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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

chromaexcursion Ferguson Should take note (144 comments)

Over 1000 times $125,000 is over $1 Billion.
Fiscal penalties can work ....
They're ruined.
Civil rights violations are a federal crime.

9 hours ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

chromaexcursion Re:While Buying Back $1.5 Billion In Stock (206 comments)

Yeah, because their stock in the the dumps.
I have 100 shares. hoping they'll do something to make it worth selling at a profit. I've had them for a decade. just waiting for a good time to sell. I'll keep my eye on the price.

5 days ago
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Patents That Kill

chromaexcursion Re:In a nutshell: (239 comments)

Not specifically a written law.
The practice started in Rome in the first couple centuries BC. Powerful men were granted license to exclusively produce something. Sometimes it was because they were doing something new. Sometimes because they owned the mine. Patent didn't mean new, just verified.
The meaning of words change over time.
As for the patent system, England did not invent it. Look to Italy.

about a week ago
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T-Mobile Smartphones Outlast Competitors' Identical Models

chromaexcursion Re:No towers in range? (127 comments)

Sounds like it.
When I'm where I know I'm not likely to have signal I either turn my phone off or put it airplane mode.

about two weeks ago
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T-Mobile Smartphones Outlast Competitors' Identical Models

chromaexcursion Re:No towers in range? (127 comments)

When a phone has signal, the back channel includes information about neighboring cells. So, it knows where to look for the next back channel. Only a few frequencies to tune to. The problem starts when contact is lost. Phones use power looking for a signal. Re-tuning the receiver is not free.
They continuously tune over a series of frequencies looking for one. And keep cycling through them.
This bitter cycle of finding nothing uses up a phones battery very quickly. Before smart phones it was the single largest power user.
This is an OLD problem. It was well known in the industry in 1990.

I started writing software for cell phone companies in 1990. I learned more than I ever wanted to know about how cell phones work. Moved on to a different industry in 2000. Some things don't change. At least not quickly.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

chromaexcursion What you're doing is akin to learning Latin (170 comments)

From an old limerick:
Latin is a dead language, dead as can be. ...

Some previous posts mention other current platforms. Try those. Palm is dead.

side note. a 2E that sill works? Mine died years ago.

about three weeks ago
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US Marines Demonstrate Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector Prototype

chromaexcursion WHY? (91 comments)

In the current terrorist, not nation state world, what does this service.
Except to waste my tax dollars!

about a month ago
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Australian Electoral Commission Refuses To Release Vote Counting Source Code

chromaexcursion Re:Security by obscurity (112 comments)

Someone who has a problem with private code voted my initial post down to troll.
Interesting
What I was trying to point out is that private encryption can be much more secure than public.
obviously there needs to be oversight.
A carefully managed system with a private encryption system can be very safe, and far less costly than an open one. But it does mean you can't publish the code.
Given the recent heartbleed issue. How secure is open source?

about a month ago
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The debate over climate change is..

chromaexcursion Sadly the idiots yelling have too much money (278 comments)

Rather than investing in possible solutions, the idiots pay shills to muddy the waters.
Since the idiots are billionaires, or groups of millionaires, they can afford it.

about a month ago
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Australian Electoral Commission Refuses To Release Vote Counting Source Code

chromaexcursion Security by obscurity (112 comments)

A system that few know is far more secure than an open one.
Quit trying to find fault with those who legitimately desire security over openness. Not every close system is suspect.
The stupidest mickey mouse cypher will thwart some of the best hackers, if they don't know the algorithm.
For those that say the count must be open. How can a secret ballot be open? At some point you have NO control. You HAVE to trust someone. If you don't, go home.
Rigging elections is ancient, been done for thousands of years. Computers are just the new toy on the block.
It comes down to if the people that run the system want to game it they can. Actually it's easier to mess with paper ballots. Messing with software leaves a trail.

about a month ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

chromaexcursion Energy Use? too short a time frame (710 comments)

I've been deliberately conserving my energy use. Adding insulation. Only using room air conditioners (Any one with central air needs to get a clue). For over 2 decades.
Not perfect, but trying to strike a balance. The AC runs less than a few weeks a year.
I'm not sure what this study is about. Probably someone is trying to game the system.

about a month ago
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'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

chromaexcursion Re:It was bound to happen (163 comments)

For the guy that's done time. Most likely he has to admit he has.
For the average person caught in this, this isn't likely to make a big difference. They can't afford the costs of trying to have their records hidden. And for the most part, no one cares, beyond the obvious.
This is about RICH, WEALTHY, individuals who have been reasonably damned, and want to hide it.
Can't sue for slander in the US if it's true.
The EU seems to have a different opinion of past records.
Not that it really maters. The EU ban only applies to EU sites. Simple enough to proxy around to get the details. It only deters the casual browser.

