Beta

Slashdot: News for Nerds

×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

nurb432 One can hope.. (272 comments)

Zero, as they close up shop.

about a week ago
top

Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

nurb432 Nanny, dont need. (139 comments)

If you are too stupid to figure out that 'buy' = $ then perhaps you are too stupid to have a digital device in the first place.

What is next, a disclaimer at the car dealer "you have to buy gas and tires.. " so they cant be sued?

about a week ago
top

New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations

nurb432 Re:Already covered? (121 comments)

Of course there are already laws, but if the legislature didnt keep passing redundant laws like this, what else would they do?

And yes its about taxes, and squelching anonymity..

about a week ago
top

New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations

nurb432 Re:Translation (121 comments)

I would agree, but they tend to kill, cook and eat the goose.

about a week ago
top

Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

nurb432 Squirrel event (752 comments)

Not saying this was planned, but you can be sure this will be used to distract the US from the current events here..

about a week ago
top

Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

nurb432 Too little too late (237 comments)

nice gesture, but its too late now.

about a week ago
top

Telcos Move Net Neutrality Fight To Congress

nurb432 Lost cause (52 comments)

Freedom lost even before the battle begun.

about a week ago
top

Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

nurb432 Prescreening = good (214 comments)

Can only help create more interest in seeing the movie in the theater on the 'big screen'. Unless the movie is total crap, as then people will know upfront not to waste their money on a defective product, that they cant get a refund on.

about two weeks ago
top

Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

nurb432 Re:I had a smartwatch before it was mainstream (381 comments)

I had a old 'databank' watch back in the mid 90's ( casio? ) and while i thought it was a great idea when i bought it, " i can have my addresses and stuff in here", after about a month it just ended up being a gaudy way to tell the time that needed batteries.

about two weeks ago
top

Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

nurb432 Not really (381 comments)

Unless its something like they had on ARK-II back in the 70's, ( and that would not be too practical ) a smart watch will always be a gimmick, unless there is some sort of way to make the screen appear bigger than it is.

Not being a Luddite, or not 'thinking outside the box', its far to small to be really useful other than for telling time. Just from the proliferation of larger screen phones you can tell that going smaller is not the direction people want to go for usability or functionality.

Sure, you can have alarms, and scrolling banners.. but your phone can do that, and so much more, without the 'squint' limitation...

about two weeks ago
top

Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast To Make THC

nurb432 Re:Ban bread and wine 'kits' (159 comments)

A license to buy something that naturally occurs outdoors?

Is that any worse than making it illegal to own what is essentially a weed?

about two weeks ago
top

Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast To Make THC

nurb432 Re:"Biohackers" (159 comments)

But that doesn't catch anyone's attention. Its all about marketing and ad revenue, ya know.

Really, even the content isn't relevant thesed ays as its all about how many hits you can get to your page

about two weeks ago
top

Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast To Make THC

nurb432 Re:Holy grey area! (159 comments)

It may not be as grey as you think.

Example: Buying spores for psilocybin mushrooms could well be illegal, as it shows 'conspiracy to commit', which is illegal in its own right... The spores contain noting, but there is no other use for them but to create illegal substances so its really hard to make up an excuse.. This is no difference than your business proposal.

I also think in some US states ( and countries ) possession of the spores was declared illegal outright....

about two weeks ago
top

Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast To Make THC

nurb432 Ban bread and wine 'kits' (159 comments)

Great, i like making bread.. Will i now have to get a license to buy yeast ?

When you outlaw yeast.. only outlaws will eat sandwiches..

There is also a female joke in there too, but ill leave that one alone.

about two weeks ago
top

Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

nurb432 If you REALLY care (502 comments)

You wont be buying a sound-blaster....

about two weeks ago
top

Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

nurb432 At the time (136 comments)

In reality, both were correct, in their own way. You have to remember the hardware they were using in 1992. Its NOT what you have today. Not by a long shot.

about two weeks ago
top

Judge Shoots Down "Bitcoin Isn't Money" Argument In Silk Road Trial

nurb432 Moron Judge (135 comments)

Its not *money*, its just simple bartering. in this case for objects that people agree on is valuable ( like pez dispensers, game tokens, or Gold Pressed Latinum ) Now, can trading in illegal/stolen items get you put in jail, sure. But its not *money* laundering. ( i think the correct term in most areas would be 'criminal conversion' )

Much like 'piracy is theft', while it may be illegal to do so, its still not *theft* because the term is used.

This perversion of terms and concepts is dangerous. It only leads to more loosely defined terms of illegality and more people subject to the governments wrath.

about two weeks ago
top

Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

nurb432 Re:IETF next (311 comments)

At least the ITEF can afford it. TOR could well have to close up after they are sucked dry of every dime, even if they win....

about two weeks ago
top

Researchers Develop New Way To Steal Passwords Using Google Glass

nurb432 Who would hae thought? (116 comments)

That you can capture passwords with a camera.

WTF .. This place is really gone to the dumps..

about two weeks ago
top

Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

nurb432 Re:Failsafe? (468 comments)

Yes, they have a chainsaw under the seat.

about two weeks ago

Submissions

top

Kubuntu Sells Out

nurb432 nurb432 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nurb432 (527695) writes "From the latest news at Kubuntu.org, it appears that now they have a large enough userbase they are forking out a commercial only version and are going to turn their backs on the community. Sound familiar anyone? ( Red *cough*cough* ).

The actual news release: Kubuntu-KDE4 Hardy Alpha is here. There will be two editions of Kubuntu with the 8.04 release, a commercially supported KDE 3 edition and a community supported KDE 4 edition. We recommend the KDE 4 edition to those who want to try this exciting new desktop version and can put up with some missing features."

