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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

Charliemopps um (77 comments)

So we're using the Center for Public Integrity as a source of info now?
CPI is a well documented political organization funded by George Soros and used by him to attack his various right wing opponents. They are not journalists. This article is basically like claiming "The Heritage Foundation explains why Obama's not really a US citizen!"

Once again, Slashdot doesn't care if it's true as long as it supports their own world view.

3 hours ago
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For $1.5M, DeepFlight Dragon Is an "Aircraft for the Water"

Charliemopps Re:Nice! (70 comments)

Those require crews. This can be piloted by 1 person, and has room for 1 more. So its payload is at least 200lbs. I can think of plenty of things under 200lbs that are worth more than $1.5mil.

That being said, the sub idea is dumb. I'd just sail to the US with a regular boat. My cargo would be under water, towed by a cable. Authorities show up, cut the cable. Very simple.

7 hours ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

Charliemopps Re:Different era (163 comments)

And that's related to anything I said how?

Clowns to left of me. Jokers to the right.

9 hours ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Charliemopps Re:anacdotal evidence (599 comments)

I've never had a positive encounter with a police officer.

Most of mine have been positive. Not a single one has been objectionable. Then again, I'm polite and show the cops respect.

And why should you have to? And really truly, think about that question long and hard. Are the disrespectful and rude any less citizens of this country? Do they have fewer rights that you? Should we beat rude people until they are less rude? Put them in prison? Take their property? Shoot them in the face? Because that's what we've been doing, and how well is it working for us?

yesterday
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Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

Charliemopps Re:Russian Programmer's are Brilliant! (130 comments)

I've been hearing all this about the much vaunted chops of these Russian coders, but frankly I don't ever see it. They obviously haven't even heard of SQA. What gives?

You're assuming this wasn't intentional.

yesterday
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

Charliemopps Re:Different era (163 comments)

Yes, Yes he is.

Union breaker
Deficit balloons
Trickle Down
Sandinistas
Iran-Contra
Ollie North
Nancy making decisions when he gets Alzheimer's

You fucking got me started

Obama was a constitutional law professor for fucks sake.
Regan was an actor.

So who exactly should you be more angry with again?

yesterday
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

Charliemopps uh no (238 comments)

This has nothing to do with farmers, or droughts.

Plenty of people here on Slashdot believe in:
Ghosts
Vaccines cause Autism
Sugar is poisonous
Gluten sensitivity
Alien visitors
Wifi allergies

and on and on and on...

Some people are desperate for water, others are desperate to explain their childs ailments, desperate to explain their own ailments, desperate to live in a world different than our own. Desperate people will believe strange things. Myth is the anesthesia for anguish.

yesterday
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Google Wins $1.3 Million From Patent Troll

Charliemopps Re:Judicial Order (34 comments)

Yes, but now that's something that's executively enforceable. The cops CAN come knock down your door over it, and the state use of force would be justified.

But they wont. Trust me, I tried, they don't care. You can go to court, but just to file is $1k and if there's any legal work at all you're in the tens of thousands immediately. AND, in the end, even if you do win, they will likely just file bankruptcy and laugh at you.

yesterday
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

Charliemopps Re: (pre-emptive to 'New-Age' gamers...) GOML! (163 comments)

It's really a shame Colecovision's short-sighted licensing deals and messy bankruptcy left their games covered in the legal equivalent of toxic sludge that nobody will ever be able to scrub away cheaply enough to make a $24.95 embedded Colecovision-in-a-(joy)stick with the dozen or so most popular games ever viable.

I don't think its the legal issues... it's the controllers. Colecovision controllers were awful.
http://atariage.com/forums/upl...

The only ones worse were the intellivision controllers.
http://www.gratuitousscience.c...
Those actually made my thumbs bleed every time I used them. The lip next to that dial would literally peel your thumb nail away from your finger.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Charliemopps I'll bite (366 comments)

My list:

Rogue: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...
Seriously been playing this game since the early 80s and have never "Won" there are thousands of variants but there's a particularly nice Android version: https://play.google.com/store/...

