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Your High School Wants You To Install Snapchat

turp182 Re:i knew it was Bennett (156 comments)

What's wrong with inane? It's a great word.

about two weeks ago
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Your High School Wants You To Install Snapchat

turp182 Re:i knew it was Bennett (156 comments)

I tried submitting a long form submission about dealing with Bennet's crap. It started changing colors pretty fast but then disappeared. Here's what it said:

Submission:

I am sorry this is as long as a Bennett post, I strive to be both clear and concise (with one anecdote).

First, I have to assume Bennett is paid by Dice to write inane postings, and then automatically moved to the front page. I commented on his last submission yesterday: http://slashdot.org/comments.p... , and he even responded asking to be fed (the hidden comment, he likes cheese). He wants the attention.

He appears to basically be an attention whore. I don’t use whore in a derogatory way (for him maybe), but he seems to be on every street corner on Slashdot. In the past I’ve used a Vegas concierge to procure untoward services from a woman for a bachelor party and it was unassuming and not in your face (except in the room of course, thank goodness it didn’t descend into Very Bad Things).

Further, he’s done some respectable things, per his Wikipedia page, regarding First Amendment rights. But all of that is obviously in the past given his propensity to post to Slashdot (and get to the front page a lot, what’s up with that?). It feels like Slashdot is his day job.

I mean him no harm, I just wish that Slashdot was no longer his blog.

He is a scourge upon us, lowering the bar, I fear we may have to have James Cameron dive in his submersible to raise the bar again (South Park reference, great episode).

So how can we deal with this menace? Here are some recommended guidelines.

First, I would recommend many “first post” and “can I subscribe to your newsletter” responses to any Bennett front page article (maybe even “How would a Beowulf Cluster of Bennet handle this”). Do not comment on the submission, just unrelated posts. Post tons of them; thousands if possible (let’s break posting records people!). Let them have the page views, but show how much we care.

As well, when viewing Firehose, check the submitter, and try not to promote his postings.

I will point out that his Wikipedia page actually draws out his success posting to Slashdot:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...
Quote: Haselton is a frequent contributor to Slashdot, where he posts long-form essays rather than short text summaries of current events, a distinction from other contributors that frequently creates controversy.

Anyway, I would never suggest such things, but I would mention that his Wikipedia entry could be updated, maybe to add that his posts are universally loathed on Slashdot.

There seem to be forces at hand that are actively diminishing the quality of Slashdot. Can we do a “beta” smack down on an obviously corporate promoted Bennett? I think we can, and it can be fun!!!!

And big-ups to dnebing for creating a MoveOn.org petition against his postings, awesome:
http://petitions.moveon.org/si..."

about two weeks ago
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Your High School Wants You To Install Snapchat

turp182 LAST POST! (156 comments)

Please let it be. Seriously.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

turp182 Re:Free? (703 comments)

Regardless of the potential of extra time in school after community college, I think you actually nailed another issue which reinforces the community college approach.

You said: assuming you knew what you wanted to major in (which a lot of kids do not)

There is a ton of truth in this, at 18 many people do not have a particular direction in mind (other than partying).

So, why not test the waters in community college in an attempt to find that direction?

Changing your mind about your major can be very expensive (and time consuming in years) in the university world.

about two weeks ago
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Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser

turp182 Re:Enlighten me (159 comments)

Probably via China. Then China has a nice little puppet that has much better tools and capabilities than we would otherwise expect.

Just a guess though.

about two weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

turp182 Re:Why do I want to upgrade? (437 comments)

Yes, pretty much exactly like that...

Except my reasoning was more for people that wear glasses or contacts.
   

about three weeks ago
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White House Responds To Petition To Fire Aaron Swartz's Prosecutor

turp182 Re:As much as could be expected (189 comments)

They over-press with charges to guarantee a case is pleased out before trial (by reducing or removing charges for the plea).

It shouldn't happen of course, but it is very common.

about three weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

turp182 Re:Why do I want to upgrade? (437 comments)

Yeah, it pissed me off actually (because it was so nice). I was developing an alarm clock for Android at the time (I included "snooze decay", which would decrease the configurable snooze period by a minute per snooze - but Timely already has it..).

