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US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

Taco Cowboy How to regulate something that is unregulateable ? (131 comments)

Crytocoins are designed to be de-centralized in order to not be controlled by any dominant party

I wonder how are they going to "regulate" something that is not supposed to be regulate-able ?

8 hours ago

The Psychology of Phishing

Taco Cowboy Not everyone is train-able (128 comments)

How are spammers successful so often? Simple, companies don't train people

As one who has thousands of people working in companies that I either own, co-own, or have invested in, I can tell you that not everyone is trainable

Not that people are stupid - no, as far as I am concern, almost all who are working in the companies I mentioned above are above average in intelligence - but the one thing that is needed the most is not information, rather, it's intuition with a large bit of paranoia mixed in

It takes a paranoid to be suspicious of everything - and in this social-media world that we have today, where everybody shares every bit of their own info to the world - paranoia is becoming a scarce resource

No matter how much info we have shared with our colleagues, no matter how many times we have told them to be ultra careful, you bet someone will get phished, almost in a daily basis, and the local level network will get breached

4 days ago

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Taco Cowboy How does the current POTUS fair ... (242 comments)

These days, you don't even have to be a dirty commie, or Chinese, or both, to be Anti-American; the Commander-in-Chief hisself is one

I can't help but wonder if Obama's own dossier is to go through the same expanded terrorist watchlist system would Obama be labeled as one of the terrorists?

Especially when neither "concrete facts" nor "irrefutable evidence" is required

5 days ago

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Taco Cowboy Best Wishes ! (322 comments)

Hope that he has a better luck in unifying Windows than those who wanted to unify Unixes

5 days ago

VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

Taco Cowboy Appre (223 comments)

Our best employees are the ones that have not been through the debt claiming process of getting a degree

Biden is insisting that the H-1B program must go on because it provides a sort of "apprenticeships" to foreigners

Well, I was from China, but am an American and I can speak with the view of a foreigner (the one from China) and that of an American and I can tell you that if America does not stop giving "apprenticeships" to foreigners one day there will be no more jobs for Americans

The old way of giving "apprenticeships" for "foreigners" was the way I got mine - When I landed on the soil of the USA I was a young refugee without a full secondary school education

I had my "apprenticeships" inside America because I had no place to go and after I graduated from college (with no debt, since I worked 3 jobs on the side - sometimes more than 3 jobs - while studying) I worked at American technology companies where I got further training.

After that I started my own companies, sold some of them, and re-invested what I got into other startup and made even more

In other words, while America provided "apprenticeships" for me this former "apprentice" stayed put in America and started businesses in America and created many job opportunities for other Americans

On the other hand, the way H-1B visa program works is that it provides "apprenticeships" for foreigners, and they got back to their own country, taking their skills with them, start up their own businesses in their own countries, create job opportunities for their own people, not Americans

Who loses in this game ?

The Americans

Who win ? The foreigners

Folks, especially you Americans out there --- please top the politicians, no matter from which political party they came from, from destroying America from the inside out

What Biden is doing is to cut out the innards of America and give it to the foreigners

5 days ago

Oso Disaster Had Its Roots In Earlier Landslides

Taco Cowboy Watching the hourglass (64 comments)

When I was little toddler I was fascinated by an hourglass --- particularly on the almost hidden but still perceivable pattern of a new slide happened on the back of an ancient slide

Many things that we observe, even from something as tiny as the sandslides inside an hourglass, can be magnified many folds, and still hold true

5 days ago

Black Hat Presentation On Tor Cancelled, Developers Working on Bug Fix

Taco Cowboy TOR is actually sponsored by Uncle Sam (51 comments)

Many of you thinks that TOR is a godsend, that TOR provides you with absolute privacy

But you guys must understand that TOR itself is actually from a project sponsored by Uncle Sam - and its initial usage was to thaw the cyber iron-curtains (something like the Great Firewall of China)

I do use TOR, but I do reckon that there might be a certain "permissible flaw" in it since it is, after all, an Uncle Sam project

Call me a paranoid if you want, but I will never trust Uncle Sam 100%, neither will I trust TOR 100%

about a week ago

Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Taco Cowboy Do you have any hands-on experience ? (667 comments)

And they are brain dead easy to run

I have read too many quotes similar to the above, but there is just a _tiny_ problem - most (if not all) of the people who said that the missile system is easy (or like the above has put it "brain dead easy ") to operate themselves never had any hands-on experience on any of the missile system whatsoever !

about a week ago

Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Taco Cowboy When pic of a dead baby is used as propaganda tool (667 comments)

The issue is what constitutes a "terrorist" depends on which side you're on

A little baby suffered a horrible death and its (dunno if it's a girl or a boy) remains lie on the ground

Someone took a picture of that little baby and that pic was used as a propaganda tool against another side ...

