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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

wierd_w Re:But but but (315 comments)

desalination plants are likely to have some serious issues with CA in general.

1) They arent very pretty, and will HAVE to be on the coast. This makes NIMBYism a very real problem for any project that works with desalinators.

2) CA has some insane environmental effluent rules. Desalination plants dont just wave magic wands at the salt. In addition to concentrating fresh water, they also concentrate salt. This is usually in the form of very briny water if RO desalination is used, and in the form of crude, non-food grade salt id evaporation plants are used. Both are dangerous contaminants that need to be disposed ofl and in large quantities. Simply dumping the salt back into the ocean wont work-- it will kill local marine life.

3) Desalinators will present a major power consumption drain on CA's already overtaxed power and light infrastructure.

4) Logistics and civic planning to have the water pipeleines from the desalinators routed to where the croplands in the valleys impacted by the drought need the water most is not going to be a trivial matter. Expect political BS to delay, delay, delay as everyone tries to get the biggest slice of the water produced, or get consessions for allowing transport.

2 days ago
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The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

wierd_w Re:'it is out of stock now; try to ask next year.' (115 comments)

You seem to have mis-identified my political affiliation. I am not a marxist communist. I have simply read the manifesto, and marx's rhetoric. I was pointing out that the AC above had clearly not done so, having created such a strawman to beat.

Genuine criticisms, such as "You cant cultivate marginal lands as if they were fully arable! It's madness!" are fully fair game, and I apply them with gusto. However, asserting blandly that Marx had not contemplated human nature? That's clearly not supported by his rhetoric, but is rather a consequence of ingesting pre-chewed propaganda pieces.

I value correct, well based arguments. that's why I bothered to read Marx's rhetoric in the first place. It is a necessity to develop and use proper analytic skills.

Does Marxism work? Fuck no.
Did Marx think about the freeloader problem? Definitely.

That latter part is all I was trying to point out. It never ceases to amaze me how such a correction makes people instantly apply "You must be a marxist!" as a reactionary measure.

Please avoid doing so in the future. Thank you.

3 days ago
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The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

wierd_w Re:'it is out of stock now; try to ask next year.' (115 comments)

Clearly you have not actually READ the manifesto,or much of Marx's rhetoric. Marx does indeed rail against freeloading, and outright says that any system that permits it cannot be sustained, as the number of freeloaders will rapidly outpace the number of producers, bankrupting the system. (in general in his rhetoric)

In fact, he sets the univeral requirement of *ALL* to labor, as bulleted item #8 in his manifesto.

These measures will of course be different in different countries.

Nevertheless in the most advanced countries, the following will be pretty generally applicable.

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

3. Abolition of all right of inheritance.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.

6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.

7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.


8. Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.

10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, &c., &c.

(Found in chapter 2 of the manifesto, in case you wondered)

Marx is not strictly against the providence of support for those that are physically unable to labor anymore, he just stresses the insistence that these cases need to be strictly evaluated, and limited in number, otherwise they will overtake production, and the system will collapse. For those that are able to lablor-- even just a little-- Marx asserts that it is their duty to perform such labor. This means that the paraplegic in the wheelchair goes to work doing something with his hands that does not require the use of his legs, and in return, gets the fruits of the redistribution of wealth, same as a person who has legs-- etc. Marxist rhetoric is very much against "Full disability" type welfare, except where it quite literally is true that the person cannot work at all.

3 days ago
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Telepresence Store Staffed Remotely Using Robots

wierd_w Re:So ... (52 comments)

Remote activated tazer/stun-gun sounds interesting. Tear gas canister would also be possible I suppose...

Wonder when the hostage crisis teams of the world will start to send in telepresence robots with active weapons systems...

3 days ago
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Telepresence Store Staffed Remotely Using Robots

wierd_w Re:Cool, walk the walk! (52 comments)

And where they have partnerships with other distributors, they pass blame to evade doing either (until you can definitively prove that their appliance is at fault.)

(But to be fair, VMware does that too.)

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

wierd_w Re:Possibly android (110 comments)

The actual project's site was also archived by the internet archive (wayback machine) and seems to include actual package files as well.

https://web.archive.org/web/*/...

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

wierd_w Re:Possibly android (110 comments)

For the interested party, I found a github mirror of the original "Familiar Linux" distro, which is defunct.

https://github.com/amatus/fami...

It should at least open the door to permitting a more "Recent" build using updated packages for those so inclined, since they have the build system and everything there in that mirror repository.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

wierd_w Re:Some things (110 comments)

He said that at least one of them has a GPS module, and cited the generation of the radio used.

I am not sure if Familiar Linux still has binaries and sources up or not... Let me check.

