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We The People Petition Signature Requirement Bumped To 100,000

paltemalte This is what Democracy is all about (337 comments)

What this does show is that Democracy is a totally flawed and broken way to select leaders for a nation. The same people who signed the death star petition are also allowed to vote in general elections. Is it a wonder we then end up with such destructive governments as those headed by Obama, Bush and Clinton? No, its not.

about a year ago
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Canada Rolls Out Plastic Money

paltemalte backing (444 comments)

How about we worry less what the money is made of, and more about what's backing the money? Call me paranoid but government fiat seems a little untrustworthy to me.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

paltemalte Re:Not so bad to have different systems. (2288 comments)

BTW, this is why a clock is divided into 60 seconds and minutes, because 60 can be divided by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20, and 30. If you are having to chop something up into smaller pieces, it really helps to use a numerical base other than 10 for that division. For a quick & dirty system, base 12 really is very useful, hence why things are often sold by the dozen for the same reason.

You do know you are making an absolute guess now right? There are no sumerian documents hinting that they used the 360 degree system for geometry and time measurement because it made for easy division.

more than 3 years ago
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The Government Internet ID Proposal

paltemalte Re:Oh, right ... (260 comments)

Yes its certainly crackpot in nature, because there are absolutely no examples of government spying or abuse aimed at its citizens in the past, so implying we'd need to worry now is tantamount to the utmost crackpot tinfoil conspiracy theorist ridiculousness, isn't it?

more than 3 years ago
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TSA Investigates... People Who Complain About TSA

paltemalte Re:the TSA's purpose is not stopping terrorists... (379 comments)

I once had my brand new Hugo Boss deodorant (which incidentally is the last non-food product I have ever purchased at an air port) confiscated, because the TSA felt that it probably was a bomb in disguise. I agree they have not stopped any terrorists at all, but that TSA agent was pretty pleased with himself and I believe in his book that made it: "terrorists: 0, TSA: 1".

more than 3 years ago
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US Contemplating 'Vehicle Miles Traveled' Tax

paltemalte Re:Double dipping? (1306 comments)

How about a tax on congress and senate bills proposing new taxes? That would raise a LOT of revenue. The 'do unto yourself as you want to do to others'-law, it could be called.

more than 3 years ago
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AT&T To Introduce Broadband Caps

paltemalte Facebook protest group (538 comments)

Join the facebook group 'Stop AT&T from bandwidth capping' and help me protest this insanity!

more than 3 years ago
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Internet Traffic In Libya Goes Dark Amid Upheaval

paltemalte Re:Not as significant? (36 comments)

I agree. And I wonder what kind of information it is that Obama and his administration think it is they need to prevent the spread of by using that internet kill switch they have been talking about.

more than 3 years ago
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Upgrading From Windows 1.0 To Windows 7

paltemalte But I have one more question (499 comments)

Why would anyone do this? What possible use is there for his findings?

more than 3 years ago
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DHS Eyes Covert Body Scans

paltemalte Re:I think this is a good thing (386 comments)

If the technology is out there to do this safely and securely, how could it possibly be a bad thing. These being used at major gatherings - Olympics, Superbowl, World Cup - all round the world these should be able to be used given the current state of the world we live in.

Its also been proven perfectly safe to be frisked. So I support having a TSA frisking agent at every street corner.
Its also safe to be interrogated. So I support having a TSA interrogator in every public place that goes around and interrogate people at will.
It is safe to have a government GPS tracker installed under your skin, so I support that too.

The ten thousand dollar question: If I'm willing to sacrifice liberty for security, what do I deserve?

more than 3 years ago
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Where To Start With DIY Home Security?

paltemalte geek security or real security? why not both? (825 comments)

If you are doing this because you feel a need to satisfy your geek cravings, then by all means, buy networked video cameras, motion sensors, night vision cameras, set up dedicated servers doing nothing but image-recognition and audio analysis, and you can probably get some kind of solution up that will record and track everything that happens in and around your house or apartment.
When and if the local meth-head burglar shows up to rob your house he will probably not even notice the fancy security system before he rips the computer running it all out of the wall socket and carries it out to his getaway vehicle.

If geeky satisfaction is not your goal but rather real security, then follow the advice that many people here have already pointed out:
1. Get a gun.
2. Put up signs warning that you have a gun and am familiar with its point and click mode of operation.


If you want BOTH geeky satisfaction and real security you could hook your face scanning computer up TO your guns, so it automatically shoots everyone it deems villainous. But don't come crying here if your system pops your mom when she comes to do your laundry, if that happens you can only blame your own poor face-scanning-programming skills, not advice you got on the slashdot!

more than 4 years ago
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Dell's Adamo Goes After MacBook Air

paltemalte oh my god... (337 comments)

...its so... what's the word... ugly! That's the word I was looking for. Is it really so hard to clone apples laptop design, when the apple machines are everywhere out in the open?

more than 5 years ago
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Berners-Lee Wants Truth Ratings For Websites

paltemalte like pravda, but better (535 comments)

Sortof like the idea behind USSR Pravda (to tell the 'truth'), but in a modern, much more totalitarian and tyrannical way. Me likes!

about 6 years ago

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Unprecedented Censorship Bill Passes in UK

paltemalte paltemalte writes  |  more than 4 years ago

paltemalte (767772) writes "A draconian Internet censorship bill that has been long looming on the horizon finally passed the house of commons in the UK yesterday, legislating for government powers to restrict and filter any website that is deemed to be undesirable for public consumption. Only a pitiful handful of MPs (pictured below) were present to debate the bill, which was fully supported by the “opposition” Conservative party, and passed by 189 votes to 47 keeping the majority of its original clauses intact.
The bill will now go back to the House of Lords, where it originated, for a final formal approval."

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paltemalte paltemalte writes  |  more than 7 years ago

paltemalte writes "Hitachi has just come out with a new crop of RFID tags, measuring only 0.05 x 0.05 millimeters. Compare that with the previously smallest chips at 0.4 x 0.4 millimeters. The new chips width is slightly smaller than the width of a human hair. These new chips could put an end to shoplifting forever, but they could also be used by a government or other entity to 'dust' crowds or areas, easily tagging anyone present without their knowledge or consent. Think easy tracking of dissenters or demonstrators. Will someone come up with a surefire way of neutralizing chips that may be on your body or in your clothing?"
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paltemalte paltemalte writes  |  more than 7 years ago

paltemalte writes "OpenBSD developers are worried that the new Free Linux Driver Development program will backfire on the BSD community by giving vendors a new excuse for why not to release full specifications of their hardware. As we all know this is a battle the OpenBSD camp especially have fought for a long time now. Is this new free-driver initiative really a threat? Many OpenBSD users and developers alike seem to think so. An open email to the people behind the free driver initiative was just sent."
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paltemalte paltemalte writes  |  more than 7 years ago

paltemalte writes "Off the record the big studios readily admits that DRM is not meant to fight piracy. Its meant to boost studio profits by taking away the rights that regular paying customers expect. Like being able to view your movie in any compatible device, or letting a friend borrow it. From the story:
For almost ten years now I have argued that digital rights management has little to do with piracy, but that is instead a carefully plotted ruse to undercut fair use and then create new revenue streams where there were previously none. I will briefly repeat my argument here before relating a prime example of it in the wild.
In a nutshell: DRM's sole purpose is to maximize revenues by minimizing your rights so that they can sell them back to you."
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paltemalte paltemalte writes  |  more than 7 years ago

paltemalte (767772) writes "VirtualBox goes open source!
InnoTek today has released its leading virtualization product as open source and launched virtualbox.org as the online community to further develop the product.
Good news for anyone looking to switch their virtualization software to something OSS."

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