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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

witherstaff Re:illogical captain (870 comments)

Christianity has a logical and consistent framework, despite the fact that people disagree on various things.

If you're talking about the bible it is not a consistent framework. Even the gospels don't agree with each other on the death of Jesus, a central tenant of the religion. Personally I like the Gospel of Matthew. In that account, and only that account, an unknown number of zombies also rose from the dead along with Jesus and went into the city.

2 days ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

witherstaff open source big brother (108 comments)

I can see some need for an open source big brother. Would either need mounted cams in a yard facing a roadway or a way to mount a cam on the dashboard to read in real time, a smartphone version of the russian drive cam. . There are a few good uses and after that it'd be full of some cyber stalking style info. But if we have already lost our privacy why shouldn't we know what the government knows?

  • Neighborhood watch would be helpful - why is this car creeping around the area?
  • With enough coverage could weed out thieves / crimes
  • Find your elected official and see if they hang around strip clubs
  • Find where the kid dating your daughter is hanging out
  • Employee said they were home sick? Find his plate and see if it isn't out driving around
  • Auto tag police plates and have real time police locations. Like those spot a cop apps to help avoid tickets
  • Road rage allows for revenge. Get cut off? Find where the car is parked and put bird seed all over the car, etc

The sky is the limit on what would be created with an open source backend DB. I'd put a cam in the yard and in my car. Sounds amusing.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

witherstaff Re:To quote Cyrano Jones... (426 comments)

I always thought it was Found On Road Dead. Or : Recent studies show that 95% of all Ford vehicles are still on the road. The other 5% were towed home.

My mother bought a Ford Explorer with a chrome running board option. Before the 5 year bumper to bumper car warranty expired the chrome was noticeably starting to flake. Except the bumper to bumper excluded that option.. the chome option was only a 3 year warranty. I do have to give it to the Ford engineers to be able to devise a fail date just slightly longer than warranty. Now that's quality work.

about a month ago
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US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

witherstaff Some of their suggestions (172 comments)

New York is looking at requiring 100% + holding of any deposits made to a company that holds the crypto currency, like an exchange. The wording they used is amusing : "As capital protection, these companies would have to hold the same amount of virtual currency as they owed to their customers. But unlike banks, which are also subject to capital requirements, these companies would be allowed to hold some of it in virtual currency. "

I like how at first pass it sounds like banks hold 100% also

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

witherstaff Re:Crypto! (208 comments)

Unless you hit one of the alt-coins that doesn't have a GPU miner. A variety of those are around.

about 1 month ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

witherstaff Re:Since when was Thor a title? (590 comments)

I feel sorry for poor Blake. When thor brought back all the souls of the Asgardians awhile ago from death Blake was left in some limbo. Does the human host show back up when Thor isn't on Earth? The guy just barely exists because he made the mistake of finding a damn stick. How about a storyline of Thor ending the subjugation of a mere mortal?

about a month ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

witherstaff Re:Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (753 comments)

xapo has a credit card backed by bitcoin, exchanged to currency at point of sale, coming out. You can buy anything with bitcoin once you have one of those in hand.

about 2 months ago
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Sifting Mt. Gox's Logs Reveals Suspicious Trading Patterns

witherstaff Should have run but didn't (143 comments)

I wouldn't assume he would have fled someplace under a new name. There are a number of recent cases where people who should have fled did not. Bernie Madoff surprised me that he didn't run, the Silk Road founder still living in the states was also surprising. I guess it's part of the mentality of 'they'll never catch me'

about 4 months ago
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Why Should Game Stories Make Sense?

witherstaff Don't forget BSG (169 comments)

I kept waiting for the reveal of the Plan the Cylons supposedly had.

about 5 months ago
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Netflix Pondering Peer-to-Peer Technology For Streaming Video

witherstaff Re:raised finger to networks (114 comments)

I've been happy with Plex and chromecast for home media streams.

about 5 months ago
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Bookies Predict the Future of Tech

witherstaff Intrade (50 comments)

Nothing new, Intrade would allow you to bet on anything. I know there are a few places doing similar things.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

witherstaff Find the closest nuke plant (737 comments)

Food - make a solar cooker. Super easy with some tinfoil and cardboard - or anything shiny you can direct to one spot. Boil water in a pot in minutes and can do crockpot style cooking simply.
If it's a no electricity apocalypse I'd find a local Amish community to fill any gaps in the skill pool. Sure they don't necessarily trust outsiders but they do trade. Although I have 2 nuke plants within 100 miles of me. Depending on why there is no electricity I may not be around to bother. If it's simply a catastrophe then it could be like lucifer's hammer and a nuke plant would be the place to bootstrap civilization - it has power, weapons, tools.

