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Hurricane Irene Prompts Unprecedented Evacuation of NYC

thebra Send some to TX! (395 comments)

Man I could go for some hurricane rain here in DFW. But seriously stay safe, don't end up a darwin award. Don't be stupid.

more than 3 years ago
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What Do I Do About My Ex-Employer Stealing My Free Code?

thebra You lost me at.. (545 comments)

You lost me at "company I used to work for". If you did this on their dime then they own it. It doesn't matter your attachment to the code, it isn't yours. They are free to do what they wish with it. Your only option is to rewrite it from scratch and learn a lesson from this experience.

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Announces Streaming Only Plans and Higher Prices for DVDs

thebra Re:Redbox... (488 comments)

Basically, this will drive people to use Redbox for disc-based movies and NetFlix for screaming.

Ahhhhhhhhh!

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Announces Streaming Only Plans and Higher Prices for DVDs

thebra Re:Doubling the value! (488 comments)

This is why I've been sending back 3 DVDs in one mailer. I now have several hundred empty envelopes which I will promptly insert a slice of balogna into each and drop them into the mailbox. Statement made.

If you are giving away free bologna send some my way.

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Announces Streaming Only Plans and Higher Prices for DVDs

thebra Hmmm (488 comments)

Well I'm not to sure how I feel about this. I currently have the streaming + 1 dvd. I only watch a dvd every few months but the option was still nice to have. There is no way I would pay 8 bucks a month for the few dvds I would watch. But on the other hand the streaming selection is pretty poor so paying 8 bucks a month for just streaming doesn't seem like that great of a deal. I think they've shot themselves in the foot but without a great alternative they will probably get away with it.

more than 3 years ago
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Congress Voting To Repeal Incandescent Bulb Ban

thebra Re:More luddite whining... (990 comments)

Why not repeal the mandate to require 1.6 gal/flush toilets?

We heard the same lame arguments against that back then, but guess what? IT WORKED!!!

So flushing 3 times instead of 1 is a win for planet earth?

more than 3 years ago
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Congress Voting To Repeal Incandescent Bulb Ban

thebra Re:Dangerous mercury vapor does not belong near ki (990 comments)

... Either way it is unlikely to harm the kid unless the kid ingests the carpet...

So then it is a real concern as it is likely a child, especially under 3, would do something like eat the carpet or something that touched the carpet. I know my kids try and eat anything they can get their hands on.

more than 3 years ago
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Congress Voting To Repeal Incandescent Bulb Ban

thebra Re:Dangerous mercury vapor does not belong near ki (990 comments)

Several months ago, a CFL broke right next to my 2-year old son. I had the sense to get him out of the room, but not for about 10 seconds. After much research, I discovered that a CFL has about 4 milligrams of Mercury that is released as a vapor (which is readily absorbed by the body unlike the solid form). The EPA website's cleanup instructions were vast. They even recommended that all clothing that came in contact with any of the CFL be destroyed. I assumed this also meant the wall-to-wall carpeting in my son's bedroom where he plays. Do I think the EPA is probably being a bit paranoid? Sure. But this is my son we are talking about during his key mental development years. A little paranoia is in order. Who knows how much mercury vapor he inhaled. Yes, I got rid of the carpet. I'm personally stocking up on incadescents until LED or Halogon alternatives become viable. BTW-- I vote Democratic ticket and am otherwise pretty liberal.

I've run in to the same issue. I was changing a CFL and it shattered in to tiny pieces. I have two young kids at home and based on what the EPA recommends you need to call in professionals to clean your house and remove any surface, specifically cloth or carpet, that could be contaminated. Also you should put the broken light bulb in a glass jar and properly dispose of it. Scary stuff. I'd much rather just have to clean up some broken pieces of glass.

more than 3 years ago
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When Software Offends

thebra Re:People need to get out more (467 comments)

People will use all kinds of reasons to justify their behaviour. I imagine this name would make all kinds of people want to try out the software as well. Do you think the main purpose of the open source community is to provide tools for megacorporations?

I don't see how this naming would make anyone want to try out this software. But what it would do is make it difficult for a person in a business environment to search for and access this package, especially those with strict internet filtering.

more than 3 years ago
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Media Companies Create Copyright Enforcement Framework

thebra Re:what about false positives, bad clames, fake cl (219 comments)

false positives have been a issues in the past does this do any thing to fix that? Let's say some without HSI but has cable some how get some HBO VOD data flagged? or just that they flag the wrong subscriber.

