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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

HappyDrgn Better summary (344 comments)

"the U.S. doesn't require its plastic to contain an encryption chip, so stealing cards remains an effective, nonviolent way to get at the cash in an ATM. "

In other words encryption leads to violence!

yesterday
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The American App Economy Is Now "Bigger Than Hollywood"

HappyDrgn Re: Bad comparaison (134 comments)

If you want their content you play by their rules for distribution.

This isent a problem for the software industry to solve, it's a legal one over personal use of paid content. Collectively us consumers can potentially solve it via litigation, voting for increased personal rights for digital content or with our dollars; if you don't like it, don't buy it. The majority of consumers are lazy and / or don't care however, so it'll never change. Outside slashdot you don't actually hear most average joes complaining about region locking or DRM, it dosent affect their ability to play a bluray disc on a bluray player they bought at Walmart so why should they?

yesterday
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

HappyDrgn Re:Tax (514 comments)

Actually you can, and I do, every year.

You claim head of household and itemize all your annual expenses. It's tedious, requires excellent record keeping, and takes quite a bit more time... so most people don't bother. As an aside... you can just pay someone, a CPA for instance, to do all this for you. The fees they charge are also tax deductible. I also file business taxes which are not much different than personal taxes that are itemized.

Alternatively you can just take the standard deduction, which is what it sounds like you do every year.

2 days ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

HappyDrgn Re:unexpected deletion (329 comments)

I'm a long time system engineer. I use that command in scripts fairly often. It's not necessarily ingrained to not use it, just to use it with extreme care, which didn't happen in this case.

about two weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

HappyDrgn Re:Priveldge Protest (573 comments)

"If you don't try to fight with them you won't have to worry about them harming you."

You're not a black american male are you?

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

HappyDrgn Re:learn your rights! (573 comments)

I thought it was actually the federalist papers that suggested things like training, state sponsored classes, etc, not the 2nd amendment itself.

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

HappyDrgn Re:Not doing what they're thinking (573 comments)

People with enough money to create legitimate counterfeit money don't need it. They already have the working class as economic slaves making money for them.

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

HappyDrgn Re:Thanks, assholes (573 comments)

"Theory being that the BATFE (and fed gov) only get the ability to restrict/deny based on interstate commerce."

Up until 1940's that wasn't just a theory.

about three weeks ago
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No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

HappyDrgn Re: Home mitigation? (130 comments)

Fact: beer has feelings. Your basement beer sees people less and is lonely. Its overreacting to human interaction.

Solution: spend more time in your basement.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

HappyDrgn Re: America, land of the free... (720 comments)

You've never seen a background check report have you? It lists state and county, date of conviction, the severity of the crime, what crime was committed and penal code section. It's a bit more detailed than just showing a yes/no for convictions, no one has to investigate what happened as it's pretty plainly detailed in the background check.

about 2 months ago
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Preferred Type of Game?

HappyDrgn Re: *Sigh* (171 comments)

Lookup Friday Night Magic locations, they typically play all kinds of various games. When a friend and I got back into fantasy type games, and none of our other friends would play, so that's where we went. Met new friends, had fun, learned new games.

Part of course correcting social discomforts is to actively seek social interaction... Meeting new people with an already established shared interest ( like at a comic book store playing d&d ) is a lot easier to handle than say some stranger at a night club...

about 2 months ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

HappyDrgn Re:Disturbing (331 comments)

Sure, they should have known better than to voluntarily sign up for something they could not pay back. Thats easy for me to say being someone who's always had an aptitude for these things, but to a certain extent we've all failed to provide most high school graduates with the tools to be normal well adjusted and functional adults. The first time I learned to balance a checkbook was when I got a checking account, the first time I saw a car loan was when I bought my first car, the first time I learned how taxes worked was when I did my taxes for the first time. These are all things that should augment basic freshmen high school math classes as mandatory subjects you learn in public school before getting put into the wild, but they are not. I'm positive that I am not part of some minority that learned this on my own as an adult, and I am equally positive that there's a fair percentage of us who are just not as well equipped to learn this on their own, those are the ones that these types of organizations will pray on. The problem with just brushing these off is that there was predatory intent to financially exploit a subset of the population who are already in need and looking to make something better for themselves.

All that being said, I'm not necessarily in favor of this regulation. IMO it ignores the greater pre adulthood education issue.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

HappyDrgn Re:Clown Shoes (265 comments)

In a former workplace we had a "You dun fu*$ed up" statue that we would pass around. It's humbling to receive and plain fun to pass on to the next guy or gal. I hope you get those clown shoes ordered.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

HappyDrgn Re:It's Ironic... (265 comments)

I've made ~$30k purchases on a credit card a few times with no problems. On the other hand I've had problems before with $20 purchases at convenience stores... so there's that.

about 3 months ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

HappyDrgn Re:So they got their reservation using deception? (1007 comments)

Does not appear to be deception, but rather no one bothered to ask what it was about in any detail. Additionally, it seems that the faculty does not really care...

FTA
University officials say they have no plans to interfere with the event. “Free speech is at the heart of academic freedom and is something we take very seriously,” said Kent Cassella, MSU’s associate vice president for communications, in a statement. “Any group, regardless of viewpoint, has the right to assemble in public areas of campus or petition for space to host an event so long as it does not engage in disorderly conduct or violate rules. While MSU is not a sponsor of the creation summit, MSU is a marketplace of free ideas.”

about 3 months ago
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Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

HappyDrgn Step #6 image is all wrong (206 comments)

Step #6 image should have been this instead:

https://doodleaday.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/doodle-1016-money-bags.jpg

I think it illustrates whats happening more appropriately...

about 3 months ago
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After NSA Revelations, Why Aren't More News Organizations Using HTTPS?

HappyDrgn Because they are in cahoots? (2 comments)

I mean, seriously, it's there any doubt left that most mainstream news outlets push their own half of the agenda for the machine? Assuming some did care.... look at what happened to yahoo or what's happening to Microsoft when they push back! Those are ( somewhat ) thriving companies, these are dying media giants who wouldn't have the same kind of financial resources to fight the regime, it's secret courts and it's legion of spy agencies. Additionally, they likely don't own enough if the infrastructure like a tech giant for it to even matter... I fully expect to one day find out the NSA has root certificate authorities and secret proxies anyway.

about 5 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

HappyDrgn Re: Amen, brother Amen! (522 comments)

"Name 1 way to back up her emails and pictures on a remote server that requires fewer mouse clicks than forwarding them herself with email."

Dropbox - drag, drop, done. Single click.

about 8 months ago

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