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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

coliverhb Re:Get used to this... (250 comments)

I believe he's referring to the Citizens United ruling - unless Comcast and SBC have a religious objection to competition (A real possibility, I suppose).

about 2 months ago
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Are the Hard-to-Exploit Bugs In LZO Compression Algorithm Just Hype?

coliverhb Re: Kernel bloat (65 comments)

Are you trolling?

There are many good use cases - as is illustrated in TFA

Configure your kernel and rebuild if you don't want the benefits.

about 3 months ago
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Clearing Up Wayland FUD, Misconceptions

coliverhb Re:Mir? (240 comments)

I went digging after reading this article, here's the only thing I've found:

Mir in Kubuntu

Halfway down, he compares the two - it doesn't look like there's much concrete info about Mir though.

Summary: Philosophical differences in development style, server-allocated buffers vs. client-allocated buffers.

about a year ago
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What's Actually Wrong With DRM In HTML5?

coliverhb Re:What's Actually Wrong With DRM...? (447 comments)

This is one reason I think HTML5 is just a joke. HTML used to be about presenting information, but in HTM5 it's being turned into an application platform. Sort of like the difference between a Postscript viewer and the latest Adobe Reader.

As someone who works with HTML5, I have no idea what you are talking about. Most of the things you may consider HTML5 are actually javascript + html5 + css HTML5 is litteraly about structure, with sane defaults, that's it. Javascript handles the client side decision making, animations, etc., css handles the styling and some animations (It's just beginning to delve into that). HTML5 is absolutely about presenting information in a simple, standardized way - you're bemoaning the marketing dept. of most web solutions companies, which are taking a leaf out of the 'Cloud' and 'Green' marketing handbook.

about a year ago
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Brain Scans Show the Impact of Neglect On a Child's Brain Size

coliverhb Re:Sample size? (206 comments)

"I think therefore I am." That is a rather bold assumption even more so if the inverse is implied that things that don't think, aren't.

I know your trying really hard to perform reductio ad absurdum here - unfortunately you seem to have failed to understand the meaning of 'am' in this context. A little reading; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cogito_ergo_sum

Please, don't be so arrogant as to think that you've caught descartes by the tail based upon one out-of-context word. (There are many other things that you can argue against with regards to him!) Likewise, don't go bashing philosophy like you know better - smarter men than you have been thinking about these things for thousands of years. There's a reason why philosophy exists, you employ it every day when you decide upon the morality of things and the merits of certain ideas. We LIVE philosophy and, just as a small example, you wouldn't be able to enjoy the freedoms you have now without the philisophical underpinnings which were fleshed out into unalienable rights, now held up by most governments and legal systems throughout the world.

about 2 years ago
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Huawei Offers 'Complete and Unrestricted' Source Code Access

coliverhb Re:hardware backdoors (255 comments)

Or they could, you know, take down the entire australian network in an instant by sending a command to all of the rooted routers. (Not an optimal situation especially because these routers also are going to be handling the phonelines too) Think about having the ability to cut off all communication in an entire country - that's a HUGE strategic advantage

They could use these routers to identify specific targets of interest. State sponsored hackers would then have the ability to remove/obfuscate logs to make it so that they're impossible/very very difficult to trace or perhaps even to frame others.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: To AdBlock Or Not To AdBlock?

coliverhb Re:Just block all ads and don't worry about it (716 comments)

AC was me, forgot to add in my original post - They also sponsor community events, and offer all of their programming for free (Pretty self explanitory as its radio) I wouldn't have become such an evangelist for them if I had to pay to hear/see/do these community events first. They have to and do PROVE their value.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

coliverhb Veniss Underground (1365 comments)

Veniss Underground. If you havent read it, check it out.

more than 2 years ago
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GNOME: Staring Into the Abyss

coliverhb Re:Reason? GNOME3 (535 comments)

Uhh... then click on the applications tab and hunt around for your application - just like a normal menu. I really don't understand what makes a drop down menu so appealing to you unless you're just complaining because you don't want to try something new.

Admittedly, it would be nice to have applications grouped by their uses/have the ability to type in 'text' and have every program on your computer that handles text come up - they should have had that down a while ago. But seriously. It's not rocket science to use Gnome 3. It's actually really easy and launching programs is about 10 times faster for me now that i can do it with my keyboard only. I also find myself missing the upper left hand corner mouse flick to get an overview of running applications whenever I'm stuck on windows - I keep subconsciously doing it because it's easier than mucking around with a traditional task manager.

more than 2 years ago
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Artificial Neural Networks Demonstrate the Evolution of Human Intelligence

coliverhb Re:Now... (107 comments)

It's times like this when I think about what I would say if a religious fundamentalist came up to me and asked me (and, yes, I know I have a tendency to over-dramatize my thoughts) "What has your precious science given you?" to which I would reply "Doubt."

Now here's where I get to how this involves your post; you seem awfully sure that there is no God - even to the point where you're claiming to know the intricacies of the universe to the extent that you can apparently claim to know every point in time from the universes beginning to its end and the whole of existence within it.

