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Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

slashdot_commentator Re:Accuse me a being materialistic whore but... (136 comments)

Didn't bother me then. Doesn't bother me now. In future WaPo articles, I expect my eyes to glaze by them as if they didn't exist.

about two weeks ago
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Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

slashdot_commentator Accuse me a being materialistic whore but... (136 comments)

I'm not having a serious problem with this.

I hate today's commercials so much, I mute them if I can't fast forward them, and am almost forced to only watch DVR'ed content, and tend to avoid watching live TV now. I run adblock. When its a site I go to frequently, I whitelist it, and quickly block it again once I see an ad that does popups, or automatically plays audio/video, or otherwise detracts from my reading.

I would go nuts if a "buy it now" button popped up while reading fiction, but this is a newspaper article. I don't find the button intrusive, because I'm not trying to follow artistic nuance in a newspaper article. It doesn't really take up the screen, and they're placed in front of products to sell, namely "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "The Great Gatsby".

It seems to me no more intrusive than a banner ad, and I'm much more annoyed at large rectangular ads that break up article paragraphs. So what am I missing here?

about two weeks ago
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Switching Game Engines Halfway Through Development

slashdot_commentator Re:Poor planning? (127 comments)

The problem is that game design is art, and game engines follow hardware developments. It becomes pretty difficult to figure out what the prevailing technology will be past a year; thus the decision of game engine to adopt becomes a crapshoot as well. It gets even more difficult when a gaming group "knows" the engine they're using will be out of date in two years, and have to cobble their own hacks into the old game engine, to have some feature available in two years. What happens when the "new" engine they've been anticipating doesn't get released "on time", or when it comes, they find out its utterly incompatible with their work in the previous year?

Telling indie companies to force their delivery schedules to one year increments makes it really difficult to put out an eye catching, large scale games. Its relegating them to a financial ghetto niche, even though it may be the "safest" and most predictable way to "ensure" success in a game launch.

about two weeks ago
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Can We Call Pluto and Charon a 'Binary Planet' Yet?

slashdot_commentator This is old news (115 comments)

We've known for at least a decade now that Pluto/Charon's barycenter is outside the mass of Pluto. That was one of many arguments used to delist Pluto from the Solar System planets. Those same "Pluto is a planet" fossils probably would demand Ceres be restored to planetary status, if they lived two hundred years ago.

about two weeks ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

slashdot_commentator Re:so, I'm in the more than 8 yrs ago camp (391 comments)

I'd say right now there's a performance/pricing window that the box stores haven't matched right now. If you want something cookie cutter, for office work, then yeah, you'd be nuts not to buy from a box store or mail order. But right now, the ones that will optionally include an SSD, serious graphics card, bluray burner, etc. are charging a premium for them.

Its a plus (right now) to select a good motherboard to deal with things like UEFI/GPT, legacy BIOS, chipset issues like memory bandwidth. You don't get to select your mobo from the box stores, and that may limit what you can do, or how well the box will perform even if you buy a base box, and then add premium components. And then there's that ugly, "do I pay a premium for windows 7, or get a windows 8.1 which "I don't like?".

The timid should never build their own PC, unless they want to overcome their timidity and/or desire an excuse to be cognizant of new hardware minutiae. Some people are better off being consumers.

about three weeks ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

slashdot_commentator Re:Please don't take my nerd card (391 comments)

Technically speaking, computer science was being conducted long before the existence of a computer.

George Boole published his (Boolean) algebra studies in 1854. Logic circuits started as mathematical expressions, not originating with computing machines. Charles Babbage had no computer to work with when he designed the first Analytical Engine, followed by the Difference Engine (which was never built). Turing defined the computer in 1936, before one actually existed. There was quite a body of algorithmic and binomial research before the first (modern) computing machine (Say Attasanoff-Berry in 1939).

about a month ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

slashdot_commentator Re:so, I'm in the more than 8 yrs ago camp (391 comments)

I have happily put together my latest desktop a year ago, returning after many years from abandoning the personal construction route. I figured at the time that it wasn't possible to extract significant price or performance advantages, with the introduction of Intel's Core2 hardware supremacy and box stores relentless commodification of the PC. So my purchased PC machines after that point weres desktops, and then laptops replacing the desktop.

