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Feds Seek Prison For Man Who Taught How To Beat a Polygraph

KGIII Re:conspiracy? (374 comments)

He hadn't taught them yet, that was the issue.

about a year ago
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For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad

KGIII Re:But neverletheless... (340 comments)

What I take from all of this?

Everyone learns differently. You recommend one thing, the author another, and I learned another. I'm not sure that the iPad is the right choice but I would agree that a tablet, seeing as it has greater potential, is probably a better choice of aids for the students than any of the methods we've become attached to. Why? The tablet can emulate all of those things in one form or another and if they can't then they can have custom software that does if it is needed.

I guess, really, that what I'm saying is that the tablet offers all those choices (even an abacus I suppose) but doesn't lock anyone into a specific method, device, or thought process by default. It will, ideally, allow students to learn how they're best suited to learn.

about a year ago
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Inside the 2013 US Intelligence "Black Budget"

KGIII Re:"Don't shoot me, I'm only the piano player!" (271 comments)

We've been mucking about in the Middle East longer than that I'm afraid. *sighs* If you exclude the US it goes as far back as the Crusades. However, check what happened to the whole area after WWI and then under the direction of the League of Nations (which the US didn't join, we weren't wanting to police the planet back then - I'm not sure what happened to change the mentality honestly except maybe the Cold War happened but that's a rather generic statement and I can't pin it down to a specific turning point so I'd be curious to hear thoughts on the subject).

about a year ago
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Inside the 2013 US Intelligence "Black Budget"

KGIII Re:Cool (271 comments)

Why do people on Slashdot keep saying this?

The truth and the short answer:

Their side is in office.

about a year ago
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Inside the 2013 US Intelligence "Black Budget"

KGIII Re:Cool (271 comments)

The Cold War is long since over, McCarthyism is no longer fashionable, and bad government policy or actions do not automatically equal communism. Communism has a definition. If you learn that definition, it's real definition, you may actually not be so scared of it but I digress and that's not the point. The point is that, no, it's not communism by any stretch of the imagination.

Anyhow, no, I don't recommend communism as a system of government for anything larger than a tribe. In and of itself it isn't a bad system. Unfortunately it has had its name tarnished by lots of people and governments self-defining themselves as communists when they are nothing even close to communists. Today's seemingly more popular example would be the self-defining libertarians who don't understand the platform, don't even know what libertarianism is, and generally seem to do so because it is no longer fashionable to admit that they're Republican extremists, authoritarians, or extreme right-wing theocrats who believe capitalism is a system of governance.

But, still, I digress and will assert, again, that this isn't (and I'm not in favor of it either) communism. I can only wonder if your post was an attempt at humor.

about a year ago
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How Deadbeat Facebook Friends and Using ALL-CAPS Can Lower Your Credit Score

KGIII Re:Kind of a warning sign actually (362 comments)

Don't make fun of him! It's his MEDICINE!

I smoke weed, I smoke it 'cause I like to get high. I advocated for legal weed, we have it, but I think it should be completely legal for consumption by anyone who's reached the age of majority. I'm also retired. Chucklefuck here is 31, has no job (or will lie about one) worth mentioning, and is obviously a loser. But, hey, they haven't had any credit, a new car, a house, a checking account, bills in their name, or anything like that. But oh yeah are they happy with themselves and what they've made of themselves. *sighs* The world is full of pathetic people. That's okay - and if they find the lifestyle fitting then good for them. They shouldn't lie and pretend to be something more than what they are though.

about a year ago
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How Deadbeat Facebook Friends and Using ALL-CAPS Can Lower Your Credit Score

KGIII Re:Kind of a warning sign actually (362 comments)

You assume they're not living in their mother's basement or some other cliche that is similar. If they're 31 and have no debt or credit rating then they're likely a failure at life by most metrics. But I'm sure they're happy and I'm completely positive that anything they type to refute the idea is 100% true. They'd probably get a stark realization if people would stop tipping the 31 year old pizza delivery man. Seriously, go pick your pizza up personally or tell them you'd rather a delivery person who's not stoned and actually needs the job - it will help him out in the long run.

about a year ago
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How Deadbeat Facebook Friends and Using ALL-CAPS Can Lower Your Credit Score

KGIII Re:Kind of a warning sign actually (362 comments)

What do you think you're doing when you put money in the bank? That's why they pay you interest (well, used to) on the money you put into your account. You're loaning 'em money.

about a year ago
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How Deadbeat Facebook Friends and Using ALL-CAPS Can Lower Your Credit Score

KGIII Re:Kind of a warning sign actually (362 comments)

If you cared you would not give that information out to people and surely wouldn't give that information out to a source that is looking to monetize it AND tells you ahead of time that giving them this information means you have no control of it. You'd look out for yourself and think about what you're doing, right?

about a year ago
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How Deadbeat Facebook Friends and Using ALL-CAPS Can Lower Your Credit Score

KGIII Re:Kind of a warning sign actually (362 comments)

That's a pretty strange leap in logic up there.

