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Simple Emergency Generators and Radio Receivers (Video)

SGT CAPSLOCK Re:Something we can agree on. (93 comments)

Another good thing about the beta website: it can also be worn... as a hat.

about 2 months ago
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Simple Emergency Generators and Radio Receivers (Video)

SGT CAPSLOCK Re:Did they make the comment section wider? (93 comments)

They can't make it good, though. The only thing that'd make the beta website become a reasonable experience for the "audience" would be to hold a ritualistic sacrifice of a thumb drive containing the sole copy of all its Javascript bloat and ugly style sheets and then post a video of the activity perfectly syncronized to the chocobo song from Final Fantasy IX!

about 2 months ago
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Simple Emergency Generators and Radio Receivers (Video)

SGT CAPSLOCK Beta Website Design (Video) (93 comments)

Posted by SGT CAPSLOCK on Friday February 07, 2014 @03:59PM
from the straight-to-release dept.

Dice Holdings makes beta websites and awkward poll questions. SGT CAPSLOCK talked with them at slashdot.org and made this video of how their thought process works. Alternate video link @ void.org.

[video link: NULL]

about 2 months ago
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NASA Pondering Two Public Contests To Build Small Space Exploration Satellites

SGT CAPSLOCK Re:Beta (127 comments)

srsly the beta sux

^ This comment looks ugly when viewed from the beta.

I assure you that it's BEAUTIFUL when viewed from the classic version though!

about 2 months ago
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Linksys Resurrects WRT54G In a New Router

SGT CAPSLOCK Re:A summary of the /. article (310 comments)

Ahem. Pretend that read:

(Company) resurrects (popular product) with the newer, nicer (more expensive, less functional product)!

Someone writes:

"A year after (random event), (Company) today brought back the design of what it called 'the best-selling product of all time' but now with (common feature). We are talking about the classic (popular product). After caving in to community demands, (Company) has decided to release (more expensive, less functional product) at the inflated price of (too much). A spokesman for can be quoted as having said, 'give me your money!'."

about 3 months ago
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Linksys Resurrects WRT54G In a New Router

SGT CAPSLOCK A summary of the /. article (310 comments)

resurrects with the newer, nicer !

Someone writes:

"A year after , today brought back the design of what it called 'the best-selling product of all time' but with . We are talking about the classic . After caving in to community demands, has decided to release at the inflated price of . A spokesman for can be quoted as having said, 'give me your money!'."

about 3 months ago
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Winners and Losers In the World of Interfaces: 2013 In Review

SGT CAPSLOCK Sorry to the readers (116 comments)

This article is just trash. I mean, the whole thing! It's just buzzword-laden bullshit that can't even be parsed into coherent thoughts. There is very little meat in this supposed roundup of interface wins & losses, and to top it off, it doesn't even mention the horrendously well-accepted "interface failures" which have been primary topics of discussion in the wide open world of UX this year.

My take: anything involving the word "UX" this year has most assuredly been a GRAND success at the unstated mission of screwing people (the ones forced to use the interfaces) over, whether it be by way of simplifying (read: removing) functionality, tightening (read: hiding) features, or even just by repurposing (read: obfuscating) old "paradigms".

Well, at least -I- think my summary is better than their article!

about 4 months ago
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How much of your media do you store locally?

SGT CAPSLOCK Re:All of it (187 comments)

My cloud provider is the NSA!

Anyway, I don't really store anything online. I'd sooner not use a computer at all than trust a "cloud" storage system on the internet to archive my data even half as well as my own physical drives do.

I've got convenience -- my drives are insanely fast, instantly available, and I can connect them with USB 3.0, eSATA, or drop them into a SAS backplane at my leisure. I own the drives, I own the data, and I own all the options.

When I want my data to be reliably backed up, I make reliable backups.

When I want to share it, I can do that.

But most important -- when I want to delete my data, I make it truly vanish.

about 4 months ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

SGT CAPSLOCK Re:ABSO-FSCKING-LUTELY NOT! (1191 comments)

This guy's got it right! I don't want to navigate a bunch of bullshit personalization settings in order to be able to get to meat of a web site. Aside from that, excess javascript is the very reason that I use noscript in the first place.

Aside from the thick fucking white borders, the ugly "this domain has been parked, here's some ads (articles, really - look more closely)" interface, and the tremendous abuse of javascript, there's also the matter of usability. Let's say that I whitelist this site with noscript. Well, now I get LOOK-THE-FUCK-AT-ME giant tooltips explaining that it's alright to click on things at the top of the page every single time I visit it because I have my browser set up to delete all cookies/history/etc upon closing a tab.

In such a case, I also have to navigate those bullshit personalization settings I mentioned in order to disable the gigantic/distracting images, leaving only the article summaries which are in fact tinier than the images themselves. Now it looks like I'm on some beta version of a Wordpress blog that a kid just set up.

Well, I guess I'm not really fighting against this. If this is the direction that Slashdot thinks that it should go, then by all means, do it. If it happens though, don't expect to retain your usual base of contributors.

about 6 months ago
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Can Internet Pseudonymity Be Saved?

SGT CAPSLOCK Re:Answer (491 comments)

Dunno why that's modded funny. It was my first thought as well.

