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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

NevarMore SamKnows from the FCC (294 comments)

https://www.samknows.com/

I have one of their boxes installed. It seems to provide a clear picture of overall performance with a monthly report. I'm doing this because I'd like to think it helps the FCC keep the ISPs honest.

PS - Card carrying Libertarian. No the FCC isn't spying on me, and yes regulation of ISPs is appropriate. If we've broken the free market by granting a local monopoly or limited oligopoly then heavy regulation is appropriate. Consumer choice is better, but this is the best we can do with what we have today.

about a month and a half ago
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Banks Report Credit Card Breach At Home Depot

NevarMore Re:Instead of naming stores (132 comments)

Because your average consumer doesn't know and doesn't care that Home Depot or Target runs an IBM or NCR system. They know that Home Depot and Target screwed up forcing them to watch their statements even more closely than normal and maybe get a new card issued requiring an update of all the auto-payment stuff and made things a pain in the ass.

Its up to Home Depot and Target to then apply leverage to IBM and NCR or jump ship to another vendor. Each vendor responds to their direct customer.

about 3 months ago
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High Frequency Trading and Finance's Race To Irrelevance

NevarMore Re:Mmhmm (382 comments)

Your made up and arbitrary rules will clearly solve a problem which you have not adequately described.

about 6 months ago
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Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

NevarMore Re:This isn't why they had a security breach (210 comments)

he would not be able to use it without an extra password.

Which was written on a piece of paper in your wallet with your credit cards.

about 7 months ago
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Facebook Wants To Block Illegal Gun Sales

NevarMore Re:Simply put... (310 comments)

Until you note that Home Office bases its published crime statistics on CONVICTIONS not REPORTS.

about 9 months ago
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Of 1000 Americans Polled, Most Would Ban Home Printing of Guns

NevarMore Re:Machine shop, anyone? (578 comments)

Printers are sold with an embedded chip that prevents the printing of currency. From what I understand, the chip is typically buried so deep into the printer that they simply can't operate if you could find it and remove it. We could attempt a similar requirement on a 3D printer. .

The cat is out of the bag already. Several of the hobbyist 3d printers are self replicating. You're also selling a device to a market which is inherently prone to tinkering and modifying things. It wont last long.

about a year and a half ago
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Of 1000 Americans Polled, Most Would Ban Home Printing of Guns

NevarMore Re:Well... (578 comments)

The tools that should be available in any high school should be sufficient to make whatever weapons you want.

Do you mean "should be available" as in "can be easily acquired in" or more like "should be available but aren't because god forbid we teach shop class"?

about a year and a half ago
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Fox, Univision May Go Subscription To Stop Aereo

NevarMore Aren't OTA TV stations compensated by ads? (306 comments)

"We need to be able to be fairly compensated for our content. " - Don't you sell advertisements to get paid? I never recall getting a bill for OTA TV .

about a year and a half ago
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Barnes & Noble Founder Wants to Take Retail Division Private

NevarMore Re:Online ALL THE THINGS! (131 comments)

, basics like bras,

You know nothing about womens undergarments and how complicated they are to fit and take off do you?

about 2 years ago
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We Aren't the World: Why Americans Make Bad Study Subjects

NevarMore Re:If you wanted to know about humans, (450 comments)

Even the most conservative and picky counts of NRA membership puts that organization at 2+ million members. The NRA itself claims 4.25 million members. Plus the other groups such as the Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America, American Silencer Association, and many others.

I wouldn't call ~1% of the US population voluntarily joining a group as overly-vocal. Gun owners speak with a loud voice because there are so many of us, not because we have some unfair advantage.

"Gun loving" is not an insult. It is what many Americans and citizens of other nations are. You may not like what we do to protect ourselves or in our spare time, but we choose to own firearms and we participate in the political process to ensure that our rights are not infringed.

about 2 years ago
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'This Is Your Second and Final Notice' Robocallers Revealed

NevarMore Re:Break Their Legs and Put Them in the Everglades (235 comments)

Bit off topic, but I oppose the death penalty because I do not trust a state which cannot effectively manage basic services and which regularly convicts innocent men (plea deals and bad police work) to effectively and correctly administer the death penalty.

