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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

FuegoFuerte Re:Never carry lots of Cash (462 comments)

Ever hear of saying no? "Sir, if you want my cash, you will have to arrest me and charge me with a crime."
or
"Sir, I will be happy to comply when you have a search and seizure warrant signed by the court. You may contact me at [phone number] once you have it. Until then, if I'm not under arrest, I'll be leaving."

Seriously, stop orzing. Yes, he'll be pissed... but what's he going to do, pull you out of your car? Shoot you? Maybe, but unlikely. Keep your door locked, and be firm but polite. Oh, and if you end up in court get an attorney to fight it, there's no justice for those without legal representation. None whatsoever.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

FuegoFuerte Re:They still need to orchestrate a show and tell (419 comments)

You're aware that all the services of Office365 started out as box products, and are still available that way, right? Microsoft doesn't provide the server, but they readily provide the software. It's just expensive and a PITA to maintain, which is why people outsource to Microsoft where several hundred people work full-time to keep those services running as reliably as possible.

There's no reasonable way you could provide all the services of Office365 on a single local server for any company of reasonably large size, and even if you had a few servers you'd completely lose the local and geo redundancy features. The ability to have an entire datacenter go offline and only suffer a brief blip in services is something that very few companies have the money or the knowledge to implement themselves.

about a week ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

FuegoFuerte Re:P.S.A. in you live in NYC (213 comments)

Civil disobedience is different still.

about two weeks ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

FuegoFuerte Re:P.S.A. in you live in NYC (213 comments)

You're aware that bicycles fit easily through places where cars cannot follow, right? You stopped why? Do you honestly think that doughnut-muncher had the ambition to pull his lazy arse out of his car and actually pursue you on foot? And even if he did, you're on a bicycle, if he gets out you can EASILY ride faster than he can run.

I mean, good job citizen, way to orz on command.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

FuegoFuerte Re:Put it this way (789 comments)

Honestly, I think most of the First World countries have completely lost their spines, and will sit idly by while Putin takes over all the former Soviet countries, and then starts to expand outward. People will raise sanctions while he grabs all the land he needs to rebuild an independent economy where sanctions are little more than a slight nuisance. Then he'll start to expand outward, bringing some of the Latin American socialist countries into his NuSSR, following with the weaker European and Asian countries. And the US will sit by and scold him on being a terrible human being, while not doing anything to stop him. Why? Because we've lost our stomach for a real war. A real war is nasty business, far worse than what most people alive in the US today have ever experienced. Unfortunately, Russia is one of the few countries with both the desire and the capability to bring that type of war to our shores, and God help us if we've let all our allies fall before we awaken and actually do something about it.

about two weeks ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

FuegoFuerte Re:Eww.. (266 comments)

Well? Did he find it?

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

FuegoFuerte Re:I like... (643 comments)

It's a great idea... until technology progresses just a bit further, and these cameras are equipped with facial recognition, GPS and data capabilities, and all tied into a giant back-end database tracking exactly who was where at what time...

You think the surveillance state is creepy now, wait until every cop is a roving track-your-location bot. The reasons for it now are reasonable, and I have no problem with cops having video of their encounters with people. But give it a decade or two (maybe less) and it could be come a very creepy bad thing.

about three weeks ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

FuegoFuerte Re:Sharing? (182 comments)

I wouldn't really call them a new spin on taxis. They're more like the remises in Argentina, and unlicensed (and technically illegal) taxis in many other countries. Basically, you have the licensed and regulated taxis, where you have a relatively strong assurance that you'll get where you want to go for a controlled/metered rate, in a reasonably safe and well maintained vehicle, and if you have a problem you can write down the cab number and make a complaint to a regulator. You also pay a fairly hefty fee for all this.

If you're willing to take a bit more risk, you can flag down a remis, pay a couple pesos per person, and they'll take you from where you are to downtown, or from downtown back out to the residential area you live in. The drivers make these trips all day, fill the car as full of people as it can possibly be filled (they pick up additional people along the way until the car is completely full and then some). They run on the cheapest fuel possible (in Argentina, typically LPG), and are not necessarily well-maintained. So there's risk. And, while you typically get where you want to be OK, there's plenty of opportunity for an unscrupulous person to take advantage of individual riders (or even groups if they're organized well and coordinating with someone else). So again... it's a risk.

