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San Diego Drops Red-Light Cameras

destinyland Or... (330 comments)

How about a light that just stays green longer if it detects more traffic in one direction than another?

about a year ago
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Hacker Faces 105 Years In Prison After Blackmailing 350+ Women

destinyland Re:What a STUPID thing to do (473 comments)

"The unknown persons then demanded that [victim 1] and [her sister, victim 2, who was actually in the picture] take their tops off and show their breasts on the Skype camera or he would post the photos on their Facebook walls for all of their friends to see. The unknown person told [the sisters] they had 10 seconds to do this. The girls attempted to stall the unknown person. In retaliation for not complying within 10 seconds, the unknown person, without authorisation, logged into [a friend of both girls'] Facebook account and added the [topless] photo of [victim 2] to [the friend's] Facebook wall. The unknown person then instant messaged [the victim] on Skype and sent the link to Facebook with the compromising photo attached. The link was [sic] the photos he had just put on their Facebook walls since they did not comply to his demands." http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-01/30/internet-criminals

about a year ago
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What "Earth-Shaking" Discovery Has Curiosity Made on Mars?

destinyland Re:"Earth"-shaking? (544 comments)

I bet it's just a pun. They found evidence of past earthquakes, so the news WILL be "earth shaking."

about a year ago
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Hostess To Close; No More Twinkies

destinyland Re:Zombieland... (674 comments)

Think aboout what "cuts to pensions" means. You work until you're too old to work, and then Mr. Twinkie Man tells you "We actually CAN'T pay you what we'd promised to." The money you have literally spent your whole life expecting...

By the way, last time the same union agreed to a benefits cut, Hostess then welched on their word and went back into Chapter 11 hearings anyways...

http://m.washingtonpost.com/national/on-leadership/why-didnt-hostess-workers-believe-the-threats/2012/11/16/0638138e-302f-11e2-a30e-5ca76eeec857_story.html

about a year and a half ago
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The First Amendment and Software Speech

destinyland It's ironic (194 comments)

I was really surprised there were almost no comments on this story...

about a year and a half ago
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Nate Silver Turns His Eye To the American League

destinyland Re:miss the point (50 comments)

It's his commitment to openness that makes him special. It's WHY he writes. But it also gives him more credibility.

Kind of like Linux.

about a year and a half ago
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Voter films touchscreen machine switching votes

destinyland Poll-worker responds "Everything will be OK" (3 comments)

"I initially selected Obama but Romney was highlighted. I assumed it was being picky so I deselected Romney and tried Obama again, this time more carefully, and still got Romney..." the Pennsylvanian reports. All other buttons worked fine... I then called over a volunteer to have a look at it. She him hawed for a bit then calmly said 'It's nothing to worry about, everything will be OK,' and went back to what she was doing."

about a year and a half ago
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Nate Silver's Numbers Indicate Probable Obama Win, World Agrees

destinyland Re:uhh (881 comments)

But Silver explained Saturday that it's only 86% (instead of 100%) because of the possibility that all the polls have been systematically incorrect. Even in the tightest states, Obama's lead is already greater than the margin of error. The only other outcome would be a game-changing scandal within the next 24 hours - and with early voting already happening,even that wouldn't necessarily change anything now either. But yes, to his credit, Silver did consider the possibility that all the polls are wrong, and then adjusted his forecast accordingly.

about a year and a half ago
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Solar Panel Breaks "Third of a Sun" Efficiency Barrier

destinyland Re:I'd do it tomorrow (237 comments)

"Which do you think is easier to get through Congress?"

Bad question. The former cannot exist without the latter.

Then how'd we get a deficit of $1 trillion?

about a year and a half ago
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How Hair Can be Used To Track Where You've Been

destinyland Doesn't this pre-suppose... (133 comments)

...that you're showering?

