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Comment: Re:Can I even fly any more? (Score 1) 234

by rtb61 (#47519563) Attached to: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Of course think of all the fun if you knew you were on the terrorist watch list. Sending properly worded private emails to all the people private or public you dislike. The higher up the list you are the greater the damage mwah ha ha. Is there a way to leak a copy, are you rated alphabetically or by threat level, we want UID scores, yeah. The all new social networking game, get yourself on the Terrorist Watch list and see how high you can raise your threat level, without actually getting arrested. Publication of the list should be the next White House petition. It would be a really cool as a global game as foreigners get to play too.

Mocking the list is by far the best defence against the list. Actively seeking contact with persons already on the list. Joining groups listed just to get listed. Repeatedly conduct legal activity that earns list placement. Using multiple activities to increase your list score. Finding ways to discover if you on the list and your list score. Don't fear the list, just send a big ole fuck you (there just ain't no polite way to put that) to the list creators and keepers.

Comment: Re:they can't find people who will work 60-80+ hou (Score 2) 214

by rtb61 (#47519423) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

Free market - they are filling jobs locals don't want to do for the money being offered - apparently it's only a one way free market - surprise, surprise, surprise. Using the car analogy Unions provide for lanes travelling in the other direction, from the top down to the bottom. Want change unionise and kill the H-1Bs.

Comment: Re:I've heard this one... (Score 1) 252

by rtb61 (#47512879) Attached to: Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

There appears to be a significant flaw in the specification. Technically whilst the inverter is limited in size, they have not limited what the inverter is contained in, so a liquid nitrogen bath comes to mind. Doing so makes the inverter quite easy to achieve and the temperature would remain very low even excluding the affect of the liquid nitrogen beyond it's super conductivity enhancing ability. So they should require the inverter function in a room temperature environment.

This is really all about materials design and molecular engineering. Creating micro channel structures to conduct the electricity, interleaved between layers of high heat conductivity material. Of course doesn't matter if it is small if you use very expensive material to manufacture it, you end up defeating your own purpose, like fooling around with platinum.

Comment: Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (Score 1) 285

by rtb61 (#47512769) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

It appears you have never ever configured a notebook for secure use environment, I assure they can be configured to download only what you want them to from a source you specify. 16GB less operating system, less applications, less multi-media content, less all required texts and plus references works and less student created content, shrinks to nothing pretty fast. Plus you can protect the screen and you have a keyboard whilst retaining a full sized screen. The drive with computerising schools to to get students to create content not bloody mindlessly consume it, just to drive corporate profits.

Comment: Re:Warrants are supposed to be narrow (Score 1) 150

by rtb61 (#47504825) Attached to: New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

A far better analogy is snail mail. The judge has granted the right to enter an unlimited number of recipients houses and recover mail sent to them. The real question is who owns that mail, the senders, the receivers, the handlers or the, the ISP. That is the tricky question with regards to email versus snail mail and that technically email should be legally treated exactly the same as snail mail because by and large that is the public expectation.

Comment: Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (Score 1) 285

by rtb61 (#47504793) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

That is a technical lie. If you had provided them with notebooks with hard disk drives, by far the majority of the information they required for the the whole school year could have been pre-installed on the notebook, with only minor update traffic required. Of course tablets lacking significant storage capability require a continuous flow of data, now add in class timing schedules, and the data flow has significant peaks which of course result in inevitable bandwidth problems. So not only poor input interfaces limiting creativity and foolish lock in but huge bandwidth problems.

Comment: Re:What, NASA doesn't sell there building naming r (Score 1) 52

by rtb61 (#47504777) Attached to: NASA Names Building For Neil Armstrong

Why doesn't NASA ignore the celebrity bullshit and name buildings after the people they did the real work of getting man into space and onto the moon, the Scientists and Engineers. NASA you want more scientists and engineers, than stop bloody giving them a back seat to the monkey in the cockpit, grrr ;).

