WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users
WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users
i am already paying $50 a month for verizon cell phone, that's a 4g lte phone with i think 1500 anytime minutes. 2gb data cap, unlimited texting costs $5 a month but i send/recieve less than $5 worth of texts a month. so no not 'everyone' has text messaging plans. my parents both have dumbphones still and they have text messages blocked to avoid unwanted charges.
and guess what, every other carrier servicing my area basically non existant. the towers used to be owned by alltel but now are all verizon and people can barely make phone calls if they aren't verizon phones.
'The Door Problem' of Game Design
"In my world, a locked door is normal."
i know a guy who never locks anything. his house, never locked. his car never locked. with the keys left in the visor in the closed position. so far he has never had a car broken into or a house burgled. the world is far safer than video games lead many to believe.
How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?
in linux any screen grab program can capture streams if you 'trust' the third party repository that hosts the software that convinces netflix it's streaming to a windows machine -- as long as you are using the open source driver to your gpu/apu whatever. in windows the driver enters a secure mode so you get a pink screen instead of the video, at least on ati it does.
the url you mentioned or one of them is here http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/easily-enable-silverlight-watch-netflix-linux/
What's the Difference?
that was what i concluded by reading wikipedia.
What's the Difference?
capitalism is a lie though.
straight from wikipedia.
"Capitalism is an economic system in which trade, industry, and the means of production are controlled by private owners with the goal of making profits in a market economy. "
but subsidies are not permissible in a true capitalism system as it creates 'incentives' to price fix industry.
"Central characteristics of capitalism include capital accumulation, competitive markets and wage labor. In a capitalist economy, the parties to a transaction typically determine the prices at which assets, goods, and services are exchanged.
america has accumulation, but the stock market is rigged to make it so that the computer executes trades based on what a outsider was considering doing, and consuming the trade before a human can click 'ok' in their software. the parties to a transaction do not set prices, the government does, through regulation subsudies etc.
"The degree of competition, role of intervention and regulation, and scope of public ownership varies across different models of capitalism. Economists, political economists, and historians have taken different perspectives in their analysis of capitalism and recognized various forms of it in practice. These include laissez-faire capitalism, welfare capitalism and state capitalism; each highlighting varying degrees of dependency on markets, public ownership, and inclusion of social policies. The extent to which different markets are free, as well as the rules defining private property, is a matter of politics and policy. Many states have what are termed capitalist mixed economies, referring to a mix between planned and market-driven elements. Crony capitalism, is a state of affairs in which insider corruption, nepotism and cartels dominate the system. In Marxian economics this is considered to be the normal state of mature capitalism, while in anarcho-capitalist theory it is considered a political distortion of capital and markets."
ah this passage says capitalism wearing a hat is called crony capitalism. but if the top 100 people in the world decides things that market forces are supposed to control can still be called capitalism even when it is wearing a hat of divine rights of the 'best' being in charge of things all traders are supposed to have control over.
"Capitalism has existed under many forms of government, in many different times, places, and cultures. Following the demise of feudalism, capitalism became the dominant economic system in the Western world. Later, in the 20th century, capitalism overcame a challenge by centrally-planned economies and is now the dominant system worldwide, with the mixed economy being its dominant form in the industrialized Western world."
tl;dr it says nothing.
"Different economic perspectives emphasize specific elements of capitalism in their preferred definition. Laissez-faire and liberal economists emphasize the degree to which government does not have control over markets and the importance of property rights. Neoclassical and Keynesian macro-economists emphasize the need for government regulation to prevent monopolies and to soften the effects of the boom and bust cycle. Marxian economists emphasize the role of capital accumulation, exploitation and wage labor. Most political economists emphasize private property as well, in addition to power relations, wage labor, class, and the uniqueness of capitalism as a historical formation.
more tl;dr it says something about how to call 'socialism' as capitalism, i think.
Q: Why has there never been a coup in Washington D.C.?