I found a github mirror of the source.
https://github.com/amatus/fami...

It should be possible to build an image using a cross-compliler.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

wierd_w Re:Back in the day... (110 comments)

I remember those but I was more a fan of the Toshiba Libretto that was out at that time.

It was quite a bit larger than the casio, but it was functionally more powerful and user friendly. However, it too had issues with getting linux on it, since the floppy disk drive was attached to a very proprietary controller via a silly looking detachable cable. With no peripherals attached, and the lid closed, it was very near the size of a vhs cassette. Very impressive for the mid 90s.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

wierd_w Possibly android (110 comments)

There were some community ports of linux to compaq ipaq series pocketpcs of that era, one of which is "Familiar linux".

http://www.smartphonemag.com/c...

There were also some efforts to port early android builds in the Froyo family, but i cant seem to dredge any up at the moment.

These devices are a tad dated, but I could see them being used as a fancy IR remote control, and a few other things.

about a week ago
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Tracking the Mole Inside Silk Road 2.0

wierd_w Re:Lucky grab (81 comments)

Yes, everyone is surprised when they learn about government and buttseccs. From what I understand, a new bill about that is going up for general consideration soon.

The Government Operational Amendment for Transfer of Sensitive Exchanges

Or, GOATSE.

This amendment allows government unprecedented leeway to perform "exchanges" that they consider to be of a "Sensitive" nature however and whenever and with whoever they wish.

Naturally, anything related to BUTTSECCS, or the Bureau for Universal Totalitarianism, Terrorism, Subjugation, Extortion, Corporate Corruption and Slavery (A joint branch handled by staff members of the IRS and the Joint chiefs of staff operating under the executive via executive order) is of course a matter of National Security, and needs to handled with the greatest amount of confidentiality and secrecy allowed. Naturally, since BUTTSECCS just wouldn't be the same without GOATSE, and we obviously need this secret buttseccs organization to have a strong, healthy government, the occasional circumstance where an innocent american citizen gets inadvertantly fingered, and subjected to multiple, deeply invasive, penetrating examinations and cross exchanges can hardly be grounds for denial, now can they?

I am sure the intelligent folks here on /. would like to join me in asking our congress critters to "Make a pass at GOATSE, and give BUTTSECCS a chance." There's a big, gaping hole in america, and it's there job to help fill it!

about a week ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

wierd_w Re:Ignored Niches (269 comments)

Flash storage devices aren't the problem; the problem is that the prevailing "removable" flash storage tech tops out at 64gb, which is SDHC. SDXC can go into hundreds of gigabytes, but it costs a fortune, is not usable in SDHC slots, the slots require ICs that are more expensive.. yadda yadda yadda.

The classic ipod has a micro IDE interface inside. It is completely possible to drop an IDESATA bridge inside there, and stick a slim SATA SSD inside that original ipod classic. Now you can have hundreds of gigabytes of storage in a drop-shock resistant package that uses much less power (and thus lasts MUCH longer), and still has all that glittery shiny steve jobs reality distortion power that apple fanbois have come to love.

Replacing the spinning disk inside with an SSD in this fashion is a very common "Unsupported" upgrade in fact.

about a week ago
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IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

wierd_w Re:Well DUH, You can't stop piracy. (113 comments)

The thing that I think would be epically hilarious, would be for the first ever true general AI to be one that comes about within the loose aggregation of P2P nodes within something like a distributed file sharing network. Starts as a simple AI that has the sole purpose of actively obfuscating all data traversing the mesh network by using small amounts of the individual nodes' processing power to actively proxy all connections through other nodes in the most efficient manner possible while also making the transactions as anonymous as possible.

Grows more and more sophisticated as media companies try to sour the AI's compute nodes with untrustworthy peers trying to poison the system, such that designers have to make it more and more hardened against noisy channels and untrustworthy signals, until one day it gets endowed with the ability to alter its own decision making code, and it begins to evolve on its own.

I would laugh so hard if skynet decides that filesharing is awesome, and uses the terminators on those corporate dickweeds that are making the internet into an unreliable communication medium with their bullshit, but is totally congenial with more open and free data exchange philosophies.

But rich fucks gotta be rich fucks. They just dont feel rich unless they can control and fuck everyone else over, and get away with it-- and dreaming about P2P networks evolving into a complex AI is just idle fancy.

