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Cable Companies Use Astroturfing To Fight Net Neutrality

nhstar Re:that's not "astroturfing" (142 comments)

Lately I find that, more and more, the mentality is "Either you're with us, or you're EVIL!" and this is just proof of that... Instead of presenting a divergent view, it's easier to plaster such organizations with hate and malicious intent, forgetting that the corporations are only doing what they're chartered to do: using every resource to increase wealth for their share-holders.

I'm not advocating that this is the way it should be, just stating that, legally, this is the way that it is. Corporations aren't ~allowed~ to consider "the greater good" over that profit, so long as they're not doing greater harm. And I mean actual harm, not just perceived or "being kept down by the man" harm.

$0.02

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

nhstar Re:Jeez (575 comments)

If I read it right, the problem is that a number of users are having issues with installing Update 1 and have yet to find solutions... While that really is a problem, I feel that the headline here was meant more to get people bashing some more.

$0.02

about 6 months ago
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Order Limit On Raspberry Pi Lifted

nhstar Re:I wonder (204 comments)

*dramatic groan* (since I have no mod points) =)

more than 2 years ago
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Order Limit On Raspberry Pi Lifted

nhstar Re:Could someone please explain to me (204 comments)

I was luck enough to get in on the first round of availabilty, and only had to wait 10 weeks to get it (only mostly sarcastic), and it's been a great unit. It's given me a platform to work on and learn far more about cross-compiling, working in a small(er) footprint, and generally programming in general.

Currently, I'm working to make it the core of a computer concept for my car. Will it be as good as stuff "off the shelf?" ~Really~ unlikely. Will it be a whole lotta fun getting it going? You betcha! And so far, I've only shelled out about US$45 for the Raspberry Pi and some wiring to get started on this project.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Distro For Linux Lessons?

nhstar Go with your environment (319 comments)

It will probably be the easiest long-term if you go in the same neighborhood as what your using in your dev/prod environment... If you're using RHEL or CentOS, go with RHEL, Fedora, or CentOS. If you're going with something from the Debian branch, stick to those choices (Debian, Ubuntu, Mint), or with Suse, go with Suse.

I've been a linux guy for a bunch of years (Started with RedHat, moved to Debian, but have tried all of the big players) and it's always the little differences (such as netconfig, default locations, service configurations) that annoy me when I wander from my comfy space.

about 2 years ago
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RIAA CEO Hopes SOPA Protests Were a "One-Time Thing"

nhstar Re:One time experience? (441 comments)

The symantics behind this are a little off... we fought with soldiers against soldiers... we did not destroy England to do so.

Now, Japan/Germany on the other hand...

Still, I don't agree with those methods either.

(poor sense of humor, but still...)

more than 2 years ago
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RIAA CEO Hopes SOPA Protests Were a "One-Time Thing"

nhstar Re:One time experience? (441 comments)

Sadly, you may be right... but fighting for the freedom to speak by forcefully shutting down someone else's ability to speak (a la Anon.)..? Is that the right answer? I think that it happened to work out well last time without having to run around in a nerd-skills pissing contest.

I agree with the message, just not the methods.

more than 2 years ago
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UK ISPs To Begin Censorship of Porn Websites

nhstar Re:Strangely okay with this... (186 comments)

however (having just thought of this point once clicking "submit") it would be far easier, and less expensive to just have the parents, um... parent.

more than 2 years ago
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UK ISPs To Begin Censorship of Porn Websites

nhstar Strangely okay with this... (186 comments)

I usually hate the idea of censorship, and arguably still do... but if this is designed to be an easy (or at least easier) tool for parents to use, then yes I think it's a good thing.

Once the rugrats are of age and on their own, then they can choose their own connection's ability.

more than 2 years ago
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Patent Troll Says Anyone Using Wi-Fi Infringes

nhstar Re:Take out a hit? (436 comments)

Actually, I'm sorry... but there is a pre-existing patent, I believe filed in either Italy or Japan on this method...

