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Yahoo Advertising Serves Up Malware For Thousands

digitalaudiorock Re:Image/text only ads (184 comments)

I use NoScript all the time. Just recently...the last few week actually...I started noticing that a number of things on yahoo finance just plain stopped working because they required javascript from yimg.com...as if I'm going to allow that...ffs.

about a year ago
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Senator Bernie Sanders Asks NSA If Agency Is Spying On Congress

digitalaudiorock Think J Edgar... (363 comments)

More importantly, why is a member of Congress more important that I am?

While I tend to agree with that sentiment in principal, illegal spying on people of power is in fact a huge problem for all of us...having "dirt" on everyone was a big part of what kept an insane fucking megalomaniac like J. Edgar Hoover in a position of unspeakable power for so long. We sure don't need more of that.

about a year ago
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UCSD Lecturer Releases Geotagging Application For "Dangerous Guns and Owners"

digitalaudiorock Re:All guns are dangerous... (976 comments)

Not as dangerous as lecturers at public universities. I think I will write an app that allows you to geotag your local professors, track their license plates, and give you hints and tips on how to heckle them and ruin their lives for doing things that you may or may not agree with.

Exactly...and who's deciding who these "suspected" unsafe gun owners are? Sounds like nothing better than a malicious rumor mill app to me. Let's just start something similar for everyone we think is a closet alcoholic or the like...I mean FFS...

Because its not like you couldn't call the police if people are doing unsafe things with guns. In a lot of places there are laws about the safe handling of weapons.

Exactly!...instead we have people with a clear anti-gun agenda taking a total vigilante approach to this...oh the irony.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Monitor Setup For Programmers

digitalaudiorock Be thankful if you DON'T need a KVM (312 comments)

Sorry if this hijacks the posters question a little...but it's the first thing that came to mind when I saw the topic. I'm not sure if others have found the same, but in cases where I've needed a KVM, including my current setup at home, I've spent what seems like man years of my life screwing with KVMs. A KVM that does NOT totally suck is an animal that does NOT exist.

My current setup works with many quirks that constantly screw with me, and it took forever to get to this point. I went through two KVMs that were totally unusable for various reasons...stuck keys in Linux only(??)...you name it. When I finally got one that seemed to play nicely I discovered that it didn't work with my T43 Thinkpad docking station. I found other users that had encountered the same issue with this switch ONLY on the T43 docking station...unbelievable. Believe it or not, just for the hell of it, I tried putting one of the bad KVMs (that I'd kept too long to return) in between my working one and the T43 and it worked...only because the two switches used different hot keys. That's the kludgy setup I have to this day.

However that setup is all PS2, so now that I'm overdue to replace my Linux workstation, I get to do it all over again, or figure out how to live without the KVM. Seriously...has anyone else found this things to suck this bad???

about 2 years ago
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Music Industry Sees First Revenue Increase Since 1999

digitalaudiorock Re:digital killing music (393 comments)

The AC post above was mine. Didn't want to post it anonymously. I can't figure out why I seem to unexpectedly get logged out of skashdot without knowing it...happens way too often.

about 2 years ago
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New York Paper Uses Public Records To Publish Gun-Owner Map

digitalaudiorock Re:So Proud of Gun Ownership (1232 comments)

Indeed. I don't understand why this is public information to begin with. It's no ones business what products I buy or own.

Absolutely. Why don't they just start WhoHasTheBestShitToSteal.gov for Christ's sake. With guns there's an even bigger concern given the attractiveness of guns to criminals. I don't think you need to be any sort of anti-gun-control fanatic to see the insanity in this one.

about 2 years ago
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Cisco Rumored To Be Selling Linksys

digitalaudiorock Re:Good move. (180 comments)

