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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

innocent_white_lamb Re:This needs to stop ... (388 comments)

If the movie sucks as badly as I think it will I'll just play with my cell phone for two hours.
Please don't.

The light from your cell phone is terribly distracting to everyone else who's trying to actually watch the movie. Go out to the lobby before starting your phone if you must use it while the show is on.

about two weeks ago
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Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon and MATE Editions Released

innocent_white_lamb Re:Cheers for Mint (89 comments)

I installed Centos 7 on a Lenovo Ideapad laptop a few months back and to my surprise the touchscreen worked just fine. I discovered that by accident when I was polishing a speck of dirt off of the screen and the cursor was following my cleaning tissue.

about three weeks ago
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Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

innocent_white_lamb Microsoft Windows only (143 comments)

This apparently only runs on Windows.

I really don't understand why people run sensitive and critical stuff on Microsoft Windows. (I'm not trying to be a troll.) It's the world's biggest target for malware, it's a monoculture, and it has a security model that tends toward convenience over security, and was actually bolted on after-the-fact.

Unix (Linux) is about as far from a monoculture as you can get while still remaining reasonably compatible between distributions, and it was built with security in mind.

about a month ago
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Crowdfunded Linux Voice Magazine Releases First Issue CC-BY-SA

innocent_white_lamb Re:PDF? PDF??? (62 comments)

They offer HTML versions of each article on their website too. Look a bit further down the page past the pdf link and you'll find them.

about a month ago
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Crowdfunded Linux Voice Magazine Releases First Issue CC-BY-SA

innocent_white_lamb 9 months? (62 comments)

I haven't read this magazine yet; diidn't realize it existed until today.

However, the computer industry moves so quickly -- is the information stale or outdated nine months after initial publication? If so, what's the point, other than a public relations exercise? This may be vulnerable to the same malady that killed the paper computer magazines of the 80's and 90's.

about a month ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

innocent_white_lamb Re:Community college bubble... (226 comments)

Since when do you need Microsoft Visual Studio to write or teach C and C++ programming?

I've been writing C for years and I have never actually seen Microsoft Visual Studio anywhere in the wild. (I take the maid's approach to computers: I don't do Windows.)

about a month ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

innocent_white_lamb Re:CYA (127 comments)

I own a small "mom and pop" business.

I accept cash, cash or cash. No credit or debit cards of any kind.

I save a lot of money on fees that I would otherwise have to pay to banks for accepting their cards, and I don't have to hassle around with payment terminals and the like.

All of my customers know that they have to bring cash when they come here. Anyone who doesn't know that (new people in town) find out pretty quickly on their first visit, and there is a bank machine about a half-block away from here.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

innocent_white_lamb Re:Sending e-mail reliably (139 comments)

Don't place your outgoing e-mail server in a domestic internet access. Most of they are permanently blacklisted.
Beware of your ISP/data center's network.
Be specially beware of shared hosts.

Don't use your own Internet service, don't use your ISP's network, don't use a datacenter's network, and don't use a shared host.

What's left? I see nothing more other a carrier pigeon or a paper envelope with a stamp on it.

about 2 months ago
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

innocent_white_lamb Re:Unpaid labour? (72 comments)

I really don't have any use for ReactOS, but thanks for the pointer. Perhaps others who read this might find it interesting.

Over the course of time I have discovered and reported bugs in programs like Libreoffice and Scribus, anaconda and even ncurses on one rather memorable occasion. But all of that software is of use, value and interest to me. ReactOS isn't.

about 2 months ago
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

innocent_white_lamb Unpaid labour? (72 comments)

Could someone tell me why we would want to do unpaid labour for Microsoft?

I'm quite prepared to test and help support Linux and open source projects. Microsoft? Not so much....

about 2 months ago
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The Future of Stamps

innocent_white_lamb Re:What future? (131 comments)

I used to mail cheques to the utility companies and credit card companies and whatnot, but then I discovered that I can pay all of those bills at the bank down the street. They don't charge me anything for taking those payments, either, so it's definitely cheaper than paying for a stamp, an envelope, and a cheque. And it's right down the street so I can walk in, pay cash and get a stamped receipt on the spot.

I'm sure someone is paying them for the service of taking my money and sending it on like that but that someone isn't me, so I'm pretty happy about that. It saves a lot of stamps, and cheques.

about 2 months ago
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The Future of Stamps

innocent_white_lamb Packages sent through Canada Post (131 comments)

When I send a package from the post office here, they weigh and measure it, determine the price for the postage, and print a sticker with that amount on it. They slap the sticker on the package and that's all there is to it.

I don't remember the last time I sent or received a package that had real stamps plastered on it. Letter mail sometime does, and letter mail that I send out always does since I purchase a roll of stamps once in a while for that purpose. But not packages.

about 2 months ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

innocent_white_lamb 10k most common passwords (549 comments)

Here is a list of the 10,000 most commonly used passwords. Perhaps a list like this should be incorporated into account setup programs to disallow words on this list:


10,000 Top Passwords

about 2 months ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

innocent_white_lamb Re:not Alright... (427 comments)

Audio applications? I use my phone to play music and listen to mp3's of old time radio plays regularly. It even automatically connects with the stereo system in my truck so I can play stuff off of my phone while I'm driving.

about 3 months ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

innocent_white_lamb Re:worse than crapware (427 comments)

As with so many other things in life, there are degrees involve.

