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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

jjp9999 Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (419 comments)

*Kids play cops and robbers* That's it! We're going to Ferguson!

about 3 months ago
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I think wearable computing will take off...

jjp9999 Military and police. That's it. (254 comments)

I could see this becoming big for militaries and police, but that's it. They're already talking about making cops wear cameras in Canada. They'd also want it for facial recognition, which means a computer could tell them who is wanted, or if a person has ties that makes them shady.

I think consumer versions won't take off for all the above reasons. Once people realize the other uses for these devices and what that means, I think they'll avoid them (especially since the early adopters probably need to be geeks). Also, there are too many copyright issues out there (i.e. accidentally recording a song in a video you upload, wearing them into movies, watching TV, going into a building that doesn't want you recording, etc.).

about a year ago
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Apple Forges Agreement With China Mobile

jjp9999 Re:Peak Apple 2012 (79 comments)

I had a friend who worked at the Apple Store in NYC. He said they used to get huge lines of Chinese people every day when they opened who would buy as many iPhones as they'd be willing to sell. Apparently they were jailbreaking the phones and reselling them for huge markups in China. Not sure if this is still going on, but from what he was telling me there's huge demand for iPhones in China.

about a year ago
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China Creates Air Defence Zone Over Japan-Controlled Islands, Issues War Threat

jjp9999 Re:..and now you see why (519 comments)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reiterated the defense treaty yesterday. He said it applies to the disputed islands.

1 year,1 day
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NSA Infected 50,000 Computer Networks With Malicious Software

jjp9999 Re:The U.S. government is EXTREMELY corrupt. (264 comments)

I enjoyed the response of Europeans a lot more when they learned their governments were doing the exact same thing. Americans care about this stuff. When people in other countries learn their governments do the exact same things, they try to excuse it then turn the conversation back to America.

1 year,2 days
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Thor: The Dark World — What Did You Think?

jjp9999 Re:Thor? (233 comments)

They could have just recycled the Flash Gordon theme song: "Thor! Oh, oh! Master of the universe!"

1 year,14 days
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Weaponized Robots Could Take Point In Future Military Ops

jjp9999 Hunted by robots (182 comments)

I just realized that in some parts of the world, there is a very real threat of being killed by robots.

about a year ago
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Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video

jjp9999 Pros and cons of cooperating (871 comments)

I've never been interrogated, but once when I was 20 there was a string of robberies in my neighborhood and apparently the small-town neighborhood called in two detectives from New York to investigate (it was a pretty wealthy neighborhood in New Jersey). They pulled me over on my bike at like 2 in the morning and started questioning me (trying to do the good cop, bad cop). When they asked to search my backpack, I told them I didn't think they had probable cause. Then I told them that if they weren't going to arrest me I was going to go home, so I left and they couldn't do anything about it.

I didn't do anything wrong. My belief was that it's important that every person upholds their rights, otherwise we risk losing them. But my refusal to cooperate apparently started an in-depth investigation on me. I was told by a guy who had been arrested that police showed him a picture of me on my way to work and asked him what they knew about me. If I had done something wrong, they probably would have found it.

It's fine to not cooperate with the police, but take note that if you refuse to cooperate it will make them suspicious of you.

On that note, by brother is a sheriff. He tells me that police will usually let you off if you're honest with them, since so few people are honest with them. I've gotten off for speeding on multiple occasions by just being honest with the police.

about a year ago
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UW Researchers Demonstrate First Direct Communication Between Human Brains

jjp9999 Conspiracies (154 comments)

Good. After it turned out the government really was watching all of us, the conspiracists can have something new to play with :)

about a year ago
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Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

jjp9999 Crunchbang (627 comments)

#! ftw! But I only use it when I need to focus.

about a year ago
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Robot Produces Paintings With That 'Imperfect' Human Look

jjp9999 Glorified printer with paint software (74 comments)

