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Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

i_want_you_to_throw_ Why not? Learn from Verizon.. (147 comments)

The broadcasters are not happy with this move, of course, claiming that Aereo should not be allowed to flip-flop on how it defines itself.

Verizon has been on a tear to get itself reclassified as a common carrier for a while.

Loopholes: not just for big companies anymore.

about two weeks ago
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Barnes & Noble To Spin Off Nook Media, Will Take It Public

i_want_you_to_throw_ Thanks for the stock tip! (51 comments)

Now I know another stock to short.

about a month ago
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TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible

i_want_you_to_throw_ If you get the NSL, can you consult your attorney? (250 comments)

Hi folks, I have wondered about this.... If you have a product like TrueCrypt and get a National Security Letter telling you that you can't talk about it, does that include your attorney? I seem to remember that someone decided to sue NSA over this... Just curious...

about a month ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

i_want_you_to_throw_ Don't cry for Eric... (932 comments)

You can be positive that K Street and its myriad of lobbying firms will be more than happy to employ him.

about a month and a half ago
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The Ethics Cloud Over Ballmer's $2 Billion B-Ball Buy

i_want_you_to_throw_ It's just proof positive.... (398 comments)

that no matter what, ** SOMEONE ** is gonna bitch about ** SOMETHING ** no matter what happened. Can't please all the people all the time.

about 2 months ago
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Report: Verizon Claimed Public Utility Status To Get Government Perks

i_want_you_to_throw_ Reminds me of the airline industry.... (140 comments)

They classify themselves as either a "commodity" or as a "service" depending on what they want to take advantage of.

about 2 months ago
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Australian Exploration Company Believes It May Have Found MH370 Wreckage

i_want_you_to_throw_ Here's the news story I want to see.... (293 comments)

In light of MH 370, all aircraft are required to stream their black box and GPS data into the cloud. It's amazing how in this day and technological age that this can actually happen.

about 2 months ago
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If Ridesharing Is Banned, What About Ride-Trading?

i_want_you_to_throw_ Makes sense.... (353 comments)

If Seattle is anything like New York they make a ton of money on taxi medallions. Less taxis, less revenue. :-(

about 4 months ago
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A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

i_want_you_to_throw_ You're outraged. Now what? (154 comments)

What I have noticed is that there is a story in the media every damn day about the over reach of NSA and arghh..people are outraged. Oh it's horrible, etc etc. Amazingly enough, no one seems to want to do anything about it. Where are those stories? Where is the demand for congressional oversight? We get the NSA we deserve because we the people are doing nothing to reign them in.

about 4 months ago
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Tor Is Building an Anonymous Instant Messenger

i_want_you_to_throw_ Re:Tor? (109 comments)

I wish I could mod you up to 1000.
Tor is solid.
The feds ability to connect the dots of people too dumb to cover their tracks != Tor insecurity.

about 4 months ago
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Map of Publicly-Funded Creationism Teaching

i_want_you_to_throw_ So? (544 comments)

As long as Louisiana schools are teaching it using Louisiana tax money why should I care? I'm in Maryland. Let 'em waste their money any way they see fit.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

i_want_you_to_throw_ Maybe you're asking the wrong question (822 comments)

It's always the same: "What does Edward Snowden deserve?". How about "what should we do about NSA's over reach?". Lost in this discussion seems to be any kind of seriousness about reigning in NSA. At least in the 70s when the CIA was caught engineering coups they had to have congressional oversight placed upon them.

about 6 months ago
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Edward Snowden Says NSA Engages In Industrial Espionage

i_want_you_to_throw_ Wow! This is a surprise..... (212 comments)

said no one ever. Most governments do what they can to help the home team. The U.S. is not alone, it just has better tools than every other government.

about 6 months ago
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Doomsday Clock Remains at Five Minutes to Midnight

i_want_you_to_throw_ What's the point? (222 comments)

This reminds me of the color coding terror system. It's never going to be green. Think about it. What's the ideal time anyway on this clock? 6:05p ?

about 6 months ago
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Canada Quietly Offering Sanctuary To Data From the US

i_want_you_to_throw_ You can rule out any ECHELON affliated countries (184 comments)

No secret that the NSA works with Canada, New Zealand, UK and Australia on ECHELON so anything in those jurisdictions is easily subject to acquisition. Equally easy would be any jurisdiction in Commonwealth countries or countries that are desiring entry into the Commonwealth who would allow this on their soil just to curry favor with the UK.

about 7 months ago
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Interview: Alan Adler Answers Your Questions About Coffee and Throwing Objects

i_want_you_to_throw_ That why I like cold brew coffee.... (49 comments)

I found there was a big improvement in taste quality when I lowered the temperature, but I was troubled by the fact that pour over was taking about four or five minutes to run through. I had read that the longer you drag out the coffee brewing process, the more bitter the taste of the brew.

I remember stumbling onto cold brewing coffee and loved the easier. milder flavor. Good article at Trader Joe's about this.. Although it's easy to do.....

