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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

jlb.think Re:Sue the bastards (441 comments)

Wrong. You won't be fired. But the problem with teaching critical thinking is more the kids than the students. Before I'm accused of being something else: I was a rebellious student with idiotic teachers. The one I had that taught me well recieved accolades, and eventually returned to the university level at which he belonged before he died.

about two weeks ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

jlb.think Re:Sue the bastards (441 comments)

I should have added, but didn't for brevity, that a lawyer is appointed by the state for the person incarcerated by a mental institution. Public defenders, in many cases, are well known for giving little care to their clients plight. In our case she was in need of treatment. What was disturbing however was that the lawyer appointed to her didn't even care to show up in court on the appointed date, even if he had he would have done exactly what the treatment facility wanted, mental health being outside of his repertoire, and she could have been held indefinitely.

In no way was she abused (just propositioned by a now wrote up staff member), and the facility let her out early, but what is she hadn't had someone on her side? Someone to visit, inquire of staff, to be there even if she had been drugged out of her mind?

Basically, unless rich, one has to trust the mental healthy industry to make the right calls and tell the truth. A very scary proposition. I see now way out of it. It is where the famous horror stories of woman locked away and driven insane come from (some, if few, true).

about two weeks ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

jlb.think Re:Sue the bastards (441 comments)

Law enforcment is not bound by HIPPA, but are hesitant to divulge what may be considered private under HIPPA. I have had people close to me sent to psychiatric institutions and once they are there the staff won't tell anyone they are even there without a waiver being signed by the patient. This is very frustrating when the police show up and hall off your loved one, and they seem to disappear into a blackhole. A few days later I did recieve a call. But if a patient was sufficiently drugged and unable or not allowed to make phone calls they could disappear indefinitely, drugged-incapacitated and without the mental capacity to challenge their detention.

about two weeks ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

jlb.think Re:110 or 240v (260 comments)

Exactly. I live in rural farm country, and I work on irrigation so everyday I drive by a hundred or more 3 phase motors used to pump water. A couple times a week I'm installing 3-phase motors and control panels. There is three phase equipment all over this country.

about 2 months ago
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Rightscorp Pushing ISPs To Disconnect Repeat Infringers

jlb.think Re:The most intriguing thing in this to me... (92 comments)

The most intriguing thing in this to me... ...is that they were able to identify 140 ISPs, presumably 130 or so of which were not owned by a regional monopoly phone company or a cable company.

One would be Nextech, owned by Rural Telephone, in northwest Kansas. I've recieved several phone calls from them, and they have shut off my internet before due to supposed infrining. Frankly I think what I do with my internet is none of their damn business. I've even got calls for running a Tor node (not exit) along with I2P. Giving ISP's common carrier status would solve the problem. Since Rural Telephone is a common carrier I wonder if it makes their subsidiary Nextech one too? No such luck I think.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Opens 'Transparency Center' For Governments To Review Source Code

jlb.think Re:How to prove the source code maps to the binary (178 comments)

For smaller governments, below he the bottom three or more, you would be quite right. In total though, they have to trust whatever the fuck they use.

about 3 months ago
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Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

jlb.think Re:Holy cow! (230 comments)

oops, MAGNITUDE.

about 3 months ago
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Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

jlb.think Re:Holy cow! (230 comments)

"It was also the only car to ever receive a 99 out of 10 from Consumer Reports"

The Mode S is so good that it broke the scale by a factor of 10!

Assuming you're using base10 it is almost a factor of 1.

about 3 months ago
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Human "Suspended Animation" Trials To Start This Month

jlb.think Re:I'm not a doctor, but... (104 comments)

Comments like yours are why I read slashdot. Thanks for the education. It has been a long time since I was clicking on links learning from a comment.

about 4 months ago
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Teachers Union: Computers Can Negatively Impact Children's Ability To Learn

jlb.think Re:tech marketing took over (310 comments)

Slashdot was about what caught he eye, what made you think, now's its about what may make the community read and comment. Fuck you I'm out.

To an extent it was always was got people to comment and click. Yes, slashdot is going the way of cnet we all knew it was coming.

about 4 months ago
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FCC Wants To Trial Shift From Analog Phone Networks To Digital

jlb.think Re:What about surveillence? (218 comments)

It may or may not make it easier for current mass surveillance technology, but it will make it easier for us to use telephones with encryption built in. I would love to see basic telephones with opportunistic encryption built in and the option for me to use my own set of keys when I don't think that's enough.

about 8 months ago
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Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

jlb.think Re:Wacky thinking (430 comments)

