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ISS's 3-D Printer Creates Its First Object In Space

the simurgh it has to be said (69 comments)

ppppppppppiiiiirrrraaaaacccyyy iiiinnnnnn sssspppaaaccceee the MPPA/RIAA must be crapping their pants.

about three weeks ago
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Mt. Gox Questioned By Employees For At Least 2 Years Before Crisis

the simurgh Re:bitcoin (134 comments)

this is good since a lot of countries have laws prevent casinos and the like from dipping into the till. i wonder if us customers can sue and use these laws.

about 9 months ago
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Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

the simurgh my thoughts on conspiracy's (395 comments)

"Lesson number one: trust no one. The minute God crapped out the third caveman, a conspiracy was hatched against one of them. Welcome to earth, watch your back no one else will.

about 9 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

the simurgh Re:Change (742 comments)

we do not hate you Microsoft because of your anti trust case. we hate because you force us to use an operating system that has more security holes than swiss cheese has holes, you refuse to do anything except push down a patch that doesn't work because your too busy putting out a new operating system every other year. simply put you try to feed us horseshit and we don't like it.

about 10 months ago
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Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

the simurgh kentucky needs help (426 comments)

you can live in Kentucky like a god with 300,000 dollars. secondly as a resident and graduate of Kentucky schools i can tell you Kentucky educational requirements are a joke and funding is non existent or wasted. they think it's OK to have your kids in a 50 million dollar building be using textbooks from the 50's. they cut educational funding constantly while the congressmen keep raising their salaries and running off new companies with jobs we desperately need at the request of established players.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?

the simurgh WINDOWS 7 (408 comments)

it looks like vista. it runs better than vista. it's more secure than vista. and if your computer is able to run vista you should be a able to run windows 7. back up her data. tell her that you have to reinstall the operating system. install windows 7 instead. my mother hasn't noticed that i replaced her vista over a year ago despite the load up screen showing it's windows 7. the only thing she has noticed? her computer works better.

1 year,3 days
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How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business

the simurgh Re:How is this news? (617 comments)

would rather be executed than eat mcdonalds, now a hardee's spicy chicken sandwich is another story. refuse good enough and demand better

about a year ago
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Nook Failure, Lack of Foot Traffic Could Spell Doom For Barnes & Noble

the simurgh Re:WARNING!!! GOATSE!!! (330 comments)

all i get is an eagle shredding a book with a vulgar phrase. and the reason now one buys books is why should we pay 20 to thirty bucks for a physical copy when they charge way less than that for digital or for the same physical copy on amazon. my problem with barnes and nobel is if i have to buy a book for 45 from barnes and nobel and 27 on amazon since i already have to pay taxes on amazon purchases why not buy from amazon. you want people to buy your books instore? then price match amazon.

about a year and a half ago
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Nearly Every NYC Crime Involves Computers, Says Manhattan DA

the simurgh Re:Really? (108 comments)

out of control corporations are why we have such a corrupt government.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

the simurgh Re:Hey Guys (547 comments)

take out a rack or two of the oldest movies for a large table with a power station for people to plug in laptops. offer wifi for a nominal fee. focus more on new releases, gaming systems and game rentals. you could sell graphic novels or magazines god knows the teens around her clear out that card gaming rack pretty quick at the local rental place. I've always imagined a deal with the local pizza place could be beneficial, have a movie and your pizza order delivered to your house with one call.

more than 2 years ago
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Activision Blizzard Secretly Watermarking World of Warcraft Users

the simurgh Re:Other games? (272 comments)

i wonder how long till a lawsuit is filled because activision basically gave hackers all the info they needed to hack accounts and never told account holders not to post screengrabs because it contained account info.

more than 2 years ago
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Chaos Monkey Released Into the Wild

the simurgh Re:Missleading title (76 comments)

they just released the source to something that can be turned into a ddos tool in like 5 minutes? seriously?

