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Comment: Re:If you have to have cell service (Score 1) 167

by dr.g (#44681867) Attached to: The Big Hangup At Burning Man Is Cell Phones

Actually, it's "ogle", one 'g'. I also like "oogle" because of the visual onomoatopeia, which is pretty rare. (Though "I was ooglin' some boobs, man." only needs four dots to make a clear picture of the stated action.) Also, "oggle" makes me think of bouncing boobs around...with your EYES.

Now I forgot what point I was going to make about generational shifts, hippies, hipsters, gentrification, coolness, social justice, privilege and Burning Man. Tell ya what, just throw those together with random approval/disapproval values and it'll be more or less what most posters seem to be doing anyway.

Comment: Re:If you have to have cell service (Score 1) 167

by dr.g (#44681773) Attached to: The Big Hangup At Burning Man Is Cell Phones

Awesome. A very basic, junior high-level understanding of commerce and human society and presented here it reads like a dissertation.

And this is what so frustrates the Left-their materia, their clay, the insensate mass of plebian class victims of which their just and noble revolution will be constructed instead know that there's nothing wrong with commerce or prosperity. They can't be convinced it's inherently wrong to "do a deal an fat up de pocket mon". The great and self-evidently GOOD leveling project never really has a chance.

People should be viewed as capable of contending, striving, achieving, advancing their own well-being...even people less educated than yourself, even people of different color or culture...with good rules* this can benefit everybody and result in a peaceful and prosperous society. The "everybody should have the same" crowd doesn't really think that, and are usually willing to appoint themselves executors of a plan to achieve said result. Others are not eager for this to happen. Not that the unappealing nature of leftist solutions is in any way a defense for the corrupt crony klepto-capitalism "our" "political" "leaders" have been bribed into creating.

*-this "good rules" thing seems to be the sticking point, the stumbling block, the fly in the ointment and," ultimately, the nub of my gist.

Comment: Re:Communication is sometimes the only trace (Score 1) 297

by dr.g (#44408015) Attached to: Google Engineer Wins NSA Award, Then Says NSA Should Be Abolished

Safe communication means safe means for propaganda, avenues for radicalisation and recruitment, and for coordination and planning. And that's plenty harmful.

If you really want to know how important secure communication is considered, ask the military, the diplomatic service, and most companies.

I'm all for good old detective work, given a suspect. But the trick is to get a suspect in the first place. Monitoring communication helps enormously in becoming aware of suspects.

"Safe communication means safe means for unsuppressed countering of government propaganda, avenues for free expression of disagreement with government actions, avenues for planning concerted action against a corrupt and sold-out government, and for effective planning and recruitment."

Fixed it for you. Or do you trust this government? The government that writes paid-for legislation for Disney and Time-Warner? The government that allows pharmaceutical companies to write legislation that gets rubber-stamped 100 times out of a 100? The government that promises 'transparency' and then absolutely CRUSHES anyone who exposes unconstitutional practices or blows the whistle on corruption? The government that promises enlightened reform of drug laws and then (literally) laughs at the prospect of maybe NOT ruining people's lives for minor offenses. The government that pads the coffers of ADM and Simplot with farm subsidy giveaways, and when trotting out Ma and Pa Kettle isn't adequate to quell the outrage at the corruption, ties the gifts to food stamps...for the poor, for the single mother, for the CHIIIILDREN....*sniff*

This is the government of, by and for, DEA scum, corporate thieves and the purchasers (not creators) of intellectual property.

Okay, it's YOUR government, I get that, but as a citizen of the US, I feel it SHOULD also be mine, and increasingly, that it isn't. Maybe a government that feels it needs to keep every citizen under surveillance recognizes that it really is NOT serving "all of the people", and is concerned that more and more of us are figuring this out.

Comment: Re:Public resignation? (Score 0) 297

by dr.g (#44406253) Attached to: Google Engineer Wins NSA Award, Then Says NSA Should Be Abolished

Google is a huge part of the surveillance machine. If you oppose surveillance, aren't you morally bound to stop enriching a big part of the problem? Is this what you signed up for? To help them build the apparatus of tyranny?

Maybe a mass wave of resignations among the 9 would effect positive change? Maybe we are all responsible to do our part to stop this monstrosity?

I am afraid to post this comment. I am sure that I will get categorized as a dissident for it. I would say a lot more, but my freedom of speech is chilled.

Your concern seems to derive more from a a hard-on for Google than any real fear of tyranny....but you did say your cowardice trumps your cluelessness, so that's all good then.

