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WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator

shaitand Re:Niche energy (71 comments)

I hate this negative attitude that pervades the world these days. It discourages invention and ingenuity by telling people only the ignorant and crazy would even try. Everything we accomplish in the next 50-100 years will be something that reality gets in the way of just now. Most things which are genuinely revolutionary are actually fairly simple twists on existing things.

There are functional wave powered ocean vessels.

There is no such thing as 'free energy' in the sense of something from nothing, it has to come from somewhere. But energy isn't exactly in short supply. It's literally everywhere. Everything is made of energy after all and that IS reality.

This is definitely not the time to make assumptions about what will happen and what will come. There are so many new toys that completely redefine what is possible at play right now and new discoveries happening so fast and yet being made by such a small group of people that there are millions of potential revolutionary applications. There is a massive well of untapped potential that hasn't been explored because the people who know it's there are a small group and because the industries that make advanced technology are economically entrenched in current manufacturing methods.

One small example was that not too far back an independent inventor finally developed the first real hover board. That wasn't even actually using NEW theory, he cracked out an old understanding of physics and a the flux of a magnetic field repelling a conductor. Looking into this I was able to find lots of people had played with the effect in labs to demonstrate the physics. He didn't disclose what he did but with nothing but a reading of the relevant Wikipedia page and looking at the experimental setups I could find, where 80-90% of the energy consumed was lost to heat. There were definitely some immediate adjustments I could see that could be made to improve that efficiency dramatically. The patent office didn't believe him and he had to travel to Washington D.C. and demonstrate the board in person.

The patent office was skeptical and expended minimal resources on the claim, making him come to them to prove it. That increases the barrier but at least they gave him a chance to prove he'd successfully invented a science fiction device.

All the papers are out there, detailing DNA assembly of nanotech devices. That is something you can do in an improvised home lab. You can build metallic nano-structures using relatively inexpensive techniques that can be replicated in a home lab. Lithographic techniques could be utilized with some improvisation and basic electronics know how can be used to build structures out of cheap materials. Relatively simple but completely novel things are being discovered constantly here. You have some disadvantages but also advantages. The techniques you develop will be relatively inexpensive so your work might be inexpensive to replicate and spread commercially if you choose and if you do develop something novel there will likely be a great deal of potential to improve on it. There is a huge amount of potential in optical computing and holography as well. There is a great deal of advanced biology that can be done by an amateur in a home lab. Chemistry and electronics of course are always there as a tool. If you throw the game changer that is quantum physics into the mix who knows what someone using these tools could produce. You wouldn't have to be an expert in all these areas, someone who just picked up enough to be dangerous in several of these areas could accomplish something amazing.

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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

shaitand Re:I think (327 comments)

"Actually, the definition of civilian [wikipedia.org] is well-defined in the Laws of War, commonly codified today in international laws by Protocol I [wikipedia.org] of the Geneva Conventions."

Really? Do you define your moral compass to directly align with the law? Let's look at what you said.

"So, actually the criteria are much more specific than you describe. "Civilians" can fight in wars, in which case they become "combatants," but they do not cease to be "civilians," as the term is commonly understood in contrast to organized military personnel.

As for the farmer in GGP's example, he's clearly a civilian unless he's a member of a military force. If he carries a gun but only for his own protection and does not engage in direct action against an enemy, he is probably assumed to be a "non-combatant" as well, under international legal definitions."

Define organized. Define military, Define what constitutes an insignia. Your definition of privileged combatant excludes every combatant relevant to a modern war (at least for the US which is where the automated death machines are coming into play). Terrorists groups aren't in organized military structure, they don't wear insignias, and they don't follow the laws and customs of warfare. So by your definition of civilian, they are all civilians and in some cases both civilians and combatants.

"As for the farmer in GGP's example, he's clearly a civilian unless he's a member of a military force. If he carries a gun but only for his own protection and does not engage in direct action against an enemy, he is probably assumed to be a "non-combatant" as well, under international legal definitions."

