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Banking Malware, Under the Hood

genericpoweruser Re:Well, you were dumb enough (92 comments)

It's not terribly uncommon to find a lottery where all or a portion of the jackpot is carried over to the next jackpot if nobody picks the winning numbers. In some cases this can increase the payout sufficiently that the YZ > X. The part about people being bad at math is that very small numbers round off to 0.

A one-in-a-million chance to win a billion dollars is a great deal if the tickets cost less than $1000--but you're still just throwing money away if you buy a ticket.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

genericpoweruser Re:Figure out where he is located (884 comments)

do I trust 12 strangers to consider the facts and make an informed decision in regard to my life; or do I trust the one stranger trying to beat me (to death?)...

about 2 years ago

3rd-Grader Busted For Jolly Rancher Possession

genericpoweruser Re:What were the parents thinking ? (804 comments)

And those people are idiots. Zero tolerance is a terrible idea, even in cases where it's effective, because it flies in the face of "letting the punishment fit the crime."
Anyone who advocates such extreme overreactions is not of sound mind, or at the least just doesn't realize that they do things that are "wrong" all the time.
There are so many rules in our society, and they're so convoluted, that nobody can realistically be innocent of everything all the time.
The cynic in me thinks this is intentional, so that any arbitrary citizen can be reprimanded/arrested/fined/given detention on a whim.

more than 4 years ago

Next Ubuntu Linux To Be a Maverick

genericpoweruser Re:Majestik Moose (319 comments)

We apologize for the fault in the comments. Those responsible have been sacked.

Mynd you, Moose bites kan be pretti nasti...

more than 4 years ago

Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers

genericpoweruser Re:What about the presumption of innocence? (1590 comments)

If we had many illegal immigrants from England, Spain, Mexico, and Canada, yet the immigration laws were only enforced against the illegal immigrants who are Mexican, that would be an instance of racism or ethnic discrimination. That isn't the case. Right now the problem is coming from Mexico and illegal immigrants from elsewhere are more like statistical error by comparison. Again, some percentage of Mexican citizens are responsible for that, not anyone who wrote or plans to enforce Arizona's new law. You'll practically never see such a common-sense recognition in the media.

What do you call it, then, if someone is suspected of being a criminal because they share the same skin color as other criminals ("illegals")? If (for the sake of argument), when chosen at random, a black man was twice as likely to be a criminal than a white man, would you argue it is not racist to subject black men to more thorough scrutiny (that effectively strips those men of rights) than their white peers?

The problem of immigrants causing more crime looks like a straw man to me. Crime is, by definition, already illegal. Is there really justification to make things associated with illegal things illegal themselves? To me, it appears laws that criminalize things by association are just there to make it easier to detain someone when the evidence is lacking. That is practically the antithesis of a just trial.

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu on a Dime

genericpoweruser Re:Can't buy the OS for $200? (531 comments)

If that's the case then you're needs are far more advanced than the typical user. For them it's something like so:

1. These exist but are generally not common. Chances are the user has never heard of them or has need of them.
2. They IT guy takes care of that.
3. They are actually stuck; but, as it's commercial proprietary software, there's no source code available so they can't compile it anyway. They can try their luck with Wine but it's hit-or-miss, and frequently has a few caveats.

It seems to me you've made the same mistakes of exaggeration that the summary did. Exaggerating to the point of FUD isn't helping anyone.

more than 4 years ago

The Awful Anti-Pirate System That Will Probably Work

genericpoweruser Re:Sure it's hard to crack (1027 comments)

Anyone else feel like singing the false dichotomy song?
F-f-f-False Dichotomy-he-he-HE-he! Dun-dun-d-d-dun-dun.

more than 4 years ago

Why Flash Is Fundamentally Flawed On Touchscreen Devices

genericpoweruser Re:Flash only? (521 comments)

Granted, I didn't RTFA (who has time for that?) so I don't know whether it mentions this concept but: Why not just drag the stylus? It doesn't seem fundamentally flawed to make it work just like the touchpad on my laptop--dragging your pointer around moves the cursor like a mouse; to click simply tap the surface. Sure it's not as nice an interface but neither is Flash in the first place. What's the next problem?

more than 4 years ago

KDE 4.4 Released Alongside Website Redesign

genericpoweruser Re:Oh that's easy to explain (368 comments)

That right there is the actual problem with KDE4 IMO. It's perfectly acceptable to release alpha quality software for free. Nobody can really complain there. What was not acceptable, as far as I'm concerned, is taking away the one that works (KDE 3.5) and substituting the known faulty version. This is more accurately blamed on (K)Ubuntu and Fedora (and OpenSUSE IIRC) (you know, the most popular ones!) rather than the KDE team.

