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Community-sourced news site, soylentnews.org, goes live

crutchy Re:It's alive (18 comments)

what bong smoking hippie came up with "SoylentNews"... even "CrapSlosh" would be better

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Options For Ongoing Education?

crutchy Re:Your degree will suffice. (149 comments)

but a degree is a foot in the door... it's proof that you meet the minimum requirements of a programmer (that's the assumption anyway)

it's very difficult to prove your worth without one... i develop software professionally but (legally) i can't demonstrate that software to a new employer so i'm limited to verbally describing how awesome it is.

about 9 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

crutchy Re:Untested? (357 comments)

i doubt there would be any risk of flow separation around a speed skater... they're fast... but they're not that fast

about 9 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

crutchy Re:Its too bad.. (357 comments)

Their medicinal chemists are very talented. Don't underrate them.

especially the ones imported from poorer countries

about 9 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

crutchy Re:Its too bad.. (357 comments)

V8 supercars... at least they know how to turn the steering wheel both ways

about 9 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

crutchy Re:Untested? (357 comments)

the suits were tested... the americans are just blaming the suits because they suck at speed skating

about 9 months ago
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Internet Censorship Back On Australian Agenda

crutchy Re:Really? (109 comments)

iinet will tell them to fuck off

about 9 months ago
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Linksys Routers Exploited By "TheMoon"

crutchy Re:Redirected to beta from RSS (134 comments)

try clicking the X in the top right corner of the browser window

or change the URL from beta.slashdot.org to www.slashdot.org

if you're on a mobile, not sure... you may be stuffed there, but slashdot has always been pretty shit on a mobile

about 9 months ago
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National Ignition Facility Takes First Steps Towards Fusion Energy

crutchy Re:Just spoke to Officer Oliver Dallas Police (127 comments)

lol sorry apk i just realized you weren't actually replying to my comment... apparently i haven't drunk enough coffee thismorning :-)

about 9 months ago
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National Ignition Facility Takes First Steps Towards Fusion Energy

crutchy Re:Just spoke to Officer Oliver Dallas Police (127 comments)

i'm not sure if you're the real apk or just an imposter, but you probably don't want me bringing up that old buggy python script of yours again eh? :-P

about 9 months ago
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National Ignition Facility Takes First Steps Towards Fusion Energy

crutchy Re:Temporal Control Circuits (127 comments)

As early as the 6th century, in the sub-Sahara, Moorish merchants routinely traded salt ounce for ounce for gold

i'm not sure how credible the article you linked is, but even your own source doesn't support your assertion that salt was more valuable than gold

about 9 months ago
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Rand Paul Files Suit Against Obama Over NSA's Collection of Metadata

crutchy Re:Rand Paul is the only honest politician left. (380 comments)

the tea party is a wing of the republican party, but it's because the tea party represent what the republican party represented years ago. the real problem is that establishment republicans are not what the republican party used to be in the days of robert taft... the republican party has lost its way, but not because of anything the tea party has done. the tea party has brought real fiscal responsibility to the forefront of politics where it needs to be in this age of spiralling sky high debt.

why do you think so many people look at establishment republicans and democrats as being basically the same? it's because they are the same... big government spenders... with some minor token differences on social issues that government shouldn't even be involved in.

The tea party (i.e. Republicans) were responsible for shutting down the government

at least you made it abundantly clear where you get your news from... Fox and CNN

the tea party didn't shut down the government at all.... that's just stupid. the tea party doesn't control government. the democrats in the whitehouse control the government. the government shutdown was political theatre by the democrats (and even establishment republicans working together against the tea party) because they are scared shitless of the tea party taking their congressional seats in the next election. house republicans passed bill after bill to fund almost all of the government... the democrats in the sentate not passing these piecemeal funding bills because they were afraid that they wouldn't get their beloved obamacare funded was the real political theatre.

you can pretend that the tea party shut down the government, but you can't stop more and more people from waking up to the realization of that being total bullshit.

The tea party is way far removed from being libertarian at this point. There is almost nothing libertarian about it anymore.

that's just nonsense... try turning off your tv and get out more to find out what the tea party is doing. most of the tea party follows ron paul, who is as libertarian as they come. of course Fox and CNN want you to think differently, but that's because they are controlled by the very people that are threatened by the tea party.

Do they understand that freedom means *not* defining marriage to be between one man and one woman?

the majority of the tea party movement doesn't concern itself with marriage because there are much bigger fish to fry... the government shouldn't be involved in deciding who can marry and who can't. the media focus on people who claim to be tea party followers talking about marriage are likely plants, and reporting by CNN and Fox is basically all propaganda.

the tea party continually highlight fiscal responsibility, sound money, putting a stop of empire building, renewing friendly trade ties with other nations, increasing government transparency and personal privacy, etc.