more than 2 years ago
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California Considers DNA Privacy Law

the simurgh Re:Hard to Swallow (119 comments)

all we really need is a law saying that a person cannot sign away their genetic code and that a corporation cannot patent human genes. we need to punish big pharm not hospitals trying to determine whose the baby daddy.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Comic Books To Start My 3-Year-Old With?

the simurgh Re:Hmm. (372 comments)

kaboom studios is a kid friendly imprint of indipendant boom studios they are currently making the peanuts and adventure time comics. their darkwing duck, ducktales comics are loved by adults and kids. they also publish garfield, http://www.kaboom-studios.com/ ape entertainment currently publishes a diverse line of licensed comics which has a devoted flowing and is a great adaption of the source material. they are: richie rich casper the friendly ghost (both highly enjoyable adaptions), kung fu panda, shrek, megamind and strawberry shortcake. also check out thier super powered funny animals book go go gorilla and the jungle crew. http://ape-entertainment.com/ marvel comics formally had a line of kid friendly superheroes- including spider-man under the marvel adventures name, and while not part of the marvel adventures line per say the recent power pack comics fit right in. of course you can find these at the publishers websites or your local comic shops.

more than 2 years ago
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Dharun Ravi Trial: Hate Crime Or Stupidity?

the simurgh Re:Commercial (671 comments)

this is different the scenario you outlined 1: it does not have the person killing themselves because they release of the footage. 2: this crime implies that the footage is being sought\recorded\or released for hate or blackmail.

more than 2 years ago
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Dharun Ravi Trial: Hate Crime Or Stupidity?

the simurgh Re:Commercial (671 comments)

he had no business asking in the first place. someone Else's business is someone Else's business NOT YOURS.

more than 2 years ago
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Dharun Ravi Trial: Hate Crime Or Stupidity?

the simurgh Re:Commercial (671 comments)

he admits he set up the webcam to record his roommates sexual encounters to prove he was gay and then set out to tell everyone. he's a guilty of a hate crime as if i were him I'd be glad they didn't put a felony charge on there so they could get try and get him on the victim's suicide.

more than 2 years ago
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Google In Battle With Its Own Lawyers

the simurgh Re:Lesson of the day: (271 comments)

the profession by design calls for dubious morality and untrustworthy behavior thats why.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Acquires 222 More IBM Patents

the simurgh this is do no evil? (2 comments)

every day i picture google more and more like dr. evil from the austin powers powers.

more than 2 years ago
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Man uses scanned copy of his passport on iPad to e

the simurgh seriously border patrol?!?!? seriously?!? (1 comments)

i can't believe I'm asking this BUT WHAT THE FUDGE MAN?!?! they assault old ladies, the disabled and toddlers getting on planes but this is allowed?

more than 2 years ago

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Authorities Disrupt Utility services And Pose As Repairmen for Illegal search

the simurgh the simurgh writes  |  about a month and a half ago

the simurgh (1327825) writes "a federal case in Las Vegas now working its way through the court docket now hinges on the question can federal agents disrupt utility services and masquerade as repair technicians. do federal agents have a right to create a reason and to deceive the occupants to enter and covertly search the premises in hopes of finding evidence that might later justify a search warrant against the occupants?

The defendants in this case are not your everyday homeowners or even Americans. They are, in fact, Chinese gamblers who were staying in Las Vegas at Caesar's Palace earlier this year. almost as if a plot from a movie, being unable to obtain a search warrant, the FBI came up with a plan to gain entry to the suit by cutting off the utilities after a second plan was a foiled due to an uncooperative butler."

