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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

sneakyimp Re: Or crypto (179 comments)

Yeah Eric is just worried everyone will encrypt their gmail so google can't read it any more and target their ads. If everyone starts guarding their privacy, google's business model starts to look much less attractive. "If you scare everyone about the snooping, we can't keep snooping on everyone."

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

sneakyimp Re:Died Outside a Tesla (443 comments)

Yeah! Just more proof that electric cars will never catch on in the United States.

about 3 months ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

sneakyimp Re:Jews? (443 comments)

That makes no sense at all. There are probably more jews in Los Angeles than in Tel Aviv.

about 3 months ago
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Getting the Most Out of the Space Station (Before It's Too Late)

sneakyimp Re:Mistake to go in with the Ruskies (155 comments)

If we had a cheaper option on hand we'd be doing it by now!

How do you figure? I'd say that's a tautology, but it can't be because it's just not true.

about 4 months ago
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Getting the Most Out of the Space Station (Before It's Too Late)

sneakyimp Re:Mistake to go in with the Ruskies (155 comments)

Just wait til the internet hive mind evolves. A little bit of right wing facism for some genocide and extermination of minorities, prisoners, and the poor. Then they'll wind up the left-wing nanny state factor gradually to slowly erode any concept of privacy, individualism, liberty, or meritocracy. Nobody will know it's happening, they'll all be grooving out to Nicki Minaj, Justin Beiber, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Kesh, Katy Perry, Rihanna, One Direction, Korn, uhh.....or watching 'Real Housewives.'

about 4 months ago
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Getting the Most Out of the Space Station (Before It's Too Late)

sneakyimp Re:Mother Russia... (155 comments)

Mod parent up.

about 4 months ago
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Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches

sneakyimp Re:Sexual selection by the opposite sex. (190 comments)

In your analysis, you seem to have overlooked the incredible reproductive advantage of being part of a society that exercise geopolitical might (e.g., US, Europe, Russia) versus being in a nation that does not exercise such might (e.g., Afghanistan, Sudan). I would also disagree with your assessment that women do not sexually favor dominant men. Dominance today doesn't necessarily mean a punch-resistant face, but women most definitely sexually favor men with who are dominant physically, intellectually, and especially financially. Women might coo and empathize with a guy who gets punched, but I don't think they'll feel compelled to have sex with him.

about 4 months ago
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Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches

sneakyimp Re:Sexual selection by the opposite sex. (190 comments)

This occurred to me as well. Although it's possible, getting one's cheek or nose broken probably won't kill all that often. On the other hand, getting one's jaw broken or teeth broken would probably make it hard to eat. "Lopsided face" resulting from a good punching would likely prevent one from getting laid for sure.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

sneakyimp Re:Commodore Amiga 3000T (702 comments)

My Microsoft Intellimouse is about 15 years old. I've got some Sennheiser HD 280 headphones that are LOUD AS HELL and still going strong after about 20 years. And I've got a Fender Twin '65 reissue tube amp that's twenty years old and still sounds incredible. I also love my cast iron skillets. They are probably 30 years old. I expect they will last quite some time.

about 6 months ago
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

sneakyimp Re:The NSA is becoming a new God for "True Believe (171 comments)

TAILS sounds like a honeypot to me. What's wrong with just booting off a KNOPPIX CD-ROM or an Ubuntu CD-ROM? I expect some stuff might get written to a tmp directory somewhere but you could always shred any files there before rebooting the machine.

about 6 months ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

sneakyimp Re: tldr (490 comments)

It's my understanding that if you buy a Bluray, you get access to a digital copy, don't you? You could be wasting your time.

about 7 months ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

sneakyimp Re: tldr (490 comments)

If you can afford a 70" television, you probably aren't ripping content.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: College Club Fundraising On the Fly?

sneakyimp Re:Ask the university (89 comments)

Call wealthy alumni. You could probably get a list from the alumni office.

about 7 months ago
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Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You

sneakyimp Re:riiiight (361 comments)

The fact is there IS NO COMPETITION. In my area, if I want broadband over 1.5Mbps, I have only one choice and that's Time Warner cable. If Time Warner cable chooses to put the squeeze on Netflix or Amazon Prime to extort protection money from them, there is nothing they or I can do about it but pay the protection money or pray that the FCC or our elected representatives put the abusive cable monopoly in check. This is a fact and no amount of hand-waving can change the fact that there is one company between me and the content I want.

