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Secret Copyright Treaty Leaks. It's Bad. Very Bad.

dword Re:So Where Exactly is this 'Leaked' Document? (775 comments)

*Everything* about it is hearsay until either someone succeeds in getting an FOI request honoured or the thing gets ratified and it's too late to do anything about it.

Well you can stop using the Internet, right? I mean we weren't born with it. I guess I'll miss Slashdot and Google, but I'll be able to GO OUTSIDE!

And I won't be able to filter through the vast quantity of information. I wouldn't be able to manipulate the results, etc. Heck, I wouldn't even be able to pay my bills on time, because I have two choices for one of my bills: two-hour monthly drive + day off work or just use this nifty thing they call "Internet"

more than 5 years ago

Why Computers Suck At Math

dword Re:Fixed point numbers? (626 comments)

What the fuck is this? Who the hell even THOUGHT of putting this on Slashdot? It's common knowledge among slashdotters, because most of us are programmers or have dealt with programming in our past and by "most" I mean 999/1000 (no joke intended). You can find this in absolutely any book that explains how computer math works. You can find this information all over the Internet and in tons of books. This is not news, it's just a reminder for beginner programmers who've used computers for only a few months. In school we used to do jokes like these, showing our class mates that the Calculator in Windows was broken and the teachers always explained to us why they were broken. My parents who only use Yahoo! Messenger at home and Excel at work know this.

I know that journalism is sensationalism, but this story just plain sucks.

Fuck you and you shitty news, Slashdot! I've had enough of your crap and I'm OUT OF HERE. Seriously, how do I delete my Slashdot username?

more than 5 years ago

After 1 Year, Conficker Infects 7M Computers

dword Re:I'm safe! (95 comments)

<quote>Half the things you listed are malware themselves.</quote>
Half? They're ALL malware (except for the last one, of course ;)

Proud and happy user of Windows 7, OS X and Ubuntu

more than 5 years ago

After 1 Year, Conficker Infects 7M Computers

dword I'm safe! (95 comments)

I've read that Antivirus 2009 removes conflicker, so I have installed it. Now I have to get rid of the other viruses I'm getting warnings about and for that I only need

  • Cyber Security
  • Alpha Antivirus
  • Braviax
  • Windows Police Pro
  • Antivirus Pro 2010
  • PC Antispyware 2010
  • FraudTool.MalwareProtector.d
  • Winshield2009.com
  • Green AV
  • Windows Protection Suite
  • Total Security 2009
  • Windows System Suite
  • Antivirus BEST
  • System Security
  • Personal Antivirus
  • System Security 2009
  • Malware Doctor
  • Antivirus System Pro
  • WinPC Defender
  • Anti-Virus-1
  • Spyware Guard 2008
  • System Guard 2009
  • Antivirus 2010
  • Antivirus Pro 2009
  • Antivirus 360
  • MS Antispyware 2009


  • A Unix-based operating system (such as OS X or Ubuntu)

more than 5 years ago

White House Website Switches To Open Source

dword Cool (219 comments)

OK, guys, now everyone should shut up about anything the government does, because it went open-source, right?
Does the Obama administration really think they can buy us off that easily? It's a significant step forward, but I don't think we should bother to praise them in any way.

more than 5 years ago

Deadline Scheduling Proposed For the Linux Kernel

dword Slashdot (113 comments)

Misleading title, just 'cause they can.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft May Be Inflating SharePoint Stats

dword Re:Screw Sharepoint (225 comments)

You didn't need to reply. If you tell someone to STFG, they'll call you an ass and consider your argument to be invalid. If you give someone a direct link, they'll call you subjective and invalidate your argument. This is the tubez, get used to it.

more than 5 years ago

The Sad State of the Mobile Web

dword Re:I have a better idea (220 comments)

I think you are mistaking me for some sloppy developer that uses duct tape to stitch some HTML tag soup into something that resembles a blog or a shopping cart. And gues wat? [sic] I've earned MOST of my customers because my website is cooler than others. You have no idea what you're talking about, yet you just butt in the discussion like the OP. There are things like design patterns, test driven development, usability testing, etc. that make up a great application that looks and feels nice and is easy to use. People use my website for many hours during the day, so I have to do my best to make their work easier.

And gues wat? [sic] Many people visit my website instead of the competittors' because it's cooler than theirs.

Often (not always):
#1: rounded corners are cool
#2: complement colors are cool
#3: not having to see the whole page reload just to see an extra word is cool (ajax)
#4: clicking on something to show/hide elements instantly is cool

Compare this ugly website to this ugly website. If you don't feel the difference, you are a stone cold redneck. They're both ugly, but any human being can "feel" the difference.

I find that often times incompetent people will curse at those who dare call them on it.

And gues wat? [sic] That means absolutely nothing (it just says that many incompetents curse on others, it doesn't say anything about why you quoted me). Even if it did, it still would still mean nothing coming from you.
And gues wat? [sic] I find that often times incompetent people will try to enter discussions. I don't care if that doesn't make sense, what you said doesn't make any sense either

Please go back to your corner and read a bit about eye candy before I sue you for copyright infringement because you copied what I said without using <quote> tags.

more than 5 years ago

The Sad State of the Mobile Web

dword Re:I have a better idea (220 comments)

I sure hope the Google Docs dev team doesn't find you. You're not impressed by my cool JavaScript and fancy effects that make my website more warm and fuzzy? Well, I'm not impressed by your crappy mobile that can't even display web pages properly. We're still hurting our backs trying to write JS and CSS compatible with IE6 and you're bitching that it doesn't work on your "mobile device". Well, guess what: my fancy website is cooler than your so-called fancy mobile so-called device. Do you have ANY idea how difficult it is to make everything look and behave properly? And on top of all that shit, you also have to make it standards-compliant and on top of all that shit there are tons of other "rules" you have to follow to have usable code and on top of all that shit you have to write the code properly and on top of all that shit you have to have a life and take a break once in a while. Do you imagine how much a single "proper" web page would cost? Well guess what: If you don't like the fact that my business' website displays fine for 99% of my visitors but doesn't display properly on Motorola X4358V HRH, take your money somewhere. And guess what: we're not pefect and we're still trying to create near-perfect web pages that work on horribly broken software.

