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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

thieh Re:Dial up can still access gmail (315 comments)

if gmail is blocked, then you're in an unusual situation where nobody here can give you good advice without knowing more about what's going on.

Get everything through Tor with bridge? That of course assumes that you can install tor with bridge list somewhere else, and at some point update tor on site.

Speaking of which, OpenBSD/illumos might be a good idea comparatively because of their less popularity compare to linux (so even less malwares target those given what they do on a regular basis.)

yesterday
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The Case For a Federal Robotics Commission

thieh Legitimizing? (70 comments)

A commission for robotics would probably be legitimizing stuff like law enforcement drones and such, because "there is an overseeing commission watching over to ensure compliance". The tiny problem with that is of course, the one making the drones has influence over the one making the rules and the one applying the rules. Speaking of which, who likes Skynet?

2 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

thieh Re:Aero Or Go Home (528 comments)

That's right, we already got "High Contrast" as the flat color theme.

2 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

thieh Re:I know! (528 comments)

More restrictions, more driver problems, more money needed to buy, more powerful hardware required, more "shove down your throat" on pre-built machines. Strangely enough, that also means more people make games/apps/stuff on it.

2 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

thieh Which free are they talking about? (418 comments)

I am inclined to think it has a problem with including non-gratis stuff and not necessarily non-libre stuff, which would spring something like "windows trial version" in such cases.

about a week ago
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First Intel 14nm Broadwell Core M Benchmarks Unveiled

thieh Re:Battery life (51 comments)

They will cut down the battery size because it looks cool and because Tesla is buying up all the batteries.

about a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

thieh Re:It should be (363 comments)

Because then you can't call for help when some other car smash into yours if both are disabled. You should at least be able to either get out of harms way or at least call for help if your passenger starts messing with your phone.

about a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

thieh Re:It should be (363 comments)

Then comes people with missing one arm/hand bashing that idea. Making that configurable to be used with one hand kind of defeats the purpose, no? And what about manual transmissions?

about a week ago
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SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

thieh Lobbying? (123 comments)

Does SpaceX got the same load of cash as Boeing to "pursuade" the authorities? At least that's how congress works currently.

about a week ago
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Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

thieh Re:Copyright violation? (230 comments)

... I don't think it is necessarily the end-user: the guy getting free hotspot wifi isn't necessarily the same guy who rents the router.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

thieh Re:And this is why we're moving towards SSL only (230 comments)

Just that the fine print for the Hotspot portal associated with the "agree" can contain a lot more than you can ever imagine. We are lucky they didn't include stuff like "by using this service you agree to let us modify everything of the operating system of your device(s)."

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

thieh Re:JavaScript (230 comments)

People still have JavaScript on while using a public wifi network? O_o

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

thieh Re:And this is why we're moving towards SSL only (230 comments)

I don't see why Comcast can't block everything that cannot be injected or block contents to you unless you allow them to separately launch ads using JavaScript.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

thieh Re:Copyright violation? (230 comments)

There is a subtle difference: user modification on visit is personal use and mostly not shared, what Comcast is doing is broadcasting modified content.

about two weeks ago
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

thieh well... (246 comments)

The difference between Microsoft-style tax avoidance and tax evasion is that MS just donate to politicians to reduce the amount of taxes they pay in the former while you don't pay politicians in the latter

about two weeks ago
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Oregon Suing Oracle Over Obamacare Site, But Still Needs Oracle's Help

thieh Re:Mistake #1 (116 comments)

Haven't Oracle bought that too? Use MariaDB instead.

about two weeks ago
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Oregon Suing Oracle Over Obamacare Site, But Still Needs Oracle's Help

thieh Re:grow your own exchange (116 comments)

Or the guys at Oracle will start selling cannabis as medicine in Oregon until they fix it.

about two weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

thieh What the...? (613 comments)

I thought you got slackware and probably gentoo if you don't like systemd? You don't have to swallow if you don't like it. And then there is Hurd...

about two weeks ago

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