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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

MyFirstNameIsPaul Re:Congressman Amash’s letter sent to Collea (378 comments)

Yes, it does, in that part where the House can set the procedural rules. IIRC, the current procedure only requires one Congresscritter to request the vote be recorded and they have to comply. With this knowledge it is particularly concerning that the DMCA and some other horrid bills were passed by voice vote.

about a week ago
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Book Review: Bulletproof SSL and TLS

MyFirstNameIsPaul Re:HEY DICE, WHAT THE FUCKHAPPENED TO MODERATING? (92 comments)

I went several years without getting any mod points, then a few months ago started getting them again. Can't remember if I had any since the outage last week.

about three weeks ago
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Mozilla Updates Firefox With Forget Button, DuckDuckGo Search, and Ads

MyFirstNameIsPaul Re:duckduckgo (327 comments)

I don't see them mention that they use AWS. Seems like all the tin-foil hat types love DuckDuckGo. Sometimes I think those hats are actually antennas.

about a month ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

MyFirstNameIsPaul Re:As a BlackBerry user (189 comments)

You just said it in your question. For the BlackBerry, messaging is not one of the many things it does, it's the focus of what it does. Here are some simple differences: I get a separate icon for each inbox on BlackBerry, whereas on Android I get one mail 'app' that has drop-down menus for each inbox. With BlackBerry I automatically get true push email, but Android only offers that if I'm using a Google hosted email account (yes, probably some way to fix this, but BlackBerry it is automatically set up on every account). BlackBerry is loaded with really great shortcuts available at all times because the physical keyboard, which allows me to accomplish routine tasks in a fraction of the time required on an Android. If you deal with high volumes of email (both receiving and sending -some people receive lots of email, but rarely respond, so that wouldn't matter), pick up a BlackBerry and try it out. If you don't deal with high volumes of email, then you probably will never understand why such a tool is better.

about 3 months ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

MyFirstNameIsPaul Re:AMA: Blackberry User (189 comments)

My experience with the 9900 is only with OS 7 and then OS 7.1, the only notable difference to me was increase in battery life, making the stock battery tolerable. Never had any notable issues with viewing websites or attachments, other than the screen is tiny, though PPI is great. Even YouTube embeds work fine. I don't like the keyboard on the new X device and I have a fondness for physical buttons and trackpads. On the very rare occasion that the OS browser isn't playing well with a website, usually due to screen size and text flow, I just switch to Opera Mini, which magically renders the pages perfectly, though has as really crappy interface. I used the 8700c and then the 9000 before the 9900. I actually miss the jog dial for scrolling websites.

about 3 months ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

MyFirstNameIsPaul Re:As a BlackBerry user (189 comments)

Physical keyboard and OS focused on messaging. For those who don't deal with a high volume of messages, such as a salesperson does, the advantages are not really seen, which is why I find the other devices better for personal use.

about 3 months ago
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Stanford Promises Not To Use Google Money For Privacy Research

MyFirstNameIsPaul The thing about money. (54 comments)

It's fungible.

about 3 months ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

MyFirstNameIsPaul Re:As a BlackBerry user (189 comments)

Who said anything about BES?

about 3 months ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

MyFirstNameIsPaul As a BlackBerry user (189 comments)

I can tell you the only BlackBerry I enjoy using is the 9900/9930. It's the best work productivity messaging tool I've found. It's not a toy, like my Samsung personal phone.

about 3 months ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

MyFirstNameIsPaul Re:Thus the problem with the TEA party (410 comments)

Oh. My. God. User Overzeetop must be commended on what might be the finest example of a straw man ever posted. Bravo!

about 3 months ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

MyFirstNameIsPaul Re:Solution (410 comments)

Technically, if we're going to bother considering what the U.S. Constitution has to say on the matter, a sales tax is not authorized as it is not a tariff, excise tax, or income tax - the only three taxes currently authorized.

