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Librarians: The Google Before Google

Charliemopps Re:Dream analysis: (91 comments)

What does it mean when you dream of being chased by an elephant?

That you're Hillary Clinton running for President in 2016.

ok, that was clever. /applaud

9 hours ago
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Librarians: The Google Before Google

Charliemopps Re:Stamps? (91 comments)

But then the question just becomes "where can I buy a vernier caliper?". It's not like they had amazon.com either, and I doubt it was in the Sears & Roebuck catalog.

In the time period in question the answer was: Sears or True Value.
Today I'd say harbor freight.

I have a micrometer literally sitting next to me on my desk at all times, and I also carry one in my glovebox. They're that useful.

9 hours ago
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Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

Charliemopps Re:I'm sick of this (109 comments)

Not just no aircraft in the US, no aircraft in the world has had anything more than a pissed off pilot at landing.

You seem to be arguing like I'm saying people should target aircraft at landing with lasers, its no big deal. Re-read what I said... I mentioned at least twice that you shouldn't do this. Stupid kids do this sort of thing. But this is heading in a very predictable direction. They are trying to ban consumer lasers with this lame excuse. Is there a possibility that the right laser, hits the right pilot, and distracts him enough that it really does cause some sort of problem? Yes it's remotely possible... but the chances are so remote that I feel safe in saying it will never happen.

But like I said, if you want to be ultra-super safe... install polarized plastic lenses over the windscreens. Remember we used to stick them on laptop screens? They cost about $5 each. But they haven't done that yet... why? Because the risk is so remote it's not even worth spending $5 to protect against. Do you think the owners of multi-million dollar jet liners would risk their aircraft when the fix was so simple if it were really a threat?

yesterday
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Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

Charliemopps Re:I'm sick of this (109 comments)

An FAA preliminary incident report described the pilot's injury as minor but did not provide details.

Yea, sounds like it burned his eye right out.

yesterday
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Cuba Says the Internet Now a Priority

Charliemopps Re:So release the old fart they have in prison... (107 comments)

The difference is that the Internet the Cuban government wants (no doubt censored and highly regulated like in China, Russia etc) is totally different to the internet that the old guy was trying to set up (which wouldn't have had the censorship and regulations)

I can't imagine they aren't aware of the goal of these relations. Fidel can say communism isn't dead all he wants... but the reality is, as soon as US money starts flowing in his regime is doomed.

yesterday
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Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

Charliemopps I'm sick of this (109 comments)

I'm sick of this bullshit myth.

Lasers do not cause Aircraft to crash.

It's never happened, it never will happen. I can't even focus my pen laser on my cat that's 10 feet away from me for more than a split second. Hitting the windshield of an aircraft that's at least 1000 yards away and traveling at at least 200mph?!?! At worst, you have a 1 in a billion chance of nailing the pilot directly in the retina, so yes, you shouldn't do it because that might annoy him. But it's not going crash the plane even if that happened.

Now, for all of you that are going to tell me I'm dumb and don't know what I'm talking about... Please provide evidence. Has any plane ever had an accident as a result of a laser? Any? I've heard from some irritated pilots, and I can understand that... I'd be irritated to. But to claim there was any chance of an accident and we need to limit consumer freedom to harmless technology, just so we don't annoy pilots? That's a joke.

And, I'm willing to offer evidence myself:
2013 Egyptian protests. Snipers on buildings and in helicopters we targeting opposition leaders. As a result, protesters started buying cheap green laser pointers in the market and using them to highlight Sniper and helicopter positions. Eventually, so many lasers would be focused on passing helicopters they looked like this:
http://cdn.theatlantic.com/sta...
and here's a video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
This went on every night for months. Dozens of aircraft, thousands of lasers focused on them continually... but not one single crash. None.

There's absolutely no way these laser pointers could cause a crash... and if they could, the NTSB should immediately require all aircraft to be retrofitted with polarized sheets on the inside of the pilots window. It'd cost a couple of dollars per aircraft and wouldn't infringe on the personal freedoms of the general population.

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Google Sues Mississippi Attorney General For Conspiring With Movie Industry

Charliemopps haha (113 comments)

I'm sorry, but as much as North Korea sucks, this hack just gets better and better...

Google’s effort to position itself as a defender of free speech is shameful. Freedom of speech should never be used as a shield for unlawful activities and the Internet is not a license to steal,” said Kate Bedingfield, an M.P.A.A. spokeswoman, in an emailed statement.

That statements so unbelievably ironic... Sony and the MPAA are trying to squash these very document releases with the same tactics they use to try and stop file sharing... but this time it's to hide their own collusion, racketeering, bribery and likely other violations of federal law. I wonder if the other inmates will appreciate her opinion that piracy is stealing when she's in the state pen...

2 days ago
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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

Charliemopps Re:False Falg? (235 comments)

You know... I was pretty sure it was NK as well...
But it's really getting fishy.

For example, why was the CIA meeting with Sony just a month prior to this happening?
http://radaronline.com/exclusi...

And it even specifically says the talks were about Sony and other studios helping them with, what can only be described as, propaganda.

Something... and I don't know what... but something, is up.

