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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

plazman30 Sapphire (203 comments)

As someone who is into watches, one of the things I have learned is:

Watch glass is either mineral crystal or sapphire crystal.

Mineral crystal is prone to scratching (as compared to Sapphire), but handles a direct impact relatively well. Sapphire crystal is much harder and is extremely resistant to scratching, but is much more shatter-prone than mineral.

2 days ago

Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

plazman30 Some advice (336 comments)

If you don't want something to leak on the Internet in the 21st century, DON'T DO IT!

Perhaps the NSA could have learned that lesson with Edward Snowden...

These really are just nude pictures, some with sex. But are we all shocked that are celebrities look hot when they're naked?

Far worse would have been for photos to leak showing criminal activity, such as torturing dogs, doing drugs, or acting like complete assholes by beating up and torturing people.

about two weeks ago

Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

plazman30 umm... (194 comments)

Snowden's stuff is out of date. The project was renamed SkyNet,

about a month ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

plazman30 Won't work for me (550 comments)

Right now I need glasses to see far away, but nothing to see up close. So, I read and use the computer without glasses, but use glasses to watch TV and drive. If I got Lasik, the best they could do is reverse the situation.

about 2 months ago

UPS Denies Helping the NSA 'Interdict' Packages

plazman30 National Security Letter (207 comments)

Of course they're gagged by a National Security Letter. This whole process is disgusting.

about 4 months ago

TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

plazman30 NSA (566 comments)

What if the TrueCrypt authors found a flaw the NSA was already exploiting and are doing this as a pre-emptive strike against the NSA by trying to get people off TrueCrypt?

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

plazman30 Re:Tomboy Notes (170 comments)

The problem I have with Tomboy Notes is the lack of consistent cross platform releases. The Mac version is pretty old, compared to Linux, and not every release gets a Windows build.

I use all three platforms and need my solution to sync across all three.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

plazman30 Re:OneNote (170 comments)

Once your stuff it in OneNote, there's no easy way to get it out. Personally, I hate the UI. I'm using Tiddlywiki till something else wows me.

about 5 months ago

The Era of Facebook Is an Anomaly

plazman30 Interesting (260 comments)

>Give me one other part of history where everybody shows up to the same social space.

How about Usenet? It was the social space of the Internet through the 90s.

I really miss Usenet and the ability to go to one social space for all my hobbies. Now I have to hop on dozens of different forums. Rather than just fire up my Usenet client and go to rec.collecting.stamps, I end up going to 3 different web sites.

about 6 months ago

43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Remains Offer Strong Chance of Cloning

plazman30 Why? (187 comments)

Other than the coolness factor, what is the point to cloning an animal that nature made extinct? Is Siberia really incomplete without pachyderms?

about 6 months ago

Nvidia Removed Linux Driver Feature For Feature Parity With Windows

plazman30 Re:A new law (237 comments)

How about you start a Kickstarter project to create a 3D graphics card as good as Nvidia that will have it's hardware fully documented and driver source always available. If you build it, Steam will come.

about a year ago

Majority of Enterprise Customers Finally 'Migrating Away From Windows XP'

plazman30 Nope... (246 comments)

We haven't done it yet. We're trying to, but the IE6 crutch is costing us a fortune.

1 year,3 days

FBI Admits It Controlled Tor Servers Behind Mass Malware Attack

plazman30 So, is TOR worthless now? (292 comments)

So. has TOR now been permanently compromised?

1 year,3 days

Why iTunes Radio Could Take Down Pandora

plazman30 It's all about the lock in... (166 comments)

Well, since iTunes Radio only works on Apple Devices, and Pandora works everywhere, I would not be too worried.

1 year,3 days

Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

plazman30 Re:This woman is an idiot.... (1255 comments)

There's a difference between forcing a service on people (public schools) and forcing a service to complete with another service (voucher systems). People should always have a choice.

1 year,13 days

US Forces Ready To Strike Syria If Ordered

plazman30 Re:There's some legality here that Obama is ignori (918 comments)

They require him to get a vote in Congress IF THERE IS NO IMMEDIATE THREAT TO THE US. Hence why all the hot water in Libya and why Obama claimed he did not deploy troops there, since no troops were actually on the ground.

