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DIY Wearable Pi With Near-Eye Video Glasses

Charliemopps no (40 comments)

He had me until he said "It's easy to get Pi in your eye with..." and I just turned the video off.

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Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet

Charliemopps but... (110 comments)

Anonymous, the amorphous group best known for attacking high profile targets like Sony and the CIA in recent years

I thought they were best known for making grandiose claims that never came to fruition? Remember how they were going to destroy facebook?

2 hours ago
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Previously Unknown Warhol Works Recovered From '80s Amiga Disks

Charliemopps Re:Amiga Floppies (112 comments)

ALL computers in the 80s were built like that. To this day, I still have an IBM keyboard from the early 80s that I'm pretty sure I could hammer nails with.

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NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

Charliemopps Re:Some of these are overreaction (148 comments)

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Think about this: If you deliberately provoke a reaction, do you think it's possible that you just might succeed in getting one?

That's exactly what the protesters are aiming for. So they can get photos like this. So who won again?

4 hours ago
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iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

Charliemopps Re:Maybe not? (224 comments)

lol, that's not a biased source at all. Apple people crack me up.

4 hours ago
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Australian Law Enforcement Pushes Against Encryption, Advocates Data Retention

Charliemopps Re:Random data (79 comments)

That should work... but the fact that the court can order you to disclose your password, and put you in jail if claim you don't remember it, kind of makes me think they'll just say "fuck it" and you'll be sitting in prison indefinitely.

5 hours ago
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Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module

Charliemopps I'll save you the trouble. (120 comments)

I'll save you all the trouble. Their "music" sounds like one of those sleep CDs you hear them playing at incense shops that sell quartz "power crystals" and/or the soundtrack to Myst.

Here's their picture:
http://www.networkworld.com/gr...

The guy on the left clearly did the kernel bit.
The dude in the middle has a cello and tattoo so he's clearly getting laid and therefor has never heard of Linux.
The guy on the right... well look at his hat and shoes... he's way too busy putting imitation carbon fiber parts on his Mitsubishi Lancer to have time for programming.

Your welcome for the 10min of your life I saved you.

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NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

Charliemopps Re:Some of these are overreaction (148 comments)

I understand that the police can go too far, but protesters and rioters certainly can and do go too far as well.

We hold the police to a higher standard for a very good reason. If the occupy people did that crap to me, I'd probably stop so I could kick the guys ass. But I'm not a cop, I'm not on duty, and it's not my job to put up with that kind of crap. Annoyed with protesters? Don't get a job as a cop dead center in the protest capital of the country.

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F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

Charliemopps Re:Just more bullshit (333 comments)

The rich are going to get just as screwed by this as everyone else. The FCC could have done a LOT over other things to remedy this situation. This is the easy way out, and very damaging.

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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

Charliemopps Re:LOL ... (347 comments)

I was a licensed welder for 10 years. It doesn't pay that well.

It's kind of like getting your CCNA. It doesn't pay well unless you get into one of the specialties. That $300k per year is what you get if you're welding under water or on a sky scraper. You really have to know what you're doing. Know what materials you're welding, use the exact right gas mix, have $50k worth of equipment, have all your welds Xrayed and inspected. I'm really good at welding and the few times I'm had my welds Xrayed has been pretty shaming. Those $300k dudes are earning their keep.

I actually think this article is demeaning to those in the trade fields. It would be like comparing your local ISP's helpdesk guy to one of Googles top developers. Just because it involves "welding" doesn't mean it's even remotely the same job.

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Google Opens Up Street View Archives From 2007 To Today

Charliemopps Re:Google Earth (24 comments)

Wow! I could have sword Street view was a part of that. But I have now checked and you are correct sir! I apologize for the mus-information. I have used the historical satellite view in the past it seems. I must be getting old...

yesterday
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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

Charliemopps Re:well.. hold on (372 comments)

Do you think it was needed in the past when racism was stronger and had a strong grip on the whole system?

Well now, there's a difference between "Having an all white school" / "Having an equal opportunity school" / "Having a school that gives preferential treatment to anyone that's not white" The first is moral repugnant. The second is how, at least I, think things should work. The third, again in my opinion, is just as repugnant and discriminatory as the first. How are we supposed to get past racism if our way of dealing with it is just as discriminatory as the racism it's designed to remedy? I don't think any form, for any government or business should ever have a "Race" box on it.

