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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Em Adespoton Re:Oh noes! Strategic Syrup Alert! (497 comments)

I'm more than happy to leave that job to security professionals. They tend to do a good job of it too.

What about to enable armed revolt against a runaway government? Isn't that why the US has the right to bear arms?

yesterday
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Em Adespoton Re:Good thing Canada's pretty much a "Gun Free" zo (497 comments)

???

I think you'd do better to say that Canadian cities have very few guns, as you're allowed to carry all over the place in the country, which is a significant portion of Canada. Even as far as the city goes, people carry guns all over the place. You can even get a concealed carry permit, and some do.

The difference between the US and Canada is that a) fully automatic weapons and other weapons that serve no useful purpose are banned for common carry (but can still be carried with a special permit) and b) you need to be able to show a level of competency, a level of responsibility, or a reasonable cause to carry any specific firearm. That, and there's no "right" to bear arms. You have the same issue with carrying around pretty much any weapon, be it a sword, a compound hunting bow, or a blow gun. In general, people don't have a problem with that.

yesterday
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Em Adespoton Re:Gangs ARE the #1 murder motive according to CPD (497 comments)

Also, remember that the only real differences between a gang and a political party are that gangs don't have the backing of the government and their members are "elected" by different groups.

You know what gang members spend over 30% of their time doing? Sleeping. Another large chunk of their day is taken up with eating.

If you label all government organizations as gangs, just for a thought experiment, how does that affect the statistics on gang-related violence and crimes?

yesterday
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Em Adespoton Re:Why (497 comments)

Indeed... it would make much more sense to make changes in your routine in anticipation of getting cancer, being hit by a car, or slipping in your bathtub. These are all serious issues that COULD have their risks significantly curtailed through known behavioural, technical and environmental methods, but for the most part aren't. Terrorists, on the other hand, by definition are in it to spread mass-FUD. If you don't fear them, then they have pretty much no means of accomplishing their goal, even if they kill a few thousand people. The only real way to defeat terrorism is to make sure terror doesn't gain a foothold.

Now it may be that some "terrorists" actually have other goals, such as invading and conquering a country.

Good luck with that in Canada, unless you've got a really really big army. It's like Hitler invading Russia: not going to end well for the invaders. Population density's just not high enough in Canada to depend on the herd mentality to do your dirty work.

yesterday
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Em Adespoton Re:What is important is.... (497 comments)

I think one of the differences is that Canadians don't get so panicked if someone threatens to attack their politicians -- and Canadian politicians have a reputation for being able to defend themselves.

The lock down may or may not have been useful, depending on why it was called.

yesterday
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Em Adespoton Re:Parliment Hill != The White House (497 comments)

I think you've cited all that needs to be cited. "Doesn't have a lot of leeway" isn't the same as "has no leeway".

The GG and Queen are the country's safety valve. If we elect idiots who are so incompetent as to cause a danger to the world at large, they can shut things down.

Think of the Queen as being Canada's equivalent to the safety valve on a hot water heater. Unlikely you'll ever need either, but you can't miss seeing them, and you're always glad they're around when the pressure rises.

yesterday
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Em Adespoton Re:It's Complicated... (497 comments)

Canada has a Governor General, the provinces have Lieutenant Governors.

And besides being a sanity check on the elected officials (they're the emergency breaks), they are also quite heavily involved in public relations, as the Queen herself is. Annoyingly, there is always a need for grease in the political engine, and I'd prefer it be done by a designated position than by elected officials who then get "contributions" which are no more than bribes.

When the only real power is the ability to press the big red button, bribes/kickbacks/etc. don't tend to work very well, so this is an excellent separation of gladhanding and politics. Personally, I wish Canadian politicians would leave more of the PR work to the GG and LGs. It's what they're paid to do, and it's pretty much a full-time job.

yesterday
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Em Adespoton Re:Parliment Hill != The White House (498 comments)

So, fuck the queen of England ... she's not the queen of Canada.

Hmm... so badly uninformed.

Regina, Queen Elizabeth II of Canada is, and has never been, the Queen of England. I believe the last queen to hold that title was Queen Anne.

Instead, Queen Elizabeth II is (separately) the Queen of the United Kingdom, Australia, Jamaica and Canada. Possibly a few others as well. She's also head of state but not queen in a few jurisdictions.

