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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

bogaboga Gestapo like? I am afraid to admit...[Yes] (211 comments)

My own PNRs include not just every mailing address, e-mail, and phone number I've ever used; some of them also contain: The IP address that I used to buy the ticket, my credit card number (in full), the language I used, and notes on my phone calls to airlines, even for something as minor as a seat change.

Someone tell me there's a difference on this issue...Just this issue please.

5 days ago

Committee Formed To Scrutinize Australia's Web Censorship Law

bogaboga Can we please emphasize another angle? (24 comments)

Let's not forget that activities like these are happening in the West. If on the other hand, they were happening elsewhere, you'd hear hypocritical governments including Australia's, "standing up" for this very "basic right."

I am waiting for The USA's official response...Oh wait...they've done exactly that in the past.

about a week ago

Lyft's New York Launch Halted By Restraining Order

bogaboga Why are the number of cabs [artificially] limited? (92 comments)

If the USA is the bastion of freedom, capitalism and independence, why are cab licenses limited by city bureaucrats? Why not let everyone who qualifies swim in the taxicab business leaving those who cannot stand the waters perish? I just don't get it!

about two weeks ago

After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

bogaboga There's something Germany can do right away... (219 comments)

The Obama administration and that of George W. Bush both resisted such entreaties, in part because many U.S. intelligence officials believe that there are too many areas where German and U.S. security interests diverge."

How about getting rid of that United States base in Germany? A move like this would be in the right direction.

Did I mention that Slashdot should at least try getting world leaders' name spellings correct? Anyone also sees this unfortunate Merkl spelling in the introductory piece>?

about two weeks ago

FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

bogaboga Re:20 years old? That doesn't solve my problem... (133 comments)

One User-agent switcher worked on one site! Thanks a lot but on another one, the message I get is this:

To access this site your Internet Explorer parser must be MSXML 3.0 or greater. Please use Internet Explorer version 6.0 (and higher) or download the correct parser version in order to properly view the web pages located within. Current parser is not MSXML 3.0 or greater.


about three weeks ago

FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

bogaboga 20 years old? That doesn't solve my problem... (133 comments)

Look, that OS might be that old but this doesn't solve my problem. I need something to help me "fool" systems that throw messages like this: -

You must be using Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or better in order to use Iatric Pay View.

To make matters worse, my computing platform of choice is now Google's Chromebook. I am sure there's a geeky slashdotter who can help, right?

about three weeks ago

US National Archives Will Upload All Its Holdings To Wikipedia

bogaboga Are they safe there? (108 comments)

I mean, Wikipedia is editable by anyone.

This makes its content prone to manipulation as some folks may choose to intentionally mask the truth...

Or conflate ideas...

Or confuse facts...

Or obnubilate issues...

Or bedevil matters...

Or stupify knowledge...

Or mix-up the obvious...

Should I go on?

about a month ago

Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

bogaboga Wait for tha Apple zealots... (198 comments)

...they'll say something to the effect:

"I don't care, Retina Display is better."

about a month ago

Google Forks OpenSSL, Announces BoringSSL

bogaboga What a name! (128 comments)

First reactions are generally positive. Theo de Raadt comments, "Choice is good!!."

The name "BoringSSL."

I am finding extreme difficulty in liking this name choice. What was Google thinking? Am I alone?

about a month ago

The Supreme Court Doesn't Understand Software

bogaboga Best system in the world!! (263 comments)

I understand the sentiment but at the same time, won't be surprised if the judges, like most Americans I've met, believe the USA has the best of everything mankind can think of.

about a month ago

A Different Kind of Linux Smartphone: Samsung To Sell Tizen-Based Model Z

bogaboga I cooled off on Samsung... (105 comments)

I used to like Samsung and its Android phone products. In fact, I owned the galaxy series S, S2 and S3. I skipped the S4 and really didn't see the point of the S5. These phones in my opinion, were just overpriced! I am now looking at getting the One Plus One.

about 2 months ago

Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

bogaboga Re:I'm liking how Russia is standing up these days (234 comments)

You must be joking right? Powerful armies can and have been defeated many times. Remember the USA and Vietnam?

On the other hand, I believe Russia has the [military] hardware to deliver serious havoc on the US should America take the unwise route.

What would the USA's most powerful president have done in the circumstances anyway?

about 3 months ago

Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

bogaboga I'm liking how Russia is standing up these days... (234 comments)

I must say I am impressed with how Russia is standing up to the bullies and all those governments who are percieved as the, "we know it all" people.

about 3 months ago

Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

bogaboga Here's what troubles me about Apple and the media (268 comments)

When it comes to Apple, the media trumps it as 'the most innovative" tech company. No body adds the fact that the "innovation" is built on the backs of others.

about 3 months ago

In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?

bogaboga Re:Journalists usually have a hidden agenda... (156 comments)

And there's your difference. Kosovo carved *itself* out of Yugoslavia. *Russia* carved the Crimea out of Ukraine.

