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My resting heart rate:

TubeSteak Re:Do the math (41 comments)

And there is a minimal beat frequency to allow the brain to enjoy what's we commonly understand as a human life.

Not really.
As long as your blood is oxygenated and you can get rid of C02, life will go on.

3 hours ago
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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

TubeSteak Re:Name (146 comments)

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/alibaba-chinese-company/story?id=25591454

"Alibaba -- open sesame. Alibaba -- 40 thieves," Ma said. "Alibaba is not a thief. Alibaba is a kind, smart business person, and he helped the village. So...easy to spell, and global know. Alibaba opens sesame for small- to medium-sized companies. We also registered the name AliMama, in case someone wants to marry us!"

13 hours ago
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Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

TubeSteak Re:And they wonder why I block ads... (149 comments)

Sometimes pages serves content from a different domain but that is rare enough to manage manually.

Not anymore.
Far too many sites (/. included) have or use a CDN for content.
And they will fetch at least half a dozen scripts for bookmarking/sharing with facebook/linkedin/tumblr/twitter/pinterest/googlehangouts/etc
Then, they'll try and fetch a non-zero number of tracking/website monitoring scripts.

Ghostery says http://slashdot.org/images/njs.gif is a 1x1 pixel tracker for WebTrends.

yesterday
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

TubeSteak Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (303 comments)

Governments' legitimate interest in regulation is in product safety and fraud prevention, not in deciding who gets to do business with whom and at what price.

That's a nice statement of "scope," to bad it completely ignores reality.
Government (in most states) sets the prices for utilities.
Government sets build out requirements for utilities.
Government prevents discrimination in the offering of services.
Government requires handicap accessibility in public accommodations.
Government prevents excessive interest rates being charged on loans.
I could go on.

Government has a legitimate interest in deciding who gets to do business with whom and at what price.
Unless you want to abandon all the existing protections of the law, you might want to redefine what you consider to be the appropriate scope of government regulation.

yesterday
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

TubeSteak Re:Everyone loses (424 comments)

Why would they renege, other than in some fantasy you've invented? Westminster has already set out the timeline for the new Scotland Bill to be written and presented to Parliament.

What makes you think Parliament will go along with the Prime Minister's promises?

yesterday
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On Independence for Scotland:

TubeSteak Re:Probably a bad idea, but... (190 comments)

So the pound will be controlled by the UK government and Scotland would be hostage to UK whims, interest rates, quantitative easing and politics.

And how is that any different than what Scotland would experience if they used the Euro?

2 days ago
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On Independence for Scotland:

TubeSteak Re:No vote likely best long term result (190 comments)

The UK parties have promised considerable additional powers for Scotland in the event of a 'no' vote

The UK parties have promised vague and unnamed considerable additional powers for Scotland in the event of a 'no' vote.
The UK Government saw the early polls, thought "well, this will never happen," and then didn't give it a second thought.
The vague, last minute promises reflect a screaming lack of contingency planning.

I mean, this vote has been years in the making and AFAICT, the UK Government never seriously sat down and negotiated "considerable additional powers" in an attempt to head off the vote.

David Cameron says he has no regrets over handling of Scottish referendum
16 Sep 2014

[Prime Minister Cameron] said that he had been right to avoid a third option on the ballot paper offering further devolution for Scotland and justified the tone and tactics of the Better Together campaign.

He said: "I had a choice. You either say 'yes you can have that referendum and here's a way of making it legal, decisive and fair', or I could have taken the approach of just putting my head in the sand and saying 'No, you can't have a referendum'.

"I think that actually Scottish independence would be closer today if I had taken that approach than it is by having a proper, legal, fair and decisive referendum."

He was unable to explain recent polls showing the referendum on a knife edge as he was "not a pollster" and his job was to change them not explain them.

The sun is setting in the British Empire's back yard.

2 days ago
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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

TubeSteak Re:The sad part is... (181 comments)

The report is a lie.

Terrorist groups have absolutely changed their behaviors and communications patterns

1. Did you read the report?
2. [Citation Needed]

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

TubeSteak Re:they will defeat themselves (949 comments)

I'd love to let them have the run of things for a while, except they insist on flying planes into our buildings and beheading children.

