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YouTube Identifies Birdsong As Copyrighted Music

qualityassurancedept Re:Lies (730 comments)

I don't think I really deserve the "troll" mod... sheesh.

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YouTube Identifies Birdsong As Copyrighted Music

qualityassurancedept Re:Lies (730 comments)

The idiom is "bald-faced"

more than 2 years ago
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Women More Likely To Unfriend Than Men

qualityassurancedept Social exclusion is a femal strategy (135 comments)

Female's all over the animal kingdom use social exclusion instead of violence in order to punish other females. Exclusion is the primary competitive strategy for all sorts of female animals. Look it up on Wikipedia. Or google it. Its a widely known fact among researchers in the social science. That's how teenage girls bully each other.

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Mathematical Parrot Reveals His Genius With Posthumous Paper

qualityassurancedept Multi-Parrot Processing (111 comments)

Well, Alex can do sums up to 8 and so if we had 8 Alex's and an Meta-Alex that counted just Alex's and so on then you can see that we could build a quite complex Parrot Processor. This will come in handy in the post-apocalyptic world where there is no electricity but plenty of parrots because we will be able to construct vast turing machines that require nothing more than thousands of parrots and bird seed for power.

more than 2 years ago
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Southwest Airlines iPhone App Unencrypted, Vulnerable To Eavesdroppers

qualityassurancedept Only idiot Terrorists get caught (139 comments)

If a "hacker" can log in to your airline account and book a flight in your name, then all they need is to present a fake drivers license in your name to take the flight... and so once again we see that the TSA is actually only a ludicrous theatrical production being staged in Airports nationwide. Thanks for nothing.

more than 2 years ago
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The Gradual Death of the Brick and Mortar Tech Store

qualityassurancedept Re:Thank god we still have Radio Shack (491 comments)

I live in Chicago near both a MicroCenter and a Tigerdirect store. Even if I might often buy something online, I still like to wander the aisles and look at things and read the boxes. I get ideas from being there and looking at things. I suppose its a lot like bookstores in the past. It was fun to just go thumb through books every once and a while. Motherboards, for example, are one of those things that I would rather look at and read the boxes than shop for online. And computer cases. I want to actually look at the computer case up close. You can't really judge a good computer case based on a picture online.

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Canonical Pulls Kubuntu Personnel Funding

qualityassurancedept Re:Mint 12 KDE (356 comments)

As to the "why bother" question... I think you will get 5 years of support with Precise, which is a very long time. This is such long promise of support in fact that the changes in computer hardware will probably render the entire discussion moot by 2017/2018.

more than 2 years ago
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Kelihos Botnet Comes Back To Life

qualityassurancedept Re:Ubuntu? Neutralizes nothing (97 comments)

the whole point of the repositories is that they are managed and controled so when you sudo apt-get or yum install something you are getting software from within a walled garden. Of course, you might get goofballs just building things from sources infected/compromised, but how many people who build from source are going to that moronic? And how many computers could you infect by that method? The problem with Windows and Android is that software/apps are available to end users that is not in any way controlled for quality. Debian/Ubuntu and Fedora exist mostly because of the repos. Real people control those repos and control for quality.

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Siri Competitor Evi Arrives, But Already Overloaded

qualityassurancedept Re:Old news (233 comments)

Its only a matter of time before all these interactive phone voices get hijacked by commercials and say "Before I answer you question, did you know that you get a free cup of coffee with every McGriddles purchase today... now, the closest Hair Salon is..."

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The Google+ Name Game Continues

qualityassurancedept Re:How strange (171 comments)

With Google+ they are building a google into a CRM system basically. The strict control over how you can identify yourself and your friends can identify themselves increases the value of the overall system of contact information and creates higher ad values. Which is of course why I quit using google as much as possible. It was all just good clean fun until they became the Death Star.

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How the US Lost Out On iPhone Work

qualityassurancedept Re:So, to translate: (1303 comments)

I thought the same thing. Do we really want millions of americans living in factory dormitories making barely enough money to send a few dollars a month home to their family's village, where there is likely no running water and everyone subsists on a diet of rice, vegetables, and a few servings of protein a week? Seriously... if an american factory worker has to compete against that, then there is no point in even bothering.

