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The Case Against Gmail

Memroid Re:iGoogle Disaster (435 comments)

In honor of Harry Randall Truman, I will scoff at this impending iGoogleocolypse which some claim will take my home. Despite this 2 day countdown, I don't have any idea whether it will cease to show. Ain't gonna hurt me... boy.

about 9 months ago

U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed

Memroid Re:Looking in from the outside. (1532 comments)

Sorry, but the way the US political class appear to act is absolutely fucking pathetic.

Thanks for this insightful outside perspective; our beer goggles must be deceiving us.

about 10 months ago
top To Cut 200 Jobs Despite Its Expectations To Make More Money

Memroid Re:Go ahead (156 comments)

why did they hire them in the first place?

They didn't hire these people; they bought companies for their technologies, brands, etc. and then got rid of the extra employees.

about a year ago

Open Source Health Monitoring

Memroid Re:The tech is already in the wild (3 comments)

Let me get this straight - you think that the human body is working great if you don't have high blood pressure, you aren't on drugs, and your lungs have adequate capacity? I imagine millions of people die each year who meet those conditions.

about a year ago

Verizon Ordered To Provide All Customer Data To NSA

Memroid Boston Bombings (609 comments)

Note that this was signed the week after the boston bombings, two days after Ibragim Todashev was killed by the FBI. They were likely trying to follow various other related leads.

Also of note:
- This document is top secret, not to be declassified until 2038, so close your eyes.

about a year ago

Amazon Nears Debut of Original TV Shows

Memroid Betas (66 comments)

Betas wasn't too horrible. It was a bit cliché, but entertaining and applicable to the entrepreneurial/tech crowd.

about a year ago

The Hacker Who Found the Secrets of the Next Xbox and PlayStation

Memroid "He hasn't done any damage" (214 comments)

I would argue that he may have done a great deal of damage. Releasing plans for future products can tip off competitors. Information regarding future products can also result in a customer not purchasing what is currently available in anticipation for a future product. Both of these can mean millions of dollars in losses for a company.

about a year and a half ago

Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated

Memroid Re:Ok, so... (465 comments)

Yeah, but if it's Friday, and I want a book, even with Amazon Prime I have to wait until Tuesday or so.

about a year and a half ago

Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated

Memroid Ok, so... (465 comments)

Can I have my bookstores back now?

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Old Technology Coexisting With New?

Memroid Airplanes (338 comments)

All of the new costly equipment has to keep working with the old costly equipment.

about a year and a half ago

Gut Bacteria Cocktail May End Need for Fecal Transplants

Memroid Did anyone else... (183 comments)

read this as "Gut Bacteria Cocktail May End Need for Facial Transplants"? I was a little excited.

about 2 years ago

Facebook Patents Pokes-Per-Minute Limits

Memroid Benefits (143 comments)

If this helps to prevent one more product from implementing the concept of poking, the patent system may just be worth it after all.

about 2 years ago

Nestle's GPS Tracking Candy Campaign

Memroid Good luck.. (172 comments)

trying to get through airport security. I swear, I bought it at the store! I have no idea what this device is! I've never seen it in my life before!

about 2 years ago

NASA To Face $1.3 Billion Cut Next Year Under Sequestration

Memroid Re:How fucking sad. (242 comments)

NOAA too - I think they are often overlooked.

about 2 years ago

OSU's Microbial Fuel Cell Could Make Waste Treatment an Energy Source

Memroid Re:!OSU (70 comments)

OSU is Oregon State also.

about 2 years ago

White House Pulls Down TSA Petition

Memroid Re:RTFA (638 comments)

They don't set policy.

Correct. From my experience, any petitions which reach their quota are honored with a well-written response from the white-house saying: "You are wrong."

about 2 years ago

Legitimate eBook Lending Community Closed After Copyright Complaints

Memroid Must not have been a good business... (288 comments)

"I really do not know if it is worth the effort at this point" - If the site creator isn't willing to respond to a few hundred emails, then the business probably wasn't worth much to them to begin with. Responding to the complaints "individually" doesn't mean having a full on conversation with each person complaining either. If you don't want to respond each person, then just switch to a different host: problem solved!

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Teaching Chemistry To Home-Schooled Kids?

