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Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

dAzED1 if you're not Muslim, then... (203 comments)

If you're not Muslim, why the fark are you saying "the Prophet" Muhammad? Why would you grant that honorific if you don't yourself believe it? How would that be different than saying "Jesus the Messiah" while not Christian? And hey, if you do believe it "soulskill" then hey, why not, but I've been seeing this become more and more common among journalist at (theoretically) real - and thus, presumably impartial - news agencies. You know, ones that wouldn't say "Jesus the Messiah" and "Buddha the Enlightened One"

8 hours ago
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Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

dAzED1 Re: Wow... Just "no". (204 comments)

when you say something fanatical like "no republicans have ever tried to push a bill like that on the entire country" you put yourself in a group that hates helping sick people and also tends to think it's great to blow up people elsewhere (like, suffering is just great all around, I guess). You then try to use the Constitution to justify your statements - but don't really understand what is in the document at all. Such as, the Constitution directly stating there shouldn't be a standing army. The two subjects are remarkably intertwined; ACA costs a small fraction of the wars in the middle east, and at least ACA provides a /benefit/. But hey, maybe you buck the system. Maybe you don't like our middle east involvement either - maybe you're an honest "constitutionalist." Which would be great, except for the farking part that the FFs were slave owners and treated women like crap. Stop pretending one side or the other are angels without flaws, and stop pretending the Constitution was sent by G-d. Argue something on it's own merits, not based on what some long-dead slave owner thought.

about a week ago
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Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

dAzED1 Re:Wow... Just "no". (204 comments)

to be fair, this was only really clear starting with Omnibus - prior to that, HIPAA relied a lot on common sense and a personal sense of ethics from the reader. Fortunately, the semi-retroactive nature of it to 2009, plus Omnibus being released 9 months prior to healthcare.gov, means that yes - the government faces stiff penalties of paying itself money (amount=irrelevant, since paying self) and the BAs made $1.7BILLION for making a farking WEBSITE for fark's sake, so I don't think the 1.5M max fine will really cramp their style much.

about a week ago
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Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

dAzED1 Re: Wow... Just "no". (204 comments)

::blink:: wait, what? Something inside me wants to know how you interpret Art1, Sect8, Clause12...just for giggles.

about a week ago
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Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

dAzED1 Re:How is this not a HIPPA violation? (204 comments)

they can't, but the fine has a max penalty per year, and that max would just be the fed paying itself a number at which it wouldn't blink even if it wasn't paying itself. Just because something is illegal, doesn't mean it won't happen - if the only penalty for underage drinking was you had to have sex with Scarlet Johansen, do you think that would work as much of a deterrent? We don't live in a world where society can decide it doesn't accept a certain behavior, and then just expect everyone to not do it regardless what the penalty might be

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

dAzED1 I cannot imagine.. (325 comments)

I can not imagine a scenario in which something *has* to be local (ie, not a term into a cluster or HPC unit of some sort), *has* to be a laptop, and *has* to have 3-6 disk slots. Are you pretending you need the multiple slots for raid for performance reasons? Are you really going to claim that an SSD isn't fast enough for you? Perhaps you have to myopic of a view, or perhaps - and this is far more likely imo, you're part of the "engineers are Gods!" crowd, and the real answer is that the engineers want an uber-laptop they can take home for personal use, on their employer's dime. Seriously, *try* to justify why it has to have those specs. I dare ya.

about three weeks ago
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Gmail Reportedly Has Been Blocked In China

dAzED1 Re:What... (145 comments)

really? If china blocked all incoming email from google servers, you don't think that might force people outside of china who want to do business with people in china to use email services other than google? Are you /certain/ you know how the internet works?

about a month ago
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Gmail Reportedly Has Been Blocked In China

dAzED1 Re:Turn China into the blank on the map (145 comments)

umm...so I guess you don't buy anything? Note I didn't give a specific something listed....you don't buy /anything/? Fermenters, cell phones, edamame, board games, yarn, whatever?

