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Canadian Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Warrantless Cellphone Searches

schneidafunk The dissent (105 comments)

A partial quote that summarizes the point clearly:

"The intensely personal and uniquely pervasive sphere of privacy in our personal computers requires protection that is clear, practical and effective. An overly complicated template, such as the one proposed by the majority, does not ensure sufficient protection. Only judicial pre-authorization can provide the effective and impartial balancing of the state’s law enforcement objectives with the privacy interests in our personal computers. Thus, I conclude that the police must obtain a warrant before they can search an arrested person’s phone or other personal digital communications device. "

about two weeks ago
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Stars Traveling Close To Light Speed Could Spread Life Through the Universe

schneidafunk Title (184 comments)

How is a third of the speed of light considered "close to the speed of light"?

about three weeks ago
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Open Source Craft Brewery Shares More Than Recipes

schneidafunk Re:The website states exactly what yeast (50 comments)

I had to go back and check because you made me doubt myself. As stated in the article:

“As the yeast becomes more unique over time it contributes those characteristics to the flavour and the character of the beer, so potentially this is different than yeast used anywhere else,” said Wall.

“It’s been pretty much separated from mixing with any other yeast and is kept alive, so each batch you keep a little bit and use it in the next and it grows up more, the same thing can be done traditionally in a bakery.”

David Thiessen, a student from SIAST’s bioscience technology program, is using DNA techniques to characterize the genetic identity of GWBC’s proprietary yeast culture.

“Then they will see how close a match it is to an existing strain at yeast banks,” said Fuller.

about three weeks ago
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Open Source Craft Brewery Shares More Than Recipes

schneidafunk Re:The website states exactly what yeast (50 comments)

I am by no means an expert. I have never made beer myself but have friends that take it very seriously. It's possible to start with a commercial strain and have it evolve into something your own.

Maybe this was a better link to post, although I found the first one more interesting:

  http://www.answers.com/Q/What_...

about three weeks ago
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Open Source Craft Brewery Shares More Than Recipes

schneidafunk The real trade secret is the yeast (50 comments)

From my understanding, the most successful breweries are not as concerned about their recipes being stolen because they have a proprietary yeast strain that they own and no one else can get.

For example: http://globalnews.ca/news/1542...

about three weeks ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

schneidafunk FTA (452 comments)

Huh, check out this little tidbit from the charter:

" There is a limit of 100,000 lines of code for all time, not including
applications and demos. Code comments count, however. 3rd party libraries are
banned because they circumvent the intent of this limit. The vision is a
Commodore 64 ROM -- a fixed core API that is the only dependency of
applications. Currently, there are 80,668 lines of code."

about three weeks ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

schneidafunk Also in chess (224 comments)

I don't play video games but I'm an obsessed chess fan. There was recently a scandal with a player being banned for cheating. They never found the device, but it was assumed he was using a computer to help him win tournaments (and money).

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06...

about three weeks ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

schneidafunk Re:RTFA (167 comments)

What awesome thing have you designed which could make the world a better place? What's that? Nothing?

Actually I have invented things more useful than this 8th grade science experiment. But go ahead and assume whatever you want about me, as you did with this article.

about a month ago
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Book Review: Bulletproof SSL and TLS

schneidafunk Re:It's an encryption layer (92 comments)

Well based on the summary, I'm at least intrigued. I know personally I could use a refresher on it, especially with the recent vulnerabilities made public.

about a month ago
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Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

schneidafunk Can other students sue this group? (203 comments)

What happens if the investments in fossil fuel companies turn out the be the most profitable and the school loses money?

As Harvard's president said "the endowment is a resource, not an instrument to impel social or political change"

about a month ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

schneidafunk RTFA (167 comments)

"According to a description of the product on the award site, solar panels generate the electricity needed to cool the upper chamber of the device, while the bottom heats up. As the bike moves forward, air is pulled in, and then slowed and cooled as it moves through that upper chamber."

about a month ago
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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

schneidafunk second picture (188 comments)

Can someone explain what I'm looking at in the second picture?

about a month ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

schneidafunk Evolution of payments (130 comments)

This is interesting news for sure, but what's the ideal setup? Working backwards, what do you think is the perfect payment method for security and flexibility?

about a month and a half ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

schneidafunk Re:Gay? (764 comments)

Half black president. He was raised by his white mother. To call him black is just wrong on many levels. I don't care, I voted for him because I hated Sarah Palin not be cause I wanted a 'black' president.

about 1 month ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

schneidafunk strange mod going on this thread (410 comments)

Feel free to mark this OT, it is. I'm just surprised by the mods on this thread. My comment was not meant to be offensive or trolling.

As an American, I find corporate tax evasion much more important ($337 billion a year).

Other comments further down are also modded very strangely, with people at -1 for saying the same exact thing as people with +3, +4, +5.

about 3 months ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

schneidafunk Re:Corporate taxes (410 comments)

Fair enough. As an additional note, according to this article it is costing the U.S. $337 billion dollars!

http://www.theguardian.com/new...

about 3 months ago

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New facebook terms starting Jan 1st.

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about three weeks ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "I just saw this pop up on facebook: "By using our services after January 1, 2015, you agree to our updated terms, data policy, and cookies policy and to seeing improved ads based on apps and sites you use. Learn more below about these updates and how to control the ads you see. "

and on clicking to read more there's this scary sounding sentence:
" And we're introducing improvements to ads based on the apps and sites you use off Facebook (online behavioral advertising) and giving you control. ""

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Predatory "scientific" journal exposed.