I, for one, have enough experience to install and maintain a popular Linux distro, but not enough to be my own package maintainer. I recall using a third party repo on Ubuntu to install Amarok 1.4.9 But it broke other things; all in all a sub-par experience.

Bottom line: If I were the KDE team I'd either be pissed that the distros removed the best version of KDE, or I'd be kicking myself for misrepresenting the state of the desktop environment.

more than 4 years ago

Technology Changes To Kill Netbooks?

genericpoweruser Re:Will the same happen to phones? (394 comments)

For Slashdot users who want something like this but at an even lower price point, you might like to know about the Zipit, which can be modded to run Linux. http://hunterdavis.com/archives/227
I have one and I love it. It's not for everybody (very low specs for a general purpose device) so you won't want to run X probably (though it can). Have fun!

about 5 years ago

Berkeley Engineers Have Some Bad News About Air Cars

genericpoweruser Re:Only if you replace the tree (278 comments)

Deforestation? Who burns green firewood? Where I'm from lots of people have wood heating, but they only burn naturally dead wood because:
a. Green firewood is much more difficult to light.
b. Green wood makes a very acrid unpleasant smell.
c. Green wood increases creosote, which increases chances for chimney fires and clogs.
d. In addition, it is illegal to cut down green trees for firewood.
In summation, cutting long-since dead trees shouldn't cause deforestation. Saying so makes you sound like one of those people who are ignorant of how things work here, but somehow think they deserve a say in what we do.

more than 5 years ago

openSUSE 11.2 Released

genericpoweruser Re:But... (207 comments)

5.1.2600 is the kernel version for XP Pro. OpenSUSE 11.1 is the release name, and if I'm not mistaken its kernel was 2.6.27.

more than 5 years ago

Mandriva Linux 2010 Is Finally Out

genericpoweruser Re:I think Mandriva is getting a raw deal from us. (267 comments)

Mandriva deserves some love. It was the first distro that enabled the correct graphics driver on my laptop (on most distros I'd have to manually change xorg.conf to use vesa--even though this was around summer last year) and configure my wifi card correctly straight from the liveCD. No distro I've tried to date properly configures my audio chipset, but the workaround works as well on Mandriva as it does on any other.

In other words, Mandriva has the best hardware detection of any distro I've tried. My congratulations to the developers on their new release!

more than 5 years ago

Mandriva Linux 2010 Is Finally Out

genericpoweruser Re:Am I the only one who cares? (267 comments)

No I also like Mandriva. Here's to hoping Mandriva 2010 undoes some of the damage caused to the Linux image by the Ubuntu Karmic release SNAFU.
I wouldn't mind seeing Mandriva gain some ground, and some new packages in the process.

more than 5 years ago

Lawmakers Caught Again By File-Sharing Software

genericpoweruser Re:So... (203 comments)

Not to mention, there have been more accidental overdoses in that manner since the safety bottles were mandated. And, anecdotally, I recall that when my sister was three she had no problem breaking the lid off a bottle of Tylenol PM, and eating all the "candy".

more than 5 years ago

After 1 Year, Conficker Infects 7M Computers

genericpoweruser Re:I'm safe! (95 comments)

Doesn't Adept use Apt just like Synaptic? So it should be the same as using aptitude instead of apt-get. Now if you used rpm (which is available in the apt repositories) to install the package, then that could have the effect you are talking about.

more than 5 years ago

Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

genericpoweruser Re:Experience from academia (1259 comments)

how many societies have plumbers as heroes?

The ones with dangerous turtle/dinosaur kidnappers that hire turtles as sentry guards. The plumbers know how to make proper use of the mushrooms and piping that, naturally, are so common in such a society.

more than 5 years ago

On the Efficacy of Flu Vaccine

genericpoweruser Re:article is BS (430 comments)

It might also be a problem if you intentionally exposed the patients to the flu virus but that is not necessary considering how widespread the virus is. I, for one, would be willing the be a guinea pig in such a (double blind) study.

more than 5 years ago


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