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Senator Al Franken Accuses AT&T of "Skirting" Net Neutrality Rules

tacarat Re: No Funding for you then. (81 comments)

"A good politician stays bought".

about 2 months ago

Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

tacarat Kids as computers. (1255 comments)

This is slashdot. Would you prefer your kids got an off the shelf generic computer/education, a high end boutique computer/education or a DIY computer/education? I think most of us would take option 3, but option 2 is still better than the first. Now start poking holes in the weak analogy!

1 year,18 days

US Carriers Finally Doing Something About Cellphone Theft

tacarat Re:Fun prank of the week! (155 comments)

You can get it when you call in to temporarily suspend service on the stolen phone.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Snubs Security Firm That Spotted Mac Botnet

tacarat Re:there is no Apple AV group (409 comments)

The current version downloads and installs itself. No human interaction required besides viewing an infected webpage. Don't confuse the "viruses are impossible to get on a Mac" crowd more by trying to make them learn the subcategories of malicious software. The fact it was originally a trojan that required the admin password to install versus the drive by installer requiring none is something more for the academics quibble about, not the end users.

Granted, this is /., so it's academics and fanboys anyhow >.>

more than 2 years ago

The State of the Diablo 3 Beta (Two Videos)

tacarat Re:Yeah but does it work on Linux? (237 comments)

So computer programs appear out of thin air?

Well, yes. That's why you need alcohol to get vaporware into an finished product and use ethernet to download it.

more than 2 years ago

Sweden Moving Towards Cashless Economy

tacarat Re:Scary (447 comments)


more than 2 years ago

I prefer my input devices to be as _______ as possible.

tacarat Re:The Trouble with Ignorance (279 comments)

Used properly and as required, it's all great stuff. The problems occur when directions aren't followed, the wrong drugs/chemicals are used for a given situation or stuff gets diluted for the sake of cost. When I go to the doctor with a basic cold or flu, I usually have to request that they don't give me antibiotics. It's usually a surprising request, but happily met. So yeah, AC-san, you're right, but so am I.


more than 2 years ago

I prefer my input devices to be as _______ as possible.

tacarat Re:The Trouble with Touchscreens (279 comments)

It could be the one thing that forces our immune systems back to work. While hygiene is good, current anti-microbial practices are doing a better job of making strong bugs than anything else.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Money-Making Home-Based Tech Skills?

tacarat Re:Production values (332 comments)

Most people don't know that there were no pizza delivery boys before porn. After the first movie featuring that mythical job, there was suddenly demand for the position. That's why drivers can be paid relatively little.... they're waiting for those special customers (that may never appear).

more than 2 years ago

Do You Really Need a Smart Phone?

tacarat Re:Slashdot... (851 comments)

I loved that Apple's antenna issue affected lefties more than right handed folks.

more than 2 years ago

Do You Really Need a Smart Phone?

tacarat Slashdot... (851 comments)

News for luddites?

more than 2 years ago

Why the NTSB Is Wrong About Cellphones

tacarat Blame the phones... (1003 comments)

By their nature, bad drivers can't self-identify. It's the other driver, not them, right?

more than 2 years ago

35% Consumers Want iPhone 5... Sight Unseen

tacarat Re:This also means... (566 comments)

I'm waiting to see if they drop the 4's price after the announcement or release. Hell, even an 8gig model might suit my needs for the thing.

more than 3 years ago

Man Mines Midtown New York Sidewalks

tacarat Re:Landmines. (183 comments)

That's horrible. Mod up please.

more than 2 years ago

Unlocked iPhones in US For $649

tacarat Re:Being in NZ (334 comments)

I was going to rant and rave about people complaining about their phone costs, but your post has inspired me. Thank you. I have family going out of the country pretty soon :)

more than 3 years ago

Apple's iOS 4 Hardware Encryption Cracked

tacarat Re:Why does encryption never work? (208 comments)

Good encryption requires a good "key". Forget password, think passphrase.
Encryption is great when it's somebody intercepting your messages or data, but not so useful when they have access to an endpoint.
The effectiveness of a good lock is severely reduced if you can't remove the keys from it. Most hardware like this has a copy that can be gotten at by the diligent. It's how bluray ended up losing it's DRM.

