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NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself

beamdriver Re:Modern Jesus (860 comments)

Actually, most of this stuff, the basis for it anyway, goes back to Eisenhower.

You can blame Bush for the PATRIOT act, but that was just another step down the road we've been on for a long long time.

about a year ago

'This Is Your Second and Final Notice' Robocallers Revealed

beamdriver Re:Greetings friend (235 comments)

I'd be happier with the dollar.

about a year and a half ago

Lawmakers Say CFAA Is Too Hard On Hackers

beamdriver Re:Why... (154 comments)

If you punch someone in the face and put them in the hospital, you don't get to say,"Oh, one punch to the face put you in the hospital? You really need to toughen up!" and get out of it. You still get arrested and go to jail.

about a year and a half ago

Hacktivism: Civil Disobedience Or Cyber Crime?

beamdriver Re:MLK and friends went to jail as well (243 comments)

I think you're a little confused about who was in charge during the mortgage crisis, unless you think that everything was hunky dory until January 2007.

about a year and a half ago

Hacktivism: Civil Disobedience Or Cyber Crime?

beamdriver Re:MLK and friends went to jail as well (243 comments)

He was offered a plea deal with a four month stay in a Federal Minimum Security prison. That's a reasonable deal any way you slice it.

about a year and a half ago

Empty Times Square Building Generates $23 Million a Year From Digital Ads

beamdriver Re:Profit (227 comments)

The building would need extensive renovation for it to be suitable for use.

Chief among these would be the addition of central air conditioning, but I would assume that a building that old would also need a good deal of electrical and structural work, asbestos removal, etc.

At this time, the ads bring in more revenue than rent would, so there's no reason to invest the money.

about a year and a half ago

Proposed Posting of Clients List In Prostitution Case Raises Privacy Concerns

beamdriver Are you taking notes... (533 comments)

...on a criminal f-cking conspiracy?

about 2 years ago

$1 Billion Mission To Reach the Earth's Mantle

beamdriver Re:Paging Lawrence Fishburn (267 comments)

Because The Core is a fun, silly movie meant to be enjoyed with your brain in the off position.

I particularly liked the part when they got stuck in a giant geode. The only way it could have been better would have been if there were dinosaurs in the geode.

about 2 years ago

Solar Power Is Booming — Why Do We Want To Kill It?

beamdriver Do you think the Chinese are going to sell us... (415 comments)

...their PV panels for less than it costs to make them forever?

Once they drive our domestic PV manufacturers out of business they'll be free to charge what the market will bear.

more than 2 years ago

Tetris In 140 Bytes

beamdriver Oh, we used to DREAM of having 140 bytes (215 comments)

When I was young, we had to code an entire web browser in 8 12 bit words using only the three switches on the front panel.

And we were grateful to have it.

more than 2 years ago

The End of the Gas Guzzler

beamdriver Re:Duh. (897 comments)

If they make 100 MPG cars that I can buy and sell enough of them to offset the gas guzzlers they sell, then why should I care? Let the rich jerks buy their Hummers or whatever. They'll be subsidizing my purchase of a nice, gas-sipping econobox.

more than 3 years ago

The End of Paper Books

beamdriver How long does he think those books will last? (669 comments)

Modern books aren't designed to last hundreds of years. Within decades, most of that archive will begin deteriorating. The inks will fade. The pages will turn to dust.

Where's the value in that?

more than 3 years ago

New Chili Is World's Hottest

beamdriver Always remember (201 comments)

"It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you’ve done, or think you can do. There’s a confrontation with destiny awaiting you. Somewhere, there is a chilli you cannot eat."

