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Drone Search and Rescue Operation Wins Fight Against FAA

ImaLamer Re: both? (77 comments)

So you are saying that government can be the solution to some problems when they are at the will of the people and when people aren't lazy and ignorant we can keep them from being the cause?

I never bought political one liners. Thanks for understanding there is nuance and a middle way.

about 4 months ago
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Drone Search and Rescue Operation Wins Fight Against FAA

ImaLamer Re: comments are now underway on just this issue (77 comments)

"The skies should belong to the people, not the government. "

You mean the government for and by the people? The ones we elected to make up that list? Your exercise of writing those letters shows regulations should be at the behest of the people and this isn't us vs them.

So please drop this "people or government" dichotomy. This sets us all back. It's ignorance, it goes against your point and tells people the government isn't ours to control. It's how we get regulations we don't like. Instead keep the first half of your sentiment and we can have both, regulations by and for the protection of people.

about 4 months ago
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Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California

ImaLamer Re:Clueless (653 comments)

No where.

about a year ago
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Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California

ImaLamer Re:Hmm. (653 comments)

And if you are going to protest foreclosures, protest banks, the places that laid you off. Fuck.

about a year ago
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Putting a Panic Button In Smartphone Users' Hands

ImaLamer Re:Yes, here's why... (175 comments)

But the phone doesn't have to call 911. My locked phone gives me super fast access to emergency calls already.

But I used this app for quite some time because I would find myself in dodgy situations weekly. I knew there was a potential for harm, but I knew 911 wasn't going to be my best bet. Instead I already had my "team" know where I was heading and what time - and dialed them if needed so they could relay to 911 what the situation was. Thankfully I only needed it once and showed that I had and it was a deterrent to save my face, teeth and probably my life. In my case the thug I was dealing with was smarter than the woman who called 911 over nuggets of flesh.

Basically - not every situation is 911-worthy, but in some cases you may need help from a friend quickly and there are current solutions.

about a year ago
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Nvidia Removed Linux Driver Feature For Feature Parity With Windows

ImaLamer Re: And this why communism doesn't work (237 comments)

Your metaphor falls apart because I'm running free software that allows me to run either one.

about a year ago
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John McAfee Triggers the Ultimate False Positive

ImaLamer Re: Why do we care again? (47 comments)

Wait, lets clear up one thing; Russians are wanted worldwide for more than copyright infringement. Globally that is actually worth fighting, America's exports are dying and entertainment is still a viable export. And it's not just digital goods, it's violation of trademarks (counterfeit goods, which even private goods, have fallen under the realm of the Secret Service for it's entire existence).

But back to my original point, credit card theft and computer assisted fraud is alive and well around the globe and Russians lead the charge. Money, sometimes cash from checking accounts is being siphoned into Russian (and other) banks and being taken from innocent people - is this not worth pursuing?

Snowden is entirely another matter, but given the Russian state written news program RT and their constant American bashing I can't believe for a second they want to just keep Snowden safe. They have their own motives. It's to smear America worldwide. That thought can exist separately from the idea that what Snowden is doing is "good". Russia isn't helping Americans find out the truth about their government, they are helping themselves. The way the leaks help you is a secondary thought to Putin. He doesn't care, just look at their own brutality in Russia, how they treat their own free-speaking patriots.

about a year ago
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The Implications of Google Restricting Access To Anti-Islam Film

ImaLamer Do it already (727 comments)

Let me see, the film has caused a violent backlash and Google is wanting to block people from seeing in areas that further cause a violent backlash? I'm not at all concerned about the implications. As stated many times, it's their service, if Al Qaeda want's to spread it they can make VHS (VCD?) copies or whatever and do so. The film maker who is certainly enjoying the violent response (that he aimed for) is more than welcome to ship copies anywhere in the world he wants.

Spare me the false logic arguments of "what's next?". Google does not have to be the hosting provider of hate speech if it doesn't want to. And they certainly have the right to be selective on what airs where. I see it as good "citizenship" in a way. They already can remove my videos calling for the mass murder of all Slashdot readers - just because, never mind it's not even constitutionally protected speech.

I'm pretty sure by looking back now at Google, Twitter and Facebook they didn't discourage spreading information that lead to violent revolutions (Wikileaks still shows up in searches for example) in these countries when the causes were noble (i.e. toppling un-wanted and brutal/corrupt leaders). The track record thus far has shown they self censor when appropriate.

