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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

al0ha Re:Don't bother. (509 comments)

>> most of this country is horribly undereducated and ignorant of how the world actually works.

Yep and that is part of the cloaked Right Wing agenda that is turning the US into an oligarchy. Every politician since time imemorial has stated education is their top priority, but the facts of the state of the educational system in America proves they are liars, every one of them. Now the worst of the Bush II Presidency has just been revealed with the latest Supreme Court ruling on money in politics.

In the government and in politics it's far worse than simple ignorance of scientific fact, there is active anti-truth campaigns funded by big money Super PACs. Now with the recent Supreme Court folly the Tea Party and other scientific denier whackos will have even more Super PAC money to continue their dirty work in the name of the 1%.

Our only hope to continue as a true Democracy is to figure out how to use the Internet to get money out of politics completely. That is what every brilliant mind should be working towards if we want any hope for the future generations.

about two weeks ago
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Schneier: Break Up the NSA

al0ha Dang nobody bit (324 comments)

Dang a month ago I made a submission related to Bruce meeting with Congress and asking if Bruce Schneier will save us from the NSA - not one person on /. bit on it.

http://beta.slashdot.org/submi...

Now at least I can answer my own question... YES!!!!

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

al0ha Guess I'll have to go old school then (731 comments)

And revive my list of advertising hosts to point to 127.0.0.1 in my local hosts file.

about 3 months ago
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TrueCrypt Master Key Extraction and Volume Identification

al0ha Re:Still working as intended (222 comments)

Sorry bad logic. Nobody has any idea of Truecrypt's integrity as the entire project has never been peer reviewed and nobody knows all of the persons who contribute to it, so until proven it can't be and hasn't already been compromised, nobody can be confident of its security.

Nobody has claimed to have compromised Truecrypt, that is true, but as we know the NSA and other spook orgs would never admit it if they have and for all we know one of the anonymous developers works for a spook org.

about 3 months ago
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A Rebuttal To Charles Stross About Bitcoin

al0ha Re:Bitcoin is irrelevant today (396 comments)

You have that right but for the wrong reason. Bitcoin is irrelevant because the underlying software is OpenSource - get it people? Anyone can quickly and easily created their own Bit-whatever currency- as we've seen people doing. What is happening now with Bitcoin itself is the same old pump and dump that happens with penny stocks and the old unregulated wall st of the early 20th century. Remember the Winkle-who-the-f-cares twins are promoting their investment as are others; it's all in the name of making some rich and leaving the rest holding the bag. When will people learn?

Time will tell if I am correct on my view or not...

about 3 months ago
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Justine Sacco, Internet Justice, and the Dangers of a Righteous Mob

al0ha Being fired was the correct response regardless (399 comments)

The point of her being fired has nothing to do with public outrage, hysteria, infotainment.

This person is a highly paid corporate PR professional and her tweet showed that she is not that good at her job after all, thus being fired. My wife is a PR professional who would never make such as stupid mistake, because she's a professional to the core at all times.

about 4 months ago
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Fearing Government Surveillance, US Journalists Are Self-Censoring

al0ha The Solution is a Truly Free Press (376 comments)

I've said it before and I'll say it again; if Bill Gates and Warren Buffet really want to make the greatest impact on humanity, use every cent of your wealth to establish a global free press foundation beholden to no person, corporation or government. Only via this method can humankind be as sure as is humanly possible that we're getting an unbiased view. Fund a Free Press Foundation now!

Journalists are likely not self-censoring out of fear of the government as the only reason - but out of fear of losing their job since their corporate owners have their own agendas in the name of money grubbing and are of course in bed with the current power brokers.

about 4 months ago
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A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP

al0ha Re:Why subsidize? (1030 comments)

"Old school republicans and libertarians both distaste government intervention"

Correct - unless such intervention benefits them or their cronies...

I for one love the infighting in the GOP - John McCain is my hero for giving Sarah Palin a national platform and launching the deniers in the anti-intellectual Tea Party. Anti-intellectual... hmm that sounds a lot like Deutschland many years ago...

The sooner the GOP morphs into something better than what it has become the better for the entire world.

about 5 months ago
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Elon Musk Talks About the Importance of Physics, Criticizes the MBA

al0ha Re:couldnt agree more (343 comments)

Elon is not the only genius who thinks an MBA is bogus and he's 100% correct; but we have to give FZ his due as he was way ahead of the curve on this thinking.

