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Students From States With Faster Internet Tend To Have Higher Test Scores

nam37 Actually... (175 comments)

Rich kids tend to have higher test scores...

about a month ago
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The Ethics Cloud Over Ballmer's $2 Billion B-Ball Buy

nam37 The injustice of it all... (398 comments)

Will someone please think of the poor millionaire ball players? It's just not fair!

about 4 months ago
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French, German Leaders: Keep European Email Off US Servers

nam37 Because of course... (115 comments)

...none of the EU countries monitor communications, right? This is completely an example of misdirection. "Look over there!!! Bad NSA!!! Bad US spy agencies!!"

about 7 months ago
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Twister: The Fully Decentralized P2P Microblogging Platform

nam37 Windows? (169 comments)

I understand this is Slashdot, but I find the the lack of a Windows client for a project like this pretty ridiculous.

about 9 months ago
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Obama Signs Cybersecurity Executive Order

nam37 "Cyber" (74 comments)

It's 2013, can we please stop using "cyber" now?

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon Payment Adds "No Class Action" Language To Terms of Service

nam37 It's all about the lawyers (147 comments)

Generally, the only people who profit from the class action suits are the lawyers.

about 2 years ago
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Wind Turbine Extracts Water From Air

nam37 So now what we really need... (227 comments)

So now what we really need is a droid who understands the binary language of moisture vaporators.

more than 2 years ago
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Lack of Vaccination Sends Babies In Oregon To the Hospital

nam37 Re:Autism (1007 comments)

Unfortunately, if you asked "WHY???" to the soccer moms involved that's likely what you'd hear.

more than 2 years ago
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Gate One 0.9 Released, Brings SSH To the Web

nam37 Re:!HTML5 Powered (151 comments)

My thoughts exactly unless I'm missing something.

more than 2 years ago
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Netflix Signs Exclusive Deal With Dreamworks

nam37 Torrents? (199 comments)

Hollywood is trying to kill Netflix as quickly as they can. Sometimes I think they would prefer us all to just use torrents.

about 3 years ago
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Netflix Announces Streaming Only Plans and Higher Prices for DVDs

nam37 Redbox... (488 comments)

Basically, this will drive people to use Redbox for disc-based movies and NetFlix for screaming.

more than 3 years ago
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Digital Generation Rediscovers Analog Wristwatches

nam37 Re:I don't understand (505 comments)

Completely agree... I'm 37 and I've pretty much always had a watch on my wrist. And both of my kids (6 and 3) have watches that THEY asked for. Don't know, it seems like a (stupid) non-issue to me.

more than 3 years ago
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Is there a GUI interface for a Linux mail server?

nam37 Re:Webmin (3 comments)

Yup... Webmin is probably as close as you're gonna get. Generally the GUIs for more Linux-based sever products don't light-up the world. The command-line is your friend. Alternately, you could try something like Scalix http://www.scalix.com/community/ .

more than 5 years ago
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Blu-ray Adoption Soft, More Still Own HD DVD

nam37 It's the name.... (685 comments)

I truly think a large part of the issue here is that "Blu-Ray" is a horrible HORRIBLE name. The name HD-DVD is alliterative and logical. HD-DVD "sounds" like the logical upgrade to the DVD, while "Blu-Ray" sounds like a Star Wars weapon.

more than 5 years ago
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Green Cars You Can't Buy

nam37 Re:Why are they illegal? (528 comments)

My guess (based on some other articles a few months back) is that they are illegal due to a lack of GAS TAX REVENUE. Think about it, a large percentage of our road infrastructure is paid for by gasoline taxes. If cars don't require gas, where is the money to fix the roads coming from?

about 7 years ago

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Apple refuses to carry eBook that mentions Amazon

nam37 nam37 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

nam37 (517083) writes "Apple’s digital stores are known for their strict policies and painful approval processes; even the slightest error can get an author’s work barred from the company’s ecosystem. In a rather frightening story, author Holly Lisle, who is known for her online writing guides, described her recent conflict with Apple. Lisle’s latest book, “How To Think Sideways Lesson 6: How To Discover (Or Create) Your Story’s Market,” was rejected from the Cupertino-based company’s iBook store because it contained “live links” to an Amazon website. After the author removed the links, however, Apple rejected the title once more, telling her that the company wouldn’t sell her book because it mentioned an Apple competitor. As a result of Apple’s actions, Lisle has pulled all of her work from the iBooks store and no longer recommends the service."
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GSA AUCTIONS TOP-SECRET US NAVY STEALTH SHIP

nam37 nam37 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

nam37 (517083) writes "The US Navy's super-secret Sea Shadow stealth cruiser is actually up for sale! Launched in 1984, and probably best known as the inspiration for the seaborne lair of a lesser/lamer Bond villain, she was the love child of a cash-flush Lockheed Martin and a nearly unlimited Cold War paranoia-fueled defense budget. Drawing stealth technology and design from the F-117 stealth fighter program, she was the testbed for advanced naval technology, from sea skimming hull structures to automated control systems. (Not to mention, who knows what else...) And now for a princely pauper's bid deposit of $10,000, you too can stalk the seaboard of third world countries with complete immunity."
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Verizon tweaks privacy policy; now sharing your lo

