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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

phmadore Post this one now! (1 comments)

Day's highlight! Come on now /.!

about three weeks ago
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Australian Police Use Telcos For Cell "Tower Dump" of All Connected Users' Data

phmadore Re:And Chicago is relevant to Australia? (60 comments)

I wish I had not commented solely so I could burn a mod point to put this back up to the 5 points it deserves.

about three weeks ago
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Australian Police Use Telcos For Cell "Tower Dump" of All Connected Users' Data

phmadore Re:Cell Swapping Group? (60 comments)

In Australia that might be the ticket, but here in the US they'll just find a useful program to cut. Last I knew the CIA had a legally undisclosed budgetary dispense, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if NSA falls under the same category. If they don't find a useful program to cut, they'll force the companies to pay for it, who will pass the costs on to us or risk losing capital from shareholders.

When dealing with an enemy like a government, one cannot assume that its resources are necessarily limited within the scope of the conflict so long as one is within the jurisdiction of that government. And when dealing with any but a "rogue" state in 2014, one cannot assume that simply leaving a border will necessarily provide a buffer, as nice as that might be. I'm pretty sure Ed Snowden will eventually get sold for something more valuable to Putin than egg in Obama's face.

And it is no longer just the playground of conspiracy theorists and lunatic fringe anarchists like myself to be at odds with the government. Since they have decided to violate the very documents which they all swear to on more massive scales than any other hypocrite in the history of the continent, I believe that the government has made itself the enemy of the American people, who I would prefer to no longer associate myself with, but again, simply leaving America would not put me far enough away from her.

about three weeks ago
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Australian Police Use Telcos For Cell "Tower Dump" of All Connected Users' Data

phmadore Re:WSJ (60 comments)

when a word *is* misspelled -- guess I got a little emotional there.

about three weeks ago
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Australian Police Use Telcos For Cell "Tower Dump" of All Connected Users' Data

phmadore WSJ (60 comments)

The Wall Street Journal says they caputure innocent users' data

You know, I'm sure the WSJ did not fucking say that, because for all the money they make they at least spend some of it on a decent spell-check or even, gasp, a human editor. I mean holy motherfuck. Here I am combing the streets, looking for work. You're making hundreds, maybe thousands. maybe even tens of thousands of dollars per hour from the traffic on this site. You can't even spell capture? I mean, in google-chrome-stable it shows me even in this box right here when a word supposedly mis-spelled, though often it's just saying that it's not a word in the dictionary, such as motherfuck. Motherfucker, though, that passes.

And don't bother blaming the submitter since this part came after his quotation section. You fucking douche bags. Get it together. I don't care about beta; it's your site. But as a thinking person I'm offended that your hacker mentality has not permeated over into the literate part of your fucking brain: never stop improving, motherfucker. I wouldn't be half as good at writing code now if it weren't for the self-criticism and absolute discipline that my early days as a fiction writer instilled in me.

You fucking turd, seriously. When do we get to start rating the actual posts? Or is this whole feedback thing just a marketing technique for you, totally out of tune with Rob Malda's vision?

about three weeks ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

phmadore Re:This is so incredibly stupid. (415 comments)

I would assume it's a lot easier for the authorities to catch them when they distribute over a network, even Tor.

about three weeks ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

phmadore Re:that was the dry run... (415 comments)

I don't disagree with you, I think it's totally unnecessary, and I think we should hold them accountable: that is, in accordance to how much child pornography in that jurisdiction an outside source believes is occurring, preferably a reputable outside source like one of the apprehended, the law enforcement must have a significant increase in CONVICTIONS (not busts, which are not necessarily based on facts or evidence).

about three weeks ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

phmadore Better idea (415 comments)

I need one of these dogs to sniff my ram packages from eBay and let me know next time I get one that's going to fail within 6 months. Son of a bitch. You know I never suspected the ram, I thought it was the hard drives failing me.

I think the cops probably need to do more old-school investigating and undercover work. I think that we need the death penalty for child molesters and life imprisonment for anyone caught in possession of or distributing child pornography. I think it'd be great if there were any tool under the law besides the second amendment with which to handle the chimo problem, but that only allows us to kill them when they're actively raping or attempting to rape our kids.

Does prohibition work? No. Does this government regularly over-reach? Yes. Can we trust law enforcement at any level to protect our children from bad people? Unfortunately, my life says no. So what is to be done? Well, we as developers and hackers and such could do a lot more of our own vigilante work, but it goes fundamentally against our beliefs in privacy and such. But I mean... what do you do with these people? I know, here's a great idea. Let's just deport them to Europe, anywhere, where they can be "recuperated" or whatever it is called. But it's not a thing that happens, rehabilitation. You're talking about people between the ages of 25 and 85 who are guilty of these crimes. This says to me that some of them get away with it for 60 odd fucking years unscathed. I'm sure there are plenty of liberal and conservatives who believe there are more "real" problems for the govenrment to focus on, but honestly, for my tax buck, you can take away everything and just put in place a Child Molestation and Pornography Eradication Bureau and I'll be completely satisfied. Throw away the army, the whole welfare state, and every law you claim that protects me. I only want this one authority to exist and I only want it to exist because I can't see any other way to stop these bastards besides using the collective violence that is the state but using it more efficiently and more regularly.

about three weeks ago
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Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

phmadore Re:Fuck China (131 comments)

WTF? Are you retarded or just plain stupid?

about three weeks ago
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Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

phmadore Re:On Reddit 3 Days Ago... (131 comments)

I mean all of this was said by an Anonymous Coward, so take it with a bag of dogecoins and relax.

about three weeks ago
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Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

phmadore Re: Good strategy (131 comments)

WELL SAID.

about three weeks ago
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Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

phmadore Re:What's wrong with reselling? (131 comments)

And furthermore, strategy wise, it provides the opportunity for the manufacturer to actually find out what the product is worth. But I guess you're more likely to do that if you're not funded by Silicon Valley VCs.

about three weeks ago
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Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

phmadore What's the big deal, Occulus? (131 comments)

I realize they have the right to stop selling anything to anyone at any time for any reason, but I'm struggling to figure out what their beef with this is. They should simple alter the dev kit product so that it is virtually impossible to not spot the difference between it and the actual product. This way the resellers will be prevented from claiming the device is the genuine article. Otherwise, what's the problem? Someone else making money off your product? Did Steve Jobs come out of the grave and buy this company? Am I being an asshole or is this just more anti-Chinese xenophobic garbage in the US media and amongst decision makers here? So what if I decide I want to do that, from Colorado? What are you going to do, sue me? I buy it, it's my property. It doesn't quite matter why I buy it, or for what purpose I buy it. Then I have the right to sell it. For whatever price I value it at that you are willing to pay. Is this not the way capitalism is supposed to work? I'm not going to pretend it does work, I'm just asking, did I get that part right?

about three weeks ago
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On 4th of July:

phmadore Re:4th of July? (340 comments)

Obvs, why the hell would you ask that? It was ya'll's spaceship.

about three weeks ago
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Google Reader: One Year Later

phmadore Re: simply put: (132 comments)

Thanks!

about three weeks ago
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How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

phmadore troll bait (admittedly) (305 comments)

Without reading further than the title, my answer is:
too fucking often to be forgiven. The interest rate when I was born was 18%. Enough said.

about a month ago
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Netflix Could Be Classified As a 'Cybersecurity Threat' Under New CISPA Rules

phmadore Re: We Have to Start Thinking Around Them (125 comments)

Hey man, at least you're not under the impression that any of this is more than the impulse of men with a bit less intellect than those reading this forum... I'm not operating under assumptions, no matter what you say. :P

about a month ago
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Netflix Could Be Classified As a 'Cybersecurity Threat' Under New CISPA Rules

phmadore Re:Ob (125 comments)

Interested. Link?

about a month ago
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Netflix Could Be Classified As a 'Cybersecurity Threat' Under New CISPA Rules

phmadore Re: We Have to Start Thinking Around Them (125 comments)

When you look at it, my position makes the most sense out of what is being said around this issue. There is a minority (the cable providers) effecting decisoins for the majority (everyone else, from Google to Netflix). The majority should simply protest this and the government won't be left with a choice.

about a month ago

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Yahoo Leveraging Flickr to Increase Userbase

phmadore phmadore writes  |  about three weeks ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "Yahoo!, that dinosaur of search and AOL-era user interfaces which (relatively) recently acquired tumblr and has owned the once-innovative image sharing site Flickr since 2005, sent me an e-mail today reminding me of a previous e-mail which I had not read in which they state that they are going to disable the ability to login via Facebook or Google account in two weeks. The brief e-mail read:

Hi Flickr User,

In two weeks, Flickr will remove the option to sign in with a Facebook or Google account. Instead, you will need to sign in using a Yahoo account. To create your Yahoo account click "get started" below.

We want to make this transition as easy as possible. If you have any questions, please check out our Help Articles or come see us in the Help Forum. We appreciate your understanding during this transition. Thank you for being a part of the Flickr community!

Though the notice gives no justification for this move, the motivation is obvious enough — people love Gmail and Facebook but are largely ambiguous about Yahoo! which probably results in a weakened userbase in a situation where people are able to fully use their services without having an account. However, a cursory search of the Flickr blog on the topic does not yield obvious results.The move also increases the likelihood that users will then go on to make use of other Yahoo! "services."

I guess it's not enough to undermine open content licensing, now you're going to wall your garden.

What alternative to Flickr are you presently using and what alternatives do you think deserve more attention than this aging also-ran?"

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Chinese Government Among The Loudest Voice in Choir Telling XP Users to Try Linu

phmadore phmadore writes  |  about 3 months ago

phmadore (1391487) writes ""We want users to pay attention to the potential security risk brought by their Windows XP system as Microsoft ceased providing further patch services. At the same time, the ministry will work on developing China's own computer system and applications based on Linux and we hope that the users will give more support to these domestically made products," Zhang Feng, chief engineer of MIIT, told CCTV. And, well, that pretty much says it all."
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German Prankster's Clown Google Nest at re:publica 2014

phmadore phmadore writes  |  about 3 months ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "Some very clever German Pranksters managed to get one over on a sect of the intelligentsia just the other day. In this 30 minute presentation, Paul von Ribbeck and Gloria Spindle straight-face four new (somewhat credible-sounding) Google products making up the "Google Nest:" Google Trust, Google Hug, Google Bee, and Google Bye. "The way we're seeing it is bad we can't really guarantee that we protect your information but we can do our very best to protect you," says Spindle about eight minutes in. Google is reportedly rather pissed about the whole affair. For me, the discussion-worthy items here are: data insurance and the value of data."
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Microsoft Rumored to Integrate Android Apps

phmadore phmadore writes  |  about 6 months ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "Windows Phone has been struggling for market share, largely due to a serious lack of developers willing to invest their time in what one might consider a niche market. Statistically speaking, Android has more than 1.1M apps to Windows Phone's pitiful 200,000+. Well, according to unnamed sources informing the Verge , Microsoft may soon integrate/allow Android applications into both Windows and Windows Phone. The irony is so thick here you can cut it with a million dollar bill."
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EFF Launches The Day We Fight Back

phmadore phmadore writes  |  about 6 months ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation is on a holy crusade to protect the fourth amendment. No matter how you feel about the activities of the National Security Agency as revealed to us in the last several months, you should call your representatives and tell them! The campaign is called "The Day We Fight Back" and it encourages all dutiful citizens to take a few minutes to either call or e-mail their representatives to voice their opinion on the looming possibility of or already existing Big Brother we read about in 1984 as children. Personally, I chose to call, and the process was very smooth."
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Penguins Require Anti-Depressants Due To Prolonged British Rain

phmadore phmadore writes  |  about 6 months ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "Geekosystem has a funny if sad story about a dozen Chilean and Peruvian Humboldt penguins residing in Scarborough, England, who've totally lost their shit because of the longer-than-usual rainy season going on there. From the article: 'At least the penguins aren’t in any actual danger from the weather, according to Lyndsey Crawford, the Centre’s display curator. The prolonged bad weather is confusing them, and it’s causing them to avoid their natural habitat (or as close as they can get to it in Britain) in the water and instead shiver in the cold on land.'"
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US Diplomats Anger EU In Leaked Phone Call

phmadore phmadore writes  |  about 6 months ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "From Ars: 'US Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland and Geoffrey Pyatt, the US ambassador to Ukraine, clearly thought they were speaking on a secure line when discussing the political unrest in Ukraine and how the US government should help resolve the crisis. At one point during the January 25 call, Nuland colorfully rejected recent overtures from European Union leaders by telling her colleague: "Fuck the EU."'

I thought these guys were trained in operational security... remember, these are the people in charge of our reputation abroad."

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FBI Seized All TorMail Data to Catch Hackers

phmadore phmadore writes  |  about 6 months ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "From Gizmodo: 'If you had any faith left in anonymous email services, now would be the time to let that go. New court documents show that in chasing down associates of Freedom Hosting, the FBI managed to download the entire email database of TorMail.'"
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Google Earth Incompatible with ChromeOS?

phmadore phmadore writes  |  about 6 months ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "It's the kind of thing you don't really expect. Hanging out with my wife on the couch watching Serpico, I suddenly remembered I needed to know what the courthouse looks like so we don't have any trouble finding it tomorrow (we're new to the area). What better excuse to check out Google Earth, right? So I tried, and this is what I found. Some sort of joke, I thought, but nothing in the Chrome Store was helpful either. (Here's what Quick Earth looks like.) Dang. Only way to check out Earth now is to actually install that Debian package on my other computer, I guess, and hope that old Lenovo ThinkCentre can handle it, since we have no Windows or Mac. (And yes, I did wind up just using Street View on maps.)"
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OpenTTD 1.4.0 On Its Way

phmadore phmadore writes  |  about 6 months ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "1.4.0 of the most intellectually challenging OSS game out there (IMO), OpenTTD (Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe), is near at hand. Of course, most servers are still running 1.3.3 (the last stable, major version change, from November/December-ish). N-Ice.org typically waits until a stable release has been around for a minute to implement the changes into its online client (which is as yet unavailable as a binary for Linux; it varies only slightly from the official release and non-Windows users are able to interface with it no problem), but there are exciting developments coming down the pipe for OpenTTD.

"The new SSE blitters were also further improved. Not immediately noticeable but useful in the future, are the new string codes to display amounts of cargo in NewGRFs. For our Korean users, the separators in numbers were fixed."

Here is some information on the history of OTTD."
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Google Lets Chrome Microphone Bug Go 4+ Months

phmadore phmadore writes  |  about 6 months ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "I had an idea to implement into Chrome this morning (for personal purposes), and figured I'd peek at the source to see if I could even make sense of it (new to coding). So I Googled for it, and on the results page was an article from the BBC, a source I hardly ever read otherwise. It detailed how Israeli developer Tal Ater, who is working on speech recognition software, discovered a(n) (already-discovered and supposedly patched) bug which allows "malicious" sites to listen in to conversations, apparently with or without a user's permission. Now, I'm sure that none of us are surprised the "bug" (LOL NSA) existed in the first place. But for what reason has Google not fully patched this?

Despite Google finding a way to fix the bug in October 2013 the update has yet to be rolled out to Chrome, he said.

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Netflix Aborts Qwickster Quicker Than You Can Spel

phmadore phmadore writes  |  more than 2 years ago

phmadore writes "So, for those of us who haven't given up on Netflix, we know that Netflix has in fact given up on its recently announced first-born, "Qwickster."

From the e-mail:

It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs.

This means no change: one website, one account, one password... in other words, no Qwikster."

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NeoOffice Charging for 3.2 Download

phmadore phmadore writes  |  more than 3 years ago

phmadore writes "Well, I've donated to NeoOffice several times. I was grateful to remember about them after OpenOffice stopped working for awhile (don't know its current Mac OSX status). Anyway, I must have donated with a different e-mail last time, because they wouldn't let me get their latest version, 3.2, until I made a minimum ten dollar "donation." Seems like they're capitalizing on a murky part of the OSS license, to me. Now mind you, I made the donation because the software is well worth it, but I am troubled when I see things like this happening. Don't direct me to the source code if I don't have ten dollars — you're going against the very spirit of OSS, and I don't like it. Thoughts, /.?"
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E-Book Lending Stands Up To Corporate Mongering

phmadore phmadore writes  |  more than 3 years ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "Publishing Perspectives is talking today about the rise of e-book lending, which, one would hope, will lead to a rise in questioning exactly how far one's digital rights extend. Although the articles are mostly talking about the authorized lending programs through Kindle and Nook ("The mechanics are simple: ebook owners sign up and list books that they want to allow others to borrow. When someone borrows one of the ebooks you have listed, you earn a credit. Credits can also be purchased for as little as $1.99 from eBook Fling."), we have to ask ourselves why we are suddenly paying publishers more for less. In the case of iBooks, you can't even transfer your books to another device, let alone another user, but then at least the prices are somewhat controlled. In the case of sites like BooksOnBoard, you've got ridiculously out of control prices with a greatly decreased cost of delivery. It's not all bad, don't get me wrong: Kobo offers competitive that never leave me feeling ripped off or stuck with an inferior product. Still, I can't help but think: digital rights management, sure! Where are my rights, as a consumer, and who is managing them? I wouldn't mind selling the rights back to the publisher or store for in-store credit; I also wouldn't be terribly bothered if they got a reasonable cut off the resale of the product to someone else. What I won't like is if they never allow it or continue to make it impossible for me to sell what's rightfully mine! This is not software we're talking about and copyright has been very clear on it for decades: not only can I legally re-sell a CD, but I can burn a copy and give it to my mother if I please, or even burn a copy and give it to my mother and THEN re-sell it. Anyways, WTF /.?"
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Radiohead Releasing 8th Album Primarily To The Web

phmadore phmadore writes  |  more than 3 years ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "Pitchfork is bubbling with the news this morning: British Indie rockers Radiohead are dropping what is to be dubbed the world's first "newspaper record" — on Saturday. To wit: 'So Radiohead have set aside the "pay what you want" patronage model that dominated the conversation surrounding the In Rainbows release, yet have retained that album's more important business aspects: Packaging their music as a high-end collectable and controlling its leak, which has the effect of creating what these days is a rare, worldwide, collective listening experience.' Personally, I'm looking into methods of pre-ordering now."
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Python

phmadore phmadore writes  |  about 3 months ago

So, for a little while I struggled trying to learn C++, but then I realized that really there is nothing I want to presently do which I could not do in Python. This realization does not happen on its own, you can imagine, but came with some research. The research also finds that actually it will be a lot easier to learn C++ and Perl after Python, which is a much easier entry language. So I've begun. I have this idea for a program which I've put on Google Code, with some extremely rudimentary code.

Every time I work on it, I commit to Git.

Right now there is nothing really useful developed.

It's a great way to learn to code, though much like my earliest websites, I'm sure I'll end up rewriting it at least three times, from scratch, using newer methods learned. Once we've got a stable version up and running, though, then people might want to use it, as it will be a useful tool.

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Learning to Code

phmadore phmadore writes  |  about 6 months ago

This is something I should have done when I was 12 years old, but I am finally learning to program in C++ and then in other languages. I still have ideas which have still not been implemented. Wish me luck on this journey. It's going to be a long one for me.

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