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Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

dcollins117 Re:Avoid outing suspects, and other tips (401 comments)

Suspected != guilty and if they go around publicizing suspects or even people who the police have named as suspects or "persons of interest" who turn out to be innocent, it will hurt Anonymous's own reputation big-time.

Yes, it would hurt Anonymous's sterling reputation as fine, upstanding citizens, full of kindness and charity, the very model of intergrity and all that is good in the world.

2 days ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

dcollins117 Re:Baseless fearmongering at its finest (382 comments)

Don't be a spoilsport. We were having a lot of fun until you showed up with your actual facts and rational explanations.

about a week ago
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NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

dcollins117 Re:Stands to reason (181 comments)

Now do you have a proper source? one that's preferably not a paranoid schizophrenic with a repeated tendency to lie and who through all semblance of sanity out the window years ago?

Can't tell whether you're talking about John McAfee or James Clapper.

about a week ago
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NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

dcollins117 Re:Stands to reason (181 comments)

McAfee says North Korea didn't do it? That's all the proof I need that they did!

The NSA says North Korea did do it? That's all the proof I need that they didn't.

about a week ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

dcollins117 Re:m -rf "$STEAMROOT/"* ??? (329 comments)

Another time-saving tip: just rethrow the exception so it becomes someone else's problem.

about two weeks ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

dcollins117 Re:First day of *nix training... (329 comments)

Has anyone actually gone into root and executed the command-that-shall-not-be-named?

Oh yes. Once by accident due to finger flail. Fortunately, this was on my own desktop machine, and I was able to fully recover from backups. It was a valuable lesson though (once bitten. twice shy). I now pay more attention to what's on the screen before hitting enter.

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

dcollins117 Re:"and they may be bought for their assets." (314 comments)

Well that depends: do people still use carbon film resistors?

Yes, but we prefer to buy them for a fraction of a penny, not a package of 5 for $1.49. Good riddance, Radio Shack.

about two weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

dcollins117 Re:Dupe (840 comments)

As for slaughtering, well, chickens are relatively easy. You can go for the messy way and just chop the head off, but if you prefer less mess and a calmer chicken, just use a killing cone, hang upside down, slit the throat, let the blood drain for a couple minutes. Dunk in scalding water, pluck feathers. The only mildly hard part is getting out the viscera, and that's only because you don't want to puncture the intestines (and get feces all over) -- so make a cut in the right place, then use you hand gently to yank them out. Cut off the feet and neck, and you're basically done.

Stop already, you're making me hungry!

about three weeks ago
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Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'

dcollins117 Re:What took them so long? (212 comments)

People use "sophisticated" to mean "more trouble than we were prepared for."

Well, it's partly that and part face-saving spin. No one wants to admit they were duped by a simple attack. Only a fool would fall for something like that.

about a month ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

dcollins117 Re:Crackers and milk [Re:News at 11..] (719 comments)

The problem is that the term " cracker [npr.org] " is already well established in use, a derogatory term referring to white people from the rural south.

We prefer to be called "Saltine-Americans".

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

dcollins117 Re:By Kids Ages (259 comments)

1-indexing is principally better than 0-indexing, because it is more intuitive, logical and less error-prone.

If my wife and I were truly error prone we wouldn't have this indexing problem in the first place.

about a month and a half ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

dcollins117 Re: ... Everything? (528 comments)

Why are breaches being marketed so hard, what's the REAL agenda?

It should be serving as a wake-up call to companies that it is time to take data security seriously. Incredibly, it seems to be falling on deaf ears. I guess it's easier to ignore the issue.

about 2 months ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

dcollins117 Re:fight it out in court (481 comments)

I propose something else: all police wear cameras and audio recording 100% of the time, and a zero tolerance for police who do not adhere to the law, and dismissal/criminal charges are the outcome. Any police officer who turned off his recording stuff is presumed to be lying.

Remove the ability to turn the cameras off. Same with the ability to erase what has been recorded. Anything less than that is just inviting abuse.

about 2 months ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

dcollins117 Re:adrift at sea (167 comments)

IIRC, The Professor built one of these out of bamboo, and then made Gilligan pedal the bicycle.

I thought they just drank the water out of the coconuts broken open on the Skipper's head, which seems to happen every time he stands under a coconut tree.

about 2 months ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

dcollins117 Re:Is it wrong to wish for it to crash? (419 comments)

there's no way for the train to derail, considering the design

I'm not usually one to brag, but here in the US we've mastered the art of crashing two trains together on the same track.

about 2 months ago
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Computer Scientists Say Meme Research Doesn't Threaten Free Speech

dcollins117 Re: The first step to control (109 comments)

Constitution shmonstitution, we got us a mujorty! We can do as we likes. First up, let's repeal the goddam 15th.

I felt certain that sentence was going to end with the word 'Obamacare'

about 3 months ago
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Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

dcollins117 Re:Can't get to it from Comcast (145 comments)

Can anyone else on Comcast get to it?

I can, works just fine. Not that I'll ever go there again.

about 3 months ago
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Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin

dcollins117 Re:Nonsense. Again. (432 comments)

What is the difference between selective breeding and genetic modification?

For starters, you can't breed a jellyfish with a zebrafish, no matter how kinky they are. But you can take the flourescent genes from a jellyfish, put them in a zebrafish, and make Glofish.

about 3 months ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

dcollins117 Re:So they got their reservation using deception? (1007 comments)

Would you silence a dissenting view?

I would not. I would let them to speak in public so that everyone can see what idiots they are, and sieze the opportunity to mercilessly ridicule them.

I am reminded of a similar situation several years back when the Smith College Republicans invited Ann Coulter to spout her particular brand of idiocy on campus. "Coincidently", that night Tristan Taormino was also invited on campus to discuss her book The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women. There's something unmistakably brilliant, almost poetic, about that particular juxtaposition.

I implore the students at MSU to not miss this wonderful opportunity for levity.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

dcollins117 Re:Performance issues? (170 comments)

The inner partitions with awful performance are where my media goes (movies, music, photos).

Hmm. I keep my media (movies, music, & photos) on an external USB drive. It's probably the slowest of all my storage devices and it works just fine. I'm sure there are higher latencies than your setup but I certainly never noticed them.

about 3 months ago

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