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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

frdmfghtr Re:Going Cable! (120 comments)

The Packers used to play a couple of home games every season in the old Milwaukee County Stadium. They haven't done that since the '90s (and County Stadium was razed in 2000) but Milwaukee is still considered part of the Packers home media market.

3 hours ago
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Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

frdmfghtr Re:Good (200 comments)

Thanks for the clarification. When I read WinRT, I thought it was shorthand for "Windows RT".

Knowing that, I'll stand by my original comment and clarify that I meant "Windows RT", the tablet OS that looks and feels like Windows but won't run regular Windows apps like a Surface Pro can (or am I mistaken about the Surface Pro too?) then it needs to go away or a name change. It generates confusion. I mean, the difference between Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro is the feature set, but they run the same applications. The difference between a Surface and Surface Pro is much greater than that, unless you consider "running the same applications" just a "feature."

about 6 months ago
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Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

frdmfghtr Re:Good (200 comments)

Before I agree or disagree, I have to ask: are you equating the Modern UI with WinRT? Unless I'm mistaken, they are not the same thing. WinRT uses the Modern UI but the Modern UI is not exclusive to WinRT.

Having said that, I would disagree and state that WinRT does need to go away; if it looks like Windows and feels like Windows but doesn't run Windows apps then it's confusing.

At the same time, I recently upgraded my laptop from Win7 to Win 8.1 (I got the $15 upgrade to Win8 Pro way back when) and I'm getting used to the Start menu now being the Modern UI Start screen. When I remote in using Remote Desktop from my iPad, it feels quite natural and useful. When I'm at my machine and using a mouse, not so much.

about 7 months ago
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Interview: Ask Eric Raymond What You Will

frdmfghtr Halloween Documents (126 comments)

I recall reading (and re-reading on occasion) the Halloween Documents. Have you written anything regarding any other opponents to OSS, or perhaps a look back on them and see what the end effect of Microsoft's attempts did long term?

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

frdmfghtr Re: It's not so bad really (2219 comments)

Ok, after using a little more...

-I don't see the link to return to the classic or mobile sites at the bottom of the page

-as has been pointed out, quoting the parent is a manual operation. Boo hiss...

I agree with the idea of keeping classic as an option but still developing the beta until it works just as easily as classic.

about 8 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

frdmfghtr It's not so bad really (2219 comments)

I got the beta site going on my iPad and it's not that bad really. I can clearly see the comment entry boundaries, the text is easy to read, no wide white spaces on either side...maybe it's because I'm on an iPad, so I'll try it later on my notebook.

My only issue so far is that logging in on my iPad doesn't seem work. It just spits me back to hand main beta page with no indication of being logged in or out.

about 8 months ago
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US Federal Judge Rules Suspicionless Border Searches of Laptops Constitutional

frdmfghtr Re: Time for another letter (462 comments)

I came up with the name back in the early 1990s when I first enlisted in the Navy; it made sense back then, and I never bothered to think of anything else.

about 8 months ago
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US Federal Judge Rules Suspicionless Border Searches of Laptops Constitutional

frdmfghtr Re: Time for another letter (462 comments)

Don't think I haven't considered it.

I'm of two minds regarding politics:

(1) I'm so sick if the Washington nonsense that sometimes I wish I could just forget the whole thing, tune it out, and just go on with my life. That usually lasts two minutes, because it does, and will, affect me whether I want it to or not.

(2) actually run and bring back as much inside info as I can, to REALLY inform my employer (the CITIZENS I represent) of the nonsense that goes on. Really try to do some good and represent We, the People.

What worries me about (2) the most is the intense pressure that comes from big donors. I'd be concerned that I'd become just as corrupt, power-hungry, and full of myself as those in Washington.

about 8 months ago
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US Federal Judge Rules Suspicionless Border Searches of Laptops Constitutional

frdmfghtr Re: TrueCrypt (462 comments)

You know what? Even though I don't travel with my laptop, I'm thinking the same thing.

With the recent revelations of the ability to intercept hardware en route and infect the firmware with spyware, I wonder if there's a possibility that TruCrypt could be circumvented. I suppose it could, since the data must reside in RAM unencrypted for use by the processor.

I also don't know if whole-drive encryption is really necessary (why would I encrypt my system files?) or if it has an adverse effect on SSD life.

about 8 months ago
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US Federal Judge Rules Suspicionless Border Searches of Laptops Constitutional

frdmfghtr Time for another letter (462 comments)

Every time I read about a new attack on the Bill of Rights, I write to my Congressional representation. I also vote to replace my representation since clearly they aren't representing We, the People.

I'm getting tired of writing these letters, yet I'll do it again and remind my "representation" of my position. Anybody else?