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Encryption Keys for Kim Dotcom's data Can't Be Given to FBI, court rules

the simurgh the simurgh writes  |  about 6 months ago

the simurgh (1327825) writes "as many who follow the Dotcom saga knows in 2012, New Zealand police seized encrypted computer drives belonging to Kim Dotcom, copies of which were illegally passed to the FBI. fast-forward to 2014, Dotcom wants access to the seized but encrypted content. A New Zealand judge has now ruled that even if the Megaupload founder supplies the passwords, the encryption keys cannot be forwarded to the FBI."
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High court rules dotcom have assts and money returned

the simurgh the simurgh writes  |  about 8 months ago

the simurgh (1327825) writes "The High Court in New Zealand today ruled that the police cannot keep possession of assets seized during the raid on his mansion 2012. this ruling means that barring a potential (most likely inevitable) appeal aside, Dotcom may soon be reunited with millions of dollars, his luxury car collection, multimillion dollar art collection, and other assets."
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lawmakers demanding obama fire clapper for lying

the simurgh the simurgh writes  |  about a year ago

the simurgh (1327825) writes "Lawmakers is urging President Obama to fire his intelligence chief for allegedly misleading Congress about the scope of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.

the letter, is signed by six House lawmakers. They include Republicans Darrell Issa of California, Paul Broun and Doug Collins of Georgia, Walter Jones of North Carolina, Ted Poe of Texas and Democrat Alan Grayson of Florida.

Lying to Congress is illegal. but, Ironically, Clapper himself could rely on the defense that he was misleading the public, rather than Congress. earlier this month the director of the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy, wrote that the Senate intelligence committee couldn’t have been misled by Clapper, because they already knew the truth."

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Nintendo defeats and assumes control of "troll's" patent portfolio after victory

the simurgh the simurgh writes  |  about a year ago

the simurgh (1327825) writes "Nintendo has acquired the entire patent portfolio of now-defunct IA Labs following its victory in court, the Japanese gaming giant has announced. Nintendo obtained the patents during a sheriff's sale in Montgomery County, Maryland on Tuesday.

IA Labs originally sued Nintendo for patent infringement in 2010, claiming the Mario maker's Wii controller and Wii Fit technology infringed on two separate IA Labs patents. Nintendo successfully defended itself as part of a court battle in 2012, also winning various fees related to the case.

IA Labs appealed the ruling, but an appellate court sided with Nintendo in June 2013. At this point, IA Labs was ordered to pay Nintendo additional fees, and when the company failed to do so, a sheriff's sale was commenced."

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Area 51 officially acknowledged, CIA admits it's behind infamous base

the simurgh the simurgh writes  |  about a year ago

the simurgh (1327825) writes "Area 51 has long been a topic for conspiracy theorists and paranormal enthusiasts, but recently released CIA documents officially acknowledge the site and suggest that the area served a far less remarkable purpose than many had supposed.
Area 51, about 125 miles northwest of Las Vegas, is synonymous with government secrecy, and many have theorized that it holds the answer to one of the greatest questions plaguing mankind: Are we really alone in the universe?
But the documents make no mention of alien autopsy rooms or spaceship parking lots.

The map and other documents were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by Jeffrey T. Richelson, a senior fellow at the National Security Archives, in 2005. oddly enough the map that was released in the CIA documents mirrors the one that appears after a simple Google Maps search for "Area 51.""

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Judge upholds verdict in ex-cheerleader libel case

the simurgh the simurgh writes  |  about a year ago

the simurgh (1327825) writes "A federal judge on Monday upheld a nearly half a million dollar verdict against the website thedirty.com, saying the operator of the site "played a significant role" in developing the content that libeled a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader.

U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman concluded that under the federal Communications Decency Act, the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based gossip website and its founder, Hooman Karamian, are not exempt from responsibility for what is posted. Passed in 1995 by Congress, the law was designed in part to provide immunity to website publishers from liability for content that comes from third parties.

In the 12-page ruling, the judge concluded that Karamian, went beyond simply allowing others to post and encouraged the comments."That is, a website owner who intentionally encourages illegal or actionable third-party postings to which he adds his own comments ratifying or adopting the posts become a 'creator' or 'developer' of that content and is not entitled to immunity," he wrote."

