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Comment: Re:Marketing? (Score 1) 239

by proto (#48649065) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves
Look at it from this angle. Consider all the money that Sony Pictures has potentially loss. The completed scripts that were stolen may not be used or placed into production for legal headaches alone. The five movies that were downloaded and possibly pirated within days may never be officially released considering its in the wild and part of an FBI investigation (loss of hundreds of millions in future revenue). The Sony executives whose high salaries were exposed may lose their jobs when the stock holders get to them. The "Interview" movie was left untouched. This maybe the only item they could make any revenue on for the next few years. May as well distribute it thorough the Internet out of spite.

Comment: Re:Really? .. it comes with the job (Score 1) 772

by proto (#48590943) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations
Does Slashdot still offer mod points? I wish I had some to give to Anguirel (58085). Human history is filled with periods of war (pick a Continent, any Continent). The Geneva Convention was created for a reason. If the US loses its "moral compass" and begins to believe the Geneva conventions can be set aside when its convenient, then we've taken a big step backwards instead of forward in terms of human progress.

Comment: Re:Time for a revolution (Score 1) 424

by proto (#48248049) Attached to: Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

Ah, I see. You've never dealt with the IRS. Here's how it goes: we've taken all your stuff and thrown your ass in jail for criminal evasion - you owe us $80 million for the $100 million you hid in bitcoin. Prove otherwise if you want to pay less.

Few fellow slashdot readers seem to remember (or post) the Feb 2014 news that a " Supreme Court decision lets the government seize all your assets before trial". Your property or assets can be sold before the outcome of trail. This is not a dream. Its actual fact.

Comment: Re:Most of you have it... (Score 1) 100

by proto (#47552211) Attached to: Newly Discovered Virus Widespread in Human Gut

Google has just recently started a "Google X" project to create a complete picture of what a healthy human being should be. Google should be all over this if they really want a complete picture. Their commitment to studying the human genome could give afflicted people legitimate hope that their condition can be properly diagnosed. They may not find a cure for anything in X amount of years but at least they are on the right track.

Comment: Looking to id an arcade game? (Score 1) 189

by proto (#44726745) Attached to: <em>Mechwarrior Online</em> Developer Redefines Community Warfare

There was this Mechwarrior-type arcade game from Japan I saw in a Pizza restaurant. I can't remember the game's full name but I was dazzled by the game play effects. It had Mechwarriors movements as fast as the Flash of DC comic books. The player commit strikes that emit light flashes similar to lightning. The user can switch between two perspectives: fighting view from within the Mechwarrior or 3rd person view as in Mortal combat. I can only remember the name contained "Gundam". Do you know of this game? Is there any capture video on youtube of this arcade game?

Comment: Re:Business models - regarding the War on Drugs (Score 1) 198

by proto (#44211521) Attached to: Bitcoins Seized In Drug Bust

and mean they always want to make sure the drugs are sold first, confiscating drugs cost money when it needs to be destroyed, letting the dealers sell the drugs and then seize the money provides funding

If I had the mod points I would rate you as insightful. The War on Drugs has destroyed many lives and incarcerated 2.3 million people. The documentary
“The House I Live In” points out the statistics and the aftermath of what 40 years of THIS war has done to this nation.

Comment: Re:You might think your plumber makes big bucks (Score 1) 368

by proto (#43765985) Attached to: Bloomberg To HS Grads: Be a Plumber

This argument starts up every time somebody had to pay their plumber 80 bucks an hour to fix the toilet, their fility stinking filled with shit toilet. They then think the plumber doing a job they never ever want to do themselves, is rolling in it and the IT being their shit but piles of money.

As if that 80 bucks is pure profit. Meanwhile the daddy plumber knows just how much of that costs goes to cover unpaid hours, taxes, insurance, tool costs etc etc. And he also knows how much Mr Doctor and Mr Lawyer charged him for his children's delivery and to deal with that frivolous lawsuit.

So... what is he going to want for his kids? The same as himself in a world where just getting by is the same as being a loser OR to aim for the top?

