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The CIA Does Las Vegas

bmo Re:It's better to hear people you might disagree w (119 comments)

This is the principle of false equivalency - treating propaganda, vapid opinions, and just plain falsities with the same weight as facts, in the aim of being "fair and balanced." Letting the CIA, NSA, others speak at conferences where they are there to spread their own propaganda and to then treat these presentations as valuable facts is intellectually dishonest at best.

There is a time when various people need to be shunned to give them a wake-up-call, and not allowing these jerks to take time at our conferences.

The CIA fucking spied on the fucking Congress and made up "evidence" to turn over to Eric Holder to prosecute congressional staffers. Because they didn't like the investigation into plainly illegal torture.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08...

These people need to be shunned and locked out, not catered to. Many need to be in jail at the very least.

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BMO

7 hours ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

bmo Re:We can't live without these things? (212 comments)

And here's the teenager with no life experience whatsoever.

Do you have any idea how long it takes to rebuild just a power substation? Do you have any idea how few EEs, techs, riggers, and laborers we have to rebuild them en masse?

You don't. That much is plain.

backup generators

What fucking backup generators? They don't exist.

Call up National Grid. Ask them how many "backup generators" they have for a Carrington Event situation. The laughter should be loud.

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BMO

about a week ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

bmo Re:We can't live without these things? (212 comments)

The concept that "the population would correct itself" is a pretty fucking bad euphemism for widespread famine.

You don't know anything about modern agriculture that feeds 7+ billion people.

Crikes, you're dumb.

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BMO

about a week ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

bmo Re:We can't live without these things? (212 comments)

Really? This would be devastating? We can't live without electricity, electronics, water pumps?

Can you farm without electricity? Gasoline? Do you have all the pre-electricity farm equipment that would allow you to grow food without a tractor, power tools, etc? Does your well pump even work without electricity? I'll bet it doesn't. I'll bet you can't really live off the grid unless you're Amish or Mennonite. You simply don't have the pre-industrial technology to get along in such a world.

Many in cities and suburbs, after 3 or 4 weeks, would wind up going out into the country to forage if they could find gasoline to pump (and gas pumps work with electricity!), because the supermarkets would be empty and all the food in the refrigerators/freezers would have spoiled after only a few days.

To your "off the grid" house. Probably.

inb4 "I have an arsenal of arms to keep them away"

Your best defense and survival depends on your neighbors. Because one lone person with a stash of food and arms can be out-sieged by the outside world.

I would suggest watching "The Trigger Effect," Episode 1 of James Burke's "Connections" series. Anyone (sensible) who watches that and looks around at the technology that supports all of us will come away with the conclusion that if it seriously went away for a month, we'd be fucked. The shit would so seriously hit the fan that your incredulousness indicates you are either completely out of touch with society at large, deliberately myopic, or some teenager that hasn't lived life enough to have any kind of broad view. Good luck with that.

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BMO

about a week ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

bmo Re:The problem is... (190 comments)

There's no shortage of people who are literally insane in politics.

Indeed. 1 out of 4 people has a diagnosable mental illness.

An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older â" about one in four adults â" suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. When applied to the 2004 U.S. Census residential population estimate for ages 18 and older, this figure translates to 57.7 million people.

--NIMH

Consider what happens if the "Caliphate" gets their hands on some samples.

You mean the theocrats that are always talking about bringing the US back to its "christian" roots?

spit

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BMO

about two weeks ago
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Black Hat Presentation On Tor Cancelled, Developers Working on Bug Fix

bmo Re:TOR is actually sponsored by Uncle Sam (52 comments)

It's dumb to trust any technology 100 percent.

This was discussed here earlier after a poll showing that people with low knowledge of the Internet don't trust it, implying by omission that those that have more trust the Internet more, which is far from the case. The people with the most knowledge know what the flaws are.

Blind trust in any kind of technology is dumb.

Blind distrust of anything is also just as dumb.

Distrust of TOR because it was a US Navy project is practicing a type of ad-hominem. I'd rather distrust it based on either reading the code or the opinions and arguments of people better able than me at reading its code.

