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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

MacDork Re:I know this is /. but RTFA (260 comments)

Go ahead and do lots of work with almost no chance of payment. If you don't win, you don't get anything, no matter how much time you put into it. That works out really nicely for Google. That doesn't work out so well for every contestant except for the one who wins.

about a week ago
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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

MacDork Re:Wait, wait... (132 comments)

Or it's bullshit to scare people away from tails. Have they demonstrated the exploit?

about a week ago
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Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts

MacDork Re:Pretty chilling honestly (548 comments)

Well then, I guess I'll be purchasing gold coins to stash. Leaving much money in the bank seems like a really big liability after reading this article.

about 3 months ago
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Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts

MacDork Re:Pretty chilling honestly (548 comments)

Or they sue you for libel. One of those two.

about 3 months ago
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Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts

MacDork Re:Porn stars and not investment firms (548 comments)

Sorry AC, you need to check your own facts. The largest chunk of the bailout went into buying GSE Mortgage backed securities. You know, all the bad debt these investment firms had invested in. Yeah, the government bought those bad debts. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will likely be paying back on the bailout well into the next decade as a result.

about 3 months ago
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Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts

MacDork Re:Pretty chilling honestly (548 comments)

Really. Then how do you explain their closing Teagan Presley's personal account, and her husband's account?

The only business I have with Chase is a single credit card account. I'll be closing that as soon my next payment on it clears. I'm also going to be thinking very hard about finding a European bank to move my money into.

about 3 months ago
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As the Web Turns 25, Sir Tim Berners-Lee Calls For A Web Magna Carta

MacDork Re:I'm tired of Tim and his WWW centric bubble (80 comments)

I got tired of him when he endorsed DRM. That would be rule 1 and 2 for my web Magna Carta: No DRM.

about 5 months ago
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Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor

MacDork Re:Huh? (362 comments)

google pays 14%, and how many millions or billions of dollars is that? The bottom 50% pay 0 in taxes, perhaps they should be paying 14%... oh they make no money at all?

You're not very good at math, are you? 14% of $0 is $0. Idiot.

well then perhaps they shouldnt use the roads either...

Perhaps next time you start a war, you can go fight it yourself instead of sending poor people off to die for you, cock gobbler.

about 5 months ago
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Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor

MacDork Re:Huh? (362 comments)

So, did you send Uncle Sam a bit extra on your taxes last year?

Yep. I actually pay a little extra every year, just so I can tell assholes like yourself to fuck off. Any other pearls of wisdom that you have to share, dickhead?

about 5 months ago
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Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor

MacDork Re:Huh? (362 comments)

How does Google employees waiting at bus stops cost the city money? Where's this loss coming from that Google must compensate for? Or is this just knee-jerk hostility from the usual suspects?

What tax bracket were you in 2012? Did you pay 20%? 25%? Maybe 33%? Google pays 14%. So Google, who proudly avoids billions in taxes, wants to use publicly funded bus stops, roads, police services, and more. Google is the very definition of freeloader. Has it occurred to you that those kids (along with others all over the country that Google will not be helping) might not be so poor if the government services set up to help them had not gone unfunded due of lack of tax revenue? Now Google throws a few kids in SF a bone to the tune of a few thousand dollars and that makes Google a shining community member again? Fuck Google and fuck you for defending them.

about 5 months ago
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Scientists Study Permian Mass Extinction Event As Lesson For 21st Century

MacDork Re:I should be? (235 comments)

You seem to conclude that capturing and burning methane to prevent it from entering the atmosphere is unreasonable.

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." -- George Bernard Shaw

All you know how to do is parrot what other alarmists tell you. You think inside a closed little box. You can't reason a way to do things for yourself, so you let others do the reasoning for you. You declare the obvious answer to be impossible, rather than work out a way to make it happen. In short, you are a spectator. You are a nobody who shouts jeers from a faceless mob. You guys would circle jerk with your mod points while the whole world burns around you rather than fix a problem with persistence in the face of adversity. I gladly distance myself from a group like yours. Your lack of critical thinking skills, imagination, and initiative predicts what contribution you are capable of making.

about 5 months ago
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Scientists Study Permian Mass Extinction Event As Lesson For 21st Century

MacDork Re:I should be? (235 comments)

Several scientists are predicting a 20C increase by 2050 if the methane is allowed to escape into the atmosphere, which is essentially a planetary extinction event. The only thing that seems likely to prevent this scenario is total economic collapse, immediately.

