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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

clam666 Phone Value (298 comments)

No one steals phones to use "the phone" with a new sim. Well, some people do, but they are a tiny tiny minority. The real value is stealing electronics is boxing them up and selling them by the kilo to "resource extractors" for the money. No one who makes this a side business gives a crap about your bricked phone.

Phones, depending on type and the resources in them, have a per kilo value. Like anything, it's volume volume volume.

This is totally about law enforcement stopping free communication. It will not stop theft in the slightest. Anyone telling you this has some deterrant about theft is an idiot at best and lying at worst.

about a week ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

clam666 Re: You dorks (418 comments)

I know that slashdot has windows popping all over with full streaming video sucking away all my bandwidth.

I know that I can't "window" the damn browser because it's busy floating on top of the article.

I know that it doesn't work on firefox on ubuntu.

I not know I will never ever buy a Duralast tire.

So yeah, they're manipulating and screwing up the content. I don't mind a static banner, or sidebar, and have in fact used advertising before. I don't mind supporting sites I frequent.

But this is bullshit. The experience is crap. How can HTML be this fucked up that you don't even test it with the latest, say, top 4 browsers?

about a month ago
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Critical Vulnerabilities In Web-Based Password Managers Found

clam666 brainpower (114 comments)

I just remember my passwords. As if someone else storing them is possibly safe.

about a month and a half ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

clam666 Re:Easier for Illuminati (468 comments)

Will they be using Nvidia drivers and DirectX?

about 1 month ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

clam666 harddrive (702 comments)

Of course I want to have a fully charged battery in my laptop, that way, when they ask me to power it on and show the BIOS, I have plenty of room to put the explosive where the HD was, and need the power to fire the detonator.

about 1 month ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

clam666 Re:Oh, absolutely .... (702 comments)

Or they're just bad people who go into positions of power with no chance of being fired because they're bullies and jackasses.

When I go through the security screening, I often notice how they're members of the intellectual proletariat, obviously rising up in revolution against the bourgeois pigs who have their foot on their neck as they try to do their performance art about how hard it is being poor. Clearly they are from the non-nobility, who has codified peerage laws specifically naming them as next in line for the throne.P>

about 1 month ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

clam666 Easier for Illuminati (468 comments)

At least now it will be easier for the planes to be flown into buildings without the pilots knowledge and no terrorists needed, by projecting a false camera view.

#911InsideJob #blessed #lolcats

about 1 month ago
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Is Time Moving Forward Or Backward? Computers Learn To Spot the Difference

clam666 Re:Sooo.... (78 comments)

Is that the only measure of success?

...and this is why the terrorists are winning. If you're in 'murica, get some Jesus. If you aren't, stop takin' meh jobs!

about 2 months ago
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Is Time Moving Forward Or Backward? Computers Learn To Spot the Difference

clam666 Sooo.... (78 comments)

This saves us from the terrorists how?

This sounds like the beginning of evil technology so that I can't use my DVR to skip commercials.

about 2 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

clam666 Re:No thanks (561 comments)

MENSA is for people who are insecure and conceited about their intelligence. An analogy I always use is the Club of Certified Badasses. What kind of badass would want to join that?

I hear they're pretty big on scientific racism too...they can have fun with that without me.

Wth is scientific racism? Do they refuse to research black body energy or something?

So it's a group of insecure people who are conceited, and you spend some amount of your waking hours constructing analogies for them.

And FYI? Chuck Norris is a certified bad-ass. That's who.

about 2 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

clam666 Re:Mensan here (561 comments)

I thought I was special until I realised there are 140 000 000 potential mensans on earth.

...and most of them are from China and India.

And the fact that I'm pretty good at guessing which dice should come after a serie of 4 other dice doesn't tell much about myself, and surely shouldn't be taken as a genius indicator.

You should use a Hidden Markov model. It'll free up your time.

about 2 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

clam666 Re:IF.. (561 comments)

They know how to control for controlling for economic and social factors? What?

You make sure the test is in both metric and imperial units, to make sure dark poor people will answer the questions since they deal with kilos and grams often because...um....never mind.

...sup.

about 2 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

clam666 Re:I.Q. is a flawed system of measurement. (561 comments)

People who boast about their I.Q. are losers. - Stephen Hawking

Said the man who is too stupid to operate a stairwell.

about 2 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

clam666 Re:What do they call their members? (561 comments)

Mensies?

