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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Em Adespoton Re:What are dealers for, anyway? (84 comments)

A good dealer can integrate a variety of aftermarket add-ons, have alternative financing and insurance packages on-site, provide extra customer services such as roadside assistance and no-hassle inspections and initial tuneups. Not much of a reason, but it's what they give for their existence.

4 hours ago
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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

Em Adespoton Re:Antibiotics don't kill viruses... (89 comments)

oblig www.dobugsneeddrugs.org

The actual article (not the IB times pileup) is linked in the comments here already.

5 hours ago
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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

Em Adespoton Re:Woohoo!! (89 comments)

It's also hazardous/lethal to overdose on arsenic, and yet eating apple cores isn't going to cause problems. For that matter, eating foxglove flowers will stop your heart, and yet digitalis is the go-to drug compound for people with heart issues.

For that matter, you can die from swallowing water.

Of course, this is all beside the point, as the idea here is that your blood is pumped outside your body through a screen of magnetic particles and then pumped back in without the pathogens (and without the particles). People undergoing such an invasive process in a controlled lab are unlikely to be swallowing buckyballs and having them tie their intestines in knots.

5 hours ago
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Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

Em Adespoton Re:Well, if you're going to push... (86 comments)

More to the point, when people use, "Google," as a verb, they mean to actually use Google, as opposed to using any brand of facial tissue available when saying, "Kleenex."

Besides, if Coca-Cola can retain, "Coke," as a trademark when vast portions of the country refer to basic soft carbonated soda drinks of any type as, "coke," then I don't think that those challenging Gogole's trademark have much of a chance.

Let me Xerox off a few examples of when similar Noun/Verb phrases lost their trademark in the past.

6 hours ago
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SparkFun Works to Build the Edison Ecosystem (Video)

Em Adespoton Re:edison? (47 comments)

Did you know, AC can actually kill people! Think of electric chair!

Thanks for the imagery... I'm now thinking of Anonymous Cowards running around killing people (and elephants) with electric chairs....

6 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Em Adespoton Re:Offsite. (223 comments)

That misses the bit where I mentioned quarterly drive rotation, precisely for this reason.

A parity drive is also a good idea of course, but it will likely result in fewer rotations due to the extra hassle.

Using my method, I've moved over the years from storing 128MB of data in a box to 2GB -- and I'm likely just about to do another round of replacements in my backup drives as my 1TB are getting a bit long in the tooth.

6 hours ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Em Adespoton Re:small correction (439 comments)

I think you missed my point -- I'm not debating whether pollution harms (negatively affects) our current environmental balance from the perspective of humanity -- that's pretty much the definition. The fact is that "the environment" is much too loosely defined in this debate on AGW, and just throwing around terms without carefully defining what you're talking about and then stating that debate has ended, well, you can see that the debate rages on; mostly because people aren't working off the same word definitions.

Your clarifications definitely narrow down what is being debated from your perspective, and I agree with your conclusions, but unless we want more annoying "is not!" responses (which are not debate, it's true), we need to apply scientific rigour to the terms we're using, recognizing when others are abusing words and clarifying our own use of said words, or else we haven't really progressed the overlying debate(s) at all.

6 hours ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Em Adespoton Re:It's getting hotter still! (439 comments)

[edited] I agree with your basic premise but most Creation Science opponents ignore and will not address contrary evidence, preferring instead to ridicule and cast aspersions, as you do. What is there to fear from an open discussion and equal treatment of all available evidence, unless a predetermined outcome is the goal?

There was a good comment on some /. thread last week, talking about finding the balance between proving scientific theories and repeatedly disproving the same fallacious data.

The issue here is that of confusing scientific research and politics/religion. AGW crosses the line quite often, but opponents to AGW spend most of their time across the line. Actual discussion can start once these two are separated, and they can both be presented for what they are, instead of studies being presented as proof for a political agenda, and politics prompting scientists with finite resources to "run the numbers again".