about a month ago
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Sony PlayStation Network Back Up Now, Supposedly

dAzED1 Re:Let this be a lesson (75 comments)

that's quite the sense of entitlement you've got there - yes, sometimes things aren't working. So what, go outside, or maybe spend time with your familiy. Secondly, you might look into getting broadband - people are able to get decent speeds now, we no longer have to use dialup (ie, downloading something shouldn't be a concern anymore). 10 years from now I won't have a PS4 or XBox One, just like I don't play on my old atari anymore either (though I do play clones on my PC sometimes...which satisfies the nostalgia without needing rooms full of shelves to store various types of media and players). I *am* voting with my money - I'm getting something more convenient, reliable, flexible, etc. Yes, in fact, I said reliable - have you never had your house burn down, or robbed? I've had both happen, both things wiped out the entire library of everything. Now though, I log on with the various services and boom - my library is still right there. Amaaaaaazing stuff. While Sony and Microsoft should have been able to prevent the issues, they're still the victims in the situation - how about we put at least /some/ of the blame on the people who did it?

about 1 month ago
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Sony PlayStation Network Back Up Now, Supposedly

dAzED1 Re:Lesson goes unlearned (75 comments)

it's still how it works. Apparently the GP doesn't even think about it but yeah, they pay to receive phone calls.

about 1 month ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

dAzED1 Re:As long as we're being more specific.... (719 comments)

it must really bother you that the ozone layer is recovering after a global effort to fix it, huh. I mean really, it impinges on the ultra-wealthy to do whatever they want, and that's a bad thing to the likes of you...society saying enough is enough on issues that effect everyone? Horrible, it should be the 0.1% making those decisions! (misdirection is such a fun tool, eh?)

about a month ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

dAzED1 Re:Backfire (719 comments)

um, there can be varying degrees of something. Just because two people are attractive, for instance, doesn't mean they're equally attractive. Outright refusing to engage in honest debate however, does make someone something other than a skeptic; with so much actual data painting a relatively clear picture, if you're going to say that picture is something else then... The foundations of statistics are based on the idea that if a pattern emerges with very little deviation - very few outliers in the data - then you can be very certain (to some degree) of the conclusion. If you're going to deny the very process itself, versus the results, then we have to throw away most of what we know - not just climate change.

about a month ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

dAzED1 Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (719 comments)

were I to show data that average temps on Mars increased during generally about the same time range, I could point to the cause being external (ie, something with the Sun). Thus it wouldn't be anything humans were doing. That (were there facts to back it up) would be an example of actual skepticism. Covering your eyes and yelling "I CAN'T HEAR YOU LALALALALA" is not.

about a month ago
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Sony Employees Receive Email Threat From Hackers: 'Your Family Will Be In Danger'

dAzED1 Re:That Word (184 comments)

the English speaker isn't misunderstanding, they're being intentionally misled. That is a very big difference. They are perfectly understanding the intended message.

about 2 months ago
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Sony Employees Receive Email Threat From Hackers: 'Your Family Will Be In Danger'

dAzED1 Re:That Word (184 comments)

Um, I don't if you're aware, but Islam didn't invent English. The word you're describing is "submission" or perhaps "conformity." "Peace" means, in English, what it means - Islam doesn't get to define that.

about 2 months ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

dAzED1 Re:Wrong question. (197 comments)

+1 to your comment. Some of the biggest problems in our current society trace back to making groups of people no longer groups of people - we pretend that corporations have a compass, when a piece of paper can have no such thing. We then treat the government as some external entity that oppresses us, when in theory the Great Experiment is supposed to be "government of the people, for the people, by the people" - *we* are the government. These people *are* uber. Are those people served by having morals, in so much as making money is concerned? Clearly they don't think so.

about 2 months ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

dAzED1 Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (197 comments)

His text was off then, but not his subject line - "Capitalism does not reward morality." That it's possible to be moral and somewhat succeed isn't per se the point - the point/question is whether morality is a hindrance. It most certainly is one of those, when in a society (like ours) where companies can make false claims to having morality - some of us intentionally seek out moral businesses to patronize. When truthful labeling (and the like) is not mandatory, and court cases actually strike the requirement to be truthful, then there really can be no more reward for morality.

about 2 months ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

dAzED1 Re:Consoles should just go away (227 comments)

Uh, there is no way that a PC could replace my DSP...first, my DSP is a full fledged AVR putting out serious power to large speakers throughout my livingroom. Second, it can be controlled by my phone or my remote, with 3 zones and the ability to rapidly play various internet radio (and control thereof) channels, such as pandora or what-have-you. If I want to start my americana station in zone 3, watch a movie in zone 2, play a comedy station in zone 1 - all done in seconds from my phone or easy remote. Versus logging into a laptop connected to an aux port, then starting the pandora app, then saying "well, guess that's all I'm doing right now..."