Or, I don't know... capture it and burn it as fuel? The problem with you climate alarmists is you lack critical thinking skills.

about 5 months ago
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US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

MacDork Re:Ahh Kerry... (401 comments)

Sounds like you are falling for an obvious diversionary tactic. Kerry is in Indonesia. Indonesians are pissed at the USA for spying on them. Kerry decides to talk about climate change and lobs around hyperbola like "weapon of mass destructions threating your way of life!!11ONE!!!1"

about 5 months ago
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NVIDIA Open-Sources Tegra K1 Graphics Support

MacDork Re:Nvidia has NOTHING to lose at this stage (66 comments)

I'm actually pretty excited about this SoC. The problem with Tegra 4 is it is not available on anything but a couple of Chinese phones and those don't even come with the software defined radio. The other problem is that it is not CUDA. K1 is CUDA, so presumably, I should be able to install the CUDA Toolkit along with something like rpud and take maximum advantage of those 192 cores. I'll definitely wait for the 64-bit variety and hope for a phone with >4GB of RAM. I'll probably get the 64-bit one. Hopefully there will be a phone with the SDR this time. It would be mind blowing awesome if they'd give the SDR some open source love too.

about 6 months ago
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Why We Think There's a Multiverse, Not Just Our Universe

MacDork Re:Generally accepted? (458 comments)

The Big Bang - Because the universe appears to be expanding now, it must have been expanding always, since the beginning. Before the Big Bang, there was nothing and boom, out of nothing came everything.

Not to say I have a better theory, but I would not be the least bit surprised if one of those two things I've been told about the big bang were proven wrong. You suggest we should be believers in this everything from nothing theory without the least bit of skepticism?

about 7 months ago
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NSA does not deny spying on Congress

MacDork Re:Overblown (7 comments)

It's a week later, and yet, no further reply from the NSA. I'm shocked. Shocked I tell you! I trusted you cold fjord. But now I know who employs you ;-)

about 7 months ago
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University Developing Technology To Vote On Your Tablet, Smartphone

MacDork Re:You cannot have a secret ballot with this syste (259 comments)

It also opens up an avenue for flash votes. Not sure if that's good or bad, but it could enable new rules. President violates the 4th amendment rights of every person on Earth? Why wait years for it to get to the supreme court? Hold a public vote tonight. Vote his ass out and get a new guy tomorrow. Same goes for congress or any other public official.

Frankly, with >30% of the votes now coming from absentee ballots, I think you've already lost the coercion/buying votes battle.

about 7 months ago
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US Coast Guard Ship To Attempt Rescue of 2 Icebreakers In Antarctica

MacDork Re:In the middle of summer (382 comments)

where summer is the coldest time of the year

Do tell how summer is the coldest time of year AC. I'm sure we will all be enthralled with your derp.

about 7 months ago
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US Coast Guard Ship To Attempt Rescue of 2 Icebreakers In Antarctica

MacDork Re: In the middle of summer (382 comments)

Stop making things up... we can now 3D print working organs and implant them into patients

Pot, meet Kettle.

about 7 months ago
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University Developing Technology To Vote On Your Tablet, Smartphone

MacDork Re:Nope (259 comments)

I presume you support the current system since you admit to participating in it. Absentee ballots already provide an avenue for forced voting and over a third of the eligible votes were cast this way in the last presidential election. I think it is safe to say electronic voting, done properly, could be just as effective as absentee ballots.

about 7 months ago

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NSA does not deny spying on Congress

MacDork MacDork writes  |  about 7 months ago

MacDork (560499) writes "In a statement released in response to Sen Bernie Sanders the NSA did not deny spying on Congress. It would appear that the Obama administration has been peeking at the playbook of the opposing party. Or does the NSA expect us to believe that members of Congress are targeted for investigation into terrorism? This comes just days after Snowden documents revealed the NSA is automatically deploying exploits and malware against visitors to blacklisted websites. Such terrorist havens include websites like yahoo.com and cnn.com."
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NSA does not deny spying on Congress

MacDork MacDork writes  |  about 7 months ago

MacDork (560499) writes "In a statement released in response to Sen Bernie Sanders the NSA did not deny spying on Congress. It would appear that the Obama administration has been peeking at the playbook of the opposing party. Or does the NSA expect us to believe that members of Congress are targeted for investigation into terrorism? This comes just days after Snowden documents revealed the NSA is automatically deploying exploits and malware against visitors to blacklisted websites. Such terrorist havens include websites like yahoo.com and cnn.com."
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Passive spying? NSA launching automated malware attacks.