8 hours ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Em Adespoton Re:It's getting hotter still! (439 comments)

Is there a website dedicated to Gore misquotes? There should be, but I can't find it with Google.

The GW one didn't even make it on Snopes.

8 hours ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Em Adespoton Re:claim needs evidence (439 comments)

pollution harms the environment...you cannot contradict that fact

Sure he can. Whether he'd be right is up for debate.

"Pollution AFFECTS the environment" is something that is pretty much a fact. It could even affect it by destroying all human beings -- but the environment itself will likely self-correct (possibly by destroying all human beings).

9 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Em Adespoton Re:This is why digital sucks (223 comments)

The only problem with punch tapes is that we've ALREADY lost the readers for them, without even having a minor apocalypse. I guess if people kept backing up to punchtape though, we'd still have workable units that could plug into this decade's computing devices.

9 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Em Adespoton Re:Are They? (223 comments)

A few years ago, someone came up with a FUSE plugin called SlashdotFS -- it encoded your data into slashdot posts, with redundancy.

From the number of unreadable posts I see viewing at -1, it appears some people are still using it for backup purposes.

9 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Em Adespoton Re:Offsite. (223 comments)

Because video isn't data in motion (most of the time), you can just get a safe deposit box and keep a drive there, cycling it semi-regularly to prevent against bitrot/drive failure. I just keep one backup hooked up locally, and one in storage, and rotate them quarterly. Some stuff I also have backed up to data DVD locally, but if all three hard drives fail at the same time, my DVDs probably won't fare much better.

Then again, I did my VHS -> Digital backup around 15 years ago, and burned everything to video DVD back then. I've since re-ripped from DVD and done the MPEG-2->h.264 conversion, but I still have the DVDs (including their campy menu screens).

9 hours ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Em Adespoton Re:Microsoft can now kill Java (298 comments)

Yeah; I didn't add that bit to my post as it didn't really add anything to the discussion and would have confused some people -> TL;DR.

But yeah; I see MS doing something similar with ANY game they buy; Xbox platform first, then Windows, then everyone else, by which point the game isn't what it was originally intended to be.

9 hours ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Em Adespoton Re:Microsoft can now kill Java (298 comments)

Remember when Microsoft bought Bungie?

Bungie was a developer for the Mac platform that brought us many excellent games, such as Marathon and Myth in the 90's. It was working on a game called Halo, that was supposed to leverage all the Mac features to create a hugely amazing game.

In 2000, Microsoft bought Bungie, and the delivery date for Halo slipped. Turned out that the reason for the slip was that all dev work on the Mac version halted, and MS put all Bungie's efforts into porting it to XBOX. It then came out as an XBOX exclusive title (the launch title).

Eventually, Bungie left MS in 2007, but had to leave the Halo franchise behind.

This is pretty much what I expect to happen 14 years later with Minecraft, with the exception that Minecraft already exists (like Myth II did at the time of the Bungie buyout) and so isn't likely to be the killer app at the center of the deal.

11 hours ago
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U2 is Smart as a Whip

Em Adespoton Even? (2 comments)

I still see The Joshua Tree as one of their best albums, and when people are asked to name a U2 song, they invariably name one that's on that album. In fact, after listening to the new album, I much prefer The Joshua Tree; the new one has a similar feel at times, but doesn't hold together as well as a unit, and feels a bit tired.

I bet the free album got a lot of people under the age of 25 who didn't hear the 1987 album when it came out looking at their earlier work though.

3 days ago
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Net Neutrality Comments Surge Past 1.7M, an All-Time Record For the FCC

Em Adespoton Re:Tits (81 comments)

I think I would have written in to complain about the entire show; the "wardrobe malfunction" wouldn't really have played into the complaint at all. But then, I didn't watch the superbowl that year, and so didn't have to put up with the sensationalist half time show.

4 days ago
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Net Neutrality Comments Surge Past 1.7M, an All-Time Record For the FCC

Em Adespoton Re:Breast super bowl ever (81 comments)

Well, that year.

