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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

xxxJonBoyxxx Golly, the "USA Freedom Ac" - it must be good! (173 comments)

Golly gee, with a name like the "USA Freedom Act," it must be good!

I wonder if anyone's every thought of writing up a "Patriot Act" - that would be doubleplus awesome!


Better Living Through Data

xxxJonBoyxxx Modern version of "navel gazing"? (36 comments)

>> The first feature that popped out to me: you can see I spend most mornings at a cafe.

Get a job, get a girlfriend or get a family and this "problem" will be solved for you.

2 days ago

$299 Android Gaming Tablet Reviewed

xxxJonBoyxxx Engrish mush? (65 comments)

>> reviews are finally hitting of the devices this morning

Anyone else read that as "...finally s***ting on the devices..."

2 days ago

A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

xxxJonBoyxxx This is an Apple/retailer fail (393 comments)

From TFA:
>> merchants can be liable for charges if they override a credit or debit card denial in this fashion

>> In (another) case...after defrauding Victoria’s Secret, Banana Republic, and several other retailers out of $557,690 in the same manner, which is known as a “forced sale” or “forced code.”

I think the operational problem here is that store managers have the authority to override denials to boost their own sales numbers...while the risk for bad credit decisions may fall on the owners.

2 days ago

Put Your Code in the SWAMP: DHS Sponsors Online Open Source Code Testing

xxxJonBoyxxx No Windows or C# support yet (61 comments)

It's a neat project covering C, C++, and Java and a little Objective C and Javascript, but it doesn't cover C# or Windows yet. (

Unfortunately, in my world C#/Windows is where a lot of the business-facing open source action is, especially with the advent of NuGet.

2 days ago

Dear Museums: Uploading Your Content To Wikimedia Commons Just Got Easier

xxxJonBoyxxx What's missing? A big check from Google... (24 comments)

Museum Director: "I'm supposed to pay some staffers or redirect some volunteers to do tedious data entry so I can submit my entries to Wikipedia's catalog, where Google will make money selling ads next to Wikipedia results on its search results page."

Wikipedia: "Basically, yes. So...are you gonna do it?"

Museum Director: "Let's see if you can get your Google buddies to write a $XXX,XXX check to our institution and then we'll talk."

2 days ago

A Credit Card-Sized, Arduino-Based Game Device (Video)

xxxJonBoyxxx Credit Card-Sized Game Device = "Old Phone"? (33 comments)

Hmmm...a small-factor gaming device. My kids call that "one of dad's old phones." They no longer have cell service, but they pretty much all run Android or iOS and can still play a lot of games, including games that need the Internet. Plus, you can buy an entry-level Android phone new (from a pay-as-you-go service) for around $50. So...what's the market for this thing?

2 days ago

China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

xxxJonBoyxxx But labor costs! (218 comments)

Now if only they could find a source of cheap, expendable workers to mine the tunnel...

about a week ago

NASA Names Building For Neil Armstrong

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:"to Mars" (52 comments)

My point is that making it to Mars implies "ability to make it to the moon." Writing "the Moon and Mars" is like saying that my truck can pull "a string of beer cans and my 26-foot boat".

about two weeks ago

Activist Group Sues US Border Agency Over New, Vast Intelligence System

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:No Decent Solution (82 comments)

>> The earth doesn't have borders, only men do.

Dude, put down the clip and go upstairs. What's a river? What's an ocean? What's a mountain range?

about two weeks ago

NASA Names Building For Neil Armstrong

xxxJonBoyxxx "to Mars" (52 comments)

>> to enable human flight to the vicinities of the Moon and Mars (

I hope someone realizes that there's an order of magnitude in there somewhere.

about two weeks ago

How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

xxxJonBoyxxx School district ISP (285 comments)

>> why the CVUSD is considering becoming its own ISP

Because they are in Palm Springs and money falls like leaves there?

>> Metrics are hard to come by after only a single school year

Don't they already have standardized tests? (

about two weeks ago

New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

xxxJonBoyxxx Wiffle ball bat holder too? (205 comments)

Now, if only there was a convenient place to store my wiffle ball bat too. At least they already have a "mean look" mirror (

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

xxxJonBoyxxx 1 employee per 400-500K of revenue? (272 comments)

Just a rule of thumb I've seen in the lower end of the tech market to stay profitable. At $100B revenue (per year), that's 200K employees. At 110K employees, they're around 900K per employee, which is great.

about two weeks ago

Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:Ooo...not an INTERNET (503 comments)

>> Care to put a dollar amount out there?

Sure. $100 says that Putin comes out of this thing looking like a world-class statesman to his allies - much like he did walking out from the Syria standoff (where the US also backed down).

For example, I already read a story this morning that Putin has "offered a cease fire" (ah, truly a man of peace!): ... even though he's the guy who invaded Ukraine and armed the f***ers who shot the plan down.

about two weeks ago

Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

xxxJonBoyxxx Ooo...not an INTERNET (503 comments)

Russia: guns, oil, money and thousands of practicing hackers
US: very, very peezed bloggers and president "with a pen and a phone"

Unfortunately, my money here is on Putin...again.

about two weeks ago

Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

xxxJonBoyxxx Sorry to hear - I have a Miix 2 and love it. (125 comments)

My company's VPN was incompatible with Android and I didn't want to spend much on a piece of gear for work, so I picked up the Lenovo Miix 2 for about $200 this year. Paired with a bluetooth keyboard, it's been an awesome companion - I gave up my bulky company laptop months ago and haven't looked back. (My primary workstation is the typical multi-monitor dev monster; I just remote in to that from the Miix.)

about two weeks ago

Meet LibreOffice Volunteer Robinson Tryon (Video)

xxxJonBoyxxx If you can't figure out your web site's font issue (26 comments)

If you can't figure out your web site's font issue, how do you expect us to believe you can code a full-blown word processor?

(This: "For everyone experiencing weird font issues on our website please know we are investigating the issue since several weeks")

about two weeks ago


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