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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Charliemopps anarchists cookbook? (16 comments)

Where the heck is the anarchists cookbook? I remember mail-ordering it in high-school and then promptly setting our shed on fire.

43 minutes ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

Charliemopps what?!?! (49 comments)

The press is biased towards Apple? You don't say...

about an hour ago
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Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

Charliemopps Re:Know who to sue (113 comments)

Go look at the images. He's guilty of what the anon commenters accused him.

LOL, now you're getting sued, too.

Sounds great. Given that I know his salary, my counter suit should be fairly lucrative if he can ever find employment again.

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Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

Charliemopps Re:Know who to sue (113 comments)

Eh I guess you can sue anyone for anything in 'merica

Is losing a $350,000 job offer something you consider trivial? The scientist and his lawyer suspect foul play by anonymous person(s) who allegedly defamed him by posting ad hominem attacks in their pubpeer comments and then distributed those comment pages to both universities associated with him.

Any criticism of his work should be valid and fact based and that should be enforced by the site's moderators. Still, anonymity is important when criticizing someone and they should not use this as an excuse to force critics to reveal their identities.

Go look at the images. He's guilty of what the anon commenters accused him. It's obvious at its face without any further detective work needed. On top of that, look at the number of papers he's submitted over his career. He'd have had to been publishing at least one paper every month for 30 years! This guys a fraud and about to finish some in-depth research into the Streisand effect.

2 hours ago
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Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

Charliemopps Re:This lawsuit won't help him get hired anywhere. (113 comments)

True, but such lawsuits also might give people reason to not do such things again.

Do what again? This guy really was faking his research, look at the images. He's trying to sue the people that called him on it, into silence.

2 hours ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

Charliemopps Re:Bah (413 comments)

You didn't watch the video... clearly. He refutes all of your rather mundane arguments with ease. Everything you said, without a doubt is fatalism. You say you're accepting reality. You're not. You're accepting things as they are now, and refusing to believe things could change.

Death is not inevitable. It's just an, as of yet, unsolved problem. If I were to tell you a meteor was heading towards earth, and was scheduled to hit us, killing everyone alive in 100yrs, would you say "Well, we've never stopped a meteor before, we'd better just accept it!"?? Of course not... but that's what we're saying. In 100yrs everyone alive today WILL be killed... not by a meteor, but by aging. For a hell of a lot less money than it would take to stop a celestial object, we could stop aging. So lets stop burring our heads in the sand and take care o fit. The problem of aging will be solved, and not too far off in the future. Likely it will be too late for us, but not for our children or our grandchildren. So lets do it.

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Before Using StingRays, Police Must Sign NDA With FBI

Charliemopps Re:What if they break the NDA? (96 comments)

Who goes to jail? Everyone who signed the NDA?

Edward Snowden. He's also responsible for all future acts of Terrorism, wars, and the color Beige.

yesterday
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"Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

Charliemopps Re:Cue "All we are is dust in the wind" (106 comments)

Conservative deniers are going to have a field day with this: "How can we trust scientists on evolution and global warming when the Big Bang turned out to be nothing more than God's dirty windshield!".

Apparently Liberals area already all over it. You can't fix stupid.

yesterday
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

Charliemopps Bah (413 comments)

I hate fatalism. My goal is to live forever. I'll go out kicking and screaming every bionic body part I can get.

Watch this: https://www.ted.com/talks/aubr...

You can all die if you want, leave me out of it.

yesterday
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

Charliemopps Re:"Stakeholders" (122 comments)

You can do all of that without regulating the traffic.

Force the parent company into not creating video content. Done. Telephone companies are already prevented from creating video content due to the 1996 telecommunications act. The Telcos still hate Netflix and want to shape their netflix traffic in return. Yet they have no vested interest in hurting Netflixes product. So why are they mad? Is it possible because Netflix really is behaving badly?

yesterday
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

Charliemopps Re:"Stakeholders" (122 comments)

I love this argument. You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about yet you tell "Common carrier fixes everything!" When it's not even relevant to this debate at all.

Read about Common Carriers and telecommunications here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...
(if you trust Wikipedia)

Please follow the links and read about the communications act of 1934 and the changes to it made in 1996. It's about Phone service. Even the telcos are not regulated in regard to their ISP services. Only the pots lines are, and most ISPs are trying to talk customers into IP phones to get around those laws as well.

yesterday
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SkyOrbiter UAVs Could Fly For Years and Provide Global Internet Access

Charliemopps Re:Comcast will love that... (48 comments)

So how are they going to finagle fees from us for this? Decoders?

It is scandalous that we have to pay through the nose just for the right to be spied on ....

Taxes.

People think it's bad that corporations control the internet. I'm sure the NSA loves that particular conspiracy theory because what do you think the alternative to corporations is?

yesterday
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Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

Charliemopps Re:This has been known ... (71 comments)

This was going to be my comment. nvidia flubbed weeks ago, this article adds absolutely nothing to the story.

