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Creative Technologist and writer. Specialties: Computer security, Macs, Deceptive Truth, Music.



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  • Jul 28th, 2015 @ 3:22am

    Not Hologram: Pepper's Ghost. It's done with mirrors.

    Just to be a techno nagging nelly: None of the 'hologram' stage performances done have had anything to do with actual holography. None of them.

    The technology is formally called 'Pepper's Ghost and is performed with light and mirrors. It was first formally performed in 1862 and has a history dating back to the 1500s.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepper's_ghost

    vs

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holography

    No, it's not OK to mislead people with wrong terminology. Research your subject.

  • Jul 23rd, 2015 @ 5:55am

    Why worry about AI evil when we have plenty of human evil?

    The FUD about AI is a ridiculous diversion and distraction from the real threat that's already here: Use of computer intelligence by humans to destroy our fellow humans as well as the rest of miracle planet Earth, our only home. IOW: Again we're looking into the face of the human self-destructive imperative.

    What's the real 'Terminator'? Us with our hands on the controls of a remote coward murder machine we call a 'drone'. Plenty of other human driven abominations of technology are on the way. That's what we must worry about and stop now. Now.

    If AI is going to threaten mankind, it could possibly be any worse than the example that AI would discover in us, Homo sapiens sapiens, as we oddly call ourselves. (Sapiens = Wise. Sapiens sapiens = Wise wise).

  • Jul 18th, 2015 @ 11:21pm

    Adulterated, Rotting Corporatocracy

    This bad attitude and outright ABUSE toward customers is the 'Spirit Of The Age' in business these days. Idiotic, self-destructive companies have been destroying their reputations with their customers to the maximum degree possible, with more on the way.

    Here are some of the horrors they have attempted to pull on us by way of lobbying, aka OWNING, world governments:

    ACTA
    PIPA
    SOPA
    CISPA
    TPP (TPPA)
    TTIP (TAFTA)
    Fast Track treaty approval

    ALL of the above are unconstitutional to some degree or another in the USA. But that has not stopped them from relentlessly being pushed by the Corporatocracy and their elected official minions. Every democracy in the world is under attack from lousy, hateful biznizz bozoids, the worst possible people to lead anyone, including their own biznizziz. (I am being deliberately sarcastic by way of spelling).

    Business is a collaboration between companies and their customers. As soon as the customer is abused, its no longer capitalism. It's plain old PARASITISM. Let's keep track of the terminology of this sick situation.

  • Jul 10th, 2015 @ 1:12pm

    C E N S O R S H I P ≠ 'Tamed'

    Censorship from a lame government that can't stand criticism. So to hell with the human right of freedom of speech.

    China: Criminal Nation.

    And yes: I've been urging businesses to get the hell out of China since 2007. Put your money into respectable countries.

  • Jul 10th, 2015 @ 1:04pm

    Mythological Trey & Matt History...

    No, Matt and Trey did NOT put their first South Park animations up on the Internet. Jesus vs. Frosty and Jesus vs. Santa were put online by other people while they were being shared around the media industry. Why is it so difficult to read Wikipedia?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Park

    As for Trey and Matt going Hulu: It's their work. They can do what they like with it. I'm grateful they offered it for free, with ads, for so many years on the net.

  • Jun 8th, 2015 @ 9:52pm

    Re: Human Overlords, You Mean

    I wrote the above. Apparently my cookie control app wiped the Techdirt cookie before I posted it. IOW: Blame me for the above insight.

  • Dec 9th, 2014 @ 6:05pm

    WHO killed 3000 Americans on 9/11?

    There's enough evidence so far for my question to be poignant. What else isn't yet public knowledge?

    http://www.ae911truth.org

    "The Crazies" was President Ronald Reagan's name for the 'Neo-Conservatives' behind this entire scenario, AKA PNAC, AKA the majority of GW Bush's cabinet as well as VP.

  • Apr 2nd, 2014 @ 3:21pm

    Next Up: Calling NSA Treason 'Treason'

    Mass surveillance of US citizens on US soil without probable cause, without a warrant. That's treason. How about calling it 'treason', eh Senate?

    And how about impeaching and prosecuting all the people who participated in that treason, eh Senate?

    The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution:
    "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

    Benjamin Franklin's point of view:
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

    Teddy Roosevelt's point of view:
    "To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."

  • Mar 25th, 2014 @ 11:10pm

    There Is No Law Authorizing Breaking The Fourth Amendment

    The end of this is simple:
    Stop breaking the Fourth Amendment President Obama and Congress.

    But no, we have to be LIED to, over and over from various perspectives as if all of the mass surveillance of US citizens on US soil was ever legal. No it wasn't. Not ever. There is no law authorizing it, not a single one. Deceit rules and apparently we're too stupid to recognize that everything coming out of the politician's mouths is either ignorant and deliberately wrong.

