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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

ZosX Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

Guilt by association is a terrible and dangerous thing.

about a month ago
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Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

ZosX Re:Pico and Femto cells (237 comments)

OMG! LOGIC!

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Admits Keeping $92B Offshore to Avoid Paying $29B in US Taxes

ZosX This should be criminal (3 comments)

I'm no fan of taxes, especially income tax, but still see it as a means to an end. I pay taxes, Microsoft should too. If I don't pay taxes, I can go to jail. Microsoft gets a free pass due to loopholes and tax shelters. This needs to end.

about 2 months ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

ZosX Re:Move along. Nothing to see here (497 comments)

So the copious amounts of greenhouse gasses humans are pumping into the stratosphere don't affect global temperatures at all despite the overwhelming evidence that the earth is indeed getting warmer? No extinction level events are happening? Just a localized anomaly huh?

about 3 months ago
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The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

ZosX Re:Video is fake (200 comments)

The camera is stabilized. At one point the copter tilts enough that part of it is in the frame.

about 3 months ago
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Oklahoma's Earthquakes Linked To Fracking

ZosX Re:Okay, so this has what to do with fracking then (154 comments)

Because doesn't fracking fracture the strata and thus make the ground more unstable? Correct me if I'm wrong here. I don't know the magnitude, but it doesn't sound like a good thing to do overall. The whole thing is a bad idea period. How about just ending our addiction to oil? Nope. Can't do that while there is ground to rape and destroy so some cartel can stay in power for a few more years.

about 3 months ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

ZosX Re:Backup? (396 comments)

This is a good idea, but not a solution. Often you have no idea that the file is bad until after the fact, in this case years later. I've had mp3 collections get glitches here and there after a few copies from various drives. If you have no idea the data is bad in the first place, your backup of the data isn't going to be any better. I would say that all of my photography I've collected over the years has stayed readable somehow. I do check in lightroom every once in a while, but I wouldn't be shocked to find a random unreadable file. Not good really, but there's probably not much I can do other than make sure that my files are verifiable.

about 4 months ago
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Don't Try To Sell a "Smart" Gun in the U.S.

ZosX Re:I wonder... (3 comments)

also to be fair the faux war on drugs has caused more violence than anything else. you can blame the us government and the cia for putting crack into poor communities. kind of gives weed and seed a whole new meaning.

about 6 months ago
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Don't Try To Sell a "Smart" Gun in the U.S.

ZosX Re:I wonder... (3 comments)

"How many shootings were prevented because a citizen was carrying a gun and shot another citizen who was carrying a gun with the intention of shooting somebody else? "

if you outlaw guns, only criminals will have them. guns aren't going away anytime soon. its not the number of guns in our society that is a problem, it is our culture. your logic fails because the swedish also have a large number of weapons privately owned including full automatic rifles. yet you don't hear about rising gun violence in sweden do you? our society has become sick with no direction. take the guns away and people will just stab each other like the animals that they have become. the militia you speak of has essentially become the national guard. and you are right, we do need to take control of our country back. to be honest, a coup is likely one of the few real options right now outside of voting every single congressman out of congress and starting from scratch.

about 6 months ago
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Ubuntu 14.04 Brings Back Menus In Application Windows

ZosX Re:Quit mucking with the UI (255 comments)

Goddamn right! I hate to say it, but I refuse to use ubuntu anymore because it seems like every new release is a total clusterfuck of new half finished ideas. I never liked gnome all that much, but even going back to version 2 would seem like an improvement at this point. Linux devs need to work together and produce a consistent UI, but no lets instead have different flavors of X and a million different desktop environments. Because that's so much better. Could you imagine how polished the UI would be if you combined all these teams competing to get to the same place? Go ahead. Cue all the fanboys that tell me choice is better.

about 7 months ago
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'The Color Run' Violates Agreement With College Photographer, Then Sues Him

ZosX Re:Ugh "color run" (218 comments)

People starting out don't see their own self value and will do anything for exposure because they think exposure will bring them work. Its a hard lesson to learn that you don't just give away work for free.

about 8 months ago
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'The Color Run' Violates Agreement With College Photographer, Then Sues Him

ZosX Re:Wow.... (218 comments)

Actually you don't understand pricing of photographs at all. Companies routinely spend $10,000 and more to hire a photographer for just one day. 100,000 also accounting for damages. The maximum amount you can sue for is 30,000 per instance.

