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Indian Court Orders Google To Remove Content

countertrolling Re:Reasonable decision (477 comments)

Remember when they actually believed in their whole First Amendment thing? Yeah, that hasn't been the case since Nixon apparently.

That hasn't been the case since Adams. The 1st Amendment has always been toothless. But notice you don't necessarily need an Internet to make yourself heard. It certainly isn't helping much now.

more than 2 years ago
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what is going on

countertrolling https! (4 comments)

You have to go https://slashdot.org/users.pl

I don't know how much longer it will last. They're really messing up the site bad. Search is completely belly up. Can't access my (or anybody else's) journal list anymore. The old edit page is gone. You have to click on a "pretty widget". Christ! How infantile can they get?

See if sending a complaint to http://slashdot.org/~PerlJedi/journal/ gets any results (I can think of a hundred "alternative" names for him right now. "Jedi" isn't one of them). I highly doubt it, but it's a place for me to vent.

more than 2 years ago
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Mozilla

countertrolling Re:Moo (9 comments)

I'm more inclined to believe it is written by the new Slashdot programmers. But good ol' Seamonkey is still the best browser going. A complete all in one package, and now hardly any bigger than Firefox..

more than 2 years ago
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Another year, another fail in Super Bowl commercials

countertrolling How about the half-time show? (2 comments)

Was it any better than last year's atrocity?

more than 2 years ago
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Slashdot Replatforming Complete

countertrolling And another thing... (26 comments)

You completely broke "Search". I am under the assumption you just want us to use Google from now on.

more than 2 years ago
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So.. What's up with the dollar?

countertrolling Re:New Crew, Same Old Crappy Methods (10 comments)

...the page renders differently on each machine I use...

Even on the same machine with different browsers. On IE8 or 9, the button for the preference page isn't there. I have to kill all the cookies. For some reason that 'fixes' it. The only way for uncensored search is to run your own crawler. All the others have been compromised by the authorities and the advertisers.

I know of no other place with the permanence of Slashdot. It's the only site I am aware of that etches the comments in stone, the way it should be. If/when that goes, there's no reason to hang anymore.

more than 2 years ago
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What a shame

countertrolling Re:Damn! Can't we edit our journals anymore? (4 comments)

...are they trying to run us all off?

Sure looks like it. When you see crap like, "just click pretty widgets to kill time." You know the dumbing down has begun in earnest. And the 'fortunes' at the bottom of the page! My god!...

It seems that they're after a different audience these days.. a bunch of youngins who want nothing but bling. This is the path of Internet 2.0 for the general public. Keep 'em stupid and horny, so they don't rebel.

more than 2 years ago
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Using Crowdsourcing To Design More Accessible Elections

countertrolling The best form of crowdsourcing (147 comments)

Get a bunch of people together in a room to count the paper ballots.

more than 2 years ago
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So.. What's up with the dollar?

countertrolling Re:New Crew, Same Old Crappy Methods (10 comments)

Yeah, I just went and fired off a comment about it... These new kids, they know nothing. I wish they'd just go work somewhere else... but not before restoring the old site

more than 2 years ago
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Slashdot Replatforming Complete

countertrolling Better Service? I don't think so (26 comments)

You took away a lot of functions and actually made things much worse. Adding and editing journals is a bigger pain than it ever was. I can't see the list of journals without spending half the day clicking more, more, more... I used to be able to see all of everybody's journals and edit/delete all of mine with a simple http://slashdot.org/journal.pl?op=list&uid=2406408 (or any user ID), but you killed it.. Why? Why doesn't http://slashdot.org/users.pl work any more? I guarantee you that this is not 'better service'. It certainly isn't slowing down the spammers any. I can only hope you won't start allowing comments to be edited/deleted. Believe me, this isn't helping at all.

more than 2 years ago
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Ex-FCC Chair: Spectrum Plan "Single Worst Telecom Bill I've Seen"

countertrolling Government functionaries (63 comments)

Can never be honest during their terms of office. It's always after they retire and lose the chance to change anything. Heh, as if they really give a damn.

more than 2 years ago
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So.. What's up with the dollar?

countertrolling Re:I can stil edit journals (10 comments)

D'oh!