Now zombies...that's another matter. Although a nuke plant may be a good idea there also. They've been made very secure since 911 and electrified fences may help.

about 5 months ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

witherstaff Re:Ah, Crony-Capitalism! (223 comments)

  • I am part of a power Co-op. There are a number around the country. Profit is given back to the members at the end of the year... in theory. Our co-op seems to keep rolling out into other industries like propane, water heater programs, alternative energy. However normal power companies have to get permission from the state regulators to raise rates. There has been various talk to deregulate electric and natural gas so you can use anyone for the billing company.
  • Telcos (copper) USED to be required to share their lines with the '96 telco reform act. This forced deregulation and let competition into the industry. Startup telcos sold lines to ISPs who popped up all over. Under Bush Jr. and Colin Powell's son appointed to head the FCC this was all rolled back. No more independent telco companies, no more independent ISPs.
  • Part of the problem are the no competition clauses the cable companies get with each city they serve. This prevents any other cable company from even moving into an area. Even if a startup could have the funds the access isn't there.
  • Going forward I hope the solar powered airships / drones get good enough to have circling in a known path far overhead to give us a faster than satellite route to anywhere.

about 5 months ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

witherstaff Already paid for (223 comments)

We've already paid for high speed internet using the existing infrastructure. The telcos and cable cos have to get the permission of various entities from state and federal agencies, sometimes they got huge tax breaks to improvements. New Jersey was supposed to have fiber to the home of everyone by 2010 if I recall. currently it's up to 300 billion that taxpayers have paid and hasn't been delivered. We want better internet speed start calling your congress critters and ask them where our money has gone.

about 5 months ago
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Mt. Gox Questioned By Employees For At Least 2 Years Before Crisis

witherstaff Re:Exchanges with interest (134 comments)

for mcxnow they take 25% of all fees earned and use that for the interest payments. The payout is every 6 hours. Not sure how all the rest do it, I assume a similar setup.

about 6 months ago
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Mt. Gox Questioned By Employees For At Least 2 Years Before Crisis

witherstaff Exchanges with interest (134 comments)

there are a number of exchanges that pay interest on your holdings on the exchange. They take a percentage of fees the exchange earns and give it to people with coins held there. The rationale is they want your coins sitting on the exchange as it'll encourage you to trade only on that exchange. One exchange, mcxnow, even posts a current interest rate based on the last 6 hour of fees.

about 6 months ago
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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

witherstaff So who is liable for our $300 billion refund? (449 comments)

With carriers having overcharged over 300 billion who is then on the hook if there are no more landline companies? Of course telcom giants want people only on wireless, Verizon has been selling off their landline business for years.

I haven't kept up with the laws the last decade but the ILECs - incumbent local exchange carrier - were the equivalent of government mandated monopolies. Telco reform act of '96 forced the ILECs to share the publicly paid for infrastructure with startup phone companies. The Internet exploded with thousands of ISPs popping up. This was rolled back under Bush Jr when Powell's son was running the FCC. I wonder if this means other companies can move into these abandoned areas without the ILEC screaming like crazy?

about 6 months ago
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Study Suggests Link Between Dread Pirate Roberts and Satoshi Nakamoto

witherstaff Re:Not the person, it's the office (172 comments)

I thought the DPR that got busted was also the founder, the whole it was someone else was just trying to cover his tracks. I haven't been keeping up with the story enough to know if there is any evidence other than DPR saying he didn't start the site.

about 10 months ago
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EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal

witherstaff Re:Good (1143 comments)

Many old houses had only the kitchen stove and the kids took a brick heated on the stove to bed with them.

