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First Phone Out of Microsoft-Nokia -- and It's an Android

clarkn0va Re:So what? (193 comments)

I don't think I can fault MS/Nokia for going with the winner, but I might question the user that seeks his Android fix from this company. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

about a month ago
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First Phone Out of Microsoft-Nokia -- and It's an Android

clarkn0va Re:So what? (193 comments)

Use the best tool for the job.

What are the chances, based on past performance, that the best tool for the job is a phone from Microsoft? On a platform where they're complete virgins?

about a month ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

clarkn0va Re:Cue the crickets... (365 comments)

Inexplicably, there will be a few. These are the same people who downvote every inspirational video on youtube.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

clarkn0va Re:Great deal! (365 comments)

Wow, it seems even Microsoft would rather have Apple's product than their own.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

clarkn0va Re:Upgrade, don't update. (575 comments)

Since there's nothing inherently wrong with Windows 8.1 besides the awful UI

Perhaps you didn't read the summary.

about 3 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

clarkn0va Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

I'm sure you'll let me know if there is a problem with the facts there. Or maybe you're just afraid there might be bias there. Because when you're talking about a church, it's ok only to consider criticisms from outside the organisation? Would you also advocate not allowing an accused person to speak at their own trial?

about 4 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

clarkn0va Re:Poor poor bigot (1116 comments)

Supporting a traditional definition of marriage is not the same as treating people with disrespect, and it is the attempt to paint the proponents of traditional marriage and criminal homophobes with the same brush that gets people labelled as bigots, rightly so.

about 4 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

clarkn0va Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

Not very reliable witnesses

That link makes two points: 1, that the witnesses had ulterior motives (they knew Smith, they had a financial stake in the success of the book), and 2, that if the witnesses believed their own testimony, then why did they leave the church. In fact, the second argument invalidates the first. If all the witnesses left the church, why did they never deny their testimony? Obviously they felt no loyalty to Smith, having left the church. Can you identify with that?

your scrutiny could use some scrutiny itself

That's an interesting point, but it addresses only one of the valid points made in the essay it refers to.

http://www.mormonthink.com/book-of-abraham-issues.htm

That one is pretty weak. In fact, one of its four citations (the last) links to an article with the necessary information to debunk the whole criticism.

about 4 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

clarkn0va Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

all the evidence shows that Native Americans came from Asia

The last link in my previous comment demonstrates otherwise.

if you have the hard evidence

The same link also says, right in the concluding section, that the church's position is that the Book of Mormon is a spiritual document, not a historical one, and that "It is our position that secular evidence can neither prove nor disprove the authenticity of the Book of Mormon."

about 4 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

clarkn0va Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

How do you rationalize Smith's behaviour with the gold plates that nobody but him ever saw

They were seen by the three witnesses. To what behaviour are you referring?

and when the transcriber "lost" the translations (to see if Smith actually did have a source document from which he could reproduce the same translation) Smith then provided a different translation

Where did you get the idea that Martin Harris's motivation in losing the document was to test Joseph? I've read a bit on the subject and found nothing to support that notion. In any case, Joseph did not retranslate that portion, and the rationale for that is laid out in clear.

How he translated some Egyptian scrolls into the Book of Abraham, but the scrolls in question have nothing in common with what Joseph Smith translated

I'm not familiar with that claim or its background so I can't address it.

What about the claim that Native Americans are a lost tribe of Israelites, something proven false.

That's too big of an issue to get into here, but suffice it to say that your statement of the claim is an oversimplification (the original and current editions of the Book of Mormon state that the peoples of the Book are descended of Joseph of Egypt, and among the ancestors of Native Americans), and the 'evidence' that has been posited against is does not stand up to scrutiny.

Apropos, the answers to all of your questions and the cure to your misconceptions are readily found on the internet. Whether the internet makes some people into atheists, I do not know, but one this is for sure: knowledge, even readily available knowledge, does not by itself make one more informed. One has to know how to seek it out, filter the truth from the noise, and then judiciously apply it.

about 4 months ago
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Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

clarkn0va Re:good (482 comments)

This is the correct response. Educate and let each live or die according to his own conscience.

about 5 months ago
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Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs

clarkn0va Re:What have been my recent experiences? (295 comments)

linux drivers suck for all 3

Don't tell Valve! You'll ruin there latest business model!

Seriously, I've used GPUs from all three manufacturers and found every Intel and nvidia hardware/driver combination I've tried to work well in Linux, and every AMD combination to be the opposite. I wish it were not so, but it is, in my experience.

about 5 months ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

clarkn0va Re:Why? (794 comments)

Mine smells like honey. Not all the time, but sometimes right after a sneeze or a general good cleaning. At first I thought it was some kind of floral scent, but then one day I sneezed near my 6 year-old daughter and she correctly identified it as honey. I still haven't nailed down what kind of honey. This only started happening maybe a year ago, but I hope it becomes more frequent.

about 5 months ago
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Routers Pose Biggest Security Threat To Home Networks

clarkn0va Re:Sigh - what the heck ... (264 comments)

if an attacker is on the INSIDE of your LAN, then you are already boned.

What am I missing?