" When people started taking MBA seriously, that was the beginning of the ruination of the American industrial society. When all decisions are based on an MBA's concept of numerical reality, you're in deep shit, because the only thing that can be judged as real is that which can be proved by a column of figures. And when all aesthetic decisions are turned over to these kinds of people, who use these criteria to make steering decisions for a company with no regard for people and no regard for what the product really is, and the only thing that matters is maximizing your profit, you have a problem. Because you can't have quality then; you cannot have excellence. Quality's expensive. I think most of these people that come from business schools have the desire to make sure everything is cheesy. That's what happens when you do things that way." - FZ

http://home.online.no/~corneliu/mother1.htm

about 4 months ago
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Bill Gates's Plan To Improve Our World

al0ha A Free Press Foundation (445 comments)

Jeezus Bill, if both you and Warren Buffet really want to make the greatest impact on humanity, use every cent of your wealth to establish a global free press foundation beholden to no person or government. Only via this method can humankind be as sure as is humanly possible that we're getting an unbiased view. Fund a Free Press Foundation now!

about 5 months ago
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Backdoor Found In OpenX Ad Platform

al0ha Another reason to hate web2.0'horrea (43 comments)

Cross domain advertising JavaScript is sooooo lame, it's required the removal of basic security implemented way back in browsers and opened the door to all kinds of miscreant behavior. I despise the Internet as a vehicle of advertising commerce.

The Internet was conceived to share ideas and information, everything else is utter BS in the name of money grubbing.

about 8 months ago
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Hackers Using Bots, Scripts To Lock Down Restaurant Reservations

al0ha Re:I guess they never heard of CAPTCHA (214 comments)

Wrong. OCR still can't defeat reCAPTCHA - however depending on the prize there's a multitude of other ways to do it which do not involve OCR including low paid workers in third world countries being served the captcha and solving it for the automated algorithm, or in the case of Ticketmaster, where the prizes were monetarily substantial, a group of miscreants going to the trouble of databasing just about every Captcha solution they could find. One group also was able to p0wn the audio version of reCAPTCHA for a while until it was upgraded. Another group has claimed they use OCR to defeat reCAPTCHA, but have never proven that to be the case and if they can, why not prove it?

Citations:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReCAPTCHA
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/11/wiseguys-plead-guilty/

about 9 months ago
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Patent Trolls Getting the Attention of the Feds

al0ha Oh Yeah Be Afraid of The Fed (92 comments)

Let's see, how many Wall Street executives are in jail due to the Fed investigating the irrefutable evidence of fraud at the highest levels perpetuated by Goldman and others which led to the collapse of the economy.

Oh yeah; 0

about 9 months ago
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Google Raises Campaign Funds For Climate Change Denier

al0ha Re:In today's news... (365 comments)

Damn it everyone, stop referring to Corporations as if they are people. Corporations do nothing, the people that run them do.

about 9 months ago
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Google Raises Campaign Funds For Climate Change Denier

al0ha Re:So happy (365 comments)

Corporations are not people, so they have no convictions of any kind whatsoever.

about 9 months ago
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High-Speed Camera Grabs First 3D Shots of Untouched Snowflakes

al0ha Re:Did the Penny Drop! (79 comments)

I figure they were flipping a coin to decide who has to stay outside and man the camera.

1 year,8 days
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For Businesses, the College Degree Is the New High School Diploma

al0ha Pay to Play Society (728 comments)

This is what happens when you have created a pay-to-play society like here in the US.

Education these days is nothing more than another form of corporate profit and requiring college degrees for even menial jobs is nothing more than a method to force people into a form of indentured servitude.

How's that you say? Well debt == enslavement and where is most people's largest amount of debt outside of their home? Debt which can not be discharged by declaring bankruptcy? Student loans.

Now be a good slave and get in line to get your expensive degree so you can work at McCrapphole corporation.

about a year ago
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For Businesses, the College Degree Is the New High School Diploma

al0ha Re:And people wonder why the US is going broke... (728 comments)

Here! Here!

There was a time when HR was simply an organization that made sure everyone had benefits, but as the years have progressed HR has become an increasingly detrimental behemoth in many corporations; directly getting in the way of finding and hiring good people by utilizing lame algorithms that are supposed to filter up the best candidates.

