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Grand Theft Auto V For Modern Platforms Confirmed

kevinT PC Version? (133 comments)

Hey, it is not like the title is Duke Nukem! They should be able to release it sooner than the (really bad) follow up to Duke Nukem, that took like decades or something...

about 2 months ago

Facebook Estimates Around 10% of Accounts Are Fake

kevinT Re:For Testing (140 comments)

In my personal case - I have one account for family, one for my spouses work, one for commenting on web sites like ThinkProgress. They are all "real" but they do violate the terms of service that say you can only have one account on facebook.

Oh and I forgot the account that I used to "validate" my Huffington Post login. And the couple of accounts abandoned when I changed ISP's and ...

5% - that might be the number of "real" accounts on facebook!

about 7 months ago

Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity

kevinT Re:Yes, because moderation is oh so hard to do (384 comments)

Moreover, The Huffington Post requires a Facebook account to be verified. This requires giving Facebook either a current, unique mobile phone number. Some people don't have their own mobile phone number, such as people who use a land line or people who share a phone with other members of the household. How does The Huffington Post reasonably expect people to buy a prepaid mobile phone and subscribe to a month of prepaid mobile phone service just to create a commenting account?

HP doesn't care. I did buy a pre-paid phone and used the number to "verify" my "HP face" facebook account. Why? because the phone was 1/2 the cost of the replacement phone from t-mobile and dropping your phone in a bowl of vinegar seems to make it "not work".

So to HP - Up Yours and I will STILL post anonymously!

about 8 months ago

Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity

kevinT Re: Yes, because moderation is oh so hard to do (384 comments)

"public" face - or family face
"private" face - or the face you give your boss at work
"HP" face - the face to link to in HuffingtonPost because you think they are being stupid!

about 8 months ago

Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity

kevinT Re: Yes, because moderation is oh so hard to do (384 comments)

Real Names? he he he - I comment on HuffingtonPost and my name does not show up. HP relies on Facebook for verification. Facebook wants you to verify by mobile phone text message. $25 - $50 at Walmart gets you a "mobile phone" with text to do the verification.

HP is just kidding themselves if they think it will change anything. The only thing that changes is some people won't visit their site again because of this change, reducing the number of clicks that can tell advertisers they have.

about 8 months ago

Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity

kevinT Re:Yes, because moderation is oh so hard to do (384 comments)

Huffingtonpost has ALWAYS moderated its comments. You can't even use $ for s when typed with "hit"!

Huffingtonpost is losing lots and lots of people because of its requirement that you not only have a facebook account, but the facebook account needs to be "verified" using a MOBILE phone. So if you don't have a mobile phone that can send and receive texts - huffingtonpost doesn't think you need to exist!

Of course for $50 at your local WalMart, you can get a mobile phone with text and never - ever - have your real name associated with it. Facebook doesn't know the difference and neither does HP because they rely on facebook for the "verification" that you are "Ralph Smith" or "John Thompson" or ...

about 8 months ago

Students Hack School-Issued iPads Within One Week

kevinT In My Day (375 comments)

It took them a week to hack and iPad.

Why in my day we .... had punch cards run at the nearby community college using RPG. Must be nice to get that new fangled technology.

about a year ago

Doubleclick Cofounder Responds to Patent Troll by Filing Extortion Lawsuit

kevinT Re:Go After the Lawyers also (225 comments)

Wouldn't camaraderie amongst the legalistas prevent this getting off the ground?

In some cases, yes. But all you really need is a grumpy old attorney in semi-retirement that doesn't care anymore (for what ever reason). Then watch out.

about a year ago

Doubleclick Cofounder Responds to Patent Troll by Filing Extortion Lawsuit

kevinT Go After the Lawyers also (225 comments)

Someone needs to not only go after the trolls, but go after the law license of the Attorneys representing them as well. Get a couple of lawyers disbarred and watch the lawsuits end!

about a year ago

Huffington: Trolls Uglier Than Ever, So We're Cutting Off Anonymous Commenting

kevinT Re:Real names? (582 comments)

Create a new account and wait - 24 to 48 hours - before you are allowed to post comments.

