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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Taco Cowboy The American Dream is not a lie (715 comments)

the American Dream(TM) lie is well understood .... The idea that anyone can make it if they work hard. Well, maybe they can if they get really lucky, but for the majority they won't get rich in their lifetime. Not to say that they will have bad lives or anything

It has nothing to do with luck. It has everything to do with one's point of view and how far one is willing to go to achieve that dream.

The American Dream does happen, and it happened to me. Of course, there aren't many people like me, but to say that it is a lie is to deny the reality.

yesterday
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Taco Cowboy Tyranny can't last forever (715 comments)

...we're likely to break the cycle by spawning an eternal Tyranny instead of a sustainable Democracy

The only way a tyranny can last is when the people let them.

Unless they can find a way to turn the "subjects" into borg-like things (which obeys their master 100% of the time), human beings, being a rebellious lot, can not, and will not be suppressed forever.

Rebellions (plural) will happen.

While the tyrannical regime might be able to crush most of the rebellious attempts, there will always be that final rebellion which will crush the ruling junta.

Thus, the cycle continues ...

yesterday
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Taco Cowboy Nationalism in China (715 comments)

The Chinese are always, and have been, very concern to what is happening in China.

Even me, a Chinese, who ran away from China when I was very young, and ended up in America and stayed in America for a few decades, still in my spare time, check out what is going on in China.

The "nationalistic" phenomenon for the Chinese people ebbs and flows - it happened back in WW2, when the Japanese invaded China, it happened again during the Korean war, and for a while, in between the Korean war until recently, most Chinese prefer to focus their attention towards themselves.

At first it was for survival, as China under the tutelage of Mao, landed itself in a seemingly endless episodes of man-made disasters. Famines that took away the lives of millions happened. Cannibalism happened, cultural revolution happened, intellectuals were driven to madness and/or suicide happened, and so on...

When Deng took over in the late 1970's, economically speaking China became better. The Chinese people turned towards making money.

That lasted for almost 40 years, and the economy of China has started to flatline, people are getting laid off (and young university graduates couldn't find jobs).

To allay the pent-up anger, the CCP, under the Xi-Li pair, opted for the "nationalistic" approach.

And that coincides with the provocations from Japan. With more and more provocations from Japan, the fuel for the fire of nationalism multiplied.

You gotta understand that the Chinese people, until today, can *NOT* forgive what the Japanese did to them, back in the WW2. That is because, unlike the Germans who issued public apologies to their victims (particularly Jews and Gypsies), the Japanese refused to apologize for the carnage they had done in China.

That bad blood in between the Japanese and Chinese is now exposed in the open.

The CCP of course, ain't stupid. They fully utilize the follies from Japan to add fuel to the nationalism fervor.

yesterday
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Taco Cowboy Re:The U. S. of A. does not operate in this mode (715 comments)

The fact still stands.

In the United States of America, the commoners are totally cut off from the decision making process.

George Bush did *NOT* get the permission from the American public before he launched the attack. He didn't have to, as the American public has absolutely *NO SAY* in the running of things.

Taking this a step further --- in the current situation relating to NSA --- Obama does *NOT* care what the people feel, because the "feeling" of the people is inconsequential, as what is to be done, WILL BE DONE, whether the people like it, or not.

yesterday
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Taco Cowboy The U. S. of A. does not operate in this mode (715 comments)

"...because the politicians do, as you say, simply have to FRAME a proposal in language which RESONATES with the worldview of the people being targeted..."

Sadly, you do not know the US of A.

The politicians inside the United States of America do not need to frame any proposal to the people, all the need to do to get anything done is to use their influence to rally a portion of semi-elites to his or her cause, and through the butterfly effect , it is done.

Case in point - United States attacking Iraq

When George Bush decides to attack Iraq, he did not need to get the approval from the Americans. All he did was to rally the world community (elites from different countries) to his cause, and when he got the support, off goes the Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

I was from China, and I still remember how hard the Chinese Communist Party had to rally their own people to support their decision to send troops into Korea to fight the Korean war.

In contrast to what George Bush did - the Chinese government, under Mao, almost tapped into all the resources it could muster, to get the people into the mood.

In a way, at least back in the time of the Korean War, the Communist government which rule China was more attuned to their own people, than George Bush, to the Americans.

yesterday
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

Taco Cowboy Human beings are not born with smartphone attached (183 comments)

The main problem is that we are human being, that we are *NOT* robot.

As human beings we are the product of millions of years of evolution - an evolution that did not encounter _any_ form of electronic gadgets until very recently.

The fact that we can drive a car (or any vehicles) is not because we *adapt* to the way the car operate, but it is another way around.

We engineer the vehicles so that they can become our tool, and the operation of that tool is *within* our range of capability.

While using cellphone (and now smartphone) have been accused of causing a lot of accidents, they are not the only distraction. Long before the advent of the cellphone, a lot of traffic accidents were caused by drivers adjusting their radio (either looking for station of turning up/down the volume), or adjusting the seat, or the air condition, or whatever.

It is thus evidenced that we human beings are not made to be effective "multi-tasking" device

And smartphones are not the only culprit - I have known drivers who were so distracted by their on-board sat nav devices such as tomtom (and other brands) they drove their car into poles, walls, and so on

Personally when I drive, I drive. If I have to adjust my seat, my mirrors, my radio, or whatever, I stop my car at the roadside (or any other safe place) to make the adjustment, and then continue my journey.

4 days ago
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Snowden: NSA Spied On Human Rights Workers

Taco Cowboy NSA wasting effort on the "human rights" activists (230 comments)

NSA does not even have to tap on those "human rights" activists, they are more than often willingly contributing to NSA's arsenal of knowledge ...
 
In fact, it was the "Human Right Watch" which published Mr. Snowden's secret email address, leading into the shut down of the operator which offered the totally encrypted email service.

about a week ago
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More On the "Cuban Twitter" Scam

Taco Cowboy It's more than that ! (90 comments)

We're watching you, so behave

It's more like "We will make sure that you'll be very miserable if you do not behave"

Thank you, England, for teaching America how to take this program worldwide.

about two weeks ago
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Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

Taco Cowboy No, they don't ! (233 comments)

The flight deck crew have keys to open the door

After the 9/11 incident in NYC the cockpit of most commercial aircrafts have had their doors upgraded.

