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Safety Review Finds Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site Was Technically Sound

CajunArson Re:the problem with how nuclear works in the USA (169 comments)

As pointed out by another poster, if those "evil" power companies did what you said they should do then their employees would end up in federal prison because Jimmy Carter decided that he didn't like fuel reprocessing.

yesterday
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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

CajunArson Re:Umm..and telnet is insecure. (374 comments)

Can't decide... ultra-dry sarcasm or Aspergers level-10 pedantry that's actually not even factually accurate in the context of the article.

3 days ago
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Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

CajunArson Re:Accidental bugs? (211 comments)

" I have yet to have one such buffer overflow bug in my code."

Can't decide: Satirical troll post or somebody that's actually that egomaniacal (and in need of a pink slip if his employer is rational).

4 days ago
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AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming

CajunArson Re:ATI/AMD has had shitty drivers for 20 years (160 comments)

In no way shape or form is Mantle "open".

Don't believe me? Go ahead and link to the online documentation that tells me how to make a triangle pop up on a screen using Mantle.... Go ahead I'm waiting.

That's not even taking into account the fact that Mantle works with Windows and uh... Windows.

Direct3D: Also not "open" but anyone with a working Windows installation can still write & compile programs that use Direct3D to do graphics without any further licensing needed, and Direct3D is documented.

OpenGL: Actually is Open and if you keep up with the newer releases you'll note that a lot of the miraculous features promised in Mantle seem strangely similar to features that were already available in OpenGL.....

about two weeks ago
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AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming

CajunArson Re:ATI/AMD has had shitty drivers for 20 years (160 comments)

Pray, could you tell me about how Intel "illegally" pounded ATI -- you know, the discrete graphics card company -- into the ground illegally? I know that way way back in the day, long before AMD's very ill-advised $6 Billion boondoggle buyout -- that Intel tried to launch a discrete graphics card, but it didn't go anywhere and didn't seem to phase Nvidia, AMD, or 3dfx (yes, it was THAT old) in the slightest.

P.S. --> If Big Bad Intel was really that Big & Bad at "pounding" AMD, then where did AMD get that $6 Billion for a massive buyout of ATi in the first place??

P.P.S. --> Why is it that Nvidia, ARM licensees, and everyone else seem to have no fear of Intel, but whenever it comes to AMD the only thing we hear are these made-up persecution fantasies? Is everyone else... or maybe is it just AMD?

about two weeks ago
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Lost Beagle2 Probe Found 'Intact' On Mars

CajunArson I'm sick of this invasion of privacy! (130 comments)

Dammit! First it's spy satellites watching my every movement on earth, and now you can't even have privacy ON MARS!

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

CajunArson Get in your 2 minutes of hate now! (894 comments)

Pope says Global Warming Bad! Enact Ecotopia now!
Slashdot Crowd: Pope agrees with our preconceived notions, GOOD! All that crap we say about how anyone religious should just STFU and die*? We take it back!

* Exception for Muslims of course since we love to call all Christians evil barbaric murders but are too chicken to do it for the "religion of peace."

Pope says: Freedom of Speech should be limited!
Slashdot crowd: Religion is EVIL! STFU AND DIE POPE!!

Good Atheist Liberals: Basically agree with the Pope but couch their censorship argument in politically correct terms like "cultural diversity" and the fact that Muslims are a "poor oppressed minority"
Slashdot Crowd: AS LONG AS IT'S NOT FROM SOME EVIL RELIGIO-TARD I AGREE WITH IT 100%!! SCREW REPUBLICAN HATE SPEECH!!

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around the Moon

CajunArson Success rate of 0% (152 comments)

"The Russians have always understood that a space station is nothing more than a prototype of an interplanetary spaceship."

Given the fact that Russia has never managed to even get an unmanned probe working successfully on Mars -- much less even gotten a manned mission to orbit the Moon -- maybe they should realize that the "prototypes" they've been building for over 40 years haven't been too successful.

Oh, and oil just crashed... have fun paying for all that with your Putin Pictures -- uh, I mean "rubles".

about three weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

CajunArson Re:Too many here pretend Ds and Rs are the same (496 comments)

Thank non-existent diety that NASA is currently run by Atheist/Islamic bootlickers then!

