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Comment Re:What is a 'Ghostface Killa' and why should i ca (Score 3, Insightful) 108

There has never been an occasion where it has meant anything else.

Except when it really means what it says. I came to read the comments because I had never heard of Ghostface Killa. What is it, or who is it? Why is it/he being mentioned on /.?

And now, having read the comments, and learned what this is all about, I think I'll return to a more valuable source of news, like, say, Facebook.

Comment Re:Slippery Slope (Score 2) 138

What if the connection was accidental/unintentional?

According to the FA, the information was only captured when the user started the login process, or started the registration process. I don't know about you, but if I accidently landed on a child porn website the very first thing I would do would be to get out of it. I certainly wouldn't start to register as a user to the site.

Or some rogue process did it?

That's a different issue, but a highly unlikely event.

Comment Re:Slippery Slope (Score 1) 138

How much metal is a vehicle allowed to have before you consider it illegal for a police department to use? Please be specific.

To keep this on the subject matter I'll quote what Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said about porn, "I know it when I see it". Military grade vehicles look quite different than civilian vehicles. You certainly would notice if your local sheriff's deputy started patrolling your neighborhood in a HumVee instead of a Crown Vic.

Comment Don't people strip symbols any more? (Score 3, Interesting) 107

One thing that surprised me is that symbols were still in the executable. I'll admit that I'm kind of long in the tooth and have been out of the industry for 15 years now. It used to be that a standard practice was that the final compile had the symbols stripped out. It was done for space consideration mostly, which probably isn't a concern anymore, but also for security. Is it now standard practice to leave symbols in shipped code? If so, why? Yes it is somewhat of a security by obscurity, but leaving symbols in is like leaving the combination to your lock taped to the back of it, or at least a note as to where you've hidden the combination.

Comment Re:Really??? (Score 2) 139

Ok no proof ... Licensed Professional engineer that said ok to roll out.

My guess is that "there must be extensive certification of the vehicle itself" is taking that into consideration. Nowhere does it say that car companies themselves can just decide on their own that a car is ready for the road.

Comment Re:RTFM! (Score 4, Funny) 127

Yes, because it's much too difficult to actually put the link to the story in the fine summary. They've tried it for 15+ years and it's been obvious that the technique didn't work so we need to come up with something new. Something edgy, like making the link obscure.

Oh, for those that are reading challenged, the above was sarcasm.

Comment Loose the .xyz TLD (Score 4, Informative) 217

My guess is that the problem lies in the fact that the OP is using a garbage TLD. I've configured our mail server to silently drop all traffic from many of the new garbage TLDs, including .xyz. It does wonders for cutting down the spam levels. Sadly it's just a new version of Whack-a-Mole. Neither I, nor any of my users, appear to have gotten a legitimate email from any other these domains. I'll bet if the OP were to use a more traditional TLD, like .com, .uk, etc. there wouldn't be problems.

Comment Cap Vs Purchased Plan (Score 1) 204

I selected 1gb-5gb as my cap because that's what the plan I pay for. I have no idea what the true cap of what I would be allowed to consume if I was willing to pay for it. I suspect that most people selecting the lower cap ranges are in the same boat. Therefore the results of this poll are really meaningless. But then again, the results of most polls on /. have been mostly meaningless.

So, given that the poll is misleading, why isn't there the answer "The Cowboy Neal Cellular Service doesn't have any caps"?

Comment Old Money Vs New Money (Score 1) 444

I grew up in a small town with a lot of old money people and some Nouveau Riche. The old money people, almost invariably, were friendly comfortable real people. Yes they lived in large fancy houses overlooking the water, and yes they had expensive toys, but they were also welcoming and positive people. The new money people, again, almost invariably, were snobbish conceited and seemed otherwise ill at ease within society. They drove fancier cars too fast on our residential side streets, lived in the 70's version of McMansions, and flouted their wealth in the face of others. It seemed to me that they were trying to convince everybody around them, and perhaps themselves as well, that they had "arrived" and that they were "somebody".

I now live in small rural somewhat isolated community with mostly blue collar and a mix of old money and new money people. Forty years later I still observe similar differences between the old money and new money. The new money seems much more to have a sense of entitlement. They want things their way regardless of societal rules.

Comment Re:This is why you call your bank before tourism (Score 1) 345

If you're going to make out of the ordinary purchases for overseas, or travel overseas, you always want to call your bank ahead of time. This is a standard operating procedure, and nothing to complain about on Slashdot.

Even that doesn't ensure that you don't have problems. We used to use HSBC. As we found out, their fraud detection algorithms are terrible. I returned from a trip to Mexico to be greeted by a flurry of voice mails from them telling me to call them and that my card had been shut off. I called them to straighten things out and was told that I should have called them before travelling to Mexico. I asked them where they would look to find this information and he responded that he would look at my customer account and in the comments section it would say..... Oh. I see you called us to tell us you'd be traveling in Mexico.

That wasn't the first major fubar on their part and a week later I cancelled the account.

Comment Re: Antitrust... (Score 3, Insightful) 223

No. They are intentionally not selling the _devices_ manufactured by their two biggest competitors. Big difference.

I think Amazon is acting like a spoiled three year old, but it doesn't strike me as antitrust. People can get Chromecast and Apple TV lots of other places. It's not like Amazon was the only outlet.

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