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Mathematicians Devise Typefaces Based On Problems of Computational Geometry

SpankiMonki Re:only one version of the truth (56 comments)

digits have 0 physical value ever

Dunno about you, but my digits come in pretty handy.

6 hours ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

SpankiMonki Re:wouldn't matter if it weren't canned (371 comments)

Since you've been modded insightful, I'm guessing there's a point in there somewhere. I just can't find it. Maybe it's age.

yesterday
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Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

SpankiMonki Re:All it takes is one criminal now? (127 comments)

Lavabit had apparently complied with much more limited surveillance demands in the past, but then decided they weren't going to do that any more.

Didn't see that mentioned in any of the fine articles...do you have a source for that info, or did I miss something?

2 days ago
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Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

SpankiMonki Re:All it takes is one criminal now? (127 comments)

While I respect and applaud your passion on this subject, all I was attempting to do was refute GGP's "months" assertion. That, and throwing my support behind Levison's (admittedly clumsy) resistance to the government's over-reaching demands.

2 days ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

SpankiMonki Re:Building Blocks are not LEGOs. (352 comments)

Building Blocks simply means any number of a variety of blocks, most notably wooden building blocks.
LEGOs are a trademarked branded construction toy that goes together in a very specific way.

The point of this is that it's about physical dexterity.

This article does not reference Lego.

You are absolutely correct. When I saw the edited headline of the article I submitted, I had a WTF! moment. But now, I'm somewhat ambivalent about the edit that trades "lego" for "toy blocks". I can see several reasons why the edited headline might be better for the discussion.

If I'd complain to the editors (who do pretty well for a thankless job) about anything, it's that they failed to post the related news link that I submitted.

2 days ago
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Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

SpankiMonki Re:All it takes is one criminal now? (127 comments)

Did you bother to read the article? I'm assuming not...

In this case, after months of games and just flat-out refusal to follow the court's orders...

6/28 - Judge issues pen register order
7/9 - Judge issues summons to Lavabit to show cause for non-compliance with said order
7/10 - Government/Lavabit conference call where government demands SSL keys
7/16 - Government obtains search warrant for data encryption keys and SSL keys
8/7 - Levison ultimately complies with court

That's 40 days, not "months". And 40 days is probably par for the course for those challenging government surveillance orders.

Since pen register orders don't require probable cause, I applaud Levison's actions to protect his customers. After all, they used his service specifically for it's privacy.

2 days ago
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Mt. Gox Ordered Into Liquidation

SpankiMonki Re:Why? (44 comments)

IIRC, MtGox lost (claimed were stolen) ~850K BTC. The 200K BTC they found in the "old wallet" reduced the missing BTC to 650K - which was not included in the $64M debt figure.

2 days ago
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52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

SpankiMonki Re:tie that to K'nect camera (108 comments)

o Sunglasses
o Facial Hair
o Make-up
o Big Floppy Hat

These are your weapons, use them wisely.

You just described my mother in law out for an afternoon stroll.

2 days ago
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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

SpankiMonki Re:it still amazes and saddens me... (78 comments)

There many international laws prohibiting spying. The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations certainly applies - specifically, Articles 22, 24, and 27.

3 days ago
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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

SpankiMonki Re:That's nice (78 comments)

What did Snowden get?

An enlargement of the target on his back.

3 days ago
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Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

SpankiMonki Re:It's not enough (202 comments)

LOL. Now I kinda feel like a dick. Well played, sir.

3 days ago
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Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

SpankiMonki Re:It's not enough (202 comments)

Sorry, my dear AC. It doesn't really matter whether you want to quibble about whether Emanuel's public statement amounted to efforts/actions/etc.

I'm not quibbling with you, I'm trolling you. The fact that you can't resist replying shows you're desperately trying to salvage an untenable position.

I grant your point that the alderman took the action, and Emanual made a public statement in support of it. So what?

