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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

choongiri f.lux (531 comments)

It adjusts the colour temperature of your monitor according to sunrise / sunset times, helping to trigger your circadian rhythm. Almost completely fixed my sleep pattern problems. http://justgetflux.com/

about 6 months ago
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Drawings of Weapons Led To New Jersey Student's Arrest

choongiri Re:No harm done (630 comments)

Confirmed: that photo has NOTHING to do with this story. It's an Associated Press photo from the 1998 discovery of a bomb factory in the West Bank:

http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=98011301827

"Plastic containers holding explosives and the chemicals used to manufacture them, are stored in a room in the town of Nablus in what is described as the biggest bomb factory ever discovered in the West Bank, Tuesday Jan. 13 1998. Police said that three quarters of a ton of explosives were seized and four activists from the Muslim militant Hamas group were arrested."

That's truly disgustingly shameful photo selection by the NY Daily Times to try to stoke fear.

about a year and a half ago
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Mark Zuckerberg's Big Facebook Mistake

choongiri Re:Shame on Morgan Stanley (418 comments)

> I don't like their product, management or their methods.

Why the self-hate? You are the product.

more than 2 years ago
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Database and IP Records Tie Election Fraud To Canada's Ruling Conservatives

choongiri Re:Thousands? (257 comments)

Yes, thousands. In Guelph alone, there were at least 7,670 - EC knows this from records they were able to subpoena from RackNine - http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Fraudulent+robocalls+absolutely+outrageous+Mayrand/6383004/story.html - those same records matched the CPC's CIMS database exactly. Now that's just the ones that "pierre poutine" set up - it's looking increasingly likely he was a rogue, but there was an underlying and much more pervasive and carefully executed national strategy - http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/04/24/pol-election-calls-poll.html - If pierre poutine hadn't gone and blown it by going overboard, we might never have found out.

more than 2 years ago
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Against Online Surveillance? You Must Be 'For' Child Porn, Says Legislator

choongiri Re:Child pornography is not an excuse (583 comments)

61% of voters did not vote for the conservatives. It was the fundamentally flawed electoral system that translated 39% support into a "majority".

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Sued Over PSN 'No Suing' Provision

choongiri Re:EULAs (384 comments)

And if you're not a professional astroturfer being paid directly or indirectly by Sony, why don't you answer PopeRatzo's question?

more than 2 years ago
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New Jersey DMV Employees Caught Selling Identities

choongiri Re:SSNs? (279 comments)

One ID to rule them all, One ID to find them
One ID to SELECT them all and in the darkness LEFT JOIN them.

FTFY

more than 2 years ago
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What is Your position on Climate Change?

choongiri Re:I don't care (695 comments)

It's easy to think you don't care if you're relatively well off. If you're a subsistence farmer living less than a meter above sea level in Bangladesh, it's a different situation.

...But then, it's also a different situation for you when millions of climate refugees start trying to find somewhere else to go. Even less likely you'll be able to maintain not caring when there's a life-or-death fight over water resources involving nuclear powers.

Climate Wars by Gwynne Dyer. Certainly not as thoroughly peer reviewed as the IPCC reports, but still worth a read.

more than 2 years ago
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Severe Arctic Ozone Loss

choongiri Re:I call bullshit (259 comments)

It's mostly true that reactions dependent on kinetics speed up with temperature. Ozone holes, though, are a very very different process. The ozone hole results from surface reactions on polar stratospheric clouds. The colder it gets, the easier it is for those clouds to form, and the more severe the rate of ozone depletion.

Do some homework before calling "bullshit".

(I am an atmospheric chemist, I am not your atmospheric chemist, etc...)

more than 2 years ago
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New USB 3.0 Flash Drive Has 2 TB of Storage

choongiri Re:What market does this target? (212 comments)

What do you think Princess Leia was sticking in to R2-D2 man?

