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Comment: What NYPD is doing is part of a larger trend ... (Score 5, Insightful) 135

... of America dropping deeper and deeper into the abyss of absolute fascism

... this isn't condoning the actions of the NYPD ...

I feel sad that you choose to limit it within the very narrow context of 'action of NYPD'

The sad fact is that the United States of America, thanks to NYPD and all other local / state / federal law enforcement agencies is becoming more and more like what the Stasi did in Eastern Germany, or the secret police of the Nicolae Ceausescu regime of Romania, or under the CCP in China, or the Kim's secret police in North Korea, ...
 
If the sentence 'uprooting terrorist plots, tracking "political activity"' fails to alarm any of the Americans, the future of United States of America is bleak

I mean, please read that sentence again

They actually use the term "terrorist plots" and the term "political activity" in the same fucking sentence!

What kind of America is _that_ ?

Aren't Americans supposed to be free to associate or join with any political activity, especially in the Land of the FREE??

What the fuck has happened to the freedom of association?

Or has America turned into a place where local law enforcement agencies such as NYPD, and all other agencies from the States as well as from the Federal level, get to dictate who can mix with whom now??

+ - A side effect of digitization to the movie industry->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Do you know that there is a very effective side effect that digitization has wrought to the movie industry?

Hint: The colors

Before you start to scratch your head, consider this — What colors do most movie posters use these days?

If you still have no clue, click this link — http://pix-media.s3.amazonaws.... and this link — http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-...

The two predominant colors are orange and blue, and they are there for a reason ... and it is actually based on Science

"The big change that digitization made was it made it much easier to apply a single color scheme to a bunch of different scenes at once. The more of a movie you can make look good with a single scheme, the less work you have to do. Also, as filmmakers are bringing many different film formats together in a single movie, applying a uniform color scheme helps tie them together"

"One way to figure out what will look good is to figure out what the common denominator is in the majority of your scenes. And it turns out that actors are in most scenes. And actors are usually human. And humans are orange, at least sort of!"

There you have it. Next time you look at a movie poster wonder no more why the orange and blue are being used, again !

"

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Comment: What is more important ? (Score 3, Interesting) 700

by Taco Cowboy (#48977419) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?

What is more important ... schooling, or learning?

Not all the learning happen within the context of a 'school', no matter if it is home school, private school or public school. In fact, most of the learning average kids had/have were/are from OUTSIDE of the schools

Nowadays parents seem to forget that. They seem to think that once they throw their children into a school, it's the responsibility of the teachers in the school to teach their kids

NO !!

I have met people from public school backgrounds who are, while not very technically savvy, they are super streets smart, able to detect troubles before the troubles actually begin

On the other hand, some of those who were home schooled might know a lot of stuffs, but unfortunately they lack many of the skills to successfully interact with others, particularly strangers, and often fall pray to scams because they are not aware of the darker side of humanity

No matter which school you send your kids in, you, as the parents, have to know that your kids learn from you more than they ever could learn from their teachers

Learning is not schooling, and no amount of schooling can equip your children if they do not have the opportunity to learn OUTSIDE of the school

Comment: It's Psychological Warfare (Score 4, Insightful) 577

When the government comes out and says anything resembling "planned", "suggested", "considered", etc., it really means that they've been doing it for decades

No matter if the American government has carried out this 'car plate scanning' thing for decades, this announcement by itself is a PSY-OP and this mark the beginning of the government of the United States of America launching PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE on the Citizens of the United States of America

In other words, the government of the United States of America is no longer a government of the People, by the People and from the People --- The government of the United States of America has become a government AGAINST the People

Comment: NSA would have loved this ! (Score 1) 88

How can NSA not loving this feature?

I mean, the two way encrypted channels between userA and serverA, if NSA would like to crack it, they would need to invest some crunch time just to take a peek

With this new protocol all NSA needs to do is to perform a MITM act ... get the info needed and then tell the user (and the server) to update keys and such

Mission accomplished !

+ - Islamic State promises to behead Obama in the White House->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "

''We will cut off your head in the White House'

That's the promise from the Islamic State to Obama and they vow to turn America into an "Islamic Province" (or in Islamic-speak, 'Wilayah Islamia'

Now that Islamic State has issued that threat, why Obama and his NSA / CIA gang do something about it?

If an American says similar thing Obama and his goons would have swoop down and pounded that poor fella, but when Islamic State issued that threat, nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING !

Is the American government a coward or what? A government which only dare to punish innocent Christians and not the bloody Moslems?

"

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Comment: Without Steve Jobs ... (Score 5, Interesting) 458

by Taco Cowboy (#48946561) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

I'm sure they are working up a neurocannula down there in Cupertino...the iJack

Without Steve Jobs Apple is just like Microsoft

No matter how you hate Steve Jobs, that guy is the one with the radical views

The world already got its walkmans for decades but it was Steve Jobs who knew he could do much better than the Sony Walkman (and all the copycats) and iPod was the answer

There were already smartphones (actually what was available before iPhone should not be categorized as smartphones, they were more like featurephones than smartphones) with the a-z keyboard on the keypad

It was Steve Jobs who moved the keyboard from the keypad to the screen

Let's compare Bill Gates with Steve Jobs

Bill Gates is from a very wealthy family, with a mother who knows people in high places

Steve Jobs is adopted. His birth dad is from Lebanon, and after knocking up his birth mother, abandoned his birth mother and went back alone to the Middle East

That is why Steve was put up for adoption because his birth mother couldn't bring up a son on her own

Steve Job's adopted parents are middle class people. Financially stable, but in no way can be compared to the wealth of Bill Gates' family

Bill Gates was enrolled into the first class university, and dropped out - he dropped out because he has no fear, after all, he got his wealthy family to fall back on

Steve Jobs didn't make it to first class university - there wasn't enough $$$ anyway. His 'university' is Reed College in Portland, Oregon

When Steve Jobs dropped out, he did not have a $$$ filled family to support him, he needed to find the money himself

When Bill Gates created Microsoft he could afford to rent comfortable office space and hire people --- Bill Gates got so much money that he could even afford to buy a program, called QDOS, from Tim Paterson

On the other hand, Steve Jobs started Apple with his pal, Wozniak, in a garage

Bill Gates' successful break was from his mom's link to IBM's hotshot

Steve Jobs' break is based on his ingenuity and determination

Steve Jobs was kicked out of Apple once - and without Steve Jobs around, Apple Inc turned into a pool of Apple jam - they actually brought out a dud - the Apple Newton

Only when the Apple Inc was in rock bottom that they brought Steve Jobs back --- and promptly with Steve's Macintosh Apple rebound

Microsoft ? With or without Bill Gates Microsoft will still be Microsoft, because Bill Gates, unlike Steve Jobs, has little or no vision

On the other hand, Apple with Steve Jobs is a jar of Apple jam

Since the departure of Steve Jobs, Apple Inc hasn't come up with any new stuff that make sense - all it got is iteration of the same-old-shit, iPad and iPhone, that's all

Comment: IBM has turned into GM (Score 1) 99

by Taco Cowboy (#48945439) Attached to: Cutting Through Data Science Hype

I've never had much of a chance to use IBM offerings. What is AIX like? What is DB2 like? What is Informix like? What is Lotus like? What is WebSphere like? What is the XL C/C++ compiler like?

IBM is repeating what General Motors has been doing, putting out junks, after junks, after junks

Decades ago it didn't matter if you bought Pontiac or Chevrolet or Buick, you bought the same fucking junk

Nowadays it doesn't matter if it is Informix or WebsSphere or AIX or DB2 ... they simply don't worth their sticker price

+ - The Quantum Experiment That Simulates A Time Machine

Submitted by KentuckyFC
KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "One of the extraordinary features of quantum mechanics is that one quantum system can simulate the behaviour of another that might otherwise be difficult to create. That's exactly what a group of physicists in Australia have done in creating a quantum system that simulates a quantum time machine. Back in the early 90s, physicists showed that a quantum particle could enter a region of spacetime that loops back on itself, known as a closed timelike curve, without creating grandfather-type paradoxes in which time travellers kill their grandfathers thereby ensuring they could never have existed to travel back in time in the first place. Nobody has ever built a quantum closed time-like curve but now they don't have to. The Australian team have simulated its behaviour by allowing two entangled photons to interfere with each other in a way that recreates the behaviour of a single photon interacting with an older version of itself. The results are in perfect agreement with predictions from the 1990s--there are no grandfather-type paradoxes. Interestingly, the results are entirely compatible with relativity, suggesting that this type of experiment might be an interesting way of reconciling it with quantum mechanics."

+ - Where are the Linux talents?->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "IT is changing organizations across the globe, impacting enterprises, governments and the wider public sector. Open source in particular is a driver in innovation, giving organizations a competitive edge and an ability to scale and adapt to changing market demands.