Do you know why I adopted a black kid from another country? When we decided to adopt, we went to the adoption agency... they asked us if we wanted to Adopt "Domestically" (the US) or Internationally. We of course said "Domestically" because it was going to be a lot easier. You meet the birth mother, she accepts you, you tell your insurance company whats going on, they reimburse her for her medical expenses, you get a kid! What could be easier?

They gave me the forms to fill out... all of our personal and financial info, etc.. etc..
How healthy of a child would you accept?
Disabled?
Major medical problems?
Minor problem?
No health problems?

That made me a bit uncomfortable. We're not rich so I put down minor problems.

Would you accept a child that's been the victim of abuse?
Yes, but I still didn't like the question.

What race would you accept
White?
Other?

that's it. White or other.
I refused to fill it out. I took it back to them. That's when they informed me that when you adopt from the United states of America there are 2 programs. They had fancy names for them but what it came down to was there was a "white" program and there was a minority program. I absolutely refused to adopt from the US because of that. I could have picked a the "Other" program but I found the entire thing repugnant to say the least.

Now, I knew when I adopted from Africa that I was probably going to get a black kid. But no other country on earth let you specify the race of the child. You got the next kid that was up for adoption that met your age and health requirements. Other than that, you didn't get to make a distinction. I was morally ok with that, though the health thing I'm not too sure about. But I also didn't want to get bankrupted by medical bills.

So I'm not just full of shit. Adopting from the US would have cost me out of pocket about $5k. Adopting from Africa cost me over $40k, my kid was Mal-nourished, riddled with Parasites (took 2 years to finally get him healthy) and I don't want to even tell you how horrible the trip was. All so I didn't have to check that box. I'm glad I didn't. I have the best kid ever.

(side note: I've been called out on my adoption details before. So I just want to state ahead of time, the laws and rules of adoption change from country to country, and from year to year, even weekly. So if you or someone you know had a different experience, that's entirely possible. Adoption law is constantly in flux because it's obviously a very sensitive issue for everyone involved. The statements I made above were true at the time I went through the process)

yesterday
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How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?

Charliemopps well (193 comments)

I would have read this submission, but I'm already half way through a 3000 page Novel at home and I don't need another one.

yesterday
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

Charliemopps Re:Don't understand Aereo's lawyer (313 comments)

To all the spelling Nazis out there: It's not my fault Firefox's spellcheck is the worst on earth. Sorry about getting my "singles" crossed. :-p

yesterday
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

Charliemopps Re:Don't understand Aereo's lawyer (313 comments)

You seem to be intimating that the ridiculous efforts Aereo had to go to, to get the single to another part of the country was Aereos fault. It's not. The single is broadcast by the network of their own will... the user could, technically, set up their own highly sensitive antenna equipment and amplifiers and get a TV signal from any station in the country... but that would be very expensive. The idea that there's a distinction between such a setup, relaying the data across IP or the crazy Antenna setup that Aereo came up with is ridiculous. The content industry is trying to get the law to make technology operate the way they wish it would, rather than how it actually does. This is a problem entirely invented by the content industry and the politicians they paid to get irrational laws passed to protect their non-existent product.

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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

Charliemopps Pirate bay (313 comments)

I just want to point out to any Aereo users that should they get shut down, you can still go back to the Pirate bay and start real piracy again. It's a lot easier than this nonsense, all the commercials are edited out for you already AND if you thought you were sticking it to the broadcasting industry before, you'd really be sticking it to them now.

yesterday
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Google Opens Up Street View Archives From 2007 To Today

Charliemopps Google Earth (24 comments)

This has been available on Google earth for years. It's just new to Google Maps. The most useful aspect of this is if you're buying a house. You can look back at past records to see just how old that swimming pool really is... or did the owner really build that garage last year?

It's the opposite of handy if you're selling however ;-)

yesterday
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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

Charliemopps well.. hold on (372 comments)

I see everyone going off on either Libertarian or Leftist rants here... but it's not quite that simple.

First, my son is black, I'm white... so I have a vested interest in both races succeeding :-) So that's full disclosure I guess...

