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CentOS 5.9 Released

Revotron Re:Who cares? (96 comments)

Your troll is bad, and you should feel bad!

about a year and a half ago

The Billion Dollar Startup: Inside Obama's Campaign Tech

Revotron Re:lol (90 comments)

God undocks, -A- does not!

about a year and a half ago

Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

Revotron Re:Maybe this will provoke more thought before pri (1435 comments)

The potential for setting up owners for thefts and break in's should have been thought provoking enough to make a writer and an editor think twice.


should have been thought provoking enough to make a writer and an editor think twice.

That's a little bit better...

make a writer and an editor think

Ah! Well, there's your problem.

about a year and a half ago

Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

Revotron Re:The difference (1435 comments)

Those two phrases, "untrained" and "certified" are entirely contradictory. You are a complete fool if you believe that you can get a concealed weapons permit in ANY US state without taking a state-approved training program and being evaluated by the state's Highway Patrol.

Please educate yourself to prevent further embarrassment.

about a year and a half ago

Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

Revotron Re:Compare and Contrast Arguments (1435 comments)

It is still hypocritical. So, going by your Prius example, regardless of what I need in a vehicle, it's okay for the government to force me to use a Prius? If I need to move a refrigerator, I better buy a shitload of tie-downs and hope the roof of my Prius holds up? If I need to move a few dozen 2x4s and some plywood, I should just pop open the back hatch and drive with some giant wood between my legs? I can't drive a pickup truck that's much more suited to the things I need to do, because the government says I can't... yeah, that holds up great. That sounds totally practical.

While we're at it, why don't we have the government reduce our lives down to the most basic utilitarian values? Everybody wears grey tunics - no more designer clothes. Everybody goes to the same schools. Nobody can spend a little more for a better education. Everybody eats a crude, tasteless paste that contains essential nutrients. No more fancy meals for those well-to-do fatcats! It will be a utilitarian paradise where nobody is left out because everybody is the same - and we shall call it, Fairville!

Nice try with the strawman, but as you can see, I'm capable of it, too. I don't advocate silencing the WBC despite the fact that I find their message tasteless and hateful, and see them only as a vile attempt to troll for lawsuits. But don't let facts get in the way of your ridiculous strawman.

about a year and a half ago

Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

Revotron Compare and Contrast Arguments (1435 comments)

"If everybody just didn't have any guns, crime wouldn't be nearly as bad... except us, we need them!"

"If everybody just used public transportation, these roads wouldn't be nearly as crowded. Except me, of course. I need my car!"

Striking similarity, eh?

about a year and a half ago

Mobile Raspberry Pi Computer: Build Your Own Pi-to-Go

Revotron Re:Nice hobby project (97 comments)

I'm just here for the "ladies".


about a year ago

VPN Providers Say China Blocks Encryption Using Machine Learning Algorithms

Revotron The Arm Race? (111 comments)

All I think of when I hear that phrase is something akin to a leg race. I imagine a bunch of Chinese nationals racing each other on a track while doing handstands.

It's kind of funny, the things one can extrapolate from a simple grammatical error.

about a year and a half ago

Raspberry Pi Team Launches Pi Store

Revotron Re:Wait, what?? (91 comments)

Yes, because this absolutely, positively, most certainly prevents you from installing software from any other source.

Oh, wait, no it doesn't. All it does is allow you to download pre-compiled binaries from a central source. You are still able to pull the source code from the project and view/compile it yourself. So tell me, how does this violate the spirit of open source software? Or are you just inherently afraid of anything called an "App Store"?

about a year and a half ago

EFF Spinoff Pools Donor Dollars To Prevent WikiLeaks-Style Payment Blockades

Revotron Can A Charity Give Away Its Money? (95 comments)

I have a legal question I'd like answered by any Slashdot lawyers. Even the IANALs will suffice, just chime in if you have some insight.

The EFF is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. In order to avoid taxes on the donations, I assume this new Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) will also register as a 501(c)(3) or similar charitable organization.

Now, here's the kicker. I know most charities operate by taking donations and using those donations to provide goods or services to their target recipients. The Red Cross gives out meals and blankets to disaster victims. Family Planning charities hand out birth control to low-income women. But does the law allow them to just hand out cold hard cash?

