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Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?

bswarm Re:Try Here (184 comments)

Yes, this is the goto for android rooting.

about a week ago

Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

bswarm Re:When I was a young squirt (314 comments)

I learned basic on one of those. I made a Lottery program from scratch with a RNG using a dataset, then excluding each number as it was chosen. It was a pain in the ass getting it trimmed down to 4k. No, it didn't pick a winning lottery number but it was fun tinkering with it.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

bswarm Air Raid Siren Test In San Diego & Sonic Booms (790 comments)

Every once in a while you could hear the Air Raid Siren Test In San Diego, even 5 miles away. It's been long removed. Almost sounded like this but was more of a single blast test. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
Another sound I haven't heard since the 60's are the sonic booms from Miramar NAS.

about two weeks ago

FCC Revamps Customer Complaint System

bswarm I filed so many 1088's with the FCC... (41 comments)

And absolutely nothing was done. The Do Not Call list is a joke, I think telemarketers use it to make more calls. I finally said "F" it, and cancelled my landline. No one but family gets my cell phone number, everyone else gets my google call number and can only leave a message.

about three weeks ago

Dish Introduces $20-a-Month Streaming-TV Service

bswarm If it wasn't internet bandwidth... (196 comments)

I'd be interested if it were via Satellite, but this would put my internet bandwidth over the limit. I see by the article you can add genre packages, which is neat.

about three weeks ago

BU Students Working On a Cheaper, Gentler Suborbital Rocket

bswarm Re:um... (43 comments)

Don't you hate the term "model rocket" when you're spending an easy grand on Aerotech 98mm casings and propellant, not to mention the rocket, licensing and FAA waivers? I gave up after my license qualifying H engine flight because the regulations in California are too strict to go any further.

about a month ago

Help for 11 year old that wants to grow up to make games?

bswarm Try starting him on Alice (3 comments)

Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student's first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects.

about a month ago

US Treasury Dept: Banks Should Block Tor Nodes

bswarm Banking is so insecure... (84 comments)

I found a $25 withdrawal from my Savings account showing up as "Check converted to an electronic transaction by the merchant" from a Kohls store. I don't shop at Kohls, and that account doesn't even have checks, so this was either an error entering the account number or a crook. Kohls wouldn't give me any information on this saying it wasn't available, escalating it higher only got me a "we'll get back to you" which never happened. The bank said there's nothing they can do to prevent this from happening again except to close the account and reopen it with a different account number. The bank refunded the $25, but I would never have noticed if I hadn't checked all the transactions on the statement. Long story short, anyone can enter a routing and account number and make purchases if they get a lucky number that works.

about 1 month ago

Class-Action Suit Claims Copyright Enforcement Company Made Harassing Robo-calls

bswarm Re:Answering machines? (67 comments)

I had this happen. Google the number, find an email address, send them an email that you are getting these calls but you are not the intended recipient and you do not know the person, and to stop the calls or legal action will be taken. Never got another call.

about 2 months ago

Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

bswarm Re:Unity is Crap (110 comments)

I just install Ubuntu Gnome, then Gnome Fallback (called Flashback now) that way I don't have Unity leftovers. Unity sucks donkey wang if you ask me.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

bswarm For Physics... (234 comments)

The Mechanical Universe video series is a great learning tool for physics. http://www.learner.org/resourc... Or, check out the courses at www.edx.org some free, some paid if you want a certificate.

about 4 months ago

CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

bswarm Re:In other words....Don't look like a drug traffi (462 comments)

I used to look like the guy on a package of Zig-Zag papers, got pulled over all the time, and let them search my van. They never found anything because there was nothing to find.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

bswarm Inventory... (635 comments)

Atari 2600
Sega Genesis
Playstation 2
1950's Tube Radio
VCR Camcorder
Model T Points/Coil Box
Misc Parts
All working.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

bswarm Depends which decade... (382 comments)

70's Pong
80's Tempest, Mario Series
90's Sonic Series, Gran Turismo
00's Gran Turismo again
10's Nothing Special

about 5 months ago

TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

bswarm I got those calls every few days (251 comments)

And wasted their time. Told them I have Linux, they handed the phone to the tier 2 tech, still didn't know what Linux was but insisted my PC had a windows virus. They never called back after the next trick I pulled on them.

about 5 months ago


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