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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

orgelspieler inert gas (346 comments)

Why not just supply the guts of the ATM with a nitrogen blanket? Seems like that would keep the acetylene from exploding inside the ATM.

yesterday
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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

orgelspieler Re:Cue the idiots (394 comments)

Yeah, I checked out the site, and sure enough most of the comments are this exact sentiment. It's amazing how many people are fucking stupid.

2 days ago
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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

orgelspieler Re:jessh (394 comments)

There is a snowstorm and the officials leave the city running. Possible severe damage to infrastructure, possible death toll, cleanup is significantly more complicated and takes far longer. Officials are berated for their carelessness.

Funny how quickly people have forgotten the Atlanta "blizzard." That was less than a year ago! The mayor ignored warnings by NOAA and insisted on keeping the city running until it was far too late. That was only 3" of snow, but in a part of the country not accustomed to ever seeing any.

2 days ago
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Proposed Space Telescope Uses Huge Opaque Disk To Surpass Hubble

orgelspieler Re:This is fine in theory (124 comments)

It was my understanding that the Arago spot worked best with light of a single wavelength. Also, rather than the alignment of the surface area, it's the circularity that matters. And it's not the deviation from a circle WRT the wavelength, it's the deviation WRT to the circle itself. A larger circle can have a larger absolute roughness and still produce the Arago spot. I haven't studied optics in about 15 years, though, so maybe I'm wrong.

2 days ago
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

orgelspieler Re:grandmother reference (462 comments)

WTF? GP didn't say that was a good thing. In fact, I'm pretty sure GP said "this is a bad thing." Literally. Right there. Next time try reading the entire comment before freaking out.

2 days ago
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Comcast Ghost-Writes Politician's Letters To Support Time Warner Mega-Merger

orgelspieler Re:They come that cheap? (179 comments)

At those bargain basement prices, maybe we can do a kickstarter to buy our own politician!!

2 days ago
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Comcast Ghost-Writes Politician's Letters To Support Time Warner Mega-Merger

orgelspieler Re:yes. 1st amendment, though. Tesla, SpaceX (179 comments)

Those individuals must spend their own personal money and whatever form their message takes they must personally be present or at the very least attach their names to the message, and any donation must also be from their personal accounts and not the organizations.

Pretty trivial workaround: TWC and Comcast would just take the money that they save by not lobbying and pay it to their CxOs. Of course there won't be any express expectation that they use the money for political speech.

2 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

orgelspieler Re:Yes. (661 comments)

Thanks for that. I didn't know it was illegal in CA. I'll have to check with our branch out there, because I'm pretty sure they still random test.

Back to the Disney thing, I would think that the character actors would fall under a "think of the children" sort of thing. Can you imagine, "Mommy, why does Mickey smell funny like Uncle Jack?" The funny thing is, I'm actually in favor of companies (or governments, for that matter) requiring immunizations, allowing for medical exemptions.

2 days ago
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Scientists Determine New Way To Untangle Proteins By Unboiling an Egg

orgelspieler Re:Wow .... (155 comments)

Are you sure that was bread? It might have been more chicken.

3 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

orgelspieler Re:Yes. (661 comments)

Citation needed. Prove to me that recreation pot use on the weekend is somehow a "public safety" issue for the guy sweeping the floor at the Magic Kingdom. Now vaccinations, on the other hand, really are a public safety issue because the public is harmed by a lack of herd immunity. Just look at the current situation.

about a week ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

orgelspieler Re:Yes. (661 comments)

The entire guilty until proven innocent is for criminal and civil trials

Actually, it's only for criminal trials. Civil trials are decided on the basis of "the preponderance of evidence."