That's assuming it was a story to begin with, which it's not. It's not even about a product... there's no product yet! It's about an agreement between to companies two possibly make something at some future date. Why would anyone other than a hedgefund manager care about this?

yesterday
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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

Charliemopps Metal (229 comments)

Ironically, you CAN put metal in a microwave. Maybe a lot of you are not old enough to remember when Microwaves first became popular in the early 80s but at the time there were warnings all over the news about the horrors of putting metal in a microwave. It will catch fire! Your microwave will explode! etc... etc...

Fast forward to a few years ago, the Mythbusters did a show where they did it. And, to my amazement, nothing happened. Metal is entirely safe to put in a microwave, though you should be aware that it will get surprisingly hot so don't touch it. This was a revelation akin to finding out there was no Santa for me.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

Charliemopps Re:Your employer (168 comments)

Training is one thing, conferences are another. You can get trained without attending a conference. You seem to be replying with "well if you're employer wanted to keep me, this is what they'd have to do!" That's all fine and great... but what are they really obligated to do? They're obligated to pay for things they expect you to attend. If conferences aren't something they value, then they shouldn't have to pay. If you're prissy and demand lots of back scratching to stay in your job, then fine, they might want to pay for such things to keep you happy. But personally I'd prefer a higher wage and leave out the modern over-hyped version of a flee-market we now call a "conference" It's a waste of my time and often costs 10% of my sallary for me to attend. Wouldn't you prefer a 10% raise? ...and I literally tell my management that. I wont waist your money, so don't waste my time. Pay me more and I wont leave.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

Charliemopps depends (168 comments)

If your employer expects you to go, they should pay. If they don't care, you should. Anything your employer expects you to be doing, they should be paying for. It's as simple as that.

I, personally, find them worthless marketing scams. At best, all I get out of them is that someone is doing something new that I should google later. Other than that they seem to be sales pitch after sales pitch. I can't stand them and would never pay for an employee to attend. If there's training or something? Cool, I'd pay for that. But lets separate training from conferences. Most real training doesn't happen at conferences anyways.

That being said... if I were running the company that was doing that marketing scam at the conference... i.e. I wanted you to attend to drum up business, that's entirely different and I'd pay for you to go.

yesterday
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Charliemopps Re:Philosophy of Science (658 comments)

It really irks me that we teach more about the objects of Scientific investigation in school (Biology, Physics, etc) then the actual philosophy of Science itself. Sure, there is usually about an hour in HS that covers basic Scientific approach but then it gets left by the wayside.

Schools should be spending more time discussing and learning the philosophy of Science itself.

Just my 2 cents.

The do the same thing with Math. You spend all your time learning multiplication tables, when the "Real" math is knowing how people figured out those equations.

yesterday
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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

Charliemopps Re:Risk aversion (191 comments)

my point of view has always been "i'm going to throw some money into this future product. I may or may not see any kind of product if I contribute, but i sure as hell won't see a product if i don't." that's when i really want a product to work out. If i'm just "kinda" into it, i'll just wait for them to release and order it then.

Right... the problem is a lot of people expect a lot more than that. They think that someone, somewhere is vetting this stuff, when the fact of the matter is you're giving a total stranger money so they maybe can do something you find interesting.

yesterday
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

Charliemopps Re:"Stakeholders" (122 comments)

That's an incredibly myopic view of the situation and I get a bit tired of it here on Slashdot. Enforcing net neutrality is a lot bigger of a deal to the public than it appears at the outset. It would be the government is now regulating the actual traffic on the internet. You may think it's a good idea in this regard... but what about when the feds decide they want to enforce other laws via their new powers? Decency laws? Cyber bullying? That doesn't sound so great to me...

Don't get me wrong, I fully support "Net Neutrality" What I don't like is the feds touching the internet. The longer we keep them out, the better. So, I look at the root of the problem. Why do the ISP's want to break net neutrality? It's related to an ongoing fight between Netflix and pretty much every ISP on earth.

To me, if the feds have to get involved, I'd rather see them involved in the peering agreements. They are already heavily involved in a lot of inter-carrier agreements so it wouldn't be anything new. If they simply passed regulation that said Peering agreements must be agreed to by both parties prior to signing, this entire issue would die with no federal involvement in the high level network traffic.

yesterday
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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

Charliemopps Re:Risk aversion (191 comments)

No, they are trying to prevent themselves from gaining a reputation of being a place that's filled with Scammers. Something that's been well under way for a while now. And, to be honest, I'm not sure how they ever thought this wouldn't happened. As soon as I heard of kickstarter I thought it'd end up going down in flames. I'm rather surprised it's lasted as long as it has.

What they need to do is make clear what your money is for. People seem to expect a lot more than they really get, and need to understand that often what they are really doing is giving the company a "Gift" that may or may not lead to a product the donator is expecting. This is entirely a problem with the expectations of the users, and Kickstarter needs to work to ensure the companies involved can't mislead those users.

yesterday

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Hewlett-Packard pleads guilty to Bribery

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about two weeks ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "Hewlett-Packard and three subsidiaries pleaded guilty Thursday to paying bribes to foreign officials in Russia, Mexico and Poland and agreed to pay $108 million in criminal and regulatory penalties. For over 10 years Hewlett-Packard kept 2 sets of books to track slush-funds they used to bribe government officials for favorable contracts."
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Verizon to offer discounted data rates to apps purchased through their app store

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about a month ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "Verizon, in a clear attempt at an end run around net neutrality rules, is prepared to launch another new app store. Their last app store failed miserably. But this new one will offer a new feature, discounted data rates for apps purchased through it as well as billing directly through the carrier.

