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US Federal Judge Rules Suspicionless Border Searches of Laptops Constitutional

Foxhoundz That Paling Thing? (462 comments)

You think it would be different if Sarah Palin was president?

about 7 months ago

Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

Foxhoundz Re:First... (829 comments)

Linux? I don't think so. My workplace at one pointed decided to get on the GNU bandwagon and within a few months we were re-installing Windows back on some of the workstations. Linux is not ready for the primetime as a desktop terminal.

about 7 months ago

Investor Lawsuit Blames NSA For $12B Loss In IBM Value

Foxhoundz For the sake of national security (204 comments)

I feel like the NSA and the rest of the intelligence apparatuses have gotten to a point where the security of this nation trumps any man made law. If this nation is of and for the people, who the hell is the NSA working for?

about 7 months ago

Chinese Chang'e-3 Lunar Rover On Its Way After Successful Launch

Foxhoundz Re:Poo on the Chinese (101 comments)

I hope it go crashes after going a km up. Fuck their tiny 1cm peni.

I was gone from Slashdot for almost a year and this is what I'm greeted to. It's a shame things are continuing their downward spiral.

about 8 months ago

South African Education Department Bans Free and Open Source Software

Foxhoundz Re:(sniffs cautiously) (185 comments)

Right. Well, I guess my closed-source education has ruined my career as now I can only make ends meet by supporting cash strapped corporations locked into their closed-source software. Not. Computer literacy is computer literacy. It doesn't matter whether you used C# or Java to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of programming. A good, motivated individual will learn the platform regardless of its origins. It's people like you who make open source altneratives so hard to swallow for the enterprise.

about 9 months ago

What's It Like To Pilot a Drone? a Bit Like Call of Duty

Foxhoundz Re:Chilling (170 comments)

Or do we rather just turn war from an adrenaline fest to a cold, calculated application of force

Yes, let's gamify war. That's just what need in the military.

You don't see that from a B-52 or an A-10, either. All you see is smoke and fire.

It's a lot easier for a drone pilot to push a button that would likely kill people thousands of miles away. You've overlooked the entire point of my response, which was to highlight the fact that drones are making it a lot easier for pilots and the military to brush aside civilian causalities, which is currently hovering at 400-800 according to Wikipedia.

A tip goes out about a possible Al-Qaeda target somewhere in Pakistan, and a few days/weeks later, a village is reduced to rubble. The U.S. can wash its hands clean of the incident and no Americans were harmed during the operation, which is the *most* important part, right?

Meanwhile, some kid who has witnessed all this is just loving the democracy and freedom that the U.S. raining down on his village. I'm sure he'll grow up to love the United States and perhaps even become a productive member of society because of it.


about a year ago

What's It Like To Pilot a Drone? a Bit Like Call of Duty

Foxhoundz Chilling (170 comments)

For the pilot of the drone, it's just a matter of pushing a red button on a dreary Monday morning. What we don't see is the brother, mother, husband, or son whose flesh was blown to bits by the drone. Bombing someone with a high tech manned aircraft is one thing, but the moment we abstract ourselves further and further from the hell that is war, we become the very monsters we're supposedly out to stop. I predict the drone strikes, the occupation in Iraq, and all other activities in the middle east we've been undertaking are only going to bite us back in another tragic incident like 9/11. Remember 9/11? We forgot 9/11 the day we let ourselves got lulled into two wars. We're breeding a new generation of terrorists who are growing up to fear and hate the drones, controlled by none other than the United States of America.

about a year and a half ago

Companies Getting Rid of Reply-all

Foxhoundz Re:Mass mailings are stupid (248 comments)

Some work requires you to read the emails. There are times where I jumped into a conversation because I had something to offer to the discussion, all because I happened to be caught in some distribution list. Why do I care? I get paid for my 9-5 job regardless of how many emails I read within that time period.

about a year and a half ago

Intel CEO Paul Otellini Retiring

Foxhoundz Re:Romney endorsement (108 comments)

Get educated, dude. Many of the founding fathers had already successfully abolished slavery in their states, and were working to do so in all the colonies as soon as they peacefully could.

I'm sorry, but what? Depending on who's on your "founding fathers" list, many of them not only supported slavery but owned several, sometimes ranging in the hundreds, of slaves. I'm not going to question your upbringing or education, but whitewashing a somewhat embarrassing side of history is ridiculous. Call for what it is.

about a year and a half ago

Intel CEO Paul Otellini Retiring

Foxhoundz Re:Romney endorsement (108 comments)

Romney was the last chance we as a nation had to regain the former glory that the founding fathers intended.

