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Journal: "Worst ask slashdot question ever"???? 1

Journal by davidsyes

http://tech.slashdot.org/story/09/08/18/0143232/Suitable-Naming-Conventions-For-Workstations?art_pos=18

My comments:

Even possibly worse is that by super-descriptively naming the computers means that anyone with crash log or trojan/mapping software can map out a firm's or an agency's approximate or exact seating and office arrangement. This could be an extreme security hazard, and could in advance open the company to employee-initiated lawsuits against the company.

This could be an issue in that companies may want to cause the US government to pass laws that software vendors MUST NOT collect nor even embed in the software a collection of machine and geographic information. JUST the crash, the generic or specific type of 3rd party java/active-x/C++/etc code running, and the machine os/rev/patch level, the date and time, and a few other non-identifiable bits of info. But, all the sites visited, the location of the hardware, the user login name... hell, who can know what the crash logs collect when many if not most of them convert the stuff to hex or some other non-human readable characters? (Yes, those with skills can reverse engineer most of this, but the lay person may want to know there corresponding, readable bits before allowing the log to be sent.)

This guy's asking the question could serve the purpose of warning him that a naming convention should not give up TOO much information that could be nefariously exploited by unauthorized recipients of such scheme. Internally, the scheme is likely to be fantastic if not overdone, though.

Unfortunately, i'm thinking what i wrote may be pointless because the crash logs are just collating information already in the system's ram or files that any decent programmer can obtain. So... maybe what i wrote is meaningless... a waste of time...

Movies

Journal: Wagon Train To/From the Stars...

Journal by davidsyes

Funny:

http://entertainment.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1336081&op=Reply&threshold=1&commentsort=0&mode=nested&pid=29063557

But, my comments:

Cleverly circular, and Circularly Clever (as in funny, not as in derisive).

I think it would be awesome to find were the descendants of a "lost, once-warring" civilization. It might explain some of the random scientific breakthroughs and claims of fuel improvements. Our current government and corporate attitudes toward money would explain the mysterious deaths or disappearances of the "advancing" persons, their claims and maybe some of the tech-- real or fraudulent.

On the other side of "interesting" (but not necessarily "awesome"), would be that, anthropologically, if proto-humans here WERE indeed mixed by human(oids) who look more like us than the "ape man" creatures we saw trekking along in the Serengeti, then some of those Galacticans/fugitives/survivors must've gotten tired of sexing it up with own kind. Might, though, explain the hardy (and sometimes twisted) immune system, HIV/AIDS, herpes, and a slew of other things that afflicted humans (even the one (Franklin? "Mr. Lightning Catheter"?) who though funneling lightning down a kite string to his key would blast away his STD or, as my high school chem instructor termed it "his woes and ails", hehehe).

But, as for the warring, (analogous to the current Israel/Palestine/Cylon/Rebels conflicts), CyTigh put it kind of nicely (paraphrasing): "Go back far enough, you can blame the first pond scum crawling out of the mud for everything wrong with humanity."

Now, can anybody tie in "The Gods Must Be Crazy", and "Gorillas in the Mist"? (That might be kewl...)

(I don't know of the Mormon influence will survive into the finished product. It'll probably be veiled, or altered some way to try to be intriguing the way "District 9" will be to some watchers. Well, unless it's nearly-fully-funded by Mormons who really want their message on-screen)

(As usual, posted with "No Subscriber Bonus".)

(Since i rarely mod, and and since you're at 5, Funny and using any mod for you would have no higher effect, and since i'm at "TERRIBLE" karma as of yesterday (by-product of my emotional flaming toward the mod-bombing (and revisionist down-scorings) i've been getting the past few weeks), this is one of the posts i found worth using one of my 2-allowed-per-24-hours posts, especially since though a Trek fan since 1968 (don't forget Trek was Gene Roddenberry's "Wagon Train [TO} the Stars...), for me, for now, BSG reimagined is far more human-storied, gritty, emotionally-roller-coasting, and politically current, and, i dare say, may have had a subtle role in the outcome of the demise of the prior US administration-- just wait 5 or 10 years... some will say it reflected then-current events, while others will probably successfully make the case that (science) fiction can definitely alter real-world politics.)

Well, so much for forgetting that 24 hours haven't yet passed by...

Bug

Journal: Bug fixed in Opera crashing in slashdot 1

Journal by davidsyes

Either it's been fixed, or just better covered up, but for now, no crashing due to rapid "Ctrl + A" when in the slashdot user submission entry box since i updated Opera to 10.00 Beta 3, build 1699.

Will try the other machine and update here...

(I put this under "Bug" because while there is "Mozilla", there is no "Opera"... And, since i don't know if it's an Opera bug, or some shrewd/stealty slashdot tracking module to prevent abuse of the site, i didn't want to put it under "Software")...

