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FCC Says Net Neutrality Decision Delay Is About Courts, Not Politics

BringsApples Today I realized... (60 comments)

Only today, I realized that slashdot is actually over. I've been wondering why I get 15 mod points every time I log in, and only now does it hit me. I'll bet that I'm one of probably 5 people that are moderating, and I'll bet that there's less than 50 people that are actually participating in slashdot at all (commentators and moderators). Looking at the last few stories, it looks like there are less than 30 comments to most stories these days, and I haven't been seeing many posts even getting points, most (that aren't AC) are staying at 1 or 2, depending on karma I'm assuming. The stories are crap, and no one is actually participating.

I'm out. It was fun.

Oh, and to "I kan reed" it was me that modded you flaimbait today. :)

about a month ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

BringsApples "Rad" (316 comments)

"Rad" is the new "bad"?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

BringsApples Going to the Himalayas and you need what? (223 comments)

I will be traveling to a remote Himalayan village for year and won't have access to the internet. What offline resources would you all recommend to help me continue to develop my coding skills?

How about a book and a laptop? But why not use the time to learn about a higher meaning to life itself?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

BringsApples Re:Same issue... just relayed all outgoing mail (405 comments)

Typically the ISP will relay mail from any IP on it's network, performing it's own spam checks. I know AT&T used to not allow any traffic whatsoever out of it's network on port 25, so even trying to get another SMTP server to relay for you is impossible, unless you're using something other than port 25. Comcast's relay is smtp.comcast.net (96.114.157.81). And you should have a user/pass with comcast, given at time of setup. That's the user/pass that you'll need to present their SMTP server with. If you're using Sendmail then you'd add:

define(`SMART_HOST',`[smtp.comcast.net]')dnl

to your (MC) config file. Here is some info on how to pass the user/pass. But of course you're not using Sendmail...

about a month ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

BringsApples Re:Microsoft losing to the school what? (219 comments)

"Hear, hear" (usually with a comma and set apart as a self-contained sentence) is the conventional spelling of the colloquial exclamation used to express approval for a speaker or sentiment. It’s essentially short for "hear him, hear him" or "hear this, hear this", where these phrases are a sort of cheer.

"Here, here" is widely regarded as a misspelling, although it is a common one, and there are ways to logically justify its use. But for what it’s worth, "hear, hear" is the original form (the Oxford English Dictionary cites examples going back to the 17th century) and is the one listed in dictionaries. English reference books mention "here, here" only to note that it’s wrong.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

BringsApples Re:Microsoft losing to the school what? (219 comments)

Yes, the typical scantron was replaced by some other, and it was able to detect any mark, even made by pen.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

BringsApples Re:Microsoft losing to the school what? (219 comments)

And let's not forget that the only reason that these computers are given to the kids is simply to get them accustomed to the interface. The companies that are giving these laptops to the schools are not interested in the kids' learning progress, unless you're talking about learning the OS. They just want to get their product well understood in the kids' minds so that later in life, they'll automatically choose that OS. And all of this is expected to happen, as if nothing in the world is going to change in 10 years or so.

But who knows, maybe the whole thing will back fire. Maybe kids will grow out of computers like they grow out of toys.

about a month ago
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Study Shows How Humans Can Echolocate

BringsApples Re:Haha, very funny... (136 comments)

Maybe, but for some reason, anytime I find myself in complete darkness, I'm also trying to be really quiet. >:)

about a month ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

BringsApples Re:We already have laws to cover this (301 comments)

Why do you think we don't want that?

Dunno, but who'd be in charge of watching all of that video, to check for illegal activity/wrong doing? (I think it'd require a bunch of lawyers because normal people are not trained in practices of law, and wouldn't know when something illegal happened) Then who pays them for their services? This camera idea, although a good idea in theory, is a slippery slope in practice. You'd have to double the current number of police employees in order to be able to sift through the data that the first half creates.

There are corrupt police officers, no doubt. But a camera isn't going to make them act in the way that we want them to.

about a month ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

BringsApples Re:We already have laws to cover this (301 comments)

There would have to be some sort of way that the officer could turn off the thing, they have bathroom duties like the rest of us.

Also, if you really want this type of oversight into governmental activities, then you should want this same sort of camera on all of your senate, congressmen/women, judges, jury, and all the way down to local mayors and governors, and most importantly - the president.

about a month ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

BringsApples Re:Should be confidential/private (301 comments)

Keep the videos for 180 days or a year and delete unless they're part of a court order to keep.