And don't for a second think that Bloomberg is interested in the fortunes of the public. He just wants more plumbers so he can pay less, same reason his kind wants immigrants to bust unions and high wages. Sure kids, all become plumbers and wave bye bye to 80 bucks as the competition sky rockets. And then you look longingly at IT graduates making high wages because nobody learned how to code anymore.

Simple piece of advice for live: NEVER listen to a billionaire, they didn't get rich by looking out for other peoples interest.

If I had mod points I would give it all to SmallFurryCreature (593017)

+ - making my own Chess diagrams->

Submitted by proto
proto writes: My objective is to make my own collection of chess problems, print them out six to a page ( chess boards are laid out 2 columns by 3 rows). I need to do some custom chess instruction so my students are depending on this!
I reviewed the Chess Diagrams site Enpassant.dk. Most of the free software provided are made for Mac, Windows or Java. What surprised me is that in this day and age there are no open source tools to make chess diagrams in Linux! In the Land of Computer Science students, some one must know of a way. I would really like to use open source software to do this project. I would try the webpage route if only there was a way to acheive the print out requirement.
Maybe the scope of the problem is to complex? Do I need a chess guy that knows desktop publishing AND knows the world of open source tools to make this happen?

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:felt it in NYC (Score 1) 614

by proto (#37182034) Attached to: 5.8 Earthquake Hits East Coast of the US

desk started moving under my feet. not the first time so no big deal

all the chicks that work in the building here that is full of fashion and modeling companies got scared and evacuated right away

I felt it in upper Manhattan. The building did a slight sway back and forth. First time I ever experience that. But Manhattan land is on solid bedrock, how could the quake effect reach here?

Comment: XPUD has got the right idea... (Score 1) 622

by proto (#36730576) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Easiest Linux Distro For a Newbie

How simple can Linux be? I measure that by how much the user does not need to know. A particular feature that impressed me is offered in Ubuntu distros for netbooks (I forget the names). Menu sub-menus separated by tabs, like the tabs in a web browser. That was until I saw XPUD. The desktop are tabs for the main features, ie menu, Internet, system config etc. If you were a grandmother who never used a computer before learning how to use a mouse, connecting to the Internet, and using a web browser is where to start to jump on this "Internet bandwagon". The look has plain solid colors. At a glance it makes your PC look like a public Computer Kiosk.
Development has lagged over time and its not working 100% on older PCs but the distro is a righteous cry for a simple to use
Linux distro.

The XPUD Linux forum can be found at http://www.xpud.org/
Also xpud Live CD lastest development is 0.9.5 as of Nov 2010 found at http://soldat.gr/xpud/devel/


+ - Sprint Pushes Uninstallable FPS NOVA With Firmware 1

Submitted by theodp
theodp writes: 'If you could change the way wireless companies did things, what would you do?' asked Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. How about stopping the use of Sprint's firmware updates to download apps that aren't wanted and can't be removed, Dan? Sprint confirmed to CNET's Elinor Mills that those strange apps she was shocked to find on her Android phone — sci-fi shooter N.O.V.A. and Blockbuster — with a long list of permissions that couldn't be uninstalled had been sneakily downloaded onto her phone during a firmware update. 'Sprint does offer a variety of partner applications that are optimized for use on our wireless phones,' a Sprint representative explained in an e-mail. 'From time to time, we will provide new apps to our customers in conjunction with a software maintenance release. Also, Sprint, in conjunction with Google, is taking steps to develop a technical solution that would allow customers to remove any unwanted applications that have been preloaded or pushed in an over-the-air software update.' Other Sprint customers have voiced displeasure with the practice. 'Unbeknownst to me, my 5-year-old found N.O.V.A. on my phone and was shooting the guns and weaponry and killing enemies in the N.O.V.A. game,' an unhappy camper wrote on an HTC customer forum thread. 'Thanks a lot HTC and Sprint for forcing violence on my 5-year-old! I am protective of my kids and would never install a game like this on my phone, but now you forced this app onto my phone and I can't uninstall it! I'm very frustrated and VERY ANGRY!'

The fancy is indeed no other than a mode of memory emancipated from the order of space and time. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge