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5 Years Later, 'Do Not Track' System Ineffective

P0ltergeist333 Re:EFF's Privacy Badger (254 comments)

The problem with not opposing the likes of the NSA while their power is still growing...

For the record, I never said nor implied that I don't oppose 'the like of the NSA.' Please do not put words in my mouth. To be clear, I mentioned it merely because the steps I take to protect my privacy from the private sector are not sufficient to protect me from Government agencies, based on recent revelations. Swing and a huge miss.

about 7 months ago
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5 Years Later, 'Do Not Track' System Ineffective

P0ltergeist333 EFF's Privacy Badger (254 comments)

I use a script blocker and am testing out EFF's Privacy Badger: https://www.eff.org/privacybad...

I feel pretty well about my privacy from private enterprises, and luckily I have nothing to hide from the NSA.

about 6 months ago
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Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

P0ltergeist333 500000x (587 comments)

First: HP 75C with 16K
Current: 8 Gb

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: I Want To Read More. Should I Get an eBook Reader Or a Tablet?

P0ltergeist333 Android (415 comments)

I use a free app called coolreader on my Android phone. No dictionary, but you can highlight text, so no biggie. Put the money in the bank or something.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

P0ltergeist333 Hell (1365 comments)

To me it would be Stanislaw Lem's Memoirs Found in a Bathtub, but I would give honorable mention to 1984, The Dark Tower, and the Thomas Covenant Series.

more than 2 years ago
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Warrantless Wiretapping Decisions Issued By Ninth Circuit Court

P0ltergeist333 A true Constitutional Crisis (156 comments)

The 4th Amendment is very clear (probable cause -> specific warrant -> seizure as authorized by the warrant), and so is Article VI, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution (the Supremacy Clause), which plainly states the Constitution is the highest law of the land. The 2008 FISA act blatantly contradicts both very clear articles of law by stating that the President's assurance that a directive is lawful (even if it obviously isn't) is protection from the law. If retroactive telcom immunity stands, it would potentially establish precedent that the President is the highest law of the land (again, contradictory to the Supremacy Clause.) The fact this issue had to go to appeals at all is a joke, and the retroactive immunity ruling is even more so. Plus the fact that it makes a mockery of Nuremberg, which executed people who followed unlawful orders.

more than 2 years ago
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Satellite Glitch Leaves Northern Canada In the (Internet) Dark

P0ltergeist333 Re:Is the internet in Canada 100% satellite? (282 comments)

Actually, there are thousands of Rural US consumers who get their internet through Anik F-2 (Wild Blue) I would bet there are as many (if not more) rural areas in Canada that have no access to even POTS.

more than 3 years ago
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Acer CEO Declares a Tablets Bubble

P0ltergeist333 Re:A new segment (692 comments)

When I saw Jobs present the iPad I could immediately see the utility. It doesn't compete with my laptop or my desktop. I use it in places my laptop doesn't work well. Say on the sofa, or in the kitchen. I can grab it and look something up while walking around. I can take it when traveling and use it to read news, watch video and still get emails or even remote desktop / ssh if needed

I can do all that on my phone, without buying an extra device to haul around. Fondleslabs are the latest pet rock or maybe a status symbol at best. I fail to see anything they can do that I can't do better on my PC or phone. As for other people, I might see it getting a niche market for artists.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Wants To Block Some HTC Products From US Under Tariff Act of 1930

P0ltergeist333 Re:Oh the irony! (297 comments)

Well said. Sad that I had to scroll down so far to get to the question I asked myself when I first saw the story... what exactly is the "ground-breaking" technology? At the very least they are trolls for the very use of the words "ground-breaking" to describe ANY of the technologies in question.

As far as I can see, Apple proves the so-called "free market" is all about who has the best marketing and lawyers, NOT about innovation or efficiency.

more than 3 years ago
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Fukushima Radioactive Fallout Nears Chernobyl Levels

P0ltergeist333 Seems YOU'RE the one that's knee-jerking (537 comments)

1. Did you even rtfa? It sure seems like you are knee jerking at the title to me.

2. Are you a nuclear scientist, and thus have some expertise? You sure come across as if you are, but I doubt that reality backs that implication up.

3. No matter who the author is, the periodical was started by nuclear scientists. I trust the editor of New Scientist exponentially more than your non-existent credentials.

The article seemed thoughtful and well written to me.

more than 3 years ago
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The US-Soviet Cyber Cold War

P0ltergeist333 Re:More pushing of Clarke's book (117 comments)

I'm not saying your claims are incorrect, but I can find no corroborating sources for them. Would you care to source them?

more than 4 years ago
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'The Laws Are Written By Lobbyists,' Says Google's Schmidt

P0ltergeist333 Re:Not news (484 comments)

Yeah, keep ploughing through the ditch you drove us into.

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." - John Adams

"Reality has a well-known liberal bias." - Stephen Colbert

http://www.tax.com/taxcom/taxblog.nsf/Permalink/CHAS-89LPZ9?OpenDocument

more than 4 years ago
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'The Laws Are Written By Lobbyists,' Says Google's Schmidt

P0ltergeist333 Re:Not news (484 comments)

Most people who are at or just above that income range are small business owners, and punitive taxes will force them to hire fewer employees. You may not have noticed this, but the unemployment rate is a bit high right now.

Myth, and the small percentage (3%) it does affect are "S" corps who became such because of the TAX BENEFITS, and did so before Bush crippled the country with out of control spending on a senseless war and even more senseless tax breaks. We've had ENOUGH of the VOODOO economics.

I'm familiar with Glass-Steagall, and repealing one old, stupid law doesn't put a dent in the massive amount of regulation accumulated over the past 60 years.

