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Comment: You voted for 'em. (Score 3, Interesting) 216

It is long overdue that government surveillance becomes a major political issue. Yet, we are no longer represented by our elected officials who have been bought off by the oligarchy. Moreover, if you talk to 99% of citizens, they will simply shrug off news items like this and go back to the latest Kardashian wardrobe malfunction intrigue.

This isn't about paranoia, it's about the fact that our personal rights are being completely abrogated by governments that are out of our control.

Our true freedom is doomed until we demand action so that due process takes place - legally and by the rules.

It's time to use the system to give itself back to us: with court challenges and by voting out non-supportive elected officials.

Exposure of incompetence and malfeasance with articles such as this are where to begin.

+ - Is Microsoft modding slashdot submissions?

Submitted by XB-70
XB-70 (812342) writes "I put what I thought was a witty comment on a Microsoft article and got modded troll.

I don't mind it — but it leaves me to wonder: Are Microsoft employees modding down non-supportive comments? What do Slashdot readers think?"

Comment: A scenario (Score 0, Troll) 70

by XB-70 (#47342929) Attached to: Tom's Hardware: Microsoft Smartband Coming In October With 11 Sensors
Job Candidate: "Thank you for seeing me."

Interviewer [Hacking into yet another security-flawed MS Smartband product.]: "Thank you for coming. Could you tell me why you left your last employ?"

Job Candidate: "I was ... asked to perform duties that were beyond the scope of my employment contract."

Interviewer [Noting elevated heart rate of interviewee]: "What did these duties consists of?"

Job Candidate: "I am not at liberty to discuss them."

Interviewer [Seeing Smartband perspiration levels soar.]: "Was there a problem with your performance?"

Job Candidate: "None whatsoever."

Interviewer [Running lie detector against heartbeat data.]: "I am afraid that this interview is over."

Job Candidate: "But I was being sexually molested and am involved in a court case that I cannot discuss!!"

Interviewer [Noting extreme blood pressure levels.] "SECURITY!!"

Comment: Informed opinion (Score 1) 121

by XB-70 (#46927937) Attached to: Chernobyl's Sarcophagus, Redux
I was speaking with a nuclear engineer just this past weekend. The reason that Chernobyl happened was that an unauthorized test took place over the direct objections of senior management. It was like taking the oil out of a car engine and seeing how long it would run. What did they expect would happen? In any event, after the disaster, the existing cover is/was inadequate at best.

Whether the new design is adequate or not is moot: when Putin takes over the country, he will completely shut down any real news and everything will be fine.

Comment: Honour? (Score 1) 300

by XB-70 (#46900119) Attached to: Yahoo Stops Honoring 'Do-Not-Track' Settings
Yahoo! has stopped honouring so much of its user experience that they are doomed to failure.

Yahoo! Groups is bloated with spam that can't be blocked by its admins.

Yahoo! Messenger is so fraught with bugs and bloatware that users are fleeing in droves.

The main Yahoo! website is dated and mindless.

Yahoo! Mail is an abomination of unusable kludges and missteps.

Lastly, who uses Yahoo! to search for anything anymore, anyway?

Put a wooden stake in it, this thing is dead.

Comment: The Oligarchy won't let it happen. (Score 5, Insightful) 248

by XB-70 (#46836245) Attached to: New White House Petition For Net Neutrality
The recent Princeton research shows that the U.S. appears to be an oligarchy.

Let me put this out there: if they don't want net neutrality, mark my words, all the petitions in the world won't make a whit of difference.

Let's review this topic in two years and see whether I'm right.

Comment: When will Linux install and auto-compile based on (Score 0) 58

by XB-70 (#46287755) Attached to: Ask The Linux Foundation's Executive Director Jim Zemlin What You Will
Most hardware is relatively static. Except for gamers, tweakers and industry professionals, it is very rare that people replace MoBos, Processors or Buses.
When will Linux auto-detect the 'static' components of the hardware and do an install with a kernel compiled and optimized for that hardware - along with a vanilla kernel for emergency backup? (Something like Gentoo does)

Comment: It's all bullshit (Score 1) 237

by XB-70 (#46284109) Attached to: A New Car UI
I don't want to hear a station, I want to here a genre of station or a sports event or a specific artist or song - regardless of frequency or media.
I don't want to adjust the volume, I want the volume to adjust to a) number of people in the vehicle adjusting for people in the back seat, b) conversation in the vehicle, c) ambient road noise d) my 'usual' volume levels
I don't want to adjust the temperature, I want the vehicle to defog the windscreen and keep the car at a reasonable temperature. I want it to blow air on me or away from me or my passengers
I don't want to punch in directions, I want to go to a) work, b) friends, c) a store, d) when the gas is low, automatically look for the nearest, cheapest gas etc. I should simply say: "Costco" or "Mom's house"
I don't want to deal with communications, I simply want to call someone.
I don't want to look at speed limits, but I DO want to be warned when: a) I am over by xMPH or b) when the speed limit DROPS and puts me over
I don't want to worry about maintenance, I want the car to find the best deal on the maintenance and parts required and suggest a dealer/garage based on ratings
I don't want to lock or unlock the car or worry about leaving interior lights on. The car should know I am near it and that I want in.
I don't want to deal with parking fees or tolls, the car should have an account that is universal to all those and simply ask for confirmation to deduct monies - either by route chosen or by length of time parked.
I don't want to have an accident. The car should assist with monitoring traffic conditions, other drivers and blind spots

Comment: I call bullshit (Score 3, Interesting) 597

by XB-70 (#46244707) Attached to: Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates
The biggest issue surrounding higher education is the lack of oversight of university administration over-spending.

There is also an enormous trend toward creating universities in towns and cities that are suffering economic collapse just for the sake of optics.

No one is looking at employment outcomes nor are they looking at job trends. Putting a tax on the lucky few employed graduates to subsidize fat-cat administrators, university contractors and their ilk does nothing to help the ones who need it most, the students.

Stop this lunacy before it starts.

Comment: When he was alive... (Score 1) 408

by XB-70 (#45695977) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?
Loved the dead parents joke above....

When the Old Man was alive, I set him up with SuSE Linux and locked it (mostly) down. He ran it for 5-6 years. It never crashed, got a virus or had any known breaches.

With the release of WIndows 8.1/8.2 which demands and tracks huge amounts of personal information, Microsoft's offering is contra-indicated.

I'll let better people than I argue about the details of which distro/browser combination to use...

Comment: Africa needs space (Score 3, Interesting) 137

by XB-70 (#45659425) Attached to: Africa, Clooney, and an Unlikely Space Race
When I was a kid in the 60s, we had an African student stay with us. He was studying climatology. He was also fascinated by space. After graduation he returned to his home country. Using the information he had acquired, he collected satellite data on weather conditions (which was very advanced thinking for that time). He went into the country-side and advised local farmers of impending droubts, locust infestations and floods. The first year he did it, they were, at best, dismissive. When he went back to them after his forecasts has proved correct, they eagerly listened to him and it changed the agrarian economy. He also advised fishermen of temperature changes off-shore indicating optimal times to fish. This allowed local fishermen to get out to the fish before the huge Japanese trawlers came and took everything.

He went on to have his own department at the local University.

Of course, because of his good work, his nation rewarded him with threats to the lives of himself, his wife and his family so I won't state his name or other information about him here.

A continuing flow of paper is sufficient to continue the flow of paper. -- Dyer