"you don't know how to make your government serve."
nah i know how to do that, just get root on a nuclear silo send it to dc. the politicians will flee to their nuclear fallout shelters but they will get this. machines control the wealth, machines control the existence of life.
Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out
if OpenSSL had 5 pages of bugs so far... and was widely used in an ecosystem where the source was there, just imagine the nightmare of closed source projects...
patching 100 bugs on average introduces 3 new bugs. now i know bugs != security vulnerabilities. but bugs are why people complain about software stability.
also a 'vulnerability' bug has a black market value that is always going to be higher than bug bounties. however an old exploit has the added value of 'reporting' it after a new vulnerability is found and the old one is blamed perhaps by news of this 'old' vulnerability. it's a revolving door problem. back in 1997 i knew how to 'fix' broken open source ports tree applications, because i used freebsd and it was very buggy (though less buggy than the windows 95 machine i had).
as i see it the problem is marketing. to get people to buy computers they promote them as doing a lot of things that they can only just barely do. and often the code base is filled by people who don't care about quality and comprehensible coding. and for for profit they often take steps to make the code illegible as a so called security through obscurity (which never works for more than a few years).
All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian
from what i can tell the 'freedombox' is using freedom as in freedom fries. it requires all the software to turn a pi into a server that is totally controlled via the internet with the ability to lie about who is sending the packets etc. some people call this type of software a 'rootkit' and it is understandable why they don't explain this to would be users who are expected to just flash a pi with it no questions asked. i could be wrong, but i'm not the only person on slashdot to 'doubt' the software.
Paper Microscope Magnifies Objects 2100 Times and Costs Less Than $1
the paper microscope is easy to incinerate, and i doubt the have autoclaves to sterilize the 'same magnification' in a educational microscope. the thing can be printed on almost any printer with a few parts (battery) that shouldn't be incinerated and are not printable yet.
to use all you do is go into a shaded room insert a slide and see everything on a tabletop below the device. they can then have a list of pathogen shots pre printed and bundled with the microscope, at least the website has the photos so including common pathogens adds little to the cost. in africa you don't need education to be a doctor. you show up and do what you can. a quality microscope that doesn't come with shots of known pathogens is unlikely to exist in many parts of africa. while a $1 paper projection microscope doesn't seem like it is great, it is something that can really help people.
Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?
electricity is not a hard thing to make. my rambling on which must have been tldr for you said how easy electricity is to come by if you're just powering one guys gear. or mobile devices.
Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?
i know a guy who can test and replace most parts on a motherboard. post appocalypse thats real handy, i never learned it, because blown caps can take a number of other hard to find parts... still with 3d printers that can 3d print themselves means the ability to print computer parts. not top of the line, but for data preservation and access technology it's pretty feasible when you consider sites like http://www.cd3wd.com/ are doing now, to advance civilization in the third world nations it means that people will continue to make useful technology and need skilled tech people. an appocalypse would make it hard but not impossible. patents on software and hardware has done more to stunt technology than anything else. so post appocalypse there will be people stringing up 80 watt wireless tranciever from a tree or flag pole like they do now in africa, and powering an 80 watt and a few hundred 5 watt devices is easily solar powerable not to mention other energy sources like solid waste and biomass gasification... corn can be turned into plastic with a catylyst... so its really hard to say what it's gonna look like. the assuption is that tech will die that is not necisarily correct.
The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future
apple"and has shown no willingness to compete head-on with Android for the entire smartphone space."
have you read this http://apple.slashdot.org/story/14/03/12/0011257/apple-demands-40-per-samsung-phone-for-5-software-patents
or maybe this http://apple.slashdot.org/story/13/11/21/2137256/samsung-ordered-to-pay-apple-290m-in-patent-case
or maybe even this http://tech.slashdot.org/story/14/01/27/1546238/google-and-samsung-sign-global-patent-deal
freebsd had code years back that was patented and 'leased' for free to freebsd when the owner sold the rights freebsd was in a panic to rewrite a huge portion of it's code base... there are linux distros that do things 'wrong' (ie binary blobs and code that is in effect a rip off of copyrighted and patented code) totally 'free' systems do a lot of wierd interface choices and code writes that are sub optimal, just to avoid patents. but when a company is making a lot of money, they get sued for it even if small linux distros get away with not paying up.