Probably assumed to be a non-combatant? Define direct action. Define "actively used in support." He is using his gun for protection to supply the combatants. Supplying the combatants is obviously supporting them. Arguably, carrying a gun for protection while transporting their goods IS actively using it to support them.

How is a drone or even a soldier supposed to know the difference between the men carrying the guns? If he is standing with the other men when the soldier fires on them and he fires on the soldier is he a combatant and okay to kill then, even though he is a civilian acting in self-defense? What if the soldier is replaced with a machine? Now it's a human being defending his life and not putting another at risk.

yesterday
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

shaitand Re:Duh (422 comments)

Companies have an advantage in that H1-B's can't switch jobs and stay in the states.

But while the family back home costing 1/10th the amount is an advantage for H1-B's I fail to see how it benefits the United States to allow that advantage. Just like we charge import/export taxes we should be charging taxes on imported labor to offset those differences for the good of our economy. There is no real advantage to the United States to use imported tech workers when there is a plentiful supply at home.

yesterday
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

shaitand Re:By the same logic (327 comments)

"By the same logic, computers should not be allowed in any life-critical situation."

That isn't true. Some of those situations have clearly defined parameters. For instance air traffic control is collision avoidance. You can build a truth table and mathematically prove every possible outcome within certain bounds. We can do and do do this for many critical programs.

"Civilian" and "Combatant", "Us" and "Them" these are fuzzy classifications at best. Human's fed all the data could not consistently classify people into one category or another, in fact, they can only achieve a better consensus with data limited by a perspective. If humans can't come up with a consistent definition how can they assess whether or not a machine is more or less accurately adhering to it?

The fact that we can all conceive of the vague notion of a "bad guy." Doesn't mean such a thing exists. The fact that no individual can come up with a set of discrete and measurable criteria that will successfully classify "bad guy" in a logically consistent way even for themselves, let alone get a consensus among others, says that being able to agree on a vague notion of a thing doesn't mean that vague notion actually exists. There is no such thing as a "bad guy." No matter how much we can all agree we should stop the bad guys.

about a week ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

shaitand Re:I think (327 comments)

Both are pretty likely. Let's start by defining civilian. Is the farmer who supports the militants cause and brings them goat cheese and steel a civilian? What about the farmer who is afraid of them and does the exact same thing? What if the farmer knows the danger level and carries a gun for personal defense?

You can't compute us and them in an analogue world where the real value is never actually 0 or 1 but always a shifting value in between and usually multiple shifting values in between. YOU can't, and neither can your robot.

about a week ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

shaitand Re:I think (327 comments)

Excellent, sending a drone for you now.

about a week ago
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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

shaitand Re:Eeehhhhhhhh.... (106 comments)

It provides access to what is effectively the largest library of information in the world for starters. Also, computer based learning provides the opportunity for open source collaborative educating auto-pilots that can be incrementally improved. Rather than a teacher expending efforts to help a single student, they can expend efforts improving the adaptive learning system in a way that will help that student and everyone like that student from then on.

Of course, if the teacher just continues to do the same old "cover a section and assign the questions at the end" in a standardized text book or the same thing with a test of their own making testing that same material as their teaching style, it does no good at all. We can make anyone fashion a bucket to put the water in and we can't make the teachers lead their horses to the water, but without access and computers there is no water they COULD lead them to.

about a week ago
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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

shaitand Re:21st century? (106 comments)

I do. For starters this kind of thing increases access to resources like Khan academy, wikipedia, open text books, and the internet as a whole which provides an information resource that makes a typical school library look like a giant waste of space.

The old guard following along with standardized texts and curriculum needs to be tossed out. Our schools are woefully inadequate. Our teachers are spread too thin. The internet allows for building interactive learning labs that adapt to individual students and their strengths and weaknesses in the kind of ways a good teacher would if they had the time to dedicate one on one with each student.

