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FCC Proposes 100Mbps Minimum Home Broadband Speed

oahazmatt Bad Idea. (461 comments)

Bad idea. Have you seen what most ISPs charge for 15?

more than 4 years ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Firefox 3.6 RC, Nears Final

oahazmatt Re:So what was the code from? (145 comments)

Inglorious Netscape days, or sneaked in by some saboteur into Mozilla/Firefox?

I thought the new, hip thing to do was blame it on your contractors.

more than 4 years ago
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Google's Nexus One Phone Launches

oahazmatt Re:Mossberg is an Apple fanboi, valid point though (568 comments)

the 16 GB of storage on the iPhone is typically filled with music

I've yet to see any studies saying that's typical. Possible? Yes. I wouldn't say typical. However, just to play along, let's say it is typical. The space allocated for applications is for the individual to decide. The individual has ~16 GB to arrange applications, music and video. As it's being reported in the article, the space allocated for applications is set by the manufacturer.

There is a difference between "I only need this much space for applications" and "I only have this much space for applications."

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe Flash To Be Top Hacker Target In 2010

oahazmatt Re:This is about finding a common infection point (180 comments)

What happens to all the folks (us?) who have been gloating over the security of our Macs, Linux, smartphones etc. when these apps get broken? Time to eat crow?

Yes.

The moment you believe securing your system is not an issue, that's exactly when it becomes an issue.

As Windows and Mac user, I don't trust either of my systems to be any more secure out-of-the-box than I can throw them. You don't get to ignore any responsibility for your system's security and have the privilege of being a link-clicking blind-downloader simply because you picked the "more secure" computer.

more than 4 years ago
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Anti-Technology Themes in James Cameron's Avatar

oahazmatt Re:Who says "we" are drawn to it? (870 comments)

I had a distaste for the movie prior to seeing it, but that was because whenever I asked someone who had been raving about it for details on the plot, they could only tell me how "pretty" or "awesome" everything was. I didn't make fun of it (because how can I make fun of it if I haven't seen the source material outside of a 90 second trailer?) but I was vocal in my disinterest in it simply because no one I knew could give me two sentences worth of story description.

This weekend, when my wife and I needed to get out for a little bit, we gambled and saw it. To my surprise, I didn't hate it. In fact I enjoyed it. I wouldn't say it's the best movie of the year or going to sweep the Academy Awards like I've heard from some, but it was very well done.

Don't get me wrong, I still criticize the movie. Specifically the design of some of the wildlife (some of the designs just seemed to vary from impractical to unnecessary). There were some things that just seemed "alien for the sake of alien".

Yes, it's a "going native" film like Dances with Wolves (even Cameron said that was part of his inspiration) but it really does stand on it's own.

more than 4 years ago
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Aussie Gov't To Introduce Bill That Would Require ISP-Level Censorship

oahazmatt Re:Conroy is a Traitor. (200 comments)

I don't follow. How would it make Abbott a hypocrite if he opposes internet filtering?

I believe the GP meant to imply that proclaiming oneself as Catholic and speaking out against censorship could somehow mark one a hypocrite. I assume the anticipated knee-jerk reaction would consist of "He says he's a Catholic, but he doesn't want your children to be safe on the Internet" or something along those lines. I suppose the natural response would be "The responsibility falls to the parent, not the Government", though that doesn't win over as many voters as one would like.

more than 4 years ago
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Sprint Revealed Customer GPS Data 8 Million Times

oahazmatt Re:automated tool for locating cells? (315 comments)

var topic = "cell phone"
if(yourRant != topic)
{
return null;
}

Yikes. I hope he wasn't posting from a Fios connection.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikipedia In Your Pocket, $99

oahazmatt The Website (412 comments)

The website looks like it was put together in a matter of minutes. I'm having "Netscape Composer" flashbacks.

I clicked "Media". I stopped looking for information when I saw the picture of the old man "researching" Megan Fox.

more than 4 years ago
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Dam Burst Tool Disables China's Green Dam Censorware

oahazmatt Re:Why so complicated? (40 comments)

Can't you just install a clean OS?

C'mon. This is China. It's not like you can just walk to a street corner and get a copy of XP.

more than 4 years ago
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Jack Kirby Heirs Reclaim Marvel/Disney Rights

oahazmatt Re:It's about time (380 comments)

I truly believe it was more 50-50 than either creator would have liked to believe. Yes, Kirby and Lee had wonderful joint projects. The Fourth World did not take off as well as expected (but was still pretty darn good). On the other hand, "Who outside of comics..." has heard of Stan Lee's "Just Imagine" or "Ravage 2099".

