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Of all my locally stored data, I encrypt ...

Target Practice Re:Obligatory xkcd reference. (261 comments)

That's probably the best example of what "physical access to the device" could mean.

more than 2 years ago
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The Most Expensive One-Byte Mistake

Target Practice Slashdot Sensation Prevention Section (594 comments)

Wow, this place has come a long way from a simple news for nerds site. Now, the authors are placing disclaimers specifically addressed to us :)

more than 3 years ago
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NH Man Arrested For Videotaping Police.. Again

Target Practice Re:lulz (666 comments)

had there not been a helicopter overhead filming police beating the shit out of Rodney King?

Could've sworn the guy filming was on foot, at a distance...

more than 3 years ago
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The Matrix Re-Reloaded

Target Practice Re:Matrix was not bad (640 comments)

The idea of an ultra-sophisticated system able to enslave the human race that can only be defeated by virtual-reality karate fighting was what did it for me.

And with that one sentence you've forever ruined The Matrix for me.

more than 3 years ago
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Mail Service Costs Netflix 20x More Than Streaming

Target Practice Re:Duh? (473 comments)

Also, DVDs via mail take longer to get to your house.

more than 3 years ago
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Open Source More Expensive Says MS Report

Target Practice Inaccurate summary? (465 comments)

This is merely one writer's take on the book, 'The Comingled Code'. I would recommend instead to read the book before we get all uppity. It's true they received funding from Microsoft, but I would like to know who else funded them. From the book's homepage, it seems quite a few people are happy with their work, including this guy from Google:

“Unlike much of the writing on open source versus proprietary software, this book offers factual evidence, careful analysis, and evenhanded discussion, while avoiding unsupported opinions, hyperbole, and exaggeration. Everyone who is concerned with open source will want to read this book.”
—Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google

The writer at the Economist seems to have a bone to pick with Open Source, regardless:

"Yet the finding that open-source advocates will like least is that free programs are not always cheaper. To be sure, the upfront cost of proprietary software is higher (although open-source programs are not always free). But companies that use such programs spend more on such things as learning to use them and making them work with other software."

Anyone experienced an implementation of new software, Open Source or not, where there was no cost associated with the learning curve and the integration?

more than 3 years ago
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Trek Tech That Most Needs To Be Invented Before I Die:

Target Practice Re:Holodeck (633 comments)

I had the same argument with Hot Pockets and the Internet as the keys to success. Unfortunately, the replicator breaks down, and the holodeck sometimes tries to kill you.

more than 3 years ago
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'Tron: Legacy' Director Explains the Tron World

Target Practice Re:"awesomely bad 80s graphics" (384 comments)

Have to disagree. Have you seen how Disney releases DVDs? Pinocchio is out in the 70th anniversary edition. Try to find another edition that's current and you'll be disappointed. They do this all the time. Tron will probably be available for purchase again after Tron Legacy comes out.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks Founder Arrested In London

Target Practice Re:Google - thanks! (1060 comments)

Hey cool - Comcast has blocked wikileaks.org in my area. At least, their DNS name doesn't resolve to an IP address. I've never cared much to go there, but it IS interesting. Nice to know I don't get the whole Internets around here.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks DDoS Attacker Arrested, Equipment Seized

Target Practice Re:Computer expert? (429 comments)

Spaces work on some nicer systems, too. That, and a willingness to broadcast your ineptitude at FPS games.

more than 3 years ago
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Bruce Schneier vs. the TSA

Target Practice Re:I'd feel safer... (741 comments)

The passengers and crew will now prevent a hijacking just as a Marine would.

The marine could carry weaponry onto the plane, the civilians can't. We'll get a nice police state once we all start asking for it. Military police roaming around our civilian lives sure is better than the gropings, right?

more than 3 years ago
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Alternative To the 200-Line Linux Kernel Patch

Target Practice Whee... (402 comments)

Man, after reading some of that thread, those folks in kernel development make Slashdot users seem downright well-mannered.

more than 3 years ago
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US May Disable All Car Phones, Says Trans. Secretary

Target Practice Re:Go for it (1065 comments)

Love the radius thing. If ever some example tech becomes available, we should test the blocking range and follow close enough to LaHood to block all his calls whenever he's on the road. That would be hilarious!

Target Practice hears some shuffling

Huh. Who stapled this GPS transmitter to my backside?

more than 3 years ago
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Senate Panel Approves Website Shut-Down Bill

Target Practice If it works for China... (390 comments)

Love this part under Non-Domestic Domains, Required Actions...
(i) a service provider ... or other operator of a domain name system server shall take reasonable steps that will prevent a domain name from resolving to that domain name’s Internet protocol address;

So, we'll just refuse to resolve any domains that are outside the jurisdiction of the US, but that are deemed to offend the standards listed here? This, to me, sounds a bit like that whole filtering of information thing that Secretary Clinton said was a Bad Thing in China.

more than 3 years ago
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Paper Airplane Touches Edge of Space, Glides Back

Target Practice Re:That's pretty cool. (158 comments)

Well, now it just depends on what you drop from that height. Think international Lawn Darts.

more than 3 years ago
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What security policy will the TSA adopt next?

Target Practice Re:Flying naked (554 comments)

Maybe I've just not been lucky, but I've never once been on a flight where I'd want to see any of the passengers naked. I think planes full of naked people would result in *more* attempts to crash the planes, not less.

more than 3 years ago
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I drink too much...

Target Practice Re:Used to be soda, now coffee (500 comments)

Because I'm a nerd. I'm composed of organs, enough muscle to roll the dice, and fat. Since I could still roll the dice, I assumed it was the fat :)

more than 3 years ago
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Gold Nanoparticles Turn Trees Into Streetlights

Target Practice Re:Is this really bioluminescence? (348 comments)

The article (more of a quick summary) doesn't really say specifically what wavelength of UV is needed for the stuff to glow, but if the wavelength needed is what makes it to the Earth's surface from the Sun, that could explain their excitement.

Also, it seems some of the interest comes from the luminescent leaves absorbing their own light back in for photosynthesis. I wish that article were more in depth, since it seems we're getting half the story.

more than 3 years ago
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I drink too much...

Target Practice Used to be soda, now coffee (500 comments)

I used to drink way too much Dr. Pepper. Now I've cut that and drink a moderate amount of coffee. With that one change, I lost about 7 kg of fat.

more than 3 years ago
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Cisco Social Software Lets You "Stalk" Customers

Target Practice Privacy problems aside (123 comments)

This sounds like something companies already have happen, but pay some poor part-timer minimum wage to do. The part-timer has a slower parsing rate, but it's about the same.

In other words: what you put out on social websites is pretty much like what you put on any other website: open to bot scrutiny. I would expect nothing less from a completely free service. If you want privacy, pay someone money to provide you and yours with a contracted service for such.

more than 3 years ago

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Drunken Employee Shoots Server

Target Practice Target Practice writes  |  about 4 years ago

Target Practice (79470) writes "A drunken mortgage worker at RANLife Home Loans decided for unknown reasons to take out the company's $100,000 server with a .45-caliber automatic, blaming the damage on an imagined assailant who: mugged him, assaulted him with his own weapon, drugged him, and then broke into his office to shoot said server. According to acquaintances, he had threatened earlier that day to shoot the server and then himself."
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