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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

kylemonger What would we lose if... (236 comments)

... we just disconnected Russia from the Internet right now?

2 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

kylemonger Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (377 comments)

sendmail was written to solve a problem that doesn't really exist anymore: gatewaying mail between networks with wildly different mail formats and addressing schemes. Fortunately for all of us, RFC 821 and 822 won. 8-bit clean networks won. So the big Swiss Army knife of converters and production rules isn't needed to deliver mail anymore.

3 days ago
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Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support

kylemonger Re:Still having misery with Firefox. (220 comments)

They are fixing your issues, if only incidentally. A number of the latest security fixes have been related to bad code continuing to use objects that were freed, which causes crashes in the best case and enables remote code execution in the worst. As they continue to find and fix these bugs, crash probability is bound to decrease on average

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

kylemonger Re:customer-centric (419 comments)

A ruling like this shouldn't kill anything. Large multinational companies already structure themelves so that their head is in one place and their wallet is in another for tax purposes. I'm sure they can spin off separate foreign entities to manage data abroad and evade U.S. authority that way. There are probably plans in place for such an eventuality.

about three weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

kylemonger Re:can it get me home from the bar? (289 comments)

Well, a blind guy like me could have his own car for one thing, enjoying the scheduling flexibility and other advantages of car ownership that sighted people take for granted.

Another advantage is current drivers can reclaim the time wasted sitting behind the wheel in traffic and use it for other tasks, something only a rich guy with a driver can do now.

about three weeks ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

kylemonger Re:straight from the OMFG NO dept (364 comments)

First season TNG stunk so bad; we only watched because it was so good to have Star Trek back on the air. I could not blame Crosby leaving. It was the middle of the second season before the writing noticeably improved.

about a month ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

kylemonger Re:you gotta change america (231 comments)

Heh, our 1970's TV shows. Go watch The Shield. And that's not the only example. The days of CHiPs and Adam-12 are long gone.

about a month ago
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IBM Creates Custom-Made Brain-Like Chip

kylemonger Re:to save others googling (105 comments)

The human brain needs all that parallelism because it's switching rate is abysmal, something like 200Hz. We ought to be able to beat that by a factor of million without setting anything on fire, so adjust your numbers accordingly.

about a month and a half ago
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Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast To Make THC

kylemonger Re:Printed THC (159 comments)

It depends on how much THC you absorb at once. Maureen Dowd reported a bad paranoid experience in a recent column from too much THC.

I was half-joking, but it doesn't seem like a good idea to wire yeast to produce mind-altering drugs. Anything that can spread through the air via spores ought not be programmed to produce chemicals that screw with people's heads.

about 2 months ago
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Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast To Make THC

kylemonger Re:Printed THC (159 comments)

Yeast is better. Imagine THC-producing yeast spores in the wild. Imagine people and animals tripping out with fungal infections. Imagine the end of the world.

about 2 months ago
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BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

kylemonger Re:Widescreen movies (139 comments)

There are lots of IT people on Slashdot and we all carry laptops because a phone just doesn't cut it to get any real work done. But there are many other people who would glady stop carrying a laptop if they could. That's who phones like this are aimed at. I'm like that myself sometimes; I just get tired of carrying a bunch of crap around. I watched a whole season of a TV on a video iPod once just because it was more convenient than a laptop.

about 2 months ago
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BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

kylemonger Re:It's like we've learned nothing in 5000 years (139 comments)

That's never bothered Apple before. Jobs touted how great the PPC architecture was right up until they switched to Intel. They also touted how great the ergonomics of the desklamp iMacs were until suddenly cramming all the computer components behind the screen was more perfect in the new iMacs. Tablet computers were a joke until Apple decided they weren't. (Well, OK, they were right about that.)

about 2 months ago
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Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

kylemonger Re:He didn't sacrifice a goat to the SJWs. (281 comments)

If he'd lost Yakuza money presumably he'd already be dead. On the other hand if he is Yakuza...

about 3 months ago
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TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible

kylemonger Re:What whas the problem in the first place? (250 comments)

The first statement is a tautology and the second is unconfirmed and could just be FUD-mongering to discourage us from using a product the TLAs haven't cracked. If you give up a privacy tool every time someone merely claims to have subverted it, soon you will have no tools left. By the way, your home is not secure; I've subverted it. Good luck.

about 3 months ago
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TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible

kylemonger Re:What whas the problem in the first place? (250 comments)

As far as we know so far, Truecrypt hasn't been compromised. So ending use of it might be a victory for the NSA and their kind. And all they had to do was sow some seeds of doubt.

about 3 months ago
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Britain Gets National .uk Web Address

kylemonger Re:Moneygrabbing Nominet (111 comments)

What I wonder is why does it matter. Ever since the first decent search engine came into being, guessing domain names stopped being a necessity. london.uk or london.org.uk or london.frog matters not a whit to me if it's the site I'm looking for. And any decent search engine will distinguish them quite easily. A proliferation of TLDs makes it easier to get the name you want and still have it be short enough to be easy to type. It will eventually make a shambles of the hierarchical structure of DNS but there are ways to fix that too.

about 3 months ago
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The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

kylemonger Re:Still buying DVDs here (339 comments)

Be careful relying on DVD's for archival. I ripped all our discs a couple years ago to ease access and found that for a few I'd waited too long. Disks do de-laminate and sometimes moisture and fungus gets in. (The Pirate Bay was very handy to recover the few discs that went bad. Was able to recover not only the movies but the DVD extras as well. Thanks Pirate Bay.)

about 4 months ago

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