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Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

jarrettwold2002 Re:They avoid epileptic frequencies, right? (235 comments)

It depends on the state. Typically the standard is to grant the person with epilepsy their license back after a distinct period of not having any kind of seizure that requires a licensed medial doctor to sign off on. That period is typically on the order of years. I don't know how insurance would work in that situation though. I could see a situation where someone is licensed but uninsurable.

about 2 months ago
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Hacked Syrian Officials Used '12345' As Email Password

jarrettwold2002 Yahoo and Hotmail, really? (231 comments)

My favorite part is you go look at the email, sender is on a yahoo account and one of the recipients is a hotmail user. How stupid do you have to be.... I mean really. The NSA vacuum cleaner goes *woooooosssssshhhhhhh*

Next up on the hacked list.
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From:mahmoud.ahmadinejad56@hotmail.com
To: KhameneiBaby39@yahoo.com
Subject: Nuclear Weapons
Body:
Hey the Americans are looking at our shit in Qom, we really need to hide the weapons elsewhere. Maybe we can stash them at your place for a while?

P.S. DOWN WITH THE INFIDELS LOL! XD

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more than 2 years ago
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The Gradual Death of the Brick and Mortar Tech Store

jarrettwold2002 Re:Black Friday 2011: The Nightmare (491 comments)

Frankly they don't want you buying it if you don't buy the additional warranty or accessories or whatever. If you don't buy it, someone else will. I'm convinced that corporate would just rather have you shop somewhere else. They get shipments twice a week, but there is a million different variations that the public demands so it's hard to keep all of the stock flowing to the exact right places, so it's easier to make it a difficult experience for the grab and go customer who just want to buy four of the laptop with a $5 markup and leave none for customers who might potentially want to buy other items to go with it.

That's the problem. People ARE shopping elsewhere. Their pricing isn't just a nominal markup, it's an astronomical markup. Their logistics are a mess, I show up to buy some sennheiser headphones listed as "available in store" on their website. They couldn't find them. That was followed up by "well, the system does that all the time." Fix the damned system. That was $30 that walked out the door to be spent on Newegg.

The best part of standing in that line was a)talking to random people b) getting one of their "vouchers" for the big ticket item. I felt like I won the lotto. and c) the local church groups running around with hot chocolate and candy. I was actually in a pretty good mood when I got through the doors. "ahhhh, it's almost over" and then you wait two hours because they decide to up sell at the head of the line. I watched a bunch of people get to the line, buying shit that wasn't even on sale... put the stuff back and walk out. That's insanity!

If corporate is being picky about its customers, then it's going to be choosing it's way to bankruptcy within the decade.

more than 2 years ago
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The Gradual Death of the Brick and Mortar Tech Store

jarrettwold2002 Re:Black Friday 2011: The Nightmare (491 comments)

I remember circuit city, barely. It was poorly stocked and overpriced. But, such is the life of retail geek shopping.

more than 2 years ago
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The Gradual Death of the Brick and Mortar Tech Store

jarrettwold2002 Black Friday 2011: The Nightmare (491 comments)

Before, you go "you're stupid for shopping on black friday" 1) I know and 2) it was for my youngest brother. That being said, I expected to wait out in the cold living in North Dakota and all.

I fully expected to wait in line for quite a while. What I didn't expect was the hours waiting to check out. 3 hours in, I get to the head of the "TV" line and lo, they are taking customers four at a time and running them through (for lack of a better term) "sales stations." Now, at each one you got a miniature lecture about the wonders of a variety of things; overpriced HDMI cables, Geek Squad's "calibration service", the "benefits" of their warranties. It took the group in front of us around a half hour to make their way through the stations before they were allowed to check out. Of course they could stop along the way and ask questions, further delaying the line. Mind you there were at least a hundred people behind us waiting. After watching that clusterfuck of an operation I along with a couple other people bum rushed the line, told the sales station people to fuck off and checked out.

