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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

WillAffleckUW Re:Her Videos Are Shit (1229 comments)

yeah, she complains that ms pac man is a just a male character prettied up with cultural female crap to look female. and she is saying this wearing earrings, lipstick and other cultural female items. except for the plad shirt

You should really clean up the mustard stains on your shirt, btw.

It shows how isolated from humanity you are.

And how very sad.

4 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

WillAffleckUW Not to worry, Wil Wheaton there (1229 comments)

Those of us who started the worldwide gaming industry are fighting back against the 8 yo boys issuing death threats.

Steve Jackson, Wil Wheaton, people like myself who created this are having panels at DragonCon, PAX, and other cons worldwide.

No, it is not ok to be a misogynist. Ever.

No, it is not ok to issue death threats online. Ever.

Flame on, baby trolls who stew in hatred, we know how inadequate your sad pitiful lives are.

4 days ago
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

WillAffleckUW Re:Thing is, we know what we have to do (140 comments)

We're done.

I don't mind that you're ignorant. but I do mind that you expect that to be ok.

5 days ago
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

WillAffleckUW Re:Thing is, we know what we have to do (140 comments)

There already is climate change. Acidic oceans making shell formation difficult to impossible for baby clams in the NW coastal areas, species migration to higher elevations, entire forests decimated by insects that don't die due to global warming.

But keep denying it if you want. God doesn't care that you ignored his "steward" deal.

about a week ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

WillAffleckUW Re:Hacking or Road Music (261 comments)

A more interesting person would make a video of cars pulsing to a soundtrack, after a successful cascade hack, and upload the vid.

about a week ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

WillAffleckUW In our state tracking is unconstitutional (261 comments)

So much so that court cases were thrown out due to the use of GPS devices installed in cars.

This sounds even more unconstitutional.

about a week ago
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

WillAffleckUW Re:Thing is, we know what we have to do (140 comments)

The time for excuses ended a while ago.

Adapt or Die.

At this point, those are the remaining choices.

(sorry to be blunt about it, but that's what it means)

about a week ago
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

WillAffleckUW Re:Thing is, we know what we have to do (140 comments)

Didn't say anything about carbon taxes.

I did say removing tax exemptions and subsidies for fossil fuels.

The invisible hand is already tipping. The House is getting in the way of the market.

about a week ago
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

WillAffleckUW Re: Thing is, we know what we have to do (140 comments)

You mean you don't use oil to generate electricity.

Some nations do.

This is slashdot, not Podunk Illinois.

about a week ago
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

WillAffleckUW Re:Thing is, we know what we have to do (140 comments)

No, not really.

PACCAR (just a few miles away) is already making all-electric and fuel cell (H20 split) trucks, as well as hybrid trucks and biodiesel trucks.

Boeing is already making jets and planes that use 1/2 to 1/10th the fuel to move people and goods. China and almost all First World nations are making high speed trains, and Canada has used fuel cell trains powered entirely by wind and solar along train lines (using battery swap modules) as well as biodiesel ones.

Tractors in the EU and various other nations are made to use biodiesel or fuel cells. We sell it from US/Canadian plants overseas.

We have the technology and the large-scale production capacity to make it.

You just don't get that the 20th Century is over.

Wake up and smell the Adapt Or Die change.

Adapt. Or die.

about a week ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

WillAffleckUW Re:Regulation (182 comments)

Exactly. People who profess a desire for a free market, have never actually seen one.

about a week ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

WillAffleckUW Both Uber and Lyft do this to each other (182 comments)

Evil knows no limits.

Those who profess Good in actions, rarely practice it, unless jailed repeatedly for high financial crimes and assets liquidated and given away to the poor.

about a week ago
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

WillAffleckUW Re:Thing is, we know what we have to do (140 comments)

Solar is already cheaper than oil. And passive solar and cogeneration are cheaper than coal and gas without direct subsidies.

Adapt. The time for excuses is over.

about a week ago
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

WillAffleckUW Re:Thing is, we know what we have to do (140 comments)

Wrong. Look, some of us work at universities where we MAKE things that don't need fossil fuels, and produce them worldwide.

Adapt or die.

about a week ago
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

WillAffleckUW Re:Thing is, we know what we have to do (140 comments)

It was simple. And, if done, it would literally cut 80 percent of GHG carbon pollution worldwide.

Your problem is you don't want to do it, because you live in Fear, or in Subsidy.

Nothing wrong with that, other than the Tragedy of the Commons.

about a week ago
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

WillAffleckUW Thing is, we know what we have to do (140 comments)

What we have to do is fairly simple.

1. Stop using fossil fuel. Fairly easy to do this, just end all tax exemptions and artificial subsidies for coal oil and gas. All of them. Then start phasing in retrofits of existing coal plants to use cogeneration (waste heat) and cut coal use in half. Use oil for lubricants. Cut jet fuel use in half using 787s (half fuel use) and turboprops (even less fuel use). Use high speed trains and then battery EV trucks fed by local wind/solar storage for short runs. We know we can do this, we just subsidize the old 18th century methods.