No one but the people inside the cockpit can open the door, and the door is thick enough to withstand normal bang and kick and whatnot.

Cabin crews won't have the keys, or else terrorists (they are on board) could have gotten the keys from the crews and open the security door to the cockpit.

about two weeks ago
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Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

Taco Cowboy Even Houdini can't pull this off ! (233 comments)

There are way too many fishy things that happened to flight MH370

1. There was an "airspace territory gap" of 3 to 4 minutes in between the airspace of Malaysia and that of Vietnam, over South China Sea.

The last communication from that plane was from the co-pilot, not the pilot. And his message was "Goodbye Malaysia, Goodbye MH370" and that message was uttered just before the transponder and all comm channels were shut.

Once the transponder and all the comm channels were severed the aircraft remained silent for another 7 to 8 hours

2. After the transponder been switched off and all the comm channels cut, the plane took a turn to the West, purposely flying just south of the border of Southern Thailand the Northern Malaysia.

And during that trip from the South China Sea to the northern tip of the Malaccan Strait the aircraft was flown up to 45,000 feet, way over the limit of the safety limit for Boeing 777, and the aircraft flew at that altitude for a full 23 minutes.

At that height, passengers in the fuselage will experience a lack of oxygen.

Even if the emergency oxygen respiration devices dropped down and the passengers put them on, that oxygen supply would only last for 10 minutes - Which meant, all people inside the fuselage would have extreme difficulties getting oxygen for 13 long minutes

Many of them would die. Those didn't would have passed out.

3. When the plane reached the northern tip of the Malaccan Strait it dropped down to 25,000 feet, and then turned north to the Andaman Sea.

At that place, the plane "hug" the Northern Sumatran coastline and flew from the North East side of the Sumatran Island to the North West.

And from that juncture, the plane could have go Northward, or South.

4. Now they are saying the plane went South, based on the "Ping" signals that they received.

Since that "Ping" signal is not a complicated signal, it wouldn't take a rocket scientist to "clone" that signal - and if there was someone behind the hijacking of that plane, they could have done so.

5. Why ? Well ... to lead the investigators into a false trail, a wild goose chase.

There was a comment embedded in the following link allude to such a plot - http://www.themalaysianinsider...

Let me quote part of that comment:

... the possibilities that the aircraft had safely landed in an undisclosed location, and the people (individual or teams of people) who were responsible for the hijacking of that plane either ripped that "ping device" out and then carried that "ping device" (which was still "pinging") on another aircraft and then flown it to the middle of nowhere in the southern Indian Ocean, and then, either drop that "ping device" down into the ocean, or simply shut that "ping device" down, so i couldn't ping no more.

One more possibility is that those people might have "cloned" the "ping signals" using another device that broadcast that "ping signal", and then, when that Boeing 777 had landed safely on that undisclosed location, they immediately flew that "clone ping device" and, did what I have outlined above.

They did that to divert attention, and to create a false lead to the world which will come looking for that plane.

What happened to this Boeing 777 has so many gaping holes yet to be answered - like

* Why it flew for 7 to 8 hours without anyone actively looking for it ?

* Why they purposely switched off the transponder and the comm channels but left that "ping device" kept on broadcasting the "ping signals" ? Is it part of the plan to mislead the investigator ?

* Where is that plane right now ? Where could it possibly had landed ? Thailand ? Laos ? The Philippines ? Malaysia ? Indonesia ? Myanmar ? Bangladesh ? Cambodia ? Vietnam ? ... and most importantly ...

* What happened to those 239 people on board ? Have they all been killed ? If so, how ? If not, where and who are keeping them locked up ? For what purpose ?

about two weeks ago
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Oxford Internet Institute Creates Internet "Tube" Map

Taco Cowboy How do you gauge censorship ? (56 comments)

The "tube map" attempts to mark countries where "censorship" happens, but I feel that the effort is still a little bit wanting.

For example, how does one account for the "grassroot censorship" ?

What I mean by "grassroot censorship" is akin to what happened to the ex-honcho of Mozilla. Just because his personal donation to a political fund he had been hounded by thousands of fanatics who organized a netwide witch hunt, to the tune of asking people to remove Mozilla browsers from their devices.

How do you account for that kind of censorship ??

about two weeks ago
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Cheaper Fuel From Self-Destructing Trees

Taco Cowboy Just when the American trees are under attack ... (112 comments)

Trees in America and Europe are dying in large number due to infestation from foreign bugs / diseases / viruses

Examples of the diseases / bugs / viruses are Chestnut Bright, Emerald Ash Borer, Asian long-horned beetle, Spruce Needle Cast Disease, and so on.

And those boffins are tinkering with even more American trees so that they become self-destructive more easily??

about two weeks ago
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China Cracks Down On Bitcoin, Cuts Off Exchanges' Bank Access

Taco Cowboy Do you know what CAPITALISM is ? (100 comments)

Communist economies are fake economies.

And just as often, Capitalist economies are as well.

Because Asset Backed Paper Commodities were basically a giant Ponzi scheme where garbage debt was laundered and passed off to other suckers by the very banks who gave out credit like it was candy.

Your example does NOT fit the "Capitalism" moniker.

True Capiltalism abhors ponzi schemes.

True Capitalism does not create money out of thin air.

True Capitalism does not engage in Quantitative Easing.

What America practices is very far from True Capitalism.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Taco Cowboy Re:I think this is bullshit (1744 comments)

What kind of fucktoid are you ??

Are you saying that just because someone disagree with what you do they no longer get to enjoy the same freedoms (like freedom of speech) that you enjoy ?

I do hope that you are not an American, or else there is no more hope for America !!

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Taco Cowboy Please stop kidding yourself (1744 comments)

That said, Democratic Socialism has been shown to work

Are you sure you know what you are talking about ?

"Democratic Socialism" is an oxymoron, something that nature forbids, something so existentially awkward it won't be able to survive by itself.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Taco Cowboy From one who came from a communist country ... (1744 comments)

Here in the real world, communism just means means that the state controls your life

You guys have no idea what the communist beast can become unless you were born into one.

Communism in essence means that the state has the ultimate right to decide who to live, who to die, without having to provide any explanation, period.

about two weeks ago
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Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression

Taco Cowboy ... doesn't mean they can't join a start-up (257 comments)

Not everyone is fit to handle a start-up...

