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Comment: Re:Obama's police state? (Score 1) 272

by Rhyas (#47186685) Attached to: US Marshals Seize Police Stingray Records To Keep Them From the ACLU

> What exactly goes through their minds?
"I'm just doing my job." Just like you they have families too that need to be fed.

Whether it's being a jack booted thug violating laws in order to spy on everyone or escorting prisoners to the gas^H^H^Hshower chamber and then disposing of the bodies in an oven, these people are merely doing their job and getting paid for it.

Why ask beyond that?

Slashdot talks the big talk but when it comes down to it, whistleblowing is HARD. Standing up for what's right it HARD. Fucking AC's talking the shit. People DO actually think of their families, their lives, their own personal well being. It's human nature. I'm not saying that people shouldn't stand up for what's right, I'm saying that it's a fucking hard thing to do. Snowden and the like gave up *everything* to do what's right.

I'm for one am glad I don't have to choose between my loving family and a cold solitary cell just to give everyone else some information about some menial spy program that lets the government snoop on me the same way corporations are. It would be a FUCKING HARD THING TO DO, and you all should take time to think about that seriously. Heap praise on those who have the courage to do the right thing, but don't pile on to those who don't. You're very likely in the camp that wouldn't stand up in that situation.

Reminds me of This comic.

Comment: Re:Obama's police state? (Score 1) 272

by Rhyas (#47186635) Attached to: US Marshals Seize Police Stingray Records To Keep Them From the ACLU

Why does crap like this get modded up? Insightful? Seriously?! This is one of the most ugly prejudices that keeps popping up. Not all cops are ego maniacs, not all cops "do it for the control", etc. Open your goddamn eyes and look at the world through something other than your shit colored glasses.

+ - Why cyclists should be able to roll through stop signs & ride through red li->

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "Joseph Stromberg at Vox makes a good case for changing traffic rules for bicyclists so that the 'Idaho stop' is legal. The Idaho stop allows cyclists to treat stop signs as yields and red lights as stop signs, and has created a safer ride for both cyclists and pedestrians. Oregon was considering a similar law in 2009, and they made a nice video illustrating the Idaho Stop that is embedded in this article."
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Comment: It's the Sports (Score 3, Informative) 340

by Rhyas (#46946029) Attached to: Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17

It would be interesting to see if those 17 average out to specific channels, or categories of channels. i.e. Sports Broadcasts.

Honestly, I'd be a cord cutter and I know a lot of other people who would as well, if there were *reliable* alternate way to get the sporting events I want to watch. Baseball, Hockey, Soccer, Auto Racing, just to name a few that you can't really get outside of a cable subscription. Football *could* be piled in there as well, mostly because there are relatively few games on the broadcast channels on any given weekend for a given region. However, NFL is probably the *most* available of any sport.

I never watch anything else that can't be reliably streamed from Netflix, Prime, Hulu, etc. But I have to pay for all of it to get the sports. ):

Comment: Re:She's nuts (Score 1) 510

by Rhyas (#46014885) Attached to: Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

At some point, people are going to have to get pissed off enough to take the risk on a new candidate. "Look, I know I might suck sometimes, but look at the alternative! You have no idea what that person will do, at least you know me!" FUD at it's finest is what keeps our congress ineffective.

Comment: Re:inside job? (Score 4, Interesting) 213

by Rhyas (#45801801) Attached to: Encrypted PIN Data Taken In Target Breach

They didn't get anything onto the card readers from all that's been published publicly so far. Most card readers these days will encrypt the pin *before* sending the data to the terminal. Thus, only getting encrypted pins.

Given that the terminals run windows, it's not that difficult to get some malware to spread to them from a central source. Could still be an inside job for sure, but none of the details published yet can confirm that for fact.

Comment: Re:Accidental? RIIIIIGHT... (Score 1) 418

If you own a Kindle you should be backing your stuff up anyway. Calibre is a good companion for not only backing up purchased content, but adding new content not purchased through Amazon.

Common sense says this isn't something that *any* PR department wants, it would be a huge blow to whatever company did it, and the whole model in general.

Comment: Re:This is pointless (Score 3, Interesting) 129

by Rhyas (#45627661) Attached to: Facebook Patents Inferring Income of Users

I can think of a couple of reasons to not go direct in this case:

1) It's possibly more expensive to advertise on CNN or NYT.
2) There's no inherent ability to "share" or "like" an ad. (yes, people do it)

Facebook adds value not only for the targeting, but for the "social" nature of it's platform.

Comment: Easy Solution to meet the Goal (Score 1) 409

by Rhyas (#45464563) Attached to: Boston Cops Outraged Over Plans to Watch Their Movements Using GPS

There's a pretty simple solution to meet the primary goal in the summary and the article, "Knowing where your assets are to get the right ones responding in an emergency". Simply don't log the data. You use it to show where an officer is, but you don't log all their activity.

Comment: Re:WTF is Glassfish? (Score 3, Informative) 125

by Rhyas (#45375537) Attached to: Oracle Kills Commercial Support For GlassFish: Was It Inevitable?

It's not terribly popular these days but was at one time, and it's still used in a lot of enterprise production environments these days. It was Sun's premier "Application Server" when it came to hosting products like their Portal software, Java CAPS, Access Manager, Identity Management tools, and various other JEE-level applications. It has enterprise level features like clustering, centralized management and deployment, etc. all built into the product. (Has had them for many years, though now you can get similar functionality in things like Tomcat) It was essentially Sun's version of JBOSS, WebLogic, or WebSphere.

It's no surprise that Oracle is drop kicking it though, it's very much a cheap competitor to WebLogic/Oracle Application Server.

Comment: This makes me sad. (Score 3, Interesting) 44

This was one of the last, if not the last, planetariums in Colorado that still had the classic projector that was this huge awesome piece of machinery that rose from the floor like a magical thing. I loved these as a kid, and it was the coolest thing to get to see it in action a few years ago on a field trip with my kids. They were just as much in awe of it as I was at that age, and every time we pass it these days, they recall how cool it was.

It seems all planetariums are going to the "IMAX" format, and frankly, it sucks. The Denver Planetarium is absolutely lame now, they don't have any good presentations, half the time everything is on auto-pilot and there's no real person there. I don't expect it to be around for very long actually, since it competes with the IMAX theater in the same building, but seats far fewer people.

I'm just glad my kids got to see Fiske once before it was replaced with "better" technology that's much less impressive in it's physical effect on visitors. Going forward, the only thing kids are going to see different with "planetarium" vs. "movie theater" is that the planetarium has a domed screen, and this one happens to have a disco ball in the middle of it.

-= Rhyas =-

It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know nothing about the problem.