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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

Anon-Admin Re:Pretty sure this won't work (311 comments)

Jesus can't file an Amicus brief.

He is an illegal alien. :P

about three weeks ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

Anon-Admin Re: Redneck roadhouse (311 comments)

before we quit running Cat 5 through our mothers basements.

Look a Yankee

There are almost no basements in Texas.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hosting Services That Don't Overreact To DMCA Requests?

Anon-Admin Re:Over-reacting is required (148 comments)

Or better yet start filing DCMA take down notices on there websites. Nothing makes congress act faster that when it effects there campaign.

about a month ago
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Investor Tim Draper Announces He Won Silk Road Bitcoin Auction

Anon-Admin Re:Weak != Bad (115 comments)

Bitcoin Instability?

Several years ago I bought $150 of bitcoin @ $0.50 a coin. Figured I would get some for the novelty.

Last year I sold a few off and bought 12.5 acres of land, right now I could sell some more and pay off my house.

Sure they have gone up and down, but in the long run they have gone up.

about a month ago
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Cambridge Team Breaks Superconductor World Record

Anon-Admin Re:ummm...nope (73 comments)

You are right, my math does not work before the proper amount of coffee is added. lol

about a month ago
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NASA Launching Satellite To Track Carbon

Anon-Admin Re:Unsurprising results? (190 comments)

Lol, I dont even smoke the stuff and I was pointing out industrial Hemp.

I also do not believe that it is right to ban a plant because some people smoke it. It is their life, their body, and their choice. Ignoring the science behind the plant is just stupid. I know it is as political as AGW but lets look at the real science and leave the religion out of it.

about a month ago
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NASA Launching Satellite To Track Carbon

Anon-Admin Re:Unsurprising results? (190 comments)

The inconsistency between observed
and simulated global warming is even more
striking for temperature trends computed
over the past fifteen years (1998–2012).
For this period, the observed trend of
0.05 ± 0.08 C per decade is more than four
times smaller than the average simulated
trend of 0.21 ± 0.03 C per decade

Published paper "Overestimated global warming over the past 20 years" Published in
NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE | VOL 3 | SEPTEMBER 2013

about a month ago
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NASA Launching Satellite To Track Carbon

Anon-Admin Re:Ordovician [Re:what a waste of money] (190 comments)

Wait, doesn't your rebuttal show that the earth's temperature will not spiral out of control leading to the death and destruction predicted? :P

To be honest you make great points for the view that we are really in a geologic cold period and global warming is just returning us to average temperatures for geologic time frames.

about a month ago
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NASA Launching Satellite To Track Carbon

Anon-Admin Re: Unsurprising results? (190 comments)

That right, nobody burns hemp. Marijuana yes, but industrial hemp is no good for smoking.

Instead you make oil from the seeds that you can use for cooking and can even turn into biodiesel.
You can make paper, cloth, shoes, rope, etc, etc, etc from the plant locking up the carbon and making it into useful products.

about a month ago
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Cambridge Team Breaks Superconductor World Record

Anon-Admin Re:ummm...nope (73 comments)

I dont know about you but I use old neodymium magnets from hard drives as my fridge magnets and they are about 1.2T to 1.7T so roughly 100x my fridge magnets lol

about a month ago
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NASA Launching Satellite To Track Carbon

Anon-Admin Re:Unsurprising results? (190 comments)

For instance, we know that forests and the ocean absorb CO2, but we probably don't know which plants are the most efficient at doing so.

I hate to break it to you but we do know what plants are the most efficient. Hemp sequesters 22 tonnes of carbon dioxide per hectare. It is one of the top plants for sequestering CO2. I would also note that if you overlay the years that HEMP was produced as a cash crop in the US with the rise and fall of CO2 you will find they line up, including the increased production during WW2.

about a month ago
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NOAA: Earth Smashed A Record For Heat In May 2014, Effects To Worsen

Anon-Admin Re:It's about time (547 comments)

4) CO2 absorbed energy from IR. Falsifiable, and tested.
5) CO2 in the atmosphere is increasing. Falsifiable, and tested.

