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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

TheDarkener My question (180 comments)

After hearing so many of these stories, I have to wonder: Do these orders of govt agencies "slurping up" data, whether American citizens or not, include encrypted communications, or are they disgarded as it would take more time to "get to the meat" of things?

4 days ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

TheDarkener Crystal ball reading (316 comments)

I see in this drives future, let me see my crystal ball.....2 years from this day. Yes....

The drive shall fail.

Your mystical fortune says...let me see...

Use backups.

That'll be $75.

No, you can't see my third nipple.

about a week ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

TheDarkener Felt in Lake Co. (53mi. N of Napa) (135 comments)

Woke my wife and I up, large rolling motions, audible shaking but nothing fell down. Enough to get our attention, for sure! Funny thing is, first thing we did after everything stopped (we ran to our sons' room and stayed there for a few minutes, it didn't wake them up) and we knew that was the bulk of it, was to grab our cell phones. Wife went on Facebook for reports from people in the area, and I downloaded an Earthquake app. Funny how Facebook is the first place most people went to read about it.

about two weeks ago
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Google Is Backing a New $300 Million High-Speed Internet Trans-Pacific Cable

TheDarkener Re:So which agencies' backdoors are in there? (135 comments)

Does it really matter at this point how information traverses the Internet? It is a PUBLIC network. Do yourself a favor and encrypt all your traffic and you won't have to worry about which route your data takes to get to its destination. Doing it any other way is just not going to cut it these days.

about three weeks ago
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China Confirms New Generation of ICBM

TheDarkener WOPR (224 comments)

Herro, Professor Farken. Would you rike to pray a game?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

TheDarkener Re:Fish Tank (208 comments)

Show me a 21U fish tank. Seriously. That would be awesome.

about a month ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

TheDarkener "Don't be ridiculous." --Balki (311 comments)

Was "revenge porn" non-existant before Tor? I don't see how this (or any other similar) case has any merit whatsoever. Sue the one(s) who masterminded the criminal act(s). I mean, I know I'm preaching to the choir here... but it's like suing AT&T for providing phone lines to someone who recorded phone sex conversations with their spouse and released them after they split up. It's like suing Sony for providing the video camera to Paris Hilton. Lame, lame lame. Ignorant, shortsighted, lame.

about 2 months ago
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Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass

TheDarkener Can it be both? (170 comments)

"the NSA cannot completely eliminate 'about' communications from its collection without also eliminating a significant portion of the 'to/from' communications that it seeks."

....Isn't that like saying, "I can't stop being an abusive husband, because if I'm forced to stop beating my kids, I'd also have to stop beating my wife!"

about 2 months ago
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Chinese Gov't Reveals Microsoft's Secret List of Android-Killer Patents

TheDarkener Re:If generic and common behavior patents are... (140 comments)

Russian roulette is when you load a single round into a revolver, spin the cylinder and try to shoot yourself in the head, seeing whether the round spun to the position of the barrel.

I'll leave it as an exercise to the reader how the actual meaning of the term can apply to Microsoft's Android-Killer patents.

about 3 months ago
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How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

TheDarkener Re:Left brain vs. right brain leadership (209 comments)

Sacred geometry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
Apples use of Golden Ratio: http://paulmmartinblog.wordpre...

I wasn't actually aware that it wasn't proven regarding brain hemisphere + function. Thanks for pointing that out, though I think you could have been less accusatory and generally like a fuckwit, as you so elequently dubbed me. Why not just denominate it to how one can refer to "creative-centric" vs. "logic-centric" thinking. Which I guess you couldn't handle on your own without being a literal-nazi.

I took the time to link those URLs for ya, since you probably didn't think of doing that for yourself, either.

about 3 months ago
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How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

TheDarkener Re:Left brain vs. right brain leadership (209 comments)

Hey AC, don't worry, I'm not an Apple fanboi to any extent. I think Jobs was an asshole in many respects, a profiteering, egotistical glutton that couldn't ever get enough power under his belt. I think that had a lot to do with why he got cancer (stress). I don't even own any iDevices. I think the app store is inherently evil in how they regulate apps (think VLC, anything with F/OSS code in it). I could go on.

But you can't deny that Jobs *was* a creative genius. I bet you could count the number of people that could run such a huge corporation *and* stay true to the right-brain roots that built it on one hand.

about 3 months ago
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How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

TheDarkener Left brain vs. right brain leadership (209 comments)

Jobs was a right-brain leader. Creativity and creative genius cannot be emulated or duplicated. People should stop thinking that someone can just come in and do the same things he did, think the way he thought. It's impossible. Find another, equally brilliant right-brain thinker and maybe you have a shot at a new era of Apple that is reminiscent of building things around sacred geometry, art and magic - but new and different on its own merits.

about 3 months ago
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Electric Stimulation Could Help You Control Your Dreams

TheDarkener Re:Used to be able to dream lucidly when ... (138 comments)

Yup. I haven't done research on what areas of the brain are most active during dreaming (or lucid dreaming, if it's any different), but I'd have to guess that it's mostly right-brain. Logic is almost non-existant. There's a "reality check" during dreams that you can perform that relates to it: find a clock (preferably a digital one) in your dream. Look at the time. Then look away. Then look back - if you're dreaming, it will most likely be way different than the first time you looked at it (or even completely nonsensical - like a broken digital display). I've done this before and it works.

about 4 months ago
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Electric Stimulation Could Help You Control Your Dreams

TheDarkener Re:Used to be able to dream lucidly when ... (138 comments)

Ever wonder why everyone says that flying in dreams is "great" or "awesome" or "fun"? With everything I've read about dreaming and LD, flying is supposed to represent you reaching a higher state of awareness. The higher you can fly, the better it feels.

