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FTC, Google Go After Scammers

notarockstar1979 Re:Undress for success? (64 comments)

I'd become a webcam stripper in a heart beat if anyone wanted to see my bloated saggy body.

more than 4 years ago

SETI@Home Install Leads To School Tech Supervisor's Resignation

notarockstar1979 Re:Oops (621 comments)

I'm pretty sure this guy works at one of my client locations. He didn't understand why things were so slow, and reinstalled it after we removed it. After a sit down he reinstalled it yet again. I had to take it to the board of directors.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Denies It Built Backdoor Into Windows 7

notarockstar1979 Re:Who needs a back door? (450 comments)

What about all three of the BSD users?

more than 4 years ago

Fear Detector To Sniff Out Terrorists

notarockstar1979 Re:Great (342 comments)

Hide something fun up in there so they have a nice surprise every time they search you. Maybe a $10 or a Snickers bar.

more than 4 years ago

Texas Teen Arrested Under New Online Harassment Law

notarockstar1979 Re:Two to Ten Years and Up To Ten Grand (494 comments)

Screw you, goat fucker. And I'm from Texas!
  Now where's my sarcasm tag.....

more than 4 years ago

Acer Launching Dual Android/Windows 7 Netbook

notarockstar1979 Re:Wow really? (105 comments)

IE=ActiveX. People still write those stupid IE only controls.

more than 4 years ago

How To Make Science Popular Again?

notarockstar1979 Re:Easy! (899 comments)

No, no, you have it all wrong. Teach towards standardized tests. Nothing gets people excited like using a #2 pencil.

more than 4 years ago

$18M Contract For Transparency Website Released — But Blacked Out

notarockstar1979 Re:This is not an issue (384 comments)


more than 4 years ago

Guitar, Studio Wizard Les Paul Dies At 94

notarockstar1979 Re:Chet Atkins and now Les Paul (227 comments)

There are very few people who you can look at and say their life's work is truly complete but I agree with you entirely. May he rest in peace.

more than 4 years ago

Judge Rules Against RealDVD

notarockstar1979 Re:Repeal the DMCA! (407 comments)

I think you're thinking of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, not the DMCA

more than 4 years ago

MS — Dropping IE6 Support "Not an Option"

notarockstar1979 Re:Windows 2000 (374 comments)

Certain web based medical records applications (I'm still looking at you AllScripts) still use IE6 to get all of the functionality.

more than 4 years ago

MS — Dropping IE6 Support "Not an Option"

notarockstar1979 Re:A user's perspective (374 comments)

No, it's best performed by that 'puter guy who lives in the apartment next to me/downstairs from me/one building over. Ask all of the people I live near (that I say NO to on a regular basis).

more than 4 years ago

Prehistoric Gene Reawakened To Battle HIV

notarockstar1979 Junk DNA? (360 comments)

Is that like junk in the trunk? Does this mean I should only have sex with women who are endowed with large posteriors?

more than 4 years ago

Healing Wounds With Diamonds

notarockstar1979 Re:Why? (109 comments)

Magic. If it were anything else they would have stated it in the article.

more than 4 years ago

Applying a Music Business Model To a Blog

notarockstar1979 Oh Really? (43 comments)

1. Connect with fans
2. Reason to buy
3. Profit!!

Crap, he figured out number 2!

about 5 years ago



Copyright Czar will be the 'right person'

notarockstar1979 notarockstar1979 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

notarockstar1979 (1521239) writes "In a Whitehouse affair organized by the MPAA, Vice President Joe Biden praised Hollywood and spoke out against piracy. After blasting China's intellectual property laws and singling out Canada for not signing the treaty that lead to the DMCA, he went on to talk about the President's upcoming decision on the Copyright Czar:

He also addressed President Obama's forthcoming decision about who will be named the intellectual-property enforcement coordinator, better known as the copyright czar. Copyright industry lobbyists sent a letter Monday to the president asking him to pick someone sympathetic to their concerns, while groups that would curb copyright law sent their own letter urging the opposite approach.

We "will find the right person for intellectual property czar," Biden said.


Government systems part of large botnet

notarockstar1979 notarockstar1979 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

notarockstar1979 (1521239) writes "Finjan security researchers found a botnet that has been in operation since February has compromised about 1.9 computers, 77 of which were sites in the .gov TLD. From the article:

The cybercrooks collectively compromised computers in 77 government-owned domains (.gov) from the UK, US and various other countries.

The malware that featured in the attack allowed hackers complete control of compromised PCs, nearly all of which were running Windows XP. A variety of malicious actions, from reading emails to copying files, keystroke logging, and spam distribution were all possible.


Hurricane-Killing, Space-Based Power Plant

notarockstar1979 notarockstar1979 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

notarockstar1979 (1521239) writes "Solaren has filed a patent on a space based power station that will have the ability to disrupt hurricanes as they form. Wired has the full story.

"The present invention relates to space-based power systems and, more particularly, to altering weather elements, such as hurricanes or forming hurricanes, using energy generated by a space-based power system," Jim Rogers and Gary Spirnak write in their 2006 patent application. By heating up the upper and middle levels of an infant hurricane, they say they could disrupt the flows of air that power the enormous storms. Air warmed by tropical waters flows up through a hurricane and is vented through the eye into the upper atmosphere. Theoretically, you could heat up the top of the storm and lower the pressure differential between layers, resulting in a weaker storm.

If the name of the company sounds familiar, it's because this is the same company that has signed a deal with PG&E to provide o provide 200 megawatts of power capacity transmitted from orbit in 2016."


The New Crunchpad

notarockstar1979 notarockstar1979 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

notarockstar1979 (1521239) writes "Mike over at TechCrunch has been quietly putting together an inexpensive web tablet (which apparently isn't ready for consumption just yet). From the article:

A little background for those of you who haven't heard of the CrunchPad: This is the post that kicked off the project. I wanted something I couldn't buy, and found people who said it could be built for a lot less than I imagined. The goal — a very thin and light touch screen computer, sans physical keyboard, that has no hard drive and boots directly to a browser to surf the web. The operating system exists solely to handle the hardware drivers and run the browser and associated applications. That's it.

He wasn't ready to let the world know yet, but someone accidentally published some pictures to the web. You can see some pictures and see the full story here."


Woman Sues Debt Collectors for MySpace Posting

notarockstar1979 notarockstar1979 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

notarockstar1979 (1521239) writes "Over on the Wired Blog , there is the story of Paula Newland who was pressed a little too hard about falling behind on her car payment. According to the story, Newland suffered "damage to her business and community reputation, extreme mental distress, aggravation, humiliation and embarrassment." It is against state law in most places to publicly shame a person into paying their debts."

Moron's guide to Buffer Overflow

notarockstar1979 notarockstar1979 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

notarockstar1979 (1521239) writes "Over at Wired, they have a nice interactive Flash animation about why things like Conficker work. It's so simple that even a child could understand it. My favorite part? The 'hacker' looks a lot like the Hamburgler without his hat."



Slashdot Comments

notarockstar1979 notarockstar1979 writes  |  more than 5 years ago This is going to be a short entry (even though that's probably bad form for my first). A friend of mine and I were talking about Slashdot and the number of comments. We've noticed that lately there seems to be more comments than there have been in a while, and those comments seem to come a lot more quickly than they have in the past. We could be wrong about it, but that's certainly the way both of us perceive it. So here's the hypothesis: The unemployment rate is up, which gives nerds time to sit at the house posting on Slashdot more often and more quickly than usual. Anyone have any other ideas, or are we just perceiving things the wrong way?

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