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China's Engineering Mega-Projects Dwarf the Great Wall

Charliemopps obligatory (206 comments)

As is usual, there's always an appropriate metal song warning of the folly of man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Today the warning came in the flood
Architects and fools never cared for poor men's blood
Cursed to repeat the past they are
The river dragon swims upstream
They've built another wall.

Ironically based on Chinese myth to.

about two weeks ago
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EnOcean Wireless Sensors Don't Need Batteries (Video)

Charliemopps Re:Wait (46 comments)

Why was that a scam and this is not?

Because that they have working products and aren't grubbing around for the great unwashed's loose change on Kickstarter, for a start.

That past Slashdot story was about the many questions that were already being floated about iFind. That's why it was a story in the first place.

So, really, your question is a bit like asking why a story about Steve Jobs kicking a puppy results in more negative comments about the subject than one about Bill Gates single handedly saving 20 children from an orphanage fire.

Incidentally I think you credit Slashdot with way too much influence if you think it can bring down a startup in a couple of days. Those guys were already on their way out (this, again, being what the story was more or less about).

But read the thread... no one discussed the dudes fishyness. It was all a lot of bloated "I know about electronics and..." nonsense saying it was physically impossible. It's not. You can buy a dozen sensors just like the ones in this article that are powered by ambient RF or light, or whatever. It's an industry that's existed for years now. Were they a scam? I have no idea, but if it were a scam it had nothing to do with the physical impossibility of the device they designed.

about two weeks ago
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EnOcean Wireless Sensors Don't Need Batteries (Video)

Charliemopps Re:Wait (46 comments)

Violates the laws of physics does it?
http://www.mouser.com/new/powe...

Look at it. Read the damned data sheet: http://www.mouser.com/ds/2/329...

You'd better let the world know one of the largest Electronics parts suppliers in the world is scamming them then. Because that's exactly what that IC does. 50ma output to! I doubt it gets that continuously, but carried around in close proximity to your phone and computer? Over a period of months? You're damned strait that'd charge it.

FYI that RF harvester is specifically designed to power sensors like what's described in this article. You're supposed to hook it up to a battery and a sensor like this and power that sensor to wireless transmit its readings.

about two weeks ago
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EnOcean Wireless Sensors Don't Need Batteries (Video)

Charliemopps Re:Wait (46 comments)

1. They specify low power sensors, not transmitters.

Whoever said iFind was a transmitter? For all we know it "Beeped' when lost. In fact, I assumed that's how it would work. Why the hell would it transmit? Even if it did transmit, the most power it could transmit by law would be 1 watt. Why is that unfeasible?

2. They specify a number of different methods to gain power, not just RF.

And that has what to do with the price of tea in china? So only 1 of there several methods of charging is a scam?

3. Siemans spinoff indicates access to real engineers and technology.

right... because they used to work at Siemans, they are fully backed by that companies brand name? lol

about two weeks ago
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EnOcean Wireless Sensors Don't Need Batteries (Video)

Charliemopps Re:Wait (46 comments)

As usual the devil is in the details. Harvesting enough energy from the environment to run a very low power IC in short bursts to do simple sensor measurements? Completely feasible. Charging your cellphone from ambient radio waves? Complete bullcrap.

As usual, the ability of the Slashdot community to even bother clicking on the god damned link is thwarted by their lazyness. It doesn't charge your cellphone. Where the hell did you get that?

It was a tag that hung on your keys, charged by RF that listened for a specific radio signal (like your garage door opener) When it received said signal it would beep. That's it. There's no physical reason that wasn't possible. The company could have still been a scam, but the device itself was possible.

about two weeks ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

Charliemopps Re:Just hire a CPA (450 comments)

...or if 40$ hurts that bad maybe reconsider your self employment and/or investments.

