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FEMA Grounds Private Drones That Were Helping To Map Boulder Floods

TheCouchPotatoFamine Re:Invasion of Privacy (356 comments)

yes because one is much cheaper and easier, thus, there will be much less accountability and much more likelihood of unethical operation. It's not just what it's used for today, it's what it will be used for 5 years from now, if there is no public blowback.

This is in fact a slippery scope, because we haven't developed city-wide immune systems* yet, unless i've missed something /as seen in the book "Diamond Age"

about 10 months ago
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FEMA Grounds Private Drones That Were Helping To Map Boulder Floods

TheCouchPotatoFamine Invasion of Privacy (356 comments)

One of the things about most of Colorado is that the people that live there experience privacy in their homes and land that is unknown in places like urban Maryland or New York.

As a policy, i am completely cool with maintaining that privacy against an influx of civilian, largely un-regulatable (as opposed to unregulated) drone activity. No thanks!

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Future of Old Copper Pair Technology?

TheCouchPotatoFamine Re:DSL over copper (347 comments)

Fiber Throughout The Network.

about a year ago
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Researchers Study Mystery of the Toddler Who Won't Grow

TheCouchPotatoFamine Re:growing up (252 comments)

okay you youngin' let me tell you, nature abhors a vacuum - the one between your ears, and the one that would be made when you elect everyone out, then just put someone worse in there, once you realize the past 1000 years of civilization have not been a mistake. The problem with you anarchists (on this site, even) is you never perceive the simple truth that technology should provide accountablity.. the accountability you'll never get by voting out person after person. Fight the disease, not a stupid symptom!

about a year and a half ago
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After Aaron Swartz's Death, the Focus Now Falls On the Prosecutors

TheCouchPotatoFamine Re:Of course not (430 comments)

so freedom is just too free for you, huh? No victim, no crime. how obvious is that (not, to you)?!

about a year and a half ago
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Anonymous Hacks Westboro Baptist Church

TheCouchPotatoFamine Re:Kudos (1061 comments)

you know, if these guys weren't PHYSICALLY positioning themselves to force people to hear their speech, i might even be able to frame Westboro the way you tried to. But when push comes to shove, i can firmly say i dont think westboro has anything to with "free speech". It has to do with psychic assault, an offense that must be associated with some physical attempt to force people to listen to their free speech that this crosses the line on. If nothing else they should all be sued into the ground for cruelty and assault, if i was meteing out justice.

It's clear that their ability to talk is NOT what's at issue here, it's where they are! Lets not get in the weeds about "speech", when its unusual cruelty arising from a specific targeting, such as people at a funeral. If they were in a field somewhere, this wouldn't matter!

about a year and a half ago
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Outrage At Microsoft Offshoring Tax In the UK, Google Caught Avoiding US Taxes

TheCouchPotatoFamine Re:What's good for the goose... (768 comments)

...and then they get hit by tariffs. The American economy is too lucrative to ignore. They find ways around paying taxes because they can, not because they have a choice if we did tax them.

And i think businesses should be taxed based on productivity, not amount of money, in any case. If a company spends 100 to make 200, that's one rate, and if a company spends 100 to make 2000, that's different. Economies of scale SHOULD be taxed a high rate because ONLY the existence of a willing society makes it possible.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Can't Industry Design an Affordable Hearing Aid?

TheCouchPotatoFamine Re:You get what you pay for (549 comments)

did you really just say you were dumb enough to buy 1000$ headphones? YOU - yeah you - you're not helping. (and dont give me your bullshit about how there is such a difference. all in your mind, richboy.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Can't Industry Design an Affordable Hearing Aid?

TheCouchPotatoFamine Re:clones? (549 comments)

oh no, a few stories over years means they have a plot, you elephant you! Thank god for your notice!

about a year and a half ago
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Foxconn Thinks the iPhone 5 Is a Pain

TheCouchPotatoFamine Re:Design for manufacturing? (312 comments)

"cause humans suck when it comes to fiddly repetitive processes that require an ounce of attention."

which is as it should be, and will fit perfectly with a robotic future. Bring it on.

about 2 years ago
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Foxconn Thinks the iPhone 5 Is a Pain

TheCouchPotatoFamine Re:Design for manufacturing? (312 comments)

plus if they revolutionized 3d printing (of some sort and scope, along with a fully programmable transport mechanism to bridge the devices together) it it would only be a matter of time before we didn't need them any more, so, natch.