Also: the Time Warner / Comcast deal is a crock of shit. I believe I'm not the only one who feels that these companies provide terrible customer service and gouge us for shitty connection speeds. The cost of my connection has doubled since Time Warner bought Adelphia cable with no appreciable increase in speed. It's bullshit.

about 8 months ago
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Unlocking 120 Years of Images of the Night Sky

sneakyimp how to find plates from a specific date? (29 comments)

I would like to find plates from a specific date in 1970 and another date in 1980. I've been clicking around the collections and can't really make heads or tails of the archive. Can anyone suggest how to find a plate for a specific date?

about 8 months ago
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NASA Now Accepting Applications From Companies That Want To Mine the Moon

sneakyimp Re:NASA? (251 comments)

Can I get 40 acres and a M.U.L.E. please?

about 8 months ago
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NASA Now Accepting Applications From Companies That Want To Mine the Moon

sneakyimp Re:I'm afraid this means war (251 comments)

Yeah. Can't wait to see the scars left by the huge strip-mining operation.

about 8 months ago

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New York Times website down due to "maintenance update"

sneakyimp sneakyimp writes  |  about a year ago

sneakyimp (1161443) writes "The NYTimes website apparently went down for several hours after a scheduled maintenance update. The Onion covered the story. While the site is available now, various old urls are no longer served and the current urls look suspiciously like wordpress. That legacy links no longer work and that the current CMS is not able to sufficiently serve traffic suggests that the vaunted NYTimes might have been duped into a serious downgrade by some unscrupulous web design firm."
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How do YOU establish a secure computing environment?

sneakyimp sneakyimp writes  |  about 2 years ago

sneakyimp (1161443) writes "We've seen increasingly creative ways for bad guys to compromise your system like infected pen drives, computers preloaded with malware, mobile phone apps with malware, and a $300 app that can sniff out your encryption keys.
On top of these obvious risks, there are lingering questions about the integrity of common operating systems and cloud computing services. Do Windows, OSX, and linux have security holes? Does Windows supply a backdoor for the U.S. or other governments? Should you really trust your linux multiverse repository? Do Google and Apple data mine your private mobile phone data for private information? Does Ubuntu's sharing of my data with Amazon compromise my privacy? Can the U.S. Government seize your cloud data without a warrant? Can McAfee or Kaspersky really be trusted?
Naturally, the question arises of how to establish and maintain an ironclad workstation or laptop for the purpose of handling sensitive information or doing security research. DARPA has approached the problem by awarding a $21.4M contract to Invincea to create a secure version of Android. What should we do if we don't have $21.4M USD? Is it safe to buy a PC from any manufacturer? Is it even safe to buy individual computer components and assemble one's own machine? Or might the MOBO firmware be compromised?
What steps can one take to insure a truly secure computing environment? Is this even possible? Can anyone recommend a through checklist or suggest best practices?"
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SpaceX gets greenlighted for rendezvous with the ISS

sneakyimp sneakyimp writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sneakyimp writes "Much weeping and gnashing of teeth has accompanied the retirement of the the space shuttle and it has been a bit sad seeing discovery take its last flight over DC. But SpaceX, brainchild of Elon Musk, appears to be supplying a silver lining this week as their Dragon capsule, riding atop a Falcon rocket has been greenlighted for a rendezvous with the ISS on April 30. Skeptical? SpaceX, a private enterprise, is the first entity that is not a sovereign government to launch a capsule into space and retrieve it on earth. While the mission to the ISS is admittedly not a sure shot, Elon Musk has a few fighting words about their ability to compete with Russia and China on a cost basis."
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Facebook Bans Art Book Publisher Taschen

