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EFF Challenges National Security Letter

societyofrobots time for the Supreme Court . . . (153 comments)

The Fourth Amendment (Amendment IV) ... guards against unreasonable searches and seizures, along with requiring any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects witnesses from being forced to incriminate themselves:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

about 2 years ago
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15 Years In Jail For Clicking 'Like'

societyofrobots Re:Way to go, Thailand. (449 comments)

Actually, that's exactly what has been happening on facebook pages in Thailand.

more than 2 years ago
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15 Years In Jail For Clicking 'Like'

societyofrobots Re:democracy (449 comments)

All major laws cannot be enacted in Thailand without the explicit approval of the King. You can verify this by reading the 2007 Constitution. Publicly, Thai royalty has no influence on the laws. But you'll see otherwise if you read wikileaks.

The pardoning is only for those who have less than 3 years left of their sentence, and only once a year. Those accused of Lese Majeste typically have 5 to 20 year sentences. You're likely to spend several years in prison before being asked to sign a statement that you love the king before you can be released.

more than 2 years ago
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StreetScooter: The $7000 Open-Source Modular Electric Vehicle

societyofrobots not price-competitive (151 comments)

I'm happy with my $3k gas scooter that does 70mpg in the city, 80 mile range, and up to 55mph. Oh, and it has no problems going uphill with a second rider =)

Oh, and it can be bought *today* without having to assemble it myself.

more than 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Wants To End the Federal Student Loan Program

societyofrobots Re:Of course it does (1797 comments)

I agree that the government loans are inflating the cost of education. The supply (number of universities) is staying the same, while the demand (people who can afford university) is going up. Markets will naturally raise prices to cope - it's effectively a subsidy that profits the university. This is effectively the same argument concerning health insurance, a subsidy inflating medical costs.

But on the other hand, I probably couldn't have afforded my education if I didn't have federal loans to help . . .

There might be another solution, such as using the loan money to instead increase the number of universities - ie increase the supply.

more than 2 years ago
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Windows XP PCs Breed Rootkit Infections

societyofrobots reasons to stay with SP2 over SP3 (245 comments)

"Vlcek assumed that many of the people running XP SP2, which Microsoft stopped supporting with security patches a year ago, have declined to update to the still-supported SP3 because they are running counterfeits."
I, and many others I know in a forum I frequent, won't upgrade to SP3 as it breaks USB. It's a known bug (for many years) that USB becomes significantly slower in SP3 (it's not known what hardware configurations can avoid the bug). This causes problems with data transfer speeds.

more than 2 years ago
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LSD Alleviates 'Suicide Headaches'

societyofrobots Re:Ergot Alkaloids... (272 comments)

Pain from cluster headaches are caused by vasodilation near a pain nerve in the head. LSD is a vasoconstrictor, which is why it works.

But not any more than ergotamines, caffeine, pure oxygen inhalation, or a simple ice pack applied to the head - much better options when 'drain bramage' is a concern.

(I'm agreeing with your post, just adding on to it)

more than 3 years ago
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Robot Throws First Pitch At Phillies Game

societyofrobots the 3rd wheel? (92 comments)

I like how they used a Segway, then added a 3rd wheel to it.

more than 3 years ago
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High Schoolers Push Down Price of Near-Space Photography

societyofrobots Re:USD 75, not 60 (88 comments)

Agreed.

I just launched a balloon (again) last Sunday.

The balloon and helium alone cost us $800 (we made it to 103k ft using a bigger more expensive balloon).

Unless people are giving you free money, thats the bare minimum - not even accounting for the cost of tracking and filming equipment. Or the gas needed to drive 4 hours following the balloon . . .

more than 3 years ago
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Man Mines Facebook For Security Questions, Nabs Nude Photos From Email

societyofrobots Re:Security question (257 comments)

Just as an example, Hotmail for years used 'What is your favorite color' as a security question.

more than 3 years ago
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Google ReCAPTCHA Cracked

societyofrobots Re:News for nerds, stuff that mattered... (211 comments)

Its been cracked at least since the end of 2008, when my reCAPTCHA protected site started getting inundated by spammers again . . . I've been telling people since we need a new defense, but all I heard back was 'reCAPTCHA is invincible'.

