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Rubik's Cube: 40 Years Old and Never Meant To Be a Toy

datastew Re:40 years and I still can't solve it (105 comments)

I can solve it, and I can say for sure that if you only rotate one edge piece, the whole puzzle will be unsolvable.

Back in grade school, I used to solve people's cubes for them. When I got to the point where it was solved except for the unsolvable part, it would be obvious what had happened. I would show them where they pieces or stickers had been changed and offer to change it back for them.

about 4 months ago

How Did My Stratosphere Ever Get Shipped?

datastew Re:You're holding it wrong (238 comments)

If it was a we-all-have-iPhones-and-you-are-the-odd-one-out situation, then the texts may be going through, or accompanied by, apple's proprietary text network, similar to the Blackberry messenger system. I seem to remember when I initially set up my jailbroken, unlocked iPhone, it was asking for my iTunes account information and said something about a separate messaging network.

Frequently, the iPhone itself decides how it wants to send your messages. It could well be that the sender's iPhone knows which contacts can receive the apple-enhanced messages. The phone then decides to just send you a regular SMS since you can't receive the apple-enhanced messages. My iPhone is on a text-and-voice plan with no cellular data and I can never tell whether my text is from someone who sent it to multiple recipients.

about a year ago

Skype Overload Interrupts Zimmerman Trial

datastew Re:Whole Trial is bullshit (325 comments)

Just a suggestion- You'll be a lot harder to shoot if you are running away than if you are sitting on the guy. You know- in case this situation ever comes up.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Can I Cross US Borders With Legally Ripped Media?

datastew Re:Just leave your passport at home... (285 comments)

Sure. Just go grocery shopping and you'll see your tax dollars at work in the checkout line. The problem I have with ever-expanding government food programs is that it drives the prices up for those of us living independently.

about a year ago

BlackBerry 10 Review: Good, But Too Late?

datastew Re:Regarding the 'too late' part of the equation (184 comments)

Hey Mods. It has been awhile since I have been on here because the conversation has been going downhill. This is one example. Your +1 bonus when you have excellent karma should be used only when you have a really excellent point. Otherwise, mod it down! Just my moderation advice. Worth as much as you paid for it.

about a year and a half ago

Glenn Beck Reports CIA Plot Between Embassy Killing and Something Awful

datastew Re:Glenn Beck is a fucking moron. (413 comments)

Informative? Really? In my opinion, this is Off-topic and Flamebait. But with the declining general quality of Slashdot over the last couple years, I have stopped being so obsessive about using my mod-points and so don't get them very often.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Fight Copyright Violations With DMCA?

datastew Re:TFB (455 comments)

Actually, since their stuff is based on his stuff in the first place, I don't see how it could be perjury.

about 2 years ago

Stuxnet/Flame/Duqu Uses GPL Code

datastew "OK. Sorry. We'll stop distributing it now." (221 comments)

They just have to say, "OK. Sorry. We'll stop distributing it now." However the fact is that it continues to distribute itself.

more than 2 years ago

My most recent tax bill was ...

datastew Re:Anyone who votes negative doesn't understand ta (394 comments)

At the risk of feeding a random troll (where did 150,000 come from?), the Additional Child Tax Credit is available to those making 50,000, which I would say is middle class if you have lots of children.

more than 2 years ago

My most recent tax bill was ...

datastew Re:Anyone who votes negative doesn't understand ta (394 comments)

Not really. The Additional Child Tax Credit also works for those who have lots of children. A person who makes too much for EITC can still get a sizeable gift (1000+ per child) from the Feds depending on his other deductions.

more than 2 years ago

Cleaning Up the Mess After a Major Hack Attack

datastew Re:Government warnings?? (100 comments)

In the second paragraph on page 4, Mr. Mandia says that over 90% of the private enterprises don't know their networks have been compromised until they learned from the FBI, DoD, or some other third party (emphasis added). However, in the last paragraph of page 5, he says that over 90% of the breaches his company responds to are first detected by the government.

The "some other third party" phrase seems more realistic to me unless he deals mostly with government agencies themselves.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Protecting Tech Gear From Smash-and-Grab Theft?

datastew Ghetto solution (514 comments)

My solution is to look poor. I store my laptop in a cardboard box and drive a 1988 Chevy Nova.

about 2 years ago

Steve Jobs Dead At 56

datastew 2011 - 1955 = 66, not 56 (1613 comments)

Looks like he was 66 years old when he died. Please fix the headline.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Open Sources ASP.NET MVC

datastew Re:Hardly open source (227 comments)

> How so? It's accepted as a free software license not only by the OSI but by the FSF as well.

Actually this may be a bit misleading. The MS-PL is firmly on their list of "GPL-Incompatible Free Software Licenses". This means that they urge you not use this license and it is incompatible with the GNU GPL.

more than 5 years ago

How To Keep Rats From Eating My Cables?

datastew Good clean fun! (1032 comments)

Trapping is good clean fun. I got into it checking out a book from the library called "Tiniest Game Hunter" or something like that. Given enough time and ingenuity, trapping is the way to go. I have had good luck with the spring-loaded oversize mousetraps, but my somewhat more wealthy friend recommends the Rat Zapper 2000.

more than 5 years ago

Discuss the US Presidential Election & the Economy

datastew Re:any evidence (2369 comments)

> And, if that fails, maybe we should be looking at who the candidates have surrounded themselves with. (*cough* Palin...)

That is indeed usually very telling. (*cough* Ayers...)

more than 5 years ago


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