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Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

ichthus One word (76 comments)

SOPA

about a week ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

ichthus Re:Abuse? Doubtful (322 comments)

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Maybe the first time, or the second. But when there's a pattern of obvious and blatant refusal of compliance, suspicion should certainly direct one's course of action. How else to find the truth?

about two weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

ichthus Re:Massive Negativity (218 comments)

Electrical engineer and technology lover. I also love freedom, privacy and having full control of the devices I own. What a radical concept.

about three weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

ichthus Re:Massive Negativity (218 comments)

Let's just stop all technological advancement until we overthrow the US government.

Nice straw man, man! Who called for the overthrow of the US gov't or the cessation of technological advancement? My point was that you're labeling people who are rightly suspicious of the motives behind a government-mandated kill switch as paranoid. Their suspicion is vigilance and skepticism, but not (at least in the pejorative sense) paranoia. If you think there's not potential for tyrannical abuse of this technology, you're naive.

The difference between your apparent misunderstanding of my position, and what I'd really advocate is this: You think I want to stop all technological advancement that could potentially be abused by the government. Actually, I just want full control of any technology I own. I do not want my cellphone or laptop camera to be activated unless I activate it. I do not want the mic or GPS on my cellphone to be active unless I'm using it. This is not too much to ask for, and is actually what the expectation ought to be when buying and using and use any of these devices. Sadly, though, as we've learned through recent whistle-blown information, this is not the case.

about three weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

ichthus News for nerds? (440 comments)

The address bar in my browser says slashdot.org, but I could swear I'm currently reading Huffpo. WTF is this story doing here?

about three weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

ichthus Re:Massive Negativity (218 comments)

if humanity in general was as negative and paranoid towards every bit of technological change

There was a time when the idea that the government would capture and store every phone conversation and email of its citizens was paranoid. There was a time, not too long ago, that nobody would ever have believed that we'd have naked body scanners at the airport -- people like you would call anyone claiming this as a possibility "paranoid." Drone surveillance of the masses? Paranoid. Law enforcement roadblocks for obligatory cheek swabs? Paranoid. National database of private medical records available to unelected government entities? Paranoid

Fuck you and your labels -- you and your naivete. If a new technology can be used for control, obviously, it will be.

about three weeks ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

ichthus What about Obama? (824 comments)

I wonder how many of these employees voted for Obama before his position on gay marriage "evolved".

about three weeks ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

ichthus Will work for food (409 comments)

Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis said she'd rather see companies pay more in taxes and fund schools that way, rather than relying on their charity or free software.

No surprise there. To the teachers unions, throwing money at the problem is always the answer. They always claim that if they just had more funding, they'd be able to buy more books and supplies (or software), or shrink class sizes. But, if you provide the necessary materials for free, well then, that's just not good enough. They're like the pan handler on the street corner holding the sign that says, "Will work for food." If you try to offer them work and/or food, though, they decline -- they just want money.

about a month ago
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VLC Finally Launches App For Windows 8

ichthus Re:great news. (170 comments)

Each and every one of your arguments in favor of Windows 8 would also be applicable to DOS. Uptime? Stability? Yes, good... welcome to the last decade of operating systems. How about usability?

about a month ago
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VLC Finally Launches App For Windows 8

ichthus Re:Costs money (170 comments)

Do RT users really matter?

I'm sure both of them would say, "Yes!"

about a month ago
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VLC Finally Launches App For Windows 8

ichthus Re:No V-Sync (170 comments)

And yet, somehow, it still works great for millions of users.

about a month ago
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Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

ichthus Re:Fairly simple solution (349 comments)

If there was something wrong with the authoritative servers for the domains in question, then nobody's DNS resolution would work for those domains.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Prepare For the Theft of My Android Phone?

ichthus Re:TFC (374 comments)

Uh.... what? Elaborate, please.

about a month ago
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Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

ichthus Re:Fairly simple solution (349 comments)

Problem: Comcast's DNS servers suck.
Likely cause: They don't update often enough
Other possible cause: They choose to "block" specific sites.
Solution: Unless you can convince them to update their servers like everyone else, use a different name server.

about a month ago
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Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

ichthus Re:Stop (349 comments)

However, now that both Comcast and ATT are forcing you to use their router...

Eh? I have Comcast and use my own cable modem and router. Whatchu talking 'bout, Willis?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Prepare For the Theft of My Android Phone?

ichthus Re:Success (374 comments)

...so far, this isn't being pushed.

You're mostly right. Bill Cosby often speaks on this subject, advocating self-accountability and hard work. But, more and more, he seems to be shunned and dismissed in favor of others like Jesse Jackson who insist on blaming everyone else for the black community's woes.

about a month ago
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Mass. Legislature Strikes Back: Upskirt Photos Now Officially a Misdemeanor

ichthus Re:no surprise (256 comments)

What does forming idols for worship have to do with this?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

ichthus Re:Probably. (572 comments)

The only thing I browse at work are work related sites.

...AAaaannddd.... Slashdot?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

ichthus Re:Not MITM (572 comments)

I grow tired of people outside of IT mislabeling things, I certainly don't need more of it within our own (educated?) groups.

Fatass, donut-glazed cheetos finger douchebag IT guy statement of the day.

Just because you pay money for it and install it, this does not mean it's not a "Man in the middle." It may be company sanctioned, but it's a MITM nonetheless.

about a month and a half ago

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Benki Launches Kickstarter to Get The Internet of Things Right

ichthus ichthus writes  |  about 10 months ago

ichthus (72442) writes "We use our smartphones for everything and we should also be able to use them to control all our appliances and devices from wherever we are. Benki has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $220,000 for three initial consumer devices and a single-board microcontroller to connect other devices to Benki’s cloud service."
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Ask Slashdot: T-Mobile VoIP and the DoD

ichthus ichthus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ichthus (72442) writes "I've been a happy user of the T-Mobile @Home phone service for about nine months. Recently, though, I checked the "Advanced Routing" table on my Linksys WRTU54G-TM (the VoIP router used for this service) and noticed something odd. There was a gateway entry for 7.2.237.105. The reverse DNS points to the DoD Network Information Center in Columbus, OH. As I've watched the routing table, this address has changed to different IPs, but they always resolve to the DoD NIC.

I posted a question to T-Mobile's forum for @Home and, so far, have had three other users confirm the same behavior. T-Mobile has yet to respond, though.

Firstly, I acknowledge that this could be something benign. I don't want to sensationalize this. What I'm really after in submitting this are possible explanations for why my VoIP router appears to be talking to the US Department of Defense. Are there any other Slashdot readers with @Home that want to chime in? Are there any DISANET or T-Mobile people who can shed some light on this?

The linked post to T-Mobile's forum provides an explanation of where to find this routing table in the router's web interface."
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ichthus ichthus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ichthus writes "Poll: 'I empty my recycle/trash bin..."

* Immediately
* Daily
* Weekly
* Never
* Don't have/never use
* Into Cowboy Neal's drawers (OR) Onto Cowboy Neal's head (OR) Into Cowboy Neal's MR. Fusion(TM) (OR) Something something Cowboy Neal blah"

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