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Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

some old guy Re:EFF (139 comments)

Yup. Everyone else who agrees should to.

4 days ago
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Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

some old guy Re:Isn't this a good thing? (170 comments)

Wow, talk about nailing it from back court! Game, set, and match.

about a week ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

some old guy Re:foolproof (243 comments)

True, but it would make "first post" a lovely double entendre.

about a week ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

some old guy I see endless possibilities here (151 comments)

The potential for a whole new genre of Scotsman jokes is giving comedians everywhere goose bumps.

about a week ago
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IBM To Invest $3 Billion For Semiconductor Research

some old guy Next Up: (68 comments)

"IBM petitions Congress for increased H1B quota to support semiconductor research."

about two weeks ago
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How Japan Lost Track of 640kg of Plutonium

some old guy Re:Misreporting (104 comments)

Somebody please mod AC +Informative. One of the few comments that seem to be informed about reactor physics, and not just conjecture from amateurs.

about two weeks ago
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Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

some old guy Re:It's just a mater of time... (150 comments)

Depends on whether you're referring to government surveillance or private surveillance.

In a world where government can freely and unaccountably coerce the private, they are the same damn thing. What Facebook knows, the TLA's know.

about two weeks ago
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30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

some old guy Justified Caution (191 comments)

Out of the maligned 30%, I'd like to see a breakdown separating the merely technology-challenged versus people who have seen enough stories about identity theft, .gov surveillance, stalking, and all the other downsides to the net and just said, "Fuck it, it ain't worth it." There is, believe it or not, a sub-group of ex-internet users who are by no means Luddites. They simply just say "No!" to all the crapvertising, crime, and wasted time.

about three weeks ago
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Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

some old guy Re:The world... (236 comments)

Here's a news flash: Engineers with actual jobs couldn't care less about quanta. In our world, P.I.D. calculations and control loops are based on the actual phenomena being controlled, said phenomena being analogue in behavior.

If you want to have a mainframe grinding out the quantum equations for a functional room thermostat in near real time, that's your business. For the rest of us in the real world, there's analogue engineering.

about a month ago
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US Pushing Local Police To Keep Quiet On Cell-Phone Surveillance Technology

some old guy Re:Oh my ... (253 comments)

Bingo! ding ding ding Lucky winner! You nailed it right on the head.

about a month ago
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Recommendations For Classic Superhero Comic Collections?

some old guy Herbie (165 comments)

Nerd hero non pareil. Fear the lollipop.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches

some old guy Justin Bieber (190 comments)

He must be the non plus ultra of evolutionary progress, since never has there been a face so in need of being punched.

about a month and a half ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

some old guy Re: Useful Idiot or Russian Agent (346 comments)

"Among other things, Snowden signed an oath, as a condition of his employment as an NSA contractor, not to disclose classified information, and knew the penalties for violating the oath."

The entire Wehrmacht swore an oath too. Breaking a pact with evil is no evil. I suppose you think Colonel von Stauffenburg was a traitor as well?

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Confirms Disconnecting Kinect Gives Devs 10% More GPU Horsepower

some old guy Re:XBox Controller...what? (174 comments)

Fuck off and die.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Confirms Disconnecting Kinect Gives Devs 10% More GPU Horsepower

some old guy Re:XBox Controller...what? (174 comments)

The mapper is for custom settings. I have my own layout of movement and menu functions that let me play away with my left thumb on a 360 pad with right hand totally free (like reaching for beer). The controller configs I've seen from native out-of-the-box support are generally still stuck in the X-wing joystick era.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Confirms Disconnecting Kinect Gives Devs 10% More GPU Horsepower

some old guy XBox Controller...what? (174 comments)

| "Windows gamers can now use the Xbox One controller to play games on their computer. If a game supports a USB gamepad or the Xbox 360 controller, it will also support the Xbox One controller."

Patently stupid. Any Windows game can be played with almost any controller using a key mapper (I personally use XPadder).

about a month and a half ago
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Protecting Our Brains From Datamining

some old guy Re:Ridiculous (100 comments)

You are quite right, and I wish I had mod points. As I was reading your post, the mention of doctors' protocols sent off alarm bells.

