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The Military Is About To Get New Augmented Reality Spy Glasses

Adambomb Re:Puts on glasses... (58 comments)

Always down with a They Live reference.

about a month ago
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US Marshals Accidentally Reveal Potential Bidders For Gov't-Seized Bitcoin

Adambomb Re:Auctioning money? (101 comments)

Fine, but that doesn't change my basic point. Why bother with an auction that will necessarily get less than an open market?

The same reason you wholesale anything; You get a transaction that moves a large volume quickly. Basically all consumer goods you buy in any kind of branded store works this way, Wholesalers, whether manufacturers or a middleman, sell large volume to companies who then take the burden of distribution but reap the benefits of charging retail price and profiting on the difference between that and the wholesale cost plus infrastructure/logistics costs. The wholesaler gets the benefit of moving a large volume at an agreed upon price and not having to worry about inventory control, distribution, or logistics of getting it to the consumer.

This is not strange, or even strange at all. Side benefit in this case, they get the auction entry fee from everyone bidding regardless of whether they win and also a look into who is interested in amassing a large quantity of bitcoins.

Honestly this shouldn't require explanation,

about a month ago
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Snowden: NSA Spying On EU Diplomats and Administrators

Adambomb Re: For the sake of saving time, (417 comments)

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1 year,28 days
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Microsoft, FBI Takedown Citadel Botnet

Adambomb Re:This is just a decoy... (58 comments)

hell that's nothing, Dihydrogen Monoxide is only one ATOM away from being a substance known to cause a condition called Black Hairy Tongue as well as abdominal pains, vomiting, and diarhea!

about a year ago
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USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

Adambomb Re:moral luxury (1121 comments)

Cast off the shoe, Follow the gourd!

about a year ago
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Possible Chemical Weapons Use In Syria

Adambomb Re:How is this tech and wtf is this doing on Slash (164 comments)

Note: it is Russia and China that have everyone afraid to intervene for the most part. What we have here is a clusterfuck of the current iteration of the Great Game causing political tensions that make most nations leery to the point that everyone refuses to take any action.

This is doubly so for America as you add in the Democrats knowing damned well that no matter how justified an intervention is they will be tarred even more by Republicans claiming it was simply warmongering (see Libya).

So those in power amongst the major powers are too busy glaring at each other while thousands and thousands of Syrians die and even more are displaced. You are right about apathy being a major problem as even if it seemed ineffectual, massive protests concerning inaction in Syria would force the news outlets to at least have to mention the issue rather than continuing to sweep the problem under the rug beyond the odd "shits still crazy in Syria" headline.

about a year ago
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IronKey Releases Windows 8 Certified Bootable Flash Drive

Adambomb Slashvertisementitis (66 comments)

I know it's pretty cliche to scream slashvertisement whenever there's an article involving a purchasable gadget, but jebus tapdancing christ guys when you advertise the price including a link to their store for something like this it really is getting sad.

If it ISN'T intentional you sure are letting submissions take you for a ride.

about a year and a half ago
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Canadian Teenager Arrested For Photographing Mall Takedown

Adambomb Re:lawsuit time? (770 comments)

That only worked because the government thugs had arrived.

Had it only been the mall cops they would have been sued out of existence, its illegal in BC for security workers to even carry handcuffs.

about 2 years ago
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19,000 Emails Against and 0 In Favor of UK Draft Communications Bill

Adambomb Re:Unfair comparison (174 comments)

So given a situation where of those informed and interested in the bill there is a significant amount of opposition, and of the remainder of the population people either don't know or don't care enough to support the bill, does this imply to you that this legislation is representative of the will of the people?

If this was a case of 19K for and even 1 against I might be able to buy the argument of sampling bias. When not one single person supports it in the consultation it is not only reasonable to infer that the legislation is not desired, but damn near certain.

about 2 years ago
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19,000 Emails Against and 0 In Favor of UK Draft Communications Bill

Adambomb Re:Unfair comparison (174 comments)

Basically all this states is that you have those that are willing to write in against it, and those who are ignorant of it.