Comment: Re:so one billionaire (Score 2) 62

by rtb61 (#47504765) Attached to: Rupert Murdoch's Quest To Buy Time Warner: Not Done Yet

Murdoch is also very unlikely to get Time Warner as long as he continues to try to buy it with junk bond status non-voting News Corporation stocks. News corporation just can not cut it on the internet which will make it a boat anchor for the Time Warner group. As News Corporations drops and Time Warner rises so the buyout will eventually be on the other boot. The MySpace was the death knell for News Corporation on the internet.

Comment: Re:Local testing works? (Score 1) 774

by rtb61 (#47499225) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Well of course that unemployed person ends up being employed when those around them with higher minimum wage buy stuff that needs to be made so that unemployed person now has a job. How much does an unemployed person make, likely the minimum wage once they become employed because the minimum wage jobs are the first to re-appear when the minimum wage is raised. As the flow on affect occurs so higher wage positions appear. The area of the market that loses is the slaver 'er' servant market, cheap maids, cheap gardeners etc. all paid for by cheap asses.

Comment: Re:Apple has 'done nothing'??? (Score 1) 139

by rtb61 (#47487975) Attached to: Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

The claim that parental approval is required can only be made if parental access is properly validated. Threatening to charge the child with fraud if the parent refuses to pay, is not by any stretch of the imagination seeking parental approval prior to the pay to win virtual sale of imaginary goods. Also refusing to refunds especially when the product suffers no wear and tear or re-stocking cost is also pretty extremely corrupt.

Comment: Re:How many employees does Slashdot need? (Score 2) 272

by rtb61 (#47487913) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Do you how you calculate how much you 'NEED' to make. You don't bloody look at the job being done and think well the worse the job the less we'll pay them. You look at life costs. So how much to buy quality food and groceries, have a place to live, transport to work (bound to quality city planning), health costs, retirement, clothing and because workers are not animals to be beaten into submission some leisure spending. Now add on that breeding costs because that has to happen otherwise your community will collapse. So add it all up and you can figure out why some people need more than one job with both parents working.

Don't be an evil little git and define what people should be paid by how crappy the job is, always reflect on how much they need in order to live properly and honestly the more crappy the job the more they should be paid not less.

Comment: Re:Not if you use the Virtuix Omni (Score 1) 154

What you need is a force feed back suit, basically an extension of powered exoskeleton technology but instead of providing mechanical assistance it provides mechanical resistance. Not only can it be used in gaming but in remote robotics where the operator guides the robot and gets feedback from the robot for accurate motion. Think of the suit being suspended in mid air, holding the player up and allowing a full range of motion, quite expensive and really only for the relatively wealthy, interactive gyms and hotels for an extended experience. Use in remote robotics extends the technology and subsidises cost, unfortunately it can also be extended for military and law enforcement operations. Think of the operator back in base in their force feedback suit controlling the armoured conflict drone. The big problem with powered exoskeletons in fitting the operator inside them, put the operator in a remote location and the become far simpler to design and that same technology can be use in all high risk environments, like fire rescue, not just of course fully immerse virtual gaming, which might seem like a waste but of course it helps generate the numbers to pay for development and manufacturing.

Comment: Re:Translation (Score 0) 121

by rtb61 (#47486903) Attached to: New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations

You know how a ponzi scheme works Those at the top of the pyramid sell the scam to those at the bottom. Those higher up the pyramid make a load of money whilst those at the bottom make nothing as the scheme collapse. Now bitcoin, how easy was it to generate money at the begging for free, all those people had to do was sell the scheme to others, who would find it progressively harder to generate coins, whilst those at the begging cashed in for millions, hmm, ponzi currency, easy at the beginning, the bif sell, impossible at the end. The most marketed benefits of ponzi bitcoins tax evasion and criminal transactions.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 261

by rtb61 (#47479665) Attached to: UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

Not to mention the tiny little fact that the NSA broke computer crime laws in every country on the face of the planet. This after the US screamed about computer crime laws, sought to extradite all and sundry for the most minor computer crimes, spending millions on it whilst it itself was doing far, far, mind boggling, far worse. Double speak for USA crime is justice or computer hacking is only hacking when everyone else does it when the US does it we have a memo for that. Forget the constitution, forget the legislature, the US has memos that legalised everything and anything.

What ever you want is going to cost a little more than it is worth. -- The Second Law Of Thermodynamics