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Ancient Pompeii Diet Consisted of Giraffe and Other "Exotic'" Delicacies

Black Sabbath Life of Brian (172 comments)

Ocelot spleens. Jaguar earlobes. Wolf nipple chips. Get 'em while they're hot, they're lovely.

about 7 months ago

Rise of the Warrior Cop: How America's Police Forces Became Militarized

Black Sabbath Need an excuse for snooping on the locals (835 comments)

Since the US policy of generating foreign born terrorists to justify its military industrial complex has worked so well, why not try the same thing at home and justify the dismantling of the constitution in the homeland. Very soon you'll start hearing about how all this action against citizens is protecting you from home-grown crazies.

1 year,9 days

Why We Should Build a Supercomputer Replica of the Human Brain

Black Sabbath Ethical consequences? (393 comments)

Say this actually works. We create a brain and start down the long path of "teaching" it just like with new-born humans.
What happens when we detect that the brain is "experiencing pain" (we already know that pain has a detectable neurological basis right?)
What happens when we detect the brain is experiencing depression?
What are our responsibilities then? Is this thing a human, a lab-rat, or a machine?

about a year ago

The Science of Hugo Chavez's Long Term Embalming

Black Sabbath Re:Preserved To Show Who Took over $100 Billion... (215 comments)

A. This was done openly.
B. The guy was popular and never lost an election.

Maybe the citizens of his country value different things to the citizens of your country. Which I can see might be a problem if one of the things valued in your country is telling everyone else what they should value.

about a year ago

Man-Made Material Pushes the Bounds of Superconductivity

Black Sabbath Re:Resistance (133 comments)

I think you have it confused with Vogonium.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Old Technology Coexisting With New?

Black Sabbath Re:Apple ][+ (338 comments)

> But I don't have a cassette deck either, so I use my brand new laptop as the storage by plugging the Apple into its audio ports.

Well done! Hats off to you sir.

about a year and a half ago

Bradley Manning Offers Partial Guilty Plea To Military Court

Black Sabbath Re:When do the General's get charged? (380 comments)

You still haven't answered the parent's question. Irrespective of whether Manning is guilty or not, when do the generals who ordered illegal actions get charged?

about a year and a half ago

RapidShare Urges US To Punish Linking Sites and Not File-Sharing Sites

Black Sabbath Re:Uploaders? (167 comments)

Why that's crazy talk!

You young people and your logic...

about 2 years ago

Erasing Details Of Bad Memories

Black Sabbath Re:Both good for the individual & bad for soci (135 comments)

Hey there soldier! Worried about PTSD? Afraid your conscience may interfere with your patriotic duty? No need to worry! With our new treatment you'll never have to worry about flashbacks, or fear that you may have to turn whistleblower. War-crimes trials? No fear. We'll make sure you will always be the most reliable and entirely truthful un-witness.

more than 2 years ago

FBI Hunt For Child Porn Thwarted By Tor

Black Sabbath Re:gee, false dilemma much? (714 comments)

> when a warrant has been issued by a judge

Seriously? We live in a world where even "after the fact" FISA warrants are not enough for some. Hell, there is currently legislation mooted in various countries that would allow corporations the same kind of powers just because you MIGHT be sharing a movie.

And you think I'm deluded...

more than 2 years ago

FBI Hunt For Child Porn Thwarted By Tor

Black Sabbath Re:Make up your minds (714 comments)

Where freedom of speech is illegal Tor use is illegal. Yet there are still those that would exercise their free speech regardless of the risk. Dissidents who use Tor to get their message out or to listen to anothers' message don't do it because it is no risk. They are usually very well aware of the risks they take.

The world is replete wih people willing to commit "crimes" if sufficiently motivated.

more than 2 years ago

FBI Hunt For Child Porn Thwarted By Tor

Black Sabbath Re:Make up your minds (714 comments)

I'm sorry. What's you're point?

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government...except for every other form that's ever been tried.

I have written no laws. I support politicians and parties that on balance seem to give the best outcome for my vote compared to the other candidates.

