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The Un-Internet and War On General Purpose Computers

TheOtherChimeraTwin Re:Really? (266 comments)

Run OS X in a virtual machine. Under Windows, Linux, or OS X itself.

more than 2 years ago

Do Slashdotters Encrypt Their Email?

TheOtherChimeraTwin Re:No (601 comments)

"Don't meet me at the 5:10pm train and don't pick up my shirts at the laundry." Neat, huh?

Don't keep us in suspense. Aren't you going to decrypt that for us?

more than 2 years ago

Kevin Mitnick Answers

TheOtherChimeraTwin What is your computer setup? (161 comments)

KM: You send me yours along with the IP address, and I'll tell you mine. Good try at information reconnaissance.

Oh please. The poor fanboy just wanted to have the same setup you are using. From your visit to Atlanta in 2008:

"In his luggage, they found a MacBook Pro, a Dell XPS M1210 laptop, an Asus 900 mini-laptop, three or four hard drives, numerous USB storage devices, some Bluetooth dongles, three iPhones, and four Nokia cell phones (with different SIM cards for different countries).

They also found a lock-picking kit and an HID proximity card spoofer that can be used to snag data stored on physical access cards by swiping it in front of them. The data can then be used to enter locked doors without having to make a forged access card. Mitnick says he used the device in a demonstration about security in his speech in Bogota, but that the customs agents' eyes lit up when they saw it, thinking it was a credit card reader.

(Source: Kevin Mitnick Detained in Atlanta for having computer equipment on flight)

about 3 years ago

What Happens If You Get Sucked Out of a Plane?

TheOtherChimeraTwin Too fast (327 comments)

If you fall from 30,000 feet, ignoring air resistance, you'd hit the ground in 43 seconds. I'm guessing air resistance would make that closer to 75 seconds. Not what I'd call "long dead before you hit the ground" as the summary suggests.

more than 3 years ago

It's World Backup Day

TheOtherChimeraTwin Re:No, I have not read the story... (135 comments)

Yes indeed, why bother to read anything when you can assume that any cynical thing that pops into your head is correct.

more than 3 years ago

Hungary Uses iPad To Draft New Constitution

TheOtherChimeraTwin Re:This would be news (157 comments)

Apparently this approach has spread to America, and we now have a constitutional monarchy. His Royal Highness August Busch IV will be most pleased.

more than 3 years ago

Ransomware Making a Comeback

TheOtherChimeraTwin Re:Backups (202 comments)

The private key can fit on a cheap usb thumb drive, or even a piece of paper. You can put a copies of your key in your safe-deposit box, at your friends' houses, at your relatives houses, at your work and home. The key doesn't change frequently, so you aren't driving around swapping media.

more than 3 years ago

Assange Denied Swedish Residence On Confidential Reasons

TheOtherChimeraTwin Re:It is a shame (260 comments)

(Sorry amicusNYCL, great minds think alike.)

more than 3 years ago

Assange Denied Swedish Residence On Confidential Reasons

TheOtherChimeraTwin It is a shame (260 comments)

secrecy prevails in reference to the grounds for such a decision

If only there were some site that could be used to leak that kind of information.

more than 3 years ago

Earth-Like Planet That Could Sustain Life Found

TheOtherChimeraTwin Re:Get your ass to Gliese 581g! (575 comments)

The first name for the planet was "Gliese 581g", a rather dry scientific name given to it in the early 21st century. The second name was "Hellfire", given by the initial landing party. That name never was heard on Earth, however, due to the obvious marketing issues. So for the third time, the planet was christened "Eden", which was oddly appropriate given the huge snakes-like natives. The planet was given other names by the colonists, but it would be better not to repeat them here.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Post Juror Gets Fined, Removed, Assigned Homework

TheOtherChimeraTwin Re:5 page paper? (539 comments)

The issue isn't getting out of jury service, the issue is that once you are a juror you are given no choice but to "agree" to a number of rules. There is no meeting of minds so a juror isn't really agreeing, just complying.

