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People Trained To Experience an Overlap In Senses Also Receive IQ Boost

mr_mischief Re:The biggest news was left out (61 comments)

Technically some Olympic events or others happen every two, but the same events don't repeat but every four.

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Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

mr_mischief Re:Not all spooks are bad (106 comments)

Not all of them are working on the domestic spying. The NSA, believe it or not, was created to spy on other countries, not Americans.

yesterday
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People Trained To Experience an Overlap In Senses Also Receive IQ Boost

mr_mischief The biggest news was left out (61 comments)

Is the 12-point boost in IQ permanent or does it fade over three months like the primary effects of the training?

2 days ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

mr_mischief What matters: no multi-platform multi-player (222 comments)

If you can't play multi-player with your friend on another platform then who cares which one of you has better graphics? Are you people more concerned with e-peen rants than about being able to play the game together? How many of you are buying a platform based on this title? I'd much rather buy titles that let me play with my friends no matter who has what hardware.

3 days ago
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World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

mr_mischief Re:Waste (276 comments)

Perhaps he's bored by children his own age. MAybe a mix of 5-9 year olds. He needs to stay stimulated but also learn to be pleasant to people his own age.

5 days ago
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How To End Online Harassment

mr_mischief Re:It's bad, but it's not exclusive to women. (827 comments)

If you get worked into a frenzy by whichever moment the media chooses to show, you'll be always frenzied about different types of moments. If you care about the actual issue, stick with the issue and care about the moments with no coverage too.

5 days ago
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How To End Online Harassment

mr_mischief Re:It's bad, but it's not exclusive to women. (827 comments)

Media attention is like a fickle middle schooler with ADD. The problem won't go away when the media attention does. The only way to impact this issue is by accepting it's of a bigger scope and addressing it over the longer term.

about two weeks ago
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How To End Online Harassment

mr_mischief Re:It's bad, but it's not exclusive to women. (827 comments)

Why is gamergate (which is a horrible name, BTW. Not everything has to be paralleled to the GOP's break-in to a Democratic headquarters that happened in the 19 fucking seventies for fuck's sake) the big focus of all that is wrong with threats and misogyny on the Internet?

This is a more general problem with more general roots than anything to do with the principle actors in this situation. You blame the people attacking this particular journalist at this particular time for picking their target specifically when there's in general a bigger problem in gaming journalism. I'm simply saying that beyond this one case of targeting specific people, there are other cases of "doxxing" (another loathesome word, by the way), threats, and general misanthrophy/misogyny/misandry all over the Internet.

Getting these 4chan dwellers and other trash to leave these specific women alone is a victory, but it's a small and isolated one. Convincing a generation of maladjusted young men (and yes, it is mostly boys and young men although they target both men and women) of the terrible distastefulness and inappropriateness of their words and actions should be the long-term goal.

about two weeks ago
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How To End Online Harassment

mr_mischief It's bad, but it's not exclusive to women. (827 comments)

It's bad, but it's not exclusive to women. Anyone who hangs out in the filthy sewers of the Internet (4chan, parts of Reddit, many newspaper and magazine comment sections) knows that threats of beatings, killings, and rapes are common. They are commonly laid out against men by men. Yes, that includes rape. Most of it is idle posturing by mouth-breathing basement-dwelling mental juveniles many of whom are chronological juveniles as well.

Could we please focus on the anti-social, violent nature of these threats and not label the entire Internet as misogynist pigs just because women are finding themselves included as targets?

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

mr_mischief Re:Obama (704 comments)

The FCC is not Congress. It's an executive department under the aegis of the President, who is the chief of the Executive Branch. The courts already basically said the FCC is free to categorize ISPs as common carriers unless Congress passes a law to stop it. Read the Ars article about it.

If they declare ISPs to be common carriers, then they can apply common carrier regulations on them. The problem with parts of the Open Internet Order was that they were applying common carrier regulations to ISPs without classifying them as common carriers beforehand. The FCC is free to do so under current laws. They just haven't done it.
 

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

mr_mischief Re:Bullshit (704 comments)

Points on Slashdot are rarely mute, although they are sometimes moot.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

mr_mischief Re:Obama (704 comments)

Right now, if you don't like your Internet service, you often have to keep it. That includes if they discriminate based on who is sending you data.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

mr_mischief Re:Obama (704 comments)

ISDN was broadband. You could band as many PRIs together as you chose. One BRI to an office, well, that wasn't broadband. 30 or 40 PRIs muxed off a fiber was. A DS3 was. An OC-12 definitely was.

about two weeks ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

mr_mischief What deity do he pray to that needs him to know? (461 comments)

What deity do he pray to that needs him to know the names? Most people who pray choose to pray to an all-knowing, all-seeing, everywhere all the time, all-powerful deity. Surely if he prays for them in general an omniscient, omnipresent, all-powerful deity could figure it out.

This sounds like a ploy for a dirty stalker.

about two weeks ago
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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

mr_mischief Re:Team Fortress (183 comments)

It sort of looks to me like TF2 or any other arena team shooter (Q3 Arena, Unreal Tournament/UT2004, Nuclear Dawn, lots of others) but with characters more from DOTA. I like the idea of a shooter with these wacky powers.

It's probably better than the alternative mix, too: a top-down, zone-of-control, resource renewal, last hit game where everyone runs around with a shotgun. I might give that a shot too, though.

about two weeks ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

mr_mischief Re:freedesktop.org (555 comments)

I work on servers with systemd as the init system. Yes, it's quite possible to run a server with it. It does things that in fact make much more sense for a desktop. It's not terrible, but it's moving away from the simplicity and modularity we've come to expect.

about a month ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

mr_mischief freedesktop.org (555 comments)

The distributions should be wary of putting all their eggs in the freedesktop.org basket. Not all systems are desktops, and they shouldn't rely on desktop features at the expense of their own roles.

about a month ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

mr_mischief Savage 110? Ruger 700? Tikka T3? (334 comments)

It's bolt action. It's fairly accurate. It's available in .308 Winchester which means it should fire 7.62 NATO fine. IT's also available in .338 Lapua if that's preferred. It's under $1600 at single unit prices. The .338 has a box magazine.

The Ruger 700 is under $900 in .308 and it can take a suppressor, muzzle brake, or flash hider on its threaded muzzle.

The Tikka T3 CTR cost about $1000. It has a glass fiber-reinforced copolymer stock, a 10-round box magazine, an integrated picatinny rail, and a threaded muzzle.

My choice would probably be the Tikka CTR which in volume pricing should be more than affordable.

about a month ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

mr_mischief Re: a quick search (334 comments)

You underestimate how difficult it is to keep the Coke fluid in those climes. ;-)

about a month ago

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Chemical weapons found in Iraq were covered up by the US

mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  about a month 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 4 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  |  more than 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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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