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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

The New Guy 2.0 War that cannot be settled (504 comments)

This war is one that might never end... there's two groups who seem to have equal claim on the same territory, and there's no good way to split it in half or otherwise avoid it... what are we in the USA supposed to do about it:? Doesn't seem like a problem we can solve right now.

3 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

The New Guy 2.0 You can't sell what you don't have! (271 comments)

Limits exist in the Verizon backbones, so they can't sell a truly unlimited plan and let everybody use it. This isn't the switched line network, it's the packet switched network...

4 days ago
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Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill

The New Guy 2.0 Warning: House, you're up for relelection soon! (95 comments)

I'm not sure this is a bad thing... but if it is then it's too close to election day for the US House to get away with it.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

The New Guy 2.0 It's Intended (137 comments)

The problem here is that parents/kids don't have enough authentication to block purchases being made by the wrong person... there really should be better security like face recognition to say "Uhm, kid, that costs money!" or "Parent, you can't spend your kid's money for them!"

about three weeks ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Big Difference (210 comments)

You had an amazing winning streak. You see, there's a "broadcast flag" developed in the DVR software that is really the "can't copy flag" that would take away you ability to move that file around. So far, none of the programs you tried to move did that. Try that with a PPV movie, an HBO/Showtime or similar movie. Try that with HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher... it won't work.

about a month ago
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Google Reinstating Some 'Forgotten' Links

The New Guy 2.0 As (74 comments)

I think "right to be forgotten" is in the face of my "right to recall what was said about you!"

about a month ago
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Google Reinstating Some 'Forgotten' Links

The New Guy 2.0 Censorship through comment (74 comments)

This is why Slashdot is retractable by TeamTaco, but not by the submitter. When you post, it's on the record, but it can be pulled by somebody else if things are done right.

about a month ago
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Google Reinstating Some 'Forgotten' Links

The New Guy 2.0 Google takedown policy.... (74 comments)

Google's takedown request policy is...

1. Oops, we weren't expecting that... gotta unplug the service.
2. Okay, service is back but we're missing everything anybody asked be removed.
3. Oops, some of this stuff got removed right because there was something wrong in the request, we shouldn't have followed "all requests".
4. Now it works... and anybody who sues gets told "You should have gone to this URL to do that!"

about a month ago
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FCC Proposal To Limit Access To 5725-5850 MHz Band

The New Guy 2.0 Re:So who is behind this? (112 comments)

Okay, but don't forget to blame Big Weather!

And BTW, I've noticed on my local cable system, The Weather Channel has been replaced by the lamer WeatherNation... could you guys check your TVs to see how big a region that is?

about a month ago
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FCC Proposal To Limit Access To 5725-5850 MHz Band

The New Guy 2.0 Use it or lose it! (112 comments)

Looks like the problem here is that most rural/farming users can't understand high-speed Internet, and don't buy what they can't understand. Therefore, it's just not worth dedicating the bandwidth to this project.

about a month ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Big Difference (210 comments)

VCRs always needed to use "analog hole" methods and unencrypted signals.... DVRs were not allowed to move programs without permission. "Default allow" is common in the world right now, but there are some things you can watch through a TiVo that you can't record.

about a month ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Big Difference (210 comments)

They seem to need more rights than they have in the current contracts at Dish Network... Dish is always the service getting into trouble, DirecTV always gets its contracts right.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Well that sucks! (484 comments)

Yeah, the problem here is that ATSC's module for mobile correction information doesn't exist on broadcast systems at this point. It's written, it's part of the spec, it just isn't being transmitted. If this was done right, Aereo could be obsoleted by an ATSC chip in most phones.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Wrong decision (484 comments)

Yep, a 6-3 ruling means that 1/3 of the court thought Aereo was okay... this one may need to be looked into. At this hour, Aereo is still online in Boston....

