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Comment Re:With the ever-looming cyberpunk future (Score 1) 126

Assuming you're not just kidding, I... I... I don't know if that means I need to get out more or if that means I should do no such thing! :/ Do they mean like regular dairy consumption is bad for you or consumption of absurd amounts is bad for you? Do I really want to know? I'm not even gonna Google that.

Comment Re:Missed the Boat? (Score 1) 126

Heh, I saw the writing on the wall and stopped playing with them fairly early on. However, I'd mined a stack of 'em. 48, I think? I didn't want to pay the taxes on the income and I didn't want to be associated with them in a manner that I might have to account for later, so simply avoided the taxes and donated them all to EFF over the period of a month and a half. Yeah, they were stupidly high value when I donated them too. I figured they might as well be worth it for EFF. At this point, social stigma prevents my association really.

For now, they're associated with crime - perhaps improperly but that doesn't change the fact that they are. That and I'd rather just avoid the taxes. Who knows what kind of impact it would have had to cash 'em out. Taxes are already a complicated thing and it's not entirely clear (or wasn't - I don't think it is yet) exactly how they'd be taxed. So, off they went to EFF. I'm sure they had more use for them than I and I like EFF. I might have split them with the ACLU but the ACLU did not take BTC at the time. I'm not sure if they accept it now.

Comment Re:The way to fight this (Score 1) 398

LOL Except Windows 10 doesn't actually use the hosts file for this. They're hard-coded IP addresses and you can't block them with the hosts file. You can add 'em all you want, it won't help. Folks have shown video of this. They've added the domains to the hosts file and then used Wireshark (that's what the interface looked like, as I recall) and there's still outbound communication with the very same IP addresses at the very same level. Nope, hosts isn't gonna cut it.

Comment Re:One other idea (Score 1) 398

I don't think I've ever once said this -- or anything like it. But, it's seemingly reached that point. I guess, if I'm going to say it, I should make it a point to say it differently, perhaps better, than others. So...

If you have to go through all of that just to have your OS behave the way you tell it to behave, if you have to use hardware to stop your computer from doing what you tell it to do, if you have to work to keep things from the OS vendor, then do you *really* trust the OS at all? Do you really feel so compelled to use it?


That said, I don't use Windows. If I were using Windows, I'd leave the telemetry data enabled. Yes, I'd let them collect that data - knowingly and willfully. I'd rather they have my data (it's seemingly anonymous and they've a decent history at keeping that data in their own hands and a vested interest in keeping that data for themselves) about my computer usage so that they could understand how I used my computer and what hardware I was using. It'd mean a greater potential for a better computing experience.

So, I'd leave it enabled. However, I can understand that some folks don't want it enabled and I think the OS should obey that choice. Off means off - not partially off. I use Linux but not because I want to keep my computer usage metrics from Microsoft nor because I have a dislike for proprietary software. I use Linux because I like to break stuff and learn new things. Breaking and fixing is how I learn.

But, if you've gotta go through all those hoops then should you trust it at all? At that point, you might as well go with a whitelist approach. Or, really, you might as well find an alternative even if it means some sacrifice. I wasn't learning anything new with Microsoft products so I simply stopped using them. I doubt you'd have the same motives as I. I do know that if I wanted to disable telemetry and had to go through all of that, I'd use a whole other OS instead.

Comment Re:Is this really new? (Score 1) 44

You made me curious so I went looking. The prices aren't that bad though I don't see any options for open source. I wonder (I looked and didn't find any) if there are any projects doing this with open source? It seems like you could patch something like that together for less money and the software would then be the only real hard part. (Unless I'm missing something.) An above poster, seemingly in a university and working with this sort of thing, indicates that you can do that with a standard web cam.

I've no need for such a device but I'd be interested in supporting such a project - depending on a few things. It seems a noble quest and I'm not purely altruistic - I want to, someday, be totally "jacked in" to the 'net and simply use my brain instead of an external computing device. I think that would be awesome. I'd even let 'em stuff an ethernet port in my neck and a wireless antenna on the top of my skull. I imagine the results look better in my imagination than they'd really be but I think it'd be awesome to have near instant access to Google. I'd not need software so much, I'd just need logic (as I'm envisioning it) though filtered at the external hardware level might keep the noise to a dull roar. No display, pure internal "vision." It'd be great...

