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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Peaceful_Patriot It Takes a Village (790 comments)

A deep voiced announcer on TV asking: "It's ten o'clock. Do you know where your children are?"

Maybe it's time to bring that one back.

about two weeks ago
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Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

Peaceful_Patriot Re:So they are doing what? (509 comments)

Ideology without room for common sense is dangerous. Your extreme example cannot be used to justify one group with something to gain, minipulating a vulnerable group to commit violence. For example, I remember a few years ago there was a 15 year old suicide bomber at an Israel/Palestine checkpoint who didn't blow himself up. Either his bomb malfunctioned or he changed his mind, but either way he was caught and questioned. Turns out he was not very religious or political, just scared of getting in trouble because of bad grades at school. He was recruited by an older man who preyed on the young and vulnerable for his own political ends and convinced this boy that a bomb would fix his problems. Don't tell me this older man's free speech should be protected. He may not have strapped the bomb on himself, but he is an accessory to attempted murder nonetheless.

I say, thank you, Anonymous. They have the balls not to be paralyzed by self-righteous navel-gazing.

about three weeks ago
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Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

Peaceful_Patriot Re:Favorite Pastime for the Islamists (509 comments)

Excellent point. But it wont be popular because it implies there's not much that can be done except wait for this demographic bubble to pass. I distinctly remember a demographer in the 80's showing a similar chart of US population and crime statistics. He correctly predicted the high US crime rate would drop as the high risk population aged. But every political figure has claimed their 'tough on crime' policies were responsible for the drop in crime and no one mentions the simple demographics which were predicted very accurately decades ago.

about three weeks ago
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FCC Says It Will Vote On Net Neutrality In February

Peaceful_Patriot Re:Fox/henhouse (81 comments)

"Corporations don't operate in a vacuum. They're run by and for people. The rights of the corporation are merely the rights of those people."

Wrong. Businesses file for incorporation so their owners are legally separate from that business and cannot be held liable for the actions of their corporations. Businesses exist for one purpose: to make a profit. They do not have families, get sick, love or sacrifice for each other. They don't care if their backyard is a toxic waste dump or if fish can live in the river. We don't get rid of people when then stop being profitable.

Corporations are not people and money is not speech. We are coming very close to fascism in the US and it should scare the hell out of everyone.

about three weeks ago
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FCC Says It Will Vote On Net Neutrality In February

Peaceful_Patriot Re:when-all-the-astroturfing-is-accounted-for dept (81 comments)

"...without the input of America's lawmakers..."

These very same lawmakers who have refused to pass any meaningful laws for over six years now? The same Congress which has set multiple records for the least productive in history as our country struggled to recover from a near depression? The same 'lawmakers' who get paid and perked very well to do nothing except engage in partisan squabbling and the never ending quest to make the President look bad?

Unfortunately, we have to let bureaucrats and the President make laws or nothing will be done. Perhaps next time we should elect 'lawmakers' who consider their job to be making laws instead of throwing sand into the gears and calling that leadership.

about three weeks ago
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The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

Peaceful_Patriot Re:NSA mail (142 comments)

This topic struck me as a joke of sorts. Some guy trying to impersonate a computer voice, reading the summary and nothing else? Seemed rather silly to me. Sadly, it is as close to an April Fools joke I could find on /. this year. I liked the April Fools page and always made a point to spend some time here on that day. Some of the jokes were dumb, but the good ones had a feeling of truth to them and a few posters always took the bait.

about 10 months ago
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Nebraska Scientists Refuse To Carry Out Climate Change-Denying Study

Peaceful_Patriot Re:Governor Appointed (640 comments)

Twenty years ago this was not as controversial a subject. There were politicians in both parties concerned, but the topic was too new and the public wasn't sure. Then one of the political parties decided that things like facts and science are more like suggestions to be taken or not. They bought their own research, called 98% of scientists liberal liars and spent millions of (Koch) dollars confusing the public.

