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Online, You're Being Watched At All Times; Act Accordingly.

halcyon1234 Re:Civil disobedience (299 comments)

The nose. Your post is on it. I approve.

about 6 months ago
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A Corporate War Against a Scientist, and How He Fought Back

halcyon1234 Fight with numbers (253 comments)

Every single scientist should fight it. Make them execute every single scummy plan they have on the books. If hundreds of thousands of scientists fight back, you'll see just how "unlimited" corp's pockets actually are. When the majority revolts, the corporate overlords quickly discover pushing their agenda gets costly and isn't worth it anymore...

about 6 months ago
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Finnish Police Board Wants Justification For Wikipedia's Fundraising Campaign

halcyon1234 Re:wikipedia (252 comments)

What numbers do you have on users who use D2, but with Javascript disabled? (Which effectively makes it D1, and Beta doesn't work without JS)

about 6 months ago
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Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

halcyon1234 Re:Join the slashdot farewell: (526 comments)

You don't speak for this old timer. Stop bloody ruining every thread with your immature anti-beta posts.

First they ignore you...

about 6 months ago
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iWatch Prototypes Could Be Ready, Apple Hires Fitness Physiologists For Tests

halcyon1234 Re:Re (100 comments)

>http://web.archive.org/web/20000305021033/http://slashdot.org/
oh that page made my heart a flutter

No shit:

Banner Ads on Your Cell Phone
Technology Posted by emmett on Saturday March 04, [2000] @11:25AM
from the just-what-you-need dept.
James Ensor writes, "I'm sure you'll all be just thrilled to hear that Ericsson has developed and is implementing a way to do targeted ads on Internet enabled cellphones. They envision TV-like FMV commercials in the future.

In conclusion: Fuck Beta.

about 6 months ago
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Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

halcyon1234 Re:There's an Ask /. for that (237 comments)

Arg... friggin Slashdot is shortening the innerHTML of a tags. This must stop.

// ==UserScript==
// @name Slashdot expand URLs
// @namespace halcyon1234
// @include http://slashdot.org/*
// @version 1
// @grant none
// ==/UserScript==

var elms = document.getElementsByTagName("a");
for(i=0; i < elms.length; i++)
{
elm = elms[i];
if (elm.innerHTML.endsWith("..."))
{
elm.innerHTML = elm.href;
}

}

about 6 months ago
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Adobe Flash Remote Code Execution Flaw Exploited In the Wild

halcyon1234 Re:Devil's avocado (187 comments)

BTW how many of you are planning to split when they force us onto that shitstain that is /. beta? I don't know about you but if I wanting another tweeting twits for shits I'd be on Reddit. The thing is a mess, it looks like shit, hard to follow flow, comments even more broken, obviously designed for pads (which I bet my last buck is less than 3% of the daily readership of this site) it is the windows 8 of the web!

Consider:

  1. The majority of Slashdot's useful content comes from its users, in comments. Thus, they are the majority user.
  2. There have been THOUSANDS of "fuck beta" posts across every single article, made by those same "majority users"
  3. I have not seen a single "Well, actually, I like beta and it's great" post.
  4. Thus the majority of the majority fucking hate the change and do not want it and will leave if it comes
  5. Dice doesn't care and is just trying to "prove" that Slashdot should be mothballed.

about 6 months ago
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Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

halcyon1234 Re:I'm trying to reply from the beta (463 comments)

have you left any constructive comments in the Slashdot "blog" threads?

Yes, and they've all been ignored. Just like every "feedback" thread that's ever been run by a corporation. I also filled out the survey. Ignored.

The change will happen. Readingship will nosedive. Someone at Dice will say "See, told you Slashdot was dying, this proves me right". The site will be mothballed, and Dice News (tm) will be opened as a "leader in a newspace with no competition".

about 6 months ago
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Firefox 27 Released: TLS 1.2 Support, SPDY 3.1, SocialAPI Improvements

halcyon1234 Re:DANE (167 comments)

Slightly OT.. but is it just me, or has Slashdot started cropping the text inside an A tag? Your link shows up as "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...", which is less than useful. Sure I can hover over it to find out the target, but that's more mouse interaction that I really want with a Slashdot page.

Anyone know if there's an option to NOT crop useful information like URLS???

about 6 months ago
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Ball Lightning Caught On Video and Spectrograph

halcyon1234 Re:Error in summary (120 comments)

I'd just like to note that a will o' the wisp is not the same thing as ball lightning.

