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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

briancox2 So, we're done now, right? (551 comments)

We don't need to debate any more of this idea that Slashdot has been taken over by the right-wing. Right?

about three weeks ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

briancox2 It's moments like this ... (572 comments)

... that make me so happy to run Linux Mint and CyanogenMod exclusively as my OS's ...

about a month ago
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Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

briancox2 This is juvenile (100 comments)

This story is really saying that this could cure juvenile diabetes -- it does not address adult-onset diabetes. Adult onset diabetes has a lot to do with insulin resistance in all of the cells in the body, and cannot get cured by simply pumping in more and more insulin.

about a month and a half ago
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A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

briancox2 Re:Good for him! (193 comments)

No.

You believe Henry Cavill has super powers?

about a month and a half ago
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A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

briancox2 Good for him! (193 comments)

So let's suppose he's a "fake". He would therefor be guilty of turning a lie into a profitable entertainment venture.

Isn't that exactly how every author, producer and actor makes their living?

about a month and a half ago
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Adobe Spies On Users' eBook Libraries

briancox2 DRM vs. Pirating (150 comments)

Supporting DRM is morally worse than supporting pirating. At least with supporting pirating, no one gets hurt.

about 1 month ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

briancox2 Re:We really must blame someone? (342 comments)

My wife is a nurse and we actually know MANY nurses. Mostly female nurses and a handful of males. There is interest in getting more men into the field if you ask them about it. But there is no dedicated "desperately important" effort like you see to get women into IT.

about 2 months ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

briancox2 Re:We really must blame someone? (342 comments)

My wife is a nurse. And neither of us have heard of any dedicated effort to hire men and encourage men to pursue education in the field of nursing. Do you have a link for one that has a significant exposure? Because my lack of finding any makes me believe that our culture doesn't care about the idea too much. That's all my point was.

I graduated with an Engineering degree in 2011 from a major state university. There were groups, posters and promotions ALL over campus to encourage women to be a part of every field of STEM. I never saw a single one encouraging a man to be a nurse, psychologist or educator.

I'm not against being educated about this interest in promoting men to be nurses. Please, help me get rid of this ignorance. Show me.

about 2 months ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

briancox2 We really must blame someone? (342 comments)

Is it not even remotely possible that it could be caused by a naturally occurring preference of one gender to enjoy the field and a preference for another field to not find the activity as fulfilling?

You'll never see this kind of desperate hand-wringing over the lack of diversity in the nursing field for the last 100 years. But that's because we have a current sociological neurosis that says we have to force women into every field whether they want it or not. And we don't care what men do as long as they aren't getting in the way of women.

I know that sounds intolerably cruel and snide, but I really don't mean it that way in the slightest. It's a very accurate analysis of attitudes that I see in our current culture. And if people would be honest with themselves, I think they could see that. They have justifications for that attitude. But they still have it.

about 2 months ago
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JP Morgan Chase Breach Compromised Data of 76 Million Households

briancox2 Re:Unexpectedly gracious and humble (76 comments)

Thank you. I have pretty thick skin. But I'm glad to cool things down also when I realized I wasn't paying enough attention. Mea culpa.

about 2 months ago
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JP Morgan Chase Breach Compromised Data of 76 Million Households

briancox2 Re:This is insane... (76 comments)

I wasn't referring to transactions where a card is physically present. I'm talking about the online use of the information where the only thing required is a static set of numbers. But I would also like to see disposable (one-use) numbers available for physical transactions using my phone as a 2-factor auth.

about 2 months ago
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JP Morgan Chase Breach Compromised Data of 76 Million Households

briancox2 Re:Completely unrelated. (76 comments)

Doh!

So, I have made a new resolution. I will RTFA or at least drink coffee in the morning before posting on /. from now on. =)

about 2 months ago
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JP Morgan Chase Breach Compromised Data of 76 Million Households

briancox2 Re:No credit cards, just names and email addresses (76 comments)

My point raymorris, is that that should not be possible! You shouldn't be able to obtain a static number and then have the right to start charging money. The story just highlights how wrong the current system is.

about 2 months ago
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JP Morgan Chase Breach Compromised Data of 76 Million Households

briancox2 This is insane... (76 comments)

Why have Visa and Mastercard not changed their purchase validation system?

A static number that, once discovered, allows anyone to make a purchase until that number's use is deactivated? I should have 2-factor auth on all purchases, my credit card number should only act as a public key, or I should have the ability to generate new disposable numbers on the fly.

They've pushed this nominclature of "identity theft" (which attempt to make consumers feel as though they've been robbed) when in truth these are just cases of fraud that were made possible and likely because Visa and Mastercard haven't improved THEIR security for about 20 years.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Worth Being Grandfathered On Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan?

briancox2 Re:Unlimited = No Sharing (209 comments)

(b) is just not true. It is only true for the limited scope of Verizon's built-in monthly fee plan for tethering that uses their software. If you download other software through the Playstore, such as FoxFi, you can tether like a ... weather balloon.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Worth Being Grandfathered On Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan?

briancox2 Re:Boost mobile (209 comments)

I have to suspect you have never experienced Verizon's coverage area and reliability.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule

briancox2 Now apologize to whistle-blowers. (280 comments)

OK Facebook. Now apologize to all of the affected whistle-blowers that can't openly protest and embarrass you into action.

about 2 months ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

briancox2 Marketing: Include a 7! (182 comments)

Putting a 7 on a Windows product is now the key to a successful marketing campaign. I suspect this will be a huge success.

about 2 months ago
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At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

briancox2 Re:What's so hard about using the time-honored (242 comments)

Aren't these secret agents?