I think that what a galactic princess sticks into her droid in private is none of your business.

about 3 years ago
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The Pirate Bay Founders Go Legit With BayFiles

choongiri April 1st? (151 comments)

> The Pirate Bay Founders Go Legit

Bwahahahahahaha

about 3 years ago
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Canada To Adopt On-Line Voting?

choongiri Fixing the wrong problem (405 comments)

For those who don't know, we just had a federal election up here in May. The conservatives, led by a radical right winger, took absolute power (a majority of seats in the house of commons) with only 39% of the vote. 61% of Canadians voted for more centrist or progressive parties that - for the most part - have a fair amount in common, but because the vote was split between the other parties, the conservatives cleaned up.

The system is utterly broken, but the decline in voting rates over recent decades (mostly in younger voters who recognise how appallingly unjust the system is and are disenfranchised by it) won't improve much with online voting techno-fixes. If you want people to engage in their democracy, we need a proportional representation (or at a minimum a ranked-ballot) voting system that makes people feel like their vote won't be wasted because depending on which party you vote for, or chance of where you live.

about 3 years ago
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Dutch Government To Tax Drivers Based On Car Use

choongiri Great and fair (500 comments)

If I work hard to bike, walk, and use transit as much as possible, why should I subsidise your heavy car use?

more than 3 years ago
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The Mathematics of Lawn Mowing

choongiri Re:Interesting Story! (514 comments)

That is the real win-win of capitalism.

Ah yes, the "trickle down effect". Consider your understanding of economics downgraded to AA+

more than 3 years ago
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Pakistan Tries To Ban Encryption

choongiri Re:the password is "password" (185 comments)

-----BEGIN PGP MESSAGE-----
Version: GnuPG v1.4.10 (GNU/Linux)

jA0EAwMCw969+iZOTVxgyTKvx7h2bBPpHOqa1mDTD3+RnwtyKB0hdI03RZNOtDLL
r+YARKbR369SinLNWRz+kZW5Dw==
=ZWgV
-----END PGP MESSAGE-----

more than 3 years ago
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New NASA Data Casts Doubt On Global Warming Models

choongiri Re:Reading Comprehension Fail (954 comments)

How that gets translated into "New Study Trashes Global Warming" is beyond me.

Simple: The author of the article is a well-funded climate denier working for the Heartland Institute. Same folks who tried to convince people that there was no link between second hand smoke exposure and cancer.

more than 3 years ago
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New NASA Data Casts Doubt On Global Warming Models

choongiri Re:Endangering grant money? (954 comments)

Right. And no skeptic would ever tell you that climatologists the world over might, you know, actually know a thing or two about climateology... because they would lose their lucrative big-oil money.

more than 3 years ago

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Database and IP records tie election fraud to Canada's ruling Conservatives

choongiri choongiri writes  |  more than 2 years ago

choongiri (840652) writes "Canada's election fraud scandal continues to unfold. Elections Canada just matched the IP address used to set up thousands of voter suppression robocalls to one used by a Conservative Party operative, and a comparison of call records found a perfect match between the illegal calls, and records of non-supporters in the Conservative Party's CIMS voter tracking database, as well as evidence access logs may have been tampered with. Meanwhile, legal challenges to election results are underway in seven ridings, and an online petition calling for an independent public inquiry into the crisis has amassed over 44,000 signatures. The Conservative Party still maintains their innocence, calling it a baseless smear campaign."
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Canada's Conservatives used massive "Robocall" operation to mislead voters

choongiri choongiri writes  |  more than 2 years ago

choongiri (840652) writes "Elections Canada has just traced thousands of illegal phone calls made during the 2011 federal election to a company that worked for the Conservative Party across the country. The automated VOIP “robocalls” appeared to be designed to stop non-Conservative voters from casting ballots in key ridings by falsely telling voters that the location of their polling stations had changed, causing them to go to the wrong location on election day.

This news casts serious doubt on the legitimacy of Canada's Government. The Conservatives narrowly won their "majority" by 6,201 votes in 14 ridings, with only 39% of the popular vote."