How about if you hang out with your drunk driving buddy, and a few others, and they keep doing it while you continue to hang out with them you *will* be judged by those who know this information. "Oh, him? He hangs out with so-and-so and his friends." Not only is it a valid metric it's a pretty good way to draw assumptions when you're looking at a group as a whole.

Are there exceptions? Of course.

Are you wanting government to step in and save you from your association's behavior and the potential judgment from it? Why yes, yes you are.

You can tell which one I think is worse...

about a year ago
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How Deadbeat Facebook Friends and Using ALL-CAPS Can Lower Your Credit Score

KGIII Re:And then what happens next time? (362 comments)

Yay! More laws! Government will protect you!

Perhaps you should take the "brave" out of your username.

about a year ago
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Misinterpretation of Standard Causing USB Disconnects On Resume In Linux

KGIII Re:not surprising (280 comments)

Good woman then. My ex was a bit of a fan (they said, I don't think I ever saw them use it) of FreeBSD. It's probably yet another lie from her though. Almost one year free from a relationship! Feels like quitting smoking a bit but it's so much better for my health.

about a year ago
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Researchers Discover Way To Spot Crappy Coffee

KGIII Re:Nasty (184 comments)

I should hire you as an editor.

about a year ago
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Researchers Discover Way To Spot Crappy Coffee

KGIII Re:What kind of sick bastard (184 comments)

See? I love this site. I really, sure I was joking but still, would not have expected that. Thanks - interesting article by the way. Much appreciated.

about a year ago
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Researchers Discover Way To Spot Crappy Coffee

KGIII Re:Nasty (184 comments)

Heh - you answered as I would have. Thanks. You did too, read that is... I do wonder if all the coffee in Turkey was that way. I obviously didn't have the chance to try all of it. That isn't really the subject though and I could probably use a search engine and find out if I were that curious I suppose. I guess a more accurate statement is that I'm a bit curious if others here have traveled to Turkey and had similar experiences.

about a year ago
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Misinterpretation of Standard Causing USB Disconnects On Resume In Linux

KGIII Re:linux has bugs? (280 comments)

Thank you for the information and, well, your view that his career choice means that he behaves like an immature child is a rather absurd argument really. The rest makes sense but your last statement doesn't really.

about a year ago
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Misinterpretation of Standard Causing USB Disconnects On Resume In Linux

KGIII Re:linux has bugs? (280 comments)

The two being similar isn't really the measuring stick you want to use, is it?

about a year ago
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Misinterpretation of Standard Causing USB Disconnects On Resume In Linux

KGIII Re:USB sucks (280 comments)

Shh! You won't get burned at the stake around here - they'll burn you at the stack in these parts.

about a year ago
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Misinterpretation of Standard Causing USB Disconnects On Resume In Linux

KGIII Re:not surprising (280 comments)

Wait... I thought you said she was beautiful? ;)

I'm just screwing with you - she's a wonderful looking woman and has good taste in operating systems as well assuming she uses it because she likes to and not because it pleases you. Then again, doing it for the latter reason isn't horrific or anything but I'm an idealist I guess. (Which is why I no longer have a wife.)

about a year ago
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Misinterpretation of Standard Causing USB Disconnects On Resume In Linux

KGIII Re:linux has bugs? (280 comments)

Basically, the kernel has an Application Binary Interface which is a bit like a contract. If the application gives the kernel something formatted in a specific way, the kernal promises to give it back something in a specific way and the other way around. Any software that is written to respect the contract should never be broken by a change to the kernel as the application has no knowledge of how the kernel performs its obligation.

That was a very good explanation and describes it in a manner that I've never seen before but it does describe it very well. So, in short, thank you for that. Even if I had mod points I'd rather just thank you for having taken the time to come up with that description (I spent 'em already, they'll probably give me more tomorrow) because, frankly, that's the best description I've seen of an ABI and how it probably *should* be done. It brings to mind some security questions (example: What do you do, from the kernel developer standpoint, if it turns out that the ABI has a security flaw in it - say it's an older ABI that is seldom used or the likes?) but I think those questions can wait for a better time and place.

about a year ago

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Portland officer sued over arrest of Bar Harbor couple videotaping police action

KGIII KGIII writes  |  about a month ago

KGIII (973947) writes "Directly from the website:

"A civil rights group has filed a lawsuit against a city police officer on behalf of a Bar Harbor couple who was arrested this past spring for videotaping police officers on a public street.'"

