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Comment Re:This is why (Score 1) 229

They could, and someone could just as easily write some code that splits the larger file into however many 4k x 4k chunks are necessary to reconstruct that same larger file. I seem to recall downloading things from Usenet in the early 90s in parts and then combining them to recover the original file. The only real difference here is that instead of recombining with a simple *nix "cat" command and then decoding the resulting file, someone would need to write a script that stripped the 8 kb header off the various chunks when combining.

Comment Re:The moderationg system needs an overhaul. (Score 1) 1833

I'd like to see two additional changes to the mod system myself, I think at least the first has been proposed earlier.

We really need an "undo mod" and/or "change mod" option, I think we've all hit the wrong mod at some point in time, usually resulting in a "D'oh!" moment. Heck, it would only need to be active for 30 or 60 seconds. An alternative that I've also seen proposed is to have an "are you sure?" prompt for every mod, but I would find that quite annoying.

Second, while I can certainly see at least some of the reasoning against being able to both comment and mod in the same thread, the system defines an entire post/story as a single thread. I at least would like to see this change, it often forces one to choose between modding or posting in a story (or at least forces posting as an AC). It's particularly annoying in submissions with multiple hundreds of comments where I may mod near the top but then see something later that I want to correct, add to, or disagree with (and post why).

Submission + - Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Renewable Energy And Cheap Electricity (thinkprogress.org)

mdsolar writes: On Monday, the court upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) demand response rule, which was created in 2011 and orders utilities to compensate consumers for reducing their use during peak hours — the times of day, typically in the morning or evening, when most people home and using their electricity. As Justice Elena Kagan explains in the court’s opinion, demand response “arose because wholesale market operators can sometimes — say, on a muggy August day — offer electricity both more cheaply and more reliably by paying users to dial down their consumption than by paying power plants to ramp up their production.”
Electricity producers and grid operators challenged the rule in court, saying FERC overstepped its authority, but the Supreme Court ruled 6-2 against the challenge. FERC’s authority does extend to wholesale power markets, and the court ruled that, in this case, FERC was simply exercising that authority.

Submission + - RIP Alan Rickman, AKA Hans Gruber, Severus Snape

TigerPlish writes: Variety reports Rickman died after a short bout of cancer, and was surrounded by friends and family when he went.

While some may question how is this News for Nerds, I'm of the opinion that Harry Potter was, is, and will always be a nerd favorite.

Comment Re:Um... (Score 1) 519

If I had mod points, you'd get them. Thanks for pointing out the real problem here. I do think though that the way populations of those "lowest classes" are distributed throughout the US contributes to the perception in that far more people see the ghetto culture, which is concentrated in and near larger cities, than see the white trash culture which tends to concentrate in the boonies.

Comment Re: Karma! It IS a bitch! (Score 1) 245

Patients should not be able to import their own prescriptions. At all. There's a reason shit like daraprim and amoxacillin are behind the prescription counter instead of on the shelf.

Woah there, the key word is prescriptions. At this point, you're the first person in this thread who said anything about being able to get these drugs without a prescription. When prescribed, though, we should be able to obtain drugs from reputable foreign sources. While I'd certainly be suspect of drugs coming from India, Russia, China, Mexico, etc., I totally agree with the parent AC that there's no problem getting stuff from Canada or many European sources, their supplies are as safe if not safer than ours.

There are certainly any number of Slashdotters who lean libertarian enough to think we should be able to get what we want, when we want it, from anywhere we want to, but that wasn't really the context of the discussion

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Best (or better?) ways to Archive emails? 2

An anonymous reader writes: I've been using email since the early 90s and have probably half a million emails in various places and accounts. Some of them are currently in .tar files, others in the original folders from obsolete or I-don't-use-them-anymore mail clients. Some IMAP, some POP3. You get the picture. I don't often need to access emails older than a year or two, but when I do, I have found that my only hope for the truly archived ones is to guess what Grep combo might find the right text in the file...and then pick through the often unformatted, unwrapped, super ugly text until I find the email address or info that I'm searching for. Because of this, I tend to at-all-costs leave emails on servers or at least in the clients so that I can more easily search and find.

My question is whether there's any way to safely store them in a way that I can actually use them later, offline, in a way that allows for easy date searches, email address searches, and so on. Thunderbird for example has "Archive" as an option, but if I migrate to a different client I assume that won't work anymore.

So what ways to people archive emails _effectively_? Or is this totally a lost cause and I should keep limping along with grep?

Submission + - Texas Fracking Zone Emits 90% More Methane Than EPA Estimated (insideclimatenews.org)

mdsolar writes: A sprawling, aggressive effort to measure the climate footprint of natural gas production has yielded striking results: methane emissions from the Barnett Shale in North Texas are at least 90 percent higher than government estimates.

