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Ask Slashdot: Store Umbilical Cord Blood — and If So, Where?

jr0dy Donate it, but it could remain available to you (321 comments)

I have heard it said that there are registries out there who will accept your donation and, if down the road your child may need it, will provide it back to you if it has not already been used (probably for a fee at that point would be my guess). Might be worth investigating donation policies.

more than 2 years ago

Entrepreneurs Watch As Crowdvesting Bill Stalls In Senate

jr0dy A Threat to the Banksters (182 comments)

I am sure there are some pretty powerful lobby dollars out there fighting against this, as banks will definitely want to maintain barriers to entry to the lending market.

more than 2 years ago

Candidates Sued By Patent Troll For Using Facebook

jr0dy Ron Paul FTW! (138 comments)

For once I am not bubbling up with fury that he was overlooked. I do, however, take issue with the phrase "the three candidates" (emphasis mine) in the write-up - perhaps simply "three candidates"? Or "the three candidates of ill repute"?

more than 2 years ago

Is Twitter Aiding and Abetting Terrorism?

jr0dy Why let a good crisis go to waste? (315 comments)

Of course the U.S. Government will latch onto this, it represents an ideal opportunity to invoke the name of anti-terrorism to actively censor; just in case they haven't completely covered their bases with SOPA/PIPA.

I keep finding it ironic that we are slowly slipping back into the Alien & Sedition Acts, which came immediately following our inception as a country. Perhaps a sign that our system of government is due for rebirth?

Although I will say, I have been reassured by the recent media reports that gun purchases have skyrocketed recently - hopefully this indicates that the rugged-individualist, American-spirited Americans out there will have a little sway over the outcome of this rebirth.

more than 2 years ago

New Group Paves Way For 2012 Online Primary

jr0dy "...cavernous ideological divide" ? (249 comments)

...more like "swiftly merging cesspool." Republicans and Democrats are two sides of the same wooden nickel.

more than 2 years ago

Man Charged in Model Airplane Plot To Bomb Pentagon

jr0dy The FAA pops its pimple of a head into the mix (515 comments)

After reading this article, I'm halfway tempted to think that his incident was an elaborately orchestrated plot to facilitate a power grab by the FAA:

AMA: FAA Seeks To Restrict Model Aircraft Flight

Excursus: When the FAA was in danger of "losing 4,000 jobs", I thought to myself, "what the hell does the FAA need with 4,000 employees" - can't we deploy Skynet already?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Clever Cable Management?

jr0dy Pegboard + variety of peg hardware (374 comments)

For me the problem was just as much the variety of physical devices to and from which cords were running as the problem with cords themselves (i.e. modem, router, UPS, etc.). Therefore, I went and had some pegboard cut to spec and mounted it on the back of my computer desk - such that some of it is accessible from the front, as well - and bought a variety bag of pegboard hardware (hooks, etc.). I then proceeded to mount my modem, router, UPS, USB hub, speakers, etc. on there, wired everything up, and used releasable zip ties to bundle up the cords. So far it's worked very nicely, and given me more desk space.

about 3 years ago

Canadian Government Muzzling Scientists

jr0dy Documentary about Canadian fishing (264 comments)

I caught a great documentary one time regarding the way in which he Canadian government is destroying both fish and independent hand-line fishermen - it's called "One More Dead Fish". I highly recommend it - it's a glaring example of Corporatism, outside of US borders for once.

more than 3 years ago

Google+ Account Suspensions Over ToS Drawing Fire

jr0dy Re:G+ id policy is problematic at multiple levels. (560 comments)

Given the uniqueness of many African-American names, I think the incidence of this policy will largely fall on them, which one might construe as racism on Google's part. Obviously I don't see any reason to suspect racism, but there are a whole lot of political opportunists out there not quite so averse to outlandish statements as I. ;)

more than 3 years ago

New Bill Pushes For Warrants To Access Cloud Data

jr0dy Re:Well (97 comments)

What stops the Feds from simply claiming anyone they want to investigate is a "suspected terrorist" and doing all the snooping they want. Suppose the Feds simply declare that due to "secret" information, they believe that someone is a "suspected terrorist". They tap his phone, bug his car, break into his email accounts...and discover that John Doe buys personal use quantities of prescription pain meds without a prescription. (but is not a terrorist). Or some other low-end crime.

Can the Feds put John Doe into prison based on this information?

