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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

Rone An "unread email address"?? (277 comments)

If the address was unread now, it must have been monitored originally.

What are the chances that the original recipients were RIFed at some point to goose the quarterly numbers?

about 2 months ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

Rone Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (443 comments)

So at times the Tesla was being driven at speeds up to 100 MPH, collided with three cars and two utility poles along the way, and eventually suffered an impact that split the car in two, immolating the front half and embedding the back half within a nearby building.

Can't people see how dangerous and unsafe these vehicles are?!?

If something as trivial as multiple high-speed impacts can lead to driver fatality, imagine what could happen in a REALLY serious accident!

about 3 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

Rone How to fix H1B in four words... (566 comments)

Let. Them. Change. Companies.

If a foreign worker is important enough to the country that we'll give him or her a shortcut through our (admittedly ridiculous) immigration system, then it shouldn't matter WHICH company they're working for, as long as they're working for one of ours.

Locking them into one company only encourages the formation of sweatshops, and we're supposed to be better than that.

about 5 months ago
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Alan Turing Pardoned

Rone Want to make a REAL statement? (415 comments)

Issue more pardons.

How many more?

Well, how about every single soul ever convicted under "Turing's Law"?

Few other acts would express the appropriate level of "fuck you" to the mindset responsible for Turing's persecution, and reserving pardons for only the most notable implies that only the greatest have repaid their supposed "debt to society".

about 9 months ago
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Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests

Rone Participation not exactly "voluntary"... (562 comments)

If uniformed police officers are pulling you off the road in marked cars with flashing lights, your participation is hardly voluntary.

What happens if you decline to answer the questions of the men in white coats a little too firmly? Well, an officer with badge and gun is right there to show you the error of your ways!

I'm amazed the local chapter of the ACLU is merely "watching the operation closely" (per the article).

about 9 months ago
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Doom Is Twenty Years Old

Rone Doom was good... (225 comments)

Marathon was better.

It's a shame that Marathon was a Mac-only game for the most part, as a lot of PC gamers missed out on a great title.

Bungie later got their just desserts through the success of the Halo franchise, but said rewards were quite overdue by that point.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

Rone Re:Yes (712 comments)

If the article isn't worth your time, maybe consider skipping it?

For my part, when I saw an "I need a good pen" article with over 500 (!!) responses, I immediately assumed that a pen-themed holy war had erupted between /.'s more OCD-prone members, and thought I might learn something useful from the melee.

I always can use a better pen. (Currently using a 0.7 mm Pilot G2, which is better than most in that it doesn't completely suck.)

about a year ago
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Best Buy Cuts 650 Geek Squad Techies

Rone Which technicians were cut? (143 comments)

Which technicians were cut?

The ones with the lowest technical aptitude, or the ones who pushed the least amount of unnecessary service on their customers?

more than 2 years ago
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Copyright Infringer Tries To Shut Down Reporting On Her Infringement

Rone Paging the Texas Bar... cleanup in aisle seven... (418 comments)

So, how long before the Texas bar pulls the Jack Thompson trigger on Ms. Schwager for conduct unbecoming?

more than 2 years ago
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iTunes' Windows Problem

Rone Give up PC-based syncing? Absolutely not... (332 comments)

...and it's for a simple reason.

There are two iOS devices in our household - my iPod Touch, and the "family" iPad. The iPod has "my stuff" -- music and apps that only interest me. The latter is more geared towards the kids -- children's videos, songs, and games.

I maintain a separate iTunes library for each device, though both are tied to the same Apple ID, so that I can purchase content once, and load it onto each device as I see fit.

Apple's cloud service, however, forces me into two undesirable options:

    1) Getting to buy everything once, but forcing me to keep copies of all content on all devices.

    2) Setting up multiple Apple IDs, and having to buy multiple copies of anything I want to have on more than one device.

Neither of these appeal to me, so I have no interest in giving up PC-based syncing.

Keep trying, Apple...

more than 2 years ago
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Pay the TSA $100 and Bypass Airport Security

Rone Something people may not have caught... (527 comments)

The article mentioned a couple things that have profoundly disturbing implications when considered together:

1) This expedited screening program is by invitation only.

2) The TSA agents staffing the expedited checkpoints are smiling and extra-friendly.

So now, air travel has a caste system. VIPs (everybody who might possibly have a chance to successfully reform/dismantle the TSA) get kid glove treatment, and the filthy plebes get the rude assholes who steal stuff from your luggage and molest your children with complete impunity.

