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Ask Slashdot: Scripting-Friendly Smartphones?

WrongSizeGlass Re:An inherent limitation of the form factor? (197 comments)

A professional sysadmin on call should have multiple devices ready to roll, and not just depend on one dinky one.

There's a reason samurai had two swords, or cowboys carried a boot knife...

Exactly ... just in case they needed to stab a server ... or a user. ;-)

about 2 years ago
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Australians Receive SMS Death Threats

WrongSizeGlass Re:Oh really? (192 comments)

...and signed with the e-mail address killerking247@yahoo.com.

... ... ...yeah, sounds totally legit! This most be...uuhh...the king of all Hitmen! Or something...

It was probably because Killer Queen was taken by Freddie Mercury and the boys back in 1974 ;-)

about 2 years ago
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Australians Receive SMS Death Threats

WrongSizeGlass Re:Almost certainly fake (192 comments)

This all seems familiar, but $5000 doesn't seem dirt cheap...

Dirty deeds, indeed.

about 2 years ago
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Australians Receive SMS Death Threats

WrongSizeGlass Re:This isn't fair! (192 comments)

They should have sent these SMS to the MPAA, RIAA crminals as well as the bought out Congress senators. Hilarity ensues.

If the members of the MPAA & RIAA had received them before the other people they would be suing all the other recipients - as well as the 'John Doe' sender - for copyright infringement.

about 2 years ago
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Analyzing Tweets To Identify Psychopaths

WrongSizeGlass Re:Really? (266 comments)

Lets see, one of the most well known trait of psychopaths is their tendency to lie.

Is that true ... or are you just a psychopath?

about 2 years ago
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Analyzing Tweets To Identify Psychopaths

WrongSizeGlass Re:Analyzing myself (266 comments)

So, you mean, is there any hope for me?

Sure there is. First, you'll seek twitter therapy and twitter assimilation resistance resistance. If that succeeds your tweets will be indistinguishable from 99% of the population (and most of your followers will finally be able to understand them).

If your TT&TARR fails you'll have to go to twitter court (most trials are very short) or simply go to twitter confessions and throw yourself on the mercy of 12 randomly selected twitter addicts. Once you're sentenced to twitter prison (where all you say and read are tweets) you'll be able to start paying your debt to the twitterverse. When the time comes for your parole review they'll analyze your tweets during your sentence to determine if you're ready for early tweetlease or if you need to try harder.

So yes, there is hope for you ... though not much hope for society at large if we're making DSM-V quality diagnoses based on twitter (unless we're determining that those who use twitter really have too much time on their hands).

about 2 years ago
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Analyzing Tweets To Identify Psychopaths

WrongSizeGlass Really? (266 comments)

The ability to predict psychopaths in under 140 characters? What have all these mental health professionals been doing? All these face-to-face interviews, "sessions" and observations. Maybe if they submitted their reports in only 140 characters they would have figured all this out a long time ago. /sarcasm

about 2 years ago
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Australian Gov't Loses Privacy Alert Subscription Information In the Mail

WrongSizeGlass Re:Australia is in the antipodes (33 comments)

What this means is that we have a new definition of common sense. However, I am a little confused, because the person says "As an Australian." Australians usually indicate they are Australian by saying "I am not Australian."

So you're saying his "As an Australian" comment was ironic when compared to the traditional response? <Vinne Barbarino>I'm so confused.</Vinne Barbarino>

about 2 years ago
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Australian Gov't Loses Privacy Alert Subscription Information In the Mail

WrongSizeGlass Re:Let's get it started (33 comments)

Let me guess, you're American...

To be fair, we Americans have an understanding of irony that is limited to the situations included in the Alanis Morissette song. If some of the people on the list that was lost were recent lotto winners and plane crash victims, or had they recently quick smoking, or had their wedding been rained upon then we might consider it irony, but only if we've heard the song recently enough to remember it.

about 2 years ago
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Sonic.net's CEO On Why ISPs Should Only Keep User Logs Two Weeks

WrongSizeGlass Re:Give it a few months... (190 comments)

And if more ISP's jump on the 2-week "band-waggon" you'll quickly see one of the next "Defence Appropriations Bill" (or something like that) have a little addition sneaked in by someone in Homeland Security to legally require ISP's to hold 12 months of Logs/Emails.

If the US passes a bill requiring ISP's to retain the data it would mean that their data (US Congress) would also be retained and possibly be subject to FOIA requests. I doubt that many in Washington DC want their data held for any longer than it takes to complete the http request.

about 2 years ago
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Georgia Apple Store Refuses To Sell iPad To Iranian-American Teen

WrongSizeGlass Re:Poetic Justice (1116 comments)

I thought they would just complete the sale, install Stuxnet, re-wrap the unit, and wish them a nice day...

