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Firefox Extension Makes Social-Network ID Spoofing Trivial

koterica But will it... (185 comments)

run (on) linux? Apparently not. I guess I wont be using it.

more than 3 years ago
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Denver Airport Overrun by Car-Eating Rabbits

koterica Don't bother with TFA (278 comments)

TFA consists of two paragraphs summarizing the video clip included in TFS. So... yeah. Don't bother.

more than 3 years ago
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Houston, We Have a Family Reunion

koterica Wrong webite (75 comments)

If all goes according to plan, the only space sibling team will be hooking up in orbit.

Yeeeaah. For a second there I thought I had somehow reached slashfic instead of slashdot.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu Won't Moan To EU About Microsoft

koterica Re: Annoying Troll Makes Valid Point (248 comments)

Parent is marked as troll, but, despite his bad attitude, he makes something of a valid point: In order to attract more linux users, we need more 'only on linux' features. The one I always tell people about is package management. Once I show people (especially non geeks), how easy it is to find and install new programs and games (Just like their iPhone!), they really see the appeal. UbuntuStudio is another great example- look: you can have an entire graphics suite! However, its not quite enough. Linux needs to find/create things that it can do and others cannot- and then advertise those things.

more than 3 years ago
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Chrome OS Arrives On the iPad — No, Seriously!

koterica In response to a probably screwy summery (325 comments)

Didn't read TFA- but the summery is worth responding to in its own right.

Nevertheless, it's worth considering what it might mean to have a robust OS like Apple's on the same tablet as one that runs a cutting-edge operating system like Chrome OS. Why wouldn't users love that?

Apple isn't going for cutting edge as much as they are going for reliable. iPad users don't want to spend time configuring their product, they want it to work, quickly and beautifully, out of the box.
In short, iPad Market != Slashdot.

more than 3 years ago
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The Science of Truthiness

koterica Why? (180 comments)

Why are they calling dishonesty "truthiness"?

more than 3 years ago
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The Science of Truthiness

koterica Okay.... (180 comments)

So why are they calling misinformation "truthy"? Is this some sort of Steven Colbert reference?

more than 3 years ago
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Cyber Command Will Miss Friday's Operational Deadline

koterica Maybe its because they don't want to hire geeks? (156 comments)

"It was supposed to be a war fighter unit, not a geek unit," said task force veteran Jason Healey, who had served as an Air Force signals intelligence officer.
A fighter would understand, for instance, if an enemy had penetrated the networks and changed coordinates or target times, said Dusty Rhoads, a retired Air Force colonel and former F-117 pilot who recruited the original task force members. "A techie wouldn't have a clue," he said. --Washington Post

With their attitude towards cyber security experts (who are probably also geeks!), I am not particularly surprised they have had trouble with staffing.

more than 3 years ago
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Is the Web Heading Toward Redirect Hell?

koterica Re:Techie price greater than luser price (321 comments)

As with so many other things, the situation is worse because most people don't know / don't care /are willing to put up with it. I am guilty myself. The problem is that the people making design decisions are not the people most effected by the decisions and the people effected don't understand the decisions being made.

more than 3 years ago
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Stallman Crashes Talk, Fights 'War On Sharing'

koterica Re:I don't care what anyone says (309 comments)

I always prefer the extremists on my side to the extremists on the other side too.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Sues Dodgy Advertisers

koterica Re:Wrong way to do it? (71 comments)

Does Google care about illegal pharmacies? It looks to me like they just don't want to be in the rather embarrassing position of advertising them.
However, it is pretty amazing that the response is a lawsuit. I would think that Google, of all people, would be able to filter them out.

more than 3 years ago
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Former Military Personnel Claim Aliens Are Monitoring Our Nukes

koterica Obligatory (498 comments)

I for one.... crap.

more than 3 years ago
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First Human-Powered Ornithopter

koterica Ornithopter (250 comments)

Can we ride it out to the spice harvester?

more than 3 years ago
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Drupal E-commerce With Ubercart 2.x

koterica Re:So... (65 comments)

From TFS:

There is too much emphasis throughout this book on how to fill out form fields that are fairly obvious, and yet the most important subject matter is oftentimes glossed over. For instance, the topic of conditional actions arguably deserves its own chapter, or at least an extended section — not one and a half pages up front, and then several paragraphs later. A few key e-commerce topics are absent. A glaring example of this is the lack of discussion of how to sell digital products in one's store, which nowadays is important enough to warrant its own chapter. Subscription services (typically with recurring payments) is another worthy topic completely skipped. These deficiencies may be due to the authors' focus on explaining the admin pages and settings found within the basic Ubercart modules, rather than a much more pragmatic approach of exploring the steps needed to reach a goal (e.g., selling downloadable files) regardless of what modules are utilized. Admittedly, Ubercart and all of its constituent modules comprise enough details and moving parts that could justify a book of greater length. Yet room could have been made for those details and advanced topics by spending less time describing (obvious) form fields. Lastly, if the authors had expected the reader to be able to follow their instructions throughout the book, they should have made it more clear as to which modules and options should be enabled at each step.

Books can provide a good overview of a topic, but it seems as if this particular book is somewhat lacking in that regard, preferring to explain the obvious. Also, the preceding paragraph implies that the book is poorly written and/or edited. Hence my question: Why prefer this to free tutorials and wikis?

more than 3 years ago
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Drupal E-commerce With Ubercart 2.x

koterica So... (65 comments)

Its a poorly written tutorial in book form? I don't understand these things. Who buys them? Why don't they use free badly written tutorials from the internet? Is there a lack of organization for these things online? It seems hard to imagine that the market for this kind of thing could be maintained when there are up-to-date wikis out there.

more than 3 years ago
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Supreme Court May Tune In To Music Download Case

koterica Damages? (339 comments)

If the 'innocent infringer' defense doesn't fly, how about awarding full damages? $0.99 cents per song seems reasonable. If she left bittorent running till the share ratio hit 2.0, maybe she should even pay &1.98 per song. Thats like 70 bucks, or three albums. The price is steep, but she did "steal" the songs. The RIAA deserves to be fairly compensated for their losses.

more than 3 years ago
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2011, Year of the Tablet?

koterica Year of the X (324 comments)

Can 2012 be the year of the not-saying-"the year of the ___"-anymore? Please?

more than 3 years ago
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Newspaper May Have Given Implicit License To Copy

koterica Sudden Outbreak of Common Sense (175 comments)

As others have explained above, this judgment isn't so much a precedent as it is a judge saying that the argument *might* work. However- it shows remarkable reasonableness on the part of the judge. After all, if I put a fruit bowl on a table with a note that said "Take one and have a nice day!", I could hardly turn around and sue you for banana-theft.

more than 3 years ago

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Obama Admin Wants Wiretapping Compliance

koterica koterica writes  |  more than 3 years ago

koterica (981373) writes "

[T]he White House plans to submit a bill next year that would require all online services that enable communications to be technically equipped to comply with a wiretap order. That would include providers of encrypted e-mail, such as BlackBerry, networking sites like Facebook and direct communication services like Skype.

The Times said the Obama proposal would likely include several requires: Story continues below Advertisement -Any service that provides encrypted messages must be capable of unscrambling them. -Any foreign communications providers that do business in the U.S. would have to have an office in the United States that's capable of providing intercepts. -Software developers of peer-to-peer communications services would be required to redesign their products to allow interception.

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Warriors, not Geeks, run Cyber Command

koterica koterica writes  |  more than 3 years ago

koterica (981373) writes "The Washington Post is explains why the military prefers to have combat veterans rather than geeks running network security.

"It was supposed to be a war fighter unit, not a geek unit," said task force veteran Jason Healey, who had served as an Air Force signals intelligence officer. A fighter would understand, for instance, if an enemy had penetrated the networks and changed coordinates or target times, said Dusty Rhoads, a retired Air Force colonel and former F-117 pilot who recruited the original task force members. "A techie wouldn't have a clue," he said.

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Journals

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Fools in April

koterica koterica writes  |  more than 5 years ago Once again, April fools.
My life without pink ponies?
Got an achievement.

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