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Canada Introduces Privacy Reforms That Encourage Warrantless Disclosure of Info

CaptainOfSpray Who paid for this? (99 comments)

That is, which American organization paid off the legislators? NSA? CIA? Some large company that thinks they own Canada?

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

CaptainOfSpray Re:Already gone to Linux Mint Cinnamon... (245 comments)

You've done something wrong. I started using Cinnamon without the nVidia driver, and it was OK, as good without a proper driver as XP was WITH a proper driver. Then I installed the nVidia driver, and it lit up and flew. I am getting through my work noticeably faster on exactly the same hardware. Of course this is the case for a person with an NVidia GPU. Everyone else's mileage will vary.

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

CaptainOfSpray Microsoft how phoney is that? (226 comments)

How many of those '1,332,784,839 lines of code' were written in Python on a Raspberry Pi? Both of which are things Microsoft would really rather not support (like the Baptists do not like to support having sex while standing up, because it might lead to dancing).

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

CaptainOfSpray Already gone to Linux Mint Cinnamon... (245 comments)

Looks like XP, mostly works like XP, closer to XP than Win 8, easier upgrade path than Win 8, lower rate of support calls from friends and family ...and in my experience, it's lighter and faster and more responsive than XP. So, no, I won't be laying out hundreds of pounds/dollars on a new machine or even more hundreds on replacing all the software that will not work on Win 8.

about two weeks ago
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Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

CaptainOfSpray Re:Done over 50 years ago (262 comments)

50 years, yeah, and the rest. Flywheels were widely used in the 1930s and 1940s to store energy and cut fuel consumption.. The first car I remember (a 1945 Rover 75) had one.

about three weeks ago
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The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

CaptainOfSpray Looking in the wrong place... (392 comments)

An analysis of salaries and salary trends for STEM employees will tell you exactly whether there is a shortage or not.

about a month ago
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Harsh Wireless Conditions? Send In the Drone Hot Spot

CaptainOfSpray Re:Denied Areas (20 comments)

Absolutely right about tethered balloons being much more efficient. However, drones have one significant advantage - namely, that when the NSA has got what they need, the drone can be withdrawn to leave the "bad guys" (that's all of us) in the dark.

about a month ago
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Conservation Communities Takes Root Across US

CaptainOfSpray the aspirations of many Americans to be farmers... (116 comments)

"...the aspirations of many Americans to be gentlemen (or gentlewomen) farmers..."...And they said that was a purely British disease...what next? Will youse guys all start listening to The Archers http://www.bbc.co.uk/programme... (1950), is still running (January 2014), and is the world's longest-running soap opera with a total of over 16,800 episodes

about a month ago
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Computer Science Enrollments Rocketed Last Year, Up 22%

CaptainOfSpray Why this is happening... (137 comments)

I blame the Raspberry Pi myself. Oh, damn those fiendish Engishmen for inventing it! Nobody expected the Raspberry Pi.

about a month ago
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Got Malware? The FBI Wants It

CaptainOfSpray Why the FBI wants malware.. (93 comments)

..coding samples. They are jealous of the NSA capability, and want some (lots) of their own.

about 2 months ago
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Former Head of NSA Calls For Obama To Reject NSA Commission Recommendations

CaptainOfSpray "since there have been no abuses" (316 comments)

and no successes either....it seems the NSA is an expensive boondoggle (insert link to pics of Keith Alexander's Star Trek Bridge) and should therefore be culled to 10% of the current size.

about 4 months ago
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UK Introduces Warrantless Detention

CaptainOfSpray Time for the badgers to strike back... (153 comments)

After the recent persecution/attempted then failed cull, stealth badgers equipped with low-light video systems in their backpacks will be infiltrating the controlled areas to report on suspicious police activity. They are quietly confident, being as how they can't be arrested for shitting in the controlled area, since they aren't dogs.

about 4 months ago
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Is Bruce Schneier Leaving His Job At BT?

CaptainOfSpray Re:Makes Sense (96 comments)

+we are naturally suspicious of BT, even if they are not part of the spying+

Oh yes they are part of the spying. BT have always been and still are totally interlaced with the UK government, the UK military, and GCHQ. This is one of the times that "natural suspicion" is totally justified.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?

CaptainOfSpray Presenteeism (629 comments)

You require to work remotely? Most managers cannot stand that - if you aren't there in the office so they can see that you are working, you must be goofing off, you cannot possibly be working. Judge you by your results? They wouldn't know how to do that, and they are far too harrassed/unimaginative/untrained to work out a method of doing it.

I've been in IT for more than 40 years, a contractor for the last twenty. In all that time, I have once had one contract that allowed me to work from home, and then it was just one day a week - and even then, in the middle of the contract, they tried to change it to all five days a week.

about 5 months ago
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More on the GCHQ Hack Involving Slashdot Users: Official Statement

CaptainOfSpray Don't boast... (19 comments)

Dear GCHQ employees, do NOT ever tell me that you work for GCHQ. An incident amounting to a Breach of Public Order may result (varying from me pouring my pint over your head) to me smashing a glass in your smug little face.

Now fuck off and get yourself a Proper Job (TM).

about 5 months ago
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New EU Rules To Curb Transfer of European Data To the U.S.

CaptainOfSpray Excellent (60 comments)

I'm delighted.
Pity they couldn't ban GCHQ from reading any of it.

about 5 months ago
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Engineers Design Tornado Proof Home

CaptainOfSpray Nominative Determinism (189 comments)

Not a surprise that a piece about dgging a storm-proof hole is written by someone called Emily Badger.

about 6 months ago
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New Real Life Laser-Rifle Cuts Through Metal Like a Blowtorch

CaptainOfSpray Safety at Work (143 comments)

"designed specifically with nuclear decommission in mind, specifically chopping up huge pieces of metal infrastructure into bite-sized bits", which it vaporizes and then throws all over the operator (photo in TFA).

Note to self: do not apply for that kind of work, no matter what the rate.

about 7 months ago
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No Child Left Untableted

CaptainOfSpray County Ed Budget Too High (214 comments)

Obviously they've got money to burn, the fools.

For their "total annual per unit lease cost of $214" they could buy 5 Raspberry Pis at Adafruit, and OWN THEM OUTRIGHT instead of the devices still being on lease so they have to pay $214 every year till the supplier is fat and happy.

about 7 months ago

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New Anti-Boat Weapon With Anti-Terror Potential

CaptainOfSpray CaptainOfSpray writes  |  more than 4 years ago

CaptainOfSpray (1229754) writes "BBC reports a new non-lethal weapon designed to stop speed-boats without killing the occupants. In the story, it is billed as anti-terror, but clearly has uses against drug-runners (US Coast Guard allegedly interested) and against pirates in speed-boats (to prevent ships being boarded by preventing the pirates from catching the ship)."

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