The point is, they aren't offering anything for that $40. It's the same thing as last year, but twice the price. And there are a dozen other products out there that don't charge that much. In fact, many are free and simply charge for state filing.

about two weeks ago
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EnOcean Wireless Sensors Don't Need Batteries (Video)

Charliemopps Wait (46 comments)

I thought powered by RF was impossible and a scam?
http://mobile.slashdot.org/sto...

Slashdot basically killed that company outright with nothing more than the argument that the technology was impossible. Search the thread for my screen name and watch me get shouted down for suggesting it actually is possible and even provide links to ICs you could use.

And now here we have a story that's touting it as a legitimate device?

I've no idea if iFind was actually a scam or not. They clearly went bust just days after the Slashdot story. But this kind of smacks of hypocrisy. Why was that a scam and this is not?

about two weeks ago
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US Central Command's Twitter Account Hacked, Filled With Pro-ISIS Messages

Charliemopps Re:Hacked? Uh huh, sure... (128 comments)

The PFC appointed as Social Media Officer probably chose a weak password. Seriously, whenever I see a news article about a social media account being "hacked," I really wish journalists would understand these are just password-protected web services!

Celebrities' naked pictures and Twitter feeds get hacked because they have simple passwords, not because some genius hacker spends months looking for an exploit on their personal phone and the opportunity to introduce it. And even "security question" based password resets don't work when a celebrity will choose answers that anyone can find in 100 gossip rags.

And cockroaches scuttling across a restaurant floor don't mean the place is dirty either. But I get up and leave either way.

about two weeks ago
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Several European Countries Lay Groundwork For Heavier Internet Censorhip

Charliemopps Re:WTF (319 comments)

1. Speech that directly and immediately puts human lives in danger (The old, yelling fire in a crowded theater, thing.)

FALSELY yelling fire in a crowded theatre. The "falsely" is important.

No it's not. "Falsely" is often a subjective determination. What if you smelled smoke and it was just a cigarette?
Ambiguity and law are a bad mix.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Access To NSA Surveillance Data Expands In Recent Years

Charliemopps Re:hmmm (52 comments)

If I remember, didn't Obama run on a platform that included implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission? The same 9/11 Commission that concluded the attacks happened because the FBI and the various intelligence agencies weren't talking to each other and sharing information?

Watch and learn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

And there's nothing inherently bad about that.

Yes there is. Go read the constitution. It's spelled out very plainly there. There is no ambiguity.

The problem isn't that the agencies are sharing information, it's that they're sharing information that's outside their lane. And that occurs not because they're sharing information, but because they're outside their lanes to begin with. I'd much rather have agencies that are focused on not sifting through every American's data, than ones that do that but don't share it with each other.

You've no idea how this works do you? They are collecting everything so that should a crime happen, they can retroactively comb though everything you've ever done to find evidence against you. It's like the local police placed cameras in your home and then said it wasn't a search because they wont look at the tapes unless there's a crime. But in reality, they really are looking at the tapes, but that's beyond the scope of this conversation.

But know this: This really is the nightmare scenario of 1984. There is direct and solid documented proof that they are doing exactly what all the conspiracy nuts were terrified of. It's not myth, its real. The only difference is, our government has not yet used this insane power to subvert the publics interest that we know of. But remember, at no time in human history has a government ever refused to exercise dictitorial power. It's only a matter of time until we elect the next Nixon or Stalin... and that person will use the NSA powers to make you wish this was just some sort of joke. But it's not. You should be horrified that your government feels it's Legal to do this.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Access To NSA Surveillance Data Expands In Recent Years

Charliemopps hmmm (52 comments)

What happened in 2008 that allowed them to change their policies?

