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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Charliemopps He's a crook (333 comments)

Jesse Jackson is a crook and runs a business, not a charity... it's called the Rainbow/PUSH coalition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...
They show up, accuse your business/industry of racism, do not letup until... you donate money to their cause, then they drop the issue.
It's a scam.

Just take a look at NASCAR.
About 15yrs ago, NASCAR tried to break out of the south and become a mainstream sport. They were largely successful. Jesse Jackson saw this as an opportunity, went on morning talk shows and accused the industry of racism for their lack of black participants. Now, I'm not even going to argue that point... there are very few African Americans in NASCAR. It may very well have a problem with race... that's not the problem.

What's the problem then? NASCAR then donated around $250,000 to Jesse Jacksons Rainbow Coalition and suddenly they were right with black America, Jessie Jackson dropped the issue and said NASCAR didn't have a race problem. NASCAR didn't add a single black employee or change any of their policies. The problem isn't that there isn't a racial divide in NASCAR or even Silicon Valley. The problem is Jessie Jackson doesn't care. He just wants to use that disparity to extort money from those businesses. He's a scam artist and a crook, and it's sad he's seen with such reverence in this country. He's done nothing but harm the black community and he should be ashamed of himself.

6 hours ago
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Black Hat Researchers Actively Trying To Deanonymize Tor Users

Charliemopps Duh (75 comments)

It's because Russia's offering $$$ for a TOR hack...
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/...

on the bright side, TOR will be better in the end because of it.

8 hours ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Charliemopps I know (264 comments)

GM should just install android in their cars, the put the grooveshark app in by default. Problem solved. Record companies seem to want to be made obsolete asap.

12 hours ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Charliemopps Re:Good luck with that (264 comments)

Trust me, they made that argument back when CD Roms came out. They were almost made illegal because of it to. Lucky they were not, and likely had a lot to do with the advent of the internet.

At the time there was no internet, you had local BBS's. When CD roms came out, a lot of people couldn't afford them, so the BBS's got them and you could queue up for time on different CD roms that had different discs in them. Keep in mind a 100mb harddrive was HUGE at the time. A 600mb CD was unfathomable. You'd routinely find CD's that were labled "EVERY Shareware program there is!" and such. then play boy came out with one full of pics and it was all over... People queued up and downloaded from the CDs... it was revolutionary. Then the BBS's started networking themselves together so you could queue up for files from a foreign BBS.

At the time you could mail someone and you mailbox would just be your username. i.e. mine would be: charliemopps When the BBS's started networking it was possible there would be 2 user accounts with the same name... what to do? charliemopps@mybbs Sweet! Then the BBS's started linking to that new college network.. so they had to differentiate between the colleges (college.edu) and the commercial networks (mybbs.com) Eventually the BBS just became a gateway to everything else... the first ISPs...

Seriously... that's how it happened here. It wouldn't have happened without CD-Roms and naughty pics. I don't know about everywhere else, but where I live the internet came about in a very practical manner... it wasn't like someday it just descended on us from on high.

Anyways, that's your spelling mistake laden history lesson for the day.

12 hours ago
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Comcast Confessions

Charliemopps lol (221 comments)

So is Slashdot an echo chamber now? When did we start coming up with opinions and then crafting stories to suit our own narrative?

Are we really going to sit here and pretend like it's a surprise that a company that sells cable might be pushy about selling cable?
Then they ask a question that, clearly, only disgruntled employees of that company are going to respond to... then from that, pick and choose the worst...

I've worked in places like that and I bet a lot of Slashdot has as well. We all know the guy that made this call famous... the "Super employee" that does everything by the book and thinks he's a rockstar because he goes over the top on every call... and that guy always ends up in a situation like this. Management loves him until he pisses some customer off so bad it gets escalated to the executive level. This call just so happened to go even farther than that.

12 hours ago
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Old Apache Code At Root of Android FakeID Mess

Charliemopps Re:I call BS (125 comments)

There is. The long series of 1s following the comments under your profile for example ;-)

yesterday
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Old Apache Code At Root of Android FakeID Mess

Charliemopps Re:I call BS (125 comments)

So you missed the fact that my statement was completely nonsensical and not based in reality? and yes, I mean more so than usual.

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A Look At the Firepick Delta Circuit Board Assembler (Video)

Charliemopps Re:The real deal (43 comments)

These are not for high volume. These are more for "I have a contract for 200 of these boards a month"
You set them up to do the run, they do it fairly quick and you're done.

