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Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

binarybum Some front page editing? (214 comments)

C'mon /. editors. The example at the end of this summary paragraph is really graphic, jarring and terrifying. It's a little much for a front-page headline summary and frankly unnecessary to the subject of the story anyway. A little bit of journalistic couth would be appreciated.

1 hour ago

What are you most interested in seeing out of CES?

binarybum Re:Autonomous vehicles (162 comments)

You should read slashdot.

about three weeks ago

In-Flight Service Gogo Uses Fake SSL Certificates To Throttle Streaming

binarybum Re:Get What You Pay For (163 comments)

Yes. your question has only a few limited scenarios - there are many many more that could be listed - trying to reasonably rank those without context is completely unreasonable. Even looking at your examples I'm having a hard time figuring out what order to try to rank those options in - I'm sure there would be as much agreement as with selecting pizza toppings.

A good ISP (there aren't many) should announce their average upload download rates and paying users should expect to experience those numbers regardless of how they choose to use the bandwidth. Sliding scale charges for very high usage isn't unreasonable in my mind - shady throttling is.
Go-go charges a lot for their air service, and every time I have used it I can barely tolerate basic web-page load times. My prodigy dial-up account was faster than their wifi. They should probably be offering it as a free teaser for now and charge more when they have a reasonable service to offer.

about three weeks ago

Putting a MacBook Pro In the Oven To Fix It

binarybum Re:May want a disclaimer here... (304 comments)

Here is a simplified guide for those wanting to try this.

Step 1: place macbook pro in oven at 340 degrees
Step 2: Remove (with mitts!).

  Now for decision tree:
    Option A: your mac is fixed! the apple logo has melted off and it boots Ubuntu just fine.
    Option B: your macbook has melted shut - if you've been using Mac products long enough you are used to all kinds of restrictions on hardware and software that you thought you "owned" so this probably doesn't even bother you.
Option C: The fumes from your oven wake you from your fugue state - Go and buy a Surface Pro - but turn your oven off first.

about a month ago

My laptop lasts on battery for ...

binarybum Re:Not useful without more data (97 comments)

>You do know battery life can get shorter over time, right?

That is such a relief to hear, I thought I was just getting slower.

about a month ago

Microsoft's Age-Old Image Library 'Clip Art' Is No More

binarybum Re:Remove != Improve (110 comments)

exactly. I don't know why the responses here are so positive. Getting rid of a primarily vector based library that takes up little space and is available locally is not a great move at all. If you don't like it, fine don't use it. But your points are well taken - this move to online everything is tedious, slow, and frustrating. I need my documents in a cloud, but I sure don't need my bloody word processor in the cloud.
Think Global, install Local.

about 2 months ago

Forbes Revisits the Surface Pro 3, Which May Face LG Competition

binarybum Re:who cares? (101 comments)

Have you tried any of those apps on an ipad? They are really dumbed down and extremely frustrating to anyone that has experience with the full flegged versions of any of those packages. I got a keyboard and wireless mouse for my ipad (jailbroken of course for simultaneous use) and tried my darned best to make it replace my laptop with apps such as you described and all kinds of jailbreak hacks. It drove me to near madness always getting near what I wanted to accomplish done or getting it done with 5 extra steps each time. I switched to the surface 3 and have never looked back - it is so gratifying being able to run real software for content creation but being able to switch to tablet mode for consumption.

    You have to keep in mind that Apple does not want you creating content on the ipad, thus it is not at all optimized for it. If you question this for a second, consider why in the world you would need to jailbreak the darn thing just to use a mouse and keyboard. Eventually the surface will force Apple to make a content capable tablet, and who knows, it could be better than M$'s. Until then, M$ has the most advanced and capable tablet currently in my mind.

about 2 months ago

Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

binarybum Re:I think (335 comments)

According the government it's not a problem if they kill good guys either - they are now authorized to kill Americans on american soil if so inclined for instance.

about 2 months ago

What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

binarybum Re:For Starters (320 comments)

Can you clarify? This was modded as a 3 so there must be some people out there that understand what you meant. At first glance I thought you meant a compelling reason for pushing forward with self-driving cars - but that would clearly have been flame-bait.

about 3 months ago

WSJ: Google X Display Team Works Toward Bezel-Free Modular Displays

binarybum Re:One of the biggest challenges? (56 comments)

agreed. pay article, but I suspect the summary may be leaving some detail out here. I'm not sure why this would be an issue at all. Pixel 4000 is last one on screen one - pixel 4001 is first on screen 2. Giant jumbo tron screens are modular - this seems like a solved problem. I wonder how you protect the edge of a bezel-free monitor though?

about 4 months ago

Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

binarybum Not Surprising at all (200 comments)

"Related: an article at Gizmodo explains that it takes surprisingly little hardware to replicate (at least most of) Netflix's current online catalog in a local data center. "

It's not surprising. It all boils down to the compression algorithm used. By maintaining a library of nearly exclusively B list movies Netflix is able to seed their algorithm with just a few titles like "Plan 9 from Outer Space", "Catwoman", and "Gigli". The rest of the movie files contain quite a bit of material that has a high degree of overlap with these films which allows for heavy compression. Did you know that "Hitch" for example only takes up 6mb when referenced across a library of these 3 films using the netflix compression schema? It's true.

about 5 months ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

binarybum Re:Not really (381 comments)

What do you mean a specific phone or vendor? The Pebble has been around for a long time and has no such allegiances.
And ugly? Have you seen the Steel? It's more handsome than the majority of watches I've owned.

