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F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

jbov Re:Think of real highways (410 comments)

The GP's analogy isn't right. The way he or she describe it IS how turnpikes work. However, with these Internet fast lanes, it isn't about the consumer paying to use the faster road. Instead, it as about the super chain grocery store paying to have better roads built to their store. Meanwhile, the roads become deteriorated to the locally owned grocery store that cannot afford the highway upgrade fees. The consumer, in this case, cannot pay to have a smooth commute to the locally owned store.

about 5 months ago

Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

jbov Sure it is (394 comments)

I wasn't wearing crampons, snowshoes, ski boots, clown shoes, or swim fins. I was wearing boots. Boots are standard footwear. They are commonly worn in four-wheel drive SUVs.

about 6 months ago

Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

jbov Not enough foot room in smaller vehicles (394 comments)

I had a Dodge truck and a Nissan Xterra, both with standard transmissions, which I would drive daily. Every time I'd drive the Xterra with boots on I'd end up slamming on the brake pedal while depressing the clutch. I thought I was just used to driving the wider spaced pedals in the truck. It turns out, there just wasn't enough room in the Xterra for wearing boots. I considered it a design flaw.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?

jbov It's fine (246 comments)

They are being taught to use truncate instead.

about 6 months ago

Psychologists: Internet Trolls Are Narcissistic, Psychopathic, and Sadistic

jbov Trolling the trolls (293 comments)

Breaking news: Psychologists and spotlight trolling by trolling Internet trolls. More at 11.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Events Calendar Software For Local Community?

jbov Good point (120 comments)

You bring up a valid point about having the same event repeating on several different intervals. Note to the OP: you can repeat an event every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:00 PM. However, as hazah stated, you can't repeat the same event on Monday at 7:00, Wednesday at 8:00, and Friday at 6:00 without having to kludge something together.

I don't think the interface entry is a show stopper though. If CSS alone doesn't provide a good looking, intuitive interface, then it can be cleaned up nicely with the Display Suite module. Finally, even if display suite and CSS together don't do the trick, making a module to alter the node edit/add form for one content type is a trivial task.

All in all, I'm still of the opinion that Drupal would be a good fit for the project.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Events Calendar Software For Local Community?

jbov Drupal (120 comments)

Drupal would fit this project well. Here is what you can accomplish with Drupal for your project:

- Visitors may register for accounts. The usual suspects like CAPTCHA for the registration & login form, password reset feature, e-mail verification, etc.. are either core or available with modules.
- Members can subscribe to event listings via the notifications module.
- Members can PM other members.
- Visitor's or registered users may post events with moderator approval
- Using the views, taxonomy, better exposed filters, and date modules, you may list and filter events by date, type, etc...
- Events are searchable. You can also use Apache Solr integration if you need to speed things up.
- Dates can be chosen with a jQuery pop-up calendar.
- Recurring dates can be done by enabling the Date Repeat
- You can specify start and end dates. You can also specify "all day" instead of listing a time.
- Event locations can be stored, and displayed using the Google Maps API
- Proximity searches are available with Views and the Location modules.
- Images can be posted for these events, and displayed in a lightbox style gallery.
- Contact information may be posted for the event coordinator.
- Visitor's can use a personal contact form or entity form to contact the owner of an event via a web based form.
- By using the proper fields for the data you are storing, the data can be validated to check that a web address, e-mail address, phone number, etc.. is in the proper format. You may also create your own validation rules.
- Comments can be made on an event listing, with moderator approval.
- The fivestar module will allow visitors to rate events.

The possibilities are somewhat endless. If you choose a dedicated calendar application, instead of a web CMS, you'll soon outgrow the features and be faced with the task of migrating your site.

about 8 months ago

Health Exchange Sites Crushed By Demand; Shutdown Blanks Other Gov't Sites

jbov Actually, they may have (565 comments)

Actually, they may have powered down many servers. For example,,, and all point to the same host and serve the same generic page. Additionally, since the notice pages are static, then it is entirely possible, maybe probable, that the database servers for the Library of Congress, the FCC, the NASA sites may all have been shut down.

about a year ago

Ron Paul Asks UN For Help Geting Control of Domain From Fans

jbov Re:Why should he be allowed to have it? (611 comments)

Yep, I see no reason why fame achieved through holding elected office should afford any further special privileges.

That's good, because it has nothing to do with that.

Just check for an example...

