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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

metrix007 Re:Militia, then vs now (1581 comments)

He is the best PM we've had in the last 30 years. Not sure why he was so unpopular.

11 hours ago
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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

metrix007 Re:do they have a progressive view? (328 comments)

It's a place where the majority are fine with the death penalty and banning evolution. That says it all, despite what gems are hidden in the shit.

yesterday
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

metrix007 Re:Homeopathy Works (408 comments)

The fact that such nonsense we know to be false is taught at a university diminishes all of academia.

about two weeks ago
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Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

metrix007 Is OpenBSD safe? (301 comments)

Is the alleged most secure operating system safe, or just as vulnerable as every other OS?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

metrix007 Should be objective, not biased... (451 comments)

The thing is, Windows 7 also runs great on older hardware. I just put it on a Hp ZE2000 from 2005, which isn't at all a powerful machine and it is running smoothly and very stable.

Something like Ubuntu won't run much better (Although Xubuntu or Lubuntu may well), and AV software is not the concern it was back in the day. The free MS Security essentials and a gateway check will be more than enough.

The real issue is software. Can the users rely on LibreOffice and Chrome/Firefox? Or is there windows software they rely on or will need?

Go with what makes sense according to needs and cost restrictions, not because of an ideology....

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

metrix007 Re:Good for you. (641 comments)

Yes, it would. I don't run any AV software or a host firewall because it isn't needed ify ou know what you are doing. Check suspicious executables against virustotal or jotzi, dont download suspicious files, check comments in torrents if you do that, check processes, have uac configured properly etc.

Yet, there is nothing that will protect you against the amount of 0 days XP is going to be vulnerable to. Which is worse for the guy in the article because he is years behind on updates.

XP being so old and having so many vulnerabilities means that his system can be completely rooted, running as part of a botnet and he wouldn't know. His security software wouldn't catch it and it wont show in his process list.

The only way to be sure in that situation is to monitor outgoing network packets from a known clean machine. Which he won't do.

Again, he is an idiot.

about two weeks ago
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Florida Judge Rules IP Address Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate

metrix007 Re:GeoLocation is not evidence (158 comments)

Illegal activity on an account not performed by the account holder or with their knowledge or consent is not grounds for termination in most contracts.

about two weeks ago
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UK Bans Sending Books To Prisoners

metrix007 Re:Sounds reasonable, but look who's in prison (220 comments)

Which is a shame. Deterrence should not by any means be a priority, as it all too often trumps the punishment fitting the crime.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

metrix007 Re:unfiltered information will make people THINK! (1037 comments)

Just because you thought about it and made what you consider a rational decision, doesn't mean other people with equal or greater thinking skills will not come up with the same conclusions especially on these complex topics.

Yes, they will, or they don't have equal or greater thinking skills.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

metrix007 Re:Just get a Smart TV (180 comments)

Which model samsung? I found the 5300 series to be painfully slow, but the 6300 series and above is very faster, faster than roku or any other set top box, and far more nicely integrated.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

metrix007 Re:Just get a Smart TV (180 comments)

A lot are, the higher end brands give a beautiful experience. Samsung, LG, Sony etc.

The Samsung Smart TV interface is far nicer than any set top box I've used....including chromecast, roku and xbox.

Investigate it yourself before dismissing them all as the same thing.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

metrix007 Re:Just get a Smart TV (180 comments)

So what if it's not true in 10 years? It will still work just fine as a video monitor, and at that point with smart tv's being ubiquitous they will probably be far, far cheaper to replace. It's certainly not an argument against investing in one.

It's pretty dumb to reject it and buy a set top box which doesn't do the job nearly as well for the same price.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

metrix007 Re:Just get a Smart TV (180 comments)

It's not an extra $200, and people obviously use it if they are buying a set top box in place.

It's really not comparable to 3D at all, which has clearly died out sometime ago.

Smart TV's are more analogs to smart phones, it's an evolution not a fad.

The thing you don't seem to get is a video monitor with software still works just fine as a video monitor. Having extra software optionally accessible doesn't impact that in any way, it only supplements it for those who realize it's "smart" to take advantage of it.

All tvs will be smart tvs because it's not extra equipment like an optical drive....just software.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

metrix007 Re:Just get a Smart TV (180 comments)

Smart TV is not a fad, but an evolution. In a few years it will be hard to buy a TV which isn't a smart TV.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

metrix007 Re:Just get a Smart TV (180 comments)

I see that, it just seems like a waste of money.

My samsung 55" f6300 has an amazing smart interface. Supports every codec, streams via DLNA perfectly, or HBO, Netflix or whatever. All very easy to access and control.

It gets updates so if it doesn't support something new, it will. At the end of the day, the smart aspect is only software. If it does become obsolete in lets say 4 or 5 years, then I can still use it as a "dumb TV" and buy one of those devices.

But to purposefully but a dumb tv and one of these devices (most of which don't even support DLNA) for near the same cost, seems foolish.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

metrix007 Re:Just get a Smart TV (180 comments)

Smart TV's are not limited in what they support. Besides they get updates frequently so if something new comes out that it doesn't support, it will.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

metrix007 Re:Just get a Smart TV (180 comments)

I don't see MKV going out of format anytime soon. Look how long AVI stayed dominant.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

metrix007 Re:Just get a Smart TV (180 comments)

My Samsung is amazing. I don't use it but it can give me email and dacebook updates in a non intrusive manner. I can access my downloaded content via DLNA from my NAS, or Netflix or HBO go or whatever, or from one integrated screen without an external device.

This was $800 for a 55", with stunning quality.

Spending an extra $100 on one of these devices and getting a lesser quality TV would have been foolish.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

metrix007 Re:Just get a Smart TV (180 comments)

Lol, thanks. I'll fix that now.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

metrix007 Just get a Smart TV (180 comments)

Not sure what the point of these devices are...turning tvs into smart tv's might make sense but eventually...everyone will just have a smart tv.

Why put so much money into these devices? Even roku is being relegated to an app on many smart tvs

about three weeks ago

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UK Goverment sedates a pregant woman and takes baby from womb

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  about 5 months ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "The UK Goverment as part of it's onward march to becoming a full police state has reached a new low. British Social Services received a court order to sedate a woman and perform a ceasarian section to take custody of the unborn child. The woman was an Italian citizen who was in the UK for training. Her family stated the "breakdown" was due to her not taking her mediccation for her bi-polar condition. This is a new low...not only did they deprive a mother of childbirth and bonding with her child, they did it with little cause to someone who was not even a British citizen, but a visitor. Appaling."
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Why is it so hard to get a serious 3rd party in place?

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  about 6 months ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "Everyone in the US seems to complain that the Democrats and the GOP are the same ala Kang and Kodos, and that it doesn't make too much of a difference which one you vote for as you will get screwed either way. Well, since the frame work is in place that anyone can form a political party..why isn't that being undertaken seriously?

Organized protests like OWS show that the support is there. Most states don't make it very hard to get on the ballot, and to be in a presidential debate you only need to have 15% support...which if the OWS support is any indication that should be easy.

What is stopping a real 3rd party from taking place? A 3rd party that has separation of church and state, complete support for LGBT, not shutting down the government over healthcare, holding the NSA responsible for the laws that have been broken, holding corporations responsible for the laws they continue to break, fixing patents, fixing copyright, fixing all the ridiculous problems with the police....how hard can it be to get support from 15% of the population for all of that stuff?"
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Can we elect anyone to office with enough support?

