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German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, and Kofi Annan

frup Re:No surprise here (170 comments)

If someone invades and harms your people (those who are your neighbours and most similar to you) then there is nothing wrong with seeking information to protect them. However it is wrong to invade others. Killing is wrong, there is no justification for military action. It is barbaric animal behaviour. Compare Chimpanzees to Bonobos.

It is time for a generation of neutrality. A generation of peace. Let the actions of the past be healed by time and forgiven. But never forget for history guides us to the future. We will never get off this planet and ensure the long term survival of humanity while we fight with each other, and if my miraculous achievement we do, you can bet that while we are warlike it will eventually mean the destruction of earth at our own hands.

Our particular form of consciousness is unique as far as we know. It is something to be cherished and preserved. No life should be taken by the hand of a man.

about a month ago

German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, and Kofi Annan

frup Re:No surprise here (170 comments)

There is nothing wrong with seeking the truth, but spying also involves deception, it involves stealing and it is done to gain influence and power, in the current climate of the world, it is done to harm people not protect them. The truth should be out there. Nothing should be censored. Everything should be recorded but privacy should be maintained. Those who commit crimes against their fellow men should then be tried in court and the evidence shown. Those who have done nothing wrong have nothing to fear.

If you try to imagine how scrutinised a politician must feel in the public eye, he is spied on daily, nothing he does is private, how then does he view spying on his people when they all spy on him. I can see why they do it, we are partly to blame, dirty politics and media sensationalism too.

Who cares who sleeps with who. Who cares what they did in the past (if they didn't steal, lie or kill) judge them by their actions, the rest can be judged at death. The focus should be on truth.

about a month ago

German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, and Kofi Annan

frup Re:Bottom line... (170 comments)

There should be no secrets in the first place. It is necessary for everyone to know the truth and the truth should not be hidden. The ancient greeks had no concept of sin. Their philosophy was only concerned with Truth. In truth there is little evil. And while the subject of truth is complicated as we all suffer from error and occasionally a white lie must be told to keep the peace, peaceful states would be open, transparent and truthful, for they would have nothing to hide or fear.

In a truly free market, with truly free peoples, nothing is required to be secret. Openness is peace. Openness is innovation. Openness is a better way.

And while these men are all flawed in their own ways, their views and beliefs likely to contradict in places, the following list of men are heroes of the 21st century. There are many more and I apologise I have not included any women. No person is perfect.

Edward Snowden
Richard Stallman
Elon Musk
Bradley (Chelsea) Manning
Julian Assange
Linus Torvalds

And like I said many more. I do not agree with all their views, I am politically dead neutral and centrist.

about a month ago

German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, and Kofi Annan

frup Re:Bottom line... (170 comments)

In a free market with global trade, the nation state is irrelevant. It is those that profit from war that are fighting to keep power. The world does not need despot politicians competing for their popularity contests like idiots in a talent show. A truly democratic computerised voting system is possible. Democracy should be about policy and people not who the people who rule us are. In democracy they are not meant to rule, they are meant to lead, they are meant represent the voice of the people. This is not happening.

There is too much anger in the world and it is upsetting me. I have always been taught to turn anger in to something positive. When I come in to conflict I will extend the olive branch. I will offer discourse and dialogue. I will be willing to compromise. I have learnt from the past.

about a month ago

German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, and Kofi Annan

frup Transparent government is needed. (170 comments)

Government is for the people, not to control. Transparent government is needed and then spying would be unnecessary. Only murderers have secrets. Nothing about the administration of a country should be hidden.

about a month ago

Of the following, I'd rather play ...

frup 500 is the best game. (274 comments)

500 has been intentionally left out of this poll as if it was included it would win out right. I have settled for hearts instead as it is enjoyable and for the most part brainless entertainment. Poker can be fun but I prefer not to gamble. Chess is a completely different game and I'll stick to the cards.

about a month ago

Women Founders Outpace Male Counterparts In Certain Types of Kickstarter Funding

frup Re:A lot of assumptions... (98 comments)

It is natural human behaviour to form a bond with those who are most similar to us. That is the structure of all societies. Tribalism.

about a month ago

Women Founders Outpace Male Counterparts In Certain Types of Kickstarter Funding

frup Re:See: Anita Sarkeesian (98 comments)

While you outline a scam by a woman which is relevant to this article, for comparison, of female started projects, how many are scams and vice versa? I would be willing to bet there are more male scammers out there (proportionally) than females, just as males are more likely to commit crime.

about a month ago

Women Founders Outpace Male Counterparts In Certain Types of Kickstarter Funding

frup Re: Women should earn more than men. (98 comments)

Sexist is discrimination based on gender that causes harm. Sexist is caring about something like this that does not affect you directly.

We should all be neutral about this. It is a fact, it is an observation and there is not necessarily a motive behind it (although for some there might be). Sex sells and the whole world is buying. If women earned more than men there would be no need for child support.

For the large part most feminists are as sexist as those they oppose, and in every walk of life (whether it be to do with race, gender, religion, politics or sport etc.) those that hold convictions are seeking dominance over others. If we look at the positive of every action, the outcome is more likely to be good for everyone.

We should marvel and cherish those who have been able to achieve greatness and hopefully with the winnings of their efforts they will realise that others have supported them, that others have helped them achieve and they will give back to others, whether in life or at death.

