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Comment: Why Brogrammers Exist (Score 1) 101

by cpwegener (#45295249) Attached to: Lenovo Want Ashton Kutcher As More Than Just a Pretty Face
This entire thread consists of people spewing about how someone they don't like could never be successful. A few voices point out that there is a background in Kucher's life that might indicate hidden talents.

But No, a comedian and television star could never do as well as those of us whom no one has heard of or knows the posters insist. He's not a "good fit with the culture."

maybe that is why the "culture" is doing such a piss poor job of producing laptops that people actually want or are willing to buy.

Since I doubt that the management of Levono are the complete idiots that some posters here have suggested I would propose that we wait and see how Kutcher does.

I doubt he could do much worse than Levono has been doing lately.

+ - Hackers need to solve this problem they created->

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cpwegener writes "Using Remote Administration Tools many men are hacking the webcams on remote computers to watch women and some men without their permission. This is neither morally or legally permissible but because these perverted script kiddies can use downloadable tools from the internet the practice proliferates. The resulting videos are posted on You Tube without the least sign of remorse (or interest from Google????)
Since the tools need to know the ip address of the controller I cannot imagine it would be too hard to create a tool to expose and even identify the abuser.
"We hear the usual self justification that just because a tool is available it is not the tools creator's responsibility to require proper use. Just because you can kill someone using a hammer doesn't mean the hammer is evil." Blah, blah, blah like most self delusional rationalization this is totally bogus.
I do not have the technical skills nor time to learn how to build such a tool. The hacking community however does.have both the knowledge and ability to help prevent this sort of obscene misuse of internet resources."

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+ - Whose fault is it when your PC gets hacked?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Rather than go through the expense of battling Microsoft directly, many hackers now focus on low-hanging fruit, such as the Java and Adobe Flash browser plug-ins, which are often left un-patched even by users who conscientiously update Windows and Office. This trend was highlighted in a new study by Secunia.

"Microsoft, to some extent, is hamstrung by legacy code and what they've done in the past," Jack Gold, analyst for J. Gold Associates, said. "They can't just rip everything up and start all over again very easily.""

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+ - Supreme Court:First Sale Doctrine for Copyrighted works upheld

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Comment: Missing the Point Entirely (Score 1) 354

by cpwegener (#42353403) Attached to: Taking Sense Away: Confessions of a Former TSA Screener
This entire thread is a beautiful example of missing the point. We went through metal detectors and had our baggage searched before 9/11. Why? because people carried guns onto planes and planted bombs in luggage. The airlines were responsible for screening and did an ineffective job of it.

After 9/11 the TSA was created and assume that responsibility. Why? because people took box cutters on planes and plated bombs in the luggage.

The people you need to be angry at are the people who scheme to hijack planes and/or blow them up.

Comment: Why Linux will never conquer the World (Score 1) 480

by cpwegener (#42012455) Attached to: German City Says OpenOffice Shortcomings Are Forcing It Back To Microsoft
This entire thread is a perfect example of the disconnect between IT and the user base.

The users have work to do and they need their tools to work without interruption so that the users can get their *JOB* done.

It doesn't matter to them if Open Office is better because it is not Microsoft. It doesn't matter to them if it is cheaper, they don't have pay for it. They only want to get through their work day with a minimum of hassle and disruption and focus on their responsibility which is serving their constituents.

They don't like problem solving on computers. They don't want to learn new ways of doing things. They just want to be able to do their job.

Comment: Right Wing Propaganda Works (Score 1) 761

It is genuinely scary how many bright people (I assume most people who post on /. are bright.) are willing to believe the propaganda about Unions that have been spread by right wing billionaires over the last thirty or more years. Almost every comment denigrating Unions is either an exaggeration or a flat out lie. There are many Unions that support staggered pay scales for the same job description. They simply require metrics that are impartial rather than the opinion of the supervisor.

Developers as a group are extremely susceptible to feelings of superiority and self aggrandizement. They are sure that they will be held down by having to share their glory with others.

In fact, anyone who joins a Union immediately earns more money and receives better benefits. That is why companies fight so hard to prevent unions from being formed. Only collective negotiating can force companies and corporations to share their increased income from improvement in productivity with the work force.

Exhibit one: where do you fall on this graph?

Comment: Re:Does *any* industry start a new union anymore? (Score 5, Insightful) 761

Right! Force individuals to negotiate one by one with large employers. Why do you think there has been a thirty year propaganda campaign against unions in this country? Why are employment situations in the EU so much better? (Hint, the answer is powerful unions)

Comment: Eink Readers are much Better (Score 1) 415

Reading from a tablet is like reading with someone shining a flashlight into your eyes. Particularly at night a tablet, with its backlight, keeps you awake. An eink reader does not have that problem.

In general they are lighter as well making them easier to hold.

For people who want to consume from the web a tablet is the right choice. For those of us who want to read the eink readers are the right choice.


North Korea's Own OS, Red Star 316

Posted by timothy
from the linux-is-sometimes-for-communists dept.
klaasb writes "North Korea's self-developed computer operating system, named 'Red Star,' was brought to light for the first time by a Russian satellite broadcaster yesterday. North Korea's top IT experts began developing the Red Star in 2006, but its composition and operation mechanisms were unknown until the internet version of the Russia Today TV program featured the system, citing the blog of a Russian student who goes to the Kim Il-sung University in Pyongyang."
Open Source

Myst Online: Uru Live Returns As Free-To-Play 58

Posted by Soulskill
from the uru-is-dead-long-live-uru dept.
agrif writes "Shorah b'shemtee! Uru Live has been released for free, as a first step towards opening its source. This game, an MMO released by the makers of Myst and Riven in 2003, has been canceled, zombified, resurrected, canceled again, and is now about to be released as open source to its dedicated fan base. Massively has written a brief newbie guide if you're unfamiliar with the game."

Music By Natural Selection 164

Posted by samzenpus
from the survival-of-the-grooviest dept.
maccallr writes "The DarwinTunes experiment needs you! Using an evolutionary algorithm and the ears of you the general public, we've been evolving a four bar loop that started out as pretty dismal primordial auditory soup and now after >27k ratings and 200 generations is sounding pretty good. Given that the only ingredients are sine waves, we're impressed. We got some coverage in the New Scientist CultureLab blog but now things have gone quiet and we'd really appreciate some Slashdotter idle time. We recently upped the maximum 'genome size' and we think that the music is already benefiting from the change."

Comment: Re:People like Vista because it's shiny (Score 1) 692

by cpwegener (#23529564) Attached to: Ballmer Says Vista Selling Really Well
I dislike being called 'moron' by people who do not understand my situation.

I installed Vista and am using it. After an annoying two weeks getting used to what I thought was a slow machine it settled down and everything is running well.

It's RAM footprint is smaller than XPs and it is faster and smoother than my desktop XP (Also dual CPU with a slightly higher clock speed.)

The UAC works exactly as it should. Not that I run any really old programs but when you have misbehaving old program just give the user access to the Registry Keys and directories the program wants unfettered access to and the UAC warnings will disappear.

Is it perfect, no. I find the old style dialogs annoying, but I appreciate the 'if it aint broke don't fix it' to areas of the OS that people rarely go.

Is it stable and secure, absolutely. Why do you think that most malware is going to the social engineering approach?

Regards, Chris

When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried.