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Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill

cultiv8 Re:Actually, the edits look good! (95 comments)

And then there's this edit added to Lyndon LaRouche's page:

He is also a disinformation agent funded by the Kremlin.

Source

about 3 months ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

cultiv8 Re:Sorta plausible (346 comments)

No, it's not plausible, this is another example of the US gov't trying to discredit Snowden. Here are some facts:

Based on the limited google search I did, and this article sums nicely, it seems more like Russia was monitoring Snowden as early as 2007 and then this Boris guy made some pretty outlandish claims about the monitoring.

about 4 months ago
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Gen. Keith Alexander On Metadata, Snowden, and the NSA: "We're At Greater Risk"

cultiv8 Sign (238 comments)

Well worth the watch if you have the time, gives a very good overview of how the NSA amassed as much power as it has: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/...

about 4 months ago
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L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

cultiv8 Re:Yeah, sure. (253 comments)

I suspect there is a secondary motive here, the science teacher was also the teachers' union representative and had been dealing with disagreements with administrators over updating the employment agreement. His suspension removed him from those discussion. Source and quote:

Schiller, 43, also was the teachers union representative on the campus and had been dealing with disagreements with administrators over updating the employment agreement under which the faculty works. His suspension, with pay, removed him from those discussions.

about 5 months ago
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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

cultiv8 Misleading title (287 comments)

From page 43 of the actual report (and not a report of a report of the report):

While across the ecosystem, 44% of jobs do not require a Bachelor’s degree, the majority of tech jobs in tech industries require some degree of education. With a Bachelor’s degree, and in some cases, an Associate’s degree, many opportunities exist within the New York City tech ecosystem.

about 6 months ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

cultiv8 Re:How much peanut butter? (440 comments)

million jars of peanut butter

Jars of peanut butter come in many different sizes. Could you please convert the amount to Olympic Sized Swimming Pools? Thanks.

42. You're welcome.

about 6 months ago
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Jimmy Carter: Snowden Disclosures Are 'Good For Americans To Know'

cultiv8 Snail Mail Schmail Mail, there's a patent for that (289 comments)

"For the last two or three years, when I want to write a highly personal letter to a foreign leader, or even some American leaders, I hand-write it and mail it, because I feel that my telephone calls and my email are being monitored, and there are some things I just don’t want anybody to know except me and my wife."

Image detecting apparatus and method for reading and or verifying the contents of sealed envelopes

about 6 months ago
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Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

cultiv8 CSS variables? (256 comments)

Been doing that in SASS since 2007, browser support not required.

about 6 months ago
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Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

cultiv8 Re:So (373 comments)

The DNS cache is scanned to compare visited IPs against IPs that are known for cheating. Are you saying it is more likely Valve keeps a list of known IPs on your local machine? I doubt that, it would be trivial to modify a list of local hashes to prevent being detected.

about 7 months ago
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German Chancellor Proposes European Communications Network

cultiv8 Re: So... (197 comments)

So everyone gets their own great firewall.

about 8 months ago
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California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps

cultiv8 Re:All the cyberlibertarian rage... wrong question (374 comments)

So, what does compliance involve? That's the first question we should be asking.

No, the first question we should be asking is why regulators are targeting these specific companies and not going after companies that provide 2-3 day training seminars that frequently cost the same amount.

about 8 months ago
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California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps

cultiv8 Re:If they charge $15,000 for a ten week course... (374 comments)

My spouse's employer recently paid that amount for a 2 day SAP course, and I'm pretty sure CA regulators are not going after the company providing the SAP course.

about 8 months ago
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California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps

cultiv8 Re:California (374 comments)

If you're charging someone $15000 for a 10 week course

My spouse's employer recently paid that amount for a 2 day SAP course, and I'm pretty sure CA regulators are not going after the company providing the SAP course.

promising jobs at companies "like Facebook and Google,"

I do not see a promise or guarantee of employment anywhere in the article or in a brief search of their websites.

about 8 months ago
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The Math of Gamification

cultiv8 Alright. (36 comments)