It's a brave new world. Despite some country's laws, you don't have the right to be forgotten. Until every country enacts such laws, you're out.
There are other similar battles, will be interesting to see which island wins.

about a month ago
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'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

chromaexcursion It was bound to happen (163 comments)

I feel sorry for those who legitimately should have stories removed. Falsely accused, slandered, etc. Though if the site takes the time to put the truthful rebuttals up front it would mitigate that.
For those legitimately outed I have no sympathy. With one exception: someone whose criminal record has been expunged. That is a legal proceeding, which carries weight. Of course the site owner opens himself and the site to prosecution for slander. Forget international borders, someone anywhere in the world can sue you in the US for slander.

about a month ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

chromaexcursion Say goodbye to the undergroud economy (753 comments)

The underground economy has many faces.
drugs
Theft
worse crime
far less insidious, unreported labor
All these will have serous problems in a cashless world. There are ways around these with some problems. But, it will drive small players out of the market.
Not a pretty picture for some.

about a month ago
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"Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

chromaexcursion There is supposed to be a penalty. (157 comments)

When the DMCA laws were first proposed, there was supposed to be a penalty for making a false claim.
Obviously this needs to be re-visited.
Automated or not, someone set up the system. "Oh. I'm sorry. My Automated script did it". Make them pay a fine. One which increases for each false claim.
Another problem is third party enforcement. Rights holders hire companies to do this for them, then wash their hands of it. Make the original rights holders responsible. That's the way is works in the brick and mortar world. Own a building, you're liable. If a contractor does shoddy, you're responsible. Though you may be able to sue the contractor.
As people and companies are claiming (and in many cases justly so) real rights to content on the internet. It's time to bring the other side of that coin into play. If someone wrongly says they own part of your yard, you're entitled to damages.
Get off my yard.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

chromaexcursion Re:Linux? (145 comments)

This is just a guess, but I believe your assessment why you were modded down is correct. Making comments that might offend people has consequences.
Your post is off topic, and bashes Microsoft for things not relevant. As for your previous posts, having modded comments, previous posts are pretty much impossible to find. Modding is based on the current comment.
I'm not a fan of Microsoft. I've been playing and working with computers since before Microsoft existed. I've posted on this thread. Canada is the party at fault, Microsoft is just responding to a stupid law.
I love bashing Microsoft, but the pickings have been slim lately, they're failing. They won't go out of business, but their clout is gone.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

chromaexcursion Re:The Canadian law doesn't apply to these (145 comments)

A security notice for a purchased product could be considered to be of a commercial nature.
Are you willing to bet the farm on it?
Your legal fees will be over $1,000,000 even if you win.
OH! and the idiot that sued you is penniless, forget recovery.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

chromaexcursion The Failure of good intentions. (145 comments)

Seemed like a good idea. I don't think so, but someone did.
What an absolute fail of a law.
It might work if the sender could reasonably presume that if the email address didn't end in .ca it wasn't a problem.
The cost. of defense is too high. Canada just screwed the pooch.

There may be a bright side. It will force international law to cross the internet. As this is a Canadian law, only addresses ending in .ca should matter. Of course that opens a much bigger can of worms.

Then again it could just result in an explicit opt in: I AM NOT A CANADIAN! If you check it an lie you are guilty of perjury. NO Canadians allowed.
Perhaps the future of an internet second class.

Of course I'm being melodramatic. But this law is melodramatic. Some idiot with no clue wrote it, and got it passed. It deserves derision.

about 2 months ago
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Improperly Anonymized Logs Reveal Details of NYC Cab Trips

chromaexcursion Re:Using a published hash - FAIL (192 comments)

well, you just described a way to tweak an algorithm.
wouldn't even have to go to a 256 bit key. Doing that into MD5 would probably foil anything less than a concerted financial attack.
No media outlet could afford the computing power to attack that.
I used the same approach, with some further tweaks to secure financial communications a decade ago.

