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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Subm Airplane! (638 comments)

"We have clearance, Clarence."

"Roger, Roger."

2 days ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

Subm How about canceling some patents too? (646 comments)

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.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Subm Arches and arrowheads (702 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

Subm The problem is being at a desk all day (312 comments)

"'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.

about 3 months ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Subm Re:Difference (641 comments)

"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.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

Subm Know what you're asking for (370 comments)

By the principle of "Quality, price, speed, pick any two," when you ask for price and speed, just know what you're asking for.

about 4 months ago
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US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances

Subm Yo dawg! (186 comments)

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!

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?

Subm Slashdot nails it again (421 comments)

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.

about 5 months ago
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LA Times: Snowden Had 3 Helpers Inside NSA

Subm Sadly the rest of the NSA didn't help him (148 comments)

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."

about 5 months ago
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NSA: Others Implicated in Making Snowden Data Leaks Possible

Subm Others? I'd start with Clapper (118 comments)

> 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.

about 5 months ago
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Environmental Report Raises Pressure On Obama To Approve Keystone Pipeline

Subm Re:Horse... barndoor... (301 comments)

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.

about 6 months ago
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NSA Collects 200 Million Text Messages Per Day

Subm What don't they collect? (287 comments)

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.

about 6 months ago
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FISA Judges Oppose Intelligence Reform Proposals Aimed At Court

Subm Kangaroo rubber stamp-court (187 comments)

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?

about 6 months ago
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Stormy Alien Atmospheres May Spark Seeds of Life

Subm After all, it happened here... (44 comments)

> 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.

about 6 months ago
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Former CIA/NSA Head: NSA Is "Infinitely" Weaker As a Result of Snowden's Leaks

Subm He is a defector (572 comments)

> "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.

about 7 months ago
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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

Subm Re:60% of Americans are (944 comments)

... still think the world was made by an omnipotent being in 7 days ...

6 days.

On the seventh day he ate pasta, probably noodly.

about 7 months ago
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Member of President Obama's NSA Panel Recommends Increased Data Collection

Subm Why stop there? (349 comments)

> "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.

about 7 months ago
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It's Not Just the NSA: Police Are Tracking Your Car

Subm Re:Well this is necessary (201 comments)

I think this is a case where Poe's Law applies.

I think this is a case where whoosh! applies.

about 7 months ago
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Investor Lawsuit Blames NSA For $12B Loss In IBM Value

Subm Re:NSA/CIA Chilling effects, billion lost. (204 comments)

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?

about 7 months ago
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Snowden Document Shows Canada Set Up Spy Posts For NSA

Subm Re:Enough (177 comments)

It's time to demand Clapper be hauled away in handcuffs

Blaming one scapegoat will not resolve the deep deep deep corruption in our governing system(s). Short of a complete revolution with heads rolling, it would be futile and would only serve the propagandists.

I read the comment not as scapegoating someone but as applying the law to everyone and attaching responsibility and accountability to decisions people make. If nothing else, Clapper lied to Congress. NSA programs have been found illegal. If behavior like that doesn't at least lead to a trial, why won't others follow suit? They certainly benefit from growing their bureaucracies so they have motivation to.

about 7 months ago

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Who is today's King George III? Who are today's patriots?

Subm Subm writes  |  about a year ago

Subm (79417) writes "Are Snowden, Manning, Ellsberg, and their peers modern day versions of Samuel Adams, Thomas Paine, John Hancock, and their peers? We hold the latter group as the definition of patriots to the U.S., but before independence they were traitors to the King. Support from other colonists took decades to build. Will future historians see the former group as patriots like the nation's founders? How much has the U.S. Government become the tyrannical King we faught for freedom from? Joshua Spodek examines these questions. Of course, separated by centuries there are many differences, but what of the similarities? What do you think? How much does the present resemble history and what can we learn from it?"
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Why do movies still have closing credits?

