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Microsoft Takes Down Domains

man_ls Re:Sue them for all they're worth (495 comments)

Since I'm replying to an AC post I don't feel a need to include citations, but there's been at least one case where the domains in question were purchased through registrars and registered to owners both outside the United States but because the domains themselves were .com domains and Verizon is the ultimate authority for .com domains, the U.S. simply ordered Verizon to update the global master registry to reflect the seizure and there was nothing to be done about it.

They'd have to use a non-U.S. TLD as well.

about a month ago

Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

man_ls Adding to the list... (240 comments)

Our limited education tax dollars have no business funding something so useless to modern society as darkroom photography.

about a month and a half ago

Canadian Teen Arrested For Calling In 30+ Swattings, Bomb Threats

man_ls Excellent work! (350 comments)

This kid should rot in jail for a while, then receive a lifetime ban from emergency services.

about 3 months ago

.NET Native Compilation Preview Released

man_ls Re:So no more .net redistributable? (217 comments)

I wonder how big a statically linked OpenOffice executable would be on Debian.

about 4 months ago

.NET Native Compilation Preview Released

man_ls Awesome? RT? (217 comments)

Is this a prelude to allowing compiled desktop applications on Windows RT? Without the CLR overhead, perhaps the ARM would be competitive with an entry-level Intel laptop?

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

man_ls Re:Big Ugly Dishes (219 comments)

I think there's a power density component, too. C-Band signals are broadcast at a lot lower power than the enormously powerful signals put out by the providers which use 18" dishes.

about 4 months ago

Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

man_ls Asks... (367 comments)

"Asks schwit1, "How is this not a violation of the CFAA?" It sounds like the school was violating Facebook's Terms of Service, too."

Because in our society, laws don't apply to law enforcement officers or other officials. It's one of the perks of those jobs.

about 4 months ago

Interview: Ask John McAfee What You Will

man_ls Unreliable Respondant? (172 comments)

Given McAfee's penchant for making up wildly outlandish responses to questions he's bored with or finds uninteresting, do we have any reason to believe we'll actually get responses which are anything other than works of fiction?

about 4 months ago

More On the Disposable Tech Worker

man_ls Half-right. (323 comments)

He's kind of half-right, and the part he's right about is why I left the IT industry entirely. I just couldn't keep up, the skills churn was just too much and I couldn't devote enough time to learning the constant parade of new buzzwords just to continue to be able to do my job, while also having to do my job.

I knew quite a few people who were in various IT careers a few years ago, but have universally washed out and are now technical managers or in entirely different industries. The few who did stick around managed to do so because IT was both their career and hobby, and so they had home labs that were always running the latest-and-greatest of anything. Windows 8 was the straw that broke the camel's back, and I quit. Now I'm a technical manager too.

The industry moves too quickly, and requires a level of continuous retraining that's unlike anything else in existence. I'm not at all surprised it's better - for many reasons - to hire a new temp or employee than it is to retrain someone.

about 4 months ago

Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

man_ls Re:Multiple Desktops on a Single screen. (389 comments)

As far back as Vista, I've had success running bizarre GPU/Monitor configurations that you'd think would never work but were always perfect. I'm talking 3 GPUs driving 5 monitors, with a GeForce and a Quadro of the same generation in PCIe slots and a 4-gens-back-not-same-driver GeForce in a PCI slot. Or two GeForces and a Radeon. With monitors of all different resolutions going at once.

It's not perfect, sure, but in my opinion Windows multi-monitor support is the most forgiving and easiest to configure of all operating systems currently on the market.

about 5 months ago

Does Crime Leave a Genetic Trace?

man_ls Lamarck Vindicated? (160 comments)

Does this mean Lamarckian evolution is partially correct after all?

about 5 months ago

How To Create Your Own Cryptocurrency

man_ls Re:I don't get it (203 comments)

The interesting stuff starts to happen when enough people accept credits of computer time that you don't need to worry about converting it to fiat paper anymore.

about 7 months ago

The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class

man_ls Re:Instagram didn't replace Kodak (674 comments)

Eh, I look at it more like tipping for good content. Set your browser to automatically send someone 100 DOGE if you click a theoretical "good content" button.

about 7 months ago

Female Software Engineers May Be Even Scarcer Than We Thought

man_ls It may be an unfixable problem. (445 comments)

I'm a male, but frankly I quit pursuing academic and professional computer science years ago largely on account of the same factors that alienate women. "Computer people" are, by and large, just not people I want to spend time around. Exceptions to the rule at an individual level, of course, but everyone more or less knows what I'm talking about. The dark triad with a sprinkling of misogyny.

