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Comment: Not surprising (Score 3) 800

by JayTech (#42797451) Attached to: Leaked: Obama's Rules For Assassinating American Citizens
This doesn't surprise me considering how far removed the US government is from understanding her primary function - to protect her own citizens. What's to stop them from declaring a leader of a political movement as dangerous, having “recently” been involved in “activities” posing a threat of a violent attack - for example, declaring that the government has no right to interfere with private enterprises, or even supporting 2nd amendment rights?

+ - GE Research Develops Cooling Technology Dubbed "Piezoelectric Cooling Jet"

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JayTech
JayTech writes "General Electric's Global Research Facility has developed an ultra-thin, high performance cooler that may become the next-generation cooling technology for laptops and tablets. The "Piezoelectric Cooling Jet" is about the size and thickness of an ordinary credit card, uses just a fraction of the power consumed by a standard fan, and contains no conventional moving parts. Dr. Seyed Saddoughi, the inventor and Principal Engineer at GE's Aero-Thermal and Mechanical Systems, was interviewed by WNYT-TV for an explanation of the technology.

Engadget also has a video of the cooling jet re-purposed to play a Christmas song."

Comment: Re:A flaw, really? (Score 1) 154

by JayTech (#41964469) Attached to: Australia's Biggest Telco Sold Routers With Hardcoded Passwords
I used a little hyperbole to make a point about the passwords being a backdoor. Your argument is valid, absolutely; but that assumes The Man is efficient and crafty - none of which are generally equated with governments these days. This is a lazy man's backdoor, through a gate that appears to be normal both inside and out. On the other hand, a black hat implementing your proposed covert SSH backdoor would fit right in line with their known weapons of fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency.

Comment: Re:Source on the Pitcher theft? (Score 1) 668

by JayTech (#38710642) Attached to: New Cable Designed To Deter Copper Thieves

I believe it's the first link in the summary, but I could be wrong: NYTimes, 7-Feb-2011

Thanks, I read that after I took a few seconds to bypass the paywall. I guess the NYT is a source, but unfortunately the story is very devoid of facts... only that one line on the theft (and an interview with a scrap metal guy and a politician unrelated to the incident)? Not one snippet anywhere else on any of the major news sites? Either I'm not looking hard enough (probably) or the theft was conjured up to add some drama to the story... anyone to disprove that silly theory?

Comment: Source on the Pitcher theft? (Score 1) 668

by JayTech (#38710424) Attached to: New Cable Designed To Deter Copper Thieves
Is there any source on the Pitcher utility line theft story? I can't find anything. I doubt the "blackout" was a very big deal considering that the town is a ghost town with only six residences remaining. The town has been basically dead since it was declared a superfund site, and then a tornado hit a few years ago and wiped away the rest. Kind of puts that part of the story in perspective...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picher,_Oklahoma
Censorship

+ - Venezuela's Last Opposition TV Owner Arrested->

Submitted by WrongSizeGlass
WrongSizeGlass (838941) writes "AP is reporting the owner of Venezuela's only remaining TV channel that takes a critical line against President Hugo Chavez was arrested Thursday. "Guillermo Zuloaga, owner of Globovision, was arrested on a warrant for remarks that were deemed "offensive" to the president", Attorney General Luisa Ortega said. This comes on the heels of last week's story about Venezuela's Chavez To Limit Internet Freedom."
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Wikipedia

+ - Journalism Students Assigned to Write on Wikipedia

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "eCampus News reports that at the University of Denver journalism students are assigned to write Wikipedia entries as part of a curriculum that stresses online writing and content creation and students have so far composed 24 Wikipedia articles this year, covering everything from the gold standard to San Juan Mountains to bimettalism, an antiquated monetary standard. Journalism instructors Lynn Schofield Clark and Christof Demont-Heinrich say students are told to check their sourcing carefully, just as they would for an assignment at a local newspaper. “Students are leery about mentioning Wikipedia, because they might be subjected to criticism. But I tell them it’s an online source of knowledge that just has some information that might be questionable, but that doesn’t mean you have to dismiss all of [its content]," says Demont-Heinrich, who first assigned the Wikipedia writing to students in his introductory course taught during the university’s recent winter semester. Demont-Heinrich said the Wikipedia entries didn’t require old-school shoe leather reporting—because the online encyclopedia bars the use of original quotes—but they teach students how to thoroughly research a topic before publishing to a site that has over 350 million unique visitors and gets over 10 billion page views a month. “I see journalism as being completely online within the next two to five years,” says Demont-Heinrich. “If you’re not trained to expect that and write for that, then you’re not going to be ready for the work world.”"
Youtube

+ - Did Google Disregard Net Neutrality in India?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Google has been arguing for net neutrality in the US, but it might be willing to look the other way when it's convenient in other markets. According to this story in NewTeeVee, one of Google's advertisers promised its subscribers faster broadband speeds to watch cricket matches on YouTube's Indian Premier League channel. Bharti Airtel said subscribers would get 2Mbps broadband for live video streams from youtube.com/ipl — but if they went to another site, their Internet connections would return to their normal speeds. YouTube benefited from the increased speeds (and the advertising), but is it complicit in allowing a partner and advertiser to forgo net neutrality and give preferential access to its sites?"
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Privacy

+ - How Safe is SSL?->

Submitted by Stohn
Stohn (814391) writes "Wired reports, "That little lock on your browser window indicating you are communicating securely with your bank or e-mail account may not always mean what you think its means.

Normally when a user visits a secure website, such as Bank of America, Gmail, PayPal or eBay, the browser examines the website's certificate to verify its authenticity.

At a recent wiretapping convention, however, security researcher Chris Soghoian discovered that a small company was marketing internet spying boxes to the feds. The boxes were designed to intercept those communications — without breaking the encryption — by using forged security certificates, instead of the real ones that websites use to verify secure connections. To use the appliance, the government would need to acquire a forged certificate from any one of more than 100 trusted Certificate Authorities.""

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Wireless Networking

+ - How do you extend your wireless connection?

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ganjadude
ganjadude writes "So I am moving to a location where the cell signal is very poor, (I don't get signal inside my house) and I have been looking at wireless extenders such as the ones that sprint and Verizon have. I am brought down by the cost (Sprint charges monthly, Verizon 250$ up front AT&T.... well they are AT&T) Being that this is Slashdot, and a lot of us live in basements, (I kid!) I assume that some of the crowd has had this issue in the past. My question is what have you done or what alternatives are available to someone in such a situation without bending over and taking it from the phone company?"
Programming

+ - Whatever happened to programming?->

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Mirk
Mirk writes "In a recent interview, Don Knuth wrote: "the way a lot of programming goes today isn't any fun because it's just plugging in magic incantations — combine somebody else's software and start it up." The Reinvigorated Programmer laments how much of our "programming" time is spent pasting not-quite-compatible libraries together and patching around the edges."
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