    Calendar alerts, live weather, caller ID, and text messages all have made me a fan of my Pebble. Try one for a couple of weeks - I'm pretty sure you'll become a convert. I'm sure it varies based on style, but I've discovered that I probably only respond to about 30-40% of text messages (some are ignored, others are received ends of conversations). The rest can be viewed on my watch without having to ever mess with the phone.

  With a watch and a blue tooth head set soon enough the question will not longer be who needs a smartwatch, it will be who needs a smartphone - I think the mini-tablet will ultimately reign supreme and act as a hub for tiny peripherals. That's what I'm hoping for at least.

about 6 months ago

Which desktop environment do you like the best?

binarybum BOB (611 comments)

Windows BOB is still the best!

about 8 months ago

A Dispatch From Outside the Prison Holding Barrett Brown

binarybum Gross (95 comments)

"Yesterday, I got as close as any media physically can to Barrett Brown"


about a year ago

Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

binarybum Re:Wouldn't work (313 comments)

This is true of all learned subjects.
  Temper your nihilism.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?

binarybum Depends on... (421 comments)

Do you already have a moustache? If yes, you are probably creepy enough to wear google glass - consider it if you have funds left over after buying a nice pair of tight leather pants.

about a year ago

FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

binarybum missiles (445 comments)

Aren't ground lasers what laser guided missiles use to target precise locations? A couple example cases of jets equipped with these should get the message across.

about a year ago

Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP

binarybum Can't blame him... (474 comments)

I've forgotten about HP too. I think we all should.

1 year,10 hours

Backdoor Discovered In Netgear and Linkys Routers

binarybum Re: OpenBSD (189 comments)

probably the linksys hardware. As the parent mentioned the solution is a good Buffalo Router. I have run dd wrt on my buffalo for over a year at a clip and still going strong about 9 years out now.

1 year,23 days



Google Kills Cloud Connect

binarybum binarybum writes  |  about 2 years ago

binarybum (468664) writes "To keep their focus on Google Drive, Google is discontinuing Cloud Connect, the free plug-in that automatically saves Microsoft Office files from Windows PC's to Google Drive, and it will no longer be available to use after April 30th, 2013. An advantage of Cloud Connect was that files could be easily accessed and edited from the drive without having to save all your drive contents locally."
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Seamonkey 2.0 is here!

binarybum binarybum writes  |  more than 5 years ago

binarybum (468664) writes "Often forgotten, but the independent open source spirit lives strong in the once Mozilla project — now Seamonkey. Version 2.0 is finally out and rivals firefox with similar features but integrated email with a small footprint."
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Seamonkey 2.0 Beta 2 has been released

binarybum binarybum writes  |  more than 5 years ago

binarybum writes "SeaMonkey 2.0 Beta 2 combines a state-of-the-art web browser based on the same core as Firefox 3.5.3 with a solid email and newsgroups client and a simple HTML editor, rounding the experience with web development tools and IRC chat. It now includes tabbed email. Seamonkey often takes up much less memory than running firefox and a separate mail client."
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Folders Vs. tags for shared e-mail accounts?

binarybum binarybum writes  |  more than 6 years ago

binarybum (468664) writes "I run a student organization with a 10 member "board of directors." We hardly ever all have time to attend meetings and a large part of how we interact with the student body is through e-mail. We have a shared e-mail account (accessible by the 10 of us on the board) right now that is typically accessed through an outlook web access portal. We've been attempting to keep things organized in the account through a complex collection of folders that have been tacked on ad libum. It's turned into a complete mess. I have the onerous task of restructuring the folder system in hopes of achieving sustainable organization, but I'm wondering if I should just switch us over to a tagging system — perhaps Gmail. Has anyone used tags for a multi-user account successfully or does it end up being just as messy?"

seamonkey project not so open with end-users

binarybum binarybum writes  |  more than 7 years ago

binarybum (468664) writes "It's been almost a week now, and the Seamonkey project has still not released release notes for the latest version of the mozilla-seamonkey browser suite. They have a list of security fixes, but no actual release notes explaining what changes have been made to their software — they simply recommend that all users upgrade blindly. This seems to me a breakdown between the collaboration between developers and end-users that once made Mozilla great. I usually associate the "it's better because we say it's better" attitude with closed-source software."
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binarybum binarybum writes  |  more than 7 years ago

binarybum writes "The beloved ChuckNorrisFacts.com site seems to have disappeared (hopefully temporary). Last week my e-mail submissions of new Chuck Norris Facts were bounced back, and now this! Some webmaster is likely going to receive a serious roundhouse kicking."


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