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Leaked Docs Reveal List of 30 Countries Hacked On Orders of FBI Informant Sabu

Charliemopps Re:FBI hidden agenda (66 comments)

They can spin this any way they want, but the only explanation that makes sense is that they were hoping that this operation would at some point lead them to Assange (who had prior contacts with Sabu). Shame on them.

What's really astonishing is they needed to resort to this despite the billions they've sunk into the NSA and their obvious and complete disregard for even the fundamental principles of law and the constitution.

11 hours ago
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Study: Compound Found In Beer Boosts Brain Function

Charliemopps wrong (87 comments)

Unfortunately, a person would need to drink 3,520 pints of beer a day to get a high enough dose of the chemical to boost their brain power.

Or 2 pints of Hopalicious

13 hours ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Charliemopps XP (445 comments)

I'm sure many of you have had the experience of taking a five-year-old PC, wiping it clean, putting the exact same OS on as it had before, and the PC is reborn, running several times faster than it did before the wipe.

Are you running XP? Ever since Win7 I've not had this problem since I switched off XP. Learn to uninstall things and learn how to manage startup.

All you're fixing by reinstalling the OS are all the configuration mistakes you made over the years. Stop making mistakes, or learn how to correct them, and you don't need to reinstall.

You could also set a restore point just after instal and revert...
Or reinstall the OS into the same directory it currently resides, having the same basic effect.

Your problem seems to be your lack of expertise in windows, not with the OS itself.

Also, I'm not a MS fanboy... hate em... but what you're talking about is not a windows problem. It's a user problem. I guess they should make it easier to deal with, but the fact of the matter its far easier to fix this in windows than Linux. And far easier to make linux unbootable via the same mistakes than windows.

yesterday
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Factory IoT Saves Intel $9 Million

Charliemopps uh huh... (44 comments)

I've been through these sales pitches before.
Ok Intel, how much did it COST to install?
Did you factor in that you sent in all of your Intel experts for free? And that you'll charge me $200 per hour just to ask them what kind of outlet to plug this into?
What was the volume of that plant? Is it producing $10million in product? Or $300 million? Scale matters.

$9 million in savings in a large production plants is shit. They have single machines that cost more than that. To take a gamble on a large change like this, the savings need to be insane. Cut my costs in half and it might be worth the risk. Saving $9 million when my costs average $300 million and, yes... that's nice... but its not worth the risk of new tech.

yesterday
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Charliemopps dear government (481 comments)

Dear Government,
          We are specifically seeking privacy from law enforcement. If you obeyed the constitution or your oath of office, this wouldn't be needed. But since you don't, tough luck.

yesterday
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Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

Charliemopps Re:misleading (70 comments)

The title of this article:

Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

I guess you're just smarter than me... My warning is for all us dumb people, so we're not tricked into thinking this keylogger was targeted at us. I understand that you knew immediately what that meant, but those of us with IQ's bellow 200 might have gotten a tad confused.

yesterday
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Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

Charliemopps Re:It's time to fine. (226 comments)

Working with EMR systems for small clinics has shown me that unless fines are given out to these companies developing this software they will make it as difficult and expensive to exchange records with different systems as possible. It is far more profitable for them to make it hard to exchange and then make their clients convince other offices to use the same software if they want to make it easy.

That's not true at all. As the summary suggests, they just print and fax it over. Simple as that. I've done it... some of the more unfriendly places will charge between $5 and $20 for the effort. But that's not that big of a deal considering infrequently you switch HMOs

The reason it's hard is because all of these medical CRM systems are "in the cloud" If you're in Epics cloud it's easy to transfer data to another company in the same cloud. If they have a completely different system? LOL, good luck. Not only would it be a total pain to transfer the data, the security implications on medical data are insane.

yesterday
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Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

Charliemopps GOOD (226 comments)

I live in Madison, Right next to Epic actually. Pretty much all medical facilities in the area use them of course.

The problem is, every time I go into the doctor they tell me about how they can now pull in all my medical history from every other system. It's so great! Yay! The doctors are sooo giddy and I roll my eyes because I know what's coming...

So according to this you have Herpes... no? Strange...
And multiphasic drug abuse? No?
Open heart surgery? Really? No?

and on an on it goes.
EVERY time I go in, all that stuff shows up under my name. No, I do not have a common name like John smith. My real name is very unique. Yet, records that have nothing to do with me get pulled in every time. But the only data transferred is the diagnoses. There is no info on where the data came from, when it happened... nothing. I'm pretty sure I'd remember heart surgery or herpes.

People lie about their names at hospitals all the time to avoid billing, law enforcement, etc... I suspect that's what happened to me. I had a rather unsavory roommate in college. But since the system lacks all detail of the event, I cannot even get it removed. This needs to die... and die theroughly. I should get to chose which records are kept about my health.

yesterday
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Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

Charliemopps misleading (70 comments)

This is a misleading story and summary.

