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Kuwait Bans DSLR Cameras Use For Non-Journalists

hwyhobo Good news for some (446 comments)

It looks like Janet Napolitano has found a country that can use her talents after she vacates her current post in two years.

more than 3 years ago
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Hundreds of New TLDs Coming — Question Is When

hwyhobo Re:Down with the gTLD! (103 comments)

That's what this messy scheme essentially is, except that instead of doing it cleanly, as you propose, it offers another TLD boondoggle. It "solves" the problem of one failed institution by introducing 100 new ones.

TLDs were a wrong solution to begin with, introduced redundant names, forced people to buy multiple domains to protect the uniqueness of their name (made tons of money for the registrars that way), but no one wants to admit it. Better to make a clean cut. Scrap this whole nonsense now.

more than 4 years ago
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Only 27% of Organizations Use Encryption

hwyhobo No, it won't (175 comments)

a hardware failure will break an unencrypted drive just as badly.

I have found myself in a situation where my laptop was field-unrecoverable. Yet, since I carry a fairly common model of a Thinkpad, I was able to borrow one from the site I was visiting, and a simple drive swap solved the problem.

more than 4 years ago
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Only 27% of Organizations Use Encryption

hwyhobo That's another problem altogether (175 comments)

So long as you don't work for Equifax, Choicepoint, the IRS, FBI or any other organization that's going to have my SSN on your Laptop. :)

That's another problem altogether - that kind of information should never be carried on one's laptop, period. It should only be accessed through a secure tunnel, and it should reside at HQ. There it should be encrypted.

more than 4 years ago
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Only 27% of Organizations Use Encryption

hwyhobo As a road warrior I should be using encryption... (175 comments)

As a road warrior I should be using encryption, right? I would be a perfect candidate for it? And yet there is no way I will encrypt my laptop when I travel. The risk of losing access to the data when something goes wrong is far too dangerous to risk it. I have had problems on the road already, yet I have always managed to recover my data either from my laptop or from backups, but what happens when the decryption mechanism or the OS crashes? Carry another laptop? Carry bootable USB-based decryption tools? Sorry, too many variables, too much potential for trouble.

It all comes down to a simple calculation - what is the mathematical probability of someone stealing my drive vs. my OS or disk crashing?(1) Anyone who has traveled knows the second far outweighs the first.

(1) As long as it is unencrypted, you can still recover it relatively easily.

more than 4 years ago
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Gallery of Past Tech (and Other) Advertising

hwyhobo Re:You can't read the ads, just buy them (55 comments)

I had an RCA VCR from 1988 that didn't give out until 2005, and that with fairly regular use.

Since I used to sell them, I can break it to you - they were made by Matsushita.

more than 4 years ago
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Tegra 2 Tablets/Slates Impress At CES

hwyhobo 1080p? (48 comments)

TFA seems to suggest that the Quanta, Mobinnova, ASUS, and MSI are capable of playing 1080p video. I would like to see a single spec proving that it is possible without attaching to an external monitor. Otherwise, it is not very useful to travelers, which paradoxically appear to be the primary target of these devices.

Also, space savings by not including screen cover are an illusion. One will have to carry it in a special protective shell, or your screen won't last very long.

more than 4 years ago
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Control Your Apps Without Your Finger

hwyhobo Works for me (119 comments)

or shake the handset

Works on my Blackberry like a charm, every time I throw it against the wall.

more than 4 years ago
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Aboriginal Folklore Leads To Meteorite Crater

hwyhobo Re:Always more to the legends and stories... (233 comments)

Hey! We could do that to the Americans!

Of course. I have no illusion that our culture is anything but a temporary step in history, no less, no more. Evolution is not limited to genes. It spans both micro and macro aspects of human development.

more than 4 years ago
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Aboriginal Folklore Leads To Meteorite Crater

hwyhobo Re:Always more to the legends and stories... (233 comments)

The Indigenous culture here is dying off at an alarming rate, and little care is aimed at this travesty.

Dying off of cultures and civilizations is a natural process. What must be preserved is their collective knowledge. Written records of their stories may one day prove to be a giant shortcut for future research.

more than 4 years ago
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More On enTourage's Dual-screen E-Book Reader

hwyhobo Re:It may be a good all-in-one for travelers (82 comments)

I'm guessing you're missing the fact that the DG combination resembles the pages of an open book. Then again, subtle details like this tend to go way over most slashdotter's heads.

