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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

gandhi_2 Re:Not sure about this. (193 comments)

Riiiiighhhhht....

because we ALL know that bit torrent's REAL pupose is to download Ubuntu Server iso's and Libre Office insta... GET FUCKING SERIOUS!

yesterday
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

gandhi_2 Re:Not sure about this. (193 comments)

performance cars are marketed in ways that make it clear that they are intending for them to be driven in excess of posted speed limits.
closed circuit course. professional driver. unreadable text

arresting someone because they produce a product that can be used illegally? first off, "they" get to make anything illegal even if they don't technically have the power. then they will interpret the laws however they want. and now, prosecute people who even enable the breaking of arbitrary laws. gun, alcohol, car, knife, baseball bat, and spray paint makers should worry about the implications.

in fact, electronics tinkerers, makers of kits like arduinos, 3d printers, and about a billion other groups should be concerned with governments who grant themselves infinite power. "stalkers"... so like pedophiles and terrorists, a group we can invoke whenever we wanna get shit done.

2 days ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

gandhi_2 Re:You want to bet? (299 comments)

the best part? you are forced to fund your own attacker for as long as they feel like attacking.

4 days ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

gandhi_2 Re:You want to bet? (299 comments)

I will take a country bumpkin in a any emergency, including a fire, over any metro hipster you can find clutching apple products in coffee shops.

4 days ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

gandhi_2 Re:Yeah sorry, no (299 comments)

freedom of the press?
how about just freedom?

5 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

gandhi_2 Re:Oh good (904 comments)

Kill?

Maybe I missed the part of the article where the car explodes if you are late.

Grave bodily injury? If the car doesn't start? You must be talking about some obvious every-day occurrence like escaping zombies or a North Korean Infantry body wave. Much less-often for sure as when someone wants to run to the local store for some milk.

The alternative MIGHT be to not lend money to people with bad credit scores. Would THAT be better? Or you want your cake and eat it too, right? Laws forcing banks to lend to people who don't pay back so well, and laws forcing banks to suck it up when they don't get paid back. Because fuck banks, we can get more votes from people who don't like paying bills and want free cars.

People lining up for free shit, and voting for whoever keeps the free shit coming... you don't call THEM sheep. Of course, call the rest of US sheep.

about a week ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

gandhi_2 Re:Oh good (904 comments)

Not being given a car is the same as slavery?

How far we have come.

about a week ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

gandhi_2 Re:Oh good (904 comments)

yes.

access to tax-subsidized, single-payer, webste-brokered, government enforced, individual mandate, high-quality automobiles is a basic human right!

about a week ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

gandhi_2 Re:Uhhh (904 comments)

the car doesn't belong to the driver, it belongs to whoever holds title.

about a week ago
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jQuery.com Compromised To Serve Malware

gandhi_2 Re:They will never learn (103 comments)

Every mass-use CMS has had exploits. Even wtihout the plugin exploit problems.

about a week ago
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jQuery.com Compromised To Serve Malware

gandhi_2 wow.... (103 comments)

did I just hear some relevent news on slashdot before i saw it on twitter?

today is a bright, shiney day!

about a week ago
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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

gandhi_2 boondock saints... (241 comments)

as soon as i heard this I thought of that geenie joke from the boondock saints...
...IT guy goes, "You mean to tell me Russia is off the Internet?"
    Genie goes, "Yeah."
    He says, "Well, um, I'll have a Coke, then."

