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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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 2 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 2 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 8 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 8 months ago
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Feedly Forces Its Users To Create Google+ Profiles

TheDarkener Re:All your accounts are belong to us. (251 comments)

Because it's redundant and unnecessary and has negative privacy implications? Because I want to at least *feel* like I have SOME sort of control over what I do online and where my personal effects end up? I know, I know, it's a lost cause I guess.

about 8 months ago
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Feedly Forces Its Users To Create Google+ Profiles

TheDarkener All your accounts are belong to us. (251 comments)

I'm f***ing sick of Google and their integration of Google+ into Youtube (and obviously their other, and 3rd party services). I don't like Google+. I like Youtube (less and less these days, however). I don't use GMail, or any other Google service (besides search when DuckDuckGo doesn't find me what I want). It's like they're trying to force-feed us their horrible social network via proxy (no pun intended). NO I DO NOT WANT TO POST MY YOUTUBE COMMENTS ON MY DESOLATE GOOGLE+ ACCOUNT. Just keep them separate, they were never meant to be tied together.

about 8 months ago
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Network Scientists Discover the 'Dark Corners' of the Internet

TheDarkener 4chan, craigslist (99 comments)

You know you were thinking of it while you read the title.

about 9 months ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Complains About the 'Open Source Tea Party'

TheDarkener Re:So much ego! (419 comments)

secretly idolize Steve Jobs...hahaha, you hit the nail on the head, friend. I could only imagine things turning out in a similar fashion if Apple actually had built upon Linux instead of BSD for OSX. Except Apple would have probably had much more influence because of their history and credibility.

about 9 months ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Complains About the 'Open Source Tea Party'

TheDarkener So... (419 comments)

Shuttleworth claims people that oppose his little project are doing so because of politics in open source, then in the same breath labels everyone who's against Mir "Open Source Tea Party" ?

Fucking hypocrite. You know, I used to love Ubuntu back in the day. At 10.04 I switched back to Debian because I was sick of feeling like I was being led forward on a dog leash. It hasn't changed. Mark hasn't changed, and he thinks he's some sort of open source leader, far beyond the little garden he's planted. There's a whole landscape of different vegitation, man, and you didn't create it all. Stop acting like you did.

about 9 months ago
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California Elementary Schools To Test Anti-Piracy Curriculum

TheDarkener It doesn't surprise me (356 comments)

I worked for California schools for 4 years as a technical consultant. It hurts me deeply to say, especially since my first son is just starting Kindergarten, that these schools really are going to go with whatever is recommended to them at the highest corporate/political level. I helped bring LTSP and thus Linux to thousands of elementary school kids over this period as a pilot (and after successful pilot, transition from aging Windows PCs in media/computer labs) in 7 schools. It felt so amazing for me to have the honor of exposing this many children to open source software. But, after the acting technoogy director retired, a new one stepped in and quickly pulled the plug on the whole setup, reverting back to Windows.

It's the same at deeply rooted non-profits for kids. I worked for Boys & Girls Clubs in California, doing the same thing - in addition to LTSP, though, we also had Linux on the back-end fileserver and firewall. It was a great setup. Then, we heard that Microsoft suddenly (and unexpectedly) had given them a grant for new PCs, on the condition that Windows was the only OS installed, and they essentially weren't allowed to "tinker" with them.

The RIAA and MPAA are very large and rich corporations. They have that much money to throw at conditioning young children that software is something that comes with many restrictions and cannot be shared freely, modified or "tinkered" with. Schools will go along with it as long as there's a benefit for them. The moral standing of the people at the top of the education system's pyramid aren't exactly the best, from what I've experienced, and I'm sure many of them have very close ties with other "industry" executives. Scratch my back, I'll scratch yours. Makes me think of "National Lampoon's Senior Trip". Ha!

about 9 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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