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Google Pondering $1 Billion Investment In SpaceX's Satellite Internet

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Needed! (104 comments)

The problem with the current solutions isn't ping time, they've done all they can about that... the problem is they're full and afraid more users would result in a throughput problem during peak times. That's why somebody needs to launch another service at another location, and Google seems to be stepping up to that task.

2 days ago
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Google Pondering $1 Billion Investment In SpaceX's Satellite Internet

The New Guy 2.0 Re:PayPal Fees (104 comments)

There isn't enough obvious statements being made right now. Who's playing Captain Obvious, or is it obvious that I have to do it?

2 days ago
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Google Pondering $1 Billion Investment In SpaceX's Satellite Internet

The New Guy 2.0 Re:PayPal Fees (104 comments)

The myth that "There's only $5,000,000 in US dollars in print" is a bit off course but getting closer to true. Some "vaults" willingly admit that they destroy the paper bills and they can claim them back from the US Treasury Bank by having them print new paper bills with the destroyed bill's serial numbers.

Remember, The Treasury has at times taught that if somebody hands you shredded bill you can send it to them, hope they can solve the puzzle to prove how much money was there, and they they'll send you new bill. As far as I know, that's something they never plan to stop doing.

2 days ago
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Security-Focused BlackPhone Was Vulnerable To Simple Text Message Bug

The New Guy 2.0 Phone mode also at risk... (46 comments)

It seems that the phone app on this device is susceptible to "Bank Impersonation" calls where the caller pretends to be from a bank when actually is a scam artist.

2 days ago
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Google Pondering $1 Billion Investment In SpaceX's Satellite Internet

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Business model? (104 comments)

Iridium went for worldwide phone service... and that meant wasting signal over places that had no customer. This seems to be yet another plan to do North American-area Internet service, which is currently full at current providers.

about two weeks ago
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Google Pondering $1 Billion Investment In SpaceX's Satellite Internet

The New Guy 2.0 Re:PayPal Fees (104 comments)

Nice joke, but PayPal is designed for moving small amounts of money that usually cancel out. (Ex. Somebody uses a Chase credit card to pay an eBay seller who banks with Citizens, then later in the day, someone uses a CItizens card to pay somebody who banks with Chase.)

$1 Billion usually can move with the help of the US Treasury Bank... every real bank has a large supply of money there, destroyed and waiting to be reprinted.

about two weeks ago
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Google Pondering $1 Billion Investment In SpaceX's Satellite Internet

The New Guy 2.0 Needed! (104 comments)

With Hughes and Wildblue both complaining they're full... this is really needed for the people who wires don't reach. It's not any fun for twitch games, but it does allow YouTube or other video streams to work well. Go Google!

about two weeks ago
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Google To Test Build-It-Yourself Ara Smartphones In Puerto Rico

The New Guy 2.0 Control of RF (61 comments)

A Build-your-own cell phone needs to be secured against misuse of RF networks. Remember, your provider needs to serve more than just you so you can't take up more bandwidth or signal power than you're allowed. A lot of limits get set at the towers...

about two weeks ago
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Wireless Keylogger Masquerades as USB Phone Charger

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Come on, MS Keyboards are secure. (150 comments)

Well, it's "flip"... it's a comment that states the opposite of the summary at the top.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Lobby = Corruption (190 comments)

It's more like "I know it's bad for you and your state, but the rest of the nation needs the Internet!"

about two weeks ago
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Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Lobby = Corruption (190 comments)

To investigate how to vote, they have to call somebody outside in order to comment on the item in question, and that person then becomes a lobbyist.

about two weeks ago
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Wireless Keylogger Masquerades as USB Phone Charger

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Dewhat? (150 comments)

This is why you need Bluetooth in order to be sure there's enough processor in the keyboard to encrypt. Microsoft's proprietary system for this now has to be considered hacked.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Lobby = Corruption (190 comments)

Lobbying is the act of telling an official how to vote by making a convincing argument.. Bribery is paying money for a vote or action.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Cross State Lines (190 comments)

It's hard to get a desk where the seller is in State A and the buyer is in State B. Therefore, the state the dealer is in gets to regulate sales.

about three weeks ago
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US Lawmakers Push For a Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

The New Guy 2.0 Re:What if it's not the Internet. (100 comments)

They'll then tax the information superhighway even more.

Early network services like Prodigy, Compuserve, and AOL, had to deal with changing taxes that led to price changes almost monthly. Internet services were given tax breaks (they would have been taxed under normal law, but this law stood up against that) because the government wanted them to grow. Now that the growth is almost complete, it could be time to go back to normal law.

about three weeks ago
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US Lawmakers Push For a Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Meaningless drivel (100 comments)

The problem is that the current law has a "sunset provision" that says it's void after a certain date. This is the 6th time renewing this ban has come up for debate because of this. A "permanent law" is a misnomer, because as you state even the Constitution can be edited.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Perfect poker strategy... uhm, maybe. (340 comments)

My poker strategy is to mix what the hand tells you to do, with some randomness. I'll sometimes play a bad hand that stands no chance just hoping it fools the other players into folding. It sometimes works, but not always.

about three weeks ago
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Dish Introduces $20-a-Month Streaming-TV Service

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Trademark foul... (196 comments)

Slingbox is has the same bandwidth problem as peer-to-peer... you have to start the connection at your home connection, not at a server that's halfway between your home and where your cell phone is network-wise.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Nonsense! (340 comments)

bot will always pick the optimal hand

You don't get to pick your hand in poker, and your max win is controlled by how much the other players bet. There's billions (more than 32 bits) of combinations between 20 down cards (2 per player) and 5 community cards under Texas Hold 'em rules.

about three weeks ago

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Could a third antispated technology fail please?

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

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "We're two thirds of the way to a "news jackpot" here... we've got Tesla Cars getting rejected state-by-state, and also Tesla's getting no help from the White House and Apple Pay going down the tubes as RFID sensors are being unplugged at stores in favor of lower fee cards they can issue themselves. Anybody know a third technology that is not making it? If that's found, we've got a story the morning news can report."
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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 7 months 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 9 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 10 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 10 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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  |  1 year,12 days

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  |  1 year,12 days

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  |  1 year,12 days

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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