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Jailed Facebook teen finally getting a hearing

the simurgh the simurgh writes  |  about a year and a half ago

the simurgh (1327825) writes "A Texas teen who's been jailed more than four months for a Facebook comment he jokingly made during a video-game argument is finally getting a day in court that could let him go home. Justin Carter, who was 18 when he was arrested, will appear in Comal County (Texas) District Court on Tuesday, July 16, for a bond hearing, according to his lawyer. his lawyer will argue to have Carter's $500,000 bond, which his family cannot afford to cover, reduced.

his lawyer, who is working the case for free, met with Carter for the first time on Tuesday. He said Carter is not doing well, and his family says he has been placed on suicide watch. "Justin is in bad shape and has suffered quite a bit of abuse while in jail, We will likely bring out these issues at the bond hearing.""

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Bin Laden raid member to be WikiLeaks witness

the simurgh the simurgh writes  |  about a year and a half ago

the simurgh (1327825) writes "A military judge cleared the way Wednesday for a member of the team that raided Osama bin Laden's compound to testify at the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning charged in the WikiLeaks massive classified document leak.

Col. Denise Lind ruled for the prosecution during a court-martial pretrial hearing. Prosecutors say the witness, presumably a Navy SEAL, collected digital evidence showing that the al-Qaida leader requested and received from an associate some of the documents Manning has acknowledged leaking.

Defense attorneys had argued that proof of receipt wasn't relevant to whether Manning aided the enemy, the most serious charge he faces, punishable by life imprisonment. "The government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the intelligence is given to and received by the enemy," Lind said.

The judge disagreed.

surely, this is a setback to defense, of Pfc. Bradley Manning."

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Marvel Comics to supporthttp://slashdot.org/ SOPA

the simurgh the simurgh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

the simurgh (1327825) writes "SOPA, or the Stop Online Piracy Act, has been prominent in certain parts of the news of late. Introduced in the USA House Of Representatives back in October, it attempts to curb the actions of internet pirates by, it seems, curbing the actions of pretty much everyone. Or that’s what its critics would have you believe.

It would ban online adertising on sites deemed to be piracy distributors, get their listings deleted from search engines, even remove their DNS listings from servers so that users would be unable to visit the sites in question. And streaming copyright material could be punished by five years in jail.

A number of businesses have declared their support to the bill – sometimes to their detriment. GoDaddy walked back their support for this specific bill, after Wikipedia threatened to remove all their domain names from GoDaddy’s registration service.

Well, now it’s time for the internet to turn on Marvel. Who, along with their parent company Disney, have come out in support of this bill. They are the only specific comic book publisher to have done so, although they are joined by comic-publishing book publishers like Hachette, Macmillan, Harper Collins, Penguin and Random House, and by DC Entertainment’s parent company Time Warner."

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singer says RIAA should be run like NFL or NBA

the simurgh the simurgh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

the simurgh writes "It’s not often that we hear a former singer think that music should be run like the National Basketball Association or National Football league but for Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, he believes that the music industry should follow some of the aspects that the leagues have provided for younger athletes.

hey it's an interesting idea that would spur competition in the industry instead of this spirit of complacency. wonder how long it takes the industry to publicly denounce the idea"

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riaa lawyer complains DMCA doesnt strip people of

the simurgh the simurgh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

the simurgh writes "The DMCA is just not providing the kind of protection against online piracy that Congress intended, Pariser said at a conference here on Thursday. ..
The judge in Universal Music Group's copyright suit against Veoh as well as the judge in EMI vs. MP3tunes.com issued similar findings. The courts have now determined the burden of policing the Web for infringing materials is the content owner and not the service provider. ..
Content companies think it is unfair for them to be required to spend resources on scouring the Web when their pirated work helps service providers make money. What they complain about almost as much is that after they notify a service provider of an infringing song or movie clip and they're removed, new copies appear almost immediately.

basically they are complaining the the DMCA doesn't allow them to break the internet and strip people of thier rights for their own profit and they have to legally police their own content at their expense."

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Anneke Wills, Polly From Doctor Who, Fires Her Pub

the simurgh the simurgh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

the simurgh (1327825) writes "about to celebrate her seventieth birthday she still does Doctor Who shows and published projects. Such as her two volume autobiography, Self Portrait and Naked published by Hirst Publishing, run by Tim Hirst.

