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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

scum-e-bag LSD and Intel (456 comments)

Internet folklore from the days of Usenet had stories of Intels R&D divisions using LSD to creatively solve problems. It was never talked about, except when the compulsory workplace drug testers came to find their walkway blocked by higher powers when entering the R&D division.

Google has removed references from its search results.

yesterday
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Want To Resell Your Ebooks? You'd Better Act Fast

scum-e-bag The right to read. (72 comments)

https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/right-to-read.html

For Dan Halbert, the road to Tycho began in college—when Lissa Lenz asked to borrow his computer. Hers had broken down, and unless she could borrow another, she would fail her midterm project. There was no one she dared ask, except Dan.

This put Dan in a dilemma. He had to help her—but if he lent her his computer, she might read his books. Aside from the fact that you could go to prison for many years for letting someone else read your books, the very idea shocked him at first. Like everyone, he had been taught since elementary school that sharing books was nasty and wrong—something that only pirates would do.

And there wasn't much chance that the SPA—the Software Protection Authority—would fail to catch him. In his software class, Dan had learned that each book had a copyright monitor that reported when and where it was read, and by whom, to Central Licensing. (They used this information to catch reading pirates, but also to sell personal interest profiles to retailers.) The next time his computer was networked, Central Licensing would find out. He, as computer owner, would receive the harshest punishment—for not taking pains to prevent the crime.

Of course, Lissa did not necessarily intend to read his books. She might want the computer only to write her midterm. But Dan knew she came from a middle-class family and could hardly afford the tuition, let alone her reading fees. Reading his books might be the only way she could graduate. He understood this situation; he himself had had to borrow to pay for all the research papers he read. (Ten percent of those fees went to the researchers who wrote the papers; since Dan aimed for an academic career, he could hope that his own research papers, if frequently referenced, would bring in enough to repay this loan.)

Later on, Dan would learn there was a time when anyone could go to the library and read journal articles, and even books, without having to pay. There were independent scholars who read thousands of pages without government library grants. But in the 1990s, both commercial and nonprofit journal publishers had begun charging fees for access. By 2047, libraries offering free public access to scholarly literature were a dim memory.

There were ways, of course, to get around the SPA and Central Licensing. They were themselves illegal. Dan had had a classmate in software, Frank Martucci, who had obtained an illicit debugging tool, and used it to skip over the copyright monitor code when reading books. But he had told too many friends about it, and one of them turned him in to the SPA for a reward (students deep in debt were easily tempted into betrayal). In 2047, Frank was in prison, not for pirate reading, but for possessing a debugger.

Dan would later learn that there was a time when anyone could have debugging tools. There were even free debugging tools available on CD or downloadable over the net. But ordinary users started using them to bypass copyright monitors, and eventually a judge ruled that this had become their principal use in actual practice. This meant they were illegal; the debuggers' developers were sent to prison.

Programmers still needed debugging tools, of course, but debugger vendors in 2047 distributed numbered copies only, and only to officially licensed and bonded programmers. The debugger Dan used in software class was kept behind a special firewall so that it could be used only for class exercises.

It was also possible to bypass the copyright monitors by installing a modified system kernel. Dan would eventually find out about the free kernels, even entire free operating systems, that had existed around the turn of the century. But not only were they illegal, like debuggers—you could not install one if you had one, without knowing your computer's root password. And neither the FBI nor Microsoft Support would tell you that.

Dan concluded that he couldn't simply lend Lissa his computer. But he couldn't refuse to help her, because he loved her. Every chance to speak with her filled him with delight. And that she chose him to ask for help, that could mean she loved him too.

Dan resolved the dilemma by doing something even more unthinkable—he lent her the computer, and told her his password. This way, if Lissa read his books, Central Licensing would think he was reading them. It was still a crime, but the SPA would not automatically find out about it. They would only find out if Lissa reported him.

Of course, if the school ever found out that he had given Lissa his own password, it would be curtains for both of them as students, regardless of what she had used it for. School policy was that any interference with their means of monitoring students' computer use was grounds for disciplinary action. It didn't matter whether you did anything harmful—the offense was making it hard for the administrators to check on you. They assumed this meant you were doing something else forbidden, and they did not need to know what it was.

Students were not usually expelled for this—not directly. Instead they were banned from the school computer systems, and would inevitably fail all their classes.

Later, Dan would learn that this kind of university policy started only in the 1980s, when university students in large numbers began using computers. Previously, universities maintained a different approach to student discipline; they punished activities that were harmful, not those that merely raised suspicion.

