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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

dcsmith More than I realized (129 comments)

2 phones, 2 laptops, 1 desktop, 3 tablets, Roku, Outside camera (via Eye-Fi card), Printer.

5 hours ago
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Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

dcsmith Re:Are you kidding me? (322 comments)

Some cash registers need to be on the internet. It's how they process electronic payments. Modern eftpos terminals don't use dial-up connections anymore.

I gave the counter guy at my mechanic a strange look the other day when he processed my payment via credit card and I heard the modem dial out. He rolled his eyes and said, "Yeah, they 'upgraded' us last week. More secure because it doesn't have to go over the Internet."

about 3 months ago
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House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls

dcsmith Re:Yet they've had airline phones for years (366 comments)

They're so concerned about people making calls, yet they've had airline phones for years.

And how is it any worse to be trapped on a plane with such idiots than on a bus? At least on a plane you're only stuck with them for a couple hours, not all day on an overland trip.

Airline phones = Way Expensive = Nobody used them = No Problem
Idiots on a bus = People who don't have enough money to fly = Fewer people used them = Not as big a problem.
See also; As a rule of thumb if you can afford to fly you're not taking the bus.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?

dcsmith Re:The basics... (324 comments)

There are 22 houses in the subdivision. Let the dingbats who don't want lines run across their property keep their DSL. When they try to sell their houses to non-Luddites, make sure to hang around the open house and tell everyone that they only have tin-can-and-string Internet access.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?

dcsmith Re:The basics... (324 comments)

Next they'll go to the FCC and get them to reclassify ISPs are common carriers so that it's impossible to make new competitors due to regulatory hurtles.

I'd like to think I'm paranoid and/or kidding.

I'm pretty sure you are kidding. It's inconceivable that "they" would try to get ISPs classified as common carriers. The courts just told the FCC to take a long walk off a short pier over net neutrality because ISPs *WEREN''T* common carriers.

about 7 months ago
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AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

dcsmith Re:Lesson from this story...don't be a glass hole! (1034 comments)

I remember once, after paying for a tickets, my wife and I got the the theater doors (big multiplex theater) and there was a guy with a bin and bags sitting at the door making everyone put their phones in little plastic bags, write their names on them and toss them in the bin. My wife and I stopped going to the theaters for a couple years after that. We were rather insulted they made us pay nearly $50 (no refunds) before making us give up our brand new phones without telling us a head of time and we weren't going to leave our phones at home just because the theater didn't want us to have them

I'm sorry - did you not have pockets? Or did they frisk you on the way in?

"making" everyone put their phones in little plastic bags... pfft. Yeah, right.

about 7 months ago
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AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

dcsmith Re:Lesson from this story...don't be a glass hole! (1034 comments)

The FBI's prime directive is to protect the citizenry from corporeal harm, not protect the corporations from perceived financial harm.

The FBI's prime directive is to, "to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States".

Not any more... "The primary function of the FBI is national security."

about 7 months ago
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Musk Lashes Back Over Tesla Fire Controversy

dcsmith Re:so make it higher everytime, already (487 comments)

Or add a button to temporarily raise it if you're about to run over something? :)

Isn't jump the "A" button?

about 9 months ago
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New yahoo.com compromise?

dcsmith Re:As-yet-undisclosed breach (3 comments)

I don't mean to be a smartass, but wouldn't this /. submission constitute "disclosed" if it were indeed true? (Ignoring whether Yahoo! acknowledges it or not.)

Yeah, as-yet-unacknowledged would probably have been better...

about a year ago
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Why the 'Star Trek Computer' Will Be Open Source and Apache Licensed

dcsmith Re:Google vs. ST:TNG computer (129 comments)

the ST:TNG computer couldn't even handle Boolean queries

That, or Troi was too dumb to effectively operate the computer. I've got an opinion on which of those is more likely...

Data was on hand, too, so we can't dump all the blame on her... ;-)

about a year ago
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Why the 'Star Trek Computer' Will Be Open Source and Apache Licensed

dcsmith Google vs. ST:TNG computer (129 comments)

Apparently the ST:TNG computer couldn't even handle Boolean queries, much less queries with semantic awareness...

TROI: Computer, search for the term Darmok in all linguistic databases for this sector.
COMPUTER: Searching. Darmok is the name of a seventh dynasty emperor on Kanda Four. A mytho-historical hunter on Shantil Three. A colony on Malindi Seven. A frozen dessert on Tazna Five. A
TROI: Stop search. Computer, how many entries are there for Darmok?
COMPUTER: Forty seven.
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DATA: Computer, search for the term Tanagra. All databases.
COMPUTER: Searching. Tanagra. The ruling family on Gallos Two. A ceremonial drink on Lerishi Four. An island-continent on Shantil Three
TROI: Stop. Shantil Three. Computer, cross-reference the last entry with the previous search index.
COMPUTER: Darmok is the name of a mytho-historical hunter on Shantil Three.
TROI: I think we've got something.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Protecting Home Computers From Guests?

dcsmith Re:Guest wifi... (572 comments)

I agree. The sense of entitlement we've developed as a nation (speaking for the U.S., of course, is appalling.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Protecting Home Computers From Guests?

dcsmith Re:Guest wifi... (572 comments)

Absolutely the correct attitude.

