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Top US Lobbyist Wants Broadband Data Caps

jargon82 Re: Help us Google Fiber! You're our only hope. (568 comments)

You can do this without killing the ISPs even. The municipality can own the cable in the streets and on the poles, and bring it back to a POP where different ISPs can connect in. You want to switch from comcast to verizon? Someone moves a cable in the POP, and it's done.

I think this is the logical next step, as it'll be a bit easier to do this without the ISPs lobbying it away. (but still nearly impossible)

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Shop For a Laptop?

jargon82 Re:mac (732 comments)

They also last a good 6 years... (assuming they ever stop working.)

more than 2 years ago

Why Google Is Disabling Kids' Gmail Accounts

jargon82 Re:Who's fault is it? (228 comments)

I hate "social" trivia. Please don't do this...

more than 2 years ago

OccupySF IT Admins Using Pedal Power For Protest

jargon82 Re:These people need to find jobs. (202 comments)

The American Work Ethic? I'd say they have it. They're pedaling to keep things going.
I've met many of those protesting. You know what? Many of them do have jobs. They do have lives. They're there anyway because they know things are messed up.

In my city the protestors are feeding the homeless. They're doing good works, and they're encouraging discussion about the future of our nation. There is no possible way this is a bad thing. Why are there so many unemployed out there? It isn't because the employed don't care, it's because the employed are trying to keep their jobs.

Pedal away, SF.

more than 2 years ago

60% of AOL's Profits Come From Misinformed Customers

jargon82 Re:My grandmother is one of them... (301 comments)

Business laptops still have them. At least, mine (thinkpad) does.

more than 3 years ago

New Tech Promises Cheap Gene Sequencing In Minutes

jargon82 Re:let's hope (121 comments)

Don't basement-dwelling virgins weed themselves out of the gene pool?

more than 3 years ago

Single-Player Game Model 'Finished,' Says EA Exec

jargon82 Re:Piracy (439 comments)

But if you invite them over to play, you'll only buy one copy... they don't make as much that way!

This is why I still love my PS2. Lots of multiplayer splitscreen games means I can play with the family, or friends who come over.

more than 3 years ago

Web-Users Fall For Fake Anti-Virus Scams

jargon82 Re:PEBKAC (272 comments)

Lets consider though, if you did setup your parents/grandparents/whatever with linux. If they ran ubuntu, and a window (in firefox) popped up saying they were infected, would they still not fill in their credit card info? I realize it would look like a "windows" window, as do you, but would that really stop the clueless?

Maybe, but probably not. I'm not saying running linux won't make them at least a LITTLE more secure, but I doubt it would solve this issue in all cases, either. If anything, the popup blocker might. Maybe :)

more than 3 years ago

When DLC Goes Wrong

jargon82 Re:Change your attitude first (261 comments)

Have you bought a house? Every house has it's quirks. Most of these are discovered after at least a few weeks of "use." Often, you can pay a little extra to fix or improve the quirks, or you can just live with them. I'd say the initial walkthroughs, the home inspections, etc, are not too far removed from reviews of games.

If the reviews all say it's terrible, it's crap, it's incomplete, you don't buy it. Just like the the home inspector tells you the furnace is likely to explode in a month or two, you don't buy the house.

On the other hand, the lack of being able to resell games, etc, does annoy the heck out of me. No, I wouldn't download a house, but I sure as heck want to be able to sell the one I bought when I'm done with it. And the garage should still come with it, even if I added it later :)

more than 3 years ago

Hunters Shot Down Google Fiber

jargon82 Re:Immature and Gun Happy (1141 comments)

I'm an american, and outside law enforcement officers, I've seen perhaps 3 or 4 guns in private possession in my life. I suppose they must be out there somewhere, and I've sure heard stories that make me shake my head, but I think those stories get a little overblown with regards to how many of us own or carry a gun.

more than 3 years ago

Big Brother In the School Cafeteria?

jargon82 Re:indoctrination (425 comments)

Most of this teaches responsibility with money. Lost/spent your lunch money on the way to school? Bout 1pm you'll realize you should have been more careful.

more than 3 years ago

School Swaps Math Textbooks For iPads

jargon82 Re:Expensive (439 comments)

It should be criminal to base next years funding on what was spent last year and little else. This needs to be fixed before any of these depts are going to address the other side of it (spending in order to have access in the future to similar funds). I've seen some downright insane wastes as a result of end of year surpluses.

more than 3 years ago

Teacher Asks Students To Plan a Terrorist Attack

jargon82 Re:How do you anticipate weak points (412 comments)

Back in high school I bought a laptop at a garage sale that turned out to be chock full of qbasic code and the PDS compiler. One of the programs allowed you to net send but specify the "from" computername. This was of course used only for kind and gentle purposes at the time, but before posting this I googled around to see how this was possible. Anyone got a clue? :) I seriously doubt I still have the code 14 years later.