Nowadays, I believe the motivating benefit are the performance advantages in selectively-purchased hardware, like SSDs, multi-terabyte drives, cutting edge graphic cards, and i7/Xeon CPUs. Yeah sure, you can select those features into a pre-ordered box, but it doesn't result in price savings or "optimal" hardware.

As for putting together computers, its "same as it ever was". Its even less ideosyncratic than 8 years ago. But you're still stuck learning the new part connectors, BIOS/UEFI details, hardware trends, etc. Along with the great suggestions like pcper.com, I'll throw in pcpartspicker.com. I recommend it, not so much for the construction articles, but for the database of consumer computer components. It gives you an idea of the prevailing prices of specific parts, and a handy personal page of your parts purchases. You can also then sift through other people's construction sheets and compare your purchases.

Yeah, I envy your plunge into workstations. Its significantly expensive hobby though, much more so than gaming machines.

about a month ago
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seL4 Verified Microkernel Now Open Source

slashdot_commentator Re:Don't tell HURD (82 comments)

seL4 is probably a subset of MACH. It wouldn't be an insurmountable problem to port HURD to run on top of seL4. What might be exceptionally difficult would be to rewrite HURD to take advantage of seL4's design, to produce a more "correct" version of a microkernel based OS.

IIRC, the HURD effort to replace MACH with L4 had nothing to do with difficulty salvaging HURD code to run on top of L4. It had to do with known security flaws with inter process communications in MACH and the original L4 implementation. There was a grad student looking to replace MACH with a prototype secure variant of L4 called coyotos, which was eventually abandoned.

Fuck HURD. HURD was a failure. HURD was a vanity project Richard Stallman wanted implemented to undercut the popularity of the fledgling linux OS. He abandoned his cheerleading effort for it over a decade ago. (I doubt Stallman even contributed code to the original HURD implementation.) Since then, its been whored out to every grad student looking to use it as a platform for their thesis. The whole academic drive towards microkernel OS is obsolete research, like using PROLOG to implement AI systems. Microkernels have been supplanted by hypervisors and secure ipc implementations. Really, if HURD worked, what would it be doing that would make it uniquely valuable when compared to all current operating systems?

Personally, I wish I could avert my eyes from this collision between two behemoth machines trapped in an event horizon.

about a month ago
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Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

slashdot_commentator Re:Good luck with that (340 comments)

Sorry, patents close to expiration.

about 2 months ago
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Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

slashdot_commentator Re:Good luck with that (340 comments)

The Russians can't pull the same crap the Chinese might still be able to do. They aren't the Soviet Union anymore, with an encapsulated economy. They operate as a capitalist nation, and they're not going to be able to "copy/clone" hardware, like they used to. They'll be shutdown economically by the WTO. They're going to have to leverage outdated designs that have copyright close to expiration. What they should do is partner on some level with the Chinese, so they at least can access modern fabrication facilities and techniques.

about 2 months ago
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Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden Would Not Get a Fair Trial – and Kerry Is Wrong

slashdot_commentator Re:Ellsberg got a fair trial (519 comments)

And no one will even speak the true threat the NSA poses to the world.

No one rational thinks that Merkel represents a credible ally of Al Queda. Its all about finding out what Merkel is doing, in order to surreptitiously or politically thwart Germany's political or financial actions which the NSA disapproves of. The NSA will undermine the democratically elected will of any nation, all in the name of US "security". Its not the first time the US tried to do this. Just ask Iran and Chile.

about 3 months ago
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Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden Would Not Get a Fair Trial – and Kerry Is Wrong

slashdot_commentator Re:Ellsberg got a fair trial (519 comments)

There is no jury trial in a FISA court.

