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Comment Law Enforcement (Score 2) 266

There are private companies already keeping tabs on things you say, tying that to your credit score, creating profiles for you and figuring out your real identity, mapping that to your physical address and then calculating your "threat score" then selling that information to law enforcement. This is so much more invasive and complete than your future employer browsing your twitter or facebook posts. Here is a WaPo article detailing one such system actively in use today. Everyone crying conspiracy/tin foil beanie is only enabling this tech to proliferate. A couple years ago people who knew about Stingray were called paranoid...a couple years before Snowden people who pointed out the NSA's abuse of power were too. At this point I am pretty sure the denial is a self defense mechanism because the reality is too scary for most people to accept.

Submission + - Ad Networks Using Inaudible Sound to Link Phones, Tablets and Other Devices (

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: The ultrasonic pitches are embedded into TV commercials or are played when a user encounters an ad displayed in a computer browser. While the sound can't be heard by the human ear, nearby tablets and smartphones can detect it. When they do, browser cookies can now pair a single user to multiple devices and keep track of what TV commercials the person sees, how long the person watches the ads, and whether the person acts on the ads by doing a Web search or buying a product.

Submission + - Star Trek: Renegades Episodes 2 & 3 Kickstarter needs your help (

JoSch1337 writes: Some news for nerds that matter: The last time Star Trek: Renegades was on Slashdot was in 2013. Since then, the team has produced an amazing pilot episode 1 and now needs help to produce episode 2 or even episode 3 if they reach their stretch goal. There are only 19 days left. From the Kickstarter page:

Star Trek Renegades is an independent, fan-funded and supported Internet television series, executive produced by Sky Conway. Renegades features a combination of familiar Star Trek character and actors, plus a collection of hot, new rising actors. Set a decade after Voyager's return from Delta Quadrant, ST: Renegades focuses on a team of fugitives, who are on the run from the Federation while secretly working for the head of Starfleet intelligence, Admiral Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig) and Tuvok (Tim Russ, who also directs) to root out internal corruption within the Federation as well as external threats.

Submission + - The pathologies of social media .. (

nickweller writes: 'The narcissism of the rhetoric of empowerment, lifestyle choices, and freedom thinly masks the deeper feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and irrelevancy. Social media is a mirror of all this, a non-place for non-people arguing in exaggerated emotional hysteria about often important issues, but whose arguing is driven by psychological deformation'.

Comment Really mad (Score 1) 837

The people that are going to be specifically targeted are the people who have not, or cannot yet purchase a fuel efficient or a hybrid car. Because the state will just turn the existing gas tax into an environmental tax, and then all drivers will be paying per-mile AND a gas tax/carbon-offset tax except EV drivers.

Comment startup (Score 1) 506

I know my situation is unique but I found a local govt environment built on legacy tech. I had the opportunity to steer it towards Linux. Find a startup or a datacenter ripe for upgrade (UNIX, netware etc). Also there are a lot of federal positions for UNIX stuff. There will be a lot of Linux opportunities there too.

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