In other words: it would be nice if the real world would be as you want it, your arrogant, hypocrite fuck.

With love,
Professional web developer.

more than 5 years ago

UK Copyright Group Tells Cinemas to Ban Laptops

dword Re:Why? (438 comments)

Nobody said anything about the laptop being turned on. No clickety-clack, no pirating, no irc/aim. I also carry the laptop around with me when I go out, because I also work in my spare time. I go to a coffee shop, get a coffee, stretch my fingers and contribute to open-source as other geeks around me. We share experiences and valuable information. Should I decide to go see a movie, I'd have to go home first to leave my laptop and that's pretty far - a couple of miles, so walking isn't an option and the traffic is horrible, so driving isn't much of an option either, because either way I'd have to give up one hour of my life + energy to see some crappy 80 minute movie with 2 minutes of real action that made up the uber-trailer.

more than 5 years ago

Free-To-Play Switch Going Well For D&D Online

dword Re:Unlimited trial (201 comments)

I've also played Hero Online like that for years. After about a year of free play, I got bored because advancing got very slow and difficult, so I put up some cash. I've paid them a lot, but I got plenty of entertainment in return. This is a good strategy and it seems very fair - if you like the game you pay, if you don't you just go somewhere else and stop loading the servers. There are also those that never pay and just rely on free stuff, but that makes the games more entertaining for those who pay, because there are more players to interact with.

This is not really newsworthy, because there are hundreds of games that have adopted this strategy (here are a few). Of course, this being Slashdot, the "D&D" is always newsworthy :)

more than 5 years ago

In the UK, a Few Tweets Restore Freedom of Speech

dword Re:Stephen Fry (216 comments)

Agreed. Please let me rephrase: twitting and blogging are work-arounds, because the problem is still there. It wasn't fixed by the lawyers dropping the gag request; it will only be fixed as soon as the judge admits that the judgement was a mistake and explains why it was a mistake.

more than 5 years ago

Large Hadron Collider Scientist Arrested For al-Qaeda Ties

dword Re:old news? (245 comments)

I thought that this was covered in the press last week, so why is it in /. now??

Because /. is mostly an aggregator and doesn't bring in fresh news. It just puts all the "news for nerds" that you can find out there in one place.

more than 5 years ago

Most Mac Owners Also Own a Windows PC, But Not Vice Versa

dword Re:I have both... (814 comments)

Is it a Commodore 64?

more than 5 years ago

Ministry of Defense's "How To Stop Leaks" Document Is Leaked

dword Re:Outdated spook mentality (141 comments)

This reminds me of the last released episode of Family Guy (S08E02) when Quagmire finds out about Internet Porn. We should make these people more aware of the fact that there is lots and lots of porn on the Internet and maybe they'll learn a thing or two about it out of "need".

more than 5 years ago

Aging Discovery Yields Nobel Prize

dword Re:Good find (187 comments)

Some say it got small a long time ago, because it can support around 500.000 humans at the rate we're "eating" its resources.

more than 5 years ago

Verizon Refuses To Provide Complete IPv6

dword Re:bullshit (438 comments)

Is it going to be your own time and are you going to pay the lawyers for this? You know, some people don't have time to go to court, because they need to feed their families.

more than 5 years ago



What does your network need?

dword dword writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dword (735428) writes "I'm working for a company that produces software for UTMs. We use GPL software so we release GPL software and we live by providing paid services to users, for things like storing of log files on our servers. So far, so good, but I'm sure we could do a lot better than just do business from word of mouth so I'm asking you: what features would you like to have on your router? What would help you configure your network the way you want and what would give you a strong feeling of security? What features would require more usage of our services, so we may earn our daily bread? What features should we provide our users with for free?"

Google to launch browser to battle IE

dword dword writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dword (735428) writes "Google has announced that in a few hours they will be releasing their own open source browser called Chrome, which is a front attack against Microsft's Internet Explorer. For now, we don't know if Firefox will assist in this battle or if it will be just a casualty of war. They claim it will be more secure and faster than the current browsers, but only time will tell if that's true. This will have a major impact on web developers, as it will probably gain at least the popularity that Firefox has in a few months and they will have another "modern" browser to test and tweak their products against. Was this really needed?"

Storing sensitive data

dword dword writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dword (735428) writes "We are working on a PHP website which uses a MySQL database. There are two payment forms in the application, the actual transfer is made live using YourPay's API. Our customer has specifically asked that we store all the users' payment information in the database, encrypted with a key which is stored in plain text in one of the .php files. The only reason for doing this is to restore the users' credit card details without having them enter it again. Of course, if a user's password gets leaked, his credit card details will be available to whoever finds the password. We have recommended many safer alternatives, but he refused everything.
Considering the customer is located in the U.S., our company is in the E.U. and he has been made aware of the risks he's exposing his customers to, if anything goes wrong (like someone gets his hands in the php files which means they will have complete access to everyone's credit card information), who we be held liable?"


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