So, the more we move in this direction of alternative inputs and control. The closer we get to my brain-as-a-computer-with-internet point. The closer we get to that point, the closer I get to being able to rule the world! Or, more likely than that, post stupid shit to the internet. But, it'd enable communication, education, and creation levels hitherto unknown. Well, it would if it turned out to be as awesome as it is in my imagination. And yes, yes I really would let 'em mount a wireless antenna on my head. If they had a decent plan, I'd even volunteer to be a test subject. I'd *pay* to be a test subject.

Comment Re:Point of Order (Score 1) 342

I've never been to Cheyenne. I've never had cause to be invited. I would find such a trip fascinating. I've been in the area and, as I recall, they weren't doing public tours at the time. While I spent eight years enlisted, it was as a Marine. I don't think they'd really have much use for my skills there - though in my career I did go on to model traffic. That might seem an odd thing to mention, but modeling pedestrian and vehicle traffic (probably prior to design) might have some value in a limited space like that. I believe it's mixed traffic (both pedestrian and vehicular)? If so, it would have been a fascinating project to work on. Alas, I was never consulted on it nor anything really like it.

Hmm... I'm not sure that's entirely accurate. I did do some work at a military base which is, oddly, classified. No, I have no idea why it has that status but it has that status. I think it's safe/secure to say that the data should have been FOUO and the access to the data would have been much better. I'm not sure that the typical footpath taken to the chow hall and the times taken should be classified as secret when it's on a base, with public access, in the US. But, there you have it. With that, I also got to take a look at and consult on some plans for a mine. That included optimization, scheduling, and evacuation and emergency routes. So, nothing quite like Cheyenne Mountain but separate parts that have some similarity. I think I'd have liked Cheyenne. When I'm next out that way, I'll have to see if they're a bit less secretive and allowing public access tours. I've seen a few documentaries that include or are about them. The individual rooms being housed on giant springs would be neat to investigate but a public tour probably don't afford one the chance to stomp around unsupervised and make discoveries as you go.

That said, I've stomped all over the areas you mention. I've toured various WWII sites on my own or in tours. I've hit many of the islands (including Iwo and Okinawa) and I've stomped across parts of Europe. I've even been to some WWI sites like the Somme but that's mostly just fields where I was. I did a lot of that particular touristy behavior just after selling my business. My house was being built, things were in motion, and I didn't have a whole lot to do for a while so I spent just under six months bouncing around and finding new things to look at. The Pacific was nice as I really prefer an unguided tour and self-discovery. I don't know if that makes sense or how much sense it makes but I've never been a huge fan of going somewhere only to hang out and interact with other tourists or to have someone tell me where to look and when. Now that I've accumulated a few dollars, I do like hiring a local/knowledgeable guide where applicable.

Comment Re: Great way to get sued! (Score 1) 114

True but I believe(d) you were referencing this specific instance which is not, in fact, automatic. As viewing also enables torrenting, I imagine some folks would be right pissed if it were done without user interaction but that too isn't really germane to the topic. :/ However, if you're talking about a hypothetical that is not this particular instance then it might be a valid defense. I'm not sure how well a judge would take it considering that such would be a civil offense and the burden of proof for a civil offense is much lower than that for a criminal offense. (Civil offenses need only be proven that you "more likely than not" committed the offense, very unlike criminal matters where they must prove "beyond all reasonable doubt.")

Seeing as I'm off-topic... With some work and dedication, this could lead to good things - maybe. Instead of using YouTube to host your video, you can use torrents. Though it might be good if something like a seed box were maintained in an effort to prevent/reduce what I believe they're calling "link rot." Coupled with, maybe, having an /option/ to keep files, in part or in whole, on disparate systems by means of a browser addition would work though I imagine there's a limit to how much space people would offer for such a task. Basically, "You watched it, now share it." At least sharing it for a set period of time might work? But, as fewer people watch and the unpopular videos having few at all would probably limit the functionality. On the other hand, it might be nice as an option.