How do we get politics out of this? Get rid of those politicians whom ignorance is considered a plus. Get off your couch, away from your computer and vote. Quit complaining about the damn system and do something about it. I'm so tired of listening to the whining of people who don't vote, don't participate and then are angry when the crazies (who go to the polls) dominate the conversation.

Where have all the idealists gone? Us old fogies who stood up a generation ago are dying off and there doesn't seem to be anyone replacing us. Get mad. Get loud. Make your voices heard above the crazy din. That's how we get politics out of this.

about a year ago
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The Linux Backdoor Attempt of 2003

Peaceful_Patriot Re:OMG enough (360 comments)

Paranoia or not, the NSA or its precursors have been aggresively working for years to get access to your data and break or bypass encryption. Sure, it could have been a hacker or bored student, but its just silly to think Linux users are immune to the attention of government prying eyes.

about a year ago
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Why Are Japanese Men Refusing To Leave Their Rooms?

Peaceful_Patriot Re:practicalities make it impossible.. (770 comments)

There are female geeks out there that you would probably enjoy knowing. But internet-driven fantasies only include 'hot' women, fantasy women who require nothing socially or emotionally. As a female geek, I can tell you that generally women are welcome in the tech world, as long as they are hot and don't mind standing there in a tight sweater, watching admiringly while some guy makes the decisions.

Why are so few women in IT? Possibly because the field in filled with young men who view women as either 'hot' or utterly invisible.

about a year and a half ago
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KWin Maintainer: Fanboys and Trolls Are the Cancer Killing Free Software

Peaceful_Patriot Re:Wow, just wow. (406 comments)

"... 95% of the mail was YOU ROCK, DUDE!!"

Agreed. In my experience other users will usually call out an obvious troll or offensive comment. It speaks higher of you to let your readers defend your position than jumping in to delete posts you consider offensive. Over time, your blog will lose credibility if your readers know your comments are censored. However, this is his personal blog and he certainly does not have to tolerate abuse. The haters are free to voice their opinions in their own blogs, where they will too be flamed.

about a year and a half ago
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Systemd Ditches GNU C Library for Their Own

Peaceful_Patriot Re:Svefg Cbfg! (92 comments)

Indeed! I would also add, aoaoow elfsdolmrhb aioe ed we bwss!

Personally, I have enjoyed April 1 on /. for many years. Sometimes the jokes hit the mark, sometimes not so much. The best ones have enough grains of truth to seem plausible and there are always a few posters who take the bait. Lighten up a bit. If you don't appreciate the humor, skip this site on 4/1. Your 'site with credibility' will be restored on 4/2.

about 2 years ago
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Could Twitter Have Stopped the Media's Rush To War In Iraq Ten Years Ago?

Peaceful_Patriot Re:Greatest Shame (456 comments)

I consider you both willful fools. The dissenting information was out there for those who wished to listen to it. The country, including the media and the vast majority of DC politicians were absolutely giddy to go to war and it took nerve and a love for facts to stand against it. A clear view at the time would have shown the Bush Administration was controlling the message with an iron fist. Painting anyone who spoke out as aiding terrorists and un-American. The whole mess spiraled out of contol into a bloody but predictable civil war which led to the great American shame of torture, spying and Gitmo. And yes, you are partially to blame, but you can resolve to stay informed and not to be used again.

I don't know if Twitter could have prevented it. They are often as subject to popular opinion as any other type of media. Who knows if the voices of reason would be heeded or shouted down in the mass hysteria of the times. What we need is to cultivate a healthy and fact based skeptisism of government propaganda and an informed public who is not afraid to speak up against a popular idea.

about 2 years ago
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Teens Drug Parents To Get Web Access

Peaceful_Patriot Re:A 10pm internet curfew? (505 comments)

My kids have grown and have kids of their own, so I have a slightly longer view than many posting here. Surprisingly, they all turned out fine. As parents we forget that there's lots of middle ground between 'my way or the highway' and 'do whatever you want.'

