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Comment: I applaud this as much as I did the gawker network (Score 1) 2219

by junk (#46182535) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Which is not at all. I logged in to post this, just to show my support for the Fuck Beta crowd. I've been here a looong time and want to stay but if you gum it up, I won't. Slashdot is an historical land mark, as far as the net is concerned. It was one of the first DDOS mechanisms we all knew and we want to preserve it as a beacon to what once was. When it goes away (or turns into just another cookie cutter news outlet), so does a piece of our youth. Don't kill it for us.

Comment: validate email addresses... (Score 1) 114

by junk (#46020233) Attached to: Microsoft Researchers Slash Skype Fraud By 68%

Hopefully their research concluded that they should validate email addresses. I have about a dozen Skype accounts (though I never use the service) because of fraudulent account sign ups. The simple act of validating email addresses prior to issuing an account would fix this. Hell, even a product targeted at the lowest common denominator (Facebook) has managed to figure that out.

Comment: Glad to know I'm at least some kind of threat (Score 1) 976

"Similarly, you should not be concerned merely because your neighbors are a member of any national gun advocacy organization. The actual threat â" just to cite the best known org â" that the National Rifle Association (NRA) and its kin present to you and your children is political."

Comment: Re:Only Paypal or Amazon (Score 1) 58

by junk (#42383989) Attached to: Internet Archive Needs Donations, Has Matching Donor

I went to donate and saw that. I'm actually very unhappy about it but I won't be able to donate because they only accept payment via systems I don't trust. If there a direct payment option, I'd have opened my wallet immediately but I refuse to do business with PayPal and just don't trust Amazon. Call me paranoid but it is what it is.

Comment: Re:Defective Microsoft (Score 5, Insightful) 65

by junk (#41980219) Attached to: Skype Disables Password Resets After Huge Security Hole Discovered

I almost feel sorry for them discovering this just after they discontinued Microsoft Messenger and moved people on to Skype. To be fair I expect this hole existed when they brought Skype.

I’m not so sure about that, y’know. It would likely have been discovered by now.

I expect it’s a side effect of the migration of MSN users to Skype as it likely requires changes to both Skype and its backend.

It's not new. I have an email address that people assume doesn't exist and rt they sign up for things all the time. About two years ago, I received a password reset mail from Skype. When I went to reset it (as I do with every random account people sign up for with my email), they gave me the option to reset about a half dozen accounts. I now maintain a list of burner Skype accounts that had previously used my address.

Fun fact: you are limited to 4 successful resets, per email address, per day.

Comment: I believe he believes that... (Score 2) 156

by junk (#41401297) Attached to: Salesforce CEO Benioff: Future Software Will Look Like Facebook

I work for a company that has a love affair with social media and a bit of a love affair with SalesForce... kinda. I've seen their software and we've tried hard to even use some. When Chatter was brought to our company, it was well received. Once people started trying to use it, it became extremely obvious that it's a solution for a problem that doesn't exist. The only problem that it could possibly solve is "How to we get our employees to act more like they're using Facebook?" Sorry guys, we're not (all) children and we want Big Boy Tools to get our jobs done.

Do you really want your employees to feel comfortable posting their photos and comments from drunken nights of debauchery on company systems? Seems like a bad line to start trying to make fuzzy.

Comment: Aiming for the lowest common denominator (Score 1) 1040

by junk (#37993974) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unity/Gnome 3/Win8/iOS — Do We Really Hate All New GUIs?

It's likely that the problem isn't with the UI but with the people who use it. The majority of people who have a personal/professional investment in the UI of a particular OS are not your average user. We're power users or developers or whatever you call people who make their Apples make noises and call it music. We tend to know how our computers work and can make them do things that outsiders look at as magical amazing feats. The designers of these new UIs had us as customers due to the tech under the UI and, in many cases, in spite of it.

With this new march of "progress," the target appears to be only the technically inexperienced. The UI is becoming the way you interact with your computer and not just something that makes the masses capable of doing their job while those of us who know how to use computers can work around them. When the UI becomes the only way to do things, then it's time for us to move on.

Win2k had my favorite Windows UI and I've made all future iterations work the same way.
I never liked Apple.
Xfce has all the interface I need to hold up a web browser, a chat client and a bunch of terminals.

I don't color. I don't take pictures. I don't play games. I write code. I read the interwebs. I conduct business. I am the 1%.

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