For high volume there are $15k to $200k machines that would blow your mind. That's when you're spitting out hundreds of thousands of soundcards or whatever... Those take weeks to setup, but they can spit out a fully populated PCI card in just a few seconds. Those have shields and such because they are so fast they can really hurt you.

With these sorts of things it's always trades offs between setup times and speed per unit.

yesterday
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Old Apache Code At Root of Android FakeID Mess

Charliemopps I call BS (125 comments)

Why are we blaming yet another coding mistake on Native Americans?
Native Americans are just as good as anyone at programming. I'd even say the Apache tribe has some top notch C++ people. Yes, the computers don't last long in the sweat lodges, but that's the price you pay for that "Made by real Americans" label.

yesterday
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Charliemopps um yea... (496 comments)

I remember I posted a few weeks back that you should never own a credit card. I got modded troll and flamed pretty heavily.

And that's the problem with the publics modern perception of credit. Because I do not have a credit card and suggest that you shouldn't either, I'm considered a quack. I buy just as much useless garbage as anyone that modded me down does. I go on vacations, I order things online, I buy soda at the gas station. The only difference is I don't pay a 7% to 30% fee to do all of those things. And that is exactly what a credit card does. It doesn't help your credit. That's a lie driven by marketing campaigns of credit card companies.

yesterday
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

Charliemopps Chrome? (323 comments)

The real question is: If you value privacy and dislike ads, why would you ever use Chrome?

The entire goal of that browser is counter to user Privacy and choice. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, if you don't care about that stuff then I'd same Chrome is probably the best browser out there. But I do value those things, and in fact they are probably my #1 consideration when choosing a browser so I use Firefox despite its many faults.

yesterday
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A Look At the Firepick Delta Circuit Board Assembler (Video)

Charliemopps The real deal (43 comments)

These are around $6000 but it's the real deal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
My fathers got a few where he works. They're so fast a crucial part of setup is laying out where the parts are in the feed tray. You put the most used parts in the center so the head has less travel, and the least used parts near the ends. It's so important that the machine calculates this for you and tells you where to place what.

It's amazing to watch, that video doesn't even do it justice.

yesterday
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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

Charliemopps um (173 comments)

How about instead, we just pass a law clarifying that the constitution does indeed apply to algorithms?

Just because a robot searched your car does not mean your car was not searched.

i.e. A police officers doing:
C:\directory search batch file.bat
is no different than:
C:\dir

and really... that's what this all comes down to.

yesterday
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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

Charliemopps Re:For domestic use only (173 comments)

Trust me, most of us don't want them spying on you either. But if you think we can do anything about that, before we stop them from spying on US, you're nutz.

yesterday
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Charliemopps Re:Radicalization (811 comments)

So, threatening extermination=bad, carrying out extermination=less bad. Got it.

It's all bad.

It's like watching your 2 drunken uncles accuse each other of stealing too much whiskey. At first you defend the one because you saw him steel the whiskey, then you realize the others been sneaking it to. Now they're in a full brawl on the living room floor in the middle of Christmas dinner, their kids (your cousins) are terrified and rooting for their respective fathers and you realize in 20 years those kids will be on this very same floor, having the same brawl, and all you can do is stand back and wonder why life is so screwed up.

Except... with tanks and rockets.

yesterday
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Charliemopps Re:Radicalization (811 comments)

And if a rocket landed on a house 2 blocks from your own, would you be talking about a proportional response? I'm not saying I agree with everything Israels doing, hell... I even argued your same point not too long ago... but over time I've come to realize this is an insanely complicated issue. There are mentally unhinged people on both sides using religion as an excuse to perpetrate unspeakable acts of violence and cruelty.

yesterday
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Charliemopps Re:Radicalization (811 comments)

Israel is sure doing a good job in that area creating more enemies, if that is their intention, the plan is working.

They already want to exterminate their entire race. I'm not sure Israel can make that situation any worse no matter what they do.

yesterday
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UK Team Claims Breakthrough In Universal Cancer Test

Charliemopps HMOs (63 comments)

Soon to be freaking out in front of several governmental bodies: Your HMO

They will claim the treatment is worse than the cancer. They'll want the feds to recommend that people not take this test because it will "mislead" 9inform) the public and cause them to seek unnecessary (expensive) treatment for a condition that might just go away on its own. Then they'll use the governments recommendations as an excuse to deny people coverage.

