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RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

rawtatoor Dragnet goes out.... (523 comments)

and the perp-u-lation says what? Welcome to Corp 101

about 8 months ago

25,000-Drive Study Gives Insight On How Long Hard Drives Actually Last

rawtatoor Re:Um.. SHUT UP IDIOT (277 comments)

You just mocked the essential point of this whole question. Drives if they fail (other than from abuse) will usually fail in the first few days of use. My question is why are you here mocking anything at all?

This used to be a place to learn interesting technology from interesting and smart people. You won't notice that none of them are still around and there aren't even any good stories on the front page anymore "because you just showed how stupid you are on the internet".

about 10 months ago

FBI Seized 144,000 Bitcoins ($28.5 Million) From Silk Road Bust


This would be fraudulent for the body that is supposedly responsible for the money. They would be tainting the US Dollar in a real way that wouldn't go unnoticed.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Unity/Gnome 3/Win8/iOS — Do We Really Hate All New GUIs?

rawtatoor Re:"UI designers" just can't design UIs. (1040 comments)

I agree except for anything to do with magic. Developers are just a special class of user, so I really think the attitude you describe is harmful. UI designers tend to look down on "developers" because they make shitty guis ITNSHO; but those shitty guis are just designed for Ultra class computer users. I just made that up and you GUI designers better respect that. Their is a big spectrum of user and its kind of a joke to expect people to program systems they can't even work on without psychological or carpal damage. Unity works good for my Mom, you just need to realize it isnt usable for a certain class of users.

more than 2 years ago

Twitter Throttling Hits Third-Party Apps

rawtatoor genius web2.0 marketyng idea (119 comments)

Twitter is a fundamentally stupid idea. It is like trying to run all of the mailing lists in the world from one server (and by 'like' I mean exactly the same) The end result is half as useful and twice as shitty. Seriously, write a web2.0 listserv interface and you will amaze tweeters. You can tweet with email holy cow!

Yes, it's a mailing list, suprise!

more than 4 years ago

Acupuncture May Trigger a Natural Painkiller

rawtatoor Re:An apt reminder... (215 comments)

The magical thinking around chi alchemy is the result of Western charlatans taking what was effectively an 100% practial art and science and turned marketed it into a magical pill that heals all ills by next Tuesday. Protip: That ain't the way it works.

more than 4 years ago

Acupuncture May Trigger a Natural Painkiller

rawtatoor Re:Acupuncture (215 comments)

To make it clear what acupuncture is: It was believed that directly massaging another person with your hands drains your energy over the long term, leading to a shorter life. The needles were introduced to eliminate the need for this contact. Also the acupuncture/qigong meridians along with the 5 phase theory are the practical result of several thousands of years of Chinese culture. P-R-A-C-T-I-C-A-L. Yes, you can call it psuedo science, but you would be ignoring the many many many instances of real people affected in real ways.

more than 4 years ago

Acupuncture May Trigger a Natural Painkiller

rawtatoor Acupuncture (215 comments)

I compare acupuncture and qigong to time travel. Imagine if you were a time traveler and you wanted to convince someone who never *directly experienced* it that it was real. It isn't possible. The only way is to feel it yourself.

Acupuncture is based on lines of tendons and fascia "meridians" connecting between extremities and organs. Now "chi" at it's simplest level is nothing more than stimulating certain groups of nerves at will. And chigong is studying your internal alchemy to differentiate between the many different plexuses of nerves. For example I can concentrate on the arch of my foot up the inside of my thigh and stimulate my kidneys and adrenals. Tell me it's psuedoscience, so what? It's real to me. You just kind of have to shrug at skeptics, because they refuse to experience they can never be "convinced".

