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Comment: Re:h-t-t-p colon slash slash (Score 1) 262

by rimugu (#35072664) Attached to: What’s the Internet? (on 1994's Today Show)
You may be young and not be aware that are other things besides http.
Back in the day ftp, telnet, gopher, where common stuff, you had to specify to avoid confusion.
Right now," www" is not even necessary in most of the case.
Have you ever wondered why this site has the name it has? It is because of the slash slash and the dot (in those days there were more .edu and .org than .com assuming .com was not your first assumption)

+ - You can picture airports and not show "real" id-> 1

Submitted by rimugu
rimugu (701444) writes "You can picture airports and not show "real" id, thanks Phillip Mocek
Phil Mocek was arrested by Albuquerque police at a TSA checkpoint at the Albuquerque International Sunport on November 15, 2009. He had a valid ticket on Southwest Airlines, and was attempting to get to his flight. Mr. Mocek sought to exercise his Federally and Constitutionally-guaranteed right to travel, but was arrested by local police for alleged violations of state and local laws and ordinances.
So far as we know, this is the first time someone in the USA has been arrested or charged with a crime for attempting to exercise their right to travel by air without showing ID or answering questions about themselves or their trip, or for photography or audio or video recording at a TSA checkpoint."

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Comment: Re:Is this really 'do no harm'? (Score 1) 348

by rimugu (#32538660) Attached to: Google Researcher Issues How-To On Attacking XP

Wait, are you saying McDonalds is not evil?
I thought it was the sole responsible for fattening up everybody. That alone makes it more evil than Burger King and Microsoft combined.
Oh, sorry you are saying that McDonalds could or could not be evil, just not because an employee is evil.
Hold it, what if the employee robs a bank because of brain damage obtained of all the fat and the "would you like fries" he got at McDonalds?

Comment: Sounds like kind of a rip-off (Score 5, Informative) 100

by ivandavidoff (#32258266) Attached to: MS To Share Early Flaw Data With Governments
MS will provide information only "after our investigative and remediation cycle is completed..." In other words, after the vulnerability is discovered and fixed, and the patch is ready to roll out.

Then, "disclosure will happen just prior to our security update release cycles."

So the disclosure amounts to this:

"Tomorrow's MS Windows Update contains a security patch that fixes a serious vulnerability in your system. Oh, by the way, you have a serious vulnerability in your system."

Comment: Hauling the family PC back and forth (Score 1) 731

by tepples (#32258156) Attached to: Adobe Calls Out Apple With Ads In NY Times, WSJ

Why can't you put your PC next to your TV?

I can, but I don't imagine that most of my audience would be willing to do so for two reasons:

  • A family might not have a spare PC to dedicate to use with a TV, and it's a pain in the behind to haul it back and forth between the TV and the computer desk and keep plugging and unplugging cables. As for buying a second PC to keep by the TV, national brand PCs with NVIDIA graphics tend to cost significantly more than a game console.
  • Sure, just about every HDTV can take the VGA and HDMI signals from a PC. But at the end of the last holiday season, 54 percent of US households with a TV still had only an SDTV, and these SDTVs won't likely be replaced until they fail. Unlike PCs, consoles have SDTV output as standard equipment without having to by an obscure $40 adapter cable. I could mention this adapter in a game's manual, but would that be enough?

Comment: Re:Hardly (Score 1) 365

by ShadowRangerRIT (#32258152) Attached to: I usually fly...
Same here. Except I don't even drive. I live in New York City, and the majority of my trips are made by bus. When someone else is paying for it (interviews and the like), I'll go by train. Taking the bus costs 10-15% of what plane fare would cost, and with security the way it is and overcrowded airport takeoff schedules, the four hour travel time by bus is roughly the same as flying. Taking the train is the best for time, but costs a lot more than the bus (at least $100, as much as $200).

Comment: Mod everyone else -1 Redundant (Score 1) 318

by Requiem18th (#32258136) Attached to: Germany Demands Google Forfeit Citizens' Wi-Fi Data

No seriously, how many people came here just to post that same silly "if you are broadcasting your data..." argument?

Slashdot should always allow you to moderate someone redundant (with heavy metamoderation) or allow people to mod themselves redundant, maybe a system to offer another poster all your child posts if you realize you are just repeating the same things.


Aaaaaaany way, I don't think the government should have access to such info precisely for the same reason I don't want Google to have it and in fact, part of my complain against Google's data mining is that it enables governments to outsource fascism.

My policy is that, anything you don't want your government to do, or you don't want them to do without a warrant, you don't want a corporation to do freely either.

The "broadcasting your data..." is silly for reasons I won't get into in this post.

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