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Ask Slashdot: Can Bruce Schneier Be Trusted?

moonwatcher2001 Can we trust an anonymous reader (330 comments)

Why does someone who won't give a username get to the front page?

about a year ago
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Why Does Windows Have Terrible Battery Life?

moonwatcher2001 Re:Power management is HARD. (558 comments)

Watch the WWDC sessions on power management in iOS and Mac OS X. You'll get an idea of how much work Apple put into this over the last decade or so.

-jcr

Math is hard.

-Barbie

about a year ago
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How To Develop Unmaintainable Software

moonwatcher2001 There's more than one way to do it (211 comments)

The nastiest project I ever took over was written in Perl by ten diferent programmers eah using diferent features of Perl

about a year ago
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New Unix Implementation Turns 30

moonwatcher2001 More than 30 years of free software (290 comments)

I had the source code to Adventure The Colossal Cave in 1981. There were already several versions floating around.

about a year ago
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New Unix Implementation Turns 30

moonwatcher2001 Where can I get this? (290 comments)

> Starting this Thanksgiving I am going to write a complete Unix-compatible software system called GNU (for Gnu's Not Unix), and give it away free to everyone who can use it.
and
>To begin with, GNU will be a kernel plus all the utilities needed to write and run C programs: editor, shell, C compiler, linker, assembler, and a few other things

He started working on it 30 years ago so it must be available somewhere. Where can I get the GNU kernel? What hardware does it run on?

about a year ago
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Early Surface Sales Pitiful

moonwatcher2001 Surface vs iPad (251 comments)

According to loopinsight.com Apple sold over 50 million iPads in the time it took Microsoft to sell 1.7 million Surface tablets.

about a year ago
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Tim Cook May Not Know Why, But Samsung Is Winning in China

moonwatcher2001 Re:Here's the reason... (327 comments)

The US and China fought against each other in Korea circa 1951.

about a year ago
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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

moonwatcher2001 Abusive speech is not good (1501 comments)

Verbally abusing someone indicates a lack of verbal skills in the sense that the abuser can't express yourself properly. It also shows a lack of respect for other people.

about a year ago
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Employers Switching From Payroll Checks To Prepaid Cards With Fees

moonwatcher2001 Re: Weekly/Monthly Salary (1103 comments)

Cooking is not an option if you can't afford to live in a place with a kitchen.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is GNU/Linux Malware a Real Threat?

moonwatcher2001 Almost daily updates? (252 comments)

OP writes:
" I install system updates almost daily"

Seems to me.that any OS requiring multiple updates per week is a fail.

*DUCKS*

about a year ago
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Jeremy Hammond of LulzSec Pleads Guilty To Stratfor Attack

moonwatcher2001 Lies? (192 comments)

" the government claimed that there were eight other outstanding indictments against me from jurisdictions scattered throughout the country"

How can they claim this without giving the person a list?

about a year ago
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Android Users Get Scammed With In-App Antivirus Ads

moonwatcher2001 Open is better (82 comments)

Android is better than iOS because it's open. Android is better than iOS because it has more malware.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Ahead of Phone Tracking ?

moonwatcher2001 Faraday cage (259 comments)

Put your phone in an aluminum foil pouch. (See Faraday cage) Take it out to check messages/make calls.

about a year and a half ago
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Supreme Court Disallows FISA Challenges

moonwatcher2001 Damned if you do... (306 comments)

The Supreme Court that says you can't sue if you can't prove you've been spied on and and FISA says you can't find out.

about a year and a half ago
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LinuxFest Northwest is Coming in April (Video)

moonwatcher2001 Not really a smalll town (43 comments)

Population is over 80,000.

It''s great conference - I've driven up from Seattle a couple times. In addition to Linux talks there are talks about languages and projects people are doing on Linux. One year I went to a talk by a guy who was writing a book on early computers (EDVAC I think)

about a year and a half ago
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Kaspersky Says Cyber Weapons "Cleaner" Than Traditional Weapons But "Much Worse"

moonwatcher2001 Professional malware (89 comments)

About twenty years ago people were writing malware mostly because they could. I was working on a well known (at the time) product and one day someone joked that we write a virus that targeted our main competitor's product. This led to a serious discussion of what could happen if a team like ours of about 25 experienced professional programmers started writing viruses. It was not a pretty picture.

We now live in this world with Stuxnet/Flame/etc. It is even scarier now than it was tthen.

about a year and a half ago

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