Lack of understanding security doesn't surprise me. I'm an engineer who does. I designed and wrote a suite that passed a 3d party, hostile, security audit.

about 2 months ago

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DigitalGlobe Images it's newest Satellite launch

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  yesterday

chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "DigitalGlobe recently launched it's newest satellite, which features 31cm resolution (just over 12 inches).
The images were taken from another DigitalGlobe satellite. A neat way of demonstrating what you can do when you own multiple satellites.
The new satellite has the highest resolution imaging capability of any civilian satellite.
There's a good video of the launch at the bottom of the page http://time.com/3120150/satell..."

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Independance Day from big corporate campaign money

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about a month and a half ago

chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "This is Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig.

I am stunned.

In the last 24 hours, literally thousands of PCCC members responded to our call of Mayday! — and donated to our "Super PAC to end all Super PACs."

Our ambitious goal is to raise $5 million by the end of July 4, to declare our independence from the big-money funders who hold our democracy hostage. We have one day left!

We just passed $3.3 million raised. I don't know where we'll end up by midnight tomorrow, but between now and then, we need to give this everything we've got.

Can you watch our video explaining MayDay PAC — and with just one day left, chip in $3 to help take back our democracy?
http://act.boldprogressives.or...
This has always been a long shot. And until today, our shot was looking even longer.

But I'm seeing a glimmer of hope. Every minute, new people are coming in to save our democracy.

If you've been waiting to pledge, or learn more about this, now is the time.

Watch our MayDay PAC video. And chip in $3 or more to be part of history.

With hope,

Lawrence Lessig"

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Lawrence Lessig 2nd round of Mayday funding may not reach its goal

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about 2 months ago

chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "With 8 days to go Mayday's https://mayday.us/ 2nd round of funding is coming up short.
Recent stories in the news, such as http://www.newsweek.com/new-su... have highlighted this bold approach at campaign funding reform.
The first round had a goal of $1 million, and raised $1.2 million. The second round goal is $5 million, and is currently at a little under $2 million.
I first heard about Mayday from a slashdot story, during the first round of funding. Others might be interested in an up date."
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Thunderbird upgrade utter fail!

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about 2 months ago

chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "It will list all my mail boxes, but will only access one.
NOT the one I care about. multiple mailbox access is totally broken.
I had to delete the mailbox it wanted to use fortunately one that is backed up elsewhere.
Still can't access my other email accounts
Utter failure! (was so tempted to milk this story and say udder)
way to go guys"
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The current Slashdot comment system is terrible

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about 4 months ago

chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "The first comment or two get all the responces, even if they are stupid.
Most just add to the noise
Instead of defaulting to showing all comments, only showing the first comment for a thread; and in cases where the first comment was deemed to be flamebait not bothering to show the thread at all.
Looking at comments on a post over a few hours old is waste of time. Too much filtering the crap."
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SO. global warming doesn't kill....

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about a year ago

chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "Deadly forest fires are just one aspect of global warming.
Sandy was another one.
When will the average person connect the dots?
This is a horribly sad story. Too many things went wrong. Everyone involved on the ground is dead. Everyone should be screaming, WHY?
The people that put them there need to be investigated. If only to make sure it doesn't happen again.
Better to let the fire burn than kill so many firefighters.
The US southwest is a tinderbox, this will happen again."

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Aurora Borealis likely to be visible in southern NY and PA tonight

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about a year ago

chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "Several news source are reporting the likelihood of an impressive show of the Aurora Borealis visible as far south as even Washington DC this evening. NPR and AccuWeather http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/dazzling-northern-lights-antic-1/10107004 both have the story. Check the map, if you're in a fair to good zone head out after sunset to see the show."
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my bank is run by a bunch of idiots

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  more than 2 years ago

chromaexcursion writes "I can't use firefox or chrome to access this credit union's website. Each rejects it as a security risk.
I've sent several emails to the credit union, all ignored. I'm hoping a severe public outing will get a few idiots fired.
A good credit union (in the USA) is a good thing. Management that uses sites that have invalid SSL certs is abysmal.
How many other slashdot users have been faced with such profound idiocy?"

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