Clearly this particular Puritannical (shallow, phoney) "moral" crusade must prevail. We must make certain that small children NEVER see a woman's nipple!

I'm sure that companies like Nestle could get behind that argument... wait; they already did!

4 days ago
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Net Neutrality Comments Surge Past 1.7M, an All-Time Record For the FCC

Em Adespoton Re:Internet Slowdown Campaign? (81 comments)

The campaign was invisible to those with noscript enabled.

4 days ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Em Adespoton Re:Drug dogs (460 comments)

Actually, the dogs are probably "alerting" on the money itself.

4 days ago

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Apple now relaying all FaceTime calls due to lost patent dispute

Em Adespoton Em Adespoton writes  |  1 year,16 days

Em Adespoton (792954) writes "Before the VirnetX case, nearly all FaceTime calls were done through a system of direct communication. Essentially, Apple would verify that both parties had valid FaceTime accounts and then allow their two devices to speak directly to each other over the Internet, without any intermediary or "relay" servers. However, a small number of calls—5 to 10 percent, according to an Apple engineer who testified at trial—were routed through "relay servers."

At the August 15 hearing, a VirnetX lawyer stated that Apple had logged "over half a million calls" complaining about the quality of FaceTime [since disabling direct connections]."

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Facebook to include profile photos in its facial recognition database?

Em Adespoton Em Adespoton writes  |  1 year,16 days

Em Adespoton (792954) writes "Facebook has published a summary of the updates it's proposing to make to its Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities which shows a large volume of rewriting.

Most of the changes are minimal, but one area has caught people's attention — photo tagging.

Facebook has highlighted how it plans to use members' profile pictures as an identification tool to allow their friends to tag them in photos.

NakedSecurity's Lee Munson has more details, including comments from Facebook's chief privacy officer Erin Egan on why this is a "good thing"."

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Em Adespoton Em Adespoton writes  |  about a year and a half ago

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The DDoS That Almost Broke the Internet

Em Adespoton Em Adespoton writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Em Adespoton writes "Had any network issues over the last week? CloudFlare, an AnyCast, Anti-DDoS network provider writes, "Our direct peers quickly filtered attack traffic at their edge. This pushed the attack upstream to their direct peers, largely Tier 1 networks. Tier 1 networks don't buy bandwidth from anyone, so the majority of the weight of the attack ended up being carried by them. While we don't have direct visibility into the traffic loads they saw, we have been told by one major Tier 1 provider that they saw more than 300Gbps of attack traffic related to this attack. That would make this attack one of the largest ever reported.""
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Study finds Lost USB keys have 66% chance of malwa

Em Adespoton Em Adespoton writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Em Adespoton writes "Sophos studied 50 USB keys bought at a major transit authority's Lost Property auction.

        The study revealed that two-thirds were infected with malware, and quickly uncovered information about many of the former owners of the devices, their family, friends and colleagues.

        Disturbingly, none of the owners had used any sort of encryption to secure their files against unauthorised snoopers."

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Targeted attacks steal credit cards from hospitali

Em Adespoton Em Adespoton writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Em Adespoton writes "SophosLabs, the security research division of Sophos, Inc, has been tracking an increase in targeted attacks against hospitality and educational organizations. Active malware has been discovered that steals credit card data directly from memory for later retrieval by the criminals involved. This activity appears to go back as far as 2009, just like the Stuxnet/Duqu threat."
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Can we fix SSL Certification?

Em Adespoton Em Adespoton writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Em Adespoton writes "At DEFCON this year, Moxie Marlinspike gave an excellent presentation entitled "SSL And The Future Of Authenticity." It shows how broken the current SSL certification model is, and proposes a replacement. Naked Security adds to the issue, pointing out that with Moxie's method, does it even matter if you can trust your certificate notaries?
What do you think?"