A fact? It's stupid, not a fact. It's an overused, dumbass, pants hanging to half ass "cool spelling" fact. Subtle details... christ on a stick... It's subtle only if you think spelling words with every second letter capitalized is intellectual. To the rest of us it's illiterate.

more than 4 years ago
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More On enTourage's Dual-screen E-Book Reader

hwyhobo It may be a good all-in-one for travelers (82 comments)

The TFA didn't point to the full-spec page:

enTourage eDGe

Battery should last 16 hours using E-reader alone. Not exactly a record breaker, but usable. The right side is a complete netbook attached to the E-reader. Not a bad combination for travelers. I kind of like the idea, whether this particular implementation is perfect or not. For what it offers, the price is not bad, either.

Just fixed the f****** capitalization of it, fer crying out loud. Is the intended market teenage mallrats?

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu "Memberships" Questioned

hwyhobo Blast from the past (210 comments)

(and one of the benefits of the membership is

Voting privileges to confirm Ubuntu Community Council nominations

Wow. Just like voting in the former Soviet Union. Glad somebody is keeping old traditions alive.

more than 4 years ago
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Jaron Lanier Rants Against the World of Web 2.0

hwyhobo Manifesto? (231 comments)

Jaron is the next stage in the development of a "futurist" - still a futurist, just disenchanted with the unfulfilled promises of his own concocted visions, and now he blames the world for the fact that he was wrong in the first place.

more than 4 years ago
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The Top 5 Technology Panics of 2009

hwyhobo Re:0th (146 comments)

Oh, you mean the great panic at One Infinite Loop?

more than 4 years ago
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At Current Rates, Only a Few More Years' Worth of IPv4 Addresses

hwyhobo What overcrowding? (460 comments)

...is like saying overcrowding of the planet can be mitigated by decreasing the size of houses.

There is no overcrowding of the planet. This is yet another specious argument created in hope that no one challenges it with facts. Have you seen the interiors of China, Africa, USA, Russia? They are EMPTY.

The only places that are overcrowded are coastal port areas, where people who make that argument tend to live.

It's the same with v4. Use it better, use it as port areas, and the interiors can be populated with non-routable addresses. I have heard the v6 song for the past 20 years. It's been Standards Track protocol for the past ten. It will be another ten before the first signs of wide spread public deployment are seen. The only things that might possibly accelerate it is mobile devices with public IPs, and even then it is not really a make-it-or-break-it issue, as it can be handled with dynamic private addresses from provider's pools.

more than 4 years ago
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Scambaiting Gets Comical; Internet Scammers All Dressed Up

hwyhobo Define baiting (178 comments)

Have we just been baited into reading crap for no good reason? Does that qualify as scam? Scam baiting? Or Baiting scam?

more than 4 years ago
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Harry McCracken Rounds Up the Year In Tech

hwyhobo Picks and omissions (86 comments)

Thanks to sites such as Hulu, software like Boxee, and gadgets such as the Roku player, it's now possible to do a high percentage of your TV watching at your convenience on the Internet

It is strange that the author did not mention Youtube, where I watch a lot more of my favorite shows (albeit not current, but I don't care) than anywhere else, probably by an order of magnitude. Chunking into 10-minute pieces doesn't bother me, particularly when playlists are available. You can also see a lot of foreign shows that neither Hulu nor Netflix have. And why isn't Netflix streaming mentioned?

So much for the notion that the cloud is always a more reliable repository for our stuff than an old-fashioned PC

Don't you just love it when authors argue seemingly with themselves? I have not heard anyone make the above assertion.

more than 4 years ago
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Real-World Synthehol In Development

hwyhobo Toxicity (273 comments)

If it is ingested orally, then it will be metabolized in the liver. What about its toxicity? If it's the same or higher than alcohol, then the illusion of safety may in the end be detrimental to the health of the user.

more than 4 years ago

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SCO to sell off assets, concentrate on litigation

hwyhobo hwyhobo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hwyhobo writes "The Lindon, UT based SCO Group, contrary to its own website's proclamation that SCO is "a leading provider of software technology for distributed, embedded, network-based, and mobile systems" decided to drop the pretense of producing anything, and concentrate solely on litigation. Jeff Hunsaker, president and COO of The SCO Group, said the litigation had been distracting to the company's efforts to market its products."
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