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Russia Today: Vladimir Putin's Weapon In 'The War of Images'

AdmiralXyz Re:But to really propel Russia Today to the fore.. (254 comments)

You will rarely if ever hear one of those outlets cast a critical eye towards liberal policies. They are are just as biased left as fox is biased right.

You might try looking at the networks' coverage of Snowden to see how wrong this is. "Liberal" MSNBC and NPR (can't speak for the others) have actually been mostly neutral, sometimes supportive, toward him; Fox is the one insisting he's a traitor or bringing on Washington talking heads who do.

But no, don't do anything drastic like examine your beliefs. Just keep it up with the "both sides are equally bad" meme, but actually requires no critical thought whatsoever.

about a year ago

China Environment Ministry Calls Itself One of Four Worst Departments In World

AdmiralXyz Re:Seriously? Education? (126 comments)


about a year ago

Have We Hit Peak HFT?

AdmiralXyz Re:If the policy makers astually traded (476 comments)

Person A: The government ought to regulate [X], because [reason].
Person B: You idiot, do you also want the government to regulate [something completely unrelated to X where [reason] does not apply]?

Is there a name for this specific argument? It's straw-manning I guess, but I see it often enough that it deserves to have its own name.

about a year ago

Federal Magistrate Rules That Fifth Amendment Applies To Encryption Keys

AdmiralXyz Re:Last Sentence (322 comments)

It brings encryption keys to pretty much the same status as locked safes. The government can't just order you to open it on a whim, but they can if they have reasonable prior evidence that there is illegal material contained within. To illustrate:

Scenario 1: As a citizen, I step off the plane after getting back from a foreign country. Not knowing who I am, ICE goons randomly pull me aside and order me to give up the encryption key to my laptop. They have NO reasonable suspicion that doing so will yield illicit material or evidence of wrongdoing, so the Fifth Amendment applies.

Scenario 2: I'm a corporate officer cooking my books, and I brag to my friend that the feds will never catch me because all the incriminating evidence is encrypted. Unfortunately my friend has agreed to cooperate in a plea deal, and relays the details of this conversation. Now the government has reasonable suspicion (actually, at this point I think it's probable cause) that my encryption key is concealing material evidence, and they can probably force me to reveal it.

/. probably won't be happy with that last sentence, but IMO as long as judges interpret "reasonable suspicion" correctly (which is usually the case), it's probably the right call. The government always has been able to force you to open your safe deposit box if they have a warrant, after all. This is nothing new.

about a year ago

FBI Releases Boston Bombing Suspect Images/Videos

AdmiralXyz Re:WTF? (416 comments)

No, idiot, they're asking people who were in Boston on Monday taking pictures with their smartphones to look through their photos again. Chances are lots of people inadvertently got photos of the guys, and some of those might be clear enough for identification (as opposed to the crummy security cam footage).

about a year ago

BitCoin Value Collapses, Possibly Due To DDoS

AdmiralXyz Re:Well the ultimate value of Bitcoin is (605 comments)

We really need a corollary for Godwin's Law adapted specifically to Bitcoin discussions: as soon as you say, "The US dollar doesn't have any intrinsic value either!", you lose.

about a year and a half ago

Misconfigured Open DNS Resolvers Key To Massive DDoS Attacks

AdmiralXyz Re:First post (179 comments)

You are IGNORANT and EVIL for ignore Earth 4 day simultaneous Time Cube rotation and preaching Academic Religious Singularity... wait.

Bloody hell, I'm on the wrong thread.

about a year and a half ago

Do Recreational Drugs Help Programmers?

AdmiralXyz Re:inpaired thinking = bad coding (878 comments)

I would expect code produced under the influence to have more bugs, less comments and generally be an unmaintainable mess.

Yeah, well, that's just, like, your opinion man.

about 2 years ago

Pull Lever, Don't Snap Shutter: It May Be Illegal To Post Your Ballot

AdmiralXyz Re:1st Amendment (383 comments)

No, there is a very good reason for this law: if you can show which way you voted to third parties, then it's possible for you to sell your vote to those third parties. As it stands, it's not possible to "sell votes" (at least, not in the direct sense), because you could just take the money and say you voted a certain way, when you didn't.