Most times, Stan's method of "writing" was letting the artist dictate what happened on the pages and going back and writing the dialogue to fit the scene, maybe giving one or two plot points. Anything he actually tried to write completely by himself was horrible.

more than 4 years ago
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Lawyer Demands Jury Stops Googling

oahazmatt Mistrial? (517 comments)

"...the iPhone makes it far too easy..."

Need a mistrial? There's an app for that.

about 5 years ago
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Australia's Bizarre Classification System For Internet Censorship

oahazmatt Re:Their system is easy, quit complaining (208 comments)

It's either: Child Porn or Not Child Porn

Lord help us if Larry Clark gets to make that decision.

about 5 years ago
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Twitter To Add Money Making Features

oahazmatt Re:How hypocrite of you... (89 comments)

I don't believe the OP was referring to individual posters, so much as the system in general.

Let's face it, Twitter is still fairly new, the media is trying to embrace it, which makes it trendy to a degree. News organizations like CNN and MSNBC utilize it, but that won't necessarily secure it's popularity in the long-run.

I remember when LiveJournal was "the thing to do". After that it was MySpace. Then it was FaceBook. Somewhere after or between that it was video blogs on YouTube.

Twitter's popularity is eventually going to level-off. It's not going to remain the focal point of the media. As soon as Twitter is made profitable, Twitter is going to refocus on generating profit. No one knows what affect that will have, but people are fickle about their Internet. Something changes on their site and they don't like it.

I don't think Twitter is going away. I do think it will lose a lot of steam and settle into it's own nice little corner of the Internet, becoming just another method of communication rather than the heavily-promoted one we see now.

about 5 years ago
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Twitter To Add Money Making Features

oahazmatt Re:the downside: (89 comments)

they will become an irrelevent has-been 2 weeks later.

That's the downside?

about 5 years ago
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Doctorow On What Cloud Computing Is Really For

oahazmatt Misunderstanding (348 comments)

Right now, the biggest issue I see facing Cloud Computing isn't the cost but the blatant misunderstanding that some people have as to what Cloud Computing actually is. I work with so many people who have absolutely no idea when it comes to Cloud Computing. One co-worker told me he was setting up a new website for himself. I asked him what hosting provider he was using. His response: "None. I'm putting on the cloud." Another co-worker saw me looking at a screenshot of someone who had over 20 virtual machines running on his PC at one time. He looked at me and said "That had to be done on the cloud."

I'm not necessarily opposed to the idea of Cloud Computing. If providers can make money of off this new platform, more power to them. I just wish we could establish a large billboard that explained in detail what it was.

about 5 years ago
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Homeland Security Changes Laptop Search Policy

oahazmatt Re:Captain Obvious... (273 comments)

I wonder if the other 954 laptops required passwords for login...

I'm inclined to believe it's the other way around. While I haven't done any international travel, from what I understand as told to me by co-workers who do travel abroad, laptops (and in some cases, Blackberries) have to be decrypted and ready to inspect. Passwords do not stop these Security Agents from investigating a laptop, and we have had several employees who have missed their flights because they were not allowed to continue with encrypted devices.

about 5 years ago
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British Video Recordings Act 1984 Invalid

oahazmatt Re:Another implication (340 comments)

Pending prosecutions will be abandoned, but existing convictions will stand.
So, yes, they will just keep them in jail.

about 5 years ago
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Scientists Create Artificial Bones From Wood

oahazmatt Bones out of wood? (138 comments)

Well that's not good. Now if they bleed they're going to attract ants.

more than 5 years ago
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Underground App Store Courts the Jailbroken

oahazmatt Re:Bye Bye Monopoly (295 comments)

I'm somewhat inclined to believe the only reason Apple are so hell-bent on denying you service with any carrier of your choosing is due to their exclusive (and soon-up-for-renewal) contract with AT&T. Apple understands that a sold iPhone is a sold iPhone, but AT&T understands that an iPhone on T-Mobile is approximately $90 a month in lost revenue. I would not at all be surprised if AT&T has a clause in the agreement that states Apple must be pro-active in protecting the device from being used on other networks for the duration of the contract.

I'm also somewhat inclined to believe that should the AT&T exclusive deal come to an end, and the iPhone can be taken to a compatible network of the customer's choosing, the use jailbreaking would decline. I hear far more tales of people who wish to take their iPhones to another carrier rather than download applications that haven't been approved.

more than 5 years ago

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Radio Flyer 2.0: Your childhood has been upgraded.

