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Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

ItsLenny Upgrade time! (349 comments)

Whoever runs downforeveryoneorjustme.com should upgrade it to truly see if it's down for EVERYONE by having connections with each ISP and start doing data about what sites are blocked by which ISPs. That's going to be a needed service it seems.

about 7 months ago
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Steve Jobs: 'We Don't Track Anyone'

ItsLenny Re:Not anyone, really (373 comments)

too expensive? Virgin prepay starts at $25 / month. btw I don't use it I'm on Verizon at just shy of $100 / month.. but when My contract is up I'm getting a pre-paid smart phone for sure.

more than 3 years ago
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OpenOffice.org To Be Given Back To the Community

ItsLenny pffffffft (219 comments)

I for one would NEVER donate money to oracle (open office) .. but I'd gladly donate to The Document Foundation to use libre ... Seriously screw oracle everyone should use Libre and never look back. I don't care which one has a better name OSS community should have no question about which to embrace.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Mac OS X Is Unsuitable For Web Development

ItsLenny REALLY?!? (831 comments)

First, I've developed on OSX, windows, and Linux (mainly ubuntu and CentOS)... OSX is by FAR the easiest to work on as a developer. When I switched to OSX about 4 years ago after 6+ years developing on windows / linux I became VASTLY more productive and spent far less time fixing my computer and more time actually doing work. The price tag I'll never argue. They are over priced.

Also, who cares if it's a different kernel. First of all, it's certainly closer to the CentOS server you're (probably) going to deploy it on than your windows computer. More importantly, we're talking about Web Development here right? If you're doing coding that is low level enough to be effected by the kernel then you should probably be developing on a environment that is a clone of your production server. You can still use your Mac Book to interface with it via FTP or SSH... or as others have suggested you can always just load up a virtual box running the exact OS of your production server to test against.

Final word.. I'm not a mac fan boy or anything... I do use a mac for most of my development, but I also use linux and windows computers regularly. I have employees that use windows I think it's whatever feels best to the individual and to me Mac is the most comfortable environment for development I've found. To argue you can't or shouldn't develop on a Mac is just absurd.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Finds Divorce Papers, Tax Docs On "New" Laptop

ItsLenny Re:Better solution for Mac than TrueCrypt- File Va (218 comments)

My fear with using BitLocker (win) or FileVault (mac) is that if for whatever reason my computer stops booting I won't be able to get in and get my files back. If you leave your files unencrypted you can usually just use a boot cd or worst case plug the drive in to another computer to save your files. Before anyone says it yes I do back up regularly, but you never know

However, with TrueCrypt you get a file which is a disc image that can be opened on any system as long as you have the TrueCrypt software and the password. So I throw all my general stuff on the drive unencrypted and sensitive stuff (passwords, financial data, etc) in a TrueCrypt file.

more than 3 years ago
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New FBI System IDs People By Voice, Iris, More

ItsLenny Re:did I read that right? (151 comments)

The sad truth is even without this addition they could always find some reason to arrest you. I used to work for a police department and it was not strange to bring people in because they "resembled a suspect we were looking for". Then theres always "disorderly conduct" or "suspicious behavior" which are always at the discretion of the officer. Wonder when they're gonna install the telescreens........

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Data-Only Android For Development?

ItsLenny Re:Flash (203 comments)

No confusion here I know the difference between air and flex and have developed several things in each, but thats for the correction. I didn't mean air / flex as if they're one thing. I meant it as in they will both live beyond "flash" but will both die eventually. Also, who cares about packaging when the HTML 5 / JS / CSS lives on the web server.. to the end user it's a single thing. Finally, he said nothing about wanting cross-platform support. In fact, he seemed to emphasize that he was developing for android specifically

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Data-Only Android For Development?

ItsLenny Re:Prepaid data in the US (203 comments)

Have you looked at virgin or cricket? .. i KNOW virgin has coverage in Seattle.. not sure about cricket

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Data-Only Android For Development?

