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Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

Pitawg Politics Too? (385 comments)

Doesn't Robin Hood Theory go for bad politics as well as bad energy? And would not be limited to only one area of life.

Take the money from those lousy, good for nothing, bad politicians in office, and all kinds of good can be done!

Why limit yourselves to only fixing energy? Get those ignorant, self-serving, A#%holes out of office! The rest will fall into line at the same time.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Fends Off Data Request, FBI Gets Data Another Way

Pitawg Re:Wait a minute... (152 comments)

.... /. claim MS gives the (favorite three letter agency goes here) backdoors to all of their clients machines?

That was in the era where software was delivered/obtained and installed on the users computer. This is the age of server based subscription applications. They were only allowing back doors into other people's equipment, never MS server total access if they could help it.

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Do unto others, never me. -- MS

about 4 months ago
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Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

Pitawg Re:Why they're really doomed... (272 comments)

Phones have an access range of the global internet and cell network. My wallet is in my sandbox with an access range of arms length. There is no virtual gun protecting that phone while it is powered and has a signal. My wallet even works in a storm with blackouts.

about 5 months ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

Pitawg Re:*PUKE* (1191 comments)

Looks like slash will be migrated back to my RSS reader like my Ars did with their last "upgrade". Pity.

1 year,10 hours
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Microsoft Kills Xbox One Phone-Home DRM

Pitawg They were working for/with NSA for one of the long (547 comments)

(TF)
They were one of the earliest companies working for/with the NSA on snooping their customer base, that was listed on some of the timeline graphics leaked. They did what they could to get camera and mic in all their customers' homes. They could upload firmware to the unit under secret-non-court orders to enable live recording/viewing. The "gate" of everyone visiting said customer's home can be collected for future identification off security cams. Facial recognition collections. Voice ID. All of this would be considered meta-data in the business they are in, to be collected in the big data bin of Utah.
(/TF)

about a year ago
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Intelligence Director Claims NSA Surveillance Reports Inaccurate

Pitawg Data-Rendition...? (262 comments)

They will always deny US spying on US citizens. The same as with torture, as they are not the party directly spying on US citizens. The same technology companies providing the "foreign-spy" tools are used by allies. UK using the same tools and feeds can profile all US citizens without law coming into play. The US just shares intelligence with the UK, giving them all they produce without actually spying on their own citizens. Do we call this "Data-Rendition"?

about a year ago
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Google Glass Hands-On: Brimming With Potential, Dangerous While Driving

Pitawg Re:Projected in field of vision... (67 comments)

Forget driving use. I want to see the Cop interaction with the noisy drunk driver being told to take them off by the side of the road.

I can just imagine the Witherspoon citizen rights spiel with the Glass in place.

about a year ago
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Should Congress Telecommute?

Pitawg Filibuster how? (213 comments)

This will give the old ones in power a means of censoring or silencing unpopular (to them anyways,) rants from either the other side of the aisle or freshmen seats. "He is not following Majority Rules! Cut that guy's feed!" C-SPAN cannot even keep a feed coming during "public" events, and you think this will change?

This is just adding a new power to those in charge that would directly effect our governing. A switch to silence instead of a gavel and pleading.

about a year and a half ago
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Supreme Court Disallows FISA Challenges

Pitawg Only one piece of Evidence Exists? (306 comments)

None may get standing unless the case with standing only has a single piece of possible evidence.

If there is more evidence, regardless of case details, other evidence will be obtained by using the purloined information from illegal spying. Something will be found through legal means, and be presented in court with no need to mention the illegally obtained information.

There will be no standing.
There will always be illegal snooping.
The genie is out......

about a year and a half ago
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Multi-State AT&T U-Verse Outage Enters Third Day

Pitawg TX: Power just dropped for 30 sec (202 comments)

Uverse has been up for me. Power cycled. Took over 30 minutes for the connection between modem and ATT. I have a static IP so once the main connection is up and talking, all was well again.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows 8 Pre RTM Metro UI Leaked

Pitawg No morse code for you (484 comments)

... looks like ass.