I was working on quite a few features I would still like to see such as:
1. As large as possible time displayed when an alarm is going off with high contrast (a lot of people don't have perfect vision, why do all alarm apps have the time displayed small and with little contrast). Think bright green time on black background.
1.a. The entire screen was the snooze button, just touch it to snooze, no sliding or finding a button required. After pressing a dismiss button would come up (and if ignored for 10 seconds this would go away, snoozing the alarm).
2. Flashing options. Screen: bright green on black, flash to black on white, repeat. Also flash the led. This makes the phone much easier to find.
3. Wake Me Up! feature: If the alarm goes off for a configurable period of time, switch to a tone that is much more annoying.
4. I added a "Maximum Snooze Time" in minutes, after which snooze would no longer work and the alarm would continue until it was dismissed.
5. Voice commands - I had it working so I could say "snooze" to the phone and it would do that (and follow up with "dismiss" to stop it).
6. Finally, with so many options, I added a Test button to the alarm configuration screen so you could see what the phone would do when the alarm went off...
7. Finally, part 2, I had three "basic" alarm profiles in case the user didn't want to go too deep into the settings.

I've always had a weird obsession with alarm clocks. Anyway, venting about what could have been...

about three weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

turp182 Re:Some experiences from Nexus 7 (437 comments)

When unlocked or with swipe only locking setup, you can get to the Settings via a single 2 finger down swipe and then selecting the Settings icon. Saves you a swipe.

about three weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

turp182 Re:Why do I want to upgrade? (437 comments)

A notification is a notification (they are all basically handled the same way). I just disable apps from sending notifications as needed (I want the lock screen notifications to match the notification bar). I wish I could swipe away the voicemail reminder though, I actually wish I didn't have voicemail...

Rovio (angry birds) had some apps that failed under ART, I know from experience, but they are fixed now.

about three weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

turp182 Re:Why do I want to upgrade? (437 comments)

Get Timely (for alarms, timers, and stopwatch), which Google purchased (I'm surprised it wasn't integrated into Lollipop).

Fantastically beautiful and with some awesome features. An example: All alarms fade in, but, when the phone is moved, the alarm quiets considerably so it is not blaring in my face when I go to hit the snooze button.

Integrates perfectly so I can use OK Google to set alarms and timers (when cooking).

about three weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

turp182 Re:Why do I want to upgrade? (437 comments)

I appreciate the notifications on the lock screen (I can delete email from the lock screen, I like that). Battery life seems a bit better.

While available previously via a manual option (in Kitkat, that's what my phone started with), the ART Ahead-Of-Time compilation does improve application performance, but it also means the OS update took about 2 hours to complete as it had to optimize everything app on the phone.

http://source.android.com/devi...

On the negative, Hangouts doesn't make it clear when an incoming message was sent to multiple parties. This was a problem before, and is probably due to SMS messaging standards (total guess, I've never investigated).

Otherwise it seems pretty seamless, my Nexus 5 (purchased independent of carrier, I use T-Mobile) picked it up automatically. Interestingly, my wife's phone (same model, carrier, and account) has not.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

turp182 Re:intolerance, and intolerance of intolerance (1350 comments)

I agree with everything you are saying, but you exposed the fact that you have a Shift key on you keyboard when you capitalized "ONLY" near the end.

At least you use the Enter key appropriately (avoiding the wall of words that classic literature can suffer from), and, when needed punctuation, such as commas, colons, and periods. I did notice the lack of any period at the end of a paragraph, but the line breaks were enough of a cue for me to handle the transitions.

Anyway, just giving you shit, your points are very valid and appreciated. It just took a little extra effort to read (lowercase "i" for example).

about three weeks ago
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Wireless Charging Standards Groups Agree To Merge

turp182 The names remind me of Monty Python (65 comments)

Off topic, but I believe comical enough given the name similarities of the organizations...

From Life of Brian:

Brian: Excuse me. Are you the Judean People's Front?

Reg: Fuck off! 'Judean People's Front'. We're the People's Front of Judea! 'Judean People's Front'.

Francis: Wankers.

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

turp182 Re:Obsession with 3-d gun printing (573 comments)

In Missouri it takes about 10 minutes. This is how it has worked for me at a specific gun shop: Pay first and fill out the Federal check form (5 minutes), and they call to perform the check (5 minutes). If you are flagged you loose 50% of your payment for trying to purchase (this happens once or twice a week). If you aren't flagged, you get your gun and good to go.

I haven't purchased one in a couple of years, but I've heard of nothing that would have changed the process.

about three weeks ago
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WSJ Refused To Publish Lawrence Krauss' Response To "Science Proves Religion"

turp182 Re:A Simple Retort (556 comments)

Thank you for this (but not for the tea I spit out while laughing):
Sounds like a bad acid trip, or a good rock concert.

