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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

ourlovecanlastforeve The thin end of the wedge (563 comments)

As Doc Martin once said "it's the thin end of the wedge."

Now that terrorists have successfully prevented a movie release with threats of "911-like attacks," everything they want done will be done using that threat as the basis.


Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

ourlovecanlastforeve Knowledge is power (593 comments)

This is a simple case of knowledge as power.

Telling people they shouldn't use software to avoid freeway traffic is like telling black slaves they can't read because they might learn what it's like to have a life outside the plantation.

Knowledge exists whether or not you want it to and you can't force ignorance.

If someone discovers a way to improve their life in a way that is perfectly legal and legitimate, such as driving down a street in front of your house, you have no right to complain.

3 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

ourlovecanlastforeve Dead market (110 comments)

Microsoft has intentionally made their mobile devices expire after a few years.

They have done it with every iteration of their mobile platform from Windows CE all the way to Windows Phone.

It works like this:

1. Buy our new mobile device! It's amazing! It does everything and we'll support it forever and ever, we promise! It's okay, go ahead and put all of your contacts and data on our devices. What could possibly go wrong?

2. New generation of our mobile platform is out! Buy our mobile devices! It's amazing! Oh and also we're dropping support for existing devices tomorrow and closing the app store. You will never receive another software update and your old device is now a brick. But new platform!

They did this with Windows CE, Windows Mobile 1 through 6 and they'll do it with Windows Phone.

They even had a phone that was entirely cloud based in Europe and when they shuttered the cloud service the device literally refused to boot.

5 days ago

No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

ourlovecanlastforeve It's rotten barley water (130 comments)

Beer is rotten barley water.

Beer was invented to create a use for grain that had sat too long and gone off.

It's been a successful marketing ploy for hundreds of years.

5 days ago

Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:Comcast Business Class (291 comments)

Former comcast employee and Business Class customer here. They tell you that you have to use their modem so they can market VOIP phone service to you once it's installed. You can use any modem you want as long as it supports DOCSIS3. Go buy any DOCSIS3 modem and plug it in, then call them and tell them you want a modem swap.

about two weeks ago

Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County

ourlovecanlastforeve "Malfunction" (127 comments)

What an astounding surprise that voting machines malfunction so frequently.

That's totally not what I would expect from the US government.

about three weeks ago

Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:Squarer is better. (330 comments)

Notice that widescreen monitors became popular right about the time televisions and monitors started being advertised by their diagonal dimension.

By that measure if you have a monitor that is 1 inch tall and 50 inches wide you would have a 50-inch monitor.

about a month ago

Some Early Nexus 6 Units Returned Over Startup Bug

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:What's old is new again (39 comments)

I don't know why it's 2014 and error messages still don't just tell you what the actual problem is.

Why not have the error say:

"The application that displays the navigation bar stopped because of an error it couldn't recover from. I will now restart it. [OK]"

Because restarting it is the only action that could possibly be taken.

It doesn't make sense to tell the user that "system UI has stopped." The user doesn't care that "system UI has stopped." The user wants to know what the problem it is and have the only logical action taken for them.

Saying that "system UI has stopped" and waiting for the user to perform some action breaks one of the fundamental principles of software design: Never make the user do something the software can do for them.

about a month ago

Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

ourlovecanlastforeve IT professionals..? (186 comments)

You don't see many IT professionals hanging out in front of the Home Depot.

I'm just saying.

about a month ago

Amnesty International Releases Tool To Combat Government Spyware

ourlovecanlastforeve Closed source executable (95 comments)

A single closed-source executable from a German organization claiming to have the support of Amnesty International.

Seems legit.

about a month ago

Laser Creates Quantum Whirlpool

ourlovecanlastforeve Ignorance does not equal a new state (59 comments)

Just because you can't discern the difference between light and matter in this state -- this does not mean they are the same thing.

about 1 month ago

Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

ourlovecanlastforeve Reality check (334 comments)

Hi there, reality check here.

This is how petroleum prices are managed:

When the oil and gas industry wants fuel prices to be low they optimize the fuel supply chain and keep petroleum flowing so the supply meets demand.

