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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Cajun Hell Re:View angles (567 comments)

It's about biology. Our eyes are by nature more accustomed to view wide scenes instead of tall ones.

If you evolved on a planet that has Predators then you're alive because your ancestors paid attention to the trees.

about two weeks ago
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$35 Quad-core Hacker SBC Offers Raspberry Pi-like Size and I/O

Cajun Hell Re:Can it run Flash? (140 comments)

As long as it's behind a decent firewall you shouldn't have any problems.

Yes, up to now, Windows has mainly been attacked by Hackers(TM) connecting to its daemons' ports, because Windows sysadmins forget to turn off all its services. It's an old story: mom forgot to uncheck "share passwords" or "be an open mail relay" and it's true that a firewall will help with those kinds of problems.

But what if Windows ever grows out of its mainly-for-servers role and gets popular on the desktop? Can you imagine what sort of problems might appear if people start using that OS to run web browsers or read email? A lot of good firewalls will do then. Sure, 2014 may be Yet Another Year of Linux on the desktop, but what about 2015?

about two weeks ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

Cajun Hell Re:Isn't that click fraud? (285 comments)

I don't know, but if you're considering using that OS, that's obviously something you'll need to find out first. If your preferences are anomalous (say, for example, you have objections to running malware) you might decide that the "#1 OS" isn't quite the right one for you.

about two weeks ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

Cajun Hell Re:Isn't that click fraud? (285 comments)

What THE FUCK? The whole ad issue aside, that's not how you get software. You never know what page will have best SEO for a term, so even without ads, that technique (running random code from the web) is pretty much guaranteed to occasionally get you some malware, and you only need one infection to be infected. Those people ought to be installing VLC (and nearly everything else) from their repository.

about two weeks ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

Cajun Hell Re:Isn't that click fraud? (285 comments)

def is_annoying(ad):
    # Problem too trivial to need AI.
    return ad is not None

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

Cajun Hell Re:Are they really that scared? (461 comments)

That because every whiny turd who installs solar is selling it back to the grid when they don't need it, but expects to have power on tap when the fucking solar is useless.

Yes, sometimes-selling/sometimes-buying is the idea, but I totally don't get the "whiny turd" part.

That means the true cost is made higher for all the people who can't afford solar panels

True cost of what? Are you talking about the energy they're buying, or pollution they're mitigating, or the transmissions lines, or what? And aren't those true costs, things that are being reduced?

I don't produce solar energy so I'm just trying to figure out how someone is sticking it to me. If you know of a victim card I could be playing, then I'd be grateful if you would learn to write without sounding like a retard, just in case you have an actual real idea in there, somewhere.

If you were alluding to the subsidies for buying the panels, then I think you'd have an excellent point, but you didn't so much as mention that. You seem to be vaguely talking about the energy or the transmission, both of which solar is a win for everyone, whether you're producing or not.

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

Cajun Hell Re:Is Already Happening (574 comments)

You're talking about the post-scarcity dream (but not describing it that way): the AI success story where it's completely good and benign. 98% unemployment (2% still have to work as Blade Runners), where most everybody has nothing better to do than lay back on their couch while robot slaves feed them grapes, and where the nation is more of a "maker" than ever before, but nobody has to lift a finger to bring about that productivity. It's not a "service-based" economy; it's a "leisure-based" or "so much wealth that all the old economic textbooks were made obsolete-based" economy.

He's talking about Terminators and Forbin Projects and Demon Seeds and Matrices.

about three weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

Cajun Hell Re:Let me guess (574 comments)

It probably depends on whether or not he's ruled by his fear. I know I might get killed (or horribly injured and maimed for life) in traffic if I drive to the grocery store. That is a very real threat and you would have to be insane or stupid to think it can't happen. But it's not likely (on any given day, or even in a given decade) either, and it'd be more insane/stupid, to starve to death instead of getting food. So I go. I don't even think about it, but if I ever said "it can't happen to me" then I'd deserve your derision.

Hawking says AI is a threat? BFD. Everyone already knows that. It's not even controversial. The real question is how likely the disaster is, and Hawking hasn't to-date said a damned thing that would lead anyone to suspect he has a specially privileged point of view on the subject.

As for old/insane, it depends on his policy. Is he in favor of pointing guns at AI researchers' heads, with the message "stop working, or else?" Or is he just just saying "be careful?" The former is insane, and the latter is just good advice and goes for driving to the grocery store too. Acknowledging that life has risks, isn't old/insane. It's only when you say "we must never take risks," (or "we must always take risks") that you've crossed the line.

about three weeks ago
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Court Rules Google's Search Results Qualify As Free Speech

Cajun Hell Re:Nothing to do with freedom of speech of 1st ame (137 comments)

It states that "Congress shall make no law..." but since this was a civil case, and did not involve congress, how does the first amendment apply?

Without Congress creating the court, how can there be a civil case? The court's decisions would be unenforcible, and they wouldn't have laws by which to judge cases anyway.

about a month ago
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Court Rules Google's Search Results Qualify As Free Speech

Cajun Hell Re:Responsibilitiy (137 comments)

What if you search for a person and the results incorrectly suggests that the person is a pedophile? Does that qualify as libel,

I can't help but spot the word "suggest," as it's so critical. Forget Google: what if a natural person incorrectly suggests someone else is a pedophile? That wouldn't normally be libel, would it? (Would that be libel even in the UK, where the libel standards are so relatively loose? Serious question.)

