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DEA Wants To Install License Plate Scanners and Retain Data for Two Years

Lost+Found Why ask permission? (295 comments)

Sounds like the DEA's biggest mistake was asking for permission. They should just go ahead and authorize themselves to do the scanning and data retention, and then shove it down our throats for our own good.

more than 2 years ago
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Rand Paul Has a Quick Fix For TSA: Pull the Plug

Lost+Found Re:It's about damn time (1051 comments)

Private security companies are unlikely to have the sweeping legal immunity necessary to commit what would otherwise amount to a sexual assault.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Shutting Out Rivals, Claims Russian Search Engine Yandex

Lost+Found Google and Chrome are not open! (170 comments)

I demand they set the default search engine to my new project, ButtSearch, immediately!

more than 2 years ago
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Linux 3.3 Released

Lost+Found Re:Great timing (314 comments)

Not true. Kexec replaces the whole kernel, which means the system is reset. Ksplice applies and removes patches (security updates mainly) while the kernel is running, which means all the processes keep running as if nothing happened.

more than 2 years ago
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Google To Allow Location Service Opt-out

Lost+Found Re:you dont opt in to webcrawling (284 comments)

I basically agree with your point aside from the fact that you don't have to change your domain name to add a _norobots.com suffix in order to opt out of web crawling.

more than 2 years ago
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The Real Job Threat

Lost+Found Damn that Henry Ford! (990 comments)

He's putting the buggy whip manufacturers out of business!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Ergonomic Office Environment?

Lost+Found Best Ergo Keyboard: KeyTronic E03600U2 (235 comments)

I found out about these keyboards from an old Slashdot post about "Das Keyboard". Das Keyboard was revealed by a commenter to be a KeyTronic keyboard with the key labels removed. Aside from the "blank key" gimmick, there was one thing the Das Keyboard had going for it which it had inherited from the KeyTronic: five different spring weights for the keys, based on which finger is used to engage the key. That way your pinky doesn't have to work as hard hitting tab as your thumb does on space. After switching to KeyTronic keyboards on all my PCs, I never looked back. In fact, traditional everyday USB keyboards hurt my fingers after enough use, but I never have that problem with the KeyTronic.

more than 2 years ago
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Why We Don't Need Gigabit Networks (Yet)

Lost+Found Dammit, I want the full gig on my notebook! (359 comments)

My old notebook - a Tecra A8 - had a GigE ethernet connection. Many times when I wanted to move a few gig of data, I would skip the Wifi and connect directly to the ethernet. Linux never had a problem reaching high transfer speeds.

It finally came time to upgrade to a new laptop, and to my horror I discovered that many of the manufacturers aren't including GigE any more, because they seem to think Wireless N is enough. Under ideal conditions, I still have to wait a lot longer to transfer large files onto my new laptop than I did with my old.

My whole computing life I've been used to watching things get faster/smaller/cheaper, etc... this is probably the first time I've had to suffer a downgrade because of an upgrade.

about 3 years ago
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IE9 Team Says "Our GPU Acceleration Is Better Than Yours"

Lost+Found The best part about in-browser GPU acceleration... (360 comments)

...is that thanks to the lack of an IOMMU on consumer x86 computers, JavaScript exploits in the browser can now give you access to all the computer's memory, and along with it, ring 0. I can't wait to see the first whitepaper on the subject :)

about 4 years ago
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Energy Star Program Certifies 15 Out of 20 Bogus Products

Lost+Found Re:Never, ever, ever, ever trust the government (275 comments)

Excuse me, how does deregulation have anything to do with SEC incompetency? The financial services industry in America is one of the most regulated industries in the world.

more than 4 years ago
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Energy Star Program Certifies 15 Out of 20 Bogus Products

Lost+Found Re:Never, ever, ever, ever trust the government (275 comments)

I should amend that to refer to the 20th and 19th century. We haven't yet had enough time in the 21st to make it 3.

more than 4 years ago
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Energy Star Program Certifies 15 Out of 20 Bogus Products

Lost+Found Re:Never, ever, ever, ever trust the government (275 comments)

Yeah, that's a good thing, but that free speech we all value is constantly being eroded by the government we elect to defend it. I wonder how the founding fathers would have felt about free speech zones, having to get a permit to hold a protest, or enormous government spy agencies monitoring the communications of Americans en masse, categorizing them as "threats" based on political views or affiliations.

Don't forget that presidents in this century and the last jailed people merely for opposing their wars.

