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L.A. Building's Lights Interfere With Cellular Network, FCC Says

maratumba After 17th (158 comments)

What's going to happen after 17th. Will we keep this up? Or just abandon slashdot for good?

about 10 months ago

Designer Seeds Thought To Be Latest Target By Chinese

maratumba Re:Boycott (164 comments)

el pueblo unido jamas sera vencido!

about 10 months ago

Half of Tor Sites Compromised, Including TORMail

maratumba Re:Computer Intrusion (583 comments)

See, that's exactly what I was talking about. We had seen countless things that should have caused massive reaction from the public. We have seen cigarette smugglers bombed by the government, mistaken them for terrorists. We have seen nobody being charged for that. Countless cases of fraud by government officials go unpunished. A 13 year old girl getting raped by 26 men and the perpetrators get away with only a few years because they claimed "the girl didn't resist them."

Seeing these things not getting any reaction from the public made everyone depressed. But it all accumulates in people's conscience. I might be wrong about what the tipping point is going to be (in fact I probably am since these things tend to happen at very unexpected places) but there will be a point that people just can't take it anymore.

about a year ago

A Computer-based Smart Rifle With Incredible Accuracy, Now On Sale

maratumba Moving targets? (551 comments)

How is this going to help when shooting at non-stationary targets?

about a year and a half ago

Xkcd's Long-running "Time" Comic: Work of Art Or Nerd Sniping?

maratumba Just (190 comments)

Wait for it...

about a year and a half ago

Sewage Plants Struggle To Treat Fracking Wastewater

maratumba Re:Flouride.. (264 comments)

Of, for frack's sake...

There. Fixed it for you.

about a year and a half ago

Six Months Without Adobe Flash, and I Feel Fine

maratumba Re:bitch (393 comments)

dont feed the troll

about 2 years ago

New Threadlike Carbon Nanotube Fiber Unveiled

maratumba Re:Awesome! (171 comments)

50 years later hopefully.

about 2 years ago

Mini-Tornadoes For Generating Electricity

maratumba Re:Interesting (135 comments)

You need a temperature difference to produce energy. If everything was of same temperature, you couldn't produce energy out of it.

about 2 years ago

Study Finds Similar Structures In the Universe, Internet, and Brain

maratumba I guess that's because... (171 comments)

Same equations have same solutions

Richard Feynman

about 2 years ago

Quantum Random Numbers

maratumba Forgot who said this (167 comments)

"There is no such thing as 'random number', for example, is 3 a random number?"

more than 2 years ago

WikiLeaks Under Denial of Service Attack

maratumba Re:Possible attacker (870 comments)

"Just so we are all straight and clear - wikileaks hit is not a 'Distributed' DoS, its a simple DoS - I dont use intermediaries or botnets."

from the tweet mentioned above.

more than 3 years ago

Harry Potter Blamed For India's Disappearing Owls

maratumba First Post (252 comments)

Thanks to indian owls

about 4 years ago

Self-Assembling Photovoltaic Tech From MIT

maratumba What is the healthy limit for solar energy (128 comments)

if we cover the planet with solar panels, that wouldn't be good right? So there should be a limit of healthy solar energy use before messing with planet's heat balance.

Any Ideas what that should be?

more than 4 years ago

Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime

maratumba Re:More than that (222 comments)

Blue light in particular is linked to suppression of melatonin

So, instead of staring at blue LED's, we should go outside and watch the blue skies I guess.

more than 4 years ago

How the Mozilla Sniffer Backdoor Was Discovered

maratumba Re:Native features in browser (201 comments)

You are right. There is a reason it's called "code".

more than 4 years ago

Information On Philips' "Coffee" Machine?

maratumba Re:Vocoder? (168 comments)

Now that's what I call "informative"

more than 4 years ago

Stem Cell Tourist Dies From Treatment In Thailand

maratumba almost certainly killed her? (451 comments)

... the treatment almost certainly killed her

Does this mean she is going to start eating brains now?

more than 4 years ago

Geologists Might Be Charged For Not Predicting Quake

maratumba Re:way to drive (375 comments)

Nothing in the article really suggests that they were wrong given the evidence they had at the time. They're Geologists, not soothsayers.

They're geophysicists actually. Not that it matters much.

more than 4 years ago



Major Internet Censorship Bill Passes in Turkey

maratumba maratumba writes  |  about 10 months ago

maratumba (1409075) writes "The Bill extends what are already hefty Internet curbs in place under a controversial 2007 law that Earned Turkey equal ranking with China as the world’s biggest web censor according to a Google Transparency report published in December.
The text notably permits a government agency, the Telecommunications Communications Presidency (TIB), to block Access to websites without court authorization if they are deemed to violate privacy or with content Seen as “insulting”.
Erdogan, Turkey’s all-powerful leader since 2003, is openly suspicious of the Internet, branding Twitter a “menace” for being Utilized in organisation of mass nationwide protests in June in which siX people died and thousands injured."

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Silliest thing you had to do on a computer.

maratumba maratumba writes  |  about 2 years ago

maratumba (1409075) writes "Once I accidentally opened hundreds of files at once in a Windows desktop. I was in the middle of a long process so when all resulted in an error dialog, I had to manually close hundreds of windows by clicking 'OK' on each because I couldn't restart the thing. What is the silliest/dumbest thing you had to do on a computer?"

Credit Card Numbers are Stolen from USC Food Stores

maratumba maratumba writes  |  more than 2 years ago

maratumba (1409075) writes "Yesterday, students of University of Southern California got an email saying that "The university recently identified a security breach affecting credit card purchases made at food outlets on the USC University Park and Health Sciences campuses." Apparently a third party software system used in transactions in some dining halls has been breached between the period May 21st — June 21st and possibly earlier. They can't tell which card numbers have been compromised because of privacy reasons. They recommend the students to keep an eye on their credit card statements."
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Steam servers hacked

maratumba maratumba writes  |  about 3 years ago

maratumba (1409075) writes "According to a message sent to it's users, Steam servers are hacked and user names, passwords and "encrypted" credit card information are compromised.
Although they do not have evidence of credit card misuse at this time, Valve recommends changing passwords and keeping an eye on the credit card activity."

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Google censors autocomplete for bittorrent

maratumba maratumba writes  |  more than 3 years ago

maratumba (1409075) writes "

Tried searching for "BitTorrent," "RapidShare," "uTorrent," "MegaUpload" or even "Ubuntu torrent" lately? Good luck finding a Google domain that'll autocomplete those results for you. Presumably caving to pleading from the MPAA and / or RIAA, El Goog has quietly begun to censor the results it shows when typing the above terms.


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Wikileaks releases 91000 docs on Afghan War

maratumba maratumba writes  |  more than 4 years ago

maratumba (1409075) writes "WikiLeaks has released a document set called the Afghan War Diary, an extraordinary compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.
The reports, while written by soldiers and intelligence officers, and mainly describing lethal military actions involving the United States military, also include intelligence information, reports of meetings with political figures, and related details.
The document collection is available on a dedicated webpage."

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