Ultima 7/7.5: http://www.gog.com/game/ultima...
Revolutionary when it came out. My friends and I in high-school literally sat their with our mouths hanging open the first time we launched the game. The MMO based on it was one of the first I'd call a true mmo: http://www.uo.com/ (let the flame wars begin on that statement, just so you know ahead of time: I don't care)

https://www.everquest.com/ -- first 3D mmo worth its salt. Huge time sink though.

Robocraft -- Build robots out of legos... then blow them up. Super fun. It's my current game. http://store.steampowered.com/...

yesterday
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Charliemopps History of Ukrain (775 comments)

Recent Ukrainian events summed up for those that care:

1954 Crimea was given as a "Gift" to Ukraine by Russia/USSR and Nikita Khrushchev (an ethnic Ukrainian) as a symbolic gesture commemorating the 300th anniversary of Crimea becoming part of the Russian empire.
1991 Ukraine voted overwhelmingly for independence from Russia
1994 Ukraine signed a treaty with Russia and the USA to disarm its nuclear arsenal in return for a treaty that guaranteed Russia and USA would come to their aid if they were ever invaded.
2010 Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych was elected president. He had been a minister of an eastern Ukrainian province. The US and Europe had supported his opponent, and Russia had supported him. Likely both sides illegally influenced the election with money and espionage. In the following years, there is little doubt he ran the country in the ground, he was a terrible president.
2014 The Ukrainian parliament voted overwhelmingly to remove him from the presidential office. A poll in April showed his approval rating at 5% This event was likely assisted by the US and Europe and was basically a Coup de'etat. Russia freaked out and had Russian agents already in place in Ukraine start stiring up violent unrest. They've basically been in a state of civil war since. Russia is providing troops and hardware, the west seem a little more reluctant to provide direct support.

Russias primary goals are to keep the strategic port in the black sea open and prevent Ukraine from joining the EU.

yesterday
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Google Wins $1.3 Million From Patent Troll

Charliemopps Re:Judicial Order (34 comments)

assuming they ever pay. I've been involved in a few court ordered settlements before and have never seen a penny. In all cases the offender simply made it more expensive to get the money than the money was worth. It's a very easy thing to do. It's unfortunately Judges aren't more sympathetic in these sorts of cases.

yesterday
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Euro Bank Santander Commissions Study On Bitcoin's Impact On Banking

Charliemopps Re:Less profits for big banks (50 comments)

With bitcoin being good for money laundering, the big banks will lose that source of revenue.

Money laundering was never hard in the first place. Disreputable banks just make it a tad more palatable to people who don't consider their behavior "wrong" and I doubt bitcoin changes that at all.

yesterday
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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

Charliemopps Re:1 Billion Mobile Users? (82 comments)

It's 1 billion mobile users, not smartphone users. When I was in Africa, everyone had a feature phone... everyone. You could buy them at Kiosks for less than $10, and phone cards to fill them with minutes. A $300 phone would be completely insane there... but a $33 phone? Yea, they'd have to save up but that's doable. Especially when a lot of people I ran into were using the feature phone like a desktop... running entire businesses off the things.

2 days ago
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

Charliemopps Re: (pre-emptive to 'New-Age' gamers...) GOML! (163 comments)

My kids 6 and all the kids at school were talking about the new Mario Kart game. He wanted it sooo bad but I wasn't about to get him started on consoles so I downloaded SNES and the orgional Mario Kart game... now he's bragging to all the kids he's got the "FIRST" one, and they have the lame version. lol

2 days ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

Charliemopps WRONG (256 comments)

This is the wrong way to go about it. The government should not be involved in this at all.

Mandate the standard not the use of the technology. i.e. "IF you are going to implement this safety feature, communication with the other vehicle must happen via RF (or whatever) on X frequency. Pulse Y indicates speed, pulse Z indicates direction..." etc...

