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All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

Cow Jones Re:In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (54 comments)

Oh. Right. Damn, I should have noticed that. I'm sorry.

I just saw that all of your links were marked as "read" and didn't bother to check any further. Hats off to you, I have been well and truly trolled.

about a week ago
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All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

Cow Jones Re:In Plain English: Security Crap (54 comments)

$ curl -s https://pagekite.net/pk/ |sudo bash

I've noticed this kind of crap more and more often lately, usually as one of the "preferred" methods of installation for projects on GitHub. Who in their right mind would run that? There's a reason why we have package systems and a method of signing said packages. Blindly trusting some website with root shell access... boggles my mind.

about a week ago
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All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

Cow Jones Re:In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (54 comments)

Easy my ass. GP is absolutely correct, they completely fail to give a summary of what a FreedomBox is and why we should care. I've read those pages you linked and there is no summary. The closest thing I could find are links to video presentations with titles like "FreedomBox Update", "FreedomBox 1.0" and "Freedom, out of the box!".

about a week ago
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Harold Ramis Dies At 69

Cow Jones Sample (136 comments)

I'd like a sample of his brain tissue.

about a month ago
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Chinese Firm Can Now Produce 500 Cloned Pigs Per Year

Cow Jones Re:One disturbing aspect... (156 comments)

Although it sounds cool, I can't help but being a little weirded out by the thought of the exact same pig being experimented on endlessly throughout time...

Would you also feel weird about people experimenting on the exact same human for 63 years and counting, with no end in sight?

about 3 months ago
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UK Prime Minister Threatens To Block Further Snowden Revelations

Cow Jones Re:Russian Times to the rescue (431 comments)

They laughed at me and called me paranoid and gullible. Sure sucks when the tinfoil-hat crowd is right.

And that is precisely what's so special about the whole Snowden affair. Lots of people claim outrageous things all of the time. Conspiracy theories and stunning revelations are a dime a dozen. Without any confirmed sources or any kind of acknowledgement by the involved parties, the impact those stories have is about par with urban legends. The documents leaked by Snowden are different because their authenticity has been confirmed by the NSA itself (I'm still not sure exactly why they did that, seems like a bad move on their part).

about 6 months ago
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A Look at the Koch Brothers Dark-Money Network

Cow Jones Re:"Koch brother network"? (406 comments)

Please add one more item.
I need to know if you're actually counting in octal or not.

about 6 months ago
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How To Foil NSA Sabotage: Use a Dead Man's Switch

Cow Jones Canary, not dead man's switch (259 comments)

A dead man's switch automatically triggers an action when the person in charge can no longer prevent it, because he's dead, detained, or otherwise disabled. (Examples: let go of a hand grenade's handle, send out documents if the person don't check in at least once a week, etc). What this article is talking about is more appropriately called a "canary" (referring to the canary in a coal mine). It does the exact opposite. CJ

about 7 months ago
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Snowden Spoofed Top Officials' Identity To Mine NSA Secrets

Cow Jones Re:Amended quote (743 comments)

"... and by the way, in order to prevent such brilliant people from exposing us like that in the future, we've just told all the sysadmins with the same access level that 90% of them will be fired."

Brilliant, indeed.

about 8 months ago
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Hacker Exposes Evidence of Widespread Grade Tampering In India

Cow Jones Re:That was a great article.. (304 comments)

You think so?

FTA: Statistics says that if you take enough samples of data, regardless of the distributon, it will average out into a Normal distribution.

News to me.

about a year ago
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White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

Cow Jones Re:Sure beats jail time... (1145 comments)

Road signs are still mph, horse races are still miles and furlongs and beer is sold by the pint so I think we're happily confused on matters of units this side of the pond.

Only in the UK, as far as I'm aware. The rest of Europe has far fewer imperial relics in everyday life (maybe because they were never part of the British Empire in the first place). But even on the continent you'll buy your Subways by the inch, and you could buy "5-1/4 Zoll" and "3-1/2 Zoll" floppy disks. Our yard sticks tend to be a bit longer and marked in both inches and cm. Almost every (physical) thermometer I've seen has Celsius and Fahrenheit scales. The pound as a weight unit is still informally used in parts of Germany, but it's getting rarer now.

