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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

MoFoQ Re:From the actuall trademark document (653 comments)

this IS from one of the sub-departments of DHS; I'm not surprised that they didn't really bother to read the line that says "Color is not claimed as a feature of the mark."

Customs agents aren't lawyers, let alone trademark lawyers or even paralegals.

This just highlights the need for adding an appeals process to the whole thing.
(that and perhaps ICE needs some basic legalese comprehension requirements for their agents)

about a month ago
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Kickstarted Veronica Mars Promised Digital Download; Pirate Bay Delivers

MoFoQ Re:Lies: Show me the legal DRM-free download store (243 comments)

Louis CK does (https://buy.louisck.net/help)

It was even covered on here

Sure, it's not a "store" with a plethora of titles but the request wasn't specific. :D

about a month ago
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Senators Propose Bill Prohibiting Phone Calls On Planes

MoFoQ what about... (513 comments)

...restricting them to designated areas....you know...a phone booth (call box, or hell...make one look like TARDIS)

about 4 months ago
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Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

MoFoQ Re:Price !!! (810 comments)

amen!

if I could afford it, I'd get myself a Tesla Model S

Range is a concern too.

also, some of the other electric cars....are just ugly.
If Tesla can make an electric car that looks as nice and sexy as the Model S, why can't the other manufacturers?
Perhaps, they don't want to or think it won't sell.
Of course, if you make something that people want and at a reasonable price, it wouldn't be a problem.

about 5 months ago
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Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

MoFoQ Re:History rewritten (599 comments)

His lack of finesse and social skills coupled by the complete (technical) incompetence of those at city hall definitely contributed to his downfall.
If I recall, didn't Kamala Harris put the passwords into public record, thus forcing the city IT department to go around and changing passwords on all devices to prevent from someone from "f*cking sh*t up"?

The funny thing is that the statute (California Penal Code Sec. 502(c)(5)) mentions "disrupts or causes the disruption of computer services or denies or causes the denial of computer services" yet....during this whole fiasco, the network was rock-f-ing-solid (at least until the passwords were put into public record without seal).

Not sure why the attorney didn't bring this point up.
If I was Terry Childs, I'd fire the attorney and then sue the city for breach of contract (oddly, for at least the same amount).

about 6 months ago
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Oracle Attacks Open Source; Says Community-Developed Code Is Inferior

MoFoQ Kettle and teapot (394 comments)

Very strange and hypocritical.

Especially since Oracle owns several products that are open-source (some that started off as open source as well).

Let's see....

VirtualBox (it has an open source edition)
MySQL
OpenSolaris
Java
Oracle Linux (Oracle repackaged version of RHEL and not started from a company they bought out)
And Oracle Linux is used as a base for the following product lines from Oracle:
        Oracle Exadata
        Oracle Exalogic
        Oracle Big Data Appliance
        Oracle Exalytics
        Oracle Database Appliance

I'm sure there's more that people can list....but for me....I don't give a rat's arse about Oracle...shoot, I was rooting for the Kiwi's in the America's Cup and I live in the Bay Area.

about 6 months ago
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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

MoFoQ 800 tickets...1000 by year's end? (1440 comments)

Interesting, 800 tickets...1000 by year's end.

Now if every one of those people who got a ticket does a written declaration, the cop would have to write that may written answers to the court or the ticket will be dismissed.
Effectively, eliminating him from writing tickets that stick since he is either spending his time writing responses and not issuing new tickets OR his tickets get easily dismissed.

At least in California, you can do a written declaration first and if that doesn't work, you still have the option of going to court in person.
The citing officer does not get overtime pay for responding to written declarations but does receive overtime for appearing in court.
Depending on the workload of the citing officer, tickets can be dismissed pretty easily.

about 7 months ago
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TSA Reminds You Not To Travel With Hand Grenades

MoFoQ wait...even the Holy ones? (378 comments)

wait...even the Holy ones?

