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Ask Slashdot: What To Tell Non-Tech Savvy Family About Malware?

jx100 Fake one yourself. (340 comments)

Log into AOL's SMTP server with telnet and make an email that looks like it's coming from your uncle. Show him how easy it is to fake, and that the "to" field is actually incredibly untrustworthy.

about 2 years ago

Dual-Booting PengPod Tablet Can Run Linux/Android

jx100 Re:Screw pre-orders! (109 comments)

Given that I actually have my Pandora, I'd be pretty happy with that particular result, even if it took an extended period of time.

about 2 years ago

Intel Drops MeeGo

jx100 Re:Mego is dead, Webos is dead ... (121 comments)

I'll admit the N900's hardware is woefully underpowered, and that's actually why I was hoping so very much for *some* sort of update; even the minor one of the n9/n950 would be appreciated.

In spite of that, I *vastly* prefer it over the Epic 4G that I currently use as my main phone, mainly because it's real Linux (and all the usual, wonderful tools that includes) instead of java-ish half-breed that barely counts as linux.

more than 2 years ago

The View From the Ground At an Indian Call Center

jx100 Re:Intense training? (214 comments)

Can you give names? I'm curious as to who now.

more than 3 years ago

New PS3 Firmware Contains Backdoor

jx100 Re:I'm not so sure this is wrong anymore (491 comments)

..How exactly does it cut costs to not have OtherOS? Unlike the PS2 emulation, there was no extra hardware needed to run Linux on a PS3. Slim PS3s can, in fact run Linux after they have been jailbroken.

more than 3 years ago

PS3 Root Key Found

jx100 Re:No sympathy for Sony (380 comments)

Correct on all points. I have a copy of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue which is now completely unplayable. I (stupidly) bought the game online and downloaded it. The game requires the user to sign on before playing, which is impossible with un-updated firmware.

more than 3 years ago

Look Forward To Per-Service, Per-Page Fees

jx100 Re:Populist Revolt (400 comments)

The problem goes beyond the economic here. The nature of the current internet allows it to be the last bastion of free speech. A single person can say something and with little effort have it be heard by the world. Giving the ISPs carte blanche control over what can and cannot be said over the networks that they legally own is to give them an incredible amount of censorship control, to be wielded at their whims. When you have a network of the size of a Comcast or an AT&T, a small number of companies can effectively squash an idea from being exposed to everyone but the most dedicated.

more than 3 years ago

Auto Industry's Fastest Processor Is 128Mhz

jx100 Re:Measurement Fail (397 comments)

-40F is equal to -40C

more than 3 years ago

Researchers Find a 'Liberal Gene'

jx100 Re:Oh, just great (841 comments)

The depressed are more creative and introspective. Maybe depression, well treated, means we'll have smarter people who are more driven.

more than 3 years ago

Open Source-Friendly Smartphones For the Small Office?

jx100 Re:Nokia n900 with Maemo? (222 comments)

Maemo also supports Qt. The support was added to help aid the transition to MeeGo.

more than 3 years ago

Open Source-Friendly Smartphones For the Small Office?

jx100 Re:Yer boned... (222 comments)

Officially-unofficially. The N900 is the testbed platform for meego, so it is definitely going to get it. You can even get the latest early builds for it right now. However, it will never have an official release supported for consumers by Nokia. You will still have community support, but it's good to be exactly aware of where Nokia will stand with the new distro.

more than 3 years ago

Gubernatorial Candidate Wants to Sell Speeding Passes for $25

jx100 Re:Two different speed limits on the same road? (825 comments)

What, like all those roads with a 55 mph. speed limit on trucks, and a 65 on everything else?

You know, because those trucks are so maneuverable that it makes up for the speed differential...

about 4 years ago

AT&T Says Net Rules Must Allow 'Paid Prioritization'

jx100 Re:The point of net neutrality (390 comments)

How about ths:

The internet should be considered a public good, because the benefits of having it are spread to the entire public in the form of greater communications and information spreading.

Also, the internet was created and funded by the federal government, and currently continually uses public land.

Because of these reasons, we should have a say in assuring that the internet continues to operate in a manner primarily supporting the public good, and not primarily as a for-profit endeavor.

about 4 years ago

Defeating Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle

jx100 Yay! Transporters for all! (160 comments)

Now we know how the Heisenberg Compensators work.

more than 4 years ago

Can We Legislate Past the H.264 Debate?

jx100 Re:Uh huh (310 comments)

Considering the forces that make H.264 the dominant codec for just about any video media created digitally, I'd call this more than a trivial issue. The level of control they desire gives them power over much of our new media. The sheer potential size of the issue is why it should become the concern of the government. ..and yes, governments generally do have the freedom to control what other people offer to sell to you. They're generally called consumer protection laws.

more than 4 years ago


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