    The simple cure: Read the US Constitution and follow it. The politicians have all sworn to protect and defend the US Constitution. So do your job and cut the corruption. The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution could not be more simple and obvious:

    "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

    There are no excuses for breaking the Fourth Amendment, ever. How about we impeach all the treasonous liars? That's the American thing to do.

  • Feb 23rd, 2014 @ 3:44pm

    Re: Architectural Review synopsis

    LOVE the ignorance. THRIVE on the ignorance. MAKE LOVE to the ignorance.

    Or you could grow up, get literate, and read reality instead of wallowing in self-delusion. Just a thought, anonymous coward 127.0.0.1.

  • Feb 22nd, 2014 @ 1:28pm

    YES Biodegradable!

    There are plastics available as well as being developed that make use of corn starch as their base. These plastics are ENTIRELY biodegradable. How quickly they degrade and are digested is variable.

    Here are a couple useful Wikipedia articles to get folks started on the subject:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodegradable_plastic

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioplastic

    A nd please folks, understand that turning such plastics into mulch and compost does NOT mean they are returned to the environment as CO2. They are mainly decomposed into dirt, which is one of the basic requirements for most plant growth.

  • Feb 22nd, 2014 @ 1:18pm

    Default Criminals: Inspires Actual Criminals

    Every piece of US legislations written and foisted by our media Corporate Oligarchy, TPP, ACTA, CISPA, SOPA, PIPA, the media taxes, features one singular feature:

    The customer is a Default Criminal. Pay for your Default Crimes.

    That bad attitude is never acceptable in business. Then there is the simple human reflex of responding to customer abuse with customer retribution.

    ∑ = Our media Corporate Oligarchy CREATES the criminals they insist we all must be. THEY are their own worst enemy.

    It's the 21st century. Catch up and get with the future, media mogul morons. Treat customers with respect and they always respond in kind, ending your self-generated piracy problem. It's really that simple. And it doesn't take a media pirate to notice. You just need to understand basic human decency.

  • Feb 4th, 2014 @ 3:21pm

    Screw The Customer, Expect Retribution

    From my POV, all the media Corporate Oligarchy user abuse, as exemplified by DRM (digital rights management), has accomplished is customer backlash, aka retribution.

    Q: What would be the current rate of media piracy if the media Corporate Oligarchy had never abused their customers with DRM?

    A: Incredibly less.

    IOW: The media Corporate Oligarchy creates its own problem.

    It has been consistently proven that company respect for their customers results in customer loyalty and minimal piracy. Amazingly simple.

  • Feb 4th, 2014 @ 3:07pm

    Re: Java, the most dangerous software on the Internet

    @Laurence D'Oliviero:

    "The insecurities in Java stem from" Oracle degrading the quality of Java applet programming such that the original default sandboxing was DESTROYED. Don't expect Oracle to fix it. Obviously, they'd rather keep cleaning up after their puppy suffering PWN-The-User diarrhea.

    My advice: Just say 'NO' to the Java Internet plug-in. If any website dares require it, tell them to get rid of it. Java is the single most dangerous software you can run on the Internet.

    Oh and Oracle: I Hate You.

  • Feb 4th, 2014 @ 3:00pm

    Leaving the PWN Gates Open

    #MyStupidGovernment is infamous for allowing China to bot every federal computer exposed on the Internet from 1998 through 2007. That's 9 years of China blatantly owning government computers before the feds were willing to admit it in public. That is pure incompetence.

    I don't expect much better IT competence today. Instead, the federal response has been to go off the rails PWNing the PWNers as well is unconstitutionally surveilling US citizen on US soil without 'probably cause', therefore without a legal warrant. #MyStupidGovernment at work.

    How about a new revolution folks!

  • Dec 2nd, 2013 @ 12:50pm

    Go to the Source: Our Corporate Oligarchy

    I consistently find it more useful to go to the source of any problem. In this case, it's our Corporate Oligarchy, not the government. Consider how the corps thinks about whatever they're mandating/puppetting our government to do. It is convenient for the corps to let the government be the buffer zone that gets all the citizen slap back. Meanwhile, it is far easier to consider such problems if you try to think like the source actor, how they view the situation. After all, the corp's lobbyists are typically WRITING the bills for Congress, pushing out the public propaganda for their current campaigns, tossing money at the puppet government along with their mandates, and so on.

    For example, it is incredibly easy to comprehend why Congress tried to cram SOPA/PIPA, ACTA/PIPA and CISPA down our throats. They were told to by our Corporate Oligarchy for the corp's specific benefit, versus those of actual citizen voters, who are supposed to be running the government.

