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Judge Shoots Down "Bitcoin Isn't Money" Argument In Silk Road Trial

JumperCable Re:Bitcoin isn't money but it's still a financial (135 comments)

Then why do they call Bitcoin an electronic currency? Heck, even the name contains the word "coin." You can't have it one way when facing a judge for a certain lawsuit, and then switch it to something else when a different lawsuit or legislation rears it's head.

Do you know what else is a "financial tool?" The dollar. It can be used to traffic/launder money & goods too.

about 2 months ago

Facebook Refuses To Share Employee Race and Gender Data

JumperCable Re:Ugg the diversity brigade strikes again (250 comments)

If google and facebook could find qualified black (or American employees in general) employees, wouldn't they do that rather than importing people from India/Pakistan/$wherever?

That depends. Are those Amercian employees willing to work for the same salary offer as those India/Pakitan/$whatever and be content? They are shooting for a cheap labor market.

about 4 months ago

Traffic Optimization: Cyclists Should Roll Past Stop Signs, Pause At Red Lights

JumperCable Paper not finished nor peer reviewed (490 comments)

Link to study:

This paper is in active rewrite; Please contact the author for the latest version before review if at all possible

So the paper is not even finished and has not been peer reviewed...

You know what also might work? Actually ticketing cyclists breaking traffic laws. As a pedestrian, I nearly got run over by three cyclists pulling an "Idaho Stop" at a cross walk because they were not paying attention.

Also according to the Idaho law, this only applies when the cyclist is turning right, not blowing through an intersection.

Microfilm archives of police incident reports from 1966 to 1992 were consulted over a
period of days, and deemed too difficult to analyze;

about 4 months ago

SanDisk Announces 4TB SSD, Plans For 8TB Next Year

JumperCable Re:Where are the 3.5" SSDs? (264 comments)

Laptops & blade servers. They don't really need more space.

about 4 months ago

GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

JumperCable Homeless for 6 year or 30 years (320 comments)

The article says he has been homeless for 6 years and recently feel on hard times due to a loss of his wife and mother turning to alcohalism.

However this video from the same project says that he has been on the streets for 30 years. (21 seconds in)

The story doesn't jive.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft May Invest $1B-$3B In Dell Buyout

JumperCable Re:FYI: that wooshing sound you hear... (151 comments)

Not necessarily a fair assessment. The linux boxes & no-OS boxes were priced higher than the same builds WITH Windows pre-installed. Why on earth would I pay more money when I can wipe Windows off of a machine in the blink of an eye.

The problem wasn't Linux. It was the pricing scheme.

about a year and a half ago

Robot Serves Up 360 Hamburgers Per Hour

JumperCable Re:Fatter? (299 comments)

Oh sure it will, there is almost certainly some percentage of fatties that are partially kept in check by the shame of ordering multiple day's worth of food from a skinny teenager.

It has never phased me one bit.

about a year and a half ago

Vote On What the Very Large Telescope Observes

JumperCable What is /.'s pick? (64 comments)

What is the most interesting? Closest?

more than 2 years ago

Ecuador To Grant Assange Political Asylum

JumperCable Re:Good (432 comments)

I would have rated you funny. Honestly, you don't have to reach out from some grand governmental conspiracy to explain what is going on.

Assange was staying at one woman's house, banged her, then while still using her place as home base, goes out and bangs some other fan-girl. Fan-girl unwittingly contacts the woman who Assange was staying with trying to get in touch with him. The feminist hostess puts two and two together, gets pissed and decides to extract her pound of flesh for revenge. Takes it to the police to see if they can force him to take an STD test. Then it hits the media and all hell breaks loose. Now everyone is scrambling to try to save face. It gets picked up by a prosecutor attempting to make a name for himself in feminist circles and to continues to snowball. Now the only way to save face is if someone at minimum gets legally slapped on the wrist for bad behavior. For Assange & his supporters it is far easier to blame some grand governmental conspiracy than to deal with the accusations being leveled at him.

You don't need some grand governmental conspiracy to explain what is going on. A better explanation is that everyone here is acting in their own self interest, except for the poor fan-girl who got unwittingly drug into this mess.

