC Sales Are Declining

Drgnkght Re:The Cloud is RAM, apparently (564 comments)

No silly.
The cloud is the new floppy disk.

And probably about as reliable unfortunately.

about a year and a half ago

Piriform Asks BleachBit To Remove Winapp2.ini Importer

Drgnkght Re:How does TOS affect YOU? (305 comments)

That could be an issue, but it seems highly unlikely in this case. Having taken a look at the winapp2.ini from (the file isn't made by ccleaner as best I can tell.) there wouldn't have been any need to reverse-engineer anything. It is an incredibly simple format. Below is one entry from the file. It seems fairly representative. I cannot image he'd need to reverse-engineer their software to figure out what it meant.

[Amazon Kindle for PC*]






about a year and a half ago

Typing These 8 Characters Will Crash Almost Any App On Your Mountain Lion Mac

Drgnkght Re:Apple's response (425 comments)

The humour is just pining for the fjords.

about a year and a half ago

What You Can Do About the Phone Unlocking Fiasco

Drgnkght Re:USA! USA! (416 comments)

Yes it's so terrible hard to get an unlocked phone, oh wait, google sells them directly at a lower price than most locked phones.

Yes, and good luck getting one of them from Google.

about a year and a half ago

NASA Plans To "Lasso" Asteroid and Turn It Into Space Station

Drgnkght Re:Mining and refining in space (200 comments)

Key phrase to keep in mind when thinking about your idea: Extinction-Level Event

Dropping asteroids into Earth's gravity well intentionally is a incredibly bad idea.

about a year and a half ago

Stay Home When You're Sick!

Drgnkght Re:Uh, nice try (670 comments)

Total PITA.

I see what you did there... but I really wish I hadn't.

about 2 years ago

Supreme Court Blocks Illinois Law Against Recording Police

Drgnkght Re:In Illinois? (225 comments)

And that is probably why they refused. If they heard the case they'd have to make a ruling which would apply across the entire country. By refusing to hear it they can contain the "damage" to just Illinois.

about 2 years ago

Hugo Awards Live Stream Cut By Copyright Enforcement Bot

Drgnkght Re:Fitting. (393 comments)

Given that the U.S. civil war started in 1861 that would be a really safe assumption.

about 2 years ago

Bruce Willis Considering Legal Action Against Apple Over iTunes Collection

Drgnkght Re:It's not iTunes or Apple, it's RIAA (570 comments)

I don't see an answer to the problem other than DRM. But how do you maintain DRM without punishing the legal users? Computers were designed for the ultimate in information freedom, and while they excel at playing, editing, and transferring musics and other media there is a domain mismatch when it comes to maintaining rights. No one has a right to music unless they pay for it.

Human history disagrees with you.

For a more humorous counterpoint I refer you to an artist who also disagrees with you. Dan Bull

about 2 years ago

US Doctors Back Circumcision

Drgnkght Re:Lies (1264 comments)

I don't get why people are trying SO DAMN HARD to make it okay.

Guilt and possibly shame. If it wasn't necessary or useful then they mutilated their son(s) for no reason, or they were mutilated for no reason. It's really simple if you think about it. They are simply protecting their self image.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Options For FOSS Remote Support Software?

Drgnkght Checkride (247 comments)

You might want to check out a program called Checkride. It is an open source program developed in Lazarus. It is basically a preconfigured portable VNC and stunnel package. To use you configure it to connect to your computer and give it to the person you are trying to help. The executable you send them starts VNC server and then connects to your computer via stunnel. Your PC then starts VNC viewer on your side and connects to their desktop via the secure stunnel connection.


more than 2 years ago


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