What is so freaking funny about the whole thing is right now you could be a genius in your field like my wife and not get a single interview due to these crappola job sites that most HR uses these days.

The only reason why my wife is not getting any interviews is because she decided to take some time off after working at a very stressful job in child welfare for 5 years; coincidentally at the time the economy started to tank and at the time HR decided to blanket reject all resumes where the person shows they've been out of work.

So very ridiculous but this is what happens when people who don't understand technology implement it like they are some kind of technological experts and I for one can say without a doubt nobody in any HR group I've ever encountered is a technological genius, much less even technologically savvy.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Really Short Time Wasters?

al0ha Get up (279 comments)

Get up and take a short walk outside - rest your eyes, get the blood flowing and some vitamin D absorption if it's a sunny day. Your body will thank you in the long term.

about a year ago

Submissions

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Will Schneier Help Save Us From The NSA?

al0ha al0ha writes  |  about 3 months ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "Schneier briefs members of Congress on the NSA in a closed door meeting. According to Bruce, "Surreal part of setting up this meeting: I suggested that we hold this meeting in a SCIF, because they wanted me to talk about top secret documents that had not been made public. So we had to have the meeting in a regular room."

I am so very happy to hear a rational expert, that is almost uniquely able to explain complex subjects and their potential ramifications to those of us possessing less than brilliant minds in this world, has been briefing Congress on the NSA."

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The Memristor - It may transform computer hardware

al0ha al0ha writes  |  about 3 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "The first new passive circuit element since the 1830s might transform computer hardware.

In a thriving transistor monoculture where more transistors are created than grains of rice grown world wide; can a new circuit element find a place to take root and grow? That’s the question posed by the memristor, a device first discussed theoretically 40 years ago and finally implemented in hardware in 2008. The name is a contraction of “memory resistor,” which offers a good clue to how it works."

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Why Is Slashdot Session Management Insecure

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 3 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "Why is it that Slashdot session management is insecure? If you force HTTPS during login, then session cookies are set for encrypted sessions only, so for the rest of the site you are not logged in. If you login over insecure HTTP, then the session cookies are set for any connection.

This is totally lame and makes session hijacking via FireSheep simple, as well as credential sniffing on the wire and wireless.

How Geeky can Geeknet be if they can't even handle session management appropriately?

The password change page and login pages should be protected by HTTPS. Then session cookies appropriate for general content, or privileged content (like changing account information) should be set where privileged content always runs over HTTPS."

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Android Trojan captures credit card details

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 3 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "A team of security researchers has created a proof-of-concept Trojan for Android handsets that is capable of listening out for credit card numbers — typed or spoken — and relaying them back to the application's creator."
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Worry About Little Brother

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 3 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "To paraphrase the article: "These days, the main enemy of privacy is not Big Brother, but a whole bunch of Little Brothers. I grant you that long experience teaches us that the government itself must be watched. However, if you think that it is the main threat to your privacy these days, I humbly suggest that you think again.""
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Dissecting the neural circuitry of fear

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 3 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "In this week's issue of the journal Nature, a research team led by scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has taken an important step toward understanding just how this kickoff occurs by beginning to dissect the neural circuitry of fear. In their paper, these scientists—led by David J. Anderson, the Benzer Professor of Biology at Caltech and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator—describe a microcircuit in the amygdala that controls, or "gates," the outflow of fear from that region of the brain.

Read the Paper if you have No Fear; of real science. :-)"

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School; where most Americans learn science. NOT!

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 3 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "From American Scientist: "Although data show that taking college-level science courses dramatically improves public science literacy, only about 30 percent of U.S. adults have ever taken even one college-level science course."

This is an interesting statistic; I guess..."

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Haystack Security Goes Up in Flames

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 3 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "Among many others I also found myself very skeptical that this self-proclaimed, "Whiz Kid" could code a truly useful and secure application in a few days.. Seems it turns out to be just another example of over-hype by the media regarding a product they themselves never saw. How pathetic."
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Possible Dark Matter Discovery

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 3 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "TWO small signals detected in an experiment deep underground in an abandoned US iron ore mine could be the first glimpses of the mysterious dark matter that is thought to make up about 24 per cent of the universe."
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Browser Security Courtesy of the American Taxpayer

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 3 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "Invincea, a security firm originally funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to build a prototype virtualized browser, today rolled out a Windows application that places Internet Explorer (IE) into a virtual environment in order to protect the underlying system from Web-based attacks.

