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Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

idontgno Re:Not the only problem (72 comments)

On top of that after looking through the firmware they've found that it's not custom software, but a badly configured OpenWRT build with a standard root password (set to "developer!"), an unsecured wifi ssid and sshd installed and running by default!

Interesting. Maybe "open-source", in the context that they meant it, means that all the users' private data should be open-source, rather than anything about the hardware or software.

5 days ago

Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

idontgno Re:Maybe you would and maybe you would not. (110 comments)

Lack of access to the First Lady's workout schedule is not what the people complaining about lack of transparency are upset about.

Explicit counter-example was right in parent post. David Nakamura clearly was upset about the lack of transparency in the First Lady's workout schedule.

I believe the next step is that you claim the cited example doesn't count, for reasons approximating "No True Scotsman".

5 days ago

Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

idontgno Re:Cue slippery slope arguments now... (366 comments)

Considering how the IQ is calibrated, and "genius" is a set number of of standard deviations on that scale, no, there wouldn't be.

Or, to put it less genius-ly, "if everyone's above average, no one is above average, because the average MOVES."

5 days ago

Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

idontgno I've heard this argument before (264 comments)

Specifically, anti-vaxxers.

"If so many people refuse to get vaccinated, herd immunity can't work. So why bother?"

"Because if all you voluntary natural selection candidates want to kill yourselves, my own vaccination will at least partially protect me."

Open Source at least offers the opportunity to protect yourself, to the extent of your own skill and effort. Which is the most anyone can realistically expect in this world. I have no intentions of allowing my fate to rest entirely at the tender mercy of people who think they know better than me.

about a week ago

Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

idontgno clickbait (547 comments)

Complete with unsupported (unsupportable?) assertions ("perl is dead! DEAD!") on completely wrong-headed propositions ("A programming language can die," which apparently means that "the cool kids don't want to get their precious genius minds dirty with it because it's too mainstream.")

And yet here I am, participating in the conspiracy by commenting. I hate what Slashdot has made me become. I should have walked away months, maybe years, ago.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

idontgno Re:Everyone chooses how to spend the costs busines (204 comments)

So your suggested solution is a time machine and self-support?

I'd like to introduce you to Bossy, the Spherical Cow.

about two weeks ago

Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

idontgno Most likely use of cross-race communication (152 comments)

Pickup lines by male Orcas.

"Hey, Baby, you've heard about Orcas, right? We're whales, Honey, and I do mean that in every way. Yeah. Once you've gone black and white, you never go back. And white."

about two weeks ago

Vax, PDP/11, HP3000 and Others Live On In the Cloud

idontgno "...although Oracle might dispute the need ...." (62 comments)

The driving need for sparc emulation is avoiding Oracle. Seems like a real need to me, and a real service in fulfilling the need.

about two weeks ago

DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

idontgno Re:And it could be worse. (191 comments)

The government says it's not cruel. And they intend to make it not particularly unusual.

Passes Constitutional muster to me! <rubberstamp>


about two weeks ago

Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

idontgno Re:Military personnel have a different attitude... (299 comments)

And that isn't specifically just the military background, although the military culture has a way of incubating a "just follow orders" mindset. There are others who are clever and intelligent and actually mission-oriented enough to make the conversation go like this:

"But that request is insane."
"Not my call."
"It'll do the opposite of what's intended"
"That decision is above my paygrade. So let's come up with Plan B and save management from themselves."

Sad fact of life: management is sometimes too stupid to make the right decision, and the right decision will not be made against their explicit direction. Period. Unless you're the kind of guy who's willing to go to jail to prevent those unworthy bean-counters from sullying your network.

So the best service you can render, if you care about getting the mission done rather than buffing your ego or getting the hell out of Dodge, is prepare damage control.

about two weeks ago

Verizon Wireless Caves To FCC Pressure, Says It Won't Throttle 4G Users

idontgno Re:Throttle, indeed (46 comments)

And then charge your estate for "early termination".

about three weeks ago

Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

idontgno Wrong game (137 comments)

Arkanoid had an actual backstory, for $DIETY's sake. That puts it about 1,000,000 miles ahead of Tetris.

about three weeks ago

Ebola Has Made It To the United States

idontgno Re:They need to lock this down now! (475 comments)

And more accurate, for very little more typing, for GPP to have typed "I don't know anything about Ebola, but I'm scared and loud!"

about three weeks ago

Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

idontgno Re:April Fools? (137 comments)

Right. It's April 1st Old Style*.

