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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

rtb61 Re:Why such paranoia ? (202 comments)

So obviously what needs to happen is when a mobile phone account is activated or transferred it should be done in person, so that a meeting can be arranged between the holder of the phone and, the legal authorities representing the owner. So a little less convenience to facilitate phone owner safety.

3 hours ago
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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

rtb61 Re:Self Serving Story? (267 comments)

Crypto currencies are ponzi via their nature, the first ones are easy to generate and the starters generate huge numbers of them. The late ones are very hard to generate and the late comers desperate to see free money from their hardware investment are desperate to sell it to everyone else. As soon as the marketing collapses and the run out of people to sell the currency to, the market starts to collapse. The other selling point that it facilitates financial transaction to commit crimes and that is promoted, well, that will cause two problems. One governments will take a dim view of that scheme and two attracting organised crime is never a good idea for a currency that is only as secure as your password and your digits (toes and fingers).

2 days ago
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Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

rtb61 Re:It's not going to work (134 comments)

I also kill ad bureau cookies routinely for exactly that reason but hey if they behave themselves there is no problem don't and they have successfully achieved anti-marketing with my loathing of the product/company marketed, the site that hosted the ad and the add bureau that served the ad. Two out of the three immediately lose and the last one eventually loses over the long term.

2 days ago
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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

rtb61 Re:Self Serving Story? (267 comments)

One ponzi currency claiming the other ponzi currencies are bad for exactly the same reason the first currency is bad is really rather silly. If you want to play in the ponzi currency field, then go ahead but be warned it is legally and criminally dangerous and at least you are accurate in they "are all doomed".

3 days ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

rtb61 Re:Too much surplus (264 comments)

No you are most emphatically wrong. The police are required by law to use minimum force to undertake an arrest and that arrest leads to further interaction where the law is enforced. The police are not entitled to beat submission out of a person, the police are not entitled to physically punish a person, the police are not entitled to use force in any manner except as minimum force to undertake an arrest. All anti-protest activities are largely illegal and an abuse of constitutional rights, this abuse slides through because it is not challenged often enough in the courts and most often the abuse passes because the government is unwilling to prosecute it's own illegal actions. Forcing all prosecution of wrong doing to be pursed in civil court, so even though the government ends up repeatedly paying out millions upon millions of dollars, they government can still claim it's actions as legal because they were not prosecuted in a criminal court. This is a flagrant and public abuse of the law and shows the level of corruption within government and policing agencies and their willingness to blatantly lie and deceive the public in failing to criminally prosecute individuals where the civil court by making a payout has providing a proof of wrong doing and the need to pursue criminal prosecution. You are horribly wrong and likely should have faced prosecution upon many instances.

4 days ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

rtb61 Re:serious confusion by the author (235 comments)

One thing email does require is 'legal' encryption much the same as the paper envelope that contains snail mail. Nothing really secure but something that most certainly requires end user effort to enable decryption and implies breaking of the law if the decrypt mail that was not meant for them. No more google bullshit about email being postcards.

4 days ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

rtb61 Re:Well duh (450 comments)

You can never be anyone or anything you like that is a lie. The internet fully demonstrates that lie, you can never apply the imagination or intellect you lack, those you are largely born with, hence as broadband reaches those who initially showed no interest the unimaginative Luddites so their unimaginative contributions become apparent on the internet. So broadband broadly speaking was initially largely the place of the >100IQ (likely more like >110 IQ) crowd and now more numbers of the 100IQ crowd are participating and so there is a huge drop in the quality of communications and if they can not compete intellectually or imaginatively then they troll. Never forget 100 IQ is the average so at least fifty percent of the population is below that (actually 98 for the US).

4 days ago
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Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

rtb61 Re:It's not going to work (134 comments)

Well, that's no problems as it makes is a mutual repulsion society. That form of advertising earned Washington post a complete script and cookie block https://addons.mozilla.org/en-... from me, and if the page shows up blank from now on that's no problem for me. Now if script blocker https://addons.mozilla.org/en-... would only add notes that show up for a blocked script so you can remember why you blocked it. I also target advertising companies that are complicit in marketing stupidity and kill their scripts from there on in.

If you adds are not offensive, or false, or too in your face, or bloody quite you survive, I don't mind however in you break those rules I will break your site by killing your scripts and cookies, NO COOKIES FOR YOU or for those who assist you in your malignant advertising.

4 days ago
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Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

rtb61 Re:Erm, not so much. (140 comments)

The problem with current reactor design is it is all based about getting huge amounts of power out in a short time, resulting in very high complexity and refuelling complications. This instead of pulsing the reaction and working to trickle the power out over the long term and avoiding refuelling and simplifying the design, many low output reactors rather than a few high output reactors.