I might add that it is getting harder to avoid jury service, even if various tricks work in some courts. I wish jury service was a voluntary duty, not unlike voting.

about 4 years ago

Facebook Post Juror Gets Fined, Removed, Assigned Homework

TheOtherChimeraTwin Re:5 page paper? (539 comments)

you agree not to talk about the case with anyone else

Agree?? When do you have an opportunity to agree to anything in jury service? You are required to show up on such-and-such date at such-and-such time. You may not wear shorts, tank tops, beach shoes or t-shirts, or any clothing with offensive language or logos. Don't do this, and for heaven's sake, don't do that! Jurors lose quite a bit of freedom when they get that notice in the mail.

The possible penalties are made abundantly clear.

Yes indeed, the penalties are stacked neatly up to the ceiling.

about 4 years ago

Throwing Out Software That Works

TheOtherChimeraTwin Re:Why is anyone still complaining about this? (622 comments)

Apple gives people a tradeoff: stability and easy of use and shiny at the cost of freedom and configurability and more cash.

I lust for the shiny but the lack of cash enforces restraint.

about 4 years ago

Managing the Most Remote Data Center In the World

TheOtherChimeraTwin Re:You don't need to go as far (98 comments)

Wow. I guess that rules out RAID configurations too (aside from RAID-0).

more than 4 years ago

Pakistan To Scour Google, Yahoo For Blasphemy

TheOtherChimeraTwin Grow up (371 comments)

Just because you know calling another kid a name will make him mad doesn't mean that you should do it. A little respect, please.

more than 4 years ago

Coming Soon, Web Ads Tailored To Your Zip+4

TheOtherChimeraTwin Re:Why not? (185 comments)

The problem with seeing more ads that are targeted to you is that advertising works. Yes, it even works on you. That means we'll be buying more junk we don't really need but is appealing to us. I'd rather have ads that have nothing to do with me - at work our internet connection is routed through another state and I see ads for "local" businesses.

more than 4 years ago

Bill Gates's New Version of the Einstein Letter

TheOtherChimeraTwin Re:Can You Spot the Difference? (407 comments)

Billionaire, I studied with Al Einstein, I knew Al Einstein, Al Einstein was a friend of mine. Billionaire, you're no Al Einstein.

more than 4 years ago

FTC Bombs Massive Robocall Operation

TheOtherChimeraTwin No worries (154 comments)

Not to worry, the politicians will be soon calling to tell you who you should be voting for. By the way, the Tea Party Patriots are an excellent choice for all your voting needs. Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government, Free Market, and No Thinking Required! It is the low stress alternative to researching and understanding those complicated issues!

more than 4 years ago

Revenge of the Cable Customer

TheOtherChimeraTwin Re:Binging (397 comments)

Sigs almost never offer anything germane to any discussion.

What does this have to do with Germany?

Helloooooo.... nothing! Did you miss the part about "almost never offer anything germane"?? So it almost never has anything to do with Germany.

more than 4 years ago



Spam replacing postal junk mail?

TheOtherChimeraTwin TheOtherChimeraTwin writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TheOtherChimeraTwin (697085) writes "I've been getting spam from mainstream companies that I do business with, which is odd because I didn't give those companies my email address. It is doubly strange because the address they are using is a special purpose one that I wouldn't give out to any business. Apparently ("Direct Digital Marketing Solutions") and aka (an Equifax Marketing Service Product with the ironic name "Permission!") are somehow collecting email addresses and connecting them with postal addresses, allowed companies to send email instead of postal mail. Has anyone else encountered this slimy practice or know how they are harvesting email addresses?"

TheOtherChimeraTwin TheOtherChimeraTwin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TheOtherChimeraTwin (697085) writes "The Apple Developer Connection looks pretty cool, and I'm impressed with all the software tools they make available. But what about hardware? What is a reasonable low-end development system? Can I get by with a 512MB MacBook or will it turn into a puddle of melted stylish plastic? Is it possible to code on a Mac Mini, or will my first line of Carbon turn it into a smoking pile of carbon, albeit a small cool pile of carbon? If I select every option for a Mac Pro, I get a price of $17,262.00 (with free shipping), but that is a little out of my price range."


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