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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

moronikos It's not a discussion... (582 comments)

It's a statement. It's a statement by a dogmatist on one side, and there will be statements by dogmatists on the other side. Two dogmatists don't have discussions--they just try to shout one another down.

Yeah, if you get enough eyeballs on a problem, sure it might be easier to solve. But users != eyeballs. I suppose being open source, it is easier to get eyeballs on something, but it is also easier for the black hats to get eyeballs on something as well and exploit it.

In the end, neither side in the dogmatic divide is likely to listen let alone switch sides.

about 5 months ago
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Tesla Says Garage Fire Not Charger's Fault; Firemen Less Sure

moronikos "Firemen less sure" (253 comments)

Down in Texas, they put a man to death (Cameron Todd Willingham) because they were sure he committed arson and killed his kids. Forensic scientists later showed the fire marshal to be wrong using....science. I'd rather trust scientists to tell me what happened than some firefighter that just lasted on the job long enough to be the investigator or kissed enough butt.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Books Have Had a Significant Impact On Your Life?

moronikos Lord Jim must really be awesome (700 comments)

...because I read Heart of Darkness and have seen Apocalypse Now a few times and it never inspired me to get a PhD.

about 2 years ago
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Why You Don't Want a $99 Xbox 360

moronikos Re:Gee, really? (530 comments)

Ok, I did the math...

Assume numbers in article are true and that the cost of the system plus gold cards in cash is $384.52... The buyer is financing $285.52 for 24 months--$384.52 - $99. The buyer is making 24 payments of $14.99. Use TVM calculator, and the interest rate is 1.94% per period, multiply by 12 for yearly to get 23.28%. So, it's about the same as a bad credit card, or a credit card if you miss a payment. It's still way less than the 300+% from Rent-A-Center or payday loan places. You'd be better off going to Best Buy and going for a 12-month no interest plan, or paying off in cash to begin with. I'm sure its market is those with low impulse control--teenagers.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft's Hotmail Challenge Backfires

moronikos Re:RTFA (453 comments)

I just tried logging in with bad passwords, and after the 10th try, it switched to captcha. This wasn't a brute force attack on the front end.

more than 2 years ago
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Nokia Lumia 900 Reviews

moronikos You know because... (195 comments)

You know because you make LARP costumes in your mother's basement and you use Tandy tools to do it? Hey, I'm not judging....;)

more than 2 years ago
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RIP, Electric Amplifier Inventor Jim Marshall, 'Father of Loud'

moronikos Re:Make his own? (166 comments)

What does it mean?

Well, he owned a music store and was selling Fender amps from America. He took them apart and inspected them and figured he could make them cheaper and sell them for a better profit in England than he could by importing them from America. He used British variations of tubes that gave his amps a different sound than Fender amps. He happened to be in the right place at the right time with the right product.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Choose a Windows Laptop?

moronikos It's Simple (898 comments)

Just go into your local Buy More store and ask the salesman which is the best one. ;)

more than 3 years ago
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They finally pissed me off...

moronikos Re (7 comments)

You should have gone to their website and paid that way. I wouldn't trust a clerk to enter the information correctly. You can also set up automatic payments so that you will be on time and eventually your bill will be lower.

more than 3 years ago
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PlentyofFish Hacked, Founder Emails Hacker's Mom

moronikos Markus is acting like a bureaucrat... (367 comments)

I have an account. I logged in some time last week and it said my password had expired and I needed to change it. The change screen was sort of crappy and I was able to "reset" my password to the old password. If the rat b@st@rd had said "we've been hacked and you need to change your password", well, I would have changed my password to something else. But, just a simple expiration? Well, really not a reason to change my password.

Bureaucrats get caught with their pants down, don't come clean for a while, and then they go and blame everyone else for their screw ups.

Markus, take a hint. Don't send people's passwords to them in an e-mail once or more a week. Geez... Now, I do have a reason to change my password.

more than 3 years ago
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New Facebook Messaging System Announced

moronikos So it's Google Wave re-born? (240 comments)

Maybe somebody will figure out how to use it this time around.

more than 3 years ago
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Minutes I spend on the phone, on a typical day:

moronikos Re:Less than 30? (264 comments)

We do have wives and that is why we put less than 30. You must have some romantic dream BS about marriage.

more than 3 years ago
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Bicycle Thief Barred From Using Encryption

moronikos The judge could just revoke his parole... (449 comments)

...and allow him to finish the rest of his sentence in jail or prison. If he's on probation that means he was convicted of the crime and therefore bail is not involved at all. If not being allowed to use a computer is cruel and unusual punishment, then my whole childhood was cruel and unusual. I guess he'll just have to learn to read books, talk to people, play board games, and play sports.

more than 3 years ago
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Best Buy Unapologetic About Charging For PS3 Firmware Updates

moronikos You should see what they charge for Windows Update (454 comments)

Was at a Buy More the other week looking at laptops. Heard the salesman give his spiel to some other unwitting victim about how they should pay them $100 to bring all the software up to date on a PC that hasn't even left the store. Basically, they wanted to charge them $100 to run Windows Update. Bend over and say you like it.

more than 3 years ago
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Don't Stop File-Sharing, Says Former Pink Floyd Manager

moronikos Re:"Former" Manager (243 comments)

Uh, they broke up?

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

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First release candidate of Wine 1.0 released

moronikos moronikos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

moronikos (595352) writes "The first release candidate of Wine 1.0 was announced and released into the wild today. Wine is an implementation of the Windows API that runs on Linux (or other POSIX compatible OSes) under X."

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Why I hate Opera

moronikos moronikos writes  |  more than 5 years ago I can handle opera the form of musical expression ok at times, but I really cannot stand Opera the browser at all. I have tried to like it and have installed practically every new version on my PC only to uninstall it shortly after. My problem with Opera is that it does a real poor job of detecting when web pages have changed and showing the updated page. During yesterday's Woot Off, this problem manifested itself clearly when I went back to the Woot page later in the day and it appeared they were selling the same thing. When I refreshed the page, something else was being sold--then I remembered Opera's damn problem in detecting changed content. Oh, I am sure there is some setting to make this work, but it should work correctly out of the box--i.e. after a clean install. I first encountered Opera's problem on message boards like EZBoard/Yuku where I would go back to a page later in the day and it would look like the forum was dead. I would then refresh the page and instantly all these new posts would inevitably show up. Every other browser (Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari) gets this right except for Opera. Looks like I will be uninstalling Opera yet again.

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