-- Daniel Pinkwater, A Hot Time in Nairobi

more than 3 years ago

Intelsat To Start Refueling Satellites In Orbit

beamdriver Re:Really cool (79 comments)

I want to go to the moon, salvage all the junk that's up there, bring it back, sell it.

more than 3 years ago

George RR Martin Finishes A Dance With Dragons

beamdriver Eff Neil Gaiman (279 comments)

I'm a paying customer and I have the right to bitch, complain and moan all I want. I spent money, not to mention time and mental energy, on Martin's books and I certainly wouldn't have done so if I didn't feel that there was at least an implicit promise that he would make a reasonable effort to finish the series and not leave me hanging out to dry with a thousand cliffhangers.

I understand about missing deadlines and writers block and all that. But if you can't write, then at least shut up about it, for Ghu's sake. Don't tease me with updates about writing and the possible finish of the book and then go, "Oh well, didn't finish. Off to Spain for a month".

It's not like I've been hanging around, doing nothing, waiting for the next book to come out. In the time since Feast Of Crows came out I've managed to get married, have a daughter, buy a house and do a lot of other cool and interesting things. Still, I check in on the GRRM site every couple months and I am happy to bitch about the subject when it comes up in conversation or online.

more than 3 years ago

Last.Fm Founder Criticizes Apple Over Music Subscription Fees

beamdriver Re:What Apple is Doing is Terrible (218 comments)

They're just figuring this out now?

Developing for IOS has been a crap shoot from jump street. Apple has always retained the right to deny an app access to or remove it from the App Store for any reason...or for no reason at all. You could easily put a ton of time, money and energy into developing an iDevice app just to have Apple slam the door in your face without apology or explanation.

There's a lot of money to be made by working in Apple's walled garden, but the risk that you piss off the beast and get eaten has always been there.

more than 3 years ago

TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old

beamdriver Re:if patting down anyone (1135 comments)

Really, because I'd never consider drugging my child to make her more compliant. Well...maybe I'd consider it, but I'd never do it.

I could certainly see my daughter having a freak out from that kind of treatment, which means that we're not planning to fly for some time unless they get this nonsense sorted out. Maybe if the airlines see passenger levels drop and drop they'll put pressure on the TSA to fix their shit.

more than 3 years ago

Gamer Plays Doom For the First Time

beamdriver I still remember the first time I played Doom (362 comments)

I was working the overnight shift, not much to do, and they had just gotten a new PC for the computer room. It had a big, 17 inch monitor, a zippy 486 under the hood and even a decent sound card. I downloaded the game, put it on a floppy and told my guys to watch the control room while I went upstairs for a bit.

I popped the disk in and started up the game. I remember how immersive it felt, the sound, the three D graphics. I really felt like I was part of the game. Three in the morning, all alone in the computer room, the growls of demons in my was pretty damn freaky.

more than 4 years ago



Are LG Smart TV's Spying On Their Owners?

beamdriver beamdriver writes  |  about 10 months ago

beamdriver (554241) writes "While playing with his LG Smart TV, DoctorBeet, a UK computer enthusiast, stumbled across the fact that the device was silently logging what channels he was watching and sending that data back to the South Korean company so it could better target him with advertisements.

After analyzing network traffic, DoctorBeet concluded that his TV was reporting information about his viewing habits back to LG regardless of whether he had the system option "Collection of watching info" enabled or not."

Apple/VOIP Providers Sued Over Visual Voicemail

beamdriver beamdriver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

beamdriver writes "Via Extremetech, Reuters is reporting that Klausner Technologies is suing Apple as well as VOIP providers Comcast Corp, Cablevision Systems Corp and eBay Inc's Skype for infringing its patent for "visual voicemail." The complaint involves U.S. patent 5,572,576, " Telephone answering device linking displayed data with recorded audio message". This is the same patent at issue in a suit Klausner filed in 2006 against telephone service provider Vonage Holdings Corp.

The company alleges that Cablevision's Optimum Voicemail, Comcast's Digital Voice Voicemail and eBay's Skype Voicemail violate Klausner's patent by allowing users to selectively retrieve and listen to voice messages via message inbox displays. Essentially, Klausner is claiming a patent on displaying a list of voicemails."


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