Either way, I've yet to try this. I should shuffle over and see if they've anything of value to watch. I can't say that I've used TPB much in ages. If I do torrent, it's usually via Kick Ass Torrents. Normally, I don't torrent anything other than varied Linux distros - and I torrent a whole lot of those even if I do not intend to use them. I am, however, a fan of documentaries. So, I'll meander over and see. Maybe...

Comment Re:We are returning to the dark ages. (Score 1) 85

They weren't even really trying to surrender. They were given ample opportunity to do so. They were trying to vie for an armistice, cease-fire, or discussions (depending on when). That was not an option per the Potsdam Resolution. The only surrender that was to be accepted was complete and total surrender. We did, wisely, allow them to keep their Emperor (in name only) to ease the transition into a non-warring society with democracy, rights, and a representative government.

Had we not dropped the nukes, they still probably would have surrendered completely. It may have taken longer. A good documentary on this, if I can only recommend one, is Hirohito's War, it's an episode from Secrets of War. Had we invaded the main island, the loss of life would have been much higher, including the loss of civilian life. There are varied estimates as to how many lives such an invasion would have cost but none of those estimates are lower than the lives cost with the totality of both nukes and the resulting figures even due to shortened lives.

Frankly, as a whole, Japan got off pretty light compared to the number of civilian lives they took all across the area. If you compare their number of dead to those caused by them, they got off pretty light. If you compare them with the numbers of dead caused by their allies, the Axis, they really got off light. If you go back and read some of the documents printed, there were people who really wanted to kill each and every last one of them. Fortunately, nobody took any of them serious and those espousing such views were not in a position of power nor representatives of their governing bodies. Though, to be honest, judging by the number of atrocities committed and the scale on which they were done, it's not hard to understand the anger at the time.

Oh, I went and found that documentary if anyone wants to watch it. I believe that's one of the ones from the series that was narrated by none other than Moses himself. Here's a link if you want to watch it in your spare time:

There's something like 110 episodes or more? I don't remember how many. It's hours and hours and hours long. Some of them are actually really good and information density rates are nice and high. I've no recollection of any factual inaccuracies from the series but there's a few times where the facts are presented with biased emphasis and the take-away can be a bit skewed. I'm not sure if that's intentional but it's not uncommon - specifically where war is concerned. That's one of the reasons that I try to get my documentaries from multiple sources. Keeping bias in mind helps keep things in perspective. Most are not outright dishonest but may not include certain events that are important and salient. There's surely a limit to what can be included (due to budget and time constraints) but the attempt to color the findings in a certain light is not always unintentional, I think. So, use multiple sources from varied perspectives.

Comment Re:Alliterative Headline Sucks (Score 1) 85

Technically? Yes. Practically? Well... Most of the mentions of Dice are gone (I just went and looked - Dice is still mentioned on the jobs board, I stopped looking at that point.)

Err... You're here frequently. We had a nearly 2000 comment thread. We had another thread with 1000+ comments. We've had someone mention it in nearly every thread. So, I'm not really sure why you're asking... I'll take it at face value 'cause I've got nothing better to do.

About 10 days ago, DHi sold Slashdot and SourceForge. The new overlords are BIZX (rhymes with physics). Two, that I know of, new overlords have offered some communication and appear to actually understand we're a community and not an audience. Presumably, it will take some time before any significant changes become manifest. Hopefully, those changes are beneficial. One thread reached out to us and asked what we'd like to see changed in an effort to make the site better. The other official thread was about the sale itself.

There's been mention of them being more open (which is not to be mistaken as entirely open - even though some folks seem to think that's exactly what more open means). There have been indications that there are a couple of changes to be made such as the removal of bundled software at SourceForge and increased access to Unicode on this site. So far, and this may be confirmation bias, the story selection seems to have improved and the majority of references to Dice are now gone. Other than those two thing and some communication, not much more than the name of our overlords has changed.

