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Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK

sheph Re:or stop hiding... (377 comments)

The two are really apples and oranges though. Anti-piracy language has been written into trade agreements for some time now. Violation of which could adversely affect trade with that country. They really don't have a lot of motivation to extradite him other than now he seems to be making problems for them. Sweeden is a sovereign nation they don't just do the bidding of the US unless it benefits them in some way.

about 7 months ago
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Suicide Bomb Trainer in Iraq Accidentally Blows Up His Class

sheph Jeff Dunham (4 comments)

He must have had a premature detenation.

about 7 months ago
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US Nuclear Lab Removes Chinese Tech

sheph Re:National security should be privatized (125 comments)

I'd lean towards agreeing with you if only it worked that way. Unfortunately most private industry bows to the almighty buck, and security is usually seen as an impediment to maximum profits. It's not until they've been exploited and had their backside handed to them that they finally see security as a worthwhile investment. Even then some still don't get the point. I'm wondering why as a taxpayer we put substandard crap in there in the first place. It's not like we don't know who are enemies are.

about a year and a half ago
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US Nuclear Lab Removes Chinese Tech

sheph Re:time to build tech in America (125 comments)

And just how much do you suppose it would cost to regulate THAT??? Cost is not borne by the company it's borne by the consumer. As you increase their costs they in turn increase yours.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Explain To a Coworker That He Writes Bad Code?

sheph Just something to consider. (683 comments)

Sometimes that's intentional. If you're the only one who can read it, understand it, and maintain it you might continue to have a job. Of course if you feel the need to do that you may have to question why you're working where you are in the first place. Another posiblility is that in all of his genius he may write it just as it comes out of his mind. It is not unheard of to have a collection of ideas that morph into a working application. But usually one would go back and collectively organize it afterwords for the sanity of all possible maintainers (including the original programmer). If he's not receptive there really isn't much you can do.

about a year and a half ago
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'Hobbit' Creates Big Data Challenge

sheph Re:Good Riddance.... (245 comments)

lol, my parents also owned a video store from 1984-1992 and you are spot on. After a time it's like watching reruns of the same tired plot regurgitated with a new set of players. To this day I don't watch a lot of movies. After it's been a job it takes some of the fun out of it. I haven't seen The Hobbit yet, but it's one of the few I will go see in the theaters simply because I grew up reading the book multiple times, as well as having the 4 record audio dramatization. I still listen to it frequently. It's a great story and I hope Peter did it justice. Length doesn't necessarily mean quality story line though. I felt the LOTR battle scenes were about twice as long as necessary, and some of the embelishments changed the mood of the moment taking something away from the original authors intention IMHO. I'm still glad he made them, and enjoyed watching them. It's just a different story than you get reading the books.

about a year and a half ago
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FSF Criticises Ubuntu For Dropping Grub 2 For Secure Boot

sheph Re:Let's be honest: Nobody liked Grub 2 (296 comments)

Oh, I'm going to go ahead and call BS here. There is a culture on Slashdot that tends to punish those who deviate from the herd.

more than 2 years ago
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Fundamentalist Schools Using "Nessie" To Disprove Evolution

sheph Re:In related news... (936 comments)

Global warming is a hoax because temperature fluctuations have been cyclical for 100s of years, and durring that time the polar caps have expanded as well as contracted. Ever wonder why we are using computer based models to simulate the change when real imperical data exists?

more than 2 years ago
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Fundamentalist Schools Using "Nessie" To Disprove Evolution

sheph Re:They are even dumber than they seem. (936 comments)

Based on what? Carbon dating is severely flawed. You can run the same artifact through the process and get results that vary by billions of years. It's a method that's practically useless. Those numbers are based on what someone with an agenda wants people to think. No one really knows for sure. Science has not been science for a very long time. The idea of testing a theory using a rational methodology to arrive at an accurate conclusion and accepting the resulting data used to be the way we got to specific conclusion. Now it's more like who's providing your funding, what is their political / financial motivation, and what results would they like you to produce. See dissenting scientists who have been blackballed for supporting conflicting ideas about MMGW, or ID for evidence. From what I could tell they had better and more accurate research, but were shut down because they went against the mainstream ideaology. Now ACE using Nessie to support creationism is absurd, but it's equally absurd to espouse macro evolution as fact in a scientific environment. The evidence is pretty flimsy, and mired in overtly manipulated scientific results.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft To PC and Tablet Makers: You're Not Our Future

sheph Re:Good news (530 comments)

As much as I fear you're right this really really irritates me. Hardware should be independent from software. If I buy a device it's mine. It does not belong to Apple, Microsoft, Google, or any other corporate entity. Even if Microsoft sells at a loss to generate market share they still get the sale, they still get to count that device, so why should they care what I run on it?

more than 2 years ago
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Schneier Calls US Stuxnet Cyberattack a 'Destabilizing and Dangerous' Action

sheph Re:Obama's Record (351 comments)

How often has a hospital become "collateral damage" is a real war? I'll take my chances with Stuxnet if it's all the same to you.