Former glory? If the founding fathers had their way, I would still be considered a property. Kindly shove your ideology somewhere else.

about a year and a half ago

Learning HTML Through a Board Game

Foxhoundz Good initiative, bad implementation (34 comments)

HTML is best learned through trial and error. I never really understood the concept of the CSS or HTML until I began visualize a web page as just a stack of transparency paper that is moved around by CSS. Learning the tags alone won't do any good. You have to interact with the elements produced by the tags to really understand how HTML works.

about 2 years ago

First Mammals Observed Regenerating Tissue

Foxhoundz Re:NEWS FLASH !! FLESH HEALS !! (89 comments)

Healing !== Regeneration Those are two different biological processes. Ignorance won't get you nowhere in life.

about a year ago

Scientists Invent Electronics That Dissolve In the Body

Foxhoundz Re:Medical applications? Nope. (69 comments)

Don't mind the miserable pessimists here on Slashdot. I think the medicinal breakthroughs will have more of an impact on humanity than all of the shady applications for this innovation combined.

about 2 years ago

Intel CEO Tells Staff Windows 8 Is Being Released Prematurely

Foxhoundz Re:I agree with Intel... (269 comments)

"...I was beta testing the release client."

You don't say...

about 2 years ago

DARPA's Robo-Cheetah Is Now Faster Than Usain Bolt

Foxhoundz Re:Wow a machine faster than a human. (91 comments)

Wow! our advancement in technology to make a machine that and travel faster then a human! Amazing. Perhaps we can make a machine that can fly too.

This is a good example of the type of ignorant, knee jerk comments that are ruining Slashdot. You know this is a technological advancement. If quadrupedalism is perfected, we could have ATV sized vehicles that can practically tackle almost any terrain. Besides the military applications, I could see these things being autonomously sent out to send medical kits and supplies to remote or war torn regions. I would normally tag this as redundant and move on, but since I'm all out of mod points, this long-winded post will have to suffice. Good day.

about 2 years ago

Valve Finds Open Source Drivers To Be Great

Foxhoundz So Intel's open source drivers are great huh... (159 comments)

I'll keep that in mind when I start gaming on integrated graphics. Meanwhile, my Radeon card will continue running under Windows.

about 2 years ago

Download With Caution: Romney, Obama Campaign Apps Have Privacy Flaws

Foxhoundz Re:Why am I not surprised? (106 comments)

Yes, if your nanny controls your computer

No one is in control of your computer. The Android market is hosted on Google's servers which is managed by Google employees, providing a service to you free of charge. By agreeing to use their service, you're signing away any rights that you think you have. I'm a privacy buff as well, but I'm not going to delude myself into thinking I'm somehow entitled to anything when I'm on logged onto the internet. You're at the mercy of the legal terms you agree to. Nothing more, nothing less.

about 2 years ago

Windows 8 Changes Host File Blocking

Foxhoundz Re:How will APK react to this? (1030 comments)

I wouldn't say "demise". All you have to do is disable Windows Defender and install third party AV alternatives, which is the first thing most power users do anyway.

about 2 years ago

Download With Caution: Romney, Obama Campaign Apps Have Privacy Flaws

Foxhoundz Why am I not surprised? (106 comments)

The Android market aka Google Play is home to apps that seem to have been made on a lazy afternoon. The amount of pings they make to various web servers ( I checked it via a request sniffer) is astounding. This isn't a problem specific to the campaign apps, but a lot of Android apps in general. Google has been hesitant to enforce a strict set of standards akin to Apple, and the results are beginning to show.

about 2 years ago

Serious Problems With USB and Ethernet On the Raspberry Pi

Foxhoundz Re:I believe it's called... (202 comments)

It's not a hacker tool, it's a learning tool. RPi was originally ( and still is) geared towards educational institutions where access to affordable computers is limited. So while this might be a minor inconvenience for some people here in the states, it *is* a big problem in places where supplies and the budget are limited.

about 2 years ago



Phobos-Grunt Probe Malfunctions

Foxhoundz Foxhoundz writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Foxhoundz writes "The much anticipated launch of the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft headed for Mars's moon is off to a rocky start as the probe somehow got stuck in Earth's orbit. The Guardian writes:

Engineers have three days to regain control of the $163m Phobos-Grunt probe that was designed to collect rock and soil samples from Mars's moon, Phobos, and return them to Earth for scientific study.


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