That’s published, as in past tense. On stage, Anneke made a series of allegations over unreceived messages, books being labelled out of print, and paid orders taken for a promised third volume that she never agreed to, that culminated in her firing her publisher on stage to the cheers of the audience.

Oh and someone filmed it."

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TSA agents, cops arrested for drug trafficking

the simurgh the simurgh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

the simurgh (1327825) writes "the scandal ridden and under fire quasi governmentl agency the TSA is getting futher into the fire as Three TSA agents and at least two police officers have been arrested, accused of being involved in a massive oxycodone trafficking operation between Connecticut, New York and Florida, according to the U.S. Department of Justice."
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Microsoft allowed to continue $8.5 Billion Skype

the simurgh the simurgh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

the simurgh (1327825) writes "microsft has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy the Internet phone service Skype, the Federal Trade Commission said in a website posting Friday.

Microsoft announced in May it was buying Skype for $8.5 billion, its biggest-ever acquisition, placing a rich bet on mobile and the Internet to try and best rivals such as Google Inc.

The approval was announced in a listing of deal approvals that comes out several times a week.
Microsoft's interest in the money-losing, but popular service highlights a need to gain new customers for its Windows and Office software."

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senate oks felony streaming act.

the simurgh the simurgh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

the simurgh (1327825) writes "Three weeks after signing off on the PROTECT IP Act, the Senate Judiciary Committee today approved the Commercial Felony Streaming Act, which classifies illegal online streaming of copyrighted content a felony. The bill essentially cleans up the language to make illegal streaming the same level of crime as illegal peer-to-peer downloading, which is already a felony. The move was praised by the Hollywood creative community, which is backing the tougher law. "The illegal streaming of motion pictures and television programming is as financially devastating for our industry as is illegal downloading," said Jean Prewitt, president and CEO of the IFTA, which is part of an industry coalition that includes the MPAA and NATO."
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TV networks still clueless on Web strategy

the simurgh the simurgh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

the simurgh writes "Why are the nation's largest TV networks teasing viewers? In what might be their dumbest move yet, Walt Disney's (NYSE: DIS) ABC and CBS(NYSE: CBS) are among those giving limited access to some episodes of their most popular shows but mostly through their own websites.

By contrast, Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube have built-in search and tagging systems that make it simple to find related content. They help us discover and try new shows. They get us hooked, to the point where we'll set up our DVR just to find the next live episode.

But don't tell this to CBS, ABC, and the other networks. They aren't interested in the free advertising. All they want is to sell. Embrace streaming before it's too late, Tinseltown."

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TV networks still clueless on Web strategy

the simurgh the simurgh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

the simurgh (1327825) writes "Why are the nation's largest TV networks teasing viewers? In what might be their dumbest move yet, Walt Disney's (NYSE: DIS) ABC and CBS(NYSE: CBS) are among those giving limited access to some episodes of their most popular shows — but mostly through their own websites.

By contrast, Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube have built-in search and tagging systems that make it simple to find related content. They help us discover and try new shows. They get us hooked, to the point where we'll set up our DVR just to find the next live episode.

But don't tell this to CBS, ABC, and the other networks. They aren't interested in the free advertising. All they want is to sell. Embrace streaming before it's too late, Tinseltown."

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US goes on offense against "digital piracy"

the simurgh the simurgh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

the simurgh writes "The crackdown – dubbed “Operation In Our Sites" has gone mainstream and pulling a page from the largest pr firms in the world has already got the media spinning the already questionable actions of ICE as a good thing. when will the us government focus on fixing the problems of our society and stop acting as the private police force of the idiots who refuse to their business strategy. what ever happened to the laws that seperated governement and business?"
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attorney general wants redo on police-entry ruling

the simurgh the simurgh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

the simurgh writes "Indiana's attorney general says he supports asking the state Supreme Court to revisit its recent ruling that found people don't have the right to resist police officers who enter their homes illegally.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Friday that a rehearing in the case would “allow for a more narrow ruling that would continue to recognize the individual right of reasonable resistance to unlawful entry.”"

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