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A Linux Distro From the US Department of Defense

rbollinger Re:close, but no cigar.. (210 comments)

They do try to make it look like Windows 95 though...

more than 3 years ago
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A Linux Distro From the US Department of Defense

rbollinger Re:Ha! BIOS, gotcha! (210 comments)

It's like using a condom... it won't protect you 100% but that's still safer than doing nothing!

more than 3 years ago
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A Linux Distro From the US Department of Defense

rbollinger Re:RAM (210 comments)

I don't see how this is any different than any other live CD though.

I don't think it really is any different. It's just now an approved solution for DOD personnel.

more than 3 years ago
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Three Arrested For Sony/Egypt Hacks

rbollinger Re:video (119 comments)

Is there more in the video that's not in the article? Because your comment is a way off:

Aunque las acciones llevadas a cabo en la red pudieran "parecer trastadas", considera Vázquez, constituyen un auténtico "peligro". No en vano, "la OTAN considera estos 'ciberataques' una verdadera amenaza junto con Al Qaeda", recuerda el comisario de la BIT.

Google Translated:

Although the actions undertaken in the network would " seem pranks "believes Vazquez, are a real "danger" . Not surprisingly, "NATO considers this 'cyber' a real threat along with Al Qaeda," says the curator of the BIT.

Basically it says NATO considers cyber attacks to be a real threat, just like Al Qaeda is a real threat. I don't see the Spanish Police saying anything that equates these hackers to AQ.

more than 3 years ago
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Palin Fans Deface Paul Revere Wikipedia Page

rbollinger Re:hey editor guy! (767 comments)

Actual Transcript:

"GIBSON: Let's start, because we are near Russia, let's start with Russia and Georgia.

The administration has said we've got to maintain the territorial integrity of Georgia. Do you believe the United States should try to restore Georgian sovereignty over South Ossetia and Abkhazia?

PALIN: I do believe unprovoked and we have got to keep our eyes on Russia, under the leadership there. I think it was unfortunate. That manifestation that we saw with that invasion of Georgia shows us some steps backwards that Russia has recently taken away from the race toward a more democratic nation with democratic ideals.That's why we have to keep an eye on Russia.

And, Charlie, you're in Alaska. We have that very narrow maritime border between the United States, and the 49th state, Alaska, and Russia. They are our next door neighbors.We need to have a good relationship with them. They're very, very important to us and they are our next door neighbor.

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They're our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska."

The leading question to her response was actually asking how her close proximity of Alaska gave her insight into Russia. On careful read she mangled the response to how being close to Alaska gives her insight, she could have talked about cultural and trade ties between Alaska and Russia. But its also not a response that she came up with to legitimize her foreign policy knowledge. Once again you are talking about a misinterpretation of the real interview based on the SNL representation.

And let me state this again, I am not a Palin fan, and think she is clumsy in press engagements. However I think the majority of people in this country falsely attribute the Tina Fey parody to the politician.

more than 3 years ago
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Palin Fans Deface Paul Revere Wikipedia Page

rbollinger Re:hey editor guy! (767 comments)

You also know that Palin never said she could see Russia from her house right? It was just an SNL Skit.

Actual quote from Palin: "They're our next door neighbors. And you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska."

I'm no fan of Palin but please try to separate her real gaffes from the ones the media made up.

more than 3 years ago
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Zediva Fights Back Against MPAA

rbollinger Re:What stops the MPAA from changing the DVD TOS? (112 comments)

Putting Terms of Service on a DVD doesn't really make sense to me. Terms of Service apply to an actual service provided, such as an online subscription or an communications contract. A violation of Terms of Service will revoke your privilege to use the service. Owning a DVD is not a receiving a service. What would they do if you violated the TOS, revoke your privilege to watch the DVD's you own?

more than 3 years ago
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Baby's First TSA Patdown

rbollinger Re:2 questions for the TSA (570 comments)

Yes but we could have paid a lot less for a sticker that says we have an alarm system, than installing an alarm system that doesn't work.

more than 3 years ago
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Baby's First TSA Patdown

rbollinger Re:Osama Bin Laden (570 comments)

This is true, but it's not OBL's victory. We did this to ourselves.

more than 3 years ago
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Bizarre Porn Raid Underscores Wi-Fi Privacy Risks

rbollinger Re:Search Warrant? (964 comments)

I tend to disagree. Police and Federal Enforcement should be investigating crime as vigorously as possible within their legal limitations. That's their job. The judicial system on the other hand, is supposed to be the checks and balances to the enforcers. The problem appears to be that the enforcement agencies are keeping up with technology, and using it to their advantage, but the judicial system is not keeping up with the times. As a result they are not placing the necessary checks on the enforcers.

more than 2 years ago
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Bizarre Porn Raid Underscores Wi-Fi Privacy Risks

rbollinger Re:Guest Wi-Fi (964 comments)

Run your users through a "Captive Gateway" to authenticate them an agree to your Acceptable Terms of Use. Here is a guide I found for some open source solutions using a quick google search:

more than 2 years ago
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Bizarre Porn Raid Underscores Wi-Fi Privacy Risks

rbollinger Re:Search Warrant? (964 comments)

First Point: ICE raided the house not the police.

