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NSA Head Asks How To Spy Without Collecting Metadata

MagicM Refactor the NSA (509 comments)

Split the NSA into the Department of Big Brother and the New-NSA. Big Brother collects all the data and tracks everything about everyone, but the data is not query-able without a warrant (and all access is logged and reviewed, and abuse is actually penalized). Then the New-NSA can do their job the way they're supposed to, using warrants.

about 4 months ago
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In an arcade with only the following games ...

MagicM memories (283 comments)

Yie Ar Kung Fu. But only if it's the MSX version.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

MagicM Nabi (682 comments)

If you read the comments on Facebook you will see it has it's share of problems, however:

The Nabi is an Android tablet aimed at kids including 4-year-olds. It has age-appropriate software and parental controls that let you lock it down and install Skype. All the child needs is a wi-fi connection and a parent to help set up and explain.

(Flame war tags: Facebook, Android, lock down, child, age-appropriate, parent, Skype)

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Med-School Note-Taking?

MagicM *golf clap* (217 comments)

A wonderfully creative way to post a slashvertisement for Microsoft OneNote. Well done.

about 8 months ago
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Drones: Coming Soon To the New Jersey Turnpike?

MagicM Re:Risk vs. Reward? (249 comments)

Americans have been conditioned to believe that the "real" speed limit is at least 10 mph over the posted limit.

Actually, it's the other way around. American speed-limit-setters have been told to post a speed limit that is at least 10 mph below the maximum speed people actually drive. More or less.

Or, from wikipedia:

The speed limit is commonly set at or below the 85th percentile speed (being the speed which no more than 15% of traffic is exceeding) and in the USA is typically set 8 to 12 mph (13 to 19 km/h) below that speed.

about a year ago
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Peppers Seem To Protect Against Parkinson's

MagicM Re:MJF (161 comments)

time traveling shit

Now there's a scary thought.

about a year ago
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LHCb Experiment Observes New Matter-Antimatter Difference

MagicM CP (129 comments)

"CP-violation"

Right. Like I'm going to click on that link.

about a year ago
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Localized (Visual) Programming Language For Kids?

MagicM Kodu (185 comments)

You might want to look at Kodu. There are plenty of reasons to hate on it, but it's a visual programming language aimed at making games.

1 year,3 days
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Giant Snails Invade Florida

MagicM eat your oranges! (245 comments)

"If you got a ham sandwich in Jamaica or the Dominican Republic, or an orange, and you didn't eat it all and you bring it back into the States and then you discard it, at some point, things can emerge from those products," Feiber said.

Remember kids, finish your oranges just in case there are baby snails in there. Don't discard, digest!

1 year,8 days
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What's the Best RSS Reader Not Named Google Reader?

MagicM Re:Netvibes (287 comments)

I'm impressed by ustart.org. The interface is definitely fast. I wish they supported keyboard shortcuts though.

about a year ago
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Mobile Sharing: "Bezos Beep" Vs. Smartphone Bump

MagicM bluetooth replacement (180 comments)

A follow-up patent application describes the use of audio signals to communicate between devices and their peripherals, eliminating the need for Bluetooth chips. From the patent application: 'Look at what we can do with a speaker and a microphone. Isn't it neat?"

about a year ago
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ProPublica's Guide To News App Tech

MagicM tl;dr (12 comments)

WTF is this? I didn't come here to read!

Can someone please write up a summary for this summary?

about a year ago
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Three Low-Tech Hacks for Phones and Tablets

MagicM Ugh (286 comments)

I think I'm lost. Is this Pinterest?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Was Your Favorite Web Comic of 2012?

MagicM Favorite blah blah (321 comments)

Who cares? Let's just post big lists of web comics so we can all click and read and woohooooo!

Beyond the obvious (XKCD, Penny Arcade, Dilbert, The Oatmeal) there are at least these:

http://amultiverse.com/
http://www.virtualshackles.com/
http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/comics/critical-miss.latest
http://chainsawsuit.com/
http://dresdencodak.com/archives/
http://www.happletea.com/
http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2347

about a year ago
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What Happens To Your Submissions

MagicM same old (3 comments)

So if I'm tired of seeing stories submitted by the same people (Bennett Haselton, Hugh Pickens, ...) I need to go into the Firehose and vote them down there?

Good to know.

about a year ago
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Hackers Stole Information From IAEA Servers

MagicM phew! (55 comments)

I misread that as "Hackers Stole Information From IKEA Servers". I was worried there for a moment.

about a year ago
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Best reader-submitted /. logo of October 2012?

MagicM eldavojohn Oct 21 (137 comments)

Loved eldavojohn's logo from the 21st. Very strongly hated all animated logos after the 10th iteration through the loop.

about a year and a half ago
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CmdrTaco Looks Back on Fifteen Years of Slashdot

MagicM Slashdot editors (178 comments)

For me the story of Slashdot utterly inseparable from my own life.

You can take the editor out of Slashdot, but you can't take the Slashdot-quality editing out of... him. The guy that. Whatever.

about a year and a half ago

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Disney to buy Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, release Star Wars 7 in 2015

MagicM MagicM writes  |  about a year and a half ago

MagicM (85041) writes "Disney is paying $4.05 billion to buy Lucasfilm Ltd., the production company behind "Star Wars," from its chairman and founder, George Lucas. It's also making a seventh movie in the "Star Wars" series called "Episode 7," set for release in 2015, with plans to follow it with Episodes 8 and 9 and then one new movie every two or three years."
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Neutrinos either faster, slower, or exactly as fast as previously thought

MagicM MagicM writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MagicM (85041) writes "The OPERA collaboration has identified two possible effects that could have an influence on its neutrino timing measurement. These both require further tests with a short pulsed beam. If confirmed, one would increase the size of the measured effect, the other would diminish it. New measurements with short pulsed beams are scheduled for May."
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MagicM MagicM writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MagicM (85041) writes "While considering potential job-interview questions, I considered: "Are there any publications/blogs/websites that you regularly read?" Every industry has their hallmark websites, and whether an interviewee knows them could be an indication of their professionalism. However, if you were asked this question, would you list Slashdot as part of your daily dose of information?"

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