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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

J'raxis Re:Other solutions? (152 comments)

I have NoScript enabled on Slashdot, too. Only way this site is remotely usable, just like Google nowadays.

about three weeks ago

Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

J'raxis "Please don't throw me in the briar patch!" (152 comments)

This is supposed to motivate me to upgrade? Right now, on the rare occasion I use Google,* I have JavaScript completely disabled to make Google (search, image search, and news) actually work the way I want it to in my browser. If they're going to help with this by serving me their older---read "cleaner, simpler, faster"---search page, I say, thanks, Google!

* Google alternative. They use the Google index but don't track their users.

about three weeks ago

Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

J'raxis Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

Ukraine removed all their nukes in 1994, three years after independence. No Ukrainian commander has the power to retaliate to a nuclear strike in kind. According to the article, they're regretting that decision right about now.

about three weeks ago

Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

J'raxis Re:Right ... (175 comments)

That's what these large corporations all do.

Look at Google, grandstanding about moving things to HTTPS a few months ago, making things harder for the NSA, and so on, and yet at the same time they are now proactively scanning people's data for illegal activity and then handing it over to the government. Microsoft is doing the same thing.

What makes you think Yahoo will do anything different? The whole plan here is probably to get uninformed users to hand over their PGP keys so they can store them.

about a month and a half ago

Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut

J'raxis "Highly concentrated life zone" (184 comments)

If you read the article, it explains this "dead zone" is actually full of algae---in other words, it probably has more life in it than the entire surrounding area (in terms of number of organisms, concentration of organisms, total biomass, and so on). Maybe this is a good thing, maybe it's bad, maybe it's entirely indifferent, but it is not a "dead zone."

But of course if we described the zone honestly, we wouldn't be able to use it as environmentalist propaganda, now could we?

about a month and a half ago

Cell Phone Unlocking Is Legal -- For Now

J'raxis Re:And... (135 comments)

Looks like something broke.

about a month and a half ago

Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

J'raxis Slashdot's time? (149 comments)

Now that Google has implemented 2012 i18n technology, maybe vaunted technology site Slashdot can catch up to 1998 and implement UTF-8 properly?


about a month and a half ago

Cell Phone Unlocking Is Legal -- For Now

J'raxis And... (135 comments)

...absolutely nothing has changed. People have been unlocking their phones; people will continue to unlock their phones; and if Congress re-outlaws it, people will still continue to unlock their phones.

about 2 months ago

Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

J'raxis Or he's both (335 comments)

"Traitor" is a legal term. "Hero" is a value judgment. Snowden is probably both. The government he turned against, having long turned against their own people, deserved it.

about 6 months ago

Google Ordered To Remove Anti-Islamic Film From YouTube

J'raxis Torrents on TPB (321 comments)

Time for a good ol' streisand effect. Lookee here:---

Pirate Bay #1
Pirate Bay #2 (720p)
Pirate Bay #3 (640x360)

Personally I always thought this movie was just racist/Islamophobic dreck, but now with the government finally finding a convenient excuse to censor it, I'm downloading all three of these copies and will be seeding them indefinitely once downloaded.

about 7 months ago

Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

J'raxis Yes, the dollar is so much better (695 comments)

"Maybe the U.S. Dollar isn't so bad after all."

Because the regulated financial institutions that deal in U.S. dollars are so much more trustworthy. Perhaps I should keep my money with these guys. Or this company. Or them perhaps? This guy looks trustworthy, doesn't he?

Here is what government-backed currency banks, lenders, investment firms, and the like have been up to recently. And here is what they're up to now.

about 7 months ago

'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

J'raxis Competition (606 comments)

The head of a government-run transit monopoly is upset someone else is providing a competing service.

about 7 months ago

Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

J'raxis Car radios (226 comments)

People get into accidents all the time because they were messing with their radio when they should have had their eyes on the road. So why don't we ban car radios?

And if that seems absurd, why are we talking about banning things like texting, cell phone use, or Google Glass while driving?

about 7 months ago

Oops: Security Holes In Belkin Home Automation Gear

J'raxis Re:Belkin Gear (77 comments)

Maybe their hardware is crap because they're more about abusing their customers than providing quality products.

about 7 months ago

Oil Companies Secretly Got Paid Twice For Cleaning Up Toxic Fuel Leaks

J'raxis Subrogation (113 comments)

The insurance companies most likely put a subrogation clause in their contracts. Now that they know the oil companies received additional payouts from a third party, they can come in and claim that money.

about 7 months ago

Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

J'raxis Re:The city in which you were born, your first pet (448 comments)

Of course. And using made-up answers is exactly what I do. But the vast majority of people don't think about this. They create a halfway-decent password then protect that password with "New York City" and "Fido."

about 8 months ago

Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

J'raxis The city in which you were born, your first pet... (448 comments)

This is the kind of thing made possible by the absolutely stupid policy of protecting unobtainable information (one's login password) with easily obtainable information (those "secret questions" to reset one's password, such as the city in which one was born, one's first pet, or the last four digits of one's CC or SSN).

If you choose a password that is strong enough, and you're careful enough not to leak it yourself somehow, your password is unobtainable and unguessable. It's as secure as possible. But it requires only a modicum of effort, perhaps a simple public records search, to figure out the answers to most "secret questions" that big companies like GoDaddy use to protect people's passwords. And yet this is how these companies protect your password. And now we see the results.

about 8 months ago


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