  • Oct 14th, 2013 @ 7:16pm

    Overseas surveillance: Obviously. Welcome to the 21st Century.

    FUD or valid, there are endless incentives for every country on the planet to surveil every other country. That's an ancient human problem. Humans don't trust each other. We constantly have trust issues. So obviously the NSA is going to surveil everything it can lay its hands on, and have time to analyze, from outside the USA. Utter DUH Factor.

    The problem is when the NSA destroys the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution. That's not acceptable. Bullying the FISA courts is not acceptable. Treating US citizens as default criminals is not acceptable. Collecting ANY citizen surveillance data without probable cause is not acceptable. It is in fact treasonous behavior punishable by the severest penalty of law.

    For review, the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution:

    "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

    And directly quoting Benjamin Franklin:

    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

    And directly quoting Theodore Roosevelt:

    "To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."

    IOW: It's prosecution time, Bush, Obama, Republican, Democrat, off to prison and trial with you.

  • Aug 8th, 2013 @ 9:16pm

    Suppressed: FISA Courts Find Their Own Behavior To Be Unconstitutional

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/06/justice-department-electronic-frontier-foundation-fisa-c ourt-opinion

    Headline:
    Justice Department Fights Release of Secret Court Opinion Finding Unconstitutional Surveillance
    Government lawyers are trying to keep buried a classified court finding that a domestic spying program went too far.
    By David Corn | Fri Jun. 7, 2013 12:22 PM PDT, Mother Jones

    "In the midst of revelations that the government has conducted extensive top-secret surveillance operations to collect domestic phone records and internet communications, the Justice Department was due to file a court motion Friday in its effort to keep secret an 86-page court opinion that determined that the government had violated the spirit of federal surveillance laws and engaged in unconstitutional spying.
    . . . .
    in July 2012, Wyden was able to get the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to declassify two statements that he wanted to issue publicly. They were:

    "* On at least one occasion the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held that some collection carried out pursuant to the Section 702 minimization procedures used by the government was unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment.

    * I believe that the government's implementation of Section 702 of FISA [the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] has sometimes circumvented the spirit of the law, and on at least one occasion the FISA Court has reached this same conclusion."

    Mr. President, We The People don't tolerate destroying the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution OR being lied to about unconstitutional government crimes. We don't care what party you puppets you. It's time for your impeachment, you criminal liar.

  • Oct 5th, 2012 @ 3:27pm

    Re: Nina Paley

    I suggest you read some studies about the history of socialism and the consistent failure of imposed socialist systems.

    Copyright provides that great creative force we call INCENTIVE. If there is no incentive, as is the case with socialist systems, there is only a small minority (which includes myself) of the community that is nonetheless creative. Every person requires full respect for their work at all times. Every person deserves credit for their work at all times as a default form of respect.

    Human systems without incentive consistently rot into crime and self-destruction. I know of no exceptions.

    Censorship is an entirely different subject. It is a practice I never condone. It is a driving force in the self-destruction of our current worldwide human culture. I am entirely in sympathy with stopping censorship of everything except that which harms other people. This is part of my personal identity as what I call a 'Positive Anarchist'. I strive for maximum choice. However, in order for choice to be successful, it requires maximum responsibility for the choices one makes. There is nothing beneficial in Negative Anarchy whereby poor choices are made and the consequences be damned. Negative Anarchy is one of the forces driving our worldwide culture in to the loom granite wall of dire consequence. I hope you are not one of the blind and lost who never use the steering wheel. That's not good for you or anyone else.

  • Oct 5th, 2012 @ 3:10pm

    Re: Re: References, Footnotes, Attribution

    No. I remain entirely correct. Sorry Killercool. In fact, I don't know what point you are trying to make.

    I decided, as author, what was adequate in the case of quoting my entire article. The full quotation didn't hurt me. It didn't deprive me of any profit. The graduate student made no profit from my article. Under those circumstances, I consider it to be 'Fair Use' to quote my article for the benefit of others. Just provide full attribution.

    Your reference to 'academia' makes no sense at all. The same rules, the same rights of the source author, remain in all circumstances.

    You actually missed my point entirely. Please do try harder. Repeating myself: "If Patti O'Shea had clearly designated the source of the quoted material, I doubt this problem would have occurred." But it is entirely up to the author regarding how to respond. IOW: There was no 'Fair Use' in Patti O'Shea's post because there was no attribution. Quoting ANYTHING written by ANYONE ELSE who owns the copyright requires attribution. There is no such thing as a free quotation of another person's work. That is no one's right at any time, in or out of academia. If you are attempting to disagree, I would have to quote you: "Just stupid."

    Stamping your feet and insulting the messenger, or writing articles attempting to berate a copyright holder for asserting their rights, changes nothing at all.

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