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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

scubamage Re:Legit Effort (383 comments)

Fun fact, all MGM owned casinos in Las Vegas donate 100% of their food scraps to a local pig farmer, who in turn has very fat healthy pigs. Those pigs are then sold at a great discount to MGM owned casinos in Las Vegas. It's a fantastic system.

5 days ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

scubamage A hearty meh. (383 comments)

I already compost all of my food waste, most of which goes into my garden. What little there is, anyway. I spent too many years nearly starving, so usually when we cook (which is about 98% of what we eat) it goes through 3 cycles of leftover re-hashes until it's all gone. What can't be used immediately gets frozen and used later. My wife and I live on 60$ a week for groceries, which includes all toiletries, paper products, and cleaning goods. Learn to compost and make use of your food intelligently and responsibly - life is cheaper, and better for the environment. And a proposal like this one will do exactly nothing to your life.

5 days ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

scubamage Re:This has nothing to do with wasting food (383 comments)

Honestly, I think it's because those of us who submit actual scientific/geeky/nerdy articles gave up trying to make decent headlines/summaries after the 100+th one failed to get greenlit. Folks start doing more and more to get something to get folks attention with their articles.

5 days ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

scubamage Dear Bungie... (154 comments)

Maybe this is what you should have done instead of the steaming steamer that is Destiny.

about a week ago
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On Independence for Scotland:

scubamage Re:Probably a bad idea, but... (192 comments)

Edit to above: I got a quick history lesson. I didn't realize that Scotland re-joined the UK willingly. My knowledge is mostly in medieval/renaissance and back then, they hadn't joined by choice.

about two weeks ago
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On Independence for Scotland:

scubamage Re:Probably a bad idea, but... (192 comments)

Addendum to the above: I got a quick history lesson. I didn't realize that Scotland re-joined the UK willingly. My knowledge is mostly in medieval/renaissance and back then, they hadn't joined by choice.

about two weeks ago
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On Independence for Scotland:

scubamage Re:Probably a bad idea, but... (192 comments)

There's actually no legal way that I know of for the british to say "YOU AREN'T ALLOWED TO USE POUNDS ANYMORE! TURN THEM OVER NOW!" So, if people want to use pounds, there's not really a reason they couldn't do it. Especially since it is fiat currency, and not backed by a hard asset.

about two weeks ago
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On Independence for Scotland:

scubamage Re:Probably a bad idea, but... (192 comments)

And only that way due to the other country invading, raping, pillaging, and asserting their dominance.

about two weeks ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

scubamage Re:Computers in Stores (231 comments)

LOL, i wonder if the password at sears is still "sears" for their display computers? They probably changed that one years ago :)

about three weeks ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

scubamage Re:I blame Phrack Magazine (231 comments)

I miss phrack!! 2600 is a bit of a hollow shell compared to what it was once - a quarterly mag just can't keep up with the rate that zero-days are released and patched these days. I used to write BASIC programs that would lock up machines and block out all keyboard input (including break sequences) to drive librarians batty. In high school AOL Instant Messenger was installed on several machines, and folks would forget to remove their login info. So I used to use snadboy revelation to find out usernames and passwords and raised hell that way. Coincidentally and on an entirely unrelated note, several jerky meathead guys in my class came out of the closet to their best friends - it was all quite progressive really for such a conservative school. Such strength! So brave! Much courage! Wow! It's sad how quickly the popular quarterback becomes unpopular when no one is willing to be in the shower with him.

about three weeks ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

scubamage Depends (231 comments)

I never once got caught, and I admit nothing.

about three weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

scubamage The first rule of technology (448 comments)

You cannot permanently defend technology with more technology, just add timesinks. If you create a killswitch, you add multiple attack vectors - either the people who control access to the killswitch themselves, the people who designed the killswitch, or the possibility of brute forcing or exploiting that killswitch.

about three weeks ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

scubamage Re:Doesn't this pretty much kill 4chan? (134 comments)

You are 100% correct. This is yet another place where the victims (and they ARE victims), in their move to try and stop the information from spreading, completely ignored that the Streisand Effect is a very real and powerful thing. Honestly, a better approach would have been the Paris Hilton/Kim Kardashian approach, "Ok, I can't get rid of this, may as well make an official distribution channel and make money off of it." But obviously, given the personal nature of the leak, they'd have to be ok with that decision and its moral implications. It's a shitty way to make lemonade out of lemons though, but lawsuits and DMCA notices will almost always backfire on the internet.

about three weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

scubamage Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

Well, to be fair he landed a spot in Yeltsin's inner circle for a reason. I have a feeling that isn't a club you just walk into, you know? I don't know what his actual position was, but I know that's where he first started getting the limelight. At that point, his ascendency really took off. But I totally agree - that KGB experience probably helped launch him forward.

