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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

HighOrbit Red Cross is the Responsible Party (300 comments)

The Red Cross is the international organization responsible for monitoring conduct of belligerents, documenting ,and reporting war crimes and atrocities. The ICRC ought to be publizing this far and wide as an example of the shameful savagery it is.

From Wikipedia: "The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a humanitarian institution based in Geneva, Switzerland and a three-time Nobel Prize Laureate. State parties (signatories) to the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977 (Protocol I, Protocol II) and 2005 have given the ICRC a mandate to protect victims of international and internal armed conflicts. Such victims include war wounded, prisoners, refugees, civilians, and other non-combatants."

about a month ago

Scientists Find Method To Reliably Teleport Data

HighOrbit eliminate subluminal classic channel (202 comments)

Perhaps I'm missing something here, but I really want my Ansible. So the classic channel is required to report observed measurements at the origin to compare against, but they say they can deterministically set the state? Sooo..... why not do this to eliminate the need for the sub-luminal classic channel, if they can deterministically set the state at the origin. Operate on a clock cycle and deterministically set the state to an expected ground state at a certain point in the cycle. When a read operation measures something other than the expected value, that counts as an information transmission. In otherwords anything not 0/blue is read as a 1/red. Say 4 ticks per cycle. First tick, zero state/0/blue. Second Tick, origin flips a bit (or not). Third Tick, destination reads the bit knowing anything not 0/blue is a bit flip. Fourth Tick both sites reset to zero. The key is that on the third tick, the destination will always expect to read 0/blue, so anything else is a transmission.

about 4 months ago

US To Charge Chinese Military Employees With Hacking

HighOrbit Re:Very Bad Precedent (225 comments)

That opens the door to politically motivated prosecutions of civil servants who carried out a policy you just disagree with. Again, there are special crimes against humanity that everybody gets held responsible for, but do you really want to prosecute a worker-bee at the IRS because you disagree with an 'unjust' tax policy?

about 4 months ago

US To Charge Chinese Military Employees With Hacking

HighOrbit Very Bad Precedent (225 comments)

Except for the special cases of crimes against humanity and "non official cover" spies, soldiers and civil servents should not be held criminally liable for doing their jobs or executing policy set by their superiors. Since we don't want our own military and government employees charged with 'crimes' for carrying out their duties, this is a very bad idea because it sets the precedent.

about 4 months ago

Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

HighOrbit Confederates (310 comments)

By what right did the US Government kill all those confederates at Antietiam and Gettysburg? The US always maintaned and stills maintains that they were US citizens. What about their due process rights? Shouldn't they have all been served warrants and had their day in court before they were killed? Maybe their families have a right to sue for violation of civil rights.

Oh wait, they were bearing arms in open rebellion and making war on the Republic.

Same deal here. If you openly wage war, even against your own state, you can be killed. I'm not even sure why a "justification" beyond that is required. Why do we let lawyers cloud our minds with nonsense and sophistry?

about 5 months ago

VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

HighOrbit Public Work should not be "proprietary" (348 comments)

If he works at a state university, he is a public employee. Public employees working for hire on public research paid for by the public should have no "proprietary" exemption to FOIA for papers related to the public work for hire. Asking for their work under FOIA is not an "assault on public universities and their faculty"; it is accountability for public officials.

Another question is about the scientific integrity here. If the data is true and supportive of his assertions, he should WANT to publish it. There is no legitimate reason to want to hide scientific data.

Show the papers and the data, unless of course you have something to hide.

about 5 months ago

Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

HighOrbit Re:Big Government = rent seeking & crony capit (423 comments)

WTF? For some reason (the Slashdot CSS?), the ordered list tag is not creating numbers in front of the list items. Not even bullets are created; the dashes were added by me.

about 5 months ago

Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

HighOrbit Big Government = rent seeking & crony capitali (423 comments)

Well just another instance of Big Government and regulations equating to rent seeking & crony capitalism.

  1. - Create Condition - convoluted tax code
  2. - Fix condition you created with Government money- Federal paid assistance to file taxes
  3. - Claim you're helping the little guy
  4. - Profit!

