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Comment Re:Bury (Score 1) 550

That was an interesting comment on a specific historical tale, even if its a complete distraction. Big corporations in bed with a government that has always wanted backdoor keys to easily bypass all encryption all the time. Always open to human frailty - our ability to be manipulated and coerced, and for the users of such power to quickly be wholly corrupted. On the other hand, its good news for cheap-thrill exhibitionists naked on Skype, at least until puritans (by perception) take over everything again.

Comment Re:Abandoning the cloud ? (Score 1) 332

“Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other.”

- Thomas Jefferson

Spying on criminal elements of society is one thing, spying on everyone, and assembling metadata into some huge searchable database with a profit motive is another.

I assume all pivacy online is now gone for good. This does not mean it's ok. ie: Privacy in Ubuntu 12.10: Amazon Ads and Data Leaks

Submission + - What Happened to cherrypy.org?!? (cherrypy.org) 1

mengel writes: In attempting to review some docs over at cherrypy.org, I see pages: "Coming soon: Another fine website hosted by WebFaction." — does anyone here know what happened? Does the cherrypy project need assistance?

Submission + - 2 ways to setup SSL on Tomcat 7 (kahimyang.info)

An anonymous reader writes: Today we will demonstrate how to setup SSL on Tomcat 7 with and without Apache2 in Debian servers using self-signed certificates. This should work with Debian Squeeze and Wheezy servers. We assume you already have existing Apache 2 and Tomcat 7 installations.

Submission + - Google is going Puritan on us (zdnet.com)

DougDot writes: In three days, Google's Blogger will begin to delete scores of blogs that have existed since 1999 on Monday under its vague new anti-sex-ad policy purge.

On Wednesday night at around 7pm PST, all Blogger blogs marked as "adult" were sent an email from Google's Blogger team.

blogger sex purge
The email told users with "adult" blogs that after Sunday, June 30, 2013, all adult blogs will be deleted if they are found to be "displaying advertisements to adult websites" — while the current Content Policy does not define what constitutes "adult" content.

To say that Twitter ignited with outrage would be an understatement. Blogger users are panicked and mad as hell at Google.

Comment Re:No persuasion required (Score 1) 510

Smartphones are vulnerable, uncontrolled front-ends to the web & "cloud" apps like dropbox and GPS surveillance. Ban non-corporate smartphones, while allowing call-forwarding. Disable PAN ports & Wifi on all workstations- anything that connects unauthorized devices to the corporate network. This will not stop stealth cameras/camcorders/GPS from spying. As these devices get smaller and smaller, anything short of an invasive strip search will not prevent spying. You'll need to rely on usage policy statements. Regardless, if you run an R&D outfit, or you're Gordon Gecko, and give a damn about your private corporate data, consider banning non-corporate smartphones. .

Comment Re:Food Inc (Score 1) 76

Those chickens were most likely buried alive. i.e. Chickens Buried Alive - Culling, and Chickens Alive in Bags before buried Alive The food processing and factory farm/aggribusiness lobbies are the most effective at shielding the general public from severely cruel and unethical operations to maximize profits. These are living animals with advanced nervous systems and brains. So laugh at this

Comment Re:Possible FRAUD ALERT. (Score 1) 151

"Four or more cups a day lowered the risk of getting oral cancers by 49%." Is that public relations from coffee producers? Did the percentage of oral cancers go down because people died from diabetes? I'm VERY skeptical.

Why'd you flag his post as a troll for? It's a legit assumption, whether its completely ignorant of the study or not. Most of the general public are increasingly unaware of more and more reality outside their individual tiny inner circles of immediate friends and family, and their social media apps. Corporate media is a dubious source of information controlled by the biggest advertisers and trust funds from big oil and other polluters. These types of funders, clearly driven by self-interest, drive the storyline the public chats about, injecting half-truths and lies that promote their own selfish interests into the public conscience, everyone and everything else be damned. So yeah, warm n fuzzy "studies" like this should be initially met with skepticism.

Comment Re:Virtual books are retarded. (Score 1) 108

As much as I wish you were wrong... for technical books,with lots of diagrams, eBooks are lacking. eBooks need some critical features:

Robust search & presentation

Excellent bookmarking features.

Palm/Handspring-style stylus/finger writing recognition (including optional stylus for finer, more precise input) for note taking that ties in with bookmarks and search engine, and how about giving us other personal productivity apps as good and useful as Palm's were?

