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The Coming IT Nightmare of Unpatchable Systems

firesyde424 The coming nightmare? (240 comments)

What do they mean "the coming nightmare..." If you've worked with Industrial or smaller IT customers, it's already here. I just had to deal with a CNC machine that, no kidding, ran OS2 Warp version 3! How do you get patches for that?

about a month and a half ago
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Supreme Court: No Patents For Natural DNA Sequences

firesyde424 Who knew... (214 comments)

SCOTUS agrees unanimously on something? *Looks at the calendar* It's not April 1st... Am I being punked??

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

firesyde424 Re:a few options, but annoying (884 comments)

You aren't married to a non-techy wife are you? Good God! My wife already complains about how long the wifi key is, this kind of thing might actually drive her insane! Actually, now that I think about it, I may try this later tonight.....

about a year and a half ago
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Missile Defense's Real Enemy: Math

firesyde424 Re:Um, really? (589 comments)

That's like saying the F-16 or F-18 are 60's era equipment. Sure, the first models were built around then, but just like aegis, those fighters have seen a lot of upgrades and love over the years. The aegis systems of today are much more capable than their predecessors.

about a year and a half ago
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Thailand Jails Dissident For What People Thought He Would Have Said

firesyde424 Re:Pretty radical view of intent (325 comments)

The sad part about that comment is that this kind of thing does happen in the US. Try walking into any major airport and casually discussing with a friend how could "hypothetically" blow up the airport.

It just occurred to me that our country is so sensitive about that, there is a very real possibility one could find themselves in trouble simply for posting about talking about hypothetically blowing up an airport.

about a year and a half ago
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Thailand Jails Dissident For What People Thought He Would Have Said

firesyde424 Re:Pretty radical view of intent (325 comments)

It would be kinda like being charged with conspiracy to commit a felony here for talking with some friends about how you go about robbing a bank; in a purely hypothetical manor.

The sad part about that comment is that this kind of thing does happen in the US. Try walking into any major airport and casually discussing with a friend how could "hypothetically" blow up the airport.

about a year and a half ago
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NCTC Gets Vast Powers To Spy On U.S. Citizens

firesyde424 Re:Mods? Editors? Counter-insurgency? (332 comments)

[sarcasm]
If our government or governments in general, had a history of abusing unchecked power, I would care... quite a bit actually. But fortunately, since that is not the case and our government can be trusted with the use of power that skirts established law, I am not worried....
[/sarcasm]

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Claims New Infringement After Being Ordered To Tell Samsung HTC Secrets

firesyde424 Bias? (287 comments)

I'm not an Apple lover by any stretch, but any time I see such a skewed summary or article, I tend to ignore it. Wouldn't it be better to just say that Apple added several more Samsung devices to ongoing patent litigation?

about a year and a half ago
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Samsung's Galaxy S III Steals Smartphone Crown From iPhone

firesyde424 Re:Nice phone, but not as nice in the USA (348 comments)

HTC did the same thing with the One X. If I understand it correctly, it had something to do with the Tegra 3 chipset not being compatible with LTE radios or something like that. I personally tracked down an International HTC One X. Cost me the same as a non-contract US HTC One X but I got twice the internal storage, quad core cpu, and a gpu that's at least as fast as the one in the US HTC One X.

And no, I don't miss LTE support. HSPA+ works just fine for me.

about a year and a half ago
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Russia's Internet Blacklist Law Takes Effect

firesyde424 Re:This is going to work well (119 comments)

I knew the world was going down the tubes when I was working on a computer in a social studies class at the high school. The teacher was talking about the elections in Russia. At one point, a teenage girl near the front raises her hand and asks: "Where is Russia? Thats like... in South America, isn't it?"

What scared me was not that the girl asked the question but that she did not get laughed out of the class by nearly as many of her classmates and she should have.

about a year and a half ago
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Russia's Internet Blacklist Law Takes Effect

firesyde424 Re:This was inevitable (119 comments)

.... doesn't mean they're going to enforce it using unconstitutional methods like they do here in the states.