First, the reason for affirmative action is often argued as a way to help "the disadvantaged" Well, this is just flat out wrong. Diversity in a school, or anywhere for that matter, doesn't aid the minority students all that much. Yea, sure, they would have gotten in where maybe they otherwise couldn't, but does that really help them? Do get into a school they weren't qualified for? Diversity helps the SCHOOL and the students of the majority. If you went to an all white school, how well prepared do you think you would be for the modern working world? Diversity gives the school and the students have a broader view of the world. Marketing students gets more experience with other races and cultures. Programers learn how to communicate with people that might not speak English that well. (I just got out of a metting where my 60yr old co-worker was completely lost because the guy leading the meeting was teleconferencing from India. I didn't have a problem.) Engineering students learn new techniques from people that may have had different experiences.

With regard to my son, it's really hard to find good role models for him. Yes, there are plenty of great African American Scientists form throughout history. But they are not held in that high of a regard by the African American community. I get to go to "African American Parents groups" and I see it there. It's kind of weird that an the majority of a communities basis for success is related to professional athletes. It's something I had not anticipating as being that big of a problem, but I can really see it now that I have a son that's black. Obama, though I disagree with almost all of his policies, has been a huge boon in that regard. I can point to him and say "See? The most important person in the free world looks like you!" and yes, that is something he's asked about. I think the only real problem he has now is he wishes he had strait hair because he wants to have more than 3 options (shaved, Mohawk or Afro) when he goes to the barber.

So the question is: Should the schools garner this diversity benefit at the expense of white kids? I say no. And again, I think the arguments been reversed. It's not a dis-service to the white students. They'll get a degree from somewhere. But what does this do to the minority community? I don't want my son to EVER think he deserves something because of the color of his skin, or some injustice that happened to his ancestors. I want him to know that when he succeeds that it was on his own merits. Granted, my son will never be in poverty while I'm around (providing the job market doesn't crash) but I'd say that if poverty is your concern you should address that directly. Donate to charities that help with school and give scholarships. A scholarship can be race based, I have no problem with that. But don't you ever tell my son he's less of a person because of his ancestry and needs the states help to get into college.

yesterday
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

Charliemopps um (286 comments)

Those issues sound like any feature in any other software project I've worked on...

Are there "Save" buttons in your application?
Can the user click them?
Can the user click every button in the application?
What tells a user a button is click-able?
What happens if there are two user?
Does it become read only after both users click it?
What if the UI is REALLY BIG and controls can't all exist at the same time?'
'Network Programmer: "Do all the users need to see the record save at the same time?
Release Engineer: "You need to get your buttons in by 3pm if you want them on the disk.
Producer: "Do we need to give everyone those buttons or can we save them for phase 2?

yesterday

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Scientist edit the DNA of a living animal

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  2 days 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 three weeks 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 1 month 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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NSA hacked Huawei, stole source code

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about a month ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "New documents from Snowden indicate that the NSA hacked into, and stole documents including source code from the Chinese networking firm Huawei. Ironically this is the same firm that the US Government has argued in the past was a threat due the Chinas possible use for the same sort of attacks the NSA committed."
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Amazons corporate office still uses CRTs! Also they want to deliver with drones

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 5 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "So the big story from tonight's 60 minutes is that Amazon wants to start delivering packages with drones. 60min seems astounded by this even though I think most of us on slashdot would say "well duh" but something I found a hell of a lot more interesting was the fact that their corporate office is stuffed full of aichent hardware. The staff are still using CRT monitors! Not only that, they show video from their factory floor and even their employees are still using CRTs. I'd think the cost to power those old monitors would have paid for LCDs by now but who knows."
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Dial 00000000 to blow up the world... no really

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 5 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "For 20 years the password for the US Nuclear arsenal was 00000000

Kennedy instituted a security system on all nuclear warheads to prevent them from being armed by someone unauthorized. It was called PAL, and promised to secure the entire US arsenal around the world. Unfortunately for Kenedy (and I guess, the whole world) US military leadership was more concerned about delaying a launch than securing Armageddon. They technical obeyed the order but then set the password to 8 Zeros or 00000000"

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US Citizens personal data shared amongst agencies.

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 5 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "Federal officials gathered customer records of 4,904 people from two men who were under criminal investigation for purportedly teaching people how to pass lie detector tests. The officials then distributed the list along with many of their Social Security numbers, addresses and professions – to nearly 30 federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, the CIA, the National Security Agency and the Food and Drug Administration.

The unprecedented creation of such a list and decision to disseminate it widely demonstrate the ease with which the federal government can collect and share Americans’ personal information, even when there’s no clear reason for doing so.

