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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

scottbomb "Fully-playable" (141 comments)

or "play-worthy" ?

There's a difference.

10 hours ago
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Data Encryption On the Rise In the Cloud and Mobile

scottbomb Re:Except in the UK! (83 comments)

The ONLY thing that can stop a madman with a gun is a sane man with a gun. But we're not supposed to say that... according to some.

4 days ago
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Data Encryption On the Rise In the Cloud and Mobile

scottbomb Re:Except in the UK & the US! (83 comments)

His buddy Barack agrees. Thankfully, the chances of this actually happening here in the US is probably much less. At least for now.

4 days ago
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Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint and T-Mobile

scottbomb Finally. A Google plan I can get behind (101 comments)

Maybe. The devil is in the details, and I'm looking forward to learning more about it. But Google has a shitload of money and they blow way too much on useless crap that no one wants like Google Glass and autonomous cars. They're launching fiber now here in Austin, giving Time Warner and AT&T some much-needed competition. Backing underdogs like Spring and T-Mobile makes me think Google may end up owning both. One thing Google does well is networking.

However, there is one caveat: will Google be sniffing all the traffic it sees on these newly-acquired traffic just to harvest it and sell to advertisers. THAT's where I draw the line. My ISP has only ONE JOB: connect me to the web without getting in the way. That's what I pay for and that's what I currently get.

about a week ago
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US Government Lurked On Silk Road For Over a Year

scottbomb Re:Your Tax Dollars At Work (129 comments)

Thus is the "war on drugs". Same old story, just new actors. It always amazes me how the US government THOUGHT it learned its lesson that with alcohol that prohibition doesn't work. But no, they just prohibited other substances and ended up with the same problems (organized crime).

about two weeks ago
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US Government Lurked On Silk Road For Over a Year

scottbomb Re:the thing i never understood was (129 comments)

I read in a Tor forum that it was Silkroad that was taken down (not Tor) and it was indeed due to a social slip, the owner logging in to IRC WITHOUT the protection of Tor, that caused him to get busted.

True, hard drugs and kiddie porn are to be dealt with. Fine. Go get 'em Barney Fife!

But what troubles me is that with all the advances in computer science, it's still impossible to create a truly brick-wall secure network where people can be truly anonymous. Is it even possible? It seems so, at least theoretically. Forget AI or self-driving cars. Baby steps. Let's solve some of these problems first.

about two weeks ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

scottbomb Re:Protectionism never works (482 comments)

Your theory would work if the cost of living in all of these countries was the same but it isn't.

about two weeks ago
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PC Shipments Are Slowly Recovering

scottbomb Re:My guess (130 comments)

Wow, your people must really abuse their machines. My Lenovo laptop is 5 years old and in perfect condition. Yeah, the original battery is gone but replacements are a-plenty.

about two weeks ago
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PC Shipments Are Slowly Recovering

scottbomb Re:My guess (130 comments)

Tablets aren't a replacement for home use either. Everyone I know who bought a tablet still use their full-sized (or laptop) computers daily. Some of them don't even use the tablet anymore.

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

scottbomb 930 MILLION devices vulnerable (629 comments)

It would seem to me that they have a responsibility to support the versions that are in use by the majority of their customers. This whole idea that 2.5-year-old software is "ancient" is a load of BS. Imagine the outcry if Microsoft quit supporting each version of Windows after such a short time.

about two weeks ago
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What are you most interested in seeing out of CES?

scottbomb The consumer isn't welcome at CES (162 comments)

I quit paying attention to the CES when they kicked out the consumer years ago.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis To Issue Encyclical On Global Warming

scottbomb Good for him (341 comments)

This Catholic will tell him to get bent. The contents of an encyclical are not considered infallable.

about a month ago
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Google Unveils New Self-Driving Car Prototype

scottbomb Re:Liability? (90 comments)

The person in the car may own it, but they aren't in control of it. You can't even call them a driver if they can't drive the car. I wouldn't have have much of a problem with self-driving cars so long as I can grab the wheel and gain instant control when needed. But Google's removal of the steering wheel, brakes, and gas pedal made them look ridiculous and places them squarely in the position of complete liability.

