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Use Tor, Get Targeted By the NSA

pilsner.urquell Re:It's Worse Than You Thought (451 comments)

There is a new service, Startpage (dot) com, that provides a semi-TOR like service for the masses. Their servers are located in the European Union and they are under the assumption that this will protect them from the NSA. I Wonder what the aforementioned intelligence agency will try to silence them?

about a year ago
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How much TV do you watch in a week, on average?

pilsner.urquell Frank Zappa: (385 comments)

I am the slime from your video
Oozin' along on your livin' room floor

I am the slime from your video
Can't stop the slime, people, lookit me go

more than 3 years ago
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When meeting polls on the internet, I

pilsner.urquell Re:Missing Option (159 comments)

Why can't the fifth option be truthful? *rimshot*

Because, you can't answer 'Yes' or 'No' to "Do you still beat your wife?"

more than 4 years ago
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When meeting polls on the internet, I

pilsner.urquell Missing Option (159 comments)

I choose 'Always submit a truthful answer' except when I take the fifth.

more than 4 years ago
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Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers

pilsner.urquell Re:Uh... contradictory? (1590 comments)

You are right, it is confusing. When a bill is being worked on I often find myself calling down to the capital and asking for help. Also, I find the ALIS system to be helpful only about 60% of the time.

more than 4 years ago
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Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers

pilsner.urquell Re:Stop over reacting. (1590 comments)

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

That is the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution and this the Ninth Amendment:

"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

It isn't a bad law but one upheld up by the Constitution. No Federal law (or lack of enforcement thereof) can supersede the will of the people or the states.

Remember the Real ID act? Passed by Congress signed into law by President Bush and unenforceable because the states said on way Jose. (Pun intended).

more than 4 years ago
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Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers

pilsner.urquell Re:Uh... contradictory? (1590 comments)

Final version of the law. There is a lot of misconceptions and wild rumors circulating about this legislation. This article points out a few of them.

more than 4 years ago
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When We Finally Meet Aliens, They Will Probably Be...

pilsner.urquell Can you say ... (648 comments)

Conquistador!

more than 4 years ago
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What is the ambient temperature in your office?

pilsner.urquell It's Warm (676 comments)

Live in Arizona, you incentive clod.

more than 4 years ago
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Number of USB cable types on hand? (A-B, A-mini, etc.)

pilsner.urquell Re:MIssing option: (211 comments)

I don't have a clue, and I'm not counting them.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Time Flies By As You Get Older

pilsner.urquell For me ... (252 comments)

every 15 minutes it's breakfast time.

more than 4 years ago
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I keep track of my passwords ...

pilsner.urquell Next to My Shredder (414 comments)

I keep my passwords in a loose leaf regular address book locked in my gun safe.

more than 4 years ago
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Providing a Closed Source License Upon Request?

pilsner.urquell Re:Dual-license (245 comments)

I have a little experience in this but it is a few years old.

(A) If you wrote it I see no problem in duel license, but make sure they understand that it is still your code.

(B) Be careful, if you write something for them under contract they own it outright.

more than 4 years ago
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8% of Your DNA Comes From a Virus

pilsner.urquell Not Bad (478 comments)

Eight percent, I consider that a fair return on an investment.

more than 4 years ago
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My resting pulse, as of today, is ...

pilsner.urquell No the other hand ... (329 comments)

When I go to the physician, a lot because I'm old, my heart rate is almost always 62. However my friends say I have no soul because I'm Conservative.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Wants Computer Privacy Ruling Overturned

pilsner.urquell Re:So he's a politician (670 comments)

Funny, it usually takes much longer for Godwin's law to come into effect.

An indication how fast politics can bring out the evil in people.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Wants Computer Privacy Ruling Overturned

pilsner.urquell Re:So he's a politician (670 comments)

Yeah, I voted for McCain because of Palin.

So, I wrote Sarah Palin in.

more than 4 years ago
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Judge Rules Web Commenter Will Be Unmasked To Mom

pilsner.urquell Re:The judge seems to be entirely right (404 comments)

With rights come responsibility, one cannot yell fire in a crowded theater nor be allowed own a weapon if convicted of an gun related offense.

