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The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

Virtucon Re:Farmers will be delighted... (93 comments)

more like New Yorkers will be thrilled with 10 million new pigeons crapping everywhere.

7 hours ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

Virtucon No-Fly List, TSA, nudeo scanners. it's all theater (244 comments)

It's time to start disassembling this expensive fraud. Millions of travelers are inconvenienced by these fraudulent necessities that have been installed since the Patriot Act was passed. That Act will go down in American history as the single, most damaging, threat to liberty in this country. Billions spent, law abiding people treated like criminals without due process. It truly makes me ashamed and angry at DC and the retards that reside there.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

Virtucon Windows 8 Store Epic Fail (126 comments)

Sorry, the Store has been a problem for me from the start. First I don't believe in Walled Gardens but you also can't sideload Metro apps. Couple that along with the fact that you can't delete store history in Windows 8 and you'll have a situation that just pisses people off. There are multiple support threads on this in the Microsoft forums and yet nothings been done to address these deficiencies. That's why you still see vendors creating desktop mode apps which still give them some control over the user experience including downloads and support.

Sorry Microsoft, get your heads out of your collective asses and listen to your customers.

4 days ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Virtucon Re:Lame.. (158 comments)

yeah same here, so the sight of a dismembered head isn't disgusting to you? to me gushing blood, dismembered heads is bad enough. My mind can easily extrapolate the other details.

4 days ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Virtucon Re:Lame.. (158 comments)

So you're saying people have a right to freedom and no censorship. Humm, get the UN to agree with it and you might have a case. Oh wait, there's that security council thingy.. It'll never happen.

5 days ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Virtucon Re:Lame.. (158 comments)

"Toute nation a le gouvernement qu'elle mérite." - Joseph de Maistre

"Every nation gets the government it deserves."

Censorship may be abhorrent but it's not Horror. People who think they're free are basically not, so don't assume that to be true. If you want liberty then you'll have to fight to change the statis quo because no nation on earth is free. That means censorship is going to be a day to day occurrence, you're just more acutely aware of it now because of the Internet. Blue or Red pills await!

5 days ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Virtucon Re:Lame.. (158 comments)

Read the title of this posting... "Horrifying" I'd submit censorship is a bit less horrifying than that particular video. I love patronizing retards who seem to think that life should be at you full volume, constantly. Every piece of information, every detail has to be in their hands or the world is somehow cheating them. Knowing about something and having graphic knowledge of it are two different things. Yes I chose to watch it and now after watching it I think that there should have been some responsibility taken to remove it. Next thing you know Youtube will allow rape videos to be submitted or torture videos. Is that what we want as a society? No. Not in a society that I live in. Does it change anything if it's published? Fuck no. Does it make us less human and desensitize us to future events? Yes. Does it make me want to rip the heads off the assholes who did it? More than ever.

Don't confuse free speech and the right to information as the same thing either. Some things are better left to the knowledge that they happened and leave it at that. Now, crawl back under your rock now while the adults talk fuckstick.

about a week ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Virtucon Re:I got those calls every few days (248 comments)

Tell them you run VAX/VMS if you really want to screw with them. That's what I do anyway.

about a week ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Virtucon Re:Lame.. (158 comments)

Well I did it out of curiosity and being curious means some garish views in my minds eye. Curiosity did kill the cat.

about a week ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Virtucon Lame.. (158 comments)

Lame, lame and lame. It's been going on for years and just because your country doesn't ascribe to censorship they're most likely tracking your activities surreptitiously. While it was a lofty goal to have an Internet free from Censors, you're not going to get that to happen in every place all the time. There was once a trial in Canada over a very serious crime there was some testimony that was extremely sensitive involving the crime. The judge in the case issued a gag order including that of all Canadian press organizations not to publish details about it. That didn't of course apply to US journalists covering the trial who published the information in the US. This led to Canadian border agents seizing US newspapers because of the publication of the information. The point here is that some view censorship as beneficial in certain cases while others view it with disdain. For example, this week I saw a video of a beheading. Now after watching it I probably wish that somebody had filtered that for me.

about a week ago
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Tor Browser Security Under Scrutiny

Virtucon Why not work with Mozilla (80 comments)

Why not work with Mozilla to address the issues? What about Chromium? I'd put the brakes on anything Google does with Chrome. Their ever-shifting policies have meant that it's no longer a preferred solution to our clients and to my customers. These aren't minor issues either since Google has been building their own walled garden, something a lot of FOSS and Commercial Software organizations won't support. Firefox at least for now, is void of these issues and is much friendlier to the community as a whole.

about two weeks ago
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How To Read a Microbiome Study Like a Scientist

Virtucon Re:Wait ... What? (53 comments)

Too extreme then?

about two weeks ago
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How To Read a Microbiome Study Like a Scientist

Virtucon Wait ... What? (53 comments)

Dammit I've been taking rat poop ever since that study was released? Are you telling me now I did all that for nothing? I wish you'd make up your minds!

about two weeks ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

Virtucon Re:Desperate to have a wank. (299 comments)

Actually he violated the terms of his bail in the UK. So he can be apprehended at any time. He knew this as he fled into the Embassy. I agree with you though, he's probably tired of staring at the four walls every day and even RT is not giving him the airtime he used to get.

about two weeks ago
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Groundwork Laid For Superfast Broadband Over Copper

Virtucon Re:Rot? Copper doesn't rot. It corrodes. (93 comments)

Same source. More accurate term would be deprecation. 1b, 3a and b seem appropriate.

deprecate
verb \de-pri-kt\

: to criticize or express disapproval of (someone or something)
deprecateddeprecating
Full Definition of DEPRECATE
transitive verb
1
a archaic : to pray against (as an evil)
b : to seek to avert
2
: to express disapproval of
3
a : play down : make little of
b : belittle, disparage
— deprecatingly adverb
— deprecation noun

about two weeks ago
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Groundwork Laid For Superfast Broadband Over Copper

Virtucon Rot? Copper doesn't rot. It corrodes. (93 comments)

It's all about wanting to get out of the local communications office (CO) business. It's a lot more efficient for them to dump those COs and all the maintenance headaches that go along with it including very expensive lead acid batteries and all the associated real estate that goes along with it. There's also maintaining the phone lines inside your house which can be problematic with rodent damage or house settling. With FIOS based services they drop it off at the house and your wiring inside the house isn't their problem, you also supply the power for their point of presence at your place so they're not footing that bill either. At least that's the case in my area.

If these folks have true power outage concerns with bad weather they should invest in a home generator, ala GENERAC.

about two weeks ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

Virtucon Re:If they disagree you're a troll (457 comments)

yeah we've gotten rid of a bunch of them and frankly the whole label removing campaign just leads to more labels or consolidation of labels. If you don't like a president because of his incompetent policies and because he's black, you're now a racist. See that label is still in play but dumb shit, commie pinko, fat ass those are hurtful. Blah...

about two weeks ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

Virtucon Re:If they disagree you're a troll (457 comments)

You just validated my point. I wrote left leaning stupidity, not that they were liberal commie tyrants. You're putting meaning there where there is none. I win.

about two weeks ago

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Protesters picket in front of Kevin Rose's Home

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 5 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 8 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 9 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 a year 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  |  about a year ago

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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