Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year
How much of the cost of the internet goes to costs of the ads?
They seem like most of the bandwidth on many sites.
Take them out and the cost would probably drop to $2.30.
Favorite "Go!" Phrase?
"We have clearance, Clarence."
Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks
Now that the USPTO has shown it can cancel intellectual property, how about canceling some patents?
We could start with the software patents and continue from there.
Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?
All those arches in Rome seem to be holding up pretty well after thousands of years.
I saw some arrowheads in a museum that looked as ready for use as when someone left them there.
Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk
"'If you look at the late 19th Century,' he says, Victorian clerks could stand at their desks and 'moved around a lot more'. 'It's possible to look back at the industrial office of the past 100 years or so as some kind of weird aberration in a 1,000-year continuum of work where we've always moved around.'"
If you look at any time in the past million years of our history, I doubt you're going to find a time when people stayed nearly perfectly so still for so long, standing or sitting. We even sit still when we travel from one place to another, which I can guarantee never happened before, even when we rode horses.
The difference between sitting at a desk all day or standing at a desk all day seems to me like the choice between someone punching you in the face or slapping you in the face. The position of the hand is small compared to someone hitting you in the face.
If you're at a desk all day and took a car to get there, whether you sit or stand seems to me a negligible difference compared to how anyone you inherited genes from behaved, except, maybe, when they were sick or about to die. I suspect that before the industrial revolution even when people sat around, they still moved around a fair amount relative to today.
Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP
"and yet I have never been infected, although online for hours each day."
There is a great, big difference between "have never been infected" and "have never been infected that I know of"
It also says nothing about whether their computer has been infected.
Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?
By the principle of "Quality, price, speed, pick any two," when you ask for price and speed, just know what you're asking for.
US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances
Yo dawg! I heard you liked monitoring people so we got some monitoring people to monitor your monitoring people so you can monitor your monitoring people while you monitor people!
Yo dawg! I heard you like policing your state so we got you some police to police your police so you can police your police while you police your state!
Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?
Reviews so far sound suspiciously like
No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame.
But personally I'll hold out until it runs Linux. I don't need backdoors watching everything I watch.
LA Times: Snowden Had 3 Helpers Inside NSA
TFA Headline: "Three former NSA workers accused of aiding Snowden"
A more responsible headline: "The rest of the NSA accused of violating the Fourth Amendment rights of the entire nation, undermining the interests of the nation and its people, and destabilizing the checks and balances keeping the nation strong for over two centuries."
NSA: Others Implicated in Making Snowden Data Leaks Possible
> Others Implicated in Making Snowden Data Leaks Possible
Since Snowden mentioned Clapper's lying to Congress got him to release the documents, I'd start by implicating Clapper.
From there it's hard not to implicate the Presidents who didn't honor their pledge to uphold the Constitution. Congress. Decision-makers within the NSA.
Without all of them, there would be nothing for Snowden to release.
Environmental Report Raises Pressure On Obama To Approve Keystone Pipeline
Those oils sands are already being dug up and processed, and the market is not going to let anything get in the way of that.
Specifically, US regulators have no business getting in the way of that, because it's in Canada. Obama can't do anything to stop that.
He could increase funding to public transportation and decrease subsidies to oil, which would decrease demand and therefore funds. I suspect decreasing military funding and other welfare would decrease demand. He could manate increased car and building efficiency. He could increase funding to renewable energies.
Off the top of my head I can see many ways Obama can at least decrease it.
NSA Collects 200 Million Text Messages Per Day
I was going to suggest it would soon be easier to list what online communications they don't collect, but I think we passed that point a while ago.
Is there any online privacy they show signs of respecting?
Do they see any reason not to do what they're doing? I mean, the Fourth Amendment didn't seem like much of a road block.
FISA Judges Oppose Intelligence Reform Proposals Aimed At Court
They are a kangaroo rubber-stamp court objecting to doing other than what they were appointed to do, which is to unthinkingly say yes. I can't imagine anyone with any pride in their country feeling anything other than overwhelming shame and disgust for their role in this banana-republic activity. Except self-interested cronies.
Since they could be replaced by a rubber stamp that said "Yes" with nearly no change to what the court does except to save probably tens of millions of dollars per year, they're probably concerned about losing their jobs.
Can you imagine what Jefferson or John Adams would say about this possibly unconstitutional corruption of justice? This court could scarcely be farther from their ideals. Of course they're united in opposition. They're united because their bosses gave them all the same instructions. Why would we expect any one of them to say or act independently of anyone else?
Stormy Alien Atmospheres May Spark Seeds of Life
> Stormy Alien Atmospheres May Spark Seeds of Life
Life started at least once here, why not elsewhere?
With any luck we'll achieve intelligent life before them too, but I'm not holding my breath.
Former CIA/NSA Head: NSA Is "Infinitely" Weaker As a Result of Snowden's Leaks
> "he used to describe leaker Edward Snowden as a "defector""
He is a defector. Away from the rogue near-nation of the NSA and toward the United States' Constitution.
60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out
... still think the world was made by an omnipotent being in 7 days ...
On the seventh day he ate pasta, probably noodly.
Member of President Obama's NSA Panel Recommends Increased Data Collection
> "He also said the program, far from being unnecessary, could prevent the next 9/11."
Why stop there? If you put everyone in jail you'll prevent attacks too.
And give us all tracking collars and big bonuses for yourself and your crony pals for the contracts to fulfill all the work.
As long as we don't consider unintended consequences, history, or conflicting interests like the Constitution and public opinion, expanding surveillance makes a lot of sense.
Then again, the slightest thought to any of these things makes him sound like a total idiot, if not a traitor.
It's Not Just the NSA: Police Are Tracking Your Car
I think this is a case where Poe's Law applies.
I think this is a case where whoosh! applies.
Investor Lawsuit Blames NSA For $12B Loss In IBM Value
About 40 people I was going to hire to start this business won't see the light of day.
Where do you keep these candidates and why not let them have some sunlight even if you don't hire them?
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