Or vagina.

Stay away from Morse Code, if you have that much trouble determining dots from dashes.

more than 2 years ago
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Student Expelled From Indiana High School For Tweeting Profanity

Pitawg Sue the school for "not intruding" (349 comments)

Sue the school for "not intruding" into the personal lives of every other cussing student. Why did they open themselves up to liability of enforcing students private speech? How many have been victim to one of their students on a rant in a public place, virtual or real, where nothing was done?

One of the only ways to get past this undesired practice of intrusion into personal life by the schools is to hold them accountable and show them what they stepped in with their new practice. They enforced their whim in an area they should not be intruding. It does not matter who owned the pipes used by the punished. If they want to play full time nanny, hold them to it for all students. They do not get to apply a policy to only a single student they have in their sights.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Deal With Refurbed Drives With Customer Data?

Pitawg Must Wipe It (385 comments)

No decision needed. Look all you want, but the liability is on you if someone decides your computer is of interest and data is questionable. Unless you report it to vender in a verifiable way, data on the drive, even if it was not yours, is now yours in any examination. Report it in writing or no evidence will exist to point in someone else's direction for liability.

Wiping beyond technological limits of retrieval is important with both criminal liabilities and civil copyright liabilities. The odds of old data being a problem in your life may be low, but it would be icing on the cake with any situation bringing your drive to the attention of some types of investigations.

Call it paranoia if you like, but why drive around in your new used-car with a suitcase in the trunk that came with the car without knowing precisely what is inside. Remove the suitcase, or examine every square inch of it looking for contraband..

more than 2 years ago
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US Sentinel Drone Fooled Into Landing With GPS Spoofing

Pitawg Re:nice hack (647 comments)

With such an easy "hack" for loss, one would think the drone has STUXNET level trojans in the chips code and data, and then rfid or radioactive dust/nano-structures distributed all over and inside the device. The dust could mark everyone that comes into contact with any part of it. Movement analytics would be very useful even with the original low end soldiers/agents that hauled it in, and of the upper staff that later examines in detail.

Yes, a bit of a movie story-line, but why not? Of course this is a bit doubtful considering the idiots we have in charge.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Graphical Calculators Pointless?

Pitawg Non-Connected (636 comments)

One big reason to retain all of the simple tools, there is no interaction with the rest of the world, leaving more trust than any connected application or system would ever legitimately engender.

Why should a calculator need connectivity? These items were prevalent when products were completed prior to coming to market. There was no need for updates on 99% of finished products. There was no need for ads to be brought in, taking away value and usage time. There was no collection of personal information or usage data. They cannot be taken over from far away.

more than 3 years ago
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Limewire Being Sued For 75 Trillion

Pitawg Who said Millions of instances? (545 comments)

Who says there was more than one instance per file?

All but the first distribution are copies of an unlicensed non-copyrighted illegal file. They cannot go after you for copying a third party files!! heh.

more than 3 years ago
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Full ACTA Leak Online

Pitawg Re:Will Someone Please!!!? (201 comments)

I know what you are saying, but I still think it is a threat to some, and undesired leverage when used appropriately to others. Justice is not always the goal of these laws.

more than 4 years ago
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Full ACTA Leak Online

Pitawg Re:Will Someone Please!!!? (201 comments)

You do not believe the copyright laws on the books, now, in all the nations negotiating this agreement cannot be used to pursue infringement violations against these negotiators, if the words were in a copyrighted tune? Someone is misunderstanding, but not I.

more than 4 years ago
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Full ACTA Leak Online

Pitawg Will Someone Please!!!? (201 comments)

Someone with some music talent should put out a song with the text of the agreement used as lyrics, and charge the negotiators with international copyright infringement and distribution! NOW!

more than 4 years ago

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