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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

rtb61 Re:Useful Idiot (388 comments)

"These propaganda sessions for Putin" is a false are decidedly pre-staged propaganda comment typical of mass media PR=B$, sounds like it means something until you stop to think about it, something that propagandists never want you to do.

Let's look at the reality. Ask yourself should you be given the opportunity to publicly question Putin publicly live on TV would you say yes or no, obviously a person of Snowden's courage is not going to say no to that challenge. Now Putin knows full well that being challenged by Snowden publicly will work well for him, if Putin is capable of articulating himself well against the challenge, for a political representative it demonstrates confidence, skill and self control to the electorate, all vote winners.

So the interview occurs, the reality only an election show piece if the politicians is not an empty talking suit reading off a Teleprompter. Now how many US politicians would be willing to stand up to potential detractors on live TV, would Uncle Tom Obama the choom gang coward puppet of the corporations stand up to Snowden, nope, reality Snowden is permanently barred from returning to the US under the threat of sexual humiliation, torture, extended imprisonment and murder, they are that afraid of him.

The biggest tools in the shed have always been politicians owned by outside interests and what makes Putin more interesting is that he is definitely not owned by outside interests and is not just a puppet reading off a teleprompter like so, so, many US politicians (remember puppets will always have difficulty taking on public challenges because it give no opportunity for their masters PR agents to provide the answers).

yesterday
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Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

rtb61 Re:City within a Building (98 comments)

Air-conditioning is a design all upon it's own. The real problem is engineers love big units which generally fail, the modern solution http://www.mitsubishielectric.... (as an example) have no problem and even generate benefits of shifting heat from areas that don't need it too areas that do. Whilst capital expensive, pumping around refrigerant and high pressure fresh air is far more efficient than ducting around large volumes of air attempting to use control vanes to adjust fro air delivered at uncomfortable conditions. Another big change of course is big screen 4K displays versus a window and how that impacts altered design characteristics. Even hotel design can now undergo major revision with internal rooms with a 65" 4K display in lieu of a window with a view or a sub-standard view.

So design heading into technology limits alters as those technology limits alters, the more technology evolves the more design evolves with it except for old locked in designs for yesterday designers,hmm, how comfy is that cave after all ;D.

2 days ago
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Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

rtb61 Re:City within a Building (98 comments)

They turned into ghettos because the flats were substandard, compact, very little amenity, poor sound rating, poorly air-conditioned and were targeted at a particular client base, not counting those sold to slum landlords who ran them down, so basically bullshit when it comes to comparing it to sound modern design. Turns out that no knowledge crap is no knowledge crap and bears no relationship to exceedingly high priced modern condominiums.

2 days ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

rtb61 Re:Useless (184 comments)

There are actually statistics which show a fall in crime rate with greater illumination in built up areas. The greater the illumination the greater the fall in crime, with a limit beyond which additional lighting provides no additional affect, so actual statistics along with defined light levels for particular circumstance, including street lighting, off street parking, retail and industrial.

2 days ago
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Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

rtb61 City within a Building (98 comments)

Once thing they should look at is a city within a single mega-structure. A old idea seemingly long since abandoned but one that incorporates many research oppurtunities and even the possibility of near future development. It allows investigation into waste removal incorporating energy generation, acceptable internal living space design, fire control, sound control, effective heat utilisation and management, network communications, delivery systems, internalised productions, internal transport systems, air control systems, energy management and recovery etc. This kind of major development research project provides great returns because of the large varied range of individual research projects that are incorporated with it.

Logically crafting an MMO simulation of it allowing in depth investigating of the personal interactions as well as prompting public input into the various research components would be a major part of the modern developmental exercise.

3 days ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

rtb61 Re:Wat? (580 comments)

Specifically bugs are shallow means, once found they can be readily fixed by any person or group with the ability. Bugs are deep in closed source proprietary code because they are buried and hidden and can not be fixed by the market. Of course with FOSS if you are not happy with the implementation of any security fix or method you are free to change it for one you prefer.

All FOSS packages are simply library locations, you choose which library to pick your software from, based upon how it is secured, how it adds changes to the software, how accessible the software is and how well documented that particular library is. So no, it is not for any one to decide how particularity FOSS Libraries are controlled, except for those who are directly involved in it and contribute to it. PS bugs in closed course proprietary software are only kept secret from customers, the suckers and not the exploiters and that is just for marketing purposes.