The problem is probably when governments start trying to enforce it for all communications, but that's such an unrealistic logistics nightmare that it simply isn't a plausible concern.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Cloud Service On a Budget?

SGT CAPSLOCK Re:why bother? (121 comments)

My first thought was scameras / licence plate cameras at intersections, etc. I hope it's not something malicious like that!

about 7 months ago
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US Intercepts Iranian Order For Attack On US Embassy In Iraq

SGT CAPSLOCK Re:Sounds About Right (433 comments)

Ew. The comment box ate my clever mark-up!

My comment should've read something like:

"U.S. officials have learned that (China|Russia|Syria|Al Qaeda|etc) have commited cyber(terrorism|war|crime|etc)".

With brackets. :

about 7 months ago
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US Intercepts Iranian Order For Attack On US Embassy In Iraq

SGT CAPSLOCK Re:Sounds About Right (433 comments)

Mod this guy up!

My personal opinion is that tftp can be both right and wrong, and it deserves some discussion.

He's right in the fact that: "U.S. officials have learned that have commited cyber" is becoming downright annoying to read, especially without any credible evidence ever pointing to the former culprit truly being the one to commit the latter [horrible] cyber-deed.

The other part - well, that's already been claimed by other threads. It's the oft-discussed "is there even enough credibility in this government to warrant giving their finger-pointing even a single thought?"

Ahhh. My signature should be "cyber-lol"!

about 7 months ago
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US Intercepts Iranian Order For Attack On US Embassy In Iraq

SGT CAPSLOCK Sounds About Right (433 comments)

> The U.S. has intercepted

Sounds right so far.

> an order from Iran to militants in Iraq to attack the U.S. Embassy

Mm hmm...

> ...U.S. officials also fear...

They're more scared of us than we are of them! Right? Maybe that's spiders.

> the U.S. has moved military resources in the region for a possible strike

I can't go on. I'm really feeling terrified now, so... Ahh. I think I'll go watch some F** N**** to learn more about this.

about 7 months ago
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HDMI 2.0 Officially Announced

SGT CAPSLOCK Re:Attention Cinephiles (293 comments)

Do your cables use oxygen-free copper, though? I'm sick of oxygen messing my pixels up!

Also, can I give you more money for some gold-colored connectors??? I don't mind throwing all of my money at you and your cables if you add useful features like these.

about 7 months ago
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Facebook To Overhaul Data Use Policy

SGT CAPSLOCK Re:Thanks (216 comments)

It's sadly the case...

One of my friends has a wife who decided it'd be cute to post pictures of me on her Facebook account despite my telling her plainly that I didn't want that to happen. I got the pleasure of sitting and watching her do it, and giggle about it throughout my protests.

Nothing can be done to stop it. It's not like I'm going to steal her camera and delete her pictures. So, I'm in their system, despite being really well known as the paranoid "they're out to get me" guy to pretty much everyone who knows me.

No matter how careful we are individually, the ignorance of others certainly can affect us strongly these days...

about 7 months ago
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Lockbox Aims To NSA-Proof the Cloud

SGT CAPSLOCK Re:Sounds like a job for... (292 comments)

Vigintillions, my friend.

Honestly, I didn't mean for that number to be taken literally. This is Slashdot! How could it be taken as truth without a reference?!

about 7 months ago
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US Mounted 231 Offensive Cyber-operations In 2011, Runs Worldwide Botnet

SGT CAPSLOCK Re:wow (367 comments)

Whether it be Microsoft Security Essentials, Norton, or any other antivirus software, it won't help.

Didn't you read the article? Those kinds of things are only useful against mere computer viruses. These are more sophisticated.

These are "implants"!

about 8 months ago
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Lockbox Aims To NSA-Proof the Cloud

SGT CAPSLOCK Sounds like a job for... (292 comments)

Sounds like a job for... Well, any of the millions and trillions of safer, free, open source software utilities which can do the exact same thing without exposing your keys to some third party.

I wouldn't trust anyone but myself with my private keys, and I certainly wouldn't trust anyone else to generate private keys for me.

For that matter, I don't trust my data to be safe in anyone else's computer, but I guess that's OT.

about 8 months ago
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My ISP...

SGT CAPSLOCK No caps, but... (290 comments)

Although I have no usage cap, my link is limited to 50 kilobyte/sec download and ~20 kilobyte/sec upload.

It's a WISP running on Motorola Canopy equipment, so I also have a lot of packet loss.

It costs me something like $65/month for this. That's the only thing that actually makes it evil; I'm screwed because I have no alternatives whatsoever (since satellite is even worse).

about 8 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Fight Usage Caps?

SGT CAPSLOCK SGT CAPSLOCK writes  |  about 7 months ago

SGT CAPSLOCK (2895395) writes "It certainly seems like more and more Internet Service Providers are taking up arms to combat their customers when it comes to data usage policies. The latest member of the alliance is Mediacom here in my own part of Missouri, who has taken suit in applying a proverbial cork to their end of a tube in order to cap the bandwidth that their customers are able to use. My question: what do you do about it when every service provider in your area applies caps and other usage limitations? Do you shamefully abide, or do you fight it? And how?"

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