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Hackers Briefly Controlled US Government Satellites

Jeian Re:Not this time: (261 comments)

FWIW, Landsat and Terra AM are operated by civilian agencies (NASA/NOAA/USGS), not by the military.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Are You Haunting Your House This Hallowe'en?

Jeian Nothing so fancy (249 comments)

My favorite thing to do is dress up in a gorilla costume, sit in a trash can at the end of the driveway, and jump out at unsuspecting trick-or-treaters.

more than 2 years ago

Are You Prepared For the Zombie Apocalypse?

Jeian Fortified bunker (515 comments)

I'm an Air Force missileer. 2-3 days out of the week, I'm 80 feet underground behind an 8-ton blast door guarded by guys with guns, with 12 cases of MREs. ;p

more than 2 years ago

Anonymous Creates Its Own Social Network

Jeian Don't trust Google and Facebook (271 comments)

Don't trust Google and Facebook with your personal information! Store it with Anonymous instead!

more than 2 years ago

Case Closed On Jerusalem UFO Video

Jeian lol (336 comments)

one of the oldest, largest, and _most respected_ UFO investigation organizations in the world ... and how respected is that, exactly?

more than 3 years ago

Pentagon Credit Union Database Compromised

Jeian Re:This is incredibly sad. (108 comments)

PenFed is not affiliated with the Pentagon, except that the majority of their members are Pentagon employees.

more than 3 years ago

WikiLeaks Continues To Fund Itself Via Flattr

Jeian Re:Wikileaks is innocent I say (194 comments)

Just publishing documents and files is one thing.

Editing them into questionably accurate videos with misleading titles while their founder flexes his e-peen about how he's "busy ending two wars" is another.

more than 3 years ago

EasyDNS Falsely Accused of Unplugging WikiLeaks

Jeian Re:"Stand up for the cause"? (267 comments)

Well, since Wikileaks would likely publish any and all classified information it could get its hands on

Which they're not even consistent about, since apparently they'd rather hold back certain files to try and blackmail the US government rather than follow through on "the public's right to know."

more than 3 years ago

Linux Radio

Jeian lol (141 comments)

"whoever in his right mind would want to listen to binary files loudly?"

About as many people who want to listen to source files, I imagine.

more than 3 years ago

Senate Panel Approves Website Shut-Down Bill

Jeian Re:19-0? (390 comments)

The majority of the population does NOT want to see this pass, yet it made it through the Senate with NO opposition?

I thought the government was for the people by the people. What a fucking joke.

No, it made it through the Judiciary Committee.

Then again, I don't have a lot of hope that the remainder of the Senate will do much better.

more than 3 years ago

New Copyright Lawsuits Go After Porn On Bittorrent

Jeian Re:Why not pay for porn? (209 comments)

"Without porn the internet would still be a dry and barren wasteland where only the most computer savvy could tread." ... those bastards!

about 4 years ago

PowerPoint Rant Costs Colonel His Job

Jeian I'm in the USAF... (194 comments)

... at least once a month, I get an e-mail informing me that there's a commander's call, or some such event.

It never actually says this in the e-mail body, though. The actual date, time, and location, is in a single-slide Powerpoint file, attached to the e-mail.

Powerpoint isn't the problem, people's over-reliance on it is the problem.

about 4 years ago

Swedish Pirate Party Launches ISP

Jeian Irresponsible (356 comments)

Uh, wouldn't it be more responsible to maintain limited logs, but only for a reasonable period of time, and with the stipulation that they'll only be surrendered when ordered by a court? We already have plenty of ISPs out there that just don't care about the conduct of their users (I'm looking at you, HiNet), and half their assigned IP ranges are in a blacklist somewhere. But I guess being deliberately irresponsible just to annoy the MPAA/RIAA is okay by Slashdot.

Seriously, the last thing the Internet needs is another abuse haven ISP.

more than 4 years ago

Warships May Get Lasers For Close-In Defense

Jeian Re:broadside (482 comments)

... lasers which, peculiarly, eject spent shell casings from the rear of the cannon.

more than 4 years ago

Blogetery Shutdown Due To al-Qaeda Info

Jeian Re:Why stop there? (330 comments)

It's not technically a violation if they asked nicely and the host complied voluntarily.

more than 4 years ago

Top Secret America

Jeian Re:Define "Terrorism" ? (502 comments)

It occurred to me the other day that "terrorism" could arguably be applied to both the people who blow up cars/buses/buildings, and to the people who make hyperbolic posts on the Internet about how voyeurs from three-letter agencies want cameras installed in your home bathroom. (Or, in the case of one of my friends, that a NWO cabal wants to eliminate 90% of Earth's population.) Both groups want (or don't want) something, and attempt to inspire fear in other people in order to cow them into supporting (or opposing) something.

As the stated objective of al-Quaeda and such groups is to push the US into withdrawing its support from Israel and its troops from various sandy countries, no, they haven't succeeded.

