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Heartbleed Disclosure Timeline Revealed

HairyNevus Re:End result: mass panic (62 comments)

And since you clearly do, link? To someone who's a known open source contributor and can be quoted as saying (along the lines of ) "open source is 100% immune from flaws".

I mean, what are the odds that people anonymously post on the Internet pretending to be from one organization/ideology but intentionally use invalid logic and reason because they're actually an opponent of said organization/ideology? ...On the Internet!?

4 days ago
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West Nile Virus May Have Met Its Match: Tobacco

HairyNevus Re:Tobacco dust (54 comments)

Yeah the properties that give tobacco, and all plants in the Solanaceae (nightshade) family, their uses as a pesticide are well known. This is different, this is a man-made antibody that uses the tobacco plant almost like a factory to produce it en masse (if I'm reading the mumbo jumbo correct).

about three weeks ago
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Interview: Ask John McAfee What You Will

HairyNevus Re:Travel tips? (172 comments)

So much for "one question per post" eh? ;)

*scuttles away*

about three weeks ago
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Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

HairyNevus Re:Irresponsible or what? (334 comments)

Depends how we build our cities. The Minneapolis Skyway System is a good example of how to keep overcrowding down (albeit, there isn't much overcrowding in Minneapolis, but the proof-of-concept and scalability is there). We also might need to start looking at more experimental ideas like Arcologies, which are still a ways off.

about a month ago
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You Can't Kid a Kidder: Comcast's Cohen May Have Met His Match In FCC's Wheeler

HairyNevus Comcast owns NBC? (56 comments)

Wow....what happened to Kabletown?

about a month ago
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The Future of Cryptocurrencies

HairyNevus Re:Is that so? (221 comments)

I didn't believe dogecoin was real at first. I thought it was a weird front of some anti-bitcoin group that took to a very annoying way of mocking its opponent. I didn't find out it was real until I was reading some user stories of scammers, and hackers in the "Dogecoin network" and people griping about how they had made their way over from something called Litecoin. Things are already moving too fast for me, in my twenties...

On a more serious note, ripple looks interesting.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Prepare For the Theft of My Android Phone?

HairyNevus Re:Google device manager (374 comments)

Nice, thanks. I already have Avast! Anti-Theft, data encryption, and a 10 digit password, but the more the merrier. My last line of defense: I put all my money/financial apps in a folder called "PlsDontH4x". 'Cause you never know where asking nicely will get you...

about a month ago
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Gut Bacteria Affect the Brain

HairyNevus Re:Healthy bacterias (162 comments)

"Another method of adjusting the bacterial profile of your gut is to undergo a transplant that involves taking faecal material from a donor’s intestine – often a close relative – and implanting into a recipient via enema infusion. This unorthodox treatment has been shown to successfully treat infections caused by pathogenic bacteria colonising the gut."

Shit transplants....we've gone too far.

about 2 months ago
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Lawmakers Threaten Legal Basis of NSA Surveillance

HairyNevus Re:James Sensenbrenner Jr. (206 comments)

How can you be so ignorant of the truth, yet so quick to post insults?

Pot. Kettle. Black:

What has YOUR guy been doing all this time? Oh yeah, reauthorizing it year after year.

Never have I voted for Obama.

about 2 months ago
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Lawmakers Threaten Legal Basis of NSA Surveillance

HairyNevus James Sensenbrenner Jr. (206 comments)

Would it be too much to ask of Wisconsin's 5th district to not re-elect this asshole? Probably...we couldn't get MN's 5th congressional district to stop electing Bachmann.

about 2 months ago
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Super Bowl Ads: Worth the Price Or Waste of Time?

HairyNevus Re:I Think the Super Bowl is A Waste of Time (347 comments)

What if I told you, there was a stats side to it (and all sports games), that let's your create spreadsheets and work with numbers. There's also a fantasy side to it, albeit sans goblins and wizards. Central point here being: there are sports nerds.

about 3 months ago
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Millions of Dogecoin Stolen Over Christmas

HairyNevus Re:What? (132 comments)

Pretty much this. After Bitcoin, it was inevitable that copycats would come about. But a cryptocurrency with only redditors who actually believe in its worth, and 4channers scamming each other as the user base? Come on. This is not news for nerds. This does not matter.

As an aside, Ripple may actually be promising. If cryptocurrency is going to keep being a "thing", there ought to be more than one further down the line.

about 4 months ago
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Could an Erasable Internet Kill Google?

HairyNevus Re:Rubbish. (210 comments)

You haven't been here long enough to see two stories in a row posted on the same story, by the same editor.

about 4 months ago
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Game Preview: Hearthstone

HairyNevus Re:Slashvertisements at their best... (131 comments)

The game mechanics are simple when compared with MTG. I have heard that this was on purpose to attract a more casual player.

Or, you watched the video. But who would think an outlandish thing like that?

about 4 months ago
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Australian Spy Agency Offered To Share Data About Ordinary Citizens

HairyNevus Re:This is an outrage (78 comments)

Rarely is a first-posting AC this on the money. It's like an Internet unicorn (the good kind, not the kind that watches kid's TV shows from the basement).

about 5 months ago
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BlackBerry Abandons Sale Plans, Will Replace CEO

HairyNevus FTFS vs. FTFA (83 comments)

Summary: "BlackBerry has abandoned plans to sell the company to Fairfax Holdings after the shareholder could not raise enough money."

Article: "In an interview, Mr. Watsa denied reports that Fairfax struggled to raise financing for the $4.7 billion deal. 'Over the history of Fairfax, we've never had a problem lining up financing,' he said. 'There was no question of us being able to raise money. After the due diligence period we didn't think was appropriate for [BlackBerry] to be burdened with debt.'"

Maybe the AC knows something it's not sharing?

about 5 months ago

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Apple Rejects App Tracking U.S. Drone Strikes

HairyNevus HairyNevus writes  |  about a year ago

HairyNevus writes "Apple has rejected an app called Drones+ to its store three times, which tracked and reported U.S. drone strikes. Josh Begley says the reasons for not allowing his app started with being deemed “not useful or entertaining enough,” then needing to hide a Google logo, and now being deemed in violation of App Store guidelines that prohibit “excessively objectionable or crude content". However, the data in the app is taken from the British Bureau of Investigative Reporting, and is also available in The Guardian's own app. Drones+ merely focuses entirely on the drone strike aspect, sending alerts whenever a new drone strike is reported and displaying a map with pushpins of all the locations the U.S. has hit over the world. This controversy has started a petition asking Apple to allow the app."
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Emperor Penguins Counted From Space

HairyNevus HairyNevus writes  |  about 2 years ago

HairyNevus writes "An international team of scientists used satellite technology to conduct a census of emperor penguin populations from outer space. Honing in on their colonies by looking for the brown patches of penguin guano that stand out in the snowy antarctic, high resolution images were taken and used to count the total number of emperor penguin species on the continent. The result was a census of 595,000 penguins, almost double the previous estimates of 270,000-350,000 emperors. This includes seven new colonies which had not been previously identified. Although this is uplifting data, computer modeling still shows that loss of ice flows in the northern reaches could result in problems for the penguins."
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Names Proposed for 2 New Elements on Periodic Tabl

HairyNevus HairyNevus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

HairyNevus writes "New chemical elements numbered 114 and 116 have begun the five month long comment period for receiving official names from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). The proposed names are flerovium (symbol Fl) for element number 114 and the name livermorium (symbol Lv) for that with number 116. Livermorium is named for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, and flerovium for Georgi Flerov, the founder of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia. (Dubnium was already taken — it’s element 105). If you don't like the names, now's the time to complain, although such a change is not likely."
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Massive diamond found orbiting pulsar

HairyNevus HairyNevus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

HairyNevus writes "A recent survey of pulsars has revealed a fascinating discovery of a millisecond pulsar in system PSR J17191438 that has stripped a nearby white dwarf star down to its very core. Although no longer visible, is still has the mass of Jupiter. The remaining core rotates its neutron star companion with a period of just under 2 hours, indicating extremely close proximity. Given this distance, scientists have calculated that the substance of the core must be very compact, and, without building up the point, they conclude it is made of diamond.

One thing I found misleading about the article is that it refers to the core as having "the size of Jupiter" and "the mass of Jupiter". Given their different densities (diamond vs. mostly helium), it would seem clear that their size (i.e. volume) differs."

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Senators call for removal of iPhone app

HairyNevus HairyNevus writes  |  about 3 years ago

HairyNevus (992803) writes "Four U.S. senators have called for the removal of an iPhone app which allows users to locate (and avoid) DUI checkpoints. Senators Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, Frank Lautenberg and Tom Udall have called the app "harmful to public safety" and sent letters to Apple, Google and RIM asking for the removal of such apps from their webstores."
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Netflix buys rights to TV show

HairyNevus HairyNevus writes  |  about 3 years ago

HairyNevus (992803) writes "Netflix has just taken the next step in furthering their internet media distribution service: original programming. The company has just announced that they are buying to rights to a political drama starring Kevin Spacey called "House of Cards" and have already signed 26 episodes (2 seasons). This move is anything but a baby step towards online programming, the TV show will feature an Ocsar-winning actor, and Director David Fincher (the Social Network) in hour-length episodes."
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Duke Nukem Forever...exists!

HairyNevus HairyNevus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HairyNevus (992803) writes "According to a Shacknews article Duke Nukem Forever has come out with a 30 minute gameplay video that confirms an in-game forklift, massive gibs, and awesome graphics. According to Steve Gibson, "[...] after seeing this demonstration, Duke Nukem Forever is looking great, and will easily stand apart from the crowd in both visual and gameplay styles." GamePro.com also is covering the story. There is still no release date for the game, any information otherwise is pure speculation."
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1 in 4 teen girls infected with STDs

HairyNevus HairyNevus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HairyNevus (992803) writes "The Center for Disease control released data Tuesday that claimed 1 in 4 girls age 14 to 19 is infected with a sexually transmitted disease. This data was taken from research done between 2003 and 2004 which showed nearly 1 in 5 girls carried the human papillomavirus (which can cause cervical cancer and genital warts). "What we found is alarming," says Sara Forhan, MD, a CDC researcher who conducted the study among 838 girls nationwide. "These numbers translate into 3.2 million young women aged 14 to 19 who are infected with an STD," Forhan says. The problem stems from inadequate testing for STD's among teenagers. Another CDC study found that only 40% of all women who are prescribed an emergency contraceptive (morning after pill) are given advice on STD testing, even though they clearly had unprotected sex. Additionally, the simple use of a condom or a sexually monogamous relationship could have prevented most contractions in the first place."
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Google Buys Mobile Social Network Zingku

HairyNevus HairyNevus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HairyNevus writes "Ina an attempt to provide more services for mobile phone users, Google has acquired the social networking company Zingku. Zingku allows people to send photos ans conduct polls via their mobile phone easier, and also allows businesses to send out "mobile flyers", advertisements. As of now, new Zingku account sign-ups have been frozen and all current accounts will be transferred to Google. The article also pointed out something interesting about Zingku's privacy policy, "It's privacy policy begins: 'The success of our business depends on maintaining your privacy. Also, our mothers brought us up properly so even if our business didn't depend upon protecting your privacy, we would STILL protect it because we would experience extreme guilt if we didn't.'""
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EPA likely to block tougher pollution standards

HairyNevus HairyNevus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HairyNevus writes "Starting with California, 11 other states have adopted tougher CO2 emission standards than the federal government regulates. The new state laws require automakers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 22% in 2012 and 30% in 2016. 2 days ago a Vermont court allowed this law to go into effect. However, the EPA requires that all states who set tougher standards than the government receive a waiver. This generally isn't a problem, the EPA has issued 40 waivers in the last 30 years, but state officials in Washington are now saying the EPA is likely to refuse a waiver. EPA Administrator Steve Johnson will make the final decision on the waiver by the end of this year, for California. Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he intends to sue if denied a waiver.

Isn't there an issue of state's rights somewhere here?"
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Google Calls for Privacy Standards

HairyNevus HairyNevus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HairyNevus writes "The Washington Post has an article detailing Google's request for international privacy standards. Apparently, Google is taking this matter up with the U.N. arguing that a multitude of privacy laws is only burdening Internet companies without protecting the consumers. Although Google is currently under investigation by the EU for its privacy practices, Google claims it has been a crusader for protecting consumer privacy. For example, they were the first search engine to strip identifying information from its search logs after 18 months. Google's privacy counsel Peter Fleischer called America's pricavy laws being "too complex and too much of a patchwork," and the European Union's laws being "too bureaucratic and inflexible." The alternative? Something closer to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's framework which "balances very carefully information privacy with business needs and commercial interests", according to Fleischer."
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Apple is the new Microsoft (in a bad way)

HairyNevus HairyNevus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HairyNevus writes "PC World came out with an article today that compares how every bad practice Microsoft purportrated on it's users (bundling, monopolizing, copycatting, etc.) has become part of Apple's new business scheme. For example, the iTunes software is bundled with all iPods and even the iPhone. And unlike IE, which merely came with your new Windows PC, iPod users have no other option but to use the iTunes software. Additionally, once a user has received an iPod, started using it with iTunes, maybe bought a couple of songs, they're an iPod user for life; their files won't transfer to different portable MP3 player. The article goes into further details on recent copycatting and bullying.

Question is, will anyone care? Have we all gone so long hating Microsoft and adoring all the new, cool Apple toys to change our tune at this point?"
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Too much F'ed up S*** In this World

HairyNevus HairyNevus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HairyNevus writes "Okay, there is not enough arable farmland in this world to support the current population and right now there are plenty of evangelicals in America trying to form an admitted "Christian Nation" on the only part of this planet that I know. (Which is, as it so happens, a nation that believes that Church and State should be held most separate.)

So, the only people who have a plan to rectify the starvation situation (which, admittedly, only affects third-world countries like those in Africa which people like you seem to have nothing to be a part of) like to solve it with genetic engineering, which would bring about higher yields in seed and fruit in a said plant than organic or "natural" farming techniques would produce. Unfortunately, many "liberals" and especially conservatives seems to oppose such measures as they employ various techniques said parties have no familiarity with and have decided to c**kblock [for lack of a better word] because of their fear of change and the unknown.

Also, many fundamentalist christians have taken to blindly following their Television Gods that like to give them pix-elated communion to the point that this very America, and the Republic for which it stands, has become a breeding ground of sorts for a new fascism — the likes of which haven't been seen since the Nazis — with the same goals of world domination and conformity that Adolf Hitler had in his coked up mind. Worse yet, they use the power of their "religion" in combination with a patriotism so pseudo...so fake that it seems to have fooled the masses all over again . I seriously find it hard to believe that it's related to the same pride that I take in a nation that says freedom should be for ALL and that EQUALITY IN EVERYTHING (including marriage for people like homosexuals) should be protected by some sort of upstanding 'constitution'-type thing [like, where do we have one of those....OH RIGHT!]!!


Enraged at something yet?? I hope so, even if it's me.


Basically I think that starvation problem could be solved by using multi-storied hydroponic farms (like up to 20+ stories tall) that could grow enough food for this starving planet on the current available farm space — if not less than that. The problem with the water usage that would require I feel could be solved by a few desalinization plants funded by benevolent investors who felt desalinization technology deserved to be brought up to the 20TH (if not 21ST) century and saw all the good that could be done if it was.As for the problem with America becoming a fascist state...I can only hope I've pissed enough of you off with the very idea of it that YOU THE PEOPLE will rebel and resist such encroaching wrongdoings that my speculations will, quite simply, never come to fruition.I really hope this thread will go on for quite a while until each and every one of us feels that all absolute Evil in this world has been met with a Good which is twice as powerful."

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HairyNevus HairyNevus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

HairyNevus writes "Senior Microsoft executive Bryan Lee is quitting the company according to ZDNet. Bryan Lee oversaw the Zune's production and development and is now leaving to pursue "personal interests". J. Allard is slated to take over the Zune development. Maybe he'll fix some of the many glitches the Zune software currently has?"
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HairyNevus HairyNevus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

HairyNevus writes "Dell launched its Inspiron 1501 laptop today with AMD processors instead of Intel.

From the article:
With the Inspiron 1501, Dell offers users a choice between AMD's low-end Sempron, mobile Turion 64, and dual-core Turion 64 X2 chips. The product is aimed at home entertainment and small business users, offering a baseline configuration of the Sempron chip, widescreen 15.4-inch display, 80GB hard drive, and 512MB of memory for a starting price of $549. Dell launched the product today without fanfare, simply listing it on the company Web site without the usual flurry of press releases. The company did not return calls for comment.

Dell has been the most loyal computer manufacturer to Intel, waiting the longest to offer a choice."
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HairyNevus HairyNevus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

HairyNevus writes "Microsoft has decided to allow free use of virtual drive software and to never sue for legal rights over it. From the article: 'The software permits the easy use of several operating systems on one machine. So, for example, dangerous software could be installed on a virtual machine without affecting the host computer.The company's specifications will be made available to anyone who wants to use them under an "Open Specification Promise,' introduced last month.The company said the license was 'an irrevocable promise from Microsoft to every individual and organization in the world to make use of this patented technology for free, now and forever when implementing specified open standards.'""
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HairyNevus HairyNevus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

HairyNevus writes "According to Forbes, NASA has done 2 studies that conclude the arctic ice is melting faster. From the article: "For more than 25 years Arctic sea ice has slowly diminished in winter by about 1.5 percent per decade. But in the past two years the melting has occurred at rates 10 to 15 times faster. From 2004 to 2005, the amount of ice dropped 2.3 percent; and over the past year, it's declined by another 1.9 percent, according to Comiso.
A second NASA study by other researchers found the winter sea ice melt in one region of the eastern Arctic has shrunk about 40 percent in just the past two years. This is partly because of local weather but also partly because of global warming, Comiso said."
http://www.forbes.com/business/feeds/ap/2006/09/13 /ap3015283.html"

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