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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Luthair Re:Fristy Pawst! (319 comments)

Tolerating? They don't really have a choice, unfortunately arms merchants, manufacturers and other countries (incl. the USA) have long been supplying these "corrupt governments". This isn't the 1800s where the army and the individual have the same weapons.

7 hours ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Luthair Satellite Offices (363 comments)

All these tech companies simply need to open a few satellite offices. Inherently some people don't want to be in San Fransisco, Redmond, etc. if you can't find the talent you need perhaps you aren't in the right area?

5 days ago
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Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

Luthair Re:While I find it amusing... (184 comments)

In Canada we don't have the same adversarial relationship between legislators and regulators. I imagine if the courts were to side with Netflix the government would eventually enact legislation enabling regulation of some sort.

about a week ago
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Before Using StingRays, Police Must Sign NDA With FBI

Luthair -1 Paywall (124 comments)

NT

about a week ago
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Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

Luthair Re:Tegra based! (74 comments)

They also released the first Android phone as well as the first nexus device.

about a week ago
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Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

Luthair Re:This has been known ... (74 comments)

This was going to be my comment. nvidia flubbed weeks ago, this article adds absolutely nothing to the story.

about a week ago
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NVIDIA Launches Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPUs

Luthair Re:Slashvertisment for HotHardware! YAY! (125 comments)

If you look at the submitter's history its blatantly obvious he works for them

about two weeks ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

Luthair Search? (286 comments)

While I would say this sounds like a waste of military resources, is it really an illegal search?

Isn't making files available on a p2p network akin to classifieds or placing a sign on your lawn and a cop car drive through the neighbourhood?

about two weeks ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

Luthair Re:External IP (210 comments)

I'm not advocating for it, but one assumes it would be pretty unlikely they'd complain to anyone. They probably aren't in the same country and they are engaged in a variety of illegal activities.

about three weeks ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Luthair Series of Toothpicks (826 comments)

Each one is great for getting out the gunk, but when you string them together a great result it does not necessarily make. We know a lot more about computers and systems are far more complex than they were 22-years ago. That said, I don't know or care about systemd vs sysvinit.

about a month ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

Luthair Re:Good! (619 comments)

While we're on analogies - what you're saying is you can live on a wage from 20-years ago today and ignore the inflation that has happened in that period?

Remember that this is a fixed rate set 21-years ago, while the costs associated maintaining infrastructures have gone up. Further, cars have also became substantially more fuel efficient reducing the per km value of the tax as well without corresponding reduction of wear or demand on the infrastructure.

about 3 months ago
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New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

Luthair Rollup Already? (249 comments)

I thought the Google Play store always showed the top level permission in the list as opposed to the more fine grained ones? Is the only difference that applications will now be able to use anything in the category displayed?

In either case Google does need to ressurect AppInfo, the argument that applications can't handle not being provided a given permission is bogus - I don't believe there are any permissions which do not have an empty value which the application should already be capable of happily consuming.

about 4 months ago
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Sony Winding Down the PSP

Luthair Had to be a fan (85 comments)

Apparently, I thought the console went away years ago personally. I haven't seen or heard of it in years.

about 4 months ago
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Zazzle.com Thinks Depictions of Pi Are Protected Intellectual Property

Luthair Re:How would it infringe? (264 comments)

Zazzle is probably erring on the side of not getting sued.

about 4 months ago
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Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

Luthair Re:DRM or no DRM, pick one (405 comments)

Amazon also allows DRM free books, its the publisher requiring DRM....

about 4 months ago
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Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

Luthair To be fair... (405 comments)

It hasn't been that long since publishers formed a cartel with Apple and tried to stick it to Amazon.

about 4 months ago
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McAfee Grabbed Data Without Paying, Says Open Source Vulnerability Database

Luthair So What? (139 comments)

At least in North America facts (which is what SV data is) are not considered to be copyrightable. (In Europe I believe there is some protection for databases) This might be a ToS violation but I think most Slashdot'ers would agree those are questionable and that public websites should not have different protection from the phonebook delivered to your door. (Which Yellowpages has previously complained about Google and others "copying")

As someone who looks at SV data regularly and has previously pointed things out to OSVDB maintainers, I would also point out that the majority of the OSVDB database is simply a clone of CVE, thus in reality isn't even "theirs".

about 5 months ago
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Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

Luthair Re:Changing IMEI is illegal (109 comments)

Funnily enough stealing phones is illegal also but that doesn't appear to be stopping the problem.

about 6 months ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

Luthair Re:hey google... (117 comments)

Thats ~10 million devices worldwide, not really a big market.

about 6 months ago

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