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Drone Maker Enforces No-Fly Zone Over DC, Hijacking Malware Demonstrated

Mr. Shotgun Re:why fly at 3AM? (164 comments)

why was the government employee even flying the drone at 3AM?

To be fair, when you're drunk at 3am flying a quadrocopter into the white house is one of the more sane choices people can make. At least he kept his pants on when he was doing it.

2 days ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Mr. Shotgun Re:Yeah (562 comments)

The government should defend the Constitution instead of tear it apart.

Unfortunately the constitution and the associated bill of rights were intended to be limits upon the government so it is not surprising to see the government tearing at those walls. It is after all in it's nature to try to expand it's power, much like fire will continue to seek more fuel or a wild animal will feed again.

What is rather disappointing is to see the people, who are supposed to be the ultimate checks on the government, react with such antipathy towards these encroachments on their rights. The constitution and bill of right was designed so that they was a constant struggle between the will of the governments insatiable lust for power over the governed and the citizens desire to be free of the encumbrance of the government. But lately the people have abandoned their post and thrown their lot behind whoever has a letter behind their name that pleases them the most.

about two weeks ago
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Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics

Mr. Shotgun Re:It's not about equality (335 comments)

Ya know, I am starting to think that is true. For all these articles and tumblr postings and tweets decrying the low population of women and minorities in STEM and especially comp sci I have not seen much from those leading the charge for more enrollment in computer science. If these leaders encouraged their followers ( a good portion of which are college age or soon to be) to switch majors to CS this diversity problem would be solved within 2-6 years. And there is more than enough scholarships to finance it even. But alas I think this is less about making a change and more about making noise.

about two weeks ago
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Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics

Mr. Shotgun Re:Whatever (335 comments)

Companies that don't hire the best employees fail.

False. Just look at the board of directors of many companies - the companies survive based on inertia and cronyism, not merit.

Sorry, but I think the OP was referring to down in the trenches where the real work is done and production matters. Though you are probably right about the so called leadership positions. After hearing about some of Balmers escapades I am sure we could replace most of them with gorillas and no one would notice.

about two weeks ago
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Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics

Mr. Shotgun Re:This brings up another question ... (335 comments)

What is the diversity of the active slashdot user base? Maybe we could have a poll limited to logged-in people only to keep people from tilting the stats?

Perhaps, but what would be the cowboy neal option?

about two weeks ago
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Google Aims To Be Your Universal Translator

Mr. Shotgun Re:English to American (122 comments)

I'm sorry, I'm not putting that in my mouth.

Universal response to a fag in your mouth: Light the end on fire. The problem will take care of itself no mater what country you are in.

about two weeks ago
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AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

Mr. Shotgun Re:What bullshit (258 comments)

AI's will not be WEIRD, not 'evil'. They will want to do strange things, not kill us, or hurt us. They won't try to kill us, but instead try to create a massive, network devoted to deciding which species of from has more bacteria in it's toe.

OMG, they'll be grad students! It's worse than I thought!

about three weeks ago
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Connected Gun Lets Anyone Watch What Or Who You Are Shooting

Mr. Shotgun Re:Just what's needed! (138 comments)

Saying Jersey, the difference is between optional and mandatory.
If there was the option for "smart" guns to be sold alongside regular guns I doubt you would have heard a peep from the NRA, besides maybe a review in guns and ammo. But New Jersey decided that the moment a smart gun becomes available it must be mandatory on every weapon sold, then it becomes a matter of force vs choice. Repeal that little law and those who chose to use the smart guns can have them, while everyone else can purchase weapons with traditional safeties.

about three weeks ago
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Fraud, Not Hackers, Took Most of Mt. Gox's Missing Bitcoins

Mr. Shotgun Re: Bitcoin != Coins (108 comments)

Gold comes from mines? I always believed it came from pawn shops and elderly relatives.

I thought it came from Fox news...damn you Gretchen Carlson! You damn minx, you shall not fool me again!

about a month ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

Mr. Shotgun Re:Sure... (343 comments)

Unfortunately, security is a cost center

Security is a cost center in the same way that insurance is a cost center. It is a current investment to reduce the risk and impact of future losses. No sane large business runs without insurance, yet plenty treat security as an after thought even though they serve almost the same function.
As a matter of fact I would predict insurance policies to require some security effort as a part of coverage fairly soon, since it could be argued that not securing your data is a form of negligence now a days.

about a month and a half ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Mr. Shotgun Re:Muslims? (880 comments)

Can I just think that taking orders from your invisible imaginary friend is a case for a shrink, no matter what you call him?

My headmate is Dr. Freud, and for some strange reason he tells me I like cigars. Your move.

about a month and a half ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Mr. Shotgun Re:Fake (880 comments)

You aren't in the middle of nowhere, you're at the Starbucks which means you are within easy reach of professionals

When seconds count, the police are just minutes away.

