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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

dwillden Re:Well (312 comments)

Even the skinniest ass has more padding than our feet do. Almost as if that part of the body was designed/evolved to be sat on.

about a week ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

dwillden Re:Animals/Fuel (440 comments)

That was my thought as well. Don't dump it in a landfill. Feed for animals, fuel for a waste incinerator, compost it. Surely there are dozens of better uses than simply filling up another landfill with this stuff? Uses that don't involve people eating it.

about three weeks ago
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Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

dwillden Re:A hero isn't someone who runs away (335 comments)

Wrong, those programs are classified for a reason. The country that has no secret will not stand. So many on /. think we have some right to know everything our government does, but no such right or need exists. You have no need or right to know about those programs. They do not encroach on constitutional rights therefore they are entirely legal, and are thus moral. Well as moral as anything in the international espionage game is. Just because you want to know does not mean you need or have any need or right to know. And his publication of those programs put them at risk and damaged our collection efforts, which in turn damages our ability to negotiate effectively for treaties. And in turn damages our freedoms. Because if our government cannot negotiate with the best hand, it hurts our interests, and our economy.

Everybody spies on everybody, the Germans certainly didn't stop their efforts to collect on us just because we were forced to halt a very effective program on our part.

Oh and get your own ID, stop trying to live off the reputation of the real globaljustin.

about a month ago
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Measles Outbreak In NYC

dwillden Re:Thanks Jenny (747 comments)

As opposed to the brilliant entirely fact based reporting found on MSNBC, CNN or the rest of the left leaning ilk.

If you want real news you have to read both sides and try to filter out the blatant bias. But anyone who believes that simply believing "anything" Fox news reports is an idiot is the real idiot. There isn't a media source out there that doesn't fabricate news to fit their world view (bias) and to generate clicks, views, readers and viewers.
Yet any and all of them do stumble onto and report facts quite frequently. And Other that advising people that MSNBC really isn't reliable, and neither are WND nor Infowars. I advise people to read em all with a strong cynicism filter in place, and maybe you'll find some real news hidden under the fluff.

And for the Record I do believe the article I linked is indeed factual. That blonde Bimbo did proudly state that she believes former Porn star Jenny McCarthy is right about the link between vaccinations and Autism. And that he belief shows just how stupid she is and how much damage Ms. McCarthy has done to common sense among parents today. To believe a porn star and a discredited and retracted study over ample science shows what an idiot this new starlet (of whom I really hadn't ever heard of) is.

So yes I believe Fox got it's facts there. That starlet believes. Proving how clueless she is.

about a month ago
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Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

dwillden Re:A hero isn't someone who runs away (335 comments)

No he would not likely be dead by now. Had he stayed here, he would have been prosecuted for the original revelations, claimed and won whistle-blower status and been acquitted or pardoned. And that would have been the end of it. When he made his original revelations of the surveillance program he was a hero. That needed to be revealed, and his choosing to flee to another country to make the revelation is semi-understandable though less than the honorable act of standing by your actions when you reveal government wrong doing.

But!

Because he fled the country, and has to keep his value to his current hosts in order to retain his guest status, he's kept revealing stuff that has gone far beyond whistle-blower status. We the people did need to know that our government was collecting our data, and most likely in violation of the Constitution (gotta leave the final decision to the courts but I think it was illegal). But we did not have any need to know about our collection efforts directed at foreign leaders, even if they are allies. It's the Intelligence game, everybody collects on everybody, allies and enemies both. A political and Military Ally is still an economic competitor, and politically we don't agree on everything so even in that realm is there cause for intelligence collection. Neither did we need any knowledge of the UK surveillance program nor the Aussie program. Nor anything else he's released. And it was all those revelations that pushed him from Hero Whistle-blower to Traitor.

Had he stayed and faced the music he likely would have been acquitted by now as a Whistle-blower. We would still have had the national discussion about the surveillance program and even were he to be convicted he would be considered a Hero for protecting the Constitution. And had he stayed he likely would not have had the opportunity to dip into treason by revealing the stuff that did not concern us as constitutional violations.

We do owe him a debt of gratitude, but he ruined that by revealing classified information that did not concern violations of our constitutional rights and damaged our valid intelligence collection efforts. He has tarnished his Hero status and now stands as a traitor.

about a month ago
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Measles Outbreak In NYC

dwillden Re:Thanks Jenny (747 comments)

But she's never retracted her position, even though the Dr has been stripped of his license, the study has been retracted and she still continues to preach her message and to gain new followers. For example from Fox News today http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2014/03/14/kristin-cavallari-defends-decision-not-to-vaccinate-her-son/?intcmp=features

Do we blame her by being misled by the study? No. But once the study was refuted and the findings retracted she refused to change her tune. And so we blame her for using her celebrity status to push a dangerously misguided position that is leading to increased deaths and illnesses that would never have happened had she not pushed her cause and refused to change her position when the study was proven false.