I can tell you as a reader, there is a huge night-and-day difference between reading a claimed fact and reading a suggestion. Suggesting things is how discussions get started, where then people either back off due to lack of evidence, or follow through with actual claims/accusations.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Around Terrible Geolocation?

Cajun Hell W3C does geolocation? (100 comments)

I didn't even know W3C did geolocation (like Maxmind). Is there any chance you're talking about a page that uses the W3C geolocation API? That is, you're talking about what result some Javascript gets when it asks your web browser "where am I?"

If I'm not mistaken and that's what you're talking about, then look up how your browser gets its location.

If I'm mistaken and W3C actually has a ip-to-geo thing, oops, never mind. No idea what you're going to do about their database being wrong.

about a month ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

Cajun Hell Re:damn (120 comments)

Well, tell those people to abandon their plans to sue the US for that in a US court, because even if they win, they won't get the domains they wanted. (Whereas prior to this decision, it would have worked? ;)

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Cajun Hell VPN to VPS (405 comments)

I would get a VPS somewhere (e.g. linode) and install OpenVPN on it. Then VPN between there and your local machine, set up your incoming and outgoing connections to route through there, and update your DNS to point to the VPS. Net effect: you're still on Comcast, but the world sees you as being in some datacenter.

about a month ago
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Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

Cajun Hell Re:Amazing. Just plain amazing. (132 comments)

I'm with you, dude. I didn't really think much about this one, until I saw that first image you link to. That is when it hit me: I have never in my life seen anything like this before, ever. I have seen things "as cool" (V'ger, Galileo, Cassini) but nevertheless, they weren't this.

about a month ago
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Carmakers Promise Not To Abuse Drivers' Privacy

Cajun Hell Re:This Primise Is Already False (98 comments)

That correction would not seem to be in your interest. Wouldn't a more valuable car cost more to insure?

More mileage (per unit time) == more risk. And conversely, less mileage (per unit of time) == less risk.

If you drive your car less than 12000 miles per year, then seriously, talk to your insurance agent about a discount.

about a month ago
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Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

Cajun Hell Re:How do you get good people to step up? (204 comments)

If you want good bosses, step up to the plate and make the sacrifice and do the job.

I am pretty sure this is how we will (if ever) get a good government, too. The government has to be "us" not "them" yet almost none of us are willing to let it be "me."

about a month ago
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Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

Cajun Hell Re:How about rotating the boss hat? (204 comments)

I can't figure out if that's stunningly brilliant (gets people to learn a shitload more, and in wider scope), or a cowardly copout to avoid the stigma of demotion ("we demote everybody"). Maybe it's both.

about a month ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

Cajun Hell Re:But DC is different,no? (588 comments)

But really, the federal government doesn't even have the constitutional authority to ban drugs to begin with. Absurd interpretations of the commerce clause or other sections of the constitution don't count.

Why are people still talking about constitutional authority? Can't you just accept whatever authority that exists, regardless of the source of its power? I'd think this would be particularly relevant whenever you're talking about things that do, or don't, count.

The Lord Humungus (Warrior of the Wasteland, The Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla) says he wants your refinery. The topic at hand is whether or not you're going to give it to him, not whose name is written on some deed title document.

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

Cajun Hell Re:Obama's rich got richer (485 comments)

At this rate, the Republicans deserve to win

No, the Democrats deserve to lose. Protesting dishonesty and corruption by voting for dishonesty and corruption, is not a protest.

Letting Republicans win, gets you nothing. If anything, that'll just tell the Democrats that they weren't dishonest enough.

about a month and a half ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

Cajun Hell Re:Umm, like I have an idea? (256 comments)

If Tesla can do this, then so will Ford and GM, and then you just killed a very large job market, seeing as how many dealerships employ 50+ employees.

Wouldn't that be to everyone's advantage? Those people could be doing something. Imagine 50 people contributing to the economy rather than being dead weight. Multiply that by the number of dealerships. You just gave the American economy a shitload of "new" resources, for free.

about a month ago

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Mishal Husain is hot

Cajun Hell Cajun Hell writes  |  more than 10 years ago Does anyone else think Mishal Husain (BBC World News anchor) is hot? I think she is, especially when she smiles (which, unfortunately, isn't often enough).

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Karmawhore GOLD!

Cajun Hell Cajun Hell writes  |  about 11 years ago I just got the jump on the "CRF Reveals Draft of New DRM Technology" story and posted the perfect tr^H^H "insightful" comment. Oh, I just know I'm going to get modded up for this crap. It's so exciting!

Looking forward to the Games...

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What are you looking for?

Cajun Hell Cajun Hell writes  |  more than 11 years ago

For twenty years an old woman fed a monk while he meditated in a little hut she had built for him.

One day she wondered if he had made any progress, so she employed a pleasure girl to visit the monk.

Following the old woman's orders, the girl caressed the monk and seductively demanded, "Now what?" The monk answered, "Nothing is warm. Just an old tree growing from cold rocks in the winter."

When the old woman heard this she exclamed angrily, "I have fed that fraud for twenty years, and he shows no loving kindness! He needn't have been passionate, just a little compassion would have done."

The old woman never fed the monk again.

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