Subm Subm writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Subm (79417) writes "Closing credits now commonly stretch for ten minutes. Early movies had closing credits of ten people. Why do we still have them? The typical answer is to credit the people who contributed, but that method seems ineffective: one name out of thousands is nearly invisible, it's only visible while watching the movie, and they're unsearchable. Meanwhile, every movie has a web page but those pages rarely list the full closing credits. If the goal of closing credits is to credit the people who contributed, won't posting them online serve that goal better? If the goal is to give time to show bloopers, why not just show the bloopers? (The same goes for tv shows)"
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Friday, May 28, Science will be 2,595 years old

Subm Subm writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Subm (79417) writes "Physicist Robert Park points out "On May 28, 585 B.C. the swath of a total solar eclipse passed over the Greek island of Miletus. The early Greek philosopher, Thales of Miletus, alone understood what was happening. The world's first recorded freethinker, Thales rejected all supernatural explanations, and used the occasion to state the first law of science: every observable effect has a physical cause. The 585 B.C. eclipse is now taken to mark the birth of science, and Thales is honored as the father. What troubles would be spared the world if the education of every child began with causality?""
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Jamie Escalante died of cancer

Subm Subm writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Subm (79417) writes "Jaime Escalante (December 31, 1930 — March 30, 2010) was a professor and teacher of mathematics who gained renown and distinction for his work at Garfield High School in Los Angeles, California, in teaching students calculus from 1974 to 1991. Escalante was the subject of the 1988 film Stand and Deliver. It would be hard to overstate the impact Escalante has made on the education reform movement in the U.S. He and Rafe Esquith were the first to prove very publicly and definitively that demography is not destiny and that inner-city kids, with great teaching and high expectations, could achieve at high levels. At his peak, Escalante had 187 students AT ONE TIME sitting for the Calculus AP exam — and his students accounted for ONE-THIRD of all Mexican-Americans passing the exam in the country."
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How A Grandmother Secret Agent Caught Blagojevich

Subm Subm writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Subm (79417) writes "This week's New Yorker writes about secret agent grandmother Pamela Davis, who, when extorted in 2003 trying to get approval for a new medical office building from the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, alerted authorities: "Pamela Davis, blond suburban mother of three, was told that her bra would be the best place to wear the wire that kick-started a long investigation into Chicago graft and that ultimately caught the governor of Illinois trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat." The Washington Post tells more about the subsequent investigation. Sounds like a hero!"
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Inside View of Epic preparing Gears of War 2

Subm Subm writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Subm (79417) writes "Lamborghinis, motion-capture rooms, secret new weapons... The profile of Epic Games and its Design Director preparing Gears of War 2 in this week's New Yorker has it all. The story is in preparation for the release of the game November 7, in case you hadn't heard."
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Ninja burgler on Staten Island

Subm Subm writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Subm (79417) writes "The New Yorker reports, "it figures that a serial "ninja burglar" would turn up on Staten Island, a borough whose biggest cultural export, the Wu-Tang Clan, long ago nicknamed the place Shaolin, in honor of kung-fu movies". A victim said the burglar "was dressed all in black, with a black face mask ... and he carried nun-chucks, which he used to club [the victim] in the chest, head, and shins before [he] was able to retaliate ... Other victims have likened him to a gazelle or a cat ("very athletic, very quiet, and very fast"), capable of scaling walls and leaping noiselessly out windows."

The article quoted a representative of a nearby Shaolin Kung Fu Temple, who knew nothing of the burglar and seemed unconcerned that he pirated their identity."
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Subm Subm writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Subm (79417) writes "SCO closed below $1.00 every day this week for the first time, accompanied by news about their case that can't be helping them out.

The stock has been stable for some time, and they can always reverse split to remain listed. Nonetheless, you have to wonder, is it time to start shorting?"
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Subm Subm writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Subm (79417) writes "I just noticed my first slashdot post by a user with a number higher than 1,000,000 (the post was by latecomer IE7 manager Dean Hachamovitch, user 1,019,114). Did I miss the celebration? Who got number 1,000,000? When did Slashdot users get outnumbered by Wikipedia articles? What other milestones were passed and when? Any comments from some triple-, double-, or single-numbered digit users?"

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