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FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss

shaitand Re:Worst idea ever. (Well, one of them). (168 comments)

"I don't think taxpayer money should be invested in large Phase III trials (which can cost almost $1 billion) when they have a pretty low chance of succeeding. Moreover, you really do need teams of people to be competitive in today's research world - I work in a lab in academia, and there's no way you could do much drug development all by yourself."

Which is why Pharma companies are all bankrupt? No part of what I proposed involved taxpayer money or prevented working in teams. What I proposed are loans from the federal reserve on the same terms they are given to banks. The fed does not loan out tax payer money to banks, it loans out shiny newly created money at ridiculously low rates. We have an inflationary fiat currency and it actually depends on us putting new currency into circulation. Traditionally the finance industry gets all the benefits from this system. Advanced technology and especially medicine is certainly at least one obvious alternative place we could inject this money which benefits everyone in the nation.

"You absolutely shouldn't be allowed to make something that's going to go into people in a lab like you described"

I didn't actually describe a lab. Maybe you are mentally projecting your own assumption of some sort of inferior facility? Last I checked there is nothing magical about the pharma corps that makes them more capable than anyone else.

"I'm also not sure what you have against profits in general. For-profit companies aren't inherently bad, and non-profits aren't inherently good."

In general I agree. I just don't think healthcare and medicine is an appropriate for-profit industry. The costs are the same whether for-profit or non-profit. Profit has to come from somewhere and in the case of healthcare the result is higher costs which means less people benefit from the care. A for profit has an interest in maximizing profit and you maximize profit by providing as little as possible for as much as possible. This isn't in the interest of our nation. We all benefit if the health industries provide as much as possible at the lowest cost possible.

I don't propose blocking the for profit drug industry. I propose they shouldn't be allowed to use infrastructure that exists to provide an alternative to them and tie up those resources just to increase their own profits. Non-profits and partnerships still allow for teams to group together in a more established structure and work and allow for those people to profit from that work in the form of salaries in the case of a non-profit and in the system I proposed all the net profit derived from the fruits of their labor.

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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

shaitand Step it up (324 comments)

No, don't discount the importance of lower pricing. Any lower pricing they'd feasibly offer would still be quite expensive.

I need use cases. I need killer apps. I need the flavor of killer apps that let me build customized functionality without actually having to build apps. Most essentially, I need to know nothing I look at goes to Google.

People unreasonably worry about glass wearers recording them. I'm far far more concerned about Google recording via glass. I'm worried about data mining, I'm worried about facial recognition. Imagine this day. Your workplace issues glass devices for everyone. You step outside the office to have a private conversation in the parking lot. You've been a good drone on paper and face to face but criticize your direct report to some of your peers during the conversation and admit your frustration. You indicate you might start looking for something else. The next day your boss who has been monitoring your feed thinks you are buried and finally wants you to train up someone to assist you. You think, omg, finally, recognition and with that you aren't so eager to bail. Just as your help gets up to speed and there is light at the end of the tunnel they find some unrelated excuse and can you because you've just trained your replacement.

Frankly, I wouldn't be any happier about the data being used to assist "law enforcement", "catch terrorists", allow parents to monitor and "protect" their children, or "catch cheating spouses" either. I certainly wouldn't be happy if my wife was feeling frisky in a dark corner on the boardwalk and some bored night shift admin at google captured the clip and uploaded it to the web either.

about a week ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

shaitand Re:Size (324 comments)

"So, you have no issues with people recording you when you don't know about it?

You think is OK for some Glasshole to walk into a restaurant where you are enjoying a public yet private dinner with a friend, record it and put it up on the Intertubes?"

No, I'm not okay with it. But the restaurant is already recording me. The other patrons in the restaurant already have the capability to record me as well without it looking like they are doing anything more than playing with their phone. On top of that there are already glasses cams, lapel cams, hat cams, and pen cams to name a few.

Potentially, every person in the restaurant has that capability already and everyone at the table is likely carrying a device that can be used to record the conversation. Hell, there is a pretty good chance there is crap installed on your phone that gives your employer the ability to remotely activate the camera and microphone on YOUR phone to do the same and almost certainly apps you've voluntarily installed that carry those capabilities and probably even got you to click through an agreement giving them permission. The same with the camera and microphone on your company issued laptop as well.

At most google glass is giving someone a device that lets them flip on and point the camera a little more quickly when something interesting comes up to take a picture of. Otherwise, I don't see anything new here with glass vs cell phones and security cams. I also don't see glass users as somehow being more or less innately trustworthy than random staff and patrons at your restaurant or work place.