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Anonymous Takes Down DOJ, RIAA, MPA and Universal Music

qualityassurancedept Piracy! (649 comments)

We need some legally sanctioned government buccaneers to sail the high seas of the internet and steal some good stuff on our behalf. It can't possibly be the case that the internet, the best idea in decades, is going to turn out to be nothing more than a content delivery tool for huge international corporations that want to peddle mp3s and movies. Sheesh. What a waste.

more than 2 years ago
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Least worthy tech-world cliches / buzzwords?

qualityassurancedept Tablet (297 comments)

ipod, ipad, tablet... as long as its square, thin, and you can poke at it, then it seems to be worth at least $200 for no other reason than the word used to name it.

more than 2 years ago
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Michael Dell Dismisses Tablet Threat To the PC Market

qualityassurancedept Re:By the same token (352 comments)

If I were home, I would use the desktop computer I have at home. So I wouldn't take anything. If I were at the beach, I would use a pen and a pad of paper. If I were on a train, I would read a newspaper or write on a peice of paper. I don't need to buy several thousand dollars of electronics to meet these needs. I think the cell phone contract is the model every company would like to emuiate ultimately. I pay almost $1000 a year for a phone + network access. If only they could get something like that kind of revenue going for what most people now consider to be a "laptop" then it would be golden. Of course, the idea would be to sell everyone on both (or muiltiple) devices, so that instead of buying a laptop every couple of years for $700, they get us all on the treadmill of multiple devices and network access for everything we now use a computer for. This idea that I need to take something like a laptop or table to the beach is sort of weird, but all they need to do is convince 20 million people globally that is is a necessity and they are making a lot of money off it.

more than 2 years ago
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Another Stab At Sorting Hybrid Hype From Reality

qualityassurancedept Hybrids and the Green Revolution (633 comments)

Basically, our manufacturing and technological world has become a moribund treadmill of innovation driven by consumer whimsy. In an effort to reinvigorate the stale metaphors of capitalism, environmentalism is being advanced as the reason why we might once again buy some new things: new cars, new light bulbs, new energy efficient gizmos in general. If only we could all become convinced that we really do need to buy some new things for this absolutely essential reason, the whole ponzi scheme of capitalism would be able to slouch along for another 20 or 30 years... but THEN WHAT? Colonize Mars and start the whole thing over again.

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NYT: IBM PC Division Sold To Advance China's Goals

qualityassurancedept The government still steers business (210 comments)

The problem with this whole topic is that it seems to imply that China is different that other countries... in particular that the US government doesn't do basically the same thing by different methods. The most egregious example is of course the bank bailout, where the US government gave US banks trillions of dollars to cover the losses they incurred in the course of their own freely chosen business activities. Another example would be how the US government continues to buy billions of dollars of airplanes from US companies (Boeing in particular) mostly as a way of keeping people employed and not because there is any real need. So, I would say that any reasonably objective person would say the US government still steers business too.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Entering the Job Market As a Software Engineer?

qualityassurancedept Unlikely (435 comments)

I work for a small company. A couple of years ago we had a guy in his late forties writing code for us. He was fired and they hired two guys in their 20's for less than he was getting paid. I doubt the quality of their work is as high. If you can live on the wages of a 25 year old, then go for it, but it's unlikely. The world is just crammed to the hilt with people who can code.

more than 2 years ago
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Warrantless Wiretapping Decisions Issued By Ninth Circuit Court

qualityassurancedept Re:Law Enforcement usually wins (156 comments)

Good grief I was just joking in my original post above. Actually, the best way for the government to turn the internet into a revenue stream is to create a legal framework that makes EVERYONE a lawbreaker and then ticket or fine for infractions. It's the exact same thing with Speed Limits. You would think that the cost of gas and the fear of death would make everyone drive 55 MPH in america but in fact the government all but made every driver into a speeder so that they could capture the revenue from speeding tickets. Its a well they return to whenever they want to generate cash for themselves (i.e. the government). The internet too could be such a well but for it to succeed, the infractions have to be defined in such a way that everyone is guilty and the punishment is so minor that all it amounts to is paying a fine. And also it will only work if the government can watch everything that is passing through the intertubes, just like they do with watching traffic on highways.

