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Pirate Bay Domain Back Online

Aryden hrm (40 comments)

thepiratebay.org ---- do not use!

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

Aryden Maybe (317 comments)

It seriously depends. In my specialty, having the cert is actually the primary method for getting contracts. Most consumers of the technology I work with go directly to the source and use their "find a consultant" feature, which you can only be listed on if you are certified. With that being said, I stopped paying for certs in other things like CC**, MCSE's, etc, many years ago. Never once, have I ever been asked if I was certified in anything by anyone other than some schmuck recruiter fishing for a new resume to shop around. I would say though, there are certain gigs, like the one I am on now, that "require" a cert for this technology, but they've never asked me for it.

about three weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

Aryden Re:There is no single "fair" value. (602 comments)

Please name any single "item" that could be stockpiled to have enough value to cover the entire US economic structure.

about three weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

Aryden Re:There is no single "fair" value. (602 comments)

There is not a single item on this earth, nor are there combinations of items that the United states could collect physically to back the currency.

about three weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

Aryden Re:Bah (459 comments)

And that's the problem. I have been dealing with large organizations for years. I have even been the one to build requirements for a position and submit them to HR for posting. HR will then take those req's, jargon them up so that half the time they don't make sense and then add in their own requirements such as Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field and 10 years experience in X random tech that has nothing to do with the job. I've cursed out HR reps for doing shit like this because they want too much for even entry level positions @ $30k/year. Hell, my 12 year old daughter can do better web design and development than some of the cats coming out of school with "I know Dreamweaver" degrees.

about a month and a half ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

Aryden Re:Bah (459 comments)

This is a misnomer, in today's markets, it is getting increasingly difficult to land jobs without a college degree. I am highly qualified in my field, I have certifications out the ying yang and I still have trouble landing some contracts purely due to not yet having finished my degree and I've been in the field 15 years.

about a month and a half ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

Aryden Re:Sanity? (451 comments)

Yes, the people who wrote it, although not writing their persona views into it, published numerous papers, articles, and even books describing their opinions that government and religion should have nothing to do with one another. And more to your point, "in order to form a well regulated militia" also doesn't mean what the NRA would like it to mean.

about 2 months ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

Aryden Re:Sanity? (451 comments)

What the founding fathers wanted and what actually happened are two very different things.

about 2 months ago
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Taking the Census, With Cellphones

Aryden Re:grrr (57 comments)

Let's say out of 435 Reps, you have 215 Dems, and 220 Republican. Then there is this shift you speak of. The party in power would then make sure to gerrymander the "new" districts so that it STAYS that way rather than a massive intermixing of voters. So, nothing would really change other than where the rep came from.

about 2 months ago
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Taking the Census, With Cellphones

Aryden Re:grrr (57 comments)

Sorry, keep them where they are in terms of politically assigned districting. i.e transfer 19 reps to Wyoming, then gerrymander them back to being in the same "transplanted" districts. In other words, moving them from CA to WY would have no real effect as the party in power would redraw the lines to suit their desires.

about 2 months ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

Aryden Re:Sanity? (451 comments)

This is why we have a Supreme Court that rules whether or not a state law violates the constitution of the United States. This has been proven since its inception and continues to be proved regularly. see: same sex marriage. Any state that decided to pass a law stating that X religion is the religion of the state and has rights and privileges within the state that no other religion enjoys, would be struck down by SCOTUS as unconstitutional and you know it.

"The "Establishment Clause," stating that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion," is generally read to prohibit the Federal government from establishing a national church ("religion") or excessively involving itself in religion, particularly to the benefit of one religion over another. Following the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and through the doctrine of incorporation, this restriction is held to be applicable to state governments as well."

see also the 14th Amendment

about 2 months ago
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Taking the Census, With Cellphones

Aryden Re:grrr (57 comments)

Not with the way in which Congress has rigged the law in regards to the count of reps from each state. The only real way it would change is if half of CA left for Wyoming. Even then, the math they use would STILL keep them where they are and they would gerrymander the districts to reflect the new population lines.

about 2 months ago
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Taking the Census, With Cellphones

Aryden grrr (57 comments)

Since the census was originally intended to provide for the number of Representatives to Congress, and that has since been capped at 435 total, what the hell is even the point anymore other than collecting metrics.

about 2 months ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

Aryden Re:and the cities are... (175 comments)