Here is another example - Food Stamps (aka SNAP) and Agriculture policy. You might think food stamps exist to help the poor, but you'd be wrong. Food stamps are part of the AGRICULTURE spending bill, not the health and human services bill. The idea is to stimulate buying of "surplus" agricultural produce by subsidizing poor people who can't aford to buy it. But the dirty secret is that the agrculture policy of price supports both stimulates over-production for some crops and under-production for others while keeping prices high and making food LESS affordable for the poor. With food stamps the agribusinness interests can now sell the 'surplus' created by the price supports (government money) at artificially high prices to the poor (with government money), all the while with the political overhead cover of helping "family-farmers" and the "hungry children".

  1. - Create Condition - Pay yourself Government money to artifically inflate prices (agricultural subsidy)
  2. - Fix condition you created with Government money - Funnel yourself even more Government money by subsidizing purchase of your artificially high priced goods (food stamps)
  3. - Claim you're helping the little guy
  4. - Profit!

about 5 months ago
top To Add Linux Support

HighOrbit Kudos to them, but... (55 comments)

The linked announcement was a bit vague on details. Not very hard technologically for them if its only the old dos games which they already distribute with dosbox to run properly even on windows. It would be interesting to see what they can do with the DX based stuff.

about 6 months ago

New Stanford Institute To Target Bad Science

HighOrbit According to the latest study.... (86 comments)

This link is blatant right-wing propaganda, but funny as hell. Especially the one about fish.

But on a serious note, todays NY Times had an "according to the latest study" acticle about a study that claims that all that stuff we've been told for decades about dietary fat being unhealthly is untrue. Now since this contradicts several decades of observation, I tend to take "latest study" science with a grain of salt and give more credence to well verified (i.e. long term) science.

The problem with bad science is that it gets reproduced in the popular press (and popular imagination) even if it is later proven false. Case in point: the notorious vacination-autism fiasco. Another example is the "neutrino faster than light" results released a few years back in Italy. As Mark Twain said, "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes."

You can never fully discount the possibility that the guy releasing the results of the latest study is an attention-whore looking to drum up sensationalism to have his 15 minutes of fame. Scientiest are human and subject to the same vanities as everyone else.

Bottom line, never trust preliminary results.

about 6 months ago

U.S. Aims To Give Up Control Over Internet Administration

HighOrbit Re:Hmm..... (279 comments)

You asked for a specific example and I'll give you one. France prohibited Yahoo from showing pictures of old WW2 nazi uniforms on its auction site. Here's the wiki link: . Germany also has very strict laws about "neo-nazi" propaganda.

about 6 months ago

Red Hat Hires CentOS Developers

HighOrbit Hope this is what it seems (91 comments)

and not embrace and extinguish. Kudos to Redhat and CentOS.

about 7 months ago

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

HighOrbit Wierd problems caused by Zombie Apps (470 comments)

So I got my kid a new windows 8 pc last christmas (2012) and since upgraded to 8.1. Its impossible to tell at a glance in Metro which apps are running and invariably there's like 20 or 30 apps and/or browser windows in the background running plugins . You have to take some sort of positive action to see whats running. According to MS, these apps & windows in metro are supposed to auto-magically die after some period of non-use, but I know from experience that they don't die. They just sit there sucking up resources. Its especially bad if they use either flash or java because they will cause conflicts with other flash/java applications. So my kid is always complaining that youtube wont show a video and sure enough I open a new browser window, navigate to youtube, and flash won't play. I have to go to task manager and kill like 20 processes to get IE to properly use flash and play video. Same thing with minecraft; my kid can't get it to run reliabily because there usually something else (like hidden browser windows running java in metro) using up resources. It was so frustrating because he had the newest PC in the house with the best specs in processor and RAM and his damn PC couldn't run minecraft reliably! I mean, really? WTF MS?

about 9 months ago

Coca-Cola Reserves a Massive Range of MAC Addresses

HighOrbit Vending or Inventory Controls (371 comments)

As another commenter noted, vending machines are probably part of it. I was also thinking maybe they have plans for a store-shelf inventory control system to help their distributors know when the local supermarket or convience store needs a delivery.

about 9 months ago

US Customs Destroys Virtuoso's Flutes Because They Were "Agricultural Items"

HighOrbit Bamboo and reeds contains pests (894 comments)

I used to work in a port. We once received an automobile from Thailand in a 20 ft shipping container. The auto was tied down with ropes and the ropes were tightened by twisting with shafts of bamboo (which, by the way, is about the crappiest way to tied down a car and very non-standard). When we opened up container, the bamboo was riddled with holes from some kind of Asian woodborers that had chewed their way out during transit. Anyway, we had to call the Department of Agriculture inspector (this was before the ag inspectors were merged into customs) who had us fumigate the whole container.