3 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

rtb61 Empty Suit (803 comments)

Tune into http://www.whitehouse.gov/, just like any other idiot box channel be it http://abc.go.com/, http://www.nbc.com/, http://www.cbs.com/, http://www.cwtv.com/, http://www.fox.com/, suck up the corporate cool aide and be informed, of what you are meant to know, and about how you are meant to think and whom you have to vote for. All the channels with the same corporate message, all the talking heads reading off the same Teleprompter feed. The US no longer has a president, it just has another puppet, saying what it is told to say, pretending it thinks for itself, and working ever so hard at dumbing down the airwaves. Of course the rest of the world is looking at the office of the President of the United States and realising just how a empty suit really occupies that position.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

rtb61 Re:Now I Know... (573 comments)

Tell him that M$ have done the same old, same old, attempted to correct their failures in the cheapest way possible by shoving the cost back on consumers. Can't get the upgrade to work, suck it up, format, re-install, repatch, re-upgrade and repatch and the restore you back up data, don't have backups, M$ answer to you, well, that's your fault for trusting their software.

4 days ago
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Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

rtb61 Re:Well, yeah (134 comments)

However the NSA's job is not criminal negligence. The NSA's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N..., primary job is adherence to the constitution. When it finds a security flaw in systems which will affect it's fellow citizens it is required by law to either correct the flaw or make the public aware of that flaw so that they can correct it, it is criminally negilgent of them to find flaws and keep them secret so that they and any 'other' criminal agency both foreign and domestic may exploit them. Especially damning if they have evidence of the flaw being exploited and still fail to notify or protect it's victims. Basically the US government and all of it's agencies are now suspect and should not be involved in any security conferences, round tables et al as their contributions can no longer be trusted.

5 days ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

rtb61 Re:Useless (184 comments)

Meh, I driven down thousands of kilometres of unlighted roadway, even unpaved roads, dodging roos and wombats like most Europeans would dodge rabbits. Simply adjust road speed to conditions. Road side illumination should be generally restricted to built up areas and be more about restricting nefarious activities rather than traffic safety.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

rtb61 Re:Some of the oldest trades become useful. (731 comments)

Lets be realistic, the nature of the collapse will drive everything that follows. So astronomical impacts similar to prior mass extinction events, well, random chance and how close to the point of impact will most drive those who survive and those that don't. Something slower and still of the astronomical variety passage through a dust cloud severely curtailing sunlight for a short period and then with a longer follow up period of diminished sunlight. In this case the biggest driver will not be individual skills but the core reality of humanity the ability of the society of which you are a part to care and share versus societies driven by selfishness and greed which will chew themselves apart like an ignorant school of piranha snapping chunks out of each other as their pond dries up in a drought.

So by far the most important skill, they ability to work cooperatively and empathetically share the survival experience and thus continue the society of which you are a part. No matter your skills, in collapse you are exposed to all the vagaries of existence, exposure to extreme weather events with no warning, bushfires, disease, a simple slip or trip leading to broken bones, venomous insects and reptiles and of course othe reptile brained survivors, with random circumstance of the encounter defining who lives and who dies.

What drives the ability of a society to survive, the ability to teach and learn. It is not your individual skills but the skills of the society as a whole and of which you are a part.

about a week ago
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Racing To Contain Ebola

rtb61 Re:Is Ebola a "rapid burnout" disease? (112 comments)

It will be a fine balancing act to ensure transport routes sea and air are cut off to prevent transmission of Ebola before it reaches out from less populated regions to major cities where direct contact between persons becomes possible, keeping in mind sneezing, transfer of perspiration from person to person in public transport systems and other transitory methods of transfer that can extend physical contact be actual direct physical contact.

So major cities throughout the world are under direct threat and likely acting early rather than latter in cutting off sources of infection would be far safer. Especially as under worsening circumstances, those who would risk everyone to save themselves become harder to contain, forcing extreme containment measures, as a result of attempting to apply containment during crisis rather than prior to crisis before chaos ensues.

about a week ago
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Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

rtb61 Re:I don't think so... (76 comments)

Occupy wall street left a lasting image of two things resistance and oppression. A reminder that we can resist and solid evidence that public expression of political dissent is being emphatically and violently being suppressed. Evil in the current US Federal administration as well as in State administrations was exposed for what it is, Uncle Tom Obama the choom gang coward could no longer hide behind the propaganda charade of the Fox not-News Empire and was exposed for who he really was, a corporate puppet that appointed the worst of the worst of corporate stooges to run corporate administration.