Of course not. Those are two entirely different cards. They aren't even the same color!

about 6 months ago
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The Spamming Refrigerator

halcyon1234 Article title fail (90 comments)

"Refrigerator Full of Spam"

about 6 months ago
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FTC Drops the Hammer On Maker of Location-Sharing Flashlight App

halcyon1234 That'll get the data back! (187 comments)

Great, the FCC told them not to do it. Let's just say that actually gets them to stop harvesting the data (hahahaha)... what about the data that's already been harvested? They've already stolen a valuable resource which they can continue to sell to 3rd parties.

For that matter, what about the data already in the hands of the 3rd parties? They can do whatever they want with it with impunity.

Maybe we need to hold 3rd party marketers liable, too. Pawn shops are on the hook if they buy stolen items. Let's make marketers pay the same way. Did you buy marketing data from a skeevy company, and that company just got fined? You get fined too, for at least the same amount. Or double. Just watch how quickly the industry starts policing itself, overnight.

about 8 months ago
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Internet Archive's San Francisco Home Badly Damaged By Fire

halcyon1234 Donation (104 comments)

I just dropped $25 on a reprinted card game from 20 years ago.

Yeah, I think I can spare another $25 for this site that I've used way, way more than once.

about 9 months ago
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Tesco To Use Face Detection Technology For In-Store Advertising

halcyon1234 Unplug, and let the minimum wage attempt to care (212 comments)

Made the mistake of going into a Bed Bath & Beyond recently. They have LCD screens with speakers playing ads set up everywhere. And I do mean everywhere. There's dozens in an aisle. Stand in the middle of an aisle, and you're assaulted on all sides by loud, tinny, high pitched ads. You cannot go anywhere in the store without being in range of at lest five of them.

While I (almost) understand selling premium aisle space to one or two companies to plug an adbox-- this was beyond ridiculous. A pure example of company greed mixed with advertiser childish need to be heard.

So while my wife hunted for the items we needed (not either of our choice, wedding gifts), I amused myself by walking up and down the aisles, unplugging the things. They were all just these cheapass LCD screens you would buy from Walmart. Cheap shit consumer crap, lowest possible cost (with horrifically shitty sound, further driving up the annoyance factor). Shows just how much the advertisers care about quality. Anyways, they're all powered by standard AC adapters plugged in to the side by those little round plugs. So walk around, take a quick look, and yank. One down. I think I got about dozen of them, and the aisles were so much quieter.

Try it out next time you're stuck in this situation. It's great fun. And really, what's the minimum wage stockperson going to do even if they see you? Do you think they get any of that sweet money the store gets from sucking the advertiser's cock? They're probably just as annoyed at being exposed to this noise NON STOP for their entire shift. And even if they aren't-- the store ain't paying them nearly enough to care.

about 9 months ago
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TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

halcyon1234 Do not trust (603 comments)

I was taking a flight in 2008. I was in one of those long and winding lines waiting to go through security.

Someone in the middle of the line answers their cell phone.

A security guard from across the room points at him and shouts "NO CELL PHONES". Dude doesn't even realize he's being yelled at, so the guard INSTANTLY rips the cordon off, still pointing at the cell phone holder. Is marching towards him, pushing through the crowd, hand on (thankfully holstered and bolted) gun, shouting "NO CELL PHONES PUT IT AWAY!"

That's who they want to hire-- except they want to give them automatic assault weapons and no oversight

I haven't flown since 2008, swore off doing so once the rapey scanners came in. Most assuredly will NOT even reconsider with this policy in place.

Because after all, armed guards in charge of protecting "national security" at any cost will never overreact, make someone like, say, a mother with her child believe she's doing something wrong, make her nervous, then chase her down the streets of Washington and execute her in front of her baby.

about 9 months ago
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SkyRunner Car Goes Off-Road and Off-Ground

halcyon1234 Off-road and off-ground (26 comments)

So what? My car can go off-road and off-ground.

Just not for very long. Or more than once.

about 9 months ago
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Dell Fixes Ultrabook That Smelled of Cat Urine

halcyon1234 Re:I'll level with you (133 comments)

It's still better than a SlashBI or Slashdot TV submission.

Or he could have become Bennett...

