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SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

Frosty Piss Re:asking questions of each is good, intentions as (69 comments)

And keep in mind, Mr. Musk is not some schmuck like the Amazon guy who has a Space Vanity Project. SpaceX has launched real rockets into real space with real payloads. Musk and SpaceX are here to stay.

12 hours ago
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Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

Frosty Piss Re:Think of the children! (335 comments)

That's pretty much how teenagers operate in general.

And don't forget those "cool" masks...

yesterday
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Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

Frosty Piss Re:Think of the children! (335 comments)

Anonymous isn't some kind of coordinated collective. Anyone can take on the name...

Apperently, almost 100% of those now using the name are glorified skript kiddies.

yesterday
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Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

Frosty Piss Re:Think of the children! (335 comments)

There are many things Anonymous does which are morally dubious.

For example they have already forgotten about their pledge to take down ISIS interweb sites...

Sometimes I think they are just a bunch of publicity whores, but I haven't yet figured out what it is they get out of making announcments, doing it 1/4 assed, and quickily forgetting what they were doning and moving on to the next great headline grabber...

yesterday
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SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

Frosty Piss Re:Not a problem (69 comments)

SpaceX will sell the Air Farce the rockets. The AF launches their gear into orbit. SpaceX has nothing to do with it more than to get paid for the hardware and some support personnel who will have to have security clearances.

That's not really the way DoD rocket launches work. It's certainly not how Boeing and ULA work.

yesterday
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SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

Frosty Piss Re:Elon Musk gotta be very careful here ! (69 comments)

Launching spy satellite is a very very lucrative business, and if Elon Musk is too headstrong into butting his SpaceX in, who knows what ULA will do next ...

Like what? Send over a few "tough guys"? Sabotage at SpaceX? ULA is going to have to "re-factor" their cash cow to be more competitive, or they will continue lose out on choice US government work; the public eye is on this stuff now, the politicians will have to answer for this sort of thing.

yesterday
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SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

Frosty Piss Is someone looking for a job? (69 comments)

Maybe someone high up in the USAF food chain is retireing soon and looking for a job... Boeing obviously didn't pay them off enough to keep exclusivity on their overpriced program.

yesterday
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Twitter Moves To Curb Instagram Links

Frosty Piss Re:Social Networking is a mess (108 comments)

The model for today's social networks appear to be to deliberately start with low-friction, low-bullshit, come-in-we're-open policies (sometimes after a beta-for-the-leet-only period), become popular, then cash in and pile on the restrictions, rules, ads and dataraping.

A lot of this is because at a certain point the realize / understand that the vulture capitalists who invested the bizziolns of cash for the cool office space and retro pinball machines want a return on their investment. The other part is that many or even most of these start-ups have from the word "go" operated under the plan of developing a product and than offloading it to Facebook for a billion or two. It's all about the money, and you can't make money without "monetizing" the product.

yesterday
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WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

Frosty Piss Re:Really? (189 comments)

I hereby announce slashdotplus. It's like slashdot but without stories.

Slashdot has stories? When did this happen?

2 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

Frosty Piss Re:Size (323 comments)

The hardest problem I've seen people have with Google Glass is how obvious it is you are wearing the glasses. People in public assume you are recording them and it bothers them.

If you over come that, I think it would be a fantastic barrier to remove.

So, you have no issues with people recording you when you don't know about it?

You think is OK for some Glasshole to walk into a restaurant where you are enjoying a public yet private dinner with a friend, record it and put it up on the Intertubes? You are OK with that. I mean, it is a "public" place, right?

I know, public places and all, just posing the question...

4 days ago
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Serious Fraud Office Drop Investigation Into Autonomy Accounting

Frosty Piss Re:When does the investigation into HP start? (53 comments)

Not excusing HP but if someone is looking to intentionally defraud in this scenario and they have control of the information, books, invoices etc that are handed to HP then it is nearly impossible to ever be 100% certain before an acquisition, at some point you have to trust that the people you are dealing with and if you are then found to have been duped you get the police involved.

With a deal this big, HP might have wanted to verify the numbers through independent sources?

about a week ago
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Google Pondering $1 Billion Investment In SpaceX's Satellite Internet

Frosty Piss Re:PayPal Fees (100 comments)

You realize you are stating the obvious?

about a week ago
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Serious Fraud Office Drop Investigation Into Autonomy Accounting

Frosty Piss Just a thought... (53 comments)

So, in their quest to be like Facebook and Google by snapping up technology for obscene money, they forgot to do "due diligence", and now they are pissed?

