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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

JamieKitson Webconverger (334 comments)

Webconverger sounds like exactly what you are looking for. An OS the boots straight into the browser. It has the added benefit of the option of either a hard drive install or a live CD, meaning that nothing would remain on the system after a reboot.

4 days ago

Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

JamieKitson Comment from Tesla (157 comments)

Tesla *has* publicly commented on how many vehicles it has sold in Georgia, it says that the 150 maximum is for a calendar year, while the 173 figure is for October to June and it hasn't hit the 150 mark for 2014.

about three weeks ago

Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

JamieKitson Re:Their web site doesn't say much (391 comments)

My favourite bit of the home page is the table hard coded to look like a bullet list:

<!-- Begin Left Column Content -->
<table width="350" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0">
<!-- Entry 1 -->
<tr >
<td class="rowbullet">&bull;</td>
<td class="rowBulletContent">We saved $43 billion in opportunity risks over</td>
<td class="rowbullet">&nbsp;</td>
<td class="rowBulletContent">a five-year period <a href="quality-assur.html">SEE HOW</a></td>
<td class="rowbullet">&nbsp;</td>
<td class="rowBulletContent">&nbsp;</td>
<!-- Entry 2 -->
<td class="rowbullet">&bull;</td>
<td class="rowBulletContent">We achieved a 6000% increase in transaction</td>


about a month ago

Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

JamieKitson Not a Zero Day (150 comments)

There is no mention in the article of this being a zero day vulnerability, in fact the article specifically says "it’s not clear yet how SynoLocker’s operators installed the malware".

As others have said Synology is reporting the vulnerability was patched in December. Hardly a zero day.

about a month and a half ago

How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

JamieKitson Re:Now and then.. (270 comments)

Also I think that if you married the right person they will love you more than the kids.

Such women only flourish in societies that aren't working to turn both genders feral for the sake of ego-driven identity politics/ideology or profit motive. I wish you luck if you live in the west. You'll need it.

+5 Insightful? WTF is moderating this stuff?

about 7 months ago

Lumia Phones Leaking Private Data To Microsoft

JamieKitson Light on evidence, heavy on conjecture (110 comments)

TFA reads like a gossip column. I see no evidence to back up any of the claims, in fact the claims themselves seem to be pretty woolly. There's no mention of what's being uploaded and why, could it be a backup option? Local search results, etc? As a Lumia user I would love to read an article by a techie with some experimental results. In fact if this is true I'm surprised that no one's done these tests already, it surely would have got out there by now.

about 7 months ago

How much of your media do you store locally?

JamieKitson Re:All of it (187 comments)

Or, how ever long they want to have that service free. They can just boot you anytime or close up that application, GOOGLE.

Or they could *stop* charging and give you a terabyte of data, FLICKR

about 9 months ago

How much of your media do you store locally?

JamieKitson Depends which is "backup" and which is "media". (187 comments)

I keep all the photos I take locally and upload the better ones to Flickr. I call the local store a backup and the Flickr uploads the media and answered 0-20%, but some might view the local store as the media and the Flickr uploads as a backup.

As others have said I stopped collecting music/video locally once I knew I could stream/torrent anything I wanted whenever I wanted.

I'm really surprised at the results of this poll, I hope you all have off site backups!

For all of those of you saying that giving you data to 3rd parties allows them to start charging later Flickr recently went in the opposite direction.

about 9 months ago

Zuckerberg To Teach 10 Million Kids 0-Based Counting

JamieKitson Make women *what* you? (295 comments)

Are those YouTube features personally tailored?

Also I'm pretty sure that theodp is breaking the Flickr T&Cs by linking directly to the image.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do You Use Markdown and Pandoc?

JamieKitson Re:favorites... (204 comments)

No sir, *this* is the biggest problem with programming:

I can't imagine computer geeks using Word instead of their favorite text editors.

Indeed, everyone has his favorites.

