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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

tinkerghost Re: Who? (555 comments)

Wait wait what? The FBI investigating threats against a "commoner" is now reason for concern? Gosh, I'm sorry you feel it's so alarming that the FBI has decided to take a phone call from one of the little people.

They threatened to shoot up a school if one of their targets was allowed to speak at a conference. That's most likely the only reason the FBI gives a shit.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

tinkerghost Re:Who? (555 comments)

3. Victims of #gg, if any can be found.

I would say that people who've received death threats, rape threats, had their blogs vandalized, etc would count as victims. Given that a crapton of those threats were on twitter & posted in comments on blogs as well as e-mailed, the FBI isn't going to have a hard time showing they didn't come from the 'drama queens' looking for attention.

Have there been death threats - yes

Have there been threats of rape - yes

Have there been threats to shoot up a school - yes

To suggest that their are no "victims of #GG" is utterly inconsistent with known, provable facts.

about two weeks ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

tinkerghost Re:Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

GJ isn't a trial, it's an inquiry - under normal circumstances it's a witch hunt.

The DA goes in & says, this is the law, this is my evidence, does it meet the demands of the law. There is no defense attorney, there is no defense at all - just the DA questioning if he can get over the hurdle of sufficient evidence. That's why out of the 168K GJs over the last 5 years, there have only been 200 that returned no indictments. (~90 GJs were for police with ~85 cleared & 5 indicted)

about two weeks ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

tinkerghost Re:Maryland has murky laws on the subject (515 comments)

2 party consent only applies in areas where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy. in the middle of a public road doesn't qualify.

about two weeks ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

tinkerghost Re:I have a solution (515 comments)

Their immunity stems from the heft of their night-sticks, the nozzle of their pepper spray cans, and the barrel of their nines.

Their immunity stems from the lack of integrity on the part of the DA's office. If the DA's office held them accountable for the crimes they commit, their nightsticks, spray, & 9mm would be no more formidable than a common criminal's. The DA's won't prosecute & cops know it. Hence they have no incentive to follow the law.

about two weeks ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

tinkerghost Re:Pay with the pension fund! (515 comments)

A tough measure? Sure. By I don't expect it to work *because* it's tough. I expect it to work because any officer who erased someone else's personal data without a court order would lose his job and be ineligible to work as a cop anywhere else, ever again.

Won't work because the prosecutor won't enforce the law. Cleveland the cops clearly shot a person who was just turning around to see who was yelling. The DA started his "we didn't get an indictment" press conference with "It's important to remember there are no bad guys here". This is a DA that has previously spent hours ranting about tagging, prostitution, and homeless loitering.

about two weeks ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

tinkerghost Re:Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

Baltimore has lost/settled over $60M in cases involving filming cops in the last 2 years. "Qualified Immunity" has become "Immunity" and the officer's are not directly subject to any punishment - no docked pay, no criminal complaints, not a penny payed out, nothing. So why the hell should they change what they are doing - it works for them & when they get caught at it, the city pays.

about two weeks ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

tinkerghost Re:Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

I am leaning toward "bypass the grand jury for public servants" as a solution to ensure that not only is justice done

Won't help a tinkers damn if the prosecutor isn't going to actually prosecute. Do you think prosecutors fail to get a GJ indictment 98% of the time against cops because the system is rigged for cops or because they throw those cases? They can get a murder indictment on the sworn testimony of a meth head who admits to being higher than a kite at the time, but they can't with video evidence when it's a cop?

Look at the Brown case -

  1. the DA let the cop tell his story for 4 hours with no interruptions and made no attempt to challenge any of the discrepancies.
  2. The DA presented "the law" to the GJ before starting, telling them they had to view the evidence in relationship to it. At the end of presenting the prosecutions evidence, they 'corrected' themselves by essentially saying 'not really, but don't worry about it.' The law in question was thrown out 30 years earlier as promoting unconstitutionally excessive force.
  3. The DA is the president of a police organization that was helping fund Wilson's defense.

He threw the case deliberately because he couldn't be seen to do nothing and didn't want to take the case to trial. It's why he refused to step aside for a special prosecutor despite the state's AG recommendation - the special prosecutor would have done their job.

about two weeks ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

tinkerghost Re: Reduced revenues != lost profit (280 comments)

Oh, it will go back up. Probably once Russia has learned their lesson.

Actually it's the shale & oilsand reserves that are supposed to be pressured here. Both are much higher resource costs than traditional pump wells - they can turn a profit at $80/b and be subsidized @ $60 by traditional wells from the same company, but under $60/b things get very dicy.

about two weeks ago
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Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

tinkerghost But THAT's NOT HOW IT WORKS!!!! (204 comments)

See, managers don't manage things, they manage people. And as long as you can manage your people you will lead your business to success. It says so right there in every MBA book ever written.

about a month and a half ago
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Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

tinkerghost Re:Jealous? (138 comments)

They got cheaper gas they were entitled to. They didn't get a deal for cheaper gas. They essentially stole cheaper gas.