Do you even think its possible to field a jury with the security clearances required to expose them to the information presented at a trial?

about 3 months ago
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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Buys the LA Clippers For $2 Billion

slashdot_commentator Re:Instead of a new TV I guess (270 comments)

See the problem is that you think only in terms of binary. Ballmer was a failure or success. I don't think did as well as Jobs especially when it came to a larger strategic vision. Jobs had the vision. Ballmer was just managing things.

Incorrect. I'm pointing out that not everyone can perform like Jobs, and its obvious he was an industry anomaly. Most CEOs are more like Ballmer; they are managers, not pioneers, and they don't get the credit when they do a good job, or steer the best possible result in a losing cause. I use the basketball analogy to point out that there can be a lot of basketball superstars, and not match the performance of a Michael Jordan. That doesn't make them failures, and it doesn't make Ballmer a failure for not matching Jobs' performance.

Its unfair to compare Ballmer's tenure to Microsoft's peak in market cap, [...] Where's the contempt for Sam Palmisano

And what did Jobs start with? By any measure, Apple was nowhere near the same position as MS when both men took over their companies.

Who cares? We've already established that Jobs is a uniquely successful CEO. Jobs is the anomaly, not the standard expectation of a successful CEO.

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

slashdot_commentator Re:Good (490 comments)

No its not, especially if you're old enough to have seen the history firsthand.

There certainly was sort of an odd chauvinism among the mainframe/minicomputer group against personal computing. Luckily, the newbs to the industry didn't even bother listening to the "professionals".

Ironically, I'd have to agree with the Beeb on this one, even if it may be a propaganda newscast. They're absolutely right; if you don't know enough about 3D materials & basic firearms, you could end up blinding yourself, or damaging you hand. I could definitely see a teenager trying this, using their parents/brother's/friend's 3D printer.

But we all know the march of technology is inexorable.

about 3 months ago
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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Buys the LA Clippers For $2 Billion

slashdot_commentator Re:Instead of a new TV I guess (270 comments)

Don't you also think its unfair to conclude Ballmer was a failure based on what Jobs was able to do? Its like saying Patrick Ewing was a failure because Michael Jordan was always in the way. (Except when MJ wasn't, and Ewing still failed, to the Rockets and the Pacers. Ewing was still a player to be reckoned with for most of his career, even if I think of Hakeem Owajuan as moreso, as well as having a higher opinion of Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller, and Shaq.)

Its unfair to compare Ballmer's tenure to Microsoft's peak in market cap, because that peak occurred before 2000, crashed real hard during the the 2000 bubble. Based on when Ballmer took over, and when he left, it only lost a fraction of its market cap at the time. Basically, Ballmer guided Microsoft into mediocrity, not really growing its value. But that's not the mark of a failure, considering that Sun Microsystems, Palm, etc. don't even exist today. IBM increased in market cap over the past 10 years, but it was a huge player in tech over a decade ago, and now is kind of a market afterthought. Where's the contempt for Sam Palmisano?

Lets face it, not every company can have a Steve Jobs for CEO. Does that make every tech company that didn't quadruple its market share a failure?

about 3 months ago
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Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

slashdot_commentator Re:Raise the Price (462 comments)

Believe me, I see the branding and false dichotomies. And I wouldn't even be a supporter of the liberalism that causes many liberals to be disenchanted with Obama. I'm just annoyed at the hero worship and demonizing that's used to frame Obama. Its neither. And I'm sick of the operation of the current Republican party which makes it near impossible for me to consider voting for any of their politicians. But that leaves me with these defective Democrats.

about 3 months ago
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Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

slashdot_commentator Re:Raise the Price (462 comments)

He sure acts like a Republican. Pass a Republican health insurance bill (ACA). Protects national spying programs and secret security police at the expense of individual rights. A few other details that escape my memory... Obama runs the country the way a Nixon or a (either) George Bush would.

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Suggests Backing Bitcoin With Stocks

slashdot_commentator Re:here's why it is a reasonable idea (404 comments)

Its more than just a great idea in principle. Its a way "money" becomes an accepted form of currency exchange.

