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Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor

tkrotchko Please mod this person up (362 comments)

Well said, and very likely true.

about a month and a half ago

LinkedIn Ditches Feature That Was a 'Dream For Attackers'

tkrotchko Linkedin is now utterly worthless (70 comments)

The little utility it had at one time was ruined when they decided to sell your information to salespeople so they can "link" with you and try to sell you stuff.

One thing I don't need is more salespeople contacting me and wanting to sell me stuff.

Also their random-recommendations has been a joke from day 1.

I have to ask why anybody even uses the service any more.

about 2 months ago

How NASA Brought the F-1 Rocket Engine Back To Life

tkrotchko Re:What a joke, but this is NASA to a tee (221 comments)

"Russia did it better on less than one hundredth of the budget,"

Russia never landed a human on the moon.

1 year,3 days

Navy To Deploy Lasers On Ship In 2014

tkrotchko Re:blowtorch has magazines? (402 comments)

He's referring to politicians who confuse magazines with a round of ammunition.

1 year,10 days

Getting a Literature Ph.D. Will Make You Into a Horrible Person

tkrotchko Re:This is a warning many need to hear (489 comments)

"People should study what they want."

Sure. Just don't expect to earn a living at it when you're done.

Still, I question the advice. If you really love "literature", there's no one stopping you from studying down at the local library and the internet.

Seems to me if you know you can't get a job at it, its a Hobby, not a Profession. Plan your investment accordingly.

1 year,13 days

Ask Slashdot: Protecting Home Computers From Guests?

tkrotchko What does this even mean? (572 comments)

"We've thought about buying an iPad for guests to use, but decided it wasn't right to knowingly let others use a computing platform that may have been compromised."

So you won't get an iPad for guests because you don't like Apple's philosophy of the platform?

Or ??????

1 year,14 days

West Virginia Won't Release Broadband Report Because It Is 'Embarrassing'

tkrotchko Re:West Virginia is the butt... (183 comments)

Also, West Virginia has a lot of small wirless phone companies that managed to grab the frequencies that were used by the larger carriers resulting in spotty service. They simply didn't invest money in infrastructure, so the citizens of WV were stuck with substandard cell service.

LTE should improve that since the feds sold those frequencies to big players like Verizion Wireless & AT&T who will likely invest a lot more in cell towers and improve service.

1 year,29 days

How a Programmer Gets By On $16K/Yr: He Moves to Malaysia

tkrotchko Re:Thanks for nothing (523 comments)

"and sticking it to the man"

At $10/hour, I don't think they mind. They say "please stick it to me some more!"

about a year ago

Apple's iWatch Could Come With IOS, Earn $6 Billion a Year

tkrotchko $6 Billion? (327 comments)

""Apple's long-rumored "iWatch" could earn the company $6 billion a year"

Only if they charge $1B per copy.

Watches are for fashion. People use their phone to check for time. They won't get rid of their 4" phone screen for a 1" watch screen

about a year ago

US CEO Says French Workers Have Three-Hour Work Day

tkrotchko Re:Pro Exploitation CEO (1313 comments)

"Perhaps the screw-up was on your part"

Yes, blame the victim of incompetence. Nice.

about a year ago

Why Linux On Microsoft Surface Is a Tough Challenge

tkrotchko I think the title is wrong (561 comments)

Microsoft Surface is not the name of a particular tablet, but a line of tablets which includes Windows RT & Windows 8 Pro

Windows 8 Pro Surface does not require signed binaries, it is simply Windows Pro.

They're talking specifically about Windows RT, and its not any better or worse than an iPad.

about a year ago

Tesla Motors Sued By Car Dealers

tkrotchko Re:Elon Musk made a blog post about all this (510 comments)

"We had a bailout because people weren't buying American cars because they were shit"

Actually, American car company's costs structure was (and is) too high so companies like GM were slowly going out of business.

The economic downturn simply accelerated the inevitable.

about a year and a half ago

Tesla Motors Sued By Car Dealers

tkrotchko Re:Translation: (510 comments)

"Except that consumers actually prefer no-haggle pricing"

There's no rule that says you have to haggle.

Just go into the dealer, ask how much they want and pay it.

about a year and a half ago

NY Attorney General Subpoenas Craigslist For Post-Sandy Price Gougers

tkrotchko Re:Cracking Down On Free Enterprise? (458 comments)

Congratulations, you've just ensured that somebody is cold because of a misplaced sense of how to get a job done.

My generator is still in my basement.

You want it? $3,000.

That's just common sense.

about a year and a half ago

NY Attorney General Subpoenas Craigslist For Post-Sandy Price Gougers

tkrotchko Re:Cracking Down On Free Enterprise? (458 comments)

" not be a dick and sell it for what you paid for it when someone is dealing with an emergency."

Its my property, and I don't really want to sell it, but if you offer me enough profit on anything I own, I will sell it.

If you allow me to make $2K profit on the generator, it will go from sitting in my basement to keeping some house heated.

