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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

jodido Class? (334 comments)

Can you get them to take a computer class?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

jodido Re:Cuba? (334 comments)

Email in Cuba is no more "heavily monitored" than anywhere else (can you spell NSA?) and it's available to everyone. However, there is only 1 ISP and there is only dialup (from home) so it could be the OP's family is there.

about two weeks ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

jodido Re:In other words nobody is born smart (269 comments)

If I could I would mod this way up. It's exactly right--the problem is that "intelligence" is never defined. "Academic achievement"? What's that got to do with intelligence? Anyone who's ever been to school knows the answer is, "very little."

about three weeks ago
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L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

jodido Not something new (188 comments)

As alarming and shocking as this story may be to some people, it's only the latest in a very long story of big-buisness press collaboration with the men that own and run the country. The idea of an "independent" press is something they teach you in social studies classes in high school, like the "checks and balances" BS, and is one of the reasons the "education" system doesn't educate. Newspapers are big businesses and the economic and political interests of the owners are no different than the interests of owners of oil companies or phone companies. You can start whenever you want but one of the best-known examples of this is the NY Times agreement with John Kennedy not to print the Cuba invasion story in 1961 (before the invasion); then slide through the (early) years of the Vietnam war (especially the Tonkin Gulf resolution, the Iraq war of its day). The Cuba coverup continues--when was the last time you saw a story that wasn't entirely negative?. Liberals like to talk about some supposed golden age of investigative journalism, when the press was somehow something different, but it never existed.

about three weeks ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

jodido Arrest/charge him (463 comments)

The deputy should be arrested and charged with homicide (not murder--"homicide"=killing someone, charge could be manslaughter or whatever). Case should be investigated and brought to trial and allow a jury to decide. Should not be left to the DA--which is simply the cops in a different building--to decide the case in advance.

about a month ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

jodido FISA is crock (180 comments)

Just shows what a scam FISA is. As if the "FISA courts" weren't proof enough.

about a month ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

jodido FISA fraud (180 comments)

This shows what a scam FISA is. In case there's anyone left who still has any illusions.

about a month ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

jodido Re:I don't get it. (541 comments)

Because IQ is a function of many things and no one knows what role the brain plays in it. Do you think "intelligence"--which no one can define--is as simple as eye color?

about a month and a half ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

jodido Re:Who owns the island? (181 comments)

Not exactly an original "thought." Marx takes up this very question in the Communist Manifesto.

about a month ago
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Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

jodido Re:Monopoly Claims Are Only A Cover Story (110 comments)

All the claims that this is "political" come from Americans, or are uncited. "The latest sign of growing...tensions" according to whom? "...a new friction point..." according to whom? "... said Alvin Kwock, AN ANALYST WITH J.P. MORGAN" [caps added by me]. How about what China thinks? I have no doubt Microsoft broke Chinese laws. Why should Chinese laws be different? And thereby set themselves up to be prosecuted.

about a month ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

jodido On the other hand... (250 comments)

There was nothing preventing the pro-municipal fiber people from answering the Comcast distortions. It's called "debate," something which seems to have gotten lost in all the laws restricting speech, advertising, etc. If you don't like what your opponent is saying, say something else. If you can't answer it, then you deserve to lose.

about 2 months ago
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Canadian ISP On Disclosing Subscriber Info: Come Back With a Warrant

jodido Re:Getting a warrant (55 comments)

How sweet that you trust the courts to defend your rights. When is your sixth birthday, this year or next?

about 2 months ago
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Canadian ISP On Disclosing Subscriber Info: Come Back With a Warrant

jodido Getting a warrant (55 comments)

Exactly how difficult, on a scale of say one to ten, do you think it will be for the Canadian cops to get warrants?

about 2 months ago
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Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek To Control the Internet

jodido Re:Anyone who... (117 comments)

I've already seen Wagging the Dog. Science fiction. It's based on the idea that most people are very very stupid. Most people who think that never include themselves, interestingly enough.

about 2 months ago
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Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek To Control the Internet

jodido Anyone who... (117 comments)

makes a decision based on an online poll, page count, or anything to do with YouTube deserves what they get.

about 2 months ago
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Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC (Video)

jodido It's all a fake (148 comments)

In the 1970s there were a bunch of laws passed that supposedly were going to greatly limit the influence of big money in elections. They all totally failed. So now you are going to try it again. "This time it's different."
It's not true that "big money is stealing our democracy." We never had democracy. If we did there wouldn't be any big money. Also--if the problem is big money, then countries where elections are publicly financed should have "better" governments. Name one.

about 3 months ago
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Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

jodido Re:So will he go to jail upon return to the US? (190 comments)

If you're pretty much any kind of professional--teacher, doctor, artist, etc--you can go legally without prior permission from the US. It's called a "general license." BTW IANAL FYI

about 2 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

jodido Bet (249 comments)

Any takers on a bet that Congress will pass a law making legal what the Supremes just ruled against?

about 3 months ago
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Google Building a Domain Registration Service

jodido Re: Getting popcorn (69 comments)

I believe you are mistaken about the need to have a FB acct to view content flagged as public. I'm a photographer and use FB to post photos. I send the link out to a list of non-FB users and they can all see the photos without an FB account.

about 3 months ago

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Default PC?

jodido jodido writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jodido (1052890) writes "Back in the day (2005 or so) if a technically-literate person asked you what PC you'd recommend, you'd probably say Dell (at least, I did). Dell seems to have fallen on hard times--or has it? What's your default recommendation now? (if it's "get a Mac [or Linux]," please save the bandwidth)."

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