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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

plazman30 Nixon... (235 comments)

The only thing Nixon did differently than anyone else was that he got caught.

about a month ago

Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

plazman30 Great Job (256 comments)

America always talks about how the Free Market help keep prices down and innovation high. It's clear from this that we have not had a free market in a long time. New business models come along to compete with old ones, and people pass stupid laws to prevent innovation. Sigh.

about a month ago

The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

plazman30 As long as it's optional... (229 comments)

As long as it stays optional, I'm fine with it. I still love MacOS and have a Mac in my house, but 90% of what I do, I do on my Arch laptop. If Acrobat Pro, or something just as good was available for Windows, I'd leave the Mac for the kids to play with.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft Announces Windows 10

plazman30 Sigh.... (644 comments)

There should be ONE way to launch your apps. Either a start menu or tiles. In my opinion, what you need is ONE app with 2 UIss. If you're on a desktop, then show me the desktop UI. If you're on a touch device, show me the touch UI.

about 2 months ago

TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

plazman30 Re:"CipherShed" (270 comments)

DataSafe CryptoSafe IronWall DataLocker DataLock

about 2 months ago

U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

plazman30 This is silly (358 comments)

Like a lot of people, I listen to my music on the go on my phone. I don't have the ability to appreciate all this fancy new stuff.

The #1 thing Apple can do to improve my buying experience is to put lyrics in the USLT tags, so I don't have to hunt around the Internet or use some other tagging software.

The #2 thing Apple can do is offer songs in Apple Lossless. AAC was a good choice back when 128K was the bitrate of the day. But, in a world where everyone is selling 256K and 320K tracks, I'd rather get my music in a lossless format and convert down to VBR MP3.

I thought iTunesLP was a cool format. But, for the life of me I could never figure out why you couldn't get the full iTunesLP experience in on your iPad or even iPhone.

about 2 months ago

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

plazman30 Sapphire (207 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.

about 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 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 6 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 5 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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.

about a year ago

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?

about a year ago

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.

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 3 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 slashdot.org 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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