No, I'm pretty sure he had it right. These days you're guilty until proven innocent in both types of trials. Hell, you may not even see a courtroom, if your "crime" fits the narrative of the day. The press will make your life hell anyway. Terrorism, sexual assault, drugs.

about a week ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

orgelspieler Re:Yes. (661 comments)

Nearly all companies worth working for have drug testing requirements. So it's not as easy as "you don't have to work for them." You effectively can't work for anybody in entire swaths of industry for doing something that is so harmless, several states have decided to legalize it. Do companies check to make sure you aren't violating other laws? Certainly. Do they make you prove your innocence on a quarterly basis? Of course not. That only happens with drug use.

Some employers even have you sign agreements not to drink in public, drive 5 mph under the speed limit, stay under a certain weight, or my personal favorite-- back in to all parking spots. Let's not forget some companies (e.g. church schools) still fire people for being gay. My employer doesn't allow me to post negative comments about my company on forums. Should this shit be legal?

Seems to me that if a person is doing their job well, that a company shouldn't have the right to fire them. I live in an "at will" state. We can fire somebody because the sky is cloudy, and they can't do anything about it. That seems pretty fucked up to me.

about a week ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

orgelspieler Re:I'm not an expert on arithmetic, but... (666 comments)

I offer proof that 5 is bigger than 15, after all is not one fifth bigger than one fifteenth...

Gee, I don't know. I ain't never seen a fifteenth of whiskey.

about a week ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

orgelspieler Re:His ties to the KKK? (418 comments)

It's David fucking Duke. You can't be a politician from Louisiana and NOT know who he is. How do you go speak at a group and not do even a little bit of research on what they stand for? He may not be a neo-Nazi, but he's completely ignorant when it comes to political appearances. How does a guy like that make it to a leadership position in the Republican party?

about a week ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

orgelspieler Re:Not "like Slashdot" (224 comments)

Just ask yourself: WWJU? Who Would Jesus Unfriend? Evangelical Christians who unfriend non-believers certainly haven't read the gospel they claim to want to preach. Matthew 9:13 / Mark 2:17 / Luke 5:32. I don't think John has that exact story, but there are several other examples.

about a week ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

orgelspieler Re:The Dangers of the World (784 comments)

Holy shit. What state do you live in?

about two weeks ago
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First Crowdsourced, Open Data Address List Launches In the UK

orgelspieler Re:Unreadable website at geektime (33 comments)

This. Bad text re-flow is simply inexcusable. The stupid subscribe ads make the site completely unusable, to boot.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

orgelspieler Re:Obama: please stop helping us! (417 comments)

Don't be naive, you know damn well that it doesn't stop at "talking to congressional representatives." The founding fathers never meant for the right to petition to translate into "The right for multibillion dollar international conglomerates to take congressmen on luxurious junkets where they can be educated on the need to propose and pass legislation that has been helpfully written by ALEC." Lobbying firms don't just petition. They bribe. They cajole. They threaten. If it was as simple as petitioning government, why would they need 8 or 9 figure annual budgets? And don't even get me started on SuperPACs.

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

orgelspieler Re:Secret Ballot? (480 comments)

Not true. There have been people working on this problem for over a decade; it has not been proven impossible. In fact there are several promising solutions that provide both an audit trail and secrecy. And you left off a third thing, no way to prove to a third party who you voted for.

about two weeks ago
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Several European Countries Lay Groundwork For Heavier Internet Censorhip

orgelspieler Re:WTF (319 comments)

3. Those limits imposed by society. i.e. I'm not allowed to make wiener jokes around my wife's friends. But this isn't a legal limitation, it's a "I don't want to get hit with pots and pans" limitation.

Is that really so different from "I don't want to get get shot at or firebombed by fans of the prophet." Using violence or threats of violence to curb unwanted speech is an age-old phenomenon. I am surprised that people are just now getting rankled about it.

I'm a little befuddled by your conflation of European free speech curbing and the run-up to WWII. Keep in mind that most of the press during WWII was very right-wing and pro-fascist. And not just in Germany. There were several US and British newspapers that saw nothing wrong with Brownshirts destroying the godless communists and social democrats. In fact, it was common for the pro-fascists to hide behind free speech laws when "marching." They would claim it was just a legal protest against social democrats (and Jews). But that's a little off-topic and lot Godwin.

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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University makes 80,000 Einstein documents publicly available

orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

orgelspieler writes "The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has scanned in some 80,000 of Albert Einstein's documents. According to the university's press release, the documents cover more than just scientific matters. The broad range of subjects include his solution to the Jewish-Arab conflict, a postcard to his mother, and a letter from one of his mistresses asking for assistance getting to America. Some documents have been translated and annotated and are completely searchable."
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Another fake paper slated for IEEE publication

orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  about 6 years ago

orgelspieler writes "Just last month we read about Herbert Schlangemann's acceptance to chair a session at an IEEE conference in China. He's at it again, and this time the paper was even reviewed by a human who said:

Accepted. Topic of this paper is related to this conference. This paper mainly studies on a methodology for the improvement of local-area networks. The author introduces a scalable tool for evaluating Internet QoS(PlusPug), which the author uses to prove that digital-to-analog converters and XML are regularly incompatible.

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What Makes a Good CIO?

orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  about 7 years ago

orgelspieler writes "A friend of mine is being considered for a promotion to CIO of his Fortune 500 company. He does not technically have any IT experience, but his current position requires that he makes many of the hardware and software decisions at his branch office. What would the Slashdot community look for in their ideal CIO? What technical skills and knowledge are absolutely required for somebody in that position? What sorts of policies would a perfect CIO try to implement?"
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IRENE Makes Old Sound Recordings Audible Again

orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  more than 7 years ago

orgelspieler writes "NPR is running a story on a safe way to reproduce sound from ancient phonographs that would otherwise be unplayable. The system, called IRENE, was installed in the Library of Congress last year. It can be used to replay records that are scratched, worn, broken, or just too fragile to play with a needle. It scans the groves optically and processes them into a sound file at speeds approaching real time. IRENE is great at removing pops and skips, but can add some hiss. Researchers are also working on a 3D model that is better at removing hiss."
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orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  more than 7 years ago

orgelspieler writes "According to The Consumerist, a budding UK photographer, Lara Jade Coton, took a self-portrait (SFW) at the tender age of fourteen. To her dismay, the photograph ended up on the cover of a porno flick. It seems that several of the sites selling the video have removed her photo, but there are still a few out there selling the infringing cover."
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orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  more than 7 years ago

orgelspieler writes "NPR's Morning Edition ran a story this morning about how USB turntables are giving vinyl records a new lease on life. According to the summary, "audiophiles are drawn to records because there aren't any anti-piracy restrictions." The story goes on to talk about USB turntables being used to transfer older music collections into the digital era, leading to an increase in used vinyl sales. Most interestingly, sales of new vinyl albums are up about 10%. While the volume is still low (about 1 million units), it seems to punch a hole in the recording industry's theory that digitization leads to reduced sales due to piracy."
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orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  more than 7 years ago

orgelspieler writes "As mentioned in several articles, the Texas Democratic Party filed a suit alleging flaws in the eSlate electronic voting machine. The Democrats claim that the chief election official was aware of the problems, but chose to ignore them. From the press release:

On the eSlate machines, when a voter chooses a straight-ticket vote and then continues to select candidates of the same political party to "emphasize" their vote, the machine actually records the vote for that race as a no vote. ... Additionally, the Secretary of State's office is required to test all voting machines used in Texas elections and knew of the irregularities related to the eSlate machines, which are manufactured by Hart Intercivic. Yet Secretary Williams allowed the machines to be used anyway.
Another straight-ticket problem was mentioned by the Travis County Clerk back in 2004. There have been other glitches as well."
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orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  more than 8 years ago

orgelspieler writes "The Register is reporting on a recent study of 420,095 Danish cell phone users and 14,249 cancer cases. It concludes that cell phones do not increase the risk of brain tumors, or any other cancer. This is opposed to a Swedish study of smaller scope, discussed earlier.

From the study:
Conclusions: We found no evidence for an association between tumor risk and cellular telephone use among either short-term or long-term users. Moreover, the narrow confidence intervals provide evidence that any large association of risk of cancer and cellular telephone use can be excluded.
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orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  more than 8 years ago

orgelspieler writes "According to the NYT, Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine has opened a review of his department's role in the domestic spying program. Democrats (and some Republicans) have been requesting an all out investigation into the legality of the so-called "Terrorist Surveillance Program" since it was made public. But this new inquiry stops short of evaluating the constitutional legitimacy of the program. From the article:
The review, Mr. Fine said in his letter, will examine the controls in place at the Justice Department for the eavesdropping, the way information developed from it was used, and the department's "compliance with legal requirements governing the program."
Needless to say, Democrats have their doubts about the timing of this announcement."

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Patron-polling jukebox

orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  more than 6 years ago

So I had this idea while eating at a burger joint yesterday, but it seems like something that should exist already. If it does, I expect that the discussion will devolve into a Zune flamewar. If not, I hope to harness the sheer nerdpower of /. to make it happen.

When you go into a restaurant or other place of business, wouldn't it be nice if they were playing music that most of the people there enjoyed? It would make sense to have a music probe. I imagine it should check all the portable music players, cell phones, laptops in use, etc. and a) tally up what types of music were the most common, b) what genres and songs are liked the most, and c) see if there are any songs that are absolutely hated by any current patron in the facility. Perhaps it could be run in conjunction with one of those web music services that is good at predicting what people will like based on what they already like and dislike. This might also be useful for DJs at small events.

Obviously some people will cry foul, saying that it's an invasion of privacy. So there would need to be a way for those people to turn off the sharing option. There is also a problem with part c) above. Most people will delete a song from their portable player if they hate it. The biggest technical problem would be getting all the device manufacturers to agree to support a polling protocol.

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hotlinking and copyright infringement

orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  more than 8 years ago Has anybody noticed this, but most of the people bitching about hotlinking are copyright infringing. I saw a minimally amusing switcheroo, but then I started thinking about it. I see everybody getting uptight about drawing a line between copyright infringement and theft, but nobody bats an eye at calling hotlinking "bandwith theft." What gives? Especially with this Doc guy. Half the images on his site are blatant copyright infringements. Yet he has the nerve to bitch about people "stealing" his bandwidth. Grow up and use .htaccess if you're really that worried about it. Fuck that guy.

My favorite is in the feedback section there's this omnedon guy who says he "lifted" a photo from a website (hello copyright violation), and then he turns around and sent a C&D to somebody for hotlinking one of his images (not copyright violation).

I'm tired of people trying to use copyright to bitch about hotlinking. who's copying anything? the person viewing the website, and the original server that has the linked image. guess what? both people have the right to copy.

idiots.

wrong? maybe. stupid? oh yeah. copyvio? doubt it. theft? not even close. if you don't want people viewing your shit with your bandwidth, don't let them. end of story. now quit your panzy-ass whining so i can get off this soapbox already.

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MySpace

orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  more than 8 years ago

So my little brother introduced me to MySpace. It is a little scary. The only thing I had heard about it was that it was designed to be difficult to parse by adults. I guess that makes me an adult. The strangest things are there. My 16 year old cousin talks about dating some 21 year old. Random people that I haven't seen in a decade ask me how I'm doing. It's a bit like crack. But it's not as anonymous as /. so I don't feel as open and freewheeling as I do here. hmmm... odd. It's more connected, but I feel less open. What does that say about me? about our culture?

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orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Not that anybody really cares, but I'll be taking a break from /. for a while. I'm going to be doing a bit of work for the musipedia project. I encourage all you music lovers to do the same. (contribute to mp, that is)

Cheers!

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