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  • Much Like Cord Cutting Itself, Big Media Execs Think TikTok Is A Fad That Will Just Fade Away

    Feldie47 ( profile ), 26 Jun, 2022 @ 04:01pm

    Tik Tok ubiquity

    These media companies have no clue what's about to hit them. As a teacher for over half a century I can state without hyperbole, the student body of America, middle school, high school & college is mesmerized by TikTok. I jokingly walk through the halls whispering 'Tik Tok Tik Tok as I pass my students who are oblivious to everything but the video they are looking at. They smile and then proceed to bump into everything.

  • Senators Launch Full On Nuclear War Against Encryption: Bill Will Require Broken Encryption, Putting Everyone At Risk

    Feldie47 ( profile ), 25 Jun, 2020 @ 06:58am

    As someone who has taught mathematics for over half a century I can find no parallel to this and am a loss to find similar foolishness. It seems vaguely analogous to our flailing attempt(s) to control the pandemic, without consulting Mother Nature, as wildly far-fetched as that may be.

    We seek an unbreakable asynchronous method to hide a quantity, but then want to be able, only in the most strident of circumstances, to break that very method? And, of course, it should only be unbreakable by 'good' people with 'good' intentions?

    Any student of mine who came to me with that objective, challenge, or call it whatever the hell you wish, would not pass my class.

    Perhaps I should retire?

  • Big Pharma Companies Accused Of Conspiring To Inflate Prices Of Over 100 Generic Drugs By Up To 1000%

    Feldie47 ( profile ), 20 May, 2019 @ 04:34pm

    Jail, Jail, Jail

    Would I love to see some of these characters sent away to Leavenworth. I think I'd actually vote for anyone who exhibited the fortitude to go after these crooks.

  • Florida College Asked Local Sheriff To Declare Faculty Member's Artwork Obscene

    Feldie47 ( profile ), 20 Mar, 2019 @ 07:07am

    A few things seem to me to be appropos:

    1) As an educator, I feel I can no longer write student recommendations for admission to this college(?) should I be asked to do so.

    2) Is there a method by which I can help fund exhibition of this work?

    3) Is there a reproduction of this work for sale? I'm sure I can't afford the original, but I'd love to have a copy.

  • FBI Director Chris Wray Needs To Shut The Fuck Up About Encryption

    Feldie47 ( profile ), 07 Mar, 2019 @ 01:47pm

    We ABSOLUTELY need encryption

    Of course we need it. It's in the constitution - the 28th amendment. That's the encrypted one, the one encrypted by B. Franklin. Here's the actual text:


  • Stupid Patent Of The Month: A Patent On Using Mathematical Proofs

    Feldie47 ( profile ), 01 Dec, 2018 @ 09:29am

    My name is Pyth A. Goras. I have discovered that the squares of the two legs of a right triangle are equal to the square of the third side. I am requesting the U.S. patent office issue me a patent.

    Now I'm going to sue everyone who constructs right triangles: Lego, architects, artists, contractors...

    All right triangles are MINE! MINE! MINE!

    Idiocy rules!

  • Apple Sued An Independent Norwegian Repair Shop In Bid To Monopolize Repair — And Lost

    Feldie47 ( profile ), 23 Apr, 2018 @ 04:16am

    Hypocrisy beyond the outrageous! Apple itself was founded by two hackers -Jobs and Woz. 'Mecca for Hackers' indeed. That was Apple itself.

  • FBI Director Says It's 'Not Impossible' To Create Compromised Encryption That's Still Secure

    Feldie47 ( profile ), 09 Mar, 2018 @ 06:29am

    Problematic at its core.

    The real problem here is truly a lack of mathematical understanding by not just politicians, but people in charge of major security agencies. An analogy here might be:

    Is 2+2 ALWAYS equal to 4? Can't we just have it equal to 4.1 when we need it to? But we have smart people; why can't they make it equal to 4.1, or maybe 4.05? We pay them a lot. They're really smart. Why can't they do this for us? Why must they be unpatriotic? We know they can do this, so why must they be so stubborn?

    This comes from a serious lack of mathematical education that goes way, way back to elementary and middle school.

    You cannot cure this without fundamental changes in our educational system.

  • HP Brings Back Obnoxious DRM That Cripples Competing Printer Cartridges

    Feldie47 ( profile ), 20 Sep, 2017 @ 06:08am

    Why would anybody buy HP anything? IMHO: they've become a second rate printer-ink vendor. I once owned a really nice HP oscilloscope, but that was 50 years ago, when they made great electronic equipment. Now, I wouldn't buy anything with an HP name on it.

  • Aussie Prime Minister Says The Laws Of Math Don't Apply In Australia When It Comes To Encryption

    Feldie47 ( profile ), 15 Jul, 2017 @ 03:13am

    Let's get historical and REAL

    Google this:

    Indiana + pi + 1897.