Brandon Eich knew he was funding a hate campaign. He did it anyway.
"I support gay marriage. I believe they have a right to be as miserable as the rest of us." Kinky Friedman
i thought someone else had said it prior but a quick googling and this was the first atribute i could find
slashdot is evolving in a brutal and ugly way.
mod points go to fresh blood and editors.
there is no longer m2 to categorize mods as abusive.
old people aren't given respect since slashdot decided to 'sell' low uids in a desperate measure to make money.
people seem to be confused as to why things aren't written in a nutral point of view as if the whole web has to be like wikipedia, and links to prove your points are becomming less valuable due to the demise of m2.
slashdot is dying. slashdot is trying to be more 'mainstream' and less techy, taco has his trove website as a hobby in his free time as a journalist now. trove is yet another social media website from what i saw of it. techy people use other sites now. i find facebook and g+ use up most of my time i used to spend in the comments section.
for a long time i was down to one laptop. it did dual boot win7/ubuntuLTS i once went 2 months without booting to windows. somehow i talked myself into buying more modern computers. it was a mess, linux didn't boot right, so they all wound up as windows machines, with one exception, the one i'm typing on right now. i needed an os that could verify if usb thumbdrives were clean of viruses and linux was my first choice. anyways i understand the hate of windows. i was spending hours formatting and reinstalling in the vain hope it would make windows better. my experience with linux is less than stellar. so far only debian, ubuntu, and linux mint have been any use, i found a rare bug in pclinuxos full montey using firefox where if you 'drag' a tab to a new window then drag it back to firefox it at least for me was a hard lockup of the system, and that broke pclinuxos and now i'm using wheezy, which considering i'm using a $300 laptop runs smoothly.
Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP
"Functionally, you need two things to infect a machine. A weakness you can exploit on target machine and a vector through which infection goes in"
compromising a system doesn't always leave a trace. for example heartbleed doesn't leave a single logfile of it's infection. it can infect many many computers https://github.com/musalbas/heartbleed-masstest/blob/master/top1000.txt 43 of the top 1000 websites is vulnerable to heartbleed not to mention how many consumer devices aren't safe.
because there are humans involved in coding for computers mistakes are made. this is a universal weakness. a vector i am assuming you mean a 'carrier' for the virus and well most people qualify as a vector for virus transmission.
NAT is not a protection against the above. and software can't stop a determined cracker once they get any admin power they use scripts and macros they target BIOS maybe. and virus protection or firewalls don't always load prior to everything else, leaving a possibility for infection based on when the service is started.
xbox one was cracked by a 5 year old, albeit one who was cracking cellphones at age 1. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/04/five_year_olds_xbox_live_password_hack/
and yes locking everyone up would make it hard to spread computer viruses. it is not a good idea though, you're claiming you can beat human nature... which is the vector of any real hacking. good luck with that.
Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds
a typical gas station and 'pump' between 2-20 cars. 1000 cars is thus 500 to 50 stations. power demand for electric cars 'fast charging' is going to be difficult, replaceable battery packs and smart grid regulated slow and fast charging fixes the problem. but we aren't going to sell a half billion electric cars.
Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?
"Back to the discussion..."
the summary is -1 flamebait. it's only link is to another slashdot article, and thus all the 'wtf didn't the editors read the link' stuff.
