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Researcher Spots a Drug Buy In Bitcoin's Blockchain

vvaduva Re:New addresses (78 comments)

You are mitigating risk, you are not eliminating it. You can go to the absurd extreme or do less, like running your wallet through TOR for example. The idea here is to minimize your exposure...but the very act of using Bitcoin is risky, so you have to make choices based on risk factors.

1 year,11 days
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Researcher Spots a Drug Buy In Bitcoin's Blockchain

vvaduva New addresses (78 comments)

Just generate a new address whenever you buy illegal things if that's what you are into, or have several wallets that you rotate between to perform your transactions. If you reuse an address over and over again, of course you can be tracked. The safety factor is directly proportional with your ability to understand how this works and how you can be tracked

1 year,11 days
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Eric Schmidt: Regulate Civilian Drones Now

vvaduva In other words... (420 comments)

...how would anyone feel if some corporation indexes every words that comes out of your fingers, searches your emails to serve you ads and even turn them to government when they ask for it, and uses cars equipped with cameras to drive around and take pictures of your house?? What the hell? Regulate this shit...NOW!

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Enterprise Bitcoin Mining For Go-Green Initiatives?

vvaduva Power off (312 comments)

You are better off powering off all the unused machines at night and saving your company quite a bit of money.

about a year and a half ago
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Video Game Industry Starting To Feel Heat On Gun Massacres

vvaduva Smart cop? (1006 comments)

I think I have a problem with a cop's ability to judge the quality of research as "PhD quality."

about a year and a half ago
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As Fish Stocks Collapse, Overpopulated Lobsters Resort to Cannibalism

vvaduva Circle of life (231 comments)

Why is this bad? It sounds to me like the population will control itself and there is built in limitations to the growth rate...who gives a shit what a little lobster does? They don't feel anything anyways!

about 2 years ago
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Climate Change Could Drive Coffee To Extinction By 2080

vvaduva Re:Unlikely (345 comments)

Exactly...this has been happening for million of years on this planet. When one area becomes unsuitable, another area becomes perfect. Adapt or die...

about 2 years ago
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BOLD Plan To Find Mars Life On the Cheap

vvaduva Which life? (61 comments)

All these plans to "find life" on Mars will inevitably result in humans putting life on Mars...which we will find later. How much "contaminants" do we put on a planet's surface before we realize that something will eventually slip through the cracks?

more than 2 years ago
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Interpreting the Constitution In the Digital Era

vvaduva Interpret (144 comments)

The fact that it's subject to interpretation is in itself showing how ridiculous the whole argument is. It's a piece of paper...it will mean whatever the government employees, judges and cops want it to mean.

more than 2 years ago
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Helping the FBI Track You

vvaduva Re:Go ahead, take advice from a guy (193 comments)

Yeah - agreed. This is the argument the police use to justify warrantless searches: "If you are not doing anything wrong, what do you have to hide?" The point is not what I have to hide...the point is that I own myself, that I have an actual constitutional right to not be searched and tracked without a warrant, and just because your douche-bag policy attitude gets offended when I exercise these rights, it doesn't make them less real.

more than 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

vvaduva Re:In other words, we should give up. (2247 comments)

Agreed...I was just being sarcastic :) My kids are the most talkative and interactive kids I know. Like I said...kick ass.

more than 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

vvaduva Re:In other words, we should give up. (2247 comments)

Bad analogy. Just because the Internet was created by Government, it doesn't mean the economic need was not there to develop faster, better and more efficient means of communication. The Internet was built on the work of people like Bell and others who created the early telegraph and telephone systems. All private individuals motivated by personal and economic reasons. If the State did not do it, someone else would have...it's the nature of human achievement. The only difference between the two is this: The State does it with money they steal from me; the individuals do it with their own funds, which allows them to manage risk and expense much more effectively, introducing efficiencies that you will never find in government research labs.

more than 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

vvaduva Re:That's right (2247 comments)

The P word....you must be a Rush Limbaugh dittohead.

more than 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

vvaduva Re:In other words, we should give up. (2247 comments)

Are you talking about the private ownership of land or about how mountains look from the distance? I imagine if a private entity would buy Yellowstone, the pictures you'd take from the side of the road would look identical.

more than 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

vvaduva Re:In other words, we should give up. (2247 comments)

I homeschool - my kids kick ass and I don't need your fucking State education. Roads have always started private...look at the turnpikes development early last century. There are plenty of private parks all over this country and they are better maintain with lower funds. Energy and geo research will be fine if the government gets the hell out of it and starts leaving people alone to discover the economic incentives. If the economic incentives are not there, then tough shit. I guess the rocks will have to wait to be discovered by some government bureaucrats that gets paid with theft money..

more than 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

vvaduva Re:In other words, we should give up. (2247 comments)

Yes...because only the almighty government can do these things...

