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Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

IonOtter Don't Worry, Folks. (152 comments)

I talk to myself in different voices all the time, and engage in detailed plots to take over the world.

If I haven't been picked up by the Men In White Coats by now, they aren't listening.

about two weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

IonOtter This Isn't Necessarily A Bad Thing (440 comments)

This sort of thing has happened before, and it will happen again. An even better example was when the MV Cougar Ace almost sank, and 4700 brand new Mazda cars hung at a 60 degree angle for several months. They never moved, and they were all in seemingly perfect condition.

Mazda chose to err on the side of caution, rather than risk a lawsuit. Or even worse, there was a very valid concern that they would become "Katrina Cars". A coat of paint, and they would be bundled up and sold in some other unsuspecting country. (On a side-note, the destruction process is really cool!.)

With waivers not being worth the paper they're printed on, it's simply not worth the risk of getting sued.

And finally, there's the "soft damage" to take into consideration? Remember the kid in preschool who "had cooties"? That kid KEPT those cooties, right up until graduation day in high school. Costco might never allow a single jar to hit their normal distribution system, but just the simple fact that the peanut butter even exists at all, is a risk that someone, somewhere, will say, "Whoa, Costco peanut butter might have salmonella."

Play "Telephone" with that for a while, and suddenly Costco can't pay someone to take a jar of peanut butter. This is actually a very safe, very beneficial tactic for Costco.

Now consumers can be absolutely guaranteed that they will never have to think about whether Costco peanut butter is safe.

And in retail, that's money in the bank.

about three weeks ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

IonOtter It Depends... (704 comments)

If you're talking shit in the lounge or common area, then you deserve a banhammer right to the forehead. And if you're playing a non-violent or otherwise cooperative game, then nasty epithets really aren't cool.

But combat games? Actually shooting at other player opponents? Nuh-uh. Anything goes, jungle rules and survival of the fittest. If you're hunting other humans, then you should not only expect such nasty talk, but you should desire hearing it. When you've just flung a knife halfway across the map and skewered some n00b in the eyeball, then hearing them call you a bitch faggot is just icing on the pwncake.

There's also something else to consider? Being a nasty little troll can come with some really horrible, but incredibly spectacular consequences.

about a month ago
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Is Weev Still In Jail Because the Government Doesn't Understand What Hacking Is?

IonOtter Donning CBR Gear (246 comments)

Weev is whale turds. He's the lowest of the low, he knows it, and he relishes it. He's like a wolverine, pissing and shitting on the carcass he found, so nobody else will try to eat it, even though he can't stand his own stench.

Which is why it sucks so God Damned much to have to defend his useless ass!

But then, if you can't defend the worst of the worst from clear injustice, then we don't even have the hope of having a republic.

about a month ago
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Mt. Gox Knew It Was Selling Phantom Bitcoin 2 Weeks Before Collapse

IonOtter Irony (263 comments)

"...buying bitcoins that did not exist, with cash that was already long gone."

Sssoooo, it's exactly like the US dollar. Or ANY fiat currency.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs

IonOtter Re:Like the good ole days (295 comments)

*coughs and points to jedidiah's UID*

They are most likely making six figures. Might wanna pay attention to your elders, kid. You might learn something.

about 1 month ago
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Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It

IonOtter Fools!! (131 comments)

The law does not apply to the lowly masses, except when it is useful to suppress them or steal from them!

This is not TV Tropes, and you cannot turn the law against the ones who created it!

about 2 months ago
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RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

IonOtter Realization Dawns (523 comments)

Back in 2002 or so, when people were really starting to rally against the PATRIOT act, the usual faces were all over the media, calling detractors "terrorist sympathizers" and worse. More than a few openly called for such people to be labeled traitors.

Manifestly, there is no civil-liberties crisis in this country. Consequently, people who claim there is must have a different goal in mind. What else can you say of such people but that they are traitors? (source)

And here's Paul Krugman with regards to Rush Limbaugh back in 2002...

As far back as 2002, Rush Limbaugh, in words very close to those used by The Wall Street Journal last week, accused Tom Daschle, then the Senate majority leader, of a partisan "attempt to sabotage the war on terrorism." (source.)

I can't remember where it happened, or who exactly said it, but someone confronted Rush Limbaugh about his words and said, "Imagine if Hillary Clinton were to become president, and she has the power that you want to give President Bush."

Well.