It turns out that many people, especially women, probably don't want to "bro down and crush code" - and yet, that's where the culture of the industry lies. Especially at the level a recent graduate is going to get involved in.

about 8 months ago

Only 25% of Yahoo Staff "Eat Their Own Dog Food"

man_ls No kidding. (292 comments)

Yahoo's webmail is so bad, I finally got so frustrated with it I quit entirely.

And mind you: I've never used Yahoo webmail to actually receive e-mail. It was entirely unsuitable as nothing but a dummy e-mail account to receive automated task notifications at while testing software. I hate to think how it is if someone tries to use it for their actual e-mail.

Outlook, on the other hand, isn't actually that bad in my opinion. I (gasp) own a legitimate copy of it which I use with a my small business accounts.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What's On Your Hardware Lab Bench?

man_ls Lots of stuff. (215 comments)

I don't do high-speed digital logic or anything like that; I primarily work on antique and vintage electronics, stereo hi-fi gear, microcontrollers and ham radio transmitters and receivers.

I have an inexpensive Rigol 100MHz scope, and an HP 16500B mainframe loaded with six more 100MHz scope channels + a pair of 250MHz channels; then I have a synthesized signal generator good up to 20MHz, a Leader FM Stereo Synthesized Signal Generator, an HP precision audio oscillator, an old AM RF generator from the early '50s, a handful of multimeters, and a very nice soldering iron, de-soldering iron, and a fume extraction system.

In all honesty, this is way overkill for what I work on...but part of the fun of having a good day job and a profitable hobby is being able to buy expensive toys that make everything just that much easier and more fun to work on.

about 8 months ago

MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

man_ls Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

He was banned from their network, repeatedly, after abusing the system and causing load issues on JSTOR. After being kicked off the wireless enough times he couldn't get back on, he physically broke into a restricted equipment room on campus and attached a laptop to continue attacking the network and scraping the articles and took steps to conceal his presence and identity from security cameras which were erected specifically to look for him.

Surely you can acknowledge there's at least one criminal offense happening in that string of events.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Using a Tablet As a Sole Computing Device?

man_ls Do it. (417 comments)

I've derided tablets as being restrictive and generally poor imitations of actual computing devices and bemoaned their lack of input options. However, this previous Christmas season, I think I've come around on the process. My aging grandparents, now in their 80s, struggle regularly with a laptop or desktop computer but immediately figured out how to use Skype, e-mail, web browsing and a handful of other day-to-day activities far easier than they were ever able to on a full computer.

A friend's mother reports a similar experience: from being unable to manipulate a computer into doing pretty much anything other than going to Google, she set up and checked her own e-mail account she hadn't accessed in years, made Skype calls to other relatives, downloaded and then effectively used several Bible-related applications, and watched a movie.

Tablets are a great choice for someone who only wants to consume content, with little interaction with it. While I don't understand how these otherwise very intelligent, although non-technical people can have so much trouble in the first place clearly there's an unmet need for consumer-functional computing out there.

about a year and a half ago

Bungled Mobile Bet Will Be Ballmer's Swan Song

man_ls Re:I like my netbook. (300 comments)

I suspect he has poor riding technique, or is riding a fixie where form wins over function and a frequent failure mode is getting your clothing sucked into the chain line with no possible way of stopping the bike quickly, resulting in fairly horrifying and dramatic crashes with high potential for injury as a lot of rotational force with nowhere to go suddenly is transferred into your body.

I ride and race mountain bikes, and while crashing in those settings certainly has a high potential for injury, I've never had any issues from drivetrain failures; nor has anyone I've ridden with. This includes things like the chain falling behind the cassette and seizing the real wheel needing complete dis-assembly, chains snapping under power or falling off front cogs, and even binding on a derailleur cog resulting in snapping the chain, the metal derailleur cage, and the derailleur hanger clean off the bike.

about a year and a half ago

Windows RT vs. Windows 8 Could Burn Consumers

man_ls Re:A terrible mistake. (297 comments)

I'll have to ask about that next time we're arguing about ARM vs X86. Although I know these guys well enough to extract tiny bits of proprietary information on occasion (such as the conversations I cited originally), I suspect the details of the thread scheduler may be more severely verboten to outsiders such as myself.

about 2 years ago


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