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Patent Troll Ordered To Pay For the Costs of Fighting a Bad Patent

standbypowerguy Re:but (191 comments)

re I live, it costs more in permits than materials to build a two-bedroom house.


Even in the most expensive parts of the country, you could barely manage to build an uninhabitable, unfinished shell of a house for the price of a building permit.

It's not the cost of the building permit itself, per se, but the hidden cost of kickbacks...

about 4 months ago

The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

standbypowerguy What did you expect? (509 comments)

Politicians are usually lawyers who know how to shake hands, kiss babies, and tell people what they want to hear.

about 6 months ago

Russian Resupply Crash Could Mean Leaving ISS Empty

standbypowerguy Re:Is that bad? (291 comments)

"Class M" is a fictional Star Trek term. I think what you meant to say is that there are no nearby planets in the habitable zone.

It's likely that "Class M" is more widely recognized than the scientific term "habitable zone". Even on Slashdot.

about 3 years ago

Queen Elizabeth Sets a Code-Breaking Challenge

standbypowerguy Re:Saw it on the news (132 comments)

I can't understand why the US places so much importance on their president... They can't even make laws --

No, they can't make laws. But they can and do veto the laws that Congress makes, so they have considerable political influence. They also control the federal government's executive branch, so they and the cabinet ministers under them wield substantial real power, up to the limits imposed by the constitution and enacted law.

Wouldn't it be better if the pres actually served in an armed force prior to election as chief commander?

I don't think so. Despite the fact that it would help immensely for the C in C to have first-hand military experience, it would also exclude a whole pool of folks who for whatever reason haven't served in the military. The founding fathers got this right. The only two constitutional restrictions for presidential candidates a native-born citizen at least 35 years of age.

more than 3 years ago

Queen Elizabeth Sets a Code-Breaking Challenge

standbypowerguy Re:the intellectual side of WWII (132 comments)

Are there more dedicated sites of this kind around the world?

Yes there are, but in those countries, if they show them to you, they have to kill you.

more than 3 years ago

NSA Advises Upgrade To Windows 7

standbypowerguy Re:Considering who this is talking about, so what? (377 comments)

Switching to Linux is easier now than ever. I've just tried Ubuntu Natty, and it's a breeze to install with Windows, either dual-boot from the live CD or along side with wubi. I'm a longtime user of Red Hat and it's derivatives, and I'm jealous. In my opinion Fedora 14 is much easier and less time-consuming to install than Win7 with equivalent default apps, but Canonical's latest offering is even easier still, seemingly by an order of magnitude. It's so simple I'm going to try it out on my mother, a total luddite, just for fun.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Small-Footprint Modern Browser?

standbypowerguy Re:Buy more ram (475 comments)

Perhaps rouge is the norm for servers in their GALEXY...

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Opens Their Data Center Infrastructure

standbypowerguy Slashdot Effect (90 comments)

Is it just me, or has Facebook been slashdotted? The page has been loading the whole time I typed this.

more than 3 years ago

Pandora App Sends Private Data To Advertisers

standbypowerguy Re:SELinux type security for Android (198 comments)

SELinnux? You're kidding, right? I'm a longtime Fedora user, and it's shipped with SELinux since FC2, I think. Although the policies and tools have improved drastically, some things like Apache, Samba and 3rd party RPMs still require manual intervention, sometimes to the point that it's simply easier to simply disable. It's hardly ready for Joe Sixpack's Adroid phone.

more than 3 years ago

Bill Gates Is More Admired Than the Pope

standbypowerguy Left out in the cold (470 comments)

I guess they didn't poll Slashdot users...

more than 3 years ago

Hosting Company Appears To Be Violating the GPL [Resolved]

standbypowerguy Re:It was already free (418 comments)

So it still is free, is it not?

As in beer, perhaps. But there's no freedom in beer. The GPL provides the freedom.

more than 3 years ago

Hosting Company Appears To Be Violating the GPL [Resolved]

standbypowerguy Re:10 years and almost no development (418 comments)

Since they've removed all downloads from SourceForge, it's a bit tricky to check the original copyright.

There's always the Wayback Machine....

(Google it, I hate typing HTML into Slashdot)

Cmdr Taco, why can't we just have a "link" button like most other forum sites?

more than 3 years ago

Consumer Reports Gives AT&T Lowest US Carrier Rank

standbypowerguy Re:Dropped call rate of 0.1%?! (187 comments)

...any call is more likely to drop if I'm driving through a tunnel while on the phone.