It's an arms race, a never ending one, and spammers will always figure out a way around anything - given time.

more than 3 years ago
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Radiation Detection Goes Digital

societyofrobots Re:Bad bad article and summary (58 comments)

here you go:
http://www.best-geiger-counter.com/geiger-counter-kit.html

I'm currently using the Electronic Goldmine Geiger Counter Kit, with a microcontroller to process and datalog the events. The specs aren't well defined, but if I put a smoke detector (the radioactive part) next to it, it goes absolutely crazy.

Sure these units are very limited, but technology wise the same.

more than 3 years ago
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Radiation Detection Goes Digital

societyofrobots Re:Bad bad article and summary (58 comments)

Agreed.

You can buy *digital* pocket sized radiation detector kits for $100. People have sent these digital detectors up to space in high altitude balloons a thousand times already, including me. Even sparkfun sells one.

more than 3 years ago
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Democrats Crowdsourcing To Vote Palin In Primaries

societyofrobots Re:As a voter who normally leans Democrat... (1128 comments)

I definitely agree. It may be fair and legal, but it defeats the purpose of fair elections and the spirit of democracy.

more than 2 years ago
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DHS Seized Domains Based On Bad Evidence

societyofrobots Re:checks and balances? (235 comments)

Although what you said is true, the DHS was not created to have net censorship for copyright enforcement powers.

more than 3 years ago
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Al Franken Makes a Case For Net Neutrality

societyofrobots Re:The issue is monopoly control (604 comments)

Several entirely unrelated things are being lumped together as the same thing in 'Net Neutrality'. They should be kept separate within the laws enacted . . .

The first is the cost of bandwidth - should those who pay more get more?

The second is prevention of monopolistic control of the internet by ISPs.

The last is corporate censorship of the internet.

more than 3 years ago
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DHS Seized Domains Based On Bad Evidence

societyofrobots checks and balances? (235 comments)

It appears they forgot the whole 'checks and balances' thing when enacting a powerful censorship law. I'm not even sure what the 'Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement' has to do with copyright enforcement.

But hey, already found a scapegoat, a 'fresh college graduate' who'll be labeled as over-zealous while those actually in charge zip by.

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Starts Mass Mirroring Effort

societyofrobots Re:Make it static. (586 comments)

No need for the personal insults.

I'm all for a country choosing it's destiny, just not dictators of that country being allowed to choose by killing their own people that disagree.

Despite your anti-US sentiment, South Korea would look like North Korea if not for our meddling. Europe would have become Nazi if not for our meddling. China would be a province of Japan if not for our meddling.

Sure, we messed up a few times, but don't be selective in your evidence.

more than 3 years ago

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Thailand begins One Tablet Per Child

societyofrobots societyofrobots writes  |  about 2 years ago

societyofrobots (1396043) writes "Thailand has now put the first 50,000 of a planned 800,000 tablets into the hands of elementary students. Each tablet costs only $80/unit, runs Android ICS, and was manufactured in China. Opponents claim it to be a very expensive populist policy to 'buy votes', while proponents argue it could bypass the root causes of poor education in the country: outdated books and unskilled teachers. Is this the future of education in developing nations?"
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Facebook/Twitter banned in Thailand for Election

societyofrobots societyofrobots writes  |  about 3 years ago

societyofrobots (1396043) writes "In the run up to the July 3rd election in Thailand, use of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media are banned for campaigning and other election related purposes.

Offenders face a maximum six months in prison and a 10,000 baht ($330) fine. The ban includes sending short telephone texts and forwarding emails.

"There will be a unit of more than 100 officers to monitor this," said police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri of the social media ban. "If we can track the origin of (an online message) right away, we will block the site and make an arrest. But if the sites are registered overseas and we can't check the origin, we'll first block it and ask the IP (Internet Protocol) providers for further investigation," Prawut said."