2. Cut energy use in heating/cooling buildings. Efficiency. There's most of your energy use. Passive solar design, put solar cells on roofs, use shades and ceiling fans. We know how to do this and have for half a century. Just expire tax subsidies and exemptions for buildings that don't do this, phasing them out 10 percent a year.

3. There is no 3. It's that fracking simple.

about a week ago
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Systems That Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone Users Go Around the Globe

WillAffleckUW Re:Storm in a teacup (76 comments)

And there's more, but I'm not supposed to talk about what we can do to your actual phone.

Who is this "we" that you keep mentioning?

I can neither confirm nor deny why I use we in referring to actions taken in prior decades.

about a week ago
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Systems That Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone Users Go Around the Globe

WillAffleckUW Re:When Roaming people turn off cell mode (76 comments)

actually, when you buy in bulk TBs are cheap, and mem prices drop, especially when you have 100 GB/s pipes

about a week ago

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IBM patents encryption technique to run unencyrpted VMs and programs

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 8 months ago

WillAffleckUW (858324) writes "Infoworld reports IBM has a patent on an encryption method that, if implemented, allows you to process encrypted data without having to decrypt it first.

Called "fully homomorphic encryption," this encryption method patent may result in software products in the near future.

Normally, encrypted data must be decrypted entirely before any math or programming operations can be run. Homomorphic encryption (HE), however, lets you perform math directly on the encrypted data and have the results show in the underlying data.

From a security viewpoint, there is no need to decrypt any data and expose it to attack.Supposedly, programs (or entire VMs) could run while encrypted and exchange encrypted data between themselves while running.

Bruce Schneier in 2009 pointed out this is not a new technique: "Visions of a fully homomorphic cryptosystem have been dancing in cryptographers' heads for thirty years."

Schneier pointed out this technique could take longer to tun, but IBM claims that Victor Shoup and Shai Halevi of tT. J. Watson Research Center, claim to have taken Gentry's original breakthroughs and implemented them practically, with a released open source, GPL-licensed C++ library to perform HE, mostly meant for researchers working on HE.

"Hopefully in time we will be able to provide higher-level routines," writes Halevi.

Bob Gourley of CTOvision.com writes, "I have seen nothing in any of the research that makes me think a solution can be put in place that cannot be defeated by bad guys. And if that can’t be done then the solution will not solve any problems, it will just add processing overhead."

Since the implemented may not be that efficient, IBM has public challenges for its HE schemes, allowing successful attacks on the Gentry-Halevi implementation of HE to be examined in detail."

Link to Original Source
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When Twitter Went Down I (poll)

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  more than 2 years ago

WillAffleckUW writes "(Poll)

When Twitter Went Down I:

(a) Fell into a pit of despair
(b) Laughed at our successful hack
(c) High fived the guys in my NSA team who did it
(d) Had a meal with my Chinese counterparts who took it down
(e) What's Twitter"

Link to Original Source
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WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WillAffleckUW writes "According to InfoWorld, there has been a subpeona of L.G. Phillips over possible anti-competitive practices by them about LCD pricing. This would involve not just LCD monitors, but also their HDTV lines. First they were visited by the Korean Fair Trade Commission, then the Japanese Fair Trade Commission issued a notice to their offices in Tokyo, and now the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a subpoena to their offices in San Jose, California.

Not only that, but apparently, in addition to the recent investigations of chip manufacturers and suppliers, this LCD investigation may spread to other companies."
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WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WillAffleckUW (858324) writes "I think Slashdot needs to wake up and smell the fact that most of us here want to buy a Wii, not a PS3.

To acknowledge that, they need to can the lame PS3 poll - dude, look at the stats, we ain't buyin it till it's less than $300 retail - and post a new post-PS3-rollout pre-Wii-rollout POLL:

Wii?
Got Mine Preordered
Launch Day
Christmas
Bought a PS3
Bought an xBox360, playing it!
When Spore comes out on the Wii
Never"
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WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WillAffleckUW writes "According to a cNet story, GameStop and EBX will be taking Nintendo Wii preorders for $50 down on Friday, Oct. 13. However, they also said "Due to extremely limited supply, we expect to reach our limit very quickly, most likely in minutes. We will not accept additional preorders at that time," in an email.

On Tuesday they sold out of preorders for Sony new PlayStation 3 video game console, which is in tighter supply constraints. Severe shortages are expected for both the Wii and PS3 until the new year.

Nintendo said it will supply 4 million Wii units to US stores by year end, with Sony shipping 2 million PS3s, but a number of articles in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) and Fortune seem to indicate Sony will have a hard time shipping that many due to supply parts constraints."

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I declare an Internet Fatwa on DC

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 4 months ago

Enough talk. The FCC has decided to end Net Neutrality.

I declare an Internet Fatwa on DC.

As a survivor of the First Use*Net Wars and part of the ARPA*NET 110 baud club, I declare an Internet Fatwa against all of DC.

Let them eat 14.4k!

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Thoghts on Ukraine and Crimea

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 5 months ago

If I were the Ukraine, I'd sink my ships and block the Russian port right now.

Better than surrendering and there's nothing the Russians can do after that. The port becomes disabled for months.

Just ask the Japanese.