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?

frdmfghtr Re:Get them a tablet instead (408 comments)

Most people don't need the flexibility and attendant hassles of PCs anymore. Just give them an iPad or Nexus and be done with it.

And how do you run MS Office on those? The poster specifically mentioned MS Office.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?

frdmfghtr Windows 7? (408 comments)

How about Windows 7? From what I remember about the steaming pile that was Vista, 7 looks very similar. Sure it's new, but if it looks the same that may be acceptable.

about 9 months ago
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North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet

frdmfghtr "Eraser" (276 comments)

"You've just been erased..."

about 10 months ago
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Arizona Approves Grid-Connection Fees For Solar Rooftops

frdmfghtr Re:Gov't in infrastructure (363 comments)

That is just one tiny example of why gov't shouldn't be regulating any businesses, why it shouldn't be involved in any projects, including infrastructure - no competition. If this law passes, it just gives the gov't established monopoly a special power to tax people because they have no competition. No competing grids, no competing roads, no competing water and sewer and garbage providers, etc.etc. This company COULD, in a free market, do the same thing: impose a fee like that. However if it did, people would have a choice to switch to another provider, however that would have been done, but we can't even KNOW at this point, because of gov't meddling, which gives monopolies to the most connected players.

While I generally agree that the marketplace should decide who wins and loses, there are some things that are impractical to leave to the market. Taking your example of roads: how would you picture a road system for a city that allows for multiple "road providers?" How would new players enter the market? I ask because I can't picture having multiple road grids in the same geographical area that doesn't end up with more roads than buildings (picture downtown Chicago with the local lanes and express lanes everywhere in the city).

about 10 months ago
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Obama on Surveillance: "We Can and Must Be More Transparent"

frdmfghtr Re:Better idea, shut it down - it's illegal.... (537 comments)

Actually, it isn't necessarily illegal. It is definitely unconstitutional, which trumps legality in this country. Or should trump it, anyway.

If something is unconstitutional, it is also illegal, since the Constitution is the supposed to be the Supreme Law of the Land.

about a year ago
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FBI Pressures Internet Providers To Install Surveillance Software

frdmfghtr Re:Incompetence (225 comments)

Actually, the revolution will be bloodless and quiet. It will, shockingly enough, happen at the ballot box.

Maybe...but I have serious doubts. Have you seem the re-election rate of the incumbents, despite the record low approval ratings of the President and Congress?

http://www.opensecrets.org/bigpicture/reelect.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congressional_stagnation_in_the_United_States

about a year ago
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Microsoft Integrating Xbox One Advertising With Kinect To Profile Users For Ads

frdmfghtr Re:Evil. (300 comments)

Will not buy.

Neither will I.

I have this distant hope that gamers will learn the lesson taught to us by cable TV. Originally cable TV was ad-free on the basis that you were paying a fee for it. Then ads were introduced and for some reason, viewers tolerated it. They grabbed their ankles and took it just like they typically do, so cable TV ads became firmly entrenched.

That's why I limit myself to cable TV packages that only have the local OTA stations (digital reception sucks). I'm not going to pay the cable carrier to show me ads on channels supposedly funded by cable fees, especially when ads are slowly taking up more time (not to mention full-length "infomercials").

about a year ago
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QANTAS Wants To Monitor Frequent Flyers' Home Internet

frdmfghtr Re: It won't (163 comments)

And yet the incumbents enjoy something like an 80-90% reelection rate. That's the part that I don't understand. If Congress is doing such a lousy job, how do any of them last beyond one term?

If your representation isn't doing a good job, don't reelect them, people! Do a little bit of research and don't be afraid to vote for an independent or third party candidate. If enough voters do this it won't be a "wasted" vote and maybe, just maybe, we would start towards a Congress that truly works for We the People instead of We the Big Campaign Donors.

about a year ago
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Chicago Sun Times fires photo staff, has iPhone photo training for reporters

frdmfghtr Re: Jack of all trades, master of none? (4 comments)

Damn new mobile Slashdot, it sucks ass.

(2) The Chicago Sun Times folds.

Or, both (1) and (2) happen

about a year ago
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Chicago Sun Times fires photo staff, has iPhone photo training for reporters

frdmfghtr Jack of all trades, master of none? (4 comments)

This seems to me like a bad idea. How can a reporter, whom is taking notes/recordings and asking questions for a story, also going to take photos?

I see one of two things happening:

(1) the photo staff is rehired after the quality of the photos for publication takes a nosedive;

(2) the Chicago Sin Times f

about a year ago

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Limiting the teaching of the scientific process in Ohio

frdmfghtr frdmfghtr writes  |  about a month ago

frdmfghtr (603968) writes "Over at Ars Technica, there's a story about a bill in the Ohio legislature that wants to downplay the teaching of the scientific process. From the article:
"Specifically prohibiting a discussion of the scientific process is a recipe for educational chaos. To begin with, it leaves the knowledge the kids will still receive—the things we have learned through science—completely unmoored from any indication of how that knowledge was generated or whether it's likely to be reliable. The scientific process is also useful in that it can help people understand the world around them and the information they're bombarded with; it can also help people assess the reliability of various sources of information.""

