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California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

Curunir_wolf Idiot (105 comments)

"The bill's exceptions, however, appear to be too narrow and could impose requirements beyond what is required by either the 4th Amendment or the privacy provisions in the California Constitution."

Lamest excuse ever. If it didn't "go beyond" what is required by the US and state Constitutions, there would be no need for the law!

Tyrant.

yesterday
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

Curunir_wolf Re:Hobsons choice (171 comments)

Do you want a crockpot that has to be replaced at every few years—or at least that will be forever upgrading itself? Would apps change your mind?

When enough others decide to buy an app-able crockpot, you won't have any choice but too buy one as well. The market does not provide what people want -- it provides what is profitable.

Yea, not so much. I can still buy a "dumb" cellphone, that won't do much besides voice and SMS, and they are easy to find and significantly less expensive, despite the fact that "most" people buy smart phones. I can also find solid keyboards without "Windows" keys, wood-burning stoves, stove-top percolating coffee makers, and while everyone makes fun of buggy-whip manufacturers losing jobs, the producers of buggy whips and horse-drawn carriages are still meeting the demand for those products, even though it is rather small. I think you would be surprised at the music available in vinyl formats.

Your premise is correct, the market provides what is profitable. But one way businesses can be profitable is finding a "niche" market that no one else is adequately serving. And a crockpot with an analog switch will always be cheaper to produce than one with a networked, embedded controller chip, so it will always be profitable to produce them, even for a tiny market.

Note that this dynamic will never be true in a government-led command economy. Consumers lose choice when government bureaucrats decide they don't need something, or, just as bad, decide to ban companies from being allowed to sell them.

2 days ago
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

Curunir_wolf Re:Doesn't scale well (171 comments)

Needs not be slow - you just need enough land and fast-growing trees.

That gets a tad difficult when you are trying to grow enough trees for 7 billion people.

Furthermore wood burning stoves are rather dirty from an environmental standpoint. Most traditional wood burning stoves are quite inefficient and release a lot of particulate matter.

Soylent Green is people!

2 days ago
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

Curunir_wolf Re:May not take apart? What? (171 comments)

No, only iPhones are like that. I don't know a single Android phone that doesn't have a replacable battery. And most phones are not from Apple.

Actually, most Android phones have sealed non-user replaceable batteries. Samsung has been the exception to that, always having replaceable batteries, and LG's latest G3 has one, too, but their previous generation, the G2, and a sealed, welded-in battery. HTC's previous "Vivid" generation had a replaceable battery, but their latest popular HTC One (M7 and M8) line of phones do not. So pretty much everybody except Samsung and (recently) LG are producing Android phones with embedded batteries, including Motorola (and Google), HTC, Nokia and Amazon.

2 days ago
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Sierra Nevada Corp. Files Legal Challenge Against NASA Commercial Contracts

Curunir_wolf Beer (125 comments)

Wait... So they're serving a different beer on rockets?

3 days ago
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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

Curunir_wolf Re:So offer a cost effective replacement (185 comments)

I don't understand why you thought Newegg would do anything?

Because Newegg claimed the charge was legitimate, even though the name used was not the name on the card, and they shipped it to a different address in another state, AND they told me on the phone it was fraudulent, and cancelled "Steven Tieng's" account with them. So they made a BIG mistake - when the fraud report came in, they told MasterCard, "oh, no, looks legit to me!"

4 days ago
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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

Curunir_wolf Re:So offer a cost effective replacement (185 comments)

I didn't use my debit card over the Internet, the fraudster did. I don't know how they got the information on the card, maybe from Target or something. Maybe a gas pump skimmer, who knows? I saw the charge and disputed it within 2 or 3 days. The bank issued a credit (they called it provisional) and I filled out the fraud form. There were actually 3 fraudulent charges - Nordstrom's, The Gap, and Newegg. The first 2 were no problem, but after about 5 weeks, I got a letter from the bank saying the credit had been reversed because the merchant claimed the charge was authorized. It included a lot of details about the charge. The name used was Steven Tieng (never heard of him). He used a billing address that I had moved out of a few weeks earlier. The package was shipped to a different address in a different state, to another person. And yet despite all these inconsistencies (WRONG NAME even), they claimed it was legit and kept the money.

The bank gave me 10 days to file a "rebuttal", which I did the very next day. The girl at the bank told me it was "the most thorough rebuttal she had ever seen". Nevertheless, it appears MasterCard simply threw it in the trash. There has been no response from them in just over 6 months. I ask at the bank, they call, and just get "nothing". Newegg simply responds with "Oh, gee, too bad. Call your bank.".

I doubt I'll ever see a dime of that money again.

4 days ago
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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

Curunir_wolf Re:So offer a cost effective replacement (185 comments)

Because you need credit for those.

What about a pre-paid credit card? Get one of those and you can start building up some credit. Unless, of course you have some catastrophic credit event in your recent past.

I really don't WANT credit. My solution to this is another bank account that only gets funds when I know I'm going to use a card for an on-line purchase or something.

4 days ago
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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

Curunir_wolf Re:So offer a cost effective replacement (185 comments)

According to that site:

If someone makes unauthorized transactions with your debit card number, but your card is not lost, you are not liable for those transactions if you report them within 60 days of your statement being sent to you.

Well I reported it within 2 days of the charge itself, but I'm still out $120. So it doesn't really work very well. Should I file a complaint with the FTC? Do you think I would actually get a response?

4 days ago
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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

Curunir_wolf Re:So offer a cost effective replacement (185 comments)

Why do you care when you are not liable?

