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Dinosaurs Done In By... Dark Matter?

memnock Off-topic: slashboxes (135 comments)

Are these things being obsoleted? The most discussed and hot comments boxes haven't been updated in a week or two. Is the beta rollout still happening?

about a month ago
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The Spy In Our Living Room

memnock Re:1984 (148 comments)

... But he also feels a sense of inevitability about the whole thing: 'If the government wants this information they're going to get it, no matter what we do with our gaming consoles. ...

Sure, if you keep thinking it's okay to keep your mouth shut and roll over. I suppose though that at least he is writing about this and spreading the word, so he's not just keeping his mouth shut.

But the way he makes it seem like a foregone conclusion to me just doesn't sit well with me.

about a month and a half ago
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New DOOM Game Not Dead: Beta Comes With Wolfenstein Pre-Order

memnock Fuck (108 comments)

Beta!

oh, whoops, Doom beta, not /. beta.

Well, whatevs.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Analyzes the Impact of Love On Their Business

memnock boycott? (37 comments)

So am I the only person who is back after a week of choosing not to visit the site?

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

memnock Re:Resurrecting Technocrat.net (2219 comments)

I could be wrong, but I thought the owner of Groklaw shut down the site because she was worried about government surveillance of her and her sources. Providing the general news of case results could be useful, but I don't know if getting the real scoop will be possible for a replacement.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

memnock Re:Resurrecting Technocrat.net (2219 comments)

I've been here for a while and it's my go to site for news or just to f*** around for a minute at work. If this site bites the dust (as in permanently assumes beta), I'll definitely be looking for a new site.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Beta Woes

memnock All in favor? (16 comments)

Aye! Agreed on all points.

I hope this can make it to front page fast.

As an aside, I also can turn off ads, but opt not to, figuring it benefits the site. That might not matter for much longer though.

about 2 months ago
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US Democrats Introduce Bill To Restore Net Neutrality

memnock Watch out... IT'S A TRAP! (535 comments)

While I generally think of the Dems as the lesser of two evils, I don't really think they're out to help anybody with this. I don't see this situation as good (Net Neutrality) vs. evil (no neutrality). It's political football instead. Net Neutrality will require an even heavier hand from the government in the internet. This may be as undesirable as the corporations' idea of a "level playing field". The Dems' attempt to make it look like they are heroes rings false with me.

Seems like it's damned if you do, damned if you don't, with this situation.

about 2 months ago
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Through a Face Scanner Darkly

memnock 2 things (336 comments)

1. Fuck you very much, facialnetwork.com and any other company that wants to deanonymize everyone.

2. Why the sex offender registry for starters? Is facialnetwork.com trying to scare everyone into thinking that the country is overrun by sex offenders? You can piss in an alley (not that that's generally a pleasant thing) and end up on a list with people who have committed violent sexual assaults. To me there is a huge gap in the moral turpitude between the two. The latter of the two examples is probably someone to be weary of, but I don't know if the former is necessarily someone any worse than someone who uses illegal drugs.

about 2 months ago
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EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

memnock Re:Secret meetings: (364 comments)

The U.S. govt. probably already has had this meeting. The back doors start in the U.S. on July 4th. Happy Independence!

about 3 months ago
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Surveillance Watchdog Concludes Metadata Program Is Illegal, "Should End"

memnock Re:Illegal eh? (138 comments)

While one or two people on the committee were probably lawyers, I don't know if it's really up to them to declare the program illegal. They can give an opinion saying they think it's illegal, but really, it can only be declared illegal, or in other words, struck down, by a court. It'd be nice if the article made that distinction. It leads one to think that this committee has just done all the heavy lifting for the libertarians protesting the NSA's activities.

Since this was a committee appointed by government, the appointees' opinions should carry weight, but like all the other commissions, it can only present findings and recommendations. And besides, Barry is too concerned with our safety to entertain the idea that our civil liberties and laws should take precedence in making policy.

about 3 months ago
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Surveillance Watchdog Concludes Metadata Program Is Illegal, "Should End"

memnock Re:Duh (138 comments)

Do you mean something like this? On the one hand, the government blatantly tips its hand about being able to track people and the protestors shouldn't be surprised. On the other, I bet it was still a bit of a shock nonetheless to be one of the people receiving the text, realizing that the govt knows your steps.

