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Mathematicians Uncomfortable With Ties To NSA, But Not Pulling Back

Hartree Purity is pretty, but sterile: (152 comments)

It's all clean sharp and black and white in your universe.

So, to be safe from moral hazard, maybe he should just not do math. Nobody should do math. Because it might end up being used for a bad end or be paid for by the "wrong" people.

I'll leave the moral purity to you, religious fundies, and other true believers.

It may be morally uplifting, but, sharing the world with you is going to a little chilly, because even fire has been used as a weapon.

11 hours ago
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Local Hackerspace Loses Solar Balloon, Creating Another UFO In New Mexico

Hartree Re:In Albuquerque? Yep (31 comments)

I was in ABQ in the 90s, and they had things like the Airborne Laser 747 come through, an Antonov AN 124 delivering a Topaz space reactor (had to close Gibson Ave when it departed for worry about the jet wash being over the barriers), etc.

A lot of the interesting things didn't look all that odd unless you knew what to look for, like extra sensor ports added to them and such (Aviation Week was sometimes a good guide to those). The trestle was already closed, so they weren't getting them for EMP testing so much. Phillips Lab still got a lot of one off planes coming through for things related to R and D.

The Balloon Fiesta mass ascensions are still one of the most amazing things I've seen. I-25 was a dangerous place to be driving when that happened. everyone was looking at the balloons and not the road.

about two weeks ago
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Local Hackerspace Loses Solar Balloon, Creating Another UFO In New Mexico

Hartree In Albuquerque? (31 comments)

With all the weird aircraft that fly into Kirtland, and the yearly Balloon Fiesta with hundreds of hot air balloons, I'm surprised it would have drawn much in the way of UFO calls in ABQ.

They regularly have weirder things in the air.

about two weeks ago
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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

Hartree Nonsense: (490 comments)

"Conservatives did try to murder the NEA over that!"

Trying to shut a government agency is attempted murder?

So, does that mean trying to shut down a corporation is attempted murder as well?

(Note, I don't want the NEA shut down, but equating it to murdering a person is ridiculous.)

about three weeks ago
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65% of Cancers Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment

Hartree Re:mostly bullshit (180 comments)

So, you're saying you're a lawyer?

about a month ago
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US Army Could Waive Combat Training For Hackers

Hartree Re:Laugh (223 comments)

Well. I used to be a good soldier, years ago.

Now I'm a fat slob with asthma.

Does that mean I can be a good hacker?

about a month ago
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Russia Plans To Build World First DNA Databank of All Living Things

Hartree Re:"Mr. President ... we can't have a DNA GAP !!!" (83 comments)

"Stay on the PCR run, boys. I'm gonna get them DNA strands replicated if it harelips everybody on Bear Creek!"

-Major Kong

about a month ago
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The Magic of Pallets

Hartree Re:slashvertisement (250 comments)

He's just unhappy they aren't eating Quisp instead.

about a month ago
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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

Hartree So, let me get this straight: (221 comments)

By this thinking, wouldn't threatening to plant a bomb would be a superpower?

about a month and a half ago
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Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

Hartree Re:What kind of statement is this (83 comments)

"How can you even say that."

It's been my observation over years of dealing with them.

  Most people who use computers aren't the Slashdot crowd. They "kinda, sorta" know enough to be able to check their email, surf the web, or play some games.

Usually when they have a failure from malware, they've been infected (perhaps with other things as well) for some time. If they can even find the original system restore disk, they're way ahead of the game.

They get Cousin Jimmy (or one of their kids), cause he's good with computers, to clean up or reinstall their computer. Usually leaving many of the same holes that got them zapped in the first place.

Or, they get some computer store to deal with it. They just gripe about losing some stuff, but it was a game they liked and can no longer find, or an email from momma before she died, etc. not something life and death. They may start copying some things to a thumb drive, if you're lucky.

So many times I've asked "When was your last backup?" and get a vacant stare even from people with PhDs at the university I work at. Let alone the everyday person on the street who has a computer at home.

about a month and a half ago
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Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

Hartree Backups solve much of the problem: (83 comments)

As computer files become more valuable to ordinary people (rather than just IT geeks and businesses), backup plans become more important.

Most general users don't do this, but as the data becomes more damaging if it's lost, encrypted or maliciously destroyed, they may need some sort of solution.

Even a pretty sophisticated ransom-ware would have a hard time if you take an occasional backup and check it by restoring/reading the file on another machine.

about a month and a half ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Hartree The real damage? (589 comments)

I have this sneaking suspicion that the real damage that could be done to Sony is if the group that broke in got into the internal financial data rather than what gets reported.