Let's be honest, guns are a tool and the only restrictions they need are just as with cars. Make sure people know how to use them, can demonstrate they can use them, and we're golden.

I would venture to guess more violence has been committed due to the spoken or written word than has ever been committed because someone possessed a weapon and felt an irrational drive to use it. Shall we also licence the first amendment as well?

about a month and a half ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Mr. Shotgun Re:Tech angle? (880 comments)

Socioeconomic imbalance doesn't cause terrorism. That's a myth.

Of course not, extreme socioeconomic imbalance causes revolutions. And history is written by the winners so why would they call them selves terrorists?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Mr. Shotgun Re:Go into the public sector (720 comments)

That would be new, a Governor that committed his felonies before being elected to office. Hell, I'd vote for him, at least he's honest.

about 2 months ago
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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

Mr. Shotgun Re:old joke is old (194 comments)

Bad idea, the solar panel would grow a beard and proceed to roundhouse kick any researcher that came near to shave it.

about 2 months ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Mr. Shotgun Re: Sexism = Sexy these days (642 comments)

His friend that made the shirt tweeted about it soon after the controversy erupted:https://twitter.com/ellyprizeman/status/532927131098300416
Quite frankly I am pretty sure the guy did what every one else does when they get up in the morning to go to work, grab a shirt and some pants and go. He had more important things on his mind than a shirt like, I dunno, landing a probe on a comet.

about 2 months ago
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Big Data Knows When You Are About To Quit Your Job

Mr. Shotgun Re:Our metrics indicate... (185 comments)

Boss: " You know there is more to life than money"

I always find this phrase odd coming from management or HR of a for profit company. Like they would accept the same excuse coming from a customer.

Company: "You owe us $30,000 for the shipment you just received"
Customer: "But there is more to life than just money!"
Company: "Well okay then, we'll just give away our products for free."

I highly doubt that has ever happened, ever. Companies want to be paid for their product, it is how a company operates and continues to exist. People are the same when selling their product, namely labor. The laws of supply and demand do not cease to function just cause they are dealing with a single person.

about 3 months ago
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The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

Mr. Shotgun Re:GPS vs. Maps. Fight! (236 comments)

If part of that $10 billion was allocated to making sure the maps and the GPS coordinates were on more than a nodding acquaintance, then I'd at least run into land a lot less

So how's that job search going Captain Schettino?

about 3 months ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

Mr. Shotgun Re:ah, I understand (430 comments)

Particularly if they were also a necrophiliac.

"I came to bury (my bone in) Caeser, not to praise him!"

about 3 months ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

Mr. Shotgun Re:Terrible (430 comments)

It's true, one time I accidentally wandered into an Apple store, and before I knew it, there was a dick in my mouth.

Yeah, you really gotta pay attention to those EULA's before clicking agree.

about 3 months ago

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SFPD Breathalyzer Error Puts Hundreds Of DUI Convictions In Doubt

Mr. Shotgun Mr. Shotgun writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Mr. Shotgun (832121) writes "

Hundreds, or even thousands, of drunk driving convictions could be overturned because the San Francisco Police Department has not tested its breathalyzers, officials said Monday. For at least six years, the police officers in charge of testing the 20 breathalyzers used by the Police Department did not carry out any tests on the equipment. Officers instead filled the test forms with numbers that matched the control sample, said Public Defender Jeff Adachi, throwing countless DUI convictions into doubt.

Apparently this has happened before."
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Ellison accused of running executive fighting ring

Mr. Shotgun Mr. Shotgun writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Mr. Shotgun (832121) writes "SEC investigators claim to have broken up an underground fighting ring in which participants beat each other bloody. To add insult to injury, the victors then brokered business deals that skirted U.S. securities law and deprived the losers of valuable stock options.
The mastermind behind the Silicon Valley fight club is alleged to be eccentric billionaire and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison."

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Mr. Shotgun Mr. Shotgun writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Mr. Shotgun (832121) writes "Ars is running a story about how the Illinois state government is going to pay off the legal bills from their recently defeated video game crusade. FTA:

the state was scouring department budgets, looking for the $1 million it cost to defend the unconstitutional legislation in court. Yes, you read that right — the State of Illinois spent one meeeellion dollars of taxpayer money on the litigation even as the state budget was starved for cash in other, more pressing areas. And worse yet, they spent it on a bill which, when introduced, was plainly unconstitutional.


Another write up is available here."
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Mr. Shotgun Mr. Shotgun writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Mr. Shotgun (832121) writes "US DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff warned of the use of the Internet as a terrrorist training camp. From the article: "They can train themselves over the Internet. They never have to necessarily go to the training camp or speak with anybody else and that diffusion of a combination of hatred and technical skills in things like bomb-making is a dangerous combination,""

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