I get slippery slopes and all that - and I get that you don't have the right to not be offended... but today money is speech, corporations are people and hate speech is lauded over violent reactions. Even shooting and killing your own citizens to defend an embassy of another country isn't enough to satisfy those who want to further fan the flames of hate. In what world is is okay to continue answering hate speech with more hate speech and then cry foul when it comes down to blows? There is less civility in civilization every day. What happened to "mutual respect"? Why sabotage years of peace just because you can?

For goodness sake, do you think the people who died want the video spread even more? Don't you think their families hold both parties accountable (of course the killers more so - but still)?

more than 2 years ago
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iPhone 5 Scorns Standards Promise To European Commission

ImaLamer Re:RTFA (543 comments)

This is not at all recommended. Pick up three different wall-warts ready to accept the standard USB interface and read the amperage and volt output. Each model of phone does not conform to the same output and while there is typically protection on the side of the phone - you have no idea. So stop, please.

I've seen .7 to 1.1 amp outputs from HTC to Samsung to others (in current phones - older phones I've seen up to 5 Watts of output total). We aren't talking USB via your PC - we are talking about an AC adapter (AC/DC converter) which is why you read in this very thread different charging times based on which wall warts are used against certain devices. The question is - was your manufacturer smart enough (or not cheap enough) to be able to handle a variance from what they supplied you because you have 5 wall-wart (AC/DC converters) laying around from devices from almost 10 years ago.

Protip; this is why your Nokia chargers changed overtime. It's not the phone connector that mattered - it was the converter. They were protecting your phone from a surge.

more than 2 years ago
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iPhone 5 Scorns Standards Promise To European Commission

ImaLamer Re:RTFA (543 comments)

USB On-The-Go is supported in the 3.0 kernel used on Android devices, thus any ICS or JB phone - unless the manufacturer compiled the kernel without it on purpose. Which would be strange because the Android crowd tends to be more technical and this is (an albeit growing) selling point.

more than 2 years ago
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iPhone 5 Scorns Standards Promise To European Commission

ImaLamer Re:RTFA (543 comments)

Since the data handling via USB on smartphones is not standardized, meaning that there is not necessarily any interoperability between devices with a particular accessory...

Not true, there are various standards - among them USB-On-The-Go which will even allow a phone act as a USB host, many Android phones/tablets can use the PS3 controller with no additional setup. There are Bluetooth standards for wireless devices and so forth. The only issues is non-standard interfaces on particular phones, such as the LG Vortex (as marketed by Verizon) or the HTC Droid Incredible which try to continuously load drivers and bloatware onto Windows machines. Or possibly no support in various ROM kernels for USB OTG (or even Bluetooth profiles for that matter) - which can be possibly fixed in updates or custom ROMs/kernels.

In fact, I don't know in any way Android accessories aren't compatible among differing devices unless the software on the accessory is vendor-locked to a phone itself (unless you count docks that conform to the form factor of a phone you don't actually own...). But there is no mandate from Google, Motorola, LG, HTC, Samsung, etc who cause these types of problems. Apple will never allow the PS3 controller to work with the iPhone (you'd need to do hardware hacking alone before you could even start) and yet you can plug it into a Nexus 7, Transformer Prime or even possibly the OUYA Android based game console.

more than 2 years ago
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Nintendo WiiU Price and Release Date Announced

ImaLamer Re:Still thinks Japan is the center of the world (282 comments)

Everyone knows South Korea is the center of the gaming universe.

Jokes aside, what about the OUYA? Why are we on Slashdot talking about closed-source patent and license heaving gaming systems?

more than 2 years ago
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GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...

ImaLamer Re:GUI? (654 comments)

Slashdot user, hates using GUI's - needs most powerful video cards on the market to drive his GUI based array of terminal emulators.

I miss you guys sometimes.

more than 2 years ago
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John Carmack: Kudos To Valve, But Linux Is Still Not a Viable Gaming Market

ImaLamer Re:Valve vs this guy? (635 comments)

To be clear; glquake make 3D video cards take off in the consumer market. I would have never purchased one until glquake promised me reflections.

And all was holy. And I loved it. Canopus, first adopter here.

more than 2 years ago
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John Carmack: Kudos To Valve, But Linux Is Still Not a Viable Gaming Market

ImaLamer Re:Valve vs this guy? (635 comments)

Exactly, so I'm not sure what the problem is. Then again, Carmack wrote games for OpenGL (when Windows didn't support it without extra drivers...).

