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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

rwven Re:Simple solution (461 comments)

Someone should ask him to list all 100 of his ways it could present an officer safety issue.

I can name a few reasons that speed traps present a civilian/driver safety issue...

Let's be honest here: Police traffic fines have almost nothing to do with safety anymore. They're about income for whatever governmental organization the police represent.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

rwven Re:Choose a CMS you like (302 comments)

Honestly, if you just want to get a site with a few pages up for a client without a ton of money to spend, wordpress is the perfect solution. It takes mere minutes to set up a wordpress blog and install a theme, then just customize the images/content and you're done.

I think Wordpress is pretty horrible under the cover, but in the realm of "it just works," it's hard to beat for simple web sites.

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

rwven Re:Makes sense. (629 comments)

You could pretty much modify that statement to apply to any of the major phone OS developers. It's all dirty. Pick your poison.

about three weeks ago
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Bill Would Ban Paid Prioritization By ISPs

rwven Re:Fuck the libs! (216 comments)

I can't tell if you're intentionally being ironic or not, considering the vast majority of ISP offerings in any given area of the US are essentially monopolies.

about three weeks ago
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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

rwven Re: Nosedive (598 comments)

Ouch. Overestimating my age by a good amount there. ;-)

about three weeks ago
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US Slaps Sanctions On North Korea After Sony Cyberattack

rwven Re:i heard that Sony hack was insiders (231 comments)

Google is a thing, btw.

http://gawker.com/a-lot-of-sma... This article aggregates a lot of what I'm talking about.

The fact remains that regardless of their will, NK doesn't have the physical or technological means by which to hack sony and offload hundreds of TB of stolen data...

about three weeks ago
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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

rwven Re: Nosedive (598 comments)

About 25% or more of my phone's time in-use is in-call. While there are quite a few people who use calling as a minor feature, there are plenty of us who use a phone for calling very regularly. :-)

about three weeks ago
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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

rwven Re: Nosedive (598 comments)

wiping out a phone's ability to make phone calls, for instance (8.0.1, iPhone 6), is somewhat of a faux pas

Somewhat? Sounds more like "the biggest faux pas you can make where a phone is concerned." :-P

about a month ago
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US Slaps Sanctions On North Korea After Sony Cyberattack

rwven Re:i heard that Sony hack was insiders (231 comments)

More like based on "convenience." True professionals (unlike the government agencies in question) have come forward several times with what effectively amounts to proof that NK couldn't possibly have hacked Sony. The government is simply using this as a tool to get more leverage against NK. Can't say I blame them, because "deception and manipulation" is the name of the game in government/politics, but it's still just BS.

I mean...when the hacker "organization" comes out and says "we're not north korea," and starts making fun of the FBI for arriving at that conclusion...you can probably bet it's not NK.

about a month ago
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Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

rwven Re:They're assholes. (336 comments)

No, they couldn't have done anything worse. They control a huge botnet and they just pointed it at PSN and XBL. They didn't "hack" anything, and this has nothing at all to do with security. It was just a troll move.

about a month ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

rwven Re:Butt-hurt (993 comments)

Yes, I'm sure he's very upset at the rejection by all 10 people who use Gentoo.

about 4 months ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

rwven I like... (181 comments)

I used to use MIUI when I had a compatible android device. I absolutely loved it. Google themselves should take some design ques from them...

about 5 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

rwven Re:RUDEST PASSENGER EVER (928 comments)

The passenger is to blame because the airline threatened legal action over something that wasn't illegal?

Passenger is an idiot, SWA was criminal.

about 6 months ago
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Watch Dogs Graphics and Gameplay: PC Vs. Xbox One, With Surprising Results

rwven Re:Say what? (210 comments)

Yeah, pretty much. Watch Dogs doesn't look nearly as good as plenty of PC games out right now, and runs worse than most.

This is nothing more than a deliberately handicapped, badly ported console game. The author is being a shill for the XBone, but the truth of the matter is that he's hiding Ubisoft's dirty downgrade of the game.

