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Comment Not sure how much MORE I can boycott Sony. (Score 1) 507 507

OK Sony have added +1 to their boycott level, bringing their Douchebag Boycott level to +5. I'm already boycotting them for:
+1 piss-poor customer service in their stores
+1 piss-poor service for their laptop repair
+1 CD rootkit issue
+1 removing the "Other OS" option on the PS3 (ok I never even bought a PS3 but it was a douche move)

Essentially, Sony's douchery have demanded I revise the scale for boycott actions. The +4 level they held previously caused me to
- live Phony free
- defriend on facebook or unfollow anyone with anything good to say about Phony in a status update.
- actively discourage friends/family from purchasing Sony products
- persuade a neighbour to purchase a new TV of brand other than Sony so I did not have to stare at the Phony logo when watching TV when visiting

Ideas for additional sanctions for this new +5 boycott? Currently under consideration: building Rube Goldberg like devices to cause "accidental damage" to any Phony device owned by friends, colleages and acquaintences.

Comment Cyber attacks (Score 1) 892 892

How can a drone attack not be hostile, but a hack / cyber-attack be defined as an act of war? (ref http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/pentagon_declares_cyberattack_an_act_of_war.php

Please order drone attack on the "lawyers" who are making this assertion, because after all, it's not hostile.

Comment Re:iRobots? (Score 2, Interesting) 244 244

iRobot has been building robots for years with no problems with the name.

It is substantially different from crApple products by the fact iRobot products are actually useful rather than shiny technology, and substantially different from Asimov's titicular story, 'I, Robot' in the fact that (a) iRobot's are not 3 laws safe, and (b) it doesn't use 'I, ' but rather 'i' and (c) the company in Asimov's stories is US Robotics which shares the name with another company that you may have used back in the dialup days www.usr.com

I have one of the iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaners and hope that there will be future technological advances that allow me to continue on my goal to the state of being a lazy fat c*nt.

PS WTF Japan, you're only NOW starting to use robots help fix the reactor???

Comment Ingenious plan... (Score 2) 81 81

Like the rollout to rural areas of the NBN in Australia, smart and powerful people are rolling out fast FTTH broadband so IT people can live the dream, move to the farm and give up on the city rat race. You don't need to live in the inner city to write code.

At least until the apocalypse.

Comment PLEASE UPDATE FRONTPAGE WITH NEW REAL FACTS (Score 2) 515 515

I don't work for Samsung but I am a fan of their products.

It seems this so called 'IT consultant' used a crap, rarely used AV product called VIPRE which caused a false-positive, mistaking a SLovenian language pack from Microsoft Live! with a keylogger called StarLogger (both use C:\windows\SL apparently.. jeez I'd hate to use such a poorly written AV package!)

Please refer to posts by Sophos NakedSecurity blog http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/03/30/samsung-intentionally-shipping-laptops-with-keyloggerspy-software/

and Samsung Tomorrow http://www.samsungtomorrow.com/1071

NOW, can we please restore the integrity of /. frontpage news with actual facts instead of fear and obsolete debunked information.

PS - where did this "IT Consultant" get his training from? back of a cereal carton???

Comment This is not really news just marketing. (Score 1) 182 182

This Dreamplug doesn't deserve it's top billing on slashdot - it's just a Guruplug in a new case.

5W you say?? I call BS.. The Guruplug said it was only 5W but when I plugged a wattmeter into it was pulling 7W when idle (old firewall P4 computer was pulling 70W constantly so that's a decent power save anyway). Running both ethernets at gigabit and having the wifi turned on was the major cause of heat problems in the guruplug (so they crippled it so only 1 could run gigabit. Now I see the Dreamplug has 2 gigabit ethernet ports again.

Then I had to install additional airflow elements (drilling holes in the case, replacing heatsinks, replace internal power supply with external one), to turn it into a decent box that could run as my firewall. Not that I mind doing it myself - I'm from the "if you can't open it you don't own it" crowd, but it means you can't recommend this device to other less technical people without voiding their warranty too.

There are no thermal sensors on the board so trying to use lm-sensors package on Linux to get things like CPU temp will fail. The Marvell ARM in the Guruplug is ARMv5 so no XN or No-Execute page protection - that comes with ARMv6. If they haven't been addressed in this new Dreamplug it could very easily turn into a Nightmareplug *groan* especially for it's price.

Java

Apache Resigns From the JCP Executive Committee 136 136

iammichael writes "The Apache Software Foundation has resigned its seat on the Java SE/EE Executive Committee due to a long dispute over the licensing restrictions placed on the TCK (test kit validating third-party Java implementations are compatible with the specification)."
Education

President Obama To Appear On Mythbusters 795 795

Muondecay writes "President Obama will be featured in the December 8th MythBusters episode, 'Archimedes Solar Ray,' during which he will challenge Adam and Jamie to revisit an ancient and somewhat controversial myth: Did Greek scientist and polymath Archimedes set fire to an invading Roman fleet using only mirrors and the reflected rays of the sun during the Siege of Syracuse? This is part of a White House effort to highlight the importance of science education."
Handhelds

When You Really, Really Want to Upgrade a Tiny Notebook 104 104

Benz145 writes "The famous Sony VAIO UX UMPC may have been cancelled a few years back by Sony, but the community at Micro PC Talk won't let it die. Modder Anh has carefully removed the relatively slow 1.33Ghz Core Solo CPU and installed a much faster Intel Core 2 Duo U7700 (a process which involves reballing the entire CPU). On top of this, he managed to install an incredibly small 4-port USB hub into the unit which allowed for the further instillation of a Huawei E172 modem for 3G data/voice/SMS, a GPS receiver, and a Pinnacle HD TV receiver. All of this was done without modifying the device's tiny external case. Great high-res pictures of the motherboard with the modded hardware can be seen through the link."
Bug

IRS Servers Down During Crucial Week 93 93

crimeandpunishment writes "A planned server outage turned into an unplanned glitch for the Internal Revenue Service, and it comes at a very bad time. The IRS planned the server outage for the holiday weekend ... but today they couldn't get the system back into operation. This week is the deadline for filing 2009 tax returns for taxpayers who got extensions. So far it's not having a huge impact since the shutdown only involves the updated version of the e-filing system, and most programs used by large tax companies like H&R Block will default to the older version. There's no estimate on when the system will be back up."
Space

Recently Discovered Habitable World May Not Exist 231 231

sciencehabit better let Greg Dean know that "Two weeks ago, U.S.-based astronomers announced the discovery of the first Goldilocks planet circling another star: just the right size and just the right temperature to harbor alien life. But yesterday at an exoplanet meeting in Turin, Italy, Switzerland-based astronomers announced that they could find no trace of the prized planet in their observations of the same planetary system."

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