Lack of cpu power is no excuse for this lack of "innovation" in UI and presentation in ebook readers. Stop behaving like uncreative risk-averse fun-killing MBAs running hollywood productions.

Give it everything Palm Pilot gave its users + an excellent ebook reader. Do something, because iPads sitting on peoples laps does who-knows-what to their gonads.

Comment Re:Makes sense for them. (Score 1) 224

What regulation that allowed viable competition was removed? As far as I am aware, both cable providers and telephone providers have been regulated as local monopolies for almost as long as the former has existed and since before I was born for the latter. Unless someone else is allowed to run the cabling/fiber there can be no real competition. The fact that there are no more than two options just about everywhere is a product of regulation, not a product of the removal of regulation.

I believe he was referring to a wrongheaded 2002 FCC reclassification of broadband Internet service as an information service rather than a telecommunications service.

"In theory, this step implied that broadband was equivalent to a content provider (such as AOL or Yahoo!) and was not a means to communicate, such as a telephone line. In practice, it has stifled competition.

Phone companies have to compete for your business. Even though there may be just one telephone jack in your home, you can purchase service from any one of a number of different long-distance providers. Not so for broadband Internet. Here consumers generally have just two choices: the cable company, which sends data through the same lines used to deliver television signals, and the phone company, which uses older telephone lines and hence can only offer slower service."

Comment Re:Download an app???? NO!!!! (Score 1) 403

Just because you can not, does not mean the rest of us can not.

I use iPad for everything including writing papers....works just fine for what it is intended, and that is subjective to the user. In my use case, I am taking it when I am on a commute like the train, or on the go at classes. It's light and easy to use in closed quarters and when I'm back at my house I simply open the same notes on my laptop to continue. The right tool, in the right place at the right time.

So once again, just because you can not make it work....does not discount the rest of us who can.

Its "cannot", unless that was weak sarcasm. Before you two girls get into a hamster-on-a-wheel style face-slapping fight, you can use decent bluetooth keyboards with the iPad if don't feel like 2-finger touch typing your way through real work.

Comment Re:Romney surrounding himself w/Bush Neocons (Score 1) 529

Do you watch Bill Mahr? If not, you should still watch his latest show -specifically his closing remarks on what a Romney administration would like like. In summary, it would look like identical Bush's admin: religious zealots covering up old topless statues in govt buildings cause boobies are naughty and evil; neocons starting shit for resources like oil and lithium. Oh and heroin (imo). Get reaquanted with fear, through some more shock and awe. Don't want to return to that. The Obama administration has at least given us a break from all of that nonsense.

Comment Nicira eats Cisco's breakfast. (Score 1) 220

No doubt Nicira's Network Virtualization Platform will hurt Cisco unit sales now and in the immediate future. Premium Cisco h/w prices will be ending real soon. At least with non-hypervisor-aware models. With VMware's recent acquisition of Nicira, and Cisco expanding its partnership with Citrix, say goodby to the VMware/Cisco alliance. SDNs will virtualize most, if not all, gigantic data centers and enterprise networks in short order. But who will dominate the transition?. Regardless, I wouldn't bet against Cisco's ability to survive and thrive through these coming changes. And I don't think you should stop studying for your CCIE, it that's something you're doing. You should find out as much as you can about Nicira's SDN controller s/w.

VMware is making some bold but good moves here. I wonder why the damn day traders and insiders have recently abandoned VMW stock. One market analyst writes an article about "the server virtualization market being saturated" and they panic and they all bail out. Very very tricky of you, you god damned short-term volatility creating bastards with your inside tips from column writing analysts.

Comment Romney surrounding himself w/Bush Neocons (Score 2) 529

Romney is surrounding himself with Bush neocons and you know a Romney administration would staff key cabinet positions with them. And he doesn't know anything about foreign policy, and couldn't care less about earth sciences - specifically environmental science. No, he would leave all that to neocons and big oil construction companies to deal with. Shock & awe, bombing runs, land wars, fear in the form of colorful terror warning labels, etc. More war (non-infrastructure investment) debt that does nothing good for the US economy, except grab more oil at the high cost of war. The only "good thing" for you Slashdotters are Romney's promised high bracket tax cuts. And if you're a one issue voter that'd be it. Otherwise, you know better. So the question is: get bigger tax returns and fuck-up middle easterners and the earth's biosphere, or not?

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