On the opposite side of the store, in the "computer" line they were having people fill out forms regarding their computer experience. You weren't "allowed" to check out until you had completed your form. Once you completed your form, your personal information was taken and digested and you were up sold on the same shit. They made the mistake of letting someone who was behind my friend move ahead of him. Two managers and a lot of cussing later, he had started a little revolution and everyone behind him refused to fill out the stupid paperwork.

On random other occasions, people have wanted me to go up with them to help them pick out whatever electronic device. Again, getting ahead of the responses I spent quality time trying to convince them to buy elsewhere. It amazes me how often a sales guy will come up, not go away when we tell him to go away and then start arguing with me to the point where I have to raise my voice to drive them off.

I've never seen a company that fights so hard to keep people from buying their shit. Ever. I've never seen a company where the reps are so willing to argue with the guy who is helping someone buy something. It is mind boggling. The customer service there is mind numbing. Every so often a miracle happens and you have someone who honestly knows what they're talking about. Those guys need to be cloned and replicated somehow. They're not confrontational, they don't try to up sell bullshit you won't use, and are actually helpful. /end rageface

more than 2 years ago
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Trion Worlds' Rift Account Database Compromised

jarrettwold2002 I still want to play (88 comments)

I still want to play it, I just need a computer with more horsepower. I use a disposable, reloadable credit card for all online purchases. The thing functions just like an ATM card, you can't charge more than what's on it.

I think the positive thing they could do moving forward is explain what steps, in general terms, they've taken to make sure this doesn't happen again. Further, there's no amount of in-game compensation they can give that would mean anything significant.

It sucks, but at least it's been disclosed. How many sites out there, that have your credit card information have experienced breaches and not disclosed it? That's far more scary to me.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Music Goes Live With Google+ Integration

jarrettwold2002 Re:Copy-and-Paste (240 comments)

I'm not defending Google Music here, but Facebook and Microsoft Office are knockoffs of other products, and they're doing pretty well XD

more than 2 years ago
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Did Fracking Cause Recent Oklahoma Earthquakes?

jarrettwold2002 Re:North Dakota Fracking (288 comments)

We may be minting more millionaires, but due to massive flooding this year in the side of the state that matters to the Bakken... we have a housing availability rate of less than 0.1% where I live in Minot. So rental rates in our 40k pop city have skyrocketed, nuking the service (mcdonalds, pizza hut etc) sector's ability to hire and keep employees. It's a situation where you can be making 150K/yr on the rigs and be homeless, due to lack of housing.

So the boom is coming with some really nasty environmental and economic ramifications for residents and landowners.

more than 2 years ago
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Did Fracking Cause Recent Oklahoma Earthquakes?

jarrettwold2002 North Dakota Fracking (288 comments)

If you want to see if fracking leads to an increase in geological activity, keeping an eye on North Dakota might be interesting. We have a large scale oil boom happening here. The Bakken formation is being rapidly developed using fracking in an ever increasing scale.

The state is also relatively stable.
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/north_dakota/history.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakken_formation

more than 2 years ago
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Yankovic's Born this Way

jarrettwold2002 Re:No it doesn't. (3 comments)

In a non-commercial manner he can do so, and he has. Fair use gets fair thornier if it's released commercially.

more than 3 years ago
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Anonymous Launches Attack On Sony

jarrettwold2002 Re:This was not revenge for GeoHotz at all. (347 comments)

There is plenty of alternative here. People have the largest soap box in the entire history of mankind to speak their grievances from: the internet. All of the tools are in the box if you want things to change. The difficulty will always be rallying people to a banner, figuratively speaking.

Outlaws are set apart from vigilantes in some respects, as the definition of outlaw is significantly more broad. An outlaw can be something as innocent and simple as a character like Jean Valjean in Les Miserables... they can also be people that heist banks at gunpoint.

The point with vigilantism, in the history of mankind, it has achieved little. They tend to be isolated acts that effect no real change, and usually cause a visceral and vicious response that negates the efforts of the people that aren't vigilantes. Every modern change has either been through revolution or through change from within. Even then revolution is fraught with danger and rarely succeeds producing something better.

