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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

lemur3 Re:Board of directors (447 comments)

She also served on the board of directors for the Carnegie Corporation, the Charles Schwab Corporation, the Chevron Corporation, Hewlett Packard, the Rand Corporation, the Transamerica Corporation, and other organizations.


about a week ago

Geologists Warned of Washington State Mudslides For Decades

lemur3 Re:'Murica! (230 comments)

yet again i saw another image of an american flag over the ruins of a home being spread around in the media in the disaster zone...... reminding me of this:

Children there's an image in the media right now of a man in a tornado landscape that is devastated and he is taking the flag, the American flag, the stars and stripes, and he is going up to a point in the earth, I think it's the roots of an upturned tree, and he is planting it, like Iwo Jima, like the firemen after 9/11.. and now, I do hope that he finds the strength he needs from America, and his family, and the neighborhood that he lives in that has been suffering this violence..

But that image has now gone out across the media and a friend pointed out to me recently that its now been seized on by Fox News and it seems as if these people want the earth,.. where these tornadoes, and typhoons and tsunamis, and the fires, the droughts, the floods... think that these attacks on us are supposed to be coming from some kind of enemy.. and now we're gonna 'Defend America' against these attacks.. And it seems as if these same people, who have appropriated this man's sincere gesture, at the same moment that they're supporting these illegal habitual American wars, at the same moment, they are the climate science deniers. They're making our next enemy the Earth itself, the Earth itself..

How can that be? No! The Earth is expressing. The Earth is speaking. There is violence, but we must listen.. we are the Earth ourselves, we can't be our own enemies.. There's a place for patriotism.. of course. But now is the time to get on our knees.... EARTHALUJAH -Reverend Billy Talen

about three weeks ago

Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

lemur3 Re:Thirty years in prison (914 comments)

that wiki page seems to say theres about 50 people on life sentences ?

thats a bit quaint by american terms! effectively, yes, there arent life sentences.

the USA has at least 2500 people serving life in prison without possibility of parole for crimes committed as children.

also over 3000 people serving life terms for non-violent offenses..

over 150,000 people total serving a life sentence in the USA..

about 1 month ago

Firefox Was the Most Attacked & Exploited Browser At Pwn2own 2014

lemur3 Re:Conditions of instability: (207 comments)

someone always responds to every firefox story saying they have hundreds of tabs opened..

i dont think ive ever seen a good reason why..

about a month ago

Firefox Was the Most Attacked & Exploited Browser At Pwn2own 2014

lemur3 Re:Yeah, but it's fast and it's not bloated (207 comments)

you might want to open up the package for the .app on your mac to see if it has all of the previous versions inside of it..

some people report that when chrome updates itself it leaves the old version inside of the .app


about a month ago

Goodbye, Google Voice

lemur3 Google Voice still being actively developed (166 comments)

Some of the complaints in this blog were mentioned in a post by a google employee 4.5 months ago:


... rest assured, weâ(TM)re working to support SMS messages for all Google Voice phone numbers ... we are listening and working hard to make this happen, but we need to work with carriers and this can take some time.

It will take some time before Google Voice is fully integrated into Hangouts, and we appreciate your patience along the way.ï

there is also mention of third-party apps which, on android, use various methods to achieve VOIP through Google Voice on the handset, which isnt a feature that Google Voice currently allows (it must route your call via an actual phone call).. these apps have been warned that they will be no longer to do that by May 15th of this year..

im guessing that we will be seeing some changes to Google Voice in the coming few months... maybe even things that make this itworld blog post seem kind of silly.

(disclosure: been using google voice since its first year, wish it could be better... 'breaking up' with it over the stuff in TFA is silly, some of those gripes are silly)

about a month ago

Hungarian Law Says Photogs Must Ask Permission To Take Pictures

lemur3 Re:Out of step with reality (149 comments)

id add that the local city/state laws might be different on model releases for commercial use, but that they are certainly not universal through the US, just as we see with our "wiretap" laws.. check your local listings, subject to change.. presume that you wont get arrested/sued for wiretapping someone when you video tape them on the street.

about a month ago

Hungarian Law Says Photogs Must Ask Permission To Take Pictures

lemur3 Re:Out of step with reality (149 comments)

In the USA you, as a "pro" (whatever that means) can make photographs of strangers on the street and sell them for profit in books or prints.. without permission and without compensation..

in a case settled by the New York Supreme Court, Nussenzweig v. Dicorcia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... this was exactly what was found.

There is no need for a model release for any photograph in the USA in public.

If one intends to use an image for commercial use which might imply a person in the photograph endorses a product getting a model release is often prudent because having an image done without one might result in tort/civil cases where someone sues over the implication that they endorse a product which they do not endorse. ......theres no legal requirement that a model release is needed for a commerical photograph, its just a cover-yer-behind measure.

about a month ago

Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

lemur3 we'll be greeted as liberators (452 comments)

oh uhh lies programmers tell themselves..

how about

this new website design is going to be great, our users will love it!

about a month ago

Japan Marks 3rd Anniversary of Tsunami Disaster

lemur3 I watched it on TV (77 comments)

I remember when this happened it was like 1am or so.. maybe a bit later and I was flipping through channels and I saw this weird looking flood type thing.. and a bunch of Japanese looking text.... it was the NHK channel

it was going for a very long time, perhaps an hour or more, before it appeared on your CNNs and and NBCs and such..

