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Linux Developers Consider On-Screen QR Codes For Kernel Panics

awshidahak Re:Good idea (175 comments)

I have a smartphone, but it can't scan QR codes because the camera is too crappy.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Security Products Will Block Adware By Default Starting On July 1

awshidahak Re:But that's the deal, surely? (177 comments)

Babel Toolbar isn't the "free program". Babel Toolbar is what gets installed as the price of the free program.

about two weeks ago
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GNOME 3.12 Released

awshidahak Re: Meet the new boss: (134 comments)

Use Cinnamon with MATE apps like I do. It's a great experience.

about three weeks ago
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Firefox Was the Most Attacked & Exploited Browser At Pwn2own 2014

awshidahak Re:Firefox is the most unstable program in common (207 comments)

Yes. Flash has run in a separate process for 5-6 years now IIRC. When Flash crashes, it doesn't take down Firefox, it just displays a block say that Flash crashed, and I believe it gives you a report link.

about a month ago
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The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

awshidahak Re:What's the hurry? (410 comments)

I use the Internet for business, not entertainment.

Trolling again, are we AC?

What are you doing on Slashdot if you only use the internet for business? Also, how does ./ not crash your outdated version of javascript?

about 7 months ago
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The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

awshidahak Re:Anyone remember voip (410 comments)

I used to go to a University that would encourage you to use their VPN over dial-up (not as in, "use our VPN, but make sure you're dialing in", but more like, "if you're dialing in, make sure to use our VPN"). It was interesting because you would dial in to their server, and then start the VPN client. Why the dialed-in connection wouldn't just be in their network, I'm not sure.

about 7 months ago
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The Post-Lecture Classroom

awshidahak Re:Twice as much work for instructor, 5% benefit? (169 comments)

The way one of my previous schools justified their non-recording rule was that it prevented any unauthorized learning (someone might share the recording and then someone might gain valuable information without paying for it). Yeah, I know. It just makes them look worse.

about 7 months ago
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What Marketers Think They Know About You and What They Really Do

awshidahak Good job (277 comments)

Great inclusion of the link to the service, samzenpus. I love how I didn't have to hunt for it at all.

about 7 months ago
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Feds Allegedly Demanding User Passwords From Services

awshidahak Re:Companies shouldn't have this anyway (339 comments)

  1. 1. A company shouldn't have my password stored anywhere in a form that they can decrypt it.
  2. 2. A company shouldn't have the answers to my security questions stored anywhere in a form that they can decrypt it.

That's why the agency is asking for the salt as well. They're trying to eliminate the parts of the formula that make it so that you can't figure out what the password is. Reverse engineer the impossible formula, so to speak.

about 9 months ago
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Feds Allegedly Demanding User Passwords From Services

awshidahak Re:Quickly!! (339 comments)

Dang. So I was just trying to continue the joke, but apparently if you type the asterisk symbol enough times, it actually writes your password out. Weird...

about 9 months ago
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Feds Allegedly Demanding User Passwords From Services

awshidahak Re:Quickly!! (339 comments)

Hmm, sounds like a good idea. Here's mine: absdXGH4420078jkl!@gy

about 9 months ago
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Feds Allegedly Demanding User Passwords From Services

awshidahak Re:How to protest (339 comments)

All of my passwords look like that. Randomly generated with special characters. Typically 25 chars long.

They are in a password manager. I don't have to remember them at all...

So basically, you've got all your securely designed passwords stored in one keyring that if one person get the code to, they could use to gain access to all of your passwords. Much more secure storage area than your brain I'm sure.

about 9 months ago
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Firefox 23 Makes JavaScript Obligatory

awshidahak Not a big problem (778 comments)

I've noticed that most of the comments on this page are people being worried about Mozilla taking away functionality from the browser, but... wasn't the point of Firefox to reduce the amount of bloat in the default setup? Mozilla Suite (now Seamonkey, previously Netscape Communicator) wasn't quite Emacs, but it included way more than what many required for their uses, and so Firefox was born to trim all of that stuff out, with the idea that you can add in back in with extensions.

That's where our javascript blocking needs to be happening. Extensions like NoScript, which you can use to block all javascript if you so desire. (Just install it and then don't enable anything.)

about 10 months ago
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Why You Should Worry About the Future of Chromebooks

awshidahak Re:/. crowd != general population. (216 comments)

Most people use a puny 4 inch screen to get to the net via mobile phone networks.

I remember arguing once with a cell phone salesman in the mall with something similar to this. This was back in the days when flip phones were the general fancy phone. Anyway, this guy was trying to sell me one of his service's phones and I asked him if I would be able to use the phone to get internet access to my laptop. His reply completely baffled me at the time (remember, flip phones). He asked, "Why would you want to get on the internet with your laptop when you could just browse it on your phone?"

At that point I figured there was nothing I could say to him to show him my point if he actually preferred to browse on a 2-inch screen by pressing arrow keys.

1 year,15 days
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Clay Shirky On Hackers and Depression: Where's the Love?

awshidahak Re:FIghting the system is a mental health issue (319 comments)

Clay Shirky is a "writer, consultant and teacher on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies", something he's been doing since 1996. He has written a heck of a lot of stuff on the topic, and is presumably some sort of expert. He isn't just another blogger.

He is not however a psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, or any other form of mental health or medical professional. On those topics, he is indeed just another blogger. The cynic in me says that since he is "writer and consultant", he's just riding the Aaron Swartz wave for hits and street cred. Next week he'll be off on whatever nine days wonder captures the attention of the blogosphere.

Coming from a somewhat suicidal person, he does however, seem to be correct about the personalities of suicidal people, even moreso than the counselors I've dealt with.

about a year ago
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DuckDuckGo - Is Google Playing Fair?

awshidahak Re:Nobody plays fair (178 comments)

If you're a scripter it kind of makes sense. Many scripting languages on *nix-type systems have the first line of their script something like this:

#!/usr/bin/env sh

The sharp tells the interpreter to ignore the code (not necessary for a search engine), but the bang tells the environment to "execute this list of commands with the following interpreter". When you use a bang (!) in ddg, you're telling it to "send this list of search terms to the following interpreter"; however, the interpreter is not bourne shell or python, it's google images or the python documentation. That's how it makes sense to me anyway.

about a year ago
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Google Chrome Becomes World's No. 1 Browser

awshidahak Re:Do not go gentle into that good night (449 comments)

Mozilla: the company that dropped Linux support on their latest work.

Please do tell sir. What product did Mozilla drop Linux support for?

about 2 years ago
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When I need a robust business solution, I prefer it ...

awshidahak Re:Does voting on this poll ... (275 comments)

If you're saying it to sound "cool" instead of saying it to properly communicate, then it's as devoid of content as the "word" blubberfluggin.

about 2 years ago
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Heartland Institute Learning To Troll On Billboards

awshidahak Re:And here you are... (735 comments)

I'm fine with it. If everyone knows that the biggest voices against the AGW consensus are so out of arguments that this is what some of them are having to resort to, I think both the Heartland Institute and those who've reported on them are doing the world a favor.

You'd think so until you look at all the people who tought that Obama was a terrorist basing their information solely off of the fact that Obama sounded like Osama. Now we're going to just get a bunch of crazy Tea Party Libertarians saying "Enviros want to destroy the world with their commie-holocaust." Don't believe me? You just wait and see. Crazy people believe crazy things.

about 2 years ago
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Oracle and the End of Programming As We Know It

awshidahak Re:Mr. Wall, please sit down... (577 comments)

Going one step deeper, between Intel, AMD and TI, couldn't every programmer be sued regardless of whether or not they've used a language?

about 2 years ago

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