In my experience, there are times when it's really important to stand your ground. These are the times when your kid is toe to toe with you and asking 'who is in charge here?' This starts at about two and continues until 18. The trick is recognizing when your authority as a parent is being tested. Those are the times you have to show that you are the parent. You stand tough on the rules, ground them. Take the router or cell phone away.

But most of the time, it does not have to be a power struggle. A 10 pm internet curfew is reasonable, but perhaps on weekends, when her friend was over, they could have been more flexible with the time. As a parent, you actually have very little control over a teenager but they often control themselves if you have allowed them to make reasonable decisions as they grew up.

I tried to give my kids more responsibility for their choices as they got older and I considered 17 to be a pivotal year. By then, they were allowed to make many of their own decisions, and suffer the cosequenses. (Staying up late == a bad day at school). Remember, your job is to raise responsible adults, not perfect children.

about 2 years ago
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No More "Asperger's Syndrome"

Peaceful_Patriot Re:Damn... (602 comments)

My father had classic Asperger symptoms although growing up I didn't have a name for it. He shunned social situations because he always felt uncomfortable and eventually would step on someones' toes. He had a strange set of obsessions and tics. He was also a genius in so many ways I am just now learning to appreciate.

He was quite handsome, but still the classic 'geek', even the early days of geekdom. He was an electrical engineer and a pioneer in military radio and radar. He built the most amazing woodworking projects and practical inventions.

He had a stroke toward the end of his life which changed his personality. He was friendlier and more affectionate. The 'grumpy' side disappeared. But with it went the spark, the curiousity, the gift of deft hands and a creative mind in unison.

I see him in myself in many ways, my love and knack for tech being the most obvious. But although I am not the social clod my father was, I am also not the creative genius he was. His obsessions produced beauty and functionality I cannot even concieve. He was not 'broken', just different and the world is a more interesting place because he was in it.

more than 2 years ago
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Newly Developed RNA-Based Vaccine Could Offer Lifelong Protection From the Flu

Peaceful_Patriot Related to MIT discovery? (156 comments)

I wonder if it is related to this breakthrough by MIT last year. They developed an anti-viral drug which also targets RNA and should, theoretically, be effective against all viruses.

more than 2 years ago
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Ad Blocking – a Coming Legal Battleground?

Peaceful_Patriot An advertiser's perspective (686 comments)

I have several websites which have been up for well over a decade and are highly rated. Last year I was laid off my job and for the first time, started putting Google ads on my pages. I'm making a few hundred dollars per month from them. Yes, people do click on ads that interest them. I use only ads which are related to the subject of the page. I try hard not to annoy my visitors, no pop ups, pop unders, no ads in the text, no flashing obnoxiousness. No tracking.

I am embarrassed to admit that I use an adblock myself. I felt hypocritical so I turned it off for awhile. OMG. I had forgotten how bad it could be out there. I certainly don't blame my visitors for using an adlocker. I try not to punish those who don't.

Generally, the webmaster decides where and what type of ads will display. Blaming the advertisers is off base as they make a variety of ad sizes and types available but the webmaster chooses how far he goes with them. Perhaps try writing an email to the webmaster telling them that you find their site too annoying to visit again.

more than 2 years ago
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Linux Mint 12 to Blend GNOMEs 2 & 3

Peaceful_Patriot Re:Netbooks (266 comments)

Call me an old fart. I have used Linux for over a decade. I have used dozens of distros and desktops. Blackbox, Fluxbox, Enlightenment, XFCE, KDE, Gnome and yes, Unity. Over the years of experimentation and practice, I figured something out about myself. I always come back to Debian or a derivative and I always come back to Gnome. This combination hits the sweet spot for me and if Ununtu chooses to move in a different direction, I choose to find an alternative.