Pure horseshit

No one is arguing that we're on a "slippery slope" to anything, just a steady decline into a European-style welfare state.

So you deny using slippery-slope fallacy and in the same breath engage in it. Debate over.

Not quite, you still need to learn what a slippery slope is. A slippery slope argument suggests an unrecoverable end-state that can't be disputed because you don't specify what the end-state actually is. That's why it's a fallacy: by not saying where you're going and how you're getting there, you don't make the logical connection...blah blah blah.

If you can't see how comparing today's US government as it is today with countries who have single payer, etc, etc, etc (which not only are we NOWHERE near today, but we weren't even near when The New Deal started) as a fallacious, slippery slope bullshit talking point argument that has no bearing on reality, we aren't going to find a middle ground, so enjoy your house of cards that you call logic and piss off.

more than 4 years ago
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'The Laws Are Written By Lobbyists,' Says Google's Schmidt

P0ltergeist333 Re:Not news (484 comments)

The top tax rate was 90%, and no one paid it. That's why government revenue didn't go down substantially when they cut the rate. If you're rich, you have the money to move your money around and hide it.

Exactly, so why is the right making such a big stink about people who make 250K+? By the time their accountants get done, the amount they pay even after the cuts expire is likely a substantially smaller share of their income than those of us who are struggling to pay our children's medical bills, etc. And the dumbest part is that they would not be making the money they are if it weren't for public education and other infrastructure. Even just the contribution of the government towards modern information systems is HUGE.

My initial inclination is that it's simply not possible for banks to have been nearly as regulated as they are now because there were no computers. But if you have a metric of how much a sector is regulated, I'd like to see some numbers to back up your assertion.

I don't need numbers. Look up Glass-Steagall, whose provisions have been repealed by: The "Marquette Decision," The Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980, Alternative Mortgage Transactions Parity Act of 1982, and Graham, Leach-Blily. On April 28, 2004, in a flagrant final act of eviscerating regulation, the SEC ruled that investment banks may essentially determine their own net capital.

This deregulation led directly to the S&L failures as well as the most recent Banking crisis.

And your numbers are simply wrong on the % of GDP.

You are right, I was looking at WW2 numbers. My statement was incorrect.

No one is arguing that we're on a "slippery slope" to anything, just a steady decline into a European-style welfare state.

So you deny using slippery-slope fallacy and in the same breath engage in it. Debate over.

more than 4 years ago
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'The Laws Are Written By Lobbyists,' Says Google's Schmidt

P0ltergeist333 Re:Not news (484 comments)

Real news would be if somebody actually found a way to counteract their deeds.

No, the solution is well-known, just unpalatable to many people: stop having the government attempting to micromanage the economy. Every time Congress decides to treat one segment of the economy differently than another, through special taxes, regulations, subsidies, privileges, etc., the lobbyists will appear. Note that I am not arguing against all taxes and such, just pointing out that all such interference produces lobbyists.

Epic fail. Your words utterly fail to match reality. First off, even if there were no regulations, they would still be lobbying as much (more, actually, since 'regulation' also covers lobbying) to get favorable treatment, government contracts, etc. etc. Secondly, during our best and strongest years(post-WW2), the top tax rate was in the 90's, the banks were heavily regulated, and the government was distributing a large percentage of the GDP for the general welfare of people including helping retired and poor people with their bills and medical expenses, many grants for health and other technologies, and infrastructure (such as highways, power, water, and communications) without which both the commercial and private sectors (of the whole world, and especially the US) would have stagnated and possibly had another dark age!

Both the commercial sector AND government can be great positive OR negative forces. Crippling EITHER is sheer idiocy! We merely need to curtail the TRUE threats without succumbing to slippery slope rhetoric by the radicals.

more than 4 years ago
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HDCP Master Key Is Legitimate; Blu-ray Is Cracked

P0ltergeist333 Re:not protects (1066 comments)

Furthermore, just because judges have been completely ignoring the precedent set in Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc. does not mean that precedent does not exist.

From the prevailing ruling:
[There must be] a balance between a copyright holder's legitimate demand for effective - not merely symbolic - protection of the statutory monopoly, and the rights of others freely to engage in substantially unrelated areas of commerce. Accordingly, the sale of copying equipment, like the sale of other articles of commerce, does not constitute contributory infringement if the product is widely used for legitimate, unobjectionable purposes. Indeed, it need merely be capable of substantial noninfringing uses....

more than 4 years ago
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HDCP Master Key Is Legitimate; Blu-ray Is Cracked

P0ltergeist333 Re:not protects (1066 comments)

Wrong, see below.

more than 4 years ago
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HDCP Master Key Is Legitimate; Blu-ray Is Cracked

P0ltergeist333 Re:not protects (1066 comments)

I didn't say legal right, and I surely didn't mean legal right. I mean right as in right under natural law as Locke and Jefferson invoked.

more than 4 years ago
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Peer Review Highly Sensitive To Poor Refereeing

P0ltergeist333 Re:The climate skeptics will have a field day (233 comments)

As usual, the strong caveat at the end of the article goes unnoticed:

But Tim Smith, senior publisher for New Journal of Physics at IOP Publishing, which also publishes physics world.com, feels that the study overlooks the role of journal editors. "Peer-review is certainly not flawless and alternatives to the current process will continue to be proposed. In relation to this study however, one shouldn't ignore the role played by journal editors and Boards in accounting for potential conflicts of interest, and preserving the integrity of the referee selection and decision-making processes,"

IRL the reviewers are not chosen at random. Which burns the straw men built by the summary, most of the article, and the skeptics.

more than 4 years ago

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