P.S. If you don't think your employer can/does do this, think again. They almost certainly do especially if a technology company. You can't actually trust any blocker that you install to prevent it but some of those blocker apps will monitor and detect when other apps grab your phone mic/cam and differentiate between the app simply securing the resource and actually activating it. You might be surprised.

about a week ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

shaitand Re:My political lea\nings (224 comments)

If you jump to a knee jerk assumption that clock is wrong without checking another source you'll be wrong twice a day as well.

View the source with the skepticism it deserves but do not assume the message is automatically false because of the messenger.

about a week ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

shaitand Re:My political lea\nings (224 comments)

"Have you ever read the drivel from infowars and prisonplanet?"

No. And my comment shouldn't be taken as advocating anything from those sources.

"The fact that some conspiracies are real does not imply that all posited conspiracy theories are."

The fact that some conspiracies are not real does not imply that all posited conspiracy theories are not.

I'm not defending the particular flavor of nut job you are referencing. It is the phrase "paranoid conspiracy theorist" that triggers me. Pre-CIA disclosures, snowden, and wikileaks barrage educated individuals generally came from a number of assumptions about government conspiracies that resulted in immediately labeling anyone who speculated overt deception and/or conspiracy on the part of government/state/police sources as a paranoid conspiracy theorist. As a consequence, the only people who could safely advocate such opinions publicly WERE nut jobs. I've argued against this providing sane and rational skepticism prior to the aforementioned disclosures and leaks and advocate the same now.

When it comes to government and the global banking system an incredibly healthy portion of what was posited by nut jobs turned out to be true. Frankly, most of what has come out was actually probable if you were viewing those sources with appropriate skepticism in the first place.

Here is a conspiracy for you. I find it highly suspect that nut jobs are the only ones who posit overt deception on the part of government that are given significant media and television coverage. A great way to divert suspicion is to throw out a few foaming at the mouth lunatics and bury obvious suspicious elements within their drivel. Then associate anyone who repeats those suspicious elements with those lunatics. See any history channel show that eventually devolves into the ancient aliens guy. See opera episodes that put militia extremists on stage along side KKK members and neo-nazi's after waco.

about a week ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

shaitand Re:My political lea\nings (224 comments)

The government has admitted they were in fact behind the UFO sightings, area 51 is real, the NSA really is illegally reading all your communications without warrants, they really are backdooring all your software, the FBI really is intercepting cell communications in mass and says it doesn't need a warrant if the interception device is on public property, and the US really did have death squads killing civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan...

I didn't realize we still tied conspiracy theorist with paranoid anymore. For the most part, it's people who do so as a knee jerk reaction who have proven to be wrong.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

shaitand Re:Not "like Slashdot" (224 comments)

If people are rampantly marking Jennifer's in a committed relationship status as false I'd think that should indicate something significant to the other party in that supposed committed relationship.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

shaitand Re:Not "like Slashdot" (224 comments)

"However once in a while a truly new piece of information may come out to inspire further investigation, and shouldn't be shut down so quickly because it doesn't immediately fit our world view."

While true, consider the forum. FB is a place for keeping in touch with friends and family not a news outlet.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

shaitand Re:Not "like Slashdot" (224 comments)

overrated has a purpose. Yes this thing is informative, it's just not +5 informative.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

shaitand Re:Cool (224 comments)

"Which of the following political statements should be marked false? "

All of them. If you don't like false toss in a political/religious flag. Nothing political or religious belongs on facebook.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

shaitand Re:Cool (224 comments)

And you are why this is a dangerous thing. There are no shortage of religious people who think their church documentary claiming something is disputed or open to interpretation actually means that is true. I was raised by a minister, I've seen them all, they are all propaganda videos and filled with fabrications and nutjobs.

Among the videos I saw were a few gems I independently researched and determined to be blatantly bunk and/or with real information deliberately misrepresented on critical points:

- Anti-evolution with the feature point being the claim of the Lucy skeleton being a pig. That feature point, completely false and never believed by anyone credible. Also the nice "missing link" fallacy.
- Intelligent design
- Finding of Noah's ark
- The mark of the beast chip
- That the plagues have been proven in Egypt
- That Jesus having been an actual living person is undisputed fact. The only actual evidence is an entry by a jewish historian documenting the trial. The document that contains it was copied by priests and is full of proven transliterations. Most scholars do think it's authentic but it's really far too short to make that evaluation on such an extraordinary claim. Unfortunately, the scholars in this area are almost entirely theists and highly biased and authentication of a passage like this is highly subjective.
- "Proof" of the parting of the red sea
- Information about the Y2K bug
- The evils of the catholic church and their idol worship