2 days ago
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

Charliemopps Re:No, They Haven't Called Me (237 comments)

Until a local hospital calls you to let you know your kids got a broken leg...

I've seen people drive themselves to distraction with your logic. They start sweating when their phone gets to one bar, and refuse to go anywhere with no cell service. Or drive through long highway tunnels. And yet....... somehow we've been able to survive all this time without everyone having instant access to us.

Talk about your first world problems.

First world problems? If you've never been to the 3rd world, you're not allowed to use that line. It just makes you sound like an idiot.

I've been to the 3rd world, specifically Africa. Everyone has cellphones. EVERYONE.
People that don't have homes, cars, a bed... have a cellphone.
Why? So they can keep in contact with their family, in case of emergency. Most people have 2 phones, or at least 2 sim cards so they can be on 2 networks at once, just so they don't miss a call.

You find booths like this on every street corner:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

I had better cell coverage there than I do in the states.

2 days ago
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Boeing and BlackBerry Making a Self-Destructing Phone

Charliemopps Re:"But it can be circumvented!" (72 comments)

Cue in the comments on how that security feature is not completely perfect, so therefore it has to be completely useless.

You mean like the fact that Boeing already works very closely with the CIA/NSA and therefor this thing is 100% guaranteed to have a government backdoor per-installed AND the purchase of such a phone would automatically put on a watch list that would result in pretty much all of your traffic getting logged anyway?

Not perfect... more like, this phone likely does exactly the opposite of what it advertises.

2 days ago
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The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

Charliemopps Summary is wrong (150 comments)

The Beach Boys released two copyright-extension sets...

That's not true. "The Beach Boys" didn't release anything. The rights to their work were stolen in the 1960s by their manager and sold to A&M records:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...
A&M is owned by UMG:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U...
The largest Music publishing company in the world who's owned by Vivendi:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V...
Who's worth nearly $50 billion, and has profits in the $3 billion/yr range...

and you wonder why copyright laws get changed in their favor... lol

When arguing about copyright law, always keep in mind... the people that "own" these copyrights are almost never the artists or their families. Business own then and the attempts to extend copyright into perpetuity has absolutely nothing to do with rewarding the creator of the music. It has to do with extending what was usually a theft from an artist, into a theft from mankind as a whole.

Watch the following movie for more details on that side of the business:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...
I don't like 30 seconds to mars, but that movie matches what many of the musicians/bands I've met have said about the industry.

And here's an article written by Courtney Love 15yrs ago... and it's also pretty much dead on:
http://www.salon.com/2000/06/1...

The real pirates are the music labels.

2 days ago
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

Charliemopps Re:No, They Haven't Called Me (237 comments)

Until a local hospital calls you to let you know your kids got a broken leg...

2 days ago
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Tor Network May Be Attacked, Says Project Leader

Charliemopps Re:TOR is a fucking honey pot ! (86 comments)

You could be right, but given TOR's design, it doesn't even matter if the feds wrote it, they still couldn't figure out your identity. The feds would have to own all the nodes in the network, which is possible... but if they did own all the nodes, it wouldn't really matter if they wrote it or not now would it?

All that said... there are easier ways to hide your identity on the internet.

2 days ago
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Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

Charliemopps Re:Can we stop the embellishment? (168 comments)

Really? Apparently they quickly took control of almost every one one of Sony's servers and workstations. Literally took entire control, stole all of the useful data, wiped out all of their servers, and then owned all of the workstations so that they were useless but able to broadcast any message they wanted to them.

That's a *bit* more coordinated than "your average trojan worm". Unless you really think based on extremely limited information you know more than all of the security researchers and government investigators looking into it... (hint: sorry, you don't).

They had access for over a year...
http://www.businessweek.com/ne...

Sony didn't even have rudimentary security established. Pretty much any teenager with basic skills could have taken them out.

2 days ago
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Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

Charliemopps Re:What percentage... (114 comments)

How much would it cost to retrofit 32000 ships?

How much it would cost the EPA to mandate the change? Nothing!

3 days ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

Charliemopps Re:von Neumann probes (384 comments)

I'd like to see your proposal for a device that can "only" do like 25% of the speed of light, take a massive payload to an unknown planet, and can land safely.

We humans already have engines capable of doing it...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...
And remember, the probes would be robots, so they could handle hard deltaV that would kill us.

3 days ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

Charliemopps BS (334 comments)

Complete nonsense.
I keep reading about this attack, like it was magical...
Then there's an article on Slashdot today about programming being a superpower?
I'm starting to think this entire thing was designed to have this very affect.

So what's next? The government protects us? We need more electronic surveillance?

Hacks based on Zero-day exploits are hard to protect against. But they are smash and grabs, and once you see the data leaving, you shut things down until you can patch. But this Sony thing? They had basically complete control over their entire infrastructure. No hack would ever result in that kind of control unless Sony basically had no protection or planning at all. Which is what I think this was... Sony being completely irresponsible. The fault here is with Sony. Yea, the hackers are bad guys to... but there's absolutely no reason they should have gotten what they did. In particular the Executive that had the entires companies Salary in an XLS document on their hard-drive should be fired immediately.