Sound crazy? They already did it! http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

The biggest problem with health care in this country are HMOs. The second your doctor works for the same company that pays for your treatment, his paycheck is directly affected by any increased treatment he suggests. This impairs his judgment, leads to reduced treatment and ironically leads to increased cost down the road.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

Charliemopps Re:Dear Slashdot (168 comments)

You are 100% right in criticizing me. Actually, I wasn't expecting this to get to the frontpage.Nonetheless, I thought Slashdot was the best place to ask. Many times I've seen pieces of news about Amigas and usually they're warmly received (are they not outdated?). I'm wondering why so many people are saying stuff like "let it go", "it's useless", "learn a language." Other people are linking me to LMGTFY as if I haven't spent hours looking for working links.

Don't get me wrong, maybe they're right and I shouldn't spend/waste my time learning about a dead platform, but at least I'd like to hear their rationale.

Because Amiga, C64, Early DOS and UNIX's were great and successful. For me, all that stuff was my childhood and messing around with it is like going to a garage sale and finding my old favorite GI Joe figure or something. PalmOS5 failed right out of the gate. There's nothing to be nostalgic about.

If you want to do some cool hobby stuff (and I don't blame you, I do that sort of thing all the time) I recommend the following:
RaspberryPI or one of the several 3rd party variants out there: It's basically a small PC with a UART (hardware interface with buttons) You can turn it into a media player, an Audio DSP, a "car computer" whatever you can think of.
http://www.raspberrypi.org/
http://www.pcworld.com/article...

Arduino is a micro controller. Not to be confused with the RPI. An arduino will teach you how to solder :-)
You can run scripts written in C, and control lights, relays, sensors, etc... You can build something that automatically waters your garden, turns on your lights, feeds your pets... basically anything you can script.
http://www.arduino.cc/

AX84 is a website that has a host of amplifier projects. They are all tube based. Why tube? Well a lot of us think it sounds better, but that's a long argument. Even if they don't, it's how electronics started and if you want to know how things were done originally... and why that lead to how things are done now, Tubes are a great way to start. It's like learning to build a campfire by rubbing 2 sticks together. Yea, you could just throw a road flare on a dead tree, but somethings are just worth doing the old way. If you're not a musician, there's a Stereo amp near the bottom.
http://www.ax84.com/sel.html

Then there's steam engines... There's no collective site for that, but I've done them and they are fun. No codding involved unless you count the valves ;-)
These are super fun though. Imagine a device that can generate power from any source of heat. Even mirrors reflecting the sun. I recommend starting on youtube.

Anyways, there are lots of "useless" projects you can do that will have a far larger community and be far less of a waste of time in the end. Good luck.

2 days ago
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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

Charliemopps Adopt (152 comments)

Adopt. That's what we did. My sons birth mother could hardly afford food, much less cigarettes. The 3rd world may suck for many things but they don't chain smoke and there sure as hell aren't any crack addicted parents.

Kidding aside, you should adopt. There are children in need, and I love my kid as much, if not more than any kid I could have gotten the old fashion way. We were very lucky he needed parents.

2 days ago

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Climate Science just got even more complicated

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about a week 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month and a half 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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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Scientist edit the DNA of a living animal

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 3 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "For the first time, Scientist at MIT have edited the DNA of a living animal (a mouse) to cure it of an inherited liver disease. I find this both amazingly hopeful as well as horrifically terrifying. At least I can rid myself of this bald spot before the I grow a tail."
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NSA confirms it has been searching US citizens data without a warrent

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 4 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "

There have been queries, using US person identifiers, of communications lawfully acquired to obtain foreign intelligence targeting non-US persons reasonably believed to be located outside the United States. These queries were performed pursuant to minimization procedures approved by the Fisa court and consistent with the statute and the fourth amendment.

Basically, if you communicated with someone that is "reasonably believed" to be a terrorist, you've lost constitutional protection against searches without a warrant according to the NSA. This directly contradicts what President Obama has said about the programs in the past."
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UK hospitals burning aborted babies for heat

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 4 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "In what seems like the script right out of an 80s scifi or horror flick, the Telegraph reports that UK hospitals have been taking the remains of Aborted and miscarried fetuses and burning them, often for heat in the hospitals furnaces. The Telegraph claims the fetus to green energy program (my term) has incinerated over 15,000 dead babies so far.

One has to wonder if the heat generated by the babies could be augmented by the heat generated by the incoming rage of Christians and other religious folks in the next few weeks."

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