Have a critic? Wow, what a shame that he passed out and suddenly woke up next to a dead prostitute. Thankfully the polaroids proving it are safely in Putin's pocket. Did I say critic? I meant number one fan.

about a month ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

scubamage Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

Except you would never nuke Mexico if you were the US, especially if you were trying to protect the northern Mexican states. Wind patterns would keep a nuclear blast MOSTLY centralized, but there is still enough northbound wind to irradiate those states, and also very likely large portions of Texas, NM, and probably Mississippi. Check the wind patterns yourself here.

about a month ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

scubamage Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

You know, I wish I could mod you up for that. I never once thought about the "God of War" as a living thing as you describe it, but you are totally right. Emotionally, what's actually happening is likely based on polarization (where two social groups with slightly differing views tend to become more and more extreme in those views in an effort to distance themselves from "the other") and group polarization where members of a group allow themselves to become more and more socially extreme in the name of the group.

Either way, really good point you've made, so consider this an unofficial mod +1 interesting/insightful.

about a month ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

scubamage Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

This is very much true. He's intelligent enough to work not only as a highly decorated KGB serviceman, but also to quickly climb the rungs of power in what is most certainly a very corrupt country. Don't underestimate the gamesmanship involved with either one of those achievements. That alone should give you pause before calling him irrational. He is likely very rational - and cold, and calculating, and ruthless.

about a month ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

scubamage Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

No jury will ever have the chance to tell us because the DA declined to pursue it. He also probably just got a new house courtesy of the police officers' union.

about a month ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

scubamage Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

Maybe, maybe not. In a lot of states police have immunity from being sued for actions in the line of duty.

about a month ago

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Dogecoin Cryptocurrency raises $40,000 to provide fresh water Africa

scubamage scubamage writes  |  about 6 months ago

scubamage (727538) writes "TANA, Kenya — March 16, 2014 — Remote villages in Eastern Kenya may not be the first place you think about when it comes to the hot button topic of crypto-currencies but this past week investors and early adopters of Dogecoin used their "magical internet money" to help save lives in an area that suffers from seasonal drought and a lack of clean drinking water.

Over the past week the Dogecoin Foundation, a non-profit organization started by the founders of Dogecoin began accepting and collecting donations for their Doge4Water campaign to coincide with World Water Day on March 22nd. The foundation hoped to raise 40 million Dogecoins (est. $50,000 USD at current exchange rates) to be able to sponsor the Charity:Water initiative of constructing two hand-dug wells to provide access to clean water for the surrounding communities in the Tana River area of Eastern Kenya.

On Friday a generous benefactor who goes by the name of Hood (@savethemhood) helped achieve that goal by making a record tip of 14,000,000 Dogecoins via Twitter. With a tweet berating the wealthy for not doing enough, Hood summed up how he felt with this post, "It is astonishing that we have fellow humans on this planet without water. We have the wealth, but not the will. The greedy do nothing...." Users and foundation members alike were overwhelmed with an outpouring of gratitude on the /r/Dogecoin subreddit.

Since its beginning in early December the Dogecoin community has used their popularity and growing monetary value to help out several causes and charities. Donations from Dogecoin helped the Jamaican bobsled team to travel and compete in this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia as well as fostering a community based not so much on gaining wealth but on giving it away. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Dogecoins are given away through tips each day on Reddit, Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms.

While cryptocurrency has been a high profile topic this past week as to whether it should be regulated, especially due to several well publicized thefts and losses, or as to who the inventor may or may not be, the one coin which seems to take itself a little less seriously than the others firmly made its case that alternative currency can change the world, and for the better.

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Uber car attacked in Paris during Taxi Strike

scubamage scubamage writes  |  about 9 months ago

scubamage (727538) writes "A major protest by taxi drivers at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris saw an improvised barricade force drivers single-file through a gauntlet of taxis, where Uber cars and other independent taxi vehicles were attacked. They had their windows busted, tires slashed, paint flung at them while taxi drivers attempted open doors and drag out passengers and drivers. Reports say that police were present, but did nothing to stop the attacks.
At least the downfall of traditional post to email has never seen people being beaten in the streets?"