I was utterly disgusted with the way Ukraine is using this tragedy to further their political agenda - They have utterly no regard for anything, even the dead body of a little baby in their hand becomes a political tool !!

about a week ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Taco Cowboy Why then Netflix didn't deal with Level3 directly? (390 comments)

Well, NetFlix could also enter into agreements with ever backbone provider, thereby forcing Verizon to either do the same to everyone or start upgrading

This brings to the question of why Netflix has chosen to deal with Verizon instead of with Level3 directly in the first place ?

Even if Netflix didn't know of the existence of Level3 (which I find too ludicrous to be possible) that they had signed up with Verizon, they could have changed the situation right now by dealing directly with Level3, and why wait anymore ?

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Taco Cowboy Microsoft used to be very picky (272 comments)

A well managed company would be continuously evaluating employees and their work and making adjustments to personnel requirements every month

Microsoft used to be very picky of whom they hire

A legendary (remain un-named) programmer that I know was interviewed by Microsoft back in the mid 1980's but was rejected because at that time Microsoft puts a lot of effort to hire people who can contribute to what they had in mind

That legedary programmer later went on to join Id Software and developed some awesome pixel routine for them, and what he did in Id impressed Intel so much that they hired him to help them in their Larrabee project

But Microsoft changed into a totally different company after Bill Gates stepped down --- and it started to take in all kinds of useless code monkeys (and many more who can't even code!) under their payroll

I have been in the industry for decades and have witness how the companies changed after the founders have left

about two weeks ago

Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

Taco Cowboy Which industry are you in ? (171 comments)

The industry does not want independent software developers. The industry wants teams of full-time employees.

When I read what you typed I am perplexed

Exactly which industry that you are referring to?

I have had a string of successful investments in many starts-up and will invest more in the future and it is never my intention to change those starts-up into humongous monsters (although if they change by themselves I won't stop them) employing teams and teams of data monkeys

But TFA does contain a nugget a truth, that is, the so-called " Software Renaissance " is long dead - but not because of the mobile platform, rather, it was because of everybody and their granny's second cousin all chasing after the same pot of gold and copy-catting each others

Instead of exploring new fields, instead of coming up with something exciting, so many starts-up went bust trying to re-invent the wheel (and worse, trying to copy-cat the original shape of the wheel and then sell it as their own invention)

The starts-up that I invest in are those which are offering something that I simply do not see much in the marketplace, and yet, the things that they are doing (sometime it's the back-office thing that consumers don't get to see too often) prove to be essential and become de-facto in the respective niche that they have created

But if I were to take a step back, I reckon that what is happening to the mobile platform is a repeat of what had happened to the desktop (and related big-iron) scene --- which is, too many people (including geeks) are too lazy to explore a new field, rather than do something completely new, they tried to "do a better version" of what is already available in the marketplace

There are only so many improvements one can do to a spreadsheet program, for example - as there are only so many "re-invented angry bird" that the market can bare

about two weeks ago

Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Taco Cowboy I don't understand (608 comments)

Having read his rant I gotta admit that I do not understand what that guy is trying to say

I mean, ever since Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage labor over the first software / software combination, each and every follow-up of similar devices had been utilized by a very limited group of people who --

1. Have the interest to learn how the device works

2. Have the intelligence to understand

3. Have the time to do it

Of course, there is another type of 'computer' - the Abacus invented by the Chinese - but that device, unlike the Babbage machine and whatever followup devices it had inspired, - was kinda self-limiting

about three weeks ago

Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

Taco Cowboy Plastic is not _only_ plastic (304 comments)

To most of you guys "plastic is plastic", that's all to it

But the truth is plastic is _more_ than mere plastic --- it is a combination of many types of chemicals, all mixed together to achieve the characteristics of the plastic that it needs to have

