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Comment Re:That's why we have fake user names (Score 1) 266

I've personally lost 2 fake name accounts on Facebook. I live in an ultra-conservative state governed by a majority conservative religious electorate (Utah), and I personally hold some liberal views. I changed my Facebook account from my real name, to a fake name years ago specifically to stop any potential employers from seeing any of my social media activity (even with stringent privacy settings) and then causing me employment issues. On two separate occasions Facebook shutdown my fake name accounts, so I just don't use Facebook anymore.

Comment MacKeeper - brought to you by Slashdot Media (Score 5, Interesting) 72

Anyone else notice that tons of apps on SourceForge (owned by the same great overlord as /.) are bundling MacKeeper with the installer? Seriously, I've tried to grab a few apps from SourceForge recently only to find the app I'm trying to grab wrapped with some kind of crap-ware installer. Apparently it's wrapped at random and doesn't always happen to everyone. After seeing a few installers that I got from SF fail or never install my app or attempt to connect to the internet (and thankfully able to be stopped by Little Snitch), I did a few google searches to figure out WTF... Apparently SF has been doing this for a while now - and so really, I partially blame them for the fact that so many people have this kind of crap installed on their machines... See the reviews on FileZilla for some reviewers complaining about this very thing.

Comment AC to Ethernet (Score 0) 229

I did something similar a few years back. I worked for a certain "fruit"-based tech company that has (had?) a policy in place that said if we repaired the same piece of hardware, through no detectable fault of the owner, 3 times in a 12 month period, that the customer was to get a brand new current model computer for free. So in an effort to get upgraded stuff for my family and friends, I spliced an AC power plug to a Cat5 ethernet cable. When I'd plug them all together, it would usually trip the breaker on the electrical panel and sometimes blow sparks out of the ethernet port, but within one or two attempts the logic board (or motherboard for you non-"fruit" techs) would be fried and no one was ever the wiser. o.0

Comment Re:Evolution at BYU (Score 2) 100

I graduated from the Y too - and while most of my professors were not irrational about science, much of the student body was. I had a professor in a 100 level geology class who would start off most of his lectures by saying, "Now I know for some of you, your testimonies may tell you the earth is only such and such many years old. I'm not here to rock your testimonies or shake your faith, but simply to present scientific evidence as we understand it today."

I laughed every time he had to make a disclaimer to the believers about the validity of his lectures (and then face-palmed myself for going to a school where so much of the student body sticks their heads in the sand).
Wireless Networking

802.11n Should Be Finalized By September 104

adeelarshad82 writes "It's probable that the 802.11n standard will finally be approved at a scheduled IEEE meeting this September, ending a contentious round of infighting that has delayed the standard for years. For the 802.11n standard, progress has been agonizingly slow, dating back almost five years to 2004, when 802.11g held sway. It struggled throughout 2005 and 2006, when members supposedly settled on the TGnSync standard, then formed the Enhanced Wireless Consortium in 2006 to speed the process along. A draft version of 802.11n was approved in January 2006, prompting the first wave of routers based on the so-called draft-n standard shortly thereafter."

Comment Re:Never trust the computer! (even a Linux box?) (Score 2, Interesting) 528

Speaking of rootkits, from TFA:

Linux servers have become a favorite home for memory- resident rootkits because they're so reliable. Rebooting a computer resets its memory. When you don't have to reboot, you don't clear the memory out, so whatever is there stays there, undetected.

I don't mean to sound like a moron or naive but are Linux rootkits really that prevalent? After doing a quick google search for "rootkits for linux", I found a few for the old 2.0 and 2.2 Linux kernels... Have updates that have since come out made life that much harder for the hacking community? Anyone have an idea of what's going on here, because I'm really surprised to see them make the claim that Linux servers are a new favorite home for rootkits...

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