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Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

afabbro So encrypt your email (986 comments)

In the early 90s, I used to read the cypherpunks email list. During the PGP, Clipper chip, etc. drama, the cypherpunks were discussing practical ways of encryption. They wrote code and collected practical how-to guides on encryption. Lots of good stuff - how to automate encryption on your email, how to make an encrypted "cryptobook" laptop, etc. And no one used it. Today encryption is used only for shopping. When's the last time you got an encrypted email? It isn't for lack of technology.

about a year ago
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America's Next Bomber: Unmanned, Unlimited Range, Aimed At China

afabbro Re:We already have these... (400 comments)

ICBMs have a habit of not being recallable. Once it is in the air, the only abort possible is destruction of the missile. Unfortunately, that still leaves a lot of shrapnel on a ballistic trajectory to the target.

They get to the target in 30-60 minutes. If you are so confused that you're going to change your mind in 30 minutes, don't launch.

more than 2 years ago
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Time to Review FAA Gadget Policies

afabbro Hell Hath No Fury Like a Geek Inconvenienced (292 comments)

In most cases, you're talking about a few minutes before and during takeoff and a few minutes during landing. During that time, read a book.

I've certainly used tablets, phones (for apps), and laptops all other times during flight.

There is no one on this planet who can't live without the Internet for the duration of a flight. If you are so insanely important, buy the plane's service.

more than 2 years ago
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After 244 Years, the End For the Dead Tree Encyclopedia Britannica

afabbro Re:Dead tree anything is just DOA (373 comments)

When you're done with one of those ebooks, can you give it to me? Oh. Well, you can donate it to...oh. At least you can sell it used to...oh. Anyway, you can always lend it to...oh.

more than 2 years ago
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After 244 Years, the End For the Dead Tree Encyclopedia Britannica

afabbro Re:Citable (373 comments)

>This is mainly due to the fact that there is no "stable" Wikipedia --

This is mainly due to the fact that the vast majority of those in academia (=higher education) consider Wikipedia to be absolutely unreliable.

Everyone should consider Wikipedia unreliable.

more than 2 years ago
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USS Enterprise Takes Its Final Voyage

afabbro Re:Causality Failure... (455 comments)

He already has. (Novel's premise is that the Eugenics Wars have already come and gone - they just weren't the big military conflicts people expected.)

more than 2 years ago
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Third-Generation Apple TV Lands With a Thud

afabbro Re:Why the negative headlines? (222 comments)

Editors don't change headlines here? I guess you've never had an accepted submission.

more than 2 years ago
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The Numbers of a Life

afabbro Re:More useful than you think (98 comments)

At first glance, the whole idea of personal analytics seems kind of worthless. But imagine comparing analytics among populations

That is statistics, not "personal analytics".

Personal analytics appears to be what was earlier called "narcissism".

more than 2 years ago
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Why Making Facebook Private Won't Protect You

afabbro Where are prisons located? Exactly. (550 comments)

Most prisons are built as public-works projects in remote communities where your other choices are making minimum wage at McDonald's or the gas station. Prisons can get away with this because the local workforce is often desperate for a good-paying job.

more than 2 years ago
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Book Review: Occupy World Street

afabbro Re: Deregulation (284 comments)

You cannot seriously consider Rolling Stone a source of anything more than dopehead diatribes. Dude, it's Rolling Stone - they were marginally relevant to the 70s music scene. Marginally. Since then they've been nothing but a venting platform for drug-addled baby boomers who refuse to shut up.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Defaces Panda Security Site

afabbro Re:...huh? (80 comments)

You make it sound like there's only a handful of them,

People who want to feel alternative and underground and rebellious and cool by wearing Guy Fawkes masks? There's a ton.

People who also break into computer systems and deface web sites? A handful.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Defaces Panda Security Site

afabbro Re:Remove one head..... (80 comments)

Anonymous != LulzSec. LulzSec != Anonymous.

Oh, whatever...anonymous runs around saying it's anonymous and you can't define anonymous and anonymous is an "anarchic, digitalized global brain". So for all you know, there is a lot of overlap or even 100% overlap. You don't really know.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Defaces Panda Security Site

afabbro Re:Script kiddies revenge (80 comments)

Defacing for defacing sake is childish.

Defacing for defacing sake is the Anonymous motto.

more than 2 years ago
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Cell Phone Jamming Devices Enjoy an Increase In Popularity

afabbro Re:You are not more important than others. (805 comments)

I have friends who are doctors, some of them psychologists. I have a friend who is an eye surgeon.

Oh you do not. Give us a break.

more than 2 years ago
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The Fallout From a Flickr DMCA Takedown

afabbro Re:No (170 comments)

Well, since you USED ALL CAPS, you must be right.

more than 2 years ago
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Government Should Ban Skinny Models To Curb Anorexia, Say Researchers

afabbro Re:Obesity (676 comments)

Here in the United States I think we need to do something about obesity first...