Real home theatre/entertainment systems can't use a cheap PC. What in the heck would be driving my PSB Stratus Gold loudspeakers? The digital output from a PC? You're nuts. Oh wait, you want me to then get little amplifiers for each different thing, and maybe multiple video cards and sound cards so I can mimic mutli-zone. Or...and it's just an alternative - I could use a real AVR with a PS4 plugged in as a source (a source which just happens to handle the 3d bluray disks I occasionally use, though I do streaming >90% of the time).

You're a fanatic. Just accept that the rest of us aren't. I could also walk to work, since it provides the greatest flexibility of what direction I go - but instead I ride a harley, where I've got limitations such as staying in lanes (sortof) and going the same direction as everyone else. I know, I know, sheeple.

about 2 months ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

dAzED1 Re:Consoles should just go away (227 comments)

when I bought my ps4, it was a very cheap high-quality 3d blu ray player. It also happened to play games, which I enjoy. Instead of spending $2k on a PC to plug in to my $8k home theatre setup, I plug in a PS4 and it works great. I /suppose/ I could plug a PC into one of the AUX ports in front, and then awkwardly try to find a place to put my keyboard and muss around with a mouse...or - and this is just an alternative - I could use a little handheld controller thingy that pairs up with my PS4. Decisions, decisions. My overall experience with a 65" TV and hifi 7.1 sound while sitting comfortably on my couch is WAY higher, in my experience, than it would be sitting in my office upstairs - even if the graphics had slightly more detail on the PC. That way I can then have a laptop that I can use for work, and get a mid-range "gaming" laptop so it is relatively decent for a while, but not actually use it for games much...instead, I use it for home, school, work, etc. And it only needs cost me $1200 or so. I could spend $3k on a gaming laptop, but then I'd have a 17" screen with stereo sound, instead of a 65" screen with 7.1 surround. Maybe some of us don't want multiple PCs? Maybe some of us want a better overall experience, instead of just having slightly better graphics detail? Maybe those of us like that are a big enough market that consoles do actually sell, despite gaming PCs being an option?

about 2 months ago
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What People Want From Smart Homes

dAzED1 Re:Nothing. (209 comments)

you're a horrible person for wanting such unreasonable things. Clearly you just don't know how incredibly useful a "smarthome" is. And stuff.

about 3 months ago

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IBM "loses drives," exposes 1.9m HeathNet insurers

dAzED1 dAzED1 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dAzED1 writes "Along with 1,900,000 other people, I received a letter from Health Net a few days ago letting me know that "information includ[ing] details such as [my] name, address, health information, Social Security number, and [my] financial information" was on the drives. This, just one year after another major HIPAA violation from Health Net just one year ago. Why such data was stored in an unencrypted manner, such that merely having the drives exposes the data, will have to be determined. Health Net has already offered free signups to the Debix Identity Protection Network."
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solar power pre-deployment to Afghanistan?

dAzED1 dAzED1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dAzED1 writes "My little brother is heading for training at 29 Palms as a Navy Corpsman with FMF. He gets a [Sailor|Soldier|Marine]'s pay, so while he can't afford gadgets, I can; since he'll be in a LAR unit, I was thinking of getting him a small video camera, an IPod, and some sort of solar recharger. Whatever he takes he'll have to be able to carry in his pack, which is already going to be heavy with his medic gear.

Other than the weight issue, I am having problems finding a solar recharger that doesn't get wildly differing reviews as to basic quality. He'll have plenty of sun, few clouds, but it needs to be light, effective, and robust. With price not being much of a concern, what would you suggest for accomplishing this? Advice on a small robust video camera would be appreciated as well."
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PKI/CAC authentication implementation/migration

dAzED1 dAzED1 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dAzED1 writes "I've inherited a task for which I cannot yet prepare myself, but will have to resolve as quick as possible, once our current stumbling block is overcome. The company I work for is close to acquiring a .mil address so that we can use CAC authentication, which they are driving that all DoD systems use. Problem is, we can't access the info about CAC usage until we have the .mil, and once we have the .mil, we'll need to implement CAC usage very quickly. Who in the /. community has implemented PKI authentication, especially CAC, and has tips so that I can prepare myself for the quickest response when that day comes? No sensitive information please, obviously...just suggestions on what I could test before-hand. And yes, several of us here do have CACs to use, they're just (seemingly) worthless since we can't reach the .mil certificate authority (yet)."

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