I've said it before about other things - there are plenty of reasons to dislike something without having to invent them. I use this when discussing GMO, because the "frankenfood" argument is specious - the real problem is the IP angle, for example.

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BMO

about two weeks ago
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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

bmo Re:FUD? (132 comments)

Carnegie Mellon is suppressing de-anonymising TOR discussion at Black Hat.

Talk on cracking Internet anonymity service Tor withdrawn from conference

By Joseph Menn

SAN FRANCISCO, July 21 Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:05pm EDT

        Technology

(Reuters) - A heavily anticipated talk on how to identify users of the Tor Internet privacy service has been withdrawn from the upcoming Black Hat security conference.

A Black Hat spokeswoman told Reuters that the talk had been canceled at the request of lawyers for Carnegie-Mellon University, where the speakers work as researchers. A CMU spokesman had no immediate comment. (Reporting by Joseph Menn; Editing by Chris Reese)

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My guess is that someone wants the hole (if there is one) kept open a while longer or the suspicion that TOR is somehow ineffective alive. Let your mind run wild with speculation.

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BMO

http://www.reuters.com/article...

about two weeks ago
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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

bmo Folded, spindled, and mutilated. (217 comments)

"The population census has got him down as "dormanted". The Central Collective Storehouse computer has got him down as "deleted". [â¦] Information Retrieval has got him down as "inoperative". And thereâ(TM)s another one - security has got him down as "excised". Administration has got him down as "completed". ⦠Heâ(TM)s dead."

Brazil (1985)

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

bmo Re:Jack Conte, Nataly Dawn, Kickstarter, Patreon (192 comments)

this sounds great on paper,

No, it's not "on paper" and you seem to not know that Jack Conte (half of the duo Pomplamoose) is the CEO of Patreon. Patreon is the child of the experiences that Nataly Dawn and Jack Conte had with Youtube, and my posting of the interview on the BIRN and Nataly's closing of the other video was meant to be informative.

If you bothered to watch them. Which you didn't.

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BMO

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

bmo Re:The end of reading as culturally relevant... (192 comments)

Way to misquote me. I never said that such shops were "only for hipsters".

What a disingenuous complaint.

>mention a whole list of things such as lomography
>claim you're not talking about hipsters.

Yeah, whatever, man.

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BMO

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

bmo Re:The end of reading as culturally relevant... (192 comments)

Online shopping was going to kill brick and mortar entirely....

At least that was the story 15 years ago.

Brick and mortar retail is still there and taking up more real-estate than ever.

>indie bookstores are only for hipsters

Yeah, well, prejudicial bigotry gets you nowhere.

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BMO

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

bmo Re:The end of reading as culturally relevant... (192 comments)

Bookstores aren't dying.

BIG bookstores are dying. The independent bookstores seem to be multiplying, after what seemed like iminent death at the hands of Borders, B&N and BAM.

Borders is gone. B&N is smaller, and BAM is simply disgusting and I won't go there ever again after going there once (it's a southern 'christian' company and it shows, especially in the whole two shelves of science books they had - I re-shelved Behe's "darwin's black box" in Fantasy). And when I was at BAM, I swear it was a whole lot of floor space for too few customers. Its days are numbered. Here in the Northeast, anyway.

But indie book shops where you get personal assistance and customer service? There's a renaissance.

Amazon isn't killing them. Amazon is killing the book-megastore.

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BMO

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

bmo Jack Conte, Nataly Dawn, Kickstarter, Patreon (192 comments)

Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn's experience with Youtube, and music publishers basically summed it up like this:

You can either go to a studio, sign a contract and /maybe/ make back your advance and /possibly/ hit the lottery and fill arenas

or

Cut out the middle-man and get more direct support and actually make a living. Nataly set up a Kickstarter for her first album and got 5x more than she expected.

Thus the motivation for Patreon.

Watch this interview:
Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
Part 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

And skip (if you want, the cover is pretty darn good) to the end of this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

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BMO

about two weeks ago
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CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

bmo Re:Karma to burn so fuck you. (154 comments)

>what they mean is, there aren't many one man or 5 man shops developing Open Source for a living.