Here's a link to the summary of the article, the original is pay-walled."

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The President supports Net Neutrality

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "

One of the issues around net neutrality is whether you are creating different rates or charges for different content providers. That's the big controversy here. So you have big, wealthy media companies who might be willing to pay more and also charge more for spectrum, more bandwidth on the Internet so they can stream movies faster. I personally, the position of my administration, as well as a lot of the companies here, is that you don’t want to start getting a differentiation in how accessible the Internet is to different users. You want to leave it open so the next Google and the next Facebook can succeed.

— President Obama"
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Homeland security investigating the leak of a movie

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 2 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "Recently a high quality copy of the new movie "Expendables III" showed up on various torrent sites. Lionsgate filed suit against the torrent site and 10 "John doe" uploads that supposedly leaked the movie. They not only want to stop the piracy they expect the sites to "actively try and recover all copies of the film." After several calls to different law enforcement agencies, Homeland security has taken up the investigation. Because pirates are terrorists?"
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Climate Science just got even more complicated

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 2 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "Shaun Lovejoy, a researcher at McGill University in Canada and long time Climate change advocate has released a new study that concludes recent pauses in global temperature rise are consistent with statistical models. This furthers the problem of finding direct evidence to convince a skeptical public."
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People can actually be allergic to Electronic devices

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 2 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "People can actually be allergic to Electronic devices, just not for the reasons you think. The influx of Tablets and SmartPhones with ever ever more attempts to stand out from the crowd, many are being produce with metal parts and cases that sometimes contain the metal Nickel. Nickel can be an allergen. Most people do not regularly have direct contact with Nickel and therefore aren't aware of their allergy. But with the influx Phones and Tablets with metal cases, many are finding out about their allergy for the first time the hard way. If you suspect you may be allergic to your cellphone, you can be tested by your doctor... but it wont involve a Wifi router!"
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FTC Files suit against Amazon for in-app purchases

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 2 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "The Federal Trade Commission has filed suit against Amazon for illegally billing parents for in-app purchases of digital goods (My kid bought 100 slingshots on angry-birds) prior to requiring a password for making purchases. Is Google next?"
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LinkedIn spam lawsuit can continue

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 3 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "A lawsuit filed in September 2013 in the Northern District of California alleged that LinkedIn mislead its users about the number of times it would attempted to invite their contacts using their name. LinkedIn tried to get the suit dismissed but Thursday Judge Lucy Koh ruled the suit can continue."
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Vodafone admits warentless wiretaping

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 4 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "According to Vodafone 29 governments have installed equipment that collects data on its customers without a warrant. This includes metadata, location, data, and voice. This is a rather long, and very interesting report. Vodafone is the first telecommunications company to voluntarily release this kind of information."
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Google EasterEgg pokes fun at the NSA

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 4 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "A few months ago it was revealed that the NSA had been spying on Googles customers according to documents released by Edward Snowned.

In one image NSA staff joked "SSL added and removed here! :-)

Recently Google released a Chrome extention designed to combat this. People who have reviewed the code found an Easter Egg left for the NSA by Google. Interesting times indeed."

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Lepton Universality in question, the Standard Model may be in trouble.

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 4 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "Over the past few years, more and more experiments have started to question one of the core assumptions of the standard model: Lepton Universality. Simply put, the weak nuclear force is assumed to work equally on all Leptons (electron, muon and tau.)

2 years ago The Babar experimental collaboration reported that measurements indicated this may not have been the case. But the measurements were not accurate enough to be definitive.

Now, a report from The LHC shows that they have analyzed their entire dataset of proton-proton collisions and found a rather large discrepancy. These measurements are still not all that accurate. These decays happen so rarely that even with this huge data set there is still about a 1% change they are incorrect.

One explanation for such measurements is an, as of yet, undiscovered charged Higgs particle. Which would have to be extremely heavy, greater than 109GEV possibly even as high as 150GEV. This is predicted by some models outside of the standard model like Supersymmetry Does this breath new life into Super symmetry? We'll have to wait for the scientific community to chime in to find out."

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IBM discovers new class of Polymers

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 4 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "IBM Research has published a new paper to the journal, Science in which the describe a newly discovered class of Industrial Polymers that promise to revolutionize the fields of transportation, aerospace, and microelectronics. These materials resist cracking, have strength higher than that of bone, the ability to self-heal, and are completely recyclable."
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Weak electromagnetic fields disrupt birds migratory patterns

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 4 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "Scientists at Germany's University of Oldenburg have found evidence that weak electromagnetic fields disrupt birds migratory patterns. When sheltered in a hut birds tend to fly in the direction they're supposed to migrate in. While in town, they'd fly in random directions instead. Once they placed the birds inside a Faraday cage they returned to their normal behavior. They've ruled out cellphones and power lines, but other than that they are not sure which signals are effecting them or if they also effect humans."
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