True, but that does not mean they can't play the role the second-fiddle, or the third.

Not everyone can handle pressure - for some, pressure is a mean to become even better while for others they snapped.

But still - there are many roles in any start-ups.

Now that I do not handle start-ups anymore, I invest in some, and the first criterium for me is to gauge whether the lead person (dude or dudette) can handle sudden, and tremendous pressure.

If the person can't deal with it, I'll suggest to the team (as the one who gonna provide them with seed money) to get someone who can keep the vision going without snapped out of shape.

about two weeks ago
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Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression

Taco Cowboy Good times are more important (257 comments)

I had had many start-ups - some failed but others I cashed out for handsome profits.

When I ran a start-up, I remember the pressure being crazy

From my own experience, everything comes with pressure, but at the same time also provide exhilarating pleasure, and I prefer to keep the good parts in my mind.

I remember the room filled with stimulating enthusiasm, with people contributing everything they got towards the common goal, selflessly sharing all the know, and the lessons learned.

Even for the projects that I had cashed out from, I keep in touch with all the past comrades, and at times when we have a gathering or two, we get to reminisce about we had had to go through and all the other bullshits over a pint, or two.

about two weeks ago
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FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

Taco Cowboy A talent with an entire *CLAN* tagging on ... (325 comments)

... is no talent at all.

We *MUST* look at this matter at the level of *WHAT AMERICA NEEDS* and not what kind of talents that we might lose if we do not allow them to import the entire clan with him/her...

Even a primary school child can tell you that if you have to sacrifice so much for ONE thing that ONE thing must be more valuable than all the sacrifice you have put forth.

By importing an entire of his clan into America - that "talent" better be 100 times more smarter than Einstein, and if he/she is not, then, we can do with that that individual.

That is all to it.

about two weeks ago
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FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

Taco Cowboy How can this be "RACIST" ? (325 comments)

I see how this is insightful, but rather racist

I just do not understand you guys anymore.

Why are you guys looking at things at the *RACE* level instead of the level of what the American society REALLY NEEDS ?

As I have told you guys I am a Chinese, I used the experiences of the Chinese community in America as an example.

Is that "racist" to you ?

Furthermore, when I talk about the danger American society will face in the future because of the infiltration of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of those who subscribe to the "Infidel must convert or die" ideology - I am *NOT* talking about any *ONE RACE*.

Geeesh, guys/gals ! Please gimme a very BIG fucking break !!

about two weeks ago

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UN court ordered Japan to stop whaling

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about two weeks ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "United Nations judges have ordered Japan to end whale hunts in the Antarctic after dismissing Japanese arguments that the hunting was carried out for scientific research purposes.

"Japan shall revoke any existant authorization, permit or licence granted in relation to JARPA II (research programme) and refrain from granting any further permits," said the International Court of Justice's judge Peter Tomka.

In 1982, the International Whaling Commission adopted a moratorium on commercial whaling, allowing the taking and killing of whales for research purposes only. Scientific catch limits are set by each country on a yearly basis, submitted to a review by the IWC's scientific committee.

Anti-whaling critics say that Japanese whale research is a fig leaf for commercial hunting, as whale meat can be sold to cover research costs. Japan counters that its whale meat sale is not profitable, and that it needs to take and kill whales to study the animals and their potential as a food source.

"The evidence does not establish that the programme's design and implementation are reasonable in relation to its stated objectives," the court said.

More info can be had from

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

and

http://timesofindia.indiatimes...

and

http://news.sciencemag.org/asi..."

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Traffic Light Robot in Kinshasa

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a month ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "To many, Africa is a backwater continent.

Unbeknownst to most, however, there are genuine and very practical inventions that came out of Africa, one of which is the Humanoid Street Light Robots.

In Kinshasa, two humanoid street light figures have been installed in a busy road junction. They stand 8 foot tall, made of stainless steel and aluminium, and powered by solar panel.

Featuring green and red lights, Kinshasa's robot cops are designed to merge some of the functions of human officers and traffic lights. The anthropomorphic robots can raise or bend their arms to stop passing vehicles or let others pass, and are also programmed to speak, indicating to pedestrians when they can cross the road.

The street light robots are equipped with rotating chests and surveillance cameras that record the flow of vehicles.

While these "Robots" might seem " primitive " to some, nevertheless they fulfill a needed role and there are plans to install more street light robots in other busy road junctions."

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Did NSA impersonated Facebook and others ?

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a month ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Following the revelation of NSA's fake Facebook server by Snowden, Mark Zuckerberg is very upset and said that he has called up Obama to complain.

Mr. Zuckerberg also calls the US government as a "Threat to Internet" and wrote "“When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government.,"

NSA has responded to the allegation by insisting that what they did was legal.

By saying the “NSA does not use its technical capabilities to impersonate US company websites” — the NSA appears to overly simplify what had been reported by the The Intercept

In one man-on-the-side technique, codenamed QUANTUMHAND, the agency disguises itself as a fake Facebook server. When a target attempts to log in to the social media site, the NSA transmits malicious data packets that trick the target’s computer into thinking they are being sent from the real Facebook. By concealing its malware within what looks like an ordinary Facebook page, the NSA is able to hack into the targeted computer and covertly siphon out data from its hard drive. A top-secret animation demonstrates the tactic in action.

Now the question is, did NSA impersonated FB and others ?

The original report on NSA's QUANTUMHAND is available @ firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/03/12/nsa-plans-infect-millions-computers-malware/

Zuckerberg's reaction can be had @ www.itnews.com.au/News/375099,zuckerberg-decries-nsas-fake-facebook-server-malware.aspx

and/or

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/social/Facebook-founder-Mark-Zuckerberg-says-US-government-threat-to-internet/articleshow/31968638.cms

and/or

abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2014/03/mark-zuckerberg-calls-us-government-threat-to-the-internet/

NSA's skirt-the-issue type of denial is reported @ arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/03/nsa-says-indiscriminate-facebook-hacking-allegations-are-simply-false/"

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Math equation could help find missing Malaysian plane

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a month ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "

Days after a Malaysian airliner with 239 people aboard went missing en route to Beijing, searchers are still struggling to find any confirmed sign of the plane. Authorities have acknowledged that they didn't even know what direction it was heading when it disappeared.

