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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

linear a Clippy! (209 comments)

Gimme my Clippy!

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Hosting Service For a Parody Site?

linear a How about (113 comments)

Fox?

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

linear a Re:ndt (294 comments)

That's why you test multiple sources and see what the plateau of performance tends to be. You get various low values but will get a sort of upper limit where some values cluster. Except for, when i tested this, the widely known speed test sites I used were 2-4 times faster than anything else. This was a really obvious effect a year ago when I had satellite internet.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

linear a Re:ndt (294 comments)

Won't work if it's widely known. Speed test sites don't need to be in collusion. ISP's just prioritize their traffic. It's quite obvious with my ISP if I do speed test sites versus just finding something large to download from a cloud storage service.

about two weeks ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

linear a Re:Dubious claims.. (405 comments)

What is this "Tesla" you speak of?

about two weeks ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

linear a Maybe if they didn't abuse (354 comments)

Maybe if the government didn't abuse privacy and freedom at every turn they wouldn't be facing this situation.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

linear a Hardware key (191 comments)

Give them hardware keys (RSA tokens or whatever they use these days.

about a month ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

linear a Re:Parallax. (425 comments)

Another Lie! Slashdotters don't have "fiances".

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

linear a Death ray (471 comments)

Go for the classics.

about a month and a half ago
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Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

linear a Meanwhile (117 comments)

Meanwhile. The samples of the Titanic I've been analyzing seem to have been exposed to hard vacuum and solar wind erosion.

about 2 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

linear a Re:Cost (550 comments)

Second the crap-coming-at-my-eyes part. About 1/3 of my glasses get retired with lenses scratches or partially (so far) punctured. Maybe I should be more careful with my hobbies... First lens I knocked a hole in was when I was 18 (big sparky got about half way through the lens).

about 2 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

linear a Re:Uncertainty/fear? (550 comments)

Make sure they switch the laser from "remove mountain" to "delicate eye surgery".

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Could Be Classified As a 'Cybersecurity Threat' Under New CISPA Rules

linear a Makes sense really. (125 comments)

99+% of the terrorists *I* see are in movies and most of my movies are from Netflix.

about 4 months ago
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I suffer from jet lag ...

linear a Utah is the worst for me (163 comments)

Setting my clock back 50 years is a serious drag.

about 4 months ago
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What Happens If You Have a Heart Attack In Space?

linear a Free fall broke my cat scanner (83 comments)

I tested free fall on my cat scanner for 5 seconds and it's now completely non-functional. Nearly free fall I should say, a little net gravitational force on it near the 5 second mark due to air resistance.

about 4 months ago

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Latest Windows patch may brick laptops

linear a linear a writes  |  more than 4 years ago

linear a (584575) writes "The latest (today) Microsoft patch seems to have bricked my HP Pavillion laptop running Windows XP. Nuff said."
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Nature reports Di-positronium created

linear a linear a writes  |  more than 7 years ago

linear a (584575) writes "Di-positronium has apparently been created for the first time according to the journal Nature — http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6991030.stm. Positrons and electrons can pair up and form "condensed" molecules of multiple pairs. It lasted for about 1/4 nanosecond, not quite the stuff of antimatter engines just yet.

My favorite part is the potential to build "gamma-ray annihilation lasers". Hope my side gets that one built first."
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Unencrypted passwords at "secure" sites

linear a linear a writes  |  more than 7 years ago

linear a (584575) writes "I've noticed that quite a few web sites do *not* encrypt user passwords. I've gotten into the habit of hitting the "email me my password" from them to see what happens. So far I've found maybe 6 that must store passwords in clear since they were able to return the original password back to me. Clearly this is Bad Security Practice. Also, I've had notably bad progress when I ask them to fix this practice. Some of these are sites one would clearly expect to have better security (e.g., a software vendor and an online bank). Do you have thoughts on how to better encourage better password practice at these places? Also, is this is really as common as it seems to be for me?"

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