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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

markass530 Re:Why not just use hard drives and then store... (193 comments)

Why is it that you can turn off blue ray drives, but not hard drives?

Last I checked, my hard drives were simple to power on and off on the fly.

Check again. Hard drives are not designed to be cycled on and off a lot

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

markass530 Re:Crap Shoot (131 comments)

you seriously spent 150 bucks for a laptop battery? AYFFM? there's about a dozen online options, the most expensive ones around 60-70 bucks and come with long warranties, from places that specialize in laptop batteries

4 days ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

markass530 Re:Free market (256 comments)

It's not a matter of giving it a try, it's a matter of scaling back the corruption baked into the system

4 days ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

markass530 Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (276 comments)

" If you consider our history, we didn't live in anything like this density" You can say that about any time in history, and it's true. "I question whether that is a real thing." Lets see, we've gone from roaming bands of hunter gathers,. to NYC, LA & Tokyo, the proof is in the pudding

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

markass530 Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

Yea, that really didn't help at all, perhaps your mother in law should home school you first

about two weeks ago
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Starbucks Offers Workers 2 Years of Free College

markass530 Re:In civilized countries... (169 comments)

AKA 'Merica in a nutshell , Sigh . Thanks for the heads up and resources

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

markass530 Re:why copy meat? (466 comments)

I would say vaginitis is a helluva concession

about 3 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

markass530 Re:Militia, then vs now (1633 comments)

for every libertarian post there are several pointing out hardcore libertarians are just fascists

about 4 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

markass530 Re:Militia, then vs now (1633 comments)

And yes, I know that this opinion is not popular on a site as conservative as slashdot

you must be new here, I'm a moderate but slashdot is pretty far from conservative

about 4 months ago
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Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

markass530 Re:It's not enough (204 comments)

Same thing that happened to Openly racist people starting in the 1970's , Suck it up buttercup

about 4 months ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

markass530 Re:Why do people listen to her? (588 comments)

My third son went from talking and acting normal to non-verbal for years around the time of his 2 years vaccines. Now, it's likely coincidence.

Likely?

about 4 months ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

markass530 We? (184 comments)

Who is We? Did the researchers have a mouse in their pockets during this study ?

about 4 months ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

markass530 Re:The new Hitlers (564 comments)

I imagine if your car ran out of gas and the only gas station within a couple hundred miles didn't serve your kind you might have a different view on things.

about 5 months ago

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HOW MOZILLA LOST ITS C.E.O.HOW MOZILLA LOST ITS C.E.O.

markass530 markass530 writes  |  about 5 months ago

markass530 (870112) writes ""At this point, a tech company having a C.E.O. who opposes gay marriage is not all that different from a company in 1973 having a C.E.O. who donated money to fight interracial marriage: even if there were plenty of Americans who felt the same way at the time, the C.E.O. would still have been on the wrong side of history. And since the role of a C.E.O. as a public face of an organization is more important than ever these days, Eich’s personal views were inevitably going to shape his ability to run the company.""
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Anonymous withdraws support for Wikileaks, promises dossier of unethical activit

markass530 markass530 writes  |  about 2 years ago

markass530 writes "The press release was made available on AnonPaste last night, and notes that Anonymous as a collective entity “have been worried about the direction Wikileaks is going for sometime now,” adding that the last year has seen the focus shift “from actual leaks and the fight for freedom of information” towards what is described as “more and more on Julian Assange and a rabid scrounging for money.” However, it took Wikileaks’ latest drive for donations to push Anonymous into officially severing any relationship with the site."
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Chinese Hospital Offers Handsfree Sperm Extraction Device

markass530 markass530 writes  |  about 2 years ago

markass530 writes "The Zhengzhou Central Hospital in Nanjing, China, announced a new and rather unique therapeutic device that is designed to treat infertility in patients.

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The hands-free "sperm extractor" is a stand up device with a height-adjustable "massage pipe" that moves inward and outward from the main body of the sperm extractor. According to the manufacturer, the speed, amplitude and frequency can be adjusted by the user, which aims to provide a "warm" and "comfortable" feeling for users who find difficult to retrieve their sperm the traditional, manual way. There is even a screen to play movie content to help with the extraction process."