All of this and the US government didn't have to lift a finger. They have done the best thing possible, which is to sit back, do nothing, break out the popcorn, let people hang themselves and enjoy.

more than 2 years ago

Spanish Superjudge To Represent Assange

JumperCable How is he going to do that? (196 comments)

How is he going to do that when Julian has fled his bail? Isn't Julian technically in another country right now since he is holed up in the embassy? Honestly, I think Julian has painted himself into a very small corner.

more than 2 years ago

Being Honest In Exit Interviews Is Pointless

JumperCable Re:Easier headline... (550 comments)

He saw it in a movie.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?

JumperCable Because I don't putz with my distro (818 comments)

Because I don't want to spend all day tweaking my distro everytime I upgrade to a new one. I grab an all-in-one complete distro that works out of the box (at this point it is Mint Linux). And I am done. I honestly don't want to spend all day reconfiguring every aspect of it. I am to the point where I am going to start skipping the 6 month revisions and stick with the Long Term Support versions. And I will more than happily skip over any version that is reported to be buggy or poorly designed. I want something that just works.

more than 2 years ago

Data Center Staff Will Sleep Among the Racks For London Olympics

JumperCable Re:WHAT?!? (210 comments)

^Modded funny but that is the first thing I thought of. My data center is noisy as hell and would be a shitty place to sleep. Why don't they just throw up a few walls just outside the datacenter and throw in some traditional bunk beds?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: My Company Wants Me To Astroturf, Should I?

JumperCable Keep work & personal life separate (391 comments)

My company's marketing department also asked all of the employees to facebook 'like' the company & post comments about the company. There were not any managers pushing this down on the employees. I won't touch it with a 10 foot pole. My rule is to not discuss my company on the internet that is in any what that is identifiable to my company or myself. Once you cross the line of mixing work with your personal life you are walking into a mine field. The best case scenario is that no one cares that you did it. The worst case scenario is that people start looking at your personal internet life and find something objectionable that you have said, or some strangers on the internet decide they don't like what you said and try to get you fired from your company, or you make some off hand comment about a coworker, company or work situation that lands you in hot water. It just isn't worth it.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Feed Africa?

JumperCable Re:Solution (592 comments)

Ahhhh, now I understand the whole Koney 2012 campaign. I didn't think he was a hero at first.

more than 2 years ago

Munich Has Saved €4M So Far After Switch To Linux

JumperCable Re:Does that include cost of training and transiti (370 comments)

Not all corporate computer training sucks. Not all of them are power point flip throughs.

The kind I consider the most effective are the ones where everyone has a computer in front of them and go through step by step exercises with sufficient time allowed for people to actually complete the provided task. They also provide a class book that shows the exercise step by step so that when they are done with the class, they can take the book and repeat the exercises back at their desk.

Even from a support position, I saw value in attending some of those classes just so I would know what the users have been taught and are reasonably expected to know.

more than 2 years ago

Are Rich People Less Moral?

JumperCable cheat, steal, and even disobey traffic laws (1040 comments)

The rich are more likely to cheat, steal, and even disobey traffic laws than those with less money and power

Disobeying traffic laws is a no brainer. They can better afford the ticket and insurance rate hikes.

Cheating & stealing? They can afford better legal representation so are less likely to be punished if they do get caught.

more than 2 years ago

Vatican Attack Provides Insight Into Anonymous

JumperCable First End-to-End Record of a Full Anonymous Attack (355 comments)

and may be the first end-to-end record of a full Anonymous attack.

They act as if tracking Anonymous is any difficultly at all. The group is highly transparent. Finding them and following them on specific issues or OPS is not difficult at all. All you need is an strong interest in the subject matter, plenty of time on your hands, and a huge bucket of popcorn.

more than 2 years ago

Vatican Attack Provides Insight Into Anonymous

JumperCable Re:Why? (355 comments)

The abuse scandal was a pattern of abuse and cover-up that exploded into the media spotlight in the late 80s/early 90s. The Church did wrong, but since then, they've done a lot of right

It depends on which country. Check in with Ireland. There is at least one other African country that I can think of off the top of my head that still has issues. They only do a lot right when the media pressure and legal battles becomes too high to just sweep it under the rug.