about 8 months ago
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'The Color Run' Violates Agreement With College Photographer, Then Sues Him

ZosX Re:Wow.... (218 comments)

But damages for copyright infringement vastly larger than their actual worth. Look into copyright law.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/usc...

about 8 months ago
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'The Color Run' Violates Agreement With College Photographer, Then Sues Him

ZosX Re: Wow.... (218 comments)

$100,000 is a good ballpark figure. Infringement is punished with severe financial penalties to discourage it.

about 8 months ago
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'The Color Run' Violates Agreement With College Photographer, Then Sues Him

ZosX Re:Of course (218 comments)

Actually willful infringement is worth quite a bit in the court of law. Its well within his interests to pursue this and if he doesn't it sets the example that this sort of behavior is acceptable.

about 8 months ago
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Object Blocking Giant Tunnel Borer Was an 8" Diameter Pipe

ZosX Aliens (141 comments)

I still think it was aliens. They put the pipe there!

about 10 months ago
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Object Blocking Giant Tunnel Borer Was an 8" Diameter Pipe

ZosX Re:"Presume" there's no pipe? (141 comments)

Did you even read the grandparent? The cutters can be replaced from inside the machine. If there is damage to the face, they may find it impossible to replace the cutters. The area where the cutter is located is under high pressure and inundated with water. Yeah, they can back it up, but that still leaves the pressure and water to deal with.

about 10 months ago
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Illinois Law Grounds PETA Drones Meant To Harass Hunters

ZosX Re:Staged hunt? (370 comments)

Just eat the bureaucrat. Nobody will ever have to know. :)

about 10 months ago
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Intel SSD Roadmap Points To 2TB Drives Arriving In 2014

ZosX Re:Write limits (183 comments)

They were more of an issue with small drives and swapping operating systems. Those problems were overcome pretty early on with as you point out intelligent drive controllers that don't write data in the same place. Since the latency almost non-existent in SSD, there's suddenly almost no penalty for writes across the drive. With 2TB of space to work with it will take a very, very long time. I imagine drives of this size would be used for data storage more than anything, so it depends on usage. The average home user will likely never hammer their drive like a datacenter will.

about 10 months ago
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Arizona Approves Grid-Connection Fees For Solar Rooftops

ZosX Re:Sums it up (363 comments)

How long will solar panel owners be paying off their 3.7 million dollar victory at $5 a month? What an incredible waste of money.

about a year ago

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MI Republicans Creates "Financial Martial Law"

ZosX ZosX writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ZosX writes "Republican Michigan governor Rick Snyder, along with the state's Republican house and senate, have passed a controversial bill that allows the governor to dissolve the elected governments of Michigan's towns and cities, replacing them with unaccountable "emergency financial managers" who can eliminate services, merge or eliminate school boards, and lay off or renegotiate unionized public employees without recourse."
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Court OKs Warrantless Cell-Site Tracking

ZosX ZosX writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ZosX writes "From the article: "A federal appeals court said Tuesday the government may obtain cell-site information mobile phone carriers retain on their customers without a probable cause warrant under the Fourth Amendment. The decision (.pdf) by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, however, was not an outright Obama administration victory. Lower courts, the three-judge panel wrote, could demand the government show probable cause — the warrant standard — before requiring carriers to release such data to the feds. The opinion, however, leaves the privacy issue in a legal limbo of sorts. The standard by which the government can access such records — which can be used in criminal prosecutions — is left to the whims of district court judges. Historical cell-site location information, which carriers usually retain for about 18 months, identifies the cell tower to which the customer was connected at the beginning of a call and at the end of the call.""
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Apple Just Says Yes to iPhone Game for Smokers

ZosX ZosX writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ZosX writes "Brian X. Chen from Wired.com writes "Apple on Monday approved Puff Puff Pass, a $2 game whose objective is to pass a cigarette or pipe around and puff it as many times as you can within a set duration. So much for taking the high road, Apple."

"The game allows you to choose between smoking a cigarette, a cigar and a pipe. Then, you select the number of people you’d like to light up with (up to five), the amount of time, and a place to smoke (outdoors or indoors). And you’re ready to get right on puffing."

Really? No porn but drug themed games are ok? Anyone want to take bets on how long this game takes to get yanked?"

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What punishment fits this computer crime?