1 year,13 days

Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

plazman30 This woman is an idiot.... (1255 comments)

Any belief that forcing public schools on everyone is seriously misguided. Nothing ever gets better when it's forced on people. The best schools in the world are in Finland, where a voucher system forces public schools to compete with private schools.

1 year,16 days

Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

plazman30 This is Microsoft FUD (629 comments)

EVERY person that wants to build a third party YouTube app for their device is required to do so using HTML5. This is not a requirement only forced on Microsoft. It's one of the reasons why there is no native app for the Roku, and why the Apple removed their YouTube app from iOS.

Microsoft is bitching about the same thing when it comes to their Calendar app on Windows Phone and Windows 8. They claim Google cut them off from ActiveSync and Google tells them to use Caldav. Well, even the upcoming Windows 8.1 release still doesn't use caldav. Microsoft has no interest in adding Caldav support to Windows. Caldav directly competes with Exchange calendar functionality. At one point (or maybe they already did), Microsoft was going to yank IMAP support from Exchange server. Their solution to server side mail was Exchange Server and Outlook Client.

This really is a classic case of Microsoft not wanting to implement open standards, because they compete with their proprietary business protocols.

Running the Youtube site on Android or iOS gives you an experience almost as good as the native app. It really isn't Youtube's fault that Microsoft ships an inferior browser with their product.

about a year ago

Microsoft Will Have To Rename SkyDrive

plazman30 As part of Windows Live... (274 comments)

LiveDrive? Or the Windows 8 version... WhyDrive?

about a year ago



Unified Backend for Web Forums

plazman30 plazman30 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

plazman30 (531348) writes "I've been an Internet user since the late 80s, long before those geniuses at CERN came up with http. Though I think that there has been great progress made to make the Internet more interactive and easier to use, I also see things regress back and become less connected.

One of the shining gems of the 90s internet in my opinion was usenet. It allowed to connect a server, subscribe to public message boards on any topic under the sun, and read, post and reply to messages. And you could go there and subscribe to newsgroups on a number of topics.

Due to heavy levels of spam, and the rise of the web, usenet has fallen into disuse, though it is still out there. A lot of people left usenet and have moved onto public forums on web sites.

Though these forums are useful, you need to visit multiple web sites all with different login credentials to even see your list of unread content. This cumbersome, difficult and far harder than what usenet is.

So I was thinking about a universal backend for web based forums. This backend would allow for single authentication and give access to multiple forums, where a user, from one client, can read, post and reply to messages. In a way, it would take all these web based forums and kind of unite them into a usenet style backend, but with better authentication and a good set of APIs, so developers could write clients to access these forums. Ideally, the backend would be accessible through port 80 or an web proxy for people behind corporate firewalls.

Does something like this exist? Does it even sound like a good idea? I just feel like with the open web, these forums are building silos."

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Open Source Software for tracking a Cub Scout Pack

plazman30 plazman30 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

plazman30 (531348) writes "This year I found myself volunteering to be a Tiger Cub Scout Leader. Though I have found a number of useful spreadsheets to track the progress of the scouts, I would prefer a web based solution that allows both leaders AND parents see how their scout is progressing. I was wondering if anyone knew of a solution, or rolled their own solution they would we willing to share as open source software."

How do you back up your NAS?

plazman30 plazman30 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

plazman30 writes "At home I run 2 Macs and 2 Linux boxes. Right now I keep all important data on a Mac and use Mozy to and Time Machine to back it up. A number of coworkers have bought DLINK 321 NAS boxes. Though I love the idea behind a NAS, I'm not sure how one goes backing up a NAS properly? What solutions have Slashdotters come with for backing up home NAS solutions?"

plazman30 plazman30 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

plazman30 (531348) writes "I have two different coworkers that have both gotten emails in the last 2 weeks from Comcast, their ISP. The email states that they have violated copyright law by downloading copyrighted material via bittorrent. Comcast was able to name the exact file that they were downloading, and it further goes on to state that the email is being sent on behalf of the copyright holder.

Has this happened to anyone else in the community? Is Comcast just handing over user's IP addresses to the MPAA, RIAA and God knows who else?

Times like this, I'm glad I have DSL."


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