Our teachers instead of being babysitters each trying to re-invent the wheel should be doing three things, counting attendance and collaborating and contributing to open and free resources of this type, and last but not least they should be spending their efforts with students teaching things computers can't do like physical and spatial learning and tasks.

Why would we want to waste all the education that is required of our teachers on tutoring a student effectively or ineffectually tutoring 30 when that teacher can instead focus on an adaptive tutoring auto-pilot? As teachers recognize a failing (in the form of having to expend personal efforts) they collaborate, build an improvement for the auto-pilot, and the auto-pilot carries that ability to adapt to every single student thereafter. Eventually it becomes in effect a teacher with hundreds of years of collective experience providing one-on-one tutoring of our children. It slows down or speeds up as appropriate for the student in question so "no child is left behind" but also "no child is kept behind."

In general our students should be programming and studying physics and sciences in grade school. We should be moving on to more abstract maths as soon as possible because the younger we are the BETTER we are at understanding fluid and creative abstract concepts like these. And STEM is the key to the future success of our society.

about a week ago
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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

shaitand All for more money for schools but... (106 comments)

All funds from government and for government should go through the standard tax system, nothing should bypass in the form of fees.

The problem with bypassing in the form of fees is that a certain portion of every dollar you make is related to government supported infrastructure (including education). It takes a lot more public infrastructure to enable the generation of million dollars worth of wealth than it does to generate $30,000. Thus a person making $30,000 has a much smaller debt to society to pay back. Anytime a fee like this is introduced that person with the smaller debt is subsidizing and paying debt owed by the person with the larger income.

about a week ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

shaitand Re:You are wrong (257 comments)

Which doesn't change the fact that the state laws indicating you have to voluntarily pay them what amounts to sales tax on interstate purchases now.

about two weeks ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

shaitand Re:You are wrong (257 comments)

The use tax is a sales tax on interstate commerce which is completely unconstitutional, if I'm accused of tax evasion courts ignore all my paper structures and convict if the bottom line is I got money and didn't pay the tax. Why should it be any different if the state is simply calling the exact same tax by a different name?

No the constitution prohibits imposing a tax on stuff imported from another state, period. Saying "oh and also marbles are bad" alongside said tax does not allow the state to do so. If any provision of any bill has the RESULT of taxing commerce across state lines it is unconstitutional.

about two weeks ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

shaitand Re:Why not get rid of states as taxing entities? (257 comments)

How about we go the other direction and get rid of federal level income taxation. Let states charge income tax, potentially actually make living in one state notably different than living in another, you know, so you can choose. Let the feds ask the states for funds instead of the other way around.

about two weeks ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

shaitand Re:Ok, they got ONE right... (257 comments)

The current system of "use taxes" is not fair because it's unconstitutional. The answer isn't to allow the unconstitutional tax, the answer is to not allow the "use" tax.

about two weeks ago
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Why Scientists Think Completely Unclassifiable and Undiscovered Life Forms Exist

shaitand Re:Have we discovered all there is to discover? (221 comments)

Yup, can you imagine the sort of lifeform that could exist as a conciousness with erosion as it's neural process? To it we MIGHT amount a short lived bacterial infection.

about two weeks ago
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First Experimental Demonstration of a Trapped Rainbow Using Silicon

shaitand Re: How much light? (79 comments)

"That's not the only way to store electricity, it's just the least leak prone method we currently have."

Right, which makes it the way the we have to do it. ;)

"It's interesting that your lightweight optical battery description happens to be for a house (immobile) and ignores the conversion between electricity, treating that as a separate piece of hardware"

It's interesting that you assume a conversion between electricity when I clearly outlined a scenario in which none is required. What are you going to do convert light gathered from the massive fusion reactors that fill our sky into electricity and feed it into a light bulb to turn it back into light? Of course not, you are just going to route it with fiber optic cabling and shine it through a diffuser directly down into your living room. The same with heat, you capture IR and shine that into your home. No electricity needed.