But to comfort the OP, don't worry. It'll be duped within a day, and then your misery will be spread around and thus lessened.

about 9 months ago
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How PR Subverts Wikipedia

halcyon1234 Re:Barefaced corruption of Wikipedia (219 comments)

"find out who they are and remove their admin status immediately."

Create an article. Hire the company to change it. See who admins it. Kick them.

about 9 months ago
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Silk Road Shut Down, Founder Arrested, $3.6 Million Worth of Bitcoin Seized

halcyon1234 Value of bitcoins (620 comments)

Article: 11:36am: US Government seizes $3.6 million worth of bitcoins

Update, 11:45am: US Government seizes $1.75 million worth of bitcoins

Update, 12:03pm: US Government seizes $8.3 million worth of bitcoins

Update, 12:54pm: US Government seizes $766 thousand worth of bitcoins

Update, 3:27pm: US Government seizes Eight Dollars worth of bitcoins

Update, 5:55pm: US Government seizes $15 million worth of bitcoins

about 10 months ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

halcyon1234 Posts show "Days ago" instead of actual time (1191 comments)

First: What everyone else has said. Make this change, and you'll kill Slashdot dead. The comment section is tiny, confusing, hard to read, and pushed so far down the page as to be completely ignored.

Second: Don't even fucking think of using the brain-dead Facebook/twitter model of "x minutes/hours/days" ago instead of showing the actual posting time. One, it isn't accurate enough. Two hours ago-- and how many minutes? Two, if I want to know when something was posted, I don't want to do math. I want to glance at the post's title and see the exact time and date. I don't want to look there, then look at my clock, then look back again, and start to do math as to when it was posted. Umm--- thirteen hours ago, and it's currently 7am, so that means-- carry the 12, remember AM/PM-- FUCK IT!

This whole redesign has to be a joke. =(

about 10 months ago

Submissions

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TheDailyWTF Radio Presents A Radio Drama

halcyon1234 halcyon1234 writes  |  about 4 months ago

halcyon1234 (834388) writes "Break out your decoder rings, mix up a glass of Ovaltine, and don't touch that dial! It's time for another episode of Radio WTF Presents! Aiming to do something "cool" on this day of April, the team at The Daily WTF put together a 1/2 hour radio drama."
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Poll: Preferred method to be alive in 1000 years?

halcyon1234 halcyon1234 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

halcyon1234 writes "1) Medical longevity (drugs, organ replacement, cloning)
2) Full or partial mechanical replacement
3) Machine/Artificial Intelligence
4) Time dilation
5) Cryonics / Suspended Animation
6) Undead
7) I'm going down and taking you all with me!"
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Ask Slashdot: Security Digests for the Home Network Admin?

halcyon1234 halcyon1234 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

halcyon1234 writes "I'm currently cutting the webhost cord, and setting up a simple webserver at home to host a couple hobby websites and a blog. The usual LAMP stuff. I have just enough knowledge to be dangerous; I know how to get everything set up and get it up to date, but not enough to be sure I'm not overlooking common, simple security configurations. And then there's the issue of new vulnerabilities being found that I'm not even aware of. The last thing I want is to contribute to someone's botnet or spam relay.
What readings/subscriptions would you recommend for security discussions/heads up? Obviously I already read (too much) Slashdot daily, which I credit for hearing about some major security issues. Are there any RSS feeds or mailing lists you rely on for keeping up to date on security issues?"
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Poll: My Guitar Hero/Rock Band avatar is

halcyon1234 halcyon1234 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

halcyon1234 writes "1) just like me
2) an idealized version of myself
3) another person or character
4) a completely fantastical construct
5) random/default"
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Flashforward cancelled

halcyon1234 halcyon1234 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

halcyon1234 writes "Entertainment Weekly reports that FlashForward will not return for a second season. The cancellation is attributed to low ratings since the show's post-Olympic hiatus. Confirmed by Robert J. Sawyer on his Facebook page, the author said "It was an amazing ride. My thanks to everyone who worked on the show; I loved being part of the process.""
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Facebook Kills Popular "Lite" Version

halcyon1234 halcyon1234 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

halcyon1234 writes "Without ceremony, warning, or any sort of given reason, Facebook has shut down Facebook Lite. Facebook lite was a trimmed down and less cluttered version of the main site. Facebook says they have "learned a lot from the test of a slimmed-down site", but has not given any indication what that knowledge will be used for."
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Ticketmaster Sued for Scalping in Canada

halcyon1234 halcyon1234 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

halcyon1234 (834388) writes "A Toronto lawfirm has brought a $500 million class-action lawsuit against Ticketmaster Canada 'for selling popular tickets at inflated prices, in violation of provincial laws'. Tickets for instantly sold-out shows would appear minutes later at inflated prices on TicketsNow, a ticket scalping site owned by TicketMaster. In one case, the tickets appeared before they even went on sale, prompting the allegations of scalping and collusion."
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Is Anyone Left Who Isn't A Victim of Data Theft?

