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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

turp182 Re:Why? Nobody uses NFC payments (174 comments)

With KitKat (Android 4.4 on a Nexus 5), you press the button to wake the phone, tap on the payment thing (starts Google Wallet, no interaction other than the tap), then enter a PIN number for Google Wallet (the user interaction/verification). There's another tap to verify the total and you are done. There is no scenario that doesn't require the PIN.

I wish my local grocery stores supported it.

yesterday
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

turp182 Re:Loose Lips Sinik Ships (246 comments)

Sort of sarcasm, but maybe the government should double down on the no-fly list to attempt to obtain evidence that it is effective.

First, they need to report the number of people denied the ability to travel due to the no-fly list.

Then, they need to start detaining and comprehensively searching anyone denied the ability to fly due to the no-fly list. This allows for the collection of ACTUAL evidence that the list is effective at stopping potential criminal activity on a flight. Anyone found with weapons or explosives should obviously be arrested, and that is the evidence.

Thus we would have statistics, how many people have been detained and how many have been arrested for weapons or explosives when trying to fly.

Of course it's all security theater, designed to both install fear in us and at the same time assuage that fear because the government is doing something about it.

For the record, my bag gets hand searched every time I fly. Having a container of baby powder will result in this every time - takes about 10 minutes to search my bag and then drug test my butt powder. And I always ask for a pat down rather than going through a machine. I've been temped to strip down to my underwear before (almost pulled the trigger on that idea when they were yelling at people to take their shoes and jackets off a few years ago). I hate flying these days (it was awesome fun in the late 1990s though).

3 days ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

turp182 Re:Executive Orders Need to Expire, and Quickly (180 comments)

Per your sig, which I love more than any other song to play on guitar (excepting Follow You Into the Dark, which my 4 year old daughter requests at bedtime, my son requests Jack and Diane...), we are all in a cage if there is an emperor. I thought, via Civics in high school, that we didn't have an emperor.

Apparently, I have been wrong in my assumptions.

4 days ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

turp182 Re:Executive Orders Need to Expire, and Quickly (180 comments)

So be it. I would take nothing over the Executive Orders. Congress passed the Patriot Act (terrible, terrible legislation), they would support some things.

No action is better than enforced action "requested" by a very small group (or a single person). Regardless of the implications (freedom an liberty before "risk" type stuff).

Checks and balances appear to be nothing more than bank notes and the ability to stand upright.

4 days ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

turp182 Executive Orders Need to Expire, and Quickly (180 comments)

This is crazy. It seems Executive Orders are non-legislation afforded the impact of law.

Executive Orders should expire after a couple of years, or when a Presidential inauguration occurs, whichever comes first. Continuation should require Congress to pass it as ACTUAL law. And changes outside of that period MUST be ACTUAL LAW!!!!!

WTF!?!?!?!?

Sorry for the caps, I RTFA and it pissed me off.

I would suggest Executive Orders be done away with completely, they are an "I am the King" method of ruling. Not leading, ruling, controlling.

4 days ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

turp182 Re:straight from the OMFG NO dept (362 comments)

Has to be budget. Seeing as most comments here said the earlier seasons were better (I haven't watched in a couple of years as well), ratings are probably dropping. And with that comes reductions in ad revenue. And with that comes cost reduction.

In fact, IMDB ratings of the show, have fallen from 7.5 to 6.5 over the course of the show (turn on the Series Trendline):
http://graphtv.kevinformatics....

Why all three? Who knows? But they each have a kick ass resume, that's for sure.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

turp182 Get one that Amazon Sells, not Fulfills (131 comments)

Amazon offers 30 day returns. If it fails fast they will take it back. Be wary of items they just fulfill, return policies vary (and Amazon has great service). Compare the manufacturers warranties, ask a question on the Amazon item pages.

Read the most recent reviews. I've seen several "different item/different serial #" issues with Dell batteries. Items presented can change over time, they are mutable.

Don't rush. You've been putting up with the performance you are seeing, you can take it another week or two.

Anyway, that's how I buy batteries...

about two weeks ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

turp182 Re:Ten frickin' dollars per month fo music? (71 comments)

The library is probably substantial, and that involves a lot of licensing expenses. Netflix is probably paying less for licensing, and offering a much more narrow selection.

about two weeks ago
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Software Combines Thousands of Online Images Into One That Represents Them All

turp182 Re:it works! (66 comments)

True douchebaggery doesn't start until the Audi A5 in my opinion. One should also consider BMW 5 or higher and anything Mercedes in the 500/600 classes.

about two weeks ago
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Software Combines Thousands of Online Images Into One That Represents Them All

turp182 Re:You'll be impressed (66 comments)

I was also going to point that out. Any graphics program can blur and image with very similar results.