Bad clams The bank's have done foreclosure on loans they don't even own so what stopping someone from makeing a clam on stuff they don't own or that may be free but some how they thing they own the rights to? What if a game is free but someone flags it based on in game music?

fake clams

One business may just make clams just to DOS a other business.

What about places with FREE WIFI or hotels? (A lot of hotels use cable HSI)

What about if you HAVE the rights to that Copyright and the right to download it and you still get flaged?

Mmmm...clams.

more than 3 years ago
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San Francisco Considers Ban On All Pet Sales

thebra Re:Kill the treehuggers!! (733 comments)

They do have a bad flavor. That's why you have to cook them.

Clearly you've never had raw Salmon, delicious.

more than 3 years ago
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San Francisco Considers Ban On All Pet Sales

thebra If it is made illegal... (733 comments)

If selling pets is illegal then only criminals will have pets.

more than 3 years ago
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The Government's Gadget Habit

thebra Re:How much did they spend on typewriters? (159 comments)

Did they spend anything on typewriters?

How about filing cabinets?

Any word on semaphore flags?

Pretty sure this is a shift in paradigm in the tools needed to perform the task, not a shopping spree on cool toys.

I fail to see the relationship. What tasks are being performed by the thousands of game consoles or MP3 players that have replaced file cabinets and typewriters?

more than 3 years ago
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Open Source Alternative To Dropbox?

thebra Re:I must be behind the times (482 comments)

People actually have enough time these days in their daily lives to fill up their phones memory/micro sd cards on every day usage? Or is this just people trying to look busy so others think they have somthing going on in their lives.

If you take so many photos you abviously want some quality in the image so why not just get any of the 100's of digital pocket cameras out there?

I own an Android phone that I use for video/photos when I don't want to bring my DSLR with me. The picture quality is fine for snapshots from my HTC Thunderbolt. Also my phone does 720p video which obviously requires a lot of space. I can see how it is quite easy to fill up your phones memory with video and images.

more than 3 years ago
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Open Source Alternative To Dropbox?

thebra Google (482 comments)

I googl'd "open source alternatives to dropbox" and got back lots of results.

more than 3 years ago
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How Citigroup Hackers Easily Gained Access

thebra Secure hash? (371 comments)

Is it really that much trouble to add a secure hash of the id to the URL or check against the session if the user has access to that record? Come on, that is BASIC security.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Web Site Editing Software For the Long Haul?

thebra Hot Dog (545 comments)

I used hot dog pro in the early 90's before I learned HTML.

more than 3 years ago
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Notch Announces Minecraft 'Adventure Update'

thebra Re:Minecraft vs. Terraria (142 comments)

At first I was oblivious to what Minecraft was. Then I bought it. Then I played it for a while. Then I figured out there was nothing to really DO in the game. Okay, I know it's a giant sandbox and you can build stuff, but after a while, you kind of get bored of building stuff...

About a month ago, I found Terraria. The game has been in development for less than half a year, and it has more depth and more things to do, especially in multiplayer, which is just pure fun.

Any updates to Minecraft are much welcome, both in SP and MP. Hopefully there will be more crafting stuff and more things to do. Maybe it's just me, but when I play Terraria, I get this weird thought in my head - "this is what Minecraft should have been". Somehow I feel that Notch got a boatload of money and then semi-abandoned the game...

If he is smart he will build in some sort of in "app" purchases. "Upgrade your sand blocks to golden blocks for .99 cents" or "Purchase the new sword of awesomeness for 250 Minecraft dollars".

more than 3 years ago
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Tennessee Makes it Illegal To Share Your Netflix Password

thebra Re:Limited number of simultaneous connections? (495 comments)

...starting with the fact you can only have six active devices on your account, followed by the fact that your recommendations get less effective the more you share your account with someone with disparate tastes -- as anyone who shares their account with a spouse will tell you..

Tell me about it! Netflix thinks I want to watch children's cartoons due to all the Barney and Cailou episodes my wife puts on for the kids.

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

thebra Re:Linux = "Immune to malware" (another /. LIE?) (169 comments)

I kept hearing that Linux was immune to malware all these years here, and yet I am seeing a Linux variant in ANDROID showing holes and malware attacks left and right the past few years now.

(Has slashdot's Penguin crowd been lying to us all for all these years now? Seems so.)

Go back to your bridge.

more than 3 years ago

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