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Majority of Americans Say NSA Phone Tracking Is OK To Fight Terrorism

wdef Re:land of the free, my ass (584 comments)

^^THIS. The safety obsession, as if we can control freak everything and live forever. Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

about a year and a half ago
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Majority of Americans Say NSA Phone Tracking Is OK To Fight Terrorism

wdef Obligatory Ben Franklin quote! (584 comments)

Dangerous subversive thinking these days it seems:

Those who would trade in their freedom for their protection deserve neither. Those who give up their liberty for more security neither deserve liberty nor security.

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin

about a year and a half ago
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ReactOS 0.3.15 Released

wdef Re:Ugh (252 comments)

To be fair, yes this is a hobby OS, but to say that with disdain diminishes the value of a hobby.

Nice point. Amateur means "one who loves" (literally), it should never be disparaging to be called an amateur. Hobbyists are "amateurs" by definition. All the great Renaissance thinkers were amateurs across a wide range of fields, but often to great depth. Hence we owe much of modern thinking to amateurs.

about a year and a half ago
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Book Review: The Human Division

wdef Many classes of non-human (115 comments)

We regularly demonize many classes of people and demote to non-human. Pedophiles. terrorists, monsters-du-jour, you name it. Before those is was gays, blacks, various ethnicities, you name it. Fashions come, fashions go.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Rolling Out Gmail Redesign

wdef Re:"Let me just take care of that for you." (303 comments)

It's kind of like having someone come in and reorganize your music based on their own crazy thought process.

At least you can turn it off... for now.

But this is endemic of a larger problem using Google products, they're tinkering with the things that aren't broken and shutting down projects that people use.

There's something not quite right with that attitude.

You got it. It's designer-driven change for change's sake. The same problem as Gnome with Gnome3 and the same problem that MS have with Windows 8. Changes that nobody wants or needs - except bored designers.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Rolling Out Gmail Redesign

wdef Retrograde available ... for now (303 comments)

The announcement notes that if you aren't interested in the new view, you can switch off all the tabs to go back to the classic inbox view.

Until they feel like not making that available, and want to force feed their shit down everyones' throats.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Programmers Who Have Not Stayed Current?

wdef Andrew Morton won't use patches ... (509 comments)

That's right, the 2ic of the Linux kernel, Andrew Morton, flatly refuses to work with patches and still sends his revisions to Mr Torvalds in massive tarballs, a cause of merciless jibes from the latter. Linus laughs it off and puts it down to Mr Morton's eccentricities (but he also puts up with it).

Does this anachronistic obstinacy make Andrew Morton a "bad" programmer?

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Prepares Rethink On Windows 8

wdef Re:The betting pool is now open... (536 comments)

Windows 8 already has one, it's just that nobody seems to know about it. All you do is move the desktop card to the top left hand side of Metro. Whichever card is in that position will be launched after booting.

And to follow up: then install the free Classic Shell [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classic_Shell] and there's your Win 7 start menu and desktop back from the dead. These are the first two things to do when lumbered with a Windows 8 machine.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Prepares Rethink On Windows 8

wdef Re:The betting pool is now open... (536 comments)

Hopefully they'll have a 'boot to desktop' option

Windows 8 already has one, it's just that nobody seems to know about it. All you do is move the desktop card to the top left hand side of Metro. Whichever card is in that position will be launched after booting.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

wdef Re:Stack Ranking Review Process - Blame Culture (913 comments)

Perhaps Microsoft's "Stack Ranking" review process (where every unit must declare certain percentage of employees top performers, good, average and poor performers) has infused the entire organization with a tendancy to shift blame when anything goes wrong?

Wow. They really stick real people on a curve like that? And there always must be "average" and "poor" workers in every unit? That sucks. It's medieval. And stupid if it's true.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

wdef Re:Touch PCs are reckless (913 comments)

the act of repetitively pressing upon a solid mass with no give for hours upon hours a day

Now that's a low blow! You were watching me have sex with my ex, weren't you!

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

wdef Re:It's a shame because (913 comments)

And I don't no better either. I don't yes very well, too.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

wdef Re:It's a shame because (913 comments)

For the love of everything holy, WHY CAN'T THEY BRING OUT TWO PRODUCT LINES, ONE FOR BUSINESS AND ONE FOR CONSUMERS.

Better yet: one product for keyboard devices and yet another for touchscreen devices. As God intended. It's what Apple did with astonishing success, just incidentally. MS deserve to take a dive for this debacle.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

wdef Re:It's a shame because (913 comments)

Win8 is one of those things people will look back at after the fact and recognize that it was much better than everyone thought.

