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Egyptian Authorities Detain French "Spy" Bird Found With Tracker

coastin Dang.... (110 comments)

I knew I should have sent a raven instead of that stool pigeon!

about a year ago

Microsoft Seeks Patent On 'Quieting Mobile Devices'

coastin This reminds me of (71 comments)

a recent Apple patent request for something like this for law enforcement to have the ability to shut down cell phone functions in an area. I guess saying it is to protect children makes it look a bit less Orwellian than saying it is for law enforcement.

about a year ago

Ubuntuforums.org Hacked

coastin Re:Ummm... (146 comments)

If you still don't remember your password send a password recovery request to the NSA. I understand they have great support for things we all loose track of.

about a year and a half ago

CS Professor Announces Run For VT State Senate On a Platform of Internet Polling

coastin Direct Democracy (226 comments)

This Swiss have just about got this figured out. It is called Direct Democracy: http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/specials/switzerland_for_the_record/world_records/The_Swiss_vote_more_than_any_other_country.html?cid=8483932 Several years ago I was visiting a friend in Sion Switzerland, when he excused himself for a few minutes saying that he had to vote on an important issue. He then turned on the TV where the representative for that district was speaking, picked up his home land-line phone, dialed several numbers and after just a couple of minutes he hung up. He explained that big insurance companies wanted to pass a law mandating that all vehicles be outfitted with a monitoring device that would record the drivers driving habits. As we watched the vote total shown on the TV, the representative explained that although there were vastly more cars on the roads than in the 1950s the safety of drivers had increased greatly and that the mandate was not justified. The public vote overwhelmingly defeated the new law and the representative cast his vote in favor of his constitutes. From what I witnessed that day, it seems like a Direct Democracy works very well in most cases.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Give IT Presentations That Aren't Boring?

coastin Wow them,,, (291 comments)

Wow them with a talk about how the Internet is made up of a bunch of tubes...

more than 2 years ago

Executive Order Overturns US Fifth Amendment

coastin Re:I hate to say it but... (853 comments)

There is a simple solution to this if it is ever used against you:
"Yeah, don't forget your 27B(stroke)6"

more than 7 years ago



Google bumps up search a notch with Google Nose BETA

coastin coastin writes  |  about 2 years ago

coastin (780654) writes "The folks at Google Labs have launched a new way to search with Google Nose BETA.

The new scentsation in search will have you “Coming to your senses” where you can go beyond type, talk, and touch for a new notation of sensation. Get acquainted with Your internet sommelier, expertly curated Knowledge Panels pair images, descriptions, and aromas. Take a whiff of the Google Aromabase — 15M+ scentibytes. Don't ask, don't smell! For when you're wary of your query — SafeSearch included.

What’s that smell? Google Nose BETA leverages new and existing technologies to offer the sharpest olfactory experience available with, Street Sense (vehicles have inhaled and indexed millions of atmospheric miles), Android Ambient Odor Detection (collects smells via the world's most sensible mobile operating system) SMELLCD 1.8+ (high-resolution compatible for precise and controlled odors)"

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cPanel set to put PHP4 to bed...

coastin coastin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

coastin (780654) writes "cPanel to End Support for PHP 4

cPanel announces that EasyApache will no longer support PHP 4 beginning May, 2012.

PHP 4 has not been actively developed, or supported by the PHP developers, for several years. Many CVEs reported against newer versions of PHP are also applicable in version 4, but remain unaddressed by the PHP developers.

EasyApache will soon warn administrators that PHP 4 has reached End of Life when PHP 4 is selected. As early as EasyApache 3.12, PHP 4 will be removed from EasyApache. For an indeterminate period PHP 4 will be available as a Custom Option Module on http://easyapache.cpanel.net./ This Custom Option Module is provided as a convenience for those who may need a longer period of time to transition away from PHP 4."

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