The book that really made it click for me was ironically a Qigong for Women book I think by Ferraro. But the teachers with the most complete work are Mantak Chia (internal) and Yang Jwing-Ming (external). Any book by either of those two will teach you the true science of chi, but you have to experience it for it to mean anything. All I'll say is they cure cancer with qigong, search for the studies its real; and if I got cancer I wouldn't be poisoning myself with radiation I'd be doing kungfu.

more than 4 years ago

Symbian Microkernel Finally Goes Open Source

rawtatoor Re:Symbian (97 comments)

How is it an arbitrary view that UNIX is the one true way?

Even if everything else you say is technically true, wouldn't
this project benefit from using the lingua franca of computing?
Or is their a hidden benefit from once again poorly recreating UNIX?
Is their a reason I should learn a new interface every time I pick up
a new device? Strange = Another waste of my time.

I find it silly that you talk about engineering design decisions and then
put down UNIX, the computer system designed by and for software engineers. I say
get a grip.

more than 4 years ago

Favorite on-screen calculator?

rawtatoor Re:KDE's Run Command (776 comments)

That's a seriously useful tip. You just changed the way I work.

I recommend Qalculate for scientific calculations. It has a large number of units and constants and a list of functions that really is awesome. Also a C++ api.

Yes this is "the queer calculator", but I'm certain it won't affect you sexually in case that bothers you. That said, it may rock your world computationally. Raise the well manicured fist!

more than 5 years ago

Abused IT Workers Ready To Quit

rawtatoor Yup yup yup (685 comments)

And IT is still the industry that refuses any form of unionization. Everybody is too smart and too privliged because of the technicality of what they do to see the benefits of working together to make things better for us.

And before you start flaming, think where you would be if you were actually on your own, if you had to code your own OS, compiler, library and every other piece of software you use in your job. Yeah, but you are a lone wolf. Keep it up IT

more than 5 years ago

Obama Picks RIAA's Favorite Lawyer For Top DoJ Post

rawtatoor Re:And so it begins (766 comments)

Yeah, or the Patriot act. Gotta love peoples' capacity to put their heads up their asses. All the simpletons who support Obama like he actually is good for the US make me cry.

more than 5 years ago

Obama Picks RIAA's Favorite Lawyer For Top DoJ Post

rawtatoor Re:And so it begins (766 comments)

Only one thing will fix our broken democracy at this point -- revolution.

Retarded and wrong. The only thing that can fix our country is education. For instance, a good start might be educating everyone about why democracy is evil, and not something that we want more of. I'll give you a hint why democracy sucks; people are stupid fucks, for instance crying for democracy which would be the rule of said dumbfucks.

more than 5 years ago

Obama Picks RIAA's Favorite Lawyer For Top DoJ Post

rawtatoor Re:Quick! (766 comments)

Maybe I'm a semantics nazi, but there is no such thing as States' "rights". Being governments, States are granted powers, and rights are something that only individuals can possess. (not paying attention to stupid ideas such as women's rights, gay rights or anything else meant to separate people into groups.)

more than 5 years ago

Tools & Surprises For a Tech Book Author?

rawtatoor (325 comments) has everything on your list except I'm not sure about any VCS stuff.

Sure a lot of people here will try to scare you into selling your soul to Word, but it needn't be so. If a publisher can't deal with pdf at least... well you could try to self publish if you're not worried about up front money. Seems you'd get more of the profits too. is one self publishing house that seems good.

more than 5 years ago



An alternative to the two major parties?

rawtatoor rawtatoor writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rawtatoor writes "I've noticed in my trips around the inter-tubes, that many are expressing frustrations with the choices for president, with many being dissatisfied even with their own parties candidate. I've done a lot of pondering on the subject, and I've chosen the two people who common sense tells me that I want at the head of the largest and most powerful government in the world.

I think it's time to stop choosing the lesser of two evils, or even the cynical man's choice Ctulu. With the power of the internet and /.'s horde of nerds, I think this could make a difference. What do you think /. do you want to be start the Internet No Party?"