Interesting, but it's still not that much different from a printer with an algorithm to imitate a painterly look. There is software (like Corel Painter) that can transform photos to look like they were painted using different mediums. I could load a photo, use an automated feature in Painter, and print it, and it would basically do the same thing as this robot.

about a year ago
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SEC Alleges 'Bitcoin Savings & Trust' Is a Ponzi Scheme

jjp9999 Re:Legal (176 comments)

This is genius: "Invest in continued stupidity." I think it may be the only stable market.

about a year ago
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Long Range RFID Hacking Tool To Be Released At Black Hat

jjp9999 RIFD Proof Wallets? (73 comments)

I'm wondering now if it's time to buy a RIFD proof wallet. Anyone have experience with them? Do they work?

about a year ago
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If I search online for my full name...

jjp9999 Interesting (213 comments)

Lots of stuff about me. Then a Wikipedia entry on a serial killer with my same name and birthday... I'm sure it's interesting when employers Google that.

about a year ago
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I'd most rather, of the following, search with:

jjp9999 Good ole Jeeves (277 comments)

Jeeves just because that's what I used back in high school (back when most people I knew thought you had to write your search in the form of a question).

about a year ago
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My view of touchscreen laptops:

jjp9999 The Future! (359 comments)

I'm actually on the fence about touchscreen laptops for my own use, but I see hybrids (notebooks that convert to tablets) as the future of notebooks and tablets. People like tablets because they're small and easy to use, but they'll still own notebooks because tablets still can't match them with power, and they still hook keyboards up to them (which technically makes them into laptops). I think the hybrid market is going to be more for the tablet folks at first, but I see most of us warming up to them eventually.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Reputation Manager's Guide To Xbox One

jjp9999 Re:Damage control (611 comments)

You can run your Steam games in offline mode. Always works for me, at least.

about a year and a half ago

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Why Learning to Code Outweighs a Degree in Computer Science

jjp9999 jjp9999 writes  |  about 3 months ago

jjp9999 (2180664) writes "A college degree may not the best route when it comes to jobs in coding. Jobs for computer science majors flow aplenty, yet employers (and job-seekers) often learn quickly that the college grads don't have the skills. "This is because the courses taught in virtually all computer science curriculums focus on theory, and they only dabble in teaching practical programming skills," says Cody Scholberg on Epoch Times. This ties into a unique factoid in the world of programmers. Nearly half of the software developers in the United States do not have a college degree. Many never even graduated from high school. Instead, many aspiring programmers are turning to open source learning materials, or to the new programming bootcamps popping up around the United States. While theory does have its place, the situation begs the question of whether colleges are teaching the right skills people need to join the workforce, and what its place is amid the rise of open source learning."
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Weibo Goes Down in China, Traffic Redirected to Freedom Software

jjp9999 jjp9999 writes  |  about 10 months ago

jjp9999 (2180664) writes "Weibo, China's replacement for Twitter and Facebook, went offline for about two hours on Jan. 20, when a DNS attack switched its IP address to overseas VPN software used to circumvent censorship. On Jan. 21, the brief IP switch was the most discussed topic on Weibo, with one user, ITHome, saying posting “What IP is 65.49.2.178? It’s sure to go down in history.” The IP address is one of those used by Freegate, which is free software released by Chinese dissidents in the U.S. intended to help Chinese people break through the Great Firewall. However, Bill Xia, president of Dynamic Internet Technology, which makes Freegate, said he and his team of volunteers thought their networks were under attack when they got a surge of traffic with about 100,000 users a second hitting their IP address. Xia said they are still trying to analyze the incident, but he assumes it was a slip-up the Chinese authorities in charge of censoring content. “Our guess is they messed up again,” he said. “This doesn’t make sense for them, so I assume it was a mistake in their operation.”"
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Image of Europe Getting Nuked Used in Promotion for China's Moon Rover

