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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Let's forgive Dish and move on (230 comments)

I wouldn't worry about Dish even in the worst case scenarion. Here's how it would go down:

FCC: You violated Do Not Call 57 million times. Times $16,000 per, that's, lessee...

Dish: I can't afford that! I guess we're bamkrupt. :(

FCC: Ohwell, sux 2 B U!

FCC: No, sux to be you!

FCC: Whaaaaaaa???

AFCC: Yes, when assigning spectrum, we promised Congress there would always be at least two satellite cable networks.

FCC: Rats!

Dish: Ha ha!

FCC: Yeah, ha ha!

2 days ago
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Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

Impy the Impiuos Imp Well, the king wouldn't abuse it, so... (289 comments)

10 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled, in the case of IR devices, that, although they were passively observing, government needed to get a warrant to use them. Technological adgancements shall not obviate expected constitutional protections. People expect privacy and advances that did not exist then cannot take advantage of loopholes like that.

So, I hope these people are getting warrants, or I expect to see hundreds of law enforcement officials going to jail.

By the way, as people move more and more of their lives into virtual, online arenas, they take with them the same expectation of privacy. The Supreme Court should similarly require warrants for all that, too, closing the loophole that, since it's at some coompany, "you have no expectation of privacy."

People create this virtual presence for their own convenience, not so government can have a virtual warrantless panopticon.

5 days ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Something I used to to (348 comments)

It's the long periods of inactivity that are the problem, not cardiovascular health.

There was a related study several years earlier that suggested people in good shape who went home and plunked down on the sofa for 6 hours suffered as much as couch potatos.

So break that time up and that's the goal.

5 days ago
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Japanese Nobel Laureate Blasts His Country's Treatment of Inventors

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Hang on WTF? (190 comments)

There ws a study a few years back. The top programmers were 4x as productive as the average one, and there were things the top programmers could do the average ones couldn't, no matter how much time they were given.

How much more so for intricate details of physics and other research of the physical that takes years rather than minutes of turnaround time.

There's a feeling among the historically illiterate that technological advancement happens "more or less aitomatically". Yet a quick glance around the world shows government policy affects this immensely, and often negatively by getting in the way.

5 days ago
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Shanghai Company 3D Prints 6-Story Apartment Building and Villa

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:you can't print 3D books! (97 comments)

Launch all lobbyiests! Construction jobs must be protected. Engage safety argument memes!

Oh oh.

Oh oh:

In total, 80 percent less labor is needed, meaning more affordable construction, and less risk of injury to contractors.

They are way ahead of you on the masses manipulation meme serverville.

5 days ago
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Star Trek Continues Kickstarter 2.0

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:So how are they (106 comments)

Sounds like a lot of buried rage there. Careful or it will flare up.

5 days ago
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A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:What does it mean? (158 comments)

Good. There needs to be more of this. Otherwise just spit ot the meme "they need exclusivity to make it work", get the True Believers to bite, exchange "communication" in private...4. ????...5. Profit!

Old as the hills and the core purpose of seeking power.

I'm going to ask a question and risk downmod: I wonder how many saying, "Right on!" over that are bent out of shape over laws forbidding another competitor who doesn't have to play by the rules: local government, a "company" with the power to tax, and make you pay for the service whether you want it or not.

Let's see, shall we?

5 days ago
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Researchers Use Siri To Steal Data From iPhones

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Requirement to have compromised device (55 comments)

And it's just "currently". Breaking into unjailbroken phones or taking advantage of bugs is the main game already.

Interesting this -- they alter an audio such that it's Apple-encrypted path to the Siri server can be analyzed to extrace the hidden data without decrypting the stream.

I often wondered about a similar thing, if a server could pulse data it sends encrypted, which would allow tracking through any layers of encryption. Say goodbye to tor & friends. You'd uave to add random delay to data at each node.

5 days ago
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Winston Churchill's Scientists

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Tony Blair quoting Churchill quoting Verne (75 comments)

War has long been shown to be the periods in history with the fastest technological development. Goveernment borrows to ensure its own survival in ways it doesn't need to in peace.

However, the current era had economists wondering, with per-capita spending on par with WWII, yet in relative peace, why aren't we in a similar period? Or, if a real war started, where is the money to borrow to come from?

Those periods are not sustainable becaise they are borrowing-based. The capitalism you disdain is unparalleled at generating the economic oomph to have them from time to time, and continue development at a pace almost as fast, sustained.

about a week ago
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Republican Bill Aims To Thwart the FCC's Leaning Towards Title II

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:I doubt the Republicans wrote it... (182 comments)

U.S. congressional Republicans on Friday proposed legislation that would set "net neutrality" rules for broadband providers, aiming to head off tougher regulations backed by the Obama administration.

That sentence should have read, U.S. congressional Republicans on Friday proposed legislation authored by industry lobbyists, that would set "net neutrality" rules for broadband providers, aiming to head off tougher regulations backed by the Obama administration. (additions mine).

As opposed to a Title II complete government takeover, where this exact same inndustry you shit brix over now deals with Contgress directly, as their customer (to whom they whine and wine and donate), now cutting you out completely, until it tuens into the water department.

No, I am glad Congress is asserting itself so, sor one brief moment, they consider ancient legislation before it is applied to a massive new arena by certain power-hungry factions, unelected.

about a week ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Why is this being covered on slashdot? (778 comments)

No, we will mock them for not keeping their site in the manner they promise and advertise: news for nerds -- stuff that matters.

