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51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

tekrat Because password policy is BORKED. (115 comments)

This is an example of a good password at my company "m7Rx2NqU" -- that's an unrecognizable jumble of characters that only a computer could love, but never a human.

I'd prefer to use "correcthorsebatterystaple" (ala XKCD), but my company's password policies do not let me use a pass phrase, but a jumble of numbers, letters and uppercase.

yesterday
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The Billion-Dollar Website

tekrat F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (194 comments)

Really, we want to complain about a website that cost a Billion? This is the United States Government, full of waste, fraud, no-bid contracts, and shit spread out out over every state so that ever senator and congressman has his slice of the taxpayer slush fund.

Witness the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, an aircraft nobody needs, trying to fill too many roles, and was supposed to save our armed services money by having one plane replace many planes.

Except it's billions over budget, still doesn't work (and might never work), and is expected to cost more than a Trillion dollars before all is said and done.

Meanwhile the aircraft is being usurped by drones, which are cheaper, easier to deploy, and may fill all the roles we'd ever need this crazy ass jet for. And we're trying so hard to make it stealthy, meanwhile as pointed out in a slashot article a few weeks back, long wave radar will find the plane just fine.

And yet the Pentagon continues to shovel more money into the project because -- guess what, there's no "plan B". This is the people we depend upon to strategize for us in times of war, and they have absolutley no fall-back plan. Brilliant.

about a week ago
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Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

tekrat smuggled across the border? (158 comments)

Just put those sniffers in every HSBC branch. Or better yet, put those sniffers in the HSBC corporate boardroom. The "money laundering" they want to stop is happening at the upper levels of management, and yet, not a single banker will *ever* go to jail for laundering.

Instead, the bank will pay some measly fine which won't even be 10% of what they made doing the crime. Crime absolutely pays and pays big, assuming you're already a multi-billion-dollar corporation that can buy politicians, buy law enforcement, and has "closely held religious beliefs" about flagrantly ignoring law and morals.

How much taxpayer money is wasted going after clueless individuals? All they are going to stop are the mules. The real criminals sit in luxurious office suites and shuffle billions of dollars around with a few keystrokes.

about a week ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

tekrat So, is that we're now forced to do? (364 comments)

Have we become a country so corrupt that we now have to record *everything* in order to have even a modicum of justice? You can't get Comcast to not perform mail fraud unless you have a recording of them saying they won't do it, they only way to NOT have a police officer beat you to death for "resisting arrest" is to record it.

Funny that if I personally were to turn the tables on Comcast and send them a bill for services I didn't perform, they'd have the authorities on me in an instant, and try and have me sent to jail.

But there's no way to arrest Comcast for doing the exact same thing, even though they are legally a "person" and can even claim religious rights. Comcast is a sociopathic person who flagrantly disregards the law because they can get away with it.

about a week ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

tekrat Re:What is "steath technology"? (275 comments)

The "L" is hidden from view. That's what makes it so stealthy, or steathy, as the case may be.

about two weeks ago
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IBM Creates Custom-Made Brain-Like Chip

tekrat Re:Is it real or a Real Doll? (105 comments)

Walking, talking sexbots would absolutely change the world, possibly eliminate most crime, might solve the problem of overpopulation, and as theorized in the manga/anime Chobits, might force real women to have to compete for male attention.

about two weeks ago
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IBM Creates Custom-Made Brain-Like Chip

tekrat Re:HAL 9000 jokes.... (105 comments)

I'm sorry Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.

about two weeks ago
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California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

tekrat I sued Ben Affleck..... (286 comments)

.... Awwww, do I even need a reason?
If I sprain my ankle, while I'm robbing your place.
If I hurt my knuckles, when I punch you in the face!
I'm gonna sue, sue, yes I'm gonna sue!
Sue, sue, yeah, that's what I'm gonna do!
I'm gonna sue, sue, yes I'm gonna sue!
Sue, sue, I might even sue you! Ugh!

about two weeks ago
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Xiaomi Arrives As Top Smartphone Seller In China

tekrat Trumpchi (82 comments)

And pretty soon we'll all be driving Trumpchis -- tell us something we don't know. China will the dominant economy before the decade is out, and will be the economic powerhouse of 2020 to 2030, after which they will implode.