Not to say that civil liberty activists are terrorists, but the perspective is something I found interesting.

more than 4 years ago

US Gov't Orders 73,000 Private Websites Offline

Jeian Re:Fascism is coming (536 comments)

"Banned" is a bit of a stretch.

"The Federal Mafia is a book written in prison[18] by Schiff. In the book, Schiff contended that the income tax system and Internal Revenue Service were illegal. On August 9, 2004, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction issued by a U.S. District Court in Nevada under 26 U.S.C. 7408 against Irwin Schiff and associates Cynthia Neun and Lawrence Cohen, against the sale of this book by those persons.[19] This prohibition does not extend to other sellers of the book. The court rejected Schiff's contention on appeal that the First Amendment protects sales of the book, as the court found that the information it contains is fraudulent.[20]

Schiff, Neun and Cohen are currently barred under the preliminary injunction from selling or advertising material advocating nonpayment of tax, preparing a tax return for others, and from otherwise providing assistance or encouragement to others in violating tax law. Schiff and his associates are additionally required to provide a copy of the injunction to each of their customers, to post it on their website, and to provide the government with a customer list.[21]

Schiff and his associates have responded by giving the book for free on their website.[22]"

more than 4 years ago

A Look Back At Bombing the Van Allen Belts

Jeian Re:Hypocrasy (237 comments)

There's another aspect to be concerned about when more people get nuclear weapons.

I am an Air Force missileer. The US nuclear arsenal has an unbelievable amount of safeguards and fail-safes - procedural, physical, and technical. I dislike saying that anything is "impossible", but for anyone unauthorized to get access to one of our nuclear weapons and manage to use it (that includes us) is the closest thing to impossible that I can think of.

I am not nearly as confident that the rest of the nuclear world has safeguards anywhere nearly as good, and that's what worries me.

more than 4 years ago

Verizon Makes Offering Service Blocks a Fireable Offense

Jeian Re:Customer Service (370 comments)

I used to work for a mid-sized drugstore chain that's since been bought out. I have a lasting memory about this very subject...

At my store, it was practice for us that if someone was buying an item and didn't know there was a weekly coupon out for it, we would tell them about the coupon and scan it for them. (This, despite guidance from our district management that "coupons are intended to attract new customers, not lower prices for existing customers, coupons should not be offered to people who don't know about them.")

One time, when I did this for an elderly woman who was shopping with a friend, she turned to her friend and said "That's why I love coming to this store. They look out for you here."

Verizon might take a hint from this.

more than 4 years ago

Ozzy Osbourne To Be Genetically Decoded

Jeian Re:you dunnnowhattyertalkin (256 comments)

I seriously wish I could mod this higher than 5.

more than 4 years ago



Nielsen: Bringing Outsourcing Home

Jeian Jeian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jeian (409916) writes "The St. Petersburg Times ran a story over the weekend about the new face of IT outsourcing at Nielsen Media Research. Rather than relocating their IT positions overseas, Nielsen's management has partnered with Tata Consultancy Services to "import" foreign workers en masse, a move that has left many of Nielsen's discarded career employees feeling unhappy (to say the least.)

Is this something we can expect to see more of as the world gets smaller?"

The online search for Steve Fossett: worth it?

Jeian Jeian writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jeian (409916) writes " wonders — was the Mechanical Turk search for Steve Fossett effective? As one "Turker" put it, "I don't see any downsides to it, so long as people don't pester the professional search-and-rescue teams with poor leads." Unfortunately, Maj. Cynthia Ryan of the Civil Air Patrol says that's exactly what happened: "The crowdsourcing thing added a level of complexity that we didn't need, because 99.9999 percent of the people who were doing it didn't have the faintest idea what they're looking for.""
Link to Original Source

Jeian Jeian writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jeian (409916) writes "According to Community Manager Eyonix, Blizzard has filed a lawsuit against gold-selling site Peons4Hire. Details are sketchy, but it seems they are demanding that Peons4Hire cease advertising in-game immediately. Depending on the outcome of the suit, it could set an interesting precedent for sites that sell virtual currency."

Jeian Jeian writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jeian (409916) writes "None other than Bill Gates has spoken out against tighter immigration policies in the US. According to Gates, the US is losing skilled immigrants to other countries that are easier to immigrate to. Among his comments: "I personally witness the ill effects of these policies on an almost daily basis at Microsoft.""

Jeian Jeian writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jeian (409916) writes "An article by The Independect calls the modern United Kingdom a surveillance state. From the article: "Britain has sleepwalked into becoming a surveillance society that increasingly intrudes into our private lives and impacts on everyday activities". The levels of surveillance described in the article almost make the Patriot Act look tame by comparison..."

Jeian Jeian writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jeian (409916) writes "My Direct Democracy, a "liberal group blog", is trying out a new campaign tactic — Google bombing. From the article: "Searching Google for 'Peter King,' the Republican congressman from Long Island, would bring up a link to a Newsday article headlined 'King Endorses Ethnic Profiling.'" Google's policy has typically been to not intervene and let the algorithms work by themselves, but could this change if Google-bombing becomes a common tactic?"


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