Fox and CNN will do anything they can to keep voters eyes off the ball, and for many (including yourself apparently) it is working.

about 9 months ago
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Rand Paul Files Suit Against Obama Over NSA's Collection of Metadata

crutchy Re:Rand Paul is the only honest politician left. (380 comments)

The leadership is not afraid

yes they are

why do you think we keep seeing internet regulation bills come up in congress?
tea party candidates are winning elections, pushing other republican and democrat candidates out... and their buddies are afraid it will happen to them
why do you think even some democrat candidates are turning their backs on obamacare or quitting altogether?
why do you think during the 2012 republican primary there were entire electorates excluded from the vote because they were full of ron paul supporters?
why do you think Fox and CNN repeatedly launch personal attacks on tea party and libertarian supporters and candidates because they're afraid of giving their political views any more publicity than they are already garnering on the internet?
why do you think bitcoin has gained traction?

tea party and libertarian supporters already know that CNN, Fox, etc are full of shit, and they are opening the eyes of many of their colleagues, friends and family at a rate that is alarming the establishment. obama is just a puppet... tea party followers direct their anger towards him, but only as a representative of a much bigger problem... and that is big government and the military industrial complex and banking cartel that it supports.

the establishment was fearful of ron paul and his supporters, and that fear of ron paul's legacy is obvious today

the leadership/establishment isn't afraid because of their positions today (yes they are raking in dollars) but they are scared to death of how quickly their power may be snatched from them

america is slowly but surely turning to shit, but many see this as the beginning of something better... not something to be afraid of.
the tyranny of big government is much worse than some uncertain tomorrow.

about 9 months ago
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Music Industry Is Keeping Streaming Services Unprofitable

crutchy Re:Cut Out The Middle Men (118 comments)

...or they just need to set themselves up in china and tell US record companies to fuck off

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

crutchy Re:Bad Analogy (716 comments)

you are obviously not an engineer

about 9 months ago
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Rand Paul Files Suit Against Obama Over NSA's Collection of Metadata

crutchy Re:Rand Paul is the only honest politician left. (380 comments)

the tea party also doesn't fear government... it is just fed up with it interfering with everything

frustration != fear

about 9 months ago
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Rand Paul Files Suit Against Obama Over NSA's Collection of Metadata

crutchy Re:Rand Paul is the only honest politician left. (380 comments)

My assertion is more that their movement seems to be driven by fear

i don't think so... i think fear is the tool of the republican and democrat parties

the tea party and the libertarian movements are increasing in popularity because they cut through the fear mongering by the duopoly

the only fear that the tea party instills is in republican and democratic politicians who fear losing their power

the tea party (like libertarians) isn't really left or right... it's just anti-big government

there are anarchists in the tea party, but the majority understands that government has a limited role to play in national defence (opposed to military interventionism and empire building) and some other things. there are different ideas, but that's healthy in any party and shouldn't be feared.

all the propaganda about the tea party shutting down government and threatening US default is just that... propaganda, and if anyone looks beyond what they see on Fox and CNN it's pretty obvious that the tea party is not the problem

about 9 months ago
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National Ignition Facility Takes First Steps Towards Fusion Energy

crutchy Re:Temporal Control Circuits (127 comments)

Salt was more valuable than gold. Many other spices as well

in what universe?

about 9 months ago
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National Ignition Facility Takes First Steps Towards Fusion Energy

crutchy Re:Temporal Control Circuits (127 comments)

elite/ruling class were the only ones with gold jewelry

well duh... the elite/ruling class were the only ones who could afford such a valuable commodity

I think I would stock up on salt like a mofo

there's nothing wrong with salt (or other spices) as a commodity... they just aren't as valuable as gold (pound for pound)

if someone with a pound of gold came up to you with your stockpile of salt, do you really think that pound of gold would only buy a pound of salt... in any scenario or any timeline?

about 9 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: Would Ron Paul have been the right man for President?