Joy.

more than 2 years ago
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Yahoo Replaces Half Its Board of Directors

Rone More interesting than it would first appear... (48 comments)

These ousters are more interesting than they first appear...

Judging by this summary (now out of date) of the Yahoo board, 2 of the removed board members (Arthur Kern and Gary Wilson) were financial/investment guys (i.e. not technical people), 1 (Vyomesh Joshi) was a former "printer guy" from HP (whose technology credentials are highly suspect given his probable ties to Carly Fiorina), and 1 (Roy Bostock) was the current CEO.

Almost all of the people left on the board appear to have some decent technology credentials. If you wanted to "cut the fat" from the Yahoo board, you could do a lot worse than removing these four people.

more than 2 years ago
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Superpoke Players Sue Google

Rone Re:Implications for EULAs? (160 comments)

I've heard of some EULA-upholding precedents (no time to Google for citations at the moment, sorry), so I doubt that they would get nuked across the board.

However, a narrowly-focused precedent barring/limiting "no refund" clauses would be quite welcome.

Such a precedent could also be used to mandate refunds for DRM-protected materials in the event that the parent company shuts down / goes bankrupt, which is one of the biggest problems with our increasing use of digital media (books, movies, etc).

more than 2 years ago
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Superpoke Players Sue Google

Rone Implications for EULAs? (160 comments)

I'm sure the SuperPoke EULA had provisions stating that all virtual currency purchased for use in-game was non-refundable, no matter what.

In light of that, it'll be interesting to see how this plays out in court. If Google doesn't settle, and loses, we could possibly see an EULA-affecting precedent come out of this.

more than 2 years ago
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Copyright Claim Sets Back Cognitive Impairment Testing

Rone Re:You failed the (comprehension) test (116 comments)

...pond scum doesn't usually care what you think about it.

If the backlash is big enough, it will.

See the recent case study of Paul Christoforo (Captain "I wwebsite as on the Internet"), for example.

more than 2 years ago
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Pirate Party Invited To, Then Banned From Gaming Exhibition

Rone Re:Refund? (115 comments)

Will they get their money back?

Even with a refund of the booth fee, the Pirate Party could still be out a significant chunk of change.

Exhibition-grade booth displays and paraphernalia cost thousands of dollars (even tens of thousands for large booths), and if the Pirate Party invested money on materials specifically for this show, they may have just flushed a significant portion of their yearly budget.

The paranoid might even think that this invite-then-ban manuever was done deliberately.

more than 2 years ago
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Hacker Exposes Parts of Florida's Voting Database

Rone Re:Need Slashdot usage advice (261 comments)

Starting a month or two ago, Slashdot is showing me very few postings when I read the discussions. It's not the rating filter; I've tried many different settings on that. I've tried both D1 and D2 discussion systems, and that doesn't help. I just want things to be the way they used to be.

I've had the same thing happen too, though I haven't tried using D1 system to get around it.

Best I can figure (I haven't spent much time investigating -- better things to do), the source of the problem is that /. quit allowing highly-scored replies to low-score parents from showing up.

I've been waiting for the /. crew to fix this for a few weeks, but no fix has happened yet. At this rate, I'm not sure there will BE a fix. *shrug*

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 4, A Day Later

Rone Re:awsome. (435 comments)

Just found the page myself, but the periodic downloads from far-eastern Russia / western China every few seconds are what get me.

"Yes, Virginia, there is Firefox in Siberia."

more than 3 years ago
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A Finnish-Chinese Connection For Stuxnet?

Rone Here's a question... (113 comments)

Interesting article, which (indirectly) raises an even more interesting question:

If China was behind the StuxNet worm, why would they risk undoing all of their careful origin-obfuscation work by subsequently carrying out two high-risk meat-space operations against high-level Iranian engineers?

One possibility is that they simply didn't . Once the worm came to light, some other intelligence agency with a more direct way of handling things may have decided to seize the opportunity to increase the worm's lifespan by eliminating the people most likely to stop it.

If two different parties were behind the worm and the assassinations, TFA's China theory might indeed be plausible.

more than 3 years ago
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Announced for November 2011

Rone But... but.... but... (231 comments)

But Bethesda CAN'T release a new Elder Scrolls game!

Elder Scrolls has always been a single-player series, and single-player is DEAD, DEAD, DEAD! Our lords and masters at EA have said so!

more than 3 years ago

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