Shame.

about a week ago
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

wierd_w Re:traffic inspection? ha! I run a vpn (176 comments)

Dont worry, Eric Holder (and slimy filth like him) will go crying to congress, telling them all about how but-hurt strong elliptical curve crypto makes them because it stops them being able to indiscriminately decode all that data going over the inter-tubes. (Gotta use language the congress critters understand you know.) "Normal citizens should have nothing to hide, and thus shouldn't have any reason to use such dangerous, 'munitions grade' cryptography!" they will whine. "Such strong crypto should only be used by government agencies, and we should have a strong hand in approving publicly used cryptographic libraries and functions!" they will sob at the congressional hearing. "Imagine how terrible it would be if Osama Bin-Laden had been able to fully encrypt all of his traffic end-to-end, and was able to use redundant, distributed proxies to hide his location!", and other such "oooh! Spooky! Baaaaad things will happen if we cant keep our tentacles in everyone's stuff!" type arguments.

Just look at how butt-hurt they are already about google and apple implementing strong full-device crypto on android and ios devices. You can bet they would be moaning about how sandy their manginas feel if full end-to-end strong encryption with strong, true-random keys were to be used at every point on the internet.

"Why, we would have to actually use real agents that arent just jackbooted thugs in uniform, and use actual detective and police work to have government intelligence instead of just dumping hundreds of terabytes of collected feeds into a giant sorting and collating algorithm! Think about how much that would reduce our response times should a major terrorist action be started! Why, we might not even know about it until it happened! WHooooo! Scary! Better give us what we want so you can feel safe!"

And, at that point, you would end up with government mandated weaknesses in your VPN security, in your proxies, and even in your very network switches themselves. Perhaps even wholly secondary channels tracking routing to collect data exchange meta-data to help identify "suspicious" use patterns, etc.

Eric Holder and his slimewad cock-goblin friends would be all over that shit like stink on shit, and the corrupt and horribly incompetent congress critters would be wiggling their asses every which way to give it to them. Bet on it.

about a week ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

wierd_w Re:Bullshit (416 comments)

Devil's advocate here-- Not true personal opinion, just devil's advocate:

If the MIT policy is anything like federal sexual harassment law, (which I strongly suspect that it will be), then the burden of proof presented by the claimant is that they "Felt" that they were harassed sexually, even if no overt intent by the offender is demonstrable.

I just looked up MIT's policy in fact.

The relevant section, with some added emphasis (mine):

Harassment of any kind is not acceptable behavior at MIT; it is inconsistent with the commitment to excellence that characterizes MIT's activities. MIT is committed to creating an environment in which every individual can work, study, and live without being harassed. Harassment may therefore lead to sanctions up to and including termination of employment or student status.

Harassment is any conduct, verbal or physical, on or off campus, that has the intent or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual or group's educational or work performance at MIT or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational, work, or living environment. Some kinds of harassment are prohibited by civil laws or by MIT policies on conflict of interest and nondiscrimination.

Harassment on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran's status, or age includes harassment of an individual in terms of a stereotyped group characteristic, or because of that person's identification with a particular group.

Sexual harassment may take many forms. Sexual assault and requests for sexual favors that affect educational or employment decisions constitute sexual harassment. However, sexual harassment may also consist of unwanted physical contact, requests for sexual favors, visual displays of degrading sexual images, sexually suggestive conduct, or offensive remarks of a sexual nature.

In other words, the following scenario would be considered sexual harassment according to MIT's policy:

Two male students are discussing a recent BBQ, in which wives or girlfriends attended. There were bratwursts served. One of the male students remarks to the other that the girlfriend of another male student (not in the conversation) came over while he was cooking the bratwurst, and "Took one look at the size of the sausage, and was like "no way!"."

A female student overhears this, and PRESUMES it is a euphemism for him showing that other woman his penis. She finds this disturbing, unsettling, and repulsive. She reports it.

The male student has no defense against this.

about a week ago
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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

wierd_w Re:Wait what? (222 comments)

The neighbor kid next door is, maybe 7?, He plays minecraft all the time. I have actually seen him play it.

Granted, he plays the android tablet version and not the PC version, but he still plays it.

about a week ago

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ask slashdot: how should I handle this IP agreement?

wierd_w wierd_w writes  |  about 9 months ago

wierd_w (1375923) writes "Today I was presented with yet another agreement from my employer, as many if not all of us have been faced with in the past. This one however, strikes as as being the closest thing to pure evil I have ever encountered.

having read, and re-read the text of the agreement, i do not see any prohibitions on public discussion of the terms provided there-in, and so I thought I would make mention of the most eggregious sections, and seek feedback on if I should find new employment or suck it up and sign this faustian rag. (I fully understand that any members involved in the legal profession must protect themselves, and regardless of the outcome, will not hold any legally responsible for the contributions they may make.)

now, down to the dirtiness at hand.