With that logic, we should go to war with our ally Saudi Arabia as well.
Saudi nationals have flown more planes into buildings than ISIS.
The Saudi Government has beheaded more people than ISIS.
(Though ISIS seems to be trying to catch up)

No, I think the only option is to go in and kill every last one of them, like the vermin infestation that they are.

The language of dehumanization is ugly.
I'm glad that Western governments have abandoned it as a propaganda tool.
I can only hope that some of the less evolved citizens of the West will abandon it as well.

2 days ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Is Still Trying To Figure Out Cyber Operations

TubeSteak Re:They are pretending that they do not know (103 comments)

Admiral Rogers, I know this is harder for you than it is for a civilian, but you've really gotta stop conflating "legal" with "ethical." And if you can't do that, I can sympathize, but could you at least stop conflating "legal" with "in the interests of the United States?"

You should read what he said again.

I try to remind people that the all judgement to date find that the NSA has abided by the law. We have not been found to attempt to undermine the law.

He didn't say that the NSA abides by the law, only that no court has judged them as acting illegally.

The NSA's warrantless wiretapping was nakedly illegal and unconstitutional, but so far (AFAIK) no Judge has taken a case to its conclusion.
And Congress passed the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 to retroactively shield the telecom companies for their participation.
The NSA has even admitted to "overcollection" under the 2008 law, but the details are classified, so no one can claim standing to sue.

The NSA knows they've repeatedly broken the law; what's impressive is the rearguard action they've maintained to prevent & delay legal action.

3 days ago
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Why Is It Taking So Long To Secure Internet Routing?

TubeSteak Re:Attacker is your Peer (85 comments)

If a route needed to be blackholed because of a DDOS, and that action had to be approved of by a central authority, which could take days to weeks for a ruling, nothing could be done because routers would not accept changes to any route until then.

Why would you need permission to blackhole a route?
The problem is adding good routes, not dropping bad ones.

3 days ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

TubeSteak Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (321 comments)

But, yes, the US has an unfortunate tendency, since the War of Independence, and the Civil War, continued to the present, of always fighting wars off budget.

That's not even remotely true.
The US has, for most of its history, levied taxes for the explicit purpose of paying for wars.
The Federal Government didn't exist during the Revolution, so the individual states raised taxes.
I'm not going to get into the nitty gritty of pre-20th century war taxes, because they were on things like slaves, carriages, sugar, and whiskey.

Just remember, every dollar you spend for something you don't need, is a dollar spent to help the Axis
To pay for the Korean War, Congress heaped taxes on top of the already high WWII rates.
President Johnson cut domestic spending and created surtaxes specifically to pay for Vietnam.
AFAIK, George W. Bush was the first President to categorically refuse to raise any taxes to pay for his wars.

3 days ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

TubeSteak Re:Here's another idea... (236 comments)

I live in Japan [...]

And don't come back with the "US is too biiiiig!" excuse. You have electricity, water and gas, don't you? How did you get that if the area you live in is "Too biiiig!" The density where I live is no more than a place like Nashville, or Arlington Heights, or Jacksonville, or Albuquerque, or Portland, or Anytown, USA.

You're making several wildly inappropriate assumptions:

1. Despite being the size of Minnesota, Japan has the world's third largest GDP
2. Japan has a very high population density
3. Many Americans in low density rural States don't have water and gas, they have wells and a wood stove.
4. Japan and America (and each individual State) have completely different regulatory environments and philosophies. No shit we have different outcomes.

4 days ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

TubeSteak Re:You mean... (236 comments)

Isn't QoS supported by most home type routers, even

The difference between QoS and AT&T's proposal, is that QoS gives ALL video traffic the same special treatment.
AT&T wants companies to pay them for special treatment on a 1-to-1 basis.

It's a bad idea and they are bad people for suggesting it.

4 days ago
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

TubeSteak Re:Sure, for those who have it made... (191 comments)

That's why Star Wars 7 will focus on the melting of the glaciers of Hoth and the "war on women" by remnants of the Old Empire.

