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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

CaptQuark Slippery Slope (152 comments)

This is a very slippery slope. Trying to balance the rights of individuals to remove incorrect information about themselves and trying to remove unflattering information about themselves. Having a process to verify the individual, the reasons for wanting the information removed, and is the public interest best served by removing the information.

I'm sure there are many public figures that would love a chance to remove some of the news items about themselves.

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yesterday
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AirMagnet Wi-Fi Security Tool Takes Aim At Drones

CaptQuark Re:Boring (52 comments)

If I was going to attempt to break into your network or record video of your property, I would connect the camera and wifi equipment to a kite and fly it over your house. No noise, people are used to seeing kites, and I retain control of the kite and can bring it back quickly. I could do the same thing with a long pole from my car or a balloon.

Flying RC toys are just the trigger topic of the week to get people's ire up.

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4 days ago
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Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

CaptQuark Re:Closed Captioning (76 comments)

Close captioning doesn't take any bandwidth. Closed Captioning is encoded within line 21 of overscan information within an analog screen page. With 30 frames per second, that gives enough plenty of information with no added bandwidth. Digital TV encodes the information within the digital stream itself. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

5 days ago
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A Tour of One of the World's Only Underwater Labs With Fabien Cousteau

CaptQuark Re:In 2 years, (30 comments)

LOL. This comment should be in the story before this one. Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

about three weeks ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

CaptQuark Re: Two sides to every issue (401 comments)

And contrary to Slashdot's opinion, lots of employers in IT are not bottom-feeding scum and they actually want to help people to relocate to the US without fear of being forced to move in case of visa expiration.

This still doesn't explain why the companies aren't searching for people to hire within the US. I guess it is cheaper to hire someone from overseas than someone with the same qualification from Billings, MT.

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about three weeks ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

CaptQuark Re:The smell of YOU! (415 comments)

If you read the report or the synopsis, it said the thumb drive was four layers deep inside a metal box which was inside a metal filing cabinet. Assuming there was anything else in the filing cabinet, the scent of the owner would be concentrated around all sorts of things inside.

Using your *no further descriptions needed* scenario, the person would have touched many other things with the same scent: his keyboard, his mouse, his desk, the door of the filing cabinet, the tin box, possibly the key to the filing cabinet, the door handle of the room, etc. I doubt the dog was following scent of the owner around the room. (If I was trying to hide something from the dog I would use a micro-SD card and stick it inside my mouse. The dog is probably trained to ignore the common items like the mouse, keyboard, monitor, webcam, USB hub, etc.)

Or perhaps the makers of memory cards and thumb drives have been asked to add certain chemicals the the PCBs or memory chips to make it easier for dogs to locate them. It wouldn't be the first time hardware manufactures have been asked to modify their products to help police track them. https://www.eff.org/issues/pri...

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about three weeks ago
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That Toy Is Now a Drone

CaptQuark Re:The Goggles! (268 comments)

The FAA's published interpretations show the multiple areas they are saying they can now regulate. They want to preclude the use of vision-enhancing devices, such as binoculars, night vision goggles, powered vision magnifying devices, and goggles designed to provide a “first-person view” from the model. They do acknowledge that standard eyeglasses are OK. Note that they are NOT prohibiting remote cameras, only the goggles which fit over the face.

Also, they are giving their interpretation that anything involving money removes the operator from the "hobby and recreational" exemption that congress granted. A pilot that gives a demonstration of advanced aerobatics and receives a payment is now not flying for hobby or recreational purposes. This is equivalent to saying a fly fisherman that demonstrates casting techniques and receives a payment is no longer a recreational fisher and now must be a commercial fisherman.

They also say if you take any pictures or video while flying, they have the right to decide what you do with the pictures or video can also change you from a hobbyist. Take a picture of you own [hobby only] garden to see where it needs watering, OK. Take a picture of your neighbor's garden and show him where it needs watering, commercial use. Take a picture of any commercial enterprise and post it online, commercial use.

Many of these changes are being published now because in March a federal judge ruled that the FAA has never published its restrictions of commercial use of hobby aircraft. [See FAA vs Pirker]. The FAA had previously issued "policy guidelines", but that was not enough to fine Pirker the $10,000 they wanted for commercial use of a hobby aircraft. http://motherboard.vice.com/re...

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about a month ago
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That Toy Is Now a Drone

CaptQuark Re:Not surprised, mixed feelings (268 comments)

The only new restriction that the FAA is proposing is removing FPV flying from the domain of "model aircraft", which limits the pilots ability to perform these unsafe activities.

Not true. You have to actually read the FAA's updated "interpretation" to find the multiple areas they are saying they can prohibit. They want to preclude the use of vision-enhancing devices, such as binoculars, night vision goggles, powered vision magnifying devices, and goggles designed to provide a “first-person view” from the model. They do acknowledge that standard eyeglasses are OK. Note that they are NOT prohibiting remote cameras, only the goggles which fit over the face.

Also, they are giving their interpretation that anything involving money removes the operator from the "hobby and recreational" exemption that congress granted. A pilot that gives a demonstration of advanced aerobatics and receives a payment is now not flying for hobby or recreational purposes. This is equivalent to saying a fly fisherman that demonstrates casting techniques and receives a payment is no longer a recreational fisher and now must be a commercial fisherman.