about 10 months ago

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FAA grounds all UPS flights, blames UPS computer issues

witherstaff witherstaff writes  |  5 days ago

witherstaff (713820) writes "The FAA has sent an alert to ground all UPS flights regardless of destination. The Official reason is "AIRLINE COMPUTER ISSUES". My tinfoil hat wearing self wonders about something bad happening on 9/11. My tech self wonders what sort of computer problem UPS could have that would warrant stopping all traffic."
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World Cancer Day is Feb 4

witherstaff witherstaff writes  |  more than 2 years ago

witherstaff (713820) writes "According to Stand Up 2 Cancer 1 in 3 Cancer deaths can be prevented by lifestyle changes.. Risk factors for cancer are tobacco and alcohol consumption, a diet low in fruit and vegetable intake and lack of physical activity. (Does mouse clicking and button mashing count as physical activity?) World Cancer Day is helping highlight what people can do to rid the world of cancer. If nothing else consider walking at a local Relay for Life event which occur all year."
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Judge says you can't know if Google spys for NSA

witherstaff witherstaff writes  |  more than 3 years ago

witherstaff (713820) writes "A federal judge has ordered that whether Google is spying for National Security Agency or not, you have no right to know. EPIC, which brought the lawsuit, says The NSA can neither confirm not deny any relationship with Google. EPIC is worried the "NSA is developing technical standards that would enable greater surveillance of Internet users""
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FBI vault includes memo on alien bodies

witherstaff witherstaff writes  |  more than 3 years ago

witherstaff (713820) writes "The FBI has been opening up old records and putting them online. One memo from the 50s has interesting info on crashed flying saucers and alien bodies. It's only 2 pages.

"An investigator for the Air Force stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico... They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only 3 feet tall"

Fact, Fiction, a really old april fool's joke?"

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AMD asks what you can do with 48 cores

witherstaff witherstaff writes  |  more than 4 years ago

witherstaff (713820) writes "As part of the PR for AMDs up and coming 8 and 12 core processors, AMD is giving away a 48 core machine to the winner of a contest. Contestants need to submit a 500 word essay, or a blog post, or 3 minute youtube video on how they'd use a 48 core machine (4 CPUs) to improve the world. You have until March 24th to get a machine finally able to play crysis. Nice way for AMD to show up Intel's 8 core launch."
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Gaiman to Launch Crowd-Sourced Story on Twitter

witherstaff witherstaff writes  |  more than 4 years ago

witherstaff (713820) writes "Neil Gaiman is writing a new short story—well, the beginning of one anyway—and needs 1,000 collaborators to help him finish it via Twitter. Starting tomorrow 13-Oct-09 at noon ET, the well-known Twitterer (@neilhimself) will tweet the first line of a new story, and the rest of us will be able to continue it with our own 140-character contributions, as reported by Sci Fi Wire and Publishers weekly"
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Obama Administration: No Prosecution for torture

witherstaff witherstaff writes  |  more than 5 years ago

witherstaff (713820) writes "Against the objections of four former CIA chiefs and some Republican lawmakers, the Obama administration released memos detailing interrogation methods approved under the Bush era. The memos showed that DOJ attorneys decided that waterboarding caused "no pain or actual harm whatsoever" and so did not meet the "severe pain and suffering" standard to be considered torture." White House Chief of Staff Emanuel said Sunday that the Obama Administration will not prosecute for torture. 'This is not a time for retribution. It's a time for reflection. It's not a time to use our energy and our time in looking back and in a sense of anger and retribution.'

I need to remember that line if I'm ever standing trail."

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6 billion for High Speed Internet Grants

witherstaff witherstaff writes  |  more than 5 years ago

witherstaff (713820) writes "House Democrats have proposed $6 billion in Internet investments as part of a sweeping economic stimulus bill that the full House is expected to vote on next week. The $6 billion is considered a down payment on efforts Obama will make in this area over the next several years. Of course let's not forget the $200 billion broadband scandal that the large telcommunication companies have been paid but never delivered on."
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The FED wants the power to regulate everything

witherstaff witherstaff writes  |  more than 6 years ago

witherstaff (713820) writes "The Treasury department is seeking to expand the Federal Reserve's power to regulate virtually the entire financial industry. For those who don't know, the Federal Reserve AKA The Fed is part private, part public, and organized to be separate from the 3 branches of government. Even the House Banking Committee, part of the Fed oversight, doesn't know what goes on behind their closed door meetings, with minutes not published for 5 years after the fact. Planned changes include merging the SEC with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, consolidate bank oversight to one person, letting the markets be more self regulating, and give the Fed the authority to look at the financial status of any institution that could affect market stability. With the recent Bear Stearns collapse from $171 to $2 a share, and the economy as a whole either in, or on the brink of, a recession, is this move a good idea?"
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