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Comment: Re:Never carry lots of Cash (Score 2) 462

by FuegoFuerte (#47885171) Attached to: CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Ever hear of saying no? "Sir, if you want my cash, you will have to arrest me and charge me with a crime."
or
"Sir, I will be happy to comply when you have a search and seizure warrant signed by the court. You may contact me at [phone number] once you have it. Until then, if I'm not under arrest, I'll be leaving."

Seriously, stop orzing. Yes, he'll be pissed... but what's he going to do, pull you out of your car? Shoot you? Maybe, but unlikely. Keep your door locked, and be firm but polite. Oh, and if you end up in court get an attorney to fight it, there's no justice for those without legal representation. None whatsoever.

Comment: Re:They still need to orchestrate a show and tell (Score 1) 419

by FuegoFuerte (#47874147) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

You're aware that all the services of Office365 started out as box products, and are still available that way, right? Microsoft doesn't provide the server, but they readily provide the software. It's just expensive and a PITA to maintain, which is why people outsource to Microsoft where several hundred people work full-time to keep those services running as reliably as possible.

There's no reasonable way you could provide all the services of Office365 on a single local server for any company of reasonably large size, and even if you had a few servers you'd completely lose the local and geo redundancy features. The ability to have an entire datacenter go offline and only suffer a brief blip in services is something that very few companies have the money or the knowledge to implement themselves.

+ - The Ottawa Linux Symposium needs your help! Two weeks left!->

Submitted by farrellj
farrellj (563) writes "The Ottawa Linux Symposium (OLS) has been a fixture on the Linux community for the better part of two decades, and at the helm Andrew Hutton has been doing wonderful work in putting together the event year after year. But he needs help, as costs have slowly crept up, and bushwhacked him financially.

Here is what Jon maddog Hall says"
"The economy, along with what we will call an “unfortunate sponsor situation”, has forced a financial burden on the main producer of the event. In a last ditch attempt to keep the event alive, he has turned to an Indiegogo “crowd-sourcing” project to help raise awareness to the situation and to raise funds for the next event. He has created a page with “perks”, which include discounts to future OLS symposia, assuming they happen.
For those of you who have gone in the past, and for those of you that want to go in the future, think about donating a bit of money to help get this symposium back on its feet. Even the smallest donation on the site will show potential sponsors that symposium like this are important.
"


The Ottawa Linux Symposium has been a major player over the years in bringing many of the main people behind Linux together, and many major developments have come out of the face-to-face time this event has provided to the community. It would be a shame to let it slide away...please help if you can!"

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Comment: Re:P.S.A. in you live in NYC (Score 1) 213

by FuegoFuerte (#47865825) Attached to: Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

You're aware that bicycles fit easily through places where cars cannot follow, right? You stopped why? Do you honestly think that doughnut-muncher had the ambition to pull his lazy arse out of his car and actually pursue you on foot? And even if he did, you're on a bicycle, if he gets out you can EASILY ride faster than he can run.

I mean, good job citizen, way to orz on command.

Comment: Re:Put it this way (Score 2) 789

Honestly, I think most of the First World countries have completely lost their spines, and will sit idly by while Putin takes over all the former Soviet countries, and then starts to expand outward. People will raise sanctions while he grabs all the land he needs to rebuild an independent economy where sanctions are little more than a slight nuisance. Then he'll start to expand outward, bringing some of the Latin American socialist countries into his NuSSR, following with the weaker European and Asian countries. And the US will sit by and scold him on being a terrible human being, while not doing anything to stop him. Why? Because we've lost our stomach for a real war. A real war is nasty business, far worse than what most people alive in the US today have ever experienced. Unfortunately, Russia is one of the few countries with both the desire and the capability to bring that type of war to our shores, and God help us if we've let all our allies fall before we awaken and actually do something about it.

Comment: Re:I like... (Score 1) 643

by FuegoFuerte (#47768605) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

It's a great idea... until technology progresses just a bit further, and these cameras are equipped with facial recognition, GPS and data capabilities, and all tied into a giant back-end database tracking exactly who was where at what time...