about 2 years ago
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Physicists Propose "Perpetual Motion" Time Crystals

TheCouchPotatoFamine the interesting bit.. (153 comments)

the interesting bit, at the end, is about how this type of thinking makes a cyclic universe seem explainable as a time crystal, which i mean to take as a no-energy gain or loss ground state oscillating between it's states. but it was pretty hard making that sort of assumption, myself. i wonder what they see about that that fits our model so well; perhaps just because we have some math for it, being the universal language, pun intended.

about 2 years ago
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Soon to Be Released CKEditor 4 Features New Skin And Inline Editing

TheCouchPotatoFamine Lovely (69 comments)

LOVELY! your work is going to be everywhere, shortly. HTML5 is the future, afterall. You guys rock!

about 2 years ago
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Decentralized Social Networking — Why It Could Work

TheCouchPotatoFamine We've already built this, somewhat unexpectedly (128 comments)

I have already made a wonderful core for a system like this, in a completely unexpected and terribly useful form, and plan to come out with it shortly! I don't know what our exact strategy for approaching the public is (out of many), so i haven't revealed any details publicly. We are a two person company built around this concept, so we felt it best to complete the thing before we started waving it around (or at least, get close enough to see the end, which is why i can even post this, today).

We would like to talk with people seriously interested in solving this problem (and problems that have not been discussed here yet), and who think as we think. Emailing me through slashdot, for today, would be a way to establish a connection with us (weeds out trolls, if nothing else). We are at the forefront of a new technology.

about 2 years ago
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Foxconn Says Vocational Students Aren't Being 'Forced' To Work

TheCouchPotatoFamine Re:He didn't answer the accusation.... (117 comments)

Dear Tharkkun,

        Although there may be some truth to the network effects of communism you mention (corruption), you're thinking far too paranoid to make good decisions. Even given that the cheating is rampant at upper levels (as they do here in the USA, where lies, damn lies, and statistics made by PR do the job a little more smoothly) they will on the whole require the same precarious balance demanded of any "super power". World war three does not suit them at all and that's not hard to predict; if you toss out national boundaries that disappeared with globalization and financial networks, you'd see the decisions at the "top" you refer to are so thoroughly intertwined that you're really commenting on human nature, not scary chinese Communists bent on total destruction. That concepts getting old and reads without sophistication; Take a chill pill, and post us all in the morning.

about 2 years ago
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The Truth About Hiring "Rock Star" Developers

TheCouchPotatoFamine Re:Unmanageable (487 comments)

truly, it's as if we should choose people to work together who actually have a lttlle in common. In many contracts i held, we didn't even read each others resumes. How can you build a bridge of understanding with a person who "just wants to work" and defines that as having no spark or interest greater than what's for lunch? (or, what's for project - same thing) Talking, and sharing mistakes freely - coming to know each other so as to render help and criticism without fear of reprisal IS work. That's what "professional engagement" means - one are engaged! I consider myself an eccentric coder (oh i do so qualify), but my major gripe wasn''t some big lack of skill - it was lack of professionalism. If people expect treating each other like strangers on the subway will make a better workplace, and if the company only promotes lax, lazy, quiet, and completely unstimulating environment - well, i can understand the divas better then the people that fail to *care*.

about 2 years ago
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The Truth About Hiring "Rock Star" Developers

TheCouchPotatoFamine It's an art (487 comments)

it's the lack of a single, piercing intellect who is given the power to do their best. You need SINGLE intelligence to coordinate complex maneuvers, and many minds to search out the plain of solutions like hunters of old. Coding is actually quite holistic, occurring in natural stages. Maybe the problem isn't that there too many or too few people; a good software team should be inspirational, allowing the members to spend time for excellence, even if its not obvious (to you, the hiring boss).

No surprise efficiency is an issue in some places; if one builds a "well oiled" machines for it's consistency of action, trouble us not about these tiny changes (in all honesty) that leave managers hoping humans can be better machines. The art you are looking for, and the people, aren't found where that idea lives.

about 2 years ago
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TextMate 2 Released As Open Source

TheCouchPotatoFamine The best just got... (193 comments)

I am very, very, very fricking exciting. the best just got better *does happy happy dance* (and that's not sarcasm!)

about 2 years ago

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What is Secure Programmable Social Media?

