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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

DrPeper What on earth would be the purpose for this? (173 comments)

Ok first off, the agencies in question repeatedly have shown no compunction what-so-ever to following ANY laws. They certainly will not follow this one. On top of that all they have to do is say "National Security" and the point it moot. So someone please tell me why this is anything other than political band-standing, a complete waste of taxpayer money, and completely idiotically pointless.

yesterday
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Wearable Robot Adds Two Fingers To Your Hand

DrPeper And now for the improperly spun article of the day (77 comments)

Ok, so I read the snippet of the article and got one image in my mind, then when I went to the article and saw the picture... Let's just say less than impressive. Those aren't fingers those are sticks.

Wake me when I can strap two extra tentacle like arms with actually human(ish) hands on the end of them to my back. Oh and they should be partially intelligent too.

about two weeks ago
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The FBI's Jargon List: Internet Acronyms Galore

DrPeper Real language is becoming PERL. (124 comments)

Ever notice (with all the acronyms) how much language is looking more and more like PERL?

about a month and a half ago
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The FBI's Jargon List: Internet Acronyms Galore

DrPeper AYBABTU (124 comments)

So basically the FBI is saying AYBABTU (All Your Base Are Belong To Us)?

about a month and a half ago
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Report: Watch Dogs Game May Have Influenced Highway Sign Hacking

DrPeper All Your Base Are Belong To Us. (154 comments)

Would have been the perfect message to have posted on these signs.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

DrPeper Re:Or call your credit card company ... (228 comments)

THANK YOU! Somebody FINALY got what's really going on here. This isn't about helping customers (at all) it's about AT&T attempting to find an "EXCUSE" to keep and monetize location information. This is a VERY bad idea for consumers.

about 2 months ago
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Teen's Biofuel Invention Turns Algae Into Fuel

DrPeper Whoooptie f'ing do. (113 comments)

Seriously are you freakin' kidding me? Yes... Yes.. YES everyone's child is a freaking super-genius. Right. Oh... and gads... this one can actualy READ by the 8th grade. How wonderfully miraculous.

about a year ago
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New All-Solid Sulfur Based Battery Outperforms Lithium Ion

DrPeper It needs a name...SLi batteries. (322 comments)

Ok so we have nickel cadmium (NiCd), nickel metal hydride (NiMH), lithium ion (Li-ion), and lithium ion polymer (Li-poly) batteries, so this would make Sulfur Lithium (SLi) batteries. Actually that's a pretty cool name.

about a year ago
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Space Coffee, Just the Way You Like It

DrPeper Seriously??? ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? (147 comments)

THIS is what you spend your college days doing? Developing COFFEE for non-existent space flights? Oh how proud your parents MUST be. I know I certainly am. You definitely deserve a high paying position when you get out of college for this *incredible* feat of mental fortitude. Society in general DEFINITELY needs more useless people such as yourselves. Whoop, Whoop!

about a year ago
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In Iceland, Tap Cellphones To Avoid Incest

DrPeper Re:Don't you know who your cousins are? (296 comments)

SERIOUSLY??? In a country that is SMALLER than PARKS that we have in the US. You seriously don't know who your own cousins are?? REALLY?? I know all 43 of my cousins, and they live in 7 different states (which is like countries for the Euro's).

about a year ago
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Interviews: Ask Freeman Dyson What You Will

DrPeper Re:Seriously????? (181 comments)

Whoops, apparently there's a problem, I intended to comment on another article. Sorry!

about a year ago
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Interviews: Ask Freeman Dyson What You Will

DrPeper Seriously????? (181 comments)

Ok, in a country that is smaller than some PARKS we have in the US, HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW your own cousins?

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

DrPeper Re:Don't be in a rush (770 comments)

I concur, wait for a WOOT-OFF! You'll get everything you need there. Even the security system.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Gently Keep Management From Wrecking a Project?