And while debate, free expression and constructive criticism are necessary and virtuous, rousing feelings of anger is not. Whether in yourself or others.

about a month ago

Women Founders Outpace Male Counterparts In Certain Types of Kickstarter Funding

frup Re:Women should earn more than men. (98 comments)

I forgot nothing. An elephant never forgets.

about a month ago

The Royal Society Proposes First Framework For Climate Engineering Experiments

frup Then they scorched the sun. (174 comments)

If without sounding like a conspiracy theorist too much, there is a small group of people controlling the world, which it seems, technology such as this leads to a weapon greater than the nuclear bomb. Until there is peace for at least a generation we can not be trusted to do this. However, it would appear that we also need this to survive.

The current dichotomy between power and freedom is unbalanced. Balance is what is needed. But as we live in the silent crusade, where only 10 nations are not engaged in border disputes, a scenario such as the world of Snowpiercer, The Matrix or, all those other dystopias is what I feel will result. But then again the only hope for peace is to ignore the cynic within.

May his greatness Elon Musk deliver us to the heavens and bring peace to all.


about a month ago

Copyright Drama Reaches 3D Printing World

frup Like source code (258 comments)

The cad files or what ever they are to the object as source code is to a binary.

about a year ago

Man Tries To Live an Open Source Life For a Year

frup Re:food? (332 comments)

Sounds like he lives on the street.

more than 2 years ago

Julian Assange Served With Extradition Notice By British Police

frup Re:Scare quotes? (612 comments)

Well you're not going to feel bad if a woman tells you you've got the biggest cock she's ever seen will you? If she tells you she's a woman and then you find out she's got the biggest cock you've ever seen then you might.

more than 2 years ago

Canadian Man Releases Open Source Star Trek Tricorder

frup Since it's open source... (109 comments)

I bet someone will convert it in to a pokedex.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Using Company Laptop For Personal Use

frup Re:No (671 comments)

All of you who have replied to this are missing something crucial.

Sure he might have some silly ideas on what to do, that's why he is asking for your advice. But saying he should take a personal laptop isn't the solution. The reason he is probably looking for an answer is because he doesn't want to lug two laptops around!

I would think if your company denies you access to news sites and facebook etc. while you're away in your own time, that's a little harsh. But if the OP is just wanting to look at porn while he is away... come on, surely you can go without a few days!

more than 2 years ago

Canonical Puts Ubuntu On Android Smartphones

frup Good for business (155 comments)

While clearly Google could just turn around and canibalise the idea, this may help Canonical's growth with businesses.

A company could provide certain employees who don't need fast machines a simple work phone. Anywhere they could communicate and work on the same device.

Lets face it, the idea of the pocket computer is the future. The people who will be most happy if this succeeds would probably be ARM chip makers. Maybe Mark Shuttleworth is trying to setup his company to be bought by Google now.

about 2 years ago

Speed Tickets Challenged Based On Timestamped Photos

frup Re:and where's heisenberg? (566 comments)

I don't know how it is done in America but where I am from there is essentially a 9km/h grace. This means while and where the speed limit is 50km/h, you will never get a ticket for less than 60km/h (except for public holidays where the grace is switched to 4km/h in an effort to curb the road toll). Part of the reason for the grace (apart from allowing for normal human error) is to account for possible errors that may occur in the measurement.

Now that makes me think that if his average speed between the two points is estimated at 35mph and the areas speed limit is 50mph, with a similar grace that is one giant error in the system. (Since typing I've gone on to read that the grace is 12mph, which converts to 19km/h... in my opinion a huge leniency). The reason I feel it must be a glaring error is that the calibration of these devices, which I presume are radar would be far more precise than 19km/h. I would go on to guess that the 0.363 seconds between the photos is fairly accurate too, given that these devices are designed to be evidentially sound.

So he's worked out he's going 35mph, he must have been going at least 62mph to activate the camera. 35mph is 15.6464m/s meaning that in 0.363 seconds he would have travelled 5.67m, 62mph is 27.71648m/s which would indicate he travelled 10.06m. There would also me a small amount of error in the reading due to the doppler shift going on in the radar that records his speed. The favour of the cosine coefficient from the doppler effect always goes to the advantage of the motorist. It seems to me that with all the possibilities to cause error, there is still one huge difference. So while I think that the error is actually in his use of photogrammetry, he must have done one big error and fooled the judge on it. He's worked it out too. As per the article "Mr. Foreman said he is awaiting trial on about 40 more tickets, all of which he called “bogus.”" He worked out he get off the tickets and now he speeds everywhere like a maniac no doubt. I just do not believe that there can be that large errors in the system so that leaves him behaving like an arrogant tosser who is a danger to all other drivers and especially pedestrians.

The odd thing is the manufacturer of the camera says:
"Optotraffic representatives said the photos are not intended to capture the actual act of speeding, and are taken nearly 50 feet down the road from sensors as a way to prove the vehicle was on the road.

“No one has come to us with a proven error,” company spokesman Mickey Shepherd said Tuesday. “Their speed is not measured by the photos. The speed is measured before the photos are taken.”"

I would have thought that would be enough to get his style of defence thrown out of court. Are the judges in America trained lawyers or are they political monkeys? The company should be making everything as evidentially sound as possible though.

more than 2 years ago




frup frup writes  |  more than 6 years ago

frup writes "Why is kdawson so slow? On average a slashdot story appears every 1 hours on kdawson's shift it is 2-3 hours. not cool. even in the nerdy sense. Firehose is more interesting when kdawson is around than actual I've never been a against kdawson but the news over the last few months while kdawson has been "in shift" has been so slow I can't help but agree with other /. members who complain. 1 hours updates was the average for /. 4 years ago before I joined. it was interesting then. is almost more relevant. What does /. think?"
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