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The FBI Is Infecting Tor Users With Malware With Drive-By Downloads

SumDog Re:LOL (182 comments)

There was a lot of stuff on the TOR mailing listing about how there were two Washington, DC nodes that couldn't be removed from your list of peers.

Even if it's still somewhat anonymous, I wouldn't doubt the NSA has its hands in several of those exist nodes.

Freenet serves a different purpose entirely, but it's also pretty good at what it does.

about a month ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

SumDog Re:Expert:Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People A (390 comments)

It's a lot more expensive that you think. The development networks for drug research reach into the billions. Keep in mind that when you find a compound, it has a lot of basic tests before you get to single cells, complex organism, invertebrates, vertebrates... by the time you reach mice, you're already talking about $10million+ ... researchers, grants, equipment, poorly paid graduate students. And when you get to monkeys...each monkey is $15k a pop and if any of them die, the compound almost always gets tossed, or at the least, get set back 4 years.

And when a decent drug does come out, the entire management and executive engine of big pharma absorbs all of that. CEOs make billions while grad students still barely make $35k a year. It's a sick cluster-fuck.

But those procedures and equipment needed for a high level of accurate scientific research is still expensive and it's the difference between real replicable research and snake oil

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

SumDog Re:Be ready for a lot of frustration (170 comments)

I had an old Handspring Visor, Palm Treo and Centro. I came here to say this.

I had the IDE for a while. No multitasking (you could have timers that ran background tasks) and you could read/write directly into other programs' memory spaces. It was so easy to crash that OS. It's seriously only a few levels above MS/PC DOS with a really crappy C API. I'm really glad we're so far past those devices.

about a month ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

SumDog Re:It's a great weapon. (190 comments)

Conventional weapons also don't know when treaties have been signed: land mines, cluster bombs...

about a month ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

SumDog Re:It's a great weapon. (190 comments)

He was being sarcastic

about a month ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

SumDog Aliens (190 comments)

This just makes me think of the Alien's movie, where The Company(tm) wants to harvest, study and learn from the Xenomorphs, even after being fully aware at how horribly dangerous they were.

about a month ago
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The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

SumDog Re:Don't mention the tree-planting thing! (228 comments)

umm...extreme much? The EPA has been striped of most useful powers and allows industry to pollute uncontrollably. Just look at Fraking.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

SumDog Final Cut? (214 comments)

I stopped using iPhone years ago because of it's horrible UI and way of pulling everything into its ecosystem. I hated the fact that Lion removed both spaces and expose and replaces them with the mission control rubbish. And I really hated how Apple destroied their Final Cut product and told professional video editors to basically use their new iMovie pro.

And yet people will tell you all the above is better, because they love Apple and can't see past that. It's like being with a women who started smoking cigarettes and puts on an extra 20kg. You still love her for some arbritrary reason of a memory of what she once was.

about 2 months ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

SumDog Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

Contempt of Court is a lot less time than the possible crime you could be implicated by decrypting that disk. What's the most you'll get for contempt? A year tops?

about 2 months ago
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The Military Is About To Get New Augmented Reality Spy Glasses

SumDog Re:normally id be all for this. (58 comments)

1984 and Brave New World were never intended to be user manuals

about 2 months ago
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San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

SumDog Re:Communism (404 comments)

Yep. They band AirBnB (using your home has a bed and breakfast) if you don't have a permit. The hotels lobby for that shit. You're not free to rent out a room, in your own home, which you own, for short term (must be longer than a month).

about 2 months ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

SumDog Re:My experience driving a Prius (377 comments)

The really early Hybrid Civics had manual options. But they were primitavie "let's just slap an electric motor between the transmission and engine" designs. I'm with you though. I don't even like the paddle shifters on the new GTRs (even though I realize it still has a clutch and it's a lot faster...just give me a pedal to launch with. If you spend $80k on a car, you should at least get that).

The Tesla high end roaders are 3-speeds I believe. Not sure if they have a clutch though, but there is a shifter lever.

about 3 months ago
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When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

SumDog Re:IPv6 Addresses (305 comments)

It's called DNS

about 3 months ago
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When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

SumDog Re:Fuck IPv6 (305 comments)

Cellphones are where we see the largest adoptions of IPv6 currently

about 3 months ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

SumDog Re:$5k (875 comments)

And the company that made it still got it's $300k. Even if the municipality didn't pay for it, someone did. Most likely the federal government and therefore, the taxpayer.

about 3 months ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

SumDog Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

I use to be pro-gun, even though I'd never personally own one. Then I moved to Australia and later New Zealand. America's gun laws are absolutely fucking insane.

I think it's okay to own one, but everyone should have a license. None of this cash and carry bullshit. You have to register your car. You need a license for a car. If it wasn't for the 2nd amendment, no one would question license and registration for guns. Cops should have to register their guns too and should never be allowed to take service weapons home with them or use them off duty. They should need civilian licenses just like everyone else.

You know what goes down with sane gun laws? Suicides. Australia's suicide rate plummeted. Sure people who are going to kill themselves will usually do so no matter what. That's what you lean in psychology class. But they also don't want to fuck up. The only thing worse that surviving for someone that depressed, is surviving with permanent brain or physical injury. Guns provide that push over that edge; to assure you there is no recovery.

America's gun laws are insane compared to every other high income country. And Americans are oblivious to the fact it makes us the laughing stock of the entire world.

about 3 months ago
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NRC Human Spaceflight Report Says NASA Strategy Can't Get Humans To Mars

SumDog Re:Simple Solution (206 comments)

If one rover discovered a massive reserved of oil on mars, we would be there yesterday.

about 3 months ago
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NRC Human Spaceflight Report Says NASA Strategy Can't Get Humans To Mars

SumDog Re:NRC (206 comments)

YES! That's exactly what I thought (my dad worked in nuclear power for my entire life, and one of my good friends works for the NRC)

about 3 months ago
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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

SumDog Re:twm (611 comments)

TWM is the reference implementation. It consumes A LOT of CPU and is pretty shit.

I'd recomended a tiling window manager if you want minimilisim: i3, awesome or xmonad

about 3 months ago
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Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

SumDog open battlenet (252 comments)

Anyone remember open battlenet? Idiot judge in that case shut down the totally open-source, non-commerical open battle net server which allowed people to run their own private Startcraft/Warcraft servers on their own private networks. Sure it could allow people to play others without a valid serial number, but it opened up another very interesting legal question: can certain software be considered illegal?

Fuck Blizzard.

about 3 months ago

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AT&T wants to offer "Sponsored Data" programs.

SumDog SumDog writes  |  about 8 months ago

SumDog (466607) writes "AT&T is preparing to offer "sponsored data" programs. Companies can front to bill so their content is delieverd without impacting a consumer's mobile data caps. While this seems good for the consumer, it creates two tieres of service. If Google pays AT&T for streaming fees, it would encourage people to use YouTube over other services like Vimeo. It's a good thing the United States has network neutrality leglisglation to prevent this sort of thing. Oh wait, it doesn't."
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SumDog SumDog writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SumDog writes "The international space station's newest power source, a set of solar wings, made its debut yesterday. The solar array is part of a new 17.5-ton space station segment that was connected to the orbiting outpost during a spacewalk Monday."
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