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Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms That Built 'Iron Dome' Missile Defense

Berkyjay Why? (145 comments)

How is it that companies dealing with sensitive information can store these sensitive files on a network exposed to the outside world? It would seem to be a fairly cheap and such a small inconvenience to have a separate network of machines that are completely walled off from the outside.

10 hours ago
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Duolingo is a Free, Crowdsourced Language Learning App (Video)

Berkyjay Re:How I'm learning German (75 comments)

Interesting, I'll look more into your links thanks!

about a month ago
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Duolingo is a Free, Crowdsourced Language Learning App (Video)

Berkyjay Re:I wanted to like it.... (75 comments)

I did try that. But when I said that it moves too fast, I meant that it doesn't cover some important fundamentals and just moves on to more advanced stuff fairly quickly. Stuff like gender type (which is huge in German) was glossed over and not given proper attention. But then when you move onto the advanced stuff, it kind of assumes that you are knowledgeable about gender type.

about a month ago
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Duolingo is a Free, Crowdsourced Language Learning App (Video)

Berkyjay I wanted to like it.... (75 comments)

But after a few weeks using trying to pick up some German, I become increasingly frustrated with the app. Granted, German isn't the easiest of languages. But the app just went far too fast and failed to reinforce before moving forward. I think it's a fixable problem, but for now I'm looking elsewhere for lessons.

about a month ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

Berkyjay Consumer protections? (273 comments)

For those who are knowledgeable about this subject. What sort of legal protections does a rider have in the case of an accident in an Uber/Lyft vs. a registered taxi service?

about a month ago
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Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

Berkyjay Re:Books aren't special (211 comments)

And here I am without any mod points to give you. +5e10

about 2 months ago
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What Caused a 1300-Year Deep Freeze?

Berkyjay Re:Climate change is for pussies. (258 comments)

If this was a purely technical problem to be solved with no issues gathering the resources to solve it then no. But this is much much more than a technical problem. The big issue is going to be political and finding the will to divert trillions of dollars to adapting to the change in climate while people will need food and new homes. Of course there will be wars to fight because of all this and that isn't cheap either. Are we smart enough to adapt? Absolutely. Do we have the will and foresight to adapt on our own rather than being forced to before billions die? Probably not.

about 3 months ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Berkyjay Re:This is what Republicans... (632 comments)

Wow, I had just assumed that it was the recent farm bill when I read the story elsewhere. But what can you expect from the media these days?

about 3 months ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Berkyjay Evolution man (510 comments)

Yeah! And what about the loss of the tail having culture. Our ancestors were real dicks for coming out of those trees.

about 4 months ago
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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

Berkyjay Re:Don't bother. (509 comments)

And this is why we fail. We get so defeated by ignorant politicians and just throw up our hands and say "what can you do?" But we get the government we deserve and most of this country is horribly undereducated and ignorant of how the world actually works.

about 4 months ago
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Why San Francisco Is the New Renaissance Florence

Berkyjay Bullocks (250 comments)

I've been here for 10 years. I arrived a few years after the dotcom crash and I fell in love with the city. And it wasn't the city that tech built. It was the city that was recovering from the tech devastation. It was a city of artists and just plain old regular people doing their thing. This was still the place to go to get your visual effects done or to get a video game made. Rent was high, but not beyond what a college student couldn't manage with a serving job. It had old tried and true spots that survived the ups and downs. New spots would come about, but they seemed to grow organically and not sprout up and become overcrowded due to hype. It was almost like it was our little secret. But then that secret got out, and the money flowed in and along with it came the greed and the shallowness. Prices skyrocketed, people were driven out. All to make room for people who don't care about community or the beauty of a "lived in" city. They want to be perceived as cool and as important. They don't want to see the homeless and they have no patience for public transportation or a long commute. And finally they write stupid comments like the one above all in an effort to boost their sense of self worth. Because in the end, they are all miserable because they realize deep down inside that most of what they do is all filler for the world at large. They aren't saving lives, they aren't curing disease, they aren't feeding the poor. It's all just distractions.