From the 18th century, paper money issued by a government was "backed" a specific amount of gold. Once you could exchange the piece of paper for goods, as if it were gold, that was the establishment of paper money. Coins didn't require quite a conceptual hurdle, because minted coins had a specific amount of gold or other precious metal smelted into the coin. That is what's called specie currency.

In the 19th & 20th century, gov'ts would "back" their paper currency with some other form of valued commodity, if backing it with gold became to prohibitively costly. Its how the Nazi's broke the inflationary cycle caused by them printing out papermarks (german dollars). The bank printing rentenmarks backed the paper with the physical assets owned by the bank.

The dumbass cryptocurrency hipsters are so in love with their dream of bitcoin working as a governmentless currency, they fail to realize is that bitcoin is not money. Its not used as an exchange medium for goods (to a significant amount). bitcoin has no intrinsic value, like fiat currency.

What Rand Paul suggests would be what bankers have done for centuries in order to make a "new" currency acceptable. Granted, you're stuck with a form of centralized authority (but it doesn't have to be governmental) "backing" the currency with something of tangible value, but cryptocurrency fans would still be able to have decentralized transactions of bitcoin, without require active participation of a government.

about 4 months ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

slashdot_commentator Re:When participation is mandatory? I believe. (723 comments)

What is this AHCA you're talking about? There's the PPACA, or ACA. Are you talking about your screwed up Florida system of health insurance?

about 5 months ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

slashdot_commentator Re:When participation is mandatory? I believe. (723 comments)

The cost has doubled and tripled because gov't has been regulating all aspects of the medical industry before the PPACA, and its aided pharmaceutical companies and hospitals (and doctors) to gouge the crap out of customers. In every other developed country, they all get medical care, while sufficiently containing costs. The US has the most inefficient health care system in the world. That means we pay 2.5x more money for the same treatment as other countries. But its the greatest system in the world, if you're rich.

about 5 months ago

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Meme: extending the ISS lifetime beyond 2016

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 6 years ago

As all the space geeks know, the ISS is planned to operational to 2016, only six years after construction is completed. Afterwards, it will either sit in space until it falls to Earth, or more likely, there will be a deorbit plan to have it burn up "safely" over an ocean.

Everyone following it knows the ISS was pretty much a "white elephant" space project. There will be no future shuttles servicing it (after 2010), and its unlikely the Russians will keep servicing it, out of its own wallet. But with the rise of space programs outside of the big 2, could it not be possible to keep the ISS going beyond 2016?

After all, space station Mir functioned years beyond its original closing date. You have the Japanese, the Indians, and the Chinese all looking to make a mark in space. Perhaps the ISS could be the future launching point of space tourism. Talk about the most exclusive dining experience. What would need to be accounted for to allow this possibility to come about?

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Network Appliances sues Sun over patent infringments in ZFS

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 6 years ago Network Appliances is suing Sun Microsystems, alleging that seven of its patents are unlawfully being used in ZFS, the filesystem used in Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris. Ironically, Sun may have shot itself in the foot. They initiated legal proceedings against NetApp 18 months ago, over related patents Sun believed NetApp was infringing. Dave Hitz, NetApp's founder and Exec VP lays out his case in a blog entry.

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Looking for a new laptop. Suggestions?

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Man, laptop shopping is a bitch...

Requirements:
It will run Windoze (for the games). (& dual-boot linux, of course)

Main applications: portable DVD player, websurfing, games.

(Since I want exposure to 64-bit environments for development purposes)
Core2Duo or Turion-64/X2

Portability: Having previously owned a purported 7lb portable (that felt more like a 10lb portable), the target weight will be ~5.5lbs or less.

Indirectly, this means I'm aiming for a 14" (or less) widescreen

Good battery performance: 3+ hrs

Pricing: Not over USD $1050.

The Sony VAIO VGN-C150P/B probably comes closest to my ideal machine, but it is list price $500 over what I am willing to spend.