PCs were capable of far more than these machines a year before they were released. Now the comparison is just a bad joke.

about 7 months ago
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Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

rwven Re:The cloud (387 comments)

It has nothing to do with the cloud. It could have been any un-managed hosting.

The fact that they went with un-managed hosting in the first place is what really screwed them. If they had a real support team they could turn to, steps could have been taken to keep this from happening as soon as the DDOS started, and they would have had "offsite" or at least "offline" backups.

This happened because it appears that code spaces had some knee-jerk reactions and didn't think through how they were handling this (like changing the password before making sure there weren't other methods of access already established). They should have straight-up called amazon, explained what was going on, and paid for support for amazon put access to their account and instances on lockdown until the situation was resolved. Shoulda, woulda, coulda though...

about 7 months ago
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The Next Unreal Tournament: Totally Free, Developed By Public

rwven Re:so (122 comments)

I take it you're not the kind of person to donate to OSS projects, then?

about 9 months ago
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Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

rwven Re:the moral of the story (448 comments)

The problem is, the attacker called godaddy personally. As part of the account credential reset process, they probably would have completely removed two-factor authentication from the account over the phone to allow him to regain control of things.

1 year,1 day
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Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

rwven Re:Two-factor on GoDaddy? (448 comments)

Godaddy would have just removed the 2nd factor for the same reason they handed over the "1st" factor. Hiroshima pretended he was the user, who has lost the ability to log in. They would have just reset the password and removed two-factor authentication from the account after the identify was "verified."

1 year,2 days

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Best options for non-US based cloud/dedicated VPS hosting?

rwven rwven writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rwven (663186) writes "As a US citizen I don't believe you have to be doing something wrong in order to want to protect your privacy. Therefore, with all the NSA domestic spying coming to light, I've become drawn toward moving my hosting outside of the country. I know virtually nothing about hosting providers outside the US. Would my fellow slashdotters be willing to suggest some businesses based in locations that would be (reasonably) assumed to be immune from a government's snooping? I am looking for 1-to-few small scale instances at a reasonable price."
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New Sony PSN ToS: Class Action Waiver included

rwven rwven writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rwven (663186) writes "Yesterday Sony sent an email to PSN members regarding a change in the Terms of Service for PSN. When agreeing to this new terms of service, you must waive your rights to a class action suit against Sony. I, for one, will not be agreeing to any such thing. You can view section 15 of the new ToS here."
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Federal judge says key parts of health care reform

rwven rwven writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rwven (663186) writes "A federal judge in Florida has struck down as unconstitutional key parts of the sweeping health care reform bill championed by President Barack Obama. Officials in Florida and 25 other states are challenging sections of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including the "individual mandate" requiring most Americans to purchase health insurance in four years or face stiff penalties."
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Obama urges delay in digital TV transition

rwven rwven writes  |  about 6 years ago

rwven (663186) writes "President-elect Barack Obama is urging Congress to postpone the Feb. 17 switch from analog to digital television broadcasting, arguing that too many Americans who rely on analog TV sets to pick up over-the-air channels won't be ready. Obama officials are also concerned that the government is not doing enough to help Americans — particularly those in rural, poor or minority communities — prepare for and navigate the transition."
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rwven rwven writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rwven (663186) writes "'1080p is the resolution of the gods. Promised by Sony, attainable by few displays, and argued about all over the Internet, 1080p is something that doesn't affect many television owners while remaining a major sticking point in the current console wars. Microsoft gave the 360 the ability to run games in 1080p in the October firmware update...' EA and Sega are both producing games which will render on the 360 in 1080p. Does this change the playing field for the next generation of console games?"
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rwven rwven writes  |  about 8 years ago

rwven (663186) writes "Prominent adult movie producer Digital Playground says it is forced to use HD DVD instead of Blu-ray, because Sony will not allow XXX-rated movies to be released on Blu-ray. It appears as though Sony hasn't learned anything since the days of Betamax. While plenty of people may agree (or disagree) with Sony's decision on a personal level, it's almost undeniable that the format which is adopted by the pornography industry is the format which will survive, regardless of technical superiority."

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