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

Charliemopps wrong problem (480 comments)

The key to increasing voter turnout is not about making it easier to vote.
The key to increasing voter turnout is allowing someone to run that's worth voting for.

about two weeks ago
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Several European Countries Lay Groundwork For Heavier Internet Censorhip

Charliemopps Re:WTF (319 comments)

Free speech hasn't been taken away. There already are limitations on what constitutes free speech in the UK (and the US, and other countries, for that matter). Speech that is abusive or incites hatred is one of the things things that is limited. Political protest isn't limited. The press is free to insult the government. Go look up what constitutes "freedom of speech". It doesn't mean "I say whatever I like [without consequence]"

In the US? The only legal limits we have on free speech here are:
1. Speech that directly and immediately puts human lives in danger (The old, yelling fire in a crowded theater, thing.)
2. Slander... and this isn't unprotected, it's just that you can be sued for liable for making things up. And slander in the US has a much different definition here than it does in the UK.
3. Those limits imposed by society. i.e. I'm not allowed to make wiener jokes around my wife's friends. But this isn't a legal limitation, it's a "I don't want to get hit with pots and pans" limitation.

I see a lot of nonsense and talking heads on TV that talk about how the US is different and we just don't understand that the rest of the world has a different view on free speech. We do know that, we've fought wars over it. We know exactly what Europe's limits on free speech lead to, and it appears to be happening again! Seriously, pull your heads out of your asses. You've got a few douche-bags running around blowing people up. That sucks, but really the number of people getting killed is very very low. Remember WW2? Because that was a real war, and that's what restrictions on speech and the press lead to.

Man alive I'm glad that I'm too old to get drafted.

about two weeks ago
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Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

Charliemopps Re:So they are doing what? (509 comments)

I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

Fine, agree 100%, but denying the holocaust is strictly verboten in France. Another equivalent expression would be to goose-step down the Champs-Élysées singing Deutschland uber alles. All examples tasteless and repugnant, but Mohammed in homo-scenes seems to be quite acceptable.

This #'jesuischarlie thing is not very well thought-out, I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt to my French friends on the basis they are in shock, and emotions are running high. But defending unsavory freedom of speech when directed towards Arabs, but taking offence when directed against Jews, or French nationalism is far from the sophisticated, elegant and enlightened image many Europeans like to hold of themselves.

Except the Mohammed stuff is made up and a joke. The holocaust really did happen, and makes most other events in human history pale in comparison. And those that would deny that it happened are doing so for the very purpose of repeating the event. The purpose of the Mohammed cartoons was to try and get Muslims to lighten up (A good thing) The purpose of denying the holocost is to recreate it (a bad thing.)

I do not support those laws, but they're like the child molester laws of free speech. It's really hard to argue they're bad no matter how hardcore you are into free speech.

about three weeks ago
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US Lawmakers Push For a Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

Charliemopps Re:Meaningless drivel (100 comments)

Later law automagically overrides, so a law cannot make anything permanent.

All it'll take is a new law allowing/mandating internet access taxes to make this "permanent" ban vanish.

So they have a temporary law, and they want to make it into a permanent law, and you're saying that's meaningless because they could make another law overriding it? Other events that could render this law meaningless: Civil war, Alien invasion, Meteor strike, Solar flare that destroys all electronics overnight.

eegads, this entire endeavor is meaningless.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

Charliemopps Re:I'm shocked, SHOCKED! (190 comments)

Or you mean an industry wanting a new entrant in to that industry to be subject to the same regulations the rest of the industry is forced to follow, right?

Um... no.

This is a perfect example of what's wrong with government regulation. Usually regulation is introduced for a very real and justifiable reason. The problem is however that once "The law" governs how money is made, those who like money (everyone) get very interested in politics. They cajole and manipulate the regulation until it does nothing more than prevent new competition from entering the market.

I'd be willing to bet that if you reviewed the regulations in question you'd be rather surprised at how stupid they are. One example from my state is that they can't be open on Sunday. Wow, big consumer protection there... The same goes for a dozen other heavily regulated markets... Cabs, Airlines, liquor distributors (especially liquor distributors) and on and on.

about three weeks ago
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Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

Charliemopps Re:Nope (331 comments)

Are storage spaces (such as Megaupload) responsible for their users files?