Perhaps it would be better to just use walkie talkies and leave the phone somewhere "safe" if one is planning on going to a protest. This way, a mass movement can still be kind of coordinated without revealing participants individual IDs and locations? I realize it's not a perfect solution, but it solves the anonymity conundrum.

Not sure what would be a "safe" place for one's phone, except at home, but that's not gonna help when the cops suspect you're at the protest and bust down your door while you're getting your strike on.

about 3 months ago
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You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

memnock Re:All I Have To Say Is (437 comments)

Customer, one month after purchase , "Hi, yeah, for some reason, my door won't unlock. Can you guys do a remote open for me? I'm late for work."

Dealer: "Sorry, Mr. Smith, your door unlock feature was only available for an introductory month. Would you care to renew for the $99.99 / qtr lease at this point?"

about 3 months ago
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RSA Boycot Group Sets Up Rival Conference

memnock Good for them! (84 comments)

I hope the conference has a good turnout and results in something useful that pisses off the feds.

about 3 months ago
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NSA Collects 200 Million Text Messages Per Day

memnock Re:What is the signal/noise ratio? (287 comments)

The previous story on /. about the low morale at NSA? It's not low enough in my opinion. The employees need to start feelin' shitty enough that they stop doing all this bullshit.

about 3 months ago
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FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement As 'Primary' Purpose

memnock Re:It definitely *IS* a ruse ! (539 comments)

I think the distinction between the two is pretty blurred. I'm too lazy to look, but there have been plenty of stories just on /. about law enforcement agencies that have totally ignored laws and/or acted without regard for morals. I almost think this whole discussion is moot due to this situation.

about 3 months ago
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Citizen Science: Who Makes the Rules?

memnock Re:Question and answer (189 comments)

Science asks questions. It is skeptical. This means being skeptical of authority too. This will make the government nervous. They would probably prefer official "scientists" to a bunch of "hacks". This doesn't mean they are right. The government is great at bureaucracy and officiousness, especially if it means they can then exclude otherwise able people who don't toe the party line.

about 4 months ago
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Surge In Online Orders Overwhelms UPS Christmas Deliveries

memnock Re:serious (378 comments)

I was thinking the same. Instantaneous gratification probably played a hand in this. People are getting used thinking everything is a 24/7 operation and there can't ever be a hiccup.

I don't want to work on Thanksgiving or New Year's or any other major holiday and I feel bad for people who have to because there are customers to satisfy. I'm not talking about police or fire department. But does someone really need to go shopping or to see a movie on a holiday?

about 4 months ago
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Is the World Ready For Facial Recognition On Google Glass?

memnock Re:Glass users! (469 comments)

I'm not sure it will go as smoothly as you think. I think what would probably happen instead is that Google would lobby states (or probably feds, they got enough pull) to pass laws similar to hate crimes, i.e. punch someone wearing Google glass and the prosecutor will throw an additional charge at you specifically intended to punish would-be glassassins. Google can't have a sub-population threatening the cachet of their new shiny.

about 4 months ago
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Life-Sized, Drivable 500,000 Piece Lego Car Runs On Air

memnock The seat (73 comments)

can NOT be comfortable on that thing. Imagine all the little lego impressions on your bum.

Still, that's a pretty nifty project, imho.

about 4 months ago

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New Dropbox Terms of Use Adds Arbitration Requirement, Prohibits Class Action

memnock memnock writes  |  about a month ago

memnock (466995) writes "The Legal Genealogist has this story about Dropbox, the cloud storage company:
'... The second key change is one that has a number of Dropbox users up in arms. It’s putting in a binding arbitration section to its terms of use and a blanket bar on class action lawsuits...
... Even if you do opt out of the arbitration clause, you won’t be able to join forces with other users to sue as a group in what’s called a class action lawsuit. And you’d have to file any suit you do bring as an individual in California.'"
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Atlas of Historical Geography of U.S. Digitized

memnock memnock writes  |  about 2 months ago

memnock (466995) writes "The Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond digitized the atlas: 'Here you will find one of the greatest historical atlases: Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright's Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, first published in 1932. This digital edition reproduces all of the atlas's nearly 700 maps.'"
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Credo Mobile Releases Industry's First Transparency Report

