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The Military Is About To Get New Augmented Reality Spy Glasses

Blackajack Re:Spy glasses? (58 comments)

There is already a lot of people that wear something like this, it's not actually that much different from my driving/sport glasses. Since you can't curve corrective lenses, the only ways to keep wind out of your eyes are either a double-lens arrangement or goggles..
Just move as much hardware as possible into pocket or a humongous pair of earphones, make them as futuristic/80's/freaky/conspicuous as you can, accessorize with a cap and a track-suit(UK) or a beard plus silly and/or 'ironic' t-shirt(US) and you've got an instant excuse for both loitering and completely ludicrous headgear.

about 3 months ago

Why Standard Deviation Should Be Retired From Scientific Use

Blackajack Same trick, different pony (312 comments)

My college math teacher made a special point of warning us that journalists almost always mix up pct and pp. Sometimes they even do that on purpose!

about 8 months ago

Finnish Minister Wants To Expand Pornography Censorship

Blackajack This is bull#%& (270 comments)

The blocklist is a joke that can be circumvented with a minimal effort, largely consisting of dead sites, legal(mostly gay) porn of various flavors and some real head-scratchers like this:
That is a page that analyzes and critizises the blocklist itself. It's now removed from the blocklist, but only after an arduous court battle. There is also some info in english.

about a year and a half ago

EU Antitrust Chief: Google "Diverting Traffic" & Will Be Forced To Change

Blackajack Re:nonsensical allegations (329 comments)

I get yahoo as a first result also. The weird thing is that I don't think I've actually accessed any yahoo content from this device(maybe I've clicked on a link to a news story once or twice.. And I haven't used any of their services since whenever(several years). The location does not explain(Finland, yahoo's not a very big thing here..) Curious.

about a year and a half ago

Adrian Lamo Explains His Decision To Expose Bradley Manning

Blackajack No (341 comments)

He either had no concern for the well-being of Manning and is just saying so or he is utter and complete fool for thinking that ratting him would result in anything other than utter persecution and kafkaesquely hellish existence.
Either he is an informer and enemy of free men pleading for forgiveness or a fool so bad he's got to suffer at least some repercussions.
I've no mercy to spare him.

about a year and a half ago

Megaupload Host Wants Out

Blackajack a priori (164 comments)

Any previous judgements about similar cases where the goods are physical?
Say, rent lockers or 3rd party warehouses that hold possible contraband/illicitly appropriated/counterfeited materiel in such quantities that it cannot be moved without extraordinary expense?

more than 2 years ago

Illegal To Take a Photo In a Shopping Center?

Blackajack Re:Erosion of the Commons (544 comments)

In Finland, this has become a more and more apparent problem. Worst case was couple of years back when a young man was brutalized pretty hard by a gang of security guards, you don't break a twentysomething's hip by accident.. The point is that it is a fact that nobody else was there, just the guy and the 5 guards, the guy's hip is broken, but no one was actually convicted of anything. Why? The security firm first refused to give the CCTV tapes to the police, and later on claimed to have 'accidentally' erased it.

more than 2 years ago

Cloud-Powered Facial Recognition Is Terrifying

Blackajack New hobby (286 comments)

Might be a good time to take up theatrical masking as a hobby?

more than 2 years ago

Marx May Have Had a Point

Blackajack Re:Nothing to surprising (1271 comments)

There hasn't been a communist country on the earth yet. There's been many permutations of socialist dictatorships/oligarchies but no communist rule.

Communism is a dream. A perfect state whose only problem is that we are short-sighted, self-serving and nepotistic monkeys who turn the greatest dreams and aspirations into a dog-eat-dog contest for power and wealth.

Homo homini lupus. We have what we deserve.

about 3 years ago

I say (N. Hemisphere) Fall starts ...

Blackajack Naturally (454 comments)

I look at the trees, It's on when there are more yellow and red than green.

about 3 years ago

Student Finds Universe's Missing Mass

Blackajack Re:/.ed (210 comments)

That was helpful, thank you.

more than 3 years ago

Student Finds Universe's Missing Mass

Blackajack /.ed (210 comments)

Any other sources? Looks like slashdot syndrome claims another victim..

more than 3 years ago

Academic Publishers Ask The Impossible In GSU Copyright Suit

Blackajack Re:Only a Plaintiff Proposition (221 comments)

This would just mean that only the wealthy get justice. Hey, now wait a minute..

more than 3 years ago

Armenia Makes Chess Compulsory In Schools

Blackajack Re:Brilliant! (300 comments)

Not just Nethack, but any roguelike without save scumming teaches some VERY important life lessons about decisions and forethought..

more than 3 years ago

Armenia Makes Chess Compulsory In Schools

Blackajack Hate or love? (300 comments)

Either the instigator loves chess and is stupid or hates chess and is quite sly..

While I can guarantee that this move will cause a lot of hate towards chess and chess players, it will also most probably foster some quite interesting variants of chess..

more than 3 years ago

10,000 Shipping Containers Lost At Sea Each Year

Blackajack Re:"Lost" (163 comments)

When unloading containers at the central Nike warehouse in Netherlands, we'd find a container that was ransacked once or twice a week on average and missing or opened boxes were a daily occurrence.

Once, after a particularly bad while our supervisor got a bunch of pictures of the seals in the container doors and was told to compare every seal to a picture before anyone touches it and call office immediately if it looks different in ANY way. After that we found no more tampered containers.

..For two days..

more than 3 years ago

My phone is ...

Blackajack Never locked (274 comments)

I haven't ever had and I probably never will own a locked phone or any telecommunications device. First of all, there is a matter of principle; I own my personal communications devices, don't rent them.
Also, I travel a lot and wherever I go, I can usually get a prepaid simm card for my phone and cell modem.. Saves quite a penny in internet cafes and pay phones.
Fun fact: Until 2006 tying the sale of a cell phone to the contract was actually illegal in Finland, and even today, the law mandates the maximum contract as 2 years after which the phone must be unlockable and they must also offer the contract without the phone. In addition, this is only allowed with 3G cells, video phones or some other phones that are not basic GSM phones, those must be always sold unlocked.
Think about it; until 2006 hardly anyone in Finland even knew what 'a locked cellphone' is.

more than 3 years ago

Students Suspended, Expelled Over Facebook Posts

Blackajack For the love of god! (669 comments)

And I'm an atheist. Is there a better way to say 'yup, i'm a fascist and in power, so fuck you.' without having gas chambers? And yes, I know I just pulled the Godwin one. Once in a while there comes a time when you CAN legitimately hit the table with the nazi card.

more than 3 years ago

Libya SIGINT Jamming Satellites, Towers

Blackajack Hey USA! (463 comments)

Vast areas of europe.. "Hey USA! Libya's disrupting communications of the 'coalition of the willing' and I'll bet that some are NATO members to boot! What're you gonna do? complain? Bawk Bawk Baaawk!"

more than 3 years ago


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