HP used to be such a great technology company, until they switched to the printer ink scam... At least they sold off their bench test equipment designs to a company that is still producing fairly nice stuff.

about a week ago
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Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

Frosty Piss Re: Did Congress pass a law? (122 comments)

As we know, there is quite a bit that the President can do without congress. As well, with the lifting of restrictions that are within the President's power, a "critical mass" for full lifting will build. Don't fool yourself, it will - and should - happen.

about a week ago
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Virgin Galactic To Launch 2,400 Comm. Satellites To Offer Ubiquitous Broadband

Frosty Piss Re:This. (123 comments)

With a name like rimdingler, you would have visibility on that issue, right?

about two weeks ago
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Virgin Galactic To Launch 2,400 Comm. Satellites To Offer Ubiquitous Broadband

Frosty Piss This. (123 comments)

Richard Branson scheduled fly to the ISS on a Russian rocket and blow his world renowned ample load all over the inside if the ISS in an attempt to make the ultimate porn segment for xHampster...

about two weeks ago
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Ammonia Leak Alarm On the ISS Forces Evacuation of US Side: Crew Safe

Frosty Piss Re: This is why I like analog gauges... (95 comments)

How much is a "shit ton"? Can you relate that to a metric shit ton? I'm looking for a car analogy...

about two weeks ago
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Fields Medal Winner Manjul Bhargava On the Pythagorean Theorem Controversy

Frosty Piss Re:India? I don't think so... (187 comments)

Wow, the Indian H1-B contigent must be on Slashdot today...

about two weeks ago
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Fields Medal Winner Manjul Bhargava On the Pythagorean Theorem Controversy

Frosty Piss India? I don't think so... (187 comments)

Pythagorean theorem was discovered in India.

Really? I heard it was discouvered in North Korea by Great Leader Kim Il-sung, and later perfected under the guidence of Dear Leader Kim Jong-il

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Frosty Piss Re:Line printer (790 comments)

The sound of a line printer spewing out paper a line at a time.

Zip, zip, zip, zip...

about two weeks ago

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Get me off your f**king mailing list

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 2 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "'Get Me Off Your F**king Mailing List' is an actual science paper accepted by the journal International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology. As reported at Vox and other web sites, the journal, despite its distinguished name, is a predatory open-access journal. These sorts of low-quality journals spam thousands of scientists, offering to publish their work for a fee. In 2005, computer scientists David Mazières and Eddie Kohler created this highly profane ten-page paper as a joke, to send in replying to unwanted conference invitations. It literally just contains that seven-word phrase over and over, along with a nice flow chart and scatter-plot graph. More recently, computer scientist Peter Vamplew sent it to the IJACT in response to spam from the journal, and the paper was automatically accepted with an anonymous reviewer rating it as 'excellent', and requested a fee of $150. Over the years, the number of these predatory journals has exploded. Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado, keeps an up-to-date list of them to help researchers avoid being taken in; it currently has 550 publishers and journals on it."
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Experimental hypersonic missile explods four seconds after takeoff

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 5 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "For reasons yet to be determined, a missile carrying the Pentagon's Advanced Hypersonic Weapon exploded four seconds after it took off from the Kodiak Launch Complex. Ground controllers blew it up remotely. Much of the launch pad and nearby facilities were damaged. This launch is the second test flight for the program, the first, in November 2011, successfully launched the hypersonic 'glide vehicle' about 2,500 miles from Hawaii to a test site in the Marshall Islands. The glider and rocket system were developed by Sandia National Laboratories, which is overseen by the Energy Department and managed by Lockheed Martin."
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Deputy who fatally struck cyclist while answering email will face no charges

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 5 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "The LA County District Attorney’s Office declined to press charges against a sheriff’s deputy who was apparently distracted by his mobile digital computer when he fatally struck cyclist and former Napster COO Milton Olin Jr. in Calabasas last December. The deputy was responding to routine work email when he drifted into the bike lane and struck and killed Mr. Olin. As with a lot of Law Enforcement behavior, let's see a "regular" citizen get away with that."
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Amazon stirs up culture clash over France's bookstores

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 5 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "Amazon’s rise has provoked fear and suspicion from the French government that its tactics may be undermining a treasured part of French culture, its bookstores. The French government recently passed legislation with the goal than to thwart what Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti called Amazon's dumping of low-cost books in France, in order to protect independent bookstores. It prohibits online retailers from discounting books or offering free shipping. Amazon's expansion in Europe has run into roadblocks, as everything from legal constraints in France to union battles in Germany to public shaming over tax avoidance in the United Kingdom threaten to slow its growth. The battle in Europe is as much cultural as it is financial. Read more from the Seattle Times."
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Monkey "selfies" spark copyright dispute with Wikipedia