2 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Charliemopps Re:The death of leniency (599 comments)

The problem with this is that if all cops feel like they're being audited all of the time, they're less likely to let you off the hook for a minor violation.

And my other option is to have the cop shoot me 8 times, then when I fall on the ground walk over and double tap me in the head to make sure I don't get back up?

Weighing the options here... hrm....

2 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Charliemopps Re:One step further (599 comments)

It's a good idea, don't get me wrong. It's about time we used this ubiquitous cheap technology in an obviously beneficial way. It's a good move, and one I support.

But either after this comes about, or as part of the deal, the content of that camera needs to be stored offsite and specifically out of the reach of the police officer. Otherwise we're going to see a lot of data simply go missing at convenient times. To be frank, we can't trust police departments to hold onto evidence that could incriminate themselves.

And any evidence that an officer tampered with their camera in an effort to suppress incriminating evidence should be dealt with exactly as if they had destroyed evidence. Because that's what it is.

Actually this is a real problem... so much so that in departments that have these cameras, many require the officer to write their report before being allowed to view the video. If they can see the video, they often end up crafting their report to fit the video of the incident while the victim/perpetrator doesn't have that advantage.

2 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Charliemopps anacdotal evidence (599 comments)

Just a few years ago, I got pulled over for honking my horn at someone that was about to hit me. I don't think the cop saw the other car... but whatever. When he walked up to the car he yelled "Something wrong with your horn??!?!" to which I replied "Nope, I just tested it and it worked just fine." his reply was to draw his gun on me. I'm white, was 35 at the time, ware business casual and a business haircut.

This isn't a race issue, it's a cop issue. I've had numerous run-ins with the police like this that more or less boil down to me having a smart mouth and not "respecting their authority" because, quite frankly, I don't. I shouldn't be afraid every time I get pulled over, but I am. That's not right.

My son is adopted, and African American, and you're damned sure he's getting the talk when he's old enough. The police are not your friends, they are not here to help. They can legally murder you where you stand and get away with it on a routine basis. I would not say that the majority of them are "Good guys" and this is just a few bad eggs. I think the position attracts certain kinds of people that have ego problems and use the job to exert a psychological need to control others. The screening process and training they receive needs to change radically. I've never had a positive encounter with a police officer. Even when my home got broken into they used the opportunity to search my belonging because it was a "crime scene" That sort of behavior engenders distrust and leads to less crime being reported.

2 days ago
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Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

Charliemopps Re:There have been worse outages (133 comments)

This is why monopolistic behavior should be stopped, middle management doesn't even know how bad they are breaking their market - they suffer. I can't imagine this fellow was any more useless than the rest of them. What is needed is that they listen to their technical staff before things shatter like this, as you say the network engineers would rather have things run smoothly.

It's not monopolistic at all. There are plenty of competitors. If there weren't we wouldn't be having layoffs and sending support overseas. Customers want the cheapest rates possible and will except sub-par service if that's what it takes.

2 days ago

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Verizon to offer discounted data rates to apps purchased through their app store

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about two weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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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Ask Slashdot: Truely portable smartphones?

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 4 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "If you live in the US you're probably aware of just how difficult it is to move your cellphone from one carrier to another. First the carriers lock the phones they sell so they'll not work without an unlock code from the carrier. Second we have 2 entirely different networks GSM and CDMA that are incompatible. Lastly, we have competing spectrum that conflict with what the rest of the world uses. The end results is a complete mess in the cellular market when it comes to trying to find a phone that will work on multiple carriers.

Recent improvements to hardware have brought us Unlocked phones, Dual mode phones (supporting GSM and CDMA at the same time), Phones with dual Sim slots so they can work on multiple carriers at once and improved radios that support a much wider range of spectrum. But it seems as a country we are still stuck on carrier branded phones that have heavy restricts on how you can use the hardware.

What resources do we have that will help the average consumer better understand the market? How can we more easily understand if a phone works on multiple carriers? Are there forum communities or websites that you've found useful? Do you have a phone that's been easy to move from carrier to carrier?"

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