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Recover Black Death RNA From Exhumed Victims

vvaduva Bacteria (105 comments)

It was a bacteria not virus that caused it...

more than 2 years ago
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US Intelligence Mining Your Social Network Data

vvaduva Bomb (240 comments)

So now I am not allowed to say "bomb" online? Bomb bomb bomb...bomb bomb bomb bomb!!

more than 2 years ago
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The NSA Wants Its Own Smartphone

vvaduva Secure spying (172 comments)

There has to be a way for the Patriot Act spying to go mobile...you can't just have people spying on Americans from a cubicle somewhere when they can do it from the privacy of their own government-owned car...

more than 2 years ago

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State Threatens to Shut Down Nutrition Blogger

vvaduva vvaduva writes  |  more than 2 years ago

vvaduva (859950) writes "The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition is threatening to send a blogger to jail for recounting publicly his battle against diabetes and encouraging others to follow his lifestyle... the state diatetics and nutrition board decided Cooksey’s blog — Diabetes-Warrior.net — violated state law. The nutritional advice Cooksey provides on the site amounts to “practicing nutrition,” the board’s director says, and in North Carolina that’s something you need a license to do. More at: http://www.carolinajournal.com"
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AIG bailout documents leaked

vvaduva vvaduva writes  |  more than 4 years ago

vvaduva (859950) writes "The previously top-secret Schedule A has been released and is attached. We are currently going through the data, focusing on prices, ratings, LTVs and other taxpayer critical data. Stephen Friedman saying, as we type, that revealing Schedule A will injure the taxpayer interest, as when the Fed will try to sell these CUSIPs, sophisticated buyers will have an advantage. Of course, we note, these sophisticated buyers will exist only because this list was offloaded to the taxpayers in the first place."
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Testing network changes when no test labs exist

vvaduva vvaduva writes  |  more than 4 years ago

vvaduva (859950) writes "The ugly truth is that many network guys secretly work on production equipment all the time, or test things on production networks when they face impossible deadlines. Management often expects us to get a job done but refuse to provide funds for expensive lab equipment, test circuits and for reasonable time to get testing done before moving equipment or configs into production. How do most of you handle such situations, and what recommendation do you have for creating a network test lab on the cheap, especially when core network devices are vendor-centric, like Cisco?"
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Congressman wants critic blogger sent to jail

vvaduva vvaduva writes  |  more than 4 years ago

vvaduva (859950) writes "Florida Rep. Alan Grayson wants to see one of his critics go directly to jail, all over her use of the word "my" on her blog. In a four-page letter sent to Holder, Grayson accuses Langley of lying to federal elections and requests that she be fined and imprisoned for five years. Her lie, according to Grayson, is that she claims to be one of his constituents. Langley, Grayson says, is misrepresenting herself by using the term "my" in the Web site's name."
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90% of 200 Students Fail Basic Algebra Problems

vvaduva vvaduva writes  |  more than 4 years ago

vvaduva (859950) writes "Basic algebra involving fractions and decimals stumped a group of City University of New York freshmen — suggesting city schools aren't preparing them, a CUNY report shows. During their first math class at one of CUNY's four-year colleges, 90% of 200 students tested couldn't solve a simple algebra problem, the report by the CUNY Council of Math Chairs found. Only a third could convert a fraction into a decimal."
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Osama Bin Lego?

vvaduva vvaduva writes  |  more than 5 years ago

vvaduva writes "Several major newspapers and TV news outlets are now raising hell over the creation of the BrickArms Mr. White minifig: 'The controversial miniature figure, created by Seattle-based Will Chapman as part of his BrickArms military fighters line, is a bearded militant with a face-covering hood, a tiny toy assault rifle, a little grenade launcher and plastic bombs that can be attached to an explosives belt.' What are /. ers opinions on this topic? Is this just another media freakout, or the free market operating as it should?"
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CheckFree hijacked by crime gang

vvaduva vvaduva writes  |  more than 5 years ago

vvaduva writes "Today CheckFree lost control of several domains which were dispensing invalid SSL certs from a single IP address: "Security experts say the 91.203.92.63 IP address has long served as a conduit for online crime. Spamhaus offers this laundry list of alleged dirty deeds that includes running botnet command channels and various drive-by download sites. According to security researcher Paul Ferguson of anti-virus software provider Trend Micro, the IP address was recently observed handing off booby-trapped PDF files that infected those unfortunate enough to open them.""
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Pop-up porn case closes with plea deal

vvaduva vvaduva writes  |  more than 5 years ago

vvaduva writes "The case of Julie Amero, a Connecticut substitute teacher is now wrapped up with a plea deal in which she lost her teaching license and agreed to a single charge of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Throughout the case, Security professionals have strongly criticized the lack of knowledge of the expert witnesses used by the prosecution and the state attorney's long delay in deciding whether to retry the case. The prosecutors have since admitted their mistake and the case was overturned on appeal, but not before the defendant served 16 months in prison."
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