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EFF's Cell Phone Guide For US Protesters

LVSlushdat Re:Better Idea (82 comments)

As long as you don't do illegal stuff the authorities can't do much.

VERY naieve attitude.. When you're dealing with one of today's militarised "police departments", what is actually "illegal" is pretty much up to the thug(s) you're dealing with.. Witness the many court decrees that the public can video law enforcement, assuming the pubic is not interferring with law enforcement.. Theres a HUGE loophole there, one you could drive a bus thru. If they don't like you video recording them, they can alledge that you're "interferring" and there seems to be nothing you can do about it... We now live in a police state... Prove me wrong, I DARE ya.. (I sure wish I was even wearing a tinfoil hat.. Tinfoil hat time is long past)....

2 days ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

LVSlushdat Re:Automated notice not necessary here (364 comments)

Well THAT sucks big time.. I live in Nevada and apparently its a "both parties" state.. I wonder what happens then, if I make it clear I don't consent to *their* recording "for "training purposes"?? Wonder if anybody has ever done it... Sounds like a law we desparately need to get changed here.. (not to mention flushing Harry Reid down the toilet...)

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

LVSlushdat Re:+1 for this Post (426 comments)

I'm using an Asus RT-N12, which runs any of the DD-WRT (or DD-WRT-ish clones), and since it has 8MB of flash, it runs the "max" version of Shibby's version of Tomato. This version has everything but the kitchensink, like OpenVPN, ipv6 support, including 4to6 tunnels. Since I'm on Cox, who doesn't seem to have any plan to roll out ipv6, its the only way for me to use ipv6 currently. It also has vlan support, virtual "guest" wifi support, and believe it or not, even has Tor node support.. I had been using a venerable WRT54GL for the last 7 years or so, but really wanted the vlan/guest wifi support and of course, ipv6 thru a tunnelbroker tunnel, and there was no way to shoehorn that into the measley 4mb of flash on the WRT54GL.. I read a few reviews on the RT-N12, and was pleasantly suprised, so I found one on eBay for a nice price, and waited for it to arrive. It was at that point I discovered the fact there are two distinct "versions" of the RT-N12. one a flat white box with the two antennas, which only has 4mb of flash... and then theres the black wedge-shaped version, which has the 8mb of flash... Guess which one I bought on eBay.. So, now I have a spare router around in case I need something quick. I proceeded to order the right one from another vendor, and flashed Tomato, and am happy as a clam with it... The old WRT54GL is still running as a wifi bridge on an older version of Tomato, being used to provide a cabled connection to the wife's computer in the living room. Previously I'd had a PCI wifi card in the system, but wanted to get rid of that.. Now with the WRT54GL there, I can plug my laptop in on the desk also without using wifi...

about two weeks ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

LVSlushdat Unless my time is worthless... (391 comments)

Up until about 2000, I'd built my own systems, usually from parts bought at the frequent "computer fairs" that came to town. A coworker at the company I was working for at the time turned me on to the "Dell Outlet". Since we were a Dell shop, I was very familiar with the Dell corporate line of systems, but since I wasn't in the market at that time for a new system, I filed the info away. By 2005, my current system was crying out to be replaced, so I checked out the Dell Outlet. At the time, we were buying Dell Optiplex GX620 systems (2.8Ghz P4D, 4GB ram), and paying $985 per system (company policy did not allow leasing computer systems). I watched the Outlet for about a week, and scored a scratch&dent GX620 with same specs as the work systems for $419. I've since discovered an even better resource for good quality Dell systems, the Dell financial services off-lease website. There I recently picked up a Dell Precision T3500 workstation (Xeon quad-core, 4GB of ram, with a max of 24GB, Nvidia Quadro FX570 video card) for $300, and later, a Precision M4400 mobile workstation (Core2Quad, 2GB ram, max of 8GB, discrete Nvidia Quadro mobile video) for $200. These systems are about 3 years old, and are off-lease systems, reconditioned by Dell and resold at great prices.. Bottom line: I can't build an equivalent system for these prices, even IF my time is worthless (which its not, even though I *am* retired now)

about two weeks ago
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KDE Releases Plasma 5

LVSlushdat Re:Hopefully the graphics for... (108 comments)

Surely not me... thats one of the first things that get turned off on a new KDE install.. It just sucks up cycles for something I don't use...

about a month ago
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KDE Releases Plasma 5

LVSlushdat Re:Love KDE!! (108 comments)

From what I've heard btrfs is the bomb!! I'd love to try it.. but theres only so many hours in the day... Next time I build a machine from scratch I'll give it a try.. Not gonna try to migrate ext4 over (if its even possible).. THAT really would be "working without a net", I'd guess..

about a month ago
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Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

LVSlushdat Re:volcano (151 comments)

Ask someone from Seattle

Or Mexico City... It has Popocatépetl just down the street.. Arguably the most dangerous volcano in North America...

about a month ago
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Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

LVSlushdat Re:Solution! (151 comments)

Still, there's a limit to how close to an active volcano people are willing to live, so the really hot zone (in both senses) would not be as direct a threat to people or livestock.