I'm still a bit suspicious of why you're asking. ;-)

Comment Re:freedom (but only for those we like) (Score 1) 85

While I disagree, entirely, with the OP AC, pointing out where you think the fault lies does not actually make it any less a war. Your "rebuttal" is a nice rant and all but not really salient.

Also, it's fun to blame the US but I'd suggest you study some history - the problem goes back *much* further. Instead of blaming the colonization and arbitrary borders put in place by the League of Nations or the United States or even the USSR - how about we, you know, blame the people who are *actually* causing the problems? You know, the people cutting off heads, blowing people up, and setting off bombs? I dunno but I think the culpability lies with the people committing atrocities.

Yeah, I know... That means holding people accountable for their individual actions and laying the blame on the poor impoverished, uneducated, and disenfranchised souls. That's terrible and not exactly politically correct but the reality is, they're cutting off people's heads. No, no... It's convenient to blame the US (and ignore history which points to much bigger problem creators) and to rant and be a right-minded soul. But me? No... I'm gonna blame the people who cut off heads for cutting off heads.

At any rate, it's no less a war just because you'd like to point to some cause le jour and feel better about yourself. But, you knew that. Well, maybe you didn't. You do now. And no, the blame lies squarely on the folks committing the atrocities and not the League of Nations or even the interference due to the colonization by Europeans and it's not even the fault of the church and the Crusades. It's not even the fault of Mohamed for spreading his religion north and then outwards. No, it's the fault of the people chopping off heads. But, you knew that...

Comment Re:freedom (but only for those we like) (Score 1) 85

That is countered by those who, right or wrong, will judge and make noise about them, "aiding and abetting." (I might as well continue the alliteration.)

So, for better or worse, they are "doing something." Smart people might go, "WTF? You're just making them harder to find and track." Alas, there do not appear to be too many smart people and the smarter people are generally not the noisy ones. So, you get stuff like this. I mean, you wouldn't want to be accused of aiding and abetting terrorist communications and recruitment efforts, would you? You'd not want to be providing an platform for the radicalization of terrorists or helping them plan acts of violence, would you?

So, as long as we don't have smart people (or logical and well reasoned people) you will see things like this.

Submission + - Snowden Leaks Cost Pulitzer Winning Journalist W.H. Security Clearance, Job (businessinsider.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Ashkan Soltani was recently detailed to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from a position at the the Federal Trade Commission. Former Google executive and White House chief technology officer Megan Smith extended a warm welcome. His portfolio at the White House included privacy issues, data ethics, and outreach to the technical community, among others. His drug test was complete, and the FBI investigation for his clearance was under way, when the wheels came off. His clearance was denied. Ashkan's move to the White House surprised some when it was announced due to his history. Ashkan had worked at the Washington Post where he helped analyze and safeguard the Snowden NSA document dump. A technologist at the ACLU noted that Ashkan had published many stories that probably irritated US intelligence officials. Government organizations have previously warned government employees to not access classified information made available in the media. Nobody is directly stating this is the reason, but the subtexts seem clear enough. Ashkan intends to leave Washington and head back to the west coast.

Comment Re:Just a Few Thoughts (Score 1) 100

Yeah, I'd not say that it's a monopoly so much as there are alternatives but not many of them are very good. My home is in a *very* rural area. My choices are pretty much limited to those who have a peering agreement or resell VZW or I'm booted off in short order. I use US Cellular and they have their own towers and whatnot. However, they also have a peering agreement with VZW. T-Mobile seems to not have such an agreement and simply does not work in my area. AT&T works but they boot you off if it turns out you live there or spend most of your call time there. Neither has towers in the area.

Actually, only US Cellular has towers but VZW works fine. They've got some sort of peering agreement that allows one to not roam when you're using the others towers. AT&T will activate me, they've done so twice, but the phones indicate that they're roaming and they boot me off after just a couple of months with a letter saying that they're declining to provide service. I believe the inexpensive pay-by-month phones work but I have no details or knowledge. I've pretty much just accepted that I've limited choices and I don't even bother doing any searching any more nor do I even deal with billing or customer service or the likes - if I can help it.