I feel for the people in the US who understand how much more practical the metric system is, but I also know how hard it can be to convince a majority in a democratic country to do the right thing. Maybe you need a dictator? Europe can help with that, too.

about a year ago
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CO2 Levels Reach 400ppm at Mauna Loa For First Time On Record

Cow Jones Re:Or it our fondness for beef... (497 comments)

Very interesting, but I'm having a hard time making sense of the numbers - not an expert. All the figures stated are relative, and not always relative to each other. What I would like to know: what percentage of the combined global warming potential (or CO2 equivalent) of all greenhouse gases can be attributed to livestock? Not in % of methane, % of CO2, % compared to transit pollution, etc.

I did try to find that information in the source you linked, but failed. I also downloaded the "full report" from 2006, which is inexplicably cut off just after the executive summary. For example: it's interesting that N2O is 296 times as potent a greenhous gas as CO2, but what if its percentage of overall emissions was just 0.01%? (That number came out of my derriere, but since the actual report is unavailable, who knows)

I'm not a policy maker, but I like to know what I'm talking about. The related news items are all quoting each other, or the executive summary from the FOA report. They're not making this easy for me.

CJ

about a year ago
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Former FBI Agent: All Digital Communications Stored By US Gov't

Cow Jones Re:Jupiter Tape? (621 comments)

Those 680 million drives are hard drives; exabyte systems use tape drives (the high capacity ones can store about 5TB).
"Only a few thousand drives" ... you're off by three orders of magnitude.

about a year ago
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The First Fully 3D-Printed Gun Has Been Successfully Test-Fired

Cow Jones Re:That's nice (717 comments)

Now, watch this: The rate of firearm-related deaths per capita [is 10.23 in the US and 0.25 in the UK]

Do you see the difference?

Indeed I do. You pulled out that old canard that people shot dead are more dead* than people beaten to death with cricket bats, wrenches, or tire irons, or stabbed to death.

No, he pulled out that old canard that people shot dead are more dead when they are killed multiple times.
Per capita means per person (literally per head). Any number over 1 would be very impressive (barring Zaphod Beeblebrox taking two shots to the heads).

about a year ago
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Nearest Alien Planet Gets New Name

Cow Jones Re:Amazing (185 comments)

Mod this man up.

From the space.com article, here's what Uwingu's CEO had to say...

"They basically said we're conducting a scam, and nothing could be further from the truth," [...] "They basically put us out of business, and they've ruined our reputation."

"To claim what they claimed — that we're somehow misrepresenting that these were IAU names — has just about put us out of business," Stern told SPACE.com. "It's unbelievable."

"They've spent 18 years with no forward movement — ask planet hunter extraordinaire [and Uwingu adviser] Geoff Marcy," Stern said. "Then somebody else comes along and does something harmless, fun and engaging, and now they're slandering us."

Oh cry me a river...

CJ

about a year ago
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Police Capture Second Marathon Bombing Suspect in Watertown, Mass.

Cow Jones Re:Make him run the Marathon (773 comments)

Good intentions being the pavement to the road to hell, ever heard that one? Guess it would be adapted as the US foreign policy motto.

Come on, that's harsh.

Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing
...after they have exhausted all other possibilities.

-- Winston Churchill

CJ

1 year,4 days
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Preserve a "Digital Inheritance"?

Cow Jones Re:There's already an app for that... (191 comments)

The key is split (look up PKI key splitting) into 5 parts. My girlfriend, father, buddy at work, and two of my friends each have a part. [...] Four of those parts together are required to unlock.

Better make sure you're not travelling in a car (or airplane, etc) with two or more of your keybearers...

Why not give all of them the complete key and trust them? Thats what I do (minus the gf).
I know nothing about your friends or family, so YMMV.

CJ

1 year,8 days
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Researcher Evan Booth: How To Weaponize Tax-Free Airport Goods

Cow Jones Re:Ruining it for everyone (288 comments)

Plutonium is a strange metal. [...] an experienced machinist or blacksmith would have trouble making a simple screwdriver or chisel out of and have to make a perfect, hollow, evacuated sphere out of it [...]

Please don't mention plutonium, half spheres and screwdrivers in the same sentence.
I've had nightmares about this.

1 year,16 days

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POLL: How many browser tabs do you have open?

Cow Jones Cow Jones writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Cow Jones (615566) writes "POLL SUGGESTION:
How many browser tabs do you have open right now?

- just the one
- 2-5
- 6-10
- 11-20
- over 20
- over 9000!
- none, I don't use browsers
- my browser doesn't support tabs, you insensitive clod"

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