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Ron Wyden Introduces Bill To Ban FBI 'Backdoors' In Tech Products

linuxguy Re:It will never pass and not for the reasons (109 comments)

If he really gave a rat's ass about it, he wouldn't have waited till he was in a lame duck Senate to propose this.

Ron Wyden isn't going anywhere anytime soon. He is in office until 2016!

This is all about getting some good press for himself and possibly the Dems in general, and bad press for the Reps coming in next month who'll actually have to vote on this bill. "See?!? WE wanted to fix this horrible thing, but those EEEEVVIIILLL Republicans stopped us!!!!!!"

Honest question. Why would Republicans not support this bill?

Be a terrible shame if there were enough Tea Party types (or sympathizers, at least) in the Senate next year to actually approve this bill and make it law....

Last time I checked, tea partiers were all Republicans.

about three weeks ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

linuxguy Re:Not anywhere near "dead easy" yet. (400 comments)

"Actually. Most conservatives understood intuitively that you could not add tons of poor to insurance roles and cover all pre existing conditions without raising prices heavily on the healthy."

I think you are forgetting a few things. ACA increases the insured pool by mandating that everybody get insurance. That certainly helps offset the increased cost of insuring people with pre-existing conditions.

On a side note, I was denied insurance before, because on the application form I could not tell them when I had last seen a doctor. I haven't in probably 15 years or more. They came back with a quick rejection. With ACA I was able to get insurance. Now they get easy few hundred dollars from me every month. I still have not seen a doctor. Don't need to.

about a month ago
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Intel Claims Chip Suppliers Will Flock To Its Mobile Tech

linuxguy I have an Intel tablet (91 comments)

I personally have owned several ARM based Android tablets and recently bought an Intel Atom based 7" ASUS Android tablet for my kid on sale for about $100. For that kind of money, I was not expecting much, but have been pleasantly surprised at how fast it is. It is as fast, if not faster than most modern Android tablets. And it lasts just as long as my Nexus 7. I was not expecting Intel to have achieve parity at this time. But they have. If they are able to offer a solution that is a little more performant while using less power than the ARM chips, I think they can succeed.

People have shown willingness to spend money on high end phones and tablets. I currently own a Samsung Galaxy S5. A $700 device. Do I wish it was a little faster and lasted a little longer? You bet! There is a lot of room to improve the mobile experience. At the pace that Intel has been developing their mobile solution, I think they can and will succeed in this space.

about a month and a half ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

linuxguy Re:Skeptical. (706 comments)

> Given that Comcast's CEO has golfed with President Obama...

And for this, we are to assume that the president is in his debt forever?

about a month and a half ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

linuxguy Re:Ok, so no net neutrality in US (706 comments)

> The problem is that mandate can be changed by Congress.

President's signature is required for the changed mandate. I don't see that happening.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Developing a Pill To Detect Cancer

linuxguy Even if Google found a cure for cancer ... (58 comments)

Google: We have found a cure for cancer
Typical Slashdotter: Nah. If I have cancer, I will live with it. I don't want to risk you showing me ads relevant to cancer survivors. I much prefer the ads for tampons I see now.

about 2 months ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

linuxguy Has it been working so far? (387 comments)

At the end of the day, he created and manages the largest open source project ever. More than 20 years on, it is still going strong. I am not about to find faults with his management style. People have been free to fork it and run with it. Nobody has done that. Perhaps a little bit of screaming every now and then is needed for this job.

He gave us Linux and he gave us git. Maybe we should stop nitpicking and say thank you for once.

about 2 months ago
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Android On Intel x86 Tablet Performance Explored: Things Are Improving

linuxguy Once again proving ARM is awesome (97 comments)

> ARM virtualizing x86 would be amusingly fast, too--faster than x86 running x86.

Are you joking or just high or low quality drugs? If what you are saying is true then how come Macbook Pros are shipping with Intel CPUs?

about 2 months ago
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Samsung Achieves Outdoor 5G Mobile Broadband Speed of 7.5Gbps

linuxguy Data caps (36 comments)

If you switched off LTE and 3G connectivity and only used EDGE or slower, you would get a lot more mileage out of your data caps. It is not entirely clear to me why people use 3G or LTE.

