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The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

AndrewBuck Re:Dismantle DHS (190 comments)

It was a bit clumsily worded. I meant "the opposite of hiding", so I was not saying that you want to do the opposite of hide, not the opposite of what you suggested. In any case, clumsy wording or not, glad to hear that you understood my message and are joining the effort.

-AndrewBuck

about a week ago
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The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

AndrewBuck Re:Dismantle DHS (190 comments)

Quite the opposite in fact. In my opinion when your government starts making lists of "the bad people" then I think it is your moral duty to make sure you are one of the people on the list. From the recent NSA leaks (this one may not actually be from Snowden, which is interesting) the NSA considers anyone who uses or runs Tor to be an extremist, so apparently I make the list twice; just glad to be doing my part. I also installed PGP and use encryption whenever possible, although that is rare because I only know a few other people using it, and most of the communicating I do with them is on a mailing list anyway so encryption doesn't really work. Still I do what I can to throw up a bit of "chaff" to make their job just that little bit harder.

You posted your comment anonymously (or as anon as you can be on slashdot), but I won't post mine that way. My government knows who I am and what I think and I couldn't be happier. Fuck the motherfuckers.

-AndrewBuck

about a week ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

AndrewBuck Re:sin(x) (552 comments)

Wow, way to totally miss the point. I am not even going to bother putting into words why you are wrong since everyone (including probably yourself) knows what was actually meant by that analogy.

-AndrewBuck

about two weeks ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

AndrewBuck Re:Coldest first half in the US since 1993 (552 comments)

So the global average was the warmest on record, and you point out that the US was a bit cool. You think this means that global warming isn't happening (actually you are probably smarter than that you are just trying to trick those that casually read your comment); but actually what this means is that it must have been _crazy hot_ somewhere else to balance out the relatively cool US and still come out as the top temp.

-AndrewBuck

about two weeks ago
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FCC Public Comment Period For Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, July 15

AndrewBuck Re:Sick Joke (69 comments)

Wow, yet another industry shill posting as AC to spread propaganda. I think you are the 4th or 5th one in this thread.

In answer to your misinformation...

Net Neutrality originally meant: leave the internet alone, it's been working fine for years.

Yep, and it still does mean that. You can claim it means whatever you want, but the people areguing for common carrier status want exactly this, and nothing more.

Then corporations start to throttle back our bandwidth, and instead of the courts charing them with selling a fraud, or deceptive trade practices

I would be very happy to see them do this, unfortunately it would be a tough case to make because they always weasel language into the contract you sign with them saying they can "regulate speed for QOS reasons" and that your speed is "up to" some threshold, etc.

the FCC and Obama come in with a plan to give government control over the internet, and require the ISPs to log your internet activity and just give it to police whenever they ask for it. And of course Mr. Obama and the FCC call this plan "Net Neutrality".

This is just ludicrous. In what way is saying to ISPs "you can't discriminate based on who sends the traffic, you have to treat it all equally" equal to "governemnt control over the internet" in the pejorative sense you are intending for it to mean. I guess the government would have some control as all regulations are a form of control, but that is not what you meant. The people arguing for net neutrality want all players to have the same access to the public internet without large entites paying to prevent their data from getting through, so why would they want the government to do exactly the same thing. You were just trying to scare people into doing what the giant corps want, which is to let them screw their customers over by forcing them to pay for a connection and then pay again to make it not suck. Furthermore, your comment about logging on the internet is pretty funny in light of the Snowden leaks. Why would they need to pass a law to "log the internet" when they have been doing exactly that for years. Just more phony scaremongering to confuse people who are not well informed.

That's right, they gave it the same name, but it has a completely different meaning.

Nope, that was just the big ISPs and their paid shills who post AC on sites like slashdot. Go crawl back into the hole you came out of. To quote Woodie Guthrie "all you facists are bound to lose". You might win on this one and get the two tiered internet your paymasters want, but the people are slowly learning how badly they are being screwed over and eventually they will wake up and take action.

-AndrewBuck

about two weeks ago
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FCC Public Comment Period For Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, July 15

AndrewBuck Re:The FCC needs to classify ISP's as common carri (69 comments)

Interesting idea sharing your actual comment. Here is mine (link is to a small pdf from the fcc site showing the text of the comment):

http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/docum...