As an aside, I find it interesting that parent comment gets voted up while A.C. comment directly above it gets voted down into oblivion. I guess the current crop of slashdot mods prefers unconstitutional sales tax to world peace.

about 3 months ago
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Laid Off From Job, Man Builds Tweeting Toilet

MyFirstNameIsPaul Re:will require less water (115 comments)

Controllable flush volume is not 'fancier' since it contains all the same elements as the fix-volume toilets. In fact, the controllable volume toilets are likely less sophisticated since there does not need to be any sort of mechanism to determine flush volume - just a simple spring-loaded valve.

about 3 months ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

MyFirstNameIsPaul Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

I agree. This is far more dangerous than cruise control and hand-free talking on the cell phone, dealing with kids in the back, arguing with a passenger, fumbling with other car controls, etc., and should not be allowed in vehicles, because the drivers wouldn't be able to handle it.

about 3 months ago
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Laid Off From Job, Man Builds Tweeting Toilet

MyFirstNameIsPaul Re:Welcome to 2009 (115 comments)

Higher water ratio requirements shouldn't preclude more efficient toilets as it may not be where the volume of water comes from. We still have washing of dishes in sinks, dishwashers, clothes washers, washing of hands, showers, baths, etc., contributing water to the waste system.

about 3 months ago
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Laid Off From Job, Man Builds Tweeting Toilet

MyFirstNameIsPaul Re:Welcome to 2009 (115 comments)

'Multiple flush volumes' is completely different from the controllable flush volumes the European, or at least the German, toilets provide (you should look it up, YOU'RE ON THE INTERNET). Whenever any sort of fixed-volume flush is inadequate for the task, x*(flush volume) must be used to finish the job (no less than twice the volume), whereas with a controllable flush volume, if the task only requires 10% more volume to complete the job, then only 1.1*(flush volume) is used. I posit that even when compared to multiple flush volume toilets, the controllable flush volume toilet will require less water.

about 3 months ago
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Laid Off From Job, Man Builds Tweeting Toilet

MyFirstNameIsPaul Re:Welcome to 2009 (115 comments)

I worked in Germany for a few months and I actually really liked their toilets. I've always wanted to do a comparison of the real-world performance of our U.S. fixed-flush-volume toilets with the German (okay, European - I was working and didn't have much time to travel) toilets. They keep reducing the allowable flush volume in the U.S. to the point that adult-sized excrement and attendant tissue creates trouble and often requires consideration of the appropriate stages to flush (multiple flushes required), not to mention that the U.S. toilet uses a ton of water to get rid of urine, which is completely unnecessary and comprises the majority of total flushes.

Perhaps a practical project for the Internet of Toilets would be to compare efficiencies of various toilets. I think it would be pretty clear that fixed-volume flush toilets are terribly inefficient.

I want to point out that the Wikipedia article on toilets is outstanding and even includes an audio sample of a toilet flushing. Someone really deserves some recognition here.

about 3 months ago

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Using Nonsense Math to Trick Non-Math Majors

MyFirstNameIsPaul MyFirstNameIsPaul writes  |  about 2 years ago

MyFirstNameIsPaul writes "Abstract from a paper titled "The Nonsense Math Effect," by Emmo Eriksson: Mathematics is a fundamental tool of research. Although potentially applicable in every discipline, the amount of training in mathematics that students typically receive varies greatly between different disciplines. In those disciplines where most researchers do not master mathematics, the use of mathematics may be held in too much awe. To demonstrate this I conducted an online experiment with 200 participants, all of which had experience of reading research reports and a postgraduate degree (in any subject). Participants were presented with the abstracts from two published papers (one in evolutionary anthropology and one in sociology). Based on these abstracts, participants were asked to judge the quality of the research. Either one or the other of the two abstracts was manipulated through the inclusion of an extra sentence taken from a completely unrelated paper and presenting an equation that made no sense in the context. The abstract that included the meaningless mathematics tended to be judged of higher quality. However, this "nonsense math effect" was not found among participants with degrees in mathematics, science, technology or medicine."
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InTrade bans U.S. customers.

