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Ukraine's IT Brigade Supports the Troops

rmdingler Re:Still they are underpowered (140 comments)

Entrenched resistance will make this costly venture into the Ukraine more and more expensive just as the falling price of petroleum products hits Putin's budget. They could hold out long enough to make a difference.

4 days ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

rmdingler Re:wont last (284 comments)

Train Walmart employees. Sure.

Make them care enough to do the lengthy, tiresome coupon verification process instead of getting to the next anxious customer in line? Best of luck.

about a week ago
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Elusive Dark Matter May Be Detected With GPS Satellites

rmdingler Re:I see why the boson is a "God Particle" (67 comments)

l looked up your posting history before replying in case you're normal habit of posting insightfully had been interrupted briefly by a temporary aphasia, and I am disappointed to say your posting history has been found to be a tad lackluster.

If you were attempting to garner positive moderation through razor-thinly veiled, pretentious, intellectual criticism, well... hold on to your day job a bit longer.

about a week ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

rmdingler Re:"eye sore" (516 comments)

Demor, you say.

Please remember. In the rush to vilify various and sundry sources of energy vis-a-vis environmental impact, that all energy comes at an environmental cost. We will not do without the electricity in our homes and fuel for our human-toters and goodie-transport vehicles.

One day, when the other grid-friendly options are all exploited, our offspring will enjoy ubiquitous clean and relatively safe nuclear power.

about a week ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

rmdingler Re:Subsidies (516 comments)

There is no side of the energy industry that doesn't get subsidies, least of all the presently successful variety.

about a week ago
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Elusive Dark Matter May Be Detected With GPS Satellites

rmdingler Re:It can also be detected by the National Guard (67 comments)

You know, maybe, perhaps, and you never know, if you'd been born with the courage to post merely pseudo-anonymously then your racy wit could be judged more hospitably.

We're not politically correct here, to a person, but that's where it's headed.

about a week ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

rmdingler A link that won't... (516 comments)

Under that model, I, too, could submit the most unlikely statement as fact in a sketchy summary, and have it displayed without any counter argument.

Good thing this is /., where everyone has a good grasp of reason.

about a week ago
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Department of Justice Harvests Cell Phone Data Using Planes

rmdingler Re: "individuals under investigation" (202 comments)

"everyone" will be translated into something grotesquely governmental like subjects of interest, which will include you if your cousin's niece's hairdresser's brother-in-law took a Middle Eastern Studies freshman course.

Boeing cooperating with the government is like my son cooperating with me and taking out the garbage. I'm his biggest source of income.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Around Terrible Geolocation?

rmdingler Re:Geolocation needs to die (100 comments)

It exists, but it's widely wrong. Considerably more wrong than geolocation unless you happen to speak US English.

Damn the good luck.

about two weeks ago
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Senate May Vote On NSA Reform As Soon As Next Week

rmdingler Re:Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. (127 comments)

Texas Lt Governor Dan Patrick won statewide office prominently supporting a minimum raise increase, and while Governor-elect Greg Abbott has flopped on the issue since he was the Atty. General, I remain convinced that most politicians would say whatever they believed you needed to hear to get your vote.

Get the votes now, ask for forgiveness later.

about two weeks ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

rmdingler It's too bad, really (223 comments)

Given the general sentiment toward cable providers and their malevolent indifference to improve service, I can reasonably see loading a jury with folks predisposed to angst with their own service.

It's too bad this plaintiff will have a difficult time outlasting the cable giant's efforts at playing lawsuit.

about two weeks ago
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Senate May Vote On NSA Reform As Soon As Next Week

rmdingler Re:Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. (127 comments)

That's because both parties want that sweeping power for when *they're* in charge.

Almost certainly. Which begs the question, "How much difference is there, really, between the choices available on election day?"

In retrospect, that security theatre works its magic at airports should in no way surprise us since we've been indulging in political theatre for some time now.

about two weeks ago
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Senate May Vote On NSA Reform As Soon As Next Week

rmdingler Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. (127 comments)

I listened to campaign ads from parts of the country considered liberal, and from regions considered conservative this election season. Assuming the candidates were attempting to address issues important to voters, the topics ran the gamut from job creation to how malevolent the opposition candidate was.

Not once did a political ad obviously endorse curtailing the government's sweeping surveillance powers.

Candidates from elections are prone to endorse whatever view the polls say their constituents are interested in. I'd say this is a poor harbinger of curtailing the powers of the surveillance state.

about two weeks ago
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The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles

rmdingler Re:Relevant John Oliver segment (176 comments)

nice.

Oliver is insightful 'round a number of topics dear to /dotters, least of all net neutrality, but twists Fagin on Scottish Independence, private prisons, the death penalty, and even Dr Oz & nutritional supplements.

He's not Carlin, but he's closer than most contemporaries.

about two weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

rmdingler Re:never mix science and politics (282 comments)

Political science, such as it is, is the artful implementation of your belief set into legislation that becomes law of the land.

That there are citizens in your nation representing you who shun science, logic and evidence, well, that is a political problem. And it's all mixed up with getting science elected when we visit the voting booth.

I mean to say the idiots haven't won yet, even though at present they seem to have the lead.

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk's Next Mission: Internet Satellites

rmdingler Just a hint of musk (74 comments)

The people familiar with the matter cautioned the venture is in its formative stages, and Mr. Musk's participation isn't certain.

Maybe, but dropping his rather formidable name into a venture produces instant positive reception.

about three weeks ago
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Worldwide Aaron Swartz Day Memorial Hackathons This Weekend

rmdingler Ideally (76 comments)

Some group would make public the government's abuse of surveillance

and the public outcry would break the decibel record set at a college football game.

Dream big, right?

about three weeks ago
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Home Depot Says Hackers Grabbed 53 Million Email Addresses

rmdingler Home Cheapo (what my sister's always called it) (99 comments)

Did your credit union send the letters, or did Home Depot?

Home Depot isn't paying for your card, and a letter isn't that expensive when you are buying office supplies in bulk.

For a corporation with $78 Billion in revenue, $62 million is like you paying the paperboy his Christmas bonus.

about three weeks ago

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US Urges Companies to Share Security Data

rmdingler rmdingler writes  |  about 6 months ago

rmdingler (1955220) writes "This CNN story states the US Justice Department is concerned fears of government surveillance are hampering the government's efforts to improve cyber security.

A "whitepaper" given to companies assures them they will face no violations of federal communication laws if they share aggregate data with each other and the government."
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Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras Return to U.S. Soil

rmdingler rmdingler writes  |  about 7 months ago

rmdingler (1955220) writes "After remaining abroad since the Snowden revelations broke in June of last year, the two were in New York Friday to accept a Polk Award for national security reporting. Though they cleared customs without a hitch, they are traveling with an ACLU lawyer and a German journalist who are to "document any unpleasant surprises." According to Ms. Poitras, the risks of subpoena are very real.

What, if anything, do you expect the American government to do considering Snowden's case has been officially cited as violating the Espionage Act? nytimes"

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