To see it another way, a plastic is like a steak. It is definitely _not_ only a piece of beef, but also the sauce (which itself is made of the starchy gravy - which can be broken up to other more basic components, - the flavoring [salt, sugar, spices, and so on]), plus the added chemicals, such as the aromatics (which is largely benzene group) that were formed when that beef was put over the fire

Same thing with plastics - it is not only the acrylic resins, but we also need to account for additives such as the plasticizers, color, elastomers, and so on, plus other chemicals that were produced as a by-product of the mixing of all those chemicals over a "heated process"

When we can eat steaks, the different bacteria inside our guts dissolve different ingredients from the steak that we have eaten

Bacteria are not like human beings - they do not have other bacteria in their guts !

Most often a type of bacterium may be able to digest a type of ingredient within a type of plastic, and that is all to it, which means, the other chemicals inside the plastic are still left intact, not dissolved, not digested, not broken down

about a month ago

The Military Is About To Get New Augmented Reality Spy Glasses

Taco Cowboy Modding (58 comments)

As stated by TFA:

They look like the lovechild of Google Glass and the Oculus Rift, providing more information to the wearer than the small window on Google's much-maligned headset but not obstructing vision like the Oculus Rift. ( Admittedly, for spy glasses, they lack a certain subtlety )

If the military can do something like that, so can we

After all, this is what modding is all about

about a month ago

Trio of Big Black Holes Spotted In Galaxy Smashup

Taco Cowboy Re:Please explain (74 comments)

The article states

If the two black holes composing the newfound pair are equally distant from Earth, they're just 450 light-years apart and orbit each other every 4 million years

Can someone explain, or is this a typo? Do they not know if they're the same distance?

I ain't a space scientist, and I hope that what I say is correct --- please correct me if I am wrong --- what TFA is saying is, Black Hole 1 (Point A) and Black hole 2 (Point B) are spinning with each others and we are at a fixed reference point (Point C)

In other words, Point A, Point B and Point C make up a triangle, with Point A and Point B spinning with each other.

What TFA suggests is that when Black Hole 1 (Point A) and Black Hole 2 (Point B) happens to link to the fixed reference point (Point C) in which the distance of AC = BC , the distance of AB = 450 Light Years

As I have said, I ain't a space scientist, if I am incorrect, please correct me, thank you !

about a month ago

Smartphones To Monitor Schizophrenics

Taco Cowboy The government *IS* a schizoid ! (99 comments)

Since the government itself *** IS *** a schizoid, it is treating all the other people as suspects

It is doing everything it can to protect itself, including intruding into the every day life of ordinary citizens

about a month ago

Vodafone Reveals Warrantless Wiretapping

Taco Cowboy Is United States one of the countries ? (73 comments)

Vodafone only says that there are several countries which are engaging in tapping phones without warrants

Is the United States of America one of them ?

Anyone ?

about 2 months ago

Geophysicists Discover How Rocks Produce Magnetic Pulses

Taco Cowboy How far can the Magnetic Pulses propagate ? (72 comments)

Let's say it's a huge earthquake, something along the line of the 8.something earthquake that shook Fukushima, causing tsunami and untimately got that nuke plant to melt ...

In a big quake like that, how _far_ can the magnetic pulse propagate ?

10 miles ? 100 ? 1000 ?

Has anyone got any info ?

about 2 months ago



US Navy sonar causing whale deaths

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  yesterday

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "US Navy's sonar is so loud that it is causing whales' brain to hemorrhage and blood vessels bursting, and when that happened, whales go up to the shallow waters and sometimes ended up beaching themselves.That happened in the Bahamas, back in March, 2000

On the morning of March 15, 2000, 17 beaked whales stranded themselves on beaches in the northern Bahamas. It was an terrible and extraordinary event: Beaked whales are the world’s deepest-diving mammals, and these creatures had spent most of their lives in deep undersea canyons. For even one to show up in shallow water would be extremely unusual, for 17 to strand was almost inconceivable

It just so happened that just a few feet away from one of the beaches lived Ken Balcomb, a beaked whale researcher who more than anyone in the world was equipped to find out what happened. Long before Mr. Balcomb started studying whales he had served two tours of duty in the Navy, where he’d done classified work with submarine-detecting sonar. He knew just how loud it could be, and in days following the stranding he photographed Navy destroyers in Bahamian waters

Mr. Balcomb had several of the dead whales’ heads sent for autopsies—and when they returned evidence of hemorrhages, he knew what happened. The whales had fled to shallow water to escape noise so concussively loud it burst blood vessels in their brains.

