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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

hyades1 Big Surprise (503 comments)

The Imams decided Gutenberg's printing press was off limits, because (you have to know how the press worked...stamping, essentially) printing the prophet's words on one would be equivalent of punching him in the face.

And ever since, Muslims have been spiraling downward into a pit of ignorance and fanaticism. There was a time when they were the flower of human civilization. That time has passed. Ours will, too, if we continue to allow superstitious morons to dictate our social and educational policiies.

yesterday
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Whole Organ Grown In Animal For First Time

hyades1 Organ Schmorgan... (77 comments)

I'm not going to be impressed until I hear somebody play Jerusalem on it...with reverb.

about a week ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

hyades1 Re:Gamer vs. Hacker (276 comments)

Sorry, but the sensationalist definition serves the ends of the people in power, and therefore will continue to be used by their boot-licking servants in the news media.

about two weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

hyades1 Re:Every other answer is worse (391 comments)

So do you actually work for the police, or do you just suck them off for free?

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Confirm Life Under Antarctic Ice

hyades1 Good for them (46 comments)

"These organisms survive by converting methane into energy, enabling them to survive where there is no wind or sunlight..."

I convert methane into something...worse.

about two weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

hyades1 Every other answer is worse (391 comments)

The video should be published. James Foley knew the decisions he was making put him in danger. He walked in with his eyes open, having decided that his photographs could tell the story of average people caught up in the evil going on around them...and that they were worth the risk.

The only thing worse than the murderous pieces of excrement who killed him are the fascist bastards in bespoke suits who want to use his death as an excuse to turn our freedom-loving countries into the same kind of totalitarian state ISIS is trying to create.

Fuck them. They're as bad as the terrorists.

We need to decide: is our freedom worth the price of a few successful terrorist attacks, or should we simply open the door wide to Big Brother, and invite him in for a permanent visit.

about two weeks ago
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Blackberry Moves Non-Handset Divisions Into New Business Unit

hyades1 Re:Looks like some editorializing by the submitter (89 comments)

Quit trying to change the subject. You attempted to use the CBC, which has a decent reputation for reporting tech intelligently and without bias, to lend spurious legitimacy to your own deceitful, misleading summary.

And quit repeating Levi's comment as though your original summary didn't misrepresent what he said.

I don't know what your issue is with Blackberry, and I couldn't care less. What I DO care about is that you're a liar who attempted to deceive Slashdot readers. I hope the people running the site ensure that any future posts by you are carefully audited for deceitful and misleading content.

Now quit wasting my time.

about two weeks ago
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Blackberry Moves Non-Handset Divisions Into New Business Unit

hyades1 Re:Looks like some editorializing by the submitter (89 comments)

Please stay with the subject. Due to some unusual circumstances, I personally heard and read everything CBC reported on Blackberry yesterday. Your summary of what THEY said was not just inaccurate, it was deceitfully inaccurate.

You can thrash around all you want. The fact remains: you attempted to mislead members of this community. I have no idea why, and I couldn't care less. You are dishonest. Any further submissions by you should receive close scrutiny by Slashdot's editors.

about two weeks ago
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Blackberry Moves Non-Handset Divisions Into New Business Unit

hyades1 Re:Yes BarbaraHudson is an absolute idiot (89 comments)

Thanks for that. I'm not used to seeing Slashdot submitters who are outright liars.

The thing is, I happened to be home today, so I heard everything CBC had to say about this story, and I read what they put up on their site, too. Sock Puppet BarbaraHudson's summary simply did not match what was reported. It did, however, bear a close enough resemblance to make it obvious the deception was not accidental.

about two weeks ago
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Blackberry Moves Non-Handset Divisions Into New Business Unit

hyades1 Re:Looks like some editorializing by the submitter (89 comments)

Thank you, my friend. As I noted in my original post, I'm no Blackberry fanboi. But I suspect a lot of the hatred coming from trolls on just about every tech site you can find has more to do with interested parties trying to drive down the company's value than from honest criticism.

about two weeks ago
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Blackberry Moves Non-Handset Divisions Into New Business Unit

hyades1 Re:Looks like some editorializing by the submitter (89 comments)