Of all of these, the idea Jesus lived as a human is the only one in any form of dispute. The rest are outright fabrications.

about two weeks ago
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FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss

shaitand Re:Vagus Nerve - G SPOT (168 comments)

The G spot is exists, isn't particularly hidden or hard to find. It's just highly overrated. There is also the P spot and the A spot. Most people also aren't aware there are two points in the backdoor as well. And then of course there is the head of the clitoris. Technically, all of these spots are actually part of the clitoris which is as long as the average male penis.

Those are all stage 1 with the backdoor points being the most critical to achieving sustained high intensity orgasm. For some women, on the right day, you can get there in just a few moments pushing the right button, others will require stages of varied stimulation over a good hour or even two, most will flit somewhere between most of time and hit these extremes sometimes. But in every woman exists the potential for a level of sustained high intensity orgasm that doesn't stop as long as stimulation continues. Get her there and you can do whatever you want for your own pleasure and she won't mind a bit, she'll be too busy contorting and spasming with whole body wracking waves of pleasure.

In that state you can still build orgasmic peaks that for lack of distinctive word she will still call orgasms and you can change it up and do those at various points. No matter how long it took to get there in the first place, triggering an orgasm peak from the clit, vagina, or anally will take only a few seconds. Which is very satisfying for a man. Even hopping in at this point for what would normally be the duration of a lackluster quickie will trigger a multiple highly intense orgasm.

A couple words of warning though. Go about figuring her out wrong and she'll feel like you are treating her like a machine. Also there is a point of sustained orgasm where you've started with the clit head to get things moving and completing an orgasm with that point will bring a finale to things. So when she starts repeating from stimulating her somewhere else don't go back to directly stimulating that place for awhile. Also, she'll need a recovery period afterward. She's going to be a little sore the next day from all those muscle spasms and contractions. And if you do it too much she'll desensitize. If she goes for direct clitoral stimulation with any frequency she probably won't desensitize at all especially using something like a wand massager. There is also a good chance the experience will be so intense she is a little afraid of it.

Stage 2 is most effectively reached through Stage 1. In this state it's much easier, though with repetition, to build lasting associations in the nervous system with other points on the body (especially sensitive ones). It's possible to build these associations to the point where she can orgasm through stroking her hair, kissing her, or light touches. The nipples/breasts are particularly easy since some level of association has usually been formed by contact with them during sex already. Anywhere that is ticklish is an especially good target. It's easy to build associations that are strong enough to trigger/escalate arousal through these things. These associations are both psychological and physical because optimized communication pathways will be formed by the two centers being activated at the same time. Eventually, it's best to work toward caresses all over the surface of the skin.

Stage 3 is when you can stimulate this without actually even touching. Strokes so close she can feel them but not actually making contact. Trust me, if you get to this point. That woman will be yours forever. The sight of you, your smell, the stink of your sweat, and the very idea of your touch will send tremors through her body. Especially the smell of your sweat which makes perfect sense if you've taken the time to pay attention to a woman. There is no limit to how much of a man or how strong the man who shows that much consideration and makes her feel that way is entitled to be.

You're welcome.

about two weeks ago
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FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss

shaitand Re:Worst idea ever. (Well, one of them). (168 comments)

I think he means we should restructure our health system in such a way that there is no big pharma or at least so that the size of the company offers no advantage. We need some major reforms in healthcare here in the states. With most of it being run by non-profits or at least a viable and equally competitive path being run by non-profits. This is true for all tech development.

Either way, there SHOULD be federal support for this, but only in the sense of loans from the federal reserve at the same rates and terms given to banks. This kind of development is of clear targeted benefit to our society in a far more obvious way than lining the pockets of wealthy bankers.

Let's say I'm someone who is capable of producing a drug or thinks I am. I should be able to use the local biology lab (akin to a library, either private non-profit or city sponsored) to develop it and perform the research I need. I should of course have to pay for access and when I submit a request for new equipment, whether or not to acquire that equipment should be a question posed to the existing membership along with how much it will increase dues and how long it's expected to increase them. Of course, I should always have the option of donating equipment myself. All members must be human persons (including partnerships) or non-profits (with no management salaries in top 10% income brackets). The requirement is that if developed further you must use "in system" facilities for manufacture and distribution and the lab will own the ip and all profits after costs will go to the inventor or non-profit that developed the drug but other members would be able to utilize the IP royalty free. Everyone is assigned a development log for every project and everything they do, every piece of equipment they use goes in and results are logged there. Including anything they do on their own without using lab equipment.