That's the gist of things right there. In my opinion it's about time. While I don't support everything that the Maine chapter of the ACLU this is one of the times that the group is spot on. The ACLU site has this to say about the taping of police in general and has a number of links to more information. They can be found here: https://www.aclu.org/free-spee...

If you're going to video tape the police then this link has a number of good rules for doing so and is worth reading before you go out and just start filming arrests. http://reason.com/archives/201... It's worth checking into your local laws because here's a store about a guy facing up to 16 years in prison for filming the police,

Yeah, really, 16 years... Let's let that set in for a minute.

While you mull that over and froth at the mouth — here are a few links to sites that are dedicated to preserving your liberties:

http://www.berkeleycopwatch.or... — Where it all began (they got Cop Watch going there).
http://www.copwatch.org/ — Lots of information with a large database — or use this link: http://copwatch.com/AAAindex.h...
http://peacefulstreets.com/ — Yet another group advocating recording the police.


As for a technical remedy it seems like it would be good protection (for the person who's doing the recording) to figure out a way to have the video uploaded and saved automatically as it is recorded and, perhaps, also enable immediate streaming to the web. Having another copy of the video being automatically made and uploaded may help you in court should the police decide to violate your rights and with it streamed there's some chance that someone's watching it and can then be a witness should such be required. Is there software to do this automatically? I imagine you can find a couple of apps that will do this for Android, Apple, and Windows phones or even cobble one together on your own.

Thoughts? I imagine that people would like those features and that they may even pay for those features though giving it away to those watching the police would still be ideal. I suppose you could add more features and do a free and paid version. If there are any app developers here (I'm sure there are) then there's an idea for you to think about. I suspect it would be a good money maker as an app like that would have more uses than just filming the police. It's your million dollar idea and it is free for the taking but I suspect somebody has already thought of it and I'm just not aware of it. Either way, streaming and automatically saving to the web would be fantastic and, as a bonus, it would really irritate the cop."

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Email to SMS

KGIII KGIII writes  |  about 6 years ago

I just blogged about a site that I had found that listed a bunch of the email addresses to send text messages with. It covers a lot of the providers, not just those in the United States. Rather than shamelessly plug my own blog the site's located here.

Then again, if you wanted to stop by the blog you can do that here. I'd rather you go to the original site instead of the blog though as the blog isn't ad supported or the likes.

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Troll Motivations

KGIII KGIII writes  |  more than 6 years ago

My karma is so high that I am now limited to waiting a rather long time before I am able to submit a new response. It seems to me that it would be the other way around but it isn't. This might be seen as incentive to make trolling/flame responses, if my karma were lower I'd get to post more often.

It must be getting time to have a drunken night of random reality posts.

"Sorry but Linux actually kind of sucks in some ways." (Then don't bother to justify it until several posts later.)

"GPL != freedom at all; GPL is about restricting rights." (Then don't bother to explain how it is more restrictive until a day or two later.)

"Smart people will vote Republican!" (Except I can't really explain that one.)

I just have to do it in a controlled manner so that I don't lose all of my accumulated good karma and have to build it back up again.

Hell, I don't even use mod points when I get them. That's no great loss. I do meta moderate a bunch but as a paid subscriber I'll get to still do that even if I had the worst karma on /....

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KGIII KGIII writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Well, day three after paying /. a few bucks for a subscription without it being enabled. My response to the email they sent went unanswered as well. Five bucks is not at all important but, well... There is the principle. Suppose I should click the button to request a refund?

Update: This has been fixed as of a short while ago. Now I can play with the buttons.

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Guess Where This Is?

KGIII KGIII writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Without actually clicking and reading the article, read this bit of information, and guess where this is:

According to a 36-page presentation given by top-ranking police officials in recent months, the entire area would be placed within a security zone, in which only specially screened taxis, limousines and cars would be allowed through "sally ports," or barriers staffed by police officers, constructed at each of five entry points.

Then take a look at this NYT article and read where they plan on doing this...

*sighs*

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/. Perhaps?

KGIII KGIII writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I am curious, it is probably just chance but, well, who knows?

During so many of the discussions about the Olympics over the past year so many people have claimed that they'd be boycotting them.

I just finished watching the opening ceremony and I came back upstairs to bed (after lighting a fire as it's a tad bit chilly) and... Sure enough...

There is little activity and almost nothing new since I looked quite a few hours ago.

