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ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

jmd Chromebook Acer c720 (344 comments)

I bought an Acer Chromebook c720. Wiped ChromeOS and installed Bodhi Linux.

Nothing wrong with ChromeOS that Linix can't fix.

about two weeks ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

jmd ZTE Open C (132 comments)

I have a ZTE Open C and while I'd say Forefox OS 1.3 is not yet ready for prime time the basics work. I believe 2.0 will be a significant step up. I picked this phone up to use while my Galaxy Nexus was repaired. Worked fine for basic stuff. Phone, maps, websbrowsing.

Maybe the reviewr has too high expectations for this level of phone.

about two weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

jmd Not dependent on humans? (481 comments)

"And unlike pigs, for example, their population is not dependent on humanity to survive."

unless humans destroy the environment an octopus survives in.

about two weeks ago
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

jmd Re:Oh Geeez (195 comments)

No, not at all jealous. But, I am pissed because many bankers have been fradulent and not prosecuted. And at age 59 my retirement and retirement saving are a full 1/3 less now and this is directly related to the financial crisis of 2007-08.

about three weeks ago
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

jmd Oh Geeez (195 comments)

Can't we find something better of DoJ to do. Start with bankers please.

about three weeks ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

jmd When the push is on (427 comments)

I'd guess this means the company has met its apex in development or econimic health. Or both.

I bought a Google Nexus Galaxy and Google has said they will not put out Android 4.4 for this model. Too old they say. But they will shove other crap down my throat.

Something will emerget in time to push Google aside. Firefox OS? Ubuntu? something from Asia?

MS is basically history, Apple shows signs of cracking... Google is up after Apple.

about three weeks ago
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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

jmd Re:PLEASE! (241 comments)

What are you waiting for?

about a month ago
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L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

jmd No surprise here (188 comments)

Lets see... Judith Miller of the NY Times... and don't forget the NY Times also delayed publishing the story of ATT illegal wiretaps until after the 2008 elections. So many more....

The days of Watergate are over. Now media is a manipulative source claiming to be guardians of freedom.

Epic Fail

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

jmd Re:I guess I'll just (127 comments)

hahahaha seems that way doesn't it?

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jmd Re:Agreeing with Gov? (419 comments)

I agree. While the US gov't has a lot to account for, the truth multinationals take advantage of this scenario in any number of arenas. Tax invesrion and as you sugest, they might run emails that directly violate US laws onto foreign servers to exempt them from courts.

The truth is..we are laying the ground work for globalization. If governments cannot hold a multinational corporation accountable for any number of situations, who can?

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jmd Globalization (419 comments)

I'm suspecting the zeal MS is showing in challenging the US gov't has more to do with laying the groundword of "nation-states" being neutered. This is about power in the future. If they win against the US gov't this is just one more nail in the coffin of the battle to make governments useless. This goes hand in hand with the Trans Pacific and other trade agreements. These things are designed to strip power from government.

This is just one more step in the march of capitalism that will likely destroy civilization in the long run.

about 2 months ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

jmd Re:One word... (305 comments)

Yes. Thorium. Should have been done long ago.

about 2 months ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

jmd "was rife" (254 comments)

and still is rife.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

jmd TOR relay (208 comments)

Because it is not just a job.. it is an adventure!

about 3 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

jmd Tell me how... (928 comments)

this is news worthy for slashdot.org?

about 3 months ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

jmd Ideological Footprint (725 comments)

Something like this might go a long way in providing an alternative to the usual suspects:

http://ideologicalfootprint.org/

about 3 months ago
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Larry Page: Healthcare Data Mining Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year

jmd 100K? let us aim higher (186 comments)

how about you give back a small percentage of your riches and save even more lives.

about 4 months ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

jmd Re:Careful what you wish for.... (265 comments)

I would agree that today affirmative action is a bust. However, in the early part of its implimentaion, one could quantify benefits to poor people in general. when looking back at "The Great Society" with an honest eye one will find there were lots of people (across all spectrums) rising out of poverty. As with most well intended programs they disolve into generic programs that become quite ineffective.

"One of Johnson's aides, Joseph A. Califano, Jr., has countered that "from 1963 when Lyndon Johnson took office until 1970 as the impact of his Great Society programs were felt, the portion of Americans living below the poverty line dropped from 22.2 percent to 12.6 percent, the most dramatic decline over such a brief period in this century."[26] The percentage of African Americans below the poverty line dropped from 55 percent in 1960 to 27 percent in 1968."

The above is from wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Society

In my mind the reason we cannot acheive these goals is simply that there is a powerful contigency in the US who feels strongly that government has no role in these matters. I suggest if there is no role for the government, who then will insure this remains a civilized society. And not a dog eat dog world?

about 4 months ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

jmd Re:Careful what you wish for.... (265 comments)

>> Is it possible that, in general, black and latino kids just don't put as high a value on a college education as white kids do? And, therefore, just don't work as hard to get the good grades necessary to get into a good college? What part does having children out of wedlock play in this? Black and latino women have a much higher instance of this than either white or Asian women.

My father was a professor of education and his main focus was in the public education system. K-12 and beyond. In his writings it is clear he believed that a committment to education gave the best result. In both education for enlightenment or for job prospects. He would also speak of disadvantaged people (not only race and gender etc but developmentally disabled or physically handicapped etc as well) not having a strong committment to the educational process. And he attributed most of this to each person's life experiences. Hence, if you grow up without some sort of affirmation that an education will be beneficial you will not committ to the educational process. i.e If I grow up in a poor violent neighborhood do you think I will commit to a higher education? That person's world view is: As far as I can see McDonalds is the only place hiring in my neighborhood.

This in a nutshell is what the affirmative action ideas was to address. Until a given group of people begin to believe that change is possible and that they would benefit from the change, that group will not risk time and energy let alone financial resources to make the changes.

I agree with this poster. This kind of article only scratches the surface. There are no easy answers.

about 4 months ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

jmd Resume requirements (265 comments)

How can poor minorities obtain employment in the tech giants when one of the requirements is to list "lived in Mom's basement for 1 year"

about 4 months ago

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