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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

idontgno Re:Slashdot can't count votes? (175 comments)

Or, if you're using a Pentium, 19.95 year ago. Or 20.03. Something like that.

Close enough.

1 hour ago
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FCC Fines Verizon For Failing To Investigate Rural Phone Problems

idontgno Re:copper lines going away like analog TV (94 comments)

I imagine that could certainly be a line quality problem: a random scavenger trying to recycle your phone line while you're trying to use it.

2 days ago
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NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

idontgno Re:Hey! I've been gypped! (145 comments)

Umm... what are the head/cylinder/track counts for a Samsung 840 SSD? Also, is it fast enough for "Interleave=2", or will I have to leave interleave set to 3?

Terrible tech support, Samsung. I just can't find this critical information on your website at all!

3 days ago
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U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks

idontgno Re:How accessible is this port? (100 comments)

Have you try to read the article?

Hmmm... "http://slashdot.org".

You must be new here.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

idontgno New Laptop? Windows? (467 comments)

I thought the included (pre-installed) Microsoft Windows Defender (or Windows Security Essentials) was already good enough.

That, plus not installing every stupid piece of malware-studded "freeware" I come across and being a bit conservative in my browsing, has always been enough since Windows 7.

Windows after 7 also has a built-in software firewall, so wouldn't seem like you'd need one of those either.

I just can't picture needing anything beyond that.

5 days ago
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U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks

idontgno Re:How accessible is this port? (100 comments)

And WTF does a serial port (which may be physically protected) have jack-shit to do with the Internet?

I could be imagining things, but I seem to recall a time in the far-off and glorious past when Slashdot summaries weren't incomplete to the point of being actively misleading.

5 days ago
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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

idontgno Re:Please develop for my dying platform! (307 comments)

I am still patiently waiting for Netflix to follow through on a TRS-80 version.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

idontgno Re:beer wants to be free (570 comments)

Don't anthropomorphize beer.

It doesn't like it.

about a week ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

idontgno Re:This will work great.. (322 comments)

I don't know why you think your statement has any relevance here.

about a week ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

idontgno Re:It all comes down to payroll (263 comments)

The first rule of business economics club is never talking about business economics club.

The second rule of business economics club is that you never take all costs into consideration. As much as possible, make those someone else's problem: your minions', your successor's, another division's, the great big greater economy, the ecology, whatever. But keep all the success/credit/profit for yourself.

Then cash out and find another place to pillage.

Yes, business economics club is kind of like piracy, but more boring and venial.

about a week ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

idontgno Re:Wait a minute (248 comments)

I see later down in this discussion that the engine steering is done with pressurized fuel, which is presumably then dumped into the exhaust stream to burn. And the other actuators are too far from there to make it practical to extend the fuel-based hydraulic system to them.

Weird set of engineering compromises, but they make sense. Too bad about underestimating the capacity needed for the upper hydraulic reserve.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

idontgno Re:Wait a minute (248 comments)

Maybe the main-engine vectoring used hydraulic actuators? Internal verniers, nozzle steering, engine steering... something has to push it around, and why would you have two actuation systems? If you're too mass-cheap for a closed-loop hydraulics, a complete independent actuator system for thrust steering seems like a bad bargain.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

idontgno Loophole Alert! (551 comments)

"We do listen to users."

But if you're one of the rebel scum, you're not a user so I don't have to listen to you. Nyah nyah nyah!

about two weeks ago
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Google Finally Quashes Month-Old Malvertising Campaign

idontgno Re:Not a priority (56 comments)

I'd gone years without using adblocking software,

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

-- H. L. Menken

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

idontgno Re:The Dangers of the World (784 comments)

If the local police feel that the world is such a dangerous place, perhaps they would be better employed fixing that, rather than interfering with young kids going out to play.

It's easier to corral the sheep than face the wolves. Even if some of the sheep don't want to cooperate. That's why you castrate them.

Maybe it's not so baaaad.

about two weeks ago
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Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking

idontgno Re:How could they? (179 comments)

I think Hanlon's Razor needs an update:

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

about two weeks ago
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There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet

idontgno Re:Jurors (303 comments)

That's the secret: the side that uses a car analogy secures the victory.

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

idontgno Re:When I was a young squirt (314 comments)

I don't mean to one-up (ok, actually, I am), but my first computer was from Radio Shack as well. A TRS-80 (later, it would be called a Model I, but at the time it was the only model so didn't need a steenkin' model badge). 4 whole kilobytes of RAM. A tiny BASIC interpreter in-ROM which probably started life as someone's punched-tape baby. 300 baud I/O for highly unreliable audio cassette storage. A video monitor that started out life as a gutted-down RCA black-and-white TV. It's the reason I'm a SW/Systems Engineer instead of an Electrical Engineer.

I was in a local Radio Shack late last year. There was virtually nothing there for me. I guess some of the Arduino toys were cool, but for my degree of urgency I'd be far better off shopping online. And their consumer electronics stopped being interesting sometime shortly after the 1980s.

A little sad, a little nostalgic, but the same way as discovering the ol' neighborhood has changed so much and all the landmarks you remember are gone. If they bulldozed the whole thing, it wouldn't be much different.

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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Intel Subsidiary Fined by US Commerce Department for Crypto Exports

idontgno idontgno writes  |  about 3 months ago

idontgno (624372) writes "It's almost like the good old days: Intel subsidiary Wind River Systems was fined $750,000 by the US Bureau of Industry and Security for exporting crypto to such rogue states as China and Israel. I bet you didn't know that was still illegal.

This hasn't happened in a while, as far as I can tell. Does this mean that crypto's going to be locked up like it was back in the days of 40-bit SSL?"

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

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 4 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?"
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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 (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/28/democratic_party_419_abuse/)"
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Bush White House Must Find Lost Official E-Mail

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 6 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!""

Journals

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Free software modtrolls strike!

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Weird.

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."

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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

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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.

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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. 204.23.152.19! 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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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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