Oh yes! I know that after I stop banging my head with a large hammer, it feels good, so I'll look back at banging my head with a hammer as much better than I remembered it to be. Oh yes, it's logical!

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

wdef Re:It's a shame because (913 comments)

Just what is a *Vista* computer? If she likes Windows 8, it's because she doesn't no better. And I call you an MS shill.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

wdef I just want Windows 8 to die (913 comments)

Naively, I bought a new Lenovo i7/6GB/1TB because it was cheap *and* it was one of the few laptops in the entire store that would still boot Linux from a usb drive without jumping through unknown hoops. All the others I tried with similar specs (many better laptops and all also with uefi boot) had some problem booting from usb - usually no 'legacy' boot setting or equivalent in the boot screen (no longer called BIOS settings). It came with Windows 8, which I assumed could not possibly be as bad as what it was said to be. Boy was I wrong.

Windows 8 is absolutely, abysmally, shockingly awful on a keyboard laptop. I have installed Classic Shell to give me back a start menu. I have learned to use ctl-alt-tab to get between the awful rubbish 'apps' and a quasi-desktop experience. I worked out how to get a command prompt. It's still only just bearable. I want this shit gone. Dead. Buried.

I had a talk to a guy in a small pc service shop - he says he gets at least two requests a day from customers begging him to remove Windows 8 and install Windows 7, but he tells me it seems it isn't possible on some new laptops to do this. He took a hard drive out of one machine, wiped Windiows 8 and installed Windows 7. When he put the hard drive back in the laptop, the motherboard would no longer recognize the drive. Perhaps he doesn't understand UEFI boot, I dunno. I am just tempted to send this shit back to Lenovo and say: give me my money back or give me Windows 7 on this machine.

about 2 years ago
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Jury Decides Artist's Gory Images On Website Are Art

wdef Re:Doesn't harm anyone? (289 comments)

I'm not trying to make a case for a blanket pornography ban, but those who imply that consuming explicit media "harms no one" are starting to slowly find themselves on the losing side of the science.

Then instead of banning everything, why not educate people how to use porn sensibly? But then, we can't teach people how to drink booze sensibly, so we definitely should ban booze, right? And puritans won't tolerate sex education in schools, even though it is very clear that it would reduce teen pregnancies, inappropriate sex when the teen is not ready, STDs, etc. Who needs rationality anyway? The United States of Hysteria.

about 2 years ago

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Senate report: post-9/11 intelligence out of control

wdef wdef writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wdef (1050680) writes "A US Senate report has concluded that a multibillion-dollar intelligence program — set up by the Dept of Homeland Security in the wake of 9/11 — targeted innocent civillians, produced very little useful data and has ballooned out of all control. This is despite predictable feeding-frenzy spending on big screens, data mining software and Chevrolet Tahoes. Why build one when you can have two at twice the price? Note the US Senate decides to look at this across the safe political interval of 10 years."
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Cyborg cockroaches turned into fuel cells

wdef wdef writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wdef (1050680) writes "From TFA:

A team at Case Western Reserve University led by Michelle Rasmussen and Daniel Scherson has tapped into the metabolic system of a cockroach to produce electricity. This isn't the first time anyone has tried building a cyborg bug of sorts. A University of Michigan team tried it using piezoelectric materials. What's interesting here is that Rasmussen's group used the insect's own body chemistry to produce electricity.

The article also says shiitake mushrooms contain the same sugar as cockroaches and have also been used to produce electricity. Hopefully mushrooms and roaches alike will be able to exit the Matrix at some point."
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Space forensics might point to Martian ancestry

wdef wdef writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wdef (1050680) writes "From Discovery News: Our search for life beyond Earth could take us down the road to a shocking look into the mirror — a climax straight out of a Twilight Zone plot.

A team of researchers at MIT is proposing to apply forensic science testing on the Martian surface. Specifically, the task would be to do DNA and RNA sequencing on Martian microbes (if they exist) to see if they share a common genetic origin with us."

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Court rules free internet porn is legal

wdef wdef writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wdef (1050680) writes "Free internet porn is not illegal. Nor is it unfairly competing with porn companies who'd rather you paid for your thrills, according to a California Appeals Court, which has dismissed a case against one free site, Redtube.com, as an unfair attack on free speech."
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Yours is the brunette on the left

wdef wdef writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wdef (1050680) writes "From today's Wall Street Journal:
SELCUK, Turkey — Chariot, a 1,500-pound, single-humped camel with spittle hanging from his lips and pompoms in his tail, just won the first-ever beauty contest at Turkey's annual camel fighting competition. According to the pageant's four stony-faced judges, Chariot had better muscle tone, prettier adornments and a more elegant tail wag as he strutted along a catwalk of rugs to the sound of Turkish pipes and drums last weekend. Plus, they said, he had exceptionally good teeth."

