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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Rollout

7-Vodka Re:And we're surprised why? (381 comments)

How do you take his statement:

Cover up, incompetence, and Government. Why am I not surprised at all.

and somehow twist it to interpret it as making the claim that it's limited to government?

You must be very very dumb.

2 days ago

Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

7-Vodka I've noticed... (458 comments)

I've noticed that all these pointless professional victim-hood articles are being published by this soulskill idiot.

Now I'm wondering why.

3 days ago

Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

7-Vodka DId this zoe quinn sleep with someone at slashdot? (1134 comments)

Because these professional victim-hood stories are starting to make me want to unsubscribe this piece of shit website right about now.

about three weeks ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

7-Vodka Back for more money already? (1262 comments)

Professional victim that scammed people of $150k is back for more money.

Apparently people are dumb and she likes to fleece them.

about three weeks ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

7-Vodka Re:It's not a kernel problem (727 comments)

You realize there's not one single argument in your response right?

You wrote a paragraph full of opinions...

I didn't say the free market prevents monopolies. I said it prevents monopolies from acting against the interest of everyone else with impunity. Who are you to say that for a certain market you know how many companies should exist in order to best use the available means to reach the desired ends?

It is possible that in certain economic situations, the optimal number of companies serving the market is two, three, five or even one.

about a month ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

7-Vodka Re:It's not a kernel problem (727 comments)

I won't speak to your other points because I don't have a good answer, however on the point about monopolies...

The free market ensures that monopolies can't be successful with anti-competitive practices for very long. Always.

If you study historical monopolies as some economists of the austrian school have, you will see that unless a monopoly has the backing of the government, they don't last long and they pay dearly for trying to be anti-competitive.

Tom Woods has a good talk on this.

One example is M$ vs Netscape. M$ was the 800lb gorilla, netscape was a mouthy monkey and they were fighting for a banana. Microsoft spent many millions or billions of dollars fighting that battle. They killed Netscape, the company. But what they found was that in it's place, other challengers show up in ways you don't expect. Ultimately they've lost the fight many times over and it's a losing battle for them. The browsers go to those who serve them best, free software.

about a month ago

Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

7-Vodka Re:String theory is not science (147 comments)

Your logic sounds flawed.
All science are models, all maths are models, therefore all maths are science?


about 2 months ago

Sand-Based Anode Triples Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

7-Vodka Re:That said... (60 comments)

Do you think lead acid chemistry results automatically apply to the types of batteries in the leaf?

about 2 months ago

Sand-Based Anode Triples Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

7-Vodka Re:That said... (60 comments)

I'm sorry but the evidence just does not bear out your views at all. There is no compelling evidence that warm temperatures are bad for battery chemistry, in fact under laboratory tests the batteries last longer with fast charging and warm temperatures.

Go look at Those guys actually do the experiments.

The myth that nissan leafs have problems with warm temperatures is still not backed up by anything except for whining.

about 2 months ago

Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

7-Vodka Re:Yay big government! (310 comments)

Almost right.

It's not about taxes, it's about spending.

Because when they spend, they'll come up with the money one way or another, indebt future generations, print money, sell government power.

But then again, take away the power to spend and you have a solution.

Or even better, just take away their power.

about 2 months ago

Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

7-Vodka Re:So, what's the correction? (347 comments)

Actually, the length of a meter is based on the distance between the pole and the equator of the earth. It has nothing to do with the speed of light.

about 3 months ago

Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

7-Vodka Re:Awesome! (276 comments)

The last time this came up in a big way, no one here could point to anything suggesting that flight is a necessary part of modern life, to the point that it is a constitutional right.

In fact, most people pointed to cases where travel was NOT a constitutional right.

So what will change is everyone here will now have a case to point to suggesting that the no-fly list is actually unconstitutional. Actually unconstitutional as opposed to obviously unconstitutional.

So the difference on slashdot is that people will have a case to point to, but still won't.

What the fuck?

Have you ever read the constitution?

First of all you have it all backwards my retarded son.

The constitution allows the federal government to be granted certain rights by the people to do some very specific things. The federal government is PROHIBITED from doing anything not specifically listed.

I quoteth:

Tenth Amendment
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Please for the love of the spaghetti monster, where in the constitution is the federal government given the power to restrict people's travel liberties without due process? Oh that's right, it ain't there so they don't have it.

Fifth Amendment
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Oh and the constitution does not have to list every right that belongs to the people. They belong to the people, listed on a piece of paper or not and are not granted by the government. The government is granted it's rights by the people, not the other way around.

Ninth Amendment
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

So to the parent post and those who modded it up: SuuuUUUuuuck IiiiiiiiT.

about 3 months ago

Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo

7-Vodka so? (250 comments)

When you are a rich bastard you can afford to have dozens of pairs of expensive jeans, washing them is the least of your worries.

