Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers
That must be nice for you, but some of us need to maintain a landline for affordable incoming international calls from family. Also, my security system has a dialer that needs a landline.
Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows
Does anyone remember Windows CE, Pocket PC & Windows Mobile? It's all the same thing. They realise the brand is ruined, release an iterative update, change the name and congratulate themselves on a job well done.
Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?
I can control the Philips Hue lights and Belkin Wemo switches in the house. The core of this is the Android app Tasker. I also use it for sleep tracking with the app Sleep As Android. I use it to control my music while I'm driving with Music Boss and I have the barcodes for three loyalty cards I frequently use (FlyBuys, Woolworths & Hoyts) in Wear Your Barcode.
Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?
I would have thought plain old email is the number one pick in this list. We're all stuck on it even though it's been around for, what, 30 years?
Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia
We don't ask if a man is a father before deciding if his views are valid, and we shouldn't assume that a woman is less of a woman if she's never given birth.
33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater
TWENTY-SEVEN months for 27 offences — that was the prison sentence handed to Perth pervert Stuart Arthur Clarke yesterday morning.
It’s a sentence that has upset one of his repeat victims.
Clarke, 52, was caught in January following two years of reports to police of a man appearing at homes at night and committing an obscene act in full view of female occupants in Maylands and West Perth.
For each of seven indecent act charges and one obscene act charge, Clarke was sentenced to four months imprisonment.
There were an additional eight obscene acts and one indecent act which each received a punishment of five months prison.
Clarke was also sentenced to 14 months prison for two trespassing charges, 18 months for two stalking charges, and 12 months for a 1997 burglary.
However, all of those sentences are to be served alongside a head sentence of 24 months for two burglaries and three months for an assault on a man who confronted Clarke during a flashing incident.
With parole, Clarke could be out in 15 months.
-- Victim of serial sex pest Stuart Arthur Clarke shocked by his prison sentence
Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?
Requiring untrained people to enter data into your electronic forms and subsequently into your database is inherently flawed. Do you deploy a complicated new internal system and expect your staff to use it flawlessly without any training? No. Then why do you expect the untrained masses to cope with your forms and procedures?
Take a structured narrative, say a CV with a cover letter from the person that isn't trained in your procedures and get someone who is to put it into your database.
OKCupid Experiments on Users Too
Try this the next time you want to try an online dating site: Create two profiles, a "real" one and a fake perfect match to your real profile and see how long it takes for the site to claim that your fake perfect match has attempted to contact you and for only $4.95 you can sign on to the paid service and reply.
Australian Website Waits Three Years To Inform Customers of Data Breach
- Email: aliased. One point for me.
- Password: not the same as any other site. Another point for me.
- Credit card: nope, use PayPal. Doesn't feel like a point for anyone.
- Address: moved since April 2011. Three points for me, total. Three and a half, maybe.
Back to Pixel Miner.
Australia Repeals Carbon Tax
If a goverment needs to have tax, It is better to tax things that you want to discourage.
To be fair, Australia's current government would like to discourage poor people.
Kaspersky: Mt. Gox Data Archive Contains Bitcoin-Stealing Malware
- These are not "easily manipulated", they are cryptographically secure.
- There is zero counterfeit bitcoin. You can't say the same about paper currency.
- This isn't about the security of bitcoin, it's about phishing and trojans.
The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden
Anyone throwing a huge amount of money at ASIC mining doesn't know where the profitability is in cryptocurrency. The place to earn your money is in the first few weeks of any new coin, even more so if they offer a hashing algorithm that is resistant to ASICs or GPUs.
It's savvy technicians getting pools up for the launch of new coins that should be doing well, not bloated companies who mindlessly throw more SHA-256 hash at bitcoin.
A Rebuttal To Charles Stross About Bitcoin
Anyone wanting to rebut the carbon footprint of cryptocurrency should invite the other party to stand behind a running armoured car that's being used to deliver cash to an ATM.
How To Create Your Own Cryptocurrency
I love the idea of Gridcoin, but the implementation is shocking. For a start, way too much trust is placed in the client to identify BIONC and increase rewards. This will get hacked so you don't have to run BOINC. Also, it only cares about CPU usages. I have a 2000-series ATI card that's no good for hashing, but will accelerate SETI@home. The Gridcoin client doesn't consider I'm doing work if I'm using a GPU, so I'm encouraged to drop GPU accelerated work and use a less efficient CPU. Not to mention that mining with the wallet is the only way to earn a bonus, making a range of hardware useless, plus making pools unattractive.
Girl Seeks Help On Facebook During Assault
That's not entirely fair.
The girl told police that Cesmat had taken away her cell phone away when she went to bed, telling her he did not want her texting all night.
So the girl had no phone, just her iPod, which I assume was an iPod touch. She wasn't able to make a call from it, or an SMS, but she could send a Facebook message (or an email, or with the right software an IM to pretty much any service).
This is a story about how important communication can now be made by devices other than a phone. Or how children now not only have a mobile phone, but often a second gadget capable of keeping them connected.
And it's not like she didn't use Facebook and an iPod.
The Ignominious Fall of Dell
While other manufacturers hardly have a spotless record (I'm looking at you, Sony, Acer and Gateway) Dell has been well below average for years now. For those of you that got a Dell and never had any problems with it, congratulations. But just like how it being cold where you are today doesn't mean global warming isn't real, just because your one PC didn't have any problems doesn't mean Dell's quality control has been shit for coming on 10 years.
But somehow, when it comes to management, Dell is Teflon coated. I wish this was the death knell for Dell, but it just isn't going to be.