I don't know why this was mod'd down. Obesity really is the problem. Most of those "skinny" models are not "skinny" - they're normal-sized. It's just that Americans have become a nation of morbidly obese people.

more than 2 years ago

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Apple "rationalizes a lot" About the Human Toll of

afabbro afabbro writes  |  more than 2 years ago

afabbro (33948) writes "Apple says they have a rigorous program of removing suppliers who do not provide good working conditions in China. 'Privately, however, some former executives concede that finding new suppliers is time-consuming and costly. Foxconn is one of the few manufacturers in the world with the scale to build sufficient numbers of iPhones and iPads. "There's a lot of rationalization."'"
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Is this evidence that we can see the future?

afabbro afabbro writes  |  more than 3 years ago

afabbro (33948) writes ""Parapsychologists have made outlandish claims about precognition – knowledge of unpredictable future events – for years. But the fringe phenomenon is about to get a mainstream airing: a paper providing evidence for its existence has been accepted for publication by the leading social psychology journal. What's more, sleptical psychologists who have pored over a preprint of the paper say they can't find any significant flaws.""
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Auto Industry's Fastest Processor? 128Mhz

afabbro afabbro writes  |  more than 3 years ago

afabbro (33948) writes "GM stated that the 2011 Buick Regal will have the industry's fastest processor: 128Mhz, and 3MB of flash. "Three meg of flash memory and 128 MHz clock speed doesn’t sound like a lot in terms of computing power until you consider the environment these controllers have to live in. Our controllers are made to operate reliably up to 260 degrees (127C) and down to -40 degrees (-40C) for the life of the vehicle.""
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Wizards of the Coast Sues Eight, Stops Legal PDFs

afabbro afabbro writes  |  more than 5 years ago

afabbro (33948) writes "Wizards of the Coast has filed suit against eight individuals for sharing the Player's Handbook 2 on various P2P sites. They've also pulled the plug on all legal PDFs through sites such as DriveThru RPG and RPGNow. Indeed, not only can these sites no longer sell legal PDFs of these books, but they must terminate all pending downloads — even for content already purchased."
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Anatomy of the First Video Game (1958)

afabbro afabbro writes  |  more than 5 years ago

afabbro (33948) writes "Fifty years ago, before "Pong" and "Space Invaders," a nuclear physicist created "Tennis for Two," a 2-D tennis game that some say was the first video game ever. Built in 1958, it was "gynormous." "In addition to the oscilloscope screen and the controller, the guts of the original game were contained in an analog computer, which is "about as big as a microwave oven." "We have to load it into the back of a station wagon to move it. It's not a Game Boy that you put in your pocket.""
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Why OLPC Failed

afabbro afabbro writes  |  more than 6 years ago

afabbro writes "The current issue of BusinessWeek has an expansive article on the history of OLPC and why it has, to date, been a flop. Among the reasons: no preparation for the educational systems expected to use it, uncertain pedagogical theories, poor business management, competition from Microsoft/Intel, and no input from education professionals in designing the software. As one educational expert put it: "The hackers took over" and the applications are too complex for children to use. To date, 370,000 laptops have been shipped — a far cry from the original 150 million planned to be shipped by end of 2008."
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Defeating Crypto via Cold Boot DRAM Scanning

afabbro afabbro writes  |  more than 5 years ago

afabbro writes "Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy has released a paper that documents a method of successfully defeating many encryption products (including TrueCrypt, dm-crypt, and BitLocker). In a nutshell, the researchers read the contents of the computer's DRAM — which persists longer than most people think — on boot before it decayed and recovered the encryption keys. Read all about it here."
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Should you donate to Wikipedia? Maybe not.

afabbro afabbro writes  |  more than 6 years ago

afabbro (33948) writes "Wikipedia is again raising funds, on the heels of its million-dollar fundraising event in January. But an analysis of their budget may give you pause. Only about half of their spending is on the technology that powers Wikipedia — the rest is being consumed by a growing overhead. Of the foundation's $4 million budget, nearly $700,000 will be spent on "finance and administration," and an additional $700,000 is budgeted for the Office of Executive Director and the board of trustees salary and expenses alone, including a plan to spend $200,000 to relocate to rent-expensive San Francisco."
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802.11n May Never Happen Due to Patent Concerns

afabbro afabbro writes  |  more than 7 years ago

afabbro (33948) writes "The Register is reporting that the 802.11n standard is imperiled because the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organization has refused to submit a Letter of Assurance, promising not to sue those who implement the standard. "...the realisation that CSIRO holds essential patents, and has failed to provide a Letter of Assurance as required by the IEEE, could prevent the standard ever being finalised.""

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