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AllSeen Alliance Wants To Open-Source the 'Internet of Things'

DeeEff This is already a thing (86 comments)

It's already open source, and a draft implementation is available on github. (https://github.com/OGC-IoT/ogc-iot-api)

Arguments against the Internet of Things seem to be based on the idea that you'll lose privacy and only big money / governments will reap the rewards from your privacy loss. However, if you look at it from a different perspective, that is, not implementing the Internet of things as household items but as automated sensors for safety and analytics in the workplace, then many of the complaints no longer exist. I think the Internet of things as a buzzword has been stretched top far, but I don't outright oppose adding sensing capabilities and easier information exchange to some machines and devices.

about 8 months ago
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Engineers Invent Programming Language To Build Synthetic DNA

DeeEff Domain Specific Languages (51 comments)

So... I didn't read all of the references in TFA, but this instruction set is written in LISP right? It certainly seems like the only sane language to use to develop something like this.

Then it seems like we don't have too much to worry about in regards to viruses, since few people understand LISP worth a damn. :-) I kid, but I definitely would be interested in knowing more details, since TFA was sparse on its own.

about a year ago
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Woz Compares the Cloud and PRISM To Communist Russia

DeeEff Re:FIrst Post Maybe? (549 comments)

Don't forget, eventually the patricians will become the Eloi and the Plebians the Morlocks, and the Eloi will slowly start to fade out of existance.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Teach IT To Senior Management?

DeeEff Re:Keep in mind... (159 comments)

This is clearly a driver's ed. student. They're probably some dumb teenager, you can't expect them to expect answers appropriate to the topic or subject matter.
They don't know anything about the world!!!

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Building a Web App Scalable To Hundreds of Thousand of Users?

DeeEff VPS + OpenStack? (274 comments)

Sounds like you may want to check out hosting your stuff over a VPS, maybe with Hawkhost (http://www.hawkhost.com/vps-hosting) or some similar provider?

I guess the general idea is that you'd want to install / set up your own OpenStack (cloud) solution, and then scall VPS coverage if you need it, without having to install / clone over multiple machines. Check out Openstack and Java integration. As far as I know there's an SDK available: https://github.com/woorea/openstack-java-sdk, but I'm not sure how complete it is, what features it offers, or even how you would go about setting up your project, considering how vague you were in TFA.

In any case, this may be a good starting point for you to look. Alternatively you could host everything out of your own house on your own servers, but that scales terribly if you need to buy 50 more servers, so I wouldn't recommend it.

about a year ago
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Canadian Man Wants To Trade Home For Bitcoins

DeeEff $405,000 CDN (106 comments)

I wasn't aware that you could exchange monopoly money for Bitcoins. Apparently I'm going to be super rich really soon.

about a year ago
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Firefox Will Soon Block Third-Party Cookies

DeeEff Re:Need more nukes (369 comments)

One would think we might as well just load them all on a ship and send them off to another planet then.

No doubt telling them we'll all be right along after them will ensure they go quietly.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Starting From Scratch After a Burglary?

DeeEff Re:Whatever you do... (770 comments)

Double dip? I've been burgled 8 times now this past year and not once has a burglar come for a return trip!

about a year ago
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Debian Project Releases 7.0 "Wheezy" Installer Candidate

DeeEff List of new features (100 comments)

I don't know if you were just listing from TFA about the installer candidate, but I noticed you left out "Proper multi arch support" from the list of wheezy features. This is actually a big deal for users interested in Debian, since the ia32libs package was a goddamn monster.

Aside from that, there a few small nuances, such as the mtpfs package disappearing from the repos (try mounting Android on Debian now, sucker!), but the things listed from the article plus multi arch are probably the biggest.

about a year ago
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French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

DeeEff Re:Fucking brilliant! (626 comments)

But what if they're triplets? It'll just be the same escalation!

about a year and a half ago
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Have a Wi-Fi-Enabled Phone? Stores Are Tracking You

DeeEff Re:People really leave WiFi on? (323 comments)

3g/HSPA+/4G sucks more out of your phone than Wifi. Access Point scanning is trivial to your battery life, so if you're always at home or near an access point you can use, you would save battery life by keeping wifi on.

Also, GPS doesn't turn on unless requested by a process (not service). So leaving GPS on all the time does not affect your battery whatsoever, unless you like to open Maps all day with GPS off.

about a year and a half ago
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The World Remains Five Minutes From Midnight

DeeEff Whoever wrote this.... (301 comments)

Doesn't know shit about economics. The world is a several billion year old depreciated asset. A simple replacement analysis will show you that the most economic thing to do is use everything for what it's worth and replace it sometime in the next decade.

Seriously, it's like you guys don't want to be part of the 1%.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Richard Stallman Anything

DeeEff Re:Convenience vs. Freedom (573 comments)

I would take a shot in the dark and say it's a problem of marketing, not feature set.

about a year and a half ago
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Police Raid Home of 9-Year-Old Pirate Bay User, Seize "Winnie the Pooh" Laptop

DeeEff Re:Sensational! (376 comments)

Not only is she 9 years old, but she never actually SUCCESSFULLY pirated anything. She never broke any law.

Says who?

Says TFA:

Having failed in her quest to put enough money in her piggy bank to buy the latest album from local multi-platinum-selling songstress Chisu, in 2011 she turned to the Internet, first via Google and then The Pirate Bay.

The girl’s father said the resulting downloads didn’t work so the following day they went to the store to buy music. Nevertheless, this week’s police visit shows that CIAPC mean business, no matter how young the targets or whether or not they also buy music.

