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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

The Angry Mick Wishing You A Fond Farewell (1521 comments)

So long, Rob, and thanks for all the time and energy you've spent creating this wonderful community. There are only a few sites on the web that I read religiously, and Slashdot will always hold a special place among the nearest and dearest. For me, Slashdot is a little like a common room in a dorm, or the living room where good friends can get together to discuss the topics that mean the most to them; a true geek salon of ideas and dreams. Its a rare thing you have created here, and you should be proud of your accomplishment. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Best of luck to you and Kathleen and the boys, and I here's to hoping we'll never stop hearing from you on this thing we call the Internet.

about 3 years ago

Adobe May Change To Monthly Patch Cycle

The Angry Mick Faster is always better, but... (76 comments)

I don't get the feeling malware authors are going to be negatively affected in any way.

more than 4 years ago

UK Newspaper Websites To Become Nearly Invisible

The Angry Mick Re:And something of value is gained (454 comments)

So... If both Murdoch and the Church of Scientology sue Slashdot for publishing that comment, will they next sue each other for implying that they are like each other?

And the sheer mass of stupid collected in that one courtroom would be enough to create a black hole.

more than 4 years ago

iPad Steering Wheel Mount

The Angry Mick Re:Sigh... apple (230 comments)

But Darwin approved . . .

more than 4 years ago

RFID Checks Student Attendance in Arizona

The Angry Mick Re:Attendence in college? (554 comments)

What would we do as a country if we have university graduates who think for themselves and don't automatically buy whatever the current Democratic Party line is?

There's Democrats in Arizona?

more than 4 years ago

State Senator Caught Looking At Porn On Senate Floor

The Angry Mick Re:PORN ? (574 comments)

We're just applying his own party's definitions of the word.

Personally, I don't think pictures of a naked woman not engaged in a sex act should be classified as porn. But. The GOP has decided that naked = sex, and that is bad for their version of America. These guys are sexually intimidated by statues, FFS.

more than 4 years ago

State Senator Caught Looking At Porn On Senate Floor

The Angry Mick That's some twisted logic there, Lou. (574 comments)

21 comments, and half are along the lines of "I don't see what the problem is".

It's an inappropriate picture, being looked at on a taxpayer's purchased computer, through taxpayer provided Internet connectivity, by a taxpayer funded lawmaker, and the floor of the State Senate. Call me a prude, but I don't appreciate this asshole using my tax dollars to ogle naked chicks at my office; no more than the GOP appreciated the SEC doing the same. Nice set of double standards we've got working there.

more than 4 years ago

Salad Spinner Made Into Life-Saving Centrifuge

The Angry Mick Re:Why only third world? (87 comments)

Why wouldn't it be great for the first and second worlds too?... But, for the price of one of those, you can buy a bunch of 35 dollar ones.

Which is the reason why you haven't seen this in the first world. No acceptable profit margin.

I'm surprised the article didn't come with a statement from big Pharma warning that use of such devices in the first world may constitute an unnecessary risk to the "health and well being" of the nation. And we all know that manufacturing cheap, or even affordable medical stuff is a blatant attempt at socialism.

more than 4 years ago

15 Vintage Tech Ads

The Angry Mick Re:We se farther (96 comments)

You think the Apple of today exhumes cool every which way?

Well, obviously. Somebody keeps "digging up" the 1984 ad.


more than 4 years ago

Corporate IT Just Won't Let IE6 Die

The Angry Mick Re:You Can't Kill What's Required (479 comments)

Done and done, but the trick is getting the users to think the same way. What will usually happen is that someone will launch IE6 to use the required site, and when finished, just keep on using IE. In their mind, there's little point opening two browsers to use the web, and they resent being asked to make distinctions between the two - they just don't want to think about it.

more than 4 years ago

Corporate IT Just Won't Let IE6 Die

The Angry Mick You Can't Kill What's Required (479 comments)

So if you want to kill IE6, that means dropping support for IE6, or if you have paying customers, charge them more if they're using IE6, and tell them that.

Unfortunately, not all the people using IE6 are customers trying to access shopping sites.

The non-profit I work receives a pile of grant money from several state and local governments, and because of this, we are required to submit grant activity data back to the sources. Guess which browser their reporting sites demand?

