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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

NettiWelho Re:Brilliant (341 comments)

.... those were data caps, period.What I should call it nowadays then? Voluntary taxes? Net speeding fine? Tax for changing to the competition? One is always learning...

I think the proper business terminology here is 'fucking the customer'.

about three weeks ago
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New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

NettiWelho Re:How much? (161 comments)

You should ask it whetever everything I ask it gets reported to the NSA.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

NettiWelho Re:Which company is next in line? (353 comments)

Which company is next in line?

What makes you think they have not been parallel-processed?

Microsoft's terms and conditions for its US users explicitly state that it has the right to deploy "automated technologies to detect child pornography or abusive behaviour that might harm the system, our customers, or others".

Now, is it my imagination or does that description cover something like: "Our employees have free access to everyones files so eventually all pics get viewed and tagged. Because think of the children. Terrorism, fire, brimstone and death!".

TFA says it requires 'fingerprint'. ie. already having whatever theyre looking for archived...

about a month and a half ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

NettiWelho Re:Comcast should run for office (250 comments)

Why run for office when you can rent it for less?

about 2 months ago
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The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call In the Bahamas

NettiWelho Re:Cayman Islands? (205 comments)

Had they done this with Cayman Islands they could have possible nabbed some real criminals, and probably made the world a better/safer place.

Why exactly would have they gone after their own bosses? They know who butters their bread.

about 3 months ago
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IBM Discovers New Class of Polymers

NettiWelho Re:Every few months.... (90 comments)

Yes, thats what makes switching these vacuum tubes so bothersome on my PC.

about 4 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

NettiWelho Re:citizenship is irrelevant (272 comments)

Just ou of curiosity, how is using a drone to attack an individual target somehow illegal, where carpet-bombing with a B-52 is not illegal? Or is your contention that any use of force against al-Qaeda illegal?

Whats it again with the legality? What the Nazis did was perfectly legal under German law at the time - They were killed for what they did anyway.

If the target is actually an hostile combatant, then sure whatever, drop an anvil on the guy. But if you double tap a completely unrelated wedding party and then the rescuers, how is what US doing any different from what the Nazis and the Soviets were doing? If you willingly murder defenseless civilians and claim legal right to kill enemies of the state per law(and anyone else getting in the way, just to be sure), you deserve death penalty for war crimes, regardless whetever your victims official 'crime' was having a jewish mother or uploading US critical youtube videos.

about 4 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

NettiWelho Re:citizenship is irrelevant (272 comments)

typically inside sovereign nations not at war with the US In the case of Yemen, it's with the permission, and sometimes the assistance, of the host government, which doesn't control that area where the drones are used. In Pakistan there appears to be at least tacit permission. In Afghanistan, well, there's a war on.

In all cases, the law in the US (AUMF and others) allows it.

Claiming lawful action under German or puppet regime law didn't help the nazis, they got hung anyway. The US set the precedent on this one pretty solid.

about 4 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

NettiWelho Re:citizenship is irrelevant (272 comments)

International Law, the thing that only applies to you if you are not American.

That only holds water as long as US is top dog. You'll all be tripping over eachother to hunt down Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld when their extradition to Hague is the condition for food aid 15 years down the line.

about 4 months ago
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Snowden to Critics: Questioning Putin Has Opened Conversation About Surveillance

NettiWelho Re:Dumbass (168 comments)

How can there be a Russian conversation about domestic surveillance when they have trouble having political opposition, let alone a free press!

Very one sidedly.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

NettiWelho Re:Grad school is voluntary... (390 comments)

Seriously, wtf is up with people thinking that they should get everything they want all the time?

I agree with you, only the rich people should be allowed not to choose between starving and freezing to death. Shelter AND food? Do they think we can just print more money!?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

NettiWelho Re:magical scenario where (737 comments)

Well, you also have to remember that the 20th century was a time when many people knew a shovel was used for more then cleaning crap up from your dog and wasn't afraid to use it for those other purposes. That is widely missing in today's society I think.

Sure, there are some who can and will pick up a shovel, but I think they will be in short supply.

You hang around the wrong circle of people if that is your perception of what people are willing to do when faced with prospect of starvation or death if you dont work to survive.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

NettiWelho Re:WHAT? (737 comments)

>And who exactly is in the best position to figure out a way to produre more [electricity] when that happens?