“I believe the Navy did it,” Balcomb soon announced at a press conference. With that began an epic legal and scientific battle to make the Navy admit what happened, and then to do something about it. Against all odds, it’s a battle in which Balcomb and environmentalists have been largely successful, winning commitments from the Navy to research sonar’s effects on whales and to consider them when planning training exercises"

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Alternative Theories on deadly Washington state landslide

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  3 days ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "/. has carried a piece on the deadly Washington State landslide — — but now alternative theories on the same landslide have surfaces

The new account from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) differs from the explanation offered by the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association, which on Tuesday unveiled the first published analysis of the 22 March slide. The accident killed 43 in the little town of Oso at the edge of Washington’s Cascade Mountains

The difference revolves around a critical question:

What caused a hillside with a history of relatively minor landslides to suddenly turn into a tsunami of mud and debris that sped about a kilometer across a valley?

The findings could influence what signs scientists look for when trying to detect other potentially explosive slides"
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Linux based OS for Smart Router and Smart Home Appliances

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a week ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "A maker of wifi router from China, HiWiFi, has opened up its Smart-Router OS, HiWiFi-OS, based on Linux, to developers and makers of smart devices, including routers, home appliances and other devices that fall into the internet of things category, to enable the developers and maker to build applications for the platform and adopting a WiFi solution for the smart devices which might resulted in a further evolution of a new internet of things ecology

The operating system supports routers using MediaTek-based chips"

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Preparing for Satellite War

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about two weeks ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "In May 2013 the Chinese government conducted what it called a science space mission from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China. The liftoff took place at night and employed a powerful rocket as well as a truck-based launch vehicle

The Pentagon never commented in detail on last year’s launch — and the Chinese have stuck to their story

The U.S. is most vulnerable to a Chinese attack because 43 percent of all satellites in orbit belong to the U.S. military or U.S. companies. According to Lance Gatling, president of Nexial Research, an aerospace consultant in Tokyo, Besides testing missiles that can intercept and destroy satellites, the Chinese have developed jamming techniques to disrupt satellite communications. Furthermore, the Chinese have studied ground-based lasers that could take down a satellite’s solar panels, and satellites equipped with grappling arms that could co-orbit and then disable expensive U.S. hardware

U.S. is exploring ways to mitigate the perceived threat from China, including dispatching a fleet of smaller, mobile satellites that would be harder for adversaries to find and destroy. Enabling satellite transmitters to quickly hop between frequencies could address the Chinese jamming threat, Gatling says.

In June the U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin (LMT) a $914 million contract to build a ground-based radar system that will track objects as small as a baseball, which could help identify a satellite attack as it’s happening. “Destroying someone’s satellite is an act of war,” says Dave Baiocchi, an engineering professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. “You need to know what’s going on up there.”"

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Europe explore possible tie-up with Chinese planned space-station

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about two weeks ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "FARNBOROUGH, England — Senior Chinese and European space officials have been discussing potentially wide-ranging cooperation on manned exploration programs. Jean-Jacques Dordain, director-general of the European Space Agency, said in an interview that the two sides have talked about the issue of extensive in-orbit cooperation in some detail

The European Space Agency and the 20 nations it represents, Mr. Dordain said, have offered to share specifics with China about experiments conducted on the current orbiting laboratory. Such information, he suggested, could include data about health effects astronauts face during long stays on the station. "We are willing to cooperate with them," Mr. Dordain said. In return, he said, Chinese counterparts have opened the door to potential European participation in a proposed Chinese space station, parts of which could launch after 2020. "We want to get access to their space station," Mr. Dordain said

Mr. Dordain didn't discuss the future of the existing station. But his latest comments indicate that European space leaders see closer ties to China as at least a potential option to extending the life of the existing station past its 2020 deadline. Mr. Dordain said Europe remains committed to working with other countries on space endeavors, "but the problem is, international cooperation with whom?" From a European perspective, he said, "we have to be robust" and keep options open with Beijing. "We can give them access to some of the experiments we are doing on the ISS."

