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Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

dreamchaser Re:Not seeing the issue here (204 comments)

Which is why you shouldn't say a word until you consult with an attorney.

3 days ago
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Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

dreamchaser Re:In other news... (268 comments)

There is no such thing as Comcast-Time Warner yet. It's still a proposed merger and may or may not even get approval.

3 days ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

dreamchaser Re:Who? (553 comments)

One of the threats they are investigating was a threat to shoot up a school. If you don't think that's worthy of investigation and ultimately punishment (terroristic threats are a crime, you know) then you need a reality check.

5 days ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

dreamchaser Re:Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

Bullshit. Willfully ignoring the law is a crime and should be treated as such. They are obstructing justice and destroying evidence in most of these cases. Those are crimes. At the very least they are in contempt of court.

about two weeks ago
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How Your In-Store Shopping Affects the Ads You See On Facebook

dreamchaser Re:I love contextually useful ads. (69 comments)

Nobody forces you to use gmail or Facebook though. To you they are a free 'service' but they really aren't a service to you. That's just the carrot. You are the product they sell. Don't want them to have any information about you? Don't use them. I don't use Facebook for that very reason, and I use my gmail for innocuous things and as my spam catcher account. My choices.

Want your email to be as private as possible? Stand up your own server or use a paid service that you think you can trust. Don't want Facebook using any data it collects on you? Great, me either! So don't use it.

about two weeks ago
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Bank Security Software EULA Allows Spying On Users

dreamchaser Re:not in BOA online banking (135 comments)

I already do all of my banking from a VM that *only* does my banking.

about two weeks ago
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Rosetta Results: Comets "Did Not Bring Water To Earth"

dreamchaser Re:The wet ones did! (135 comments)

That whooshing sound you heard was not a comet passing over your head, it was the joke.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

dreamchaser Re:I'm sorry (415 comments)

That one will be one of the limited runs. "Now, for a limited time only at participating stores."

about two weeks ago
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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

dreamchaser Re:It won't be long (325 comments)

It is not a non-issue in that these sorts of things could be prevented with proper regulation of drones, or at least the chances of something like this happening could be greatly reduced. No amount of rules, training, or regulation can control what the birds are going to do. Your analogy is very bad.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Paying For Linux Support vs. Rolling Your Own?

dreamchaser Re:In my experience (118 comments)

Sure, you can do that. That is not how most large companies operate though. I wasn't advocating one way or the other, just reporting what I've seen over the course of a long career in IT.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Paying For Linux Support vs. Rolling Your Own?

dreamchaser Re:In my experience (118 comments)

When did I say they didn't have local admins? That is a far cry from doing all of your support without a safety net.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Paying For Linux Support vs. Rolling Your Own?

dreamchaser In my experience (118 comments)

I work with clients ranging from small business to Fortune 10 companies. On the SMB side most do support their own, though they rarely write patches. I don't know a single large enterprise using Linux that doesn't pay RedHat or whoever for support though. There are many reasons for that. SLAs are easier to hold a third party to than an internal organization. It makes the C level people feel better to have a company they are paying accountable for support. They do not have to carry the burden of the extra staff needed (that's a big one). The list goes on.

about three weeks ago
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The Ancestor of Humans Was an "Artist" 500,000 Years Ago

dreamchaser Re:Wow (59 comments)

Making a tool is in itself a thoughtful act. It's not a big leap to crude doodling or 'art' with one of those tools.

about three weeks ago
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The Ancestor of Humans Was an "Artist" 500,000 Years Ago

dreamchaser Re:What I want to know (59 comments)

Da Vinci was both artist and scientist, and I'm sure quite a few modern day scientists have hobbies that would fall under the 'art' category.

about three weeks ago
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New Virus Means Deadlier Flu Season Is Possible

dreamchaser Re:Meh. (163 comments)

I agree. I do not get the flu shot even though it is constantly pushed on me. I'm only in my late 40s and in good health. I'd rather catch it and ride it out, which rarely happens.

about three weeks ago
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New Virus Means Deadlier Flu Season Is Possible

dreamchaser Re:Meh. (163 comments)

Normal, otherwise healthy adults can die from the flu too, though it's far more rare.

about three weeks ago
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New Virus Means Deadlier Flu Season Is Possible

dreamchaser Re:Meh. (163 comments)

If you live in a developed nation you're orders of magnitude more likely to die of the flu than of ebola.

about three weeks ago
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The Ancestor of Humans Was an "Artist" 500,000 Years Ago

dreamchaser Re:Neat (59 comments)

Whoosh. You missed the AC's point. It was sarcasm, a crack at all of the psudo-history and outright science fiction that is today's History Channel most of the time.

about three weeks ago
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The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS

dreamchaser Re:Sounds good to me (238 comments)

You should get a cert warning if they are using any kind of SSL decryption. Also, *most* companies that I know use such things specifically exclude banking and medical sites from decryption for legal reasons.

about three weeks ago
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The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS

dreamchaser Re:Sounds good to me (238 comments)

Mod parent up. I was going to post the same thing. There are numerous appliances and software solutions used by enterprises to do this, but to do it seamlessly you have to install a new certificate on the client machine.

about three weeks ago

Submissions

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FCC Recommends Sanctions against Comcast

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dreamchaser writes "In a potentially precedent setting move, the FCC has recommended sanctions against Comcast for interferring with filesharing traffic. This has been a hot topic in the past on Slashdot. I am certainly hoping that they really do enforce some sort of sanctions so as to deter other major ISP's from engaging in the same rotten practices."
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New online medical databases NOT covered by HIPAA

