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Ars Reviews Skype Translator

turp182 Re:Subtitle Sunglasses (70 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.

2 days ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

turp182 Re:Enforcing pot laws is big business (468 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.

2 days ago
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An Algorithm To Prevent Twitter Hashtag Degeneration

turp182 My only comment on a Bennett Haselton article (162 comments)

Stop commenting. Want it to stop? Ignore it completely. I think an obligatory "first post" is fine, and maybe a "I'd like to subscribe your newsletter" (combine the two for uber-points), but that's it.

Leave it alone, don't feed the creature.

about two weeks ago
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Geminid Meteor Shower This Weekend

turp182 Better Link (24 comments)

Much more concise:
http://www.chiff.com/science/g...

And I do actually enjoy Medium articles, but in this case it was about specifics, I just want to watch.

about two weeks ago
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How the NSA Is Spying On Everyone: More Revelations

turp182 Re:Call a spade a spade (148 comments)

I was thinking more along these lines:

And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

turp182 Phineas and Ferb (584 comments)

For the record, my 4 year old son wants to be a pirate (of Jake and the Neverland Pirates ilk). And his twin sister does like princesses.

Not to promote TV, but check out Phineas and Ferb. Very science oriented and both my kids love it (as do my wife and I, Ferb TV was the best episode in my opinion). It's on Netflix streaming. It's a clever show, with some depth that parents can appreciate (how are the kids related?).

I have watched it without the kids...

about two weeks ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

turp182 Re:Standards (334 comments)

Fantastic link.

They have 2.36GB of data on me.

At least this is reassuring...

"It may take some time before it is ready to download. Don't worry, we'll email you when it's ready."

I'm not sure how to respond, as well as process the data load.

about 1 month ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

turp182 Re:Here we go again (496 comments)

I didn't look it up, but what does SJW refer to?

Is it:
Supreme Justified Warlord (North Korea?)
Single Jawa Warrior (lots of violence thus far, obvious points for the Star Wars reference)
Simple Java and Water (something nasty from Starbucks no doubt)
Satirical Japanese Wonton (because they are Chinese?)
Simple Jabbering Wording (I believe I'm close)
Satan Just Wins (I'm an atheist but I can appreciate this)
Sabbath Just Went (that's the 8th day no one ever talks about, stuck on religion)
Sabbatical Journey Wonderment (a satisfying time off work)

Seriously, WTF (With Thoughtful Formations of course).

about a month ago
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

turp182 Re:Booyah! (247 comments)

Wish I had mod points, the image of the wicker shopping basket is priceless (as is the small moon in the previous photo).

Anyway, I need to continue to review the evidence, and get some dinner ready for my kids (I know for a fact that they aren't fake).

about a month ago
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Amnesty International Releases Tool To Combat Government Spyware

turp182 Re:v1.1 (95 comments)

The NSA probably infected them with a new threat during that time period, and they had to update the target definitions to protect against it.

about a month ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

turp182 Sample letter for those that voted against it (445 comments)

Could you explain why you voted against the USA Freedom Act as well as why your vote isn’t in direct contradiction to your Oath of Office to uphold the Constitution of the United States, and in this case, the 4th Amendment to the Constitution?

I would also be interested in your views regarding when liberty should be sacrificed for security.

Do you believe that any of our actions in the Middle East or elsewhere have increased threat levels against the United States of America? If so, should we consider the consequences of such actions abroad in terms of having to diminish liberties at home to preserve security?

about a month ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

turp182 Where are the vote results? (445 comments)

Just wondering, I can't seem to find them.

I found this, but the last action mentioned was when it was introduced on 10/29/2013.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/...

Seems like the right link, I'm guessing it hasn't been updated.

about a month ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

turp182 Re:huh? (187 comments)

When I was a kid the eggs had embryos. Nothing ruins a pancake breakfast like cracking an egg that has gestated for a week, with a partially formed fetus coming out. Happened a couple of times (we had 30+ hens and a rooster).

I would make oatmeal instead at that point.

My dad still keeps chickens, but he doesn't have a rooster so this isn't an issue anymore. He doesn't butcher them any longer, he just collects the unfertilized eggs.

I loved raising chicks in the basement. I also enjoyed slaughter day, chickens actually do run pretty far with their heads removed (this was back in the early 1980s).

I like that I know where meat comes from, and what it looks like to produce it. Butchering a pig was the messiest thing I've ever seen in terms of blood, hanging it from the barn door opening to drain out. And there was a large black kettle to render lard, I got to help stir and skim.

Memories, and very fond ones. Shoot, I didn't have central heat until about the age of 13 (wood burning stove in the living room area).

about a month ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

turp182 Re:How do I refill it? (194 comments)

Fantastic reference. Best series ending song of all time. I need to listen to it now.

about a month ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

turp182 Re:huh? (187 comments)

Good question, do you eat eggs?

I love chilled chicken embryo with all of the embryo's nutrients for my benefit, fried or scrambled.

I also enjoy (and can tolerate) bovine mammary gland excretions with some milled and baked oats or corn (I'm a Kix kid).

Ethics isn't questioned in these examples, they are food. What's worse, aborting chickens for fried eggs or taking the nutrition that was intended for a baby cow?

I grew up raising a small number of cows and quite a few chickens for food. "Bessie" burgers will always be a fond memory. I played with her in the field, and then we butchered her and over a year, ate her. Circle of life.

As for pets, humans are really good at dog and cat reproduction, so we should also be good at handling over-population issues with such as well. Such is a civilized society.

about a month ago
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The New-ish Technologies That Will Alter Your Career

turp182 Re:Shilling for dice. (66 comments)

I'm waiting for the concepts to merge : Over on Dice, contributor Bennet Haselton writes....

about a month ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

turp182 Re:"Server Stack"? (525 comments)

The current Linux integration is around backend components, with UI being HTML 5 or some web approach. It's a lot easier to embrace the web approach than attempt to write native rich client ports (I'm a huge proponent of rich clients for internal applications).

And the integration is for the applications, not the development environment (Visual Studio is still Windows only).

about a month ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

turp182 Re:"Server Stack"? (525 comments)

At this time WPF isn't being ported. They are giving Xamarin a lot of press at the event, that's the current approach to mobile UI development at this time (I've been using Xamarin for over a year at this point for Android development).

They talked to this a while ago while taking Twitter questions, during the Halftime Show (go down and there's a jump link), it's about 15 minutes long.

Here's the link.
http://www.visualstudio.com/co...

about a month ago
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British Spies Are Free To Target Lawyers and Journalists

turp182 Re:They also need to spy on parliment. (184 comments)

Remember, remember, the 5th of November.

Oh wait, that was two days ago. Move along.

about a month and a half ago

Submissions

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Addressing the Bennett Haselton Situation

turp182 turp182 writes  |  about two weeks 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 2 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 9 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.""

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

turp182 turp182 writes  |  about a year 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."

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Analysis - Oklahoma, the Ten Commandments, and Satan

turp182 turp182 writes  |  about a year ago

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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