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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

ChipMonk Re:Red Cross is non-political (299 comments)

Terror groups have been thinking that way since long before GWB uttered the words. He didn't create that mindset; he merely pointed it out.

2 days ago

Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

ChipMonk Re:Oh please (299 comments)

It's one thing to read a clinical description of a concussion, or read a description of the experience written by someone who has experienced it. It is something quite different to experience a concussion yourself. No verbal content can convey the depth and breadth of the misery.

2 days ago

Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

ChipMonk Re:Shaped like speaker cable (191 comments)

It has to do with exactly *how* the connections are made as the plug is inserted. Ground/common so static can dissipate, then data/signal, then power last. Each line connects only to its corresponding line in the other piece. A 3.5mm plug doesn't provide that kind of "signal safety"; at some point, it's possible the power on one side would touch the ground on the other, and put a charge into the device before it was fully plugged-in.

about two weeks ago

Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

ChipMonk 14 nanometers? (96 comments)

Given that the covalent radius of silicon is 111 picometers, that comes to a channel that's 63 silicon atoms across.

And I thought 65nm (~300 silicon atoms across) was impressive five years ago.

about two weeks ago

Study Finds That Astronauts Are Severely Sleep Deprived

ChipMonk how dark can it be on the ISS? (106 comments)

If it isn't really dark, with all the indicator lights extinguished, how well can one expect to sleep? Even a single blue power light on a PC is enough to interfere with REM. And, if the windows aren't totally blacked, having a sunrise-sunset every 45 minutes can't help, either.

about three weeks ago

Fotopedia Is Shutting Down; Data Avallable Until August 10

ChipMonk current fortune in the /. footer: (45 comments)

"You will lose an important disk file."

Like the backups of your Fotopedia submissions.

about a month ago

Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

ChipMonk oh, please, it's never "leaked" (346 comments)

It's always, without exception, a strategic move by the PR department, to encourage public chatter about some product. And when it isn't, it's denounced by the company in question as "stolen."

IOW, yet another "Slashvertisement."

about a month and a half ago

Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

ChipMonk when onboard is weak, yes (502 comments)

My on-board Intel sound system doesn't provide the voltage to drive my headphones, so I inserted a Creative SB to do the job.

So, yeah, me too.

about a month and a half ago

Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

ChipMonk Re:If UVA and Mann have nothing to hide (497 comments)

If Mann and UVA got any public monies for the research in question, then isn't it the law that his emails relating to the research be publicly accessible?

about a month and a half ago

Tired of Playing Cyber Cop, Microsoft Looks For Partners In Crime Fighting

ChipMonk "fighting" crime? (113 comments)

As a "fighter" of crime, Microsoft would be in the featherweight category.

Using Microsoft's tools to fight cybercrime is bringing a knife to a gunfight.

about a month and a half ago

Whom Must You Trust?

ChipMonk "must" trust? (120 comments)

Anyone demanding my trust, automatically loses it. Same goes for respect.

about 3 months ago

Geophysicists Discover How Rocks Produce Magnetic Pulses

ChipMonk Re:Magnetic Pulses (72 comments)

No, the earthquakes are caused by fracking, and the pre-quake pressure causes the pulses. So, the pulses are of indirect human origin, while maintaining plausible deniability.

Come on, don't you know anything about conspiracy theories?

about 3 months ago

House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls

ChipMonk so what Todd Beamer et al. did should be a crime? (366 comments)

Because, after all, if you're in a plane (even if it's hijacked), you shouldn't be allowed to call 911 or your loved ones on your cell phone.

Every time I think Congress couldn't get any stupider, they prove me wrong.

about 7 months ago

Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

ChipMonk Re:Double bind (1431 comments)

An armed society is a polite society. When you know someone is probably able to kill you (justified or not), you tend to be much more polite to them. Take away people's ability to restrain rude fucks, and the rude fucks run riot through the life you're trying to live.

about 7 months ago

Ford Engineers Test 'Predictive Logic' To Improve Cruise Control

ChipMonk not good for cars with multiple drivers (112 comments)

"Honestly, officer, the car thinks I'm my wife going to a salon appointment, and the cruise control was trying to get me there on time!"

