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Linux distro to vampire XP install?

Aldenissin Re:Something similar is being done. (10 comments)

While I agree, you missed the point of his question entirely. If people are still using XP... you know what, never mind you're apparently stupid, and you can't fix that.

yesterday
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Aldenissin Re:What are the bounds of property? (152 comments)

Well, how does it smell, since you've obviously got it on you? I'd advise you in the future to ask someone for evidence first, especially if you are going to make demands after you've just insulted them via their speech. For example, a better way, "It smells like BS to me, would you please supply some evidence and additional information?

Now, would you please refer to sections B. and C below? To answer your question, you must angle the camera's down so that they record only up to the top of the fence or to the property line.Private property has an expectation of privacy in Georgia.

(B) For an owner or occupier of real property to use for security purposes, crime prevention, or crime detection any device to observe, photograph, or record the activities of persons who are on the property or an approach thereto in areas where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy; or

  (C) To use for security purposes, crime prevention, or crime detection any device to observe, photograph, or record the activities of persons who are within the curtilage (fenced yard) of the residence of the person using such device. A photograph, videotape, or record made in accordance with this subparagraph, or a copy thereof, may be disclosed by such resident to the district attorney or a law enforcement officer and shall be admissible in a judicial proceeding, without the consent of any person observed, photographed, or recorded
http://www.ehow.com/info_83762...

yesterday
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Aldenissin Re:What are the bounds of property? (152 comments)

Never heard, nor ever will think I'll hear of that issue again. Uninteresting issue is uninteresting. Sorry.

yesterday
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Aldenissin Re:enh (152 comments)

Street view stays on the roads... generally. Drones can go to the second story where someone's open window is why they're naked.

yesterday
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Aldenissin Re:Hmm... (152 comments)

Seriously? Troll? For the truth? Unbelievable!

yesterday
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Aldenissin Re:if only (152 comments)

Right, it's not like she isn't doing this as a PR stunt that will be widely reported on how she is "mentoring" our future.

yesterday
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Aldenissin Re:Hmm... (152 comments)

Government workers are special people. But rejoice, dearheart, for you are a first class citizen! You have the right to remain silent, and anything you say or do WILL be used against you in the court of law. It's the second class and above that the first class has elected to handle such "dangerous" things. This is for umm, 'your" safety, yea that's it, "your" safety. (Phew almost didn't dig my way out of that one, that's why I'm a leader!)

yesterday
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Aldenissin Re:enh (152 comments)

Freedom's bad, mmmkay? Leave it up to the people who know what they're doing to dish it out to you when you're ill, mmkay?

yesterday
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Aldenissin Re:What are the bounds of property? (152 comments)

Also, as far as I am aware, you are not allowed to have security cameras on your property that film parts of other's properties. Those laws should suffice, or at least be amended to include "roaming" cameras.

yesterday
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Aldenissin What are the bounds of property? (152 comments)

How high above the dirt do I own? In theory, I could just go straight up with a powerful enough camera lens and zoom in and see what I want on your property from another piece of property, possibly miles away. I see little difference than selling people rights to the dirt, but not to the minerals, and the legality of drilling diagonally underneath someone else's property.

Right now where I'm at on this is allowing someone to look at my property, as long as they aren't "above" my property, and if they do cross my property line they can be held responsible, including me shooting it out of the sky. I can always go inside, just like neighbors can peer over a fence.

yesterday
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

Aldenissin It's already been decided.... (118 comments)

Beyond the computational aspect, we also need to decide, as a society, if this is a technology that should exist. The privacy implications extend beyond that of simple voice recognition.

How much do they extend beyond that of so called "simple" voice recognition? I suppose one could rarely listen in when they couldn't have with current amplifying audio equipment. As a society, we've already decided that it should exist: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Can this be used as a weapon? Yes, so can a hammer. Ban hitting people with hammers, not the hammer.

yesterday
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

Aldenissin Re:What Microsoft could do (204 comments)

Beware of scam! Install and upgrade Mal-Ware Bytes today!

yesterday
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Aldenissin Re:Seriously? (523 comments)

Shouldn't we be shooting for locally owned network loops connect to municipal trunks? That's to me is the only real way to solve much of the Internet's issues, is to have the people actually own the networks....