This judge is probably right.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?

pilsner.urquell Old School (1007 comments)

I use a plain old spiral bound address book. A I keep it locked in my gun safe, in the same room with with a shredder.

more than 4 years ago
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Metadata In Arizona Public Records Can't Be Withheld

pilsner.urquell Re:Smart police officer (103 comments)

So let me see if I have this right. The next time someone assaults you, robs you, rear ends you, rapes your wife or any number of unlawful act against your person, you are going to call a crook? Right? I just want to make sure.

more than 4 years ago

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Anglo-Saxon Treasure Uncovered in the United Kingd

pilsner.urquell pilsner.urquell writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pilsner.urquell writes "UK's largest collection of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found. A cache of gold and silver pieces was discovered and is thought to date to between 675 and 725. The total could rise to about 1,500 pieces. Terry Herbert, 55-year-old unemployed metal-detecting enthusiast, made the discovery on July 5 while scouring a friend's farm in the western region of Staffordshire.

Kevin Leahy, the archaeologist who cataloged the find, said the stash includes dozens of pommel caps — decorative elements attached to the knobs of swords — and appeared to be war loot. He noted that "Beowulf," the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, contains a reference to warriors stripping the pommels of their enemies' weapons as mementos.

"It looks like a collection of trophies, but it is impossible to say if the hoard was the spoils from a single battle or a long and highly successful military career," he said.

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Hubble's First Look at Jupiter's New Spot.

pilsner.urquell pilsner.urquell writes  |  about 5 years ago

pilsner.urquell (734632) writes "The Hubble Space Telescope just got the first closeup of Jupiter's new spot Thursday. The space telescope hasn't quite back online when the photo was taken.

The 5000 mile spot was formed when an object, possibly a comet, hit the giant planet on Sunday.

The new spot was discovered Sunday night by an amateur astronomer in Australia, Anthony Wesley."
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Eighth Wonder of the World

pilsner.urquell pilsner.urquell writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pilsner.urquell (734632) writes "In what could prove to be a landmark discovery, a leading paleontologist said scientists have dug up the 47 million-year-old fossil of an ancient primate whose features suggest it could be the common ancestor of all later monkeys, apes and humans.

Based on previously limited fossil evidence, one big debate had been whether the tarsidae or adapidae group gave rise to monkeys, apes and humans. The latest discovery bolsters the less common position that our ancient ape-like ancestor was an adapid, the believed precursor of lemurs.

The search for a direct connection between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom has taken 200 years — but it was presented to the world today at a special news conference in New York."
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Is a 'Katrina-Like' Space Storm Brewing?

pilsner.urquell pilsner.urquell writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pilsner.urquell (734632) writes "A newly released NASA report warns that the word has forgotten the power of the sun, creating a technological society susceptible like never before to large infrastructure damage from solar storms.

According the report, the world has grown so dependent on modern technologies without respect of what the sun can and has done, that it's risking major communications, finance, transportation, government and even emergency services disruptions."
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Slackware 12.2

pilsner.urquell pilsner.urquell writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pilsner.urquell (734632) writes "Slackware 12.2 has been released

Well folks, it's that time to announce a new stable Slackware release again. So, without further ado, announcing Slackware version 12.2! Since we've moved to supporting the 2.6 kernel series exclusively (and fine-tuned the system to get the most out of it), we feel that Slackware 12.2 has many improvements over our last release (Slackware 12.1) and is a must-have upgrade for any Slackware user.

Runs the 2.6.27.7 version of the Linux kernel from ftp.kernel.org. — System binaries are linked with tGNU C Library, version 2.7. This version of glibc also has excellent compatibility with existing binaries. — Web browsers galore! Includes KDE's Konqueror 3.5.10, SeaMonkey 1.1.13 (this is the replacement for the Mozilla Suite), and the immensely popular Firefox 3.0.4, as well as the Thunderbird 2.0.0.18 email and news client with advanced junk mail filtering. Read the rest of the release announcement for more details."

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No New Internet Regulation

pilsner.urquell pilsner.urquell writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pilsner.urquell (734632) writes "Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin testified before Congress that no new Internet regulation is needed. Mr. Martin said "I do not believe any additional regulations are needed at this time," The hearing was in response to Comcast's admission of slowing traffic on the Internet."
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camera that "sees" through cloths

pilsner.urquell pilsner.urquell writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pilsner.urquell (734632) writes "Reuters has a story out of the United Kingdom about a camera that can "see" through cloths.

The T5000 camera, created by a company called ThruVision, uses what it calls "passive imaging technology" to identify objects by the natural electromagnetic rays — known as Terahertz or T-rays — that they emit.