For login try

https://slashdot.org/users.pl

That's where the old Add journal button used to be, but it's gone now. And I guess I actually have to manually tag the JE to get the icon I want, instead of using the nice pull-down list we used to have..

more than 2 years ago
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So.. What's up with the dollar?

countertrolling Re:I can stil edit journals (10 comments)

:-) Maybe you'll want to take another look at that picture.. Anyway I found the edit button, but it's still not the same page. These people are really mucking things up. I don't want to, but maybe I have to turn off D2

more than 2 years ago
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Gravity Well

countertrolling Re:Petty Humans (3 comments)

It may seem like complex human behavior, but it's really just part of the natural desire for domination. The motivation couldn't be simpler. The singularity that connects everything in this universe. We are not unique.

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The Destruction of Iraq's Once-Great Universities

countertrolling Re:Do they ? (444 comments)

Do they?

Who funded Al Queda?

Who funded the Muslim Brotherhood?

Who funded the Islamic terrorist network all around the world?

That's how they play ball. Their 'funds' provide plausible deniability for the west. It enables the 'our' governments to keep an iron fist on us, imposing austerity, while maintaining their little charade of 'freedom'. Turns out perpetual war is very good business.

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German Government Endorses Chrome As Most Secure Browser

countertrolling Re:Silent updates? Secure? No! (174 comments)

"Maximizing our Interweb experience", eh? You guys are hilarious.. The stuff is still spyware.. for advertisers and government alike...

more than 2 years ago
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German Government Endorses Chrome As Most Secure Browser

countertrolling Silent updates? Secure? No! (174 comments)

And I notice all the other posts mentioning that Google products are spyware are getting modded down. No surprise there. Watch what happens to this one. Why do think their stuff is 'free'?

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

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Partial Panel Panic

countertrolling countertrolling writes  |  more than 3 years ago

countertrolling (1585477) writes "A normal part of every pilot's training consists of 'flying under the hood', where a hood that looks like a way oversized ball cap is placed on your head so that all you can see is the instrument panel. And during this phase, the instructor will cover up some of the instruments to simulate their failure.. However, under actual conditions, all this training seems for naught in the resulting loss of situational awareness, one of the single biggest causes of incidences of every kind, not just in the cockpit. So here we have the preliminary findings of Air France 447.. If this is true, I would consider it a major failure of the training process itself. It's time to make these guys sweat a little bit more in the simulators to burn this into their heads in a more permanent fashion, until they can learn how to fly with only the magnetic compass and a pencil hanging from the ceiling... and keep it together when the stewardess reports that the coffee maker is broken"
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Ask Slashdot: What is the maid's name?

countertrolling countertrolling writes  |  more than 3 years ago

countertrolling (1585477) writes "With all this talk about Chinese (or name your favorite dictator) censorship, I have to ask why Google is keeping this off its pages.. Who has this kind of power? This is the mystery of the month."
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TSA Mandates GA 'Self-Pat-Down' Program

countertrolling countertrolling writes  |  more than 3 years ago

countertrolling (1585477) writes "In a compromise measure that attempts to balance calls for increased security in GA operations against the individual liberties of GA pilots, Pistole announced that new self-administered pat-down program would be mandatory in the very near future. Acceptance has been (at best) mixed within the GA community. While most pilots knew that enhanced steps were going to be forthcoming from TSA, as a 'necessary counter' to security threats, most complain that the new procedures go too far.
*GA =General Aviation"
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Internet 'kill switch' attached to defense bill?

countertrolling countertrolling writes  |  more than 4 years ago

countertrolling (1585477) writes ""A federal cybersecurity bill that critics say creates a presidential "kill switch" for the Internet could be added on to a defense spending bill and passed without much debate, technology news sources report.

Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE), one of the sponsors of the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, told GovInfoSecurity.com that the Senate is considering attaching the bill as a rider to a defense authorization bill likely to pass through Congress before the mid-term elections.

"It's hard to get a measure like cybersecurity legislation passed on its own," Carper said.

Carper, along with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), introduced the bill in June in an effort to combat cyber-crime and the threat of online warfare and terrorism. Critics say the bill would allow the president to disconnect Internet networks and force private websites to comply with broad cybersecurity measures. Future US presidents would have those powers renewed indefinitely."

I see no point in even arguing about it. The vast majority does not care.. any more than it does about the wars, the corruption, the patriot act, the wiretapping, the new x-ray vans... The government already has the authority to do this. They just want to codify it into law... For appearances more than anything else. So I suggest that you all just lie down and enjoy it. There is no one with the power that's even remotely interested in putting a stop to it."
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U.S. To Train 3,000 Offshore IT Workers

countertrolling countertrolling writes  |  more than 4 years ago

countertrolling (1585477) writes "Despite President Obama's pledge to retain more hi-tech jobs in the U.S., a federal agency run by a hand-picked Obama appointee has launched a $22 million program to train workers, including 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions, in South Asia.