If you want a good look, check out the middle east.. Particularly Egypt. They had a revolution, threw an old dictator out leaving a power vacuum for potentially a larger threat to fill in. This of course being the Muslim Brotherhood the antecedents of modern terrorism. Another example is the burgeoning secular government in Tunisia. It's already at threat from fundamentalist Islamic sects wanting Sharia established in both civil and criminal capacities with the state left to handling usury. I know this sounds like a line from Fox News. But, it is not in any way bullshit or something to be discarded as an object lesson.

The reason why civil rights and women's suffrage were seen through to success were tireless efforts to change the system from within.

When sane men turn to outlaw justice, when remedy is available within the system either through what's established or changed by uproar... It's a dark day and is insane after a fashion.

Sony isn't the core problem here, they are acting in what they view as their own best interest. It seems a bit stupid to the rest of us, but that is their right. It's also our right to look broader and bigger. As a movement, I think patent reform and intellectual property law to be changed is going to be an uphill battle for years. This requires more than a DDOS. It requires spokesmen, money and time.

If anything has been proved in self government, money as a motivator for change in political systems has been the most successful route. So anyone getting pissed off about this shit, should go donate money to a centralized effort be it the EFF or something new. If they can, donate their time. Hell go sit down with your state legislators one by one and explain the issues. Outside of our geek community nobody gets why this is a bad thing. Education is needed more than anything else. IP law for dummies.

So when everyone decides to use that soapbox, with one voice... that will be the day shit starts changing.

more than 3 years ago
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Anonymous Launches Attack On Sony

jarrettwold2002 Re:This was not revenge for GeoHotz at all. (347 comments)

Except that it's drastically different than a sit-in. A sit-in, you can walk up to someone talk to them, learn their story and know who they are and what they do. That is fundamentally what a sit-in's function is: to show the human side of the people affected. A DDOS is a faceless beast, wielded as a digital weapon. The entire point of it is to wound, which in this case means preventing valid use and access of a valid site. If LOIC had a magic ability to melt servers, it would be used.

The only difference between this and terrorism is the choice of tool and setting.

Civil disobedience means you accept responsibility for your actions, and the punishment they may bring. I see nothing here that meets the standards of Selma, AL or Ghandi. So stop attempting to make that tenuous link.

Yes, Sony are great big assholes. Yes, they do shit that legal system should be modified to prevent. However, they operate within the law.

A DDOS is far more akin to terrorism than peaceful protest.

more than 3 years ago
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Anonymous Launches Attack On Sony

jarrettwold2002 Re:This was not revenge for GeoHotz at all. (347 comments)

If you think I'm being pedantic here I'm not. This is the logical end of vigilantism. With no constraining force or set of ideals, anything becomes possible with any justification so long as enough people believe it true.

more than 3 years ago
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FBI Wants You To Solve Encrypted Notes From Murder

jarrettwold2002 Re:maybe it's just gibberish (466 comments)

That would make sense to me. And it's also possible he screwed up his own cipher. That stuff looks like it was scrawled pretty quickly. It is neat that the FBI is crowdsourcing this. I can easily see more of this coming in the future. Although, it would probably be most effective go bribe 4chan.

One thought I had was this is a form of short hand cross with a minor cipher. Meaning that it's not intended to be a message for anybody else to understand, but to jog the memory of the victim.

more than 3 years ago
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FBI Wants You To Solve Encrypted Notes From Murder

jarrettwold2002 maybe it's just gibberish (466 comments)

Maybe they're over thinking this. It could just be gibberish. Any word on if the guy was crazy or not?

more than 3 years ago
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$1.2 Million Worth of MS Points Taken After Hackers Figure Out Code Algorithm

jarrettwold2002 Banned from Live (203 comments)

Hopefully they get banned from Live. This falls under the broad category of hate I have for gold farmers in MMOs.

more than 3 years ago
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North Korean Domain Names Return To the Internet

jarrettwold2002 I'm So Ronery by Kim Jong (135 comments)

I am of course eagerly, awaiting this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh_9QhRzJEs being plastered across every site. Nothing welcomes more people to the age of the internet than derisive mockery planted on website by people that live in their parents basement and survive off a steady diet of cheetos.

more than 3 years ago

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Yankovic's Born this Way

jarrettwold2002 jarrettwold2002 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jarrettwold2002 (601633) writes "Weird Al Yankovic, you all know him. A purveyor of satire and comedy for all, got shot down by Lady Gaga and her management to release his latest satirical song commercially. The proceeds would have benefited the watchdog group Human Rights Campaign. This demonstrates, again, how far we have to go when it comes to reforming intellectual property and copyright law.

