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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

tom229 Almost Vaccination? (408 comments)

So homeopathy is almost the equivalent of a primitive form of vaccination? If they were infecting healthy people with diluted and forms of a disease to build immunity I would reason it would almost qualify.

about two weeks ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

tom229 Re:Grabs popcorn (518 comments)

Yes it's quite clear. It has set a precedent in the minds of people like you that this sort of invasion into the private lives of citizens and corporations is the government's mandate. Where it ends? Only time will tell.

about three weeks ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

tom229 Re:Grabs popcorn (518 comments)

And the nannystate strikes again. It's so comforting to know that even after my children leave home, they'll still have parents to take care of them.

about three weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

tom229 Re:Go to hell (218 comments)

If you think the government cares about you getting too drunk and leaving your phone at the bar, I have some snake oil to sell you. This has nothing to do with protecting the citizen's property. It is a typical fear-based red herring being used to legally extort more control over our lives.

about three weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

tom229 Re:Go to hell (218 comments)

It's easy to give away all your freedoms for minor conveniences and safety when you currently have nothing to hide. The problem is that, historically, liberty is given away with the stroke of a pen, but has to be taken back with the spilling of blood.

One day you may have something to hide from the establishment. You want a concrete example? How about allegiance with a controversial political party? You don't have to go back very far in world history to find great examples of why a surveillance state isn't a good idea.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
-George Santayana

about three weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

tom229 Go to hell (218 comments)

Remote wiping is already possible. What they want is centralized control over the functionality for governing purposes. We're not idiots. Well... not all of us.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

tom229 Lie (370 comments)

Just put on your resume that you have a BSc. They'll never require proof and they're idiots for demanding you have one anyways.

about three weeks ago
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Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

tom229 Apple (335 comments)

Given this statement, it must just kill Woz to see what's happened to Apple.

about a month ago
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43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Remains Offer Strong Chance of Cloning

tom229 Re:Can't wait (187 comments)

The logical person in me says this probably isn't a good idea. But then the mad scientist in me completely takes over and can't wait to eat a mammoth burger.

about a month ago
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Recent news events re: Bitcoin ...

tom229 Re:US dollar (192 comments)

The only things that really have value are those that either maintain or improve a person's life. Food, clothes, shelter, air, transportation, etc. The problem is that, for logistical reasons, nothing of real value makes a very good medium of trade. This is why we use gold, or dollars, or promisary notes, or bitcoins. The benefit of bitcoins above all other attempted mediums of trade is that the protocol was created to address specific problems with other more traditional mediums in a growing world economy. Problems like exchanging for local currencies, quickly and securely purchasing items online, and having to trust a centralized corruptable source.

Bitcoin's online decentralized nature makes it the perfect medium of trade for our time. That being said, it does certainly have issues. Issues that will likely be solved by tweaking the protocol and starting a new blockchain. Personally I think peercoin solves all of bitcoins problems... if it wasnt for that damned 0.01 default transaction fee. That completely ruins that altcoin.

about a month ago
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School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

tom229 Re: yeah. (417 comments)

As soon as he mentioned wireless I knew this was likely what was going on. The IT department simply doesn't want to frighten you by accepting a non trusted certificate when you connect to their network. This is what wpa enterprise authentication requires. However, I'm not sure you'd need to deploy a root CA. That's certainly the lazy way to do it... And they probably figured no one was watching anyways. I imagine their "fix" was to deploy a more targeted self signed certificate, actually pay for a trusted certificate, or to create another wifi network for guest machines.

about a month and a half ago
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Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek

tom229 Re:I wasn't aware this was unethical... (390 comments)

I can't help but notice that he didn't actually try very hard to remain anonymous. His full name is plastered all over the source code for crying out loud. That's what makes this news story so strange. Is this really him? Why would you use your full name and then try to hide... in plain sight? The whole thing doesn't make any sense if you ask me.

about a month and a half ago
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Ouya CEO Talks Console's Tough First Year, and Ambitious "Ouya Everywhere" Plan

tom229 Just don't get it (134 comments)

I just don't understand what kind of market these are going for. These retail for $129. A Wii U is $250, the PS4 retails for $399, and Steam boxes are coming soon. So who would buy one of these? And why would I want to play silly little android games on my TV? I barely want to play them on my phone.

