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About 40% of World Population Online, 90% of Offliners In Developing Countries

EzInKy All our eggs in one basket? (30 comments)

Maybe this is a good thing? Even though I thoroughly enjoy participating in a widely connected world, I do question the wisdom of making being connected a requirement for survival.

2 hours ago
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Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

EzInKy Only had one call and laughed... (129 comments)

...in his ear. He said a problem was detected on my Window's computer. Being every box in my house is running one Linux distro or another I had a problem picking myself up off the floor. Just think of how many people would fall for these scams if everyone really had Window's on some device in their house.

5 days ago
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Fish Tagged For Research Become Lunch For Gray Seals

EzInKy Seems pretty benign (48 comments)

Humans have been manipulating the evolution of other lifeforms for hundreds of thousands of years or more already. Perhaps mostly inadvertantly, but our effect is nonetheless there. The trick here would be ensure that only the furriest seals benefit from this technology.

about a week ago
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What Happens When Nobody Proofreads an Academic Paper

EzInKy This is why liberal educations are still required. (170 comments)

The more you specialise, the less you are understood. It is not without reason nature is biased against species who can only survive in specific environments.

about two weeks ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

EzInKy Re:Forever and Ever? (187 comments)

I'm a Christian

And there lies your problem. Despite all evidence to the contrary you continue to believe in the supernatural.

about two weeks ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

EzInKy Exactly!! (187 comments)

It really is a shame that quantity has become superior to quality so much these days.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

EzInKy Off topic (706 comments)

I know people that relocated to Florida that still have 612 area codes on the cell phones and the only problems they run into are old farts who think they're not "local" because they have a non-local area code.

Area code is one of the very few ways people not wanting to talk to people they don't know have of screening their calls. It is ridiculous that you need a white list just to answer the phone anymore. Caller ID really needs to be fixed, and I'd support regulation requiring jail time for anyone spoofing it.

about two weeks ago
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British Spies Are Free To Target Lawyers and Journalists

EzInKy If you are going to spy... (184 comments)

...you might as well spy on everybody. Seriously, who ever thought there were rules to warfare? Spying is warfare by the way. You either win, or you lose. There is no inbetween.

about three weeks ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

EzInKy I smoke, I drink, and I'm... (187 comments)

....realistic. I've also shagged a few questionable women in my time and since I'll be 56 this year and being realistic about my past and current behaviors I know I have little hope of surviving another ten years. I'm already planning on applying for Social Security when I'm 62 to get what little I can back from the system I've been paying into for the last 40 years.

about three weeks ago
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China Completes Its First Lunar Return Mission

EzInKy China, mankind's last hope? (109 comments)

The rest of the world seems to have become so risk adverse and cost focused that it is very doubtful any significant space exploration will be forthcomming in the near future. Perhaps what little communal pride is left in China will help spur exploration for explorations sake, and not just the pursuit of profit?

about three weeks ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

EzInKy As long as there is choice, there... (863 comments)

...is Unix. When choice is taken away you are left with Windows.

about a month ago
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Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

EzInKy Re:I guess you missed Kent State? (152 comments)

Protestors should be able to protest up and until the interfere with my right to live my life. Non-lethal weapons would go a long way in keeping them out of my yard.

about a month ago
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Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

EzInKy Re:I guess you missed Kent State? (152 comments)

Again, I hold Kent State up as an example where non-lethal force would have benefited the protestors. Once dead, their said of the story can't be heard.

about a month ago
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Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

EzInKy I guess you missed Kent State? (152 comments)

Non-lethal weapons would allow protestors to protest without getting killed. It is fair easier for a live person to argue their case in court than a corpse. The important thing here is to take away the governments ability to kill.

about a month ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

EzInKy African Infrastructure (372 comments)

Only investment in African infrastructure will stem infections coming from there. Saved lives are the only payoff though, so doubtful the 1% will be willing to go for that.

about a month ago
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Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

EzInKy The right track? (152 comments)

Until a proper stun setting is found, it must at least be given up to law enforcement to for researching non-lethal means of control. Even the recent events in Ferguson demonstrate the desperate need here. And perhaps, when lethal weapons are done away with those who don't belong in law enforcement will leave?

about a month ago
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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

EzInKy As far as the US goes... (291 comments)

...until connectivity is designated infrastructure citizens in that nation will be subjected to being nothing but profit creators for the powers that be. That is why I cheer for every business that requires internet connectivity to survive. One day access to the internet will be considered as necessary as access to roads, and it is only then that US citizens will have free access to the web.

about a month ago
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Security Company Tries To Hide Flaws By Threatening Infringement Suit

EzInKy Re:If you can't do, sue! (124 comments)

Disagree. I just think that anyone who depends on something as esotoric as the law to keep others safe should be held responsible for all others who are damaged by their ignorance.

about a month ago
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Security Company Tries To Hide Flaws By Threatening Infringement Suit

EzInKy If you can't do, sue! (124 comments)

Most of the world knows that security is fleeting, and those that deepend on the law to preserve obscurity is the fleetingness of all. Do they not even consider that citizens of nations that don't give a shit about legal protections are the very people their customers need to be protected against? These companies should be paying rewards to anyone who can defeat their protections, not punishing them.

about a month ago

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5 year old passed Microsoft Certified Professional

EzInKy EzInKy writes  |  about two weeks ago

EzInKy (115248) writes "The BBC has this heartwarming story about a five year old British boy who is the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional.

