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How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

NeverVotedBush Re:Nobody cares (91 comments)

Good question seeing how there are image management companies that will do precisely what this person has done on behalf of companies with image problems such as Google.

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I expect to retire ...

NeverVotedBush Re:Frist pots (238 comments)

If not, then what the fuck has it all been for? "Growth" and "development"? If not to make things better?

For the benefit of the 1%, of course. It's way way way better for them. Their wealth and power have only grown over the last century and especially the last two decades.

They get the nice things and the lives of leisure. Have you not seen "Rich Kids of Instagram"?

Now get back to work.

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I expect to retire ...

NeverVotedBush Re:Frist pots (238 comments)

I have a strong feeling that I'll die long before I get to retire at the rate the retirement age is being pushed upwards.

I think that's by design.

2 days ago
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I expect to retire ...

NeverVotedBush Re:Free rides are over (238 comments)

Gold is currently at $1295.00 per ounce. Right now.

I will also take all you care to sell at $300. In fact, I'll pay $400 per ounce for all you care to sell.

2 days ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

NeverVotedBush Re:Viva La XP! (641 comments)

I love the part where he says he has never had a virus. I wonder how he knows that. Does he md5sum his entire drive or otherwise fingerprint his system? Does he not know that virus scanners can give a system a clean bill of health if an infection is not in their library or if the scanner itself has been compromised?

It's not like the old days where you knew you had an infection because your computer started banging the hard drive heads against the stops or running your monitor at the wrong frequency to overheat it.

Anyone claiming they have never been compromised should always keep in mind and add " that I know of ".

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

NeverVotedBush Re:informal poll (641 comments)

I run Linux at both work and home. At home I run multiple instances on multiple computers (4). No dual boot though I still have an XP partition hanging around with old data but it is no longer a dual boot partition.

about two weeks ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

NeverVotedBush Re:Yes, for any mission (307 comments)

"This is why I voted for "no, never" because I don't think the public will abide any disregard for life, even if it is volunteered."

And yet we loves us up our guns, driving like idiots, driving drunk, child abuse, homelessness, lack of medical care, etc...

about two weeks ago
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Single-Celled Organism Converted Into Electronic Oscillator For Bio-Computing

NeverVotedBush Frequency Modulation! Make a VLF Radio Out Of It! (34 comments)

"So altering the period of oscillation should be possible by influencing the production of calcium ions, perhaps using light or biochemistry." Slime mold calls to submarines!

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

NeverVotedBush Re:Gee, so only a year of screaming (387 comments)

I see what you did there. That's funny!

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

NeverVotedBush Re:Gee, so only a year of screaming (387 comments)

"Here's a hint as to how important the UI is to an OS, you can freely replace them with no real affect on the overall system barring resources used by the UI."

Without the UI, an OS is just a command line interface which is itself a UI, albeit not a very useful one for a lot of people.

I just recently broke down and installed 8.1 since some software I was needing to run simply would not run under Linux. While some things really run fast and well under 8.1, it is the most obnoxious interface I have ever used. Things that used to be two clicks or even one in XP and still are in Linux now take 8-10 clicks in and out of Metro to do the same thing. It's terrible.

I can navigate around it, but 8.1 gets in the way of everything most people would try to do on a desktop. My desktop doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't need giant fonts, doesn't need all the garish stupid tiles that are just a waste of space and really only a distraction.

Linux is so much better it isn't even funny - Gnome and KDE. Metro is for brain dead point and grunt types who need their chins wiped whenever they smell food.

about two weeks ago
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USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

NeverVotedBush Re:Voltage != Power (208 comments)

Exactly.

They say 100 watts at 5 volts. This new cable will carry 20 amps?

about two weeks ago
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USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

NeverVotedBush Re:Reversible (208 comments)

I loved "The first iteration will have a 5 volt power transfer rate".