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University of Florida Cuts Computer Science, Ups Athletic Budget

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scubamage writes "In an incredulous move, the University of Florida has cut its Computer Science and Engineering Department in an effort to save 1.7 million dollars a year. Yet at the same time, it has increased funding to its athletics department by more than 2 million dollars a year. The move has spurred criticism across the industry and academia, and caused the launch of a "Save the CS Department" website, and incited student protests. Ironically, all of this seems to be happening as Florida Governor Rick Scott is evangelizing a push towards STEM education (while cutting education budgets by more than 30%)."
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Ask Slashdot: A cheap, DIY home security and surveillance system?

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scubamage writes "Approximately 6 weeks ago, my home was broken into while my fiance and I were at work. Our neighborhood is essentially empty during the day because it's an upper middle class neighborhood. Two laptops were stolen, an iPad, a power brick, a safe (complete with several years worth of taxes, my birth certificate, and old copies of my driver's license), a digital SLR, several pieces of heirloom jewelry, a guitar, and a custom built saxophone. In total, we lost around $20-30,000 dollars that day. We are now dealing with an attorney because the homeowner's insurance is fighting us on a number of items and we're not backing down. It has been a nightmare. Now as we were hoping things were starting to calm down, we've noticed that someone has been visiting our house during the day. There has been garbage left sitting on our back porch table, so its unlikely to have blown there. We've also seen footprints in our garden that are not there in the morning. We want to know who is on our property while we're not, and maybe if we're really lucky reporting it to the police could recover some of our property. My fiance has asked me to assemble a home security system that is motion activated, and both notifies us of an entry, as well as records video or rapid HD stillframes when sensing motion. The goal is to do this cheaply and more effectively than going with a private security company like ADT (who, consequently, our police department told us to ignore due to the incredibly high rate of false alarms). Also, we already have gotten the dog and the gun, so we have those bases covered now. What suggestions do you have on setting up home security systems, and what have you done to build one in the past? Help me slashdot posters, I need your brain juices!"
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Online Study for Masters/PhD in IT?

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 4 years ago

scubamage (727538) writes "After my housemate recently announced his intention to return to academics and pursue a master's degree, I have started pondering doing the same. I kind of hate knowing that I've put years into a degree (BA in Clinical Psychology) which currently does me no good. However, I can use it as a stepping stone towards a Master's Degree in my chosen field. I'm lucky to say that I enjoy IT, and I'd like the pay scale and management/job opportunities that a Master's degree would bring. However, given my work/oncall schedule, going to brick and mortar school is going to be highly difficult (irregular schedule, being on call a week at a time, etc). Online classes seem to be the right choice, but I know from speaking with numerous people in HR departments that online universities tend to be looked down upon in comparison to their traditional brethren. The best recommendation I've gotten was to pursue a traditional institution which offers online distance learning classes. I've looked at Drexel University's MSIS degree, but it seems to be more about software product development/analysis, and less about actual information systems and technology based on the curriculum they have listed. The curriculum I'd prefer to be studying is something similar to PSU Great Valley's MSIS Program(yes, I know the second one is brick and mortar). I know there have to be other options out there. Can you, the folks of slashdot, help shine some light on them? It would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!"
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A Free/OSS Hardware Deployment Solution?

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

scubamage (727538) writes "

I work for a small technology firm and am responsible for server/workstation builds, among other things. We deal with a number of different systems, but are mainly a HP shop. I am trying to find a solution for our deployments so that we can roll out system images to X number of servers/workstations, while also keeping an archive of the image for fast restoration if a customer/field technician has an issue.

So far every product we have found which addresses our issues has some major problems. Ghost by Symantec doesn't support RAIDs or Server OS's, so that option is down the tubes. Further, Sysprep is necessary to make a usable image. We also investigated Acronis Snap Deploy 3 which seemed perfect, however it wasn't until we had already purchased a few licenses that we discovered how prohibitive their licensing is (we had been told by their presales support that one license would be good for one concurrent imaging task; turns out that the licenses bind to the MAC Address of the chassis that you deploy to, so our one license was exhausted after the first successful test deployment, yay wasted money!). To keep using the software we would need to keep purchasing licenses which is not only an administrative nightmare, but it will quickly become prohibitively expensive — especially since the cost of server licenses is triple the workstation license price.

