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Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon

maxwells_deamon Re:It'll be short-lived (392 comments)

Amazon sells it as well

about a month and a half ago

Best skywatching equipment at my disposal:

maxwells_deamon not disposable (201 comments)

I would never dispose of anyone's best sky-watching equipment!

about 3 months ago

Most Drivers Would Hand Keys Over To Computer If It Meant Lower Insurance Rates

maxwells_deamon Re:This is just a stupid idea. (449 comments)

What I am most worried about is that it would look at the road with 1/2 an inch of snow on it and decide that driving is not safe today. Or worse, we are driving in winter weather and it pulls off to the shoulder and parks because the snow is too thick.

Yes, many people can not drive in winter conditions, but I don't want to wait on the side of the road for two days for the road surface to clear

about 5 months ago

US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

maxwells_deamon Re:Hangings (1160 comments)

No the court recently declared that unless waved by the defendant, a jury must be involved in sentences of capital punishment. That does not mean that the judge/prosecution can not prevent the death penalty from being considered.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Mitigating DoS Attacks On Home Network?

maxwells_deamon Re:So.. I doubt you're actually,really getting DOS (319 comments)

I am not sure about DSL networks but there is another possibility I have seen on other types of networks. Is it possible there is a broken/infected computer/hardware on the same subnet at the ISP?

The user changes the mac address and gets a new DHCP assignment from the ISP. which changes the IP address each time but is in the same subnet because it is in the same local geographical area . Whenever the router wakes up it finds out that everything on the subnet is getting slammed. The ISP should be able to figure this out.

Wireshark also should help but I would be tempted to do a live boot from CD to a machine that is only connected to the DSL modem then run it from there. Get everything else know off the system.

lots of DSL modems now have wireless access built in. if that is being abused by a neighbor that could also be the problem. Check that out and clamp it down if there is wireless there.

it could also just be a bad modem,

about 6 months ago

U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed

maxwells_deamon Re:The Blame Game (1532 comments)

there were more total votes for democrats in the house than total votes for republicans. Both sides use gerrymanders to protect seats of incumbents, I used to live in a district that was essentially broken into two large pieces connected by a strip that ran down the center of an interstate highway. the strip was only about 10 feet wide and at least a couple of miles long,

about 7 months ago

Technologies Like Google's Self-Driving Car: Destroying Jobs?

maxwells_deamon The problem is political (736 comments)

Since the Luddites were first in vogue the number of hours has gone down, the retirement age began to mean something, and we could afford social welfare programs. Employment back then was miserable.

If you lost your job and did not get work again decades ago it was because you were not willing to do some types of work.

Now we have all this Ayn Rand crap being spouted all over the place and anyone who wants to see continued progress is being labeled a communist.

Most of the jobs that practically anyone could do now do not provide a living wage. You are expected to work 2+ jobs if your skills are not unique.

People who are older than 50 are particularly being damaged by this. Extending Social Security to older and older ages can not continue. It is causing many more valid disability claims.

Listen to the Tea Party people carefully. They want to return to a feudal society.

The problem will eventually solve itself with protests, strikes and perhaps violence. I hope it does not go that far, but I don't see much hope in the short term.

about 8 months ago

Technologies Like Google's Self-Driving Car: Destroying Jobs?

maxwells_deamon Re:The Jetsons (736 comments)

it was in "The Door Into Summer" and perhaps "By His Bootstraps" most of the cars crushed did not even have working engines

about 8 months ago

Devs Flay Microsoft For Withholding Windows 8.1 RTM

maxwells_deamon writing a book and need screen shots? (413 comments)

If the screens and features do not change, why call it a new release? Screen shots in a book that may be incorrect or that say "preview" on them don't impress publishers.

People who do support work for a living and can not play with the real thing before it goes out to the real world look really dumb.

about 8 months ago

Dell Dumps Keyboardless Windows RT Tablets

maxwells_deamon Still available on amazon from dell (186 comments)

I see it available on amazon from dell at less than 300 with free shipping under prime if anyone is still interested. I did not order one as i can not afford to throw money away like that and the reviews on the Dell website are mostly horrible for a 2 month old product.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Printing Options For Low-Resource Environments?

maxwells_deamon bulk ink jet printers may work (108 comments)

you can get ink jet printers that have external tanks for the ink. the consumable costs for these can be quite low, before committing to any ink jet system please be aware that the inks can usually be smeared with damp fingers even after they are dry

about 8 months ago

Have eBooks Peaked?

maxwells_deamon Re:Sure... (323 comments)

With Amazon you can have 5 family members sharing one account I believe. We share 5 devices

about 8 months ago

FCC Rural Phone Subsidies Reach As High As $3,000 Per Line

maxwells_deamon Re:FCC (372 comments)

Or trees can block signals. Some of these locations have had houses and unreliable land lines for over 45 years

about 9 months ago

Seeking Fifth Amendment Defenders

maxwells_deamon Lack of the 5th would make the following possible (768 comments)

Police officers stop everyone on the road tonight and ask the following question:

When and where did you last drive over the speed limit? OK, here is your traffic ticket.

Have a nice day and thanks for supporting your police department and city government with your fines.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

maxwells_deamon Re:lock it down (884 comments)

go to your local 2nd hand store and buy 10 barely working routers and configure them randomly with as tight security as you can. Do not hook any of them to the internet but hook them to some of those timers they sell for people who go on vacation but want there lamps to turn on and off. but with the same MAC address (if possible) and same hidden SSID They will all be POS routers that in addition to power cycling randomly will be crashing every so often. you might be able to set them up with MAC filtering on all mac addresses if you really want to have fun. Or install a version of an open source wireless router OS but edit the code first so that it is deliberately broken and install on a router.

If you have a spare computer you can set up a web server that only serves a copy of the Google home page. Or perhaps the FBI computer fraud page to any http request on these routers.

Ideally though, you need to stop this guy before he attracts the authorities to you through your service provider by doing some thing illegal. even if that means shutting down all wireless networks or setting up shielding.

about a year ago

Laser Intended For Mars Used To Detect "Honey Laundering"

maxwells_deamon True Source Certified (TM) ? (387 comments)

I was aware of problems with imported honey being adulterated. I know it is not an absolute guarantee but is this label a good idea for now?

about a year ago

Surface Pro: 'Virtually Unrepairable'

maxwells_deamon Malware? (418 comments)

If a virus or other malware were to come along, lots of these machines could be bricked all in a single week, If you can't get inside to repair them you are basically SOL.

about a year ago



Google campaign to celebrate the first amendment

maxwells_deamon maxwells_deamon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

maxwells_deamon (221474) writes "Google has started a campaign to celebrate the first amendment of the US constitution. They are asking people to submit a 30 second video that demonstrates your freedom to speak, rock, or assemble.
The best videos will be part of their “1 for all” campaign to publicize the first amendment on YouTube, TV and other media."

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