US Now Legal Oligarchy, Like Russia
scott walker has busted numerous work unions, taken the right to vote away from women and the poor. through unreasonable requirements. before a state id or drivers license was fine, not so anymore. when a person changes their name they need the official marriage or divorce paperwork the certified change documents and that is for every marriage and every divorce no matter when it was. and everyone needs their birth certificate to vote. knowledge of this isn't exactly out there to everyone, and getting replacements isn't cheap or easy, so with the feds lowering food share by $15 per person per household that may mean the difference between eating a meal or voting. this is not right. i only know because my aunt had to have this just to renew her drivers license and had to go a second time with all her divorce and marriage paperwork.
kesuki hasn't submitted any stories.
has slashdot lost it's sense of humor?
today is april first, and while bing and google have jokes up, i haven't seen a single april fools on the main page. i realize in years past they have done nothing but april fools and that was unpopular but seriously not even a token link to google or bing?
just watched "we're not broke" documentary and here are my thoughts on it.
the main point of the movie is that companies are offshoring profits to avoid the 35% corporate tax rate, and that so called laws to get the money back in the usa don't create jobs but rather let companies reward the people at the top and cut jobs drastically.
companies including bailout companies from 2001-2011 have over 2.4 trillion dollars off shore. most of that money has 0% taxrate and can never return to the USA, except on 'tax holidays' which generally allow for as little as 5% tax rate. and it is all legal. sick it is so sick. republicans have forced through huge benefit cuts under the notion that america is broke. no americas tax laws are broken, and so are many other places including the uk. http://www.usuncut.org/
so i dived into bitcoin....
not really, i dived into dogecoin. but with my hardware i was able to mine 1,000 dogecoins a day which is worth $1.76 as of last refresh. roughly $50 a month with only the electric bill to pay its nice, but i decided the risk is worth investment. i don't quite trust 'asic' devices as the people making a scrypt based asic would almost certainly be making more profit mining new scrypt coins than selling asic for miners. at least until parts start going bad, then it's time to dump them on the market and let the buyers be jipped thinking they had a decent miner.
my current rigs do 170/khash but i just dropped $400 on a gpu that should do 600-800 khash on dogecoin the former is at my 2.2 days a total of 1700 dogecoins, which is as well as a 5ghash asic for bitcoin. mining bitcoin no longer makes sense(unless you have asic and are desperately trying to recoup your investment). oh and i get a nice free game to go with the new gpu. my power supply and motherboard are can do quad gpu, depending on how the initial gpu does i may buy a second and possibly a third. for legal reasons this is all part of my dad's small business. even though my computers are being run to do the work. as i am the only one with decent gpus. you may have heard of max coin so have i, but seeing the mining going on i'd say asic for maxcoin is highly likely. because math is hard and quality information on which exchanges to mine for maximum profit (they can all be converted once they are in your wallet) i am so far sticking with dogecoin.
windows 7 and hidden resolution 'feature'
okay, i have been using windows 7 for quite a while now, but just found out that setting the screen resolution to 1080p does not actually set resolution to 1080p. from the desktop if you right click it says 'screen resolution' by default that is set to 1080p BUT it is overridden by a feature called 'display percentage' which defaults to 100% yet in my experience on a custom from oem build vs a dell setup that it really defaults to 125% of resolution. this means less room for desktop icons and a lot of other things... this includes trying to watch blurays to a 40" tv via hdmi, not cool. windows 8 and 8.1 both disable or hide this feature though i haven't checked for hdmi resolution on the tv with 8.1. games of course override the desktop settings which is part of why i didn't notice sooner.
advice on wifi routers...
we now have 6 devices on wifi here good router info would be good... i will research a bit myself but i want to know a good one that has a long range it is not ok to log me off just because i walk to the other end of the house..
so yahoo claims account hacking against me, to get a Capital Letter in password
i know i wasn't hacked but their login screen invalidated logins until i changed my very secure password to a slightly less secure but containing a capital letter password. sigh i for one welcome the post nuclear holocaust.
does anyone know if tor is standard on ubuntu?
i noticed on my ubuntu laptop that tor is running and at a low pid, is tor default as installed at /usr/sbin/tor i havent checked logs yet i just noticed it is installed and running.
a bit late but i was checking out chromium os...