Um.. I do not think those words mean what you think they mean.

about a month and a half ago
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The Military's Latest Enemy: Climate Change

tinkerghost Re:They are going big into alternative energy (163 comments)

They already sent a directive in the budget that they are not to spend money preparing for global warming related issues. That includes things like loosing some of the atoll emergency landing strips in the far east, the failure of the south Florida fresh water supply. Coastal base issues etc.

about a month and a half ago
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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

tinkerghost Re:Prison time (275 comments)

Formally, a flash bang is a "stun grenade" and falls in the "less than lethal" category of offensive weapons.
Note it is not harmless, most people report significant temporary (1 year or less not 5-10 minutes ) or permanent hearing loss. If close to the detonation point, 2nd & 3rd degree burns are common. Vision problems (retinal damage, corneal burns, etc) are another frequent side effect.
These weapons are designed for high risk breaches, not raiding a house in the middle of the night to serve a search warrant after you've already arrested the suspect.

about 2 months ago
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Samsung Paid Microsoft $1 Billion Last Year In Android Royalties

tinkerghost Re:Nevertheless, Microsoft is doomed (93 comments)

You mean the patent to use the technology already baked into the web protocols - that was patented after the web protocols were written? that IP? "On a computer" is a magical phrase. If no one has patented it yet, it's fair game - everything on a computer is novel to the patent office. - I'll be very happy if the courts actually apply July's ruling on patent eligibility like they are supposed to, rather than just ignore it again.

about 3 months ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

tinkerghost Re:they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

Trade has existed long before mathematics were formally codified.

Not really. The whole 60 seconds to a minute & minutes to hours is because the Babalonians used a base 60 counting system for trade - that's pushing math in trade back 5K years to when they BUILT THE WHOLE NUMBER SYSTEM AROUND IT.

Individual barter goes back earlier, but pretty much as soon as you get into "Trade", you need math to handle it.

about 3 months ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

tinkerghost Re:they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

You are a little out of date, Odin was downgraded during the pantheonic reorganization. Unfortunately due to a clerical error the one true God is now a central park squirrel named Skippy.

Foamy - his name is Foamy the Squirel

about 3 months ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

tinkerghost Re:NT is best (190 comments)

3 times this year MS has bricked my system with updates. I run a stock install from HP - the only software on the PC is Firefox, LO, Steam, and ARC. All 3 times it's corrupted my system hive. The first time I ended up re-installing, the last 2 times I've just replaced the hive.

about 4 months ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

tinkerghost Re:LibreOffice (190 comments)

...the braindead HR manager...

Is there any other kind?

Actively malicious?

about 4 months ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

tinkerghost Re:Microsoft Products "Just Work" (579 comments)

but unfortunately when you go to do complicated things, you frequently find the Microsoft product has a feature to handle it and the open solution either doesn't or it is rather messy.

Can you provide some examples? I generally find that the OS versions of software conform to the guidelines of GUI design as well as MS products do. I also find that the error messages provided in OS software are usually more informative than Microsoft's.

about 4 months ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

tinkerghost Re:Document formats... (579 comments)

MS Office didn't read or write OOXML, and just after it was passed they said it never would. So if 2013 is working with it now - great. Just one thing - could they please explain the "asWord98" flags? As a full and complete standard, "do it like MS Word 98 would have" isn't exactly proper. In fact it's so incomplete that last time I used Word, it couldn't import documents from 2003 let alone 98.

about 4 months ago

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8X Spike in Asterisk Login Attempts in August

tinkerghost tinkerghost writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tinkerghost (944862) writes "Sometime this weekend, my Asterisk/mail server hit the disk limit on the /var directory. Why you ask? Because it turns out my Asterisk server has been logging about 4Gig worth of login attempts per week since late July. I had logrotate set to cycle the file out weekly and keep 4 weeks of logs. Since the log has been steady at about 500Mb/week for the last 2 years this has worked fine. Unfortunately, this new rush overwhelmed my disk space and locked out new voicemail & email messages. I've already re-configured logrotate to rotate on file size, but I'm wondering if any other SIP server users have been seeing a huge spike in their scripted login attempts."
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tinkerghost tinkerghost writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tinkerghost (944862) writes "Andrew Orlowski seems to have missed the point of net neutrality as most people in the tech industry use it. His latest blog gives the distinct impression that net neutrality forbids QoS packet shaping. It doesn't. Net neutrality, as used by most IT people, is about end to end neutrality, not packet shaping to benefit QoS for latency sensitive protocols.

QoS packet shaping was designed expressly for the purpose of reducing the latency of latency sensitive protocols at the expense of latency neutral ones. As such, it works well in the existing network neutral structure — VOIP and streaming media have reduced latency on congested networks, and http, bittorrent, and FTP transfers have a slight increase in latency that is imperceptible to the end user.

This is in sharp contrast to a non-network neutral structure — wherein your latency is not shaped based on the QoS requirements of your protocol, but on the fee paid by both you & the host on the other end. Since both the client & the server are currently paying their providers for the bandwidth they are using, I can only assume that latency fees in this new non-neutral network will have to be paid to each & every provider that the signal crosses in order to maintain your higher QoS rating — imagine the nightmare of trying to sort your bill at the end of the month & finding you owe 200+ telcos for QoS fees."
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tinkerghost tinkerghost writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tinkerghost (944862) writes "The Burning Man Festival is evidently a hot issue right now. CNN has a small article about one of the original promoters suing the other 2. He's trying to get the 'Burning Man' IP (Trademark & Logo) released to the public domain — I would thing that CC-Non-commercial might be a better way to go."
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tinkerghost tinkerghost writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tinkerghost (944862) writes "CNN has a quick run down on a study that reports that adolescents (13-17) who play FPS games show heightened emotional responses when compared to adolescents playing non violent games.
Can we just class that as Duh?
Have them get back to us when they have a long term study showing a lasting change, not just immediately following playing."

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