Sorry but at a rate of 19K to 0 the statistical significance is there to derive overwhelming disapproval from the result. Do you honestly believe if the populace was MORE aware of the details of the bill that suddenly there'd be an outpouring of support?

about 2 years ago
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Battlestar Galactica Community Game Diaspora Has Arrived

Adambomb Re:Awesome! (121 comments)

ack, replying to undo cocked up moderation

about 2 years ago
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Charles Carreon Drops Case Against the Oatmeal

Adambomb Re:Correction for OP (107 comments)

s/is considers/considers/ goddamnit.

about 2 years ago
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Charles Carreon Drops Case Against the Oatmeal

Adambomb Re:Correction for OP (107 comments)

heh, the phrasing is saying that the EFF is considers the suit to be of that type, not that they coined the phrase.

about 2 years ago
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FunnyJunk Sues the Oatmeal Over TM and "Incitement To Cyber-Vandalism"

Adambomb Re:This is fantastic. (390 comments)

Before everyone finishes patting themselves on the back about how stupid Carreon is, how he has invoked the Streisand effect and a bunch of bad PR ask yourself this: How many of us had honestly even heard of Funnyjunk before today.

Given that it contains so much user submitted content, imagine how many ads have been served on pages where people have gone to flame them, despite the bulk of slashdot readers using adblocks on unfamiliar sites.

I wonder if his ego might still have them laughing all the way to the bank depending on how long it takes them to drop or settle the suits. Even before the internet its been known in marketing that the only bad publicity is no publicity.

more than 2 years ago
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Iran Shuts Down US Virtual Embassy

Adambomb Re:punishment (451 comments)

well, if nothing else, I chuckled a little.

more than 2 years ago
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Indian Mathematician Takes Shot At Proving Riemann Hypothesis

Adambomb Re:Oh boy (160 comments)

We won't be having naan of this around here!

more than 2 years ago
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Maine School District Gives iPad To Every Kindergartner

Adambomb Re:Dumbing Down is hidden agenda? (478 comments)

Hell, I'm not even American and even I know this was basically laid out by Woodrow Wilson as a GOAL back when he was kicking about.

Let us go back and distinguish between the two things that we want to do; for we want to do two things in modern society. We want one class of persons to have a liberal education, and we want another class of persons, a very much larger class, of necessity, in every society, to forego the privileges of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks. You cannot train them for both in the time that you have at your disposal.

source

Hey the concept is only 102 years old, as far as american politicians are concerned..

more than 2 years ago
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Is There a Hearing Aid Price Bubble?

Adambomb Re:lot's of medical stuff is very over priced (698 comments)

Simply put, but this is the actual answer to the question posed in the summary. The cost of health service and supplies are greatly inflated in the states compared to most of the modern world. I don't mean in the sense of "oh, in other countries it's paid for by taxes" sense or the "yeah but it is inferior quality care" sense but the actual amount that the provider gets paid for exactly the same supplies or service, regardless of who is paying it in the end. As an outsider looking in at America i really do not understand how the health provider industry in the states managed to pull it off.

Americans are getting ripped off on health care hard, to the tune of 2 to 10 times the prices paid out to suppliers or service providers in other countries. I think given the amount of discussion on HOW or WHO will be paying for health care in past years, some groups had to be lobbying very hard to keep the topic of "Why is it so damned expensive here to begin with" out of the limelight.

And they succeeded.

more than 2 years ago
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Citi Hackers Got Away With $2.7 Million

Adambomb Re:Most insecure ebanking ever. (126 comments)

Many companies refuse to approve implementing costly security, and will fire techies who raise concerns about that too often and then hire incompetent techies who don't think to question the lack of security.

Who is really at fault in this case, the fool or the fool who hired him.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: CS Degree Without Gen-Ed Requirements?

Adambomb Re:SOL (913 comments)

Canadian Universities still have some general education requirements when talking about getting a BS. Not as stringent as in the US but you still usually need a couple humanities courses mixed in. Other than a few specific courses though, this is mostly represented by general elective credits which you could choose to put into pure comp sci and math if you wished.

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

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Anti-Crime Bill to sneak in anti-anonymitty?

