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A Domain Registrar Is Starting a Fiber ISP To Compete With Comcast

grumpy_old_grandpa Re:Holy Crap (62 comments)

Businesses that have gone through as many rounds of acquisitions and mergers as this one have are a bit Frankensteinish, so it's hard to say what is new or old or mashed up together.

Sort of like how Nokia used to be an old lumberjack and milling company, then produced rubber and car tires, then mobile phones, and finally went on to become a brothel for Microsoft executives who fetishize pale Finnish developers, developers, developers...

yesterday
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

grumpy_old_grandpa Re: Sounds nice for programmers (330 comments)

Are you the guy who keeps writing those 200-line methods? If so, please break it up, even if you can see it all on one screen.

Think of code like a story: It needs paragraphs, chapters, a table of content. Section and split it up like that, and it will be a lot easier for everybody, including you, to maintain. Code has the additional benefit that similar "paragraphs" can be parameterized, and reused, rather than copy-pasted. (You don't copy-paste code, do you?)

about three weeks ago
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FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign

grumpy_old_grandpa Unit 61398 (106 comments)

Asumming Unit 61398 was part of a 65535 strong platoon, I guess there are only 65534 units left to be worried abput?

about 2 months ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

grumpy_old_grandpa Re:Not just 9 (399 comments)

So what you are saying, is that it confuses you that some of the OS versions happened to match the kernel versions, while in most they don't? Also, the fact that the latest OS releases have been mostly about UI, and (presumably) few changes to the kernel, is making your head spin?

about 2 months ago
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Cyanogen Inc. Turns Down Google, Seeing $1 Billion Valuation

grumpy_old_grandpa Re:Android without Google. (107 comments)

F-Droid is already there, and working just fine. Been running Cyanogenmod + F-Droid only for the last three years. Wouldn't go back to Google.

(Not using the stock OS, also has the advantage of avoiding the "later", "later", "later" options you speak of).

about 2 months ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

grumpy_old_grandpa Re:Not just 9 (399 comments)

Seriously? On Slashdot, of all places, people don't know the difference between a kernel and the OS it is included in?

Look at the Linux kernel, and it becomes easy and obvious: It is currently at version 3.16. Some of the GNU / Linux based OS distributions and their versions are: Ubuntu 14.04, Fedora 21, Debian 7.0.

Here's the complete overview of Windows versions and kernels:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

about 2 months ago
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Supreme Court Rejects Appeal By Google Over Street View Data Collection

grumpy_old_grandpa This is rediculous (113 comments)

It's not about encryption or not. It's about the scale.
Steal an apple from your neighbor, and nobody will make a fuss. Steal a fruit from every tree in the village to set up your own juice pressing factoring, and somebody will take offense.

about 6 months ago
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Supreme Court Rejects Appeal By Google Over Street View Data Collection

grumpy_old_grandpa wut (113 comments)

> I suppose listening to ham radio now is a crime.

No, but recording and publishing it all on the Internet probably would and should be a crime. Which is more or less what Google did.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

grumpy_old_grandpa FTFY.... (516 comments)

2015 will be the year of Windows on the desktop!

about 6 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

grumpy_old_grandpa Re:Leasing is always more expensive than buying (409 comments)

I for one take my advice from the rich and sucessful. They ought to know what they are talking about, or else they wouldn't be rich and sucessful, right? So on the topic on leasing, we have Felix Dennis, good for a billion or so. He says:

"If it flies, floats or fornicates, always rent. It’s cheaper in the long run."

So taking his comment into account and applying it to yours, I guess it means renting server hardware is the way to go, unless you storn p0rn on them?

about 7 months ago
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NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed

grumpy_old_grandpa Re:Conflict of interest (149 comments)

> You're virtually begging them to find and then sit on dangerous exploits.