memnock memnock writes  |  about 3 months ago

memnock (466995) writes "Wired and The Washington Post both report that mobile service provider CREDO is the first telecom to release a report detailing requests from the government for customer information.
From Wired:
'A small telecom believed to be at the center of a historic court battle over government surveillance published its first transparency report on Thursday, noting that it had received 16 government requests for customer data in 2013. But the report may be most significant for what it doesn’t say.'"
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Canadian Official Proposes "Privacy by Design" Principles

memnock memnock writes  |  about 4 months ago

memnock (466995) writes "NPR covered Ann Cavoukian, the privacy commissioner for Ontario, Canada.
"... She developed a framework for approaching privacy issues back in the 1990s that's been recognized around the world.

Her approach of seven principles, called 'Privacy By Design,' advocates that tech designers and engineers need to bake privacy provisions into their products and work from the start, not as an afterthought.""
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FEC will not allow bitcoins from campaign contributors

memnock memnock writes  |  about 5 months ago

memnock (466995) writes "ABC new reports: 'Political organizations can't accept contributions in the form of bitcoins, at least for now, The Federal Election Commission said Thursday.

The commission passed on a request by the Conservative Action Fund, a political action committee, to use the digital currency. That group had asked the FEC recently whether it could accept bitcoins, how it could spend them and how donors must report those contributions. It was not immediately clear whether the same ruling would apply to individual political candidates.'
Slashdot reported earlier this week that other federal agencies have taken positions that may recognize or regulate the currency."

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Personalized Medical Technology Expected to Revolutionize Care

memnock memnock writes  |  more than 2 years ago

memnock (466995) writes "From Salon.com: "The information at our everyday disposal is growing at a breathtaking rate. From the beginning of civilization to 2003, the world accumulated 1 billion gigabytes of data. Today, we create 1 trillion gigabytes every year. These advances have transformed the way we think about knowledge, communication and countless aspects of our everyday life — and they have the potential to revolutionize the way we think about our own health.""
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Data intel firms proposed attack on Wikileaks

memnock memnock writes  |  more than 3 years ago

memnock (466995) writes "After a tip from Crowdleaks.org, The Tech Herald has learned that HBGary Federal, as well as two other data intelligence firms, worked to develop a strategic plan of attack against WikiLeaks. The plan included pressing a journalist in order to disrupt his support of the organization, cyber attacks, disinformation, and other potential proactive tactics.

Salon had this to say:
A bizarre plan for an attack on the whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks and journalists construed as sympathetic to it — first reported by the Tech Herald — clearly targets Salon's Glenn Greenwald, saying that his "level of support" for WikiLeaks "needs to be disrupted." The report (you can download the purported final draft here) is listed as an "overview by Palantir Technologies, HBGary Federal and Berico Technologies," and according to a string of e-mails also leaked, was developed following a request from Hunton and Williams, a law firm that represents, among others, Bank of America."

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Army brigade to deploy in U.S.

memnock memnock writes  |  more than 5 years ago

memnock (466995) writes "The Army Times reports that the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team will be stationed in the U.S. on an active mission From the army times article:

The 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys. Now they're training for the same mission — with a twist — at home.

Glenn Greenwald from Salon notes, the Posse Comitatus Act made the president's use of the military illegal in the country without approval from the Congress, but the law was recently changed, further expanding presidential power. Now, it's expected with their crowd control training in Iraq, the brigade will be on hand to deal with civil unrest or huge disasters. This deployment is supposed to last one year, but it's expected to be a permanent mission after the year is up."
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Terrorists profit from pirating

memnock memnock writes  |  about 6 years ago

memnock (466995) writes "Attorney General Mukasey gave a presentation to tech honchos in Silicon Valley about terrorists pirating intellectual property to make money.
From the article: 'Criminal syndicates, and in some cases even terrorist groups, view IP crime as a lucrative business and see it as a low-risk way to fund other activities,' Mukasey said. 'A primary goal of our IP enforcement mission is to show these criminals that they're wrong.'
Before Friday's speech, he met privately with representatives from companies including Apple Inc. and Adobe Systems Inc."

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