I have a Linksys E1200 router and can verify first hand that it's a POS. Every few weeks it flakes out and some, but not all machines connected to it loose access to the network. It's on the newest firmware, and I even factory reset it and reconfigured everything as a last ditch attempt to address it. I had a bad feeling when when I went to upgrade the firmware and it prompted for which "hardware version" I had...1 or 2. Mine didn't indicate which, and it took a little doing to find it was "version 1". My take on that is that version 1 was the "defective hardware we should have replaced for free". Compete and utter junk. I made the mistake of confusing them with the Linksys of yesteryear...never again.

about 2 years ago
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Cox Comm. Injects Code Into Web Traffic To Announce Email Outage

digitalaudiorock Re:Isn't this illegal? (271 comments)

I was going to ask the same thing. How can it possibly be legal for an ISP tamper with the content like this? I'll bet this would even trick NoScript into assuming the javascript came from the same site as the page. If this is legel, I'm a bit stunned. It certainly shouldn't be.

about 2 years ago
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Automation Is Making Unions Irrelevant

digitalaudiorock What about non-factory jobs?? (510 comments)

The whole premise of the article seems to assume that unions are exclusively about 1950s-like factory jobs. How about all those low paying service jobs out there? I don't see too many robots stocking shelves at Walmart. In decades gone by, in a large part due to unions, a guy who was willing to get up every day and go sweep floors at a factory could actually survive. Today's equivalent, those low paying service jobs, pay so little you're almost better off not working at all.

That's why unions are under attach these days...because a large chunk of corporate America is still dependent on a few jobs that they can't automate or outsource and, if unionized, might actually pay a fair wage...and we can't have that now can we??

about 2 years ago
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Senators Vow To Renew Bid For State Taxes On Remote Internet Sales

digitalaudiorock Re:Creates a near monopoly (268 comments)

If only it were just a 50 element array. Using Illinois as an example, each county and sometimes city have their own tax rates.

Amen to that.

A software company I used to work for had a customer in the aviation business...mostly airplane repair. When they did repairs for someone they had to charge all applicable taxes based on where the owner lived. They had a dedicated system to handle it which required regular updates. All in, it apparently handled thousands of special cases.

...and lets not forget...collecting the taxes is the easy part. Properly submitting them to the states etc for which you're collecting them with all the proper documentation makes that look easy.

Let's be clear: forcing businesses to collect all applicable taxes would effectively end Internet commerce for the little guy...at least for any who want to operate within the law.

about 2 years ago
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Matthew Garrett Makes Available Secure Bootloader For Linux Distros

digitalaudiorock Re:Fuck secure boot. (274 comments)

Oh to have mod points!...If people keep working around this crap rather than voting with their wallets they're saying it's OK. Everyone who gives a shit about this MUST refuse to buy any computer with secure boot...period.

about 2 years ago
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GNOME 3 To Support a "Classic" Mode, of Sorts

digitalaudiorock Re:This isn't devs listening (197 comments)

OMFG!!...Some of the quotes etc in the essay from the GNOME folks are utterly beyond belief. I'm serious...I had no idea their attitudes had reached that state...and all the talk about "our brand"...WFT?? They've essentially become Microsoft FFS. After reading that I don't see how anyone who cares about Linux or open source would want anything other than to totally abandon, even boycott those folks...simply amazing.

about 2 years ago
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Sony DVR Useless After Rovi Stops TV Guide OnScreen

digitalaudiorock Re:MythTV (321 comments)

I didn't notice this when you originally replied. I'd say there's very little chance of that. You're probably not aware of the history of all that, but originally zap2it.com (owned by Tribune Media Services) had a free interface for their listings, but eventually announced that they could not continue to support it. As a result, Schedules Direct came about via a collaboration of MythTV and similar open source projects who worked out a deal with TMS. They pay Tribune Media Services for listing data, which is why they charge a small amount ($20 a year) for subscriptions. All in all, this is probably a decent revenue source for TMS. I'm not saying it's impossible for there to be a problem with it some day, but I think it's very unlikely.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony DVR Useless After Rovi Stops TV Guide OnScreen

digitalaudiorock Glad I sold my HDD500 a long time ago (321 comments)

I had one of those HDD500 DVRs for recording HD OTA for quite some time and finally sold it (for almost as much as I paid for it) about 4-5 years ago after building my MythTV system.