Others are welcome to read the comment to get ideas for what to write but I don't recommend copy-pasting my comment as your own. Write it in your own words and say why it affects you personally. Getting 20 real, independantly written comments with personal stories matters more than getting 100 copy pasted comments. These orgs are used to getting hundreds of identical comments from groups like moveon.org and such which encourage people to "write their representatives, and to make it easy for you here is what to write..." and those are too easy to ignore.

-AndrewBuck

about two weeks ago
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FCC Public Comment Period For Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, July 15

AndrewBuck Re:Win or lose the government will find a way (69 comments)

Again with the propaganda. Analogies are useful, but only to a point and your analogy has gone past the point. You are perfectly allowed to pay more to get a bigger pipe or lower latency today; that already exists, just go shopping for bandwidth and you will see many options. What you are not allowed to do is pay more to make sure your competitors have a smaller pipe, or higher latency.

To use your analogy, you are allowed to spend as much as you want and buy as big of an engine as you want, but you are not allowed to spend money to make sure the guy you are racing against has a smaller engine.

I really do wonder what the motivation for all these AC posts is. Are they just misunderstanding the issue and posting anon because they are afraid of being downmodded, or are they paid industry shills whose job is not to win the argument, just to muddy the water enough that people get confused?

-AndrewBuck

about two weeks ago
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FCC Public Comment Period For Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, July 15

AndrewBuck Re:Win or lose the government will find a way (69 comments)

Way to repeat the industry propaganda. Net neutrality does not say anything at all about the upgrades you carry out, all it says is that whether or not the upgrades are done, you can't priveledge one customer over another because that person paid you to speed their traffic and slow others.

-AndrewBuck

about two weeks ago
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FCC Public Comment Period For Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, July 15

AndrewBuck Don't forget to comment (69 comments)

One of those comments was mine and I encourage others to do the same. The FCC may very well ignore the comments, but the more that there are the more it will show people how corrupt they are. Ignoring 50 comments is one thing, ignoring 650,000 comments is another thing entirely, especially when almost every single one of those comments is opposed to the policy they are proposing.

Make your voice heard, and even if not heard by the FCC, then let it be heard by your fellow citizens that the FCC won't listen to us anymore. Our government is corrupt but most people don't realize the extent to which it is corrupt. This is a good way to show them.

-AndrewBuck

about two weeks ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

AndrewBuck Re:Not really (255 comments)

I didn't claim that he was immune from being tracked down, I am well aware of the issues of IP level anonymity vs slashdot just choosing not to display a name which is what the AC parent did. I know the distinction because I run a Tor relay (not an exit node just a relay) and I use Tor myself.

My point was merely that he chose to remain anonymous (at least as well as he was easily able to) while criticising a tool used by others to actully do the same thing.

Whether Tor is used by "bad guys" is beside the point. A report came out today that the NSA's Xkeyscore program flags Tor users and counts them as 'extremists' merely for going to the Tor website, asking for a bridge ip, or searching for tails or reading a particular linux users forum. This puts me on their list of extremists and I am happy to be there. My Tor relay is called "Fuck the NSA" and I am not the only one running a relay called that. Anonymous communication is important and I am not afraid to use my real identity (have a look at my username) to say so.

Lastly, just to be clear, I am not saying that no one should post anonymously; I have defended the AC posting option on this site for exactly the reasons you list. I am merely pointing out the cowardice and hypocrisy of posting anonymously to criticise a tool to actually provide that very ability to people who need it; people whose lives depend on it. Remember that everyone who says Tor should be banned because the bad guys might use it is just choosing to kill one group of people instead of another. Tor saves lives every day in opressive regimes, so banning it does not just make the kiddie fiddlers get hurt, it would also hurt these innocent people. There are better ways to stop the bad guys than making anonymous communication impossible, and anyone who tells you otherwise is a facist. Period.

-AndrewBuck

about a month ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

AndrewBuck Re:No, it's not the same as selling cars at all. (255 comments)

Kind of ironic that you chose to post that comment anonymously, exactly the kind of thing TOR is designed to allow for.

-AndrewBuck

about a month ago
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US Officials Cut Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil By 96%

AndrewBuck Re:Curious claim about shale oil reserves (411 comments)

Although I largely agree with the sentiment you are expressing, there is a similar confusion here as well. I read through the article you linked and what they are talking about transporting is normal crude that has a high paraffin wax compnonent in it. This too, though, is different from the kerogen bearing rocks in the green river shale. There are a couple clues throughout the article that this is what they are talking about, but the most telling is this blurb from the last paragraph...

