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Comment: Re:Thieves looking to steal metal? lolwut? (Score 1) 133

by Locke2005 (#49162113) Attached to: Vandalism In Arizona Shuts Down Internet and Phone Service
That would have helped my friends. They had several dozen used bicycles they were shipping to Africa sitting behind the container they were loading. Some idiot came along and threw them in the back of a truck and took off. The police traced them to a metal recycler which paid the guy like $139 and immediately shredded all bicycles, so by the time the police got there, there was nothing to recover. Sigh. Had another meth head that took a hacksaw to a $30,000 bronze statue to sell as scrap for $100. It's depressing that morons are willing to do so much damage for so little gain; I'm sure the people that have had the copper stripped out of their houses feel the same way.

Comment: "Looking to steal metal"??? (Score 1) 133

by Locke2005 (#49162033) Attached to: Vandalism In Arizona Shuts Down Internet and Phone Service
Fiber optic cables are glass in a plastic sheath run through a PVC pipe... other than the connectors, I wasn't aware there was any metal involved. Are the morons stealing metal to buy meth really that stupid? (By this way, this is yet another reason why fiber is superior to cable -- used fiber optic cable has very little resale value, but used copper becomes more precious every day.)

Comment: Re:Reopen the accounts (Score 1) 533

ISIS doesn't use Twitter to communicate amongst it's members. It uses Twitter to recruit new members. And so far, it has been surprisingly successful at doing so. What need to stop doing is attacking Islam in general in response to the atrocities committed by criminal. Attacks on Islam is the jihadist's best recruiting tool, to the point where I no suspect many of the people bad-mouthing Islam may in fact actually be Jihadi recruiters.

Comment: Re:Last straw? (Score 5, Insightful) 533

No, they can also continue kidnapping young women to hand out to their soldiers as sex slaves, which as near as I can tell is their primary recruiting tool. I appreciate the air strikes, but air strikes alone don't solve the problem. What is needed is a regional coalition to put boots on the ground. The country in the best position to put boots on the ground is Iran, which may be why we are currently attempting to cozy up to them -- we share a common enemy.

Comment: If only EA would be this apologetic! (Score 1) 171

by irreverant (#48478945) Attached to: Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed
It makes me wonder when certain game companies can be honest enough with the gamer and themselves to apologize; should ALL game companies be this way? The answer is YES! Especially EA! I wish there was a way to directly contact EA and their botched game BF4; it was awful but I played anyways cause what else was I going to do! Maybe a slashdot reader can help me organize and create a website where we can really get our voices heard to get game companies to listen!

Comment: No privacy issues here (Score 1) 74

by drew30319 (#48274445) Attached to: Charity Promotes Covert Surveillance App For Suicide Prevention
Nothing about this app has privacy implications:
  • the data that the app reads is otherwise available to the app user
  • the app applies some level of expert-system analysis to identify potentially life-threatening issues
  • the app then alerts the app user about the potential problem
  • the app user is directed to the potentially troubling tweets for review

The charity behind the app has now added the ability to opt-out of the above. Of course there's nothing to prevent another app / service to do all of the above because these are tweets that are still available.

Comment: re: naivety (Score 1) 247

by drew30319 (#47203017) Attached to: Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding

The MAYDAY PAC is like David trying to beat Goliath in a fist fight. Don't fight on his terms, use the sling, idiot!

I believe the idea is that the money raised by "real people" will be used differently than that raised by corporations. The PAC is the funding mechanism which will be used to consolidate and coordinate "real people" who want to positively affect change. In other words: this is a campaign to raise the money for a sling.

Comment: Great Idea! (Score 2) 185

by drew30319 (#47141323) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?
This is fantastic!

(1) implement the Board of Director's idea as-is;

(2) encourage the Board (and anybody else who supports the idea) that they need to really market the hell out of it;

(3) at the same time create a series of spurious emails to the project backers telling them what a terrible idea the project is;

(4) stay home and watch the news the day that the system goes live;

(5) watch as the villagers storm the company castle and the board of directors (and associated greedy imbeciles) are summarily tossed out on their pointy heads;

(6) return to a company which is now free of these fools;

(7) profit!

Comment: Re:Not my horse, not my wagon (Score 1) 1198

by drew30319 (#47120603) Attached to: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

"Last I checked, male university students don't get free escorts home at night, yet female university students around here do."

Not sure what university that would be but you might want to check again, anybody who wants a free escort home at night at the several universities I've been to will get one regardless of their gender.

And it actually is your problem not as a male / female / whatever but as a PERSON. Get it? If you wait until something affects YOU directly and until then just sit around with your head in the sand then you are a part of the problem.

Comment: Affordable option for charities (Score 5, Informative) 281

Rather than discuss alternatives I wanted to let you know that many charities are eligible for deep discounts on MS products. is a clearinghouse (of sorts) for charities and tech companies, allowing for very deep discounts on hardware and software. For example Office Professional Plus 2013 is $32 and Windows 8.1 is $12. In the past I've paid around $125 for Adobe Creative Suite 6.

In addition to discounts techsoup also has a wealth of articles on tech-related issues for nonprofit management.

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. -- Isaac Asimov