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Comment: Just use a cheap access point. (Score 1) 143

by Ransak (#47370311) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?
Pick up a $30 access point that supports WPA-PSK, put it in the middle of the table and only power it on during the meeting. Unless you have a specific need for net access it doesn't even need to connect to a WAN. You can buy $50 off brand tablets running Android from most Chinese manufacturers, pile them up and hand them out like coasters preloaded with the wireless key and Screenshare or Splashtop.

Comment: Just remember: No Transfers! (Score 5, Insightful) 147

by Ransak (#45339623) Attached to: Nintendo Announces $99 Wii Mini For US Release
Any content you've purchased on one Wii is stuck there forever in most cases. Nintendo won't transfer digital purchases unless you have documentation showing your original Wii was stolen, and that's iffy. Why people keep paying for the same, tired rehash of their game catalog and obvious abuse of the platform is beyond me.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Encrypted digital camera/recording devices?

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Ransak writes "As dashboard cameras catch more unplanned events, I've thought of equipping my vehicles with them just in case that 'one in a billion' moment happens. But given how much over reach law enforcement has shown, I'd only consider one if I could be ensured that the data was secure from prying eyes (ie, a camera that writes to encrypted SD memory, etc). Are there any solutions for the niche market of the paranoid photographer/videographer?"

+ - Advertising industry lashes out at Mozilla over 3rd-party cookie blocking.->

Submitted by preflex
preflex (1840068) writes "Unsurprisingly, Interactive Advertising Bureau president Randall Rothenburg is up in arms over Mozilla's decision to block third-party cookies in upcoming versions of Firefox and has issued the following statement:

"The Interactive Advertising Bureau strongly opposes the scheme by Mozilla to block third-party cookies by default in upcoming releases of its Firefox browser, and we vigorously encourage both the non-profit Mozilla Foundation and its for-profit subsidiary the Mozilla Corporation, which is reconfiguring the Firefox browser, to abandon this proposed change. This move will not put the interest of users first. Nor does it promote transparency or “move the web forward,” as Mozilla claims in its announcement. It will not advance Mozilla’s objective, as stated in its bylaws, of “promoting choice and innovation on the Internet,” but will, instead, impede both. If Mozilla follows through on its plan to block all third-party cookies, the disruption will disenfranchise every single internet user. All of us will lose the freedom to choose our own online experiences; we will lose the opportunity to monitor and protect our privacy; and we will lose the chance to benefit from independent sites like,, and because thousands of small businesses that make up the diversity of content and services online will be forced to close their doors. ..."

He even manges to sneak in a Think-of-the-children argument:

"It is also the third-party cookie that enables urgent messages like AMBER Alerts and weather emergencies to be delivered to relevant, localized audiences.""

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Comment: Re:Um.. They didn't exactly deny it. (Score 1) 198

by Ransak (#41183013) Attached to: Microsoft Denies Windows 8 App Spying Via SmartScreen
I'd hardly call it irrelevant, think about it for a moment. Let's say the authorities (pick your country) decided that anyone installing a specific application (for example, the Bitcoin wallet app, or even a specific political party app if you're more inclined to believe in conspiracies) is a 'person of interest'. It doesn't take a huge leap of imagination to picture what a little data mining could do from there.

All the simple programs have been written.