Now tell us how it's all the fault of one half (the "Republitards" or "Rethuglicans" . I'm guessing.) of our monolithic political party, in (imaginary) opposition to the "Good Guys" and you could score the idiocy/cowardice/hypocrisy trifecta! This will qualify you for a "Perfectly Average Internet Poster" Award.

Impending tyranny is a valid concern, of course, as the oligarchs, plutocrats and terminally cynical politicians who comprise what passes for an 'elite' in the 21st century cannot be trusted to be satisfied with becoming filthy rich from the public trough, in perpetuity, but rather, will kill off the herd for an extra nickel a head ("'Less in the future?' What does that even mean? More is MORE! I'm biting off this nipple and taking it home!"*).

But to explain the mechanism of your enslavement would run us well into 'tl, dr' territory, and why bother with that when there are so many tasty bumper-sticker-sized thought-o-bits to be consumed? You just continue ranting about the brand name on the shovel being used to bury you...

*-to put an indelicate but accurate point on it.

+ - How to make a post on blogger->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "How to make a post on blogger — Blogger?
For those of you who have a blog, must be familiar with this word. Especially if your blog is using the services of blogger.com which is a company owned by Google. Blogger.com, is one of the blog's most widely used by internet users. In addition there is also a wordpress blogger.com, opera, mywapblog, and others. Any type of blog, has its own advantages. Well, for those of you who have a blog, specifically his blogspot. I would like to share a bit of information, on how to make a post on blogger. This, I specifically did it for those of you who are new to the blog"

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+ - Motorola to unveil Moto X smartphone at August 1 event in New York->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Motorola's first major release under Google's ownership looms
near as the company recently sent out media invitations to an
August 1 event in New York. Unlike cryptic invitations from
Apple that are open to interpretation, Motorola made no effort to hide what they plan to reveal on the first of the month – the
Moto X smartphone. One source claiming to have used the
handset told
The Verge it features a display that's roughly 4.5-inches in size
and
is powered by a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon MSM8960T
processor, 2GB of system memory and has a removable Kevlar
rear shell. Additional rumors from around the web point to
16GB of internal flash memory, a front-facing 2-megapixel
camera and a 10-megap"

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+ - Poll shows that 75% prefer printer books to ebooks->

Submitted by Attila Dimedici
Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "In a new Rasmussen poll, 75% of American adults would rather read a book in traditional print format than in an ebook format. Only 15% prefer the ebook format (the other 10% are undecided). The latter is a drop from the 23% that preferred the ebook format in Rasmussen's 2011 poll. In addition, more say they buy their books from a brick and mortar store that say they buy books online (35% from brick and mortar, 27% online). I suspect that the 27% who buy online buy more books, but these results are interesting and suggest that the brick and mortar bookstore is not necessarily doomed."
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+ - Google Ngram Viewer: Frequency Of Words And Phrases In Digitized Books-> 1

Submitted by dryriver
dryriver (1010635) writes "Google has put up a search tool that lets the user search for the frequency of a "word" or "phrase" in millions of books that have been digitized over the years — e.g. years 1800 to 2013. A search term that looks as follows: "Tesla, Edison, Einstein", for example, will draw a graph of how frequently Tesla, Edison and Einstein are mentioned in books in a given year. Of course one can also search for more generic words and phrases. One can, for example, search for "justice, law, right", to see a timeline of the years in which these terms peaked or fell. Google's new search tool is interesting, because it gives immediate visual feedback on when, in the last 200 years, a given word or phrase was popular with writers and publishers. It is a bit like Google's Zeitgeist, only that it extends far into the past — before computers and the Internet were invented, and when the printed word was very much king of the hill when it came to storing and transmitting information."
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+ - 98 Million Americans Might Have Received Polio Vaccine Contaminated With Cancer ->

Submitted by SmartAboutThings
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "The Center for Disease Control and Prevention website curiously mothballed pages admitting that the polio vaccine administered from 1955 to 1963 to over 98 million Americans was contaminated with a primate form of cancer virus. cdclogoOther CDC web pages also referencing the link between the widely-distributed vaccine and cancer have similarly been discarded. The pages are still available through Google’s cache system and at the links below: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/updates/archive/polio_and_cancer_factsheet.htm http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/updates/archive/polio_and_cancer.htm"
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+ - Jail Time For Price-Fixing Car Parts->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The U.S. Dept. of Justice has announced that Panasonic and its subsidiary Sanyo have been fined $56.5 million for their roles in price fixing conspiracies involving battery cells and car parts. The fines are part of a larger investigation into the prices of auto parts. Interestingly, 12 people at various companies have been sentenced to jail time, and three more are going to prison. Since the charges are felonies, none of the sentences are shorter than a year and a day. Criminal fines targeting these companies has totaled over $874 million. 'The conduct of Panasonic, SANYO, and LG Chem resulted in inflated production costs for notebook computers and cars purchased by U.S. consumers. These investigations illustrate our efforts to ensure market fairness for U.S. businesses by bringing corporations to justice when their commercial activity violates antitrust laws.'"
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+ - Rise of the Warrior Cop: How America's Police Forces Became Militarized

Submitted by FuzzNugget
FuzzNugget (2840687) writes "An awakening piece in the Wall Street Journal paints a grim picture of how America's police departments went from community officers walking the beat to full-on, militarized SWAT opterations breaking down the doors of non-violent offenders.