I could see a benefit to this for pattern recognition, such as determining people's ancestral makeup or what breeds a particular dog is composed of.

The key would be well defined inputs. A large sample of each possible output value would be needed, along with details about a particular value. This would be the training (200 Labradors, 200 Beagles, etc.).

But the next step, testing/usage, requires different software (as far as I know), but their algorithms could probably be re-purposed for it. It would take the new input and compare it against a library of averaged specific samples, somehow determining a % match for each. Then it could provide an estimate of a multi-source makeup (mixed dogs, mixed humans, etc.).

Something of this nature, might be able to identify mixed genetics visually, or to help identify minute genetic differences in a given population (without a ton of tedious study/measurements). I'm thinking of the finches in the Galapagos Islands, that sort of thing. The "purity" of the inputs would be critical. Multiple angles would probably be necessary for animals.

Easy to see negative eugenics type uses (and I think useful applications would be of limited value, maybe).

about two weeks ago
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Switching Game Engines Halfway Through Development

turp182 Re:Reasons not to switch? One word: (127 comments)

Not applicable, Duke Nuken Forever is what happens if you swap out the game engine half a dozen times during development.

about two weeks ago
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Groundwork Laid For Superfast Broadband Over Copper

turp182 Re:regulations! (93 comments)

Verizon has a straight path to less regulation. Of course they are going to take it. Less regulation = less overhead, lower legal costs, lower operating costs, etc.

The solution, in this case, appears to be additional regulation, regardless of how the service is provided. Require them to provide a minimum of 14 days guaranteed service during a power outage, if the wire is intact, regardless of how service is provided (this would of course include VOIP modems in homes, a reasonably sized battery could handle up time, and the regulation should only be for "available" not covering excessive use). If the wire is cut then the wire is cut, no service.

Alarm companies have been providing better power outage time service via in-home batteries for years.

about two weeks ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

turp182 Re:Shall we play a game? (274 comments)

First Strike (I have it on Android) is pretty good as well. Fast paced once things get started.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

turp182 Re:Permissions (249 comments)

It would be nice to filter searches by permissions. I'm not sure if that is possible with Apple. Or Android.

about three weeks ago
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Hemp Fibers Make Better Supercapacitors Than Graphene

turp182 Re:suitable for home use? (178 comments)

Are the gel-cells you refer to also called "sealed lead acid" batteries? If so, then you are correct, they are maintenance free (and good for about 5 years if kept up properly and not overly discharged often).

about three weeks ago
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Soccer Talent Scouting Application Teams Up With Video Game Publisher

turp182 Gamification, and SECOND POST!!! (39 comments)

Want to gamify your job?

Shoot for performance gains and collect statistics. Maximize performance.

I’m on a small team, the Architect and Developer, that’s me (I can’t get a business card with a title of “Hand of the Architect”, damn it). We can only do small, specific projects.

Our most successful project involved moving Excel data to an AS400 and running programs to process it.

The Architect wanted stats. So I broke the process down into measurable steps (7 or 8) and logged everything in the application (Stopwatch is a favorite .Net class). I also timed users performing the terrible manual process (it was as if they were robots, performing rote action, over and over again).

80%+ improvement in process speed (being able to show this was awesome). Batch functionality freed up tons of time.

Collect stats when reworking processes. Prove it.

Same goes for football/soccer apparently

about three weeks ago
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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

turp182 Re:Amazon (165 comments)

I hope you have a wife and two kids (minimum on both fronts), because that reading list is NUCLEAR. For the most part.

about three weeks ago
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NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

turp182 Re:Punishes fans? (216 comments)

Fantastic statement, one a lawyer should take up (or a team, with different players in different positions).

If there is a single penny of public money supporting the league (stadium) via public debt or financing, then why the F*** should the public not be able to watch it publicly.

If there isn't, do as they please.

F***ing great point. I can't say it hard or long enough.

The clause should read as follows: Broadcasting rights can be limited only if there is no public money involved in financing the location or presentation of a game.

And I live in St. Louis, we suck. We partied like it was 1999 in January of 2000...

about three weeks ago

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NASA is Ending Most Activites With Russia Over Ukraine/Crimea

turp182 turp182 writes  |  about 5 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 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  |  about 8 months 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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