Even the buses in Chattanooga have free wifi, blew my mind when I went home this last time.

about 2 months ago
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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

Aryden Gah! (323 comments)

Yet another blow to personal responsibility.

about 2 months ago
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Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

Aryden Re:What this mean... (239 comments)

This is not easily done when you look at enterprise issue equipment. Dell pushes intel over anything else, and that's what corps are getting thousands of.

about 3 months ago
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Why the FCC Will Probably Ignore the Public On Network Neutrality

Aryden Re:The "public comment" is a charade (336 comments)

Could you possibly imagine the nightmare that would be removing regulation making capability from agencies and putting that in the hands of Congress? Nothing, ever, would get done and Comcast would own everything.

about 3 months ago
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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

Aryden No. (276 comments)

Until something is found predating L'anse aux Meadows, the Europeans to find the Americas were the Norse.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

Aryden Waste (182 comments)

In general, just about every conference I've been to has been a waste of money. The only real benefits I have gleaned from them have been free software for development use and/or making contacts. In general, the information that I would receive from the confs. is more readily accessible online or through books. An example would be a yearly conference that I used to attend for a particular software that I develop. On average, the conference + hotel + travel would run me about $6000. It was a massive waste as, all we really spent time doing was drinking and chumming around. In 3 years, I might have had 1 or 2 actual lectures or Q&A sessions that had any real benefit.

about 3 months ago

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Kickstarter Hacked?

Aryden Aryden writes  |  about 10 months ago

Aryden (1872756) writes "Today, I received this email:

On Wednesday night, law enforcement officials contacted Kickstarter and alerted us that hackers had sought and gained unauthorized access to some of our customers' data. Upon learning this, we immediately closed the security breach and began strengthening security measures throughout the Kickstarter system. No credit card data of any kind was accessed by hackers. There is no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on your account. While no credit card data was accessed, some information about our customers was. Accessed information included usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords. Actual passwords were not revealed, however it is possible for a malicious person with enough computing power to guess and crack an encrypted password, particularly a weak or obvious one. As a precaution, we have reset your Facebook login credentials to secure your account. No further action is necessary on your part. We’re incredibly sorry that this happened. We set a very high bar for how we serve our community, and this incident is frustrating and upsetting. We have since improved our security procedures and systems in numerous ways, and we will continue to do so in the weeks and months to come. We are working closely with law enforcement, and we are doing everything in our power to prevent this from happening again. Kickstarter is a vibrant community like no other, and we can’t thank you enough for being a part of it. Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. You can reach us at accountsecurity@kickstarter.com. Thank you, Yancey Strickler Kickstarter CEO

Confirmed by Techcrunch and media outlets. My question is, why would law enforcement notify Kickstarter when it should have been Kickstarter notifying law enforcement?"
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Theater patron wearing Google Glass questioned by Homeland Security

Aryden Aryden writes  |  about a year ago

Aryden (1872756) writes "A man who was wearing a Google Glass device during a showing of “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” last Saturday at an AMC Theatres location in Columbus, Ohio, was questioned by agents from the Dept. of Homeland Security — to see if he was illegally recording the pic.

An AMC rep confirmed the incident, which was reported by The Gadgeteer blog. In a statement, the theater chain said, “While we’re huge fans of technology and innovation, wearing a device that has the capability to record video is not appropriate at the movie theater.”"

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Judge: Your Seized Phone Can Be Used to Impersonate You to Spy on Your Friends

Aryden Aryden writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Aryden writes "A judge has ruled that if your phone is seized by the police, it's completely legal for them to send and receive text messages pretending to be you to try to convince your contacts to incriminate themselves. What?"
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BBC News - Coke and Pepsi alter recipe to avoid cancer warning

Aryden Aryden writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Aryden (1872756) writes "Coke and Pepsi alter recipe to avoid cancer warning

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo account for nearly 90% of the US fizzy drink market
Coca-Cola and Pepsi are changing the recipes for their drinks to avoid being legally obliged to put a cancer warning label on the bottle.

The new recipe for caramel colouring in the drinks has less 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) — a chemical which California has added to its list of carcinogens.

The change to the recipe has already been introduced in California but will be rolled out across the US.

Coca-Cola says there is no health risk to justify the change.

