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Comment values (Score 1) 267

At the worst, this is another faked-up story by the person who faked some other story, having no merits, making it completely un-funny, and effectively lowering /.'s common denominator.

At the best, it's an unfunny idea that, if it was met with participation after all, is a testament to how stupid the originator is as well as all of the people who went along with it.

I don't see how this kind of bullshit ever converges with the function of Slashdot, anywhere. Especially since its endpoints on the line of quality don't converge, either.

Comment Re:and the most amazing thing (Score 4, Funny) 135

Mod parent up!

Also: I heard he's using the printer port for commuication. By spooling tractor feed paper between two printers in a loop, and by stopping and starting simultaneous paper-feed jobs, he can create a cybernetic feedback between the two printers that results in a series of quickly occurring "error - paper jam" messages that (due to two taped-down "reset" buttons) are quickly translated from the wide bandwidth analog physical matrix into kajamabits of digital codes. The perceived bandwidth gain is much higher than just a single one or zero at a time.

That way, he can access the mainframe any time, from any physical location, and it will translate directly into a virtual presence.

Comment Re:password: JOSHUA (Score 1) 131

Granted some things:

1. I think this North Korea bullshit is way over-hyped by a death-worshipping media circus that wants to keep us all frightened into angst-driven consumerism. I have every reason to believe this is just a new leader going through the sick motions required of a really stupid political organization. With the White House being more or less sedate about N. Korea's nuclear antics, I'm surprised the liars and whores of the media monopoly press are bothering to bug their eyes out this far and deliver so many hamkicks -- it's like b-grade horror. You really have to ask yourself who's convinced.

2. I'm not against smart weapons (or smart weapon systems). I'm against stupid people building smart weapons and systems.

Comment password: JOSHUA (Score 1) 131

What inanity! If the early-warning system is connected to the internet, there's this huge chance of somebody else connected to the internet being able to trigger an early warning.

Even if it's offline until the moment -- and only during the moment -- it needs to login and send the tweet, there are so many possibilities as far as hacking the early warning system.

It must have sensors of some kind, and sensors can be quickly and easily fooled. And if the sensors aren't so vulnerable? There are obviously some people attached to the system who can also be quickly and easily fooled.

This is even worse than electronic voting! Seriously! I think we should be petitioning the local government of Yokohama to cease and desist!

As another user here joked (and I find the joke hilarious), "maybe my Tweet-monitoring Nuke launcher was a bad idea..."

Well, the Tweet doesn't have to trigger a chain reaction of nukes to have potentially dangerous, even deadly side-effects. And certainly the people of Yokohama don't deserve those minutes of accelerated aging over the supposition that nukes are literally right on their way.

Comment Re:ReactOS (Score 1) 712

That's actually a pretty brilliant idea, but how much more in addition would have to be spent battling with Microsoft in court about how you "stole 'it' from them" (and determining what the definition of 'it' is, probably in either case solely to the detriment of all of us who don't make mints).

Comment Re:Not too bad (Score 1) 712

Anyways, mark my calendar... April 8th, 2014 -- Windows Streamline Day. I'm going to streamline XP Home and XP Pro, use the "windows update downloader" to grab every update I don't have already, etc. Maybe there'll spring up some cottage industry surrounding the continued use of XP as a "hobby". Laff!

Comment Not too bad (Score 1) 712

In one of the very few moments when my bosses have actually listened to and heeded my words, we've maintained policy for the last year that any used computers sold have to be able to migrate to Windows Vista, 7, or 8. So I've made sure all machines are over 1GHz (shrug) and can carry at least 512MB of RAM. In general most of the used machines we re-sell range between 1.5 - 3.0GHz and 1-4GB of RAM. That's fine for our customers but in a year we're not going to be able to activate fresh XP installs and we still haven't "migrated" ourselves to an OEM copy of Vista, 7, or 8. It's a non-profit company -- does anybody know how we can get ahold of a multi-license or multi-seat license and copy of any of the newer windows for dirt cheap or next to nothing? Oh, yeah. And the "Christian-oriented" non-profit business discriminates against sexual orientation, so Microsoft's direct charity will refuse to help.

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