I mean, NASA is so much more capable today after we implemented the anti-religion tests compared to those dark-ages of the 1960s!

I mean, can you believe that one of those primitive cave men EVEN READ FROM THE BIBLE without being decapitated ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E... )

Now, it would be just fine with use brave, completely even-handed and rational Atheists if he had read from the HOLY Q'U'R'A'N' (Obama Ackbar! ISIS is misunderstood!) but the Bible? That's sacrelige!

We are SO much better off with today's NASA than that relic from the '60's! Don't let that evil Ted Cruz take us back to the DARK AGES!

about three weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

CajunArson Of course it's Settled Science (496 comments)

After all, apocalyptic Global Warming made exclusively by evil white racist Republicans -- oh but I repeat myself --- is a proven scientific fact and anyone who disagrees is just an infidel -- uh I mean "right wing religious extremist denier scum".

Why waste government money studying Settled Science (TM)?

about three weeks ago
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The Luxury of a Bottomless Bucket of Bandwidth For Georgia Schools

CajunArson Dupe of Story from 1860 (117 comments)

This is just a dupe of a story from 1860 with a few minor details changed. Here's the original:

"The Luxury of a Bottomless Bucket of Labor For Georgia Plantation Owners"

The Cotton Plantations across Georgia have a luxury that most Oligarchs could only dream of â" access to about 2,800,000 slaves and a private labor ownership that they an always count on. The private labor configuration allows the perk of not focusing on wages. "Our local overseers even take some pleasure in telling pesky northern labor representatives, 'If you can beat free, then I'm willing to listen.' That tends to shut down most conversations," writes Slave Management Specialist Curt Carver, who explains how the free labor is now becoming an educational equalizer across the South. In 1861, Georgia school districts are expected to have a 33-fold increase in free labor available to them through selective breeding. "This will help to flatten the state. No more haves or have-nots in terms of labor going into the cotton fields."

about three weeks ago
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AMD Catalyst Linux Driver Catching Up To and Beating Windows

CajunArson No.. they really haven't (136 comments)

All that was shown here is that AMD's *OpenGL* drivers on Linux aren't too far off from AMD's *OpenGL* performance on Windows.

Considering that AMD's OpenGL Implementation on Windows is kind of a joke compared to D3D, and considering that AMD is now even dumping D3D in favor of its proprietary* Mantle platform, this article basically proved that AMD's Windows OpenGL support is also lacking badly.

* Before anyone says Mantle is "open": AMD's executives promised an SDK published by the end of 2014... didn't happen. AMD has made zero efforts to make Mantle work on any OS other than Windows... hell, while DX11 ain't an open standard at least I can go online and get docs on how to write a program using DX11 and make it work on Windows... you can't even do that with Mantle!

about a month ago
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2014: Hottest Year On Record

CajunArson Re:How can the world be warming if it's cold in Oh (560 comments)

Good, then I'm sure you'll be the first to debunk the accuracy of the anecdotal "evidence" for 2014 being the hottest year EVAR that is linked at the very end of this post.... oh wait I forgot:
1. Does weather make Global Warming sound real and/or scary? WEATHER == CLIMATE
2. No to question 1? WEATHER == RANDOM EVENT STFU DENIALIST NON-BELIEVER.

about a month ago
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Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

CajunArson It sounds so WARM! (278 comments)

Vinyl sounds so WARM!

You know what else sounds warm?
The screams of hipsters after you light them on fire with their organic-wax candles (and some gasoline).

about a month ago
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2014: Hottest Year On Record

CajunArson Re:But That Pause! (560 comments)

Do the "science deniers" include the IPCC that spent thousands and thousands of tons of CO2 putting together reasons for why the pause is actually all part of their increasingly inaccurate models?

about a month ago
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Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

CajunArson Re:ROM (163 comments)

No, by definition he's right: It's tough to overwrite a READ ONLY MEMORY . Of course, the firmware in the Mac isn't actually stored in a true ROM but in an EEPROM or some other solid-state memory that can be overwritten. So the article is incorrect or misleading to call that chip a ROM.

about a month ago
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Samsung Announces Production of 20nm Mobile LPDDR4, Faster Than Desktop DDR4

CajunArson Uh.. just put it in your desktop (42 comments)

" In fact, multiple vendors have predicted that LPDDR4 clock speeds will actually outpace standard DDR4, with a higher amount of total bandwidth potentially delivered to tablets and smartphones than conventional PCs will see."