Of course, most Americans won't be around at all to see that happen, as the USA will become a dangerous 3rd world shithole by 2030.

about two weeks ago
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Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix

tekrat VHS machines. (273 comments)

Back in the day, a lot of manufacturers sold different types of VHS recorders, some with more "features" than others. It turned out that all the "buttons" were there behind the plastic faceplate, and it was just the faceplate itself that determined which were the cheap/feature-less models and which were the more expensive models.

And of course, simply prying off the plastic revealed the extra features.

So, back in the day, would that be a DMCA violation? Would that be theft? Would the IP police be busting down my door and holding a gun to my head for removing a piece of plastic???

'Cause that's what we're headed towards, boys and girls.

about two weeks ago
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Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

tekrat Hackers on a Plane. (151 comments)

Quick, get Samuel L. Jackson on the phone.
I smell a blockbuster movie in the works!

about two weeks ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

tekrat Going through Customs... (409 comments)

Is the TSA agent going to give the Ebola patient a pat-down? After all, he might have a bomb in his underwear.

about three weeks ago
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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

tekrat Unfortunately, Congress will make itself exempt (266 comments)

And Congress *ONLY*.
Consider the following; Until very recently Congress were the only individuals exempt from insider trading laws. Congress is exempt from TSA searches when boarding a plane, Congress is exempt from *not* being paid during government shutdowns.

Congress takes care of itself, NOT the people on the United States. Therefore, Congress will pass a law making itself exempt from CIA/NSA spying and the rest of the country be damned.

Trust me on this one, if there's one thing Congress is consistent about, with 100% bipartisan support, it's about making sure they are elite, untouchable, and completely corrupt.

about three weeks ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

tekrat Blade Runner's script had little to do with Ridley (144 comments)

What Ridley Scott brought to the table was an art-director's viewpoint. I believe it was his call that the world be dystopian rather than utopian. Syd Mead was brought in to realize that vision from Ridley's sketches.

Blade Runner was a magical coming-together of quite a few artists while they were at the height of their careers, Scott, Mead, Ford, Hauer hell, even Vangellis never was better. Blade Runner was Scott's attempt to bring back Film Noir in a sci-fi setting -- something that seems common now, but was a radical breakthrough then.

It's a tough act to follow. And as much as I like Ridley's visual style, his latest films have suffered badly from too much money lavished on sets and effects, and not enough on script and acting.

I can also say that, having read "Man in High Castle", that's not an easy book to put to film. It's a huge, complicated story that's not easy to follow. I just hope that they put the work into making the story work, and not gloss over it just to work in explosions and effects.

I had heard that Ridley was interested in Joe Haldeman's "The Forever War" -- not *that's* a movie I want to see. That book blew my mind, and I really, really, really want a good movie of that.

about three weeks ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

tekrat I wish it had happened (212 comments)

Yes, for 6 months the world would have been thrown into chaos. Millions might have even died. But we would have emerged from it stronger and more united as a planet. Imagine just in the USA.

Would Ted Cruz have shut down the government to protest Obamacare after having lived through an event like that? Do you think the Republicans would be global warming deniers if they had gone through an event where the sun struck back at earth and nearly destroyed us?

Suddenly american politics wouldn't be about immigration and shouts of "benghazi" it would be about trying to put the pieces back together and rebuilding our infrastructure rather than spending trillions on a fighter plane that can't fly.

I wish the disaster had happened, because it would focus us on the things that are important, rather than stupid wedge issues meant to keep the serfs arguing with each other rather than realizing their masters are incompetent.

about a month ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

tekrat I will invest in that. (168 comments)

Any company willing to tell it's investors "screw you", because they are looking long-term instead of focusing only on quarterly gains, that's a company I'm willing to invest in.

It's a sad state of affairs in the USA that almost every public company, without question only looks as far as their next quarterly report, and no further down the road. This is why all these businesses are run by idiots that can't even tell you what their company even *does*, because they are so focused on manipulating the stock price and their personal bonuses.

One reason the Japanese kicked our asses in the 1980's is that they were looking at 10-year plans while the USA looked only to the next quarter. Now the Chinese are doing the same, with long-term strategies, and we continue to have not learned our lessons.