I don't get why I would want to add layers of cpu eating complexity, just to simulate what I have right now. I see the direction Canonical is moving. Smartphones and tablets may be the wave of the future but this old fart knows what I like on my desktop.

Deb + Gnome = Perfection

more than 3 years ago
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Oklahoma Hit By Its Strongest-Ever Recorded Quake

Peaceful_Patriot Re:Fracking Storage (202 comments)

...I don't think there's a lot of that kind of activity in that area. If you check the satellite maps you can verify that, wells stand out as bright square pads.

You mean like this? The location is from the USGS Earthquake Page showing the locations of the recent Oklahoma earthquakes. Is that a gas well right next to the quake location (that "bright square pad")? And could those be fault lines in the background?

more than 3 years ago

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Dutch Patent Grab Blocks Vaccine Research for Deadly MERS Coronavirus

Peaceful_Patriot Peaceful_Patriot writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Peaceful_Patriot (658116) writes "According to this article, The Dutch laboratory Erasmus Laboratory in Rotterdam Netherlands filed for a patent on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus after recieving a sample from a Saudi researcher last year. The Saudi Ambassador to Oman said it best, “We haven’t been able to go very far with diagnostics and finding a vaccine for the virus as of today. The main reason is that the virus was patented by a foreign laboratory and is not allowed to be used for investigations by other scientists...Intellectual property rights and patents should not stand in the way of public interest, especially when it concerns the health of a large number of people." MERS has been quietly spreading in the Arabian Peninsula and Europe. Although infection rates are still low, millions of pilgrims are expected to visit Saudi Arabia next month."
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Google Doodle honors Douglas Adams Birthday

Peaceful_Patriot Peaceful_Patriot writes  |  about 2 years ago

Peaceful_Patriot writes "This would have been Douglas Adams' 61st birthday and Google has honored the author of the "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' series with a Google Doodle. The doodle touches on many HGTTG themes, including a towel, babelfish, Deep Thought, Marvin and more. Happy Birthday, Douglas. Thank you for those unforgetable characters and amazing adventures."
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Canonical mulls replacing X Windows with new Display Server "Mir'

Peaceful_Patriot Peaceful_Patriot writes  |  about 2 years ago

Peaceful_Patriot writes "l is again considering Replacing the X Window Server , which has powered the displays of Linux boxes since the 1980's, with 'Mir', which will run the much anticipated Ubuntu powered tablets and phones. According to the article, "Canonical yesterday unveiled "Mir," which it describes as "a system-level component targeted as a replacement for the X window server system to unlock next-generation user experiences for devices ranging from Linux desktop to mobile devices powered by Ubuntu." The article also mentions that Canonical announced it is moving Unity away from Nux, an OpenGL-based widget toolkit and canvas for creating user interfaces. Nux will be replaced by Qt/QML.""
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MS working on XP for XO?

Peaceful_Patriot Peaceful_Patriot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Peaceful_Patriot writes "According to Reuters, Microsoft has been working on a version of XP which will run on the OLPC project's XO laptop. We're spending a non-trivial amount of money on it," Microsoft Corporate Vice President Will Poole said in an interview on Thursday. "We're working hard. But we're still at least a few months away."
"The (XO) laptops were designed specifically to run Linux programs. If the machines run only Linux, Microsoft will lose an opportunity to expose tens of millions of children worldwide to its Windows system."

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California Tightens Security on Electronic Voting

Peaceful_Patriot Peaceful_Patriot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Peaceful_Patriot writes "According to the LA Times nine minutes before the midnight deadline, Secretary of State Debra Bowen decided to require additional security measures on electronic voting systems, including reinstalling the software before the Feb. 5. election to ensure it has not already been tampered with; placing special seals at vulnerable parts of the machines to reveal tampering; securing each machines at the close of each day of early voting; assigning a specific election monitor to safeguard each machine; and conducting a complete manual count of all votes cast. Diebold and Sequoia machines were limited in use to one machine per precinct for disabled voters."
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