So, with mockery in mind, I will say I, too, am upset Microsoft is abandoning regular support for Windows 7 before the next major OS release.

Oops, wrong thread.

No, wait. Right thread.

about two weeks ago
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Pirate Activist Shows Politicians What Digital Surveillance Looks Like

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:People forget about people. (81 comments)

That's what I always point out in these threads -- it is trivial for a political operative, a G. Gordon Liddy type, to listen in on conversations of political opponents of his boss, to say nothing of using metadata to track who they call -- knowing donors or supporters is valuable info and the government can target them.

It has nothing to do with the other 999 agents. You cannot build a panopticon.

We need to carry forward out protections into our virual life, instead of letting the government get away with loopholes that it's electronics where "you have no expectation of privacy", they baldly assert as they slide their hands into our pants.

Well, guess what? You're wrong, and not in the spirit of why these constitutional protections were created.

about two weeks ago
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Washington DC's Public Library Will Teach People How To Avoid the NSA

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:is "superversive" a word? (81 comments)

One might consider this superversive, an attempt to restore a social order's power of their security servicer.

So Stewie was being superversive at Woodstock!

Stewie: (singing and strumming a guitar) "Establishment. Establishment. You always know what's best!"

Crowd boos.

Stewie: "LEARN THE RULES!"

about two weeks ago
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PC Shipments Are Slowly Recovering

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:My guess (130 comments)

My estimate on the reasons:
1. People have limited amounts of money for computer gadgets. IE tablet OR new laptop/PC
2. Tablets were the 'new thing', but people who would buy them now already have one(lowering sales of them) and/or have gotten over the 'shiny' and are perhaps now looking for more functionality again. I know I hate typing on mine. What's one of the hotter accessories? Bluetooth keyboard, often built into the case itself.

So people put off buying a new laptop and such in favor of the tablet. Especially with the fun of Windows 8. Now that tablet purchasing is more or less down to routine replacement, people are picking up PCs again.

The article title is wrong. It should be "Sales of computers with Windows 8 are slowly recovering after it has been partially rolled back wih 8.1."

I'm still waiting for 9, or 10, or Decimalawwsome-O, or whatever the hell they're calling it.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:About time (417 comments)

Cities used to do this all the time. I suppose it's progress that you laugh at the idea.

Handing out economic favors is the whole reason for political power seeking. "This heah town ain't big enuff for two companies, see?" is old-school meme justification for government(-granted) monopolies.

If the federal government is going to insinuate itself, then forbid localities that do this from restricting competition, including tax surcharges on cable providers to help pay for public ones.

about two weeks ago
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China's Engineering Mega-Projects Dwarf the Great Wall

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Very admirable (206 comments)

China is less an example of Big Government projects and more of them not self-hobbling with environmental and other laws.

There's a shipping harbor in South Carolina that has been trying to be deepened by 5 feet to accomodate Superpanamax ships (larger cargo carriers designed for the upcoming Panama Canal expansion.)

This fight has been going on for longer than the original Panama Canal took to build.

It's sad most of this in the US comes down to political battles between environmentalists and unionized construction worker jobs.

about two weeks ago
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Wireless Keylogger Masquerades as USB Phone Charger

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:And this is good why? (150 comments)

Smells like Doritos and shame.

about two weeks ago
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Wireless Keylogger Masquerades as USB Phone Charger

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Dewhat? (150 comments)

Adding noise is good, but It adds to the pollution slowing down that band.

about two weeks ago
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The Strange Story of the First Quantum Art Exhibition In Space

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Um, what? (69 comments)

If everyone who ever lived spent their entire lives looking at random images, probably nobody will have found any decent pictures of intelligible size, much less a great work of art (or a spurious image of a shooter on the grassy knoll, or a decent image of a sentence or plans to an h bomb.)

about two weeks ago

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Lucas sues over portable laser

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) writes "George Lucas has decided to sue a company that produces a powerful, portable laser that, coincidentally, happens to look like a lightsaber hilt. Or not. You be the judge.

It can set things on fire with the best of 'em, though, and, like a real lightsaber, should not be jammed in your eye.

Lucas filed a similar lawsuit last year regarding a laser that was too close to the Death Star, which was thrown out of court on technical grounds."

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Sony To Encase In Carbonite Half The Star Wars: Ga

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) writes "Not surprisingly that it's gone unnoticed for several days, but Sony is apparently merging out of existence half its Star Wars: Galaxies servers. In spite of a number of innovative features (three health bars, choreographable dancing and music coordinatable between several players, "your own R2 unit and 3PO", programmable droids, and so on) a complete overhaul of the combat system, designed to simplify it and make it more action-oriented, actually drove away more people than it attracted. It soon thereafter retired to that great Sony one-fee-for-all stable of aging and also-rans in the sky.

Still on life support, it was preceded in death by Sony foster brother Matrix Online."

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Citystyle

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  about 8 years ago

Went back to City of Heroes after an 8 month interlude in World of Warcraft. Ahh, the freedom of high-speed, true 3D travel. Ooooh, the power of the scrapper class in feeling truly heroic and dominant on the battlefield. You can take your +85 strength swords that increases your damage by 1.2% and, in the words of the Lieutenant, cram it up your ass.

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