jjp9999 jjp9999 writes  |  about a year ago

jjp9999 (2180664) writes "In a promotional exhibit for China's Jade Rabbit lunar rover, an image in the background showed a nuclear explosion over Europe. The image they used was public stock photo titled "Nuclear Explosion on Earth from Space." How it got picked up for the exhibit remains a mystery. The exhibit was shown in November at the China International Industry Fair 2013 in Shanghai ahead of China's recent lunar landing."
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Pre-hacked Electronics Come Straight From China's Factories

jjp9999 jjp9999 writes  |  1 year,4 days

jjp9999 (2180664) writes "Cybercriminals may be taking a new route to hack your computers, and are taking their attacks straight to the factories. A shipment of Chinese kettles and clothing irons was recently picked up by Russian customs agents who said inside the products were WiFi chips and microprocessors. If the devices were plugged in, they would search for unsecured WiFi networks (which are still common in Russia) and infect them with malware. The devices were far from the first though. In the past few years we've seen spying devices in Hong Kong cars, Olympus cameras and Samsung smartphones with infected memory cards, infected TomTom GPS systems, and the infamous Best Buy digital picture frames that were pre-loaded with a virus that could bypass firewalls and over 100 security and anti-virus programs. The US government seems to know about the problem, yet has been oddly silent. Among the only public discussions was in 2011 when Greg Schaffer of Homeland Security said he was aware of the problem, adding 'This is one of the most complicated and difficult challenges that we have.'"
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US Nuclear Plants Rely on By-product of China, Russia's Nuclear Weapons

jjp9999 jjp9999 writes  |  about a year ago

jjp9999 (2180664) writes "Close to 13 percent of energy in the U.S. is being produced by nuclear power plants that rely on Lithium-7, which is needed to cool the reactors. Yet, the supply of Lithium-7 may soon be cut. Lithium-7 is a by-product of Lithium-6, which is used in nuclear weapons programs, and the only suppliers of Lithium-7 are China and Russia since the United States halted production in 1963. A report from the Government Accountability Office states that brokers of Lithium-7 told researchers that both China and Russia recently told them they were either having trouble obtaining it, or there were no supplies to sell. A post on Rep. Dan Maffei's (D-NY) website reads, 'Whether this was a temporary disruption or a pattern of future supply shortages is still unclear, but the potential of future Lithium-7 supply problems is apparent.'"
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Can Conscious Intention Affect Quantum Events?

jjp9999 jjp9999 writes  |  about a year ago

jjp9999 (2180664) writes "The role of consciousness in quantum measurement has been debated since the early days of quantum mechanics, but few experiments have been done that actively test the role of conscious intent in the process. Dean Radin and colleagues performed a series of experiments that tested whether attempts to mentally influence a quantum measurement would make a difference in the interference pattern in a double-slit apparatus. Participants were indeed able to do so—the effects are highly statistically significant, demonstrating that conscious intent can influence interference patterns, and thus quantum events. Furthermore, participants with meditation experience were particularly good at creating the effect, while those without meditation experience did not influence the measurements, on average."
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Intergalactic Payment System Unveiled by PayPal

jjp9999 jjp9999 writes  |  about a year ago

jjp9999 (2180664) writes "Anticipating the rise of a viable space economy ahead of the launch of Virgin Galactic and the construction of a space hotel by 2016, PayPal is unveiling the development of a new payment system, PayPal Galaxy, designed to function as an intergalactic currency. PayPal President David Marcus told Epoch Times, “If you want space tourism to thrive, you need commerce.""
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Inventor Turns Down $60 Million Deal Over Conscience