So it's not even about Windows vs. Linux. It's about killing Direct X with OpenGL - because, I'm guessing, most programmers are lazy.

more than 2 years ago
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Rutger's Student Dharun Ravi Sentenced To 30-Day Jail Time

ImaLamer Re:You seriously think motive is irrelevant? (683 comments)

The notion that classes should get "the same baseline of opportunity" is ridiculous on its face; it's people who should get that, and the only way you can do it is by refusing to categorize them into classes in the first place, and treating any case of unwarranted discrimination equally.

And thus it is revealed. People and classes can have that same baseline. It's not that we realize the class differences and there is elements of discrimination does not mean we are the cause of it. Hate crimes don't create hate crimes because the law exists - the laws exist due to the offenders, it is reactionary due to American society (and frankly others too).

There is no class, even those you say aren't protected, the un-named majority, that can't sue or be viewed as a victim for their so-called class. There is nothing in these ideals that elevates anyone in society over another - in fact it seeks to establish to the people the playing field should, in fact, be leveled. For your "people" to be afforded a certain baseline of opportunity we have to have recourse when someone pushes that baseline back/down/whatever to a person because of a class they saw/heard/assumed when they met with them, etc.

more than 2 years ago
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Rutger's Student Dharun Ravi Sentenced To 30-Day Jail Time

ImaLamer Re:I was surprised he was convicted on hate charge (683 comments)

"Hardly" - It is not just hardly his fault. The action led directly to those consequences. You are telling me that shaming a man for sleeping with another man - and he kills himself - and that's not a hate crime - and it was hardly his fault? Are you on the defense team because I am getting that you are against all allegations against the man, for whatever reason. Seems to be either an incidental hate crime or one in which he was more negligent than aggravated... but I can't tell you if he meant to shame him for being gay or not. "Just kidding" doesn't cut it, he didn't know he was gay?

At what point of setting up a camera and recording are you responsible for your actions - something has to be done, at least there was a trial.

"Justice" - that word means whatever you want to make it mean. You can make justice an eye for an eye or even harsher if you say that is "justice" where ever you may be. Revenge and justice - who cares? The dead man isn't trying to take revenge. Given there is probation, counseling and other attachments to the short sentence, I'm okay with that. There is a potential there to land in prison for 3 years - or his life can be saved if he's not really dumb enough to do it again if he didn't actually mean to do it.

Anytime someone dies it's hard to swallow 30 days + attachments is enough to even resemble justice when there is a chain of events where said person on trial is along the chain of events that led up to such a situation.

more than 2 years ago
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Who's Pirating Game of Thrones, and Why?

ImaLamer Re:I have HBO... (1004 comments)

Legality is established if you have access to those channels, those shows, that have already aired. You are essentially time-shifting. Mr. Rogers (RIP) would argue it.

What can't be done due to agreements between other parties not involved in the recording, transcoding and distribution of the files themselves is... distribute them (even after they air in this case mind you).

Movies, TV shows, music - they are restricted by who can distribute them, and that's the problem. It's like being able to have drugs (TV recordings for shows you [paid for and] missed) but no one can sell them but other parties who have agreements in place to be the sole distributor. And that's a civil matter except now we have laws against not agreeing to an exclusivity contract that you were never presented with. I don't even understand how some of these cases actually proceed when I think of how ignorant the argument is - however, I do understand very much so everyone wants to get paid.

There is your golden ticket, content delivery over the internet that is as fast and reliable as pirates that is freely shared and money changes hands to pay the original owners of the works.

more than 2 years ago

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I Propose a New Slashdot Meme

ImaLamer ImaLamer writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I've noticed that there has been people trolling Slashdot in the past few days belittling technology advances because of the current human rights problem (genocide) in Africa. I just replied to a discussion on a device which would bungee you into space by saying:

If only it could lift people out of Darfur...

The second line is my attempt to spin humor on the situation. I don't want to lose my "Excellent" Karma after all do I?

However - today I propose a new Slashdot meme!

I say that any type of story should be replied to with a mention of how said products or participants aren't helping people in the Sudan. Don't get me wrong, I hate spammers. I just think that we need to be outspoken in order to get what we want from this government. It is about time we stopped chasing bad guys in Iraq and started getting them in the Sudan.

I don't care about the politics involved. We can't afford to let an entire ethnic group die off at the hands of another. We must use what means we have to bring the topic into the forefront of discussion worldwide.

What is America doing about all of this?

That should be the question worldwide and then god fearing people in America should be asking:

Why aren't these people worth saving?

"Culture of life!"

Culture of life? Get Real!

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