That was their mandate in the first place. Nobody begged - It was an order.

about 8 months ago
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White House "Privacy Tour" a Flop On Its First Leg At MIT

grumpy_old_grandpa Re:I find the Guardian reporting interesting (83 comments)

Only problem is, after The Guardian were threatened by their home government, they moved their web site from .co.uk to .com (go to http://www.theguardian.co.uk/ and see where you end up), because of the first amendment right in the US. In the UK, there is no such protection for the press or free speech.

So with this new "media leaks legislation", where will they go next? Brazil, Ecuador? Or maybe Russia; that would really be the epitome of irony.

about 9 months ago
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German Chancellor Proposes European Communications Network

grumpy_old_grandpa Re:3rd Choice = Digital haystacks (197 comments)

TrackMeNot is s fun plugin to generate search engine noise:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-...

Then there's Flagger which inserts dubious keywords in your URLs:
http://flagger.io/

Both are in need of some updates and further work though. TrackMeNot constantly needs to update the internal URL of search engines (special parameters and such). And Flagger could probably use some keywords in Arabic and other languages as well.

What I'd like is a profile generator for Facebook, Linkedin etc.: Create a profile in your name, and let it go off making friends, posts, and random content. When somebody searches for you, they'll just find junk, and it will not be clear whether it is you or a different person with the same name.

about 10 months ago
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Brazil Orders Google To Hand Over Street View Data

grumpy_old_grandpa Re:Yet another government... (130 comments)

What always puzzles me when that thread of arguments is repated, is that one aspect is left out: scale. In my opinion, the technical details of wifi, or even the fact that electronics is involved at all is completely irrelevant.

So yes, feel free to listen in on my conversations in public. However, if you decide to do so to everybody, everywhere, all the time, it doesn't matter whether you well intended, malicious, Google, or NSA. To me, you're the same enemy of society, privacy and democracy.

about a year ago
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Larry Page and Sergey Brin Are Lousy Coders

grumpy_old_grandpa Re:Bill Gates was a lousy coder too (204 comments)

I've heard that he learnt coding from print-outs he fished out of the trash can.

about a year ago
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The Ridiculous Tech Fees You're Still Paying

grumpy_old_grandpa Re:DNS and ICMP Tunnels (318 comments)

> Using for-pay Wifi for free is stealing.

That is why I always download Metallica's forth album over DNS. The two injustices cancel each other out, and it all becomes flowers! You didn't know that!? You should really try it some time!

about a year ago
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The Ridiculous Tech Fees You're Still Paying

grumpy_old_grandpa Re:DNS and ICMP Tunnels (318 comments)

Tried this over the airplane wifi the other day. Works like a charm!

about a year ago
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Sorm: Russia Intends To Monitor "All Communications" At Sochi Olympics

grumpy_old_grandpa Re:SLOP syndrome (193 comments)

Two wrongs doesn't make a right. So in terms of growing up, the "they also did it" excuse is as mature as a six-year old who gets caught red-handed, and tries to justify his wrong-doing because the other kids also stole from the cookie-jar.

Regarding perspective, I think it would help if more people would read Bruce Schneier's "Beyond Fear". There he gives a very straight forward, for they layman, introduction to analysing risks and appropriate security measure response. In that light, it becomes clear that neither NSA's nor FSB's programs have anything to do with mitigating risks. It's not even about the pretence and security theatre any more (after all NSA's programs were mostly secret).

It's pure corruption based cocaine induced money-making and dick-swinging: "Look, our data center has a gazillion coca-bytes!"; "We'll monitor you so thoroughly, we'll know when your wife is PMS'ing"; "I want a Star Trek Command Center! Wabu-wabu!!!" See Keith Alexander's ego trip for the last one - talk about being out of touch and lacking perspective.

about a year ago
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The Memo That Spawned Microsoft Research

grumpy_old_grandpa Re:Future of Microsoft in question? (148 comments)

Microsoft is in the past, if you ask me.

Show of hands, everybody: Who hasn't used Windows for work nor leisure in the last ten years? (Tech-support for parents and friends doesn't count).

about a year ago

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