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Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails

jameshofo Re: Just imagine "if" (347 comments)

So true. Just wait until the agency comes back with "we can't use our technology for frivolous legal matters".

about 3 months ago

US May Prevent Chinese Hackers From Attending Def Con, Black Hat

jameshofo It all makes sense (193 comments)

The implied ending to "Yes we can" is "do whatever the hell we want"

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

jameshofo That sucks (552 comments)

Well I'm a little disappointed in the narrow-minded responses of "just pull the plug". Regardless, I understand its just a TV show, House did an episode with a patient in locked in syndrome. Episode 5x19 in that they used a brain computer interface, that looks like it took a lot of effort for little return. If it was me I would start asking the doctors to do deep brain stimulation or ECT, in hopes that electricity can help open up some of the damaged passageways. There is a good tech talk about how ECT is used here. Realistically her brain is probably going to have to learn to re-wire and understand how it needs to communicate with the rest of the body again.

Best of luck!

about 4 months ago

Verizon's Plan To Snoop On Its Customers

jameshofo Wait what (85 comments)

They haven't been doing that all along anyway?

about 5 months ago

FTC Approves Tesla's Direct Sales Model

jameshofo Re:Will not matter. (328 comments)

Why is there so much about computers,

"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home." Ken Olsen, co-founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977


about 5 months ago

Can the iPhone Popularize Fingerprint Readers?

jameshofo Re:How do you change your fingerprints (356 comments)

Really good point, "well my fingerprint is compromised, time to have this one burned off"

1 year,6 days

Interviews: Q&A With Guido van Rossum

jameshofo Tricks (242 comments)

Do you have any personal tricks or methods to learning new things, and what are the benefits/shortfalls or situations where it didn't work?

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Experiences Working At a High-Profile Game Studio?

jameshofo how long... (189 comments)

will you continue to be friends if he hates it, you duty as a grind is to dispense advice (if requested or appropriate). and empower the decisions he does make, it is NOT your duty to make sure he makes the decision you like.

about a year ago

Aging Is a Disease; Treat It Like One

jameshofo Re: Yeah, that's just what the world needs (625 comments)

and it would quickly turn out that only the rich would be able to afford it while the poor die at the same rate, how does this improve society?

about a year ago

Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

jameshofo Don't worry (629 comments)

It only effected a small handful of people unlucky enough to have windows phones.

about a year ago

NSA Broke Privacy Rules Thousands of Times Per Year, Audit Finds

jameshofo The system works! (312 comments)

See, they told us about it! Surely we can trust them. Don't worry next month we'll get some new tidbit after this calms down, as they "turn up the heat a little more".

about a year ago

Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed

jameshofo Yea.... (692 comments)

Because publicly traded companies breed and promote people who stay within the box, and apply the model that the investors, accountants, and whoever else are OK with. Bureaucracy and politics are self perpetuating cycles that assimilate good ideas to meet their wold view.

about a year ago

NSA Firing 90% of Its Sysadmins

jameshofo Solid (634 comments)

That's hard core millitary logic right there. "lets not fix the real problem, lets just fire people who could point them out"

about a year ago

Other Agencies Clamor For Data NSA Compiles

jameshofo Re:2 points (144 comments)

How about, if it ever was misused in those ways, will we even know...oh right, that's number 1.

about a year ago

Other Agencies Clamor For Data NSA Compiles

jameshofo Re:No Catfood (144 comments)

Surely they won't abuse it after this!

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: IT Staff Handovers -- How To Take Over From an Outgoing Sys Admin?

jameshofo Ask (195 comments)

Ask about the problem children and squeaky wheels (regarding to servers), that will get you down to the one-off fixes that are held up by bits of string and expect scripts that rely on chaining ssh across 5 machines to touch a file that doesn't exist. Ask about the oldest equipment, and spend some extra time getting to know your world. Leverage the time you have with him, when he goes home for the day scour the network and start looking at boxes and going over notes, when you run into problems write them down and ask him about those.

And you dont have a week you have 4 days, because the last day he may show up but you most likely wont get much out of him unless its a quick Q and A. That and keep your resume up to date because you may want to use it again soon.

about a year ago

With Microsoft Office on Android, Has Linus Torvalds Won?

jameshofo Re:No but Google did (365 comments)

I was referring to the narrative that since Microsoft released software for Android Linus won. Pointing out with the title that Google really builds and controls the SDK to a point and that Microsoft has released Office on Mac's for a long time, before windows in fact,, So if Office is the measure of making it, isn't apple on top? Or more to the original point, this isn't really a good metric since "it's just on android". Now Office running without wine on a desktop Linux distribution, where Microsoft actually has a large market share would be impressive. Microsoft has never done well with mobile, and continues to do bad, they've just started caring about it because its starting to displace full blow desktops.

about a year ago

With Microsoft Office on Android, Has Linus Torvalds Won?

jameshofo No but Google did (365 comments)

Android is not Linux, and by that definition apple won a long time ago.

about a year ago

Early Surface Sales Pitiful

jameshofo Relivent in 10 years (251 comments)

Some day Microsoft will make a really good case study as a company that had the PC world on a string and ended up making themselves irrelevant by trying to copy a model that works and turning it into something that doesn't.

about a year ago


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