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Great White Shark RFID/Satellite Tracking Shows Long Journeys, Many Beach Visits

Sparticus789 Re:Cross your fingers (86 comments)

The rock next to my cabin in the mountains which is 60 miles from the nearest wireless transmission tower.

FYI

about a year ago
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How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action

Sparticus789 Re:Right... (530 comments)

Didn't people make the same argument against Jews, Blacks, and physically disabled people? I seem to remember them as Nazis. Sunstein is merely a Nazi in sheep clothing.

about a year ago
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Great White Shark RFID/Satellite Tracking Shows Long Journeys, Many Beach Visits

Sparticus789 Re:Obligatory (86 comments)

It's like a precursor to Sharkando.....

Obligatorily....

about a year ago
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Great White Shark RFID/Satellite Tracking Shows Long Journeys, Many Beach Visits

Sparticus789 Cross your fingers (86 comments)

How long before the Federal Government mandates such granular tracking on vehicles, guns, kitchen knives, and people?

about a year ago
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China Plans To Stop Harvesting Organs From Executed Prisoners

Sparticus789 Re:I'll go ahead and say it (200 comments)

Since you want to be extremely precise:

1st degree murder
Aggravated rape. This doesn't exist as a crime in all states, but it would essentially entail any forcible sexual contact where the victim was not just sexually assaulted, but physically assaulted. There is a extensive, complicated legal definition which sets a very high standard for this crime to occur. So think of it like attempted murder + rape.
Torture
Genocide
Being an accessory to any of the above.

about a year ago
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International Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty On Warming

Sparticus789 Re:What to do? Some science, please. (510 comments)

My problem is with the flawed "scientific method" used by environmentalists to justify their actions. They can't get their agenda by popular vote, so they file lawsuits and make an unelected government official enact legislation through judicial diktat. Meanwhile, these same environmentalists have 10,000 square foot mansions, fly in private planes, drive armored Hummers, etc.

about a year ago
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International Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty On Warming

Sparticus789 Re:What to do? Some science, please. (510 comments)

My issue here is that environmentalists are more concerned with their so-called "proven science" than they are with the impact on people's lives and the actual effects of their "solutions".

I am from the Central Valley in California, where the Delta Smelt has reduced the available water supply to farmers by 90%. The entire region is in the middle of a drought and bordering on dust bowl. Hundreds of thousands of acres sit unused, covered in tumbleweeds, with the families in poverty because there is no water for them to plant anything and make a living. 5,000 lost jobs seems like a small number, until you consider the agricultural area impacted by these insane policies only has a population of ~250,000.

Then to add insult to injuries, the residents of Los Angeles still have water for their finely manicured lawns.

about a year ago
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International Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty On Warming

Sparticus789 Re:What to do? Some science, please. (510 comments)

Show me one piece of legislation introduced by any government which seeks to regulate methane emissions.

about a year ago
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New Zealand Parliament Votes To Extend Spying Powers

Sparticus789 Astonishing (148 comments)

I didn't know all of those sheep were so interesting that they warranted expanded surveillance.

about a year ago
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International Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty On Warming

Sparticus789 Re:What to do? Some science, please. (510 comments)

Did you notice the "=>" sign? That means greater than or equal too. You have proven my point, by saying that water vapor can double the climate warming caused by CO2. Water vapor is a catalyst to global warming. But I do not see the AGW crowd trying to prevent ocean waves from crashing into the coast, releasing water vapor into the atmosphere.

about a year ago
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International Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty On Warming

Sparticus789 Re:What to do? Some science, please. (510 comments)

Methane is not discussed because it is not politically convenient. It is easier to demonize some power company burning coal making EVIL profits than it is to demonize some rancher in New Mexico whose family has been raising cattle on that land for 150 years and 100% depend on raising cattle to support themselves and their families. Now, if the same man-made global warming crowd had stock or patents in the fields of lab-grown beef or genetically modified cows with reduced methane emissions, they would be clamoring for the end of cattle farming.

about a year ago
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International Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty On Warming

Sparticus789 Re:What to do? Some science, please. (510 comments)

Water vapor and methane are both greenhouse gases. Both have a => effect on the greenhouse effect when compared to CO2. But the Global Warming crowd only focuses on CO2 because it is politically convenient for them. Meaning they own solar/wind companies and want to profit greatly from government subsidies.

about a year ago
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International Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty On Warming

Sparticus789 Re:Yup, we're boned (510 comments)

not a prime tornado target

Until Sharknado hits New York and magically travels 800 miles inland.

about a year ago
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San Francisco Fire Chief Bans Helmet-Mounted Cameras For Firefighters

Sparticus789 Hah (209 comments)

Since when did government care about the right to privacy?

about a year ago
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China Plans To Stop Harvesting Organs From Executed Prisoners

Sparticus789 Re:I'll go ahead and say it (200 comments)

I completely support someone who kidnaps 3 women, makes those women his slaves, rapes and abuses them over the course of 10 years getting the death penalty. If that person's organs save lives, then even better.