When they want fuel prices to go up, they burden the supply chain to increase demand. One of their favorite tricks is to pilot their fuel container ships to about 20 miles off the coast of port and park them there, waiting for fuel prices to go up.

Fuel prices are managed much like department store sales.

Department stores gradually increase the price of popular items until customers stop buying, then they have a "sale" where they reduce the price of those items to the normal retail price.

Then they start to gradually drive up the prices again.

The petroleum industry does something similar; gradually drives prices up until consumers start to look into alternative fuel measures by stifling the supply of petroleum. Then when that point is reached they have a "sale" where they optimize the supply chain.

Your average consumer sees this as a modern miracle instead of researching to find out why the price went down, and they celebrate by driving, flying and using power sports vehicles more than ever.

Every time the supply chain is stifled the lowest price for petroleum notches upward a little bit to prevent customers from dumping petroleum but raise the overall price at the same time.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

ourlovecanlastforeve Only if you're a spammer (139 comments)

Former technical support rep for an email marketing company, here.

You only need DKIM if you send a massive amount of mail to users at Yahoo or Microsoft (outlook.com, hotmail) domains.

The purpose of DKIM is to verify the mail you're sending is actually coming from your domain and not someone who is spoofing your domain.

Nobody cares about DMARK.

Yahoo and Microsoft throttle email based on whether or not your domain has proper DKIM keys setup.

If you don't have them set up you can only spam about a thousand messages before you get blocked.

However if you set up DKIM you can spam Yahoo and Microsoft mail (hotmail, outlook.com, etc) users all day long and those mail providers will turn a blind eye.

about a month and a half ago

First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:Their answer to oversubscription as well (243 comments)

That's quite a loaded statement.

Business buggery is not the only reason you might not get the advertised speed.

First of all, ISPs advertise "up to" a specific speed, which means that's the maximum bandwidth you're allowed.

It doesn't state or imply that you'll receive that speed consistently.

It means that, assuming the network is capable of that speed, if you were capable of getting higher speeds you'd be capped at that speed.

about a month and a half ago

Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

ourlovecanlastforeve About that elephant (167 comments)

I would have thought this would be the elephant in the room, but maybe I'm the only one missing it:

Company takes in a five million dollar funding round.

Company promises to never make a profit.

How are they going to pay back the funding?

What exactly is the company that paid the money "investing" in if the recipient company never plans to get money from their "customers"?

about 2 months ago

An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

ourlovecanlastforeve Really? (342 comments)

People not only expect to have ice, but are complaining that the lines are too long... ...In the middle of the desert.

The lines are too long. For ice. In the middle of the desert.

What the actual fucking fuck.

about 2 months ago

If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

ourlovecanlastforeve And will they fix Yosemite as a result? (313 comments)

In a perfect world that would be exactly what the data would be used for.

I worked in tech support for many years and I can tell you that one of two things happens with this diagnostic data:

1. It's aggregated and used for analysis to identify priority problems based on keywords. This almost never happens even when companies say they are doing it. In fact, most of the bugs (even at Microsoft) are cherry picked by programmers who work on whatever bug they feel like in whatever order seems best to them unless it's a priority zero bug.

2. It goes into a database that nobody ever looks at. This one is much more common. You see, the "report a problem" feature doesn't exist for customers to actually get information about their problem to the company that makes the software. If that was how it worked, you'd need a staff of hundreds of support personnel working round the clock doing nothing but processing problem reports. The "report a problem" feature serves to give the user a feeling that someone will see their problem and that they'll be working on it, so the user won't call tech support. As a result the software company can save money on support rep hours.

about 2 months ago

VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

ourlovecanlastforeve Nope not suspicious at all (220 comments)

New submitter poseur writes:

hey guyz get this new crypto for your puterz!!


about 2 months ago

VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

ourlovecanlastforeve You'll give them the password (220 comments)

Take this from a guy who saw someone go through a trial for doing The Very Bad Thing:

You will give them the password.

This is how it works:

"If you give us the password and let us prove you're innocent we'll let you go. If there's anything in there that would prove you guilty we'll reduce the sentence. If you don't give us the password and we have to crack the encryption ourselves and we find out you're guilty, you're going away for a very long time."