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Chicago Sun Times fires photo staff, has iPhone photo training for reporters

frdmfghtr frdmfghtr writes  |  about a year ago

frdmfghtr (603968) writes "Cult of Mac is running a story where the reporters of the Chicago Sun-Times are being given training in iPhone photography, to make up for the firing of the photography staff. From the CoM story:

"The move is part of a growing trend towards publications using the iPhone as a replacement for fancy, expensive DSLRs. Itâ(TM)s a also a sign of how traditional journalism is being changed by technology like the iPhone and the advent of digital publishing.""

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Free version of TiVo Desktop for Windows unavailable after June 5

frdmfghtr frdmfghtr writes  |  about a year ago

frdmfghtr (603968) writes "Tivo has sent out an email message, confirmed by the website, that the free version of Tivo Desktop for Windows will no longer be available after June 5, 2013. The paid version has been discounted, but there's nothing on the website stating why the free version is going away. Has anybody else seen anything on the reason for this announcement?"
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UK PM proposes banning social media

frdmfghtr frdmfghtr writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frdmfghtr (603968) writes "CNN is running a story where the UK PM is proposing banning social media "when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality." FTA: "Free speech is central to our democracy, but so is public safety and security," said Ivan Lewis, the shadow secretary of culture in the House of Commons, according to London's Guardian newspaper. "We support the government's decision to undertake a review of whether measures are necessary to prevent the abuse of social media by those who organize and participate in criminal activities."
and
"Open-Web and free-speech advocates immediately objected to Cameron's language.
"It may be tempting to smother that kind of speech when a government feels it is under siege, as Britain seems to feel that it is," wrote Matthew Ingram of tech blog GigaOm. "But doing this represents nothing less than an attack on the entire concept of freedom of speech, and that has some frightening consequences for any democracy."""

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Ask Slashdot: Using other site's login IDs

frdmfghtr frdmfghtr writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frdmfghtr (603968) writes "I recently was going to post a comment on a discussion board, but first I had to log in. No big deal, except my options were to use a Facebook, Twitter, OpenID, Yahoo, GMail, or AOL login. There was no option for a site-specific user ID.

Why is there a trend to go to unified login IDs? While I can see the convenience in having a single ID and password for multiple sites, it also becomes a single point of failure. Besides, isn't having different passwords for different sites basic security common sense?"
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Boxee drops Hulu support

frdmfghtr frdmfghtr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

frdmfghtr (603968) writes "According to a boxee blog entry, Hulu will no longer be supported. From the post: "two weeks ago Hulu called and told us their content partners were asking them to remove Hulu from boxee. we tried (many times) to plead the case for keeping Hulu on boxee, but on Friday of this week, in good faith, we will be removing it. you can see their blog post about the issues they are facing." Reading the hulu blog post, the only "issue" I see facing hulu is that content providers have (once again) shot themselves in the foot, switching off a media conduit they should have been promoting."
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Global Copyright Police in the Works

frdmfghtr frdmfghtr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

frdmfghtr (603968) writes "9to5Mac is reporting on a new treaty amongst G8 nations that would turn customs officials into "Copyrigt Police.". FTA: "Officials will be able to levy fines or seize goods even in the absence of any complaints by rights holders. And searches will be allowed even without a lawyer present. And ISPs will be forced to hand over personal information on any alleged copyright infringers — no actual proof will be required. And, to make it even more Orwellian, ACTA will be unaccountable to any existing trade organisation, effectively meaning the RIAA and other such bodies will run a public/private international police force with the right to search, fine and confiscate property without any accountability. Local Canadian privacy advocates point out that governments have been privately negotiating these new proposals without consultation, and that the proposals revealed yesterday only surfaced due to the application of freedom of information type laws.""
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Breaking encryption using frozen DRAM chips

frdmfghtr frdmfghtr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

frdmfghtr (603968) writes "Popular Science is running a story where Princeton researchers have discovered how to crack encryption software by freezing memory chips. FTA: "...if you cool the chip rapidly, that data doesn't fade away for several minutes or longer. That's long enough to pull out the chip and drop it in another computer, then run a key-finder program that within minutes can easily crack the code." The Princeton group has a web page with the original paper, and FAQ site."
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Violating US Copyright Sanctioned in Antigua