One of the state agencies actually has a couple of sites that we're required to use, and both are developed on the same floor in the same building by two guys who sit less than twelve feet apart. One guy's site will run run in IE8 and Firefox without problems, the other guy's will only run in IE6.

more than 4 years ago

Obama To Decide On New Weapons

The Angry Mick Re:Haven't seen this one yet... (409 comments)

Now he's trying to piss-off our ally Israel

I know I'm going to get flamed for this, but if Israel really is our ally, then shouldn't they be trying to work with us in trying to deal with the Arab nations? It seems lately that they are more interested in throwing more gasoline on a very large fire, and handing us a garden hose to put it out. Allies have a responsibility to keep the peace as well.

more than 4 years ago

World's Fastest Robot Versus the Wiimote

The Angry Mick Re:So will manufacturing return? (92 comments)

You can pay for a lot of coolie labor for the price of one good robot, and with far less up front investment.

And no unions, and no insurance . . .

Not saying its a good thing, but a lot of companies would gladly take a robot over a human any day, just to avoid these two.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook and the "Social Graph"

The Angry Mick Ouch (200 comments)

how many(of active) profiles have a friend list under 20 friends? I would suppose not a lot, I would even go as far as saying probably very rare.

You wound me, dude. You wound me to the core.

more than 4 years ago

Yale Delays Move To Gmail

The Angry Mick Re:Know what... (176 comments)

That's for the tip on FastMail. Will definitely look into it.

more than 4 years ago

Yale Delays Move To Gmail

The Angry Mick Re:Know what... (176 comments)

Fully understand, and didn't take it as turfing.

The problem is that in the non-profit sector you have a long history of going with the lowest common denominator. Since I've been at this firm I've had to fight for things as simple as a "thou shalt not browse the porn" policies. Because they're so technologically "green" there's often not enough of a framework in place on which to build a good system, so there's a high tendency for "rip and replace". The system I've been nursing for the last ten years is such a system, and when I announced we were approaching critical mass, we brought in consultants to analyze what was in use and recommend options based on what the attorneys said they needed.

This is where the costs began to climb. The attorneys recommended systems that would require them to invest as little personal responsibility as possible (think: HAL 9000 level AI). Thanks to some rather unrealistic demands, and some outright paranoia, most all of the vendors came back with quotes in the 100K ballpark, and most of these dictated a complete top-to-bottom overhaul.

Nothing's been decided yet, so we're still mushing through the options looking for cheaper alternatives.

more than 4 years ago



The Decline and Fall of the Adobe PDF

The Angry Mick The Angry Mick writes  |  more than 4 years ago

The Angry Mick (632931) writes "With the ever increasing wave of bad news on the security front for Adobe's PDF format, I got to wondering if maybe the format itself has begun to lose a little bit of its luster: "PDFs used to be a great and fairly secure way to shoot a static copy of a document around the web ... Then something changed ... [Adobe] began making incremental changes to the PDF standard to add additional functionality, a lot of which had very little to do with viewing a document." I go on to describe what I think went wrong, and lay out a couple of suggestions as to how Adobe can go about addressing my concerns and restoring user trust, including declaring "an immediate feature freeze ... pending a full and thorough security review", a review of the PDF specification itself, with an eye to removing unnecessary features, or, at the very least, the production of a "minimalist" Reader app containing none of the bloat and security overhead of the existing version. What do my fellow Slashdotters think about Adobe's direction and future?"
Link to Original Source

How to Stop Businesses Storing SSNs Indefinitely

The Angry Mick The Angry Mick writes  |  more than 5 years ago

The Angry Mick writes "My wife and I recently moved, and during the course of providing change of address information to the many companies we do business with, I asked each if they were storing a full Social Security number in their databases, and, if so, could they remove it or replace it with an alternate identifier. Neither the experience nor the results were, shall we say, enjoyable.

On the positive side of the spectrum, some companies were more than willing to make a change, even going so far as to offer suggestions for a suitable alternate such as a driver's license number. In the middle were companies that made things a little more difficult, requiring several steps up the management tree to be able to speak to someone with some actual authority to address the issue.

Then there was DirectTV. This company not only flatly refused to consider the suggestion, but also informed me that even if I were to discontinue service with them, they still intended to keep my full SSN on file indefinitely. This latter troubled me because, to my mind, if I cease being their customer they should no longer be entitled to an extremely personal identifier. There is no logical reason for them to retain SSNs indefinitely, and I'm not particular keen on the idea of being left vulnerable to identity theft should they have experience any security breaches at any future point in my life.

So, my questions to the Slashdot community are: 1) Has anyone else tried getting your social security numbers replaced or removed in corporate databases, and what were your experiences like? And 2) short of Armageddon, is there any way to force a company to erase your SSNs after you cease doing business with them, or is this a job for a lawyer or regulatory body?"


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