Not computer scientists or programmers. They wouldn't have the faintest clue how to produce regulated 120 VAC @ 60Hz.

Next asinine rhetorical question, please.

That depends whetever youre starting from collecting metals from earth to produce the tools that produce the tools for producing the generator or working with already existing cache of technology capable producing exactly the thing you want.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

NettiWelho Re:magical scenario where (737 comments)

>So running a conductor through a changing magnetic field will no longer produce a charge?

Sure, if you want to light a flashlight bulb. Rather a far cry from generating 10A at a regulated 120 VAC @ 60Hz, sport.

Mind you weve had water powered wheel for millenias and widespread electrification of western world took place on the early half of the 20th century. Not a insurmountable task for modern professionals especially if their and the lives of their loved ones depend on it.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

NettiWelho Re:WHAT? (737 comments)

>There is a massive cache of existing technology which can be repurposed to rebuild society.

None of which works when the electricity dies.

... And who exactly is in the best position to figure out a way to produre more when that happens? There wont be a need to run a whole datacenter but only the required equiptment at a time which should be doable even with salvaged solar panels and batteries. And besides nuclear plants dont need refueling any time soon, heck, you could even use nuclear power to grow food indoors if we are in a nuclear winter scenario.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

NettiWelho WHAT? (737 comments)

The bad news for Slashdotters is that decades without computers would render computer science and related professions useless.

Says who? Are we talking about a magical scenario where all technology just stops working?

There is a massive cache of existing technology which can be repurposed to rebuild society. Whos gonna do it if not Slasdotters?

We can individually maintain libraries billions of times larger than that of ancient alexandria and provide that wealth of knowledge to others at the cost of suns rays.

about 5 months ago
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Why US Gov't Retirement Involves a Hole in the Ground Near Pittsburgh

NettiWelho Re:This is a glitch in the Matrix...... (142 comments)

The NSA may be efficient at amassing lots of data. But I doubt if that is an efficient way to achieve their real mission of identifying useful intelligence. They are efficient at creating haystacks, but that doesn't mean they are finding many needles.

But is NSA's job really to 'idenfity useful intelligence' or create the databanks ready for when they do actually find a needle throught other means, that all they have to do is write the needles name into the search box and they get a list of needles friends and relatives and all juicy little dirty secrets as well, unabridged, in-detail history of you and your relations?

about 6 months ago
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NSA Can Retrieve, Replay All Phone Calls From a Country From the Past 30 Days

NettiWelho Its ok. (320 comments)

Well this is a truly shocking revelation noone saw coming.

NSA will probably claim they only use their power to create rainbows and heal sick puppies.

about 6 months ago
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OKCoin Raises $10 Million To Become China's Largest Bitcoin Exchange

NettiWelho Re:The point of an exchange (48 comments)

A fraction of every transaction goes to the exchange, which can add up to significant profit.

And in the case of some exchanges the entire transaction goes to the exchange, which adds up to a even more significant profit.

about 6 months ago
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Study Shows Agent Orange Still Taints Aging C-123s

NettiWelho Re:Malice? I think not. (166 comments)

If the VA has been denying that dioxins in C-123s is a hazard, there are many possible reasons, but malice is the least likely of all. As in everything else, ignorance is always a much more probable reason.

If the person making the statement was simply ignorant of the facts he could look them up before acting. Wilful irresponsibility counts as malice in my books.

about 7 months ago

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NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds"

NettiWelho NettiWelho writes  |  about a year ago

NettiWelho (1147351) writes "The Washington Post: The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.
Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by law and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls."

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Windows 8 proving less popular than Vista

NettiWelho NettiWelho writes  |  about a year and a half ago

NettiWelho (1147351) writes "Data from Net Applications shows that Windows 8 is less popular than Windows Vista, the operating system that proved unpopular with the enthusiast audience.

Windows 8 usage uptake has slipped behind Vista’s in the same point in its release. Windows 8 online usage share is around 1.6% of all Windows PC’s which is less than the 2.2% share that Windows Vista commanded at the same two month mark after release.

Net Applications monitor operating system usage by recording OS version for around 40,000 sites it monitors for clients.

The slowdown for Windows 8 adoption is a bad sign for Microsoft who experienced great success with the release of Windows 7.

Data was measured up to the 22nd of December, so there is still time by the end of the month for Windows 8 to claim a higher percentage of the user base."

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