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As 4G Seeps In, Verizon Offers Cheap(er) No-Contract 3G Plans

drijen Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (67 comments)

What will you do when your SIM dies? Those things should be replaced every few years, just from wear.

about 2 years ago

DMVs Across the Country Learning Textspeak

drijen How is ROFLMAO vulgar? (178 comments)

Rolling On the Floor, Laughing Madly And Out loud. Wow, that sounds totally offensive! Idiots.

about 2 years ago

Given one free trip to the past in a time machine, I would..

drijen Disprove Religion. (1270 comments)

Title says it all. I would travel back, and take/grab some proof that would silence the fundies permanently.

Oh yeah, and I'd grab some ancient beer too, I bet the recipes would knock the socks off of today's offerings.

more than 4 years ago

Average Cellphone Data Usage Is 145.8 MB Per Month

drijen Re:Not suprising (107 comments)

PC World is to accuracy as Microsoft is security. Abort? Fail? Retry?

more than 4 years ago

The Fastest ISPs In the US

drijen Re:You have to be kidding! (199 comments)

U.S. ISPS need to be shot.
I am currently sitting on a couch in LaCygne, Kansas. Looking out the window, I can see the place where the fiber (yeah fiber, in a rural area) terminates if I look out the window.

Now guess what the speed is. Go ahead, guess.

512 KBits/320KBits.
Back home in Texas, my Verizon DLS (non FIOS), is 1.5MBit/384KBit for $30/month. In other words, I can upload from home faster than I can download here in Texas.
Now guess how much the Kansas line costs a month. Go ahead and guess.

Its all a scam, and there is no basis for it. Greed, pure and simple.

more than 4 years ago

Reporters Without Borders Fight Web Censorship

drijen Why people like the pirate bay are a good. (42 comments)

Why the heck would you allow non-hackers to protect you from the people you need to hide from?
I seem to recall that a group like the pirate bay, who made it their business to mask identity from powerful interests created baywords.com for exactly this purpose.
A misconfigured tor node or vpn stream could expose someone to torture or worse. A group like this needs to step back, and ask someone in the know to do it, and just offer funding.

more than 4 years ago

Google Reportedly Ditching Windows

drijen Re:Not Surprising, but when will MS ditch Windows? (1003 comments)

Windows 7 is no better than XP in terms and security - just check the news for the last year or so. Furthermore, many of the last updates applied to XP brought 7's security "features" to XP; things like better canary support, an upgraded (still crap) firewall, and other such things. The notion that 7 is more secure than XP is just bollocks.

more than 4 years ago

Nexus One Owners Report Spotty 3G Signals On T-Mobile

drijen Re:they can stop looking (146 comments)

Wrong. Tmo uses 1700 and 2100.

about 5 years ago

Ads To Offset Cost of Unlocked Google Phone?

drijen Critical Thinking Fail (161 comments)

Now, I didn't read TFA (who does) but based on the summary, the authors are idiots (water is also wet).
Few buy unlocked phones because the unwashed masses, for the most part, don't know any better.
I have long been of the opinion that it should be unlawful for a cellular company to bundle phones with plans, and tie them to their network.
If people were forced to buy their own cell phone, and have companies forced to service it (I said service, not support) it would solve a lot of problems including:

  • Less cell phone waste. Because a good phone costs > $400, people will take care of them better. Less crap in our landfills, causing cancer etc.
  • Prices on cell phone plans would drop like a rock. No more double dipping on text messages, stupid data rate plans, etc
  • No more stupid kids with a high priced gadget they don't need (you know the ones I'm referring to)
  • Better cell phones, and faster market presence, as manufacturers will suddenly not be beholden to crap telecom companies, that restrict what the phones can actually do, rather than what the telecom wants to allow
  • Because cell phone manufacturers no longer have to deal with stupid restrictions, they can concentrate on innovating new features and better software/hardware

In other words, this article is based on an idea that amounts to ignorant nonsense.

more than 5 years ago

Subverting Fingerprinting

drijen Re:Watching 'Bladerunner' too many times? (169 comments)

I recall reading about a number of the Mobster era convicts, (Alvin Karpis, in particular, IIRC), that would:

Restrict blood flow to their finger tips
Shoot the ends up with cocaine
Shave off the fingerprints with a knife