about a month ago
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Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP

dwillden Re:And IBM (474 comments)

From the context he said still around. Verbiage is verbiage. But even if he did mean making personal computers, HP is still around.

about 3 months ago
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Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP

dwillden Re:And IBM (474 comments)

He didn't say still making computers he said still around and from your list at the end you left off TI who is also still around, and their high end calculators are arguably personal computers.

about 3 months ago
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Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP

dwillden Re:And IBM (474 comments)

Exactly, he said computers. And as I recall Texas Instruments was making computers before the Mac As far as I can find Apple started the Macintosh program in 1979, TI released the TI99/4 in late 1979 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TI99/4A meaning they started the development some time before. They are no longer in the end user computer market, but they too are still around.

about 3 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

dwillden Re:If that wasn't crueal and unreasonable... (1038 comments)

Why should we have to pay for them to live out the rest of their life in relative comfort, while their victims were denied that opportunity.

about 3 months ago
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Coca-Cola Reserves a Massive Range of MAC Addresses

dwillden Re:Not cans (371 comments)

Our cash hasn't been monochromatic for a few years now. It may not look like Monopoly money like much of the world likes but every denomination has a specific color tint.

Coins for small denominations are annoying as hell. I'd rather replace the larger bills that we carry less commonly with coins than the $1 bill. You have $30 in coins in your pocket? I have $85 in cash in my pocket and it weighs far less than your $30, It won't scratch the screen on my smart phone should I absentmindedly shove a few dollars into the pocket I carry it in.

No arguments on the penny. It's time is done and it needs to be retired. We have and have had $1 coins for decades. We simply don't like them. The first ones were way to big, then they made them too similar in size to the quarter, now they're still about the size of a quarter but plated in gold colored metal (that contains no actual gold.) More likely is that we are simply going to retain the money that we have, and just gradually diminish the use of any form of cash. Going to using cards or e-wallets. Many vending machines have had credit card and isis/gwallet NFC readers added to them, eliminating even that need for cash or coins.

about 4 months ago
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A Short History of Computers In the Movies

dwillden Re:Totally missed memorable computers of the 80s (165 comments)

In fact the article simply jumps from 1980 to mention OS/2 in 1995 and then again to 1999 with no explanation, skipping generations of computers in the movies.

about 4 months ago
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Why Letting Your Insurance Company Monitor How You Drive Can Be a Good Thing

dwillden What makes me a safe driver? (567 comments)

But what makes me a "safer driver" I've been in two accidents in my 26 years of driving. Rear ended once at a traffic light, and the other one the guy spun out across four lanes of traffic to slam into my truck, after I'd had time to come to a complete stop. And I haven't had a speeding ticket in over a decade. But I still have a lead foot, and tend to drive above the speed limit. Would I qualify as a "Safe Driver"? I have a car chip and monitor my vehicle for performance and maintenance issues, it lets me see the kind of data they would collect: average speed, highest speeds, acceleration profiles (rabbit starts, something I try to resist for fuel efficiency reasons but often realize I've done after the fact) hard breaking events etc. . .

Okay maybe for an 18 year old male to maybe get a lower rate. But otherwise, hell no.

My safe driving status should be based on what really makes for safe driving, and they haven't yet made the ODBII compliant device that monitors how alert and aware I am of the traffic around me. Of how often I check my mirrors and blind spots, of how I look ahead to anticipate problematic intersections or road conditions. Until they can monitor those, they can't really monitor safety. Speed is not a safety factor. Hard breaking may be, but it's still missing a ton of variables that explain the cause. Any insurance co that asks for this is losing a customer. I have a monitor on my vehicle already, but for my personal use and only my use.

about 5 months ago
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Startup Touts All-in-One Digital Credit Card

dwillden Re:Great for CC scammers (222 comments)

But a taking a picture is rather obvious act, holding the camera device (phone or camera above the card long enough for the lens to focus and the ccd to record it. Whereas setting a slip of receipt paper on top of a cc lying on a desk or a serving tray or a payment folder (whatever they call those folders they bring your bill in) and rubbing a pencil over it a couple times can be done very discretely and very quickly especially in a crowded restaurant surrounded by other wait staff who might notice what you are doing and turn you in. It's actually been a very popular method of stealing cards as it gets the name, number and the exp date very quickly, leaving only the security code on the back which as a simple three digit number can be grabbed with a quick glance and jotted on the slip of paper next to the pencil rubbing.

It's not dumb, it's been going on for years and is why all new cards no longer have the info embossed as raised text. Yes a camera is still a viable option, but making this change did eliminate one very popular and discrete option for cc number theft.

about 5 months ago
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Prison Is For Dangerous Criminals, Not Hacktivists

dwillden Re:Fuck off (337 comments)

So non violent criminals don't belong in prison? Those who commit bank fraud, or embezzle funds from their employers, Those who scam elderly out of their life savings, those who sell national secrets to our enemies. They aren't violent/dangerous people or crimes. So they don't belong in prison? Then where do they belong? Out on the street, free to commit more crimes.

