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NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs

ciscon this is why your workstation should be ancient (324 comments)

try snooping on my sparcstation classic running netbsd, i dare you. but ignore my crt please (http://www.newscientist.com/blog/technology/2007/04/seeing-through-walls.html)

1 year,13 days

How a MacBook Camera Can Spy Without Lighting Up

ciscon Did people not know this? (371 comments)

Especially considering that the firmware is loaded via a driver whenever the camera is activated (like many wireless chipsets), is this really news to anybody?

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Security, In Light of NSA Crypto-Subverting Attacks?

ciscon Comparatively (472 comments)

There are no guarantees, but I'm much more concerned with what Microsoft/Oracle/Cisco does than what Redhat, Ubuntu, or OpenBSD throws into their builds/source.

about a year ago

Ubuntu Developing Its Own Package Format, Installer

ciscon this has already been done, properly... (466 comments)

this is essentially what (http://nixos.org/) or (http://www.gobolinux.org/) do, though the former has much grander goals.

about a year and a half ago

Bennett's Whimsi-Geek Gift Guide For 2012

ciscon Re:My personal favourite (57 comments)

I have two of them, you get pretty good at 're-levitating' it after a while being that every time someone bumps into your desk it stops, definitely worth the trouble though. I do wonder why a van de graaf generator was left off the list though :-)

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Linux Game For Young Kids?

ciscon Chromium (338 comments)

Chromium is a good hand-eye game, you directly control a space-ship using the mouse. Reminds me of crystal quest on the mac, I still have an LC hooked up for that purpose.

more than 2 years ago

Placebos Work -- Even Without Deception

ciscon Placebos never work. Never. (430 comments)

Placebos never work, by definition.

"Something of no intrinsic remedial value that is used to appease or reassure another."

more than 4 years ago

OpenBSD 4.7 Released

ciscon Re:Bad timing... (143 comments)

as did i (sparcstation 5)... :-( good thing upgrading is easy.
and yes, you shouldn't have any difficulties.

more than 4 years ago

The Unfriendly Side of German Game Development

ciscon quake (176 comments)

remember when they outlawed quake? well we all know why... hitler played a lot of id games growing up - they don't want that to happen again.

more than 8 years ago



ciscon ciscon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ciscon (107483) writes "The FBI has a new enemy, the Mooninites from Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Apparently a dozen or so Mooninites were fashioned out of normal everyday materials and law enforcement thought that they were explosives. "Whoever did this — whether it be kids or adults — if they think it's funny, I think they'll soon learn it's not that much of a humorous situation." former FBI Director Bill Gavin told Fox News."




ciscon ciscon writes  |  more than 12 years ago

pikachu_likes_69s joined the room.

apostatebob: hello

pikachu_likes_69s: hi

apostatebob: so, what'd you come in here for?

pikachu_likes_69s: dunno

pikachu_likes_69s: lol

apostatebob: hehe

apostatebob: what religion are you?

pikachu_likes_69s: pagan

pikachu_likes_69s: wicca

apostatebob: ahh, the three-fold theory eh

pikachu_likes_69s: yup

pikachu_likes_69s: u?

apostatebob: hey, have a question for you- what is your explanation of the wiccan rede and it's relationship to farming animals?

apostatebob: I'm an apostate

pikachu_likes_69s: wots that-sounds rude-lol-sorry

apostatebob: apostate? or my question?

pikachu_likes_69s: yeh apostate

apostatebob: One who has abandoned one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause

apostatebob: hehe, I get that a lot

pikachu_likes_69s: atheist then? (kinda)

apostatebob: yeah, kind of- but I don't accept the axiom that "the idea of a supreme being is wrong"

pikachu_likes_69s: cool

pikachu_likes_69s: just been in a pentecostal chatroom-funny!!!

apostatebob: hahaha

apostatebob: did they speak in tongues for you?

pikachu_likes_69s: although i shouldnt mock other peoples beliefs-the things they were sayin!

apostatebob: fuck that, this is why we're in this channel- we can do all the mocking we want, and nobody will take it seriously (or shouldn't)

apostatebob: I try to keep it to a philosophical debate though

pikachu_likes_69s: cool-but the rede tells us to respect pther people and their beliefs

pikachu_likes_69s: tells me

apostatebob: yeah I know, doesn't tell me that though

pikachu_likes_69s: thats y i corrected myself

apostatebob: hehe'

pikachu_likes_69s: im not christian or anythin-thats not the way i work-lol-whoops

apostatebob: yeah I know

apostatebob: so, can you answer my question- all of my answers have been unacceptable

pikachu_likes_69s: yeh-wot was the q?

apostatebob: apostatebob: hey, have a question for you- what is your explanation of the wiccan rede and it's relationship to farming animals?