Well, yes but there is a limit to #4 and #5 I question to some extent.

So here is an experiment for you. Take a sealed room and add CO2 tell the concentration reaches 1500ppm, Add 2kw of Lighting and fill the room with plants. You will learn a few things, #1 the temperature does not increase much (.1c) #2 the plants grow much faster and larger, #3 The 1500ppm of CO2 is dropped to less than 200ppm in 48 hours, #4 You can breath just fine at 1500ppm of CO2.

Botanists and Weed growers have been augmenting CO2 in grows for years, It is common to bring the environment up to 1500ppm to increase plant growth.

about a month ago
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Prisoners Freed After Cops Struggle With New Records Software

Anon-Admin Re:Guantanamo (128 comments)

Although referred to as a right, voting is a privilege granted by citizen ship. It used to be granted by land ownership but that changed.

Everyone, every human, has inalienable rights. They are granted by our creator. Governments are created among men and gain there power from the consent of the governed.

about a month ago
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Prisoners Freed After Cops Struggle With New Records Software

Anon-Admin Re:Guantanamo (128 comments)

No what I am saying is that the US government can not pick and choose which restrictions it wishes to be bound by.

What you are suggesting is that the US could pass a law that says "All non-citizens must be Christian" or that it would be OK to search, arrest, and detain anyone who is not a US citizen for no other reason than "S/He is not Christian"

If you think about it, allowing the government to do such things can, and more than likely will, lead to the government deciding who is and is not a true "Citizen" Thus creating a subclass of people who have no protected rights and can be detained, used for labor, and considered less than other Americans. Maybe they will be nice and say they are 1/5 of a citizen.

about a month ago
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Prisoners Freed After Cops Struggle With New Records Software

Anon-Admin Re:Guantanamo (128 comments)

Really? Have you read the Constitution?

your interpretation is wrong, the Constitution lays the foundation for the US Government and outlines restrictions on the government. It does not grant rights and it does not say "The government can not do this to American Citizens"

For example, Amendment #1

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

I could list them all but basically it restricts the government from taking actions that violate our inalienable rights. Those are the ones that we are granted by our creator. Some one in government decided that they can violate those restrictions provided it is only done to people outside the US. In my opinion that is BULL SHIT!

about a month ago
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The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test

Anon-Admin Re:Wow (136 comments)

Being able to answer simple questions, ones that every girl learns by age 13.

Things like references to there 28 day cycle. I have commented that someone must be in the first 7 days of 28 and had the person in chat ask what I meant. When I replied "You know, your 28 day cycle?" I have been asked "What? I dont understand. 28 days of what?"

Most guys when asked their favorite color of lipstick reply with RED. Hint, there is no red. There is "Wild Orchid" and "Ruby" but no lipstick is just RED

You can also ask about pantyhose sizes, panty sizes, dress sizes, Hair colors, etc, etc. Lots of things that guys pay no attention to.

Then you get to the more obscure stuff like sex during a period tends to relieve cramps, Women will eat something before a first dinner date because the date is about the conversation and not the food. Heck if she gets into Sexting you can really toss some fun stuff in like descriptions of what you are doing to her labia or how you are pressing her cervix. Then watch to see how they reply, do they even know where those parts are?

The joy of growing up with 2 sisters, having two daughters, a wife, and a girlfriend. You learn a lot about women. lol

about a month and a half ago
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The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test

Anon-Admin Wow (136 comments)

That would be a hard test. Most guys can not even pull it off. Lord knows I have seen a lot of guys online trying to pretend to be women who just can not even get the basics down.

about a month and a half ago
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Geothermal Heat Contributing To West Antarctic Ice Sheet Melting

Anon-Admin Re:Queue the deniers (387 comments)


Yes, it does. It's the only way for practical research to ever happen. You can't go around questioning fundamental assumptions at every turn.