It was shocking and compelling footage from a helicopter of the tsunami rolling over the landscape..

it was an interesting way to come up on a news story... it was in a language I didnt understand, not on a "news" channel (this channel normally just had japanese language variety type programming) and I couldn't even quite tell what was happening at first.. but by the warnings on the screen, and the tone of the voices of the people talking you knew it was a huge event.. you could see that it was..

over the next few days that channel was what I watched almost exclusively.. I never understood a word of it.. but the scope of things just got worse and worse.. and that was something that seemed missing from the American coverage.... it never quite conveyed the violence, the horror and the magnitude.. ..it is kind of hard for CNN do when they need to cut away for Cheerios commercials

about a month ago

Getty Images Makes 35 Million Images Free For Non-Commercial Use

lemur3 Re:That's not "why it doesn't work"....that's you (66 comments)

the problem is that if GETTY actually intends people to use these images in their IFRAME embedded player.. then giving people at least the option of choosing the proper size for the layout of their little blog news site/food blog/whatever will go a long way towards doing that..

i tried this yesterday and i don't think id ever use it... it was difficult to find embeddable images and once one did find an image that one could embed: you were faced with an image that didnt fit the layout.

about a month and a half ago

The Ultimate Hopes For the New Cosmos Series

lemur3 American tv-documentaries stink lately (183 comments)

About 3-4 years ago I got into the habit of watching most of the documentaries that come out of the UK.. whether it be bbc/channel4 or whatever else. ... Having grown up with PBS/discovery channel I have to say that american documentaries have started to turn to crap.

Most of the American docs these days seem to be stock footage with a voice over.. very low quality and not very interesting.. The bigger trend in american docs is a lot of 3-D animations and cheesy recreations.

In comparison the UK docs usually have a personality on-screen who is generally an expert going through the topic, sometimes interviewing people.. with less reliance on 3D animations and recreations, and in general, more respect for the viewers intelligence they end up being much more enjoyable.

NOVA in particular has tended towards lower quality in the past few years.. in stark comparison to HORIZON, which continues to be quite good.

as I've seen the hype over this COSMOS series come about I can't help but think it will be a big let down... as the budgets just don't seem to be there, along with a different view of the intelligence of the viewer.

about 2 months ago

200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

lemur3 Dolphin Terroists (628 comments)

let us not forget that one time dolphins were trained to assassinate the president of the united states. and they would have succeeded too, if it werent for the meddling of human interlopers.

see here for a documentary film about these terrorists:


about 3 months ago

A Data Scientist Visits The Magic Kingdom, Sans Privacy

lemur3 Re:Fuck you! (124 comments)

how much do you value the privacy of what kind of coffee you drink ?

do you value it as much as the things a loved one might tell you in bed at night ?

about 3 months ago

Adware Vendors Buying Chrome Extensions, Injecting Ads

lemur3 Re:its not really worth complaining. (194 comments)

im using adblock plus on chrome right now. ...and its been installed over 10,000,000 times according to the google play store.

apparently youve been hating on chrome for the past 3 or 4 years and not noticed that youve been wrong the whole time

about 3 months ago

Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

lemur3 Re:Why are we using drugs? (1038 comments)

this was the conclusion reached by the BBC Programme HORIZON: How to Kill a Human Being.


the host/producers concluded that hypoxia induced by nitrogen is the most humane way to kill...... when speaking to an american about it they said 'the victim didnt get killed humanely' so it was soundly rejected by that person.

about 3 months ago

How Chris Christie Could Use the NSA Playbook

lemur3 are you serious? (266 comments)

this 'article' is a load of cynical sarcastic crap.

and im a cynical sarcastic crap myself... i dont get it.. what exactly is the point of this?

about 3 months ago

Safeway Suspends Worker For Sci-Fi Parody of His Firing

lemur3 Re:Open mouth, insert lawyers (191 comments)

Just a bit of info for you...

In Chicago there is no 11pm news.

The evening news in Chicago omes on at 9pm and 10pm.

about 4 months ago



How Google Broke Itself And Fixed Itself, Automatically

lemur3 lemur3 writes  |  about 3 months ago

lemur3 (997863) writes "On January 24th Google had some problems with a few of its services. Gmail users and people who used various other Google services were impacted just as the Google Reliability Team was to take part in an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. Everything seemed to be resolved and back up within an hour.

The Official Google Blog had a short note about what happened from Ben Treynor, a VP of Engineering. According to the blog post it appears that the outage was caused by a bug that caused a system that creates configurations to send a bad one to various "live services." An internal monitoring system noticed the problem a short time later and caused a new configuration to be spread around the services. Ben had this to say of it on the Google Blog, "Engineers were still debugging 12 minutes later when the same system, having automatically cleared the original error, generated a new correct configuration at 11:14 a.m. and began sending it; errors subsided rapidly starting at this time. By 11:30 a.m. the correct configuration was live everywhere and almost all users’ service was restored.""

Database Loophole Lets Legislators Avoid Photo Radar Tickets

lemur3 lemur3 writes  |  about 9 months ago

lemur3 (997863) writes "State legislators in Colorado have not been receiving speeding tickets due to inadequacies in the implementation of a DMV database. The current system ties plates to vehicles rather than to individuals, the special plates for legislators are issued to individuals. The result is that there is no entry in the database for the special plates when the automated photo radar system is triggered, this means nobody receives a citation. In one case a Colorado resident , who had vanity plates reading "33", received the photo radar citations intended for Senator Mike Johnston representing district 33, whose vehicle was identified by a "33" on his special plate. Lt. Matt Murray of the Denver Police, speaking of the system commented, “Our system works, the database works. What needs to happen is the state’s database need to be complete,”."

TSA Decides against allowing small knives, other items, on aircraft.

lemur3 lemur3 writes  |  about 10 months ago

lemur3 (997863) writes "After multiple months of discussing possible changes to the prohibited items list the Transportation Security Administration in the United States has determined that it is best to go ahead without any changes to the list of items passengers may have in their carry-on baggage when traveling by air. Under the proposed change (discussed previously on slashdot) pocket knives and other items, such as hockey sticks and ski poles, would have been allowed."


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