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Let's settle patent dispute in Quake match

markass530 markass530 writes  |  about 3 years ago

markass530 writes "Two weeks ago, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson and his studio Mojang received a 15-page letter from Bethesda's lawyers stating that the name of his upcoming game "Scrolls" infringes upon Bethesda's own "The Elder Scrolls" trademark, and could possibly stir up some confusion when the fifth Elder Scrolls installment launches in November.

"Remember that scene in Game of Thrones where Tyrion chose a trial by battle in the Eyrie?" Persson writes. "Well, let’s do that instead! I challenge Bethesda to a game of Quake 3 [Arena]. Three of our best warriors against three of your best warriors. We select one level, you select the other, we randomize the order. 20 minute matches, highest total frag count per team across both levels wins.""

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Chinese workers write a letter to Apple

markass530 markass530 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

<035ssakram>" rel="nofollow">markass530 writes "Several workers from Wintek, which make touch screens for Apple devices, has written a letter to Steve Jobs regarding the hardships they had to endure, particularly with regards to the use of hexyl hydride, also called n-hexane, from May 2008 to August 2009

Part of the letter read: "This is a killer, a killer that strikes invisibly. From when hexyl hydride was used, monthly profits at Apple and Wintek have gone up by tens of millions every month, the accumulated outcome of workers' lives and health."."

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Momentus XT hybrid drive causing headaches

markass530 markass530 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

markass530 writes "Owners of Seagate's Momentus XT are facing serious issues with their drives — despite glowing initial reviews, a number of long-term users claim that the drives chirp, crash, stutter, and freeze with alarming regularity, particularly when installed in a Mac. Seagate forumgoers speculate these are symptoms of the XT's magnetic platters spinning down inappropriately, due to an overzealous power management scheme. Seagate is working to fix the issues, so thats the good news."
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UFC President tells pirates to prepare for jail

markass530 markass530 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

markass530 (870112) writes "While this past weekend's "UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort" event will always be remembered for the front kick heard 'round the world, UFC president Dana White said the card might also be known as the launching point for the future of the company.

In conjunction with the New York-based NeuLion, Inc., the UFC offered an enhanced pay-per-view broadcast at UFC.tv, and White believes the format is the wave of the future.

“The very forceful actions taken by Mr. (Preet) Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Mr. (John T.) Morton, the Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, against these parasitic websites is very welcome news," White stated. "The criminal theft of pay-per-view events has resulted in the loss of millions of dollars of revenue to not only the UFC and its fighters, but has also deprived federal, state and local government of their rightful entitlement to significant tax revenue.

We're fighting it hard," White said. "Listen, I said it when we made this announcement, and I'll say it again, people are going to jail.""

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Microsoft to work with windows phone 7Jailbreakers

markass530 markass530 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

markass530 (870112) writes "Microsoft had a sit down with the first people to jailbreak their windows phone 7. Seems like good progress was made. This seems like a good approach to me. It would be great if Sony, Apple, Microsoft, and several Android phone makers would implement a simple development switch in their phones — these would obviously void the warranty, but it would give hackers the opportunity to actually own their devices without fear of having to jailbreak all over again whenever an update arrives."
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Sony Lawyers Expand Dragnet, Targeting Anybody Pos

markass530 markass530 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

markass530 (870112) writes "Sony is threatening to sue anybody posting or “distributing” the first full-fledged jailbreak code for the 4-year-old PlayStation 3 gaming console.

What’s more, the company is demanding that a federal judge order Google to surrender the IP addresses and other identifying information (.pdf) of those who have viewed or commented about the jailbreak video on a private YouTube page. The game maker is also demanding that Twitter provide the identities of a host of hackers who first unveiled a limited version of the hack in December."

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Microsoft outs Yahoo as bandwidth hog

markass530 markass530 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

markass530 (870112) writes "Microsoft and Yahoo have finally acknowledged that Yahoo is, as has long been suspected, culpable for Windows Phone 7's excessive data usage. Microsoft admitted to a problem a couple of weeks ago, faulting an a third-party service but infuriatingly refusing to specify which third party.

