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China Deploys Satellites In Search For Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

kencf0618 International Charter on Space and Major Disasters (142 comments)

It hasn't been activated for Malaysia Airlines Flight 307, nor was it activated for Air France Flight 447 in 2009 --one would think that they'd be all over this sort of thing like a cheap suit. Does anyone know why not? A computer search for a debris field that wasn't there during the previous pass would seem like a no-brainer.

http://www.disasterscharter.or...

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Request Someone To Send Me a Public Key?

kencf0618 Re:Simple. Don't. (399 comments)

Using the NATO phonetic alphabet, I presume.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is Your New Years Eve Tradition?

kencf0618 Re:Work, of course (256 comments)

That's very much my M.O. Avoid the crowds and drunk-'o-clock.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is Your New Years Eve Tradition?

kencf0618 Re:being older and wiser... (256 comments)

I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now that I have a social life (to paraphrase Bob Dylan). I used to stay in on Amateur Night, but now that I have friends who are variously Maker Faire peeps, artists, and burlesque/new circus performers, I offer my services as roving designated driver just in case someone's Plan B needs a Plan B and just have a wonderful time. The burlesque troupe held a benefit last night, A Derrière Affair --their favourite venue needed new seating! Who am I to stay home?!?

about a year and a half ago
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8 Ways To Circumvent the PROTECT-IP Act

kencf0618 Operation Delego (284 comments)

Of the approximately 600 members of Dreamboard, only 72 were charged, and twenty of them as John Does. According to the Twitched Indictment, Dreamboard gave advice to its members as to which encryption to use, but obviously the Feds aren't shouting from the rooftops about which security protocols they weren't able to break and/or circumvent...

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Prepared Are You For a Major Emergency?

kencf0618 Foxfire, Nextel and Glock (562 comments)

One of my colleagues who lives up in the Boise Hills has been feeling a strong urge lately to live closer to the land and further off the grid, if only by buying a goat. I suggested that she start selling halal goat meat to the local Muslim population, such as it is. More seriously, I recommended the Foxfire anthologies --and much to my surprise, she'd never heard of them! There are twelve in the series now, so whether you want to churn your own butter or fix up some bear stew, that's the place to go. It came from the backwash of the '60s, but AFAIK it's still a good DIY resource.

If I was still living in earthquake country (Loma Prieta, 1989) I would still have a Sprint/Nextel phone with the latter's Direct Connect, which is half-duplex. Even if the infrastructure was totally shot, they'd still function directly as walkie-talkies.

I'm in no sense a survivalist, though. If the civil order collapsed I'd probably be standing in line with virtually everyone else. My 9mm Glock 17 wouldn't even come into play --I'm just a geek with a gun.

Still, it's a good idea to stock up one's larder, just in case.

         

more than 3 years ago
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Consumers Buy Less Tech Stuff, Keep It Longer

kencf0618 Re:You have to keep buying (507 comments)

It also depends on what you're in the market for. I had the opportunity to buy an Idaho for Obama laptop for $300 after the campaign, a serviceable
machine on which I had done much data entry, but I decided against lugging around the so-called fourth screen to coffee houses. (I'm glued
to the screen at home as it is!) But that was then and this is now; I've just ordered an HTC EVO now that every pimply-faced intern and many a
child has a 'droid, and for less than that amount after the rebate. My current cell phone is a utilitarian Motorola i580. It's five months out of Sprint/Nextel contract, my defunct 200 minutes per month service plan was grandfathered in (on average I use 80 minutes per month), and it's basically dial-up compared to any smart phone's cable modem. But then came Android, and for me the smart phone market had gelled; that was my tipping point. It's worth my while nowadays to be on-line whenever I please, given that such mobile access is now a commodity. When that wasn't the case, I was quite happy with my dial-up dumb cell phone. Too, I go a long time between upgrades, so my previous device always becomes Fred Flintstone's device anyway!

more than 3 years ago
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Middle East Internet Scorecard

kencf0618 Mediajihad (87 comments)

I've been calling this "mediajihad," i.e. media struggle. It's been fascinating to watch.

more than 3 years ago
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What’s the Internet? (on 1994's Today Show)

kencf0618 Re:Why is this funny? (262 comments)

