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Financial Services Group WCS Sues Online Forum Over Negative Post

monkeyFuzz Re: The question comes down to can they prove fake (112 comments)

Thanks for sharing the links. Good to have definitive studies to confirm intuitive suspicions on the matter

about a month and a half ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

monkeyFuzz Maybe time to switch to.. (278 comments)

silent phone or get a blackphone?

about 3 months ago
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What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

monkeyFuzz Sounds like a good case for.. (286 comments)

Silent Circle Mobile or some similar service. Not sure if the Blackphone handset can thwart GPS tracking but this way hopefully all they can glean is your approximate location via cell tower records from the carrier. Of course, I'd still explicitly withhold consent of the search.

about 3 months ago
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California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs

monkeyFuzz Console yourself cabbie, you won't be the only one (314 comments)

The ride-share drivers may as well make hay while the sun shines as I suspect their 15 mins of fame is close to done. Once autonomous vehicles are approved for use (yes I expect the same lobbies to fight it) neither ride share drivers not cabbies will be required to provide safe transportation and all this crying over this and that issue will be moot. All one needs is a fleet of self driving cars taking the human factor out of the equation for good!

about 4 months ago
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Security DVR + iNet + X10 = Easy Home Automation (Video)

monkeyFuzz Re:Hacking (25 comments)

And the NSA doesn't even have to pay you for it! Yay!

about 4 months ago
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Iran Court Summons Mark Zuckerberg For Facebook Privacy Violations

monkeyFuzz Re:... nobody is talking about the privacy violati (304 comments)

You seem unaware that if you volunteer your private information to the interwebs, it becomes public.

So by your logic, every password, security question, or purchase you've ever made using the "interwebs" is open to public scrutiny? I suppose there is no reasonable expectation of privacy in your world?

about 4 months ago
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US To Charge Chinese Military Employees With Hacking

monkeyFuzz Re:presumably... (225 comments)

Anything done by civilians that maximize profits* of US Corporations = Legal
Anything done by civilians that hurts profits of US Corporations = Illegal


*profits = national interest = national security

about 4 months ago
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First Arrest In Japan For 3D-Printed Guns

monkeyFuzz Re:Hurray for Japan (274 comments)

Odd, that's not what I got out of the paragraph you quoted. Assuming the facts are true, amosh seems to suggest that the availability of firearms to Swiss citizens is indeed restricted to a great degree so availability is an important factor.

about 5 months ago
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Blood of World's Oldest Woman Hints At Limits of Life

monkeyFuzz Re:Not an upper limit (333 comments)

Ever stop to consider the implications of success in the quest for immortality on a planet with finite resources, let alone the social and political consequences of control over who will drink form said fountain of youth? We are already approaching the carrying capacity of the planet within a generation. If anything we could probably use some chlorine in the gene pool and better resource management.

about 5 months ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

monkeyFuzz Get over this crap already! (630 comments)

From the vast majority of /. posts on this weapon the community resembles a bunch of 10 year old boys playing war and comparing and contrasting all kinds of minutiae without considering what are arguably the more important issues: Why do we need yet more efficient means of destruction? What purpose does it achieve? Instead of being raving fanboys have you considered the opportunity cost of the resources expended in such programs?

about 6 months ago
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Layoffs At Now-Private Dell May Hit Over 15,000 Staffers

monkeyFuzz Re:I'm sure they're grateful for COBRA (287 comments)

And the republicans were smart enough to realize it was crap and did not pass it when they controlled all three branches.

Sorry, but the blame lies solely with the democrats on this one.

As misguided as this statement is, even if one were to accept its veracity it at face value, it is a meaningless one. You do realize that republican vs. democrat is a distinction without a difference. There has been, and is, only one party, and that is the party of Big Business. Follow the money and the policies it purchases and it should be painfully obvious.

about 8 months ago
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California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

monkeyFuzz Re:Dangerous... (399 comments)

So we should eliminate all systems that have waste in the government?

Absolutely!

My point was that everyone is so concerned about the cost of their school taxes (which they kind of can vote on) but no has a say about how much federal taxes are thrown away to the military were at least 10x the amount is spent (no one gets a 'say' on this).

We have a representative democracy so the usual "write to your state congressman/senator" advice, for what it's worth, applies if you wish to express an alternative view on how to vote on defense appropriations. I can sympathize however as, in practical terms, it feels like no say at all. Granted school taxes are decided via a more direct democratic process given the smaller and localized scale of government it involves, so one does feel more empowered.

A large percentage of people don't even pay school taxes but almost everyone gets to pay for the military.

That is a false statement. Please see this article for details. In fact, every homeowner, business, and renter (through their landlord) pays property taxes whereas slightly over half the population pays any federal income taxes. While I don't have citations, I'd wager the percentage of the population that is not homeless or living in property tax exempt homes is minuscule in comparison. So the truth is more likely the other way around.

My school district let about a third of the teachers go due to the closure of a business that was paying a 1/5 of the school taxes and is now gone. How do you fill a hole like that? Schools aren't even legally allowed to stock pile tons of cash so what prevents that type of catastrophe? No one is going to move to a school district that is teetering on collapse which only further compounds the problem.

Sounds like a pretty small tax base if a single payer shoulders 20% of the burden. The obvious solution is to increase the tax base and keep your businesses happy though that is generally easier said than done and impossible to prescribe a plan for knowing nothing of your local geography/economy. Are you living in a small and dying rural town perhaps?

Maybe if I could resolve my own town budgets before kicking a dime to the Feds we wouldn't have these issues.

