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Jack A. Kinzler, Savior of the Skylab Mission, Dies At 94

stimpleton But was he "the" Kinzler. (34 comments)

Jack was a top rate Kinzler. He will be sorely missed.

about a month ago
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GCHQ Intercepted Webcam Images of Millions of Yahoo Users

stimpleton Re:Chatroulette Failed (137 comments)

True, but some positives did arise from it. Long time Chatrouletter Rich "Tripod" Benson did find romance leading to marriage. Coincidentilly to an NSA'er.

about 2 months ago
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No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service — and No Google Glass, Either

stimpleton Analagous to a Good Hotel (845 comments)

A good hotelier conducts his/her business knowing that a percentage of the clients are there when they shouldn't be, and with who they shouldn't be.

While one could debate ethics, it is reasonable that the client expects privacy as part of the service.

Cameras at restaurants where clients are there when they shouldn't be, and with who they shouldn't be, blows the business out of the water.

Just one headline would be damaging.

I once saw a crowdsourced dance at a foodcourt that went viral. I saw a work collegue in it who was on holiday. All legit but there he was, at the right place at the other side of the world and at the right time.

about 5 months ago
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Homeland Security Stole Michael Arrington's Boat

stimpleton least of his worries (812 comments)

He'll get his boat back. More worryingly this was the third attempt at delivery. It broke down *twice* before and had to return to the manufacturer when attempts were made to deliver. A bigger entity really does not want him to have his boat! Boats breaking down is serious. You evade storms in a working boat.

about a year ago
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Judge Rules Defense Can Use Trayvon Martin Tweets

stimpleton A film before its time with Internet activity (848 comments)

Under Suspicion (released 2000) has a couple scenes well before its time, around how online activity can haunt you later.

I'll try not to give spoilers, but in one scene, they present Internet history and email logs.

Given the year, and admittedly my niavity about what was a mainstream technology that was only 5-6 years old(note mainstream), the scene was a wake up call for me.

It stood me in good stead when social media came along. Post like your are writing to the Editor and your real name will be published.

The film stars Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman. Two of my favorite actors to boot.

about a year ago
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Iran Reverse Engineers Cobra Attack Helicopter

stimpleton Cobra = English Longbow (532 comments)

Production of battlefield equipment is often not the bottleneck. Training a suitable number of troops is.

Just as in the 1300's and 1400's the English Longbow was a devastating weapon. However, they just couldn't keep up the skilled men to operate the 6 ft, upto 200lb draw strength required.

These helicopters are largely for moral.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Holding ISPs Accountable For Contracted DSL Bandwidth

stimpleton Here comes the ISP divide-and-rule response (345 comments)

"My '3mbps' fluctuates between about 2.7 during the day down to 0.1 or 0.2"

This is due to the 5% who are the high usage "terrorists".

Are you one of them? Or are you going to keep quiet?

about 2 years ago
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Judge Who Ordered Pirate Bay Censorship Found To Be Corrupt

stimpleton Corruption = punishment not promotion (104 comments)

Corrupt politicians and senior police officers really need to be seen to be charged and swung in a noose.

Certainly not promoted.

While an offense can seem minor, I really feel its tip of iceberg. This case should see a career limited or terminated. Lying on a witness stand or planting evidence should be death.

Politicians not being honest with money matters...should face death.

about 2 years ago
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US Asserts Super-Jurisdiction Over Dot-Com, Dot-Net, and Dot-Org Domains

stimpleton Re:America fuck yeah! (395 comments)

um, modded "Funny"? Hes not trying to being funny. He speaks passionately from his heart!

more than 2 years ago
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US Asserts Super-Jurisdiction Over Dot-Com, Dot-Net, and Dot-Org Domains

stimpleton Comapny disputes (395 comments)

Being an option, and knowing that big business can motivate US law enforcement to cross borders, samsung.com must now look like a viable target to be included in Apples next injunction attempt.

more than 2 years ago
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If WikiLeaks Suspect Manning Is Legally Guilty, What Punishment?

stimpleton Shindlers List (359 comments)

I regard Manning as a modern day Oskar_Schindler

Both have committed similar crimes (within the context of the authority of the day), yet on the other hand saw what they thought to be a great moral wrong, and dealt with it within their own personal means.

"A repentant opportunist saw the light and rebelled against the sadism and vile criminality all around him. "

more than 2 years ago
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Devs Worried Microsoft Will Dump .NET

stimpleton Summary gets somthing right. (440 comments)

The summary is not exagerating about some feeling on that forum.