"It's interesting that your lightweight optical battery description happens to be for a house (immobile) and ignores the conversion between electricity, treating that as a separate piece of hardware. Completely useless for a mobile device, which is where you actually care about the mass of the battery."

The scenario was of the most useful application not depending on advances in optical computing. A battery that doesn't break down with recharge/discharge cycles and can have an incredible capacity without extreme mass is important in a home setting where you'd want to store the 3000w per square meter the sun is shining down on your roof. Also potentially in a vehicle. With existing electronics the lightweight battery would need to be converted to electricity and that would add an extra component that might not make it the answer in all cases. Of course it would still be carbon neutral and require very small pieces of our most efficient solar conversion panels, made more efficient by the fact we could pick the exact spectrum of light we will use, tune the panels to that spectrum, and we can make nearly perfect mirrors when turning for a specific frequency of light and release into a chamber lined with that.

With advances in optical computing your mobile device doesn't use electricity, it runs on light, recharges anywhere it is light out, and/or from an optic cable coming out of the wall and no conversion is required. Of course, NONE of that works, house, car, mobile devices, without an optic battery. Many of those applications work just fine without optical computing or memory.

about three weeks ago
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Why Scientists Think Completely Unclassifiable and Undiscovered Life Forms Exist

shaitand Re:Have we discovered all there is to discover? (221 comments)

Someone else mentioned timescales. It seems to me that it depends on how we define "life." Would you consider self-awareness to be life?

Self awareness basically emerges from any self scoring logical multi-dimensional memory system that can emerge patterns. Our brains use neural nets for this but the basic concept behind a neural net is so simple it could exist in logical patterns in ocean currents, rock formations, and or weather patterns on timescales of picoseconds or millions of years.

And then there is scoring, we control this with artificial neural nets because we want them to exhibit a behavior WE are defining and measuring. If you let go of that and just simplify it to a system that tries to assess what exists or doesn't exist with pre-defining what is "correct" for it. You just tie that neural net to a scoring system constantly going through a cycle of 1 (positive score, remember those connections), (neutral score, no change), 0 (negative score). At a glance this seems to have the result of canceling everything out, but that isn't true connections used during both of the first two cycles leave an imprint that will slowly fade unless repeated, higher order patterns will emerge with patterns of complexity limited only by the multi-dimensional memory system.

Are the patterns real or imaginary? They are reflections of what the system has actually been able to observe, measure, or experience which is all we ourselves can say about our thoughts and even our own existence. A system like this views new things through the lens of previous impressions and experiences. It learns. It can identify any pattern it can sense. Science says everything real has a pattern of observable behavior and properties. What about feelings? Feelings are probably a mix of biochemical reactions and perceptions. The result of an intelligence like us but without the biochemical reactions is probably closer to a sociopath, able to perceive, understand and even relate to the negative patterns that trigger the biochemical reactions but not actually having the emotional wash. Unlike a sociopath it wouldn't be human, so it might not relate very at all. One very cool automatic property of a system like this? That scoring loop means it spends 1/3 of it's existence doing what could be argued is the logical equivalent of sleeping.

about three weeks ago
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First Experimental Demonstration of a Trapped Rainbow Using Silicon

shaitand Re:How much light? (79 comments)

If you are using the output to light your home, transmit data, or heat up some stew you don't need the solar cells. Toss light based computing in and you don't even need electronics anymore. I should be possible to create a reasonably efficient light motor as well, light can give up it's momentum and it has lots of it. If we can create a solar sail based on this we can create a motor. Light will bend in a magnetic field, that suggests and interaction that transfers energy, it would seem like it should be possible to build that interaction into a motor if you had enough light energy.

about three weeks ago
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First Experimental Demonstration of a Trapped Rainbow Using Silicon

shaitand Re: How much light? (79 comments)

Not necessarily as I understand it. Electrical energy currently has to be stored as a potential within a chemical element. They aren't heavy because of the electrons they are heavy because a higher capacity battery literally means a bigger battery filled with a larger quantity of heavy chemicals.