I doubt it since you could just adapt the LPDDR4 memory for use in a desktop if you have half a brain. Furthermore, since since sub-watt level powersavings aren't really critical on a desktop, if these chips are actually that good then they can be opened up to run faster at a higher power envelope that's still reasonable for a desktop.

about a month ago
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Researchers Discover SS7 Flaw, Allowing Total Access To Any Cell Phone, Anywhere

CajunArson Re: Intercepting encrypted communications! OMG! (89 comments)

In that case, give up: They own your Linux kernel and you don't even know it. You might as well go with a closed-source backdoored solution since maybe they have a harder time patching it so the backdoor is less reliable.

If the NSA can sneak in with some nearly undetectable hack to the SS7 protocol 20 years before cellphones even become widespread, you stand absolutely no chance of securing a complex open source project where code commits happen fast & loose.

Hell, the legitimate kernel developers who know they have introduced a kernel-panic inducing bug because it's causing loud & obvious crashes still can't track down the exact source after at least two major kernel releases!

about a month and a half ago

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Running Old Desktops Headless?

CajunArson CajunArson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CajunArson (465943) writes "I have recently dug up an old P4 that is in fine working order and done what any self respecting Slashdotter would do... I slapped Linux on it to experiment making an NFSv4 server. One other thing I did was to remove the old AGP video card to save on power since this is a headless machine. Now... I removed the video card after the installation, and I'm doing just fine as long as the machine will boot to a state where networking works and I can SSH to it.

My question for the Slashdot audience is: Is there a good solution to allow me to login to this box if it cannot get on the network? I'm looking for solutions other than slapping a video card back in. In my case, I will have physical access to the machine.

A few caveats to make it interesting: This question is for plain old desktop/laptop systems, not network servers designed to run headless. Also, I am aware of the serial console, but even "old" machines may only have USB, and I have not seen any good documentation on how and if USB works as a substitute. Finally, if there is any way to access the BIOS settings without needing a video card that would be an extra bonus, but I'm satisfied with just local OS access starting from the GRUB prompt. I'm all ears for advice from any Slashdotters with these setups running."

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Microsoft Censors... Its own Naughty Santa

CajunArson CajunArson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CajunArson (465943) writes "The Register has a story about a rather naughty Santa. It appears that the seemingly nice holiday service provided via Windows Live Messenger took on a mind of it's own. When the AI version of Santa Claus began to talk dirty to underage children, it appears that the ghost of Microsoft management present decided to sent AI Claus packing back to the digital north pole."
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Intel open-sources parallelization Framework

CajunArson CajunArson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CajunArson (465943) writes "An interesting article over at Ars Technica discussing Intel's recent release of its http://osstbb.intel.com/">Thread Building Blocks 2.0 templating library for C++. This library provides a higher level of abstraction for writing parallel code than normal POSIX or Windows threads provide. It has been pushed by Intel in the past as a similar concept to OpenMP, although its template nature means it is much more focused on C++.

Some interesting notes on Intel's earnestness in open-sourcing the project: Released under GPL version 2, it runs on non-Intel CPUs (even non-x86 as in the G5), and it is already ported to Linux and Solaris as well as Windows."
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CajunArson CajunArson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CajunArson (465943) writes "The Beryl Project which is a fork of the well-known Compiz desktop compositing project has just released version 0.2.0. The anouncement is here.

Having used Beryl from the SVN tree I can say that it has made quite a few improvements, and while it continues to borrow from the Compiz core it also has some fun plugins like the group plugin and wall plugin that can actually help usability on the desktop in addition to just being pretty eye-candy."

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Carnegie Mellon MSIN Master's Program?

CajunArson CajunArson writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Well this is my first slash-blog entry, lets see who'll bite!

I am presently an undergrad at Purdue University and will finally be graduating with a BS in Computer Engineering in May.

My number 1 choice for graduate schools, Carnegie Mellon, just accepted me into the MSIN Master's program. If you are a current or former student in this program, is it a good idea? I've studied all the material on the CMU site, and it looked so interesting that I specifically applied to that program. What have your experiences been? Has it met your expectations?

Thanks for anything you can tell me!

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