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Microsoft Buys 800 AOL Patents For $1 Billion

Lumbre Re:WOW AOL is still alive (103 comments)

*Raises hand* My spam/special offer email goes to an aol address.

more than 2 years ago

Here's What Facebook Sends the Cops In Response To a Subpoena

Lumbre Re:Unclear antecedents are dangerous! (153 comments)

Indeed, if the cops are going around robbing and murdering, why should any of us worry about a Facebook profile?

Let's hope they aren't tagged in hundreds of photos; that would mean hundreds of pages in the report. Captain Planet and the Planeteers would not be happy.

more than 2 years ago

CBS Uses Copyright To Scuttle Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II Episode

Lumbre Definition: Amicably (268 comments)

Amicably (am i ka blee): An adverb meaning money exchanged hands to simulate a friendly conflict resolution.

more than 2 years ago

Android Phones More Prone To Hardware Problems

Lumbre Re:The other way to read this... (220 comments)

What I haven't seen someone point out is that the average Android user is more technologically advanced than the average iPhone or Windows Phone user. Therefore, percentagewise, as given in the article, there will be less people calling for simple software/computer illiterate tech support and more people calling for true failures/critical errors.

Remember back in your tech support days where you got calls asking how to open up Office or how to get to the Internet or why your laptop won't turn on... oh wait that happens to me anyway just because I've got a job in 'computers'.

more than 3 years ago

Egypt Coming Back On the 'net

Lumbre Re:Cheers for Egyptians Everywhere! (137 comments)

Why are people so foolish that they think they don't have the right to free speech? (Or travel, or privacy in their homes, et cetera.)

People do have a right to free speech (I'm assuming you were going towards US constitutional rights). However, they may not have a right to using the medium. Things don't construct and maintain themselves magically. You need manpower, which converts to money, to do it. If you want the Internet, you A) pay a private company for your usage of the medium, or B) pay a public company (aka government) to give access to the Internet.

You're welcome to go ahead and dig trenches connecting cities, states, and countries.

Eventually, whether I agree with it or not, I believe Internet companies are going to be regulated and managed like the essentials: electricity, gas, and water.

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

Lumbre Re:Horrible. (2254 comments)

The post had 3 parts:

1: "I love it"
Funny because the consensus is 'horrible', from the title.

2. Steve
Steve Jobs would say that because it's WHITE. I don't know if you've noticed, but Apple loves white.

3. Sent from my iPhone
Builds on 2. Would you really expect anyone on /. to carry an iPhone over Droid? Why do you care if it's sent from an iPhone or via telegraph?

I hope you're now sure why it got modded funny. If not, please look for the rainbows and unicorns someone else found on the website.

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

Lumbre Re:This is slashdot? (2254 comments)

Exactly what I was thinking. I looked at my email and was happy I won the lottery. Then I got back here and realized it was all a joke.

more than 3 years ago

LibreOffice 3.3 Released Today

Lumbre Re:Tried it today (470 comments)

And I just assumed MS was being a b**** by removing shortcuts in 2007 ant 2010. Good thing I use OpenOffice (and soon LibreOffice) for everything. Though it was annoying not being able to save simply by pressing Ctrl+S

more than 3 years ago

LibreOffice 3.3 Released Today

Lumbre Re:What idealistic state? (470 comments)

MS might implement features they aren't aware of therefore when OO encounters corruption it just assumes it to be a new feature MS have implemented but which hasn't been reverse engineered yet.

Don't you mean bug? =)

more than 3 years ago

Tech History Behind New York's New Year's Eve Ball

Lumbre Re:Grumble (106 comments)

Well if you're going to be picky, they're using significant digits. 400 is accurate to within 50 pounds; 6 tons is accurate to within 0.5 tons, 1,000 pounds.