In 2009, Air France Flight 447 en route to Paris from Rio de Janeiro vanished over the Atlantic Ocean, triggering the most expensive and exhaustive search effort ever conducted for a plane. After two years, officials could only narrow the location of the plane's black box down to an area the size of Switzerland.

What took two years for other experts in the search for the black box, took only five days for consultants who applied the Bayes' Theorem, to finally find the device 12,000 feet under water.

"It's a very short, simple equation that says you can start out with hypothesis about something — and it doesn't matter how good the hypothesis is," said Sharon Bertsch McGrayne, author of "The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes' Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of Controversy."

The hypothesis is subject to change, based on probability, but can still be used with the theorem. Pretty much based on the concept of learning from experience, one can say.

It is because of this character of the formula — forcing researchers to change their hypothesis with each new information — that the probability becomes more accurate.

Bayes' Theorem, which is also used in Google's driverless cars and predictions in stock markets, is based on probability. Because the theorem starts with a hypothesis – something McGrayne said "can be very subjective" – it had been seen as controversial until the 1960s. But because it forces researchers to change their hypothesis with each new piece of information, the probability becomes more accurate.

The theorem was used in World War II to locate German U-boats and the lost nuclear submarine U.S.S. Scorpion. It was also used during the Cold War to spot Soviet submarines.

"The AF 447 search is rooted in Bayesian inference," Lawrence D. Stone, chief scientist at Virginia-based scientific consultancy Metron – which was contacted to apply Bayes' Theorem in the search for the Air France plane – wrote in ORMS Today magazine in 2011. Bayes' Theorem "allows the organization of available data with associated uncertainties and computation of the PDF (probability distribution function) for target location given these data," he said.

Despite assistance from Australia, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines and the United States, Malaysian search efforts are even further from locating Flight MH370. The search area has been expanded to almost 27,000 square nautical miles – an area roughly equivalent to the state of Indiana – authorities said. That's more than 10,000 nautical square miles larger than the search for Air France Flight 447, before Bayes' Theorem was applied.

Stone told Al Jazeera that in the current search for flight MH370, it is "highly unlikely" that Bayes' Theorem is being applied.

That is not to suggest it is totally absent.

Bayes' Theorem is pervasive, and those involved in the current search have applied a certain Bayesian flavour in their search, "but it then got upset when their prior calculations were incorrect," said statistician Professor Bradley Efron of Stanford University, as quoted by Al Jazeera, referring to the conclusion by Malaysian authorities that the MAS plane could have ended up in the Strait of Malacca.

Bayes' Theorem, after all, is all about learning from experience, which is probably why Efron said one would need "reasonably accurate past experiences" for the theorem to work. In other words, to calculate accurately to locate the plane."

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Are we still living in the stone age, relatively speaking ?

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a month ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "A Boeing 777 has been missing for almost 4 days. Nine countries have sent in planes and ships searching for it, and some other countries, including the United States and China, have even deployed their satellites to help in the search.

And yet, it is still, as I am typing this, missing.

We humans have been bragging to ourselves how technologically advanced we have become, but this event has me really wondering if we are, relatively speaking, still living in the stone age.

We live in the age of GPS, of Radar, of Satellites, and yet, a Boeing 777, with its 199 feet wingspan, and 242 feet in overall length, couldn't be located."

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Youtube and Facebook may be banned in Turkey, again !

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a month ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Istanbul (dpa) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is considering banning YouTube and Facebook after local elections at the end of this month, according to remarks carried by local media Friday.

It may, or may not be related to the criticisms arising from (not-yet verified) leaked recordings of Mr. Erdogan's involvement with corruption.

"We will not let YouTube and Facebook destroy our nation. We will take measures, including closure," said Erdogan, who has previously made comments against social media sites.

YouTube had been banned in the country for two years and was recently unblocked.

http://en.europeonline-magazin..."

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Water filtration with tree branch

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 1 month ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Dirty water is a major cause of mortality in the developing world. The most common water-borne pathogens are bacteria (e.g. Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi, Vibrio cholerae), viruses (e.g. adenoviruses, enteroviruses, hepatitis, rotavirus), and protozoa (e.g. giardia). These pathogens cause child mortality and also contribute to malnutrition and stunted growth of children.

In search of a low-cost and simple solution for filtering dirty water in developing nations, researchers have rediscovered the humble tree. A piece of freshly cut sapwood from pine trees can remove 99% of Escherichia coli bacteria in water.

Approximately 3 cm3 of sapwood can filter water at the rate of several liters per day, sufficient to meet the clean drinking water needs of one person.

White pine growing on Massachusetts, USA was used. The pine was identified as pinus strobus based on the 5-fold grouping of its needles, the average needle length of 4.5 inches, and the cone shape.


1 inch-long sections were cut from a branch with approximately 1 cm diameter. The bark and cambium were peeled off, and the piece was mounted at the end of a tube and sealed with epoxy. Approximately 5 mL of deionized water or solution was placed in the tube. Pressure was supplied using a nitrogen tank with a pressure regulator. For filtration experiments, 5 psi (34.5 kPa) pressure was used. The filtrate was collected in glass vials.

For bacteria filtration, the feed solution was prepared by mixing 0.08 mg of inactivated Escherichia coli in 20 mL of deionized water (~1.6×107 mL1) after which the solution was sonicated for 1 min. The concentration of bacteria was measured in the feed solution and filtrate by enumeration with a hemacytometer (inCyto C-chip) mounted on a Nikon TE2000-U inverted epifluorescence microscope. Before measurement of concentration and filtration experiments, the feed solution was sonicated for 1 min and vigorously mixed.

The flow rate was proportional to applied pressure."

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Telcos propose charging for using Apps

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 1 month ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "The CEO of Singtel (of Singapore) Ms. Chua Sock Khoong proposes to charge their paying subscribers (those who subscribe to their DSL land lines and also their 3G/4G wireless coverage) for using apps such as WhatsApp or Skype, and Singtel is far from being alone.

Earlier this year the head of networks of Optus (of Australia) Mr. Vic McClelland told The Australian Financial Review the company was working to provide priority services at a cost for customers wanting better access to streaming video services like YouTube.

In other words, the Telcos are looking for ways to maximize their revenue stream by nickel and dime their customers to death by multiple billings — One for subscribing to their line, one for using WhatsApp, another for streaming video via Youtube, and yet another for streaming audio (from any Internet radio station), and yet another for using Skype, and so on, and so forth !!"