No! You lie! The Crimean people [democratically] voted to join Russia.
Want a link? Here you go.

about 4 months ago

In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?

bogaboga Journalists usually have a hidden agenda... (156 comments)

...for evidence of this, just look at how the recent Crimea issue has been handled.

No one raised a finger when Kosovo was carving itself out of Yugoslavia. No body is asking the tough questions. No body from the big media houses sees the USA's double standards...

about 4 months ago

AMD Develops New Linux Open-Source Driver Model

bogaboga Does AMD still matter? (142 comments)

Ever since I read this article, I have been taking a closer look at AMD. What I find is that this is a company in trouble. When I visit computer shops, I do not see anything equivelent to AMD Inside!

Question is: Does AMD still matter?

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

bogaboga It's not difficult to prove at all (379 comments)

There are certainly older programmers who can produce much better software at faster rates than their younger counterparts, but it is difficult to prove and requires the employer to take a greater risk in hiring you.

It isn't difficult at all. At my company, an "older programmer" solved a bug in code written by a younger fella by introducing a function that we all never knew about. This fella refactored code, cleaned up the mess we had in our AIX/DB2 system and saved my company lots of cash by single handedly writing code that verified that our data migration to PostgreSQL from the mentioned DB2 system was worthwhile.

Specifically, he wrote code that printed cheques the way we wanted (Numbers to words), in about 1/4 of the lines of code we had. All this by employing functions we never knew existed. Nothing can beat knowledge/experience. Nothing!

about 4 months ago

U.S. Aims To Give Up Control Over Internet Administration

bogaboga The USA isn't synonymous with efficiency (279 comments)

a move likely to please international critics but alarm some business leaders and others who rely on smooth functioning of the Web.

So, because something isn't US led, it becomes inefficient? Give me a break...Or are you kidding me?

about 4 months ago



Here's why PBS, the most trusted American public institution, won't do Android

bogaboga bogaboga writes  |  about a year ago

bogaboga (793279) writes "You might be wondering why this American institution PBS, doesn't have a compelling Android footprint. I was wondering too; until they provided the answer. I have read their missive and I am left wondering whether they didin't find support for various screen sizes on Android developer website. Are their concerns legit? What company has developed Android applications that are a beauty to work with on various screen sizes? How can we debunk this stereotype about Android?"

Wikipedia's "Please Donate" requests irk m

bogaboga bogaboga writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bogaboga (793279) writes "Wikipedia's regular requests for donations are stirring up controversy in some quarters. From a former employee to ordinary users.

Ars technica has a writeup on this issue. In standing up for the status-quo, Jimmy Wales, the founder, puts up some defense saying in part "...Wikimedia Foundation has a relatively small staff (23 members) and all its content is free. Donations help the organization cover the increasing cost of bandwidth and help improve the site's software..." In the same piece, it's reported that Wikipedia's own volunteer administrators and editors have had a strong negative reaction to the donation banners since they do all the work for free already, and wonder what is up with its increasing budget.

Question is: What's your take on all this? How can Wikipedia survive?"

Link to Original Source

Microsoft's pay-as-you-go computing business model

bogaboga bogaboga writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bogaboga (793279) writes "CNET reports that a U.S. patent application number 20080319910, published on Christmas Day, by Microsoft details the software giant's vision of a situation where a "standard model" of PC is given away or heavily subsidized by someone in the supply chain.

The end user then pays to use the computer, with charges based on both the length of usage time and the performance levels utilized, along with a "one-time charge."

Microsoft notes in the application, that the end user could end up paying more for the computer, compared with the one-off cost entailed in the existing PC business model, but argues the user would benefit by having a PC with an extended "useful life."

Here is my take: I wonder what EULA would come with this, but can certainly say that I will not bite because I always leave my PCs on and I am not a fan of ongoing scheduled payments to companies."

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A first look at Internet Explorer RC1

bogaboga bogaboga writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bogaboga (793279) writes "TG Daily reports that Microsoft quietly released the first update to its IE8 beta 2 to its closest partners last week. This new version only scores a dismal 12/100 on the Acid 3 test, though the score improves significantly if one leaves the [browser] window open for at least a minute. It is marked as "Release Candidate 1". What do Slashdotters think about this release?"
Link to Original Source

Will a Solid State Drive notebook as a server do?

bogaboga bogaboga writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bogaboga (793279) writes "I am intimately involved in setting up a Debian based email system in a remote area where we'll be using solar energy to power our computers. When I took on the position of System Administrator, the blue print had been for a traditional Debian based "white box" as a server. With the advantages of flash based Solid State Drives (SSDs), I am inclined to replace the white box server with this type of notebook. I have read over the internet that these notebooks are more versatile and have between 25% to 30% better performance over hard drive based systems in various tests. Needless to say, if adopted, we will save on space, power, and have the advantage of a less noisy environment. I have also seen a video that appears to support these claims.

I'd like to know from slashdotters whether anyone has worked with such a system and whether it would be able to handle the workload involving receiving about 450 emails and sending about 200 on a daily basis. It will be doing some basic file storage as a samba server too. I have not yet selected which notebook to use and would very much appreciate some advice on this issue as well."


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