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A Critique of the Boston Bombing News Coverage (Video)

Rurik The big rush (175 comments)

We need a story now, quick. We need something to put on airtime because our marketing is calling around our advertising clients to see who wants to bid on the next hour of airtime. The big need to get something up quick, even if it's very low quality, such as a poorly recorded video interview without a transcript... oh, wait...

1 year,1 day
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Why Working Remotely Needs To Make a Comeback

Rurik ... ... Wuuuut (455 comments)

What is this, a Japanese RPG? Can you possibly squeeze any more ellipses into that summary?

about a year ago
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Has CES Lost Its Star Appeal?

Rurik Horrible article - auto-plays video (100 comments)

An article that automatically plays two videos, one with full audio, upon being loaded? Such actions should preclude such articles from being posted.

Won't somebody please think of the bandwidth?!

about a year ago
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The Trials and Tribulations of a Would-Be Facebook Employee

Rurik Yawn (241 comments)

I was confused in reading the write-up. If the interview was scheduled three months in advance, why did he say that he only had one day to prepare for the "CS" style interview? Where did this "December Interview Preparation Tips" come from? Only partial bits of data are given, none of which support the poster's side of the story.

And what phone were you using that didn't have speaker phone capabilities? Nearly all land line phones do that, as well as all mobile phones. Skype crap happens all the time, even on perfect connections. You roll with it. And, if you can't, then you'll likely have problems in a technology company.

In summary, this reads as: "HR department had too many applicants and I slipped between the cracks for scheduling, then I bombed my interview but it really wasn't my fault. Really!"

about a year ago
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Cloud Firm MediaFire Flags Malware Samples For DMCA Violation, Bans Researcher

Rurik Hold them to the fire (125 comments)

LeakID (and/or their client) just claimed copyright over malware. Not just any malware, but targeted malware against a corporation for the intent of theft of intellectual property and unauthorized access of computer systems.

IANAL, but LeakID should then be held liable and responsible for their "copyrighted works".

about a year and a half ago
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Windows Remote Desktop Exploit In the Wild

Rurik Not entirely true (94 comments)

It cannot "be exploited remotely to execute arbitrary code". It can only crash the service. There is no RCE developed for this vulnerability, yet. The article itself even says this (even though it's author submitted it here):

"""
Creating a working exploit for the CVE-2012-0002 vulnerability is not trivial, Microsoft security engineers Suha Can and Jonathan Ness said in a blog post on Tuesday. "We would be surprised to see one developed in the next few days. However, we expect to see working exploit code developed within the next 30 days."

The PoC is pretty basic, but an experienced exploit writer can modify it to achieve remote code execution, the researcher said.
"""

Yes, MS12-020 is a big deal. But, not THAT big of a deal, yet. Stop flinging FUD around about things that haven't yet happened.

more than 2 years ago
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How Does the CIA Keep Its IT Staff Honest?

Rurik Cool story bro (238 comments)

But 2008 wants its stories back.

more than 2 years ago
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Swiss To End Use of Nuclear Power

Rurik Posted by 'mdsolar' (470 comments)

So an anti-nuclear story posted by a user named 'mdsolar' with a blog running very anti-nuclear posts. He also is involved in a business that rents solar systems to homes (http://www.blogger.com/profile/14124764472206647347).

Christ, Slashdot. Can you be a bit more opaque in posting biased stories?

more than 2 years ago
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TwitPic Will Sell Your Photos, But No Cash For You

Rurik Re:Non-story (102 comments)

If they're securing the rights to do so, then they have plans to do so.

more than 2 years ago
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No Pirate Bay for Comcast Customers

Rurik Way to be slow on the draw (230 comments)

That was the news THIS MORNING. Then it was found that Pirate Bay couldn't be accessed by anyone. Web server died. It sounds like they segment traffic to certain web servers based on IP ranges for load-balancing, and the one for the Comcast group died. No big conspiracy here.

And why link to PCWorld? Who are they? TorrentFreak broke the news and continually updated it through the day. They should be cited:
http://torrentfreak.com/comcast-blocked-the-pirate-bay-110512/

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Take a Pay Cut To Telecommute?

Rurik No (615 comments)

You save money on time and logistics, but you also have to create a work area in your home. Certain organizations have sqft requirements. You also need to establish locked areas to hold files and documents. And, ultimately, you're no longer allowed to check-out. With a standard job you are expected to be responsive during your normal work hours (say 9--5:30). With telecommuting the work hours shift and you will easily find yourself on call 12 hours a day. Additionally, you lose camaraderie with your coworkers, a chance to hunker down and drive through projects faster, and possible extensive delays in communications.