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Yep, definitely, the older/preceding version crashes INSTANTLY on rapid/repeated "Ctrl + A"

Still, doesn't mean it's an Opera fault. So far, i haven't been crashed on other sites where i copy contents and inadvertently do multiple "Ctrl + A" strokes...

User Journal

Journal: EFFED UP DEUX 3

Journal by davidsyes

So, in:

http://news.slashdot.org/story/09/08/13/137252/US-Colleges-Say-Hiring-US-Students-a-Bad-Deal

I said -- inferred-- in my first para that the report being published is probably to wake up the government to the desire of many to influence hiring to domestic workers out of jobs. But, of course, i went on (thinking i'd offer some *mostly* neutral input, and it seems i have pissed of a few god-powered slahsers, or simply pissed off EVERYONE with an ability to singly or in collaboration just mod-thrash me into oblivion.

My personal observations and experience are off topic. Probably should have left it at the first para, only. But, then it would have been modded "redundant". Some twit is after me big-time.

Well, for that, i hope some sweet retaliatory vengeance in the form of tighter visa restrictions and immigration policies kicks in BIG TIME. (Maybe an oft-traveler is ticked that i brought up this information about visa abuse in Japan? Too damned bad...)

(Maybe we'll find out i'm not the only one, and that slashdot is trying to be more "grown up" because maybe there is a pending facebook or murdoch-like suitor in the offing.... It'll be funny, too, to find out one day that slashdot is the largest, most successful on-line geek/nerd/techhie information harvester there is, and that its location in/near Virginia is no accident, or that it's NOT in Virginia but its data flows through there.... It would be a time to say, "so much for your anonymized/pseudonym submission...")

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Why is there a "Moderate" button on one's own journal page? hmmmmm.....

User Journal

Journal: REALLY EFFED UP...

Journal by davidsyes

In:

http://tech.slashdot.org/story/09/08/11/1738234/Chevy-Volt-Rated-At-230-mpg-In-the-City

I wrote a comment about fuel or parking spaces being used to offset or make up the loss of gas-tax revenues as electric cars take fuel more from electrical grids, following a comment that was (in my mind) a logical starting of an alternate point about cities raising revenues (related to cars, and...), and it was marked "off topic"

What kind of oversight is being run here? Is there a HUMAN in the link for correcting dumb-ass moderation by vengeance-seekers? Of course, by now, with TERRIBLE karma (and still have 5 moderation points), i'm probably so radioactive that no one will touch my screen name or comments.

And WHY oh WHY does this journal page default the scroll list to "PC Games" rather than "User Journal". I don't write about games.

User Journal

Journal: Funny as hell... 31 fans and 0 friends (of course) ... 1

Journal by davidsyes

And ZEEEERO foes? This is funny, because IIRC, in less than 1 month i somehow accumulated 31 fans (I'll leave nameless (or, does /. allow logged-in users to see my friends/fans/foes? I don't recall), as some probably are real, many probably stalkers, and the system listed them as fans when they may have self-ascribed as foes)... But, in any case, only two, possibly three replied to me directly AS a quasi-fan more than one time.

Wasn't there a time when /. code was buggy and allowed users permanently high/good karma? Sorta like Half Life back in the 90's? /. needs to graft some VisualAnalytics contact mapping onto /. so anonymous moderators are unhooded. But, no, it might diminish the aura of the American voting privacy protection blah blah blah...

I wonder whether there is for those with "Terrible Karma" a journal entry limit...

Strange, how it feels "Star Chamber" (movie)-like, yet people can write in and suggest borderline illegal things, joke about murder, link to or suggest porn, ways of defeating one's workplace sysadmin, and so on. Yet profanity and uncivil flame-engagement can be MY undoing because i'm flaming one-way because some digitally-masked assailants can't be troubled to identify themselves and risk their own integrity and karma...

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Update:

I see i have 31 fans, but earlier i somehow missed noticing "Freaks". I have 19 of those, orange-dotted listings.... Are they uuber-enemies by another flag?

User Journal

Journal: See, this is weird... "Terrible Karma"

Journal by davidsyes

And the systems still says:

"Moderation x
You have moderator access and 5 points (expire on 2009-08-15). Welcome to those of you just joining: please read the moderator guidelines for instructions.
You can't post & moderate the same discussion.
Concentrate on promoting more than demoting.
Browse at -1 to keep an eye out for abuses.
Mail the admin URLs showing abuse (the cid link please!)."

Of course, i won't know if with terrible karma whether i can still moderate. That's because i don't buy into the moderation, and i won't try it. Well, that is, i RARELY moderate. How can i, when i engage in post-damnation flames against my stalkers/instigators?

But, at least i have SOME noteworthy achievements, per /.:

"The Tagger
Had a Comment Modded Up
Comedian"

(But, in the interest of full disclosure, that's been so for over a few months...)

