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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

sandbagger I still have Palm Treo ringtones if anyone wants (170 comments)

Reach out to me.

Once my phone went off and an older man next to me began roaring with laughter when he heard the Treo ring tone. Ah well, it was great in its day.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

sandbagger The best thing about Palm was the task manager (170 comments)

If someone would code that for iOS i'd pay. It was the best to-do list application ever.

Apple's Reminder's is so useless I can't imagine why any effort was expended coding it.

4 days ago
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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

sandbagger As British as at it gets (143 comments)

How much did this cost?

about two weeks ago
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UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

sandbagger Such like won't have technology (97 comments)

Why?

No flint tools or fire. Ergo, when we get there we can eat them!

about two weeks ago
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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

sandbagger Required quote from Casablanca (217 comments)

Major Strasser: We have a complete dossier on you: Richard Blaine, American, age 37. Cannot return to his country. The reason is a little vague. We also know what you did in Paris, Mr. Blaine, and also we know why you left Paris.
[hands the dossier to Rick]
Major Strasser: Don't worry, we are not going to broadcast it.
Rick: [reading] Are my eyes really brown?

about two weeks ago
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UK Gov't Plans To Push "Emergency" Surveillance Laws

sandbagger Legislate in haste, repent in leisure (147 comments)

Rewording a statute so that the recently disavowed laws are changed cosmetically 'just enough' to make it through a summer session will politics as usual. This is nothing other than kicking the can down the road and making work for the legal-industruial complex. We DO want the security services to go after the bad guys but could can we all at least keep our dignity when doing so?

'We need unlimited emergency powers all the time because of a special existential threat that we're not going to tell you about' is not acceptable as an explanation.

about three weeks ago
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Free Wi-Fi Supplier, Gowex, Files For Bankruptcy

sandbagger Our profits will come from market share (39 comments)

Surely this got discredited in April of 2001 when the Dot Com period came to a crashing end?

about three weeks ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

sandbagger So, Linux on your iPod makes you what? (361 comments)

Seriously, this is so bizarre that this has to be a garbled report of something simpler. I can see them tracking white power bigots, drugs villains, and people saying any variant of 'God tells me to kill anyone who disagrees with me' but readers of computer science materials?

about a month ago
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Amazon Sues After Ex-Worker Takes Google Job

sandbagger Non-competes should not make you unemployable (272 comments)

The purpose of a non-compete clause is primarily one of ethics. However, you cannot say 'We want to hire you for X skill and never have you use those skills for anyone else ever again.'

It's unrealistic.

The only way that's sustainable is if they compensate you for never being able to make a living again. I believe that when the hammer is brought down for non compete clauses, it needs to be at the end of a process and not done in principle. Amazon and Google have no end of jobs and bazillions of products. As long as you're not using inside knowledge, and competing directly in products, the former employer needs to make some evidentiary claim.

They do serve a function and need to be there.

about a month ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

sandbagger Re:Articles about Catholicism are even worse (268 comments)

Bingo.

I remember once working on a Wiki article about a film that was increasingly in depth and cited various written original scorches, interviews et cetera. A lot of work went into it. One day a kid replaced it all with his undergraduate essay.

The whole thing.

Of course we tried a revert but his buddies —all students — have a lot more time to spend on this than others did so naturally they "won". The fanboys basically win at Wikipedia and an MMORPG is an excellent way of summarizing it.

about a month ago
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WikiLeaks Publishes Secret International Trade Agreement

sandbagger Let's look at the Canadian example (222 comments)

Canada was openly ridiculed by the US for not deregulating its financial industry right up until the financial disaster. By an large, Canada escaped disaster that plagued the other G8 countries in the banking meltdown.

So, we have recent proof that strict financial regulation works and yet they want to keep doubling down on deregulation?

about a month ago
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The FBI's Jargon List: Internet Acronyms Galore

sandbagger My most enthusiastic contrafibulations (124 comments)

I am anaspeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have caused you such pericombobulations.

about a month and a half ago
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US Marshals Seize Police Stingray Records To Keep Them From the ACLU

sandbagger Re:If I was the Judge.. (272 comments)

Source?

about 2 months ago
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US Marshals Seize Police Stingray Records To Keep Them From the ACLU

sandbagger Re:Hard copy? (272 comments)

I'm going to correct your language. They're civilians. It's a fundamental principle of policing going back to John Peel that the police are members of the public who happen to be in uniform. Why? Because without that politically neutral core to their mission, public consent is not likely to be forthcoming.

