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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

Minwee Re:I commonly (196 comments)

Seeing as how the VP is such a VIP, shouldn't we keep the PC on the QT? Because if it leaks to the VC you could end up an MIA, and then we'd all be put on KP

yesterday
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'Moneyball' Approach Reduces Crime In New York City

Minwee I have always said this was a good idea (218 comments)

Putting police officers inside giant plastic bubbles and then tilting the whole of Manhattan Island to help them collect bananas is clearly the best approach to fighting crime.

Why this wasn't done years ago is beyond me.

about two weeks ago
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A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?

Minwee Re:I understand but I also don't (274 comments)

His song "Hot Shot City" is particularly good.

about two weeks ago
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A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?

Minwee Re:Well (274 comments)

His Walesness lives in

...the most expensive city in England, and the rest of the foundation works in the most expensive city in North America.

It seems to me that if everybody in WMF right now moved to Scotland or Ohio, their fundraiser would be done within an hour. That's not exactly the price of buying a programmer a coffee, but if you're a small non-profit with costs of a top website: servers, staff and programs, perhaps it would be a good idea to cut costs where possible. You can read about that in a library or a public park where we can all go to think and learn. If Wikipedia is trying to be relevant, they should take one minute to think about where all their money is going and why. Thank you.

about two weeks ago
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Big Banks Will Vie For Your Attention With Cardless ATMs and VR

Minwee Re:an industry not exactly known for speed (76 comments)

Yet they were among the first to adopt computers back in the 1950s.

And they're still using the same ones.

about two weeks ago
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Cyber Ring Stole Secrets For Gaming US Stock Market

Minwee Re:Purpose (37 comments)

I'm more interested in how the crackers collected the passwords for the INTERNAL email systems at these companies.

You would be surprised at how many terribly important people use passwords like "p4ssword" or "abcdefg" because they just can't be bothered with anything else. You might even be more surprised at how long some people continue to have access to company systems even after they have been fired.

All it takes is a single mailbox and you can spread through the rest of the company and any company that it has contact with.

Because the crackers would have to, repeatedly, craft emails that were convincing enough to persuade their victims to submit their INTERNAL email passwords to an EXTERNAL site. Without anyone becoming suspicious enough to look into it.

You could always read a better article on the subject, or the original paper it was based on. Most big companies still use a horrible little mailbox program called "Outlook", which frequently loses its connection to the "Exchange" server and then pops up a dialog asking the user to enter their username and password again. I know, it seems crazy, but software like this is still in use today. The target receives an email promising terribly important information either in an attached spreadsheet or at the end of an obfuscated web redirection, opens a document associated with the swiss cheese like office suite which was installed on their computer when they bought it, and because they bypassed the annoying "I can't let you use this file because it came from the Internet" warning long ago, it immediately executes a bit of VB script to pop up a surprisingly familiar window asking for their password. They trust it, like they have been trained to do, and then it's all over.

about two weeks ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

Minwee Re:Well, let's face it ... (390 comments)

There will be friggin' Ewok porn.

Too late. Way too late.

Ewok porn? There's already Wookierotica. (No, you'll have to google that one for yourself.)

about three weeks ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

Minwee Re:Another case of you're holding it wrong (390 comments)

You're not looking at scenes carefully chosen to build anticipation. You're looking at the only two minutes of the movie that didn't have lens flares in them.

about three weeks ago
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Security Experts Believe the Internet of Things Will Be Used To Kill Someone

Minwee Re:Most people would not do this (165 comments)

All it takes to protect yourself is one good furnace with a gun.

about three weeks ago
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

Minwee Re:Takes Two To Network (88 comments)

Good designs can prevent rouge servers

That doesn't take good design, just good colour choices.

about three weeks ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Minwee Re:FTA (452 comments)

Currently, there are 80,668 lines of code.

Which is interesting, since the OS has nine billion names.

about three weeks ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Minwee Re:Be Gentle With Him (452 comments)

Not that I disagree with you, but it is horribly ironic that we should find compassion here when organized religion has been at the root of man killing each other for thousands of years now.

And I find it equally ironic that you have used italics when the luminescence of anglerfish is caused by symbiotic bacteria which dwell around the esca.

about three weeks ago
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Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

Minwee Re:from TFA he seems to regret a lot more. (151 comments)

the MPAA has extremely powerful political connections and can rewrite rules as it sees fit. It can escalate your extradition, exacerbate your arrest, and fleece your civil liberties all under the guise of the free market and "intellectual property" law.

And if not only his in-house legal council but also three outside firms working for him were completely unaware of this, then perhaps they stick to watching re-runs of Matlock and leave the practise of law to the big kids.

about three weeks ago
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Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

Minwee Good work there, boys. (183 comments)

His comments to the House of Commons came after the parliamentary intelligence and security committee concluded that the brutal murder of Rigby could have been prevented if an internet company had passed on an online exchange in which one of the killers expressed "in the most graphic terms" his intention to carry out an Islamist jihadi attack.

It's a good thing that there has never, ever in the history of communication been an incident where anyone expressed in graphic terms their intention to carry out something that they weren't actually going to do.

about three weeks ago
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

Minwee Re:people drop their phones :( (203 comments)

About time Apple did what? Made their phones deliberately out of the best material available at the time and now out of a subsequently even better material made by a third party supplier that they don't control?

Made phones which don't have glass faces that run all the way to the edges.

about three weeks ago
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DreamWorks Reveals Glimpse of "Super Cinema" Format For VR Films

Minwee Re:Cinema is Dying (39 comments)

Unfortunately, you won't find many ushers who are paid enough to give a damn.

That's why theatre owners are so excited about the new ED-209 Robotic Usher project.

about three weeks ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

Minwee Re:But Car2Go has (454 comments)

It will also still be there after you finish shopping.

about three weeks ago
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

Minwee Re:"Two" times, not ten times (203 comments)

"In materials science and metallurgy, toughness is the ability of a material to absorb energy and plastically deform without fracturing."

That includes bending.

about three weeks ago
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Profanity-Laced Academic Paper Exposes Scam Journal

Minwee Re:so what? (137 comments)

Sham poo for my real friends, Real poo for my sham friends.

about a month ago

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