The ceremony was beautiful but the NBC coverage was seemingly eagerly awaiting some conflicts to report about. This was sort of silly after the announcers stated that the games weren't about politics or conflicts (or something similar as that isn't verbatim) but about the games themselves but, sure enough, they kept alluding to the potential conflicts.

Side note: It almost sounded as if there were people booing when Iranian team came in.

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Overclocking Cell Phone?

KGIII KGIII writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I'm an oddball, surely, but I'd like to try overclocking an older Motorola RAZR V3x. I don't use it to make phone calls any longer and it is just something that I use to play Pinochle and Golf on. I've done a lot of looking for this but, so far, I haven't been able to find any.

It doesn't matter much if I break it or anything. Thoughts? Anyone?

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Flamebait and Troll

KGIII KGIII writes  |  more than 6 years ago

You know, I almost always seem to have a flamebait or troll mod in my list of recent modifications. I've been thinking about that, mostly passively, and I don't really mind one bit.

If I wasn't making people unhappy I wouldn't be making people think and it seems that that is my job. I guess it is that some people don't think and that's when I get modded down and that's okay too. Hell, I don't even spend my mod points.

I still have excellent karma and it is usually an up and down thing. I get modded down on posts where I don't agree with the current groupthink here and, well, that's okay. I posit ideas and rather than opt to argue the merits of those ideas they simply continue groupthink and usually it works out that in a day or so I'm modded back to normal.

In short, sorry but your favorite app isn't the best, your open source isn't the best, and your favorite OS is not the best. The best is what works for you and thinking that you can take away other people's right to choose is just plain retarded. FOAD

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/. & Hypocrisy

KGIII KGIII writes  |  more than 6 years ago

There are a cluster of people who, for their various reasons, think that all software must be free and open source. They claim that the people who author this stuff have no choice in the matter or that they shouldn't and they follow the steps given to them by Lord RMS faithfully.

Then they do things like love Google who, by all accounts, is in no way open.

They talk of things like freedom... What about the freedom for the authors of the the IP to decide? We have the right to opt to not install something. We even have the ability to do anything we need to do without touching a single line of proprietary code (as yet untested in courts but for the sake of simplicity we'll all work with the idea that it is free code).

If a musician wants to join a lable who is a part of RIAA then that's their choice. They are granted rights. Why do people think that that they can take away those rights? Freedom ends at the tip of your nose.

I was looking at some FSF (I'm going with Full of Shit Foundation here) stuff today and they're insane. If I code up a handy dandy application and put it on my server to do my business on my personal property with my clients I have absolutely no obligation to hand that code over to anyone and anyone who thinks that I should have to is, well, insane.

The reality is that I'm far more likely to hand it over than to not but the idea that I should *have to* is patently absurd. Do your own fucking work if I don't want to share and if I patent it then I probably want to be paid for my work. (Patent trolls suck balls and shouldn't count.)

Do you fucking think or do you just do what they tell you and call it individuality?

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My faith in humanity has been restored...

KGIII KGIII writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I was at the VA hospital (Togus) yesterday and left a wallet with about $400 in it in the canteen. I had to return today and we noticed it missing just prior to leaving the house. I wasn't worried about the money, it was the ID, canceling cards, and the general hassle.

It took a while but eventually we found the people who are in charge of the lost and found department (it is no longer the facility police should anyone actually ever need to go there) and they actually were able to help us. It is amazing but true - everything was still in the wallet.

All of the money was there, all of the cards were there, and it was safely under lock and key. I was very impressed and my faith in humanity has been restored.

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Can't Find a Parking Spot? Check Smartphone

KGIII KGIII writes  |  more than 6 years ago From the New York Times comes this tasty bit of idiocy that takes tech too far.

San Francisco is preparing to undertake the nation's most ambitious trial of a wireless sensor network that will announce which parking spaces are free at any moment.

I envision more accidents as people check for spaces and then rush to get to the free spaces before they are available but I guess I'm a cynic.

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Slashdot?

KGIII KGIII writes  |  more than 6 years ago So, well, here I sit thinking about this. See, well, I have moderator points. Most of the time I let them go and don't even use them and I don't think that I've ever once used them to mod someone down.

Do you mod the people down? Is it worth it?

I usually use them, when I use them, to mod people up or at least their comments are modded up.

I typically use them, again when I use them, in a thread that I have to read and understand where they are coming from. I try to make it so that I have an unbiased view when I'm moderating so that means I don't moderate people in threads where I think I feel strongly about the views or subject matter.

Do you use your mod points? How so?

Thoughts? Anyone? I'm mostly, well, a lurker who comments once in a blue moon but lately I have been more active as I am hoping that my voice is able to be counted with the rest that feel the way I do.

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