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FBI Completes New Face Recognition System

maharvey Re:So wear a Guy Fawkes mask (129 comments)

Wow, an insightful and rarely articulated point, supported by hard data! Where are mod points when I need them?

about a month ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

maharvey Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (324 comments)

What do you think parents are for? Children are the responsibility of their parents, not the state.

about a month ago
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FCC Reminds ISPs That They Can Be Fined For Lacking Transparency

maharvey Re:About time (38 comments)

Wish I had mod points. That would be very useful indeed.

about 3 months ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

maharvey Re:Stupid. (579 comments)

Then everyone will just sit on the sidewalk instead of crossing the street

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

maharvey Vim for everything (359 comments)

I use vim in a console window for everything: these days mainly scripts, Java, Python, C

The one exception recently is Android. But I'm working out a command-line based dev environment for android that lets me use Vim too.

about 4 months ago
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TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible

maharvey Re:You keep using that word... (250 comments)

Unless the authors have transferred the rights to someone else. That new owner could enforce it.

Also anonymity is a choice not a right. The authors could be forced to defend it by court order or blackmail.

Or the US government could choose to defend it in the public interest.

about 4 months ago
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Canadian Supreme Court Delivers Huge Win For Internet Privacy

maharvey Re:Internet privacy is an oxymoron. (112 comments)

There is a big, BIG difference between "no such thing as privacy" and "recording your every move 24/7 and then analyzing the hell out of it"

about 4 months ago
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The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test

maharvey That test was solved years ago (136 comments)

So it seems that Turing's test was not won by man or machine, but a synthesis of the two: man + internet

about 4 months ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

maharvey Or maybe... (686 comments)

Pasteur was right all along, and spontaneous generation isn't a thing

about 4 months ago
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US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark

maharvey Re:Detect Sarcasm???? (213 comments)

Yes, this is exactly what I was wondering. WHY?

If political speech is protected, why exactly are they tracking it? Why is it important to identify the ringleaders of popular opinion? Isn't it a waste of effort to track something you're not theoretically allowed to use?

This raises all sorts of red flags.

about 4 months ago
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Red Dwarfs Could Sterilize Alien Worlds of Life

maharvey This is bad news (76 comments)

If we do find life, it will have evolved in the harshest possible conditions, on a barren irradiated planet beneath a dim red sun. It will be unkillable and probably hungry.

about 5 months ago
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White House Pressures Legislators Into Gutting USA FREEDOM Act

maharvey Re:What does Obama know that we don't? (284 comments)

Possibly he got into office and found out who really runs the USA, and what happens to presidents who don't toe the line.

about 5 months ago
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Discrete Logarithm Problem Partly Solved -- Time To Drop Some Crypto Methods?

maharvey Re:Is Diffie Hellman at risk? (114 comments)

No of course not. Ignorance is considered irresponsible, foolish, and lazy unless you're a neophyte. And while faith is desirable, faith is best based on knowledge, experience, and reason. Faith which cannot be defended by reason or evidence is considered weak and shaky, but better than no faith at all. Sharing evidences of what you have faith in is a very popular activity and is considered healthy and encouraging for all.

People seriously believe that?

about 5 months ago
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You've Got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene

maharvey Re:We need to fix the root cause (315 comments)

If I had points I'd mod this up five times.

about 5 months ago

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Federal Judge orders IRS to explain lost emails

maharvey maharvey writes  |  about 3 months ago

maharvey (785540) writes "As part of a lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch, a Federal Judge has ordered the IRS to explain in writing, under oath, how it lost emails to and from Lois Lerner. The IRS is also to explain ways that the emails can be recovered."
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Feds pull Google Glass user from theater for suspected piracy

maharvey maharvey writes  |  about 9 months ago

maharvey (785540) writes "A man wearing prescription Google Glass in a theater was pulled out and questioned by agents of the MPAA and Homeland Security. No word on who tipped them off or why they were hanging out there at 10pm. The feds wouldn't let him go until they'd verified the contents of his Google Glass, yet they characterize the interaction as "voluntary." Apparently the DHS is the new MPAA enforcement arm. Does this mean that "homeland" has been redefined as "corporate?""
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