Second Point: ICE needs to have a federally issued warrant in order to raid a house.

Honestly it is the Judges that need the wake-up call. Too many just don't understand the intricacies of technology and internet crime. A Judge would have been shown how ICE had tracked the IP back to a specific person, and he should have known that that IP address doesn't necessarily identify that person as the perpetrator, and denied the warrant. Furthermore, he should realize that by authorizing a raid like that he reduced the chance of actually catching the real criminal. If the neighbor wasn't such a bone-head, he would have realized what was going on, and fled after he saw the raid on his neighbor's apartment. Instead he probably though he had successfully pinned the blame on someone else.

more than 2 years ago
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TSA Investigates... People Who Complain About TSA

rbollinger Re:Well duh? (379 comments)

Actually, consider how magic tricks are pulled off. Through distraction. If you intentionally draw attention to something, you can oftentimes slip something else by unnoticed. Not, that I think this is the reasoning the TSA used.

more than 3 years ago
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Portal 2 Bringing Steam To the PS3, Possible Early Release

rbollinger This is the way cross platform should be... (156 comments)

As a bonus, purchasers of the Playstation 3 version of Portal 2 will get a code to unlock the PC and Mac version, too.

Most important thing I found in the article. I'm wondering if it will work the other way around too. I would love if I could eventually play all my steam games on both the PS3 and PC if they are available for both!

more than 3 years ago
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Rivals Mock Microsoft's 'Native HTML5' Claims

rbollinger Re:Great, now implement 3 and 4 properly. (211 comments)

Hate to say it, but many companies and government agencies will force their users to use IE.Plus, IE is still leading in browser market share. Although the market share does vary based on the type of content you provide, it would be irresponsible to just say "IE users can just suck it." At least if you are trying to make your website available to the broadest available audience.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Adds Kinect Support For Netflix

rbollinger Re:Why? (69 comments)

Personally, I feel like the Kinect on the whole is pretty gimmicky. Not to say that its a bad piece of hardware as there are some truly incredible Kinect hacks out there. But it just doesn't make sense as a controller, for games or otherwise. Gaming and computing in general require a fairly high degree of accuracy with your controllers. On the PC, FPS players will pay quite a bit of money to get a more accurate mouse, and MMO players are always looking for easier access to as many buttons as possible. Kinect went the opposite direction, less accuracy and gestures. Sure its cool as a novelty, but eventually the games all start to feel the same, and for everything else its just slow and clunky.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon To Offer Ad-Supported Kindle

rbollinger Re:not enough of a discount (210 comments)

At this point you are going into the territory of who exactly owns your device.

You didn't agree to view the ads when you purchased it, you just agreed to purchase a product that had advertisements on it. Personally I think its fair for you to modify something you own. The same way I think its fair for someone to hack their PS3 to enable OtherOS. Once you buy it you own it, and are free to modify your property. On the flip side I also believe it's fair for the service provider to deny access to their services (e.g. Sony denying hacked PS3's from connecting to their network).

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon To Offer Ad-Supported Kindle

rbollinger Re:not enough of a discount (210 comments)

How in the world did you come up with an additional $200 per user per ad-driven kindle?

I'm using Facebook as a metric, since their advertising bidding process is readily accessible. Now for this type of advertising I would assume more of a Cost Per Metric than a Cost Per Click bid. On Facebook, their Cost Per Metric bids for around $0.44-0.77 USD per 1000 Impressions. Its a bit harder to measure impressions with a Kindle, because it is not always connected to the network, and its an item that you are going to have over a long period of time. That being said let's assume that you read your Kindle 5 times a day, and each time you read it you get 2 impressions: the impression on the home screen and the impression on screensaver. That would be 10 impressions per day or 3650 impressions per year if you were an avid reader. In which case the revenue from your impressions for Amazon would be less than $3. At this rate it would take more than 8 years for amazon to make up for your $25 discount. Now I'm not trying to say that these are the actual advertising rates for the Kindle, just trying to point out that $200 seems a bit unrealistic.

more than 3 years ago

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