about 4 months ago
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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

Berkyjay Re:Yes. (342 comments)

As someone who once sold cars, TVs, and stereos I wholeheartedly agree. It's taken me years to wash the stink off.

about 5 months ago
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Autodesk Says It's Killing Softimage Development, Support

Berkyjay Re:Autodesk has 3 Animation packages (85 comments)

Autodesk easily holds the vast share of feature film/TV/Game development market. Modo is probably a distant second with Blender only really being used in a pre-viz capacity in any major or even mid-sized studio. Maya by far has the largest share of that market, followed by 3DSMax, and then XSI. So I would argue against that point of Blender and others doing just fine.

about 5 months ago
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Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

Berkyjay Absolutely (276 comments)

That's what the media is supposed to do. The correct question should be is this.....why is the media going all TMZ on this guy and chasing him down. In the past when we had real journalists they would have respected someone's right to not answer their stupid questions.

about 5 months ago
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U.S. Students/Grads Carrying Over $1 Trillion In Debt

Berkyjay Re:Tell me again... (538 comments)

Yeah, either go to school to get a normal job or become a Walmart or McDonald's drone working for the minimum and collecting food stamps. You and everyone else around you convince yourself that if you work hard and get a good job you can easily afford the loans. But working hard usually means that you can barely work on the side to make a living. So then you're forced to take loans out just to cover living expenses. So you work hard, bust your ass and end up with a butt load of loans and no guarantee that your hard work will produce enough income to cover the massive amount of debt you incurred. The smart thing that I've been telling my nieces and nephews is to look at college as something you do in your 20's. Go to community college on your own money and take your time. Work your way into a better school and try to get as many grants as possible. Then by the time you're 26-27 you might get into state and only have a year or so to get a bachelor's. The you can work your way into grad school. The trick is to not feel the pressure to get school over quickly and to get all of the filler stuff out of the way on your own dime. Wait until grad school to take out loans or hopefully you'll have performed well enough to earn your way through grants. It works, I have a good friend do exactly that. Zero debt. It just sucks that I never figured this out sooner.

about 5 months ago
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How Silicon Valley's Tech Reign Will End

Berkyjay Re:Except, you're dealing with introverts (395 comments)

AAAAHAHAHA!! San Jose is a hole and if you lived in the Bay Area long enough you would understand why. BTW, San Jose pretty much is Silicon Valley. Those suburbs are the suburbs of San Jose.

about a year ago
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SOPA Creator In TV/Film/Music Industry's Pocket

Berkyjay Re:Not to mention totally legal (345 comments)

Don't you see that in the current system most of us are deprived access to influence? Our votes are the only power we have in this system. I'll never be able to influence my local congressman to pass legislation that favors me, especially if the local corporation can work against me and contribute far more money to their campaign than I can. The simple reality is that this is about who should have the political influence in our country. Because if money is removed from the electoral process then you pretty much remove the influence of corporations and give the power back to the individual voter. But that will never happen will it? Politicians love their money too much and corporations love their influence too much and the American public just sleeps.

more than 2 years ago
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SOPA Creator In TV/Film/Music Industry's Pocket

Berkyjay Re:Not to mention totally legal (345 comments)

"In the case of this issue, you have huge corporations with vast sums of money working on both sides of the issue." That's your justification? So it's not corruption because we have huge corporate proxies fighting for both sides? This is laughable. It' not about which side you are on. It's about the fact that money is involved in influencing a politician to legislate favorably to those who support their campaign efforts. I don't care which side you are on, this is corrupt and it's not how our government is supposed to work. There was never any vision for paid lobbyists within our system. Congressmen and Senators are supposed to be influenced by the voters in their states and districts, not to the corporation who throws the most money at them.

more than 2 years ago

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