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Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

mr_mischief Re: With taxes you buy civilization, remember? (290 comments)

What the fuck part of " A pat-down of someone who's being detained for probable cause is okay" did you manage to misread?

about a week ago
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Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

mr_mischief Re:Firefighters use IR-detecting devices (290 comments)

A firefighter has a reason to be there if there is a fire to fight. As the SCOTUS already said, police using this sort of thing without a warrant is an illegal search.

about a week ago
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Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

mr_mischief Re:With taxes you buy civilization, remember? (290 comments)

If you're talking about "stop and frisk" then the courts are certainly not okay with that. A pat-down of someone who's being detained for probable cause is okay. Being black, young, or poor is not probable cause.

about a week ago
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The Mainframe Is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe!

mr_mischief Re:"prevailed"? (164 comments)

Not every computing task needs 10 TB of common RAM. Mainframes have their place, but it's not in doing every task.

about a week ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

mr_mischief Give us a backdoor into your communications. (562 comments)

How about some of that transparency we were promised? Where's the American people's backdoor into Obama's communications?

Oh, that's right... All people are created equally until one of them is working for the government.

Fuck Obama and his spooks.

about a week ago
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US/UK Will Stage 'Cyber-Attack War Games' As Pressure Against Encryption Mounts

mr_mischief Fuck Cameron (77 comments)

Scotland should have seceded with the UK willing to have such a daft demagogue in charge. Now he's trying to turn the UK and the rest of the world into even more of a surveillance nightmare than the street cameras London already has.

He can piss up a rope and then hang himself from it.

about two weeks ago
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The Mainframe Is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe!

mr_mischief Re:"prevailed"? (164 comments)

Nobody expects a single desktop PC to do the job of a mainframe. It's true, too, that mainframes have their place for certain types of work. Don't claim, though, that a rack full of blades can't be clustered to do a similar job. It happens all the time.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

mr_mischief What? (781 comments)

Maybe I'm old, but when I was in grade school kindergarteners on up had to walk to and from school if they lived less than a mile away unless there was some major road in between or they had a parent or babysitter ready to drive them.

about two weeks ago
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The Mainframe Is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe!

mr_mischief "prevailed"? (164 comments)

I think "prevailed" is a bit overstating things. Mainframes have more "held on" despite the march of the killer micros.

about two weeks ago
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Lawrence Krauss On Scientists As Celebrities: Good For Science?

mr_mischief If by celebrity we mean... (227 comments)

If by celebrity we mean that good scientists get famous for actual research and get patronage to run their labs free of government funding, then hell yes.

If by celebrity we mean that their career as a "Scientist" means to be an advocate for one bit of research over others even well outside their own work, then probably not.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

mr_mischief Re:The beast and the hero (639 comments)

It's not shocking, as it seems a good portion of every profession is incompetent.

about two weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

mr_mischief Re:Thanks, assholes (573 comments)

Indeed. The equivalent argument to mine when applied to firearms would be to ban stupid firearms users. See what I did there?

about three weeks ago
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Bill Would Ban Paid Prioritization By ISPs

mr_mischief Re:Fuck the libs! (216 comments)

Title II does, though. If they are regulated under Title II then they can't have a monopoly on the utility poles.

about three weeks ago
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Bill Would Ban Paid Prioritization By ISPs

mr_mischief Re:Fuck the libs! (216 comments)

See, this just shows the screwed up nature of calling the R the right and the D the left. Pro abortion rights? Rightist. Pro gun control? Leftist. Pro gay marriage? Rightist. Pro marijuana? Rightist.

You see, the "right" or "conservative" traditionally wants a smaller government with less control over people's daily lives. The "left" wants more and bigger government with more control over the population.

The current parties are both hybrids. One claims to want a smaller, leaner government with less control over _industry_ and _markets_ but more control over _lives_. The other wants bigger social spending and more control over _industry_ and _markets_ but to let the individual do pretty much what they want.