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UK to switch off £235m child database

wdef wdef writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wdef (1050680) writes "The UK's controversial ContactPoint database is actually being switched off! It's rare that we hear anything this sensible from government about an expensive, privacy-destroying, 'think of the children' solution: (quote)The government argued the system was disproportionate to the problem, so is looking at developing other solutions.(unquote). Perhaps the UK coalition government really is winding back Big Brother, as they had promised to do? Does seem unlikely."
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Russian politician 'abducted by aliens'

wdef wdef writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wdef (1050680) writes "The BBC reports that a Russian MP has asked President Dmitry Medvedev to investigate claims by a regional president that he has met aliens on board a spaceship. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the leader of the southern region of Kalymkia, made his claim in a television interview. Mr Ilyumzhinov said in an interview on primetime television that he had been taken on board an alien spaceship which had come to planet Earth to take samples — and claims to have several witnesses. He has been president of Kalmykia, a small Buddhist region of Russia which lies on the shores of the Caspian Sea, for 17 years. As president of the World Chess Federation, he has spent tens of millions of dollars turning the impoverished republic into a mecca for chess players — building an entire village to host international tournaments. MP Andre Lebedev is not just asking whether Mr Ilyumzhinov is fit to govern. He is also concerned that, if he was abducted, he may have revealed details about his job and state secrets."
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Movie made by chimpanzees to be broadcast on tv

wdef wdef writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wdef (1050680) writes ""The world's first film shot entirely by chimpanzees is to be broadcast by the BBC as part of a natural history documentary. The apes created the movie using a specially designed chimp-proof camera given to them by primatologists. The film-making exercise is part of a scientific study into how chimpanzees perceive the world and each other"."
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Games 'permit' virtual war crimes

wdef wdef writes  |  about 5 years ago

wdef (1050680) writes "Video games depicting war have come under fire for flouting laws governing armed conflicts. Human rights groups played various games to see if any broke humanitarian laws that govern what is a war crime. The study condemned the games for violating laws by letting players kill civilians, torture captives and wantonly destroy homes and buildings. It said game makers should work harder to remind players about the real world limits on their actions."
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litl webbook cuter than cute

wdef wdef writes  |  more than 5 years ago

wdef (1050680) writes "After some advance leaks in various places, the linux-based litl webbook http://litl.com/ (yes, all lower case) with the baby blue button appears to have launched this morning, east coast US time. Atom powered and with what is said to be a unique web-oriented interface built around Clutter on top of an Ubuntu UME variant, the litl webbook reverses the trend towards WinXP or predictable Xandros or Ubuntu interfaces on netbooks. Litl, a Boston-based startup, appears to have snapped up a few of the most eminent programmers in the linux desktop community, such as Havoc Pennington, formerly one of the chief architects of Gnome, and some respected former Nokia and OLPC engineers. With industrial design by Fuseproject this is a cute looking product. It is said there are a few hungover coders in litl's Backbay area offices this morning after last night's launch party."
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What is that script holding up Slashdot pages?

wdef wdef writes  |  more than 5 years ago

wdef writes "What is that god-awful script that holds up the loading of Slashdot pages every single time? Why does it exist? Why do I put up with it? I don't for a minute expect this to make it onto Slashdot, but I can't see any other obvious feedback mechanism."
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Police 'encouraged' to hack into citizens PCs

wdef wdef writes  |  more than 5 years ago

wdef writes "

The UK Home Office has signed up to an EU strategy against cybercrime that "encourages" police across Europe to remotely access personal computers.The plan has sparked fears that the government is looking to increase police powers to hack into people's computers without a court warrant. UK police already do a "small number" of such operations under existing law.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7812353.stm"
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Here we are aliens, come and eat us

wdef wdef writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wdef writes "Messages have been transmitted to the planet Gliese 581C, 120 trillion miles from earth, in the hope they will reach intelligent alien life. Some 501 photos, drawings and text messages were transmitted on Thursday by a giant radio-telescope in Ukraine normally used to track asteroids. Any reply to the messages — collated through a competition by the social networking website Bebo — would not reach Earth for 40 years. Topics submitted ranged from the environment, politics and world peace to family relationships and the sender's first kiss.

What, no Star Trek episodes? No space porn? These aliens will be dying for an ad break. On a more serious note, some well-known scientists have been opposed to mindlessly blasting narrow-beamed messages at feasible ET locations, for the simple reason that we may be relatively primitive — our own colonial history does not bode well for such encounters. And we are an excellent protein source, as Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise and 1950s Twilight Zone episodes have so wisely reminded us."

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