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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

J053 It's easy (233 comments)

You just need to spend time where they hang out...

4 days ago
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Unicode 7.0 Released, Supporting 23 New Scripts

J053 Linear A? (108 comments)

I'm sure there are lots of docs in that....

about 3 months ago
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Russia Quietly Passes Anti-Blogger Law

J053 Re:this would never happen in america. (284 comments)

Now imagine what would have happened if Snowden had provided his materials only to the NY Times. Oh, wait, we don't have to imagine. We know what would have happened because previous leakers did that, only to find the NYT was already under the thumb and they chose not to publish.

Yeah, like they chose not to publish the papers Daniel Ellsberg released to them! Oh, wait...

about 4 months ago
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Russia Quietly Passes Anti-Blogger Law

J053 Re:Russia you were so close (284 comments)

They pass their information to the military that assassinates them instead. Is this meant to be better?

OK, name one person who has been assassinated by the US military for any involvement in the Occupy movement or for any blog posts. I'll wait...

about 4 months ago
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Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

J053 Re:questionable axiom (465 comments)

Electorally, the rich are way dis-empowered compared to the masses, whether based on simple capita counts, or contributions to the treasury, or indeed receipts from the treasury.

Nice obfuscation. The problem with political contributions is that they purchase access. If I contribute $5000 to a senator's campaign, and you contribute $0, which of us is more likely to be able to get a meeting with him/her? The ability to call a politician on the phone and have them take your call, personally is worth much more than the value of a vote.

about 5 months ago
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In Mississippi, Gov't Text Messages Are Officially Public Records

J053 Re:Awesome win for the Democrats... (33 comments)

He's a master baiter!

Thank you, I'll be here all week. Try the fish, and please tip your waitress...

about 5 months ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

J053 Re:Does this mean no more Gnome desktop? (693 comments)

You have plenty of documentation available on https://help.gnome.org/users/ and https://developer.gnome.org/.

Ya know, this is a trend that is really beginning to piss me off. In the beginning, one of the best things about UNIX/Linux was that the documentation was all, always, locally-available. And, for the most part, to read it you just had to type "man whatever". Yes, manpages were not known for their readability, but they did (usually) have all the info you needed. Now, for so many projects, the documentation is all somewhere on teh Interwebs, or (at best) you have to find /usr/share/doc/program-version/ and, if you're lucky, there will be some documentation there.

Would it hurt GNOME/KDE/whatever devs to at least include basic manpages in their packages? Why can't aI type "man evolution" to see what command switches might be available, or to get some kind of tips?

GOML.

about 5 months ago
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Firefox OS Will Become the Mobile OS To Beat

J053 Re: they see me trollin... they hatin' (205 comments)

Just for kicks, I booted into Emacs once (init=/usr/bin/emacs in GRUB) - it works, but it's weird...

about 6 months ago
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How to Get Help Online (2013 Edition)

J053 Fscking /. beta (5 comments)

Won't even let me comment. All it posts is the title. Furrfu.

about 8 months ago
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How to Get Help Online (2013 Edition)

J053 Well... (5 comments)

Obviously, you don't post a question to /.

about 8 months ago
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Linux 3.13 Kernel To Bring Major Feature Improvements

J053 Re:BTRFS stable when (190 comments)

(Circa 1070 is when I did this stuff)

So, were you William the Conqueror's IT guy?

about 10 months ago
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Legislation Would Prohibit ISPs From Throttling Online Video Services

J053 Re:Reasonable throttling (222 comments)

I thought the 'common carrier' status meant they were required to send everything without preference. Because since if they lost their common carrier status, they'd be responsible for things like child porn.

Once again, for, I dunno, maybe the thousandth time here, ISPs are explicitly NOT Common Carriers in the US (I don't know about other countries), but Enhanced Services or Information Services. The ISPs fought against Common Carrier status for lots of reasons , such as being exempted from usage or access charges from the backbone providers (who are Common Carriers).

about 10 months ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

J053 Neat trick in Chrome browser (1191 comments)

Just discovered - if you zoom to > 150% in Chrome/Chromium, the annoying sidebars and the top "menu" junk all disappear - you just get the stories/comments, and at higher zoom factors the text flows properly.

about a year ago
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Obama Admin Says It Won't Fight Looser Marijuana Laws, With Conditions

J053 Re:The emperor has no clothes (526 comments)

Federal marijuana prohibition is not a law, it is a usurpation. It took a constitutional amendment to ban alcohol, and that amendment was repealed. There is no legal authority whatsoever for the federal government to ban a drug.