Many Democrats these days fiscally are more in favor of limiting spending than Reagan did, meanwhile wanting to infringe less on individual rights.

If we had anything other than this false dichotomy of a self-reinforcing two-party system we may just find a party in some amount of power that wants to get the government out of your office _and_ your bedroom as much as possible.

about three weeks ago
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Bill Would Ban Paid Prioritization By ISPs

mr_mischief Re:Fuck the libs! (216 comments)

They might be called Republicans, but anyone supporting that project was a liberal underneath their costume.

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

mr_mischief Re:Not doing what they're thinking (573 comments)

That's a beautiful strawman you've got there. I never said it didn't enable those. I said it did enable the American Revolutionary War. The fact that additional things were helped first does not diminish the role printing played in stoking the fires for that war.

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

mr_mischief Re:Not doing what they're thinking (573 comments)

I think you underestimate Paine, Franklin, and Locke.

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

mr_mischief Re:Highly supported? (573 comments)

Texas doesn't have open carry of handguns. One can only carry handguns concealed and with a permit. One can only open carry a long arm. How often do you see people being mugged with a rifle or shotgun?

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

mr_mischief Re:Not doing what they're thinking (573 comments)

The printing press was a major enabler of the American Revolution.

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

mr_mischief Re:Thanks, assholes (573 comments)

The most common cause of death in children from ages one to thirteen is traffic accidents. Let's ban stupid drivers.

about three weeks ago

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Chemical weapons found in Iraq were covered up by the US

mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  about 3 months ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "Multiple sources report that the US found remnants of WMD programs, namely chemical weapons, in Iraq after all. Many US soldiers were injured by them, in fact.

Why the cover-up, when so many people were making it a point to say there were no WMD? Was it to keep morale up? Was it out of embarrassment that many of these weapons were developed with Western help? Was it because these were older weapons not actively being produced? Maybe it's because the US troops did not follow international protocols to secure and properly dispose of the weapons.

Well, whatever the reason, it's a bad thing. If there are any of these caches under ISIL control it could be a very bad thing."
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White House petitioned to save those in hot cars

mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  about 6 months ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "The White House, through the "We the People" petition site, has received a petition to allow civilians to proactively free children, the elderly, and animals stuck in hot cars and then contact authorities, as these situations are time-sensitive. The petition asks for a federal law granting people the right to do this uniformly across the country.

So far it has fewer than 1,000 signatures, but do we really need it to have more? Is there a jurisdiction in the US where breaking a window to save a human life is actually considered a crime by police and the courts? If so, what madness is that? Do Congress and the President really need to state in a statute that saving a life is justifiable grounds for what it basically minor property damage?

Is this a case of overly cautious people, overly litigious civil society, or overzealous enforcement of laws? How does it interact with good samaritan laws? What makes doing the right thing so hard?"
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Bill to ban sales of prepaid wireless without ID

mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "The Washington Post headline reads: "New proposal would require identification to buy prepaid cellphones".

According to the Washington Post, "A bipartisan pair of Senate leaders have introduced a first-of-its-kind bill aimed at stopping terrorist suspects such as the would-be Times Square bomber from hiding their identities by using prepaid cellphones to plot their attacks." The proposal says the term of retention by the phone companies should last until eighteen months after deactivation.

At least The Post mentions some of the problems, which is better than many others covering the story. They cover the need for anonymous communications for battered spouses, whistleblowers, and others. They also note the concern that it could be a precursor to registered-only communications on the Internet.

Mobiledia quotes Chuck Schumer as, ""This proposal is overdue because for years terrorists, drug kingpins and gang members have stayed one step ahead of the law by using prepaid phones that are hard to trace," said Schumer. "There's no reason why it should still be this easy for terror plotters to cover their tracks."

Mobiledia goes on to compare freedoms about electronics in the US to, of all places, Thailand, Singapore, and Australia. "Several countries, including Australia, Germany, Japan, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland and Thailand, already require prepaid buyers to register their information."