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Dice, what are you getting by butchering Slashdot ?

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 2 months ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Before I register my account with /. I frequented it for almost 3 weeks. If I were to register the first time I visited /. my account number would be in the triple digits.

That said, I want to ask Dice why they are so eager to kill off Slashdot.

Is there a secret buyer somewhere waiting to grab this domain, Dice ? Just tell us. There are those amongst us who can afford to pay for the domain. What we want is to have a Slashdot that we know, that we can use, that we can continue to share information with all others.

Please stop all your destructive plans for Slashdot, Dice."
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Upload a parody, get threaten by officialdom

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 2 months ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Hot on the heel of what transpired in Dubai ( http://yro.slashdot.org/story/... ) where a spoof video landed several people behind bars, in Malaysia, a Chinese New Year parody has landed an opposition politician in a lot of hot water.

Ms. Teresa Kok, an opposition Parliamentarian of Malaysia, cameo as a talk show host in a satirical "Chinese New Year feng shui" video, ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... ~ finds herself in a lot of hot water.

Several racist and religious organizations, accompanied by various "ministers" who are serving inside the government of Malaysia, have filed petitions to the government of Malaysia to take "stern action" against Ms. Kok accusing her of "violated the honor" of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, the wife of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, the Muslims, the religion of Islam, amongst many other charges.

The Malaysian police has agreed to "launch an investigation" into the video.

A witch hunt has thus started in Malaysia.

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Major Breakthrough in Stem Cell Research !

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 3 months ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Scientists in Japan have created embryonic-like stem cells by simply bathing ordinary skin or blood cells in a weak acid solution for half an hour in an astonishing breakthrough that could allow doctors in the future to repair diseased tissue with a patient’s own cells.

The human body is built of cells with a specific role — nerve cells, liver cells, muscle cells — and that role is fixed.

However, stem cells can become any other type of cell, and they have become a major field of research in medicine for their potential to regenerate the body.

The scientists believe that the acidity of the solution created a "shock" that caused the blood cells of adult mice to revert to their original, embryonic-like state. From this pluripotent state, the newly created stem cells were cultured in specially prepared solutions of growth factors to develop into fully mature cells, including an entire foetus.

Although the research was carried out on laboratory mice, scientists believe that the same approach should also work on human cells. It radically changes the way “pluripotent” stem cells – which can develop into any of the specialised tissues of the body – can be created from a patient’s own cells as part of a “self-repair” kit."

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Ask Slashdot: The fairness of "Public lynching", youtube style

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 3 months ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "A 28-year old woman confronted her former middle-school teacher, accusing her (the teacher) of sexual abuse, and the alleged victim posted the episode on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

The police has since been involved as soon as the video gone viral.

I gotta wonder about the fairness of these types of accusatory public disclosure, especially over social media tool such as youtube.

A lot of hysteria has been whipped up along with the youtube video revelation. What is not discussed, however, is a possibility that such episode might have been arisen due to old grudges, or even with malicious intend.

What is your feeling about such kind of "publicity stunt" ?"

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Is a mini ice age on the way ?

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 3 months ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Since September of last year people already ponder what has happened to the Sun.

The Sun is in the middle of a hyperactive phase of its 11-year cycle, and suddenly it got quiet, extraordinary quiet.

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/09/sun-all-quiet/

http://www.sott.net/article/266382-The-sun-goes-strangely-quiet

With almost completely devoid of sun spots, solar flare activity has come to a halt.

The recent super cold snap that hit North America and the wet weather that hit part of Europe might be linked to the eerily quietness of the Sun.

BBC is reporting that the nearest episode of the Sun's quietness compared to the one which is happening was 100 years ago. This solar lull is baffling scientists, because right now the Sun should be awashed with activity. This giant ball of plasma should be peppered with sunspots, exploding with flares and spewing out huge clouds of charged particles into space in the form of coronal mass ejections.

"It's completely taken me and many other solar scientists by surprise," says Dr Lucie Green, from University College London's Mullard Space Science Laboratory.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25743806

https://www2.ucar.edu/climate/faq/isnt-sun-in-quiet-period-wouldnt-grand-minimum-cool-earth-down"

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Is it legal to drive while putting on Google Glass ? California court say it is!

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 3 months ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "A San Diego traffic court threw out a citation Thursday against a woman believed to be the first motorist in the country ticketed for driving while wearing a Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device.

Technology developer Cecilia Abadie was pulled over in October by a California highway patrol officer on suspicious of speeding in a 60 mph freeway.

The officer then gave her a second citation for using a "monitor" in her car while driving, in what the Highway Patrol said was a violation of state law.

Court Commissioner John Blair said he was dismissing the citation against Abadie, 44, on the grounds of a lack of proof that her Google Glass was turned on at the time. "There is no testimony it was operating or in use while Ms. Abadie was driving," he said during the hearing.

The case raises multiple questions about the use of wearable technology as these gadgets go mainstream.

On Monday, a New York assemblyman called for a ban on Google Glass while driving claiming that it is "dangerous and distracting", and threatens public safety in the same as texting while driving."

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Japan to create a nuclear meltdown

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 3 months ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Japanese researchers are to start an experiment to better understand what transpires during a nuclear meltdown by attempting to create a "_controlled_ nuclear meltdown.

Using a scaled down version of a nuclear reactor, ~ essentially a meter long stainless steel container, ~ the experiment will involve the insertion of a foot long (30 cm) nuclear fuel rod, starts the fission process, and then follows by the draining of the coolant.

This experiment is scheduled to take place later this year.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/scientists-to-create/948474.html

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/09/22239864-japan-plans-nuclear-reactor-meltdown-to-help-prevent-another-fukushima-disaster"

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Idle: Apple Siri is getting jealous !

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 3 months ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "The movie "Her" ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1798709/ ) in which includes Scarlett Johanssson provided her very sexy voice, as "Samantha", the Operating System, is getting much raving reviews.

On the other hand, Siri, the iPhone voice operated virtual assistant, is getting a bit annoyed over her "competitor", Samantha, as illustrates by the following sample conversation:

“Siri, are you Samantha?”

“No. Her portrayal of an intelligent agent is beyond artificial.”

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Technological Advances Inspired by Nature

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 3 months ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "From robots to camera design, from graphene research to advancement in hearing aid design, 2013 has been a good year for achievements.