So if you want to prosecute me or insult me because my stuff is for sale, go ahead. But I still have the generator and you don't.

about a year and a half ago

NY Attorney General Subpoenas Craigslist For Post-Sandy Price Gougers

tkrotchko Re:economics by compass and straightedge (458 comments)

So you've doomed yourself to long lines and most people not getting the scare resource anyway.


about a year and a half ago

NY Attorney General Subpoenas Craigslist For Post-Sandy Price Gougers

tkrotchko Re:Not quite sure how it is price gouging (458 comments)

The state has no obligation to stop your "negotiation".

They may prosecute for your actions, but there is no legal obligation the police have to stop you from actually committing a crime, even if they know a crime is in progress.

about a year and a half ago

NY Attorney General Subpoenas Craigslist For Post-Sandy Price Gougers

tkrotchko Re:economics by compass and straightedge (458 comments)

But the alternative is long lines and most people not getting it anyway.

The net result is the same: Most people won't get the scarce resource anyway.

Your method ensure the distribution is essentially random, allowing price rises to what the market will bear has two advantages:

1) The people who most highly value (or can afford) that resource will get it

2) It will encourage other suppliers to step in to fill the void.

about a year and a half ago

NY Attorney General Subpoenas Craigslist For Post-Sandy Price Gougers

tkrotchko Re:Cracking Down On Free Enterprise? (458 comments)

"Allowing price gouging post disaster can be very dangerous because it exacerbates any shortages."

No, it will eventually alleviate the shortage.

If you don't understand why, then you have no concept of supply & demand.

about a year and a half ago



New Cars Vulnerable to Wireless Theft

tkrotchko tkrotchko writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tkrotchko (124118) writes "In a story published by Technology Review, researchers have demonstrated multiple times that they can bypass wireless entry and ignition system to take to a car without the owner's permission. As researchers in the article point out, security of systems will begin have a real impact to every day use if a thief can simply walk up to your car and drive it away.

Although this article is light on technical details, a companion article shows how the researchers accomplished the security bypass.

An interesting read, and certainly something that will no doubt be the subject of a new movie any day now."

Link to Original Source

Intel cofirms HDCP has been "cracked"

tkrotchko tkrotchko writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tkrotchko (124118) writes "Fox news is reporting that Intel has confirmed that the rumored "crack" of HDCP is real, although based on this sketchy news report it implies someone has derived the private key for HDCP which now allows people to create devices that will allow HDCP content to be decrypted without the permission of Intel and the media conglomerates. As of this moment, no one is aware of an actual device making use of this master key.

It is curious that Intel would confirm the key is genuine, since they own this technology and charge for its use."

Link to Original Source

US military drones defeated by $26 shareware?

tkrotchko tkrotchko writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tkrotchko (124118) writes "It is being widely reported that US Predator drones are being tapped into by Iranian backed Shiite fighters. While control of the drones is not an issue, people are asking the very relevant question as to why video feeds are not encrypted. With the information from the drones readily available to their targets, it effectively renders the Predators useless. The software is Skygrabber ( http://www.skygrabber.com/ and because of the news, the site appears to be down (Google cache:

Nonetheless, as the military attempts to use more unmanned weapons, it raises questions why the Pentagon and the contractor ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Atomics) never considered fixing what is an obvious hole in the security of one the new "wonderweapons"."

Link to Original Source

eBay: Shocking admission on the Skype purchase

tkrotchko tkrotchko writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tkrotchko (124118) writes "In a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) late last week, eBay admitted that it paid too much for Skype ($1B US). However, the really interesting part of the filing is that eBay said it never obtained the rights to the underlying technology of Skype.

eBay warned that Skype depends on key technology that is licensed from third parties. The third party in this case is Sweden-based Joltid, a peer to peer technology firm run by Skype's founders and ex-owners Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis.

The story can be found at http://www.telecoms.com/13178/ebay-warns-skype-in-danger-of-shutdown

All of this comes in the wake of eBay's decision to spin off Skype as a separate firm this past April. But one wonders who will invest in Skype if it is really nothing more than a brand and an implementation of someone else's technology."

Fear affecting both Google and Network Solutions

tkrotchko tkrotchko writes  |  about 6 years ago

Ombudsman (124118) writes "In an interesting move, both Network Solutions and Google are blocking access to http://www.fitnathemovie.com/ by Dutch politician Geert Wilders. In a story in today's Washington Post, Brian Krebs ( http://blog.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2008/03/networksolutions_precensors_an.html?hpid=sec-tech ) talks about the decision by Network Solutions to block the domain, not in response to any actual complaints, but by the fear of the type of violence sparked by the 2006 cartoons of Islam ( http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/30/AR2006013001316.html ).

What makes the story all the more interesting is Creeping Sharia ( http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2008/03/22/google-removes-fitna-the-movie-from-search-results ) reports that Google now filters these results, while their competitors at http://www.yahoo.com/ does not.

The whole episode is interesting since none of this is in response to either government sanction nor to any threat or complaint. And of course, as usual, nobody will officially comment on the matter."


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