It would appear that has a very good chance of happening. And what was laughed off back in 2002, is now staining underwear in 2014.

about 2 months ago
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Fixing Broken Links With the Internet Archive

IonOtter I Have Experience in Internet Archaeology (79 comments)

There was a fascinating website dedicated to high-energy weapons and experiments, called svbxlabs.com

It was run by a young man who'd been born in the US to Ukranian immigrants, which is actually important to keep in mind. He was brilliant, at least in my eyes, putting together the most incredible devices. HERF cannons, railguns, Tesla coils; you name it. He was the first to explain what the OptiCom traffic Light Changer was, and how it worked.

In short, he was doing a lot of work on things a LOT of people would much rather he didn't. Things were zipping along nicely, and his college professor was very excited to see what he came up with next.

Then 9/11 happened. Within four months, the site was gone. And Slava Person vanished from the Internet not long after that. Other people took up the mantle of his work, such as powerlabs.org, but it's not as good as Mr. Slava's work had been.

But if you put svbxlabs.com into WBM/A.O, you can find most of what he did. Also, one of the problems of WBM/A.O is that you can't just click on the links. Sometimes you have to copy them, then enter them into the WBM window, otherwise your browser tries to go to the direct link. Which no longer exists.

I've also used it to find all kinds of fan fiction, role-playing games, artwork and more.

I approve of this.

about 3 months ago
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How To Create Your Own Cryptocurrency

IonOtter Kimcoin? (203 comments)

Once Kim Dotcom gets that whole mess worked out with the US DOJ, he can make his own cryptocurrency.

And depending on how he ties it to his services, I bet people will use it and/or find it valuable.

about 4 months ago
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Ancient Pompeii Diet Consisted of Giraffe and Other "Exotic'" Delicacies

IonOtter Re:Some Things Are Still in the Stores Today (172 comments)

Technically, you're correct. The researchers only had a few days in which to do it in a plastic bucket. Not exactly safe, either.

According to records, garum was also made in large, clay jugs, just ilke the Asian sauce. The very best sauce was allowed to age for as long as 8 months, sometimes longer.

The neat thing, is you got lots of stuff out of a single jar. The stuff off the very top was light a fine, rich amber, and commanded the highest prices. Further down, it was darker and got a good price. The glop at the bottom would be strained to get the next best liquid, and then returned to the jar and salt water added for another soaking to get yet more sauce out of the glop. Finally, the glop was sold to the lower classes to mix with their porridge and chick peas.

about 4 months ago
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How Ya Gonna Get 'Em Down On the UNIX Farm?

IonOtter The Last Time I Used A CLI... (606 comments)

The last time I used a CLI in my workplace, I was almost accused of hacking.

99% of the human race that has any knowledge of computers have no idea about the c-prompt, let alone a single blinking underscore.

about 4 months ago
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Tesla Faces Off Against Car Dealers In Another State: Ohio

IonOtter Re:A Challenger Appears! (214 comments)

DOH! "It's not illegal" = "It's NOW illegal"

about 5 months ago
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Tesla Faces Off Against Car Dealers In Another State: Ohio

IonOtter A Challenger Appears! (214 comments)

Ohio: It's not illegal to sell your cars here.

Tesla: Fuck you. *sells cars*

Ohio: You can't do that! Stop it!

Tesla: Fuck you. No.

Ohio: We'll arrest you!

Tesla: On a civil matter? *snort* Good luck. And fuck you.

Ohio: We'll arrest your customers!

Elon Musk: I'll bail them out, provide them with 10 lawyers and unlimited funds for the lawsuit. Fuck you.

Ohio: You're being arrested for contempt of court!

Tesla: *lawyer power-up* (Tesla has evolved!) *supreme court power-up* (Tesla has evolved!) *social media campaign* (Tesla has evolved!) *political contributions power-up* (Tesla has evolved! Maximum evolution achieved!)

Tesla uses Intergalactic Level Supreme Court Bitchslap! Ohio is destroyed!

Elon Musk: Fuck you.

about 5 months ago
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Fuel Rod Removal Operation Begins At Tsunami-hit Fukushima

IonOtter Wait, wait..UNused Rods??? (101 comments)

Hang on a moment, unused rods are non-radiating. They're *ready* to start working, but they won't start radiating until they're brought together in a core. That's called "criticality", or "going critical", which is a self-sustaining reaction.

Prior to core insertion, unused rods are handled in open air, without any shielding, and can even be touched without a problem. You definitely don't want to bring them close to another fuel bundle, nor do you want them anywhere near a neutron reflector.