How Do You Handle Your Keys?
I have my keys on a Carabiner. The core set stay there all the time, other groups (like car keys) or tools (like a little USB Swiss army knife) get clipped on and off as needed. The set then gets clipped on the belt loop nearest my pocket and slipped into the top of the pocket. The weight never pulls on the pocket itself.
XCore's EduBook, a Netbook That Runs on AA Batteries
A small, fast flash drive is preferable to a big slow hard drive. I know, because someone at work bought one of the newer EeePCs with a 160Gig drive and it was basically unusable until we swapped in an expensive flash drive as a replacement. Until the extra money was spent on it, my 4G Eee was much better, even if I do have to manage my use of the system drive very carefully.
Since I'm posting, the AA batteries are a HUGE advantage. I've refused to buy any digital camera that doesn't take AAs for ages now and the result is that the last three cameras I've bought are all still perfectly usable. Meanwhile, I'm onto the second battery for my Eee (which I effectively got by buying an entire 2G Eee fairly cheap), and my early digital cameras (which I spent quite a bit on) are glorified paperweights. There are some very, very nice rechargeable AA options out there and some seriously good chargers. I've invested in some of this stuff and would love to be able to use it with my netbook.
India Suspended From PayPal For "At Least a Few Months"
Paypal specialises in dodging regulation and being an arsehole. There may well be times when you can sing the praises of the wondrous capitalist market and how it solves everything, but this is not one of them.
Surveillance Backdoor Enabled Chinese Gmail Attack?
Fox make roughly the same number of mistakes and bad calls as everyone else, but on top of that they deliberately mislead in order to sell their agenda.
Is there an RSS feed for a user's comments?
If you have access to the Firehose...
No Sony rootkit on old-ish Sony laptop
I'll check my mother's VIAO the next time she brings it home and report back on my Slashdot Journal.
A 1.5 to 2 year old Sony VIAO laptop does not appear to have the rootkit pre-installed. It might have other Sony junk on it, but I think it's relatively clear of their insane IP-protection black-hat junk.
Public wikis are fundamentally flawed
You'll notice a huge number of changes on, as it happens my birthday, the 4th of September by "184.108.40.206". It's all spam. Spend even a couple of days working with Wikinews and you'll learn of "Ass Puss" -- a tedious, repetitious form of vandalism.
There's probably a law, like Murphy's, that says that in any sufficiently large population there are more people interested in destroying the work of others for profit or kicks than there are interested in taking the time needed to create something new. If that isn't an existing law, can someone clean it up and call it the "Krisjohn/Insert your name here" law?
Is it just me, or is /. getting a bit boring?
I really thought that people would be interested in the Google Web Accelerator, not have responses between indifference and paranoia. Are we all really so jaded that we assume everything is an attempt at corporate takeover? (Ask yourself, if you produced an innovate product, how would you sell it to people? Would you use a company?) I'm tempted to give The Well a go...
Anyone needing to hack websites to make them work?
The amazing collapsable social life
Life's good, don't get me wrong, it's just that some speculative investments aren't paying off and it's time to decide if I cut my losses.
The major disappointment is the West Australian Greens party. From the inside it looks like it's falling apart. That's not to say that elected representatives won't do a good job, but just that the adminstrative structure is ready to implode. Basically it's run like a charity, not a political party.
More generally, I have a bunch of creative things I want to do -- stuff I've always enjoyed -- but I haven't been able to find time for them given the amount of pre-packaged entertainment I consume. World of Warcraft plus a Netflix-like service plus a two-foot pile of books do not leave any time for anything else.
So, the Bigpond Movies trial has been fun, but I won't be buying the service. My World of Warcraft subscription ends a few days into next month and I'll be taking at least a two and a half week break. The Greens can go do their own thing, I'm not interested in giving any more time or money when they're just going to waste it. Add in six strategic annual leave days I'm cashing in over the next six weeks and I might just catch up with all the things I've been neglecting by the end of next month.
Every moment accounted for until the 4th of May.
- World of Warcraft
- DVDs (Netflix-esq service)
- Political activism
- A big pile of books
Plus two specific things that cover, respectively, Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings.
It was fairly obvious when the book pile started to grow out of hand, but I still found time to just slob about and watch TV. No longer! It's all go-go-go, even when it comes to entertainment. "Bigpond Movies" (the Netflix-like service) was the last straw. I've now got a pile of DVDs to watch like I have my pile of books, on top of everything else trying to consume my time.
The next few months should be fun.
Finally moving to my new PC
Stuffit 9 immenent?
Does Google index these?
*tap tap* Is this thing still on?
One, two, one, two.
Testing a blog chain
Finished B5, and hey, more Gmail invites
I've got six more Gmail invites. If you're interested and you don't already have a Gmail account find my email address on my homepage and send me a message. I'll post replies as the invites are used up.
5 to go, and hey, a Gmail invite
Meanwhile, I've got one Gmail invite. Don't know when it popped up, but the first person to email me with their name and current email address can have it. My email address is in an image on my homepage.
9 to go
I've found streaming media in a big way, now that I've got both ADSL and a pocket PC. As I tap this out, I'm listening to a New York public radio station.
17 to go
23 to go
Meanwhile, a bit of political humour for you: Current terror level image for your website.
37 to go
At work, we've just seen a huge reduction in the number of viruses being emailed to us. Only 22 unique IPs at an average rate of less than two emails an hour for the last 40 hours. In fact, we didn't receive any between 9:20 last night and 6:50 this morning.