This is more like a capacitor, actually trapping photons without a chemical storage and then releasing all of them in a burst. But unlike a capacitor the potential isn't between differently charged photons fighting each other. The "potential" is in the momentum of the photon which is retained and not in the force used to store it. The photon is being held in a balanced stasis, retaining it's momentum, and not being resisted by an insulator that will ultimately fail. Even better, they can selectively trap different frequencies of light.

That is super nice in terms of potential. Imagine your home in a world where these are built with large capacity. Your solar panel is no longer an inefficient convertor of light energy into electrical potential. It is now a light collector, it carries the light via an optical cable to a large capacity light battery that selectively traps visible and infrared light and lets excess pass out of your home. You don't block UV, you just let it pass away, so you aren't constantly eroding a blocking solution. The IR light is trapped as well but because it is held in stasis it's energy is retained and the battery holding it isn't hot and doesn't need insulated. This is used to heat your water and home. If your collector was on the roof the collecting of this IR light also goes a very long way toward keeping your home cool. The light in your home is the full visible spectrum of the sun (or any blend of any part of it you like) and even at night is actually sunlight. Not converted to electricity at 40% efficiency and back to light at 95% efficiency. The high capacity light batteries might need to be built in banks with smaller capacity, allowing you to release the amount of light you need in to the fine units of X, you can release 1X/s for 50s or you can release 50X/s for 1s.

None of that even requires optical computing. But with fully optical computing your gadgets will eventually all run directly on light. So again, no need for systems that convert other forms of energy to electricity with maybe 40% efficiency. You still have losses of course, imperfection in your optical fiber for instance. But the biggest loses come from that conversion and you've just taken our biggest forms of consumption (light/heat) and eliminated the need for conversion. The next biggest is mechanical energy. That does require conversion, but light is actually an excellent candidate for highly efficient conversion to mechanical energy, there is an awful lot of momentum there.

It's also CO2 and heat neutral, actually there should be a net reduction in global warming because some amount of energy from the sun that would have been released as heat will always be contained in the cumulative balance of these storage systems that never existed before.

about three weeks ago
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First Experimental Demonstration of a Trapped Rainbow Using Silicon

shaitand Re:How much light? (79 comments)

A step further? A light based battery is a step enough for me. Light has no mass.

about three weeks ago
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First Experimental Demonstration of a Trapped Rainbow Using Silicon

shaitand How much light? (79 comments)

Are we seeing the forerunner to light based batteries? You wouldn't actually need to trap light for memory in an optical system, you only need to have light leave at least a temporary imprint that will impact light bounced against it later.

about three weeks ago

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How to promote stage comedy in a geeky way?

shaitand shaitand writes  |  about a year and a half ago

shaitand (626655) writes "I recently went to a renaissance festival where a man (Arthur Greenleaf Holmes) performed some of the most obscene NSFW and hilarious comedy I've seen in a long while. The show was free and he had CD's and DVD's in his bag and accepted donations. I certainly gave one. But why is this guy doing niche fairs and not HBO specials? I contacted him and he said that he would love to break out and because of his costume he has trouble and the nature of his act he has trouble getting on to traditional stages. How would you promote such an act?

On further conversation he said he is an avid supporter of free flow of information and strongly encourages pirating his work far and wide. Since he is primarily interested in making money with live performance and not media sales I thought if he took this to the next level and released a DVD under a creative commons license the exposure and interest generated might help him break into new forums with his act?"