What about the foam ones? or the ones that are really balloons (but not filled up with anything yet)?

about 7 months ago
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Moscow Subway To Use Special Devices To Read Data On Passengers' Phones

MoFoQ Re:note to self. (163 comments)

the resealable kind are nice...they can do double-duty: block spies and allow me to go swimming.

about 9 months ago
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Moscow Subway To Use Special Devices To Read Data On Passengers' Phones

MoFoQ note to self. (163 comments)

note to self: When visiting Moscow, pack mylar bags.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Automatically Sanitize PDF Email Attachments?

MoFoQ Re:Foxit Reader? (238 comments)

dang...I was about to say the same...

but yea...best way to sanitize is by not using Adobe Acrobat (or Acrobat Reader).

on OSX and many Linux distros have their own builtin viewer ("Preview" in OSX, and "Display" at least on Ubuntu).

Also, you can probably use Google Apps to do the same as well.

about 9 months ago
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Hackaday For Sale, Editors Seek Crowd Funding To Buy It

MoFoQ Re:One fan's view point (62 comments)

well...that doesn't mean Caleb can't make a cameo appearance once in a while...shoot....you need his help for that old VW project we keep hearing about.

about 9 months ago
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Hackaday For Sale, Editors Seek Crowd Funding To Buy It

MoFoQ Re:Buying a blog...? (62 comments)

Because it does roughly $14K a month right now without much "pimping out to advertisers" (http://hackaday.com/2013/07/01/hackaday-looking-for-a-good-home/)

It is interesting that I mentioned the crowdfunding aspect a few weeks ago when the owner posted that he was looking to sell: http://hackaday.com/2013/07/01/hackaday-looking-for-a-good-home/#comment-1021672

*sigh*....it's before pay-day so I'll have to wait.

about 9 months ago
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Firefox 23 Makes JavaScript Obligatory

MoFoQ Re:why? (778 comments)

crap....so noscript also?

about 10 months ago
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Oracle Reinstates Free Time Zone Updates For Java 7

MoFoQ Re:Review? What's that? (61 comments)

sadly, I agree.

The original post about it referred to a page regarding Java6 (which I understand if Oracle wants to EoL it to force most to go with Java7).

Also, from the looks, that original link in that post no longer refers to TZUpdater for Java6 being discontinued but rather says that it is for Java7:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/tzupdater-download-513681.html
Oh English...better to say what it is for than to say what it is not for, especially after it gets slashdotted.

about 10 months ago
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Steubenville Hacker Faces Longer Prison Sentence Than the Rapists

MoFoQ perversion of justice (297 comments)

I must say...it is a perversion of justice, puns not intended.

I may need to write to one of my local reps, Zoe Lofgren who's working to change the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to make it "less vague" and have her add some other reforms.
Sure, "hacking" for vigilantism is wrong and two wrongs don't make it right, but neither does three: throwing the book at Deric Lostutter.

heck, that guy in texas who killed that escort got less

about 10 months ago
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Swedish Data Center Saves $1M a Year Using Seawater For Cooling

MoFoQ strange....just $1 million? (78 comments)

So...from the article:

Before Interxion started the project, its energy bills were about $2.6 million a year to cool 1 megawatt of IT load. Today, its energy bill is $5.4 million to cool 5.5 megawatts of IT load, meaning the system has saved it about $1 million a year.

So "today" per 1MW of IT load, it would cost $5.4million / 5.5MW or $981818.18 ( 54/55 million $ per MW or 0.981818182 x million $ per MW)
$2.6 million - $0.98 million > $1 million

Now, if he wanted to cool 5.5MW of IT load, it would cost him $14.3 million with the old method vs $5.4 million with the seawater method.
Even if you account for the cost of the third-party...$14.3 million vs $5.4 million is a big difference.

about a year ago
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Sophisticated Apache Backdoor In the Wild

MoFoQ Re:chattr +i anyone? (108 comments)

interesting, the backdoor uses chattr

about a year ago

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