According to the 2014 Linux Jobs Report, demand for Linux expertise continues to grow, with hiring managers across a number of industries citing Linux talents as one of the top recruitment priorities this year

Unsurprisingly, with more government IT transformation projects under way in Asia Pacific, the need to reinvest in government employees' skills is also on the rise. This may be due to legacy systems, often built on proprietary platforms and supported by IT teams with skill sets limited by the technologies they had to maintain

An example of the legacy system is Lotus Notes system, which was adopted by governments throughout southeast Asia over the past 20 years. When the time came for these governments to move to a new and more capable platform, they had to conduct extensive staff retraining for a new tool. Of course, this led to climbing expenditures given the need for new training

With proprietary systems like Lotus Notes, there is a need to keep learning fixed and limited skills to support proprietary, vendor-specific set ups. Open source knowledge (Linux training) is, generally, highly transferable and can be applied to almost any Linux platform

Hiring managers in both governments and enterprises are bolstering Linux talent plans, according to the 2014 Linux Jobs Report. This report is assembled from a survey taken across 1,100 hiring managers and 4,000 professionals within the Linux space

In fact, the demand for Linux expertise is so high that salaries are being driven above industry norms, in turn causing these Linux professionals to identify Linux knowledge as a career-advancing tool

In Singapore, the Singaporean government appears to understand the need for local initiatives and frameworks, as the new fair consideration framework has led to increased competition for local IT talent

"Due to a limited talent pool in the storage, security, cloud or hosted domains, the market is also facing a shortage of technically skilled pre-sales people," said Regional Director of Hays in Singapore and Malaysia, Chris Mead. He explained that service management, cloud architecture and process and quality specialist roles were also in high demand

"We expect the supply shortage of these professionals to continue as businesses are consistently evaluating their IT operations to enable optimal efficiency and a continual improvement of their IT services"

It is thus important that IT professionals find the appropriate training that will prove to be a long term asset to them and their organizations. On the other side of this transformation governments should consider local initiatives to support Linux training programs, thus growing the skill base for Linux and other open source standards."

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Comment: What do you call a spade? (Score 1) 103

by Taco Cowboy (#48929839) Attached to: Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

What I'm saying is that calling people "sheeples" is inherently anti-democratic

So what do you call them?

By any other name the sheeples are still acting like sheeps

They do not like to think, they do not like to think so much that they let others to do all the thinking for themselves

And when that happens, someone else do come out and does the thinking for them ... that someone is nothing but the authority

So the authority tells the sheeples that what they are doing --- that BLANKET SNOOPING THING is "good for them" because it will "protect them from the baddies", you know, them "terrorists", them "pedophiles", them with "bad intentions"

And the sheeples bought that shit wholesale --- with line and hook and barrel and everything in between

You want your democracy, so be it, but do not tell me that calling a spade a spade is undemocratic

We can call the "Sheeples" a "Rose", or a "Tulip", or even "Alfalfa", but that name change ain't gonna change their character, not even a bit, Sir !

Comment: Yes, we do need hope, but still ... (Score 5, Interesting) 103

by Taco Cowboy (#48929813) Attached to: Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

Sir,

I do agree with you that we do need hope, but we must *NOT* forget the fact that 'hoping' ain't gonna do us, or anybody else, any good, especially when what is happening now, from top down (well, the governments are *ON THE TOP* of the people, no matter which government, no matter which nation)

Nowadays governments treat their citizens with contemp

They suspect their citizens so much that they actually take steps to ensure that every single thing their own citizen does must be checked, categorized, and actions must be taken on whoever they suspect (for whatever reason)

Hope in itself is no longer sufficient to fight those fascist, my friend

We no longer live in the 1960's, Sir

We no longer live in a world where the government listens to the people

No man. We are living in the world where the governments DEMAND to be respected, or else

That's the reality all of us are living in, no matter if you live in Canada or China or Saudi Arabia or America or Great Britain, it's all the same --- you, a citizen, better be a sheeple, or we will mark you, we will follow you, we will watch your every single move

Comment: I rather be a paranoid than be totally un-prepared (Score 5, Insightful) 103

by Taco Cowboy (#48929441) Attached to: Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

Dear Sir,

I may have been thinking too much. In fact, you may even say that I am paranoid - but at the stage that we are in today, that the blanket snooping activities into almost everything that we do online and off, we do need to question why the authority's need to do it, rather than accept what they are telling us by default

Yes, they tell us they are 'looking for terrorists' but is that true?