There's a reason taxi cabs are regulated as heavily as they are, and in general it's probably a good thing for public safety even though they're freakishly expensive.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

FuegoFuerte Re:For 3rd party batteries, I've had good luck wit (131 comments)

I'll second/third/fourth this... I had an HTC Arrive (Sprint's WinMo7 phone), and bought a couple Anker batteries and a charger. I switched from the HTC battery to one of the Ankers as my primary battery, because it lasted substantially longer. I still carry the universal charger when I travel, as it can charge my camera batteries, anything that charges over USB, etc. It's a little finicky to get it to contact the battery correctly sometimes, but overall it works quite well and is far more flexible than any other charger I've seen.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

FuegoFuerte Open-Source? (188 comments)

many open-source apps can be found at the store from unofficial sources that have a cost

So, serious question... is this a bad thing? With a few caveats, I don't really see a problem with someone making a bit of money from packaging an open-source program for a different OS, if they're going to the work of compiling, testing and packaging it. Obviously they should somehow make the source available if the license requires it, but beyond that they may be doing that software a favor, assuming an official package doesn't exist (which for the Windows app store, may very well be the case).

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

FuegoFuerte Re:Windows 8 app store? (188 comments)

So their brainless store got filled with brainless garbage to take advantage of the brainless users who'd use it.

So, they succeeded in being like Apple?

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

FuegoFuerte Re:Embrace or Expire? (337 comments)

Easy... Windows phones run their services. Google phones do not. Apple phones might.

If you want people to start using all your services, and the only hardware using all your services by default is a Windows phone, and the company making 80% of all Windows phones is about to start making Google phones instead, it makes sense to buy the company and keep them making Windows phones instead of letting them turn into a competitor or die a slow and painful death.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

FuegoFuerte It's like the Orinoco Gold... (427 comments)

There is no modern equivalent. Sadly, I'm getting rid of the Orinoco because:
    a) It's slow
    b) It doesn't support WPA/AES
    c) It requires a PC Card slot, which nothing modern has anymore.

But I still remember driving down the highway through Dallas with an external antenna hooked to that card, cataloging hundreds of APs as I passed by, many of them wide open. Ah, the good 'ol days.

about a month ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

FuegoFuerte Shorting? (502 comments)

All these gloom-and-doom reports from an investment company? I wonder if they're shorting the utility companies.

1) Short the stock of the utility companies
2) Release predictions of doom
3) Wait for stock to drop
4) ...
5) Profit

But naw, that would be unethical, our banks and investment companies would never do something like that. Obviously.

about a month and a half ago
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Robotic Suit Gives Shipyard Workers Super Strength

FuegoFuerte Re:In Korea... (125 comments)

Like I used to do racking servers in the datacenter, anywhere from 12-17 hours at a time. *yawn.* Yeah, it was tiring work, but it was by no means something that needed a robo-suit to accomplish. Call me when it can pick up fully populated 6509s all day long.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Hardware/Software-Based Security Token?

FuegoFuerte Re:use SMS (113 comments)

The point of 2-factor auth is someone (like a criminal) can have one factor in their possession without it being any good. So with the SMS just being a form of "what you have" (it goes to your cell phone, and in theory only yours, and is time-limited to prevent re-use), an outside attacker would still have to gain the "what you know" or "what you are" factor (either your password/passcode or biometrics of some sort).

True, I wouldn't use SMS for highly classified document protection, but for most things SMS is just fine as a second factor.

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

FuegoFuerte Re:Death bell tolling for thee.... (322 comments)

I think that's changed in newer versions of Windows Server.

Think of Server 2008 as Vista for Servers: Lots of good ideas, but kicked out the door long before it was ready.
Server 2008 R2 is basically Windows 7 for Servers: Most of the things that were cut to get Vista out the door were finished, so it's actually a pretty good, solid OS. As part of that, many management things that were done through CMD in Server 2008 were moved into PowerShell. I *think* it was at this point that Server Core started supporting PowerShell, but in my world Server Core was always more of an "oh, that's kind of interesting" side note.

In the interest of completing my Server OS list above:
Server 2012 is like Windows 8: It had a few decent improvements under the hood, but with a UI designed by, but not fit for use by, a chimp on acid.

Anything newer than that I haven't used, but I have to believe after the debacle of Server 2012/Win 8, it can only get better again.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

FuegoFuerte Re:Death bell tolling for thee.... (322 comments)

Look up "Server Core." I'm not certain if it has an SSH server by default, but MSFT has done an incredible amount of work in recent years to allow everything to be managed through PowerShell.

about 2 months ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

FuegoFuerte Population Control... (342 comments)

Thankfully, we have people like the Arabs and the Russians helping us keep the human population under control. All in the name of saving the animals, I'm sure.

about 2 months ago

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