So it's logistic regression, kinda.

about 9 months ago

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California regulator seeks to shut down 'learn to code' bootcamps

cultiv8 cultiv8 writes  |  about 8 months ago

cultiv8 (1660093) writes "The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), a unit in the California Department of Consumer Affairs charged with licensing and regulating postsecondary education in California, is arguing that 'learn to code' bootcamps fall under its jurisdiction and are subject to regulation. In mid-January, BPPE sent cease and desist letters to Hackbright Academy, Hack Reactor, App Academy, Zipfian Academy, and others. Unless they comply, these organizations face imminent closure and a hefty $50,000 fine. A BPPE spokesperson said these organizations have two weeks to start coming into compliance."
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Twitter blocks website supporting Phil Robertson Following anti-gay comments

cultiv8 cultiv8 writes  |  about 9 months ago

cultiv8 (1660093) writes "Social network giant Twitter has reportedly blocked users from tweeting the phrase "iStandWithPhil.com," a hashtag representing the petition drive to have Phil Robertson reinstated to A&E's "Duck Dynasty" reality show. Robertson was indefinitely suspended from the show last week after he described homosexuality as a sin in an interview with GQ Magazine. The organization running the organization does not know why it is being blocked, as a diagnostic page says the site "has not hosted malicious software over the past 90 days.""
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The "Global Internet Slowdown" is a Lie

cultiv8 cultiv8 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

cultiv8 (1660093) writes "

You might've read some headlines recently—in very reputable publications—saying that there's an online attack underway. The biggest in history. Enough to slow down the internet. This would be exciting and scary, except it's just not true.

Well it was an easy excuse for slow download speeds."
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Google selects 8,000 Glass Explorer Winners

cultiv8 cultiv8 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

cultiv8 (1660093) writes "

Google has picked out 8,000 people who will be given a chance to don a pair of Internet-connected glasses and make a fashion statement likely to be envied by gadget-loving geeks around the world. The pool selected by Google won a contest conducted last month requiring U.S. residents to submit 50-word applications through Twitter or Google’s Plus to explain how they would use a technology that is being hailed as the next breakthrough in mobile computing. Google Inc. began notifying the winners Tuesday.

I'm a winner as long as I wasn't disqualified."
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Teacher Fired for Refusing to Make Students Buy E-Textbooks

cultiv8 cultiv8 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cultiv8 (1660093) writes "

Wanting to save his students some money, rather than requiring them to buy an e-book he considered “redundant” and “irrelevant,” he left all texts off his syllabus and is now out of a job because of it. Tracy, who has previously never required books for his Photoshop class, was informed by school administrators that all teachers must require e-book purchases from their students as part of a new school policy. When Tracy refused to adhere to that policy, he received a letter dated last Tuesday, August 10, from school president Gregory Marick, who issued this ultimatum: "As you have been previously informed, you are required to utilize an eBook from the listFailure to comply with this directive will result in your immediate termination of employment for insubordination." The teacher refused, and was fired August 14.

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Microsoft Patents 'Avoid Ghetto' Feature For GPS D

cultiv8 cultiv8 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cultiv8 (1660093) writes "Microsoft has been granted a patent for its “avoid ghetto” feature for GPS devices.

Created for mobile phones, the technology uses the latest crime statistics and weather data and includes them when calculating a route."

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Science Fiction-Themed Brothel Opening Soon

cultiv8 cultiv8 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cultiv8 writes "The important details regarding the working women are still being hashed out, such as whether or not to paint the women green to resemble Orion Slave Girl characters from Star Trek.

However Hof tells CBS Las Vegas that for the clients he is reaching out “to everyone, all the Star Wars fans and Trekkies,” and cater to all flavors of geek fantasy.

Hof also hopes to collaborate with science fiction icons such as William Shatner – known better to his prospective clients as “Captain Kirk.”"