People think this is funny because it's disgusting, no it's funny because it's like mitt romney saying he'll bet $10k in cash on a whim.

about 4 months ago

Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

7-Vodka Re:Which inflation rate? (286 comments)

And that's being generous as hell, because I remember a 1995 big mac and it puts today's cheap piece of crap to shame.

about 4 months ago

Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

7-Vodka Re:Which inflation rate? (286 comments)

Ok you don't like gold, let's try something simlar to your items.

  • 1995 big mac price: $2.32
  • 2014 big mac price: $4.62
  • Price inflation in this period: 200%

In other words the dollar has lost 50% of it's purchasing power.

about 4 months ago

Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

7-Vodka Re:Which inflation rate? (286 comments)

Are your numbers in percentages, or are they in ratios if starting price vs ending price?

about 4 months ago



Ask Slashdot: How can I convince my boss of the benefits of division of labour?

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  about 8 months ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "I work as an engineer for a multinational company. For two years my group was divided in half to focus on separate products. My group exploited division of labour by subdividing into smaller functional teams. This greatly improved our quality of work, output and morale. Meanwhile the other group flattened out, making everyone jack-of-all-trades and interchangeable. Now the other group is going to swallow us whole and intend to dismember our functional teams. How can I best analyze the situation to explain why having formal specialization was so beneficial to us?
Obviously, there's a limited time window to make my case. Do I need a crash course in economics and management?"

Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  about a year ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "You can thank Glenn Greenwald for the astounding information below:

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month.

The documents show that:

  Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new portal;

  The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on, including Hotmail;

  The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide;

  Microsoft also worked with the FBI's Data Intercept Unit to "understand" potential issues with a feature in that allows users to create email aliases;

  In July last year, nine months after Microsoft bought Skype, the NSA boasted that a new capability had tripled the amount of Skype video calls being collected through Prism;

  Material collected through Prism is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a "team sport"."

Link to Original Source

Balmer threatens Android and Linux with patents

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 4 years ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "In an interview with Fortune, Balmer first admits that vista was badly done then when asked about Google giving away Android for free versus Microsoft, which charges smart phone carriers, Ballmer took issue with that assessment, stating, "And there's nothing free about Android. I mean at the end of the day as we certainly have asserted in a number of cases you know there's an intellectual property royalty due on that. Whether they happen to charge for their software or not is their business decision."

Read the rest of the interview Here"

Link to Original Source

The EFF Launches Panopticlick

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 4 years ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "I read via that the Electronic Frontier Foundation is conducting a new experiment called Panopticlick.
Panopticlick tests your browser to see how unique it is based on the information it will share with sites it visits. Follow the link to and you will be given a uniqueness score, letting you see how easily identifiable you might be as you surf the web.
As for myself, I suppose it's a bad thing that the message I receive is "Your browser fingerprint appears to be unique among the 633,402 tested so far." However I'll check back when the database grows."

Link to Original Source

Time publishes list of top 50 inventions of 2009

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 4 years ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "Time has posted a top 50 inventions of 2009 list. There are plenty of pictures and a few videos covering recent innovations which made the cut and also a few entries for worst inventions of 2009."
Link to Original Source

Electric Company Wants Monthly Fee For Solar Users

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 5 years ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "Xcel Energy customers who have their own solar panels are worried about a new fee being proposed by the company. The monthly fee to pay for transmission and distribution of energy would be charged to customers who have solar panels irrespective of their energy use for the month.

An Xcel Energy spokesman said that the fee is to ensure that regular customers don't subsidize the "connectivity fees" for the solar panel customers who don't pay their fees when they use no electricity. Unfortunately, when pressed the spokesman admitted that nobody actually pays a "connectivity fee" yet however they wanted to prevent the mooching from occurring in the future (presumably when they hit everyone with such a fee) and also called the absence of a connectivity fee for solar customers a "double subsidy" because many solar customers receive rebates to install the panels."

Boston Tea Party Internet Money Bomb

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 6 years ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "Most political campaigns are run from the top down. Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul's campaign is a self-organizing distributed movement with virtually no central control that uses the Internet as it's infrastructure. This campaign was receiving very little attention until last month when an independent supporter, Trevor Lyman, helped to organize a fundraiser that raised $4.3M on November 5th. Because the November 5th fundraiser had a Guy Fawkes theme and the political shock waves were massive, it was nicknamed the 'Money Bomb'.

Today December 16th Trevor has organized another Money Bomb fundraiser, this time to celebrate the Boston Tea Party. The big news is that the total number of donations and funds raised are already shattering all previous records. Please take this as an opportunity to get to know Dr. Ron Paul, a 10 term congressman from Texas and where he stands on issues. If like all of us who are breaking records today, you feel Dr. Paul has more to offer than any other candidate out there you will know what to do."



Slashdot suggestions

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 4 years ago

There really need to be two new buttons on the story's title bars. One to allow bookmarking for later reading and one to allow bookmarking for later reference; creating two lists. Later, one can read stories they pre-selected when they didn't have the time to fully explore and one can also pull up stories as references easily.


On the topic of self deception

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  about 6 years ago

Yes, of course.
Who has time?
Who has time?
But then if we never *take* time, how can we have time?

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