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Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 476

HFT is the reason why I bailed out of forex. As a LFT (low frequency trader) i was smoked more often than not. Taxing the system in any form is not the answer as that would have LFT's and independent brokers taxed out of the market - HFTs won't care about any tax they'll just pass it along and write it off. Tra-la-la.

IMHO, the only way to fix this broken system is to significantly reduce the amount of trades a HFT can perform in a time frame such as 1 second or perhaps a minute. A harkin/defazio tax will only serve to further break an already broken system.

Comment All Hail the Governator!! (Score 2) 245

I for one more than welcome the Governator T1, T2 and T3 were great sci-fi, wonderful time travel paradox films and fantastic examples of the genre. The first 3 films were solid story telling with a solid and consistent POV. Brilliant. Not great, but brilliant. Each movie was a solid 7.5 to 8 out of 10 compared to movies like Fast & Furious or Abrams' Star Trek. T5 is something I would see opening weekend just like i did with the dismal failure of T4 which despite it's name and hype was not a terminator movie and was literally nothing more than "a day in the life of" movie. T4 did not create nor solve a time travel paradox though it had many opportunities - mr big man nolan missed the point completely. I welcome T5 and another opportunity to mark judgment day on my calendar.

Comment How is this Hitting A Cap?? (Score 1) 573

Completely misleading article and title. This has nothing hitting an invisible cap. His high usage exposed him abusing the TOS and nothing else. Fair, fine and dandy. If this were my ISP I wouldn't give him until July to switch to a business account I'd automagically retro the billing to a business account for the last 6 months and then he can fight it out with the billing dept.

Comment BFD (Score 1) 597

Cause that is what the bureaucrats who come up with this kind of shit say.

They don't care if they are wrong since there is no process to give a shit if they are wrong.

Our constitutions were written in a day (even 50 years ago) and an age where integrity mattered and we all had beliefs which we stood up for and defended proudly. Not so today. Constitutions without consequence are meaningless, in my country and in all countries on this planet.


Submission + - Tennessee Crater Inches Toward Recognition. ( 1

tetrahedrassface writes: "Slashdot carried the story of an-as-yet unverified impact crater in Tennessee a couple of years ago. After a few weeks of fairly hardcore sample taking, digging, obtaining some good images and manipulating them, I'm proud to report the first batch of evidence in favor of it being an impact site. The primary smoking gun is the presentation of an astrobleme , obtained from High Resolution Ornithographic Images taken in 2008. Also of note, are the melted/deformed rocks, magnetic crater dust, and the fitment of the crater rim to a circle. A rented plane and a bunch of photographs today and it's pretty obvious that it's a crater folks! Cheers!"

Comment Re:There is no Higgs Boson (Score 1) 190

The models that we are using today to describe the universe are hopelessly inadequate. In my view there is no Higgs boson. A whole lot of stuff that we consider fundamental today in reality should be derived from underlying properties. Mass and gravity as most noticeable examples. There is no Higgs, but keep looking so that everyone else can be convinced it does not exist.

or hows about the top quark - mass of a gold atom with no structure.. sure..

Comment Re:Randi is a numbnut... (Score 1) 553

Randi Zuckerberg is a f***ing toon. Putting everything on the internet makes you the most prone dumba** for identity theft. Post your birthdate (usually a security question), post your hometown (also a security question), oh and link your family while you're at it (ALSO a security question). Why not just say who your favorite superhero is... oh did I mention... that's a security question too. Why not post your phone number and everything else...

He's a f***ing numbnut who got lucky. That's it. Other than that he's got no common sense or intuition.

mod this coward parent poster up !

if "they" really want to find me "they" can and "they" will - nobody else needs my real name to do anything unless I want them to.

Real names zealots have been around since UUnet days and their sky hasn't fallen into the mayhem and chaos they proselytize however I'd be willing to bet that Anders Breivik posted using his real name on facebook. Sorta proves the point don't it.

Hardware Hacking

Grad Student Invents Cheap Laser Cutter 137

An anonymous reader writes "Peter Jansen, a PhD student and member of the RepRap community, has constructed a working prototype of an inexpensive table-top laser cutter built out of old CD/DVD drives as an offshoot of his efforts to design an under $200 open-source Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 3D printer. Where traditional laser cutters use powerful, fixed-focus beams, this new technique dynamically adjusts the focal point of the laser using a reciprocating motion similar to a reciprocating saw, allowing a far less powerful and inexpensive laser diode to be used. The technique is currently limited to cutting black materials to a depth of only a few millimeters, but should still be useful and enabling for Makers and other crafters. The end-goal is to create a hybrid inexpensive 3D printer that can be easily reconfigured for 2D laser cutting, providing powerful making tools to the desktop."

The Sun Unleashes Coronal Mass Ejection At Earth 220

astroengine writes "Yesterday morning, at 08:55 UT, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory detected a C3-class flare erupt inside a sunspot cluster. 100,000 kilometers away, deep within the solar atmosphere (the corona), an extended magnetic field filled with cool plasma forming a dark ribbon across the face of the sun (a feature known as a 'filament') erupted at the exact same time. It seems very likely that both eruptions were connected after a powerful shock wave produced by the flare destabilized the filament, causing the eruption. A second solar observatory, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, then spotted a huge coronal mass ejection blast into space, straight in the direction of Earth. Solar physicists have calculated that this magnetic bubble filled with energetic particles should hit Earth on August 3, so look out for some intense aurorae — a solar storm is coming."

Hacker Builds $1,500 Cell Phone Tapping Device 109

We previously discussed security researcher Chris Paget's plans to demonstrate practical cell phone interception at DefCon. Paget completed his talk yesterday, and reader suraj.sun points out coverage from Wired. Quoting: "A security researcher created a $1,500 cell phone base station kit (including a laptop and two RF antennas) that tricks cell phones into routing their outbound calls through his device, allowing someone to intercept even encrypted calls in the clear. Most of the price is for the laptop he used to operate the system. The device tricks the phones into disabling encryption and records call details and content before they are routed on their proper way through voice-over-IP. The low-cost, home-brewed device ... mimics more expensive devices already used by intelligence and law enforcement agencies — called IMSI catchers — that can capture phone ID data and content. The devices essentially spoof a legitimate GSM tower and entice cell phones to send them data by emitting a signal that's stronger than legitimate towers in the area. Encrypted calls are not protected from interception because the rogue tower can simply turn it off. Although the GSM specifications say that a phone should pop up a warning when it connects to a station that does not have encryption, SIM cards disable that setting so that alerts are not displayed. Even though the GSM spec requires it, this is a deliberate choice of the cell phone makers, Paget said."

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