Classic.

about two weeks ago
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Interview: Ask John McAfee What You Will

NeverVotedBush Re:Belize (172 comments)

The fish is nice too...

about three weeks ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

NeverVotedBush Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

All of them?

about a month ago
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Mars Rover Opportunity Faces New Threat: Budget Ax

NeverVotedBush Re:Give control to the internet (185 comments)

How much to write your name in Mars dust using the gripper?

Or draw gripper drawings in the Mars dust.

Or drive around and leave tracks that spell out a message in cursive...

about a month ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

NeverVotedBush Re:Hmmm... (983 comments)

It has the added ability of being readable by eye if your opto-mechanical reader ever fails.

But I suggest punch cards as they seem more durable.

about a month ago
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3 Years Later: A Fukushima Worker's Eyewitness Story

NeverVotedBush Re: Jeez has it been 3 years (148 comments)

And amazingly, when anyone brings up conservation and alternative energy, people scoff, deride, and make fun of it or try to claim it's too expensive. Global warming and climate change are expensive. Nuclear accidents are expensive. Using less energy is cheap by any rational or reasonable measure.

This message *is not* brought to you by the American Petroleum Institute.

about a month ago

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20 Freescale Semiconductor Employees On Missing Malasia Airlines Flight

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  about a month and a half ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Twenty of the passengers aboard the flight work with Freescale Semiconductor, a company based in Austin, Texas. The company said that 12 of the employees are from Malaysia and eight are from China.

Apparently at lest two passengers on board used stolen passports to board."

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PS4 Oculus Rift rival in the works as Sony announces head mounted display

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  about 7 months ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Today Sony announced its third generation head mounted display, the HMZ-T3W, which displays the equivalent of a 750-inch display viewed from 20 meters away — right in front of your face. The glasses can also put out 7.1 virtual surround sound. The headset will connect to PCs, mobile devices and consoles via WirelessHD with near-zero latency playback, we're told. As for pricing, it's coming in at £1,300 (about $2020/AU$2238) and will be available this November. We've contacted Sony for specific US details and will update when we know more.

We couldn't help but notice that Sony mentions consoles — and then things get even more interesting... CVG has learned that Sony is also working on a virtual reality device specifically for the PS4. Yes, Oculus Rift spoke and Sony listened: it looks like this will be the final part to form the PS4."

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Cores Reveal Climate History: 1,600 Years of Ice Melted in 25 Years in Andes

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  1 year,14 days

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes ""These ice cores provide the longest and highest-resolution tropical ice core to date," said Lonnie Thompson, lead author of the study, in a press release. "In fact, having drilled ice cores throughout the tropics for more than 30 years, we now know that this is the highest-resolution tropical ice core record that is likely to be retrieved." The ice cores could provide some of the best evidence of what Earth's climate was like centuries ago. That said, the ice cores aren't the only thing that the researchers focused on. Since the Quelccaya Ice Cap is the smallest it has been in 6,000 years, the scientists were able to collect plants that have been revealed as the ice retreats. They have already dated these plants using a radioactive form of carbon in the plant tissue that decays at a known rate. Surprisingly, they found that the glacial ice that took at least 1,600 years to form has melted in a mere 25 years."
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Microsoft Execs Flock To Amazon And Red Hat

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  1 year,14 days

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Microsoft may be a distant runner-up to iOS and Android in the smartphone race, and still lags Amazon EC2 in the cloud wars, but executives from the Windows Phone and Azure divisions aren't hurting for respect. In the past week, senior Microsoft executives have joined disruptive challengers in the mobile and cloud markets, suggesting that Microsoft's brainpower isn't lacking, even if its market share is."
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Smart bracelet protects aid workers

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  1 year,14 days

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "A hi-tech bracelet could soon be helping civil rights and aid workers at risk of being kidnapped or killed.

When triggered, the personal alarm uses phone and sat-nav technology to warn that its wearer is in danger.