more than 2 years ago
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Schneier Calls US Stuxnet Cyberattack a 'Destabilizing and Dangerous' Action

sheph Flawed logic (351 comments)

I'm no fan of Obama, but I think Stuxnet was a good move. It set Iran back years without having to take military action. That's awesome. To say that it's going to start a period of escalation is a bit naive. It has already been moving in that direction for years. China, N. Korea, Russia just to name a few all have departments in their military devoted to cyberwarfare. That cat was out of the bag long before Stuxnet came along. Honestly I'd rather fight with computers than nukes any day.

more than 2 years ago
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US Defense Contractors and Universities Targeted In Cyberattacks

sheph Re:China (79 comments)

They are supposedly an ally in the war on terror. But if you pay attention you'll find that they are not exactly our friends. They have been very difficult in allowing us to pursue terrorists that like to hop between their border and Afghanistan. They say they are our friends, but everytime we need something from them they throw obsticles in our way. Did you happen to see what happened to the doctor from there that helped us track down BinLaden? They expediciously put him in jail on charges of treason. Not exactly an indication of friendship. Additionally, they have blocked our supply routes and are charging us $5k per truck to let supplies through, or forcing us to circumnavigate their country. No Pakistan is not our friend.

more than 2 years ago
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Search Tracking Purports To Show Effect of Racism On '08 Election

sheph That's nonsense (511 comments)

I'd like to think that as a country we've come to the point where racisim is far less of a factor than things like policy position, character, and record. Based on those things (in my opinion) Obama should have never been elected to office. It seemed like around the time of the election most of the people throwing race around were those for Obama essentially saying that if you disagree with his politics that you must be a racist. To me it's highly dishonest and indicative of the fact that Obama more likely won precisesly because of racism and "white guilt" than because of his merrits as a potential presidential candidate.

more than 2 years ago
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FBI Hunt For Child Porn Thwarted By Tor

sheph Re:Crowd Source (714 comments)

That's actually a really good idea.

more than 2 years ago
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Another Afghan School Poisoned — 160 Girls Hospitalized

sheph Re:I think the Taliban are anti-girl. (474 comments)

That should be encouraging. In another 100 years of no women the problem should naturally fix itself.

more than 2 years ago
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New Music Boss, Worse Than Old Music Boss

sheph Re:STFU and give us free music (567 comments)

Well mostly because it really doesn't take much talent to be a janitor or a bus driver (plumber - well that takes a certain amount of skill but those guys also make pretty good money), whereas the other, requires a certain gift that few people have. Additionally, those occupations don't really have a huge amount of risk. If you are a janitor and can empty a trash can and mop the floor, you can get a job and make enough money to get by. Lots of people need your services. It's not like the music industry where success is so fickle and based largely on luck. I've been listening to David Lowery since I was in high school. He's incredibly talented, and someone of his stature ought to be able to make a living selling music. If he (and others like him) can't do that you will see the further decline of music that has been so prevalent over the past decade. So in a nutshell, we don't really need it, but it helps if you love good music and would like to continue to see fresh ideas come to fruition.

more than 2 years ago
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Americans More Worried About Cybersecurity Than Terrorism

sheph Well he's got a point but... (266 comments)

Coming from the perspective of directly working on the critical infrastructure I can say he's both right and wrong. There is certainly plenty to worry about. The critical infrastructure is being attacked everyday (mostly by nation states). However, the political solutions really do nothing to resolve the issue. It's mostly like he said about making money for the vendors selling "solutions", and government agencies. In our case, we are required (by federal regulations) to share data with other utilities necessitating a connection from our internal control systems to the outside world. The government has made all of these rules that we must comply with. Many of them make sense like patching the OS and third party software, having backups in place, malware prevention, monitoring equipment, etc. However, if we were to have something like stuxnet that was below the radar and sat there for years none of that would be much help, and that's really the most likely scenario. For now at least the government seems more interested in fining companies than they are ensuring their security. These fines cannot be recovered from rate payers, but how long before companies throw in the towel because they can't make a profit anymore? How long before shareholders dump their stock and move on to something more lucrative? When that happens who provides water, electricity, gas service, etc? It's pretty scary when you think about it.

more than 2 years ago
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Obama Wants Broader Internet Wiretap Authority

sheph Gee.... (646 comments)

How might that power be abused. Setting aside partisan politics for a moment I can't see how anyone would think this is a good idea. Even if the goal is to intercept terrorist communications (which sounds more like a dubious excuse than an explanation), what's to stop the terrorists from using end to end encryption?

more than 3 years ago

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Dish Network drops all Voom HD channels

sheph sheph writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sheph (955019) writes "Dish Network dropped 10 out of 15 Voom HD channels yesterday, and plan to drop the other 5 in the near future. Dish spins the action by stating that the channels were unpopular (which is not really true as far as I can tell from the outrage on the message boards). They added 22 channels, but none of them really looked like anything interesting. "Let's watch the weather channel in HD". "OOOOHHHH someone get the popcorn!!!" Personally I liked the content provided by Voom, and I'm kind of irritated in what to me amounts to a legal blackmail stunt. http://www.tvpredictions.com/dishvoom051308.htm"

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