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GPS Tracking Without a Warrant Declared Legal

Atario Re:Sauce for the goose (926 comments)

Certain rights are granted. For example, copyright.

Of course you could argue that it should really be called copyprivilege...

more than 4 years ago
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Working Toward a Universal Power Brick For Laptops

Atario Re:good. (365 comments)

DVD burning types have known this for years. Burning a full DVD over a USB2 connection? Better not go higher than 12X, if you want to avoid underruns.

more than 4 years ago
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Police Stop Journalists From Photographing Metrorail System

Atario Re:Hmmm... (601 comments)

You seem to think that because a school is private (and especially because it's expensive), that it must be immune from such stupidity. This is not so.

The proper course of action upon seeing your computer infected with viruses is not to throw the computer away and buy a more expensive one. The proper course is to clean up the machine. Similarly, the proper course of action upon seeing stupidity like "zero tolerance" rules and such infecting your public schools is not to abandon the concept of public schools, it's to fix the public schools.

Remember, they're yours and you're paying for them. Get out there and give voice to your ideas, and fight the stupid ideas. Go to school board meetings. Vote. Participate in campaigns. Running away is not the solution.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple, AT&T Sued Over iPhone 4 Antennas

Atario Re:Class Action Lawsuit (435 comments)

Spot on.

I was party to a class-action lawsuit against a former employer. Long story short, I ended up with a check for over $500, and didn't have to lift a finger.

But yeah, class-action lawsuits are totally worthless, right?

more than 4 years ago
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Google To Add Pay To Cover a Tax For Gays

Atario Re:thanks scrooge (1036 comments)

You're my hero for today. Fight the good fight!

more than 4 years ago
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Google To Add Pay To Cover a Tax For Gays

Atario Re:Still unfair.. (1036 comments)

Actually, this constitutes gender discrimination, twice over. It's saying men are not allowed to do something women can do: marry a man. And women are not allowed to do something men can do: marry a woman.

more than 4 years ago
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Google To Add Pay To Cover a Tax For Gays

Atario Re:Why so discriminating? (1036 comments)

Fertility rates are primary inversely dependent on the empowerment of women. If you want to avoid a Malthusian disaster, give women education, a voice in the public sphere, and the power to decide their own reproductive course.

more than 4 years ago
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With World Watching, Wikileaks Falls Into Disrepair

Atario Re:Wikileaks.... (258 comments)

This is why it makes me sad to see PBS sliding into being almost just-another-commercial-outlet. Remember when underwriting acknowledgments at the top of the show were a textual/voiceover mention of the company, and not a whole ad-like video segment? And when no PBS station would be caught dead airing show-length commercials and pretending they're shows?

more than 4 years ago
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France Says D-Star Ham Radio Mode Is Illegal

Atario Re:Wait, What? (282 comments)

I'd be interested to see how the "minutemen" and other anti-brown-people groups would react to knowing that their ability to have untrackable phones is owed to those same targets of their rage...

more than 4 years ago
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Liberal Watchdog Questions White House Gmail Use

Atario Re:Everybody does it... (283 comments)

You may be describing behavior on the right, but I have yet to see, for example, a pro-choice group give Ben Nelson a pass because he has a (D) after his name.

more than 4 years ago
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Liberal Watchdog Questions White House Gmail Use

Atario Re:No Surprise... (283 comments)

I don't suppose there's any possibility that they might attempt to prevent the occurrence of gravely ill children by giving them some damn care before they reach nigh-irreversible crisis stage? Like they love to not do now?

Nah, you're right, caring for children is a losing proposition, so fuck 'em.

more than 4 years ago
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Liberal Watchdog Questions White House Gmail Use

Atario Re:No Surprise... (283 comments)

1. Voting against your party is not the same thing as voting against your party for cloture. They really are lockstep when it comes to that. Of course it doesn't help that we have the "lazy filibuster" rule now, where by you simply declare that you filibuster and everyone says "oh well" instead of making you read the phone book to an empty chamber 24/7 like they used to.

2. What "far-left" bills are you talking about? Health insurance, judging by your Ben Nelson link? Let me tell you something. All the polls shows Americans overwhelmingly favored the Public Option, and Single Payer was an even-money proposition. The only people for whom these things are "far-left" are in the pockets of the insurance industry. Furthermore, Ben Nelson is not a "moderate" anything. He may as well be a Republican -- same boat as Lieberman and all the other so-called "blue dog" Democrats. A better term for them might be "pretend" Democrats. An increasingly popular term for them is "conservaDems". You and the obstructionists in Congress might think having some sane programs to take care of us instead of ones to kill foreigners is a bad idea, but don't sit there and paint the rest of us as radical Marxists because we disagree.

more than 4 years ago
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Knuth Plans 'Earthshaking Announcement' Wednesday

Atario Re:Who? (701 comments)

Believing in evolution, on the other hand, would be to hold the position that the current plants and animals are the result of such a process, where the selection has been carried out by naturally occurring circumstances.

In other words, he could accept the mechanism, but not that it could be driven by anything but a someone. It's like an electrical engineer accepting that electricity exists, but insisting that lightning isn't really electricity because no one set up a generator floating in the clouds. Which is to say, extreme cognitive dissonance.

more than 4 years ago
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Tracking Down Wi-Fi Interference?

