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Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

ethan0 Re:In other news (663 comments)

undoing accidental mod, disregard

about a year ago

Why Steve Albini Still Prefers Analog Tape

ethan0 Re:how can you not play an audio file? (440 comments)

that project looks pretty interesting.

but it just moves the question one step away: how do you know if the decoder can be executed in the future - will VX32 be around and supported at some arbitrary point in the future?

about a year ago

GoPro Issues DMCA Takedown Over Negative Review

ethan0 Re:Thanks GoPro, I'll check out the Sony (232 comments)

I think Sony is not an improvement in terms of supporting evil. It could be argued that their divisions have little to do with each other, and the evils of Sony Music (rootkits, etc.) or Sony Computer Entertainment (playstation, dropping promised linux support, exposing customers with disregard for security), or any other scandals shouldn't reflect on their cameras. But, I think similar mentality seems fairly consistent through their corporate culture. I've written Sony off entirely.

for a comparable alternative, I have a couple of Contour cameras I've been quite happy with.

about 2 years ago

What Is Your Favorite Ancient Olympic Game?

ethan0 Re:Bring it back (207 comments)

I'm pretty sure the word was 'mohel'

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Test Storage Media?

ethan0 Re:S.M.A.R.T. (297 comments)

SMART is good for telling you when your drives do have problems that need addressing. it's not so great for giving you assurance that your drives do not have problems - consider a positive smart result to be more of an "I don't know" than a "good". you should generally assume your drives can fail at any time. I don't think there's any way to reliably predict the sudden death of a drive.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Have You Handled Illegal Interview Topics?

ethan0 Re:Discrimination (714 comments)

thanks for that link.

I have seen on other articles a tag like "15pagesofads", which I'd suggest here

more than 2 years ago

Reddit: No More Suggestive Content Featuring Minors

ethan0 Re:Lax attitudes toward child pornography (722 comments)

holy shit.

this might be the first time on the internet anybody has used the term "beg the question" correctly.

I'm a week late, but I witnessed it.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon To Collect Indiana Sales Tax In 2014

ethan0 Re:The little guy is screwed. (413 comments)

The technical limitations argument is really hollow. It's a very very tiny technical hurdle that could generally be solved with a "SELECT decTaxRate from tSalesTax where strZipCode='" + strZipCode + "'".

unfortunately, I live in 52318'; drop table 'tSalesTax'; --

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Deal With Roving TSA Teams?

ethan0 Re:"I do not consent to a search." (1059 comments)

"I do not consent to a search."

"Why are you detaining "Why are you detaining me?"

"Am I under arrest?"

"Am I free to go?"

that first one is really important and may be overlooked due to hiding in the subject line (I do not understand the tendency of people here to start typing in the subject and then continue in the body)

about 3 years ago

GoDaddy Backs SOPA

ethan0 Re:So it must be time (353 comments)

seconded for namecheap. I've had good experiences with them, albeit for my very-limited needs.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Wants Your Feedback On Its New Python IDE

ethan0 Re:I believe the phrase is (303 comments)

No, a pulled punch is one that is not too hard. You pull back at the last moment, and don't hit with force. "Don't pull any punches" means, hit me full-force.

more than 3 years ago

UCLA Engineers Create Energy-Generating LCD Screen

ethan0 mirror? (108 comments)

It seems rather silly to go from battery discharge -> LCD -> recover the light in a photovoltiac -> charge the battery, with some loss of efficiency at all steps. Isn't there reflective stuff behind there to make it so all the light goes where it's needed, and only enough power is supplied to the LCD to make it sufficiently visible?

more than 3 years ago

Syrian Hackers Deface Anonymous' Social Network

ethan0 Re:Thats Gruesome? (80 comments)

attempting to deface anything of Anonymous is like pissing into an ocean. of piss.

(not to take credit for this, I do not know its origin, but it is what immediately sprang to my mind reading this)

more than 3 years ago

TSA Employee Stole $50k Worth of Electronics

ethan0 Re:How to avoid the TSA thieves (220 comments)

And the rule for dealing with restaurant people is pretty much the same as dealing with the TSA -- treat them with respect and kindness as you are being served or else you could end up with results you don't care for.

Getting results I don't care for is a given, at this point. Respect and kindness is right out; the TSA doesn't even know what those words mean, looking at their behavior towards me as a traveler. I have the choice of having a naked picture taken of me with a machine that at best (if we assume it's being operated safely and correctly by the untrained goons) will only very slightly increase my cancer risk; or having my genitals groped.

These are representatives of an organization which I truly hate. As its representative, any TSA agent gets personally addressed with as much of that hatred as I am capable of expressing while I have to deal with them.

more than 3 years ago

JavaScript Gets Visual With Waterbear

ethan0 Programming in the future (220 comments)

You can't help but think that this is the way all programmng will be done in the future.

Actual programming will never be done in this ridiculously simplistic, underpowered manner.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Leave My Router Open?

ethan0 Re:Think again (520 comments)

You, and the many other commenters who agree with you have it completely backwards. Your linked story is exactly why more people should open up their networks.

Fear of the police abusing their power is a terrible reason to avoid doing a perfectly legal action. Yes, it's more convenient, but if everybody goes along with the police abusing their power in that manner, it implicitly becomes acceptable. Providing internet to other people is not illegal, and not a good reason to get your door kicked in, and the police should know this. The consequence for the police not knowing this should NOT be more people cowering in fear. It should be that whoever is affected files suit against the police and the police are sanctioned for their actions.

Nobody wants to go through that, of course. But we should.

more than 3 years ago


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