Warnings are sent in the form of messages to Facebook and Twitter to rally support and ensure people do not disappear without trace.

The first bracelets are being given out this week and funding is being sought to make many more.

The bracelets have been developed by the Civil Rights Defenders campaign group in a bid to help workers in war zones and other areas of conflict."

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Japan Probe Finds Miswiring of Boeing 787 Battery

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  about a year ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "TOKYO — A probe into the overheating of a lithium ion battery in an All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 that made an emergency landing found it was improperly wired, Japan’s Transport Ministry said Wednesday.

The Transport Safety Board said in a report that the battery for the aircraft’s auxiliary power unit was incorrectly connected to the main battery that overheated, although a protective valve would have prevented power from the auxiliary unit from causing damage.

Flickering of the plane’s tail and wing lights after it landed and the fact the main battery was switched off led the investigators to conclude there was an abnormal current traveling from the auxiliary power unit due to miswiring."

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McAfee Back In USA

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  about a year ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "After weeks on the run and days in immigration detention, American technology pioneer John McAfee arrived in Miami on Wednesday.

He said he had no choice in the matter, that Guatemalan authorities expelled him to the United States and put him on a plane to a destination they determined."

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In Conference Call, Romney Urged Businesses to Tell Their Employees How to Vote

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  about a year and a half ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "In a June 6, 2012 conference call posted on the anti-union National Federation of Independent Business’s website, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney instructed employers to tell their employees how to vote in the upcoming election. Romney was addressing a group of self-described "small-business owners." Twenty-six minutes into the call, after making a lengthy case that President Obama's first term has been bad for business, Romney said: "I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope, I hope you pass those along to your employees.""
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Democratic party platform hints at executive order on cybersecurity

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  about a year and a half ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "The party platform ratified Sept. 4 during the opening session of the Democratic National Convention has given hope to Democrats looking to President Obama to circumvent a cybersecurity legislative logjam in Congress by taking unilateral action. The platform's cybersecurity plank heavily hints that Obama will issue an executive order to protect government and private sector computer networks from cyber attacks.

"Going forward, the President will continue to take executive action to strengthen and update our cyber defenses," it states."

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Obama: Web freedom will be part of Democratic platform

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  about a year and a half ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "On Wednesday, during a visit with some of the most ardent open-Web supporters, President Barack Obama said Democrats will make a free and open Internet part of their party's 2012 platform.

"Internet freedom is something I know you all care passionately about; I do too," Obama wrote during an AMA ("ask me anything") on social-news site Reddit. "We will fight hard to make sure that the Internet remains the open forum for everybody — from those who are expressing an idea to those to want to start a business.""

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CNN and FOX Both Blow It Reporting Supreme Court Decision

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  about 2 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act as constitutional, a presidential election-year victory for President Barack Obama. While that was much anticipated news that broke today — CNN and FOX initially got it wrong. Although CNN and FOX have since corrected their stories, it hasn’t stopped people on Twitter from reacting to the initial inaccuracy. Tweeps are calling the gaffe an “epic fail” in journalism."
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C|Net Download.Com is now bundling Nmap with malwa

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Fyodor writes: "Hi Folks. I've just discovered that C|Net's download.Com site has started wrapping their Nmap downloads (as well as other free software like VLC) in a trojan installer which does things like installing a sketchy "StartNow" toolbar, changing the user's default search engine to Microsoft Bing, and changing their home page to Microsoft's MSN."

More of Fyodor's notice at the seclists.org link."

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Researchers' Typosquatting Stole 20 GB of E-Mail

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Two researchers who set up doppelganger domains to mimic legitimate domains belonging to Fortune 500 companies say they managed to vacuum up 20 gigabytes of misaddressed e-mail over six months. The intercepted correspondence included employee usernames and passwords, sensitive security information about the configuration of corporate network architecture that would be useful to hackers, affidavits and other documents related to litigation in which the companies were embroiled, and trade secrets, such as contracts for business transactions."
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Happy 90th Birthday Gene Roddenberry!

