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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

Spazmania Re:So what? (230 comments)

So why hasn't Steyn demanded the data under ordinary discovery rules? FOIA is an odd way to go about getting data you're supposedly entitled to in order to defend yourself in court.

11 hours ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

Spazmania Re:Yeah, probably a VGA screen (266 comments)

Why is capacitive touch so important?

Because it, well, works. The older tech worked poorly when it worked at all and suffered a much higher rate of failure.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

Spazmania Letter of Resignation (284 comments)

That's how I'd handle it. If they want patch reports, that's reasonable. If they want you to patch the test environment a week ahead so that the devs can check for problems and alert you not proceed, that's reasonable too.

If they want to micromanage your tiny components of your job they can get bent and good luck finding a replacement. No preapproval for routine systems administration activity.

2 days ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

Spazmania Re:Yeah, probably a VGA screen (266 comments)

That's the thing The capacitive multitouch screen makes tablets practical. Before that they were just toys. Nokia made the right call for the time.

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Spazmania Re:Militia, then vs now (1569 comments)

The idea then was that the country's military power should be retained individually by its citizens. They wanted legal barriers against a concentration of power under a central authority.

Things haven't exactly worked out that way. Lincoln was the beginning of the end: with intentions pure he demonlished the concept of state's rights. Roosevelt's New Deal put the final nail in the coffin. And really, which individuals would you pick to keep one of the nukes in the barn stall next to the chicken coop?

On the other hand, things like crazy Cliven Bundy's fight with the Federal Bureau of Land Management are probably a healthy part of Jefferson's "Eternal Vigilance." That couldn't happen without guns and a viable threat of violence against otherwise unsympathetic bureaucrats.

2 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

Spazmania Re:Reduce the toxins (584 comments)

It's very Science. You tinker with the disease so it'll no longer kill you and then expose yourself so that your autoimmune response will be triggered. This results in antibodies ready to fight off the full strength version should you ever come in contact with it.

That's what a vaccine is.

The concept was discovered back when someone thought to wonder why milk maids always had smooth skin. It turned out they didn't get smallpox like everybody else. But every one of them caught smallpox's weaker cousin, cowpox, early in life.

Catch is, tinkering with a disease so it won't kill you is only about 99.999% successful. The other 0.001% of the time it kills you anyway. So you don't want to take a vaccine for every conceivable disease... just for those you're likely to come in to contact with.

4 days ago
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Why So Many Security Jobs Are Going Begging

Spazmania Boredom (1 comments)

The reason computer security jobs go begging is that anyone competent to run the checklists is bored to tears by them and perfectly competent at so many other things.

4 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

Spazmania Reduce the toxins (584 comments)

We want to reduce the schedule and reduce the toxins.

Er... a vaccine is generally a weakened form of the actual disease you're trying to protect against. It's a little concept called "immunotherapy." One doesn't create a vaccine by running away from toxins, one embraces the toxins in a manner that stimulates the body to protect itself.

4 days ago
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Do backups on Linux no longer matter?

Spazmania tar (5 comments)

I use scripts wrapped around tried-and-true tar for my backups. And since I routinely build new servers from backups of a comparable one, I know they work.

Does anybody still use the fsdump utilities for their filesystem? Did anyone ever?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Spazmania Re:Farming (731 comments)

I have a laptop loaded with books and some portable solar panels to charge it. My plan is to locate some survivalists and suggest that if they get me through year one, what I bring will see them through years two through ten. Do they want to scrape out an existence as hunter-gatherers or do they want to LIVE?

We went from Edison to Google in only a century. With knowledge preserved, civilization and its comforts can be rebuilt in less than a lifetime.

Assuming I survive being within 10 miles of a probable ground zero for any apocalypse, of course. And hopefully they don't shoot first.

about a week ago
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Yes. The NSA did know about, exploit Heartbleed

Spazmania liars (1 comments)

I call B.S. NSA contractors operated thousands of systems with sensitive NSA data running the affected versions of openssl. It's extraordinarily unlikely that they'd have intentionally left a certain important body part swinging in the breeze for years for the sake of an advantage over adversaries. it would have been an insanely gutsy move, the kind requiring you to judge your adversary's data more valuable than your own.

about a week ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

Spazmania Re:Asinine (322 comments)

If a banker steals money from the bank, that's a problem with one banker. The a dozen bankers steal money from the bank every week and upon discovery the bank fails to fire them, that's a problem with the bank.

