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How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

retech Real Names? (44 comments)

Is there ever a reason to actually register one of these products with your real name and info? Unless it's my bank, DL, or passport, I see no point in giving any of these companies real info.

1 hour ago
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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

retech Re:Wait for it.... (264 comments)

Detroit gets its water, power, sewage, and some emergency service from the surrounding areas. Detroit is doing the disservice. I'm just pointing out what a shit hole the place is.

4 hours ago
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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

retech Re:Hipsters generally do ok (264 comments)

LA and Detroit are two entirely different beasts. Unless you have a dead body of some kind a cop does not respond in Detroit. It's been policy for decades. Car accidents and robberies are reported by the victim downtown. They used to have a specialized response team nicknamed the Big Four. That was a good deal of ass kicking if that car showed up. But budget issues did away with them in the late 80's. Detroit's police are not as well armed as the citizens.

I just wonder about the ensuing hipster massacres and if they'll post it live to tumblr as they go down?

5 hours ago
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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

retech Wait for it.... (264 comments)

I went back for a visit last winter. It's sad. There are tiny pockets of hold outs and then the rest is just a free for all. Scrappers have gutted ever bit of available metal from any empty building not staffed with armed guards. This is best done with a sledge hammer and torch. The buildings are not recoverable after that. The roads are worse than a dirt road. At least gravity levels those out a bit. Then there's the crime.

I found a hipster pocket in DelRay. Perhaps one of the most obliterated areas. The homes are early 20th cen and cute. They sell for about $10 - 100. If you can find a buyer. There was a 2 block section of white hipsters fixing up their little gems. Baby strollers, all the trimmings. And I commented to a friend who still lives about .5 miles away: "Don't they realize when things get bad enough they're gonna be food for the locals?" He just laughed and said no.

Nothing has really changed there. Sadly it won't. The mentality is still the same. No matter how much money you throw at it. The city is corrupt from the ground up and has been for 100+ yrs. The new mayor may help. But he'll most likely give up like Archer did. Without a major paradigm shift in mentality it will always be Detroit.

6 hours ago
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White House Responds To Net Neutrality Petition

retech Just that same old song and dance. (245 comments)

I've lost count the number of times this administration has promised that the "intent" of what they want is vastly different than the law they just passed. I have double plus confidence in the future admins carrying the torch of the spirit of these laws.

about 2 months ago
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Adobe's New Ebook DRM Will Leave Existing Users Out In the Cold Come July

retech How'd that cloud based software work for ya? (304 comments)

/sarcasm/ Good job Adobe. You really know how to encourage people to use your licenses legally. /sarcasm/

about 2 months ago
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Silicon Brains That Think As Fast As a Fly Can Smell

retech Frank Herbert... (84 comments)

Destination Void

Years ahead of it's time, obviously.

about 3 months ago
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Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

retech stand alone email addresses? (448 comments)

I'm a strong believer in having individual email addresses for each important login. I don't think I have a single email address that is related to more than 3 logins max. This greatly limits the ability to have a single breech allow someone into the entire kingdom. While this may not be as convenient as having a single pass login.... I'm ok with that. I keep everything in a password wallet (locally, no cloud usage) to have it all organized.

about 3 months ago
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Quentin Tarantino Vs. Gawker: When Is Linking Illegal For Journalists?

retech Ethics (166 comments)

The fact that someone actually questioned the ethics of Gawker is kind of funny. I thought everyone just knew the were the bottom feeders of bad journalism.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting an Uncooperative Website To Delete One's Account?

retech Email the investment bankers. (171 comments)

I had some asshole that I had emailed once dump their entire gmail contact list into nextdoor and now I get a twice weekly email update also asking me to join. I emailed the woman asking her to remove me, but she did not. So...

I filtered their email with the following rules:
1. forward email to originator
2. forward to person who did this to me
3. forward to the investment team who owns the site: shastaventures.com
4. mark as junk
5. delete


I figure if they won't remove me, they might as well get the email too. You may want to use their email addresses and change the one you have on file with them.

about 4 months ago
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Battlefield 4 Banned In China

retech Re:Travel... (380 comments)

I would think everyone on that dev. team would be banned an L visa.

about 4 months ago
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Battlefield 4 Banned In China

retech Travel... (380 comments)

It'll be interesting to see if anyone traveling, who is employed by, or associated with this game, is able to pass through China.

about 4 months ago
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And Now For Something Completely Different: Monty Python Reunion Planned

retech If Cleese has his say... (168 comments)

I saw the video for the "comedy tour" John Cleese did most recently. And how anyone felt it would be funny is beyond me. Don't get me wrong I feel collectively and individually these guys have done some fantastic stuff that has and will withstand time. But Cleese comes off as an embittered old man who is just trying to justify his entire life by proving how much better he made Python and if it weren't for him look how dull these things would have been. Oh, and he reallllly hates his exwife. We know this by, not only the title, but by the 45 minute rant about how much he hates her.