  • Sew together a muslin bag
  • Pour in 1 pound of coarse grind coffee
  • Lower that into 9 cups of cold water
  • Let sit for 12 hours

Put a shot into your cup (1:4 ratio is good) and pour hot water over it. .It makes a nice concentrate that works great for iced coffee too!

about 7 months ago

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Activist Tweets Former NSA Chief's 'Off Record' Phone Call

i_want_you_to_throw_ i_want_you_to_throw_ writes  |  about 9 months ago

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "Riding on the Acela express train between New York and Washington, DC, Hayden had the bad luck of sitting near entrepreneur and former MoveOn.org director Tom Matzzie. “Former NSA spy boss Michael Hayden on Acela behind me blabbing ‘on background as a former senior admin official’,” Matzzie wrote on his Twitter account. “Sounds defensive.” For the next twenty minutes, Mattzie continued to livetweet Hayden’s conversations slamming the Obama administration, all the while insisting that he be referred to only on background."
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Arrest the GOP leadership for sedition?

i_want_you_to_throw_ i_want_you_to_throw_ writes  |  about 9 months ago

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "Yes, that very idea is being floated now. You can see (and sign if you're so inclined) the petition at MoveOn.org. The law was passed by Congress, signed by the President and then ruled constitutional by SCOTUS. The idea is that the House GOP leadership's use of the Hastert Rule and H. Res 368 to shut down the government and threaten the US economy with default was an attempt to extort the United States government into altering or abolishing the Affordable Care Act, and was thus, self-evidently a seditious conspiracy."
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How FBI caught Ross Ulbricht, alleged creator of criminal marketplace Silk Road

i_want_you_to_throw_ i_want_you_to_throw_ writes  |  about 10 months ago

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "CNN reports that the FBI caught the man accused of creating Silk Road — the shadowy e-commerce site it describes as "the most sophisticated and extensive criminal marketplace on the Internet today" — after he allegedly posted his Gmail address online, according to court documents.
It appears he was nailed by not completely covering his own tracks as opposed to any failure of the technology."

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Voyager 1 becomes first man made object to reach interstellar space

i_want_you_to_throw_ i_want_you_to_throw_ writes  |  about 10 months ago

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "It’s official: Voyager 1 has slipped the surly bonds of the solar system. Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 traveled past Jupiter and Saturn and is now more than 11.66 billion miles (18.67 billion kilometers) from the sun, becoming the first spacecraft to enter interstellar space. Proof of this long-anticipated milestone for the storied spacecraft comes in a study released Thursday by the journal Science."
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Inside the 2013 U.S. intelligence 'black budget'

i_want_you_to_throw_ i_want_you_to_throw_ writes  |  about a year ago

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats, according to the government’s top secret budget.

The $52.6 billion “black budget” for fiscal 2013, obtained by The Washington Post from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, maps a bureaucratic and operational landscape that has never been subject to public scrutiny. Although the government has annually released its overall level of intelligence spending since 2007, it has not divulged how it uses those funds or how it performs against the goals set by the president and Congress."

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CERN rebuilding the world's first web site

i_want_you_to_throw_ i_want_you_to_throw_ writes  |  about a year ago

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "Twenty years ago, a team of researchers shared the Web with the world. Now they want to show a generation that grew up online what it was like in its earliest days.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the date it released, for free, the technology and software needed to run a Web server.

In honor of the anniversary, a team has been assembled to recreate a working version of the first website, a how-to guide hosted by the project's creators."
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The ATF Wants to Know Who Your Friends Are..

i_want_you_to_throw_ i_want_you_to_throw_ writes  |  about a year ago

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "You have a Friend Request from: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms... "Confirm" ? "Not Now" ?. Seriously, the ATF won't try to friend you on Facebook. The ATF doesn’t just want a huge database to reveal everything about you with a few keywords. It wants one that can find out who you know. According to a recent solicitation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the bureau is looking to buy a "massive online data repository system" for its Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information (OSII)."
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What Turned Jaron Lanier Against the Web

i_want_you_to_throw_ i_want_you_to_throw_ writes  |  about a year ago

i_want_you_to_throw_ writes "Details of Jaron Lanier's crusade against Web 2.0 continues in an article at Smithsonian Magazine. The article, entitled "What Turned Jaron Lanier Against the Web" continues Lanier's rant against Web 2.0. It's a mostly interesting read with Lanier suggesting we are outsourcing ourselves into insignificant advertising-fodder and making an audacious connection between techno-utopianism, the rise of the machines and the Great Recession."
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Apple Abandons Green Certification

i_want_you_to_throw_ i_want_you_to_throw_ writes  |  about 2 years ago

i_want_you_to_throw_ writes "Technology giant Apple is catching heat on blogs this week for its decision to drop out of an environmental certification program for electronics, called EPEAT. There's speculation that Apple's new line of "retina display" laptops aren't easily recyclable because their batteries are glued to the aluminum case on the computer. This decision is already costing Apple with the city of San Francisco deciding to no longer buy Apple computers. San Francisco also has a rule on the books prohibiting the city from purchasing desktop and laptop computers that are not EPEAT-certified, so the city will not be able to purchase Apple desktops and laptops unless Apple gets the green certification again."
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You can't copyright a number judge rules.

