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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

killmenow Re:Slashdot BETA Sucks. (2219 comments)

God I miss technocrat.net so much.

I bailed out of slashdot and spent more time commenting and being a part of the community over there until Bruce decided to shelve it.

Here's to hoping he resurrects it again.

Only not written in ruby. :p

about 6 months ago
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How LinkedIn's Project Inversion Saved the Company

killmenow What bothers me (92 comments)

What bothers me about LinkedIn is the constant goddamn spam...uh, I mean emails telling me my "limited time offer" for premium membership so I can unlock all the nifty features is almost up.

about a year ago
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BeagleBone Black Released With 1GHz Cortex-A8 For Only $45

killmenow What I love about slashdot... (142 comments)

Beer busts, beer blasts, keggers, stein hoists, AA meetings, beer night. It's wonderful, Marge. I've never felt so accepted in all my life. These people looked deep within my soul and assigned me a number based on the order in which I joined.

Mmmmm, beeeer....

about a year ago
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MS Won't Release Study Disputing Munich's Linux-Switch Savings

killmenow In Other News (268 comments)

I commissioned my own study that says Microsoft is full of shit. I'm not releasing the study itself or the details of our methodology. But trust me on this, it's true.

about a year and a half ago
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Islamist Hackers Shut Down Egyptology Research Journal

killmenow Re:Route around damage (564 comments)

If it really is, why not move to a host that isn't vulnerable.

No such thing. The closest thing to invulnerable is The Tick, and even he's only nigh invulnerable.

about a year and a half ago
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US Birthrate Plummets To Record Low

killmenow Not so fast! (567 comments)

The Washington Post reports that the U.S. birthrate is at its lowest since 1920, the earliest year with reliable records.

Except for Hawaii. Their earliest year with reliable records was 1962 apparently.

about a year and a half ago
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Anthropologist Spends Three Years Living With Hackers

killmenow Re:Ask Slashdot (252 comments)

You have moved into a dark place.
It is pitch dark. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows Blue: Microsoft's Plan To Release a New Version of Windows Every Year

killmenow Windows Blue... (712 comments)

then Red, White, Black, Silver, Gold, Platinum, etc.

Gotta catch 'em all!

about a year and a half ago
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Pull Lever, Don't Snap Shutter: It May Be Illegal To Post Your Ballot

killmenow Re:It's easy to sell your vote (383 comments)

No argument here on that. It's just as easy for Democrats to abuse absentee voting. It might be difficult for you to show up at a polling place and vote twice under different names. Not saying it's impossible. Just saying the only documented cases of in person voter fraud occurring amount to less than a tenth of a percent of votes and closer to a hundredth of a percent. It's not a big problem.

But you could easily sign and request absentee forms for those dead grandparents and vote on their behalf. Democrats are just as likely to cheat that way as Republicans are. Probably you got the "just leave it alone" response from somebody who just is a lazy shit who doesn't feel like working. (Kind of like me on /. today instead of focusing on my current project like I should.)

As for Black Panthers showing up here and there outside polling places ... I haven't heard anything about that except what you just wrote. Are they going to predominantly rich white neighborhoods and intimidating people? Because I get the feeling poor inner city mostly black neighborhoods would ignore them. I could be wrong. Either way, yes voter intimidation is wrong and I think illegal. Which is why they pulled down those anonymous billboards in poor mostly black neighborhoods with ominous "VOTER FRAUD IS A FELONY" messages playing on the fears of people who aren't sure they have the proper ID and might get in trouble trying to vote without it so they'll just stay home even though they have every right to go vote and may even have an acceptable form of ID without knowing it.

about a year and a half ago
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Pull Lever, Don't Snap Shutter: It May Be Illegal To Post Your Ballot

killmenow Re:It's easy to sell your vote (383 comments)

That's great in landslides because it negates the fraud. But it also means absentee vote fraud has even more potential to decide close races.

BTW, not directed at you but I think it's funny I got modded "Troll" for stating fact.

Mod: Hey, I don't like the way you pointed out the truth! What a dick! Have a downmod!
Me: LOL

Here's even more fuel to add to the "flamebait/troll" modders: You know why Republicans haven't called for any regulations or anything to fix the potential for absentee voter fraud? Because the #1 largest group who votes absentee are military personnel, of whom a large majority vote Republican. Don't want to make voting for your core constituency any harder, now do you? Only on the poor, elderly, and student populations...you know...the ones who typically vote Democrat.

But...shhhh...it's not partisan. No. Not at all. (Nudge nudge wink wink saynomore...)

about a year and a half ago
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Pull Lever, Don't Snap Shutter: It May Be Illegal To Post Your Ballot

killmenow It's easy to sell your vote (383 comments)

It's unfortunately all too easy.

1. Request absentee ballot
2. Receive absentee ballot
3. Sign absentee ballot
4. Receive payment from buyer
5. Hand over absentee ballot to buyer
6. Walk away while they fill it out however they like and mail it in for you

IMHO, this is the easiest, simplest, and most commonly abused form of voter fraud. Yet none of the supposed "voter fraud" measures proposed predominantly by Republicans address this at all. It's all a smoke screen for suppressing voters that typically lean Democrat.

