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Want To Ensure Your Personal Android Data Is Truly Wiped? Turn On Encryption

kmoser Re:And then throw it in a fire (91 comments)

Careful when you burn that phone--you might elect a new Pope!

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

kmoser Re:Perl (536 comments)

The fault lies neither with Perl, nor even with the programmer's obfuscated code. The fault is lack of documentation and/or comments which explain the code.

about a month ago
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The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

kmoser Re:Corporate speak (373 comments)

"Great seller, would buy again, A++!"

about 2 months ago
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Bloomberg's trading terminals now providing Bitcoin pricing

kmoser Silk Road? (1 comments)

So their clients can perfectly time their next Silk Road purchase?

about 3 months ago
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Stanford Bioengineers Develop 'Neurocore' Chips 9,000 Times Faster Than a PC

kmoser Re:Here it comes. (209 comments)

The software is probably still an issue.

Too many zombie processes?

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Embodies the Gender Gap in Tech

kmoser Re:And Amazon's not the only one either! (302 comments)

There's also a surprisingly low percentage of female garbage collectors. Since that particular job requires very little education, it would be far easier to start there when trying to close the gender gap.

You've obviously never applied for the position of garbage collector.

about 3 months ago
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You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

kmoser Re:Apple...Free (201 comments)

This is totally gonna drive Linux out of business.

about 3 months ago
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52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

kmoser Re:I grew a beard (108 comments)

Their facial recognition software is no match for my religiously-mandated Pastafarian collander mask.

about 3 months ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

kmoser Re:I don't need this (518 comments)

A simple audio message saying "Look behind you!" whenever you switched to reverse would be much cheaper, and probably more effective.

about 4 months ago
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Famous Paintings Help Study the Earth's Past Atmosphere

kmoser Re:News? (126 comments)

If it weren't for Seurat, we wouldn't have known that 19th century people were made of tiny dots.

about 4 months ago
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Toward Better Programming

kmoser Re:Separation of Concerns (391 comments)

Wasn't it Brooks who said most of the work is debugging the spec?

If you're working from a spec, you're already ahead of the game.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Posts Source Code For MS-DOS and Word For Windows

kmoser Re:Why are they posting old source code? (224 comments)

Srsly, the late '90's called, they want their "Windows is still a hack on top of DOS" meme back.

You're right. Windows X is a hack on top of Windows 1 ... X - 1.

about 4 months ago
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Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

kmoser Re:But He Isn't (276 comments)

American Journalism sucks because rather than being unbiased, they have an agenda to promote.

American Journalism sucks because rather than being unbiased, they have newspapers to sell.

FTFY

about 5 months ago
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IEEE Predicts 85% of Daily Tasks Will Be Games By 2020

kmoser Re:Yeaaaaahhhhh... (146 comments)

Schrödinger's cat might or might not be a member.

about 5 months ago
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Oil From the Exxon Valdez Spill Still Lingers On Alaska Beaches

kmoser Re:Mandatory Homer Simpson Response (261 comments)

Yes, it's like when your car has an oil leak, only imagine your car is the size of an oil supertanker.

about 5 months ago
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'The Color Run' Violates Agreement With College Photographer, Then Sues Him

kmoser Re:Of course (218 comments)

His first mistake was posting them to Facebook, with or without an agreement.

about 5 months ago
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How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

kmoser Re:Aren't those things considered nontransferable? (240 comments)

Too bad the transit authority didn't read *my* disclaimer which states that by accepting my money, they authorize me to resell the ticket.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

kmoser Re:It depends (716 comments)

If the client is willing to write a sufficiently detailed spec on their own time, I will be more than happy to fix any of my bugs for free. That being said, I often don't charge clients for easy bug fixes and bug fixes which I should have caught, i.e. which by my own judgment were stupid mistakes on my part. I like to think I'm good enough not to make too many of those stupid mistakes, else I'd be out of business by now.

about 6 months ago

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Superman's Home Star System Discovered

kmoser kmoser writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kmoser (1469707) writes "Everybody's favorite astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson makes an appearance in upcoming Superman #14, in which Superman visits the Hayden Planetarium to view his original planet. Meanwhile, back in reality, DC Comics explains that NdGT has used his "astronomical" powers to select the red dwarf LHS 2520 as the most likely real-life red star to fit with Superman's back story."
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Hacker Holds Romney Tax Returns Ransom for $1M in Bitcoins

kmoser kmoser writes  |  about 2 years ago

kmoser (1469707) writes "After supposedly downloading copies of Mitt and Ann Romney's tax returns from PricewaterhouseCoopers servers, a hacker sent a USB drive and a letter to Republican and Democratic party offices in Williamson County, TN as proof. The letter lists two Bitcoin addresses: one for donations to guarantee the documents will remain locked, another for donations to expose them; the fate of the documents will be determined by which account first reaches USD $1,000,000.

This could be anything from a practical joke to a scheme to get free Bitcoins to a completely "legit" shakedown. Me, I'm grabbing a bucket of popcorn and waiting to see what happens next."

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Best Option for Heavy-Duty, Full-Home Surge Protection?

kmoser kmoser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

kmoser (1469707) writes "Like most people, I have a couple of surge protectors for sensitive/important electronics, and even a UPS for a couple of items like computers. But I don't have surge protector on all outlets, and these consumer-grade devices don't cover things like 220 volt appliances. Add to that the fact that I live in a lightning-prone area and it's only a matter of time before one of my expensive devices has a major meltdown. I've looked into full-home surge protectors that install next to the fuse box but the prices vary widely and I have no idea how reliable they are or what brands are good. An electrician friend tells me they can still blow out, and when they do they're difficult to replace if they were installed behind a wall.

Can anybody shed some light on the best options for protecting all the electronics in my house with a single surge protector?"
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SunPass Transponder "Upgrade" Really a Dow

kmoser kmoser writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kmoser writes "Customers who own an original SunPass Type III transponder (for paying Florida highway tolls) found that a recent "upgrade" caused their device to no longer display the amount of the toll paid or their remaining account balance. The official explanation implies that this is a permanent change because account balances are no longer being stored in the transponder and are now stored on a central server. One has to wonder whether this is really an upgrade, or just a way to force obsolescence and encourage consumers to buy a new model? The lesson to learn here is that when the vendor retains remote control over the operation of your device, they will use it to their advantage."
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