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Judge: NSA Phone Program Likely Unconstitutional

SnarfQuest Re:About time (345 comments)

Obama promises that "if you like your NSA anal probes, you can keep your NSA anal probes!"

about 10 months ago
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HP's NonStop Servers Go x86, Countdown To Itanium Extinction Begins

SnarfQuest Re:Goes along with the VMS announcement (243 comments)

It doesn't matter how good the hardware is, Windows will still Blue-Screen on it.
If your OS software is crap, then don't expect the hardware to hide all the problems.

about a year ago
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Tesla Model S Catches Fire: Is This Tesla's 'Toyota' Moment?

SnarfQuest Re:Big Oil is Dancing (388 comments)

When you consider that accidently breaking a CFL (compact fluorescent Light) requires a superfund style cleanup effort, it doesn't sound nearly so bad.

1 year,27 days
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Engineers Invent Programming Language To Build Synthetic DNA

SnarfQuest Re:REM (51 comments)

I'd be more interested in what the optimizer does to it. Or if someone sneaks fly dna into into one of the include files. We might get a real live bad movie. Or maybe Spiderman wil really exist (Auntie, can I have another serving of moths?)

about a year ago
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Microsoft Takes Another Stab At Tablets, Unveils Surface 2, Surface 2 Pro

SnarfQuest Whats the market (381 comments)

What is the market for these?
For $100 more, you can get a real laptop, with a large disk and a keyboard.
For half the price, you can get a Android tablet.
Only people stuck with Windows, and in need of a really portable version, might want one of these. How big is that market, really?
It's like selling checken feet for $3.00/lb. Sure, someone might want them, but most people would prefer chicken breasts at $2.00/lb, or steak at $4.00/lb.

about a year ago
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Schneier: Metadata Equals Surveillance

SnarfQuest Re:Location data (191 comments)

They know where you were, who you were talking to,, where they were, how long you talked, how often you talk to them, where you travel to before/after you talk, where they travel before/after you talk, what times you usually talk, ...
And they do it for everyone you talk with. So they can map who you talk to, who your friends talk to, see where you normally travel to during the week, who you eat lunch with, etc.
There's a lot of information available fin that "metadata" about you.

about a year ago
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To Boldly Go Nowhere, For Now

SnarfQuest Re:Why send ANYTHING into space? (308 comments)

Thats basically how we did the moon shots. It was really a sound stage in Area-51. Just watch "Capricorn One" sometime.

about a year ago
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To Boldly Go Nowhere, For Now

SnarfQuest Re:Welcome to 1990 (308 comments)

But this administration has so many more important things to spend your tax money on, than something like science, cuch as

1. Gay marriage.
2. Taking cntrol of all health services.
3. Socialist programs (like welfare)
4. Arming and supporting Al Queda (like we do in Syria and Egypt)
5. Spying on US citizens.

We don't have funds for things that won't grow the government, support socialism, or gain votes in an election.

about a year ago
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Mystery of Missing Martian Methane Deepens

SnarfQuest Its obvious (53 comments)

It's obvious: It's George W Bushes fault. At least that's what obama says.

about a year ago
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Robots Join Final Assembly Line At US Auto Plant

SnarfQuest Mexican robots? (223 comments)

They better be undocumented Mexican robots, who'll do the work American robots refuse to do.

about a year ago
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Yahoo CEO Says It Would Be Treason To Decline To Cooperate With the NSA

SnarfQuest Re:Treason.. or... (524 comments)

Didn't Obama declare the war on terror as being over?

about a year ago
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Former DHS Official Blames Privacy Advocates For TSA's Aggressive Procedures

SnarfQuest Re:What is the purpose of the TSA? (325 comments)

As for the blow-up goal: Did we have a lot of planes getting blown-up by terrorists before the TSA? Nope! Has the TSA detected lots of bombs on planes? Nope! If the TSA was nothing other than an officer walking around the airport, he would have foiled as many plots as this $7 billion organization.

Who causes more problems at the airport? TSA agents stealing from passengers, or terrorists blowing up planes?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can We Still Trust FIPS?

SnarfQuest Re:How can anyone trust (138 comments)

Your two items are inconsistent. These groups assume that Americans are the enemy.

about a year ago
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It's Official: Voyager 1 Is an Interstellar Probe

SnarfQuest Name change (218 comments)

If we start calling it V'ger right now, will we be able to avoid several time-travel movies?

about a year ago
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TSA Reminds You Not To Travel With Hand Grenades

SnarfQuest Hoe many (378 comments)

If they found this many, our inept TSA agents probably missed 10x more than they found. Especially if there were being carried by Muslims, because you are not supposed to profile them. Grandmothers yes, religious extremists no.

about a year ago
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Google Joins Open edX

SnarfQuest Re:MOOC=? (29 comments)

It's not Monkeys Operating Online Computers?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Best To Synchronize Projects Between Shared Drive and PCs?

SnarfQuest If not version control (238 comments)

If you don't want to use the obvious version control solutions, there are many other possibilities.

1. Network folder. Do they really need their very own copy? If they are always connected to the network, just share the network drive.

2. DropBox. It can cost money, but all you need to do is put the file in the proper place, and it updates to all computers automatically.

3. rsync plus a cron job. Not sure about how to handle this with windows. Do they need to manually force an update, or can an hourly ccron job be enough (or whatever Windows does instead of cron).

4. Hire a secretary to run from machine to machine updating them as necessary. If your programmer are guys, and the secretary is cute, this will be their preferred solution.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Best To Synchronize Projects Between Shared Drive and PCs?

SnarfQuest Re:An analogy. (238 comments)

Get a rock. They don't get bent as easily as thermos. Sometimes you just need to get the proper tool for the job.

about a year ago

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