Nice try, but it's a well known fact that the Stuxnet iPad app is still stuck in the app review process. Soon it will have to be recalled so it can be made compatible with iOS 6 and then resubmitted. I'm sure if they had made it a paid app rather than a free app the review process would have gone smoother. /sarcasm

about 2 years ago
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Sexy Female Scientist Video Draws Fire

WrongSizeGlass Re:Whats the problem (404 comments)

The main issue is that this video is not an accurate depiction of lab work. It's an idiotic thing that would have been a great 80s music video.

But that video is an accurate depiction of the science of marketing. Sexist, misleading, uninformative, and attention grabbing (even if it is of the wrong reasons).

about 2 years ago
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Patch Makes Certain Skin Cancers Disappear

WrongSizeGlass Too Small A Sample (90 comments)

This is great news, and wonderful progress, but a sample of 10 patients isn't big enough. Hopefully this will get into full trials soon and then make it to market.

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8: .NET Versus HTML5 Metro App Development

WrongSizeGlass Re:Idiot (179 comments)

I think he's confusing it with the CLR, which does the JIT compilation of the CIL. And I've heard it referred to (less lazily) as the "intermediate runtime language", which would be IRL. O_o

Alphabet Madness!

Takes me back to the days when MS switched from ADO to DAO ... or was it the other way around?

about 2 years ago
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ICANN Mistakenly Publishes Applicant Addresses

WrongSizeGlass Re:Hey, I know... (52 comments)

This whole fiasco is going to be revealed as a huge practical joke.... isn't it? please say it is. Please?

You'll get your answer as soon as someone buys icann.joke and puts up some content ;-)

about 2 years ago
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Nokia To Cut 10,000 Jobs and Close 3 Facilities

WrongSizeGlass Re:No good news in that (350 comments)

I love how you don't include RIM.

That was an oversight on my part. It's just so easy to overlook them these days. I'd like to see RIM recover and produce a new product that's successful (and use a completely different marketing company).

What you actually meant to say is we need competition from more than two companies. Whether or not MS succeeds is irrelevant. The fact that Google could emerge as power player late in the mobile market is an example that other companies can compete.

Yes, more than two is important, though the mobile pie is big enough for four, five or more companies. Too many will simply lead to consolidation with users being orphaned, but there is still room for new ideas and products from anyone who wants to take their shot.

about 2 years ago
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Nokia To Cut 10,000 Jobs and Close 3 Facilities

WrongSizeGlass Re:No good news in that (350 comments)

A lot of Apple fans and MS haters may be tempted to cheer, but the loss of 10,000 jobs in this economy means 10,000 families whose lives will been up-ended and that sucks no matter what phone you're rooting for.

It's a bit presumptuous to say people are rooting for Nokia employees to lose their jobs or for the company to close down. Yes, there are plenty of MS haters, and they aren't all Apple fans. Personally, I want Apple, Android & MS to succeed in the mobile market because it drives competition and development. Nokia slipping away doesn't do anything to force the others to continue to be innovative or creative.

Queue the replies from people wanting MS to suffer at the expense of Nokia employees and those who will declare that <insert name of company here> hasn't innovated in [year/ever].

about 2 years ago
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OpenSUSE Team Reworking Dev Model, Delays 12.2 Release

WrongSizeGlass Re:SuSE (38 comments)

Found my old boxed copy of SuSE 8.1 recently. Linux was actually good back then. Almost 10 years have past and Linux has gotten worse on the desktop.

Isn't that right about the time someone declared "This is the year of Linux on the desktop!"?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Hearing Aids So Expensive?

WrongSizeGlass Re:Because insurance pays for them (629 comments)

Many insurance plans don't pay for them. Medicare doesn't pay for hearing aids unless the hearing loss is the aftereffect of an accident. They generally don't cover hearing tests either. Medicare and hearing aids.

about 2 years ago

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Candidates Sued By Patent Troll For Using Facebook

WrongSizeGlass WrongSizeGlass writes  |  more than 2 years ago

WrongSizeGlass (838941) writes "ARS is reporting that the "inventor" of the concept of "providing individual online presences for each of a plurality of members of a group of members." claims that 4 million Facebook business account holders, including at least three major presidential candidates, are guilty of infringing his patent. He's suing Facebook for infringing on his patent as well as the three candidates. A Patent Office examiner rejected the patents claims, but the rejections have been appealed."
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iPad Account 'Hacker' Pleads Guilty

WrongSizeGlass WrongSizeGlass writes  |  more than 2 years ago

WrongSizeGlass (838941) writes "Daniel Spitler, a member of Goatse Security, pleaded guilty today to writing the code used to steal email addresses and personal information belonging to 120,000 Apple iPad subscribers from AT&T computer servers. Spitler, who surrendered to the authorities in January, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to computers connected to the Internet and one count of identity theft. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

"Computer hackers are exacting an increasing toll on our society, damaging individuals and organizations to gain notoriety for themselves," US attorney Paul Fishman said. "In the wake of other recent hacking attacks by loose-knit organizations like Anonymous and LulzSec, Daniel Spitler's guilty plea is a timely reminder of the consequences of treating criminal activity as a competitive sport," he said."

