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Comment Define compliance the correct way (Score 1) 332

So you have a heart beat going on that is continually saying "I have been served with a *letter*", when you are told you can not tell anyone you have been served such a letter/request/command from on high --you comply --by stopping the lie. Now everyone knows the truth.

How does one get in trouble by compliance?

What the judge is going to rule you had to continue to lie, after being told not to?

This shit is damage, the net should route around it, the net is an artifact of the people that build their corner of it, so build a graceful failure into it --just good programing.

Comment Does anyone here think the SR is really gone? (Score 1) 620

It's now a trifle over 24 hrs since this story hit /.

If you can't located the new site(s) you should possibly consider surrendering your geek card.

And, as predicted by many here, there seem to be several (and growing) more SR style sites propagating through dark net, even as I type this.

Just as the king always lives in one form or another so it is with that which supplies a demand.

Dread Pirate Roberts is dead, Long live Dread Pirate Roberts.

All that was really accomplished was some advertizing to people that had no idea dark net, or the Silk Road existed.

Well it did, it does, and it's growing more outlets --thanks largely to the three letter agencies.

Comment Maybe the Higgs is just a statistical fluctuation (Score 1) 190

New data presented at a conference in India shows no new signs of the Higgs. The signal was probably just a statistical fluctuation."

Has anyone considered that the Higgs may actually be just a statistical fluctuation, a mathematical artifact required to both satisfy the symmetry of the fundamental particle structure and at the same time insure the uncertain nature of... well, nature.

I know this may sound like (and it may actually be) a silly question, but I am serious in asking it.

We have had to learn to deal with (if not fully understand) the dual particle/wave nature of light. Could we be looking for something that has a similar duality, only in this case of being both a mathematical construct but one that while having no physical existence still may mediate in physical ways with special particles like quarks?

Could such a thing exist (if exist is the correct term), even if the Higgs is not such a thing?

I'm not looking for religious based replies, I'm just considering the possibility (or not) of such a strange duality of an interacting but non physical thing existing (being present without physical existence?) and possibly even being measured, much as we do with the things we accept as having rather strange dual natures, like light.

Sorry for the probably poorly expressed concept, but it's the best I could do --if you can see what I'm trying to formulate a description of, and have any insights into the condition I'm trying to describe, I'd really like any edification anyone can offer --except religious explanations. I'm just looking for thoughts on the scientific possibility of could such a dual nature interacting concept (not a thing, just a concept of a thing mathematically expressible to a useful enough degree to make falsifiable predictions about, existing). The language is not helping me at all --how does one express the possible existence of a non existing, but interactive thing?

Comment Re:Possibly the person that developed the film (Score 1) 335

You make an interesting point. I'm guessing the fineprint when you signed up said you handover "non-exclusive, worldwide royalty free" permission to /. to use as they please (or suchlike). So essentially this is the only copy of you work, and you already have one licensee to it. But you cannot get rid of this work, and you cannot unlicense it.

Exactly the way I saw it... I am but one of /.'s million monkeys and even if I 'own' my post, I can never issue a takedown... How odd to think of myself as just another monkey, exactly like the ones in TFA --but then I agreed to this state of affairs and the monkeys are simply unaware (of such human foolishness). But they sure look happy --possibly there is a lesson we should pay attention to, lurking somewhere in this...

Comment Possibly the person that developed the film (Score 1) 335

might have a copyright claim, if not superior to the monkeys, at least it could be argued to be the first enforceable position in creation of copyright of the images.

That brings up a question I've always wondered about --at the bottom of every /. page it says:

"Trademarks property of their respective owners. Comments owned by the poster. © 2011 All Rights Reserved. Geeknet, Inc."

If a poster can not edit or remove his post, how can he possibly own it?

Much like the monkey I may 'own' this post, but exactly like the monkey I have no say in it's future after I hit the submit button. So who really owns it? I don't think it's me...

Comment Local information and link (Score 3, Informative) 135

I own some property in Pahrump (but don't live there, although I'm there quite a lot). So I can tell you the level of technical savvy in Pahrump is unbelievably low.

Even basic things, like fairly well established 'net conventions have not penetrated very far. For example, many local Gov. officials send all caps emails (but then so does a fairly large % of the local populace).

Nevada in general, and Pahrump in particular, are among the nations lowest ranked in education. The Nevada educational systems are in desperate need of overhaul.

It is also worth noting that when arrested in his University of Nevada, Reno dorm, he had a stolen TV and equipment for making counterfeit drivers' licenses.

Here's a link to the local paper, with pictures and local comments;

A quote from the comments by "3rd year Engineering Student":

@Isaac- I don't know the kid so I can't comment on his actual personality in different situations. It is unusual to have a smile when being arrested for a felony charge. Also hacking a system is really just the same as getting a code to access it without authorization. He also "hacked" when he changed his GPA. Given he actually did these things, he would be considered a "Black Hat Hacker" which is the worst type of hacker(there are good hackers like web designers). You need to check the definition of a hacker.

I think "3rd year Engineering Student" may need to check some definitions himself... but the pathetic part is that no one questions his expertise, or the definitions he offers.