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Palin's hacker imprisoned, against Judge's wishes

Em Adespoton Em Adespoton writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Em Adespoton writes "It was a computer security story that made headlines around the world, involving the private emails of a woman who could have become Vice President of the United States. And now, it's ended with a young man sent to a federal prison, hundreds of miles from his family home.

David C Kernell, the hacker who broke into Sarah Palin's personal Yahoo email account, is reported to have been sent to jail despite a judge's recommendation that he should not be put behind bars."

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Em Adespoton Em Adespoton writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Em Adespoton writes "Following the recent expose done by CBC's investigative reporting show, '22 Minutes', the Canadian public has become aware of a bill being pushed through parliament to create a national timbit registry.

Gordon Lightfoot, representative of the Assembly of Native Canadians, was said to hold that, "even considering such a bill was ludicrous, as it would destroy the current goodwill and respect painstakingly developed over the last two centuries between the government and native Canadians."

Political Rights Activist Brian Mallroony added that he would sooner "swallow a timbit whole than register it with the government," as such a thing goes against the very basis of the values upon which our country is based.

Others across the nation have commented that they would continue to purchase and distribute timbits without registering them with the government, if such a law came into effect.

"The Canadian Native population has long depended on hunting and gathering in harsh environments in order to survive. Over the centuries, they have perfected their tools to achieve the greatest sustenance with the least amount of effort. Today, these generations of refinement have resulted in traditional Canadian Timbits, which are cheap and relatively easy to produce and yet when used skillfully, can sustain a large tribe.

"The problem is that the use of timbits in Canada has become so widespread that their use is beginning to threaten traditional Canadian food sources. In order to combat this, the Canadian government is considering instituting a Timbit Registry, so that anyone who posesses timbits must register them with the government prior to transporting, using, or selling them.

"This proposed solution is drawing fire from the Canadian native community, who view timbits not only as an integral part of their way of life, but also as a status symbol. They feel that this proposal is purely an attempt to isolate the native Canadian communities by denying them access to timbits for traditional use and social recreation."

Having arrived at a stalemate in the Timbit talks, the government is now asking the international community for their suggestions on how to peacefully nullify the impact of timbits on the environment at large, while reaffirming the native culture that celebrates the timbit as an integral part of day to day life. Please feel free to use this forum to help hammer out the details so we can present the government of Canada with a well thought out, unified statement.

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Em Adespoton Em Adespoton writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Em Adespoton writes "The Globe and Mail and others are reporting that the US Border Patrol and the DHS have announced plans for fully monitored borders between not just the US and Mexico, but also the US and Canada.

"We're looking at making it a guarded border," David Aguilar, chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, told reporters yesterday as the Department of Homeland Security announced plans for a high-tech surveillance system to stop illegal crossings across the borders with Mexico and Canada.

Secretary Chertoff added in his press briefing that "there are some limits — frankly, legal limits because of the procurement rules which come in a very fat book that prohibit my getting into too much detail. So we'll give as much detail as the law allows us to about the specifics. I will say that what we've been looking for is, in particular, proven technology. We want to get high-tech in the very best of the 21st century, but we're not interested in performing science experiments on the border. What we want to do is use tools that have been proven in other contexts to have the ability to perform and to have the durability we need in the border. And so that was a very important guiding principle and what we laid down as our requirement.""

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Keep the Government's hands off our Timbits!

Em Adespoton Em Adespoton writes  |  more than 7 years ago Following the recent expose done by CBC's investigative reporting show, '22 Minutes', the Canadian public has become aware of a bill being pushed through parliament to create a national timbit registry.

Gordon Lightfoot, representative of the Assembly of Native Canadians, was said to hold that, "even considering such a bill was ludicrous, as it would destroy the current goodwill and respect painstakingly developed over the last two centuries between the government and native Canadians."

Political Rights Activist Brian Mallroony added that he would sooner "swallow a timbit whole than register it with the government," as such a thing goes against the very basis of the values upon which our country is based.

Others across the nation have commented that they would continue to purchase and distribute timbits without registering them with the government, if such a law came into effect.

