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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

Roskolnikov Seems like a good guy.. (235 comments)

He was one of the least hurt by the sanctions regarding the Ukraine, seems like he cares... wonder how taxation on this is going to play out....

about a month and a half ago

Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

Roskolnikov Wish I had... (368 comments)

My last customer service 'interaction' with Comcast involved a rate offered for services when unbundled (not part of one of their phone/internet/cable 'deals')
Navigating their promotion site I found I could get my current package for 15 dollars less per month, I wasn't allowed to select it because I already had it; Calling them I asked for assistance, they insisted it was a bundle price and I couldn't, I explained how I got the idea, they followed the link and agreed; service rep assured me they could fix this but it would take logging a ticket and that they would call me back in a week or less.

A week later, no call back, I call and reference my previous call, they check and tell me it has been fixed; strange, they didn't call, so I asked when they would adjust my billing; what followed is how I believe Comcast treats all of its customers... what was 'fixed' was the website, they logged the back line ticket to the web developers to fix the clearly broken (to them) offer; to confirm I was satisfied the CSR asked me to follow the link and confirm that I was no longer offered the better rate.

I really wish I had recorded both conversations, brilliant and classic ZFG.

about 6 months ago

A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

Roskolnikov Re:Wow ... (419 comments)

Well, maybe, but maybe the fault lies with the criminal, they printed credit cards that looked and felt real enough to fool a store clerk who handles them every day, what are the odds that clerk called the bank with the phone number on the back of the card? I have worked in retail, the check/credit card fraud was amazingly simple back then and still they got away with it, the rule of more secure less convenient does come into play but Apple understands this, each sales person is also a 'register' and the the clearing service they use needs to be explicit in dealing with all rejections, sometimes saying no is really a good thing.

about 5 months ago

Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

Roskolnikov Wow. (76 comments)

So if groups with disabilities pay up they can have 'fast' service? Next up, every day net neutrality exists a kitten dies tactic?

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

Roskolnikov It's a trap... (822 comments)

pleading guilty might make a case for extradition stronger and the case for extended clemency weaker? a convicted felon versus a suspected felon might have different standing in regards to who would accept him.... IANAL but it sounds like the game of checkers has just been moved to chess.

1 year,1 day

Obama Announces Surveillance Reforms

Roskolnikov Treadstone ends, Blackbriar begins... (359 comments)

Likely the 'new' program is already up and running, this just provides a distraction for the masses.

1 year,11 days

Are Cable Subscribers Subsidizing Internet-Only TV Viewers?

Roskolnikov Re:Mod question... (223 comments)

It should be.... sounds like a cable exec loaded up a bong (its medicinal) and this idea was the result.....

about a year ago

New Snowden Revelation: Terrorists Attempting To Infiltrate CIA

Roskolnikov Re:Better use for NSA capabilities: Watch Congress (250 comments)

heh, with their 3 degree's rule I suspect they already are... I wonder how they keep their own names off the lists, or if they even bother, very likely they create alter egos and live their real lives through them.

about a year ago

New Snowden Revelation: Terrorists Attempting To Infiltrate CIA

Roskolnikov You know spies.... (250 comments)

Bunch of bitchy little girls. Good news for you, I'm a drunk and a washout already, so I can talk to whoever I want, burned or no.

- Sam Axe

about a year ago

Hackers Reveal Nasty New Car Attacks

Roskolnikov Re:High risk (390 comments)

unless you add a wireless dongle (they come in Bluetooth and wifi but they still require physical access and close proximity).
every person that has done a 'reflash' on their car to get more performance has done similar things, I can with the right parameters make my cars motor throw a connecting rod through the block, I don't consider this hacking, I consider it sky is falling stupidity... if they had done this through on-star, now that, I would consider hacking and truly the danger that should be exposed by this article.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Asynchronous RAID-1 Free Software Backup For Laptops?

