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

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Pebble? (135 comments)

I'll second the Pebble. The latest update gives it most of the same abilities as Android Wear devices. It's nice being able to archive or spamify emails the second that I get them. You can setup tasker for automation. I also use Pushover and Pushbullet a ton. If one of my servers goes down, a backup fails, or I get a hack attempt noticed by fail2ban, I get notified at an instant. I live in a pretty cold climate and it's nice to be able to dismiss messages without digging my phone out through multiple layers and taking my gloves off to get to the notifications bar.

3 hours ago
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Microsoft Quietly Starts Accepting Bitcoin As Payment Method

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:No more bitcoins for regular Joes (107 comments)

NewEgg and half.com both accept BTC. Pretty much everything in my data closet at home is from NewEgg.

about a week ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re: Standard FBI followup (388 comments)

Well thank goodness we don't have an overreaching government that drops the "national security" card at the drop of a hat. Otherwise we could end up seeing some really silly shit going down to fight a (mostly) fictional enemy.

about two weeks ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re: The other side of the page is posted (289 comments)

It's been my experience that most self-professed Christians worship money and power far more than they worship any deity.

about three weeks ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re: Slashdot, once again... (289 comments)

And this (extremely insightful) explanation is why so many United Statsians are so terrified of our own country. We are seemingly just a few votes away from a tyranny of the vocal religious minority. Give a fundamentalist a few thousand nuclear missiles and the most expensive army the world has ever known, and brown people around the world start to get nervous. But we have to do it, because terrorists, or freedom, or something!

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

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Kim Dotcom Regrets getting caught (151 comments)

He seems to think the laws didn't apply to him.

So his next career will be on Wall Street?

about three weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Obama (706 comments)

This may actually be the stupidest thing I've ever seen on ./. So kudos, to you.

about a month ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Bootstrapping a cell phone as the second factor (130 comments)

Same way Google does it I suppose. A list of single-use codes that you keep offline, and you can verify from the same device that you initiate the purchase from...in theory. It seems like the U.S., as a society, wants to completely eliminate every sort of risk in the world. What we should really be concentrating on is mitigating them to an acceptable level.

about a month and a half ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Evolution of payments (130 comments)

How about just basic 2-factor authentication?

  • I initiate a purchase online, Amex gives a probationary okay and sends a 5 digit code to my mobile device
  • The vendor prompts me for that code
  • Once I confirm that I am in possession of the device, the transaction can be completed

It may not be perfect but it seems a bit better than the honor system that we're on now.

about a month and a half ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:anyone who has your 16-digit card number (130 comments)

Actually CVV values are located in the track data which only proves you either have a copy of the card or the original. The second "fix" was CVV2 values which are printed on the back of the cards. This was to prove the card is in the hands of the person, but if that number has been comprised (which is darn easy) then all bets are off.

AMEX uses a 4 digit value printed on the front of the card.

In a few years once somebody figures out how to implement a 5 digit value on the back of a card, our worries will be over!

about a month and a half ago
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Ford Develops a Way To Monitor Police Driving

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Transparency - Sure (151 comments)

Any bets on whether the public will ever see a single byte of this data?

I'm guessing that if the information were to ever get out, terrorists would somehow use it to their advantage. Give me a few more pints and I'll work out a rationalization.

about a month and a half ago
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20 More Cities Want To Join the Fight Against Big Telecom's Broadband Monopolies

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Not quite a monopoly (97 comments)

I'm looking to relocate to Denver in the next several months...please tell me that Comcast being their ISP was your idea of a terrible, terrible joke.

about 2 months ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Hmmm ... (356 comments)

Something about man proving that black is white and getting himself killed at the next zebra crossing?

about 3 months ago
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Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:What about Android? (139 comments)

ownCloud does a pretty good job of it. Granted I'm one of those fortunate United Statsians that has a 50/5 connection, but a homemade microserver combined with docker and a slew of other applications hasn't let me down yet.

about 3 months ago
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Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Funny how this works ... (184 comments)

So...as an American can we borrow a few of your ideas? Of course we'll have to repackage them in red, white, and blue so that our more jingoistic (read: Southern) citizens can stomach the idea. I'd happily trade the "free" market for subsidized education and healthcare, and at this point will even more gladly trade our system of crony capitalism for anything else. Even bronie capitalism.

about 3 months ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Seriously? (145 comments)

If you can get onto the testing group for Google's domains, you can set up an alias for any domain you have with them pointing to your Gmail account.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:various card games (382 comments)

Settlers of Catan for gatherings of 4-6. The only issue is when alcohol gets involved, the games can become marathon sessions.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Subjective (382 comments)

That's like asking what's the best food to have in your fridge. What is the best color is along the same lines...

Bacon and green. Next!

about 4 months ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Not worth it (251 comments)

have seen no compelling reason to part with my money

This is pretty much why Linux has never broken through on the desktop. Who wants to develop for a system that people like you use? I've got a mortgage to pay and I'd prefer not to starve to death. I'd rather develop on Windows and get paid actual money than develop for ungrateful Marxist pricks like you on Linux. Enjoy your lentil soup.