Yeah, the booers aren't getting mowed down by tanks. But my pride as an American comes from the fact that we still have a few citizens left that realize even that freedom is under assault.

more than 4 years ago
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Energy Star Program Certifies 15 Out of 20 Bogus Products

Lost+Found Re:Never, ever, ever, ever trust the government (275 comments)

When you operate with a government-granted monopoly, you get to do all the crazy things government does and get away with it. Especially when your phony ratings extend to things like government bonds which the government absolutely wants good ratings on, no matter how miserable their real financial picture is.

more than 4 years ago
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Energy Star Program Certifies 15 Out of 20 Bogus Products

Lost+Found Re:Never, ever, ever, ever trust the government (275 comments)

It was the government that created all those distorted incentives in the first place... what with a fiat currency, interest rates at 1%, government regulations requiring banks to lend to people who couldn't afford it, government pushing Fannie and Freddie (corporations created by FDR in the New Deal) to extend their implicit government guarantee to sub-prime mortgages...

And you still think we should trust the bastards to watch our back? They didn't just miss all of this stuff, they lit the fire and then poured gasoline all over it!

more than 4 years ago
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Energy Star Program Certifies 15 Out of 20 Bogus Products

Lost+Found Re:Never, ever, ever, ever trust the government (275 comments)

Don't forget that it was an individual from the private sector that independently investigated Madoff's fund and tried repeatedly to warn the government, which continued to tell investors that Madoff was a-ok.

more than 4 years ago
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Energy Star Program Certifies 15 Out of 20 Bogus Products

Lost+Found Never, ever, ever, ever trust the government (275 comments)

Bernie Madoff stole 50 billion dollars right under the SEC and FINRA's noses. Unlike private agencies like the UL that face the threat of extinction if they ruin their brand, government agencies routinely screw up, screw the people they're supposed to protect and get more money for their failures.

more than 4 years ago
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NY Times, LA Times Want Amazon To Collect More State Taxes

Lost+Found Nothing to see here, move along (507 comments)

So the papers for two jurisdictions who have astronomically fucked themselves with their rampant fiscal incompetence want to steal more money from the private sector.

*Shocker*

more than 4 years ago

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Nokia to Offer Qt 4.5 Under LGPL

Lost+Found Lost+Found writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Lost+Found (844289) writes "From Ars Technica:

Nokia has announced plans to make the open source Qt toolkit available under GNU's Lesser General Public License (LGPL). This change could significantly boost Qt adoption, redefine the economics of cross-platform programming, and dramatically reshape the landscape of commercial application development on the Linux desktop.

I noticed a few days ago that the "Buy Qt" link was being redirected to a contact form which had me concerned that Qt was being closed up or made more commercial. I suppose my fears were entirely unjustified!"

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Lost+Found Lost+Found writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lost+Found (844289) writes "On June 5th, CNN hosted a round of debate for 10 GOP candidates for the 2008 Presidential race of the United States. After the debates, CNN posted an article on its Political Ticker blog asking who won the debate. Pages of comments contained messages of support for Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Surprisingly, CNN redirected the GOP "Who won" page to the Democratic "Who won" page from the earlier debates, after which it took the page offline completely.

And it continued the same way through about 140 comments before this site was... shut down. Initially, it pointed readers to the "who won the Democratic debate?" blog question. Then it showed a "Nothing here" page.


It is safe to assume that Internet polls don't necessarily reflect the popularity of a candidate amongst the American mainstream, particularly when a candidate's base might be made up largely of techies. But when moderators refuse to give an equal amount of time to each candidate, anchors all but refuse to mention the name of certain second-tier candidates, and the webmasters of large news organizations censor the preferences of their own viewers, one must wonder what kind of damage is done to the political discourse."

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Lost+Found Lost+Found writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lost+Found (844289) writes "After three and a half years of case proceedings, summary judgement motions have been submitted in the highly controversial SCO v. IBM case. SCOX shares took a loss of 18.75%, or $0.39, to close at $1.69. IBM shares rose 0.97%, a gain of $0.79, to close at $82.00. From the article:

Both sides in SCO v. IBM have filed motions for summary judgment. To be precise, SCO has filed one for partial summary judgment (which I'll have up in a minute or two) and IBM has filed several motions for summary judgment, one for each of SCO's claims and two more for good measure on two of IBM's counterclaims. In other words, it is asking the court to throw out SCO's entire case, and to grant it judgment on two counterclaims without even going to trial on those two.


More motions for summary judgement from SCO against IBM counterclaims are currently being uncovered at Groklaw."

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