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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

rst123 where is the controversy? (642 comments)

Where is the controversy? If someone says the earth is the center of the universe, either they are dumb, or very conceited and really mean they are the center of the universe, but don't want to offend the rest of us. Oh wait, I get it now...

about 8 months ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

rst123 Re:Clash of the Titans (455 comments)

I don't know about a rip in space time, but walmart's popcorn sales should go up.

about 8 months ago
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DARPA Looks To End the Scourge of Counterfeit Computer Gear

rst123 examples of the danger? (75 comments)

The summary and the article state that these counterfeit parts are so dangerous. Can anybody provide examples of harm done? And not just to somebody's bank account? I'm not saying I disagree, but if you tell me I should be afraid, at least point to examples of why I should be afraid.

about 9 months ago
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Google Announces Smart Contact Lens Project For Diabetics

rst123 missing the point (90 comments)

I think many of the comments are missing the point, Diabetes testing supplies are worth a lot of money every year. If, and that's a big if, Google can introduce a market altering device, (patented, I'm sure) they will largely own the market.

about 10 months ago
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The Case Against Gmail

rst123 Re:one more thing.. (435 comments)

What?
I'm talking about tapping communications, and seizing hardware. What ISP does Intel run?

1 year,28 days
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The Case Against Gmail

rst123 Re:one more thing.. (435 comments)

you forgot the US Government spying. until our IT giants tell the US government that they are leaving the united states if they don't stop, there is no reason to continue to freely use their service when an alternative is available.

What alternative? You have to assume any US based email provider is the same when it comes to spying. The big guys in other countries may be safer if:
1) their NSA equivalent isn't doing the same thing.
2) Their spy agency isn't cooperating with/owned by the NSA.
3) the NSA ( and their spy agencies.) can't just tap into the lines that all your email go over.

The small players (in any country) might be safer if they can stay under the radar, but they will *probably* give in faster. I would imagine that Google/Microsoft etc. have bigger legal departments than many small to medium businesses have staff.

I suspect your only option is end to end encryption with the server running on your hardware in your home or office. And hope that you stay unnoticed so that no one sends out the cops on a trumped up weapons warrant, who just happen to decide that your email server looks interesting.

Paranoid, maybe, but a $3 wrench trumps most kinds of security. (allusions intenionaly not linked)

1 year,28 days
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Justice Department Slaps IBM Over H-1B Hiring Practices

rst123 Re:$44,400 fine -- That'll teach 'em! (195 comments)

it's probably a 1% surcharge on the overtime IBM paid their law department to reach the settlement.

about a year ago
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Study Finds Bug Bounty Programs Extremely Cost-Effective

rst123 math problem? (95 comments)

isn't $570,000 / $150,000 about 3.8 people? (articles numbers.) Still probably a good deal, but not quite as good.

about a year ago
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Why Protesters In Cairo Use Laser Pointers

rst123 Re:The real idiots... (303 comments)

The 30 people do matter, but statistics doesn't care about individuals. Having said that, how many people have died in Black Friday (U.S.) / Boxing Day (British) stampedes or riots associated with contentious football matches in Europe/Africa. 14 million excited people in a relatively confined space without guns and other weapons involved and 30 deaths. Not great, but not _that_ bad. Throw in weapons, and the stats sure look a lot better now.

about a year ago
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Apple Files Patent For New Proprietary Port

rst123 Re:Audio Jack? (282 comments)

Or the USB 3 port that is backwards compatible to USB 2?

about a year and a half ago
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Google Acquires Kite-Power Generator

rst123 Re:smaller version? (125 comments)

interesting, I'll have to look into this more

about a year and a half ago
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Google Acquires Kite-Power Generator

rst123 Re:smaller version? (125 comments)

wouldn't a small, classic turbine require a not so small, classic tower?

about a year and a half ago
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Google Acquires Kite-Power Generator

rst123 smaller version? (125 comments)

This sounds interesting, but is anyone familiar with plans or devices that do the same thing, except in the 10 to 100 Watt range that you could carry in, or strapped to, a backpack?

about a year and a half ago
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Canadian Cellphone Users May Get Justice Over Phantom Charges

rst123 Re:what a joke (91 comments)

Yes, feeding a troll.
Keep in mind that the Northwest territories only has a population of about 40,000. If the Yukon outside Whitehorse is included as implied, that adds about 20,000. So that means half of two territories are involved in the lawsuit.

about a year and a half ago
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Alaskan Middle Schoolers Phish Their Teachers

rst123 Re:"Exactly like" (215 comments)

I read TFA, and it sounds like teachers often type in passwords for updates and the computers already had remote control software installed, so some kid(s) started the remote control software, told the teacher, "It needs a password to update", and away we go. Not really all that clever, just a little Pavlov [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Pavlov] at work, combined with kids who can lie with a straight face.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Apologizes For Cavalier 'Always-Online' DRM Tweets

rst123 Re:Non-apology (236 comments)

I absolutely agree with you. But I'm also not really sure what they need to apologize for. An employee stated an opinion on the net.

true, if said employee is a low level grunt, but when that employee is high level management, don't you think that changes things?

about a year and a half ago
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Indian Supreme Court Denies Novartis Cancer Drug Patent

rst123 Re:Huh? (288 comments)

except the old patent is probably expired / expiring.

about a year and a half ago
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Indian Supreme Court Denies Novartis Cancer Drug Patent

rst123 reasonable court - April Fools (288 comments)

Now this is a good april fools joke - it's almost believable - until they come to the part about a reasonable court.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Android Apps For Kids Under 12 Months?

rst123 Re:vi and cc (311 comments)

suggesting vi without giving equal time to emacs? you trying to start a flame war?

about 2 years ago
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Zero Day Hole In Samsung Smart TVs Could Have TV Watching You

rst123 Re:assumes no firewall? (249 comments)

okay, maybe "deserve" is a bad choice of words.

I would like to live in the world you describe, however I don't.
When, not if, there are vulnerabilities they will be exploited. (Win 8 app purchases, hotel lock vulnerabilities, and the list goes on. Explicitly naming two of the things that I've seen here in the last little bit),

Maybe I should say, "you should expect what you get", or "you shouldn't be surprised by what you get". Close enough to what I mean without the emotionally charged terms.

about 2 years ago

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