There are categories of crimes that the general population finds especially heinous, and I would rather the offenders of those crimes get a needle in the arm, and their organs save the lives of others, than pay $70,000 a year for them to live in a cell with cable TV, microwave, and free college courses.

By assorted bad guys, I mean capitol offenses. Like murder, severe cases of rape (say where the victim is permanently disabled, injured, or subjected to torture), genocide, etc. And including the people responsible for arranging said crimes, like Cartels and terrorist leaders.

about a year ago
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China Plans To Stop Harvesting Organs From Executed Prisoners

Sparticus789 Re:I'll go ahead and say it (200 comments)

Murder is an action that is morally objectionable. The definition of the word means the unjustified killing of someone. It is not my standard, I didn't create it. That standard is present in every religion and moral philosophy and I would argue that 99% of the world agrees killing someone for no reason is wrong.

about a year ago
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China Plans To Stop Harvesting Organs From Executed Prisoners

Sparticus789 Re:I'll go ahead and say it (200 comments)

I mostly agree, except for one point. Once someone is convicted of a felony crime, they do loose certain rights. In the US, they loose the right to vote, own a firearm, most of their 4th and 5th amendment protections, etc. While I am not opposed to revoking the 2nd amendment rights of someone convicted of armed robbery, I am opposed to revoking someone's 2nd amendment rights because they are "politically inconvenient".

Do you notice the parallels to this issue and the NSA snooping (not to go off topic). In both cases, when the system is implemented "correctly" (executing violent murderers, snooping of terrorists), nobody has any issue with it. However, the citizenry is concerned with the potential for abuse of these systems. We know the Chinese system is being used for abusive purposes and it is outrageous. What happens when the NSA snooping is abused?

about a year ago
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China Plans To Stop Harvesting Organs From Executed Prisoners

Sparticus789 Re:I'll go ahead and say it (200 comments)

I have no moral dilemma with executing the worst criminal offenders. Charles Manson, Hitler, Stalin, Bin Laden, the world (is/would be) a better place without them in it. But I do not want to execute people who's only crime is exercising their God-given rights, like freedom, liberty, expressing an opinion. Being politically inconvenient to an oppressive communist regime is not a crime worthy of execution. Murdering 29 people and wearing their skin as clothing is.

about a year ago
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China Plans To Stop Harvesting Organs From Executed Prisoners

Sparticus789 I'll go ahead and say it (200 comments)

If these prisoners were serial killers, rapists, murderers and other assorted bad guys, then I fully support using their organs to save lives. I find it poetic justice and a very fitting end for the life of a person who (possibly) killed so many others.

If these prisoners are political prisoners sentenced to death because they were at Tiannamen Square or oppose communism, then I welcome the end of such barbaric policies.

about a year ago

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Ask Slashdot: How would you prevent the Slashdot effect?

Sparticus789 Sparticus789 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sparticus789 (2625955) writes "It happens, mostly to the unsuspecting blogger or small website owner who posts an interesting article that the Slashdot crowd finds interesting. Next thing you know, the website is down. How would you prevent the Slashdot effect from crashing your own website/blog?"
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Buy your own Mechwarrior

Sparticus789 Sparticus789 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sparticus789 (2625955) writes "Suidobashi Heavy Industry, based in Japan, has designed a 12-foot tall robot that is piloted by a person situated inside the chest cavity. Priced at US $1.35 million, it comes customized with "paint schemes, upholstery options, and other options." Fortunately for us, it is currently only armed with water cannons and a BB machine gun."
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Army creates a directed lightning bolt weapon

Sparticus789 Sparticus789 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sparticus789 (2625955) writes "Army researchers at Picatinny Labs in New Jersey have developed a prototype weapon which uses a directed lightning bolt to destroy vehicles and unexploded ordinance. The weapon works on the premise that "A target, an enemy vehicle or even some types of unexploded ordnance, would be a better conductor than the ground it sits on."

Are we one step closer to C&C:Red Alert Tesla coils?"

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US government spending $19 million to assign contractors a number

Sparticus789 Sparticus789 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sparticus789 (2625955) writes "A GAO report shows that "The government handles more than $1 trillion a year in contracts and grants. Washington needs to assign a unique number to each one of them, to track all the businesses and other entities it deals with. For more than three decades, it has turned to one company — Dun & Bradstreet — for its numbering needs." The article goes on to say "the government is now spending roughly $19 million a year on the system that cost just $1 million annually one decade ago."