MacDork MacDork writes  |  about 7 months ago

MacDork (560499) writes "Jacob Applebaum detailed the latest revelations on the NSA at 30c3 wherein he describes software to launch automated malware attacks "designed for at scale explotation" which is being used for "fishing expeditions, it's more like fishing crusades ... targeting Muslims." He describes NSA drones being used to wirelessly compromise wifi routers from a distance of 8 miles. Also mentioned, the NSA is shipping compromised American hardware ordered online including iPhones, Dell PowerEdge servers, HP servers, Solaris servers, and more. He wraps up the talk mentioning "a specialized technology for beaming energy into you and the computer systems around you" to compromise systems. Up to 1KW of energy specifically. It's clear from his presentation that what the NSA is doing is not just passive collection. It is not the digital equivalent of a wiretap. It is the digital equivalent of a drone firing a hellfire missle on you. The NSA has militarized the internet."
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Iron Maiden makes millons playing for pirates

MacDork MacDork writes  |  about 7 months ago

MacDork (560499) writes "A band finds pirates downloading their work for free on BitTorrent. How do you expect them to react? If you're Iron Maiden, you go to where the pirates are and have a concert. The result? Massive sellouts. The São Paolo show alone grossed $2.5 million. The concerts also attracted millions more fans."
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Prominent Environmentals Changes Opinion On Climate

MacDork MacDork writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MacDork (560499) writes "Dr James Lovelock, author of "The Revenge Of Gaia," no longer claims IPCC computer model predictions are inevitable. Once a man who preached runaway global warming, he has since tempered his opinions. He states in an interview, "There's no great certainty about what the future is going to be so legislation based on green pressure to say 'in 2050 the temperature will be so much' is not really very good science at all." This stands in stark contrast to radicals in government claiming climate change is a national security issue."
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Researchers crack SSL with 200 playstations

MacDork MacDork writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MacDork (560499) writes "Thanks to Verisign's use of MD5, security researchers were able to forge a signing certificate that could be used to forge SSL certificates and impersonate any website on the internet."
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1 million bank customer records? About $70

MacDork MacDork writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MacDork (560499) writes "Man buys computer on eBay, finds 1 million bank customer records... hilarity ensues. Just reading the article, it doesn't even sound like the drive was formatted, much less zeroed or wiped in any fashion."
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Target.com pays $6M settlement to the blind

MacDork MacDork writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MacDork (560499) writes ""Target Corp. has agreed to pay $6 million in damages to plaintiffs in California unable to use its online site as part of a class action settlement with the National Federation of the Blind, a leading advocacy group for blind people.

As part of the settlement, announced Wednesday, Target will place $6 million in an interest-bearing account from which members of the California settlement class can make claims. Furthermore, the settlement requires Target to implement internal guidelines to make its site more accessible to the blind by Feb. 28, 2009, with assistance from the NFB."

So... how are you building your websites? Will Silverlight displace Flash on accessibility concerns? How many other irrelevant, non-sequitur, or 'hot button' questions do you need to be goaded into replying? Our ad department wants to know! (^_^)"

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Comcast tech gets medieval on Halo 3 griefer

MacDork MacDork writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MacDork (560499) writes "Think twice before griefing on Comcast. An outsourced vigilante tech might call your dad, who will come down to the basement, smack you around and smash your Xbox. Of course, the story contains a more ominous warning. The only security preventing outsourced techs from stealing your credit card number is ... Comcast policy."

Journals

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Lenovo notebooks to come with a kill switch

MacDork MacDork writes  |  more than 5 years ago First the Apple iPhone, now Lenovo notebooks? TGDaily is reporting that Lenovo will be shipping notebooks will kill switches. Specifically, you will be able to kill a notebook remotely via a SMS text message. The capability will be built into the BIOS. Although I'm not sure how this stops a determined attacker with control of the hardware, I do see how this might cause issues with the US military. They seem to live in a continuously growing state of fear that a stealthy Chinese attack will remotely disable their military prowess. No word on how they feel about the Chinese funding the US military though...

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Charges filed against "how to make a baby fly" videographer

MacDork MacDork writes  |  about 6 years ago Last week, felony charges were filed against a 16 year old in Georgia for launching an 8 month old baby across a room with a pillow. He was arrested after video of the baby launch showed up on YouTube. The teen behind the camera has now been charged as well. A second video was discovered after the search of a PC turned up additional footage. He initially avoided arrest because investigators did not think he knew what his friend was planning to do. As a side note, the original and presumably legal video has been pulled from YouTube, while the copyright infringing news report is still available.

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DHS wants airline passengers to wear shock collar

MacDork MacDork writes  |  about 6 years ago The Washington Times is reporting that the DHS wants to replace your boarding pass with a GPS enabled shock bracelet. Plans for the device include subduing passengers remotely as well as onboard interrogation. There's even a promotional video.