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Ask Slashdot: Someone is licensing code I wrote un

cultiv8 cultiv8 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cultiv8 (1660093) writes "I am a developer and released some code at one point under GPLv2. It's nothing huge, a small Drupal module that integrates a Drupal e-commerce system (ie. Ubercart) with multiple Authorize.net accounts, very useful for non-profits. Earlier today I discovered that a Drupal user was selling the module from their website for $49 and claiming it was their custom-made module. IANAL but my perspective is this violates both the spirit and law of GPLv2, most specifically clause 2-b:

You must cause any work that you distribute or publish, that in whole or in part contains or is derived from the Program or any part thereof, to be licensed as a whole at no charge to all third parties under the terms of this License.

Am I correct in my understanding of GPLv2? Do I have any recourse, and related, should I do anything about this? I don't care about money, I just don't want someone selling stuff that I released for free. How do most developers/organizations deal with licensing infringements of this type?"

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Scientists develop system that can shut down your

cultiv8 cultiv8 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cultiv8 writes "A team at Stevens Institute of Technology and Rutgers in New Jersey have created a system which shuts down a driver's phone without affecting other people in the vehicle.

It utilises a phone's Bluetooth connection and a vehicle's speakers to detect if the driver is using their mobile phone while driving, reports CNET.

The system measures the acoustic signals emitted from the stereo and the proximity of the phone to the Bluetooth receiver, essentially pinging both systems toto determine where the phone is being operated."

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Huge Defunct Satellite to Plunge to Earth Soon

cultiv8 cultiv8 writes  |  about 3 years ago

cultiv8 writes "The huge Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) is expected to re-enter Earth's atmosphere in an uncontrolled fall in late September or early October. Much of the spacecraft is expected to burn up during re-entry, but some pieces are expected to make it intact to the ground, NASA officials said.

The U.S. space agency will be taking measures to inform the public about the pieces of the spacecraft that are expected to survive re-entry."

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Computer to Marry Texas Couple

cultiv8 cultiv8 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cultiv8 writes "When Miguel Hanson and his fiancee, Diana Wesley, get married on Saturday, a computer program Hanson wrote will serve as the minister. During the wedding, to be held in the Houston home of Hanson's parents, the couple will stand before a 30-inch monitor in the backyard. In a robotic voice, the computer will greet the guests, say how the couple met and go through the ceremony."
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South Korean scientists create glowing dog

cultiv8 cultiv8 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cultiv8 writes "A research team from Seoul National University (SNU) said the genetically modified female beagle, named Tegon and born in 2009, has been found to glow fluorescent green under ultraviolet light if given a doxycycline antibiotic, the report said.

The researchers, who completed a two-year test, said the ability to glow can be turned on or off by adding a drug to the dog's food.

"The creation of Tegon opens new horizons since the gene injected to make the dog glow can be substituted with genes that trigger fatal human diseases," the news agency quoted lead researcher Lee Byeong-chun as saying.

He said the dog was created using the somatic cell nuclear transfer technology that the university team used to make the world's first cloned dog, Snuppy, in 2005."

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China building EMP weapons for use against U.S.

cultiv8 cultiv8 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cultiv8 writes "China's military is developing electromagnetic pulse weapons that Beijing plans to use against U.S. aircraft carriers in any future conflict over Taiwan, according to an intelligence report made public on Thursday.

Portions of a National Ground Intelligence Centerstudy on the lethal effects of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and high-powered microwave (HPM) weapons revealed that the arms are part of China’s so-called “assassin’s mace” arsenal — weapons that allow a technologically inferior China to defeat U.S. military forces.

EMP weapons mimic the gamma-ray pulse caused by a nuclear blast that knocks out all electronics, including computers and automobiles, over wide areas. The phenomenon was discovered in 1962 after an aboveground nuclear test in the Pacific disabled electronics in Hawaii."

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Law enforcement to begin iPhone iris scans

cultiv8 cultiv8 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cultiv8 writes "Dozens of police departments nationwide are gearing up to use a tech company's already controversial iris- and facial-scanning device that slides over an iPhone and helps identify a person or track criminal suspects.

