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Comment: Re:Does he stand a chance? (Score 1) 163

by dlgeek (#48664857) Attached to: 'Citizenfour' Producers Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks

[The Plaintiff] also sues on behalf of the United States of America in the nature of a private attorney general, under theories of a derivative action, as well as a third party beneficiary of any relevant agreement[s] Defendant Snowden executed and other obligations he breached.

Anytime you see the phrase "Private Attorney General", run... (it's one of those freemason-of-the-land catchphrases).

3. Upon information and belief, Plaintiff, and the American people he represents have a recognized right to seek derivative and direct and indirect relief against officials who have a duty to act under the extraordinary facts of this case and recoup for the United States Government, the Plaintiff and all others similarly situated.

Yeaahhh... uh-huh, sure.

The complaint is actually signed by a practicing attorney. I'm shocked it wasn't pro-se.

Comment: Re:Automatic software updates (Score 5, Informative) 136

by dlgeek (#47193405) Attached to: Tesla Makes Improvements To Model S
Or the car gets pushed an update file while you're doing 50mph, stores it for later, and installs it at some point when it's stopped and charging.

(Other options also include a polling mechanism where the car phones home for updated periodically when stopped, or a combination of the two where they push an "update is availible" flag, which signals the car to phone home and download/install it once it's stopped/charging).

Comment: Re:It doesn't take a genius to come up with an att (Score 1) 155

by dlgeek (#47190635) Attached to: Millions of Smart TVs Vulnerable To 'Red Button' Attack

But then Places like Comcast pay nearly minimum wage for the poor guys that do video conversion and upload, so if done late in the day the chance that they will just copy and call it done is high.

Sounds like that's the place to attack then - hand the minimum wage guy a USB stick and a bag of money.

Comment: Re:AWS needs to fix things up (Score 1) 109

by dlgeek (#46563833) Attached to: AWS Urges Devs To Scrub Secret Keys From GitHub
You mean like IAM Roles for EC2 which makes credentials show up on your instance and the SDK uses them automatically? And which launched in 2012?

Seriously, it's as easy as S3Client s3 = new S3Client(); and the SDK does the rest. If devs are still hardcoding credentials, I have no sympathy.

+ - Slashdot creates beta site users express theirs dislike-> 4

Submitted by who_stole_my_kidneys
who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) writes "Slashdot started redirecting users in February to its newly revamped webpage and received a huge backlash from users. The majority of comments dislike the new site while some do offer solutions to make it better. The question is will Slashdot force the unwanted change on its users that clearly do not want change?"
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+ - Once Slashdot beta has been foisted upon me, what site should I use instead? 2

Submitted by somenickname
somenickname (1270442) writes "As a long time Slashdot reader, I'm wondering what website to transition to once the beta goes live. The new beta interface seems very well suited to tablets/phones but, it ignores the fact that the user base is, as one would expect, nerds sitting in front of very large LCD monitors and wasting their employers time. It's entirely possible that the browser ID information gathered by the site has indicated that they get far more hits on mobile devices where the new interface is reasonable but, I feel that no one has analyzed the browser ID (and screen resolution) against comments modded +5. I think you will find that most +5 comments are coming from devices (real fucking computers) that the new interface does not support well. Without an interface that invites the kind of users that post +5 comments, Slashdot is just a ho-hum news aggregation site that allows comments. So, my question is, once the beta is the default, where should Slashdot users go to?"

+ - Slashdot beta sucks 9

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Maybe some of the slashdot team should start listening to its users, most of which hate the new user interface. Thanks for ruining something that wasn't broken."

Comment: Re:See, this is kinda what I meant (Score 1) 75

by dlgeek (#45509579) Attached to: Tapping Data From Radio-Controlled Bus Stop Displays is $11 with free 2-day shipping for prime members (US). It's a cheap DV-B TV dongle using a chipset that has a "debug mode" where it spits out the raw RF data, and wide ranging tuning chip that makes it usable as a general purpose SDR reciever (known as an RTL-SDR). Windy's mentioned using one on her blog in many of her other posts.

I just got one this week, and it's been awesome to play with. Check out for more information about how to set it up, and for a blog of cool projects you can do with it.

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?