Works quite well for DailyKos, know liberal site is minimal trolls.

about a year ago

Japan Unveils Largest Warship Since WW2

kevinT Re:Raised eyebrows in China? (282 comments)

China did purchase a used aircraft carrier from Russia. A gutted, empty hull of a ship with no equipment or propulsion. China spent millions rebuilding the ship, not to have a carrier, but to learn what it takes to build one. China already has a least one carrier and possibly more under construction.

None of the carriers china is building is anything close to the Nimitz class ships the United States has.

1 year,14 days

Students Hijack $80 Million Superyacht With GPS Spoofing

kevinT Drone Alert! (75 comments)

In consideration of many drones now using GPS to navigate and Iran already claims to have "captured" a United States drone using faked GPS signals. I would hope that the corporations handling GPS systems be figuring out ways of detecting spoofed GPS signals.

FYI - Crew of a $80M yacht relying solely on GPS to navigate? Seriously? What ever happened to paper charts, sextants, taking sightings and looking at radar returns from land masses? The U.S. Navy .... ran aground in the Philippines, Hawaii, and ....

Just ignore me, I am not saying anything anymore :-(

1 year,21 days

How One Drunk Driver Sent My Company To the Cloud

kevinT Re:Colocation? (290 comments)

First issue - his main office is in a building (most likely a strip mall -- next to a beauty salon?). To me that translates to a small operation which may or may not have the funds to do a proper disaster recovery / offsite location capability. (From experience working in a company that had a GREAT pizza place right next door.)

Small office, small funds, maybe putting your stuff on a cloud will work, but is it the most cost effective solution for you? Or are you paying for something that is an illusion, such as you think you have disaster recovery, but don't. Yes the "cloud" provider is less likely to be taken out by a drunk driver, but what are its recovery in the event of a tornado or flood.

Sprint had (has?) great fiber network, built in ring. but they didn't realize both legs of a ring (in Kansas City) went across the same street on the same telephone poles until a dump truck drove by with the bed up and took out their network!

about a year ago

To Counter Widespread Surveillance, Stealth Clothing

kevinT Re:I wonder... (104 comments)

The RFID tag will be applied at Walmart / Target / other store. The SWAT team will be notified automatically by the cash register and the video of your purchase will be uploaded to the "database" to be saved for eternity. They will then begin (if they haven't already) tracking your vehicle by its tag and all the license plate reading cameras located on every traffic light in the city.

You have been warned, now wait to be arrested for "interfering" with the police by your actions!

about a year ago

PDP-11 Still Working In Nuclear Plants - For 37 More Years

kevinT Re:I cut my teeth on that CPU (336 comments)

Sad but true.

I went to work for a company in 1995 that was still using PDP11 as their primary language on old DEC machines. This was a commercial application suite. They got their spare parts at garage sales in the area (yes that is what they did, literally!). My last project was to read a bunch of old 9 track tapes to try to find the source code for a program that needed to be modified.

I put up with that for 5 months and bailed to a much better, higher paying job using C on AIX. I was never so glad to leave a company!

about a year ago

PDP-11 Still Working In Nuclear Plants - For 37 More Years

kevinT Re:That is government for you. (336 comments)

The Air Force is flying B-52 bombers. Minor typo, but important to those that care.

Recently I read about a pilot that looked in the older logs of the plane he was flying and noticed his Grandfathers signature as pilot in some of the entries!

about a year ago

Hacker Exposes Evidence of Widespread Grade Tampering In India

kevinT Re:Or just buy degree (304 comments)

Does that "University" have an on line program? I have a "friend" that would be very appreciative if ... "they" could get a BS degree documented. ....

about a year ago

ZDNet Proclaims "Windows: It's Over"

kevinT Death of Windows (863 comments)

Isn't this the same bunch of so called "prophets" that predicted the demise of Java, COBOL, Unix, etc? What have they gotten right?

about a year ago


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