(Incidentally, I see a lot of people proposing reformed voting systems that include a hard confirmation that your vote for X was counted. Voting reform is good, but that particular idea is bad, for this exact reason. Cut it out).

If someone tried to defend their right to post a picture of their ballot on First Amendment grounds, I'd be willing to bet that a court would rule that a fair election represents the overriding concern and would still prosecute.

about 2 years ago

US Looks For Input On "The Next Big Things"

AdmiralXyz Hey, I've got a great idea! (309 comments)

Oh wait, some NPE just sued me for patent violation. Never mind, guess I'll go develop it in some other country.

about 2 years ago

The CIA and Jeff Bezos Bet $30 Million On Quantum Computing Company

AdmiralXyz D-Wave might actually be legitimate (73 comments)

Just a quick FYI: for those of you still assuming that D-Wave is a bunch of snake-oil salesman (like I did for a long time), take a look at this bit from Ars Technica. Basically what they've built is not a genuine quantum computer, but a sort of "quantum optimizer" that delivers speedups for some kinds of problems. Their crime might be that they just use too much marketing hyperbole, instead of being complete frauds.

about 2 years ago

1981 Paper's Predictions for Global Temperatures Spot-On

AdmiralXyz Re:What about the rest? (371 comments)

Care to cite one? Since it sounds like you're so well-informed.

more than 2 years ago

Forensic Experts Say Screams Were Not Zimmerman's

AdmiralXyz In case you missed it (1046 comments)

Zimmerman's claim of being badly beaten up before he shot the kid doesn't hold up either: there's some footage taken at the police station the night of his arrest, and he looks totally unharmed. No cuts to the back of the head, no broken nose, nothing. Guy's story has more holes than... eh, I'm on my eighteenth hour without sleep due to a project and can't come up with an apt metaphor, but something with a lot of holes.

more than 2 years ago

Comparing Today's Computers To 1995's

AdmiralXyz Re:Eh (461 comments)

A few months ago a friend and I went to Japan for a week and a half of tourist-ing it up. I had been before, he hadn't. When we got off the plane and he had to go the bathroom, I made sure to follow him in and stand outside the stalls so I could hear the scream as he used a Japanese toilet for the first time. That alone was worth the price of my plane ticket.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Upgrading Windows Users To Latest Version of MSIE

AdmiralXyz Re:Web Applications (476 comments)

What about all the companies that use older versions of IE because of compatibility with their own proprietary web applications?

Simple: they'll disable the automatic update, by force if necessary.

Realistically, though, these users tend to be behind corporate firewalls with lots of antivirus protection and a forced patch schedule, so I doubt Microsoft is too worried about them contributing significantly to continued security holes thanks to IE6. This is an update to save the clueless from themselves.

more than 2 years ago

Judge Dismisses 'Other OS' Class-Action Suit Against Sony

AdmiralXyz Re:Huh? (403 comments)

How the hell could the case be dismissed?

Want to know something amazing? You can find out! You can click that link up in the summary, read the full text of the decision, and find out! Isn't technology amazing?

For what it's worth, the judge ruled that because Sony had not actually removed the functionality- what they had done instead was ban unmodified PS3s from accessing their service- what they were doing was legal. You may not agree with the decision, at least try to get a grasp on the logic behind it before you start yelling.

more than 2 years ago

North Korea Threatens South Korea Over Christmas Lights

AdmiralXyz Someone call Bill O'Reilly (441 comments)

For the first time ever, the term "war on Christmas" is actually accurate.

more than 2 years ago

New US Government Project To Monitor Electronic Communication

AdmiralXyz On Reddit yesterday... (164 comments)

I know we're supposed to look down on Reddit as Slashdot-lite, but someone posted an interesting question there yesterday:

The ghost of Plato offers you one of two pills. If you take the blue pill, from now on your government will precisely represent the will of its people. If you take the red pill, your country will be seized by an intelligent dictator whose political views are identical to yours. Which will it be?