Man up, post as an anonymous coward, and criticize people who actually HAVE friends.

Dork...

about a year ago
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ITU To Choose Emergency Line For Mobiles: 911, or 112?

dcsmith South America (354 comments)

Bogota, Colombia initially implemented '123' as their emergency number (although they now allow 112 as well). I think Guatemala other Departments in Colombia use 123 as well.

about a year and a half ago
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ITU To Choose Emergency Line For Mobiles: 911, or 112?

dcsmith Re:Why not both? (354 comments)

I usually don't use the area code when dialing a number within the same area code, so I'm fairly sure there's no requirement to use the area code. Of course, that's only for the handful of numbers I actually hand-dial rather than just picking from my list of contacts.

It depends on whether the area code you are in is an overlay area with another area code. If all local calls from the phone you are using are within one area code, you can probably get away with 7-digit dialing. If you're in Northern Virginia, for example, 703, 571 and 540 can all be local calls (actually, 301, 240 and 202 in MD and DC may be local calls as well) so 10-digit dialing is required.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Axes Head of Mapping Team

dcsmith Re:Was it justified (372 comments)

"No, scapegoat did not start with the Greeks. Scapegoat comes from the book of Leviticus where a goat was designated to be cast out into the desert as part of atonement for sins. The Greeks actually used a cripple, a beggar or a criminal for the practice you are thinking of, not a goat."

That is wishful thinking. The written Leviticus is younger than the Greek high culture, as Leviticus wasn't finalized until Josephus (AD 37– c.100, according to Wikipedia).

Jackass. Not only do you not know anything, you can't even quote the Wikipedia article on Leviticus correctly;

" ...scholars are practically unanimous that the book had a long period of growth, that it includes some material of considerable antiquity, and that it reached its present form in the Persian period (538–332 BC)

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Convince Someone To Give Up an Old System?

dcsmith Re:Smart Guy (379 comments)

... but an utter ignorance of the technology did not prevent her from making decisions about that technology.

Sounds like she belongs in Congress, serving as a member of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

about 2 years ago
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RIPE Region Runs Out of IPv4 Addresses

dcsmith Re:IPv6? (241 comments)

2112 - end of the world!

oh wait

Actually, that was Rush's best album. 2012 is the end of the world.

about 2 years ago
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Bad Software Runs the World

dcsmith Re:Cost of geek food going up (349 comments)

Perfectly fine. Anything that would drive that crappy company out of business is a win. Their pizza tastes like warmed over turds.

So, you're a turd connoisseur, then?

about 2 years ago

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New yahoo.com compromise?

dcsmith dcsmith writes  |  about a year ago

dcsmith (137996) writes "In the past few days I have received SPAM from four separate yahoo.com e-mail accounts belonging to friends or acquaintances. Some are regular, frequent Yahoo! users while others only have a yahoo.com e-mail address to access Yahoo Groups.

Has there been another as-yet-undisclosed breach at Yahoo?"
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iOS6 allows "Meeting Hijacking" via Exchange Server

dcsmith dcsmith writes  |  about 2 years ago

dcsmith (137996) writes "Meeting hijacking is the intentional or unintentional changing of the ownership of a meeting (in this case, in MS Exchange). The new owner can modify or delete the meeting in ways that an attendee or invitee should not be able to.

Apparently the latest update to iOS6 increases the likelihood that an iPad/iPod user can hijack a meeting to which they have been invited.

With the recent release of iOS6, we have noticed a marked increase in support calls due to meetings having the owner of the meeting changed (sometimes called “meeting hijacking”).

Among Microsoft's recommended work arounds;

Block iOS 6 devices — Exchange server comes with the Allow/Block/Quarantine functionality that enables admins to block any device or user.

Tell users not to upgrade to iOS 6 or to downgrade their devices – This solution may work as a temporary fix until Apple provides a fix but many users may have already made the decision to update.

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Washington, D.C. Police affirm citizens' right to record police officers

dcsmith dcsmith writes  |  about 2 years ago

dcsmith (137996) writes "Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier says that "A bystander has the same right to take photographs or make recordings as a member of the media", and backs it up with a General Order to her Department



The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) recognizes that members of the general public have a First Amendment right to video record, photograph, and/or audio record MPD members while MPD members are conducting official business or while acting in an official capacity in any public space, unless such recordings interfere with police activity.

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dcsmith dcsmith writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dcsmith (137996) writes "While cleaning up (read: rearranging and justifying not throwing anything away) my den tonight, I ran across a web cam from an old Toshiba Tecra 780 laptop. I don't have the laptop or the manuals any more, and I don't recognize the connection type. Googling the part number (ZA1407P01) returned a bunch of sites that purportedly have this camera for sale, but nothing about the specs. Toshiba's site was void of specification goodness as well.

Where might I find info on this device? Are there any repositories of obsolete technology information out there somewhere?"

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