Fixed that for ya....

about a year and a half ago
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Irked By Cyberspying, Georgia Outs Russia-based Hacker

firesyde424 Script Kiddie != Hacking (95 comments)

If running a premade script and following instructions someone else wrote makes me a hacker, does that mean I can go buy a toy store chemistry set, perform a few preset experiments and call myself a chemist?

about a year and a half ago
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Google's Nexus 4, 7, 10 Strategy: Openness At All Costs

firesyde424 Re:No LTE, less space than a nomad (359 comments)

Why is the lack of LTE lame? Are you that interested in being able to max your data cap faster than my HSPA+ phone can? Yes, LTE is technically the better service. But, in the US at least, HSPA+ support with a lack of LTE support is only really an issue if you are stuck in an area with good LTE coverage and no/spotty HSPA+ coverage.

about a year and a half ago
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Steve Jobs' Yacht Revealed

firesyde424 Re:iSore? (438 comments)

This.... a thousand million times... this. I am so sick of the hero worship. Albert Einstein was a genius. Nikolai Tesla was a Genius. Thomas Edison was a great inventor and, arguably, a genius. Steve Jobs was none of these. He was a great salesman and perhaps even an extraordinary salesman, but not a genius. I heard some kid talking the other day about how Steve Jobs was a genius because he invented the smartphone and the MP3 player. It was all I could do to not slap the kid.

Let's be clear. Steve Jobs did NOT invent the smartphone. He did not invent MP3 players. He did not invent the personal computer. He merely repackaged those ideas into something else. Steve jobs was a great salesman, nothing more.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Posts Non-Apology To Samsung

firesyde424 Why are people shocked? (413 comments)

Who here honestly thought that Apple would actually apologize to Samsung? Judging from the posts I've read so far, a lot more than I would have expected. Just goes to show you that iDevice and Mac owners aren't the only deluded people in the world.

about a year and a half ago
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Feds Continue To Consider Linux Users Criminals For Watching DVDs

firesyde424 Wait... what? (423 comments)

It's legal for my wife to jailbreak her iPhone 4s but not her iPad? Even though her iPhone can do almost everything that her iPad can do? I think we need to wipe out whatever they have written for the definition of "Arbitrary" in the dictionary and just put a link to this article.

about a year and a half ago
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Foxconn Thinks the iPhone 5 Is a Pain

firesyde424 Why does anyone still care? (312 comments)

The folks who stood in line for hours(or days in some cases), or ordered one online and still haven't seen it yet, got screwed. Not because of manufacturing delays, but because they bought a phone that was already out of date before it was even released. HTC and Samsung had better phones out eight and six months ago, respectively. I bought the one x. It has a better LCD, better resolution, better talk time, same resolution camera, NFC, WiFi direct, and a whole list of other things the "cutting edge" iPhone 5 doesn't have. And here's the punchline..... I paid $300 less for my One X than you did for the 32 gb iPhone 5.

about 2 years ago
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Steam Protocol Opens PCs to Remote Code Execution

firesyde424 Re:Before anyone panics... (128 comments)

There is a setting to prevent that under the App Store

about 2 years ago
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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Ban Overturned

firesyde424 April fools? (140 comments)

A logical ruling on a patent case? Really? *looks around, bewildered* Is this America??

I assume this particular judge is aware that we don't live in a free country anymore and that the role of government is to listen to whoever has the most money. So what happened? Did Apple forget to send the six figure "judicial consultation fee?"

about 2 years ago

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VHS to DVD Copy

firesyde424 firesyde424 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

firesyde424 (1127527) writes "I've purchased a large number of VHS movies over the years and some of them are beginning to degrade and wear out. I'd like to copy them to DVD's but I am having a hard time figuring out if this can be legally done under the DMCA or not. I've read a lot that says I can because it is for personal use only and constitutes a personal copy. But I've also read that it is not legal because the VHS tapes contain encoding by Macrovision and copying the content of of those tapes constitutes circumvention of copyright protection. So I'd like to put it to the slashdot crowd. Can I legally copy these aging VHS tapes to DVD or is my only option to purchase the DVD's themselves at $10 to $15 each?"

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