Journals

top

My Sig

nurb432 nurb432 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Since i keep getting asked all the time, here is the purpose of my signature:

It is to make a person think.

To think about how relative labels are such as 'patriot' and 'dissident', or even 'terrorist'. It all depends on which side of the line you are on, and who won the battle.

Much as George Washington was considered a dissident terrorist to the British, we won so he's a hero to us. Booth, on the other hand was on the losing side so he's considered a assassin. Was willing to die for what he felt was an enemy of his country, and his act would have been considered heroic, if the south had won.

Im not saying i do or don't support what he did, but his actions do serve as a good vehicle for what i was trying to point out.

top

Fair use of copyrighted content

nurb432 nurb432 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

While this is from a post I made on a slightly different topic, I believe this could be an important question to consider during all these attempts at the entertainment industry to sue its customers into oblivion...The concept should be brought up to the judge if a case EVER gets to court:

This is going under the fact that its still 100% legal to time-shift media for personal use, which of course is subject to change in the future if congress gets it way..

The rest of this discussion is based on the above, and that NO commercial gain is involved, that Its all 'freely' shared...

1 - It would be legal for person A to record show A.

2 - Its also legal for person B to record show A.

3 - If user C slept thru show, he still had a right to record it.

4 - Why cant user B give C his recorded copy.. ( for free ) since C has a right to record the same show.

Taking this to its logical conclusion, why cant user D, which is across the country that was at work that day get copy from user C?

The copy that is being spread around is not the original quality, as its been compressed and/or recorded from the TV/radio. So its not the same quality as going out and purchasing it from the store? It is the same 'version' that all users have a right to record for their own personal use.

This would also be the same issue for MP3 songs, if they were *ever* on the radio, then its no different if you share them in a *lossy* format to other people that had the *right* to record it themselves, again for their personal use..

Now if you do a bit-copy of a CD/DVD then distribute that, or if it's an unreleased copy ( such as still in theaters, or a screener ) then of course this analogy doesn't apply.. but I'm not talking of those cases...

This also makes the assumption that the original 'broadcast' was not 'subscriber only', or all 4 users were subscribers to the same service.

So I guess it boils down to, what is wrong legally with this analogy, and why is the 'industry' allowed to continue to harass their customers for doing what is currently LEGAL for us to do?

top

Constitutional Admendment: Article [II.]

nurb432 nurb432 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

"------ What part of "the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed" do you not understand ----"

For those of you uninformed that believe I take that out of context to 'push my agenda' here is the entire amendment, in its entirety:

"Article [II.]
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. "

Furthermore, by the very intent of the constitution, it was designed from the beginning to protect the rights and freedoms of the individual, and to limit the power of the soon to be enacted government.

How one can 'improperly take things out of context' when the very component I quoted was directly discussing individual rights is totally ludicrous.

The amendment's only goal was to ensure the rights of the individual citizen to acquire and retain the weapons needed to defend itself against a tyrannical government.

This does not mean that you have to be part of the professional army, nor are the rights of this amendment extended to the government. It is just the opposite.

The militia, as stated in the amendment, by its very definition consists of private citizens, and exempts the governmental army. The very people the amendment is designed to help protect against.

Nor does it, as many anti-freedom groups like to claim, give the rights of the government to 'regulate' the citizens. 'Regulate' in the context of the time of the framers, did not mean restrict.. it meant train.. So it only expands on the idea that the private citizen has the right to possess and train with their arms.

Anyone that doesn't understand these rather simple facts is either sorely misinformed or have their own anti American agenda to push, and are no longer going to be part of my ongoing discussing to defend my rights with. Thus the reason for this entry in my journal, as I'm tired of arguing with closed simple minded people that don't understand what freedom is, nor what it takes to gain and retain it. People that as far as I'm concerned are not American, and treasonous at their core, and don't deserve ANY of the rights or freedoms our fore-founders had to fight for, and sacrifice for, to achieve.

top

Constitutional Rights and Liberties

nurb432 nurb432 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

We the people.. Perhaps the 3 most lucid words in the most important document in history.

A document written BY the people, FOR the people.. To finally put in black and white the inalienable rights, freedoms and liberties of all people, and perhaps more importantly the inalienable restrictions to be placed on any government to protect those rights liberties and freedoms of the PEOPLE.

This includes ALL rights, not just one or two that is conveniently picked out of the list that you personally approve of. And if you don't like this concept of personal freedom and rights, or aren't willing to be eternally vigilant in fighting for them, as our forefathers were, then you can leave. You are not welcome here.

By nature a simple document, designed to be timeless, and applicable to any point in time, be it 1776 or 2776, and anyone that attempts to mutate this framework should be tried and convicted of treason.

While this has happened many times over the years, even to the very document itself ( such as the 21st amendment for example ) it does not make it appropriate or right, nor is the slow progression towards a socialist state.

Yes i said socialist, not fascist. I believe we are heading towards socialism. While it may not be absolute and black and white, the control extended over the US commerce, and the re-distribution of wealth via obscene tax rates puts the government in virtual control of all industry and funds. This is what I consider socialism, with of course all the reduction of rights and privacy and independence of its citizens that go along with that sort of government.

You may argue that unless the government truly owns the commerce we have something other then a socialist system, but if the same result if the same, what is the difference?

You may also argue that the various rights and liberties discussed in the constitution ( and its attached bill of rights ) are not absolute and should be changed over time to reflect current times". But you are wrong, and totally misunderstand the INTENT of the framers.. ( although you would be correct in that the modern interpretation of the document, is that our current government feels that it changeable at a whim )

Thanks for taking the time to read this

Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...