They recoilled away from Soviet Communism so hard they overshot back into Tsarist Imperial Russia.

*No, not really. Don't be whoosed by a feeble calendar joke. The bit about 21st Century Tsarist Russia, though, that was serious.

about three weeks ago

Ebola Has Made It To the United States

idontgno Re:Completely Contained? (475 comments)

Maybe an immigrant traveling back to the home country for a visit.

Maybe to attend a funeral.

about three weeks ago

Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

idontgno Re:A "robatic" taste tester? (103 comments)

Meanwhile, typos and poor editing still done by a drunk marmoset.

No, wait. A drunk marmoset would actually be a significant upgrade. Give it a chance!.

about three weeks ago

Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

idontgno Re:It's trolls all the way down! (590 comments)

It's approaching troll event horizon, with trolls trolling trolls who troll trolls trolling other trolls. Ridiculous.

On one hand, I'd welcome empirical evidence that black holes actually exist, even if it requires every troll on Earth to do it. OTOH, 4chan has spewed forth many notable elements of on-line culture, so its loss would be lamentable. Sorta.

I'm conflicted.

about a month ago

CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

idontgno Re:BS (280 comments)

Probably. Funerary practices in that part of the world are very home-centered, generally administered by the grieving family. That's a major current transmission route, and its emotional and traditional base gives it resistance to quarantine pressures. No one is just going to pile corpses outside waiting for the body cart, if they've spent weeks locked away caring for their dying loved one.

Dealing with the dead is a big part of epidemic management, and "doing it right" (to minimize infectiousness) is expensive, as well as insensitive to the survivors. So yeah, the dead will continue to infect the living, until it burns itself out, or until someone imposes draconian responses.

about a month ago



9th U.S. Circuit Affirms Ban of WoW Glider Bot

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 3 years ago

idontgno (624372) writes "In its judgment yesterday, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the World of Warcraft bot software Glider violates the "Anti-circumvention" provisions of the DMCA and cannot be distributed. Oddly, though, it also decided that Glider doesn't actually violate Blizzard's copyrights in the process. So exactly why does the DMCA apply?"
Link to Original Source

US Dems fill inboxes with 419 scams

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 5 years ago

idontgno (624372) writes "Looks like the U.S. Democratic National Party is hosting an unprotected web-based mail sending application which 419'ers are exploiting to get past mail filtering. (In some cases, I guess. I'd blacklist both major political parties, but that's just me.) As reported on The Register ("
Link to Original Source

Bush White House Must Find Lost Official E-Mail

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 5 years ago

idontgno (624372) writes "According to this Associated Press story (which I saw via El Reg, a U. S. District Court has ruled that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics In Washington (CREW) and the National Security Archive can continue in their lawsuit to force the White House to recover up to 225 days of "lost" official e-mail traffic from 2003. The Administration's position, rejected by U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy, was that the courts had no authority to order the recovery of the e-mail.

This ruling appears to settle the issue mentioned in this earlier Slashdot story.

On a personal note, I stand gobsmacked that the Administration's argument boiled down to "You're not the boss of me!""



Free software modtrolls strike!

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 7 years ago


I posted a reasonable, well-intentioned, and sincere query about how anyone could think that the FSF has any real leverage over Suse--any meaningful way of expressing their evident displeasure at Novell signing on with Microsoft.

There was no inflamatory language. There were no waving red flags. There was no fanboi-ism. Frankly, I don't think there was any discernable bias one way or the other.

And along comes some clueless n00b to "-1 Flamebait" it.

Simply amazing. Amazing that mod points could be graced upon a slashdotter who could be most charitably characterized as a waste of oxygen. Amazing that once said slashdotter (henceforth known as "Puddinhead") got those mod points, he could wipe the drool off his chin and summon the intellectual muscle to work the moderation combobox. Even more amazing, if this moronic abuse of moderation represented Puddinhead's idea of taking a genuine and well thought-out position on the subject rather than the spastic twitches and burbles of the defective mentality he surely has.

Sigh. I am guessing the metamods will address this, but there are plenty of fanboi sheeples who M2 here who will agree with what they read into the moderation ("How dare he question The Stallman and his Crusade!?!"). But it doesn't matter. My karma remains excellent, because in the end, this moderation is "a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."


WTF!??! A no-comment poll?

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 9 years ago Today's poll, "Favorite tool of destruction?" has among other choices "Other (specify)". (Sadly, not a CowboyNeal option, but I'll get over it.)

