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iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

peaceful_bill They are lying - and what about ARP resolution? (323 comments)

I do not have any empirical data to back up this feeling, but considering the cozy and close relationship Apple has demonstrated with our friends in the NSA, this article strikes me as a dishonest attempt to fool us into thinking they actually care about privacy and security.

On a technical note, what does this do to ARP tables? How does that address resolution work?

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?

peaceful_bill Re:Focus on your studies as much as possible (309 comments)

A hard +1 on this. There is so much more to programming and compsci than php/mysql. What do you know about data types? Can you tick off some differences between PostgreSQL and mysql (especially the way MySQL deals with invalid data being inserted). What are two or three ways you can efficiently sort through a list?

Learn how to think like a programmer. For the love of god, learn to compile. Please don't pigeon-hole yourself into one or two toolsets. I speak from experience here, by the way. I'm prettydamngood with PHP/Mysql but wish I knew enough to transition to something a bit more modern.

about 9 months ago

Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users

peaceful_bill Note: Researchers and NOT Research (457 comments)

I'm looking for the research and see.....none. The credentials of the researchers is impressive at first glance, but there is no research. This whole thing looks like a hypothesis without any real research. The entire premise is very interesting, and some of their ideas are worth PROVING. I can't wait to see the results.

about a year ago

British CS Majors Doing Badly In the Jobs Market

peaceful_bill Related to nice teeth? (349 comments)

In our image-conscious/obsessed US culture, white, shiny, and straight teeth play an important role in "beauty and handsome" in our culture.

I just can't help but wonder if there is a connection.

more than 3 years ago

Why Doesn't 'Google Kids' Exist?

peaceful_bill several stoopid ideas here that need addressin' (561 comments)

Hey Gents.

Director of technology in a big international school here. Several points need-a-clarification.

#1: so, so many parents are so, so different. We once held one of those "parent internet safety" workshops. We asked 15 mom's, "what would you do if you walked into your kids workspace and saw them quickly minimize a window". Guess what? We got 15 different answers, ranging from "death" to "ignore".

#2: We have several parents who simply need the technical skills to understand stuff like open dns and blocking at the router. We installed filtering software for them, and spend quite a bit of time helping them understand how to use these tools. see point #1, some parents need boku-blocking, other, none.

#3: the argument that parents should be watching their kids 24/7 to monitor and supervise their internet usage is bullshit. I've got a 2 year old, and I barely have time to keep my house clean. That being said, we use this safety PACT becuase many parents don't even know how to set rules with their kids about internet use in the house.

#4: we teach parents about safe search, and spend so much time talking about profiles, and helping parents talk to their kids about safe internet usage. This tool would be "another tool in the belt" for us folks in schools. Guys, parents aren't geeks, eh?

more than 3 years ago

Novell Completes Sale

peaceful_bill Future planning? (202 comments)

Hello slashdotters.

Are system administrators migrating away from Novell? We run Novell at our school, and I'll start looking for alternatives if I have to. The issue is our 2 system administrators have years of experience with Novell. It is a stable, reliable platform, and works well.

I am concerned about software updates, security fixes, things like that.

more than 3 years ago

Is Retaliation the Answer To Cyber Attacks?

peaceful_bill Black Ice (142 comments)

Seems pretty acceptable to me. As long as the attack is confirmed, and there aren't idiots at the helm. Didn't Israel do something like this? Pre-emptive assassinations or something that?

I wouldn't be surprised if big-iron IT departments didn't already do something like this. Not like it matters anyways, with corporate control of the internet looming (slashdot story of 2 tier internet access)

about 4 years ago

Scientists Identify Head of France's King Henry IV

peaceful_bill Thank God (64 comments)

Jesus, I wish I was in the room.

Scientist 1: SIR! We've found it!
Scientist 2: long pause..."the head"....?

more than 4 years ago

Scientists Discover Solar Powered Hornets

peaceful_bill What if they mate with sharks? (177 comments)

I certainly don't appreciate the off-color and rancid humor bellowing around this thread like a plague.

While I understand the role of levity and humor when contemplating our armageddon, I think a moment of serious discussion is in order here, you slackers.

The real danger here, in my considered opinion, is what happens when the inevitable occurs? A solar powered hornet mates with a shark. I'm sure many of you don't see this, but let me paint the following highly likely scenario:

1. Beach. Picnic. Very little breeze, about noon. Watermelon, ice tea, and some sweets.
2. As the cloud drift overhead, and some gentle music plays, as the light dances on the water a solared powered hornet (SPH) glances towards the water
3. There, in the water, is a shark, flexing his shark muscles and doing shark stuff
4. The hornet, smitten, buzzes over to the shark and there is a long, deep look between the two.
5. After a lovemaking session worthy of any major blockbuster porn flick, they leave, never to see each other again.