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Sega Is Latest Hacking Victim

WrongSizeGlass WrongSizeGlass writes  |  more than 2 years ago

WrongSizeGlass (838941) writes "Video game developer Sega said that its online database has been hacked, making it the latest in a string of games companies to be attacked. The company sent an email to users of the Sega Pass system on Friday to warn them that email addresses, dates of birth and encrypted passwords had been stolen from online database. From Sega Pass:

SEGA Pass is going through some improvements so is currently unavailable for new members to join or existing members to modify their details including resetting passwords.

We hope to be back up and running very soon.

Thank you for your paitence [sic]"

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SCOTUS Rules Against Microsoft

WrongSizeGlass WrongSizeGlass writes  |  more than 2 years ago

WrongSizeGlass (838941) writes "Reuters is reporting that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Microsoft Corp on Thursday, rejecting its appeal of a record $290 million jury verdict for infringing a small Canadian software firm's patent. The justices unanimously upheld a U.S. appeals court ruling that went against the world's largest software company in its legal battle with Toronto-based i4i."
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A New Approach To Reducing Spam?

WrongSizeGlass WrongSizeGlass writes  |  more than 2 years ago

WrongSizeGlass (838941) writes "A New Approach To Reducing Spam?

A team of computer scientists at two University of California campuses has been looking deeply into the nature of spam, and they think found a 'oechoke point' [PDF] that could greatly reduce the flow of spam. It turned out that 95 percent of the credit card transactions for the spam-advertised drugs and herbal remedies they bought were handled by just three financial companies — one based in Azerbaijan, one in Denmark and one in Nevis, in the West Indies. If a handful of companies like these refused to authorize online credit card payments to the merchants, “you’d cut off the money that supports the entire spam enterprise,” said one of the scientists."

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Sony: 10 Million Credit Cards May Have Been Expose

WrongSizeGlass WrongSizeGlass writes  |  more than 2 years ago

WrongSizeGlass (838941) writes "The LA Times is reporting that Sony has revealed that 10 million credit card accounts may have been exposed two weeks ago when a hacker broke into the company's computers in San Diego and stole data from 77 million PlayStation Network accounts. Sony said it will provide credit card protection services for the 10 million customers whose data were compromised. Sony last week said it had encrypted credit card data, but not other account information, including names, addresses, email addresses and birth dates."
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Kohler's New Hi-Tech Toilet

WrongSizeGlass WrongSizeGlass writes  |  about 3 years ago

WrongSizeGlass (838941) writes "PCWorld has an article on Kohler's new hi-tech toilet. The Numi comes complete with a detachable touch screen remote; motion-activated lid and seat; integrated air dryer; a heated seat; feet warmers; ambient lighting; built-in speakers with FM radio and an MP3 player input jack. If you have $6,300 to flush down the drain on a toilet this is for you."
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Fired Gucci Employee Accused Of Attacking Network

WrongSizeGlass WrongSizeGlass writes  |  about 3 years ago

WrongSizeGlass (838941) writes "Computer World, Information Week, The Register are all reporting on the story of a former Gucci IT employee who is accused of a November 2010 assault on Gucci's network deleting files and virtual servers, taking a storage area network offline, and deleting mailboxes from the corporate email server. The lost productivity is estimated at $200,000. Sam Chihlung Yin, 34, of Jersey City, NJ, allegedly created a fake VPN token in the name of a non-existent employee which he tricked Gucci IT staff into activating in June 2010, a month after his employment contract was terminated by Gucci for unrelated reasons."
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MS Delivers WP7 Numbers - Kind Of

WrongSizeGlass WrongSizeGlass writes  |  about 3 years ago

WrongSizeGlass (838941) writes "The Inquirer has an article entitled Microsoft delivers the numbers on Windows Phone 7. Opening with "Anyone who was under a rock when Microsoft launched and then fluffed the first update to its Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system will be pleased to see that the firm has compiled some statistics about the software" it appears that we would finally have some Windows Phone 7 sales numbers, but instead it only included numbers related to developers: downloads of VS Express & Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone (1.5 mil), paid members of the development community (36,000), new developers per week (1,200), applications in their App Store (11,500), apps downloaded by customers (around 12 per month) and applications generating ad revenue (1,100).

