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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

tekiegreg Re: Nuke those terrorists (868 comments)

Well if Hamas treats the people nicely, all will be well except for the occasional Israeli attack when a rocket gets lobbed into Israel by some village idiot. If not, the people of Gaza revolt and we have another Syria in our hands except with higher likelihood of Israeli intervention...

about 4 months ago

Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

tekiegreg Can you really watch movies on your phone? (276 comments)

Tried watching stuff before on my Samsung Galaxy S4, display was horrid. I honestly have no desire to watch a movie on anything smaller than my Kindle Fire's 7" Display. Call me a snob but...

about 8 months ago

Price of Amazon Prime May Jump To $119 a Year

tekiegreg Hey If You Want to Make Money Amazon (298 comments)

Likely I'll pay the price hike, but if they want to earn money, how about something like this. Currently (as many know) Shared Amazon Prime Members can only use the 2 day shipping benefits, not the Streaming Instant Video benefits. How about for $40/member/month more, change that? This way I don't have to beg my wife for her last login all the time and can use my account instead. Also perhaps, allowing 2 linked prime accounts who both have instant video access to get to each others separately purchased (non-prime) instant videos? This way I can even get to my wife's video library and watch something of hers if there's something in there I want without needing a second purchase. Just sayin...

about 10 months ago

US Federal Judge Rules Suspicionless Border Searches of Laptops Constitutional

tekiegreg New Process to get my Laptop through (462 comments)

1) Before I leave back home, image laptop, and either post image to online cloud drive or ship DVD's/USB drive back home 2) When I get confirmation everything is backed up or arrived back home, wipe Hard Drive, show customs empty laptop on arrival 3) Re-Image when I get back home. Sad I'd have to go through all that....

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

tekiegreg Re:When you don't want a reference (892 comments)

In your case I'd say a no-notice departure is a bit more acceptable (hey if you're leaving anyways). Still if you know you're staying say, longer than 3 months, or your function isn't fully replaceable yet, even a reduced notice may preserve remaining good feeling and get you a decent reference going forward.

about a year ago

Sprint May Have Unlimited Data Plans, But Not Unlimited Customers

tekiegreg I'm on Sprint too... (207 comments)

At one point their 4G was nice in my area, beat out my Home Internet at one point. However it seems like the 4G WiMax service is in a state of decline. Can hardly get a 4G Signal at my house anymore, and anywhere else I go in Denver it's non-existent. For high speed I'm pretty much stuck with Wi-Fi. What I'm doing is moving to Boost Mobile, which though a Sprint Subsidiary is cheaper and will offer 4G LTE at the same time as Sprint when the LTE service here in Denver is ready. My rationale is a few things:

1) Boost Mobile is dirt cheap, for the price I'm paying now I'm willing to put up with near non-existent 4G
2) Don't need to worry about the lack of roaming, Sprint's voice/3G network is adequate for my needs, though I find myself somewhat envious of my friends on 4G LTE networks, when I compare phone bills I lose my envy real quick
3) If Sprint/Boost ever gets 4G LTE I'm Contract free and able to make the decision to get a hot new phone at the Sprint subsidy again (or another provider if I really get sick of Sprint/Boost and decide I need an awesome 4G network instead), no penalties involved

about a year ago

Former Student Gets Year In Prison For College President Election Fraud

tekiegreg When rigging an Internet Based Election (274 comments)

Note to self: When rigging an Internet voting election stealing student ID's, use Tor...

about a year ago

Former Student Gets Year In Prison For College President Election Fraud

tekiegreg Re:Lesson: use multiple computers (274 comments)

Yeah, for someone who "Spent months" planning this, he didn't think that IP Addresses and/or cookies would be logged...or the fact that he got too greedy and had too many students complain would not attract the attention of the engineers to his deed? How he isn't a computer science major.

about a year ago

The Middle East Beats the West In Female Tech Founders

tekiegreg Re:It is not the females who excel ... (156 comments)

Presumably he left to a more reformed Christianity...wonder why he didn't think about some of the more reformed islamist groups out there (the ones that value women's equality and acceptance of outsiders, they do exist...)

