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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

anagama Re:Rewarding the bullies... (741 comments)

That law is stupid. In my state, if one person is threatening another person, it takes only one-party consent, e.g., the person who is being threatened can give consent. Silently of course.

This situation should spark the PA Legislature to amend the law.

yesterday
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

anagama Re:Duh (723 comments)

More than that, in Cold Fjordistan, everything is true, especially the lies.

yesterday
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

anagama Re:The U. S. of A. does not operate in this mode (723 comments)

Nobody cared about Iraq the second time until the Oligarchs got in their head it would be profitable for them and then lied to get that profit.

But then you're Cold Fjord -- fascist statist NSA lover. No Federal evil is too small for you to love, but bigger is always better isn't it?

yesterday
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

anagama Re:Tails is awesome (166 comments)

Jesus -- I haven't done acid since my college days a quarter century ago. You should lay off it.

Big Lie -- you're whole post is this. You try to take on the mantle of a freedom loving defender of American virtue, when the fucking straight fact is, you are the biggest NSA shill there is, and the NSA is one of the biggest threats to the US Constitution in the entire world. We also have other Executive branch things that are pretty fucking bad, but the NSA is anti-constitution, thus anti-American, and your support for the NSA makes YOU anti-American.

yesterday
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

anagama Re:Tails is awesome (166 comments)

not believing in the god of state

You have to be joking. There is no bigger defender of the state, the status quo, and the Anit-American activities of the NSA than you. I don't think there is a more statist asshole on all of Slashdot than you are, so I suppose we should add "deluded" to your list of faults now too.

2 days ago
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

anagama Re:Tails is awesome (166 comments)

Today, Cold Fjord and the NSA _are_ the Nazis.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

anagama Re:McGuffey's 4th New Eclectic Reader:"The Colonis (723 comments)

Funny, I recently bought a place and I'm planting a garden. The soil is so clay heavy I could throw it on a wheel, and fire it to at least earthenware temperatures. This also means a rototiller is useless, so I've been using a shovel to remove the grass layer, which I pile up around the edges of the bed, a fork to break up the top 10 inches of clay, and then a wheelbarrow and shovel to cart over topsoil from a pile I had delivered. In a post-apocolypse world, we can omit the delivered dirt, because you wouldn't choose such crappy soil to start with.

I'm 45, not a weightlifter, runner ... not even a regular exerciser. I'm a little chubby from sitting at a desk all the time. In about about an hour and half I can dig up, till with a fork, and wheel barrow over a 10" layer of top soil to do a 10x10 area. This gives me about 20" of planting bed, the 10" I broke up with a fork and the 10" I dumped on top, the grass clumps act like the frame for a raised bed. If this was done in good dirt without the need for added topsoil, subtract half an hour because of easy digging and no dirt hauling.

If I did two of those beds per day, one in the morning and one in the evening, I could dig up 1400 sq ft in a week.

It looks like I'd need about 23,000 square feet to feed myself, but some of that can be made up with space devoted to animals -- most though still goes to garden.
http://www.treehugger.com/gree...

I started this post feeling sort of positive, but tilling soil in this manner burns 4-500 calories per hour. Do this for three hours per day on a 2000 calorie/day diet, and you're going to turn into a rail fast. If it was only 400 calories to dig 100 sq ft of easy soil, and I had to dig 15000 sq ft, I'm going to need an extra 60,000 calories to make it -- an extra month's worth of food to invest in labor to plant a garden. It is sounding increasingly unrealistic to hand dig a garden in the absence of outside inputs, i.e., food for the digger.

3 days ago
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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

anagama Re:Yes, yes it is. (408 comments)

"Touchscreen in the mid-80's? "

Didn't Englebart have a demo video of a CAD like system displayed on round monitors in the 60s? Maybe it was someone else but I clearly remember watching a video of a person manipulating the size of screws to place in holes. Can't remember if he used two pens or not but that is kind of like pinch/zoom. I just wish I could figure out how to find that video again.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Confirms It Has Been Searching US Citizens' Data Without a Warrant

anagama Re:Not surprising (274 comments)

Well, this is having it both ways for the NSA. They have a very elastic use of English, i.e., they say data is not collected when it is gathered, only when it is queried. No you are saying that once its collected, they don't need a warrant because they already got it.