It's almost a difficult choice until you read things like "I assume it's part of the Patriot Act and I really don't mind", and then you realize you'd grab the red pill so fast you'd yank Plato's arm off. Participatory government is dead.

more than 2 years ago



4chan undergoing major revision, getting public API

AdmiralXyz AdmiralXyz writes  |  about 2 years ago

AdmiralXyz (1378985) writes "Even the darkest corners of the internet aren't immune to the Web 2.0 boom: BoingBoing reports that 4chan is working on the largest codebase update in its history. The new 4chan will include as standard the functionality of popular browser plugins for using the site, as well as a JSON API so- hooray?- anyone can have immediate access to the contents of 4chan for any purpose they like. This represents a significant update to the heretofore haphazard development process of 4chan, and opens up the possibility of third-party 4chan apps... though probably not on the App Store."
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No more Matrix sequels after all

AdmiralXyz AdmiralXyz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AdmiralXyz (1378985) writes "The rumor that Keanu Reeves was in talks with the Wachowski brothers to produce Matrix movies 4 and 5, in 3-D, is apparently just that. Representatives from Warner Bros. spoke to Wired and called the rumors "bunk", pointing out that the school Reeves was supposedly accepting an award from when he made the announcement doesn't actually exist. His publicists made similar statements. Perhaps the film deities have shown us mercy just this once."
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Judge orders permanent injunction against Psystar

AdmiralXyz AdmiralXyz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AdmiralXyz (1378985) writes "It appears to be the end of the road for infamous Mac-clone maker Psystar, as a federal judge has issued a permanent injunction against the company, banning it from selling its OS X-based hardware products, following November's ruling that Psystar was guilty of copyright infringement under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. Specifically, Judge William Alsup's ruling prevents Psystar from "copying, selling, offering to sell, distributing or creating derivative works of Mac OS X without authorization from Apple; circumventing any technological measure that effectively controls access Mac OS X; or doing anything to circumvent the rights held by Apple under the Copyright Act with respect to Mac OS X". The ruling does not include Psystar's Rebel EFI software, which (in theory) allows users to boot OS X onto any computer, but Alsup said that too would be unlikely to stand up in court if Apple decides to make a formal challenge."
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Google Launches Public DNS Resolver

AdmiralXyz AdmiralXyz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AdmiralXyz (1378985) writes "Google has announced the launch of their free DNS resolution service, called Google Public DNS. According to their blog post, Google Public DNS uses continuous record prefetching to avoid cache misses- hopefully making the service faster- and implements a variety of techniques to block spoofing attempts. They also say that (unlike an increasing number of ISPs), Google Public DNS behaves exactly according to the DNS standard, and will not redirect you to advertising in the event of a failed lookup. Very cool, but of course there are questions about Google's true motivations behind knowing every site you visit..."
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How to Enter Equations Quickly In Class?

AdmiralXyz AdmiralXyz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AdmiralXyz (1378985) writes "I'm a university student, and I like to take notes on my (non-tablet) computer whenever possible, so it's easier to sort, categorize, and search through them later. Trouble is, I'm going into higher and higher math classes, and typing "f_X(x) = integral(-infinity, infinity, f(x,y) dy)" just isn't cutting it anymore: I need a way to get real-looking equations into my notes. I'm not particular about the details, the only requirement is that I need to keep up with the lecture, so it has to be fast, fast, fast. Straight LaTeX is way too slow, and Microsoft's Equation Editor isn't even worth mentioning. The platform is not a concern (I'm on a MacBook Pro and can run either Windows or Ubuntu in a virtual box if need be), but the less of a hit to battery life, the better. I've looked at several dedicated equation editing programs, but none of them, or their reviews, make any mention of speed. I've even thought about investing in a low-end Wacom tablet (does anyone know if there are ultra-cheap graphics tablets designed for non-artists?), but I figured I'd see if anyone at Slashdot has a better solution."


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