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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

runeghost Re:Lots of false positives ... (415 comments)

... on the child porn. But it creates 'probable cause' to hold someone and go through the rest of their personal belongings, car, house, etc.

And we have a winner! This is nothing more than a slightly more elaborate version of the plastic "magic wands" Iraqi security forces were (and probably still are) using to detect everything from explosives to drugs. The could be counting birds flying by or examining entrails: the point is to let them legally search (harass) citizens.

about three weeks ago
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White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

runeghost Obama's Legacy Goal (211 comments)

To win the award for "biggest sellout in presidential history".

about a month ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

runeghost Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

If you make "irrecoverably crashing your HDD every eighteen months" an unofficial policy, then when you get investigated, you're clear. And if you're not investigated its (at worst) a minor inconvenience.

about a month ago
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Cable Companies Use Astroturfing To Fight Net Neutrality

runeghost The US is effed (142 comments)

This sort of thing is going to continue until the only way the public can fight back in violence, which will be terrible for everyone. :-(

about 2 months ago
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$10k Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At Planes Goes Nationwide

runeghost Re:Profit! (264 comments)

If I was a bad person, $10,000 would be enough to get me thinking, "Okay, now, how can I convincingly frame someone I don't like for this?"

about 2 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

runeghost Firefox 29: Because some people still liked it! (688 comments)

And Mozilla is determined to fix that problem!

I've been using the Firefox-based Pale Moon browser for a while now, specifically so I don't have to deal with crap like this. It would be really nice if developers could figure out the concept of a mature piece of software, and focus on polishing performance instead of change for the sake of change. (And at the least, make UI changes optional.)

It's like a car company offering to let your bring your car into the shop, and they swap your headlight, signal, and wiper control around for free!

about 3 months ago
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Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

runeghost Re:Something wrong at the foundation - (504 comments)

"Right to a profitable business model" slowly becoming enshrined in US law one step at a time. Give the corporations another couple decades and USA Inc. will be making Russia and China look good by comparison.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

runeghost Here's a trick: Don't live in the U.S. (390 comments)

Sure, the 'best' schools are there, but who cares if you're walking the edge of malnutrition in order to pay for class, gas, and books? Emigrate to an actual civilized country instead of a pretend one.

about 3 months ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

runeghost Ignore them both (581 comments)

Our society's problems aren't going to be corrected by listening to disconnected billionaires.

about 4 months ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

runeghost Re:Because... (794 comments)

The article is just mindless tripe for the Monsanto shills.

On Dice-owned Slashdot? I'm shocked, shocked!

about 4 months ago
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LinkedIn Ditches Feature That Was a 'Dream For Attackers'

runeghost Re:Joining the Slashcott in 47 mins. (70 comments)

Thanks, and thanks again for the pointer to comp.misc. I hope everyone who stays enjoys classic slashdot while they can.

about 6 months ago
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Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

runeghost Screw Dell, Screw Beta (526 comments)

Dell is blaming a (quality) product they don't like for their own failings. Dice (and its supporters) are blaming unhappy Slashdot users for the problems Dice.com has created with the tone-deaf Beta.

about 6 months ago
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L.A. Building's Lights Interfere With Cellular Network, FCC Says

runeghost Re:Usenet is the new Slashdot, see you in comp.mis (158 comments)

Because Beta has exposed a fatal flaw in web- based communities, ie that the current owner of a domain around which a community has formed can choose to do whatever they like, the new official Slashdot is on Usenet, at comp.misc and I hope to see you all there.

Eternal September is a free Usenet provider, with the caveat that they do not carry binary (warez+porn) groups. Head on over and get your account today, and then we'll see each other on comp.misc!

Thanks for the pointer. For those interested, there's also altslashdot.org

about 6 months ago
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EA's Dungeon Keeper Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

runeghost Re:Works for Slashdot as well... (367 comments)

Are you saying that Beta is worse than EA? Yikes!

about 6 months ago
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25% of Charter Schools Owe Their Soul To the Walmart Store

runeghost Damn the Beta, full speed ahead! (233 comments)

Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet.

On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design.

Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system. If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this ] in a new tab. After seeing that, click
here to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.

We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott
Moderators - only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta Commentors - only discuss Beta http://slashdot.org/recent - Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention. Links of note:
Discussion of Beta: http://slashdot.org/firehose.p... Discussion of where to go if Beta goes live: http://slashdot.org/firehose.p... Alternative Slashdot: altslashdot.org IRC Discussion: freenode #slashdot-refugees

about 6 months ago
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Snowden Docs Show UK's Digital Spies Using Viruses, Honey Traps

runeghost Re:Boycott (92 comments)

Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet. (Copy-paste the html from here so links don't get mangled!)

On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design. Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.

If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this in a new tab. After seeing that, click here to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott

Moderators - only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors - only discuss Beta
http://slashdot.org/recent - Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.

-----=====##### LINKS #####=====-----

Discussion of Beta: http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&id=56395415

Discussion of where to go if Beta goes live: http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&type=submission&id=3321441

Alternative Slashdot: http://altslashdot.org (thanks Okian Warrior (537106))

Thank you for the update!

about 6 months ago
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Dead Reckoning For Your Car Eliminates GPS Dead Zones

runeghost I reckon either Slashdot or Beta is dead (151 comments)

Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet.

On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design.

Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system. If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this ] in a new tab. After seeing that, click here to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.

We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott Moderators - only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta Commentors - only discuss Beta http://slashdot.org/recent - Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention. Links of note: Discussion of Beta: http://slashdot.org/firehose.p... Discussion of where to go if Beta goes live: http://slashdot.org/firehose.p... Alternative Slashdot: altslashdot.org IRC Discussion: freenode #slashdot-refugees

about 6 months ago
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California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

runeghost Re:The Beta should have a killswitch! (341 comments)

Except their comments to date indicate that giving the users any sort of choice between the two is the last thing they're going to do. If Dice.com would make a credible (or, indeed any) statement that they do intend to give readers and posters a choice between formats I suspect much of the hullabaloo would rapidly evaporate.

I also can't help but wonder if there's some common experience of running into the evils of corporate-speak among those of us strongly reacting to the Beta.

about 6 months ago

Submissions

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Prosecutor in Aaron Swartz Case Lied About Search Warrant

runeghost runeghost writes  |  about a year ago

runeghost (2509522) writes ""Federal prosecutor Stephen Heymann engaged in prosecutorial misconduct by withholding key evidence from the defense team of Aaron Swartz, the late Internet activist's legal team alleged in a letter to an internal Justice Department ethics unit."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Heymann appears to have lied to the court and ignored his duty to disclose exculpatory evidence, so as to avoid invalidating the government's case against Aaron Swartz."

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