One guy who lists developed .NET games and Silverlight in his sig rants(bleep outs as they appear in forum):

"Now they're not just f*****g Silverlight developers, they're f*****g WPF developers as well? The video is just another nail in the coffin for Silverlight. Only a complete f*****g idiot would start a new major project in Silverlight, WPF, or Winforms now. What are you people thinking, are you insane? Just so there's no confusion, when my text is edited, the *** stands for F - * - * - * - * - * - G Because we've just been F****D."

more than 2 years ago
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New Chrome Exploit Bypasses Sandbox, ASLR and DEP

stimpleton Re:Good thing... (150 comments)

7 sand *BOXXYS* ...fixed

more than 2 years ago
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TSA Investigates... People Who Complain About TSA

stimpleton Opposite in criminal investigations (379 comments)

Interesting. I know first hand that detective instruction and manuals state that one should focus on those in an investigation that are overly compliant when searching for suspects.

It is common sense anyway? When you cold call a neigborhood, those that have nothing to hide, invariably people are hostile to anything beyond "have you seen anyone suspicious out on the street."

"Where were you on x date?" and things go rapidly downhill. Normal people get upset and start making a fuss.

about 3 years ago
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Java Creator James Gosling Hired At Google

stimpleton He also calls Android a Dogs Breakfast (229 comments)

Ii gets worse. He finshes a question with "it feels like it's(Android) going to be more of a dog's breakfast.”

He seems an interesting guy, obviously brilliant, but his broad view arrows miss their target by a long way.

For example, in the same interview, he questions the free cost of Android. Its easy to assume the reasons, and this was shored up with the "Castle and moat" scenario put forward a few days back. It should have been obvious to him.

Gosling also says he "hopes not to be pulled into the fray". Google needs to be careful with this back room boy.

about 3 years ago
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Teen Cancels Party After 200,000 RSVP On Facebook

stimpleton Re:SlashFACEBOOKdot, the new look (191 comments)

sez the parent with the 8 digit /. ID

, by "lame", I presume you mean the standards of Slashdots "old days" - 2009.

Lawn...get off of.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Shows Off Radical New UI, Could Be Used In Windows 8

stimpleton How does this help my work day? (403 comments)

I bash out docs and code. How will this not make things worse.

From the video, all I could think of was a severe case of gorilla arm..

From wikipedia: "Designers of touch-menu systems failed to notice that humans are not designed to hold their arms in front of their faces making small motions. After more than a very few selections, the arm begins to feel sore, cramped, and oversized—the operator looks like a gorilla while using the touch screen "

more than 3 years ago
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Employer Demands Facebook Login From Job Applicants

stimpleton Welcome to my Facebook (434 comments)

2 years ago I thought about leaving my job, In preparation I created a facebook page using my real name, with two artificial friends. I posted several "updates" with pictures: "Standing in a small group" at my old university refectory, a photograph at a church bake sale(I am agnostic, but those grey hairs make a proper cake), and a few from my mountain climbing days. If I motivate myself to still leave, I will spend a half hour and make another update.

I refuse all friend requests. Even my spouses.

My Manager returned from a 5 day management course recently. One 1/2 hour lecture was on Social Media.

more than 3 years ago
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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy S II

stimpleton My Galaxy S (161 comments)

Galaxy S fag here

If I was even 90% happy with my Galaxy S I would upgrade to the S II. And there would be another sale for Samsung.
I am not going to over dramatize to say I am grossly disappointed with the phone and I lose sleep, I dont. But I have lost confidence that buying a Samsung Galaxy Ssuccessor is prudent.

The GPS problems, the update problems, the jitteriness just do not inspire confidence. I am cautious now. Thats spells bad news for me as a repeat customer for Samsung.. The one saving grace for the Galaxy S is the fantastic camera and video

The day a competitor comes out that matches the camera resolution, video frame rate, and picture quality, is the day my Galaxy S goes on Ebay.

more than 3 years ago
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White House Wants Phone Records Without Oversight

stimpleton Re:So they're taping my mom's calls? (302 comments)

You make an amusing point.

But when she joins that Night School for cake decorating and there is a Muslim woman on some watch list(for being Muslim probably), all around her may fall under a flag

As this Electrician leaving through a shared entrance way with a place frequented by a suspected terrorist can get you killed.

Who knows what vague algorithms will place us on some watch list as a person of interest.

more than 3 years ago

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