I mean, if they are 'looking for terrorists' the obvious target for those 'terrorists' are those from a particular religion (that peaceful one, to boot)

But is the authority looking into that group only?

Far from that. They are snooping in on ALL OF US, on our email, on our surfing pattern, on the site we go to, on what we download, on our phone conversation, on everything everybody is doing

Then why are they doing it?

Surely the 'looking for terrorists' excuse ain't gonna cut it no more, there gotta be more than what they are telling us

Yes, I am paranoid, I admit it. But you can't blame me from being paranoid

I am from China, a country which is being ruled by some really despicable regime. At the point when I left China the entire society was in turmoil. People were being pulled out on to the street and beaten, sometimes killed, just because they were labeled as 'anti-revolutionary'

I have had that kind of experiences. Most of you do not. I know what the authority is capable of doing, and what they will do to maintain their control over us, the peons

The more I look at what's happening in the so-called "Western countries" the more it resembles that despicable regime that is controlling China

Yes, I am have been 'overthinking', as you put it, but I rather be paranoid and right and be well prepared (as well as knowing what preventive actions to take before the shit hits the fan), than be totally unprepared and suffered the consequences

But it's all up to you guys. What I am telling you is what I, and many millions of older generation of Chinese had gone through --- we do not trust the authority, we do not trust anyone but ourselves

If you guys insist that the authority is to be trusted, that they are doing what they are doing for 'the good of the people', then that's your right to do what ever you want to do

But when the shit hits the fan (which I fervently hope it will never come true) don't blame me for not forewarning you guys

It happened in China, it could happen, and I repeat, it could happen elsewhere, including the Western countries

Comment: Actually, it's part and parcel of absolute fascism (Score 5, Interesting) 103

by Taco Cowboy (#48928669) Attached to: Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

You said:

... as terrorists. I have accepted that. Just change the laws to reflect reality now so we don't have this silly mismatch ...

Actually their target is further than that
 
To illustrate what I mean, let's look at what TFA says ...

... Canada's electronic spy agency sifts through millions of videos and documents downloaded online every day by people around the world, as part of a sweeping bid to find extremist plots and suspects ...

Are they truly looking for "extremist plots and suspects"?

No

Then what they are looking for?

They are looking for potential targets that they deem "dangerous". No, not terrorists but those amongst the people who are NOT sheeples!

You see, those fascists (to put them in a milder term will be an injustice, they are fascists afterall) are not afraid of sheeples. In fact, they WANT all the people to become sheeples so that they can get absolute control over them

What the fascists are afraid, very afraid of, is those amongst us who steadfastly REFUSE to become a sheeple, who instead will use our own brain to think, rather than delegate the thinking to "somebody else", ie, the authority

That is what makes those fucking fascists antsy --- they can't have that, but current laws still do not allow them to pull out all the non-sheeples to the street and shoot them

So they do the next best ... to identify the non-sheeples so that, when it comes the day they can pull people out to the street and carry out summary execution, they would know who to shoot

That is ultimately WHAT they are doing today ... identifying us, closely monitoring us, categorizing us, ... and ultimately, know who they need to eliminate, and where to get those 'trouble makers'

+ - The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week But You Still Don't Need One

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Will Oremus writes at Future Tense that five years ago Steve Jobs introduced the iPad and insisted that it would do several things better than either a laptop or a smartphone: browse the web, send email, watch videos, enjoy your music collection, play games, read ebooks. By most standards, the iPad has been a success, and the tablet has indeed emerged as a third category of computing device but there's another way of looking at the iPad. According to Oremus, Jobs was right to leave out the productivity features and go big on the simple tactile pleasure of holding the Internet in your hands. But for all its popularity and appeal, the iPad never has quite cleared the bar Jobs set for it, which was to be “far better” at some key tasks than a laptop or a smartphone. The iPad may have been "far better" when it was first released but smartphones have come a long way. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and their Android equivalents are now convenient enough for most mobile computing tasks that there’s no need to carry around a tablet as well. That helps explain why iPad sales have plateaued, rather than continuing to ascend to the stratospheric levels of the iPhone. "The iPad remains an impressive machine. But it also remains a luxury item rather than a necessity," concludes Oremus. "Again, by most standards, it is a major success. Just not by the high standards that Jobs himself set for it five years ago.""

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