The summary is inaccurate from the first sentence on. There's a difference between "shifting focus" and "abandoning the market", even in the euphemistic language of business PR types. And the transition Levy was talking about was to a focus on business applications and away from general public, except in certain markets.

about two weeks ago
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Blackberry Moves Non-Handset Divisions Into New Business Unit

hyades1 Looks like some editorializing by the submitter (89 comments)

I read TFA, and saw nothing about Blackberry supposedly trying to spin a screw-up as anything else. And I heard one of CBC's tech people discuss this move on CBC Radio 1 today. Again, there was nothing about Blackberry throwing in the towel, even on its handsets. In fact, the new one was reported to be garnering a fair bit of positive feedback. I have no idea whether that's true or not, but that is what was reported on CBC.

I'm not a Blackberry fanboi by any stretch of the imagination, in fact, my current and former phones are Samsung, but the summary offered above is dishonest...plain and simple.

about two weeks ago
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When Spies and Crime-Fighters Squabble Over How They Spy On You

hyades1 I've really, really had enough (120 comments)

These cocksmokers are worse than the criminals.

about a month ago
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Wearable Robot Adds Two Fingers To Your Hand

hyades1 A step in the right direction (77 comments)

They can get back to me on this when it's got THREE extra fingers...and a tongue.

;-)

about a month and a half ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

hyades1 This is excellent news... (238 comments)

Miles O'Toole, Mike Hawke, Man-hung Long, Hubicha Kokov and Hugh G. Rection join me in applauding this long-overdue initiative.

about a month and a half ago
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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

hyades1 This won't "end" well... (106 comments)

Anybody want to bet that when you rip out a real cheek-flapper, your seat's going to assume you're having a heart attack and call 911 or something?

about a month and a half ago
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Ancient Bird With Largest Wingspan Yet Discovered

hyades1 Extinct? I think not! (55 comments)

Based on the evidence left behind, one of the bloody things flew over my car just this morning.

about 2 months ago
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Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

hyades1 Re:Generous effort but... (376 comments)

Very, very well said! I never seem to have a mod point lying around when I really need one.

I'm with a charity that goes into elementary schools and teaches science topics to the students. What they're missing (and what we bring) is hands-on stuff. When you let kids do something besides sit at their desks and be lectured at, they can learn astonishingly fast.

And by the way, I've found that in many cases, learning-disabled kids do much better when they get a chance to use more than their eyes and bums.

about 2 months ago
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China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

hyades1 Re:Yes, but... (274 comments)

"Yes but they will all be dismissed quietly to remote re-education camps...

In Alabama...

;-)

about 2 months ago
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China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

hyades1 It's Official (274 comments)

We all knew it was coming. Alabama has now officially joined the Third World.

about 2 months ago

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Verizon Intends to Share Your Personal Information

hyades1 hyades1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hyades1 writes "Gizmodo reports that Verizon is sending out notification letters infested with virtually-indecipherable legalese. In their sneaky, underhanded way, they're informing you that you have 45 days to opt out of their plan to share your personal data with "affiliates, agents and parent companies". That data can include, but isn't limited to, "services purchased (including specific calls you make and receive), billing info, technical info and location info."

If you view your statement on-line, you won't even get the letter. You'll have to access your account and view your messages. However, Read Write Web says the link provided there, called the "Customer Proprietary Network Information Notice", was listed as "not available."



No doubt Verizon would like to reassure you that everyone they're going to hand your personal data over to will have your best interests at heart."

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Get Out Of Sprint Free

hyades1 hyades1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hyades1 writes "Gizmodo says Sprint quietly tacked 25 cents onto its administration fees. This means you can get out of a contract with them and not have to pay the Early Termination Fee. It's suggested that they'll try to weasel out of it once they realize people are onto them, so you'll apparently have to stick to your guns.



http://i.gizmodo.com/5134918/get-out-of-your-sprint-contract-etf-free-until-the-end-of-the-month"

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Location Spoofing Possible with WiFi Devices

hyades1 hyades1 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hyades1 writes "Location Spoofing Possible With WiFi Devices: Positioning System Used By IPhone/iPod Breached



http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080414145659.htm



ScienceDaily (Apr. 16, 2008) — Apple iPhone and iPod (touch) support a new self-localization feature that uses known locations of wireless access points as well as the device's own ability to detect access points. Now researchers at ETH Zurich/Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have demonstrated that positions displayed by the devices using this system can be falsified, making the use of this self-localization system unsuitable in a number of security- and safety-critical applications."

