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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Tumbleweed Re:Revolt? (804 comments)

In solidarity I will stop showering and changing my underpants until this is fixed....

They'll all be sorry when the revolution comes! *shakes fist*

4 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Tumbleweed Re:Revolt? (804 comments)

Does this give us a free pass to revolt now?

I do believe the founding fathers would like it that way.. if the government isn't right, take up arms, overthrow it, and put it back the right way.

I don't know about you, but I'm already revolting! :)

4 days ago
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Seattle Bookstores Embrace Amazon.com

Tumbleweed Re:I prefer to browse real bookstores (83 comments)

Amazon does have tons of books I might not find otherwise, but I still love just wandering around in a bookstore for hours, just browsing. I've found a number of great books that way, that I likely never would have seen just searching a website.

While I find books that way, too, I tend to find a LOT more stuff I like because of the recommendations on Amazon. Those algorithms are scary good nowadays.

about a week ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Tumbleweed Re:Politics as usuall (722 comments)

Some got it through the exchanges, some got it through their employer, and some got on Medicare. Apparently the CBO was surprised by how many people signed up through their employer; they calculated it would be about the same amount, but that shot up a lot; hard to say why at this point, but I'm sure we'll get all the details pretty soon; everyone is obsessed with trying to either prove or disprove it's working.

about two weeks ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Tumbleweed Re:Politics as usuall (722 comments)

millions are MUCH better off by not being denied health care for pre-existing conditions, being able to stay on their parent's healthcare plans, etc.

You sound very well-informed. Would you mind sharing with the rest of us the data source you used to determine that "millions" are better off? Even a rough count for each one of the categories you mention would be great as well. Thanks.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyli...

From a study done by Rand, over 9 million people have health insurance than did before.

about two weeks ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Tumbleweed Re:Politics as usuall (722 comments)

Like most numbers that come out of government, it takes a bit of creative license. Both major parties have mastered this deception. The real question is... Are we better off now that this law is in place? To which I have to think, probably not.

"Probably not?" You're going to have to explain that one. Maybe some people are worse off, but millions are MUCH better off by not being denied health care for pre-existing conditions, being able to stay on their parent's healthcare plans, etc.

Granted, this IS a right-wing change to health insurance (from the previous generation of right-wingers, not the Tea Party wacko set we have now). This is a gimme to health care insurers, with no single payer, etc. It's a single step, but it's a good one until the Tea Party flames out and we can get back to having a somewhat functional Congress again. That's going to be a long time in coming, I suspect, so for now, it seems as good as we're going to get.

about two weeks ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

Tumbleweed flawed study equipment (469 comments)

They didn't use Monster(tm) cables!

about two weeks ago
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Google Project Ara Design Will Use Electro-Permanent Magnets To Lock In Modules

Tumbleweed Re:So If I Drop My Phone (62 comments)

I never said it would fail on its own as a device, I said it would fail on the points I listed, the third point being the most important if it's not intended for the mass market.

I suppose if you think that is a big reason people want a modular phone, then sure. It's not even on the list of reasons why I'd want a modular phone. They should probably do some polling to find out WHY people want a modular phone before they make one. :)

about two weeks ago
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Google Project Ara Design Will Use Electro-Permanent Magnets To Lock In Modules

Tumbleweed Re:So If I Drop My Phone (62 comments)

If it's not intended for the masses, then it's going to fail on all important points:

- it will be bigger/thicker than current all-in-one phones because each module will be its own box with its own case and you need space for the magnets and inter-modular connections
- it means it will cost even more than current all-in-one phones
- it means it won't get manufactured in enough quantities to make a difference in the waste produced by all-in-one phones

Your reasons for it to fail (as listed here) are still reasons that would make a device _INTENDED FOR THE MASSES_ fail. There are products that are intended for niche markets that still succeed, and this project will succeed or fail based on those criteria, not your strawman criteria.

about two weeks ago
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Google Project Ara Design Will Use Electro-Permanent Magnets To Lock In Modules

Tumbleweed Re:So If I Drop My Phone (62 comments)

A modular phone will never work. The masses don't want modular devices. They want a solid slate they can get laser engraved more than they want the ability to customize, modify, or repair things.

Has anyone stated this is even intended for the masses?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

Tumbleweed WGU (370 comments)

As someone already mentioned. Both regionally and nationally accredited. Also very affordable.

about a month ago
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Jimmy Carter: Snowden Disclosures Are 'Good For Americans To Know'

Tumbleweed all too common view on Snowden (289 comments)

Politicians are quick to say the NSA has gone too far, but none of them have the balls to say Snowden should be pardoned. Grow some balls. He apparently tried several times to bring his concerns to his superiors, only to be shut down. If he didn't do what he did, we would not know what we know, or even be having this discussion. There's no need to make him a martyr. He did what was right.

about a month ago
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One Billion Android Devices Open To Privilege Escalation

Tumbleweed SecUP? No, that's not the name... (117 comments)

You'll find the scanner titled "Secure Update Scanner" in the Play store.

about a month ago
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Big Bang's Smoking Gun Found

Tumbleweed Re:Next up: a direct detection (269 comments)

A direct detection of a gravitational wave moving the mirrors of a large scale interferometer is up next. In the next few years, Advanced LIGO (US), Advanced Virgo (Italy) and KAGRA (Japan) will come online with the hope of directly detecting gravitational waves from sources such as supernovae and coalescing binary star systems. With this kind of network, it will then be possible to coordinate both electromagnetic and gravitational searches of our sky. This is useful for many reasons, one of which is that it lets us listen to the sound of black holes colliding where no light escapes.

