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FSF-Endorsed Libreboot X200 Laptop Comes With Intel's AMT Removed

TheDarkener Re:So... (150 comments)

I can't think of a single instance when something being FSF-compliant matters at all

Except for ones own piece of mind, of course. Which I guess doesn't matter.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

TheDarkener Re:If nothing else (467 comments)

Agreed. I'm actually an AVG reseller for many years. I always loved them when they just stuck to what they were good at, which was solid, lightweight antivirus protection (they held out longer than most). I guess it's inevitable that they will get dollar signs in their eyes and try to produce and sell everything else under the sun (PC Tune-up, Web Tune-up, Internet Security, Anti-Spam, Firewall, blah blah blah).. Ever since they did that, their core Antivirus offering got pushed aside and now they sell adware (constant pop-ups on the desktop to purchase add-ons, for instance). I still think they're one of the best out there, but that's really not saying much IMHO. Would love to see them get back to their roots as I'd feel better recommending it to my clients.

about a week ago
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Silicon Valley Security Experts Give 'Blackhat' a Thumbs-Up; Do You?

TheDarkener Re:Hell Yes (98 comments)

They say it's for "good energy" but really it's so you can gun down every motherfucker that comes for you before they even see your face.

I have no words. That is just gold.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Security Experts Give 'Blackhat' a Thumbs-Up; Do You?

TheDarkener NSA BREACH (98 comments)

In Trailer #2 ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?... ), 1:52 ....HAHAHAHA

Yeah, that's totally what happens. I mean, they say it's the most realistic hacker movie since Sneakers, but all I see is a bunch of cheezy CG and an overwhelming desire for the movie to portray hackers as either criminals or criminals-turned-nsa-helpie-people.

Oh, but there's a bash prompt! That makes up for it, right?

about two weeks ago
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Radio, Not YouTube, Is Still King of Music Discovery

TheDarkener Because it's local (126 comments)

From TFA: "...radio’s ‘local nature makes it an integral part of the daily lives of hundreds of millions of consumers in markets large and small’."

People like local content, it's as simple as that. It's a real shame that most local radio stations don't play music created by local artists, but it makes sense since most of them are owned by corporations that don't live in the area..

about three weeks ago
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Writers Say They Feel Censored By Surveillance

TheDarkener Re:Yes. (130 comments)

as a normal U.S. citizen, and *especially* after 9/11/2001, I have felt like certain topics must be tread upon very carefully when conversing with others online. My
  own Facebook posts, comments and even "liking" something that might be considered contreversial seemingly spawns a new process in my brain that wants to
  ask the question, "Should I really?"

Then you need to seek professional help, because you're showing signs of mental illness.

Really? 9/11? Unjustified war/invasion of Iraq? The Patriot Act? Room 641A? PRISM? Constitutional rights flushed down the toilet in the name of security? You don't see a trend here?

You think these are unfounded concerns and I need professional help because I'm worried about what's getting logged about me and possibly misanalyzed, misfiltered or misrepresented now or at any point in time I might raise a red flag with anyone who has access to my digital fingerprint? You're living in a state of denial. I might be extremely concerned, but I think I have a god damned good reason to be. Everyone should be.

about three weeks ago
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Writers Say They Feel Censored By Surveillance

TheDarkener Re:Yes. (130 comments)

I'm not saying that 'the government is telling people to judge', you obviously misread. The environment itself, whether directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, promotes judgement. If one feels that they are under surveillance (which in many parts of the world, including the good ole' U.S. of A., is completely and factually true in many different ways), they will be on the defensive. I mean, look at Facebook. You can't say that you haven't read something that you feel afterwards was TMI or that you almost felt creepy having read since it was such a private topic or conversation blatantly posted on someone's wall, in a comment, etc.

Also not sure what you meant by, "everyone would agree with you if only the government were not 'controlling' them". Where did I imply that people would, or should, agree with me in any circumstance?

about three weeks ago
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Writers Say They Feel Censored By Surveillance

TheDarkener Yes. (130 comments)

I'm not a professional writer/journalist/etc., but as a normal U.S. citizen, and *especially* after 9/11/2001, I have felt like certain topics must be tread upon very carefully when conversing with others online. My own Facebook posts, comments and even "liking" something that might be considered contreversial seemingly spawns a new process in my brain that wants to ask the question, "Should I really?"

This is probably the most powerful aspect of a surveilled people. If you want to control minds and mouths, you make them hesitant to speak or even think thoughts that might be viewed by others as risky. When people feel constantly judged, whether its by thoughts written, spoken or simply within their own minds, you have them "under control".