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submitted encryption story

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 8 months ago

FYI, if you want to mod it up or add keywords, I posted a story to slashdot.

http://slashdot.org/submission/3236635/ibm-patents-encryption-technique-to-run-unencyrpted-vms-and-programs

Just thought it was interesting.

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Bought a replacement GPU for my home machine

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 8 months ago

The old one was overheating way too much, running 70 C or higher and even shutting down, while my 8 core CPU and everything else ran 20 C to 30 C.

Oh well. Spent half as much as when I bought the current one, got 4 times the memory and double fans.

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FREEDOM! USA freed from NSA quartering troops in our cells

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 9 months ago

Today America was freed from Tyranny when the NSA was forced to stop quartering troops in our cell phones.

They still quarter troops in our PCs and xBox Ones though.

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UW U District station starting construction a year early

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 9 months ago

They are digging starting a week from Monday at the station next to the UW Tower, since they finished the light rail to UW Husky Stadium. Just some cosmetic shell work and testing to do on that part.

Can you FEEL it?

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Done with ENVS final

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 9 months ago

760 out of 1000 with a few extra bonus points before the exam - the exam is 240 total points so even if I did very badly I pulled a 4.0 and the three practice final exams were 88, 96, and 100 percent so highly unlikely I did badly.

Now for Calculus - again. God I hate that. Never use it. Never have used it. But, resistance is futile.

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Got my Sounders seasons tix

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 9 months ago

Section 214 out of the rain - my son will probably go to some of the games with me, but sometimes he has to work ...

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LG Phone Home

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 9 months ago

So, don't buy the LG sets - they phone home, with your personal browsing data, in DIRECT violation of my Constitutional Rights as both a US and a Canadian Citizen.

And you can't "click thru" or "sign away" Constitutional Rights in Canada.

THEFT IS THEFT!

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Still 100 percent grade in ENVS 150

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year ago

So far having fun in my Environmental Science course, pulling an A+ down (yes, I know they don't do such things any more, but my high school transcript is filled with A+ grades).

Skipped four questions (meant to go back, forgot) on the last quizzam, so got a low mark of only 88 out of 100, 3rd highest in class (would have been highest if I hadn't spaced), but since I had accumulated 20 bonus points by having my teams win the last two jeopardy events, still have 8 points left over and a perfect score.

Looking forward to taking two courses after Thanksgiving finals, new calendar up in a few weeks so I can get permission from the instructors. Then I'll be halfway to the Graduate Non-Matriculated PhD entry.

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Another 9-11 another pointless war

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year ago

If you actually cared about the extremist terrorists who have tried - unsuccessfully - to kill four of my direct relatives - brother, uncle, foster brother on 9-11 - and first cousin in Boston - you'd pull all the money we waste of Wars of Foreign Opportunity and spend it in America on BUILDING (not planning, building) solar, wind, geothermal, and tidal power and defund them. But, hey, keep ignoring the real problem.

Note: I don't count the ones from when I did counter-terrorism ops - I chose that.

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What if they gave a war in Syria and we said No?

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  1 year,7 days

Look, I have nothing against using a drone attack on Assad himself, but I'm sick and tired of excuses for wars that end up being 99 percent fabrications after later analysis.

Take out Assad in Syria? Sure, go for it.

Start yet another unfunded war?

No. Heck no.

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No Sonics, just Hockey

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year ago

Well, everyone is upset at the Sonics decision.

Me, I was just hoping for a decent NHL team.

Hockey, that is.

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Allison on crutches both surgeries done

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year ago

So, my cousin Allison is now mobile, on crutches, after both surgeries from the Boston Marathon explosion caused shrapnel to hit her knee and leg.

The largest piece of shrapnel was the size of her hand.

She should be fine in a few weeks, will get updates from my Aunt Yanna and Uncle Len Saari who are staying with her to help out while she recuperates.

Glad to hear the Vancouver Sun Marathon and the Nelson BC marathon report large increases in people signing up. Living in Fear is what the (probably domestic) terrorists want.

It was her first marathon.

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Allison in surgery for 2nd time today

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year ago

She got thru the first surgery fine after the Boston Marathon bomb (she was 20 feet from the finish line when the first went off), and went in for surgery for her knee again today. Word is she is out of that.

Glad it's sunny.

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Cousin wounded in Boston Marathon bombing

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year ago

So, turns out my first cousin, Allison Saari Byrne, was in fact 20 feet from the finish line when the first bomb went off and was, in fact, wounded.

She's in for knee surgery right now but is alive and will be ok.

Seriously, why do people keep attacking my family. First my brother and uncle (World Trade 9-11 they worked there, but not in office during attack), now my uncle's daughter (my cousin).

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Boston Marathon

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year ago

So, my cousin Allison was in the Boston Marathon.

Still no word.

Trying to be positive, but so far my uncle (her dad) and my brother survived 9-11 even though they worked in the World Trade Center, so just hoping our family's luck is still golden.

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Now that the asteroid has hit

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Now that the asteroid has hit the earth, and everyone is dead, it's time to talk about how we're all going to deal with the Zombie Invasion in Canada.

Just waiting until I'm called up. Sigh.

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