nam37 nam37 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

nam37 (517083) writes "Verizon Wireless began alerting its customers of changes to its official privacy policy on Friday. The carrier confirmed it will now use information for “private business and marketing reports” and “making mobile ads more relevant.” Verizon Wireless will share the URL of websites you visit, the location of your device, as well as app and device feature usage. It will also share information on data and calling features and your demographic so that it, and outside firms, can create reports and target ads more efficiently."
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Documentary mistakes video game for real terrorism

nam37 nam37 writes  |  about 3 years ago

nam37 (517083) writes "A newly aired British documentary claims to have found terrorism footage linking Libya's Colonel Moammar Gadhafi and the IRA — but that footage, it turns out, is actually from a video game. The documentary, which claims Gadhafi gave the IRA enough weapons to turn a militia into an army, shows footage allegedly captured by the IRA in 1988 in which IRA militants use Gadhafi-supplied heavy machine guns to shoot down a helicopter."
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Apple instructs support reps to refute malware

nam37 nam37 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

nam37 (517083) writes "In an internal support article leaked to ZDNet, Apple instructs its call center representatives on how to handle calls from users reporting that they have a machine infected with the “Mac Defender” malware trojan. “AppleCare does not provide support for the removal of the malware,” reads the memo. “You should not confirm or deny whether the customer’s Mac is infected or not.” Apple has yet to issue a public statement about the software’s existence or infection levels."
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Blumenthal Praises Sony's Efforts to Answer Questi

nam37 nam37 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

nam37 (517083) writes "Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT, and the man who once railed against "Beer Pong as Connecticut's Attorney General) said in a statement that Sony's response to the security breach and service disruption on PlayStation Network and Station.com "could serve as a model for other companies facing similar criminal hacking.""
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LastPass May Have Been Hacked

nam37 nam37 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

nam37 (517083) writes "LastPass, the online multiplatform password manager, has noticed "a network traffic anomaly," possibly a hacker attack, so it is forcing its users to change their master passwords.

LastPass, which hails itself as providing "the last password you'll have to remember," is an extension that works on all browsers, smartphones and operating systems. It fills in saved logins and forms with the click of a button and syncs personal data to any computer you use."

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Sony Online Entertainment Services Taken Down

nam37 nam37 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

nam37 (517083) writes "Sony Online Entertainment's various services seem to be down and a message on the official site does not give much information on the particulars. According to a short post on the site, the services were taken down after an investigation revealed a deeper "intrusion" than expected at first. This is the first we have heard that Sony's MMORPG arm had some sort of security breach. This could be part of Sony's plans to beef up security for the PlayStation Network, but this message seems to indicate that something more serious going on."
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Circular Monopoly Cuts Corners, Cash

nam37 nam37 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

nam37 (517083) writes "Monopoly is about to get a makeover. The 75 year old game will be relaunched with a circular board, and no cash. Other than the lack of corners and currency, the game remains unchanged, which should mean that the inevitably marathon sessions will be just as FUN as ever.

Read More http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/01/circular-monopoly-cuts-corners-cash/#ixzz0eaLW2yFr"

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MPAA shuts down town's muni WiFi for 1 download

nam37 nam37 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

nam37 (517083) writes "The MPAA has successfully shut down an entire town's municipal WiFi because a single user was found to be downloading a copyrighted movie. Rather than being embarrassed by this gross example of collective punishment (a practice outlawed in the Geneva conventions) against Coshocton, OH, the MPAA's spokeslizard took the opportunity to cry poor (even though the studios are bringing in record box-office and aftermarket receipts)."
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Mono framework brings C# to iPhone and Wii

nam37 nam37 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

nam37 (517083) writes "Mono, an open source implementation of .NET runtime, is bringing Microsoft's development technologies to some unexpected places, including the iPhone, Android, and the Wii. Static compilation is the special sauce that makes it possible for Mono to run on the iPhone. Mono allows developers to use ahead-of-time (AOT) compilation, which converts .NET's common intermediate language (CIL) directly to native code at compile time. This means that the application doesn't have to use just-in-time (JIT) compilation to generate the native code at runtime."
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FCC asked to mandate 'e-mail address portability'

nam37 nam37 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nam37 (517083) writes "C|Net has an article up about the Federal Communications Commission being asked to create mandatory "e-mail address portability." The petition to the FCC (warning .PDF) based on the idea that because the U.S. Post Office offers to forward physical mail, and because FCC rules require telephone service providers to offer number portability, the same principle should be extended to e-mail accounts."
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nam37 nam37 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

nam37 (517083) writes "CBS 5 has an interesting article about a strange U.S. military proposal to create a hormone bomb that could purportedly turn enemy soldiers into homosexuals and make them more interested in sex than fighting.

"The Ohio Air Force lab proposed that a bomb be developed that contained a chemical that would cause enemy soliders to become gay, and to have their units break down because all their soldiers became irresistably attractive to one another," Hammond said after reviwing the documents."
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nam37 nam37 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

nam37 (517083) writes "The inventor of the "Electric Slide," an iconic dance created in 1976, is fighting back against what he believes are copyright violations and, more importantly, examples of bad dancing.

Kyle Machulis, an engineer at San Francisco's Linden Lab, said he received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notice about a video he had shot at a recent convention showing three people doing the Electric Slide.

Jason Schultz, attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation: "You can copyright the choreography for dances and then enforce the copyright against anyone who publicly performs the dance.""

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