Following their training, the tech workers will be placed with outsourcing vendors in the region that provide offshore IT and business services to American companies looking to take advantage of the Asian subcontinent's low labor costs."
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Man Claims Ownership of Facebook

countertrolling countertrolling writes  |  more than 4 years ago

countertrolling (1585477) writes ""A New York judge has issued a temporary restraining order restricting the transfer of Facebook Inc.'s assets, following a suit by a New York man who claims to own an 84% stake in the social-networking company.

Paul D. Ceglia filed a suit in the Supreme Court of New York's Allegany County on June 30, claiming that a 2003 contract he signed with Facebook founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg entitles him to ownership of the company and monetary damages...

In his suit, Mr. Ceglia claims he signed a contract with Mr. Zuckerberg on April 28, 2003, to develop and design a website, paying a $1,000 fee but getting a 50% stake in the product. The contract stipulated that Mr. Ceglia would get an additional 1% interest in the business for every day after Jan. 1, 2004, until it was completed...

A copy of the contract seen by The Wall Street Journal says it is "for the purchase and design of a suitable website for the project Seller [Mr. Zuckerberg] has already initiated that is designed to offer the students of Harvard university [sic] access to a wesite [sic] similar to a live functioning yearbook with the working title of 'The Face Book.'"

The date of the contract appears to conflict with previous accounts of the creation of Facebook. Mr. Zuckerberg built a predecessor to Facebook called Facemash in October and November 2003, but Mr. Zuckerberg didn't register the domain thefacebook.com until January 2004...

  Victor P. Goldberg, who teaches contracts at Columbia University's Law School, said the Facebook contract lawsuit may get tripped up by the statute of limitations, which is six years in New York.

He also said the contract itself was unusual, because it doesn't stipulate what else Mr. Zuckerberg would have gotten from Mr. Ceglia aside from $1,000."

Evidently this Ceglia is an interesting character

"In 2009, New York's Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo accused Mr. Ceglia of defrauding customers of his wood-pellet fuel company, according to a news release from the Attorney General's office.

The state claimed that he took more than $200,000 from consumers and then failed to deliver any products or refunds.""
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Dude, where's my mouse?

countertrolling countertrolling writes  |  more than 4 years ago

countertrolling (1585477) writes "...researchers at MIT have found a method to let users click and scroll exactly the same way they would with a computer mouse, without the device actually being there.

Cup your palm, move it around on a table and a cursor on the screen hovers. Tap on the table like you would click a real mouse, and the computer responds. It’s one step beyond cordless. It’s an invisible mouse.

The project, called “Mouseless,” uses an infrared laser beam and camera to track the movements of the palm and fingers and translate them into computer commands...

A working prototype of the Mouseless system costs approximately $20 to build, says Pranav Mistry, who is leading the project."
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Judge Rejects Approval of Biotech Sugar Beets

countertrolling countertrolling writes  |  more than 5 years ago

countertrolling writes "A federal judge has ruled that the government failed to adequately assess the environmental impacts of genetically engineered sugar beets before approving the crop for cultivation in the United States. The decision could lead to a ban on the planting of the beets, which have been widely adopted by farmers.
Beets supply about half the nation's sugar, with the rest coming from sugar cane. About 10,000 farmers grow about 1.1 million acres of sugar beets, Mr. Markwart said. That makes it a small crop compared to staples like soybeans and corn.

The Agriculture Department did conduct an environmental assessment before approving the genetically engineered beets in 2005 for widespread planting. But the department concluded there would be no significant impact, so a fuller environmental impact statement was not needed.

But Judge White said that the pollen from the genetically engineered crops might spread to non-engineered beets. He said that the "potential elimination of farmer's choice to grow non-genetically engineered crops, or a consumer's choice to eat non-genetically engineered food" constituted a significant effect on the environment that necessitated an environmental impact statement.

In March, Judge White had asked the federal government if the Obama administration would take a different stance in the case than the Bush administration had. The new administration said there would be no change.

There's still hope, isn't there? That we can at least get this stuff labeled properly?"

Journals

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Best example of Moderation abuse yet... by an employee no less!

countertrolling countertrolling writes  |  more than 2 years ago

as evidenced here. Around 34 'demerits' on that page and 15-20 more previous comments. Thanks PerlJudi. How long before you delete this one? Spammers galore, but criticism is not tolerated here. Now we have censorship without the court order.

