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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

ayesnymous Re:tape backup (254 comments)

My experience with tapes (VHS and cassette) is that they can be eaten and ruined. Do backup tapes not suffer the same problem?


High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

ayesnymous Wonder how many death threats he got (577 comments)

That's what happens whenever anyone tries to make progress on smartgun technology.

2 days ago

The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

ayesnymous Re:Jesus H Christ! (119 comments)

We're all going to have to start wearing Burkas if we want any privacy at all.

No because a microphone will be on every corner. They'll have all the cases covered.

2 days ago

Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

ayesnymous Windows the phone or OS? (352 comments)

"Microsoft is killing off the "Windows Phone" name in favor of Windows." So when someone says Windows, you won't know if they are referring to the phone or the OS?

4 days ago

U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

ayesnymous Re:SEC filing: "Millions lost. No Details. Ask NSA (223 comments)

I wonder how charges like that could be reported on legally-required documents for publicly traded companies. "USA Federal gov't fines: $10M* * Details not available. Ask the NSA, maybe they'll tell you."

Yes, that's exactly what they should have done.

4 days ago

U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

ayesnymous So then why didn't they threaten Apple? (223 comments)

IIRC, Apple did not participate in PRISM for several years until Tim Cook took over as CEO.

4 days ago

Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

ayesnymous Re:In other words nobody is born smart (268 comments)

You start with the framework, but beyond that intelligence is simply acquired after birth.

Does this also mean that nobody is born gay, since they haven't found any genes that determine sexuality?

4 days ago

Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

ayesnymous Read the previous day's Washington Post article (142 comments) The cops have the right to take all your cash if they stop you for a traffic violation. You have to challenge it and pay your own legal fees to get your money back, which could take a year. Everyone is guilty until proven innocent in this country.

about a week ago

3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

ayesnymous Re:Anthropometrics (811 comments)

Since they have apparently reached the limit of human tolerance, one answer is to offer wider seat spacing for a little extra price on some flights. The remaining "dense pack" passengers then have no reason to complain: "If you needed more space, why didn't you choose our XL flight?"

I know United does - it's called Economy Plus.

about a week ago

MetaFilter Founder Says Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To Scotch Review

ayesnymous Re:Do not ever (116 comments)

The sad part is, they don't. There is no method to break a time share agreement.

Amazing, so they're both a scam. Probably working with each other. Time-share salesman sells a timeshare to someone, then gives that someone's name to his "time-share breaker upper" friend, while they both laugh to the bank.

about two weeks ago

Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

ayesnymous As long as the search results are the same, (152 comments)

then I will continue using old browsers on old computers. Who cares if Google doesn't show me the latest bar on top?

about two weeks ago

Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

ayesnymous Re:Notified and ignored? (107 comments)

Did Namecheep notify it's users via email that their system was compromised and they need to change their password? If so, and they ignored it, oh well, it's your own damn fault. If Namecheep didn't notify it's users via email, then Namecheep is at fault and should be accountable for any damages, monetary or otherwise.

I have a few domains at Namecheap and I have never received an email about this.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

ayesnymous Re:Simple (635 comments)

[Puts on fire resist gear] vi. Because emacs is for the devil.

I still use vi - it is the only editor guaranteed to be on all Unix/Linux systems. I remember at a previous company, I was the only guy who knew vi, and the other devs only used emacs. Well we had a customer that used a variant of Unix that did not come with emacs installed. The other devs struggled with vi as they had to request that emacs be installed, and the customer's IT department took 3 months before they finally installed it.

about two weeks ago

Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

ayesnymous Re:Obvious Reason (579 comments)

Have you edited Wikipedia lately? It's a fucking nightmare of committee-watched articles and instantaneous reversions.

There we go, the real reason.

I mean, face it, men are just more willing to be the trolls and make life miserable for each other. Women see that and avoid the whole issue altogether.

I heard women are willing to make life miserable for each other - but their brand of trolling is much more subtle than men's.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

ayesnymous Re:vote to close -primarily opinion based (382 comments)

LOL, what a joke SE is when half the questions on the page have downvotes and are closed due to being duplicates or opinion-based.

about two weeks ago

California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

ayesnymous People will want to drive more agressively (506 comments)

People need to take control when they think the Google driving is too slow or whatever.

about three weeks ago

A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

ayesnymous What map? (158 comments)

It doesn't load for me. I guess that means the USA is on the map.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

ayesnymous $100K salary = $20/hour (548 comments)

I wish I had known that even if you get a $100K salary, that could still come out to $20/hour or less.

about three weeks ago


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