While the product is an interesting idea and may be useful, I totally object to the pricing as an American taxpayer. I have already helped pay for the development of this product; the CEO must be related to Bush/Cheney somehow. What a scam."

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University of Virginia p0wn'd for almost a million

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 3 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "Er, trojan anyone? "According to several sources familiar with the case, thieves stole the funds after compromising a computer belonging to the university’s comptroller.""
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Active Govt. SSL MITM Spying

al0ha al0ha writes  |  about 4 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "From the article, "A paper published today by Chris Soghoian and Sid Stamm [pdf] suggests that the threat may be far more practical than previously thought. They found turnkey surveillance products, marketed and sold to law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the US and foreign countries, designed to collect encrypted SSL traffic based on forged 'look-alike' certificates obtained from cooperative certificate authorities."

There is protection via an FF add-on..."

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Darl, please go away now like a good boy

al0ha al0ha writes  |  about 4 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "Today, the jury in the District Court of Utah trial between SCO Group and Novell issued a verdict.

Novell is very pleased with the jury’s decision confirming Novell’s ownership of the Unix copyrights, which SCO had asserted to own in its attack on Linux. Novell remains committed to promoting Linux, including by defending Linux on the intellectual property front.

This decision is good news for Novell, for Linux, and for the open source community.

Well as long as Larry never buys Novell that is!"

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SCO and McBbride refuse to die

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 4 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "Desperate to fund its seemingly-endless legal battle for Unix copyrights against Novell and others, SCO Group has found someone willing to buy the bankrupt company's mobile assets — and it's none other than Darl McBride, the former SCO chief executive sacked as a result of his ruinous crusade to claim Unix."
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Avoiding a Digital Dark Age

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 4 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "This is an excellent piece well worth the read for all /.ers

"It seems unavoidable that most of the data in our future will be digital, so it behooves us to understand how to manage and preserve digital data so we can avoid what some have called the 'digital dark age.' This is the idea—or fear!—that if we cannot learn to explicitly save our digital data, we will lose that data and, with it, the record that future generations might use to remember and understand us." "Unlike the many venerable institutions that have for centuries refined their techniques for preserving analog data on clay, stone, ceramic or paper, we have no corresponding reservoir of historical wisdom to teach us how to save our digital data. That does not mean there is nothing to learn from the past, only that we must work a little harder to find it." — Kurt D. Bollacker PhD"

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How Cocaine Scrambles Your Brain

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 4 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "It's hardly a secret that taking cocaine can change the way you feel and the way you behave. Now, a study published in the Jan. 8 issue of Science shows how it also alters the way the very genes in your brain operate. Understanding this process could eventually lead to new treatments for the 1.4 million Americans with cocaine problems, and millions more around the world."
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Trouser-bomb clown attacks

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 4 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "A nicely written and thoughtful piece, the TSA and other air security entities, as well as all people, should read and comprehend.

I for one have been laughing heartily regarding the fact this loser pretty much burned off his johnson. Perfect price to begin payment for such an idiotic act."

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Next Gen Offline Web App Security Risks

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 4 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "Presented by the Los Angeles chapter of OWASP, the linked PDF is a nice overview of some new security risks to help spark the imagination of security practitioners.

From the introduction, "As the line between desktop and web applications becomes increasingly blurry in a web 2.0 world, browser functionality is being pushed well beyond what it was originally intended for. Persistent client side storage has become a requirement for web applications if they are to be available both online and off. While all such technologies offer great promise, it is clear that the vast majority of developers simply do not understand their security implications.""

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Damn I hate /. interface

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I have to admint the /. interface is extremely buggy and frustrating. I don't think they actually know where all the CSS loads, or how it effects pages and submissions. Pages are rendered differently in different areas for whatever reason, fonts bigger, bold, etc.; and submissions? Forget about it - I have ended up accidentally creating multiple submissions several times due to this stupd interface which is out of control.

Web 2.0 is completely insecure at worst and makes /. a bug filled nightmare at best.

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