Now -- I think they should have a warrant to collect information (and by collect, I mean that in the normal human sense of the word, not the DC sense). But that's not how things are being applied right now, and your interpretation if it gained currency, when coupled with the NSA's, would mean the end of all warrant requirements, because nobody collects data till they look at it (NSA) and the data is already collected so there's no problem looking at it (You).

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

anagama April First????? (219 comments)

Where's the flood of April First stories? Do I have the date wrong? Is the lack of them the joke? Am I not getting the jokes?

about two weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

anagama Re:There's no liability (440 comments)

the other side of that coin and probably more persuasive to a jury: Costco should have thought enough of the children, even if they are poor children, to not poison them.

about two weeks ago
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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

anagama Re:how about we keep both (449 comments)

When you say "Republicans", do you mean the New GOP (aka Democrats) or the Old GOP (aka parody of itself)?

Once upon a time, Federal prosecutors got prison time for 1100 banksters in the S&L crisis (which was 1/40th the size of the "meltdown"). Exactly how many did Obama prosecute?

And remember, it was under the current regime that GWB's due process free detention was expanded to include due process free execution, via secret legal memo no less.

You Democrats make me want to puke. You're like a bunch of Nixons. Hell, Obamacare is just Nixon's healthcare plan with the liberal parts stripped out. And of course, Obama's NSA would have made Nixon cream his pants ... hourly.

So just sneak off and have a heart attack already you partisan retard. Here's the hint: DNC===GOP===FuckingBastards

about three weeks ago
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Geologists Warned of Washington State Mudslides For Decades

anagama Re:Regulatory capture kills (230 comments)

Term limit idea: one term in any part (i.e., no going to the senate after being in the house) and you get summarily executed at the end of the term.

That would attract some strange people to politics. Not sure if they'd be more dangerous than what we have though.

about three weeks ago
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Geologists Warned of Washington State Mudslides For Decades

anagama Re:So for 50 years (230 comments)

No -- this hill slid five or six times in the last 60 years, and he said it's gonna keep on sliding. Back when, people weren't building there. More recently, probably with a little help from the housing bubble, people built it up.

about three weeks ago
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Geologists Warned of Washington State Mudslides For Decades

anagama Re: Like living near a train track. (230 comments)

Don't forget to subtract the value of the land. The house might blow away, but the land will still be there and it must be worth some amount over zero.

about three weeks ago
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

anagama Re:Higher SAT scores, etc (529 comments)

Ah yes, I'm sure you have never used language in anything but a literally exact manner. Certainly you have never used hyperbole, metaphor, idiom, or the 3rd or 4th definition of a word. Conversation with you must be scintillating. Oh -- add sarcasm to that list.

about a month ago
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

anagama Re:Higher SAT scores, etc (529 comments)

All that is true. But when a kid has no guidance on what to select, it's just a dice roll on whether he selects something useful.

Your answer is is to choose better parents and spend exponentially more on those who will always need help with eating?

about a month ago
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

anagama Re:Higher SAT scores, etc (529 comments)

... a marvelous but little known institution called the "public library".

You are showing your own lack of perspective. Explain how this works for kids who do not have access to a public library because as kids they

1) can't drive
2) aren't on a bus line
3) can't walk 30 miles to town each way to get to a library

When I was in grade school in a rural area, we did get the bookmobile coming by every other week for a couple hours. Of course, the selection of materials that you can fit in a bus is absolutely nothing like what you would find in a big city library. One of the first books I read was LOTR. Very influential -- for me, that meant spending a lot of time in the woods looking for hobbits. That's time I could have spent better (botany, biology, mycology, geology for example), but I had nobody to give me that sort of educational guidance.

about a month ago
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

anagama Re:Higher SAT scores, etc (529 comments)

You must be a teacher. A couple years ago I overheard some teachers saying almost exactly the same thing: "gifted students take care of themselves."

Except ... When everything is super easy, it is easy to learn how to coast with no effort. Then when things get hard, the reality check can be horribly destructive. And while it is true that left to his/her(*) own devices, a 12 year old is going to take care of himself, with the brain still developing it's a total crapshoot as to whether he'll be making choices that will be personally helpful in life.

Finally, there will be some example of some city kid learning everything in the college library on his own. Awesome. Except millions of kids don't have that opportunity because they don't live in a great city, or even a city, nor have access to a library anywhere but at school (a tiny crappy one). When all you have to do is look out the window and daydream, you don't learn many useful life skills.

