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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

Charliemopps Re:Lightsaber crossguard wtf (284 comments)

The stupid part is it's not even an effective crossguard. There's a metal section close to the hilt so you can easily cut the crossguard off. Congrats on making a (most likely) primary antagonist look like an idiot. Unless they intented Luke Skywalker to show a juvenille Sith how moronic his added bling is in an actual fight...

This is why I'd a Trek guy and not a Wars guy. You cannot apply any sense of rational thought or reasoning to anything in starwars... because starwars has MAGIC. Once that's in a fictional universe, anything goes. He's got a "magic" crossguard. There, you're argument is moot.

6 hours ago
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WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator

Charliemopps Re:ah yea... (89 comments)

Right, because Marine engineers working for an energy company have never built something that could fail during adverse conditions right?
http://i.imgur.com/rUNFYnD.jpg

Maritime accidents will happen. It's not a matter of if you can prevent them, you can't. Marine environments are some of the most extreme environments on earth. This will fail... It's a question of what will happen once it does. Given their design, it wont be good.

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WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator

Charliemopps Re:ah yea... (89 comments)

You like to use the word "Pundit" in a derogatory manner quite frequently. I think that you've completely misunderstood the entire point of the site you're frequenting. If you don't like punditry, you shouldn't be here. It would be similar to if you left negative commends on Pornhub like "She should put more clothes on!"

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WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator

Charliemopps Re:ah yea... (89 comments)

When that equipment is attached to a floating buoy? Quite a bit.

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WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator

Charliemopps ah yea... (89 comments)

This wont work...
Here's the key piece of their mechanism:
http://images.gizmag.com/galle...

It's 25 meters beneath the north sea... in the midst of a spiderweb of steel...
That joint is most likely to fail during a storm.
When it does fail, you'd now have a floating buoy dangling a giant steel beam beneath it, riding storm waves...
and crashing into the rest of the network.

Storm conditions will prevent you from doing anything about it until the damage is done.

2 days ago
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Sony To Offer Partial Refunds For PS Vita

Charliemopps Re:Questionable claims (60 comments)

We'd have one continuous legal battle from now until the sun burns out?

2 days ago
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The People Who Are Branding Vulnerabilities

Charliemopps Re:Fuck That Shit (64 comments)

Fuck naming shit to appeal to the plebes and media. It's not a popularity contest. It's a fucking security vulnerability that needs to be patched. You don't get points for media mentions.

If you want to think up shitty names for shit you have two options:
1: Go work for some Congressman's lawyer's office and think up names for bills that mean the complete opposite or what the bill actually does.
2: Go work for the restaurant industry and come up fresh and creative hits that can stand alongside "Awesome Blossom", "Crispy Honey-Chipotle Chicken Crispers", "Razz-Ma-Tazz Raspberry Iced Tea", and "Yummy Nummy Chicken Drummies".

Ah... you're yet another person that would like to believe we should treat people how they should act, rather than treat them how they really act in the hopes they'll change as a result. Good luck with that.

2 days ago
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

Charliemopps Re:cross compatability (85 comments)

To prevent mono-cultures and monopolies in social networks like we're seeing now. Facebook has nearly every detail of everyone in this countries lives. With subtle tweaks to their software the could easily turn elections in their favor. The federal government doesn't generally like a single company to have that kind of power.

3 days ago
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A Toolbox That Helps Keep You From Losing Tools (Video)

Charliemopps um (82 comments)

That's stupid as hell.

3 days ago
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

Charliemopps cross compatability (85 comments)

No platform will work until you make it easy to migrate. Just like nothing could replace Lotus 123 until it could open it's file types. Write an open source social network that can post to facebook, and see facebook posts so that the users don't have to give up their friends in order to switch and you'll have something.

Unfortunately the only way I see this happening is via federal regulation, and I cringe at the thought of what other nonsense the feds would stick into such a law.

3 days ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

Charliemopps God no... (219 comments)

This article is terrible. First it says it's going to tell you how to spot hacks, then it goes on to give the names of those hacks and what they do... as if that's going to help you spot anything. At best this is going to result it more false hacking allegations. Which are a far worse problem than the actual hacking.

I'll be playing an FPS, have 5x the score of anyone else on the map, and there'll be this heated argument over some other guy hacking. If he's hacking... why does his score suck so bad? Why hasn't he killed me once? Oh, that's right... because he's not hacking, he's just knows the game better than you.

3 days ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Charliemopps Re:The wrong problem (1088 comments)

He tried to grab the kid from his car window to slow him down. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.
I suspect he was a little more succesful than he had intended.
Then Brown started punching him in the face, he fired his gun and Brown took off.
He had a clear ID on him at that point. All the kid had done so far was steal a box of cigars and resist arrest.

Any other citizen at this point would be required by law to leave. Just leave and none of the rest of this would have happened. Brown was running away. But Wilson was mad... he'd gotten punched in the face and discharged his weapon. Can't tell the station chief you shot at a guy and lost him! Police are like Samurai, once that weapon is drawn, it must taste blood.