Not everyone who "doesn't want to be tracked" wishes to live in a log cabin in the forest. The fact that I have a smart phone doesn't imply permission to follow me around with a camera-equipped drone all day. And I might sometimes leave my phone at home when I go out, too.

about 3 months ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

innocent_white_lamb Re:Disabled (427 comments)

Indeed. I've "disabled" Flipboard on my Galaxy S3 several times, but it keeps on getting updated and showing up again.

What in the blue schmoo is Flipboard and why would I want it on my phone anyway? It seems like one of those things that I would install myself if I wanted it; since I didn't, I don't.

about 3 months ago
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Not Finding a Job after PhD in Computer Science

innocent_white_lamb Perhaps you got the wrong degree (1 comments)

There is a popular misconception that computer science == computer programming, and that is not the case.

It sounds like you got a degree in computer science but are looking for a job as a programmer. When you state your work was on a technical topic with little practical application... you have put your finger on the problem.

about 3 months ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

innocent_white_lamb Re:ALL Corporations (316 comments)

Define "operating in the US". Does it include a business who has a US-based supplier, for example, even if the said business doesn't actually sell any products or services in the US?

about 4 months ago

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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder illegal in some states

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about 3 months ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "The 2015 Corvette has a Valet Mode that records audio and video when someone other than the owner is driving the car. Activating the Valet Mode allows you to record front-facing video as well as capture audio from within the car so you can help keep your Corvette safe when itâ(TM)s in the hands of others.

Well it turns out that recording audio from within the car may be considered a felony in some states that require notice and consent to individuals that they are being recorded and now GM is sending notices out to dealerships and customers alerting them to this fact as well as promising a future update to the PDR system."

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Got your flying car right here!

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about 8 months ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "Well, it's actually a flying truck, But close enough.

The Black Knight Transformer is a supply truck that's capable of carrying a 4000 pound payload and can be flown like a helicopter or driven over rough terrain. You can remove the drive train and replace it with an amphibious boat hull if you happen to need a flying boat instead of a flying truck.

Either way, it's a cool gadget that's currently under development for the US military."

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Lost smartphones usually probed for private data

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about 9 months ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "Security software company Symantec dropped 10 phones in each of six Canadian cities and waited to see if they would be returned. Among the questions that Symantec wanted to answer with the study was how persistent people would be in poking around a found phone.

The odds of having a lost cellphone returned are just a little better than 50/50, while the chances of it being probed by its finder are close to 100 per cent, according to the results of the experiment. Each phone was preloaded with icons for phoney apps designed to tempt the finders into tapping on them. Tracking software recorded what they couldn't resist peeking at."

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Ford replacing Microsoft Windows with Blackberry's QNX in new vehicles

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about 10 months ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "Ford has announced that their in-vehicle technology called Sync will be based on Blackberry's QNX operating system and will no longer use Microsoft Windows.
My own 2013 Ford Escape has the Windows-based Sync system. I wonder if they will issue an update to change it to QNX."

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Seismic firm sues (former) customers over regulators' releasing data

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about a year ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "Geophysical Service Inc. maps the ocean floor and then licenses that data to oil drilling companies. However, they are required to submit their data to various regulatory agencies in order to get a permit to do the mapping. Its customers can then get the data from those agencies for free. Therefore, Geophysical Services Inc. has sold its ships and hasn't booked any revenue at all since 2009.

Instead of doing any mapping, they now spend 95% of their time suing government departments, regulatory agencies and their former customers. "I do this 10 hours a day," said chief operating officer Paul Einarsson. "This is all I do."

The regulators argue that the data is not protected by copyright, that the data is not an "original work", and that their release of the data is in the public interest.

GSI uses Access to Information requests to find out if their data has been released to other parties, and then file lawsuits against those other parties."

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Who is liable when a self-driving car crashes?

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about a year ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "Current laws make the driver of a car responsible for any mayhem caused by that vehicle. But what happens when there is no driver? This article argues that the dream of a self-driving car is futile since the law requires that the driver is responsible for the operation of the vehicle. Therefore, even if a car is self-driving, you as the driver must stay alert and pay attention. No texting, no reading, no snoozing. So what's the point of a self-driving car if you can't relax or do something else while "driving"?"
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Canadian military developing stealth snowmobile

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about a year ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "The Canadian military is currently testing a $620,000 hybrid-electric stealth snowmobile. Testing includes speed, towing capacity, endurance, mobility, usability, and of course, noise emissions.