(*) last male/female

about 1 month ago
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Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

anagama Re:not a hero, not a villain (335 comments)

I'm not calling Gates a Hitler, this isn't really a godwin thing. But Hitler was a vegetarian and perhaps even an antivivisectionist (early form of animal rights). This illustrates that you can find good in even the most heinous people.

That Gates is using his arguably ill-gotten gains for good purposes, doesn't make him a hero. It makes him a creep who has a little good in him (although philanthropy like his is usually more about a different kind of personal aggrandizement). Secondly, think how chilling his whole law-and-order-protect-the-government stance is coming from Gates (essentially Microsoft) -- just one more bit of evidence we live in a proto-fascist America.

about a month ago

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More Evidence the NSA is Harming American's Economy

anagama anagama writes  |  about 5 months ago

anagama (611277) writes ""Cisco has seen a huge drop-off in demand for its hardware in emerging markets, which the company blames on fears about the NSA using American hardware to spy on the rest of the world. ... Cisco saw orders in Brazil drop 25% and Russia drop 30%. ... Analysts had expected Cisco’s business in emerging markets to increase 6%, but instead it dropped 12%, sending shares of Cisco plunging 10% in after-hours trading."

This is in addition to the harm caused to remote services that may cost $35 billion over the next three years. Then of course there are the ways the NSA has made ID theft easier. ID theft cost Americans $1.52 billion in 2011, to say nothing of the time wasted in solving ID theft issues — some of that figure is certainly attributable to holes the NSA helped build.

The NSA, its policies, and the politicians who support the same are directly responsible for massive losses of money and jobs which might cause one to wonder, why do these people hate America and Americans so much?"
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WA Post Publishes Four More Slides on Data Collection from Google et al.

anagama anagama writes  |  about 10 months ago

anagama (611277) writes "Lots of new program names, flowcharts, and detail in four previously unreleased PRISM slides published by the WA Post today. These slides provide some additional detail about PRSIM and outline how the NSA gets information from those nine well known internet companies. Apparently, the collection is done by the FBI using its own equipment on the various companies' premises and then passed to the NSA where it is filtered and sorted."
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NSA Surveillance Heat Map -- NSA Lied to Congress

anagama anagama writes  |  about 10 months ago

anagama (611277) writes "NSA officials have repeatedly denied under oath to Congress that even producing an estimate of the number of Americans caught up in its surveillance is impossible. Leaked screenshots of an NSA application that does exactly that, prove that the NSA flat out lied (surprise). Glenn Greenwald continues his relentless attacks with another bombshell this time exposing Boundless Informant. Interestingly, the NSA spies more on America than China according to the heat map. Representative Wyden had sought amendments to FISA reauthorization bill that would have required the NSA to provide information like this (hence the NSA's lies), but Obama and Feinstein demanded a pure reauthorization of FISA, which they got at the end of 2012."
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Anonymous Hacks Federal Sentencing Commission website -- Posts Video

anagama anagama writes  |  about a year ago

anagama writes ""This time there will be change, or there will be chaos." In response to the disproportionate prosecution of Swartz, Anonymous hacked the US. Sentencing Commission website and posted a video. One interesting thing discussed in the video, is an encrypted file that it is hoped will spread far and wide (mirror list — appears to be files related to Supreme Court Justices), the key for which would be released if reforms are not enacted. As for the statement itself, the text is available in the ZDNet article and mirror list linked above, and includes this clearly self-aware statement: "We [who] make this statement do not expect to be negotiated with; we do not desire to be negotiated with. We understand that due to the actions we take we exclude ourselves from the system within which solutions are found. There are others who serve that purpose, people far more respectable than us, people whose voices emerge from the light, and not the shadows. These voices are already making clear the reforms that have been necessary for some time, and are outright required now.""
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Fukushima Reactor Design Questioned Since 1972

anagama anagama writes  |  more than 3 years ago

anagama writes "The NY Times is reporting that as early as 1972, the design of the containment system used in the Fukushima plant's reactors was questioned by the US Atomic Energy Commission. The article includes a link to the original 1972 memo, which pointed out that the boiling water design with the pressure suppression system below the reactor, was a method of building containment more cheaply by reducing pressure reduction within the reactor, but that if the pressure reduction system failed, breach of the containment was more likely than in simpler and stronger dry containment systems. In other words, the BWR design was a cost-cutting measure. Thankfully though, Josef Oehmen has assured us that absolutely nothing bad can happen with this design and everyone should just relax."
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Federal Judge Rebuked for Porn Distribution

