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RAYA: Real-time Audio Engine Simulation In Quake

BronsCon Re:What if you tilt your head in headphones? (84 comments)

If, as the post you're replying to implied, you were wearing headphones, it *would* need to change the audio, though.

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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

BronsCon Re:Please post what the best religion is (159 comments)

Of course they do, or they'd be using something else... which they'd think was the best, or they wouldn't be using it because they'd be using something better, instead, because they want to be using the best. And if what they were using wasn't the best, well, they'd find something better, because...

Well, I could go on forever like that...

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

BronsCon Re:Paperback books and bookcase (603 comments)

Why buy them all again? Just buy new books for your reader. It's not like the jump from VHS to DVD, where you had to keep with your VCR *and* the VHS tapes in order for them to be useful; keep the books unless you actually want to get rid of them, in which case you'd either have to buy them again or go without them, anyway.

I have several bookcases (and several more boxes) full of paperbacks and hardcovers, comprised of fiction, nonfiction, and reference, many old, many new, and even a few magazine subscriptions that have found a home on my shelves. I also have a Nook and my wife has a Kindle. Since owning the readers, we've begun buying ebooks for actual reading and dead tree purely for novelty; though, I do still prefer technical manuals in dead tree format, purely for the ability to stick my fingers between the pages of multiple sections and effortlessly flip between them, should I ever find myself needing the information on multiple pages handy all at once. I haven't found a reader that can do that quite as effectively as I can with a physical book quite yet; something like pinning specific pages to tabs would work, but nobody is doing it yet.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

BronsCon Re:Local storage (603 comments)

As far as I'm concerned The Cloud is a sometimes-convenient augmentation to local storage, not a replacement for it.

So many times THIS!

People! Keep your files locally! And keep a backup of those files in a remote (non-cloud) location! If you need to access them from literally anywhere, keep them in the cloud, as well; the worst case, then, should the cloud fail you and your home burn down at the same time, is that you have to restore from your remote backup. Better than losing your work altogether just because your cloud provider went belly up or had a RAID card got nuts and eat your data.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

BronsCon Re:Rock. (603 comments)

Well, it's not so much treating it as increasing it to levels that prevent the sufferer from spreading it to others.

2 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

BronsCon Re: I like... (602 comments)

Those problems are already solved for cameras in police vehicles. Apply the same solutions here.

2 days ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

BronsCon Re:All new passenger cars and light trucks (256 comments)

So you require seatbelts in commercial vehicles and vehicles carrying passengers. I don't think I've ever been in a taxi that had airbags (in the back, where I was sitting) and some people prefer not having them in the first place.

Having a $16k vehicle totaled after a 10MPH crash that barely cracked the bumper ($500) because the river-front airbag ($1600), driver-side airbag ($1600), passenger-front airbag ($1600), passenger-side airbag ($1600), center console airbag ($1600) -- and now, moving to the back seats, driver-seat-back airbag ($1600), pasenger-seat-back airbag ($1600), rear-driver-side airbag ($1600), and rear-passenger-side airbag ($1600) went off. What should have been an injury-free incident with a $500 repair bill now comes with a $14,900 repair bill, likely with airbag-related injuries. Will they protect me in a more serious accident? Maybe, maybe not.

Attentive driving and separating myself from the pack whenever possible has done a fine job of keeping me safe on the road for the past 15 years, though; proper lane discipline, so assholes who insist on doing 100 on the highway can stay in the left lane where they belong, rather than having to weave through other assholes who have no clue what they're doing on the road (not saying that the 100MPH crowd knows any better, either, making a point about lane discipline) would go a long way toward keeping everyone else safe on the road, as well. Statistics to back this claim? They're out there, google for them; compare the number of freeway deaths in the US to the number in Germany, where the difference is that Germany has higher (or no) speed limits, but the drivers stay the fuck to the right.

3 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

BronsCon Re:I like... (602 comments)

Well, you seem to have agreed with what I was actually saying

they'll just remove this particular venus

while ignoring the context in which it was said.

White cop shoots black kid. White cop goes free, black kid is (supposedly) framed as a thief. Oh, but we'll have to wait MONTHS for the FEDERAL investigation to be completed because the LOCAL POLICE fucked up so badly there was RIOTING in the streets for over a week.