So, if Amazon is looking long-term, then they are better managed than 99% of USA businesses. That's a company I can believe in. And I'll invest in that.

about a month ago
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ScummVM 1.7.0 Released

tekrat Full Throttle (26 comments)

If this means I can play Full Throttle, count me in! That was one of the greatest games I've ever played, and certainly had the best opening ever made to a game.

about a month ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

tekrat And what about Economic Terrorism? (242 comments)

I mean, if I had to name someone a terrorist, I'd start with Rupert Murdoch, and then think about the CEO of Goldman Sachs (Blankenfein?)... Then there's that bank HSBC, that knowingly laundered money to terrorists and drug cartels.
  If you really think about it, the 1% are the nastiest bunch of terrorists around, but I'll bet you the entire planet (which the 1% own), that these terrorists never, ever, ever get their names on any terrorist list.
  So, what's a terrorist then? Someone, I guess... who represents a threat to the real terrorists running the world.

about a month ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

tekrat Re:DHS hasn't learned from Star Trek's "Nomad" (242 comments)

Sorry, it was "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street", not aliens on Mulberry... My brain is shot at this hour without coffee.... Either way, you get it, I hope! ..... screw you slashdot lameness filter.

about a month ago

Submissions

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Facebook IOS latest update broken

tekrat tekrat writes  |  about a year ago

tekrat (242117) writes "If you're thinking of downloading the latest update to the Facebook App for your Apple IOS device, don't! Although the new "chat heads" feature sounds appealing, the newsfeed is completely broken, resulting in a grey screen with the "rotating flower" indicating it's trying to load the newsfeed, but never actually does. Nice job beta-testing there, facebook."
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Paul Allen Sues Apple, Google, YouTube, eBay

tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tekrat (242117) writes "A business controlled by Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft Corp., sued 11 companies including Google Inc., Apple Inc. and EBay Inc., saying they infringed patents on Web-based technology. AOL Inc., Facebook Inc., Netflix Inc., Office Depot Inc., OfficeMax Inc., Staples Inc., Yahoo! Inc. and Google’s YouTube were also named, according to a statement today from Allen’s Interval Licensing LLC. Interval Licensing owns the patents of a defunct computer science and communications research company Allen and David Liddle founded in 1992, according to the statement."
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Anime master Satoshi Kon passes away

tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tekrat (242117) writes "Yesterday, news of master Japanese animator Satoshi Kon's death started circulating wildly. It came as a shock because, first, Kon was only 47 years old and, secondly, because nobody could confirm what was then thought to be a rumor. The news started after two people had mentioned Kon's passing, though those two people are trustworthy members of the anime industry: the President of Madhouse Studios (Mindgame) and one of the founding members of Gainax (Neon Genesis Evangelion). Now it has been confirmed that Kon has passed away. He died of cancer."
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tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tekrat writes "We've had PC case mods aplenty. They are now boring unless they are really off the wall, but hey, what about your PC's accessories? Here's a guy that decided to modify the case to his new bluetooth optical mouse, and house it in something much more classy — a SUN type 3 optical mouse. Now all he needs to do is modify the keyboard as well. Not only is the link a decent hardware hack, it shows a bit of computing history as well. That optical mouse with the bright red LED in it you're using right now was invented before most of the people reading this story were born!"
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tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tekrat writes "The ZENN all-electric car, manufactured by a Canadian company is going to be powered, not by batteries, but by a new type of ultracapacitor created by EEStor of Austin Texas. What's unique about this is that their claims about the storage capacity and the recharge ability of their product could make regular batteries obsolete (9 minute recharge time, provides 52 kilowatt-hours, sustaining a million charge/discharge cycles before needing replacement). Although the ZENN (Zero Emission No Noise) car is a low-speed neighborbood grocery-getter, it's obvious that EEStor is looking to create a storage system using their technology (patent application US 20040071944A1) for an all-electric high-speed car that could free many economies from fossil fuels. EEStor seems to be on to something here — even if their product does 50% of what they claim, it's pretty revolutionary and could potentially change the world."

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Anybody know how to use this thing

tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 9 years ago

What the hell is the Journal for anyhow? What are we supposed to do with it? Write funny letters to each other?

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