anagama anagama writes  |  more than 4 years ago

anagama writes "While Robert Zicari and Janet Romano got a year and day for obscenity, Federal Appeals Court Chief Judge Alex Kozinksi only got a non-criminal slap on the wrist for running a private website which he inadvertently made publicly accessible and included "two naked women on all fours painted as cows". While there are clear differences between Zicari/Romano's distribution intentions and the judge's intentions, it is interesting that his possession of simulated bestiality porn is treated so lightly."
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Frys Exec Gambles Away $167m in Secret Kickbacks

anagama anagama writes  |  more than 5 years ago

anagama writes "According to the LA Times article: Debt finally topples a Las Vegas high roller: "Siddiqui, who made $225,000 a year as a top Fry's Electronics executive, once lost $8 million in a day." Apparently, high rollers are often enticed by casinos with free jet rides, prostitutes, rooms, etc. etc. It is not clear from the story to what extent Siddiqui availed himself of such services. Siddiqui was fired by Frys when they discovered he had been strongarming suppliers into paying for product placement kickbacks to his own personal shell companies: "One company, Phoebe Micro Inc., sold Fry's $80 million worth of goods between 2003 and 2008. The firm gave Fry's a $4 million discount, the IRS said, but paid Siddiqui's company $24 million.""
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Reiser's Fate Soon To Be Known

anagama anagama writes  |  more than 5 years ago

anagama writes "It looks like Tuesday morning will mark the end of the Reiser trial. For those who RTFA, the whole trial was live blogged and if you have eight or more free hours, feel free to catch up. There is some interesting analysis by a former defense attorney, Jay Gaskill. He writes on Reiser's decision to take the stand: "As I've told new trial attorneys-in-training over the years, there is no circumstantial evidence case so weak that a testifying client can't snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in a few improvident minutes, hours or days on the witness stand." Plainly, he isn't taking a positive view of the outcome possibilities and wasn't really swayed by the Platypus Defense. It's worth noting, as Resier's lawyer (William DuBois) correctly pointed out in closing, that basing a conviction on odd behavior and circumstantial evidence doesn't always amount to justice: c.f. Cyntia Sommers conviction for murder by arsenic poisoning despite no evidence that she poisoned her husband. The conviction was based on odd behavior, getting a boob job and promiscuous activity after her husband's death. Most interesting however, it turns out there was no arsenic poisoning at all, just a lab error showing a concentration so high as to be physiologically improbable. She was released with nary an apology for her murder conviction and near 900 days in jail after new testing showed no arsenic at all."
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Corporate Encouragement for Sharing Your WiFi

anagama anagama writes  |  more than 6 years ago

anagama writes "BT to UK customers: Share your WiFi... please! Conventional wisdom is that one should lockdown wifi, your ISP doesn't want you to share your connection, that person checking email outside the coffee shop ought to be arrested. Here is an alternative model: "BT will encourage its three million broadband users to pick up a FON router and start sharing signals. The router provides two channels: one for public access, and one for access by the owner. The public channel is bandwidth-limited so as not to disrupt the user's own connection. Other "Foneros" can access the public channel for free, while non-Foneros can pay a few dollars a day to use the access points.""
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Forgent Patent Troll Loses Again

anagama anagama writes  |  more than 6 years ago

anagama writes "Forgent Networks, a patent troll, got the slap down by a TX jury in May when it invalidated a patent Forgent held regarding video teleconferencing over telephone lines, and today, its motion for a new trial against EchoStar was denied. In fact, the court awarded EchoStar $90k in costs. Forgent probably isn't crying that much though, it already extorted $28m from other defendants. Some of you may recall that Forgent made a business out of cheating companies for jpeg use — till their patent was largely invalidated on that front as well."
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anagama anagama writes  |  more than 6 years ago

anagama writes "You may recall some time ago a slashdot topic about Mike DeKort, an engineer from Lockheed Martin working on the Coast Guard's Deepwater project (basically, construction of new ships). He released a whistleblower video on Youtube outlining problems and cover up/apathy related to the ships under construction. Well, in the news today, looks like the Coast Guard is taking over the project and ending its contract with Lockheed Martin and Northrup Grumman. Perhaps the (digital) pen is mightier than the sword (manufacturer)."

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