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New Android App Encourages Users To Throw Device As High As Possible

Bananatree3 Rugged Android smartphones (156 comments)

Casio Commando owners finally have a way to measure their machoness.

about a year ago
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Congress Voting On Amendment to Defund NSA Domestic Spying Tomorrow

Bananatree3 defund (276 comments)

that works usually to get stuff out of effect

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Video Streaming For the Elderly?

Bananatree3 Perfect? (165 comments)

No more fighting over the remote, no complex wiring. No remote at all even - they can just touch the movies they want and it plays.

That is, if they don't mind holding their screen. If they really really want to use their large-screen TV an iPad may not be the best option, or maybe there's some iPad + Apple TV setup for Netflix?

about a year ago
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NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself

Bananatree3 Re:But why? (860 comments)

He's in the public eye now. If he suddenly disappears, it just makes his case that much more credible. He's just made himself martyr material. If he dies, it makes his cause that much more valid.

about a year ago
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NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself

Bananatree3 Re:Hello and goodbye (860 comments)

The end of the article mentions he wants to seek asylum in Iceland. Why he didn't go there first makes no sense. Hong Kong isn't exactly next door.

about a year ago
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NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself

Bananatree3 Pulling an Assange? (860 comments)

Sooner or later, the NSA would have found this guy. I wonder if outing himself first gives him "media immunity." It's harder to take someone out quietly, if they're in the limelight.

about a year ago
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Dissecting RSA's 'Watering Hole' Traffic Snippet

Bananatree3 The machine exists (69 comments)

I posit that the machine exists. Beat that!

about a year ago
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"Terrorist" Lyrics Land High Schooler In Jail

Bananatree3 NOT NEW - NWA: Fuck Da Police (573 comments)

NWA sang about actively murdering police, and it's legit. This is NOT new, it's not even newsworthy... until this stupid shit becomes fodder for arrests. It's stupid shit, yes but is it really worth arresting on "communicating terrorist threats"? Hell no - that's one damn slippery slope.

about a year ago
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Obama Administration Threatens CISPA Veto, EFF Urges Action

Bananatree3 HIPAA? (106 comments)

This is a serious question, I don't know the answer. Does HIPAA protect pharmaceutical purchases? If you buy Viagra from (insert international online pharmacy here), that might be a little different. But for a legit online/in-person pharmacy this seems protected info, and there's enough old ladies/gents out there who'd go apeshit on their legislators if their pill-buying habits were being bought/sold like Facebook likes...

about a year and a half ago
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Obama Administration Threatens CISPA Veto, EFF Urges Action

Bananatree3 "so this may very well rear its head again" (106 comments)

You can count on this issue never going away. For all the corporately-fueled K St. lobbiests lurking in Congress, private citizens have *VERY* few friends. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is one of them, the American Civil Liberties Union is another. Donations to these two organizations, and others like them are the only way to ensure these watchdog organizations stick around. Without watchdog organizations pouring over every amendment and potential bill we are FUBAR'd. Who else will be watching the watchers?

about a year and a half ago
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Is Bitcoin Mining a Real-World Environmental Problem?

Bananatree3 Moore's Law? (595 comments)

Digital mining has one massive advantage over real-world mining - Moore's Law. In 5 years when FPGAs and GPUs are churning out 2-3x the current bitcoin rate at far less power requirements per bitcoin less power will be required to do the same work.

about a year and a half ago
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New Facebook-Branded Android Coming?

Bananatree3 TWEENS!! (112 comments)

Seriously though, any young teen who's already Facebook obsessed probably wouldn't think twice....not like some graybeard's privacy concerns matter (until they're that age, sigh..)

about a year and a half ago
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PunkSPIDER Project Puts Vulnerabilities On (Searchable) Display

Bananatree3 uncheck some boxes (85 comments)

try "The" or "and" or other basic title searches - and also uncheck some of the vulnerability boxes, and you'll see examples.

about a year and a half ago
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White House Tells Agencies To Increase Access to Fed-Funded Research

Bananatree3 MOD PARENT UP (121 comments)

National Security =/ Paywall. More dumb loopholes.

about a year and a half ago
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Corn Shortage Hampers US Ethanol Production

Bananatree3 Re:Kill Corn Subsidies! (419 comments)

