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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

davester666 Re:Urban legend? (277 comments)

yes!

13 hours ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

davester666 Re:That's a nice democracy you have there... (382 comments)

Exactly. They REALLY like being able to watch everybody, automatically, from their desk. And that everybody else can't tell what they are doing.

You'll think they will go back to the 'old' ways they used to find terrorists. But no, they won't, because it 's not cool. Instead, they will go for hacking everyone's personal computers. Worldwide.

yesterday
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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

davester666 Re:uh huh (360 comments)

lipstick was 3 releases ago. now they are left with shoe polish.

yesterday
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Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

davester666 Re:we don't do credible here (109 comments)

Yeah. If you post on Slashdot you get picked up by men in white coats instead of black helicopters.

FTFY

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

davester666 Re: Simple solution (420 comments)

640kb ought to be enough for everyone!

oh, wait...

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers"

3 days ago
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Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

davester666 Re:Who cares? (123 comments)

real gamers own the casino. and other large multinational corporations.

3 days ago
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Smartphones, Tablets and EBay Send SkyMall To Chapter 11

davester666 Re:Why would anyone buy something from those catal (65 comments)

I always looked through the skymall mag just for the crazy products.

Like the hotdog cooker [two holes for the hot dogs, two slots hotdog buns, appeared to work like a toaster].

3 days ago
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Made-In-Nigeria Smart Cards To Extend Financial Services To the Poor

davester666 Re:There is a bubble because we participate in it (40 comments)

except you still have to live surrounded by a whole bunch of destitute people, and perhaps also lose your job, and the money you have saved also gets devalued.

when the economy crashes, it takes everyone connected to it along for the ride.

so you are either working really hard right now to try to prevent/delay the crash, or working really hard to separate yourself from the economy.

3 days ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

davester666 Re:Nope (328 comments)

They are investing in this because the last upgrade cycle is over [HD flatscreens and blu-ray players]. Now sales are down because people are mainly just buying replacement units when they break, not new units into homes that don't already have one.

They want to try to move back to the early-adopter stage of sales for 4k.

3 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

davester666 Re:If all goes well. . . (228 comments)

..except for say, renting the information to "partners" for linking with offline purchases, or if you switch browsers or somehow the cookie gets removed or you switch to a private browser window...

Google doesn't only derive value from the information they gather about you by displaying you targeted online ads.

There are reasons why every ad network offering an 'opt-out' only stop displaying you targeted ads while it is in effect. And none of them are for your benefit.

3 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

davester666 Re:If all goes well. . . (228 comments)

Um, no.

Reading Google's opt-out page at https://support.google.com/ads/answer/2662922?hl=en, it only talks about opting out of "interest-based ads". As in, google still tracks you, only they don't apply the tracking information when presenting ads to you. Which is EXACTLY what I said.

And note, the google page completely ignores the entire idea of not tracking the user. That is simply not an option they will ever consider permitting the user to choose.

3 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

davester666 Re:If all goes well. . . (228 comments)

Yes. Unfortunately, you and the one other person in the US that are doing this, are easily distinguished [and thus, tracked] from everybody else by doing this.

Everybody else who doesn't have buckets of time trying to avoid being tracked [and still failing] are tracked in the more conventional fashion.

3 days ago
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Local Motors Looks To Disrupt the Auto Industry With 3D-Printed Car Bodies

davester666 Re:Open Auto (123 comments)

the free market solves all problems.

4 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

davester666 Re:If all goes well. . . (228 comments)

Sorry, that doesn't help anything. Google [heh] 'browser fingerprinting' and 'supercookies'. You pretty much have to throw your computer and cell phone away and move to another house, and you MIGHT manage to be disassociated from your existing tracking information. At least until the first time you log into gmail or facebook.

4 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

davester666 Re:its a tough subject (657 comments)

They also have representatives available 24/7/365 at the municipal, state and federal levels with both the political and police arms of the government to help with any problems they may have with the riff raff.

4 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

davester666 Re:If all goes well. . . (228 comments)

No. Just like now with the various ad-networks "opt-out" setups.

You CAN'T opt-out of being tracked. This is not and never will be on the table.

You MAY be able to opt-out of being made aware of how much they are tracking about you.

4 days ago
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Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

davester666 Re:Translation: (158 comments)

Just like WinPhone 7.5. "We'll reskin the homescreen UI so it looks like you have WinPhone 8. That's good enough, right?"

4 days ago
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Data Encryption On the Rise In the Cloud and Mobile

davester666 Re:Except in the UK! (83 comments)

Yes, the politics of fear is known to work very well.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

davester666 Re:No! (145 comments)

What?

The primary change with Windows 10 seems to be that Microsoft has finally agreed with Apple that a desktop UI must be different from a tablet UI [as in, desktop mode and tablet mode].

Or maybe the idea that developers can create a single executable that can work equally poorly across a wide variety of device sizes [been there, done that, vast majority of developers either do the UI so it works well for one specific device size and crappy on all others, or so-of-ok across most device sizes]. Nothing about Microsoft's announcement indicates this time it will be different.

4 days ago
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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

davester666 Re:.912 *Billion dollars. (239 comments)

No, the total fine for all the calls will be closer to $57 than $0.912 billion. I will be surprised if the fine exceeds $1m.

4 days ago

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Cisco to cut 4,000 jobs despite strong profits

davester666 davester666 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

davester666 (731373) writes ""Network equipment giant Cisco Systems has announced plans to cut 4,000 jobs, about 5% of its workforce.
The news came after it reported net income of $2.3bn (£1.5bn) in the fourth quarter, up from $1.9bn a year earlier."

Translation: The CEO is having some trouble buying Airplane Gas for his car."

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MS rebranding Windows for portable devices again

davester666 davester666 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

davester666 writes "From macnn.com: "The Windows Mobile cellular platform is being rechristened as Windows Phone, says Microsoft's French product chief for the software, Audrey Zolghadr..."

I guess they're hoping we'll finally stop calling it "microsoft wince"..."

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Journals

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Man, I wish I could get into posting to the Journal...

davester666 davester666 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

On a regular basis. But I find it tough to get into a new pattern of living.

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