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Who Is Buried In the Largest Tomb Ever Found In Northern Greece?

jbmartin6 Just maybe.... (92 comments)

Genghis Khan?

5 days ago
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Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

jbmartin6 Real life wins (230 comments)

You just can't make this stuff up, Doyle (via Holmes) was right:

"We think it's a courtesy, and it helps address some concerns that people might not be absolutely sure they're on a hotspot from Comcast," Douglas said.

about a week ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

jbmartin6 This is great (173 comments)

Now there is a lot more mercury available to be put, in elemental form, into vaccines.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

jbmartin6 Reality will intrude (448 comments)

Once the soldiers learn how to disable the lockout it will become unwritten standard practice to remove the lockout before relying on it, all it would take is one incident where it got locked out due to a bug or other failure. Would you want your life relying on a weapon that would stop working if it couldn't phone home?

about two weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

jbmartin6 Re: What's wrong with Windows Server? (613 comments)

You forgot to mention, you will only run something else if the flaws in the original cost you more than the costs of switching to the alternative. Assuming the alternative can be proven to not have equivalent flaws. In most cases, this means people stay with the original and put up with the flaws.

about two weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

jbmartin6 Re: What's wrong with Windows Server? (613 comments)

It is a question of scope. An IE bug may or may not affect a million users, just to pick a number. Many of those run firefox or chrome. And each one needs to be exploited individually, through various mechanisms (bogus email, fake website/search poison, etc.) which have a low overall success rate. Compare this to Heartbleed, which could impact the same million users at a single point with a single operation.

about two weeks ago
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This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

jbmartin6 Article Thumbs Down (103 comments)

This article is all about speculations on our megacity future, I was more interested in how he got the city that big.

about three weeks ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

jbmartin6 Costly and Unreliable? (111 comments)

to portray the networks as unreliable and costly

I wasn't sure to which networks this was referring.

about three weeks ago
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Google Wins $1.3 Million From Patent Troll

jbmartin6 Re:Judicial Order (35 comments)

If there is a true free market in legal services, someone should go to them and say "I will be the lawyer in your losing case for only $500k in legal fees!"

about three weeks ago
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FBI Investigates 'Sophisticated' Cyber Attack On JP Morgan, 4 More US Banks

jbmartin6 Russia = bogeyman (98 comments)

I didn't see any evidence of Russia being involved, other than gross speculation. Meanwhile, the NYT article states the researchers believe the malware was produced by the same people who made Stuxnet and Flame. That points to the US and Israel, not Russia.

about three weeks ago
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Euro Bank Santander Commissions Study On Bitcoin's Impact On Banking

jbmartin6 Why bother? (50 comments)

I don't see why they would bother. According to many of the folks here on /. Bitcoin is just a Ponzi scheme and it is sure to collapse any time now.

about three weeks ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

jbmartin6 Re:Cats (708 comments)

I think apex predators won't be able to position themselves as overlords. How would they recruit allies? There's just not enough cooperation among these sorts.

about three weeks ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

jbmartin6 Re:Impacts (708 comments)

This is a great intersection of goals. Getting rid of coal power for cleaner alternatives has a lot of benefits even if you lend no credence to AGW.

about three weeks ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

jbmartin6 Security (194 comments)

The article doesn't specify why they need to replace the hand rather than just do a software reset. But my first thought was of all those stories a while ago about security on diabetic pumps, and I thought "Well now we know why there shouldn't be security on these devices"

about three weeks ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

jbmartin6 This doesn't compute...or does it (113 comments)

At first I thought, "years of hard work"? How can this be when clones fill up the store in a matter of days? Doesn't seem like it is that much work. Then I thought, well perhaps designer spends years designing a game with all sorts of clever ideas then copiers use them all a few days after release. I have to ask, though, is this what happens? Surely a game must spend some time before becoming popular enough to copy, during which it builds a following and has first mover advantage. Copiers can't copy those advantages. It seems like it is still worth doing to many since folks are still making games for these platforms.

about three weeks ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

jbmartin6 Re:Where would we flee to? (257 comments)

In the USA at least, as I was recently schooled on another thread, local monopolies are forbidden by federal law. Now exorbitant fees are a different matter.

about three weeks ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

jbmartin6 Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (465 comments)

Yes, that is my point. The current business model is not the only one. Who knows, maybe they would finance the things with different merchandising deals. No single person is capable of knowing everything that is or isn't possible. How much of the cost goes into the actors salaries? I don't know, but I'll bet there is a whole lot of wiggle room there.

about three weeks ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

jbmartin6 Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (465 comments)

I think you are wrong to suppose you are capable of predicting what is or is not possible. History is full of examples of people figuring out ways to do things that many others dismissed as impossible. I don't know what the field might look like either.

about three weeks ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

jbmartin6 Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (465 comments)

removing all copy protection would require movies as we currently know them to cease to exist

"as we currently know them" is the key phrase here. No one in the current production chain has any right to keep their job at everyone else's expense, any more than blacksmiths and farriers did. Now, would movies, good and bad, still get made if copying was perfectly legal? Yes, although the field would no doubt be very different than what we currently know.

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

jbmartin6 Re:Just don't deal with Americans (251 comments)

Yes THEY are all retards, aren't they? Or at least, that is a major plank of the youtard platform.

about a month ago

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Here comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

jbmartin6 jbmartin6 writes  |  about 2 months ago

jbmartin6 (1232050) writes "The Panopticon may be coming, but perhaps not how we think. Instead of a massive government surveillance program, we might end up subjected to ubiquitous monitoring to save on our insurance premiums. The "internet of things (you can't get away from)" makes this more and more possible. Here a company saved money on its health insurance premiums by distributing Fitbits and an online service to enable reporting fitness gains back to the insurance company. We've already seen the stories on using black boxes to monitor drivers. There is even an insurance company named Panoptic! Heck why not a premium hike for owners of this or that "aggressiveness gene"? What if in the future we got a quick "+50 cents" tweet for every scoop of iced cream? I suppose the natural stopping point might be the balance between an individual's willingness to be monitored and the desire to reduce insurance premiums."

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