sneakyimp sneakyimp writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sneakyimp writes "You might not be familiar with Taschen, but they publish some of the most remarkable books in the world. While most publishers are moving to digital formats, Taschen has built a business publishing large format, dead-tree books full of big pictures. Some of their books are so large, they can only be printed in Vatican City because no other printing houses have presses large enough.
I learned from Nick Cloutman, manager of their Beverly Hills store, that they have been banned from facebook — where they had about 70,000 followers. Cloutman believes the ban is because of Taschen's posts promoting "The Big Penis Book 3D" (WARNING: male genitalia photo)
http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/sex/all/06784/facts.the_big_penis_book_3d.htm

While the Taschen page for book is quite an eyeful, the image used on Facebook was the considerably tamer image from the book's cover. It's also noteworthy that the Big Book of Breasts 3D, which came out first, did not trigger the ban:
http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/sex/all/06783/facts.the_big_book_of_breasts_3d.htm

Cloutman's personal account has been banned as well, along with all of the other Facebook users who were admins for the Taschen page. Facebook has apparently made no effort to communicate any reason or rationale for the ban or the sexual double standard. Cloutman is philosophical about it, musing "they've probably done me a favor."

Interesting side note: Cloutman was also an admin for the band Lustra, the band responsible for the song "Scotty Doesn't Know" from the movie Eurotrip in which Matt Damon cameos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Vyj1C8ogtE"

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article on how singing triggers sex hormones?

sneakyimp sneakyimp writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sneakyimp writes "I seem to recall an article here on /. describing some research about how a shared singing experience can induce the production of hormones in people indentical to those produced after sex. I.e., some sort of 'trust' is created. Can anyone tell me where that link is? I've been googling for an hour!"
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Where to find axles, gears for kinetic sculpture?

sneakyimp sneakyimp writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sneakyimp (1161443) writes "My brother is an architect and sculptor and wants to create kinetic sculptures powered by wind, steam, and sun. He wants to avoid electrical systems and keep this mechanical. He's prepared to cast metals for custom parts if necessary, but is hoping to find a cheap source of gears, axles, and bearings for the internal mechanical workings of these contraptions. We'll need things like miter/bevel/spur/helical gears, standard and thrust bearings, and axles. These parts won't need to support much power or torque (probably less than 1 horsepower / 550 ft-lbs). Ideally, we could get a kit which contains a variety of bevel and spur gears, a few axles, and standardized connect interfaces — kind of like a box of legos for tinkering and prototyping. I found the Stock Drive Products site and it looks like an extensive catalog, but one really needs to know what one is looking for and I don't think we're there yet. I've also found custom gear manufacturers and cheap plastic hobby kits but these are either too outrageously expensive or ridiculously under qualified for the job at hand.

I was wondering if any of you robot builders or mechanical engineers could recommend a good starter kit with an assortment of gears or perhaps a supplier that deals in appropriately spec'ed gears rather than industrial-strength SUV transmissions."
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You might have to pay $5 each month the music biz

sneakyimp sneakyimp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sneakyimp writes "Both Wired and Arstechnica have articles up on Jim Griffin's proposal that ISPs charge each broadband customer a $5 per month surcharge to subsidize the ailing music industry. The resulting fund would ostensibly "compensate songwriters, performers, publishers and music labels." Such a plan is also likely to compensate your ISP for collecting the fee, a quasi-governmental 'collection agency' to manage and distribute the wealth, and possibly other entities on its way to rescuing the deserving victims of the scourge that is P2P software. The proposal suggests that disbursements would be made based on the popularity of various songs on the various P2P networks.