Maybe. Sometimes. I'm currently out $120 from a fraudulent charge that was approved anyway (it was a debit card on my bank account). The bank credited me when the fraud report was submitted, but then the merchant came back and said "Well it looks legit to us, even though a completely different name than the one on the card was used, and we shipped the stuff to a different state." MasterCard went along with that, and took my $120 and handed it over to Newegg. Since April, numerous letters, calls, and emails have yielded no response at all.

So if MasterCard decides they're not going to cover it, that's it. You pretty much have no recourse. And they do that, even when the charges are clearly fraudulent.

4 days ago
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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

Curunir_wolf Re:Folks.... (185 comments)

Mod parent up. While the poster's solution may not be the right idea, he's absolutely identified the problem: profit-driven central authority.

4 days ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

Curunir_wolf Re:Yeah sorry, no (299 comments)

I wonder if it doesn't have something to do with the fact the forest service is the de facto controller of all government land that isn't under direct and immediate control of another agency. So if your near the Pentagon and take a photo and a Marine isn't right there, you may need the USDA permit.

You can't take a picture of the Pentagon, even from non-military property with a view of the building. The MPs will jump on you quick and you'll be under military detention.

4 days ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

Curunir_wolf Re: Forest Circus. (299 comments)

The US Forest Service is the same bunch of fools that thought bring what qualifies as essentially SWAT teams to the Bundy standoff was a brilliant idea.

That was the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), not the US Forest Service. Totally different agencies. The BLM is under the Department of the Interior, while the US Forest Service is part of the Department of Agriculture.

4 days ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

Curunir_wolf Re:Obligatory quote/s (224 comments)

Russia hardly even tries any more to pretend that their media isn't a bunch of scripted reports with paid actors or that they're remotely a free, fair democracy.

But the US keeps pretending just that, even though most people know the media is completely compromised.

5 days ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

Curunir_wolf Re:Commands lines (248 comments)

press superkey. type "terminal" press enter.

Keyboard-free.

My keyboards don't have those (used to be) OS-specific keys on them.

Yes, they're still around and yes, they are still very popular.

about a week ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

Curunir_wolf Re:The simple fact that we can't talk about this.. (207 comments)

You are wrong. I am not a climate scientist. Almost all the people here are not climate scientists. However, if 97% of climate scientists [nasa.gov] around the world agree on something, it tends to sway me into their favor.

That again? 72 people. Do you know exactly what it is those 75 people actually agree on?

about a week ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

Curunir_wolf Heretics! (207 comments)

Burn them at the stake!

about a week ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

Curunir_wolf Re:board of directors is the problem not Wall Stre (167 comments)

The problem is faceless Wall Street, which will sue if they don't feel the CEO is doing their duty to artificially buoy the stock price in the short term.

They will, huh? When has that happened, exactly?

about a week ago
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

Curunir_wolf Re:ya'll a bunch of lazy slobs! (275 comments)

BTW Adam Curry should never been seen or heard from again in the tech community IMHO.

He's a radio personality and an MTV VJ. What do you expect?

He is, especially with his latest partner John C., far too entertaining to be banned from the "tech community" - even when there are no new phones (and, thus, no "tech news").

about a week ago

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Neutrinos seem to be exceeding light speed

Curunir_wolf Curunir_wolf writes  |  about 3 years ago

Curunir_wolf writes "Researchers at Cern have come across a puzzling result: The neutrinos they are emitted from underground to the laboratory detector 732km away appear to be getting there faster than the speed-of-light limit would allow. The experiment, the Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus or OPERA, was developed to study the phenomenon of neutrino transmutation (neutrinos changing from one type to another. The speed of the neutrinos, of course, was an entirely unexpected observation. "We wanted to find a mistake — trivial mistakes, more complicated mistakes, or nasty effects — and we didn't." says researcher Antonio Ereditato, "When you don't find anything, then you say 'Well, now I'm forced to go out and ask the community to scrutinise this.'""
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Obama appointee's office raided in bribery sting

Curunir_wolf Curunir_wolf writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Curunir_wolf writes "Just a month after President Obama names Vivek Kundra to the top federal IT position, his D.C. Office is raided by the FBI in a bribery sting. No word on whether Kundra is a object of the investigation."

Journals

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Top 10 Movies of All Time

Curunir_wolf Curunir_wolf writes  |  more than 9 years ago Here are my picks for the top 10 movies of all time, in alphabetical order:

  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Back to the Future
  • Bladerunner
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Casablanca
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Rocky
  • Star Wars
  • True Grit
  • The Wizard of Oz

That's it. Not everybody's top 10, but it's mine.

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Anti-GPL Software drones

Curunir_wolf Curunir_wolf writes  |  more than 9 years ago Has anyone noticed how whenever anything positive about Linux, OpenOffice.org, Firefox or other GPL/opensource software shows up in the media, there are always negative responses that show up in letters and responses? I'm not just talking about /. articles, here. It's everywhere in print media, call-in shows, and anything else I've seen. Kim Komando, Popular Mechanics, and similar "layman-accessible" media that addresses tech issues are very popular targets.

Here are some /. examples of the kind of thing I'm talking about:

Ok, I'm too lazy to find more examples now, but I come across them all the time.

I'm not the only person that has noticed these trends on /. Check out this thread

But it's not just slashdot, these folks are all over the place, especially in the mainstream publications. So, is it just that there are a lot of loyal Microsoft fans out there (kind of like Apple zealots, but enamored with Windows), or is it underground marketing? Like Proctor & Gamble spending less on TV spots and more on product placement in movies, has Microsoft turned to promoting "opinions from the man-on-the-street" instead of slick advertising?

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