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The Oatmeal Convinces Elon Musk To Donate $1 Million To Tesla Museum

Forbo Re:Fair enough (78 comments)

Except that Ford Motors was around long before Gerald Ford became president.

about two weeks ago
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Ars Takes an Early Look At the Privacy-Centric Blackphone

Forbo Re:Power and Performance (67 comments)

So wait, is Blackphone open source? I'm not seeing anything indicating that. You state that you can't trust any other device, because it's closed source, but...

Maybe I'm missing something here.

about three weeks ago
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Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC

Forbo Funding options: (209 comments)

On the site, it asks "Who to fund?" and gives the options "Whatever Helps", "Democrats Only", and "Republicans Only".

Their FAQ states: "In 2014, our objective is to win seats on the basis of reform, and to show that we can win seats on the basis of reform. We don’t see any independent candidates on the federal level who could win this election cycle. Spending our donors money to support independent candidates doesn’t advance our objective."

Whoa whoa whoa... what? Supporting candidates who have advocated election and campaign finance reform as part of their agenda "doesn't advance our objective"?

Well, boy, I certainly feel better about funding this now!

about a month ago
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The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call In the Bahamas

Forbo Favoritism. (205 comments)

"The U.S. Department of Treasury estimated that in 2011 the Caribbean Banking Centers, which include Bahamas ...held almost $2 trillion dollars in United States debt." - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

I bet there were some pretty juicy tidbits swept up in that massive dragnet. I certainly believe that tax evaders are a lot more of an actual threat to the US than the terrorism "boogeyman". So where are our prosecutions on this crap?

The answer is that there never will be. All this mass-surveillance will never actually be used to our benefit, only as a means enforcing the status quo for the powers that be.

about 2 months ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

Forbo Re:Go to hell (218 comments)

"Fall into the wrong hands"? They've already got their hands in the cookie jar. Snowden showed just how far the government has sunk their claws into telecom corporations. It's not a matter of "who controls it", because as far as I'm concerned it's compromised from conception. The ability shouldn't exist PERIOD.

about 4 months ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

Forbo Re:Go to hell (218 comments)

Chicago has the strictest gun laws on the planet and they are the murder capitol of the world.

Hyperbole much?

Illinois gun laws.

Top 50 cities with highest murder rates.

But it's okay to blow things out of proportion and ignore statistics when you're trying to push an agenda.

about 4 months ago
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IBM Distances Itself From the NSA and Its Spy Activities

Forbo Re:Nothing new for IBM (61 comments)

Sorry I didn't see this notice until just now, seems that the comment notifications were broken for me. Here's some information on IBM's involvement in World War II: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_during_World_War_II

'His grand design for 1943 was a locator file in which would appear a Hollerith alphabetic punch card for each evacuee. These cards were to include standard demographic information about age, sex, education, occupation, family size, medical history, criminal record, and RC location. However, additional data categories about links to Japan were also maintained, such as years of residence in Japan and the extent of education received there... The punch card project was so extensive and immediate that the War Relocation Authority subcontracted the function to IBM.'

about 4 months ago
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Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash

Forbo Asleep at the wheel. (150 comments)

"The company recommended that ATM operators provide better physical security for the computers controlling the machines, lock down BIOS or system hard drives, deploy lock-down software or upgrade to a supported operating system."

Really? This stuff isn't being done to begin with?

about 4 months ago
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The Net Routes Around Censorship In Turkey

Forbo Subverting censorship. (82 comments)

People ask why I would ever want to run a Tor exit node, this is a perfect example.

about 4 months ago
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IBM Distances Itself From the NSA and Its Spy Activities

Forbo Re:Nothing new for IBM (61 comments)

They also had their hand in the pot for the Japanese internment camps in the US.

about 4 months ago
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Aussie Attorney General's War On Encrypted Web Services

Forbo Re:That's ONE choice (151 comments)

Even the ones of the programming variety? :-P

about 4 months ago
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Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek

Forbo Re:Why? (390 comments)

I'm sorry, but what is "KTK'd"? I tried searching for it on a few different sites but can't come up with anything that seems remotely relevant.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Circles the Wagons To Defeat ODF In the UK

Forbo Re:Sclerotacracy (89 comments)

Excellent break down, thank you for the clarification! ^_^

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Circles the Wagons To Defeat ODF In the UK

Forbo Re:I have no doubt whatsoever ... (89 comments)

What in the world is a sclerotocracy? I had never heard of it before, so I tried looking up the term on DuckDuckGo, Google and Bing and I'm coming up with nothing.

about 5 months ago
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Why Your Phone Gets OTA Updates But Your Car Doesn't

Forbo Call me paranoid... (305 comments)

...but I'd rather not add any more attack vectors than absolutely essential.

about 5 months ago
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First Evidence That Google's Quantum Computer May Not Be Quantum After All

Forbo Re:Don't forget there's another out there. (224 comments)

For anyone who (like me) didn't understand the reference: Colossus

Thank you for that, it was an interesting read and quite pertinent to the subject matter. Someone throw some mod points at that person!

about 6 months ago
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Researchers Try To "Close the Nutrient Cycle" Through Better Waste Recycling

Forbo Re:New Meaning to the phrase: (112 comments)

Chocolate rain...
Some stay dry, others feel the pain.

about 6 months ago
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First Evidence That Google's Quantum Computer May Not Be Quantum After All

Forbo Don't forget there's another out there. (224 comments)

Lockheed Martin also has a D-Wave system, so let's not forget that's already churning away for some three letter agency somewhere.

about 6 months ago
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Super Bowl Ads: Worth the Price Or Waste of Time?

Forbo Re:1984 (347 comments)

I honestly don't understand why Apple is on this list. They're pretty much the final computer company that will just sell you a computer, and not tie it into a million services that track your identity, and try to spam you/sell you.

Setting up Mavericks:
- "Oh, hey, sign in with your AppleID for everything iCloud!" No, shut up, I don't need your crap.
- "You really should turn on location services so we know where you are at any given time!" No, shut up, you don't need that.
- "Hey, in order to update the applications that come with the OS by default, you're going to need an AppleID with a credit card attached." No, shut up.

Please, tell me again how Apple isn't trying to tie me into a million services that track me.

about 6 months ago
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With No Guidance From Google, Makers Creating Own Glass Accessories

Forbo Re:In before the cyborgs.. (50 comments)

Maybe they can make a face shield attachment accessory to deaden the blows of the punches they deserve for wearing google glass in public. Glassholes.

...something, something, punishment fitting crime, mumble mumble...

about 6 months ago

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How to fix Slashdot Beta?

Forbo Forbo writes  |  about 5 months ago

Forbo (3035827) writes "Since the migration to Slashdot Beta was announced, it seems all meaningful discussion has been completely disrupted with calls to boycott and protest. Rather than pull an Occupy, what can be done to focus and organize the action? What is the end goal: To revert entirely to the previous site, or to address the problems with the new site?"

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