Trials and testing and advertising for the same. The same kind of thing. Centralize the costs but require those using the system to pay the costs. Streamline the process to parallel FDA approval and go through FDA approval using template requests and submissions. Members pay dues while using the process. The previous log is required and access is only to individuals and non-profits. Members vote on whether to proceed on studies and any study that hasn't met the minimum requirements for their study (animal trials on X subjects for Y time for instance) can't have it put to a vote unless they submit for an exemption and provide justification.

Manufacture, Advertising, sales, and distribution. This would need to be a national non-profit. Drugs would be sold with a fixed markup over a fair estimate of costs (30% is typical markup in a retailer). When patents expire drugs would continue to be made available at cost only without the markup as long as they are viable. If a capacity increase is needed or better equipment of some type, it goes to a vote of members with patents in the system. Want to pull a drug? It goes to a vote among the members of the system.

In the end, it costs what it costs and those costs are spread out among everyone developing drugs and those people get all the profits. Since all costs come from federal loans it's very easy to determine them. Divide up the total loan payment among the total number of mg/ml of drug produced and let the more expensive vs less expensive to produce drugs live with the average. It's better than all the min/maxing and duplicate charging games that result from any other way.

about two weeks ago
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Google Glass Is Dead, Long Live Google Glass

shaitand Glass is just too damn expensive (141 comments)

It's a neat concept and all but it doesn't really add enough value vs just carrying my phone to justify the outlay. Especially for something experimental that isn't going to have much support and that I can only imagine has an incredibly awkward interface.

about two weeks ago
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School Defied Google and US Government, Let Boys Program White House Xmas Trees

shaitand Re: Considering how few boys graduate at ALL (355 comments)

"AFTER we correct for the still-existing artificial bias below the disparity"

You are making the assumption that there is one.

about a month ago
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How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

shaitand Re:Encouraging quality (250 comments)

But we are not the character, we are the reader, and we need to "see" the scene, we need to be given hints and details that make sense from our multi-character perspective of the world.

It is also a cat and mouse game between the reader and the author as we try to puzzle out what will happen with a larger view than that of any character. Later a dagger may have a symbol on it or design that is reminiscent of this house or that and provide a hint as to how that item will play out later but the character who finds it may know nothing of it and less astute readers may not either. But for those paying attention, the author provided a hint of a foreshadowing.

It sounds like you want the literary equivalent of an action movie. Which is somewhat more deep than the deepest of films which you must watch and pay attention to every moment of to understand what is going on. Quality literature should be somewhat, and by somewhat I mean dramatically, more substantial than that. An epic should be so encompassing that on the 5th read you are discovering things you missed before.

If you don't like an extremely high paced and action packed epic like a song of fire and ice I can only imagine what you'd think about something with more depth like The Wheel of Time.

about a month ago
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How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

shaitand Re:Invalid logic (250 comments)

That's actually a good point. Someone indicated they require at least 10% read, they should keep that threshold and then use word count read for distribution.

Otherwise you are rewarding fast and light reads like the current crappy 99 centers more than actual substantive epic novels.

about 1 month ago
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How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

shaitand Re:Encouraging quality (250 comments)

"Maybe, but word count doesn't equal quality. If rewarded for word count, people would quickly start adding lots of filler to game the system."

Yes but you reward for the words read, not the words written.

"I know I would have enjoyed the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series a lot more if the editor had trimmed the books to 60% or so."

That makes one of you. I for one do not want all my books reduced to cliffnotes. A Song of Fire and Ice is written by an expert scholar of medieval history and his take on foods, banners, clothing, weaponry, mannerisms, etc form a rich and fascinating world.

about 1 month ago
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How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

shaitand Re:Out of Touch (250 comments)

But given access to a large library of books at their fingertips for a low monthly fee more people might choose to spend their time reading.

Which is exactly why the summary is wrong about this meaning you shouldn't promote good books from other authors. The more quality works the more subscribers and books take time to write so if you want those subscribers to be around when your next book comes out you need other authors to fill the gap.

I spend far more time with nothing left to read than having to choose between books.

about 1 month ago

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How to promote stage comedy in a geeky way?

shaitand shaitand writes  |  about 2 years 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 2 years 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  |  about 3 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  |  about 3 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  |  about 8 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  |  about 9 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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