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German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, and Kofi Annan

dreamchaser No surprise here (168 comments)

Anyone who thought that Germany's protests over surveillance was anything other than hypocritical bullshit is an idiot. All countries spy on all other countries. They always have and they always will.

2 days ago
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No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

dreamchaser Re:We could only be so lucky (120 comments)

Humans in general have been greedy and hate riddled since before written history.

4 days ago
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NVIDIA Tegra K1: First Mobile Chip With Hardware-Accelerated OpenCL

dreamchaser Re:I've been watching this (52 comments)

I love my Transformer for a number of reasons. It's really a tiny laptop, for one. I don't do a lot of document editing on it but I can and have. I can plug a USB->Serial cable into it and console into firewalls, routers, etc. I can VPN in to either work or home then use RDP to do real work if I have to. The gaming part is just icing on the cake. I sometimes travel a lot and having a lightweight Netflix/Gaming device is a huge boon to me.

about two weeks ago
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NVIDIA Tegra K1: First Mobile Chip With Hardware-Accelerated OpenCL

dreamchaser Re:I've been watching this (52 comments)

I have the Asus Transformer Prime 201 with the Tegra 3 and it is/was a pretty damn good CPU. The tablet is still quite useful despite being a few years old. I skipped the Tegra 4s and have been waiting for K1 powered tablets. I do a fair bit of gaming on my tablet and I can't wait to see what developers do with the K1.

Then I assume you know NVIDIA just came out with their K1-powered SHIELD tablet that is focused on gaming and also has a decent stylus. 8 inches, 16GB wifi only version is $300. It's the first tablet to check all of the boxes for me so I ordered one last week (though it's still not here).

Yes, I do. I'm waiting for a few other options to come out. I really prefer the 10" format of my Asus so I'm hoping they announce a new Transformer powered by the K1 soon. I have been considering the Shield though.

about two weeks ago
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NVIDIA Tegra K1: First Mobile Chip With Hardware-Accelerated OpenCL

dreamchaser I've been watching this (52 comments)

I have the Asus Transformer Prime 201 with the Tegra 3 and it is/was a pretty damn good CPU. The tablet is still quite useful despite being a few years old. I skipped the Tegra 4s and have been waiting for K1 powered tablets. I do a fair bit of gaming on my tablet and I can't wait to see what developers do with the K1.

about two weeks ago
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NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

dreamchaser Re:Punishes fans? (216 comments)

The NFL, like most professional sport leagues, gets special anti-trust exemptions from the Government. In return the Government gets some say in how they operate.

about two weeks ago
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Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

dreamchaser Re:UUNET in 1987? (116 comments)

If I recall correctly UUNET didn't offer IP based access until the early 90s. Prior to that it was just limited access to emails and some file transfer.

about two weeks ago
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Perlan II Project Aims To Fly a Glider To the Edge of Space

dreamchaser Re:100km (44 comments)

That was my first thought as well. Don't get me wrong, it will be an impressive feat, but it's nowhere near 'the edge of space'. I haven't done the math or looked it up but one would probably see the curvature of the Earth more noticeably than at sea level, but still, the title of this entry is complete sensationalism.

about three weeks ago
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

dreamchaser Re:Easy (183 comments)

Will saves didn't exist under any of the editions he wrote.

about three weeks ago
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Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

dreamchaser Re:Yeah (101 comments)

Apparently not so safe.

about a month ago
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MicroxWin Creates Linux Distribution That Runs Debian/Ubuntu & Android Apps

dreamchaser Re: Android on my pi? (42 comments)

Bullshit. In many enterprises that I've done work with there is 802.1x in place. You do *not* have the ability to just plug in anywhere.

about a month ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

dreamchaser Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

Southwest has never had assigned seating. It's first come first served.

about a month ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

dreamchaser Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

They have a set limit. There's a little metal basket that if your bag can't fit in you're not supposed to take it on the plane. The fault lies largely with the airlines for not enforcing it, but also partially with passengers who don't give a fuck because the rules don't apply to them.

about a month ago
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MicroxWin Creates Linux Distribution That Runs Debian/Ubuntu & Android Apps

dreamchaser Re:Android on my pi? (42 comments)

Unfortunately that cat has long escaped the bag. As a security professional I think that BYOD and the like is a horrible idea, but most organizations have shortsightedly embraced it because a) it's cheaper (no need to pay for mobile devices) and b) they got sick of the bitching and moaning. So now we have a bunch of people running around on the enterprise network with their own devices that they have full control of.

about a month ago
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Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

dreamchaser Re:Can we stop with the stereotypes? (127 comments)

I'm glad you posted this. I started playing in '76 when I was 9 or 10. By the time I was in high school games included beer and weed. We found plenty of time to go out and party, screw hot chicks, etc. Most of us played sports or did other activities that do not fit the stereotype as well.

about a month ago
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Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

dreamchaser Re:Why in America? (155 comments)

I'll buy that when you agree to take Justin Bieber back. Having him inflicted on the US is tantamount to an act of war.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

dreamchaser Re:And if it doesn't work? (265 comments)

Exactly, and when it comes to maintenance windows one should never forget Murphy. If something can go wrong it will, and being there with a console cable and a laptop or tablet to get into a problem device is a good thing.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

dreamchaser Re:Weird question, but... (183 comments)

naw - read TFS again; xie's devving for Solaris. Good luck getting Solaris running on a pi/bone/whatever.

Maybe you should read TFS again instead since the submitter clearly states that they want a dedicated *Linux* based dev platform. There's no mention of running Solaris on it.

about a month and a half ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

dreamchaser Re:it depends on what "skilled worker" means. (401 comments)

I'll call you on your trolling and bs. My wife works in the Comp Sci department at a major university and also works *with* people in the programs at others. Well over half the grad students in most programs are born and raised in the US, and many of the best candidates are from the US. This story is about outsourcing based on cost, not on 'deep understanding of theory'. If you're not trolling you're just woefully wrong.

about a month and a half ago

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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  |  more than 6 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  |  about 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  |  about 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 10 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 11 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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