pikachu_likes_69s: i believe over cultivation is wrong-im not really in a position to defend the rede-im only a neophyte

wheesledeek joined the room.

pikachu_likes_69s: but everything in life has a purpose

pikachu_likes_69s: and they were born to be food-its a ll a cycle in the end anyway

apostatebob: most of your religion is composed of farmers in scottland and europe in general- who did this....

apostatebob: that's what I've always been told... but where do you draw the line?

wheesledeek left the room.

pikachu_likes_69s: different people have different views and different interpretations

pikachu_likes_69s: the line drawn isnt a straight one

apostatebob: so would cannibalism be condemned by your religion?

pikachu_likes_69s: in some factions its not no

apostatebob: then your religion isn't exactly universal

pikachu_likes_69s: no-because people arent universal

apostatebob: so what you consider to be "wrong" isn't "wrong" in another circle of the same religion?

pikachu_likes_69s: yeh-basically the main idea is "do what you want and harm none"

pikachu_likes_69s: so i dont believe in cannialism

pikachu_likes_69s: or anything like that

apostatebob: so if you murder someone, it comes back to you three fold- yet if someone else murders someone it may pay them positively three-fold?

pikachu_likes_69s: so because they have done harm-harm will be done to them

apostatebob: but they don't consider it "wrong"

pikachu_likes_69s: you'll have to ask them lol

pikachu_likes_69s: all i no is i wasnt born to eat human meat

pikachu_likes_69s: lol

apostatebob: hehe- but I'm not talking about their beliefs, you say that in some circles it may not be considered wrong, or bad...

pikachu_likes_69s: some circles do not believe in the 3fold laws

pikachu_likes_69s: and they tend to be towards the dark end of magick and ritual

pikachu_likes_69s: because of that

apostatebob: so would you believe that it would come back to them three fold anyways? or do you respect their belief that it won't

pikachu_likes_69s: i respect that they believe wot they believe but i think it will come back to them

apostatebob: in this life or the next?

pikachu_likes_69s: either

pikachu_likes_69s: i believe that souls dont live tho they exist because anything that lives has to die and souls dont die

pikachu_likes_69s: so the question of this life or next doesnt bother me at all

apostatebob: so it will happen to your soul- not your human form

pikachu_likes_69s: yes

apostatebob: does your soul have any effect on what your physical being does? if you have a inherently good soul, will you do good?

pikachu_likes_69s: yes-our bodies are only shells for our souls to act through

pikachu_likes_69s: am i making any sense to you?

apostatebob: so then someone that does good their entire life, from the beginning- would have an inherently good soul

apostatebob: yes

pikachu_likes_69s: cool

pikachu_likes_69s: yes-but there is no such thing as pure good and pure bad

pikachu_likes_69s: no white or black because nature isnt that way

apostatebob: so you're saying that someone that has a "very good" soul- can all of a sudden turn evil without any real decisions to do so, or a "will" if you will?

pikachu_likes_69s: we have free will-if that person wanted to do bad they could

apostatebob: but what if they didn't, what if they just did bad- for reasons other than the will to do so

pikachu_likes_69s: sorry-rephrase that...

pikachu_likes_69s: u mean they were forced to do bad?

pikachu_likes_69s: *if they were

apostatebob: okay- say I don't will to do bad, but I do bad anyways... not forced- okay you want an example?

pikachu_likes_69s: yeh sure

apostatebob: say I get into an automobile accident and it results in massive brain hemoraging- after this point I am clinically insane... I have no perception of right, wrong.. reality, unreality

apostatebob: and I go around and kill hundreds of people- why does my soul not influence my actions once free-will is removed from the equation

pikachu_likes_69s: sorry-wait amo-tryin to do sumin else at same time

apostatebob: k

pikachu_likes_69s: as i said-our bodies are only shells

pikachu_likes_69s: or souls see out through our bodies eyes

apostatebob: so, the souls don't actually effect what we do...

pikachu_likes_69s: no-but if we are seeing things through effected eyes then we have different pereptions of right and wrong

apostatebob: so, then would the person's actions effect the soul good or bad? say that the persons sees what they are doing as right-

pikachu_likes_69s: our souls arent accountable to flaws in a bodies mind and action-just like insane people in cournt cant be tried lke normal people

apostatebob: so, someone who has convinced themselves (their bodies) that muder is right, will not be effected?

pikachu_likes_69s: a soul knows for itself ultimately what is right and wrong

pikachu_likes_69s: cant convince itself otherwise

apostatebob: so, then it would come back to the soul negatively... even though the person did think that it was right?

pikachu_likes_69s: ur good at this lol

apostatebob: hehe

apostatebob: you see, there are inherent flaws and contradictions in your belief system

apostatebob: of course now is when you tell me "it's true to you"

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