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

gandhi_2 +1 pfsense (238 comments)

pfsense is rock solid.
even on shitty hardware, you can do a LOT with pfsense.
the turnkey boxes from their store are pretty neat too.

about three weeks ago
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CenturyLink Looks At Buying Rackspace

gandhi_2 Re:I REALLY hope not. (44 comments)

you must be talking about OVH and kimsufi.

about three weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

gandhi_2 Re:What's wrong with Windows Server? (613 comments)

Not having to manage licensing... is a gift all its own. I'm not talking about not buying licenses, I mean not having to deal with ANY of that shit for servers... a blessing.

about a month ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

gandhi_2 Re:why? (541 comments)

Many people will be born, have kids, and die in one region and culture. Only recently in human existence have some people been afforded such easy movement. 500 years ago, it would have been basically unthinkable that you could leave your family and go start a life on the antipode of your birth location in exchange for maybe a few months wages. Most of humanity had to work just to survive... agrarian society wasn't THAT long ago even in developed nations. Cultural mores are real and, especially when it came to who gets your daughter, VERY long lasting traditions and rules.

You are viewing this discussion through the lens of your own modern reality. That is dumb, not insightful.

about a month and a half ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

gandhi_2 Re:why? (541 comments)

I would think for a pool of candidates of varying temperaments due to natural variations, some temperaments would would be more likely to pass on their DNA depending on various external factors like climate, terrain, and yes - society.

The military has started thinking about societies as "human terrain" precisely because it IS just another factor of environment. It is as real as the physical ground, vegetation, and weather.

The more I think about it and read about it, I see no reason why culture would NOT influence who gets to mate with who. Different cultures value different attributes, and those distinctions regularly decide who you let marry your daughter, who you let your son date, or who a person finds attractive in a mate.

It is highly unlikely that as society we select for aggressiveness or business acumen

Selecting an aggressive mate may WELL have been the difference between life and death in some cultures. And indeed MANY cultures teach their children to hold overly-driven, businessmen/doctors/lawyers/athletes in high esteem.

about 1 month ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

gandhi_2 Re:why? (541 comments)

You have pointed out the only really good explanation I've read on this. So thank you for that.

Timescale. Great point. I hope someone mods you up.

about 1 month ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

gandhi_2 why? (541 comments)

what is globally accepted in animal breeding, that certain behavioral tendencies accompany accompany genetics right along with certain physical characteristics, is the worst taboo to apply to people.

which is ridiculous. populations living in specific social environments will SELECT FOR and AGAINST various physical and behavioral traits... and those traits which are successful in a specific society will then go on to build the society that those traits are best adapted to. like a feedback loop.

is there something totally crazy here?

about 1 month ago
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Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

gandhi_2 Re:No they cant. (151 comments)

I'm talking about cases where internet access is available through the inflight wifi.
Taking control of the network equipment through which this traffic runs isn't harmless.

about 2 months ago

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Anthropology as a non-science?

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "There has been a battle brewing in the anthropology world over how to define itself. FTFA:

Anthropologists have been thrown into turmoil about the nature and future of their profession after a decision by the American Anthropological Association at its recent annual meeting to strip the word “science” from a statement of its long-range plan.
The decision has reopened a long-simmering tension between researchers in science-based anthropological disciplines — including archaeologists, physical anthropologists and some cultural anthropologists — and members of the profession who study race, ethnicity and gender and see themselves as advocates for native peoples or human rights.

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Jesus, the Desciples, and Portion Control

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "Comparing 52 artist's renditions of "The Last Supper" spanning the last 1000 years, a pair of sibling scholars found that:
Entrees increased by 70%, bread by 23%, and plate size by 65.6%.
The results were published in the International Journal of Obesity."

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Apple sues HTC over patents

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "From Business Insider:

Apple today filed a lawsuit against mobile devices maker HTC. The suit claims infringement of 20 patents related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture, and hardware.

It looks like the Nexus One, and other HTC phones, may have hit too close to home for Steve Jobs. Maybe adding multitouch to the Nexus One pushed Apple over the edge?

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Adobe CTO: HTML5 Video is "back to the dark ages".

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch, in a blog post berating Apple's decision not to support Flash on the iPad, addresses the idea that HTML5 video might compete with Flash video. The best part is when he uses "open" to mean "using Flash(R)":

We strongly believe the Web should remain an open environment with consistent access to content and applications regardless of your viewing device.