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What percentage of your Income will you Voluntarily pay as Tax?

Aldenissin You know what they will say! (1 comments)

Everyone will pretty much say zero! However, I don't think that's truly the phrasing or complete question, for clarity, that you want to ask. At least not without more than a link to a discussion on whether Albert really said the quoted sentence as reference... In other words, few will have any idea what you are talking about.

about a week ago
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Infographic of Debian - a visual understanding about the Debian Universe

Aldenissin Where to start... (1 comments)

A LOT of information, but I learned some things. Interested in the presentation it is based off of now.

about a week ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

Aldenissin Re:Does it? (199 comments)

I prefer to think of amendments as expounding on and clarifying further the Constitution's mission, as seen in the Preamble. In order to: ...

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Last but not least is securing the blessings of liberty. Liberty, aka freedom is by very definition non-restrictive. When it comes to "We the people", that is citizens of the United States, everything which is not forbidden is allowed. When it comes to "government", the opposite is true - Expressio unius est exclusio alterius - The express mention of one thing excludes all others.

about two weeks ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

Aldenissin Re:It's amazing (199 comments)

Do they? so, the ACLU and EFF are republicans? Ha! Name me the conservative ACLU and EFF.... I'll wait.

Both sides fight against government overreach in their own way. For example, most Republicans are against The Affordable Care Act. I think it comes down to it that conservatives in general are unable to allow themselves to compromise, while that is seen as the general goal of liberals, that is to compromise conservative values. I could see who I think is a true conservative supporting the ACLU more often than currently seen by conservatives. He, I have no doubt would if it was a righteous/moral/constitutional cause, weather he "liked" it or not. A true conservative understands the sword cuts both ways, but liberals like to "cut" as much as they can.

However, almost all politicians can't be trusted to serve largely anyone but themselves imho. I just want someone honest, at least I know what I am getting, I don't think that's too much to ask for. But I really liked, well it doesn't matter. He has true principles and votes that way, but everyone just about for some reason thinks that makes him crazy.

I see what you did all over the place. Lefties do indeed push for gun control, but there's been NO serious push for that from the feds. Despite this lack of a push, righties seem to think Obama is going to creep into their house and steal their guns.

I hope we can agree on something. And that is that the language has been molested to make easier to facilitate controversy. Example: "Gun Control".
What is the definition of gun control? Well, simply, a tight grouping on a target. What is the correct label for the controversy? Gun restriction. But ewww, that just sounds... as nasty as it is. But then without an enemy, how can you be a hero? In short, the "GOP" needs those "libs" in order to justify themselves, and vice versa. It's all about division, which is an entertaining distraction. From what? The fact that American's are more moderate and not near as polarized as media portrays, at least until they too often succeed.

You know the parties switched. Old republicans are not New republicans. You know that. That's stated above, go read if you don't know that. ... Yes, I know Frederick Douglas was republican. See above.

I'm not aware of republicans moving over to the other side of the aisle while holding onto old values, but I have heard about it happening the other way around which to say the least, "confused" things. What I do know is, and if you'd have read the info in the link, Democrats and one would think their foundational philosophy is credited with perpetuating slavery, among other things while Republicans are often demonized falsely. Are there racist Republicans? Sure. I'd have to say they're known as RINOs, and sadly make up much more than often stated. Are Democrats racist? Sure. Those be the race baiters that bully anyone that puts them in the limelight.

Can you provide some evidence of that? That would be neat to know. Although, even if true, the Feds have been paying for upkeep for a LONG time.

See the Long Island Motor Parkway and Lincoln Highway. As far as the "cough", well how far do you want to go down that rabbit hole? I'll just for now until you answer back, if you follow the money, well, you'll see and understand the typical political modus operandi. And no, the "Feds" haven't paid for squat, "we" did. I think you'll find, if you're not stupid, that in defending them you kind of answered your own question...

Lastly, as I stated above, I'm not aware of a "party switch". If you have some information, I too, would find that neat to know.

about two weeks ago

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TRISQUEL 5.0 RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes "In what we can now call it a tradition, we celebrate the Software Freedom Day by publishing our latest release: Trisquel GNU/Linux 5.0 STS, codename Dagda.