There are varying degrees of boned. UPnP lets the black hat turn a small exploit into a big one.

Assuming that UPnP is implemented properly

Well yes, there's that too.

about 5 months ago
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Routers Pose Biggest Security Threat To Home Networks

clarkn0va Re:Sigh - what the heck ... (264 comments)

Mod parent up. UPnP is insecure by design. It's very purpose is to take security and control out of the hands of the user, and put it squarely in the hands of whatever happens to be running on your network.

It's too bad that most people don't understand enough about network security to configure their own router, and a double shame that the kludge we call NAT has further broken network applications, but convenient "workarounds" like UPnP could only ever lead to problems like the summary lays out.

about 5 months ago
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Massive Storm Buries US East Coast In Snow and Ice

clarkn0va Re:It's not the same (290 comments)

There is nothing similar about the winters.

That makes sense to me. I live in northern Alberta, and while we're all used to driving on ice and snow for 6 months of the year, it's the rare snow in June that does the most damage. We had around 2m of snow between late October and mid January this year, and I can't think of a tree that took damage due to the weight. By contrast, we had one rare snowfall in June last year and trees were snapping all over the place; power went out. It wasn't the snow that got them per se, it was the fact that the snow was warm and heavy and the trees still had their leaves on.

Snow tires make a huge difference, but surveys have shown that most Canadians don't even use them (outside of Quebec where they are legally mandated). I'm sure that was a factor in these southern snow storms, but probably not on the same scale as everybody leaving work at the same time. If we can learn anything from this, it's to take heed when the experts tell you to stay home, don't panic when the snow starts to fly, and keep some extra food and fuel at home for the inevitables.

about 5 months ago
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At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...

clarkn0va So glad you asked (177 comments)

I just reported on this, so I have pretty good information on it. I am in my fifth year of service, as are 52 others here. With 486 total employees, that puts me somewhere between the 22nd and 33rd percentile for longevity.

about 6 months ago
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Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview

clarkn0va Re:Interview ending question (692 comments)

Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?

I was once asked that in an interview with my supervisor's supervisor (a VP where I was already employed). I gave an honest and ambitious answer and was promoted on the spot.

If you're truly happy with "(1a) Sufficient pay, (1b) Flexible hours, (2) Interesting work, (3) Leave me alone", then that question doesn't really require a thoughtful answer, but let's not pretend that there aren't supervisors and employees out there who can have a meaningful discussion about goals. That question is entirely appropriate in some job interviews, performance reviews, and succession planning-type situations.

about 6 months ago
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Mystery Rock 'Appears' In Front of Mars Rover

clarkn0va Re:dumbest thing out of NASA in a while (112 comments)

I'm just dumbfounded at the implication here that the rover's ability to flip a small rock is regarded as luck. If it's such a valuable occurrence, should they not have included a rock-flipping function in the plans?

about 6 months ago

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MSI hates you

clarkn0va clarkn0va writes  |  more than 3 years ago

clarkn0va writes "While I normally oppose the public airing of laundry, and we've all had our share of consumer disappointments, a recent experience I had purchasing some MSI products was so bad, on so many counts, I felt I had to say something, especially regarding a company that a significant portion of slashdotters may have dealings with.

The story unfolds like this.

October 21, 2009--I purchase 6 same-model MSI notebooks from a US retailer on behalf of customers. On arrival, I am disappointed to discover that I cannot access the hard drive or RAM without breaching the "Warranty Void" sticker. For a VAR, and somebody that services these things for a living, this is a big deal. Strike one.

December 2009--I go to ca.msi.com to register for my free Windows 7 upgrade, and learn that there is a fee of $15. This in itself is annoying, but not entirely surprising. We've discussed this on /. before. Insult becomes injury, however, when I learn (confirmed by a phone call to MSI's Canadian office) that to claim 6 free upgrades, I must register 6 different accounts and pay the shipping fee 6 times over. Strike 2. >

If you're thinking this is just another 'poor me' story, I would have agreed with you up to this point, but here's where things go from rude to potentially criminally negligent.

I registered the first upgrade from home. Registration requires the upload of a scan of my receipt, which I provided at the time of the initial registration. Later, from work, I started registration of the remaining 5 laptops. Because the receipt is at home, I simply logged into my first registration to get a copy of my uploaded receipt, which is attached to the online registration. It was at this point I discovered that my receipt is being stored on a publicly available web server. No php or cgi, no cookie required, just an 8.3 file name that any human or bot can type into the address bar to be rewarded by seeing my full receipt, including full name, home address, retailer account number (not my credit card info, thank goodness, or my first call would have been to a lawyer), and purchase details.

This raises some questions, like how many other MSI customers's private information is at this very moment available to the whole online world? What entitlement or expectation do I realistically or legally have to the protection of my privacy by lazy corporations in such a case?

Obviously I will be protesting this to MSI and asking them to take down the sensitive information ASAP, but I have to ask, what similar abuses have slashdotter's suffered by careless corporations, and what soft of resolution were you able to obtain? I also think this should serve as a reminder and warning that potentially thousands of you are being exposed by MSI at this very moment thanks to this gross oversight."

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