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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

decaffeinated Forest Service already wilting from the blowback (299 comments)

When both Rep. Earl Blumenauer (uber liberal) and Rep. Greg Walden (mega-conservative) object to a new regulation, expect a very frosty reception at the next relevant Congressional hearing. The wilting is described here.

about 4 months ago

Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

decaffeinated Lotus Notes...oh boy...stand by for heavy rolls (300 comments)

Wow. Prepare for some serious employee dissatisfaction once everyone is migrated to Bloated Goats.

Daimler switched from Exchange to Notes in 2008, just before the economy crashed. The ensuing deep hatred of Notes (at the frontline employee level) never, ever subsided. Some suit with a clue finally realized that Notes was a mistake and 6 years later (Q1 2014), the company switched back to Exchange and Outlook.

about 6 months ago

German Intel Agency Helped NSA Tap Fiber Optic Cables In Germany

decaffeinated Are the Stasi already forgotten? (103 comments)

It seems inconceivable that a country where half the citizens cowered under the Stasi, would ever consider rolling over and asking the NSA for a tummy rub.

Worldwide cooperation with NSA seems rather extensive, does it not?

about 7 months ago

Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

decaffeinated Re:Electric vehicles make great second cars (377 comments)

Mod parent up. Electric cars are a ton of fun to drive! We drive our Volt together all weekend long and marvel @ the gas we are not burning or buying. :-)

about 7 months ago

Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

decaffeinated Re:Once you go electric, you never go back :-) (377 comments)

Umm, the Volt has a gas tank so that you can drive from one end of the country to the other. When the Volt is driven gas only, it's EPA MPG rating is about 35 MPG. Not bad...not great, either.

We paid a lot more than 40K for the car (before trade-in), but both my wife and I are environmentalists. We are committed to using less carbon in our lives and willing to pay for the privilege. Every time our Volt uses gas to charge the battery (when we drive outside it's electric range), we say that the "Volt had a sad."

about 7 months ago

Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

decaffeinated Once you go electric, you never go back :-) (377 comments)

My wife and I purchased a 2005 Prius (back when they were quite uncommon). Wife's car. She loved it. Very reliable. Great mileage in warm weather, decent mileage in winter (37 mpg).

I liked her Prius so much I bought a 2010 Prius. Better gas mileage than the 2005, plus the option to boost power on demand, made this car a dream to drive. The interior fit, though, is sad (annoying rattle under the glove box).

We recently upgraded my wife's 2005 Prius to a 2012 Chevy Volt. OMG. So quiet! And the initial torque when you step on the accelerator...wow, just wow. The 2012 Volt makes my 2010 Prius seem like a go cart. My wife's current game with the car is to see how little gas she can use. So far, 2 tanks consumed and both of those were mandatory burnoffs required by the Volt after the gas sat in the car (unused) for 12 months. Her current lifetime gas mileage (as recorded by Chevy) is 597 MPG.

My next car will not be a Prius...it will be an electric of some type.

about 7 months ago

UPS Denies Helping the NSA 'Interdict' Packages

decaffeinated Ship Cisco gear from trustworthy overseas locns (207 comments)

Cisco could make life miserable for the NSA by warehousing its gear in countries that won't cooperate with the US. Non-US orders could be filled from the closest such warehouse.

Non-cooperating countries that spring to mind include Russia (for European orders), China (for Asia), Venezuela (for S. America) and maybe Palestine (for the Middle East and Africa). I don't believe there are any N. American countries that the US can't coerce, so maybe the affected countries should use other network vendors.

The downside is that delivery times for overseas orders might become quite long :-) and/or spendy.

about 8 months ago

Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

decaffeinated Think about this bug vis a vis SourceForge... (239 comments)

Suppose SourceForge is/was vulnerable (I don't know that that's the case...I opened a ticket to find out).

Suppose a developer's login credentials were grabbed before SourceForge reacted and closed the hole.

Great. Now a bad character can upload malware as the latest release for any of the compromised developer's SourceForge projects.

Yeah...chew on that.

about 10 months ago

Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

decaffeinated Re:Mountain out of a molehill (239 comments)

Me too. I also want to know what company Dreamchaser works for. Dreamchaser's infuriating condescension is why so many people despise picking up the phone and calling the IT dept. for help ("Yeah, sure, I'll call the helpless desk and they'll fix my problem. Ya, you betcha."

Or maybe Dreamchaser does all his banking with paper checks.

about 10 months ago

White House Refuses To Comment On Petition To Investigate Chris Dodd

decaffeinated Re:Declining to vote for Obama. (765 comments)

I don't care if the upcoming election pits Lucifer vs. Obama, I'm voting for Ron Paul. As Matt Damon famously said, "I'm terribly disappointed in Obama."