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Getting Exchange and SQL Experience?

tekiegreg Re:Join MSDN Technet (293 comments)

^^^ This

I'd also like to add that if your budget is zero, SQL server express editions exist for free, they have a few restrictions on things such as DB Size, but should suit you well enough.

about a year and a half ago

Syria Falls Off the Internet Again

tekiegreg Re:Can the rebels take over the infrastructure? (68 comments)

I wouldn't keep your hopes up for Syrian Freedom of speech no matter who wins. A lot of these rebels have strong islamist (dare I say Taliban-esque) views as well about freedom of speech. The rebels may not have any interest in restoring Internet either.

about a year and a half ago

FDA: Software Failure Behind 24% of Last Year's Medical Device Recalls

tekiegreg I'm waiting for the day (128 comments)

My Pacemaker becomes Flash Updateable or "We found a bug in your Pacemaker, come in for a minor procedure to upload the fix."...just DEAR GOD don't make the fixes downloadable via wireless.

more than 2 years ago

Boeing Preparing an Ultra-Secure Smartphone

tekiegreg Re:GPL Apply here? (101 comments)

To clarify, I mean does the source have to be released under GPL? Me type crazy today...

more than 2 years ago

Boeing Preparing an Ultra-Secure Smartphone

tekiegreg GPL Apply here? (101 comments)

So if I take an existing OS (Android in this case) under GPL and I alter for greater security, does that have to be release too if all I'm doing is some sort of internal release? I'm sure this has been answered to death with Linux but just curious.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Viable Open Source Models For Early Startups?

tekiegreg Re:This is how our start-up handles it (203 comments)

Sorry I consider it unethical to deliberately introduce bugs to any software. Not that you need to provide any standard of QA for an open source product, but it's ethical to ensure that whatever you release conforms to a certain "level of fitness" in that it'll do what it is designed.

Furthermore bugs in general reduce my opinion of a product and the company around them, if I see such a shoddy open source product, what's the guarantee a commercial product we'll be any better?

(after writing all this I now sit and ponder if I were trolled...)

more than 2 years ago

You Will Never Kill Piracy

tekiegreg To me it seems... (516 comments)

Piracy is getting worse the harder copyright holders try to restrict movement of their stuff. Probably borne out of a "perceived necessity" to do something they'd like to do, such as giving a copy of an E-book to a friend, install a restricted game on another computer, etc. Someone needs to tell the industry to just knock it off and stop making pirates out of everyone...

But I'm not telling the Slashdot crowd anything they didn't already know.

more than 2 years ago

Predator Drone Helps Nab Cattle Rustlers

tekiegreg Re:Economics (214 comments)

Interesting analogy, but I'd like to think the drones have other uses too....

more than 2 years ago

Predator Drone Helps Nab Cattle Rustlers

tekiegreg The stupidity of some people never fails amuse (214 comments)

So you've ran off some law enforcement with lethal weaponry...but then, didn't you'd think they'd come back in force? I can almost see them: Bad Guys: Hurrrr hurr shoulda seen them cops runnin...they ain't coming back at us hundreds strong with SWAT Teams or Drone aircraft now....harharhrharrharharhar.... If it were me after having run off some cops with some lethal weaponry, I'd be running myself too.

more than 2 years ago

I typically run Windows ...

tekiegreg Re:XP, 7, various server versions (417 comments)

You can't get Win95/98 on MSDN anymore, unless you have the CD, some sort of lawsuit settlement if I'm not mistaken. But yeah I have Win98 on VMWare too, I remember installing it, having it prompt me for a Win98 setup floppy disk and me thinking "great now what?" as my last 3.5" drive was probably purchased 10 years ago, fortunately a quick net search revealed a disk image of the Win98 Setup disk that I could mount in VMware with success.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Advice For Using a Cell Phone In China?

tekiegreg Re:Advice (149 comments)

From what I understand, China is one step ahead of that, there were reports of Chinese linguists visiting Navajo reservations not too long ago as a hedge against that sort of thing. My thinking: Find another language China hasn't catalogued yet, Ebonics, Jive, Klingon, etc... :-p

more than 3 years ago



Al-Qaeda Using Secure Software

tekiegreg tekiegreg writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tekiegreg writes "Apparently Al-Qaeda is getting even more high tech. They've released a new piece of secure software promising secure communications amongst terrorists for all their Jihadic needs."