This silence was unfortunate, as it left users with no good way to avoid the problem: given the potential to run up substantial bills, this was indefensibly irresponsible of Microsoft. Now that Yahoo! Mail has been confirmed as the problematic provider, users can mitigate the issue by setting any Yahoo accounts to check for mail only manually."

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Duke Nukem Forever release date set... May 3rd

markass530 markass530 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

markass530 writes "On May 3, you may actually be able to see your breathe in Hell when it begins to freeze over. The unbelievable has happened, and after years of jokes, years of failed attempts, years as the poster boy for video game franchises that seemed doomed to remain in limbo, Take-Two Interactive has announced that Duke Nukem Forever will hit stores on May 3. If you need a moment to process that, go ahead, it’s understandable."
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OS X The most dangerous OS and other danger

markass530 markass530 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

markass530 writes "Trend Micro released a rather interesting report about Apple’s Mac OS X, and it’s not going to make Mac users happy. The report is calling OS X the most dangerous OS to run, siting Apple’s slow cycle of patches and updates, as well as their obsession with secrecy.

Apple has enjoyed a reputation as being virus free, something they played up with great glee during the “I’m a Mac” ad campaign. The problem is now that Apple is gaining more market share, they’ll become a more attractive target for malware and viruses. Trend Micro used last November’s 644mb patch as example, citing the size of the update and the fact that it took five months to be released."

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RIAA, MPAA recruit MasterCard to help them police

markass530 markass530 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

markass530 writes "Two weeks ago, MasterCard felt the wrath of Anonymous Operation Payback-style DDoS attacks after refusing to process payments that were intended to fund WikiLeaks, the website which began leaking confidential US diplomatic cables last month. Now, the company is preparing to head down another controversial path by pledging to deny transactions which support websites that host pirated movies, music, games, or other copyrighted content."
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Asus netbook will have a takeaway phone

markass530 markass530 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

markass530 writes "TAIWANESE MANUFACTURER Asus is planning a netbook with a slot-in mobile phone that will double as a 3G communications module, according to a UK distributor.

The arrangement offers an easy way to use the same SIM card and data account for both a phone and a portable computer.

The phone module, from an Israeli company called Modu, is already on sale, together with an array of feature-phone shells and other devices that it's designed to slot into."

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Arm based servers coming in 2011

markass530 markass530 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

markass530 writes "Arm Holdings chief executive officer Warren East told EE Times Wednesday that servers based on ARM multicore processors should arrive within the next twelve months. The news confirms previous speculation stemming from Google's acquisition of Agnilux and a recent job advertisement posted by Microsoft. East said that the current architecture, designed for client-side computing, can also be used in server applications."
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The School webcam spying gets weirder

markass530 markass530 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

markass530 writes "It seems that the Lower Merion schools aren't the only one with the spying capabilities that were apparently used in the current class action lawsuit. A reader of Boing Boing pointed out that PBS aired a documentary a few weeks ago called "Digital Nation." In it, vice-principle of Intermediate School 339, Bronx, NY, Dan Ackerman showed how he's able to remotely monitor students through webcam.

Ackerman demonstrates the webcam spying ability: "They don't even realize we are watching," "I always like to mess with them and take a picture," and "9 times out of 10, THEY DUCK OUT OF THE WAY."

Oddly there are no questions regarding student privacy, which is likely how the recent class action lawsuit came about.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/learning/schools/how-google-saved-a-school.html?play

Skip to around 4:36 to see the remote webcam monitoring."

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iPhone Owners Smashing Device to Get Upgrade

markass530 markass530 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

markass530 writes "An iPhone insurance carrier says that four in six claims are suspicious, and is worse when a new model appears on the market.

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Supercover Insurance is alleging that many iPhone owners are deliberately smashing their devices and filing false claims in order to upgrade to the latest model. The gadget insurance company told Sky News Sunday that it saw a 50-percent rise in claims during the month Apple launched the latest version, the iPhone 3GS."

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