"The Canadian Native population has long depended on hunting and gathering in harsh environments in order to survive. Over the centuries, they have perfected their tools to achieve the greatest sustenance with the least amount of effort. Today, these generations of refinement have resulted in traditional Canadian Timbits, which are cheap and relatively easy to produce and yet when used skillfully, can sustain a large tribe.

"The problem is that the use of timbits in Canada has become so widespread that their use is beginning to threaten traditional Canadian food sources. In order to combat this, the Canadian government is considering instituting a Timbit Registry, so that anyone who posesses timbits must register them with the government prior to transporting, using, or selling them.

"This proposed solution is drawing fire from the Canadian native community, who view timbits not only as an integral part of their way of life, but also as a status symbol. They feel that this proposal is purely an attempt to isolate the native Canadian communities by denying them access to timbits for traditional use and social recreation."

Having arrived at a stalemate in the Timbit talks, the government is now asking the international community for their suggestions on how to peacefully nullify the impact of timbits on the environment at large, while reaffirming the native culture that celebrates the timbit as an integral part of day to day life. Please feel free to use this forum to help hammer out the details so we can present the government of Canada with a well thought out, unified statement.

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JHL Continued... 0.0.56 Onward.

Em Adespoton Em Adespoton writes  |  more than 9 years ago Current version: JHL Available Here!.

JHL, the Java Hotline Client.
Slashdot archived my previous entry, so here's a new one. You can find the previous one here.

Send someone an e-mail with this link!

There's an official jhl website now, so these slashlogs aren't really needed anymore. If you have bugs to report, leave them as comments for the version release you find the bugs in. For feature requests, leave them in the comments of the version you're currently using. Be sure to note if it's a BUG REPORT or FEATURE REQUEST at the top of the comment.

For those who can't be bothered with the official site:

Here's some documentation for JHL as it stands now, since some things can be a bit confusing.

JHL is a Java Hotline Client first and foremost, although it also does rudimentary IRC, and looks to handle AIM chat in the future. There is very little built-in documentation, and its main audience is experienced hotline users who want a more powerful client to use, want to get rid of the spyware that is the official client, and/or want a uniform client that works on all the unixes (including Linux and MacOS X) as well as MS Windows. JHL is currently a closed-source beta, but once electron feels he has made it feature complete, and stable it will be released as open source.
Why not release it as open source now? For obvious reasons -- projects which do not start as open source which are released under a FOSS license too early tend to fizzle and die. Plus, electron wants to clean up his code before others can look at it and critique it ;)

All the following is true as of version 0.1.

First off, the AIM client hasn't been designed yet. It doesn't do anything.

Second, the IRC client is REALLY buggy -- a lot of things will lock up the entire monolithic app if you try them.

Now on to the Hotline client:

There is now a way to save settings files.

In order to create new bookmarks, you enter your connection settings in the connect dialog, and click the save button to save a new connect file.

The preferences save in the current session when you click the save button at the bottom of the preferences pane, and to make them load on startup, click the "Save to file (defaults)" button.

One other quirk is that you can't do some things by double clicking -- for example, download files -- and this is considered by some to be a good thing. However, some double click features are being added -- you can now double-click in the user list to send a message.

On to the description of the interface:

The little hand above the userlist is an ignore hand; click it while someone is selected to ignore them, click again for their chat to start showing up again.

Nicknames can be tab completed in chat; just start typing someone's nickname, hit tab, and it will autocomplete.

In the file tab, refresh refreshes the subcontents of the currently selected item; folder counts belong to the parent item, and you can not upload to a selected file; you must select the folder you wish to upload to first

There is a hotline 1.2.3-compatible folder download/upload feature. Select a folder, and it will download/upload all files in that folder.
NOTE: it will NOT download subfolders or their contents.

As an additional note to downloading, double clicking does not work. To download, you must select the file/folder(s) to download, and then either click the download button or right click and select download from the contextual menu.

