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Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

JThundley Re:Sony? (167 comments)

So let me get this straight: Sony advertises that you can install Linux on the PS3, users buy the PS3 and install Linux on it, Sony removes the said advertised feature, and it's the user's fault because other machines are better at running Linux?! Great logic you have there.

Don't forget that many people installed the update which removed Other OS by accident, or they wouldn't dream that installing an update would purposely remove an advertised feature. I am flabbergasted that you so quickly take Sony's side in this issue.

yesterday
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

JThundley I get it (269 comments)

I get it, I did the same thing and bought 2 refurbished Sansa devices for more than the retail price of a new one. Why? Because they work great with Rockbox. Not to mention there's no stupid touch-screen interface! I can control these blindly while driving.

about two weeks ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

JThundley Slashdot and Portrait (567 comments)

I have 3 monitors in portrait mode at work and it sucks for reading Slashdot. I have to scroll left and right to read the comments!

I'm seriously considering "going normal".

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

JThundley Re:Thanks for the TorrentFreak link... (268 comments)

Yes, because it has torrent at work. My work wouldn't let me download a Kubuntu torrent even after I offered to choke the upload.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

JThundley Re:Scripts leaked (528 comments)

Don't fucking insult me.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

JThundley Scripts leaked (528 comments)

At first they thought the data was fake; all the scripts read like movies everyone has seen already.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

JThundley Re:I just don't get it (229 comments)

You'd be correct actually. I don't expose myself to any advertising at all. I used to use mythtv which had commercial auto-skip, now I don't have cable TV at all. I download youtube & twitch videos and use adblock and noscript.

If iPads are so easy to use, why were professional educators unable to figure them out without training? If they're so easy to manage, why were mere schoolchildren able to bypass a professional IT department's restrictions? If iPads are so capable, why can't I run the browser of my choice on them?

about three weeks ago
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FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

JThundley Re:I just don't get it (229 comments)

Well you answered your own question there, people want new shiny. Advertising is waaaaaay too effective on some people.

I think it's good that students got around the restrictions and are doing things they weren't intended to do. As the old saying goes, you don't learn to hack, you hack to learn.

about three weeks ago
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Forbes Revisits the Surface Pro 3, Which May Face LG Competition

JThundley Surfaces suck (101 comments)

I recently started working with the Surface Pro 3 and it blows, hard. Microsoft makes the hardware, the drivers, and the operating system yet none of these things work properly. I ask myself why these things don't work properly, but then I remember who is behind it. I'm going to list a few of the issues I've run across so far, and I'm sure I'll find more.

I've had issues where the keyboard cover (which is made specifically for the surface) stops working for no reason. Device Manager says there's no driver installed, so you install a driver but Device Manager still says there's no driver even though there were no errors reported. The only fix was to "refresh" Windows, which means reinstalling windows on top of the other install and re-installing all your programs. Very time consuming for a device made for the Surface by the same company that should just work.

Doing regular driver updates stopped the Surface Dock ethernet from working. Again, I had to reinstall Windows. All I did was Windows Updates that came from you-know-who.

One of the firmware update drivers makes the firmware update device fail to start. Device Manager says to reboot to make it work and they provide you with a reboot button. You click the reboot button, your system starts rebooting, but then you get an error saying you can't reboot because the subwindows from Device Manager are open and need to be closed first! Why even give the user a reboot button if they're not allowed to click on it?

I also see the display weirdness that people complain about. Some fonts look super crisp and nice on it's high resolution display, but others are blurry and ugly. If you change the resolution and then VNC into the machine, your mouse cursor is actually in a different position on the device and you can't really click on anything.

I've had trouble booting Linux on them too, but maybe I've just been doing something wrong. This has stopped me from imaging the software installs.

I would never want a Surface for myself.

about three weeks ago
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Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

JThundley Re:Jealous? (138 comments)

They are whiny bitches. I get their emails and one thing that really bothered me is that these people are behind the banning of Buckyballs. Buckyballs are super strong, small sphere-shaped magnets that are really fun to play with. But because babies eat them and die, Consumer Watchdog wants them off the shelves. It pisses me off that because it's dangerous to babies, nobody else is responsible enough to own them.

Reminds me of the quote:
âoeCensorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it.â

â Mark Twain

about a month ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

JThundley Re:And? (367 comments)

Right, this is the woman that thinks that NOBODY should EVER use ANY animal byproducts, except when it comes to her life-saving medicine made from animal byproducts because she fights for animals and therefor is the only exception of the rule she wants to impose on everyone else. She is the fucking dictionary definition of "hypocrite".

about 2 months ago
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Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx

JThundley I watched and was disappointed. (326 comments)

I love Stallman, but I was very disappointed in this talk. I had the crazy idea that I'd watch it with my girlfriend to show her some Free software ideals, but I don't think Stallman did a good job here. He clears his throat in a strange way very often and he cut down his speech so much that a lot of the meaning is lost. I found myself mentally tuning out very quickly. I think I could do a better job of explaining his positions quickly to non-techies in an accessible way.

about 3 months ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

JThundley Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

Which part of the police procedures say it's OK to lie about what happened out in the field?

about 4 months ago
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The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

JThundley Re:You lost me at... (146 comments)

Most games aren't that intensive, but have you seen Starcraft players?! People truly get *injuries* from their keyboards and mice from playing this physically and mentally demanding game.

about 4 months ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

JThundley Snooping or running hashes? (790 comments)

Were they really snooping around this guy's email for no reason or do they check your attachments against a list of hashes of known child porn?

about 5 months ago
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US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

JThundley Re:The scammer's dream. (172 comments)

From what I hear all the Bitcoin nuts repeating here, Bitcoin is NOT anonymous.

about 5 months ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

JThundley How do you define top? (564 comments)

The top species on this planet is, and probably always will be bacteria.

about 5 months ago
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X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

JThundley Re:time to die... (204 comments)

The same goes for annoying teletype font.

about 6 months ago
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California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs

JThundley Re:"Safety Requirements"? (314 comments)

10 extra feet? Maybe that's the way it is in your podunk flyover town. People at LAX will literally pay hundreds of dollars for transportation from one part of the airport to another.

about 6 months ago
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How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

JThundley Re:App permissions (333 comments)

On android it's very possible to deny specific permissions. It's just buried deep in the settings.

about 9 months ago

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