You do the crime, you damned well better be ready to do the time. We do have some different styles of prisons but for the most part we don't divide convicts up by crime. Pedophiles to this prison, Hackers, embezzlers and scam artists to this prison and Rapists here and murders there. You get convicted you go to prison.

A white collar crime as the one in question is more likely to be sent to a minimum or medium security facility rather than a maximum, hard-corps pound you in the ass prison, but they all go to prison.

about 5 months ago
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Startup Touts All-in-One Digital Credit Card

dwillden Re:Great for CC scammers (222 comments)

No argument about the shoddy security with US cards. My point was simply that the point about cards being automatically blocked in the US unless the card holder calls the bank first is far from a unique situation and that in fact it is usually the same going from the US to other countries.

In other words it's a standard practice, leaving your country to travel means you should probably notify your card issuer first. Regardless of where you live or where you are heading.

about 5 months ago
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Startup Touts All-in-One Digital Credit Card

dwillden Re:Sounds sketchy to me (222 comments)

Oops just realized that I'd missed the fact that these have a long life internal battery and evidently won't need to be charged. So at least that's one less potential drawback.

about 5 months ago
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Startup Touts All-in-One Digital Credit Card

dwillden Re:Great for CC scammers (222 comments)

See the comment above about what constitutes a signature. You can sign however you want and call it a signature. Historically those who couldn't write would just make an X for their signature and it was and is still legal. So a signature of Check ID is a valid signature. You are right in that some kind of mark needs to be made on the strip, but what exactly is up to the card holder.

about 5 months ago
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Startup Touts All-in-One Digital Credit Card

dwillden Re:Great for CC scammers (222 comments)

When the card remags the stripe. It can hold up to eight active cards. I have one card I use for 99% of my transactions. Why would it need to ever remag the stripe? And how close do you really have to be to read such a low level pulse of emf in our highly EMF rich environment.

Possible, maybe. Easy, very very doubtful. Easy and discrete highly unlikely.

about 5 months ago
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Startup Touts All-in-One Digital Credit Card

dwillden Re:Sounds sketchy to me (222 comments)

Easy to lose but also easy to deactivate. This device can have up to 8 cards actively loaded at a time. Google Wallet can have several (no idea on how many). My leather wallet can carry about 15 cards of all types (ID, CC etc) before it gets too fat to be comfortable. Now what happens when these carry systems are lost?

Coin: can I just go to a single website and cancel all access to the cards, will that work without an active data conenction to the device, is it even necessary (with the phone connection system probably not depending on how frequent you set the check-in,) otherwise is there a pin I need to enter into the device before each use? If I do have the phone contact frequency set to a longer term, is their anyway short of digging out the original cards to get the 800#'s to call and cancel the cards to prevent their use? How long does a charge last on it, I keep multiple charge options avail to keep my phone topped off will I have to make sure I plug it in every night as well?

Google Wallet: The would be thief would have to guess my PIN to make any purchases, and all I need to do to deactivate fully is get web access anywhere I can (a friends phone, work, home etc.) and log in to my Google wallet account. Deactivate the service and it's totally deactivated until I get a new device and reactivate. Yes I'm out my phone but however that loss occurred it still happened and is not really relevant to the security of my payment systems. Any object can be stolen by a pickpocket.

Old Leather Wallet (aka the old style easy to lose basket all our eggs are currently kept in): It gets lost or stolen, lets assume I have 14 cc's and one DL in the wallet, I now have to find the numbers for and call to cancel every one of those cards individually, until I do they can be used online or for purchases under $25 with near impunity. If I act within 2 days my liability is limited to $50 or even less, But the money still gets spent and any losses above that $50 may not come directly out of my pockets but they come out of our pockets as the finance companies have to charge higher interest rates to cover those losses (only slightly higher but the losses to have to be accounted for).

Coin and GWallet are both far better than Old Leather Wallet. I'll go with GWallet as it's one less device, although the prevalence of mag readers to NFC readers currently makes that a weaker choice, but NFC readers are appearing in more and more POS terminals and so that drawback is fading faster and faster.

Coin looks good, but adds yet one more fragile electronic device to keep charged and to get broken or lost. Whereas GWallet or Isis combines that same capability with the device I already make every effort to keep charged, and keep with me. Yes loss of phone due to loss, theft or just a dead battery is a risk, but so is losing your wallet so as an argument it's weak at best.

about 5 months ago

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Utah Gov Vetos Video-game bill

dwillden dwillden writes  |  about 5 years ago

dwillden (521345) writes "Today Utah's Governor vetoed Jack Thompson's Video Game advertising bill. The bill attempted to punish stores which advertise they don't sell mature games to children if they did so, while leaving the obvious loop-hole that all stores could just cease such advertising and be innocent. Gov Huntsman pointed out that the bill would most likely fail any constitutional test. http://www.sltrib.com/ci_11995392"

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