Consider Assange, Manning and Snowden as extensions of web based protest and you see the core of web based protest is the exposure of secrets and lies and the dissemination of that information to as wide a base as possible. The next step is to convert members of the public one by one, so that not matter how much money is spent on main stream marketing propaganda is has only minimal impact and no more idiot box victories.

So web based protests can win because they can and do strengthen democratic principles, they can and do support the truth and expose the lies and they do what protests (not riots) intend to do at there core, inform the wider public of a problem and it's cause.

When they fail due to autocratic suppression, they direct actions need to be taken to disrupt business as usual ie ignoring the will of the public, the majority, chiefly by the public, the majority refusing to support the minority by the elimination of the provision of services either directly or indirectly.

about a week ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

rtb61 Re:If you make this a proof of God... (595 comments)

A more simple explanation. Life forces stability out of chaos, so that out of chaos 'everything, everywhere, every when', you get 'something, somewhere, some when' because, you can never have nothing, nowhere, no when. Of course that could mean that chaos 'everything, everywhere, every when', is just a dimension away and there is a whole universe of life keeping it that way, both expressed and unexpressed.

about a week ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

rtb61 Re:Bu the wasn't fired (1112 comments)

You left out a bit, if the company hires a CEO of a specific racial/social profile that is publicly opposed to all other people not of the same racial/social profile and actively funds political campaigns political to deny rights to those people who not of the same racial/social profile, should that CEO step down when this becomes public knowledge. So not just the CEO race/social profile but the CEO racism/prejudice against those who do not share it, to the point of denial of rights to those who the CEO opposes. So no, not quite the same.

about two weeks ago
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Rover Curiosity Discovers Australia-Shaped Rock On Mars

rtb61 Re:I'm trying (99 comments)

I don't see Australia is the rock because I choose not to offend Taswegians, not unless you want one of these haunting your night https://www.youtube.com/watch?....

about two weeks ago
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Snowden: NSA Spied On Human Rights Workers

rtb61 Re:criminals using fronts (230 comments)

More realistically, as a results of political appointees, government agencies were targeted all groups that opposed the current political parties administration propaganda, this under the excuse of political party mandate, a blatant lie. Politicians are elected to represent the public, not a mandate to rule. This idea of mandate to rule is to allow the stretch of opposing the current administration political party policy to become treason against the rulers of the country. In turn this extends to the corporate interests who funded the political parties and gave them the ability to target opposing groups regardless of the reason.

about two weeks ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

rtb61 Re:I'll wait and see (117 comments)

Completely the wrong direction. Google should place close attention to the success of galaxy, not bottom of the market but trying to provide the most possible at a competitive price. TV market, go with a dumb big screen display and full featured Android media centre, basically a compact quite desktop PC and in a tablet as a remote and you are done. This provides a design specification for manufactured to follow but leaves them what made Android a success on mobile phones, a price range of hardware to fill out that specification. From size of display, to power of Android media player and of course DVD, Blueray, HDisk, CPU, MEMORY. Now they can really stick it to M$ if they add in server features, email, web, file.

So not cheap but provide as much possible bang for buck and dont shy away from a complete system, including the display.

about two weeks ago
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Why Are We Made of Matter?

rtb61 Re:Ah, antimatter (393 comments)

Nope the simplest explanation is, it had to be either one or the other, complexity not altering the outcome. Take an coin toss a simple probability outcome, either heads or tails but the complexity of the event can be raised by many magnitudes of complexity and probability by not looking at whether the coin lands heads of tails, but at say how many calcium atoms will be scrapped from your thumb nail in the flipping action and be transferred to the surface where the coin lands. So both events occur simultaneously one the heads or tails, it has to be one or the other, very simple and the other the transfer of individual calcium atoms beyond our ability to accurately calculate now and will into the future (assuming we survive and escape psychopathic capitalism).

about two weeks ago
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Sand in the Brain: A Fundamental Theory To Model the Mind

rtb61 Re:Sand in our Brain (105 comments)

I think they have simply used a too dumbed down simile. Perhaps a better one would be a chain reaction with an catalytical agent. The chain reaction varies according to the catalysing agent or agents, whether internal bioelectrical stimuli, released hormones, drugs, dietary surges or direct physical stimulation. Also the current state of brain and the individual coincidental states of brain cells in molecular transition. So no simple sand pile.

about two weeks ago

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How to make use of public review sites

rtb61 rtb61 writes  |  about 10 months 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  |  about 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  |  more than 6 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 6 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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