The only use I could see would be to run emulators and play old Nintendo, Super Nintendo, etc roms on it. Of course you could just spend $20 on a gamekilp to accomplish this. And it's pretty trivial to share your phone screen with your tv these days if you wanted to play it on there.

about a month and a half ago
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IE Vulnerability Exposing Banking Logins, Spreading Rapidly

tom229 Re: Laugh (93 comments)

Hmm.. well I'm glad you've been able to exist without Exchange. Personally I've tried Zimba, Groupwise, Google Apps, etc and I've never found a platform that can support users as seamlessly and easily as Exchange can. IMAP is completely fine, but users expect so much more from their mail these days. Contacts, Global address book, Calendar, Room Calendars, Shared Calendars, Tasks, etc. Using Outlook they can easily share calendars. I can easily give management full access permission to a mailbox and it will automatically add to Outlook. This business is rather large so boardroom space can be scheduled and booked. They can see eachother's availability, etc.

I've never used Communigate, and maybe Zimbra has gotten better. Thanks for the information. Perhaps I'll give them a try.

about a month and a half ago
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The Tech Industry Is Getting Ridiculous

tom229 Almost got excited (102 comments)

I thought the article was going to talk about all the hipsters and Apple-lovers reducing the idea of geek culture to some big bang theory pussy with an iPad.

about a month and a half ago
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IE Vulnerability Exposing Banking Logins, Spreading Rapidly

tom229 Re: Laugh (93 comments)

Fair enough. I'm curious then. What do you use for email?

about 2 months ago
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ICANN Considers Using '127.0.53.53' To Tackle DNS Namespace Collisions

tom229 I'm sorry (164 comments)

But if this happens on a corporate network, ever, your IT team is incompetent and needs to be replaced.

about 2 months ago
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Portal 2 Beta Released For Linux

tom229 Steam Linux (99 comments)

I wonder if they're finding it difficult to port their titles to Linux. I've been steadily watching my Linux games section of Steam for months now (since the announcement of SteamOS) and I have to say it is still pretty much just as pitiful as it ever was in comparison to the Windows list. Studios don't seem to be jumping on board... yet.

about 2 months ago
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Bruce Schneier, others ask:Are Apple iOS, OS X flaws really backdoors for spies?

tom229 Bow to Your Apple Overlords (1 comments)

Of course they did. Bow to your Apple overlords pleb. They know what's good for you, and you don't. However, you can't entirely blame Apple. The major culprit is still consumer apathy.

about 2 months ago

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Jar Jar a Major Character in New Star Wars Movie

tom229 tom229 writes  |  about 9 months ago

tom229 (1640685) writes "Due to there recent acquisition of the Star Wars Franchise, a movie is already in production. Disney Starwars team has decided to go back to the basics in their approach to this new movie. An insider source has said that Naboo will be the main setting for this new blockbuster. Also Jar Jar Binks will be featured as a major character of the new movie."
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Ask Slashdot: How do I protect my business from the poor decisions at Microsoft?

tom229 tom229 writes  |  about 9 months ago

tom229 (1640685) writes "I am the senior sysadmin for a medium sized business (about 100-150 end users). Currently we use redundant VMWare ESX hosts running a series of Microsoft Server 2008 R2 servers. All desktops are Windows 7 and nearly everyone heavily relies on Office 2010 for their day-to-day work.

Given the recent change of direction at Microsoft, it has me worried over how heavily we rely on them. They are already forcing me to buy OEM licencing for Server 2012 with downgrade rights to 2008R2. How long until this is no longer an option? How long until I'm forced to have an XBox interface on my server machines?

I'm not naive enough to assume I can migrate my users from their dependency on MS Office just yet, but I am interested in migrating the core infrastructure away from Microsoft Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange as a good first step.

I'm decently versed in the debian flavors of linux so I would easily adapt to a solution based on something like Ubuntu Server. I discovered with the help of google that Samba 4 aims to do this, but it is currently in alpha and some popular projects built around it have already been abandoned. There's also a product called Zentyal, but I'm a bit confused by their monthly pricing model.

Are any of my fellow sysadmins having the same concerns? I can't in good conscience have all my eggs in Microsoft's basket any longer. What is the best way to transition from a corporate MS environment?"

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