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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

XB-70 You voted for 'em. (208 comments)

It is long overdue that government surveillance becomes a major political issue. Yet, we are no longer represented by our elected officials who have been bought off by the oligarchy. Moreover, if you talk to 99% of citizens, they will simply shrug off news items like this and go back to the latest Kardashian wardrobe malfunction intrigue.

This isn't about paranoia, it's about the fact that our personal rights are being completely abrogated by governments that are out of our control.

Our true freedom is doomed until we demand action so that due process takes place - legally and by the rules.

It's time to use the system to give itself back to us: with court challenges and by voting out non-supportive elected officials.

Exposure of incompetence and malfeasance with articles such as this are where to begin.

2 days ago
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Tom's Hardware: Microsoft Smartband Coming In October With 11 Sensors

XB-70 A scenario (70 comments)

Job Candidate: "Thank you for seeing me."

Interviewer [Hacking into yet another security-flawed MS Smartband product.]: "Thank you for coming. Could you tell me why you left your last employ?"

Job Candidate: "I was ... asked to perform duties that were beyond the scope of my employment contract."

Interviewer [Noting elevated heart rate of interviewee]: "What did these duties consists of?"

Job Candidate: "I am not at liberty to discuss them."

Interviewer [Seeing Smartband perspiration levels soar.]: "Was there a problem with your performance?"

Job Candidate: "None whatsoever."

Interviewer [Running lie detector against heartbeat data.]: "I am afraid that this interview is over."

Job Candidate: "But I was being sexually molested and am involved in a court case that I cannot discuss!!"

Interviewer [Noting extreme blood pressure levels.] "SECURITY!!"

about three weeks ago
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Chernobyl's Sarcophagus, Redux

XB-70 Informed opinion (121 comments)

I was speaking with a nuclear engineer just this past weekend. The reason that Chernobyl happened was that an unauthorized test took place over the direct objections of senior management. It was like taking the oil out of a car engine and seeing how long it would run. What did they expect would happen? In any event, after the disaster, the existing cover is/was inadequate at best.

Whether the new design is adequate or not is moot: when Putin takes over the country, he will completely shut down any real news and everything will be fine.

about 3 months ago
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Yahoo Stops Honoring 'Do-Not-Track' Settings

XB-70 Honour? (300 comments)

Yahoo! has stopped honouring so much of its user experience that they are doomed to failure.

Yahoo! Groups is bloated with spam that can't be blocked by its admins.

Yahoo! Messenger is so fraught with bugs and bloatware that users are fleeing in droves.

The main Yahoo! website is dated and mindless.

Yahoo! Mail is an abomination of unusable kludges and missteps.

Lastly, who uses Yahoo! to search for anything anymore, anyway?

Put a wooden stake in it, this thing is dead.

about 3 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

XB-70 Use a Vet. (1198 comments)

My veterinarian did an excellent, cheap and painless euthanasia of my dog. I don't know why we can't have Vets manage the process. They are cheap, professionally trained and experienced.

about 3 months ago
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New White House Petition For Net Neutrality

XB-70 The Oligarchy won't let it happen. (248 comments)

The recent Princeton research shows that the U.S. appears to be an oligarchy.

Let me put this out there: if they don't want net neutrality, mark my words, all the petitions in the world won't make a whit of difference.

Let's review this topic in two years and see whether I'm right.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Dumping License Fees For Windows Phone?

XB-70 In other news.... (125 comments)

Microsoft open-sources it's code and goes to a support model of doing business.

The tides stop.

Republicans and Democrats dance together in the streets.

about 4 months ago
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Researchers Hope To Grow Human Ears From Fat Tissue

XB-70 In other news.... (35 comments)

McDonald's prepares ears for grinding into Big Macs to make people fat...