The only reason Wilson had to use deadly force was because Brown was larger than him. If had waited for backup, several officers could have easilly wrestled the kid to the ground and cuffed him.

3 days ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Charliemopps Re:The wrong problem (1088 comments)

"an unarmed person who is suspected of a felony "

He could not have been suspected of a felony at the time since the police had no knowledge of the incident at the store at the time of the shooting.

Punching a police officer in the face repeatedly is a felony. I'm pretty sure Wilson was well aware of that felony.

3 days ago
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Slack Now Letting Employers Tap Workers' Private Chats

Charliemopps Re:Discovery nightmare (78 comments)

But, they don't generally do all of this unless they have a reason to.

Which is different from a program that captures and saves all of the messaging data.

Reading comprehension bro, do you even?

What about capture don't you understand? Capturing every bit of data that leaves your computer is a 2 to 4 word command. Later you take the log file, grep it for interesting bits and you have everything you want. Including encrypted traffic. So next time, shut your mouth and do some research before decide to get all snotty and post Anon.

I find it ironic that you think posting anon gives you any sense of anonymity on slashdot. lol

3 days ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Charliemopps What they want (438 comments)

What they want is more flexible workers. Guest workers are very flexible. Given that they are already immigrants, whats the difference to them if they work in New-york the first half of the year and Seattle the second?

I went through this is the late 90s/ early 2000s. I'd get a job as some company was building some new product, have solid work for a year... then there'd be the long, inevitable breakup as they found a way to lay us off another year later. So I'd go onto another project... same thing. Then my current company did the guest worker thing... I hear a lot of nonsense about them, mostly indian... not being qualified. I'd have to disagree. I'd say there are good and bad just like US workers, but there are certainly stars that stand out. Some of our best coders are from india, and I actually found out during our last pot luck that not all Indian food has curry in it and I even liked some of it. I got hired on permanently because they know I'm not just going to move away. The distinction of who goes at the end of the project and who doesn't is clear. The temps. Before, I could have been working somewhere for 5yrs, then bring in 20 new us workers for a project and when that's over 20 go home. It may be the new people, but it might be me!

The many and varied services that do projects for you are Terrible I've been through so many nightmare projects that were outsourced like that... uggg. They charge way too much and deliver the lowest quality work they possibly can.

I'm not sure what the answer to this dilemma is, but it's not simple at all.

3 days ago
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Slack Now Letting Employers Tap Workers' Private Chats

Charliemopps Re:Discovery nightmare (78 comments)

Your network security team can already see everything you do on your computer. They can literally, watch a live view of your desktop. They can log into your email. They can capture all of your network traffic at the firewall and view it via wireshark. And since it's THEIR computer and network, they can take the SSL keys you used and decode your HTTPS traffic as well. Nothing you do on a work computer is private at all.

But, they don't generally do all of this unless they have a reason to. If you missed your numbers this month or just failed at some major project, you might want to stay off youtube for a while. ;-)

3 days ago
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Slack Now Letting Employers Tap Workers' Private Chats

Charliemopps lol (78 comments)

"They're going to 'allow' us? hahahaha!" said your network security guy while reading this story live from your browser via remote desktop while simultaneously capturing all of your http requests via packet capture at the firewall.

3 days ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Charliemopps The wrong problem (1088 comments)

Everyone's arguing the wrong problem.

The protesters say "He should have been indicted!"
The cops say "What he did was legal!"

They're both right. In this country, a cop chasing and shooting an unarmed person who is suspected of a felony is legally allowed to shoot them dead in cold blood if they feel the suspect is a danger to the public. What Wilson did wasn't illegal, it was just immoral.

The problem is: That should not be legal. Wilson could have waited for backup but he didn't and went charging in like a cowboy. He got into a fist fight and ended it with a gun. Any civilian that did the same would go strait to prison. There is no excuse for us to allow police to behave more recklessly than any other citizen.

3 days ago
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

Charliemopps Re:linked in? (324 comments)

The only people I know that still use LinkedIn are desperate and unemployable.

When I got an iPhone for the first time this year, I was able to merge together my email address from Yahoo Mail and phone numbers on my cellphone. By importing matching profiles from the LinkedIn app into my contacts, I was able to better identify recruiters. My LinkedIn connections went from ~250 to 600+ in a month. I got a new job a month after being out of work for seven months.

You apprently missed this part of my statement: "The only people I know that still use LinkedIn are desperate"
I'd certainly be desperate if I'd been out of work for 7 months! lol

4 days ago
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

Charliemopps linked in? (324 comments)

The study, which used a novel method of tracking people through data from the social media site LinkedIn...

isn't this more a study on global use of the site LinkedIn, than on the migration of workers?

The only people I know that still use LinkedIn are desperate and unemployable. Their service got to be such an annoyance where I work that I personally entered their domain into our blacklist. It's the only domain that's specifically blacklisted. Pornhub and Xtube aren't even blacklisted (though I think they'd trip the TMG servers pretty quickly)

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Voter fraud in Chicago

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about three weeks 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 6 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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