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DC Reboots Universe

teh_commodore Re:Flame Bait (292 comments)

There's the Marvel Universe, and the Ultimate Universe, and they are COMPLETELY separate. There's a well-known super-hero that is very recently dead in one and totally alive in the other.

more than 3 years ago
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World Health Organization Says Mobile Phones May Cause Cancer

teh_commodore Re:The summary is, of course, wrong. (354 comments)

That's from heating the sperm in your testicles to the point that they die. Unless you keep your sperm in your ear, or your cell-phone directly on your crotch, you should be fine.

more than 3 years ago
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'Fee-Deduction' Malware On Android Spotted In the Wild

teh_commodore Re:Digital Signatures (169 comments)

So build it in and make it automatic. Web browsers check signatures all the time.

more than 3 years ago
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'Fee-Deduction' Malware On Android Spotted In the Wild

teh_commodore Re:Can't back up all your bluster, eh? LMAO! (169 comments)

Despite all your "big talk" & trying to put me down, you haven't been even a FRACTION of as well noted in the art & sciences of computing as I have...

On some level, this is true. Anonymous Coward has done a LOT of stuff over the years.

more than 3 years ago
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When AIM Was Our Facebook

teh_commodore Re:Strange (395 comments)

I lost my dick in a freak car accident, you insensitive clod!

more than 3 years ago
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Reminiscing Old School Linux

teh_commodore Re:what? linuxconf? (539 comments)

linuxconf was the crappiest piece of shit I have ever seen and im glad its dead and gone.

This is one of the best comments I have ever read.

more than 3 years ago
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Common Traits of the Veteran Unix Admin

teh_commodore Re:We don't use sudo? (592 comments)

Along the same lines, where I used to work we had some n00bs (one really) that would su, do his or her work, and then leave the lab, completely forgetting the exit part. On any given day, you could walk in the lab and see root prompts up on at least half the boxes.

There are a hundred things wrong with this scenario. I know. That's why I quit. I don't need to hear them all. Mind the forest, not the trees.

more than 3 years ago
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Should Younger Developers Be Paid More?

teh_commodore Re:Keep up or shut up (785 comments)

You didn't close your String there.

more than 3 years ago
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Tron: Legacy

teh_commodore Re:I loved the original, but.. (412 comments)

Yes yes, +1. I really dug how Flynn wanted to make a perfect, open, free system for everyone, and the evil capitalists took it and over-charged for it. Pretty cool message for a Hollywood film. Even referenced that the only difference between releases was the release number. I was half-expecting that the Encom was the reason Flynn went missing, that some corporate henchman trapped him in the machine.

And every computer shown in the movie was Unix based...
% whoami
flynn

EPIC

more than 3 years ago
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Will Netflix Destroy the Internet?

teh_commodore Re:So, how long before... (577 comments)

Thankfully, I can think of nothing else that will get the average American more in a tiff than their chosen source of entertainment suddenly not working.

Don't mention gay marriage or legalizing pot. I may be slightly off topic here, but only /.ers and the like will know who to blame, and why to be mad. And that's not the average American. We're lucky if we make up 5%.

If only we could become the archetypal American, Joe the IT guy, as opposed to Joe the plumber.

more than 3 years ago
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Government Admits Spying Via Facebook

teh_commodore Re:Undercover work is spying, is violating privacy (240 comments)

You're attempting to extend property rights such that they provide privacy. I don't think that works, except in cases of Intellectual Property, wherein the idea itself has monetary value and can therefore be "stolen" simply by being seen. But the only way to legally protect your IP is to disclose it via the patent office, so still no.

I own a car. Yes, I am about to make a car-Facebook analogy. I am very sorry.

If you look at my car, you haven't violated my property rights. If you write down my license plate, you haven't violated my property rights. If, from my bumper stickers and whatnot, you determine that I have a kid named Billy who plays football, a daughter named, Billy, who plays cello, that one of my kids is an honor-roll student (Billy, most likely), that I have a wife, that I most likely voted for Ralph Nader in 2004, and from the make and model of the car ascertain with reasonable certainty which socio-economic bracket I fit, you still have not violated any of my Constitutional Rights. Would it be creepy? Yes. The same is true of gathering info on Facebook, message boards, etc.