I got the impression the police were distributing this as some kind of internet filter, and secretly using it to monitor your computer.
It's not.
The are advertising it for what it is. A keylogger... so you can spy on your kids.
It's a crappy piece of software, and the company that produced it made some disreputable marketing claims.
The police are not using it to spy on you.

I have a 6yr old. The way I monitor his internet activity is simple. The computers in the living room right next to the couch. I can see everything he's doing, any time hes on it. I have the password so he can't log on without me entering it for him. Every game he plays or site he visits I go checkout myself. Btw, Adventure Time Battle party is his favorite and it's actually pretty fun for adults to.

yesterday
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Charliemopps Re:This device is not new or interesting (501 comments)

The receiver is the only part of the gun controlled by the federal government. It's considered "The gun" for all intense and purposes.

All other parts can be ordered online and are exempt from firearms laws. So for those that think the federal government over-regulates firearms (myself included) making a tool that can cheaply produce a receiver is a big win. For years you could cast a receiver and then mill it out. But that required a lot of skill. With this, you can buy this CNC mill, order the cast block of aluminum... plug it in... viola, a receiver. You can mailorder the rest of the parts and you now have a fully legal, untraceable gun.

yesterday
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Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry

Charliemopps Re:The water wars are coming (143 comments)

Even the people that want to restore the lake don't argue the benefits of redirecting the water. The problem is how it's been redirected. The soviets litterally dug trenches through sand to get it where they wanted. It's not in pipes, it's not through pumps. The water travels over sand through an open air canal in the desert. Estimates are that less than 15% of it actually gets to the farm fields. If they fixed the canals they could have both the farm land and the sea.

yesterday
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

Charliemopps Prius (248 comments)

I can't believe the prius is #20. We've got those all over here... and if someone passes me doing 90 on the interstate it's usually a prius. Maybe the irony makes them stand out.

yesterday
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Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

Charliemopps Re:Intergalactic Contest (136 comments)

Sounds like an episode of SouthPark or Regular show.

yesterday
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Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

Charliemopps Re:I give up. (136 comments)

First Battleship, now this.

Hey, what ever happened to that Asteroids movie that they were supposed to be making?

The director didn't lead the target and by the time the movie arrived the public's interest was elsewhere.

yesterday
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Charliemopps lol (833 comments)

So he's either an idiot our up to something evil? It couldn't possibly be because he's older... was taught imperial when he was in school... and humans tend to go with what they know?

There's plenty of evil in the world, there's no need to manufacture new evil out of thin air.

yesterday
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

Charliemopps Re:Why? (163 comments)

The concept was a good one, but the major thing that kept bugging me was that I would log in after several weeks or months and my playlists kept shrinking. I don't even know which songs it was removing, but in a lot of cases it would remove some songs by an artist and leave others by the same one (or even the same album).

That would be them complying with DMCA requests in direct contradiction to what was found in this court ruling.

yesterday
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Matchstick and Mozilla Take On Google's Chromecast With $25 Firefox OS Dongle

Charliemopps Re:Not sure how well it will work (102 comments)

Yea... but how well can a little usb stick decode? I've got a dedicated media PC with an i5 processor and a $200 video card for hardware accelerated decoding just so I can watch 1080p mkv files. Even with all that, some of the more detailed nature stuff can get jittery.

yesterday
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

Charliemopps Re:Why? (163 comments)

Grooveshark is (was) awesome. This is an unfortunate turn of events. It's how music "Should" work. Had the studios worked with them on a the platform and a form of compensation I think it could have been the future of music.

2 days ago
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LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

Charliemopps Re:Licenced Operator "peering" only (151 comments)

That makes sense... I was starting to wonder... how would a Verizon customer use this to talk to an AT&T customer when they have entirely different Frequencies, Radios, Antennas, and protocol? The answers is, they wont. This will be a useless feature everyone will turn off or ignore. At best, you'll get in-network push to talk, everything else will be spam and ads. Lame.

2 days ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

Charliemopps Re:actually Australia does have some sanity (216 comments)

I will say though, that I credit Australia for having some rational procedures regarding security.

This would have been rational had their security not be a complete failure in the first place. If you can "accidentally" stroll through their security checkpoint without even looking up, the entire premise of security is pretty much lost. It's pretty easy... each exit, 1 person wide with a guard standing there. Break away doors (like at the super market) in case there's an emergency like a fire, people can push them open.

The problem is the FAA(or Australian version of it in this case) think they can replace a $40k/yr employee with a $50k machine and $10k in process. Sorry, you can't.

2 days ago

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FBI angry with Apple and Google for new security features

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about a week 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 three weeks 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 a month and a half 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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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