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One-Way Ticket: Mars One Project Applicants Top 100,000

random_ID Sign up for indentured servitude! (240 comments)

The Company owns the food, the clothes, the housing, the air itself... and you.

about a year ago

UK ISP Filter Will Censor More Than Porn

random_ID Need help? (329 comments)

Feeling suicidal? There are helpful and caring communities on the web who... are blocked.

Theoretically this shouldn't happen, but it will. And I'd bet getting your website unblocked will be hard.

about a year ago

Senators Vow To Renew Bid For State Taxes On Remote Internet Sales

random_ID Virginia already has this. (268 comments)

From VA individual tax return instructions:

Consumer's Use Tax: Did you purchase merchandise by Internet, telephone, or mail, or did you purchase any merchandise outside Virginia and pay no sales tax? If so, you may be required to pay Consumer's Use Tax. Be sure to report the applicable tax on Schedule ADJ.

The difference: this tax is paid yearly by the consumer rather than automatically collected by the vendor at point-of-sale.

about 2 years ago

Jail Looms For Man Who Revealed AT&T Leaked iPad User E-Mails

random_ID For those who didn't RTFA: (124 comments)

He's facing 2 charges:

1) Violating an identity theft law by "being in possession of the e-mails." With no evidence that he planned to misuse the information.

2) Violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse act via "unauthorized access to a computer". Even though the information was publicly available on AT&T's website (not behind any kind of protection, not even a password).

I almost hope he's convicted on the latter charge; the publicity that will generate may lead to sane revision of these laws.

about 2 years ago

First Three-Strikes Copyright Court Case In NZ Falls Over

random_ID Shockingly low fine (80 comments)

Even with the faulty logic and extra dipping, the fine is low compared to similar cases in the US. It's actually low enough that a normal person could pay it without going bankrupt....

about 2 years ago

China's Yangtze River Turns Red

random_ID Next... (272 comments)

... behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs and the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly...

about 2 years ago

Congress Capitulates To TSA; Refuses To Let Bruce Schneier Testify

random_ID Re:Naturally (435 comments)

No it's because Schneier has a conflict-of-interest since he's a hostile party in an ongoing lawsuit against the TSA. It makes sense that he would be excluded.

Why? Testifying before congress isn't like serving as a judge where conflict of interest is not permitted. Why shouldn't someone with a grievance be permitted to testify before Congress?

more than 2 years ago

Man Barred From Being Alone With Daughter After Informing Police of Porn On PC

random_ID Not in the US (777 comments)

Did any of you people throwing around US Constitional rights and laws notice that he lives in the UK? The situation is still crap, but you're looking at the wrong set of laws.

more than 2 years ago

"Wi-Fi Refugees" Shelter in West Virginia Mountains

random_ID Someone please inform them: (627 comments)

This will be ground zero when aliens get pissed about being spied on with space telescopes.

about 3 years ago

ISPs Will Now Be Copyright Cops

random_ID Re:3 of 6 half a dozen of the other (338 comments)

Police power? All they need are Terms Of Service. Copyright infringement = TOS violation = internet connection terminated. You'll need a lawyer to convince them to reinstate, assuming such is even possible.

There's a segment of the /. population that advocates open routers/TOR gateways/etc. as a means of legal protection ("Oh, no Your Honor, it wasn't me that done it!"). That may or may not protect you from RIAA et all, but you'll be internet-free long before you see the inside of a courtroom; your ISP doesn't require a judge's approval to cut you off.

more than 3 years ago

Facial Recognition Gone Wrong

random_ID Re:Guilty until proven innocent (375 comments)

Her statement is misleading - this is not a question of right vs. privilege, it is a question of due process vs. injustice.

Also - her last sentence seems to be a tacit admission that the state is, in a small way, stealing people's identities.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Helps Israel Blacklist Air Travellers

random_ID Re:Terrorism watch list? (478 comments)

Oh, and now that I've RTFA, I see no mention is made of terrorism watch lists... bad summary is bad.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Helps Israel Blacklist Air Travellers

random_ID Terrorism watch list? (478 comments)

Interesting that peaceful activists would be added to the terrorism watch lists, no?

more than 3 years ago

Teen Builds Nuclear Bomb Detector

random_ID Re:Love it. (210 comments)

If this becomes a common means of detecting fissile material then any competent terrorist bomber would build in an anti-tamper trigger that blows the bomb when scanned...

more than 3 years ago

Reason Seen More As a Weapon Than a Path To Truth

random_ID Survival (289 comments)

My own view is more survival oriented: Cave man's friend walks under a tree and gets his face eaten by a jaguar. Cave man says, "why?". The realizes that he should look up to check for jaguars before walking under trees. Cave man lives longer and has a better chance of passing on his genes.

Most humans have a driving need to know 'why' - so much so that we make up "reasons" in the absence of conclusive evidence. We just aren't comfortable without answers and it's nothing more than a hardwired survival mechanism working overtime. Explains a lot about the world's religions, really.

Winning arguments could improve survival/chance to pass on genes, so I'd call TFA's argument a subset of mine. ;)

more than 3 years ago

In Isk We Trust: the EVE Online IskBank Exposed

random_ID Re:EVE is terrible. (145 comments)

Champions Online (paid version) has freeform characters.

more than 3 years ago

The Encroachment of Fact-Free Science

random_ID Sloppy thinking is bad. (962 comments)

I don't claim to know much about climate science, evolution, natural history or reproductive biology. So me claiming a "scientific" position on global warming, creationism, evolution or abortion is to some extent who I want to have faith in. Generally I choose respected scientists, but its still faith on my part because I haven't done the research myself.

No, you are just propagating Republican talking points. if you have nothing to offer to this discussion, please, by all means remain silent and let other debate with more ideas and facts on both sides.

The person you are ranting at was logically precise. People like you on both sides are part of the problem.

more than 3 years ago

Study Calls Craigslist 'a Cesspool of Crime'

random_ID Percentage? (316 comments)

linked with 330 crimes, 12 murders and 105 robberies or assaults

Gosh, that sounds like a lot!

Now how many legitimate transactions took place during the same year-long period?

more than 3 years ago



China reroutes US internet traffic?

random_ID random_ID writes  |  more than 3 years ago

random_ID (1822712) writes "Computerworld claims there's a report circulating in Washington about China's ability to reroute a large percentage of internet traffic through its state owned servers. US military and commercial networks have been affected, and the implications are disturbing. I'll admit, I don't know enough about networking to judge whether this is an overreaction by bureaucrats who don't understand networking. What does Slashdot say?"
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