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Wrong decision (484 comments)

Yep, that's their problem... even if they had the license from the local channels, the networks are claiming the local affiliates don't have the right to give that license.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Wrong decision (484 comments)

You can't capture an over-the-air signal and relay it without permission. This is the legal mess Slingbox is in... they have to pay copyright holders in advance in order to exist, and that's part of what makes their devices expensive.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Wrong decision (484 comments)

Uhm, that "landlord" will get the veil pierced... they also need to provide mail delivery and space in which to live in. Sorry, that argument doesn't work.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Wrong decision (484 comments)

Yep... Aereo's model was "community antenna" which is a legal model that worked in the 70s, but eventually got converted into the satellite-fed service that we now call cable. I'm a subscriber to their Boston area service... but I guess this one was too good to be true.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

The New Guy 2.0 Re:One disturbing bit: (484 comments)

"As Stephen Breyer, one of the Supreme Court justices, said in this week’s hearing, “What disturbs me is I don’t understand what the decision for you or against you is going to do to all kinds of other technologies.” [economist.com]

Well, to interpret that correctly, it seems that Aereo brought an invalid argument to the SCotUS... shutting down Aereo doesn't end the technology, it just says they've gotta pay more and therefore charge more.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

The New Guy 2.0 Re:One disturbing bit: (484 comments)

What they're essentially saying is that Aereo didn't have the contracts it took to run its service, therefore it's in copyright trouble. This doesn't ban the technology, it just says that Aereo's implementation under law wasn't quite right.

about a month ago

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Is We-Care really a tool or turning you into a tool

The New Guy 2.0 The New Guy 2.0 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "My ESET Smart Security package seems to have missed a spot. Somehow without me knowing, We-Care.org's flagship "product" was installed. It's a bit of a spyware product that intercepts affiliate site links, and claims to donate to "charity" despite no proof it actually works and no credible brand at risk... we stopped that site down before here on Slashdot, so why is this thing still online?"
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Deleted Slashdot: TV series Small Wonder

The New Guy 2.0 The New Guy 2.0 writes  |  about 3 months ago

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "I tried today to post comment to a story about fictional robots mentioning the TV series Small Wonder but it was deleted. "Controversial" means we have to talk about it, but some people want it to mean it should be banned. Yep, Small Wonder was syndicated, but in no places did it ran until the end. Parents, if you think you can treat your kid like that title character, you really don't know how that ends. I guess if the story was a book, it would have been in the Left Behind series. My girlfriend at the time wore a Halloween costume as that character, and she really didn't know what a discussion she was starting that day. See, she was offered the title character's role on that show, but we (the students and teachers, and even the rest of the school's staff) really told her not to do that. We all had too many other jobs at that time. She already was working on three other shows at the time. I think only she could name which three shows I'm talking about."
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Judge Shot by Own Bailiff

The New Guy 2.0 The New Guy 2.0 writes  |  about 4 months ago

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "Mental hospital officials are mourning the loss of their favorite judge. Massachusetts Judge Janet McGovern has been shot and was refused service by UMassMemorial, which means she will likely be dead soon. Apparently, a higher court ordered her killed, and the bailiff in her own court room took action without warning her. From what I can tell, Governor Patrick (D-MA) will need to introduce a new judge to the community of Worcester."
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SCotUS rules against Lexmark in ink cartrige chip case

The New Guy 2.0 The New Guy 2.0 writes  |  about 4 months ago

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled against printer company Lexmark and in favor of ink re-filler Static Control in a case over Lexmark's anti-refilling microchips. Looks like there's still no way to block ink re-fillers from working, as usual."
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Um, that's not a court order that counts

The New Guy 2.0 The New Guy 2.0 writes  |  about 5 months ago

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "I've got some serious problems with a "court ruling" that is forcing me to take medicine. First, they didn't tell me where the court was, and denied my abilty to drive to the Worcester District Court courthouse. Second, they claimed they had a court order without showing me the paperwork. Third, the document was "form letter" (with unchecked options) therefore, it could have been a "fill in the name" form. Fourth, they showed me an unreadable judge's signature, which is sometimes okay, but the name was not printed. All I know is that there's some judge named "Janet" who should have found me. Can I get a better hearing? Where is the appeals court in this area?"
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No bandwidth + untrustworthy people = tax problems

The New Guy 2.0 The New Guy 2.0 writes  |  about 5 months ago

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "Usally, I would have filed my IRS/State taxes by now, but there's a problem. With no access to a trustworthy computer in a private space, I'll end up sharing my tax data with people who shouldn't see it. I'd trust the employees of H&R Block or Jackson Hewett, but not this hospital's staff. Why did I call them "untrustworthy", because they keep breaking laws. See, I can trust my computer with this Slashdot acount, but don't forget, I'm still LostCluster writing on a account name suggested by somebody else."
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Status of the LostCluster account

The New Guy 2.0 The New Guy 2.0 writes  |  about 5 months ago

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "Status of the LostCluster account

I seem to have a lack of Internet bandwidth lately because the "hospital" doesn't provide WiFi to patient rooms and my cell phone is not connecting to much other than 911... why can't I call 611 to find out why my service isn't working. Anyway, if this posts from the public Internet room here, that's why I won't use my LostCluster accounts there. Right now, the account is blocked with no password correct at all. I eventually will ask CmdrTaco or someone on Team Taco to renable the account, but that's why I'm posting on backup account "The New Guy 2.0"... which should be a wake-up call to some of my friends."
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Hey NYCL, are you still here?