Lissa did not report Dan to the SPA. His decision to help her led to their marriage, and also led them to question what they had been taught about piracy as children. The couple began reading about the history of copyright, about the Soviet Union and its restrictions on copying, and even the original United States Constitution. They moved to Luna, where they found others who had likewise gravitated away from the long arm of the SPA. When the Tycho Uprising began in 2062, the universal right to read soon became one of its central aims.

about a month ago
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Navy Creates Fuel From Seawater

scum-e-bag Just like Nuclear Fusion (256 comments)

Just like Nuclear Fusion it will be commercially viable in 7-10 years...

From the Article:

The predicted cost of jet fuel using these technologies is in the range of $3-$6 per gallon, and with sufficient funding and partnerships, this approach could be commercially viable within the next seven to ten years. Pursuing remote land-based options would be the first step towards a future sea-based solution.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

scum-e-bag Re:Passport belt (445 comments)

Yeah, how many passwords like: R;3m|/|iv%{^B$ do you have memorized?

I have 26 like that.
I also have a system to alter them when it is time to change them.
I also have a generic "Password123" password for sites that are use once and forget.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

scum-e-bag Passport belt (445 comments)

A small notebook kept in a passport belt that never leaves your side should work well.

If you are required to have such a high level of security that this is not a good idea then you should use your memory. A failing memory means that you are not suitable for the job and should find something else, like working in a retirement home.

about 5 months ago
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It's Not Memory Loss - Older Minds May Just Be Fuller of Information

scum-e-bag Re: So can I sue my college? (206 comments)

You just tell these primma-donnas what they want to hear so you pass the course, graduate the fuck out, join the world of adults and start creating/doing things that matter.

When you finally get into the world of adults you will find yourself kissing ass to a moron manager who doesn't know what he/she is talking about. These literature courses will serve you well in knowing how to bullshit your way around.

about 6 months ago
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Irish Politician Calls For Crackdown On Open Source Internet Browsers

scum-e-bag Dodgy. (335 comments)

It's only the buyers that he wants to track?
Does he want to know who is customers or competitors are?

about 6 months ago
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John Carmack Leaves id Software

scum-e-bag Re:The end of an era. (154 comments)

You'll need a big fucking gun to stop the little imps.

about 8 months ago
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Syria Falls Off the Internet Again

scum-e-bag Re:Censorship != Damage (68 comments)

If Syria has dropped off the internet due to the inaccessibility of the .sy domain, then, the internet is not routing around the damage.

It's pretty bloody obvious.

TOR would route around these issues with minimal effort. The internet as it is now known, is being controlled and censored. The internet as it was, is now TOR. Get with the times and stop posting rubbish that is 20 years out of date.

about a year ago
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Syria Falls Off the Internet Again

scum-e-bag Censorship != Damage (68 comments)

Censorship != Damage
The "non-TOR" internet does not route around damaged sections.
The "non-TOR" internet should be renamed to the stasi-net.

about a year ago
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US Officials Rebuke India's Request To Subpoena Facebook, Google

scum-e-bag Re: hypocrisy (96 comments)

China blocks facebook with some success. Surely it's possible for other governments to only filter/block facebook ads. Even if its not 100% successful, it would be disruptive enough to facebooks revenue stream to encourage facebook to fall into line.

about a year ago
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Geeks On a Plane Proposed To Solve Global Tech Skills Crisis

scum-e-bag technocracy (303 comments)

implement a global technocracy
that is all we need

about a year ago
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Schneier: The Internet Is a Surveillance State

scum-e-bag tor (333 comments)

use tor
cbf'd posting as anon-coward as even slashdot isn't anonymous...

about a year ago
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Pirated iOS App Store Site Shuts Down

scum-e-bag Re:Copying is not theft. (432 comments)

It's intertwined with politics you ignorant tool.

about a year and a half ago
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Pirated iOS App Store Site Shuts Down

scum-e-bag Re:Copying is not theft. (432 comments)

There are levels of "illegality". Parking infringements differ vastly to mass murder.

about a year and a half ago
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Pirated iOS App Store Site Shuts Down

scum-e-bag Re:Copying is not theft. (432 comments)

But the reason why there's even anything called 'Copyright Infringement' is because there's a general notion that one can make a creative work that's value is in the concept rather than the physical embodiment.

You can follow that notion if you like. The notion I tend to follow isn't the promulgated one of compensation for conceptual thoughts. The original notion of copyright is buried in the history of the Vatican during the protestant reformation for control of the printing press and rapid dissemination of the Bible. Pesky protestants of the day were reading and putting their own spin on the Bible, this angered a corrupted Rome. To combat this loss of power, the corrupted officials (the Pope, et. al) introduced legislation to prohibit copying things (the Bible). The cried out how the poor scribes would loose their jobs, when the reality was that these corrupted officials would loose their jobs as the hoi polloi of the day might just be able to understand that the Bible wasn't all truth, but, in fact it was a poorly verified historical document.

Say what you will about it being theft, but, the true reason for copyright isn't to compensate the "owners" of Elvis' recordings. The true reason for the continuance of copyright is to ensure that certain corruptible officials maintain their lifestyle at the expense of the "hoi polloi".