Take for example, researchers at the Case Western Reserve University investigated the remarkable structural transition between the soft tissue of a squid and its very hardened beak and came up with materials that can be very useful for prosthetics.

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja4002713?mi=uvz5x5&af=R&pageSize=20&searchText=nano

Researchers at TU Delft University of the Netherlands created an ultralight flying robot called the DelFly Explorer ( http://www.delfly.nl/explorer.html ) which actually flaps its wings. The flying robot is capable of autonomously avoiding obstacle, just like the dragonfly that it was fashioned after."

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Retired New York police, firefighters indicted in vast 9/11 fraud scheme

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 3 months ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "106 ex-firemen / ex-cops were rounded up and arrested Tuesday morning as part of a massive investigation into disability fraud in the New York City area, authorities said Tuesday.

Among them, a motorcycle daredevil, a black-belt karate teacher and deep sea fisherman.

What makes their indictments so special is that, while they claim disability compensation due to the distresses they had received in the 9/11 incident, many of them posted pictures of themselves on Facebook ( http://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/glenn-lieberman.jpg http://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/louis-hurtado.jpg http://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/michael-scialabba.jpg http://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/richard-cosentino.jpg ) doing things that they claim they couldn't do due to their so-called disability."

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Graphene research heats up in Asia

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 3 months ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Graphene, the wonder material, has attracted a lot of research all over the world, and in Asia, in particular.

Since it's discovery in 2004 by two Russian scientists Andrei Geim and Kostya Novoselov, Graphene research has grown leaps and bounds in all direction.

In Asia, countries are competing against each others in committing resource and talents into Graphene. In the tiny island state of Singapore, for example, about half a billion dollar worth of resources have been invested to facilitate the R&D of Graphene. South Korea has reportedly invested more than 2 Billion for Graphene research. Other countries such as Japan, China, Taiwan, and India have also joined the fray, in hot pursuit for the wonder material.

http://www.physics.iisc.ernet.in/~arindam/research/Graphene.htm

http://mag.digitalpc.co.uk/Olive/ODE/physicsworld/LandingPage/LandingPage.aspx?href=UEhZU1dvZGUvMjAxMy8wOC8wMQ..&pageno=MTQ.&entity=QXIwMTQwMA..&view=ZW50aXR5

http://www.asianscientist.com/in-the-lab/researchers-grow-graphene-silicon-wafers-2013/"

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LG of Korea seriously considering exiting PC industry

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 4 months ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "The lackluster performance for the PC / Laptop markets has LG of Korea, seriously considering withdrawing from the mainstream PC industry.

LG is shifting its focus to tablets, hybrid PCs and smartphones.

“The market for conventional PCs has been losing its luster as smartphones and tablets are replacing the products. We are reviewing various options in a bid to improve the profitability of our computing business,” an LG executive told The Korea Times by telephone.

“It’s true that LG has been allocating its resources to popular connected and portable devices.”

The remarks follow similar steps taken by Samsung Electronics to cut the shipments of its conventional and bulky “T-Tower” PCs.

Data from a market research firm IDC showed that global PC shipments had declined by 14 percent during the first three months of 2013, which under closer examination turned out to be the worst plunge for the segment since 1994."

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Journals

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Is it a taboo to use the full name of Obama ?

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 3 months ago

In the comment http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=4728375&cid=46105237 I was commenting that the Nobel Peace Prize committee should take back the prize that they have wrongly awarded to Obama.

In the comment I used the full name of Obama, which is Barack Hussein Obama, which in fact, is the LEGAL NAME of the current POTUS.

For whatever reason, a fella "Stargoat" flamed me for using the full name of Obama and specifically accuse me of using the name of "Hussein" !

I was totally floored by the way that knee jerk threw his temper tantrum. I mean, The word "Hussein" isn't my invention, I wasn't the one who "gave" Obama that name.

It was Obama's dad who gave him that "Hussein". Not me.

Is it a taboo to use the full name of Obama ?

If it has become illegal to use Obama's full name, why don't they make an official law from now on, making it a federal offense for any "peon" to call the Emperor/ President / Dictator of the United States of America by his/her full name ?

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Comparing Barack Hussein Obama to Edward Snowden

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 3 months ago Mr. Barack Hussein Obama is the President of the United States. He currently lives in the White House, and enjoys all the privileges of the presidency, including 24/7 security protection (including that of the protection from food poisoning).

Mr. Edward Snowden currently lives in an undisclosed location somewhere in Russia. He currently is under 24/7 threat from the United States of America for allegation of "treason".

One is currently the "President" and the other is currently labeled as a "fugitive".

For the past several months, revelations from the so-called "fugitive" has deeply troubled that "President", so much so that, few hours ago, that "President" had to come out to admit that the United States of America has spied on millions of people for no reason whatsoever.

It took MONTHS for that so-called "President" to admit his own wrongdoing, but even when that "President" has confessed to his own sin, Mr. Snowden, the "fugitive", is still under constant threat.

This is year 2014. The 14th years into the 21st century, and yet, our society still treats people with integrity, such as Mr. Edward Snowden, as a "fugitive". Meanwhile a man with no integrity whatsoever still gets to live inside the White House.

Is this the United States of America the founding fathers had envisioned ?

Or has the United States of America turned into the very DICTATORIAL MONSTER the founding fathers was fighting against ?

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The Smartphone Kill Switch

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 4 months ago

A chill ran up my spine after I read http://yro.slashdot.org/story/13/12/19/2113235/proposed-california-law-would-mandate-smartphone-kill-switch

Right now, as it is, NSA can listen to your telephone communication, can read your sms/email, can know where you are, who you regularly communicate with, can profile your behavior (when you will do what at where), but they still can't shut you off (unless they send in a "cleaner").

With the Kill Switch, they can do that.

Yes, the law as it is, is for people who report to the police that their smartphones were stolen, so that the authority can issue a "kill order" to brick that lost smartphone.

And we also know what NSA is all about - no law on the land can touch them - and with the availability of the "Kill Switch", NSA can effectively KILL THE PHONES of those who they do not like, cutting them off the communication grid, and leaving them out in the cold.

I can foresee the consequential abuses that will accompany this new "Kill Switch" law. It'll only make NSA (and all the other BIG BROTHERS) that much stronger.