The agency's evolving view of China partly reflects past disappointments joining with the U.S. on high-profile robotic exploration. In 2011, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration abruptly pulled out of an unmanned project, called ExoMars, ultimately intended to return samples from the surface of Mars. NASA's decision, prompted by budget reductions, angered European space officials, prompting them to reach out to Russia for immediate assistance and reassess their longer-term strategic options. "I was lucky to find Russia to help us and continue ExoMars," Mr. Dordain said"

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First Arabian Mars Mission to Commence 2021

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about two weeks ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has previously conquered the sky by constructing the world’s tallest building and now the oil-rich country has set its sights on the stars, promising to send the first unmanned Arab spaceship to Mars by 2021

The monarch of Dubai — one of the seven emirates which comprise the UAE – has said the mission will prove that the Arab world is still capable of contributing to humanity’s scientific progress, despite conflicts in the region

The announcement means that the UAE is now one of nine countries worldwide working on missions to Mars. So far America has been the only country to land a successful, long term mission on the surface of the planet

So far, the UAE has not outlined any specific scientific goals for its Mars probe or given a budget for the mission. It will join several other Muslim-majority nations in creating a space program, with Iran currently aiming to send an astronaut into space after several successful trips with a monkey

Thus far, it is still unclear if they are to send up a real spaceship to Mars or simply a flying carpet, with a Genie on top"

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IBM to invest $3 Billion for Semiconductor Research

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about three weeks ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "A few decades ago the news of IBM investing billions in research did not even raise an eyelid, because that was what IBM did, and what IBM was good at

However, IBM has changed so much that nowadays when IBM wanting to invest $ 3 Billion in semiconductor research it hits the news headlines everywhere, from Bloomberg ( ) to WSJ ( ) to CNET ( )

Is what happening to IBM a reflection of what is happening to the American technological front ?"

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Rebounding Whale Population may be good for Ocean Ecosystems

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about three weeks ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "There has been an intense debate on whether the rebounding of whale population benefits or detrimental to ecosystems of the ocean

A new study has concluded that the rebounding populations of baleen and sperm whales may be boosting marine food webs around the world

First, the new study notes that krill populations — a ubiquitous crustacean in the Southern Ocean — had remained constant or even declined after great whales experienced big declines

The authors of the study reason that the whales might have helped providing nutrients critical to krill and other species low on the food web. For instance, the mammals release massive "fecal plumes" and urine streams that fertilize surface waters with nitrogen and iron, the authors note, and help enhance productivity by mixing up the top layers of the ocean when diving

Another underappreciated contribution to marine ecosystems, the authors report online today in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, is the bounty of organic material the animals provide to deep-sea ecosystems when they die. A so-called whale fall of a 40-ton gray whale provides a boost of carbon to the seafloor community equivalent to more than 2000 years of normal detritus and nutrient cycling"

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It's all in the ***NAME***

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about three weeks ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "The name "ISIS" was originally used by a mobile payment company backed by AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and others, which takes advantage of near-field communication chips in smartphones that allows people to consumate transactions by tapping mobile devices on sensor-enabled pads at shops

However, the same name " ISIS " which has recently gained worldwide notoriety came from an Islamic Terrorist Group which has published a lot of head cutting videos online

The CEO of the mobile payment company, Mr. Michael Abbott, has decided that his company should distance itself from the barbarians and will drop its "ISIS" brand very soon

On an open memo Mr. Abbott has written ( ) Mr. Abbott acknowledged that changing brand is never an easy exercise, but in the case of his company, it unfortunately has become a _must_"

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The AI is taking over

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about three weeks ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "No, this is not a scifi flick, but real life

The subway system in Hong Kong has one of the best uptime, 99.9%, which beats London's tube or NYC's sub hands down

In an average week as many as 10,000 people would be carrying out 2,600 engineering works across the system — from grinding down rough rails to replacing tracks to checking for damages

While human workers might be the one carrying out the work, the one deciding which task is to be worked on, however, isn't a human being at all.

Each and every engineering task to be worked on and the scheduling of all those tasks is being handled by an algorithm, aka, Artificial Intelligence

Andy Chan of Hong Kong's City University, who designed the AI system, says, "Before AI, they would have a planning session with experts from five or six different areas. It was pretty chaotic. Now they just reveal the plan on a huge screen."