Please, bask in the truth of what was, and go out on that note.

about 5 months ago
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TSA Screening Barely Working Better Than Chance

retech Random chance has nothing on the TSA (337 comments)

With random chance you get free cancer and ass-probing. Random chance just not offer that level of customer care and retention.

about 5 months ago
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UK Town To Get Driverless 'Pods' Mixing With Pedestrians

retech Just be done with it. (111 comments)

With the chronic obesity issues modern societies face, you may as well just put large scoops on the front of these to make it easier to pick up and drop off their human cargo.

about 5 months ago
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Researchers Dare AI Experts To Crack New GOTCHA Password Scheme

retech Re:Colorblind? (169 comments)

Mod this person up!

about 5 months ago
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TrueCrypt To Go Through a Crowdfunded, Public Security Audit

retech Free testing (104 comments)

So they're getting crowd-funded money to do all their testing to ensure no one can see the NSA's back doors they have in place.

about 5 months ago
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Airgap-Jumping Malware May Use Ultrasonic Networking To Communicate

retech Re:Complexity, Resources and Skill. Could it be... (265 comments)

Because you couldn't here my clear my through when I typed the word adult in reference to the /. community.

Sorry that one went over your head.

about 6 months ago
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Airgap-Jumping Malware May Use Ultrasonic Networking To Communicate

retech Re:Complexity, Resources and Skill. Could it be... (265 comments)

You can say NSA we're all adults (sic) here. Besides they have a hard time spelling so you're just as likely to not be flagged.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Package Redirection Service For Shipping to Australia?

retech Re:Friends? (206 comments)

And the OP said for "occasional" items. Not a big deal if they're good friends. Or is that completely lost on /.?

about 6 months ago

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Prisoner tells all via FB Page.

retech retech writes  |  more than 3 years ago

retech (1228598) writes "An inmate doing 30 yrs shows the world via facebook just what it's like to do hard time. Of course this is with a bong, a stash of weed and all manner of party items that prisoners are not supposed to have."
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Which ISP should I pick?

retech retech writes  |  more than 3 years ago

retech (1228598) writes "I've been living outside the US for over 3 yrs now and have a job offer in southern Texas. I'm moving back in a few weeks and have immediate needs that I must meet. The biggest of which is access. Since the /. community would be the wisest to ask, here then is my query: who would you pick? My parameters are simple: fast access, 40+gb/month, NO-filtering, no (known) monitoring of content. I've lived in NZ mostly and have gotten quite used to not having a mobile phone. I used to be fused to one and will most likely never go back to one again (unless only the most basic of devices with just a few scant calls a week). I will not be needing tv services either. I may be interested in a phone service, but skype seems to be working out well enough for my needs.

So people of /. what company would you recommend?

cheers

Addendum: I realize you'll ask why TX? Trust me, not an easy decision. I've loved my time in NZ but creative choices for me set a precedent over location. As for my access... I've lived with service that is akin to a 14.4 modem for a long time with draconian caps in a closed market. Currently traveling in China makes me remember what a quick connection is like (albeit massively filtered). I'm just looking for some honest opinions from everyone to help sort this out."
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Gizmodo Editor gets Raided by the Fuzz.

retech retech writes  |  more than 3 years ago

retech (1228598) writes "Jason Chen of Gizmodo (Gawker Media) did push things a bit too far with the stolen iPhone prototype he bought. A California judge issued a search warrant and the police raided his home while he was away. He's claiming journalist immunity... not really sure how well that will work out when he's admitted to purchasing stolen property and refusing to return it."
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The Universe may be a hologram.

retech retech writes  |  more than 5 years ago

retech (1228598) writes "Craig Hogan, a physicist at the Fermilab particle physics lab in Batavia, Illinois has posited that black holes may prove that we are in one gigantic hologram. From the article in newscientist:

The idea that we live in a hologram probably sounds absurd, but it is a natural extension of our best understanding of black holes, and something with a pretty firm theoretical footing. It has also been surprisingly helpful for physicists wrestling with theories of how the universe works at its most fundamental level.

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