Sounds very similar to the Iron Maiden concerts I went to back in the 1980s, at least once the "km"s are replaced by "m"s.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Says They Have VPNs In a 'Vulcan Death Grip'

turp182 Re:We should use the DMCA (234 comments)

True, but if the transmission is encrypted, wouldn't that be in violation of the DMCA?

If so the government owes a lot of people a ton of money (even for single offenses) if they are decrypting anything. There is implicit copyright to most everything we say/write (at least there is for anything of consequential complexity or value).

In fact, per Wikipedia: (The DMCA) It also criminalizes the act of circumventing an access control, whether or not there is actual infringement of copyright itself.

Encryption is an "access control".

Class action lawsuit anyone???

about a month ago
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Ars Reviews Skype Translator

turp182 Re:Subtitle Sunglasses (71 comments)

OK Google does translations, just say something like "OK Google, translate to Spanish, where is the library."

It then shows the translation on the screen while also speaking it through the speakers.

about a month ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

turp182 Re:Enforcing pot laws is big business (484 comments)

It would seem, if the other states don't want to lose the revenue from drug enforcement (which I believe is certainly true), that this increase in arrests and subsequent convictions/asset forfeiture would be welcomed.

about a month ago

Submissions

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Addressing the Bennett Haselton Situation

turp182 turp182 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

turp182 (1020263) writes "I am sorry this is as long as a Bennett post, I strive to be both clear and concise (with one anecdote).

First, I have to assume Bennett is paid by Dice to write inane postings, and then automatically moved to the front page. I commented on his last submission yesterday: http://slashdot.org/comments.p... , and he even responded asking to be fed (the hidden comment, he likes cheese). He wants the attention.

He appears to basically be an attention whore. I don’t use whore in a derogatory way (for him maybe), but he seems to be on every street corner on Slashdot. In the past I’ve used a Vegas concierge to procure untoward services from a woman for a bachelor party and it was unassuming and not in your face (except in the room of course, thank goodness it didn’t descend into Very Bad Things).

Further, he’s done some respectable things, per his Wikipedia page, regarding First Amendment rights. But all of that is obviously in the past given his propensity to post to Slashdot (and get to the front page a lot, what’s up with that?). It feels like Slashdot is his day job.

I mean him no harm, I just wish that Slashdot was no longer his blog.

He is a scourge upon us, lowering the bar, I fear we may have to have James Cameron dive in his submersible to raise the bar again (South Park reference, great episode).

So how can we deal with this menace? Here are some recommended guidelines.

First, I would recommend many “first post” and “can I subscribe to your newsletter” responses to any Bennett front page article (maybe even “How would a Beowulf Cluster of Bennet handle this”). Do not comment on the submission, just unrelated posts. Post tons of them; thousands if possible (let’s break posting records people!). Let them have the page views, but show how much we care.

As well, when viewing Firehose, check the submitter, and try not to promote his postings.

I will point out that his Wikipedia page actually draws out his success posting to Slashdot:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...
Quote: Haselton is a frequent contributor to Slashdot, where he posts long-form essays rather than short text summaries of current events, a distinction from other contributors that frequently creates controversy.

Anyway, I would never suggest such things, but I would mention that his Wikipedia entry could be updated, maybe to add that his posts are universally loathed on Slashdot.

There seem to be forces at hand that are actively diminishing the quality of Slashdot. Can we do a “beta” smack down on an obviously corporate promoted Bennett? I think we can, and it can be fun!!!!

And big-ups to dnebing for creating a MoveOn.org petition against his postings, awesome:
http://petitions.moveon.org/si..."
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Leaving Cable/Phone Behind – Provider/Device Options/Suggestions?

turp182 turp182 writes  |  about 3 months ago

turp182 (1020263) writes "I'd like to split with the cable and phone companies for TV, and possibly even internet. What are the options that are available for both service as well as content consumption? I've searched around a bit and haven't found very good information.

Obviously internet service is a geography specific question. For example, I live in St. Louis, MO, USA, serviced by AT&T (DSL) or Charter (cable). I’d like to go 100% streaming (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, HBO next year, etc.). I have one TV and a computer could be part of the solution. I’d like to integrate over-the-air (OTA) HD content with DVR functionality. I really couldn’t care less about sports.