Fast forward whatever the gestational period for hornets is and you've got the ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE SCENARIO.

Screw wikileaks, friends - this is the story of the century.

more than 4 years ago

For Non-Profits, Common Ground vs. Raiser's Edge?

peaceful_bill multiple currencies are a MAJOR PITA (97 comments)


We are using another blackbaud product, financial edge. We have 2 different currencies, and the database isn't designed for this. massive choke. You actually have to instantiate a new database and keep them synced with each other.

more than 4 years ago

New Linux Petabyte-Scale Distributed File System

peaceful_bill Re:In soviet Russia (132 comments)

I for one, welcome our new petabyteFS

more than 4 years ago

Graphic Novelist Calls For Better Game Violence

peaceful_bill Bartle Player types (465 comments)

This conversation seems to be cyclical. Let us remember that people play games for different reasons. We have Bartle Player Types and Nick Yee's player motivations to frame this conversation. Some people like ultra-realism, some don't. Different strokes for different folks. I'm a casual TF2 player, where I aim bazooka rockets at my feet so I can jump higher. I guess realism isn't that important to me. I'm also a text-based gamer, and I enjoy playing muds and mushes.

more than 5 years ago

New York Times Site Pop-Up Says Your Computer Is Infected

peaceful_bill I confirm this - it happened to me (403 comments)

I was shocked this happened. I use a Mac, so it didn't catch me - but I'd like to learn how this happened.

more than 5 years ago

Which Game Series Would You Reboot?

peaceful_bill Zork (1120 comments)

Jesus Christ.

Zork.You know, like, the interactive fiction? When people used their FUCKING BRAINS to play computer games instead of this carpal-tunnel inducing twitch-fest that has made all our kids fat.

Well, or maybe Team Fortress 2

more than 5 years ago

The Real Story Behind Gaming Addiction

peaceful_bill so we trust gamespot now? (300 comments)

I thought the entire internet unanimously agreed to boycott gamespot for firing editors because they didn't write good reviews for a big advertiser?

Did that all get cleared up?

more than 5 years ago

No More D&D PDFs, Wizards of the Coast Sues 8 File Sharers

peaceful_bill Re:BOYCOTT!!! (501 comments)

no. I am NOT a pissed of gamer - I love d&d 4e, play it with my half-brothers, who love it. The game still holds tremendous amounts of fun for us. I played d&d since (literally) the first edition.

A boycott is a myopic, stupid choice. It's about gaming and rpg's which are hella-fun. A boycott just shoots us all in the foot, man.

You seem to be forgetting that people play games for different reasons! Just because you don't like doesn't mean that other don't.

more than 5 years ago

Legends of Zork Goes Live

peaceful_bill Re:great game - doesn't deserve to be called zork (76 comments)

I am aware of the graphical zorks - and they all sucked.

This latest abhorrent sin against humanity really pushed me over the edge.


Sweet quivering Jesus. This get's my Irish up.

more than 5 years ago

Legends of Zork Goes Live

peaceful_bill great game - doesn't deserve to be called zork (76 comments)

I love the art style. I love the monsters. I love the locations. I love the "feel". Very well realized, but, um, activisionâ¦. THIS ISNT ZORK! This is somethingâ¦.awful. This is some horrible, Frankensteinian aberration. This is heresy. This is a gut-wrenching vomit soaked, "find out you have cancer" thing to do to the zork series. W.T.F. ?!

This is *gasp* web-based. You've made a pretty decent web-based game, and given it the spiritual name of the most important game to EVER COME TO COMPUTERS. Do you see where I'm coming from?

DO YOU SEE WHAT YOU'VE DONE?! Kingdom of loathing is a great web based game, and in all honest more deserving of the title zork. Have you guys ever played nethack? Adventure? MUD II? Do you even KNOW who Richard Bartle is?

This is like a terrible thing to do with zork! Zork is a text-based game! text-based! that's why WE LOVED ZORK because we could imagine stuff - you know - WITH OUR IMAGINATION THINGY!!!!!

But text based games are alive and well - both multiplayer (in the MUD and MUSH community) and single player (in the interactive fiction community).

PS: whoever thought of the idea of buying coconuts for fucking action points needs to be eaten by a grue. you know about that, right?

more than 5 years ago


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