If the songs didn't work, it's probably a result of the actually not having downloaded the music, but a more malicious piece of data.

about a year and a half ago
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Police Raid Home of 9-Year-Old Pirate Bay User, Seize "Winnie the Pooh" Laptop

DeeEff Re:Sensational! (376 comments)

Not only is she 9 years old, but she never actually SUCCESSFULLY pirated anything. She never broke any law.

Furthermore, her father took her to the store and actually PAID FOR THE CONTENT the very next day. 600 Euros in damages for a crime that wasn't committed claiming damages that were.... what? How were they damaged? They didn't even lose a sale. So I guess this whole thing is bollocks then, and there should be no reason for them to raid a home and start taking things on a whim.

about a year and a half ago
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David Cameron 'Orders New Curbs On Internet Porn'

DeeEff Re:Religion is much worse (345 comments)

No True Scotsman is a crappy fallacy people knowing nothing of church history

Actually, it's not a "crappy fallacy." It's a legitimate one. You're twisting the word Christian the wrong way here.

First off, Christian basically means any religion that believes in Christ as the son of God (Abrahamic). This could mean Roman Catholic, Protestant, Mormon, Baptist, and I'm sure many more. They are all still Christians. If you think of it this way, dissent means nothing. Many people can "dissent" all they want, but if they aren't separating the label they use to describe themselves, they can still be committing the fallacy of No True Scotsman.

Take for example the following scenario:
Person A is eccentric and extremist in his opinions on religion. He takes the bible as literal fact and believes that Christ is his saviour and that gays are evil and sex before marriage deserves to have you stoned on the city wall.
Person B is tolerant, thinks that while Christ is his saviour, that we should still love everybody and that most of the bible consists of old traditions that aren't in line with proper human values because it was formed by a culture that existed long before much of our current knowledge.

The requisite to being a Christian is accepting Christ as the Son of God (in this case, we'll say Christ as a saviour of our sins, or a messiah is equivalent to that). Both persons are therefore Christian. If either Person A or Person B accuse the other of not being true Christians because they don't share the same opinions on all topics that their religion or system of beliefs stems from, then they are committing a fallacy where they are changing the definition of the predicate being a Christian to suit their personal opinion. That is the No True Scotsman fallacy. It's got nothing to do with history, it's everything to do with logic and the meaning of a term.

But religious people I know feed the hungry, house the homeless, and give a caring ear to people locked away in prison who need someone stable and normal to talk to. And part of that is because of their religion. Not because they feel obligated to do these things to earn God Points, to be redeemed for quality of housing in the afterlife. But because they believe that it's the right thing to do -- that they are merely passing on the love they recieve from their creator to those around them who really need it.

Part of it may be due to religion, however, I feel that this is simply confusing correlation with causation. From the very beginning humans knew that they needed the strength of a community to survive. Helping out your community (religious or otherwise) has long been the "right thing to do." They don't need to pass on any love of any creator for this to be possible. Our current survival is proof enough to show that humans use communities and cultures to survive, and that taking care of your neighbour means that he/she will eventually take care of you (in the broadest sense, some neighbours are dicks). This is the very concept behind social safety nets.

But if you're claiming "99% of religious people are insane" it would suggest that maybe you are not thinking of those people as human beings, merely wrong-thinking automatons.

An automaton can't even be insane by definition, since insanity is defined as being in a state of mind that prevents normal perception, behavior, or social interaction; seriously mentally ill. If they were automatons, they would always be in normal perception or behaviour relative to their default state. However, if we go under the assumption that people who believe in deities are in a state of mind where they cannot perceive things normally (or objectively, aka as things are), then "99% of religious people are insane" is a true statement. I don't personally believe that 99% of religious people are actually insane, but history tends to show that religion has been more or less used as an authoritarian device to control or direct people. So while I can't say that religion makes everyone insane, or evil-oriented automatons, I can say that there is a vast majority of religion that is used to control and subjugate other humans. And quite frankly, that's exactly the kind of thing only a human could do.

about 2 years ago
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David Cameron 'Orders New Curbs On Internet Porn'

DeeEff Re:Religion is much worse (345 comments)

Because religion isn't dangerous. Crazy people that use religion as an excuse for their actions are dangerous. If anything, we need more Christians that are actually Christians in this country.

Let me stop you there. We call this "No True Scotsman." You should read into it.

about 2 years ago
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David Cameron 'Orders New Curbs On Internet Porn'

DeeEff Re:Religion is much worse (345 comments)

Because religion is already intertwined with law/politics. Just like how tobacco, alcohol or caffeine are legal substances. If you want something to be legal nowadays you need to already have it established. Imagine if 50 Shades of Grey was written instead of the bible, porn would be what influenced law/politics and religion would be frowned upon.

Be right back. I'm going to the nearest Chapters and then I'm going to go grab a time machine. This is gonna be good.

about 2 years ago

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Berkeley Law releases its First Web Privacy Census

DeeEff DeeEff writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DeeEff writes "The first report in the University of California, Berkeley Law School's quarterly Web Privacy Census was released on Tuesday, and it shows that popular Web sites are far more aggressive in their consumer tracking practices than most people suspect, and that consumers are trapped in an escalating privacy crisis with limited control over their personal information.

Most interestingly noted in the article is that twice the amount of sites are using HTML5 storage as opposed to last year, while Flash Cookies are dying down, as we should expect. It also appears that 3rd party tracking seems to dominate most sites, such as from Google, Facebook, and other large players.

Reference: Nathan Good & Chris Jay Hoofnagle, The Web Privacy Census, June 2012, available at http://law.berkeley.edu/privacycensus.htm"

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