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Mozilla Backtracks On Third-Party Cookie Blocking

mdm42 Re:Why bother? (173 comments)

Ghostery plugin is your friend here.

about 10 months ago

EU Court Holds News Website Liable For Readers' Comments

mdm42 Re:Nice! (246 comments)

down-voting bad comments and up-voting good ones.

Oh how you made me laugh!

about a year ago

US Forces Undertake Two African Raids, Capture Embassy Bombing Figure

mdm42 WTF??? (229 comments)

Jesus Christ, what the fuck does this have to do with tech news? Newsfornerds??? You gotta be kidding!

about a year ago

HHS-Run Website Hacked To Hawk Boots, Perfumes, and NFL Jerseys

mdm42 !newsfornerds (43 comments)

At what point do we get past every cracked website being "news for nerds, stuff that matters"? It's not. It's either a criminal matter or it's a story of negligence or incompetence. This might have been a story in 1999, but today it certainly doesn't qualify as the slightest bit interesting in any technical way. Similarly, news about US government employees and websites,... it's not news for nerds. It may well be important to many /. readers who live in the USA. It might even have some significance as World News. But "stuff that matters" to technically-inclined people? Not so much. Post it to Reddit, then, but it doesn't belong here.

*sigh* I guess I want my /. of 2005 back. Now get the hell off my lawn.

about a year ago

Facebook To Overhaul Data Use Policy

mdm42 Re:A relevant link: (216 comments)

I made mention on /. that I disabled my account 4 years ago but it wasn't, I went through the motions but it claimed I could revive my account by logging in again. Someone replied to me how to really delete your facebook account. I logged in with my old info and there it was -my account I closed out ages ago; hopefully it's gone now.

It would be useful if you would detail the steps you took to "really delete" your Facebook account. Others might benefit. ;)

1 year,15 days

Report: By 2035, Nearly 100 Million Self-Driving Cars Will Be Sold Per Year

mdm42 MOD PARENT UP (325 comments)

nmp for me

1 year,29 days
top Owner: 'I Could Be Arrested' For Resisting Surveillance Order

mdm42 Confused (255 comments)

Colour me confused: duplicate the S much?


about a year ago

GMO Wheat Found Growing Wild In Oregon, Japan Suspends Import From U.S.

mdm42 Re:Postapocoliptic Nightmare (679 comments)

Much as I loathe Monsanto and all they do, I hate to have to inform you: Wheat is, under norm circumstances, a self-pollinating species.

about a year ago

How often do friends/family call you for tech support?

mdm42 Re:Windows UI keeps changing (255 comments)

Haven't used Windows since '95. I really have no idea how to help those dolts who insist on the pain of using Windows Anything!

about a year ago

How often do friends/family call you for tech support?

mdm42 Ob /. (255 comments)

My car has no computer, you insensitive clod!

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What If We Don't Run Out of Oil?

mdm42 Roast (663 comments)

We all get to roast in the human-induced Global Climate Change that results form dumping all that C into the atmosphere. More realistically, we get to starve as our crops and farming methods fail to cope with the variability implied by climate change, aggravated by the terribly, dangerously narrow genetic diversity in agricultural varieties in use because we've allowed major corporations to "patent" and "exclusively license" the genestock that feeds us.

about a year ago

From 'Quantified Self' To 'Quantified Car'

mdm42 Oblig /. (173 comments)

My car doesn't have a computer, you insensitive clod.

about a year ago

Re: Bitcoin, I most strongly agree with the following:

mdm42 Re:Dislike (398 comments)

Government is not in business to make a profit.

I sincerely hope that's true for your government where you are, but here, where I am, "my" government has become no more than an Extractive Industry out to enrich a bunch of bandits at the expense of the rest of us. As far as I am concerned the world is in desperate and urgent need of (a?) money system(s?) that are decentralised, anonymous and King-proof. I have some nagging reservations about Bitcoin, but so far it looks like the closest thing to that we've seen yet.

about a year and a half ago

Judge Invalidates 13 Motorola Patent Claims Against Microsoft

mdm42 Bullshit Headline Again (109 comments)

The patents were *not* invalidated.

Some claims within the patents were invalidated.


about a year and a half ago

Man Fired For His Online Customer Service Game

mdm42 Re:Correction please. (210 comments)

From his twitter, he said he was fired ... but isn't able to talk more.

140 characters. Didn't stand a chance.

about a year and a half ago

Steve Jobs Threatened Palm To Stop Poaching Employees

mdm42 Who? (270 comments)

OK, so Apple threatened Palm... so why is there a Google logo on the front page???