This charity receives money from donors, and that's perfectly legal. But is it legal for them to turn around and distribute that money to third parties who are not registered charities themselves? Is it legal for them to disburse charity funds to a non-charitable business entity where no exchange of goods or services has taken place? Is it legal for them to disburse money directly to individuals?

I think if they play this too fast and loose they might find themselves out of money and out of a charity.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Setting Up a Summer Camp Tech Center?

Revotron Focus on the arts (49 comments)

Don't dilute your camp's offerings with excessive technology. If parents are sending their kids to summer camp, it's because they want them to get OFF the computer, get active, and learn about the arts. Video game design is not an "art".

I believe today's generation of children needs even greater exposure to the real arts like music (orchestral and choral, not the shit they hear on the radio), dance (ballet and tap, not that "high school cheerleader dance team" bullshit), theater, etc. I'd understand if you wanted to add a very in-depth Photoshop/graphic design program as that's moreso art than it is technology, but iOS game design is hardly something a parent would consider "art" when camp registration rolls around.

about a year and a half ago

The Web We Lost

Revotron Um, 10 years ago was 2002. (255 comments)

Please don't mourn the loss of poorly-animated American flag GIFs on pastel blue backgrounds adorned with horrible ClipArt.

Please also don't wish back into existence webrings or link exchanges.

You can long for another GeoCities if you really, really want, but why? Does it mean that much to you to have a few extra million shitty web pages out there with orange "Under Construction" banners and 200 pictures of someone's favorite anime character? Besides, nowadays you can't even twirl a lolcat by its tail without hitting some kind of "free web hosting" site. Sure, they might stick an ad or two on your page, but so did Geocities, and even though people raged and bleated about how the evil overlords were trying to make their money back, they still used GeoCities for years to come.

Stop mourning the loss of inconsequential shit that's old and obsolete. That's what hipsters pay good money to do (ironically enough).

tl;dr: Everything in this article is either still around, or has been replaced with something very similar.

P.S. The author's name is "Anil Dash". Wow... probably sucked to be him in middle/high school.

about a year and a half ago

Is Technology Eroding Employment?

Revotron Yes, No, Maybe (544 comments)

Yes because it's true that employers sometimes see increased technology spending as an alternative to hiring more staff. ("We'll just buy you a laptop and cell phone and you can work from home in the evenings, too! That way we won't need to hire someone else to help you get everything done during the 8-5 workday.")

No because there will come a point where businesses and their managers will realize that you can't just buy a magic box from Best Buy, plug it into the wall, and generate profit from your hindquarters. You'll need staff that know how to manipulate the Hot New Thing(TM) and make it do what you want. And so, wherever there is a new and complex technology that someone can use to make money but doesn't quite know how, there will always be an opportunity for someone who knows about this new and complex technology to make money managing it for other people.

And finally, I say "Maybe" because it's a given that some technology makes things easier on technical employees, so some burden is lifted, but at the same time that burden is replaced with additional responsibility, usually coming from a position that has just been "permanently vacated"... It's an endless cycle. "This technology makes managing our infrastructure easier, so we don't need as many people to manage our infrastructure. But now we need people to manage the technology that manages our infrastructure. And now we need middleware so it plays nicely with our accounting software..." and on, and on, and on.

about a year and a half ago

Google Loses Santa To Bing

Revotron Seems like a great fit (153 comments)

After spending the last few years watching their users' every move, they've moved on to tracking other imaginary beings.

about a year and a half ago

Hotmail & Yahoo Mail Using Secret Domain Blacklist

Revotron Re:gold standard for responsible mailing (345 comments)

You do realize you're talking about Valve servers, and this person who threw the temper tantrum on the mailing list is probably 12 years old and bought his server with daddy's credit card? It's no surprise, really. If you're looking for foolish, overdramatic, hot-headed people, look no further than Counter-Strike players.

about a year and a half ago

New Hampshire Cops Use Taser On Woman Buying Too Many iPhones

Revotron Obama Needs To Step In (936 comments)

If our dear leader would just invite them both to the White House to have a beer and talk, maybe this whole thing will blow over. Although, if she's not a drinker, it might have to be sodas.

I recommend Jolt.

about a year and a half ago

New Hampshire Cops Use Taser On Woman Buying Too Many iPhones

Revotron Re:Yes, Unauthorized export IS a crime (936 comments)

Whether or not Ms. Li knew enough English to know what her situation was will without a doubt become clear.

