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Yahoo Stops New Development On YUI

Charliemopps Re:Continuous improvements to IE for Windows 7 (64 comments)

People who can't give up IE might end up having to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 with Classic Shell.

Which is exactly why Microsoft does that, and why you should never build software that's dependent on closed source products. At best you're at the whim of the owner, and they may abandon you. At worst, they will see their position as leverage to force you into ever more expensive software contracts. Which is exactly what Microsoft does.

13 hours ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Charliemopps Re:That's nice, but... (374 comments)

Isn't there a NSA backdoor to MS?

They do. The feds already have the data but cannot use it in court. Getting the companies in question to play ball is essential for legal procedures, not for the actual data acquisition.

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Google's Megan Smith Would Be First US CTO Worthy of the Title

Charliemopps Re:Does this office need Congressional approval? (117 comments)

Because while she is quite qualified for the position I can bet that some in Congress will not only have an issue with her gender but also her sexual orientation.

Note that I do not believe this should be an issue at all, but reality is often different from what we would hope.

Trust me, congress doesn't give a crap about who or what she is. What they care about is if they can use her to hurt their political opponents.

2 days ago
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

Charliemopps Re: Ineffective advertising (141 comments)

Oh really CM 690 III (it's a popular case -- they made three versions of it):

http://www.coolermaster.com/ca...

Antec 280:

http://www.antec.com/product.p...

Same deal with a high end Lian Li PC-A79:

http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_p...

I know they sell cases where the PSU's are at the bottom. It's a gimmick to sell cases to people that think that's a better design. It's not. The one and only benifit is the weight of the case is now at the bottom and it's less likely to tip. But heat wise, the PSU is the biggest offender in your case. It's also one of the most heat tolerant components. A good, basic, design has large fans in the PSU pulling air IN from the case and exiting the PSU out. All other fans are blowing IN to the case so all airflow enters the case first, travels through and then exits the PSU.

If you have the PSU mounted at the bottom of the case, he will radiate from the PSU up into the rest of the case. Also, as the hot air exits the PSU it will rise past your input fans causing them to recirculate that warm air again!

2 days ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

Charliemopps For those that don't smoke... (202 comments)

For those that don't smoke...

It relieves pain not because it reduces the pain... but because it allows you to more easily focus on something else. If you're watching a movie for example, it's very easy to get lost in the movie and forget entirely about your bad back, or whatever. It's been used in mediation and religious ceremonies for thousands of years for that very reason.

Along those same lines, if you were abusing Oxy, it would likely help you forget you lost your buzz and make it less likely you'd go for your next hit. I'm not sure on that though, I don't do real drugs.

2 days ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Charliemopps Re:Good (106 comments)

Fine, have an independent oversight board review the records without making them public while keeping the details secret.

Which is exactly what could happen here. The Judge could release the data to the EFF and ACLU and put them under a gag order.

2 days ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Charliemopps Re:Good (106 comments)

I don't necessarily like knowing cops have this information but so long as there's rules over the collection (see above) I'm okay with this.

But you have no idea if they are following those rules at all. Police have a long history of flagrantly violating such rules:
http://sacramento.cbslocal.com...
http://www.thenewsherald.com/a...
http://articles.courant.com/20...

And using their position to rape and murder:
http://abcnews.go.com/Primetim...
http://time.com/3159146/oklaho...
http://articles.courant.com/20...

Access to 1 weeks worth of data would allow the public as a whole to see how they are being monitored. The few criminal investigations that may be impacted pale in comparison to the overwhelming public right to know what the police are up to.

2 days ago
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

Charliemopps Re:Ineffective advertising (141 comments)

The only way this could have been more blatant of an advertisement is if they had put in a preorder link. Even if it wasn't, their "controlled gap" is just a corner that juts out so you can't push it up against the wall properly. It's just not very impressive in terms of, well, anything.

Besides, I'm pretty sure the slashdot crowd builds their own rigs anyway.

So lets tare it apparent instead:
1. It's hideously ugly
2. That vent design will make removing dust and pethair from the vents nearly impossible.
3. It's a non-standard form fact, a lot of hardware will not fit in it at all.
4. The PSU is at the bottom, heat rises, and directly above it they have the SLI video cards. This is a terrible design.
5. It's small and cramped... which I'd expect from a portable design for lan parties... but it's too awkward to carry.

2 days ago
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Robot Printer Brings Documents To Your Desk

Charliemopps Re:Seriously??? (64 comments)

Most work environments still don't have e-devices available sufficiently to replace paper in all circumstances.

Mine does... "Printing" is considered a security hazard. We have more secured paper disposal bins than we have printers.

2 days ago
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Robot Printer Brings Documents To Your Desk

Charliemopps Re:Seriously??? (64 comments)

They do... mainly D&D rulebooks, but the boss see ink and paper getting used so... you know...

2 days ago
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Study: Social Networks Have Negative Effect On Individual Welfare

Charliemopps Re:"Moderation?" Don't you mean "Censorship?" (74 comments)

Call me cynical, but I just don't see Facebook adopting a sane moderation system, like for example anything that approximates slashcode.

Their equivalent of "moderation" would better resemble censorship. They would simply hide the thoughts and comments they don't think you would like. Of course, it would be for your own good...

No, they mean moderation.
Censorship is the suppression of speech. For example: "You can't talk about Oranges, they are evil!"
Moderation is the regulation of speech: "You can talk about Oranges, just not here. Go over there to talk about Oranges."

Freedom of speech means you have the right to say what you want, But I have and equal right to throw you out of my house if I don't like what you have to say. You seem to want the right to force me to listen to you, and that's just as bad as any form of censorship.

2 days ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

Charliemopps um (108 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.

2 days ago
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For $1.5M, DeepFlight Dragon Is an "Aircraft for the Water"

Charliemopps Re:Nice! (73 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.

3 days ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

Charliemopps Re:Different era (180 comments)

And that's related to anything I said how?

Clowns to left of me. Jokers to the right.

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

Charliemopps Re:anacdotal evidence (602 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?

3 days ago
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Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

Charliemopps Re:Russian Programmer's are Brilliant! (154 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.

3 days ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

Charliemopps Re:Different era (180 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?

3 days ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

Charliemopps uh no (259 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.

3 days ago
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Google Wins $1.3 Million From Patent Troll

Charliemopps Re:Judicial Order (35 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.

3 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 2 months ago

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

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 3 months ago

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

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 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 4 months ago

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

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 4 months ago

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