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Florian Mueller About Software Patents and Copyrights

linuxguy Is this April 1st already? (187 comments)

Is this April 1st already? No? Then why is this cruel joke being played on the Slashdot community?

Most of us remember who and what Florian Mueller is. And there is nothing we can learn about him or from him, in an interview, that we don't already know.

about 2 months ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

linuxguy Re:Tesla's taking a cue from Apple (155 comments)

This is only partially true. You have to remember that Apple products used to suck. People did not want them.

about 3 months ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

linuxguy Re:Time Slider (370 comments)

> That's what snapper is for.

Does snapper work with ZFS?

about 3 months ago
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Laid Off From Job, Man Builds Tweeting Toilet

linuxguy This deserves a story? (115 comments)

Many people get laid off. If one of them develops a tweeting toilet, it does not deserve a Slashdot story.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Instant Video Now Available On Android

linuxguy Hate Amazon for this (77 comments)

I generally like Amazon. I am a Prime subscriber and I am supposed to be able to watch their Prime videos as well. However we're an Android family and do not have any iOS or Amazon devices. I have tried them, but I did not like them.

Netflix supports Android devices well. And I like them for it. Amazon is pulling these shenanigans in order to prop up support for their mostly uninteresting platform. Android has the largest market share and my family has 4 Android tablets and 4 Android phones. None of these devices can play Amazon instant video. Damn you Amazon!

about 3 months ago
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Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

linuxguy Re:Yep. (150 comments)

> Please tell me your comment is snark.

No sir. I am dead serious! Obama is incompetent. Take for example this business with Putin and ISIS and Taliban. It is getting out of control. Not because these are hard problems, but because Obama is a pussy. He wants to keep thinking about it. As GWB would say, time for thinking is over. Its time to kick some ass. If you have seen the Rambo series of movies, you'd know what I am talking about.

Man, I hope to God Chuck Norris runs for president and wins. I'd like see the expression on Putin's face when that happens.

about 4 months ago
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Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

linuxguy Re:Yep. (150 comments)

> Yep. The country's in the very best of hands.

Damn straight, this is Obama's fault.

Some low level govt. employee accidentally connected a computer to the Internet and exposed it to malware. If that isn't the reason to impeach Obama then I don't know what is.

about 4 months ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

linuxguy Agree with others, this is outright dumb (253 comments)

I agree with others. I cannot recall reading any story on Slashdot that made less sense.

Additionally I have never understood the point of cell phone insurance. The phones do not cost that much. Just insure it yourself. If you lose it or damage it, buy another one. In the end, you'll come out ahead. Insurance companies understand this, so should you. Only stupid people pay for phone insurance.

Also, if you cannot live without a phone for a day or so, then keep an old phone around for emergencies. If you do not have one, get one off of Craiglist or eBay. Plenty of really decent options for $50, for a backup phone. With T-Mobile and AT&T, you can swap out the SIM and you're ready to go. With Verizon and Sprint, you have to go a web page to register your new phone. Done.

Lastly, I know other people have said it, but it is worth repeating. Don't be so damn stupid!

about 4 months ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

linuxguy Re:Chrome? (436 comments)

I agree with the other poster. uTorrent is malware. In the instance you cited, Google actually was doing the right thing and protecting your ignorant ass.

about 5 months ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

linuxguy Re:Chrome? (436 comments)

Chrome is my primary browser. Why shouldn't people be using Chrome if they value their privacy? Can you provide some concrete reasons, other than "Google is evil"? Some of us need evidence and not accusations.

about 5 months ago
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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Buys the LA Clippers For $2 Billion

linuxguy Wow that much money? (270 comments)

One has to wonder if Donald Sterling would have received this much money for his team without a scandal? It appears to me that he greatly profited from the scandal.

about 7 months ago

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