Perhaps I was a bit clumsy. What I tried to say to the parent poster (who asked "what if I don't like what the majority choose") was, either accept the outcome or change the government. I didn't specify how the latter might be achieved.

more than 2 years ago

FBI Hunt For Child Porn Thwarted By Tor

Black Sabbath Re:Those are the only two choices? (714 comments)

Define "valid", "reasonable", "limited". Describe how you would limit the expansion of those terms' meanings.
Describe for what purpose the collected information might be limited to. Define how long the data will be held for and what safeguards you would have in place to ensure your speech doesn't mark you as an enemy of the state under some future statute.
Define "bad guys".

more than 2 years ago

FBI Hunt For Child Porn Thwarted By Tor

Black Sabbath Re:Make up your minds (714 comments)

Tor is not illegal in the USA, or any other "freedom loving" country, but neither is free speech. so the idealist purpose of Tor is not needed there

Some might disagree with you.

more than 2 years ago

FBI Hunt For Child Porn Thwarted By Tor

Black Sabbath Re:Make up your minds (714 comments)

Isn't your post self contradictory?
If a government detects and blocks the protocol then it's blocked for both good and bad guys and Tor is rendered ineffective.
If however its possible for the bad guys to bypass these blocks the it's possible for the good guys too in which case Tor is achieving its purpose. I'd be grateful for anyone more familiar wih the tech to chime in at this point.

Just to be clear, it's purpose is not to "help the good guys". It's to provide a technology that enables uncensorable speech. With respect to my original post it is firmly on the side of "freedom of speech", with all the ugly consequences that entails.

more than 2 years ago

FBI Hunt For Child Porn Thwarted By Tor

Black Sabbath Re:Make up your minds (714 comments)

You live in a democracy don't you?
Accept the tyranny of the majority or impose your own.

more than 2 years ago

FBI Hunt For Child Porn Thwarted By Tor

Black Sabbath Make up your minds (714 comments)

Freedom of speech, or government monitoring of all communications.
Decide which one you want and accept the consequences of your decision.

more than 2 years ago

DNA Test To Determine Kids' Sports Futures

Black Sabbath Re:I think this is great. (240 comments)

> Where's the gene for that?

Good question. I don't actually know, but I CAN tell you that there IS a test for the Arsehole-parent gene. It's not 100% accurate, but if a parent sends their kid's DNA sample to the lab mentioned in the article...chances are they've got it!

more than 2 years ago



Tools to analyse Google History?

Black Sabbath Black Sabbath writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Black Sabbath (118110) writes "I need to tap the Slashdot hivemind. I'm faced with a distrusting spouse and want to show her my Google history. However my history goes back to 2006 — there are literally tens of thousands of entries. I've tried searching for analysis tools using the following query: +"google history" +analysis -"history of google" +statistics — to no avail. Do any slashdotters know of a tool/script that can parse the Google History output and provide some simple stats e.g. distinct sites x no. of visits — that sort of thing. I know that this is futile on one level — no amount of "evidence" (especially the kind with a "delete" function) can cure distrust. She's a non-IT, non-geek and really just doesn't understand why I spend "so much" time (an hour a day at home if I'm lucky) on the computer. Help me Slashdot, you're my only hope."
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Best OS for virtual database server?

Black Sabbath Black Sabbath writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Black Sabbath (118110) writes "I'm doing some Oracle database work and would like to install it on my Intel-based Mac at home. However Oracle only provide a considerably out-of-date, PPC only version for OS X. I'm considering installing a different OS with Oracle database on it in a BootCamp partition and using Parallels from within OS X. I don't have another box at home that I can spare and the draconian firewall means using work's dev server is out of reach. My question is this, since I want to optimize my "other" OS just to run Oracle, what is the best OS from this list to use?
Is there an OS that runs "better" under virtualization than other OS's? I have decent experience with Linux, Solaris and Windows so ease of installation/administration is not an issue (since it will be done once).
I know others are looking for something similar. Help me Slashdot hive-mind, you're my only hope!"


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