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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

kmoser Re:backup for 911 (115 comments)

And the brain size seems inversely proportional to the number of guns. At least it seems that way viewing from a safe distance (Australia).

That ratio is usually more closely related to an organ located a bit closer to the middle of the body. (The same organ whose size is inversely proportional to the size of one's SUV or to the speed and price of one's sports car.)

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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

kmoser Re:Apple was the real deal (121 comments)

Apple invented the desktop. Xerox, Microsoft and Linux are just faggots who've stolen the idea.

Tthe first caveman who propped up a flat rock invented the desktop. Xerox just virtualized it first.

yesterday
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

kmoser Re:Yay :D (312 comments)

That's even more confusing than when you want Windows to shut down, you must first select "Start".

2 days ago
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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

kmoser Re:Agile is the answer to everything (133 comments)

Hahahaha. Seems to me the news has been full of stories for many years about how things like military software contracts have CONSTANTLY been full of abuses, bugs, and cost overruns. I've been reading about them in the news since I was a child.

Projects that are delivered on time and under budget don't make the news.

5 days ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

kmoser Re:Questiona re a bit sexists (447 comments)

So it appears that churchgoers who decline to divorce are sacrificing personal happiness for a "stable" marriage.

about two weeks ago
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Windows Users, Get Ready For a Bigger-Than-Usual Patch Tuesday

kmoser Re: IE 6? (63 comments)

Even worse, with M$ it's any day of the week. You just have to wait until Tuesday to get a patch--if one even exists.

about two weeks ago
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Only 100 Cybercrime Brains Worldwide, Says Europol Boss

kmoser Troels (104 comments)

"Troels Oerting said that law enforcers needed to target the "rather limited group of good programmers"

So, Troels is just trolling.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

kmoser Re:Autonomy (283 comments)

It would be hilarious if it went from +5 to +1 in 3.2 seconds.

about two weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

kmoser Re:How badly coded are Windows applications? (349 comments)

But ultimately, garbage code needs to be thrown away and programmers need to stop doing stupid things like this.

Seriously. Any programmer who assumes numbers will always be single digits should be fired on the spot. In fact, all such OS version checks should go through function calls which contain the implementation details of the version check, rather than hard-coding a string search for "Windows X" every time you want code to check what version of Windows is running.

about three weeks ago
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Nixie Wearable Drone Camera Flies Off Your Wrist

kmoser Re:The future... (63 comments)

I don't need this, but I do need an automated fly swatter that is programmed to recognize and destroy annoying miniature drones.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Co-opts Ice Bucket Challenge Idea To Promote Coding In Latin America

kmoser Re:trying to buy ipad and Makerbot in 1980? (96 comments)

Science fiction authors also gave us plenty of ideas we wouldn't want, not to mention technologies that are laughable (steam-powered dirigibles to commute to work?). They don't have a monopoly on ideas, nor do they consistently come up with ideas before everyone else. They are simply a popular conduit through which ideas flow.

about three weeks ago
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Yahoo Shuttering Its Web Directory

kmoser Re:They Hadn't Already? (116 comments)

Why would they get rid of it? Yahoo's web directory provides valuable spider bait for Google and other real search engines.

about three weeks ago
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Euclideon Teases Photorealistic Voxel-Based Game Engine

kmoser Re:"Photorealistic" (134 comments)

The lighting is too perfect. That's why it still looks rendered.

about a month ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

kmoser Re:Thanks (178 comments)

Are people dying to join?

about a month ago
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New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

kmoser Re:NSA scorecard on on truth? (200 comments)

It's not even that. What if Snowden had reported it by telephone? How about a *typewritten* letter? Maybe be reported it in person. The whole email thing is a red herring.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

kmoser Re:Why bother? (268 comments)

...every minutae of a persons life is available to the world and in 50 years nobody will care unless you become noteworthy or famous or happen to have descendents who are into all that genealogy stuff..

Not true. Sociologists and all sorts of other people who study things that may be in those pictures (cars, architecture, clothing) would find those original negatives very interesting. There are various institutions that take such media as donations. Here's just one example: http://www.chicagofilmarchives...

about a month ago
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NSA Metadata Collection Gets 90-Day Extension

kmoser Re:New ports are coming to ease shortage with IoT (73 comments)

Which metadata do the NSA collect?

If you know that then you can "carpet bomb" them with useless metadata rendering the logging useless.

That will only generate more data points for them to use as "evidence" that you're a terrorist.

about a month ago

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Superman's Home Star System Discovered

kmoser kmoser writes  |  about 2 years 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  |  more than 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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