All document conversions are left to the secretary (and she may do it in any way she pleases).

about a year ago

Bev Harris of Black Box Voting Releases Accenture's Voting Software

JamieKitson Britain? Ha! (245 comments)

The idea that the British government (I am British btw) could orchestrate any sort of cyber attack is a joke. Have you seen the reports on any NHS project recently? Have you ever seen James Bond at a computer? No. I rest my case.

more than 2 years ago

Google Reveals "Terrorism Video" Removals

JamieKitson ACPO (194 comments)

ACPO is a very strange organisation, it's an unaccountable PLC, refusing FOI requests, and yet it is funded in part by tax payer's money and has a lot of power within the police and government.

more than 2 years ago

Politicians get 9 year old's blog shutdown, in retaliation for criticism

JamieKitson Streisand (5 comments)

> The effort which had raised £2000 so far, was also thus nipped down in its buds, by the vengeful council.

Hardly, she's now up to £15k, over twice the original target.

more than 2 years ago

Famous Wildlife Photographer Busted For Using Stock Images

JamieKitson Re:An obvious reminder (182 comments)

I was going to agree with you but then I read a couple of comments below from people who know more about it who say that he was highly critical of others who touched up pictures or dared use his without permission.

about 3 years ago

XXX Goes Live In the Root Servers

JamieKitson Re:Actually work in the adult industry (163 comments)

What a load of conspiracy theory crap. No one can/will force all porn off .com and on You don't even seem to consider non-US sites. America != The World.

more than 3 years ago

Phil Zimmermann Replies To CNet On Biden

JamieKitson Actually... (371 comments)

He's out now, pending a re-trial.

about 6 years ago



PhD student builds 32 node Raspberry Pi cluster

JamieKitson JamieKitson writes  |  about a year ago

JamieKitson (757690) writes "The Register has a report of PhD student Joshua Kiepert's side project building a beowolf cluster of 32 Raspberry Pis. "Side project" because he built it purely to test his main thesis and wanted to avoid having to wait to use his university's 32 node xeon cluster. Cue "imagine a beowolf cluster of these" jokes."
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Incredible bionic arm can pick up eggs, hold a beer.

JamieKitson JamieKitson writes  |  about 2 years ago

JamieKitson (757690) writes "This video uploaded to YouTube shows an amazingly advanced bionic arm. The last third or so of the video shows two incredible demonstrations that show its ability to pick up an egg without cracking it and then hold a (full) beer bottle without it slipping out of his hand. I honestly found it spine tingling. In a good way."
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OS upgrades powered by Git

JamieKitson JamieKitson writes  |  about 2 years ago

JamieKitson (757690) writes "The latest Webconverger 15 release is the first Linux distribution to be automagically updatable from a Github repository. The chroot of the OS is kept natively in git's format and fuse mounted with git-fs. Webconverger fulfills the Web kiosk use case, using Firefox and competes indirectly with Google Chrome OS. Chrome OS also has an autoupdate feature, however not as powerful, unified & transparent as when simply using git. bod"
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Primary school girl told to stop photographing and blogging school meals

JamieKitson JamieKitson writes  |  more than 2 years ago

JamieKitson writes "British primary (elementary I think to those of you in the US) school pupil Martha/"Veg" has been taking photographs of her school dinners and blogging about them at her blog Never Seconds since April. The blog has gained in popularity and Martha decided to do something with the popularity, namely raising money for an international school dinners charity. Unfortunately the local council, Argyll and Bute, having apparently not heard of the Streisand effect, didn't like the publicity that her blog was generating and have shut her down. There is a happy ending though, similarly to Matthew Inman found recently, donations have gone through the roof and she has already passed her target."
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Photographer threatened with legal action after asserting his copyright

JamieKitson JamieKitson writes  |  more than 2 years ago

JamieKitson (757690) writes "Photographer Jay Lee got more than he bargained for after sending some DMCA take down notifications out to hosts of sites using one of his pictures. One Candice Shwagger accuses him of everything from conspiracy over local sheriff elections to child abuse. Since Candice is now threatening legal action Jay has said he'll take down the post, so here's a snap shot.

After reading the story I checked for use of my own pictures and found one of them being used on a review site without even a credit. Here's a snap shot of that page."

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