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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

CaptSlaq Re:FOSS names (214 comments)

You forgot that Google is also misspelled, so it's almost worse. The worst name I can think of off of the top of my head was the thankfully short lived "Flooz", despite Wikipedia stating that it has a reasonable base.

yesterday
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

CaptSlaq Re:Shed?? (214 comments)

Like TVR.

yesterday
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Once Vehicles Are Connected To the Internet of Things, Who Guards Your Privacy?

CaptSlaq Re:The good news is (128 comments)

As will most cars from before roughly 2000. I could easily switch my 94 Miata to carbs, though I'm not sure how I'd cope with the ignition... I do have access to mechanical timing that may be able to be hacked to put a mechanical distributor and old school coil on though....

yesterday
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Once Vehicles Are Connected To the Internet of Things, Who Guards Your Privacy?

CaptSlaq Re:I have a phone in my pocket (128 comments)

true. your point?

Privacy is already dead?

2 days ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

CaptSlaq Re: define "customer" (290 comments)

I pay Google in screen space rather than USD, so that still makes me a customer

Says the guy who runs adblock on everything.

about a week ago
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SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

CaptSlaq Re:Can someone explain to me (123 comments)

OK, I'll state my position on the species, since you asked, albeit not very politely.

Currently, we know of exactly one place that houses sentient life. That's the dirtball we're all on right now. While the odds are there's another dirtball similar to this one that has some sort of sentient life, we haven't found it yet (weather we want to or not is a question that is outside this context). It's not like we haven't been trying either.

With this in mind, I would consider it a travesty if we got wiped out by a handful of idiots with a gene sequencer, a handful of idiots with a centrifuge, or a cosmic event like a gigantic rock smacking our beloved dirtball. We're smarter than that. I don't know that we're the end-all be-all of knowledge with certainty, but we're the only ones we know of for now. Even though we are evolving and won't the be same thing in $BIGNUM years (perhaps not even recognizable to a member of the species today), I still think that we, as a species, have risen to the point to where we can ensure that something more than a fossil record is left, if we do the work. I believe we have the intelligence, we just need to keep grinding away until we get the full body (or at least a large enough body) of knowledge to get it done. Some people state that we already have this, we just need an investment.

As for my 'concern about the species': Being a member of it, I have a vested interest in it. I would think this would be a universal truth, but I could be wrong. The divisions we create among ourselves are merely theater when considered in the larger context, despite the fact that they often drive us to do horrific things to each other.

Space nutter indeed... There's no need to sink to insults. Of course, this is the internet...

about a week ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

CaptSlaq Re:RT.com? (534 comments)

No, I was being serious... a neutral news source? Does it exist?

about a week ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

CaptSlaq Re:RT.com? (534 comments)

Could you suggest a neutral news source please?

about a week ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

CaptSlaq Re: RT.com? (534 comments)

At least it's easier to see when the fuzz are on your tail?

about a week ago
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SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

CaptSlaq Re:Can someone explain to me (123 comments)

Perhaps the likelyhood of an asteroid/comet/meteor strike sounds small to you, but the fact that one buzzed Russia last year(?) without any warning gives me a LITTLE bit of pause.

We need to get off this rock. Smarter people than I (Hawking, Musk) have been saying this for years.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

CaptSlaq Re:Can someone explain to me (123 comments)

It's Blue Sky Research.

At some point, we'll need to get off this rock or expire as a species. Getting people in space helps us understand how to do that better.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

CaptSlaq Re:Stagnant (157 comments)

I certainly hope that Nissan will release the sport version of the Leaf they built... The Leaf Nismo RC. Looks so much better, and they relocated the drive system to the back wheels, where $DEITY intended. Put a reasonable interior and battery in it, offer it for $30ish... I think there's a market for it.

about two weeks ago
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MetaFilter Founder Says Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To Scotch Review

CaptSlaq Re:wrong problem... (116 comments)

The real problem is that, for some reason, a court DID order that entity A "who was no longer allowed to speak negatively about the company online".

How exactly we've created a judicial system with arbitrary power like that is the problem.

Now the uberpower judicial system will (rightfully) attack Sundance Vacations, and we can all rejoice. Rejoice in the power we've given dudes in robes to declare "i am the law!".

Paging Judge Dredd...

about two weeks ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

CaptSlaq Re:Really? (441 comments)

I'm a foreign contractor. I've worked all my 35+ career with foreign contractors. Most of them are rubbish. A few of them are great. I've also worked most of my career with domestic staff. Most of them are rubbish. A few of them are great.

"90% of everything is crap". What are you trying to say?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

CaptSlaq Hello, IT... (278 comments)

Did you try turning it off and on again?

about a month ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

CaptSlaq Re:Fly by Interocitor (468 comments)

I think the perhaps the majority of the crowd here is too young to get MST3K references, but I thank you for the laugh.

about 2 months ago
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Perl 5.20 Released, and Mojolicious 5.0: the Very Modern Perl Web Framework

CaptSlaq Re:Bah (126 comments)

I was using perl before it was cool.

(I figured a fanboi submission required a hipster response)

Perl was cool? Seems that it's never been since I started using it in 2000.

about 4 months ago
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Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

CaptSlaq Re:Excellent (322 comments)

There's a new Battlestar Galactica? Disney came out with their Kimba movie starring Matthew Broderick? Wow, the future is AWESOME! Did they bring back Dr. Who?

They call it Dr. Who, but it's not nearly as campy or funny.

about 4 months ago

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Signs point to XKCD's time ending

CaptSlaq CaptSlaq writes  |  about a year ago

CaptSlaq (1491233) writes "According to the current imagery, it looks like Randal Munroe has finished the story he was telling with the Time series. The long running series that has spanned over 3000 images and spawned multiple methods of viewing and comment appears to have come to an end."
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Infiniti to offer steer by wire next year

CaptSlaq CaptSlaq writes  |  about 2 years ago

CaptSlaq (1491233) writes "Fly by wire has long been a mainstay in aircraft, and now Infiniti is ready to try it out for your car. The design is interesting using cameras and other sensors to manage the small stuff, and has a mechanical fail over in the event something goes wrong. If the mechanical fail over could be removed, this would be quite the boon for automotive packaging, as the steering mechanism can be put outside the engine bay, and the steering wheel can easily be put anywhere else inside the car."
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