i_want_you_to_throw_ i_want_you_to_throw_ writes  |  more than 2 years ago

i_want_you_to_throw_ writes "Pi Day this year was special for Michael John Blake. On that day, March 14 (3/14, like the number 3.14), a judge dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit against his song, which is based on the number pi. A judged ruled that you can't copyright pi (it's a non-copyrightable fact). You CAN however trademark numbers although it is a sticky business. Boeing, for example, has trademarked "737", "757", and so on. Intel on the other hand hasn't been so lucky with "486", forcing it to switch to names like seem like newfound elements of the periodic table ("Pentium", etc)."
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Former Goldman Programmer's Conviction Overturned

i_want_you_to_throw_ i_want_you_to_throw_ writes  |  more than 2 years ago

i_want_you_to_throw_ writes "It appears the legal woes of Sergey Aleynikov, a former Goldman Sachs Group computer programmer, who had been convicted of stealing part of the Wall Street bank's high-frequency trading code, are now over. A federal appeals court overturned his conviction and recommended acquittal. Slashdot previously covered this story when he was sentenced to 97 months. It will be interesting to see their reasoning (an opinion is to be released) as well as what this may mean for other programmers developing high frequency trading code."
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Reliving 9/11: TV Archive

i_want_you_to_throw_ i_want_you_to_throw_ writes  |  more than 2 years ago

i_want_you_to_throw_ writes "It's a time few may want to remember. But TV news reports of the September 11, 2001, attacks — the innocuous moments before, and the horrible hours and days after — are now archived online for anyone who cares to relive them.

The Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library, has posted video from 20 television stations chronicling that grim week. The group's founder said the page, "Understanding 9/11," is designed to help researchers, historians and regular citizens put the attacks in context a decade later."

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Firefox looking to eliminate version numbers.

i_want_you_to_throw_ i_want_you_to_throw_ writes  |  more than 2 years ago

i_want_you_to_throw_ writes "Mozilla has created a stir in the Firefox community by suggesting that the version number ought to be eliminated. The version number currently shown in Firefox’s "About" dialog has been filed as a bug. Instead of a version number Mozilla simply wants the box to read something like "Firefox checked for updates 20 minutes ago, you are running the latest version." Mozilla believes that eliminating the version number will reduce user confusion."
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Finally. SCO/Novell suit is over. SCO loses

i_want_you_to_throw_ i_want_you_to_throw_ writes  |  more than 4 years ago

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "It is over. The SCO’s long-running lawsuit against Novell over a number of patents involved around Unix copyright. In short, SCO claimed to own Unix even after Novell bought it back near the turn of the century. SCO’s patent-trolling has been shameless. The once great company reduced itself to a lawsuit machine and essentially attacked IBM and Novell for years. You can read all about the mess here, but trust me, this has been one of the nastiest patent wars in recent history."
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Apple Asks Court To Ban Google Phones

i_want_you_to_throw_ i_want_you_to_throw_ writes  |  more than 4 years ago

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "Apple on Tuesday asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to block the importation into the country of HTC's Google Android-based mobile phones, including the Google-branded Nexus One. Apple asked the court for "a permanent exclusion order" that would bar from entry "all mobile communications devices and components" made by HTC that carry the offending technologies, according to court documents."
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CueCat 2 , Electric Bugaloo?

i_want_you_to_throw_ i_want_you_to_throw_ writes  |  more than 4 years ago

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "Magazines are starting to think beyond the page and experiment with smartphone applications they say will provide their readers with additional content and bring a whole new level of engagement with the publication. Starting with its March issue, Esquire will have barcodes next to all products featured in its editorial section. Readers simply scan the barcodes and a menu on their phone will open with several options, including the choice to instantly purchase the product. Have we learned nothing from the late 90s and the CueCat ?"
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PHP runtime rewritten by Facebook?

i_want_you_to_throw_ i_want_you_to_throw_ writes  |  more than 4 years ago

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "It's true! Facebook has completely rewritten the PHP runtime to make it faster and more efficient, and its completely open source. Named HipHop, its described as a source code transformer, changing PHP into optimized C++ which is then compiled using g++. Thus keeping the best aspects of PHP while taking advantage of the performance of C++. Using HipHop, the Facebook web server CPU usage has been decreased by about fifty percent!"
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iPad DRM is bad for freedom?

i_want_you_to_throw_ i_want_you_to_throw_ writes  |  more than 3 years ago

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "Today, Apple launched a computer that will never belong to its owner. Apple will use Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) to gain total veto power over the applications you use and the media you can view. Is it bad for freedom? DefectiveByDesign.org (A campaign of the Free Software Foundation) says yes. From the site: DRM will give Apple and their corporate partners the power to disable features, block competing products (especially free software) censor news, and even delete books, videos, or news stories from users' computers without notice-- using the device's "always on" network connection. What do you think?"
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