That's wishful thinking and I too wish it were so! We certainly don't get much for our fed tax dollars in return. Somehow I feel that telling the IRS to get bent is unlikely to go over too well.

Throwing money at a problem doesn't magically fix things, but money seems to be the biggest complaint about schools from tax payers yet no one is screaming at voting polls i mass numbers about Federal waste.

Couple things, just cause they're bitching about money doesn't make it the correct solution to all that ails education...parenting & administrative waste are huge factors that may be being overlooked (point I was trying to make in my original post). As regards federal waste, see aforementioned remedy.

Also my original response was to the parent asking for better individual classroom instruction from teachers that let students meet their full potential. My question was how do you do that with less money? What answer did your response have to address that?

Several ways actually in no particular order

  1. - consider a flipped classroom In your school
  2. - Encourage parents to, well, parent better. Or learn how to if a good role model was unavailable to them. This includes taking an active role in educating one's child, attending to discipline, nutrition, physical fitness, and being a loving and available parent overall. If one cannot or will not discharge this basic parental duty (and yes that includes rich, poor, educated or uneducated folks) then one oughtn't have children and make them the burden of teachers or society at large!
  3. - Trim the administrative fat if any
  4. - Get rid of poor teachers and replace them with competent and well paid ones with the money saved from last suggestion
  5. - Utilize resources such as Khan Academy or Coursera whose stated mission is to provide a world class education for free

about 8 months ago
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California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

monkeyFuzz Re:Dangerous... (399 comments)

Please don't trot out the tired 'we need more money' excuse as the standard go to solution for all that ails education. I suggest a quick read of the following post by a fellow /.er illustrating the utter waste (at least in Minneapolis) and suggest a reconsideration of the many problems illustrated in this thread before offering 'solutions'.

about 8 months ago
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US Wary of Allowing Russian Electronic Monitoring Stations Inside US

monkeyFuzz Re:The US does not have any stations in Russia (232 comments)

Or any of the former satellites of the CCCP for that matter. The authoritative list is here.

On that list was a station out in the middle of the Indian Ocean that caught my eye - Diego Garcia, and how it was depopulated by the British to enable the US to set up shop for military purposes. The following cable and corresponding wikipedia article was quite an interesting read on yet another hegemonic adventure undertaken by the US govt. I wonder how long before the European Court of Human Rights will take to decide the case. Odds anyone for the outcome?

about 10 months ago
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Huawei Using NSA Scandal to Turn Tables on Accusations of Spying

monkeyFuzz You go Huawei! (2 comments)

This should be fun!

about a year ago

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After 12 years of war, labor abuses rampant on US bases in Afghanistan

monkeyFuzz monkeyFuzz writes  |  about 7 months ago

monkeyFuzz (3398671) writes "According to the article...
Over the past decade, the U.S. military has outsourced its overseas base-support responsibilities to private contractors who have filled the lowest-paying jobs on military bases with so-called third-country nationals, migrant workers who are neither American citizens nor locals. As of January 2014, there were 37,182 third-country nationals working on bases in the U.S. Central Command region, which includes Afghanistan and Iraq, outnumbering both American and local contract workers.

South Asian workers are at the bottom of the social hierarchy on U.S. bases. They earn far less than American or European contractors, work 12-hour days with little or no time off and, on some bases,
aren’t allowed to use cellphones or speak
to military personnel.
These laborers do the cooking, cleaning, laundry, construction and other support tasks necessary to operate military facilities. In Afghanistan, they primarily come from India and Nepal, and are employed by subcontractors for one of two large American companies, Fluor Corp. and Dyncorp International, which manage U.S. bases in Afghanistan under the Department of Defense’s Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP). Dozens of subcontracting companies, mostly headquartered in the Persian Gulf, work on Fluor and Dyncorp contracts.

The U.S. government has been aware of inequities and violations in the military contracting system for at least eight years. In 2012, both the Obama administration and Congress issued new rules to curtail these problems. But no contractor has ever been prosecuted, suspended or fined for trafficking abuses on U.S. military contracts. When pressed for a reason, McCahon responded: “If you look at most of the defense contractors, the large entities, they tend to be staffed and headed by former generals. They still have friends in the Pentagon.”"

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Support recruiting our troops?

monkeyFuzz monkeyFuzz writes  |  about 8 months ago

monkeyFuzz (3398671) writes "The article says...

Senate subcommittee held hearing on case it described as 'one of the largest fraud investigations' in Army history. The Senate's Financial and Contracting Oversight Subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., held a hearing on Tuesday to address a case involving fraud and abuse in Army recruiting that it has described as “one of the largest fraud investigations” Army investigators have ever handled in size and numbers of people involved. More than 1,200 Army recruiters and assistants are under investigation on suspicion of fraud involving tens of millions of dollars from a program aimed at boosting recruitment during the Iraq war, according to papers released on Monday by a congressional panel. One person, now under prosecution, was fraudulently paid $275,000 under the recruitment program, and four other top recipients received more than $100,000 each, documents from a panel of the Senate Homeland Security committee said.

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PirateBrowser anyone?

monkeyFuzz monkeyFuzz writes  |  about 8 months ago

monkeyFuzz (3398671) writes "According to the article ...

The Pirate Bay has switched to a new domain name again in the matter of days – from thepiratebay.ac to thepiratebay.pe, and has revealed that the new system they are developing will make the domain name system completely ‘irrelevant’ thereby closing the loophole of domain takedowns forever."

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