Northwest Passage Open for Shipping

tekiegreg tekiegreg writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tekiegreg writes "It's official, whether by Global Warming or natural effect, one can now get to Asia from Europe via the Arctic. The commercial implications are high of course, but are the environmentalists finally going to be vindicated on the amount of damage global warming has caused?"



I'm back and how I metamod...

tekiegreg tekiegreg writes  |  more than 8 years ago Well I'm back after a long posting break, don't know why I decided to write in my Journal, or if anyone is listening still, but ok....

Today I delve a bit into the subject of meta-moderation, or how I do it. Generally I find it kinda neat to play the "Great Judge" and how I do it.

1) Blatant abuse of moderator power = unfair mod, period. Don't care whether or not I agree with you, if post is provoking a flamewar and you mod insightful, you're getting hit unfair.

2) Wrong positive mods I have a tendency to leave alone, you said insightful, I called it informative, generally I'll leave it blank.

3) Correct positive ones are fair, correct negative ones are fair

4) I often try to meta-moderate the "tight" posts as well. If I'm not sure I'll dig into a posts history and meta-mod how I feel. Worst case scenario I'll leave alone. I've been known to dig into an off-topic moderated post, up the chain and decide that it was still in the chain of logic and zap it as unfair. I do respect a certain chain of conversation in a meta-moderation, however if we deviated from C++ to Peanut Butter sandwiches in the first post, you're offtopic and if moderated as such I'll uphold. However at the fifth or sixth level of a thread I tend to care not about the offtopic mod and won't tolerate an offtopic mod, often marking them unfair.

5) Generally I find myself not using the "unfunny" mod, granted my sense of humor might differ from yours. Unless it's a blatant troll or flamebait of course.

Anyways those are my ramblings for the evening, enjoy!


Anybody out there...

tekiegreg tekiegreg writes  |  more than 9 years ago Know a good DSL provider in Orange County (SBC CLEC), I'm fed up with Earthlink and am looking for tech reps who know what they're talking about and have liberal TOS policies other than the usual Anti-Spam/Anti-Abuse stuff...I'm thinking Slashdot Broadband could be good but I'm wondering who else out there offers DSL that's doable...thanks in advance!


Free resume advice!

tekiegreg tekiegreg writes  |  more than 9 years ago Aaaaah post a link to my resume on Slashdot and I get all sorts of Resume advice. Though I do wonder about trusting fellow geeks about my resume and what it says. However they did have some good basic points on my grammar that I should follow, time to revisit/revise.


Password change...

tekiegreg tekiegreg writes  |  about 10 years ago Well after a hacker got a hold of Organized Konfusion's password (I just visited his page and realized it), I just upgraded my password to a higher security one. My passwords go in three tiers:

1) The public password, what I'll tell anyone and is nothing vital about me.
2) The non-public non-fatal password: The password I use in every site I don't really care about and don't change at all. Generally if you "own " this password you can be a minor inconvenience in my life but not really get into anything juicy.
3) The high security password: Guards my email, online banking sites, etc. Can create a major hassle of "owned". Usually a big combination of letters and numbers and changed all the time.

Security for Slashdot was at the "2" level now it's at a "3".

Sorry hackers better luck next time...


Kinda scary...

tekiegreg tekiegreg writes  |  more than 10 years ago A project that I've been working on for the last 4 months is finally coming to completion. So I did a line count of how much code I typed. First I came up with 40,000 lines of code typed (just subtracting the whitespace). Then I removed comments and non-executing code from my project and I came up with 10,000 lines of code. So basically only 25% of this project is actually doing anything. Though in my defense a lot of this was playing around with a new API in a database world I am nowhere near familiar with (see and look at the PickDP.NET product, a whole new world there). So I guess I shouldn't feel too bad...


I feel incredibly brave....

tekiegreg tekiegreg writes  |  more than 10 years ago I actually downloaded and installed the Mozilla latest build on my Win98 system right now. So far so good, and that leads to todays poll for those that are listening?

How do you download Mozilla?

1) Next stable release
2) Next alpha
3) Next beta
4) I'm gutsy, next nightly build!
5) Eeeeeh why bother updating?
6) I use another browser (you insensitive clod!)


For the next 2 weeks...

tekiegreg tekiegreg writes  |  more than 10 years ago I've decided only to listen to the funny stuff on Slashdot, I'm giving +5 to anything modded Funny, -5 to EVERYTHING else modded (though fan/foe mods and others still apply with me +2 friend, +1 fan, -2 Foe, etc...). I just feel like it :-)


How I moderate...

tekiegreg tekiegreg writes  |  more than 10 years ago Ok, if I have just gotten 5 mod points what do I usually do with them?