"The car sped up just as some blonde bimbo passed me in a Corvette convertible. I have no idea why..."

about 8 months ago

White House Calls On Kids To Film High-Tech Education

ChipMonk We don't work for the White House (95 comments)

Mr. Nye, we are not your (government's) employees, nor do we donate our labors to the government. If you want multimedia records of our children's excitement about their technical education, go out there and record it yourself, on your own dime. Our children are not your property, and they do not take orders from you.

The #1 lesson in "good citizenship" you seem to treasure for our children, is how to say "piss off" to self-important government bureaucrats.

Piss off.


about 9 months ago

Texas Drivers Stopped At Roadblock, Asked For Saliva, Blood

ChipMonk Re:Food for thought (783 comments)

You are conflating freedom of movement with the privilege of driving a car. They are not the same, and have never been the same. People in Manhattan can explain the difference very well.

about 9 months ago

Toyota's Killer Firmware

ChipMonk Re:Good; hold the hacks accountable (610 comments)

So does this mean we can finally hold Microsoft accountable for all the crap they've foisted on the taxpayers through government purchases?

about 10 months ago



The EFF's 2010 Pioneer Awards

ChipMonk ChipMonk writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ChipMonk (711367) writes "The EFF have announced their 2010 Pioneer Awards: transparency activist Stephen Aftergood; public domain scholar James Boyle; legal blogger Pamela Jones and the website Groklaw; and e-voting researcher Hari Krishna Prasad Vemuru, who was recently released on bail after being imprisoned for his security work in India. "These winners have all worked tirelessly to give critical insight and context to the tough questions that arise in our evolving digital world," said EFF Executive Director Shari Steele. "We need strong advocates, educators, and researchers like these to protect our digital rights, and we're proud to honor these four Pioneer Award winners for their important contributions." The award ceremony will be hosted by Cory Doctorow."
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Judge Quashes Hurt Locker P2P Subpoena

ChipMonk ChipMonk writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ChipMonk (711367) writes "Ars Technica reports that "a federal judge in South Dakota this week quashed a US Copyright Group subpoena targeting an ISP in his state. Why? Jurisdiction, and a fax machine... Midcontinent presented numerous reasons why the subpoena should not apply, including the fact that 'money was not attached to the subpoena to reimburse Midcontinent for their costs of producing information.' US Magistrate Judge John Simko didn't even address the issue of payment, however, because jurisdictional and service issues were enough to quash the subpoena.""
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Plagiarizing a Takedown Notice

ChipMonk ChipMonk writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ChipMonk (711367) writes "Over at hobbyist site OS News, editor-in-chief Thom Holwerda published a highly skeptical opinion of the announcement of Commodore USA's own Amiga line. Within hours, Commodore USA sent a takedown notice to OS News, demanding a retraction of the piece, and accusing OS News of libel and defamation. Ironically, the takedown notice was mostly copied, with minor edits, from Chilling Effects, a site dedicated to publicizing attempts at squelching free speech. The formatting, line breaks, obtuse references to "OCGA", and even the highlighted search terms were left largely intact."
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Woot to AP: You owe us $17.50

ChipMonk ChipMonk writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ChipMonk (711367) writes "The Associated Press have draconian terms for using their content, but they have no problem swiping content from others:

You see, when we showed off our good news on Wednesday afternoon, we expected we'd get a little bit of attention. But when we found your little newsy thing you do, we couldn't help but notice something important. And that something is this: you printed our web content in your article! The web content that came from our blog! Why, isn't that the very thing you've previously told nu-media bloggers they're not supposed to do? So, The AP, here we are. Just to be fair about this, we've used your very own pricing scheme to calculate how much you owe us. By looking through the link above, and comparing your post with our original letter, we've figured you owe us roughly $17.50 for the content you borrowed from our blog post, which, by the way, we worked very very hard to create.... All you'll need to do is show us your email receipt from today's two pack of Sennheiser MX400 In-Ear Headphones, and we'll call it even.


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ChipMonk ChipMonk writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ChipMonk (711367) writes "The most cutting-edge release of Slackware Linux ever has been loosed on the world. From Patrick Volkerding's announcement: "Among the many program updates and distribution enhancements, you'll find two of the most advanced desktop environments available today: Xfce, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and easy to use desktop environment, and KDE 3.5.4, the latest version of the award-winning K Desktop Environment." This release also includes an SMP kernel (using version, a first for Slackware."



ChipMonk ChipMonk writes  |  more than 4 years ago

There isn't, and never will be, a journal entry here, beyond this one. Get over it.

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