PC Games (Games)

Journal: hehehe.. "TERRIBLE KARMA" now...

Journal by davidsyes

"Call It A Night, Cowboy!
Slashdot only allows a user with your karma to post 2 times per day (more or less, depending on moderation). You've already shared your thoughts with us that many times. Take a breather, and come back and see us in 24 hours or so. If you think this is unfair, please email posting@slashdot.org with your username "davidsyes". Let us know how many comments you think you've posted in the last 24 hours."

Anyway, my comment on blizzard...

" All rights and title in and to the Service (including without limitation any user accounts, titles, computer code, themes, objects, characters, character names, stories, dialogue, catch phrases, locations, concepts, artwork, animations, sounds, musical compositions, audio-visual effects, methods of operation, moral rights, any related documentation, "applets" incorporated into the Game Client, transcripts of the chat rooms, character profile information, recordings of games played using the Game Client, and the Game Client and server software) are owned by Blizzard or its licensors."

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If that is what blizzard thinks, then they are UTTERLY FULL OF SHIT.

If i design a character based on my life, and make if 90% authentic, does blizzard imply that they can write my autobiography and intimate previously-never-disclosed details in a book and sell it using pros before i could piddle along and sell it myself? If they beat me to it, could they enjoin or prevent me from later selling my story, or derivatives? That's like or similar to universities and schools telling students that reuse of their prior works published or unpublished is plagiarism, and thus grounds for censure/dismissal/suspension/et cetera.

If i make a character based on a nickname i used all or most of my life and it's documented (let's say someone's nickname is on their driver's license, checks, and various sites said player subscribes to), does blizzard or its attorneys think they have the right to usurp and malign, extend or otherwise republish said handles/nicknames and "productize" them? If that's what they think, they are FULL OF SHIT.

If i place a real world URL of MY own designs/drawings/inventions into a virtual world, and characters are modified by players to "build" a world or vessel or home based on my works, does blizzard think they have the right to claim that that incorporation of my works (say they are WELL (traceably) PUBLISHED on the internet well prior to joining a game)? If so, they ARE FULL OF SHIT.

Do they think they can "own" or assert some ownership in the real legal system works that existed prior to their network game even was invented? How DARE have the temerity to deviously usurp individual property/possession/performance rights of things they didn't independently invent.

Now, i'd have to read the EULA for myself, but it reeks of many earlier publishing sites for authors whose writings would for various reasons (ranging from poor quality to publishing industry cock-blocking/gatekeeping/artificial demand creating) that asked for all prior art, sketches, blueprints, designs, models, mockups, notes, ideas, discussions, and more of the book or downstream products before even discussing whether or not they'd produce an author's book. They claimed it was to ensure the submitter was the true owner, and to protect their company from lawsuits and to maintain a lawsuit-safe environment for authors to contract with, but i always felt they were trawling for invention ideas, not unlike inventor submission adverts. I once met with at least two people who claimed they could introduce me to manufacturers, and they wanted to see REAL DRAWINGS i'd made, as if i'm dumb enough to let them produce my ideas and cut me out of the profit stream. Even two banks' officers lied to me and tried to keep copies of a business plan i wrote. I demanded (in a paragraph in the plan) they not make any copies until they approved funding, and that the plan was private, proprietary, confidential, et cetera. They were lying, and in know it, because when i spotted it in its distinctive binding, the banker guffawed and hemmed and tried to play innocent. He just was too lazy to have copied it in the week he had it sitting on his desk.

ANyway, i'd like to see someone inject into blizzard some real world products they own, see blizzard try to sneak off to a real-world manufacturers' agent, and then get take to court and be found guilty if they are indeed skimming for ideas.

PC Games (Games)

Journal: Bad Karma... 5 Moderator Points? STOOPID?

Journal by davidsyes

"Karma: Bad
5 moderator points expire 2009-08-15.

Welcome to those of you just joining: please read the moderator guidelines for instructions. You can't post & moderate the same discussion. Concentrate on promoting more than demoting. Browse at -1 to keep an eye out for abuses. Mail the admin URLs showing abuse (include the cid link please!)."

Sigh.... Wonky system? Must be. Not as if i go around just dishing out mod points, up or down. I hardly EVER moderate. Given the things i say, i feel i should not moderate others, tho i'll freely comment if an urge arises.

Software

Journal: Slashdot crashes my Opera Browser 2

Journal by davidsyes

This is what i'm going to submit to Opera. I declined to let the crash reporter send the log, as it had information not only about my visited sites, but file paths in the two machines on which i could repeatedly duplicate the crash.

But, Slashdot might want to cooperate with Opera. However, anyone searching for this bug will find on the bug report page:

"Note: Due to the sensitive nature of the data in our tracking system, no public list of known bugs is available." It still might be under discussion, though.