Word has long been that the accounting practices of Hollywood and the music industry make Enron look pretty tame. And Sony is into both.

Imagine how many lawyers/accountants would be going over any financial records that get released. There are lots of actors and musicians that have felt they got shafted with what they were paid versus what they were actually owed.

about a month and a half ago
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Who Needs NASA? Exoplanet Detected Using a DSLR

Hartree Billions and billions: (108 comments)

"550,000 million dollar Kepler space telescope"

I think you're about 3 orders of magnitude too high.

about 2 months ago
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Test Flight For NASA's Orion Capsule Slated for December 4

Hartree Re:Finally! (59 comments)

So... The two of you are in agreement that we're completely fucked unless we follow your path.

However, you seem to disagree strongly about what that path is, save that yours is the "right" one.

Here are two cricket bats. Beat on each other until one of you is unconscious or you reach a consensus.

The rest of us will continue blundering our way to the future while you have it out. Hopefully, by then the answer won't matter anyway.

about 2 months ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

Hartree Re:We've been doing it for a long time (367 comments)

If it fails as badly as the rabbit infestation, you've given the pols another wonderful issue to send out direct mailings about!

Not to mention, a whole slew of disaster movies that will make Night of the Lepus look positively tame.

about 2 months ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

Hartree Re:We've been doing it for a long time (367 comments)

"why would some intentional geoengineering be so bad?"

If it fails, not much.

But if it works, and global warming is controlled, it would undercut the best fundraising, societal engineering and lobbying arguments many organizations have.

Example: It'd remove a massive issue for the Democrats and Republicans to argue about and scare voters with.

Repeat that with both environmental and conservative organizations losing that issue, and you have a worse crisis for them than just the prospect of getting cooked by rising temperatures. ;)

about 2 months ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

Hartree With apologies to Firesign Theater: (163 comments)

"What are ya programmin' for, Timmy my boy?"

"Helps with my hallucinations. I get to see the world in its real black and white!"

(We're all coders on this bus.)

about 2 months ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

Hartree Re:An Illiberal's solution to every problem - taxe (554 comments)

"hillbilly echo-chamber constantly circle-jerking while chanting "fuck you, got mine"."

Oh, really?

What type of echo-chamber do you circle-jerk in, and what mindless mantra do you chant?

about 2 months ago

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This American Life Retracts Episode on Apple Factories in China

Hartree Hartree writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hartree (191324) writes "This American Life aired an episode in January about visiting Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen China that supplies Apple with iPhones and iPads. It was the most downloaded of all of its episodes.

That show helped prompt Apple to release, for the first time, a list of its suppliers and allow outside audits of working conditions at its suppliers. (Discussed here on a previous Slashdot story.)

This American Life has now retracted the episode after finding out that Mike Daisey, whose visit to the factory the show was based on, fabricated portions of the story. This included a number of minor items, but also major ones such as his saying that he personally met underage workers and those poisoned by hexane exposure.

To set the record straight, this weekend's episode of This American Life will present how they were mislead into airing a flawed story.

TAL's press release (pdf) is here."

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FBI names, arrests Anon who infiltrated its secret conference call

Hartree Hartree writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hartree (191324) writes "Ars Technica reports: The anonymous operative that recorded a conference call by the FBI and other international cybecrime units has been arrested in Ireland.

This is due to information apparently provided to the FBI by Sabu, the LulzSec head who was named and indicted earlier today along with several other members.

Interestingly, one of the topics discussed during the intercepted call was delaying UK court cases to avoid interfering with a major operation that the NY FBI was planning.

Ironically, that operation was the investigation leading to Sabu and LulzSec's arrest earlier today. That also lead to the arrest of the person recording that very call."

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FBI names, arrests Anon who infiltrated its secret conference call

Hartree Hartree writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hartree (191324) writes "Ars Technica reports: The anonymous operative that recorded a conference call by the FBI and other international cybecrime units has been arrested in Ireland.

This is due to information apparently provided to the FBI by Sabu, the LulzSec head who was named and indicted earlier today along with several other members.

Interestingly, one of the topics discussed during the intercepted call was delaying UK court cases to avoid interfering with a major operation that

Ironically, that operation was the investigation leading to Sabu and LulzSec's arrest earlier today. That also lead to the arrest of the person recording that very call."

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WHO: Cell Phones May Cause Cancer

Hartree Hartree writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hartree (191324) writes "A World Health Organization group of experts doing a review of previous studies concluded that they could not rule out the the possibility that cell phones increase brain cancer risk. The judge the possibility to be great enough to warrant measures to reduce exposure. Hands free operation or testing were mentioned."
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