Well, I never said it would solve *all* rioting, did I?

4 days ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

BronsCon Re:Terrible idea (256 comments)

Bingo. That certificate and signature only means the data was sent by a certified V2V device, it does not authenticate the data as having been fed to the V2V device by the vehicle; there is nothing stopping someone from feeding their V2V device bad telemetry, which it will happily sign and broadcast.

4 days ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

BronsCon Re:All new passenger cars and light trucks (256 comments)

Well, yes, if I want to cut the weight out of my vehicle (and also cut some of the cost), at great risk to my own safety, I should be allowed to do so. Would I? Well, if I'm buying a car for the track, I'll be ripping out the airbags and seatbelts anyway, in favor of a roll cage and a harness, the lot of which actually costs less than 2 airbags; in that instance, yes, please. And let's face it, most people who drive like shit and cause the majority of accidents are the same people who would drop prefer to drop that weight and cost on a street vehicle, as well, making the problem essentially self-solving.

4 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

BronsCon Re:I like... (602 comments)

Well, they'll solve the rioting, I suppose. In fact, they'll solve a slew of other issues, as well. Your point is valid, nonetheless, but it is also an extreme (as you pointed out) edge scenario and any lawyer who actually passed the BAR (that'd be all of them) would be able to have a case based entirely on body cam evidence thrown out in a heartbeat; investigations would still happen.

4 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

BronsCon Re:The world we live in. (585 comments)

No, just pointing out a flaw in this particular product. A man could just as well do this, but he'd have to get past the social abnormality of a man wearing nail polish and the common belief (truth is not up for debate here, it's irrelevant) that men are more likely to drug someone's drink in order to pull it off; since women commonly wear nail polish, it only makes sense that the villain in this scenario would be played by a woman. Likewise, when I talk about the possibility of false negatives, it is out of concern for the most likely female wearer of the product, who is trusting it to detect drugs in her drink, when the likelihood of it being effective at doing so is minimal. Are you implying that I have concern for the safety of people I believe to be evil?

5 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

BronsCon Re: The world we live in. (585 comments)

Excuse me? Wherein did I ever blame the victim? I *am* a fucking rape victim, for crying the fuck out loud. You need to learn how to comprehend what you read, friend. Please, point out where I said rape victims are to blame for what happens to them? Please, point out where I say only a certain kind of woman gets raped. Can you do that? No.

5 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

BronsCon Re:The world we live in. (585 comments)

That's wonderful, I've never seen it used outside of USENET; probably for good reason.

5 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

BronsCon Re:The world we live in. (585 comments)

Well, in order to lie consistently, I'd have to be lying in the first place. That's a pretty strong accusation and you seem pretty damn sure of yourself for someone who couldn't be more off base.

5 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

BronsCon Re:The world we live in. (585 comments)

Wow, you haven't read most of my posts in this thread, then... or at least, failed to comprehend them. I clarified in the reply I just made to your other post; if you don't get it after reading that, you're simply being willfully ignorant in order to support your position, which, by the way, doesn't work. Ever.

5 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

BronsCon Re:The world we live in. (585 comments)

And I don't run around staring at my drink at all times. I keep an eye on it for the 5 minutes, tops, that it is in my hand, until I'm done drinking it. When I'm in a bar or club, or a setting where I don't have another trusted individual available to keep an eye on it if I happen to walk away. Someone with PTSD about being drugged and raped would act as you describe, but that is not me, my friend. Thank you for finally explaining where you were coming from so I could clear that up; was that so hard?

5 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

BronsCon Re:The world we live in. (585 comments)

You still haven't stated the basis for your claim. How have I "clearly shown" that I have PTSD? Explain, please; your repeated failure to do so is a strong indicator that you are, in fact, trolling. As for karma? I've done my fair share of trolling on here, as well, and have maintained Excellent karma for the entirety of my time here; in fact, when karma had a number assigned to it, mine was among the top of the list. Karma means absolutely jack shit on this site, which you should know, having been here so much longer than me (in reality, I've been here since 97, posting anonymously until I decided it was time to sign up in 2007, but I digress).

