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Comment Re:Chrome on Ubuntu (Score 1) 235

Apparently you missed the part where I said I had the AdBlock extension installed. What ads on Hulu? Not seeing them here. As for my "viewing, usage habits, history, plugins, etc. all being tracked by Google" - what evidence do you have that Chrome is sending any of that back to Google? Unless you're talking about the option to "Help make Google Chrome better by automatically sending usage statistics and crash reports to Google" in Options | Under the Hood, in which case Google isn't doing anything other than what the user allows. So, unless you have any actual evidence that Chrome is 'phoning home' behind the user's back, what's not to like?

Comment Chrome on Ubuntu (Score 4, Informative) 235

I'm giving Chrome a whirl on Ubuntu. The install was simple using GDebi, the performance is great and flash, java, divx, wmp, quicktime, and realplayer plugins are working, I've got AdBlock, LastPass, and SmoothScroll extensions installed. What's not to like (other than a current lack of an official ubuntu theme)?

Comment Re:Freakonomics (Score 1) 736

I buy what the book was pointing out that terrorism takes political motivation

I think rather that terrorism requires individuals who allow themselves to become angry and hateful at the realization that the world is not as they think it ought to be and never will be. People with such a mindset can easily be swayed to vent their anger at the world in a violent, murderous outburst of rage and hatred.

Wise people throughout the ages have told us time and again that true peace comes from within and not from without. You can't control what the world does to you, but you can control your reaction to it.

At least that's how I see it.

Submission + - Wanna join the EcoStasi? There's an app for that. (

Dreadneck writes: Karl Burkart at the Mother Nature Network opines that "EcoSnoop starts a new class of vigilante green apps for the iPhone. Now you can report neighborhood polluters."

EcoSnoop claims on its website that "EcoSnoop is Not Big Brother" in BIG bold letters.

It seems to me that if you have to declare that you're not Big Brother that you probably are, at the least, a kissing-cousin of Emmanuel Goldstein's arch-nemesis. Speaking for myself, this app — and the mindset it represents — smacks of the public shaming inflicted in "The Scarlet Letter" combined with the East German Stasi's encouraging of the population to be snitches for the state, with just a pinch of the Spanish Inquisition's anti-heresy effort thrown in for good measure. What else are we going to be encouraged to snitch on our neighbors about?

What say you, Slashdotters?

Comment Re:Our privacy is not their concern (Score 5, Insightful) 446

I keep wondering when people are going to figure out that the purpose of social networking sites - from the viewpoint of corporations and government - is to generate a map of every user's interpersonal connections? Honestly, it's not much different from the work I did in the military where we used radio intercepts and radio direction finding to not only locate each radio source, but to figure out its position in the hierarchy.

Once you realize the purpose - so far as corporations and government are concerned - it's not too difficult to understand why 'privacy' is something to be paid lip service only.

The problem isn't the tool (I don't want to be accused of being a Luddite) so much as those who control its implementation and use.

Comment Re:You've got to be kidding me (Score 5, Funny) 245

I like the part where Yahoo complains that the leaking of the document could "shock" its users and damage its reputation.

I AM shocked!

Only $30 per? Really?? Violating my privacy is bad enough, but the insult to my dignity is despicable!

Come on, guys! You're billing the government! Add some zeroes for fuck's sake - it's not like you're billing Medicare!

Comment Re:This story is AWESOME! (Score 4, Interesting) 311

Yes, it does seem to be getting stranger by the minute. After speaking with the Congressman's office I emailed the author of the original Newsday article. He replied that the Congressman was quoted accurately. So, the question is whether Rep. King was telling the truth about his intent to probe WikiLeaks or not.

If not, then why grandstand for the cameras? If so, then why lie about it now?

Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.


Submission + - Chrome OS has support for Trusted Computing (

KNicolson writes: Looking at the recently-released documentation for Chromium OS, I couldn't help but notice that the Trusted Platform Module features in the specifications, and the latest source tree even has a directory reserved for a TPM emulator. Some blog speculation highlights that Trusted Boot would be trivial and fully locked-down Secure Boot is quite feasible.

Comment Re:arguably Apple share the blame (Score 1) 215

This isn't OpenSSH developers' problem.

Who cares if it's the developers' problem? It's a problem easily rectified by a minuscule amount of code which would help remove a common security hole that causes real damage when their product is used in the wild.

You act as if a minor change in code that would increase security is somehow such an onerous burden with no upside for the developers that it shouldn't even be mentioned.

I find that absurd.

Comment Re:Hit'em in their wallets (Score 0, Troll) 462

Yes, of course! The government has already taken over the banking sector, the mortgage sector, the automotive sector, is about to take over the healthcare sector, so fuck it - the government may as well take over the energy sector as well. I can't wait until they take over food distribution - I've always wanted to know what it's like to stand in line for a loaf of bread all day.

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