Today we publish both the standard GNOME based, and the lightweight, LXDE based Trisquel Mini editions. Current Trisquel 4.5 users can upgrade using the update-manager application, without the need for reinstallation. Advanced installations -server, RAID/LVM, encrypted, etc- can be done using the netinstall images. Two more editions, one based on KDE and other using the educational environment Sugar are on the way. The standard edition includes, among many others, the following packages:, Linux-libre 2.6.38, GNOME 2.6.32, LibreOffice 3.3.3, Abrowser (our unbranded Mozilla based web browser) 6.0.2.

We would like to thank the FSF, and their campaigns intern Jonathan Nadeau for helping us improve this releases' accessibility support. Among other changes, our international DVD boots now with a screen reader on by default, allowing blind users to run or even install the system without assistance. This change will also be applied to the system loaded in the FSF membership cards.
Download it now, and spread it around!
And remember, you can help this project continue by donating, buying a gift in our stores, or by becoming a supporting associate member."

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Are We Mistakingly Praising Ability Over Effort?

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes ""You learned that so quickly, you're so smart!"; "Look at that drawing. Are you the next Picasso or what?"; "You're so brilliant — you passed that exam without really studying!"

They come across as precisely the kind of confidence-boosting statements that should be given to children or, indeed, anyone else. Such phrases are used in homes and classrooms every day, particularly with exams looming. But are they benign? Or could they unlock the reason why so many children are failing at school and elsewhere?

To find out we need to take a quick detour into the science of expertise, and ask a question. Where does excellence come from? For a long time, it was thought the answer to this hinged, to a large degree, on genetic inheritance. Or, to put it another way, it is all about talent. It turns out that this is mistaken. Dozens of studies have found that top performers — whether in maths, music or whatever — learn no faster than those who reach lower levels of attainment — hour after hour, they improve at almost identical rates. The difference is simply that high achievers practice for more hours."
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Next-gen Low Latency Open Codec Beats HE-AAC

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes "From the Xiph.org developers, Opus is a non-patent encumbered codec designed for interactive usages, such as VoIP, telepresence, and remote jamming, that require very low latency. When they started working on Opus (then known as CELT), they used the slogan "Why can't your telephone sound as good as your stereo?", and they weren't kidding. Now, test results demonstrate that Opus's performance against HE-AAC, one of the strongest (but highest-latency) codecs at this bitrate, bests the quality of two of the most popular and respected encoders for the format, on the majority of individual audio samples receiving a higher average score overall.

Hydrogenaudio conducted a 64kbit/sec multiformat listening test including Opus, aoTuV Vorbis, two HE-AAC encoders, and a 48kbit/sec AAC-LC low anchor. Comparing 30 diverse samples using the highly sensitive ABC/HR methodology, Opus is running with 22.5ms of total latency but the codec can go as low as 5ms."

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100% Libre, Trisquel 4.5 STS "Slaine" Released

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes "Trisquel 4.5 Slaine comes with a new boot manager for the live images, an improved installer which showcases the project highlights, and new programs like the Remmina remote desktop client, the social network client Gwibber or the backup tool Deja-dup. The web browser received several changes to improve attibutes like speed by enabling http pipelining and other methods, privacy with blocking third party cookies and moving to Duck Duck Go search engine — both as default, and usability with the preinstalled FlashVideoReplacer plugin that allows watching videos from YouTube, Vimeo and many others. The main packages include: Linux-libre 2.6.35, Xorg 7.5, GNOME 2.32, Mozilla based web browser 3.6.15 and OpenOffice.org 3.2.

Slaine is based on Ubuntu 10.10, and as always with Trisquel, it contains just free software. Available are 32 and 64 bit flavors, and being an STS release it will be supported for a year. This release will be the "live" operating system included in the Free Software Foundation member cards from now on, in replacement of Trisquel 4.0."

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Drug Dogs False Alert Over 200 Times In Study

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes "The accuracy of drug- and explosives-sniffing dogs is affected by human handlers' beliefs, possibly in response to subtle, unintentional cues, UC Davis researchers have found.