While it generally was a pretty good recorder, and pretty much the only retail unit of it's kind, I grew to HATE that TV Guide OnScreen. That TV Guide system had essentially it's own firmware within the recorders firmware that was self updating...that is it would automatically update itself totally beyond your control from the OTA signal...and this didn't always go well. When the guide didn't work, the unit was essentially a paper weight for the very reason described in TFA...the assholes decided to give you NO way at all to manually set the fucking clock....a feature available in every fucking VCR made since the 80s, in a unit that retailed for over $1000...seriously??

Good riddance...gotta love MythTV and Schedules Direct!!

more than 2 years ago
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Our Weather Satellites Are Dying

digitalaudiorock Perhaps weather data isn't a priority to some(??) (193 comments)

I'll probably get some troll points for this, but after watching the recent Frontline titled Climate of Doubt, I wonder if there aren't some pretty powerful forces out there that just plain don't want weather/climate data all that much. The interviews in that show seem to indicate that the big money behind that effort (which over the last four years has somehow convinced half of the U.S. population that man made climate change is a myth, while science has gone in the opposite direction), is way more about Ayn Randian ideology than science.

All pretty scary if you ask me...like we're getting closer and closer to witch burning every day...

more than 2 years ago
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FCC To Allow Cable Companies To Encrypt Over-the-Air Channels

digitalaudiorock WHOA...watch out for UHF only! (376 comments)

These so-called "HDTV" antennas were sold for years with the incorrect assumption that digital TV would stay on UHF and it most assuredly did not!

In the New York area for example, several of the UHF digital networks moved their digital signal to their original VHF frequency when the switch over occurred.

Don't buy one of those unless you're sure that all the digital networks in your area are on UHF. If any are, you'll need a combination UHF/VHF antenna.

more than 2 years ago
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FCC To Allow Cable Companies To Encrypt Over-the-Air Channels

digitalaudiorock OTA (376 comments)

I know it's not an option for some, but I live where I can get New York OTA channels, and even Philly stations if I want, with my roof antenna and rotor. I record everything we watch on a MythTV system with a TB of disk space. I haven't had pay TV in 25 years.

I have cable for internet only. Every time the cable company calls me trying to sell me a TV package, I tell them exactly what I'm currently using, and exactly why I want no part of their any-consumer bull shit. I wish more people would do the same thing.

What sucks of course is that, because all the available internet providers are TV providers, you pay a premium for internet when it's not part of some fucking package. The whole situation just blows to put it mildly...and the fucking FCC, whose supposed to be working for us, can go straight to fucking hell too.

more than 2 years ago
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An Overview of the Do Not Track Debate

digitalaudiorock Re:NoScript (108 comments)

You're fucking kidding right?? Like code being pulled from packages I chose to install on MY computer is the same as a website I'm visiting choosing to make ME run code from sites I never even heard of?? What exactly is your point, aside from proving your astonishing ignorance??

more than 2 years ago
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Mozilla Details How Old Plugins Will Be Blocked In Firefox 17

digitalaudiorock Re:Yet another reason to dump FF (152 comments)

Don't those folks have anything better to do?

Yea, like maybe coming up with a Linux version that at least sucks balls a little less...

more than 2 years ago
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An Overview of the Do Not Track Debate

digitalaudiorock NoScript (108 comments)

The thing that pisses me off the most about most (even supposedly reputable) web sites these days, is the eye opener you get if you run NoScript. The fact that the home pages of supposedly reputable sites are trying to pull in javascript from like a dozen or more unrelated sites is just fucking inexcusable, and it seems to get worse every day.

Worse yet is that some of those simply don't work at all unless you resort to "Temporarily allow all from this page", in which case I tend to just bail and never go back. I mean seriously...WTF??? I can't tell you how that burns my ass.

more than 2 years ago

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