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When *GENOCIDE* becomes a non-issue

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 4 months ago Hussein Barack Obama, when he was a Senator, spoke eloquently about the issue of GENOCIDE.

Senator Hussein Barack Obama spoke about the GENOCIDE in Sudan, and also the GENOCIDE of the Armenian people by the Turks.

That was, of course, before Senator Obama became President Obama.

Once Obama moved into the White House, he stopped talking about GENOCIDE altogether. This page:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2013/09/28/Mia-Farrow-President-Obama-has-joined-that-silence-on-Genocide-in-Sudan

will show you the complete 180-degree change of direction Obama has taken on the Genocide in Sudan.

These pages

http://reason.com/blog/2013/11/21/white-house-refuses-to-display-88-year-o

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/armenian-orphan-rug-remains-in-white-house-storage-as-unseen-as-genocide-is-neglected/2013/10/21/90458518-3a6d-11e3-b6a9-da62c264f40e_story.html

http://www.pri.org/stories/2013-10-25/white-house-says-rug-gifted-calvin-coolidge-armenian-orphans-will-stay-storage

http://www.anca.org/yesitsgenocide/obamarecord.html

will guide you to the shameful decision by the Obama White House in refusing to display an 88-year-old rug, despite having promised so earlier, for a Smithsonian Institute project.

I, as an American Citizen, is very shameful to have Obama as my president. Although I never cast my vote for him, millions of my fellow Americans were stupid enough to elect this two-faced liar into the White house, not once, but twice.

If issues such as GENOCIDE can become a total non-issue, what kind of message the United States of America is going to give to the world, that America is a non-principled, rogue country ?

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China building its 3rd space tracking station in Argentina

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 4 months ago Based on the following reports, all in Mandarin:

One dated 2009:

http://www.chinamil.com.cn/jfjbmap/content/2011-01/07/content_47810.htm

In which it outlined the need to build a network consist of three (3) deep space tracking stations, to prepare China's up and coming space missions, including Chang-e 5, and beyond. Two (2) of the stations have been built, they are inside China. The third one will be build in Argentina, at the cost of $80 Million, and will be completed by 2016. This page, from a state-owned construction company in China, Second Engineering Company Limited of CCC Fourth Highway Engineering Company Limited, gave the location of the 3rd Chinese deep space tracking station:

http://www.ccfourth.com/004/level3.jsp?id=381

This page, dated 25th October 2013, stated that the building of the 3rd Chinese deep space tracking station has begun. The deep space tracking station will be build on a high plateau in between 800 meter to 900 meter above the sea level.

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10 year anniversary to an official absurdity

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 4 months ago Back in 2003, the city of Los Angeles demanded that manufacturers, suppliers and contractors stopped using the terms "master" and "slave" on computer equipment, saying such terms were unacceptable and offensive.

http://edition.cnn.com/2003/TECH/ptech/11/26/master.term.reut/

From 2003 to 2013, many more such absurdities came into being, from Obama's wish to revamp NASA into an organization to please the Muslims

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/7875584/Barack-Obama-Nasa-must-try-to-make-Muslims-feel-good.html

to Obamacare website fiasco originated from the a no-bid $93 Million contract to Mitchelle Obama's ex classmate.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2477403/Michelle-Os-Princeton-classmate-exec-company-built-Obamacare-website.html

When I signed on to become an American I never imagine that my new country would become the buttjoke of the world, but unfortunately, it is.

Sigh !!

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Google has become a stranger to me

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 5 months ago

I was one of the early investors in google, naturally, when others were still using altavista or yahoo I put my homepage as google.com

Google has always have that "I'm Feeling Lucky" button, and will send visitors to random sites (from a pre-chosen, pre-approved bunch, of course, don't want to send children to porn sites) ...

That was the google I knew

Nowadays, everything change

No matter if you start with google.rw or google.com.au or plain google.com, and click on that "I'm Feeling Lucky" button you will end up in the "doodle" page

What kind of fucking crap is that ?

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The U.S. Space Program

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 5 months ago

" I don't know if your listeners or people living in the U.S. understand these changes, but as I observe them from the outside, I feel that America is gradually contracting and closing itself off. It's a very strange thing." "

The person who said the above is Mr. Wu Ji, the director of China's National Space Science Center ( http://cssar.cas.cn/ ), English version @ http://english.cssar.cas.cn/ .

As an American, the above quote left a very bitter taste in my mouth.

What the fuck has gone wrong with my country ?

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Do you still trust the United States of America ?

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 6 months ago

First, it was revealed that America cracked the email of the Brazilian President.

Then, it was Mexico's turn, closely followed by revelation of NSA tapping on France' telecommunication network

Now, it's Germany's chancellor which got the unwelcome tap.

Would you still trust the United States of America as your ally ?

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TOR is not safe

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 7 months ago

If you think TOR (The Onion Router) is safe, if you think that you can get away from the prying eyes of the BIG BROTHER you could not be more wrong.

TOR originated from a research project of the U.S. Naval Research Lab, and currently still receive funding from the states department of the US government, the Swedish government, and others.

And there already have been several cases of the fed successfully cracking the myriad layers of TOR and some people have already been apprehended.

This link outlined how FBI has successfully cracked TOR

http://www.crikey.com.au/2013/08/13/crikey-clarifier-how-the-fbi-cracked-tor-the-secret-internet/

The following link outlined the background of TOR

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor_(anonymity_network)

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A statement from Edward Snowden

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 9 months ago http://wikileaks.org/Statement-from-Edward-Snowden-in.html?snow

Monday July 1, 21:40 UTC

One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.

On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic "wheeling and dealing" over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.

This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.

For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.

In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised â" and it should be.

I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.

Edward Joseph Snowden Monday 1st July 2013

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Idealist Geeks ?

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 10 months ago

Just heard the term "Idealist Geeks" over the BBC worldservice

The guy was talking about folks like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden - digital age kids (geeks really) who are really good at the technology that spy agencies (like NSA) just can't do without

Of all the people in the world, why we Geeks have to take all the responsibilities all by ourselves ?

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Is Slashdot afraid of the truth ??