So what's the answer, then? IMHO people simply need more courage to say, 'Fuck you, I don't care what you think of me' because they are brave enough to stand up for themselves (and others). Once this mentality is in place, people start being normal again. Genuine, caring, loving and unjudgemental. Maybe the people who search XKEYSCORE will have to start to understand that peoples' words don't necessarily reflect future actions.

about three weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

TheDarkener Re:"Hacked"? (463 comments)

*doublefacepalm*

about three weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

TheDarkener Re:"Hacked"? (463 comments)

*facepalm*

about three weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

TheDarkener "Hacked"? (463 comments)

Slashdot should surely know the difference between getting "hacked" and unintentionally downloading and executing a trojan horse.

about three weeks ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

TheDarkener Re:Yay! (219 comments)

Thanks for replying, that info is very interesting indeed. Sounds about right I guess, *something* went very wrong with Seagate a while back. I guess I don't have as much experience with higher quality drives like Samsung, Toshiba and Hitachi, but I've sworn by WD for so many years (and don't remember the last time I saw a failed drive from them) that's pretty much all I buy.

about a month and a half ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

TheDarkener Yay! (219 comments)

Now my backups can disappear because my Seagate "Archive" drive took a sh*t 2 years after I bought it.

Seriously. I just went through a stack of 5 Seagate HDDs, from different customers, with a sledge hammer. They all died with S.M.A.R.T. failures.

I wouldn't trust Seagate with my data unless I *wanted* it to self-destruct.

about a month and a half ago
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Creative Commons To Pass One Billion Licensed Works In 2015

TheDarkener Re:But how to avoid this? (39 comments)

Thank you. I think Creative Commons is so important in this respect, because it allows the "ripping off" (I don't like that term when it comes to music) while attributing the original artist. I think a lot of artists wouldn't mind (maybe even, gasp, be flattered by) someone taking their work and building upon it. Being a musician myself, I know I would. Of course it all depends on what your personal motive for making music is (money vs. happiness).

I wonder what the music world would be like if it was somehow impossible to make money from it?

about 2 months ago
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Creative Commons To Pass One Billion Licensed Works In 2015

TheDarkener Re:But how to avoid this? (39 comments)

Thanks for the clarification.. I guess I'm just depressed that artists have to deal with this kind of sh*t in the first place, at all, ever. Music is art, and these matters should be (in my idealistic opinion anyway) dealt with within the art community instead of in the courtroom.. What's a better punishment for ripping someone off as a musician: your own music community shunning you, or having to pay money?

about 2 months ago
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Creative Commons To Pass One Billion Licensed Works In 2015

TheDarkener Re:But how to avoid this? (39 comments)

There are only about 14^7 = 105 million or so distinct hooks of eight notes.*

Because every song has a hook...because every song follows the same format. *facepalm*

I bet Taylor Swift totally ripped off Bach.

about 2 months ago
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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

TheDarkener Won't help (107 comments)

E-Rate (and other government education tech funding) is a very convoluted, murky system that seems to only benefit large corporations that want those high-bid contracts to sell a bunch of their technology that never gets maintained or repaired. Good ideas, bad follow-through. I've seen it too many times where hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent on the next whiz-bang whatever that will save the school from "falling behind the curve", only to see most of it broken or lying dormant 3 years later due to no funding going to the continuance of that technology. It's the biggest waste of money because those who win the contracts don't generally give a sh*t about the students that will supposedly benefit from it all. In the specific case of E-Rate, its nice because it funds the back-end network/server infrastructure mostly - but then you just see horribly configured Windows AD servers that get touched by a million different "sysadmins" and end up less than useless, clogging up the network and workstations with malware.

You want to make a difference? Volunteer at your local school. Install Linux on some old PCs along with edu packages (skolelinux comes to mind) that you don't use any more and give it to their Kindergarten class. They'll love you to pieces. Especially if you come in once in a while and actually teach them some stuff.

about 2 months ago

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P2P Web Hosting Infrastructure?

TheDarkener TheDarkener writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TheDarkener (198348) writes "Is a redundant, decentralized and voluntary peer-to-peer network that focused on hosting web content (html/graphics/audio/video) possible? What are the pros and cons to this kind of network topology serving web content? Is the concept not practical enough to be adopted for those who would appreciate such a service? It seems that in thinking about the Wikileaks drama, Wikipedia funding drama, and other similar situations from the past (and future), a P2P network topology could potentially provide for resource sharing and redundancy."
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Adobe releases new 64-bit Flash plugin for Linux

TheDarkener TheDarkener writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TheDarkener (198348) writes "Adobe seems to have made an about face regarding their support for native 64-bit Linux support for Flash today, and released a new preview Flash plugin named "Square". This includes a native 64-bit version for Linux, which I have verified works on my Debian Lenny LTSP server by simply copying libflashplayer.so to /usr/lib/iceweasel/plugins — with sound (which I was never able to figure out with running the 32-bit version with nspluginwrapper and pulseaudio)."
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New Zeitgeist movie claims technology will save us

TheDarkener TheDarkener writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TheDarkener (198348) writes "The makers of the original "Zeitgeist" are back with a new movie, Zeitgiest Addendum. What makes this one interesting to the Slashdot crowd is that they are claiming technology, and only technology, will save the failing US monetary system. it explains, in detail, the root causes of what we're seeing with the US economic troubles today, and poses some very interesting solutions which include an outcome of machines and robotics taking over almost all manual labor as well as no exchange of money, barter, or other — for anyone. It is definitely worth the couple of hours runtime IMHO."

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