/. eds have completely jumped the shark.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Collect Payments From a Multinational Company?

mdm42 Re:The typical answer (341 comments)

4b) Insurance companies are banks, too.

about 2 years ago



Clock of 10000 years

mdm42 mdm42 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mdm42 writes "Jeff Bezos has seeded construction of a clock that he hopes will keep working for the next 10-thousand years. For Bezos the clock is a symbol of the power of long-term thinking. His hope is that building it will change the way humanity thinks about time, encouraging our distant descendants to take a longer view than we have. To make it all happen he's put in $42-million to get the ball rolling... or is that "pendulum swinging","
Link to Original Source

Oracle shuttering OpenSSO

mdm42 mdm42 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mdm42 (244204) writes "OpenSSO is one of the best open source web Single Sign On projects out there. Sun Microsystems open-sourced OpenSSO in 2008, so it's sad to see how Oracle (after borging Sun) is shutting down this amazing open source project, labelling it "not strategic" and dismembering the few parts they think are worthwhile for their own SSO product.

They started by freezing the next express release, and during the last few weeks they have been removing all the open source downloads from OpenSSO website and removing content from the wiki.

Fortunately ForgeRock, a Norwegian company, has stepped up to the plate in an attempt to salvage the project under the new name OpenAM"

Link to Original Source

South African Gov. Open Source Progress

mdm42 mdm42 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mdm42 writes "The South African government's State IT Agency (SITA) Free and Open Source Programme has released its second public newsletter outlining the progress of open source software in government. Among the range of issues covered are details of progress made in migration the SA Revenue Service over to open source software and progress in education.

The SA Revenue Service already uses Suse Linux extensively in its server infrastructure. SITA has recently launched a learner record tracking system for schools which is built using open source software."

Microsoft Trolling on Google's Trademark?

mdm42 mdm42 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mdm42 (244204) writes "According to local webnews site, ITWeb:

The Western Cape government and Microsoft this weekend opened the e-Googlethu Cape Access Centre, in Gugulethu, a township within Cape Town. The centre will supply the community with free access to 30 computers and the Internet.

Now IANAL, so forgive me for thinking that this is just trolling for a fight with Google. Fair enough, the name "e-Googlethu" is a neat enough pun on the name of the township, and I could possibly understand if the centre was a purely government project named by an ignorant bureaucrat, but with Microsoft's involvement, I have to wonder how Google's name got slipped into the mix. What do you suppose Microsoft is intending to achieve with this?"
Link to Original Source


Development Manager or Development Damager?

mdm42 mdm42 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mdm42 (244204) writes "Since Open Letters to Management seem so flavour du jour, here's another. Developer accused of incompetence and/or unethical timekeeping by a manager who is not only completely clueless about software development process and norms, is not merely unwilling to learn, but expects the world to behave the way she wants whenever she waves her hands.

Not without good reason has she become known as The Princess!"

Link to Original Source

mdm42 mdm42 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mdm42 writes "Ethan Zuckerman blogs that a friend's website, hosted with IPowerWeb, got hacked. Turns out that almost eleven-thousand websites hosted by IPowerWeb have also been hacked in the same manner, but IPowerWeb denies that they have a security problem. The crack injects malicious JavaScript into hosted web pages; the purpose of the JavaScript? To load Windows trojans onto client machines that access the websites.

To the rest of us it looks like their systems have been compromised from the ground up. Or perhaps an inside job...?"

mdm42 mdm42 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mdm42 writes "Meandering about the 'net on a slow Sunday morning, I tripped across Google Code's latest addition — Project Hosting. The entry page is a typically Google-sparse "Search Projects", with the slogan "Release Early, Release Often" beneath it. The page for creating a new project only offers the 7 most-widely-accepted opensource licenses.

Seems to me that Google have moved squarely into Sourceforge's turf, here. Does this spell the end of (Or am I just late to the party, here?)"



/. UI Design

mdm42 mdm42 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

You'd think that - despite their ignoring the multitude that truly hates the AJAXy Slashdot - the Slashcode maintainers could see their way clear to providing a link back to the index-page at the bottom of the fucking comments where you need it most instead of being forced to scroll all the way back to the top just so that you can go back to the article index in a sane (and updated) way.

Uh. Rant over.


Moderation options

mdm42 mdm42 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

So... mod points again. Why do they always come when there's genuine work to be done, and not on those slow and lazy Sunday afternoons when the only significant choice of things to do is read /. or get pissed on single-malt?

/. truly needs one more moderation option: "-1 Incoherent". I'm not talking about bad spelling or those who are unable to distinguish between "than" and "then" or "there", "they're" and "their", though they're bad enough. I'm talking about bad thinking; Meandering babble devoid of real meaning and the inability to string a few words into a coherent sentence to communicate simple meaning.

Honestly, my Dog communicates better...

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