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CERN's LHC Powers Down For Two Years

yerktoader TWO YEARS?! (71 comments)

HOW WILL SCIENCING GET DONE!?

about a year and a half ago
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DHS Can Seize Your Electronics Within 100 Mi.of US Border, Says DHS

yerktoader Probable cause... (597 comments)

I thought this applied to probable cause. Wouldn't seem necessary if they don't need probable cause. I've also head that around 70% of our population lives within 100 miles of the borders. Can anyone provide cites for these? Thanks.

about a year and a half ago
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How the Super Bowl Will Reach US Submarines

yerktoader Re:FARTS (142 comments)

Ought to rename it Forces of America Radio and Televsion Service.

Not far off - I'm a former Radioman/IT in the Navy, and we called these messages "A-FaRTS."

about a year and a half ago
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How Long Before the Kickstarter Bubble Bursts?

yerktoader Kickstarter would never do that. (192 comments)

Kickstarter would never lie to us. Kickstarter wouldn't hit us or cheat. Kickstarter is complex and brooding, and sometimes it has trouble expressing it's emotions is all...

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to ice this bruise. I accidentally fell into the door.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Raises Price of Whitney Houston's Music 30 Minutes After Death

yerktoader Governor Dodd (507 comments)

I should have expected to find you holding RIAA's leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board.

more than 2 years ago
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What Do We Do When the Internet Mob Is Wrong?

yerktoader Re:Nurturing accuracy (361 comments)

What, like Nancy Grace?

more than 2 years ago
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East Coast vs. West Coast In the Quest For Young Programming Talent

yerktoader Re:It's the mentality (235 comments)

Shit, that should read "and management only has themselves to blame"

more than 2 years ago
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East Coast vs. West Coast In the Quest For Young Programming Talent

yerktoader It's the mentality (235 comments)

As far as these people are concerned, if you're not in sales, you're losing them money. They're so focused on stocks, margins and anything short term that they are willing to cut and shortchange anything they can. Even if you're essential, or if your job entails customer retention such as tech support for commercial/residential internet service. New professionals might not have the loyalty that older generations once had, and they only have themselves to blame for engendering such attitudes - I sure as shit didn't vote for free trade and globalization.

Far as I'm concerned, with the pay, the studying, the hours and the human factor, I'm done. With the hard work they want from me, focused into another career, I'll hopefully be doing what I really want in the next five years or so. Screw 'em.

more than 2 years ago
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World Solar Challenge About To Start

yerktoader Re:When I read this (34 comments)

I read "World Solar Change" and thought OMG2012IZCOMIN

about 3 years ago
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So Long, CmdrTaco, and Thanks For All The Posts

yerktoader Wow (238 comments)

Wow, Mr. T. I don't think any of us can imagine this site without you and your direction. For many like myself, you and the site have been a part of our life for over a decade. It sounds like you will continue to have some influence, and considering this is a site - a huge and influential one no less - that you founded, I should hope so.

Fair winds and following seas, good sir.

-Yerk

more than 3 years ago
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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

yerktoader Wow (1521 comments)

Wow, Mr. T. I don't think any of us can imagine this site without you and your direction. For many like myself, you and the site have been a part of our life for over a decade. It sounds like you will continue to have some influence, and considering this is a site - a huge and influential one no less - that you founded, I should hope so.

Fair winds and following seas, good sir.

-Yerk

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Laptop + DSLR Backpacks

yerktoader Tatonka and Tasmanian Tiger (282 comments)

I am exceptionally happy with my Tasmanian Tiger Mission Pack MC. They're made by Tatonka, a German manufacturer of quality outdoor/camping gear. The pack is comfortable, spacious and each storage area differs from the rest so as to be flexible and practical.

I bought my Mission Pack MC at a military gear-specific post exchange at the Kandahar Air Field and paid $200 US for it, which is about 52 dollars less than what it goes for from the manufacturer. I've had it for about three months here at my base and I use it every day, with only the slightest amount of wear showing even after a few trips back and forth to KAF and amongst the Afghan dust that permeates everything.