Or does the water get into your hair only after you drink actual water? (Because if so, you could really confuse the investigators by drinking nothing by bottled beverages.) Then they'd end up guessing that you came from wherever the bottling plant was located!

about a year and a half ago
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Curiosity Rover Fires First Laser Beam At Martian Rock

destinyland One problem... (167 comments)

What if the martians ARE rocks?!

about a year and a half ago
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The Kindle Skews Amazon's 2011 Best-Seller List

destinyland 60%, not 40% (1 comments)

Actually, it's 60% of the best-selling ebooks which aren't even listed on Amazon's list of the best-selling printed books (and vice versa). The submission has the numbers reversed -- saying that instead of just 40% of the titles in common, the books have 60% of their titles in common...

more than 2 years ago
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Bookstores May Boycott New Amazon-Published Books

destinyland Re:The book is in the mail (210 comments)

Er, but that movie ends when the "Shop Around The Corner" is driven out of business by the chain bookstore. Kathleen Kelley falls in love with the chain store's owner, Tom Hanks, and surrenders happily to loss of her locally-owned business.

A humorous footnote. Mega-corporation AOL paid $5 million to the producers of the film so they'd change its title to AOL's catch-phrase -- "You've Got Mail" - proving once that even movie-goers themselves have to surrender to the whims of corporations.

about 2 years ago
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Bookstores May Boycott New Amazon-Published Books

destinyland Re:The "tax excuse" for not adapting (210 comments)

Actually, Amazon has already calculated the taxes for every region where they sell. They actually collect that tax when they're re-selling items from other retailers (for example, K-Mart).

http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=2990

So their opposition has nothing to do with the "OMG it'd be an unholy nightmare" scenario. Bezos has even said Amazon incorporated in Seattle specifically for the tax advantage, and Amazon's own shareholder's documents specifically identify sales taxes as a competitive advantage.

But in fact, Amazon's CEO, Jeff Bezos, likes to say that Amazon already collecting state sales taxes. In this year's shareholders' call in June, Bezos told investors that "in more than half of the geographies where we do business - certain states, as well as Europe and Asia - all together, more than half of our business is in jurisdictions where we already collect sales tax or its equivalent, like the value-added tax."

about 2 years ago

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How Tech Sites Celebrated April Fools Day

destinyland destinyland writes  |  about three weeks ago

destinyland (578448) writes "Google announced an update for the Android and iPhone version of Google maps that lets you travel the world collecting Pokemon. Twitter announced a new wearable that lets you tweet just by bobbing your head. And Amazon created a web page with ridiculous products like bacon-shaped bandages — all of which are actually real. "As always, the tech world is embracing April Fools' Day 2014 in full force," writes the L.A. Times, "with countless gags from Google, Sony and many others in the space.""
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New Mozilla CEO Defends Controversial Campaign Contributions

destinyland destinyland writes  |  about three weeks ago

destinyland (578448) writes "Brendan Eich responded to controversy over his past political contributions as a new online campaign called for him to step down as the new CEO of Mozilla Corporation. At least five different Mozilla employees called for Eich's resignation on Twitter over his $1,000 donation to California's controversial "Proposition 8" measure in 2008. (The measure banned same-sex marriages, and was later ruled unconstitutional — and Eich had also donated thousands more to political candidates who supported the measure.) "I love @mozilla but I'm disappointed," tweeted Chris McAvoy, project lead on Mozilla's Open Badges project, joining a chorus of voices posting "I'm an employee of @mozilla and I'm asking @brendaneich to step down as CEO." Eich addressed the controversy in a blog post, expressing "sorrow at having caused pain," and asking for time to prove his full commitment to inclusiveness at Mozilla."
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That BBC "100 Books" List is a Giant Hoax

destinyland destinyland writes  |  about three weeks ago

destinyland (578448) writes "“The BBC believes you only read 6 of these books” reads the headline on countless Facebook posts, forum comments, and web pages. But it's a hoax, conflating a 2007 list from Britain's Guardian newspaper (which had simply asked their readers to name which books "they can't live without.") The readers selected The Lord of the Rings trilogy and books from the Harry Potter series — but one reporter notes that the entertaining list is skewed heavily toward British authors. Six of the 100 books were written by Charles Dickens and four by Jane Austen — while not a single book on the list was written by Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, or William Faulkner."
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Amazon's Book "Bucket List" Includes Tolkein, Dune, 1984

