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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

wiredlogic Re:Positive pressure? (343 comments)

Dyeing is less effective with polymer bills which are inherently easier to clean. The UK will transition to them soon.

yesterday
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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

wiredlogic Re:"Broadband" is a stupid name (367 comments)

It is no less applicable than "Hi-Fi" or "Solid State". "Broadband" is just another term for wide bandwidth. It implicitly encompasses higher data rates as a consequence of using more of the spectrum. Coding techniques have almost reached the Shannon limit so the only way to improve data rates is with more bandwidth. This terminology stems from radio engineering which, incidentally, is precisely what the FCC oversees.

A more useful application of pedantry would be to wage a war against all the dullards who call the internet "the web" even if they aren't using HTTP.

yesterday
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Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

wiredlogic Re:"Let me ask you.... (77 comments)

No they teach them a lesson by revoking their franchise agreement and allowing competitors free access to poles in the city.

2 days ago
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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

wiredlogic Re:So to cicumvent the screen locker... (358 comments)

Sometimes xhost is still necessary when dealing with old hardware. I have a logic analyzer that remote displays using X11R5. It doesn't play nice unless the server has been opened up with xhost.

2 days ago
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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

wiredlogic Re:Jesus, we're fucked. (351 comments)

It would be interesting if the survey was presented in other developed nations.

4 days ago
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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

wiredlogic Re:Damn Meant to include this (351 comments)

Pesticide application is "reduced" because the GMO corn is pumping out it's own pesticide. Not directly dangerous to humans but the systemic threat it represents to beneficial insects is real.

4 days ago
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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

wiredlogic Re:Remember the good old days? (351 comments)

The purpose of a free press is to promote a knowledgeable society. If the agenda is to stomp out the stupidity of the masses and their dangerous influence over lawmakers then yes, I welcome these agenda-toting muckrakers of truth with open arms.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

wiredlogic IBM scrollpoint (428 comments)

The original variant of the optical IBM/Lenovo scrollpoints are really nice and have a separate third button above the XY scroll saddle. Bonus points for having a two axis scroller that is hard to slip off when pressing left or right and being symmetric for ambidextrous use. The later models fail by putting the third button on the side.

5 days ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

wiredlogic Re:Nope (332 comments)

Reminds me of how VGA could readily handle higher resolutions than modern displays, component video even better, but everything had to be digital so they could sneak in their DRM.

5 days ago
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WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

wiredlogic Re:Better Link (192 comments)

could be opening themselves up to legal action.

Does anyone have a contract with WhatsApp to provide guaranteed services? No. They provide a free service and have the right to do anything they want with it.

Locking out apps that don't meet their requirements is a perfectly reasonable thing to do. Blocking users outright is heavy-handed but none of them paid a dime to use the software and have no basis for a lawsuit.

5 days ago
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Silk Road Journal Found On Ulbricht's Laptop: "Everyone Knows Too Much"

wiredlogic Re:What an idiot (180 comments)

Basic OpSec would insist that you keep the incriminating stuff locked in a separate container that you only open when needed and with a low inactivity timeout to demount it when you forget.

about a week ago
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Silk Road Journal Found On Ulbricht's Laptop: "Everyone Knows Too Much"

wiredlogic What an idiot (180 comments)

So not only could he not secure his black site, he couldn't even secure the files on his own laptop.

It makes you wonder how he ever got it running in the first place.

about a week ago
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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

wiredlogic Square the circle (496 comments)

I'm waiting for them to fix the plague of transcendental numbers and redefine pi to be the proper, all-American value of 3.2. If we're lucky they might fix that pesky e too.

about a week ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

wiredlogic Re:Bullshit (322 comments)

There's no such thing as "police powers" beyond the power to issue citations for civil violations which is a delegated authority from the executive. Otherwise, every citizen has equal right to uphold the law to enforce misdemeanors and felonies including pressing charges and making arrests.

about a week ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

wiredlogic Re:It all comes down to payroll (263 comments)

The problem with an internal billing system is that a "cost center" department will have it's billing rate capped as an incentive to reduce costs. That is the easiest lever the MBAs have to make themselves look good. When the belt tightening begins the cap will be set below the level of sustainability. Then the department sheds workers and the brilliant MBAs get their bonus.

about a week ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

wiredlogic At least it has a Wikipedia page (383 comments)

The deletion ninjas on Wikipedia won't even let nim have it's own article. So D has a leg up on at least one "next-gen" language.

about two weeks ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

wiredlogic Re:This guy hasn't done his research. (647 comments)

The BASIC he was talking about was the line numbered, unstructured distant ancestor of VB. VB.NET is mostly just a different flavor of C#. The quote doesn't apply any more.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

wiredlogic Re:There's nothing wrong now... (489 comments)

Except of course that searching files has been completely fucked up since Vista.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Outlook Users In China Hit With MITM Attack

wiredlogic Re:Encrypt if you need to (35 comments)

That still exposes headers. Sort of important if you're a political dissident who will be taken to task for even communicating with dangerous foreigners.

about two weeks ago

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