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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

HermMunster Re:Well... (171 comments)

And to call this "enhanced" is disingenuous.

5 days ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

HermMunster Re:Well... (171 comments)

Turning it off is work. I install firefox on a lot of computers that come into my shop. I do a tremendous amount of configuration on all sorts of products. This is more tedium to turn it off. I'm sure this is the (developer') logic -- add too much tedium to configure that people give up and don't configure or keep the configuration hidden so people get tired of looking.

If I have to look, and search, and keep looking and keep up on the fact that this shit is being configured on by default, then it become pure tedium. There are so many programs and so many settings that just knowing that it has to be done, then doing it, for every machine, is too much tedium.

5 days ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

HermMunster Re:ICREACH? (207 comments)

When you hit that page the large graphic makes people believe they've been directed to a potentially malicious site. They need to shrink it a bit so people that follow the link curious about what's happening don't think that they have hit the site itself.

about a week ago
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Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

HermMunster Re:This just in... (140 comments)

Herein lies the kicker. Yep, Wheeler was placed there specifically for that purpose. It's an old Scientologist trick. They couldn't get the OK as far as their tax exempt status so they got their own people hired into those positions in order to make the decision in their favor. And, you know what? You can't do anything about it other than try to show proof that they did so with that intent, the intent to subvert the democratic process. It is a subversion of it but they know you can't do anything about it, so all they have to do is feign the desire to have the public concern heard even if they never intended to listen, and then make the decision in the ISP's favor. Wheeler, and his masters, knows that once the decision is made it will take Congress to counteract it. Then of course you have the President and the Vice President both of which favor the big corps that pay for this lobbying.

about a month and a half ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

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

I send email to myself when I want a long term easily searched record of some random tidbit or web page.I don't read them unless I need them, that way a lot of them stay front and center if I choose to view unread mail.

It has also taken years to get rid of all sorts of extraneous email by having multiple mail accounts, ensuring I don't particpate in anything on the web unless they give an option to uncheck "send me email". If someone sends me email that I don't want I send back a message saying I don't want to receive any more. If I get more I mark them as spam. It has taken a long time to tame the inbox.

about 4 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

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

I remove everything Bing/Microsoft related on every computer that comes into my shop that can be removed, for every customer.

about 4 months ago
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NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed

HermMunster Do it enough times (149 comments)

If you know about it and have access to virtually unlimited resources you can afford to attach to your target and do it as many times as you want in order to get what you want.

And, frankly, I don't believe the guy that claims responsibility for the bug.

As well, if something this simple could cause such an issue then clearly it is an issue for lots of other important security programs.

about 5 months ago
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NSA Confirms It Has Been Searching US Citizens' Data Without a Warrant

HermMunster Re:April Fools? (274 comments)

Whether they are joking or not, regardless of their claims, the activity of the NSA is a violation of the constitution. It matters not what the FISA court says or what they believe it should be. It is a civil rights violation and they have been breaking the law. Without a warrant any collection of data is a violation of the 4th amendment. The purpose behind the 4th amendment was to stop general warrants, of which, the NSA activities qualify.

about 5 months ago
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White House To Propose Ending NSA Phone Records Collection

HermMunster Re:Sure (208 comments)

Fascism.

about 5 months ago
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White House To Propose Ending NSA Phone Records Collection

HermMunster Re:Sure (208 comments)

It isn't a spat. President Obama can't stay neutral, because the people under his authority have violated the constitution (on face value) and a slew of other federal crimes. When people under your authority commit crimes you can't stay neutral.

about 5 months ago
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Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

HermMunster Re:The unseen enemy (510 comments)

Hopefully she'll be voted out of office. Frankly, I'm sure she keeps these policies running due to some financial benefit, either in terms of lobby dollars or in economic business investments or flat out bribery.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

HermMunster Re:NoScript (731 comments)

That's not the only way it is accomplished.

AND......

A program will never outwit a human, EVER.

about 8 months ago
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Former Head of NSA Calls For Obama To Reject NSA Commission Recommendations

HermMunster Re:Lame duck President (316 comments)

Seriously, we have an retired ex-head telling the President to ignore what the commission stated. Makes sense seeing as he's the man that likely instituted many of these programs to begin with. And he says we'll appreciate them after the next attack? Seriously? After the next attack? It is pointless to have them if they don't stop the next attack.

about 8 months ago
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The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

HermMunster Re:app store lockin will be bad may even anittrust (453 comments)

And misc damage due to dropped devices, and cracked screens, and unrepairable power adapters, shitty sound, no real expansion capabilities, and high cost all mean that these devices are not capable of replacing the desktop.

about 9 months ago
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The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

HermMunster Re:make my day... (453 comments)

It is dead except for every other place on the planet besides where these reporters seem to be. OK, report, but analyze first. Cut the diatribe. Why would there be a decline? BECAUSE THE CONSOLES HAVE JUST BEEN RELEASED (and were long anticipated) and people only have so much income to spend on this shit. You can also blame it on EL CHEAPO HP PRODUCTS, AND THE AWFUL WINDOWS 8(.1). Intel hasn't done shit for years. We've seen no true advances in processors, operating systems, etc. And computer repair is better than ever so people are holding onto their units longer.

Decline in a market doesn't mean the market is extinguished. These people really need to pull their heads out of their asses and shut the fuck up. They must be part of the cretin tribe because nothing they said makes sense.

There are record numbers of motherboards being sold by Gigabyte and Asus, the two top manufacturers of motherboards. There are more gaming rigs being sold than any time in history.

The problem is QUALITY!

about 9 months ago
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Shots Fired At US Capitol

HermMunster Criminal act, no question, regardless of motive. (608 comments)

As bad as this is it wouldn't be too difficult to see the nation's frustration with the actions of the congress and the president.

This is a criminal act, no question about it. I'm glad they managed to nip it right away before it got any worse.

about 10 months ago
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NSA Director Wants Threat Data Sharing With Private Sector

HermMunster Two lines of thought (126 comments)

1) if you're in trouble you can try to divert the attention away from your efforts into efforts that you might want. Good tactic to switch the attention off what you are doing bad and what you could do that's bad.

Make no mistake. This is without a doubt a bad thing for them to do.

2) if you are in trouble air everything bad so that when it all settles down there's nothing else that could rise up.

Snowden has been doing a great job with his releasing of information to combat this by not having it all disclosed at the same time, thus extending it and keeping the irritation up and the nation's attention on the NSA.

about a year ago
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Steve Jobs Video Kills Apple Patent In Germany

HermMunster It would have been invalidated anyway (100 comments)

There was far too much prior art on the concept that had already been disclosed so the patent would not have stood. I believe it isn't even valid in the US any longer.

about a year ago
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No Upper Bound On Phone Record Collection, Says NSA

HermMunster National Paranoia, not National Security (238 comments)

Very few of American's are terrorists. Any claim otherwise is paranoia. That is not national security. It is national paranoia.

Also, it is illegal. These people are the military. The military should have no oversight of the civilian public.

The NSA is part of the DoD under the Pentagon. That makes them a military entity even if most of those working there are civilians. We have lots of civilians working in all areas of the military. They all are bound by military law and military code of conduct.

These unconstitutional actions need to end.

about a year ago
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Nvidia Unveils Its Own 7" Tegra Note Tablet

HermMunster Re:Stylus (56 comments)

The low quality screen will likely hinder the acceptance. Because it has a Tegra 3 matters not if others offer comparable units with better screens. I've seen some cheesy screens at that resolution. At least the Nexus 7 has an awesome screen. That entices a lot of people to buy it.

about a year ago

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