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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

dingleberrie Re:Fifth amendment zone of lawlessness (416 comments)

Supporting and using encryption is my form of protest. It seems that marching and voting for any of the options put in front of me has little effect.

yesterday
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Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

dingleberrie feeling swindled (77 comments)

I know, as a cartel-based geographically-monopolistic corporation it may look like I think I can do what I want and ignore these fees. But here I am trying to be a good upstanding corporation. I'll even give you a cut. Make me bigger and I'll promise... It'll all work out.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Researchers Use Light Beams To Charge Smartphones

dingleberrie Sound's like fun for other uses (65 comments)

And he said: "Phone, Where art thou?".
Whereupon a light emerged; shining upon it like a divine revelation.
And he saw that it was charging.

about two weeks ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

dingleberrie Re:Just hire a CPA (450 comments)

I hired a CPA for a couple of years. I did the taxes by hand and compared it to their results (for several reasons, including that I'm a geek).
Each year, he said that I would get back a much larger refund than I calculated. When I'd put the two results side-by-side, I'd find deductions from him that I'd ask him about and he'd acknowledge that those aren't right... it was a mistake or oversight. One year, he depreciated my rental house by 2% instead of 1%, but I only learned about that one the next year.

After 3 years, I had the same life-events year to year, so I stopped using him.

I have the impression that some CPAs make 'adjustments' based on how much the assumptions can bend. It's a gamble. You have to get caught and there are likely things that are able to be justified as likely mistakes or barely detectable in an audit. I have the impression that this is one way that some CPAs get much better results than tax programs. I don't know about the legality. It could be illegal in the same way that speeding is illegal but I still exceed that posted limit.

CPAs, feel free to chime in and tell me I'm wrong and that I misunderstood.

about two weeks ago
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Fluxbox 1.3.6 Released

dingleberrie slow-clap (63 comments)

What a well-written summary.
It told me what Fluxbox was, why it was important, why this announcement was important, and didn't make me feel stupid for not knowing about it already (since I'm not a linux geek). I'd wish more announcements would follow this pattern.

about three weeks ago
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Happy Public Domain Day: Works That Copyright Extension Stole From Us In 2015

dingleberrie Re:And that's still too long (328 comments)

Obviously not someone who's ever worked at a startup.

That's what I was thinking. And can you imagine having this risk you took protected by patents for 75+ years?
Having over 50 patents myself, I'm pretty sure it costs more to get a patent than it does to copyright a work. Lawyers are involved.

I think the difference is that the movie or song is often not seen as holding back societal progress if it becomes unlicensed.
It would be nice for my children and grandchildren to be able to collect licence fees from my patents long after I'm dead, but I'd rather live in a society that doesn't do that and instead assigns a reasonable duration to patents.

about three weeks ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

dingleberrie Re:Kind of disappointed in him. (681 comments)

It is, arguably, rather interesting that he provoked a minor firestorm just by talking about someone else. It's a commonplace that some anti-jesus flamebait spread in the right areas would have caused a moderate shitstorm, and so nothing would be proven except one's own somewhat juvenile sense of humor by doing so;

About 2000 years ago, there lived a man that may have agreed with you. I'm sure you have heard of him, you may even recognize him by his initials, JC, as everyone still talks about him today. We know that he was born unlike most men. And as he matured, he had many followers, but also had those who were afraid of the would-be-king, so they put him to death. Yes, Julius Caesar left a legacy that influenced generations. Anyway, what was your point?

about 1 month ago
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Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

dingleberrie Not sure what my brain read (187 comments)

Orangutina?
Aorangutina?
Argengutanga?

Ah, nevermind.

about a month ago
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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

dingleberrie It's fixing the wrong thing (110 comments)

If the card companies are depending on the cardholder's pants for improving security, then their system is broken.

about a month and a half ago
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Rosetta Results: Comets "Did Not Bring Water To Earth"

dingleberrie ad infinitum (135 comments)

... and... where did the asteroid get the water? Smaller asteroids?
Without doing any research on the topic, yet smug in my own opinion (hello slashdot family!) I don't know why we'd ascribe a smaller rock-like mass as responsible for delivering simple molecules to a bigger rock-like mass.

about a month and a half ago
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Scientists Discover a Virus That Changes the Brain To "Make Humans More Stupid"

dingleberrie Zombie apocolypse (275 comments)

Could this be how it starts?
They don't want brains to eat, just to augment their depreciated functionality... like asking for water.

about 3 months ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

dingleberrie not a repost (366 comments)

So environment has a bigger influence that what we've measured in the Genome.
If only we tackled the less expensive solutions first.

http://science.slashdot.org/st...

about 3 months ago
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Early Childhood Neglect Associated With Altered Brain Structure, ADHD

dingleberrie not a repost (87 comments)

So environment has a bigger influence that what we've measured in the Genome.
If only we tackled the less expensive solutions first.

http://science.slashdot.org/st...

about 3 months ago
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End of an Era: After a 30 Year Run, IBM Drops Support For Lotus 1-2-3

dingleberrie Finally! (156 comments)

I can't wait for Michael Bay to make a movie about it.

about 4 months ago
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Blood For Extra Credit Points Offer Raises Eyebrows In Test-Mad China

dingleberrie Something new (90 comments)

Finally! A form of bribery that almost anyone can afford.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

dingleberrie keep the passwords locked up but easy to get to (191 comments)

Use Dropbox (or any cloud service that sync local files) and Keepass 2 (open source) to keep them in an encrypted file that is shared among anyone. You can also do group file sharing in dropbox, though I don't do that with my passwords file.

The keepass file is encrypted.
I've done this for several years. It's awesome. It allows you to change your password for the same site without depending on some algorithm to lock you into only one possible password for that site.
You can add and edit the file and it synchronizes. I can even use mini-keepass on my iphone, also with dropbox, so if I'm ever needing info without my PC, I can grab the password.

I keep credit card info (easier to cut and paste when ordering online) and game and website login info.

about 4 months ago
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Scientists Twist Radio Beams To Send Data At 32 Gigabits Per Second

dingleberrie Re:Microwaves and 2.4 GHz (122 comments)

I think the special part is that 2.4 GHz is a convenient frequency where there is a balance between a larger amount of energy being absorbed by water and a smaller amount of energy being absorbed by glass and plastic.

about 4 months ago
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New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

dingleberrie issue | Snowden (200 comments)

Let's make this about Snowden.
After all, if he didn't raise concerns, then how could they have possibly known there were any issues.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

dingleberrie Re:Brilliant! (352 comments)

You're not trying.
I'm not even a fan of microsoft, but I read slashdot, and I've seen stuff I respect:
* Pushing an innovative and amazing peripheral into the consumer space with XBOX One kinect (Privacy issues and untrustability make this undesirable, but the techology is awesome, and the price is awesomer).
* Rewriting their windows infrastructure so that it boots in 5 seconds, runs well on a tablet and is still compatible with, you know, Windows.
* They beat apple and android to the flat design race. I don't like the look, but it came first, which is the opposite of point C.
* Putting an infrastructure in place to merge the PC, tablet, and phone when the time is right. Maybe this ain't that time, but it's not because of a technological limitation.
* Showing that even a huge company with a long company cultural history can revise and improve SW design processes to move from monolithic releases to rapid releases.

Now I could also release a list of things I don't like, as I could with any company, but there is some major innovation going on at Microsoft now that they have competition.

about 5 months ago

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