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NSA Director Says Agency Is Still Trying To Figure Out Cyber Operations

bipbop Just attack your own citizens! (103 comments)

The solution is simple. The NSA should continue to spend the lion's share of its effort on attacking the United States' own citizens. It's not an act of war if you're attacking yourself!

4 days ago

Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

bipbop Re:Well, if you're going to push... (156 comments)

Although we can't actually observe what goes on inside the majority of people's heads, we can observe usage through corpora and the like, and it does seem that most people agree that the verb google means specifically "to search using Google". But it's also clear that not everyone uses the verb this way—it's generic for some speakers, and this is true regardless of what any court decides.

5 days ago

Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

bipbop Re:If there was only one viable choice ... (156 comments)

For over a decade, there's been a simplified search page similar to Google's at Of course, there's no reason to use Yahoo! Search anymore, but they did listen back then. (I was working there at the time, so I have a decent but probably imperfect memory of the timeline.)

5 days ago

Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support

bipbop Re:Version Number (220 comments)

I wonder why they don't switch to date-based version numbers. It would make it a lot easier to keep track of versions again.

about three weeks ago

Over 300,000 Servers Remain Vulnerable To Heartbleed

bipbop Re:As expected (74 comments)

The LTS releases are more or less like that, too.

about 3 months ago

USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

bipbop Re:Voltage != Power (208 comments)

But why? What's wrong with charging devices this way?

about 6 months ago

They're Reading Your Mail: Microsoft's ToS, Windows 8 Leak, and Snooping

bipbop Re: Bad summary (206 comments)

True in California. Landlords can't just decide to issue 24 hours notice and enter an apartment because they want to, no matter what the rental agreement says. That said, I've never had a rental agreement or a landlord that respected the law.

about 6 months ago

OpenShift Now Supports Windows; GoDaddy Joins OpenStack

bipbop "It's not Onion"? (19 comments)

Can someone explain the enigmatic "It's not Onion"? Is it like "I can't believe it's not bacon"? Is it an ungrammatical reference to The Onion? (And if so, what's it doing in this summary?)

about 6 months ago

Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams

bipbop Re:brighter? (376 comments)

I'm sure that'll help a lot, given that all pedestrians come equipped with headlights.

about 7 months ago

With HTTPS Everywhere, Is Firefox Now the Most Secure Mobile Browser?

bipbop Re:Considering... (279 comments)

For every site I use regularly, I have a one- or two-letter shortcut. When I want to use Slashdot, I hit ^L to focus the URL bar, type the letters sd, and then hit enter.

If I wanted to use Slashdot with HTTPS (which I don't), I would simply change the URL associated with that shortcut to say https instead. It would be zero extra letters for me.

about 7 months ago

A Year With Google Glass

bipbop Re:True quote (292 comments)

Bought? Interesting. I thought they were valueless on arrival because so many people got them for free.

about 9 months ago

Doom Is Twenty Years Old

bipbop Re:graphics (225 comments)

That, and you'd have gotten something like 1fps playing doom in 1280x1024 in true color back then, and you'd probably be using all your video memory, so you'd get to watch each frame as it was rendered.

about 9 months ago

US Intelligence Chief Defends Attempts To Break Tor

bipbop Re:Moral dilemma for the IT community (411 comments)

(Of course I don't run a secret email service.)

Exactly what someone who runs a secret email service would want us to think!

about a year ago

Cybercriminals Has Heroin Delivered To Brian Krebs, Then Calls Police

bipbop Re:Asshole blogger can has publicity stunt (187 comments)

Usually? Are you trying to say getting set up in this manner is a common occurrence where you live?

about a year ago

Google Glass Is the Future — and the Future Has Awful Battery Life

bipbop Re:Rev. 1 hardware, people (473 comments)

I don't mean to defend GP's assertion, but this strikes me as irrelevant. Apple now is a very different company than Apple then.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Are There Any Good Reasons For DRM?

bipbop Re:The best reason for DRM (684 comments)

I didn't mod it down, but it's at least partially nonsense, and obvious nonsense at that. Ask any linguist why English stopped changing 20 years ago and they'll laugh you out of the room.

about a year ago

The Text-Your-Parents-Your-Drug-Deal Experiment

bipbop Re:A troy ounce is 31.1 g (267 comments)

I'm sure everyone's lied before, but not everyone "pulls pranks". I never have. Why would I? They seem asinine to me.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Do You Move Legal Data With Torrents?

bipbop Re:In a word? YES! (302 comments)


about a year ago


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