Anyway, great. I love chiming in. After all, "High explosives" wasn't one of their offerings, so I had to vote "Other."

Ooh, lookie, no comments at any mod level. Schweet, I get FP!

WTF!?! No "Reply" button? And why the flaming hell does it say that the discussion has already been archived? It's been up maybe a day! With NO COMMENTS! Only 5000 votes! AND NO COMMENTS!?!?!? "Archived" my caucasian butt!

Feh. So much for "Other". I just wasted my vote.

Somebody screwed up most cleverly here.

I've not angry, just terribly, terribly hurt. -- Marvin Martian


Mod points!

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 9 years ago Well, out of the blue, 5 mod points! After months of moderation drought. I wonder if this is the beginning of something big?

On the other hand, Scientific American's "Skeptic" column pointed out that we primates have a bad habit of using our acute little pattern recognition cability to draw little causal connection arrows between completely unrelated but coincidentally-timed events. So maybe it just means /.'s PRNG hiccuped just so and bestowed precious precious mod points on me.

Naah, it's really because I'm extra spe-shul.


wikiwikiwiki! That's a sound effect!

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 9 years ago I find myself slowly falling in love with wikipedia. Damn. It's scary.

Yeah, I know, it lacks authority, it's just a rabble spewing their institutionalized ignorace, it's a blog pretending to be an encyclopedia.

So, it's a lot like /. How's that for scary?

Anyways, it's fun. Lately I'm mostly playing whack-a-vandal. It's a petty game, really, but I get the cheap and vindictive thrill of undoing some yutz's graffitization of a perfectly good article. There's a moment of "In your FACE, Mr.! Don't bring your weak editing crap here NO MORE!" And then I have to ride herd on the article, because I know the foo' is coming back for more.

Eventually, I'll outgrow this phase. I guess it's like the first 5 mod points here, where the desire to smack down offtopics and flamebaits is irresistable. I'm sure in time I'll move on to more positive pursuits there, just like whenever I get modpoints here I try to upmod, not down.


Ampersand entities, national currencies, and stealth changes

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 10 years ago In a not-so-recent journal entry, I noted the rather sudden and unheralded ability of Slashcode to display the Euro currency mark: €

At the time, I tested to see whether some other currency marks would work. The yen, the pound, and the cent all failed to display.

Examine that journal entry now, and you'll find that the Yen mark (¥) and Pound mark (£) display beautifully. As they do now in this very entry.

WTF!??! How and when did this suddenly get fixed!? My old journal entries are beginning to look like unwarranted whining. I'm beginning to look like a clueless putz because of it.

Dammit. At least the cent mark isn't working:

<-- see, nothing!

(At least for now.)


Damn. I'm not getting any moderator love.

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 10 years ago My "excellent" karma is not bringing me the adulation and peer respect I was expecting. I mean, isn't karma the coin o' the realm, the key to the voting public's heart, the precious bodily fluids of human kindness?

Maybe I'm a lame-o weenie for missing it. Maybe I'm off my game. Maybe they've wised up and caught on.

Naah. It couldn't be my fault.


Maybe I'm not an HTML idiot after all!

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 10 years ago Amazing. In my last journal entry, I was bemoaning the fact that the Euro currency character ampersand-entity didn't seem to work here. Now, all of a sudden, it does. I don't think I changed anything, but right there, in my untouched post, the Euro character sits where I entered my &euro; character.

Does it still work? €

Amazing. On the upside, I can now discuss European money issues with almost the same ease with which I discuss American, Australian, Canadian, or Singapore financial topics.

Now, what about others?

Yen: ¥ <- Nope
Pound: £ <- Nope
Cent: <-Nope

Oh, well, at least the Euro is there. I wonder if non-break space is still gone, or will we be inundated by page-widening trolls? No, actually, I don't want to know.


Maybe I'm just an HTML idiot..

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 10 years ago But why does slashcode seem to have problems with ampersand-entity characters? I can't insert a Euro character to save my life.

Witness: €

Shoulda been a Euro character there. I bet there wasn't. Now, some seem to work: < for less than, > for greater than.

Perhaps it's my Mozilla settings? No, it shouldn't matter, because I seem to see Euro signs on other websites OK. I don't get it, and it seems kinda unfair to have to type out "Euros" when talking about European economic issues when I can just hit "$" for American (and Canadian, and Australian, and a few other) money.

Is there a kind soul who can explain which amp-entities work, and why the others don't?

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