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Brain Implants Get Brainier

some old guy 802.11b(rain) (49 comments)

I can't wait till some marketing douchebag discovers that medical implants can be "connected" to the so-called Internet of Things", ostensibly for "quality assurance" and patient safety purposes. Then bingo! we have targeted advertising delivered straight to the visual cortex.

Soon after, law enforcement will no doubt demand access to the data.

This can not end well.

yesterday
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Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

some old guy Muhammad in Turkey (226 comments)

Is that anything like Jebus on a bagel?

2 days ago
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White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

some old guy Here it comes (234 comments)

The Secret Serpents need X millions of dollars to provide a 100% effective defense against a $50 toy. Because terrorists!

2 days ago
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EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

some old guy Re:Now using TOR after WH threats to invade homes (281 comments)

How about the pigs do their fucking jobs and get some good old-fashioned probable cause, and not just assume every communication is a potential crime?

Fuck you, you fascist douchebag.

2 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

some old guy Re:If all goes well. . . (228 comments)

"I expect the future to be more like Brazil than like Star Trek."

You, sir, win teh internets for today!!

about a week ago
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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

some old guy Dramatized Outcome (246 comments)

Court: Dish, you've been bad.
Dish: Ouch! My wrist!
Dish equity holders: Thank you, Court. The check is in the mail.

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

some old guy Typical Bueaurocratic Blackmail (253 comments)

This is no more than an agency squeeze play for budget restoration. In other words, bull shit.

about a week ago
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Washington DC's Public Library Will Teach People How To Avoid the NSA

some old guy Good For Them (81 comments)

In addition to the obvious benefit of public education, it's nice to see a local government function giving El Federales the finger.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Says Drivers Must Not Have "Sex Disorders" To Get License

some old guy Re:Pathological stealing? (412 comments)

Yes, our free market capitalist system is much more advanced. The Wall Street cleptocracy already has chauffeurs.

about three weeks ago
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Better Learning Through Expensive Software? One Principal Thinks Not

some old guy Be a Good Parent (169 comments)

TFA is a dot on the trend line of parental and educational laziness, IMHO. Parents slough off responsibility for their kids' educations to schools of questionable quality. The schools in turn palm of their work to computers. It's sad, and the only effective remedy is parental re-involvement.

I knew the schools sucked when my son was reading 3 grade levels above his peers at age 6. Now he's a sophomore in High School, and further along (knowlege-wise) toward his BSEE than most e-school juniors because I take the time to not just nurture and encourage but actually teach him at whatever level he is ready for. He's 15, and has built his own Siemens S7 PLC lab project. His science classmates won't get Ohm's Law till next year. Pity them.

We can blab all day about how to fix teh skoolz, but when it comes to your own kids, give them your best. As a parent, you owe it to them. The schools aren't going to do it for you.

about three weeks ago
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How Laws Restricting Tech Actually Expose Us To Greater Harm

some old guy Re:Start with copyright (116 comments)

We had such rules once. I think we called them the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

They used to work pretty good, until we started allowing the will of the Military Industrial Complex and Wall Street to supplant the will of the people.

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they'd never end.

about a month ago
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'Citizenfour' Producers Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks

some old guy Bench Laughs (163 comments)

I wonder if the judge will be able utter the phrase "dismissed with prejudice" while laughing his robe off.

about a month ago
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Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

some old guy Re:convex lens (114 comments)

The gods themselves strive in vain to improve PowerPoint usage.

about a month ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

some old guy Sounds Nicer (719 comments)

Denier is certainly more polite than what they really are: idiots.

about a month ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

some old guy Re:Economists (688 comments)

+5 Insightful

about a month and a half ago

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NSA Monitoring WoW, Second Life

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

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 and a half 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  |  more than 2 years 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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