I've been on-line in one forum or another since August of 1989 (think cold fusion). Modem hiss... FidoNet... BBSes... and StarFlight. Nowadays I edit Wikipedia, run a couple of Tor relays and plaster myself all over Facebook. Who knows what the 2020's shall bring?

more than 3 years ago
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Challenger 25 Years Later

kencf0618 Re:Yet a backup from the Resolute Desk drawer of J (236 comments)

Have fun tracking it down, but I once came across an anthology of contingency speeches which were never given: _The Ungiven Speeches_ by Learie John Fraser. General Eisenhower's in case D-Day failed... President Nixon's in case Apollo 13 didn't make it back... Fascinating what-ifs!

more than 3 years ago
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Challenger 25 Years Later

kencf0618 At Home (236 comments)

I was at home when my mother told me that the shuttle had blown up. I immediately asked "On the launch pad or in flight?" When she said in the air, I knew they were all dead. A sad day.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Designers Hate Crowdsourcing

kencf0618 Re:An Industry Ripe for Change... (569 comments)

Or Getty Images partnering with Flickr. A small slice of the market shall always pay for really high-end, professional work, it's just that the slush pile has grown so large and accessible that the lower end of that slice has effectively vanished. Verily all God's children got bandwidth now, and new business models shall come into being, and nothing is new under the sun.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Retroactively Makes More User Data Public

kencf0618 From Cold Fusion to Stalkface (287 comments)

Stalkface (as I now call it) has become such an integral social platform that it really does have us by the 'nads. I'm middle-aged, and Stalkface has enabled a certain level of ambient social chatter for me which ranges from elementary school deaf kid cohorts to contemporary friends, acquaintances and correspondents. Then again, I've been on-line in one forum or another since 1989, circa the cold fusion debacle, so I figure that getting screwed by the panopticon became the default long ago.

more than 4 years ago

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CryptoParty

kencf0618 kencf0618 writes  |  about 2 years ago

kencf0618 writes "CryptoParty http://www.cryptoparty.org/ is a grassroots, worldwide campaign to bring basic cryptography tools such as Tor, public-key encryption, VPN and TrueCrypt to Joe Six-Pack. The spiritual successor to Cypherpunk, http://www.scmagazine.com.au/News/314275,cryptoparty-goes-viral.aspx the DIY movement began as a casual conversation on Twitter with Australian privacy advocate Asher Wolfe http://beforeitsnews.com/eu/2012/09/cryptoparties-for-learning-essential-survival-skills-2449032.html about kick-back against recent draconian data retention laws in Australia. The emphasis ranges from the theoretical to the hands-on. Whereas the Berlin CryptoParty was comprised of hard-core hackers (sic), Sydney was more diverse, and the Tennessee after-party featured beer, music, and fire-twirlers."
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Machinima-à-clef Bigger Than Avatar in China

kencf0618 kencf0618 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kencf0618 (1172441) writes "The splendid satire War of Internet Addiction, which skewers anyone and everything involved in World of Warcraft's recent travails in China, has definitely hit a chord with the wider public far beyond its initially intended franchise of the gaming community; it is now more popular on-line there than Avatar. It must be the mixture of of Dragonball-Z and Martin Niemöller at the climax, or Doing the Dozens with classic Mandarin Chinese couplets."
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Iran's Police Chief vs. E-mail & Proxies

kencf0618 kencf0618 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kencf0618 (1172441) writes "Iranian FUD Department: Iran's police head Gen. Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam, who sternly warns against the use of e-mail and texting to organize protests, claims that the use of Internet proxies shall not protect opposition supporters. 'These people should know where they are sending the SMS and e-mail as these systems are under control. They should not think using proxies will prevent their identification.'"
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Iran's Police Chief Warns Against E-mail & Pro

kencf0618 kencf0618 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kencf0618 (1172441) writes "Iranian FUD Department: Iran's police head Gen. Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam, who warns against the use of e-mail and texting to organize protests, also claims that the use of Internet proxies shall not protect opposition supporters. 'These people should know where they are
sending the SMS and e-mail as these systems are under control. They should not think using proxies will prevent their identification.'"

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