3 days ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

Charliemopps Re:von Neumann probes (384 comments)

No, some statisticians have actually done the math. Basically if you built such a thing and it could only do something like 25% of the speed of light, it would only take them 300,000 years to overrun the entire galaxy.

I think the answer will turn out to be that the universe is in fact crawling with life. But space fairing intelligent life is very rare.
Take for example, Mars. I think we will find life there... and heck, pretty much every planet. But it's going to be single celled... if it even has "Cells" at all.
Then lets assumed complex life did evolve on a planet... what if it's a ocean planet and they're aquatic? They're never going to figure out electricity, they can't even experiment with it. They're not even going to be able to do fire much less a rocket. What if they're terrestrial but the gravity is slightly stronger... rockets are nearly impossible as it is, imagine if we were at 2g!

And remember, we still have a very good chance at wiping ourselves out before we ever get to another star.

3 days ago
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Researchers Discover SS7 Flaw, Allowing Total Access To Any Cell Phone, Anywhere

Charliemopps Re:Hardware Security (88 comments)

ooo... and I should add...
Soft disconnects are done frequently for people that plan to reconnect the phone.
"I'll be in Florida for the winter but I want my number back when I get back!"
The phone company charges you a small fee to hold them number, they disco the number in the switch so it doesn't lead to the line but they don't physically disconnect the line because that would involve work and they'd just have to reconnect it later anyways. So when you get back home they just reprogram the number and viola...

I suspect when your parents explained that you were away at college but would return, they likely did something like that for you to.

3 days ago

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Voter fraud in Chicago

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "A number of city election judges received "intimidating" phone calls over the weekend that led some of them to quit the post, according to officials at the Chicago Board of Elections. More than 2,000 judges didn't show up on Tuesday. Dozens of party-affiliated judges who help oversee polling places received calls instructing them to attend additional training sessions. The callers also told them to only vote for the party for which they serve as judges. Some Chicago election judges were told in the false calls to report to a Cook County Republican Office on the Southwest Side for additional "training." A Republican operative who worked there said he made personal calls to judges, too. Robocalls also directed election judges to an address on 79th Street near another GOP office, where the deputy chairman of the Cook County Republican Party said they had a training session on Sunday. "Both parties have meetings with their election judges to work the polls, work the precincts," Darnell Macklin, vice chairman of the Cook County Republican Party, said."
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Physisists observer the Majorana fermion for the first time

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 3 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "For the first time Princeton University scientists have observed a Majorana fermion. A long predicted but never observed exotic particle that acts as both matter and anti-matter. The material is surprisingly stable. Being in both states at once seems to make it act very weakly with its surrounding. This could also be a major step towards quantum computing."
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FBI angry with Apple and Google for new security features

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 3 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "Recently Apple and Google implimented new encryption that will make it difficult for law enforcement to retrieve data from a locked device even when they have a valid search warent. Apparently the FBI is not very happy with either company. On Thursday FBI Director James B. Comey said:

There will come a day when it will matter a great deal to the lives of people... that we will be able to gain access” to such devices, Comey told reporters in a briefing. “I want to have that conversation [with companies responsible] before that day comes

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Hewlett-Packard pleads guilty to Bribery

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 3 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "Hewlett-Packard and three subsidiaries pleaded guilty Thursday to paying bribes to foreign officials in Russia, Mexico and Poland and agreed to pay $108 million in criminal and regulatory penalties. For over 10 years Hewlett-Packard kept 2 sets of books to track slush-funds they used to bribe government officials for favorable contracts."
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Verizon to offer discounted data rates to apps purchased through their app store

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 4 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "Verizon, in a clear attempt at an end run around net neutrality rules, is prepared to launch another new app store. Their last app store failed miserably. But this new one will offer a new feature, discounted data rates for apps purchased through it as well as billing directly through the carrier.

Here's a link to the summary of the article, the original is pay-walled."

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The President supports Net Neutrality

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 4 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "

One of the issues around net neutrality is whether you are creating different rates or charges for different content providers. That's the big controversy here. So you have big, wealthy media companies who might be willing to pay more and also charge more for spectrum, more bandwidth on the Internet so they can stream movies faster. I personally, the position of my administration, as well as a lot of the companies here, is that you don’t want to start getting a differentiation in how accessible the Internet is to different users. You want to leave it open so the next Google and the next Facebook can succeed.

— President Obama"
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Homeland security investigating the leak of a movie

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 5 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 5 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 5 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "People can actually be allergic to Electronic devices, just not for the reasons you think. The influx of Tablets and SmartPhones with ever ever more attempts to stand out from the crowd, many are being produce with metal parts and cases that sometimes contain the metal Nickel. Nickel can be an allergen. Most people do not regularly have direct contact with Nickel and therefore aren't aware of their allergy. But with the influx Phones and Tablets with metal cases, many are finding out about their allergy for the first time the hard way. If you suspect you may be allergic to your cellphone, you can be tested by your doctor... but it wont involve a Wifi router!"
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FTC Files suit against Amazon for in-app purchases

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 5 months ago

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

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 6 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 7 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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