And with a clever bit of licensing, will be co-marketed alongside the inspirational and dramatic family comedy: We Bought a Tauntaun Zoo

4 days ago
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

TubeSteak Re:perhaps pessimism goes in cycles? (191 comments)

Anyone remember the seventies pre-Star Wars? You couldn't produce an SF film unless it had a downer ending.

Highlights of the early 70s include the USA abandoning the gold peg, the CIA overthrowing the government of Chile, the Vietnam War showing itself a failure, the oil crisis, Pol Pot killing millions in Cambodia, African countries overthrowing their leaders, etc etc etc.

The 70s were a dark and stormy time.
And don't forget that the Cuban Missile crisis, despite happening the previous decade, had a serious effect on the US psyche.

4 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

TubeSteak Re:Great one more fail (589 comments)

Statistically the only problem the "smart gun" solves can is already taken care of by responsible gun owners with a safe.

Yet Another Responsible Gun Owner Shoots His Own Penis
At least five American men have shot off their penises since 2010.
http://crooksandliars.com/2014/06/yet-another-responsible-gun-owner-shoots

I keep hearing about these responsible gun owners who are so very careful with their dangerous weapons, so I can only conclude that this guy did it on purpose!

The problem for the "responsible gun owner" is that they have to be responsible every. single. time.
Why not use technology to help with that?

Or do you accept that a certain minimal number of children accidentally killing each other and dudes shooting themselves in the dick is the price we pay for freedom that is arbitrarily unregulated.

about a week ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

TubeSteak Re:Fallacy (903 comments)

Sorry this whole story is some attempt to fill a boring summer void.

The pedant in me desperately wants to point out that Spock is half human and feels emotions too.

about a week ago
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

TubeSteak Re:Good episode of Frontline (119 comments)

Liberia is/was classified as a "fragile state," despite being near the bottom of the failed state index.

Cultural issues exacerbated the spread, but the actual problem is the Liberian Government's inability to (or decision not to) mobilize resources and quarantine infected patients or infected areas.

People are already calling for the President's resignation and arguing that the her poor *handling of this plague has pushed Liberia back towards being a failed state.

*and a general inability to create a viable healthcare system during her 9 years in office.

about a week ago

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Update: Comcast Doesn't Block Web Browsing

TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TubeSteak (669689) writes "It turns out the results from the previous /. story Comcast Blocks Web Browsing were the result of the researcher's NAT hardware being overloaded.

A note regarding our findings: Further experiments have led us to believe that our initial conclusions that indicated Comcast's responsibility for dropping TCP SYN packets and forging TCP SYN, ACK and RST (reset) packets was incorrect. Our experiments were conducted from behind a network address translator (NAT). The anomalous packets were generated when the outbound TCP SYN packets exceeded the NAT's resources available in it's state table. In this case, TCP SYN, ACK and RST packets were sent. We would like to thank Don Bowman, Robb Topolski, Neal Krawetz, and Comcast engineers for bringing this to our attention. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this posting may have caused.
Oops."

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TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  about 7 months ago

MOVIN' ON UP. You are on Slashdot Classic. We are starting to move into new digs in February by automatically redirecting greater numbers of you. The new site is a work in progress so Classic Slashdot will be available from the footer for several more months. As we migrate our audience, we want to hear from you to make sure that the redesigned page has all the features you expect. Find out more.

No thanks. And since when did the journal lose its classic /. layout?

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TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 4 years ago

The Economist Weighs In For Shorter Copyright Terms
I suggest we drop by the house of everyone that doesn't understand IF YOU DONT LIKE IT DON'T WATCH/READ/LISTEN TO IT, and slap them in the side of the head.
-This is the best presentation of an argument I've heard in weeks. I can't imagine why you've never run for public office.
--It would be far too exhausting. Can you imagine how many voters would need their heads slapped during the campaign?

Wanted: Campaign volunteers
Requirements: At least one hand and a desire to change the country

Campaign slogans:
"Hit the IP industry where it hurts: Upside their heads."
"How can she slap? She slaps for copyright reform."
"Communicate with today's voters the way their parents once did: with a slap."
"Would you rather have 14 slaps or 95 slaps? We feel the same way about the length of copyright."
"How many slaps does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?"