The New Guy 2.0 The New Guy 2.0 writes  |  about 5 months ago

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "I know a lot about the history of SlashDot. One of my favorite shared group accounts was the NewYorkCountryLawyer and NewYorkCountyLayer, both commonly called NYCL. They really did a lot of work in cleaning up the Internet from troubling projects like P2P shares of copyrighted works and attempts to hack critcal systems such as major websites and power grid systems. It originally started as law students working with their professors, and went on to create a catchphrase of IANAL (I am not a lawyer) for people who wanted to talk law without actually being a lawyer. We seem to need some law edits in Massachusetts, so please organize here and then stand by."
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Kiss 108 Boston could go news at any moment.

The New Guy 2.0 The New Guy 2.0 writes  |  about 6 months ago

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "Okay, that's a statement that could scare a lot of people. See, Kiss 108 Boston is not just Boston's Number #1 for Today's Hit Music, but a vital entry ramp into the world of pop music worldwide. But, here's the catch. Due to Kiss 108's successful clearing of emergency news programs, that station ended up with a right to simulcast any DirecTV channel. If you want out of that agreement, you have to get your channel off of DirecTV entirely. This is very rare, but if there is a disaster in any part of Kiss 108's coverage range, or even world wide... if it is a threat to the Boston area, Kiss 108 can simulcast any credible newscast.

Okay, so you're wondering, with DirecTV so secure hacking efforts common in the early 2000s no longer come even close to working... how does Kiss 108 technically work it when they have to? See, at the master control location, there is a link between DirecTV and the Kiss 108 broadcast chain powered by Analog Hole Technology. (When I used to mention this on Slashdot, a group of cute girls logged onto an account called analog_hole and explained the situation. Is anybody still speaking for that account? If so, find the girls who started it and call roll!) The Analog Hole Technology is too simple, but too dangerous. See, if you use it without permission, it's a major copyright violation. When Kiss 108 does it, it's okay, they have a license."
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Trademark violation? Definitely not.

The New Guy 2.0 The New Guy 2.0 writes  |  about 6 months ago

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "If you think there already was a "The New Guy" you're most likely right. In fact, I'm within the coverage range of WXLO.and actually listened to that show. Turns out, I was living way too close to that show's production facility and actually contributed some story elements that weren't broadcast. See, if there really was a memory-forgetting gas leak at that house.... if it made it to mine I'd be in serious trouble, and if caught without a safe place to live or dead it would have put thousands of people who work for me out of work. If it traveled further down the street we would have lost a sports expert who can call the difference between real and fake sports teams quickly so shows like "SportsCenter Beta" are impossible.

I'm gone from there. People who are mentioned in this post... please get out if you haven't already. It's official, there's nobody credible left at 40. I'm not sure what was left at what we called 42. People of 44, are you still there? I know both of you have the ability to post on Slashdot. Please find some way to prove to me you're okay."
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This is LostCluster. This really is LostCluster. How do I prove it?

The New Guy 2.0 The New Guy 2.0 writes  |  about 6 months ago

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "This is scary. I really am the only writer of the LostCluster account here on Slashdot. But, I'm living in a insecure situation and can't risk false reports coming from that account. At this point, there's no way to log onto that account without the help of CmdrTaco or a current Slashdot root user. (Was Slashdot sold? Who's in charge here?) Looks like we have no lead commenter at the moment. First lead commentator grew up to become a tech babe. (OMG, is she alive? I haven't seen her anywhere lately... she an I used to date! We once produced 16 hours of "unacceptable Slashdot" because we were too romantic.) Second lead commenter was me... but I've been hospitalized too long and out of touch. I at least have enough bandwidth for this post to work but am unsure if there's going to be an attempt to fake me or censor me. Okay... this has been on my screen too long without anything going wrong. Game on! Welcome to The New Guy 2.0!"

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