That conclusion comes from a peer-reviewed study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The paper is the most sweeping study to emerge from the Environmental Defense Fund's $18-million project to quantify methane leaks from the natural gas industry. It was written by 20 co-authors from 13 institutions, including universities, government labs, EDF and private research firms.

Submission + - Judge wipes out Safe Harbor provision in DMCA, makes Cox accomplice of piracy

SysKoll writes: The DMCA is well-known for giving exorbitant powers to copyright holders, such as taking down a page or a whole web site without a court order. Media companies buy services from vendors like Rightscorp, a shake-down outfit that issues thousands of robot-generated take-down notices and issues threats against ISPs and sites ignoring them.

Cox, like a lot of ISP, is inundated with abusive take-down notices, in particular from Rightscorp. Now, BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music are suing Cox for refusing to shut off the Internet access of subscribers that Rightscorp accused of downloading music via BitTorrent. Cox argues that as an ISP, they benefit from the Safe Harbor provision that shields access providers from subscribers' misbehavior.

Not so, says US District Judge Liam O'Grady. The judge sided with the media companies ahead of trial, saying Cox should have terminated the repeat offenders accused by Rightscorp. Cox's response is quite entertaining for a legal document: its description of Rightscorp includes the term "shady", "shake-down", and "pay no attention to the facts"

O'Grady also derided the Electronic Frontier Foundations's attempt to file an amicus brief supporting Cox, calling them hysterical crybabies.

This case will be closely watched and can be very damaging for the Internet industry.

Submission + - Microsoft rolls out major fall update to Windows 10 (windows10update.com)

Ammalgam writes: Microsoft have rolled out a major update to Windows 10 called the Fall Update, November Update or Threshold 2. The update is now publicly available for everyone to download and Microsoft have confirmed that it will be a staggered release.

This update is full of fixes and refinements to Windows 10 including substantial changes to Edge, Cortana, icons, the Start Menu, Activation and multiple enterprise features. Here is a full list of changes.

Have you updated your Windows 10 install yet? What was your experience?

Submission + - Crocodiles to Guard Death Row Prisons in Indonesia

HughPickens.com writes: BBC reports that Budi Waseso, the head of Indonesia's anti-drugs agency has proposed building a prison island guarded by crocodiles to house death-row drug convicts and says crocodiles make better guards than humans — because they cannot be bribed. "We will place as many crocodiles as we can there," says Waseso. "You can't bribe crocodiles. You can't convince them to let inmates escape." Waseso says only traffickers would be kept in the jail, to stop them from mixing with other prisoners and potentially recruiting them to drug gangs. The plan, reminiscent of James Bond's "Live and Let Die" movie escape, is still in the early stages, and neither the location or potential opening date of the jail have been decided. Anti-drugs agency spokesman Slamet Pribadi confirmed authorities were mulling the plan to build “a special prison for death row convicts” Indonesia already has some of the toughest anti-narcotics laws in the world, including death by firing squad for traffickers, and sparked international uproar in April when it put to death seven foreign drug convicts, including Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Despite the harsh laws, Indonesia’s corrupt prison system is awash with drugs, and inmates and jail officials are regularly arrested for narcotics offences.

Comment Re:I have no debt and a hefty savings account (Score 1) 386

On the other hand, why would you increase the credit limit of someone who never gives you more than you gave them in the first place?

Why wouldn't the bank increase the credit limit of someone who always pays back on time and clearly has the assets to continue doing so? Sure, they bank doesn't get to make $BIGSUM at extortionate interest rates. But they do charge a fee to the merchant for every single transaction. IIRC, it averages somewhere around 2% of the purchase price. So if I buy a new laptop for $1000 and charge it on my Visa card, the issuing bank and Visa (via their processing network) split $20 of profit. Depending on how they do things, they can then float the $20 and collect interest on it for at least a few days.

Even if every single cardholder paid off in full every statement, you're looking at tens (or more) of millions of accounts.

Submission + - Firefox 42 Arrives With Tracking Protection, Tab Audio Indicators

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today launched Firefox 42 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Notable additions to the browser include tracking protection, tab audio indicators, and background link opening on Android. The new private browsing mode goes further than just not saving your browsing history (read: porn sites) — the added tracking protection means Firefox also blocks website elements (ads, analytics trackers, and social share buttons) that could track you while you’re surfing the web, and it works on all four platforms. The feature is almost like a built-in ad blocker, though it’s really closer to browser add-ons like Ghostery and Privacy Badger because ads that don’t track you are allowed through.

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