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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

SpankiMonki Re:disingenious (199 comments)

Ruling against the government in this matter is a career ending move for anybody involved in the decision unless they are have reached the peak of the promotion ladder and are unfireable like the supreme court judges are.

The judges in this matter are in fact appointed for life.

about two weeks ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

SpankiMonki Re: disingenious (199 comments)

It could help catch ... repast

I've always supported the apprehension of meals, especially those from the middle east.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

SpankiMonki Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (789 comments)

By the way, do tell - what do you think my motives are since you think they are "pretty obvious"?

Truth, Justice and The American Way!

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

SpankiMonki Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (789 comments)

I made no comment on the accuracy of the headline/article at The Moscow Times - only an illiterate moron would think otherwise. I simply found it amusing that cold fjord would cite The Moscow Times to support his position.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

SpankiMonki Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (789 comments)

I'm not trying to build a case for anything, other than for folks to read the transcript and draw their own conclusions. I find that to be a better course of action than reading through a bunch of links to old news from outlets that thrive on sensationalism.

What is it YOU are making a case for? (rhetorical question; your motives are pretty obvious)

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

SpankiMonki Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (789 comments)

Certainly your conclusions are your own, but they apparently aren't very useful since they apparently aren't informed by an understanding of how countries and heads of state conduct foreign policy.

Apparently you have no knowledge whatsoever of what informs my conclusions. Apparently.

Of course I am willing to be persuaded.

Uh huh. Apparently you're persuaded by the "journalists" at The Moscow Times. I think that's just adorable. .

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

SpankiMonki Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (789 comments)

LOL. So have you always considered The Moscow Times to be a reputable source, or is your trust in them something new?

I read the transcript and I am perfectly capable of reaching my own conclusions without relying on The Moscow Times.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

SpankiMonki Re:Not the end... (789 comments)

NATO agreed to defend the Ukraine in agreement for the Ukraine disarming itself of nuclear weapons.

Nope. One, NATO was not a party to The Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances. Two, the BMSA doesn't require any of the parties to "defend" Ukraine militarily. Three, you might want to stop referring to Ukraine as "the Ukraine".

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

SpankiMonki Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (789 comments)

When one of the world's superpowers is threatening to make use of their nuclear arsenal, it is, most certainly, "stuff that matters".

When you read the quote in its full context (posted below), you'll find that Putin made no threat. This submission is simply cold fjord attempting to rouse the rabble. Unfortunately, /. editors seem to be complicit in the act.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

SpankiMonki Sigh (789 comments)

OK, I guess this "story" qualifies as "stuff that matters", but can we at least get something more than a smattering of links to stories that are yesterday's news? Putin made his comment 4 days ago, and damn near every think in the summary points to stories that are three days old (and contain more than their share of unsubstantiated speculation).

I'm not normally one to make "why is this on slashdot?" posts. But taking into account the predilections of the submitter, I gotta say this comes off as a troll submission.

about two weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

SpankiMonki Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

In the end, a treaty is just words on paper. Russia clearly isn't honoring the treaty so it goes to line 6:

The Budapest Memorandum is not a treaty. In any case, the US has met it's obligations under the agreement.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

SpankiMonki Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

Ukraine disarmed itself in 2006 at our urging, with the understanding that we would come to their aid if ever it were needed.

The only "aid" that the US is obligated to provide Ukraine under the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances is to seek UN Security Council action in the event that Ukraine is attacked (or threatened) with nuclear weapons.

The agreement is a one page document written in plain language. It's hard to imagine anyone who's read it would interpret it as you do.

about three weeks ago
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Google Buys Zync Cloud Graphics Rendering Service

SpankiMonki Re:I don't understand this... (20 comments)

Seems to me they are providing a very specialized form of computing power - one that Google's current cloud services don't offer. I guess Google could have built this service themselves, but I'm sure it was more cost-effective to simply acquire an existing service and integrate it into their platform. Put another way, Zync just got Borged. (much to the delight of Zync's owners I'm sure)

about three weeks ago
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Judge Rejects $324.5 Million Settlement For Tech Workers, Argues For More

SpankiMonki Uh oh... (268 comments)

Ah, the turning point in my life. I remember it clearly. It all started on September 7, 2001.

about a month ago
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40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

SpankiMonki Re:So 60% positive ? (256 comments)

Overall, I'm going to conclude these agencies are at least 40% incompetent.

That may be true generally, but unfortunately they appear to be 100% competent at at least one thing: cashing the blank check Congress has given them.

about a month ago
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Leaked Docs Offer Win 8 Tip: FinFisher Spyware Can't Tap Skype's Metro App

SpankiMonki Re:Irrelevant (74 comments)

Yes, marketing is worse than government surveillance...

So a service provider gathering data on the way its customers use the service for marketing purposes (which the customer agreed to by contract) is worse than the government secretly surveilling its own citizens?

Nice!

about a month and a half ago
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US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

SpankiMonki Re:What about my rights? (172 comments)

Look, if you've honestly put in the effort to research the issues and are satisfied with your conclusion that FRB is possible with bitcoin, than I guess we'll have to agree to disagree. But as I stated earlier, I'm not interested in taking the time to spell out my position. Additionally, I'm certainly not interested in digging up the various threads/posts/papers I've read over the past years in order to spoon-feed them to "some guy on the internet". I pointed you in a direction where you might come across some good arguments challenging your position; if you went down that road and remain unconvinced, then so be it.

It...but certainly Mt. Gox could have done it well before its collapse. People were using it as a bank.

Lemme get this straight, you're claiming that:

  • 1) because people had BTC on account with MtGox in order to facilitate trades, they were actually using MtGox as a bank
    2) MtGox could have started writing loans using its customer's BTC balances

...have I got that right?

OK, then. I think I now have a much better idea of where you're coming from.

Cheers!

about a month and a half ago
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US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

SpankiMonki Re:What about my rights? (172 comments)

No, I used the on-site search, and missed that page. It says that FRB with Bitcoin is possible, which contradicts what you are saying.

Apparently you didn't bother to click through the links on that page (or read any of the threads on the forum) that express opposing viewpoints. Now, I don't really follow bitcoin that closely anymore, but the last I checked the matter was hardly settled.

But hey, if you can point to a real world example of an operational bitcoin bank practicing fractional reserve banking, I'd certainly be willing to reconsider my position. : )

Back to my example

Please, spare me. I can assure you that my professional credentials in the banking arena are...well, let's say they're above average.

They also used to have a role in safeguarding money, much less important with Bitcoin.

Off-topic, but you can't be serious. The total amount of stolen bitcoins compared to the total amount in circulation is staggering.

about a month and a half ago
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US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

SpankiMonki Re:What about my rights? (172 comments)

OK...did you find this page? Did you click the link on that page pointing to the debate on the topic here? Did you try searching Google using "fractional reserve" site:bitcointalk.org?

about a month and a half ago

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

SpankiMonki SpankiMonki writes  |  about 5 months 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  |  about 5 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 8 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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