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'Accidental' Siberian Mummies Part of Mysterious Ancient Arctic Civilization

sandbagger Wasn't this a film with Lee and Cushing? (34 comments)

Terror Train has Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing as archeologists bringing back a mummy from China via train through Siberia. Then, it wakes up.

about a week ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

sandbagger Are you kidding (816 comments)

You lift the limits on campaign spending, declare that corporations have the right of political speech and are now surprised that the rich people have all the say?

I have no sympathy. In fact, many of you cheered it as a sign of greatness and freedom that America was doing this. Your allies, however, were fucking appalled. Let

about a week ago
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Pluto May Have Deep Seas and Ancient Tectonic Faults

sandbagger Then's it's a planet. (47 comments)

You hear me? A planet.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

sandbagger Re:OpenData (386 comments)

Come on, you're on Slashdot and complaining that you find using Excel a hardship?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

sandbagger Easy (452 comments)

1) Be working for any non-US company where IP or security is an issue.
2) Install Linux.

Next?

about two weeks ago
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Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

sandbagger Darmock was idiotic (512 comments)

These people would never have invented mathematics never mind space travel saddled with a language based entirely upon metaphor. Can you imagine what their logic classes in philosophy would be like? Or their legal system?

about three weeks ago
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How the NSA Plans To Infect 'Millions' of Computers With Malware

sandbagger Re:Skynet? (234 comments)

Toe the line. TOE THE LINE. Not tow. Toe the line as 'line up over there'.

about a month and a half ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

sandbagger Sowhere will the electricity come from? (712 comments)

I guess we'll be building a lot more nuclear power plants, then?

about a month and a half ago
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Canada & Korea Show Trade Treaties Can Skip Copyright Rule Changes

sandbagger Knowing Harper (35 comments)

The deal is with North Korea.

about a month and a half ago
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Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

sandbagger It's because women's clothes lack pockets (384 comments)

If their clothes had pockets, they could carry money on their persons and get more counting practice in.

Pockets. Think about it.

about a month and a half ago
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US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances

sandbagger Umm.. you mean they haven't done this? (186 comments)

I'd imagine if I were an employee with security access I'd get at least a random audit once one a while. I mean, it stands to reason, no? Otherwise what is the point?

about a month and a half ago
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All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech

sandbagger You guys will end up on Jezebel (427 comments)

You're gonna be in trouble. I'm telling.

about 1 month ago
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Harold Ramis Dies At 69

sandbagger Re:Egon's sexuality (136 comments)

The thing is, the film needed a character like Winston to be a straight man. He's the stand in for the audience to whom things are explained since he doesn't have the knowledge of the other characters who were the scientists. Watson served that function in Sherlock Holmes.

about 2 months ago
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TSA: Confiscating Aluminum Foil and Watching Out For Solar Powered Bombs

sandbagger Photographers often bring lead foil (289 comments)

To ever-so-slightly reduce exposure of their camera sensors to Fantastic Four-creating cosmic rays.

about 2 months ago

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Click Like? You may have given up the right to sue.

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about a week ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "The New York Times reports that General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has quietly added language to its website to alert consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, 'join' it in social media communities. Who'd have imagined that clicking like requires a EULA?"
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Private crypto keys are vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug, new data shows

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about two weeks ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "Contrary to previous suspicions, it is possible for hackers exploiting the catastrophic vulnerability dubbed Heartbleed to extract private encryption keys from vulnerable websites, Web services firm Cloudflare reported Saturday. The success of this snoop has reportedly been confirmed, reports Ars Technica.

Okay boys, what's the best multi platform way to be checking for revoked certifications?"

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Photo web site offers a wall of shame for image stealers

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about two weeks ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "Stop Stealing Photos is a resource in the pro photographer community for protecting consumers. How? By identifying wannabes who use images in their portfolios that they did not create. In this case, one "photographer" built a massive social media presence, in many platforms including Linked In where he includes System Architecture in his skills. However, such advocacy web sites are very manual and often run by non-programmers. How can the tech community help consumers in protecting them from phoney on-line presences? Or is this vigilantism?"
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Thanks anti-vaccination idiots: measles are back in NYC

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about a month ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "NYC may have to deal with a measles problem. New Yorkers are urged to make sure all household members, including young children, are vaccinated. To date, there have been four hospitalizations as a result of this outbreak. Vaccinations are in part a victim of their own success because people look around and see no polio or measles and so figure why bother? How do YOU think we can get through to the anit-vaxxers?"
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Top U.S. Scientific Misconduct Official Quits in Frustration With Bureaucracy

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about a month and a half ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "The director of the U.S. government office that monitors scientific misconduct in biomedical research has resigned after 2 years out of frustration with the “remarkably dysfunctional” federal bureaucracy. Officials at the Office of Scientific Integrity spent “exorbitant amounts of time” in meetings and generating data and reports to make their divisions look productive, David Wright writes. He huge amount of time he spent trying to get things done made much of his time at ORI “the very worst job I have ever had.”"
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Jurassic Park software house Soft Image now extinct

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about a month and a half ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "The 1990s are now ancient in terms of computing and computer graphics imagery. Softimage enjoyed a long and beloved history in CG and VFX production, beginning life as the Softimage Creative Environment and used by ILM in many of its early landmark productions. Microsoft bought the company and sold it to Avid, which eventually transferred it to Autodesk. An obit is on FXGuide."
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One in ten Americans thinks HTML is a type of sexually transmitted infection