For Windows users, do the following to create a shortcut that's launchable from the start menu:

select the jar file and create a shortcut

get the properties of the shortcut, and replace the Target line with

C:\WINDOWS\system32\javaw.exe -jar jhl.jar

change name and custom icon as desired.

All other hidden and unobvious features are left to the user to discover at this time; maybe I'll make another update sometime.

Finally, my requests:

Red highlighting on the chat/transfer tabs when new stuff is available. For chat, it would be new chat, for the transfers tab, it would be new items in queue and transfer finished (removed from queue).

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Odd Spam

Em Adespoton Em Adespoton writes  |  about 10 years ago Here's an odd Spam I just got in my inbox; what do you think their scam could be?

Dear Fellow Internet Surfer;

I just want to share something that just BLEW ME AWAY when I first saw this a few weeks ago.

DON'T worry, This one doesn't cost a penny. Just a moment of your time.

Everything below is ABSOLUTELY FREE and actually has the potential to be one of the greatest Affiliate marketing opportunities EVER offered, possibly even bigger than EBay and Amazon!

100% FREE 4 LIFE INTERNET CONNECTION!!!! No contract to sign, No start-up costs and No monthly fees either!!!

How would you like to have High-Speed Internet Access for FREE? What do you think about giving away FREE BROADBAND worldwide and GETTING PAID for it again and again?!? Hundreds of MILLIONS of people worldwide will potentially be flocking to this service once they learn it really exists. And all that is needed is a simple phone-line.

And beyond that this company provides it's affiliates (free of charge) the most amazing marketing support program I have ever seen. Free to Join and Free to use.

DO NOT HESITATE on this folks , there is ABSOLUTELY NO RISK. It's going to be like the great Gold Rush of the old west! This company offers you some AMAZING income potential. You will not believe it if you just take the time to read through the site.

Facts:

-Easy to install and very simple to use

-Available anywhere in the world

-Works with your existing ISP

-A software download so there is NO need for new hardware

-FOUR times the speed of normal broadband

-Compatible with any type of phone line

-Works with any PC or MAC of the lowest specification believable

-Compatible with old 9,600kbps modems upwards to the most recent modems.

-Guaranteed to provide a minimum of 2MB internet speed and that's SUPER FAST!!

-Coming very soon worldwide OCT 1 2004, It just pre-launched a month ago!!

Again DO NOT HESITATE ,there is NO COST OR MONTHLY FEES, EVER!!

If you would like to receive more information, please write to:

dwabiz1@hotmail.com (write "SEND INFO" in the subject field)

Regards,

The Dwabiz1 Group

note: if you wish to unsubscribe to future mailings, please write: dwabiz1@hotmail.com and put "REMOVE ME" in the subject field and I will immediately delete you from my list.

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JHL Continued... 0.0.40 Onwards.

Em Adespoton Em Adespoton writes  |  more than 10 years ago The Bug & Feature page has now moved to here due to slashcode autolocking journal comments.

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JHL Feature Requests

Em Adespoton Em Adespoton writes  |  more than 10 years ago Grab JHL here.

This journal entry got archived, so go here to continue the discussion.

Also, emulation.net has moved to a new URL until the DNS issues can be resolved. The current domain rental expires in 2009, so it probably won't be usable again for some time unless a miracle happens.

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Sad but True... Trolling works on Slashdot.

Em Adespoton Em Adespoton writes  |  more than 10 years ago Well, I just thought I'd do an experiment, and post an unsubstantiated troll in a fairly new article: http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=114223&cid=9677047

As you can see, it is still the case that people tend to give points to posts that match their own "common sense" opinion, rather than posts that actually bring something new to the discussion, like facts, references, new ways of thinking, etc.

The sad thing is, people responded to my post in an informed manner, and many have been fully ignored, even though their points are much more valid than my unsubstantiated comment.

Because of this, I guess I'll continue to read slashdot at the +1 level; the +3 and higher posts aren't worth looking at (I hope someone noticed the obvious about this sentence).

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