I wrote and recorded what I thought was going to be the first single off of my new album: a parody of “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga called “Perform This Way.” But after hearing it, Lady Gaga decided not to give me permission to release the song, so it won’t be coming out commercially anytime in the near future. Sorry

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How to deal with information overload

jarrettwold2002 jarrettwold2002 writes  |  about 4 years ago

jarrettwold2002 (601633) writes "I use a variety of networks to aggregate information daily from friends, news and so forth. On average day I use twitter, facebook, a slew of IM networks (everyone has different accounts, across multiple providers), a ton of news along with just day to day usage of the web. If the day is busy either friends, family, news, or development wise it can easily become overwhelming. What pieces of software, web apps and so on do you use to make your daily onslaught of information manageable?"
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Changing how music is made, unmade and reused.

jarrettwold2002 jarrettwold2002 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jarrettwold2002 (601633) writes "Times Online has an article about musicians that give their music, loops and samples away, under creative commons licenses. Allowing other musicians to use,reuse and remix what has been contributed.

"Again, Riera has made no money from the release; and, like Stage, he insists he doesn’t care. “It’s just noise,” he says. “I don’t own it. How can somebody own noise? I can’t expect people to pay for my words or opinions, so why should they pay for my noise?"

Recently Trent Reznor's side project How to Destroy Angels released multitracks under a creative commons license with Reznor posting: "Multitrack audio files for two of our songs have been added to the remix community at http://remix.nin.com/ for your remixing pleasure.""

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Using Twitter to save lives

jarrettwold2002 jarrettwold2002 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jarrettwold2002 (601633) writes "In under a week organized largely by Twitter, Trent Reznor, the Nine Inch Nails fan base, and Veronica De La Cruz, a race to save her brother's life has erupted. $650K has been raised thus far. Thus far, no national news outlet has covered this. Twitter has garnered a vast amount of news coverage, with the reports suggesting that Google is signaling a possible partnership. If this campaign is any signpost to go by, are online communities beginning to render traditional press coverage obsolete? Further, does this signal a shift in how fundraising is conducted?"
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What problems have you had with US Health Care

jarrettwold2002 jarrettwold2002 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jarrettwold2002 writes "A message I received via Twitter brought this question to mind. We live in the 21st century and stories like these are still happening:

"Eric De La Cruz who is dying. He needs a heart transplant. Unfortunately, there is a lot of red tape involved, and getting on the list is not easy.Eric has a preexisting medical condition and we can't get him insurance. We have been fighting to get him Medicare disability."

What problems have you had with Medicare/Medicaid? If there are any health care professionals reading, what can be done to improve government run health care?"
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Trent Reznor talks about iPhone Update Rejection

jarrettwold2002 jarrettwold2002 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jarrettwold2002 (601633) writes "Trent Reznor posted an update talking about the iPhone rejection in more detail. Mirroring most of the sentiment on the previous article he says:

Now, "The Downward Spiral" the album is not available anywhere in the iPhone app. The song "The Downward Spiral" I believe is in a podcast that can be streamed to the app. Thanks Apple for the clear description of the problem — as in, what do you want us to change to get past your stupid [...] standards? You can buy The Downward[...]Spiral on iTunes, but you can't allow an iPhone app that may have a song with a bad word somewhere in it?[...]

It also includes full text of the rejection email, here's an excerpt:

Thank you for submitting nin: access to the App Store. We've reviewed nin: access and determined that we cannot post this version of your iPhone application to the App Store at this time because it contains objectionable content which is in violation of Section 3.3.12 from the iPhone SDK Agreement[...]