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 5 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "A series of self-portraits taken by Indonesian monkeys has sparked a copyright dispute between Wikipedia and a British wildlife photographer, says Wikipedia is using his copyrighted images without permission. Photographer David Slater complained that Wikipedia rejected his requests for the images to be removed from the website. Although the monkeys pressed the button, Slater set up the self-portraits by framing them and setting the camera on a tripod. The Wikimedia Foundation claims that no one owns the copyright to the images, because under U.S. law, 'copyright cannot vest in non-human authors', the monkeys in this case."
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NFL to use RFID chips on players

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 6 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "The NFL announced this week that it will be using RFID tracking chips on players during select games in the 2014 season to generate precise positioning data on each player on every play. The data is instantly analyzed by the NFL’s MotionWorks graphics system, which then generates statistics for every play. The data can also be instantly incorporated into the visual elements of the TV broadcast within the broadcast’s standard two-second delay."
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Artist Develops Program to Block Glassholes

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 7 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "Berlin artist Julian Oliver has written a simple program called Glasshole.sh that detects any Glass device attempting to connect to a Wi-Fi network based on a unique character string that he says he’s found in the MAC addresses of Google’s augmented reality headsets. Installed on a Raspberry Pi or Beaglebone mini-computer and pluged into a USB network antenna, this system can detect Glass and use the program Aircrack-NG to impersonate the network and send a “deauthorization” command, cutting the headset’s Wi-Fi connection."
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CIA rendition jet was waiting in Europe to kidnap Snowden

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 7 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "As Edward Snowden made his dramatic escape to Russia a year ago, a secret US government jet previously employed in CIA 'rendition' flights on which terror suspects disappeared into 'black' imprisonment flew into Europe in a bid to spirit him back to the United States. On the evening of 24 June 2013, an unmarked Gulfstream V business jet took off from a quiet commercial airport 30 miles from a Washington DC. regional airport discreetly offers its clients 'the personal accommodations and amenities you can't find at commercial airports'. On its best-known mission, the jet flew a U.S. marshals into the UK on to collect radical cleric Abu Hamza after the United States won an extradition order against him. Only Vladimir Putin's intransigence saved Snowden from a similar travel package. The jet's activities can be followed on many flight tracking websites such as FlightAware"
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Russia plans to leave International Space Station by 2020

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 8 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "Russia said it does not plan to use the International Space Station beyond 2020, casting a shadow on U.S. plans to continue cooperation with the country and extend the life of the orbiting laboratory until at least 2024. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told reporters Tuesday that Russia is looking to redirect its attention to other projects after 2020. Ever since NASA retired its aging shuttle fleet in 2011, the only way for astronauts to reach the space station is aboard a Russian Soyuz craft, though NASA has awarded cargo resupply contracts to the California-based SpaceX and the Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corporation."
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Major Study Finds The United States Is An Oligarchy

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 9 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "A new study from Princeton and Northwestern universities has concluded that the U.S. government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country's citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful. According to Business Insider, the peer-reviewed study, researchers concluded that U.S. government policies rarely align with the preferences of the majority of Americans, but do favour special interests and lobbying organizations. The theory of 'biased pluralism' that the Princeton and Northwestern researchers believe the U.S. system fits holds that policy outcomes 'tend to tilt towards the wishes of corporations and business and professional associations.'"
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Snowden's purloined documents are now available online

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 10 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "The ACLU and others have long suspected that the National Security Agency has gone far beyond its mandate of gathering information for counter-terrorism and foreign intelligence purposes. Many Those suspicions were confirmed when, on June 5, 2013, The Guardian released the first in a series of documents provided by Edward Snowden detailing the NSA's unlawful spying activities. All of the documents released since that day, both by the media and the government, are housed in a database maintained by the ACLU and accessible by the public on-line."
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Pentagon bracing for public dissent over climate and energy shocks

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 10 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "Since the 2008 economic crash, security agencies have increased domestic spying on behalf of corporate interests. This activity is linked to the last decade of US defence planning, which has been increasingly concerned by the risk of civil unrest at home triggered by catastrophic events linked to climate change, energy shocks or economic crisis. Just last month, unilateral changes to US military laws formally granted the Pentagon extraordinary powers to intervene in a domestic emergency or civil disturbance — 'Federal military commanders have the authority, in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the President is impossible and duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation, to engage temporarily in activities that are necessary to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances.' The public is being increasingly viewed by the Pentagon as potential enemies that must be policed by the state."
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Alan Turing May Not Have Committed Suicied

