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Comment: Re:Amazoing (Score 1) 415

by flappinbooger (#47400107) Attached to: Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

I had no idea the contents of a physical drive changed its smell!

This is very intriguing!

Well, I would assume that the dog is trained to indicate on the scent of the various parts of the computer components such as printed circuit boards, solder resin, various typical packaging materials such as integrated circuit housing polymers, and so on.

Oh, wait, whoosh! almost missed it there.

Comment: Re:And this surprises... who? (Score 1) 191

I mean, really. We *know* that (most) grandmas ain't exactly surfin' like crazy. They're terrified of viruses, and all the other associated buzzwords, and were uncomfortable around new technology before that. Certainly there are exceptions -- but I'm not at all surprised to hear that the demographic mentioned isn't exactly spearheading the digital revolution.

This 30% number is going to go down over time -- as these people die.

Comment: Re:RAND totally misses it (Score 1) 97

1. Good cyber people won't put up with the insane government clearance bullshit. They'll go to work for Google or Microsoft.
2. Good cyber people don't want to live in places like Jessup, Maryland or Barksdale, Louisiana.
3. Lots of good cyber people are autodidacts; the report says no more autodidacts should be hired because Ed Snowden was an autodidact. Puh-leeze.

I'd be happy to be a government cyber warrior as long as I can do it in my mom's basement and get paid in hot pockets and star trek dvds.

Comment: Re:He didn't sacrifice a goat to the SJWs. (Score 1) 281

by flappinbooger (#47280529) Attached to: Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

you trusted your BC to some yahoo that ran a fricking Magic:The Gathering trading club...really?

What? You don't do all your banking at the comic book shop?

might be safer to put your money into comic books rather than bitcoin, ha ha.

the thing is, the coins have fluctuated in dollar value but actually haven't crashed or disappeared.

MTGOX was just one exchange, and a goofy one at that IMO, there are many others and more will come.

BTC isn't going anywhere. Both as an idea and a currency.

Comment: Re:I'm surprised (Score 1) 14

by flappinbooger (#47261399) Attached to: Researchers Outline Spammers' Business Ecosystem

The problem is that spam is inexpensive to send. Especially if you are using a bot net of infected computers so you utilize someone else's bandwidth. If you spend $100 to send out 1 million e-mails and get a 0.1% return rate at $1 per user, you make $900 per campaign.

The math to show why spam still exists is really just that simple. Statistically it does pay.

The emails can be purchased cheaply, botnet space is cheap, VPNs to hide your identity are cheap and effective, and the payoff is good.

And since it is a relatively "harmless" thing to do, most spammers can probably sleep well at night.

Comment: Re:This should be easy. (Score 1) 213

by flappinbooger (#47166301) Attached to: US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark

Conspiracy insight level 2: The government already has a sentient AI, but it's an Aspie like Data on Star Trek, so they're crowd-sourcing its emotional development. *dun-dun-DUN*

If they're also putting patches of live skin on his arm, and seductively blowing on it, that would also explain who is running things behind the scenes.

Comment: Re:This should be easy. (Score 4, Insightful) 213

by flappinbooger (#47165465) Attached to: US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark

Just feed a bayesian analysis with postings from /. and use that to match against twitter. Should be able to get within 10%...

Some conspiracy insight - the government's quantum based AI big brother master computer of the NSA is up and running in order to completely surveil the internet in real time.

The problem is, it is nearly useless because it can't determine if someone is being sarcastic / snarky or not.

Comment: Re:ChromeOS spec more stringent? (Score 1) 121

by flappinbooger (#47143979) Attached to: HP (Re-)Announces a 14" Android Laptop

The conspiracy minded folks will point out that this is an attempt to test the waters and introduce the intended future of computing.

TPTB want to reign in the free-for-all that is windows and even MAC-os computers. People can run anything and everything. With Android and the google store, the computer is limited to a controlled walled-garden of apps. Same for iOS.

So, if this form factor takes off (or, if it is MADE to take off, wink wink) you have Google, which is a CIA/NSA front, controlling all that the people are allowed to run on their computers.

Watch, next will be an android DESKTOP. Just you watch!

Comment: Re:HP Is Being Cheap = LOSER segment (Score 2) 121

by flappinbooger (#47143943) Attached to: HP (Re-)Announces a 14" Android Laptop

call us when your dell is 6 years old

My latitude D520 was assembled from parts of many other dead Latitudes. I call it frankentop. Runs reliably. Take it everywhere. Ugly as sin. Dell latitudes are more rugged and parts are cheaper and more interchangable in my opinion. The cheap consumer Dells are more problematic.

I also have a nearly 5 year old quad core HP laptop, hasn't given me any problems other than a noisy fan that stopped being noisy after a while on it's own.

The best is a 13 year old IBM thinkpad, still going. This thing is so old it has USB 1.0. But, truly, no-one on Slashdot will be impressed by that - it isn't unusual.

Now, today, I would be a little hesitant to buy a new HP laptop. I would lean more towards a Lenovo or a Asus.

And what's with this stupid BEATS AUDIO crap? Just give me a decent sound chip that reproduces the sound and doesn't process it FOR me! I've had a beats audio HP laptop, to me it sounds like crap.

And get off my lawn.

Comment: Re:Comcast requires HBO for internet access (Score 1) 343

by flappinbooger (#47138793) Attached to: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot

I am pissed off. I am moving into a new apartment and my choices are centuryLink DSL which AT&T throttles or Comcast. If I go with Comcast I need to pay for cable TV with HBO tier to gain internet access for $99 a month. I do not even freaking own a TV??!@

Now I am still downthrottled on top of that!

What if you got the DSL and a good VPN like PIA?

Will they throttle it if they don't know what it is?

Up until a month or 2 ago I would have said go with Comcast and get internet only. But now that they are intending to cap at 300 GB per month.... meh.

What about a comcast business account? How much does that cost? Is it throttled?

The good thing about comcast is that at the end of the day, it IS fast.

Prof: So the American government went to IBM to come up with a data encryption standard and they came up with ... Student: EBCDIC!"