4 days ago
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Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

rtb61 Re:Absurd assertion, you've never lived with humid (212 comments)

No way 85 is lovely weather even with humidity, still goof for a stroll, now when it cracks 110, that's hot. You can even tell whether or not it is humid at 110, a cold drink of what ever description is delightful and a short stroll at that temperature really does make you appreciate of air conditioning. Of course when it comes to grocery shopping and walk ability you have completely the wrong idea, no weekly shopping trip, instead daily shopping trips, buying today what you will be cooking and eating today and tomorrow and regularly replacing what you have run out of. In fact near enough and far enough become desirable, near enough to walk, far enough to achieve exercise (that is subject to dwelling style house versus apartment).

4 days ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

rtb61 Re:Too much surplus (264 comments)

There is your biggest problem right there, "LAW ENFORCEMENT". You keep letting that term slide through and your problems will only continue to get worse. They are not law enforcement, their duty is not to force the law, they are not the courts, the place where judge and jury enforce the law upon those that they have proven to have broken it. Police Officer are there to assist the public in upholding the law. When a police officer 'believes' a member of the public has broken the law, they arrest them and arraign them for trial. Where the claim is substantiated and the court enforces the law and applies a penalty.

What you have now is something wildly out of control, where Law Enforcement officers enforce contempt of cop laws by brutalising them or publicly executing them on the spot. What change then start by publicly banning and legislating against the term 'Law Enforcement' because that term direct implies the role of police, judge, jury, execution and is in fact contrary to constitutional laws and is a gross and huge over reach.

4 days ago
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Google Sells Maine Barge For Scrap

rtb61 Re:Monorail (79 comments)

It is not just about work, it is about work, live and play. Creating a community where every service required is in pedestrian access. Where everything required can be delivered by push cart. Where you can walk to go out, to work, to hospital, to the theatre, to a restaurant, to all required government services. Your work office could be within your apartment but some duties but people will still want to get out and about and interact with other people.

4 days ago
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Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

rtb61 Re:Should we really be worried? (194 comments)

The more you automate the system, the more you rely on digital technology, the more vulnerable you become. That extreme vulnerability is not to viruses or hacking or anything so complicated. The extreme vulnerability is to something as simple as electromagnetic pulses. Think about it, setting them off, not only disrupts everything about you but is also shuts down all pursuit of you. They can no longer respond, can no longer coordinate, can not longer pursue and in fact they are their stuck waiting, twiddling their thumbs, totally dependent on their devices, idle until repairs are made. Now of course hook one diesel generator that pauses generating between pulses and you could create an exclusion to electronic devices zone until it is manual found and shut down, the more powerful the device the harder to find.

about a week ago
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About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

rtb61 Re:And what they did not publish (227 comments)

Unequally distributed in different races is a fallacy. The correct statement is that Intelligence is unequally distributed in different societies. Obviously societies which promote and support intellectual pursuits and research will score higher intellectually then societies that promote and support jock strap douche bags chasing their balls and their bouncing bobbies cheer leaders.

about two weeks ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

rtb61 Re:Where do I sign up? (326 comments)

Here is what really happened. Instruction come down from the highest level political appointee to basically approve everything unless it has already been patented. This instruction was lobbied for by patent lawyers to ensure the generation of many, many, patent trials. Now the examiners when given this instruction simply complied and as the felt the process how already been corrupted, decided to align with that corruption and allocate the same amount of time to a partial patent check, just to see if some idea has been patented yet to a full and proper check, see if the idea is already being applied publicly, check to make sure it is actually new and novel etc.. So the patent clerks became as corrupt as the US patent process, basically patent everything and let US lawyers sort it out in US courts. So rounded corners it is and I bet that patent clerk spent days checking for the newness and novelty of rounded corners uh huh.

about two weeks ago
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Google Is Backing a New $300 Million High-Speed Internet Trans-Pacific Cable

rtb61 Re:Hmmm (135 comments)

In this case where it is pretty obvious that Google Fibre is going to go global, so a global monopoly.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Tech Help Monitor or Mitigate a Mine-Flooded Ecosystem?

rtb61 Re:Knee Jerk (123 comments)

B$. Psychopathic greed means getting as much in this quarter as possible, inflating the value of the company, inflating executive salaries to match and cashing in stock option while they are worth something and collecting a golden parachute when it all blows up. That is the modern norm, they don't give a crap about how many they bankrupt, how many lives are ruined, how much harm is caused or how many they kill. More money and power now, right now and screw the consequences and every one else.