And then of course you give them the password, they find enough evidence to make you guilty and they don't reduce the sentence.

They just inflate the original sentence to a much worse sentence, and then deflate it to the level they were going to hit you with anyways.

about 2 months ago

Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

ourlovecanlastforeve Oh god my pants (239 comments)

The only time a mathematician every has an orgasm.

about 2 months ago



iPhone 6 Plus case bent by casual carrying in a front pocket

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  about 3 months ago

ourlovecanlastforeve (795111) writes "Stories are pouring onto the Internet today from early adopters of the new iPhone who report that their new iPhone 6 Plus case is being deformed when it's carried in their front pocket, whereas other smartphones do not have this problem. Users point out that there appears to be a bend point in the case near where the volume keys are located."
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Do specs even matter anymore for the average smartphone user?

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  about 3 months ago

ourlovecanlastforeve (795111) writes "While reviewing a recent comparison of the Nexus 5 and the iPhone 6, OSNews staffer Thom Holwerda raises some relevant points regarding the importance of specs on newer smartphones. He observes that the iPhone 6, which is brand new, and the Nexus 5 launch apps at about the same speed. Yes, they're completely different platforms and yes, it's true it's probably not even a legitimate comparison, but it does raise a point: Most people who use smartphones on a daily basis use them for pretty basic things such as checking email, casual web browsing, navigation and reminders. Those who use their phones to their maximum capacity for things like gaming are a staunch minority. Do smarphone specs even matter for the average smartphone user anymore? After everyone releases the biggest phone people can reasonably hold in their hand with a processor and GPU that can move images on the display as optimally as possible, how many other moons are there to shoot for?"
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Wal-mart files a formal complaint about employee demands for fair wages

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  about 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve (795111) writes "In a delicious spout of irony Wal-Mart has filed a complaint with an unnamed federal agency claiming unfairness of actions by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and its subsidiary known as OURWalmart; that they are trying to force the store into collective bargaining."
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Ask Slashdot: Is it morally/ethically wrong to ask people to "like" a product?

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve (795111) writes "Many of the tech blogs I read will sometimes feature a sweepstakes where you can win an iPad, an Android tablet or some other toy or gadget by "liking" them on Facebook or otherwise promoting them in a way that you normally would not do if you weren't trying to win something. Is it morally or ethically wrong for those people to do so? If you're clicking a button that indicates you like something but you really don't care for it, are you lying for personal gain? If so, is the company behind the sweepstakes asking you to lie to promote their product?"

Ask Slashdot: When Will Our (US) Own Needs be More Important than Afghanistan's?

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve writes "AP reports that NATO's big players have settled on a leisurely date of 2014 to stop killing our children, "affirming they will close the largely stalemated conflict at the end of 2014 but keep their troops fighting and dying there for two more years in the meantime." So my question is, at what point does it become important to stop throwing human lives and trillions of dollars at Afghanistan's problems when we can't afford to pay our own bills? Where is the altruism in this proceeding; why are we really wasting all these resources, when there are plenty of other nations that would be grateful for our aide that we could easily throw just as much money we don't have at?"
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Jaguar and Land Rover to be built in China

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve writes "Those of you still hanging on to Jaguar and Land Rover as the last vestiges of the truly British automobile in the States may find yourselves grasping at straws as Chery announces a nearly two billion dollar joint effort with the auto brand to move production to Changsu in China."
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Judges Order Apple to Talk to Competitors Instead of Suing Them Out of Business

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve writes "US judges have clearly had enough of Apple trying to build their market share by throwing phalanxes of lawyers and patent claims at competitors who might have a product that would compete and reduce their market share. After two HTC launches were delayed and and before Apple is to meet with Samsung executives Magistrate Judge Sherry R. Fallon tells Apple to sit down and talk it out with competitor Samsung instead of dragging them into yet another court battle."
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80 Percent of Americans Do Not Trust Their Government

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve writes "The US Government's trust among US citizens is at an all time low according to a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center. Factors of this distrust include extended infighting between political parties in congress, continued job loss, the recession that we are only now admitting is a recession. Trust is down 5% from 1981 to a staggering %20."
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