Ahhhh, the circle of life!

about 5 months ago
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Ask The Linux Foundation's Executive Director Jim Zemlin What You Will

XB-70 When will Linux install and auto-compile based on (58 comments)

Most hardware is relatively static. Except for gamers, tweakers and industry professionals, it is very rare that people replace MoBos, Processors or Buses.
When will Linux auto-detect the 'static' components of the hardware and do an install with a kernel compiled and optimized for that hardware - along with a vanilla kernel for emergency backup? (Something like Gentoo does)

about 5 months ago
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A New Car UI

XB-70 It's all bullshit (237 comments)

I don't want to hear a station, I want to here a genre of station or a sports event or a specific artist or song - regardless of frequency or media.
I don't want to adjust the volume, I want the volume to adjust to a) number of people in the vehicle adjusting for people in the back seat, b) conversation in the vehicle, c) ambient road noise d) my 'usual' volume levels
I don't want to adjust the temperature, I want the vehicle to defog the windscreen and keep the car at a reasonable temperature. I want it to blow air on me or away from me or my passengers
I don't want to punch in directions, I want to go to a) work, b) friends, c) a store, d) when the gas is low, automatically look for the nearest, cheapest gas etc. I should simply say: "Costco" or "Mom's house"
I don't want to deal with communications, I simply want to call someone.
I don't want to look at speed limits, but I DO want to be warned when: a) I am over by xMPH or b) when the speed limit DROPS and puts me over
I don't want to worry about maintenance, I want the car to find the best deal on the maintenance and parts required and suggest a dealer/garage based on ratings
I don't want to lock or unlock the car or worry about leaving interior lights on. The car should know I am near it and that I want in.
I don't want to deal with parking fees or tolls, the car should have an account that is universal to all those and simply ask for confirmation to deduct monies - either by route chosen or by length of time parked.
I don't want to have an accident. The car should assist with monitoring traffic conditions, other drivers and blind spots

about 5 months ago
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Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

XB-70 I call bullshit (597 comments)

The biggest issue surrounding higher education is the lack of oversight of university administration over-spending.

There is also an enormous trend toward creating universities in towns and cities that are suffering economic collapse just for the sake of optics.

No one is looking at employment outcomes nor are they looking at job trends. Putting a tax on the lucky few employed graduates to subsidize fat-cat administrators, university contractors and their ilk does nothing to help the ones who need it most, the students.

Stop this lunacy before it starts.

about 5 months ago
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An OS You'll Love? AI Experts Weigh In On Her

XB-70 Worst. Movie. Ever. (175 comments)

At least Plan 9 From Outer Space was funny.

I can just see it: "Yahoo develops new O/S, suicides soar!"

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?

XB-70 When he was alive... (408 comments)

Loved the dead parents joke above....

When the Old Man was alive, I set him up with SuSE Linux and locked it (mostly) down. He ran it for 5-6 years. It never crashed, got a virus or had any known breaches.

With the release of WIndows 8.1/8.2 which demands and tracks huge amounts of personal information, Microsoft's offering is contra-indicated.

I'll let better people than I argue about the details of which distro/browser combination to use...

about 7 months ago
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Africa, Clooney, and an Unlikely Space Race

XB-70 Africa needs space (137 comments)

When I was a kid in the 60s, we had an African student stay with us. He was studying climatology. He was also fascinated by space. After graduation he returned to his home country. Using the information he had acquired, he collected satellite data on weather conditions (which was very advanced thinking for that time). He went into the country-side and advised local farmers of impending droubts, locust infestations and floods. The first year he did it, they were, at best, dismissive. When he went back to them after his forecasts has proved correct, they eagerly listened to him and it changed the agrarian economy. He also advised fishermen of temperature changes off-shore indicating optimal times to fish. This allowed local fishermen to get out to the fish before the huge Japanese trawlers came and took everything.

He went on to have his own department at the local University.

Of course, because of his good work, his nation rewarded him with threats to the lives of himself, his wife and his family so I won't state his name or other information about him here.

about 7 months ago
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Code.org: More Money For CS Instructors Who Teach More Girls

XB-70 Re:What does this do? (381 comments)

We cannot be getting smarter. One quick scan of the spelling and grammar on facebook, Twitter and in many other online posts indicates a frightening drop in the most basic ability to communicate let alone convey a concept or idea.

about 8 months ago
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Code.org: More Money For CS Instructors Who Teach More Girls

XB-70 What does this do? (381 comments)

This is sexism at its very worst. Funding one gender over another only serves to create animosity between them and suppress the gender that is not given preferential treatment. Why don't we put the funding towards researching how each gender takes up information and teach to those pedagogic methodologies? Education is one of the few areas where we have made minimal progress in the last 100 years. Students are NOT getting noticeably smarter. If we achieve the ability to learn more, faster, we all will win.

about 7 months ago
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Linux 3.12 Released, Linus Proposes Bug Fix-Only 4.0