Pahrump is a nice place in many ways, but it's also a lot like stepping back in time in many ways. The population is about 35,000, and it's about 50 miles from Las Vegas.

Submission + - Wikileaks as tagcloud / timeline (

An anonymous reader writes: All the leaked US diplomatic cables as an interactive tagcloud/timeline by Norwegian news site Aftenposten (in English). Explore what caught the interest of the US diplomats.
Data Storage

Submission + - SandForce SF2500 Series Launched, Fastest SSD Yet (

MojoKid writes: SandForce's SF1500 and SF1200 series of controllers power some of the fastest SATA Solid State Drives currently available and the company has made a name for themselves as one of the best SSD controllers on the market. Today, SandForce has launched their next generation SF2000 series controller and it improves upon their previous generation in essentially every way. The first drive to hit the market is the 200GB Vertex 3 Pro by OCZ Technology. The 6Gbps SATA capable drive employs a SandForce SF-2582 controller paired to 16 Toshiba MLC NAND flash memory chips. Also present on its PCB is a "oesuper-cap"½Â that'½Â(TM)s designed to hold enough charge to power the drive long enough to complete any queued write operation in the event of power failure. With blistering read and write speeds of 550MB/sec and 500MB/sec respectively, it's easily the fastest SATA-based SSD you can buy right now and the benchmark numbers demonstrate that across the board.

Submission + - Microsoft Bans Free Software from WP Marketplace 1

mvar writes: A ban on GPL3 and similarly compatible, copyleft licensed software has been found in the terms of use for Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace. The terms, noted in a posting on open source evangelist Jan Wildeboer's blog, were originally noticed in a discussion among Nokia developers who were evaluating the issues involved with Nokia's switch to WP7; both Nokia's Symbian and MeeGo platforms have been free and open source friendly. The ban, in section 5.e of the terms, forbids any software which is subject to an "Excluded Licence"; it defines that in section 1.l as any licence which requires, as a condition of distribution, that the source code for the application be made available, or allow the creation of derivative works or redistribution at no charge. It specifically names GPLv3 licences and includes the General Public Licnce (GPL) version 3, the GNU Affero GPL version 3, and the GNU Lesser GPL version 3 as examples of excluded licences.

Comment Zero Day win32.elop.trojan (Score 3, Funny) 329

I wish I could take credit for this, but it's from a comment by "eMPee584" over on the (Blog link from the summary).

I think it just sums up the situation succinctly:

"Nokia got trapped by that win32.elop.trojan."

Has look and feel of a Zero Day exploit, and is creating that sort of confusion as well.

One could easily say it's not Zero Day, but then all ZD's are developed quietly over time and simply 'sprung' on the unsuspecting and unprepared innocent victims one day. Pretty much what happened.

QT has merit, and if the merit is good enough, and I think it is, it will have a strong future... just probably not with Nokia. (and yes I am a GNU/OSS/FLOSS fan boy, just not a zealot about it).

Anyway much credit to "eMPee584" for such a fine summation (assuming he was not quoting some one else, without attribution).


Submission + - Amazon through Wikileaks sets back cloud computing (

chimpo13 writes: "In a long and interesting article called "Daniel Ellsberg And Others Discuss The Serious Implications Of Wikileaks", Mike Masnick talks about Amazon's decision to shut down Wikileaks had much further reaching consequences than most people realized. Roy Singham, the founder and chair of ThoughtWorks said, "What Amazon has done has totally set back the cloud computing movement." As Singham pointed out, this move is making many individuals and companies think twice about using cloud computing — especially if it involves servers based in the US or run by US companies. People haven't fully considered the ramifications of this."

Submission + - PS3 Jailbreakers face Sony Lawsuits

An anonymous reader writes: Earlier this month GeoHot and Team Fail0verflow found a way to break the PS3. It seems Sony was not too fond of that idea, and is now serving them with a Motion for TRO
"Sony is going hard — geohot and fail0verflow have updated their respective websites — they both got served with some scary DMCA legal biz. Listed are the defendants George Hotz, Hector Martin (marcan), and Sven Peter the last two being members of team fail0verflow. Also 100 others have to now lawyer up."

Submission + - PS3 Legal Troubles: Hackers Get Served Legal Docs (

polyp2000 writes: With respect to the recent events leading to the release of the root PS3 signing keys, and subsequent hacks. Sony is going down hard. Geohot and fail0verflow have updated their respective websites ( ( they both got served with some scary DMCA legal biz. Listed are the defendants George Hotz, Hector Martin (marcan), and Sven Peter the last two being members of team fail0verflow. Also 100 others have to now lawyer up.

Comment Undetectable murder (Score 1) 280

The worry here should possibly be that someone, with essentially off the shelf hardware and software could conceivably commit the perfect murder --car component failed, deadly crash issues.

Get rid of your mother-in-law and maybe collect insurance and big settlement because some sensor or CPU 'malfunctioned'.

Not saying the tech is there yet, but I'd wager it will be soon enough --and that someone will attempt it eventually (possibly successfully --how would anyone know?).

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