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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

rikkards Re:It's not your phone (594 comments)

My guess is they went the way they did was that it is a one time modification to the database to mark it as purchased. If a new person comes on they don't get the album free. Setting it to $0 for only existing users would be probably more difficult.
I understand what they did but I think it kind of backfired for them.

2 days ago

Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

rikkards Re:Cuba could have lifted it ages ago (530 comments)

Canada does trade with Cuba and it is a popular vacation site as it is usually more affordable than other island retreats. Some Canadians go there as it also has a more limited selection of holiday-goers (read between the lines). That said americans are going there by flying up to Canada and then flying out. The Cuban customs won't stamp their passports but will very willingly take their tourist money.

5 days ago

Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

rikkards Re: Why do you participate? (226 comments)

This, it's essentially nerd blackface.

about two weeks ago

Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

rikkards Re:This is how we learn (150 comments)

Oh also it can act as a firewall as well (not saying much for its capabilities though)

about a month and a half ago

Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

rikkards Re:This is how we learn (150 comments)

Kind of defeats the cloud feature on Synology NAS doesn't it? Granted you should have it firewalled off except for the specific port it needs.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

rikkards Re:Schedule some days as offset days (265 comments)

Not only that but a company that lets someone do that is shooting themself in the foot. Sooner or later 80 hour a week guy is going to leave, good luck getting someone that is
A: willing to do it coming in
B: not taking the job until something better comes along.

It's not a badge of honor, just an example of rationalization for a crappy job.

about 2 months ago

Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

rikkards Re: In other news (358 comments)

Which given enough time will do absolutely zero for accidents. The problem isn't the handsfree, it is the fact you have someone paying more attention to what is being said on the other side of the phone call than actually what is happening around them. Driving should take up 100% of your attention.

about 3 months ago

Canadian Supreme Court Delivers Huge Win For Internet Privacy

rikkards Re:What's lost in the rhetoric and internet rage (112 comments)

His point is still valid as an example of where things could go if left unchecked. Don't get all high and mighty as this is a Canadian-related thread.

about 3 months ago

UK Ballistics Scientists: 3D-Printed Guns Are 'of No Use To Anyone'

rikkards Re:Untraceable (490 comments)

Hobby built implies that you find someone with the talent and expertise to do the required fabrication.
3d Printed implies you find someone who can work a mouse and download a plan from a website.

Whole different paradigm

about 4 months ago

Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

rikkards Re:Caps Are Definitely Coming (475 comments)

Interesting thought though would be that if you have a content provider who is also your ISP, could that be considered monopolistic similar to what Microsoft went through with IE being included with the OS?

about 4 months ago

Canadian Teen Arrested For Calling In 30+ Swattings, Bomb Threats

rikkards Re:Autoimmune disorder... (350 comments)

Sure but there also these things called pay phones. Not quite as common as they used to be but they are still around

about 4 months ago

Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches

rikkards Re:Missing the point (399 comments)

They were treated like fashion accessories but not as much anymore. Apple has been its own worst enemy, they were so popular everyone and their grandmother has one so instead of being a fashion accessory they are becoming commonplace like zippers (expensive ass zippers). Ditto with Android.

about 5 months ago

Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches

rikkards Re:Maybe they should ask corded phone manufacturer (399 comments)

Actually I think they are right. I don't wear a watch anymore as I have my smartphone. However if I was going to start wearing a watch it would be more like jewelry and fancy-schmancy.

BTW I still have a corded phone. Works well in a power outage/minor disaster (aka ice storm 99/Eastcoast blackout). I rarely use it but better to have and not need than to need and not have.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

rikkards Re:Gee, so only a year of screaming (387 comments)

It's because they can't use their usual solution which is "you need to upgrade to the next version"

about 5 months ago

Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update

rikkards Re:Nobody cares (194 comments)

Strange, the first time you log on there is supposed to be a quick tutorial showing the hover features. I decided when I built my new computer to jump to 8.1. I wouldn't have jumped to 8 though but I have to say it's fine once you get used to the changes. I do admit some of the changes left me scratching my head but I am sure if moving to another OS I would have gone through the same familiarization. With that in mind, I could see this being a point where people choose to move elsewhere since it's almost the same learning curve.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

rikkards Re:Yes they did. (572 comments)

Probably because at one point someone was looking at porn at work, a coworker sued for sexual harrasment and won.

about 6 months ago

Live Q&A With Ex-TSA Agent Jason Harrington Tomorrow 3pm ET

rikkards Not surprising at all (21 comments)

None of his revelations were surprising. Granted there are probably some that got sadistic glee in doing the job but I am sure most are in it for a paycheck.

about 7 months ago

Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

rikkards Re:English is illegal in the USA (506 comments)

Sorry to tell you but overdubbing US made movies into French does not a culture make.

The Quebec culture is a shadow of what it once was.

about 7 months ago

Old-school Wi-Fi Is Slowing Down Networks, Cisco Says

rikkards Re:so what about all my old devices? (254 comments)

Yeah I know someone who had a whole bunch of them and their house got hit. Needless to say pretty much all of their electronics had to be replaced.

about 8 months ago


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rikkards rikkards writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Got bored at work (no surprise there) and went looking at my stats on /.

Suprisingly I have 2 fans. Hi Fans! Colour me flattered.

My question is why? What could I have possibly done to get me to deserve this? Ok maybe I am putting too much into this but makes me wonder...

P.S should I be worried about this post to my journal going down on my permanent record? My parents and teachers used to threaten me with that in school and fat lot of a difference that made :)

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