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Comment Re: Doesn't anybody double check? (Score 1) 225

The road I live on goes through towns A and B. There are three sections.
Section 1: In Town A, in the zip code for Town A - Road named for City A 15 minutes down the road.
Section 2: In Town B, in the zip code for Town A (there are 3-4 miles like that) - Road named for the State Route number.
Section 3: In Town B, in the zip code for Town B - Road named for the State Route number.
I live in Section 2 (Town A mailing address, but physically in Town B). People who use their GPS to find out house frequently end up at our house number in Section 1 or 3. We also occasionally get mail for people in Section 1.
I have tried to get Google to fix it, but they seem to have no interest (or perhaps they think I am messing with them?).

Aaron Z

Submission + - Gamergater gets fake feminist gamer articles published (medium.com) 1

NotDrWho writes: Mark Ankucic, an Australian writer who lost his PR job over his stance supporting Gamergate, reveals the interesting story of his unique response to unemployment. Assuming the identity of a female writing under the pseudonym "Sandy Beaches," he began writing fake stories making ridiculous claims of sexism in various videogames and tabletop games. He initially did this as a cathartic lark. But, to his surprise, the feminist pop-culture journal The Mary Sue actually began to publish them. "I wanted to see how ridiculous and flagrantly wrong/untruthful I could be and get away with it," he writes. Not only did he get away with it, but he got "more comments, more views, more shares, more threads, more responses, than anything I’ve ever done before."

Submission + - Area around Chernobyl plant to become a nuclear dump (japantimes.co.jp)

mdsolar writes: A heavily contaminated area within a 10-kilometer radius of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine will be used to store nuclear waste materials, the chief of a state agency managing the wider exclusion zone said in an interview.

“People cannot live in the land seriously contaminated for another 500 years, so we are planning to make it into an industrial complex,” said Vitalii Petruk, the head of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management. The zone is 30-km radius from the site of the 1986 nuclear accident — the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

“We are thinking of making land that is less contaminated a buffer zone to protect a residential area from radioactive materials,” he said.

Submission + - TP-Link confirms Wifi freedom is dead- All routers to be locked down (ninux.org)

An anonymous reader writes: We got confirmation today from one of the largest router manufacturer that they have begun locking router firmware down due to recent FCC rule changes. This is exactly what the Save Wifi campaign participants had been arguing would happen for the past several months. Despite the FCC unequivocally denying that this was there intention it was irrelevant to the outcome, and the expected response of manufacturers to the new rules. The competitiveness of the market and costs of compliance means the only real solution for manufactures to comply is the lock down of there router's firmware. The TP-Link rep went on to say that all future routers would be locked down as a direct result of the rule changes.

These rules are bad and already hindering user freedom. The FCC has pulled a fast one and we need to fight back. This is a major security and privacy threat which will lead to even buggier and more insecure wireless hardware. A legal campaign to end this nonsense will require significantly more funding and criticism. Unfortunately the major players on fighting this are burning out. Christopher Waid, of ThinkPenguin, Dave Taht, of BufferBloat, Eric Schultz, Josh Gay of the FSF, and others just don't have the time or resources to keep fighting this. Don't let this be the end.

The Save Wifi campaign needs major financial help if we're going to put an end to this. Please donate to the effort at: https://www.gofundme.com/savew... . Please see www.SaveWIfi.org for updates.

Read more about what TP-Link had to say here:

http://ml.ninux.org/pipermail/...

Comment Re:Winamp (Score 1) 117

I switched from Winamp to MusicBee. It handles my large music collection better than Winamp did (no sitting there for 15 mins while Winamp chews through the music library) and it also supports a single click to go from the library to the playlist.
The only downside is that the search in the now playing list is iffy and the now playing list can only sort by artist, OR title, not by artist AND title (from what I have found so far).
Sync is comparable (I am syncing to 1st gen iPod shuffle and a couple of flash drives) and I have setup auto playlists to sync to each device, so I can easily exclude songs (I have the auto-playlists setup so it pulls a random 1GB or 4 GB selection of music where none of the songs has a 1 star rating. If the song has a 1 star rating, it does not sync to the iPod or flash drive).

Aaron Z

Submission + - Monsanto Develops First Genetically Modified Strain of Marijuana (wisconsinagconnection.com)

schwit1 writes: Monsanto has announced it has patented the first genetically modified strain of marijuana. Global AgInvesting reports that the news has been welcomed by scientists and leaders of the agriculture business alike as a move forward towards the industrial use of marijuana and hemp products could bring a major shift towards marijuana policies in the U.S.A. and ultimately, to the world.

Under present U.S. federal law, it is illegal to possess, use, buy, sell, or cultivate marijuana, since the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, although it has been decriminalized to some extent in certain states, Monsanto's interest in the field has been interpreted by experts as the precursor to "a major shift in marijuana policy in the U.S." as it is believed the company would not have invested so much time and energy if it had not had "previous knowledge" of the Federal government's "openness" towards the future legalization of marijuana.

Submission + - Notepad++ Leaves SourceForge (notepad-plus-plus.org)

An anonymous reader writes: SourceForge was a good place; unfortunately, sometimes good places don't last.

Recently SF hijacked its hosted projects to distribute their wrapped crapware:

        SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows' account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing adware
        Black “mirror”: SourceForge has now taken over Nmap audit tool project
        What happened to Sourceforge? The full story between VLC and Sourceforge

Obviously, the paid component per installation system is one of their important income generating scams. I would be fine with that, if they were the actual owners of the legitimate software. The real problem is, they are polluting these open source software installations for the purpose of filling their pockets by this scam, and worst of all, without even notifying the authors/creators of this software, while the creators are struggling against such parasitic software in order to keep their installers cleaner and safer.

Such a shameless policy should be condemned, and the Notepad++ project will move entirely out of SourceForge.

I humbly request that Notepad++ users not encourage such scams, and educate others not to download any software from SourceForge. I request as well that the project owners on SourceForge move out of SourceForge, in order to preserve the purpose of the Open Source Community and encourage the works of true authors/creators.

Comment Re:Seems like a lot of effort (Score 1) 500

Electric vehicles perhaps, although then you could just move to taxing tires. AFAIK their degradation is correlated to distance traveled and weight carried. Plus tire wear is probably highly correlated with road wear, which is kinda the point.

Such a tax would discourage people from buying snowtires in areas where such a thing is prudent and would encourage tires with harder compounds which wear less (and provide less grip on the road in adverse conditions)
Thus taxing tires would cause an increase in accidents (hows that for extrapolation)
That would be suboptimal

Aaron Z

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