They're civilians.

Of course, someone above quoted Blade Runner.

about 2 months ago
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WikiLeaks: NSA Recording All Telephone Calls In Afghanistan

sandbagger This, I am unsurprised about (241 comments)

After all, we were at war there. I am wondering as we get to what is being promised as the biggest story of the Snowden documents, what the final scoop will be.

about 2 months ago
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Malvertising Up By Over 200%

sandbagger And companies complain about script/ad blocks (174 comments)

One of the things I do for friends computers is set the host files to auto-update from security malware sites. These update pretty regularly, unlike Adblock which, although useful, doesn't do everything. Noscript, Disconnect Me, Ghostery and the like are becoming defacto necessary security precautions. Were I running a consumer product's multi-million dollar ad campaign I'd be really pissed at the malware guys.

about 2 months ago

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Motley Crüe's interesting take on photography copyright

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about two weeks ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "Concert photography sounds like a great job but like anything else, it's tough to make a dollar. The heavy metal band Motley Crüe's most recent photography licence appears to be making that harder. A leaked copy claims that "Licensor agrees that it shall not license any of the Materials (or shall not exploit any of the Materials) without the written consent of the Licensee which shall be withheld in Licensee’s sole discretion." Effectively, that professional photographers relinquish their copyright. This is followed by a secrecy clause that you can read more about on PetaPixel."
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Smelling farts may just save lives

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about three weeks ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "The hydrogen sulphide that's in the farts we know and love may have some health benefits when inhaled. Small doses may help stave off cancer, strokes, heart attacks and dementia, scientists have revealed. When cells become stressed by disease they try to draw in enzymes to generate their own minute quantities of hydrogen sulphide to preserve the energy creating mitochondria. Researchers have thus come up with a new compound named AP39 to assist the body in producing just the right amount of hydrogen sulfide that it needs."
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Today in year-based computer errors: draft notices sent to men born in the 1800s

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about three weeks ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "The glitch originated with the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles during an automated data transfer of nearly 400,000 records. The records of males born between 1993 and 1997 were mixed with those of men born a century earlier. The federal agency didn't know it because the state uses a two-digit code to indicate birth year."
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Lavabit founder Ladar Levison was on the radio this morning

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about a month ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "Lavabit founder Ladar Levinson was interviewed on CBC Radio One this morning. The operator of the private e-mail service used by Snowden man who got caught up in a legal battle with the US government for running an e-mail service, and his fight for privacy. CBC Radio is Canada's national public broadcaster."
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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about a month and a half ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "The UK has banned the teaching of creationism as science in all schools receiving public money. The new regulations were published last week with little to-do, state the 'requirement for every academy and free school to provide a broad and balanced curriculum in any case prevents the teaching of creationism as evidence based theory in any academy or free school.'"
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Lavabit Mk2 ships to backers via snail mail, and to the public in 60 days

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 2 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "Famously, Lavabit is the mail system Snowden used before the company shut down amidst legal woes after the Guardian and Post stories began running last year. A new version of the code has been funded via Kickstarter. The goal is to white label and release the source code that was used to power Lavabit as a f/oss project with support for dark mail added after. The first part of that initiative has occurred: CDs went into the post yesterday along with T-Shirts. The code will be released to the public in 60 days."
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Study: Two-Thirds of Adult Americans Are Infected with HPV

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 2 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "Researchers have concluded that 69 percent of healthy American adults are infected with one or more of 109 strains of human papillomavirus (HPV). Only four of the 103 men and women whose tissue DNA was publicly available through a government database had either of the two HPV types known to cause most cases of cervical cancer, some throat cancers, and genital warts. HPV is so common that experts estimate nearly all adults contract one strain during their lives."
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Greenwald: The best is yet to come.

