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Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

Frosty Piss Re:Isn't parody protected in the US? (140 comments)

Guess the good Mayor has never heard of the Streisand Effect.

Uh, yeah. And how is that relevant here? Doesn't seem like he's actually taking much heat, except here at Slashdot and a single Left leaning web site. Maybe a little heat in his home town paper. But seriously, "Streisand Effect"?

People like to pontificate "Streisand Effect", but in most of the cases where it is used, it has not actually occurred.

"Streisand Effect" is a *WAY WAY* over used Intertube meme.

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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

Frosty Piss Re:Spare Change (318 comments)

100 percent. Been there, done that.

There are four basic types of "homeless" -

1. The mentally ill.
2. Drug users and alcoholics that don't want to "get off the street" enough to do something about their habits.
3. Homeless people who lived too close to the edge and became unemployed, drug addicts and alcoholics who want to change their lives.

And here is Seattle - "Nicklesville" ...

4. People who feel that society should support their homeless lifestyle.

There are in fact many services for all of these groups except Number Four. The rest, if they work hard, give up the heavy booze and drugs (there are in fact programs), they can lift themselves out of homelessness.

And don't fool yourself, Number Four exists in great numbers, dragging the "real" homeless down to their level.

3 days ago
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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

Frosty Piss Re:It is a Hobby (217 comments)

Believe it or not in a conversation people do not repeat the same point over and over again.

Believe it or not, when your initial argument is bullshit, it doesn't change the facts...

about a week ago
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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

Frosty Piss Re:It is a Hobby (217 comments)

Depends in what sense you use the word.

No, not to the IRS, and that was the original question.

about a week ago
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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

Frosty Piss Re:It is a Hobby (217 comments)

When you have billions of dollars your versions of "hobby" may be very different from what a normal person would do.

Maybe so, but going back to original post about what the IRS considers a "hobby", a "non-profit" is not the same as a business that makes no money.

about a week ago
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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

Frosty Piss Re:It is a Hobby (217 comments)

According the IRS if you run a business and don't make a profit, it is considered a HOBBY.

Sort of like Bill Gates' non-profit is a "hobby"?

about a week ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

Frosty Piss Re:more pseudo science (856 comments)

Hopefully in a journal that is reviewed by skeptics rather than Ideologues.

All scientific journals are reviewed by skeptics.

That's because all scientists are skeptics.

Spoken like a true ideologue.

about a week ago
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Under the Chassis: A Look At Tesla's Battery Shield

Frosty Piss Re:How much titanium (152 comments)

is there in one of these plates? Are they detachable by thieves to be sold for the metal value?

Given the location and structural requirements, I'm going to say this is not a readily detachable part...

Don't underestimate the persistence of a meth-head: Catalytic converters are removed with battery driven grinders and saws-alls all the time.

about two weeks ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Frosty Piss Re:In other news... (477 comments)

France fails at having an Internationally competitive workforce.

Sure, if you are a fan of the coporate greed that is "free trade". On the other hand, if your primary goal is the health of your society, your nation, your people and their quality of life, an "internationally competitive workforce" may not be the top concern on your list.

about two weeks ago
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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

Frosty Piss Re:The Slide-to-Unlock Claim, for reference (408 comments)

Yes, but the patent claims something specific.

But isn't that just more of the "this function, that fumigation ON THE INTERNET" sort of thing?

about two weeks ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

Frosty Piss Re:Hell no... (319 comments)

The landlords have nothing to do with this. This is the city evicting people.

Incorrect.

The city is threatening landlords with fine for the activities of their renters. The landlords are evicting people, not the city.

You should also read this article analyzing the issue from an owner's perspective. You'll note that it doesn't suggest that the San Francisco has the ability to evict the tenant... merely to fine the landlord.

The landlords evict to avoid the fine, and also because the renter has clearly violated the rental agreement.

about two weeks ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

Frosty Piss Hell no... (319 comments)

the context here is that rental rates in SF have skyrocketed in recent years, and if landlords can evict long-time tenants they can get the unit on the market for 4x rent.

Irrelevant. You expect your landlord to uphold his end of the lease, why should he not expect you to uphold your end of lease.

This sounds like predatory landlord practices.

It sounds to me like landlords enforcing the rental agreement. The agreement is between the renter and the landlord, not some unknown unvetted third party.

I'm not sure I want to live in a building where other renters are sub renting to random people on a daily basis. Seriously, these people need to get a hotel room, and if they can't afford a hotel room, well, what could go wrong?

about two weeks ago
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3D-Printed UAV Can Go From Atoms to Airborne in 24 Hours

Frosty Piss Re:Quick!! (77 comments)

Quick!!! A 3D printer can print something! This is newsworthy fodder for Slashdot!!

And naturally the thing being created is currently very "sexy" in the tech world - a UAV! Why, the uses are unlimited! Amazon can deliver products to the products (you and I), and, and, and...

I think there are many great possibilities for 3D printing beyond the UAV / plastic gun craze, though.

about two weeks ago
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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

Frosty Piss Re:Stop using Youtube (306 comments)

YouTube was great until Google acquired them. Every "enhancement" and change they make drags it down further.

I don't agree with your opinion, but really this has little to do with the issue at hand.

It's the DMCA takedown laws that allow this.

about two weeks ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

Frosty Piss Re:Obligatory Fight Club (357 comments)

they're required by law to be heartless bastards---if the CEO says "oh, well, we'll be good to humanity, even if it costs our shareholders $X a year"... that CEO would be instantly replaced by someone who puts profits ahead of morals---as the law requires him to.

People like to trot this out, but it's complete bullshit. The law requires no such thing.

The shareholders, on the other hand, very well might.

about three weeks ago
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Mt. Gox Questioned By Employees For At Least 2 Years Before Crisis

Frosty Piss Re:IRS notice not applicable ... (134 comments)

US IRS notices don't have much weight in Japan. :-)

That Japanese government may very well have the same issues with Bitcoin that the US government does. In fact, mast governments will, because they are looking for ways to control and tax it.

So, thanks for the "simile face", but just because Japan is not the US does not mean everything is hunky dory with Bitcoin in Japan.

about three weeks ago
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Mt. Gox Questioned By Employees For At Least 2 Years Before Crisis

Frosty Piss Re:bitcoin (134 comments)

i wonder if us customers can sue and use these laws.

Remember, though, the IRS considers Bitcoin "property" not "money".

about three weeks ago
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Security Evaluation of the Tesla Model S

Frosty Piss Re:not limiting attempts (93 comments)

With a 6 digit password composed of numbers and letters, it would take 69 years to guarantee breaking a password...

guarantee. Statistically.

On the other hand, most users don't use random strings for passwords.

about three weeks ago
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Apple, Google Go On Trial For Wage Fixing On May 27

Frosty Piss Re:I am just simple. (148 comments)

But is it really worth the virtually inevitable lawsuit for a company as successful as the defendants in this case to cheat the backbone of their operations out of a fair wage...

It's not about "fair wage" in most cases, it's about opportunity to work on projects these talented engineers want to work on.

In most cases, the money is something but not the big draw.

These folks bail from Google to Apple, Apple to Google, to work on stuff they want to work on.

Google and Apple (and Intel) are not in a wage fight, they all pay very well.

about three weeks ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

Frosty Piss Re:It wasn't just private opinion. (824 comments)

That conduct was not connected to his job. But if you want to start penalizing private political activity not connected to the job

But it is related to the job: He is the public face of Mozilla. As the CEO, his behavior reflects on Mozilla.

about three weeks ago

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Snowden's purloined documents are now available online

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about two weeks 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 two weeks 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 months 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 6 months 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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Delta to purchase Microsoft for pilot tablets

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 7 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "Delta Air Lines plans to buy 11,000 Microsoft Surface 2 tablets for its pilots to replace the heavy bundles of books and maps they haul around now. Delta says the Surface tablets will save it $13 million per year in fuel and other costs. Right now, each pilot carries a 38-pound flight bag with manuals and maps. Other airlines, including American and United, have been buying Apple's iPad for that purpose. One reason Delta picked a Microsoft device was that it's easier to give pilots separate sections for company and personal use, said Steve Dickson, Delta's senior vice president for flight operations. Another reason for picking the Surface tablet is that Delta's training software also runs on the same Windows operating system as the tablets, reducing the need to redo that software for another device, Dickson said."
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Marijuana May Grow Neurons in the Brain

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 7 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "A synthetic cannabinoid — similar to the compounds found in marijuana, but substantially stronger — causes the growth of new neurons and reduces anxiety and depression, say investigators at the University of Saskatchewan. Other researchers have found evidence that the brain contains so-called CB2 cannabinoid receptors, previously seen in immune tissue but thought not to exist in brain tissue. The discovery, they added, could lead to new drugs to treat nausea associated with cancer or AIDS. Most 'recreational' drugs such as alcohol or cocaine inhibit the growth of new neurons, but "only marijuana promotes neurogenesis," according to Xia Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Saskatchewan. These findings are reported in the current issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation."
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Indiana man gets 8 months for teaching how to beat lie-detector tests

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 7 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "An Indiana Little League coach accused of threatening national security by teaching government job applicants how to beat lie-detector tests was sentenced Friday to eight months in prison. Prosecutors described Chad Dixon as a “master of deceit”. Prosecutors, who had asked for almost two years in prison, said Dixon crossed the line between free speech protected under the First Amendment and criminal conduct when he told some clients to conceal what he taught them while undergoing government polygraphs. Although Dixon appears to be the first charged publicly, others offering similar instruction say they fear they might be next. “I've been worried about that, and the more this comes about, the more worried I am,” said Doug Williams, a former police polygraphist in Oklahoma who claims to be able to teach people to beat what he now considers a “scam” test."
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Legislation Seeks to Bar NSA Backdoors in Encryption

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 7 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "Congressman Rush D. Holt, a New Jersey Democrat, has proposed legislation that would prohibit the agency from installing “back doors” into encryption, the electronic scrambling that protects e-mail, online transactions and other communications. Representative Holt, a physicist, said Friday that he believed the NSA was overreaching and could hurt American interests, including the reputations of American companies whose products the agency may have altered or influenced. “We pay them to spy,” Mr. Holt said. “But if in the process they degrade the security of the encryption we all use, it’s a net national disservice.”"
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Microsoft Buys Nokia's Phone Business

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 8 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "Microsoft is buying practically all of Nokia’s handset business as part of a $7.2 billion deal, the two companies announced today. Microsoft is paying for Nokia’s Devices and Services Business. In addition, it is paying to license Nokia’s patents and to license and use Nokia’s mapping services. Microsoft using its overseas cash reserves to fund the transaction, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, subject to approval by Nokia’s shareholders and regulatory approval, according to a news release."
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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 8 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "The Guardian's editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger fears journalists – and, by extension, everyone – will be reduced to using pen and paper to avoid prying American and British spooks online. And his reporters must fly around the world to hold face-to-face meetings with sources ("Not good for the environment, but increasingly the only way to operate") because they believe all their internet and phone chatter will be eavesdropped on by the NSA and GCHQ. "It would be highly unadvisable for any journalist to regard any electronic means of communication as safe," he wrote. El Reg would like to save The Guardian a few bob, and reduce the jet-setting lefty paper's carbon footprint, by suggesting some handy tips – most of them based on the NSA's own guidance."
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Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit shuts down under gag order

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 8 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "Lavabit, the security-conscious email provider that was the preferred email service of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, has closed its doors, citing US government interference. "I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit," founder Ladar Levinson said in a statement posted to the company's homepage on Thursday. "After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations.""
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What's the Fallout in Your Neighborhood?

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 9 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "Sure, it's morbid, but there’s a fascination associated with figuring out just how many of your neighbors — along with you — would perish if a nuclear bomb went off down the street. That’s the ghoulish tug of Nukemap, which comes complete with odometer-like spinning numbers charting those killed and wounded by any size atomic weapon you chose (from puny terrorist atomic bombs to superpower supremos) to detonate pretty much anywhere in the world. It features real-time animation of a nuclear blast's fireball and rising mushroom cloud (based on actual nuclear-test data), wind-dependent fallout mapping, and casualty estimates based on population density for nearly every corner of the world. All these data dovetail into Google Earth, giving those who want it an accurate footprint of the ensuing death and destruction (including fire stations, hospitals, religious structures and schools)."
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When The NSA Shows Up At Your Internet Company

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 9 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "When people say the feds are monitoring what people are doing online, what does that mean? How does that work? When, and where, does it start? Pete Ashdown, CEO of XMission, an internet service provider in Utah, knows. He received a Foreign Intelligence Service Act (FISA) warrant in 2010 mandating he let the feds monitor one of his customers, through his facility. He also received a broad gag order. Says Mr. Ashdown, "I would love to tell you all the details, but I did get the gag order... These programs that violate the Bill of Rights can continue because people can’t go out and say, This my experience, this is what happened to me, and I don’t think it is right." In this article, Mr. Ashdown tells us about the equipment the NSA installed on his network, and what he thinks it did."
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Human head transplant is now possible, says neuroscientist

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 10 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "Technical barriers to grafting one person’s head onto another person’s body can now be overcome, says Dr. Sergio Canavero, a member of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group. In a recent paper, Canavero outlines a procedure modeled on successful head transplants which have been carried out in animals since 1970. The one problem with these transplants was that scientists were unable to connect the animals’ spinal cords to their donor bodies, leaving them paralyzed below the point of transplant. But, says Canavero, recent advances in re-connecting spinal cords that are surgically severed mean that it should be technically feasible to do it in humans."
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Write on the Sidewalks, Go To Jail

Frosty Piss Frosty Piss writes  |  about 10 months ago

Frosty Piss (770223) writes "Jeff Olson is being persecuted for thirteen counts of vandalism stemming from an expression of political protest that involved washable children's chalk on a City sidewalk. He has no previous criminal record. A San Diego Judge placed an unprecedented gag order on a misdemeanor trial — in particular muzzling Olson. But it also apparently included witnesses, the jury and others. Judge Howard Shore also chastised the Mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner. In the judge's eyes, the mayor had the temerity to call the trial of Olson a waste of time and taxpayer money. It is alleged that the San Diego city attorney is prosecuting this case at the beheist of the Bank of America after Olson scrawled anti-big bank messages in front of three Bank of America branches water soluble chalk"
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