Essentially, 400 pounds +/- 50 pounds and 12,000 pounds +/- 1,000 pounds.

more than 3 years ago

Percentage of New Years resolutions I have kept:

Lumbre Re:"I don't make resolutions, you insensitive clod (177 comments)

I agree. Why wait until Christmas to give each other presents? Why not do it throughout the year? Why wait until Valentine's Day to give each other chocolates and flowers? Why wait until Veterans' Day to honor veterans? These are all things we should always be doing. These days shouldn't be reminders or requirements for each other.

I wonder about the people who work tirelessly just to make their child's holiday 'perfect'. We should know better than that and should teach our children likewise.

more than 3 years ago

Crookes, RIAA, MPAA, ICE — 'Linking Is Publishing'

Lumbre Re:This isn't helping. (369 comments)

Adobe and Autodesk certainly. No student could afford the price of their design products, and they know it. I imagine they tolerate student piracy so that those students will go on to become professional users and pay for a licence, rather than turn to free software or lower-cost competitors.

Doesn't it seem awkward to you that engineers are held to a strict standard on ethics yet they're pirating Autodesk? Just throwing it out there.

more than 3 years ago

Oregon To Let Students Use Spell Check on State Exams

Lumbre Re:Good (235 comments)

I do care, however, if a developer doesn't understand the difference between O(n) and O(logN).

Obveusly it's O(n) - O(logN)

more than 3 years ago

Between Christmas and New Year's, I'll take ...

Lumbre Re:US not Imperial (422 comments)

Unless you get one with an oversized spout (is that the word?). Kind of like how fast food restaurants give you a bigger straw, so you drink more and run out faster.

more than 3 years ago

Do High Schools Know What 'Computer Science' Is?

Lumbre Re:And high school biology students (564 comments)

I took keyboarding in 6th grade, around 2000. Schools should be teaching it at the middle school level, if not earlier. Calling a high school class 'computer science' when it's just simple keyboarding and common-sense surfing the net is misleading to colleges and not fair to other applicants. Fortunately, my high school actually tought languages, but not much beyond that. Then again I only took the first year since all future years conflicted with my required language class >:( ...

more than 3 years ago

A Blue-Sky Idea For the USPS — Postal Trucks As Sensors

Lumbre Re:Insilvent? So what? (252 comments)

You rarely have mail stolen

A few times throughout the year, I find that I either receive a neighbor's mail by accident or someone else receives one of my bills, addressed correctly. I know this is a bit of a tangent, but what if one of your neighbors keeps it or operates ID theft?

more than 3 years ago

Judge Declares Mistrial Because of Wikipedia

Lumbre Re:Would you prefer a completely clueless jury the (558 comments)

Well I'd prefer them doing some research rather than being a clueless bunch of fucks who make their decision about my freedom based on a hunch.

Well I'd prefer they do research from scholastic, peer-reviewed sources. Even that can be subject to interpretation. Wikipedia is good for general information, but not something you want to rely on. Anyone can decide to edit the article and include something false, intentionally or unintentionally. Other sites can also be unreliable or biased, but this isn't the place to discuss that.

The judge can provide additional information, when asked. Jurors may look something up in the wrong place. For example, the definition of rape is different in Webster's Dictionary, Oxford Dictionary,,, a medical dictionary, an encyclopedia, state law, local statute, etc. Likewise, the information on the term she looked up may have been one-sided or directed towards a specific audience or situation.

more than 3 years ago

Google Patents Browser Highlight All Button

Lumbre Re:What a Mess.... (150 comments)

The irony behind this is, the Patent website does the same thing in its patent searches (try it), except it bolds instead of highlight and it's on a web page and not on a "tool bar". Can the PTO hire competent employees to determine 'prior art'?

more than 3 years ago

Sheriff's Online Database Leaks Info On Informants

Lumbre Re:so you want a low level IT guy to take the heat (185 comments)

Yes. The low level IT guy (or PHB) shouldn't be handling, accessing, or even seeing the information in the first place if s/he isn't responsible and knows how to take proper precautions. That takes a high level of trust having people's lives in your hands, with sensitive information such as social security numbers or informants in dangerous situations. Have low level IT's work with other databases (or tables) under a different user and permission set that don't require such security.

more than 3 years ago


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