They have corrupted the laws to ensure they can get away with it, they can hide behind layers of corporation to avoid prosecution. In cases like the all assets should be seized and those responsible should spend the rest of their lives in prison.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Tech Help Monitor or Mitigate a Mine-Flooded Ecosystem?

rtb61 Re:What would I *not* do? (123 comments)

I would go to chemists and molecular engineers. If you consider the lake sufficiently toxic that you can not allow time to resolve all issues and draining the lack and digging out the toxic lake bed and disposing of it is too expensive, then review the toxic chemicals and see what stable harmless molecules they can be converted into by apply other less harmful chemicals in saturation that nature over time can bind up. Ecologists are just going to tell you don't do it, for good reason. Large earth moving contractors of course will tell exactly how expensive it really is to clean up toxic waste spills 'properly'. You sort of have to suck it up. In being stupid enough as a community to allow it to happen, you have basically initiated a large scale chemistry experiment, how you deal with it becomes trial and error until it is resolved or you have spent all the money available to fix it with out actually fixing it.

Realistic answer is move and move far enough away that you reach a community that is smart enough to prevent it happening.

about two weeks ago
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US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

rtb61 Re:What makes them think this is even possible? (162 comments)

So the real question who is the smartest at what? The what being the particular goals or problems you wish resolved. So an idiot savant is the ideal solution as long as the savant skill is the skill you require to solve the problem. IQ ideally measure learning ability across a range of mental skills, now if that is the solution you are looking for fine, however if it is not then you are wasting your time. The is also desire, mental feedback, those good brain chemicals that will promote focus upon a particular range of activities, those activities being the ones you require.

So a break down of a range of mental faculties required for particular requirements, aligned tests with those requirements and measuring of brain chemical changes when carrying out those particular activities to ensure extended focus. So a range of tools, rather than one.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Olivier Bloch Explains Microsoft Open Source (Video)

rtb61 Re:At Least Once A Year... (101 comments)

It could really happen in part at least. If MSN were to be split out of M$ then MSN could pursue the coolness of FOSS as part of a marketing drive to more effectively and directly challenge Google. There is no reason a separate and independent MSN should stick with windows and office product and instead pursue service and support of FOSS products and of course us it internally in order to promote it's skills and coolness eternally.

about two weeks ago

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How to make use of public review sites

rtb61 rtb61 writes  |  about a year ago

rtb61 (674572) writes "Coming across a particular public review site http://www.productreview.com.au/ I noticed that by far the majority of 5 star reviews for http://www.billyguyatts.com.au/ well all one shot reviews, where as the majority of negative reviews were by people who had made a multiple of varying reviews across various products.
Another site which comes to mind is http://www.imdb.com/ which seems to suffer from a veritable plethora of fake one shot 10 out of 10 reviews.
When I commented on the inconsistency, my comment was deleted and marked as "Inappropriate Content" as if I had been abusive.
So which review sites are reasonable, how can you make use of them and what are review sites doing to clean up their act. Are gradated reviews better where, various qualities are separated out and each rated (especially contradictory qualities) so at least to slow down fake reviews"

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Script Kiddies

rtb61 rtb61 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rtb61 (674572) writes "Should adults who supply software for criminal use to minors or lead minors into taking criminal actions on the internet be charged with grooming children and child abuse. As in the case of Hector "Sabu" Monsegur and Lulzsec, where he established contact with some of the accused members Lulzsec when they were minors and led them into committing crimes on his behalf prior to those individuals latter being arrested as adults. Has the FBI in this case failed to follow up upon confessed criminal actions."
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A differen method of protest

rtb61 rtb61 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rtb61 (674572) writes "Whilst stumbling about the web I came across the fascinating article http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1719872,00.html and to quote "If asked to serve on a jury deliberating a violation of state or federal drug laws, we will vote to acquit, regardless of the evidence presented.", a protest method I would never have though of. A stunning and imaginative way to declare war upon an out of control civil war, the drug war."
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Australian Labour Party going for a big net impact

rtb61 rtb61 writes  |  about 7 years ago

rtb61 (674572) writes "The Australian Labour Party pushing for net aware youth with a flashy personality orientated web site http://www.kevin07.com/. I got it in my email, I suppose I must have registered at one stage or other in way or other. A site complete with pro-youth links to Youtube, Myspace and Facebook. Personally I have never been into team politics and think it is a stupid way to align yourself politically as an individual, always pursue the policies and leave the rah rah for the jock straps and sport, at least there are some policies on the site. I still wonder whether it is appropriate for parties to indirectly promote commercial web sites by linking to them, as for 'KMail', perhaps a little political correctness with a polite point to the people at KDE. The Facebook link it is likely a very bad idea as they have no control on who or what they are now promoting."
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rtb61 rtb61 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rtb61 writes "So is Google 'searching' the Slashdot forums for patentable ideas and claiming them as their own? Not that I am particularly proud of coming up with the idea but I certainly don't want Google patenting it, http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=167009&cid =13929372. Now would that post, as negative as it is about the concept, be sufficient to constitute prior art and is Googles "Do no Evil" starting to wear 'patently' thin."

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