Opera 10.00 Beta 2 Build 1642 summarily crashes if simply double-tap "A" in Ctrl+A at the site www.slashdot.org.

First, pick a comment and hit reply (i did it as a logged-in user; dunno if it'll work as an anonymous commenter). Then click outside of the comment reply box. THen rapidly click the "A" in Ctrl+A keystroke. BOOM, it crashes.

Repeated on two different Dell desktops, one over 8 years old with ~ 1GB RAM (and over 20 tabs open), the other around 3 years old with 2+GB (and around 7 tabs open), Machines' OS: XP Pro.

Another way to crash it it anonymously at Slashdot, click on "Login", but don't log in. Just click outside the login popup, then double-tap the "A" in Ctrl+A.

(Dammit, we need a free-entry Journal Topic field.... Opera's not in the drop-down list.)

Social Networks

Journal: Well, well, well, FINALLY, I hit "bad" karma.... 3

Journal by davidsyes

FINALLY, somebody in a power position demoted me to BAD karma. All the year's i'd written vitriolic, insightful, inciting, and informative things, and in the span of the past 8 months or so, i went from "Excellent" karma, in over the past few months, was at "Good" karma. Today, I'm at "Bad" karma. I think this AM, or definitely last week i was at "Good" karma.

Finally, somebody (or several) with power decided to push me under the carpet...

Must've pissed off mods or the parent company, too... (Do readers alone or all in conjunction drive down karma through modding?) (I think my recent "CAn you hear me NAOOOOWWWWW"

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1316781&cid=28845883

torqued someone....), ....

I noticed there is an "x" after my profile/user account name. Is that a flag to readers in the know that said subscriber is a "bad karma" person?

Wireless Networking

Journal: COOL Tech to Save Police Officer Lives

Journal by davidsyes

I put this under Wireless Networking because /. seems incapable of auto-synthesizing more diverse and more appropriate Journal Topic selections....

http://iphone.tmcnet.com/news/2009/07/01/4253766.htm

I won't add any self-aggrandizing commentary/editorial to this. The entire article speakes for itself. Exerpts:

"How it Works Rapp says that the whole premise behind COPsync was to build an officer safety notification system. He says that in doing the research to accomplish that, his team discovered a need to work with lots of other technology vendors. Unfortunately, he says, most law enforcement systems in this space are very, very proprietary.

"They don't play well together and it causes issues amongst law enforcement agencies, so from day one we took a position that we will always remain neutral. We said, 'let's build for the mobile environment; let's actually provide it to the guys that are riding around in the patrol car.' And that meant we had to be hardware agnostic, vendor agnostic, and to be honest with you I could almost venture to say that we are technology agnostic. What I mean by that is, we built our technology from the foundation up to work with any possible system that is out there.""

"Furthermore, as soon as that audible tone and visual alert happen in the squad on the scene, the system automatically transmits an officer safety alert to all COPsync-equipped patrol cars within a 50 mile radius regardless of their jurisdiction."

User Journal

Journal: Microsoft Money Support Ending Next Year or Sooner 2

Journal by davidsyes

http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/06/11/end-of-the-road-for-microsoft-money

"On Microsoft's own Money site, the company explains that, "[w]ith banks, brokerage firms and Web sites now providing a range of options for managing personal finances, the consumer need for Microsoft Money Plus has changed. After suspending annual updates of Money Plus in 2008, Microsoft is announcing today that we will no longer offer Microsoft Money Plus for purchase after June 30, 2009."

The Redmond company warns that "[a]ll purchased Money Plus products must be activated prior to Jan. 31, 2011." Once activated, the program will work as usual. However, after the cut-off date for online services, users will be left with reduced functionality and the inability to upgrade their version of Money or move it to a new machine, virtual or otherwise."

User Journal

Journal: I effing DARE YOU.... Okay... bzzzewhuttttzzzzztzzsszz 2

Journal by davidsyes

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090610/ap_on_re_us/us_taser_dare

When you dare something to happen, be careful. The outcome depends... well, in her case... Depends...

" A dashboard camera in the deputy's car shows the 4-foot-11 Winkfein refusing to sign her speeding ticket, getting out of her white pickup truck and cursing at the deputy constable.

Bieze then pushes her to get her away from traffic.

"You're gonna shove a 72-year-old woman," Winkfein says angrily, standing inches from the deputy.

"If you don't step back, you're going to get Tased," Bieze says.

"Go ahead, Tase me," Winkfein says. "I dare you."

The video shows Bieze using the Taser and Winkfein hitting the ground and moaning in pain.

"Put your hands behind your back or you're going to be Tased again," Bieze yells, and then hits her with another jolt."

"It is easier to fight for principles than to live up to them." -- Alfred Adler

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