He told the BBC he found the exam difficult but enjoyable, and hopes to set up a UK-based tech hub one day.

"There were multiple choice questions, drag and drop questions, hotspot questions and scenario-based questions," he told the BBC Asian Network.

"The hardest challenge was explaining the language of the test to a five-year-old. But he seemed to pick it up and has a very good memory," explained Ayan's father Asim.

Ayan says he hopes to launch a UK-based IT hub similar to America's Silicon Valley one day, which he intends to call E-Valley."
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T'Pring dies!

EzInKy EzInKy writes  |  about 3 months ago

EzInKy (115248) writes "The actess who portrayed Spock's potential mate T'Pring passed away Tuesday. According to the BBC and others the cause was complications from a heart attack. Leonard Nimoy took the time to tweet "Saying goodbye to T'Pring, Arlene Martel. A lovely talent." I'm sure there are many here who will also be saddened as she was most probably in our first fantasies of interspecies mating."
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Technocrat dying again!

EzInKy EzInKy writes  |  about 9 months ago

EzInKy (115248) writes "Bruce really seems to have a hangup over who posts what. Technocrat, which under different leadership to Slashdot could have become a real competitor for news from nerds for nerds, is again hung up by it's stance against anonymous postings. Bruce, you are screwing the pooch once again! Just why is it you are so against free speech?"
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Technocrat.net is coming!

EzInKy EzInKy writes  |  about 9 months ago

EzInKy (115248) writes "Technocrat.net is planning on going live today! According to the site:

" The software is ready to run, with basic features. No moderation yet. On Tuesday morning I will deploy the software on my server and do a little testing. After that, probably around mid-day California time, we will have a low-user-id land-rush, we'll put the site on the air with rather shaky software and we will start soliciting for volunteer editors. Thus, Tuesday will be a live test and there will probably be a lot of issues in the software. Please keep your expectations low until I can work through them. "

What other Slashdot's alternatives are in the planning as the result of beta?"
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When Slashdot Beta goes mainstream, where will you go?

EzInKy EzInKy writes  |  about a year ago

EzInKy (115248) writes "I'm sure most of you have checked it out, and am just as sure most of you don't like what they are plan to force upon us. So my question is, where do you plan on getting your Slashdot fix once the beta becomes the default? I know I'm trying to learn CSS so I can undo the damage they are inflicting."
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Queens WWIII Speech Revealed

EzInKy EzInKy writes  |  about a year ago

EzInKy (115248) writes "This BBC article provides details of the script the United Kingdom's Queen was to deliver in the event of a nuclear holocaust. The document, released by the government under the 30-year rule, was drawn up as part of a war-gaming exercise in the spring of 1983, working through potential scenarios. In it, the Queen was expected to urge the people of the United Kingdom to "pray" in the event of a nuclear war. Although it was only a simulation, the text of the Queen's address — written as if broadcast at midday on Friday 4 March 1983 — seeks to prepare the country for the ordeal of World War III.

The script reads: "Now this madness of war is once more spreading through the world and our brave country must again prepare itself to survive against great odds. I have never forgotten the sorrow and the pride I felt as my sister and I huddled around the nursery wireless set listening to my father's inspiring words on that fateful day in 1939. Not for a single moment did I imagine that this solemn and awful duty would one day fall to me. But whatever terrors lie in wait for us all, the qualities that have helped to keep our freedom intact twice already during this sad century will once more be our strength.""
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Meteor Strike injures hundreds in Central Russia

EzInKy EzInKy writes  |  about 2 years ago

EzInKy (115248) writes "The BBC reports: A meteor crashing in central Russia's Ural mountains has injured at least 500 people, as the shockwave blew out windows and rocked buildings. Scientists have played down suggestions that there is any link between the event in the Urals and 2012 DA14, an asteroid expected to race past the Earth on Friday at a distance of just 27,700km (17,200 miles) — the closest ever predicted for an object of that size. Prof Alan Fitzsimmons, of the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen's University Belfast, said there was "almost definitely" no connection. "One reason is that 2012 DA14 is approaching Earth from the south, and this object hit in the northern hemisphere," he told BBC News. "This is literally a cosmic coincidence, although a spectacular one.""
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