I don't think a secret agent who cannot make up a fake name within 1 second is really cut out for the job.

about 2 months ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

briancox2 Fuck Joe Green ... (261 comments)

He's throwing the entire pool of U.S. workers under the bus!! "...just OK..." ???

about 2 months ago

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Amazon Instant Video now available on Android

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about 3 months ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "Amazon has avoided releasing the Amazon Instant Video app that is on Fire and Kindle to the general Android market, even though the app has been available for some time on iOS. Now, after a workaround had allowed some users to install the app on Android by fiddling with permissions, Amazon has released the app to many devices calling it "Amazon Instant Video for Google TV". It's not clear yet which devices can run this app. Currently it is not available for older Samsung Galaxy lines, however the Nexus, a major competitor of Amazon's devices, can run the new app."
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Comcast apologizes to man harassed for cancelling service

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about 4 months ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "Deciding to cancel a cable service subscription can be difficult — breaking the news to the cable company can be near-impossible.

Tech journalist Ryan Block and his wife Veronica Belmont tried to cancel their Comcast service last week over the phone.

Block says 10 minutes into his frustrating conversation with the Comcast customer service representative, he started recording the phone call, which he posted on SoundCloud."

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Google Maps can now make you connect to Wi-Fi networks

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about a year ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "A change in permissions requires you to approved Google Maps to have the right to disconnect you from and connect you to the Wi-Fi networks of Google's choice. Given that there is no settings change which can disable this "feature" and no description of why this would be needed in the description of what's new with this update, it's unclear how this will benefit users and when it will be used."
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Samsung claims progress on 5G.

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "Technology for the next generation of mobile internet connectivity being developed by Samsung promises download speeds that will WOW you. Samsung has claimed that the new technology can download HD movies in seconds. Representatives believe this technology will be available within 7 years. Internet use will mean something completely different in 2020 with data transfer speeds that can provide you with any software package, OS distro or complete TV series while you tie your shoes."
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Firefox: The new 3D CAD software?

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "Of course, being a question, the answer to the title of this story is "no". But a developer has been playing with the Inspector Tool, which allows you to graphically see the DOM structure in 3D, to design 3D objects. While this is only a proof of concept, it does indicate some very fun possibilities. Now the question is, when will someone create that Firefox Add-on that allows us to design the objects in 3D as well?"
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Google forbids users to loan or resell Google Glass.

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "Move over DMCA. If you thought purchasing something shouldn't come with restrictions on what you can do with it, Google has taken it another step. Google is requiring people who purchase the first Google Glass. There's no word yet whether they are requiring you to keep them in your possession at all times, though it's unclear how else you can avoid breaking the terms of service if you have friends or family that like to borrow things you own."
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Intelligence lawmakers to amend cybersecurity bill behind closed doors

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "Members of the media and the public will not be able to watch the House Intelligence Committee's markup next week of a controversial cybersecurity bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

Lawmakers will be allowed to discuss what happened in the meeting afterward, and the committee plans to release information about what amendments were offered and how lawmakers voted. But the public will not be allowed in the room, and the meeting will not be streamed online."

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Best Practices for Mechanical Engineers?

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

briancox2 writes "I am a Mechanical Engineer with a small firm. Recently new computers were purchased and with them cam a new policy that all Engineering computers had to have the same software. Also, the ability to install new software was taken away. The reason given was that this made IT management easier and that it is an industry “best practice”. Also, the IT department would like to have Internet Explorer as the only browser that can be used on the network, to enforce the network’s policies.

My thought is that, while it may work best for some fields, Engineers, even Mechanical Engineers, need flexibility in an IT policy which allows them to solve unique problems as they crop up. Also, being only a lowly Mechanical Engineer, I don’t know if there are ways to enforce these policies on all browsers from the network itself.

Do you know of any standards for evidence that indicate it is better for Engineers to have flexibility with their computers? Do you think it’s still better to lock down the network this way?"
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What's So Bad About SOPA

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

briancox2 writes "... if a government were to make a decision that a current business model was the correct one, and begin passing laws that cement that business model in place forever, then that government does not have the best interest of the entire economy at heart. Instead a true Capitalist system encourages any and all business models to exist. And a government that wishes to promote the ideals of Capitalism does not lend itself to any industry as its personal strong-arm to prevent competitive threats. Instead, such a government would stick to its original purpose of promoting freedoms of its people."
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Desktop: "The report of my death was an exaggerati

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

briancox2 writes ""Sure, it's cute that I can write a quick email from the doctor's office waiting room. But when I need to communicate above the level of Twitter or get work done beyond a quick SSH, I need a real computer.""
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Android vs. Ubuntu – An open letter to Mark

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

briancox2 writes "The news of Google’s acquisition of Motorola’s mobile business is a potential game changer for the mobile computing market. The reasons Google made this purchase were obvious; they needed an arsenal of patents to fight the illegitimate battles of the patent wars to protect Android. As I have described in my previous post, these wars are an unfair and obtrusive burden on the entire tech industry, preventing innovation and bogging down our legal system. It’s too bad Google had to do this. I must admit I feel bad for their position."
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Does Intellectual Property Need a Redesign?

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

briancox2 writes ""The Patent Problem

Patent law in the United States has always been framed with the intent to promote innovation. Because there has generally been a large amount of capital required to produce such innovations as the railroad, the airplane and modern medicines...""

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Desktop: "The report of my death was an exaggeration"

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Sure, it's cute that I can write a quick email from the doctor's office waiting room. But when I need to communicate above the level of Twitter or get work done beyond a quick SSH, I need a real computer. http://wp.me/p1d7KZ-2t

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