destinyland destinyland writes  |  about a month ago

destinyland (578448) writes "Eight science fiction classics, including Dune and The Lord of the Rings, earned a spot on a list of "100 Books to Read in a Lifetime" as chosen by the book editors at Amazon. "Over many months, the team passionately debated and defended the books we wanted on this list,” explains their editorial director, noting that the "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams was a near miss. Other books included were "A Wrinkle in Time" and "The Hunger Games", as well as at least six free public domain classic books. But one reporter notes that the list also includes both children's classics like "Where the Wild Things Are" and "House at Pooh Corner", as well as Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". ("We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold...")"
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"Death is Wrong", Argues Futuristic New Children's Book

destinyland destinyland writes  |  about a month ago

destinyland (578448) writes "Hoping to inspire life-extending medical research, science fiction author Gennady Stolyarov has launched a campaign to give away 1,000 free copies of his transhumanist picture book for children, "Death is Wrong". "My greatest fear about the future is not of technology running out of control or posing existential risks to humankind," he explains online. "Rather, my greatest fear is that, in the year 2045, I will be...wondering, 'What happened to that Singularity we were promised by now...?'" Along with recent scientific discoveries, the book tells its young readers about long-lived plants and animals "that point the way toward lengthening lifespans in humans," in an attempt to avoid a future where children "would pay no more attention to technological progress and life-extension possibilities than their predecessors did.""
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Has Already Become a Best-Seller

destinyland destinyland writes  |  about a month ago

destinyland (578448) writes "Wednesday the geeky cartoonist behind XKCD announced that he'd publish a new book answering hypothetical science questions in September. And within 24 hours, his as-yet-unpublished work had become Amazon's #2 best-selling book. "Ironically, this book is titled 'What If?'," jokes one blogger, noting it resembles an XKCD comic where "In our yet-to-happen future, this book decides to travel backwards through time, stopping off in March of 2014 to inform Amazon’s best-seller list that yes, in our coming timeline this book will be widely read..." Randall Munroe new book will be collecting his favorite "What If..." questions, but will also contain his never-before published answers to some questions that he'd found "particularly neat"."
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How Amazon, Google, and O'Reilly Books Celebrate Valentines' Day

destinyland destinyland writes  |  about 2 months ago

destinyland (578448) writes "O'Reilly Books is offering 50% discounts today on every one of their ebooks that has a pink cover. It's one of several fun ways the top tech sites are celebrating Valentine's Day. Amazon's offering up to $80 off on Kindle Fire tablets (plus digital gift cards that you can print out at home), and Barnes & Noble is giving away a free Valentine's Day app for Nook owners. The Google Play store just put up a free video from Walt Disney studios with a Valentine's Day theme — plus a heart-warming doodle on their front page for Valentine's Day."
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Legend of Zelda Tops Amazon's 2013 Best-Seller List

destinyland destinyland writes  |  about 4 months ago

destinyland (578448) writes ""The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia was Amazon's #6 best-selling print book for the entire year of 2013. But the demographics are changing for book buyers, with 13 of the top 20 best-selling print books not even appearing anywhere on Amazon's list of the top 100 best-selling Kindle ebooks of the year. Amazon points out that 19 of their 20 best-selling books for the year sold more Kindle versions than print versions — with one exception. "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead" was the one book this year which remained more popular in its print edition."
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Apple Censors Lawrence Lessig over iOS 7 Wi-Fi Glitch