more than 2 years ago
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Malicious QR Code Use On the Rise

qualityassurancedept Mallarky (234 comments)

I have the ATT code scanner on my phone. When you scan a code a dialogue box pops up and says "Do you want to visit...?" and it gives the actual URL. This article is like saying "malicious URLs can be hidden behind seemingly valid URLs by means of redirects so therefore you should be concerned about clicking on links on the internet."

more than 2 years ago
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Warrantless Wiretapping Decisions Issued By Ninth Circuit Court

qualityassurancedept Law Enforcement usually wins (156 comments)

Law Enforcement usually wins in these sorts of cases because if you are not a criminal, then you have nothing to be concerned about.

more than 2 years ago

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The FBI will turn off the internet

qualityassurancedept qualityassurancedept writes  |  more than 2 years ago

qualityassurancedept writes "I use linux, mostly, so I never worry about my computer being infected by a virus/trojan/whatever but according to a story on betabeat the FBI is considering taking down a huge number of servers they consider to be infected by a trojan, effectively cutting us all off from the internet as we know it. This seems to me similar to what the TSA has done in the name of national security at Airports. Should the government have the power to shut down most of the internet just because they think there is security problem? Is this power not just the much fabled "Internet Kill Switch?" What did they really need SOPA for anyway?"
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Ask Slashdot: Sell a computer

qualityassurancedept qualityassurancedept writes  |  more than 2 years ago

qualityassurancedept writes "I went through a phase where I built my own computer, and since it was so easy, I built another one. I enjoyed unlocking the cores on a Phenom II x 2 555 processor to make it a quad core processor on the first computer I built, so I tried and succeeded in unlocking the all the cores on an Athlon II for the second computer build. Basically, I have two good entry-level quad core computers that have been running just fine for more than a year now, but I never really do anything with them. So, I was thinking about giving one or both of them away or selling them. The problem is that both run Linux because I didn't want to buy a copy of Windows just to play around with hardware. I personally don't mind using Linux, but I don't know anyone in my family or among my friends who would be happy to learn to maintain a linux box, so there is no hope of giving either of the computers to friends/family. Nobody I know wants to buy an OEM disk of Windows either, incidentally. I can't really see donating the computers to a school or non-profit org either, since I didn't necessarily use sound principles in these builds and I can't say they would really stand up as mission critical machines for orgs that can't afford to buy their own hardware. And then there is the idea of selling the computers, which brings me to craigslist. Do I really want a stream of weirdos coming over to my house to look at these computers? I can't see anyone paying more than $100 for a computer off craigslist anyway (since there would be no warranty of any kind), so for the prospect of very little money I would have to subject myself to random perverts and nut-jobs. In short, I wonder what slashdot thinks would be a good use for these computers. Its almost Christmas."

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6 computers and nothing to compute

qualityassurancedept qualityassurancedept writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Here is where I am at with my computers these days... I have built two decent quad core Phenom II based computers (mostly just to experiment with overclocking and unlocking cores on Phenom II x2 processors). I have a Sempron based computer with 4 TB of hard disk space that I use with FreeNas to store backups for all of my computers/media (because I got interested in experimenting with FreeNas). I have two old laptops (both Athlon based). I have two Celeron based computers as well. I like booting into Puppy Linux and tinkering on the Celeron Machines.

I am at the point where I have already tried to donate these machines to some useful cause, but no one will take them because the laptops are old and the desktops are old/home built.

The main use I have for the Quad core machines is that I use Handbrake to rip DVDs to mp4 format. I also like tinkering with Virtual Machines so I start up Debian Squeeze in a Virtualbox every now and then.

Basically, I am at a loss. What should I do with all of this aging and ever more useless equipment? Incidentally, I already played with BOINC and let all of my machines search for alien life with SETI. Its really not that interesting.

I am interested in building a virtual cluster, and I have been googling the concept a little bit. I would be happy to have a lan party but A) I don't have many friends interested in computers and B) I don't play games. Suggestions?

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