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The Ridiculous Tech Fees You're Still Paying

sir lox elroy 2009, really can we get newer data? (318 comments)

The first two entries in the article, second predominately, use old data or information.

about a year ago
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Congress Proposes Strategy For Fighting Patent Trolls

sir lox elroy I have a better idea (96 comments)

Make it so that someone must be actively using the patent in a product, device, software, etc... If they are not they have a year to start using it in a product, device, software etc... If after the year they are not their patent should be voided. Maybe make it 2 years. But theis would make it hard for the patent only companies to operate as they don't generally make anything.

about a year ago
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What Is Your Favorite Polearm?

sir lox elroy I vote Vulcan Lirpa (469 comments)

And no you can't throw tomatoes at me. :-P At least not real ones.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Video Games Keep You From Using Linux?

sir lox elroy Re:Shall I list the reasons again? (951 comments)

Personally I have had more driver issues with versions of Windows than Linux. Dell 9100, XP Pro (Has a COA liscense on it for XP) hunt down 8 drivers one of which has to be ona floppy just to install XP, Linux 1 driver and with Mint that is 3 clicks to install the NVidia closed source drivers. Dell Inspiron N7110, Windows 7 Pro clean install 2 Drivers, Linux Mint 12 no drivers and 3d accelaration just works. Custom built i5 2550 with Radeon card and TV card, Windows 7 Pro 2 drivers, Linux 2 drivers, and again one or two click installs with no problem. Sony VGN-FE590, Windows XP Media Center 2005 (What it has a COA for), LOTS of Drivers, and a headache to get them,, Linux 1 3 click driver install of NVidia. Most, keyword there, most normal hardware just works anymore, I will admit laptops with the hybrid GPUs are still a problem. Desktop machines that the users that can barely turn their machine on are going to be running, will not have any strange hardware that is not supported by one of the well established desktop Linux distros. Now if you want to run pure Debian squeeze on them, then yes you might have drivers to hunt down and install, but if you use Ubuntu, Mint, or OpenSuSE, not a problem. The laptops might have 1 driver, maybe 2. But with the major distros it is easier to install the drivers in Linux than in Windows. BTW, installing software on any of those desktop distros and even Debian is easier than on windows. Find an application that suits your needs by using Software Manger, Synatic, or YaST, click the check box marked install, accept the dependencies install, and then click install. Windows, search the web trying to find an application that fits yours needs. Try not to download it from CNet/Downloads.com so you don't get the extra garbage that comes along. Then go through the 3 or more step install process.

about 2 years ago
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Moon Methone Meets Cassini

sir lox elroy I Wonder (28 comments)

how many aliens will be caught that can be found in the pictures. Must start looking..... JK :-)

more than 2 years ago
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B&N Pulls Linux Format Magazine Over Feature On 'Hacking'

sir lox elroy Re:2600 Magazine? (301 comments)

Actually they still carry it.

more than 2 years ago
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Ongoing Attacks Target Defense, Aerospace Industries

sir lox elroy Here is what I would consider the major problem... (77 comments)

The Gov't and a lot of corporations run their networks like a home network. Flash, sure you can have that because you might want on YouTube and that is a good use of tax payer funds. Acrobat, yah here you go, never mind there are pdf viewers out there that are more secure. Whitelists and blacklists, nah, our users can sit around and watch porn all day, that is an even better use of taxpayer funds. Word docs and spreadsheets, yah you can send and receive those without worrying. We only scan your email for anything you say reguarding our CEO of the company or President of the US, but send and receive those viruses all day long as we have not figured out good perimeter security. Speaking of perimeter security, just email everything you want back and forth that is secure right, or download it to your laptop if you work for the VA.

more than 2 years ago
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America's Turn From Science, a Danger For Democracy

sir lox elroy For Example the Big Bang was Theorized by who? (900 comments)

