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How Colleges Are Pushing Out the Poor To Court the Rich

Bureaucromancer Re:Goodbye (668 comments)

Speaking as a social democrat, you can go fuck yourself if you feel the need to spout absolute nonsense about my beliefs.

about a year and a half ago
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How Colleges Are Pushing Out the Poor To Court the Rich

Bureaucromancer Re:Goodbye (668 comments)

"What? That is a lie." No. It isn't. There's some subtleties to it, but the essence of stop loss is in fact extending enlistment terms unilaterally. Legally speaking it's a matter of involuntarily converting time in the ready reserve to active duty. No, it isn't illegal or technically a change to the contract, but for essentially all intents and purposes it's an extension of the enlistment.

about a year and a half ago
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Spain's Extremadura Starts Move To GNU/Linux, Open Source

Bureaucromancer Re:I use Windows at home, Linux at work (182 comments)

Meh. Assuming you AREN'T using the command line to install it's a mostly fair comment. Yes, the various GUIs for package managers WORK, but I have never seen one I would call polished. Ultimately UI feel matter a lot to non technical users and doesn't have a whole lot to do with how well, or not, the system may work underneath the graphics.

about a year and a half ago
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Lawrence, KS To Get Gigabit Fiber — But Not From Google

Bureaucromancer Re:Lawrence FreeNET (83 comments)

And if it works who is this bad for?

about a year and a half ago
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Privately Built Antares Test Flight Successfully Launched From Virginia

Bureaucromancer Re:Interesting fact (85 comments)

Can anyone confirm or deny if the supply of them is limited? I've heard a couple times that there's no real possibility of Orbital Sciences getting more. How many Antares launches can we actually get? As much as Orbital Sciences has done some impressive things I have some real doubts about the usefulness of this system.

about a year and a half ago
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Privately Built Antares Test Flight Successfully Launched From Virginia

Bureaucromancer Re:Why mock cargo? (85 comments)

Basically because they wouldn't allow the ship anywhere near the space station as is, and the Antares/Cygnus stack just isn't useful for much other than station resupply. If there's anything like the confidence that there was in SpaceX they might be allowed to dock on the next launch, and almost certainly on the third. Whether they deserve that confidence could be argued both ways, but I tend to think they'll get it.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Self-Driving Cars Are Still a Long Way Down the Road

Bureaucromancer Re:Streetcars (352 comments)

For that matter, automating main line railways has some real potential, and doing it without requiring the equivalent of total grade separation and full in cab signalling makes it a lot more practical for the kinds of place, like the northeast corridor, that it could do the most good in).

about a year and a half ago
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Why Self-Driving Cars Are Still a Long Way Down the Road

Bureaucromancer Streetcars (352 comments)

Streetcars. In all seriousness, the technology that we are very close to being able to realistically automate is rail in less than fully separated environments. The nature of operating on rails eliminates the sort of unpredictable ad-hoc problem solving that is going to be a problem for truly autonomous vehicles, and while the application is fairly specialized it is significant enough that there could be real money on it. Realistically the two use cases boil down to being able to get all the sort of operational cost benefits that go with light metro like systems (think Vancouver, or what's being built in Honolulu) that are automated and as such very frequent but have the kind of capacity more associated with light rail without the cost of full grade separation, and being able to automate more typical transit routes with less than full grade seperated routes (i.e. streetcar systems like in Seattle or Portland suddenly have a big advantage over buses beyond capacity and aesthetics - they can be driverless, a change that eliminates upwards of 60% of operating cost). For that matter trolleybuses might even be close enough to fixed guideway to solve a lot of the sort of problems that full automated cars would encounter, though this is more complicated and possibly introduces some more liability (there are legal advantages to being a train rather than a motor vehicle in most jurisdictions).

about a year and a half ago
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Film Studios Send Takedown Notices About Takedown Notices

Bureaucromancer Re:An Easy Problem to Fix (197 comments)

One hopes they do that next. It might actually be enough to provoke the perjury charges they are supposed to be liable for on bad notices.

about a year and a half ago
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FAA Grants Arlington Texas Police Department Permission To Fly UAVs

Bureaucromancer Re:Dammit Slashdot Editors!!!! (158 comments)

If an R/C aircraft isn't a UAV what is? Even the Predator is pretty limited in terms of true autonomy.

about a year and a half ago
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Did Steve Jobs Pick the Wrong Tablet Size?

Bureaucromancer Re:Not just a giant iPhone (433 comments)

I quite like this evaluation actually. The smaller devices may well end up more common, and potentially more useful, but remember when the iPad launched? As is the thing was seen by a lot of people as an oversized iPad. For creating the market bigger was probably the sensible way to go, and it's not as if the large size has proven to have a small market.

about a year and a half ago
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Carmack On VR Latency

Bureaucromancer Re:Like 3D movies (94 comments)

Honestly this is more perceptive than you might think. IMO full VR doesn't make much sense for games, but consider how much real world difference there is between a head tracking system combined traditional 3D glasses, and maybe a second or third screen. Simpler to implement, more flexible in terms of what the system can do and the only real loss is the retention of peripheral vision and the head tracking not having 1:1 ratio of head to camera movement (and lets face it, in a gaming environment 1:1 is going to cause more problems than it solves).

about a year ago
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We The People Petition Signature Requirement Bumped To 100,000

Bureaucromancer Re:Translation (337 comments)

And what's the problem with this? The system is intended for serious discussion, and when it becomes so easy for stupid shit to get through why NOT raise the threshold? It's not as if answering these things doesn't take significant time and effort.

about 2 years ago
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SpaceX's Grasshopper VTVL Finally Jumps Its Own Height

Bureaucromancer Re:I think that the key accomplishment here... (111 comments)

What in the hell are you talking about? Ground effect is an increase in aerodynamic lift near the ground. No aerodynamic lift here.

about 2 years ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Answers Your Questions

Bureaucromancer Re:Dear Ubuntu (236 comments)

So this isn't even FOSS puritanism anymore so much as you wanting a system that barely works and is a pain in the arse to keep that way? Seriously?

about 2 years ago
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Windows Blue: Microsoft's Plan To Release a New Version of Windows Every Year

Bureaucromancer Re:$25? (712 comments)

This is exactly the point I think. The OEM price is not going to be anything like the $25 range the annual upgrades would be. They will probably have to drop the price somewhat, but at the end of the day it doesn't take much for $25 a year to work out at more than ~$100 every five or so. The really interesting thing here will be seeing what they do to push people to upgrading regularly since uptake on new Windows editions is never that great without new hardware and it really will become business critical with this model. The main thing that makes me nervous is how aggressive they might get about pushing people away from using older additions, but really I'm pretty enthusiastic about the idea of more regular significant updates given how little they've done in the way of service packs since Vista.

about 2 years ago
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Valve Blog Announces Dates For Steam Linux External Beta

Bureaucromancer Re:I've got a vague idea of what Steam is - (183 comments)

Strictly yes, but Steam is pretty clearly a DRM system in itself, or just bloody restrictive. Official Steam DRM or no you can't just go in and run the .exe steam installs, nor can you run it without being logged in or successfully turning on offline mode. Mind it or not this is a pretty big difference from Ubuntu Software Center, and one of the core things that differentiate Steam from being purely a package management system.

about 2 years ago

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