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Comment: Re:Disableable (Score 1) 371

by BootNinja (#49681109) Attached to: Firefox 38 Arrives With DRM Required To Watch Netflix
you're making a false equivalency. You seem to be under the misapprehension that netflix is currently available unencumbered with DRM. This is not the case. Netflix currently utilizes drm through microsoft's silverlight plugin on firefox. All this is doing is switching drm technologies, which will assist them in deprecating NPAPI. It is not adding DRM to a previously unencumbered distribution channel. It seems silly to be this up in arms over what really amounts to nothing more than a technology shift.

Comment: Re:Of course USB is a perfect system (Score 1) 288

by BootNinja (#49628773) Attached to: USBKill Transforms a Thumb Drive Into an "Anti-Forensic" Device
99% of all alarms are false alarms. The police don't like wasting resources chasing down false alarms. In most jurisdictions you have to have a permit, which allows a certain number of "free" false alarms, after which you get charged a fee every time they dispatch to a false alarm. for residential alarms it's usually around $50. but for commercial sites I've seen it as high as $500. per dispatch. Furthermore if you are repeatedly having false alarms in a short period of time, the police will generally inform you that they will no longer dispatch to your site until you provide proof that the faulty alarm has been replaced/repaired.

Comment: Re:Just my take (Score 1) 374

by BootNinja (#49576147) Attached to: Who Owns Pre-Embryos?
in addition to points made by others here, there's also another issue. Say the mother wins absolves the father of any legal responsibilities for the child that is born. The child grows up, develops some sort of rare disease or is involved in a horrible accident. The child tracks down the father for spare parts, i.e. bone marrow or a kidney. This now puts him in an awkward position that would never have occurred without this decision. if the disease presents itself during childhood, can the father then be compelled to provide donor material?

Comment: Re:Disgusting. (Score 1) 686

by BootNinja (#49536797) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden
do you really think Mitt Romney would have done anything differently with regard to the security theater? He is on record repeatedly as being in support of domestic spying as well as increased military spending. Romney would not have changed anything. the only thing that might be said in support of him is that at least he woudl've been more open about it.

+ - Now It's Easy To Tell Congress To Fight Patent Trolls

Submitted by Press2ToContinue
Press2ToContinue writes: Application Developers Alliance is running two campaigns to help get the message to Washington. First is the Fight Patent Trolls initiative, which includes a tool for sending a letter to Senators and Representatives.

The second campaign is Innovators Need Patent Reform, an open letter to Congress that makes the same key points along with a public list of signers.

As both letters note, there are already proposals in both the House and the Senate, plus recommendations from the President, that contain some of the all-important protections that the victims of patent trolls need. Though the future of these specific bills is uncertain, the building blocks are beginning to fall into place, and it's time to run with that momentum.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Suggested Beginning Windows Programming resources

Submitted by BootNinja
BootNinja writes: Hello, Slashdot; I took a couple of intro c++ classes in college back around 2000 and 2001. Since then I have picked up a bit of HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, and Perl. I've not done any coding in a couple of years, but I am interested in getting back in the saddle. However, everything I've ever done in past was simple text based web/console type stuff, and I'm looking to develop some skills in gui programming, preferably in C++. What books and/or websites would you recommend as a refresher for basic C++ sytax and data structures, as well as for basic windows and/or gnome programming? Also, what development tools do you find most helpful; i.e. compilers and/or IDE's?

Bionic Eye Could Restore Vision 167

Posted by Zonk
from the we-have-the-technology dept.
MattSparkes writes "A new bionic eye could restore vision to the profoundly blind. A prototype was tested on six patients and 'within a few weeks all could detect light, identify objects and even perceive motion again. For one patient, this was the first time he had seen anything in half a century.' The user wears a pair of glasses that contain a miniature camera and that wirelessly transmits video to a cellphone-sized computer in the wearer's pocket. This computer processes the image information and wirelessly transmits it to a tiny electronic receiver implanted in the wearer's head."

Microsoft Sells Linux To Wal-Mart 245

Posted by kdawson
from the devil-you-know dept.
Several readers wrote in to let us know that Wal-Mart is planning to buy SUSE Linux vouchers from Microsoft in the course of building out its infrastructure. These are the support vouchers that Microsoft must distribute to hold up its end of the bargain with Novell. Wal-Mart has been a customer of Red Hat Linux. CBR Online notes that the deal is not entirely unexpected because Microsoft's COO, Kevin Turner, is the former CIO of Wal-Mart.

One In Five Windows Installs Is Non-Genuine 481

Posted by kdawson
from the false-positives dept.
snib writes "Microsoft disclosed Monday that, according to reports collected by the notorious Windows Genuine Advantage tool on millions of users' PCs, 22% of all Windows installs do not pass its validation tests and have therefore been deemed non-genuine. Quoting: 'Since WGA launched in July 2005, over 512 million users have attempted to validate their copy of Windows, Microsoft said. Of those, the non-genuine rate was 22.3 percent... [T]he Business Software Alliance... reports that 35 percent of the world's software is pirated (22 percent in North America)...'"

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