Uh, Monsignor Georges Lemaître. Science and Christian religion can live harmoniously. Both have their good and bad points. Until you know all the knowledge in the Universe you cannot definitively say that there is no G-d, nor can you definitely prove all theories to be fact. Just because something is a theory does not mean it is 100% undeniable fact, the basic definition of theory includes words like "propositions", and "commonly regarded". A good example of a theory that was widely believed by a vast majority of scientists including some very noted big names, but now is regarded as false is the Steady State theory. As far as other benefits of religion, neither science nor own government are good at teaching morals, they both fail at that severely, however deeply looking into the New Testament yourself, not what some leader tells you, you will find some excellent moral lessons. Personally as far as creation is concerned, one question is "How long is one of G-d's days?" There was no earth so going by an earthly day would fail as such one has to wonder how long that day is. On the opposite side of the coin, and going back to the Big Bang theory, where did the singularity come from that started the universe? As far as stories changing, we now know through science, archaeology, that the good portions of the Old Testament and New Testament are the same as they were 2000 years ago. As far as everything being made up by some drunk, there are too many things from the Judeo Christian bible from past the first couple chapters of Genesis on that have been proven correct by archaeology. I'll probably get modded down, but these are just some of my arguments.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Geek-Centric Magazines Still Published On Paper?

sir lox elroy I also like Paper Magazines for the "Reading Room" (125 comments)

Digital versions are hard to read in the "Reading Room" with out the tablet having a chance to get wet. And a laptop on bare skin well that gets a little hot.

more than 2 years ago
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How To Thwart the High Priests In IT

sir lox elroy Re:I as an IT person have directly dealt with this (417 comments)

1) The VPN we already have, the biggest price is the extra licenses for the Anti-virus. Most home users that bring in there laptops to me I have setup with free for home use AVs because they don't want to pay for McAfee or Norton, but somehow they still manage to not update them regularly (Like AVG's or Avira's update to a newer version) and end up bringing their laptop back to get the viruses removed and a newer version of the Anti-Virus installed. 2) None of the laptop users will allow me to install full disk encryption. They say having to use a password on their home computer is a pain, and I can't seem to get it through to them why it should be used.

more than 2 years ago
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How To Thwart the High Priests In IT

sir lox elroy I as an IT person have directly dealt with this... (417 comments)

We recently had to setup security for those that wanted to use smart phones for email clients. We send lots of email regarding clients and recently became aware of state statutes where we would have to notify every person if someone lost their smart phone with 2 or more pieces of personal information in an email about a person. In an effort to allow the smart phones, but reduce risk we decided to use a policy management system that would give us access to wipe the phone if it was lost. Management did not want the risk of being finned for lost data, or the media debacle it would bring (remembering the VA debacle over lost laptops), but people wanted to use their smart phones. So we had to meet in the middle, people could still use the smart phones, but we still maintained control over the data. We have not fully opened up for remote work yet via laptops etc... as I cannot get approval to spend the money on the software to help with that, until then I am stuck between management wanting no risk and users wanting remote access. A rock and a hard place.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting a Grip On an Inherited IT Mess?

sir lox elroy Re:Quit (424 comments)

My current employer was in that state when I started 7+ years ago. I enjoyed the diagnosis and repair. If you like the metal test of fixing problems it is great. Hang in there and when you are done fixing everything you will have something to be very proud of. :-)

more than 2 years ago
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Mexican Gov't Shuts Down Zetas' Secret Cell Network

sir lox elroy Re:Cigarettes or drugs? (300 comments)

I do agree with your first couple sentences it is strange. Perhaps they were only interested in dealing with cigarettes because it is less violent and they were also wishing less likely to get caught. One thing I remember from smoking is the comradery of smokers. If they know some place to get cigarettes cheaper they will tell their friends. If the smugglers charged $30.61 per carton (sorry easy math) that means they would make a net profit of $3.8 Million over 14 guys is $277K per guy. Not a huge mark up but a descent amount.

more than 2 years ago
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Mexican Gov't Shuts Down Zetas' Secret Cell Network

sir lox elroy Re:Nice thought, however not close to reality. (300 comments)

You cannot produce more than 100 gallons per calendar year per adult living in the house. For more info check with the ATF. Here is my Elderberry wine recipe 2 gal Elderberries, ripe, washed 2 1/2 gal Water 1/4 lb Sugar 1 x Lemon, juice of 1 x Yeast, cake.

more than 2 years ago
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Mexican Gov't Shuts Down Zetas' Secret Cell Network

sir lox elroy Re:Nice thought, however not close to reality. (300 comments)

The tax on cigarettes is high enough that the black market is increasing steadily, do you think our Government in their need for more money will not tax Marijuana the same way? Also, the Zetas, one already have the infrastructure in place for the sale of Marijuana, and two, Marijuana is not their only commodity.

more than 2 years ago
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Mexican Gov't Shuts Down Zetas' Secret Cell Network

sir lox elroy Re:Nice thought, however not close to reality. (300 comments)

