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Google+ Photos To Be Separated From Google+

Virtucon Until Google comes clean (47 comments)

Until they come clean on what they're mining from your activities, I'd stay away from it.

6 hours ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

Virtucon This should be a good one (176 comments)

On one side, we have UNESCO which is charted by a shadow government with designating and protecting what are considered world cultural sites. On the other we have the dark empire of Disney, another shadow that influences government in terms of Copyright and other legislation that it deems necessary to keep the Mouse protected. Any takers on which side will win this battle? I'm betting on the Mouse.

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Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

Virtucon Re:Bad summary of two separate issues (194 comments)

uhm, you forget all of these agencies report to the guy at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Harry Truman had a sign on his desk saying "The Buck Stops Here." All of the corruption and mismanagement in the government, including disregarding the laws and the constitution all stop at that address. It's time for the population of this country to become engaged and actually elect leaders who will fix this mess by disbanding those agencies and restoring the rule of law in this country. Or what the fuck we'll just elect somebody from Party A or B and just do that living with the consequences; like we've done for over 200 years.

2 days ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

Virtucon Re:Huh (163 comments)

Hadn't thought of that group, good for you! Hope it worked for you and your sister.

2 days ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

Virtucon Re:Wackadoodle (163 comments)

FTFY:

"What in the Wide World of Sports is a-going on here!? I hired you people to get a little track laid, not to jump around like a bunch of Kansas City faggots! " - Slim Pickens as Taggart in "Blazing Saddles"

2 days ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

Virtucon Huh (163 comments)

First, drugs are increasingly being tested on homeless, destitute and mentally ill people.

Name another group of the population willing to be guinea pigs for experimental medication? Prison inmates also comes to mind but not much else.

Second, it turns out many human trials are being run by doctors who have had their licenses revoked for drug addiction, malpractice and worse.

It's the American Dream to have made mistakes but to venture out into new avenues. Is one condemned for life not to at least use some of the talents acquired through years of school and experience just because they fell down! If not we're condemning people to a life of servitude at Walmart or 7-11 when they could be serving a useful purpose like pushing through drug test results.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

Virtucon Regardless of client or application (345 comments)

A zoned security architecture is always best and implementing intra-zonal firewalls is likewise a best practice however there's always pragmatic considerations because of cost or risk of the information being protected. If any of the servers are Internet facing or face an internal desktop network, that should be firewalled off at a minimum.

2 days ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

Virtucon Re:News Flash FUD works! (250 comments)

I was referring to FUD/Spin in general and yes it is associated with TFA. All you have to do is watch Sunday morning news programs and it's full of shit talkers who have nothing better to do than try and convince you that their position is correct. Likewise DC is full of lobbyists whose job it is to cloud the issues with FUD to the point that you and I, much less the lawmakers, can figure out what the truth is. Couple that to 24 Hr. News programs who don't do journalism but just 5 to 6 minute sound bites about something then move on. With more and more people getting their news from Twitter, Facebook and Wikipedia, is it any wonder why the Russians and Congressional staff are all out there putting out false stories and editing things? To put their spin on the subject to people who won't dig for their own answers.

4 days ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

Virtucon Re:News Flash FUD works! (250 comments)

Well that's better than naming you kid CNN

4 days ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

Virtucon News Flash FUD works! (250 comments)

FUD works folks, that's why you have spin doctors constantly shaping news headlines with press releases and carefully worded speeches. Couple that with a litany of non-profit organizations to get the word out and you have your own fact machine. Really, facts don't matter because people's perceptions are more important than mere facts. This might have been a great idea, a municipally based service without all the baggage that a big carrier brings to the table but hey, why let facts get in the way of myth?

Dirty tricks in business have been around for centuries and nobody should be surprised that Comcast and SBC(AT&T) did this.

