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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

madhatter256 Re:They're not a corporation (223 comments)

Not just that, they have to be heavy donors to a SuperPAC in order to have basic rights...

about two weeks ago
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The Rise and Fall of the Cheat Code

madhatter256 Re:Mark of times (178 comments)

True, but you needed KoTR and be level 99 to have a chance in beating Ruby or Emerald.

about a month ago
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Why Snowden Did Right

madhatter256 But has anything changed becaose of this? NO! (348 comments)

They are still tapping phones, they are still encroaching on our very-so-precious privacy. I don't want NSA to hear me talk sex with a russian prostitute overseas. It's my right as an American to do what I want behind closed doors....

Snowden is just popular because it's cool to disrupt the status-quo and by doing so, he is therefore part of the status-quo - meaning nothing has changed and nothing will ever change because there is nothing that needs to be changed...

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

madhatter256 Re:If Comcast were Exxon (520 comments)

In mobbish term it is called "protection money".

It'd be a shame if something bad were to happen to all of this streaming data...

about 5 months ago
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More Details About Mars Mystery Rock

madhatter256 There are other rocks also (180 comments)

If you look in the photo provided by CNN in the article, look at the rock which casts a shadow near the top left corner of the photo.

That same rock is there in the newer photo with the donut-rock. Now, just look down a little bit and slight right you will see a darker spot that wasn't that dark in the earlier picture and it appears to cast a shadow. Therefore, there are more rocks (at least two) that weren't there before.

about 6 months ago
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Bitcoin Payments Go Live At Overstock — Two Quarters Early

madhatter256 Charlie Stross was right! (182 comments)

Bitcoin is the Libertarian's Currency!

Taken from his rant:

"Libertarians love it because it pushes the same buttons as their gold fetish and it doesn't look like a "Fiat currency". You can visualize it as some kind of scarce precious data resource, sort of a digital equivalent of gold. Nation-states don't control the supply of it, so it promises to bypass central banks. "

about 6 months ago
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First Survey of Commercially Viable Asteroids Estimates Only 10 Are Worth Mining

madhatter256 Re:Profit (265 comments)

Not only that, the yield of such intrinsic metals on these asteriods may literally be a thousand times higher than current yields here.

Of course, very high yields of such metals can be very detrimental to the market because t he whole premise of mining is to have low availability to make extreme mining ventures viable.. Why continue spending billions of dollars in mining palladium, iridium, if the value drops to that of gold prices?

about 6 months ago
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Panoramic Picture Taken By China's Moon Lander

madhatter256 Re:Is this faked too? (125 comments)

Or that studio out in Roswell where they shot the landings...

about 7 months ago
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International Space Station Infected With Malware Carried By Russian Astronauts

madhatter256 The malwar was uncovered when... (226 comments)

The malware was uncovered when the astronauts started getting pop-up ads about girls within the area wanting to hook up.

http://xkcd.com/713/

about 8 months ago
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Stung By Scandal, South Korea Weighs Up Cost of Curbing Nuclear Power

madhatter256 And where will they get the natural gas??? RUSSIA! (200 comments)

Yep.

I wouldn't be surprised if Russia is wetting themselves as more and more countries are abandoning nuclear power and switching to natural gas, which Russia has a monopoly over in Asia.

about 9 months ago
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Experian Sold Social Security Numbers To ID Theft Service

madhatter256 We Need to move away from paper-based identity (390 comments)

WE need to switch to DNA-based identification, where computers can lift your DNA sample on the fly to confirm your identity rather than rely on a number and piece of paper that can be easily duplicated.

about 9 months ago
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New High Tech $100 Bills Start To Circulate Today

madhatter256 Looks European.... cue the conspiracy... (302 comments)

The new $100 bill looks similar to the euro bill. Who knows, pretty soon all of our currency will look the same and eventually become one currency, and we all know what that will bring...

about 9 months ago
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Shots Fired At US Capitol

madhatter256 This just in!!! (608 comments)

Shot's fired at the US capital!

No reports of injuries since the town has been shut down.

The town is now on lock down and suspect has been apprehended since he was the only person in town...

about 10 months ago
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Private Business Will Not Open the Space Frontier

madhatter256 Re:Netherlands says he is wrong (580 comments)

This is what I was going to say lol. History has proven him wrong. Of course, it is only a matter of time until a company will have technologically progressed enough to actually go an mine an asteroid since that is currently the only economically viable endeavour for space travelling. We need precious metals.

about a year ago
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Bradley Manning Wants To Live As a Woman

madhatter256 Re:Hormone therapy? (784 comments)

Yes. So as to avoid cruel and unusual punishment at a constitutional level, prisons have to provide adequate health care. Hell, it's worth it, you can get free chemo therapy, heart surgery, etc. Just recently, a judge struck down a law in Wisconsin that prohibited hormone therapy for inmates because it was unconstitutional.

http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/89751122.html

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?

madhatter256 Been there, done that... Let me tell you about DE (656 comments)

In case you haven't noticed by now... differential equations is where math meets the real world.