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  about 9 months ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "I'm a recent immigrant to the US, so I don't think I fully understand the political system in place. My understanding is that with enough public support, any party can be on the ballot and be elected into office. I keep being told, and seening comments on Slashdot that it is not a real democracy because we are confined to the two party system. Is this accurate? Can enough people not make a public party and with enough support be voted in? If this is not the case, what is preventing it?"
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New study shows organic food the healthier choice

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  1 year,24 days

metrix007 (200091) writes "A study done in the wake of the controversial Stanford study on Organic food which showed that there was no advantage, has been performed on fruit flies which have long been used to model effects on humans. The studies show that in almost every category, organic food has a clear advantage. Better fertility, less chance of disease, longer lives etc. I've been pretty skeptical of the entire organic food debacle thinking it easy to dismiss, but this evidence is convincing. The actual study is here."
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A cheap cell phone plan with an unlocked phone?

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "I am a recent immigrant to the USA. I am used to going to countries and paying a small amount, say $30 for a simcard and using it with my unlocked phone. I can't seem to do that in the US, where the only options seem to be to buy a phone and buy minutes as I need them such as with Tracfone, or a contract where I pay an amount per month to pay off a phone and a certain amount of minutes. I have a Google Nexus One, which is better than any phone offered on the basic plans from all the cell providers. Is there any way I can use it as a cell phone in the US for about $30-$50/month? It seems a shame to waste it and have to pay for a lesser phone."
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Why are there not more political parties?

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  about 2 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "Why are there not more political parties being formed? With all the upset over the 1% and all the protests, there is obviously enough people disenfranchised with the current system in place that they would welcome a change. What is stopping such groups who have sizable numbers from starting a party and voting themselves in? They may not get a huge amount but they would get enough votes to get a seat surely. What if all the the different occupy protests across the US voted themselves in as a unified party? Likewise the student protests in Montreal, students are a huge demographic in Quebec, what is stopping this and similar groups from voting themselves in and fixing things? Why are people not using the framework that has been in place for hundreds of years?"
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Firefox 4 beta 10 available

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "Firefox 4 Beta 10 has now been released, and is available for download or update. This is meant to be Mozilla's final beta before the actual release, which is not scheduled to be until the end of February. Is this early final beta a sign of more beta versions to come, or an earlier release? Have people finally gotten use to the lack of status bar and stopped complaining, or is it still the subject of much controversy?"
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Stargate Universe cancelled

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Jason (200091) writes "So Stargate Universe has finally been canceled, after it's remaining 10 episodes air in the Spring. I never liked the show very much but had thought SyFy were sure to stick with it if it survived after the first season. Given the amount of reasons the show was still trying to get over it isn't surprising it never attracted many viewers. So, is this the end of the Stargate franchise, or will it posisbly continue on in some other, more familiar form?"
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Scotland Yard to arrest Assange

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "Julian Assange has been hiding in the UK for some time, and now it seems Scotland Yard are just waiting for the go ahead to arrest him. I don't know how he can safely travel at the moment, but maybe it's time to try and old man mask bound for Ecuador. With this and the removal of Wikileaks.org from DNS, it seems a pretty effective albeit temporary measure. There must be some really incriminate stuff in those cables."
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Firefox 4.0b7 released - insanely faster

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "The next beta of Firefox has been released and it is insanely faster. I don't know what they have done, but the new JavaScript engine is a godsend. The Slashdot site has always had performance killing JS, and now I can restore a session of 20 tabs each with 1000 comments or more, all fully expeanded in a matter of seconds. Amazing."
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Duke Nukem release imminent!

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "Well, as unlikely as it is, the game is finished and playable, and it now won't be too long until it is actually released. Is there any way in hell this game can live up to the hype? Will this be the matrix or star wars of games....something revolutionary that will be imitated for years to come?"
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UK placing CCTV into 20,000 family homes

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "The UK government now wants to place CCTV camera to monitor 20,000 cameras deemed to be in a sin bin to make sure that the kids go to bed on time and eat healthy meals and the like. This is going to far, and hopefully will not pass. Where will it end? Article here"

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