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Comment: Re:What a great way to die (Score 1) 600

by ThomasHoward (#34936194) Attached to: Motorola Sticks To Guns On Locking Down Android
I would not be adverse to a law being passed banning this use of encryption to lock down what software can be run on a platform, mainly because of the fear that other companies might follow Motorola and we might end up unable to modify the firmware on most Android phones.

Also, it seems to me that voting with ones feet no longer has any appreciable effect on large companies.

Comment: Re:Rules of seeking relationship advice (Score 1) 1146

by ThomasHoward (#28954025) Attached to: Navigating a Geek Marriage?

Getting guesses from educated persons in an area they know nothing about is not that much better than asking uneducated persons about an area they know nothing about.

Asking slashdot is better than asking on 4chan, I can just see the advice on /b/ now, it largely consists of "stick it in her pooper"


+ - Comcast Terms Change: You Lose Right to Sue->

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dupeisdead writes "Thankfully I don't even have the option to use Comcast where I live, but this is troubling. Almost all companies "reserve the right to change the contract" blah blah blah, but very few people actually read that. Comcast wishes to change existing contract with customers... Why would Comcast need to change this provision, and would this actually hold up if it came to it?"
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It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Dell thinks Ubuntu makes computers more fragile?->

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WolfWings writes "Apparently Dell has decided that Ubuntu-based computers are ineligible for their famed CompleteCare service, or any form of hardware warranty what-so-ever. The news has only recently hit Dell's own IdeaStorm website, but after so recently decided to support Linux on their machines, including limited technical support, Dell seems to be squandering any possible good-will with this decision to leave purchasers of these machines high and dry for hardware warranty coverage."
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+ - Pornographic Film Uses a 14-year-old's Picture

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orgelspieler writes "According to The Consumerist, a budding UK photographer, Lara Jade Coton, took a self-portrait (SFW) at the tender age of fourteen. To her dismay, the photograph ended up on the cover of a porno flick. It seems that several of the sites selling the video have removed her photo, but there are still a few out there selling the infringing cover."

+ - Slashdot's Firehose: Misplaced democracy?

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PetManimal writes "The Slashdot Firehose is a 'bad metaphor and a bad idea,' or so says Computerworld's Joyce Carpenter, who has been using the user-directed submission rating system since it was introduced a few months ago. She points to an increase in unworthy submissions — some of which seem to be part of 'viral marketing scams' — and says that they make Firehose unpleasant for everyone:

The increased number of unworthy submissions makes more unpleasant work for the editors as well as members of the community. A bigger hose with more crap in it just means that the editors have to read all that crap — and so do the voting members of the community. That's just more work for everyone.
She also questions whether Zonk and Co. are even using the recommendations that make it to the top of the Firehose ratings:

So far as I can tell, the editors still make the decisions. Good for them. I have no need for democracy in the selection of stories at a site that has done an excellent, if elitist, job of using editorial judgment. That's what makes it such a good site. Drain the hydrant and throw away with the hose.

+ - No Foolin': Morfik Patents AJAX Compiler

Submitted by MikeyTheK
MikeyTheK (873329) writes "Sorry for the title, the subject can only take so many characters. No April Fools joke here. It appears that under the radar, the USPTO granted Morfik a patent for the "System and method for synthesizing object-oriented high-level code into browser-side javascript". Reading further, it appears that they have patented the compiling of high-level languages into AJAX apps. The high-level languages include "Ada, C, C++, C#, COBOL, ColdFusion, Common Lisp, Delphi, Fortran, Java, Object Pascal, SmallTalk, Visual Basic, and Visual Basic.NET".

It would appear that the application date is September, 2005."

+ - Conservapedia- 'answer' to Wikipedia?

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harmonk writes "Wikipedia has a new foe: evangelical Christians. A website founded by US religious activists aims to counter what they claim is "liberal bias" on Wikipedia, the open encyclopedia which has become one of the most popular sites on the web. The founders of say their site offers a "much-needed alternative" to Wikipedia, which they say is "increasingly anti-Christian and anti-American". This was in the Guardian...."

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