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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Lester67 Re:Sounds familiar (359 comments)

Yes it is. It's funny how most of this thread is centered on "idiot looters", when there is a real possibility that someone grabbed a whole bunch of Ebola patients for the purpose of weaponizing it.

about 5 months ago

Doom Is Twenty Years Old

Lester67 This game LITERALLY changed my life. (225 comments)

I'd starting tinkering with computers about the time the MicroAce came out. I moved through the Vic, C64 and C128... and then to the Amiga. While I wouldn't consider myself a fan-boy, I supported the brand almost to a fault.

It wasn't until one day, in a Sears, I saw an Asus 486/DX2-66 for sale, and they were running DOOM on it. I bought a PC for no other reason than to play Doom.

I'm now an IT manager over our hardware repair and oncall function, and I owe it to the day I went "PC Compatible"... over a freakin' video game.

about a year ago

The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

Lester67 Re:not dead just people dont like windows 8 (453 comments)

For some reason that is the 800lb gorilla in the room... Windows 8 did more to damage the Laptop and Desktop market than anyone is willing to give them credit for. (8 and 8.1 are actually not too bad... ON A TABLET.)

about a year ago

2001: a Space Odyssey's Dave Returns To Sci-fi In New Film

Lester67 Looks like someone used to play "Suspended". (77 comments)

From what I can see of the trailer, this looks to have several elements from the old Infocom text adventure "Suspended". A human (brain) connected to a cybernetic network maintains a a city (ship) exclusively through the use of robots. If memory serves you even had to build a sixth robot out of spare parts.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Buying a Laptop That Doesn't Have Windows 8

Lester67 Amazon (570 comments)

I'll reiterate Newegg, and add Amazon.com. Their list of top 10 selling laptops for Christmas, none of the top 5 were Win8, and all of those models are still for sale.

about 2 years ago

CIA: Flying Skyhook Wasn't Just For James Bond, It Actually Rescued Agents

Lester67 Is this a surprise? (123 comments)

They practiced this, pretty regularly at Hurlburt Field, Florida... within view of the general public. Several of the MC-130's were fitted with the catch arms. (It's even had a wikipedia page for awhile now.)

So, yeah, it's cool... but it's hardly new or a secret.

more than 2 years ago

NC Planners May Be Barred From Using Speculative Sea Level Rise Predictions

Lester67 Insurance? (419 comments)

How about passing a law that also states that insurance companies are forbidden to use that data as well. I can totally see them raking folks over the coals on insurance premiums for building in the "One meter zone".

more than 2 years ago

Mysterious Object Found In Seabed

Lester67 Many... (336 comments)

...Bothnians died to get us this information.

more than 3 years ago

Crowdfund a Moon Monolith Mission?

Lester67 I'd be happy to just put a webcam up there. (199 comments)

With telemetry back to Earth. Seriously... NASA could do that with their eyes closed.

Lunar Cam 2011. That's MY crowd source mission.

about 4 years ago

Apple Outs Anti-Jailbreak Update

Lester67 That's all it does? (429 comments)

And yet the activesync lock-up remains....

more than 4 years ago

Apple Censors Consumer Report iPhone4 Discussions

Lester67 It's not censorship. (588 comments)

That word has been bastardized beyond belief... in an effort to cry about how "oppressed" someone *feels*, they've watered down true censorship.

Apple made a "business decision", maybe a crappy one, but it is still a business decision. The First Amendment (for us U.S. folks) guarantees you the right to say something, but it doesn't require someone hand you the soap box... nor does it suppress *their* right to free speech in countering your argument.

China practices true censorship. People go to jail in an effort to silence them. The government shows up at the door and demands that you delete, or deletes it for you.

more than 4 years ago

Consumer Webcams With High-Quality Sensors?

Lester67 Re:Microsoft LifeCam Cinema (218 comments)

I second this. The Cinema HD is head and shoulders above the old Lifecam's, and better than anything else I've seen on the market (to date). Catch it on sale you'll pay $50. (And it's easily disassembled for hacking/repurposing.)

more than 4 years ago

Barack Obama Wins the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

Lester67 Isn't the cut off for nomination February 1st? (1721 comments)

That is one hell of a first 11 days.

(Or one hell of a consolation prize for not scoring the Olympics.)

(Or an ironic thing to give a man who declared war on the moon.)

(Or one hell of a band-aid for being satirized on SNL)

more than 5 years ago

Cloud-Sourcing's Long-Term Impact On IT Careers

Lester67 And what, exactly, connects *TO* the cloud? (157 comments)

And how do you connect to it? I hate this idiotic world view that we all magically plug into the cloud and the data mystically appears in front of our eyeballs.

Last time I checked, the cloud holds the data... it doesn't get us to the cloud, nor does it process the data (well, in some cases, maybe).

They're all unknowingly implying that we're going to plug into some matrix style knowledge bank.

And if that really is the case, I guess my IT job will shift to cleaning those metal brain plugs.

more than 5 years ago

F-22 Raptor Cancelled

Lester67 Hw incredibly short-sighted... (829 comments)

We can give them 4 billion dollars and have aircraft to show for it, or give them 4 billion in bailout money to save the jobs this will impact and have NOTHING to show for it. :-)

more than 5 years ago

Delete Data On Netbook If Stolen?

Lester67 Going old school... (459 comments)

Anyone remember the old-school trashing technique of using the chemicals from strike anywhere matches on a 5.25 floppy disk. Insert disk, r/w head hits surface, ignition.

So I offer, pack the shell with ohio blue tip matches. A bigger brain than mine (not so much) will need to figure out how to light them. :-)

more than 5 years ago

Here Comes iPhone Nano, But Not In the US

Lester67 Could be a legal shuffle, yes? (177 comments)

Maybe the specific, full sized iPhone is the only product that that Apple is required to carry through AT&T for 5 years?

Maybe the release of the iPhone Nano would open the door for another wireless vendor to handle that product.

Just thinking out loud.

about 6 years ago



DropBox actively involved in Law Enforcement investigation

Lester67 Lester67 writes  |  about a year ago

Lester67 (218549) writes "WRAL-TV reports that a local camp counselor was recently arrested for distribution of child pornography. While "YAY!" an alleged dirtbag is off the streets, it's the manner in which he was busted that raises eyebrows as "Dropbox managers informed the center that one of its users was storing and sharing sexually explicit material..." Was he so active as to set off bandwidth flags, or does DropBox randomly check user contents looking for illegal activity? Furthermore, are those activities as cut and dried as child pornography, or has a long slow slide down a slippery slope begun?"
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