more than 2 years ago

Vatican Attack Provides Insight Into Anonymous

JumperCable Re:Anonymous (355 comments)

They have set up webpages before that starts to DDOS servers. All you have to do is trick people to click on the link. Honestly, I think that was one of their more creative ideas.

more than 2 years ago



Mexican Scientists Successfully Test Vaccine that Could Cut Heroin Addiction

JumperCable JumperCable writes  |  more than 2 years ago

JumperCable (673155) writes "Scientists at Mexico's National Institute of Psychiatry say they have successfully tested the vaccine on mice and are preparing to test it on humans. The vaccine, makes the body resistant to the effects of heroin, so users would no longer get a rush of pleasure. Mice given the vaccine showed a huge drop in heroin consumption."
Link to Original Source

Security Firm that "Outed" Anoymous Hacked

JumperCable JumperCable writes  |  more than 3 years ago

JumperCable (673155) writes "Less than 24 hours since the security firm HBGay Federal released a press release claiming to have outed anonymous, hackers have "seized control of the internet security firm's website, defaced its pages, acquired 60,000 company e-mails, deleted backup files, seized Barr's Twitter account, and took down the founder's website This is according to a daily Kos post from one of the "outed" self proclaimed member of anonymous

Too boot, hackers have also publicly released a 28 page document that the security firm was attempting to sell the government. According to Barret Brown, "The entry on me, for instance, is entirely inaccurate despite the fact that I have not been a clandestine participant since coming out of the closet months ago." The firm is further mocked with a statement by Bernard Keane, that "the situation is rather hilarious. More to the point, it should demonstrate that HBGary Federal is not only incapable of protecting its clients and informing on folks who were among the first to get involved in Tunisia and Egypt — it is incapable of protecting itself."

Disclaimer: I'm NOT involved in this."

Link to Original Source

Which 12 ISPs Pass Info to Project Vigilant?

JumperCable JumperCable writes  |  more than 4 years ago

JumperCable (673155) writes "Forbes had a blog post yesterday about the outing of the wikileaks video. The author wrote

A semi-secret government contractor that calls itself Project Vigilant surfaced at the Defcon security conference Sunday with a series of revelations: that it monitors the traffic of 12 regional Internet service providers, hands much of that information to federal agencies, and encouraged one of its "volunteers," researcher Adrian Lamo, to inform the federal government about the alleged source of a controversial video of civilian deaths in Iraq leaked to whistle-blower site Wikileaks in April.

More disturbing to me than the outing of the Wikileaks video whistle blower, is to find out who now has access to my private browsing habits.

He says the 600-person "volunteer" organization functions as a government contractor bridging public and private sector security efforts. Its mission: to use a variety of intelligence-gathering efforts to help the government attribute hacking incidents.

one of Project Vigilant's manifold methods for gathering intelligence includes collecting information from a dozen regional U.S. Internet service providers (ISPs). Uber declined to name those ISPs, but said that because the companies included a provision allowing them to share users' Internet activities with third parties in their end user license agreements (EULAs), Vigilant was able to legally gather data from those Internet carriers and use it to craft reports for federal agencies. A Vigilant press release says that the organization tracks more than 250 million IP addresses a day and can "develop portfolios on any name, screen name or IP address." "We don't do anything illegal," says Uber. "If an ISP has a EULA to let us monitor traffic, we can work with them. If they don't, we can't."

So who are these 12 ISPs? Why are volunteers being given access to my private browsing information? And who else is this private contractor selling my information to besides the government?"
Link to Original Source


Ginkgo Doesn't Improve Memory or Cognative Skills

JumperCable JumperCable writes  |  more than 4 years ago

JumperCable (673155) writes "CNN reports

Ginkgo biloba has failed — again — to live up to its reputation for boosting memory and brain function. Just over a year after a study showed that the herb doesn't prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease, a new study from the same team of researchers has found no evidence that ginkgo reduces the normal cognitive decline that comes with aging.