I've dreamed plenty of times that I could fly, hover/float, and they were *incredibly* vivid. Dreams I had years ago that involved flying I still remember in detail. It's all about how you perceive yourself in your dream. It might be you, but you're not in your own body.

In one particularly interactive LD I had about 6 years ago, I started asking my DCs (dream characters) about lucid dreaming. They explained it to me. I forgot what they told me, but I responded with, "So it's like virtual reality for your brain, but you're not in it." (word-for-word from my dream). I've contemplated the meaning for a long time. The more research you do about dreaming, the more fascinating it becomes. Television and movies pale in comparison to the creative potential of ones dreams.

about 4 months ago
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Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

TheDarkener Seagate suuucks (444 comments)

I have had so many Seagate drives fail on me in the past 10 years it's not even funny. One client of mine had a Seagate fail in their server's RAID-1 array, then not more than a month later, the other one failed. Musta been a(nother?) bad batch.

Western Digital has always been a solid drive and that's what I recommend to my clients. Can't say much for the others, because I normally only deal with them when I'm replacing them - either for upgraded storage or because they've failed/are failing.

about 7 months ago
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Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

TheDarkener ChunkVNC (408 comments)

I'm very surprised nobody has mentioned Chunkvnc. It's just like UltraVNC Single-Click - requires no client installation, it's just a single .exe file you download (I provide mine on my support site's front page), double-click, and read a number to the tech connecting to you. The back-end repeater runs on Linux and Windows. Only thing is you have to use UltraVNC viewer to connect, which I use via Wine in Debian. Would be very nice to see ID# support for Linux-based VNC viewers so I could ditch having to use Wine. Also, some antivirus programs detect it as a malicious attempt for someone to gain access to your computer (VNC is an 31337 h4x0r util dontchaknow), but it's easy enough to add an exception in most cases. Also, since it's based on uVNC you can do file transfers, which is awesome.

Oh yeah, and it's F/OSS and free ($$). Donations are accepted on Chunk's website, however. (No, I am not affiliated with the project other than a happy user for about 8 years now, first with uVNC-sc and now Chunk).

about 7 months ago
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Using Nanotechnology To Build Thinner, Stronger Condoms

TheDarkener News Headline (253 comments)

HEADLINE: "Bill Gates is giving $100,000 toward making a new kind of 'nanoparticle' condom. It is touted as being more secure, more fun and more sensitive than the current type of condoms in use today. "

Wait for it......waaaiiiit fooooor iiiiiit........ BUT THAT ISN'T THE FIRST TIME HE'S PROMISED MORE SECURITY FUN AND PERFORMANCE IN ONE OF HIS INVENTIONS...HA! *drumfill*

about 8 months ago
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Encrypted Social Network Vies For Disgruntled Facebook Users

TheDarkener Re:Promises (162 comments)

Except that they don't encrypt your data, you do. Probably would have helped to RTFA, huh bub? =p

about 9 months ago
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Feedly Forces Its Users To Create Google+ Profiles

TheDarkener Re:What is the issue with creating a Google+ accou (251 comments)

I remember when some BBSes would require a real name only (no handles allowed). Those were usually creepy, Christian only or honeypot boards.

about 10 months ago

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P2P Web Hosting Infrastructure?

TheDarkener TheDarkener writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TheDarkener (198348) writes "Is a redundant, decentralized and voluntary peer-to-peer network that focused on hosting web content (html/graphics/audio/video) possible? What are the pros and cons to this kind of network topology serving web content? Is the concept not practical enough to be adopted for those who would appreciate such a service? It seems that in thinking about the Wikileaks drama, Wikipedia funding drama, and other similar situations from the past (and future), a P2P network topology could potentially provide for resource sharing and redundancy."
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Adobe releases new 64-bit Flash plugin for Linux

TheDarkener TheDarkener writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TheDarkener (198348) writes "Adobe seems to have made an about face regarding their support for native 64-bit Linux support for Flash today, and released a new preview Flash plugin named "Square". This includes a native 64-bit version for Linux, which I have verified works on my Debian Lenny LTSP server by simply copying libflashplayer.so to /usr/lib/iceweasel/plugins — with sound (which I was never able to figure out with running the 32-bit version with nspluginwrapper and pulseaudio)."
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New Zeitgeist movie claims technology will save us

TheDarkener TheDarkener writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TheDarkener (198348) writes "The makers of the original "Zeitgeist" are back with a new movie, Zeitgiest Addendum. What makes this one interesting to the Slashdot crowd is that they are claiming technology, and only technology, will save the failing US monetary system. it explains, in detail, the root causes of what we're seeing with the US economic troubles today, and poses some very interesting solutions which include an outcome of machines and robotics taking over almost all manual labor as well as no exchange of money, barter, or other — for anyone. It is definitely worth the couple of hours runtime IMHO."

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