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Comment: Surprised ? Don't be ... (Score 1) 76

by nomad63 (#47275161) Attached to: Research Project Pays People To Download, Run Executables
What do you think that most of those websites sends you the surveys to fill out for a few cents running ? Flash ? How much do you know about flash, unless you are a web developer of course, to say if what you are downloading is secure enough, not to steal your identity ? Or when you click on coupons.com etc. coupon printer apps the get downloaded. Once you download and run them, you are giving the app, free rein of your computer. Once run, they are no longer governed by the security controls of your browser. This is how they get to stop you from printing unlimited number of free coke coupons, by hiding the information, somewhere on your storage, even you don't know how to find and delete. It's all about the Benjamins baby.

Anecdote: Do you sleep with me if I paid you $100,000 ? She answers "ummm, yeah, for 100K, I'd sleep with you"; how about if I paid you $10. She answers angrily "what do you think ? you think I'm a whore ?". Oh yes, we have established you are a prostitute. I am just trying to figure out your price.

This ain't anything different. Pay me few bucks and I will surrender my security to you. Then call the IT support, when my computer is running slow and acting weird. No harm to me.

Comment: Re:Could be big if... (Score 1) 61

by nomad63 (#47258199) Attached to: Why Amazon Might Want a Big Piece of the Smartphone Market
I would buy it if it gave me unlimited free data a few minutes of talk time with prime membership. I would also finally say yes to prime. Right now I am not shopping amazon enough to justify prime as their video titles are not a deal maker or breaker for me. But if they throw a basic cell plan into the prime mix, then the balance of the scale may tip enough to convince me. But again, shopping on mobile platform is something I will never do. I prefer to open multiple screens to compare products before making any decision, regardless how inexpensive it is. This is pulling teeth hard if nothing else. and I will never be convinced to commit to it, amazon phone or otherwise.

Comment: Re:Does it have to come from NSA ? (Score 1) 347

by nomad63 (#47254833) Attached to: Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails
I think you didn't get what I meant. When you send a piece of email to another user on the same exchange server or some outside entity, via relay service, the information about who sent the emai, who was the intended target as well as a timestamp, gets recorded in the MS exchange database. The contents of the emails might be stored on a local PST file and might have actually been lost in a computer crash (color me skeptic but I didn't believe that BS for a second) but the so-called metadata should be somewhere on the exchange server, or backed up on a tape somewhere. If it is not, then someone is flat out lying or tampering with evidence. In every company I have been a part of, since sarbanes-oxymoron came into effect, we were required to keep our email archives for god knows how many years but definitely more than 3 or 4. Why not IRS ??

Comment: Does it have to come from NSA ? (Score 1) 347

by nomad63 (#47250239) Attached to: Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails
I am not a windows or MS Exchange admin but as far as I know the lost emails, refer to email contents and they are kept separately from the email header information. Unless IRS claims they have lost every worker's email for this questionable period of time (which, in and of itself is admitting guilt by hiding the truth in my opinion) they should be easy to go to a backup of MS Exchange database and pull the necessary header information. If I am required to keep a 7 years long duration of my financial records, I am sure they are keeping the same on everybody for 7 years. Why not email then ? There is an old folks' saying: The fish smells from the head. This one stunk up the whole neighborhood. Just curious how the Teflon covered president elect will slide out of this one without rolling some serious heads, maybe including his own.

Comment: Re:Finally (Score 1) 519

by nomad63 (#47232795) Attached to: Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California
You are a useless teacher or know one of those very closely and intimidated by this ruling. Aren't you ? Scream all you want. End of cushy teaching positions with tenure is almost over and it is long overdue... In today's economy, nobody who can't do his or her job well, don't deserve to get paid just because being there. I bet you support teacher's unions and vote democrat regardless of the issues.

Comment: If he is such a believer of constitution... (Score 0) 389

I have only heard the soundbites from his interview so far but looks like and he makes himself sound like he is a big proponent and believer of the US constitution. If that is the case, why doesn't he or, rather didn't he, let the constitution he believes in so much, decide his fate by staying in the US and facing the judicial system ?

Yes it is hard to fight with government but if you are right, you have a good possibility of clearing your name and becoming a true hero, not a sideline screamer like he is right now. For all I have heard about him and from him so far, he gives the impression of a self-aggrandizing, pompous-ass politician, more than anything else. And if he happens to step in to this country again, I am sure he will be charged with treason and rightfully so. He will have no way of clearing his name legally, short of US public electing an extremely socialist president and administration.

Comment: Is it me or is slashdot in real decline ? (Score 2) 1198

by nomad63 (#47111777) Attached to: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds
This is the 3rd post I am reading today, that has nothing to do with technology other than talking about an angry geek (this particular post, other are just similar). I knew the posting quality will decline after the resignation of R. Malda, but this is becoming ridiculous lately. Is this me or other old timers are feeling the same ?

Comment: Bing is good for rewards & zeitgeist (Score 2, Informative) 124

by nomad63 (#47079299) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 8.1 With Bing To Sell Cheaper Devices
I religiously visit bing for about 5 minutes daily, to get my points and see which celebrity is diddling which one or who had a fight with whom. Other than that, it might not as well exist. I am still unable to find something that can replace google. Tried duckduckgo but tomorrow, I am going back to google. Results are abysmal at best.

Comment: Everybody sing together (Score 0) 310

... to the tune of Pink Floyd:

We don't need no education
We don't need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it's just another brick in the wall.
All in all you're just another brick in the wall.

Comment: Poor Cisco (damage control) (Score 1) 297

by nomad63 (#47039567) Attached to: Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers
For this many years, NSA is employing this practice of injecting spyware code into CISCO's software/firmware and CISCO is realizing this malfeasance just today ? Gimme a break ! Get real people of CISCO. You were in cahoots with NSA, more than likely, inserting the sanctioned code into your hardware, wherever and whenever asked by the big brother. Now you are crying foul and run into the arms of Uncle Obama ? People are not that stupid as you can imagine. I can guarantee you, there are not that many people with skills of injecting a nearly undetectable routing code into a world renowned router and at the same time, work at NSA for a peanut salary paid by government. So, NSA doing this on their own with no help from CISCO is as believable as someone growing a bubble gum tree on their backyard.

Comment: And people though Huawei concerns were baseless (Score 3, Insightful) 347

You need to be one to understand one. US, especially the international cyber security related ranks of government, were worried about the security of networks, operating on Chinese made Huawei brand routing equipment. Has anyone give it a thought "why" ? Because, they were doing the same thing to the US manufactured equipment and up until Huawei undercut Cisco prices and made inroads to the US networks, they didn't say anything. I am just laughing why people are getting so upset at this point in game. Your privacy and mine as well, is no more than a joke.

Comment: World would be a better place, if.... (Score 1, Flamebait) 150

by nomad63 (#46944033) Attached to: Why Hollywood's Best Robot Stories Are About Slavery
The world would be better off without humans inhabiting it. No complaints about food shortage, air pollution, AI can build contraptions to to harvest energy from all possible sources, especially where there are no humans to consume some of those resources as something called food. No more wars.

Yeah, we humans are the inferior species and it is only a matter of time an AI entity will realize this and take necessary actions to eliminate human race.

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