4 days ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Virtucon Re:Fusion (376 comments)

You bring up Manhattan and Apollo and both of those have one thing in common. A united country that wasn't bickering about petty shit and actually wanted to accomplish something. Regrettably, the attitude and budget issues means that there's more bureaucracy and fragmentation on getting anything accomplished. Sure, private industry could take up the engineering challenge but they won't without sufficient incentives, such as tax credits or other things to properly make their "investment" worth something. I really want to see sustainable Fusion power but we also could be doing a hell of a lot more with Geothermal as well as Fission reactors and solar, all of which help reduce CO2 and promote jobs both in operationally and construction/engineering. That way we get people more interested in those professions rather than being a Walmart greeter.

about a week ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Virtucon Re:Fusion (376 comments)

Putting a lot into it, just not getting as much out of it. Congress is cutting funding for ITER because it's way over budget and like any International project it's got too many cooks in the kitchen so to speak. A lot of higher ground research is going on overseas and the US is starting to lose ground in key areas including nuclear energy and particle physics. I'd rather see $20 billion put into those research areas than the F35 for example.

about a week ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Virtucon Growth without planning (376 comments)

That's the rub, you have massive communities being built with no thought to infrastructural issues, like water, roads, education etc. The one thing that needs to be done to take care of long term water demand is desalinization plants. San Diego is now getting one. but that'll solve most domestic uses, large agrobusiness has relied on cheap water, and that's what's made the Imperial Valley and the San Joaquin valleys prosper, without access to it the agriculture will suffer. That's something California doesn't want and it'll push food prices higher in the US.

about a week ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

Virtucon Re:well now that cat's out of the bag (394 comments)

I was going to say that. They'll just play whack-a-mole and start throttling that traffic next.

about a week ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

Virtucon I can hear (227 comments)

The Rev. Jesse Jackson now meeting with the Physicists and asking them to create a diversity program for the universe while also insisting that they become members of his Rainbow Coalition.

"We must not allow the progress we've made in astrophysical objects to be eroded by these people who don't know what it is to be black. Black is beautiful. Am I MLK Yet?" The rev. Jackson was quoted saying.

about a week ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Virtucon Who watches the Watchers? (242 comments)

This is the most blatant disregard for constitutionally protected rights I've ever seen. I'll make sure I carry copies of "Catcher In He Rye" and "Anarchists Cookbook" wherever I travel. I'm surprised that this has been allowed to continue but it's utter nonsense and just the first fucking page of the document shows how fucked we are with all these shields representing stakeholders into the system. I especially like the part where one person in the White House can immediately include a group or individual on the terrorist watch list as they see fit. Have any political enemies? They're on the list.

about two weeks ago
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Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

Virtucon Interesting (175 comments)

I'm wondering how Google intends to provide the information. Ostensibly, any RF communication is going to be expensive in terms of power consumption but certainly if you turn off the radios you could get a power profile that represents the state of an Andorid device without all of the activity going on to Google's servers. It's tenuous but while this only affects Google I'm wondering if Apple and MSFT are watching this because you know damn well they're doing it with IOS and Windows Phone to some extent.

about two weeks ago
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NASA: Lunar Pits and Caves Could House Astronauts

Virtucon Re:We have to be quick about it. (157 comments)

Okay get your political avatars correct. Jerry Brown is governor Moonbeam and he'd be much better suited for Mayor McCheese's position on the moon.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Virtucon Re:No excuses left (390 comments)

So nukes at 10 paces then? Dawn? Choice of weapons: I'll take three W88s..

about two weeks ago

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Protesters picket in front of Kevin Rose's Home

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 4 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Another anti-tech protest happened this weekend outside of Kevin Rose's home in San Francisco. Kevin Rose, founder of Digg and a Google Ventures partner was targeted with a protest and leaflets were handed out "warning" the neighbors that he is destroying San Francisco.

The anarchistic group protesting Kevin was called Counterforce and has demanded that Google Pay $3 billion. The group has called for the creation of "autonomous, anti-capitalist, and anti-racist communities throughout the Bay Area and Northern California."

I don't know about you but if two women held up a protest banner threatening to snip something off I'd be a bit concerned."