They also say if you take any pictures or video while flying, they have the right to decide what you do with the pictures or video can also change you from a hobbyist. Take a picture of you own [hobby only] garden to see where it needs watering, OK. Take a picture of your neighbor's garden and show him where it needs watering, commercial use. Take a picture of any commercial enterprise and post it online, commercial use.

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about a month ago
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Shawn Raymond's Tandem Bike is Shorter Than Yours (Video)

CaptQuark Re:No, turn music off at the switch on the speaker (85 comments)

My wireless keyboard has a audio mute button and a rocker switch for volume control. Most laptops have dedicated function key-pairs for mute and volume control.

Even the video footage of the bike demo had me reaching for my keyboard volume button.

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about a month ago
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France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"

CaptQuark Re:A taste of things to come? (138 comments)

I wish people would stop using the word "Drone" unless it is a truly autonomous vehicle. What this was is a Remote Controlled quadcopter operated by a fan that wanted to watch their practice session.

Arial photography is used in many situations. A traffic helicopter, a blimp at sporting events, small planes, balloons, and even kites have been used to capture pictures and video from the air. (Kite photography circa 1889 http://www.geog.ucsb.edu/~jeff... )

If the fan had been in a tall office building next to the practice field instead, would this have been news?

I agree that the use of toy helicopters to carry cameras is a new concern for some people, but stop using the word "drone" just to sensationalize it.

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about a month ago
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MIT Researchers Can Take Your Pulse, Right Through the Walls

CaptQuark Re:More Uses for Aluminium foil (125 comments)

The Simpsons did it.

Actually, many companies have RF blocking screens, wallboards, etc. but the price has been high. However, here is a link to a French company that offered RF blocking wallpaper two years ago. http://www.linformaticien.com/... (use Google translate if needed)

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about a month and a half ago
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Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display

CaptQuark Time for an upgrade (176 comments)

Ok, I want one!!

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

CaptQuark Re:McGuffey's 4th New Eclectic Reader:"The Colonis (737 comments)

Obviously, you are not a farmer. Modern farming equipment and chemical fertilizers are helpful in multiplying the quantity of crops that can be grown, but are not necessary to grow enough to feed your own family.

How much food do you need to grow? For your own family, you can till and prepare enough soil with a pick and shovel. If you plan on sharing your harvest with multiple families, you probably need a horse or ox to pull a larger plow. Depending on the crop you select, you can probably plant enough seed or starter plants by hand. Harvesting is another time when you will need to some help to get all the crops in. If you grow grains, you will have to cut, stack, dry, thresh, and store the grain. This can be done by hand, or with hand tools (a flail to thresh grains) without needing powered equipment.

As a mental exercise, pick a 20' x 20' section of your lawn and imagine what you would need to do to turn it into farmable land. Dig up all the grass or till it under, test the soil for acidity and add lime or sulfur to balance the Ph, fertilize with animal manure, plant something (example wheat), irrigate it, harvest it with a scythe or sickle, thresh the grain, then store it. No modern equipment is indispensable, but it still takes a LOT of hard work.

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about 3 months ago
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Code Combat: Free, Open Source, Multiplayer Programming Lessons

CaptQuark Re:Cofounder Here (30 comments)

It was fun playing. I was able to add a few blank lines then drag the commands from the "Available Spells" area to make the coding faster.

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about 4 months ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

CaptQuark Re:A new law in not what is needed (519 comments)

No, the fact she is wearing a skirt means she not nude or partially nude. The fact she might or might not be wearing panties is not relevant.

A female passenger on a MBTA trolley who is wearing a skirt, dress, or the like covering these parts of her body is not a person who is 'partially nude,' no matter what is or is not underneath the skirt by way of underwear or other clothing," wrote Justice Margot Botsford of the state Supreme Judicial Court.

The previous law was written to stop people taking surreptitious photos of nude or partially nude people in settings where they reasonably expect privacy. It was never written to prevent someone shoving a camera up or down their clothing to take pictures. The state attorney's office is currently drafting new laws to make that action illegal, but currently it is not because nobody thought a specific law against it was needed. Obviously, now there is.

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about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

CaptQuark Re:Random Windows and Programming tools (531 comments)

Many of those go on my system first:

Firefox with Adblock Plus
Thunderbird
7zip
Paint.NET
WinMerge
Paint Shop Pro

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about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

CaptQuark Re:Search Software (531 comments)

Have you tried WinMerge instead of Beyond Compare? Many of the same features and it's Freeware.

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about 5 months ago
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Using Google Maps To Intercept FBI and Secret Service Calls

CaptQuark Re:The SS hires intelligence people??? (137 comments)

No it isn't. The SS was named for the Schutzstaffel which in German roughly translates into Protection Squadron or defense corps. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

The fact that Secret Service (in English) has the same alliterative letters, SS, is purely coincidental.

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about 5 months ago
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Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

CaptQuark Re:Sure (500 comments)

What concerns me more is the statement in the majority ruling:

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., said "Even with modern technological advances, the warrant procedure imposes burdens on the officers who wish to search [and] the magistrate who must review the warrant application." http://www.latimes.com/nation/...

So we are now losing more of our constitutionally protected rights because getting a warrant "imposes burdens" on the police and magistrates? Their wish to search now trumps our right to protection from unreasonable searches? I think the SCOTUS got this ruling very wrong.

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about 5 months ago

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