There's more of us atheist in Kansas than people would believe. Where I work pretty much everyone thirty and younger is atheist. All that doesn't matter though. Stopping this bill does. I'm lucky in Northwest Kansas as we have fiber-to-the-home, but I doubt we'll see the rest of Kansas wired up without public help, and the cable companies will keep milking the cities/larger towns (we have Nextech/Rural Telephone, excellent service and good infrastructure).

about 8 months ago
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Ulbricht Admits Seized Bitcoins Are His and Wants Them Back

jlb.think Re:FUCK THE USA AND ALL LIKE IT. You are not free. (243 comments)

It's called civilization. We have a government and laws because of the benefits it brings. No we are not free to do whatever we want. You want to live in anarchy? In a world where the government can't tell you what to do? Then either you must live alone in a wilderness as a caveman, or live in a complete anarchic world where gangs, warlords, and thugs control everything. No matter what people will organize, no matter what if you want to be in a society there will be rules.

about 9 months ago
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Ulbricht Admits Seized Bitcoins Are His and Wants Them Back

jlb.think Re:The master owns everything, including your *LIF (243 comments)

The adults weren't completely innocent. They were served a legal search warrant and instead of the doing the sane thing, they hold up inside their compound. After surrounded by police a sane person would surrender. They were delusional and caused the deaths of their own children by not letting the cops serve a warrant.

If the cops come to my house to serve a search warrant and I hold up inside with guns and don't let them in their is only one end result. Eventually they are coming in and if I hold out through the tear gas and whatever else they use to try to flush me out, then yeah, eventually I'm gettin' shot and I'm gonna die.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Commercial Hardware Routers Be Trusted?

jlb.think Parent Link is Awesome (213 comments)

That is by far the most interesting bit of information I've read in a long time. Awesome sir.

about 9 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

jlb.think Re:Every single one of them is guilty? (841 comments)

<quote>Everyone is seizing on this "why are you spying on grandma?" line and saying 'Damn right they should be ashamed and demoralized, stupid jackboots!'

Except the NSA has something like 30,000 people . . .[cut]. . . . They're not the KKK, they're not the Westboro Baptist Church . . . . </quote>

The NSA controls the world's largest intelligence apparatus which literally records every communication it is technologically possible for them to. It doesn't matter how benevolent they are, even the smallest abuse of power, when your playing at that level means controlling elections, imprisonment of opponents, suppressing free speech, and ever other nasty thing you can think of. And this happens without them trying. The very knowledge of their spying affects what we do and say to each other.

about 9 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

jlb.think Re:Obligatory - "Why Shouldn't I Work for the NSA? (841 comments)

One - I'm now downloading Good Will Hunting to watch it all over again.

Two - If you are smart and have a conscience you won't work for them in the first place.

Three - If you are lacking the first quality in number two, you will and we end up where we are.

The employees of the NSA deserve to be heckled. Maybe they will start to challenge their superiors, quit, make different decisions if they are in charge, or listen to that little voice in their head that says this is wrong and try to help like Snowden did.

about 9 months ago
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The Neuroscience of Happiness

jlb.think It's called ecstasy (136 comments)

Your brain isn't wired for happiness. Case in point, I experienced true happiness twice; once while on ecstasy, and life as a child.

about a year ago
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Michigan Police Could Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops

jlb.think Re:Information is power (525 comments)

That is exactly what I thought, except I figured you could pull over some RANDOM pot smoker and then use his phone calls and text messages to figure out who he gets pot from. Most smokers have several hook-ups and copying their data would provide a treasure trove. People are dumber than you think, we think "if I did something illegal I'd never use a phone", but in real life most law breakers talk about their actions on the phone all the time. Sounds all good to stop the evil weed, but what happens when political views are criminal, and YOU, not joe-blow stoner, are pulled over and YOUR phone data endangers family and friends?

more than 3 years ago
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Americans Favor Moratorium On New Nuclear Reactors

jlb.think Re:Or... (964 comments)

<quote><p>Poorly informed people, lead by sensationalist news stories, when asked leading questions, will give obvious answers.</p></quote>

You've just made the quotes section of my facebook page.

more than 3 years ago

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Web Admins Fight Back Against Surveillance

jlb.think jlb.think writes  |  about 7 months ago

jlb.think (1719718) writes "Dear Internet Users and Slashdot horde:

In January 2012 we defeated the SOPA and PIPA censorship legislation with the largest Internet protest in history. Today we face another critical threat, one that again undermines the Internet and the notion that any of us live in a genuinely free society: mass surveillance.

In celebration of the win against SOPA and PIPA two years ago, and in memory of one of its leaders, Aaron Swartz, we are planning a day of protest against mass surveillance, to take place this February 11th.

Together we will push back against powers that seek to observe, collect, and analyze our every digital action. Together, we will make it clear that such behavior is not compatible with democratic governance. Together, if we persist, we will win this fight."

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