Right now, the Lenovo 3000 N100 will probably be what I pickup, but boy, I hate that Intel graphics chip.

Suggestions, anyone?

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OpenBSD: GPL violator?

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Michael Buesch, lead developer of the Linux driver for Broadcom's wifi chipset (bcm43xx), stumbled across copied code in the OpenBSD's bcw driver earlier this week. The problem is that the bcm43xx linux driver uses a GPL license. OpenBSD inadvertently makes that linux code available to be used in a proprietary manner, by virtue of its BSD license (and not giving proper attribution where due).

Busch sends a stern email to the developers of OpenBSD, and CCs the bcm43xx developers mailing list. Now enjoy the fireworks as Theo de Raadt defends the tender feelings of an apparent plagiarist, downplays intellectual property theft, and attacks "rude" behavior.

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Kernel 2.6, wheel mouse, and KVMs

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 8 years ago

(Yet another /. rejection. Not unsurprising, since its so esoteric, but I know quite a few guys with this problem:)

For some geeks, one box cannot do it all (well). You need your reliable server, your Windows PC (for games and Windows-centric applications), your firewall/VPN, and one or two more boxes for experiments. Or you're the poor SOB who administers all the machines for your family. (Et cetera...) KVMs are really sweet for such setups, but not if you dropped $150 for a Belkin Omniview F1DS104U and run (Slackware) Linux.

Anyone afflicted with similar setups know that the Linux doesn't handle Belkin's (or generic) KVM switching between machines properly. The KVM doesn't retain/transmit mouse information between machines, and you end up with an erratic mouse that will corrupt your GUI configuration. With the 2.4 kernel, this is worked around by flipping out and back into of GUI mode (ctrl-alt-F1 then ctrl-alt-F7) with each machine switch.

But recently, I took the plunge to kernel 2.6.13. (It seemed stable enough.) It does things differently enough that I cannot use the mode switch kludge to get around the problem. The only way I've found to resolve the problem is opening a CLI session, and removing and restoring the psmouse module. Needless to say, this pretty much kills the convenience functionality of a KVM.

And my friend Google has let me down. Some users have found that adding an "append=psmouse.proto=imps" in lilo.conf resolves the problem for them. (Slackware 10.2's kernel never heard of it.) So, does anyone have a solution yet that resolves this problem, or USD $275+ to lend me for the "get a real KVM" response? Or are a bunch of linux geeks stuck running a 2.4 kernel for another year?"

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Insightful Lightbulb Joke

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 9 years ago

How many Bush Administration officials does it take to screw in a light bulb?

None.

There is nothing wrong with the light bulb; its conditions are improving every day. Any reports of its lack of incandescence are a delusional spin from the liberal media. That light bulb has served honorably, and anything you say undermines the lighting effect. Why do you hate freedom?

(kudos to some guy named Naum from AZplace.net)

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More failure - Attracting the non-geeky creative types

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 9 years ago I was about to add my $0.02 to this response when it occurred to me to submit the question here.

How can the community attact the artistic and fiction writing types into open-license type projects?

It seems to me the better documented type open-license projects are able to attract technical writers, but not so much with games. The few good ones tend to be one man shows who are already artistically inclined.

Should the programmer community start focusing on generic game engine tools to aid these people in expressing their talent? Are programmers "bogarting" the credit for a game? What suggestions come to mind?

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St. Valentines Day hazardous to health

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 9 years ago (Once more into the breach...)

Falling in love used to be fun. Now doctors are warning that the throes of passion should be seen as a potentially fatal medical disorder.

Psychologists say that "lovesickness" is a genuine disease that needs more awareness and diagnosis.

Symptoms can include mania, such as an elevated mood and inflated self-esteem, or depression, revealing itself as tearfulness and insomnia.

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Time for some more rejection - BSEs found in goat

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Submitted title: Mad Cow Disease discovered in other animal species (Science,News)

The BBC reports that a French goat has tested positive for mad cow disease - the first animal in the world other than a cow to have bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The European Commission says further testing will be done to see if the incidence is an isolated one.

