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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

virtualXTC Partent article is flamebait (582 comments)

Articles like this make me wish we could moderate the articles as well as the comments.

All heart-bleed proves is that C+ is a poor language to be programming security software in.

about a week ago
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Navy Creates Fuel From Seawater

virtualXTC Re:Just like Nuclear Fusion (256 comments)

NO! You cannot buy the sun. Solar power != commercially available nuclear fusion Moreover, just because Victorians could purchase steam turbines, doesn't mean nuclear fission was commercially available to them either.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: E-ink Reader For Academic Papers?

virtualXTC Re:I'm so pissed at electronic devices!!! (134 comments)

The slashdot boycott must be working because slashdot is clearly falling apart; +5 Interesting?!!??!?! WTF???, I just wish someone would point me to wherever the slashdot fork is being set up so I don't accidently read another post like this. Anyway:

If you would just google your problem, in a fraction of the time you spent ranting you would already know all of the sharing features you want are available via google drive, and android auto-updates can be turned as a whole or on an app by app basis by going to Play --> right menu -->settings --> Auto Update Apps --> Do Not auto update apps or Play --> left menu --> my apps --> right menu -->unselect auto update app respectively.

about 2 months ago
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US Government To Convert Silk Road Bitcoins To USD

virtualXTC Re:Killing two birds with one stone? (408 comments)

In what fucking universe do you exist in where this is a logical rebuttal to "I live in the real world, and my real world landlord doesn't accept BTC"? Right now, I can't buy groceries with BTC. I can't pay for parking with BTC. I can't take a friend out for lunch and pay with BTC. I can't buy a car from a local dealership with BTC, I can't go see a movie in the theatres with BTC.

I don't know where you live, but in Boston, my local coffe / sandwich shop accepts bit-coin; and one of my favorite restruant aggregators accepts bitcoin and actually lists a grocery store!

Futher, while I can't pay for parking, and would have to pre-purchase moieve vouchers to go to the cinema, a few of the local cab companies accept bitcoin, and you can buy concert tix with them.

Moreover, while you might not be able to buy a car from a LOCAL dealer ship (my dealer joked with me about taking bit-coin, but I never found out if they were serious or not), you certianly buy a car with bitcoin.

And as a landlord my self, I'd happly accept bit-coin, or what-ever semi-stable currency you want to give me as long as you pay on time!

For all other transactions you could just used a pre-paid credit card, but proably would get hit with exchange fees.

about 3 months ago
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Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

virtualXTC Re:Other options (381 comments)

Yes, definitely to Chromium - chrome give me tons of white pages when I try to load heavy sites, and even crashes about once a month, but for some reason chromium doesn't. But I haven't noticed a difference between Iceweasle and Firefox, so for all intents and purposes they are the same. Personally, I use Chromium for google apps, like drive and gmail, but find firefox/iceweasel is more versatile at navigating the rest of the web. That said, when my x server is acting wonky, links wins hands down ;-)

about 4 months ago
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Skydiving Accident Leaves Security Guru Cedric 'Sid' Blancher Dead At 37

virtualXTC Re: Security 101 (332 comments)

Well, extrapolating on your logic: "fatal car accidents" returns 65,200,000 hits, and since sky diving is more dangerous (7 micromorts per jump) than driving a car (1 micromort per 230 miles driven), and "fatal skydiving accidents"only returns 108,000 hits one might conclude the less hits returned the more dangerous the activity, and thus, fishing is safer than skydiving.

about 5 months ago
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Skydiving Accident Leaves Security Guru Cedric 'Sid' Blancher Dead At 37

virtualXTC Re: Security 101 (332 comments)

References? I find it hard to believe as I hear about skydiving accidents far more than fishing but far more people fish than skydive. How many micromorts is fishing? Also a pond vs the ocean is going to make a huge difference.

about 5 months ago
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The public sector in direst need of reform is ...

virtualXTC Re:Military-Industrial Complex makes the world wor (405 comments)

This was my first thought as well, but in reality it's a problem with the political system not being able to resist lobbyists do to the amount of money needed to fund an election. rootstrikers.org seems to have a good idea of how to solve this, but I'd be interested if anyone knows of other ideas that might fix the system.

about a year ago
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The public sector in direst need of reform is ...

virtualXTC Re:Healthcare is the cause of our economic problem (405 comments)

Healthcare is the cause of our economic problems

Wrong. Almost all economists will agree that it's actually due to the failure to reinstate glass-steagall, which pretty much ensures the same type of fincial crisis can and will repeat it self.

It is time to drop this terrible profit-driven heatlhcare model completely in this country. Fewer people get good care every year, and the people at the top who are in charge of denying care get more rewards every year as a result. The profit motive does not lead to good or accessible care; the rest of the world knows this and it is time the US wakes up to that obvious fact.

Agreed. Except profit motive does sometimes it does lead to exellent (just not accessible) healthcare - ie: Pompei's desease

Ultimately, this terrible system is part of what keeps the US unemployment rate up. Plenty of people who are looking for work would be happy to work part-time - and are capable of living on part-time pay - but cannot take part-time work because they cannot get health care with only part-time work. If health care was guaranteed as a right - as well it ought to be - then these people would be able to work as they wish, rather than as they are required.

This is exactly what Obama care is suppose to adress once it's fully implmented. Thus, healthcare is most certinly not the area in need of most reform.