Then factor in the possibility of children banging down the door to play, and the guilt you feel by having to shuffle them out to finish a project. Then a spouse who takes advantage of you "being there" for babysitting, phone calls, emotional chats, and I'd rather be at work during the day.

about 3 years ago
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Old Man Murray Wikipedia Controversy Continues

Rurik Re:Uh, debate is where? (173 comments)

"There have been no edits to the OMM talk page for a week."

more than 3 years ago
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Old Man Murray Wikipedia Controversy Continues

Rurik Uh, debate is where? (173 comments)

Where does the debate continue? There was no link in the summary pointing to any ongoing debate. Just the previous Slashdot story and the main wikipedia article. There have been no edits to the OMM talk page for a week.

Shoddy, shoddy, shoddy submission.

Maybe they're referring to the SignPost article that has a handful of comments from a few days ago?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-03-07/Deletion_controversy

more than 3 years ago
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Are We Too Reliant On GPS?

Rurik Uh, no. (325 comments)

GPS is just the latest iteration of navigational assistance. Before it was Google Map printouts. And before that was AAA trip books. And then hand-written maps and directions given over the phone. And it goes on. Think of "Go down about two sees and look for a red barn, then turn left." How are any of these different from a GPS? What happens if the barn fell down, or was painted, or was too dark to see?

Each has the same issue of the driver not intelligently understanding when things go different from what the directions in front of them say. Overall, GPS does help because it means no longer stopping to ask for directions.

I can't see it being a bad thing to become reliant on a technology to help you from getting lost.

more than 3 years ago
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Android vs. iPhone — Who Wins In 2011?

Rurik I meant to comment earlier (424 comments)

I meant to comment earlier, but my iPhone alarm didn't go off.

more than 3 years ago
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New Tool Blocks Downloads From Malicious Sites

Rurik Not new, vaporware (192 comments)

Great idea, and I can't wait for it to surface. But, don't get your hopes up. Brian Krebs reported on this back in February (http://krebsonsecurity.com/2010/02/blade-hacking-away-at-drive-by-downloads/) and it's been vaporware the entire time. Demo videos look great, but there has been absolutely no public movement on the project since this spring.

When it gets released, THEN post something to /.

more than 3 years ago
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Most Console Gamers Still Prefer Physical Media

Rurik Re:Duh, a no brainer (232 comments)

I'm sorry for your loss.

more than 3 years ago
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Most Console Gamers Still Prefer Physical Media

Rurik Duh, a no brainer (232 comments)

Physical media will always be far superior to digital.

1) Can buy the game used. Instead of paying $60 for a game, you can wait a few weeks and get it for $35-40. Within a few months, it's available for $20-30 while Steam still sells it for $60.

2) It can be resold. After you spend 10 hours finishing that game, you can turn it around and resell it for 80% of its buying price. You can then apply that money towards #1 and buy another game for cheap.

3) You're not stuck with it. How many games, honestly, do you still play after a year? Maybe one or two. Why be permanently stuck with a game that you'll never play again? And why be stuck with a game that sucks? How about those poor saps that paid $60 for Terminator Salvation, discovered the game could be beaten in 5 hours, and had absolutely no replay value?

4) You can trade games. The ultimate barter. Tired of a game and need a break? Trade with a friend for a month. Want to see if a game is really fun? Borrow it from a friend. Downloadable demos do not compare.

5) A visual reminder. Having a physical boxed item is a visual reminder that you have a game that you can play. I compare this to the Humble Games bundle I bought a few weeks back. I honestly keep forgetting that I have these games to play, since they're just icons on my desktop along with dozens of others. It's different than being bored and walking to a bookcase to view through a physical collection.

more than 3 years ago
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Lost Ends

Rurik What about for those who haven't seen it? (955 comments)

I've never seen a single episode of Lost, ever. But, I want to. I generally wait for shows to release on DVD and watch them over a few weekends.

With Lost closing up, is that still recommended? Everything I hear is about the bad story arcs and plot lines that go nowhere. If it worth watching from beginning to end? Are there rehash episodes that would make more sense to watch?

more than 3 years ago
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State Senator Caught Looking At Porn On Senate Floor

Rurik Re:A setup (574 comments)

I stand corrected :)

more than 3 years ago

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