From the ATF website "Nationally it’s estimated $5 billion in tax revenue annually is lost on the black market," says Special Agent Chris Perez and another entry "November 2009 – ATF special agents bust a ring of tobacco smugglers in Northern Virginia. Culminating a 14–month investigation, agents took 14 people into custody where the suspects allegedly paid or traded for more than $8 million, nearly 40 firearms, and drugs to purchase 388,000 cartons" And if black market cigarettes are negligible why trade drugs and guns for them which in that theory would be worth more money.

more than 2 years ago
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Mexican Gov't Shuts Down Zetas' Secret Cell Network

sir lox elroy Re:Nice thought, however not close to reality. (300 comments)

Actually a still is legal for personal use with the right documentation which is easily obtainable from your local court house. If you would like I will send you my recipes I have. And I am sorry legalising Marijuana is one thing, Cocaine, and those types of drugs have zero chance of getting legalised for general consumption anywhere in the US. They are simply too destructive and addictive to the human body.

more than 2 years ago
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Mexican Gov't Shuts Down Zetas' Secret Cell Network

sir lox elroy Nice thought, however not close to reality. (300 comments)

Even if it is legal there will be people like the Zetas. They will simply sell it cheaper than other companies and pocket the almost 100% profit. A good example of this is moonshine. If legalising something would do away with all illegal trade in that item moonshine should not exist. Another example is black market cigarettes purchased by people to get around paying taxes on them. Do you not think the government would tax marijuana. And if you only legalised marijuana the Zetas would be around to still smuggle in other drugs. Where there is money to be made crooks will make a counterfeit or sell the same thing cheaper to make money for themselves.

more than 2 years ago
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Europe's Largest IT Company To Ban Internal Email

sir lox elroy Re:I've noticed this too (601 comments)

The main problem with this thought is that Skype and all the others use a simple text file in the actual user account. This is not good, easily modifiable by the end user, plus one side or both can turn off logging without having to go through corporate policies or management. As opposed to email server logs of both the sending and receiving server which are centrally kept, harder (note I did not say impossible) to modify, and then there is the server copies of the emails, again a more verifiable copy that is harder to modify. When it comes down to brass tacks Skype and other IM logs would get eaten alive by the opposing attorney as being unreliable, easily tampered with, and hard to corroborate. If the court you go to even accepts them in the first place. Look how long it took for courts to accept emails, they are notoriously slow to accept technology.

more than 2 years ago
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Patent Issue Delays Doom 3 Source Code Release

sir lox elroy THANK YOU John Carmack :-) This is awsome. (283 comments)

This is a great show by Mr. Carmack. To take the time to actually rewrite it himself so that there is no patent issues. I think everyone should send him a Thank You note. He could have just as easily said "I have made my money off this who cares." But he is thinking of the Open Source community instead of his pocket book alone.

more than 2 years ago

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Bloomberg admits to snooping on the stock terminals it leased.

sir lox elroy sir lox elroy writes  |  about a year ago

sir lox elroy (735636) writes "Evidently Bloomberg wanted that little extra inside information. They have admitted to snooping on the users of their stock terminals they leased. Bloomberg reporters were told "to use the terminals to get an edge in the competitive world of financial journalism" which let them "view subscribers’ contact information and, in some cases, monitor login activity in order to advance news coverage"."
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Mobile Brain Scanners coming soon to a Hawking near you.

sir lox elroy sir lox elroy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sir lox elroy (735636) writes "A San Diego company believes it has a working, usable, brain scanner/thought recognition system. And, they want to try it out on Stephen Hawking. From the article "Hawking's face muscles are slowly failing, but soon he may not need them, thanks to technology by La Jolla-based NeuroVigil.
"I'm very enthusiastic about it," NeuroVigil Chairman Philip Low said of the iBrain.
Low created the iBrain, the world's first mobile brain scanner. Low, who first met Hawking at a conference, said he believes it can read Hawking's thoughts.""

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Goodby OpenSolaris, Hello Closed Solaris.

sir lox elroy sir lox elroy writes  |  about 4 years ago

sir lox elroy (735636) writes "A leaked memo attributed to Chris Armes, Bill Nesheim and Mike Shapiro is being reported that OpenSolaris is dead, however they want to make a free closed-source Solaris available to Developers. Of course Oracle will still keep Solaris and continue to develop on it, but the Open Source version is going by the wayside. It does mention that Oracle will continue to contribute code to projects needed by Solaris."
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