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about three weeks ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "As a joke, two scientists that were getting spammed by a predatory scientific journal submitted a paper called "Get me off your f-cking mailing list". Apparently no one bothered to read the submitted research and it was accepted by the International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology.
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Russia has given Ukrainian forces a deadline of 3am before launching an assault

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 10 months ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: Russia has reportedly given Ukrainian forces in Crimea a deadline of 3am on Tuesday to surrender or face military action after troops seized key strategic sites in the peninsula.

The ultimatum came from Alexander Vitko, commander of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, which has a base in Crimea where Russian forces are now in control.

According to Russia's Interfax agency, it reads: "If they do not surrender before 5am (3am UK time) tomorrow, a real assault will be started against units and divisions of the armed forces across Crimea.""

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Decentralized encrypted online data storage to thwart spying

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 10 months ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: About a year ago, Lissounov joined a hackathon sponsored by his employer, BitTorrent Inc., a company that seeks to transform the peer-to-peer protocol into a legitimate means of file-sharing for both consumers and businesses, and in a matter of hours, he slapped together a new BitTorrent tool that let him quickly and easily send encrypted photos of his three children across dodgy Eastern European network lines to the rest of his family. The tool won first prize at the hackathon, and within a few more months, after Lissounov honed the tool alongside various other engineers, the company delivered BitTorrent Sync, a Dropbox-like service that lets you seamlessly synchronize files across computers and mobile devices."
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Federal review board says NSA phone data collection program is illegal

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: An independent board tasked with reviewing National Security Agency surveillance called Thursday for the government to end its mass data collection program and "purge" its files, declaring the program illegal in a major challenge to President Obama."
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NSA cannot legally snoop on telecommunications during flights

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA:
Glenn Greenwald Says NSA, GCHQ Dismayed They Don't Have Access To In-Flight Internet Communication.

what's holding the agencies back is likely a lack of justification for patching up this hole in its collections. The metadata being generated may not be protected by the Fourth Amendment, but there's no simple way to collect and minimize this very mobile form of domestic communication. International flights would perhaps provide some leeway for collection...

Playing the "national security" card is a non-starter. To claim potential terrorists are using in-flight connections to communicate without fear of surveillance is to call into question the skills of those providing security on the ground, putting the DHS in the awkward position of explaining why its TSA agents are allowing suspected terrorists to board planes."

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Google patents an electronic throat tattoo

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: Google-owned Motorola Mobility has filed for a patent, published last week, for a system "that comprises an electronic skin tattoo capable of being applied to a throat region of a body."

The patent says the tattoo would communicate with smartphones, gaming devices, tablets and wearable tech like Google Glass via a Bluetooth-style connection and would include a microphone and power source."

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Onion sale in India causes Groupon website to crash

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA:

Groupon, which offers deeply discounted deals on everything from restaurant meals to shoes and watches, offered onions at 9 rupees or about 15 cents a kilogram. Onions can now cost up to 100 rupees a kilogram in India, where much of the population uses the vegetable in almost every meal.

Food prices have spiked across India due to supply shortages, a depreciating rupee and increased inflation. As a result, the average price of a kilogram of onions has more than tripled in the past two months.

On Thursday, Groupon sold 3,000 kilograms of onions in 44 minutes, causing the website to crash. More than 8,000 kilograms were purchased when Groupon continued the sale on Friday before they sold out.

The website advertised the deal in a tongue-in-cheek manner, claiming, "people haven't experienced onions in a long, long time," and compared them to caviar and diamonds."

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Black boxes being installed in 96% of new cars

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "With the increasing use of computer electronics in cars, it makes sense to record as much data as possible. However, it seems that the only people making use of this information are investigators, as an incident with lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, Timothy Murray, demonstrated when he was caught lying about a crash. This article shows that 96% of new cars are being installed with black boxes, without the consumers knowledge."
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Ex-microsoft manager plans to create first U.S. marijuana brand

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year and a half ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "From the article: 'SEATTLE (Reuters) — A former Microsoft executive plans to create the first U.S. national marijuana brand, with cannabis he hopes to eventually import legally from Mexico, and said he was kicking off his business by acquiring medical pot dispensaries in three U.S. states.'

Jamen Shively, a former Microsoft corporate strategy manager, said he envisions his Seattle-based enterprise becoming the leader in both recreational and medical cannabis — much like Starbucks is the dominant name in coffee, he said."

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Ask Slashdot: What would make slashdot a better website?

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year and a half ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "A lot of people have been complaining today about the annoyance of ROT13. Also, there have been frequent spamming in the posts and it is dominating (or at least influencing) many conversations. What would you propose to make the slashdot website & community better?"
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Antimatter's Magnetic Charge Revealed

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year and a half ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "The most precise measurement of antimatter was published yesterday at the American Physical Society and a summary article written here.

From the article: Gabrielse and his team captured individual protons and antiprotons in a trap created by electromagnetic fields that keep these particles suspended in one spot for several minutes, ensuring the two don't annihilate each other before measurements are made. For some of their experiments, the team turned to the extensive tunnels of the Geneva-based CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) laboratory, where antiprotons can be created in high-energy collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)...

By looking at the oscillations of the protons and antiprotons created, the scientists measured the size of the magnetic charge of both types of particles more accurately than ever before, boosting the precision of the antiproton measurement by a factor of 680."

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Patent troll Virnetx loses court battle to Cisco over VPN patent

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 2 years ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "VirnetX, a patent-licensing firm with 14 employees, has seen its stock price fall precipitously over the last 24 hours or so after it lost a major patent trial in Texas on Thursday. A jury there ruled that Cisco did not infringe VirnetX’s patents on virtual private networks (VPNs), and that the networking giant didn't have to pay $258 million in damages."
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