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Book Review: Digital Evidence and Computer Crime

slashqwerty Re:Ethics (49 comments)

it's not ok to yell fire in a packed movie theater room

The concept here is that yelling fire in a packed movie theater creates a "clear and present danger". It is clear that yelling it will cause people to run for their lives, and it is present in that people will react before cooler heads can put things into perspective. With a book, the reader has plenty of time to consider the consequences of their actions. So no, I don't think it spills over into books.

Also note the "clear and present danger" test was replaced in 1969 with "imminent lawless action" which is more strict.

about 3 years ago
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The Saga of the Virtual Wallet

slashqwerty Trade Secrets (131 comments)

What sort of trade secrets are involved in transferring currency from person A to person B? The only thing holding this back is the chicken and egg problem of deploying a standard that is widely adopted.

about 3 years ago
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A Look Back At the Career of Steve Jobs

slashqwerty Re:Biggest tight wad of all time (324 comments)

Personally I don't believe in charity. You can't just throw money on social problems and have them magically disappear

You seem to think charities exist only to help the poor. With that in mind, many, many people will fall upon hard times at some point in their life and need assistance from others. Apparently you would rather they die off than help them out for a while until they get back on their feet.

Aside from helping the poor, charities also exist to:

  1. Reduce the spread of infections diseases.
  2. Help people recover from disasters (i.e. Red Cross).
  3. Provide grants to help people get an education.
  4. Operate museums to preserve history and spread knowledge.
  5. Fund medical research.
  6. Provide role models for children to help make up for poor parenting (Big Brothers, Big Sisters).
  7. Stop the government from overstepping its bounds (i.e. EFF, ACLU, NRA)
  8. and many other things...

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Puts $383 Million Handcuffs On CEO Tim Cook

slashqwerty Re:Incentives are hard (170 comments)

How about AIG awarding $165 billion in bonuses AFTER receiving bailout money

I think you mean $165 million.

more than 3 years ago
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More Schools Go To 4-Day Week To Cut Costs

slashqwerty Re:Parents (614 comments)

Taxes are paid by the entire community. Child care expenses are paid by parents. So the four day school week is cheaper for some people while a five day school week is cheaper for others. That is what politics are all about.

more than 3 years ago
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EU Central Court Could Validate Software Patents

slashqwerty Re:And You Could Be The Next Winner! (77 comments)

And yet the issue is back. Do you know why? Because the lobbyists only have to win once and they will keep trying until they do.

The United States used to break up monopolies, pass environmental protection laws, establish consumer safety standards, workplace safety standards, etc. Corporations have now cornered the electoral market. 90% of the population will consider voting for one of two candidates, both of whom depend on large corporations to get elected.

I would be willing to bet the lobbyists in Europe have already made some small advances in their agenda. Sooner or later a more business-friendly atmosphere will develop and your optimism will be shattered.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Amazon Can't Manufacture a Kindle In the US

slashqwerty Re:Comparative Advantage... (598 comments)

American icons like the F-150 and Silverado don't even make the list, so people buying trucks from Ford or GM thinking they're supporting America really aren't, they'd be better off buying a Toyota Tundra.

In all fairness, the F-150 was at the top of that list from 2004-2008. The Silverado used to be fairly high on the list as well.

more than 3 years ago
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DARPA Hypersonic Vehicle Splash Down Confirmed

slashqwerty Re:meanwhile... (140 comments)

This is only true if the money taken would not have been put to more useful purposes had it not been taken. You can't say if it would have been or not, but you're told to trust the 'superhuman dictator' to make better decisions than everybody else.

You can certainly look at the portion of our resources that leave the country. Based on that you can come up with a pretty good estimate of how much would have been spend in the US versus outside the US.