According to Rueters, Republican John Conryn is quoted as, "A major lesson we've learned from the investigation and arrest of Faisal Shahzad is that we must require individuals purchasing a prepaid cell phone in this country to provide verified identifying information," Cornyn said (emphasis added by submitter to Slashdot).

Michael McAuliff of The New York Daily News editorializes, "We suspect most people will like this measure, but the phone companies, libertarians, and immigrant groups may not be pleased."

Is this really an important power of government, or is it just more grabbing of the privacy and security of normal Americans using a questionable rallying cry?"

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Google updates Chrome EULA

mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "According to The Register and confirmed at Chrome's EULA page, the objectionable parts of Chrome's license as reported in Slashdot story Reading Google Chrome's Fine Print have been removed.

Rebecca Ward is the Senior Product Counsel for Google Chrome. When asked about the debacle and the public outcry, she said, "In order to keep things simple for our users, we try to use the same set of legal terms (our Universal Terms of Service) for many of our products. Sometimes, as in the case of Google Chrome, this means that the legal terms for a specific product may include terms that don't apply well to the use of that product. We are working quickly to remove language from Section 11 of the current Google Chrome terms of service. This change will apply retroactively to all users who have downloaded Google Chrome."

Matt Cutts over at Google called the license snafu, "clearly a mistake" and said he should have been "grateful to the people that pointed it out". He apologizes for his initial "strident" reaction in his blog."
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Washington Post labels Kennedy from Illinois

mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "It's a common theme on Slashdot to point out sloppy reporting, especially around tech or science articles. I thought I'd point out this US political snafu from a paper that should know better — The Washington Post has Senator Ted Kennedy labeled as a Democrat from Illinois. Too bad he's from Massachusetts. Perhaps this sloppy reporting problem has as much to do with hurrying the stories as having no clue about what's being reported."
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Fallout 3 deemed unsuitable for sale in Australia

mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "According to GameSpot, PC World, and PSX Extreme, the Office of Film and Literature Classification has refused to classify Bethesda's third installment to the venerable series.

Games apparently need to be classified with a rating to be legal for sale in Australia. The most adult-oriented classification for games is for material suitable for the age of 15 and over. That means the OFLC deems something in the game — rumored to be use of the drug morphine, although there are no details as to why on the OFLC site — is unsuitable for those under 15. There are higher classifications for other media."
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Switchgrass -- a biofuel source for the US?

mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  about 7 years ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "SciAm reports that farmers and USDA scientists have tracked the energy inputs into a native perennial grass over a five-year period. They've also tracked the output, and they say there's a 540% surplus of energy harvested over what's put in by the farmers. It even grows on land that's not good enough farmland for raising food and fiber crops. The catch is that it requires cellulose to ethanol conversion, which unlike sugar to ethanol conversion is not yet a commercial concern in the US.

The DOE intends to help change the picture by partially funding six refineries for cellulosic biorefineries to the tune of $1.2 billion.

It certainly sounds better than ethanol from corn, but we'll have to wait to see if this is the fuel source of the near future in the US."
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Another Google cross-domain vulnerability fixed

mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "The Register reports that a vulnerability allowed exploiting Google Docs to access information stored in users' GMail accounts. The bug is said to be fixed now. It was possible using proof-of-concept code to grab Gmail contact lists as witnessed by the reporters. The developer of the PoC says he could just as easily grab actual email messages or other user data on Google's servers until the hole was closed."
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CNet reporter calls for Microsoft to abandon Vista

mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "As it's hard to miss the stories lately, all of us on /. are likely to know people are underwhelmed with Windows Vista. Well, Don Reisinger over at CNet's News.com is not quite just underwhelmed. He suggests that Vista may be the downfall of Microsoft because the company has really just missed the mark with the operating system. Despite years in development, Reisinger says Vista was delivered to market too early. He also says it's overpriced and plain doesn't work well enough for its users, among other complaints. His suggestion? Support those who are running it, but ditch Vista and move on."
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$199 Linux laptop

mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mr_mischief writes "According to Hot Hardware's recent review, Asus is getting ready to unleash a $199 compact notbook running Linux. This is entirely different from this recent $150 Linux laptop story which many Slashdot readers believ to be a scam.