It's pronounced, "Menses". You've gone and made a bloody mess of it.

about 2 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

clam666 Re:What's the big deal? (561 comments)

Before someone asks, yes, I am "Mensa material". I do IQ tests as a pastime. It's fun to watch shrinks stare in awe. So I could join them. As could, I'm certain, most people around here. Being in the 2% bracket isn't THAT difficult when you look at it. There are actually clubs out there with far tighter joining criteria. Also not really something I'd consider joining.

It isn't difficult to join. I mean, 50% of the population is below average intelligence and education. When you segment the rest up, you end up with a more focused test taker than the other handful of intelligent guys in the room. So unless you hang out regularly with the lower 50% in intelligence, you and most of your friends would probably be eligible.

I mean, let's be honest, why should I? Yes, it's fun to have a discussion with people who can think beyond next breakfast but it's no fun having them with people who consider themselves so "smart" and aloof to join a club that selects its members by intelligence. I mean, imagine you're good looking, would you want to join a club that only lets beautiful people join? Ponder what kind of self absorbed, shallow cunts such criteria attract. And then ponder whether you want to be part of that.

Mensa was started right after WW2, October 1, 1946. Television, cinema, media, culture was not like it is now. There were no cool internet billionaires. There were no movies showing how cool the nerds were if you just gave them a chance. You couldn't Facebook to find friends with your interests. Intelligence wasn't really part of the social fabric of the general population compared to today.

A high school might have a few HNICs (Head Nerds In Charge) who were beaten up, mocked, made fun of, and had their chess boards tipped over. Everyone else had probably been to war and/or in combat, and I'm going to assume most nerds didn't get that experience. They were isolated and alone. College wasn't like it is now when anyone can run up $100k in debt and join on ever lowering entrance requirements; not everyone could go into higher education in those days regardless of how smart they were. How were they going to hang out with people with their interests? Go to the bar with all the army guys talking about their experiences? Read comic books where pretty much the smart guys were all evil and beaten by the football-quarterback looking superhero? Go to a football game they might not have had an interest in?

People that tested in a particular bracket could join a group where there were other people like them. I don't think they were being snooty and laughing at everyone around them in the 1950s feeling superior. They weren't being shallow cunts who were the silicon valley hipsters of their day.

Mensa's constitution lists three purposes: "to identify and to foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity; to encourage research into the nature, characteristics, and uses of intelligence; and to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members".

Clearly a bunch of dicks.

And even more, ponder whether you want to spend at least part of your life with someone like that.

God forbid you want to spend time with someone you can talk to about things. This is why my primary measure of a partner is based on breast size and their understanding that a raised fist means to shut the hell up.

Either you'll have a completely broken person who snapped under the pressure of being the expected "pinnacle of intelligence", or you get the ultimate self-absorbed asshole, or a combination of both.

Or they're just some intelligent people who test well and get along fine with people and have learned how to handle social interactions?

about 2 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

clam666 Re:But people forget what MENSA concluded (561 comments)

Smartest guy I know wastes most of every day playing Xbox and smoking pot.

It's you isn't it. You're the pot smoker fragging me in CoD.

Your measure of intelligence is based on how many Doritos crumbs are scattered around?

about 2 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

clam666 Re:don't tell people you are in mensa (561 comments)

Whenever someone tells me they are in Mensa, I usually think, what a fuck head.

The first sign of intelligence is making immediate conclusions based on no relevant observations.

Not only did you care enough to jump through the hoops to join, but you are arrogant enough to want everyone to know you're a member.

I just submitted my GRE. I think I had to use the post office at some point.

In my case, I stuck a "Federal Bikini Inspector" card on the back of my Mensa card. It's more amusing that way and decreases the punching.

Instead, show me your intellect with witty conversation, keen understanding, and curiosity, and you won't be such an ass.

Have you considered buying a television?

about 2 months ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

clam666 Re:What choice do we have? (710 comments)

The really odd thing about this is I'm programming some hidden markov models right now.