You think the surveillance state is creepy now, wait until every cop is a roving track-your-location bot. The reasons for it now are reasonable, and I have no problem with cops having video of their encounters with people. But give it a decade or two (maybe less) and it could be come a very creepy bad thing.

Comment: Re:Sharing? (Score 1) 182

by FuegoFuerte (#47761425) Attached to: Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

I wouldn't really call them a new spin on taxis. They're more like the remises in Argentina, and unlicensed (and technically illegal) taxis in many other countries. Basically, you have the licensed and regulated taxis, where you have a relatively strong assurance that you'll get where you want to go for a controlled/metered rate, in a reasonably safe and well maintained vehicle, and if you have a problem you can write down the cab number and make a complaint to a regulator. You also pay a fairly hefty fee for all this.

If you're willing to take a bit more risk, you can flag down a remis, pay a couple pesos per person, and they'll take you from where you are to downtown, or from downtown back out to the residential area you live in. The drivers make these trips all day, fill the car as full of people as it can possibly be filled (they pick up additional people along the way until the car is completely full and then some). They run on the cheapest fuel possible (in Argentina, typically LPG), and are not necessarily well-maintained. So there's risk. And, while you typically get where you want to be OK, there's plenty of opportunity for an unscrupulous person to take advantage of individual riders (or even groups if they're organized well and coordinating with someone else). So again... it's a risk.

There's a reason taxi cabs are regulated as heavily as they are, and in general it's probably a good thing for public safety even though they're freakishly expensive.

Comment: Re:For 3rd party batteries, I've had good luck wit (Score 4, Informative) 131

by FuegoFuerte (#47733621) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

I'll second/third/fourth this... I had an HTC Arrive (Sprint's WinMo7 phone), and bought a couple Anker batteries and a charger. I switched from the HTC battery to one of the Ankers as my primary battery, because it lasted substantially longer. I still carry the universal charger when I travel, as it can charge my camera batteries, anything that charges over USB, etc. It's a little finicky to get it to contact the battery correctly sometimes, but overall it works quite well and is far more flexible than any other charger I've seen.

Comment: Open-Source? (Score 1) 188

by FuegoFuerte (#47698443) Attached to: Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

many open-source apps can be found at the store from unofficial sources that have a cost

So, serious question... is this a bad thing? With a few caveats, I don't really see a problem with someone making a bit of money from packaging an open-source program for a different OS, if they're going to the work of compiling, testing and packaging it. Obviously they should somehow make the source available if the license requires it, but beyond that they may be doing that software a favor, assuming an official package doesn't exist (which for the Windows app store, may very well be the case).

Comment: Re:Embrace or Expire? (Score 1) 337

by FuegoFuerte (#47650797) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Drowning?

Easy... Windows phones run their services. Google phones do not. Apple phones might.

If you want people to start using all your services, and the only hardware using all your services by default is a Windows phone, and the company making 80% of all Windows phones is about to start making Google phones instead, it makes sense to buy the company and keep them making Windows phones instead of letting them turn into a competitor or die a slow and painful death.

Comment: It's like the Orinoco Gold... (Score 1) 427

by FuegoFuerte (#47633495) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

There is no modern equivalent. Sadly, I'm getting rid of the Orinoco because:
    a) It's slow
    b) It doesn't support WPA/AES
    c) It requires a PC Card slot, which nothing modern has anymore.

But I still remember driving down the highway through Dallas with an external antenna hooked to that card, cataloging hundreds of APs as I passed by, many of them wide open. Ah, the good 'ol days.

Comment: Shorting? (Score 1) 502

by FuegoFuerte (#47615401) Attached to: Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

All these gloom-and-doom reports from an investment company? I wonder if they're shorting the utility companies.

1) Short the stock of the utility companies
2) Release predictions of doom
3) Wait for stock to drop
4) ...
5) Profit

But naw, that would be unethical, our banks and investment companies would never do something like that. Obviously.

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