×

Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

PoconoPCDoctor Re: So that brings the successful login count to. (150 comments)

Look. Do governments always get things right the first time, or does landmark legislation, like the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and now the ACA, get tweaked over time and move towards single payer unlike the Romneycare the ACA was based upon? It is clear to me that you think a website is all that the ACA is. We can go on, but hey, have a good healthy life. Gotta get up manana and plug in some unprotected servers. Maybe President Obama can give me some tips? B-).

about 3 months ago
top

Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

PoconoPCDoctor Re: Yep. (150 comments)

Sorry you feel that way. I am more sad than sorry. So you actually think that lying about WMD, invading Iraq, was a good idea? And starting more wars would be a better idea? And Chuck Norris? Just wow.

about 3 months ago
top

Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

PoconoPCDoctor Re: So that brings the successful login count to.. (150 comments)

As far as the Huff post, you knows how to pick em, doncha? You do realize that the website is NOT like it was in October 2013, right? But maybe not. Hey, I hope you never get sick and have to pay every penny you have and then some to get well. I would suggest you check out dailykos.com for better information about how the ACA has actually saved lives. Peace.

about 3 months ago
top

Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

PoconoPCDoctor Re: So that brings the successful login count to.. (150 comments)

hotair.com/ Hot Air is the leading "conservative blog"for breaking news and commentary covering the Obama administration - boom. Hot air it is. Nice of you to post this, but suprisingly, I remain unconvinced.

about 3 months ago
top

Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

PoconoPCDoctor Re:Better hands than GW Bush (150 comments)

No I do not. But all the "statements" made by the commenter could have been lifted from Fox News. Anyone who thinks that starting multiple wars is a loon, in my book. Democrat. Always was one and always will be one. Knocked on doors for then Senator Obama in Iowa in 2007-08. Fought crazy Ron Paul supporters who lied about streets that had been canvassed. I did not listen to them and got supporters to pledge for Senator Obama, Ran for delegate to the 2012 DNC and won - went to Charlotte, NC and worked on both campaigns - 2008 and 2012. Are we clear?

about 3 months ago
top

Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

PoconoPCDoctor Re:so (150 comments)

At last. Someone with a brain and a sense of humor. Thank you.

about 3 months ago
top

Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

PoconoPCDoctor Re:So that brings the successful login count to... (150 comments)

Yes - it's a big failure. Let's keep doing what the Republicans want you to do when you get sick - die. God. /. has gone to conservative hell. And you think you are right - that is the saddest thing.

about 3 months ago
top

Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

PoconoPCDoctor Re:Better hands than GW Bush (150 comments)

Has /. Been hacked by right wing crazies? I thought nerds were too smart to believe Fox News. And yet it's always Obama's fault. Yeah, I am sure he personally patched in the server by mistake. #EverythingThatGoesWrongCanBeBlamedOnObama

That's risible. Nowhere is Fox, Bush, or Obama mentioned.

Gotta love the hilarity that ensues when the anything that implies just a smidgen of Obama administration ineptitude penetrates an echo chamber like Slashdot.

A factual account about a specific failure on a government program is labelled "hacked by right-wing crazies" by a "BLAME BOOOOSH!!!" loon.

AND it's modded up.

And yeah, Obama's inept.

Compare his response to Russians shooting down an unarmed airliner to Ronald Reagan's.

Compare Obama's response to a US citizen getting his head hacked off by an Obama-proclaimed "JV team" of terrorists (that has managed to take over 1/2 of Iraq and Syria - some "JV team"...) to the response from UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

Look at the situation in Russia - where Obama's minions were so prompt in making fun of Mitt Romney just 18 months ago when Romney said Russia was no friend to the West.

Look at Libya - where Islamist just took over the abandoned US embassy in Tripoli. Hey, but the bombs Obama dropped there weren't "hostilities".

Gotta wonder what the poster I'm responding to would say if George W. Bush had ever claimed dropping bombs weren't hostilities...

And let's not forget about "the dog ate our hard drives, blackberries, and backups" IRS bullshit.