However, if you set your privacy settings and they circumvent them, that's totally different, and may fall under DMCA protection, since "You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings." [Facebook terms of use: http://www.facebook.com/terms.php ]

about 4 years ago
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Government Admits Spying Via Facebook

teh_commodore Re:Undercover work is spying, is violating privacy (240 comments)

There's no general right of privacy guaranteed by the Constitution or any other U.S. document. We're generally protected from Search and Seizure. There are only specific privacies guaranteed, such as medical records and school records.

Courts have ruled that there is no expectation of privacy for e-mail. It's not a far stretch to say that covers Facebook and other social networking sites as well. It immediately includes those sites when the user has e-mail notifications enabled.

It's not spying. Maybe information-gathering. We can only call it spying if they're actually playing "I spy."

I spy with my little agent eyes, something slutty.

about 4 years ago
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How Do You Get Users To Read Error Messages?

teh_commodore Re:Electric Shock (951 comments)

I had a customer the other day open up a ticket because he wasn't seeing data for the last two days. I checked the logs, and sure enough, it looked like our product just STOPPED 2 days before. Turns out, they had the date set wrong on the box.

So even that isn't good enough.

more than 4 years ago
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Which Math For Programmers?

teh_commodore Re:No no no (466 comments)

Absolutely go with number one. I'm not sure what everyone else's background is, but I was surprised to see so many people supporting the second option over the first.

If you haven't had discrete, you WILL need it as a programmer.

Set theory is useful for more than just DB theory, as suggested by some here. Set theory is what your brain goes through when you create complex if-else statements, case-switch statements, etc.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Buys Lala Music Streaming, But Why?

teh_commodore Re:Hopeful for some personal gain (131 comments)

You'll probably get modded down as flame, as you suggested, and you won't get a notification of my reply since you're anon, but I felt compelled to reply anyway.

1) It's a bit presumptuous to assume that I buy everything that Apple makes because it is "hip." I bought my Mac mini because I wanted a Unix system that my wife felt comfortable using. I don't like having multiple boxes. I don't like running virtual machines. I run Linux everywhere I can, laptops, work, and so forth, but for my home machine, I just want to check my e-mail, surf the web, and listen to music. Oh, and if I can/need to drop to a terminal, awesome.

2) If LaLa goes down, I'll probably get a refund. See Yahoo music store closing for details/precedent.

3) I'd rather license the stream because of [see original post]. I like NOT using up half my frickin harddrive on songs that I'll listen to maybe 6 times a year.

4) My experience with LaLa has been awesome. I pay less for music than I ever have before. My music is available from any web-enabled computer. I can use any modern web browser. I don't have to use proprietary software, specific hardware, or be running a specific operating system. I choose to give LaLa money because I felt that they really understood my needs as a consumer, and offered at an extremely palatable price. They have profitability issues, as many startups do, so if Apple's acquisition can keep them up and running for longer, I'm for it.

5) Like everyone else on /., my money is not hard-earned. We're geeks. We do what we love and get paid well. I sit in an office. I don't shovel anything, lift anything, sweat, or get sore muscles.

5) People that work for Microsoft, Apple, etc. don't drive Fords. They drive Priuses, Escalades, or imports. Just like the rest of us on /., except for the college kids, who will soon enough.

6) We, the people, are the government. It's not some scary guy in a dark suit that you've never met. It's you and me. We're the corrupt and/or stupid ones. Let's all keep that in mind.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Buys Lala Music Streaming, But Why?

teh_commodore Hopeful for some personal gain (131 comments)

As a Mac owner and iPod/iTunes user AND a [the only?] paying LaLa customer, I'd be absolutely thrilled if this led to tighter integration between the two products.

Right now, I have iTunes that I use to update my iPod and LaLa which I primarily use to listen to music when I'm on ANY web connected computer. I use LaLa over iTunes at home because I have streams for some songs that I have a paid license to listen to on LaLa that I didn't pay the extra 79 cents to download, so they aren't available in my iTunes.

With LaLa, if I have an internet connection, I can listen to my songs and streams from anywhere, which means I don't need copies of all of my MP3s (or whatever) on my laptop, my work machine, my home machine, etc. It's amazing, and stream licenses are only 10 cents per song.