There's a dual-mode menu which offers a simple system for novice computer users, and a slightly more advanced version for others. It's not aimed squarely at the same market as the One Laptop Per Child project's XO, and is expected to be sold to end suers worldwide. It's targeted at new users who don't own a computer or at people who want a cheap, small laptop for basic tasks.

The reviewed version has a 7" screen and a cramped keyboard to match, but a 10" version is available for $100 more. It offers built-in wired and wireless networking,four USB 2.0 ports, and a three-hour battery life. The storage options are a bit cramped, as you only get 4 GB of onboard storage (8 GB on the $299 model) and no optical drive. As the review says, though, USB 2.0 can make up for that if you like, and the lack of moving drive parts makes the machine run dead quiet."

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mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "Got Firefox? Get it updated!

The Mozilla Foundation has released an important security update for Firefox 2.0 which fixes eight vulnerabilities (five of them rated critical) among other things.

Patches are also available for Firefox 1.5.0.x and Thunderbird 1.5.0.x as well.

See Secunia's advisory to find out more about security issues with memory corruption in the JavaScript and layout engines, a heap-based buffer overflow handling Windows bitmaps, a couple of arbitrary HTML/script vulnerabilities and what appear to be a couple of arbitrary native code vulnerabilities."
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mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "It turns out that circumcision, which some berate as a cruel and primitive practice while others say helps in cleanliness and disease control, may actually have a significant impact on the spread of certain diseases. In particular, the BBC is reporting a US National Institutes of Health study in whichthe practice cut HIV transmission rates from women to heterosexual men by about 50%.

While doctors understandably don't want to promote promiscuous sex and 50% is still too strong a chance of transmitting such a serious disease, the recommendation is that circumcision be part of a plan to combat the disease.

Although every disease is different, I wonder if it's clear enough to people that if one disease is slowed by this practice that it probably has some effect in slowing some other diseases as well."
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mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "EETimes reports Microsoft is working on standardizing a robotics platform and development for it. They want to make it easier to develop robots, starting with the IDE and development environment and continuing through specifying acceptable hardware, just like for PCs and Windows CE devices.

What's next, the MS directives of robotic behavior, including "Do not allow Microsoft to be harmed through your actions or inactions", and "Do not play music, movies, or games that are not from cartel-approved suppliers?""
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mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "Microsoft has a bulletin about a vulnerability for something called Vector Markup Language. Security Focus has one too.

Vector Markup Language was a proposed web standard that was passed on by the standards bodies and which was both subsumed and superseded by Scalable Vector Graphics.

Despite VML being passed over and another alternative being made a standard, Microsoft implemented it anyway. In the implementation there is a security problem that MS says can allow an attacker total control of a target system.

If it's nonstandard, duplicating functionality offered by a standard, and they can't be bothered to do it right the first time, perhaps they shouldn't preinstall it on millions of computers around the world. How could Microsoft actually get enough of an edge from undercutting a fairly widely implemented standard with a dangerous implementation that it is financially worthwhile for them? Wouldn't be better for them in the long run to just implement the standard, or is there some huge installed base of VML somewhere that I'm just missing?"

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Is Acclaim really being forward-thinking with Top Secret?

mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I saw this message when I went to their site to look it over using Firefox 2.0.0.3:

Welcome to Acclaim!
We recommend viewing the Acclaim site
with Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0. You can
use other browsers but you may not receive
the full experience.

WTF? And they want to tell me they're a groundbreaking software house? Check out the groundbreaking work they're doing in your favorite browser and see what it says.

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