You certainly sound like you eat drink and poop Fox News. And now you want us to start yet another war in the Middle East? So according to you, we should declare war on 1. Russia - no problem there - they will probably welcome us as liberators! 2. Attack ISIS - YES! this one is so easy - let's DO IT NOW! 3. Let's bomb EVERYBODY! That always works. Who got Bin Laden? Mission Accomplished Flyboy Bush? Done.

about 3 months ago
top

Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

PoconoPCDoctor Re:Better hands than GW Bush (150 comments)

yeah and your vote doesn't matter - the right wing loves people like you. So sure that there is no difference between Republicrats and Dempublicans. So stay have and play video games. That WILL change the world.

about 3 months ago
top

Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

PoconoPCDoctor Re:So close (150 comments)

Yeah - getting the servers waxed would go down so well on Fox News? What is wrong with /. commenters? Are you all paid trolls for the Koch Brothers?

about 3 months ago
top

Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

PoconoPCDoctor Re:Yep. (150 comments)

Please tell me your comment is snark.

about 3 months ago
top

Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

PoconoPCDoctor Better hands than GW Bush (150 comments)

Has /. Been hacked by right wing crazies? I thought nerds were too smart to believe Fox News. And yet it's always Obama's fault. Yeah, I am sure he personally patched in the server by mistake. #EverythingThatGoesWrongCanBeBlamedOnObama

about 3 months ago
top

New Single Board Computer Lets You Swap Out the CPU and Memory

PoconoPCDoctor Re: "Swap out" - LOL (122 comments)

Cool. Forgot about the filters. The BSOD screensaver project sounds fun. What I like about the Pi and these other one-board projects is that they are not "buy something and turn it on." You have to really think and learn about Arduino scripting (???) I read a bit more about the project - so the scripting by Arduino controls the stations that the radio can play - plus, it is limited to Google Play. The same guy built an interactive coffee table with LCD screens - hopefully coffee proof - so I am leaning towards the internet radio due to time constraints.

about 5 months ago
top

New Single Board Computer Lets You Swap Out the CPU and Memory

PoconoPCDoctor Re: "Swap out" - LOL (122 comments)

Been away for some time now from /. A.C. swoops in and uses such respectful terms like "retard?," and knocks President Obama? You are SO not brave. I would suggest minimizing or eliminating the A.C.. Bring back real moderation. Most commenters here are very smart, but stuff like this brings down the level of discussion. Btw, so as not to veer to far off-topic, I have a PI yet to be used. Saw a nice internet radio project recently. The cabinet was beautiful (his dad built that) and the son set up the PI.

about 5 months ago
top

NASA Approves Production of Most Powerful Rocket Ever

PoconoPCDoctor Re: Saw the last launch of the Saturn V (146 comments)

I accept your nomination. Is there some "form" I need to complete to receive my Award?

about 5 months ago
top

NASA Approves Production of Most Powerful Rocket Ever

PoconoPCDoctor Re: Saw the last launch of the Saturn V (146 comments)

Cool. Had tickets for one of the last STS missions. We had a there day window but the launch was scrubbed past the time we had. Still had a great tour of the facility. Yes, Mars is a dead planet. But as Neil DeGrasse Tyson says, we need to have some planB. The dinosaurs can't be blamed for not knowing about asteroids - what's our excuse?

about 5 months ago

Submissions

top

Mythbusters - Japanese Car Runs on Water and Air?

PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PoconoPCDoctor writes "Well, I was browsing another political web site, and came across what appears to the umpteenth version of energy from water.

FTA -

"it appears that a Japanese company named Genepax may have pulled ahead of the competition with a prototype vehicle that runs entirely on water and air. Their new "Water Energy System (WES)," generates power by supplying water and air to the fuel and air electrodes using a proprietary technology called the Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA). The secret behind MEA is a special material that is capable of breaking down water into hydrogen and oxygen through a chemical reaction."

MEA culpa! Can anyone here debunk or validate the science of this claim?"

Link to Original Source
top

Would you buy a $2,400.00 80 gig Flash Hard Drive?

PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PoconoPCDoctor writes "Well, flash hard drives are coming. The question does not seem to be anymore about performance, as the new flash-based hard drives are speedy indeed. But at $30.00 bucks per gigabyte, the question for the average consumer or geek is — would you buy one?

from the TechRepublic article -

Utah-based start-up Fusion-io has just launched its first product, the ioDrive. It is a PCI Express-based flash storage card that can pack hundreds of gigabytes of flash storage into a single board, potentially replacing banks of high-performance hard drives.

According to the company, the ioDrive will be start at 80 GB and scale to 320 and 640 GB next year. Plans for a 12 TB card is also in the works by the end of 2008. Housing multiple cards in a single computer for extra performance and fault tolerance will also be possible.