It's already clear in this case. She had gone to the exact same store the preceding Friday attempting to buy dozens of iPhones, and on that particular day understood quite well what the manager meant when he said "Please leave and do not return to this store." Yet we're to believe that the following Monday, when faced with the same situation and the same "Please leave and do not return", she's now a poor Chinese immigrant fresh off the boat, struggling to break through the language barrier.

Huh. Apparently, you can unlearn a language over the course of a weekend.

about a year and a half ago

New Hampshire Cops Use Taser On Woman Buying Too Many iPhones

Revotron Police Brutality Story + Apple Hate (936 comments)

= Slashdot Field Day

It was as if a million freetards suddenly had nerdgasms, and were frothing at the mouth. I fear something overdramatic and theatrical has happened.

about a year and a half ago

New Hampshire Cops Use Taser On Woman Buying Too Many iPhones

Revotron Re:It doesn't add up (936 comments)

Any facts reported in the original account of the event have been conveniently stripped from the article and summary to make this submission Slashdot-appropriate. That is to say, to avoid potential injury to the precious egos of Slashdot-reading fanboys, articles should contain none of the following:

1. Sound justification for any Apple-sanctioned activities or strategies
2. Market research or information which would suggest any kind of commercial success of Apple products in the marketplace despite repeated claims that "Apple doesn't know what consumers want"
3. Evidence of wrongdoing of anyone other than Apple or its affiliates

Clearly, the submitter was just doing their part to keep Slashdot safe-to-read for Apple haters and fandroids. We applaud your efforts, good sir!

about a year and a half ago



Disney Acquires LucasFilm, Promises More Star Wars to Come

Revotron Revotron writes  |  about 2 years ago

Revotron (1115029) writes "Disney, the creative powerhouse behind multiple cinematic blockbusters like Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters Inc, and TRON, has recently completed its acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd. from George Lucas for a grand total of $4.05 billion. Lucas commented publicly on the sale, saying "It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers." So far Disney has promised at least three additions to the Star Wars franchise, with Episode VII slated to hit theaters in 2015. Scared yet, Slashdot? Happy Halloween!"
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US Television Network CW Embeds Smartphone in Magazine Ads

Revotron Revotron writes  |  about 2 years ago

Revotron (1115029) writes "Readers of Entertainment Weekly might be shocked to find their magazine is a good bit heavier than normal this week. US-based broadcaster CW placed an ad in Entertainment Weekly which uses a fully-functional 3G Android smartphone, a T-Mobile SIM card, and a specialized app to display short video advertisements along with the CW Twitter feed. Writers at Mashable were willing to geek out with a Swiss Army knife and a video camera to give us all the gory details as they tore it down piece-by-piece to discover the inner workings of CW's new ad."
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Apple Open-Sources Lossless Audio Codec

Revotron Revotron writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Revotron (1115029) writes "Apple has released the full source to their Apple Lossless Audio Codec under the Apache license. The Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) is a lossless audio codec developed by Apple and deployed on all of its platforms and devices over the last 10 years. Could the release of the ALAC source code mark a possible first step in opening up more of the iOS platform?"
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LulzSec phone-bombs FBI, HBGary

Revotron Revotron writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Revotron (1115029) writes "Anonymous hacker group LulzSec has begun to harness the power of the crowd in their latest griefing attempts. After a day of numerous DDoS attacks on a handful of famous MMOs, LulzSec's phone lines lit up with an estimated 20 calls per second. Using a fairly simple phone redirect, they sent all of their incoming calls to various offices, among them the FBI office in Detroit, Blizzard Customer Support, online retailer, and most recently, the corporate offices of HBGary."
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Best Way to Achieve Hardware-Diverse Clustering?

Revotron Revotron writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Revotron writes "I'm a devout Folding@Home contributor — yes, the kind who gets into Work-Unit-pissing-contests with friends — and I have some modest (400Mhz-1.266Ghz) x86 hardware that I'd like to put to use. I've tried running one process per machine (running Linux, of course) — however, my main roadblock is that I don't have the time to manage seven different F@H processes on seven different machines. I was daydreaming and began to wonder how many limbs I'd have to sacrifice to set up a decent and diverse Linux cluster for grid computing applications. Ease-of-use, ease-of-installation and a graphical interface for a master node are all a must. Dost thou have any ideas, faithful readers?"


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