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Nine Inch Nails iPhone App gets censored

jarrettwold2002 jarrettwold2002 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jarrettwold2002 (601633) writes "Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails announced via his Twitter account today "Apple rejects the NIN iPhone update because it contains objectionable content. The objectionable content referenced is "The Downward Spiral" The initial NIN Access iPhone app garnered much fanfare (Wired Article, Guardian) and was approved by Apple. The update has been rejected due to an album reference. If Nine Inch Nails is having problems with censorship and approval what kind of problems are you having with the iPhone app approval process?"
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400GB of Nine Inch Nails

jarrettwold2002 jarrettwold2002 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jarrettwold2002 (601633) writes "In the trend of giving music consumers more power over aspects of how they get music, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails just released 400GB of raw concert footage for fans to edit to their hearts content. After an earlier deal fell through to film the concert in 3D with James Cameron, this seems to have been a logical progression for Reznor.
In an article on PC World, David Murphy says

Reznor might be taking a page out of Steve Jobs' playbook, for it seems there's always just "one more thing" on the horizon. In a first for a band of this size in the music industry, Reznor today released more than 400GB of high-definition concert footage from three shows on the "Lights in the Sky" tour

. Show Torrents Available:
Victoria, B.C.
Portland, Oregon
Sacramento, CA"

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Superstruct Alternate Reality Game Launched

jarrettwold2002 jarrettwold2002 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jarrettwold2002 writes "Sponsored by the Institute for the Future, the alternate reality game Superstruct has been launched. The ARG (wikipedia) is set in the year 2019. There are five superthreats facing mankind. Mankind is facing extinction. It's your job to stop it by utilizing existing social networking services, video and research.

"Massively multiplayer forecasting games is not just a new tool for forecasting, but also a continuation of IFTF's efforts to make forecasting more public, more inclusive, and more experiential," says Howard Rheingold, social media expert and author of Smart Mobs. "A forecasting game is a kind of simulation, a kind of scenario, a kind of teleconference, a kind of artifact from the future--and more--that enlists the participants as "first-person forecasters."

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Senator Dorgan, Takes the Lead on Net Neutrality

jarrettwold2002 jarrettwold2002 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jarrettwold2002 (601633) writes "My Senator (Byron Dorgan) responded to my requests on internet taxation and net neutrality. He seemed supportive of the idea. So, one down who knows how many to go.

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Dear Jarrett:

                   

Thanks for contact me with your questions regarding tax issues and the Internet.

               

The Internet and e-mail are some of the greatest inventions of modern history. They have revolutionized communication and are changing modern society. I agree with you that we should not tax Internet access and I feel that the moratorium on the taxation of Internet access should be kept in place.

                       

I support a moratorium on taxing Internet access, but believe it should rema tailored in scope to benefit consumers and Internet service providers. Currently, the Permananent Internet Tax Freedom Act (S.156) has been introduced in the Senate, and it would make the Internet access tax moratorium permanent. I do have some concerns about the scope of this legislation, and think we need to carefully consider it. I will keep your thoughts in mind as debate on this bill moves to the Senate floor.
                       

I also believe we need to find a way for taxes to be collected on remote sales. Most states and many localities, have laws that require the local purchaser to send an equivalent "use tax" to the state or local government when he or she does not pay taxes at the time of purchase. But, as you well know, the reality is that customers almost never do that, and this tax goes unpaid. This is unfair for merchants who have to collect the tax and it also has dramatic implications ofor states and localities that depend on sales tax revenue to provide basic services.

                       

I have been working with Senator Enzi (R-WY) for many years now on bipartisan legislation that will encourage states to greatly simplify their sales and use tax systems so that all taxes can be collected at the point of sale. In return, the states would be granted authority to require large remote sellers to collect sales taxes on goods sold in those states.



Thanks again for sharing your views with me. It was good to hear from you.

Sincerly,

Byron Dorgan"

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