First of all, that isn't my point. Second, the "so what" is this: If you said "Alderman Joe Moreno" instead of "Rahm Emmanuel" in your post, you would have been correct. But you didn't say that, and therefore you were wrong. You then smugly asked /. to tell you which part of you post wasn't true. Well, you obviously can't handle the truth - or more accurately - you're one of those unfortunate people who can't admit when they're wrong. Too bad for you, my dear.

3 days ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

SpankiMonki Re:There is no time for gaming (245 comments)

I play lots of Call of Duty, so I think I'm pretty well prepared.

I'll see your Call of Duty and raise you a Farmville.

5 days ago
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Linux 3.15 Will Suspend & Resume Much Faster

SpankiMonki Re:It doesn't work at all. (117 comments)

What's the point if suspend resume doesn't work at all?

Besides, this is old news. Our new and better site beat slashdot: https://soylentnews.org/articl...

Well, if you'd bothered to read TFA, you would have known that there was a merge last night that specifically benefits the resume process. While it may or may not help you specifically, it is definitely NOT old news. BTW, your "new and better site" makes no mention of this at the time of this writing.

5 days ago
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Linux 3.15 Will Suspend & Resume Much Faster

SpankiMonki Re:Caution (117 comments)

There's a reason why RAID controllers tend to wake up drives sequentially.

And the RAID controllers will continue to do just that. All this change does is allow the kernel to continue resuming without having to wait for the device to report that it's ready. Any commands sent to the device in the meantime are queued.

5 days ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

SpankiMonki Re:The real question (446 comments)

Your mistake is thinking US politics is in some way special and you need to look at this as if the same thing was done in a corrupt banana republic.

LOL. Based on what I wrote, you must have used some pretty tortured reasoning to reach that conclusion. In any case, I can't see how using the politics of a third world country as an analogue for US politics would be useful except under the most extreme circumstances. But to each his own, I guess.

about a week ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

SpankiMonki Re:The real question (446 comments)

The real question is, "what does she bring to the table" as a member of the Board? Does her tenure as a faculty member in the Stanford School of Business matter? What about her time as the director of the Stanford Global Center for Business and the Economy?

Ms. Rice is also a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a professor of Political Science, and the Faculty Director at the SGCBE.

Outside of Stanford, Rice is the founding partner of RiceHadleyGates. She also serves on the boards of C3 (energy software), Makena Capital, Commonwealth Club, Aspen Institute, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Rice is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Ms. Rice is also an author, a contributor to CBS, and makes frequent appearances on the lecture circuit.

I have a lot of respect for Ms. Rice, but when you look at all the organizations and activities she's involved with, I really *do* wonder what value she would bring to the board of Dropbox. Rice seems to be spread pretty thin already.

I suspect Dropbox put her on their board for visibility/star power as much as anything.

about a week ago

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Children can swipe a screen but can't use toy building blocks

SpankiMonki SpankiMonki writes  |  2 days ago

SpankiMonki (3493987) writes "Children are arriving at nursery school able to "swipe a screen" but lack the manipulative skills to play with building blocks, teachers have warned.

They fear that children are being given tablets to use "as a replacement for contact time with the parent" and say such habits are hindering progress at school.

Addressing the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference in Manchester on Tuesday, Colin Kinney said excessive use of technology damages concentration and causes behavioural problems such as irritability and a lack of control.

Kinney, a teacher from Northern Ireland, also noted "I've spoken to a number of nursery teachers who have concerns over the increasing numbers of young pupils who can swipe a screen but have little or no manipulative skills to play with building blocks – or pupils who can't socialise with other pupils, but whose parents talk proudly of their ability to use a tablet or smartphone."
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According to research by U.K. telecoms regulator Ofcom, tablet usage among children is on the rise, with growing numbers of younger kids turning to tablets to watch videos, play games and access the Internet. Use of tablets has tripled among 5-15s since 2012, rising from 14% to 42% over that period, while 28% of infants aged 3-4 now use a tablet computer at home. "

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U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fall 10% Since 2005, but HFC's still a problem

SpankiMonki SpankiMonki writes  |  2 days ago

SpankiMonki (3493987) writes "U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the U.S.'s 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory.