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So.. What's up with the dollar?

countertrolling countertrolling writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Been dropping all last week.. Wonder if I'll reading about it all next week..

Somebody.. please.. help me find the old edit page Or at least something that lets me change the topic icon. http://slashdot.org/journal.pl?op=edit doesn't work anymore

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What a shame

countertrolling countertrolling writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Little by little Slashdot continues to remove some of its better functions. I can no longer list all the journals on a single page which used to be, http://slashdot.org/journal.pl?op=list&uid=(user id).. and bit by bit the http://slashdot.org/users.pl is losing its usefulness also. The all important "Edit/Delete journals" isn't there any more... Changing tags is a pain in the ass... Bound to happen, I guess, as the bean counters take it deeper into the abyss. Just can't leave a good thing alone. Probably won't be long before comments will be deleted... That will mark the end

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tl;dr

countertrolling countertrolling writes  |  more than 2 years ago

But I do agree that <No one should ever work>

UPDATE: linked to source. And decided to throw in this choice quote.
Marxists think we should be bossed by bureaucrats. Libertarians think we should be bossed by businessmen. Feminists don't care which form bossing takes so long as the bosses are women. Clearly these ideology-mongers have serious differences over how to divvy up the spoils of power. Just as clearly, none of them have any objection to power as such and all of them want to keep us working.

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Happy Solstice everyone

countertrolling countertrolling writes  |  more than 2 years ago

And remember.. Only 365 more shopping days before the end of the world. So come to our blow out sale! Everything must go!

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Political fanbois

countertrolling countertrolling writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I swear, a couple of you guys read just like those morons over there at democratic underground, worshiping your party like a damn Reaganite praying to his picture on the wall. Well I got news for you all, under the present system, civil liberties, justice, respect for life, etc. etc. etc. is comatose, if not completely dead. It's well past time you people wake up. Tear yourselves away from your books for half a second and go see life in the street. Go outside and smell the stench of the bodies dumped in the underpass. Then, by all means, please dig them a grave and give them a decent burial. At the very least, keep your damn wars away from paradise. We don't need that shit.

Now, if you're just saying all this crap to manipulate the odds with your bookies, then I apologize in advance, but if you actually believe this stuff, then you are indeed an idiot, or worse.

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:-) The bomber's back!

countertrolling countertrolling writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I was beginning to wonder where you've bean... Thanks for all the love. I won't forget to put roses on your grave. But you only passed me four. Where'd you use the other one? Now I'm jealous...

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You never change things by fighting the existing reality.

countertrolling countertrolling writes  |  more than 3 years ago

To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. - R. Buckminster Fuller

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the most disastrous president in our history

countertrolling countertrolling writes  |  more than 3 years ago

< in terms of civil liberties >...

... perhaps the biggest blow to civil liberties is what he has done to the movement itself. It has quieted to a whisper, muted by the power of Obama's personality and his symbolic importance as the first black president as well as the liberal who replaced Bush. Indeed, only a few days after he took office, the Nobel committee awarded him the Nobel Peace Prize without his having a single accomplishment to his credit beyond being elected. Many Democrats were, and remain, enraptured.

It's almost a classic case of the Stockholm syndrome, in which a hostage bonds with his captor despite the obvious threat to his existence. Even though many Democrats admit in private that they are shocked by Obama's position on civil liberties, they are incapable of opposing him. Some insist that they are simply motivated by realism: A Republican would be worse. However, realism alone cannot explain the utter absence of a push for an alternative Democratic candidate or organized opposition to Obama's policies on civil liberties in Congress during his term. It looks more like a cult of personality. Obama's policies have become secondary to his persona.

Ironically, had Obama been defeated in 2008, it is likely that an alliance for civil liberties might have coalesced and effectively fought the government's burgeoning police powers. A Gallup poll released this week shows 49% of Americans, a record since the poll began asking this question in 2003, believe that "the federal government poses an immediate threat to individuals' rights and freedoms." Yet the Obama administration long ago made a cynical calculation that it already had such voters in the bag and tacked to the right on this issue to show Obama was not "soft" on terror. He assumed that, yet again, civil libertarians might grumble and gripe but, come election day, they would not dare stay home.

Well, yeah, that's how it's supposed to work. Whoever you elect, make sure (s)he's a lizard.

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