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Ozzy Osbourne passed today at concert. Triggers new discussion about vampires.

shaitand shaitand writes  |  about a year and a half ago

shaitand (626655) writes "Ozzy Osbourne died today at his revival concert. Osbourne, known for theatrics stunned a crowd by transforming into a bad and then biting his own head off. The audience thought this was all part of the show until his headless body was revealed. Biologists are both mystified and excited over the incident. "This could go a long way toward explaining some of the old legends concerning vampires," one expert said."
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Why is ham radio so pricey?

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 2 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "I just got my amateur radio license and while I can afford the gear I can't help but wonder why the gear is so crazy expensive. Point this out to hams and they will say it doesn't have to be expensive and point to "cheap" radios and kits that are $150+ and offer limited technology.

I know ham radio gear isn't a large market but the same designs that were good 20 years are being sold for the same prices today. It would seem like you could probably implement an HF radio transceiver using a pic microcontroller that costs less than $20. So why are 20 year old designs of this gear selling for $1000?

I can buy an entire modern equiv to a laptop that would have cost $2000 20 years ago for $300 today. Why can't I buy the actual radio being sold 20 years ago at $1000 for $100 today?"
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Encrypted P2P Voip

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 2 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "I've been combing the web and have yet to find what I think is pretty much a basic operation for secure digital voice. Communication must be encrypted from end to end not decrypted and recrypted at the server. This also should be supported by major phone platforms such as android, blackberry, and iphone. Or at least android. Does anyone know of such a beast? A search for android security apps gives no gpg, no secure im, no secure voip, no tor, no truecrypt like plausible deniability whole os encryption, no stenography, just lists of anti-virus and password vaults. Where is the real mobile security?"
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Whitehouse.gov petition to reduce copyright to ten

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 2 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "More might be needed for copyright reform but in response to a petition to reduce the term to fifty-six years another petition with a far more practical term of ten years has been submitted arguing that with a faster paced society a shorter term than the original twenty years is needed, not longer."
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SOPA/PIPA and now ACTA

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 2 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "Unlike the rest of the world Slashdotters are probably aware of the ACTA. Now there is growing internet momentum to spread the word on this bill and a whitehouse.gov petition that is only a few votes away from forcing a response. Granted the White House hasn't altered even a single policy position in response to whitehouse.gov petitions but its worth a shot."
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No Tab Relocation Coming for Chrome

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 3 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "This issue has had overwhelming feedback from users with no notable dissent. But Google reveals their view on community saying they that community feedback and comments aren't considered and today moved to silence dissent and lock comments on the issue. pkasting@chromium.org says "Commenting on this bug has absolutely no effect at all on the likelihood that we are going to reconsider. So that people don't get their hopes up falsely, I'm locking this bug to additional comments.""
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Wikileaks Founder Accused of Molestation

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 4 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "News agencies are reporting that Julian Assange, the founder of wikileaks, is wanted by swedish authorities on charges of rape and molestation. He remains at large. CNN reports that he released a twitter stating that they were expecting dirty tricks and to expect more in time."
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Amazon collecting bogus sales tax?

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 4 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "Amazon states on their website: "Kindle content, MP3s, and digital videos are only taxable in KY and WA." So imagine my surprise when I saw a bogus sales tax line on my New Mexico (both in physical and billing terms) Kindle order.

This wasn't my first order. I've ordered from Amazon a number of times and never been charged sales tax before. But here it was staring me in the face. Especially disturbing is that this an automated digital order. That means there is little doubt that others are being overcharged with fraudulent sales tax collection.

Order #: D01-3302149-9401130
Subtotal of items: $7.99
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Total before tax: $7.99
Sales Tax: $0.41
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Total for this Order: $8.40
The following item is auto-delivered to your Kindle or other device. You can view more information about this order by clicking on the title on the Manage Your Kindle page at Amazon.com. The Serpent Bride [Kindle Edition] $7.99 Sold By: HarperCollins Publishers

I almost waited to give them a chance to respond. Then I realized that even if Amazon does the right thing on my order, there are still others who may not even realize they have been overcharged."

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Has The Pirate Bay been shut down?

