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Raytheon's Riot Program Mines Social Network Data For Intelligence Agencies

msheekhah easy solution (119 comments)

Just don't post location data or activities if you're engaging in protests... disable location services on your phone. You're giving data to a public database and then crying about privacy... just don't give them information.

about a year and a half ago
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The Paradox of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

msheekhah Secrecy (266 comments)

The secrecy was designed to protect the volunteers that worked on his project. He was anonymous for a long time, before he was outed. He takes the safety of his volunteers seriously, even if he does work them pretty hard.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Buying a Laptop That Doesn't Have Windows 8

msheekhah Re:MacBook or Dell (570 comments)

That is an old page. It refers to products with Windows 8 on it. I was hopeful.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Now the Top PC Vendor, For Some Values of PC

msheekhah Desktop Computer (577 comments)

This definition died with the laptop. We've been on a downward spiral to the smartphone since. If you want to define PC's as Desktop computers and Laptops, computing devices with a keyboard and or mouse like device, it's still a bit shaky.

about a year and a half ago
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Paper On Conspiratorial Thinking Invokes Conspiratorial Thinking

msheekhah Re:turtles (371 comments)

John Grinder, is that you?

about a year and a half ago
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Google Redesigns Image Search, Raises Copyright and Hosting Concerns

msheekhah Re:I'm Sofa King We Tod Did (203 comments)

Google is acting on feedback from ITS customers. You are not its customers. If you want to protect your context, then do a little research and take care of it. It's not difficult. The information is freely available on the internet how to block hotlinking. And think of the logistics, google will never ask site owners what they want. There are too many of you and not enough of them. That's why you have the option to keep Google off your site. Use it.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Redesigns Image Search, Raises Copyright and Hosting Concerns

msheekhah Re:does not compute (203 comments)

This is why this is a non issue. Any admin worth their salt can disable hotlinking. This just means an increase in hotlinked disabled sites.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Dr. Robert Bakker About Dinosaurs and Merging Science and Religion

msheekhah science and religion (528 comments)

Richard Dawkins makes a couple of good points in a recent talk. 1) If God exists, he has to manage a universe filled with billions of galaxies, each with billions of stars, and we're located on the outskirts in an ordinary solar system in an ordinary galaxy, only one species of potentially billions upon billions. Why does he care about sin and or our morality? That and 2) Using supernatural explanations for phenomenon is a way to chicken out, so you don't have to do real work to find out the real answer to said phenomenon.

about a year and a half ago
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The Mobile App Design Tail Wags the Desktop Software Design Dog

msheekhah worried (183 comments)

I am seriously worried about the future of desktop computers. If the economies of scale shift too drastically, the hobbyist computer and computer gamer will be out of luck. While I think the current shift towards mobile is making computers more approachable to more people, for those of use that use computer for work rather than play, it's detrimental.

about a year and a half ago
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Why You'll Pay For Netflix — Even If You Don't Subscribe To Netflix

msheekhah Re:Infrastructure (292 comments)

Yes on every part of that. Even the signature.

about a year and a half ago
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Three Low-Tech Hacks for Phones and Tablets

msheekhah My own "hack" (not really a hack) (286 comments)

I got a virgin mobile 3g/4g hotspot. I got the 2GB for $35/mo, which comes with unlimited wimax. Now, after 10GB/mo they will throttle you to 2mb/s, so it won't compare to Google Fiber, FIOS, or anything of that nature. In my experience it's more reliable and better speeds than Clear. So what I did was take my service-less Android, set up Google Voice, and downloaded Groove IP for Android. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gvoip&hl=en . So now I can make outbound and take inbound calls using Google Voice, carry the wireless hotspot in my pocket, disable 4g mode, and basically have phone and internet for $35/mo. As a single guy, this is pretty sweet. The virgin mobile is a little hard to activate, but the investment in terms of effort is worth it.

about a year and a half ago
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Using Technology To Make Guns Safer

msheekhah Re:Missing the point. (1013 comments)

I was taught this at a young age. It should actually be taught in schools, considering.

about 2 years ago
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Windows Blue: Microsoft's Plan To Release a New Version of Windows Every Year

msheekhah Re:OS are not browsers (712 comments)

so we're going to file the discussion in a FIFO stack?

about 2 years ago
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$200,000 Judgement Against Google In Mokbel Shots Case

msheekhah If it was my company (140 comments)

I would stop doing business in countries that don't seem to understand the difference between a search engine that indexes the internet and the original site that hosted the material. Screw them.

about 2 years ago
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Huge Geoengineering Project Violates UN Rules

msheekhah there's another word for carbon trapping (319 comments)

oxygen production. plankton are the foundation of the ocean ecosystem. i'm a lefty, but this seems like a win win. change will happen. but no more than when we make hydroelectric dams that drastically change the water temperature so all of the indigenous fish die and have to be replaced with colder water species. and these types of changes are justified every day. I really don't see a problem with this. let's do a study to see what happens when we offer fish more food. you get more fish.

about 2 years ago
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Bruce Perens: The Day I Blundered Into the Nuclear Facility

msheekhah Spent Fuel Pool (181 comments)

Um, a kid shouldn't be able to walk in and see a spent fuel pool. Not cool.

about 2 years ago
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Ray Bradbury Has Died

msheekhah Ray (315 comments)

Having been an avid scifi fan since 5th grade, Ray Bradbury was up there with my favorites of Heinlein, Herbert, and Asimov. Everytime I hear "Major Tom", I think of a short story by Ray Bradbury.

more than 2 years ago

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Experiences working as a Programmer for Blizzard and other Game Companies

msheekhah msheekhah writes  |  about a year ago

msheekhah (903443) writes "I have a friend who, when he gets out of college, has been promised a job at Texas Instruments making $70k. However, he wants to instead go work for Blizzard or some other game company as a game programmer. I've read enough on here and on other tech websites to know that he should take the TI job. Can you share with me your experiences so I can give him real life examples to convince him to take this job? If your experience is contrary to mine, I'd appreciate that input as well."
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President can sign ACTA into effect

msheekhah msheekhah writes  |  more than 2 years ago

msheekhah (903443) writes "In a TechDirt article, Mike Masnik asks Senator Wyden about ACTA:

Senator Wyden says, " It may be possible for the U.S. to implement ACTA or any other trade agreement, once validly entered, without legislation if the agreement requires no change in U.S. law..." but "...the executive branch lacks constitutional authority to enter a binding international agreement covering issues delegated by the Constitution to Congress' authority". However, then he states that "...if you allow the USTR to express your assent to ACTA, then the agreement can bind the U.S. under international law even without Congress' consent, because international law, not U.S. law, determines the binding effect of international agreements. According to many international law scholars, customary international law recognizes the ability of the chief executive of a country to bind its nation to an international agreement regardless of domestic legal requirements."

So while the treaty won't stand up before judicial review inside of the United States, it can still be considered binding in International Law. You then have to determine which has greater sovereignty in American courts."

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HR 1981 should be called 1984: SOPA masquerading a

msheekhah msheekhah writes  |  more than 2 years ago

msheekhah writes "Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers is sponsoring a bill to make your internet data available to investigators if you are even accused, and to require your ISP to retain 18 months of your internet access logs. This is under the guise of a child pornography protection act, but is in fact giving the police to, without probable cause, look through all of your internet activity. All you have to do is be accused. Is this something the internet cares to allow?"
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Slashdot Does Nothing about SOPA

msheekhah msheekhah writes  |  more than 2 years ago

msheekhah writes "As a site that is based off of user submitted content, including shared summaries of news from other websites, you would think that hardcore IP censorship laws would be an issue for Slashdot. Under SOPA/PIPA, Slashdot could be blocked if a user copypasta's TFA instead of summarizes it. The crackerjack editorial staff usually won't allow that, but this is a risk. Yet, we hear nothing from Slashdot itself."
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Game Programming in C#

msheekhah msheekhah writes  |  more than 5 years ago

msheekhah (903443) writes "Ten years ago I got halfway through a programming degree, and now I've decided to try to pick it up again. I decided to try using Mono and Unity 3d 2.5. What are your thoughts of this for game programming? Any resources I can bookmark or books I can buy that would help? I've tried a couple of C# books from 2005 but the directx is out of date and the code examples don't work with modern directx or directx sdk."
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The Register: Scientology Contacts Wikileaks

msheekhah msheekhah writes  |  more than 6 years ago

msheekhah writes "The Register covers Scientology's latest act of internet suppression: Wikileaks. Considering their main server is hosted by The Pirate Bay, how do you think this is going to turn out? From the article: "The Church of Scientology has acknowledged that Wikileaks is offering the world quick and easy access to the church's top-secret "bibles". Or should that be formerly top-secret? On March 24, the swashbuckling truth-seekers at Wikileaks.org published what they referred to as "the collected secret 'bibles' of Scientology," and three days later, church-friendly lawyers threatened the site with legal action if the documents weren't taken down. Calling them "Advanced Technology of the Scientology religion," the lawyers pointed out that the documents are copyrighted works registered to the Religious Technology Center (RIC), a church-related holding company. Wikileaks did not remove the documents. But it did tell the world their veracity has been verified." At the end of the article is a scathing indictment of the Church of Scientology and Western Media. Wow, it's like they (wikileaks and thepiratebay) were twins seperated at birth..."
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Protesters arrested at anti-Scientology event in A

msheekhah msheekhah writes  |  more than 6 years ago

msheekhah writes "Heard about this through the grapevine. "While protesting outside the Scientology Church of Georgia in Atlanta, two members of the group Anonymous were arrested by DeKalb County riot police while standing opposite the Church of Scientology-owned building. The two protesters, who earlier participated in the delivery of a 'global speech' collaboratively written and read by members of Anonymous at protests worldwide, are believed to have been charged by Dekalb police for protesting without a permit and causing 'offensive or hazardous conditions'. However, other members of Anonymous who took leading roles in arranging the protest are adamant that the Dekalb police had previously told them they did not need a permit to protest." Not sure if it's in the right section, but I call BS on the police here."
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Best OS to ship with custom built systems

msheekhah msheekhah writes  |  more than 6 years ago

msheekhah writes "My partner and I are gearing up to sell our own custom boxes. While the high-end gaming boxes are definitely going to be Windows based, I'm wondering in terms of end users that aren't into high end games, what would be the better approach? Windows Vista with KDE (can it replace explorer?) WIndows XP (w/ or /wo) or Ubuntu running CrossOver or another WINE library implementation? We're looking to deliver superior performance, low cost, and ease of use. What are your thoughts for a consumer market? We've been playing around with the options, but I would really like to draw from your combined experience."

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