You'd need to pad all of your gear, and maybe the bottom of the pack for extra security, but I'm expecting my new 17" laptop will fit with ease once it arrives. My only regret is I did not have enough money for one of the slightly more modular systems that have detachable bags, an adjustable back panel with aluminum braces for varying loads and even better padding and materials. Check them out, you won't be disappointed.

My pack: http://intranet.tatonka.com/infosys/infocgi/artintt9.dll?7836_TT_Mission_Pack_MC&0
Main Tasmanian Tiger website: http://www.tasmaniantiger.info/EN/TasmanianTiger/tasmanian-tiger.htm
Parent company: http://www.tatonka.com/en/

more than 3 years ago
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Do Violent Games Hinder Development of Empathy?

yerktoader Don't believe the hype! (343 comments)

IIRC, there was another study recently that indicated decreasing levels of empathy in all of the young, accompanied by increasing levels of narcissism. Don't recall the name or anything, so I can't provide links. Either way, I'd be hard pressed to not make a correlation between the two, rather than with video games. How exactly different is playing video games to paintball/airsoft or the time honored pastimes of cops & robbers? I didn't RTFA, so is it simply the pervasiveness of video games or is there something more?

more than 3 years ago
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The Saturn Fly-By

yerktoader Re:Since no one else bothered (83 comments)

The entire thing is made of real images, just composited using the software listed on their site. So there are effects; for example they are using After Effects.

The images are not rendered CG, however the movie is intended to be a visual poetry piece a` la Baraka. I imagine they cut the images and lined them up for dramatic effect. No real conspiracy there.

more than 3 years ago
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The Saturn Fly-By

yerktoader Since no one else bothered (83 comments)

There's some debate here over whether the video is CG or used CG in conjunction with the photos. The NASA Astronomy Pic of the Day article mentions that this video is a part of an upcoming IMAX film called Outside In, who's website has some further explanation on how they're making the film. Of course, the APOD article is a paragraph in length, so an entire website might be a bit much for some to read.

more than 3 years ago
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Join a Worldwide Planet Search

yerktoader Oblig Rush (54 comments)

In the constellation of Cygnus,
There lurks a mysterious, invisible force
The Black Hole
Of Cygnus X-1


Six Stars of the Northern Cross
In mourning for their sister's loss
In a final flash of glory
Nevermore to grace the night...

more than 3 years ago
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Raising a Botnet In Captivity

yerktoader Really? (60 comments)

This is the FIRST time a botnet has been studied in captivity? Did they need an excuse? A hall pass?

Anyone got a good reason why it took this long to study a botnet in captivity when researchers have been able to purchase these tools on black hat sites for as long as they have? Otherwise I call shenanigans. Red tape, bureaucracy, what have you.

more than 3 years ago
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'Anonymous' WikiLeaks Proponents Not So Anonymous

yerktoader Re:Maybe (390 comments)

Oh noes, did 4chan An Hero?

more than 3 years ago

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Len Sassaman has passed away

yerktoader yerktoader writes  |  more than 3 years ago

yerktoader (413167) writes "Len Sassaman, cypherpunk, cryptographer, privacy advocate and life long sufferer of depression has committed suicide at 31. Len frequently appeared at DEF CON; was a co-founder of CodeCon with BitTorrent's Bram Cohen and co-creator of the Zimmermann–Sassaman key-signing protocol; worked at Network Associates on PGP and contributed to OpenPGP and GNU Privacy Guard; was a senior systems engineer and security architect for Anonymizer; a member of the Shmoo Group and organized protests in response to the arrest of Dmitry Sklyarov.

Len counted amongst his friends and associates Bram Cohen, Werner Koch, Dan Kaminsky and Phil Zimmermann. He is survived by his wife, noted programmer, sci-fi author and Boing-Boing contributor, technologist and bio-hacker Meredith L. Patterson.

Memorials and coverage also available at YCombinator, Apache.Be and Hack In The Box."

Link to Original Source
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Media Sentry evidence allowed Jammie Thomas case

yerktoader yerktoader writes  |  more than 5 years ago

yerktoader (413167) writes "CNet is reporting the latest development in the Jammie Thomas file sharing case:



"U.S. District Court Judge Michael Davis will allow evidence gathered by MediaSentry, a security firm that once investigated illegal file sharing on behalf of the music industry, to be heard by a jury in Thomas' retrial, scheduled for Monday."