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a year ago

The Boston bombers are MUSLIMS

Those who slammed airplanes into the World Trade Center in New York were MUSLIMS

Same with the people who bombed the Madrid train station --- MUSLIMS, --- the those who bombed the London subway --- MUSLIMS

It's the MUSLIMS who have created all these havoc onto us, but yet, if anyone dare to tell the TRUTH in Slashdot, they will be modded down ...

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3663921&cid=43488935

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3663921&cid=43489101

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3663921&cid=43490981

Why is Slashdot so afraid of the truth ?

The truth is very simple --- ISLAM IS VIOLENT

Time and time again THEY have attacked our society, from the World Trade Center to London tube to Madrid train station to Boston Marathon

I am an American, and I am VERY SICK AND TIRED of the ISLAMIC VIOLENCE

If them MUSLIMS want to live in America, they better live peacefully.

If they can't, or do not want to live peacefully with the others in America, they should move out !

We can no longer tolerate people who want to bring their RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE into our society --- if they want to kill, they can go killing their own kind in Iran, or Iraq or Saudi Arabia, or Yemen or Egypt or Turkey

Stop making troubles in America !!!

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Persistent problems for open-sourced program

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a year ago

The idea of open-sourcing is great - that everyone gets to see the source code of the program, or even start experimenting with it, implementing ideas / features that were not yet in there.

But there are problems too ...

Case in point ---

http://old.nabble.com/Pivot-Table,-a-revisit-td31307325.html

http://projects.gnome.org/gnumeric/faq.shtml

I was like typing "pivot table" on a search engine and click away ... and before I know it I ended up on the two above links

The program is Gnumerics - an GNU implementation of spreadsheet

The wanted feature is "pivot table"

The problem is two fold --

1. No one cares enough to code

2. No one wants to include that feature in the official release of Gnumeric

And judging from the date stated, that "pivot table" had already been requested for the past few years.

Hmm ....

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100 dams to be built in Africa

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a year ago There have been a lot of reports on land grabbing by Chinese in Africa, and the latest report is from the famed Oxford University of United Kingdom - a paper just published ( @ http://oucan.politics.ox.ac.uk/index.php/blog/14059-big-is-beautiful-megadams-african-water-security-and-chinas-role-in-the-new-global-political-economy ) is claiming that the Chinese are planning to build 100 hydroelectric dams in the African continent !

That will surely be a grand scale ecology disaster in the making.

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Coding Android in Assemblies

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a year ago

Link @ http://www.eggwall.com/2011/09/android-arm-assembly-device-set-up-part.html

I just came across it, don't have time to try it out yet.

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Very troubling news about what happened to Christopher Stevens before he died !!

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a year and a half ago

There is a report from Middle East claiming that ambassador Christopher Stevens, the American ambassador to Libya, was raped before he was killed by a bunch of Libyan gunmen.

http://www.tayyar.org/Tayyar/News/PoliticalNews/ar-LB/usa-killed-lybia-zek-970.htm

Additional information disclosed that it was the Libyan security team which revealed the location of Mr. Christopher Stevens to the attackers

From - http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57511043/assault-on-u.s-consulate-in-benghazi-leaves-4-dead-including-u.s-ambassador-j-christopher-stevens/

"Wanis al-Sharef, a Libyan Interior Ministry official in Benghazi, said the four Americans were killed when the angry mob, which gathered to protest a U.S.-made film that ridicules Islam's Prophet Muhammad, fired guns and burned down the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

He said Stevens, 52, and other officials were moved to a second building - deemed safer - after the initial wave of protests at the consulate compound. According to al-Sharef, members of the Libyan security team seem to have indicated to the protesters the building to which the American officials had been relocated, and that building then came under attack"

More information at http://www.inquisitr.com/330504/ambassador-stevens-was-raped-before-his-murder-reports-claim/

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Very weird display

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a year and a half ago

If I log in my own account, I can't find my own comment - as well as the replies to my comment

But if I log out and access slashdot as an AC, I can see my comment

Case in point -- TFA http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/09/10/0245230/how-spyware-reaches-oppressive-governments

I have a comment - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3105111&cid=41284963

It's just that when I am log in, as Taco Cowboy, comment http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3105111&cid=41284963 and all the replies beneath it are gone

But when I log out, all of them re-appear

Why is that??

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What the hell is this, Slashdot ?

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a year and a half ago

What are you trying to pull, Slashdot ?

This is the second time in one week I got the pink-color warning : " Due to excessive bad posting from this IP or Subnet ... "

Excessive bad posting from this IP ?

Go screw yourself !!

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Slashdot threatens to ban me !

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a year and a half ago Whoa !

I just got a note from Slashdot that, because I have post a lot of bad comments they are threatening to ban me

I do not dispute the fact that some of my comments might be offensive, but then, not all comments from me, which were modded all the way down to "-1 Troll" are bad posts

Like the following example

http://idle.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3007729&cid=40785819

In the above comment, I posted a link to a video which shows an ant, under stressed, committed suicide by exploding itself, and my comment was posted under the thread " exploding termite species discovered ", url:
http://idle.slashdot.org/story/12/07/26/232211/exploding-termite-species-discovered
but it was modded all the way down to troll

And you know why?

For some reason, there's a bunch of kids in Slashdot who really don't like me

Whatever I post, no matter if the comments make sense or not, they will find ways to mod the comments down, and they also threatening replies, under "AC"

Like the following example -

The thread:
http://science.slashdot.org/story/12/08/22/0311210/earths-corner-of-the-galaxy-just-got-a-little-lonelier

and my comment:
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3063883&cid=41078941

My comment was modded to +5 Insightful, before that bunch of kids came in and started to down mod it

I only show you two examples out of the hundreds of my comments which had been treated similarly

I never complain to anyone about this, but, when I received a threatening note from Slashdot that they were going to ban me because of "troll" postings, that became the last straw

Instead of investigating why my comments getting modded down to "troll" - and identifying who are the one who did the modding, you will be surprised that many of those who modded my comments down share the same IPs

It's an open secret that there are those whose life are so miserable that they had to register multiple accounts on slashdot so that they can get multiple mod points (and multiply it by 15, if they manage to gather enough good karma) and then spent more time targetting people that they don't like

It's also an open secret that those people are also responsible for astroturfing certain brand(s) of IT product

In other words, they are paid trolls

Instead of targetting those paid trolls, Slashdot choses to target me

Fine, Slashdot, if that's the way you want, go ahead and ban me, because I ain't take no threat from nobody

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