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about a year ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "Alan Turing may not have committed suicide, as is widely believed. Turing expert Prof Jack Copeland has questioned the evidence that was presented at the 1954 inquest, believing that the evidence would not today be accepted as sufficient to establish a suicide verdict. In 1952, after he had reported a petty burglary, Turing found himself being investigated for "acts of gross indecency" after he revealed he had had a male lover in his house. Prof Copeland argues that on the contrary, Turing's career was at an intellectual high, and that he had borne his treatment "with good humour". Prof Copeland suggests that Turing's death was an accident."
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Ex-Napster COO Fatally Struck by Sheriff's Patrol Car While Biking

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about a year ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "Milton Everett Olin Jr. of Woodland Hills, was struck and killed by a sheriff's patrol car just after 1 p.m. Sunday while riding a bike in the bike lane of Mulholland Highway in Calabasas, he was 65. In addition to serving as a top executive for the file-sharing website Napster Inc., Olin was a prominent entertainment attorney for Altschul & Olin LLP, which he co-founded, and had been practicing law since 1975, according to court documents and the State Bar of California."
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Only Nuclear Power Can Save Humanity Say Global Warming High Priests

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about a year ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "Four of the best-known scientists espousing the belief that human generated carbon emissions are an immediate and deadly threat have issued a statement begging their fellow scientists to support nuclear power. James Hansen, Ken Caldeira, Kerry Emanuel and Tom Wigley co-signed an open letter over the weekend in which they address "those influencing environmental policy, but opposed to nuclear power". The four scientists write that "continued opposition to nuclear power threatens humanity's ability to avoid dangerous climate change ... there is no credible path to climate stabilization that does not include a substantial role for nuclear power". A frustrated Hansen described this standard hard-green ideology as "a religion of sorts" to CNN over the weekend, acknowledging that he and his fellow pro-nuclear environmentalists have a hard road ahead of them."
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Patent Troll Intellectual Ventures Goes After The Deep Pockets

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about a year ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "After numerous high-profile lawsuits against tech companies, a Washington State based patent troll Intellectual Ventures is now setting its sights on the financial industry. However, the company has run into some interesting legal arguments as of late. On top of more traditional arguments, two targets of the shakedown operation, Symantec and Trend Micro, are asking a federal judge to bar Intellectual Ventures from seeking massive licensing fees on the grounds that a patent acquired for a fraction of what the company is seeking couldn't possibly be worth so much. Intellectual Ventures bought the patents in question about 7 years ago for a mere $750,000. It is seeking a combined $310 million from the two targets."
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Man buys $100,000 Tesla with Bitcoins

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about a year ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "A Florida man bought a Tesla Model S from a Lamborghini dealership with BitCoin. It was the first time the dealer had accepted Bitcoin. The buyer, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought the top-of-the-line Tesla (TSLA) for $103,000, which was equivalent to 91.4 Bitcoins on Tuesday, the day of the sale, said Cedric Davy, marketing director at the dealership. After checking into any legal issues and other research, the dealership worked with Bitcoin payment processor BitPay to handle the transaction. Timing was on the buyer's side. The digital currency, known for its wide price swings, dropped sharply in value on Friday, just days after the purchase. But the dealer didn't need to worry about the risks associated with the volatile currency. BitPay locked in Tuesday's Bitcoin price for both the buyer and the dealership, Davy said. "We're not in the business of speculating so at the end of the day we want to sell the car as priced," he said."
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Only Nuclear can Save Humanity, say Global Warming high priests

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about a year ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "Four of the best-known scientists espousing the belief that human generated carbon emissions are an immediate and deadly threat have issued a statement begging their fellow scientists to support nuclear power. James Hansen, Ken Caldeira, Kerry Emanuel and Tom Wigley co-signed an open letter over the weekend in which they address "those influencing environmental policy, but opposed to nuclear power". The four scientists write that "continued opposition to nuclear power threatens humanity's ability to avoid dangerous climate change ... there is no credible path to climate stabilization that does not include a substantial role for nuclear power". A frustrated Hansen described this standard hard-green ideology as "a religion of sorts" to CNN over the weekend, acknowledging that he and his fellow pro-nuclear environmentalists have a hard road ahead of them."
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Fuel cells are 'so bullshit'

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about a year ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "Elon Musk is unafraid to speak his mind. Whether he's talking about other players in the electric vehicle space or sub-par reporting from The New York Times, this is a man with few filters. Musk ays that fuel cells are not part of the solution that electric vehicles offer for giving up the hydrocarbon addiction. After commenting that the only reason some automakers are pursuing hydrogen technology is for marketing purposes, that lithium batteries are superior mass and volume-wise for a given range, and that fuel cells are too expensive, Musk capped it all off with the safety issue. "Oh god, a fuel cell is so bullshit", Musk said. "Hydrogen is quite a dangerous gas. you know, it's suitable for the upper stage of rockets, but not for cars," he said."
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