Corn subsidies don't promote really food security, they prop up a food additive industry, fuel industry and the ranching industry. If subsidies were targeted at *only* corn that was meant for direct human consumption (not animal feed, HFCS, etc)....then maybe it might be possible to label it as a "food security" program. But when the majority of corn acreage is dedicated for animal feed or HFCS, or ethanol production, its much more than just a simple "food security" program...

about a year and a half ago
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Corn Shortage Hampers US Ethanol Production

Bananatree3 Re:Kill Corn Subsidies! (419 comments)

reduced to using real sugar

My point exactly. Make the industry stand on its own two legs goddammit. The US Government has enough money leaks already. Sure HFCS prices will rise without subsidies, but that's capitalism for you. Once industries are faced with the *real* price of corn, sugar and ethanol alternatives will be sought out and maximized. A cheap or cheaper alternative will be found, that's innovation.

Corn subsidies breed stagnation, not innovation.

about a year and a half ago
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Corn Shortage Hampers US Ethanol Production

Bananatree3 Kill Corn Subsidies! (419 comments)

Kill the corn subsidies, period. They prop up the house of cards that hold the corth ethanol and HFCS industries that would otherwise not exist because they can't survive in a real capital market.

The sooner these tax-payer-subsidized industries get the rug pulled from under them, the sooner things like cellulosic ethanol and other *real* technological innovations can come to fruition.

about a year and a half ago
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Interviews: Ask James Randi About Investigating the Truth

Bananatree3 Re:Placebo Effect-iveness of faith healing (386 comments)

Having fleeting dreams of real, future events or being able to partially read people's minds could be evidence of insight. This seems the most probable explanation. I've personally experienced fleeting dreams of detailed future events that turned out to be true, but at the time I just brushed off the dreams as just dreams. Some mixture of intuition, imagination and chance played into these dreams being true - for all the ones that *did* come true, there were countless many others that didn't materialize. Add up enough failed ones and you will eventually find one that does come true.

about a year and a half ago

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Ask Slashdot: How Would Room Temperature Superconductors Impact Society?

Bananatree3 Bananatree3 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bananatree3 (872975) writes "While we have sci-fi visions of room temperature superconductors like in the movie Avatar, the question still remains: How would the discovery of a such a material impact our everyday lives? How would the nature of warfare change? How would the global economy react? What are the cultural pros and cons of such a technological shift?"
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Ask Slashdot: Cultural Impacts of Room Temperature Superconductors?

Bananatree3 Bananatree3 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bananatree3 (872975) writes "While we have fanciful visions produced for us like in the movie Avatar, the question still remains: What are the most likely cultural, societal and political effects to stem from the introduction of room temperature superconductors? How would the global economy be impacted? How would the nature of warfare change? What are the cultural pros and cons of such a shift?

As with all paradigm shifts in technology, there is always a dramatic change in how human civilization functions when compared to prior generations. Room temperature superconductors would pave the way for a whole new level of technological innovation."
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Bananatree3 Bananatree3 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Bananatree3 (872975) writes "Popular Iclandic photographer and art-student Rebekka Guoleifsdottir has been targeted by Flickr for posting a plea for help in a theft case involving an online retailer selling copycat art. She requested that people send the retailer letters concerning the issue, and in response her original post was promptly deleted. It is still ironically available on Yahoo cache. In the end it appears that the retailer had been duped by a rogue art dealer under the title "Wild Aspects and Panoramics LTD". However, Flickr seems to have overstepped its bounds in deleting this post."
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Bananatree3 Bananatree3 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Bananatree3 (872975) writes "On January 29th, Jim Gray who was sailing to the Farallon Islands off San Francisco went missing. A massive search is now underway using satellite imagery and distributed human effort. Satellite images were taken where Jim is thought to have been. Help find Jim by reviewing these images and looking for any evidence of him on Amazon's Mechanical Turk. Instructions on what to look for can be found on the Mechanical Turk site. Also, further information and updates on the search can be found on the blog of Amazon's chief technology advisor, Werner Vogels."
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Bananatree3 Bananatree3 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Bananatree3 (872975) writes "BBC is currently seeking submissions from all you Microsoft Windows, Mac and Linux devotees "in 100 words or less, why you are such a supporter of your chosen operating system and what features you love about it". They will then select one user of each platform to go head to head in a debate that will be part of the BBC's Microsoft Vista launch coverage on January 30th."

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