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Today, August 19, marks a very special anniversary for Star Trek fans everywhere. On this date 90 years ago, a man named Eugene Wesley Roddenberry was born in Texas. Following distinguished service in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II, he became a police officer while trying to start a career writing for television in Hollywood. When that career began to take off, he quit the police force and wrote full-time, on many different 1950s TV shows.

It's also the birthday of Jonathan Frakes, the man behind the beard of Commander William T. Riker."

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IQ Results For Browser Users

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "A Vancouver based Psychometric Consulting company, AptiQuant, has released a report on a trial it conducted to measure the effects of cognitive ability on the choice of web browser. AptiQuant offered free online IQ tests to over a 100,000 people and then plotted the average IQ scores based on the browser on which the test was taken. With just a look at the graphs in the report, it comes out pretty clear that Internet Explorer users scored lower than average on the IQ tests. Chrome, Firefox and Safari users had just a teeny bit higher than average IQ scores. And users of Camino, Opera and IE with Chrome Frame had exceptionally higher IQ levels."
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How To Do A Clean Install of Apple's OS X Lion

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Mashable has a clever way to do a clean install of OS X Lion instead of doing an upgrade to Snow Leopard. They also have the scoop that Apple will apparently be selling an installer version on a USB stick for $69 starting in August some time."
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Apple Filed Patent Application for Tracking Techno

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "In 2009, Apple filed a patent application for technology to track users through smartphones. Apple has recently been the focus of attention because it was found that iPhones were tracking and storing user location data. Apple had said that it was not tracking users and that a bug was to blame for the retained data. The September 2009 patent application refers to "Location Histories for Location Aware Devices.""
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Radiation Levels At Fukushima Daiichi Misreported

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  about 3 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Check the CNN article on "Japan's nuclear concerns explained" There is a graph in the 11th panel that is supposedly showing the radiation levels at the gate as a function of time. It has a cursor that will give you the numeric values of the data points. It covers almost a 4 day period.

The data is one pattern repeated three times. If you compare the data points, they agree to all four decimal places.

CNN says it was supplied by TEPCO and it shows that the radiation levels are slightly elevated but not too bad over the four day period. Basically the implication and tone is the radiation is really nothing to worry about.

The data is fake. It is either bad web programming with no proofing to make sure the interactive graph worked properly, or TEPCO is faking the data it reports to the media for some reason.

Either way this has a story behind it.

There were varying winds and lots of things happening at that plant. There is simply no way that there could have been an identical set of readings happen like that."

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Fukushima-Daiichi Reactors Had Known Problems

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  more than 3 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "In 1972, Stephen H. Hanauer, then a safety official with the Atomic Energy Commission, recommended in a memo that the sort of pressure-suppression system used in G.E.'s Mark 1 plants presented unacceptable safety risks and that it should be discontinued. Among his concerns were that the smaller containment design was more susceptible to explosion and rupture from a buildup in hydrogen — a situation that may have unfolded at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Questions about the G.E. reactor design escalated in the mid-1980s, when Harold Denton, an official with the N.R.C., asserted that Mark 1 reactors had a 90 percent probability of bursting should the fuel rods overheat and melt in an accident. A follow-up report from a study group convened by the commission concluded that "Mark 1 failure within the first few hours following core melt would appear rather likely."

In an extreme accident, that analysis held, the containment could fail in as little as 40 minutes.

Industry officials disputed that assessment, saying the chance of failure was only about 10 percent."

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Story about third blast probably a false alarm

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  more than 3 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "If you translate the article at Babelfish it sounds like the submitter confused the blast at unit #3 to mean there was a third explosion.

I posted the Babelfish translation in the original thread but since many quote Slashdot, wanted you to know so you could verify and do whatever is appropriate.

With explosions at nuclear plants, it's best to be accurate."

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