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 5 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "As of Monday 8/10/2009 4:46PM The Pirate Bay, a search engine site that is well known as a champion of free speech and copyright reform advocacy, appears to be inaccessible from the treasure coast Florida via AT&T. The Studios recently submitted a request to take down the site. Did the judge grant the request or is this outage due to another problem?"
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Are compressed air cars the future?

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 6 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "Watching the discovery channel I was amazed to see a special on compressed air cars. Cars that are not only viable in theory but are developed, in mass production, and being sold to Mexico. Cars that could be filled from the 'free air' hose at the gas station or an air compressor at home. I read Slashdot with thousands of environmentally concerned geeks and have never seen a single story on this technology. Why are we still hearing about biodiesel, hydrogen fuel cell, or electric car vaporware that require expensive batteries that must be replaced when there is a cheap and environmentally friendly alternative fuel vehicle on the market that could be thrown onto the market without the need for fueling stations at all? Here is a video Here is wikipedia Here is a model slated for release in the US in 2010. This is a hybrid."
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John McCain sending spam?

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 6 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "A few days ago I received an unsolicited mail in my inbox that claimed to be from McCain's campaign and looks legitimate. There was an unsubscribe link at the bottom and I used it. This morning I received another unsolicited mail from the campaign, ignoring my previous request that they stop mailing me. If McCain is doing his dirty work with spam, at least this crowd is likely to want to know.

Here is the first mail (minus images)

My Friends,

In my life, no success has come without a good fight and this election is no exception. I am joined in this fight by Governor Sarah Palin and other reformers on our Party's ticket. We are fighting for your well-being, for our men and women in uniform, for better jobs, for energy independence and for government reform.

I'm fortunate to have a partner in reform, Governor Palin. Our ticket is ready to shake up Washington, ready to bring real change and stand up to the status quo. But we won't be elected without your support.

The polls all show this election is extremely close and we expect it to remain close until Election Day. The best way to help our ticket secure a win in November is to make a generous donation right away to McCain-Palin Victory 2008.

There are big differences between the Obama-Biden Democrats and us. We have different visions for the country. Our ticket has a record of bringing reform to government so that government fights for the people. Instead of talking about change, we use our careers to bring change. And that has the Obama-Biden Democrats running scared.

Election Day is less than 50 days away and the Obama-Biden Democrats have launched vicious and offensive attacks. The Obama-Biden Democrats will no doubt turn these attacks on other reformers on our ticket. They can attack if they want; all the insults in the world aren't going to bring change to Washington.

Our ticket has a record of putting our country first and with your help we'll bring other reformers to Washington with us. We put our beloved country above all else and it is my great hope that you will join us today. Please join us by making a contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more to McCain-Palin Victory 2008. With your support, we're going to win this election.

Sincerely,

John McCain

P.S. As the polls begin to turn in our favor, the Obama-Biden Democrats have launched vicious attacks against me and will no doubt launch them against other reformers on our ticket. And what you can do to help today is make an immediate donation of $50 or more to McCain-Palin Victory 2008. The Obama-Biden Democrats are desperate and scared, and they should be because with your unwavering support, we are going to win. Thank you.

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Don't trust your government? Amend.

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 6 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "Tired of tampered elections, wars of aggression, and domestic spying? The guys over at Popular Amendment claim to offer a way to bypass the conflicting agendas of the politicians. From their site "The citizens of this nation empower the Constitution, the congress, the President, and the judicial system. A popular amendment is a change of one of those things by the people. The idea is taken from the framework of the Constitution itself and one of the original framers, James Wilson stated that no positive government would attempt to deny the people this right.""
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Popular Amendment of the U.S. Constitution?

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 6 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "From the Popular Amendment Website "The citizens of this nation empower the Constitution, the congress, the President, and the judicial system. A popular amendment is a change of one of those things by the people. The idea is taken from the framework of the Constitution itself and one of the original framers, James Wilson stated that no positive government would attempt to deny the people this right."