-This message sponsored by Students Litigating Against Pratty Publishers

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TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I'm going to quote an old post from the "DMCA Abuse Widespread" article:

Whenever a controversial law is proposed, and its supporters, when confronted with an egregious abuse it would permit, use a phrase along the lines of 'Perhaps in theory, but the law would never be applied in that way' - they're lying . They intend to use the law that way as early and as often as possible.

I'm sticking this here so that next time i want to quote these words, I won't have to go looking.

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MoG Trolls

TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 9 years ago Every now and then, something comes along and makes you laugh till your sides hurt. The following is one such "thing".

MoG Trolls

I tried to flush one down the toilet. It didn't work. It's still there. Then I had one wet gibbering MoGTroll, 1 acid-stained MoGTroll, and 248 dry MoGTrolls, and one blocked toilet. The MoGTroll won't come out of the toilet. I don't mean its stuck in it - it REFUSES to come out

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TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Evil Overlord

If I ever become an Evil Overlord:

1. My legions of terror will have helmets with clear
plexiglass visors, not face-concealing ones.

2. My ventilation ducts will be too small to crawl through.

3. My noble half-brother whose throne I usurped will
be killed, not kept anonymously imprisoned in a forgotten
cell of my dungeon.

4. Shooting is not too good for my enemies.

5. The artifact which is the source of my power will
not be kept on the Mountain of Despair beyond the River
of Fire guarded by the Dragons of Eternity. It will
be in my safe-deposit box.

6. I will not gloat over my enemies' predicament before
killing them.

7. When the rebel leader challenges me to fight one-
on-one and asks, "Or are you afraid without your armies
to back you up?" My reply will be, "No, just sensible."

8. When I've captured my adversary and he says, "Look,
before you kill me, will you at least tell me what this
is all about?" I'll say, "Nope" and shoot him.

9. After I kidnap the beautiful princess, we will be
married immediately in a quiet civil ceremony, not a
lavish spectacle in three weeks time during which the
final phase of my plan will be carried out.

10. I will not include a self-destruct mechanism unless
absolutely necessary. If it is necessary, it will not
be a large red button labeled "Danger: Do Not Push".

11. I will not order my trusted lieutenant to kill the
infant who is destined to overthrow me -- I'll do it
myself.

12. I will not interrogate my enemies in the inner sanctum
-- a small hotel well outside my borders will work just
as well.

13. I will be secure in my superiority. Therefore,
I will feel no need to prove it by leaving clues in
the form of riddles or leaving my weaker enemies alive
to show they pose no threat.

14. I will not waste time making my enemy's death look
like an accident: I'm not accountable to anyone and
my other enemies wouldn't believe it.

15. I will make it clear that I _do_ know the meaning
of the word "mercy"; I simply choose not show them any.

16. One of my advisors will be an average five-year-
old child. Any flaws in my plan that he is able to
spot will be corrected before its implementation.

17. All slain enemies will be cremated, not left for
dead at the bottom of the cliff. The announcement of
their deaths, as well as any accompanying celebration,
will be deferred until after the aforementioned disposal.

18. My undercover agents will not have tattoos identifying
them as members of my organization, nor will they be
required to wear military boots or adhere to any other
dress codes.

19. The hero is not entitled to a last kiss, a last
cigarette, or any other form of last request.

20. I will never employ any device with a digital countdown.
If I find that such a device is absolutely unavoidable,
I will set it to activate when the counter reaches 117
and the hero is just putting his plan into operation.

21. I will design all doomsday machines myself. If
I must hire a mad scientist to assist me, I will make
sure that he is sufficiently twisted to never regret
his evil ways and seek to undo the damage he's caused.

22. I will never utter the sentence "But before I kill
you, there's just one thing I want to know."

23. When I employ people as advisors, I will occasionally
listen to their advice.

I for one welcome our new *_____* Evil Overlords

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TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  about 11 years ago I like "In Soviet Russia" jokes. I think it's a shame that they've faded away... kinda like the Cowboy Neal option on polls.

Q: How can you tell an extroverted computer geek from an introverted computer geek?
A: The introverted computer geek will look at his shoes while he talks to you. The extroverted computer geek will look at your shoes while he talks to you.

Q: How do you tell if an Extroverted computer geek is Russian?
A: His shoes look at you while he is talking.

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