DrPeper You can not. (276 comments)

The damage has already been done to the project, there is no resurrecting it. You are done, it is over. Sorry to say it. But once you get a textbook MBA into the matter, it is over and there is no Resurrection for project. You will do well in your further endeavors, however this one has reached it's conclusion.

about a year and a half ago
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US Resists UN Push For Control Over Internet

DrPeper Re:Why should the US remain in charge? (266 comments)

Ok *HERE* is the real problem with that (I will spuriously term that as) "logic". Those "other" countries are predominately run by either dictatorships (where is the logic in a dictatorship?), socialist agendas, or completely egregiously corrupt governments. *THAT* very fact alone should be enough to argue that the current governance is adequate.

about 2 years ago
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US Resists UN Push For Control Over Internet

DrPeper THE very best way to screw things up. (266 comments)

If you really want to kill the internet, then by all means put it in the control of the UN. Show me any any project (thatis supposedly successful) that is run by the UN and I will show you corruption, extortion, and gang mentality. I would wager that I could also show you almost every other form of blasphemous egregious violation of human rights and offenses to freedom and democracy.

about 2 years ago
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How a 3-Year-Old Can Open a Gun Safe

DrPeper Small bank safes probably have this issue as well. (646 comments)

I have watched the video and (full disclosure) I have worked within the banking industry. I know for a fact that safes with solenoid unlocking devices are widely used. Either with a biometric or electronic numeric keypad method of unlocking. I also know that as one of the persons (formerly) responsible testing these devices, that this attack vector never occurred to me. And I'm talking about the picking up and dropping of it, primarily. Mostly because the safes in question are several hundred pounds and had to be delivered to my testing area on a forklift. And partly because if I did so the people of the floor beneath me would have freaked out and I would have had a talking to by my boss. But I'll bet you anything that you could lift up a corner of one of the small bank safes and drop it the same way. I would be surprised if that *DID NOT* work. Mostly considering that the companies that make those safes are as equally negligent in testing as the ones in the Forbes article.

about 2 years ago

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What gadgets would you use for hunting meteorites?

DrPeper DrPeper writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DrPeper (249585) writes "I *may* have an opportunity to assist a pair of renowned meteorite hunters (yes the ones on the Science Channel). Being the MacGuyver everywhere I've worked and a consummate geek, I thought I would pose a question to the UberGeek community. If you were to go meteorite hunting, what gadgets would you use?

I've already thought of using; a UAV with a radio gradiometer, or attaching a coil to a quadrocopter, blimp, or terrestrial robot. The point of which would be to have it automatically produce a gradient map of the density of ferrous metals in a given area.

Any crazy ideas out there?"
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Banking Funny Business?

DrPeper DrPeper writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DrPeper (249585) writes "I just had a unique experience with my Bank. It's one of those really big ones that got a bunch of federal bailout money, and is asking for more. I logged into my account online to take a look, only to find that I had been overdrawn the week previous. They had quite happily chalked up 6 $35 "Overdraft fees". Well I had signed up a long while back to get email alerts whenever my account is low. I didn't get any such warning. I even tested the email forward that I use and it worked perfectly. I've also stopped in a branch on two occasions to make sure my savings account is linked to my checking so that I wouldn't get overdraft fees. Each time they told me it was all set. So I shouldn't ever be overdrawn. Low and behold a while later "whoops Overdraft fees". After an hour on the phone with 3 seperate people, I finally got a manager who admitted that the problem with e-mail alerts was on their end. To be fair the bank did refund the fees and said that they fixed the problems. But I'm just wondering how prevalent this kind of "whoops our mistake" funny business they have going on, in an attempt to raise (extort?) income for the bank?"
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DrPeper DrPeper writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DrPeper (249585) writes "I just ran across this laughable article on silicon.com. CIO Forum: 'Young people will kill off the IT department' But that's not a bad thing, says Peter Cochrane... 'Young people are proving to be a disruptive force in the enterprise which will bring about the demise of the IT department as we know it today, according to technologist and futurist Peter Cochrane.' It goes on to say that; 'The tech-savvy workforce of the future won't need or want the usual type of IT support. "I can guarantee the young people coming into your company know more than the IT department," he said' Now I don't know about everyone else but I've been in the IT industry for over 16 years. I have yet to meet a new young employee who knows more than me. If anything their frequently virus and Trojan ridden systems are driving most IT departments. But at least the article is good for a laugh!"

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