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The NSA's New Partner In Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police

marcgvky Re:Heck, we probably already fund them (125 comments)

Saudi? Hey! And Israel! Don't forget NSA and Israel - the most moral military on earth! They bomb hospitals under UN protection with the morality of the old testament!

Troll. Can't mod you. Moron. Jihadi's are homosexuals and pork eating cowards.

3 days ago

Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

marcgvky According to my reading.... (385 comments)

The bulk what can be consider "subsidies", under any reasonable definition, are targeted at renewables. In fact, 2/3 of energy "subsidies" are artificially sustaining the renewables market:

about two weeks ago

Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

marcgvky You don't know the half of it (353 comments)

Health Insurance companies are "sharing" prescription and condition history with "partners" that are paying them to... yes your PHI too. And, because they are first-parties (aka "partners") you aren't told about these data-sharing agreements, and you aren't given the ability to opt-out. The problem with this is that the other insurers (life, health, auto, etc.) and pharma companies subscribe to these data clearinghouses as "partners," allowing them all to circumvent HIPPA in-spirit, but remain within the letter. You may be no risk at all, taking an anti-depressant, however, the life insurer will rate you as a suicide / high risker.... see where I am going with this?

The spirit of HIPPA was to keep the fact that you are a pot smoking, HIV infected (but otherwise productive and high-functioning) person out of the hands of anyone THAT YOU DONT WANT TO HAVE IT.

Guess what, I work in healthcare and have 10 more storied like this.... if you think your health insurance and healthcare providers are vangaurds of privacy.... ROTFLMAO... you have no idea.

That's why the wealthy and famous are always admitted under pseudonyms and pay cash, but only to the Director of Account Payable.... LOL we normal people are fucked.

Also, Soulskill is a douchebag.

about three weeks ago

Nest Announces New Smart Home API

marcgvky Big data, getting into your world? (38 comments)

People, please think before you rush to buy this stuff. I can assure you that your data WILL BE SOLD to the utilities and by government agencies to regulate you into the stone age... or the EPA will reach into your living room and "help you green the house" by switching your HVAC off. It's really dumb.

about a month ago

Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

marcgvky Another "who cares" article (268 comments)

Greate pick Soulskill... a real yawner.

about a month ago

Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

marcgvky Re:Awesome! (276 comments)

Wow, a liberal article published by Soulskill, the editorial leftie overlord... shocking.

about a month ago

Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

marcgvky I've quit two jobs, due to overwork (710 comments)

They lie to you in the interview, "oh, it's rare, but there are a couples of weeks here and there, that we burn the midnight oil." Yeah, bullshit. 50-hours minimum, and everyone gives you the stink-eye, if you head for the door before 6PM. Suck it, corporate America. Sell your soul to the corporate idol for NOTHING in return. Once again, suck it.

about a month ago

It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)

marcgvky This is Awesome (218 comments)

Does it come with air conditioning? Wonder if you could have a two-seater?

about a month ago

Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

marcgvky They should have copied the 3DES keys (378 comments)

And posted them onto the Internet. There's your proof. Now go re-inject every device on your bank network LOL

about a month and a half ago

Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

marcgvky You job should be no more secure than anyone else (519 comments)

This is great.... it's time to make everyone equal. I am a Marxist and don't understand why education is some type of protected class.

about a month and a half ago

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot

marcgvky Even if model broken is broken.... (343 comments)

I don't need the government "fixing" it with additional artificial and damaging influence. There was a time when copper was expensive and small coal-towns weren't going to get dial-tone. Those days are long gone. Let's back out of the telecom market slowly and rely upon (well litigated and settles) anti-trust laws to ensure we don't get hosed.

about 2 months ago

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot

marcgvky The last mile isn't expensive (343 comments)

The cost of outside plant is amortized over 20 or 30 years.... and banks line up to underwrite large installations for established publicly owned companies.

about 2 months ago

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot

marcgvky This is what the Cable Companies did in the 90's (343 comments)

Please mod this way up. The "new cable mafia" is the ISP. This North Jersey mafia-style business, with their willing lemmings on the FCC amounts to nothing but CRONY CAPITALISM. It has to stop.

Remember when cable was relatively inexpensive, back in the 80's and part of the 90's? Back then, the cable company provided clear reception (read: bandwidth) and access to several dozen channels (read: content providers). The "cable business" was aggressively seeking content, because that's why people subscribed to cable. In those days, cable providers PAID CONTENT PROVIDERS

Roll the clock forward to the later-90's, the infrastructure boom was over and the local cable provider OWNS the last mile. Revenue growth from new subscribers stagnates. So, in true "pipe-to-the-knee-caps mafia style", cable providers turned to the content providers and said, "we own the 'last mile', NOW YOU HAVE TO PAY US, or we will not carry your channel/signal." Back then, they gave the SAME LAME-ASS EXCUSE: "channel-space (read: bandwidth) is getting scarce and we need money to expand our channel-space (bandwidth), otherwise we may have to cut you [content provider] out of the channel-line-up." (FLASH BACK: Remember the commercials from the "stations" like saying, "keep this channel as part of your basic package, call your cable company and bitch them out."?)

Shift your perspective just a little, do you think any of this would be happening if Netflix were a subscription service via the Cable Provider.... nope. Cause the troll would already be extracting the toll.

about 2 months ago

HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

marcgvky Re:Tautology (288 comments)

Firing the right people, increase profitability...

about 2 months ago

UPS Denies Helping the NSA 'Interdict' Packages

marcgvky BINGO! (207 comments)

You nailed it. UPS is scott-free. All UPS have secured federal facilities into which all cross-boarder shipment pass and "you don't need to know whats going on in there." Bahhhhh, don't piss on us and call it rain, we know better.

about a month ago

Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

marcgvky Disagree on the point authors get squeezed (405 comments)

This is the similar argument made by authors that can't get a manuscript published, by one of the larger houses.