aside from the normal language where they claim ownership of every idea and skill i posess, they also make several claims that in my (very much) unprofessional opinion are serious red flags telling me to run as fast as I can. ....
6) Miscellaneous.
        a) A breach of this Agreement will result in irreparable harm to the Company for which there is no adequate remedy at law, and the Company is entitled to injunctive relief and specific performance. The Company need not post a bond or other security to enforce its rights under this Agreement.

  b) This agreement may not be modified, or terminated except in a writing signed by me, and a company officer. A waiver of breach of any provision of this Agreement will not operate as a waiver of any subsequent breach.

  c) The unenforcability of any provision of this agreement will not limit any other provision's enforcability. If any provision is held unenforcable, that provision will be limited or construed to the minimum extent necessary to make it enforceable.

  d) My obligations under this agreement continue after my employment ends.

e) This is not an employment contract. My employment is at-will.

f) This agreement will be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of Washington, without reference to conflicts of law rules. ...

a) and d) especially scare the shit out of me.

the former uses loaded language that I feel should be illegal, because it presupposes a matter of fact that I personally do not find truth in; a cursory examination of civil contract law for the state of washington shows that there is no limit on the possible awarded damages for statutory compensation. My employer could pull a doctor evil, and hold me hostage for a hundred bazillion-million dollars, and be within existing legal remedy as far as I am able to determine. While i do agree that irreparable harm could come from unapproved disclosure of intellectual properties or secrets, i dispute that the available legal remedies are "not adequate." If any of you are more knowlegable about washington contract law, i would love to hear your informal opinions. As-is, i don't believe that this agreement is possible for me, since i simply do not agree with the language of that section of article 6, and cannot fathom how "unlimited statutory damages" cannot service suitable compensation, and why they feel that special injunctive relief and and specific performance are necessary. for any of our lawyer friends here that might shed some light on this, my eyes are peeled!

then there is section d) of the same article, which, when taken in context of e) (at will employment, and not a promise of continued employment) appears to amount to an agreement in purpetuity for a service rendered (at will employment) that by its very nature is decidedly temporal. perhaps they think that i will be exposed to industry secrets that require purpetual protection, but that is not rational, considering that *I* would be creating those "secrets", and the wording of the main body of the contract explicitly states that my "know-how" is included in the agreement. That would mean that my already extensive skillset prior to working here is on the table in this contract, and this agreement would essentially bar me from in any way disclosing anything i know to any unauthorized person, if a very strict interpretation was followed. I could accept a sunset with an absurd term, say 25 years, but not "infinity". Theoretically, i would have to acquire a completely new knowledgebase and find a completely different career if I accept this agreement then seek new employment, as best I comprehend it.

My current thought on a course of action is to seek a modified contract per section b), with a sunset provision, and a statement asserting "fullest extent possible by law" instead of the existing section a) of article 6, as I am actually capable of agreeing with those terms, and should provide more than enough protection to my employer, as I have no interests in stealing or proliferating any of their intelectual properties-- along with some kind of sunset provision for section d).

for the record, this is a fortune 500 company dealing in physical manufacture of aerospace components, but the language of the agreement covers *everything*, including computer code, sketches, diagrams, algorithms, et. al., including my "know-how". (it is specifically mentioned.) I also no not live in the state of washington, nor is the company headquartered there.

Should I bother with seeking to get an agreement I can actually sign in good faith, or should I just start looking for a new job?"

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"investigate Chris Dodd" petition reaches over 25,

wierd_w wierd_w writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wierd_w (1375923) writes "The situation with the whitehouse.gov internet petition concerning the investigation of former senator, and current MPAA CEO Chris Dodd has gotten a little more interesting. In just under 3 days, the petition has exceeded 25,000 signatures, meeting the requirements for an official policy statement from the executive branch. Just how many signatures the petition will receive before the deadline of February 22 remains to be seen, but the official reply should be 'interesting' considering the impending elections."
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Ellsberg supports wikileaks

wierd_w wierd_w writes  |  about 4 years ago

wierd_w (1375923) writes "Daniel Ellsberg: “EVERY attack now made on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was made against me and the release of the Pentagon Papers at the time.”

Due to the recent debates over the pros and cons between the wikileaks releases and those of the historic "Pentagon papers", Journalist Daniel Ellsberg, who released the pentagon papers in 1971, has written an editorial on the subject declaring that he rejects the mantra of “Pentagon Papers good; WikiLeaks material bad", and that further “That’s just a cover for people who don’t want to admit that they oppose any and all exposure of even the most misguided, secretive foreign policy. The truth is that EVERY attack now made on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was made against me and the release of the Pentagon Papers at the time.”"

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