And the Canadian constitution is hung off of one head of state: the Monarch of Canada, who just now happens to be a queen living in the UK. Her representative the Governor General has the ability to close up parliament if they start getting out of hand, and force a re-election. This privilege has only been used once, and it requires the Queen's approval.

yesterday
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BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

Em Adespoton iCloud Drive? (109 comments)

The company transferred a 1.36 GB MP4 video clip between two Apple MacBook Pros using two Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapters

So they're using Apple hardware, but never tested the "new and improved" iCloud Drive?

I guess that was probably not released when they started their test.... I bet it would be equally slow though (especially since I think that part of iCloud actually runs on Azure).

yesterday
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Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

Em Adespoton Re:Is Google Losing It? (153 comments)

S/could do/does/.

Google only has a presence in Hong Kong; it has no presence in Mainland China. The two already went through this in the past. Eventually, with the way things currently look in HK, we'll likely see Google vanish from HK as well.

2 days ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

Em Adespoton Re:Dangerous precedent (468 comments)

The difference is that the people depicted as murdered in the movies were consenting adults. As minors can't consent to anything, depicting them must be illegal. Ergo, all those Alicia Silverstone movies are illegal in AU, and any explicit cartoon material that doesn't explicitly state that the characters are over 18 could also be illegal.

2 days ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

Em Adespoton Re:Thought policing (468 comments)

Warning: don't click on the parent's link, or you could also be arrested for downloading CP. As could Wikipedia.

2 days ago
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How Whisper Tracks Users Who Don't Share Their Location

Em Adespoton Re:Sorry. Non-issue. (39 comments)

The issue isn't that they know where you are, the issue is that they're collecting and storing location-bsed data on users who thought they had explicitly opted out of having location data collected.

I presume they also are still collecting the IP addresses, which can be run against any geolocation software they want after the fact.

so: collecting location data? Not an issue.

Using Maxmind's geoIP service? Not an issue.

Asking customers if they want to opt out of having their location data stored, and then storing it anyway? THAT is an issue.

5 days ago
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Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

Em Adespoton Re:Why? (225 comments)

What Mir has over Wayland is a name that is easily confused with a space station. Otherwise, it's more of a KDE vs GNOME-style issue.

Each time I see one of these articles on slashdot or elsewhere, I go through a moment of confusion as I try to figure out how someone got an interview with the guy who developed software for MIR.

That'd be a cool Slashdot interview, by the way :)

5 days ago
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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

Em Adespoton Re:Why not? When you have kids.. (323 comments)

If your kids happen to make money, parents control that money until they are 18. They should also suffer the liability as well.

You can't have one without the other. Either children are responsible or they are not.

That reminds me: I need to LLC my kids.

about a week ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

Em Adespoton Re:Ugh.. (187 comments)

"I'm not dead yet!"
-or-
"Only a "mostly" dead horse...."

Depending on whether you prefer snakes or princesses....

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Em Adespoton Re:I would vote against Tesla's cradle-to-grave... (294 comments)

I presume you have the same view on other companies who own the vertical, like Apple, Sony, Honeywell and Lockeed Martin. The view being 1) it's a monopoly just because they own the vertical but have plenty of competition and 2) it's bad.

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Em Adespoton Re:Republicans Control Michigan (294 comments)

Interesting... so the best way to save a beleaguered auto mfg industry is to alienate an automobile company that's set to reinvigorate the auto mfg industry, so that they get stuff built by Toyota in Japan instead of by Detroit?

Also, as the vehicles aren't illegal to drive in MI and the current offerings require you to have significant capital and thus significant mobility, what exactly are they preventing here? New car sales in MI? Isn't this how Cuba ended up the way it did?

Their logic astounds me.

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Em Adespoton Re:Let me FTFY (294 comments)

Actually, your argument hinges on not one, but two things: 1) money = speech, and 2) corporations = people.

The fact that corporations using money to get their way has been twisted by some into people exercising free speech just shows how far things have gone.

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Em Adespoton Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (294 comments)

No. Lobbying involves talking and bribery involves illegal money.

Give me just one good reason why law makers would take legislation proposals written by a lobbyist who represents a non-voting entity and send it to the floor for a vote without so much as a single modification?

Because it's easier than writing it yourself? And hey... we play golf with those guys every Friday; it's not like they'd write up a proposal that's BAD, would they?

about a week ago

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Apple now relaying all FaceTime calls due to lost patent dispute

Em Adespoton Em Adespoton writes  |  about a year ago

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  |  about a year ago

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 3 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 8 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 10 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  |  more than 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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