Comparing this to the dispute is idiotic. The owner of had the last name "Nissan", and used the site for purposes unrelated to Nissan Motor Company. The owners of are using the "fame achieved through holding elected office" by Ron Paul to profit from his trademarked name.

about a year and a half ago

Ron Paul Asks UN For Help Geting Control of Domain From Fans

jbov Correct (611 comments)

Mod parent up

about a year and a half ago

Ron Paul Asks UN For Help Geting Control of Domain From Fans

jbov ^ This (611 comments)

Someone finally got it right

about a year and a half ago

Ron Paul Asks UN For Help Geting Control of Domain From Fans

jbov The one with the trademark (611 comments)

The one with the trademark gets the rights, if you are profiting by selling goods representative of the trademark holder.

about a year and a half ago

Your Hands Were Made For Punching According To New Study

jbov Re:As a boxer... (240 comments)

After a while you figuratively have 'hands of stone.'


about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would You Include In a New Building?

jbov Re:Optical fiber link to every desk (422 comments)

All the better to introduce the Stuxnet Virus.

You do realize that wireless can be made secure much easier than ethernet right?

You do realise that hundreds of unshielded electrical motors ... It is not security. It is signal to NOISE!

You do realize that the GP was replying to someone who claimed a wireless network was more likely to introduce the Stuxnet Virus, right?

about 2 years ago

Oracle To Pay Google $1 Million For Lawyer Fees In Failed Patent Case

jbov Re:Patents (97 comments)

Deflating a joke is not pretentious when the joke is stupid and ignorant.

How you chose to do it is pretentious. Why not just explain that you feel the joke is stupid and ignorant?

This joke derives its humor from the Greedy Lawyers meme, which I consider supremely stupid. Americans sue each other at the drop of a hat (literally! []) and we make fun of lawyers for cashing in?

Maybe you don't understand the greedy lawyers meme. It goes something like this. Plaintiffs seek damages. Lawyers inflate damages. Lawyers charge plaintiff exorbitant sums of money. Lawyers get rich. For example, when a small company sued RIM for patent infringement, the company was awarded $612.5 million. The law firm received over $200 million of this.

Anyway, the distinction between copyrights and patents is important (and I still think this specific judgment was about copyrights, even if the larger case originally involved patents) and there's nothing nitpicky about pointing out the difference.

The distinction between copyrights and patents is important. The distinction between copyright and patents NOT important in the context of the GPs joke. The case involved both patents and copyrights, so your correction and demand for the GP to RTFA is just arrogant drivel.

about 2 years ago

Oracle To Pay Google $1 Million For Lawyer Fees In Failed Patent Case

jbov Re:Patents (97 comments)

RTFA, This was about copyrights, not patents.

RTFA. The lawsuit in its entirety was about both.
The GP's was attempting to be funny. The choice of the word "patents" does nothing to detract from the message. Your attempt at nitpicking a humorous post is pretentious.

about 2 years ago

Should Developers Be Sued For Security Holes?

jbov Meanwhile Adobe (550 comments)

Meanwhile, Adobe's lobbyists are preparing a formal application to have their Adobe Reader and other software excluded from such litigation.

about 2 years ago



Kickstarter security breach exposes customer data

jbov jbov writes  |  about 7 months ago

jbov (2202938) writes "Kickstarter members received an e-mail at about 16:40 EST notifying them of a security breach. According to the e-mail, information including user names, encrypted passwords, mailing addresses, and phone numbers may have been revealed. Kickstarter members were urged to change their passwords.

Kickstarter has claimed that credit card information was not accessed during the breach.

According to Kickstarter, law enforcement officials contacted Kickstarter on Wednesday night and alerted the company that "hackers had sought and gained unauthorized access to some of our customers' data.". Upon learning of the breach, Kickstarter claims to have closed the security breach and began taking strengthened security measures."
top claims LinkedIn will outlive Facebook

jbov jbov writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jbov (2202938) writes "In an article bashing Facebook's acquisition of Instagram for $1 billion, author Geoffrey James claims that the social media site geared towards professionals,, is better positioned to stand the test of time than social media giant Facebook. Geoffrey surmises that is not susceptible to being replaced by something more trendy, because it contains "fundamentally dull information", and doesn't try to be trendy in the first place. At the bottom of the article, describing Facebook as "not cool anymore" and only tolerated "because it's convenient", visitors are required to log into Facebook to post comments."
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Densest Matter Created in Big-Bang Machine

jbov jbov writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jbov (2202938) writes "Quark-gluon plasma has been created in the Large Hadron Collider. The matter is a perfect liquid, hotter than the sun by more than 100K times, and denser than a neutron star."
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