-jcr

Actually, the basis for present-day prohibition of marijuana is the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, which updated the Paris Convention of 1931. The Paris Convention was targeted at opioids, while the Single Convention of 1931 added cannabis and other drugs, as well as establishing the "Schedules" of drugs used today. Since the Single Convention is a treaty, it had to be ratified by the US Senate (in 1967), and has the same force as any other law or provision of the Constitution itself (see Art. VI, US Constitution). Thus, no Amendment was required to allow Congress to pass legislation implementing the Convention.

I don't like it, but it's not unconstitutional.

1 year,24 days
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Concern Mounts Over Self-Driving Cars Taking Away Freedom

J053 Re:Freedom? (662 comments)

I just want to see better cruise control - more akin to actual autopilot. Especially on freeways, I should be able to tell the vehicle "maintain this speed, stay in the lane (modify speed as needed wrt other vehicles/road conditions) until point X" and not worry about it. I'll handle city street/"last mile" driving myself.

about a year ago
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Washington Post Hacked, a Day After New York Times

J053 Re:NYT not hacked. (98 comments)

Yes - ignore FOX. I have the real scoop from Rush:

RUSH: Folks, you can try to get to the New York Times story on the Clinton Global Initiative on the Web. I don't think you can. It's been taken down. Well, I don't know if it's been taken down or they just ended the access to it. But don't worry, I have enough of it for certain pull quotes. Oh, the whole website's inaccessible, so maybe the Times got hacked. Okay, Times got hacked. I thought just that one story pulled down. All right. It's obviously the Clinton story, the expose of the Clinton Global Initiative that's resulted in the Times website being hacked. The story is in the UK Telegraph, by Tim Stanley. "The New York Times Takes Down the Clinton Foundation. This Could Be Devastating for Bill and Hillary," is the headline. The lead is, "Is the New York Times being guest edited by Rush Limbaugh?"

about a year ago
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Monsanto Executive Wins World Food Prize

J053 Re:Monsanto won what? (271 comments)

Using roundup ready GMO means roundup is used on the plant, and you get roundup in you food. Using BT-producing GMO means there is botulism toxin on your food. Are you sure about the consequences?

Uhh... Bt-producing GMO plants have a gene from Bacillus thuringiensis in their DNA. Bt has been used for years as an alternative to more-harmful pesticides, and can even be used on certified organic crops. It has nothing whatever to do with botulism (from Clostridium botulinum).

You really should make sure you know what you're talking about before you make outrageous and trivially refutable statements. Just sayin'

about a year ago

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Snowden Sought NSA Job In Order To Leak

J053 J053 writes  |  about a year ago

J053 (673094) writes "The HuffPo reports:

Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who leaked information on the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, says he sought the job with Booz Allen Hamilton to gather evidence on the agency's data collection networks.

In a June 12 interview with the South China Morning Post published Monday, Snowden, who previously worked as a CIA technician, said he took the position with the intention of collecting information on the NSA.

“My position with Booz Allen Hamilton granted me access to lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked,” he said. “That is why I accepted that position about three months ago.”"

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Iran's News Agency Picks Up Onion Story

J053 J053 writes  |  about 2 years ago

J053 writes "FARS, the Iranian news agency, ran a story about a Gallup poll which showed that "the overwhelming majority of rural white Americans said they would rather vote for Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than U.S. president Barack Obama. “I like him better," said West Virginia resident Dale Swiderski, who, along with 77 percent of rural Caucasian voters, confirmed he would much rather go to a baseball game or have a beer with Ahmadinejad". Only problem was, it was a story from The Onion. Not only that, they took credit for it! The Onion responded by stating that "Fars is a subsidiary and has been "our Middle Eastern bureau since the mid 1980s"."
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Calif. Employers Can't Ask For Your Facebook Password

J053 J053 writes  |  about 2 years ago

J053 writes "California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a pair of privacy bills making it illegal for employers and colleges to demand access to social media accounts.