I was just about to post to this effect - you're spot on.

more than 3 years ago

App — the Most Abused Word In Tech?

jr0dy "Cloud" is far more overused (353 comments)

My vote for most overused word in tech is definitely "cloud" - and Microsoft's ridiculous ad campaigns are not helping the situation. People use it in a very uninformed, buzzword manner in most circumstances.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon to launch 'Amazon Appstore for Android'

jr0dy Browse the Android marketplace via PC today (1 comments)

Although the above states that it's not possible to shop apps via PC in the Android marketplace, I've been using a nifty site, Cyrket, which allows you to do exactly that. Plus, it displays a QRCode for each app so that you can scan it with your phone and jump right to it.

more than 3 years ago

Laptop Heat May Cause 'Toasted Skin Syndrome'

jr0dy Life imitating art (195 comments)

I believe this explains the events which transpired in the film "Children of Men". :)

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Suspends Gamer For Being From Fort Gay

jr0dy Live's censorship is a bit Draconian (490 comments)

I ran into this problem when attempting to complete my XBOX Live profile - it didn't allow me to enter my location using my city of Tecumseh, MI; apparently I was attempting to allude to ejaculation by doing so. I even tried it Roman-style, with a "v" for the "u", but they denied that, too. My question is - how the heck did the guy manage to get it into his profile in the first place? My experience is that it denies you up-front as you attempt to save that entry in your profile. Did he just have it in there from before they implemented their censorship?

about 4 years ago

How can I capture a switch event on a USB port?

jr0dy Make it a la a Price is Right Wheel (4 comments)

I would go with a mouse modification as your cheapest option (I'm guessing this is pro bono and you're not being reimbursed). Just put a "spoke" in the clock face, so to speak, and calibrate it such that when one of the hands hits said spoke upon striking a certain time, it has enough pressure to click the mouse button - or you could disassemble the mouse and somehow attach the scroll wheel assembly, which would be pretty cool, and incremental.

more than 4 years ago

Is there a linux for my dad yet?

jr0dy Wubi / LinuxMint (7 comments)

a) Wubi - excellent because it can exist on an NTFS filesystem and appears as a very user-friendly boot option.

b) LinuxMint - same release cycle/kernel as Ubuntu, but pre-loaded with all sorts of necessary codecs, utilities, etc.

more than 4 years ago

What Can Be Done About Security of Debit Cards?

jr0dy Re:What can be done? Nothing. (511 comments)

On the flip side of that argument, someone stands to make a lot of money by entering the market and challenging Visa with the selling point of increased security. Are there barriers to entry in that market? Sure. Will Visa lobby its butt off to intensify those barriers? No doubt. But it's not impossible. Furthermore, what about the following: a cash-secured credit card. They already exist from what I've heard (no personal experience with them), but I'm not sure if they function in the fashion that I envision, which is basically a system in which the charge initially hits the credit account, but after a predetermined amount of time (enough time to allow for the monitoring of transactions, such as 3-7 days), the credit account automatically debits the user's checking account.

more than 4 years ago

Crunch Time For IRS Data Centers

jr0dy Re:Oopsies! (277 comments)

Particularly when government entities are becoming less and less solvent. Many states are temporarily suspending refund issuance right now because they simply can't cover them; California issued IOU's last year. The IRS actually implemented the option of receiving your refund in the form of U.S. Treasury Bonds this year - somewhat fishy, IMO. Let's hope that next year Treasury Bonds don't become the only option for refunds - even more reason to target your liability and close as possible, and err to the side of owing. You can leave up to $1,000 outstanding until the deadline, and as long as you pay it with your return or extension by 4/15, you won't be subject to any underpayment penalties.

more than 4 years ago

South Australia Outlaws Anonymous Political Speech

jr0dy Comments through foreign proxies (352 comments)

We should organize a web community through which Aussies tell us foreigners what they want us to post, and we go post it on their behalf. This is insane.

more than 4 years ago



Firefox auto-disables Bing bar toolbar- for safety

jr0dy jr0dy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jr0dy (943553) writes "I just launched Firefox for the first time today, and was greeted with the add-on dialog which informed me that the Bing Bar had been installed, but that it had been "Disabled for [my] protection." This is awesome. Anyone else have this happen to them? Is Mozilla actually taking action on Microsoft's evilness?

This is just a few days following Mozilla exec Asa Dotzler's calling out of Microsoft for this very practice:

[Follow original source link to ImageShack-hosted screenshot of my Firefox add-ons window]"

Link to Original Source

Mathematician designs 51-star flag re: Puerto Rico

jr0dy jr0dy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jr0dy (943553) writes "According to Slate, a mathematician has designed a 51-star flag in response to the Congressional consideration currently being given to admitting Puerto Rico into the Union. The site also includes a cool embedded utility that allows you to generate flag star patterns for any specified number of states."
Link to Original Source

The Federal Government takes a day off

jr0dy jr0dy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jr0dy (943553) writes "A friend of mine works for the DoE and I saw this in his Facebook status. Apparently the Federal government is taking a day off tomorrow. Impending terror attack? Expected crash of the hyperinflated dollar? Free Denny's Grand Slams?"
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