destinyland destinyland writes  |  about 6 months ago

destinyland (578448) writes "A glitch in iOS7 has cost "a significant number" of Apple users their Wi-Fi access, according to ZDNet. But they also report that Apple is now censoring posts in their "Apple Support Communities" forums where users suggest possible responses to their loss of WiFi capabilities (including exercising their product warranty en masse). "We understand the desire to share experiences in your topic, 'Re: wifi greyed out after update to ios7,'" read one warning sent to Lawrence Lessig, "but because these posts are not allowed on our forums, we have removed it." Lessig — who co-founded Creative Commons (and was a board member of the Free Software Foundation) has been documenting the ongoing "comments slaughter" on his Twitter feed, drawing attention to what he says is the Borg-like behavior of Apple as a corporation. Lessig "is now part of an angry mob in Apple's forums who upgraded to iOS 7 and lost Wi-Fi connectivity," ZDNet notes, adding that as of this morning their reporter has been unable to obtain an official response from Apple."
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Why Iran's Hackers Are More Dangerous Than China's

destinyland destinyland writes  |  about a year ago

destinyland (578448) writes "Security experts are warning that newly-discovered computer attacks from Iran "could ultimately be more worrisome, because its hackers are targeting critical infrastructure and developing the ability to cause serious damage to the United States' power grid." A White House security advisor argues that "attacks on critical infrastructure are probably the bigger threatIran is much more unstable," and a Fortune 100 security consultant agrees that a country like Iran "is much more willing to be destructive." On the other hand, Richard Clarke, a former counterterrorism adviser for presidents Clinton and Bush, estimates that Chinese hackers have already caused U.S. losses in the billions of dollars above the normal security measures that are affecting other industries. (One telecom industry executive recently noted that hackers "are continually probing for insecure switches," and the Voice of America reports that 1.5 million people are victimized by cybercrime every day — about 18 people every second. "The Iranians appear to be more interested in destruction and damage, but it's about deterrence," Clarke argues, "deterring the U.S. from bombing them Iran would be crazy to launch a preemptive cyberstrike. And they're not crazy.""
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Amazon Patents Strange New Lightweight, Transparent Kindle

destinyland destinyland writes  |  1 year,16 days

destinyland (578448) writes "Amazon's just filed a patent about a lightweight, transparent Kindle technology that can also be embedded in your eyeglasses or your car windshield — and which never needs to be recharged. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is listed on the patent as a co-inventor of the technology, which converts the handheld Kindle devices into simplified display mechanisms receiving data and electricity from a larger, more powerful central station. This would allow Amazon to create much lighter and cheaper devices, notes one Kindle blog, speculating that Kindles could become not just lighter than paper, but disappearing altogether into other devices, "leaving nothing behind but the words from your ebooks.""
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Privacy is Dead, argues Adrian Lamo

destinyland destinyland writes  |  about a year ago

destinyland writes "In a new interview, Adrian Lamo (the grey-hat hacker who turned in PFC Manning) argues "Privacy is quite dead. That people still worship at its corpse doesn’t change that... ." He makes the case that the biggest threat to our privacy today "is our own limited understanding of how little privacy we truly have," and criticizes the use of encryption with poor personal/operations security measures, saying it creates a false sense of security which "can sometimes do more harm than good by way of creating an irrationally optimistic threat model." Lamo places a high value on personal privacy, but warns that "it's necessary to drop the blinders of believing rights are in any way enforceable — beyond our own ability to make them enforceable.""
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OSS Improves Cryptography, Says Tor Network Advocate

destinyland destinyland writes  |  about a year ago

destinyland writes "Jacob Appelbaum, the Tor Project's main advocate, argues that Open Source software is necessary "to both verify and improve" available cryptography. (Adding "We also need that to ensure that everyone has a reasonable baseline — which is part of the cypherpunk ethos.") In this new interview, he's critical of a general public silence over government encroachments on privacy, but points to the current impact of the Tor network now as something that "runs, is open and is supported by a large community spread across all walks of life." And he ultimately identifies Tor as "part of an ecosystem of software that helps people regain and reclaim their autonomy," saying the distributed anonymous network "helps to enable people to have agency of all kinds; it helps others to help each other and it helps you to help yourself.""
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Stephen King Releases New Digital eBook On Guns

