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." top
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." top
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."" top
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?" top
dreamchaser (49529) writes "According to CNN, a 17 year old in New Jersey has successfully unlocked his iPhone and is using it on T-Mobile's network. Soldering iron required. I was surprised to not see this already plastered on the main page of Slashdot!"
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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;)