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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

jlv Re:Consensus (590 comments)

Whether or not you know weather is not climate, you won't know how thick the ice is until you climb it.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

jlv Too soon (170 comments)

Come back in 10 years when it can be called a "classic" platform.

about a month and a half ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

jlv Re:aaargh! pinheads in the IT. (234 comments)

All the companies I've worked for didn't allow a split-tunnel VPN from corporate laptops.

Split-tunnel pretty much kills the whole point of using a VPN.

That's from the corporate IT point of view.

From my own machine point of view, having all my traffic routed to my employer kills the whole point of having a fast Internet connection.

about 2 months ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

jlv Re:aaargh! pinheads in the IT. (234 comments)

He should run the VPN in a VM and not on his main host, to avoid this dumb VPN client from hijacking his traffic.

about 2 months ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

jlv Oh no (234 comments)

When my FiOS went from 25/25 to 50/25, my measured rate went from 25/25 to 60/40! I hope that with this "update", I don't end up being downgraded to 50/50.

about 2 months ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

jlv Re:Automation is killing jobs faster than ever (435 comments)

I think it would be funny to steal cars and program to circle the Beltway endlessly until they run out of gas. We could see how many we could get going at once. It'd be even better if we could put them into 'Senior Citizen' mode, where they randomly speed up and slow down, and change lanes without signalling.

Randomly speeding up or slowing down, and changing lanes without signalling is called "Massachusetts Mode".

about 2 months ago
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Exploiting Wildcards On Linux/Unix

jlv This just in! (215 comments)

Unpacking 'shar' archives via 'sh' considered dangerous.

about 3 months ago
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US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

jlv Re:Open Source my car dashboard (216 comments)

Of the two (I've programmed for both), I'd go with Android (and not "CarPlay").

But, my car is a Leaf and far too much crap is integrated into their existing dashboard systems.

about 3 months ago
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Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Websites From Its Global Index

jlv Re:Doesn't this already happen? (248 comments)

There should be no "right to be forgotten" any more than a right to leach off the livelihood of others.

about 3 months ago
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US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

jlv Open Source my car dashboard (216 comments)

I really want the code running in my dash board to be open source, so that I can *replace* the crud the auto maker put in there with something with dumb limits and restrictions.

about 3 months ago
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EA Ending Online Support For Dozens of Games

jlv Wii games (329 comments)

I didn't even know EA was involved in any of the Wii RockBand servers. So much for playing online with my brother and sister in-law.

about 4 months ago
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It's World Password Day: Change Your Passwords

jlv Re:World Packet Trace Day (116 comments)

Or even better, type your new password into our webpage and we'll tell you if it's secure.

about 4 months ago
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It's World Password Day: Change Your Passwords

jlv World Packet Trace Day (116 comments)

Change your passwords today, so our new filters can capture them!

about 4 months ago
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Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced

jlv Re:Certain Disappointment (325 comments)

JJ Abrams did a good job with the new Star Trek movies.

Not really.

He made two very nice space action/adventure movies. They just really had nothing to do with Star Trek. The only "Star Trek" in it was that he reused the names of existing characters and made them act entirely differently. They could have all had different names and differently shaped ships, and it would have worked just fine with the "Star Trek" name on it.

He just plundered the existing fan base. He'll do the same with Star Wars.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

jlv Bell Western Electric 500 (702 comments)

Unlike newer alternatives, this are still working great.

Added bonus: you can hammer a nail with bakelite.

about 5 months ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

jlv Re:Lobbying aside (423 comments)

It amazes me that people *still* give the government interest free loans. Getting money back via your tax return is bad. I strive to owe the government the maximum amount I can each year without penalty.

about 5 months ago
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Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

jlv Asimov (224 comments)

I do remember reading a similar proposal in one of Isaac Asimov's non-fiction books.

His proposal included having January 1 start on a Sunday. This meant there were 13 months each with a Friday the 13th. He considered this appropriate, as I recall.

about 6 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

jlv Re:Raid != backup (983 comments)

mod +1

And "onsite backup" != "reliable backup".

This is an important point that many people miss when the think of backups.

A had a friend who had a RAID and additionally used an external drive for offline backups. He kept the external drive in a safe when not doing a backup. Unfortunately, his house burned down, destroying all his computers. The safe wasn't safe enough as the external drive didn't work afterwards (I think the heat got to it).

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

jlv Re:Yes they did. (572 comments)

Intercepting the network traffic of dishonest employees stealing company time and network access is perfectly legitimate, as is the company reselling the captured personal data in the open market.

Management says that sales of captured employee personal data probably recover 75-80% of losses resultant from stolen company time, and increases shareholder value dramatically.

mod +1 funny

about 6 months ago

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