jjp9999 jjp9999 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

jjp9999 (2180664) writes "Jeffrey Van Middlebrook is the inventor of the broad-spectrum fractional sequestration combustion gas liquefier, which can sequester gas from waste combustion. It could be used to create clean coal power plants. Although he has been trying to find investors since 2006, he had no luck until China caught wind of his invention in 2011. After two meetings with Communist Party delegations in 2011 and 2012, they offered him $60 million for research and development, a laboratory in China, and a full staff. Yet when Middlebrook began reading about human rights violations in China, he began to question whether the deal was worth it, and eventually turned down the offer. He told The Epoch Times, “Here’s a foreign government holding money under our noses, and then I start reading about horrific things in China. I thought: ‘I can’t do this. I can’t take this money. I can’t go to China. No matter how much my technology means, no matter how much they are going to invest, I cannot take China’s money.’” He added, “I can’t take that money knowing people are losing their lives so I can have that money. I can’t do it.”"
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Cyberheist Highlights Push for Pin-and-Chip Credit Cards

jjp9999 jjp9999 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

jjp9999 (2180664) writes "The recent cyberheist that stole $45 million from ATM machines around the world could have been prevented with EMV compliant smart cards, which use pin-and-chip authorization systems with microprocessors and high-level encryption over the simple magnetic strips still common in the United States. Part of the heist involved sending information from the magnetic strips of hacked prepaid debit cards to ground teams around the world, who were able to make duplicates of the cards. The EMV standard is already in place throughout most of Europe and Canada, and has been around since 1994, yet the U.S. is only now adopting it."
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DEP Says Fracking Not to Blame for Flammable Water

jjp9999 jjp9999 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

jjp9999 (2180664) writes "The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection declared on Monday that fracking is not to blame for methane in water in Susquehanna County. Their 16-month investigation concluded the methane was naturally occurring, not from hydraulic fracturing wells nearby. Last year, the EPA declared flammable sink water in Dimock, Pennsylvania, was not contaminating, after it was made famous by the documentary film, "Gasland.""
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Nearly Every NYC Crime Involves Cyber, Says Manhattan DA

jjp9999 jjp9999 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

jjp9999 (2180664) writes "Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance, says cybercrimes are the fastest growing crimes in New York City, and criminals of all types are finding uses for digital tools. The Epoch Times reports that during a Feb. 28 event, Vance said it has reached a point where “It is rare that a case does not involve some kind of cyber or computer element that we prosecute in our office—whether it is homicide, whether it’s financial crime case, whether it’s a gang case where the gang members are posting on Facebook where they’re going to meet.” He also noted that organized crime groups in New York are shifting their focus to cybercrime, and that many local criminals are working with international hackers."
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Poor Sleep Prevents Brain From Storing Memories

jjp9999 jjp9999 writes  |  about 2 years ago

jjp9999 (2180664) writes "Recent findigns published on Jan. 27 in the journal Nature Neuroscience may inspire you to get some proper sleep. Researchers at UC Berkley found that REM sleep plays a key role in moving short term memories from the hippocampus (where short-term memories are stored) to the prefrontal cortex (where long-term memories are stored), and that degeneration of the frontal lobe as we grow older may play a key role in forgetfulness. "What we have discovered is a dysfunctional pathway that helps explain the relationship between brain deterioration, sleep disruption and memory loss as we get older – and with that, a potentially new treatment avenue," said UC Berkeley sleep researcher Matthew Walker."
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Henk Rogers Looks to Social Games for World Peace

jjp9999 jjp9999 writes  |  about 2 years ago

jjp9999 (2180664) writes "Henk Rogers, the publisher who brought Tetris to the world, and who created Japan's first RPG, Black Onyx, has another trick up his sleeve. Facing with controversy around whether video games are a source of real-world violence, Rogers is working out the concepts for a new type of game he belies can foster peace, solve real-world conflicts, and help people overcome social differences. To do this, he is looking at what brings people closer together, and what pushes people apart; and he believes that the key to creating such a project will be eliminating isolation in an online world. “Society, even though we are pushing seven or eight billion people in the world, we’re a society that isolates people, and I think that’s kind of creepy,” Rogers told The Epoch Times. “Let’s just put the isolated people together and let them be friends. Technology exists to do that, but somehow, technologically we haven’t done that.”"
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Double Fine Gives Inside Look at Development With Amnesia Fortnight