I don't know why slashdotters have persisted for well over ten years

Maybe thats because the copyright system is both morally and intellectually corrupt, from it's birth to it's modern day construct. Slashdot is (or once was) an intellectual site, people with intelligence can see just how wrong the system is because, unlike the sheep, we can see just how wrong copyright is. The foundations of this well justified persistence most likely originate from these original slash-dotters.

about a year and a half ago
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Pirated iOS App Store Site Shuts Down

scum-e-bag Copying is not theft. (432 comments)

Copying is not theft. Copying is not stealing. It is NOT the same thing.

Back in 1985 a man named Dowling was prosecuted for the Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property for selling infringing copies of Elvis records. U.S. Supreme Court in DOWLING v. UNITED STATES, 473 U.S. 207 (1985) http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?navby=search&court=US&case=/us/473/207.html struck this down because copyright infringement is not theft. You have to deprive your victim of the item in order to steal it from them. Making copies doesn't deprive anyone of what is being copied, therefore its not theft.

about a year and a half ago

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PS3 Economic Disaster for Sony.

scum-e-bag scum-e-bag writes  |  more than 6 years ago

scum-e-bag (211846) writes "

Playstation 3 has been a roughly 3.3 billion U.S. dollar loss for Sony Corp. since its launch last year, according to the company's fiscal 2008 annual report. The huge loss is due to pricing the console below its production cost. The 599 dollar price tag for the PS3 back when it first launched was significantly cheaper than the cost of producing it in the first place, and while the retail price has come down some, the losses keep piling up.

In a statement, Sony claimed "the large-scale investment required during the development and introductory period of a new gaming platform may not be fully recovered."

With the current demise of the US oil based consumer economy I see this as the end of more powerful consoles for the next few years. Can we possibly be on the verge of new thought provoking games running on cheaper hardware instead of the current business model of increasingly bloated power hungry consoles whose only claim to fame can be flashy graphics? I, for one, will welcome any return of Steve Jackson Games."
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slashdot changing

scum-e-bag scum-e-bag writes  |  more than 5 years ago

So slashdot is changing again...

It appears to be getting slower...

Chugga chugga chugga

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scum-e-bag scum-e-bag writes  |  more than 5 years ago

"Blue ray is really taking off throughout Australia. Everyone is enjoying this new way of watching your favourite movie. Don't miss out."

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Words to that effect in an oh so pleasing voice. I dislike walking among the neo-slaves and their lifestyle.

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scum-e-bag scum-e-bag writes  |  more than 5 years ago

no need for capitalisation.

life is very interesting. especially when one can be vindicated. it can hurt a lot though. proof of ignorant greed and arrogance only becomes self-evident *after* the fact. this is so sad. is this something that we must learn as a society? how can we learn more about this? how can we teach ourselves without destroying ourselves?

differential equations hold a lot of promise in this area. they are quite widely distributed throughout the universe. they are pure and model things in a beautiful way. the expansion in the direction of greens function seems to hold some appeal. i saw flashes of this during my initial study of calculus, however, i did not know what it was, i may pursue it.

ultimately there may be some sort of recursion, this may be a deluded dream though. recursion is a self propagating process, reliant on prior/future states. it may be that there is a tie with laplace and control systems.

for now, i must look at the dirt. rocks are the things that power this thoughtful movement in our society. today i must do my part.

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scum-e-bag scum-e-bag writes  |  about 7 years ago

arrrgh

First it was the spammers, then the advertisers, now it it the stupidity of the mass media... democracy, we get what we deserve.

These morons are taking over and destroying search engines.

Hopefully they don't take over the edu domains. I am thankful for many of the search narrowing tools.

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scum-e-bag scum-e-bag writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I like math. It is much more exact than other pseudo sciences.

I lack tact. I don't know how to improve this.

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lost journal

scum-e-bag scum-e-bag writes  |  more than 7 years ago

My last entry was a good one, I wonder where it went, perhaps I was to quick to reboot while doing something else... perhaps I only previewed and didn't submit It was a good one. I felt good while writing it. It must be lost. I don't think this is the first time... perhaps I need to pay more attention to things.

I am returning to uni. I have been accepted. As I thought. Of course they will have me.

Inflation is rising in contemporary society. The political spectrum denies it. It's bloody obvious.

Saw the doc, got some relaxing sleeping pills. These allow me to switch off my brain at night. I still stress, get depressed and wish I could be fully doped all day.

Helen did want things to work, it was her family who didn't. I should follow the lead of Bell... unfortunately it may be a little late for Helen. :( depressing.

Arsenic must be removed from massive nickel sulphides on an industrial scale... the financial return will be astronomical. First things first. Argue points with wankers who don't know what they are talking about, if I am wrong, I am humble enough to admit it and I learn... those who do not argue or question are not all that bright.