ItsLenny GSM phone with Cricket or Virgin (203 comments)

The phone doesn't matter just make sure its GSM... You can use Cricket Wireless or Virgin in the US.. not sure about Europe. You might need 2 sim cards / providers to avoid paying "roaming" .. but Virgin and Cricket both offer unlimited data plans in the US. I know Virgin is in the UK too their "unlimited" data plans start at only $25/ month .. it'd probably be your best bet.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Data-Only Android For Development?

ItsLenny Re:Flash (203 comments)

I second that.. use HTML 5 or native android app development (depending on what you're trying to do). Flash will be dead soon air / flex might live on, but I doubt any of those will be viable in the long run...

more than 3 years ago
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Stopping the Horror of 'Reply All'

ItsLenny Computers never make mistakes (256 comments)

...only people make mistakes. The simple answer is sllloooowww down, take a breath then hit reply (or reply all if applicable). Yes, I've hit the wrong button by mistake in my life, but that doesn't mean that we need to hide the reply all button or even pop up a window that makes me have to click twice to reply all. Thats just plain inconvenient. To those saying it's a outlook problem no it's not. I use Mac Mail on my Mac and thunderbird on my Linux systems and they both have reply and reply all right next to each other. I assume outlook is the same (I haven't used it in about 5 years). However at the end of the day the error isn't the program it's the user that clicks the wrong button probably because you're in too much of a hurry. No e-mail is THAT urgent take a deep breath and relax... think about what you're clicking and everything will be ok.

more than 3 years ago
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'Spam King' Released From Prison, Now Lives In Seattle

ItsLenny work in spam prevention (275 comments)

I sure hope any potential employers google "Robert Soloway" and find "Spam king" high on the results list. I would think he would be well suited to help prevent others from doing what he did. Depending on the company and what they want him to do them googling his name could be the best reference to his "real world experience" possible.

more than 3 years ago
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Data Retention Should Last One Year, US Gov't Tells Australia

ItsLenny Re:plug (98 comments)

software only available in .exe ??? :-(

more than 3 years ago
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Data Retention Should Last One Year, US Gov't Tells Australia

ItsLenny Mesh networks (98 comments)

... I can't scream it loud enough MESH NETWORKS!!... if everyone had a $50 mesh network router in their house there would be no ISP or single point of failure http://www.open-mesh.com/ ps... I have no affiliation with open mesh.. just always dreamed of a day when the internet could become a mesh network.. and yes I know it's just a DREAM

more than 3 years ago
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Windows Phone 7 To Get Multi-Tasking, IE9, Xbox Integration

ItsLenny Re:It didn't have this already? (266 comments)

IOS STILL doesn't have actual multi-tasking... it just allows certain threads to continue running in the background.. but the app itself is suspended it's basically just fast app switching +

more than 3 years ago
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Charity Raising Money To Buy Used Satellite

ItsLenny kinda like buying the brooklyn bridge (175 comments)

Hope they figure out all the other expenses before the actually spend the money to buy the satellite. Tie in to existing internet infrastructure... providing a method for the people to connect to it... price to move the satellite.. is it possible to move it if they don't get those pieces in place first they'll wind up owning a big hunk of metal floating in space that they can't ever afford to use. Honestly, this seems like the most likely out come to me (assuming they can raise enough money to buy the satellite).

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Sued Over iPhone Bricking

ItsLenny this COULD change alot... (418 comments)

If they FULLY win this suit... by which I mean apple has to RELEASE their phones unlocked that would mean that the large sum of money that (I'm sure) was paid to Apple to have the phone only be on their network in the first place would have been a waste...

would they owe that money back to AT&T? or is it just lost money since it's not "Apple's Fault"...

also after seeing this trial would any other company ever waste money paying to make a phone 'only available on their network'?

just some hypothetical questions...

oh... and... what if their were no hypothetical questions?

about 7 years ago

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"Renewable" gasoline from bacteria!

ItsLenny ItsLenny writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ItsLenny (1132387) writes "A San Carlos, CA based company called LS9 "The renewable petroleum company" developed a way to produce gasoline from bacteria.

Acording to MIT's Technology Review: "Next year LS9 will build a pilot plant in California to test and perfect the process, and the company hopes to be selling improved biodiesel and providing synthetic biocrudes to refineries for further processing within three to five years.""

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