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Electronic voting idea

rawtatoor rawtatoor writes  |  about 6 years ago

rawtatoor writes "I have a simple idea that seems to solve the problem of trusting electronic voting machines. The idea is to make a standard voting booth front end shell of sorts, and design it to submit votes to multiple backend voting systems, which would be designed and provided by competitive companies. It's quite simple, have more than one company (at least 3) count the votes and the only thing you need to verify is the front end. The competition will keep the companies honest by necessity, and any tampering is easily recognized. I would note that I know very little about voting machines (/. is my main source of info on But this just seems like simple logic to me. Another tandem idea I had is that it would be a neat and interesting exercise to run tandem election methods. For instance, you could implement a Borda protocol and even if you only actually counted single votes, it would be interesting to see the differing outcomes."

rawtatoor rawtatoor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rawtatoor writes "A study of the DMCA's effects from this June's IEEE Spectrum written by two EFF lawyers. It talks about how the law has affected the consumer market, to the extent of certain hardware being eliminated, amoung other things. It even has a counterpoint my an MPAA lawyer."



Design for an Electronic voting system

rawtatoor rawtatoor writes  |  about 6 years ago

My idea for a voting system is a redundant array of vote counting machines. A front-end system designed to have several black box voting system back-ends plugged into it, and which would be designed and sold by competing companies. The reasoning behind this is that any fraud that occurs in the back end would be immediately detectable from any conflicting results delivered by the companies involved, and creating a healthy system of competition among those companies. This is beneficial for many obvious reasons.

The overall design of the front end should be as simple as possible to help eliminate fraud at the polling place. It would be free-libre whatever form it took, possibly a Mask ROM to eliminate the possibility of tampering. The creation and certification of the front end I am about to describe would necessarily a civil project.

The possible permutations for a Modified Borda Count of a 10 candidate race is P(10, [1-10]) which is:

10! + 10!/9! + 10!/8! + 10!/7! + 10!/6! + 10!/5! + 10!/4! + 10!/3! + 10!/2! + 10!/1! + 10!/0! = 13,492,900

So using that election example as the extreme high end requirement (~13M vote permutations), I assume that 32 bits (~2 billion states) should be more than enough to describe any possible vote for a single race. (ever in the universe and I stand firmly behind that figure :) Of course our current system would take far less.

So the essential parts of the front end would be this:

  1. An interface to translate the voter choices into one of the 32 bit codes, which would of course need to be defined before hand by an election committee.
  2. Since you also need a mechanism in place to prevent someone from voting multiple times while they are in the booth, I envision a system using a punch card of some sort in between the front and back ends, and a method devised using a mechanical system to ensure that a vote will only register on a fresh card (or fresh subsection of the card for that vote). Also the cards could be separately audited and verified, and would also provide a paper trail.
  3. A de-muxer of sorts, which would translate a 32 bit input into several identical 32 bit outputs. And transmit to the black box backends.

And the essential parts of the back-end would be take a series of 32 bit inputs (one for each race), and given a definition of the vote codes, return a vote count. And if your count is screwy it is obvious.

I suppose you could make it so a company has to do nothing but provide an ssh key to their server which could be used to transfer the votes over a network, but I am wary of putting any software on the front end. A firmware ssh client may be a possible option. Perhaps a simple solution would be to put a simple unix on a ROM and attach a touchscreen.

With this system trust would be taken completely out of the hands of any corporations involved, and put it entirely in the citizens and their front end.



rawtatoor rawtatoor writes  |  about 6 years ago

If I have a creator it is Nature.

Whether or not there is a supreme being at the other end of Nature is a matter for the scientists. Religious figures who may be very wise of the human spirit are nonetheless charlatans when it comes to the true nature of the Universe, Nature, and Creation.

All religions even "scien"-tology have their serious advantages. No other type of organization spends entire existances and efforts with the aim of controlling human spirits. Whether the control is "good" or "evil" is irrelevant, it is what it is. The potential lies within them to uplift the human spirit to its highest [cliches] and to cast it to the very deepest depths of [alliterative pun]. The actual result of religion is dependant on the individuals who wield the message.

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