MyFirstNameIsPaul MyFirstNameIsPaul writes  |  about 2 years ago

MyFirstNameIsPaul writes "In an announcement dated Monday, Nov 26, 2012, Dublin based InTrade stated "that due to legal and regulatory pressures, Intrade can no longer allow US residents to participate in our real-money prediction markets." The Washington Post reports that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission filed a complaint in federal court against InTrade for "illegally facilitating bets on future economic data, the price of gold and even acts of war," demonstrating just how far the long arm of U.S. law can reach."
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Philip Roth vs. Wikipedia

MyFirstNameIsPaul MyFirstNameIsPaul writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MyFirstNameIsPaul writes "When Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Philip Roth, who wrote “American Pastoral” and “Portnoy’s Complaint,” recently petitioned Wikipedia to correct inaccuracies in an entry regarding his novel “The Human Stain,” Wikipedia said no:

I recently petitioned Wikipedia to delete this misstatement, along with two others, my interlocutor was told by the “English Wikipedia Administrator”—in a letter dated August 25th and addressed to my interlocutor—that I, Roth, was not a credible source: “I understand your point that the author is the greatest authority on their own work,” writes the Wikipedia Administrator—“but we require secondary sources.”

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Analysis of CRU Files Concludes They Were Leaked

MyFirstNameIsPaul MyFirstNameIsPaul writes  |  about 5 years ago

MyFirstNameIsPaul (1552283) writes "Through an analysis of the files themselves, and not their content, Lance Levsen concludes that the CRU files were leaked. Here is his conclusion:

"It is most likely that the FOI Officer at the University put it on an anonymous ftp server or that it resided on a shared folder that many people had access to and some curious individual looked at it.

If as some say, this was a targeted crack, then the cracker would have had to have back-doors and access to every machine at UEA and not just the CRU. It simply isn't reasonable for the FOI Officer to have kept the collection on a CRU system where CRU people had access, but rather used a UEA system.

Occam's razor concludes that "the simplest explanation or strategy tends to be the best one". The simplest explanation in this case is that someone at UEA found it and released it to the wild and the release of FOIA2009.zip wasn't because of some hacker, but because of a leak from UEA by a person with scruples."

The significance being that a leak indicates a worker unhappy with the integrity of the organization. Or someone who likes ot make big messes."
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AGW 'skeptic' produces hard data; nobody notices

MyFirstNameIsPaul MyFirstNameIsPaul writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MyFirstNameIsPaul writes "Anthony Watts, a meteorologist from Chico, California founded a volunteer project, surfacestations.org, in 2007 with the goal of surveying all of the 1221 United States Historical Climatology Network (USHCN) weather stations to see how well they meet the National Weather Service's (NWS) own siting requirements. These are the stations that report the official record of temperatures here in the U.S. The project uses a network of volunteers armed with basic tools such as cameras, tape measures, GPS units, and a printout of the project's instructions to report the results of the surveys to the project.

In May, the project completed its first report with 70% of the USHCN stations having been surveyed. This report found, among other things, that 89% of the stations fail to meet the NWS requirements. Of note is that they failed in such a way that the stations would likely indicate higher temperatures. The report also discusses the poor recording processes of many stations and how the data is 'adjusted' by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA.

But most disappointing is the complete lack of coverage by virtually all media. This simple and provocative investigation into the data which is at the very heart of the entire AGW theory doesn't seem to register anywhere when, at the very least, it should warrant a demand for a solid rebuttal from the theory's proponents by the media. There are some out there who are warning of the new 'Climate-Industrial Complex', of which perhaps the media is a beneficiary."

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Wikipedia Flame Stoked By Climategate

MyFirstNameIsPaul MyFirstNameIsPaul writes  |  more than 4 years ago

As many Slashdot users have reported, one overzealous, overly-opinionated Wikipedia administrator can send away many useful and well-informed ones. Now there is direct evidence to support that at least one of those authors was working directly for a political cause. William Connolley "created or rewrote 5,428 unique Wikipedia articles" and as a website administrator he acted with "virtual impunity" to remove "more than 500 articles", barred over 2,000 Wikipedia contributors and rewarded those whose edits he was in agreement with. "In these ways, Connolley turned Wikipedia into the missionary wing of the global warming movement."

Read the rest here: Wikipediaâ(TM)s climate doctor

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