it is just a browser kiosk with an app store. i used a vm to try it out and i was unimpressed.
i guess i feel like if i were going to a hacker thing i wouldn't mind grabbing a cheap one just to browse the web without having to worry about getting hacked since i could have a second gmail account just for the chromebook and wipe the account and format and restore the chrome book while still on vacation then i could keep it for the next time or just sell it on ebay or something. but i don't go to hacker things. and if i wanted cheap i could find cheap without being crippled the way chromebooks and windows 8 outlook.com tie ins are. at least with win8 i was able to teach my mom how to do things she likes. and ugh the malware i already found some in the chrome store that was able to open a tab and look like it was a search setup sigh not safe for grandma either. android devices are better but have some of the same flaws of chrome os. google you're not apple. and i don't see why microsoft is making win8 as much like chrome os as they are. flashy gui up front but everything is flawed from a real usage scenario.
not cool amd, not cool
i guess they think exascale means government contracts to build it. and likely any plants to power exascale computing... i know all american politicians are not doing their job right. but really this is crazy stuff...
should i become an at home author?
i haven't been as heavy a contributor here on slashdot since i started on facebook/g+. i have considered taking up writing as a hobby again as i now have the time to do so... i learned how to storyboard from movies and haven't taken up a project with a good storyboard yet(since i learned how). i just want to feel important and to do what i enjoy doing and if writing isn't all i thought it would be as a child, well i don't have any better plans for what to do.
it would seem that things are going to be okay for me for a while, i have no worries other than worrying that not progressing on writing fiction will drag me back into feeling worthless cause i could not write a single useful thing in that spare time.
what should i do. i can't game, as i made an iron clad no serious gaming for myself except on weekends rule as i can stay sane if i don't over stimulate my brain. i know how to write, i know what i like to read, i know a few insider secrets to writing the kinds of stories i like... but every time i try to draw myself into writing i just act like i don't want to write more. i don't want to be tldr, i don't want to scour old media hoping to glean some copyright infringement free ideas... basically i just don't know what to do as i want to be important, but i can't figure out what i should do to be important
windows 8 is hate.
first off, everything is broken -- you load all apps as limited user privaleges so called windows mode. great for a tablet which doesn't matter, but broken on a laptop where they invented new ways to emulate touch screen with a mouse if i hadn't found that out while installing i would have had to scour youtube for directions. needless to say window mode doesn't work with pogo, which uses flash, java, and popups. once i got ie to run in desktop mode i could find the ways to enable/update things but despite being preloaded with all three they didn't work in desktop mode without updating which took a good 20 minutes to even try to find, and of course mega download updates for the os. i don't know if flash updated i don't know if my mom is going to be able to keep them updated either, since i was confused as to how to get it done. still in progress of making it work, dumb website that makes people use the latest software even when that is broken in windows 8. sigh. if anyone has any ideas of ways to make windows tile screen have a simple link to desktop mode ie, it would be helpful though i will probabally scour youtube for that. then i need an app that makes updating flash and java painless. not sure what to do there, i can't be there every time there is an update to flash because they go on vacations and remote desktop is too insecure for me to trust it running on moms laptop.
mom is getting a dell, maybe.
so, my mom wants a laptop to play 'pogo.com' games she pays for membership there, and plays games (mostly java with some flash since EA acquired pogo.) so i checked her desktop screen size on her desktop and it is 1680x1050, in laptops i only found 900p in her price range (450-550usd) at dell http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-17-3721/pd?oc=fncwd25s7&model_id=inspiron-17-3721 which if you look at the tech specs is a dual core 1.9ghz cpu she currently has a dual core 2.8ghz desktop. so i tried shopping other sites but could only find 1366x768 resolution hardware in her price range, i didn't search everywhere and 'dad's' laptop is a dual core 2.0 ghz computer. whats wrong with dad's laptop? it won't run java or flash very well it is old and i formatted it twice since he owned it. should i stick with the i3? or should i try to talk her into an i5 dual core at 2.7 ghz? even though it it is $100 over the price range i suggested for her. any better sites to get at least a 900p laptop or better on the cheap that will only run an av and a browser, using java heavily? the dell has a 17.3" screen fwiw and she needs one at least as large. is it okay to not have it faster than their existing hardware? these are tough questions to me.