That would be a Bad Thing.

The only way this would be a threat, is if any of the debris in the storage pool damages the fuel bundles. Such as bending them and bringing the rods within criticality range of each other. Or if some stray metal got down inside the storage slots, acting as a neutron reflector and creating a hot-spot.

Outside of that, unless I'm wrong about unused fuel not being hot, then this is just a scare story.

about 5 months ago
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Meet the 'Assassination Market' Creator Who's Crowdfunding Murder With Bitcoins

IonOtter Re:Once Again Missing Perspectives (291 comments)

The problem with your list, is that without exception, every one of them has a well-established and documented reputation for hunting down and killing those who target them for assassination.

So please! By all means, go for it. I'd ask you to tell us how it went, but somehow, I don't think we'll need you to tell us?

We'll find what's left of you on the 6-o-clock news.

about 5 months ago

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Iran Blocking HTTPS Protocol

IonOtter IonOtter writes  |  more than 2 years ago

IonOtter (629215) writes "Ars Technica tells us that the Iranian government is reportedly blocking access to websites that use the HTTPS security protocol, and preventing the use of software residents use to bypass the state-run firewall. From post on Hacker News today, apparently written by an Iranian resident:

Since Thursday Iranian government has shutted [sic] down the https protocol which has caused almost all google services (gmail, and google.com itself) to become inaccessible. Almost all websites that reply on Google APIs (like wolfram alpha) won't work. Accessing to any website that replies on https (just imaging how many websites use this protocol, from Arch Wiki to bank websites). Also accessing many proxies is also impossible.

Several Hacker News users confirmed the original post's statement that Iran is blocking encrypted Internet traffic. "I live in Iran. The fact about the shut down is correct," one person wrote. Another said "They drop all encrypted connections. This means no https, no IMAP over TLS and no SSH connections. (Im in Iran)."
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WWII Vet Double Votes to Prove System Flawed

IonOtter IonOtter writes  |  more than 2 years ago

IonOtter (629215) writes "An 89-year-old Raleigh man accused of voter fraud said he was trying to prove a point by casting two ballots. "I think the election system is pathetic," Leland Duane Lewis said Wednesday. Lewis, a retired engineer and World War II veteran, said he has been a faithful voter since 1949.

Lewis was released from the Wake County jail on Wednesday after posting a $10,000 bond. He could face up to 15 months in prison if convicted. "I want to see them straighten out the election system," he said."

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Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Maize Fields

IonOtter IonOtter writes  |  more than 2 years ago

IonOtter (629215) writes "From the IBTimes Green Economy section: A new regulation was introduced this March which stipulates that seeds are supposed to be checked for GMO before they are introduced to the market. Unfortunately, some GMO seeds made it to the farmers without them knowing it. Almost 1000 acres of maize were found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds throughout Hungary, and has been plowed under, according to deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development, Lajos Bognar.

The AllAboutFeed portal has a more conservative number, stating that only 400 hectares have been plowed under, but also adds that both Monsanto and Pioneer products were identified."

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Portland School Locks Out Robotics Club

IonOtter IonOtter writes  |  more than 3 years ago

IonOtter (629215) writes "From the Portland Bee: For seven years, members of “Mahr’s Metal Beavers”, the club’s brand name, were proud to say they were from Franklin High School. But now, going into their eighth year, the students and volunteer mentors find themselves physically locked out of the disused auto repair shop they once called home, in the bowels of the Inner Southeast high school. To make matters worse, school officials tried to claim the club money.

"We do our own fundraising, and have eleven club mentors, most of whom are professional engineers, working with us." said Rebecca LohKamp, the club's main mentor. "The last printout from the school I saw shows they are holding $7,500, funds dedicated to ‘Team 1432’,” LohKamp added. “Now they claim the money that we raised was given to the school, and might now belong to the school district."

Franklin High Business Manager, Steve Matthews, told The Bee that Franklin High is supporting the MESA program instead of the FIRST, and "can't do both". This is odd, because MESA, a supplier of military and law enforcement robots, doesn't offer any educational support on their website, while FIRST is specifically designed for educational institutions. Since the story hit The Bee, it was picked up by Fark, subsequently reddited, and even Tweeted by Mythbuster's Adam Savage and Grant Imahara"
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FBI Launches Searches on Anti-war Activists

IonOtter IonOtter writes  |  more than 3 years ago

IonOtter (629215) writes "From the Dept of The New Normal:"

FBI Agents in Chicago served search warrants on the single-family home of Joe Losbaker and his wife, Stephanie Weiner, around 7 a.m, their attorney said. Losbaker, clearly shaken, briefly stepped outside his home as FBI agents searched inside and told The Associated Press: "I have done nothing wrong." Attorney Melinda Power stated: "The government said they can take what they want. It's an invasion of their rights." The homes of three longtime Minneapolis anti-war activists also were among those searched. The three were subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury in Chicago next month. Also involved, Peace Activist Mick Kelly was able to submit a video describing his experience while officers stripped his apartment above the cafe.