Only an idiot would resort to name calling without first being called names.

5 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

BronsCon Re:The world we live in. (585 comments)

I can tell you with a high level of certainty that I was not traumatized by the event; therefore, there is not post-trauma, which means no post traumatic stress to cause such a disorder. I don't babysit my drinks around close firends because, as I said, if one of them wanted to drug me, they have easier ways; and I don't fear that they would want to drug me, anyway. I do keep an eye on my drinks at a bar or club, and don't drink it if it's been out of my sight - that's just being safe - and it doesn't hinder my ability to enjoy a night out, as I don't nurse my drinks; rather, I fucking drink them, then they're gone and I don't have to keep an eye on them.

No PTSD here, sorry. You're the only person who seems to disagree.

5 days ago

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Should John Seek Overtime Pay or Insist on Maintaining His Current Arrangement?

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  about 9 months ago

BronsCon (927697) writes "A friend of mine recently came to me for advice regarding how to handle a situation with his employer. I advised him to contact an attorney, because any advice I could provide would likely be poor. But, his situation has made me curious; so I'd like to describe it here and pose the same question to the Slashdot community.

My friend, we'll call him John, has been working for a California-based company for several years in a position covered by IWC Article 4 (PDF warning, sorry) under the assumption that he was exempt from sections 3-12 (which includes the section relating to overtime pay); he recently decided to read over the law, as well as the exemption that could possibly apply to him, the Professional Exemption and the Employee in the Computer Software Field exemption, and discovered that given the current terms of his employment, he is in fact not exempt from any provision of Article 4. He also believes that his employer sincerely mistook his position as exempt and does not wish to punish them for what he believes to be an honest mistake.

For the duration of his employ, John has more or less been allowed to come and go as he pleases and has received frequent commendation for the level of work he puts out, so it would appear that his loose schedule has been beneficial for all involved, up to now. What prompted him to review the IWC documents was a sudden insistence from his boss that he was not working reasonable hours because "every other salaried position requires 50-60hr workweeks".

Here's the rub; he does not want to pursue the unpaid overtime, because this would bankrupt the company and put him out of a job, and he is worried that suing his employer may well make him unemployable. He simply either wants things to continue on as they have been, foregoing overtime pay in exchange for a high degree of freedom in his working schedule (which typically equates to coming in between 8:00 and 8:20 rather than at 8:00 sharp, taking 20-30min breaks rather than 10min, taking an occasional long lunch, and typically staying 30-90min later than most of his coworkers to make up for all of it, as well as working weekends to get things done that didn't get done during the week), or adjusting the working relationship into full compliance with IWC Article 4.

John's development work is largely done solo, he is always present for meetings, which are not held regularly, and his work is frequently completed ahead of schedule and under budget. There are no team members twiddling their thumbs while John is out getting coffee or walking off a heavy lunch before returning to the office.

I'm curious to see how Slashdot's advice will align with John's lawyer's advice, as well as what John will actually do in his situation. So, Slashdot, what would you do?"
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55.000+ Twitter usernames and passwords leaked

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BronsCon writes "Today anonymous hackers leaked more than 55.000 hacked twitter accounts username and password through Pastebin. It was very shocking to see such a massive number of Twitter accounts are hacked. Also celebrity accounts are hacked. Links to all 5 pastebin pages of credentials are included in the article, so you can search for yours."
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Steve Jobs Dead at 55

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BronsCon writes "Jobs, 55, has been instrumental in turning Apple into the dominant producer of portable music players, a leader in the smart phone business and, with the iPad, the inventor of a new category of modern tablet computers. Today, Apple announced that he has passed away, shortly after resigning as CEO of the company and the day following the announcment of the iPhone 4s"
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One Free Website For Every City

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BronsCon writes "San Francisco Bay Area based web design/development firm Gutensite is giving away one Free Pro website to one person or organization in every city, world-wide. By creating a regular Free Lite site with the promo code "MYCITY" you will be eligible to win the prize, a free upgrade to the Webmaster package for one year, a $420 value.