ZosX ZosX writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ZosX (517789) writes "A acquaintance freely admitted that he was using brute force and dictionary attacks to take over yahoo and myspace accounts amongst others as well as causing DDOS and DOS for people with mailbombs and other lame script kiddie attacks. All from his home connection. Seeing as how his computer knowledge is so limited, I decided to investigate into where he read "hacking for dummies" on the web. After googling "how to hack yahoo" it seems there are 15,000 hits and a whole slew of youtube videos, so it seems that yahoo's security must be like a complete sieve at least according to google. If I call the cops he'll go to prison for at least 4-5 years with his record, that is if they even take interest in the case. People have gotten less than that for much worse offenses. He's not attacking corporations, just clueless people who use yaoo. I don't know where his house is (city, yes), but I'm pretty sure I could find out with some searching on google earth given the rough description of the property. This kind of stupid crime really angers me because his actions are that of a completely senseless virtual violence. He was clearly proud of his "savvy" and seemed to derive a sickening amount of pleasure from screwing over someone's myspace account. He doesn't live close, but if I found his address I doubt that I could do much with it from here. I guess I'm asking what would you do slashdot?"
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Firefox Prompts to Disable Microsoft .NET Addon

ZosX ZosX writes  |  about 5 years ago

ZosX writes "Around 11:45 PM (Eastern time for those that care), I was prompted by Firefox that it had disabled the addons that Microsoft includes with .NET. Specifically the .NET Framework Assistant and the Windows Presentation Foundation. Citing that the "following addons have been known to cause stability or security issues with Firefox." Thanks mozilla team for hitting the kill switch and hopefully this will get Microsoft to release a patch sooner for the millions of poor souls that are too unfortunate to be aware of faster, more secure alternatives to their precious Internet Explorer. (Is it possible to troll for IE apologists on slashdot?)"
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Anarchist Arrested After Tweeting out the Fuzz

ZosX ZosX writes  |  about 5 years ago

ZosX writes "Elliot Madison had been found using a police scanner and Twitter to help numerous protesters avoid police during the Group of 20 summit and has now been charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution, criminal use of a communication facility, and possession of instruments of crime. Madison was found in a hotel room by Pennsylvania State Police on September 24, armed with police scanners and computers so that he could disperse critical information to protesters. According to the FBI, Madison was "directing others, specifically protesters of the G-20 summit, in order to avoid apprehension after a lawful order to disperse." The Irish Times also had a story about Madison's plight."
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Explosives Identified in WTC Dust

ZosX ZosX writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ZosX writes "The Open Chemical Physics Journal has published a paper with the following abstract: "We have discovered distinctive red/gray chips in all the samples we have studied of the dust produced by the destruction of the World Trade Center. Examination of four of these samples, collected from separate sites, is reported in this paper. These red/gray chips show marked similarities in all four samples. One sample was collected by a Manhattan resident about ten minutes after the collapse of the second WTC Tower, two the next day, and a fourth about a week later. The properties of these chips were analyzed using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The red material contains grains approximately 100 nm across which are largely iron oxide, while aluminum is contained in tiny plate-like structures. Separation of components using methyl ethyl ketone demonstrated that elemental aluminum is present. The iron oxide and aluminum are intimately mixed in the red material. When ignited in a DSC device the chips exhibit large but narrow exotherms occurring at approximately 430 C, far below the normal ignition temperature for conventional thermite. Numerous iron-rich spheres are clearly observed in the residue following the ignition of these peculiar red/gray chips. The red portion of these chips is found to be an unreacted thermitic material and highly energetic." Interesting, no?"
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Windows 7's UAC is a broken mess; mend it or end i

ZosX ZosX writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ZosX writes "ars technica has an interesting opinion piece about a recent security flaw that was found in the UAC that elevates privileges without prompting the user. The author's veridict: Fix UAC or ditch it all together. From the article: "The decisions Microsoft has made not only make Windows 7's Admin Approval mode less secure than Vista's, they also undermine the entire purpose of the UAC system."...."There's no point in retaining Admin Approval mode as it currently stands, and it should be scrapped completely.""
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Solar Panels drop to $1 a Watt

ZosX ZosX writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ZosX writes "An article over at Popular Mechanics has announced that for the first time, Solar Cells have reached the mythical $1/watt figure. They also talk about supply problems and a few other issues. I'm not the biggest fan of PM, but this article is actually pretty good."

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