Voila, no more prints.

more than 5 years ago

Will Tabbed Windows Be the Next Big Thing?

drijen So what? (528 comments)

Why is this a big deal?
Fluxbox (and probably something else before *box) had tab grouping windows long time ago.

more than 5 years ago

How Much Is Your Online Identity Worth?

drijen Re:It's shocking how little... (199 comments)

The writer understands anything. IT IS GOOD THAT CRIMINALS DO NOT PLACE A HIGH VALUE ON OUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION. That basically means that the info is not all that dangerous. It means criminals are afraid of getting caught if they use it, so why spend all that much for it. If the criminals were sure they could get away with it and all they needed was the info, that information would go for a lot higher.

This is not true, and a very silly conclusion.

In reality, credit cards are worth very little, because they are a dime a dozen (pun intended). Furthermore, the amount of profit that can be gained from a credit card number is very small compared to the amount of profit gained, by say...a World Of Warcraft account, or an SSN for actual identity fraud.

Why would you take a $2,000 credit line on a card, when you can take a $100,000 mortgage in someone else name?

In the future, please remember: "A conclusion is the place where you stopped thinking."

more than 5 years ago

The Hidden Cost of Using Microsoft Software

drijen Re:Sadly, I don't agree. (691 comments)

Parent poster is full of crap.


Make no mistake: if Linux were as widely used as Windows, there would be bugs galore to be a-cleaning in Linux land.

This is the same as stating: "If linux had the number of users that microsoft windows had, it would be victim to the same number of viruses, malware, and general script kiddies" which is complete bullshit.

I'm sick of hearing this argument, only a complete tool would believe it. *Nix systems are inherently more secure, due to its security model (file permissions, groups, no admin rights, etc), and to the fact that it literally forces you to not be a complete moron (security wise) while using it. Furthermore, because of the variety of software that can be installed on each box, only the most common programs (apache, nginx, ssl, ssh, etc) would be effective targets to attack, limiting the areas an admin needs to cover.

Due to the above, there are only certain attacks that would be effective to a *Nix system. Off the top of my head, this leaves: privilege escalation, man-in-the-middle, and social engineering (a problem everywhere, regardless of OS).

In short, a Linux machine that is run by a competent administrator is MUCH more difficult to infect or attack than a Windows machine, and the parent is a moron.

more than 5 years ago

Linux.com Relaunched Under New Management

drijen Re:After seeing this (70 comments)


This site commits the sin of "click here to read the story -> "oh wait, click here again please, to be sent to the actual story".

Further fail, for being flash driven, and having those ridiculous cnet buttons plastered everywhere. Even worse, the comments system looks like it has been ripped straight from some of those craptacular "PC for morons" sites.

Way to take a great idea and garbage it.

more than 5 years ago

Time Warner To Offer Unlimited Bandwidth For $150

drijen Wheres the friking backlash? (479 comments)

Funny. Over at speakeasy, I can get a line that is not only faster, but guaranteed bandwidth, and is unregulated as far as what I do with it. No idiot company blocking my ports, bitching about my fileserver, etc. Further, I can sign up for a resell plan and make money on my line, with speakeasy doing all the billing. Oh, and I can have that bundled in with VoIP access too? All for around the same $150? Gratuitous link: http://www.speakeasy.net/home/

Please mr. ISP, tell me again how you aren't a simpering moron?

more than 5 years ago

Ubuntu 9.04 Daily Build Boots In 21.4 Seconds

drijen Re:Your Goal: One Second or Less (654 comments)

What a load of crap. I have no idea why boot speed is suddenly all over the media like it's some big thing..

My old desktop (Athlon XP era) does POST -> KDE, including me typing in my login and password, in under 6 seconds. None of this hibernation junk or w/e doohickey crap you youngins are coming up with.

about 6 years ago

Suggestions For Cheap Metrics Eye Candy Software?

drijen Not quite, but just as funny: (201 comments)

How about that software that plays music, and is attuned to the load of each server?

Or how about using driftnet, pipe the output to a monitor in the lunchroom, complete with login name, so that everyone sees who is looking at amazon.com/porno?

Yeah I know it's not precisely what you asked for, but you can't say you didn't have the same thought.

(driftnet: http://ex-parrot.com/~chris/driftnet/ )

more than 6 years ago


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