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A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

koshatul Re:Shades of WinAmp 3 ? (199 comments)

Part of the reason I bought a tablet PC was that "upgrade" to PDF Annotate.

about 7 months ago

9th Grade Science Experiment: Garden Cress Won't Germinate Near Routers

koshatul Re:Evolution (327 comments)

The seeds were too busy reading /. to remember to germinate.

about a year ago

Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

koshatul Re:Suck. (215 comments)

I still remember the end of "Parliament of Dreams" with the long long long line of different religious practitioners.

about a year and a half ago

Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

koshatul Re:Who do you serve? (215 comments)

I don't know

about a year and a half ago

Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

koshatul Re:BBT (215 comments)

Which goes to the point that Leonard likes it.

about a year and a half ago

Poking Holes In Samsung's Android Security

koshatul Re:Learn from the past (107 comments)

The exynos exploit allowed any application direct write access to all memory (essentially they can become root).

It was pretty serious and they did take their time fixing it. Still I prefer my Android to an iPhone.
There was third party fixes for the exynos exploit as well, but a user shouldn't be expected to know that.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Software To Help Stay On Task?

koshatul Re:Simple Suggestion (301 comments)

My experience (my daughter has ADD) has convinced me that ADD is not a lack of ability to focus, but rather a lack of ability to focus on things you're not interested in or see no point to. My daughter can focus for hours on something she wants to do, like sewing, playing video games, or making videos. The problem is our educational system regards the ability to read and comprehend hundreds of pages of material you could care less about as the highest virtue. Unless you later become a game show contestant, most of the stuff you're required to memorize in school is just useless trivia.

This is why it's hard to explain ADD to people, it *sounds* like a common ailment, the difference is someone without ADD can learn otherwise, someone with ADD is driven to act this way.

about a year and a half ago

Controversy Over Violet Blue's Harm Reduction Talk

koshatul Re:What? (562 comments)

No. But it also doesn't make it OK to be an unholy prick to people who have suffered such an abuse, just because you don't want to have to accommodate them.

The concepts of tact and compassion are sorely lacking from today's "civilized" society.

Reading the post from violet blue it seems she was offering to accommodate them rather greatly, including doing the presentation behind closed doors, but their argument was that they were at the conference and if she spoke at all it would be a big problem.

I agree we should be mindful of other peoples pain, but when she can't give a presentation on harm reduction (which could help prevent rape), it's gone too far.

It seems like it's more about exercising their muscle than actually preventing someone experiencing a PTSD event from a talk.

"Won't someone think of the children !?!?!?!", sigh.

about a year and a half ago

Do Recreational Drugs Help Programmers?

koshatul Re:The other side of the coin (878 comments)

Same deal in Australia. I liked caffeine-free Mountain Dew.

I'm in the "don't drink caffeine" group, I save it so when I really need to wake up it works, especially good during exam/software release time.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do SSDs Die?

koshatul Re:Had one die twice (510 comments)

I've had two OCZ Octane 2's die, both the same way, clean shutdowns, no hibernation, booted one morning and "CHKDSK needs to run", takes about 15-20 minutes, finding lots of orphan files, reboots, "CHKDSK needs to run", same deal again, repeat about 4-5 more times and if windows did boot, it was pretty much corrupted, system files missing, applications failing to load.

And because I bought them from a "non-OCZ approved reseller" they're apparently not covered on warranty.

Smashed them with a hammer, bought a Samsung 830 series, hasn't skipped a beat yet.

about 2 years ago

xkcd's 13-Gigapixel Webcomic

koshatul Locations (193 comments)

I added some code by jywarren to do a hashbang with location, so you can copy/paste references to direct locations. (latitude/longtitude/zoom reference)

more than 2 years ago

Video Surveillance System That Reasons Like a Human

koshatul Re:Of course (143 comments)

And to which religion or governmental rule set do we hand the reins ?

Can you imagine the chinese firewall if it applied to a persons actions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Corporate interests aside, noone can speak out about anything anymore or the jackboots will be on their doorstep seconds after they start typing the first few words.

more than 4 years ago

Parental Control Software Datamines Kids' Online Conversations

koshatul Re:EU policy (105 comments)

But companies do receive snippets of actual chats. How do they ensure that doesn't contain anything that is personally identifiable?

That sounds like alot of coding and work, isn't it easier just to get full transcripts and sort it out later ?

Denial: They wouldn't do anything like that to you.
Anger: It's your fault for not reading the EULA.
Barganing: How else can they make ends meet in this economy, you need the software, they need the data.
Depression: (actually, isn't the economy heading for one now ?)
Acceptance: Oh well, all hail our new child protection overlords.

more than 5 years ago

Parental Control Software Datamines Kids' Online Conversations

koshatul Re:That is what you get (105 comments)

He mentioned we have violence but no sex on our TV!

So if we ban Violence on TV and allow Sex then we'll create a world of lovers not fighters.

I say we test this theory.

more than 5 years ago

Church of Scientology Proposes Net Censorship In Australia

koshatul Re:So.... (464 comments)

No need of a new religion. The Church of the FSM welcomes all new Believers, i guess.

Wait, Does this mean that religious vilification laws will stop this whole "anti-carb" movement ?

We can put a stop to people vilifying his noodly appendage.

more than 5 years ago

Church of Scientology Proposes Net Censorship In Australia

koshatul Re:So.... (464 comments)

Isn't the catch here that it would prohibit religions claiming they are the "true faith" and that all other faiths are heretical or blasphemous and thus vilifying religions other than their own?

Not really, that would be protected under a religions right to self-decieve.

It would stop people publishing anti-CoS websites, also anti-CoE websites, but hey, who would actually be anti-CoE, it's like diet church (No sugar and half the guilt of most organised religion).

I think when copyright stopped working for Co$ they're trying to switch to old-fashioned "mummy, mummy they're teasing me, make them stop"

more than 5 years ago

Busting People for Pointing Out Security Flaws

koshatul Re:Same here (350 comments)

Back when I was at school, I lost my Subject Captaincy, and almost got expelled over realising the system administrator had used a simple formula to turn all our student numbers into all our passwords.

When I came forward with it, they called in my parents and were threatening me with explusion if I didn't tell them how I hacked the password list as "figuring out they're a formula from noticing a pattern in myown and my friends passwords" was considered impossible.

We'll never live in a society where the people who enforce rules know about the systems that operate on them.

more than 8 years ago


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