halcyon1234 halcyon1234 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

halcyon1234 writes "It seems that every week, there is a story about some company who loses, exposes or has stolen the private data of their customers. This data often includes the real sweet stuff; bank account numbers, SSNs, addresses, etc. The number of records seems to always be in the thousands or millions. And these are just the data-thefts that get reported. The US only has a population of 303,824,640. Given the seemingly vast numbers, and even taking into account the intersection of records amongst individual sets of stolen data, is there anyone left whose personal information isn't "out there"? What about the rest of the population of the data-tracked world? Are there any numbers or studies on what the current "total damage" estimates are?"
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Canadian DCMA May Die During Federal Elections

halcyon1234 halcyon1234 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

halcyon1234 writes "On his blog, Michael Geist notes that "With every reason to believe that Canada will be in the midst of an election campaign by next week, Canwest runs a story on how an election call will kill Bill C-61... C-61 may dead but copyright reform Canada is still very much alive. Regardless of who forms the next government, copyright will almost certainly be on the agenda. ... Bill C-61 may be about to die, but the prospect of Canadian DMCA-like legislation remains very much alive.""
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Dec 10 Last Day For Pay-What-You-Want Album

halcyon1234 halcyon1234 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

halcyon1234 writes "December 10th's will be the last day to download Radiohead's pay-what-you-want album, In Rainbows. After Dec 10th, the only way to get the album will be purchasing a hard copy. There's no word as to why the band isn't hosting the album in perpetuity, or what their stance will be on people downloading it from other sources."
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halcyon1234 halcyon1234 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

halcyon1234 (834388) writes "As of sometime last night, Dell stopped offering the E1405/640m model. Shopping carts containing the 640m were deleted, and all links to the popular, portable laptop no longer work. Sales reps say the product either at the end of life. Some customer service reps admit that Dell is no longer able to purchase the parts needed to build the 640m, but they have not been specific as to which suppliers or parts. A replacement model is expected sometime in the coming weeks. Until then, anyone who has ordered a 640m, or is looking to have their 640m serviced, is out of luck."

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Want your old comment page back?

halcyon1234 halcyon1234 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

If you're like me, you're pissed as anything that they've Idle'd up the comment page. It used to be a beautifully simple page that gave you access to all your comments, and was linked right off the every page by clicking your username.

The comment page kinda sorta still exists, but you have to click on your user name, get slapped with the wet noodle of a "userpage", then click on comments.

Here's a solution. It isn't perfect, but it's better than having to see that gawdawful page.

  1. Get Firefox. Done? Good.
  2. Install the Redirector extension
  3. Set up a redirect.
  4. Include Pattern should be http://(?:[a-zA-Z0-9]+\.){0,1}slashdot.org/~([a-zA-Z0-9$_.+!*'()\- ]+)(?:/$|$)
  5. Redirect To should be http://slashdot.org/~$1/comments
  6. Select "Regular Expression" instead of Wildcard
  7. Click OK and breath a sigh of relief.

This will work for your page, and anyone else's. It will also strip out the subdomain.slashdot.org, since most of those are completely unreadable when it comes to your comment page. If you're a masochist and want the subdomain formatting back, take out the ?: in the Include Pattern, and change the Redirect To to http://$1slashdot.org/~$2/comments

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Annoying

halcyon1234 halcyon1234 writes  |  more than 6 years ago Okay, enough is enough. If someone has the ability to write a script that will go around the Internet and collect email addresses that have been publicly posted-- don't you think they can also write a script that will recognize the phrase "x AT y DOT com", and automatically parse it into x@y.com?

So seriously, stop posting your email address like that. All it does is annoy people who are trying to email you. The href tag exists for a reason: so people don't HAVE to type in your email address.

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