Chan's AI program works with a simulated model of the entire system to find the best schedule for necessary engineering works. From its omniscient view it can see chances to combine work and share resources that no human could

However, in order to provide an added layer of security, the schedule generated by the AI is still subject to human approval — Urgent, unexpected repairs can be added manually, and the system would reschedules less important tasks

It also checks the maintenance it plans for compliance with local regulations. Chan's team encoded into machine readable language 200 rules that the engineers must follow when working at night, such as keeping noise below a certain level in residential areas

The main difference between normal software and Hong Kong's AI is that it contains human knowledge that takes years to acquire through experience, says Chan. "We asked the experts what they consider when making a decision, then formulated that into rules – we basically extracted expertise from different areas about engineering works," he says"

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IRS Commissioner got grilled in Congress

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a month ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "

" You are the Internal Revenue Service. You can reach into the lives of hard-working taxpayers, and with a phone call, an email, or a letter, you can turn their lives upside-down. You ask taxpayers to hang on to seven years of their personal tax information in case they are ever audited, and you can't keep six months' worth of employee emails? "

Those were the words of Republican Congress Representative Paul Ryan to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

As the Republican Congress Representatives were trying to get the truth out from Mr. Koskinen, the Democrats were lining up busily defending him

With the Democrats' backing, Mr. Koskinen of IRS got much embolden and accused the Republicans of releasing inaccurate, interim information"

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Americans More Distracted Behind The Wheel Than Europeans

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a month ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Either the Europeans have lied, or the Americans were bragging

U.S. drivers are much more likely than Europeans to drive while distracted, federal health officials report Thursday

Nearly 69 percent of Americans who drive say that they talked on their cell phones while driving at least once in the previous month, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

That's a lot higher than what was reported by Europeans in another survey. Only 21 percent of British drivers reported chatting on their cell phones while behind the wheel, for example. In Germany and France it was about 40 percent

The same goes for reading or sending texts or emails. About a third of U.S. drivers said they did that. And that's about double what it was in Spain and Great Britain

Health officials say that's a big problem because driving while distracted causes fatal car accidents. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 3,331 Americans were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2011, compared to 3,267 in 2010

"The cell phone can be a fatal distraction for those who use it while they drive," CDC Director Thomas Frieden said in a statement. "Driving and dialing or texting don't mix. If you are driving, pull over to safe place and stop before you use your phone"


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Meningitis in Princeton

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a month ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "There had already been seven (7) Meningitis cases in the Princeton University since March, and what makes these cases special is that local (meaning, USA) vaccine is useless against it

That prompted the CDC (Center of Disease Control and Prevention) to issue an EMERGENCY IMPORT of Meningitis vaccine from Europe

"Government health officials," reports NBC News, "said Friday they have agreed to import Bexsero, a vaccine licensed only in Europe and Australia that protects against Meningitis B, a strain not covered by the shots recommended for college students in the U.S."

Here are some info from the CDC's Webpage about Meningitis —

— "Bacterial meningitis is usually severe. While most people with meningitis recover, it can cause serious complications, such as brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disabilities"

— "In the United States, about 4,100 cases of bacterial meningitis, including 500 deaths, occurred each year between 2003–2007"

— "Fortunately, most of the bacteria that cause meningitis are not as contagious as diseases like the common cold or the flu. Also, the bacteria are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been"

— "Sometimes the bacteria that cause meningitis spread to other people. This usually happens when there is close or long contact with a sick person in the same household or daycare center, or if they had direct contact with a patient's oral secretions (such as a boyfriend or girlfriend)"

— "Meningitis infection may show up in a person by a sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck. It will often have other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light [and] altered mental status (confusion)"


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Online Advertising of the Mujahideen Kind

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a month ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "As ISIL's push into Iraq has been making headline news, and as picture/video of their slaughter of thousands of Iraqi prisoners have gone viral, a recruiting video has also making its online debut, starring three Britons and two Australians

Nasser Muthana, 20, with the nom du guerre of Abu Muthanna al Yemeni, along with Abu Dujana al Hindi and Abu Bara al Hindi are the three Britons are the stars of the Mujahidden recruitment video, appealing all their brothers to "fight for Allah. Sacrifice for Allah"

"Are you willing to sacrifice this for the sake of Allah? Definitely, if you sacrifice something for Allah, Allah will give you 700 times more than this "