Poorly.

about 2 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

clam666 Re:Why bother? (561 comments)

Yeah really. Everyone I know at the groups is married or capable of going to an RG or SIG if they MUST pair up with an accredited Mensan. I'm not sure where match.com improves anything.

about 2 months ago

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Threats Posted On Your Own Facebook Page Are Crimes, Florida Court Rules

clam666 clam666 writes  |  about a year ago

clam666 (1178429) writes "In an apparent first in Florida law, a state appeals court ruled this week that posting threats on one’s personal Facebook page can be prosecuted under state law.

The 1st District Court of Appeal decided in a criminal case that a Facebook post could be considered a “sending” for the purposes of the “sending written threats to kill or do bodily harm” law, a second-degree felony. In the ruling "When a person composes a statement of thought, and then displays the composition in such a way that someone else can see it, that person has completed the first step in the Wise court’s definition of 'sending'."

The pertinent quote in question:

“FUCK my [relative] for choosin to be a lesbian and fuck [the partner] cuz you’re an ugly ass bitch . . . if you ever talk to me like you got a set of nuts between your legs again . . . I’m gonna fuck you up and bury your bitch ass. U wanna act like a man. I’ll tear the concrete up with your face and drag you back to your doorstep. U better watch how the fuck you talk to people. You were born a woman and you better stay one.”

Even though the Appellant didn't directly send anything to the person directly, because it was posted on his own page, then therefore the thought appears to be sent. As if THIS won't be a stepping stone to more fun rulings."
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Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with a Novel Coronavirus

clam666 clam666 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

clam666 (1178429) writes "CDC and WHO Health officials identified a new virus that has sickened at least 14 people worldwide, killing eight.

The coronavirus, clinically and genetically similar to SARS, known as hCoV-EMC, is correlated with an unexplained respiratory illness after traveling to the Arabian peninsula or neighboring countries."

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Washington confirms Chinese hack attack on White House computer

clam666 clam666 writes  |  about 2 years ago

clam666 (1178429) writes "White House sources partly confirmed an alarming report that U.S. government computers — reportedly including systems used by the military for nuclear commands — were breached by Chinese hackers.

I mostly submitted it because I just loved the phrase "The attack originated in the form of a spear phish, which involves a spoofed inbound email with either a link to a malicious website or a weaponized document attachment such as a .pdf, Microsoft Excel file or Word document"

Damn those weaponized Excel files."
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Sabotaging the Workplace CIA style

clam666 clam666 writes  |  about 2 years ago

clam666 (1178429) writes "The 1944 Strategic Services Field Manual is declassified by the CIA, with its intent being to show how to teach saboteurs how to disrupt the enemy. The goal being do cause as much disruption as possible.

Around page 28 it gives gems for management and empployee sabotage including "Insist on doing everything through
'channels.' Never permit short-cuts to be taken
in order to expedite decisions.", "When training new workers, give incomplete
or misleading instructions.", "If possible, join or help organize a group
for presenting employee problems to the management.
See that the procedures adopted are
as inconvenient as possible for the management,
involving the presence of a large number of
employees at each presentation, entailing more
than one meeting for each grievance, bringing
up problems which are largely imaginary, and
so on.", and my favorite, "Act stupid."

It seems like where I work the used this as the basis of the employee handbook."

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Sea Ice Ends Year at Same Level as 1979

clam666 clam666 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

clam666 (1178429) writes "Thanks to a rapid rebound in recent months, global sea ice levels now equal those seen 29 years ago, when the year 1979 also drew to a close.

Earlier this year, predictions were rife that the North Pole could melt entirely in 2008. Instead, the Arctic ice saw a substantial recovery. Bill Chapman, a researcher with the UIUC's Arctic Center, tells DailyTech this was due in part to colder temperatures in the region. Chapman says wind patterns have also been weaker this year. Strong winds can slow ice formation as well as forcing ice into warmer waters where it will melt.

Why were predictions so wrong? Researchers had expected the newer sea ice, which is thinner, to be less resilient and melt easier. Instead, the thinner ice had less snow cover to insulate it from the bitterly cold air, and therefore grew much faster than expected, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center

In May, concerns over disappearing sea ice led the U.S. to officially list the polar bear a threatened species, over objections from experts who claimed the animal's numbers were increasing.

On a personal note, I, for one, hopefully welcome our new polar bear overlords."

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