crutchy crutchy writes  |  about 10 months ago

crutchy (1949900) writes "Ron Paul's message of freedom and liberty is very compelling, and I am still a supporter of Ron Paul, but Stefan Molyneux explains why Ron Paul's election to POTUS would likely have been a setback for the libertarian movement.
There is shameless plugs and the usual ranting, but if you can see past that there is also an intelligent argument about the futility of trying to "reduce the power of the state by using the power of the state".
Libertarianism is a good thing on a personal level. "Freedom is a personal project" and not something you can contribute to my merely ticking a box on a ballot paper.
The state isn't merely some mindless out-of-control destructo-machine on a collision course to gobble up "We The People". You can't have some brave representative climb on board and turn it out of harms way. "[The state] isn't some inanimate object that you can get a hold of". "The state is an ecosystem of wildly invested self interest".
If Ron Paul were elected President and he "could somehow get Congress to do its thing and privatize the Post Office" for example, "the postal workers would go on strike and no welfare checks would be delivered and no social security checks would be delivered", etc and there would be massive social unrest till the state either backed down or took the postal workers to task with brute force, and if the latter occurred the impression of libertarianism ingrained in people's minds would be one of fascist state brutality.
Whilst I agree with a lot of Stefan's philisophical arguments, there are holes; in the case of the postal worker strike, the assumption that no welfare and social security checks would be delivered ignores the prevailence of electronic payments. I also doubt that his anarchy utopia is even remotely plausible; as Peter Schiff once responded to an anarchist interviewer, even in anarchy people band together to protect themselves and when people form social structures, authority takes shape (whether you call that authority "government" or not is irrelevent). Stefan argues that even if government could be would back to what the Founding Fathers envisioned, the clock would simply start ticking again towards what we have today, and he is no doubt right, but I would argue that even if you could completely eliminate government, the seeds of authority would re-emerge in humanity's natural tendency to socialize.
I personally think Ron Paul was a good presidential candidate (especially relative to everyone else). He may not have been able to achieve all of his goals, but some of them (such as bringing the troops home) are within powers of the President, and I think he would also have used the presidential veto power to block as much wasteful spending as could reasonably be expected. He also may have been able to lobby Congress to legalize competition to paper money, which would be an important first step in making the Federal Reserve irrelevant."

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Rebels admit responsibility for chemical weapons 'accident'

crutchy crutchy writes  |  about a year ago

crutchy (1949900) writes "In an interview with Dale Gavlak, a Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press and Mint Press News, Syrian rebels tacitly implied that they were responsible for last week’s chemical attack.

From numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families.many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan.

The rebels noted it was a result of an accident caused by rebels mishandling chemical weapons provided to them."

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Ask Slashdot: Are FEMA detention camps real? Does anyone on /. live near one?

crutchy crutchy writes  |  about a year ago

crutchy (1949900) writes "If they are real why is nobody kicking up a fuss? Is detention the New American Dream or something?"
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Feds own advisers admit US economy isn't recovering

crutchy crutchy writes  |  about a year and a half ago

crutchy (1949900) writes "The Federal Reserve Bank's own advisory council admits QE has made things worse for the US economy and that it may be difficult for the Fed to taper QE without causing further pain for consumers and businesses.

So I guess Peter Schiff is right... again... he was certainly not surprised by the findings of the FAC as you can see here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIyEKn6GEAs but the mainstream media continues the cliche that the US economy is "recovering", such as this White House mouthpiece: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/white-house-says-may-jobs-report-confirmation-economy-is-recovering-20130607-00357

So when interest rates eventually go up (as they inevitably must) and the Fed tapers QE (as it inevitably must) where will you be?"

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Is another financial collapse imminent in the United States?

crutchy crutchy writes  |  about a year and a half ago

crutchy (1949900) writes "Gold priced in US dollars going down, DJIA peaked and starting to fall... almost seems like 2008 all over. The cause may be different but the Fed may not be able to bail out the banks a second time, and increased Fed stimulus may drive up interest rates (already starting to rise) which would cripple the US government with interest repayments on the national debt.

http://www.thestreet.com/story/11942148/1/stocks-open-down-after-mixed-adp-jobs-report.html
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-06/home-loan-rates-near-4-send-buyers-scurrying-mortgages.html
http://www.bullionvault.com/gold-price-chart.do"

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"fiscal cliff" merely a distraction

crutchy crutchy writes  |  about 2 years ago

crutchy (1949900) writes "Is the "fiscal cliff" just a distraction? The real cliff would seem like a currency crisis as defined by the Triffin dilemma.

The US has enjoyed huge financial advantage and potential for more than half a century, but I really feel sorry for American youngsters, who are set to inherit a financial disaster the likes of which the world has never seen before.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triffin_dilemma"

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TPPA and ITAR?

crutchy crutchy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

crutchy (1949900) writes "A VP from the US Chamber of Commerce has said "the agreement would [include] restricting potential protectionism measures over... international data flows."

I wonder if this will mean restricting protectionism measures like ITAR?"

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Ask Slashdot: Should Bill O'Reilly be taken off the air?

crutchy crutchy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

crutchy (1949900) writes "No doubt millions of viewers watch Bill O'Reilly for two reasons:

1. because he's entertaining in the same way as a clown at a circus is. It's not what he says, it's how he berates his guests and loses it night after night. I'm sure he could increase his viewer ratings even more if he physically assaulted someone... maybe a grieving widow of a soldier killed in Iraq. Of course Bill has absolutely no idea that none of his viewers take him seriously as he's deluded in his egotistical fog and thinks he's God's gift to journalism, but that's also the reason why his brand of entertainment is so unique... his ignorance of the laughter that results from his outbursts is sort of analgous to the Truman Show in a way. The problem with comedians like John Stewart is that their humor is deliberate, whereas Bill is like a comedian that believes his own jokes, which is truly priceless and it's not surprising that Fox gave him a prime time slot.