What really bothers me is the over-confidence in Google software on this board. I'm I the only one that sees their bugs? Google Maps and Google Drive (last I tried it) are full 'em. Maps crashes, leads me to businesses that are long closed, can't find another business 2 blocks down the street. Tells me to keep driving down Smith St. when I'm nowhere near Smith St. When I tried Google Drive (about a year ago) it couldn't sync without creating a bunch of duplicates. Yeah, I want the people who wrote that garbage to write the software to write the code that drives my car.

about a month ago
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Google Unveils New Self-Driving Car Prototype

scottbomb Re:Quick question... (90 comments)

Don't be silly. They can't even get Google Maps to quit crashing.

about a month ago
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Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

scottbomb The difference between Ubur and all the others... (190 comments)

By "others" I mean price-gougers like motels, airlines, etc. is that in these industries, EVERYBODY does it and they've been doing it for years so they get away with it. People expect airfare and lodging to cost more during holidays and special events. But Uber is a taxi company and taxi companies don't do this. It's simply not necessary. They have survived for decades charging whatever rate is posted on their door, which seldom changes due to inflation.

But go ahead, Uber. Do what you want. Once people realize they're paying more than conventional cabs, they'll be gone.

about a month ago
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Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

scottbomb Re:not original (190 comments)

And when demand shrinks, the customers you had before won't be yours any more. I once worked for a cab company. When their only competition in town went out of business, they jacked up their rates for medical/blood deliveries. When the other company made a comeback, the doctors and hospitals switched over to the competitor. Moral of the story: gouging customers only works in the short term.

about a month ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

scottbomb Re:Wow... (398 comments)

"I knew slashdot was right wing these days"

LOL really?! The leftist propaganda keeps me away from this site most of the time.

about 1 month ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

scottbomb Re: Here's the solution (577 comments)

I have yet to see ANY OS "decay" with Linux. Been a daily user on several machines (Kubuntu and Xubuntu) for about 4 years now and haven't seen it yet.

about 4 months ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

scottbomb Re:Contacting BBC, via VPN (363 comments)

For those in the UK, those people mentioned are all prominent politicians and businesspeople in the US who happen to be very, very wealthy.

about 5 months ago

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Rakshasa, the hardware backdoor on supposedly 230 Intel motherboards

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "Just what we need a virus that can't be detected or removed, and apparently, just about every Intel motherboard made is vulnerable. From the article: It’s the Information Age apocalypse: What if, no matter how hard you tried, every computer on the market — from PCs to smartphones to fridges to cars — came pre-loaded with an irremovable backdoor that allowed the government or other nefarious agents to snoop on your data, behavior, and communications?"
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'Everyone in US under virtual surveillance' - NSA whistleblower

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "So apparently the Federal spooks are saving every single email they can get their hands on. SMS and IM communications are likely stored as well. These aren't just suspected terrorists or criminals. They likely have records on all of us. Maybe we should start emailing fake bomb threats and drug deals to each other, just to piss 'em off."
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Arizona Passes Sweeping Internet Censorship Law

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "It will be interesting to see how long this new law lasts until it's struck down in either the AZ courts or the US Supreme Court. I can't help but wonder just how the AZ legislature thinks this will pass Constitutional muster.
From the article:
"The law, which is being pushed under the guise of an anti-bullying campaign, would mean that anything communicated or published online that was deemed to be “offensive” by the state, including editorials, illustrations, and even satire could be criminally punished.""

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People Are Downloading "Anonymous" OS (!)

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "The mere fact that 26,000 people are stupid enough to actually download and install this is frightening. According to the BBC, "More than 26,000 people have downloaded an operating system which members of the Anonymous hacker group claim to have created.""
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Web Forms Service Shut Down Over User Content

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "This is truly frightening. An entire business is threatened, and the dominoes fall on many other businesses all because of some alleged illegal activity by a handful of their customers. Don't you just love how Big Government is looking out for... you?

Quote from the linked page:

"SOPA may not have passed, but what happened shows that it is already being practiced. All they have to do is to ask Godaddy to take a site down. We have 2 millions user generated forms. It is not possible for us to manually review all forms. This can happen to any web site that allows user generated content.""

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You Will Never Kill Piracy

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "This is perhaps the best op-ed I've read about the whole SOPA/PIPA controversy. The author challenges Hollywood to re-think their entire business model. It will undoubtedly fall on deaf ears, for now. But sooner or later, they will have no choice but to adapt.

From the article:

"Now that the SOPA and PIPA fights have died down, and Hollywood prepares their next salvo against internet freedom with ACTA and PCIP, it’s worth pausing to consider how the war on piracy could actually be won.