"Preventing Democratic Votes" under the guise of "Preventing Voter Fraud"

about a year and a half ago
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Google's Nexus 4, 7, 10 Strategy: Openness At All Costs

killmenow one caveat (359 comments)

By giving us cheap and open devices, Google is making sure it's in control -- not the carriers. That's better for the consumers, but it's also better for Google.

That's better for the consumers for now. But in the long run there's no more reason to trust Google than the telephone companies where power is currently concentrated. Once all the power is in Google's hands (if they get their way) it's not so good for consumers anymore.

about 2 years ago
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Nintendo's Wii U Will Be Sold At a Loss

killmenow Re:Why aren't people more hyped about the Wii U? (188 comments)

I was going to down-mod you as troll or flamebait but fuck it...I'll respond instead. I'll probably regret it later. I was a Wii early adopter. Had it reserved ahead of schedule and skipped the lines to just walk in and pick it up on day one. We have probably 50 games for it. Up to that point, I'd never bought a current gen console. I've never invested so much money in a console platform. I bought a PS1 when the PS2 came out. But when the Wii was coming out, I couldn't wait. Because it was that interesting. It was a game changer. Now you've got kinect and move and you can see how this thing forced Sony and Microsoft to innovate.

And our Wii gets played almost daily. Between my kids, the wife, and me, it gets plenty of use. Still.

So you think the Wii sucks. You and your XBOX/PS3 brethren, most likely. But "sucks" isn't an objective measure, is it? It doesn't suck...for me and my family and our friends and their families because I know a lot of them that still play.

But I have ZERO interest in the Wii U. Not because it sucks. But because...well, why should I care? It's a Wii with a better CPU & GPU and a tablet controller. Okay. But people who bought the Wii in the first place aren't graphics snobs. Oh, wait. Many of them must be, right? Because 80 million people have dust covered Wiis that they don't play with any more. What a ridiculous statement. If that were even remotely true, the market for new & used Wii games would be nonexistent. Any new game released (if there were any) would be sold for $1.99. And used games would sell for a nickel. But last time I walked through a local Game Stop there were still rows and rows of shelves with new & used Wii games still selling for typical prices. Because it's still a viable market. Because people still use their Wiis.

But again, what does the Wii U offer? I don't care about super awesome triangle counts and NOW WITH EVEN MORE PIXEL SHADERS!!! Wooh, who gives a fuck?! People who just want to look at a screen and think, "sweet jesus that's a beautiful looking game." Guess what? That's what my gaming PC is for. It can drive higher than 1080p resolutions and do multi-monitor gaming and makes the power of the XBOX/PS3 look exactly like they are: years old and obsolete.

Nintendo forgot their market. The new controller is the *only* remarkable feature of the Wii U. And it's not that big of a deal, really. Sorry to say it, but there's just nothing revolutionary about it. It's an evolutionary product. It's a "Version 2.0" that should be a point release if we are honest about it. And it gets exactly the hype it deserves...which is very little.

about 2 years ago
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TSA Moving X-ray Body Scanners To Smaller Airports

killmenow Re:I'm confused... (168 comments)

After Obama wins the election, the most likely terrorist threat will come from these areas. They're just thinking...Forward.

about 2 years ago
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Following Huawei Report, US Rejects UN Telecom Proposals

killmenow Re:The internet routes around you (150 comments)

FFS, can't politicians keep their grubby hands off anything?

No, they can't.

about 2 years ago
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KDE Multi-Monitor Control Getting An Overhaul

killmenow About time (144 comments)

I run LMDE with three monitors driven by two ATI/AMD Radeon cards. I use the fglrx proprietary catalyst driver largely because I have difficulty getting all three monitors going without it.

Unfortunately, I am now quite familiar with my xorg.conf file.

My point: Linux multi-monitor support is one area where it has dragged behind Windows and it's about time somebody started seriously working on it.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

killmenow memory lane (867 comments)

Slackware floppies
Redhat 4.x
Redhat 5.x
Redhat 6.x
Redhat 7.x
Mandrake/Mandriva
CentOS
cAos
LFS
Debian
ubuntu/xubuntu
Mint
Android, Debian & Fedora (simultaneously and yes I count Android as a distro)

Also used some of the more specific purpose distros like systemrescuecd, geexbox, mythdora, damn small linux, puppy, smoothwall, INSERT, Trinity Rescue Kit, gparted live, maemo, DD-WRT, IPCop, and OpenWRT.

I swear there's another old custom distro I was working with some guys on (I was testing for them) and I can't remember the name of it. It died before it ever got to wide use so I guess it hardly matters.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It a Good Idea To Incorporate?

killmenow Seek advice (not from slashdot) (293 comments)

I've been running my own consulting gig via an LLC since 2006. It does have some advantages and is cheap to set up. (Cost me $125 filing fee with the secretary of state's office.) Two things I'd advise:

1. Talk to your insurance agent and buy an umbrella/general liability insurance policy. There's an "errors & omissions" kind of policy that might be perfect. But a general liability may suit you also (it's what I have). But you should definitely talk to the agent about it.

2. Talk to an attorney. Pay $75-$100 for a one-time consultation with an attorney and get their advice on what kind of business model suits you best. The LLC worked best for me. It may be right for you but I can't say. Maybe there are specific advantages to an S-Corp in your case. I don't know. But an attorney you pay to help you make the decision should.

You may also want to talk to an accountant about it. I skipped that part and many people I know in similar situations think I'm an idiot for doing so.

about 2 years ago

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