Why is this so dangerous? Here's a little demo another Slashdotter posted recently: http://kieranhealy.org/blog/archives/2013/06/09/using-metadata-to-find-paul-revere/"

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The NSA is inside Googles cloud

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 6 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "Not much to say other than a new document has surfaced and the NSA has made their way inside Googles cloud. The most interesting part of the article is some google engineers reactions: "Two engineers with close ties to Google exploded in profanity when they saw the drawing. “I hope you publish this,” one of them said.""
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NSA scraping internet for address books

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 6 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "The NSA is collecting hundreds of millions of contact lists from all over the world, many of them belonging to Americans. The intercept them from instant messaging services as they move across global data links. The NSA is gathering contact lists in large numbers that amount to a sizable fraction of the world’s e-mail and instant messaging accounts."
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NSA data used by the DEA for common law enforcement

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 9 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "Reuters reports that a secret department at the DEA gathers tips from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records then uses them to launch criminal investigations of Americans. Law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin — not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.

A former federal agent in the northeastern United States who received such tips from SOD described the process. "You'd be told only, ‘Be at a certain truck stop at a certain time and look for a certain vehicle.' And so we'd alert the state police to find an excuse to stop that vehicle, and then have a drug dog search it," the agent said"

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Snowder re-applying for asylum in russia

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 9 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "In a meeting with Russian human rights activists today, Edward Snowden said he we re-apply for asylum in Russia. He plans to stay there temporarily while he attempts to find safe passage to South America. Weather he continues to release sensitive information while in Russia seems to be still up in the air as Putin has requested that he stop "Harming our American Partners""
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Fish oil linked to cancer

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 9 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "A team from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that those with the highest levels of omega-3 in their blood were 71 per cent more likely to develop fast-growing prostate tumors. The finding came while conducting another research project examining whether supplements of vitamin E and the mineral selenium can help prevent prostate cancer."
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The American Public: Edward Snowden is not a traitor

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 9 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "A new poll released Wednesday by Qunnipiac University finds that the vast majority of Americans thing that Edward Snowden is a whistle-blower, not a traitor. A mere 34% think he is a traitor 45% percent think the government’s anti-terrorism efforts go too far restricting civil liberties, a reversal from a January 10, 2010, survey.

"The fact that there is little difference now along party lines about the overall anti- terrorism effort and civil liberties and about Snowden is in itself unusual in a country sharply divided along political lines about almost everything. Moreover, the verdict that Snowden is not a traitor goes against almost the unified view of the nation's political establishment." — Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute."

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New evidence confirms NSA tapping major fiber optic cables

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 9 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "New evidence released by the Washington Post confirms that the NSA is tapping major fiber optic cables as well as has direct access to the internal servers of Google, Apple, etc... despite their claim to the contrary. It seems that room 641A http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room_641A is not just a conspiracy theory after all..."
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IRS exposed thousands of Social Security numbers relating to 527 groups

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 9 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "Here's an unusually detailed story of how the IRS mistakenly released a large amount of sensitive information to the internet recently. Several thousand social security numbers that were somehow related to 527 group donations were posted to the internet for several days and at least one download was made of the bulk data."
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Iain M. Banks Gets Asteroid Named after Him

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 10 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "On June 23rd, 2013, asteroid (5099) was officially named Iainbanks by the IAU, and will be referred to as such for as long as Earth Culture may endure.

(Iain M. Banks (1954-2013) was a Scottish writer best known for the Culture series of science ction novels; he also wrote ction as Iain Banks. An evangelical atheist and lover of whisky, he scorned social media and enjoyed writing music. He was an extra in Monty Python & The Holy Grail.)"

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Troll the NSA

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 10 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "A website has been started with idea of "Trolling the NSA" the creators, who clearly don't know anything about filtering, plan to have a large number of people all send the same message at the same time with lots of keywords thought to trigger NSA alerts.

Unfortunately, foiling such a prank is so trivial I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of the users email servers filter out the email as spam.

This is, however, a concept I've been toying with prior to finding out about this site. Could someone create a script that randomly populated your signature with such keywords? If we flood the NSA with nonsense random data would it not cause them problems? The script could even download random out of print books from google books and find/replace words with your keywords. It could be an interesting project."

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The FBI has the e-mails of nearly all US citizens - William Binney

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about a year ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "The FBI has the e-mails of nearly all US citizens, including congressional members, according to NSA whistleblower William Binney.

One of the best mathematicians and code breakers in NSA history resigned in 2001 because he no longer wanted to be associated with alleged violations of the constitution."

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