Your right, You cant go around questioning settled science. it would be wrong.

Marijuana is a dangerous and addictive substance that has no accepted medical uses. The science is settled and there is a federal law saying so. So all the Marijuana deniers are just fighting a loosing battle and need to realize that the science is settled. :P

about a month and a half ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

Anon-Admin Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

Gun ownership in the US is only for hunting and personal protection.

Hunting congressmen and protection from the government. That is what the 2nd amendment was created for. :P

For full disclosure, I have an arsenal in excess of 200 military weapons and over 10,000 rounds of ammunition.

about a month and a half ago

Submissions

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The ISP--The Uncommon Carrier

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Anon-Admin (443764) writes "Every time there is a question of an ISP monitoring, censoring, or blocking content some one comments about Common Carrier requirements. It is true that most do not make attempts to claim Common Carrier Status. There are many pros and Cons to being a common carrier and it is best summed up in Geoff Huston's article The ISP — The Uncommon Carrier

"Today the short-term expedient measures abound. There is enormous pressure on ISPs from both the Internet's user base and numerous legislatures to take an active position of being responsible — and liable, for the content on the networks and the actions of their clients. If left unchecked, this will have severe longer-term consequences for free speech, basic personal privacy, and uncensored, nondiscriminatory, universal access to the Internet. And when the user base comes to recognize the debased value of such a compromised communications system, they will inevitably look to other means of communication that have retained their essential integrity as a common carriage service."

Maybe we should push for ISP's to be covered as Common Carriers. What do you think?"
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Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Anon-Admin (443764) writes "It would seem that the US Homeland Security is worried about the Internet! Here is the story over at www.prisonplanet.com

From the article:

Disaffected people living in the United States may develop radical ideologies and potentially violent skills over the Internet and that could present the next major U.S. security threat, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said on Monday.

"We now have a capability of someone to radicalize themselves over the Internet," Chertoff said on the sidelines of a meeting of International Association of the Chiefs of Police.
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Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Anon-Admin writes "SEATTLE Microsoft said Wednesday that its forthcoming Windows Vista would take much harsher steps to curtail piracy than previous versions of its operating system, including crippling the software's functionality in computers found to be running unlicensed copies.

It looks like Microsoft is making a futile move to stop piracy, once vista comes out I wonder how long it will be before a crack is released."
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Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Anon-Admin (443764) writes " www.voanews.com has a story of the software glitch on the spacestation. Looks like it just needed a reboot :)


Astronauts working on the International Space Station faced a delay Thursday after a computer software problem temporarily held up plans to unfurl two large solar panels."

Journals

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Where to find a good Content Management System?

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I have been asked to find a Content Management System that would let us import and manage our existing library. After searching high and low for one, I have not found a single product that fits our needs. It would seem that some one would have done this before me.

So I put it to slashdot, what should I use? It would need to be web interfaced, and have a management system to restrict access to some areas of data. It needs to be able to catalog our existing library and make it available. Even if the availability was just as a document revision control system with search, read, and check out (edit) abilities.

This library consists of 15Gigs of images (Using image name, existing directory structure, etc. would be fine), 30Gigs of MP3's (Prefer it to scan the ID3 tags), 50Gigs of TXT files (Full Text search), 50Gigs of .gz and .zip compressed TXT files (It would be nice if it scanned inside the gz/zips and knew how to open them and display them, not all those text files end it .TXT so it needs to know how to test file types), 45Gigs of DOC files (Full Text Search), 20Gigs of HTML files (Full Text Search), 30Gigs of ODT files (Full Text Search), 45Gigs of PDF Files (Full Text Search), and 500Gigs of Video (Using Video File name would be fine). Plus miscellaneous files, For example Word Perfect files, Open Office spreadsheets, Power points, etc, etc. All in all we are talking about a library that is sitting at just over 1.8Tb

It should be noted that the Image library grows at an average of 500megs a week so adding large numbers of images should be something that a photographer can do!