Roskolnikov ZFS - incremental/snapshot? (227 comments)

two pools, internalPool, externalPool

use ZFS send and receive to migrate your data from internal to external, you and do whole fs or incremental if you keep a couple of snaps local on your internal disk, this can get excessive if you have a lot of delta or you want a long time.


of course you will need a system that can use ZFS, there are more options for that than time machine, its block level and its fast, and it doesn't depend on just one device, you can have multiple devices (I like to keep some of my data at work, why? my backup solution is in the same house that would burn, if it burned...)

about a year and a half ago

EU Parliament Supports Suspending US Data Sharing

Roskolnikov This might matter. (153 comments)

So they've voted against sharing data from the EU's citizens only when its exposed that the US wanted the same level of detail on the government(s) supposedly protecting the interests of those citizens? It might matter if the NSA/CIA wasn't already able to get most if not all of this data from their 'unofficial' channels, but I am afraid that train has left the station.

about a year and a half ago

Edward Snowden is ...

Roskolnikov Hero? whose hero? (601 comments)

Our founding fathers were quite reasonably considered a traitorous lot by England, we fought with the English in a manner that today would certainly also label them as 'terrorists' Snowden appears to have decided on which oaths to break and which to keep and its too soon to label him anything but a fugitive, but I am hopeful that if correct he is not alone and that others will speak out, it really does seem that our constitution is less of an authoritative document and more a piece of paper, not unlike that hanging on the roll next to your toilet.

about a year and a half ago

PayPal Denies Teen Reward For Finding Bug

Roskolnikov Re:The next bug.... (318 comments)

And as an added bonus, they are under 18, so they have some hope of being treated as children in the eyes of the law, they just need to make certain all is done before they turn 18 and that they aren't tried as adults anyhow.

about a year and a half ago

41 Months In Prison For Man Who Leaked AT&T iPad Email Addresses

Roskolnikov How does this not qualify as... (459 comments)

whistle blowing?

if he would have called AT&T and told them he found this, they would have accused him of hacking, he leaks it to a journalist and gets jail? did the journalist turn him in?

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

Roskolnikov Not GOATSE... (884 comments)

turn your router off, reconfigure it or replace it, go into paranoid mode, if the router does port forwarding take all port 80 and 443 attempts and direct them to your proxys:


set up a linux host, plugged in wired and an exception for the above rule, set up authenticated squid...

or just turn your router off for a while and go wired....

about 2 years ago

Retail Copies of Office 2013 Are Tied To a Single Computer Forever

Roskolnikov Advice? (464 comments)

install it in a virtual machine, run it from there, this is lame.

about 2 years ago

30 Years of the Apple Lisa and the Apple IIe

Roskolnikov remember? (171 comments)


about 2 years ago



Apple removes nearly all reference to ZFS.

Roskolnikov Roskolnikov writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Roskolnikov (68772) writes "Well, it would appear that Apple has decided that ZFS isn't really ready for prime time or even twilight; early on mention of Snow Leopard server and ZFS were hand in hand, a search on Apples site now for ZFS yields quite a few less results than just a few days back, in fact the only hits I got were for an Xserve (read only ZFS, looks like Apple missed one) and Apple Open Source, whice strangely enough points to Open Solaris ZFS doco, this used to point to the Apple ZFS binaries (1.19 release). See for yourself: http://www.apple.com/search/?q=zfs Apple page: http://www.apple.com/server/macosx/ Google cache: Apple has done this kind of thing in the past but really I was hoping this was one feature promise that they would keep, I've been using it now for quite some time for data but it has all been command line; maybe they have decided that they bit off more than even they could chew? Time will tell, they've pulled this with HFS+, Time Machine and other not quite ready for prime time technologies but I certainly hope this isn't the first foot in the ground for ZFS on OSX."

Unauthorized TSA Security checkpoint toy.

Roskolnikov Roskolnikov writes  |  about 6 years ago

Roskolnikov (68772) writes "I thought I ran across a joke, Playmobil the maker of children scenario playsets has made a airport security checkpoint that could easily be at home on any travellers desk; what makes this even more entertaining (in a sick, yet somehow funny way) are the reviews posted for this defective toy; imagine what a little barbed wire and SS uniforms would do for this. http://www.amazon.com/Playmobil-3172-Security-Check-Point/dp/B0002CYTL2/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top"

Roskolnikov Roskolnikov writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Roskolnikov (68772) writes "I've been sitting on the fence regarding the purchase of a ReadyNAS appliance recently and noticed some problems with their website (not available and such) usually this kind of thing implies doors closing or a buyout; looks like the latter as its been announced that Netgear will be purchasing Infrant for 60+ million. Purchased my NV+ yesterday, will see if this changes the usefulness of this product. http://www.infrant.com/ http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/31884/118/"


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