Seems evidence to me that God exists, and his Slashdot SN is geekoid.

more than 2 years ago
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North Korea Threatens South Korea Over Christmas Lights

coliverhb Re:OMG (441 comments)

I should also point out that it was technically illegal for Indian religious leaders to practice ceremonies until 1978, although they had already stopped prosecuting for these 'offenses.'

more than 2 years ago
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North Korea Threatens South Korea Over Christmas Lights

coliverhb Re:OMG (441 comments)

You must be joking, right?

As recently as 1990-1994 American Indians have had to fight for their ability to consume their religious sacrament.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_Church#Federal_law

Prior to 1930 the US had a policy to systematically destroy Native American religions and culture, and you're complaining about the Federal Government asking that ALL religious effigies be moved to private land?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Americanization_(of_Native_Americans)#Suppression_of_Religion

Get over yourself! I bet you also believe there's a war on Christmas!

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Bans DUI Checkpoint Apps

coliverhb Re:Makes sense (601 comments)

Good joke, but you do realize that there are all kinds of ciders, right? I just had to reply to you with a sig. like that. ^

more than 3 years ago
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Doctors Are Creating Too Many Patients

coliverhb Re:Symptomatic (566 comments)

Wish I had modpoints!

This is what any doctor SHOULD do. I suspect that a lot of doctors have a bit of an ego and don't like actually including the patient in their decision making. Those are the kind of people that never should have gotten into medicine - they put their ego above their responsibility to their patient.

more than 3 years ago
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Teenager Tries To Hire Hitman Via Facebook

coliverhb Re:What a shitbag... (464 comments)

The point is, that there are a lot of people who do/did take martial arts classes, and almost nobody in situations where they are inebriated/shocked use those skills. Not to mention, the chance that the assailant has a firearm or knife is higher than you randomly walking around with one on the off chance that something bad is going to happen. Watch Penn & Teller's Bullshit, season 8 episode 3. It covers the reasons why it is mostly useless. Sure, it pumped up your ego to the point that you think you can take on 5 guys at a time, but everybody has daydreams about how they would handle a situation like that. Unfortunately in practice, when you're shocked/scared/being taken to the ground/shot/stabbed etc. you don't really have the wits or the time to think about the proper hold/hand position/fulcrum.

Sorry - martial arts for self defense are, you guessed it: Bullshit.

more than 3 years ago
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An Open Letter To PC Makers: Ditch Bloatware, Now!

coliverhb Re:Learning Curve? (609 comments)

Other than the audio, you really should be able to do all of that with minimal fuss (depending upon the streaming format that your stereo uses of course). Docx is a slightly more complicated matter, but thats just installing a converter. Your Ipod can sync with the native music player, and you can have your library set to your Itunes music directory (though I have no idea why you would want to use that software.) I haven't personally tried installing a webcam, but I would assume that most webcams are supported. Since you haven't already bought one, you can get one that you know beforehand is compatible.

Sorry about my lack of formatting! :D

more than 3 years ago
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Statistician Cracks Code For Lottery Tickets

coliverhb Re:Coolest part of the article (374 comments)

Mother Theresa was a fraud, and for that matter died after having amassed a lot of money that NEVER went to helping the poor and needy. But, yes, she was successful. Hell, she even convinced you and at least 1.166 billion other people that she was a saint!

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Makes Chrome Play H.264 Video

coliverhb Re:Ogg Theora has no technical merit over H.264 (535 comments)

Err... Rejected? I have to say, I don't know what world you live in. You see, 'normal' people when confronted with historical facts - and having kept up with american politics would probably pay attention. Just because you can use silly red herring arguments to say that in many cases you can come to ridiculous conclusions (which, by the way, any intelligent person would immediately throw out as preposterous) doesn't mean that our representatives haven't repeatedly demonstrated their willingness to support increases to copyright terms and continue to aggressively support 'intellectual property protections.' Inevitably an intelligent person comes to the conclusion that the world isn't binary, there are gradients, and that whether people are intelligent or not, they can come up with logically sound however factually and historically inaccurate statements that do nothing but stroke their ego and support the foundations of their personal ivory towers.

Yes, you CAN use historical and modern events to predict trends. Scientists do it all the time, its part of the scientific method. I'm sorry to say, only an idiot would place fingers in their ears because they don't agree with a particular argument. Now please, use your logic wisely in the future.

more than 3 years ago
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Playstation 3 Code Signing Cracked For Good

coliverhb Re:Invalidate Private Keys (534 comments)

My understanding is that every PS3 game is signed with those keys. Therefore, invalidating them through a firmware update would mean that every PS3 game to date will no longer work.

They already have a list of all genuine games signed by the now compromised keys. They could potentially release an update that used new keys but also accepted the old keys provided it had signed something on the already known genuine list of games.

Then it'd be just as easy to make your signed executable look like one of the old games. At this point, they're borked. This is why they should have stuck with the 5 year console cycle.

more than 3 years ago

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