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US Citizen Arrested while in Thailand for Blog

societyofrobots societyofrobots writes  |  more than 3 years ago

societyofrobots (1396043) writes "A US citizen, upon visiting Thailand for medical treatment, was arrested for lese majeste (insulting the king) and computer crimes ("entering false information into a computer system"). He is charged for posting a link on his blog to a banned book, The King Never Smiles, and for translating excerpts of it. He made the posting four years ago in 2007, while in the US. Trials for lese majeste are traditionally held in secret, for reasons of 'national security'. AFP has more information."
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Thailand 'Cyber Scouts' Censor Web

societyofrobots societyofrobots writes  |  more than 3 years ago

societyofrobots (1396043) writes "Since the military coup of 2006, Thailand's media freedoms have continually been downgraded. A growing tactic among the ruling elite is to accuse the political opposition of insulting the king, allowing for censorship and political imprisonment of those who dare speak out. In 2010, web censorship began to reach the scales of China and Iran. Now, Thailand has formed a group of volunteers called Cyber-Scouts to patrol the web looking for comments deemed to insult the monarchy. AFP also has a video."
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MechWarrior 4 bittorrent Infected with Trojan

societyofrobots societyofrobots writes  |  more than 4 years ago

societyofrobots (1396043) writes "Yesterday I saw on the MekTek site that users were reporting the MechWarrior 4 game was infected with a virus and causing 'data loss'. MekTek theorized it was a false alarm.

Today Norton AV started detecting various instances/names of this trojan in various locations on my laptop:
http://securityresponse.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2004-080910-5958-99

Scanning MW4Mercs.exe revealed the same trojan, verifying the bittorrent is in fact infected with a trojan. uTorrent detected over 7000 people downloading the game within the first 3 days, so thats quite a lot of infections . . ."
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Pittsburgh Will Tax Students

societyofrobots societyofrobots writes  |  more than 4 years ago

societyofrobots (1396043) writes ""Local government officials are in the process of approving an operating budget for fiscal year 2010. Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has proposed taxing college and professional students for the privilege of receiving an education in the city. The proposed tax will charge students in the city at a rate of 1% of their yearly tuition — which, at Carnegie Mellon, would mean roughly a $400 tax on most students. As the tax proposal hit local media outlets this week, the mayor repeatedly emphasized the burden that college students have placed on city services, and the need for students to pay their 'fair share.'""
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Google forces Gmail onto Youtube members

societyofrobots societyofrobots writes  |  more than 5 years ago

societyofrobots (1396043) writes "Following the forced software bundling strategy of Microsoft, Youtube now requires all members to own and use a Gmail account. Any member trying to sign in to Youtube will now be rejected until this linking is complete. No opt out option is available. Has evil slowly crept into Google?"
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Statistical Trends for Robotics Hobbyists

societyofrobots societyofrobots writes  |  more than 5 years ago

societyofrobots (1396043) writes "By data mining Google, YouTube, and my server data, it was possible to determine the otherwise unmeasurable market for robotics hobbyists. Various interesting trends were found about those who build robots: 90% use Windows, 4% use Linux, 4.5% use Mac; 17% are female; 53% for IE and 38% for Firefox; Google searches on robotics terms have dropped more than ~40% in four years. What was strange however is that last point . . . why are there fewer Google searches year on year concerning robotics related keywords? Is the field shrinking or is there something larger at work here?"
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Thailand blocks anti-royal websites

societyofrobots societyofrobots writes  |  more than 5 years ago

societyofrobots (1396043) writes ""The Thai government says it is planning to build an internet firewall to block websites deemed insulting to the country's hugely popular royal family." In the past, Thailand has blocked YouTube because of a video that criticized the King. While, locally served websites that criticize the king are forcefully taken down, this new law will attack external sites. More information can be found here: http://www.bangkokpost.com/291008_News/29Oct2008_news08.php"
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