'No risk'
Spokeswoman Diana Garza-Ciarlante told the Associated Press news agency they wanted to ensure their products "would not be subject to the requirement of a scientifically unfounded warning".

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4-methylimidazole (4-MEI)

Formed naturally in the heating and browning process
Occurs in caramel colouring as well as some roasted and cooked foods
Can be in some cleaning, photographic and agricultural chemicals, dyes and pharmaceuticals
Exposure can be through consumption or during manufacturing process
Source: California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

The chemical has been linked to cancer in mice and rats, according to one study, but there is no evidence that it poses a health risk to humans, said the American Beverage Association, which represents the wider industry.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claims a person would need to drink more than 1,000 cans of Coke or Pepsi a day to take in the same dose of the chemical that was given to the animals in the lab test.

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo account for nearly 90% of the US fizzy drink market, according to one industry tracker, Beverage Digest.

The companies say changing their recipes across the whole of the US, not just in California, makes the drinks more efficient to manufacture.

In a statement Coca-Cola added that the manufacturing process across Europe would not change.

It said that apart from California "not one single regulatory agency around the world considers the exposure of the public to 4-MEI as present in caramels as an issue"."

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Apple's China legal battle over iPad spreads to U.S. | Reuters

Aryden Aryden writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Aryden (1872756) writes "LOS ANGELES/HONG KONG (Reuters) — A Chinese firm trying to stop Apple Inc from using the iPad name in China has launched an attack on the consumer electronics giant's home turf, filing a lawsuit in California"
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Mobile networks claim 13.9 billion lost to messaging apps.

Aryden Aryden writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Aryden (1872756) writes "Social messaging apps 'lost networks $13.9bn in 2011'

Social messaging applications cost mobile network operators $13.9bn (£8.8bn) in lost SMS revenue last year, a report has claimed.

Analysis firm Ovum studied global use of popular services like Whatsapp, Blackberry Messenger and Facebook chat.

It concluded that mobile operators must "work together to face the challenge from major internet players".

Industry experts say operators can offset any losses through effective costing plans by mobile networks.

The report gathered usage statistics from the leading social messaging applications typically used on smartphones across the world.

As well as well-known names from popular social networks in the Western world, the study also included apps such as MXit — a massively popular program used mainly in South Africa."

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Tech Giants give us a taste of a censored web.

Aryden Aryden writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Aryden (1872756) writes "Well, they held true to their word. Sites such as Google, Wikipedia and Wordpress have gone into anti-sopa/pipa mode with everything from a blacked out Google doodle, to a very impressive blacked out, form laden Wordpress site. By far, Wordpress has done the best with a blacked out background, video, form to email your congressman, form to have a call placed to your congressman, and a form to petition the U.S. State Department if you are not a U.S. citizen.

Wikipedia, as of this writing, has not changed their index page but promises to do so."

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RIM to offer multiplatform device management

Aryden Aryden writes  |  about 3 years ago

Aryden (1872756) writes "Research In Motion is taking on mobile device management for Android and Apple iOS devices as well as its own products, introducing the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion product, on Tuesday.

BlackBerry Mobile Fusion is designed to simplify the management of phones and tablets that run RIM's current BlackBerry OS and the emerging BBX platform, which is based on the QNX software that currently powers RIM's PlayBook tablet. But Mobile Fusion will also manage devices using the two biggest mobile OSs, Android and iOS."

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Pioneer Star Found

Aryden Aryden writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Aryden (1872756) writes "UK and US scientists have found the remnants of a star that exploded more than 13 billion years ago.

It would most probably have been one of the very first stars to shine in the Universe, they say.

All that is left of this pioneer is the gas cloud it threw out into space when it blew itself apart.

It was identified when its contents were illuminated by the brilliant light coming from the surroundings of a distant black hole."

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FBI defend raids on Texas Datacenter.

Aryden Aryden writes  |  about 4 years ago

Aryden (1872756) writes "Wired Reports: "The FBI on Tuesday defended its raids on at least two data centers in Texas, in which agents carted out equipment and disrupted service to hundreds of businesses.

The raids were part of an investigation prompted by complaints from AT&T and Verizon about unpaid bills allegedly owed by some data center customers, according to court records. One data center owner charges that the telecoms are using the FBI to collect debts that should be resolved in civil court. But on Tuesday, an FBI spokesman disputed that charge.""

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