So, we are back at square one. We need software which can be used for deploying system images, is capable of recognizing and handling RAIDs, is compatible with both workstation and server OS's, and is relatively simple to use (we would like to use it in the field for our technicians off site, which means I have to be able to guide them through its usage). It would be a real boon if we could use the same image to deploy on to dissimilar hardware similar to acronis' Universal Deploy utility. It would be even better if we didn't need to resort to sysprep, though I'll live if we need to. So, I throw myself humbly at your feet /. — please help!

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Monsanto backed bill could outlaw organic farming

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

scubamage (727538) writes "Congresswoman Rosa Delauro (D-CT) has introduced legislation which could potentially destroy both small and organic farming as we know it. The bill, HR 875, forces pesticides, herbicides, and any new chemicals developed to be used by all farmers in the name of "food safety and sanitation." It would also seek to outlaw seed banking, enforce mandatory GPS tracking of all livestock, and to create a new governing body to oversee food safety without any oversight. This includes warrantless searches of all food production facilities. Further, it would require such intense record keeping that it could quite literally strangle many small farmers out of business. It is also interesting to note that Ms. Delauro is married to Stanley Greenberg — a political strategist whose clients include none other than Monsanto: the world's largest producer of herbicides, pesticides, and genetically modified food products."
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US Power Grid and other Infrastructure Breached

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

scubamage (727538) writes "According to this article in the Wall Street Journal, both Chinese and Russian agents have infiltrated US infrastructure systems in an attempt to map out their contents. So far intelligence officials believe the acts are solely for reconnaissance, but they have found that tools were left in place which could have been used to cause damage and disrupt the power grid. Officials warn that similar probes and attacks could be possible against sewage, and other utilities. Further, intelligence officials have noted that reported attacks are growing in number — more than tripling from 20,000 in 2006 to almost 70,000 in 2008. What I personally want to know is why these systems need to be publicly accessible at all? Do we need people at a nuclear power plant reading fark and slashdot all day? Why risk exposing such critical systems? Surely these companies can afford leased lines to keep a private network, well, private and well away from the public internet."
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Tree-shrew is heavyweight boozer

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 6 years ago

scubamage writes "According to BBC News, "A tiny tree-shrew that lives on alcoholic nectar could — pound for pound — drink the average human under the table, scientists have discovered." The shrew lives on fermented necter of an indigenous palm tree. Videos are included in the story. I want to party with this rodent!"
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Google opens Philanthropy Branch

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 6 years ago

scubamage (727538) writes "This morning Google announced the opening of a new Philanthropic branch of their company, Google.org. Google has pledged 1% of all revenue to be devoted to their philanthropic interests which include five major focus areas: Predict and Prevent, Inform and Empower to Improve Public Services, Fuel the Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises, Develop a Renewable Energy Source Cheaper than Coal, and Accelerate the Adoption of Plug-In Vehicles. The effort is to make good on early company plans to use the corporate powerhouse's technology to improve the world around them. More information can be found here."
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PA House Considering ban on online ordinations

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 6 years ago

scubamage (727538) writes "Many of you may be familiar with the Universal Life Church, a liberal online church who offers ordinations for any who seek them free of charge over the internet. While being completely allowed under the freedom of religion clause in the first amendment, the church recently suffered a blow when Judge Marcia Cook of York County annulled a marriage because it was solemnized by a ULC minister on the basis he had no physical church or congregation. Now, before the PA House of Representatives is Bill 1099, which seeks to invalidate all online ordinations in the state of Pennsylvania. Similar attempts have been made in other states but were later ruled unconstitutional. Should this bill pass it could have chilling constitutional consequences on how religion is practiced in the US by giving other states a boilerplate to work from in passing similar legislation."
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scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 7 years ago

scubamage writes "On the 14th of April, Stanford University scientists announced the completion of the experimental phase of Gravity Probe B, a test of Einstein's theory of relativity and gravity. To quote, "One way to think about space-time is as a large fishing net. Left unperturbed and stretched out flat, it is straight and regular. But the minute one puts a weight into the net, everything bends to support that weight. A weight that was spinning would wreak even more havoc with the net, twisting it as it spun. The mass-energy of the planet earth represents a "weight" in our net of space-time, and the daily revolutions of the earth, according to Einstein's theory, represent a twisting of local space-time. GP-B will search for this twisting effect, which has never before been measured." The tests so far have shown that Einstein was correct at least in the fact that there is a distortion. The actual drag created on time space is still being calculated. The stanford article can be found here. The official press release in PDF format can be found here."

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