    The last time I know of that morons tried to legislate math.
    Had they been successful, it would not have ended well.
    Certainly not for bicycle or ball bearing manufacturers.

  • Chicago Agrees To Make Red Light Camera System Barely Less Corrupt By Increasing Grace Period By 0.2 Seconds

    Feldie47 ( profile ), 28 Mar, 2017 @ 01:23pm

    Y'aint seen nuttin yet

    Got a problem with these redlight moneymakers? Take a ride on the Mass. Pike. Everything is now cashless, EZ Pass and license plate readers. Here's what that means when no one is around to take your cash:

    1) Passage through the tolls is time stamped.
    2) Passage from one to the other is calculated.
    3) Your average speed s recorded.
    4) In the future ( a year?, 2?) when you get your bill in the mail you'll get your s-p-e-e-d-i-n-g surcharge with it.
    5) No more option of avoiding the electronic monitor.

  • The Cord Cutting The Cable Industry Says Isn't Happening, Keeps Happening

    Feldie47 ( profile ), 09 Mar, 2017 @ 08:48am

    'Cut Da Cord - RECIPE'

    Recipe ( my own personal) for cord cutting:
    1. Start out paying $250+ per month for 5-set top boxes and all the premium channels.

    2. Purchase 30 foot antenna mast and top quality HD antenna and install (cost

  • Intel Community To Institute Actual Whistleblower Award For 'Speaking Truth To Power'

    Feldie47 ( profile ), 01 Oct, 2016 @ 01:52pm


    Yes. It is an Orwellian trap. Would be whistleblowers come forward and are awarded a scenic jail term under the Espionage Act - but only after being told they just didn't qualify under the conditions.

  • Citigroup Sues AT&T For Saying 'Thanks' To Customers

    Feldie47 ( profile ), 15 Jun, 2016 @ 05:57pm

    Here's a study which methinks has never been done and is long long past due: What is the IQ distribution of examiners at the U.S.P.T.O?

  • US Attorney Suggests Solution To Open Source Encryption: Ban Importation Of Open Source Encryption

    Feldie47 ( profile ), 14 Apr, 2016 @ 05:16pm

    Just like the old days

    This is just like the old days when they banned Fannie Hill and Henry Miller's works. Every kid managed to somehow get a copy and trade it. That was 60 years ago. No internet, no globalization, just pure motivation.

    Don't these people ever realize that censorship - of anything - just never works. It just makes people more curious than ever.

    People who don't give encryption a second thought will then give it a third and a fourth. They'll probably use it for the thrill.

  • Apparently Hacking Syed Farook's iPhone Accomplished Nothing (Other Than Making Everyone Less Safe)

    Feldie47 ( profile ), 14 Apr, 2016 @ 05:08pm


    Why does everyone believe it WAS hacked? Because someone said so? Could it have been mere face-saving? Or the realization that actually doing so WOULD make everyone less safe but not knowing how to admit that? I'm a bit skeptical. Actually, a lot.

  • DailyDirt: We Are Star Stuff And Genetic Mistakes…

    Feldie47 ( profile ), 03 Mar, 2016 @ 04:53am

    life = code+proteins+electricity
    evolution = code+proteins+electricity+errors

  • Guardian Tech Reporter: Apple Should Help FBI Break Into iPhone Because I Don't Consider Privacy All That Important

    Feldie47 ( profile ), 18 Feb, 2016 @ 02:04pm

    Need some perspective:

    Google "Romania + Typewriters"
    without the quotes of course....

    Then go read something from Santayana

  • India's New Patent Guidelines Declare Software And Business Methods Clearly Patentable For The First Time

    Feldie47 ( profile ), 11 Sep, 2015 @ 04:22am

    What is wrong with us?

    My name is Pythagoras J. A squared + B squared = C squared is my discovery and I use it to verify that an angle is a right angle [90 degrees]. I'm going to patent the process, because it IS a process, and for the next 17 (?) years if you want to make right angles so that buildings stand straight up ... well you CANT unless you pay me. So there! I own the patent. Mine, Mine, Mine.

    What would Darwin have said about a species that allows themselves to be ruled by this absurdity?

  • UK Plans To Do Away With Free Speech… In The Name Of Free Speech

    Feldie47 ( profile ), 13 May, 2015 @ 12:18pm

    Why the surprise?

    Brought to you by the folks who jailed Gandhi because he was an extremist (he differed in opinions), who jailed and tortured peaceful dissidents throughout the ages and who still accept a poorly behaved monarchy as a rightful and proper adornment of their society? Wait until they use the latest face recognition software on the cameras ubiquitous in London to determine who on the street is and is not extreme. Off to the tower?

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