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How would you do data acquisition on the cheap?

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I have been working on a science project studying the effects of micronutrient deficiencies in plants. I will be building a new environment chamber soon and was looking at automating the data acquisition portion. I am a little tired of manually taking the data and know that a computer could do a better job than me. I looked into data acquisition systems and was shocked at the price. Cheap ones are $500 - $1000 for the main unit with probes costing $50 - $300. I know that a printer port is a digital I/O and can be used to do data acquisition. After spending some time looking it up, I am not finding anything on it. So how do you do data acquisition on the cheap?

I am not a programmer (other than perl) so I would need a program or a perl module to pull the data. I can build circuits provided I have a diagram of the design. I have a system and can install any OS to get the job done.

What I need to monitor is Chamber Temperature, Chamber Humidity, Chamber Light State, Room Temperature, Room Humidity, and Room Light state.
Temp = +/- .5c

I would like to monitor Chamber CO2 level, Room CO2 level, Chamber O2 level, Room O2 level, Nutrient Levels, Nutrient Ph Level, Nutrient Temperature level, Nutrient PPM (EC) level, and Moisture in soil (Does it need to be watered?)

There will be 6 plants and 6 1gal nutrient reservoirs.

With this in mind, I have a limit of $500 for the data acquisition portion of the project. So what is the best way to get the most bang for the buck?

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How to Protect a Windows laptop?

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

After more than 10 years with out a Windows system I broke down and bought a Windows XP laptop. I write articles for a few magazines and, for years, I have used IBM ViaVoice on Linux to dictate the articles directly. On the last upgrade of my Linux system, I lost ViaVoice and can no longer find it or buy it for Linux.

So to solve the problem, I bought a simple Compaq Laptop and Dragon Natural Speaking. I was amazed at the crap they installed. 2 hours after turning it on I had successfully removed over 20 gigs of junk/trial/nagware software.

I installed Spybot S&D and found that the laptop came preinstalled with 12 different spyware programs. I followed this by installing CLAMAV and found that it also came preinstalled with a Trojan, although there is a possibility that this was picked up when I put it on the network to grab the software.

So now that the laptop is clean, my question is simple. What should a new Windows system have on it to stop all the junk? What software do you suggest I install to protect this laptop or to extend usability of the unit?

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My daughters science fair project

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Well it is science fair time and my daughter has decided that she wants to enter. There is a short time frame on this. They have only given us 2 months to come up with and do the experiment. This eliminated most of the plant experiments as well as the hydroponic experiments that she wanted to do. So I thought to my self "Time for some great science fun!" Only to have every idea we have come up with shot down by the teachers.

Ideas so far.

#1) The extraction of naturally occurring MAOI's from local plants.
              a) Can we extract natural MAOIS?
              b) Can the natural MAOI's help mom with here moods?

        Shot down for the following reasons
              1) Extraction of MAOIs may violate the controlled substances act
              2) Human and animal testing is not allowed.

#2) The generation of hydrogen in sufficient quantity to run a vehicle.
              a) Can we separate H2O at a sufficient speed to produce the hydrogen needed to run a car?
              b) At what rate can we produce hydrogen by the separation of H2O into hydrogen and Oxygen?
#3) Can we make a philosophers torch?
          a) How does it work?
          b) Why does it work?
#4) Can we do tests with thermite?

                  All Shot down for the following reasons
                          1) It could be dangerous to work with hydrogen.
                          2) We can not do anything that burns or explodes.

#5) A microscopic taxonomy of the commercially available Ps. Cubensis mushroom spores.
                a) Are all the spores of this species the same or are there sub-species within the commercial strains?
                b) Are the commercial strains different that local wild strains?

                Shot down for the following reasons
                  1) Although the spores are legal, this is considered to be drug related and no entry can involve drugs or drug related items.
                  2) Picking the wild strains my be in violation of the controlled substances act. Possession of a schedule 1 narcotic.