LaLa also provides a music mover app, which watches my iTunes directory and automatically unlocks the streams in LaLa of the tracks of whatever CD I just imported on iTunes.

Suffice it to say, I love it, and if they integrated the two products, I'd love it even more.

more than 4 years ago
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Do You Hate Being Called an "IT Guy?"

teh_commodore Re:Can't see why this would matter. (736 comments)

To the untrained eye IT is IT is IT.

This is true, but the question is, if the untrained eyes belong to the person hiring you, do we have a problem?

more than 4 years ago
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Modern Tech Versus the Past

teh_commodore Re:Better comparisons (219 comments)

Tyrannical government versus... nevermind.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Denies It Built Backdoor Into Windows 7

teh_commodore Re:NSA helped on Linux as well (450 comments)

AES is better than DES, I agree. So does NIST, et al. But as far as the key length argument, double and triple DES are not the same as DES with a longer key. Longer key would involve running DES once, with a longer key. Double DES (which no one uses because of a discovered flaw) and triple DES involved encrypting the same message twice/three times* with different keys.

Just to be clear and complete, 3DES runs encrypt with key one, decrypt with key two, and encrypt again with key three.

more than 4 years ago
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SSL Renegotiation Attack Becomes Real

teh_commodore Re:Kinda bad summary (97 comments)

1) Which banks have an open-to-the-public API?

2) Let's assume you have an answer to 1). The exploit involves dumping text to a public message. If your bank has any sort of messaging feature, it's private. Hell, if your tweets are private on twitter, you were never in danger in the first place.

more than 4 years ago

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Chinese military hacks Pentagon

teh_commodore teh_commodore writes  |  more than 7 years ago

teh_commodore (1099079) writes "FinancialTimes online tells us of a security breach of the Pentagon at the hands of the Chinese PLA in June. Officials are calling this "the most successful cyber attack on the US defence department."

"The PLA has demonstrated the ability to conduct attacks that disable our system...and the ability in a conflict situation to re-enter and disrupt on a very large scale," said a former official, who said the PLA had penetratedthenetworksof US defence companies and think-tanks. Hackers from numerous locations in China spent several months probing the Pentagon system before overcoming its defences, according to people familiar with the matter.
"

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Labels attack Prince for free album giveaway

teh_commodore teh_commodore writes  |  more than 7 years ago

teh_commodore (1099079) writes "Prince's new album will be a free insert in an upcoming edition of the UK's The Mail on Sunday. The managing director of the Mail claims that

It's all about giving music for the masses and he believes in spreading the music he produces to as many people as possible...This is the biggest innovation in newspaper promotions in recent times.


However, recording industry executive Paul Quirk claims that

The Artist Formerly Known as Prince should know that with behaviour like this he will soon be the Artist Formerly Available in Record Stores.
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Sharks might reproduce asexually

teh_commodore teh_commodore writes  |  more than 7 years ago

teh_commodore (1099079) writes "In Norfolk, VA, during an autopsy of one of the aquarium's sharks, veterinarian Bob George discovered a shark pup in the uterus, almost ready to be born. The dead mother shark, a blacktip reef shark named Tidbit, had no male blacktip companions in her tank. Since sharks only mate with their own breed, Tidbit apparently defied nature in one of two ways, either she bred with a shark of a different breed, or she's the second shark to give birth without the assistance of a male. Conclusive DNA results from the pup could take months to determine which of the two is the case."
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US based webcasters plan Day of Silence

teh_commodore teh_commodore writes  |  more than 7 years ago

teh_commodore (1099079) writes "Tomorrow, June 26th, thousands of US-based internet radio stations plan to turn off the music, warning listeners that silence is all they will hear after July 15, when 17 months of retroactive royalties are due to SoundExchange. Among the participants; heavyweights such as ike Yahoo! Launch, Rhapsody, and Pandora.com will silence their streams along with other Day of Silence participants like KCRW.org, Live365, MTV Online, Radioio, RadioParadise, and AccuRadio."
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TI to release HD processors for phones

teh_commodore teh_commodore writes  |  more than 7 years ago

teh_commodore (1099079) writes "ZDNet (and various other sites) are reporting that Texas Instruments is ramping up their production of the OMAP 3 processor, which will be able to provide high-definition capability for phones, up to a resolution of 720x1368, on the high end. The chip can also handle video cameras that can shoot 12 megapixels per second. TI is even experimenting with a projector that can be fit inside of a cell phone, since the high-def content is more than can be appreciated on a small cell-phone screen.