In the simplest terms, markets (in free economic systems) are constantly be reshaped by innovators. The book market is only becoming more efficient and all authors will have to price their wares according to demand, not some artificial pricing structure based on the authors reputation (i.e. I wouldn't value something ghost written for Hillary Clinton or Al Franken as toilet paper).

about 2 months ago

Studies: Wildfires Worse Due To Global Warming

marcgvky Re:More likely policy than climate (379 comments)

Must agree. Much of the destruction is avoidable by good forestry practice and controlled burns. But the environmental weenies will sue you and keep you in court; long enough for everyones homes and businesses to be burned out. Then they will sue you again, to block your ability to rebuild: which is their ultimate goal.

about 2 months ago

FCC Gets Go-Ahead For Plan To Expand Rural Internet Access

marcgvky Another bridge to nowhere (156 comments)

Another waste of your money, brought to you by the brilliant people that run the US federal government... Idiots, most of them.

about 2 months ago



Are all Slashdot editors Climate Change coolaid drinkers?

marcgvky marcgvky writes  |  about 2 months ago

marcgvky (949079) writes "A couple of my recent posts have covered stories that bring a different light to the Climate war. But they never get published. So, are there any readers out there that have studied the issue by reading the papers and doing the math... and have come to the conclusion that "climate change" isn't a science, but an ideology or faith?"

The Myth of the Climate Change '97%'

marcgvky marcgvky writes  |  about 2 months ago

marcgvky (949079) writes "According to the WSJ research of the "well known 97% study, they received responses from 3,146 people, of which only 5 percent selfidentified as climate scientists. To get to the magic 97 percent in the affirmative to both questions — in the answers to questions even many skeptics would answer “yes” — the study’s authors had to whittle down the survey to a paltry 79 “climate scientists,” defined as those who also have “published more than 50 percent of their recent peerreviewed papers on the subject of climate change.” The National Academy of Sciences survey is similarly skewed.

According to Jim Lakely's blog post, "[the] bottom line: A handful of “qualified” scientists asserting “fact” is not what it seems. Yet the enviro-left still clings to this fraudulent “argument by authority” nonsense." Paywall alert: the "original article" link hits the WSJ paywall."

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Is Spotify Spamming You, Recently?

marcgvky marcgvky writes  |  about 3 months ago

marcgvky (949079) writes "I hate spam. Recently, I noticed that my email addressed was "signed-up" for spotify and started getting their "marketing vomit". Wondering if they purchased a list of email addresses and "opened accounts" for us?"

American Physical Society may be turning away from Climate Change mythology

marcgvky marcgvky writes  |  about 3 months ago

marcgvky (949079) writes "It would appear that the American Physical Society is attempting to reach an honest scientific balance via the appointment three renowned scientist to their Public Relations board; all of whom are outspoken critics of climate change absolutist faith. One recent appointee, John Christy (Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville) has written: “I’m sure the majority (but not all) of my IPCC colleagues cringe when I say this, but I see neither the developing catastrophe nor the smoking gun proving that human activity is to blame for most of the warming we see.”

I will be shocked if my post appears on the main board for Slashdot. I want people whom claim to be strong minded academics to spend a moment of introspection, today; belief in forces that cannot be explained, observed, and tested to be empirically true is, by definition, faith. Do you have faith? Or have you read the journals and come to an honest conclusion, using your own intellect? Most people are just attempting to appear savvy and hip.

Blind faith often leads to deep disservice to humanity and damage to humans. Bet that readers will agree with the previous statement, but will struggle with everything else, herein. That's called dissonance. Enjoy your introspection moment."

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Solopower pushes production facility to short-notice Auction: Solyndra 2.0

marcgvky marcgvky writes  |  about 6 months ago

marcgvky (949079) writes "Solopower received lot of government-backed loans from the same DoE program as the infamous Solyndra. They announced their launch, at about the same time that Solyndra's epic fail become the top news story in the U.S. Now, it appears that their San Jose, CA is now on the auction-block, as part of a (super) short-notice sale. Why does the DoE have such broad discretion with taxpayer money, such that they can act as a foolish venture capitalist... with no accountability for 100's of billions of dollars lost? I want that job!!"
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Home Button fails on Apple devices running iOS 6.0.x

marcgvky marcgvky writes  |  about a year and a half ago

marcgvky writes "Unfortunately, it also came with a serious flaw in the OS/Software; the home button would not function in certain (necessary) scenarios. A little research on the Apple User Forums reveals an avalanche of similar issues from users of iPads and iPods. Some where upgraders, while many were New In Box folks (like me).
The only common theme is that users are running Apple iOS 6.0.x. While impossible to discern the root cause of the home button fail, one might speculate that this is an issue in iOS as it relates to capturing the button-press event and how the OS handles that event (i.e. to which program(s) do I communicate/raise that event).
This could be pretty darn embarrassing for the iOS team, if it turns out NOT to be a hardware issue and this bug made it into the iOS release build. Just saying :-) If it turns out to be a hardware issue, my apologies to the iOS team..... and please flog the hardware Q/A folks ;)"

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"girlfirend" for $75K per year as my concubine, totally wrong?

marcgvky marcgvky writes  |  about 4 months ago

Based on my current income and utter lack of interest in the cult of hetero marriage, is it so bad that I would offer an exceptionally attractive woman a retainer salary and 401k for providing me with my nerdy and co-beneficial physical needs? I mean seriously, cant we just be best friends with benefits and make those benefits realistic, given our current economy?

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