First set my browsing threshold to -1. Though generally -1's are always trolls/flamebait I'll give them a chance too. But there's many an AC out there with a credible post. A typical breakdown of how I'll spend my points now.

1) Generally I look at the newest posts first, I try and be the "first mod" on a post rather than agree with someone else's mod.

2) From that, I generally promote rather than demote. "Interesting", "Insightful" and "Informative" in that order are my most popular mods. "Funny" is a bit difficult for me I find, and I just don't bother with "Underrated" often. I'll burn 2-3 mod points on the above.

3) Often I'll go and look back into older stuff and drop one mod point there on the good post that "didn't make it".

4) I try and spend just one mod point on shooting down a troll/flamebait/offtopic as well, do my part to make sure nobody else has to read that filth.

Also if a friend of mine asks me to mod something, most often I will. I hate to admit to practicing nepotism but eeeeh who hasn't modded to a friends request before.

Overrated and Underrated I seldom use as well, occasionally I use underrated to indicate I like a posting but not sure whether it's more funny than insightful, etc. Overrated is in my opinion just dumb, usually I'll leave alone or mark it for what it is. Yes I've been known to cross-grain mod, if I see what I think is a troll that's been modded funny, I might mod as troll.

With this formula, I've probably gotten close to 100 mod points in my time on Slashdot, and probably 3-4 unfair meta-mods. Oh well can't please 'em all.


Disturbing Funny Trend?

tekiegreg tekiegreg writes  |  more than 10 years ago After the last 2 days of spontaneously busting up laughing in the office making everyone else wonder what is going on, I'm wondering; is Slashdot getting funnier lately or is it just me? Also any suggestions for reading Slashdot without bursting into a spontaneous fit of laughter in your cubicle? Also, new Slashdot trend noticed: more and more, Admiral Akbar is quoted with his famous "IT'S A TRAP!!!" on Slashdot...wonder how this will develop.


*sigh* Six articles submitted to Slashdot

tekiegreg tekiegreg writes  |  more than 9 years ago Six articles rejected from Slashdot...

I wonder why I even try...


You know you're a Linux geek when...

tekiegreg tekiegreg writes  |  more than 10 years ago Typing in "man kill" in your command prompt doesn't make you flinch at all..

Just food for thought...


I've noticed

tekiegreg tekiegreg writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Since I added the sig " bed" to all my comments back when, more of my postings get modded as funny. Coincidence? poll for anyone still listening, what is the funniest sig you've ever seen out there (Slashdot or whatever)?


Well I'm officially a Linux geek...

tekiegreg tekiegreg writes  |  more than 10 years ago Tho I have used Linux before, this is my first home install of Linux, now running Mandrake 10 on my home computer. Was an easy install 2, after tweaking a network problem I was 100%, sweet! Now on my comp I triple boot Windows 98 (the original OS, still has all my stuff tho), Windows XP (for the stuff I can't run on Windows 98), and Mandrake 10. All working beautifully :-)


*sigh* my first unfair meta-mod today

tekiegreg tekiegreg writes  |  more than 10 years ago Well I couldn't have a perfect record I suppose, I catch something I believe is off-topic (I'll keep it quiet which) and a meta-mod shoots me down as unfair, handing me my first unfair meta-mod ever *sniff*


Today's interesting tech humor...

tekiegreg tekiegreg writes  |  more than 10 years ago Receptionist says she has a customer call for me saying he couldn't get the database up and running and that he "shushed into they system to try, whatever that means..." being that I didn't have my first cup of coffee yet I didn't determine that to be SSH'd into the system, and that our receptionist was clueless, lightly amusing for the day :-)


Moderators attack here!!!

tekiegreg tekiegreg writes  |  more than 10 years ago In moderating (with my mod points I got today) I decided to pay a visit to the Schizophrenia story and see if there was anything worth moderating. After setting threshold to "-1" and "newest first" like I always do in moderating, WOW did I see some good stories told by 0 post anonymous cowards. I must've burnt three mod points on that Slashdot article alone. See sometimes it does pay to browse all the way down at that level.

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