The problem is, that hasn't been decided as of yet. It would make sense to any normal person that they wouldn't be. But law enforcement isn't sure how to deal with such services so they are doing their best to kill the industry with raids, but then drop the cases before they hit court so no ruling can hurt their efforts.

about three weeks ago
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Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

Charliemopps Re:So they are doing what? (509 comments)

Came here to say exactly this. It seems that people need to be reminded of what François Marie Arouet (it's often attributed to Voltair) said:

I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

Whilst the violent reaction of fundamental muslims is disgraceful, I fully support their ability to sprout their views. If I didn't, then I couldn't support Charlie Hebdo et al to mock islam (along with judaism and christianity and everyone else). Take a positive look at it - by allowing them to air their views, we're making sure the world sees how pathetic they are, and allows us [with clear conscience] to say "they are utter disgraces as human beings".

Uhm... I do no think you understand "Anonymous"
They're like a super geeky version of your drunken Redneck cousin Rufus. Any semi-passable pretext to start a fight is leap upon. Then you're forced to listen to several minutes of chest puffing and threats that are usually followed by his ADD kicking in, him losing interest and you feeling embarrassed that hes related to you.

about three weeks ago
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Study: 15 Per Cent of Business Cloud Users Have Been Hacked

Charliemopps Re:It's a lie! (72 comments)

Right, but you're talking about physical rackspace and not "the cloud" so you're entirely off topic. Why would they ever guarantee the security of a rack slot?

We're talking about "The cloud" here, which is entirely different. You don't even know where the data is stored. Is it in New York? Chicago? India? All 3 places at once? To the laws of the country its stored in make the data available to local authorities without a warent? Is the vendor hiring temp workers from a country that has poor privacy laws and allowing them to remotely access your data? Just because they signed a contract stating that they wouldn't 4years ago, does that mean they still abide by that condition? Or even know that it was ever agreed to in the first place?

Crappy vendor? They're all crappy vendors.

about three weeks ago

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Study: Men that post "Selfies" show traits of psychopathy

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about two weeks ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "A new study conducted by Jesse Fox, assistant professor of Communication at The Ohio State University, with Margaret Rooney a graduate student at Ohio State, shows that men in the study who posted more photos of themselves online than the rest of the group, scored higher on measures of narcissism and psychopathy."
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Voter fraud in Chicago

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 3 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "A number of city election judges received "intimidating" phone calls over the weekend that led some of them to quit the post, according to officials at the Chicago Board of Elections. More than 2,000 judges didn't show up on Tuesday. Dozens of party-affiliated judges who help oversee polling places received calls instructing them to attend additional training sessions. The callers also told them to only vote for the party for which they serve as judges. Some Chicago election judges were told in the false calls to report to a Cook County Republican Office on the Southwest Side for additional "training." A Republican operative who worked there said he made personal calls to judges, too. Robocalls also directed election judges to an address on 79th Street near another GOP office, where the deputy chairman of the Cook County Republican Party said they had a training session on Sunday. "Both parties have meetings with their election judges to work the polls, work the precincts," Darnell Macklin, vice chairman of the Cook County Republican Party, said."
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Physisists observer the Majorana fermion for the first time

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 4 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "For the first time Princeton University scientists have observed a Majorana fermion. A long predicted but never observed exotic particle that acts as both matter and anti-matter. The material is surprisingly stable. Being in both states at once seems to make it act very weakly with its surrounding. This could also be a major step towards quantum computing."
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FBI angry with Apple and Google for new security features

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 4 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "Recently Apple and Google implimented new encryption that will make it difficult for law enforcement to retrieve data from a locked device even when they have a valid search warent. Apparently the FBI is not very happy with either company. On Thursday FBI Director James B. Comey said:

There will come a day when it will matter a great deal to the lives of people... that we will be able to gain access” to such devices, Comey told reporters in a briefing. “I want to have that conversation [with companies responsible] before that day comes

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Hewlett-Packard pleads guilty to Bribery

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 months 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 8 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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