Comment Re: Onboard with this idea (Score 1) 92

I like LXDE for its simplicity and speed. I don't need (or want) "pretty" so much as I want functional. LXDE is functional for me. I'm even able to make it look good (in my view). Here's an image that I took a while back - it's "busy" but it's not normally that busy.


The dock at the top only appears when I mouse-over the top and off-screen. That's not really a part of LXDE but I made it with the tools offered to manage task bars. Err... I'm not sure that was the goal of those who offered such tools but with the right settings, that's what I made. It works well enough and I think it looks fine.

LXDE is fast on older hardware and blazingly fast on new hardware. I guess Lubuntu is moving to LXQt so I'll have to see where that goes. Supposedly, it is much the same. I've not yet pulled down the 16.04 beta build to see what changes I can look forward to. I tried them all - well, all the fairly popular ones. There's little bloat with LXDE, it's straight forward, it's stable, it's light, it doesn't have a bunch of features that I'm not interested in, it's fairly basic but still robust enough for customization, and it results in something familiar to me.

So, I went with LXDE.

Anyhow, I had to say something. I mean, it looked like you were legitimately asking for information and not actually trying to flame, argue, or fight. Someone's gotta say something. Everyone's got their ego tied to such trivial things and anything seen as a slight will be taken personally. It's like a presumption that everyone wants to fight as opposed to converse, it's silly and it results in people fighting/arguing and doing stupid shit instead of actually communicating and learning. All because someone's ego is so frail and accomplishments so few that they're tied to some silly bit of software and anyone not conforming is not affirming their choice... It has to be an uncomfortable way to live one's life. I can't imagine what their interpersonal relationships look like.

Comment Re:Point of Order (Score 1) 342

You must be speaking about Limestone. I've been there too. It's closed now but they're still making some use of the old base. I've been out to where the POWs were housed in that area and over in a couple of other places up that way. There's one, slightly less known about, near Jackman, Maine. I've had more time to spend there than anywhere else in the area. By Maine standards, I'm sort of close to Limestone but the adage is true, "Ain't no way to get there from here." (It's a bit of a haul from home to Limestone by regular road. I can actually do it faster in the winter because there's a snowmobile trail that will take me over that way. Welcome to Maine.)

The complex you mention, I've not been to that one. I'll have to check it out when I get up that way again. My home is in Maine but I travel a lot. I'm actually wintering at a house I own in Florida. However, I expect I'll be out in the ND area before too long so I've bookmarked it and will look into it when I can get out there. It's bound to have interesting things - so I'll stop in when I'm out that way. Thanks!

The Cold War has left some interesting infrastructure all around. I did, with some degree of seriousness, consider an old missile silo purchase. I even made several inquiries. I should think it'd be neat to live in one.

There's now a minimum security prison there but in Charleston, Maine there's an old base. It was never very large and did just RADAR and communications. It was put up during WWII but managed to live on for a while afterwards. I think they closed in the 60s or 70s. There's some neat stuff there that I've had the chance to visit. I know one of the staff members and we've managed to bluff our way onto the facility a few times. It doesn't have fences or the likes, it's not like people are going to get far if they do escape and everyone there is a minimal security inmate.

I've got some pictures of my findings. I am unable to find them right now - even though I'm connected to my network at home in Maine. I'll keep looking but I spent a while already. I know I even put them in a special folder... With sub-folders... I'll just dump 'em online somewhere when I find 'em again and link you if I remember. I've had occasion to visit a few such places and a number of other types. I'm more of a WWII student but the Cold War was interesting - I lived through much of it as, presumably, you must have - given the date of closure for Limestone.

Anyhow, no worries. I will just blame it on the fact that I'm not nearly as articulate as I'd like and that trends to verbosity in an effort to clear things up. It's bound to be difficult for others to parse and tone is even more difficult to translate. I've set about trying to find some pictures but I'm now processing the data by date. That's gonna take a while. Should I find any, I'll upload and link.

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