The testing and most other information about the stealth snowmobile is secret and very little information has been released other than the fact that it does exist. One document reads ""The noise level of an internal combustion engine cannot be reduced to an acceptable level for missions where covertness may be required, especially given the increased propagation of sound in cold, dry, Arctic air". Therefore, National Defence's research agency is "pursuing the development of a 'silent' snowmobile for winter operations in Canada, specifically in the Arctic."

Michael Byers, an Arctic policy expert, questions the need for a stealth snowmobile. "I don't see a whole lot of evidence that criminals and terrorists are scooting around Canada's North on snowmobiles and that we have to sneak up on them," he said."

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1-800-Got-Junk using data analytics to combat fraud

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about a year ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes ""For [the] junk removal business, it’s financial fraud that poses the greatest danger. Money is frequently moving between customers, truck drivers and corporate staff, and cash can go missing if people aren’t paying attention." 1-800-Got-Junk uses advanced software to analyze where the money is going. "For instance, Junk Net can quickly calculate the average job size, average job transaction cost and average dumping costs over a 30-day period. If the job size and transaction costs fall but the dumping costs remain the same, then there’s a chance that money is going missing.""
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Outsourcing for someone who knows nothing about programming

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about a year and a half ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "An acquaintance of mine who owns an small business is trying to outsource a programming project by putting it up for bid/proposal on some of the "offshore freelance coder" websites. She personally knows nothing about programming, which is why she is putting it out for bid in the first place. The proposals that she is getting apparently vary by a factor of about four in terms of time required and cost, and the lowest costs don't necessarily correspond to the least time required for the project. Since there is such a huge variation in the proposals and since she knows nothing about programming other than "this is what I want it to do", how can she evaluate the proposals and avoid getting screwed, especially since the proposals she is getting come from "far away places" where she likely wouldn't have much recourse in the event of a problem. What happens if it doesn't work the way that she thinks it will after she's paid for it?"
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Naked scammers blackmail men on web

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about 2 years ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "Police in Singapore have received many reports of a blackmail ring that uses attractive women to seduce men via webcam/chat. "They would commence a webcam conversation with the victims and initiate cybersex by undressing themselves first before persuading the male victims to appear nude or perform sexual acts in front of the webcams", according to the Singapore Police Force. The victim then received an email and/or phone call demanding $50,000."
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Student expelled from Montreal college for finding "sloppy coding"

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about 2 years ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "In what appears to be a more-and-more common occurrence, Ahmed Al-Khabez has been expelled from Dawson College in Montreal after he discovered a flaw in the software that the college (and apparently all other colleges across Quebec) uses to track student information.

His original intention was to write a mobile app to allow students to access their college account more easily, but during the development of his app he discovered "sloppy coding" that would allow anyone to access all of the information that the system contains about any student.

He was initially ordered to sign a non-disclosure agreement stating that he would never talk about the flaw that he discovered, and he was expelled from the college shortly afterward."

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Scrabble needs a new scoring system

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about 2 years ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "A researcher says that some letters are over valued and some are under-valued in Scrabble, due to recent changes to the lists of allowable words. Z and X are now much easier to play and should be worth less, while U, M and G should be worth more than they are now. Joshua Lewis wrote a program to re-calculate the value of each letter to better reflect the current usage. The co-president of the North American Scrabble Players Association says that he often hears criticism of Scrabble's scoring system, but any change would bring about "catastrophic outrage". A spokesman for Mattel says that they have no plans to change the game."
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Red announces 4K digital cinema player and distribution system

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about 2 years ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "Red has announced the availability of their Redray player (4k resolution video player) as well as Odemax, which is a distribution system for independent filmmakers to get their movies into both homes and movie theatres.

The hardware aspect of this is neat, but the distribution system could be disruptive to the current Hollywood studio system (and the MPAA)

An official announcement regarding the Odemax distribution system will be made at the Sundance Film Festival."

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Canada dismisses U.S. concern over fake military parts

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "While a US Congressional investigation found over 1800 cases involving over one million counterfeit parts from China in American-made military equipment, the Canadian defence minister isn't concerned, even though Canada purchases its military equipment from the same contractors as the US does."
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How a techie can deal with a pacemaker

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "My wife got a pacemaker last Thursday and now that she's home we are finding
that we have to make a few changes.

She (and I) spend a lot of time on our computers. She told me that she felt
dizzy after sitting in front of her computer for several minutes, and I figured
out that it was her wireless Microsoft mouse that was at fault, probably
because she has her hand right on a radio transmitter when using the mouse. I
removed that and replaced it with a wired mouse. She felt much better
immediately after I removed the wireless mouse, so that was obviously at least
part of the problem.

I am also thinking that I could move her computer far away from her if I
have to, using USB extension cables and a monitor extension cable. I haven't
done that yet, though — I'm not sure if it will be necessary or not.

I did get her a wired phone for her today to put on computer desk to replace the
wireless phone that she has been using up to now.

This all amounts to ongoing experimentation to find out what's going to work
and be beneficial, and what won't.

Do any of you folks have any experience with this pacemaker stuff? Any
suggestions for what I can do to minimize or eliminate anything that might
affect her pacemaker?

It's a whole new world of learning for both of us."

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