Is it just me or does the lack of Windows Phone 7 sales numbers tell the true tale of MS's latest mobile OS? Does IDC know something the rest of us don't?"

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WP7 Predicted To Beat iPhone By 2015

WrongSizeGlass WrongSizeGlass writes  |  about 3 years ago

WrongSizeGlass (838941) writes "InformationWeek is reporting that Windows Phone 7 will overtake Apple's iPhone by 2015 according to IDC. IDC predicts 2015 will bring: Android 45.4%, WP7 & WinMobile 20.9%, iOS 15.3%, RIM 13.7%, Symbian 0.2% and 'Others' 4.6%. These numbers would move WP7 into 2nd place and leave iOS in 3rd place with a slightly smaller piece of the smart phone pie than they current hold (15.7%).

The author of the story isn't buying IDC's forecast due to WP7's anemic sales to date and Microsoft's recent stumbles with its first two updates. I have to wonder if WP7 will still be Microsoft's smartphone OS in 2015 or if they'll have moved to WP8."

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MS Releases IE 9 - 9PM PDT

WrongSizeGlass WrongSizeGlass writes  |  more than 3 years ago

WrongSizeGlass (838941) writes "ABC News is reporting that Windows Vista and Windows 7 users can download IE 9 starting at 9 p.m. Pacific, Monday night. IE 9 is not compatible with Windows XP. Microsoft had planned to launch the software in 40 languages, but is postponing the launch in Japan to avoid bogging down networks already affected by the earthquake there.

As of this submission IE 8 is still being featured prominently at the MS Download Center though I did get a notice that I wasn't using IE 8 displaying the IE 9 moniker."

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XOOM - $799; WiFi Requires 3G Activation?

WrongSizeGlass WrongSizeGlass writes  |  more than 3 years ago

WrongSizeGlass (838941) writes "The price of Motorola's XOOM Tablet has been leaked in a Best Buy ad. The $799 Android 3 enabled tablet will be available starting Feb 24th. Though the price may seem a bit high, the most surprising detail is that activating the Xoom's WiFi will require signing up for at least one month of Verizon's 3G service. Let's hope the fine print in the Best Buy ad turns out to be a typo."
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Pastor: Married Church Leaders Must Drop Facebook

WrongSizeGlass WrongSizeGlass writes  |  more than 3 years ago

WrongSizeGlass (838941) writes "Rev. Cedric Miller is ordering about 50 married church officials to delete their Facebook accounts or resign from their leadership positions. Miller said 20 couples from his Living Word Christian Fellowship Church have recently run into marital trouble after a spouse connected with an ex-flame via the social networking site. On Sunday, he plans to "strongly suggest" that all married people to stop using Facebook, lest they endanger their marriage.

Is Facebook now one of the Deadly Sins? Is it the latest excuse for infidelity or just the latest scapegoat?"

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Windows Phone 7 Won't Launch with CDMA

WrongSizeGlass WrongSizeGlass writes  |  more than 3 years ago

WrongSizeGlass (838941) writes "PCMag is reporting that Windows Phone 7 will initially only be available for GSM/HSPA networks — not CMDA — counting out five of the seven largest U.S. wireless carriers. According to Microsoft, the company is targeting GSM/HSPA because that technology is used by the vast majority of wireless operators globally. A CDMA version will follow, just not right away."
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Intel's Walled Garden Plan For A/V

WrongSizeGlass WrongSizeGlass writes  |  more than 3 years ago

WrongSizeGlass (838941) writes "ARS is reporting on Intel's walled garden plan to put A/V vendors out of business. In a nutshell, Intel wants to run only trusted code to run on x86 systems. Intel's Paul Otellini framed the purchase of McAfee as an effort to move the way the company approaches security "from a known-bad model to a known-good model." Depending how enamored you are of Apple's App Store model, where only Apple-approved code gets to run on your iPhone, you may or may not be happy in Intel's planned utopia."
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Windows DLL Vulnerability Exploit In The Wild

WrongSizeGlass WrongSizeGlass writes  |  more than 3 years ago

WrongSizeGlass (838941) writes "Exploit code for the DLL loading issue that reportedly affects hundreds of Windows applications made its appearance on Monday. HD Moore, the creator of the Metasploit open-source hacking toolkit, released the exploit code along with an auditing tool that records which applications are vulnerable. "Once it makes it into Metasploit, it doesn't take much more to execute an attack," said Andrew Storms, director of security operations for nCircle Security. "The hard part has already been done for [hackers].""
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