In the new study, the largest of its kind to date, DeKosky and his colleagues followed more than 3,000 people between the ages of 72 and 96 for an average of six years. Half of the participants took two 120-milligram capsules of ginkgo a day during the study period, and the other half took a placebo. The people who took ginkgo showed no differences in attention, memory, and other cognitive measures compared to those who took the placebo, according to the study, which was published in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association.

And of course, the link to the study."
Link to Original Source


Cohen Drops Lawsuit After Outing Anonymous Blogger

JumperCable JumperCable writes  |  about 5 years ago

JumperCable (673155) writes "According to a recent Daily News article, model Liskula Cohen, who was suing the 'Skanks of NYC' blogger for defamation is reportedly dropping (page 2) the lawsuit now that she has outed the anonymous blogger. This brings to question the potential for abuse of the legal system to out anonymous authors even if there is no intention to actually pursue a case against an anonymous individual.

Also, according to the article, the outed blogger Rosemary Port, intends to sue Google for $15 million because it "breached its fiduciary duty to protect her expectation of anonymity." Do web hosting services even have a fiduciary duty to protect their clients? Or is this all legal bluff & bluster?"

Link to Original Source

Time Magazine: Wild Sheep Defying Evolution

JumperCable JumperCable writes  |  more than 5 years ago

JumperCable (673155) writes "From Time magazine, "On Soay Island, off the western coast of Scotland, wild sheep are apparently defying the theory of evolution and progressively getting smaller." The article attributes the shrinking to global warming as the mild winters provide more food for these evolutionary unfit smaller sheep to survive, young mothers as the sheep can give birth at one year of age. I wish the author of the article had put forth a little more information on insular dwarfism and how this has occurred in the past."
Link to Original Source

Ice Block Air Conditioning

JumperCable JumperCable writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JumperCable (673155) writes "The AP has an interesting article on the use of ice blocks as air conditioning in New York high rises. The concept is pretty basic. Overnight during off peak energy pricing hours & during the coolest part of the 24 hour day, the system freezes water in storage tanks into giant blocks of ice. These storage tanks are located in the basement (coolest location). They are frozen with ethylene glycol.

Given that most of the brown outs occur during the summer months due to high electric demand for air conditioning, I wonder how much of an effect this system would have in reducing brownouts if it's use was more wide spread. The article mentions it is only cost efficient for large companies. But how much of this is profit padding? Couldn't a smaller system be worked out for home use? CALMAC is one of the producers of these systems."

Link to Original Source

JumperCable JumperCable writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JumperCable (673155) writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation is seeking to bust an overly broad patent by a company called Acceris. Acceris claims patents on processes that implement voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) using analog phones as endpoints. These patents cover telephone calls over the Internet.

Specifically, the claims describe a system that connects two parties where the receiving party does not need to have a computer or an Internet connection, but the call is routed in part through the Internet or any other "public computer network". The calls must also be "full duplex", meaning that both parties can listen and talk at the same time, like in an ordinary phone call.

To bust these overly broad claims, we need "prior art" — any publication, article, patent or other public writing that describes the same or similar ideas being implemented before September 20, 1995."

JumperCable JumperCable writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JumperCable (673155) writes "When it comes to free speech on the internet things become a little hairy when you run your own website in the US. Satire, parody and truth are all fine defenses in theory, but do little to protect you from a DMCA shut down request. Even if you do find a good US hosting service, everyone knows you can be sued for anything. If a hobbyist doesn't have enough money for a decent lawyer he/she can be shut down & taken to the cleaners in no time flat. Even current & future employment can become an issue since most states provide little or no protection for freedom of speech.

A practical defense, I believe, is to make it more difficult for them to identify who you are and to host off of US soil. Services like Domains By Proxy are fine until they get subpoenaed. I don't think entering in fake domain registration information is a good idea since it is illegal for US residents. Tools like freenet are nice in theory, but of little value since it is not used by the general public.

I realize that no matter what, I will have to take chances and assume some risk or face the frigid confines of the chilling effect. How do I take reasonable steps to minimize my risk? They make it to expensive for it to be worth your while to fight them. I want to make it too difficult to be worth their while to go after a small time pundit.

Are there any decent suggestions for proxy domain name registration & web hosting overseas that won't toss you to the US lawyer wolves at the drop of a hat and are still trustworthy?"


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