Exciting times!

Plus we'll finally be able properly calibrate that DHD we found...

about a month ago
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The New PHP

Tumbleweed Re:Perl vs PHP (254 comments)

Wow - I'm not sure you should be using the sample of bad existing code as an argument against PHP and FOR perl. Yikes.

about a month and a half ago
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Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?

Tumbleweed Re:Illegal HOW EXACTLY (298 comments)

Classification as common carrier, and true net neutrality rules (the level of net neutrality most people actually want) based on that are two different things.

And what, exactly, is the difference?

There is the classification of ISPs as common carriers - which we don't have.

Once you have the classification, you have the rules that govern common carrier ISPs - which we also do not have.

We need both. Simply reclassifying them as common carriers isn't going to do much, because we need the rules that govern them to specify exactly what they are and aren't allowed to do, and how to measure and enforce this, and what the penalties are for violations.

about 2 months ago
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Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?

Tumbleweed Re:Illegal HOW EXACTLY (298 comments)

Until ISPs are classified as common carriers, the FCC will not have the authority to enforce any level of net neutrality - which a former FCC chairman has recently stated. I have not said, and do not believe, that we have ever had any level of net neutrality.

We had exactly that until 2005 when the FCC reclassified DSL and CATV ISPs as "information services" (not common carrier) from their previous classification of "telecommunications service" (common carrier) which they had held since the inception of the internet.

Classification as common carrier, and true net neutrality rules (the level of net neutrality most people actually want) based on that are two different things. We've never had both of those at the same time. And unless and until they're reclassified as common carriers, net neutrality is a non-starter.

about 2 months ago
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Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?

Tumbleweed Re:Exactly, Spirit != Reality (298 comments)

I very much disagree that simply because we don't now, and have never had true net neutrality, that means we can't ever have it. We can have it, but we have to fight for it.

about 2 months ago
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Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?

Tumbleweed Re:Illegal HOW EXACTLY (298 comments)

Because it would be illegal

Why?

What was the rule or regulation or law from Net Neutrality that made what Verizon is doing illegal?

I want someone to be specific because my point is this Verizon action has NOTHING to do with Net Neutrality, and would not be stopped by any Net Neutrality rules that the FCC put forth before they were told to stop.

So I repeat; HOW WOULD VERSION NOT BE ABLE TO DO WHAT THEY ARE DOING?

There is no current authority by the FCC (which they recently admitted) that allows them to enforce net neutrality. Even before that admission, what they had in place would not have worked as net neutrality, and was certainly never legally challenged and upheld in any court to cement it. Until ISPs are classified as common carriers, the FCC will not have the authority to enforce any level of net neutrality - which a former FCC chairman has recently stated. I have not said, and do not believe, that we have ever had any level of net neutrality. I am advocating FOR true net neutrality. That doesn't mean that what Verizon is supposedly doing doesn't violate the spirit of what people want net neutrality protection against, however.

about 2 months ago

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Smokescreen: a javascript-based Flash player

Tumbleweed Tumbleweed writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tumbleweed (3706) writes "How to make Steve Jobs your mortal enemy: Smokescreen, a 175kB, 8,000-line javascript-based Flash player. To be open-sourced "in the near future". From Simon's blog: "It runs entirely in the browser, reads in SWF binaries, unzips them (in native JS), extracts images and embedded audio and turns them in to base64 encoded data:uris, then stitches the vector graphics back together as animated SVG." Badass! (Via Simon Willison's blog)"
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Obama Trying to Keep Warrantless Wiretapping

Tumbleweed Tumbleweed writes  |  about 5 years ago

Tumbleweed writes "Apparently the Presidential election was less of "Change" and more of "Out with the old, in with the same old," as President Obama has "invoked 'state secrets' to prevent a court from reviewing the legality of the National Security Agency's warantless wiretapping program, moving late Friday to have a lawsuit that challenged the program dismissed."

Well, crap. So who do we elect next time to actually change things? This is NOT the 'change' I voted for!"

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Tumbleweed Tumbleweed writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tumbleweed writes " LOLCODE is a new scripting language being designed to more closely match current trends in language grammar and syntax; LOLCODE will likely appeal to a new generation of web coders.

LOLCODE features keywords like these: can-has, gimmeh, hai, i-has-a, im-in-yr, im-outta-yr, kthxbye and
visible. My favourite example:

HAI
CAN HAS STDIO?
I HAS A VAR
GIMMEH VAR
IZ VAR BIGGER THAN 10 O RLY?
        YA RLY
                BTW this is true
                VISIBLE "BIG NUMBER!"
        NO WAI
                BTW this is false
                VISIBLE "LITTLE NUMBER!"
        KTHX
KTHXBYE"
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Tumbleweed Tumbleweed writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Tumbleweed (3706) writes "Joanna Rutkowska, of Blue Pill fame , writes in her blog that Vista RC1 (Build 5600, x64 edition) is still vulnerable to the pagefile attack she demonstrated at the SyScan conference nearly 2 months ago.

"As I described during my talk, it's just enough to... disable kernel mode memory paging. Surly, it would cause a little waste of memory, but according to some Microsoft engineers I spoke to, it would be only around 80MB. This seems very little these days, doesn't it?", she writes.

Well, no, 80MB is not 'very little' by my standards, but nevertheless, I don't see how this can be considered a 'Release Candidate' by anyone other than Microsoft, with such a high-profile vulnerability left in place."

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