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Peer Review Ring Broken - 60 Articles Retracted

Monoman No reference checks (178 comments)

If only the journals could run some kind of check to determine if "peers" are who they claim to be.... and only them.

about two weeks ago
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Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

Monoman Good and bad for Aereo (147 comments)

Good for them for not giving up. Now they don't really have to stick with just local channels either. It will be interesting to see what the cable companies do to compete if Aereo starts doing well.

about two weeks ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

Monoman Re:why? (346 comments)

It makes sense if the email hasn't been retrieved yet. GS wants SMTP to have a Recall Unread Message feature which it doesn't. So in the meantime, they expect Google (or the postman) to do the retrieval for them. Should this be possible? Sure, for a fee until SMTP (or another protocol) will let users recall their own messages.

FWIW - You can recall internal messages with Outlook/Exchange. I'm sure others do it too.

about three weeks ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

Monoman Re:Your taxes at work (501 comments)

What happens if somebody decides to fill it with water?

No more drought. Duh.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Monoman Re:One disturbing bit: (484 comments)

Exactly because his property gets better reception.

about a month ago
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Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

Monoman Re:Awesome! (276 comments)

How is a PUBLIC list of PUBLICLY TRIED AND CONVICTED sexual offenders the same as a SECRET list of people who MAY OR MAY not have done anything wrong the same? Isn't one is a list of public facts while the other is a secret list of accusations.

about a month ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

Monoman Re:In that case (337 comments)

QoS is a standard and there seem to be some industry best practices to handle things like VoIP and video. Net Neutrality is not based on any standards and merely appears to be a legal way to extort money.

about a month and a half ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

Monoman Re:Somewhere in my mind... (337 comments)

Cisco also knows where their income comes from.

about a month and a half ago
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Millions of Smart TVs Vulnerable To 'Red Button' Attack

Monoman Re:Can't just turn it off (155 comments)

Correct in my case and probably for most /. readers.

We all know that no manufacturer in their right minds would turn WiFi on by default and auto join any network possible. No consumer would ever have a WLAN configured to be wide open without a password. Nah, never happen. ;-)

about 1 month ago
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Millions of Smart TVs Vulnerable To 'Red Button' Attack

Monoman Can't just turn it off (155 comments)

I prefer my Roku 2/3 to the smart features on my TVs but it is difficult to buy a nicer TV these days without the "Smart" features included. It would be nice is if you could disable the "Smart" part of these TVs. I don't think I have seen that as an option but I guess you could just disable the networking.

about 1 month ago
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IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

Monoman Re:Duh... (265 comments)

... He should have argued that he was incompetent...

So you would rather lie than be responsible for your actions. Sounds typical for us these days. 'merica!

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Buying DirecTV for $48.5 Billion

Monoman Re:Well. (173 comments)

The short-sighted stock holders (and market) like to see money spent on increasing revenue and profits rather than it being spent on making the product/service better.

about 2 months ago
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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

Monoman Re:Sounds like IT incompetence (564 comments)

You probably think you want an Apple Genius bar and that isn't cheap. It isn't appropriate in a large organization either.

IT will never get the funding they need in order to staff their department to operate as you wish but they will get funds to buy tools like SCCM. SCCM is sold as a enterprise management tool to improve customer service with minimal staff.

Tools like SCCM come with great power and can do great things. Unfortunately, mistakes can and do happen. Sometimes the mistakes go unnoticed. Sometimes the mistakes are painful to everyone.

about 2 months ago
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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

Monoman Re:Sounds like IT incompetence (564 comments)

I don't work with SCCM directly but I'm told something like this happens to everyone eventually. Hopefully you just send something like Adobe Reader to everyone but sometimes it turns out very very bad. I can't believe there isn't a way to make it really really really hard to do something like this.

If it was an honest mistake then hopefully the person learns and moves forward. If it was part of a pattern of bad behavior then hopefully they can get rid of the person.

about 2 months ago
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Yahoo Stops Honoring 'Do-Not-Track' Settings

Monoman Re:Yahoo, kill yourself! (300 comments)

Privacy/Security != Anonymity

There are subtle differences depending on the interpretations.

about 3 months ago
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Netflix Confirms Deal For Access To Verizon's Network

Monoman Re:Not news. Netflix bought net connection like us (135 comments)

I have no problem if Netflix wants to pay for direct connections to ISPs. I do have a problem if they are forced to do it because the ISPs are tweaking their networks in such a way that Netflix is forced into the agreement.

I"m not saying that is what happened.

about 3 months ago
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New White House Petition For Net Neutrality

Monoman Re:The customer always pays (248 comments)

Yes the electric company bills by usage.

My suggestion to the ISPs is don't false advertise unattainable speeds and "unlimited" service. Advertise/promise what you can deliver without the BS fine print.

about 3 months ago
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New White House Petition For Net Neutrality

Monoman Re:The customer always pays (248 comments)

If they can't provide the bandwidth they advertise then they need to upgrade or change their business/billing model.

The electric company doesn't charge me more for having inefficient appliances or for using them too much.

about 3 months ago
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New White House Petition For Net Neutrality

Monoman The customer always pays (248 comments)

We pay for our bandwidth and now the greedy ISPs are wanting to get paid by the content providers (Netflix, Hulu, etc). Do you really think they are going to absorb the additional costs if this continues? Of course not, they will raise their prices.

ISPs rarely deliver what you pay for so them crying that its the content providers fault is BS. The problem is lack of real competition in the ISP market. Most folks have a choice between cable and DSL. Two isn't enough to be very competitive.

about 3 months ago
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

Monoman Re:Over the air (342 comments)

This!

Nobody has been able to demonstrate how Aereo is harming the broadcasters. Why? Because they are actually helping them.

about 3 months ago

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US cord cutters getting snubbed from broadcaster's olympic coverage online

Monoman Monoman writes  |  about 6 months ago

Monoman (8745) writes "The Washingtonpost.com is reporting: "The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics start tonight. But if you're among the 9 percent of U.S. households who have broadband but don't subscribe to paid television, it will be nearly impossible to (legally) watch the games online this year." ... "That's because while NBC is streaming all of the events live online, full access to the livestream will only be available to paying cable subscribers."

Is this money play by Comcast/NBC to get some subscribers back? Should the FCC step in and require NBC to at least provide a stream of their OTA content?"

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Looking for a cancer cure the open source way

Monoman Monoman writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Monoman (8745) writes "When Salvatore Iaconesi found out he had brain cancer he decided he would put all of his medical records online and ask the world for help. Salvatore Iaconesi is a 39-year-old TED fellow and the artist and technologist behind Art is Open Source. He teaches digital design at La Sapienza University of Rome. His medical records are publicly available at artisopensource.net/cure."
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