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+ - Why I am boycotting Slashdot for a week (and its not just the new design!)->

Submitted by toygeek
toygeek (473120) writes "Slashvertisements. Irrelevant content. News for... not nerds. Then, Beta. This isn't my slashdot! So for this week- the readership of Slashdot- you, me, everyone who makes Slashdot what it is- are boycotting it. It’s not a political statement, its not an activist statement. It’s us, saying “Yes, we care enough to prove it.”"
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Comment: Re:Best is subjective (Score 1) 201

by toygeek (#46043115) Attached to: Best skywatching equipment at my disposal:

I could not agree more. For the first time in my life, I live out in the real woods in a forest and far away from the city. To go outside and look up, and see... *everything*. Its really fantastic, and it really starts the brain thinking. It wasn't long before I started thinking "bigger". Its a wonderful experience.

Comment: Re:malware = local (Score 4, Interesting) 189

by toygeek (#45852763) Attached to: Backdoor Discovered In Netgear and Linkys Routers

This is exactly what happened with Apple a couple of years ago. The DNS Changer virus

http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/trojan_osx_dnschanger.shtml

It infected OSX machines and logged in the users router using the biggest "back door": admin/password. Then it changed to some DNS servers in Russia, and any device on the network was getting redirected to death to all sorts of sites.

Yes, this is a big back door, but no bigger than the admin/password admin/admin default credentials that 99% of people never changed. Thankfully, these days the routers come with better defaults.

Comment: Personally I love tablets (Score 1) 211

by toygeek (#45822605) Attached to: Are Tablets Replacing Notebook Computers? (Video)

They've lowered the street price of used laptops enough that I can buy a workable 15" laptop for $15 and install CrunchBang Linux on it and use it for everything I could need, save for gaming. The project that I did this with is working out beautifully, even using it for work:

http://www.tidbitsfortechs.com/2013/12/project-5050-a-low-budget-linux-laptop/

Then again, Tablets Are Not Computers. Not yet, anyway.

Comment: Re:How is this news? (Score 3, Informative) 277

by toygeek (#45720003) Attached to: Surviving the Internet On Low Speed DSL

I was afraid folks would think that. I removed the ads, they're all but ineffective for revenue anyway. I'm sorry you didn't like my solutions, but that's how it goes. If one person benefits from something I wrote, that's enough for me. Plus, I just like getting my stuff out there and being *read*.

Comment: Re:You poor baby (Score 1) 277

by toygeek (#45719961) Attached to: Surviving the Internet On Low Speed DSL

I too could work at 500kbps. It would suck for some of the things I need to do (a lot of my work is browser based). The bigger challenge is when my son is gaming, skyping, browsing all at once, and my wife is watching a movie, all while I'm trying to work. Fitting all of that into 1.5mbps IS a challenge, and That is what the article is about.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.

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