The high-powered camera can detect hidden objects from up to 80 feet away and is effective even when people are moving. It does not reveal physical body details and the screening is harmless, the company says."
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Google's Sense of Humor in Search

pilsner.urquell pilsner.urquell writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pilsner.urquell (734632) writes "So can you find Chuck Norris on Google? WorldNetDaily.com, yea I know some peoples favorite web site, has a story about a funny prank Google is currently running. If you put in "find Chuck Norris" and press the "I'm feeling lucky button." Google lets you know exactly how it feels about finding Chuck Norris. Quite funny actually and a joke worthy of Google."
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More Ballot Box Fraud

pilsner.urquell pilsner.urquell writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pilsner.urquell writes "Prison Planet has a ground breaking story on possible "Criminal Enterprise" involving voting machines in New Hampshire.

Fresh from her confrontations in New Hampshire during which public officials were grilled about slapdash chain of custody and ballot box tampering issues, Bev Harris of Black Box Voting.org is now convinced that a "criminal enterprise" is running the primary recount.

Harris was fundamental in the vetting and production of the HBO special Hacking Democracy (watch on Google Video — 1 hr 22 min), and has contributed towards bringing charges against vote fraudsters who cheated in Ohio in 2004.
Click here to listen to the MP3 interview."
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Eleven New Species

pilsner.urquell pilsner.urquell writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pilsner.urquell writes "Two butterflies and five orchids are among 11 new species found in Vietnam by scientists.

The Worldwide Fund for Nature said:

"You only discover so many new species in very special places, and the Green Corridor is one of them,"You only discover so many new species in very special places, and the Green Corridor is one of them"
There is also a sideshow."
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Microsoft Holds Executives to a Higher Standard

pilsner.urquell pilsner.urquell writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pilsner.urquell (734632) writes "Because company's performance last year fell short of expectations Microsoft is holding it's executives to a higher standard.

From the Seattle Times story:

As a result, four executives got no more than half as much stock as they would have if the company had met or exceeded all of its goals, according to a regulatory filing Friday.
Among the points not covered, constructive chair throwing."
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Apple and the RIAA, ringtones

pilsner.urquell pilsner.urquell writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pilsner.urquell (734632) writes "Apples own interests to defend the rights of consumer has cost them a lot of grief in the ringtone market.

Ask Not For Whom the Ring Tones.
Writing about Apples iTunes ringtones, John Gruber of the Daring Fireball cited Engadget, which reported that the RIAA wanted to be able to distribute ringtones of its artists without having to pay them big money to do so (surprised?), and it won a decision last year before the Copyright Office saying that ringtones werent derivative works, meaning they didnt infringe on the copyright of the songwriter.
Just a continuation of just how evil that RIAA really is."
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Pentagon Computer Attack

pilsner.urquell pilsner.urquell writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pilsner.urquell (734632) writes "The China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), as the armed forces are known has been fingered in a Pentagon computer network crack last June.

The PLA has demonstrated the ability to conduct attacks that disable our system...and the ability in a conflict situation to re-enter and disrupt on a very large scale, said a former official, who said the PLA had penetrated the networks of US defence [sic] companies and think-tanks.
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Chupacabra?

pilsner.urquell pilsner.urquell writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pilsner.urquell (734632) writes "A woman, Phylis Canion, of Texas believes she has found the mythical chupacabra or "goat sucker" thought to be an urban legend. Looks like a large hairless Chiwawa.

"It is one ugly creature," Canion said, holding the head of the mammal, which has big ears, large fanged teeth and grayish-blue, mostly hairless skin.
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Teen Unlocks IPhone From AT&T Network

pilsner.urquell pilsner.urquell writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pilsner.urquell (734632) writes "George Hotz of Glen Rock, N.J. a 17 year old cracker has broken the lock that keeps the IPhone tied into the AT&T network.

AT&T Inc. spokesman Mark Siegel said the company had no comment, and referred questions to Apple. A call to Apple was not immediately returned. Hotz said the companies had not been in touch with him.

Both hacks leave intact the iPhone's many functions, including a built-in camera and the ability to access Wi-Fi networks. The only thing that won't work is the "visual voicemail" feature, which shows voice messages as if they were incoming e-mail.
Hotz' blog"
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Experts Say Artificial Life Likely

pilsner.urquell pilsner.urquell writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pilsner.urquell (734632) writes "Breitbart.com reports:

In a little known field of "wet artificial life" scientists believe they will be able to create live in a test tube in as little as 3 years.

"Creating protocells has the potential to shed new light on our place in the universe," Bedau said. "This will remove one of the few fundamental mysteries about creation in the universe and our role."
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