It is how we can translate a natural phenomenon into a math equation to figure out problems.

Being able to look at problems and be able to translate that into an equation into which the problem can then be solved is a vital in engineering.

I suggest you take Linear Algebra, too.

about a year ago
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Wrong Fuel Chokes Presidential Limo

madhatter256 Re:Um... (612 comments)

The reason automatics rule in the US is because no one has time to use a manual. We are all busy texting, talking on the phone, eating, watching movies and sleeping. Sometimes, a few of those things at the same time... We only have two hands a knee to drive with!

about a year ago
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EU Car Makers Manipulating Fuel Efficiency Figures

madhatter256 Re:Hyundai (431 comments)

As well as the Santa Fe and Elantra. Actually, it was Elantra's and Santa Fe's advertised 40mpg sticker that really got Hyundai in trouble. Those were heavy cars and very little of them got close to the advertised MPG.

Accents on the other hand, are not that far off. While officially they do get 37mpg (I drive one that gets this), there are a lot of Accents (more than Elantras) that do get the stated 40mpg.

There are rumors that Hyundai wants to stop the "lifetime" debit card and instead give out a one-time cash payout to each original owner that still owns the car.

I drive a lot and a single pay-out is not worth it and even though I like my car, if Hyundai does stop the debit card program, I might consider trading my car in for another one because I, as well as many others, bought these cars for their MPGs.

about a year ago

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Ex Navy SEAL to publish tell-all book about Bin-Laden (Jeronimo) raid...

madhatter256 madhatter256 writes  |  about 2 years ago

madhatter256 (443326) writes "Apparently, an ex-Navy Seal member that partook in the raid that resulted in America bagging its number one most wanted man is publishing a book that allegedly raises questions about how Osama was shot and killed. The gist of the book is that the guys were sent to kill Osama, not capture, "unless he was naked and had his arms up" and if that were true, then USA essentially broke the Geneva Convention. Oh and the auther said that everyone of his members hates Obama. They also mistreated Osama's body.

If this guy is breaking the legendary code of silence, then why isn't he being prosecuted similar to Bradley Manning, who also divulged top-secret information, but only this case, the Seal Team 6 ex-member plans on making money off of this..."

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More troubles at Fukushima

madhatter256 madhatter256 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

madhatter256 (443326) writes "Fukushima is still facing dangerous levels of radiation leaks. TEPCO is reported that radiation is now exceeding 10 seiverts per hour at the bottom of a ventilation stack between two reactors. That's enough to incapacitate and kill a human within seconds of exposure! The work in Fukushima is slowly progressing but this goes to show that this disaster is far from being fully contained."
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Awareness being rased after son's death

madhatter256 madhatter256 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

madhatter256 (443326) writes """The family of a budding computer programmer have on Saturday launched a campaign to raise awareness about the health risks of playing online computer games after their son died following a marathon session on his Xbox. A post-mortem revealed that 20-year-old Chris Staniforth — who was offered a place to study Game Design at Leicester University — was killed by a pulmonary embolism, which can occur if someone sits in the same position for several hours. Deep vein thrombosis normally affects passengers on long-haul flights, but medical experts fear youngsters who spend hours glued to their consoles might also be at risk and have urged them to take regular breaks. Goes to show that we need to stay active and exercise! Put that controller down!" Gotta limit yourself from time to time!"
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Hacker hacks into XBOX and calls the SWAT team

madhatter256 madhatter256 writes  |  about 3 years ago

madhatter256 (443326) writes "From the This-can't-be-true department... Local swat team is called to respond to a possible hostage situation at a suburban home in Collier County, Florida. When the SWAT arrived, no one was in any danger of any sort. The police believe the kid's XBOX was hacked by someone in Canada (of all places) and used it to call in the SWAT team.... is this even possible?"
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Intel to design PlayStation 4 GPU...

madhatter256 madhatter256 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

madhatter256 (443326) writes "According to the Inquirer: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/851/1050851/intel-design-playstation-gpu . It looks like Intel will be designing Sony's next gen console's GPU. It will most likely be an off-shoot of the Larrabee GPU architure. It is also unknown as of yet if Intel will also take part in the CPU design of the console. Due to current economic times it was a no brainer for Sony to go with Intel. However, I personally think this will backfire on them as Larrabee has yet to be proven as a worthy GPU. Very much like counting your chickens before they hatch, is what Sony just did. Also, with Intel's "our way, or no way" type of business & designing they do, Sony really are taking a gamble here. They have no choice, however."

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