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Comment Wow, this is incredibly bad... (Score 1) 232

I pretty much left slashdot once, when Dice took over, because the quality of the content went downhill... now the quality of the site has gone downhill too. So long slashdot. BTW, for those who remember CmdrTaco, he's working on a pretty interesting new project called Trove - check it out!

Submission What is a reasonable level of drm?

An anonymous reader writes: I'm an indie developer about to release a small ($5 — $10 range) utility for graphic designers. I'd like to employ at least a basic deterrent to pirates, but with the recent SimCity disaster, I'm wondering: what is a reasonable level of drm? A simple serial number? Online activation? Encrypted binaries? Please share your thoughts.

Comment Re:The cynic in me... (Score 1) 339

It isn't that far fetched. There are common accounts of pilots seeing weather balloons (typically 2-3ft dia) at 37000ft, while flying 400mph+... Another perspective is that 200 mph is only about 3 times faster than your usual freeway speed. Think about how easy it would be to spot a 3ft quadcopter flying in a field 200ft from the side of a freeway.

Comment Don't bother... (Score 2) 338

... unless the material can be proven libelous (and even then it will be a long, ugly battle). If people like Rick Santorum can't make the site go away, you're not likely going to make yours go away. Your best shot will be to get a positive site ranked higher using various SEO tactics.

Comment Re:Not really (Score 1) 540

... it is very unlikely they will ever be usable as a replacement for normal computers. It would just be silly when it is much, much easier to make a much, much faster electronic computer.

Someday that will sound very much like the oft-repeated (and wrongly attributed) "640k ought to be enough for anyone!"


Submission Discuss the 2012 election 1

KingRobot writes: In times past, we've always had CmdrTaco to get us engaged in political discussion... Last time, he got a great discussion about the then upcoming 2008 election. He also did the same in 2004.

Now, CmdrTaco has gone off to the Washington Post, but no one says we can't do the same again this year. Let the discussion begin!

Comment Build your own - not at someone's house though. (Score 3, Insightful) 349

1) Lease a box at a site with reliable, low-cost bandwidth (Somewhere like PhoenixNAP, AtlantaNAP, Rackspace, etc.) - This should run you between $50 - $150/mo for a decent system with several terabytes/mo data transfer (More than enough for Hulu, Netflix, etc.). 2) Make some friends in the Navy IT dept. - Have them help you set up a hosted VPN service on the box in their off time. This will be the lowest cost, most secure, and most reliable service you can get.

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