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Ask Slashdot: Best Pay-as-You-Go Plan For Text and Voice Only?

cparker15 Re:StraightTalk (246 comments)

I just got the T-mobile SIM through Straight Talk a couple days ago. I'm very pleased. I switched from T-mobile's $50 prepaid plan because it throttles you to 2G after 100 MB. I was unaware of this restriction on Straight Talk's plans... considering they advertise unlimited data with no restrictions.

If I'm streaming music (which I often do) I go well over these amounts. I fully expect to now pretty regularly now that I've got my Ingress invite.

I'll let you know what my experience is like.

about 2 years ago

DoD Networks Completely Compromised, Experts Say

cparker15 Re:or it is used as a tool (164 comments)

The entire DoD network is one massive honeypot. All the real data is sent by carrier pigeon.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook: the Law Says You Can't Have Your Data

cparker15 Re:I'm really sick of this trend (165 comments)

Hmm. Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

more than 3 years ago

Computer De-Evolution: Awesome Features We've Lost

cparker15 Clicky Keys (662 comments)

I don't think I'll ever understand why people consider noisiness in a keyboard to be a feature. I consider it to be a bug. It's distracting when people around you are trying to concentrate. It's annoying and inconsiderate. I shouldn't have to wear earplugs around you just to get my work done.

I'll gladly turn in my geek card if it means I can get some peace and quiet while I work. Have fun with your nostalgia on your own time; please don't force me to partake of it, too.

more than 3 years ago

How To Deflect an Asteroid With Today's Technology

cparker15 Re:Spoiler alert (264 comments)

You liked Titanic and you know it.

If you miss being non-monogamous so much, you should've stayed that way... I don't think it's far-fetched to expect the Slashdot crowd to grok alternative lifestyle choices.

more than 4 years ago

100/1 Odds On 'First Contact' Within a Year

cparker15 Re:No, no, no. (309 comments)

Looks like somebody watched/read a little too much Dune!

more than 4 years ago

Android Software Piracy Rampant

cparker15 Re:Need to make incentives.. (510 comments)

I was expecting creamy Caesar dressing, not this thin, runny stuff! If this is what I wanted, I would have ordered Italian dressing! I want a refund!

more than 4 years ago

Canonical Designer Demos Ubuntu Context-Aware UI

cparker15 Re:Consitancy (237 comments)

9-1-1 (or the local equivalent for non-US versions)

I think you mean 0118 999 881 999 119 725 3, you berk!

more than 4 years ago

HDCP Master Key Is Legitimate; Blu-ray Is Cracked

cparker15 Re:Weve seen that argument before (1066 comments)

I'd say that's its primary purpose. Artist recognition is more like a happy coincidental side effect.

more than 4 years ago

Translating Brain Waves Into Words

cparker15 Re:From TFA: (72 comments)

It uses "not new" technology to select words with 50% accuracy from a list such as "yes" and "no"...really. (Okay, it hits 90% accuracy with only two items and goes down to 48% with 10.)

In other news, you can use P300 responses picked up with a $300 off-the-shelf over-the-hair EEG receiver to select from a grid of visual stimuli at a pretty good rate and with something like 95%+ accuracy (presumably nearly 100% with the sort of training that goes into touchscreen or voice activated interfaces). Those items can be letters, words, pictures...whatever. Anything quickly recognizable. Congrats guys, you just invented a crappy version of something I can buy for $300 which requires cutting open the person's skull and implanting things on the surface of their brain.

FYI, to whoever funded this, please give the lab I work at the grant monies next time. We'll make much better use of it.

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more than 4 years ago

Facebook Says It Owns 'Book'

cparker15 Re:A few more they could go after (483 comments)

When I first heard "teachbook", I thought about teachers teaching from books. See also "das Lehrbuch" in German.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Takes On FourSquare

cparker15 Re:Four Square (220 comments)

But, some of us are old and jaded and don't get the whole social networking thing. Some of this stuff just reminds me of stuff I got bored with in the early-mid 90's and stopped using. Some of the technologies are the same, but it's largely the same inane gibberish as before.

I take it you're not one of the "old and jaded" who "don't get the whole social networking thing", considering you're participating on Slashdot, a social networking site centered around nerdy news articles?

more than 4 years ago

Happy 17th Birthday, Debian!

cparker15 Re:Ubuntu this and Ubuntu that (225 comments)

The last time I used Fedora, it was as easy as using Debian. yum felt a lot like aptitude. No more dependency hell!

more than 4 years ago


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MA-based Group Calls for Free Software in Gov't

cparker15 cparker15 writes  |  more than 7 years ago Members of the Massachusetts-based free software activist group Binary Freedom have started a campaign asking the state and local governments of the Commonwealth to make an exclusive switch to free software. The campaign, which is hosted on the governor's independent MyIssue Web site, cites the following primary reason for making the switch:

Governments in Massachusetts are increasingly dependent on software to operate. Citizens access important services via the Internet, and critical public documents are now digitally archived. Buying new software isn't like buying new desks and chairs for the office anymore. The makers of software now exert substantial control over how government operates.

Most software currently used by Massachusetts governments is like a black box. It's proprietary, which means that the government and its citizens are not allowed to look inside the box to see how it works. Proprietary software also comes with a set of restrictions that prevent the software from being modified or copied without explicit permission.

We place the fate of our democracy in the hands of a few private entities when we accept these restrictions on the technology we depend on for everything from social services to voting information. Government needs to serve the public interest, and so has an obligation to remain independent of such control.

Due to the nature of the site, only Massachusetts residents have the ability to directly participate in the campaign. However, the group stresses that everyone is welcome to contribute to their cause by


DefectiveByDesign.org to Deliver Open Letter to Steve Jobs

cparker15 cparker15 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DefectiveByDesign.org, the Free Software Foundation's campaign against DRM, has written an open letter to Steve Jobs regarding his recent public statements about DRM. The campaign's organizers are asking for more signatures before the letter is delivered to Mr. Jobs on April Fool's Day. From the letter's introduction:

We surpassed our target of 1000 signatures in just 5 hours! In 5 days we have passed 4000! Now lets see how many we can get by April 1.
Sign this letter to Steve Jobs asking him to back his pledge on DRM by April 1. We will send the letter, with your comments to Steve, on April 1, and include a big thank you because he has taken one of these actions, or a jesters hat for him to wear if he hasn't. We will publish the best/funniest comments through out the month!

Specifically, the campaign is asking Mr. Jobs to take action to reflect his opposition to DRM. Since he has voiced he is powerless concerning the current DRM-laden status of Apple's iTunes Music Store, the open letter gives three possible actions that could be taken immediately to back up his statements. They are:

  1. Drop DRM on iTunes for independent artists
  2. Drop DRM on iTunes for Disney movies and video
  3. Take a public stand against DRM and legislation mandating DRM by funding a campaign to repeal the Digital Millenium Copyright Act's (DMCA) prohibitions

The details of the letter explain how Steve Jobs has the power to take action on one of the above three fronts.

Come April 1st, will Steve Jobs be putting his money where his mouth is, or his foot?

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