frdmfghtr frdmfghtr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

frdmfghtr (603968) writes "Reuters is reporting that Antigua, in a WTO ruling, can lift US copyright on films and music. FTA: "A World Trade Organization (WTO) arbitration panel granted Antigua's request to levy trade sanctions on U.S. intellectual property, for instance by lifting copyright on films and music to sell it themselves, prompting concern from Washington. The WTO panel said Antigua was entitled to compensation of $21 million a year from the United States for being shut out of the U.S. online gambling market.""
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MIcrosoft Launches Ads On MSN Mobile

frdmfghtr frdmfghtr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

frdmfghtr (603968) writes "InformationWeek is reporting that the MSN Mobile website will start placing banner and text ads on mobile browsers. FTA: "The software giant claims that the introduction of mobile ads will enhance the experience for customers: "Microsoft is continuing to make significant investments in the MSN Mobile portal. By incorporating advertising on MSN Mobile, we are allowing advertisers to extend their existing campaigns from PCs to games and now to mobile phones, further delivering on our vision to extend advertising across multiple platforms and devices," said Joanne Bradford, MSN's corporate VP and chief media officer, in a statement." There you have it folks — evidence that the advertisers are the customers, not the end users."
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Adobe and Yahoo test ads in PDF files

frdmfghtr frdmfghtr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

frdmfghtr (603968) writes "Adobe and Yahoo! are experimenting with ads in PDF documents. FTA: "The text-based ads are displayed in a panel adjacent to the content with no moving or flashing elements. Each time the PDF is viewed, ads are matched by Yahoo to the content." Next up: AdBlock Plus for PDF?"
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Delaware firm sues electronics industry

frdmfghtr frdmfghtr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

frdmfghtr (603968) writes "In what appears to be a ver bold move, A Delaware firm named AutoText Technologies "claims that Apple and virtually all of the US electronics industry is infringing on a patent for the concept of a computer-based transcription device" and of course, has filed a lawsuit against over 20 manufacturers, including Apple, HP, Nintendo, and even wireless service providers such as Verizon and T-Mobile. Note that the patent was issued in 1994."
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Justice Dept re-opens wiretapping investigation

frdmfghtr frdmfghtr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

frdmfghtr (603968) writes "In a surprising change, the White House has "cleared the way for the Justice Department to restart an investigation into the government's no-warrant electronic surveillance program.". FTA: "We recently received the necessary security clearances and are now able to proceed with our investigation," [H. Marshall] Jarrett said in the letter he wrote to five members of the House, including Rep. Maurice Hinchey, a Democrat from New York."
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IEEE Spectrum: The Slashdot Supremacy

frdmfghtr frdmfghtr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

frdmfghtr (603968) writes "Our very own CmdrTaco has made the cover of November's IEEE Spectrum magazine. The article talks about the evolution of Slashdot, the Slashdot Effect, and even takes a light jab at Digg ("People on Digg "have the feeling that they are the ones determining what goes on the main page, and administrators on the site are all too happy to let that delusion persist," he says. "[But] stories randomly disappear. Obviously there are higher powers at work.""). It's a good read, although it makes a somewhat disturbing revelation: " It's midmorning at Slashdot as Malda bounds into his office. There's a doll of Tim the Enchanter from Monty Python and the Holy Grail on his desk and a lamp filled with marbles. Anime posters cover the wall. When his cellphone rings with the presumably ironic ringtone of Britney Spears's "Baby One More Time," Malda taps the mute button. He has work to do.""
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Two PATRIOT Act provisions ruled unconstitutional

frdmfghtr frdmfghtr writes  |  about 7 years ago

frdmfghtr (603968) writes "CNN is reporting that an Oregon judge has ruled two provisions of the Patriot Act unconstitutional. FTA:

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, set up to review wiretap applications in intelligence cases under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA [as amended by the Patriot Act, stated later in the article], "holds that the Constitution need not control the conduct of criminal surveillance in the United States," Aiken wrote.

"In place of the Fourth Amendment, the people are expected to defer to the executive branch and its representation that it will authorize such surveillance only when appropriate."

The government "is asking this court to, in essence, amend the Bill of Rights, by giving it an interpretation that would deprive it of any real meaning. The court declines to do so," [Judge Ann]Aiken said.
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Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac details emerge

frdmfghtr frdmfghtr writes  |  about 7 years ago

frdmfghtr (603968) writes "TUAW reports that details regarding the release of Office 2008 for Mac are emerging. There will be three packages at various price points: the standard version ($339.95 full/$239.95 upgrade), student/teacher ($149 only) and a "special media" edition that includes Microsoft Expression Media for Mac ($299.95/$499.95). Entourage will be sporting Exchange support (except in student version). A few comments after the article are already pointing out how iWork '08 is a worthy alternative at half the cost, and NeoOffice is a great free alternative. Given these two alternatives, how far will Office 2008 for Mac really go?"

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