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choongiri choongiri writes  |  more than 7 years ago

choongiri writes "If my inbox is anything to go by, there's a new breed of spam on the loose. Last year saw the rise of the image-based penny stock spam — that got around our filters for a while until tools like the FuzzyOCR plugin for SpamAssassin came along. Now it looks like the spammers are taking it to the next level, attaching their spam content as a PDF file. No doubt if this persists we'll see PDF scanning becoming standard practice, although the cost — both in bandwidth and CPU cycles required to do the filtering — will certainly be non-trivial."
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choongiri choongiri writes  |  more than 7 years ago

choongiri writes "The Government of Ontario has blocked access to Facebook for all government employees. Since Tuesday, any employee trying to access the site has instead received an "access denied" message. According to Government Services Minister Gerry Phillips, "Our IT (information technology) people are pretty broadly familiar with the marketplace and they said, `Here's a website that's going to be increasingly more popular for the OPS (Ontario public service). Is this an appropriate website to be spending time on?'" MySpace has not been blocked."
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choongiri choongiri writes  |  more than 7 years ago

choongiri (840652) writes "I just realised, by chance, that bastion of democracy moveon.org has been systematically violating the privacy of all of their 3 million or so members by including 1px web bugs in every email they send out.

The irony of moveon.org - which do some great work - campaigning to "stop AOL's email tax", and "save the internet" whilst at the same time using the exact same invasive methods of email tracking as spammers and fraudsters would be laughable, if it wasn't so sad. Having worked on numerous campaigns and digital organising projects myself, I find the use of email tracking by a progressive campaign quite a despicable abuse of privacy.

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choongiri choongiri writes  |  more than 7 years ago

choongiri writes "I recently renewed my UK passport, and the new one contains an RFID chip. I have read lots of discussion here and elsewhere about the potential security implications of RFID in passports, and that got me wondering — what would it take to hack my passport? I know very little about how RFID works, so how would I go about reading the data that is held on my passport, and testing it to see if it can really be read with the cover closed, from across the room, and so on? Have any slashdotters tried reading their own passport RFID chips? Finally, is it really true that I could microwave my passport for a couple of seconds to deactivate the chip, and what would the implications of this be for me crossing borders. I live in Canada, so crossing into the US is an issue."
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choongiri choongiri writes  |  more than 7 years ago

choongiri writes "The BBC is reporting that scientists from Newcastle and London have applied for a license to create embryos by fusing human DNA with cow eggs for stem-cell research. From the article: "The hybrid human-bovine embryos would be used for stem cell research and would not be allowed to develop for more than a few days. But critics say it is unethical and potentially dangerous.""
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choongiri choongiri writes  |  more than 7 years ago

choongiri writes "The London Guardian is reporting on plans launched today by a group of scientists from University of Cambridge, England and MIT to create a silent, energy-efficient aircraft which could achieve fuel efficiency comparable to the Toyota Prius. There's an animation of the aircraft taking off here (wmv). From the article:

The quirky shape of the SAX-40 is designed to allow a slower approach and takeoff, which reduces noise. The flaps and hinged rear sections, which are found on standard aircraft wings and are a major source of airframe noise when a plane is taking off and landing, have also been eliminated from the new design, and engines have been mounted on the top of the aircraft, which will screen much of the noise from the ground."

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moveon.org's systematic privacy violations

choongiri choongiri writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I just realised, by chance, that bastion of democracy moveon.org has been systematically violating the privacy of all of their 3 million or so members by including 1px web bugs in every email they send out.

The irony of moveon.org - which do some great work - campaigning to "stop AOL's email tax", and "save the internet" whilst at the same time using the exact same invasive methods of email tracking as spammers and fraudsters would be laughable, if it wasn't so sad. Having worked on numerous campaigns and digital organising projects myself, I find the use of email tracking by a progressive campaign quite a despicable abuse of privacy.

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