destinyland destinyland writes  |  about a year ago

destinyland writes "Stephen King's just released a brand new essay titled Guns as an exclusive in Amazon's Kindle Store. (“It’s exciting to offer a way for a brilliant writer like King to publish quickly," Amazon said in a press release.) But the most interesting part is it also remembers Rage, his own novel about a school shooting, which he wrote when he actually was a geeky teenager and later published under a pseudonym. Some real-life teen killers have cited the book as an inspiration. "I didn't pull Rage from publication because the law demanded it..." King writes. "I pulled it because in my judgement it might be hurting people, and that made it the responsible thing to do...""
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Scientists Create New Gasoline Substitute Out of Plants

destinyland destinyland writes  |  about a year ago

destinyland (578448) writes "California scientists have just created a new biofuel using plants that burns just as well as a petroleum-based fuel. "The discovery, published in the journal Nature, means corn, sugar cane, grasses and other fast-growing plants or trees, like eucalyptus, could be used to make the propellant, replacing oil," writes the San Francisco Chronicle, and the researchers predict mass marketing of their product within 5 to 10 years. They created their fuel using a fermentation process that was first discovered in 1914, but which was then discontinued in 1965 when petroleum became the dominant source of fuel. The new fuel actually contains more energy per gallon than is currently contained in ethanol, and its potency can even be adjusted for summer or winter driving."
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O'Reilly Discounts Every eBook by 50%

destinyland destinyland writes  |  about a year ago

destinyland (578448) writes "O'Reilly and Associates just announced that they're offering a 50% discount on every ebook they publish for Cyber Monday. Use the code CYBERDAY when checking out to claim the discount (which expires at midnight). Amazon has also discounted their Kindle Fire tablets to just $129. Due to a prodcution snafu, they've already sold out of the new Kindle Paperwhite, and won't be able to ship any more until December 21"
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Is Amazon Facing a Kindle Shortage?

destinyland destinyland writes  |  about a year ago

destinyland (578448) writes "Sunday night, Amazon quietly announced they'd be discounting their Kindle Fire tablets for Cyber Monday, even while they're still sold out of their Kindle Paperwhite. Its web page announces that Amazon won't be shipping any new Paperwhites until December 21st — and a few days days ago, Amazon even posted that their $69 Kindle would be expected to ship "in 1 to 2 weeks". Now that that Kindle is back in stock, Amazon's still limiting orders to just two per customer."
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Retailers Bend Amazon's Rules to Discount Kindle Fire

destinyland destinyland writes  |  about a year ago

destinyland (578448) writes "The physical stores that sell Amazon's Kindles aren't allowed to offer discounts, so instead they're bundling them with free "gift cards" on Black Friday worth up to $30. OfficeMax, Staples, Office Depot, and Best Buy have all officially announced their plans for "stealth discounts" on the Kindle (and OfficeMax is also offering a 40% discount on Kindle cases), and Best Buy's discount is $5 higher than the other stores, meaning you can buy a first-generation, 7-inch Kindle Fire for just $129.

shoppers have already set up tents in front of retail stores"

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For Amazon, "Black Friday" Has Already Started

destinyland destinyland writes  |  about a year ago

destinyland writes "Black Friday is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year, so Amazon's starting a new tradition that they're calling Black Friday Week, "a series of sales leading up to the main event." Along with discounts of up to 50% on computers, accessories, laptops and tablets, one blogger notes that Amazon's even discounting accessories for the iPad, and wonders if this suggests that Amazon might ultimately discount their Kindle Fire tablets on Black Friday."
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James Bond Novels re-issued as Kindle eBooks

destinyland destinyland writes  |  about a year and a half ago

destinyland writes "All of Ian Fleming's original James Bond novels are being re-issued as Kindle ebooks — and also as printed books through an Amazon imprint. Fleming's novels about a gadget-loving spy have already sold more than 100 million copies, and a managing director at Ian Fleming Publications says they hope to broaden the audience for the books in the United States. Also included in the deal are two non-fiction books by Ian Fleming, one a collection of travel stories called "Thrilling Cities" and true-crime book about diamond smugglers,"
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