Money Quote from Mr. Damon:

"“I’ve talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level,” he told ELLE. “One of them said to me, ‘Never again. I will never be fooled again by a politician.’” That was Damon just getting started. He added later, “You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better.”

more than 2 years ago

United Airlines Passengers Stranded By Computer Outage

decaffeinated Re:Treat yourself and avoid United (74 comments)

Come back and talk to me after you've endured a night on the floor in DIA, and then wake up in the morning and realize that you are literally trapped in the airport, with no foreseeable way home.

more than 3 years ago

United Airlines Passengers Stranded By Computer Outage

decaffeinated Treat yourself and avoid United (74 comments)

After spending 36 hours in DIA (Denver Intl Airport) due to a spring snowstorm that shut down the entire airport, I will never again fly United if I can help it and DIA (United's major western hub) is to be avoided at all costs.

The most demoralizing thing in the world is to wake up from a night sleeping on the airport floor and watch freshly scrubbed local customers board the plane that you could not fly out of town the night before. That's right: United dumped all (paid, booked) passengers from our previous night's canceled flight on standby.

Want to feel a real kick in the nuts? Walk up to a departure gate and ask how many passengers are wait-listed to your home town...Ans: 99.

The only way we escaped DIA in a relatively short period of time was due to my wife's "constructive confrontation" with a United ticketing agent.

more than 3 years ago

Teen Builds Nuclear Bomb Detector

decaffeinated nobel physics prize is sewed up (210 comments)

Built his own fusion reactor...excellent...and also figured out a way to make sure that the resulting neutron flux doesn't turn his carcass into a smouldering ash heap. Bonus.

more than 3 years ago

IE 0-Day Flaw Used In Chinese Attack

decaffeinated Re:Attacks targeted IE6 (318 comments)

The stupid but obvious question: why are people at these companies using IE6?

Some companies employ IT as an afterthought and, consequently, staffing suffers as a result. Typically, the help desk is outsourced and the local IT employees are simply not empowered to make bold decisions (like, say, forcing everyone to fix their IE6-dependent apps).

At the company where I work, I suspect we'll migrate off IE6 when some external entity forces our hand. For example, if/when Google withdraws support for IE6.

about 5 years ago

All The World Over, Your Data Wants to Be Free

decaffeinated Called Verizon Wireless Customer Service (191 comments)

Their response:

"We dispute the facts presented in this article. The cases of reported identity theft are not correlated to the fact that many victims purchased a cell phone online from Verizon Wireless. We view these events as a

Uh huh. Having recently purchased Verizon wireless service at a retail outlet, I really have no choice now but to go purchase credit reports at Equifax and Experian.


more than 13 years ago



Financial analyst: Intel is already the last man standing

decaffeinated decaffeinated writes  |  about 6 months ago

decaffeinated (70626) writes "A SeekingAlpha analyst opines that Intel, by way of its 14 and 22nm finfet processes, is rapidly pulling away from its competitors. His predictions/observations:
  • When the first 14nm based PC is in a consumer's hands, Intel will be three generations ahead of the nearest competition, two shrink nodes and the finfet process itself.
  • He predicts that TSMC will give up on a 14nm process (can't afford the expense).
  • He notes that Samsung is publicly skipping 20nm in favor of 14nm finfet. Node hopping (28nm to 14nm) and bringing on finfet in one move is an extremely difficult thing to pull off.
  • IBM is attempting to sell its wafer fab business.
  • He suggests that Intel can snuff all competitors in the smartphone AP business by putting DRAM on the processor chip via its upcoming 14nm process.

What do you think? Is Intel crushing its competitors?"


Plug-In Car Sales Cross Global Half-Million Mark

decaffeinated decaffeinated writes  |  about 7 months ago

decaffeinated (70626) writes "Cumulative world-wide total sales of Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) recently crossed the half-million unit mark. Two interesting stats from the referenced article:
  • Of all countries, the U.S. has accounted for around 45 percent of sales since numbers started to tally in earnest in 2010. Among the top half-dozen PEV consuming countries, Japan ranks second, China third, and the Netherlands is fourth.
  • The world sales leader is the Nissan Leaf, which Nissan today said has sold “over 120,000” units, sold in 35 markets across the globe.

spam starting to become an issue in slashdot discussions

decaffeinated decaffeinated writes  |  more than 2 years ago

decaffeinated writes "I used most of my mod points 2nite to mod down repeated Louis Vitton spam posts to an article regarding the alleged Intel X86 tax. I'm wasting my mod points to help tamp down slashdot's spam problem, but that's NOT a good use of a scarce resource. I hope the admins are looking into this issue"
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