Meanwhile, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) saw a dramatic rise of over 309 percent during the reporting period. Although the US and China recently agreed to reduce HFC production, the two countries accounted for the bulk of the increase in HFC emissions over the reporting period.

HFC use and emissions are rapidly increasing as a result of the phaseout of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and growing global demand for air conditioning. Although safe for the ozone layer, the continued emissions of HFCs – primarily as alternatives to ODS and also from the continued production of HCFC-22 – will have an immediate and significant effect on the Earth’s climate system. Without further controls, it is predicted that HFC emissions could negate the entire climate benefits achieved under the Montreal Protocol."

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Singapore to regulate virtual currency exchanges

SpankiMonki SpankiMonki writes  |  about a month ago

SpankiMonki (3493987) writes "Following on the heels of the Mt Gox, bankruptcy, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) plans to impose new regulations on currency exchanges dealing in bitcoin and other virtual currencies. Virtual currency exchanges would need to verify their customers' identities and report any suspicious transactions under the new rules.

The MAS said its regulation of virtual currency intermediaries — which include virtual currency exchanges and vending machines — was tailored specifically to the money-laundering and terrorism financing risks they posed. However, the new regulations would do nothing to ensure the solvency of virtual currency intermediaries or the safety of their client's funds."

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Physicist proposes a new type of computing at SXSW

SpankiMonki SpankiMonki writes  |  about a month ago

SpankiMonki (3493987) writes "Joshua Turner, a physicist at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, has proposed using the orbits of electrons around the nucleus of an atom as a new means to generate the binary states used in computing. Turner calls his idea orbital computing.

Turner points to recent discoveries (including a new material that allows rapid switching of it's electron states and new low-power terahertz laser technology) that could lead to the development of a computer with vastly improved performance over current technologies."

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CUPID: The 80,000 Volt Taser Drone

SpankiMonki SpankiMonki writes  |  about a month ago

SpankiMonki (3493987) writes "Austin-based design studio Chaotic Moon has created a drone armed with a Phazzer Dragon "Conductive Energy Weapon" as a tech demo. Chaotic Moon's CUPID (Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone) is based on a Tarot Hexacopter which typically carry digital SLRs for aerial video and photo shoots. CUPID could be quickly brought to production if security or law enforcement agencies express an interest in the system.

Chaotic Moon intern Jackson Sheehan was used as the system's first human target; Sheehan was clearly subdued by the drone, falling onto safety mats against his will."

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Patented new implant stimulates orgasms in women

SpankiMonki SpankiMonki writes  |  about a month and a half ago

SpankiMonki (3493987) writes "A US patent has been granted for a new machine that stimulates orgasms for women at the push of a button. The device, which is a little smaller than a packet of cigarettes, is designed as a medical implant that uses electrodes to trigger an orgasm. The device could help some women who suffer from orgasmic dysfunction."
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A New Thermodynamics Theory of the Origins of Life

SpankiMonki SpankiMonki writes  |  about 3 months ago

SpankiMonki (3493987) writes "Natalie Wolchover at Quanta Magazine has written an article about how Jeremy England, a MIT professor, may have found a theory of the origin of life grounded in physics. In a paper published last August by The Journal of Chemical Physics, England describes his theory, the "Statistical physics of self-replication".

Wolchover writes:"England['s]...formula...indicates that when a group of atoms is driven by an external source of energy (like the sun or chemical fuel) and surrounded by a heat bath (like the ocean or atmosphere), it will often gradually restructure itself in order to dissipate increasingly more energy. This could mean that under certain conditions, matter inexorably acquires the key physical attribute associated with life."

England says his ideas pose no threat to Darwinian evolution: "On the contrary, I am just saying that from the perspective of the physics, you might call Darwinian evolution a special case of a more general phenomenon.”"

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