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dreamchaser writes "The New York Times is running a piece that points out some serious potential privacy concerns with Google and Microsoft's new ventures to database personal medical information online. Specifically, it appears that this sort of endeavor is not covered by HIPAA. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act governs how and when people's personal medical history can be datamined for reasearch, among other things. Am I the only one whose first reaction to this is 'DO NOT WANT'? Maybe Congress can do something useful for a change and update HIPPA to reflect emerging uses of the Web for such matters. I've already written to mine and I encourage those of you in the US to do the same."
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Arthur C. Clarke Dead at Age 90

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dreamchaser (49529) writes "I'm not sure I know what to say. There is no story posted, but CNN has a breaking news banner announcing the death of scientist and author Arthur C. Clarke. All I can think to say is, "Thank you, thank you, thank you.""
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Is Comcast at it again?

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  about 7 years ago

dreamchaser writes "I'm a guitarist and frequently record my music to MP3 via a digital mixer/recorder. Yesterday I tried to share a few of my songs with a friend who happens to have Comcast Cable. We were using ICQ at the time and after I shot my friend a picture or two, I tried sending her a song. The transfer fizzled out at about 200k. Tried it a few more times, no luck. Tried another (large) picture and it worked. Scratching my head, I renamed the MP3's to BIN and they whoosed right through the old Internet tube like they should have in the first place.

In light of the previous news about Comcast throttling P2P apps, it now appears that merely trying to exchange a file of a 'bad' type (MP3 in this case) gets your transfer throttled. I do not have Comcast anymore, having given it up for Verizon's FIOS. My question for Slashdot is can those of you who DO have Comcast test this and see if it consistently like is all over? It's beyond ridiculous that one cannot send legal content to a friend via a direct IM connection wihtout having the filenames (and who knows what else) sniffed out and the transfer killed. Is anyone else seeing this? What can we do about it other than raise awareness?"

Journals

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Meh, don't bother reading it's just a rant

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 4 years ago

What the FUCK are Facefuck and Shitter icons doing next to everything now? I can't find an option to turn them off. I'll use either when I'm cold and dead.

Like I said I'm just ranting. Just woke up, coffee is brewing, and I hate Facefuck and Shitter.

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Is twitter really Malda?

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Perhaps Twitter is really Rob Malda. The editors and staff certainly don't seem to mind how he abuses the system.

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Thought of the Day

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

If 'No one wants to look dumb' then why does that dorky kid with the guitar DO those horrible MSN commercials?

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Moderation on Slashdot - Why do you care?

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Does anyone really care how they are moderated? Sure, I chuckle at some of the mods-on-crack or mods-with-an-agenda things I see, both mods done to my posts and those done to others. At the end of the day why does it matter?

What is your posting philosophy? I post when I want with what I want and have never cared how I get moderated. Does anyone actually try to post in ways/times/places that will result in high moderation?

Ok, my coffee break is over. I need to get back to work. Bye.

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I never thought I'd see it.

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago One of those 'Skip this ad and continue' advertisements on Slashdot? That was both funny and sad at the same time.

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We need a new Moderation type

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 7 years ago

We really need a -1 (Fanboi) mod on Slashdot. Fanbois abuse the moderation system as it is by modding down legitimate posts critical of [fill in the blank as applicable]. Let's give people who take Moderation a bit more seriously a tool to fight this.

It could be -1 (Fanboi) or -1 (Zealot) or whatever, but a discrete moderation class is called for here I think.

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dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Ok, for the past few days I get the occaisional popup ad on Slashdot. Why do I find that ironic? I know the site exists to make money, and as a good capitalist I have no qualms with that. I have to wonder if it's necessary for them to run popup ads though, especially given the sentiment against them in the Slashdot community. Hmmm.

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Office Moves

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Ok, today I move my office for the second time in two months. We're moving just down the hall on the same floor in the same building.

This is on a campus of 3,000 people (HQ). We are moving 900 people this quarter! Can anyone out there say inefficiency!!!???

This is just a rant to get it off of my chest. Since part of my responsibility here is managing the IT techs, these moves cause us all kinds of headaches. Not to mention my personal inconvenience (and that of all the other people moving around).

So now I sit here, waiting for the movers to move my furniture. I'm not allowed to move anything myself except my laptop (safety rules).

This process of moving almost a third of the campus in three months time reminds me of those kid's puzzles with the numbers 1 through 15 on little plastic tiles, and one blank spot. You know the ones I'm talking about. Shuffle the pieces around until you get it right.

In a typical (for many corporations)showing of poor communication, nobody bothered to tell the higher ups how much this would all cost. Heh.

Ok, I'm done ranting now. It is my journal after all. This might not be a bad place to rant!

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Mr. Rodgers Dies

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 11 years ago

In other news, Fred Rodgers died this morning. I'm sure the Slashdot community will mourn his passing.

Seriously, I never really liked his show as a kid, but there is no denying how many lives he touched over the years. It was even bigger news here in Pittsburgh where he lived and worked. So long Fred, and thanks for all the puppets.

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Blog?

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Aren't these journals just blogs? Then again, I guess Slashdot itself is a big huge blog. Most blogs are useless, as is this journal post.

I've never bothered to use this thing before (the journal). Perhaps I should start. There have been many times that I've thought of things that I would like to share with Slashdot that either don't get accepted as articles, or don't fit anywhere and would be woefully offtopic. In my journal, nothing is off topic ;)

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