From the article: "In the 1970s, there were just a few hundred [raids] a year; by the early 1980s, there were some 3,000 a year. In 2005, there were approximately 50,000 raids." It goes on to detail examples of agressive, SWAT-style raids on non-violent offenders and how many have ended in unecessary deaths.

Last year, after a Utah man's home was raided for having 16 small mairijuana plants, nearly 300 bullets in total were fired (most of them by the police) in the ensuing gunfight, the homeowner believing he was a victim of a home invasion by criminals. The US miltary veteran later hanged himself in his jail cell while the prosecution sought the death sentence for the murder of one officer he believed to be an criminal assailant. In 2006, a man in Virgina was shot and killed after an undercover detective overheard the man discussing bets on college football games with buddies in a bar. The 38-year-old optomitrist had no criminal record and no history of violence.

The reports range from incredulous to outrageous; from the raid on the Gibson guitar factory for violation of conservational law, to the infiltration of a bar where underage youth were believed to be drinking, to the Tibeten monks were apprehended by police in full SWAT gear for overstaying their visas on a peace mission. Then there's the one about the woman who was subject to a raid for failing to pay her student loan bills.

It's a small wonder why few respect police anymore. SWAT-style raids aren't just for defense against similarly-armed criminals anymore, it's now a standard ops intimidation tactic. How much bloodshed will it take for America to realize such a disproportionate response is unwarranted and disasterous?"

+ - Ubuntu Forums was hacked->

Submitted by satuon
satuon (1822492) writes "The popular Ubuntu Forums site is now displaying a message saying that attackers have gained control over the website. What is currently known:

Unfortunately the attackers have gotten every user's local username, password, and email address from the Ubuntu Forums database.
The passwords are not stored in plain text. However, if you were using the same password as your Ubuntu Forums one on another service (such as email), you are strongly encouraged to change the password on the other service ASAP.
Ubuntu One, Launchpad and other Ubuntu/Canonical services are NOT affected by the breach."

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+ - Disney Creates New Free Air Haptic Technology->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Hi,

Disney will release a press release shortly of a new technology called AIREAL, featured at this year's SIGGRAPH 2013 conference in Anaheim, CA. Here is a link:

The project page is located here:

http://www.disneyresearch.com/project/aireal/

Paper and Demo:
http://s2013.siggraph.org/attendees/technical-papers/events/aireal-interactive-tactile-experiences-free-air

and demo:

http://s2013.siggraph.org/attendees/emerging-technologies/events/aireal-tactile-gaming-experiences-free-air

Thanks,
Raj"

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+ - Spatial Ability a Predictor of Creativity in Science

Submitted by HonorPoncaCityDotCom
HonorPoncaCityDotCom (2980655) writes "The gift for spatial reasoning — the kind that may inspire an imaginative child to dismantle a clock or the family refrigerator — is sometimes referred to as the “orphan ability” for its tendency to go undetected. Now Douglas Quenqua reports that according to a study published in the journal Psychological Science, spatial ability may be a greater predictor of future creativity or innovation than math or verbal skills, particularly in math, science and related fields. “Evidence has been mounting over several decades that spatial ability gives us something that we don’t capture with traditional measures (PDF) used in educational selection,” says David Lubinski, the lead author of the study and a psychologist at Vanderbilt. “We could be losing some modern-day Edisons and Fords.” Spatial ability can be best defined as the ability to “generate, retain, retrieve, and transform well-structured visual images.” Some examples of great inventors who have used their high levels of spatial ability to innovate include James Watt, who is known for improving the steam engine and James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA. Nikola Tesla, who provided the basis for alternating current (AC) power systems, is said (or fabled) to have been able to visualize an entire working engine in his mind and be able to test each part over time to see what would break first. Testing spatial aptitude is not particularly difficult but is simply not part of standardized testing because it is considered a cognitive function — the realm of I.Q. and intelligence tests — and is not typically a skill taught in school. “It’s not like math or English, it’s not part of an academic curriculum,” says Dr. David Geary. “It’s more of a basic competence. For that reason it just wasn’t on people’s minds when developing these tests.”"

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