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about a month and a half ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "It looks like technical writers won't be unemployed any time soon. The ignorance of many Americans appears to be appalling according to a recent survey reported on by the LA Times. The study by coupon site VoucherCloud involved 2,392 men and women 18 years of age or older. The participants were not told that the study was specifically looking into their knowledge of tech terms. They were presented with both tech and non-tech terms and were asked to choose from three possible definitions. Speaking for myself, knowledge of technical terms appears to be a perfect vaccine against sex."
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Outrage and the gender gap in IT

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 2 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "A few years ago Slashdot made its website pink on April 1 as a gag about attracting women to IT careers. A recent Information Week article says that biusiness is booming for pundits who get their clicks bemoaning the existential danger of gender imbalances in high tech. But guess what? It's irrational BS."
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EFF reports GHCQ and NSA keeping tabs Wikileaks visitors and reporters

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 2 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "The Intercept recently published an article and supporting documents indicating that the NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ surveilled and even sought to have other countries prosecute the investigative journalism website WikiLeaks. GCHQ also surveilled the millions of people who merely read the Wikileaks website. The article clarifies the lengths that these two spy organizations go to track their targets and confirms, once again, that they do not confine themselves to spying on to those accused of terrorism."
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How to dazzle facial recognition algos?

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 2 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "Dazzle painting was that zebra striping used during the Great War to make surface ships difficult to follow in the foggy North Atlantic. Similar cosmetic pattern breaking may be proving useful in confusing facial recognition. Adding moth-like cosmetic paint daubs to the cheeks appears to break at least some facial recognition software. What's your experience, and, theoretically at least, what are its uses. (If anyone at Fort Meade is reading this, this is just a purely theoretical exercise.)"
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A children's entertainer on preparing preparing kids for the internet

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 3 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "Canadian children's entertainer Raffi was on CBC Radio yesterday, discussing how parents can prepare kids for the on-line world that they'll inevitably encounter. The time to talk to kids about what they'll encounter is not when they're already teenagers Raffi says. Helping kids build a mental model ahead of time needs to be done in stages so they have time to assimilate how to deal with the fire hose of grown-up information that will be sprayed at them."
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Office Space: TV documentary looks at the dreadful open office

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 3 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "The CBC (it's like PBS only without the begging) is broadcasting a documentary about the open plan office this evening. You can hear a radio interview about the documentary here. In this documentary, the history of the open office is looked at, how it has evolved, and how the justifications for it being best for everyone else are used by those with offices. Advocates say fewer doors and walls means more collaboration. Critics say it's all driven by bottom line economics--crowding more people into smaller spaces saves money.

Is it just me or do the people who want you to work in open offices sound like the nobility in Downtown Abbey?"

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Canadian health scientists resort to sneaker net after funding slashed

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 3 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "Health Canada scientists are so concerned about losing access to their research library that they're finding workarounds, with one squirrelling away journals and books in his basement for colleagues to consult, says a report obtained by CBC News. The report said the number of in-house librarians went from 40 in 2007 to just six in April 2013. "I look at it as an insidious plan to discourage people from using libraries," said Dr. Rudi Mueller, who left the department in 2012. "If you want to justify closing a library, you make access difficult and then you say it is hardly used."

This is hardly new for Stephen Harper's Conservative government. Over the Christmas holidays, several scientific libraries were closed and their contents taken to the dump."

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My God, it's full of stars. Well, bioluminescent phytoplankton actually.

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 3 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "This is probably the closest thing on Earth to what Dave Bowman saw.

While vacationing on the Maldives Islands, Taiwanese photographer Will Ho stumbled onto an incredible stretch of beach covered in millions of bioluminescent phytoplankton. These tiny organisms glow similarly to fireflies and tend to emit light when stressed, such as when waves tumble them about. It's absolutely beautiful and if an image is worth 1,000 words, then these make me want to start saying things like 'I wish I'd become an oceanographer' and 'gosh, I wish I knew how to swim.'"

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Translating President Obama's NSA reform promises into plain English

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 3 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "The cynics at the Register have picked apart Barack Obama's NSA reform promises. As to be expected, there's some good, some deliberate vagueness, talk of 'ticking bomb scenarios' and the politician's favourite 'promises to commit to future reforms'. Basically, it's a fig-leaf to kick the can down the road so the next president has to deal with it. He's promising bulk data will go to a third party so the NSA can't see it. Okay, who is this magical third party?"
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Canadian government trucking generations of scientific data to the dump

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 3 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "Canada's scientific libraries are literally being taken to the dump. The norther nation's scientific community has been up in arms over the holidays as local scientific libraries and records offices were closed and their shelves — some of which contained century old data — emptied into dumpsters. Stephen Harper's Tory government is claiming that the documents have been digitized. Where the Hell do we protest?"
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What's Driving Chaotic Dismantling of Canada's Science Libraries?

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 4 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "Scientists say the closure of some of the world's finest fishery, ocean and environmental libraries by the Harper government has been so chaotic that irreplaceable collections of intellectual capital built by Canadian taxpayers for future generations has been lost forever."
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How is Electro even a threat?

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 5 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "Wouldn't Electro's lightning bolts merely ground as he took aim at Spider-Man? Sure, if the 1.21 Gigawatts in his bolts connected with Parker, our intrepid hero would be cooked but surely a science student like Peter would know about Faraday suits like those used by linesmen. So, how exactly is Electro a good villain? Compare and contrast. Show your work."
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