It can’t, is the short answer, and one these companies do not want to hear as they put their fingers in their ears and start yelling.""

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Engineers invent laser-guided bullet

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "So who wants to be a marksman? The day may be approaching where anyone can pick up a gun, point and shoot, and hit a target with little to no training. Sandia National Laboratories have invented a bullet that guides itself to the target with a laser. An incredible engineering achievement, for sure."
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If you thought SOPA was bad, look what happened un

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  about 3 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "Months before the debate about Internet censorship raged as SOPA and PIPA dominated the concerns of web users, President Obama signed an international treaty that would allow companies in China or any other country in the world to demand ISPs remove web content in the US with no legal oversight whatsoever."
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Facebook Decides What You Want to See

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 3 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "So I fire up the Facebook page this morning to see they have changed the layout... AGAIN. Facebook has decided they know what I would consider a "Top Story" and has put all those posts to the top of my feed. Annoying as hell. Judging by the posts from many of my friends, they weren't impressed either.

It appears that Facebook has heard the outcry from the masses. This afternoon, it looks like they have changed it. Instead of them choosing what I consider a Top Story, I get to choose it. Now that's more like it.

From the article:
"“Starting today, it will be easier to keep up with the people in your life no matter how frequently or infrequently you’re on Facebook,” wrote Mark Tonkelowitz, an engineering manager at Facebook, in a post on the company’s blog.""

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Netflix's DVD business re-branded as Qwikster

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 3 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "In a PR move that is likely to be criticized as putting lipstick on a pig, Netflix re-brands it's DVD-by-mail business as "Qwikster". Personally, I prefer the a-la-carte pricing as I only use the streaming service for $7.99/mo.
From the CEO's blog:
"So we realized that streaming and DVD by mail are becoming two quite different businesses, with very different cost structures, different benefits that need to be marketed differently, and we need to let each grow and operate independently. It’s hard for me to write this after over 10 years of mailing DVDs with pride, but we think it is necessary and best: In a few weeks, we will rename our DVD by mail service to “Qwikster”.""

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Fighting Fires... with Electricity

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 3 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "We all know that careless use of electricity is common cause of structure fires but who knew it can actually be used to extinguish a fire? It will be interesting to see if this technique can actually be used to fight fires on a larger scale than a controlled lab experiment."
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Obama Admin Creates Fake People on Web

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 3 years ago

scottbomb writes "The next time you think personal blogs and web forum comments are the musings of real people, think twice:

The US government is offering private intelligence companies contracts to create software to manage "fake people" on social media sites and create the illusion of consensus on controversial issues."

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RIM makes a rebound

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 4 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "Contrary to popular myth, there are plenty of us who still love our Blackberrys. The proof is in the profits.

RIM said net profit jumped 45 percent in its third quarter, which ended on November 27. It said results were boosted by strong sales of its flagship Torch smartphone, a new product that combines a touch screen like Apple's iPhone with RIM's trademark mini keyboard. Analysts have worried that it could lose core business customers to Apple and Google, whose Android software is used by device makers including Motorola, Taiwan's HTC Corp and South Korea's Samsung.

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Heroic engineer crashes own vehicle to save a life

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 4 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "This is one of the coolest stories I've read in a long time."

"A manager of Boeing's F22 fighter-jet program, Innes dodged the truck, then looked back to see that the driver was slumped over the wheel. He knew a busy intersection was just ahead, and he had to act fast. Without consulting the passengers in his minivan — "there was no time to take a vote" — Innes kicked into engineer mode.

"Basic physics: If I could get in front of him and let him hit me, the delta difference in speed would just be a few miles an hour, and we could slow down together," Innes explained.""

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Ask Slashdot: Where are the entry-level IT jobs?

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 3 years ago There has been plenty of debate on Slashdot recently about the value of a college degree, the most sought-after certifications, even home-school curriculum ideas for budding geeks. While the value of experience certainly cannot be understated, the question must be asked: how does one get started with all the ads demanding 3-5 years of professional experience and/or a 4-year degree? How does one find out about entry-level positions? A search on Monster and Dice reveals very few results for entry-level positions and they all required a 4-year degree (I'm working on it but it's about 4-6 years away as I'm a part-time student). This is in a metro area with a population of several million people so expected to find at least SOMETHING. Are there better job sites for IT? what's the secret to getting the foot in the door?

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