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City Councilman Resigns Using Klingon

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 7 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "A city councilman in Indian Trail Town, North Carolina has resigned and opted to write his letter of resignation in Klingon. David Waddell is obviously a fan of Star Trek. I wonder if the other council members know what the hell he wrote? I'm sure a nice Qu'vatlh would have sufficed."
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23AndMe Ordered To Stop Selling DNA tests.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 8 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The Food and Drug Administration has ordered Google-backed genetic test maker 23andMe to halt sales of its personalized DNA test kits, saying the company has failed to show that the technology is supported by science. It seems that 23andMe has been slow in responding to the FDA with regards to the testing and methods used in the Personal Genome Service (PGS) as the main reason for the order. The issues were outlined in the order the FDA sent on 11/22. "
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GOCE satellite is falling to Earth but Scientists don't know where.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 9 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer or GOCE Satellite is expected to fall to Earth this weekend. It weighs over a ton and unfortunately the Scientists don't exactly know where it will land. You can track it here. It should re-enter sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning.

Makr Hopkins, chair of the National Society's Executive Committee said: "The satellite is one of the few satellites in a Polar Orbit. Consequently, it could land almost anywhere,"

The GOCE mission was to create an accurate gravity map of the Earth."
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Engineers Create Urine Powered Robot

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 9 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Using the idea that urine can be used to generate electricity, Engineers in the UK have developed a prototype pump that mimics the human heart. This pump presumably could be used to deliver urine to waste powered fuel cells.

‘We speculate that in the future, urine-powered EcoBots could perform environmental monitoring tasks such as measuring temperature, humidity and air quality,’ said lead researcher Peter Walters of the University of the West of England (UWE), which runs the BRL with Bristol University.

Are pee powered robots in our future? Could the technology be used to power vehicles and would you want it? I mean would you buy a $90,000 Tesla if it smelled like urine all the time?"
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French Court Orders Google To Block Pics and Links of Max Mosley

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 9 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "This one goes to the old adage "closing the stable door after the horse bolted." A French court on Wednesday ruled that Google must remove from its search results photos of a former Formula One racing chief, Max Mosley, participating in an Nazi-themed orgy. Google could be fined up to 1,000 Euros/day for not complying. What's strange here is that Mosley A) Sued in a French Court B) Didn't go after anybody else other than Google and C) has definitely strange tastes in extracurricular activities. In this day and age it's laughable to think that once your private photos/videos hit the Internet that you have any expectation of reigning them in or filtering the embarrassing parts out. Google isn't the only game in town so to speak in terms of Internet search. I wonder if his lawyers checked out Yahoo or WebCrawler? Of course Google plans to appeal the decision to ... be able to show pics of an old man getting er um never mind..."
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New Allegations of large scale data collection by the NSA on Google and Yahoo

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 9 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Another revelation of a new program that goes beyond PRISM, this program called MUSCULAR which gets around sticky US laws by relying on the GCHQ. If true this may actually start to get Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft to start flexing some of the legal and lobbying muscle in Washington to outlaw this kind of crap.
David Drummond, chief legal officer at Google has said:


"We are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fiber networks, and it underscores the need for urgent reform."

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California Public Utilities Commission approves Ride Sharing Services

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 10 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Ride Sharing Services such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar received a big boost today when the California Public Utilities Commission approved rules that would allow them to continue to operate as long as the followed a few rules. This makes California the first state to adopt such rules and is expected to preempt local governments who are trying to clamp down on these services and try to regulate them like local taxi companies."
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How do you deal with software publishers who ignore known Vulnerabilities?

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  1 year,13 days

Virtucon (127420) writes "If you have a software publisher who ignores vulnerabilities or distributes software that has third party dependencies that have vulnerabilities, what do you do about it when they ignore the situation? I mean if they keep distributing updates and the vulnerabilities still are present, other than not using the application anymore or reporting it what can you do? Shame them publicly? Also what if it's a home-use product vs. an enterprise product, do you treat those differently?"
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Labor Department wanted $1 million for e-mail addresses of political appointees.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "

The AP asked for the addresses following last year's disclosures that the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency had used separate email accounts at work. The practice is separate from officials who use personal, non-government email accounts for work, which generally is discouraged—but often happens anyway—due to laws requiring that most federal records be preserved. The scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery: Most U.S. agencies have failed to turn over lists of political appointees' email addresses, which the AP sought under the Freedom of Information Act more than three months ago. The Labor Department initially asked the AP to pay more than $1 million for its email addresses.