TheCouchPotatoFamine TheCouchPotatoFamine writes  |  1 year,7 days

TheCouchPotatoFamine (628797) writes "A new technology from DOM Algebra called "Nametag" has turned the concept of client-server applications distributed via HTML on it's head, providing an permanent system of creating secure social media apps, right in the browser itself, between you and your friends without ever asking you to trust the service provider not to reveal your information; they never have it.

The recent NSA debacles have made for a good introduction into the need for privacy in everyday activities. Your web browser can act as a "social computer", fully capable (via high-quality RSA/AES encryption written in pure Javascript), to deliver a rich social media experience without sending anything to anyone other than your friends "in the clear". You can see a working demo at "TagOS" (but please view the demo in Google Chrome or Apple's Safari, because they have fast math routines)

Developers can go farther, creating entire apps they can share with friends via social media, authoring right in the browser using javascript. They never share their code with anyone but their friends. It works, today.

Is the world ready for web-applications available anywhere, totally secure, that meet your social media needs with fun and immediacy, without any tradeoffs? What do you think?"

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Nametag is Secure Programmable Social Media; no more data-mining you.

TheCouchPotatoFamine TheCouchPotatoFamine writes  |  1 year,7 days

TheCouchPotatoFamine (628797) writes "A new technology from DOM Algebra called "Nametag" has turned the concept of client-server applications distributed via HTML on it's head, providing an enduring basis to create secure social media apps, right in the browser itself, without ever trusting the service provider.

The recent NSA debacles have made for a good segueway into the need for privacy, even though Nametag was envisioned nearly two years ago. It is powered by high-quality RSA/AES encryption, written pure Javascript, and integrated with a new state-of-the-art HTML5 Environment called "TagOS" to form the worlds first "Social Computer" (please view the demo in Google Chrome, or Apple's Safari. The core tech is complete while a few CSS issues are not.)

The result? It transforms your web-browser from an over-abused public "billboard" into a "safe-house" that normal people can use, complete with the familiar feed- friend- and group-based interfaces they expect from HTML5/CSS3 powered sites. Developers can go farther, creating and exporting any of those apps into their own sites, all without sharing anything with your service provider; it's that powerful. Finally, it already has two social media apps ready to go, to get people started.

The IndieGoGo campaign is the first public unveiling. From web hosting, to hiring designers, it will take resources I no longer have; my savings bought full-time research to create the kernel, if you will. In fact, the demo itself is just "frozen" from the actual working version I use everyday! With your help, a world where you can speak honestly and openly with your friends and family is possible; Is it important to you? I hope the community backs the idea; this is how it will be done.

With so much self-censorship and risk attached to the daily use of traditonal, insecure personal social media, how long will we allow it to continue?

Disclaimer: i'm the author of TagOS"

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Dashcode as the new iPhone API: is it good enough?

TheCouchPotatoFamine TheCouchPotatoFamine writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TheCouchPotatoFamine writes "So as part of the 300 new features that Leopard provides, there is a little thing called "Dashcode" that purports to make it very easy to make Dashboard widgets for sharing and trading on OSX. It's a fully visual buider with templates, examples, and tutorials. Looking at it objectively, it seems terribly obvious that this will be the API/SDK that Apple will introduce come February for the iPhone. Like the Wizard of Oz, it seems probable that we'll be told we've had access to it the whole time! So, for the slashdot crowd, what do you think? Is that walled off javascript environment — as nice and point and click as it is — enough to sate your thirst? Will the proprietary apple javascript extensions they reveal give enough oomph to make compelling apps? Now is the time to ask, because, if i'm right, we have their SDK bared for the Trial of the Slash. Discuss!"
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TheCouchPotatoFamine TheCouchPotatoFamine writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TheCouchPotatoFamine writes "As a user of the iPod Nano for both music — and far more loved, actually — the book reading features (on all models but the shuffle, btw), several trade-offs made in the new click-wheel UI seem really disingenious. When Apple introduced the Notes feature, a concession was made: they re-mapped the backlight feature (hold down the menu key) to the browser 'Home Page' button so that when many notes were read in a row (as a book might entail!) you could go back to the main screen without having to go back through each. Great! BUT, what possible use is there for a very missed, powersaving, geeky LED replacing backlight feature, when you need ambient light to turn it on! So, slashdot, my question is to you: How would you enable the backlight feature on an iPod's click-wheel UI, without trampling or changing any features already there? Has apple really hit the bottom here? Perhaps the best 10 posts can be sent to apple (yesterday, please!)"

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