The lack of private investigator's credentials in certain states was key to Thomas' defense, and would have been a big factor affecting more than just her trial. In another blow, Judge Davis also commented on Thomas' decision to argue "fair use" as a defense:

"The record in this case, with which this Court is intimately familiar, gave no hint that a fair use defense would be forthcoming. It would be highly prejudicial to Plaintiffs to allow Defendant to assert this new affirmative defense on the eve of retrial."

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RIAA:MediaSentry attacks based on "fictional&#

yerktoader yerktoader writes  |  more than 5 years ago

yerktoader (413167) writes "Ars Technica is reporting the recent events in the Jammie Thomas-Rasset vs. RIAA Battle Royale:



"As P2P file-sharing defendant Jammie Thomas prepares for her retrial this month, her lawyer has sough to have the main evidence against her thrown out. In its response, the recording industry says that the complaint is based on an "entirely fictional set of facts and law.""

I hate to say it — and this is in large part because iANAL — the RIAA's argument in TFA make sense. Some educated and spirited debate here would be appreciated in helping to dissect said argument — I really don't want the RIAA to win this case, if only because Mrs. Thomas-Rasset is a great example of standing up to corrupt big business."

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Apple to Buy EA?

yerktoader yerktoader writes  |  more than 5 years ago

yerktoader (413167) writes "There are rumors abound that Apple might buy EA, but some interesting counterpoints abound. Film at eleven(via Yahoo):

File this one firmly under "unconfirmed," but it's nevertheless a tantalizing rumor.

According to Fast Money's Guy Adami, via TheStreet.com, Apple is "eyeing Electronic Arts as a takeover target." EA's currently the second-largest games publisher in the world and owner of the smash hit NFL-licensed series of football games. Could we be facing the possibility of a Mac-only iMadden?

Well, probably not. Apple has indeed been bolstering its games know-how, hiring a major Xbox strategist away from Microsoft in recent weeks. And EA is no stranger to Apple platforms: in the last year it's brought several of its major franchises to the iPhone, including Sim City, Tiger Woods, and Spore, with considerable success. But it's a far cry from there to a takeover, and that's putting it mildly.

Specialist video games analyst Michael Pachter seems to agree. Speaking to Gamasutra, he pointed out that if Apple was looking to make some entertainment acquisitions, it could buy Warner Music — which controls 20% of the music industry — for roughly half of EA's estimated price. However, the doubt didn't stop EA's stock from bucking the market trend to climb 1.63% at closing."
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CA Court allows RAMBUS to pursue antitrust claims

yerktoader yerktoader writes  |  more than 5 years ago

yerktoader (413167) writes "From Barron's Tech Trader Daily:

"Rambus (RMBS) shares have staged an impressive rally today on news that a state court judge in California has ruled that the company can pursue its antitrust case against a trio of DRAM manufacturers."

I've not read their case info, and IANAL, but from what I remember of the price wars back then and the state of the market now, RAMBUS' claim seems pretty loaded. Anyone with substantive knowledge on this care to comment?
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Light bent backwards

yerktoader yerktoader writes  |  more than 6 years ago

yerktoader (413167) writes "UC Berkeley scientists bent light backwards. Maybe they were just really high...

"The work involves materials that have a property known as negative refraction, which means that they essentially bend light backward. Once thought to be pure fantasies, these substances, called metamaterials, have been constructed in recent years, and scientists have shown they can bend long-wavelength microwaves. Negative refractive materials can in principle lead to fantastical illusions; someone looking down at a fish in a pool of negative refractive liquid would see the fish swimming in the air above."

The scientists did say that they "are still far from designing and manufacturing such a cloak.""
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Reznor at it again

yerktoader yerktoader writes  |  more than 6 years ago

yerktoader (413167) writes "Trent Reznor and NIN have released another album under Creative Commons, entitled "The Slip". It's free as in speech and beer, as the album has NO cost and I have seen no notice of a physical copy for purchase. The offered formats are high quality MP3, FLAC or M4A lossless, and 24/96 WAV. It's also available streaming at www.ilike.com. So far I'm at track 4 and I'm diggin' this a whole lot more than Year Zero; Mr. Reznor seems to be back in full swing creatively."

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