Brown announced on Thursday that he signed AB1844 by Assemblywoman Nora Campos, a Democrat from San Jose. The bill prohibits employers from demanding user names and passwords from employees and job applicants.

A companion bill applies to colleges and universities."

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11th Circuit: You Do Not Have To Decrypt Your Data

J053 J053 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

J053 writes "The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that requiring you to decrypt your data is "evidentiary", and therefore covered by the 5th Amendment. "The government's attempt to force this man to decrypt his data put him in the Catch-22 the 5th Amendment was designed to prevent – having to choose between self-incrimination or risking contempt of court," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Marcia Hofmann."
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Canonical Kills Kubuntu

J053 J053 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

J053 writes "Engadget reports that Canonical will end support for Kubuntu after 12.04. They are only ending their paid support, but the writing appears to be on the wall. Curse you, Unity!"
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RightHaven Lawyer: My Browser Ate My Homework

J053 J053 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

J053 writes "Wired Magazine reports that Righthaven attorney Shawn Mangano's excuse for being a day late with his explanation as to why the litigation factory made “dishonest statements to the court” was that his web browser upgraded and he could no longer attach PDF fiiles to his submissions. Yeah, right..."
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73,000 blogs taken offline. ISP remains silent.

J053 J053 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

<350J>" rel="nofollow">J053 writes "BurstNet, hosting provider for over 73,000 blogs at Blogetry, has been shut down at the request of law enforcement — and the ISP claims they are not allowed to say why. If one (or even several) of the hosted sites contained copyrighted materials, why shut them all down?

http://gadgetsteria.com/2010/07/16/73000-blogs-taken-offline-isp-remains-silent/?sms_ss"
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Turkish Hackers Hijack IANA, ICANN

J053 J053 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

J053 writes "The New York Times reports that "Turkish hackers Thursday defaced the official sites of the international organizations that oversee the Internet's critical routing infrastructure and regulate domain names, researchers said Friday.
A group calling itself "NetDevilz" claimed responsibility for the hack, which Thursday morning temporarily redirected visitors to the sites for IANA ( Internet Assigned Numbers Authority ) and ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).
Users who tried to reach iana.com, iana-servers.com, icann.com and icann.net were shunted to an illegitimate site."
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Va. Supreme Court: No 1st Amendment Right To Spam

J053 J053 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

J053 writes "Information Week has the story: Spamming itself is not illegal, but an appeal to protect false message routing information may take Jeremy Jaynes' case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Virginia Supreme Court on Friday narrowly upheld the felony conviction of Jeremy Jaynes of Raleigh, North Carolina, for illegal spamming, rejecting his claims that falsifying message headers is protected under the First Amendment right of free speech."
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Amazon S3 Cloud Outage

J053 J053 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

J053 writes "The AP reports: Several companies lost access to their own files when Amazon.com Inc.'s pay-as-you-go data storage system went down Friday morning. Amazon said computers that power its Simple Storage Service were unreachable at one of three data centers for about two hours. By 7 a.m. Pacific Time, most users' problems were resolved."
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Nielsen To Offer Web Copyright Protection System

J053 J053 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

J053 writes "The Nielsen company, along with Digimarc, are planning to offer their digital watermarking technology to web content providers. According to Information Week, the system will provide "a way to quickly discover unauthorized content on sites. To do that, the system would leverage Nielsen's existing watermark technology, which is used on more than 95% of TV programming distributed today. The watermarks are used by the meters installed in people's home to identify the programs they watch.""
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Fire them all!

J053 J053 writes  |  more than 9 years ago After watching the US political process for more years than I care to think about, I have come to the conclusion that there is only one way for the People to take back their government - and that is to fire all executives, legislators, and judges (if they are elected). It has been my voting strategy for several years now to vote against all incumbents and, wherever possible, for female candidates.
It is more important to vote out the incumbents than to vote in women, but a combination approach could yield a crop of representatives who are not locked in to the system. This can only be a good thing.

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