The smartphone-based scanner, named Mobile Offender Recognition and Information System, or MORIS, is made by BI2 Technologies in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and can be deployed by officers out on the beat or back at the station.

An iris scan, which detects unique patterns in a person's eyes, can reduce to seconds the time it takes to identify a suspect in custody. This technique also is significantly more accurate than results from other fingerprinting technology long in use by police, BI2 says.

When attached to an iPhone, MORIS can photograph a person's face and run the image through software that hunts for a match in a BI2-managed database of U.S. criminal records. Each unit costs about $3,000."

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Facebook Blocking Anonymous Video

cultiv8 cultiv8 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cultiv8 (1660093) writes "I recently saw the new What Are We Capable Of video posted by Anonymous and felt compelled to share on Facebook. However, when posting, FB gives the following message:

This message contains blocked content that has previously been flagged as abusive or spammy. Let us know if you think this is an error.

I did a little research and found others reporting the same problem, including claims that comments with "05 What Is The Plan?" are deleted. I would normally rely on analysis from blogs and online news journals to get more info and help form my opinions, but since it hasn't been picked up by any blogs and/or mainstream media, I'm at a loss. So I'm curious Slashdot, is this a case of censorship? Are people filing phony abuse complaints? Legitimate complaints? Is there important information that I haven't come across?"

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Pentagon to treat cyberspace as operational domain

cultiv8 cultiv8 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cultiv8 writes "Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn unveiled a new U.S. strategy on Thursday for protecting military computer networks, moving away from a passive defense toward treating cyberspace as an "operational domain" in which trained forces defend against attacks."
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Secret agents raid Apple store webcam 'artist'

cultiv8 cultiv8 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cultiv8 writes "The US Secret Service has raided the home of an artist who collected images from webcams in a New York Apple store.

Kyle McDonald is said to have installed software that photographed people looking at laptops then uploaded the pictures to a website.

Mr McDonald said he had obtained permission from a security guard to take photos inside the store.

Apple declined to comment. However, the Secret Service confirmed that its electronic crime division was involved."

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TSA "Mischaracterized" Safety Of Body Scanners

cultiv8 cultiv8 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cultiv8 writes "Newly released internal government documents, obtained via the Freedom Of Information Act, reveal that the TSA, and specifically the head of the Department of Homeland Security, “publicly mischaracterized” the findings of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in stating that NIST had positively confirmed the safety of full body scanners in tests.

In the private email response, NIST stated that the Institute had not, in fact, tested full body scanners at all for safety, and that the Institute does not even undertake product testing.

Another document obtained by EPIC even shows that, far from affirming their safety, NIST warned that airport screeners should avoid standing next to full body scanners in order to keep exposure to harmful radiation “as low as reasonably achievable.”

However, another document obtained by EPIC shows that a growing number of TSA workers diagnosed with cancers are voicing concern that the full body scanners and x-ray machines are indeed to blame for their illnesses."

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How the Internet Works for web design class?

cultiv8 cultiv8 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cultiv8 (1660093) writes "I am teaching an Intro to Web Design class this next fall at a local college that specializes in arts and design. This is the most "technical" class required for their major (other than the Adobe suite of software) and I'm looking for papers and resources that describe "how the internet works". Subjects I want to cover (during the course of 3 hours) include LAMP, TCP/IP & related protocols, DNS, principles of OSS, and why you should love your system admin. I'm searching for resources, preferably under a Creative Commons license, to distribute and share with students. Any recommendations?"
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Edge of Solar System Filled with Bubbles

cultiv8 cultiv8 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cultiv8 writes "The edge of our solar system is filled with a turbulent sea of magnetic bubbles, according to new NASA research.

Scientists made the discovery by using a new computer model, which is based on data from NASA's twin Voyager probes. The unmanned Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, which launched in 1977, are plying the outer reaches of our solar system, a region known as the heliosheath.

The new discovery suggests that researchers will need to revise their views about the solar system's edge, NASA officials said. A more detailed picture of this region is key to our understanding of how fast-moving particles known as cosmic rays are spawned, and how they reach near-Earth space."

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