Go there if you want to take real action to reform the U.S. Government but don't want to see bloodshed either."

Link to Original Source
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Truely Secure and Private Voice System

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 6 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "With the situation in the world today, particularly in the U.S. I increasingly feel the need to keep my communications from prying eyes. I also have a number of clients who need something similar. I am looking for the one great solution that will work across the board. A few basic requirements are Voice chat and voice conference (of a quality on par with ventrillo and voip solutions out there over broadband or better connections), IM, strong encryption of all of the above, either completely decentralized or with a private server, free as in beer (for the version of the solution that does all of the above), windows support. Some bonus features would be free as in speech, video chat, pretty text and emoticons, alternate platform support.

The closest I have found is Brosix. It meets all of my requirements but uses a server controlled by the company. The whole point is privacy, the last thing I want is to expose my communications or even the existence of communications to a third party.

So how about it Slashdot. When you have conversations about your wild flings with congress critters what software do you use?"
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Showmypc.com, an open source pretender?

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 7 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "When looking for a remote support application that penetrated firewalls and could be initiated by my clients with a couple clicks I came across http://www.showmypc.com/ . It was a standalone executable but looked like it would work and best of all it was open source. The only thing I didn't like was the interface, so I went to check out the Sourceforge page https://sourceforge.net/projects/showmypcssh/ . I noticed a substantial problem, CVS is empty and the source on the download page is for the 2.6 version. The version of the executable is 3.53. After mailing them that they needed to distribute their modified SSH client and VNC source to be in compliance with the GPL license they said they didn't modify those programs and ignored my request for the current source code. So I ask again, if this is a GPL'd application; where is the source?"
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shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 7 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "Previously my wife had a small spot of skin cancer removed. About a year later the spot returned. Rather than taking her back to the kooks in white coats I put her on a protein diet. I had previously read that females who engaged in oral sex and swallowed had greater disease and cancer resistance. So I began administering salted protein doses orally twice daily. Within three months the spot was completely gone and it has never returned. Could this really have been the cure?

Should we all make this sacrifice for the benefit of our significant others?"
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shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 7 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "A couple of Amateurs have put together a 10 minute light saber duel that puts anything found in the movies to shame. When I heard this I didn't believe it but seeing is believing."
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shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 7 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "About three years ago my wife developed a spot on her nose. A biopsy revealed that the spot was skin cancer. The spot was removed. Unfortunately it grew back and a year later she had an identical spot. Instead of taking her for rinse and repeat procedures I advised her that protein deficiency could be the root cause and administered oral doses of sperm every other day. Now the spot has completely disappeared. Could this treatment have cured her? Is oral sex the cure for cancer?"

Journals

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Grammar Troll Catch and Release

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 8 years ago

**** EDIT *****
Game over. This is becoming boring and the trolls have all taken to posting AC to avoid getting flagged. So much for the idea that they were really honest slashdotters working toward the common good.
***************

Today I decided to conduct an experiment. I noticed a user with this sig

"'Effect' is used as a noun. 'Affect' is used as a verb."

Kept getting posts from grammar trolls correcting him. This gave me an idea. So, I have set my sig to this line as bait. Using this bait I can capture grammar trolls and add them to my foes list so that I do not have to worry about seeing their posts. I reply to each troll with the following message "Congratulations. You have been caught in a troll trap. You are the latest in my campaign to capture and tag all the grammar trolls on Slashdot. Please refer to my journal for more information."

In addition I will occasionally change my sig to similar statements or put intentional spelling/grammar mistakes into subjects (in a way that does not hurt the legibility of my writing).

After catching each troll, I will add them to my foes list and mention them in my journal in case anyone else wants to add the trolls to their foes list.

Captured trolls are as follows:

dhowells
poopdeville
ralphclark
swillden
mtdnelson
ReverendLoki
arodland

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