Without going too far off into Big Brother Paranoia Land, I wonder exactly how confidential this sort of ostensibly private diagnostic data is. Is data protected by professional protocols and HIPPAA somehow immune to MITW packet data-mining by Google, NSA, et al?

about a month and a half ago

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NSA Monitoring WoW, Second Life

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about 7 months ago

some old guy (674482) writes "It appears that in-game chat and game mail in Warcraft, Second Life, and probably other MMO's are fair game for our gallant protectors at the good old NSA. Obviously terrorists have plenty of spare time for grinding, raiding, and crafting.

Or maybe, with their tender little feelings hut not, the spooks are looking for that competitive edge in their own gaming experience. Can you imagine the hacks and dupes these guys could pull? And here we've been blaming Korean bot guilds all this time!"

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Clapper to Review Spying and Privacy

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about a year ago

some old guy (674482) writes "In a perfect twist of Washington irony, Director of National Intelligence Chief James Clapper has been named by President Obama to head the post-Snowden review of privacy issues in intelligence gathering. From the article:

"Director of National Intelligence James Clapper will head a review group designed to assess the nation's intelligence gathering and surveillance capabilities, raising questions about whether a board led by a top government official will be as independent as he promised.

Obama announced the creation of an "independent group" of "outside experts" to review privacy issues raised by the nation's surveillance programs during a Friday press conference. "We’re forming a high-level group of outside experts to review our entire intelligence and communications technologies," he said, adding that the group would "consider how we can maintain the trust of the people, how we can make sure that there absolutely is no abuse in terms of how these surveillance technologies are used.""

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NSA Can't Parse It's Own Email?

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about a year ago

some old guy (674482) writes "According to NSA's response a routine FOIA request made by a Huffington Post reporter, the agency "don't have the technology" to search a mere 30,000 employee accounts, when it claims to sniff millions of emails a day in pursuit of whatever it is they're pursuing. Either the NSA's capabilities are vastly over-rated, or they're just plain lying again."
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NYT Looks at FISA: Everybody is a potential "Target"

some old guy some old guy writes  |  1 year,13 days

some old guy (674482) writes "This NYT analysis looks into the recent attention given to the FISA court, particularly at its broad interpretations of Congress' intent and what constitutes "foreign intelligence". Particularly disturbing is how only the government is allowed to present it's side of the story in filings. We're all being subjected to a court where we have no standing to defend or assert our side of any case."
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NSA Cozier with Big Data than Snowden Revealed

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about a year ago

some old guy (674482) writes "Bloomberg, not exactly a radical publication, is running an informative article that summarizes a lot of what we've long suspected about the US Government's cozy relationship with tech companies. Some of the statements from corporate officers are as full of doublespeak as the latest official commentary."
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Big E, first nuclear aircraft carrier retires after 51 years.

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about a year and a half ago

some old guy writes "NORFOLK, Va. — The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was retired from active service on Saturday, temporarily reducing the number of carriers in the U.S. fleet to 10 until 2015.

The USS Enterprise ended its notable 51-year career during a ceremony at its home port at Naval Station Norfolk, where thousands of former crew members, ship builders and their families lined a pier to bid farewell to one of the most decorated ships in the Navy.

"It'll be a special memory. The tour yesterday was a highlight of the last 20 years of my life. I've missed the Enterprise since every day I walked off of it," said Kirk McDonnell, a former interior communications electrician aboard the ship from 1983 to 1987 who now lives in Highmore, S.D.

The Enterprise was the largest ship in the world at the time it was built, earning the nickname "Big E." It didn't have to carry conventional fuel tanks for propulsion, allowing it to carry twice as much aircraft fuel and ordnance than conventional carriers at the time. Using nuclear reactors also allowed the ship to set speed records and stay out to sea during a deployment without ever having to refuel, one of the times ships are most vulnerable to attack.

"Nuclear propulsion changed everything," said Adm. John Richardson, director of Naval Reactors.

Every other aircraft carrier in the U.S. fleet is now nuclear powered, although they only have two nuclear reactors each compared to the Enterprise's eight. The Enterprise was the only carrier of its class ever built.

It was only designed to last 25 years, but underwent a series of upgrades to extend its life, making it the oldest active combat vessel in the fleet

The ship served in every major conflict since participating in a blockade during the Cuban Missile Crisis, helping earn its motto of "We are Legend.""

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