So the moral of the story here is, based on experience, if I opened a box with reeds full of holes originating from a foreign land , I'd burn it too.

about 9 months ago

DoD Public Domain Archive To Be Privatized, Locked Up For 10 Years

HighOrbit Indiana Jones Warehouse (183 comments)

Sarten-X discribes exactly what is going on. In fact, the Contracting Officer probably decided it was in the public interest to digitize and get the data public as opposed to it sitting in the bottom of a box in the proverbial Indiana Jones warehouse lost to the public forever. DoD has some boilerplate contract clauses for this, mainly 252.227-7013 Rights in Technical Data--Noncommercial Items. Alternate I, which states:

(l) Publication for sale.

(1) This paragraph only applies to technical data in which the Government has obtained unlimited rights or a license to make an unrestricted release of technical data.

(2) The Government shall not publish a deliverable technical data item or items identified in this contract as being subject to paragraph (l) of this clause or authorize others to publish such data on its behalf if, prior to publication for sale by the Government and within twenty-four (24) months following the date specified in this contract for delivery of such data or the removal of any national security or export control restrictions, whichever is later, the Contractor publishes that item or items for sale and promptly notifies the Contracting Officer of such publication(s). Any such publication shall include a notice identifying the number of this contract and the Government's rights in the published data.

(3) This limitation on the Government's right to publish for sale shall continue as long as the data are reasonably available to the public for purchase.

The point here is that sometimes the Government wants data to become available to the public (as opposed to sitting in a box in the basement) and uses commercial contractors to do it. An example would be something like this: Say somebody discovered several hundred boxes in the basement at Ft. Dix NJ of first-person interviews of soldiers during WWI and the Spanish flu. Now say university historians of WWI want access to these interviews. The historians can fly to NJ, get a hotel room, a rental car, and spend several thousand dollars and weeks digging through, cataloging, and copying the documents or alternately, the DOD can hire a contractor to digitize everything and any historian anywhere in the world can buy it for a few hundred bucks.

about 9 months ago

Company That Made the First 3D Printed Metal Gun Is Selling Them For $11,900

HighOrbit Re:The really exciting thing about this... (182 comments)

IIRC, that was the goal of RepRap: a machine that could replicate itself. That raises some Sci-Fi come true issues. To paraphase an old meme: Image a cluster of self replicating machines :)

I see some safety issues related to the strength of the metals. I would be interested if somebody put the printed metal material through some metalurigal tests to see how strong it is versus traditionally cast/machined parts.

about 9 months ago

Explorer Plans Hunt For Genghis Khan's Long-Lost Tomb

HighOrbit Re:after all these years (243 comments)

Your original point still stands, since it was Philip's son also named Philip. Positivly identified and older than Ghengis Khan to boot by about 1,500 years.

about 10 months ago

NRA Joins ACLU Lawsuit Against NSA

HighOrbit Re:you know hell has frozen over (531 comments)

Then what the hell is a "well regulated militia"? One guy regulating himself?

Not an armed mob. With officers, discipline, and lawful activities.

1 year,17 days



E-Cig refills lead to Nicotine Poisonings

HighOrbit HighOrbit writes  |  about 6 months ago

HighOrbit (631451) writes "New York Times has an article about the dangers of e-cig liquid refills. Nicotine is the active ingredient in many powerful pesticides. Now people are managing to poison themselves and their kids by mishandling their e-cig refills. Nicotine can be absorbed through the skin (years ago, my father claimed to have gotten addicted by just handling tobacco leaves when he labored on a tabacco farm). But now there are documented cases of the e-cig liquid sending people to the emergency room with health-threatening doses from simple spills."

Hulu not for sale, Time Warner may join

HighOrbit HighOrbit writes  |  about a year ago

HighOrbit (631451) writes "Engadget reports that the consortium behind Hulu have issued a press release and have taken Hulu off the market. The current owners will maintain their joint ownership of the video streaming service. Hulu is currently a joint project of Fox, Disney (ABC), and Comcast (NBC-Universal). Instead of selling off Hulu, the consortium will inject $750 Million to grow the streaming service. Slashdot previously reported possible buyers rumored to be Yahoo, DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, and Chernin Group/AT&T. Additionally Bloomberg reports that Time Warner Cable is still interested and seeks to join the current consortium by acquiring a 25% stake."


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