Although no specific version of the proposal has been referenced in the aforementioned articles, a number of controversies are inherent to the plan: How is the money really divided? What happens when the MPAA, the Business Software Alliance, and various other industry groups want their own surcharge added? What about the supposed majority of broadband customers who never download illegal music? Jim insists that the surcharge is 'not mandatory' but there can be no doubt that ISPs would like a piece of the pie to help subsidize the billing apparatus they already have in place. I chose to email Jim to express my dismay and was admittedly a bit coarse. After a couple of traded barbs, I received this response which gave a vague indication of his rhetorical approach for his meeting at SXSW tomorrow.

"Hey, american citizen and broadband customer, where is your reply to my reply?

I am waiting for something in the form of an apology for the unkind and inaccurate e-mail you sent.

Let's review: I have no proposal for a mandatory surcharge on ISPs and never have had such a proposal. I am opposed to forcing ISPs to send money to a government agency unless it is tax money or some other regulatory dictate.

Do you write similar letters to the automobile insurance industry, which legally mandates car owners carry insurance regardless of whether or not you have had an accident?

Do you complain to the advertising industry for involuntarily embedding 80 billion dollars of extra cost into the products you buy?

Have you written a complaint to the library for taking your tax money to run a place you or others may not have visited in years?

Complained to your cable provider for charging you for channels you never watch?

You should be ashamed of yourself for falsely accusing me and calling me names. Now you should apologize, and I am waiting.

Jim

The full transcript of our correspondence is here. I hope you'll all drop Jim a line to let him know what you think of his proposal."
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Music Industry Proposes a Piracy Surcharge on ISPs

sneakyimp sneakyimp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sneakyimp writes "In an article that is sure to get some folks' blood boiling, Frank Rose at Wired.com has reported on a proposed piracy surcharge on ISPs that would amount to approximately $5 per month per user. That's right, $60 from every broadband customer. The proceeds of this surtax would ostensibly be used to compensate artists who are the most frequently downloaded on P2P networks. Interestingly, Mr. Rose fails to address the possibility that some (most?) users of broadband connections have never downloaded a single song illegally. Personally, I fail to understand how this $2.5B/yr revenue stream can be justified to law-abiding broadband users.

From the article:
So, which will it be: A last-gasp assault on piracy, or a truce that would bring in money and benefit everyone except the lawyers? At this point, the music industry seems too dazed to decide — and several nights in Austin probably won't help. Though Jenner and McGuinness are on opposite sides of the debate, their good cop-bad cop routine could ultimately prove synergistic. Pay up, the music people are telling internet providers, or we'll sic Washington on you — and London and Paris and anybody else we can find.

Some of you will recognize the name of U2's manager, Paul McGuinness, in the article. Having called the DMCA's safe harbor provision a "theives' mandate," he appears to be the poster child for the music industry's call for a piracy crackdown."

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Attack of the $83,000 phone bill

sneakyimp sneakyimp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sneakyimp writes "MSNBC reports that a Canadian man has been billed $83,000 for a month of cell phone usage due to his rather foolish decision to use the phone as a modem for downloading music and movies into a computer."
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FCC restarting a review of media ownership rules

sneakyimp sneakyimp writes  |  about 7 years ago

sneakyimp writes "A decidedly partisan site, CommonCause.org has reported that the FCC is again attempting to relax media ownership rules. I have yet to find any corroborating detail about what is actually going on but apparently there is some desire by Kevin Martin to make decisions without public input. Personally, I really don't want this to happen. I live in Los Angeles and there is literally only one company that provides broadband internet access in my area (Time Warner cable). They bought out Adelphia which was my prior provider. AT&T offers service here but requires that I also lease a land line and would cost more than TW. Nobody else offers service in my area. Aside from charging me twice what comparable DSL costs in other areas, they discontinued my old email address without warning or explanation despite promises I could depend on it. I've already missed several parties because of that. I vehemently oppose corporate megaliths owning all the media outlets in a given city. The obvious ills of such a monopoly include a brainwashed public, higher prices for entertainment, advertising, and internet access, and possibly other things. Prior rules allowed ownership of "up to three television stations, the local newspaper, the cable system and up to eight radio stations in one media market" according to the common cause article. If you agree and live in the United States, you can contact your representative here."
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