#6)An examination of the radioactive decay of U238 in comparison to Am243.
              a) Do both substances provide the same amount of radioactive decay when placed in proximity to a CCD imaging chip?
              b) What are the differenced in the radiation between the two substances?

              Shot down for the following reasons
                1) NO RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES!!!
                            No other reasons stated.

So we are 1 week in and still no ideas that they will accept.

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Time for fun

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  about 8 years ago I get lots of contracting firms calling and e-mailing me to see if I am available to take a new contract. Many will send a list of requirement like the one listed. I have included my translations of what they are really looking for. This has been done many times by many people, I just thought it would be fun.

I should add that I normally respond to these and let them know that I would be happy to take the contract at an hourly wage of $350. I figure if they are willing to pay me that much, Ill be willing to do that job. :)

Production Support experience on UNIX and Windows Intel servers with an excellent working knowledge of operating system concepts (Client-UX 11.xx preferred) to provide performance tuning and timely troubleshooting resolution of complex issues including high-pressure system down events.

Meaning, Our outdated computer systems go down and we want it fixed yesterday!

Broad B2B application background with some experience desired on TIBCO products, Oracle, SQL, MQ, Cyclone AS2, Apache, GXS, PGP, FTP, Peregrine, Client Openview

We do not want to hire a DBA so you should be able to run the servers, databases, and monitoring system with out any help.

Experience in System and Network Security including SSL, SSH, TLS, VPN, TCP/IP, Firewall, Proxy, encryption and certificate management.

You will be handling all the servers and the networks. We intend to hold you responsible for all breaches of security from servers being hacked to the virus that Marry Lou opened and now infects the whole network.

Good understanding of basic Internet concepts (e.g., routers, firewalls, Web Server, Web browser, load balancing, DNS, portal, HTTP, HTML, XML)

You will be managing our online presence including developing our web page in your spare time.

Familiarity with Java - JavaScript J2EE (JDBC, RMI, EJB, JNDI, JMS).

We are looking at expanding our web site with these nice new java features and want you to develop them.

Sets priorities; quickly zeros in on the critical few and puts the trivial many aside; can juggle numerous tasks and priorities while maintaining productive flow of work; is flexible and adaptable

We are constantly in a state of chaos because of our old equipment. We want some one who can fix everything that breaks and still do the other jobs we line up for him.

Communicates clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles; can get messages across that have the desired effect, including ongoing issues and infrastructure; Strong interpersonal skills and team orientation, including interaction with outside vendors and customers.

We want some one who will take the blame and not complain about being treated like crap. We should not be able to tell that he is unhappy no matter how we communicate.

Practices attentive and active listening; flexible and adaptable; drives for results and knowledgeable about how projects and tasks should be accomplished; demonstrates good follow through on information and project status.

Understands that upper management knows what is best for the company. Even if the product dose not fill the need he should be able to make it work.

Strong time management skills. Ability to juggle priorities and adapt to very rapidly changing and growing environment,

Should be willing to work 80 hours a week on 40 hours of pay. Understands that we change our mind in mid-project and can completely rework the project in just a few minuets.

Ability to think creatively and "out of the box" in order to troubleshoot and resolve challenging system and infrastructure issues

Should be able to provide a solution to any problem that will cost the company 0$ and provide all the features that are requested.

Ability to troubleshoot problems quickly, as well as able to work the resolution to completion.

Has the ability to implement Band-Aids on problems just to get it fixed.

Must have ability to be responsive and effectively work through difficult situations rather than avoiding them.

We have people who complain about everything. Even when there is not a problem the person should be willing to work with the people and find a solution that fixes what ever it is that the user thinks is the problem.

Experience working in a 24/7 enterprise environment, and must be willing to participate in 24/7 on call rotation to support Production environment

Willing to work 20 hours a day on our problems and carry a pager/cell phone the remaining 4 hours so that we can will him back if we think there is a problem.

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