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 3 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who broke the Snowden documents story says that even bigger revelations are yet to come according to Glenn Greenwald's interview with GQ. 'I think we will end the big stories in about three months or so [June or July 2014]. I like to think of it as a fireworks show: You want to save your best for last. There's a story that from the beginning I thought would be our biggest, and I'm saving that.' Given everything that has come out since June of last year, what do Slashdotters think the finale will be?"
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Rent-a-cops delete photographer's memory card because of because we say so

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 3 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "Chicago-based photographer Benn Jordan that shows the scary situation he found himself in recently while trying to capture a time-lapse of South Chicago. Security guards who refused to identify themselves, asked him to move from the area between the sidewalk and private property they protect, then confiscated his memory cards and deleted days of work. The Acme Refining guards' reasons and legal authority to do so seem to be 'because we say so.'"
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'Lost' moon photos recovered from analogue tapes.

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 3 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "In August of 1966 a NASA satellite was quietly snapping images of the moon onto 70mm film and processing them in its robotic body before beaming the resulting images back to the Earth over analog radio waves. Wired tells the story of how the tapes were rescued from storage in California by a NASA engineer and a 'space entrepreneur' who had also located the rare drives needed to extract data from them. They re-engineered the drives, and many of the parts needed to get the data off the well-preserved tapes came from eBay and Radioshack."
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Click Like? You may have given up the right to sue.

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 3 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "The New York Times reports that General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has quietly added language to its website to alert consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, 'join' it in social media communities. Who'd have imagined that clicking like requires a EULA?"
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Private crypto keys are vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug, new data shows

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 4 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "Contrary to previous suspicions, it is possible for hackers exploiting the catastrophic vulnerability dubbed Heartbleed to extract private encryption keys from vulnerable websites, Web services firm Cloudflare reported Saturday. The success of this snoop has reportedly been confirmed, reports Ars Technica.

Okay boys, what's the best multi platform way to be checking for revoked certifications?"

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Photo web site offers a wall of shame for image stealers

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 4 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "Stop Stealing Photos is a resource in the pro photographer community for protecting consumers. How? By identifying wannabes who use images in their portfolios that they did not create. In this case, one "photographer" built a massive social media presence, in many platforms including Linked In where he includes System Architecture in his skills. However, such advocacy web sites are very manual and often run by non-programmers. How can the tech community help consumers in protecting them from phoney on-line presences? Or is this vigilantism?"
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Thanks anti-vaccination idiots: measles are back in NYC

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 5 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "NYC may have to deal with a measles problem. New Yorkers are urged to make sure all household members, including young children, are vaccinated. To date, there have been four hospitalizations as a result of this outbreak. Vaccinations are in part a victim of their own success because people look around and see no polio or measles and so figure why bother? How do YOU think we can get through to the anit-vaxxers?"
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Top U.S. Scientific Misconduct Official Quits in Frustration With Bureaucracy

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 5 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "The director of the U.S. government office that monitors scientific misconduct in biomedical research has resigned after 2 years out of frustration with the “remarkably dysfunctional” federal bureaucracy. Officials at the Office of Scientific Integrity spent “exorbitant amounts of time” in meetings and generating data and reports to make their divisions look productive, David Wright writes. He huge amount of time he spent trying to get things done made much of his time at ORI “the very worst job I have ever had.”"
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Jurassic Park software house Soft Image now extinct

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 5 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "The 1990s are now ancient in terms of computing and computer graphics imagery. Softimage enjoyed a long and beloved history in CG and VFX production, beginning life as the Softimage Creative Environment and used by ILM in many of its early landmark productions. Microsoft bought the company and sold it to Avid, which eventually transferred it to Autodesk. An obit is on FXGuide."
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One in ten Americans thinks HTML is a type of sexually transmitted infection

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 5 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "It looks like technical writers won't be unemployed any time soon. The ignorance of many Americans appears to be appalling according to a recent survey reported on by the LA Times. The study by coupon site VoucherCloud involved 2,392 men and women 18 years of age or older. The participants were not told that the study was specifically looking into their knowledge of tech terms. They were presented with both tech and non-tech terms and were asked to choose from three possible definitions. Speaking for myself, knowledge of technical terms appears to be a perfect vaccine against sex."
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Outrage and the gender gap in IT

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 5 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "A few years ago Slashdot made its website pink on April 1 as a gag about attracting women to IT careers. A recent Information Week article says that biusiness is booming for pundits who get their clicks bemoaning the existential danger of gender imbalances in high tech. But guess what? It's irrational BS."
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