Also, if people simply had a bunch more money what would really happen is inflation. Take a look at the housing bubble. Large low-interest loans were easy to get so people were willing to pay more for housing. Now that loans are harder to get the price of housing is dropping. Similarly, someone with a bunch more money won't think much of paying $30 where they would have previously hesitated to pay $20.

more than 3 years ago
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Paul Ceglia: Facebook Is Doing the Forgery, Not Me

slashqwerty Re:Facebook would not have had access (135 comments)

If his mother uses FaceBook it would not be all that difficult--especially if the document was found someplace like the web browser cache.

more than 3 years ago
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Pakistan Lets China View US Stealth Technology

slashqwerty Re:Oh boo hoo (297 comments)

Because the US has extensive military operations in Afghanistan. The easiest way to get to Afghanistan is to cross over/through Pakistan. Without cooperation from Pakistan, US operations in Afghanistan would be severely hampered.

more than 3 years ago
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Pakistan Lets China View US Stealth Technology

slashqwerty Re:No surprise. (297 comments)

What does it say about society that if you advocate legalizing almost everything you'll be labelled a conservative?

What does it say about society that if you advocate criminalizing almost everything you'll be labeled a conservative?

more than 3 years ago
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8 Grams of Thorium Could Replace Gasoline In Cars

slashqwerty Re:Yeah, right. (937 comments)

I believe that 1hp is about equal to .75KW so you would probably want one in the 200 KW to 300 KW range since that would put you between in the 275 to 400hp range.

Horsepower affects how fast a car can go and still maintain its speed. There is a correlation between horsepower and torque. Cars with that kind of horsepower have it, not for the horsepower, but for the torque. It is torque that allows a vehicle to accelerate quickly. Electric motors have tremendous torque at every speed. So, if the nuclear plant is driving an electric motor you just need enough power to overcome wind and rolling resistance.

more than 3 years ago
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US Energy Panel Cautiously Endorses Fracking

slashqwerty Re:Magic Formula (294 comments)

"Drillers say they would like to keep the exact formula of the chemicals they use secret because it represents a competitive advantage"

They want to keep the formula secret to protect their legislative advantage. If people knew what they were putting into the ground the EPA would shut them down before they get a foothold big enough for everyone to cry about jobs when we try to shut them down.

more than 3 years ago
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US Energy Panel Cautiously Endorses Fracking

slashqwerty Re:no, i mean GASLAND (294 comments)

For curious folks, there is a video of it on YouTube.

more than 3 years ago
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Fake Names On Social Networks, a Fake Problem

slashqwerty Re:Credit cards and name verification = not so eas (283 comments)

There is also the fact that anyone can buy a Visa gift card with cash, register it under any name and address they want, and use it anywhere.

more than 3 years ago
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Researcher Predicts Your Next Facebook Friend

slashqwerty Advertising (66 comments)

The obvious application of this is advertising. Every business wants to sell something. If this research tells them how to convince you to friend them they will be all over it. Political organizations will do the same. I have to wonder if the basic concepts have broader applications outside social media.

more than 3 years ago
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Court Rules Sending Too Many Emails Is "Hacking"

slashqwerty Re:Nowhere does the ruling say "hacking" (317 comments)

Organizations routinely do the exact same thing with politicians. They set up servers which can fax or email a politician then ask millions of people to use the service to contact their representatives. It would not surprise me at all if the same organizations use auto-dialing services in their lobbying efforts as well. To top it off they also swamp politicians with snail mail.

While the court claims the issue was the volume of the communications and not the content. I argue that it absolutely was the content. If the union had advertised the services of the business and created the same volume of email from serious customers the business would have immediately increased the capacity of their inboxes. They would not have claimed a violation of the CFAA.

The key issue in this case is intent. The case has not gone to trial yet so the court ruled entirely on whether or not the alleged actions were sufficient to prove intent. According to the court, asking people to "fight back" by sending email and calling the company proves intent to cause harm.

more than 3 years ago
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Anonymous Vows To Destroy Facebook

slashqwerty Re:Question how concerned is Mark? (575 comments)

I don't think 'Anonymous'--whoever is behind them--have the interests of freedom and privacy in mind.