Take for instance the deathrow inmate in Ohio who was too fucking fat to fit on the table. This is a person living in a tightly controlled environment (prison) where the state has complete control of his diet and routine. The state owned his life, they had the power and authority to kill him but not the power, authority, or awareness to put him on a fucking diet. Something they should do for all prisoners anyway, since paying for a diabetic, obese inmate is much more expensive than a regular inmate.

Source: http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2012/12/17/ohio-kasich-spares-post-too-fat-inmate.html

about 2 years ago
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NASA: Huge Freshwater Loss In the Middle East

NevarMore Re:Mideast Water Shortage (228 comments)

And I've recently been in the market for the London Bridge; have one for sale?

My fair lady, I did have one on the market but it has fallen down, fallen down.

about 2 years ago
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FTC Gets 744 New Ideas On How To Hang Up On Robocallers

NevarMore Re:Google Voice call screening (281 comments)

There are so many loopholes in it you could drive a Mac truck through them.

Is Apple making wheeled vehicles now?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Convince a Team To Write Good Code?

NevarMore Re:Stop pissing in the wind (366 comments)

Like, the brand of air conditioner in the office. Or the janitor.

My father was an air conditioner and put me through college you insensitive clod!

about 2 years ago
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Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

NevarMore Re:They can still recover data (1719 comments)

The fingerprints on his keyboard and they way the letters are worn will show which keys he used most

CSI: NCIS New Miami York has determined that he used R S T L N E keys more than others, this has determined that he was likely an English speaker and had a real hard on for Vanna White. This attack may have been a plea for help after his failed attempt to get on Wheel of Fortune.

about 2 years ago
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Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

NevarMore Re:100 more will die today (1719 comments)

I really hope that we do something more sensible this time.

What do you consider sensible? Banning guns outright? Banning different features of guns? Requiring more burdensome checks on law-abiding gun owners? Improving mental health care? Creating an avenue to report pre-crime?

I hear a lot of people saying that we gotta do something, but that completely fails to skip over our disagreements on what needs to be done if anything.

about 2 years ago
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ITU To Choose Emergency Line For Mobiles: 911, or 112?

NevarMore Re:Prior use (354 comments)

The new number is so easy to remember! It's a dandy jingle, 0118 999 881 999 119 725 3

about 2 years ago
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North Korea Launches Long-Range Rocket

NevarMore Re:Why would they stop developing weaponry? (384 comments)

It is the only thing that protects them from the wrath of US army... ever wondered why the US only attack weak countries?

You mean like Iraq who had one of the largest armies in the world?
1950's North Korea? They totally didn't have any Chinese support there. Little pissant army.
1940's Japan and Germany? I mean that was really just a training exercise.

about 2 years ago

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Damning review of Windows 8 for the desktop

NevarMore NevarMore writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NevarMore (248971) writes "Not much to say, here is a pretty thorough thrashing of Windows 8. It seems as if Microsoft tried to push a decent tablet user interface to the desktop and tablet paradigms just don't work on the desktop. Microsoft is committing the same mistakes with default browser options all over again and failing at what Windows is usually good at, backwards compatibility."
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ICANN approves .XXX TLD

NevarMore NevarMore writes  |  more than 3 years ago

NevarMore (248971) writes "The TLD that no one seems to want has been approved. Despite being opposed by both the adult industry and religious/moral groups ICANN approved the new domain. It seems like the only winner here is the registry that gets paid to manage the TLD."
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Poll: What continent are you on?

NevarMore NevarMore writes  |  about 5 years ago

NevarMore (248971) writes "Poll: What continent are you on?

One that starts with an A
One that starts with a vowel
I'm a sailor you scruvy prick
I'm an astronaut you insensitive clod"

Journals

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Slashdot observations, +5 to -1 in hours

NevarMore NevarMore writes  |  more than 4 years ago

So I've posted a couple of snarky posts recently. My intention was to aggressively raise counterpoints to TFS. What I find interesting is how quickly some of them get knocked up to +5 and then back down to -1.

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