The first sites have a higher chance of winning (see rules for details). But even if you don't win the Grand Prize, everyone will still get to keep their free site, or get 25% off the first full 3 months if they eventually decide to upgrade to a Pro site."

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BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

BronsCon writes "Who/What is your favorite...


US President
Game Console
CPU
OS
Joke
Slashdot Editor


If you don't get the gag, please don't vote. Thank you."

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Talk about it

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Recently, I was flamed for making a "joke" of HIV (see below).

Said by an AC: I recommend a guerrilla trademark war: we simply need to decide what STD now gets the street name of "scrabble".

Said by me: HIV. It's about as active as scrabble and gets just about as much attention from the general populace. A ton of people have it but nobody really talks about it anymore.

Said by another AC: Why don't you grow a FUCKING brain cell. You are a fucking moron for taking something as serious as HIV and turning into the latest joke on slashdot. There are people who are FUCKING DYING because of HIV and I'm sure that none of them find you funny. I'm also sure you would stop laughing if you had an HIV test come back positive.

Said by me: Should I fax it to you, or is a simple scan and email enough?
I was actually going for insightful, rather than funny. A ton of people have HIV but nobody really talks about it. Just like Scrabble.
P.S. -- Who's the moron now?

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In all fairness, he's right, I don't have HIV. Dumb luck on his part.

Lord knows I've had some close calls; an ex fiancé who contracted it from a guy she cheated on me with and a girl I dated for a while who called me a few months after we broke up, insisting that I get tested. Dumb luck on my part.

Assigning the nickname 'Scrabble' to HIV might be the best thing to happen to it. If it gets people talking about it, if it raises awareness, beyond using it as an insult, it's a good thing.

If it raises awareness among corporations that, when they take something dear to us, we will take something dear to them in exchange ("Let's hang out with Kevin, he has Scrabble!" becomes "Don't sleep with Kevin, he has Scrabble!"), it is a good thing. But only if it's true.

I have a "FUCKING brain cell". In fact, I have many of them. Enough to realize that anything that gets people talking about an important issue is a good thing. Enough to realize that only a complete moron would flame someone for pointing out a problem such as people not talking about such an issue.

I stand proudly by the positions I take. I feel that, if something is not worth saying, it's not worth taking the time to say; if it is worth saying, it's worth taking credit for having said it.

Let it be known that I truly feel compassion for anyone who has Scrabble; the board game, or the illness.

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Our problem.

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I recently posted this in a discussion here on /. and decided it beneficial to all that I make it more accessible by placing it here, in my journal, as well.

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Here's the (general US population's) problem, as I see it.

Copyright was created to ensure that artists (I do consider coding to be an art-form) had an opportunity to earn income from their work before it could be freely copied or any derivatives could be made of it.

This led to fewer creative works being created in a given time frame than before, as most works are derivative of existing works. The best stories are those which expand on what we already know, right?

The government and pseudo-fascist corporations have begun to realize three things. First, that we, view copyright, in its current state, as a problem. Second, that they make a ton of money by exploiting the current state of the copyright system. Third, that by allowing us access to any creative means, they are allowing us the resources to overcome the current copyright system.

Thus, the ever-increasing system of restricting creativity, until it is illegal to express any thought contrary to their view of being paid for every peak and valley of every sound and light wave that we receive, which could have possibly originated from one of their exploited works.

Look through my post history. I don't typically post this kind of conspiracy-theorist drivel. I feel strongly enough about this issue in particular, however, that I will not sit idly and watch what little remaining freedom we have in this once great country be stolen from us, just as our once great wealth has been.

Now is the time to act. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Not next month. Not when Bush is replaced by the next pseudo-democratic-republican leader and you realize they're lying, too.

Now.

Before we lose the ability to create.

The terrorists don't have to fight anymore. We're doing it to ourselves.

We vote our freedom away by electing officials who have a proven track record of deception. We spend our freedom away by buying from companies who restrict how we can use our (or their, depending who you ask) products. We give our freedom away by continuing to do business with corporations who ship jobs and, with those jobs, our economic strength, to other countries, while many on our own soil can not find employment.

We routinely sell our freedom to the highest bidder and can do nothing but cry in disappointment when they never pay out.

Right now. This is the only time we have. Act.

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