Atario Re:report it to the fcc (499 comments)

So is your dick. Do you avoid that too?

more than 4 years ago
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SCOTUS Nominee Kagan On Free Speech Issues

Atario Re:Yay, Obama (664 comments)

Exactly. Maybe next time Kucinich runs for President, people won't chuckle to themselves, and will instead vote for him.

more than 4 years ago
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SCOTUS Nominee Kagan On Free Speech Issues

Atario Re:Hate crime laws are bad law (664 comments)

The issue is you beat someone half to death without one of the few good reasons we have listed. Why you specifically did it does not matter, it was wrong and equally so no matter weather it was because you hate gays or the guys dog defecated in your yard. It is an in excuseable crime. I don't think as a society we should go down the path deciding when its more or less ok to hurt someone. Its ok because you had not other legitimate choice or its not ok. Its unforgivable and you should be kept away from society forever if it was premeditated, and if it was a crime of passion well made some reform and you can rejoin the rest of us at some point.

Did you hear what you just said? In one breath you say a crime is a crime and motivation shouldn't enter into the discussion, and in the next, you say premeditation implies this and crime of passion implies that.

Motivation differentiates levels of crime all the time. Manslaughter vs. murder, for example. Beating the hell of someone because he took your wallet and beating the hell out of someone to show all those uppity fill-in-the-blanks they should stay in their place are two vastly different crimes, and should be treated as such.

more than 4 years ago
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Pakistan To Scour Google, Yahoo For Blasphemy

Atario Re:Maybe the will outsource it (371 comments)

You were doing all right till you implied liberals defend fundamentalist Muslim outrage. I thought we were the Godless Atheist Commies -- suddenly we're supposed to defend not only religious stupidity, but extremist religious stupidity?

Note to conservatives: just because you hate two different groups doesn't put them on a team together.

more than 4 years ago

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Baby, We Were Born Not to Run

Atario Atario writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Atario writes "Rather watch TV than bike 50 miles? The thought of a hike sound like torture instead of fun? Well, according to two recent research papers you can stop berating yourself for being a couch potato (maybe). Researchers have identified 23 gene locations that control the activity levels of mice. "Can you be born a couch potato? In exercise physiology, we didn't used to think so, but now I would say most definitely you can," says J. Timothy Lightfoot, lead researcher on the project at the University of North Carolina."
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Mantis Shrimp Can See Circular Polarization

Atario Atario writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Atario writes "The skill, unknown in other animals, most likely helps the shrimp find mates. "It's the most private communication system imaginable," says Roy Caldwell of the University of California, Berkeley. "No other animal can see it.""
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Strong passwords prohibited

Atario Atario writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Atario writes "This post and thread over at The Daily WTF made me realize I was not the only one experiencing a strange phenomenon: the prohibition of strong passwords by the very sites that most need them — financial institutions. A quick Google search reveals that the observation is also far from new. We're talking short maximum lengths, smashing case, disallowing special characters (really freaky ones like "!" or "."), and so on. Yet most of them seem to realize requiring both numbers and letters is a Good Thing. What is going on here?"
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YouTube Caves To Pakistani Pressure

Atario Atario writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Atario writes "Well, score another one for censorship. YouTube has taken down the video that so offended Pakistan that they broke YouTube for major portions of the world, as reported here recently. The clip? Some Dutch politician criticizing Islam. Cue loads of ornery Internetters reuploading the video over and over in 5...4...3..."
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eBay Still Has Login Vulnerabilities?

Atario Atario writes  |  about 7 years ago

Atario writes "This morning I checked my email to find several apparent eBay-alike spam messages in my Inbox. This reminded me that I needed to leave feedback for something on the actual eBay. So I went there, only to find that I could no longer log in. Long story short, I realized that those "fake" eBay emails were the real thing — and were sent from my eBay account! Horrified, I contacted their help people and got my password reset, and some mass eBay emails following up to those who had been spammed, saying that I hadn't done it. Going to my account, I saw that the attackers had sent a "visit our happy and good-spirit Chinese web site and buy electronics" spam to 30 different people. (Only the first six came to me, because those used a general "contact an eBay-er" mechanism, whereas the rest used a "ask seller a question" one; apparently the latter doesn't automatically send you a copy in email automatically.) At any rate, whoever this was was able to change my password and send messages as me; this, to me, implies that they were able to crack my password and log in as me. This would mean either (1) inside job with DB access or (2) eBay is vulnerable to brute-force login-attempt attacks, which is something so easy to defeat (increasing attempt delays), they would need to be ashamed for about aleph-null years were this the case. So, what does Slashdot think: eBay is infested with Chinese spammers as employees, or they can't get security minimally right after all these years?"
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Atario Atario writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Atario writes "In a holdover from the Cold War when the number really did matter to national security, the size of the US national intelligence budget remains one of the government's most closely guarded secrets. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the highest intelligence agency in the country that oversees all federal intelligence agencies, appears to have inadvertently released the keys to that number in an unclassified PowerPoint presentation now posted on the website of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). By reverse engineering the numbers in an underlying data element embedded in the presentation, it seems that the total budget of the 16 US intelligence agencies in fiscal year 2005 was $60 billion, almost 25% higher than previously believed."
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Atario Atario writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Atario writes "Spying is big business, and avoiding being spied on an even bigger one. So imagine if someone came up with a simple, cheap way of encrypting messages that is almost impossible to hack into?

American computer engineer Laszlo Kish at Texas A&M University in College Station claims to have done just that. He says the thermal properties of a simple wire can be exploited to create a secure communications channel, one that outperforms quantum cryptography keys."

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