jjp9999 jjp9999 writes  |  about 2 years ago

jjp9999 (2180664) writes "Double Fine is going to be doing something interesting in the coming weeks. They'll be opening the doors to their secretive Amnesia Fortnight ceremony where the team breaks off into small teams, comes up with a new game, then develops the game in a fortnight (two weeks). Tim Schafer explains the concept in his usual style in a video, and the project is already up and running using the Humble Bundle approach."
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Homeland Security Mining Social Media for Bio Attacks

jjp9999 jjp9999 writes  |  about 2 years ago

jjp9999 (2180664) writes "Nextgov reports 'The Homeland Security Department has commissioned Accenture to test technology that mines open social networks for indications of pandemics, according to the vendor.' This will kick off a year-long biosurveillance program, costing $3 million, that will log trends in public health by looking through public posts. This ties back to White House guidelines released in July that ask federal agencies to 'Consider social media as a force multiplier that can empower individuals and communities to provide early warning and global situational awareness.'"
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Skype Handed Teenager's Info to Private Company

jjp9999 jjp9999 writes  |  about 2 years ago

jjp9999 (2180664) writes "Dutch authorities are investigating Skype over allegations that the company handed private information on a 16-year-old user to an IT company. Police files were obtained by Netherlands-based NU, which reported that Skype passed along the teenager's username, real name, e-mail address, and home address. The Epoch Times reports that ' Significantly, Skype handed over the information without receiving a court order, which is in violation of Skype’s stated privacy policy.'"
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Tinkerer Invents iPhone Interface for Ham Radios

jjp9999 jjp9999 writes  |  about 2 years ago

jjp9999 (2180664) writes "By using the same technology found in older modems, Thomas Tumino, vice president of the Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club, has invented an iPhone interface for ham radios. He told The Epoch Times, 'Today there are iPhone apps where you can use the systems in the phone—and its sound card, which is being used as a modem ... And then you connect that into your radio with an interface like this, that just isolates the telephone from the radio, and then you can do all sorts of things.'"
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Following Huawei Report, US Rejects UN Telecom Proposals

jjp9999 jjp9999 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jjp9999 (2180664) writes "The Epoch Times reports that on Monday, the same day the Intelligence Committee released its report cautioning against Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE, the US said it will reject major changes to telecom at the World Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference in Dubai this December. The UN conference will be the first of its kind since 1988, and its members are pressing the US to hand control of governing the Internet over to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Huawei and ZTE are both members of the ITU. Terry Kramer, the US special envoy to the conference, said the US opposes proposals from some of the “nondemocratic nations” that include tracking and monitoring content and user information, which “makes it very easy for nations to monitor traffic.”"
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Kickstarter Funds Fall Through, Despite Successful Campaign

jjp9999 jjp9999 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jjp9999 (2180664) writes "If you've been following the stream here on Slashdot long enough, you may have heard speculation around Kickstarter projects falling through, despite successful campaigns. Well, it finally happened. Warbird Games never got a $10,000 contribution for Jack Houston and the Necronauts, which was a large portion of the $64,256 they raised. “After the exhilaration of passing our goal by almost $10k, I was expecting to spend the next few days getting ready to start production on the project.” said lead designer, Stacy Davidson, in a press release. “Instead, I spent them frantically trying to find out what was going on with the donation, whether we’d even get the other funds and glued to email for any news.” Warbird Games will continue development, but they've started up a new fundraising campaign using PayPal to make up for the loss."
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UK Government Declassifies UFO Files

jjp9999 jjp9999 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jjp9999 (2180664) writes "The UK government declassified a batch of files about UFOs and sightings, through The National Archives. There isn't much to feed conspirators here, but does have some information which is interesting. There are transcripts debating whether the large number of sightings are true, and others suggesting that if they are true, the technology may be usable by the UK, noting 'then devices exist that do not use conventional reaction propulsion systems; they have a very wide range of speeds and are stealthy. I suggest we could use this technology, if it exists.'"
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