Addressing to those who are scared of being killed, the Briton Abu Dujana al Hindi said

"What prevents you from obtaining martyrdom? You are going to die anyway"

This 13-minute video has shocked the British Prime Minister David Cameron so much that he has directed his Home Office to work with internet companies to stop terrorist messages from being broadcast


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Unexpected Behavior at the Nucleus of Supermassive Black Hole

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a month ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "An international team of astronomers, using data from several NASA and European Space Agency (ESA) space observatories, has discovered unexpected behavior from the supermassive black hole at the heart of the galaxy NGC 5548, located 244.6 million light-years from Earth. This behavior may provide new insights into how supermassive black holes interact with their host galaxies

A stream of gas flowing rapidly outward from the galaxy's supermassive black hole, blocking 90 percent of its emitted X-rays

The discovery was made during an intensive observing campaign that also included data from NASA's Swift spacecraft, Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and Chandra X-ray Observatory, as well as ESA's X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) and Integral gamma-ray observatory (INTEGRAL)

Supermassive black holes in the nuclei of active galaxies, such as NGC 5548, expel large amounts of matter through powerful winds of ionized gas. For instance, the persistent wind of NGC 5548 reaches velocities exceeding 621 miles (approximately 1,000 kilometers) a second

A new wind has arisen, much stronger and faster than the persistent wind. These new winds reach speeds of up to 3,107 miles (5,000 kilometers) per second, but is much closer to the nucleus than the persistent wind

The new gas outflow blocks 90 percent of the low-energy X-rays that come from very close to the black hole, and it obscures up to a third of the region that emits the ultraviolet radiation at a few light-days distance from the black hole

Researchers also deduced that in more luminous quasars, the winds may be strong enough to blow off gas that otherwise would have become "food" for the black hole, thereby regulating both the growth of the black hole and that of its host galaxy"
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Why is there no net neutrality in mobile ?

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a month ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "The net neutrality issue has become a very hot topic recently, but curiously on the mobile scene, the net neutrality rules were absent

Why ?

Simply because the wireless companies have successfully convinced regulators four years ago to keep mobile networks mostly free of net neutrality rules

Now that Federal Communications Commission officials are looking into whether wireless networks should remain exempt from net neutrality rules the mobile carriers have lobbied hard to foil FCC's latest attempt

Wireless is different it is dependent on finite spectrum,” Meredith Attwell Baker, the new head of CTIA, the wireless industry’s lobbying arm, told reporters Tuesday

Baker previously served as the top lobbyist for Comcast’s NBCUniversal division, joining the company after serving as an FCC commissioner

On the other side of the spectrum, net neutrality advocates are hoping to convince regulators to include wireless networks more fully under any new proposed rules. They are pushing for the FCC to re-regulate broadband Internet under a section of the law (called Title II), which was written with old phone networks in mind

The FCC will be taking public comments about what it should do about new net neutrality rules through the end of July

You can comment by emailing to or go to to file a Consumer Informal Complaint


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Latest Wearable Computing Devices Trend

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a month ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "While Smartwatches are getting all the headlines for the past 2 years or so, the real marketplace chose activity trackers over smartwatches to the tune of 4 to 1, according to ABI Research

ABI Research reports that Activity Trackers dominated sales of wearable devices in Q1 2014, outselling much-hyped smartwatches by 4 to 1, with 2.35 million devices shipped

Activity Trackers are currently the most viable consumer electronics wearable device category, because they have a clear use case that cannot be matched by smartphones, in contrast to smartwatches

But smartwatches may still be doing a comeback

Smartwatches will develop rapidly in 2014 and 2015, with hybrid activity tracker/smartwatches soon to hit the market, more specialized components being developed and most importantly the use case improving through a growing applications ecosystem. As the value proposition of smartwatches increases, however, the price will still need to decrease to balance with end-user expectations


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Verizon Demands Netflix Take Down the Message Calling Its Internet Slow

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

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Courtesy of FCC's decision in scrapping Net Neutrality, we have the following story to share —

A little story background — Tuesday night, Vox Media's Yuri Victor tweeted a screenshot from his Mac that shows an error message from Netflix claiming that Verizon's clogged internet is responsible for poor streaming quality

A Netlfix spokesperson later confirmed on Twitter that the company is testing new ways to alert users why streams may be slogging