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Full body scanners violate child porn laws.

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "The Guardian has a story about an ongoing legal battle over the use of full body scanners in the UK. The Protection of Children Act 1978, includes provisions in which it is illegal to create an indecent image or a "pseudo-image" of a child....which a full body scanner does."
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Personal data on 131k Army Guard troops lost.

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gandhi_2 writes "

Approximately 131,000 current and former Army National Guard members could be affected by a recent data loss, which occurred when a personal laptop owned by an Army Guard contractor was stolen.

The stolen laptop contained personal information on Soldiers enrolled in the Army National Guard Bonus and Incentives Program. The type of data includes names, Social Security Numbers, incentive payment amounts and payment dates.

Those 131k troops could probably tell you: unless deadly force was used to "steal" it, it wasn't stolen. Someone just left it unsecured."
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Obama's give Queen of England preloaded ipod

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gandhi_2 writes "The NY Daily News is running a story about transfer of media licenses across nation-state boundaries.

Supposedly, President Obama generously gave the Queen of England a pre-loaded iPod that includes video footage of her 2007 visit to the U.S. and songs made popular on Broadway".

"Her Majesty's Royal iPod gift was stocked with 40 tunes from popular Broadway productions, including West Side Story, My Fair Lady and South Pacific."

Which is weird...I didn't think West Side Story was public domain yet. When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way..."
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Sun in talks to be acquired by IBM.

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gandhi_2 writes "Sun Microsystems soared in European trading after a report that it was in talks to be acquired by I.B.M.

The Wall Street Journal, quoting "people familiar with the matter," reported Wednesday that International Business Machines was in talks to buy the company for at least $6.5 billion in cash, a premium of more than 100 percent over the company's closing share price Tuesday. Officials of Sun and IBM could not immediately be reached for comment. Story here."

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TradeComet suing Google for anti-competitiveness.

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gandhi_2 writes "The NY Times is running a story that TradeComet.com, which runs SourceTool.com, is suing Google for anti-competitive acts and using its monopoly position to harm competitors. It seems TradeComet alleges that Google unfairly charged them more money for advertisement when Google figured out that TradeComet was a competitor.

So goes the article:

A small Web site operator filed an antitrust suit against Google on Tuesday, accusing it of unfairly manipulating its advertising system to harm a potential competitor. Skip to next paragraph Related Times Topics: Google Inc.

TradeComet.com, which operates a site called SourceTool.com, a vertical search engine for those seeking business products and services, accused Google of raising the advertising rates it charged the company after it realized that SourceTool was a potential competitor.

TradeComet also said that Google entered into an anticompetitive agreement with Business.com, a SourceTool rival, which despite having a similar business model was offered more favorable advertising terms.

Google fired back, explaining that with a really long straw, it drinks TradeComet's milkshake."
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Another suppression of a negative online review.

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gandhi_2 writes "As per the SF Chronicle's website,

In a case that could chill free speech online, a San Francisco chiropractor has sued a local artist over negative reviews published on Yelp, the popular Web site that rates businesses.

It seems that a Chiropractor didn't like his review... a C&D, a revision, and some arguments later: it goes to court.

In a quote that would make Stalin proud, Attorney Aaron Moris states:

There needs to be some sort of blowback against unfettered speech.

Wonderful."
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Biofuels Deemed a Greenhouse Threat

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "The NYT is reporting that some studies published in Nature are detailing how most Biofuels release more atmospheric carbon than conventional fossil fuels:

Almost all biofuels used today cause more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels if the full emissions costs of producing these "green" fuels are taken into account, two studies being published Thursday have concluded. The benefits of biofuels have come under increasing attack in recent months, as scientists took a closer look at the global environmental cost of their production. These latest studies, published in the prestigious journal Science, are likely to add to the controversy.

www.nytimes.com "

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