more than 3 years ago

China To Close 2,000 Factories In Energy Crackdown

jargon82 Re:Meanwhile, here in the West... (242 comments)

They are (mostly) bonds, not loans. They mature when they mature, you can't call them in whenever you like. There is a real risk that china will become more reluctant to lend in the future though.

more than 3 years ago

Jailbreaking iPhone Now Legal

jargon82 Re:Fail (423 comments)

I think you should contact the EFF about this issue.

about 4 years ago

RIAA Accounting — How Labels Avoid Paying Musicians

jargon82 Re:Yet I still pay for CDs... (495 comments)

Only them. And flattr, anyway. Still. 90% (I think flattr takes 10%) is better than the nothing they appear to be getting now?

about 4 years ago

MS Design Lets You Put Batteries In Any Way You Want

jargon82 Re:And in other news... (453 comments)

It's actually not a diode, but rather new battery contacts that only make contact with either the positive or negative connection at either end (but not both). Simple, nothing new required but wiring and these new connectors, and nothing to get in the way of the function of the device. I'm actually mildly impressed.

about 4 years ago

Subscription-Based 'Hulu Plus' Is Now Official

jargon82 Re:Wait... (434 comments)

Well, when you put it that way... :) It tends to be enough for us, either way. There's a good bit of content! It might not be what you thought you were looking for, but that doesn't mean it's bad either.

more than 4 years ago

Subscription-Based 'Hulu Plus' Is Now Official

jargon82 Re:Wait... (434 comments)

We dumped cable long ago. We have a netflix account, netflix online access for whats on there, which isn't tons, but it's not bad... as well as hulu for what they've got (lots of very current TV content). Presently get about 20 channels (or more? I'm not that sure) over the air. It's enough for us and the kids to have stuff to watch when it matters, and little enough that we don't spend days each week watching TV :) I might well sign up for this if it expands the library a bit, but it depends. Sounds like it could be a bargain compared to other options.

more than 4 years ago

Bill Proposes Canadian Cellphone Unlocking Rights

jargon82 Re:Oh Canada (359 comments)

Yes, but it's not a big deal since you can just store it outside year round. Lower electrical and storage costs make up for slow sales.

more than 4 years ago



Bringing students to Free and Open Source.

jargon82 jargon82 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jargon82 (996613) writes "Bringing new, intelligent minds to the ranks of the Free and Open Source community is an important task, and recently some members of this community got together to help spread the knowledge. Asheesh Laroia of the openhatch knows this better than most. The project's goal is to make it easier for anyone with an interest to jump right in and contribute to Free and Open Source Software projects.
To this end, and with some help, an event was held in Philadelphia to bring undergraduates into the FOSS world.

This event took place at the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and involved thirty students from Penn and beyond. These students were hand picked: Each of them applied for a spot at the event, and the only those who were the most excited were chosen to take part. The 2 day long event (the article only covers the first day) aimed to teach these students how to be a part of the community and apply their own skills to the myriad of projects out there, through four modules in online communication, how to get, build, and modify source, project organization, and basic Linux and command line skills.

Events like this point towards a bright future for Free and Open Source software."

Link to Original Source

PA School laptop spying, 1000s of pics found.

jargon82 jargon82 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jargon82 (996613) writes "You may remember the story not long ago about Lower Merion School district in Pennsylvania, USA allegedly spying on students via webcams in the school issued laptops. Well, some of the results are in, and they are interesting. includes the following: 'The material disclosed by the district contains hundreds of photos of Robbins and his family members — "including pictures of Blake partially undressed and of Blake sleeping," the motion states.'

While it seems clear the school is very deeply in the wrong, there is still much debate as to how wrong and exactly what should be done about it. The good news is as a result of this story many schools have stepped back to take a look at their students privacy and worked to make it better, or assure that their programs don't interfere with it. is a call that went out from a district very near the incident explaining their stance on it.

There have been numerous stories posted on slashdot about this particular incident, and this is merely the latest information on it. Links here."

Link to Original Source

School spying on student webcams

jargon82 jargon82 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jargon82 (996613) writes "A Pennsylvania high school is using laptops they issued to students to spy on them in homes and outside of school. According to a class action filling the webcams and microphones in these laptops could be remotely activated by school officials, and have been used in this role. One student was accused of "improper behavior in his home" and the school provided a photo taken via his laptop as proof."

freenode irc network purchased by yahoo

jargon82 jargon82 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jargon82 (996613) writes "In an interesting move, yahoo is purchasing the freenode irc network to expand their communications offerings. By integrating search technology into irc and developing ties to their web and chat systems, they expect to dramatically improve things like yahoo chat."


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