Just how fast is the ioDrive? According to Fusion io's CTO, David Flynn, the card has 160 parallel pipelines that can read data at 800 megabytes per second and write at 640 MB/sec. In a benchmarking test with a worst case scenario of 4k blocks and eight simultaneous 1 GB read and write operations, the ioDrive clocked in at 100,000 operations per second.

"That would have just thrashed a regular hard drive," said Flynn.

Your wallet takes a thrashing as well!"

Link to Original Source
top

PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PoconoPCDoctor writes "If you fall into the geekster category, which includes 99.9999 percent of /. readers, the rest being mistakenly drawn here when they google "OMG — PONIES!, you have always been the first to buy that 1G iPod, etc. and don't forget yadda yadda. But do techie types actually stay at the bleeding edge when it comes to politics? At least one blogger thinks so.

Slashdot Editors — please note — although this is my blog at Blogspot, I do not have any click-through ads on either of my sites. I am genuninely interested in finding out the answer to this question — but as always, please do your job and edit away!

Jim Lyons
East Stroudsburg, PA"
top

PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PoconoPCDoctor writes "I almost fell off my chair while reading a story in Network World reporting this worrisome scenario...

"In the event of a massive cyberattack against the country that was perceived as originating from a foreign source, the United States would consider launching a counterattack or bombing the source of the cyberattack.... But he noted the preferred route would be warning the source to shut down the attack before a military response."

I would hope that they are really, really, REALLY certain that they have identified the correct geographical source of the cyber-attack. Also, even if the source of the attack can be absolutely verified without any chance for error (which I doubt), if the cyber-terrorists are located in a populated area — does the order to bomb still go through, regardless of probable loss of innocent life?"
top

PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PoconoPCDoctor writes "The New York Times reports that thanking researchers for discovering bugs in software is no longer enough, and a burgeoning market is developing where so-caelled "bounty hunters" sell flaws in software, including Vista, Microsoft's newest flagship operating system, to the highest bidder, for better or for worse.

From the article -

"Companies like Microsoft do not endorse such bounty programs, but they have even bigger problems: the willingness of Internet criminals to spend large sums for early knowledge of software flaws that could provide an opening for identity-theft schemes and spam attacks.

And some hackers have little ethical compunction about who buys their research, or what they use it for. In a phone interview last week arranged by an intermediary in the security field, a hacker calling himself "Segfault," who said he was a college-age student in New York City, led a reporter on an online tour of a public Web site, ryan1918.com, where one forum is provocatively titled "Buy-Sell-Trade-0day."

Segfault, who said he did not want to reveal his name because he engages in potentially illegal activity, said the black market for zero-days "just exploded" last year after the damaging Windows Metafile attack.

He claims he earned $20,000 last year from selling his own code — mostly on private chat channels, not public forums like Ryan1918 — making enough to pay his tuition.

Although he conceded that Microsoft had made significant strides with Vista's security, he said underground hacker circles now had a powerful financial incentive to find its weak links.

"Vista is going to get destroyed," he said.""
top

PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PoconoPCDoctor writes "It sounded too good to be true — that two corporate giants could work out a deal behind the scenes to help each other.

The other shoe has dropped, and Apple is being sued by Cisco over the use of Cisco's already trademarked "iPhone" name.

From the article...

"Cisco entered into negotiations with Apple in good faith after Apple repeatedly asked permission to use Cisco's iPhone name," said Mark Chandler, Cisco senior vice president and general counsel, in a statement. "There is no doubt that Apple's new phone is very exciting, but they should not be using our trademark without our permission."

Cisco is seeking injunctive relief to prevent Apple from copying Cisco's iPhone trademark.

"Today's iPhone is not tomorrow's iPhone. The potential for convergence of the home phone, cell phone, work phone and PC is limitless, which is why it is so important for us to protect our brand," Chandler added."
top

PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PoconoPCDoctor writes "Behringer has just released an electric guitar with a USB port, allowing direct digital recording. It comes with software for a Mac or PC, and looks pretty nifty!



From the site -



You have a great song in mind and want to record it straight to your PC. You want all your amps and effects in your workstation so you can jam like you're in the studio or on stage. With the BEHRINGER iAXE393 USB-Guitar you're just a cable away.



