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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

0xG Mechanical Doorbell/Chimes (790 comments)

Even the "designer" models now have fake chimes and an electronic synthesizer with a speaker.
The sound is not even close.

about two weeks ago
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The World Is Not Falling Apart

0xG Re:The good outweights the bad (208 comments)

So, to summarize:
The world is an awesome place because:
1) it's safer for humans
2) we have lots of shiny stuff

That is so anthropocentric it's unbelievable.

about a month ago
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TripAdvisor Fined In Italy For Fake Reviews

0xG GOOD! (88 comments)

This is a real problem everywhere.
I have the same doubts about urbanspoon.com which I no longer trust.
Exacerbated by companies like reputation.com.
The internet is proving once again to be less than it was cracked up to be.

about a month ago
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The World Is Not Falling Apart

0xG Completely Missing the Point (208 comments)

OK so violence at many levels is down. Someone has already mentioned economic inequality, and that's certainly a trend in the wrong direction. And power is increasingly in the hands of a few who are increasingly entrenched. Climate change, pollution, loss of habitat and loss of species are at crisis levels. Recovery will take hundreds of thousands of years! The oceans are becoming a sterile garbage dump. The very concept of privacy is being pushed aside.

Not to mention that violent crime and rape are at their lowest level since the 70's. The world is an awesome place now

That's a very narrow assessment.

about a month ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

0xG Salad (399 comments)

How will they keep that much salad fresh anyways?

about 3 months ago
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Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

0xG Re:at least they have 4 and 8 core models as well (105 comments)

Well, in the "real world" we run numerous applications because we have numerous LOBs.
And when the developers of the software (that the LOB wants) says "we only support db 'x'"...
...you get on with it.
We're not big enough to "force" the developers to port their applications, just for us.
We're not rich enough to develop all of our own apps.

So, like many (most) IT organizations, you have to ignore the idealists and Utopian views, and just serve the business.

Comments like "real SQL server" are unconstructive at best.

about 4 months ago
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Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

0xG Re:at least they have 4 and 8 core models as well (105 comments)

Yes, this is a real concern - I am worried that 4 & 6 core servers will not be available much longer.
And I am pretty sure that in a db environment, 2 sockets with 6 cores each will handily outperform a single socket with 12 cores...

about 5 months ago
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Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

0xG Re:F**k Everything! We're Doing Nineteen Cores! (105 comments)

An oldie, but one of the greats...http://www.theonion.com/articles/fuck-everything-were-doing-five-blades,11056/

about 5 months ago
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UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

0xG Re:Mass media takeover and destruction of 'net (254 comments)

mass distribution of corporate created, centrally distributed content to an ignorant, consumption only masses which are treated with disdain and objects of manipulation by the elite...[blah blah blah]...psychologically manipulate and control a feeble and dim witted public

As opposed to the current state?

about 5 months ago
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Transparent Fish Lead to Stem Cell Research Breakthrough

0xG Bright! Shiny! Future! (33 comments)

(Still) Only ten years away.

about 5 months ago
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Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

0xG Re:Uh... Yeah? (242 comments)

HAHAHA

OK, the only country dumb enough to be caught?

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?

0xG Just Don't (208 comments)

but is there any way to share this sort of information electronically

Write it by hand.
Photocopy it on an analog copier, or if you can't find one, use carbon paper.
Send it by post.

Safer than any encrypted email.

about 7 months ago
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First Movie of an Entire Brain's Neuronal Activity

0xG Ever So Much Closer... (44 comments)

...to understanding women!

about 7 months ago
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The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call In the Bahamas

0xG Re:the question is...Bullshit! (205 comments)

And yes, many (most?) other countries work the same way

So, you are saying that the Bahamas records every cell phone call made in the US?

about 8 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

0xG I'm Sorry To Say... (818 comments)

A lot of bitching here about politics and the political system.

In my view, the problem is cultural, not political.

about 9 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

0xG Re:Revolt? (818 comments)

Does this give us a free pass to revolt now?

You need a pass????

about 9 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

0xG Re:Are you kidding (818 comments)

I'll tell you where to start.

Years back, teen pregnancy was very rare. A handful in a state.

Bullshit. It was prolific. Were you born last year?

I know, I was poor. I was unemployed and the 'case workers' at the unemployment office actually told me NOT to look for work and they would 'take care of me.

This stinks as much as the rest of your story. Again, I call bullshit.

about 9 months ago
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Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

0xG Re:Where does Facebook say that? (218 comments)

Facebook explicitly says they do not allow you to delete your account.

"If you don't think you'll use Facebook again, you can request to have your account permanently deleted. Please keep in mind that you won't be able to reactivate your account or retrieve anything you've added."

Deactivation != Deletion

about 10 months ago
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Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

0xG Re:Because you think Google is any better? (218 comments)

Why a lack of anonymity is a nightmare to you? Is it because you don't live in a free country and the only way you can express your ideas without going to jail afterward is with anonymity?

Because the idea of someone *else* making money by selling *my* personal data is abhorrent?
If I'm going to sell my emails (etc) at least I should get the money.

about 10 months ago

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