4/10 for effort, 1/10 for content. Sorry, but I expect far better trolling.

about 4 months ago

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ESPN Bans Employees from Facebook and Twitter

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "The hammer just came down, tweeps: ESPN memo prohibiting tweeting info unless it serves ESPN," Bucher wrote, capping it with a choice of words that conjures memories of a certain Twilight Zone cookbook. "Kinda figured this was coming." And then Bucher acknowledged the distinct possibility that he has stepped into a pile of, um, trouble. "I'm probably violating some sort of policy just by telling you," Bucher wrote. "In any case, stay tuned.""
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Pirate Bay starts video streaming

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "The world's most high-profile file-sharing website, The Pirate Bay (TPB), has lifted the lid on its new video sharing website, The Video Bay.

Billed as a rival to YouTube, the service will offer unrestricted video content, in violation of copyright law.

In a statement on the site, Mr Sunde said the service would use the latest HTML 5 features.

"More specifically the audio and video tags with the ogg/theora video and audio formats.

"This site will be an experimental playground and as such subjected to both live and drunk encoding, so please don't bug us too much if the site isn't working properly," he said."

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The end of tax-free internet shopping?

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "If a little-known but influential alliance of state politicians, large retailers, and tax collectors have their way, the days of tax-free Internet shopping may be nearly over. A bill expected to be introduced in the U.S. Congress as early as Monday would rewrite the ground rules for mail order and Internet sales by eliminating what its supporters view as a "loophole" that, in many cases, allows Americans to shop over the Internet without paying sales taxes. Link"
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Carbon Cost of Google Revealed

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "According to a BBC article, U.S. physicists have claimed that the average Google search uses 7g of carbon as opposed to Google's own claims of 0.2g. I get the feeling that many people are getting as tired of the word "green" as I am. Are studies like this taking every variable into account to get an unbiased answer or are they interested in sensationalistic claims."
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Joe Biden's Pro-RIAA Voting Record

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for Vice President seems to have a voting record that speaks volumes and may threaten to stymie Obama's promise to "update and reform our copyright and patent systems to promote civic discourse, innovation and investment while ensuring that intellectual property owners are fairly treated." In addition his record on encryption and National Security are downright disturbing from a civil liberties standpoint. Not looking to start a political flamewar, will these issues be of a major concern when the U.S. citizens hit the voting booths this November?

Story here"

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Best Way to Backup Offsite

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "I administer a department which contains around 200 workstations, and 7 servers. 2 servers are Win2K3 AD controllers, 1 is used to store video from several surveillance cameras, 3 others are running Fedora for the website, mysql, and a file server. Recently I've built a 4TB Raid1 machine whose sole job is to contain backups of the other servers. Everything is running swimmingly, but I have become increasingly nervous about not backing up to an off-site location. I was hoping to get some tips from the Slashdot crowd on the best methods of doing this. I've investigated several types of tape systems but the cost makes it prohibitive. My fallback plan is to pick up a couple of 1TB external hard drives and simply lug them to the main building once every two weeks."
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The beginnings of a TLD free-for-all?

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "According to the BBC, ICANN is considering opening up the wholesale creation of TLDs by private industry. While I'm sure this is done for the convenience of the companies and has nothing to do with the several thousand dollars they will be charging for each registration, I was curious what the tech community at large thought about this idea. It seems to me that this will simply open the doors for a never-ending cluster-frak (yes I said it) of TLD squatters. The article can be found here"
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Psystar Back Selling PC's with Leopard

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "Apparently Psystar is at it again. Cnet reports that this company is back selling what they are now calling "Open Computers" preinstalled with a hacked version of Leopard. According to the story they believe that Apple represents a hardware monopoly. Even if this is the case, does that give a third party the right to alter your software in order to profit?"
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Crackdown on Modchip sellers

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "The BBC is reporting on a series of raids conducted against mod chip resellers in the US. I'm just trying to figure out how selling this technology is a crime, I've always been of the opinion that if you're willing to take the risk of permanent harm to your system then more power to you. How will this affect the future of console modding?"
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Edge Magazine Compiles List of Top 100 Video Games

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "According to the BBC, Edge Magazine has compiled a list of the top 100 video games of all time. The top 10 are rather surprising in that most of the games were released a decade or more ago. Is it possible that with all of the focus on life-like graphics and animation so pervasive on the next-gen consoles, developers have forgotten what it takes to make a game enjoyable to play? Cue the Duke Nuke'em Forever jokes in 5...4...3...2..."
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Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "Researchers from the IBM Almaden research lab and the University of Nevada have created a simulation of half a mouse brain on the BlueGene L supercomputer. Although there's more to creating a mind than setting up the infrastructure, does this mean that we may see a system for human mental storage within our lifetimes? Check it out here"
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Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "Gary McKinnon has lost his appeal against extradition to the US on hacking charges. The BBC News website profiles his history and his motives. To hear the US government tell it, Gary McKinnon is a dangerous man, and should be extradited back to America to stand trial in a Virginia courtroom. One US prosecutor has accused him of committing "the biggest military computer hack of all time". But Mr McKinnon has said his motives were harmless and innocent — he was, he says, simply looking for information on UFOs. Read on

Was he a 'bumbling nerd' as he says or were his motives more malicious?"

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