Someone will be by to discuss it with your shortly.

more than 2 years ago
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Patent Troll Says Anyone Using Wi-Fi Infringes

nhstar Re:Nothing from Hams? (436 comments)

Honestly, I agree with this... I was aiming for the inanity of the situation, and was reaching *shrugs*

more than 2 years ago
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Patent Troll Says Anyone Using Wi-Fi Infringes

nhstar Nothing from Hams? (436 comments)

So, I guess amateur radio operators have been infringing since, what... the early 1900's? Voice is just data, right..?

more than 2 years ago
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Pastafarian Wins Right To Wear Colander In License Photo

nhstar Re:Heresy (689 comments)

There's actually much more to it than the tax benefits. Married couples have the legal right to speak for their spouses in things medically related. There are issues surrounding inheritance when a spouse passes, joint ownership of property...

Imagine owning a house for years with your spouse, making it a home, growing old in that home... Your spouse passes, then your brother in-law files suit because as the closest-living relative, he should inherit.

It's not just taxes, and it's not to stick the proverbial thumb in the church's eye. It's about fair treatment in how you live your life.

more than 3 years ago
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Moon Dust Back In NASA's Hands

nhstar Re:Taxes ARE a bad thing (73 comments)

Taxes, when spent appropriately and for a good goal are not a bad thing. And no, I don't mean in the "let's cure the world from stupidity" way.

And, as just one small part of what that background science didn't help with, think on that the next time you use your microwave to reheat leftovers, or your GPS gear without having to pay subscription rates for the satelite signal...

just sayin'

more than 3 years ago
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Time Warner Cable Cuts iPad Live TV Access 50%

nhstar Re:Bait and Switch (225 comments)

Not really... At least not on the part of Time Warner, or not intentionally anyway.

Once the broadcasters got word of what they were offering, they told TW to pull it as they do not believe that this is covered under their current carriage agreement (the contract that lets a cable operator show content from a broadcaster http://www.fcc.gov/mb/facts/cblbdcst.html).

more than 3 years ago
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Playing Around With Tracking Protection In IE9

nhstar Re:HTML (138 comments)

oh, but to bring back the original Hampster Dance!!!

*nostalgic swoon*

more than 3 years ago
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AT&T Sued For Systematic iPhone Overbilling

nhstar Re:AT&T's Fault? (265 comments)

Agreed. It would be interesting to know if they ran the same test with the data service actually turned off on the phone. Then I'd start to see fault with the carrier.

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Patents Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Movies

nhstar Re:Next movie you go to, thank your projectionist. (187 comments)

meh... making it look easy only means that they were doing their job well, thus worth the money... Yeah, put the popcorn kid up there... he'd do it for less.

managers *sigh*

about 4 years ago
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For Automated Testing, Better Alternatives To DOS Batch Files?

nhstar Powershell (426 comments)

Assuming that you're trying this out on OSes newer than Win2k, powershell may make a nice alternative. You can use the same structures that you're familiar with in command and the ability to add more complex components when/if needed.

more than 4 years ago
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Airborne Boeing Laser Blasts Ground Target

nhstar Quick! (419 comments)

Someone find the house full of Popped Corn!!!

about 5 years ago

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Cambridge puts Isaac Newton's notes online

nhstar nhstar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

nhstar (452291) writes "If you're looking for a bit of light reading this holiday season, Cambridge University is here to help: they've digitized and made available online over 4,000 pages of the pioneering scientist and mathemetician Sir Isaac Newton's most important works.

  "Anyone, wherever they are, can see at the click of a mouse how Newton worked and how he went about developing his theories and experiments," Cambridge University Library's digitization manager Grant Young told the BBC."

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HP throws Tru64 code to Linux fanciers

nhstar nhstar writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nhstar (452291) writes "The tech giant said today that Linux can adopt AdvFS source code under version two of the open source General Public License (GPL). The file system was first developed in 1991 for business customers using Digital Equipment Corp. Alpha Unix machines. HP said it had chosen version two of the GPL because of its compatibility with the Linux kernel. It also claimed the code will boost the uptime and performance of Linux file systems."
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