Incase you are wondering, out fo the choices, I think Law Enforcement is actually the issue. As long as we have an injust system (one that sends peple away on drug charges longer than we do for murder and allows people at the top to steal trillions from the econmy and not serve any jail time) there will be no incentive to play fairly and to find common ground with one anonther.

However, it seems clear to me that it will be difficult to have any effect on the issues that matter most until we get money out of politics / fix the way we do elections. I feel the best hope for this is to follow the path outlined by rootstrikers.org

about a year ago
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Elon Musk Hates 405 Freeway Traffic, Pays Money To Speed Construction

virtualXTC Re:SD Freeway isn't the problem (431 comments)

Do you really think a guy who runs a sports car company would want to see public transit improved?

There FTFY. ... and yes, of course.

about a year ago
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Richard Stallman Answers Your Questions

virtualXTC Re:"Elegant jails" (527 comments)

But since the majority of people out there are not experts in C/C++/Java/Perl/Python/CGI/Bison/Guile/Lisp/what have you, they can't do squat w/ the source code. It's like opening up my car trunk and expecting me to know everything about the engine and how it's connected, so that I can replace a 4 cylinder engine w/ a V6 if I so desire.

I'm sorry that you are so angry and confused; your trunk contains your luggage, it has nothing to do with your engine is contained under your hood. Similarly, freedoms granted to you having access to what's under your hood (and to the computer codes) doesn't mean you have personally have to do the repairs to benefit from them, it just means you are free to bring it to which ever service station, mechanic, or friend you choose. Not having access to what's under the hood means, that while you might own a cadallic, it's hood is welded shut and it's engine codes are encrypted. While the dealer service is great for now, if they ever have a slow day, week, month, you have are stuck; if your engine light comes on after the support contract for your car has finished, you'll have to pay every-time to find out it was because your gas cap was loose.

about a year ago
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Oregon Lawmakers Propose Mileage Tax On Fuel Efficient Vehicles

virtualXTC Re:How do they do it? (686 comments)

Sounds great until the government run bank has to decide which risky business to provide a business loan to; your ability to get money might depend on wheter you are part of ALEC or which party you belong to, or which campaign you donated to. Moreover, the current banking system is quite efficient, so much so that a fair amount of the rest of the world uses it. It's the improperly regulated trading markets where things are out of hand, but traditional banking really has nothing to do with that.

about a year ago
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North Korea Launches Long-Range Rocket

virtualXTC War room decision (384 comments)

You are in Obama's war room, you suggest:
A) Just Nuke Em and get it over with!
B) Send in the drones after Kim Jong-un
C) We need more sanctions.
D) Screw the budget gap; we need more military spending!
E) Other?

about a year ago
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North Korea Launches Long-Range Rocket

virtualXTC Re:China (384 comments)

The problem is never that x country has nukes and might aim them at us, it's that x country has nukes and might sell them to group y.

about a year ago
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North Korea Launches Long-Range Rocket

virtualXTC Re:It seems "clean" ... (384 comments)

That's what I get for trying to post from a mobile device... I meant 'clear', but it looked okay on the tiny screen.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: High-Tech Ways To Manage a Home Library?

virtualXTC Re:I thought (230 comments)

I was planning on inventorying my fridge this way, but it didn't work with my PS2 to USB adaptor :(

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

virtualXTC TuL .5mm (Fine) Retractable Gel Pens (712 comments)

I stumbled upon this brand while signing my motorcycle repair bill. Started ranting to the repair tech about how nice it was, and he let me have it. When I got home and looked up the cost I couldn't belive they weren't more expensive than Cross pens and was just blown away that they were cheap enough to buy by the pack:

about a year and a half ago
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Stubborn Intel Graphics Bug Haunts Ubuntu 12.04

virtualXTC Re:What they are actually reporting an Issue. (320 comments)

I tried that; but my wireless-N drivers don't work on anything less than 12.04; so I'm F-ed either way. Given the choice between patchy (and almost useless) wireless and patchy suspend, I'll choose the suspend issue, since really I'd rather fully shutdown to conserve battery anyway. It's good to hear that things are fine on other distros; I'll happily go back to OpenSUSE.

about a year and a half ago

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North Korea (sucessfully?) Launches a long range missle at 0100 GMT

virtualXTC virtualXTC writes  |  about a year ago

virtualXTC (609488) writes "FTA: "North Korea fired a long-range rocket Wednesday morning in its second launch under its new leader, defying warnings from the U.N. and Washington only days before South Korean presidential elections.
North Korea declared the launch of a rocket and satellite a success, and state television planned a special broadcast about the launch at noon (0300 GMT)."
South Korea has confirmed the launch time, and Japan has confirmed that the rocket went over Okinawa, and two stanges of the rockets have sucessfuly avoided other contries and fallen into the sea. While it is still unconfirmed as to whether or not North Korea actually orbiting Satallite, it seems clarn that sancations have faild to curb South Korea's quest for nuclear wepony. Does this mean we headed to yet another war?"

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Harvard Makes College More Affordable

virtualXTC virtualXTC writes  |  more than 6 years ago

virtualXTC writes "With many Slashdotters ranting about how unaffordable higher education, I thought readers may be interested to hear that Harvard University has announced a "sweeping middle-income initiative" to lower the tuition burden. The new initiative frees any family with an income under $60k from contributing toward tuition, asks for a sliding 0% to >10% contribution from families in the $60K to $120K range, and flattens for family's earning $120K to $180K to not more than 10%.
Best of all, Harvard will no longer expect students to take out any loans when calculating their financial aid packages. Let's hope other schools soon follow."

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