Oh, and this.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Support Forums Suggest Malware Explosion

tacarat Re:Serves you right. (455 comments)

The tech savvy Linux geek cares only if you don't make it OSS ;)

more than 3 years ago

Google Invests In World's Largest Solar Power Tower Plant

tacarat Re:Story may not be right (387 comments)

Both options probably cost $10 and a stamp per citizen.

more than 3 years ago



Blizzard tries Real ID again.

tacarat tacarat writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tacarat (696339) writes "The last time Blizzard mentioned their new Real ID system, a large backlash was created regarding privacy. After a period of time they backed down from the effort and little was heard about it since. Well, that just changed. Blizzard's spokescandle, Nethaera, broke the announcement today.

We'd like to make you aware of the new Real ID-related privacy options we've introduced to These options provide Real ID users with additional tools for customizing the service based on their preferences, enabling the ability to opt in or out of the Real ID "Friends of Friends" and "Add Facebook Friends" features or to turn off Real ID altogether. Real ID offers an optional, convenient way for keeping in touch with real-world friends you know and trust, whether they're playing World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, or one of our future games. The "Friends of Friends" and "Add Facebook Friends" features provide you with even more options to stay connected while you play by making it easier for real-life friends to locate each other on You can easily enable or disable these features through your privacy settings by logging in to your account at

Interfacing with Facebook seems to be the only probably issue, especially given the rise of social media exploits. Authenticators, anyone?"
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McAfee inside? Intel to acquire AV vendor.

tacarat tacarat writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tacarat (696339) writes "Intel Corp will pay $7.7 billion for security software maker McAfee Inc (MFE.N), making its largest-ever acquisition to bolster the appeal of its chips as it tries to expand from PCs into the burgeoning market for Web-connected gadgets.

The question is if this sets Symantec or any of the other anti-virus producers (clamAV?) up for purchase by companies such as AMD, ARM or even NVidia. The official McAfee press release is here and Intel's is here."

Link to Original Source



tacarat tacarat writes  |  more than 10 years ago Rejected :(
ZDNet has an article regarding the website This website was set up to illustrate some of the things that are (hopefully) being unintentionally shared on P2P networks. It posts censored shots of sensitive documents originating from military and goverment sources that were readily available for download. The site owner claims to have even downloaded military material rated SECRET/NOFORN from Gnutella.
While a good eye opener, especially in the cases of the goverment and military documents, the site doesn't address the two root problems: 1) privileged people taking protected information outside of secure enviroments, and 2)home computer users not knowing how to keep their systems marginally secure (i.e. don't share out your entire harddrive). If nothing else, I do appreciate that they're bringing this problem out in the open, and not allowing decision makers the normal luxery of ignoring or covering up security screw-ups.

For the /. military folks, can I get a hearty RTFR(read the F*****g Reg)?


tacarat tacarat writes  |  more than 10 years ago I missed the boat. That one got submitted yesterday in droves. That's what happens when you've got work! Dammit!


tacarat tacarat writes  |  more than 10 years ago Well, let's see where this one goes...

More SCO news from CNET. ' The SCO Group dismissed a leaked memo that connected Microsoft to $86 million in investments in the company, saying the author of the e-mail misunderstood the venture deal.
The SCO Group on Thursday acknowledged the authenticity of an e-mail sent Oct. 12 from Michael Anderer, CEO of Salt Lake City venture firm S2 Partners, to SCO Vice President Chris Sontag and Chief Financial Officer Robert Bench. The memo appears to be a discussion of the compensation that Anderer received for facilitating venture deals on SCO's behalf.
The new letter referenced can be found here, along with the rest of our favorite 'Halloween Documents'.


tacarat tacarat writes  |  more than 10 years ago Dare I dream? My first /. post?


I figure if I sell the crap that I'm so very, very full of, I might be able to afford one for my female friends. That'd be stupid, though. I've got better ways (for me) for them to get the same effect.

Unless they've been faking this whole time :(

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