I WILL PREVAIL

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looking good

scum-e-bag scum-e-bag writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Things are looking good for the first time in a long time.

Yet again RMS has inspired me to keep on keeping on.

Thanks Richard.

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interesting

scum-e-bag scum-e-bag writes  |  more than 7 years ago

isn't it interesting when you propose something, and it bumps its way around the world eventually hitting you in the face again...

ahhh... to be a promoter of new ideologies... i feel good about it... religion is population control, modern day religions are christianity, islam and environmentalism (under it's differing guises)

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school

scum-e-bag scum-e-bag writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I write this from school... FARK THIS IS LAME...

I am so sick and tired of doing this crap. Life has changed, it has moved more from being able to excel when performing complex tasks to being able to integrate within societal networks. Perhaps it's always been like this. Makes me feel deprecated.

I don't know what I want anymore, but have I ever? The only thing I want is a simple life with family. At the moment it feels like this will never happen. I know I have friends around me, but when I go home at the end of the day... :(

I feel very little incentive to do anything, everything I need is present... Perhaps I need an injection of a high pressure situation. get the adrenalineeeeee running

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water and air

scum-e-bag scum-e-bag writes  |  more than 7 years ago

School is boring... like, when i know more than the teacher and i already know 98%+ of stuff in the course...

WHY THE FUCK DO I NEED THAT PIECE OF PAPER... FUCKING MORONS...

oh well, at least the air and water is clean. :)

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Neural Networks

scum-e-bag scum-e-bag writes  |  more than 8 years ago

http://www.shef.ac.uk/psychology/gurney/notes/index.html
ftp://ftp.wins.uva.nl/pub/computer-systems/aut-sys/reports/neuro-intro/neuro-intro.ps.gz

So, it's Friday Night. I guess only slashdot nerds sit at home reading this sort of stuff... hehehe

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Spooky

scum-e-bag scum-e-bag writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Ok, this journal is spooky... after reading about how myspace et al can be used against someone, I am thinking about slashdot... but, I think I'll stick with my original assesment... who cares! It's not like i'm ever likely to have a job with some fortune 500 company. I'd actually be better off setting up my own company selling porn or some other bit of bullshit, after all, thats what people who don't have jobs do... they package shit and sell it to wankers who have jobs at fortune500 companies. hehehehe...

where was I now? Oh, thats right, I'm really beginning to feel the positive effects of this 5htp shit. i'm reall not caring if it has negative effects now. the only concern i have is if the side effects begin to outweigh the positives, just like those white sugar coated pills from the doctor did... can't get much worse than last time with that pesky matthew and his nemmisis berry... or was it the other way around...

after reading a few other slashdot profiles, i wonder, does anyone read this... well, thats what led o my first comment!!!

back to the beer!

EDIT: oh yeah, i'm real happy i got that ad blocker extension for firefox going... i hate mind warping propaganda!

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Back to school

scum-e-bag scum-e-bag writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I think I'll be going back to school soon. I'm not confident enough to again do university... Those evil wankers who cheat and lie to me. I'll just do the TAFE thing and get a piece of paper. At least people will actually believe me when I say that I know what I am doing. I'm quite certain I can get a bit of paper from TAFE... the fact that it means bugger all is a side issue.

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that last entry

scum-e-bag scum-e-bag writes  |  more than 8 years ago

oh, damn... she has been having me on. fuck i'm silly.

could be that life changing experience though... perhaps she will give me one... perhaps she is just a desperate looser... silly fuck i am.

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six, as a kiwi would say

scum-e-bag scum-e-bag writes  |  more than 8 years ago

yes, suprisingly enough I have been getting some. What to do with her problem... so sorry, must not let that get in the way of the real deal.

several projects are comming along nicely. the ddx3216 is such a mind bending machine. i've just been dropping automations into it and jamming along with the simulated VCF... back to the future!

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bored

scum-e-bag scum-e-bag writes  |  about 9 years ago

bored bored bored... waiting for CSM to report this week. I need to find something to do with life.
I wonder what these codes do?
Interesting huh?

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up and moving

scum-e-bag scum-e-bag writes  |  more than 9 years ago

that lib64 hack has only gotta be a temp workaround. I see that now.

glibc is having problems because of my kernel being way to new. perhaps it is time to get some food... mmm... burger...

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lib64

scum-e-bag scum-e-bag writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Someone has hardcoded /lib64 as the install directory. Nasty hack. This demonstrates the need for more variable useage, such as in the cross-lfs scripts. I guess that it is remenent of the days when 64bit was new and 32bit was mainstream. Now that 32bit is obsolete on most new CPUs, the move should be made across to full 64bit libaries in the /lib directory and 32bit libraries should be installed to /lib32

Good thing that things are moving.

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