The recent actions of 'Anonymous' have all been prime examples of the sort of thing lobbyists have been feeding congress to push data retention laws, an Internet off-switch, etc.

Taking down one of the most popular web sites on the Internet is sure to fuel those arguments. If people lose access to something they spend four hours a day at, they will be calling congress demanding for a solution much like they did after the WTC attacks. They will not care what the solution is, and congress will not care if the 'solution' works or is in any way ethical.

more than 3 years ago
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Cisco, US DOJ Fire Another Salvo At Peter Adekeye

slashqwerty Re:Way to save money Cisco! (94 comments)

Along with that grand juries do not have to reach a unanimous decision. At the federal level grand juries must have between 16 and 23 members. It only takes 12 to issue an indictment.

Also, grand juries are not screened for bias. The prosecutor does not have an opportunity to "pick the least brilliant people they can find".

more than 3 years ago

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NASA Preparing for Largest Hurricane Study Ever

slashqwerty slashqwerty writes  |  more than 4 years ago

anonymous (1099091) writes "Does lightening predict the intensity of a tropical storm? What role does dust from the Sahara play? Do hurricanes form from the large-scale environment around a tropical storm or from small-scale formations 100 kilometers from the center? A team from NASA, NOAA, and NSF plan to find out. Starting Saturday the team will conduct the largest hurricane study every undertaken. Among other things, a better understanding of hurricanes has ramifications for weather prediction, building codes, insurance policies, and disaster planning."
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Challenge met! CodeWeaver Products Free for a Day

slashqwerty slashqwerty writes  |  more than 5 years ago

elated (1099091) writes "In July, CodeWeavers CEO Jeremy White announced a Lame Duck Presidential Challenge. The challenge called upon the President to achieve any of five goals during his last six months in office: 1. Reduce the price of gas, 2. Reduce the price of food, 3. Create more jobs, 4. Rejuvenate the housing market, or 5. Bring Osama Bin-Laden to Justice. Under the terms of the challenge if a Lame Duck Goal is met by the 28th of any month CodeWeavers will give away free copies of all their software the first day of the following month. With gas prices falling below $2.79 per gallon in the Twin Cities, the first challenge has been met. We can expect to see CodeWeavers CrossOver free on Saturday, November 1st!"
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Viacom Wants Industry Wide Copyright Filter

slashqwerty slashqwerty writes  |  more than 6 years ago

slashqwerty (1099091) writes "Unsatisfied with the proprietary copyright filter Google recently unveiled, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman has called for an industry standard to filter copyrighted material. Mr. Dauman has the backing of Microsoft, Disney, and Universal. "They reflect the fact that there ought to be a filtering system in place on the part of technology companies," he noted. "Most responsible companies have followed that path. What no one wants is a proprietary system that benefits one company. It is a big drain to a company like ours to have to deal with incompatible systems." How would an industry standard impact freedom of speech and in particular censorship on the internet? How would it affect small, independent web sites?"
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White House to screen employees at non-profits

slashqwerty slashqwerty writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Freedom Lover (1099091) writes "Hot on the heels of the Supreme Court's ruling in Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation the Bush administration is making plans to screen employees at all non-profit organizations that receive USAID money. "The plan requires that the organizations give the government detailed information about key personnel, including phone numbers, birth dates and e-mail addresses. But the government plans to shroud its use of that information in secrecy and does not intend to tell groups deemed unacceptable why they are rejected." The program is to become effect August 27th, the last day public comments can be submitted. In Hein, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the White House stating, "Respondents set out a parade of horribles that they claim could occur...of course, none of these things has happened.""
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slashqwerty slashqwerty writes  |  more than 7 years ago

anonymous zero (1099091) writes "A team of Canadian surgeons got a shock when the patient they were operating on began shedding dark greenish-black blood. The man had needed urgent surgery because he had developed a dangerous condition in his legs after falling asleep in a sitting position. In this case, the unusual colour of the 42-year-old's blood was down to the migraine medication he was taking."

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