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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

qw(name) What's there to compare? (402 comments)

none of which are named Emacs or Vim

What's there to compare? Everything else is just Notepad.

about a month and a half ago

An Army Medal For Coding In Perl

qw(name) What's so Hard to Understand? (192 comments)

Anything that improves the efficiency and effectiveness of our forces deserves recognition. If writing code and automating or stream-lining a process is successful, write the person who did it up for a citation or medal. I did it in the navy 20 years ago and received a NAM (Navy Achievement Award) for my efforts. Not all medals given in the military are for combat duties.

about 3 months ago

Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

qw(name) Nothing to See Here (179 comments)

It's just Ubuntu with another stupid release name....

about 5 months ago

US War Machine Downsizing?

qw(name) What is it good for? Absolutely $$$! (506 comments)

They are saying that they are downsizing but before it takes affect we get involved in a war. No need to downsize. Problem solved.

about 7 months ago

Jolla Announces Sailfish OS 1.0

qw(name) Re:The obvious question (75 comments)

Sorry but people aren't asking this "obvious" question. It's just about more choice and that's a good thing.

about 7 months ago

Bezos Expeditions Recovers Pieces of Apollo 11 Rockets

qw(name) Oh Gawd... (119 comments)

He's turning into some super villain. Wait, he was already one. nvm...

about a year and a half ago

How Free Speech Died On Campus

qw(name) Coporate Influence (530 comments)

It's all because of greed. Universities have adopted corporate tactics to become and stay "more competitive in the marketplace" and that means shielding themselves from lawsuits and making themselves more appealing to donors.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Data Remanence Solutions?

qw(name) Re:Buy new hard drives (209 comments)

Close. Federal criminal charges can be brought against someone intentionally doing this.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Data Remanence Solutions?

qw(name) Re:Proof (209 comments)

...and when they don't find the proof of destruction, your company loses the contract, you get fired for not following process resulting loss of contract or the company folds due to loss of revenue because of the loss of the contract.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Data Remanence Solutions?

qw(name) *sigh* (209 comments)

Don't try to find ways to cut costs or save money by skirting around your contractual obligations. You contract says to destroy the hard drives. You MUST destroy them. You WILL lose your contract if you do not.

If you have a Security department, take you concern to them or your Contracts Manager for this contract. They will tell you the same thing...especially if it's a classified program.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook: Your Personal Data is a Trade Secret

qw(name) Re:communist solution (203 comments)

Yeah sure, let's hand it over to the Yanks.

What does baseball have to do with the discussion?

more than 2 years ago

Firewalls Make DDoS Attacks Worse

qw(name) Re:Arbor Networks (217 comments)

or Mark... I just saw the Social Network :)

My condolences.

more than 3 years ago

Bing Is Cheating, Copying Google Search Results

qw(name) Re:Cheating? (693 comments)

Did you have to sign/read/agree to/ the TOS before you were allowed to perform a web search? Neither did I or anyone else. It's not even presented as an option.

more than 3 years ago

Intel Insider DRM Risks Monopoly Investigations

qw(name) Re:"Intel doesn't copy-protect, DRM copy-protects" (217 comments)

From the article:

"DRM is a piece of software, not hardware."

It seems to me that very few things can truly be defined as "hardware" these days. Even our hardware has software or firmware embedded in it.

I think Intel saw the $$$s and wet themselves with the joy of renewed opportunity and threw the consumer out with the bath water. Or just sold their soul to the devil.

more than 3 years ago

A Nude Awakening — the TSA and Privacy

qw(name) Re:Money (728 comments)

I think you have it backwards. Winning elections is all about making more and more money while in office and when returning to "civilian" life as a highly paid consultant, VP or board of director. The process by which this is accomplished is what we're seeing in the media (fear mongoring, reduction in liberties, etc).

more than 3 years ago

Best Resource For Identifying Legit Applications?

qw(name) Re:Legit (255 comments)

"Legit" apps sells your info just as well as the others. That's another plug of open source software.

Google comes to mind...

more than 4 years ago

Apple Bans RSS Reader Due To Bad Word In Feed Link

qw(name) Re:Enough already, Apple (254 comments)

I just want to point out you missed it completely.

Not even from the article but from the summary above. The app is "a special RSS reader app to display EFF news on the iPhone". This app has a singular purpose therefore making it one with the source.

more than 5 years ago


qw(name) hasn't submitted any stories.



qw(name) qw(name) writes  |  more than 8 years ago

To put it bluntly, ./'s tagging sucks. It alows anyone to tag anything with any name/title/etc they want. Now, people's political views or whatever can influence an article with just a click of the mouse. It is a bad idea in its current state.

There should be a predefined list of tags that the submitter can select from. The casual ./ reader should not have the ability to change a tag.


Mac OS X 10.4.6 Update

qw(name) qw(name) writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Since this was rejected by /. I'll post it here.

The 10.4.6 update for Mac OS X has been released. This is a big update (~140 MB for PPC and ~192 MB for Intel) and fixes many problems. A smaller (~65 MB for PPC or ~163 MB for Intel) 10.4.5 to 10.4.6 update file is also available on the Downloads page. Just run Software Update on your Mac and tell it to install or you can download the update file manually if you have a computer that is not connected to the Internet.


qw(name) qw(name) writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I've been reading Slashdot for several years and I always regret loading it on April Fool's Day. There are always idiots who submit retarded stories and the admins always post them. There are actually good stories out there but one cannot tell where they are because of the stupidity that goes on.

Save yourself some time and go watch Barney or something. It's much more intelligent than this rot.


Metamoderator No More!

qw(name) qw(name) writes  |  more than 9 years ago I have decided to stop meta-moderating (MM). After spending why too much useful time on this issue I have found that the claim that MM actually decreases my mod points. I used to get mod points once a week. Now, after MM for a number of months I can honestly say that I get mod points once every two or three months. What a rip...


qw(name) qw(name) writes  |  more than 10 years ago "Your sig...use "L'essentiel", an e is used in french. Also, instead of saying "pour les yeux" (for the eyes), use "au regard"(to sight), or "a l'oeil nu"(to the naked eye)."


qw(name) qw(name) writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Interesting tag:

The sending of this e-mail to you must not be interpreted by the recipient as the sender giving permission to add the sender's e-mail address to any list, database or other similar collection of e-mail addresses unless the body of the e-mail expressly grants this permission. The sending of this e-mail must not be interpreted by the recipient as the establishment of a business relationship with the sender unless the body of the e-mail expressly states otherwise.


It's probably been said before...

qw(name) qw(name) writes  |  more than 10 years ago

but that's ok. I thought it was funny.

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur.
(whatever said in latin sounds profound)

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