Yes there are. They are also directly supporting that stuff for their clients and getting cash for it. Because a lot of businesses don't want a "one size fits all" solution, because "one size fits all" is a complete oxymoron.

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BMO

about two weeks ago
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CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

bmo Karma to burn so fuck you. (154 comments)

I could have let this one slide, but I have a few things to say:

1. Darl, Darl McBride, is that you? When will you be testifying against Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow? You have a chance to redeem your soul! Imagine that!
2. The myth that "you can't make money on open source" is a myth so debunked that you have entire industries built on it, from servers and supercomputers to cellphones and kids' toys.
3. The myth that people don't get paid (slaves) to develop open source is belied by the fact that small companies like IBM are major contributors and specifically pay for people to work on open source code.

And even Microsoft pays people to do it now.

You can take your 20 year old arguments, write them out on oaktag, fold it until it's all sharp corners, and shove it straight up your arse.

Have a great day.

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BMO

about two weeks ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

bmo Re:HAHA WUT? (280 comments)

I use one all the time.

No you don't and you're a liar, and not only that, you have rage issues. Go away.

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BMO

about two weeks ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

bmo Re:Dumb dumb dumb advice... (280 comments)

>two factor

Fat lotta fucking good that does you when hardly any place on the web uses it.

You just went full retard. Never go full retard.

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BMO

about two weeks ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

bmo Re:HAHA WUT? (280 comments)

Typing in a 6 letter word that I remember is much quicker than opening a program, typing in my master password, finding the account that I want to log in to, clicking on the log-in button, then switching back to the browser. Even describing what you need to do is too long and complicated.

You know how I know you've never even /tried/ using a password manager?

Argument from complete ignorance is bad form, man.

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BMO

about two weeks ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

bmo Re:alittlebitofspinach (280 comments)

Ask for "inconsequential" slashdot password
Raymorris dodges it
Tells me "yelp password"
Go to yelp
Yelp requires email address as login
Look up raymorris' email on slashdot
(email not shown publicly)
Try various raymorris@$MAILPROVIDER via "lost password"
None exist, not the top 5 anyway.
Google search site:yelp.com "ray morris" or "raymorris"
Nothing.

Whatever, man.

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BMO

about two weeks ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

bmo Re:Dumb dumb dumb advice... (280 comments)

have you never heard of the very time-tested wisdom against putting all your eggs in one basket?

Have you ever heard of backups? For someone supposedly technically astute, you seem to have dropped that idea on the floor. I'll pick it up for you.

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BMO

about two weeks ago

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Oak Ridge's Titan Supercomputer Claims Top Spot

bmo bmo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

bmo (77928) writes "MANNHEIM, Germany; BERKELEY, Calif.; and KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Advanced reports that Oak Ridge National Laboratory was fielding the world’s fastest supercomputer were proven correct when the 40th edition of the twice-yearly TOP500 List of the world’s top supercomputers was released today (Nov. 12, 2012). Titan, a Cray XK7 system installed at Oak Ridge, achieved 17.59 Petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) on the Linpack benchmark. Titan has 560,640 processors, including 261,632 NVIDIA K20x accelerator cores."
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Steve Jobs Steps Down as CEO of Apple

bmo bmo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bmo writes "PRESS RELEASE: Letter from Steve Jobs

August 24, 2011–To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you."

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Nokia will lay off up to 6,000 next week

bmo bmo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bmo (77928) writes "TechEye has heard that Nokia is going to fire up to 6,000 people as soon as next week.

An industry source tells us the lay-offs will mainly be in Nokia's home country, Finland.

There will be job cuts all round — but the majority will be in Finland. We have also heard from that all the work from the Symbian group is going to go to Microsoft."

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bmo bmo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bmo (77928) writes "October 09, 2006 (Computerworld) — Ray Noorda, who led Novell Inc. as CEO from 1983 to 1995 and was a leader in the world of computer networking, died today at his home in Orem, Utah. Noorda, 82, was the "Father of Networking" and built Novell up to be one of the largest movers and shakers of the 1990's.

More here and here."

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