Memroid Re:Thought so. (701 comments)

logical conclusion that there is a God

Error: Does Not Compute

more than 2 years ago



Google's Director of Regime Change

Memroid Memroid writes  |  about a year ago

Memroid (898199) writes "'It has been revealed today, thanks to Edward Snowden, that Google and other US tech companies received millions of dollars from the NSA [...] Documents published last year by WikiLeaks obtained from the US intelligence contractor Stratfor, show that in 2011 Jared Cohen, then (as he is now) Director of Google Ideas, was off running secret missions to the edge of Iran in Azerbaijan. In these internal emails, Fred Burton, Stratfor’s Vice President for Intelligence and a former senior State Department official, describes Google as follows:

"Google is getting WH [White House] and State Dept support and air cover. In reality they are doing things the CIA cannot do... [Cohen] is going to get himself kidnapped or killed. Might be the best thing to happen to expose Google’s covert role in foaming up-risings, to be blunt. The US Gov’t can then disavow knowledge and Google is left holding the shit-bag."'"

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Hackers Can Control Your Car via a Phone Call

Memroid Memroid writes  |  1 year,18 days

Memroid (898199) writes "From the 2011 paper titled Comprehensive Experimental Analyses of Automotive Attack Surfaces, "[...] we can compromise the car’s radio and upload custom firmware via a doctored CD, we can compromise the technicians’ PassThru devices and thereby compromise any car subsequently connected to the PassThru device, and we can call our car’s cellular phone number to obtain full control over the car’s telematics unit over an arbitrary distance. Being able to compromise a car’s ECU is, however, only half the story: The remaining concern is what an attacker is able to do with those capabilities. In fact, we show that a car’s externally facing I/O interfaces can be used post-compromise to remotely trigger or control arbitrary vehicular functions at a distance and to exfiltrate data such as vehicle location and cabin audio.""

Open Source Health Monitoring

Memroid Memroid writes  |  about a year ago

Memroid (898199) writes "What is stopping us from creating technologies for monitoring our health and hacking the human body? What technologies, products, and projects currently exists to detect problems before they become a problem? Blood pressure tracking, blood analysis, vitamin deficiency detection, etc. could save lives — perhaps your own. Can we move these diagnostic tools out of the hands of the health industry and take ownership of our own well-being? Is it feasible to monitor this information from our own home?"

NVIDIA Developer Zone Hacked

Memroid Memroid writes  |  about 2 years ago

Memroid (898199) writes "During the same day that Yahoo announced that their servers were hacked, NVIDIA is now announcing to their Developer Zone members that they too may have been the target of an attack:

"July 12, 2012
Dear DevZone User,

NVIDIA suspended operations today of the NVIDIA Developer Zone website. We did this in response to attacks on the site by unauthorized third parties who may have gained access to hashed passwords.

We are investigating this matter and working around the clock to ensure that secure operations can be restored.

As a precautionary measure, we strongly recommend that you change any identical passwords that you may be using elsewhere.

NVIDIA does not request sensitive information by email. Do not provide personal, financial or sensitive information (including new passwords) in response to any email purporting to be sent by an NVIDIA employee or representative.

Check back on NVIDIA Developer Zone for updates.""

Discussing Drugs, a Federal Crime

Memroid Memroid writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Memroid (898199) writes "The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill yesterday that would make it a federal crime for U.S. residents to discuss or plan activities on foreign soil that, if carried out in the U.S., would violate the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) — even if the planned activities are legal in the countries where they're carried out."
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The Amazon of Drugs

Memroid Memroid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Memroid (898199) writes "Drug purchasing is becoming more mainstream in the online world with the Silk Road website. The website combines TOR and Bitcoin to creating moderately anonymous purchasing of drugs (assuming you don't purchase them from the DEA). How will websites like this fail? Will the bitcoin companies be prosecuted? From the article:

"The state is the primary source of violence, oppression, theft and all forms of coercion," Silk Road wrote to us. "Stop funding the state with your tax dollars and direct your productive energies into the black market."


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Duke Nukem For-never - 3D Realms Shuts Down

Memroid Memroid writes  |  more than 5 years ago

EmpireJones (898199) writes "According to Shacknews:

A very reliable source close to Duke Nukem Forever developer 3D Realms today confirmed [...] that the development studio has shut down.
The closure came about as a result of funding issues[...]. "Deep Silver and Apogee Software are not affected by the situation at 3D Realms," a representative for the companies told us. "Development on the Duke Nukem Trilogy is continuing as planned."


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Greenpeace Gives Nintendo Zero Score

Memroid Memroid writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Memroid (898199) writes "According to Gamasutra, "Environmental watchdog group Greenpeace has released its latest Guide to Greener Electronics, detailing the environmental responsibility of global consumer electronics companies, and given Nintendo the first zero grade in the history of the report.

Of the video game hardware-related companies ranked in the report, Sony scored second highest, at 7.3, while Microsoft received 2.7 points. The scale ranges from 0.0 to 10.0."

An overview of the report is available on the Greenpeace website."

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