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Hackers Compromise ICANN, Access Zone File Data System

dsmithhfx re: TFA (2 comments)

"a spear phishing campaign that targeted ICANN staffers". Erk.

3 days ago
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Apple Swaps "Get" Button For "Free" To Avoid Confusion Over In-App Purchases

dsmithhfx Re:How about NOT demanding a credit card upfront (103 comments)

Correct. However, where I work we have a number of os x devices. Went I went to Microsoft to download their FREE remote desktop app (http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-ca/app/remote-desktop/051f560e-5e9b-4dad-8b2e-fa5e0b05a480), I was redirected to the App Store. Fortunately I had a copy of MRD from an earlier installation. It worked fine just copying it to another mac.

about a month ago
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Apple Swaps "Get" Button For "Free" To Avoid Confusion Over In-App Purchases

dsmithhfx How about NOT demanding a credit card upfront (103 comments)

For "free" apps? Does that make sense, Apple? I mean, why would I trust you with my credit card? Because actually, I don't. Thanks!

about a month ago
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GM Names and Fires Engineers Involved In Faulty Ignition Switch

dsmithhfx Blame game (307 comments)

Can you say "patsy" ?

about 6 months ago
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Facebook Data Miner Will Shock You

dsmithhfx Re:And this is why.... (164 comments)

I think it's important to let Facebook and everyone else know why some find it useless and harmful. Potentially very, very harmful. But hey, knock yourself out. Just don't come crying when you're a victim, 'cause you had no idea 'they' were doing that.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Moving From Contract Developers To Hiring One In-House?

dsmithhfx In denial much? (524 comments)

"I do not pay for bugs" Actually you do, but you clearly don't like it.

about a year and a half ago
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Google's House of Cards

dsmithhfx Plus ca change (115 comments)

Everything old is old again!

about a year and a half ago
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Why Trolls Win With Toxic Comments

dsmithhfx Re:Explanations (298 comments)

The conclusions drawn by the TFA are far from proven, albeit based on some kind of "research" (it is claimed). Arguably, the phenomenon, and the issues it raises are at least an order of maginitude more complex, as comments here have amply demonstrated. "Trolls" may serve a useful social purpose after all, because they may provoke reflection on many levels including: the rightness of one's assumptions, awareness of the trolls' pov/talking points (always useful), the trolls' (possibly hidden) agenda, state of mind/mental health, one's own capacity to be easily provoked to anger by something that ought to be ignored or regarded as merely a source of transitory amusement, a challenge that calls for a witty riposte. The possibilities are almost limitless. I believe the 'success' of trolling as a strategy of discourse is highly overrated by TFA, and ephemeral at best.

about 2 years ago
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MacKinnon Extradition Blocked By UK Home Secretary

dsmithhfx Re:A pity (258 comments)

He deserves a medal and a hearty thanks from U.S. taxpayers, for publicly exposing the criminal stupidity and incompetence of the Pentagon.

more than 2 years ago
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Foxconn Workers On Strike Over iPhone 5 Production

dsmithhfx Re:But Apple says they're happy! (184 comments)

You will be hearing from Apple's lawyers shortly regarding your violation of their copyright on the use of "1984".

more than 2 years ago
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Foxconn Workers On Strike Over iPhone 5 Production

dsmithhfx Re:surprising really (184 comments)

"I don't need a union to bargain for my wages. My bargaining power lies in the fact that my skills are in short supply" Let's say, hypothetically, that the main employers in your industry made a secret deal to cap salaries? Oh wait, Apple did that.

more than 2 years ago
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Baskerville Is the Greatest Font, Statistically, Says Filmmaker Errol Morris

dsmithhfx Statistically meaningless... (158 comments)

...result from a poorly-designed survey. This is the kind of stupefying trivia that is the hobgoblin of little minds, bad designers and their far too numerous acolytes. cf. "Helvetica", the movie.

more than 2 years ago
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When Art, Apple and the Secret Service Collide

dsmithhfx Just show me the damned pictures (358 comments)

Not these wishy-washy, lame watercolors. I'm really disappointed in Wired magazine.

more than 2 years ago
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GPS Spoofing Attack Hacks Drones

dsmithhfx inglourious basterds (214 comments)

it sure would be tragic if someone re-pointed one of these things as a drone command center...

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Store Employees Soak Up the Atmosphere, But Not Much Cash

dsmithhfx Re:Kids, here's the bottom line: (654 comments)

Apple has a history, and it's not a good one. Look it up.

more than 2 years ago

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