I think that if they kept these videos for a year, that would be enough. Unless, like you say, there's a court order of some kind.

Only release to the public (including press) via court order. If citizens want to record the police, they're (usually) free to do so with their own equipment and on their own time.

That's just it, this is their (The People's) equipment. The People buy the cameras, pay the cops, and should have access to any/all of the data generated. If there is some reason to have public outcry due to something revealed by the videos, then, if you ask me, the system is working fine. Why not have a Youtube channel devoted to publishing all of it? Hell of a thing to do with your time. If you want to sit around spending hours of your life uploading and/or watching Youtube videos that cops took, go ahead. But, I can't think of a better way to have oversight of the police dept.

The technology-enabled all-seeing-eye should be (owned by) that of The People, not some single person in some place of power. After all, The People are the ones paying for the whole thing to take place, being that it's for their own protection.

about a month ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

BringsApples Re:We already have laws to cover this (301 comments)

I think that both of you are misdirected. These cameras don't record until the officer decides.

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

BringsApples Color (459 comments)

The only thing that I can think of, as far as color goes in the IT field, is the wires. But even then, the color really doesn't mean anything, except whatever you decide to denote them as, for your own setup.

about a month ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Bust, Eyes Turn To 'Untouchable' Decentralized Market

BringsApples Re:Yeah, that looks anonymous. (108 comments)

There's enough coffee shops, fast-food places, hotels and many other "free wi-fi!" options for users to be secure enough for general things. I mean, if you're comparing 'terrorists plotting to blow up the white house', with 'folks looking at porn', big priority difference. What you outlined would be required for a terrorist to plot to blow up the white house.

about a month and a half ago
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Robot Makes People Feel Like a Ghost Is Nearby

BringsApples Re:In spite of this and other similar phenomena... (140 comments)

Very clever, but I'm going to go with a brief verbal rendition rather than attempt recreate the entire field of artificial intelligence in a post

lol I get ya, but you opened this box.

Consciousness could be roughly described as the ability to respond to complex stimulus in complex ways, specifically including the ability communicate those stimuli abstractly, and self-reference.

If that's your definition, then one would need, not just the brain, but the entire body. If we can't say what consciousness is, then how can we say where it is?

about a month and a half ago
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British Spies Are Free To Target Lawyers and Journalists

BringsApples Re:There can be no defense of this. (184 comments)

The only terrorists these days are the ones fighting for freedom (say what you will about ISIS (hey by the way, what ever happened to Al Qaeda?) or whatever the new terrorist network is called, but if they're fighting to rid the world of the US corporate government, then they have a lot in common with a lot of Americans these days, even though their methods may differ greatly) it's the corporate government that wants us all to not be free.

Lawyers are the only ones that know the law, and the journalists are the only ones capable of explaining the law/news to all of us citizens. If the lawyers and journalists are streaming information to the citizens in a real way, then the citizens will come to know that all of the shit that the government is doing today is illegal, and revolt. That revolt is what the government is actually worried about. So anything that seems to be leading us into that revolting direction, is deemed a terror to the corporate-speaking peoples.

What's so hard to understand about that?

about a month and a half ago
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Robot Makes People Feel Like a Ghost Is Nearby

BringsApples Re:In spite of this and other similar phenomena... (140 comments)

Why are so many people so adamant about the notion that consciousness can't come from the physical brain?

I might be able to answer that for you, if you can explain to me what you understand consciousness to be.

about a month and a half ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

BringsApples Re:Wait.. (716 comments)

"Crazy" is probably the wrong word. If I"m mad as hell at someone, you bet your ass I'm not going to threaten them, I"m just going to shun them. Now, if I'm so mad that I want to kill someone, or do something to them that's illegal, then there's no way in hell I'd announce it in any form. I'd just set up some scenario where they ended up getting what I want them to get.

If I was mad at someone enough to kill them, and was a huge pussy, then I'd take to the www and do as much damage as I could, because, well, I'm a huge pussy. If someone threatened me over the www, or even over the phone, I'd (depending on what the deal was) probably alert the cops that it happened, just to cover my ass, but ultimately I'd just get a kick out of it, sort of an ego-trip I guess.

about a month and a half ago

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