oahazmatt oahazmatt writes  |  more than 5 years ago

oahazmatt (868057) writes "Remember that classic little red wagon? Forget about it. That was the past. Behold, the new 'Homerized' Radio Flyer: complete with 5-point safety harness, padded seats, cup holders, foot brakes and fold-out storage container! But wait, there's more! The new digital handle tracks distance, time, and temperature. And the little red wagon of tomorrow comes equipped with it's own MP3 player. "We approached this product much like an automotive company might with a concept car," said Mark Johnson, Radio Flyer's product development manager."
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Reliable, Free Anti-Virus Software

oahazmatt oahazmatt writes  |  more than 5 years ago

oahazmatt (868057) writes "Some time ago my wife was having severe issues on her laptop. (A Dell Inspiron, if that helps.) I eventually found the cause to be McAfee, which took about an hour to remove fully. I installed AVG on her system to replace McAfee, but we have since found that AVG is causing problems with her laptop's connection to our wireless network. She's not thrilled about a wired connection as the router is on the other end of the house. We're looking for some good, open-source or free personal editions of Anti-Virus software. So, who on Slashdot trusts what?"
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The Anti-Hijacking Safety Bracelet

oahazmatt oahazmatt writes  |  about 6 years ago

oahazmatt (868057) writes "A Canadian company called Lamperd Less Lethal is promoting a new "safety bracelet". The bracelets are touted as a new weapon against terrorism. Lamperd claims that an airline passenger wearing such a bracelet can be subdued for several minutes if the need arises. Is this truly, as the company's tagline claims, "keeping the situation under control" or doing exactly the opposite?"
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AP now charging bloggers for content reproduction

oahazmatt oahazmatt writes  |  more than 6 years ago

oahazmatt (868057) writes "After sending cease-and-desist letters to the Drudge Retort and offering an apology and a promise for a solution, the Associated Press is now charging bloggers per word for the reproduction of AP-generated content. It starts at $12.50 for 5 to 25 words and climbs from there. (Incidentally, this information was paraphrased from a non-AP reporter, so no need to break out the credit card.)"
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MySpace Suicide Case Heads to Trial

oahazmatt oahazmatt writes  |  more than 6 years ago

oahazmatt (868057) writes "CNN is reporting that Lori Drew, a 49 year old woman, is heading into Federal Court today regarding the suicide of Megan Meier, a teenager who committed suicide which may be the result of hateful messages sent to Meier that were allegedly composed under a false account by Drew, Meier's neighbor. It is unknown whether or not the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act or other cyber crime statutes may be applied to this case, as such acts are targeted towards illegal entry or the retrieval of unauthorized information, not sending hateful messages."
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Verizon Wireless to purchase Alltel

oahazmatt oahazmatt writes  |  more than 6 years ago

oahazmatt (868057) writes "According to a story by the Associated Press, Verizon Wireless will purchase Alltel for a total of $5.9 billion, making Verizon Wireless the largest cellular telecommunications corporation. While the purchase may meet some objection by the FTC it is expected to be approved by some analysts. The purchase is expected to be finalized at the end of the year. Could this be the end of Chad?"
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Icahn seeks to replace Yahoo! Board

oahazmatt oahazmatt writes  |  more than 6 years ago

oahazmatt (868057) writes "Billionaire Carl Icahn is determined to make the Microsoft/Yahoo! merger happen. According to the Wall Street Journal: "The billionaire investor is launching a proxy fight seeking to replace the Internet company's entire 10-member board." The decision comes ahead of Thursday's deadline for nominating alternative board slates."
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SCO's Darl McBride: "It's not the end of the l

oahazmatt oahazmatt writes  |  more than 5 years ago

oahazmatt (868057) writes "In an interview with LinuxInsider, Darl McBride had some interesting things to say about SCO, recent judgements, the future of the company and how it's a rather exciting time to be a SCO employee. "It's like the boxer who has come out of the ring after getting all beaten up, and he comes over to his trainer and says, 'The guy didn't touch me.' And the trainer says, 'Then you better keep your eye on the ref, because somebody's beating the living hell out of you.'""
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Journals

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Rolls Royce

oahazmatt oahazmatt writes  |  more than 5 years ago This is Billy. He needs a new car. He needs one with power windows, automatic transmission, A/C, a CD-player, keyless entry and a solid wheelbase. And he only has $20,000. We told him "you find it, we'll buy it".

*cue Billy browsing a selection of Rolls Royce autos*
"They didn't have one car in there that fit my budget. I guess I'm not cool enough to be a Rolls owner. *sputters*"

*cue Billy browsing at a Toyota dealership*
"Oh, look at this one. It's got four wheels, windshield, door handles, radio, it will get me where I need to go. Yeah."

Congratulations, Billy. It's a Yaris.

"My name is Billy, and I settled for something less than what I wanted but not more extravagent than what I needed. I mean, I probably could've gone over my finances and saved if I really wanted the more expensive item, but I need something now. After all, I'm entitled to something now and cheap. And hey, if it doesn't work the way I want it to, at least I didn't pay for it, right?"

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