The reason for the $1 million dollar request was to do research including going to backup tapes. Some of the information has been turned over to AP but it still seems that the government just can't get their hands on e-mail addresses for their own people."
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Federal Magistrate rules in favor of accused in decryption issue.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "U.S. Magistrate William Callahan Jr. of Wisconsin has ruled in favor of the accused in that he should not have to decrypt his storage device. The US Government had sought to compel Feldman to provide his password to obtain access to the data. Presumably the FBI has had no success in getting the data and had sought to have the judge compel Feldman to provide the decrypted contents of what they had seized.

The Judge ruled:

This is a close call, but I conclude that Feldman’s act of production, which would necessarily require his using a password of some type to decrypt the storage device, would be tantamount to telling the government something it does not already know with ‘reasonably particularity’—namely, that Feldman has personal access to and control over the encrypted storage devices. Accordingly, in my opinion, Fifth Amendment protection is available to Feldman. Stated another way, ordering Feldman to decrypt the storage devices would be in violation of his Fifth Amendment right against compelled self-incrimination.

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Google is pushing back on law enforcement requests for access to Gmail accounts

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Ars technica has an interesting article on how Google is handling requests from law enforcement for access to Gmail accounts. With the recent Petraeus scandal where no criminal conduct was found, it seems that they're re-enforcing their policies and standing up for their users.

"In order to compel us to produce content in Gmail we require an ECPA search warrant," said Chris Gaither, Google spokesperson. "If they come for registration information, that's one thing, but if they ask for content of email that's another thing."

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MIT Researchers find that some Android apps collect information when off

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "MIT Researchers have discovered that some Android applications collect personal information including Google Maps even when they are off. Maybe Free isn't so great after all?

From the Article: " After evaluating 36 applications — ranging from popular games such as Angry Birds to text-messaging platforms, social media applications and photography applications — researchers found that most applications collect personal information about their users even when the phone is not in operation. Shih and Zhang found that applications tracked everything from location information to stored contacts and the device's Web history.""

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Judge Refuses Appeal in Kim DotCom case for extradition

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The USA has suffered another rebuff in its attempts to extradite Kim Dotcom, with Judge Winkelmann of the High Court of New Zealand upholding a previous disclosure order made by Judge David Harvey.

The previous order had required the FBI to disclose an extensive amount of documentation to support its application for Dotcom’s extradition. As noted by NZ’s LawGeekNZ blog, the disclosure would cover communications between US authorities and the MPAA and RIAA on behalf of copyright owners.

This had been resisted by the US, which requested a judicial review. This has now been completed, and in a 51-page judgment (available at LawGeekNZ), Judge Winkelmann has dismissed the application."

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New Mineral found in Metorite.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The new mineral was found embedded in the Allende meteorite, which fell to Earth in 1969. Since 2007, geologist Chi Ma of Caltech has been probing the meteorite with a scanning electron microscope, discovering nine new materials including panguite."
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Facebook on a slide based on User Data?

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "A recent report from analyst firm comScore said that unique U.S. visitors to Facebook dropped slightly in May compared to April and March. But an analysis of additional comScore data suggests that the slowdown could be more significant and longer lasting. Falling traffic could be a concern to investors, who justify Facebook's high market value by pointing to its growth potential."
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Scientists Create World's Smallest Steam Engine

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Virtucon writes "German physicists say they've built a heat engine measuring only a few micrometers across which works as well as a normal-sized version — although it sputters, they admit.

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems say that the engine does basically work, meaning there's nothing, in principle, to prevent the construction of highly efficient, small heat engines."

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