More oversight of the bankers won't fix the problem with the bank.

about a week ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Spazmania Re:Let it die (509 comments)

Yeah, we don't send them to the colony on Molokai Hawaii any more. We've deprived the poor lepers of their tropical paradise.

about two weeks ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

Spazmania Re:Whoa (322 comments)

Not all human beings are able to arrest me.

Ever heard of citizen's arrest?

Not all human beings are able to have their word taken over mine in court by default.

Only for infractions where the maximum penalty is a small fine. In every other matter, a police officer's testimony carries the same legal weight as anybody else's.

Not all human beings are able to injure me and get away with it.

A cop is no more able to injure you and get away with it than anyone else. Indeed, a teenager is much more likely to escape penalty than a cop.

Not all human beings are able to invade my home and get away with it.

Actually, bounty hunters have far more rights in this respect than cops do. And they're not government employees.

Not all human beings are able to kill me and get away with it.

George Zimmerman.

Not all human beings are able to restrain me and get away with it.

Citizen's arrest.

Furthermore, when "not 100% faultless" really means "cop is a scumbag criminal", [...] then yes, we do need to see who and how they are hurting people

Then limit the recorders to officers who've received X complaints in the prior 12 months. You know, people for whom there is a reasonable suspicion that they're engaged in bad behavior.

How will you ever get rid of the bad actors if you make it horrible job for anybody who might replace them?

about two weeks ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

Spazmania Re:Asinine (322 comments)

Because they're not. An ordinary citizen can legally do almost anything a police officer can do, even arrest somebody. The biggest difference is that a police officer enjoys qualified immunity to lawsuit if he gets it wrong.

about two weeks ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

Spazmania Re:Asinine (322 comments)

Well I WOULD like to see a few more people prosecuted for perjury. Not just cops.

about two weeks ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

Spazmania Re:Asinine (322 comments)

Last I heard, any member of the public has a right to record a police officer's activity while he's on the job. The courts have repeatedly affirmed it to the point where police interference can cost them their qualified immunity.

His employer has the right too. I think it's a really bad idea because you're more than dangerously close to "if you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to hide."

about two weeks ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

Spazmania Re:Asinine (322 comments)

As it turns out, neither does any police officer. They may do it from time to time, just as burglars may break in to your house from time to time, but they don't have the right.

about two weeks ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

Spazmania Re:Asinine (322 comments)

Do you believe it would be wise to give your typical call center employee a gun, a squad car and instructions to arrest lawbreakers?

Call centers offer dehumanizing jobs that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. The last thing in the world I want is for someone who has grown used to that environment, someone who considers it an acceptable form human interaction, to be in charge of whether or not you or I go to jail.

If you have any sense, you don't want that either.

about two weeks ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

Spazmania Re:Whoa (322 comments)

We're all human beings. None of us are 100% faultless 100% of the time and with the exception of folks with an exhibitionist fetish none of us particularly enjoy being surveilled,

about two weeks ago

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The Twilight copyright saga

Spazmania Spazmania writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Spazmania (174582) writes "When it's not breaking box office records, Summit Entertainment, the studio that made the Twilight series, is doing its best to make sure that if you want to see a vampire brooding, you do it through Summit. The company seems to be lobbing lawsuits at pretty much anyone who uses Twilight's name or images without its permission."
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Second Life affair ends in divorce

Spazmania Spazmania writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Spazmania (174582) writes "A British couple who married in a lavish Second Life wedding ceremony are to divorce after one of them had an alleged "affair" in the online world. Amy Taylor, 28, said she had caught husband David Pollard, 40, having sex with an animated woman. Taylor is now in a new relationship with a man she met in the online roleplaying game World of Warcraft."
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