You can thank the animal rendering industry for that one. Time to change to a vegetarian diet?

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James (Scotty) Doohan has Alzheimer's

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Terrible news, the actor James Doohan, who played Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott in the TV sci-fi series Star Trek, is diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Sadly, he also suffers from Parkinson's disease and diabetes.

In August, he'll bid farewell to the still thriving Trek convention circuit, with "Beam Me Up Scotty...One Last Time," a three-day fest that's billed as his last-ever con appearance.

(Yeah, lets see the /. editors pass on this submission...)

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Would you inflict linux on Aunt Tillie?

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Eric S. Raymond has recently written a wonderful piece explaining to the linux zealot why it may not be the operating system of choice of all users. (Or what user aspects open source developers need to focus on to further Linux World Domination.) The op-ed specifically focuses on the CUPS printing system. (But it would be a mistake to dismiss it as a screed against CUPS.) The CUPS authors surprisingly acknowleged ESR's points, and he wrote a followup to the article.

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Computer Espionage in the US Senate Judiciary

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 10 years ago

What do you do when you just can't get your co-workers to see eye-to-eye with you? The Boston Globe reports that Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee stole confidential memos from their Democratic counterparts by cracking into their computer files. The memos highlighted Democratic strategies concerning Republican Judicial nominees. Its suspected that some of them were leaked to Republican shill Robert Novak, who then disclosed their contents in a February 2003 column.

What can we learn from Republicans when accused of cracking?

(Blame the victim.)

"As the extent to which Democratic communications were monitored came into sharper focus, Republicans yesterday offered a new defense. They said that in the summer of 2002, their computer technician informed his Democratic counterpart of the glitch, but Democrats did nothing to fix the problem."

(Feign ignorance and indignation.)

"Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch, Republican of Utah, made a preliminary inquiry and described himself as "mortified that this improper, unethical and simply unacceptable breach of confidential files may have occurred on my watch."

("I'm shocked, *shocked* to find cracking in this establishment." "Here are their memos." "Ah, thank you...")

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Novell screws SCO for Xmas

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Novell quietly submitted conflicting copyright claims on System V UNIX a few months ago. SCO's lawyers appears to have been unaware of this. Now SCO will have serious problems going forward with its copyright infringement suits on IBM and other major Linux users. The immediate result of Novell's actions is that SCO's lawsuits will probably be deferred, so no windfall quarters for SCO to report in the following year. SCO could even suffer legal penalties by submitting flawed DMCA suits.

Ahhh, nothing like a nice holiday story to warm the cockles of a penguinista's heart...

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Criticize Microsoft security, get fired.

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 10 years ago

After 12 rejections and the "de rigeur" absence of explanations, I've decided to post each story I submit to /. into this journal for your perusal.

...and given the nature of this story, it should be interesting to see if /. has the stones to publish it...

The soon to be rejected submission:

Dan Geer Jr., is now the former CTO of @Stake, Inc. (a security consulting group), after participating with six other security experts in a report (released yesterday) critical of the US Government's over-reliance in Microsoft products. The report, entitled "CyberInsecurity: The Cost of Monopoly" argues that a "monoculture" of OS software makes gov't computers more vulnerable to computer viruses and hacker attacks.

``The values and opinions of the report are not in line with AtStake's views,'' the company said in a statement. It said Geer's participation working on the report was ``not sanctioned.''

Bruce Schneier, the chief technology officer for Counterpane Systems Inc., worked with Geer on the report. He said security experts contacted to help work on the report critical of Microsoft indicated their support but couldn't participate publicly. ``There is a huge chilling effect based on Microsoft's monopoly position,'' Schneier said. ``It's unfortunate that AtStake put its private agenda ahead of intellectual integrity.''

More sordid details can be gleaned here and here. Lets hope Schneier still has a job by the end of the week. (And any /. posters who dare comment.)

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