    The study, published in the January issue of the journal Animal Cognition, found that detection-dog teams erroneously "alerted," or identified a scent, when there was no scent present more than 200 times, particularly when the handler believed that there was scent present.

In other words, at best, dogs are responding to the subtle non-verbal cues of their masters to find drugs or explosives where the human thinks there should be drugs or explosives. The cop suspects you have pot so his body language makes the dog alert. At worst, the cop is purposefully cuing his dog to alert when he wants a handy excuse to violate your 4th Amendment rights."

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Facebook Billionaire Gives Money to Legalize Pot

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes "Dustin Moskovitz confirmed that he has recently given (an additional) $50,000 in support of Proposition 19, which is seeking to legalize marijuana in California this November. He had previously donated $20,000 to supporters of the act, which would allow people 21 years old or older to possess, cultivate or transport cannabis for personal use and would permit local governments to regulate and tax commercial production and sale of the substance. Asked for a comment as to why he’s backing the legalization of marijuana, Moskovitz just sent this statement:

“More than any other initiative out there, Prop 19 will stabilize our national security and bolster our state economy. It will alleviate unnecessary overcrowding of non-violent offenders in our state jails, which in turn will help California residents.”

An irony here is about a month ago Facebook refused to take FireDogLake’s ‘Just Say Now’ pro-cannabis law reform ads"
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T-Mobile Censors WeedMaps' Commerce.

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes "With over 90 million Americans living in the states with medical cannabis laws a cool application like Weed Strain Exchange is getting short-sighted and imprudent blow back from one of the country's biggest Telecom providers, T-Mobile, who has decided it is going to censor WeedMaps' commerce and is blocking their short code from showing up on T-Mobile devices.

The matter of a major cell phone provider blocking lawful information about lawful commerce is now in the federal courts where a number of public interest groups (notably Public Knowledge) are supporting WeedMap's efforts not to be discriminated against by T-Mobile by establishing federal laws that treat text messaging (and other short codes) with the same privacy protections as all of our phone conversations enjoy (which can't be interfered with unless a judge signs a warrant).

  (I for one hate pretty much any form of censorship, as information needs to be free. If this website can be censored, what will be next?)"
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The meaning of open, for Google.

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes "Jonathan Rosenberg, Senior Vice President, Product Management for Google, starts his blog post "The meaning of open" with:

"Last week I sent an email to Googlers about the meaning of "open" as it relates to the Internet, Google, and our users. In the spirit of openness, I thought it would be appropriate to share these thoughts with those outside of Google as well.

At Google we believe that open systems win. They lead to more innovation, value, and freedom of choice for consumers, and a vibrant, profitable, and competitive ecosystem for businesses. Many companies will claim roughly the same thing since they know that declaring themselves to be open is both good for their brand and completely without risk. After all, in our industry there is no clear definition of what open really means. It is a Rashomon-like term: highly subjective and vitally important."

  Will Google's definition of open influence others who make the claim of openness and even those who do not?"
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How do next generations eponentially impact us?

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Aldenissin writes "How would the world be different if software companies decided to support and maintain actively used (and viable, not hopelessly insecure) software, instead of forcing an upgrade to something non-backwards compatible? Some that come to mind are Microsoft and possibly anti-virus vendors. Would the same theories apply to all companies, like for example auto-makers? Imagine if you could buy virtually the same car brand new you have now in 3-4 years, and/or be able to upgrade an older model to the same specifications. What would be the efficiency factor, if any?

If companies were shown hidden (existing?) incentives that allowed for a more "natural" capitalistic market, where would human civilization be now? Vista has obviously shaped the path of companies plans for software and hardware upgrades. Is it possible to estimate the time and resources, from end user, to IT, on up to CEOs that it costs everyone (even those that deal with you that hold back) for something like moving to Windows Vista? Even better, is it possible to calculate a total cost benefit ratio?

Could we as consumers begin to influence if company "x" is selling us "exponential value" and not just manufacturing externalized costs that we all will pay for in an effort to increase their sales? I understand that at the basics bigger sales=bigger economy, but does bigger economy=stronger economy? How have any failures of Vista literally affected our economy?"

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