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Comment: Better predictors available, according to Moss (Score 1) 104

by Bosconian (#46362133) Attached to: Blood Test of 4 Biomarkers Predicts Death Within 5 Years

- Why? Yes! Because that website said you were going to die at 3pm, didn't it?
- Did it? I can't remember.
- How could you forget? It clearly stated that you were going to die, today. At precisely 3:00. Unless it was tomorrow. But no, it's today, at 3:00.

http://howlonghaveyougot.com/

Some phones are meant to have a weedy vibrate setting.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

Submitted by wbr1
wbr1 (2538558) writes "It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format."

Comment: Re:Transparency Centers? (Score 1) 90

by Bosconian (#45619557) Attached to: Microsoft's NSA 'Transparency' Push Remains Pretty Opaque

Cute - I was thinking something more along the lines of:

"Hello, and welcome to Microsoft Software Security Assurance Enterprise, Small Business, Government, and Education Transparency Center number 6!

You'll notice that there's a beautiful and fluid whiteboard set up over here to the right. These lines represent our data flow between all of our convenient and secure value-adding services to our customers, and these dots with arrows pointing to an unlabeled blue box are transfer nodes, which Microsoft has decided are not applicable to this Transparency Center presentation.

Now, if you'll look directly in front of you, there's a window that you're free to gaze through to observe Microsoft's server operations for a period of 32 minutes. Please don't touch the glass, and thank you for visiting Microsoft Transparency Center, or as we on the the Security Assurance team lovingly refer to it, 'MSTC6.' Please visit us again soon, and don't forget to accept a complimentary Microsoft gift bag including some enticing software discounts!"

Comment: Other famous gaffes that affected public opinion (Score 1) 312

Or Klingon opinion, anyway:

"Captain's log, stardate 9522.6. I've never trusted Klingons, and I never will. I can never forgive them for the death of my boy. It seems to me our mission to escort the Chancellor of the Klingon High Council to a peace summit is problematic at best. Spock says this could be an historic occasion and I'd like to believe him. But how on Earth can history get past people like me?"

Comment: Re:Resume (Score 1) 177

by Bosconian (#44923465) Attached to: NSA Posts Opening For "Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer"

Your necessary qualifications should also include Cognitive Dissonance (Level IV, but if you believe you're a Level V, we will accept that) and Reality Distortion Warp experience (6 years in a public-facing position. We noticed you wrote "3 years" here but after tallying the total experience reported worked, your history qualifies.)

Comment: Deep brain stimulation - (NOT D.I.Y.) (Score 1) 311

by Bosconian (#44011969) Attached to: Do-It-Yourself Brain Stimulation Has Scientists Worried
Just to give an idea of what's possible beneath the surface:
Deep brain stimulation at TED Talks

Probably should go more with the "Brain Pacemaker Helps Treat Alzheimer's Disease" story, but it's too cool not to share. This involves implants performed by neurosurgeons because the positioning and amount of electricity is critical to the success of the procedure.

Although it would be interesting to see what a trickle charge does for these burnt-out frontal lobes...

Comment: Re:Verbal loophole (Score 2) 262

by Bosconian (#43937291) Attached to: Intelligence Director Claims NSA Surveillance Reports Inaccurate

Not only do words matter, they are the only thing on record for policies. And everything from a government mouth should be subjected to a lawyer-like interpretation where you must pick apart everything that was and was not said.

The only thing Director Clapper says is a quick summary of how Section 702 of FISA is supposed to work, with nice, simple, and generic parameters. There is no reference or acknowledgement of any of the surveillance programs which we must assume are in effect. Nor is there ever raised the possibility that they may have instituted some of these programs using a broad interpretation of some other law, not necessarily Section 702 of FISA.

One of the articles from yesterday regarding the Verizon data collection mentioned that this program has been in effect for the past seven years, renewed quarterly. So Bush initiated, then Obama amplified it. He is the first real Information president who dangerously understands how technology and data can be used for the purposes of government and control. I have never read or heard him speak any words related to individual privacy, but not to say they don't exist.

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