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Take a Picture: Snapchat Settles With FTC Over "Dissapearing" Claims

tokencode Re:Disappearing $3 Billion (51 comments)

Yea, not accepting that offer may be one of the dumbest business decisions I've ever seen. There is essentially 0 intellectually property that is not easily reproducible. Now the only stuff you get by acquiring SnapChat is 20 years of oversight and scrutiny and a bad reputation.

about 7 months ago
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Places Where the Silicon Valley Bubble Could Pop

tokencode Delaying the pop.... (107 comments)

simply means a bigger mess when it happens.

about 7 months ago
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Yahoo Stops Honoring 'Do-Not-Track' Settings

tokencode Re:Yahoo, kill yourself! (300 comments)

They're trying too, they're just not really good at anything though so it may take a long time...

about 7 months ago
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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

tokencode Re:Bad comparison to gay marriage (410 comments)

Gay marriage is about equal rights. I do not dispute that marriage bestows rights above an beyond unmarried individuals and I would not be opposed to abolishing marriage as a government construct; however this is a non-starter. Denying individuals the ability to participate in this institution simply because of sexual preference is discrimination. Consenting adults should have the right to enter into any contract, regardless of gender.

about 7 months ago
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Our Education System Is Failing IT

tokencode Re:I blame Microsoft (306 comments)

I know this is Slashdot and I'll probably get modded down for this, but I'll say it anyway. Your impression of Microsoft products being a "click, click mindset" simply shows that you do not understand the more sophisticated and efficient ways of using their products. Powershell is an extremely capable scripting language, in fact the GUI for Windows Server is now optional. Being a competent IT professional is about recognizing the right tool for the job, not blindly preferring one technology over another. The is a reason that Windows is so prevalent in the corporate world. "Real IT engineering/sysadmin work" most definitely includes being a competent widows system administrator. The problem is that most people calling themselves windows sysadmins are anything but competent.

about 7 months ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

tokencode Re:401k (467 comments)

Ummm.... 401k is pre-tax and if you have an employer match, you are essentially getting a raise. Your frugal lifestyle could still exist if you had a 401k. If you are saving money, and qualify, you should be putting the money into a ROTH IRA if you're just saving it post-tax anyway. You can withdraw up to the amount you contributed at any time with no penalty and you pay no tax on the interest and the money is tax free when it is taken out. Hoarding cash in a bank account or under your bed really causes you to lose money or time due to inflation.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

tokencode Re:I have a degree in computer science. (737 comments)

Bandits are not going to come with clubs, they'll have automatic weapons and armor. Good luck.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

tokencode Re:Some of the oldest trades become useful. (737 comments)

Swinging a sword huh? I want to be marauder against your camp. I would have guns and ammo, the most valuable commodity post-apocalypse.

about 7 months ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

tokencode Re:Not as good a field of view (496 comments)

This is exactly what I was thinking. A mirror provides both eyes with information, allowing you to gauge depth easily. Depth sensors etc could be used to provide some additional cues, but it is tough to be replace the usefulness of true binocular vision. While my backup camera is great, it definitely is not a replacement for my rearview mirror for this reason.

about 8 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

tokencode Re:Im all for human rights... (1482 comments)

Civil unions are the equivalent of separate schools and drinking fountains. Separate but equal is inherently unequal.

about 8 months ago
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Peter Molyneux: Working For Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants

tokencode Re:Thanks for peptuating (164 comments)

It also depends on the individual. Everyone's individual brain/body chemistry is different and people have different reactions to the same dosage and substance. Generalizing reactions to drugs, especially mental health drugs, can be misleading.

about 8 months ago
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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

tokencode Re:Whatever (529 comments)

And in Spiderman #42..............

about 8 months ago
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First LSD Test In 40 Years Reveal Drug Helps Terminal Patients Prepare For Death

tokencode Re:same as booze being illegal in saudi arabia (221 comments)

LSD has not been shown to be neurotoxic at recreational doses. Please cite your source or stop spreading bogus information backed up by nothing more than our opinion. Many people credit the substance with creative inspiration that allowed them to solve incredibly complex problems. LSD may have aided in the discovery of the structure of DNA.

about 9 months ago
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ISP Fights Causing Netflix Packet Drops

tokencode Cogent, the UDP of ISPs (289 comments)

Cogent is to ISPs what UDP is to network protocols.

about 9 months ago
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Investor Lawsuit Blames NSA For $12B Loss In IBM Value

tokencode Re:6.4 percent (204 comments)

As an investor in publically traded companies, you are supposed to have accurate information on which to base your decision to invest. If a company is knowingly misrepresenting the facts, they absolutely should be sued.

about a year ago
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British Intelligence Responds To Slashdot About Man-in-Middle Attack

tokencode Re:Suggestions to fight back - here are some (256 comments)

The REAL problem is that Slashdot along with other websites such as SourceForge are owned by Dice Holdings Inc. which trades on the NYSE. They are bound by US law and have no choice but to comply. Fighting this is not advantageous to their shareholders. Whatever your work-around is, they will be compelled to implement another way. The only safe assumption is that everything they own is compromised in some way.

1 year,16 days
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Ten Steps You Can Take Against Internet Surveillance

tokencode Re:Steps You Can Take Against Internet Surveillanc (234 comments)

"That's pretty much the working definition of law enforcement everywhere, man. There's only 1 police officer for every, what, 10,000 citizens? It's a practical impossibility for the NSA to do all the things the tin foil hat brigade claims they're doing -- monitoring everyone's cell phones, everyone's e-mail, the entire internet... and just to keep things interesting, doing all that while cracking foreign powers' high level cryptography and military communications systems. To do everything they claim they're doing, even assuming their technology is twenty years more advanced than the civilian sector equivalents, would imply multi-trillion dollar budgets per year to sustain and a workforce vastly higher than the numbers available suggest." This being Slashdot, I would hope that people here would take into consideration automation of the information gathering process. The ration of analysts to citizens has almost no relevance. At a reasonable bitrate, you could records every telephone conversation made in the US on just a few racks of equipment. All text-based communication storage is trivial. It is all about access to the infrastructure. That does not mean they are capable of producing actionable intelligence, but they are most definitely capable of collecting everything and running some queries against it. If the data is being queried, even if it is not included in the results, the data is being unlawfully searched.

about a year ago
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90% of Nuclear Regulators Sent Home Due To Shutdown

tokencode Priorities.... (358 comments)

And yet congressmen get their paychecks..... you have to have priorities.

about a year ago
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8 Users of Silk Road Arrested, 'Many More To Come'

tokencode Re:Important to note ..... (318 comments)

I completely agree and I don't think it is being paranoid, I think it is the logical conclusion at this point given all of the information out there. TOR is too high-value if it is compromised to reveal that for 1 big drug bust. I think people forget that the NSA also has access to essentially all backbone traffic in the western hemisphere. This would allow them to analyze "meta-data" for all traffic to and from every entry and exit node even IF they had not directly compromised any of them. Using timing and packet size, over time, you would be able to build a comprehensive list associating TOR traffic (if not the contents) with a public IP address. From there it is a simple subpoena in the user is access it from home.

about a year ago
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8 Users of Silk Road Arrested, 'Many More To Come'

tokencode Re:I find it more interesting... (318 comments)

The people selling did not provide addresses, SR was probably compromised for months if not years before the takedown. The sellers must have been discovered through their own stupidity, an exploit setup on SR or a still unknown exploit with TOR.

about a year ago

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