The database only contains 625,000 entries, how many better ways are there to store this same amount of data?"

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New Green Lantern is Gay

Sparticus789 Sparticus789 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sparticus789 (2625955) writes ""Coming out of Kapow!, headlines formed across comic book media when Dan Didio made an off-hand remark at a panel about the introduction of a new gay character in the DC Universe – an established, “iconic” character that used to be straight. DC Comics has officially revealed that character to be Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern"

Smart move by DC or is this just an attention grab?"

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Terrorism charges for molotoc cocktails?

Sparticus789 Sparticus789 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sparticus789 (2625955) writes "Authorities in Chicago have arrested 3 men for "terrorism conspiracy charges Saturday stemming from allegations that they tried to make Molotov cocktails ahead of the NATO summit" So this begs the question, what constitutes terrorism? When I think of terrorism, I think of WMDs and something much more dangerous than a Molotov cocktail. What else can the U.S. Government say is for "terrorism" purposes? Web proxies? Remailers? Tor exit nodes? A CS student making a new encryption method?"
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GAO study shows 3 trillion barrels of recoverable oil in U.S.

Sparticus789 Sparticus789 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sparticus789 (2625955) writes "A GAO report starts out by saying "Oil shale deposits in the Green River Formation are estimated to contain up to 3 trillion barrels of oil, half of which may be recoverable, which is about equal to the entire world’s proven oil reserves." The Green River Formation is located in the Colorado/Montana/ Wyoming area. Is this the way to stop OPEC?"
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Zimmerman Medical Report Shows Broken Nose, Lacerations After Trayvon Martin Sho

Sparticus789 Sparticus789 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sparticus789 (2625955) writes "The day after the Trayvon Martin shooting, George Zimmerman went to his doctor was was "diagnosed with a 'closed fracture' of his nose, a pair of black eyes, two lacerations to the back of his head and a minor back injury". The article goes on to say "Zimmerman's three-page medical report is included in those documents that the defense could use as evidence.""
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Vulnerabilities in SSD Forensic recovery.

Sparticus789 Sparticus789 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sparticus789 (2625955) writes "Want to keep your information private and not accessible by law enforcement? Buy a solid-state drive. Experimentation has shown that SSDs "appears that the garbage collection that took place within a few minutes during Experiment 1 had affected every file on the disk, had deleted metadata supporting the existence of 99.66% of files, and had prevented recovery of 99.997% of file data." Write blockers were ineffective at preventing this, as the garbage collection is a firmware process and only requires the drive to be powered on.

The article further goes on to say that "Solid-state drives of all types and data stored on such drives should be immediately and henceforth considered to be a 'grey area' as far as forensic recovery and legal validation are concerned until extensive studies have been made of drive and data behaviour.""

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Bearing Sea Ice sets record

Sparticus789 Sparticus789 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sparticus789 (2625955) writes "In another blow to the Global Warming alarmists, "Arctic sea ice has persistently dwindled over the last three decades, yet sea ice set record highs in waters around Alaska this past winter." The article goes on to say "Alaska's mainland spent this last winter in the grip of bone-chilling low temperatures and record-high snowfalls, the result of cyclical climate conditions that kept much of the lower 48 states at record high temperatures, while plunging Alaska into a deep freeze that helped keep the ice frozen."
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Stealth Ship for Sale

Sparticus789 Sparticus789 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sparticus789 (2625955) writes "Looks like the Navy is doing some housecleaning and selling off failed experiments, "Yup, the Lockheed Martin-built Sea Shadow is being auctioned off from its home in the Suisun Bay ghost fleet in California." Bidding is right now at $100,000 and it even comes with the dock.

Don't get your hopes of an evil hideout, the fine print says "THE EX-SEA SHADOW SHALL BE DISPOSED OF BY COMPLETELY DISMANTLING AND SCRAPPING WITHIN THE U.S.A."

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Ask Slashdot: Cybersecurity job interview questions

Sparticus789 Sparticus789 writes  |  about 2 years ago

I have been helping my company's HR department go through resumes of IT professionals, helping to ensure that the quality candidates make it through the initial screening and get in touch with the hiring managers. With that, I have a slew of people with M.S. degrees in cybersecurity. As cybersecurity is not my exact specialty, I am creating a list of some good interview questions to find the best candidates. I already have the basic questions, (XSS, SQL injection, etc.) but I am looking for a few in-depth security questions to ask. Does anyone have some examples of difficult scenarios or previous interview questions that they have been asked when seeking a cybersecurity related position?

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