Will these usher in a more dominant iPhone in the future, or be used in an iPhone killer? TI refuses to comment on whether or not they are working with Apple.

The processors are scheduled to hit the market in 2008."

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Gambling site gives odds on release of iPhone

teh_commodore teh_commodore writes  |  more than 7 years ago

teh_commodore (1099079) writes "In an interview with livescience.com, a spokesman for BetUS.com lays out the odds surrounding the upcoming release of the iPhone. BetUs's Reed Richards predicts the following odds:

* Consumers are reported camping out waiting for an iPhone — 3/1
* Initial iPhones get recalled — 30/1
* iPhone sells at least 12 Million units in 2008 — 5/6
* Apple's stock jumps at least 10% in value in regards to the price on 6/30/07 — 1/2
* Consumers pay at least three times the original price ($1,500) on ebay — 2/1
* The screen breaks/cracks like Apple's first-generation nano (iPod) — 150/1
* There are mass reports of the battery life being less than the promised 8 hours — 10/1
* Someone is trampled while trying to get an iPhone — 20/1
* iPhone spontaneously combusts — 150/1"

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Searching for powerful yet agile publication SW

teh_commodore teh_commodore writes  |  more than 7 years ago

teh_commodore (1099079) writes "I work for a relatively small group that develops an immensely large piece of software with a pretty steep learning curve, and I'm looking for some sort of publication software that will fit my needs. I'm looking for something that can be updated on the fly from anywhere, as features and functionality are almost constantly being added, changed, or removed (builds come out 3 to 5 times daily) and a few members of the staff work off-site. Everyone on staff, including developers and testers, should have access, and it should be able to publish in multiple formats, specifically something printable (pdf?) and something web-based. Furthermore, only certain functionality is available to select customers, so there should be some modularity control. It needs to work cross-platform, as we work with Linux of varying flavors here at the office, yet a few employees have Windows machines.

I'm thinking something that marries the power of Framemaker with the agility of a Wiki. Does such a beast exist?"
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Google Calls For More Limits on Microsoft

teh_commodore teh_commodore writes  |  more than 7 years ago

teh_commodore (1099079) writes "The Financial Times reports that in the ongoing battle between Microsoft and Google, Google is now asking a Federal judge to extend the government's anti-trust oversight of Microsoft, specifically with regards to desktop search software. What makes this political maneuver interesting is that Google "went over the heads of the Department of Justice and US state regulators to appeal directly to a Federal judge." Google's move follows closely on the heels Microsoft's appeals to block Google's purchase of ad agency DoubleClick."
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'Citizen journalism' battles the Chinese censor

teh_commodore teh_commodore writes  |  more than 7 years ago

teh_commodore (1099079) writes "From the article

In the strictly controlled media world of communist China, "citizen journalism" is beating a way through censorship, breaking taboos and offering a pressure valve for social tensions.

In one striking example this month, the Internet was largely responsible for breaking open a slave scandal in two Chinese provinces that some local authorities had been complicit in.

A letter posted on the Internet by 400 parents of children working as slaves in brickyards was the trigger for the national press to finally report on the scandal that some rights groups say had been going on for years."

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Scientist implicates worms in global warming

teh_commodore teh_commodore writes  |  more than 7 years ago

teh_commodore (1099079) writes "in an article at www.mrw.co.uk, the follwing is reported:

" Worm composting could be doing more harm than good to the environment, a leading researcher claimed today.

Composting Association research director Jim Frederickson said: "Worms produce a significant amount of greenhouse gases. Recent research done by German scientists has found that worms produced a third of nitrous oxide gases when used for composting."

T he 'wiggly ones' naturally produce nitrous oxide gases when they are put into the process of composting.

Worms can be used for home grown composting or commercial composting and are typically red worms. They are used to recycle food scraps and other organic material into valuable soil worm compost, otherwise known as vermicompost. This compost can then be used to grow plants.

"We have concentrated on getting waste out of landfill and into worm composting systems but they can actually produce more greenhouse gases than landfill sites produce," Frederickson said.""

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