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Bug

Journal Journal: Are Other People Seeing This Slashdot Bug Too? 8

I can't seem to pull up comment moderation numbers for a comment anymore. My cursor changes when I hover over the score, but when I click, nothing happens. It doesn't seem to matter who wrote the comment or what the score is, either.
User Journal

Journal Journal: Slashdot's "new" mobile site also sucks epically 7

A week or so ago there was a front page story here bragging about the "new" mobile site on slashdot. I was interested to see this as before they had pretty well abandoned development for mobile devices. I know of their abandonment based on a time when I wrote former site manager Rob Malda and he told me that they would not be developing for mobile devices.

In a moment of boredom I decided to try loading the new site on my blackberry (Curve 8520). Giving it four times as long as it takes to load a British newspaper page, my browser showed 0k (yes, zero) of 3k loaded. Eventually, I ended up with a blank page with only a title of slashdot.

Granted, the main page used to crash my phone completely. I guess this is an improvement in that aspect but not in any way better at actually showing information.

And yes, I know my phone is old, but there are plenty of relevant sites that it works just fine with.
The Internet

Journal Journal: Recommendation for remote access software? 4

I need to set up remote desktop access for someone to access their small business desktop PC from their home. If this was my own setup I would tunnel VNC through ssh and be happy. However that is not a reasonable solution in this case as they can't handle the unix side of ssh tunneling and any kind of wrapper for it (ie, cygwin) would be too much to ask of them. The setup needs to be simple, but secure. They were using windows remote desktop, which is not a program I am particularly familiar with - hence I'm not sure if it is adequately secure. Back in the day I used to use PC Anywhere though I'm not sure if that is a viable option as I don't know where development has gone with it.

Basically the priority is to be able to check in on processes that are running on windows PC A (in the business) from windows PC B (at home). Security is a must. File transfer would be great but there are always other ways to move files if need be.

Any advice on this would be appreciated. A cross-platform setup that would allow a Mac or Linux client to check in on Windows PC A would be great, too, but lack of it would not be a deal-breaker.
User Journal

Journal Journal: So is he a good guy or a bad guy? 8

Daughter's grades too low, dad pulls AK-47, charges say. Two B's instead of straight A's, and dad pulls the AK-47 on the daughter. Thankfully, he did not pull the trigger (he claims it was not loaded at the time).

Before you make an allegation that she could not defend herself in the frozen socialist hellhole known as Minnesota, I will point out to you that they passed concealed carry several years ago; and we're talking about a 15 year old girl who is not old enough to purchase a handgun regardless.
User Journal

Journal Journal: Aaron Swartz and I 1

I still remember the day that I nearly met Aaron Swartz. I was at a hackers convention in my bedroom, and as I stared at my computer screen, I started writing a journal entry about some political thing or other. I forget which. But anyway, if Aaron had happened to be in my house at the same time on that day, which he wasn't, but if he had, and I'd gone down to the kitchen to get some orange juice, I think it's highly likely we'd have met.

I like to think that Aaron would have read my journal entry and said "Well said, I agree entirely with what you just wrote." And in that regards, I feel like the two of us ultimately were fighting the same war for a greater good. True, Aaron was liberating locked down academic information that should have been available to everyone, and I was probably complaining about the lack of universal healthcare, or criticising the latest version of Ubuntu, but in the sense that we were both "out there", saying what we believed in and fighting for what we believed in, and I'm sure Aaron would have agreed with me, I think we were on the same team.

RIP Aaron Swartz.

(c) All IT commentators and pundits

Movies

Journal Journal: Blockbuster to close 3/8ths of what few they still have 6

Do you still have a Blockbuster Video near you? Me neither. Apparently they still have ~800 stores across the country. Well, they did, until announcing that they'll be closing 300 of them soon . Obviously, their business plan doesn't work any more (though I feel bad particularly for senior citizens who would in general much prefer to rent in a store than stream online).
First Person Shooters (Games)

Journal Journal: The Bad Guys Are Stopped Only By the Good Guys... 10

The NRA and others keep telling us

The only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun

Well, this weekend, three good guys with guns injured 5 people at different gun shows in the US - on gun appreciation day.

So if licensed "good guys" with guns can't safely handle their weapons, how are they supposed to prevent "bad guys" from killing people?

Republicans

Journal Journal: The Pudge Dictionary, 2013 Edition, v1.0 5

Constitutional - means whatever Pudge wants it to mean

Discussion - means whatever Pudge wants it to mean

False - means whatever Pudge wants it to mean

Hypocrisy, Hypocrite - means whatever Pudge wants it to mean

Liberties, Liberty - means whatever Pudge wants it to mean

Lie, Lies, Lying - means whatever Pudge wants it to mean

Logic - has no meaning or definition

No - means whatever Pudge wants it to mean

Reason, Reasonable, Unreasonable - means whatever Pudge wants it to mean

Takeover - means whatever Pudge wants it to mean

True, Truth - means whatever Pudge wants it to mean

I'm probably forgetting some here, please let me know what else belongs here. Maybe we can scrape some money together and set up a pudge-wiki somewhere?

And of course, my relationship with Pudge goes back to at least October of 2008, when I asked him a question directly related to his journal entry that made him so angry that he promptly added me to his perma-hate list, where I have been for over 4 years now. Perhaps that in and of itself says something about what he thinks about rehabilitation.
Government

Journal Journal: The character assassination of Hillary Clinton 5

Since any opinion piece from any news group qualifies as solid evidence in slashdot political discussion, I submit The character assassination of Hillary Clinton (Washington Post).

This time it's Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose fall and concussion, followed by a blood clot between her brain and skull, has prompted an embarrassment of theories. The gist: That woman will do anything to avoid testifying about Benghazi.

Several commentators on the right opined via Twitter and TV, those most deadly hosts for the parasites of rumor and innuendo, that Clinton was faking her concussion to duck out on her appearance before congressional committees investigating the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Clinton, who fainted as a result of dehydration after a bout of flu, hit her head and suffered a concussion, after which a blood clot was discovered. She had to be hospitalized while blood-thinning medications were administered and monitored.

Although her critics backed off once the clot was reported, initial responses ranged from âoeSheâ(TM)s fakingâ to demands for proof of her concussion.

Can someone tell us now that the CIA placed the blood clot in her head to get her out of this?

It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal Journal: It's a Christmas Miracle!

I thought the pudge-script was forever lost, but it seems someone has started it back up and targeted it at yours truly. I guess it's true that indeed some things never do change...
First Person Shooters (Games)

Journal Journal: And who will pay for that? 14

So the NRA wants every school in the country to have an armed guard, because in their fantasy world one guy with a pistol can prevent any number of nutjobs from coming in with a semi-automatic rifle.

OK, that is strange logic. Even worse, though, the NRA wants congress to pay for their fantasy. Some estimates have said that one full-time armed security agent could cost $80k per year.

Strange, I thought the NRA usually courted the people who want Washington to spend less money. Now they want how many billions for this little adventure?
First Person Shooters (Games)

Journal Journal: Let's get all liquored up ... 17

... and set fire to something we don't understand

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) â" A former Marine admitted Wednesday that he broke into a mosque and set fire to a prayer rug because he wanted revenge for the killings of American troops overseas.

When asked by a federal judge whether he thought all Muslims are terrorists, he answered: "I'd say most of them are."

Prosecutors said Linn drove about two hours from his home to suburban Toledo on Sept. 30 and broke into the mosque where he poured gasoline on the rug and lit it on fire.

He estimated that he had drunk 45 beers over several hours before he decided to drive to Ohio.

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