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eBay'er arrested for attempting to sell his vote

MacDork MacDork writes  |  about 6 years ago

The Associated Press reports that Max P. Sanders, 19 is charged with a felony for attempting to auction off his vote in the upcoming presidential election on eBay. From the article:

"Fundamentally, we believe it is wrong to sell your vote," said John Aiken, a spokesman for the office. "There are people that have died for this country for our right to vote, and to take something that lightly, to say, 'I can be bought.'" ... "It's a real shame"

Yes, that is a terrible shame, isn't it. Perhaps we should arrest, prosecute, and imprison everyone who sells their vote. The boy says it was all a joke, but prosecutors aren't laughing. Max faces up to 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines if he is convicted.

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Sony rootkit settlement website is now open

MacDork MacDork writes  |  more than 8 years ago As of Wednesday Feb. 15, Sony's rootkit settlement website has gone live. The site has instructions for settlement filings by class members of the class action lawsuit taking place in New York state. The settlement [PDF] grants those who purchased one of the affected CDs a rootkit-free replacement CD and either a) $7.50 USD cash payment and a free DRM'ed CD download or b) three DRM'ed CD downloads. Customers who purchased MediaMax CD's will be entitled to one additional DRM'ed CD download.

If you are a member of the class and you feel that pocket change and a few crippled sound files are not adequate restitution for Sony's actions, the settlement website also has information on how to a) file an objection to the terms of the settlement and b) file for exclusion from the settlement so that you may pursue Sony in court yourself. The options are mutually exclusive, and your right to exercise either option expires on May 1, 2006. Doing nothing will not only get you nothing, but it also precludes you from bringing your own suit against Sony in the future. Sony has reserved the right to abandon the settlement if more than 1000 class members file for exclusion from the settlement.

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Courts accept Sony settlement

MacDork MacDork writes  |  more than 8 years ago The court has approved Sony's proposed settlement in the class action lawsuit taking place in New York state. The settlement [PDF] grants those who purchased one of the affected CDs a rootkit-free replacement CD and either a) $7.50 USD cash payment and a free DRM'ed CD download or b) three DRM'ed CD downloads. Customers who purchased MediaMax CD's will be entitled to one additional DRM'ed CD. Sony has also reserved the right to back out of the settlement "if the number of timely and valid requests for exclusion from the Settlement Class exceeds 1,000." Although plenty of coverage has been given to security holes opened by the rootkit, it seems Sony is being let off scot-free for committing computer trespass. Since the MediaMax software installs itself even if the customer declines the EULA, it seems it would be rather difficult for Sony to claim in court that customers agreed to be spied on. A single instance of computer trespass is a Class E Felony in the state of New York. There are an estimated 20 Million CDs in circulation. "At least 568,200 nameservers have witnessed DNS queries related to the rootkit", and yet months later no one has launched a criminal investigation into what information Sony may have surreptitiously stolen from its victims. Additionally, it's well documented that Sony has committed copyright infringement by including GPL'ed software without adhering to the license. In the face of such grievous, numerous, and willful violations of US law, where are all the politicians who are tough on crime? Does such a massive breach of computer security pose national security risks to a country dependent on its high tech infrastructure? I wouldn't be surprised if more than a few people would like to file for exclusion until the persons responsible at Sony face criminal charges. For those interested, the EFF is providing instructions to members of the class who would like to file for exclusion from Sony's NY settlement. Those filing for exclusion might also want to contact NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and let him know exactly why your filing was made.

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Power to cost more than hardware?

MacDork MacDork writes  |  more than 8 years ago C/Net is reporting that Apple isn't the only company concerned about performance per watt. Google engineer Luiz Andre Barroso is quoted as saying "If performance per watt is to remain constant over the next few years, power costs could easily overtake hardware costs, possibly by a large margin." CMP (chip multiprocessing technology) is hailed as a stopgap rather than a panacea. According to Barroso, "Fundamental circuit and architectural innovations are still needed to address the longer-term trends."

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MacDork MacDork writes  |  more than 8 years ago Sweet! I have my first two freaks. Users 926212 and 599415. Awesome! What earned me such hatred and derision? Why this post of course. Wow! I did it all without a swear word. So do I really care? Nope. Why document it? Reference material.

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Rejected again... War-Porn Webmaster Arrested

MacDork MacDork writes  |  more than 8 years ago Well, I'm tired of getting rejected, so I'll just start putting this stuff in the journal no one will ever read.... What happens when you mix war and porn online? According to the Detroit Free Press you get arrested. Christopher M. Wilson of Lakeland, FL was arrested on 300 obscenity related charges involving pornographic content on his website Friday. Polk County sheriff Grady Judd claimed the arrest had nothing to do with the pictures of war dead, though he confirmed that detectives met with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division before making the arrest. Descriptions of the pornographic pictures, according to Judd, are so offensive that they are unfit to even describe for reporters. In the meantime, the site in question still appears to be up and soliciting funds for a legal defense on its BBS.

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