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UK Police Threaten Teenage Photojournalist

IonOtter IonOtter writes  |  more than 3 years ago

IonOtter (629215) writes "In what seems to be a common occurrence, and now a costly one, Metropolitan Police in the UK still don't seem to be getting the message that assaulting photographers is a bad idea. UK press photographer Jules Matteson details the event in his blog, titled The Romford Incident. The incident has already been picked up by The Register, The Independent and the British Journal of Photography, which contains an official statement from the Metropolitan Police."
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The Guardian Silenced By Parliment

IonOtter IonOtter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

IonOtter (629215) writes "In what may turn out to be a blatant violation of free speech guaranteed by the Bill of Rights of 1688, the UK Parliament has issued a "gag order" on The Guardian regarding parliamentary proceedings which, according to the gag order, cannot be revealed.

"Today's published Commons order papers contain a question to be answered by a minister later this week. The Guardian is prevented from identifying the MP who has asked the question, what the question is, which minister might answer it, or where the question is to be found. The Guardian is also forbidden from telling its readers why the paper is prevented-for the first time in memory-from reporting parliament. Legal obstacles, which cannot be identified, involve proceedings, which cannot be mentioned, on behalf of a client who must remain secret." (full story)

The only thing they are allowed to say is that the issue involves "...the London solicitors Carter-Ruck, who specialise in suing the media for clients, who include individuals or global corporations." However, one British newspaper, The Spectator, isn't backing down, and have given detailed answers.

N Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of legislation to protect (a) whistleblowers and (b) press freedom following the injunctions obtained in the High Court by (i) Barclays and Freshfields solicitors on 19 March 2009 on the publication of internal Barclays reports documenting alleged tax avoidance schemes and (ii) Trafigura and Carter-Ruck solicitors on 11 September 2009 on the publication of the Minton report on the alleged dumping of toxic waste in the Ivory Coast, commissioned by Trafigura."

The Spectator is also providing routine updates on the spread of the story, which is hitting the Twitterverse as #trafigura, and also commenting on how this story has yet to be seen on the BBC website."

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Judge Seals Courtroom for RealNetworks Case

IonOtter IonOtter writes  |  about 5 years ago

IonOtter (629215) writes "In the case of Hollywood versus RealNetworks and their product, RealDVD, District Court Judge Marilyn Patel agreed that allowing public scrutiny of the case could result in the disclosure of proprietary information regarding the CSS technology.

The two sides presented opening arguments Friday morning, over the legality of a restraining order barring RealNetworks from selling RealDVD, a program to allow users to rip and manage DVD movies copied to a hard drive. Several Hollywood studios including Warner Bros. and Disney claimed that the RealDVD technology facilitated piracy and violated the terms of the CCA's contract. Real, for its part, maintained that it respected copyright and provided additional security through enhanced encryption.

Apparently Hollywood isn't aware that CSS has been compromised for most of a decade."
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Tip To Copper Wire Thieves: Don't Steal Live Wires

IonOtter IonOtter writes  |  more than 6 years ago

IonOtter (629215) writes "From the "Darwin Awards Dept":

Reuters: A thief in Germany was charred beyond recognition by a 10,000-volt electric shock when he tried to steal a live copper cable, authorities said Monday. Police in the western city of Duisburg found the 32-year-old man's blackened remains by a set of cable cutters and a pile of cables he had already stolen. Only because one of his hands survived incineration were officers able to identify the man as a German of Kazakh origin. Story on MSNBC


Speaking as a person working in the telco repair industry, I find this disturbingly gratifying."
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Apple Warns hacking iPhone may harm it

IonOtter IonOtter writes  |  more than 6 years ago

IonOtter writes "Business Week reports... Apple Inc. on Monday warned iPhone owners who have used unauthorized programs to unlock the cellular service feature of their handsets that they may end up with a phone that doesn't work after the company's next software update for it."
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