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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

camg188 Re:"very telling" indeed (143 comments)

The gop ... reacted with a coordinated attempt to get the new, largely democratic, set of voters to become disillusioned and not vote.

Voters were disillusioned by promises of hope and change but delivery of more government as usual. promises of the most open administration but delivery of the opposite. A lot of people were hurting from 2008 and were not any better off in 2014.

2 days ago
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UNSW Has Collected an Estimated $100,000 In Piracy Fines Since 2008

camg188 FYI (91 comments)

FYI
NSW = New South Wales
SMH = Sydney Morning Herald

2 days ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

camg188 Re:wont last (266 comments)

I used to work a second job at Walmart, in the electronics department. At least once a month I would get somebody trying to buy a game system with a bogus coupon. Most of them were $100 off of a Nintendo DS.

2 days ago
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Elusive Dark Matter May Be Detected With GPS Satellites

camg188 Explain it like I'm five (67 comments)

collection topological defects, or energy cracks.

This is not a good description. I've no idea what a topological defect or energy crack is.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Aims To Offer Windows 10 Upgrades For All Windows Phone 8 Lumias

camg188 Re:Who cares (77 comments)

My daughter got a Lumia. It's pretty nice hardware for the price. I've seen it for $89 recently. I can't comment about the OS though, but my daughter likes it.

about a week ago
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Department of Justice Harvests Cell Phone Data Using Planes

camg188 Easy for criminals to avoid (201 comments)

This would be so easy for criminals to work around. Just use a cheap prepaid phone and change it often, as seen on Breaking Bad. They are less than $15 at Walmart.

about a week ago
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Department of Justice Harvests Cell Phone Data Using Planes

camg188 Re:About time for a Free baseband processor (201 comments)

It depends on what information they are collecting. The article is paywalled so I didn't read it. Are they doing a Man in the Middle attack where they could collect data sent from people or are they tracking phones when they poll for available mobile bases?

about a week ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

camg188 Think of the children (316 comments)

They have also agreed to ensure that terrorist and extremist material is captured by their filters to prevent children and young people coming across radicalising material.

The old "think of the children" argument.

about a week ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

camg188 Re:The UK doesn't have freedom of speech (316 comments)

Free speech protection includes more than just speeches at a rally. The actions of the IRS were directed at conservative groups applying for for tax exempt status. These groups wanted tax exempt status not because they were supporting specific candidates but rather where trying to change public opinion through education/informational campaigns. In fact, this particular tax exempt status is only given to political education/information groups.

The IRS purposely impeded certain groups trying to publish political information. How is that not trying to limit the free speech?

about a week ago
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Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

camg188 Re:Wrong analogy (138 comments)

60 years is not even close to forever.

about two weeks ago
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Worldwide Aaron Swartz Day Memorial Hackathons This Weekend

camg188 Re:Ideally (76 comments)

to make a bunch of research data free

Does JSTOR also offer indexing services for these research papers? If so, that may be data that JSTOR creates and not necessarily free.

about two weeks ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

camg188 Re:nice stats (334 comments)

taxes from fossil fuels could be earmarked for renewable energy subsidies... Or alternately they could simply be distributed uniformly to the populace..

Do you believe that the US federal government (or any government, really) would honestly, fairly and judiciously distribute these subsidies? It would just become a political fundraising scheme. How is their track record so far? Personally, I think it would become a tremendous waste.

start by stripping the fossil fuel industry of the many tax breaks, subsidies, and environmental indemnities

"Oil subsidies" is mostly just political talk. Removing them will not have the effect you desire The bulk of these programs described as "subsidies" are not money handouts or special tax breaks, they just consist of the federal government doing business with energy companies. The top 3 are the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, HEAP - Home Energy Assistance Program, and farm fuel tax exemptions. The first two involve the government buying energy. The farm fuel exemption is because those vehicles are not driven on the road, which is reasonable. Plus farmers get the tax break, not oil companies. The remaining "subsidies" are tax breaks that all manufactures can take, not just oil companies.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Appropriate Place For Free / Open Source Software Artifacts?

camg188 Re:Me too! (46 comments)

In a clutter purge back in 2005, I threw out my Atari ST 520 with hi-res 640x480 monochrome monitor. I really regret that.

about three weeks ago
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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

camg188 Re:History is written in the geologic record. (495 comments)

Extinction due to climate change? What science is that based on? During the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum there was a great diversification of terrestrial life. For the majority. of the time mammals have roamed the earth it has been so warm that there have been no polar ice caps, yet life kept chugging along and adapting.

about three weeks ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

camg188 Re:XFD @ wind subsidies costly cf. oil (610 comments)

"Oil subsidies" is a purely a political term. The main oil "subsidies" are HEAP and the strategic oil reserve. both of which involve the government buying energy, not just giving out money. What you describe as a subsidy, most people would describe simply as "doing business with the govt."

about a month ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

camg188 Re:take into account (610 comments)

"Adverse health impacts" often seem to be tossed into an analysis in order to jack up the cost.
Because, you know, that without fossil fuels nobody would ever get sick and die.

about a month ago
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Feces-Filled Capsules Treat Bacterial Infection

camg188 Re:It's probably not the best experience of your l (135 comments)

Seriously, who is the donor?
Do you get to decide what they eat before they donate?
What if you actually met the donor? That would be weird. "Oh, by the way, I ate your shit."

about a month ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

camg188 you sure? -I'm [false] positive (580 comments)

(Left un-explored is whether polygraph testing is an effective way to catch lies.)

I don't know about catching lies, but I know that a polygraph test is an excellent way to convince people that an honest person is lying.

about a month and a half ago
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Facebook Ready To Get Into Healthcare

camg188 Re:There goes HIPAA (99 comments)

HIPAA sure didn't protect Thomas Eric Duncan. His name and info have been all over the news.

about a month and a half ago
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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

camg188 Re:Now if they could only fix... (278 comments)

"No additional fee" would be more accurate that "free" in this case.

about a month and a half ago

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