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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

frnic Re:Sensationalism? (241 comments)

There is a difference between "do not support Linux" and Linus will not work.

I assume the mfg's legal department strongly suggested that they not officially support Linux, since that would lead to having to specify precisely what not supporting Linux means, which distributions, etc.

Linux is still a small enough market that it is not work it to mug's to put together a customer support team to support all the configurations people will try to come up with using Linux.

6 hours ago

Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

frnic Re:Why all the negativity (181 comments)

The negativity is because this is Slashdot. The second reason is that it is about Apple.

"Nothing new" - yeah, and cell phones existed years before iPhone - how did that work out.

Haters will hate.


FBI Investigates 'Sophisticated' Cyber Attack On JP Morgan, 4 More US Banks

frnic Re:Which begs the question... (98 comments)

You mean like my bank account statement, balance, my sign in, you know, things almost every American today access everyday from their banks? I don't know about you, but, I access those things (data) via the internet facing servers provided for me by my bank.

5 days ago

How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

frnic Re:Still nonsense (202 comments)

My, aren't you the literate one. Such an expansive vocabulary to express yourself, my poor mind can barely comprehend what you meant to say.

about a month and a half ago

How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

frnic Still nonsense (202 comments)

If there furtherest objects are 46B LY away, and the universe is 14B years old, and it all started at a point, then something moved faster than the speed of light.

about a month and a half ago

Millions of Smart TVs Vulnerable To 'Red Button' Attack

frnic Huh? (155 comments)

Since this is SLashdot, I didn't bother reading the article - so, I am sure there is an obvious answer.

How does someone with a LOW BUDGET even have 10's of thousands of smart tv's in range of an RF signal?

about 3 months ago

Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

frnic Re:Something that's always bothered me... (784 comments)

You have a serious issue with time frames. In one case you are referring to plate tectonics which move over periods of millions of years. On the other you are referring to our causing changes in the next 100 years that are equivalent. Then you say since they change would have happened anyway in the next million years or so, why is everyone upset at it happening in the next hundred years or so...

about 4 months ago

Applying Pavlovian Psychology to Password Management

frnic Fed Up with useless security (288 comments)

I am 65, on SS, broke and live 10 miles out in the country with just my wife and no one else within miles. I am FORCED to enter a password to use my computer. After entering a password that is displayed as dots so my wife (who has all my passwords) can't see over my shoulder and steal it, I want to see my email, so I get to enter another password which she also knows and is displayed as dots - so I don't know if I typed it right or not, even though to get to my email client I had to log into my computer first. I then want to play some MMO games and of course have to log into them, even though I am accessing them from a computer that only I have access to and have already logged into. Then I step out of the room to get a cup of coffee and when I get back I get to log into the computer again, because someone decided it might not be sage to have my computer in my house out in the country 10 miles from anywhere unattended for 5 minutes.

I go through this all day every day - and NONE of it is helping me be safe and secure from all harm... In fact it does almost nothing to help me be secure.

Then I am told that I need to have different passwords that look like 12xfeg^&*snbtr for each account I have anywhere, so I am secure. I am expected to change my password (sometimes forced to change it) once a month into something I have not every used before and also can't remember. Then I am reminded that writing down my password could lead to plagues and pestilence, so I am expected to use passwords that no reasonable person could possibly remember and told not to write down and when I type them in they are displayed as dots to protect me...

I would like the option to OPT OUT of all this bullshit. Entering passwords 20 or 30 times a day is more than a little silly. It is well past time that we have secure connections and biometric security on my computer - worst case.

