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Comment: Re:May not have to worry about taxes (Score 1) 734

by Skewray (#49192425) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

While working in Canada I had a boss who was a US citizen, but he had been born in Canada to US married parents. He had the tax id for his parents to claim him as a dependent till 18. But he did not have a SSN number. He refused to work in the states because he didn't want to get a SSN number and thus have to pay taxes for the rest of his life, but he was still a US citizen. I have no clue if that was legal or not. And I have no idea if this matches your circumstances, but it may be something you want to look into. See if they will be forced to pay taxes even if they don't have an SSN number just the tax id (which is different for children, or so I've been told).

I am shocked that someone posted something potentially informative.

Comment: Re:Sarkeesian, really? (Score 1) 299

by Skewray (#48705883) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?

Sarkeesian was the first to really stand up to it in a very public way, did a lot to draw attention to the problem and documented it in detail. I think it's fair to say that we wouldn't have come this far without her.

For me it's hard to pick between her and Snowden. Both have done a lot to draw attention to important issues, at great personal risk.

Snowden blow open something I already knew. But Sarkeesian let me in on the child thread of the above post. I was utterly unaware that so many readers of Slashdot were...well...whatever one calls those kind of people.

+ - A Domain Registrar Is Starting a Fiber ISP to Compete With Comcast

Submitted by Jason Koebler
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "Tucows Inc., an internet company that's been around since the early 90s—it’s generally known for being in the shareware business and for registering and selling premium domain names—announced that it's becoming an internet service provider.
Tucows will offer fiber internet to customers in Charlottesville, Virginia—which is served by Comcast and CenturyLink—in early 2015 and eventually wants to expand to other markets all over the country. “Everyone who has built a well-run gigabit network has had demand exceeding their expectations," Elliot Noss, Tucows' CEO said. "We think there's space in the market for businesses like us and smaller.""

+ - RIP DDJ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Dr. Dobb's — long time icon of programming magazines — "sunsets" at the end of the year. Younger people may not care, but for the hard core old guys, it marks the end of a world where broad knowledge of computers and being willing to create solutions instead of reuse them was valuable."
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+ - Verizon Offers Encrypted Calling With NSA Backdoor At No Additional Charge->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "As a string of whistle blowers like former AT&T employee Mark Klein have made clear abundantly clear, the line purportedly separating intelligence operations from the nation's incumbent phone companies was all-but obliterated long ago. As such, it's relatively amusing to see Verizon announce this week that the company is offering up a new encrypted wireless voice service named Voice Cypher. Voice Cypher, Verizon states, offers "end-to-end" encryption for voice calls on iOS, Android, or BlackBerry devices equipped with a special app made by Cellcrypt.

Verizon says it's initially pitching the $45 per phone service to government agencies and corporations, but would ultimately love to offer it to consumers as a line item on your bill. Of course by "end-to-end encryption," Verizon means that the new $45 per phone service includes an embedded NSA backdoor free of charge. Apparently, in Verizon-land, "end-to-end encryption" means something entirely different than it does in the real world:"

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+ - Scientists solve mystery of spontaneously combusting rubble piles in Japan quake->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Something strange happened in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that pummeled Japan. Months later, mysterious fires began breaking out in piles of brick and wood from damaged buildings. Researchers puzzled over what sparked the fires, but a new study offers a possible explanation: decomposing rice-straw flooring, called tatami mats, filled with fermenting microbes that generate large quantities of heat."
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Comment: Re:I don't see it (Score 4, Insightful) 74

I guess they are trying to argue that the placement of the items is the connection?

Pretty much. I suspect this is one of those situations where "correlation != causality" is an appropriate comment.

I would say instead that, given a sufficiently large enough data set, patterns and correlations are bound to appear. The likelihood that thousands of paintings were analyzed in this way and no matches were found, purely on a random basis, is very small.

Comment: Re:something made of hardwood (Score 1) 611

by Skewray (#47109339) Attached to: Which desktop environment do you like the best?

large, flat, a couple of nice drawers, place to keep pens, pencils, a stapler, my kneadable eraser, and room for a teevee, good loudspeakers, and a nice computer. and a comfortable chair. now that's a nice desktop environment.

Don't forget a motorized standing desk. Who wants to sit all day?

Comment: What airgap? (Score 2) 213

by Skewray (#45757291) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can Commercial Hardware Routers Be Trusted?

It doesn't matter. Either there's an airgap, where nothing can get out regardless, so it doesn't matter, or their's a hop along the path you don't control so the security of your device doesn't matter.

If you have an Intel processor, then there is already a radio backdoor built in. See http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/enterprise-security/what-is-vpro-technology-video.html

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 532

by Skewray (#44063995) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does LED Backlight PWM Drive You Crazy?

I've seen these before, and I hate them with a passion. Can't see it if you look directly at it, but the more motion-oriented vision at the edge of my vision would catch it.

They seem to be rare, though.

Peripheral vision is much more sensitive to higher frequencies. The central vision taps out at around 40 Hz, while the far peripheral can sense up to around 120 Hz. Doesn't mean that the sensitivity is zero above that, though, just diminished. So any self-respecting system engineer would set the modulation frequency to twice that. Sadly LCD monitors are apparently not designed by self-respecting system engineers.

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?