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Fake NVIDIA Graphics Cards Show Up In Germany

mwvdlee Re:interesting case.... (76 comments)

There's also the delivery company that could have switched them. I know for a fact not all delivery companies are to be trusted equally.
Or, if either Kosatec or POV uses a company to handle their warehousing, a third company.

4 days ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

mwvdlee Re:Prosthetic arm hacking FTW (194 comments)

Again, I'm not defending this as a good design choice, just as one I can imagine a person making for valid reasons.

I'm assuming the iPod hardware has some sort of unique identification baked into the hardware.
Recovery in case of loss is certainly possible; TFS states the arm can be reprogrammed for a new device.
Recovery from inside the app would make hacking easier, even if (limited) physical interaction with the arm is needed.

about a week ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

mwvdlee Re:Prosthetic arm hacking FTW (194 comments)

It may be bad design in hindsight, but in the real world every design has concessions.
Integrating the required hardware in the arm itself might have had downsides worse than relying on an external tried and tested commodity device.
It might be as simple as optimizing space, shape and weight, preventing heating or cost savings.

about a week ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

mwvdlee Prosthetic arm hacking FTW (194 comments)

Possibility 4) Hardlinking to a specific iPod makes it harder to hack the prosthetic arm from.
It's not the perfect way to prevent hacking, but I can certainly see why this could be considered a security feature that benefits the owner of the arm.
Would you rather have a prosthetic arm that does nothing or one that is controlled by some pubescent scriptkiddie?

about a week ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

mwvdlee Re:Dumbest argument ever (525 comments)

IMHO, the problem with all those economical/political systems is that they rely on people playing according to the rules.

Any system based on moral values is destined to fail. No population shares singular moral values. Each individual will play according to their own moral values instead of the system's rules.

I know no systems which are not based on moral values, nor can I imagine one without adding my own moral values.

about a week ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

mwvdlee Dumbest argument ever (525 comments)

Marxists think net neutrality is good, therefore net neutrality is bad.
You know what... Marxists think breathing is good, therefore breathing is bad also?
Such arguments are never valid.

about a week ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

mwvdlee Re:Old news (190 comments)

Except on Reddit, Digg or StumbleUpon, they'd piss off more than just one person.

about a week ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

mwvdlee Re:NT is best (190 comments)

Linux is for loser hippie neckbeards, Linux is for greedy capitalist pigs, Linux is for average Janes and Joes; Linux is for everyone.

about a week ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

mwvdlee Re:Old news (190 comments)

If a site post a story and there's nobody to read it, does it cover the news?

about a week ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

mwvdlee Re: Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

Why would that matter?
Does your opinion on the events change depending on his skin color?

about two weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

mwvdlee Re:Thoughtcrime (391 comments)

It's not a "thought" crime if what you're watching (and thereby encouraging the production of) is illegal to view.

I guess pirating the video should be encouraged then.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

mwvdlee Love it or leave it (548 comments)

Either love programming for it's own sake or find a different job.
Nobody sees a software engineer as a true engineer, so you'll spend a lot of time dealing with stupid people who insist they know how to do your job better than you. These include (but are not limited to); bosses, managers, HR people, sales & marketing people, customers, clients, business partners (atleast their non-IT staff).
Unless you thoroughly enjoy programming, you'll quickly burn out.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

mwvdlee Re:C++ is not the language you start with (548 comments)

Exactly.
First learn assembly.
Only then, when you understand what a computer actually does, move onto to gradually higher level languages.
Until you finally end up with a popular language like Java or C# and can still understand what's going on instead of simply rote learning APIs.

about two weeks ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

mwvdlee Re: Unconstitutinal (376 comments)

Atleast speed cameras are regulated and operated by a government agency.
This is just a corporation randomly pointing it's finger at somebody and saying "This week, YOU must give us $20. Why? Well, because you want your internet back, don't you?".

about two weeks ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

mwvdlee Re:Average people just don't like hipsters. (341 comments)

Right... you're trying to be "hip" and "different" and absolutely don't care about being gip and different.
You got me good, you did!

about two weeks ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

mwvdlee Re:Average people just don't like hipsters. (341 comments)

A hipster is somebody who would suddenly get a different taste if (and because) you'd like their taste.
They are people who so desperately want to be seen as different that they end up all being the same.

It's like how children want to be adults, but adults don't care about being adult.
Hipsters want to be interresting, but interresting people don't care about being interresting.

about two weeks ago
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Gartner: Internet of Things Has Reached Hype Peak

mwvdlee Re:Why did they pick such a bad buzzword? (98 comments)

I don't mind "internet of things" so much; it's devices using the internet without human interaction. I think the hype maxed out on that back when we were all expecting internet-connected fridges. Nowadays we actually have a few of those and are a bit more sane about what they can and cannot do.

As for "cloud"; it's just an empty marketing phrase. It cannot have a regular hypecycle, because at the end of every hypecycle is a phase of normal, sane use of the technology. There simply isn't any technology to use (other than plain internet).

I'd combine them and call it the "cloud of things" for ultimate buzzwordiness; it can mean anything.

about three weeks ago
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Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

mwvdlee Re:It's more than the tie (166 comments)

A startup is a hectic place to be and can be very demanding, but one of the things I enjoy most about startups is that you can get from idea to implementation to testing to production within an hour.

about three weeks ago
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Errata Prompts Intel To Disable TSX In Haswell, Early Broadwell CPUs

mwvdlee Re:Not all that surprising... (131 comments)

CPU's with TSX were first releasing in June 2013. Not really "early adopter" terrain any more.

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

mwvdlee Record every call (368 comments)

I've been using a call recorder app for about half a year now; great not only for rare cases like these, but also for replaying a conversation to get a name or phonenumber or some other detail you've forgotten.

about three weeks ago

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mwvdlee mwvdlee writes  |  about 8 years ago

mwvdlee writes "I have a small site selling selfmade software. Obviously this software has been cracked and is now distributed on warez sites. These warez site often refer to the original site and my statistics show a significant amount of traffic from them. I've set up a number of rules using mod_rewrite which currently redirect such warez sites to their local Business Software Alliance sites, which is kinda funny. But I'd like to do something more "creative" with redirecting such users. Can anybody think of fun things to do with redirecting warez visitors?"

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