windows vista broken on dad's laptop
well isn't this fun, http://imgbin.org/index.php?page=image&id=14139 first we have windows take 45 minutes to start, though i cheated and used taskman to start things cause i wasn't gonna wait for windows... http://imgbin.org/index.php?page=image&id=14140 then we have windows load but norton complains because i attempted to run norton while windows was booting. http://imgbin.org/index.php?page=image&id=14141 finally we have nav refusing to scan while hijackthis fails to work. i have tried in the past to get my parents onto linux but they didn't like it.
internet explorer fails firefox runs, but ugh it is not pretty, also i can't get my dad to use anything for browser script stopping, and my mom won't run popup blockers. sigh. i want to format and reinstall and of course use linux to backup and restore important files but that also involves finding the install dvds.
my old desktop went up in smoke, so i built a custom rig.
i just randomly picked parts based on what newegg had available. i reused a hdd and a bluray burner.
it is an AMD 8 core 125w cpu with ATI hd7770 gpu. windows 7 because it is for gaming, the games from gamefly instead of tpb. it will run steam because the free game is a steam code. if i do dvds or blurays it will be of legal content like from the internet archive. i tried using bluray in linux, and it was shoddy coding at best, not giving features of the command line strings the guis were interfacing for. and i like command line only where it is needed. not everywhere because it is too memory intensive learning a skill set and then not use it enough. computers make my life better, or they find the bin. i went overboard on the power supply thinking i might need crossfire, but it's energy efficent, and 80gold certified psu. oh well, it has a single stick of 8gb ram i might buy more if i ever learn virtual machines. it's tco sofar is $800. that includes windows 7, because i don't quite trust the desktop to linux when i just lost my second open source machine and my first linux one. i lost a freebsd running from a 486 once, sigh. i've had various backup devices and schemes, but the one that works best is always have a removable media source that can not be overwritten easily.
my inbox has been spam free for a while...
with only a few foriegn spams. i wonder if the wow spammer realized i was posting about the spam here on slashdot... seasons greetings as well, having a safe and quiet holiday season so far here.
after a long hiatus the wow spam continues...
i was busy catching up on my netflix today so they sent two emails.
more blizz scams emails
WoW spam is back again.
they are using a netherlands server i guess go daddy wasn't their only disposable server company.
TrustedInstaller.exe 50% cpu + 1MBPS disk utilization problem...
my sisters computer is having a weird bug, related to windows update trustedinstaller.exe it is using 50% cpu and 1 MBps hdd utilization, i came across someone else having a similar problem.
but here is the kicker, in my situation the hdd and cpu use starts at bootup(pre login), windows update says there is a 'failed' install. my sister had done a system restore due to a failed sp1 install (her internet stopped working) i will try disabling the auto update and explain to her how to manually update on the second Tuesday of the month, but in the case that fails to resolve the issue i will wipe her system, but i really dislike having to do that especially since she has a lot of programs and music.
should i convert a i686 with 256mb ram to linux or not?
my sister has an old junky i686 i didn't have my install discs except a wierd one off distrowatch. the old pc is mainly used by 8 yearolds and windows xp gave up the ghost. i can download any distrowatch disk, but being so old want an easy platform for browsing and schoolwork. i would also like to have an ids to email me once a month a status of that ids system. so what works is it worth getting a slim distro and which one? it has a 3 year old 100gb hdd and decent for the era gpu, or should i tell them to give up on such old hardware? the parents have a laptop, so does one of their kids, but this is the last desktop they are getting from me unless i find one nearby on craigslist or something cheap like that. please post any info you think i need to do this, thanks.