Tell that the millions in Mexico City, right under the "Popo" volcano or Seattle, not far from Mt Rainier.. If/when those blow, those cities are in deep kimchi... Of course, those pale in comparison to the Yellowstone caldera.. if THAT one blows, at least the western part of the USA has a BIG problem....

about a month ago
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KDE Releases Plasma 5

LVSlushdat Love KDE!! (108 comments)

I love KDE, running it on all of my Linux systems, but WHO THE HELL comes up with these names? Nepomunk?? Baloo?? Silly names.. One thing: I see a PPA for Plasma 5 for KUbuntu.. umm.. how about for those of us who gave up Ubuntu and moved to the "mothership", namely Debian?? Would like to try Plasma 5 on my Debian Jessy laptop... but sure don't want to hoze up the current Plasma 4 install....

about a month ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

LVSlushdat Re:Had to stop after a minute... (401 comments)

A lot of bank are now asking you questions when you withdraw a larger amount of $$$. They claim its the gummint making them... IF for some reason, I still did business with banks, my reasons would be "Nunya Bidness"... Thankfully, all of my accounts are (and have been for years) in a local credit union... Banks can kiss my a$$....

about a month ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

LVSlushdat Re:nobody ever won a war with their customers (401 comments)

The IRS doesn't have customers.

That's correct.. They have victims.. They're bad enough as the "extortion arm" of the US government, but WAIT till they get fully spooled up with your health care... Things are gonna get REALLY bad...

about a month ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

LVSlushdat Re:Why is Obama doing this . . . ? (219 comments)

I mean, so far, in the polls, he's already being rated as the worst president since WW2.

There's a growing number of Americans who strongly believe he is the worst president EVER.. BAR NONE.. And *I* strongly believe
that number is growing daily....

about a month ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

LVSlushdat Re:Seems appropriate (353 comments)

As bad as the US is getting, I sure AM glad I don't live in the UK with THIS crap going on...

about a month ago
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Encryption Keys For Kim Dotcom's Data Can't Be Given To FBI, Court Rules

LVSlushdat Re:What a crazy situation (149 comments)

that the Feds have an honest to god propaganda news agency working INSIDE THE US

Yeah.. there sure is.. Its what *was* the "4th Estate", then later, the "Mainstream Media"... It's now become the "US Department of Propaganda".. Herr Goebles, Hitler's propaganda minister would have been soooo proud at how far America has come to towards what Der Fuerer was working for....

about a month and a half ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

LVSlushdat Gone to Linux... (681 comments)

Too little.... WAAAAAAY too late....

about 1 month ago
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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

LVSlushdat Re:Thanks for the tip! (448 comments)

The U.S. will always be at war now, until the government is bankrupt. Should have listened to Eisenhower.

Umm.. hate to break it to you, but the U.S. government *IS* bankrupt.. The world just hasn't called us on it yet.. If you don't call 17+ TRILLION DOLLARS in the hole, and not to mention an uncountable number of trillions in unfunded "entitlements" bankrupt, I don't know what to tell you... And yes, we certainly *should* have listened to Eisenhower, the last somewhat honest president.... I'm not a (R) and I'm DAMN straight NOT a (D), I'm a FUCKIN' AMERICAN, AND I'M PISSED!!!

about 2 months ago
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Russian RD-180 Embargo Could Boost American Rocket Industry

LVSlushdat Re:Choice of vendor (179 comments)

Falcon9Heavy.... http://www.spacex.com/falcon-h...
Hasn't flown yet, but if it does redundancy and has as many fail-safes as the current Falcon9, I bet it will do well...

about 2 months ago
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Russian RD-180 Embargo Could Boost American Rocket Industry

LVSlushdat Re:Reusable rockets (179 comments)

Yeah.. but the shuttle had the gummint butting in.. all of CONgress making sure their home turf got a piece of the shuttle "pie".... In the case of SpaceX, its Musk and his stockholders.. and I'm not even sure how many "stockholders" SpaceX has, as I'm pretty sure its not a publicly traded company.... If ANYbody can do what he claims to be planning, I bet Musk can...

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about 2 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

LVSlushdat Re:Democrats voted (932 comments)

Yeah.. THIS!! I'm an Independent voter in Nevada, up until the middle of BushyJr's second term I was a life-long Republican.. The Republican party has gotten so FAR from its roots, I couldn't remain a "member"... Since I am no longer a Republican, I'm prohibited from voting for ANY candidate in our primary yesterday other than the non-partisan races, like Judge, Sheriff, etc.. This is a crock of SHIT, so I now do not vote in primary elections.. There were several Republican candidates for state and national office that I'd loved to have voted for, but the State of Nevada has seen fit to prohibit me from voting for them, unless I attach a label to my name.. I'M NOT A REPUBLICAN NOR A DEMOCRAT, I'M AN AMERICAN....

about 2 months ago
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Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

LVSlushdat Re:If we're not going to switch, charge per ip (197 comments)

Here's the weird part.. I have several Xen/Linux virtual servers thru a vps hosting company.. They include 2 ipv4 addresses and 6 ipv6 addresses with each vps.. On one of my vps, since I host two different sites on it, the two ipv4 addresses are kinda handy.. However, on several others, I have zero need/use for more than one ipv4 address.. I asked their support to take the unneeded addresses back, since ipv4 addresses are in short supply.. Their response? Don't worry, we have plenty... Huh???
I wonder how often this scenario plays out with other vendors? One often wonders just how bad the shortage is when vendors can do this with their address-blocks...

about 2 months ago

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