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The New IT Guy Wants Vista

hyades1 hyades1 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hyades1 writes "Here's the situation: A mid-size Canadian law firm running the usual law software (Amicus or something like it) hires an IT guy from their computer contractor. The guy immediately asks to install Vista as the operating system whenever it becomes necessary to replace a PC. There's zero chance the firm will upgrade all its computers at once, so the change to Vista would take at least a year, more likely two. I'm told the IT guy has no clue about the software needs of the people doing the lawyering, but wants to make the change from XP (which they're happy with) anyway.



Some employees have said they're already run ragged, and don't have the time or resources to deal with the inevitable growing pains of a new (apparently cranky) OS. One has heard me bitch about my few direct encounters with Vista and some of the things I've seen about it on SlashDot.



Among the potential problems I see:



I've heard Vista doesn't always play nicely with older hardware (the firm scans and prints thousands of letters and documents every month). If Vista decided it didn't like some of the printers or scanners, the consequences would be serious, and would put a lot of stress on the secretaries and clerks (especially if the affected hardware was all on one floor).



Vista is quick to shut you out when it thinks you shouldn't be doing something. Telling their major client, "My computer won't let me have that information. I'll have to call you back," would be a disaster.

There's more, of course, but I'm sure you get the point.



My personal view is that the IT guy sees an opportunity for unlimited job security at the expense of everybody else in the company. However, I'm not a computer person and I don't have the chops to question his decision.



Can somebody point me towards "slap it down on the boss's desk" arguments and backing documentation indicating that Vista is not the way for this firm to go? I've done some searching, but have found mostly anecdotal evidence indicating that Vista should be avoided like the plague. That won't cut it against a guy who can lapse into techno-speak. Can the firm keep XP going until Vista's replacement comes along?



Any help will be most humbly appreciated."
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He died HOW???

hyades1 hyades1 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hyades1 (1149581) writes "UPI reports that the deputy mayor of New Delhi plummeted to his death during a tussle with aggressive monkeys. http://www.newsdaily.com/TopNews/UPI-1-20071022-20513500-bc-india-monkeys-crn.xml Deputy Mayor S.S. Bajwa was attacked by monkeys while standing on the balcony of his residence Saturday and fell to the ground during the ensuing struggle, CNN-IBN reports. Bajwa was taken to hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. Here, for the first time anywhere, is solid, documented proof that spanking the monkey can kill you."
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Computer Vision

hyades1 hyades1 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hyades1 writes "There may be a revolution coming in the field of computer vision systems. The ability to recognize 3D reality from 2D photographs and the use of context to make reasonable assumptions about perceived objects http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071017174328.htm could solve some major problems that have limited the ability of machines to perform visually-oriented tasks humans do without thinking. A major problem with robots that "see" is that they don't use common sense to quickly discard useless alternatives. Using a little-known Google Labs widget, computer scientists from UC San Diego and UCLA have brought common sense to an automated image labeling system. Basically, it's the ability to use context to help identify objects in photographs. For example, if a conventional automated object identifier has labeled a person, a tennis racket, a tennis court and a lemon in a photo, the new post-processing context check will re-label the lemon as a tennis ball. "We think our paper is the first to bring external semantic context to the problem of object recognition," said computer science professor Serge Belongie from UC San Diego.

Carnegie Mellon researchers, meanwhile, have found a way for computers to recognize real 3D objects they have previously "seen" in 2D photographs http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/06/060614091016.htm. Using machine learning techniques, Robotics Institute researchers Alexei Efros and Martial Hebert, along with graduate student Derek Hoiem, have taught computers how to spot the visual cues that differentiate between vertical surfaces and horizontal surfaces in photographs of outdoor scenes. They've even developed a program that allows the computer to automatically generate 3-D reconstructions of scenes based on a single image. "The technique provides an approximate sense of the scene, a qualitative grasp of the structure of a scene," said Efros, assistant professor of computer science and robotics."

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