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Interview: Ask Christopher "moot" Poole About 4chan and Social Media

freeze128 Waitaminute... (173 comments)

If he's such an advocate of online anonymity, then how do we know that it's really him?

4 hours ago

New Computer Model Predicts Impact of Yellowstone Volcano Eruption

freeze128 Ash 3D (110 comments)

Ash 3D?

"See this? This... is my BOOM STICK!"


Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

freeze128 Re:fax machines (615 comments)

The lawyers say no. They use FAX machines every day.

3 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

freeze128 Re:Remember these? (615 comments)

I hate the fact that so many members of the older generation call USB "thumb" drives, "ZIP drives". They don't seem to understand that a ZIP drive is a completely different thing, and is pretty much obsolete because of its relatively low capacity. I think they just like the "zip" buzzword. It's makes them feel cool.

3 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

freeze128 Re:Simple (615 comments)

...except for users who don't have a ctrl key. Damn you Blackberry!

3 days ago

Microsoft Releases Replacement Patch With Two Known Bugs

freeze128 Windows 9 update frequency (138 comments)

How often will Windows 9 receive updates? I heard on the TWIT podcast that it would be once a month.


Windows is ALREADY updated once a month, so I don't see how that is any more frequent.

4 days ago

TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

freeze128 Re:seriously? (249 comments)

I don't know if I would worry about personal threats from these types of scammers. A cursory check of the information that they even have on file for you would indicate that they don't really know anything except the phone number that they just dialed. When you get a call from "The windows support department", ask them all sorts of questions like:

What is the name of the company that they work for?
How do they know that my machine is infected with a virus?
Which computer is infected? (I have multiple PCs...)
Who has paid them to provide this service for me?
If my PC has been sending internet packets because of spyware infections, and they have detected this, then certainly they would know the IP address of the machine that is doing it.

If the caller cannot even answer these basic questions, then you know it's a scam.

about a week ago

TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

freeze128 Re:Is he a senior? (249 comments)

It would be more obscure, but just as funny, to use the name David Lightman.

about a week ago

TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

freeze128 Re:Fail (249 comments)

Thankfully, my parents would never even be able to fall for this scam, because they have dialup.

You can either go online, OR you can talk to the scammer, but not both.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

freeze128 Careful! (131 comments)

If you need an obscure battery right away, try Batteries+, but be prepared to pay big time for it.

If you need an obscure battery and can wait, there are often resellers on Amazon that will get you what you need DIRT CHEAP! If it turns out to be crap, you can just be thankful that you paid a fraction of what you would anywhere else, and then try somewhere else.

about two weeks ago

It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

freeze128 Re:What would happen? (144 comments)

I'm just surprised that you even have INTERNET ACCESS.

about two weeks ago

Switching Game Engines Halfway Through Development

freeze128 Version control (127 comments)

Why is version control $500 per person? Haven't they heard of Subversion or GIT? These are problems that have already been solved!

about two weeks ago

A Thousand Kilobots Self-Assemble Into Complex Shapes

freeze128 Re:plot from Crichton novel (56 comments)

I wouldn't worry until they at least start to conquer a third dimension. These little bots just jiggle around on the floor.

about three weeks ago

A Thousand Kilobots Self-Assemble Into Complex Shapes

freeze128 Re:That's-a-lotta-bots-a (56 comments)

If they have 1024 bots that can assemble into a shape, then the bots should millibots (one onethousandth of a shape).

about three weeks ago

Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait

freeze128 Re:Well (100 comments)

But who would buy it? Only the stupid would do such a thing, and they already have enough stupid, stupid!

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

freeze128 Re:Dedicated candidates (278 comments)

Conversely, why are the text fields too small? Would you want to hire anyone whose browser size is 640x480 for a technical job? What is this, 1994?

about three weeks ago


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