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Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 535

" I've been considering Windows Phone, but their app selection is quite poor."

Exactly which types of apps have you been unable to find for WP? I'm always looking for development ideas. WP is pretty darn easy to devel for if you have windows devel experience.

I hear this bit about their app selection being poor, but I haven't really come across anything I needed that wasn't already available.

Comment: Meh. (Score 1) 328

by MMC Monster (#48897591) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

I've been burnt or nearly burnt with new tech over the decades and consider myself a bit of an early adopter.

4K and UHD are interesting ideas, but I'm really not interested in replacing my entire hardware investment (including the current HDMI cables in the walls) just for a better picture. (Though the improved colorspace is somewhat tantalizing.)

Also, I've just recently gotten comfortable buying bluray discs in any quantity since I know I can rip them to my home media server. What sort of advanced copyright protection are the newer formats going to have? How many years of having to rely on a dedicated player? (I've just detached my dvd player from my TVs and likely will detach the bluray players as well.)

Comment: It's just moving your trust to someone else (Score 5, Insightful) 83

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#48885099) Attached to: Data Encryption On the Rise In the Cloud and Mobile

So this-or-that company promises you unbreakable encryption or that they won't poke their nose in your data. Do you trust them? I don't. All it takes is a little firm chit-chat from the national security agency of the country your data is hosted in, and your "safe" data isn't safe anymore.

If you really insist on putting files and shit in the cloud, encrypt it yourself before uploading it. Better yet, run your own server and provide yourself with your very own fucking cloud. Those who want real security aren't lazy and do the work themselves.

Comment: Re:Not "like Slashdot" (Score 1) 224

by MMC Monster (#48865555) Attached to: Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

I'm not a fan of the false moderation because it's so obvious that it will be rampantly misused. (ie: Jennifer changed her status to "In a committed relationship". Flag: FALSE!)

I like the moderations /. uses. Would be interesting if a similar system could be made for a social site, with moderation points, etc.

+ - FBI Seeks to Legally Hack You If You're Connected to TOR or a VPN->

Submitted by SonicSpike
SonicSpike (242293) writes "The investigative arm of the Department of Justice is attempting to short-circuit the legal checks of the Fourth Amendment by requesting a change in the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. These procedural rules dictate how law enforcement agencies must conduct criminal prosecutions, from investigation to trial. Any deviations from the rules can have serious consequences, including dismissal of a case. The specific rule the FBI is targeting outlines the terms for obtaining a search warrant.

It’s called Federal Rule 41(b), and the requested change would allow law enforcement to obtain a warrant to search electronic data without providing any specific details as long as the target computer location has been hidden through a technical tool like Tor or a virtual private network. It would also allow nonspecific search warrants where computers have been intentionally damaged (such as through botnets, but also through common malware and viruses) and are in five or more separate federal judicial districts. Furthermore, the provision would allow investigators to seize electronically stored information regardless of whether that information is stored inside or outside the court’s jurisdiction."

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Comment: Re:Power Glove was not helped by the Tyson shot (Score -1, Troll) 40

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#48846831) Attached to: Nintendo Power Glove Used To Create 'Robot Chicken'

The best use I ever found for the Nintendo Power Glove was jerking off, as it felt like Vader giving me a handjob. Kind of like doing it after sitting on your hand for a while, but more high tech. And best of all, that activity didn't even require turning on the console.

Comment: A lot of people here are missing the point... (Score 4, Interesting) 590

by MMC Monster (#48844505) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?

(I'm not an Apple fanboy, I think. Of the 8 computers in my house, only two are Apple hardware, and one of them is > 5 years old.) The rest are either Acer or System76.

A lot of people buy Apple hardware because it's a known quality and (relatively) easy to get fixed. You (probably) know you're going to pay a little extra, but you know the build quality is generally consistently good and if there are hardware issues you can take it into an Apple Store and get it fixed fairly quickly.

It's fine for people that buy PC hardware all the time to say that a particular brand or model is good price and excellent quality. Most people don't want to do that much research for a laptop or desktop. And many have burnt themselves with buying something expensive and had it go bad in a couple years or need to be troubleshooted over the phone or mailed back due to some obscure issue. Better to drag it to the local Apple Store for many.

Comment: Re:There are real questions that need to be answer (Score 1) 227

by MMC Monster (#48828175) Attached to: An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

'Capable of' and 'allowed to' are two different things. I agree that it will likely be a decade or more before they're allowed to roam around on their own.

Capable of roaming on their own may be here now or near future. When Musk announced the driverless mode Model S, he mentioned that on private roads it could theoretically be fetched by the owner using his phone app.

What if it ran over a dog while on a private road? You know someone will sue. Until liability for that is cleared up, I'm thinking the driverless feature will be purposely be disabled when there's no one in the driver's seat.

Comment: There are real questions that need to be answered: (Score 1) 227

by MMC Monster (#48825231) Attached to: An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

There are some issues in AI that need to be addressed in the near future.

Autonomous vehicles are essentially here. The question is liability when one of them gets involved in an accident.

You can imagine all the possible people potentially liable in that instance. The question is how liability will be split up amongst the parties.

Whether an automatous vehicle is programed to minimize passenger mortality vs. minimize pedestrian mortality, it's a no-win situation.

Comment: Re:Returning to their roots & getting with the (Score 1) 314

by MMC Monster (#48824753) Attached to: Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

How about being a total 3D printing solution place?

Go there, use their computers to upload your 3D design, or rent space there to create a 3D design, print on their 3D printer, and come back in an hour for the printer output?

Is it that hard for them to find a niche?

Comment: Article is wrong... (Score 3, Funny) 402

by MMC Monster (#48822871) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

The article should say: I used to write Linux kernel drivers and hate the direction systemd is taking it. Please support me by clicking on my rant and joining me in installing BSD on your router.

Seriously, I'm barely familiar with Linux as I'm just an end user, and I know well enough that I don't need an ask slashdot to figure out which OS I can put on a router which doesn't include systemd.

The unfacts, did we have them, are too imprecisely few to warrant our certitude.