2. because he gets on his soap box night after night and makes a complete fool of himself, and viewers watching feel better about themselves... his says something completely rediculous and I think "wow I would never say something as stupid as that, especially on TV" and it makes me feel better about the world I live in because if a twit like Bill O'Reilly can make it on television, anyone can

...but what about the children!?

If you're a parent who allows their children to watch his filth, you should be ashamed of yourself, but what about the parents that don't care (as mentioned by Bill when talking with Marylin Manson here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6n5Oi4714o)? Being as young and impressionable as they are, they may not realise that what spews out of Bill O'Reilly's mouth is complete and utter nonsense.

Should he be taken off the air... for the children?"

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Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) cracked

crutchy crutchy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

crutchy (1949900) writes ""Security researchers released two tools at the Defcon security conference that can be used to crack the encryption of any PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol) and WPA2-Enterprise (Wireless Protected Access) sessions that use MS-CHAPv2 for authentication."

"Marlinspike's advice to businesses and VPN providers was to stop using PPTP and switch to other technologies like IPsec or OpenVPN. Companies with wireless network deployments that use WPA2 Enterprise security with MS-CHAPv2 authentication should also switch to an alternative."

http://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram-1208.html#2"

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Corporate news is Nazi propoganda

crutchy crutchy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

crutchy (1949900) writes "Under the UN Charter it is the ultimate war crime for a nation to initiate an aggressive war against another country that has not attacked it or that does not pose an “imminent threat” of attack. And given that even Israeli and US intelligence officials concede that Iran is not at this time making a bomb, and thus cannot hope to have a working one even a year from now were they to begin a crash program, there is simply no imminent threat.

Not once, in any of these daily reports on the Iran “crisis,” has any report by these news organizations interviewed a source who could point out that, what is being discussed is the most serious of all war crimes.

What we are getting is not news. It is propaganda."

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Could Apple become the next SCO?

crutchy crutchy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

crutchy (1949900) writes "

If ever you needed an illustration of the absurdity of the U.S. patent system, just check out the four things Apple just sued Samsung for.

Also, from: http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-sues-samsumg-for-slide-to-unlock-2012-2

Apple Inc.’s newest lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co., set for a hearing May 2, increases the number of Samsung devices that Apple argues infringe its products.

The two companies have filed at least 30 lawsuits against each other.

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Ask Slashdot: Microsoft scam calls

crutchy crutchy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

crutchy (1949900) writes "Have you received a call from someone purporting to be from Microsoft? What have they asked you and what responses you have given? Can you offer any colorful ideas to others that may receive these calls in the future?"
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Thorium key to future base load electricity?

crutchy crutchy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

crutchy (1949900) writes "I was reading in an IEAust (http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/) magazine about the case for thorium as a fuel for nuclear power generation. While I generally support nuclear power for base load power generation, I'm aware of its risks and obstacles to widespread use particularly in Australia. On face value there appears to be a lot of promise in Thorium. There will always be those that oppose it of course (vested interest is a powerful motivator), but a quick Google search reveals that tehre doesn't seem to be that much negative publicity surrounding it yet; a story by The Guardian received many comments debunking the article (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/23/thorium-nuclear-uranium). For those that have never heard of it, have a squiz at Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorium#Thorium_as_a_nuclear_fuel). Keeping in mind the huge projected demand for energy in the future and that carbon is a naturally occurring substance (so treehuggers who think it should be illegal to fart need not reply, although NOx & SOx emissions should definitely be on the environmental agenda regarding current energy generation technologies), I'm interested to help get some debate/discussion about Thorium going on slashdot to see what arguments there are. No doubt there will be many armchair experts out there with strong opinions both ways, but as an engineer working in the power industry I want to hear both sides. This may well be flamebait, but the future of electricity generation is topical lately and important, so I don't think this sort of discussion is irrelevant. Who knows; maybe there is the odd politician reading that may have the balls to speak up (not likely but we can only hope)."
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Google buys Motorola's mobile phone division

crutchy crutchy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

crutchy (1949900) writes ""GOOGLE stepped up its assault on Apple by buying Motorola's smartphone business for $US12.5billion."

"The acquisition of Motorola Mobility is Google's biggest purchase to date and a deliberate move to bolster the adoption of its Android software, which is used in millions of mobile phones."

"The deal gives Google access to Motorola's patent trove — thought to be about 17,000- at a time when the fight for dominance in the highly lucrative smartphone market has descended into a patents war, with Microsoft and Apple suing Motorola and Google over a string of alleged patent infringements relating to Android.""

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