XB-70 Re:There are quite a few things I'd like to see fi (274 comments)

4.0 should consist of the following: The ability to decipher the hardware that it is installed into and then an automated optimization and re-compiling process for that hardware à la Gentoo with a bloated fall-back option in case of failure. Realistically, how often have ANY of you ever changed a bus, processor, network card, drive controllers and other hardware - especially on boards with much of that built in?

about 9 months ago
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Linux 3.12 Released, Linus Proposes Bug Fix-Only 4.0

XB-70 Such a contrast... (274 comments)

There is such a great contrast between the slow, steady, improvement-laden release of Linux and the article that precedes this on on Windows 8.1 which can't even get its mouse to work. You'd think that Microsoft is trying to push out Windows 95!

Overall, it speaks to the simple fact that, if the agenda is to improve things vs make money, improvements are the things that make money in the long run.

FYI: I run a bunch of different OSs: Apple, Linux - 4 or 5 distros, Win 8x, 7x, Vista, 2003 (server)

It's been a long, long time since I've had Linux crash or become unconfigurable - whether I upgrade from a previous version or do a clean install. Way to go, Linus!!

about 9 months ago
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A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones

XB-70 Two time zones are enough (545 comments)

In the Great White North, there are two daylight zones: Mosquitoes and Winter. It's completely in tune with the environment and no one has to adjust a clock when the changeover comes.

about 9 months ago
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Germany: We Think NSA May Have Tapped Chancellor Merkel's Cell Phone

XB-70 New handset... (267 comments)

Time to switch to BlackBerry!

about 9 months ago

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Is Microsoft modding slashdot submissions?

XB-70 XB-70 writes  |  about three weeks ago

XB-70 (812342) writes "I put what I thought was a witty comment on a Microsoft article and got modded troll.

I don't mind it — but it leaves me to wonder: Are Microsoft employees modding down non-supportive comments? What do Slashdot readers think?"
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Like/Unlike

XB-70 XB-70 writes  |  about a year ago

XB-70 (812342) writes "Let's update slashdot: add like AND unlike buttons to every comment. That way, when it's modded up or down, we can see what non-modders think too."
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Are the Yahoo! chat rooms for sale?

XB-70 XB-70 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

XB-70 (812342) writes "Today, Yahoo! states that it will close the venerable chat rooms that have existed since 1998.



My questions are:

1. Could we crowd-source a purchase?

2. How much would Yahoo! sell them for?

3. Could they be maintained and improved by slashdotters?"

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RIM 'upgrades' service - ends webmail

XB-70 XB-70 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

XB-70 (812342) writes "Research In Motion is ending webmail and calling it an 'upgrade'. I call it a downgrade.

Here's the email I got:

Dear BlackBerry Internet Service Subscriber:

Your BlackBerry® Internet Service account will be automatically upgraded from BlackBerry Internet Service version 1.8 to version 2.4 in the coming weeks. This upgrade comes with exciting new features and functions. To learn more visit: www.blackberry.com/emailupgrade: . You may also visit this site to upgrade your BlackBerry Internet Service account immediately.

When you log into your BlackBerry Internet Service account following the upgrade, you will be required to accept or decline the BlackBerry Internet Service End User License Agreement. We encourage you to review the terms and conditions of the BlackBerry Internet Service End User Agreement by visiting www.blackberry.com/eula: and choosing the appropriate jurisdiction which governs your use of the BlackBerry Internet Service.

Once the upgrade has taken place, you will need to use a BlackBerry® smartphone to access your BlackBerry Internet Service email. This is because the webmail service which allowed you to view your email on a desktop computer will no longer be available. You can still use the BlackBerry Internet Service web site to configure your email account settings.

Research In Motion is performing this upgrade to better serve BlackBerry Internet Service customers now and in the future."
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XB-70 XB-70 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

XB-70 (812342) writes "I want to recommend a current, Linux compatible, off-the-shelf laptop retailing for under $1,000 that can be purchased from a big-box store.

Can Slashdot readers tell me which distros they've used that install with little or no hassle and which **current** make and model of laptop they've recently bought?

Major critieria: WiFi works, Modem works, DVD burner works. Power management would be nice as would optimal screen resolution. The laptop must have a minimum of 1Gig RAM and 80 Gig HD."

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