Out of these requirements, and hopefully more generally, some questions arise:

1. Who are the major reselllers for internet access (I used to have a nice ADSL line with Speakeasy a long time ago)? Obviously, if none are available then local providers need to be compared on a per-case basis (I’m assuming satellite is out given data caps).
2. What’s the best device or software solution for unifying or at least easing the combination of streaming services and OTA content? Which solutions offer DVR for OTA content?
3. What solutions could provide content to multiple TVs and devices such as tablets (not for my )?
4. Is there anything interesting coming down the pipe to be aware of?"
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NASA is Ending Most Activites With Russia Over Ukraine/Crimea

turp182 turp182 writes  |  about 10 months ago

turp182 (1020263) writes "NASA is suspending much of its work with Russia in light of its actions in Ukraine but said it will continue to collaborate with Russia's space agency on International Space Station operations.

A statement sent out by NASA on Wednesday said the U.S. space agency was acting "given Russia's ongoing violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.""

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NSA Still Funded to Spy On US Phone Records,Vote Fails

turp182 turp182 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

turp182 (1020263) writes "The Amash Amendment (#100) to HR 2397 (DOD appropriations bill) failed to pass the House of Representatives (this link will change tomorrow, it is the current day activity of the House) at 6:54PM EST today, meaning it will not be added to the appropriations bill. The amendment would have specifically defunded the bulk collection of American phone records.

Roll call may not be available until tomorrow.

Subjective: Let freedom be reigned."

Journals

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Analysis - Oklahoma, the Ten Commandments, and Satan

turp182 turp182 writes  |  1 year,12 days

In 2012 a Ten Commandments monument was placed outside the Capitol building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Since then Temple of Satan has proposed another monument to complement the Ten Commandmentâ(TM)s one.

In response to the Satanists, some Oklahoma state Representatives have come forward to comment on the situation.

From the above linked CNN article:
* Oklahoma state Rep. Paul Wesselhoft told CNN that he doesn't think the Satanists' statue will be approved. âoeWhat will disqualify them has really nothing to do with Satan as such; it's that it has no historical significance for the state of Oklahoma,â he said.
* An Oklahoma lawmaker told CNN that the Satanists' message wouldn't fly in the Bible Belt state, where nearly two-thirds of the population is Christian. "Any monument displayed on state property should reflect the values of Oklahoma or memorialize those who built or defended our freedom," Rep. Bob Cleveland said Tuesday. "In my opinion, this Satanist monument does not meet with the values of Oklahomans."

In a roundabout way, they are positing that the State of Oklahoma adheres in some manner to the Ten Commandments.

What follows is a lightweight analysis of Oklahomaâ(TM)s consistency and adherence to the Ten Commandments.

First, letâ(TM)s decide which of the Ten Commandments should be reviewed.

Iâ(TM)m not concerned about honoring moms and dads, nor having to work on Sunday, or the name of the lord being taken in vain, or false images or other gods. These are minor Commandments in my opinion.

Letâ(TM)s focus on the big ones.

Commandment Fail - Thou shalt not kill

Oklahoma uses capital punishment to kill prisoners. They last did so, brining in the New Year, on January 9, 2014. They have killed 109 prisoners since 1976.

So Oklahoma fails at what I consider to be the most important Commandment on the list.

Multiple Commandment Fail - Thou shalt not steal; Thou shalt not covet your neighborâ(TM)s house; Thou shalt not covet your neighborâ(TM)s male servant, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighborâ(TM)s

Oklahoma is a big fan of âoecivil forfeitureâ (they are among the âoeworst abusers in the nationâ), and property can be taken without charges, much less a conviction, and then retained or sold for profit.

Thatâ(TM)s stealing, so another Commandment broken.

Commandment Fail - Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor

âoeBearing false witnessâ is effectively lying, and in the realm of State/Local officials and staff the key things to look for are corruption and a lack of transparency.

Oklahoma, as a State, ranks 38th out of 50 with regards to their Corruption Risk per the website StateIntegrity.org.

In 2010 The Daily Beast ranked Oklahoma 10th in their list of The Most Corrupt States, citing many cases of corruption, extortion, fraud, etc.

So we have another Commandment breached.

Conclusion

I see a minimum of Five Failed Commandments that Oklahoma doesnâ(TM)t live up to.

So, it appears Rep. Paul Wesselhoft was incorrect in citing the âoehistorical significanceâ for Oklahoma with regards to the Ten Commandments. Significance would mean compliance in this situation, and that certainly isnâ(TM)t the case.

Rep. Bob Cleveland stated that âoemonuments displayed on state property should reflect the values of Oklahomaâ. Given that statement alone it makes sense that the Ten Commandments should NOT be on display at the Capitol building.

Iâ(TM)m not sure what type of monument would truly reflect the âoehistorical significanceâ and the âoevaluesâ of Oklahoma, but it is pretty clear to me that the Ten Commandments is not an appropriate choice.

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