The high-quality electric guitar comes with a fantastic maple neck and its screaming tone sings through 3 single-coil pickups with 5-way switching. A built-in connector allows you to connect your headphones straight to your guitar so you can jam with your favorite band. Cool, isn't it?



For only $149.00, I want one!
 "
top

PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 8 years ago

PoconoPCDoctor writes "As someone who's dropped 64 pounds since last November, and with still another 130 to go, I'm always looking for ways to lose weight.

As the recent "South Park" episode on World of Warcraft pointed out, it's real easy to become Jabba The Hut-like due to excess time behind the keyboard.

The words buff and geek are usually never seen in close proximity to each other, but if you absolutely MUST spend most of your time pointing and clicking instead of cardio and resistance training at the gym, Geek-A-Cycle has the answer. Now you can have your MM0RPG's and ripped abs at the same time! This one might be on my gift list."
top

PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 8 years ago

PoconoPCDoctor writes "If you've ever wanted to "be like Al Gore," and present his Keynote slide show on global warming, now's the time to sign up to be trained.

From the site — "The Climate Project will host seven training sessions between late September and January 2007 in Nashville, Tennessee. The two-day program is designed to familiarize trainees with the climate change science, equip them with new presentation skills, and develop a new dynamic online learning community for ongoing activities.

The training is open to individuals of all ages, educational and technical backgrounds. Prospective trainees are expected to have a strong commitment to the well-documented fact that human activity has created a climate crisis, and that we have a moral obligation to take dramatic steps to reduce the gaseous emissions that cause global warming."

So get your geek on and train, and you too can be like Al!""
top

PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 8 years ago

PoconoPCDoctor writes "So my now ancient Audigy Platinum EAX, state of the art not too long ago, has bitten the dust. It held up in three different systems, one Abit board and two Asus boards. My question is now, what do Slashdotters recommend for a premium sound card if the primary use is ripping MP3's?

I am looking seriously at The Soundblaster X-FI XtremeMusic, mainly due to the good experience I've had with Creative and the now-defunct Audigy.

So what does the average nerd use? I'm waiting for your input!"

Journals

top

For a Media PC - Knoppmyth or Vista Home Premium?

PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I home today, courtesy of President's 1 and 16, and so have a little more time to think about the next step in my newly transplanted PC, which is now parked in an Antec media case under the HD plasma tv. I would like to have more control over recording tv shows than is allowed through the cable TV's DVR, so I am faced with a choice.

Although I'm fairly certain that most Slashdot readers would think this a no-brainer - Mythtv or a variant like Knoppmyth is the the way to go, I also have the option of downloading an upgrade to Vista Home Premium, which includes the latest version of Windows Media Center.

For the record - I am an extreme commuter - 5 hours a day is consumed by my daily trip to and from the Big Apple, so there is precious little time to delve into Linux to get a functional media center pc. I have only used a couple of distros - yes, a Linux noob am I.

Still, I'd be interested in hearing the merits of Knoppmyth over using Vista Home Premium, with the emphasis on ease of installation. While I realize some preparation is required for either installation to go smoothly, like selecting compatible tuner cards, I think I am like many consumers when it comes to things technical - I just want them to work!

$159.00 for Vista Home Basic does not seem like a lot of money to get an OS that was five years in the making, and one that (in my humble experience with Win2K and XP AFTER a service pack or two) works reliably and does what I need it to do.

BTW, I am not concerned about DRM - so please address the ease of installation issue only.

top

Rejected Submissions

PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 8 years ago

So far, I am 13 for 13 in stories submitted to Slashdot - all rejected. So I have decided to enter all stories I submit in my journal, in case someone might find them useful. Below is a similar story I put on my blog with essentially the same information.

While writing my previous post, I was looking for information about Computer Shows. I found the MarketPro web site, and then clicked on the link for the Allentown Fair Grounds. The correct link to the Allentown Fair Grounds is

http://www.allentownfair.com

The web site, however, had mistakenly coded it as

http://http://www.allentownfair.com

The extra http:// takes you to none other than tada! www.microsoft.com. I tried adding the extra http:// on a few other web sites, and they all will redirect to Microsoft. I also searched for references to this phenomenom on Google, but did not find any direct matches.

When you consider how many times this might happen in the course of a day, it seems that Microsoft has found a very interesting way to drive traffic to their site.

Remember, you heard it here first!

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?