That's odd. One of the few places my current phone seems to work best is in tunnels. It wasn't always this way, but I believe a lot of the carriers have installed antennae in many of them.

more than 3 years ago

Consumer Reports Gives AT&T Lowest US Carrier Rank

standbypowerguy Re:They'd complain about anything probably. (187 comments)

I second that. I've traveled to the NYC metro area on business trips for many years, and my company has switched providers three times in the past decade. AT&T was the worst, followed by my current carrier, VZW, although they are a quantum leap ahead of AT&T. I had the best coverage, reception and fewest dropped calls with Sprint, but my experience was only a little better than VZW. Put another way, of the carriers I've used in the NYC area, I found Sprint to provide the best service, VZW a close second, and AT&T a dismally distant third.

more than 3 years ago

Georgia College's New Policy — Reporting All P2P Users To the Police

standbypowerguy Re:Isn't this going to get expensive? (421 comments)

You can't expect students to be 100% focused on their education every waking minute. People live at college as well, they need recreational time. In this day and age that means internet pastimes such as games, YouTube, Hulu, etc, even P2P for legal recreation, like coding & hacking. Room & board charges include internet, and students should be able to use the network in their dorms however they please, without censorship, subject to existing law. The terms of service should not restrict lawful activity, and if they do, the university should allow students to opt out, credit the cost of the residential internet, and allow them to install a competitor such as DSL or cable. Or they could just live off-campus...

more than 3 years ago

Pay Or Else, News Site Threatens

standbypowerguy Re:Clueless (549 comments)

You can go to and from there access all her articles, she has only forbidden the index.html file.

No, I can't. Tried. Every link I hit answers 404. Can you say "Slashdot Effect" boys & girls?

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Prevails In State Sales Tax Dispute, Thus Far

standbypowerguy Conviced Felons (171 comments)

I believe felons only lose their right to vote while their sentence is in effect. Once they have served their time, including parole if any, I believe their right to vote is restored. However, IANAF (I am not a felon) so I don't have any direct experience with this.

more than 3 years ago

Newspaper May Have Given Implicit License To Copy

standbypowerguy Re:A limited reading (175 comments)

Just to be clear, browsers allow users to right-click. That's not the website.

Disagree, the problem is not with the browser, but with the website. Browsers have a feature that allows users to right-click and copy content, but that feature can be switched off by the server-side code. I'm not a web programmer so I can't explain precisely how it's done, but I've run across several web sites over the years which restrict right-clicking. This works in both IE (work machine) and Firefox on both Linux and Windows (home machines).

Website operators can take additional means to prevent stupid people from saving their content, but the law doesn't require them to do so in order to gain copyright protection.

Agree. Just because you can do something doesn't make it legal, or even right. Don't they teach the concepts of copyright, plagiarism and theft in schools anymore. Or in the home, for that matter? Linking to the article with a description or short excerpt is protected as as fair use, but copying the entire article is a specific form of theft known as copyright infringement, which is punishable under civil law.

about 4 years ago

Abandon Earth Or Die, Warns Hawking

standbypowerguy Re:Already too late? (973 comments)

It's not just establishing a sustainable colony that's the issue, its having one large enough to ensure genetic diversity. Inbred populations eventually fail.

more than 4 years ago



Which CMS is Best For Web Novice?

standbypowerguy standbypowerguy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

standbypowerguy (698339) writes "So my father, who's in his 70s and a reasonably competent Linux user found out the server I set up in his basement can do more than just act as a firewall. He wants me to set up a CMS so he can write and host his own web site. He's mostly into genealogy, so I imagine he'll want to post articles with embedded pictures, as well as host some kind of photo archive. He's got a small site hosted through his ISP already, but would like expand it, and wants something easy to learn. So what CMS would fellow Slashdotters recommend for him, and why? The server is based on CentOS 5.6, and runs Apache 2.2, MySQL 5.0 and PHP 5.2."

Group demands $100 for use of "Light Up Night"

standbypowerguy standbypowerguy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

standbypowerguy (698339) writes "Officials from some communities think the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is the Grinch that stole "Light Up Night." The partnership is demanding $100 from any community wishing to use the "light up" name, which it copyrighted in 2003. This is the first year the group is enforcing its trademark.A spokeswoman for the group, which organizes the city's annual holiday kickoff, says it's just protecting the event and that all fees collected will be donated..."
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