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Comment: Excellent Service. (Score -1, Troll) 75

by fferret (#43326231) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Goes On Sale In US, Sells Out
I've purchased a RPi Model B via Allied. They have great customer service, and a friendly sales staff. After ordering online, I got a confirmation phone call from their CS department, confirming the order and wanting to know if they could help out with any issues. One issue: Order backlog is high, but they do keep you informed of ETS. +1, would order again.
Data Storage

+ - Ask Slashdot: Living Virtually?

Submitted by fferret
fferret (58662) writes "A lifelong Science Fiction fan, the concept of continuing to exist as a virtual copy post-mortem is familiar and desirable. I want to see what the future will be like. Mobile, sessile or otherwise, given the recent developments in brain imaging, understanding the structure of the brain, decoding signals, and the decreasing cost of the electronics involved, how far off are we from adding ourselves to our daily backup routine?"

Comment: Re:Banal solutions.. (Score 1) 251

by fferret (#37539390) Attached to: Man-In-the-Middle Remote Attack On Diebold Voting Machines
You've missed the point. Secret ballots protect each voter from reprisal for their vote. Given the heated political environment these days, I'm pretty certain that if your suggestion were followed, there would be post-election reprisals, ranging from discrimination to criminal acts.

Comment: Concerned. (Score 1) 251

by fferret (#37538950) Attached to: Man-In-the-Middle Remote Attack On Diebold Voting Machines
I'm an election judge, and I forwarded this to my county Board of Elections, with a note recommending we need to conduct a machine inspection, along with a review of how the machines are physically secured. Once the machines are fielded to the polls, usually days before the election, we need to find a way to seal them at the poll until they are used. On the subject of DRE versus other methods of vote registration/counting, I agree that DRE is still an inherently un-secure technology, but my county/state made a massive investment, and cannot afford to replace them. The best thing we can do as poll workers is to take whatever steps needed to reassure the voting public their vote is accurately recorded and secure from tampering at the poll. We have no control beyond that.
Music

Japan's Latest Rockstar Is a 3D Hologram 305

Posted by samzenpus
from the as-real-as-it-gets dept.
kkleiner writes "Hatsune Miku is a Japanese pop diva who's just started to play massive stadium concerts to sold out crowds. Her hair is blue, she dresses like Sailor Moon, and she'll only appear in concerts via a 3D 'hologram.' Oh, and did I forget to mention that she's completely fictional? Created by Crypton Future Media, Hatsune Miku and her virtual colleagues have gone on limited tours in Japan."
Piracy

Sony Gets Nasty With PSBreak Buyers 246

Posted by Soulskill
from the give-it-a-rest dept.
YokimaSun writes "The war between hackers and Sony over the PlayStation 3 has now taken an even more sinister turn, with Sony going after not just shops but actual buyers of the PSBreak dongle, threatening them with fines of many thousands of Euros and forcing them to sign cease-and-desist letters. It seems Sony will use any means necessary to thwart both homebrew and piracy on the PS3."

Comment: a tough choice.... (Score 2, Interesting) 1270

by fferret (#33944868) Attached to: Given one free trip to the past in a time machine, I would..
I dithered over this one. Seriously. I'm in very bad shape financially. I have spent most of my life helping others. I ultimately selected right a wrong, but I wavered between that and go back a few years and invest in something. I have held the belief that helping others would be repaid in good karma, but it's harder and harder to believe that. It certainly hasn't been financially rewarding. I haven't had a full-time job in 2 years. I'm almost 50, and my age certainly hasn't helped me in the IT job market. I lopped 15 years off of my 30-year career and that hasn't helped. I realize I'm whingeing, but finding myself making a hard choice over a Slashdot survey (for Ghod's sake!) has revealed to me the depth of my emotional turmoil. I don't _want_ to be a selfish asshole, but is that really going to be the only way to survive?
It's funny.  Laugh.

Facebook Post Juror Gets Fined, Removed, Assigned Homework 539

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i'll-do-it-tomorrow dept.
eldavojohn writes "A Michigan judge removed a juror after a Facebook comment and also fined her $250 and required her to write a five-page paper about the constitutional right to a fair trial. The juror was 'very sorry' and the judge chastised her, saying, 'You violated your oath. You had decided she was already guilty without hearing the other side.'"
Networking

Journal: Open-source networking?

Journal by fferret

I'm blogging about CIsco Systems for NetworkWorld's Cisco Subnet subsite. A recent post mentioned open-source networking and the WRT54G, but a Google search doesn't turn up much in the way of projects, save for network monitoring/maintenance and the WRT54G. Am I not looking in the right spots? Is there a site for FLOS hardware?

Communications

Illinois Bans Social Network Use By Sex Offenders 587

Posted by timothy
from the good-feel-measure-vs.-bad-feel-felons dept.
RobotsDinner writes "Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law a bill that bans all registered sex offenders from using social networks. '"Obviously, the Internet has been more and more a mechanism for predators to reach out," said Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), a sponsor of the measure and a governor candidate. "The idea was, if the predator is supposed to be a registered sex offender, they should keep their Internet distance as well as their physical distance."'"
Space

Inflatable Tower Could Climb To the Edge of Space 296

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the out-of-breath dept.
MonkeyClicker writes with mention of a proposal that could see an inflatable tower helping to carry people to the edge of space without the need for rocket propulsion. This would function in place of previous space elevator designs which featured a large cable and could be completed much faster, if proponents of the project are to be believed. "To stay upright and withstand winds, full-scale structures would require gyroscopes and active stabilization systems in each module. The team modeled a 15-kilometer tower made up of 100 modules, each one 150 meters tall and 230 meters in diameter, built from inflatable tubes 2 meters across. Quine estimates it would weigh about 800,000 tonnes when pressurized — around twice the weight of the world's largest supertanker."

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