"For better or worse, Uinta Basin oil and gas production is increasing and expected to double by 2022 to the equivalent of 50 million barrels a year. Much of that growth is expected to come from tar sands and oil shale, which exists in abundance in the basin but has yet to be commercially developed."

Notice that they say that the tar sands there and the shale have yet to be produced commercially. Tar sands (depending on the depth and the oil content) generally can be produced commercially (it is an ugly mess but we can do it) since the job is merely to separate the thick, viscous oil from the sand. The kerogen in the green river shale (and many other shale formations) is a different beast entirely. For tar sand you heat the oil/sand mixture to soften up the oil and separate it out, but the conversion oil has already been done by heat from the earth. With kerogen, you need to heat the kerogen for a period of several years at something like 500 to 1000 degrees (usually done by pumping superheated steam into the ground). Then after this heating process is complete, you separate the oil in a manner similar to tar sands. This extra heating step at the beginning is why this will almost certainly never be used.

Hope this clears up the confusion about these various resources.

-AndrewBuck

about 2 months ago
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US Officials Cut Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil By 96%

AndrewBuck Re:Curious claim about shale oil reserves (411 comments)

The green river shale is a different kind of thing. The monterray and Bakken shale formations contain actual oil, the Green River formation contains kerogen -- a waxy substance that will turn into oil if you heat it to several hundred degrees for a period of years (yes years).

The best analogy I have heard to put this into perspective is that the Bakken is something like a rock that has been left soaking in a bucket of oil for a while and the oil has seeped into the pores of the rock. The green river shale is more like a brick that has had candle wax dripped on it. Both contain energy which can be extracted, but one yields oil directly whereas the other is merely a feedstock to make oil.

The last I had heard, no one has ever made a commercially successfull attempt to convert kerogen into oil. It can be done, just not anything like economically, and the environmental costs of doing so would be massive. Now of course the "free market" folks will say, "well the price will just rise until the kerogen is extractable", and they are right, the price will rise to something like 1000 dollars per barrel, and then we will have lots of that "cheap" green river shale oil available on the market, something like 3 trillion barrels worth.

-AndrewBuck

about 2 months ago
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Should Tesla Make Batteries Instead of Electric Cars?

AndrewBuck Re:They've been pushing this angle for a while (362 comments)

I get the point you were making, and to some degree you are correct. What you say is not entirely true though. Bond __investors__ make money as you suggest, but I think the article described this person as a bond __trader__, which is a very different thing. Traders often get a commision for the trade, whether the trade itself makes any money or not, even if they were the one who decided when to buy and sell, and what bonds to trade in. There are a lot of hedge funds that either lose money for their clients, or perform very poorly (many don't even beat the "index" funds which are basically "just buy one of everything"), yet these hedge funds themselves still do very well due to the fees they have hidden away in the fine print of the contracts you sign when you invest with them. This is actually a big part of why so many pension funds are in such bad shape. The underlying investments did alright, but the massive fees sucked out by the managers, traders, brokerage houses, and exchanges, eat up almost the entire profit on the trades leaving very little flowing back to the investor (in this case the pension fund). The funds list their "profits" in their prospectus which show how they make good trades and talk all about how much money you would make investing them, but when you actually dig through all the details, the fees are nearly as big as, or sometimes bigger than, the returns they quote up front. They sucker a lot of people this way, and even some (like pension fund managers) who should know better and either just don't catch the fees or don't care since it isn't their own money they are managing.

-AndrewBuck

about 2 months ago
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Should Tesla Make Batteries Instead of Electric Cars?

AndrewBuck Re:They've been pushing this angle for a while (362 comments)

Yeah, this is pretty laughable. I don't remember the exact figure but his battery factory (not built yet but planned) is estimated to be something like 25 to 50 percent of the current world output for these batteries; and it is expected that the battery factory will sell almost entirely, if not exclusively to his electric car operation. So this "genius" of a bond investor thinks to himself "gee, if there is such a big market for batteries he should just sell the batteries". Only problem with this line of thinking, if he quits making cars then the battery market dries up. With people like this running our economy it is little surpirse that we fell into an economic collapse, and are probably setting up the next one as we speak. Explain to me again why people like this deserve to be paid millions a year.