Verizon fired back by sending Netflix a cease and desist Thursday afternoon telling the streaming service to take down a notice Netflix sent to its users
"The Verizon network is crowded right now
Adjusting video for smoother playback

Verizon claimed that it's actually Netflix's clogged servers causing the problem, but as Netflix has recently agreed to start paying Verizon for "direct access" to Verizon's customers, in theory, should result in faster streams

Netflix also has a similar deal with Comcast that has already proven to result in faster speeds

In the cease and desist letter to Netflix, Verizon's general counsel Randal Milch writes:"Netflix's false accusations have the potential to harm the Verizon brand in the marketplace. This potential harm is broader than only the experience of a customer viewing Netflix content. The impression that Netflix is falsey giving our customers is that the Verizon network is generally "crowded" and troublesome. This could cause a customer to think that any attempted viewing of video, whether it be Hulu, YouTube, or other sites, would yield a similarly "crowded" experience, and he or she may then choose to alter or cease their use of the Verizon network"

Milch's letter gives Netflix five days to comply with its request or face legal action. He also asks for evidence that Verizon's network is indeed the culprit for poor streaming on Netflix

In a statement to Business Insider, a Netflix spokesperson intimated that the company won't stop:"This is about consumers not getting what they paid for from their broadband provider. We are trying to provide more transparency, just like we do with the Netflix ISP Speed Index, and Verizon is trying to shut down that discussion"


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Musk hints at Technology Giveaways

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

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Tesla boss Elon Musk was in London the other day, just as Tesla was about to deliver the first five of its Model S cars to the UK

When asked by the BBC's Theo Leggett if he was considering giving technology away, Mr Musk said "you're on the right track"

Mr Musk told the BBC: "We don't want to cut a path through the jungle and then lay a bunch of landmines behind us"

Earlier this week, Mr Musk told Tesla shareholders that in order to speed up the pace of adoption of electric cars, Tesla was "playing with doing something fairly significant on this front which would be kind of controversial with respect to Tesla's patents"

Another of Mr Musk's business venture, Space X, on the other hand, does not patent its technology for fear that they could be stolen by competitors ( see )"

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Uber is now worth nearly as much as Hertz and Avis combined

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

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "The San Francisco startup Uber, which bills itself in offering " everyone's private driver " is now worth, according to venture capitals which has invested in the startup (which includes but not limited to Fidelity, BlackRock, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, and Google Ventures) as much as $17 billion

Astonishingly, Uber’s valuation is also more than the market capitalization of rental-car giants Hertz Global Holdings ($12.5 billion) or Avis Budget Group ($6.32 billion). It’s closer to the market cap of those two companies combined"

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

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 6 months ago

In the comment 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 ?


Comparing Barack Hussein Obama to Edward Snowden

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 6 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 ?


The Smartphone Kill Switch

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 7 months ago

A chill ran up my spine after I read

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.


When *GENOCIDE* becomes a non-issue

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 7 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:

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

These pages

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 ?


China building its 3rd space tracking station in Argentina

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 8 months ago Based on the following reports, all in Mandarin:

One dated 2009:

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:

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.


10 year anniversary to an official absurdity

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 8 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.

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

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

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 !!


Google has become a stranger to me

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 9 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 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 or or plain, and click on that "I'm Feeling Lucky" button you will end up in the "doodle" page

What kind of fucking crap is that ?


The U.S. Space Program

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 9 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 ( ), English version @ .

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

What the fuck has gone wrong with my country ?


Do you still trust the United States of America ?

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 9 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 ?


TOR is not safe

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 10 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

The following link outlined the background of TOR


A statement from Edward Snowden

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  1 year,26 days

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


Idealist Geeks ?

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a year 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 ?


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 ...

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 !!!


Persistent problems for open-sourced program

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a year and a half 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 ---,-a-revisit-td31307325.html

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 ....


100 dams to be built in Africa

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a year and a half 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 ( @ ) 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.


Coding Android in Assemblies

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

Link @

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


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

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 2 years 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.

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

From -

"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


Very weird display

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 2 years 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

I have a comment -

It's just that when I am log in, as Taco Cowboy, comment and all the replies beneath it are gone

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

Why is that??


What the hell is this, Slashdot ?

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 2 years 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 !!


Slashdot threatens to ban me !

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 2 years 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

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:
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:

and my comment:

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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