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Silk Road Shut Down, Founder Arrested, $3.6 Million Worth of Bitcoin Seized

tobiah Re:even more shocking (620 comments)

Clearly you have never purchased drugs on the internets..

about a year ago
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NSA Shares Intel On Americans With Israel

tobiah Voting is a waste of time (328 comments)

At least in the Federal elections. So is protesting. State nullification via the tenth ammendment is an effective response to Federal overreach. see "marijuana" and "national speed-limit"

1 year,7 days
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Name.com Resets All Passwords Following Security Breach

tobiah Re:As easy as 1-2-3 (35 comments)

this

about a year ago
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Machine Gun Fire From Military Helicopters Flying Over Downtown Miami

tobiah Re:Provoking (1130 comments)

Why would they do this without announcing it first or explaining it afterwords? What city official approved this? Can I get a license to do this too? (for training when I do this for reals over a foreign city, where it's totally ok and normal)

about a year and a half ago
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Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide

tobiah Re:suicide (589 comments)

heh

about a year and a half ago
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Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide

tobiah murder (589 comments)

Activists don't readily kill themselves, and are often hard to kill. There are absolutely no details out on Aaron Swartz's death (when where how) so I'll assume he was killed.

about a year and a half ago
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UK Students Protest Biometric Scanner Move

tobiah makes sense (196 comments)

can't expect them all to know how to sign their names.

about 2 years ago
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Washington Post To Go Paywall, Along With Buffett-Owned Local Papers

tobiah Paying for Propaganda (163 comments)

People will do it, but those in the know pay to know what the propaganda is.

about 2 years ago
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Washington Post To Go Paywall, Along With Buffett-Owned Local Papers

tobiah Re:real news? (163 comments)

yup

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Mathematical Fiction?

tobiah Non-Fiction (278 comments)

If we drop the fiction requirement but still avoid math proper, there are classics like...
"A Mathematicians Apology" by G.H. Hardy is The description of what it is to be a modern mathematician. Essential reading for the professional.
"Chaos: Making a New Science" by James Gleick popularized the field of chaos, now folded into analysis.
"The Fractal Geometry of Nature" by B. Mandelbrot is worth it for the images, and popularized fractal geometry.
"Godel, Escher, Bach" by D. Hofstadter has been mentioned above, but is an extraordinary exploration of logic and well-deserves its awards.
I consider "Where Mathematics Comes From" by G. Lakoff and R. Nunez to rank amoung these. It applies linguistic cognitive neuroscience methods to explore the neurological basis of mathematics.

For math proper, a couple favorites:
"The Heritage of Thales" by Anglin and Lambek is part history and part math textbook, presenting classic results from different periods of history in their context.
"A Wavelet Tour of signal processing" by Stephane Mallat is the best book on wavelets I've seen, clearly written and full of powerful ideas which may take centuries to unfold.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Seamonkey vs. Firefox — Any Takers?

tobiah Re:NCSA Mosaic (302 comments)

heh

about 2 years ago
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Libertarian Candidate Excluded From Debate For Refusing Corporate Donations

tobiah Re:Why? (627 comments)

Fantastic list, I'm filing it away for future use.

about 2 years ago
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Libertarian Candidate Excluded From Debate For Refusing Corporate Donations

tobiah Re:and? (627 comments)

nice

about 2 years ago

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Cow Snitches on Government Spying

tobiah tobiah writes  |  about a year ago

tobiah (308208) writes ""A New Jersey computer tech named “Puking Monkey” hacked his E-Z Pass and found out that they’re being read all over New York City. Monkey boy rigged his unit to a miniature cow that would “moo” every time that it was read. And what did he find? That the E-Z Pass is read all over the Big Apple, not just at toll-booths.""
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Apply for Edward Snowden's old job!

tobiah tobiah writes  |  about a year ago

tobiah (308208) writes "Like many of us here I expect your first reaction to Snowden's disclosure on the NSA was "Primo job opening!". And you were correct, Booz Allen Hamilton is now advertising for sys admin position in Hawaii with a $200k salary, all the perks. So polish up those resumés and join the team that watches everything!"
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#OpIsreal Aims to knock Isreal off the Intenet

tobiah tobiah writes  |  about a year and a half ago

tobiah (308208) writes "Anonymous and affiliate groups have launched a joint cyberattack on Isreali websites.

In a video message posted on YouTube, Anonymous said that on April 7, “elite cyber-squadrons from around the world have decided to unite in solidarity with the Palestinian people against Israel as one entity to disrupt and erase Israel from cyberspace.”

"

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Bacteria Found to be Common Snowflake Seed

tobiah tobiah writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tobiah writes "CBS is reporting on a new study published in Science (subscription required) finding that a significant percentage of snowflake cores are bacteria. The most commonly found bacteria was Pseudomonas syringae, which causes disease in some crops and for which there is an active effort to eradicate it. The study's first author, Brent C. Christner, is quoted suggesting that decreased rain and snowfall might be a negative side effect of this effort. But what I'd really like to know is what do bacterial snowflake look like?"
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