Adambomb Adambomb writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Adambomb (118938) writes "In Canada it seems the new Conservative majority is already trying to sneak some radical changes to the legality of anonymity and hyperlinking on the internet. Macleans reports on the details that would extend the powers of existing legislation against misrepresentation to apply to all technology."
Link to Original Source
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Down at the Docks - Service Late Fees

Adambomb Adambomb writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Adambomb (118938) writes "It would seem that one of the primary satellite TV providers in canada, Bell ExpressVU, is facing a class action lawsuit concerning the legality of service late fee calculations. The focus appears to be on the use of late fees, and the subsequent effective interest that they result in at the bottom line. In canada it is apparently criminal to require effective interest greater than 60% which Toronto lawyer Laura Young claims ExpressVU exceeds.

One thing many forget with regards to disputes with monthly services:

"Even if it's in a contract, if it's illegal, it's not enforceable," said Toronto lawyer Laura Young [...]"

Here's hoping this is the beginning of the de-obfuscation of monthly service billing schemes."
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Adambomb Adambomb writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Adambomb (118938) writes "A recent story on CTV has brought to light a municipal partnership between the City of Toronto and Hymotion (an Ontario based company recently acquired by A123 Systems Inc. of Watertown, MA) to help ease fuel usage in the metropolis. The pilot project is expected to hit the roads with as many as 200 vehicles with a new Plug-In conversion to allow hybrid cars to be charged directly instead of relying primarily on engine power. CTV quotes Hymotion President Ricardo Bazzarella stating that the cars will be able to travel 100km of city driving with just 2.4 litres of gasoline (about 2/3rds of a gallon)."
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Adambomb Adambomb writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Adambomb (118938) writes "It seems like spam is becoming less and less noticeable to Americans at large these days. A recent article in iTWire, and many other sources notes that although americans are receiving more spam than ever, but are impacted less (or at least perceive the impact less) than in the past. Hopefully this will mark a trend towards the devaluing of spam as an advertising medium."

Journals

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To be fair to Creationists

Adambomb Adambomb writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Disclaimer: I am NOT a creationist myself, I do not know if i'd go so far as to label myself 100% atheistic as i'd happen to think fairly similarly the Hume route of probability and philosophy.

I personally feel that Darwin's theory of origins is scientifically accurante. The only thing I despise about the creationism vs evolution debates is the knee jerk reactions from both sides, both the "THE BIBLE SAYS SO, SO IT IS TRUE" crowd as well as the "EXTERNAL CREATION IS AN IMPOSSIBILITY" crowd.

This whole rant is due primarily to having read Terry Pratchett's book Strata concerning incredibly advanced humans building worlds for the sake of redundancy. The humans of the Strata setting are building a wide variety of worlds, of different proportions and influences, to ensure not only redundant places for humans to live but varying evolutionary forces to ensure humanity as a whole is more likely to adapt to a catastrophic galactic event.

Now given a significantly advanced enough race, one can envision things such as matter to energy / energy to matter transmutation. Also given a significantly advanced enough race, one can envision a geneticist who may possibly be able to create some form of precursor life form that would decompress or process to a specific set of organisms, especially if one understood the changes in pressures applied by the environment as it changes over time.

If one can envision these things, who is to say it is a ZERO PROBABILITY situation that someone couldnt create a world, complete with fossil record, radiocarbon signature, etc that denotes an "old" world composed of aged substances that could be made in a short period of time. If one understood the path genetics would take for the organism, one could already have a preset idea as to what would form on this planet.

Not saying that any of this is LIKELY, in fact its probability has to be infinitely small. The only point is that this may be a NON ZERO PROBABILITY.

This isnt my theory of what is, simply what could POSSIBLY be. The only thing is its not IMPOSSIBLE to imagine, even from a scientific standpoint.

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With us or against us.

Adambomb Adambomb writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Why are people insistent that anything debatable can only have two possible "Sides".

Proposition:
There is always going to be a large portion of situations, opinions, or interpretations that do not have a binary set of possible results. More often there is an finite yet very large multidimensional set of possible conclusions or positions involved in any debate.

Given that, why must so many people feel the need to constantly defend their own interpretation without possibility of revision or allow for the introduction of new data?

As the good old monty python crew once mentioned "You are all different! You are all individuals! Don't let anyone tell you what to do!"

Sadly, the unison that follows is no longer as funny as it used to be.

Think for yourselves.

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