Then people wonder why passwords like 123456 are so popular.

about 4 months ago

Should Patients Have the Option To Not Know Their DNA?

frnic Re:insurance issue (157 comments)

This is not a problem with DNA testing, this is a problem with the insurance companies, which need to be done away with. They bring NOTHING to the game when it comes to healthcare delivery and add a significant cost, as these concerns show, they often inhibit healthcare delivery. The answer to that is simply universal single payer healthcare.

about 5 months ago

Intel Upgrades MinnowBoard: Baytrail CPU, Nearly Halves Price To $99

frnic Re:Pricing (92 comments)

$99 USD is without memory, it looks like, so the article is extremely misleading. I always ignore any product that the company feels requires misleading advertising to promote - and that seems to be most products lately...

about 5 months ago

Intel Upgrades MinnowBoard: Baytrail CPU, Nearly Halves Price To $99

frnic Price is ambiguous (92 comments)

It appears the price is $99 for the board with slower CPU, and another $99 if you would like to have memory with that board...

about 5 months ago

Crows Complete Basic Aesop's Fable Task

frnic "understanding" (87 comments)

There is no evidence of "understanding". They simply learned a behavior.

about 5 months ago

NVIDIA Unveils Lineup of GeForce 800M Series Mobile GPUs, Many With Maxwell

frnic What are you doing - pray tell... (83 comments)

Other than professionally modeling or doing video editing, or playing #D games - what use does a average person have for discrete graphics today?

about 6 months ago

US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances

frnic Whistle blowers (186 comments)

The best way to prevent leaks like those that have happened lately is to have a REAL, RESPONSIVE, FUNCTIONAL whistle blower program so people do not have to take the law into their own hands.

about 6 months ago

UK and Germany To Collaborate On 5G

frnic True innovators on Slashdot... (82 comments)

It seems a significant number of the readers here would rather say "64kb is all the memory anyone will ever need", because they are too lazy to try and think rather than just knock any and every innovation mentioned on Slashdot.

As far as 5G - "why" the answer is use (consumption) will always expand to fill capacity. The question is not WHY the question that needs to be answered is how can we put that additional capacity to use.

about 6 months ago

Wolfram Language Demo Impresses

frnic Not a 4 line solution - I call BS (216 comments)

The traveling salesman tour - is NOT a 4 line solution. By that definition I can write "Run Linux" and have a one line operating system.

about 6 months ago

Why Is US Broadband So Slow?

frnic Sigh, in your dreams (513 comments)

That would work until your local county commissioner figured out he could get kick back by ignoring service complaints and anything else the ISPs wanted. As long as a for profit company is running things they will find ways to provide the least for the most cost.

about 6 months ago

Officials Say Site Now Performing Well

frnic Nope, still not working for me (644 comments)

As of 11:30 Saturday, it was still not any faster and still doesn't complete for me. Took about 20 minutes to get all the way through for me and my wife. And at the very end after reviewing and signing, I get an error and it never verifies my ID. So, no change from last month ... yet.

about 9 months ago



The Cybercrime Wave That Wasn't

frnic frnic writes  |  more than 2 years ago

frnic writes "IN less than 15 years, cybercrime has moved from obscurity to the spotlight of consumer, corporate and national security concerns. Popular accounts suggest that cybercrime is large, rapidly growing, profitable and highly evolved; annual loss estimates range from billions to nearly $1 trillion. While other industries stagger under the weight of recession, in cybercrime, business is apparently booming.

Yet in terms of economics, there’s something very wrong with this picture. Generally the demand for easy money outstrips supply. Is cybercrime an exception? If getting rich were as simple as downloading and running software, wouldn’t more people do it, and thus drive down returns?

We have examined cybercrime from an economics standpoint and found a story at odds with the conventional wisdom. A few criminals do well, but cybercrime is a relentless, low-profit struggle for the majority."

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Flaw Found in an Online Encryption Method

frnic frnic writes  |  more than 2 years ago

frnic writes "A team of European and American mathematicians and cryptographers have discovered an unexpected weakness in the encryption system widely used worldwide for online shopping, banking, e-mail and other Internet services intended to remain private and secure."
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It’s Tracking Your Every Move and You May No

frnic frnic writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frnic writes "German Telcom is tracking it's customers locations and saving the information: "In a six-month period — from Aug 31, 2009, to Feb. 28, 2010, Deutsche Telekom had recorded and saved his [German Green party politician, Malte Spitz,] longitude and latitude coordinates more than 35,000 times.""
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