-AndrewBuck

about 2 months ago
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RFC 7258: Pervasive Monitoring Is an Attack

AndrewBuck Re:Pervasive Monitoring Is The LAW (67 comments)

You may not like it, but we live in a democracy, and the law is what the people say it is. We didn't know that this was in the law we passed, and now that we do, we are making our voice heard about it, the first step in the path to changing the law.

-AndrewBuck

about 3 months ago
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Racing To Contain Ebola

AndrewBuck Re:Is this a crowd-sourcing thing? (112 comments)

(Full disclosure, I am one of the lead coordinators of the mapping effort discussed in the article and in my post below.)

Yes, the OpenStreetMap project is where the mapping is being done. The map linked in the article shows outbreak information overlaid on top of the OSM database of roads and buildings. It is this underlying map data that the croudsourcing is about.

If you go to this site you can create an OSM account and then start edititng the map immediately (think wikipedia, but for maps). You normally would edit by just going to the main OSM page and then editing the map there, the site I linked is the HOT task manager. We create areas on the task manager that need mapping done, the area is then broken up into a grid of small square tiles, and then people 'lock' a tile to work on, map all the roads and/or buildings in that tile, and finally mark the tile complete after the map has been updated. This tool was used to map all the roads and buildings in 3 large cities (Gueckedou, Macenta, and Kissidougou), where the outbreak originally started; all three of these towns were mapped completely, down to the last building, within 24 hours of HOT getting satellite imagery for them.

Right now the focus is to find and map all the small residential areas outside of these main cities, and to draw in the main connecting roads to each village. This helps the medical teams track the spread of the disease from village to village, as well as making it easier for them to travel around to do their own work. I really encourage slashdotters to help out on these kinds of projects. The mapping tools are easy to use (the in browser iD editor especially), but the technical knowledge of the slashdot crowd makes it easy for the average ./er to learn more advanced tools like JOSM and also to help with analysis and writing code to do cool stuff with the map data. You can really help out this (and a lot of other humanitarian efforts) by doing a bit of mapping anywhere in these areas, every little bit of extra data helps.

-AndrewBuck

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easiest To Use Multi-User Map Editing?

AndrewBuck Re:Ask the OSM community. (52 comments)

OpenStreetMap is not really suited to what he is doing since we are making a 'base map' which is just the underlying features, roads, buildings, etc. The personal notes the OP is looking for can however be added to uMap which is a tool one of the OSM people developed to make maps overlay on top of the map. I am not sure what the public terms of service are though or how long it will be available. It was developed for coordinating information about humanitarian disasters but it would work for that as well. Link is below.

http://umap.openstreetmap.fr/e...

-AndrewBuck

about 4 months ago
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Is Traffic Congestion Growing Three Times As Fast As Economy?

AndrewBuck Re:90% tax on upper income doesn't matter if... (187 comments)

This is true to some degree. Obviously if they are mis-spending the money on themselves through corruption, etc, then we should do what we can to put an end to that. Having higher tax rates doesn't necessarily mean we have to just keep giving the money to the same people getting it now. Remember this is our country and "we the people" decide how it is spent.

That said, however, the reason there is so much money around DC is not because they are all sucking up tax dollars, it is almost 100% lobbying money and fat paychecks from the 'revolving door' of people leaving the government to take phony jobs in the private sector. I say phony jobs because they are not really being paid for whatever the their job title supposedly implies, but rather being paid back for the crony capitalism they practiced while in government (and by they I don't mean just the legislators, but the staffers, the lobbyists and the whole lot). Money in politics is what all of this stems from and just saying "well they are corrupt so we should cut taxes" is not a solution to the problem, it is just them winning at one of the many strategies they are using to screw you, me, and everyone else.

-AndrewBuck

about 5 months ago
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Is Traffic Congestion Growing Three Times As Fast As Economy?

AndrewBuck Re:GDP and employment (187 comments)

They better be careful not to let the door hit them in the ass on the way out. They want to live in some backwater island nation with no standing army to defend their billions of dollars... then let them. Just like with the double taxation I mentioned above they never seem to choose that option. They bitch and moan about how high our taxes are and then keep right on living in this country. The very same country that they say I am a traitor, and un-amaerican, if I say anything bad about and yet they like to make everyone think that they would leave here at the drop of a hat if we ask them to pony up a few bucks to keep the place running. They already shelter most of their money overseas anyway, so what would we really be losing if they took their gulfstreams and actually lived where their money lives. I guess we would be down a few gulf streams, but I don't see what else we would be losing.

-AndrewBuck

about 5 months ago

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